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Glitter Nail Polish Picks

Friday, 28 November 2014


Forever a fan of a bit of glitz, I thought I would share with you all, some of the glitter/confetti topcoats that I have been loving of late. 

I posted a picture on my Instagram (SarahhhhP) yesterday, of how I had painted my nails using the above combination of Essie's 'Summit of Style' from their Luxe Collection and 'Sole Mate'. It was my first attempt at a bit of glitter 'ombre' and I was rather pleased with the results! The Essie glitter polishes are without doubt, the best that I have ever tried as they are super saturated and only require a single coat to achieve 10/10 on the sparkle scale.

Another Essie favourite is 'On a Silver Plater' - a polish with a hint of gold to it, that is masked slightly by the silver flecks it contains. It has holographic violet glitter running throughout and is opaque after two coats - a definite festive fave!

The final two polishes, I like to wear the same way - both layered over a deep blue shade (more often than not, Essie's 'Style Cartel'). OPI's 'Bearest of them All' is a polish I have seen featured in a lot of gift guides this year as it is part of their new limited edition Coca Cola collection and comes with a very cute, miniature polar bear adorned in matching branded red scarf. It is a mix of red confetti flakes and little white hearts, and though not as saturated or easy to apply as the Essie polishes, it still looks stunning after a couple of coats.

Model's Own 'Valerian' is a polish that contains a plethora of different blue tones and textures - from fine glitter to chunkier flakes. It's a little hard to get hold of now, as after I saw it featured on the lovely Helen's blog and decided I had to have it, I went in search but couldn't find it in any of my local Boots/Superdrug stores. Neither could I spot it online on the Model's Own site. However, I did eventually manage to pick it up from the Nail Polish Direct website and noticed that it is also available from Superdrug online. It can be layered up to create a very deep, dark effect which is gorgeous, or alternatively and in order to make things a little easier, it can as I mentioned, be layered over a more opaque navy blue polish to save the faffing - either way it is lovely.

What are some of your favourite nail polishes when you're looking to add a bit of glitz and glam to your manicure?

Sarah x

Bath & Body - Festive Spice

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


With the weather getting colder by the day at the moment, and Christmas drawing ever nearer, one of my favourite things to do in the evenings has been to warm up by having a piping hot bath or a steamy shower, slather myself in body butter, then to top it all off - stick on my favourite pair of pyjamas and indulge with a giant mug of hot chocolate.

At this time of year, the rich, spicy scents that appear on the shelves really tend to draw me in - a waft of cinnamon is my weakness! So I thought I would share some of my favourite products that have me smelling like this all day long after using them...

Number one on the list is this beautiful 'Spiced Lily Foaming Bath' from Organic Surge. Not only does it create the most amazing bubbles, but it also fills the room with the scent of the sweet orange and spicy clove-bud that it contains - divine! It reminds me of the 'Christingle' candles we used to make in school when I was younger, which I love, and is very effective in doing as it promises to by helping you relax, warm up and unwind.

If I don't have time for a bath but still want to smell and feel festively fabulous, I will use Lush's 'Hot Toddy' Shower Gel. Apart from the dreamy scent of fresh ginger and cinnamon leaf oil, it also contains seaweed, lemon juice and patchouli oil to help your skin feel super soft and perfectly cleansed. And most importantly, it is laced throughout with fine red glitter - winner!

After jumping out of the bath/shower, the last stage of my 'smell like a Christmas candle' routine involves a head to toe caking in the Korres 'Vanilla Cinnamon Body Milk'. This stuff is out of this world - it smells like cinnamon cupcakes in bottled form, sinks in easily, yet still does a great job at making your skin feel supple and nourished. No question, I am definitely going to have to get my hands on the accompanying shower gel version of this bad boy.

What are your favourite festive/winter scents when it comes to bodycare?

Sarah x

New In: Make Up #1

Monday, 24 November 2014

Don't you just love, when on the rare occasion, it gets to payday and you have a few spare pennies left over? This happened to me this month, and although I should probably have been sensible and saved, it had been a stressful week and I ended up succumbing and spending instead. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!

Top of my list of things to try was this gorgeous Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 'Jersey' from Chanel. I like to describe it is being MAC 'Velvet Teddy' in blush form - a very soft brown with a rosy hint, combining beautiful, finely milled flecks of rose gold shimmer throughout. I'm hoping it will be perfect for the upcoming festive season and can see it rising to the top of my favourites list in no time.

There aren't many purples in my extensive nail polish collection, and as I am yet to try any of the Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish shades I picked up this one in 'Kensington Highstreet' - a lovely deep berry colour perfect for this time of year. It will be interesting to see whether the claims of them being super glossy and opaque from one coat will turn out to be true - will be sure to report back!

Continuing with the berry theme, after seeing the lovely Anna wearing MAC's 'Beet' Lip Pencil in one of her latest videos, I knew immediately that I had to have it. It's a sort of deep red but with a hint of raspberry that makes it very unique and sets it apart from anything else I have spotted on the shelves. Then, on the flip side of the lip spectrum, I also made my first Bobbi Brown lipstick purchase - their Creamy Matte Lip Colour in 'Tawny Pink'. Again, I saw Ingrid - another of my favourite YouTubers wearing this and it really stood out to me, especially as it is such a neutral/office friendly shade and contains that dusky/mauve-y hint that I am so fond of.

