Monday, 22 October 2012

Nails Of The Day - MUA Nail Constellations 'Libra' review :)

So recently during my absolutely massive haul, I picked up an MUA Nails Constellations pot from Superdrug. I was so happy to see it in store, as every other time I've gone to look for one, there haven't been any. I was really unsure which one to get, but I picked up 'Libra', which is a mixed of mostly black, and a few mint green balls.

My lovely new products to try out :)

Firstly, I painted my nails mint green, using MUA Nail Varnish Shade 5. I was suprised by how thin it came out, because when I used Shade 5 in my previous 'Nails of the Day' post, the colour was very thick! This is my nails after one coat of the nail varnish.

After two coats...

After 3 coats...

Finally after four coats, I felt that the colour was right.

I knew that I would need some sort of bowl to catch the excess balls in, so I just used the lid of a tin in my bedroom. I painted on an extra layer of nail varnish onto my 'accent nail' and took the lid off the constellations pot.

I poured the balls onto the wet nail, I had to pour for a little while to get balls in all the wet sections of the paint and the rest were caught in the tin lid.

You can take the whole nib of the constellation pot off to use as a funnel for pouring all the excess beads back into the pot.

I absolutely love how it looks and would definitely use MUA constellations again, but I don't know how I feel about these colours together. I think I should maybe have painted the background of the accent nail black so that the only mint on that nail was the mint green balls? What do you think? 

I knew I wanted to paint a top coat onto the nails, so I thought I may aswell just try using my new Barry M nail varnish. I thought it might blend the colours together a bit more, but I kinda regret doing it now! For some reason the balls went pink... not really sure what happened?!

I did these nails yesterday, and today the constellations are still staying strong and I have them all left on my nails :). Next time I'm gonna try just a plain top coat, and I'm gonna try them with an all black nail varnish too!

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What do you think of the MUA constellations?
Have you ever tried them before?
Which is your favourite set?
Love Dani

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The last haul post you'll see for 100 days, and it's a pretty big haul!

So you may already know if you follow me on Facebook, but as of yesterday I offically started my '100 days of no spending' challenge! There are many reasons why I'm doing this, and I have given myself some rules to stick to, so if you would like to read them please click here for the post I wrote a few months ago when I first planned to take on this challenge :)

Anyways, I have come back to uni, and just like every other year, the local shopping centre always does an 'UP TO 30% OFF STUDENT SHOPPING NIGHT' when we all get our loans in. I love it and hate it at the same time haha, cos I love bargains, but I hate spending all my money! So I did buy a few things then, and I also bought a few things a few days ago when the Topshop sale launched, and I did a Primark haul as I hadn't been there in ages.

So what I'm trying to say is, this is a pretty long haul, and should hopefully leave me with enough stuff so that I don't break my 100 day challenge! ;)

I bought this top from the Miss Selfridge section of House of Fraser. It was in the sale for £15 and with the 20% off student night, I got it for £12. I still haven't tried it on yet, but I loved the embroidery and the double straps :)

River Island also had the 20% off student night, but everything I bought was in the sale so it didn't work on those items. The first things I bought was this velvet pencil skirt. I love the pattern on it and it will be so nice over Autumn and Winter! :) It was £12.

I also bought these high waisted black shorts with lace around the edge from the River Island sale for £12. They will go with everything, and can be dressed up for a night out, or dressed down for a day at uni :)

These purchases were also on the 20% off student night, but H&M never seems to do any of the student nights :(. My uni friend had this pencil case/ make up bag and used it for our lectures where you only need a few items. I thought it was so cute, especially seen as we study fashion and the design is a fashion illustration, so I was really happy when she told me it was only £2.99 from H&M and had to go buy it straight away :)

I love these leather and fur mittens! I saw them months ago but couldn't warrant spending £25 on them so I left them. Then I saw them in the sale for £15 and I thought I would treat myself, so I bought them. As I was leaving the store, my housemate noticed a sign saying '2 for 1 on all accessories' and she said she'd buy a pair of them too if we both got them for £7.50. I had to queue up again, get a full refund and then she put them back through the til as buy one get one free, but I was really quite annoyed with the lady who worked there because she should have told me the first time I was at the tills with her that I got an item for free! Oh well, got a nice pair of winter gloves for £7.50 instead of £25 :)

I love love LOVE Ark Clothing! I always find things to buy when I go in there, but I rarely treat myself because it isn't the cheapest, and I know I don't really need anything new! But they were part of the 20% off student night, and you got a goody bag if you bought something so I thought I may aswell have a look! I'd seen this galaxy print skirt a few times, and I've seen some bloggers wear similar ones and them looking lovely, so I decided to treat myself. The 20% off reduced it from £25 to £20 but by the time I got to the door the goody bags had run out :(. Oh well, I do still love the skirt! :)

I do love dry shampoo, but I usually only go for Batiste Dry Shampoo as I know it works. I love the ones which have a brown tint to them, as I have very dark hair, so it doesn't leave you with the grey granny hair look. I sprayed a bit of this on my hand and it did come out very dark, so hopefully it'll be quite good! It was £1.99 per can, but it was buy one and get TWO FREE?! So I got all three for £1.99, I just hope I like them haha! :)

I treated myself to the MUA 'Undressed' eyeshadow palette, as I have heard so many good things about it, but when I got home I had two!? I do not remember picking up two, but I guess I can just keep it to add into my next giveaway ;) and the deal was that if you bought any MUA product you got a lipgloss for free :)

I'm such a sucker for anything pink, or sparkly, and this shampoo and conditioner range are both! I had just ran out of my conditioner which is on the left, and it worked really well and made my hair feel lovely, so when I saw they did a similar product which was pink and glittery I really wanted to try it out! All three of these products are usually about £4 each, but they were all on offer for £2 each, so I just bought the lot as I knew they would definitely get used up.

