Sunday, 25 November 2012

wishlist #5

1. treggings, Topshop.
2. t-shirt, Tee and Cake at Topshop.
3. large jar candle, Yankee Candle.
4. Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask, Ren.
5. hat, Topshop.
6. nail polish in "Crown Me Already, OPI.

This month feels like it's been the longest of the year. I've been so busy with work and college assignments and so I'm itching for payday to treat myself. these amazing trousers/leggings are currently top of my most coveted list. What's on yours?

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Créme

Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Créme in 'Iced Gold' (... Phew!), €20.42 from Beauty Bay.

When it was announced that Jemma Kidd Make Up School went into administration some weeks ago, I hastily relocated her cult 'Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Créme' from it's long-term home of 'wishlist' to 'basket'. Highlighter is something I'm just not bothered with and so this sat idle in wishlists across online department stores for months. Since purchasing this, however, I haven't looked back.
Dewy Glow All over Radiance Créme can be used opaquely for a full-on Hollywood glamour highlight, or subtly blended out with your foundation brush to lift the high points of the face. I like to use this with a MAC 188 or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It also works beautifully as an inner corner or brow-bone highlight. The main reason this trumps all the other highlighters in my collection is the subtleness. It's not glittery, and adds a sheen rather than a shimmer. Paired with the perfect contour colour I can achieve actual cheekbones with this product! It achieves a more natural look than, for example, my MAC Cream Colour Base in 'Pearl'. The packaging is gorgeous also; the sleek black rubber of Nars that I love so much, in a super slim compact with a massive mirror.
This Holy Grail of highlighters is still available from places like the FeelUnique outlet, and on Beauty Bay, and I even spied some Jemma Kidd products in TK Maxx the other day. If this is a purchase you've been contemplating for a while now, take the plunge, you won't regret it.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

NOTD: festive glitter

Nails Inc 'Porchester Square', Nicole for OPI 'Rainbow in the S-Kylie' (both available from ASOS)

A nail combo I loved last winter was OPI 'Steady As She Rose' with this multicoloured glitter topcoat. This year it's a slightly more grown-up 'Porchester Square' with an accent finger of rainbow glitter. I haven't been able to stop staring at my nails since I laquered on this combo a few days ago. I find Nails Inc polishes wear reasonably well but strangely enough they last longer when I don't use a topcoat. Please excuse some slight tip-wear on my index finger! While 'Porchester Square' is a relatively unique shade, these rainbow glitter topcoats are everywhere now and you can get some really amazing variations from Essence and Models Own for a fraction of the price of an OPI or Deborah Lippman polish. For me this is the perfect winter polish combination - the nude goes really well with the burgundy and oxblood shades that are everywhere these days and the rainbow glitter is so festive! I'm tempted to go ahead and apply glitter to every nail!