Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Kardashian/Jenner Inspired DIY Stiletto Nails


Elegant Touch Totally Bare Stiletto 003 False Nails, Barry M Matte Nail Varnish in Vanilla

To mark the start of summer I thought what better thing to do than get some claws on my fingers in the form of stiletto false nails. I 100% underestimated how difficult it would be to perform everyday tasks with these monstrosities on and that is after I spent over an hour filing them down to a manageable length. 

They were relatively easy to apply (after spending 5 minutes and some help from my dad to open the bottle of nail glue) by applying the glue directly on the nail then pressing on the right size nail for 4 seconds until bonded. From then on they have all stayed put! I then spent an awfully long time filing them down to a length I was comfortable with however this is entirely up to you whether you want to carry out that step. I've tried to keep the original stiletto shape however some of them have turned slightly rounded but I won't lose sleep over it.

Next I applied two coats of my favourite nude nail varnish - Barry M Matte in the shade Vanilla. Its great for wearing to school and work where you're not allowed nail varnish as it is a perfect natural colour. It is long lasting and doesn't chip which is essential for an everyday nail varnish. 

I 100% recommend the false nails and nail varnish to anyone wanting to achieve the stiletto nail look for a fraction of the cost and get nails on par with the likes of the Kardashian/Jenner sisters. What do you think? Would you try these yourself?

Sunday, 21 June 2015

MAC Lipstick Collection


This is my first proper post of 2015 and I'm 100% ashamed of how I've let my blog go into disrepair for so long! Stress of AS Levels, work experience, considering uni choices and the like along with part time jobs and being generally lazy has led to this abomination. However I'm dedicated to getting back into the blogging world this summer now I've almost finished my AS exams (whoever decided to leave AS ICT until the 23rd June is a cruel human being). 

As a starter post to get myself into the flow of things, I thought I'd share with you guys my growing family of MAC lipsticks. The immaculate packaging and array of different shades and finishes are enough to make your heart flutter, but the ever growing price tag makes me cry a little bit inside. Don't even get me started on the limited edition lipsticks that I've gone out and bought on Depop in the last few weeks for more than they're worth. I'm obsessed however thankfully I'm not alone as plenty of the Instagram and blog communities share this love. 

So here we go, I give you my collection:

 From left to right: Siren Song (Alluring Aquatic), Creme D'Nude (Wash and Dry), Free As A Butterfly (Cinderella), Riot House (Kelly Osbourne)


I present to you my coveted limited edition lipsticks. Creme D'Nude and Free As A Butterfly were the two that I have actually been able to buy from the MAC website when they came out. However I had to search through Depop to purchase Siren Song and Riot House which I knew I needed just for the packaging. They're all very sheer light nude colours which I must admit I haven't used much. An exception to that rule is Riot House which is a matte bright orange colour. It is actually quite a wearable summery colour however as it is so matte, your lips need to be in tip top condition to pull it off or it'll just highlight any dry patches on your lips.

From left to right: Viva Glam II, Blankety, Velvet Teddy, Creme Cup, Coral Bliss, Rebel

You can probably tell I like my dark nudes from my collection here. Viva Glam II is my long standing favourite from when I bought it on a whim when trying to buy Velvet Teddy months ago when it was sold out for months. However since I finally got my hands on Velvet Teddy I've grown to love the matte finish of it and it's definitely competing with Viva Glam II for the title. Blankety is a brand new edition to the family and I'm certain I'll love it. They used it on me when I had my makeup done for an awards night in Belfast City Hall and I knew from then I had to have it! The other three colours are kind of the wild cards of the bunch. I bought Creme Cup because it seems to be the staple pinky nude on Youtube and Instagram however I haven't gotten much wear out of it - but I'll definitely try to use it more often. Coral Bliss was the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and I've underestimated what a lovely summery colour it is. It's not raved about enough and I definitely recommend it to anyone! Lastly, Rebel was also bought on a whim after seeing it all over Instagram and I haven't been brave enough to wear it yet, however I'm hoping for some nights out during summer (18th birthday fast approaching!!) that'll I'll definitely give it a go!

I have so many lipsticks I want to buy but I keep having to restrain myself. I'm thinking I'll definitely want to invest in Brave and Honeylove, what do you guys recommend? What are your favourites?