Marilyn & Joe: Lasting Love

On this day in 1954, Marilyn Monroe wed baseball star Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on their wedding day, January 14th 1954.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio on their wedding day, January 14th 1954.

Marilyn was one of the most glamorous stars at the time, however, rather than wearing an extravagant gown she opted for a conservative but chic brown suit with fur collar. Most probably this was to please her new husband who was uncomfortable with the attention Marilyn received from the press and the public, especially regarding her fashion choices.

The two stars had a turbulent marriage, divorcing after just 9 months, in October of 1954.

Marilyn announcingher divorce to the press, October 1954.

Marilyn announcing her divorce to the press, October 1954.

Although the relationship was over they were seen socialising after their divorce. Joe was even her date for the premiere of The Seven Year Itch which took place on Marilyn’s 29th birthday, June 1st 1955.

Joe and Marilyn at The Seven Year Itch première.

Joe and Marilyn at The Seven Year Itch première.

Marilyn and Joe remained friends until the end of her life, with Marilyn turning to him for support in her later years and even though their romantic relationship didn’t last, Joe’s love for Marilyn certainly never faded. After her death in 1962, Joe arranged for roses to be delivered to her crypt every week for 20 years. It’s reported that his final words before he died in 1999 were “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.”

Marilyn and Joe on holiday in Florida, 1961.

Marilyn and Joe on holiday in Florida, 1961.

Ra ❤

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Born Pretty Store: Fruit Nail Decals

I love decals because they’re so quick to use, especially with fast drying polishes and top coats. These gorgeous fruit designs from Born Pretty Store are just wonderful.

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I love that these have a fun vintage/rockabilly vibe!

These are definitely the perfect way to jazz up any mani! First I had to try a candy pink with lots of decals.

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For my second look I wanted to keep it simple but bold. I usually shy away from yellow polish but with a little pineapple decoration I love it!

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As with all decals I’ve tried from Born Pretty Store these are really fantastic quality, easy to use and perfect for all nail lengths! These are a must have!

You can find this here: Fruit Nail Decals!

Born Pretty Store has everything you could need for gorgeous nail art. And you can use my discount code RARW10 for 10% off your Born Pretty Store order!

Ra ❤

*These decals were sent to me by Born Pretty Store for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

 

Review: Max Factor Lipgloss

Happy New Year!

One of the biggest resolutions I’ve made is to spend less money on new makeup and to make the most of all the great products in my collection! As much as I love buying the latest product releases, and splurging on high end lipstick, there are a few more important ways I would like to spend my money in 2017.

So here’s a little review of some great products I’ve had for a while but never shared..

I’ve always been a lipstick fan, preferring the lightweight feel they offer rather than the heavier slick of gloss. But as I rediscover the makeup in my collection I’ve been loving giving lipgloss another go.

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Today I’m sharing two beautiful shades from Max Factor’s Colour Elixir range, Captivating Ruby and Polished Fuchsia.

As I am sure you can tell, Captivating Ruby is a classic red and Polished Fuchsia is a bold pink. In the packaging they look almost identical but once you open them up the tones are rather obvious.

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I love the intense colour just one swipe of these give! Very impressive for a gloss I think. And they don’t feel overly sticky or gloopy on the lips either which is one of the many reasons I usually reach for a lipstick.

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I personally prefer the red shade but both are absolutely gorgeous!

Ra ❤

Sparkle Into The New Year

Today I’m sharing two of my favourite Barry M glitter polishes to inspire your next nail look!

Celebrating the New Year is the perfect time to wear all the glitter! So here are my two picks for nails that will sparkle the brightest.

First up is Amethyst which is densely packed with glitter. This can be worn without a base coat as it does completely cover the nail but I’m wearing it over Barry M Plum Gelly Paint, mainly to make removing it just a little easier!

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Next is Fashion Icon from the Glitterati range. Possibly the prettiest purple ever!! The shimmer and glitter work beautifully together to create the most wonderful effect. Again, this is layered over the Plum Gelly Paint.

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What are your favourite glitter polishes?

Ra ❤

Getting Festive With Make Up Gallery

Glitter polish is one of my favourite ways to get a festive look without the time and effort of nail art! I love that you can wear as little or as much glitter as you like and layering over different base colours can completely change it’s style!

