Barry M Colour Changing Lip Paints in Genie, Neptune and Unicorn – Review

L-R: Genie, Neptune and Unicorn

Wow this post has been sitting in my drafts for God knows how many months now… SINCE MARCH! Oh jeez… That’s when I bought Neptune to be honest.

Top-Bottom: Genie, Neptune and Unicorn

There are now three of these colour changing lip paints by Barry M and although I love my liquid lipsticks and MAC lipsticks equally I really do love these lip paints. The first lip paint Genie is one of the first lipsticks I bought and started wearing daily and it’s from this that I found my love of wearing lipsticks, especially dark pink shades. It wasn’t called Genie back then though and instead was called, “touch of magic” lip paint. Genie works better. 😛

If I’m known for one thing it’s my lipstick. Although my lips haven’t been in the best shape lately, I always usually have lipstick on, whether it’s liquid or a normal creamy one. As I mentioned before when I first started wearing bright lipsticks, the Barry M green lipstick was the one I wore the most. I loved it so much I wore it down to a nub! I remember the packaging was all black too, not colour coordinated like it is now. I definitely prefer the packaging now to back then.

So I thought why not review all of these lip paints? They’re all amazing, perfect for summer as they work like a stain as well as being a colour changing and unique shade to you.

I’ll do them in the order they were released, so the first one I’ll be reviewing is Genie!

Genie is the first shade that came out and goes on green and turns into a hot pink shade. I’ll pop a bit about it from the official Barry M website.

It’s green but magically turns your pout an ultra-long lasting personal shade of pink. It does this by adapting to the Alkaline in your lips. In other words, every person is different and every look is unique! Genie lasts for eight hours too so you can achieve an all-day custom kiss that’s all your own (Genie is an improved formulation of Barry M’s popular ‘Touch of Magic’ lip paint.)

I know a lot of brands claim that your lipstick will last for 8-12 hours, but this ACTUALLY does! I feel like it’s more of a stain than a long lasting lipstick, which I love! Due to this I feel like you can apply various coats of it and it’ll help it last longer, as well as create a darker shade which of course is good.

FYI this is my favourite picture of the bunch and one of my favourites I’ve taken of myself since my blog profile picture! :’)

Genie is green and goes on as a hot pink shade. It’s one of my favourite shades out of the three due to how vibrant the colour looks and due to that it can be worn all year around.

I first bought Genie (well touch of magic!) back in 2009/2010 when I first started getting into wearing bright coloured lipsticks. My mom loved it too and bought one at the same time as me. She still uses it to this day like myself, which just goes to show what an amazing product it is!

It’s from Genie doing so well over the years that I can only imagine encouraged Barry M to create not one, but two more colour changing lip paints to add to the collection!

At the end of March 2017 they decided to release a second shade, Neptune which is what I’ll be talking about next.

Neptune is a blue lipstick that turns a raspberry pink/purple shade when applied to the lips. Although Genie will always hold a place in my heart, this is a shade I adore due to it being near to being purple. I LOVE purple lipsticks so much!

Neptune, a magical new sibling for Barry M’s signature Genie Lip Paint. Neptune is blue… but turns lips a miraculous, personal shade of dark pink! Like Genie, Neptune reacts to the Alkaline of lips, creating a unique shade for everyone. Neptune also stays put for up to eight hours so it’s magically long lasting too!

My only problem with Neptune is I find sometimes when applying it to the lips the blue shade will stay around a while and I’ll have to use my finger to blend the lip paint into my lips a little more to help create that gorgeous raspberry pink/purple shade.

Like Genie this does last a long time on the lips and the more you apply the darker the shade will become. I would say it’s more of a raspberry pink shade than purple, but I sometimes feel I apply so much it becomes purple more than anything.

All of the colour changing lip paints are really comfortable to wear on the lips and I always find myself applying lip balm over them to keep my lips hydrated. This doesn’t affect the colour at all, which is great!

Finally we have the newest edition to the colour changing lip paint family! Unicorn was released recently at the end of May for Barry M’s 35th birthday!

This of course is the last colour changing lip paint I’ll be writing about on this post.

Following on from the magic of Genie & Neptune, Unicorn is the latest launch in Barry M’s family of beaut magical Lip Paints! This time yellow magically turns your pout an ultra-long lasting personal shade of pink.

Like Genie Unicorn is a lip paint that turns into a light pink shade, but it’s originally yellow! This isn’t as dark a pink as either Genie or Neptune, it’s more of a light soft pink which I really like for the summer months when you don’t want to wear a heavy or strong lip colour.

I was hesitant to pick this up when I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago because of it being pink. My first thought was, “But you already have a pink shade… Why make another?” I mean I’m surprised Barry M didn’t go for a coral colour to coincide with the summer.

This being said this is a lighter pink than Genie and it’s gorgeous! I love it and I can’t wait to wear it more over the summer here.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but these don’t really have much of a scent. If anything it reminds me of aloe vera, that sort of refreshing smell. I really like it but I’m glad it isn’t strong otherwise it might have put me off.

Overall I LOVE these lip paints and I don’t think any other high street beauty brand in the UK will be able to pull it off and say it’s a unique idea.

These cost £4.99 each and are worth EVERY PENNY. If you have never tried these before and want to then get on it! Boots currently have 3 for 2 on Barry M, so you could get all of these if you wanted to.

If you want to read more about them or have a look on the official Barry M website, then here is the link for that.

What do you think of the Barry M colour changing lip paints? Do you own any or want to own any? If you own any what shade(s) and if you want any which shade(s) would you like to pick up?

I hope you enjoyed this review, I’ve really missed doing them lately! My lips are really sore still and due to this I couldn’t even take pictures the day of writing this review. BUT that was actually due to allergies, which still sucks. 😛

ANYWAYS… Until next time, take care all.

