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Nails: Dior at Harrods

4 Apr

Hello Shopaholics!

Those of you who read Vogue’s Beauty Page may have noticed their article on The Illustrated Nail. I had to share this as I thought the haute couture designs were clever yet classic (quite unusual when it comes to nail art which is generally cute or clashy!).

Nail Artist, Sophie Harris-Greenslade, who goes by the name of “The Illustrated Nail” has created the designs from Raf Simons’ Dior Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

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I absolutely love the simplicity of the designs which keeps them chic and stylish yet recognisable.

The cost of the appointment is redeemable against the purchase of two Dior products – so you can get your freshly polished fingers on some Dior goodies whether it’s fashion or beauty!

Appointments with Sophie herself are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Dior at Harrods until April 14. Call 0207 754 0444 to book.

I’ll be making myself an appointment for this chic manicure:

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What’s your favourite nail and outfit combination?

Do let me know if you get yourself an Illustrated Nail manicure by dropping me a comment below, maybe I’ll see you there!

LDNshopaholic xxx

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Xmas Giveaway: JolieBox and BirchBox

25 Dec

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I’ve got something exciting for you all! You may have heard on the beauty scene, of a rumour about a merger between a certain European beauty box, and the original American beauty box….. Here’s a sneak peek at my first Birchbox encounter and I’m giving away both a JolieBox (this one is the November edition) and the Birchbox too!

Here’s our lovely JolieBox which I’ve been a regular subscriber of for around 6 months now:
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And inside the goodies are:jolie box nov

Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash

Sparkling Body Milk by Topic Cream

Marvis Toothpaste – Liquorice flavour Italian

Yardley Perfume – Royal Diamond

VAV Manucure Absolute Hand Cream

Jane Iredale BB Cream Sachet SPF 25

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Little bit of a comparison between the boxes, JolieBox is a more elegant, classic style whereas Birchbox is distinctly more girly and has a Barbie pink sleeve.

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Drumroll please… for the hot pink Birchbox!

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Inside the Birchbox is:

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Brightening Cleaser by DDF

Moisturising Lipgloss in Wind by Jouer

Viva La Juicy La Fleur

LIQWD Professional Volumizing Catalyst

Lara Bar Uber Apple Turnover

To enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter and opt in for as many chances as you like. The giveaway ends on Jan 2nd when I will get in contact with the winner via e-mail. Good luck everyone!

(Post competition edit): The winner is….. Helen @MummytotheMax! I’ve sent you an e-mail so let me know your address so I can get your prize out to you!!!

Hope you are having a wonderful festive time!

LDNshopaholic xx

Nails: Ciaté Mini Mani Month

6 Dec

So you may have noticed my excitement last week when I instagrammed my advent calendar… it’s only the Ciaté Mini Mani Month! I know we’re a few days into December now but I think this could still make an epic gift as you get 25 polishes for £38 (full size polishes are usually £9) or you could just treat yourself and open multiple days as soon as you get it!

Here’s the outer packaging:

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And it opens up to look like this:

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The polishes I’ve got so far are Cupcake Queen, Caviar Pearls in Prom Queen (currently only available in Caviar Mini set), Dangerous Affair, Halo and Cabaret.

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I’m so excited to try out the Caviar Pearls and you’ll definitely be seeing a lot of Ciaté in my Nails of the Week posts! There’s also three exclusive new polishes in the calendar which I’m eager to discover.

What advent calendar have you got this year? I know there are a few beauty ones out there as well as lots of lovely chocolatey ones – yum!

LDNshopaholic xxx

OOTD: Layered Up

3 Dec

So today is a layered up day… it’s got so cold in London town this is a necessity right now! I borrowed my Dad’s cashmere scarf which happens to be tartan (what a trendsetter!) and paired it with some double denim!double denimthai beaded necklacesvintage brown bootsface of the dayTartan Scarf : Dad’s!

Denim Shirt: Zara

American Flag Cross tee (worn under denim shirt): Primark

Navy Jamie Janes: Topshop

Wine Oversized Cardigan: H&M

Beaded Necklace: Bangkok Street Seller

Well worn tan boots: Lotus Hallmark

Lipstick: Crush by Sephora

Do you ever borrow your family’s clothing/accessories?! And what are you thoughts on double denim? I know it’s a bit of love/hate topic!

xxx

NOTW: Cute Cupcakes

23 Nov

I’m so excited about my seriously cute Nails of the Week:

To get this look I followed this tutorial from YouTuber CutePolish:

I used the following products (doesn’t the lid of my JolieBox makes a great nail polish tray?!):

Revlon Quick Dry Basecoat

Essie Eternal Optimist (2nd coat)

Models Own Vintage Pink (1st coat)

Topshop Nails One Hot Minute (applied with striping brush)

Rimmel Nail Tip Whitener (applied with dotting tool)

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Pink stripes, hearts, cupcakes – this is my favourite ever nail art!!! It’s not high fashion but it’s fun and creative. What are your thoughts on nail art?

