Wednesday, 26 February 2014

NOTD: Barry M Silk Nail Effects

I was so excited to try out the new silk nail effects collection by Barry M, however I limited myself to buying just two shades in Superdrug in case they weren't right for me. I ended up purchasing Heather and Blossom (I may put up a review of Blossom up in the near future). For now, let me show you how Heather turned out!

Barry M Silk Nail Effects Heather

The formula is good, and very easy and smooth to apply. I used Barry M's 3 in 1 base coat, three thin coats of Heather and no top coat. The colour came out exactly like how it looked in the bottle which I was extremely pleased about. Heather is a gorgeous soft lilac shade, a very pretty pastel colour indeed, perfect for spring. The silk effect finish is a soft matted shimmer, and about 2 to 3 coats will give good coverage. I was trying to multitask while leaving the nail polish to dry, which is why my little finger especially is a bit smudged.

Barry M Silk Nail Effects Heather

I've been wearing this polish for three days now, and the nail polish hasn't chipped at all. Although without a top coat, I have realised it's really easy to scratch the polish by accident, and even though it's not noticeable, it's just a pain when you've spent a while applying the coats.

These silk polishes are available in 6 gorgeous spring shades, available at or Superdrug and Boots for £3.99 (P.S Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on at the moment!).

These certainly are a unique collection of nail polishes, I love the matte effect and how they dry so quickly. Have you tried the silk collection yet?


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

How To Cope With Illness At University

Lately I've found myself being stuck in bed due to illness for days, taking what seems like a ridiculous amount of antibiotics rather than actually going to lectures which really sucks. This is also why there has been a lack of posts unfortunately, however regularly posting will resume once I am better! When you fall behind it can make you stress even more, which will make you feel even worse (and so the cycle continues!). You don’t have your parents to tend to your every need any more, so you need to get through this on your own.

However if you do find yourself feeling unwell when you’re on campus, here’s a few tips.

Don’t catch yourself short of pain killers, so make sure you keep some paracetamol/ibuprofen on you at all times. You never know who else might need it too! You may also want to consider keeping a few tissues in your bag – just in case. A little bit of emergency money will come in handy in case you need to take a taxi home, money for antibiotics etc.

When people tell you that rest and water are the best things that can help you, they’re not lying. As well as saving you money, it’s one of the easiest things you can do to help yourself. Missing lectures can cause you to get stressed about missing work, however make sure you email the appropriate lecture/tutor, as then you can figure out a solution to help you catch up when you’re better. This also informs them that you are genuinely ill and not just skiving. If you manage to make it to a lecture, avoid sitting in the middle of a row at the front of the lecture hall. I can imagine it would be really hard to leave the room in an emergency if you don’t want everyone staring at you.

Last of all don’t let your room get a tip while you’re feeling ill, a dirty room isn't going to make you feel any better any time soon. Even if you can’t manage to make it beyond your bedroom door for a while, take a shower now and then to freshen yourself up. If you do take a turn for the worse, don't be afraid to make a doctor's appointment, or head to the walk in centre to be seen on the day.

Top Tip: Aero hot chocolate is perfect for when you’re feeling unwell!


Friday, 14 February 2014

Create A Little Love

Love is in the air, and with Valentine’s Day right on your doorstep, I'm going to show some creativeness! So, what does 'love' mean to me?

Love means a lot of things to me, so I found it hard to pick just one thing to use as representation. First of all, gaming means a lot to me. My boyfriend and I spend most of our time on PC/console games, and this is only a small selection of games I own that I've used to create an 'L'. These are my favourite 3DS games, and they remind me of quality time well spent with him!

For the 'O', I used a few Barry M nail polishes (again, I own a ridiculous amount). This symbolises my love for my beauty blog, and how much I enjoy writing and hope my readers love to read my posts too. It reminds me of how much effort and dedication I have put into this blog to keep it going.

I used midi-rings to form a 'V', which not only shows my passion for fashion, but I believe rings show a promise to be kept (most commonly in the form of promise rings, engagement rings and wedding rings). The circular ring shows that love is infinite.

