Thursday, 23 February 2012

NOTD: Nail Rocks Snowflake Nail Wraps

Hey everyone, for christmas I got these nail wraps but never got a chance over the christmas season to try them out so I decided I would wait and use them for skiing. This is the first time I have ever used nail wraps so I'm sure my application of them wasn't the best and it takes a lot of practice.

I think these nail wraps are so gorgeous and great for winter especially over christmas. They aren't the easiest to apply and it does take a while but they last really well and I have had them on for four days now and they've only just started showing signs of wearing. The only problems I have with them is they are very hard to get on flat and they crinkle up a bit but I guess practice makes perfect. The snowflakes also don't show up very well which makes me feel for this particular design its more cost effective and easier to buy the barry m foil effects. I have had compliments over these nails so that makes me willing to buy the barry m one.

I got mine at christmas time, as I said before, when they were only available from Selfridges so mine cost me just over £7 but they are now available from topshop for £6.50 but different designs can range in price a bit. For this particular design I will not be buying it again and I will go with the barry m foil effects but I would like to try out more of nail rocks nail wraps as I don't believe the first use can really give them justice as they take a bit of practice to perfect the application. I actually have another pack waiting in my drawer for me to use so watch out for a post on that!

Also I want to get a fairly high coverage (but natural looking) dewy finish foundation, got any recommendations? I've been looking at bourjois' healthy mix foundation, any good?

Ditzy Doll

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Review: Sleek Eyeshadow Palette + EOTD

in oh so special 658

I have been looking at Sleek's eyeshadow palettes for a while now and I eventually caved in a couple weekends ago and bought 'Oh So Special'. I was tied between this and Au Natural but with the pinky-ier shades in Oh So Special I thought I would wear it more and went for that one. 

Top row, Left to Right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate
Bottom row, Left to Right: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail, Boxed, Wrapped up, Noir

I absolutely love all these colours and I can see myself using all of them. There are seven mattes and five shimmery/sparkly ones. I really like this as I change my 'finish' everyday as I love both the dewy, shimmery finish and the matte, powder finish. Three of the colours are also really great highlight colours as well so this palette is great for everything, from natural to smoky eye. My swatches were really bad as when I took the photos I was very rushed so I got an image from google.

As you can see the eyeshadows are well pigmented and a really lovely soft powder. The packaging is really lovely and sleek (teehee). It cost £6.45, very cheap! They are so lovely and I'm definitely going back to superdrug for some more palettes, next up, storm. 
Now for the eye of the day... obviously using this palette...

So as a base/primer I used, mac paint pot in painterly (review) Then I used, Bow, all over my lid and, Glitz, around the edge, I brushed on a heavy outline and then blended it out. Finally I used, Noir, in the crease and blended that out. On my lashes I used Eyeko's old collection mascara but it was applied much earlier in the day and isn't looking it's best.

Ditzy Doll

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Review: BarryM Fine Glitter Dust

in pale silver 
So I actually wanted a silver dazzle dust (eyeshadow) but accidently bought this which says you shouldn't use around the eye area... so the opposite of what I wanted. This actually made me really angry because they give two very different products the exact same packaging and put them right next to each other on the shelf so I'm sure many people, like me, made the same mistake and wasted their money! However I decided that now I have the product I might as well try it out.

So I decided I would apply this all over my face very lightly to give it a glittery finish. I applied it with a relatively big general face powder brush and just buffed it into my skin over my makeup. On the website it says you can also use this on your lips and body although I don't see why you would want to use this on your lips... Overall I liked the effect it gave on my skin and is a very good skinfinish if you are going out or even for a christmas party (although we'll have to wait another year for that) ! Although it did irritate my skin a bit and made it itchy but that soon wore off.

They cost £4.59 and are the same price as a dazzle dust. This is very cheap and now that I have it I'm glad because it's a really nice going out finish but I wouldn't buy it again as I probably won't wear it very often. I also thought it might be quite good as a highlight and will definitely be trying it out.

So overall I am happy with this product and I think it works well!
Have you ever made the same mistake I have? What do you think of the fine glitter dusts?


