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LOTD: Wild Rose with Parfait Amour

Hi everyone!

Notice the revamp? KittenNails.co.uk has had a visual update!

I have new posts coming soon, but for now, here was my latest LOTD using MAC Cosmetics Pressed eyeshadows. These shades are resident in one of my MAC Pro Palettes that I don’t often use, so I thought its time to do a look with forgotten gems.

Inner corner: Vanilla
Lid: Dear Cupcake (LE)
Outer corner/ crease: Vibrant Grape and Parfait Amour

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What sort of things would you like to see in new posts coming up? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, have fun!
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MAC: Archie’s Girls Collection

Hi Everyone! :)

For the launch of the Archie’s Girls Collection MAC Cosmetics invited Dan Parent, Illustrator for the Archie comics to Selfridges (and Archie himself!).

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Archie & Betty hanging out! But where’s Veronica?

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Key artwork for the collection

Dan Parent - The Illustrator
Dan Parent was kindly drawing Archie characters for customers (using Copic pens I might add, I would love to own some one day)

Ben had Dan draw him Jughead
Ben asked Dan to draw Jughead, Archie’s best buddy.

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I picked up two items from the Veronica part of the collection and they were giving away these heart tins with heart-shaped sweets with any Archie purchase :)

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Dan kindly agreed to sign my palette!

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MAC Lipstick in Daddy’s Little Girl
MAC Eyeshadow Palette in Spoiled Rich

Until next time, have fun! :D

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New Hair, Feeling Purple!

Hi Everyone :D

You know when you just get that urge to dye your hair purple (or is it just me?) well I went ahead and did it. This is after  I dyed the tips pink during my break and let that fade out.

Purple

I originally went to the hairdresser for an Ombre effect which lightened my hair enough to try some bright colours on it. The colour I used here was actually Lilac from Directions, so on first application the purple is quite dark, but I expect it to fade out to the soft lilac shade.

To match my purple tips I went for MAC Cosmetics Pearlglide eyeliner in Designer Purple.

Until next time, have fun! :D

Kitten

Link Love

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Looking for something to new read lately? Why not head over to 30 something Mel and check out her review of the Ivy series

Get your clothing customisation on with D.I.Y. studded collar tutorial over at That’s So Yesterday

Have you checked out the OPI Amazing Spiderman Collection swatches yet? really? then check it out over at Fashion Polish

Dropped a powder make-up item and have it shatter into a bazillion pieces? Never fear with this D.I.Y. Makeup Fixer Upper at The Beauty Department

Did you hear about Mac Cosmetics’ new Heavenly Creature Collection?  Check it out over at Musings of a Muse

I’m loving the look of the new Jessica Gelato Mio polishes, I want them all! See what I mean over at Nails Beautiqued

Until next time! Have fun :)

January Favourites

Well January has been and gone and its freezing outside. They are even threatening snow this weekend!  (Please excuse this late post but i’ve not been feeling up to much for a few days since Simba…) I’m just hoping we an move on to spring soon. Heck the Easter Eggs are in store.

With Christmas and New Year being such a busy time I skipped over  last months favourites (sorry about that, I hope its allowed being Christmas) so now its time for my first favourites of the year.

Model Mirror

Okay this is a bit of a multi-tasker really, I use it for touch ups in low-light and for a travel mirror. The other use? perfect for use in tight spaces! We use it around the house to plug in cables behind our wall-mounted TV or looking under the bed (nope, no monsters!) I picked up the plain black one so that I can decoden it myself but it comes it a whole variety of styles (check them out here) What’s so special about this mirror? well it has lights built into the top mirror which lights up your face while you look into the bottom mirror.

Kindle 4

Oh Kindle, where have you been all my life? This is one of those items I didn’t know I was missing until I had it! This little beauty comes everywhere with me and is amazing. I know, I know, you’re possibly thinking “but I like to read real books, its not the same, I like the feel/smell of them etc” but the convenience of a kindle far outweighs these in my opinion. If there’s a book i’m thinking of buying, I can simply download a sample. If i’m going on holiday I don’t have to lug a pile of books with me that take up space and weight in my hand luggage. I’ve definitely been able to enjoy more books with my kindle.

Dior: Hypnotic Poison 

I’ve loved this perfume since I was in school (when I was given a tester) but never actually owned a bottle until I was lucky enough to get a bottle for christmas! Its a deep, rich scent which as they describe it is intoxicating and I definitely agree. It’s a strong sent but its not an overwhelming strong scent like say “Angel” by Theirry Mugler, it settles in and tones down in a wearable way. Hypnotic Poison combines four extravagant accords: jasmine sambac, bitter almond, moss-jacaranda and vanilla musk.

Estée Lauder: Sumptuous Waterproof  Mascara

This mascara has been a great help for the last few days. I’d picked one up for a holiday in a deal and didn’t end up taking it with me (I opted for a sample mascara I was given instead) but found myself in real need of a waterproof mascara and this is a real godsend.  Lots of tears later and my mascara stays put. The brush slims down at the tip and is great for getting into the corner without smudging, especially on the bottom lashes (which I would normally use my Clinique bottomlash mascara for)  but i’m not sure about the claims on lift and curl – but its still a great  buildable mascara. I originally saw Pixiwoo’s video on waterproof mascaras and this mascara was rated the best of the bunch.

