Sunday, 25 September 2011

And the Winner is...

The time has finally come to announce the winner of my UBER MEGA GIVEAWAY!

I can't tell you how surprised and happy I am that I've received so many responses and messages from you all. It was incredible, and I really do hope that you stick around to enjoy reading more of my upcoming posts.

I, of course, have listened to everything that you say you like and noted down things that you want to see more of. These include:

  • More Hauls
  • Makeup Tutorials
  • Tags
  • NOTD's
  • OFTD's
  • Product Reviews (including organic & vegan options)
  • Swatches & Dupes
Okay, so without further delay - the winner is:

** Clairehuskie **

And the runner up prize goes to:

** Rosiehannahh **

Massive Congratulations from Emmiesdarlings! Your names were picked out by

Sorry if you haven't won this time around. I assure you that there will be more giveaways soon (I'm already planning the next one!) and remember that there are loads of other things to be happy about today, other than winning these prizes. (Maybe looking at this picture?!)

So that is it for today, but I did just want to say a HUGE welcome to all my new followers and a special 'bless you' to all my long standing ones.

Ciao for now x 

Friday, 23 September 2011

Outfit of a Wedding Guest

A couple of weekends ago, I attended a family wedding and had an absolutely super time. The couple looked amazing and a splendid day was had by all. I thought I'd do a very quick post to share with you what I wore.

Dress: French Connection

Shoes: Office - (dug out from the back of my wardrobe) Heel = insanely high, nevertheless I did a heck of a lot of dancing in them...

Jewellery: Not wanting to take away from the detailing of the dress, I chose not to wear a necklace or any bracelets. I did however, stick with my silver rings (I feel naked without them!)

Nail Varnish: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Pedal to the Metal £6.99


That's it for today folks - told you it was going to be quick! Hope you liked it though, perhaps leave me a little comment? 
Ciao for now x

PS. I will be announcing the winner of my Uber Mega Giveaway very shortly - sorry for the hold up!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

NOTD - Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel (646)


As Autumn has most definitely arrived, I've put my candy colours aside for the moment and gone for this most beautiful dark blue from Inglot.

It comes from their O2M range, which is nail polish based on the polymer that was originally developed for breathable contact lenses.  

They say that the use of new polymer, 

  • - significantly increases the oxygen permeability of the varnish films (until 54 cm3/sec). 
  • - improves the permeability to water vapour
  • - facilitates the varnish spreading 
  • - reduces the film tightness
This nail polish goes on like a dream. Two coats create a completely opaque nail with no streaking in sight. I put it down to the high-tech formulation, which also helped my DIY manicure last for ages. In fact, I had no chipping for five days. Impressive.  

The range contains NONE of the following;
  • toluene
  • formaldehyde
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • camphor
Which is obviously another huge bonus for this range.

Inglot_ O2M _Breathable_ Nail _Polish

The O2M bottles are slightly smaller than the original Inglot polishes and a tiny bit more expensive, but I would definitely say that they are worth it. Better nail health, longer lasting manicure = an overall good buy. 

Click HERE for more information and to find out where your nearest store is.

So, that's it for today folks. What do you think? Have you tried any of these special 'breathable' polishes? Let me know in the comments below - I do read every single one!

Ciao for now x

Monday, 5 September 2011

Outfit of the Other Day (Vintage)

Making the most the last summer wild flowers of the year...
Today, I've done a quick post to show you this very sweet vintage dress. Ordinarily I don't go near yellow. It is, in fact, a colour I actively avoid. However, when I saw this, I knew it had to be mine. Please do excuse the occasional crease - I haven't had chance to tend to it properly yet - I wanted to show you all first!

The back is totally adorable with frilly edging. The print is floral and is very obviously from the seventies!

I've teamed it with some gold hoop earrings that I picked up from Gray's Antiques just off Bond St in London. 

My gold hoop earrings that need a good clean!
Can you Spot Sprout? Always trying to get in on the action!

Make up wise nothing that exotic! I have used some of my staple products for a very easy to create look. 
If you'd actually like me to do a tutorial on this look or any of the looks I create, do let me know in the comments below. 

So that's it for today folks, I hope you've enjoyed having a sneaky peek at this funny old dress...If you have, you might like to do one of the following:
  • Comment below -Comments make me happy.
  • Enter my MEGA UBER giveaway. Click HERE - Quick though, you haven't got long left!
  • Nominate me in the Cosmo Beauty Awards - Link somewhere on the right..
Thanks & Ciao for now x

Saturday, 3 September 2011

August Favourites

Summer has ended. Noooo! I refuse to believe it. On the other hand, the A/W ranges in the shops are looking all the more tempting now, and I feel a few naughty spending splurges coming on...

