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?

5 of my Top Summer Perfumes for You!

top 5 summer perfumes

As it gets to Summer I tend to start changing the perfumes I wear on a daily basis, so today I thought I'd share with you all 5 of my top Summer perfumes for you. They range from light floral to a more fruity scent so hopefully there's something here for you.

First up is the Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Tonic Fragrance (£10). I'd describe this scent as being fruity and invigorating - it is definitely one for opening up and awakening your senses. I found the scent lasts 4-5 hours before needing topping up, so less than your average perfume, but with a large 100ml of perfume in the bottle this is going to be one to last you a while even with regular spraying. I loved using this one like a body spray last summer.

 The second fragrance I've got for you is the Katy Perry Killer Queen's Royal Revolution EDP (£19.99). With top notes of pink freesia and red pomegranate, heart notes of sandalwood, orange flower and jasmine petals and base notes of musk and soft vanilla orchid this is definitely a fragrance slightly different to your usual offerings. It is a very light fragrance that wears extremely well on the skin, and has been a recent favourite of mine. 

Ahh the Marc Jacobs Oh Lola! (£38.50) is a long-term favourite of mine, and probably my all-time Summer perfume favourite. The bottle photographed is actually finished unfortunately, but the smell is divine. It has a light floral scent that really seems to wake me up and then lasts all day as well, how can I complain?

The forth offering I have for you is another light floral scent with some kind of fruity element to it when first sprayed - the Ghost Eclipse EDT (£33.50). This settles into a pure light floral scent. I used to love the Ghost Cherish perfume when I was growing up so brought this on a whim a while back, and I am so glad I did. It is perfect for wearing on summer evenings out and I always feel extremely elegant when wearing this.

The Impulse Sweet Smile Pear & Jasmine body fragrance spray (£1.99) is a body spray that reminds me of summer and happiness. I haven't quite figured out why but it really does. I love using this one on a hot summers day to instant cool myself down. 

So that's my top 5 Summer perfumes for you, have you tried any of the fragrances I've mentioned? What's your favourite perfume or fragrance to wear in the Summer?

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.

The first beauty item is Vaseline's Spray and Go. I have had this one a while now but have only just started to use it and don't know how I ever went without it! It is essentially a spray-on moisturiser that sinks in quickly and is perfect for busy girls. I love how easy it is to use, but also that it doesn't leave my body feeling any less moisturised than when I use a regular body moisturiser, what more could I ask for?

A product I used to love last Summer has now began creeping its way back into my makeup routine and becoming a firm favourite again is the Bourjois Cream Blush in 02. Cream blushes definitely tend to be my favourites in the summer for the glow they provide, whilst also being long-lasting. This one leaves a gorgeous coral-pink shade on my cheeks.

Leading on from the glowy look is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter! This was another favourite from last Summer and is genuinely my favourite highlighter I've ever used to date. I again love the glow it leaves, but how subtle it is ensuring I don't end up looking like a disco ball. I always find this highlighter easily lasts the day as well, impressive for a product costing £3.

Next up is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, a foundation I can't believe I've only just realised how good it is. This paired with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge leaves the most flawless natural finish I've ever seen. I have the shade 12 beige rose which matches perfectly with my skin-tone as well. I love this foundation if you hadn't guessed.

Lastly is a beauty product I haven't really used much before, a lip liner, the L'Oreal Paris lip liner couture in the shade 258 berry blush. I picked this up with the intention of wearing it alongside one of my lipsticks but have instead been loving wearing it all over my lip on its own. It creates a soft matte finish that lasts really well - I definitely want to pick up a few more shades from the line.

That's the end of my mid-month favourites for April, what have you been loving lately?

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.

I started by mixing two colours from the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream range on my hand as I'm inbetween shades. I then used my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply my chosen base to my skin. I love the flawless complexion these two together leaves on my skin. I then went in with my Soap & Glory Blur and Brighten concealer, applying around my nose, to my chin, and below my eyes.

With my base done it was time to start on the rest of my face. Lately I have refound my love for the Sleek Brow Stylist, so used this to fill in and perfect my eyebrows. To set them in place I just used a Collection Clear Mascara (yes, I forgot to photograph this). 

