June 2017 GlossyBox Review

Good afternoon all! We’re halfway through the week now, and I hope you’re having a good one 😉

It’s that time of the month again where I receive a special lil package just for me filled with products to try out and shout about on the internet! Yes, it’s GlossyBox time, my only beauty subscription, and this month is rather great, guys ^__^

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Not pictured here is also a charcoal facemask, which I used before I took pictures because I was too excited about it!

This month I feel they have the balance perfect. One hair product, 3 skincare products, 2 beauty products… that’s a great balance for me. Obviously other people won’t feel the same as some will put more emphasis on haircare than skincare, for example, but it works really well for me. So let’s get into it!

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Please forgive me for this truly awful photo.

Beauty Pro Black Diamond Black Peel Off Mask (RRP £4.95 full size of 3 applications; approx. £1.65 for this size)

The good: Cruelty-free, no Mineral Oils/Lanolin/Petroleum/Parabens, popular fun product
The bad: didn’t notice much difference to skin afterwards

I was so excited about receiving this because these charcoal peel-off masks have become a bit of a phenomenon. This is the kind of thing I can get behind, especially because I have such bad skin and will try anything that promises to keep that in check!

Let’s also not beat around the bush: we’ve all seen those videos of people using these masks and peeling them off to reveal all the stuff that comes out of their pores. You either think that’s gross or heckin’ cool. I’m the later. Sorry! Yes, I am confirmed gross.

I’m actually gonna save a full assessment on this for a separate blog post, but I will state here that although not what I expected, I really liked it and would buy it again.

 

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Batiste Stylist Oomph my Locks XXL Volume Spray (RRP £4.29)

The good: attractive packaging, full size product
The bad: these things don’t usually work on my hair

It’s always super exciting to receive a full-size product in a GlossyBox, and this is particularly good for things like hair and skincare, where you may need to use the product a few times to get an accurate idea of how good they are.

At first I thought this was a dry shampoo, which are what Batiste are known for, but it’s actually a dedicated volume boosting spray. It applies and feels like a dry shampoo from my first use of it, so I’m not sure what the difference actually is apart from the £2 price hike. Dry shampoos don’t seem to do much for me other than make my hair frizzy, and from a first use of this, it appears that this product is going to be no different.

I do always like to use things until they’re out, unless I really really don’t like them, so I will continue using this to see if my mind changes, but I’m not particularly expecting it to, and might not even pick it up that much. I think I’ve still got a volume boosting spray sat in my hair product basket, which I received in a beauty box last year.

 

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Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash (RRP £3.29)

The good: Cruelty-free, no parabens, great cleanser
The bad: none so far

I always like receiving new cleansers and scrubs, and as I said above with the charcoal mask, I will jump at the prospect of anything that promises to help clear up my skin. It’s a nice bonus when you can find cruelty-free products with natural ingredients that promise this.

This face wash is a little strange. It’s almost like a gel, but it doesn’t foam up as you rub it. I’m always a little wary of products like this, as they often don’t leave me feeling clean, if that makes sense. However, this is different. Despite not like any cleanser I’ve used before, it managed to remove a full face of makeup, which I was not expecting. I usually remove my makeup before cleansing my face, but when I get a new cleanser I always think it’s a good way to put it to the test, and this lil guy passed with flying colours.

When used on its own, it felt refreshing. It has a bit of an unusual smell, somewhere between “herbal” and “disinfectant”, but I don’t mind it at all. I’m really, really liking this stuff.

 

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111Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel (RRP £110!!!!!!!!!!!!!; for this size approx. £36.67)

The good: smells nice, cool name, nice packaging, promises the world
The bad: did you not peep that price?

I’ve received a 111Skin product before in a GlossyBox, and I remember being similarly outraged by the expense of that product too. Seriously, this is an expensive company. Damn.

Anyway, I’ll try to stay balanced.

This product claims to be a: “soothing eye gel that minimises puffiness and reduces dark circles for a brighter, awakened appearance”, and I’m assuming from the name, to lift the eyes as well? I haven’t used this, so I can’t actually comment on how well it will work, but I will definitely document the process when I do start using it.

