Beautiful= Burberry Lip Glow in Pink Sweet Pea

If it were totally up to me, I would place Burberry Lip Glow in Pink Sweet Pea  right next to the definition of beautiful in the dictionary. Why? Because it pretty much sums it up. Seeing as Summer is finally upon us, I don't think there's a better time to dedicate an entire post to this beaut of a gloss. I'm a firm believer in wearing any lip shade during the summer season as long as it's  bright and bold. Pink Sweet Pea is IT.  I could write an entire essay about my love but I'll try not to ;)

Released as part of Burberry's Siren Red Spring 2013 Collection, Pink Sweet Pea is a cool toned, vibrant fuchsia pink that's beautiful as it's versatile. Its versatility lies with how I'm able to control its intensity. For a simple subtle pop of brightness, I can sheer it out by simply applying a single layer. On the other hand, I can easily intensify it by building the layers without compromising on comfort, for a pout that softly packs a punch and very poolside appropriate.

Enriched with a cocktail of nourishing oils and ceramides, it not only injects a fresh pop of colour, but the moisturizing formula leaves the lips feeling lightly hydrated and plump. The non-sticky formula caresses the lips, leaving a cushion-y feel to ensure that it remains comfortable throughout its 2-3 hours wear. Despite it being a rich saturated hue, Pink Sweet Pea remains a gloss and maintains its semi-opaque finish because regardless of how many coats I apply, it does appear more subdued on the lips compared to how it looks inside its packaging. It's pigmented enough to add a boost of color that brightens the complexion while still maintaining a certain degree of subtleness that allows my natural lip shade to peek through, amidst the vibrant fuchsia goodness.

The exquisite, luxurious packaging with Burberry's iconic and distinct tartan pattern embossed on the lid, overall sleek and sophisticated packaging softens the blow of the hefty price of 25 euro/£19.00/$27 . Sure, the thoughts of purchasing another shade makes my purse weep, but at least I can do so in the company of a beautifully formulated lipgloss right? (I was fortunate enough to have won Pink Sweet Pea in Nic's generous giveaway last year. I will be forever grateful and indebted to her. Nic, if you're reading this: THANK YOU so much. I hope beauty karma has been as kind to you. :))

While I have no major issues with its packaging, pigmentation, texture and longevity, I have a slight issue with application. As Pink Sweet Pea is a highly pigmented shade, it can be a bit tricky to apply evenly. It's certainly a shade that requires a mirror, in order to apply it evenly and prevent bleeding around the natural lip line. That said, the doe foot applicator makes application a breeze. Due to its relatively wide shape, it almost covers my lips with a single swipe. It's just a matter of swiping the applicator 2-3 times to even out the deposition of colour. One other thing that I'm not a fan of? The floral scent of the gloss, but thankful it doesn't linger around for too long post-application. A few mins in and it has dissipated.

Admittedly, the above swatch doesn't do it enough justice as it failed to capture the true vibrancy of the shade (I tried. I really tried but to no avail). However, while it's not entirely accurate, the above photo shows the gloss in action around the 1  hour mark. As the highly saturated fuchsia starts to wear off,  it leaves behind a delicate pink shade in its wake as shown above. For another swatch of Pink Sweet Pea in action click  here .

Fused with iridescent blue and purple toned micro shimmers that gives Pink Sweet Pea that quiet extra dimension, they are undetectable on the lips in normal conditions but once captured by the sun, the light reflects on the lips, revealing the micro shimmers that gives the illusion of a fuller pout ,adding radiance in the process, thanks to the high glossy shine mirror-like finish.

It's bright, it's bold, it's beautiful. Burberry, you're simply the BEST. Unsurprisingly, I'm now under the impression that my purchase of another Lip Glow is not a matter of if but only WHEN. My very first taste of Burberry and my oh my, what a taste it has been. Man, even I'm afraid for my bank account.

Pink Sweet Pea is a limited edition shade but you can still purchase it online at NordstromJohn Lewis and Burberry .


Rapunzel No More: Reasons why shorter hair ROCKS

At long last, I'm no longer Rapunzel. After weeks and months of feeling frustrated and annoyed with my long ass hair, constant cursing and moaning whenever the subject of washing my hair and styling came up and the thoughts of just taking a razor to my head and shaving it all off became too regular for my liking, I decided it was time to tame the beast that was my unruly mane. Because there's only so much hair fallouts and endless knots, a girl can take. While long hair provided me with much needed warmth during the winter, it needed to go. So off I went to the nearest salon and never looked back.

Verdict? While I'm not 100% happy with the outcome (the length was fine but I asked for my hair to be layered, but apparently the hairdresser and I have different understanding of the term 'layered'. Surprise. Suprise. #justmyluck ) I choose not to dwell on it and instead, I choose to look on the bright side by compiling all the reasons why having shorter hair ROCKS! Repeat after me, ladies: Short hair, don't care.

1.) The thought of a warm sunny day no longer fills me with dread. It used to make my skin crawl because long hair + hot, humid weather= hello, sweatville. Now? I can celebrate the sun, just like a normal person.

