Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Essie Twinkle-Belle Duo

UK Beauty Blog Maisy Meow
Essie Mint Candy Apple
Essie Sparkle on Top swatch

Hello lovelies! I'm very happy to finally show you this lovely little duo in all it's glory, now that my colour wheels have finally arrived. The days of stressing out trying to take pictures of my own hands are over! So I picked up this Essie duo as part of my birthday outfit for the St Enoch Centre magazine (see that post here). Mint is my favourite summer colour, by far, and I'd heard a few people recommend Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple' as a favourite. I was excited to try it, but even more so with this beautiful sparkly top coat, 'Sparkle on top'. The sparkles are silver with a mint tinted shine to them, and together they somehow remind me of a mermaid's tail (you know,because I see them all the time..). The top coat would go nicely over any summer shade, and similarly the Mint Candy Apple is gorgeous on it's own too. I've always been a fan of the Essie nail polish formula but, as you'd expect from any pastel shade, it takes about 3/4 coats to get a good, opaque coverage. When you add in the top coat, it's quite a timely exercise! I'd recommend tackling this duo when you have at least an hour that you can afford to go hands-free, because you will need the drying time! Trust me though, it's all worth it :)

Do you like this duo? What's your favourite Essie shade?

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Pinspiration || Spring Hairstyles

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Source: all images from Pinterest

Since my hair is finally getting that little bit longer, I've been making the most of it by trying out different hairstyles. The halo braid is a really popular style at the moment and it's definitely one of my favourites. It's so easy to do and the perfect style if you're like me and constantly trying to keep your hair off your face. I love this milkmaid braid in the centre too. I tried this one out a while ago but it didn't look quite right on me. Looking at this picture, I think it looks so much better when the braids are really messy, so I'm going to give it another go! Have you tried this style? I'm going on holiday soon so I'm on the lookout for any easy styles to keep my frizzy beach hair (and not the nice kind) under control - I know this messy side braid will be my saviour on days at the beach. What's your favourite holiday hairstyle?

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

OUTFIT || Zara Printed Trousers

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Black Leather Jacket: Topshop || Light Blue Sweater: Dorothy Perkins 
 Printed Trousers: Zara || Black Pool Sliders: Primark (£8) || Bag: Primark (£8)

What a stressful week. I've had so much to do and haven't been feeling good lately, so unfortunately my outfit pictures aren't the best this week. I've only managed to find one semi-acceptable picture. I blame the weather. I really hope the talk of a long heatwave is true - sunny outfit pictures are the best kind!

Anyway, I still wanted to post this outfit because I'm in love with these Zara trousers. These were a holiday purchase so I've got plans to wear them with a cami and flip flops when I'm away, but this light jumper and leather jacket will have to do for now. I also wanted to show you Primarks latest success! I've been looking for a chunky pair of sandals like these for a while, and was close to buying a Topshop pair for £22 (these ones) when I saw they had an almost identical pair in Primark. I bought a pair in black and white, and still ended up saving! I've worn the black ones once, and they were really comfy so the only thing left to test is how long they'll last. Either way, I'm so happy with that bargain. I'll definitely be back to Primark in the next few weeks for some beach-wear and accessories!

Where's your favourite place to go shopping for holidays?

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

'from LeeLee with love' set by Benefit

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Benefit from LeeLee with love review
'from LeeLee with Love' set by Benefit £29.50

I've been trying out different high-street primers for a while, and nothing seems to compare to Benefit 'The POREfessional' primer. I've concluded that when it comes to primer, you get what you pay for.  So I went into Boots a few weeks ago, prepared hand over my £24.50 at the Benefit counter (even though it's worth it, that still hurts a bit!). I usually try not to get sucked in by the up-sells at the counter, but the Benefit girl was lovely and when she saw I was buying POREfessional, she showed me this gorgeous little gift set. She told me that for just £5.00 more, I'd get a full size primer, full size 'They're Real' mascara and a 'Laugh with me LeeLee' mini perfume. Considering the mascara itself is normally £19.50 - I'd say that's a pretty good deal! On top of this, they all come presented in a gorgeous sky blue and pink designed tin. This is so pretty and definitely one to keep - perfect for dressing table storage!

I might do individual reviews on these another day, but at the moment I just wanted to show you this lovely little set and how good value it is. If you've got your eye on something from Benefit, it's definitely worthwhile checking if there's any sets available first and then you can try out some other products too! Boots stock sets like these every so often, with a mix of different products and sizes and they're also available direct from the Benefit website if you want to have a look!

Have you tried any of the Benefit sets? Do you like these products?

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