What’s my base?

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For the past year or so, my make up base has varied due to my love hate relationship with medium to full coverage foundations. As a result, for the past 6/7 months I have been devoted to the Nars tinted moisturiser due to its glowy finish and it’s just skin appearance. However as Autumn and winter have slowly crept in, I have had to give in to something with a bit more ooomph that will cover up any blotchiness on my face. Being the diva that I am, only the best would do, and I found myself browsing through the Charlotte Tilbury collection. I ended up going for the Light Wonder Foundation  as opposed to the new Magic Foundation as that looked a bit more full on than what I was going for. Some might argue that the light wonder is a little bit too glowy for this time of year but who cares really? My skin is already dull from pregnancy so a mattifying foundation would just make me look zombie-like. As a foundation I really can’t fault this. It blends out beautifully, sinks into the skin easily and gives my skin the vitality that it’s missing. Bravo Charlotte on this lovely creation.

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Ciaté Sweet Pea

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When deciding my second polish to try out of the Doll House Collection, I thought maybe I’d try my least favourite colour so I could save the best until last. Unfortunately there was no least favourite so I just went for what took my fancy. Today’s was Sweet Pea. A lovely matte green that really draws attention to the nails. I will confess I applied this to my nails after 2 glasses of cheap red wine and having just done the washing up, so the pictures will not do this justice. But this was the colour that convinced me to buy the collection and it really justified that £18 that I spent. This looks good matte or glossy but I think its already a bright colour so why not make it stand out a bit more by wearing it matte. This is a brilliant colour for spring (as clichéd as that line is) and personally I think that it is a better version of Essie’s Mint Candy Apple.

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Essie’s Bikini so Teeny

 

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I’m going to join in with every other beauty blogger and celebrate that spring is coming! This means bye bye dark toned clothes, nails and make up and hello pastels! My Valentines Day present off Harry was Essie’s ‘Bikini So Teeny’ which is a lovely periwinkle blue colour, which obviously I had to pick out myself and physically give to Harry to take to the till and then pretend I had no idea of it’s existence. I have heard mixed reviews about this, but overall I’m impressed. It’s been said that this polish is streaky? Personally I have no idea why people would think that. For the pastel colour that it is, it’s so pigmented and goes on so easily. I could have just applied one coat but I always do a second coat of polish to get it to last longer. However.. I do agree with the reviews stating that a top coat makes it go darker. I have no idea why this happens (anyone who knows please feel free to let me know) but in future I will steer clear of the top coat and just make sure I’ve got a couple of hours free to sit and relax, so my risk of smudge is reduced. Other than that though, this has made me feel so cheerful and summery and I’m so excited to whack out my spring jacket (probably won’t be for a while yet though!). The other colours that are part of the range are also incredible so I’m sure I’ll be spotted lingering around Douglas deciding what my next buy will be soon enough. What do you think of the new Essie collection? Yay or Nay?

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Day 17 and 18 of Ciaté Mini Mani Month

Confession time. I actively decided not to write a post yesterday as the polish I got was something that I would never, ever wear. It was Caviar Pearls ‘Frost Yourself’ which is nice and all, but honestly, I just don’t do nail art. There seems to be a trend of decorating your ring finger with beads or glitter and call me opinionated, boring or just miserable but I don’t understand it! It just looks half done to me. So to anyone who likes the look of it, let me know and I’ll send it your way, otherwise it will probably go to a make up charity.

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On the other hand, I got a nail polish today that I absolutely adore. It’s called ‘Amazing Gracie’ and resembles Essie’s ‘Ballet Slippers’ which I have had my eye on for so long now. Hopefully this should tide me over for a while and satisfy my craving for ballet slippers. It took a few layers but what else would you expect with such a pale nail varnish colour. I topped it off with speed coat which has fast become an essential part of my routine. In this case, every cloud has a silver lining.

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Day 14 of Ciaté Mini Mani Month

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I am happy to announce that I didn’t get a pastel or mint today! As much as I love them I was craving some glitter, and I was not let down. I got ‘Party Shoes’ which reminds me of a pair of topshop sparkly shoes that I used to wear so it the name actually had some relevance to me. Today’s is an actual glitter polish so I had to be creative as it is well known that glitter polishes require a lot of time and patience unless you are actually going for a really sheer look. I decided to try something different and went for Essie’s ‘Mink Muffs’ which is a lovely mocha colour and layer up the glitter on top. I feel quite happy with the results as the glitter went on quite easily and has a lovely shine to it which is normally quite hard to achieve with other polishes. I think I deserve a big pat on the back for my masterpiece!

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A/W 13 Colours

At the moment, everybody is embracing the changing of seasons and obsessing over darker, more rich tones and colours. Myself included.

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Recently nail polish and lipsticks have been added by the masses to my make up collection and are all matching this time of year.  I’ve got my 9 nail polishes here, some I’ve used for the past couple of winters and some that are completely, brand new. My favourites have got to be Gris Underground, Sepia 7e Art from the YSL Fall collection and After School Boy Blazer. Gris Underground I find quite special because the use of the word Gris is actually quite deceptive. I was expecting just a grey nail polish but depending on the light it can look grey, blue or lilac. Sepia 7e Art is just a classic sophisticated colour and which is reflected in it’s name as it pays homage to Old French Cinema and in particular the times of the Nouvelle Vague. There’s not a lot I can say about After School Boy Blazer as every other beauty blogger on the internet has already said everything you can say about it. All I can say is, Navy blue! Hope you like my range of colours!

From left to right on colour wheel: Barry M Foil Effects 320, Barry M 284 Emerald Green, Barry M 150 Red Glitter, H&M Looks Great On You, YSL Sepia 7e Art, Illamasqua Fragile, Essie After School Boy Blazer, Models Own Disco Mix, YSL Gris Underground.