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Barry M Molten Metals Nail Paint in Holographic Nights – Review

Oh man I have fast turned into a holographic queen and years ago when I wanted holographic goodies they were never available, which sucked! It’s a nice change that now there’s a little more on the high street, both fashion and beauty.

Recently Barry M got onto the holographic nail craze that has been around forever in the Indie world. People have only just recently gotten into the craze…

Alongside the new shades they recently added to their Molten Metals collection, they included Holographic Nights, a silver holographic shade. People have gone crazy for it, including myself and I couldn’t wait to pick it up recently.

I heard of it coming out back in February but I completely forgot about it until last week when I was in Boots. I picked it up on their 2 for £7 offer with another Molten Metals polish. As soon as I got home I took off my previous nail polish and stuck this one on! I knew I had to review it a few days later, I haven’t fallen in love with a nail polish so much for quite a long time. I really hope you enjoy the review and find it helpful!

This isn’t the second holographic nail polish I have owned, the previous being by GOSH and is one that was limited edition at the time it was released. I’m going back years now and as bad as it sounds I still own it. It was a gorgeous polish and went on with one maybe two coats… But it peeled off hours later, which sucked! Since then I have wanted to get my hands on another holographic nail polish which wouldn’t do this. I haven’t 100% found it yet, but for a high street holographic polish this comes in pretty close.

First of all when I picked this up in Boots I thought I had picked up the silver shade in this collection. They look very alike and I’ve read on social media how loads of people have made this mistake and been disappointed. This was a surprise for me to be honest as you would think the rainbow of the holographic would be obvious, but alas it is not. It’s not very easy to see in the bottle unless in the right lighting. The same can also somewhat be said about when it’s on the nails too… But I’ll go into that in more detail.

One thing I love about the Molten Metals collection is how thick the brushes are for them all! It means you don’t need to keep applying loads of little coats with a thinner brush. Instead you only need one or two strokes of colour applied, which is great! I have small nails so this means I only need two or three max.

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The pigmentation of the polish is amazing though to be honest and I found with 3 coats that I had a really good finish to my nails, which had that gorgeous holographic rainbow on show in the right light!

I found when applying this that you only need one generous dip into the bottle to get an even coverage on each nail. It’s not a thick formula and is pretty thin, but don’t let that fool you! This nail polish really does pack a punch. It also dries really quickly so applying those 3 coats went by really quickly!

I tried to apply it over a black nail polish at first to see if it showed off the rainbow colours better and if anything it made it worse, so applying straight to the nail was perfect.

I wore this for a week and during that week both me and Dane were working hard on the house and even went and visited some friends on their farm! Whilst I didn’t do any hard work the polish still lasted amazingly which I really happy about. This is without a base or a top coat by the way.

I also worried that this would be a bitch to remove due to the holographic side of it, but alas it was really easy to remove which I was really happy about!

I watch and read a lot of reviews on Indie brands and their holographic nail polishes and whilst Holographic Nights isn’t up to their standard it is absolutely amazing for a high street nail polish and it’s the first of it’s kind to do something so well! I know Boots Natural Collection used to have a holographic nail polish… (looks online to see if they still do…) I can’t actually work out if they do… Which is a shame!

Overall I love this nail polish so much and it’s definitely a shade people have been calling out for for quite some time now. It’s amazing that Barry M has opened the horizons for holographic shades. I really hope they see how much people want this and release more shades. I’d love to see a black holographic polish out next.

I just wish I could wear this for work now, it really sucks! I definitely already know I’ve found my nail polish for the whole year now, as well as for mine and Dane’s holiday. 😛

You can pick this up now in both Boots and Superdrug for £3.99 each, or 2 for £7 in Boots on the Molten Metals collection. If you’re really eager to get one do it quick as these sell out fast apparently.

Have you tried Holographic Nights yet? If so what did you think of it? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend so far.

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April Favourites ’17

Easter holidays are over, all the chocolate eggs have been sold or are still on sale in the shops, and Mini Eggs won’t be back until New Year… This is the saddest thing for me. I fucking love Mini Eggs! 😛

But we’re into May now and happy May Day! I’m off work for a change and I intend to spend the day doing sod all and chilling out with Dane. I might make us sausage and mash… Love it!

ANYWAY! With a new month of course comes my monthly posts, including my favourites. April was a funny month, but I discovered a lot of new items this month gone and luckily stuff I needed… Not just buying for the sake of it. 😛

  • Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream.

I’ve used this in the past and I’m pretty sure it has featured on my monthly favourites before. It being featured on here again just shows what an amazing product it is! I actually forgot how good it was until I recently started using it again. It smells beautiful and leaves your skin not only smelling yummy but feeling lovely and soft too. For only a £1 you cannot go wrong!

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter.

It’s shit to admit but my lips are STILL bad. Well they appear to be on the mend now and better than before but still bad… Urgh. I finally got some decent answers from two doctors recently and was given the right treatments. Alongside using the treatment creams I’ve also been slathering on this Vaseline in between applications to keep my lips nice and moist… Ew I hate that word but it’s the only word I can use right now and it be accurate. This tub is for around the house, as I bought an aloe vera one for out on the go and for work. I don’t like that one as much as the cocoa butter though to be honest. I find the smell to be fresh, but that doesn’t apply when on the lips. I feel like the cocoa butter scent is lovely both in the jar and when applied to the lips. You can never go wrong with cocoa butter to be fair! I love this better than the original Vaseline though to be honest! 😀

  • Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel.

I needed a new eye gel last month and wanted to make sure to get something that would cool my eyes whilst hydrating them throughout the day. I wouldn’t usually go for a low budget eye gel due to the whole, “It’s not going to do sod all…” but I thought for £1.50 it wouldn’t break the bank to give it a whirl! I hate eye creams and have always opted to buying gels if I can. This one is amazing and really does soothe and cool tired eyes either in the morning before work or after a long day in the evening. Either way I love this and I think I’ll end up buying another soon for mine and Dane’s holiday in September!

  • Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint in shade Copper Mine.

