My top 5 Spring nails for you!

top nail polishes

So it's starting to get brighter, but not only that it's starting to get warmer, well besides today so guess what time it is; time to get out those Spring nail polishes! Today I've got you 5 of my favourite nail polishes that I keep applying now that it has hit Spring.

First up is a gorgeous lilac from Bourjois, named peace and mauve. It is a really really pale lilac, more of an off-white colour. It is part of the range so laque glossy, designed to last for up to 10 days. Whilst I'm not quite sure it lasts ten days without chipping, paired with Seche Vite top coat and my Rimmel base coat it sure lasts a good 3-4 days before chipping. 

Next is everybody's favourite from Essie - mint candy apple! A gorgeous pale green colour that is perfect for every single day in Spring and Summer. My only snipe with this one is I don't find it lasts as long as some of my cheaper nail polishes, but hey the colour is too good not to use.

Another Bourjois favorite of mine is up next, from the original so laque collection. The shade doesn't seem to be written in English but I'm sure due to its unique colour you'll spot it immediately if you want to pick it up. This Bourjois polish is a gorgeous cyan blue colour, much brighter than the first two I mentioned and extremely glossy. I love this polish.

Another bright polish for Spring, and also another favourite of mine is the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polish in papaya. I picked this shade up last Summer after it instantly catching my eye - it's a gorgeous orange coral shade that works perfectly with many of my Spring and Summer outfits. It also lasts really well on my nails without chipping (generally 5-7 days).

The final nail polish I've gone for to complete my top 5 Spring nails for you is huckleberry, another shade from the Barry M Hi-Shine Gelly collection - this time a gorgeous pale blue shade. I love this shade as it literally matches anything and everything, it's an extremely easy every day shade.

And that's all of my favourite nail polishes for Spring, what have you been wearing lately? Is there anything I need to pick up?

11 thoughts someone whose worked in retail can instantly relate to.

11 retail problems

1. It's 1 minute until closing, a customer walks in and not only are they stopping you from going home but they also have no idea what they want, instant first thought: "WHY AN EARTH ARE YOU COMING IN? I'm not serving you, I want to go home."

2. A customer starts asking you for advice on a technical problem but the products is filthy with dirt and god knows what else: "how are you even using the device in this state, please go shower!"

3. A customer comes in quoting that customer service have told them we'll fix their problem: "I highly doubt it, more like they wanted you off the phone and now you're going to have to call back up."

4. Customer: It's a beautiful day outside isn't it?! Me: I know, I have to work so please quietly shut up.

5. A customer comments on your lunch break while your shop is crazy busy full of customers. "I haven't even had a lunch break!"

6. Those customers that come in stinking of BO: "Can you really not tell that you really really need a shower? Can I push you in a fountain?"

7. You're rota'ed to work 9-530... as if, more like working an extra hour a day, valuable sleep and chill time.

8. A customer comes in to buy say a phone or a fridge but has no idea what they want and expects you to go through every single product in detail: "Really? Okay get ready to set up camp for the night."

9. ...Or a customer comes in and knows exactly what they want and want with it: "(fist punch the air) woo hoo you're amazing and made my job easy."

10. I saw this item priced ...... at a completely different shop, are you going to match it: (you have no power to change it) "ermm no why are you here if you don't like our prices."

11. Customer comes in moaning and bitching about everything and anything ending up with I'm never coming in again, I will be leaving your service: "good, I'll happily not serve you again pretending to be polite."

Have you worked in retail? Can you relate to these thoughts?

Smashbox Primer Water review.

smashbox primer water review
smashbox primer

A product I was curious about since I first heard about it - I love the idea of just being able to spray a primer on and be ready to apply the rest of my makeup. This is where the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water came in.

The Smashbox Primer Water is said to "create the sheerest canvas for makeup application," "wake up skin, leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours," "restore moisture and hydrate for hours" and "refresh throughout the day."

As to create the sheerest canvas for makeup application I definitely agree this product does this - my skin is smooth to the touch after application. It does take a while to sink in, more than I would like on a standard working morning, but I guess this is to be expected with it being a liquid primer.

The Smashbox Primer does instantly wake up my skin leaving it glowing and vibrant which is still noticeable after full makeup application, but it does not leave my makeup radiant for hours sadly.

It also noticeably restores moisture but I don't believe this lasts for hours; by the end of the day my skin becomes noticeably drier particularly around my nose area. As to refreshing my face throughout the day, I believe the Smashbox Primer Water does refresh my face with ease.

So, what do I think overall? As I'm sure you can probably tell I have very mixed opinions on this product which is why it has taken me so long to review. On one hand I love it, but then it sadly lets me down where to me a primer matters the most. I found the amazing effect the Smashbox Primer Water originally leaves does not last very long, resulting in my primer fading. After only a couple of hours on every wear I have noticed signs of my makeup fading, not making much difference compared to me not wearing a primer at all.

I do love the original finish it leaves but I'm afraid this isn't the primer for me and I'm sorry for such a negative review but believe it's best to share my true feelings rather than rave about a product I unfortunately haven't gotten along with.

I will continue to use the Smashbox Water Primer as a mist, and see how that goes. Have any of you tried the Smashbox Water Primer? What were your opinions?

Mid-month favourites April 2015.

April favourites 2015

Wow, so apparently it's already the middle of April which means it's time for another mid-month favourites. I found it hard to pick my favourites this month, not because I didn't have any but I have been continuing loving the products I mentioned last month but I have got five beauty products for you.

