Things I’ve Fallen in Love With… #1

…While working in Selfridges.

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. That is because I have been working at the lovely Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges, and… well I haven’t been organised enough to pre-write and schedule blog posts (forgive me).

As you can imagine, I get to see so many people on a daily basis, that I have fallen in love with many a thing while working there. I try not to venture too far out of where I need to go to (usually staff room to beauty hall, and back again with the occasional toilet trip in there too) as I will fall in love with too many things. And I definitely, definitely, do not, under any circumstances browse round the beauty hall. No siree. That would be dangerous!

Of course, working with the make up at Charlotte Tilbury has made me want it all, and it saddens me to know that I just can’t have it all! I decided to break my Charlotte Tilbury wish list down into more manageable chunks and the first few items I just have to get besides the Colour Chameleons I already have are…

1 – The Rock ‘N’ Kohl Pencil in Bedroom Black. Is it kohl? Is it gel? You never could tell, for although it’s in a standard pencil format, this is the creamiest, blackest pencil I have ever come across – just like a gel in a pencil. You can smudge it out within the first minute to create smokey looks, and after that it sets and stays put All Day Long. You can wear it in the waterline and it will last a lot longer than anything else I’ve tried. Definitely first on my list and a steal at £19.

2 – Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49). Charlotte created this for a certain Hollywood legend to help define her face, and boy does it work! The contour shade is such a beautiful, warm and natural shade, and can also be used as a bronzer, and if it’s possible for a highlight to be natural, this is it. It’s not sparkly, just frosty – and can be built up for more intensity. The two products together work in perfect harmony. This highlight looks gorgeous down the nose too, something I would never normally dream of doing on myself, but with this, it just works! It also make a really nice under-arch highlighter.

3 – The Dolce Vita Palette (£38). Out of all her beautiful palettes, this seems to be the one I am drawn to time and time again, and probably the one I sell most of too. Oozing with russety copper shades, it’s just gorgeous and looks stunning on all eye colours. The shadows are really creamy and pigmented and last all day.

4 – Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick (£23). Charlotte’s lipsticks are really moisturising and you can actually feel it on your lips. They contain an extract from an actual Lipstick Tree which the tribes used to use to defend their lips from anything harmful, so I like to feel I’m doing good for my lips as I apply this! The colour is a pinky purple nude, which I just adore. It has a slight sheen to it when you first apply it, but as the day goes on the sheen fades yet your lips are still the colour of the lipstick. I was really surprised at just how long lasting they are for a moisturising lipstick.

Now onto the things I have spotted on people passing by….

First up I spotted a woman wearing these tights which I instantly fell in love with.

A quick Google search told me they are Agent Provocateur ‘Whip Me’ Stockings – and it’s then that I notice fully what they say! I didn’t fancy forking out £35 on a pair of stockings that I’d want to wear as fashion tights – so had a quick internet search…. and came across these on ASOS (What The Actual!?!!!!!!) but also came across these two on eBay which I thought were a good and cheap alternative for under £10 (search love backseam tights on eBay).

I also spotted one customer with stunning holographic silver nail polish which I’d assumed would be Color Club. I, naturally, being a nail polish whore, asked her what it was – and she told me it was Barry M! BARRY M! I have already been out and bought this, and it’s part of the Boots 3 for 2 offer. Now here’s the part where I kind of feel like I’m in some strange outer-universe. I’ve been searching online to give a link to this polish, and it seems it doesn’t exist and no one knows about it but me (and the lady wearing it in Selfridges, and the lady she had seen wearing it and asked where she got it from). Surely we’re not the only 3 people in the world to own this polish?! I don’t understand why the Bloggosphere hasn’t gone wild over this! I mean, it’s SO holographic, and from memory, under £4. I will do a nails of the day with it soon, promise, but it’ll have to wait a while as I’m giving my nails a Dr Lewinns treat at the moment.

The only, and literally the only thing I could find was an image of it from someone selling one on eBay which I think is actually the teal version, not the silver (and it went for £9)…. some clues I can give you while you’re hunting it out… it has a texturised matt silver lid, the barcode sticker on the side, as well as the barcode number, says NPLEB13C, and the little sticker on the bottom says BOOTS C 335 Limited Edition. I’m guessing the ‘Boots’ means it’s exclusive to Boots. If I find out anything further, I shall update.

Right – after speaking with the PR company for Barry M, I can give you the official scoop – they’ve created four limited edition glitter polishes – two exclusive to Boots, two exclusive to Superdrug. The Boots ones are Silver Lights (silver holographic glitter) and Tinsel Town (multi-coloured strands), and the Superdrug polishes are Fairy Lights (pink holographic glitter), and Gold Dust (rose gold strands). Phew. And this is what it looks like.

Another customer was wearing this Zara Duffle Coat which looked great on her. Okay, so she was stunningly beautiful, but she said so many people ask her about her coat! I am definitely going to have to pop into Zara to give it a whirl.

