Tuesday, 27 March 2012

DIY- How I Organise My Nail Varnish

I found without a free-standing or wall rack to hold your nail varnish, it can be a right pain to organise it efficiently. And if you're anything like me, you won't be able to keep a compartment-filed box tidy. However, after subscribing to MakeupJunkie101 on YouTube, I found a video of hers that explains how she organises her nail polish and now I do the same! Below I will explain how it works.

You will need:
- Nail wheels (depending on how many nail varnishes you have. I ordered 5 but this wasn't enough, so I will order another 5 soon. I have between 70-80 polishes)
- A basket
- A blank spreadsheet on your computer
- Pen & paper

Firstly, I'd like to say what nail wheels are & where you can get them. Nail wheels are a plastic disk with false nails coming out from the sides of the disk. I got mine from Ebay in a set of 5. They were £2.99 for the set.Here they are (once painted):

1. You will need to lay out all your nail polishes, I did mine on the floor because I have so many. You will need to group them somehow. I did mine by colour but you can do yours by glitter/non-glitter/shimmer/matt/etc, in the order of the rainbow or any other way you can think of. Then number the nails individually on the nail wheel, if you don't understand what I mean, here is a picture below to demonstrate:

2. On your piece of paper list 1-18. On each nail that you paint write down next to the numbers (in accordance to the nail number on the wheel) which nail varnish you used on it & how many coats you put on. This will make it easier to write up your spreadsheet (and it means you can do it anytime as long as you have the paper!) Here is a picture to show you how I did my sheet:

3. After completing all your nail wheels & the written piece of paper, you will need to open up a spreadsheet (on Excel). You will need to create a table like the following:

(Make sure the polishes are listed in the group order you have grouped them by. If you have grouped them not by colour, then replace the 'colour' collumn with whatever topic the groups are)

4. Fill it in!

This is my final spreadsheet (obviously it wouldn't be zoomed in when read). The real reason for creating this spreadsheet is so if you look at your nail wheel and think, I'd like that one today, which one is it? You can easily view it on your computer. I only did this as nail varnishes look extremely different in the bottle to on your nail and thanks to the 'how many coats?' collumn you can see how many coats you would need to get the look on the nail wheel and therefore estimate how much time you need for drying!

What a great idea?! Thanks MakeupJunkie101!
Have a great day everyone,

Monday, 12 March 2012

Beauty- Harrod's Edition Glossybox

So guess what arrived in the post this afternoon? My Glossybox! This is my second Glossybox and I can safely say I will not be giving up my subscription just yet :-) This month included several amazing products and only 1 I'm not so fussed about. And it's all enclosed in a beautiful, white box :-)

The first product I was drawn towards was the Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter.

Description- "Deeply moisturising, skin softening, naturally rejuvenating body butter in mouth watering blood orange and white pepper". Normally products say they smell like wild scents you would never normally smell or heard of in your life but they smell like rose or something common, however this combination of blood orange and white pepper is a marriage of fresh scents that would really wake you up after a bath or shower, and it actually smells like you would expect it to- orange and pepper!

I would never expect to see a body butter in a tube, either. I found this quite odd at first but after squeezing some onto my hands and rubbing it in, I found it worked really well as it becomes more of a liquid after rubbing. It also seems that a little goes a long way, so this 50ml tube will last a reasonably long time, considering I don't use body butter that frequently.

The next product to catch my eye was this Versace- Vanitas Versace Eau De Parfum. When I first saw a perfume in  my box I was skeptical as I am rare to find perfumes I like the smell of but when I cracked this open and had a sniff I fell in love! I love fresh and non-alcoholic scents that don't sting the nostrils and this is exactly that! It is an everyday, summery smell. But I find that you only need a tiny drop on your skin as it does turn into a bit of an alcoholic smell. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has the same perfume-scent criteria as me :-)

Description- "A luxurious scent from the House of Versace. Vanitas is a rich and voluptuous fragrance with notes of tiare flower, lime and freesia"

