March 30, 2012

Product Review: Models Own Tropical Sun


I was so happy when I found the new Spring Beetlejuice range in my local boots, they didn't stock the original polishes (until now) so I wasn't expecting to have a change to buy these for a while (until Asos next offered free delivery). My favourite colour of the collection is probably Indian Ocean, but it's a cool blue and just not as bright, warm and summery as Tropical Sun.

I am glad that I went for this colour, it's really warm so it compliments my very pale skin and just looks gorgeous in the bright sun that I'm enjoying at the moment.


I applied the polish over a clear base coat. I know that some people prefer to use a complimenting colour underneath sheer shades like this, and that would work really well - I have a lot of orangey polishes I'd love to try this with, but I wanted to see what it was like on it's own - and the result was very good.

The first coat (below left) applied sheer but very evenly, giving a pretty peach sheen to my nails, almost like a lip gloss of polishes, pretty but I don't think I would ever wear the polish like that. The second coat turned the polish almost opaque, my nails were a lovely shimmery orange with a gold sheen and tiny flecks of silver which I wasn't expecting. I found myself looking at my nails throughout the next few days and noticing that they looked quite pink in some light which I really liked. I also noticed that in some angles you could see the half moons of my nails, I don't mind this but I applied a third coat a day after the first two and I think it looked nicer still.

I'm really pleased with this polish and eager to go out and buy Indian Ocean now! Five of the eight shades are available from Boots Online (including Indian Ocean and Tropical Sun) for £5 each plus £2.95 delivery, and every shade is available from the Models Own website also for £5 each plus £2.95 delivery. Models Own also offer a Beetlejuice collection of five polishes: Indian Ocean, Tropical Sun, Copper Pot, Aqua Violet, Pinky Brown and a 3 in 1 topcoat & Basecoat for just £20, plus your first order with models own gets you a free black kohl eyeliner pencil

Left - One Coat, Right - Two Coats



This weeks best dressed: 30/03/12

calivintage: waimea
Top - Equipment; Shorts - ModCloth; Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens; Bag - Vintage


Hat - Gap; Bracelets - F21; Watch - Rebecca Minkoff; Sunglasses - Guess; Trench - Cynthia Rowley (Marshalls); Blouse - Bird; Skirt & Belt - Thrift; Bag - Borrowed; Boots - Seychelles


Turban, Blouse, Skirt, Sunglasses & Purse - Vintage; Tights - J.Crew; Boots - Pixie Market


Cardigan - Vintage; Dress - Asos; Oxfords - Seychelles; Necklace - Natalie Joy; Purse - Rebecca Minkoff; Watch - Kenneth Cole


Top - Romwe; Jeans - Citizens of Humanity; Oxfords - Dolce Vita; Bag - Lodis


Tunic - Topshop; Necklace - Asos; Blazer - Own The Runway; Leggings - American Apparel


Shirt - Mad Elizabeth (As0s); Jeans, Boots, Necklace & Rings - Asos


Coat - Target; Top, Belt, Shoes & Bag - Vintage; Skirt - American Apparel


Shoes - ModCloth; Shoes- Francesca's; Braid - Asos


Dress -; Cardigan - Licia Florio; Bag - My Suelly (Minnier Freres); Shoes - Le Bunny Bleu


Top - Very; Skirt & Necklace - Vintage; Heels - ModCloth; Tote - LK Bennet


Skirt - Motel Rocks; Top & Jacket (unseen) - Fancy Treehouse; Backpack & Shoes - Asos


Shoes - OTF; Boots - Dolce Vita; Watch - Michael Kors; Bra - The Crystal Bra

March 26, 2012

Embroidery Hoops

Doily Wall Art Embroidery Hoop - 'Keep it simple' in yellow and purple - 8" hoopUrban Tree III - embroidery hoop art
Liberty Print Embroidery Hoop Wall Art - Set of 4 -  Blue StudyOrange Tabby Cat with a Curled Tail and a Tiny Nose - 4 inch Embroidery Hoop Art
French Knot Embroidery HoopHoop Art.  Personalized Memento. Tiny Bunting.
Miniature Wall Decorations - Arts and Crafts - Tapestry Design - Cream and GoldEmbroidery Hoop Fabric Wall Art. Set of Three 3 inch Hoops. Yellow, Mint, Green, Vintage Fabrics. by Merriweather Council on etsy

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Embroidery Hoops are such a sweet way to brighten up plain walls, an easy diy for your home of a personal gift. You don't even need to sew, just pop some pretty fabric into the hoop and trim!


