Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Chantecaille The New Classic Palette - Swatches and review

Finally a palette from Chantecaille that I really think is worth the price. This is new for autumn and as the name says, is the New Classic Palette. It isn't one of the special limited edition ones where a percentage of the price goes to a specific charity, so you don't get any two toned effect turtles etc. What you do get is 3 wearable everyday eyeshadows and a good blusher. There are some embossed Cs on each pan and a slight shimmer overspray, but once that wears off, you are left with a more subtle shimmer.

Chantecaille New Classic Palette
As I have green eyes, I love anything with a hint of purple/mauve about it, so this palette is perfect for me. You get a nice beige shimmer, a beautiful cool taupe and my favourite, an eggplant shimmer which can be used as shadow or liner.

Clockwise from top left: Beige, cool taupe, pinky peach blush, eggplant (looks more obviously aubergine in real life)

My only disappointment is the blusher. Don't get me wrong, it is great quality and a nice shade, but a little warm for my liking and it looks almost identical to the blusher included in the Turtles palette. It is similar to Nars Orgasm but with less obvious shimmer. Compared side by side, the turtles' blush is a touch more coral, and the one included in the Classic Palette a bit more pink, but there is not much in it at all. I would have preferred a soft mauve pink shade like Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracilis, or even something like Delicata (more neutral). That is what I would pair the eyeshadows with.

Left to right: Chantecaille New Classic Palette, Chantecaille Sea Turtle Palette
I have complained in the past about the price of Chantecaille palettes as in the US they are about 1/3 cheaper and although I do still think they are overpriced, this is by far my favourite out of the 5 I own. I know I will get the wear from it so the price is easier to justify.

Glancing down at the Classic Palette and the Turtles' Palette side by side, it occurs to me that you may think a few of the eye shadows are the same as well as the blush. In reality this is not the case. The Turtles' Palette is very warm and the Classic palette is definitely cool and taupe based, rather than brown based.

Swatches left to right: Blush from Sea Turtle Palette, eggplant liner shadow from Classic Palette, Beige, Cool Taupe, Blush from the New Classic Palette (the shades look less shimmery in real life, the swatches picked up a lot of the ultra shimmery overspray)
Two new Lip Chics have also been released for Autumn, one of which looks like a gorgeous cherry, and I can't wait to place an order the moment Space NK gets them in stock. Chantecaille Lip Chics are one of my favourite lip formulas, great for dry lips like mine and not as high maintenance as lipstick. They also smell divine! Definitely worth a look if you are in Space NK.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Makeup Mavens Weekly Round Up!

The Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed.  This week we got a closer look at some of the fall collections by Chanel, Armani, and Le Metier de Beaute!  Other Maven's continue to show their love for designer cosmetics with Rouge Bunny Rouge, Chanel and By Terry!  
The Tom Ford Cosmetics collection which is released in the UK on 5th September! (Photo from Product Doctor)

Lipstick Luvvies shows us the Chanel Fall Nail Colors along with some great dupes.

Interested in Armani's new Fall CollectionLovesong for my Lipgloss has swatches of the entire lineup! 

Mookie on the Bench has expanded her brush collection with some new eyeliner brushes from Rouge Bunny Rouge

Product Doctor is loving her lips dressed in Le Metier de Beaute's Lip Kaleidoscope in Empress.

Raseberry Rouge looks gorgeous in the strawberry red that is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo. 

The Black Panties' review of the By Terry Seve de Rose Ultra Glow Double Serumwas so tempting you'll be running out for your own liquid crack with gelato on top!  

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Chanel Nail Polishes in Quartz, Peridot and Graphite - Swatches and potential dupes

Chanel Fall 2001 has produced three new shades of nail polish and having worn them all, I can say I love one, like one and dislike one. My feelings are entirely based on the colours and personal preference, as the quality of all three polishes was excellent.

Chanel Nail Colour in Peridot
I'll start with the I really dislike, Peridot. This is limited edition and I can't find anything in my collection that is similar. It reminds me a bit of the kind of shades released with the MAC Venomous ViIllains Collection last Autumn, but the effect is smoother, less foiled. It has been getting the most attention and seems to be a favourite, being the first to sell out at counters, but I don't like colours which fight my skin tone.

