Barry M Under the Sea – Angelfish

Angelfish is one of the four new polishes in Barry M’s Under the Sea collection. The collection is available from Superdrug which is where I picked this one up for £3.99 having seen them advertised on Instagram.

In the bottle it looks a kinda pale salmony/peachy/pink colour which is why I chose this one. However, on application the colour is completely different; it applies as a pearlescent purple/white without any hint of the peach colour in the bottle. It’s inoffensive & a little bit retro chic but it’s just not what I was expecting.

It’s quite pretty as it shifts in the light, and not entirely dissimilar to the iridescence of Essence Out of Space is the Place which I reviewed last year. The formula is smooth & the brush is easy to use making the first coat of colour opaque.

I don’t dislike this but it’s not what I was expecting from the packaging, we will see if it grows on me! It is, however, really good value for money, especially in comparison to the new Nails Inc mermaid nail polishes.

Photos show Nails Inc ridge filler base coat, 2 coats of colour & Essie Good to Go topcoat.


Nails Inc Sweet Almonds Powered By Matcha – Mayfair Market

I haven’t blogged about a manicure & pedicure for a while as I haven’t been buying as many new nails polishes. However, when I saw this particular polish via a tweet from Nails Inc, I just couldn’t resist treating myself.

Nails Inc Mayfair Market is a stunningly subtle metallic rose gold. I am so in love with how this polish looks on my nails right now! It’s a light bronze tone which was perfectly opaque after one coat. It claims on the bottle to have a superfood boost, and the polish contains sweet almond oil & matcha to encourage nail wellness.

This polish looks almost nude against my skin colour, it is so shimmery and understated, I think it’s a really wearable alternative to either gold or pink (my two favourite colours!). I haven’t seen a shade like this in a nail polish anywhere before, it is identical to rose gold jewellery and would compliment it perfectly. It also looks great on my toes and I can’t wait until the spring weather gets a bit better so I can wear sandals to show it off.

Application, as always, was so easy with the square brush. Nails Inc make the most beautiful brushes since they changed the shape of their bottles & I am so glad they did. This polish is available to purchase from the Nails Inc website,  although I bought mine from Fenwick in Newcastle.

Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of colour and a top coat.


MAC Russian Red

So, I think my new thing is red lipsticks, I am so in love with this colour. Russian Red by MAC is a slightly matte, deep red and it’s my new all time favourite. I first dabbled with red lipstick earlier this year when I bought MAC Everyday Diva, which is a glossy, pillar box red. However, Russian Red suits my skin tone so much better, since I got it, it is the only lipstick I have worn, it has never been off my lips!

Despite being a matte colour, it is not drying at all. It is much easier to apply than Everyday Diva, as the colour does not bleed at all, which results in a much crisper and more defined Cupid’s bow. I also think the shade is sexier, even if I do say so myself!

I have been using MAC Cherry lip pencil as a liner with this shade, and it is a near perfect match.

Russian Red is available to buy here. Does anyone have a favourite MAC red lipstick? How about Ruby Woo? I’d be interested to hear people’s experiences of this, as I think it will probably be my next lipstick purchase.

Thanks for reading!

   Cupid’s Bow
 Russian Red

   Comparison with Everyday Diva
 In Durham

MAC Everyday Diva

Bank holidays mean treats, so this weekend I treated myself to a new lipstick and lip liner. MAC Everyday Diva is a glossy, pillar box red, classic lipstick. I got the MAC Cherry lip pencil to use with it and it blends perfectly. I really like this lipstick, I’ve never worn red before but I thought it was about time to try new things away from my favoured baby pink or nude lipsticks.

Everyday Diva is really bright and I think it really compliments my skin tone. It’s not something I would wear during the day to work, as I wouldn’t feel office appropriate in this given my full lips and prominent Cupid’s Bow, however, I think this will definitely be my go to on upcoming nights out! Application was easy enough, but without using a lipliner you wouldn’t have to have the steadiest hands known to mankind to get this on perfectly. Using a lipliner to outline my lips made applying this lipstick simple and quick. I would certainly recommend MAC Cherry as an ideal partner to this lipstick.
Everyday Diva and Cherry are available to buy here and here.

What do you think and which lipsticks are you loving at the moment? Let me know and thanks for reading!


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!


Nails Inc Uptown

The last of my new polishes and the final one from the Nails Inc autumn/ winter trio is Uptown and this is what I have chosen for this week’s manicure & pedicure.

Uptown is a pale pink which is described on the Nails Inc website as ‘dusky pink’. It is a stunning colour and I feel it really suits my skin tone. It is not entirely dissimilar in colour to George Street, although it is perhaps slightly deeper and warmer in tone. See photo for comparison.

Application was perfect, and such was the opaqueness of the creme polish that one coat would have been suffice (although you all know I would never just paint one coat!) I am really entirely converted to this new shaped brush, it is just so easy to get a perfect result one millimetre above your cuticle so as not to flood it. One of my pet hates is poorly applied nail varnish which floods the cuticle.

This nail polish is available to purchase here and photographs, as always, show a base coat, 2 coats of colour, and a top coat.

Thanks for reading!




Best foundation for oily skin

So I suffer from mega oily skin and I always have done. Ever since I was a teenager I have been looking for a perfect foundation/powder combo to keep my skin matte and shine free all day. Well lasses, at the age of 29 I think I’ve finally found it!

I had previously been using the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation in ‘honey’ along with the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in ‘soft honey’ as I had been told over and over that Bobbi Brown is the best cosmetics firm for black skin here in the UK. I liked the matte finish that the powder gave me but after a few hours I was having to top up with powder and every few hours after that. Also, I found the colour to be slightly too dark as I had to go a shade up due to the limited availability of colours in the Long Wear range. This fact coupled with hourly powder top ups often left me slightly orange by the end of the day, not a good look I’m sure you’ll agree. Although it was the best foundation for my oily skin I’d came across til that point.

Step forward Estée Lauder! My mate (and fellow West End Girl) Alison had raved about how good the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation was for a while, so after some umming and ahhing I thought I’d give it a go. I went along to Boots in Eldon Square and had my make-up done by a fellow Lucy at the Estée Lauder counter. I really liked the effortless, natural matte look it gave me and the colour match is perfect, the best colour match I’ve ever had on my long quest to find the perfect foundation. I went ahead and bought the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation and the Double Wear pressed powder both in ‘shell beige’ (which looks lighter in the bottle but goes on just right) and I can say I’ve never been happier with my make-up. I’ve had numerous compliments on it and it actually does what it says on the bottle – stays in place! It’s also slightly cheaper than the Bobbi Brown products as a bonus!

Have any of you got any tips for dealing with oily skin? Feel free to leave them in the comments, cheers lasses!