As my collection of  Essie nail polish seems to keep on growing, I thought I'd lay out just how much I love the brand, their formulas and tricks on how to get them a little cheaper than their RRP and what to watch out for when you do. 

They aren't the cheapest polishes on the block, but they aren't the most expensive either. I most often pick bottles up during the 3-for-2 Boots deals, despite the fact that the Essie stands don't advertise they're part of it - they are. Or if the shade has been discontinued, I'll have a look on Amazon as quite often someone will be selling it. But when it comes to buying them online the main thing to be cautious about is the old vs. new brushes. If you're purchasing a cheaper version, more often than not it will be in the old packaging with quite a spindly brush. Above I've compared the new brush of Sparkle on Top (the blue glittery top coat) to the old brush of Summit of Style (the gold glitter top coat) to show the differences. In my opinion, the new brush is 100x better as it allows for smoother application in that you can cover a whole fingernail in just one coat rather than several. 

For the shades in my collection I'll start at the top of the circle and describe them going clockwise. Lilacism is as the name suggests a smooth and pretty lilac, perfect for spring but I love this so much I wear it all year round. Muchi, Muchi is a serious underrated pink in their collection - it's slightly darker than the famous Fiji, and is a girly pastel pink with undertones of mauve. I got Sparkle on Top as part of the Twinker-Belle Set, and is an incandescent top coat which varies between icy blue and pink depending on the way you look at it. I paired this top coat with the next polish Blanc in my Christmas Nail Post. In my opinion this is one of the best white nail varnishes you can get your hands on, and as it is not the easiest shade to pull off I highly recommend spending a little extra on a white polish - it does take three coats to look flawless, but with a tan this shade is faultless. 

Another great holiday shade is Roarrrrange, which originally came out in the brand's Summer 2014 Collection but I wish they kept the shade on permanently. It's a lovely warm and juicy sunset orange and one I like to wear on my toes. Summit of Style also looks quite nice with this orange, and seems to be the one polish every blogger and their mum seems to whip out at Christmas time. It is a gorgeous bronzey gold sparkly top coat.  Mint Candy Apple was the shade that initially got me interested in Essie as a brand as it is such a unique minty, pastely turquoise shade; it's perfect for adding a bit of spring to your fingertips and makes up the second half of the Twinker-Belle Set. Last but not least is another of the brand's most popular shades: Bahama Mama. It's a gorgeous warm plum colour that first made an appearance on this blog back in December's Beauty Berry Edit, and is a brilliant opaque formula. 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my Essie stash as these are some of my favourite nail polish formulas and shades. I currently have my eyes on Tea & Crumpets, Midnight Cami, Chillato.... I could go on forever. 

What's your favourite nail polish brand? And do you have a favourite Essie shade? 
C x

A Brand Focus: My Essie Collection

30 March 2016

As my collection of  Essie nail polish seems to keep on growing, I thought I'd lay out just how much I love the brand, their formulas and tricks on how to get them a little cheaper than their RRP and what to watch out for when you do. 

They aren't the cheapest polishes on the block, but they aren't the most expensive either. I most often pick bottles up during the 3-for-2 Boots deals, despite the fact that the Essie stands don't advertise they're part of it - they are. Or if the shade has been discontinued, I'll have a look on Amazon as quite often someone will be selling it. But when it comes to buying them online the main thing to be cautious about is the old vs. new brushes. If you're purchasing a cheaper version, more often than not it will be in the old packaging with quite a spindly brush. Above I've compared the new brush of Sparkle on Top (the blue glittery top coat) to the old brush of Summit of Style (the gold glitter top coat) to show the differences. In my opinion, the new brush is 100x better as it allows for smoother application in that you can cover a whole fingernail in just one coat rather than several. 

For the shades in my collection I'll start at the top of the circle and describe them going clockwise. Lilacism is as the name suggests a smooth and pretty lilac, perfect for spring but I love this so much I wear it all year round. Muchi, Muchi is a serious underrated pink in their collection - it's slightly darker than the famous Fiji, and is a girly pastel pink with undertones of mauve. I got Sparkle on Top as part of the Twinker-Belle Set, and is an incandescent top coat which varies between icy blue and pink depending on the way you look at it. I paired this top coat with the next polish Blanc in my Christmas Nail Post. In my opinion this is one of the best white nail varnishes you can get your hands on, and as it is not the easiest shade to pull off I highly recommend spending a little extra on a white polish - it does take three coats to look flawless, but with a tan this shade is faultless. 

