Friday, 13 June 2014

beauty | eyeko skinny liquid liner 'navy'

Last week in Glamour, I received this free liquid liner from Eyeko. I've heard so many good things about the brand so was expecting a pretty good product. I'm a huge fan of liquid liner and wear it religiously every day. However, I must admit that I've been left pretty disappointed in this eyeliner.

I decided to get the shade 'navy' after a recent blog post written by Essie Button (Estee) caught my eye. She had started using her navy eyeliner from Stila and it got me in the mood for some navy liner myself!

The Eyeko liner comes in a thin silver felt tip, which I always find the easiest to apply. I think the packaging is really slick and definitely caught my eye. The nib of the pen itself is long and comes to a thin point which I thought would be perfect to nail cateye flicks and to create a really solid line.

When testing it on my hand, the colour pay off was so-so. I liked that you could tell straight away that the pen was navy, but I was a little worried that it wasn't as pigmented and wet as it should be. The first few swipes were really pale and it took quite a few attempts to make a solid and noticeable line.

When applying to my eyelid, I had to go over the same space several times to create anything even close to a line, and as you can see from the pictures below it made the final effect look undefined and almost like i had just used a pencil rather than liquid. I was shocked at how dry the pen was - especially as I had only used it previously on the back of my hand - and can't see it having a very long payoff. 

But the colour really is lovely, and is very noticeable in real life. It's something a little different and mixes up basic eyeliner. I'm hoping that if I leave the liner alone for a while it will re-wet (?!?) itself and become a little more easy to manage. 

This pen costs £12  when buying from the Eyeko website and I think that's crazy if the pen is in fact as dry as it seemed for me. I'd rather just stick to my trusty £6 drugstore eyeliner, which works amazingly well is and crazy pigmented.

If I'd bought this with my own money I would be so disappointed so I'm really glad I just got it free with a magazine.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Is mine just from a bad batch?

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

style | sister's birthday

jumpsuit - New Look
kimono - Primark
shoes - Miss Selfridge 
sunglasses - Topshop
watch - Michael Kors 'bradshaw' (post)
nails - L'oreal Colour Riche 'pistachio drage' (review)

So today is my older sister's birthday and we are heading out for not one, but TWO meals today. Food baby expected by 9pm.

I've decided to finally wear this black jumpsuit that I ordered from New Look months ago but never got round to wearing. I actually find it pretty difficult to sit down in as the back drags down and shows my bra strap - I definitely don't find it as easy to wear as playsuits. I also find it clings a bit weird around my hips but my hips have always been a little on the big side! It's also a little bit short in the leg but I think I can JUST pull it off. Damn these long legs of mine!

Worn with my kimono and these flats I think it's a pretty good outfit to wear with the weather we're having - sunny but the constant chance of rain! 

Friday, 6 June 2014

style | Michael Kors 'Bradshaw'

It was recently my 21st birthday and I received this watch off my parents as a gift. I've never had a 'proper' watch before (maybe a Swatch watch or two when I was younger) and have gotten so used to using my phone as a clock that I never really felt the need for one.

But a couple of months ago my parents told me that they wanted to get me something for my 21st that would always remind me of my special birthday and I decided that a watch would be the way to go. After much searching I finally decided upon the 'Bradshaw' watch by Michael Kors in gold.

It's such a beautiful and eye-catching watch and I cannot get over how pretty it is. It's also on the heavy side which I think shows the quality of the watch itself. Something else I found pretty impressive is that you could actually go deep sea diving in this watch and it wouldn't break - but take my word for it as I can assure you I won't be testing that theory out!!

Overall I am so in love with this watch and I've definitely loved being able to tell the time when I haven't got my phone to hand!

Do you like the Michael Kors watches? Do you have one yourself?

My parents bought this particular watch from Leslie Davis, but the MK watches can also be bought directly from the Michael Kors website.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

beauty | Barry M nail polish 'damson'

I seem to be addicted to buying nail polishes! My name is Laura and I have a nail polish addiction - please slap my beautifully manicured hand. 

Today's polish is the seriously beautiful Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in 'Damson'. How beautiful?! I'm pretty sure it's from the newer collection as I haven't seen this shade anywhere on the internet!

In the bottle the colour itself looks like a creamy, cornflower blue but on the nails i find it to be much more electric and more on the neon side rather than a creamy shade. This slightly disappointed me as I really thought it would sit right in the middle of pastel and neon (if you understand where I'm going). However as soon as it was on my nails I completely fell in love and wore it religiously over my birthday weekend. It's just such an eye-catching shade and has become a firm summer favourite.

It's opaque in just two coats and has the glossiest finish - I have two other Gelly polishes and never really noticed the shine they give off but with 'Damson' it's so noticeable! 

What do you think? Would you wear this?

The Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine collection can be bought from Boots for £3.99 here.