2 coats of Peridot applied + top coat
It is best described as an antique gold with olive green, that varies depending on the light. It is a lovely colour in itself (reminds me a lot of RBR eyeshadow Abyssinian Catbird), but doesn't suit me. On dark skins I think it would look amazing, but it clashes badly with the pink in my skin. The good news is that you could easily get away with just one coat.

Left to right: Illamasqua Bacterium, Chanel Quartz

Left to right: Illamasqua Bacterium, Chanel Quartz - taken in direct sunlight

Second up is Quartz, and this is most similar to blogger favourite Bacterium by Illamasqua. They look very similar in pictures but the Chanel is probably a bit more subtle and a fraction less opalescent. Although not identical, there is really no reason to own both. I didn't like Bacterium but strangely I can get away with Quartz, making it a winner for me. I used two coats but would probably add a third as the nail line was still visible. Quality wise, I think Chanel and Illamasqua are pretty even.

2 coats of Quart applied + top coat

Finally, my favourite, Graphite. This shade gives a foiled effect to the nail, a gun metal colour with a hint of gold and subtle sparkle, but with none of the grittiness that you can get in similar, cheaper brands. It was also able to be removed quite easily.

Left to right: OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Chanel Graphite

Left to right: OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Chanel  Graphite - taken in direct sunlight

2 coats of Graphite + top coat

The nearest dupe I could find was from the OPI Swiss collection and it is Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous. The OPI is a touch darker but other than that they are incredibly similar and the effect on the nail is the same. If you really wanted to get the identical look of Graphite, you could add a minute bit of OPI's Glitterland to Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous to get that touch of gold. Here you can see previous NOTDs of both colours.

Left to right: OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, Chanel Graphite, OPI Glittzerland
All three nail colours are available now from counters nationwide in the UK and cost £17 each. They are also available online at, and www.debenhams .com.

Finally, this is the last plug for my blog sale reductions. If you are a nail junkie like me, then there is plenty of OPI, Leighton Denny and Chanel for you to choose from, as well as some skincare, YSL and Chanel lipsticks.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Blog Sale Reductions and Chanel Fall 2011

Just a quick heads up to let you know that the Chanel Fall makeup Collection finally arrived at counters in the UK today. Like the Chanel fanatic that I am, I was there dead on 9am but almost felt like walking straight out at the awful customer service I received.

I went in with a list of everything I wanted, but the main assistant was doing a makeover on an older lady (who I imagine they thought would spend more), and one was on the phone. Finally, after a long wait I handed over my list. The assistant who had been on the phone got everything out for me and that was fine. Then the makeover one came over and said she thought her client would probably want the new lipstick shade and to check if they had more than one because if not I couldn't have it. I was incensed. I was stood there waiting to hand over my credit card, had got there at the opening time, the makeover customer had barely even had her foundation put on let alone anything else and they were going to refuse to sell me something in case another customer wanted it?

It really upsets me that in a lot of stores I have been to I do not get the same level of customer service as older customers. I could understand it when I was a teenager, but I'm in my mid twenties, and when I have been a regular, high spending customer, I do not appreciate being pretty much ignored. The irony is, normally the customers they tend to favour end up buying one lip liner whereas I never leave without at least a 3 figure spend.

Chanel Fall Collection 2011
Anyway, rant over. The new Chanel products were and are beautiful. If you are on a budget (like I am at present), the only limited edition items are two of the nail polishes and the eye liner. The rest of the collection will be permanent so there is no need to rush out and buy. I was most excited about the new cream shadows, Illusions D'ombre, especially as they got an A+ from Temptalia, so picked up the mauve shade (like a cream RBR Delicate Hummingbird) and the khaki. I'm wearing the mauve at the moment and love it, but am not too impressed with the eyeliner. I much prefer the waterproof one from the Summer Collection.

I will try and post some nail pictures tomorrow but thought I'd let you know that the collection is already online at There should also be a new Lisa Eldridge video up soon on the Chanel Confidential website showing a look with the new products.

Finally, as I am so keen to clear some much needed space, I have dramatically reduced the prices of everything left in my blog sale so do check it out here. Everyone who has already bought items, you should get them early next week x

Thursday, 18 August 2011

One very expensive Manicure!

As the new makeup line from Tom Ford is due to launch soon, I thought now would be a good time to show you the nail polish that was included in the limited edition Black Orchid gift set released last Christmas.
Originally I passed on it as I had never tried the fragrance, but once I tested it in a Space NK in London and saw they still had some of the sets available, I caved. I would imagine that the Tom Ford line will include nail polishes and probably this colour so although it might be hard to find now, it may be easier in the next few months?