When I was off work during April I decided to paint my nails as due to the job I do I’m not allowed to wear it whilst working. I have a couple of these Molten Metal polishes but this one is my favourite. I find the copper shade suits my yellow skin tone the best and it just looks gorgeous too. The formula is lovely and it lasts ages before chipping! Even whilst doing loads of work on the house last week it hardly chipped. This was without a top coat too! I’ll be reviewing these very soon as they deserve a review. I plan to get myself the new holographic shade that recently came out. These are on 2 for £7 at the moment so I’ll be getting that and another shade.

  • Radox Feel Heavenly Bath Soak with Coconut & Milk.

Finally we have a bubble bath on my monthly favourites. I still use my Lush products, don’t get me wrong but more often than not I find if I overuse them it actually causes more harm to my body than good. That and I try to make my money last at the moment. ANYWAY! This bath soak was bought on a whim that I wanted something nice and light to use on days off work and before bed. This is a gorgeous bubble bath where a little bit goes a long way, but I always add a generous amount to my bath to create LOADS of bubbles. I always find this leaves my skin lovely and soft after use. It’s amazing.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

Favourite TV Show – Sirens (UK version).

This is a show I recently started to re-watch. It was out YEARS ago… (looks on Wikipedia) Holy shit 2011 was when this show first aired. I feel old. Very old. ANYWAY! As the title may give away this show is about 3 paramedics and it shows what they get up to during their shifts. It also shows a couple of members of the Police and Fire Service too. This is fiction I’ll have you know and is actually a comedy. I love it so much though, it just makes me laugh. There are some serious notes in it however and with that it does remind me of Only Fools and Horses. One moment it can be side splitting funny and the next bringing a tear to your eye. If you’ve never watched it and you fancy giving it a go then I think you’re only options now are going to be watching it online for free, or as a shitty YouTube upload. I’m being naughty and watching it online for free… Hey! I’d buy it if I could!

Favourite Film – Your Name (Kimi no Na wa).

Last month me and Dane went to go and watch this after he found out it was showing in the Mockingbird cinema in Birmingham’s Custard Factory. He booked it that day and that evening we were off to watch it. Oh my God it wasn’t even what I was expecting it to be to be honest. I knew what the basic plot was for the film but it has a lot of twists and such throughout the film. I don’t want to talk too in depth as I worry it could spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it. You can watch a trailer here if you like the sound of it. BUT to be honest if you haven’t heard about it by now, whether you’re an anime fan or not then where have you been hiding? It keeps being spoken about how it’s the best anime film for quite some time. 😛

Favourite Book – K-ON!

As regular readers of my blog will know I have been reading nothing but manga since the start of the year and whilst it is an expensive thing to keep on top of, it is so damn worth it! I recently purchased all of the K-ON manga to read and whilst I am only somewhat through the series, I am in love with it. It’s just great to see some of my new favourite anime characters come to life on the pages of the manga as well as through the anime series. I’ll be reviewing in the future!

Favourite Songs – George Michael “Freedom! 90” and “Careless Whisper”.

This is kind of random I suppose but a few nights ago I just started listening to songs from the 00’s… Which led to songs from the 90’s and for some reason that then led me to listen to some of George Michael’s best singles. Of course he died at the end of last year which was a real shame. He was a talented guy in every way! I have always had a place for “Freedom! 90” and I don’t know why… I especially love the music video as I think it’s so clever, alongside the song as a dig at the music industry. 😛 Thanks to Deadpool now whenever I hear “Careless Whisper” I just think of Ryan Reynolds singing it at the end of the film. HA! 😛 BUT instead of popping either of the songs mentioned above I thought I would attach Seether’s cover of “Careless Whisper”. It’s amazing in my eyes and they did a really good job!

Favourite game – TsumTsum.

This is a game I have owned for as long as I’ve had my iPhone 6 to be honest… I remember when I went on holiday with my dad in November 2015 playing it whenever we were near a WiFi connection! ANYWAY… This is a game I have been playing nonstop this month and it’s one I always forget that I love to play. It’s a game that you can actually pay to play in Japan as an actual arcade game. I would love to play it like that! I’ve attached a video above of Sharla playing it! It’s just a great, free and relaxing game to play. It’s one of those where you need to match up 3 plus of the same Disney character to get rid of them, get a high score, coins etc. With those coins you can buy new characters etc. If you love Disney and love the Tsum Tsum’s then you’ll love this!

So those were my favourites from April! I can’t believe how quickly the year is going by though to be perfectly honest. Next month me and Dane will have been in our house for a year and I don’t know if I like that or if it scares me a little. Time is going wayyyyy too fast and I don’t think I like that. It also means next month marks our four year anniversary which IS exciting and I don’t mind that. 😛 It does feel like we’ve been together longer mind.

What products were you loving throughout April? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time take care all and I hope you have a lovely bank holiday Monday. I know I will be. 😛

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Paints and Lip Kit – Reviews

To date although I have reviewed many liquid lipsticks (which you can check out here) I haven’t yet reviewed one which is from the high street. They’re usually by indie or high end brands. So this definitely makes a change and I was pleasantly surprised by these beauties.

A few weeks ago I ventured into Boots to pick up one of the new Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit’s after hearing about them on their Instagram page. I swatched all three shades to see what they were like and ended up falling in love with the one shade, Runway. The lip kits come in three limited edition shades including Runway, Pose and Go To.

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Runway, the shade that I opted for is a gorgeous dusky rose pink colour and is a lovely alternative to a nude pink shade. I’m a massive fan of my darker shades so this is a lovely shade to opt down to if I don’t want anything dark, but nothing too light either. It’s a shade I can see me wearing more during the warmer months due to it being a warm shade.

The lip kits are like the Kylie ones where you get a liquid lipstick and a lip liner and I have to say it is such a shame these are only limited edition!