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Review: Sleek Blush

in Pixie Pink
I actually went to superdrug wanting to pick up this blush in rose gold but as always it was sold out so instead I picked up this. I have been eyeing a colour very similar to this from mac for a while but I didn't want to spend the money on something that was so bright that I might not wear enough to make full use of the price paid.

This colour doesn't apply as strong as it is in the palette but for this thats definitely a good thing because it is really bright! (the picture isn't showing it as bright as it actually is) It gives a relatively 'natural' flush but very enhanced. It lasts quite well, it could do with a top up during the day but would be fine without. I really like the basic sleek black box packaging aswell, especially the nicely sized mirror in the lid!

These blushers are retailed at £4.30 and are super affordable! I definitely want to try out more of these, like rose gold, if I EVER find it in stock that is....

Have you tried any sleek blushers? What did you think?

Ditzy Doll

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

NOTD: Elegant Touch American Pink X-Short

Hey Everyone, so today I'm going to do a nails of the day for you. A while ago I brought some Elegant Touch classic french false nails in American Pink, X-Short. I used these once before a while ago but in a pre-glued form and they were really nice and I got so manly complements because they looked so natural but unfortunately they fell off like every 5 minuets which was very disappointing. So instead this time I tried ones where you used actual nail glue.

So obviously these take a bit longer to apply but they will hopefully be worth it and stay on longer. They are really natural looking and just look like I have really really good nice natural nails which is great! Unfortunately a few of them have already started falling off since putting them on earlier this afternoon which is very disappointing but hopefully after a second coating of glue they will be sorted.

Ditzy Doll

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Review: Mac lipstick

in Viva Glam Gaga

I first found out about this lipstick through another blog, but I had been wanting a really light baby pink for absolutely ages. After seeing it on the blog I went shopping with two of my friends and when we walked past mac I couldn't resist.

This has a 'lustre' finish to it which basically means it gives a gorgeous shine and catches the light. The packaging to this product is so lovely, it comes in a black box with a red Lady Gaga signature written across the writing and then has a little Lady Gaga signature on body. Normally they have silver bodies and 'mac' written on the lid in silver but due to this being a special edition it is in red. I really like this attention to detail although the pink of the lipstick does however clash with the red body... The colour is really pigmented and super glossy.

It applies really nicely to my lips and the pointed top makes it very easy to do precise application. I really love the colour and it's also super moisturizing.

It costs £13.50 and is very pricey for a lipstick and I'm not completely blown away with this so if I can't find a cheaper version then I would be willing to buy it again but would rather spend less. This is one of the most expensive lipsticks I've ever brought, just being over taken by a benefit silky-finish one. All in all I am very happy with this product and am excited to wear it lots this month, it's a perfect wintery colour, with the snow and all! Which sadly I haven't been able to go out in because I'm ill :(

Now can't wait for the Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday' release..

Is it snowing where you are?

Ditzy Doll

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Review: Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation

in Fawn 040

This product is just so cool, when I first saw an advert for it I knew I had to try it out! I wasn't expecting much, it was going to be more of a fun product and when I found it in Superdrug for a discounted price I bought it before I could change my mind. 

At first when you spray it out an absolute mass comes onto your hands so it's extremely hard to fine the right shade and takes whole load of baby wipes, but once you get the hang of it you can get out a small size amount. This product has to be applied with fingers as a sponge doesn't give any coverage and is very hard to blend. So for this reason when I first used it I really didn't like it but after trying it with my fingers it worked really well for me. 

One thing you have to watch out for with this product is that it dries a different colour to what is in the bottle, so if you don't work it right up to the hair line and down your neck then you'll get really bad tide lines, trust me I have suffered from this with this product and it's not pretty! This doesn't dry with a liquid finish however it dries more like a powder so is totally buildable without looking cakey which is really good!


All in all it retails at £8.99 and isn't heavy on the skin or cakey yet gives great coverage as well as been super cool and fun to apply! I would definitely buy this again and is a great 'weekend' foundation. 

Have you tried a foam foundation before? What did you think?

