Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nails: Lest We Forget. Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 9, 2014

As it's Remembrance Day Sunday today I've taken some time out to reflect. I feel lucky I've been able to visit the Tower of London poppies exhibition twice now and I am so glad they have now extended it by three weeks for more people to be able to go see it.

I wanted to paint my nails in tribute of today and went with some simple poppies. The base is Models Own Naked Shimmer for a neutral base. I used Topshop's Lacquer for the poppies, dotted on with the back of a ball-point pen as I didn't have a dotting tool big enough. The leaves were painted on using Mavala Bamako.
If you do get a chance to see the Tower of London do try to go in the evening too as it looks completely different and more eerie. It's definitely a good place for reflection.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nails Inc Marylebone Mews

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello lovelies! I hope you are well. I've been enjoying a relaxing evening catching up on TV shows while painting my nails. I saw the lovely Aysh had tweeted a picture of this month's copy of Glamour which has one of four Nails Inc free with it - not bad for £2! Well I had to pick one up and went for one with the shade Marylebone Mews, a beautiful grey colour that I'm loving. Two coats gave the perfect coverage for this polish and it looks pretty glossy without needing a top coat.

What do you think of this colour? And if you have picked the magazine up yourself, what colour have you gone for?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mani Monday - Mavala Samarkand

Monday, November 3, 2014
Hello lovelies! And happy Monday to you. For today's Manicure Monday look I went with this deep purple colour Samarkand from Mavala's Chilli and Spice collection. It really is a gorgeous colour and I have taken two photos, the one above with a flash to show what it looks like in daylight and the one below, which is in natural light, but just as nice.
Have you tried any polishes from this collection? And if you have done a Mani Monday look, link it in the comments below.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Get The Look: X Factor Week 4

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Well I don't know about you, but I was glued to the screen to see what outfits X Factor came up with for their Halloween special last night. I have been scouring the web to find where they were from or where you can get similar outfits from yourself so you can also get the look.

First up was Lola Saunders with this classy outfit.
Now, you may remember the skirt, as it was similar to the one she wore in the Week 3 show, but rather than last week's red she went for black this time around. It's River Island's black high-waisted leather look pencil skirt and costs £30. Available here.

Her top was a little more difficult to find as at the time of writing it is not available yet! It was made exclusively for X Factor by Sasha Louise, a designer specialising in latex. But both the cream top and black spiders web top over it will be available from Sasha Louise's website from Monday 3rd November for £50 each.

Next up was Fleur East with her rendition of Thriller and keeping the stylists busy with two outfit choices. She started off with this red number.
Well I've searched high and low for it, and I can't find the exact dress as it was a bespoke gown by Suzanne Neville. I've come up with an alternative though with this red feather skirt prom dress from Sexy Prom at £141.
Next was Fleur's scary dress which was by Jack Irving, a production and costume designer who custom made this crystal blood dress for X Factor. I haven't found a decent replica to this one I'm afraid so I will just leave you with some pictures below.

Next up was Lauren Platt, who was also given a customised outfit. I know her cuffs are from River Island, and though the same ones are not available online I did find these gold glitter ones for £12.

Next up is Parisa from Only The Young with this gorgeous black and green feather cape. I loved this one and found a few versions, but my favourite has to be this one from Biba at House of Fraser for £65.

Betsy-Blue's dress is also from Suzanne Neville's collection, but I went for a lace-inspired dress to show you from Asos that's a bit more affordable which is Oasis' exclusive floral organza lace skater dress down from £75 to £26 on Asos.
There you have it and there's your lot. Which was your favourite outfit from the show?

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Cake and Bake Show - Halloween special

Friday, October 31, 2014

Last month I went along to the Cake and Bake Show to feed my obsession with all things baking after watching the Great British Bake Off. It was right before the final and it was great seeing all the contestants at the show at Earls Court in London doing demonstrations. I will show more pictures from the show in another post, but as it's Halloween, I thought I would show you some of the cake designs that were also on offer.

There was some serious talent on show! These were my pick of the spookiest and most creative there. Which one is your favourite? And if you have any tips on how to make these creations I would be eternally grateful!

Halloween Nails

Happy Halloween Ghouls and Goblins! I hope you are getting in to the spooky spirit. I have decided to channel my scary side by painting my nails tonight. I tried to go for something a little different to what I have been seeing on other blogs and decided to go for these cute/ scary faces. It's not the neatest I admit, but hey ho, I like it.

The main colours I used were Mavala in Samarkand, LA Colors in Sea Foam, Ciate in Snow Virgin and a Barry M Nail Art Pen.

What do you think of the design? And which is your favourite? I would love to see your nail art designs, so link them below!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bodybuilding Warehouse Muffins and Cookies

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello lovelies! I hope you are well this morning. I have something for you today that might be useful for the gym bunnies out there. As part of my healthy eating series, I was sent a breakfast range of muffins and cookies from the sports nutritonist Bodybuilding Warehouse. The range is aimed at people who go to the gym or who have busy schedules and want some protein on the go. Now protein shakes may not be for everyone, but you can still get your daily dose through an alternative like these.

The extensive range includes Protein Pancakes, coffee, muffins, cookies and Pure Green Tea aimed to accompany your breakfast.

Kieran Fisher, Managing Director at Body Building Warehouse, said: "With our new breakfast range we have taken one of the most popular breakfast treats, pancakes, and developed the ingredients to create a healthy food option. The new range is designed to provide your body with optimum levels of protein to complement your workout to help it rebuild and recover.

I've been having these muffins, which have a hint of a coffee flavour in them, and these chocolate chip cookies. I did wonder how anything like this could also be healthy, but it's because they are packed full of protein and keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are not like regular muffins and cookies, and are quite dense, but after sharing with one of my friends who is a gym pro, he assured me this is exactly what his protein snacks taste like and said he really liked them.

So let me know what you think? Do you have any favourite protein snacks and what do you think of these? They are available from