And then, the things I have convinced myself I need while walking from the staff area to the Beauty Hall. I go the way that means I walk through as little of the Beauty Hall as possible – as I said before, could be dangerous to my bank balance. However, this plan of mine could have a flaw, because now I absolutely need a neon sign from Gods Own Junkyard (located on the Lower Ground), in my life, which retails at £1430 or thereabouts. Chris Bracey, aka the neon man, has been making signs for years for anyone who’s anyone, and now I want in on it! The one I am particularly taken with is a star shape and says ‘Lucky’ in the middle, but I can’t seem to find it online. Meanwhile, this Love one is also rather fetching.

I also never knew I needed a Jellyfish Tank from Red5 in my life, but alas, I seem to. 

Plug it in, and a fan from the bottom pushes the ‘jellyfish’ gliding around the tank. It’s really beautiful and mesmerising – check out the video to see it in it’s full effect – it looks even better in real life. There are different light settings, although blue is my favourite… and I’m thinking this is a Christmas present waiting to happen for myself son.

In a similar vain, I think he would love this Wall Climber remote control car, which can drive on walls (but not ceilings, I asked). I will have to carefully consider the impact this may have on the walls of my house and anything hanging on them… but what little boy wouldn’t love this?!

Anthropologie is beautiful to look round – some of the things are rather pricey, but I was surprised to discover these monogram mugs were only £8 each.

Oh, and while I’ve been on the tube escalator, I keep seeing these Sophie Conran Measuring Spoons on the John Lewis advert and have taken quite a shine to them.
And before I knew it, I’d spent 2.5 hours creating a blog post of things I needed, making me lust after them even more. So that is where I shall leave this post. I shall try to be more organised with scheduling posts. See ya soon!

Nails of the Day – Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Blueberry

Barry M’s Gelly polishes are a fairly new addition to their range, promising an extra glossy finish. Boots was buy one get one half price last week, so this was a nice little cheapy to take advantage of that offer with, at only £3.99.

There are nine shades to the new range, I went for Blueberry which is a sky blue with a hint of lavender  Although I have lots of light blue nail polishes, I think, colourwise, this is slightly different to any others that I have.

In terms of whether there was an extra glossy finish… I cheated. I used my Seche Vite as normal and don’t think they are any more glossy than any other nail polish. It did look rather shiny pre top coat, but I can’t be dealing with that sitting round waiting for nails to dry rubbish! I gather the finish is meant to be that of a gel nail… I didn’t get that effect (perhaps I needed another layer?) but still really like the polish and would definitely get more of the range. I have my eye on Grapefruit next.

It is a really nice formula, quite thick but easy to work with, and lasted a whole 3 days on me before the first chip appeared which is good going on my nails.

Have you tried any of their new polishes? What do you think?

PS. Sorry it’s nail post after nail post, but I had my laser eye surgery on Friday, so spent the weekend mostly doing nothing…. and I can’t wear eye make up for the next week so expect some lipstick and nail posts to fill this week!

Nails of the Day – Barry M Bright Red

Barry M’s Bright Red is exactly how you’d imagine. Bright, and, errrr… red! Absolutely gorgeous at that!

It went on easily and was opaque with just one coat – I did two just for good luck – it turned out gorgeously glossy and strikingly sexy.

If you’re after a red nail polish – this is a *proper* red. I’m always amazed at how fab Barry M’s polishes are – you can pick up 2 for £5 quite regularly in Superdrug, and are definitely one of my favourites!

What do you think about Barry M polishes? Do you like this red?

Barry M Lash Modelling Mascara

I was doing the make up on a catwalk show recently, and Barry M was the sponsor. I was given a Lash Modelling mascara to use on my models, and I had a nice surprise at just how good it was. I liked it so much on the people I’d put it on, that I decided I’d use the rest of it on myself, until I managed to get to a department store to pick up the new Diorshow. However,  I’m so impressed with this mascara, I’m going to use it until it runs out.

It has a plastic/rubber wand, which I’m not usually a massive fan of. It has longer spikes at one end, and shorter at the top which makes getting the corner lashes and lower lashes isn’t a problem.

It claims to voumise, lengthen and separate lashes, and I think it does all three. When I was on a job yesterday my client asked me if I was wearing false lashes and couldn’t believe it when I said it was a Barry M mascara I was wearing!

It’s quite a wet mascara, but not to the extent where you get it all over your face. I find it easy to work with, and as long as you don’t leave it too long, it’s easy to build up to get even fatter looking lashes without being clumpy. What I love the most is just how black it is – almost blacker than black!

It’s £6.49 from Boots… the last cheapy mascara I used left me with panda eyes by the end of the day, but this stays well and truly in place from morning to night. I’m thoroughly impressed!

Have you tried Lash Modelling mascara? What do you think?

Nails of the Day – Barry M Mint Green

I have had this polish for ages, and for some reason have never tried it. This season I seem to be far more open to trying different colours, perhaps influenced by the colour blocking trend. When I looked in my box of polishes last night this was the one that jumped out at me.

Barry M do a great range of polish colours, and are very commonly on promotions such as 2 for £5 in Superdrug. Considering their quality and range, I think they are excellent value for money.

Mint Green is a slightly peppermint, slightly apple colour. It was easy to apply, but was very streaky with just one coat. I did two but could even have gone for a third. It has chipped slightly on my right hand already, which is a bit of a disappointment, especially as I haven’t been doing anything hardcore enough to warrant it.

