30 June 2013

Follow Painted Glitter on Bloglovin'

I'd love if you could take a couple of seconds out of your day to follow Painted Glitter on Bloglovin', so I don't lose touch with any of my fabulous Google Reader or GFC followers!  
Google Reader will be bidding us a fond farewell tomorrow, with GFC soon to be following suit and I know for a fact that at least half of you lovely GFC followers are not yet following me on bloglovin'!
So please, please don't lose touch; you can click the follow button on bloglovin' here, or alternatively use the follow option on the sidebar to the right if you prefer.
I'd hate to lose any of your lovely faces!
Have a fabulously lazy Sunday.
All my love,
Jo xx

26 June 2013

OPI | Atomic Orange

Now that we're well and truly into the summer period (whether or not the weather agrees with us), there's nothing I love more than a nail varnish so bright it's about as easy to miss as a punch  in the face.
For times like this, OPI's Atomic Orange has become an absolute favourite of mine.
Atomic Orange is a deeper, yet somehow brighter and much more beautiful orange than pictured but I'm afraid this swatch is the best representation I can get! Full appreciation can only be truly given in real life, but this would be perfect abroad with a tanned torso.
OPI Atomic Orange can be purchased from Amazon for £6.65 here.
What's your favourite OPI shade?
Jo xx

22 June 2013

What I Wore | 22.06.13

Hope you're all well! I've had quite a hectic week myself, there hasn't been a day with nothing going on! On top of job hunting I've been busy catching up with amazing friends I haven't seen in months, my mum's birthday was yesterday and I have also been with the family celebrating both me and my sister graduating with a first in about a months time! WHAT?!
Not once during my course have I even considered that I might get a first, so when I found out at my friends house on Tuesday, I literally must have been leaping around the kitchen for ten minutes straight.
Definitely my greatest achievement to date and I am so proud of what my sister and I have achieved, let's just hope we both get jobs soon enough, eh!
Anyway, onto the post! I thought I would show you what I wore to a family meal out to celebrate my sister's first (she found out about a week before me, so of course another meal out is essential to celebrate mine).
Vest top: Be Beau at Matalan | Trousers: George at ASDA (via Charity Shop) | Blazer: Primark | Necklace: Primark | Shoes: Primark | Bag: Boohoo
I didn't actually realise how much of a bargain this outfit was!
I have been doing a lot of charity shop shopping recently and I think these trousers are probably my favourite purchase. They are only from George at ASDA originally, but they remind me a little of the trousers I have been eyeing up in H&M recently so I thought for £3.50 I'd brave my first ever pair of patterned trousers. They are a seriously light, soft material that fall really nicely; it just feels like you're wearing pyjamas so they're perfect for a heavy meal out.
I didn't think I'd wear them all that much but I think I've already proved myself wrong!
I teamed them with a Primark blazer which I must have had for at least 3 years now, and some lightly studded nude Primark pumps. The blazer is well loved and getting a bit old and battered bless it, so I'm planning on buying a couple more replacement ones soon.
Are you a fan of statement trousers?
Jo xx

17 June 2013

Giveaway | Sephora Buxom The Headliners Collection

I am excited to announce that from tomorrow (Tuesday 18th June), Isabelle from Le Chateau Des Fleurs will be running a giveaway which I am co-hosting, along with many other amazing bloggers!
For a chance to win the Sephora Buxom set shown below, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

The following is the official competition post from Isabelle, so have a flick through before you enter.


As one of my makeup favs this summer it is time to give away Sephora Buxom The Headliners Collection. You can admit it, you love it and want it like me. Here it is:

This set contains:
- 0.22 oz Amplified Lash Mascara in Loud Black
- 0.03 oz Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick in Sydney
- 0.01 oz Insider Eyeliner in Onyx
- 0.15 oz Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polish in Dani
- 0.12 oz Stay-There™ Eyeshadow in Pug

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  a Rafflecopter giveaway

So there we are, simply follow me on bloglovin' and hunt me down on the Rafflecopter form for an entry. Why not give the other co-hosts a peek too?
You never know, you might find your new second favourite blog! (after Painted Glitter, obviously)
Good luck guys, how great would it be if one of us lot won?!
Take one for the team (you know you want to)
Jo xx

12 June 2013

Battle of the BB's | 17 Blemish Balm vs. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

With the warmer weather we've been having recently here in the UK, I've been reaching for BB creams over foundation for a lighter, barely-there coverage. The two I have been trialling are 17's BB Blemish Balm and Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB; cue the battle of the BB's!