LDNshopaholic xxx

NOTW: Nude Sparkles

13 Nov

Here are my nails of the week, I love the juxtaposition of three coats of sensible nude with an impulsive sweep of glitter at the end!

The polishes are: Nude Beige by Models Own – this looks very different in the bottle – much more pinky! And Disco Ball by Rimmel:

And the knuckle ring is from the Etsy shop ModernMeetsWhimsy, who do some seriously cute dainty pieces. I’m also loving this Love Me Knot Ring (£12)!

What polish are you wearing this week?

LDNshopaholic xxx

OOTD – April Showers

19 Apr


 

White Blouse: Primark

Red Jumper: H&M

Kristen High Waisted Jeans – Topshop

Fur Detail Jacket: Motel

Tillie Bag: Mulberry

Brown Riding Style Boots: Lotus Hallmark

Nails: Rimmel Lycra Pro in 391 Celebrity Bash

What a strange week of weather we’ve had with our April Showers. You look out of the window and it’s a beautiful, bright, sunny morning, thirty minutes later you step outside and pouring with rain! The solution? Stick on a nice big coat, a pair of puddle protecting boots and always carry an umbrella!

What’s your rainy day item of choice?

LDNshopaholic xxx

It’s time for another party…

10 Mar

Back in November, 17 Cosmetics held a seriously awesome Twitter party to celebrate the launch of their Magnetized Nail Polish. It was such good fun sharing make up tips and our favourite 17 products. This weekend the 17 Twitter Party returns for the launch of Peep Show Mascara… and you’re all invited!

To take part follow @official17 and look out for the hashtag #17cosmetics from 7-8pm on Twitter on Sunday 11th March.

And… every 10 minutes 17 will be giving away a goodie bag crammed full of fabulous 17 products to the best tweeters. Just include the hashtag #17cosmetics with every tweet you send for your chance to win! Make sure you’re following @official17 too so they’re able to send you a direct message if you win.

What are your favourite 17 products? I’m currently loving their Adapt-itude – Adapting Skin Match Foundation which I accidentally bought in Extra Fair but adapts to my skin tone perfectly (and I’d say I’m more of a medium)!

See you on Twitter at 7pm tomorrow!

@LDNshopaholic xxx

Chilling in my Docs

5 Feb

Red Bobble Hat: Primark

Check Scarf: TK Maxx

Grey Mixed Knit Jumper: H&M

Navy Leigh Jeans: Topshop

Parka: H&M

BIG Leather Bag: All Saints

Socks: Primark

Gloves: Mulberry

Boots: Doc Martens from Office

Nails: It’s Time to Rock by Sephora

So here’s a look from Friday before it snowed, it was still freezing cold so I had piled on the layers for a very casual day at work. I’m still breaking in my Doc Martens, which I do love so much. They are incredibly comfy and supportive at the same time! Wearing them with big snuggly socks makes me happy.

I didn’t realize quite how coordinated I was until I got to work and noticed all the red and maroon but think it somehow worked. I’m seriously obsessed with my new(ish) bag from All Saints, which is so huge I can store everything I could every need in it. I’m a big bag lady and proud!

To everyone who’s had some, I hope you enjoyed the snow. I kind of wish I’d done a snowy OOTD but it was just too cold and I had a massive duvet day instead!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Birthday Giveaway!

9 Jan

Hi everyone!!

So some of you might know it was my birthday yesterday! I had a lovely weekend and will be blogging about my birthday related activities over the next few days…

In the meanwhile, I felt like this would be a fabulous time to do a giveaway for all my followers to say thank you for supporting me with my blog so far… having had a ridiculously HUGE MAC shopping spree which I documented in the following haul video:

… I have two fabulous MAC products to giveaway to one lucky winner:

They are MAC Whirls and Twirls Lipstick from the Glitter and Ice collection (which has been SOLD OUT in the UK for AGES!) and MAC Lipglass in Entice.

To enter you can (one entry per thing!):

  • Subscribe to my blog (little button on the right)
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Retweet my Tweet about the giveaway
  • Like my Facebook page
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
  • Leave me a comment telling me what your favourite MAC product is and why.

Also leave me a comment to say which you’ve done, so I can keep track!

The competition will end at Midnight on Monday 16 January 2012 and the winner will be picked at random.

Good luck everyone!

LDNshopaholic xxx

P.S. This is not a sponsored giveaway – I have purchased these products with my hard-earned CASH 😉