Friday, 19 July 2013

Orly Christmas 2013 Secret Society Collection...

Channel the dramatic. The aristocratic. The captivatingly lavish. Shroud yourself in provocative opulence as you’re transported behind the walls of an intoxicating world with Secret Society, the new Holiday 2013 color collection from ORLY. Revel in the dark side of the season—where the risqué reigns supreme, and the avant-garde grandeur is too seductive to believe. Nails that leave their mark long after dark.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

A bit of info on the China Glaze Christmas 2013 Happy HoliGlaze Collection...

As I previously mentioned has a copyrighted photo of the China Glaze Halloween 2013 collection; Monsters Ball.

They also have a bit of info on the Christmas 2013 collection. I wasn't going to put anything until China Glaze released promo pictures and swatches, but well, I just can't resist temptation any longer.

Without further ado here is the colour/finish guide for the Happy Holiglaze collection...

  • There’s Snow One Like you – texture
  • Elfin’ Around – aluminum
  • Just Be-Claws – aluminum
  • Santa Red My List – aluminum
  • Put A Bow On It – glitter
  • Be Merry, Be Bright – glitter
  • All Wrapped Up – glitter
  • Your Present Required – glitter
  • So Blue Without You – aluminum
  • Bells Will Be Blinging – glitter
  • Mingle With Kringle – aluminum
  • This Is Tree-Mendous – glitter

  • [List from]

    Monday, 15 July 2013

    I turned right, but am in doubt over turning left next; First Grave On The Right (Charley Davidson Series Book 1) by Darynda Jones...


    Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.

    In the meantime, Charley's dealing with a being more powerful - and definitely sexier - than any spectre she's ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn't nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

    Sunday, 14 July 2013

    Orly Halloween 2013 collection...

    Hmm. I don't really pay attention to Orly releases as I'm not a big fan, and it doesn't look like their 2013 Halloween collection is going to change my opinion...

    A) I personally already own near-dupes to the shades.
    B) Aside from Melt Your Popsicle, the shades are released by Orly every Halloween.
    C) And Melt Your Popsicle isn't new new; it's a re-promoted shade from a past Summer collection.

    Still seems directionless to me; Second Grave On The Left (Charley Davidson Series Book 2) by Darynda Jones...

    Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper Extraordinaire, is back in this sexy, suspenseful novel of supernatural shenanigans...


    When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

    Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

    Coming soon: China Glaze Gelaze gel nail polish...

    chinaglazeofficial: We’ve got gel-fabulous news! From the creators of China Glaze® comes Gelaze®, a revolutionary new gel polish system that has fewer steps than the traditional gel manicure, faster cure times and superior coverage. 

    With Gelaze®, 36 of your favorite China Glaze® shades are now available in long-lasting gel polish. Gelaze® Gel-n-Base in One, is an innovative 2-in-1, 100% gel polish, with the base coat built right into the polish. Gelaze® delivers a longer lasting manicure in fewer steps than traditional gel with reduced cure times under your choice of UV or LED lamp. 

    Save steps, save time and save money. Gelaze® will be available November 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

    For more information visit

    [Taken from the official China Glaze Instagram page]

    Friday, 5 July 2013

    I ♥ my Kindle: A brief review of A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest...

    I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a honest review for a reading site. If I really didn't like the book, then I wouldn't bother reviewing it here, so my opinion is indeed honest.


    On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

    She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

    Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

    Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

    Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

    Monday, 1 July 2013

    You're such a Teese; a review of Dita Von Teese edp by Dita Von Teese...

    "A scent needs to reflect all the different facets of my personality. It had to be elegant, glamorous, sophisticated, sexy, dark, and mysterious" - Dita Von Teese


     On first application I can detect the bergamot, and I think there is also something similar to a tea accord; I can't pinpoint everything down, but it reminds me of some kind of herbal blend of tea that a co-worker regularly brought into work. I can also pick up something that is similar to raspberry, but I recall a interview in which Dita said that the company that she worked with for the perfume nearly dropped her because she point blank refused to have any fruit or vanilla in her fragrance. Some variety of orchid perhaps?

    I normally dislike perfumes with jasmine as I find it heavy and migraine inducing, so it nice to find a fragrance including it that I can wear. It is actually the rose note that is the strongest, and it is more rosehip, then the traditionally powdery, sweet rose. I get a brief whiff of sweet gardenia [tiare flower], but the sharp, spicy pepper note soon develops and overpowers all of the florals, other then the rose. in all honesty I think that Dita should have selected a few more powdery florals, to give the perfume a more vintage feel.

    Dita Von Teese soon shifts from a floral perfume to a warm oriental, as the patchouli and the lightly smoked notes develop, mixing nicely with the spicy pepper. The combination warms up the reminder of the fragrance. I wish that the base notes lasted longer and were a bit more bold, as the perfume as a tad linear up until this point. Unfortunately the perfume goes close to the skin just as the base begins to develop.

    Official scent notes: bergamot, peony, Bourbon pepper, Bulgarian rose, Tahitian tiare flower, jasmine, incense, patchouli, musk, guaiac wood and sandalwood.

     20ml bottle design
    40ml bottle design
    The four hour average staying power of Dita Von Teese is a big let down. It also goes close to the skin quickly, so it is a quiet perfume too, despite the initial strength of some of the key scent notes. I tend to spray it directly onto my bra or tank top, to make it last longer - otherwise my 20ml bottle wouldn't have lasted very long, as you practically have to bathe in it for a lasting fragrance.

    As Dita Von Teese is close to the wearer's skin it is not a fragrance that will irritate colleagues, so you can confidently wear it without offence to work. I mainly tend to wear it on weekends, as it is a soft perfume and helps me to feel 'put together', without feeling overdone. Dita Von Teese is not something that I've worn on nights out, as I do like my perfumes to be a bit more unique and longer lasting on special occasions.

    Whilst it doesn't overpower me or give me headaches, I prefer wearing Dita Von Teese on cooler and rainy days. I'm going to save the rest of my bottle for Autumn/winter, as spicier perfumes are more appealing to me then. But overall it is something I think of as being suitable all year round, as it is nice and mild - not too sweet or too spicy.

    Dita Von Teese is pleasant and easy to wear, but it isn't overly original and the mildness of the different scent notes make it seem quite flat and one dimensional for a bit too long. I do really like the actual fragrance, but the so-so wear and lack of originality add up to another average, been-there-sniffed-that release, so I don't think it is very likely that I'll replace my bottle of Dita Von Teese when it's gone. Though it is affordable enough that I'd never say never...

    I received my bottle as a gift, and it is something that I think would make a good present for someone, as it is easy to wear and suitable for most ages. Plus it's not expensive, so if they don't like it you won't have wasted a lot of money.

    I wasn't sure whether to rate this a 3 or 4, as I like it and it is affordable enough to almost forgive the poor longevity. I decided on a three because as far that I'm aware, you can't buy the perfume in any shops in the UK, so you can't try before you buy.

    20ml bottle: £10.80
    40ml bottle: £23.69
    200ml scented body lotion: £9.99
    200ml scented shower gel: £8.99
    Gift set [20ml bottle & 75ml shower gel]: £16.79

    [prices from Amazon UK]