; une tasse: a beauty and casual fashion blog: June 2012

Giveaway: Gosh Holographic Nail Polish

As far as I know the Holographic nail polish by Gosh has been discontinued for quite a while now but I was lucky enough to find two bottles in the discount section of my local Superdrug. It's such a bitch to apply, I needed 3 coats and it still ended up patchy but it's so pretty it's worth the effort. It has a matte finish but when the light hits it erupts into a rainbow (not literally ;)) It was really hard to take a decent photo of this with the sun playing peekaboo but I did my best. Scrangie has better photos here. I paid £2.50 each but I've seen these sell on ebay for £20+ which is cray cray considering there are loads of holo polishes out there.

I don't need two bottles of this so I'm giving one away. As it was in the "bargain bin" I can't guarantee that it hasn't been opened or tested and there is a sticky label residue on the bottle, but apart from that it's perfectly fine! This giveaway is open to all readers and you can enter by filling in the Rafflecopter form below :)

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Revlon Lip Butter: Sweet Tart

The Revlon Lip Butters have been around for a while now and I'm sure most of you are sick to death of reading about them but I'm so in love with this shade that I had to blog about it. I bought my lip butters when they were on promotion in Boots - 3 for 2, and Sweet Tart was a sort of random choice as I didn't really know what to choose for my 3rd pick and I was more excited about Lollipop and Raspberry Pie. That said, I favour Sweet Tart so much more and I rarely wear the other two! The majority of the lip butters aren't very pigmented but this one is opaque in several swipes. My top lip is a deeper shade than the bottom but it covers them evenly and it's a joy to apply. It's a cross between a lipstick and a lip balm, veering more towards the lipstick side and the finish is slightly glossy. It's very forgiving on a dry lip (thankfully) but as it's a "lip butter" it does wear off easily.

It's my go to shade at the moment, I can't get enough! If you're on the look out for a new pink lipstick maybe give this one a go? I think it's the type of pink that's universally flattering. Most of the other shades are too sheer for me but I also like the look of Berry Smoothie and Candy Apple. Do you own any lip butters? I'm also looking forward to the Just Bitten Balm Stains which I hope will land in the UK soon.

My perfume collection

Yes these two perfumes make up my "collection". Quite pathetic isn't it? Truth be told I am not a big perfume wearer and I fall out of favour with scents very quickly. There comes a point where I can't stand to smell my own perfume on myself but these are the only ones which have survived my many purges.

Miracle by LancĂ´me (Top Notes: Freesia, Lychee Heart notes: Magnolia Base notes: Jasmine, Amber)

I don't think this is a very well known perfume? I discovered this via a sample when I was 19 and it is the only one I will buy over and over again because it holds so many good memories (it's funny how scent can be a trigger). There are a few other versions out there but this is the best. I consider this to be my signature scent but it only really comes out on special occasions as I'm scared I'll get sick of it.

Alien by Thierry Mugler (Top Notes: Mandarin Essence Heart Notes: Moroccan Jasmine Base Notes: White Amber, Cashmeran Wood)

A Christmas gift from my colleagues and something I don't think I would have picked out myself but I love it. It's very much a winter scent and I feel so grown up and glamorous wearing this. I like to spritz this on my coat and it lasts for ages but on bare skin it fades nicely to something subtle.

My past collection has included D&G Light Blue, Hugo Boss Femme, CK Be, Paul Smith Flower, Paco Rabanne Black XS, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Moschino I Love Love and Lolita Lempicka. All of which have been passed onto my mum and sister. I find it hard choosing new perfumes as I'm always changing my mind but the two I really like at the moment are Stella McCartney's L.I.L.Y and Love Chloe. I also love Chanel (Chance is my favourite) but so do a lot of people! I can't be the only one who doesn't like smelling like everyone else? I remember my first year of college when Kenzo Flower came out and even though I really liked it I didn't buy it because every girl wore it. I think the current popular scent is Lady Million? Another really nice one.

So what's in your current collection? And what is your signature scent?

Polka Face

My new favourite summer dress is this no brand polka dot one recently bought in TK Maxx (£12.99). It looked so cutesy on the hanger though I don't think this translates well on me, especially in the awful changing room photo, ick. I feel a little like an overgrown toddler with the large collar but I love the length (not too short), the sleeves (it has them!) and the ever so slight 50s feel. Paired with my beloved H&M gladiator sandals and I'm set.

Is everyone is enjoying the marvellous weather we're having? I spent Monday lolling about in Hyde Park and only left at sunset. Think I may spend some of the Bank Holiday weekend there too as I don't think there are any Jubilee street parties happening in my area :(

I really do hope to be posting more often now that there's ample daylight to take photos. Speak soon xx