Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Pearl Divine Quartz Pendant

This necklace was provided for review by the lovely Gemma (a fellow blogger!) who sells handmade necklaces via her etsy store, Pearl Divine. It's simplistic design features a clear quartz stick with a 24 inch silver plated chain. 

At £8, it is fairly bargainous and costs a similar amount to something you might find on the highstreet, but is so much more unique, having been hand-made rather than mass produced. No two necklaces from Pearl Divine will be the same, with each stone varying slightly in shape and size.

The design of this necklace is quite simplisitic, with the crystal being the main feature and as such it is very wearable. It can be worn with the majority of outfits but I have found it to look particulary striking against darker outfits and have taken to wearing it with my favourite black skater dress.

I adore semi-precious stones and have a whole windowsill of them but, as a lover of more delicate jewellery, I have often necklaces featuring them to be far too chunky for my liking. However, this is a necklace which I feel very comfortable wearing and is perfect for crystal lovers who aren't keen on larger statement jewellery.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of this pendant is the cut of the quartz. Personally, I'm not a fan of perfectly cut and polished stones, preferring them to be left with their imperfections so that they still resemble the little pieces of nature that they are. This also gives the necklace a much more bohemian, indie feel.

With the approach of Christmas, this necklace (and the other pieces from Pearl Divine) would make the perfect stocking filler. Pearl Divine has a range of lovely necklaces made with semi-precious stones/crystals, such as this gorgeous rainbow quartz pendant which I am now lusting after!

What's your favourite necklace from the Pearl Divine website?

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Me Now Generation 2 Matte Lipgloss

As a lipstick fiend ever on the hunt for an alternative to Bourjouis Rouge Edition Velvet, when the lovely people from BornPrettyStore contacted me with the opportunity to try some of their products, I of course chose the Me Now Generation 2 Lipgloss (although it is matte so the name 'lipgloss' is really rather misleading).

Me Now Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss
This product is shipped from abroad and therefore takes rather a long time to arrive (around 4 weeks) so is certainly not for those that would need it in a hurry. However, at only £ 2.01 each they are perfect for the budget concious or those that, like me, would like a matte liquid lipstick which is cheap enough to justify buying nearly every single shade!

After much deliberating, the shades I picked to test were numbers 26 and 28. 28 is the perfect classic red which would be perfect for any skin-tone and has quickly become my favourite lip colour. On the other side of the spectrum, shade 26 is a much more natural shade, being a nude/dusky pink. Although not the sort of colour that I typically wear, I love this for an every-day lip which isn't too bold.

Me Now Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss
In terms of the formula, this liquid lipstick is beautifully pigmented with good consistency which makes it very easy to apply with the doe foot applicator. Unfortunately it's lasting power isn't the best, wearing away in the centre of the lips and crumbling slightly. However, this crumbling issue is by no means as bad as the MUA Luxe Lip Lacquer and it does not have the drying aspect of the MUA version. I have found that with a little bit of practice, one can apply this product so as to minimise the crumbling by applying only a thin layer, especially in the centre of the lips where crumbling mostly occurs. Either way, the richness of the colour removes the need for a thick layer.

If you are interested in these lip lacquers or any of their other products, BornPrettyStore have kindly made a discount code so my readers can get 10% off their purchases - WRH10

Have you tried the Me Now Generation 2 Lipglosses? What are your favourite matte lip products?

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Mosaic Nail Art

Mosaic Nail Art

This nail look is one inspired by mosaics and is much easier to recreate than one would think, being one of my the few nail art looks where I've managed to get both hands near looking enough identical! However this certainly isn't a design to attempt when in a rush, requiring a fair bit of time and patience. By using different nail paints, for example glittery polishes or different shades of the same colour, a variety of different nail looks can be created with this technique.

  • Begin with the lightest colour nail polish as the base coat. Using a base colour ensures there are no gaps in the design. I chose to use Minty Maggie from the Fearne Perfectly Polished collection as it is one of my more opaque nail polishes. This meant I was able to use only one coat which is preferable as you will be layering other polishes on top.
  • Take the next lightest polish and make a few splodges on each nail. There is no technique for this as, being a mosaic inspired look, it is better for the patches of colour to look uneven.
  • Continue splodging different coloured polishes on your nails, leaving the darker colours until last to ensure that when the colours overlap, they do not show through. The shades I used are Barry M Gelly Green Berry, Barry M Gelly Berry, Fearne Rudi Red, and Fearne Attention Seeker.
  • Using a black nail art pen (I used the Barry M Felt Tip one which I find is the easiest to use), outline the shapes you have created. I also chose to draw a border around my nails but this nail art would look good with or without it.
  • Finish with a clear topcoat to seal the design and prevent chipping but be wary that some topcoats may smear the design. I like to use the Barry M 3 in 1 Basecoat, Topcoat, and Nail Hardener.
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