The lip liner for Runway is beautiful and creamy for a pencil but this being said I think Barry M do the best lip liners out there. This matches the colour of Runway perfectly and is one I’ll be using with other lipsticks, both normal and liquid. It glides on easily with no dragging and is comfortable to wear on its own without the liquid lip liner.

Before I talk more about the formula I also want to talk about two more shades from the permanent range of the Matte Me Up range. There are five shades to choose from, Paparazzi, On The Scene, Minimalist, Pop Up and Embellish. I picked up the latter two.

Pop Up is a dark pink/red shade which reminds me of cherries. It is a lovely alternative to a hot pink or even a vintage red shade. This will look great all year around.

Embellish is a purple shade and one that isn’t too dark, nor too light which I really like. I’ve never owned a purple shade that sits in between which makes a nice change. It reminds me of the Yankee Candle Vineyard grape due to the shade. I wore it yesterday and I definitely turned heads…

SO enough of the shades, what about the formulation? Well I wrote down some pros and cons of these liquid lipsticks and the majority of them were pro. Woohoo just what I want!

These don’t have a thick consistency and are actually on the watery side, but that doesn’t stop their pigmentation from being perfect. Due to the consistency of these it means a little bit of this goes a long way when applying. Majority of the time I won’t dip back into the tube to get more product, but if I do it’s because I just want to.

I worried due to how good their lasting time is that they wouldn’t come off very easily. I’ve had this with liquid lipsticks in the past and they’ve caused my lips to be really sore during wear and when removing. These are hard to get off in the sense of smudging. They don’t smudge easily and due to this they’re just as hard to remove with make up removers, UNLESS they contain oil! This isn’t a bad thing to be honest. It means your liquid lipstick shade of choice isn’t going to come off in a hurry.

These don’t really have any scent to them. I even asked Dane if he could smell anything as I couldn’t work it out myself. In the end we both agreed that they do have some sort of creamy sweet scent mixed with a slight chemical scent… This being said they’re pretty scentless when applying to the lips and when I say chemical, I don’t mean in your face. Only if you keep smelling them like me and Dane did. 😛

Like all liquid lipsticks these don’t like anything with oil in, so greasy food is a no no with these! After having some lunch with Dane on Sunday I needed to reapply Embellish which wasn’t a problem. I did of course worry that this wouldn’t be easy to reapply but alas it was fine and didn’t look any different afterwards, which I was very happy about.

What else makes me happy about these liquid lipsticks is the price! The permanent shades are all £4.99 each, whilst the three limited edition lip kits are £6.99 each. A complete bargain in comparison to what people pay f0r the Kylie lip kits!

Although the shade selections are great I do wish they had brought out some more unique shades, like black, grey, some brown shades (even though I don’t like them…) and some other shades too. I would so buy a black shade if they brought one out!

Something I wish Barry M had of done is release lip liners for ALL the shades, as the Runway one is amazing and it is such a shame it’s only limited edition for 3 shades. They should have done it with them all!

I’ve already covered about how hard these are to remove and whilst that isn’t a bad thing, it’s also not a great thing for me to be honest. I like to be able to remove something fairly easy when I’ve had enough of it. I need to buy myself some more oil based make up remover that’s for sure!

Of course I’ve shown all these off of course on myself so you can get an idea of what they look like on my yellow skin tone.

Overall I LOVE these liquid lipsticks and they’re definitely a winner for me! I want to pick up more shades, even though I don’t need them… I’ve already decided I’ll be buying most of these for my mom for Mother’s Day as she’s recently gotten into liquid lipstick so I know she’ll love these!

If you’re a newbie to liquid lipsticks or don’t want to pay through the teeth for one, definitely give these a go ESPECIALLY whilst they have their limited edition lip kits out! They’re well worth the money.

Do you think you’ll try these babies out? If so which shade(s) do you think you’ll be picking up?  Hey, have you already tried these? If so make sure to let me know what you think of them in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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April Favourites 2014

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I can’t believe it’s May already, we’re almost halfway through the year! My parents were right when they told me, “the older you get, the quicker the years fly by!”

It’s May and a lot is happening this month and I have a long weekend coming up in June, which I’m excited to tell you all about next week! But for now, I’m going to share my favourites from April, which range from beauty, fashion and general.

So without further ado, let’s get on with the post.

P.S. I have another item to mention aside from the ones pictured above, but a separate picture of this will be featured below.

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  • Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream.

This is a shower cream I have come to fall in love with VERY quickly after my Mom gave it to me. I know my Mom gives me a lot of beauty products, but it’s usually because she buys something and gets the same product she ordered free, which she will usually donate to myself. This is the same story with this shower cream and I am in love with it! It’s a lovely creamy shower gel that smells very fresh and floral, but it also smells milky and creamy too. Not only does it smell lovely but a little bit goes a long way and after using this my skin is left feeling soft and smooth! I worked a lot of early shifts at work in the last week of April, which meant I didn’t get time in the mornings to apply some moisturiser, however with this shower cream I don’t need to worry about that. Due to the milk proteins in this shower cream it means that it moisturises the skin beautifully whilst I wash with it, as well as after I rinse it off and dry my skin, as well as leaving me smelling beautiful! This is a real treat to use and I’m growing to love Elemis products since Christmas when my Mom gave me lots of lovely Elemis products.

  • The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector Hand Cream (mentioned here and here).

I know this was in my favourites last month, but I just love this hand cream so much that I just HAD to mention it again! I’ve pretty much stopped using my Hand Food hand cream by Soap & Glory, as my daily moisturiser due to just loving this one so much. The smell of Hand Food has started to make me feel sick when I use it, as well as not feeling as if it moisturises enough, so I’ve been using my Hemp hand cream pretty much everyday, even when I’m not at work. This hand cream is for very dry skin, thus it’s a very thick hand cream which is great for my hands when I’m suffering with eczema, as well as when I’m not. I love The Body Shop’s hand creams and I think in the future I’ll be purchasing another one, probably the Absinthe one in the near future! I’ve reviewed this hand cream before, the link is above next to the name of the hand cream itself.

