Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to T in the Park (a Scottish based music festival for those of you that don’t know) and I loved it. It was the first camping music festival I have been to, and I remembered reading somewhere that white nails are a great festival trend. This is because the white varnish catches the UV light found in music tents or off stages, and glows a bluey hue in the dark. I thought this was a great trick and really wanted to try it out myself, but I decided to jazz it up a little by adding a glitter polish over the top. 

The white I chose is the much-raved-about Blanc by Essie. I knew white would be quite a difficult colour to pull off, so this is why I opted for a pricier polish than normal. My mum actually bought this polish for me as a birthday present, but ordering it online (from god knows where) it has turned out to be the older design of brush that Essie no longer sell. The brush in my polish is a lot narrower than those currently on sale, so I did find the varnish a bit more difficult to apply. To avoid streaks in the pale polish, I applied three quite thick coats and I feel that the finish was nice overall. 

The glitter polish was also a birthday present from Grace (who also has a beauty blog here) and is Butter London’s Lovely Jubbly (such a cute name!). The polish is very opaque and because I wanted the white to show through the sparkles, I painted on a really thing coat over the top. The shade is predominantly purple, but it is also composed of red, blue and magenta micro-glitter making it very detailed and pretty polish. The only down-side to Butter London though, are their prices. However, they offer beautiful shades and something you would not find as part of cheaper nail stall - I feel that with these you pay that little bit extra for great quality, so I think it's worth the splurge once in a while. 

The base and top coat I used to seal the deal (haha) was Rimmel's Nail Nurse. I really enjoy using this top/base coat, as I feel it has protected my nails from discolouring and makes my polish last much longer than it would alone. I've not been the biggest user of base and top coat nail polishes in recent years (big mistake), but I would strongly recommend this as I believe it does what it says on the tin/label. 

Has anyone tried any of these polishes? And what is your favourite nail look for a festival? 

The Festival Edit: NOTD

28 July 2014


Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to T in the Park (a Scottish based music festival for those of you that don’t know) and I loved it. It was the first camping music festival I have been to, and I remembered reading somewhere that white nails are a great festival trend. This is because the white varnish catches the UV light found in music tents or off stages, and glows a bluey hue in the dark. I thought this was a great trick and really wanted to try it out myself, but I decided to jazz it up a little by adding a glitter polish over the top. 

The white I chose is the much-raved-about Blanc by Essie. I knew white would be quite a difficult colour to pull off, so this is why I opted for a pricier polish than normal. My mum actually bought this polish for me as a birthday present, but ordering it online (from god knows where) it has turned out to be the older design of brush that Essie no longer sell. The brush in my polish is a lot narrower than those currently on sale, so I did find the varnish a bit more difficult to apply. To avoid streaks in the pale polish, I applied three quite thick coats and I feel that the finish was nice overall. 

The glitter polish was also a birthday present from Grace (who also has a beauty blog here) and is Butter London’s Lovely Jubbly (such a cute name!). The polish is very opaque and because I wanted the white to show through the sparkles, I painted on a really thing coat over the top. The shade is predominantly purple, but it is also composed of red, blue and magenta micro-glitter making it very detailed and pretty polish. The only down-side to Butter London though, are their prices. However, they offer beautiful shades and something you would not find as part of cheaper nail stall - I feel that with these you pay that little bit extra for great quality, so I think it's worth the splurge once in a while. 

The base and top coat I used to seal the deal (haha) was Rimmel's Nail Nurse. I really enjoy using this top/base coat, as I feel it has protected my nails from discolouring and makes my polish last much longer than it would alone. I've not been the biggest user of base and top coat nail polishes in recent years (big mistake), but I would strongly recommend this as I believe it does what it says on the tin/label. 

Has anyone tried any of these polishes? And what is your favourite nail look for a festival? 
*Warning* this post contains pink, pink and more pink *

The Saturday before last me and my friend Natsumi headed down to Convent Garden (Drury Lane to be precise), to visit the pub that Benefit Cosmetics have taken over for a month to celebrate the World Cup. I had read about it on a couple of blogs, and Natsumi had seen a clip of it on YouTube, and mutually we decided we had to go.

Appropriate flags on the tables, as Belgium were platting Argentina that day!

Benefit have completely revamped the first floor of the Princess of Wales, to create a girly haven for those wanting to watch both the World Cup and Wimbledon. Although both these tournaments are now over, due to its massive popularity, Benefit have decided to keep the pub open for another month after its original closing date of the 13th of July. When we visited it was the day of the women's finals at Wimbledon and to celebrate the pub served up free strawberries and cream.

Alongside this, they have come up with three signature cocktails and two chicken burgers as well as some other nibbles and sharing platters. So we strolled up to the bar to order our Rasp-Bene Mojitos, which as you can probably guess is Benefit's spin on a raspberry mojito and these were served in pretty jam-jar-like glasses. At £7.50 its not the cheapest cocktail I've had, but it was a beauty special occasion and it is the price you would normally expect anywhere in London.