The gel is clear and feels very lightweight, drying on the skin very quickly. There’s a nice smell to it, but it’s not overly strong and seems to dissipate soon after use, or so I can tell from a very small use on the back of my hand.

It took me a while to get the pump on this product to work, but it did eventually, which I’m glad of, because I’m gonna be scraping every tiny bit I can out of this bottle!

 

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Manna Kadar Glo Illuminator (RRP $29; approx £22.69)

The good: nice, subtle glow
The bad: thin formula, high price point

Don’t get me wrong: I am always excited to receive new makeup. I’m game for trying new products, always, and almost every makeup product I’ve received from a beauty box I have used. However, I did receive a liquid illuminator in a GlossyBox not so long ago (in my blog break), and so to receive another is a teeny bit disappointing. Regardless, I’ll still give it a go.

This one is a pretty rose gold colour, but I don’t think it will work on every shade of skin. I tried using this as a liquid highlight yesterday and the results were underwhelming. The formula of this is very thin and liquid, and I think it probably was just soaking into my blender, instead of being dispersed on my face. I think that this one might be better for mixing with foundation, and I’ll give that a go another time.

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The only other comment I have is that it’s quite a high price point for a company I’ve never heard of, and for a product that’s less than fantastic. For just £10 more you can get a high-end liquid highlighter like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector or the rave-reviewed Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (both of which come in a Rose Gold shade).

 

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Sleek Makeup Power Plump Lip Crayon in Colossal Coral (RRP £5.50)

The good: great pigmentation, long-lasting, easy to use, low price point, smells nice
The bad: potentially not very plumping

Okay, so one of the problems with the damn break I had from the blog is thinking on things I received in my GlossyBoxes that I haven’t shared with you guys… and one of those things was an eyeshadow and blusher palette by Sleek, that I absolutely adore. I was so shocked by the quality of the shadows in such an inexpensive palette. And now I’m being wowed by their lip products too.

I enjoy a lip crayon sometimes simply because they’re so easy to use. You can just pop them on with no hassle, and then into a handbag. They’re usually not as pigmented as lipsticks, but are more nourishing and longer-lasting than sheer lipsticks (or so I find). I definitely find that with this one.

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Colossal coral is a really nice but muted coral shade which I can imagine working on a lot of skintones. I wore it yesterday, and it lasted almost the whole day without budging. I would say that it’s comparable to lip crayons of a much higher price point that I’ve tried, and £5.50 is a bargain.

The only even slightly negative thing to say about this is that it’s a lip plumping crayon, and although I could feel the tingling that you usually do with lip plumpers, I didn’t notice much of a difference.

 

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The other lil thing that was included in this month’s box was a preview of Louise Pentland (aka Sprinkle of Glitter)’s debut novel. I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait to get my nose stuck in to it!

And one last thing to note:

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Look at that preview for July!! I’m soooooo excited!


Total worth: £74.09 – might be the highest worth I’ve had out of a GlossyBox!

Overall thoughts: I am incredibly impressed by this box, especially having received a pretty meh box last month. I think this had a good range of products, and despite having a couple in it I’m not suuuuper hyped about, there are some I am, and I’ll still get use out of all of them.

 

So what do you think? Did you get any different products in your GlossyBoxes this month? ❤ Let me know below!

Until next time 😉

kirsten-xo

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Makeup & Outfit of the Day – Last Weekend!

Bon weekend!

If you’re anywhere but the UK, I hope you’ve had a peaceful week. If you’re in the UK, we’ve had a bit of a week of it, haven’t we? I’m not going to go into politics here because, let’s be honest, I am tired. If you wanna see how I feel about any of that stuff then you can probably tell from my Insta posts or my twitter.

I am running late on my posts guys, and today I have no inventive titles for you even, because these photos are from Sunday. Yes, I know. I still thought they were worth sharing, though.

Something I’m really trying to get over is my confidence issues when my hair is not down. I have a bit of a thing about how I perceive my face to look when my hair is up (not due to my fatness, but more due to the fact that I hate my nose and profile of my chin). But seeing as every summer seems to be hotter than ever, it’s something I need to get over. My partner Ana told me I looked nice in pigtails, so pigtails it is! haha.