17 BB Blemish Balm in Medium

The 17 packaging is really nice and simple (I know it has been altered more recently, but the difference is minimal), and the product dispenses nicely, without spontaneously leaking out of the nozzle; always a plus for obvious reasons. 
On application it felt lovely, fresh and light on my face. Literally just what you need in the hot weather and in my opinion, perfect if you're jetting off on holiday and don't want to feel caked in makeup.
It blends in really easily to provide an even coverage over blotchy skin, but definitely needs a little help from concealer for covering up those pesky spots.
Overall though, a really pleasant, easy and light product to wear. Definitely gets the thumbs up from me!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Universal Glow

Although this Maybelline packaging is easy on the eye, unfortunately the product is so thin and watery that it just seems to leak out into the lid, which is near impossible to avoid and also means that you always dispense way more of the product than you actually need.
Please take that as a word of warning, I can imagine there have been many mishaps involving this BB!
As this shade is called 'Universal Glow', I expected a nice muted, natural colour.
Boy was I wrong.
It's an extremely frightening looking shade of orange (which I've added a picture of below for reference; g'ah!). Because of this, I found it difficult to blend evenly, and it took more effort than I would have liked to get my face to a normal colour. However, when I did finally get to that stage, my skin did actually look quite naturally tanned.
Although it feels quite light once blended, like the 17 BB it isn't great at covering blemishes and needs a little help from a spot or two of concealer.

Overall I haven't really got on with this product too well. Although it does eventually blend in, I don't feel all that comfortable applying such a pigmented and awkward product. It also has a really unusual, strong smell that I can't put my finger on exactly, but slightly resembles gone off fake tan.
Sorry Maybelline, but this really isn't one of my favourites from you guys!
I think it's obvious who wins this battle.
 17 Blemish Balm BB Cream can be purchased here from Boots for £6.99
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB can also be found in Boots for £7.99 here
What's your favourite BB cream?
Jo xx

09 June 2013

Daisy Summer Nail Art

I hope you've been making the most of this weekend's gorgeous weather here in the UK; it doesn't look like it'll be around for much longer so let's enjoy it while it lasts eh!
I'm just writing up a quick post to show you the nail art I have been sporting this weekend; this cute daisy pattern. It was literally so quick and simple to do (I wish in a rush so this was just what I needed), but I absolutely love the subtle effect of the pastel colours. I used a white Sally Hansen nail art pen to create the daisies which made the job even easier.
Yes, it's a little sloppy but the beauty of using such low contrast colours means you can so easily get away with rushing it, and it will still look great!
What have you been wearing on your nails this weekend?
Link me to any recent nail art you've been doing if you can, I love to have a nosey!
Jo xx

04 June 2013

My Guest Post for Ellie etc | eBay Wish List

Hello lovelies, I know I haven't posted for over a week but I promise normal blogging will resume soon!
I have been busy with elective placements but am delighted to announce that today I have found out that I will be graduating this summer; I am now a fully qualified radiographer and I am absolutely over the moon.
Relief is not the word!

Anyhow, the purpose of today's post was just to direct you over to a guest post I have written for the lovely Ellie over at Ellie etc. I have compiled a wish list showing some of the items that have been clogging up my eBay watch list for a good while, so if you're interested in taking a look at that then please do pop over and take a peek; the link is here. Why not take a look around Ellie etc whilst you're there? I'm genuinely a big fan of her blog and I'm sure you'll love it too.

Ellie has previously also written a guest post for me, the link is here in case you fancy a nosey.

Jo xx