M.A.C. Cosmetics: Taupography Shadestick

And finally my eyeshadow shade of the month! When in a rush this is a fantastic product for some quick colour on the lids twined with liquid or gel liner. The shadesticks are really long lasting on my oily lids and super easy to apply. This shade is now discontinued but I highly recommend shadesticks in general. I’d forgotten I had this as it had slid out of sight until recently but after finding it again I’ve used it a lot this month on its own, as a base and with darker shades too.

So that’s it for January, onto the month of love, valentines and all things hearts and cupids.

Until next time, have fun :)

FOTD: Christmas Holly Look

Hi Everyone :)

Here’s a Christmas’y look based on rosy winter cheeks and lips from the biting cold and holly green leaves.

Please excuse the wet hair again, I always try to let my hair dry naturally to avoid harsh hot temperatures (reserve that for the occasional hair straightening/curling!)

The Eyes:-

• M.A.C. eyeshadow: Juxt
• M.A.C. eyeshadow: Humid
•  Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in black

The eyes are a simple green look using Juxt all over the lid and Humid in the crease and outer corner. I lined the eye with my trusty black liquid eyeliner and a lashing of black mascara.

The Lips:-

• No7 Wild Volume Lipstick: Forever Cherry

On the lips I used my bright red No7 lippy. The consistency is lovely and creamy.

The Face:-

• M.A.C. (pro) blush: Red Apple
• Illamasqua: Skin Base foundation

I wanted the cheeks to have a natural rosy flush like I’ve been it the chilly and snowy outdoors.

So that’s it! A simple Christmas-y look which (for me) is an everyday look! What sort of Christmas-y would you like to see? Go on, let me know and set me a challenge!

Until next time, MERRY CHRISTMAS! :D

Giorgio Armani: Blast of Blue

Hi Everyone! :) I was feeling rather blue yesterday… in a good way! I thought I’d try out a blue FOTD with my Giorgio Armani Eyes to kill in shade #1 Blast of Blue.

I picked this up in Sephora on my recent trip to Paris and I was in heaven! The Sephora on the Champs-Élysées is the biggest in Europe and a make-up lovers dream. I also picked up 2 Sephora eyeshadows there but I’ve not tried them yet! (I figure the longer I keep them unused the long the dream is alive XD)

(gosh I don’t look very happy do I? lol I was rather tired!)

The Eyes:-

• Giorgio Armani: Eyes to Kill in #1 Blast of Blue
• M.A.C: Fluidline in Waveline

The Eyes to Kill shadows are really amazing at staying put so I didn’t need to use a primer and skipped straight to applying it with my finger. After applying an even base I patted on a little more colour with a flat brush and blended with a fluffy brush after. To line the eye used waveline, a navy gel liner laced with gold and finished with black mascara.

The Lips:-

• Dior Addict: Ultra Gloss in #557 Empire Pink (Flash)

I used this Ultra Gloss in Empire Pink which is a gorgeous soft pink with subtle blue microglitter, sadly my photos above don’t do this gloss justice but then this look is all about the eyes.

The Face:-

• Illamasqua: Skin Base Foundation in #7
• Illamasqua: Cream Pigment in Androgen

I used my staple skin base foundation and then applied Androgen on the cheeks which is such a pretty coral colour. I blended the colour in so it wouldn’t detract from the eyes.

The Accessories:-

After the make-up was done it was time to accessorize! I just picked up this gorgeous fox print scarf  and I am totally in love with it. You can find in Next stores or online.

And there we have it! I may be blue, but I’m loving it :D

Until next time, have fun! :)

August Favourites

Hi everyone! :) It’s that time again! What happened to the lovely weather I mentioned at the beginning of the month? :( It’s been a bit of a wash out after all. I promise not to jinx it in the future!

The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara

My first favourite for this month is The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara. I received this free with a magazine and as I’d run out of my usual mascara I thought I’d give it a go and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised! It really lengthens my lashes and is really buildable without looking clumpy or flaky. I normally don’t stray from mascaras I don’t know but with a full size sample I’m glad I took the chance on it.

Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera

My next favourite of the month (and my new baby!) is the Nikon D3100. I’ve been wanting to get a DSLR for many years now since I did a photography module in University and I FINALLY took the plunge. I was a little scared at first and its all new and shiny but I totally love it. So far I only have the original lens that comes with it but I hope to get a zoom lens and maybe a macro one soon. If you’re interested I’ve put some of the pictures I’ve taken on my Flickr page. The very first event I was able to take photos of was my friends Victorian Summer Ball; you can see those pictures here! :)

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

This has to be the prettiest palette I own atm (although it’s not easy to tell by this picture) the edge of the palette has a gorgeous lace pattern and on the inside on the lid there is a hugggge mirror! The colours are 15 never before seen Urban Decay shades and they are exactly what I expect from UD eyeshadows – creamy soft gorgeousness! Also when you’ve done with the eyeshadows you can remove them and use it as a cute box! :D

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation

This foundation is a god send when I have breakouts, (which I have lately :() I first discovered it on Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube video about covering acne which you can check out here (its amazing!). This foundation is so pigmented it’ll cover up any bad spots and won’t break you out more. Lisa’s key to flawless skin was to use a light base on the whole face and to use this foundation on the problem areas. The only problem I found is there is a massive jump in colour from shade 15 to 20, so if my skin is more tanned I only use the tiniest amount of shade 20 to mix, otherwise its way to dark!

