Monday, 23 July 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects - Numbskull

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I've never really been a fan of nail wraps or anything on my nails that isn't nail varnish - until I saw this design! If you know me you'll know I love skull patterns, so these instantly stood out to me!

I've used Sally Hansen products for quite sometime now, and although the brand is known for it's nail products, I actually swear by the Airbrush Legs!

The nail wraps were relatively easy to apply - as you can see by my picture, I haven't made the neatest job in the world of it! I can't say if they last the advertised 10 days as me leaving the same nail varnish on for 10 days just doesn't happen however they were easy to remove with nail varnish remover.

These were priced at £3.99 from TK Maxx which isn't too bad as you get 2 sets of wraps in the box.

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo

Friday, 20 July 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey

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Revlon keep getting it right this year! With the ever popular Lip Butters still getting great reviews, they have struck gold again with the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.

Revlon say:
It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.

I would have to agree wholeheartedly with the above statement! I went for a 'safe' colour in Honey and absolutely love it! It's perfect for everyday wear - I'm going to have to buy a couple of the other colours as I've never had such a moisturising long lasting colour.

I love the packaging - it is VERY similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks - I think that is what drew me to it as I've had my eye on the Chubby Sticks for a while but at £16 cannot really justify the price, especially as I would need a couple of the colours! The Revlon version is just £5.99 which I think is a very fair price, I'll be getting a lot of use out of mine!

Next on my list to try will be Smitten, Darling and Rendezvous! Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo

Monday, 16 July 2012

Tell me why I don't like Mondays?

Monday Wishlist

URGH. Today the weather is depressing the hell out of me, and it's Monday, I'm on a comedown from an awesome weekend, so what better to do than window shop online at stuff I cannot afford! Yay!

1. First up is the highly unaffordable Samsung Galaxy S3. I have an iPhone 4 which I am REALLY bored of. I may call Orange and see if they can hook me up and sort out a deal. I love the screen size of the Samsung Galaxy range - I've had 2 iPhones and because they don't really change anything major on the updates, I get bored really quickly!

2. I've had my eye on this bag for a while now and I may get it next week. It's from eBay and it's just been reduced from £19.99 to £15.99 (I know... even more reason to buy it!). There is a lighter tan colour which is the one I think I would get. I really like the shape of it!

3. I used to collect Beatrix Potter when I was younger and still have all my collectibles... these bought on a wave of nostalgia and I think they are lovely!

4. I live in Converse. I have grey, black and lilac, however I still feel I need a pair of grey Vans in my life.

5. I love the skater style of dresses and have been looking for a black skater skirt for some time now - I love this one from Miss Selfridge which is matt black. It's £22 which isn't too bad for something I think I would get a lot of use out of!

Do you window shop on a Monday to cure the Monday Blues?

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Lily Loves Lola Bracelets

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Lily Loves Lola was one of the first blogs I ever discovered and I have been an avid reader ever since. From her adorable two little pugs to her gorgeous choice in footwear, the majority of Victoria's posts are right up my street. (I'm still fighing the urge to buy the Custard Cream Cushion). I didn't even realise she sold jewellery but I'm so glad I found her Etsy shop.

Victoria sells lots of different bracelets and they are all so lovely, it was difficult choosing, but in the end I went for the Heart Bracelet and the Cross Bracelet - I don't really wear 'costume' bracelets, I like to have bracelets that I wear every day until they fall off, and these do just that! The cross symbolises my family (my last name is 'Cross' and the heart symbolises my friends and boyfriend! Victoria ever so kindly also included this gorgeous little Star Bracelet as well, which I adore - I LOVE stars! Thank you so much Victoria!

These make fantastic presents for anyone, including yourself. You can read the Lily Loves Lola blog here and visit the Lily Loves Lola Etsy shop here.

Thank you for reading!
Shelley xo

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Mobile Apps: Pink Mothballs

I love my iPhone. I love my friends. I love borrowing clothes from those friends, and what better way to keep track of what I have borrowed and lent out than on a shiny new app called Pink Mothballs?!