Tom Ford Nail Colour in Black Orchid (part of a set)
I will be incredibly disappointed if there isn't a nail range as the quality of the polish is the best I have ever encountered. I didn't apply it particularly well and it was nearly opaque in one coat, but two coats and a top coat of Seche Vite have lasted 10 days with no chips, unheard of for me. I have had some tip wear but considering I've been swimming a lot the last fortnight, that's to be expected.

Chanel Rouge Noir and Tom Ford Black Orchid side by side
The colour itself, called black orchid, is very similar to the iconic Chanel Rouge Noir, but maybe a fraction lighter and with a bit more brown in it. It is the same shade as the lipstick in Black Orchid from the Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick range.

Having worn brights all summer, I love wearing a more sophisticated shade more suited to the current weather we are having here (outside is grey and raining). Even though I really like Chanel polishes, the Tom Ford beats it hands down for quality. I'm just upset that my pictures don't really do it justice as my cuticles are in bad shape and the photos were taken a few days after the polish was first applied.

Chanel Rouge Noir applied

Tom Ford Black Orchid applied
If, and this is a big if, the upcoming makeup range does include nail products, I would urge you to try them out. I have no idea what price they would be as this polish was part of a £90 set, the lipstick would be £35 and I'm not sure how much the solid perfume compact would be (I'll review the whole set later). However, you can bet all the new products will be expensive. Regardless, I am hoping that nail polishes appear in the shades of Cherry Lush and Pure Pink, my favourite lipstick shades.

The Black Orchid Gift Set was limited edition and cost £90 from Space NK. I have seen it still available in some of the London stores but it isn't online.

Finally, if you haven't already, check out my huge blog sale as there is still lots left including Chanel Nail Polishes, lipsticks, Nars, Ellis Faas, OPI etc. I am having a massive clear out (to make space for even more cosmetics!).

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Blog Sale Reductions! - Chanel, Dior, OPI, Ellis Faas, Nars, Elemis, Decleor

I know a lot of people hate blog sales but I promise this is the last one. I am having a huge clear out as I am intending a move to London this time next year, health permitting, so I dramatically need to downsize! As I feel I've got to grips now with sales this one is open worldwide. Here are the rules:

The blog sale!

  • If you want an item, please leave a comment stating which item you would like with your paypal email address and then I will send you an invoice (I won't publish your email address in the comments section)
  • It is a case of first come first served.
  • Please pay promptly, if I don't hear from you within 24 hours I will re-list the item.
  • Paypal is the only form of payment accepted
  • I will ship worldwide.
  • Postage will be £2 and then 50p extra for each additional item. If you would like your items sent recorded delivery, please say so in the comments but it will be £3 instead of £2 (lots of the items are quite heavy). For overseas buyers, postage will be £4 and then 50p per additional item. I have had to estimate postage costs and I will refund any difference in actual cost if it is £1 or more.
  • Please don't rely solely on my descriptions, I have put them there as a guide, but I would suggest if you are unsure about something, to check out swatches on other beauty blogs first.
  • All sales are final.

  • Decleor Aromescence Neroli approx (RRP £28) 75% left - £10
  • Decleor Rose D'orient Night Balm 15 ml, 80 % (I used it with a spatula) - £8
  • Gatineau Aquamemeory Moisture Replenish Concentrate 30ml (rrp £46, 2/3 left - £12.50
  • Philosophy Pure Grace Perfumed Body Butter 5oz  (RRP £16) new - £5.00
  • Philosophy Hope in a Tube lip & eye cream 0.5 oz (RRP £28) 80% left - £7.50

  • Philosophy Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance 2floz, (RRP £32) 80% left - £12
  • Illamasqua Nail Polish in Bacterium (summer collection), used once - £6 - PENDING
  • Chanel Nail Colour in Inattendu, (RRP £16.50) used once - £7.50
  • Chanel Nail Colour in Peche Nacree (Spring 11 collection), new in box (RRP £16.50) - £8.50 - PENDING
Left to right: Millionaire, On the rocks, Sugar & Spice, It Girl, On Parade, Gold Dust
 All Leighton Denny Nail Polishes cost £11 new.
  • Leighton Denny Millionaire (pinky lilac with fine gold glitter), new - £3.50
  • Leighton Denny On The Rocks (dark taupe with subtle bronze micro shimmer), new - £3.50
  • Leighton Denny Sugar & Spice (light cream shimmer), new - £3.50
  • Leighton Denny It Girl (light pink with subtle gold micros himmer), new - £3.50
  • Leighton Denny On Parade (warm mid brown creme), new - £3.50
  • Leighton Denny Gold Dust (clear with gold fine glitter), new - £3.50
Left to right: Steady As She Rose, You Don't Know Jaques, Stranger Tides, Passion, Baguette Me Not