M.A.C Mineralize Eyeshadow in Jade’s Fortune

And last but not least is the M.A.C Mineralize Eyeshadow in Jade’s Fortune, this eyeshadow was part of the Semi Precious Collection 2011. I think it’s really gorgeous; it’s much more of a sheer pearled shimmer with mixture of Yellow, Blue, Lime & Black and is amazing when used in a smoky eye look.

So that’s it for this month, on to September and the Autumn!

Until next time, have fun! :D

Full Speed Ahead!

Hi Everyone!

This weekend I popped into London with Jan and saw THRILLER live and it was EPIC. Lots of people sitting in the audience with MJ hats and white gloves. My hands hurt so much afterwards from clapping! If you love music and fancy a trip to the theatre then this is the show for you.

 

As we were so close to the M.A.C. pro store we popped in for a look. I was super happy to realise that as a pro store they had the new Styledriven collection in already (out in stores tomorrow in the UK I believe, but online now!) and I was instantly drawn to Full Speed Ahead – a bright pink-magenta lipglass.

I needed this in my life, I was instantly smitten. The whole collection boasts long wear and a new brush for the lipglasses that hug your lips as you apply.

Long-lasting Lip Pencil and Lipglass with six extended hours of lasting shine, along with a creamy new Eye Shadow…experience future-forward Pro Longwear technology – M.A.C. UK Website

I can’t put my finger on the smell yet, it’s not their normal vanilla scent but it is sweet (if you know then let me know the comments please!) and the formula is a bit…gloopy but not in a really bad way. It’s not sticky (yay!) but incredibly glossy; when I saw the girl in the store wearing it I definitely heard it calling out my name!

I may find myself revisiting my local M.A.C. store and picking up the lip pencil to match…!

Until next time, have fun! :)

July Favourites

Hi Everyone! :D It’s time for July Favourites. It seems July was a bit of a wash out weather-wise but come 1st August the sun is blazing!

Instagram

First up for my top monthly favourites is an app called Instagram. Yes I’m a little late to the party on this one, a friend introduced me to it but I think its fab. What is it? Well:

“It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s free?” - Instagram website

The filters are fantastic and its great to see my friend’s photos on the app too! If you have an iPhone I really suggest you try it out :)

Illamasqua: Medium Pencil in Vow

This pencil is a god send when I’m sick and not looking my best (of which I was sick for most of July!). I use it on my waterline and it really opens the eyes and takes away any redness- making me look human again! This shade is for lighter skin tones, so if you are looking for a pencil to use on your waterline but your skin tone is a little darker than you should check out the shade Hex.

Clarins: Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral

At first glance I thought this was a plain old lipstick when I stopped by my local Clarins counter, but on closer inspection I saw it was transparent and in fact a lip balm! I love Clarins skin care but haven’t tried any Clarins make-up before. Lisa at my local counter showed me the 3 colours which are light pink (more clear really), orange (known as coral) and red. I already own red lip balms that stain the lips and I thought the light pink one would be a waste as I have clear lip balms already, but the orange (coral!!) really stood out to me. I tried it on and when mixed with the natural colour of my lips it really does show up coral (hurrah!). It’s the perfect colour for the Summer and encourages me to keep my lips moisturised. Lisa also told me that it was limited edition AND there was a promotion on at the time, it was meant to be!

M.A.C: Blush in Style

I bought a pro pan of Style after disappointedly missing out on M.A.C My Paradise cheek powder that came out in the Surf Baby Collection ’11. My Paradise is a gorgeous peach with golden over-spray but sold out day (morning) one in my local store and online. The MA suggested to me to try out Style; it’s not as bright but it’s still a really lovely coral-peach with gold pearl.

Rimmel: Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in Black

This liquid liner is my staple liner product; if I’m in a rush or don’t fancy wearing gel liner I’ll reach for this in a heart beat. I have the brown and black version and use them depending on the look. I can’t stand leaving the house without at least eye liner and mascara on my eyes and the cat eye look is definitely my favourite. The brush itself it felt and stiff (although it has enough give when applying to the eye) which I find easier to achieve the cat eye I want. If I’m after a thin fine line for a cat eye then I’d use my M.A.C 210 precise eye liner brush.

So that’s it for my top 5 favourites of July, seems I’m really into the corals/peaches this summer! let me know what you’ve been loving in the comments below :)

Until next time, have fun! :D

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