Thursday, 30 October 2014

Tanya Burr Penguin Chic - NOTD #13

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with another NOTD, which is personally one of my favourite posts to write. I'm especially excited about this one as it is a nail polish from Tayna Burr, who if you don't know (and if you don't, where have you been?!), she has her own blog and YouTube channel and has brought out her own line of nail polishes and lip glosses! I think she brought out her collection in January, however I only got my hands on a lipgloss and nail polish recently as they were stocked in a Superdrug near me. I decided to go for grey purely because I didn't have a grey in my collection (well, I thought I didn't, turns out I already had!) I should probably say, it's called Penguin Chic, which is the cutest name known to man!

It's a lovely medium grey colour, the word that's coming to me is a deep grey, if that makes sense? I never thought I'd like wearing grey nail polish but I honestly really do love it, it's very classy and recently I've been all about monochrome so my nails and outfit have been matching! I applied 2-3 coats until it was fully opaque, it dried pretty fast, it wasn't a minute or anything but it also wasn't 10 minutes which just infuriates me - I have zero patience! It's also super glossy, which is always a bonus for me. 

It's staying power was.. I don't actually know how to describe it! For me, it lasted 3-4 days before chipping a little on most nails, which I suppose is average and to be honest I don't mind going over the chips or anything, it wasn't anything major. However, I do have nail polishes from the likes of Topshop, which is the same price of £5, and also Essie and OPI that last longer. Saying that, £5 is a good price for this nail polish! It's affordable for everyone and isn't overly expensive.

Also, I should mention she has 10 nail polishes in her range, going from mint green to black with pink sparkles! All of them are £5 and she also has 12 lip glosses at £7, so again, very affordable.

Overall, I do like this nail polish and wearing this has really converted me to trying more classic, nude colours. It looks lovely and glossy on the nails and lasts for a reasonable time with no major chips - what more could you ask for?

These are available on Feel Unique and Superdrug! Have you tried any of these nail polishes yet, and if so, what do you think?

Have a lovely day, and don't stop smiling. :)

Hannah, xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

OPI Sprung - #NOTD 12

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with a well overdue NOTD post! I honestly haven't painted my nails in so long as I was letting them recover a bit from having gelish on them for a long period - totally dried them out (boo!) but nail strengthener is my best friend so it's fine. Anyway, onto the review.. (and the photo spam)

This is honestly one of the most beautiful nail polishes I have ever seen - it's OPI Sprung! This was part of the Mariah Carey 2013 Spring Collection and my oh my, it is a beauty. It's also one of the most complex nail polishes I've ever seen, it has so many colours throughout it it's hard to say what colour it really is. For me, it is at it's base a copper shade, however it does have red, rose gold, gold and yellow shimmer throughout it.

When I first applied it, it was pretty much opaque with one coat which is amazing, however just to be sure, I put on two. It's super glossy on the nails and I just can't get over the colour. I just can't you guys, it's so beautiful!! (so beautiful I used two exclamation marks.. That's right.) The staying power is also amazing, it lasted 5 days with minimal chipping - not perfect but there were hardly any chips, it was more just wear at the very tip of my nails just from, you know, using my hands.

I don't actually know if this polish is available online or in store anymore.. which makes me so so sad! I can't seem to find any links for it anywhere :( I bought this in Florida this summer in the July sales in a little beauty shop and I can't remember how much it was.. Sorry I suck :( 

Overall I'm just so in love with this nail polish. I'm not going to go on, but it ticked the box on everything I want in a nail polish, from the colour, the opacity (is that even a word? You know what I mean..) and the staying power. Also, this just screams Autumn to me and it reminds me of the Autumn leaves (so cliché I know) but yes. In conclusion, I LOVE IT.

Please let me know a nail polish you are obsessed with so I don't feel so alone!

Have a lovely day, and don't stop smiling. :)

Hannah, xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

FOTD & OOTD #13 - Casual University Interview Outfit - 16/09/14

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with a little FOTD & OOTD. I was trying to think of a catchy title for this post but then I realised this was when I went to an interview at Uni so maybe if you have an interview coming up (this was a more casual than formal interview) then this might help you for an outfit! I know myself when I've had interviews in the past, your outfit and appearance is really important for first impressions and it puts forward an impression of you as a person overall; obviously your personality and skills etc are major and extremely important, but you gotta dress to impress d00d.


Mac Paint Pot in Painterly
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr in 35 On and on Bronze
Topshop Kohl Eyeliner in Sable
Lancôme Définicils Mascara
Mac Lipstick in Peach Blossom

I forgot how much I loved my duo of Painterly and On and on Bronze, it's so easy to apply and lasts all day for me! I've also rediscovered my love for my Topshop eyeliner in Sable, it was my first brown eyeliner and my love for them has grown tremendously since then.

I'm actually writing a blog post about how I did my hair in these photos so all I'm going to say is that it was extremely dirty (TMI) and I used a lot of dry shampoo to get it looking reasonable! My hair was put in a plait over night when it was dry, the night before when it was wet so it had that natural curl/messy look. For my fringe/hair at the front, I just simply put them both in a plait and used curby grips to secure those bits at the back of my head!


Necklace - Forever 21
Dress - Boohoo
Jacket - All Saints
Shoes - Converse

I personally really love this dress, it's so comfy to wear as it's a smock dress so it isn't tight/super short and is quite flowy which is nice. The long sleeves are a personal favourite of mine, as I think I've said before but I'm quite self-conscious about my arms so I always feel better when they are covered. In general, I love the colour shade grey, it's my comfort colour and when the seasons change, darker colours are in and I'm gonna love it! Grey, black, burgundy, greens, navy.. I'm all over that! Also, dat necklace - it adds a bit of girlyness to it all but is still black and therefore can go with most things.

The interview by the way was about a research experiment that I'm going to be taking part in, which is extremely exciting! I'm getting trained next week on how to use an eye tracker and how to conduct an experiment by myself so it's great that I'm getting this experience now to help for next year and it'll look good on my CV also.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this post! What is your go to interview outfit?

Have a lovely day, and don't stop smiling. :)

Hannah, xx
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