2.) The feeling of the wind against my neck? Priceless.

3.) I can actually wear a ponytail and have it stay that way.

4.) But if I want to wear my hair down, it feels great to know that I don't have to worry about accidentally eating my hair for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on a very windy day.

5.) Shower time is no longer a nightmare of a chore. No more sore arms trying to evenly distribute the shampoo, to ensure that every single strand is covered. No more hair clogging the drains. Praise the Hair Gods.

6.) Brushing my hair afterwards no longer leads to the never ending battle between hair knots and me, where knots always score 1 point and me 0, thereby resulting in a painful ordeal filled with tears and non-stop cries of ouch,ouch and some more ouch. You get the gist. Nothing and I mean absolutely nothing compares to the pain of trying to untangle knots. Am I right? (Clearly I need to invest in a Tangle Teezer.)  

7.) Hair dries faster. Need I say more? Because the feeling of wet hair against my back is one of my biggest pet peeves.

8) Lastly? I can whip my hair back and forth to my heart's content without worrying about the painful repercussions for my face. (Willow Smith would be so proud)

So while my new hair cut isn't exactly how I wanted it to be, I'm completely embracing it, for the reasons stated above. It's hair. It's going to grow back. No more negativity from me? What's this about? Does new hair= new attitude? I think so.


Savvy and pretty storage ideas to help Mother Nature

Who says we can't do our bit for the environment in style? I'd be the first one to disagree because not to go all Obama on you guys, but YES WE CAN! I think 2014 is shaping up to be the year that I run for the Ms Friendliest to Mother Nature title. Dude, where's my crown? I'd settle for a sash. If you know me at all, you'd know that I'm not exactly the most organised person in the world. Organised? Try disorganized. But when it comes to keeping my make-up stash tidy? That's a different story. Never one to have my beauty bits and bobs just lying around, I'm forever looking for practical, functional yet cheap but still pretty storage for my stash. And who would have thought it? I came up with 3 easy storage ideas and yet you don't even need to leave the house for them. Sort of. It's time to recycle, ladies and gents :)

Option 1: Jar of Glosses- Everyone needs their caffeine fix to function in the morning, right? While you're at it, why don't you recycle those coffee jars and store your favourite glosses inside? I was fortunate enough to have this beaut of a jar that's large enough to store some of my glosses. As the glass jar is transparent, it's really easy for me to see all the glosses, thereby increasing the chances of them being a contender for the daily lip choice. Now that they are completely visible, I no longer have an excuse for neglecting them.

Option 2: Tin of Polishes Who doesn't love cookies? This two tier, girly tins were originally meant to store cookies and cakes but due to the gorgeous, dainty floral and polka dot design, I felt it deserved a spot on top of my dressing table. Because I have a relatively small nail polish collection ( for now anyway), I decided to store them inside. This option is more suitable for small to medium bottles because anything bigger just won't fit, unless you plan on storing the polishes all lying down. However, that would seriously limit your storage space. I got these gorgeous tins during the Christmas sale at my local Boots. I can't remember the name of the brand but check out the homeware section of departments stores. They bound to have some similar items in stock. :)

Option 3: Box of Favourites Always fancied the look of acrylic storage? But can never seem to afford the likes of MUJI? Don't fret, pet because you can just pick up a box of Ferrero Rocher (alternatively, you can ask your boyfriend to buy a box for you. Even better*hint* *hint*) scoff the chocolates and hey presto, you'll have yourself some aesthetically pleasing storage solution for your daily favourite make-up items.  Whether you choose to share the yummy chocolates or not is completely up to you. I'm quite the selfish person especially when it comes to chocolates but the bitter phrase of a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips may help to put things into perspective. ;) Whilst on the subject of daily favourites, NARS Casino bronzer, Urban Decay Naked Palette, 17 Mirroshine in Belle and Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso all have permanent residency here. #forevermyfaves

Doesn't it feel great to know that we can help the environment while also benefiting along the way? Have a closer look around your own home. You never know what you might come across that can be recycled and be put to good use. These 3 options just happen to be the ones that I found in my own home. Feel free to call me the Queen of Recycling. See, I always knew being a caffeine, cookie and chocolate addict would eventually come in useful one day. Psychic? Kind of.


Meeting Mr Barry M: Spring 2014 Gelly Hi-Shine polishes

Barry M nail polish offerings have always caught my eye. Thanks to all the UK beauty blogs I read on a regular basis, the brand has always been on my radar. Known for producing nail polishes in all the colours of the rainbow and then some, with a wide variety of finishes and textures to satisfy one's nail polish addiction, it doesn't come much as a surprise that it's well loved by many. Beautiful shades aside, the price tag of £2.99-£3.99 per polish certainly makes it easy to build a Barry M collection in no time. As for me?  While I've uttered my 'umms' and 'ahhs' over certain shades, I never had the urge to hop it down to my local Boots and pick up a bottle. That's until I saw the Spring 2014 Gelly Hi-Shine collection. With 3 beautiful pastel shades to choose from, Barry M had my full attention. Those folks at Barry M definitely know how to pick up girls, eh? ;)

Now the shades aren't exactly unique. We've all seen them before but something about them just intrigued me. Huckleberry instantly captured my heart because it's such a pretty, light baby blue. I've been looking for a pastel blue, for the longest time as I had yet to venture into the world of blue polishes. As for Rosehip? While I already have quite a few pastel pinks lying around the place, I couldn't say no to such a delicate milky pink. Having been compared to Essie Fiji by a handful of bloggers, I needed it since despite the fact that I've lusted and continue to lust over Fiji for the last 2 years, I still can't stomach the thought of spending 12.99 euro for it. Rosehip deserves a spot in my collection because while it's nothing new, I'm digging its white undertone.