It's time to get your sunnies out! | Cat eye sunglasses.

cat eye sunglasses
boots cat eye sunglasses
cat eye sunglasses

Do any of you struggle with finding the perfect sunglasses to suit your face shape? If you do you are not alone.

I find many sunglasses seem to drown my apparently small face leaving me with little choice. I've wanted a pair of cat eye shaped glasses since last year but struggled to find the perfect pair, well that was until I found the above perfect pair.

A pair of cat eye styled glasses complete with the leopard print. I love how the leopard print softens the overall look of the glasses - and believe this would work amazingly for any of you who have pale skin like me.

I also really really like the detailing along the edge of the glasses. It's very subtle but adds something different to the design.

These cat eye sunglasses cost me a mere £15 from Boots, a place I wasn't expecting to find my perfect sunglasses. What's your favourite style of sunglasses?

What's on my face Spring edition? - WOMF #4

spring makeup look
spring makeup look

Now that it's starting to get warmer my makeup has slightly changed, with the highlighter coming back out and the CC cream making an appearance. I thought I'd talk you through a little of what I've been wearing lately and how I achieved the above look.

40 songs to get you ready for summer.

40 summer songs

So the weathers starting to get nice, the sun is shining, sunglasses can be worn but what else do you need? A summer playlist! Here's 40 songs I have put together to help you really get ready for summer! Let me know what you think in the comments below :).

1) Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
2) Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
3) Good time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
4) We're going to Ibiza - Vengaboys
5) Happy - Pharrell Williams
6) Hungry Eyes - Eyeopener
7) Shut Up and Drive - Rhianna
8) Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah
9) Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
10) Roar - Katy Perry

11) All Summer Long - Kid Rock
12) Mambo No.5 - Lou Bega
13) Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
14) All I Ever Wanted - Basshunter
15) Wake Me Up - Avicii
16) Have a Nice Day - Bon Jovi
17) Troublemaker - Olly Murs fea. Flo Rida
18) Live While We're Young - One Direction
19) The Pretender - Foo Fighters
20) Wild Ones - Flo Rida

21) Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys
22) Hey Ya - Outkast
23) Summer - Calvin Harris
24) Just Can't Get Enough - The Saturdays
25) I don't Feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters
26) Jumping All Over the World - Scooter
27) Fire Burning - Sean Kingston
28) It Wasn't Me - Shaggy
29) Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
30) Number One - Tinchy Stryder feat. N-Dubz

31) Drive By - Train
32) Waking up in Vegas - Katy Perry
33) I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
34) Bump 'n' Grind 2014 - Waze & Odyssey & R. Kelly
35) Sugar - Maroon 5
36) Destination Unknown - Alex Gaudino
37) Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
38) California Girls - The Beach Boys
39) Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
40) Summer Breeze - Seals & Croft

What do you listen to on a summer's day?

Project Spending Ban | Makeup.

You may have noticed until the last week or so I haven't really been posting about many hauls. You see I have so many beauty products, especially makeup, I decided it was time to use them up first, and only purchase if I have no alternative. I did go on a little haul after payday in February but in general I have used up a fair bit of products since last November. Today I'm going to share these bits with you.

 bourjois laura mericer primer

A Primark haul!

Primark 2015

The other day I had a wander round Primark, expecting to pick up nothing and find nothing, but I actually found a fair amount. I limited myself to a few items, and this post shows you the one's that made the cut.

Primark 2015

First up is just a basic mini skirt priced at a mere £3. This was a work purchase, with me hoping for the weather to get warmer. I thought this would be perfect for when it gets too hot to wear jeans. I love the style and how it fits, definitely worth the £3. They come in a range of colours as well, so if a navy one isn't your thing I'm sure they'd be one in a colour that is your thing.

I also picked up this striped dress. It reminded me of one I saw in New Look a while back but could never track down in my size. It's of the bodycon style with three quarter length sleeves. I believe it'll be a dress perfect for both day and night, especially if I were to dress it up with a bit of jewelry. This cost me £5.

Primark bikini

The last clothing item I picked up was another optimistic pick, a bikini. I always find with Primark bikini's you have to get them there and then before they disappear. I love the design of this one, and the flowing part of the top if that makes sense. I also thought the pale shades might actually make me look tanned for a change.

The bikini top cost £4 and the bottoms £3.

The final item I picked up was a simple beauty essential; cosmetic/cotton pads for £1.50. Cotton pads are cotton pads, but these ones remind me of much higher priced ones like the ones from Boots. The ends are sewn together with different textures either side.

All in all I'm very impressed with my purchases; once again Primark you've provided fashionable products at a bargain price. And also made me start to crave booking a hot summer holiday.

Have you picked up any summer bits lately? Where do you shop for your bikinis?

I braved the hairdressers.

After not going to the hairdressers for over three years in an attempt to grow my hair my hair was in need of a good cut, but I was scared. Every time I used to go to the hairdressers I would say how much hair I wanted to get cut off but they would always seem to cut off double what I said leaving one not very happy Kristy.

I had managed to successfully grow my hair but even after looking after it it was definitely in need of a good cut. I have very fine hair and lots of it so it needed to be thinned out again. I decided I would get rid of any split ends and brave a slightly shorter healthier cut. I got it shaped and layered as well; the result is the photo on the right hand-side.

I am so glad I did it but it's definitely going to take a while to get used to, and style. But what I will say is I won't be leaving it so long again! The hairdressers I went to were fantastic and I'm really happy with the result.

So, the next time you're avoiding a hair cut or a different style maybe just go for it and remember that hair can always grow back.

Does going to the hairdressers scare you in case they take too much off? Let me know in the comments below.