  • Jean Paul Gaultier Classique X EDP (mentioned here).

I bought this perfume nearly a year ago after eying it up for a couple of months and finally took the plunge when I fancied treating myself. I’m not halfway through the bottle and throughout April it was pretty much the only perfume I used for work. It’s a lovely feminine and grown up smelling perfume, whilst being sexy all at the same time and whilst I’ve only been wearing it for work, it has really perked me up to wear it, especially during the mornings when I’ve needed a pick me up to keep me awake. As it’s an EDP it lasts longer than an EDT would and this lasts quite a long time, which is good for me during my working hours! I’ll spray it before I start my shift and maybe halfway through my shift if it’s quiet and I get a chance to, but even then I can still smell it slightly at the end of my shift even if I don’t get the chance to top it up! I love this perfume and I really want another one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s scents soon!

  • Aloe Vera Face & Body Cream.

I’ve owned this cream since November when my Mom brought it back for me from her holiday to one of the Canaries Island’s. She didn’t intend to give this to me, but when I explained I needed a face cream to use at my boyfriends, she gave me this to try out. As a face cream it did an okay job, but as a body cream it works a lot better! Aloe is good for cooling you down and as the weather has been warm on and off throughout April, I used this when it was really warm outside and it worked a treat at cooling me down! I usually use my Soap & Glory body lotions but when the weather is warmer these lotions tend to make me sweat a little bit more at work than I really wish to, but this cream really does keep me cooler than the Soap & Glory ones would. As well as that, this does make my skin lovely and soft, as well as smelling fresh and lovely! A little bit of this cream goes a long way too and when my Mom goes back to the Canaries Island she visited, I’ll be asking her to pick me up another pot of this, as I can see it going rather quickly during the summer when the days are warmer and I start catching the sun and tanning. Obviously this specific cream isn’t available in the UK, BUT Body Care sell something similar to this for just over £1.00, so go and check that out if you fancy trying out a cream like this.

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  • Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Exotic Island (mentioned here).

I popped this lip gloss down on my wish list in March and now I finally have it! At the start of April I picked up this lip gloss and since then I’ve used it nearly every day. This is by far the best drugstore lip gloss I’ve ever used, EVER! The way this applies, the pigmentation, the scent, the colour, everything about this lip gloss is great! I’m currently in the process of writing up a review for this, which will be live on my blog at some point this month (so watch this space!) and I can’t wait for you to all read it. This lip gloss is just beautiful and for £6.99 it’s well worth the money too. The gloss colour is very pigmented and it isn’t sticky which makes it perfect to apply when on the move, so this good for me with my job. As well as that it also feels very moisturising which means I don’t need to faff with popping on any lip balm if I’m in a hurry. The shade of this gloss is Exotic Island and the shade is a pinky purple shade and reminds me of a subtle version of Rebel, which I love as some days I won’t feel up to wearing Rebel so this is a great replacement for it. I won’t talk too much about the lip gloss here as I want to talk loads about it on my review, so keep your eyes peeled for that soon if you wish to know more about it.

  • Vaseline Paint The Town Red Lip Tint (review here).

I remember when this lip tint came out around Christmas time, I was so excited for it and used it all the time, but after a while I discontinued using it and it just sat either in my hand bag or on my bed side table, waiting for the day to be used again, which came at the start of April. I started using it again alongside one of my red lip glosses whilst at work, so that I didn’t have to worry about applying said lip gloss whilst being busy at work and due to this I’ve remembered why I love this lip tint so much. It’s easy to apply and leaves a lovely dark pink/light red tint on the lips, as well as leaving my lips feeling moisturised. I don’t like to dunk my finger into pots like this whilst I’m out and about so I literally use this like my EOS lip balm and apply the product straight to my lips. It tastes and smells yummy too, like winter berries! This is a favourite to use at work, as well as if I’m just popping to the shops and not bothered about applying lipstick/lip gloss but fancy a bit of colour. I don’t know if these are still for sale as they were limited edition for winter, but I imagine that shops are still selling them. Check out my review that I’ve linked to above!

  • Barry M Limited Edition Birthday Nail Paint for Superdrug (mentioned here).

When I first saw this nail paint reviewed by Brit Nails I KNEW I needed it in my life! It’s one of the most gorgeous glitter nail polishes I have ever laid eyes on and the fact that it takes two coats to achieve it without needing to apply it over a base colour is amazing. As soon as I bought this I applied it to my toes to see the colour pay off and boy was I impressed! After two good coats of this polish it looks beautiful and it does the same when applied to my finger nails too! It’s a beautiful hot pink colour with various chunks of glitter throughout it which range from pink, white and purple shades. I painted this polish on my toe nails when I first bought it at the start of April and at the end of April it’s still lasting well! I think this will be a gorgeous shade for summer and I’ve been wearing it loads during my weekends off of work, as well as any of the days I have off during the week too. This is a limited edition polish so if you wish to have it in your collection, get down to Superdrug ASAP as I don’t know if it’ll be on the shelves too long or not.

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  • Yankee Candle Sweet Strawberry Candle (mentioned here).

This was one of the two presents my boyfriend bought me for my birthday present this year and finally at the start of April I finally bought myself a large shade to use with this candle. I did start to burn it on my birthday but I noticed it wasn’t burning evenly and for over 3 months I left this candle unburned until I bought myself a shade to use with this to prevent it burning wrong. This is a large Yankee Candle and whilst I don’t use any of my Yankee jar Candles without a shade I knew I didn’t want to use this without especially as it was a present. As soon as I received my shade I haven’t stopped burning Sweet Strawberry! Every other afternoon/night after a long day of work I’ll pop this on until the early or late evening and my room smells so sweet and gorgeous. I love this candle so much and I know in the future I will be buying more large Yankee Candles.

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo 3DS (mentioned here).