As with most pastel shades, there's a tendency to run into trouble when it comes to application. Pastels don't exactly have the best reputation for ease of application, now do they? From my experience with these 2 polishes, these aren't your I can paint my nails in less than 5 mins type of lacquers, more girl, you need to sit your ass down and prepare to work type of lacquers. Due to the relatively thick formula and the tendency of the brush to deposit too much polish, it's easy to overload the nail bed with polish if you're not careful. I found layering 3 thin coats to be the best solution for correcting such flaw. It's worth noting that since they've a thick consistency, they do reach opacity with 2 coats but I prefer layering another coat for even application and to ensure my manicure looks neat and smooth.

While the formula requires a bit of an effort to apply, it's not all doom and gloom because the gorgeous high shine finish at the end, more than compensates for it. These polishes leave such a glossy finish on the nails, hence why you could ditch the topcoat all together. So while they require extra time to get the application right, the resulting glossy finish means you could skip the last step of your manicure. #winning But wait. If I skip the top coat, surely my manicure won't last that long? I hear you ask. Don't fret because the formula of these polishes is surprisingly quite long wearing. I can easily wear these for 3-4 days sans top coat before I see minor chips at the tips of my nails. #definitelywinning

What else is there left for me to say? Barry M, it's lovely to finally get to know you. I can now see what all the other girls see in you. One date in and you've already captured my heart. I'm now set for our second date. In fact, the beauty blogger favourite Gelly Hi Shine polish in Lychee already caught my eye. As far as first dates go, this wasn't disappointing. Don't you just love that?


Learning to love glosses (once more): Benefit Ultra Plush lip gloss in Coralista

When it comes to the subject of lip products, it has always been about lipsticks for me. And that has remained unchanged, for the last 3 years or so. I barely touched lipglosses apart from 1 or 2. (Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in Sizzle, I still love you) I could rave about lipsticks until my last dying breath but as of late, I find myself giving lipglosses a second glance. What's going on?  I think the majority of it has got to do with the fact that most brands now are stepping up their game, releasing lipglosses with top notch, non-sticky formulas. A long answered prayer? You betcha. Brands have finally realized that us gals will not settle for less and sticky, tacky and gloopy formulas no longer have a room in our lives. Take Benefit for example.

Okay. So the Ultra Plush lipglosses  aren't exactly new. They have been around since 2012 (forever joining the party late, me)  I heard quite a few good things about them but never got the chance to try any shade until ELLE UK decided to give a free sample last year. Pretty soon, Coralista was mine.

Coralista is a beautiful sheer coral, housed in a squeeze tube with a slanted tip applicator which makes application a cinch. Not to mention, more hygienic compared to standard doe foot applicators. Coralista looks very vibrant and bold when swatched and in the tube but unfortunately, the same can't be said about its actual appearance on the lips. As it applies very sheer, it does require a few layers to coat my lips with a subtle, light orange-coral tint. However, while the lack of pigmentation is quite a turn off, the silky and smooth consistency feels really comfortable on the lips, injecting a healthy dose of shine that's never too much, always just right. Leaving the lips looking plump and healthier, living true to its name of being an ultra 'plush' gloss. Stickiness? There's none of that here. Hence, why it gives the lips a cushiony, luxurious and moisturizing feel.

The silky consistency offers an advantage in the sense that, not only does it feel great but it also ensures that when you find yourself, layering the gloss on your puckers, lips are not left feeling tacky in the slightest. The disadvantage of a non-sticky formula? It only lasts around the one and a half hour mark. But I'd always prefer to wear such formula that requires frequent reapplication rather than a lipgloss that refuses to budge because it feels like glue on the lips.

The jury is still out on whether I'm willing to purchase a full size version, once I get around to finishing this sample. Reason Number 1: While I adore the formula for the comfort that envelops my lips, parting ways with 21 euro is a bit out of my budget. If only Coralista had more pigmentation, then I'd certainly entertain the thought of a future purchase but for now, I'm holding it off. Reason Number 2: With the amount of lip products I have that are in rotation, the chance of me reaching the end of a product is 0. (Shaking my head)

So while my love affair with lipglosses has not been fully ignited to a bona fide obsession, I'm coming around to them, slowly but surely. What's the saying that people say about what makes for a great relationship? Taking it slow and steady is the only way to win the race and build a lasting relationship. Yes that's the one. Consider me told. Watch this space. ;)