It is a pretty colour, and I think their polishes are a great way to experiment with colours you’re a little unsure of.

300 Followers ‘Best of British’ International Giveaway!

During the last few days I hit the 300 followers mark – so to celebrate I am having a giveaway. Thank you all so much that take the time to read, follow and comment on my blog. I love writing it but it’s so nice to know there are other people out there reading my babble and looking at my photos and I hope it helps some others out there too!

You could win (going clockwise round the pic):

  • Barry M Nail Paint in 239 Cyan Blue
  • Sleek True Colour Intense Pigments Lipstick in 833 Fuschia
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Nail Polish in 270 Hot Shot
  • MUA Eyeshadow shade 10
  • MUA Eyeshadow shade 8
  • MUA Eyeshadow shade 11
  • Collection 2000 Lock N Hold Lipgloss in Body Pop 1
  • Barry M Limited Edition Lipgloss (nameless but nude)

This giveaway is open to my followers based all over the world! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment to this post asking to be entered. I will pick a winner at random on 1sr June. There are a handful of requirements needed to enter

  1. You must be a follower of my blog
  2. Leaving a comment will give you one entry, if you comment twice this doesn’t count as two entries
  3. You may get another entry by tweeting about my giveaway and posting the link to it here
  4. If you link to my giveaway on your blog sidebar and come and leave a comment telling me about it, you will gain three extra entries

    If you are not a follower your entry will not count!
    Good luck, and thank you!

    Barry M’s Instant Nail Effects in action

    Check out my video showing you how easy it is to use the new product from Barry M, and the kind of effect it gives you. My son says it looks like I’ve had a fire on my hands…. some of my friends think it looks like I got my nails stuck in a grill…. I kind of like it!

    Barry M Instant Nail Effects in action! from Super Gorgeous on Vimeo.

    Nails of the Day – Rrrrrrrrrrrrroaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrr!

    I know I’m posting a nail post right after a nail post, but it’s been a busy weekend and not really had time for much else. Last night I was so shattered I put the TV on, laid in bed and painted my nails.

    It might look quite complicated but it really wasn’t! First I painted my nails with my Nailtec basecoat, then with Barry M’s Mushroom. Once that was semi-dry I used a lighter colour (in this case, Essie’s Cute As A Button) to do random sized and placed dots over my nails, then painted one coat of Poshe topcoat.

    I then used a fab new inexpensive tool I have which I got from ebay (see here) which has a tiny nib like a pen which you can use to do really precise lines with. I have a pair of pumps with leopard print insides, so using them as a guide, drew the black bits. Really it’s lots of ‘C’ shapes around the dots, and curving parallel lines as well as random dots and lines. One more coat of topcoat and it’s done!

    The good thing is, if you get a chip you can just turn it into a dot, like I’ve done! This is the first time I’ve experimented with nail art and I probably will again now!

    Nails of the Day – Barry M Marshmallow Pink

    I’ve had this nail polish for a few years, I’m not even sure it’s still available but it might be knocking round in the back of someones cupboard, or on eBay. It still goes on perfectly, as if it were brand new, which goes to show what great formulation Barry M polish is.

    When Essie’s Van D’Go came onto the scene earlier this year it was like nothing I’d ever seen before, I thought. I had to have it. I got it, and wasn’t that impressed. Gorgeous colour but the formulation wasn’t to my liking – it had far too much white in it, chipped easily, and the Essie brush is annoying. The other day, I was looking through my polish collection and rediscovered Marshmallow Pink. The colour is identical, it’s like everything the Essie should be. I will do a dupe pic soon, I’m sure I’m right, if not I apologise, but shade-wise I think they’re extremely similar.

    The bottle doesn’t actually say the name of the polish on the bottom, as they usually do these days, just the number 278, which after a bit of Google investigation, I discovered was named Marshmallow Pink. I’m not sure I’d have named it that myself – it’s more peach than pink, a really pale pastel apricot shade.

    Nails of the Day – Barry M Mushroom

    I really like Barry M’s range of polishes – they are fantastic quality, long lasting and are normally on special offer in either Superdrug or Boots for 2 for £5.

    When Metro Chic et al came out last year, I wasn’t really feeling the whole sludgey nail vibe so I didn’t go for it – this year how ever, I’m aaaaaall about the sludge, so decided to try Mushroom by Barry M for starters.

    Two coats, with Poshe topcoat over the top.

    I would describe it as a grey-beige sludge. Helpful!? It it supposedly a good dupe for Chanel’s Paticuliere, which I’m not going to bother trying because I’m quite satisfied with the results Barry M has delivered.

     It goes on easily, the brush isn’t stupidly skinny and it looked great after just one coat. I don’t know why but I am never satisfied with just one coat. It looked perfect, but still I had to go for round two – does anyone else have the same issue as me?! Its chic, sophisticated and a really nice autumney nail (gah – it’s meant to be summer!)

    I have been wearing it for 3 days now with Poshe topcoat and it’s still in immaculate condition. Highly recommended.