Now the sun is finally out, I thought I’d share my top 5 summer nail polishes –
Topshop’s Leigh – the newest polish to this round up, and you might recognise it from a recent Topshop haul I posted a couple of weeks ago (link). This is part of Topshop’s new denim colour polish range which match the same colours of each of their famous jeans styles. Since I brought this, I’ve not worn anything else! It’s a gorgeous light blue which still is nice and suttle for everyday – I love it!
Nails’s Inc in Porchester Square – a bit of a cheat pick as this is one of my all time favourite nail polishes regardless of what season it is. Not a lot to say on this one, other than – It’s the perfect nude!
Rimmel’s Oragina – I have to admit, Rimmel is one of my favourite brands for nail polish. The formula is always easy to work with and 9 times out of 10 you only need one coat. I find they last well on my nails too, and for the price (usually ranging from £3 to £5) you really can’t go wrong! This was a shade which launch last year as part of the Rita Ora range and looks amazing as soon as you start getting your summer tan.
Essie in Ballet Slippers – my nails go through phrase of being nice and long to stubby and short, and when they’re short I like to opt for a light neutral colour to make my nails look clean and fresh. Ballet Slippers is a very very pale pink it’s nearly white, but I love the fact it has a hint of pink rather than looking like tipex nails (we all did it at school!). You need a couple coats of this for a nice clean finish, but it’s worth the effort!
Rimmel’s Wild-er-ness – I absolutely love a pastel purple as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer. I have lots of polishes all in a similar shade because it’s one of my favourite colours, but I really love the formula on the Rimmel polishes.
What’s your favourite summer nail polish?
Swatches Left to Right – Satin Taupe/Sable/All That Glitter/Naked Lunch/Wedge
MAC eyeshadow are my favourite eyeshadows. They were one of the first makeup items I started to collecting, buying then in pan form and adding them into my MAC 12x pan pallete – the colour range is amazing with excellent pigmentation. My favourites have always been the neutrals and today I wanted to share with you my top 5 favourite shadows –
Satin Taupe – I’m a sucker for a taupe, and this one is my favourite! If you are just used to wearing neutral eyeshadows (champagne/bronze/browns) then this is your perfect next step to a hint more colour. To me, it looks like a brown shade with a hint of purple which is really lovely on most skin types.
Sable – this was my first MAC eyeshadow I brought after Laura from lollipop26 (now formally known as Buy Now, Blog Later) raved about. It’s a gorgeous bronze which makes for a lovely wash of colour over the lid.
All That Glitters – If I had to pick one shadow to take with me on a desert island, it would be All That Glitters. The goldy shimmery colour over my lids really makes my blue eyes pop. As soon as the sun comes out it’s the first shade I reach for.
Naked Lunch – If I am opting for a dressed down make up look, but still want a little something on my lids – Naked Lunch is one. It’s a shimmery champagne colour which looks lovely on its own or a light base for a smoky look.
Wedge – quite simply, the perfect crease colour when you are looking for some definition. It’s also a great matt nude to put all over to neutralise any colour on lid.
What are your favourite MAC eyeshadows?
As I spend the majority of my life these days commuting back and forth to London, I have really starting enjoying podcasts and here are my top picks.
Girl Boss Radio – I am probably the only person in the world that has not yet read Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso (but don’t you worry, it’s on order from Amazon as we speak), but when I saw that she had started her own podcast I thought it was worth a listen. Each and every week Sophia interviews an influential #girlboss and talks about how they got to where they are today. It’s inspiring and with Sophia’s has a great sense of humour it makes for perfect commuter listening.
Serial – If you haven’t heard about the Serial podcasts before, where have you been? The strap line for the podcast is- one story told week by week. The first season investigates the true story of the murder of Hae Min Lee and interviews everyone involved including Adnan Syed who is currently serving time for the crime. It keeps you hooked week after week, and it’s now back with season two looking at the true story of Bowe Bergdahl who was a U.S solider who has held prisoner by Taliban for nearly five years. Warning – as they are based on true stories, you find yourself spending your lunch breaks on trying to research more and more into the story.
The Lively Show – A podcast from the blogger Jess Lively. I first came across Jess’s podcast when Anna from Vivanna Does Makeup spoke about her – Anna actually appeared in one of the episode and Jess interviewed Anna on how she became a blog/YouTuber. As described on apple podcasts “The Lively Show is a weekly podcast designed to add a little extra intention to your everyday. Episodes will touch on various aspects of our lives including possessions, personal habits, relationships and careers.” Jess is currently on her 120th episode and you always come away from listening to her podcasts feeling up-lift, thoughtful and inspired.
Woman of the Hour – I’ll be completely honest, I am still making my mind up about Lena Dunham (watch Girls – liked it, read her book – didn’t like it) but I actually really enjoyed her podcasts. Firstly because it didn’t just revolve around her (a little grudge I have about her work) but it approached often taboo subjects which others are too afraid to speak of and talks to people who actually have the life experience. Over 5 episodes (plus a few extra bonus episodes) Lena tackles 5 different subjects – Friendship, Body, Love & Sex, Work and ‘The Big Picture’ with the focus of women. Although there are not many episodes, it’s worth a listen too!
Do you listen to any podcasts? What would be recommend?