I managed to leave my mascara at home before I came to uni, so up til I bought these, I was using a crappy old one which I found at the bottom of my make up bag, which wasn't very nice! The red Collection 2000 mascara was on offer because it was brand new, and it was £4 when it would be going up to £6.50 so I thought I may as well try it. I then came across the offer of if you buy anything from Rimmel over £6, you get this free eyeliner worth £5.29, and I need a new eyeliner, so I bought the Rimmel Scandaleyes for £6.99 and got the eyeliner for free. I will definitely end up using them all up so they're just investment buys ;)

EVENTUALLY, I found a Superdrug which sold the MUA Nail Constellation! I haven't tried it out yet, but I can't wait to see what it looks like on :)

I've been wanting to try the Carmex in a tube for ages now, and it was on offer to £1.20 so I just bought it. I love Carmex in a pot, so I'm sure I'll love this too!

All the Christmas presents in Superdrug were on offer, and this Vaseline giftset was on offer from £6 something to £4, so I just bought it, and I'm gonna let my mum give it to me for Christmas :). I do like Vaseline, but the main reason I want it, is to use it as a container for all of my lipsticks!

I'd seen loads of bloggers write about this, and I needed a new shower gel soon, so I smelt it in Superdrug and I had to have it. The smell is actually incredible, and it was on offer for £1 so perfect :)

Boots had their 3 for 2 offer on, and I couldn't help myself from buying a few Barry M products.The top picture is of the magnetic nail polishes. I'd heard so much about them and I eventually gave in and bought them, and I'm actually really happy I did. The second picture shows what the blue nail varnish looks like once you've painted and used the magnet (I will do a tutorial post at some point, and my instagram is @floraldanielle). I bought a few of the glitters too, I mostly wanted the one of the right which is pink and silver glittery pieces, and then I'll either keep the other two or give them away as Christmas presents :)

After everyone going on about the InStyle magazine on offer for £2.50 in Tescos, and containing the Benefit product, I gave in and bought one too.

My friend had told me to get the popping candy chocolate orange, and she was right, it was incredible! The pink lemonade lucozade was on offer so that the giant bottle was only £1, so I had to get that to try it, and it was lovely too :)

How cute are these bear highlighters?! I needed some highlighters for uni anyways, so when I found these bear ones from Paperchase I had to get them :)

I had been hearing so many good things about Primark recently, but I hadn't been shopping there in months, so I was happy when I found out the good things were true and managed to find a few nice bits in there :)

Firstly, was this gold sequin clutch bag for only £4! I had been looking at a really similar one on eBay for ages for like £15, so this one is a bargain! :)

Standard Primark tights. I swear all my tights go missing?!

I love this embellished cross crop top! It was only £6 too and it looks so lovely on :)

I'm so in love with this cardigan! It was only £12, it has lovely elbow pads, lovely buttons and is so snug for autumn and winter :)

I was really happy with these earrings too. I couldn't seem to get a nice photo of them, but they're much nicer in real life I promise! I've needed some new earrings, and for £1 you can't go wrong!

I'm soo happy with the Topshop sale! It's got some gorgeous items in it, and if you haven't already been to check it out online or in your local store, go now! :)

I have the black version of this dress, and they were originally £20, but I got this one in the sale for £3! And then student discount making it £2.70! I'm not sure yet if I wanna keep it white, or tie dye it :)

I bought the pink tie dye version too, for £2.70, but I'm not sure if I'm too keen on it, what do you think guys?

I love this top! It's really cute on, and is a long crop top which would look cute with high waisted shorts, skirt or trousers :).  It was £5, so I got it for £4.50, and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

These shorts were probably the bargain of my life! They're gorgeous, high waisted and have crochet along the bottom, and were in my size.
Then when I look at the price tag, they're only £3! So with student discount that makes them £2.70!
I did buy them at first considering tie dyeing them, but my housemate reminded me I found a pair of white high waisted shorts last year in a charity shop which I can tie dye, so I'm gonna leave these ones white :)

I'm literally so in love with this dress! Ever since summer when all the dresses came out with the crochet band around the middle, I have wanted one! This was £20, so £18 with student discount, and I can see myself wearing this alot!

This top was from the materity section, and was only reduced to £8 (£7.20 with discount) which isn't that much of a bargain, but it looks really nice on, and will be good to throw on for uni with a long necklace, leggings and a leather jacket. It's more blue than grey in real life, and I love it :) 

This lovely make up bag was also only £3, making it £2.70, such a bargain :). This is also a lot nicer in real life, with the flash, the camera doesn't look as pink as it is!

Gotta love a bit of half price Topshop jewellery! :)

These are ear cuffs, the bottom rose bit is a stud which goes in your ear, then the top leaf bit is the cuff which goes on the side of your ear. I'm glad it was two in a pack so I can decide which one to wear depending on which side my hair is, but I wouldn't wear them both at the same time!

I live in a house full of six girls, and we all seem to get the same things at the same time! Last year it was the dangly cross earrings, and this year it's hoops! So I thought I'd try some out too :)

I've wanted a long necklace for a while, and this cross one is really cute and I think it will go with most things, as well as the maternity slouch top.

Uh oh I bought some shoes! You may remember these from a wishlist I did a few months ago here, but I managed to find them, the only pair, just happened to be in my size! They were originally £55, then they were reduced to £25 in the original sale in August, and now when I found them they were only £10, making them £9 with my student discount :) I haven't actually tried them on properly yet, but I will let you know how they are!

Thanks for reading :)
Just so you know, this haul was over a few months since I've been back at uni, not all at once!
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And have a read about my 100 day no spending challenge which started yesterday.
Which items do you like best?
Love Dani