Following this I applied the blusher from the Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette to my eyes. I have been loving using this blusher on my eyes as it creates an amazing light pink matte finish, perfect for the Spring. I also use the blusher for its original purpose on my cheeks. I love the way this links my eyeshadow and cheeks together in a subtle manner. To finish off my eyes I coated my lashes in the Benefit Roller Lash to create a gorgeous fluttery effect.

To finish off my face I wanted to add a bit of highlighter. I used the MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter to do this, lightly covering my forehead, middle of my nose and the tops of my cheekbones.

Finally to finish off the look I applied a coat of The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in 130, a glittery soft pink shade that I find really brightens up my lips.

And that is the finished look created. What do you tend to wear on your face in Spring? Does your makeup routine change?

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

First up is the Bourjois Luminous Serum Primer, a primer very good at smoothing out your skin alongside creating a dewy effect. I love the effect this primer has on my makeup, creating a long-lasting dewy result, but towards the end of the bottle I found my makeup wasn't really lasting using this primer. I'm not sure why it suddenly changed, but I do know it did, and because of this I'm not sure it is a primer I would purchase again.

I have also recently used up the Laura Mercier foundation primer, my favourite primer to date. I love how this primer does not feel siliconey, and more like a moisturiser. It completely smooths my skin out and ensures my makeup lasts all day. I definitely want to repurchase this and I am missing it at the moment but I am currently testing out the Smashbox water based primer.

bourjois revlon loreal foundation

Leading on from primers I have also managed to use up three foundations (or two)... success! 

The first product is the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream, yes the product I can't seem to stop myself talking about. In short it is a light feeling base that completely smooths out, covers redness and perfects the skin. If you want to read more I have written a full review. I love this product and if you read my blog regularly then you'll know I've already repurchased a new tube.

Another drugstore love of mine over the last year has been the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. This is a light covering foundation that simply does its job. It covers small imperfections letting your natural skin shine through, and lasts really well on the skin. This is definitely a foundation I would repurchase.

The last foundation is one that nearly everyone in the blogger world loves, well except me, the L'Oreal True Match foundation. I haven't actually finished this foundation, hence the or two, but it's spent enough time sitting in my drawer, me trying to love it and failing that I had to get rid of it. The foundation does provide a beautiful finish, but I found this literally lasted 5 minutes, if that :(. I would finish getting ready and it would already have started sliding off my face. Sadly I wouldn't repurchase this foundation, and it has made me slightly scared to try some of L'Oreals other offerings in this department.

best mascaras

I have also finished up four mascaras, yes four! I'll keep this section short as I mentioned all of them in my recent mascara edit.

The first mascara is the L'Oreal False Lash Telecscopic mascara, an amazing mascara for lengthening those lashes without clumping. The wand is a small combed brush perfect for catching every lash. I have also used up my La Carte Divine Lash, a mascara that's amazing for adding extra volume and not clumping at all. The only thing it doesn't add is much length. Thirdly is the Clinique High Impact Mascara - an awesome mascara for creating volume but with a softer look. The only problem I found was layering sometimes meant the mascara clumps. The last mascara I've used up is my favourite of the bunch, the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - a mascara that seems to do everything and anything. It adds volume, lengthens lashes and keeps them clump-free!

I would repurchase all of these mascaras.

soap glory rimmel makeup

I've also used up a couple of concealers in my aim to start using up some of my beauty products. The first is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. This is a concealer that easily covers up my dark circles whilst brightening them too. I find the formula relatively long-lasting as well, when paired with a primer. I'd definitely repurchase this concealer.

The Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Blur and Brighten concealer is another favourite of mine I've used up, and I have actually nearly finished another one. It's a twist-up stick formula that is really creamy and easy to use. It lasts and provides great coverage, another product I would repurchase.

The last makeup beauty product I've used up is the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder. This powder is great at keeping away shine on the face without caking the skin. I find it lasts amazingly and would definitely repurchase.

And that's the end of all the makeup products I have used up in aid of stopping myself buying unecessary items. I'd say my project spending ban is going pretty well, what do you think? I'll update you when I've used up a few more products.

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.