For the last image, I was dying to bake something such as cookies or cupcakes for Valentine's Day, however due to being ill for the past few days I was unable to do this. Instead I have a perfect substitution, and that is Domino's pizza (I hacked at a slice to create some sort of 'E'). Now if you know me well enough, you know my love for pizza is great. I would like to think my life is an eternal pizza party! I'm a lover of all delicious food (namely junk food), and if you want to win my heart, you know what to get me!

What does 'love' mean to you?


Monday, 10 February 2014

Valentine's Day: Greeting Games

Greeting Games have launched a new concept in greeting cards, basically a digital greeting card combined with a casual game. It's a really fun way to send e-cards to people, and the brilliant thing is it works on smartphones as it's not Flash-based. Greeting Games* include a choice of 25 very popular casual games, such as gem blasters, matchers, bubble shooters, slicers, mahjong, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, word search games and many others.

With Valentine's Day soon approaching, this is a great way to show your affection to your other half, by sending them a game to reveal a hidden message. This idea really appealed to me as I'm into technology (it's what my degree is all about), and my boyfriend is also doing a games computing degree, so this is really up our alley!

To create your personalised game, first you choose the occasion for which to send a greeting card. You can send a Greeting Game for any occasion such as Valentine's Day, birthday cards, get well soon wishes, congratulations, party invitations or just to say thank-you to someone. After that, you choose a combination of a story and game that fits your friend or loved one best. Then you can personalise the Greeting Game by changing the title, setting the difficulty, and adding a personal message. When your Greeting Game is finished, press ‘send’ and you’re done, and what's great is the first one is always for free. Another great feature is that you can actually preview the game for yourself so you know what the person will receive. I was really mean and sent one to my boyfriend Josh on the hardest difficulty setting on a blaster game! I also thought this game was appropriate since I'm often referred to as a crazy cat lady.

game preview

This particular game is a match 3 game, in which you have to click on groups of three squares or more of the same colour. Clicking on groups will get you points and fill the progress bar. You need to fill the progress bar to complete a level and you will need to complete all three levels to complete the game. After a while he managed to complete all the levels to reveal the secret personal message I had sent him. I managed to capture the game in action about half way through, so feel free to view it below. Excuse Josh's naughty language at times (frustration at the difficulty level) and the wobbly camera as it was taken on my phone!

As people become more dependent upon technology, the use of cards is decreasing. I do think giving someone a card in certain circumstances is great, however for most cases the card just lasts a day then gets binned. It's sad but true. That's why I think Greeting Games is fantastic, as you can still say exactly what you would have in a card, whilst also being cheaper and can be accessed instantly. And so I will continue to use these fantastic personalised games in the future!

Would you consider using Greeting Games over physical cards?


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Mini Barry M Haul

Someone needs to hold my purse when I go into Boots, especially when there's a 3 for 2 offer on Barry M cosmetics. On this trip I purchased 4 nail polishes to add to my ever growing collection, and 2 eyeshadow pencils.

Barry M Nail Polish Eyeshadow

From left to right;
Nail Polishes: Aqua Glitter, Duchess, Kingsland Road, Ridley Road.
Eyeshadow Pencils: Gold Cream, Bronze.

I've been wearing all the nail varnishes for about a week now and none have them have chipped yet which is great!

Barry M Nail Polish

Barry M Nail Polish

My personal favourite has to be Duchess, and the pale pink and green colours will look great for spring/summer!

Barry M Eyeshadow

Next up are these two lovely eyeshadows in gold cream and bronze. They have a super smooth application, and also happen to be waterproof so I can't complain! There are 7 different colours in total and these will be perfect for day time and night time looks.

Barry M Nail Polish

Barry M Eyeshadow

I can't wait to try out the eyeshadows, however I think the bronze colour will look better, as the gold cream seemed to fall apart already when just applying a swatch. However, they're both beautiful shades!

Have you picked up your Barry M 3 for 2 yet?