Finally thought I'd show you my background on my phone that I am in love with !! I love anything horsey and am a crazy keen rider so when I saw this I had to set it as my background! (Took it a few days ago that's why the date is wrong)

Ditzy Doll

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Review: Gilly Hicks Lipcolor

in Dahlia

One of my friends actually got me this for my birthday and it's literally my new go-to lip product, I wear it every single day. I had always looked at Gilly Hick's makeup but never brought any and I wasn't expecting getting any for my birthday but I'm so glad I did.

The lipgloss is such a nice 'natural' lip pinky red and has really fine glitter in it which isn't even noticeable at first. The colour comes out really pigmented but not too strong and over powering so it's also really sheer at the same time. It smells amazing, of like a mixture of sugar, fudge and toffee and it also tastes so good. The gloss lasts about half an hour and the colour lasts about an hour so for a lipgloss that's pretty average. It's packaging is so nice and sleek and looks really high-end and classy. The colour is very similar to Bloom's lip gloss in Girlie just with a little extra glitter.

And compared to Bloom's Girlie:

Overall it costs £12 but you can get them on a 2 for £10 offer which doesn't even make sense because then who would only buy one? I would definitely buy this product again and again, I love it and it is part of my daily routine now and I can't do my everyday makeup without it!

Have you tried any Gilly Hicks Makeup? What did you think?

Ditzy Doll

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Monthly Favorites: January

Okay so this is the first in a series of blogs that I'm going post monthly on the products that I have loved and used for the majority of the month (so that means if I have got products right at the end of the month sadly no matter how good they are they won't be shown in this). So my first group of products I've loved are my lip products.

Left to Right, Gilly Hicks Lipcolor in Dahlia, Mac Dazzleglass in Glitter and Ice, L'Oreal Intense Lipstick in Pink Passion, Laqa & Co Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman, Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

I chose the Gilly Hicks Lipcolor because I wear this literally everyday and it's such a great natural lip colour, it matches my lips so well!! I got the mac dazzleglass for christmas and love,love,love it, I love nudes in makeup and this is such a great nudey-beige lipgloss with the bonus amazing glitter. I chose this L'Oreal Lipstick as it is such a great bright colour for going out and giving a bit of POP to your look, it's also super creamy and moisturizing. I also got the Laqa and Co Lip Pencil for christmas and I love it, as well as nudes in makeup, I love really light pinks like this, although this lip pencil isn't very hard wearing and smells quite funny. Finally I threw the Lush Lipscrub in here because it smells aaamazing and is made of sugar so it is totally edible, it just gets your lips so super smooth and chap free.
Next up, face products.

 Left to right, Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer in Light, Mac mineralize skinfinish natural in Light Plus,Garnier BB cream in Light
Left to right, Garnier BB Cream, Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer

These products I have used pretty much everyday without a doubt during the whole of January and they are all actually products brought newly in January! The concealer is the best concealer I have ever used and if you can I strongly advise you to get your hands on this little monster as you won't regret it! The powder is so nice and smooth, if not a shade a tad to light for my skin, but still gives great light coverage results for everyday wear. Finally the Garnier BB cream is just so nice and is basically a tinted moisturizer but with that little extra 'kick' and again great for everyday light coverage results. 
Next, cheeks.

Nars Blush in Super Orgasm
I only have one cheek product this month which is a blusher which is actually surprising because I have been obsessed with blushers lately. I brought one right at the beginning which was awful (check bottom of this post) and then I got this and I also really want two from mac and one from sleek but it's never in stock... and the mac ones are expensive so I have to think about it before making the investment. This blush is so nice and shimmery but I just wish the blusher's glitter transferred onto my cheeks better!  This colour is a tad to bold for every day use but great for weekends. 
Finally, here are my favorite eye products.

They're Real Benefit Mascara, Mac paint pot in Painterly, Mac eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown Matte
Left to right, Mac eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown Matte and Mac Paint Pot in Painterly

The Benefit Mascara, They're Real, is their latest addition to their collection and is so nice. I, as I have mentioned so many times, am so picky about mascaras and this one is really nice, it gives me great definition and length, I love it! I have worn it literally everyday this month. These other two eyeshadows are so great especially together and I will definitely be doing an Eye of the Day with them soon! 

