Saturday, 8 September 2012

NOTD: Ombré Cherry Blossom

I'm currently in the process of decorating my new bedroom so as you can imagine I'm spending a lot of time searching for furniture, ornaments and pretty things I can place on the walls etc. One of my ideas is to have cherry blossom on one of my walls so I've been looking high and low for the perfect cherry blossom wall decal. I have an image in my head of what I want but I just cannot seem to find anything that matches the image in my head... frustrating. 

My obsession with cherry blossom is starting to become unhealthy, so much so that I decided to paint cherry blossom on my nails. I decided to do ombré cherry blossom nails for two reasons, one, I like ombré and two, it's on trend. 

Nail Polishes Used:
Essie 'Blanc'
Essie 'Mint Candy Apple'
Orly 'Winter Wonderland'
Brown, White, Red Acrylic Paints

I hope you like my ombré cherry blossom nails as much as I do and if you'd like a tutorial on how to create them, comment below! 

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

TAG: How Much Is My Face Worth?

This tag has been floating around the bloggersphere for weeks and I can understand why. It's a fun and interesting tag to do as we're able to find out how much we actually spend on our face and most importantly, we're able to see how many products we put on our face daily. 

The lovely Megan from British Beauty Geek tagged me to do this post, if you'd like to see how much Megan's face is worth then check out her post *here*. 

If you'd like to find out how much my face is worth, keep on reading! 

  • Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base - £18.00
  • MAC Eyeshadow in 'Vex' - £10.00
  • MAC Eyeshadow in 'Shale' - £10.00
  • MAC Eyeshadow in 'Mystery' - £10.00
  • MAC Penultimate Eyeliner - £16.00
  • Sleek Eau La La Liner in 'Noir' - £4.99
  • MAC Haute & Naughty Lash - £18.00
  • MAC Brow Set in 'Clear' (now an attractive swamp colour) - £12.50
  • Inglot Rainbow Eyeshadow - £6.00

  • Estee Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Release - £34.00
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - £4.19
  • Fashionista Blush in 'Butterscotch' - £4.00
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder - £27.00

  • Palmers Cocoa Lip Butter - £2.75
  • MAC Lipstick in 'Please Me' - £14.00

Total:  £191.43

So there we have it, my face is worth a grand total of £191.43 which is really rather appalling, it's a good job I don't wear Tom Ford or Chanel products on a daily basis. I'd also hate to see what my face would be worth if I included skincare, I'd possibly have a mental breakdown. 
Doing this tag has made me realise two things, one, I use a lot of products on my face and two, I spend far too much money on my face. I really want to try and cut down the amount of products I use on my face because lets face it, do I really need to wear bronzer? And do I need to use an eyeshadow base everyday?.. probably not. I'm definitely going to cut down the amount of products I use on my face because it's pretty ridiculous.

Although my face is worth a fair bit of moola, it's not as extreme as some I've seen (we're talking in excess of £300) so I think I can be let off the hook! 

Have you done this tag? and if you have done, link me to it as I'd love to have a read!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Holiday Outfit: Day Five

I'm not going to give this post an introduction as I don't feel there's any need to. Many of you will know that I'm blogging about all of my holiday outfits so I'm just going to crack on and show you what I wore on day five of my jolly holidays. 

Rings: Topshop, Earrings: Topshop, Shoes: River Island, 
Dress: Missguided

I absolutely love this dress and I'm so pleased that I bought it for my jolly holidays. It's a lovely summery dress that can be dressed up or dressed down, no matter if you're going shopping with your friends or going to a big birthday bash, this is the perfect dress for any occasion. I have only worn this dress once which is rather shameful but I'm hoping we get this supposed 'indian summer' as I'd quite like to wear it again! 
There are three things I love about this dress, I love the 'Cath Kidston-esque' floral pattern, the cut-out detail at the waist and the super high neckline. It's a fun, feminine dress and I like it very much.
The dress is also really well-made and made from super sturdy material. I was expecting to hold my dress down every two minutes because of the wind but I can safely say that this baby did not blow up, I didn't have to hold the dress down once. 
I really do like this dress and I'll certainly be wearing it next summer too. Missguided still have this dress in-stock so if it floats your boat, there's still a chance to get your hands on it. The link to the dress is provided above.

I'm not going to say much about my white flatforms but if you've read my previous holiday outfit post you'll know that me and my white flatforms fell out on holiday. All you need to know is that they looked lovely and went perfectly with the dress but they ripped my feet to shreds.. ouch! 
I also think my accessories matched the dress perfectly too with them being pink and mint green. 

I hope you liked my day five holiday outfit, keep a lookout for day six! 

Saturday, 1 September 2012

How To Create Purple Gradient Stripe Nails!

A couple of weeks ago WAH nails posted a photograph on Instagram of a set of coral themed nails they did for one of their clients. I noticed that on one of the finger nails they had created a coral gradient striped design. It was cool, funky and I knew I'd be able to do it myself. 
I can paint stripes freehand with my eyes closed but I know that many people struggle to create stripes as they either don't have the patience or just cannot physically do it. Because of this I have written a handy tutorial showing you how to create gradient striped nails the simple and easy way.  
This tutorial will be helpful if you wish to create the WAH inspired gradient stripe nails or if you just want to create stripes in general. 

What you will need to create purple gradient stripe nails:

  • White Nail Polish - I used Essie 'Blanc'
  • Lilac Nail Polish - I used Illamasqua 'Wink'
  • Purple Nail Polish - I used OPI 'Planks A Lot'
  • Dark Purple Nail Polish - I used Jessica 'Pretty In Purple'
  • Top Coat - I used Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat
  • Microporous / Scotch Tape
  • Scissors

Please don't feel like you have to use the same nail polishes as I did as any nail polish will be fine. The key thing is that you select a white nail polish, pale nail polish, dark nail polish and very dark nail polish.  You can also pick up microporous tape from your local chemist or supermarket for as little as £2.00. 

If you would like to create purple gradient stripe nails all you have to do is follow my nice and easy steps! 

Step One:
Apply two coats of the white nail polish to your nails. It's also important that you let the nail polish fully dry before carrying onto the other steps as you'll end up ripping the nail polish off if you don't let it dry. 

Step Two: 
Cut a piece of tape and apply it to the base of your nail. 

Step Three:
Apply another piece of tape to the centre of your nail. This step determines how wide you want the 3rd stripe to be.

Step Four:
Apply the lilac nail polish to the gap between both pieces of tape. You'll need to use two coats.

Step Five:
Once the lilac nail polish has dried, remove both pieces of tape.

Step Six:
Apply a piece of tape to the tip of your nail. Again, this step determines the width of the 2nd stripe.

Step Seven:
Apply the purple nail polish to the gap between the tape and the lilac nail polish. You'll need to use two coats.

Step Eight:
Once the purple nail polish has dried, remove the tape.

Step Nine:
Apply the dark purple nail polish to the tip of your nail. You'll need to use two coats.
Once dry, apply a top coat!

And we're done!

Video Tutorial:

Obviously you can use any colours, you don't have to limit yourself to purple. I think a coral, black or multicoloured version would look amazing too! 

I hope you liked this tutorial, and most importantly I hope you found it helpful. If you have any nail tutorial requests, please feel free to let me know.

Thank you for reading!

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