Saturday, 22 August 2015

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints Review

There's no denying I'm a huge fan of Barry M nail paints, they have a huge range of colours, matte shades, gellys and glitters, they apply like a dream and they're so cheap too! They're pretty much the only nail polishes I use these days, the most recent additions to my collection being the new(ish!) Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints. Normally I rely on my Sally Hanson Insta-Dry Anti Chip Top Coat to make sure my nails dry quickly but these Speedy Polishes promise to dry 'at lightening speed', cutting out the last step of a quick dry top coat completely.  


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Dealing With Anxiety - Feel The Fear And Give It The Middle Finger

This Saturday I went to a rugby match at Twickenham. To say this was a big deal for me would be an understatement. I'm a big rugby fan but that's not the (only!) reason why it's a big deal. Getting there, that was a big deal. Fighting my way through the huge crowds of fans, that was a big deal. Sitting in a stadium with 60,000 people, well that was the biggest deal of all! You're probably wondering what it is I'm getting at. Well for the longest time I've had a fear of feeling trapped. Claustrophobia or agoraphobia, I've heard it been called both. It makes it difficult for me to do the simplest of things that other people might not even contemplate as being hard. Going to the cinema or theatre, I have to sit in an aisle seat just so I know I can get up and leave whenever I need to. Sitting in a busy bar or restaurant, it doesn't always trigger my anxiety but when it does all I can think of is that I need to get outside. Long car or train journeys I find panic inducing. I hate queueing for things, just the thought of not being able to leave the line makes my heart race. Airports are a particularly tough place for me, it's the thought that once you're through security that's it. You can't leave (which obviously you can!) or get some fresh air outside and these thoughts make me feel trapped and therefore anxious and panicky. Funnily enough the flying part has never been a problem, maybe it's knowing that I'm on my way somewhere that soothes my mind so I never feel trapped on a plane. Weird I know but it's just how my brain rationalises things.


Sunday, 9 August 2015

L'Oreal Paris False Lash Superstar Mascara Review

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of L'Oreal mascaras, my absolute favourite being L'Oreal Miss Manga. They're been quite innovative with mascaras of late, giving us new kinds of brushes and formulas. One of their newest additions is the False Lash Superstar Mascara, a two step system with a 'super-sizing primer' and 'black fibre', 'lengthening top coat'. I've never used a double ended mascara before, if I'm honest I thought they were a bit of a 'fad', so I was quite sceptical when it came to giving it a try. 

Step 1 is a white primer on a 'corset' shaped brush which basically just means it's thinner in the middle. It works as a base by lightly coating and lengthening/thickening lashes. Step 2 then coats the primer with a black fibre formula using a curved, lengthening and thickening brush designed to fit the shape of your eye.  

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Quick Update - We've Had A Domain Name Change

This is just a quick update to let you know that until I can sort out my dot com domian, I've changed my blogspot address. You can now find Beauty Dressed at

I thought it was about time I changed it from so to save confusion now that my blog has a new name!

Ellie x 
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