Sunday, 26 May 2013

Butter London- Fairy Lights

Butter London Fairy Lights
Butter London Fairy Lights
Butter London Fairy Lights and Swatches

Butter London Nail Laquer in 'Fairy Lights'  £13.00 

In the last few months I have become more concerned about what ingredients are nail varnish. It isn't something that I think alot of people think about, but actually some nail varnishes are packed with some really nasty ingredients. Butter London are a '3- free' brand which means that they don't include Formaldehyde, Toulene and DBP which are all bad for the health of your nails as well as your own health. So whilst the laquers are more expensive, I feel that they are a better choice to make. 

Fairy Lights is a really pretty duo-crome silver/lilac metallic colour, it applies quite thickly but does need a second coat to stop streaks. It doesn't chip easily and lasts about three days. I often use this as an accent nail with MACS 'In the Dark... Purple' or I use it on all nails when i'm feeling rather shimmery.

I think that this is a really pretty colour by one of my favourite nail companies and I really recommend trying their products.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burts Bees Cuticle Cream
Burts Bees Cuticle Cream
Burts Bees Cuticle Cream
Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream- £5.99

Normally I wouldn't bother writing about this kind of product from Burts Bees, but this is just so incredible that I wanted to share it with everyone. I definitely have problem nails, they're very dry, flaky, weak, brittle and my cuticles need extra TLC. I bought this about a month ago and have been using it twice a day and it has completely transformed my nails, cuticles and skin around the nail bed. My nails have stopped peeling and feel really hydrated and in good condition and my cuticles are needing less work to tidy them up. It also smells incredible- like old fashioned lemonade- I can't stop sniffing my nails through out the day which is making me look a bit mental I think. 

I don't really have a technique, I just slap in on over the whole nail, under polish... over polish... just what ever really. it also works quite nicely on dry elbows and knees as well. The  only think that surprised me is that it is not a cream- how deceptive!- it's a thick balm that sinks straight in. It goes above and beyond being a cuticle cream and I really think this is something that everyone would find useful. 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Rimmel London- Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush- 050 Live Pink

Rimmel London- Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush- 050 Live Pink £3.99

I picked this up when I was in a makeup emergency and was badly in need of blusher. Live Pink didn't stand out too much as it seemed to be a nice pretty shimmery mid pink but nothing too special. I was so surprised at how pretty it actually is definitely very special. It has a bright raspberry tone with a slight gold shimmer to it, it is described as sheer but is actually quite pigmented and it lasts all day, it also seems to slightly airbrush the skin, minimising pores and blemishes. I love the surface embossing as well, it reminds me of the brit fever we all got for the olympics last year. 

The only thing that I dislike about this is that the pan is so small that I forget about it in the morning. But whenever I do wear it, I get so many compliments on how awake and refreshed I look! I think this would adapt quite well to most skin tones as the gold shimmer makes it work on all skin types and it is pigmented enough for deeper skin tones. 

I just can't believe this only cost £3.99, a definite drug store favourite. 

What do you think to Rimmels Live Pink Blusher? 

Monday, 20 May 2013

May Empties/ Poppy finally did youtube

So I said in my last post that I had something exciting to put up this week and here it is! It took me much longer than I thought it would to do youtube but I decided to just go with it last week and here is my first video: 

It's the first one so please be gentle, hope you like it and let me know what you think! 

If you want to follow then you can find my channel HERE

Sunday, 19 May 2013

250 followers giveaway


So I have something a little different for you today, earlier in the week I got to 250 GFC followers which completely made the week for me and I am so grateful to everyone who does follow me- for sticking with me. I'd say that blogging has definitely become my favourite thing and I have made some incredible friends because of it! I just wanted to give something back, I haven't done a giveaway before either so this is really exciting for me! 

The prize is: 
The Balm Nude'tude eyeshadow palette 
Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter 

Both are great products by great companies and I think we all know how much I love eyeshadow and lip balm! 


1. You need to follow  VIA GFC

2. You need to leave a comment on this post with the following information: 
  • What your GFC name is (I will check and if you don't follow, you won't count)
  • Your email address/ twitter handle so I can contact you if you win 
  • A funny story about yourself
This is open to UK entries only, I know that I do have overseas followers but I just want to keep it simple this time!

Simple as that, I will pick at random out of a hat (i'm so old school) at the end of the giveaway.

so make sure you comment to enter by then. 

If you're confused by any of that just tweet me @poppys839 and i'll try and help clarify. 

Is it wrong that i'm so excited by this? I have something else really exciting (in my opinion anyway!) coming this week as well. 

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Music Tag!