The next product is the Revive- Intensite Creme Lustre SPF30. Description- "An intensive, firming moisturiser that helps to reduce the appearance of sagging skin". This is the product I am not so fussed about having as it is a cream to reduce sagging skin and as a 16 year old girl...well it speaks for itself. However, I will use this as a moisturiser after cleansing and toning in the morning or evening. I am grateful to receive this product on the other hand as a 60ml pot (this is 7ml) is £235!!!!!!! I will definitely use this, even if it's not for it's prime purpose, or might even give it to my mum :-)

This product is possibly the one I am most excited about- a Lancome Juicy Tube in Toffee R'n'B (93). When I first saw this I was dissapointed as I am not much of a lipgloss person and I'm more of a lipstick person but when I put it on I fell in looooove! The taste is exactly like toffee/honeycomb and I don't think it could get more precise or yummy, I wish I could just eat it by the tube but sadly I'll have to save it for my lips! It's worth £15.50 (for a full size product) and when I run out of this (I know I deffo will!) I will buy the full size. I really adore this flavour and never thought I would as I don't like sweet-tasting product normally- but a definite must-try/have! I'm not sure what other colours/flavours came in this month's Glossybox but I'm pretty sure none can beat this :-) 

Description- "Ultra shiny hydrating lipgloss"

As you probably know from the reviews above, I'm 16 and I don't think I need Clarin's Extra Firming Body Cream. Although I am grateful that yet another body cream has been added to my box, I feel as though too many creams and moisturisers are put in Glossy/Carmine/etc boxes. I do like the smell of this cream however which is a good point :-) I think I won't be using this as much as my elders but I will use it once of twice probably- but if I do like it I'll let you guys know!

Description- "A formula rich in regenerating and firming plant extracts which restore the skin's youthful density and elasticity"

Thank you for reading! Have a great day,

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Beauty- Top 5 Lipsticks & Glosses

Number 5
At number 5 is one of my lipsticks I discovered years ago, Guerlain KissKiss 201 Rose Satin Hibiscus. The texture of this product is to die for, as it nourishes your lips with gloss and has a firm texture and lasting hold of lipstick and pigment. The colour shown in the picture is a bright pink and tastes like peaches- mmm! I love this colour but I don't wear it much as it's a hard colour to match up to an everyday outfit, so I wear it when I go out. The taste is lush and much nicer than most expensive lipsticks. As for the price, it's amazing for such a great brand- only £9.99. The colour stays on for around 3 hours maximum, which isn't bad for me anyway- always talking and eating!

Number 4
At number 4 is a lipgloss that I have only been in possession of for a couple of weeks, Smashbox, Candid. The gloss is super moisturising and stays on for around 5 hours- which is amazing! It's not very pigmented but the gold shimmer within the pink gloss is so shiny and stands out from a distance. The container is huge and will last forever! At £16.90 being the maximum price on the internet I think it's worth it- although the brush is terrible and the bristles stick out at all angles which really lets the lipgloss down, I love it none-the-less. The gloss has no taste so this is nor a positive or negative point.
Number 3
This lipstick may not look like much but this is by far one of my most used in my collection and of course it's Clinique, Blushing Nude. I got it in a free Clinique giftbag after spending around £20 in Debenhams. It was a tester and came in a travel-size, green lipstick holder. The actual packaging is beautiful: silver and ribbed. However, for £16 I think it could be better with longer-lasting colour as it only lasts for 2 hours max. I would not repurchase this as I could get the same colour for cheaper, but the reason why it's number 3 is because it's so  creamy. The colour doesn't dry out your lips and gives an even and smooth coverage. Overall, a fabulous texture!
Number 2
At number 2 is a very popular lipgloss- L'Oreal Glam Shine. I am unsure what colour this is but the closest I could find is Sand in the Crystals collection. I love this lipgloss and is one of the only glosses I have ever repurchased, as I am more of a lipstick kinda gal. It tastes like raspberries and adds so much glitter over the top of any natural shade of lipstick. It stays on for about 4 hours which is great and L'Oreal also do a 6 hour stay version in all the same colours. And online prices range from £3-£7.49. The heartshape wand also allows quick and easy application!
Number 1
This was so easy to put to number 1! E.L.F Deep Cool Berry Mauve. The colour is rich and the consistency is smooth and like a glossy stick, yet has a matte finish on the lips. I was put off by this product at first because it snapped in half after the first use but the colour is too good not to use! The rich colour compliments any skin/hair tone and certainly brings out my green eyes and I wear it every time I go out, even if just to town. And at £1.50 who can complain?! YES THAT'S £1.50! E.L.F lip shades are superb! :-) Click here to visit the E.L.F website:
Here's it on:

