Saturday, 28 January 2012

Illamasqua | Illumine oil

One thing you'll learn if you follow my blog, is that i am a night owl. Don't be surprised if a new post pops up at 3am in the morning. I love the night, and am often awake till 3-4am, much to the dismay of my neighbours, who often hear me banging about, listening to music, or hear my conversations on skype, thankfully they've never complained. My night owl tendencies are one of the reasons I'm so glad i take pictures in bulk, ill take pictures of say, 5 different items at a time, so that Ive always got a ready pile of images to put up.

Anyways, onto the actual point of this post

In the recent illamasqua sale i picket up the illumine oil in volt, Ive been lusting after this item for ages, but at £25 i couldn't justify it for the amount of use ill get out of it, when i saw it in the sale for £7.50 i jumped at the opportunity.

Why did i buy this? Because its so pretty i couldn't resist, do i regret it? Absolutely not!

The illumine oil comes in 2 shades, Volt and Pulse. Pulse is a golden, bronze shimmer whereas volt is a more pale iridescent sparkle. I picked volt because i figured it'd suit my pale cool toned skin better. The illumine oil was part of the body electrics collection, as displayed on the bottle and is  designed to be used  on the d├ęcolletage area  . For £25 you get 100ml, you might not think this is much but a little of this goes a long way.

The illumine oil is a dry oil, which smells divine, very tropically with strong coconut notes. It last for a few minutes on the skin before its not really noticeable anymore. Volt is an iridescent blue, purple, pink and white sparkle mixture suspended in oil, this of course means that it settles easily, but a quick shake solves this. This stuff is pretty pigmented, a few dabs on the finger tips is enough to cover the collar area, so it should realistically last ages! I wouldn't wear this every day, but if im going out its a nice addition. Ive also used this just along the front of my shins for a party an found it added a nice glow to the legs. 
This oil can be built up to produce a prominent sparkle, but i prefer to use a little and blend it out to get a more distributed sparkle, the oil sinks in pretty fast and within a few minutes its safe to touch without being oily!
I probably wouldn't have bought this full price, but on sale it was a bargain im happy to have. Illamasqua sale ended awhile ago, but if you see it on sale or have a discount code, id definitely recommend picking it up!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Newest OPI polishes

During the recent Lenawhite sale i ordered 2 OPI polishes.
I begrudge paying £10.50 full price for OPI polishes when i know in the states you can get them cheaper. When i saw the sale on Lenawhite, and these polishes down to £5, i jumped at the chance. I was reserved, there were about 12 polishes in my basket but i narrowed it down to just two. 

The order email said that due to high numbers of orders, there may be a delay in receiving the polishes, i think i got them about a week after ordering, so still not bad considering. The polishes arrived well wrapped in bubble wrap, which i was thankful for, i had images of opening the package to a pool of polish.

So onto the colours!
(You'll have to excuse that the swatches are on fake nails, my own nails are in a right state at the moment!)

Firstly "Part in my cabana" a part of the south beach collection.
Party in my cabana is a red toned bright pink, in a lovely glossy creme finish which is opaque in 2 coats and dries quickly. Its not a particularly unique colour, but its a nice addition to the collection none the less. Id say the swatch above is showing it as more red than it is in reality
Planks a lot is the other colour i settled on, i don't think i own a single pale purple / lilac shade, so this was a welcome addition. Planks a lot is from the recent pirates of the Caribbean collection, id describe it as a muted lilac colour which leans more blue than pink toned. Again it boasts a glossy creme finish opaque in 2 coats with a fast drying time.

I cant say much about the wear of these polishes, as i've only been wearing them about 2-3 days, but so far i've had no chipping or signs of tip wear!

The Lenawhite sale ended tonight unfortunately, but if you managed to purchase anything from the sale  id love to know what you got!

Hey there!

Hey there, My name's Sara, i'm a 17 year old beauty junkie, obsessed with make-up, skincare, basically anything beauty! I live in a little village in the West Midlands, miles away from anywhere with good beauty products, so i rely on alot of online shopping, much to the dismay of the post man who often knocks on the door with multiple packages, oops ;)

I'm currently not in college after deciding education was no longer the right path for me, i have however had a part time job as a waitress/bar maid for coming up two years, earning just enough to keep funding my love of beauty