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Bright Eyes.

I am not a fan of change, so when I saw that Urban Decay had changed the packaging for their Eyeshadow Potion, I was a little sceptical. I first tried Eyeshadow Potion as a late-teenager, and I owe my more than serious eyeshadow game to it.

I had this old tube for so long that I’m not even sure how long I’ve actually had it. I know it’s probably not good to keep things like make-up for a long time but I’d feel wasteful and there never seemed to be anything wrong with the consistency or anything so I can only assume that it stayed fine for all that time.

Initially, I did think that the wand would be too clunky and be less flexible than just putting a little on my finger and applying it but this is actually much easier.

I’d definitely really recommend the Eyeshadow Potion, even with the new packaging, sometimes I just use it as a highlighter (even if I’m not actually meant to) and when I wear eyeshadow, it lasts the whole day with no problem.

Unfortunately it does look as though the new packaging means they’ve skimped out on the extra 1ml that the old one had and I don’t know whether it will last as long, but to be honest, even if it lasts half as long as its predecessor, I should really be more than happy.

So, I’m completely out of the loop, so this is something that might have changed a while ago and already been talked about, this is just my two cents and in fact, Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Potion is just a product I’d recommend to anyone. I’ve never bothered to go out my way to find a dupe but if you did happen to know of any, I’d definitely be interested to try.

I picked mine up from Debenhams, but I’m fairly certain it’s a really bog-standard Urban Decay product so I think anywhere that stocks Urban Decay should have it.

Have you used Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Potion? I’d really love to hear what you think, maybe I’m wrong in thinking it’s such an important product.

Little Hulas.

I’ve been biting my nails a lot more than usual recently and it’s due to this that it’s taken me so long to get round to this little review. That and the move, I may have mentioned it?

Little Hulas Mini Nail Lacquers from the Hawaii Collection by O.P.I*
After being sent these so generously, I figured that the least I could do was give them a fair review on fingernails of a decent length, which sounds silly but it’s honestly taken me so long to not bite them – not quite as bad as I was but bad enough. I feel like it’s something I’m probably always going to have to try and keep at bay, I can’t describe it but it’s just constantly so tempting.

So, despite the fact that summer doesn’t seem to know what the hell it’s doing right now, this collection is perfect for summer, as well as, in my opinion, featuring colours that will take you right through to Christmas time if you like.

They’re the perfect size to be taken away in hand luggage or popping in your bag but have a decent-sized brush so they’re not fiddley or difficult to use, like other similar type of nail varnish minis.

Suzi Shops and Island Hops (Pink) – This one took the most amount of coats but it such a cute colour that will work really well for springtime, if it last that long.

That’s Hula-rious (Mint Green) – How can I say ‘no’ to a mint-green? I don’t think I need to say more.

Lost My Bikini in Molokini (Purple) – Probably my least favourite of the four, but purely because I don’t particularly like darker nail varnishes. It’s much more jewel-toned that the others and I think it could work for autumn/winter just as well as summertime.

Aloha from OPI (Coral) – Easily my favourite, it went on well after just one coat and is so bright. It’s slightly more orangey than it appears in the bottle but it’s difficult to go wrong with such a nice coral.

Just because they’re O.P.I, each polish is a good consistency, I think it might be due to the top-coat I used that they didn’t quite have the staying power that I would like, only between 2-3 days but then I usually like to change my nail polish as regularly as that anyway so it’s not really an issue for me.

If you’re able to find this little collection or indeed any of these in full size, I definitely say Aloha from OPI is my go-to for summertime and I’m sure you’ll see me wearing it when I go off on my summer holiday to Corfu in a few weeks.

I would have quite liked to see five different polishes for summer because, hey, I’ve got five fingers and I guess I just see it as unnecessarily stingey. I don’t think it would have been that much of a task to choose one more colour to fit into this collection. But hey, they’re the quality that you’d expect so I can’t razz on them too much.

What’s your go-to summer nail polish?

* I was gifted this nail varnish set from Just My Look but all opinions are my own.

What I Wore :: PYO

As if it’s been nearly a year since I last shared an outfit… I don’t have any excuses, maybe it’s a self-conscious thing – I’ve become a bit chunkier than I’m comfortable with over the last year, or I’ve just been busy taking photographs of other things. Either way, I was pretty pleased with what I put together last Saturday and when given the chance to pose amongst the (delicious) strawberries, it just felt right, you know?