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This day was typical British weather. We had a beautiful sunny and hot day to start off with, then got rained out. Luckily I took a rain jacket, but the sandals probably weren’t the best idea!

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ASOS had a massive sale over the May bank holiday which I took advantage of, and this tee was one of my favourite items I got. I’ve just checked for you babes and it’s still available and still on sale – go go go!

The sandals are ones I got aaaages ago and are no longer available, however I have managed to find a strikingly similar pair here on sale!

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My makeup held up awesomely on this day despite the heat and the rain, probably mostly thanks to a combo of my Paul & Joe primer I’ve just finished (T____T) and my usual KVD Lock-it Foundation (in which I wear 42 Light).

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Lip of choice for this day was the delightful Cupid by Lime Crime. I’m betting this one will be a go-to shade for me.

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And that is all my dudes!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend ❤

kirsten-xo

Makeup of the Day

Oh great, now I’m gonna have a Katy Perry song in my head all day!

If you saw my last post, you’ll be aware that I recently received quite a few new Lime Crime lipsticks. One of the trios that I got included a deep teal blue shade, the likes of which I had never worn before, but was excited to.

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As you may have guessed by now, this shade is called Peacock. Unfortunately, this shade is no longer available on Lime Crime, and I think this recent sale they had were getting rid of the last stock of these blue trios they had. I know they have a lot of shades in their arsenal, but I do think it’s a shame that this is no longer one of them.

I wore this shade the day after receiving it, because I was so excited to. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what the rest of my makeup should look like to go with it, so I just kind of messed about and ended up with purples.

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I’m still not entirely sure if they work to be honest, but I thought I’d share with you anyway.

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I think the next time I wear it, I’ll pair it with nudes/brown on my eyes.

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In terms of the lipsticks itself, it is beautiful, like the Velvetines usually are. There were areas where I needed to double up on the application for full pigmentation, but overall it was nice application and wearability.

I think that this trio might have been from their previous formula, so the doefoot is slightly different (shorter), and it feels like there may be a little more oil in this formula, however it’s still great.

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I wore this one all day with no patchiness, but it did come off easier than Lime Crime’s shades usually do when I eventually did remove it. I don’t know whether this is due to the previous formula, or whether it’s something with darker pigmented lipsticks (which I have found with other brands).

I personally am very happy to wear this shade out and about. What about you guys? How do you feel about the blue lipstick trend? Have you braved it?

Have a beautiful day!

kirsten-xo

Lime Crime Haul & Unboxing!

Good morning all! Hope you are feeling rested and in a great mood this Friday.

Today I have something rather exciting, because we’re talking LIPSTICK HAUL…. and who doesn’t love lipsticks?

In case you were not aware, Lime Crime recently had a massive sale on, with some of their Velvetines going down to just $5! I obviously just had a lipstick clearout, so what better time to just go and buy a bunch more?? hahaha. I added approximately 90% of their $5 items to my online cart, and then realised just how ridiculous I was being. There were bundles that were reduced down to $10 a piece with three lipsticks in them, and so I was economical and started looking at them instead.

In case you aren’t familiar with Lime Crime, this was an amazing deal! Velvetines working out at $3.33 a piece? *heart eyes*

So I ended up buying three bundles, and trying to vary the colours a bit so I got a wide range. Unfortunately what I can’t show you today are the two individual ones that I pleaded my friend to go back and buy me while she shopped because I regretted not getting them! Haha.

Unfortunately the sale has ended now and a lot of these are back up in price, but they do have a small selection of things still reduced if you want to check it out!

So I’m gonna try and do this in the form of an unboxing so you see how they came. I want to also point out that the shipping for this, considering they came from California, was incredibly fast… but I found this with my last package from them too. Props to Lime Crime for that, because there were a lot of problems in the past with their shipping. I ordered these on the 24th May, and I received them yesterday on 1st June. A week in shipping from the US is great to me.

Let’s get cracking!