March 24, 2012

Product Review: Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in '35-On and on Bronze'

I'm a little slow on the uptake on this product, I know it's been reviewed very well all over the internet already and I can see why.

The product is a 'gel-cream' eyeshadow. It's in cream form in the pot and on your brush (or finger) but turns to a powder when applied onto your eyelids. This works really well for lots of reasons - it's very hard to get too much product on the brush, it's impossible to let any shadow fall where you don't want it, and it has mega staying power.


The shadow applies really well and easily. I swatched it on my arm with my finger and a brush and there was no difference, but I think it's easier to apply with a brush because you only want to get this shadow where you want it as it's hard to get off again.

I was a little worried about the colour because it looked a really deep shimmery bronze when swatched on my arm but it didn't look as bold as I expected on my eyelid. It's actually a very easy to wear everyday tone - even on my pale skin.

The staying power of this shadow might be it's best quality. I swatched four colours on my arm in boots and even though I've had cardigan sleeves rubbing on it all day the shadows haven't budged a bit (see why you have to be careful when applying!). Even rubbing with a wet finger doesn't remove any product. When I applied it to my eyes I didn't use a primer and it's also stayed on really well - so it's perfect for a night out.

Removing it isn't too hard though, I've only removed the swatched from my arm, I've not tried my eyes yet, but it seems to come off quite easily, less so than most eyeshadow, but you don't need to scrub your skin.

The only disappointment I have with this product is that you can't really build it up, but if you want a heavier look the shadow works really well with a base for other shadows. I think you could create a really amazing metallic smoky eye with this.


The shadow is currently £4.09 in boots (if it's not already sold out!) who also have a 3 for 2 offer on almost everything!


This weeks best dressed: 23/03/12

Sister style 1 Dress - American Apparel; Scarf - Red Velvet; Bag - Impulse Boutique; Shoes - Seychelles


Dress - Ebay; Bag - French & English Confectioners; Tights & Bow - American Apparel; Shoes - Le Bunny Bleu; Glasses - Bon Look


Top & Trousers - H&M Trend; Clutch - American Apparel (Asos); Shoes - Asos; Watch - Michael Kors; Sunglasses - Topshop


Dress, Necklace & Purse - Vintage; Heels - MyHabit; Glasses - Ray Ban

Sunglasses - AM Eyewear; Blazer - Staple; Shirt - Stylestalker; Shorts - Whitchery; Bag - Alexander Wang; Shoes - Converse


Dress -; Boots - Dear Fieldbinder; Bag - Club Monaco; Necklace - Alimonda; Sunglasses - Open Ceremony

Lilydale, Part II
Dress & Hat - Urban Outfitters; Sandals - Modcloth; Sunglasses - Chloe; Watch - J.Crew


Dress & Ring - ModCloth; Sash - Three Birds Nest; Tights - Target; Shoes - Vintage


Dress - swap; Belt - Asos; Tights - We Love Colours; Shoes - ModCloth


Dress - Ivana Helsinki; Oxfords - Dear Fieldbinder; Hat - LuLu's

calivintage:  on the beach
Dress - Popavina


Jumper & Shoes - Urban Outfitters; Skirt - H&M

Louise Ebel Pandora Sin City.
Dress - Mango; Shoes - Miu Miu; Hat - American Apparel


Skirt - Dorothy Perkins; Top - Borrowed; Scarf & Belt - Vintage; Loafers - Primark

Skirt - Simone's Rose


Jacket - Asos; Necklace & Bag - Club Couture; Dress - Vintage; Heels - Seychelles


Shoes, Shirt & Glasses - H&M; Tights - New Look; Shirt - Romwe; Bag - Vintage


Dress - Fancy Treehouse; Boots - Sweedish Hasbeens; Backpack - Romwe


Dress & Bag - Vintage

Dress (Top) - Soiree; Skirt - Mango; Shoes Asianvogue; Bag - Thrift; Ring - FTC


Dress - Topshop; Brooch - Jessica De Loltz; Clutch - Olympia Le Tan; Boots - Vanessa Bruno; Tights - Wolford

Sorry for the late post again, but as you can see, it's taken me quite a while to finish! It's been a lovely sunny week every where and clearly lots of people are taking advantage and wearing very pretty clothes.