Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Playboy Cosmetics.. Yes, really!

My Mum came home from her usual weekly food shop with a smirk on her face and when I asked her why, she said she had bought some make up for me and it was only £1 per item as it was all on sale..
I was instantly suspicious and I admit, I expected really awful stuff to appear from her shopping bags that I would never ever wear!
When she started unpacking it I started laughing - Playboy, really?!
But you know what, it's not half bad.

Once you get over the shock of the hot pink and silver packaging and actually look at the products, you forget all about the brand.
I don't know how much the products normally retail at, but for £1 I honestly can't complain about anything I got.

Now for some pics:

The goodies- 4 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 lip glosses and 3 lip liners:

The liners and glosses:

Left: blush in "Nymphette" and Right: "Peach Bunny":

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Eyeshadows, clockwise from top left- "After Hours", "Primped and Proper", "Hollywood Nights" and "Party":

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Lipglosses- left "Bikini Martini" and right "Hefs Favourite, Playboy Pink":

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Lip liners (double ended)- "Mauve-a-lous", "In the Buff", and "Pinky Pout":

Other ends of the lip liners in the same order:

Now, first of all, these pictures were taken on my phones camera so the way the colours of the products appear aren't completely spot on - near, but not perfect.
So here are some descriptions; skip this bit if you like lovelies :) ♥

♠ The blush in "Nymphette" is a pinky plum colour, whilst
♠ "Peach Bunny" is a true peach.
♠ "After Hours" eyeshadow has a white and a dark grey blue, both with shimmer.
♠ "Primped and Proper" has a matte light peach and a shimmery peachy pink colour.
♠ "Hollywood Nights" has a matte pinky lilac and a shimmery midtone brown.
♠ And "Party" has a midtone pink and a taupe kind of colour, both with shimmer.
All powder products have fairly good pigmentation and are so smooth to apply - they feel very velvety.
♠ The "Bikini Martini" lip gloss has quite thick consistency, is a plumy pink colour and has small shimmers in - the smell isn't great but it isn't noticable once applied :) "Hefs Favourite" is more of a hot pink colour with a more liquidy consistency and has a slightly sweet, candy-ish smell to it which I personally like but I know some people don't.
♠ The lipliners are really good as they have two colours in each one - one darker and one lighter end. So if you own lipsticks in the same colour range but they're in different shades, these things come in handy! The only aspect I feel needs noting here is that the pink one is quite deep in colour on both ends, so perhaps this wouldn't be suitable to combine with a paler pink lipstick.

I remember my seeing the Playboy Cosmetics range in a big sale in Superdrug maybe a year or two ago at a similar time, so it's always worth keeping an eye out if you miss out once - you might get the chance to grab a bargain again :D

I'm really happy with all of the products I got, especially as they were only £1 each, and this experience has really taught me not to be such a make up snob!
Honestly, I wouldn't have even looked at this stuff before my Mum bought it home because I always assumed that the quality would be pretty bad but I have found that the products I have tried are all fairly long lasting, apply really nicely and the pigmentation of the colours is good - so I really have very little to complain about!
Next time I'm out shopping and I see make up on sale, I won't be so quick to judge and will have a quick swatching session before I make my mind up!

I might to an eye of the day or even face of the day using some of these products soon, so if you would like to see what they look like on the skin then leave a comment on this post and let me know darlings.

Hugs as always
- Nikki xoxo

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gorgeous Blogger Award <3

The beautiful Jennie nominated me for this award and I'm so happy - this is my first award and I think it's such a lovely way of sharing blogs and showing how much we enjoy reading them :) ♥
Please make sure you go and take a look at Jennies blog, she's so talented and a total sweetheart too!

The Rules-

1] Thank the person who nominated you
2] Copy the award and place it on your blog
3] Link to the person who nominated you for this award
4] Tell 7 interesting things about yourself
5] Nominate 7 bloggers
6] Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate

So here are my facts! I hope they're interesting, haha ♥

1] I have a son called Oliver who was born on the 21st of February 2009, 4 days after my 25th birthday :)
He is so precious to me, especially as I didn't think I could have babies!

2] I went through a bit of a goth phase in my teens; when I look back I cringe but I think it's all part of growing older - we all go through different styles..