Another great holiday shade is Roarrrrange, which originally came out in the brand's Summer 2014 Collection but I wish they kept the shade on permanently. It's a lovely warm and juicy sunset orange and one I like to wear on my toes. Summit of Style also looks quite nice with this orange, and seems to be the one polish every blogger and their mum seems to whip out at Christmas time. It is a gorgeous bronzey gold sparkly top coat.  Mint Candy Apple was the shade that initially got me interested in Essie as a brand as it is such a unique minty, pastely turquoise shade; it's perfect for adding a bit of spring to your fingertips and makes up the second half of the Twinker-Belle Set. Last but not least is another of the brand's most popular shades: Bahama Mama. It's a gorgeous warm plum colour that first made an appearance on this blog back in December's Beauty Berry Edit, and is a brilliant opaque formula. 

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my Essie stash as these are some of my favourite nail polish formulas and shades. I currently have my eyes on Tea & Crumpets, Midnight Cami, Chillato.... I could go on forever. 

What's your favourite nail polish brand? And do you have a favourite Essie shade? 
C x
When I first heard of the Brandy Melville concept, I'll admit I was skeptical. First thoughts included: "But one size can't fit ALL?", "What is the fuss, all the pieces are pretty basic?" and "How am I supposed to work out the cost of it, if the website's completely in DOLLARS?!?" My sister was (and still is) a massive fan, so whilst strolling along the King's Road in Chelsea, I walked past the shop and thought I'll just pop in and have a look. Things took an unexpected turn and me and my housemate ended up spending a good hour and a half in awe of the clothes, wanting to buy at least half of the stock, trying things on and battering our bank balances - whoops.

There aren't really any words that can describe just how soft these garmets feel and this softness probably made up for 85% of my reason for buying what I did. The Babe Top is the ribbed cotton collared black and cream striped crop top, and I love the tomboy-ish feel to it. The Ollie Sweater is in what they call a moss green, and is a very finely knitted jumper that I've already had too much wear out of. As you can see these two items do crease easily because of said softness, but that doesn't really bother me too much.

I really debated over purchasing the Katherine New York Cap, mainly because I'm really not a hat person - don't get me wrong I love hats, but I hardly own any and wasn't sure whether I was cool enough to pull off a baseball cap. But as a lover of New York, I hard to part ways with my cash for this, as again it is super soft and protection from the sun in summertime is essential... Sadly I can't find this cropped pale blue knitted rollneck online for it's name, but my god the fit and cut of this is SO flattering, I think it may be my favourite piece in the haul!

Although these are fairly basic pieces, everyone needs something plain in their wardrobe when it feels this soft and I'd say the pricing of everything in Brandy Melville is a fair bit lower than Topshop, so there's an added bonus. I am a size 10 and although the sizing of the printed trousers I tried on was a bit iffy, I'd say the tops/jumpers would be able to fit a UK 4-12? Admittedly this limit in sizing is a shame, but for now I am very content with my purchases.

What do you think of Brandy Melville? And have you pruchased anything from there? I'd love to hear your thoughts so pop a comment below.
C x 

A Brandy Melville Haul

27 March 2016

When I first heard of the Brandy Melville concept, I'll admit I was skeptical. First thoughts included: "But one size can't fit ALL?", "What is the fuss, all the pieces are pretty basic?" and "How am I supposed to work out the cost of it, if the website's completely in DOLLARS?!?" My sister was (and still is) a massive fan, so whilst strolling along the King's Road in Chelsea, I walked past the shop and thought I'll just pop in and have a look. Things took an unexpected turn and me and my housemate ended up spending a good hour and a half in awe of the clothes, wanting to buy at least half of the stock, trying things on and battering our bank balances - whoops.

There aren't really any words that can describe just how soft these garmets feel and this softness probably made up for 85% of my reason for buying what I did. The Babe Top is the ribbed cotton collared black and cream striped crop top, and I love the tomboy-ish feel to it. The Ollie Sweater is in what they call a moss green, and is a very finely knitted jumper that I've already had too much wear out of. As you can see these two items do crease easily because of said softness, but that doesn't really bother me too much.

