Autumn French manicure using Barry M red black and gold


Just an autumn twist on the traditional French manicure. I love the colours associated with autumn, burgundy, berry, mustard, browns! and this is using really affordable polishes! Barry M polishes retail for £2.99 and here are the colours red black 115 and gold 289. These nails go perfectly with my berry coloured jeans :) Does anyone have any suggestions for autumn polishes I can get my mitts on?

tinted lip balms! YSL volupte sheer candy & ELF conditioning lip balm review and swatches!


As winter is coming I decided to go on a quest to try out tinted lip balms. Winter can be harsh on lips so it is important to keep them moisterised.
I tried elf's conditioning lip balm SPF 15 in romantic rouge RRP. £3.50 and YSL's volupte sheer candy lipstick in No.4 RRP. £21.
 Firstly, the Yves Saint Laurent Volupte sheer candy lipstick has uber amazing packaging! how can you not enjoy looking at this?! These are lipsticks designed to nourish lips like a balm but add subtle colour and shine and they do just that! the colour is very sheer but buildable, I chose this hot pink colour which does still look quite bright on the lips. The lady at the make up counter told me that the paler colours aren't very pigmented so I'd recommend going for one of the brighter colours.
The lipstick smells amazing, like watermelon (I think!) It stays on really well and left my lips really soft, hours after wearing it it felt as though my lips had soaked up all the moisture and left me with super soft tinted lips.
The only problem with this is the price for £21 for 3.5ml it is expensive, but I do love this product and will try and save it for special days this winter.

Now to elfs conditioning lip balm. The colour is very opaque and pigmented compared to the YSL lipstick and contains vitamins A & E which can only be a good thing! It does feel very moisterising on my lips and does leave them feeling soft yet I find myself reapply this a lot throughout the day as it tends to come off whilst eating and drinking unlike the YSL lipstick. When I open the lipbalm I get an overwhelming smell of play dough however when wearing the lipbalm there is no scent (which is good, I don't want my lips smelling of playdough!)
(ELF conditioning lip balm in romantic rouge & YSL volupte sheer candy in No.4)

Overall, I prefer the YSL volupte sheer candy lipstick for it's overall performance and packaging. However, ELFs conditioning lip balm has more product for £17.50 less and is a really good daily alternative which is very pigmented and is an ideal alternative to lipstick this winter. Both brands have a wide range of colours so protect your lips in style this winter!

Chanel Pro Lumiere and d'ombre eyeshadow Mirifique!


Today was my first day back at university (yaaaay!) but the only downfall is that my uni is based in the middle of the town centre = tempted to shop :(
As I'm nearly out of my foundation I thought I would pop to the Chanel counter before I run out. I have been after the Chanel Illusion d'ombre eyeshadow in the colour illusionaire for ages but my chanel counter always run out! so today I decided to pick up the colour Mirifique to try it out.
I love the pro lumiere  foundation, it has more coverage than the vital lumiere but still has a natural look to it, I find it to be a bit too dewy looking so I have to use powder over it, I use macs translucent powder as it doesn't look cakey on the skin. The foundation is really light on the skin and easy to apply, I rarely use a foundation brush with this foundation as it is really easy to apply by hand. I am the colour 40 beige. It seems to last ages as you only need a small amount for coverage, it is buildable for colour if needed.

Anyway, onto the illusion d'ombre eyeshadow! it is amazingly pigmented, it feels like a cross between a mousse and a gel as it has quite a thick consistancy, it is very shimmery when the light hits it and can be used as an eyeshadow or an eyeliner with the brush included. I cannot wait to try it out, I think it will look lovely as a smokey eye with the colour illusionaire when I finally get my mits on it!
chanel illusion d'ombre in Mirifique (without flash)
and this is with flash (just to show how shimmer eyeshadow is)

The colour I want :'( booo my Debenhams!

September Glossybox!


This is my September Glossybox and I must admit I am pleased!
I love salt/sugar scrubs so I am really excited to try out the Dead Sea Spa Magik salt brushing, lets see if it beats Sanctuarys' hot sugar scrub.

The Moa The Green Balm works instantly at softening lips, it is very smooth in texture but feels a little bit greasy. It has an aloe vera scent to it, I will use this product however I still favour vaseline cocoa butter which is cheaper.

When I tried the Neal&Wolf Harmomy intensive care treatment my hair did feel softer, with having fine hair which has been coloured for years my hair does damage easily so only time will tell if this will become a staple in my hair routine!

I don't really agree with Glossybox including perfumes in Glossyboxes as perfume samples can be obtained for free from many stores, even often send free perfume samples with your order. I'm still in two minds whether I like the PLUM perfume by Mary Greenwell, it smells quite fresh but also smells like something an older person would wear.

Finally, what I was most excited to see... HD Brows eye and brow palette in Vamp. Being blonde I had to mix the nude colour and the dark brown colour, they blended well and are highly pigmented, and will definatly be using the other colours as eyeshadows. The eyebrow brush which came with the palette is really soft!