3] When I was little I wanted to either work with children or animals - I developed allergies to animal fur which prevented me doing that line of work so I ended up working in nurseries and schools which I loved..

4] I'm in love with Japan and it's style, food, art, practically everything!
Along with Canada it's near the top of my list for places to go to..

5] I have lived in North London all my life but it has never felt like home..
One day I am determined to live in the countryside with the coast nearby, because that is the only kind of place where I have truly felt myself - I'm just not suited to city life!

6] I love old things.. Whenever I look at a black and white photo, read an old book and hold a vintage item I always wonder about the people who owned it before and what they might have been like - I love stories and finding out more about peoples lives..

7] I love tattoos, piercings and burlesque! So far I only have one tattoo on my back but I plan on having at least two more.
I have the top of my left ear pierced and a labret which I love, and I am sad to say I haven't been to a burlesque show yet but I am planning on going to one this year, it looks like so much fun! :)

Now for my nominations...

Carly at

Tabitha at

Deanne at

Helina at

Caz at

Samantha at

Abigail at

Hugs for all
- Nikki xoxo

Monday, January 11, 2010

girly survey/ quiz :)

I saw this quiz on the lovely Deanne5253's blog and thought I'd give it a go :)
I love filling out surveys and the fact that it's a girls one made it appeal even more, haha! ♥

1. Is it cute when guys kiss you on your forehead?
Very sweet.. I like little romantic gestures like that.

2. A big poofy dress or a short party dress?
I've never worn a poofy dress! And I don't really wear short ones to be honest, I like wearing dresses that come either just above or just below the knee :)

3. What would you do if you received a long love letter?
I'd be very surprised!

4. Group dates or single dates?
Single, purely because I like one on one time on dates.. Going out with a group is nice too though :)

5. Do you hate it when guys act different around their friends?
If it means they're dismissive towards me, then yes, I can't stand it!
I think it's only really immature insecure guys do that though, because it shows they can't be themselves for the fear of what others might think.

6. Are diamonds a girl's best friend?
Diamonds are lovely but I can think of lots of other things I like a lot more!

7. Is your hair up or down?
It's up because it was annoying me when it was down, haha..

8. Do you straighten your hair?
Very rarely, I don't really have the time to most days. Plus I like to use as little heat on my hair as possible!

9. Whats your favorite girly magazine?
I like all the gossip ones like Heat, and I love In Style and Elle etc. for all the fashion and beauty.. I'm a bit addicted to magazines!

10. What's your favorite mascara?
L'oreal Voluminous, I adore it

11. Do you get your nails done?
I always do them myself :)

12. Small or large purses?
Large, always!

13. In your purse, what are your must haves?
Mobile, keys, lip products, purse/ wallet, things for my son if he's with me, oyster card..

14. Jeans or skirts?
Jeans, I live in them

15. Do you wear clothes/shoes/jewelry that's uncomfortable?
I can't - maybe I did before I had my baby but I need to be comfortable when I'm running around after him ♥

16. Do you text message a lot?
I do, I love texting!

17. What would you do if you got pregnant?
I'd be over the moon to be honest, I love being pregnant and having babies lol

18. What's your favorite color?
Pink, yes typical girl I know, haha!

19. Heels or flats?
Flats - I love my ballet pumps

20. Did you ever cry during a romantic movie?
Yes, of course! I'm soppy.

21. Would you ever leave the house without make-up on?
Only in an emergency. I'm just not comfortable without a bit of make up on.

22. Walmart or Target?
I don't know, we don't have those stores in the U.K. :(

23. Do you wear collared shirts?
Not often

24. Do you like preppy boys?
I just like guys who take care of themselves really!

25. Are you spoiled?
No sadly :( haha, I'd love to be spoiled.

26. Do you think lip gloss is the best?
It's great but I think I prefer lipstick a little bit more

27. Do you own any big sunglasses?
I love huge sunglasses! I have a few pairs, but no designer ones.

28. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Maybe an hour or a little less unless I'm washing my hair.

