31 Dec 2010

Chippedy chip

It has been three and a half days on the 'quest for the best:nail hardener - Barry M basecoat, topcoat and nail hardener' and the chips have started to appear!

Three days to some people may not seem like a decent length of time for nail polish to stay intact but for me this actually a record!
The polish has only started to chip on two of my nails and the rest are still quite neat looking.
Barry M is a definite contender for my 'best nail hardener award' but is there anything that can beat it? Make sure you come back to find out......

30 Dec 2010

Oh dear, more shopping!!

Just a few things I bought in the sales....

Rimmel kiss me 140 (£6.29 I wouldn't normally spend that much on lipstick but I really liked the colour!) and collection 2000 sweet tart 8 (£2.99)

Topshop slip (The lady behind the counter told me to wear it as a dress - don't think the boyfriend would be too impressed!) £12

Topshop dress £25

Love the colours in this, it was one of those gift sets from Boots and in the sale was £6!

I will do more on the individual things - swatches etc when I get a chance!
Spending stupendously.... Sam xx

Quest for the Best: Nail Hardener

Some people are blessed with nails like steel - strong, long and hassle free. I am not one of these people.
My nails are weak, they peel and I can put the slightest bit of pressure on them and they bend — no good for trying to keep nail polish intact for more than a day or so.
This is my dilemma. Because my nails bend, it loosens the nail polish and causes it to chip VERY easily.
My quest for a nail hardener that actually works has been a long one, and I thought I would share my ongoing search with you guys!
First up is Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat & Nail Hardener (I'm actually quite impressed with this already!)
I painted it under and over two coats of colour..... now lets see how long it takes for a chip to emerge.....
 (Sorry about the poor picture quality, my camera is RUBBISH!)

This photo was taken yesterday, after wearing it for a night and a day because I didn't get a chance to take a photo straight after painting them - usually by this time I would already have chips so it is doing well so far.
I will let you know when the cracks start appearing!
In the mean time, can anyone recommend a nail hardener that works? Or is there one you would like me to try out?
Cheery and chip-free 
Sam xx

20 Dec 2010

Hair envy

                        (Image from Google)
Jealous. That is all.

18 Dec 2010

Christmas? It's in the bag!

Yes for once in my life I have actually been organised, and (I think) I might just be prepared for Christmas!!!
Our tree is up and decorated and looks like this...
Anyone who knows me knows that I love hearts (I even have two tattooed to my bum). I don't know if you can see but the tree is covered in little heart baubles!! I love them!
And yes there are some presents under the tree - most of them are for other people though unfortunately!! (If you look very carefully out the window you might just be able to see the down pour of snow that happened last night!)
So for the next week I can relax in the run up to Christmas (well I've got to work all week - right up until Christmas Eve but won't have to worry about whether I've got everything sorted!)
I am now going to venture outside, braving the snow and ice to see these two lovely ladies for coffee!!

15 Dec 2010

Just a quickie....

Flash sale at ASOS today girlies

50% off party shoes and dresses*

Shop between 12pm and 2pm today (December 15) and have your last-minute party look delivered tomorrow, for less!!
So click here to buy your party outfits pronto!!
Pretty party dresses xxx

9 Dec 2010

Skincare? It's Simple!

For me it is definitely Simple! The Simple products make up a major part of my daily skincare routine!
I have quite clear skin anyway apart from the odd spot now and then, but not that long ago I had a weird rash on my face and NOTHING would get rid of it - I had it for months and even went to the doctors but nothing would get rid of it.
I started using Simple products because they are unperfumed and gentle on the skin and (this sounds unreal but honestly true) I woke up one day and it was gone! I have never looked back!
I have quite sensitive skin and even other (apparently) sensitive skin products like Johnsons- eeurgh - sting my face so I am now officially a Simple convert!
I usually use the makeup wipes (when I remember to take my make-up off at night- tut tut!), I use the refreshing facial wash religiously every morning, the brightening eye cream and the brightening daily moisturiser - none of which make my skin feel greasy (if you've read my previous posts you will know I HATE when moisturiser makes my skin feel greasy!)
Simple is a definite must-have for my fellow followers with sensitive skin!

