Saturday 19 November 2011

NOTD- Children in Need

Good morning girlies!

as it was Children in Need yesterday I thought I'd show you how I used my nails to get into the spirit of it with the Children in Need designer nail wraps by Nail Rock that my Mum got me last week. As you can see I tried them out yesterday and I think they look really cool. Plus buying them helps a good cause so it's win win!

I haven't tried nail wraps before so I was a bit apprehensive as to how they would turn out, but they were actually surprisingly easy to apply. The 3 basic steps are described on the back of the packet- first you prepare the nail by removing your cuticles, filing them into a nice shape and buffering the shine away from the surface...

You then choose the size most suitable to which nail you are doing, peel it away from the sheet and press it onto your nail with firm pressure...

You then shape the wrap by cutting the main part away and filing the rest into shape...

You repeat this step on all your nails and viola-you have a really funky nail effect that looks much harder to create than it is!

I did find the cutting and shaping of the wrap once on the nail quite tricky, particularly when I was using my left hand to do the cutting, but I think with practise it would get much easier. I'm also not sure how long they will last without peeling away, but they've stayed on so far and the packet says they are long lasting, so maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

Have you tried nail wraps? Were yours the 'non heat' type? Did you do anything fun for Children in Need?

Have a lovely weekend everyone! I'm staying in London at my boyfriend's uni this weekend and it's so nice just to have some chill out time after being so busy!
Love Meg
Thursday 17 November 2011

Review- Rimmel Scandal eyes mascara

Hello lovely ladies, I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post, my life got taken over by essays, but now I've handed everything in so I can come back to blogging...

I went home for a few days last week as I had a reading week and my sister Nathalie also came home from Portsmouth. My Mum bought her the new Rimmel Scandal eyes mascara and as there has been so much hype and advertising over this product, I was keen to let you know what she thought of it.

It's usually priced at £6.99 from both Boots and Superdrug, but it's on offer for £4.99 at Boots at the moment.

Rimmel describe it as-

'a Rimmel breakthrough! Who thought a big brush could volumize and define like this? 
So big yet so precise, our MaxDensity brush reveals lashes you never thought you had. 
30% wider and denser, with more bristles to capture and coat even the smallest lashes. 
Combs through clumps for perfect definition.'

So that's the big brush that this product revolves around, however my sister wasn't impressed at all. We're both blessed with quite naturally long lashes, but this didn't seem to do much to enhance their length or thickness. Although Nathalie did say this product lived up to it's lack of clumps and definition of each lash claim.

 Although this product makes her lashes look nice and is very good value with the current £4.99 Boots deal, it doesn't deliver the killer scandalous lashes it promises, so I wouldn't recommend it to you unless you want to go for quite a natural understated lash look.

Have any of you tried this mascara? What mascara do swear by?

I hope life's been lovely for you while I've been away!
Love Meg
Friday 4 November 2011

Body Beautiful TOTD

Hello girlies!

Today I thought I would start a new feature for my boutique, which is 'Body Beautiful Tip of the Day'. Basically, I've read a few other beauty blogs that talk about health and fitness and as it's something I'm really into, I thought why not start doing some similar posts myself. 

When I'm at uni I always find it easier to stay slim than when I'm at home, due to the amount of walking I do every day just to get to uni and because I have to buy my own food and I'd rather spend money on pretty things. However, during the week where I was in King Lear I was so busy that I became far too reliant on picking up convenience food when I was out and I also ate far too many biscuits and sweets from the pile of snacks in the backstage room. Then, after consuming a giant meal from Chiquitos before the Supas bowling social last Tuesday, me and a few other girls in Guys and Dolls decided we would go on a health kick at least until the show which starts on the 30th of November. I thought it would be much easier to keep up if I blogged about it, so hopefully these blog posts will keep me motivated so I can look my best in the skimpy show girl outfits I'll have to wear! I know that keeping fit and eating healthily can be expensive and difficult when you're busy, so hopefully I'll give you some easy tips to keep you slim on the go, without slimming your bank balance!

Tip of the Day-
Go on, treat yourself... 

I've tried going on health kicks before where I've cut out anything remotely unhealthy and fun, but this just led to me craving chocolate and burgers after the first day and giving up completely. So this time I've given myself a one treat per day rule so I can still eat fun and yummy treats, but in moderation. Not only does this help me stay in shape, but it also helps my bank balance, as it means the chocolates and cakes my Mum sends me last a lot longer and I don't have to go out and buy more.

 So yesterday, when I was eating my carrot and pepper at rehearsal, I didn't snap and go to the vending machine, because I knew by being good all day I'd earned that piece of strudel waiting in my fridge for me when I got home! You'll also find that you enjoy puddings, chocolate and crisps much more. Depending on the circumstances of your day you could make your treat a bit bigger than a snack, for example fish and chips or lots of alcohol, but obviously it would defeat the object of a health kick if your treat was really big everyday. And if you know you are going out for a special meal, you could save up a few treats from other days so you can just enjoy it or if you've had a day where you've been rather unhealthy, you could cut back on your treats for a while... 

What do you think about my new feature? Are you on a health kick at the moment? If you have any tips to share I'd love to hear them!

Hope you've all had a great week!
Love Meg
Tuesday 1 November 2011

Halloween Outfit: meowww...

Good Morning my lovelies!

I can't believe it's November already! At least it's definitely acceptable to start playing Christmas songs and get planning for the big day now, I'm such a big kid when it comes to Christmas! But before I get too excited I still have part 2 of my Halloween post to do, if you haven't checked out the first one I did yesterday it's here. I would recommend reading it as this one will make a lot more sense if you do. So this is how my cat make up and hair turned out yesterday...

I must say I thought my black lips that I did with face paint and dark eyes that I created with my number 17 smoky eye shadow palette looked rather effective and I also loved having big back combed hair! 
This is what my face and outfit looked like together...

Dress- New Look
Socks- Primark
Dolly shoes- New Look
Cat accessories- Fancy dress shop
My friend Cath went as a devil and I think she looked lovely and that the red strapless tulip dress and sequinned blazer combo worked a treat. I really love my black lacy dress too, I got it from New Look when I was in lower 6th and it's always worked well for costumes as well as formal events and nights out...I think an LBD is such a must have in every girls wardrobe! I also couldn't resist teaming it with some black over the knee socks, as I just love how they are cute but quite sexy at the same time and they are always a nice detail to add to plainer outfits or short dresses when you don't fancy tights. I would normally wear heels, but as I had quite a bit of walking to do to get to the party from the gig we went to first, I opted for my trusty New Look dolly shoes, which are another must have in every girls wardrobe!

I also painted my nails with the No7 stay perfect varnish in beautifully black which I told you about yesterday. At first I thought this would just be a colour I wear on occasions like Halloween, but after applying it I've decided I'm going to wear it on normal days too. This is because I was worried it would make me look like a teenage goth, but actually the slight shimmer and glitter in the polish gives it a more girly edge, while at the same time it's still dramatic and a bit grungy. The pearly consistency of the polish also makes the whole look more lovely and shiny and metallic than opaque, although you do have to apply at least two coats, as one coat is too thin.

All in all it was a fab night and I was really happy with my costume, I just need to recover from it all today and deep condition my hair so it doesn't hate me for back combing it!

How was your Halloween? Do you wear black nail polish casually? How did your costumes turn out?

I hope you have a great day everyone! I'm off bowling tonight with 34 other Supas people (Sheffield University Performing Arts Society)...exciting times :)
Love Meg
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