  • OPI Passion (light pink creme, perfect for brides), new - £3.50
  • OPI Baguette Me Not (warm rose creme), new - £3.50
 All OPI colours retail in the UK for £10 a bottle.

Left to right: Chopsticking to my story, On the same Paige, Bling Dynasty, Keys to my Karma, Paint my Mojitioes Red
  • OPI Chopsticking to my Story (Hong Kong Collection, warm orange/brown creme), new - £3.50
  • OPI On The Same Paige (bright warm orange creme), new - £3.50
  • OPI Keys To My Karma (neutral red creme), new - £3.50
  • OPI Paint My Mojitoes Red (South Beach Collection, dark warm rose creme), new - £3.50

Left to right: Off with her Red, Clubbin Til Sunrise, Crepe Suzzette, Congaline Coral, Party In My Cabana, An Affair In Red Square
  • OPI Off With Her Red (Alice In Wonderland Collection, warm red creme), new - £3.50
  • OPI Clubbin til Sunrise (light orange/coral shimmer), new - £3.50
  • OPI Crepe Suzette (warm red/brown creme), new - £3.50
  • OPI Conga-line Coral (orange/bronze shimmer), new - £3.50
  • OPI An Affair In Red Square (ruby red shimmer), new - £3.50

Chanel lipsticks left to right: Wild Tulip, Lotus Rouge, Perle, Mademoiselle, Peregrina
Sorry that the photo really doesn't show the true colours of these beautiful lipsticks at all. They have all only been used maximum of 3 times. I have photographed them at their maximum height so you can see how much is left. Chanel lipsticks usually cost around £23 new.
  • Chanel Rouge a Levres Creme Lipstick in Wild Tulip 134, a dark mauve/light plum, - 10.00
  • Chanel Rouge a Levres Creme Lipstick in Lotus Rouge 124, a stunning dark, deep red, - £10.00

  • Chanel Levres Scintilants Glossimer in 19 Blizzard, used twice - £8
  • BECCA Sheer Tint Lip Colour in Laelia, nude, swatched once - £6

  •  Limited edition and rare Chanel Levres Signes Lip Palette, the only colour which has been touched is the lightest shade which has been swatched once. A collector's item. - £17.50

  • YSL Limited Edition Eye Palette in Mauresque, pristine condition - £12.50
All of these products were bought by me (one was a gift from a friend).

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Makeup Maven's Beauty Roundup

Makeup Mavens show you makeup you might have missed. This week, the mavens were almost all about the lipstick, with several of us showing you our favorites.

It's all about the lipstick!
Christina of Lovesong for My Lipgloss brings you her favorite lipstick formula, Chantecaille Lip Chic, in two of her favorite colors.

Klara of Mookie on the Bench has found a favorite in Chanel Rouge Coco in Cambon, her perfect red.

Natalie of Rasperry Rouge has also found a love in the Chanel Rouge Coco line. This week she brings us the summery La Pausa.

Jennifer of Lipstick Luvvies shows us the next best thing in lipstick formulas, the By Terry Rouge Terry-bly lipstick.

Product Doctor Beauty Blog has found a hole in your staple makeup bag,Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

A cry for help!

I am having major issues with my eyes at the moment. My eyelash extensions had been on for a month and were looking a bit ragged. As I couldn't get to London to have maintenance or professional removal, I thought I'd try it myself. Big mistake. I used both oil and balm type cleansers on my eyes to dissolve the glue and much blurred vision and redness a few hours later (I looked like I had been crying for a month) there were still some stubborn lashes there. I have given up now and that was a few days ago.

I have been using my regular eye cream, Sarah Chapman Eye Repair but today, my left eye looks horrendous. I should add I have started swimming regularly in the last fortnight which involves putting my head under, as well as copious use of the sauna. When I returned from my swim today though my eyes are really sore and more worrying, the eyelid and under inner eye area looks wrinkled and cracked, a bit like sunburn almost. It feels like sandpaper and I have no idea quite what to do.