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Outer box, upside down to hide shipping label 🙂

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As you might have seen in this post, the packaging remains beautiful. Inauspicious on the outside, then you open it to a heavenly sight of pinks and blues and flowers and unicorns. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging; I just think it’s a nice little detail rather than a plain white box.

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The first box I opened contained my beautiful little Champagne Velve-tin, which was lovingly wrapped up in pink bubble wrap. I didn’t even know you could get pink bubble wrap…. and now I feel like I need it in my life, ya know, for…. reasons.

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So let’s talk about the Velve-tin first then, as it was the first one I unboxed.

I have been eyeing up the Velve-tins for a while now. I think they’re a really cute concept. Three minis in a super cute tin with different colour schemes. I actually fell in love with the red one, then the pink one, but when I saw this one I was just kind of obsessed.

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The rose-gold colour Happi, I am particularly obsessed with. I have no idea if it will go with my skintone at all, or if I would suit a metallic lipstick, but it’s just gorgeous.

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This nude colour, Lulu, looks like it will be a great peachy nude for my pale skintone. As I said in my post where I was clearing out my lipsticks, I’m looking to diversify my nude collection, and I’ve managed to add a couple of great ones with this haul 🙂

I did have one slight issue with Lulu. When I opened it, I think the product had separated a bit, and oil came out the tube and started running down the sides. That was a bit annoying, but it didn’t happen to any of the others, and the lipstick seemed fine once I resealed it and gave it a bit of a shake.

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Lana is a beautiful bronze which I think is gorgeous, but I’m not sure it will work on me. Looks like it would be greater on dark skin, but I will certainly still get use out of it as I think it will make an incredible eyeliner!

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(Pic completely unedited and taken in natural light. Left to right: Lana, Lulu, Happi)

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Onto the next box!

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This is the True Love bundle, which I got for an absolute steal. It’s meant to be $60, and they had it reduced to $10 in the sale! I know right?! (The lipsticks look a little separated in the pic above but they were absolutely fine)

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This one I was attracted to because I was already going to buy one of the shades in it for $5, so I thought I may as well get a bundle of three shades (they are full size!) for $10 instead 🙂

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First up we have Cupid, which is just my absolute favourite shade of pink, which is a muted nude-pink. This the kind of shade I’d describe as “vintage rose” if I had to come up with another name. It reminds me of a slightly darker liquid shade of Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (Elusive) as seen in my lipstick clearout post.

I have a feeling that this one will become a go-to.

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Next up is Saint, which is a shade I’m also super excited about! I don’t have a really deep, dark red in my collection at all, and I’m so glad to finally rectify that. I can see this one getting a lot of use once we come out of summer and into Autumn and Winter!

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This shade shares the name of the bundle – True Love – and is the shade I bought the bundle for. I am obsessed with this colour. It’s like the birthchild of Pink Velvet and Suedeberry mixed together, and creates a really vivid, almost neon, pinky red.

I feel like this is a shade I’m actually going to have to talk myself out of wearing on a daily basis, because it’s just so beautiful.

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(Cupid, Saint, True Love)

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This next bundle I am struggling to find the name to, as it is not available as a bundle on their website at all anymore. After a bit of Googling, I have found some people calling it “the Holiday Trio” and some “the Blue Bundle”. Fortunately, you can still buy two of the shades in this separately!

At first glance, they look like quite unusual shades to put together, but they actually are such a nice bundle of rich, deep shades altogether.

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Here we have Peacock, which is the only shade no longer available, and I think is a real shame. Now, obviously a lot of people will not be into blue lipstick. I personally have never tried out a blue lipstick, but I actually love the look of them so have been really excited to!

Peacock is a great place to start. It is a deep, super rich, teal blue which is one of my absolute favourite colours. It was love at first sight for this lipstick and I, and I am wearing it right now. In fact, I love it so much I’m gonna give it a post all of its own – so look out for that!

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The nude shade in this collection is Buffy. On the website I think it looks much darker than it actually is. On the website it looks similar to Kat Von D’s Lolita, but it seems much paler from the swatches I have done. It looks a lot like Lulu, but without the peachy undertone.