Ever since buying my 2DS I have been in love with it and it’s probably one of the many reasons why I have been blogging less than I used to. My boyfriend also loves his 2DS, so I’m glad I’m not on my own with this love. The second game we both bought was Animal Crossing and from previously owning it on both the Game Cube and the Nintendo DS I HAD to get it on the 3DS too, especially for the fact that you’re the mayor of your own town. This is by far the most exciting Animal Crossing game out of them all (in my opinion anyway!) and due to this I haven’t been able to put it down. On Easter Sunday my boyfriend and I sat in my bed all day playing the game until we couldn’t really play it anymore. If you own a 3DS and you’re after a new game, then definitely pick up Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it’s an amazing game and well worth the money as there is never really an end to this game.

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  • Animal Rella Crew Neck Sweatshirt.

This was a random purchase when I went down to Milton Keynes at the start of April and I’m so glad I bought it! My boyfriend, our friend and I went down to Milton Keynes so that the boys could go snowboarding whilst I looked around the shops and after they were finished we would go around the shops together. I eyed up this sweatshirt whilst I was on my own and after the boys came and joined me I showed this to them to see what they thought of it. They both agreed it looked nice and after trying it on I fell in love with it and bought it straight away, wearing it later on that afternoon, as you can see from the above image. I ended up wearing this sweatshirt the whole weekend, no lie and since then I’ve been wearing this once during the week, as well as every weekend too. This sweatshirt isn’t just comfortable but it works and goes with EVERYTHING! I can wear it around the house, to pop to the shops in, if I’m going out anywhere nice with my boyfriend, etc. I’ve come to fall in love with sweatshirts over the years but thanks to this little baby, I love them more than every now. I just had to mention this sweatshirt, it’s gorgeous and I can see me buying another Animal one in the future.

So those were my favourites from April! There was a mix of all sorts in here, which I thought was a nice change.

What have been your favourite items from April? Please let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a great April.

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April Wish List

Okay I won’t lie, I did infact write up a brief post about how I wouldn’t be writing up a wish list post this month, due to not having anything to really talk about wishing for this month… But after thinking for a while I came to realise that there are at least 5-6 things that I would like to get my mucky paws on soon… Whether it be this month or not, I dunno but soon would be nice. Some things are pure lusting after and some are more expensive treats, but either way I would like them and rather than not writing up a wish list post and thinking half way through April, “Bloody hell Nat! Why didn’t you do a post about those few things at least?” I thought I would get something written, as to be honest out of the three posts I write up and schedule for my blog at the start of each new month, the wish list is my favourite one. So I won’t put it off a second time, here is my wish list for this month. 🙂

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  • Fearne Cotton Stripe Cardigan – Was £35.00, Now £24.00.

I’m a fan of Fearne Cotton’s collection for Very and have been for quite some time now, infact since she released her first collection, which I have a few pieces from. This cardigan is currently in their sale and although it isn’t exactly cheap, it looks extremely comfortable and something I could imagine myself living in throughout the mild spring days and evenings, as well as the warm summer evenings. I’d team it with my gorgeous black skater skirt, a quirky t-shirt and some boots. On the reviews for this cardigan it is said to be a little over sized but that isn’t a problem for me as I like my cardigans like that quite frankly. This wouldn’t just be worn in spring and summer either! It’d be great to layer up during the autumn and winter months too and although I probably don’t need another cardigan, I really can see me picking this up soon before they’re all gone!

  • Barry M Limited Edition Birthday Nail Paint for Superdrug – £2.99.

This nail paint is so gorgeous and when Brit Nails reviewed it on her blog recently I just fell in love with it and I already know that I NEED it in my life and at £2.99, can I go wrong or break the bank? Not really! Superdrug has been open for business for 50 years and Barry M has created this nail paint to help celebrate just that. I have a lot of childhood memories of joining my Mom as a little one in Superdrug and watching her buy all her beauty products and make up, not knowing I would go with her into the same store 10 years later to purchase my own beauty and make up products. If you want to know more about this polish, as well as see for yourself how beautiful it is, go and check out Brit Nails post here. It’s not available to buy from Superdrug until 9th April but as soon as it hits the shelves in store I’ll be popping into Superdrug to pop one into my basket! I can see this being one of my nail polishes for the summer this year!

  • Disney Store WALL-E 3D Mug – £9.00.

I know this mug isn’t cheap, but it is hella cute! I’ve had my eye on this mug for months now, but only recently has it become available to buy online again after being out of stock for quite a while. I don’t exactly need a new mug, I am rather fond of my 101 Dalmatians Lucky one from the Disney Store but I can’t really resist WALL-E. I loved the film when it came out in 2008 and it still has very fond memories for me, 6 years later. I had contemplated picking up the WALL-E mug for myself and the EVE mug for my boyfriend so that we would match, or the other way around with the whole girl and boy thing, but I’m not sure right now. I would love to pick this mug up though, as the Disney Store mugs are somewhat of a collectors item for myself and I know when I move out all I want to serve people their hot beverages in are none matching Disney or cartoon mugs, because I’m just quirky like that. 😛

  • Muru Anchor Pendant In Sterling Silver – £37.95.

Victoria’s Vintage recently posted about this on her blog and as soon as I saw the necklace I fell in love with it. I only have two proper pieces of jewellery, my Pandora bracelet and a heart locket necklace my Mom bought me years ago. I don’t wear my locket much anymore, not for any reason in particular other than I just don’t think it’s very me right now and plus due to my anxiety I find I click it all the time which at times can drive other people, as well as myself crazy! This being said I do want to wear it more, as well as get myself something new and more delicate. So when I saw this anchor necklace I just fell in love, it’s very me and the meaning behind it is also very me too. I love the whole background of sailors and why they would get anchor and swallow tattoo’s and at one point I contemplated getting either, if not both of these tattooed somewhere on myself, only to realise later how everyone is doing that and I’m not everyone. This necklace isn’t expensive, but it isn’t cheap either but as I don’t have much jewellery and thus don’t spend much on it (if anything!) I might treat myself to this necklace very soon.