I think that with the eye cream I use it should go that close to the eye but it desperately feels like it needs something to replenish it and stop the cracking etc. It is like I have aged 60 years in a couple of hours. Does anyone have any idea what type of product I should be using on it? Would Lucas Papaw ointment or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream be a dreadful idea? If it were anywhere else that is what I would use but the eyes are so delicate I don't want to make things worse.

Please, please someone come to my rescue with some ideas. I really don't want to end up seeing the doctor next week and having to explain eyelash extensions to him!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Tickled Pink - Some of the brightest pink lipsticks around

Having already raved about the Rouge Terrybly By Terry lipsticks, I thought this might be a good opportunity to show you how they compare to some other pinks I have. Nars Schiap is the most famous of the group but some of them even put this classic in the shade. I've ignored lighter colours as the whole aim was to give you a better idea of the exact Rouge Terrybly lipsticks that I have. It can be hard to tell when pictured together but hopefully with the addition of some other brands, it will be of more use.

Left to right: Estee Lauder Wild Violet, By Terry Cherry Cherry, Chanel Splendeur, Tom Ford Pure Pink, Chanel Super, By Terry Pink Party, MAC Candy Yum Yum, Nars Schiap, YSL 27, By Terry Torrid Rose, Nars Carthage
Although at first glance the pinks all look, well, pink, you should be able to tell that some are considerably warmer than others, some have more purple, some more white in etc.

Left to right: Estee Lauder Wild Violet 42, By Terry Cherry Cherry 304, Chanel Splendeur 98, Tom Ford Pure Pink, Chanel Super 167, By Terry Pink Party 301, MAC Candy Yum Yum, Nars Schiap, YSL 27, By Terry Torrid Rose 303, Nars Pure Matte CArthage
Here is another look at the swatches in direct sunlight, the above photo was taken in ordinary daylight. The swatches to the right of the picture look better but that is no reflection of the quality of lipstick, they were just done on smoother skin!

Left to right: Estee lauder Wild Violet, By Terry Cherry Cherry, Chanel Splendeur, Tom Ford Pure Pink, Chanel Super, By Terry Pink Party, MAC Candy Yum Yum, Nars Schiap, YSL 27, By Terry Torrid Rose, Nars Carthage
If this has been any help, I will try my best to do a similar post on some of my red lipsticks. The major issue I have had with the Rouge Terrybly shades is that I have been ordering online and although most have been great, a couple of colours I have been very surprised by. Even when I looked in store, not all the testers were there so it doesn't seem an easy task to get comprehensive swatches!

By Terry Rouge Terrybly Lipstick Swatches

I have already raved about how much I love the formula of these lipsticks here, but since I wrote that post my collection has grown. There seems to be a general lack of swatches/posts on By Terry so I thought this might be of some help, especially if you are looking to purchase online.
Swatches left to right: Narcotic Sienna, Cupid Peony, Torrid Rose, Pink Party, Cherry Cherry (taken in natural light)
Pink lipstick is my favourite so I am keen to collect all on offer and then make a start on the reds. I bought all the shades online and they have been rather hit or miss shade wise. I love Cherry Cherry, Pink Party and Torrid Rose, but Cupid Peony I can't get to work for me and Narcotic Sienna, although nice enough, is not the red I would have chosen if I'd viewed them all in store. When I did get a chance to have a quick peek at the By Terry stand in Space NK Canary Wharf, only half the testers were available of the lipsticks and they were all squished to within an inch of their life. Needless to say I didn't purchase anything that day!

Swatches left to right: Narcotic Sienna, Cherry Cherry, Pink Party, Torrid Rose, Cupid Peony
Please excuse the incredibly sorry state of my lips. Unfortunately I bit them (in the stress running up to my brother's wedding) so no lipstick covers those marks and they are dry and cracked at best! However, I think you can only really tell the sometimes subtle differences between the shades when on the lips. The lightest shade, Cupid Peony, never seems to work on my lips regardless of the state of them. I'm not sure if it is just too light for me but if anyone has any tips as to how to improve it, do let me know. It is currently proving a very expensive mistake!