Beauty- First MUA Lipsticks

So these are my first ever MUA products! I also got a powder and primer but I'll leave that for another post. I bought these 2 shades; the red being shade 1 and the pink being shade 4. I found the way MUA order their shades in numbers quite odd as the cute names companies often give their lipsticks add a touch of personality, but hey-ho! All MUA lipsticks are only £1 so I decided to get 2 just to try them out to see if I liked them :-)

So this is the pink. I was contemplating adding a bright pink to my collection for a very long time so I finally decided to buy one, I mean for a pound what could go wrong?! I was initially dissapointed with this shade as it didn't work (a lipstick that didn't work?! :-o) but after a couple tries the pigment slowly came out. Because the texture is so moisturising I found it didn't come out as pigmented as I would have liked. :-( So not so happy, but it does come out onto lips with a touch of foundation/concealer on, so at least it slightly works! I'd give this about a 4/10.
And this is the red! I love this red shade as it's the perfect red shade to wear out for a formal event and look sophisticated (as it's a deep, dark red). I also have a colour like this in my E.L.F lipstick collection but I prefer this colour as it's more moisturising and stays on for a long time- plus 50p cheaper! I wouldn't wear this out for everyday and I am yet to find a bright, ladybug red shade (which I was expecting this to be :-( ). Overall I would rate this 8/10 :-)

Fashion- Floral and Black

Leggings- New Look Bralet- Topshop Cat Slippers- Missguided Necklace- Dainty Roses Ring- Chelsea Doll

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Fashion- River Island Obsessive

Top- River Island Jeans- River Island Shoes- River IslandEarrings- River Island Bag- River Island Cardigan- River Island

Fashion- Dainty Roses

As many of you know I am a massive jewellery fan and when I came across Dainty Roses I had to buy something! The site, run by Lisa, is a cheaper version of the popular competitors Chelsea Doll, Dolly Bow Bow and Regal Rose. She creates all her own jewellery ranging from necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, rings and headwear. This is my first order and I have fallen in love with near enough everything on the site! I ordered a '£10 goody bag' which is exactly what it says on the tin. You pay £10 and you get 5 mystery rings inside. Initially I was worried about this due to my rather skinny fingers (I have to have adjustable rings) but after contacting Lisa on Twitter I was reassured and told I could have a *special* goody bag with 5 adjustable rings, aww how sweet! So below are the 5 rings I ordered:

All of the rings are absolutely beautiful and it astonishes me that she makes them all by hand. Overall the rings would have come to £23.50 if bought individually without the offer, which is very generous of her! Although they are all gorgeous I must admire the camera (2nd from left) and bear (2nd from right) rings as they are to die for!

I have to compliment the packaging, also. When the postman delivered a solid and secure cardboard box to my front door I was puzzled as to what it was (and puzzled how to open it?!) but after about 10 minutes of digging my claws into the next layer of pink and white striped packaging and opening the orange tissue paper I unwrapped a business card entitled 'Dainty Roses' and on the reverse has a sweet, handwritten note from Lisa, herself which was a lovely touch! Thank you, Lisa!

Overall, 10/10 for Dainty Roses and I have to thank her further for the great customer service. I will happily be buying from the cheap and reliable Dainty Roses!

Have a great day & thank you for reading,

About Me

My name is Geena and I am a student from the UK. I am currently studying media, product design, ICT and photography and love it! I hope to be a designer of some sort when I eventually leave from university after studying fashion graphics. I currently design jewellery and I do sell a few pieces. I would love to own my own business one day. I hope you enjoy my blog!
Lots of love,