I do love a good tag post, when I saw Sasha from Ramblings of a Beauty Bird do this tag, I knew I had to follow suit. Being a bit of a music obsessive for a long time, I would count music as my absolute first and biggest love- if I had to choose between makeup and music, makeup wouldn't even stand a chance! So I thought you might all enjoy getting to know that side of me a little better. 
What's your favourite type of music? 
I really do listen to a lot of different types of music, I definitely don't have a 'type' and often surprise people with some of the bands that I like. I'd say most of the music that I listen to falls into the Alternative category, recently this has leaned more towards indie or dance alt music whereas when I was younger it was more rock music. But I also have a massive soft spot for female solo artists so people like Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine are amongst my top listened to. A massive contrast from when I was about 15 and only liked male vocals.

What's your least favourite type of music? 

I find it really hard to define a genre that I don't like because I would say that I dip in and out of a lot of different genres. I'd say that sort of... churned out chart music is my least favourite, I like songs that I can connect to on some level and unfortunately that doesn't hit the spot. So people like Justin Beiber are pretty near the bottom. I also can't stand heavy metal (sorry!) and I used to really like 'screamo' (er, they screamed alot?) bands but I can't listen to it at all anymore. 

What's the best gig you've been to? 
Oh gosh, thats a really tough one because I really have been to some amazing ones... I'll tell you what i'll tell you about some of the ones that really stood out to me: 
  • Oasis, 2009 at V Festival, before they came on stage we had seen Snow Patrol who were amongst the best bands I've ever seen and then Oasis walked on stage and it was incredible. That last was the last night they performed on stage together and Liam Gallagher left the stage by saying 'we're out of here and you've been biblical' what a way to end an incredible band. 
  • AFI at Give It a Name 2007, at this point AFI were my favourite band in the world and I was so excited to see them. Me and my sister went up at like 11am and waited to get straight in at 12, we ran to the front of the stage and we got on the barriers where we waited all day (it was nearly 12 hours without a wee!) to see them. I cried and I screamed for the whole set, it was incredible and they are an incredible band. I've seen them twice since then but nothing beat that first time. 
  • Brand New in Cardiff 2012, I briefly caught a bit of Brand News set at reading the year before and when tickets went on sale for Cardiff I was so excited. In some ways it was rubbish, I was with a boy I didn't like and it rained but Brand New were so effing good that it is still one of my favourite memories, they played a great set, they trashed the stage and were so exciting to watch- I can't wait to see them again. 
What albums are you listening to at the moment? 
As always, i'm listening to a whole bunch of stuff. Right now I'm listening to Brand New (reminiscing), I've also been listening to Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, The 1975, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay pretty much non stop for the last few months. I keep going back to Taylor Swift as well and I love Justin Timberlake's new album (who am I kidding, I love Justin Timberlake full stop. I want his babies). 

What's your favourite bands/artists/favourite album? 
Oh, another toughie. Up until about a year ago I would have said without reservation that my favourite band were Lostprophets and had been since I was about 14. However, I started to grow up a lot and just massively fell out of love with them, they'll always be special to me- but they aren't who I am anymore. 

I'd say that Frank Turner is probably my favourite artist, Brand New are my favourite Band and Mylo Xyloto is my favourite album. 

Of all time, The Cure massively have my heart.
If you could instantly know how to play any instrument, what would it be?
The guitar without a doubt, or something really elegant and lady like,  like a harp.... no, no. I definitely want the guitar. OR A DRUM KIT

If you read this and liked it, I think that you should do the tag too and link me to it. and if you can recommend any bands based on those I have mentioned, please do! 

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

May 2013 Magazine Freebies

This month I have been really excited by the freebies in magazines, so just wanted to share them with you so that you can go and pick them up too! 

Harpers Bazaar- REN Morrocan Rose Body Cream 
This is probably my favourite as I love REN and find they are one of the few brands that make body cream that doesn't irritate my skin. It smells delicious and sinks in really quickly 
Cost of Magazine: £4.20
RRP cost of product: £26.00 for 200ml = £6.50 
Saving: £2.30 

Elle - Benefit They're Real! 
I will review this properly, I must admit that I don't actually love this mascara. However I have wanted to sample this for the longest time but didn't want to pay the full price. 
Cost of Magazine: £4.00
RRP cost of product: £19.50 for full size = £9.75
Saving: £5.75

Instyle- Nails Inc Nail Varnish
This is available in three shades and is a full size product. Nails Inc are one of my favourite nail brands so I always get excited when they are in a magazine. The shades available are exclusive to Instyle.
Cost of Magazine: £3.80
RRP of product: £11.00
Saving: £7.20 

Total spend of magazines: £12.00 
Total saving on products: £15.48 

Are you going to go and buy any of these magazines? 