29. Do you like to wear band aids?
Erm, only if I've hurt myself!

30. Do you like skater boys?
I used to, but I think I'm a bit old for that now lol

31. Do you wish there is something you could change about you?
So many things! Loads.

32. Gold or silver?
I only wear silver and white gold

33. Do you like to receive flowers?
Love it!

34. Do you like surfer boys?
Erm, they're okay.

35. Do you dress up for holidays?
A bit, yeah :D It's fun.

36. Do you like to wear dresses?
Sometimes yes, it depends on the occassion really ♥

37. On a scale of 1-10 how much do guys confuse you?
Maybe 6 or 7..

38. In the last 48 Hours have you hung out with a guy?
Oliver :D

39. Do you wear lipstick?
Yep, all the time

40. Would you date a guy shorter than you?
If I really liked the guy I doubt I'd care about his height very much :)

43. Do you like to hold hands?
I love it, I'm a bit of an affection junkie lol

44. What is the youngest you would date?
Nobody younger by a couple of years I'd say.. But generally it depends on the person

45. What is the oldest you would date?
Hmm.. Mid thirties? I haven't really thought about it

46. What do you notice when you first meet a guy?
His eyes and smile

47. Is it hot when guys are sweaty?

48. What is the best possible feature in a boy?
Honesty - if I can't trust a guy then there is no point in me being with them

49. Do you like making eye contact?
I do but if I really like someone I blush lol! I'm terrible

50. Do you ever picture your wedding dress and wedding?
Sometimes.. But I'm starting to doubt I'll get married, I hate the idea of divorce

52. Would you kill for chocolate?
No way

53. Did you ever spend all day/night getting pretty for a guy?
A good while yes, but not hours and hours!

54. On a scale from 1-10 how fun is shopping?
It depends.. I hate mad crowds and huge queues but I looooove shopping so much.. So maybe an 8?

55. Do you freak out if you miss your favorite shows?
Nope, I don't watch much tv really

56. Do you yell a lot?
I get loud when I'm really excited and I yell when I'm very angry, but most of the time I don't shout :)

57. Do you wear sweatpants/pajamas to school/work?
My job is being a full time Mumma to my son, so yes!

58. Have you ever dressed unlike yourself to impress a guy?
Nope, I don't see the point in that really

59. Do you write a lot of mushy love poems?
I don't write poetry, haven't done for a long time!

60. What makeup could you not live w/out?
Black liquid eyeliner, mascara and pink lipstick!

61. Do you fall in love easily?
It completely depends.. I am a romantic though

62. Do you have cramps? right now?
Yes! :(

63. Do you consider yourself pretty?
I don't think I'm hideous but I don't think I'm pretty either. I'm average! lol

64. Do you think guys will open this, even though it says girly questions?
Nah, I don't think any males actually read my blog, haha!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

please read!

Hi all, this is going to be a super quick post asking you for a big favour!

I have been having some trouble with my page and it meant that some readers weren't able to post comments on my blog entries..
I have just changed my layout and I am hoping this will have fixed things.

So pleeeease, try and leave a comment here and if it won't let you then please drop me an email letting me know there are still problems at:

Hugs for all and sorry for the hassle!

- Nikki xoxo

Saturday, January 09, 2010

eotd :)

Hello once again lovelies :)
Oliver went out with his Dad today so I got the chance to settle down and have a proper look at one of my latest beauty bargains, the nyx eyeshadow palette in Champagne and Caviar.
I adore this palette and there isn't one colour in there that won't be lovingly used!
I also got the Catwalk palette which I love equally and will no doubt make an appearance on my blog soon ♥
So here is a peek at the simple but pretty look I did (don't forget to click to enlarge the images)..
But please be forgiving of how tired I look, this is what lack of sleep does to a girl! lol

And here is what I used..

After I did that I just added my usual black winged liquid eyeliner by Bourjois and black voluminous carbon black mascara by L'oreal :)
I'm a creature of habit, what can I say!

Also definitely worth a mention is this lipstick..

It's the Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Crystal Baby and I looove it - as I'm sure you must know by now, I am a huge nude lip fan (as many of you ladies are) but it's not just the colour that has won me over; the consistency of this is gorgeous, it glides on, is creamy but not too thick and it feels so moisturising!
Gotta love Estee Lauder, they never fail to please :)

So that's that, but as for future posts..
I will do a general update one as it is long overdue, plus a "collective haul" type of post sharing some of my most recent buys with you.

So 'til next time, hugs for all as always

- Nikki xoxo