By Terry Rouge Terrybly Cupid Peony applied
By Terry Rouge Terrybly Torrid Rose applied
By Terry Rouge Terrybly Cherry Cherry applied
By Terry Rouge Terrybly Pink Party applied
By Terry Rouge Terrybly Narcotic Sienna applied
Finally, I will just say that these lipsticks although expensive at £30.50 each, are my favourite of all time. They even beat Tom Ford for me as they are so feather light on the lips you don't really even notice you are wearing lipstick. It has definitely encouraged me to buy more By Terry products in the future.

By Terry Rouge Terrybly lipsticks cost £30.50 each from Space NK nationwide in the UK.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Makeup Mavens Weekly Roundup

Makeup Mavens present beauty posts you might have missed. We may be a couple down (holidays beckon) but there is sure to be something to tempt you in our roundup. This week we have a look at some free products for a change, what Chantecaille has in store for Fall, a Chanel nail polish perfect for summer and most importantly, one of our mavens tries Rouge Bunny Rouge for the first time.

My beautiful puppy who is nearly fully grown, doesn't time fly?!
Lovesong For My Lipgloss gives us a peek at the latest offerings from Chantecaille, two brand new shades of lip chic perfect for the transition from summer to fall.

In a change to form, Lipstick Luvvies shows us some of the best freebies on offer with the monthly glossies and some TK Maxx bargains.

Barely a week goes by without some mention of blogger favourite Rouge Bunny Rouge, and now it is the turn of Product Doctor. See whether she thinks their loose glitter pigment is enough to start a love affair with the brand.

Raspberry Rouge shows us that some of Chanel's older polishes are just as fabulous as their latest releases with a closer look at Miami Peach.

Have a great weekend wherever you are x

Nail freebies and fabulous feet

I am a sucker for magazines, even though I normally end up wondering why I wasted my money by the final page, but at least in recent months there have been a lot of good freebies which are an added bonus. We had the Nails Inc full size polish with In Style, Benefit miniatures with Glamour, it seems the magazines desperately want our business.
Magazine freebies and TK Maxx Bargains
This month I picked up a free Ciate full size polish with Marie Clare, there are 2 shades to choose from, and a mini Mavala polish with Elle. I have never tried these two nail ranges before and they are shades I would actually have chosen (a rarity) so tonight I thought I'd test them out. I also got a full size Ciate nail polish in my July Glossy Box, a shade called Kitten Heels, so that went straight on my toes (it is a warm red shimmer).

Left to right: Ciate Paint Pot in Wait Until Dark, Ciate Paint Pot in Kitten Heels
The Ciate polishes come in very cute bottles with a little black bow attached. They don't just look pretty though, the long handle makes applying the polish easy. The colour I chose is called Wait Until Dark and is a dark purple shimmer. It reminds me a lot of some OPI shades, in particular one from the Russian Collection (can't recall the name offhand). The quality also is reminiscent of OPI, two coats gave a perfect finish. If Ciate was more widely available and I could see the colours in person, I would definitely buy a few more colours. I will almost certainly be buying another copy of Marie Clare to get the other lighter shade.

2 coats of Ciate Wait Until Dark applied plus top coat
Ciate Kitten Heels applied to my feet (sorry you get a feet picture but I ran out of hands to demo on!)
Ciate nail polishes cost £9 and the magazine costs £3.60 and isn't a bad read this month, so I highly recommend getting a copy.

Next up is the mini Mavala polish. I think these miniatures only cost £2.99, less than the price of Elle, but this colour has been specially made for the magazine. Called Elle Grey, it is quit a light grey creme, about one of the only colours in existence I don't already have in my collection. Surprisingly, it gives great coverage and two coats was all I needed. It is an excellent quality polish, but as the magazine is more expensive than the product, unless you already read Elle or desperately want this particular shade, you are better off picking your own miniature from the Mavala website.

2 coats of Mavala Elle Grey applied + top coat
Finally, as I am all into bargains this week, I popped into TK Maxx this afternoon to see what was around in the beauty section. There were a couple of Leighton Denny and Nails Inc sets but I was most excited to pick up the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion and Intensive Treatment Foot Oil. I use the foot lotion already as it is the best I've ever tried and I got mine from QVC. Also available from Space NK, the retail price of each product is £25, but in TK Maxx there were £10 each.

I used both products after my DIY pedicure and the oil is just as good as the lotion. You need such a small amount that the 200ml bottle should last ages. I will be making sure I pop into my local TK Maxx for often!