Monday, 13 May 2013

MAC Baking Beauties- Pearlematte Face Powder- Pink Buttercream

Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder
Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder
Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder
Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder
Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder
Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder swatches
Baking Beauties buttercream Pearlematte Face powder swatches

MAC Baking Beauties- Pearlematte face powder in buttercream £21.50. 

MAC have released a whole load of collections recently and the one that really caught my attention was the Baking Beauties- all based around cake decoration and design. It stood out as it is an elegant pastel collection which is perfect for spring. I tried to resist, but didn't manage it and had to have the Pink Buttercream Pearlematte Face Powder in Pink Buttercream. The Pearlmatte powders always stand out to me as they are just so pretty and this was no different! 

Around the edge is a very sheer white powder which is sprayed on and dissapeared after about 4 applications. The main powder is made of really beautiful cool toned silver pink and the flower is made from a mid silver pink with periwinkle petals. They all blend together to make a really pretty silver. I have heard people complain about the colour pay off as it is so sheer but personally I really like this and use it to dust over my cheekbones- making them look all dewy and glowy. But it can be used all over as a face powder or concentrated for an icey blush. I would say this this is a product for girls with skin like mine, pale and cool toned as it would definitely wash out a warm toned girl. 

As far as essentials go, I wouldn't classify Pink Buttercream as something you need in your life. But just like a  decadent cake, this makes a luxurious little treat. 

What do you think of the MAC Pearlematte Face Powder?

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Paints- Pomegranate, Papaya, Lychee.

Gelly High Shine Nail Paints from Barry M- £3.99

I know that these have been out a while now, so everyone knows what the gelly high shine nail paints from Barry M  are. I've actually had Pomegranate for months and months but I used it a couple of times and go frustrated by the fact that they chip easily. As you don't need a top coat, due to the high shine, it just doesn't seem to last as long. However recently as it is is opaque in one coat and such a pretty colour I have started using it all the time. I also came to the conclusion that I can just put a top coat on it anyway, problem solved... so I bought a few more. 

Pomegranate is a berry toned red with a slight deep pink undertone and applies in one coat. 
Papaya is a warm coral leaning more towards orange then red and needs a second coat to be opaque. 
Lychee is a colour that everyone loves and I have seen on lots of blogs, however I was never too into it... until I saw it in boots. It is a really pretty neutral sand colour with a slight grey undertone and it looks beautiful on the nails. It also needs a second colour to be opaque. 

Have you tried any of the Gelly High Shine Nail Paints

Thursday, 9 May 2013

What is in my travel makeup bag?

As you may know, if you follow me on twitter, I have recently been in Madrid for a few days. I decided to take a suitcase with me even though I was only gone for four days mainly because I didn't want to be separated from my makeup. I will never be able to understand girls who can get on a plane and just take hand luggage, you're only allowed ten items of makeup and each of them has to be under 100ml- how the hell do you manage? I took a little bag on the plane with me with handcream, lipstick, eye cream, lip gloss and cream blusher- I couldn't survive off that for 4 days. Mini rant over, lets go into the makeup bag which cost £8 and is from boots. 

It took me a long time to decide what products to take with me and eventually I decided on this set of essentials, covering skin care; haircare and make up. 

I must admit, this did feel a bit excessive but I used every single product I took with me- I am definitely one who likes to do their full makeup whilst away and as we were in the city and not on the beach I didn't feel over done. My absolute favourite products were: the Umberto Giannini Calm Curls shampoo, conditioner and styling spray; The Dr Jart+ BB cream and the Avene Eau Thermale Spray. 

Holiday photos to come! 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Benefit Fake Up Concealer- Light

Benefit Fake Up Concealer Light
Benefit Fake Up Concealer Light
Benefit Fake Up Concealer Light
Benefit Fake Up Concealer Light

Benefit Fake Up Concealer Light

Benefit Fake Up Concealer- £18.50 

You've probably been living under a rock if you haven't heard of Benefits latest concealer, Fake Up is fairly innovative as it is has a ring of hydrating moisturiser surrounding the concealer at the core. This means that the skin is prepped and primed at the same time as the concealer is applied which stops it sinking into fine lines creasing

I absolutely love this, it is quick and easy to use and it definitely does not crease. If anything, I want slightly more colour variation and coverage from this range as it actually doesn't provide a high level of coverage- for every day use this is fine but when I am making more of an effort I do apply an additional concealer as well. However, this is definitely one of my favourite concealers though and I do use it most days.