  • New Look Black Chunky Double Strap Biker Boot – Was £34.99, Now £17.00.

I have wanted these boots since February when I spotted them in New Look whilst shopping with my Mom. Sadly they didn’t have any in my size and since then I’ve searched in both the Birmingham New Look’s, as well as two in Coventry and at some stores they didn’t have my size, and some they didn’t have any at all! So when I searched New Look’s website for these boots, I was delighted to see that they not only had them, but they had them in my size too! I have wanted some of these boots for a while and whilst I might not pick THESE boots up, they are pretty much what I would like and New Look are pretty good when it comes to shoes. I just want to update my grunge look a little for when the summer comes upon us, but I’m keeping my options open, so we shall see if I pick these up or not.

  • piCture pOlish Nail Polish in Aurora – £13.50.

Another nail polish that I heard about from Brit Nails and another one that I NEED in my life… But really I need this polish in my life and I doubt very much that I am the only beauty blogger, nail polish lover, or woman for that matter that feels this way. This polish is just the galaxy in a bottle. It looks just like it without having to go to all that hard work of using 5 different coloured nail polishes, dotting tools, sponges, and all sorts of nail polish tools to get that look on the nails, only to have to remove it mere days later due to chipping, being bored of how it looks, or work. This isn’t cheap but for how much it is, the fact that it is limited edition, and finally how beautiful it is it is worth EVERY penny! If you can’t take my word for how gorgeous this polish is, then head over to Brit Nails again to see the swatches she took of it and see for yourself… I shall say no more apart from if you think it is gorgeous then comment down below telling me what you think of it. Well that’s pretty much it for my wish list this month! Plenty of nail polishes on there, some clothes and some other bits and pieces. What are you lusting after this month? Let me know in the comments! I’m meant to still be on my spending ban this month, so I’m going to try and be good, the only things I can see me being naughty and splashing on are the nail polishes and the necklace. But we shall see, eh? Until next time, take care all and I hope you all have a great weekend!

February Favourites 2014

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First of all I want to apologise for the fact that this post is 3 days late! I always try and post my favourites posts on the 1st of each month but alas I was super busy the weekend just gone and only yesterday I got to write-up this post and schedule it for today.

I’m sure next month my favourites posts will be back on schedule and live on my blog for the 1st!

Anyhoo… I really can’t believe it’s March already! 2014 isn’t just going by quickly but it’s also seeming to have its ups and downs too.

My spending ban took a turn for the worst towards the end of February and I ended up spending more money than I was meant to… Oh dear… BUT I’m going to be good for the rest of my spending ban now, which comes to an end in May! Thanks to my spending ban I have saved quite a bit of money and I’m really pleased with myself.

So this post has waited long enough to be written, let’s get it done! I apologise now for one of the images, my camera died just after I snapped the picture and sadly one of the items on it is blurred. 😦

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  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire EDP (mentioned here).

Back at the start of November 2013 my Mom bought me this after she came back home from her holiday away and it was a lovely present! I had asked her to pick this up for me, but I was going to give her the money for it, which she wouldn’t let me give her! I absolutely adore the La Petite Robe Noire perfumes, including the EDT and the newest edition La Petite Robe Noire Couture, which smells beautiful! This perfume is definitely one for colder months in my opinion as it contains warming scents such as black cherry, black rose, liquorice, etc. I wore it a lot for work as well as on my days off during February as I was in the mood for a sweet and warming scent. This one is rather strong is you spray a lot of it and I find that a couple of sprays on my neck does the job if I don’t mind anything strong, or I’ll spray on the backs of my knees and my wrists if I don’t want it to be too strong. It’s a gorgeous perfume and I know in the future I’m going to get the EDT version of this too, which I nearly bought last Wednesday as it was only £27.00 for a 30ml bottle!

  • Elemis Collagen Cleansing Balm.

This was something my Mom gave to me after purchasing a huge Elemis gift set and not wanting another cleanser, offered this to me to try. At first I was rather skeptical about it as it’s rather greasy, but once you get it wet it turns into a moisturising cream. I was worried for a couple of days after starting to use this that it wouldn’t work with my skin and if anything would break me out or cause rashes due to my sensitive skin. When it comes to skin care, Elemis products don’t work with my skin and cause allergic reactions but this one has been amazing and I love it a lot! This product is for all skin types and the balm is said to help remove make-up, as well as dirt and grime that could/will have been picked up throughout the day. It absorbs excess oils on the skin and remove impurities without leaving your skin feeling dry and stripped of any nourishment. It leaves the skin on my face feeling lovely and soft and it makes a nice change to what my cleansers usually do to my skin! A little of this goes a long way too, which is great!

  • bareMinerals Perfect Light Mineral Veil & Flawless Application Face Brush.

I’d said for ages how I wanted to get some sort of face powder that could prevent any oily patches on my nose and forehead, as whilst at work whenever I looked in the mirror in the toilets it would bother me to the point where I felt I looked greasy and dirty. My Mom knew of my paranoia and that I wanted a powder and recommended that she had seen this one on QVC so bless her she ordered herself the huge set that this came in and gave me this. I didn’t think I would like it at first as I worried it would give a tone to my skin, which I didn’t want and as this is a light powder not a translucent powder, it worried me even more! However when this was applied to my face it didn’t leave any sort of shade or colouring at all! Since then I’ve been using this and it’s a lovely product! The only flaw I have with it is that it really does show off the dry patches on my chin and the skin by the sides of my mouth, which annoys me as then I need to apply aqueous cream afterwards. Like I said though, this doesn’t happen all the time and I know it’s just the rash/dry skin I have on my face affecting the Mineral Veil. The little Brush that this came with is super soft and picks up plenty of the Mineral Veil as well as feeling soft and applying the product well and evenly all over my face. It’s such a cute brush and I love it!

  • The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel (mentioned here).