I even have bare legs, which is almost unheard of for me, particularly given that it was a mostly overcast day, what can I say, I’m just hella pleased with dat Portugal tan.

Top:: H&M
Skirt:: Vintage
Necklace:: H&M
Brooch:: Vintage
Belt:: ASOS
Sandals:: Office

This might be one of favourite most recent outfits and I feel like it’s definitely going to be making an appearance a few more times before summer is out.

These sandals are my new favourites along with a pair of fake Birkenstocks I picked up at the same time. It’s such a treat to get a pair of shoes that don’t need any wearing in.

I know I’ve gushed about Cobbs a few times on here now but I just really like it, as a shop, as a restaurant, as a pick your own. Those were the best strawberries I’ve had in a while. I’m kind of sad that our homegrown strawberries are just as delicious but oh so tiny but we do have a much better crop than last year so I can at least be happy about that.

Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Primer

I’ve had this sitting in my drafts for quite a while now. I feel like I’m actually enjoying blogging again and want to make a bit more of an effort to upload slightly more varied things like I used to.

God knows it’s been a long time since I talked anything beauty, but truth is, I haven’t had the time to faff with this kind of thing. I’m pretty out of touch, I haven’t really read any magazines in ages and I don’t really read that many beauty blogs anymore either. I don’t even really paint my nails that much any more, which has not helped with not biting them. These are all things I’d like to at least change a bit, so here we are.

I picked up this Maybelline Baby Skin Primer as a replacement for my wonderful Collection 2000 Primed & Ready. What can I say? Wokingham Superdrug was out of stock of my usual and this one was on offer, not very brand-loyal. When I initially made plans to write this, it wasn’t going to be kind, but we’re around a month down the line and I don’t hate it. I don’t recommend it, but I don’t want to completely slate it either.

I had initially found this to be a little greasy, it didn’t do all that much priming and my foundation felt slippery. That said, using it now, it’s fine, it just works much better if you only use a tiny amount.

For an extra £2 more than Collection 2000’s Primed & Ready, I wouldn’t say it particularly offers anything different. They are both adequate if you’re not willing to fork out for Benefit’s Porefessional, from my point of view anyway, and the Baby Skin Primer has lasted well. I don’t think I would buy it again, not at full price anyway. It does a good job of blurring pores but I think my BB cream does quite a bit of work to help it out with this too.

From a packaging point of view, I think I was definitely swayed by the pretty colour combination, but when it comes down to copywriting it’s not that cool. The fact they’ve had to put a disclaimer about being ‘only for adults’ is pretty stupid, why’d you call it ‘Baby Skin’ then?

I dunno, maybe this is a little negative. For a drugstore product, it’s fine, it can be greasy but it can also do its job, just not much better than another primer that costs less. I suppose it depends on whether you’re more about brands or saving pennies, I would say when it comes drugstore brands there’s not all that much difference that can be made.

Have you given Maybelline’s Baby Skin Primer a go? What did you think?

What I Wore: To Harry’s.

Kimono: Primark
Dress: New Look
Necklace: Oh Someday
Belt: with another dress
Sandals: New Look
I’m definitely well and truly 24 now, bit weird. So, above is what I wore out to our fancy meal out at Harry’s Bar & Kitchen in Donnington. We went there last year for our anniversary and it was really good then too. We actually had plans to go to a different restaurant that evening but were a little later than we’d hoped to make our reservation.

Harry’s didn’t disappoint but I guess it makes me realise how many nice places there are to eat around us given that we’ve only visited there twice now but enjoyed it so much.

I know I say it pretty much every time I showcase this dress on here but it really is one of my favourites and I really like everything about it. I’ve never thought about putting this kimono with it but it did make it feel a little more appropriate for the occasion.

I think I may have finally worn these sandals in, no blisters in the last two wears! It’s just such a pity that summer is almost over because I would have worn them way more, you never know though, there’s always a chance of an Indian summer.

Currently amazed by technology and posting this at the airport on my tablet while waiting for our much-delayed flight to Northern Ireland (thanks, Easyjet). So I’m off for the next six days, likely Internet-free and exploring County Antrim once more, hopefully there will be lots to show when I return – there’s a promise of fishing!