Aside from my Simple ramble, now I am nearly 24 (shhh - don't tell anyone) I have realised that it is better to start looking after my skin sooner rather than later in preparation for the dreaded WRINKLES!
I recently noticed wrinkles under my eyes from where I smile too much - god damn my happy personality! So I decided it was time to invest in some Anti-wrinkle cream.
After trying a few of my mums creams (I'm convinced she has every anti-wrinkle cream under the sun, she's a sucker for advertising - as am I) I found one which makes my skin feel amazing and it smells AMAZING! (seriously - I could sit and smell my skin all day)
It is Olay Anti-wrinkle Firming Day Cream
I literally slather this stuff on everyday and it sinks in quickly making my skin fell plumpy (in a good way). I know I won't see any effects straight away but the longer the wrinkles hold off- the better!
I bought mine from Superdrug for £9 but they had a deal on at the time where it was buy one get one free! Bargain!

Here's me giving mine some love (because I love it)

 (Sorry about the crappy camera work-again)

What are your skincare must-haves?

Smiley happy faces! xxxxx

7 Dec 2010

Pixie Hott!

( Image from Google - my camera was crap!)

The modern day pop princess Pixie Lott (or Pixie Hott as the boyfriend calls her), was amazing at the gig I went to see on Friday night!
A lot of singers are so worked on in the studio that when you see them singing live it's hard to believe how they manage to make it in the music industry but Pixie actually sounded exactly as she does on the radio — I was impressed!
She started her set in bed in red silk pyjamas with Mamma Do and went on to sing a few songs off her new album. She had quite a few costume changes throughout the night ranging from a sparkly corset, silver playsuit with AMAZING over the knee boots, a tutu and finishing in a catsuit complete with tail!
She also did a few covers including Plan B - She Said, Cee-Lo Green - Forget You and a few Motown songs - Set me Free, Ain't No Mountain and a few others.
She also showed off her other talents by putting down the microphone a few times to bust out some dance moves — a little ballet, tap and tango-esque dancing.
Overall I thought she was amazing and I have to agree with the boyfriend that she is definitely HOTT!
 Ps It pleases me that even the famous can have their bad days.......
ah the beauty of make-up!
much love xxxx

3 Dec 2010

When boredom strikes....

..... clean your desk!
I've had absolutely nothing to do at work today — I'm literally counting down the minutes until I can go home .... 1 hour and 37 minutes left!! With boredom setting in I decided to clean my desk because it usually looks like this...
Yes I am a messy person, and as a reporter I have a lot of things to remember hence all the sticky notes on my computer! This isn't what it looks like now, it's now lovely and tidy and biscuit-crumb free!

I may complain about being bored but there is a perk to my job — free press tickets to my my nearby music venue Plymouth Pavillions and tonight I am going to see Pixie Lott!! I will be singing along  aLOTT! (bad joke).
I've managed to persuade the boyfriend to drive me in so I can have a drink (or two).

1 Dec 2010

Christmas is coming, pearly white teeth ahoy...

Did everyone open their advent calendars today??
I've moved back to my mums for a week while the family have gone on holiday (apparently I'm too old for family holidays now!) So I look after the pets instead, but my mum left me and the boyfriend a chocolate advent calendar on our pillows before she went! Bless her.
I may be 23 but you are never too old for an advent calendar - it definitely gets me in the mood for Christmas!!
With Christmas comes a lot of smiling and photo-taking (although I am usually the one behind the camera). I envy those celebrities with perfectly shining Hollywood grins so in preparation for being papped I took Kandee Johnson's advice on getting 'Super white teeth for cheap' — watch it here
You can't get the Plus White 5 minute speed whitening gel in the UK so I have ordered it off Amazon for £8
So now I have to sit and wait for it to turn up!! 
My dilemma at the moment (as it is the first year I have had my own flat) is when is the right time to put up a Christmas tree? I really want to do it as soon as possible (because I'm excited) but because I want a real tree I don't want it to malt and die before Christmas actually arrives!! 
Any suggestions on a good date to start decorating??
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