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And the final one I have to show you all is the gorgeous Beet It, which is a super rich, dark magenta. It is absolutely stunning on, and the first one I tried after receiving my haul.

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I swatched the shades together like the others, and can see why they were grouped together. A varying range of deep shades which are really representative of Velvetines themselves.

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And that’s all of them!

Like I said, I also ordered a couple of others, but they remain with my friend at the moment. Despite this, I think that I have managed to pick up quite a diverse range of shades at present. What do you think?

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I will be sure to get back to you once I’ve received the others!

So did anyone else manage to snag a bargain in the sale? Feel free to share in the comments!

kirsten-xo

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

So I have been trying to move out of my comfort zone when it comes to my fashion choices recently.

I love fawning over plus size bloggers and the looks they are able to put together, but I’m just not sure I have the creativity of doing things like that myself! I also get myself stuck in a rut of throwing on leggings and a top, and when that’s been a habit of so many years it can be hard to get past.

Not that I don’t still love leggings and a top or that I think they can’t still look hella cute together – it’s still my go-to!

In the hopes of getting the most out of my wardrobe, I’ve been going through it to try and work out what I haven’t worn/rarely worn and the reasons why. Do I actually not like the item, or am I stuck wondering how to wear it?

Turns out it’s mainly the latter.

I found a skirt in my wardrobe with the tags still on and it is gorgeous. Why hadn’t I worn it? Was I waiting for a specific occasion? I’m not sure I could actually tell you. But I decided to put it on and see what happened.

I was actually going to try and “summer it up” a bit, but the weather turned this day. It was really muggy and cloudy, and so I think with the darkening of my mood, I gravitated towards darker colours and this was the result.

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(Inspo for pairing a tee with a floaty skirt comes from Danie Vanier, who always pulls off looks like this effortlessly)

As I’ve stated before, most of my clothes are very out of season, so I don’t have links for you! The skirt may still be available in Primark, or styles like it which I actually saw yesterday. However, if you need something somewhat similar, you can find a great one here from Evans 🙂

do hope to have some newer stuff soon – I took advantage of the Asos sale over the weekend so you might see some pieces from that!

Anyway, I hope you all had an awesome bank holiday and that going back to work hasn’t been too painful for you!

Until next time ❤

kirsten-xo

 

So What is a Magnetic Polish?

Good morning, good morning, good morning, and if you’re in the UK, a very happy Spring bank holiday! The weather isn’t looking promising here right now, but whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a lovely, relaxed day ^__^

So, anyone who knows me, knows that I love a bargain. In any shop I go to, I head straight to the sale section. When I go grocery shopping, I always come out with products covered in yellow stickers. I’m a member of several bargain groups on facebook. I also happen to be on O2 as my phone network, and have the O2 Priority app on my phone, which provides lots of different offers and discounts for O2 customers.

So, last week, I opened up the app and encountered what I deemed to be the best offer I had seen on there: 8 nails inc. polishes for £8!

Now, if you haven’t heard or encountered nails inc. before, they are a high-end nail polish company based in the UK. They have some beautiful colours, and I have used them a lot in the past. Having used them, I also knew that their polishes retailed at £11 – £15 a pop, so to get so many at £8 seemed unreal.

The offer is actually a whopping £96 discount (yes, you read that correctly) on their Festival Nails bundle, which have 8 full size, metallic, magnetic polishes in it.

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The offer, at the time of writing this, is still available on the O2 app, so if you have it, I recommend getting on it! I will not be sharing the code for the offer here, as I have read about nails inc. cancelling orders for people who have somehow managed to find the code when not O2 customers.

I was intrigued by the concept of a magnetic polish, as I had never tried them before, and wasn’t even exactly sure what they did. But, hey, it’s a great offer and I’m keen to give anything a go!

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There’s a nice range of shades, and the only thing I would say is that they are all quite dark, which I think is due to the formula that needs to be used to make the magic work. I dunno, though… I’m guessing, really. However, they are much more vivid once applied!