I’ve expressed before on my blog about how much I LOVE this shower gel! When I was little my Mom would buy me a bottle of this once a month for me to use before school and due to that it left behind some fond memories. Whenever I smell this shower gel now it just reminds me of when I was little and because of that it’ll always be a smell I’ll love. I’m currently (as you can see!) getting through this bottle, but I have a huge bottle to start using soon! I really like using this shower gel alongside my Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Ultra Nourishing Fruity Liquid Moisture Lotion as they’re both fruity and sweet, I really can’t wait for the summer to use these two hand in hand! A little of this shower gel does go a long way and with a couple of squibs on a sponge you can get a lovely lather which will leave you smelling beautiful, as well as having soft skin. My boyfriend has grown to be a huge fan of this shower gel and whenever he comes over to mine he uses this in the shower. I bought him a little sample size of this as well as the hand sanitizer in Strawberry too, which smells exactly the same as the shower gel! I love The Body Shop’s shower gels but this one will always be my favourite.

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  • MAC Lipstick in Lady Bug.

My friend Mali over at maliberrymakeup recently (and still is) had a blog sale and as usual I had a look at what bargains I could snap up and when I noticed she had a MAC lipstick up there I got rather excited for it, but within a few hours it was down as “on hold” and I forgot about it. Days later it was still the same so I asked if it was available to buy, which it was! So I snapped it up and days later it was at mine and I wore it out for the afternoon. I prefer to wear this with a lip liner as not only does it show off the colour better, but it helps it last all day! I’ve been wearing this loads for work as it just looks gorgeous and it feels lovely too, plus the fact it lasts ages means I don’t need to keep topping it up on busy days. I’ll be writing a huge review for this really soon, I’m rather excited about it as I love this lipstick so much, it’s fast turned into one of my favourite MAC lipsticks.

  • Barry M Lip Liner in Shade 3.

I bought this lip liner months ago to accompany my MUA liquid lipstick but this has pretty much began to be used with anything and everything red that I own! I’d never wear this alone, but I recently discovered that with a red lip gloss over the top this works wonders and lasts ages! I use this with Lady Bug the most, alongside Lush’s Santa Baby. I like to use a lip balm first, rub away any excess and then apply the lip liner. I do this because it gives a creamier application for the lip liner, instead of it dragging along the lips, which I hate! I’m thinking of reviewing this in the near future as I just love it so much and I really can see me picking up more of Barry M’s lip liners as they’re gorgeous and for £2.99 each, worth every penny!

  • Collection 2000 (or Collection as they’re now called) Lock N Hold Lip Gloss in Break Dance.

As I wear a lot of lipsticks for work, sometimes I like to just give my lips a lot, especially if they’re a little dry so I usually opt for a lip gloss to give me a pop of colour and this is the one I reached for the most. I love this lip gloss and I’d love to try more of the Lock N Hold glosses as they have some nice pale shades, perfect for spring and summer! Break Dance is a peach colour and it smells of yummy sweets, which is a bonus! This lip gloss is said to last 6 hours, but this is total rubbish and doesn’t even last an hour on the lips, whether you’re drinking or eating, or anything like that. This isn’t a sticky lip gloss either, which makes is even better for wearing whilst I’m busy at work. The wand is a strange shape and not like the usual doe foot applicator, which makes a lovely change. These are only £2.99 each and well worth the money! I bought mine yonks ago and at one point used it every day and whenever I went out in the summer time, so it lasts ages as you don’t need a whole lot.

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  • Chapstick in Apple (mentioned here).

I thought I had mentioned this more than once, but alas I have not and for that I’m really surprised! I LOVE this lip balm! It’s like a petroleum texture that not only smells but tastes of green apples, which I love. It doesn’t take long to apply to the lips and is therefore perfect for on the go. I use this loads at work and soon enough I’m probably going to need to pick up another one as I just can’t NOT have this lip balm in my bag or even by my bed on my bedside table. It works great underneath and on top of lipsticks too, which is always a bonus. Whenever I apply this someone will usually ask me, “What’s that smell? Did you spray something?” because the smell of this is just so strong. It won’t break the bank to buy and probably costs a £1.00, if not less than this.

  • T-Zone Rapid Action Spot Zapping Gel.

This is one of T-Zone’s newest products and has replaced their Spot Zapping Stick. When I couldn’t find that in store I picked the gel up instead and I LOVE it! It cost me 99p and so far is lasting me a long time. As soon as I feel a spot coming up or if one of recovering from being popped I put some of this on and within a day the spot redness has reduced or even dried up and near enough vanished. I’ve already picked up another tube as I was worrying that my current tube (one in the picture) was close to running out, but it turns out I was wrong and it seems like there is loads left! I have contemplated trying out more of the T-Zone range, as for years I have loved their products and they’ve always done me good. Any recommendations would be lovely by the way.

  • L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (mentioned here).

In January I received some free sample hand creams from L’Occitane, like many L’Occitane fans did! In the little knitted pouch I was given I received their Cherry Blossom hand cream and I used it quite frequently throughout February. It smells subtly sweet and isn’t super thick, but a nice gel like cream that doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. It leaves them feeling and looking really soft, as well as smelling fresh and beautiful which is always a bonus. I have smelt L’Occitane’s Cherry Blossom range before, including their EDT and it’s one of my favourite ranges by them, alongside the Almond one. I would definitely pick up the travel size, maybe even the full size version of this as it’s just lovely! I love the cute little sizes of this as it means I can chuck it into my hand bag and it won’t take up much room, as well as this I can keep it in my pocket of my jacket or even my jeans.

So those were my favourites from February! I apologise once again for how long it took for me to write and publish this on my blog, but finally it’s here and my empties post will follow tomorrow… I hope!

What were your favourites in February? Let me know in the comments below and as usual if you have any questions in relation to any of the products mentioned, feel free to leave any questions in the comments about those too.

Until next time all take care and see you next time.

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