I really debated over purchasing the Katherine New York Cap, mainly because I'm really not a hat person - don't get me wrong I love hats, but I hardly own any and wasn't sure whether I was cool enough to pull off a baseball cap. But as a lover of New York, I hard to part ways with my cash for this, as again it is super soft and protection from the sun in summertime is essential... Sadly I can't find this cropped pale blue knitted rollneck online for it's name, but my god the fit and cut of this is SO flattering, I think it may be my favourite piece in the haul!

Although these are fairly basic pieces, everyone needs something plain in their wardrobe when it feels this soft and I'd say the pricing of everything in Brandy Melville is a fair bit lower than Topshop, so there's an added bonus. I am a size 10 and although the sizing of the printed trousers I tried on was a bit iffy, I'd say the tops/jumpers would be able to fit a UK 4-12? Admittedly this limit in sizing is a shame, but for now I am very content with my purchases.

What do you think of Brandy Melville? And have you pruchased anything from there? I'd love to hear your thoughts so pop a comment below.
C x 
Hey stranger, it's been a while. I won't ramble on about excuses for not blogging for a while, because let's face it, you probs don't care. But anyway, after losing my mojo, I've finally found some motivation to get my arse in gear and get back to what I love doing, which is writing - whether that be beauty product rviews, resturant reviews or OOTDs, I have a backlog of content to get through - so keep your eyes peeled because I'M BACK

To anyone familiar around these parts, you'll know I am a big huge fan of Chloé fragrances (feel free to have a browse here), so it'll come as no surprise that whilst in Duty Free at the end of Decemeber I headed straight to the Chloé counter and picked up this. The Love Story Eau de Parfum launched back at the beginning of last year, but around the Valentine's Day just gone, more buzz was created around the fragrance as bloggers received a personalised engraved version of the bottle. The packaging itself is modelled on the shape of a padlock, in a nod to Paris' Pont des Arts or Love Lock Bridge - which is pretty darn cute, don't you think? And the ribbon and ridges along the back definitely give it a classy and very Chloé touch.

The scent itself is very similar to the original Chloé perfume, but is a lot lighter and a bit more feminine. Overall it is a floral scent with top notes of orange blossom and heart notes of jasmine stephanotis, but the base notes of cedar wood add a darker muskier feel to it and to me this adds a senusal note to the perfume. I'd describe it as a clean and sexy fragrance that can be worn both day and night. I'm going through this bottle so quickly, I can see a repurchase on the horizon. It's not the most purse-friendly of high-end perfumes (it was around £65 for 50ml), but it smells so dreamy, it's a price I am willing to pay.

What's your current favourite perfume? And have you tried any of the Chloé fragrances?
C x

Chloe's Love Story Eau de Parfum: a Review

23 March 2016

Hey stranger, it's been a while. I won't ramble on about excuses for not blogging for a while, because let's face it, you probs don't care. But anyway, after losing my mojo, I've finally found some motivation to get my arse in gear and get back to what I love doing, which is writing - whether that be beauty product rviews, resturant reviews or OOTDs, I have a backlog of content to get through - so keep your eyes peeled because I'M BACK

To anyone familiar around these parts, you'll know I am a big huge fan of Chloé fragrances (feel free to have a browse here), so it'll come as no surprise that whilst in Duty Free at the end of Decemeber I headed straight to the Chloé counter and picked up this. The Love Story Eau de Parfum launched back at the beginning of last year, but around the Valentine's Day just gone, more buzz was created around the fragrance as bloggers received a personalised engraved version of the bottle. The packaging itself is modelled on the shape of a padlock, in a nod to Paris' Pont des Arts or Love Lock Bridge - which is pretty darn cute, don't you think? And the ribbon and ridges along the back definitely give it a classy and very Chloé touch.

The scent itself is very similar to the original Chloé perfume, but is a lot lighter and a bit more feminine. Overall it is a floral scent with top notes of orange blossom and heart notes of jasmine stephanotis, but the base notes of cedar wood add a darker muskier feel to it and to me this adds a senusal note to the perfume. I'd describe it as a clean and sexy fragrance that can be worn both day and night. I'm going through this bottle so quickly, I can see a repurchase on the horizon. It's not the most purse-friendly of high-end perfumes (it was around £65 for 50ml), but it smells so dreamy, it's a price I am willing to pay.

What's your current favourite perfume? And have you tried any of the Chloé fragrances?
C x

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