Thursday, 6 February 2014

#NekNomination vs #RAKnomination

I'm sure you're all well aware of the recent drinking game that has gone viral, and if you don't - where have you been?! This game is called NekNominate. I originally posted this on Brit Student, but thought I would share my views with you on here too.


What is NekNominate? It is a drinking game that is particularly popular with students, originally believed to have been started in Australia when a young man downed drinks in an extreme manner and used the hashtag "NekNominate". Since then people have been doing the same, downing a pint or other form of alcohol. Recently it's now turned into drinking dirty pints (a drink with lots of different mixtures ranging from spirits to ketchup for example, etc.) The nominated people then have 24 hours to upload their video and nominate their choices, carrying on the trend (in most cases in an attempt to beat the person before you by doing a 'crazier' video).

So is it all harmless fun? At first it did seem to be teenagers having a little harmless fun, which all too soon has gone downhill. There has been numerous people throwing up, ruining their lives and bodies, and even a few have died or have been close to deathThis game is foolish and although some have laughed when they hear individuals have died from this drinking game, it could make them seriously ill. But rather than just blaming social media, ‘NekNominations’ is driven ultimately by a very negative form of peer pressure. The problem is not technology, it is society. ‘NekNominations’ show we still have a long way to go in developing a healthy societal attitude to the consumption of alcohol.

What if I get nominated? First of all there is no way I would lower myself and take part in this game, however in light of recent events there has been a new twitter hashtag that has been trending. These are #RAKnomination and #NekDonate, which show you how you can make something positive come from this nomination.

RAKnomination means "random acts of kindness" and involves people to do just that, and nominating others to do so. Another similar idea "NekDonate" has also reached Ireland, which is pushing the idea that instead of drinking a pint, that you donate a pint of blood.

To be honest I'd be much more impressed with someone for donating blood or doing a RAKnomination, than joining in with this stupid NekNominate game. This internet fad has caused more damage than good.

Here is a great example of a student turning her nomination into something great! She also adds - “Whatever reason people take part in NekNominate, they have clearly failed to consider the possible consequences; I’m not referring to death here, but more the addition of such videos to your digital footprint, which could be dug up by potential employers (or others) in the future.”

Lots of people are now turning towards RAKnominate (and other forms of donation), which I think is great and will definitely contribute to if I get nominated.

Which would you rather do?


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Review: Grabble

I have quite possibly made one of the best discoveries ever in my time of being a blogger, and that is 'Grabble'. Grabble is a community curated social fashion platform. It allows users to add a 'Grab' button to their bookmarks bar, so you can 'Grab' a product on a website that gets saved onto Grabble (a similar concept to Polyvore). But this is better than Polyvore, as there's no fiddling around with placing products on a board, as one is created for you. To be honest I never really got the hang of Polyvore anyway.

Grabble collection border

Everything you Grab gets pulled into the community and can be seen by other users looking for inspiration. Users can tag styles, Grab other people’s fashion finds to their own stores and share with their friends using Facebook and Twitter, adding new ways to discover fashion online.  One of the best features that I love is that everything you see on Grabble can be purchased.

Feel free to view the whole Valentine's Day ASOS collection I have made, as not all the products have been shown in the preview, and I wouldn't want you to miss out!

I find Grabble is so easy to use, and once you have finished your collection, you can then embed it, or share it. I sometimes struggle for inspiration; however by using Grabble it has opened my eyes a lot! You're probably thinking how is this different to Pinterest? Well, unlike Pinterest, Grabble has been developed to only work with commerce in mind, so if you can’t buy it, you can’t Grab it. This helps it be kept strictly product focused which is valuable for users. Another fantastic feature is that you can even receive alerts when your items go into sale - a massive bonus for us fashion lovers!

If you want even more information, then check out this video below to learn how Grabble makes shopping simple.

Have you tried Grabble yet?


Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Face Primer Pore Bottle

After giving baby lips a go, I decided I would try out baby face too. I really love the packaging - it's just the right size and small enough for travelling. The tube is pretty cute and the colours straight away reminded me of the Benefit Porefessional. The nozzle of the tube is great, as it allows the product to come out slowly and in small amounts. I understand that the name 'Baby Skin' is for the brand's "baby" line (like 'Baby Lips'), but I just don't think that it suits the product.

Maybelline Baby Skin Face Primer Pore Bottle

The product is designed to be used as a primer but can also be worn on its own. It is a thick silicone gel and has a similar consistency to Porefessional. I am not sure if this was made as a dupe of the Benefit primer but it claims to do the same thing and has very similar packaging so it will obviously be compared. My pores are not big and not particularly visible however application of this did nothing to mask them at all. It feels nice to apply and leaves my skin feeling fairly silky. My makeup applied well and didn't soak into my skin as much, meaning I was able to use less. Although this silicone based primer is supposed to be great for oily skin, I feel like my skin feels greasier with it on. It did stay put all day, but I have that result with most primers.

Maybelline Baby Skin Face Primer Pore Bottle

This claims to be a pore eraser and in my opinion it just doesn't do that job. The tiny tube contains only 22ml of product, the same quantity as Porefessional. This is £7.99 from Boots, and although it is much cheaper than Benefit, is not cheap enough considering it doesn't really do the job it claims to do. I will continue using this as a primer, because my pores are not big and don't bother me, but I don't see myself repurchasing.

Have you tried Baby Skin by Maybelline?


Monday, 3 February 2014

Valentine's Day - Treat Yourself

Valentine's Day is soon approaching, it's all you can see in shops and a lot of blog posts are dedicated to it. But what if you're single? That doesn't mean you have to spend the day being anti-Valentine's Day or feeling sorry for yourself. Personally I don't like PDA or going over the top, showering your partner in gifts for just one day. Plus, we're not all rich here, being a student and all. It's nice that there is a day in the year where you can celebrate your relationship - but does this really need to be publicised all over your social media?

What I'm saying is, I know how it feels to spend the day sitting in your room, over thinking about your recent breakup and trying to avoid Facebook because everyone's posting about what theirs plans are with their other half.

But you don't have to spend the day in misery, and heartache. We're women, and we can handle anything! So here are a few suggestions on how to spend your day;

Go Shopping
Grab your friends, and go on a shopping trip! Ask your friends that are in a relationship too, as you might make their day, especially if their partner is too busy working etc. to spend time with them on Valentine's Day. Although this isn't the best solution for your bank, I did this one Valentine's Day and it really cheered me up.

Friendly Get Together
This is similar to the point before of getting your friends together and just having fun! Eat chocolates and watch lots of movies - and why not order a pizza too? Sounds like the perfect day for a food fanatic such as myself.

Distract Yourself
It sounds daft, but try to distract yourself from the day by doing things like baking or listening to music. Maybe even go on a day trip somewhere with your family/siblings? Spend the day like it's just any other day and before you know it, you'll be going to sleep and the 'dreaded day' will be over.

You don't need a partner for Valentine's Day, nor do you need to hate the day.

Love & Hugs


NOTD: OPI Super Bass Shatter Nail Polish

As I've been ill all week it means I've been bed-bound unfortunately, however that hasn't stopped me from painting my nails! This nail polish is from the Nicki Minaj collection - my favourite colour too. It looks great with a light coat else if too much is applied, it doesn't "shatter" properly. I used Collection's 60 seconds nail polish in Aztec Gold* as a base coat - however I think pink would look good also.

'Aztec Gold'
Depending on the shade you put this over it either looks like a dark magenta, or a dark purple, and the subtle glitter is great! Although the polish didn't shatter in the same way on each nail, I actually like it that way!

As you can tell, they aren't the neatest of nails but I don't think it's that noticeable with shattered nail polish.

The final 'shattered' look

I really like Super Bass* by OPI, it was pretty simple to do and lots of fun to watch the "shatter" happen. At a distance, the colours sort of blend so my nails look a metallic coppery colour - a lovely colour.

What's your favourite OPI shatter polish?

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