Anyhow, swiftly moving onto the matter at hand. The old monthly favourites post. It feels like I haven't done one of these for yonks and it has been nice to sit back and have a good look at the things I have been enjoying the past four weeks. 

Rouge Prodige Lipstick (Red)

August has been a funny old month for me, I'm definitely going through some sort of transitional period in my life. I'm coming to realise that if things aren't going to plan - rip that plan up and make a new one.

This lipstick is perhaps the item that has most indicated the change in the air for me. You see, I don't really do red. At least, I didn't. But then I met Clarin's Rouge Prodige Lipstick and I've been seduced. This is one hot colour.

My 'intense' pose!
This intense colour certainly matches up to my intense pose - it's incredible. I've taken to red like a duck to water. Perhaps it is the fact that the Clarins Rouge Prodige is so easy to wear - long lasting, doesn't dry my lips out and weirdly makes me feel like a 'proper' grown up! 

You can buy this beauty for £17 at counters nationwide - alternatively, click the link above and buy from Feel Unique for £15.30 (inc. delivery!)

I think that this is one of the best, yet one of the most over-looked topcoats on the market. I, myself have walked past it on occasions thinking that there must be some other ultimate/superior polish around. That sounds incredibly snobbish, but I suppose we've been brought up in a culture where more expensive = better. But no, this just isn't necessarily the case. I have tried top coats that have been double, even triple the cost of this one, yet something always lures me back to the little red bottle.

So here's the deal, you apply one coat of this polish a couple of minutes after you finish painting your nails. They'll be dry "to the touch" within 30 seconds. That is a gentle touch mind you - I did a couple of tests! After those 30 seconds, you can, for example, use your mobile. After a further two or so minutes, you can visit the ladies and undo zips etc without fear of smudging. Fifteen minutes and you'll be routing round your handbag for your keys, occasionally catching glimpses your high gloss super shiny nails. All good for a pretty reasonable £6.

This maxi skirt has been a total staple in my wardrobe this month. In my all time favourite purple, when teamed up with a black body (Primark do an awesome one for about £6) you have a colour blocking sensation! Okay, that might be taking it a little too far, but it has been an easy 'go to' outfit and I'm sure it will continue to be so going into September.
Laura Geller Vanishing Act Duo Concealer

Now, I don't really get excited about concealers. It's not the kind of product I tend to think of when writing favourites either. However, here we have Laura Geller's Vanishing Act Duo and by goodness is it worth a mention. They say,

"Perfect for disguising dark circles and skin imperfections, Vanishing Act is a non-drying, crease-proof concealer duo that you can custom blend to match your skin tone. Use the applicator brush included to help blend the colours for a professional finish and to achieve the desired coverage."

The creamy consistency of this handbag sized duo helps it stand out from all the other concealers by quite a long way. I love that you can 'custom blend' to your own skin tone. I love that it doesn't dry out my skin. I also love the fact that, when applied underneath my eyes, there are no creases. The little brush is remarkably good too given that most that come with products tend to be a bit dodgy. Downside? Price perhaps. It is expensive at £14.75. Having said that, higher end concealers do tend to be around the same price mark - Benefit's Bo-ing is £16.50 and MAC's Studio Sculpt is slightly less at £13.50. I certainly believe you're getting more for you're money with Laura Geller. What do you think?

Melvita Rosehip Seed Oil
Miracle Oil! Melvita's _Rosehip_Seed _Oil
So, if you are a regular reader of this 'ere blog, you'll know that a couple of months ago, I had an operation. Soon as I was able, I got myself down to the lovelies in Melvita to guide me in my quest for a scar reducing oil. And were they helpful? Woah! Of course they were. I love Melvita and will be devoting a post entirely to them in the coming weeks. But back to the Rosehip Seed Oil. This was the first thing recommended to me when I rolled in there (still practically wearing the hospital nightie) and I bought it straight away.

And I'm so glad I did. I can't tell you what a difference it has made to my four scars in the 6 weeks I've been using it. Melvita's oil is an Eco Certified and Organic product and is from the first cold press of the seeds (this is when they are most potent).

Rosehip Seed Oil is considered a 'dry' oil, which basically means that it sinks into the skin easily with no greasy residue. Scientific research has shown it works wonders on the following:
  • Stretch marks
  • UV damage from overexposure to the sun
  • Scars from surgery, burns, and acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Wrinkles and premature skin aging
  • Brittle nails
  • Dry and damaged hair  

What makes this wonder oil so fabulous?

It is jam packed with Vitamins A, E and Essential Fatty Acids - all the things you need to help with the above conditions. The vitamin A in particular helps with cell rejuvenation and it also promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase. Over all healthier skin is revealed!

£18 from Melvita (and worth every penny)  

So that's it for my August favourites. I do hope you've found something that takes your fancy. Do leave me a comment and let me know if you've tried any of the products!  

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Thanks and Ciao for now x