Then finally, I took a quick trip to Boots and whilst I was mooching around, remembered that Max Factor had a new range of cream eyeshadows out. The 'Excess Shimmer' Eyeshadows may sound scary, but that's exactly what they are - shimmer, not glitter thus not too OTT. I couldn't resist this beautiful deep bronze (aptly though not so inventively named 'Bronze') from the line as I am a sucker for any burnished brown shades.

I haven't had a chance to try out any of my new purchases yet but will be sure let you know how they perform when I do. Is there anything on your list of things to try at the moment that I should be adding to my wishlist?

Sarah x

Bang & Olufsen H6 Headphones Review

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

I'd had my eye on these beauties for a while before I finally took the plunge and picked them up last month. I had wanted to invest in a really good pair of headphones prior to my first flight as I had heard from a few people that it was a good idea if you were feeling a little apprehensive, in order to help cancel out the noise.

When I tried these on during a trip to John Lewis I fell instantly in love. I had already seen the lovely Estee feature them in one of her videos, and so the allure of the gorgeous silver aluminium and tanned leather design had been enough to encourage me to look into the specs a bit further.

Apart from the incredible sound quality - the clarity at which you can listen to tracks is just astounding (comprised of a clear midrange and a precise balance between the provision of bass and treble - not that this means that much to me!) - the thing that really stood out to me was how comfortable and luxurious the H6 headphones felt to wear.

The memory foam inside the earphones moulds seamlessly and ensures the avoidance of too much pressure on your ears causing to you feel pain or discomfort (something I have experienced with pretty much all the other headphones I have owned after wearing them for any extended length of time). In addition this means that minimal sound is able to escape - hence why they came in so useful whilst flying!

Something else I really love is how the headphones fold flat when you want to wear them around your neck - you really can't fault Bang & Olufsen when it comes to the design. They also come with remote, mic and daisy chain function allowing you to share and listen along with your friends if you so choose. This isn't something that I have made use of as yet, but I can definitely see why it would be a handy feature to have.

For the £329.95 that you pay, the H6's certainly aren't something that you should pick up on a whim. Ultimately though, if you're like me and you can't go anywhere without some tunes in toe, then they will pay for themselves in no time and are well worth the extra pennies. A beautiful piece of quality design - timeless and no doubt the perfect Christmas gift for any music fanatics out there.

October Favourites

Monday, 3 November 2014

October was a bit of a 'blah' month for me. It started off with a bout of the holiday blues after my trip to Munich and ended with a couple of super stressful weeks in work and so I've been feeling a little lackluster and in need of a pick me up.

It is for this reason that a lot of my 'favourites' this month revolve around being able to relax, get cosy and take a few minutes out to unwind. 

The main thing that has been helping me do this has been my tea and book routine before bed, and my go to flavour recently has been the Twinings Comforting Liquorice. I've been trying to steer away from the chais, the ginger breads and the hazelnuts until it gets nearer to Christmas, but now that November has arrived I might have to cave.

I've also been enjoying cooking a lot more this month and have been loving this book from Izy Hossack that I picked up after seeing the lovely Luce from Bonjour Luce mention it in one of her posts. Top with Cinnamon includes some amazing recipes - Cinnamon, pecan and oatmeal cookies and Pear frangipane and caramel tartlets to name a few, and after making a vow to eat out less this month, this has proven to be quite an effective distraction.

Whilst doing all this tea drinking and attempting to become a goddess in the kitchen, I have been donning my favourite purchase of the month - these super cosy Totes Toasties, space dye woolen socks. So soft, so warm. There is nothing more to say other than everyone needs a pair.

And finally, on the make up front - I've actually managed to curb my penchant for high end treats and have found some bits and bobs in Boots that I was sucked in by during their 3 for 2 event. I picked up Barry M's 'Vintage Violet' nail polish after seeing Lily Pebbles feature it on her blog and have had very little else on my nails ever since. Then I finally also got around to trying the new Maybelline Colour Drama lip pencils that everyone and their dog has been going on about comparing them to the Nars Velvet Matte ones.  I picked up the shade 'Keep it Classy' - a lovely dusky rose/pink and without giving too much away, I think I actually prefer these and will more than likely stick up my own little comparison post in the next week or so.

And to finish things off - the Rimmel Pan HD eyeshadow palette in 'Brixton Brown'. After seeing a number of other bloggers rave about this I thought I would give it a go, not least because of it's handy size making it the perfect companion for when you're on the go or staying away somewhere. The quality of the shadows is lovely and smooth - fantastic for the £7 that you pay, and the colour pay off is great. I find that these warmer brownish-reddy shades really suit me and help to enhance my dark eyes, plus they're absolutely gorgeous for this time of year. A must have if it's a nice selection of shadows on a budget that you're after.

What have you been enjoying most this month?