The app was created by Amanda Baker, who after the classic cry of 'I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!' before a birthday party, had a brainwave and started looking at what her friends were wearing in photos on Facebook, found an outfit, called her friend and hey presto! She had a new outfit to wear without hitting the highstreet and saved time and money by borrowing the outfit.

Amanda's philosophy is that you can see your friend's wardrobes as an extension to your own, and of course, vice versa. Pink Mothballs keeps track of who's borrowed what and sends a reminder to get it back. Your friendship circle each has a profile where you can all upload pictures of your outfits to see who's got what, making it easy to browse your friend's wardrobe.

Aside from the quirky name, I love the branding of this app - its cute, girly and pink (in my world everything would be these things!) and looks incredibly easy to use. I frequently borrow my friend's clothes and frequently forget to give them back - this app is perfect for me as it reminds me to do it!

What do you think of this app idea? You can sign up to the Beta version here.

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sunday Shopping... Boots.

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I don't know about you, but I love shopping on Sundays. The atmosphere is much more relaxed and I don't find myself getting as stressed out as I would on a weekday or a Saturday. I needed to pop to Boots and get a few other things in town - as some of you may sympathise with me, one does not just pop to Boots and leave empty handed!

I love this Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid. I think its such a lovely low priced foundation at just £7.99 and its actually the lightest shade I can find in Light Porcelain, so it works well with my ghostly skin tone. This is probably the 2nd or 3rd time I have repurchased it and I actually prefer it to my now deceased Mac Studio Fix Fluid. I also went against my own rule of no more nail varnishes and bought these 3 Barry M gems at the usual £2.99 each. My excuse? Er.. I don't have a Denim, Lemon Ice Cream or light blue nail varnish? I DO NOW!

I don't really have a skin care routine, I am one of those lazy people who just uses 3 in 1 facewipes - but all that is about to change! I love the Botanics range at Boots and always have so I thought I would start my new regime with these well priced products. I got the Gentle Cleansing Cream to remove my make up, the Soothing Eye Make Up Remover and the Rosewater Toning Spritz. They are all on 3 for 2 at the moment so I think I only paid about a tenner for all 3. I'm going to try them then hopefully let you know how I get on!

Lastly were some essentials. I use cotton buds for loads of things, but mainly wanted them to tidy up my messy nail varnish application! The plasters and skin closures were new necessities after an incident this week involving me, a sharp knife, a tomato and lack of concentration... oops!

Do you have a preferred day for shopping, or do you shop online to avoid the crowds completely?

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo

Thursday, 5 July 2012

OOTD: Say it aint so

A quick outfit post for you today! Remember the other day when I posted about the bargains available on (read here) Well this is one of the dresses I purchased! There are a few things for which I am sorry - I am sorry I did not iron the dress, I'm also sorry for the up close and personal shot of my chest as I tried to show the detailing on the dress!

I'm off to a travel agency event this evening on the Thames in Windsor which should be great and this is what I'm wearing!

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

NOTD: Festival Neon Nail Varnish

When I think of festival fashion, I think of shorts, dresses, wellies, flowery hair accessories and... NEON! Neon always features in my festival checklist, whether its funky neon knee high socks, neon face paint (warning: do use under the influence of alcohol...) or the obligatory glow sticks. This year, I have decided I am going to rock neon nails, and while on a recent trip to Primark, I came across these 4 polishes for just £2. Bargain!

The nail varnishes themselves are not fantastic (at 50p each I wouldn't expect them to be!) but after 3 coats and a top coat, they look pretty good! In the photo the orange and the pink look quite similar, but in 'real life' they are different and as they appear in the bottle. The yellow and green are probably the most watery and could probably have done with a 4th coat. You could also try these with a Matte Top Coat for a slightly more toned down look.

Overall, I'm glad I bought these and will definately be taking them along with me when I go to Reading Festival next month! (Next month?! Seriously, this year is flying by!)

Thanks for reading!
Shelley xo