Maybelline New York Color Show Electric Yellow

Continuing last week’s yellow theme, this week’s manicure and pedicure is Maybelline New York Color Show Electric Yellow. I hadn’t used any of the Maybelline nail polishes before now so I was curious to find out what this polish would be like. Electric Yellow is a warm tone, almost mustard, colour. I must say, it suits my skin tone a lot better than my previous yellow mani/pedi! I like this colour loads as it’s very pretty and really suits me. I’m going to say this is my favourite yellow so far!

This polish has a very runny consistency, after one coat it was very streaky and to be entirely honest, it is still slightly streaky after two. In future when I wear this polish I will ensure to paint three coats of colour, as I think the finish would really benefit from this. Application, however, was easy enough and the brush is a nice shape which allowed me to get a good shape without flooding my cuticles or painting to the bottom of my nails.

Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of colour, and a top coat. Thanks for reading!




Rimmel London Chin Up, Buttercup

I took advantage of a 3 for 2 offer on nail varnishes today in Boots and this week’s manicure and pedicure is one of the colours I bought. Chin Up, Buttercup is a bright yellow shade, I’d say it was more lemon than buttercup coloured though. It’s almost neon, very eighties and I love it!

Application was easy and I only needed 2 coats to get the colour opaque, this polish is from Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Super Shine range and the brush is really easy to use due to the square shape. I much prefer square brushes and they are a dream to use and make shaping the polish and avoiding flooding your cuticles a breeze.

I would absolutely recommend this polish, it’s so bright, sunny and summery – it looks great on my toes, I can’t wait to show it off in sandals. Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of colour, and a top coat. Although it is slightly brighter in real life than it is in these pictures. Thanks for reading!



Liebster Award

I have been nominated for this so many times and have only just gotten round to answering these questions now! I do apologise for my rudeness! Here we go!:

  1. Who is your favourite singer or band? This is a hard one, I like Motown a lot, I suppose I’d have to choose Michael Jackson. Legend.
  2. What is your favourite food?  My favourite food is either Dominos pizza (veggie supreme with added jalapeños) or pie, mash and mushy peas from The Redhouse on Newcastle quayside.
  3. If you could travel to any country in the world, where would it be? I’d probably like to live in Ghana. For just a holiday, I’d like to visit Jamaica.
  4. Why did you start blogging? Because I spend a lot of money on nail varnish!
  5. Who is your celebrity crush? Probably Rihanna.
  6. If you were stranded on an island and you were only allowed to have one thing with you, what would it be? Music, for sure.
  7. Facebook, instagram or twitter? Instagram
  8. Can you drive? Of course!
  9. Favourite make-up brand? Estée Lauder
  10. What made you smile today? My dog
  11. Do you have any hobbies ? Shopping, drinking, watching NUFC & Black Stars

Thanks to gqueenbeauty for my initial nomination, as these are the questions I have used.

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MAC Honeylove & Hover

I’m loving the current trend for beige / nude lips, so thought I’d give it a go for myself. I usually like to wear a muted lip tone anyways as I have quite full lips, I don’t like my daytime look to bring lots of attention!

I have been wearing the MAC Honeylove matte lipstick and Hover lip liner for about a month now and I really like the way they look with my daytime makeup. I have quite a prominent Cupid’s Bow and I think the using the Hover lip liner along with the lipstick really accentuates this.

The one thing I find about wearing a matte lipstick is that if your lips are slightly dry or cracked this will be highlighted, so it is important to have moisturised and exfoliated lips in order to pull off this product. Honeylove and Hover are available to buy on the MAC website and are both well worth the money in my opinion :) thanks for reading!



La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System

I have really oily skin so a friend recommended I try using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System to try to keep it matte under my make up during the day. The set contains a cleanser, toner and moisturiser to be used twice a day.

I found this set to be effective from the get go in reducing shine, the products are easy to use and have no particular smell to them, which I appreciate as I’m not a fan of perfumed skin care products. The purifying gel cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and clean after even just the first use. This is followed by the clarifying toner which is applying using a cotton wool pad, I like the fact it claims to reduce the appearance of pores, as my large pores are something I really worry about. The duo [+] anti-blemish cream is a non oily, non greasy moisturiser and is a good base for make up. However, I found after a few weeks of using these products my skin was painfully dry, and the skin on my chin and around my mouth was flaking and peeling, so I use the duo [+] anti-blemish cream in the morning as a base for my make up and on a night time I have been using Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum and my skin is returning back to normal. I think this set may be slightly too harsh for my skin, although it is oily, it’s obviously not as oily as I think it is! I will continue using these products until they are finished though to see how it goes. 

Once a week I also like to use a scrub, to remove any dirt or makeup I might have missed and to avoid getting any blackheads. I like to use Clearasil Daily Care Vitamins & Extracts Scrub and the obvious staple of everyone’s skin care regime – the infamous St Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub. These products are both available to buy at Boots along with the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System which has amazing reviews, so don’t let my weird skin reaction put you off!

If you have any tips on what products I could try on my oily / not as oily as I think / mega dry skin, please let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!



Nails Inc Fiesta

I just love it when Nails Inc give away free nail polishes with a magazine. This month with Marie Claire you can choose from 4 different Nails Inc shades, I chose Fiesta which is a vibrant pink colour. The formula of this polish is amazing! One coat would have been suffice, which made application easy.

Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of colour and a top coat, although these photographs don’t capture entirely the true shade of the polish, in reality it is a deep shade of the pink, the photos make it look brighter than it is. In some lights it is almost red. I’m really pleased with this colour, I don’t usually buy magazines but it was definitely worth making an exception for this free gift. I think this polish will look stunning all through summer, and it looks especially nice on my toes as we speak – I cannot wait until it is warm enough to wear sandals to show it off! If Barbie got a pedicure I think she’d choose Nails Inc Fiesta!

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Benefit The POREfessional

I always feel slightly conscious of my pores being large and I dislike the fact my make up sits in them and so doesn’t look as smooth as it could, so I thought I’d give the Benefit Porefessional primer a try. This primer claims to minimise the look of pores.

I found it easy to apply, I patted it on the problem areas on my cheeks and it immediately gave an airbrushed look. It set like concrete! However, after I’d applied my foundation, powder and blusher the result was somewhat diminished from the initial application without make up. It certainly did minimise my pores, but definitely didn’t get rid of them all together which I would have much preferred. However, as a primer it is amazing! My make up was set for the entire day, I only did a couple of powder touch ups through an entire working day, 8 hours in an air conditioned office. For my oily skin this is unbelievable!! So I’m quite pleased with my purchase.

BEFORE: my make up without Porefessional.

AFTER: my make up with Porefessional.


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