Today I’m sharing a perfectly Christmas-y glitter top coat from Make Up Gallery along with two amazing colours to wear it with.

First up is Silver Storm. This frosted silver is so cute for winter!

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And here is how it looks with Rainbow Sparkle on top!

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I just love everything about this. The way it catches the light is wonderful.

Next is a more festive red. This is called Blood Red.

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I don’t know about you, but this definitely screams Christmas to me! And I LOVE it!

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Rainbow Sparkle is an incredible way to add festive cheer to your mani. The mix of colours and shapes means your nails will shine like the best decorated tree! And it’s such a bargain at just £1!

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

 

Snowflakes Are Falling!

Snowflakes are falling!

I’ve not had much chance to create many festive posts but today I have something simple and seasonal.

For my snowflake nails I used a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store which you can see more of HERE.

This is with Barry M’s BlackBerry and Avon’s Gold Leaf. Finished with a matte top coat.

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This brighter version is with Barry M’s Blood Orange, Avon’s Gold Leaf and a glossy top coat.

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Do you prefer a matte or glossy finish?

Ra ❤

Just A Little Sparkle

As I get older I’ve found my style changing a lot with nail art and colours. I never used to like the ‘nude’ nail look but recently I’ve been loving this understated and chic choice.

Make Up Gallery’s Simply Nude polish is a beautiful and natural shade that looks so lovely even on my super short nails! I am wearing two coats in these photos.

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If you want to add a little sparkle then Pixi Dust Pink is the perfect addition. I love how this adds warmth and shine without being overpowering.

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Do you like a simple nail colour like this? 

Ra ❤

 

 

Vintage Stars With Cameras

I am going to the Peak District for a few nights away this weekend and will be spending a lot of time trying to take pretty pictures. Photography is a really fun hobby and one that many people enjoy whether it’s taking photos of animals, landscapes or just family occasions.

Here are a few fantastic photos of some of my favourite vintage stars having fun with a camera!

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I will be sharing some of my own photos next week on instagram which I hope you will enjoy!

Ra ❤

Vintage Makeup On A Budget

Make Up Gallery polishes are some of the best in my collection and after reading so many wonderful reviews of their makeup I decided it was time to try them for myself.

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As someone who loves the vintage style I picked out three products to help create a glamorous 50s look. I chose their Good To Glow Highlighting Powder in Pearl Shimmer, Colour Moisture Lipstick in Deep Red and Matt Lip Colour in Cherry Pop.

The highlighter is a peachy tone with a soft shimmer that gives the most beautiful glow and doesn’t look overpowering on my fair skin. This has enough colour to wear without a blusher too which is wonderful.

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Both lip colours are highly pigmented and last well on the lips. I’ve swatched both shades for you. This is just one swipe of each!

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As you can see they are intense reds! They are similar in shade although they don’t look it in their tubes, but the matt cream does have a slightly brighter and pinkier tone.

The lip cream dries to a soft matt finish that doesn’t feel dry on the lips at all. This lasts a few hours before fading, but does so quite evenly so top ups aren’t necessary straight away.

Cherry Pop Matt Lip Colour

Cherry Pop Matt Lip Colour

The lipstick gives great coverage without feeling heavy and leaves lips feeling very soft!

Deep Red Lipstick

Deep Red Lipstick

I’m very impressed with the quality of all three products! For just £1 each they are fantastic value especially if you’re looking to try out a new look.

What are your favourite Make Up Gallery products?

Ra ❤

Step-By-Step Halloween Nail Art

My nails are not in their best condition right now after starting a new job but super short nails are not enough of a reason not to still have fun with nail art and polish!

Today I’m sharing a step-by-step guide on how to get this fun spooky look using some gorgeous polishes from Make Up Gallery!

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Step 1: Start by applying two coats of Midnight Black.

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Step 2: Using a dotting tool add pairs of spots using Winter White.

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Step 3: Next add smaller dots of colour. I used Candy Pink, Parma Violet, Sunshine Yellow and True Teal.

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Step 4: Add a tiny dot of Midnight Black for pupils.

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Step 5: Finish the look with a layer of matt top coat.

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This is a perfect look for Halloween!

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*These polishes were paid for by Make Up Gallery for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.