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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.

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?


When I first got into nail art and painting my nails as a means to quit biting my nails, I used to change my nail varnish on a daily basis, if not more than that. I must say that making my nails pretty really did help to stop attacking them and now, although I do occasionally fall back into it, I am nowhere near to where I was a few years ago, and I’m pretty proud of myself.

I think nail biting is something you just stop when you fancy it, you can’t be told to or really make yourself, at least those are two things that never really worked for me.

After cutting my nails really short, it took forever for them to grow, so aside from the tie-dye (perfect for festivals) design I was obsessed with this time last week, it’s taken a little while for me to get into nail art again. I picked this design after seeing a similar two-tone design on someone’s Twitter at the beginning of the week with a minty green and pastel pink – and I just will always love leopard nails – I think it’s really pretty and goes well with this beautiful summery weather we’ve had for the last few days.

Base: Nail Envy – O.P.I (amazing base coat, particularly good if you’re giving your nails a break and need to strengthen them)
Colours: Sweet as Candy – Rimmel / Utopia – Models Own
Design: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen (it’s like an actual pen, couldn’t recommend it enough)
Top Coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (hides a multitude of sins)

I must say that using better base and top coats makes all the difference to how my manicures look and feel, and I’ve been finding myself a lot more willing to keep the same designs for more than a day. Seche Vite, where have you been all my life?!


I guess with Easter approaching it seems only fitting to feature a bit of nail art that mimics Easter eggs, not quite as fun as my efforts last year but still a neat effect and I’ve definitely found a couple of polishes that will see me well into summer.

Seche Vite Top Coat and Matte Nail Envy Nail Strengthener by OPI are two products I definitely couldn’t do my nails without since discovering them, two fantastic finds that I owe to browsing beauty blogs.

I first saw these on Hello Terri Lowe and knew I had to have them right away, the packaging was so different from any other polish I’ve ever had and they were just so cute. I do like glitter polishes but I’m always put off because I feel like they’re hassle to take off, these ones aren’t really any different but each layer adds a lovely mixed glitter layer like a sparkly speckled bird’s egg, and at just £3.50 they’re an affordable dupe of Illamasqua Speckle Polishes.

I picked them up in ‘Mintchoco’ and ‘Strawberry Stars Candy’ (because I figured they were most ice creamy and springy) from this seller on eBay as recommended in Terri’s post. I think I disagree with her in that it ‘doesn’t dry hard’ as I found it was pretty solid. With ‘Strawberry Stars Candy’ I found a few coats did do the trick but being a bit of a nitpicker, I ended up doing around 6 or 7 coats just to get the combination that I wanted. I’m yet to try ‘Mintchoco’ but I must say that it looks like it provides a thicker coverage, either way I think they’re a great find and the perfect polishes to perk up my collection which is in need of a good spring clean – if spring ever gets here.

*scuse the poor lighting, I ran out of daylight, I hope you get the idea that this polish is kind of a light milky pink, the photos don’t show the tiny flecks of holo glitter that well though, but that’s there too!