Now sadly for my Worst products...

Left to Right, Maybelline Expertwear Blush in Rosewood, Benefit High Beam, L'Oreal Concealer in Vanilla

Okay so firstly the Maybelline blusher is awful!! It has absolutely no pigmentation what so ever and doesn't even show up on my skin...I don't even know how they can sell a product like this.... definitely a hate of January! Secondly the L'Oreal concealer is just really bad and doesn't give you any coverage, it also doesn't have a peachy undertone so will not match anyones skin tone... Finally Benefit High Beam, now I felt like this had to have a mention in this post somewhere, however I've only discovered a way to make this product work and give results right at the end of the month so haven't liked it for long enough to really be able to put in my favorites part. Although before I found out this method of application I absolutely hated this product so I thought I should put it in worst products, I'm sure you'll be seeing it in next months favorites however so don't worry!

Full Reviews of some of the products mentioned:

What were your January Favorites?

Ditzy Doll 

Monday, 30 January 2012

Review: Garnier B.B. Cream Miracle Skin Perfector

in Light

Now I'm sure you have all heard about B.B. cream as it has been the craze of the moment lately. It has been a huge hit in Asia and has recently been brought to the UK and America where it has been an instant best seller. B.B stands for blemish balm and the cream is meant to 'even tone and boost glow, blur imperfections, smooth lines, give 24hr hydration, and has SPF 15'   It has a recommended age use of between under 20 to 40 and is basically a tinted moisturizer but with that little extra..boost.

It comes in a 50ml small tube which fits into a makeup bag perfectly. I did however think it being this size would mean it would run out quickly but I've had it over three weeks now and have worn it pretty much everyday and it hasn't shown any signs of running out anytime soon. It has a peachy tone to it (check out my concealer review where I expressed the importance for this here) so it blends in with my skin tone really well. It only has a very light coverage so it won't hide any blemishes but it will cover any kind of blotchy-ness on your skin and dull the redness of those spots. It just gives you a really nice overall even skin-tone and with a small bit of concealer you cant go wrong. This being called 'blemish balm' however led me to believe it would help get rid of my spots and be better for my skin then foundation but  it hasn't really helped that, my existing spots haven't gone (yes they haven't gotten bigger either) and I have gained yet more smaller spots. So I do believe on the skin front it's better to use my mac powder although this does give me a guilty-free feeling and it is very moisturizing so I'm drawn between the two! Which should I wear on a everyday basis?? Heeelp

In these pictures (before and after) it doesn't really show much difference but in real life my skin looks a lot smoother and even and I have a much healthier skin tone.



This product costs around £7.49 and I don't actually know if I would buy it again, yes its good and has done what it says it's meant to on the box but I don't know if prefer powder then tinted moisturizer so I'm a bit drawn between two products at the moment. It does have a good staying power but you will need to top up on concealer if you want a day long flawless coverage. 

Have any of you tried bb cream? What did you think?

Ditzy Doll

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Review: Nars Blush

In Super Orgasm

I know you have all heard of Nars Orgasm as it has been the craze blush of the year, everyone has been raving about. A couple of weeks ago I went shopping and saw it in SpaceNK, I asked the assisant if I could buy it so she went and got one for me and wrapped it up in a little bag for me. Sadly when I got home I found out she had actually given me super orgasm. I wasn't too upset though because they are so similar.

I loved this colour because it was so shimmery and glittery but sadly the glitter doesn't actually transfer onto my cheeks that well so it isn't actually glittery when worn. It is however very pigmented which is good and I absolutely love the packaging. Nars have such nice sleek matte black cases which is just so classy and nice. It is a very strong colour so can only really be worn when going out or on special occasions and is a very summery colour so it makes me so excited for july when I just look at it.

As you can see there is no glitter on my cheeks which is so disappointing.

In all it costs £20.50 and I don't think I'll be buying it again but I definitely want to try 'orgasm' when this one runs out. Don't get me wrong though, I love this blusher its such a nice colour and lasting effect but I just wish the glitter actually came through onto my cheeks.

Do you know any good glitter blushes?

Ditzy Doll