Friday, 21 September 2012

Beauty is in the eye of the card holder...

This Sunday I am heading to The Beauty Shop at Olympia with my friend Jo (and potentially Charlie) and I am so fricking excited I just HAD to blog about it!  I LOVE having friends that are in the beauty trade as this means Jo can take me to all the places I can’t go on my own because I don’t have a trade card (hello birthday present trip to the wholesalers – I am easily pleased).  The Beauty Show is strictly for professionals but as I am going with Jo and listed under her salon I get to go too!  I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures, there will probably be a few of me having actual panic attacks next to the nail polish stalls too!  I feel sorry for my credit card, but this is classed as an emergency right?

Olympia Beauty is running on Sunday 23rd September and Monday 24th September.  Brands that are exhibiting are:

Bourjois, China Glaze, Shellac, Cuccio, Dermalogica, Elemis, Essie, Fake Bake, Gelish, HD Brows, Konad, Loud Lips, Minx, Nouveau Lashes, Nubar, OPI, Orly, Seche, Tigi

Plus loads more that I haven't ever heard of... The London College of Beauty Therapy also has a stand and I am going to talk tot hem about doing a Beauty Therapy course with them.  I think I would like to do it as a job, considering most of my personal free time is filled up with it, but finding the funds for this course is a bit of a problem at the moment.  I want to have a word with them and see if they have financing options or anything like that which might be able to help me..

Anyway, the reason I am MOST excited today is because I got a glimpse of the new OPI James Bond collection last night and it looks AH-MAZING!  They have 12 new colours coming out, 2 standard full glitters, a few shimmers and then some block colours.  Pictures below...

(L-R) The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die, The World is Not Enough, You Only Live Twice and Moonraker

(L-R) Skyfall, Casino Royale, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Goldeneye and The Living Daylights

I LOVE the look of Live and Let Die, You Only Live Twice, Casino Royale and The Living Daylights.  You can now imagine I am googling away trying to find a swatch of each of them to satisfy my OPI craving until Sunday (they'll have this as a preview at Beauty Olympia, squeak!).  OPI also have a special polish coming out in honour of this collection and I nearly wet my pants when I woke up to a message from Jo this morning telling me to look at it.  It’s called The Man With The Golden Gun, and it’s a GOLD LEAF TOPCOAT!  It looks awesome on AND OFF nails and it’s made with real flecks of 18 carat gold.  The bottle nearly made me cry because of the sheer beauty of it and once I saw the finished outcome of the nails I knew this was something I had to get my mitts on.  The gold leaf will obviously be more expensive than the others (I estimate around £25 a bottle) but it’s genuine gold on your nails so can’t really complain.


The lovely Michelle of labmuffin has swatched a few of the collection, click the link to see her thoughts.  I am a sucker for glitter polish anyway so was already beside myself when I saw The Living Daylights, but then once I saw Michelle had matified it?  *DIES*

What do you think of the James Bond collection?  Are any of you heading to the Olympia Beauty show this weekend?

Just as a little FYI, MeMeMe Cosmetics are currently running a Groupon deal – buy a voucher for £18 and that gives you a whopping £45 to spend online!!!  I haven’t ever tried MeMeMe Cosmetics but I have heard they are apparently quite good, so now might be the time to get involved!  Click HERE for the link... 


  1. Thw gold top coat does seem really nice, but there is no way I'm paying so much money for a nail polish. :D

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

  2. How amazing is that man with the golden gun! Love it and on that link :)

    I’m also running a giveaway so would love if you could enter!