My company for the day

As everything was just so pretty, every second seemed like a photo opportunity! Oh and I've forgotten to mention, alongside the food and drink, Benefit also offer free makeovers and Brow treatments at Gabbi's Head. Instead of asking for money, they suggest you to donate to the charity Refuge which  offers support for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst sipping on our cocktails, Natsumi and I put our names down for the makeovers, but as a large hen party was visiting at the time we had quite a long wait. In the meantime, we grew peckish and so we ordered The Italian Burger to share.


Gabbi's Head | A Visit to Benefit's Pop-up World Cup Pub

16 July 2014

*Warning* this post contains pink, pink and more pink *

The Saturday before last me and my friend Natsumi headed down to Convent Garden (Drury Lane to be precise), to visit the pub that Benefit Cosmetics have taken over for a month to celebrate the World Cup. I had read about it on a couple of blogs, and Natsumi had seen a clip of it on YouTube, and mutually we decided we had to go.

Appropriate flags on the tables, as Belgium were platting Argentina that day!

Benefit have completely revamped the first floor of the Princess of Wales, to create a girly haven for those wanting to watch both the World Cup and Wimbledon. Although both these tournaments are now over, due to its massive popularity, Benefit have decided to keep the pub open for another month after its original closing date of the 13th of July. When we visited it was the day of the women's finals at Wimbledon and to celebrate the pub served up free strawberries and cream.

Alongside this, they have come up with three signature cocktails and two chicken burgers as well as some other nibbles and sharing platters. So we strolled up to the bar to order our Rasp-Bene Mojitos, which as you can probably guess is Benefit's spin on a raspberry mojito and these were served in pretty jam-jar-like glasses. At £7.50 its not the cheapest cocktail I've had, but it was a beauty special occasion and it is the price you would normally expect anywhere in London.

My company for the day

As everything was just so pretty, every second seemed like a photo opportunity! Oh and I've forgotten to mention, alongside the food and drink, Benefit also offer free makeovers and Brow treatments at Gabbi's Head. Instead of asking for money, they suggest you to donate to the charity Refuge which  offers support for victims of domestic abuse. Whilst sipping on our cocktails, Natsumi and I put our names down for the makeovers, but as a large hen party was visiting at the time we had quite a long wait. In the meantime, we grew peckish and so we ordered The Italian Burger to share.



So here's another post about a NARS makeup product (oops), but I bought it with the same ASOS discount that I used for my Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square and thought it was well worth sharing it on here.

I strongly believe that certain makeup colours can enhance your eye colour, and having brown eyes I have felt that golds, browns and greens, and in general, warm shades suit my eyes and complexion. So when I saw this warmly toned, coppery, goldy duo by NARS, I couldn't really resist.

This pretty duo is named Isolde, and is the brand's bestselling duo. Both its shades have a warm metallic finish: the first shade, as you can see, is a yellowy gold and the second is a copper brown. Both of these shades work like dream together, and when using them together I sweep the gold all over the eyelid and focus the brown on the outer corners of the eye, to create a 3D shadow look. The shadows are highly pigmented, meaning that you don't need a lot of it to create a colourful look. The consistency of the NARS shadows are also lovely as they are far from chalky, like some drugstore brands, so if you are looking for a silky feel to a shadow powder definitely pop down to one of NARS' counters.

The simple yet pretty packaging is also a bonus. However, the black does seem to attract foundation finger marks, but I do take a little pride in cleaning it, as this is the most I have spent on an eyeshadow (excluding my Urban Decay Naked Palette).

Priced at £25, it is far from the cheapest eyeshadow duo on the block, but the quality you get from that price (in my opinion) is worth it. Splurging on a higher quality makeup product once in a while, won't break the bank and this has become a sure staple in my makeup bag. So here's a preview of what it looks like on...

So what is your favourite eyeshadow duo or palette?
And do you think a duo like this is worth the extra money?

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Isolde

6 July 2014


So here's another post about a NARS makeup product (oops), but I bought it with the same ASOS discount that I used for my Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square and thought it was well worth sharing it on here.

I strongly believe that certain makeup colours can enhance your eye colour, and having brown eyes I have felt that golds, browns and greens, and in general, warm shades suit my eyes and complexion. So when I saw this warmly toned, coppery, goldy duo by NARS, I couldn't really resist.

This pretty duo is named Isolde, and is the brand's bestselling duo. Both its shades have a warm metallic finish: the first shade, as you can see, is a yellowy gold and the second is a copper brown. Both of these shades work like dream together, and when using them together I sweep the gold all over the eyelid and focus the brown on the outer corners of the eye, to create a 3D shadow look. The shadows are highly pigmented, meaning that you don't need a lot of it to create a colourful look. The consistency of the NARS shadows are also lovely as they are far from chalky, like some drugstore brands, so if you are looking for a silky feel to a shadow powder definitely pop down to one of NARS' counters.

The simple yet pretty packaging is also a bonus. However, the black does seem to attract foundation finger marks, but I do take a little pride in cleaning it, as this is the most I have spent on an eyeshadow (excluding my Urban Decay Naked Palette).

Priced at £25, it is far from the cheapest eyeshadow duo on the block, but the quality you get from that price (in my opinion) is worth it. Splurging on a higher quality makeup product once in a while, won't break the bank and this has become a sure staple in my makeup bag. So here's a preview of what it looks like on...

So what is your favourite eyeshadow duo or palette?
And do you think a duo like this is worth the extra money?

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