There are magnets in the caps to the polishes, which you hold over the nail when the polish is wet to create the design. Something that is really cool is that the polishes have a few different designs, which seem to be determined by the magnet, so they different colours have different designs. I’m sure the magnets can be switched around though, so you could create different designs with different colours!

The shades you get are:

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houses of parliament, which is a deep mauve-purple with a wave design magnet.

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spitalfields, which is a metallic grass green, with a fishnet design magnet.

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soho, which is a true pewter shade with a fishnet design cap

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whitehall, which is a deep teal with a wave design cap

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london town, which is a light brown with a wave design cap (reminds me of the Thames on a bad day)

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kensington palace, which is a pink-toned red with a wave design cap

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shaftesbury avenue, which is a dark, witchy green with a star-shaped design in the lid (!)

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piccadilly, which is a dark gold glitter with a fishnet design cap.

Before we get into showing you all my nails, let me make one thing clear: I am terrible with nail polish, okay? My nails are not a massive priority to me. I feel the need to keep them short because a) I’m a mum, b) I do a lot of cooking and baking, and c) to deter me from anxiously biting them. I also have a bit of damage around my cuticles and sides of my fingers as well at the minute, so please try to ignore that too!

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These were the polishes with just one coat of polish on over a clear base coat. I was actually super impressed with how pigmented they were, but given the fact that these polishes work out at £13 per at full price, I guess you’d want them to be!

So, then I moved onto the next scary bit!

You are supposed to paint a thick layer of polish on the nail, and then hold the cap with the magnet directly over it (as close as you can get without touching) for a few seconds. I would say this was the hardest part for me, and I think I did touch down on one of my nails accidentally!

After you’ve done all nails, you finish up with a top coat, and you’re done.

I had…. varying levels of success.

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I would say the wave designs were the ones that worked best, but on some of them the design doesn’t seem to reach the sides of my nails. If I tried it again, I would probably try rolling my nail a little under the magnet, to see if it can reach the curve of my nail from all angles.

The star one on my left thumb also looks really cool, but I would say the fishnet designs weren’t very successful.

Overall, I ‘m really impressed with these nail polishes! I think the design work probably takes a lot of practice, but I’m happy to work on that! Even without the design, these are really, really pretty and pigmented metallic polishes, and so shiny and vibrant once there’s a topcoat on.

I’m definitely not complaining for the price I got them at!

So what do you guys think? I’d love to know if you’ve ever used magnetic polishes and what your experience with them is! Is it something you’d try?

Until next time my loves ❤

kirsten-xo

Makeup & Outfit of the Day

Good morning all 🙂

I hope you have all taken some time to decompress and spend time with your families. I wish I could say something profound about what has happened, but the truth is there is nothing. I wish I could be an influential person but I’m not. The only thing of note I can say is: life is too short. Do what you love and be with who you love.


Moving on, I have makeup and outfit of the day post for you! It’s suddenly gone into full summer mode in the UK, and so on this day, I was actually way too hot. So it goes.

I’m actually not very well today, so please excuse (or rejoice!) in the fact that I’m not going to do a lot of talking 😉

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As I’ve said before, I don’t get to spend money on clothes that often (or maybe I don’t prioritise it!) and so all this stuff is very last year. The dress is one of my fave items and is from Monki, which I’ll probably do a blog post on in the near future.

I initially felt very self-conscious in this outfit, but as I said before, I’m desperately trying to move away from the ideals of what people deem “flattering” and just wear what I like, regardless of how others deem it looks on me, whether I have my legs out, whether my arms look big, whether you can see all the lumps and bumps in my tummy.

As the note said at the beginning of this post, life is too damn short.

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My hair was a mess, as usual, and as you can see, on this day.

My makeup was pretty basic, but I felt badass. The standout is obviously my lipstick, which is Too Faced Melted in Melted Fig. Previous times I have worn this, the colour has not looked as intense. I don’t know why it does on this day, but damn it looks good.


If you’re in the UK, I hope you’re enjoying this heat!
But wherever you are in this world, I hope you’re doing well recently too!

Take care of yourselves ❤

kirsten-xo