Sunday, 27 September 2015


I have no idea what to call these nails so I decided to take a leaf out of Rihanna's book and call them MDMBBFM, or Modern Day Monochrome Bad Bish French Manicure if you will.
 I do actually think they are the kind of nails Rihanna would wear, as they are a kind of rebellion on a manicure classic.

I have been really into the geometric, and monochrome style for nails at the moment, so expect to see some similar designs in the future. I am also loving the use of negative space, and think it looks really chic on a manicure, and it means your saving on buying a natural nail polish!

This was such a simple manicure but it has a really cool effect. I just painted the tips of my nails white, outlined the negative space in black and applied a top coat. As simple as that. I think this would look really cool on talon almond shaoe nails like Rihanna wears, to make the manicure look really sleek

Unfortunately my chubby little hands do the look no favours, but with long slender fingers and an abundance of midi rings and chunky jewelry, maybe even some henna, I think this would look amazing.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Koala Nails

I told you it wouldn't be long till I offended again, and with the embedded feeling that Mondays are for hashtagging manicures I simply couldn't spend my day off doing nothing, and so, these little Koala nails were born!

I was inspired to do these because of a small day trip I went on recently to a place called Lone Pine, which is a Koala sanctuary just outside of Brisbane. The place is full of kangeroos jumping around you, and there are other animals around too so it is like a small zoo.

However, Lone Pine holds the promise of being able to cuddle up and have your picture taken with a Koala which was an opportunity not to be missed!

For these nails, I used a neon yellow base which is particularly horrible on its own. It is by a brand simply called paint and is really cheap in the drug stores, only about $3 if that!
Next I used my grey L'Oreal polish for the little faces, and used my new nail art pens for detailing and the background palms.

My particular favourite nail is my thumb, I think his face came out the cutest!

Apologies for the crap quality of pictures, I will have to think of a way around this!
See you soon!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Flamingo Nails: I Am Back!

Before I get started on this post, I would like to apologise to all my followers who are just here for the nail art, as it has been non existent. If I'm honest, since travelling I hadn't really missed doing it until the other day, something snapped, and I had a huge urge to do some. I ran out and bought a pack of nail art pens and haven't regretted it once!

Before I go into the actual nails, I'd like to talk about the nail pens I bought, as they were just $15 cheapys from Big W. These are actually really fantastic little pens by a brand called "Studio You", and come double ended meaning the pen is longer so you have more grip which makes things easier. You can also separate them so if you prefer shorter pens that's still an option.
 Not only this, but there was a little booklet inside for nail art ideas, as well as tiny pins to stop the nail nib getting blocked! You need bloody brilliant eye sight to get them in the tiny nibs but it is well worth the effort so your pens don't dry up and block. For such cheap pens they are really good quality and the little added well thought out features make them even better!

So the nails! As I am currently in Australia, I was feeling some inspiration from Aussie company I Scream Nails, and decided to do some flamingo nails which is one of their popular designs. As I said in my last post, I am limited on nail polish colours, so I used my Illamasqua polish in 'Muse' as my base which was maybe a little too dark on retrospect.

However, I used my trusty pink O.P.I polish, and used my new nail pens to create these.

After 6 months I am a little rusty as you can probably tell from some wobbly lines, but I can honestly say I haven't felt better for doing them. As cringe as it sounds, nail art is a part of me now, and seeing these little flamingos on my nails make me feel like I am looking at my own hands again after such a long time!

I also find nail art really therapeutic and an excuse for some me time which is hard to find when travelling around and being constantly around people.

I guess what I'm saying is expect to see a lot more nail art from me from now on! It may not be as frequent as I used to be, but consider this 6 month break, officially over!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Ruffian nails

As you may have seen, I haven't been able to do any nail art for so long :( as I've been travelling around, nail varnishes haven't been top priority when it comes to packing, so unfortunately nail art hadn't been an option. As I've settled down in Australia now I have been able to purchase a few nail varnishes, which has opened some windows for Nail art opportunity!

I had this pink O.P.I throughout my whole trip, as I felt the "meet me on the Cocacobana" was appropriate for the Rio leg of my journey. I also purchased this L'Oreal polish the other day, called "Parisian Rooftops" which ties in nicely with the location names!

Having two colours hasn't exactly blown my mind for nailart Inspiration, however it has opened a few more doors. I did this two toned ruffian design a few weeks ago, which leaves a peek a boo colour around the edge of the nail. The design can add the illusion of length to the nail, and it's fun to experiment with different colour options.

Hopefully this will be the end to my nail art drought soon!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Korres Body Care

A while ago I did a post on the Christmas Korres kits I got, and reviwed the rose range products. Today I am going to tell you about the body care products.

Fisrtly, we have the tinted lip balm. This is a really nice colour and has quite a good pigment considering it is only a balm. I love red on my lips so I was fortunate that this was the colour in the set.

I love the Korres packaging as every aspect has been thought about, even continuing the writing on the tube of the balm.

Next we have the hand cream. This contains Almond Oil and Shea butter, two of my favourite ingredients. This hand cream is a match hade in heaven with the Jessica Phenomenon nail Oil as that is an almond oil. It is lovely and thick but also absorbs into the hands quickly so you don't have to worry aout stickiness. It smells lovely and it one of the best hand creams I have used.

Finally we have the Guava body butter. Korres offer two body lotions, the body milk and the body butter. The body milks are slightly thinner so easier to spread, and the body butters are thicker so provide better hydration. I am ABSOLUETLY obsessed with this smell! Guava is just the tastiest smell ever. Along with Bergamot Pear, Guava is one of my favourites, although when it comes to Korres, every single smell is delightful and still remains my favourite body care range.

The set also contained one of the miniature rose face moisturiser which have been heavenly for my travels as they're mini sized and lovely, and contain SPF 6 which is good as an everyday moisturiser for the warmer weather I've been experiencing.

If you haven't tried Korres products I 100% recommend you do as they are cheaply process, all natural and just bloody lovely!!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Illamasqua nail colour in Muse

Hey errrrybudy! Just a quick post today! The other day I popped into my
Local department store which is the Myer Centre in Brisbane central, and saw they had an illamasqua counter which got me very excited as I love their cool products and quirky arty marketing. I swiftly made my way over to the nail varnish section (as I do) and fell instantly in love with a colour called Muse, a very flat teal colour that would look great on every skin tone. As illamasqua varnishes are quite pricey (about $26) I put it back down and told myself I didn't need it.

The other day I finished my shift at work and came home to see my lovely boyfriend had bought it for me, despite saying we need to be saving up our pennies, so he won instant boyfriend points and now I'm super happy :)

It's so pretty and goes with everything, however the chip resistance isn't fantastic, so it's a no housework or anything kind of polish.

Have a great day :)

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Why I think Taylor Swift is a Terrible Role Model

This is possibly the weirdest thing I'm ever going to write.

 1.because I have never written anything like this before.
 2. because I would never usually get as involved into celebritity gossip as this.
3. I don't know whether my beauty blog is the place to say it, 
and 4 . I don't know why I felt so strongly about this that I had to write it?!

Anyway, I was listening to Taylor Swifts new album 1989 the other day, and actually realised that she sends out some terrible messages in her songs.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Taylor swift and am guilty of being a big fan of her music, but her latest popularity in the spot light has raised some questions as to if she really is the lovely funny dork she is portrayed as in the media.

Firstly, I have a massive problem with the video "bad blood" and this is where my issue started. Let's get this straight, everyone knows that the video and song is aimed at fellow pop princess and now ex friend Katy Perry, which upsets me as I bloody love Katy Perry too.

 I loved the song "bad blood"and thought it was about a man (probably Harry Styles) when I initially heard it. I would have had it as my song of the week, until I saw the video and realised who it was aimed at. At first I loved the pure stardom of it, and was fan girling my way through the whole thing. Then I watched it again and realised actually how horrible it is.

Taylor swift gets a gang of possibly the most influential women in the public eye, and essentially threatens to start an army against the enemy assumed to be Katy Perry played by Selena Gomez. Taylor Swift is basically saying to Perry in this video "all of these women hate you and are on my side" and if I was Katy Perry, id be bloody gutted that some of the biggest names in the world didn't like me.

I also think this sends a terrible message to some of Swifts younger audiences. She's basically saying it is ok to build a huge girl army and single someone out, but doing it so indirectly that you still keep your innocent image. I'm sure Katy Perry couldn't give a toss, but I honestly think this could be seen as some kind of bullying?! If we took it down to playground levels, and a girl was getting girls on her side to hate one girl, this would definitely be considered a problem.

My next problem with the Perry/Swift debacle is the reason for the said bad blood. It is assumed to have been about backing dancers, however it is common knowledge that they both dated Hollywood man whore john Meyer. This is the classic case of the man getting away with it, as Swift has not made a song aimed at him, despite making a song about any other celebrity she has had a fued with.

My next problem is with a different song on the album called "how you get the girl" an unreleased track. Here are the lyrics that don't sit right with me:

"Remind her how it used to be,

With pictures in frames, of kisses on cheeks,
Tell her how you must've lost your mind
When you left her all alone
And never told her why
And that's how it works
That's how you lost the girl
And now you say

I want you for worse or for better
I would wait for ever and ever
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait for ever and ever

And that's how it works, that's how you get the girl"

Swift paints the picture of a relationship where the boy left a poor girl heartbroken and all her cute selfies of them over her room make her want to cry every time she sees them. She then goes on to say that if he shows up and says sorry, he'll get her back, easy "that's how it works, that's how you get the girl"

As nice as this is, I think forgiving someone who I quote "breaks your heart" should not be forgiven so easily, especially when you are ready to publically humiliate a women for "stealing your back up dancers".
 Swift is renowned for having the most awesome A list celebrity friendship group, so you'd think she would promote a "girl power" kind of attitude, and forgive and forget the little things, especially when we are in an age where feminism is on the rise, and girls should stick together

She has recently been involved in a few Twitter fueds too, and if you look back at the tweets, she is usually the one to start trouble. I'm not saying anyone should sit back and take crap from someone, but her need to get so defensive so quickly has often landed her in hot water.

The irony of Swifts argument against Nicki Minaj, is that she thought Nicki was saying something mean about her video which she is up for a VMA award for, and accused Minaj of "pitting women against each other" when she's defending a video WHERE SHE IS PITTING A WOMAN!!!
Thankfully Katy Perry didn't sit back, and retaliated with this

As much as I love the song and video, I hate what the video represents and think it would be a real shame for it to win an award. I'm also shocked that no one else has seen the seriousness behind the video, and are letting it be awarded for its coolness and cosmetic appearance when its obvious bitchiness and sending out the wrong message to her huge young and impressionable fan base.

The VMAs are on the 30th August, and with all Involved are intending plus Miley Cyrus hosting, it is bound to be an interesting show!

Like I said, I don't really know why I wrote this. I've had a lot of spare time and have probably spent too much time on social media and hopefully I won't get hounded by a load of Swifts fans now, but I felt the need to write it down somewhere. Let me know your thoughts!