My nails for the Cosmo Blog Awards. I had originally wanted to have glitter somewhere in my outfit but it wasn't working out so I went with my nails instead. I got this tutorial from a Beautylish newsletter I received and thought hey perfect time to use my glitter pieces from Born Pretty.

What You'll Need :

  • Base Coat
  • Metallic Gold
  • Metallic Silver 
  • Dotting Tools
  • Glitter Pieces
  • Top Coat
  • Scissors

I started off with OPI Nail Envy as my base and did two coats of AVON SpeedDry+ "Twilight Blue" and let that speedily dry.

Taking my dotting tools I dropped a few drops of China Glaze "2030" onto a piece of foil paper and dipped one of the smallest dots into it and onto my nails in random areas on all my nails

A metallic silver would work so much better but not having one to hand Deborah Lippmann "Kitty" (from Octobers Glossy Box) was the next best thing. Repeating the same steps as I did above.

Cutting pieces of gold glitter sheets into smaller pieces. ( You may want to do this before you anything ) I did a thin coat of Save The Nail "45 seconds coat" and using a toothpick/cocktail stick I picked them up and randomly put them onto my nails, even overlapping some of the metallic spots.

Repeat on your opposite hand and viola (: finished.

What do you think? Enjoy the sparkles on nails?

Metallic Glitter Nails Tutorial

Wednesday was Cosmopolitan magazine's 2nd Cosmo Blog Awards 2011 and I was one of many fantastic ladies who attend.

As you know I was short-listed in the Established Beauty Blog category ... I didn't win but Zoella did (:

Yet all of us were winners to be short-listed to begin with.

Upon arriving into London I meet up with Corrie from Dizzy Brunette and we headed onto Alphabet Bar in Soho which was arranged by Sarah from I Am Fabulicious which included Amy, Milly, Holly & Vivianna

{ I actually went back to the Alphabet Bar later in the night for a real Cosmopolitan }

 Nail bar in the corner.

 Sarah & Amy

 Cupcakes Galore. 

 Holly getting her make-up done at the Benefit stand ... I'll never forget how excited she was lol

 Stylist Pick Shoes & Handbags & the entries post to win goodies from them every half hour

  Holly .. me & Amy ... our delicious cupcakes

The Goody Bags 

Inside the goody bag

FML lmao I made the Cosmo Style Section if you want to see what I was wearing but what a TERRIBLE photograph HERE

Corrie {Dizzy Brunette} Holly {Holly Arabella} Milly {Pearls & Poodles} Zoe {The London Lipgloss} Me. Sabrina {A Little Obsessed} Sarah {I Am Fabulicous} & Amy {Amy Antoinette} & in the bottom left hand corner photo you got Best New Beauty Blog Winner Vivianna {Vivianna Does Makeup}

( oh I forget I did 'promise' the photobooth man I'd add this lol 'Our photo's were taken by Adam who was on the first season of Take Me Out' )

Thanks Cosmo for having this event and for all the people who voted to even get me shortlisted and of course Cosmo for picking my blog out of thousands of entries too. Was a fantastic night!!


Cosmo Blog Awards 2011

'Whoa { 13th Oct } - Dolce Vanity was 3 years old'

It gets my brain ticking as to how much beauty blogging has evolved since I first decided to sign up to blogger and begin my journey.

I'll never forget I never had a clue about anything, what a blog was to begin with. Make-up, was always an interest of sorts, not a fanatic but I did like to dabble about in my mum's make-up case but besides the  make-up cases I had received for two consecutive years. I never knew techniques or that there was certain brushes for certain things *shock horror* & don't even ask me about high end / drug store brands besides ;

' NYC, Collection 2000, Maybelline & Rimmel ' 

I started this blog as a real novice and I owe a lot to this ever growing community too. When I began most blogs I came across were from Asia & the United States. Amongst the first people I began to correspond with were : -

Curvaceous in the City
Dreams and Egos
MakeUp Babble
Made in Taiwan 

Tuotierugif { inactive }
Ahoy Mate!!!
The Pages Of My Diary 
Brook Lynne Carter

& my first make-up look I tried : -

“ lol ”

We all start somewhere. I regret deleting a lot of my past posts but I can always refer back via RSS.

Even though I started this blog on a whim when times were hard & I had no-one to turn too. I took the plunge and started it as a hobby. Not sure what I was doing or going to be honest but this whim took a life of it's own it became my sanctuary.

Why Did I Start ?
In 2008 I had an ectopic pregnancy which led to a battle that I still today fight with - depressionagoraphobia {taboo subject} that in turn had it's other spring off's and challenges but you know what my blog helped me get back up on my feet. Communicating with people that I finally had something in common with, when I had no-one I had you guys and I appreciate the support all of my loyal followers have given me.

In these last three years I've become so close to people who are even overseas that I email - tweet on a regular basis, they check up on me and vice versa it's such a warmth to feel a whim blog that I originally named LaaLaaOnline has giving me something to aim for career wise and a whole new view on online communities.

Blog Layout 
I love to make my own blog layouts { I no longer do them for others due to me being impatient at the best of times } but I feel like it's something I enjoy doing at times but it's a pain cos I have a trait that I get bored very quickly and easily { can be such a bad thing a lot of times } it something I feel gives my blog a more personal feel.

I love it because ...
  • Discover the latest available products on the market & overseas
  • Make new friends
  • Develop skills & tips
  • Gain inspiration 
  • Great opportunity to share your views and thoughts
  • It's my space to be me !!

I believe starting a blog is hard. Can be easier for some than others but I view blogging as it's not a numbers game. Numbers are nice but it shouldn't define how you feel about your content. I view a blog is your own personal space that you want to share with others. Find a niche that works for you and run with it!

When I first started I dabbled and shared whatever music, celebrity outfits, various products that I found that I liked. Until I kind of settled into something I liked.

The bad ... ? 
Now I have had my fair share of negativity, that was well documented at the start of the year in a blog post but to be honest this will come along with anything you may chose to do you can't let the negativity of others overshadow the positivity you feel for what you do.

Views on blogging ...

My views on blogging is it's basically the WAY FORWARD. Before when I use to have to go out and buy my monthly magazine to see what was hot it's now a daily formation with it being online.  I like to follow bloggers of all different ages & ethnicity. Everyone has different views, tips and things to share, it's a great way to meet people who have the same passion as you. If your anything like me and don't have friends who are into being product/beauty junkies beauty blogging is the format to expose yourself to lol. Your not going to get along with everyone as that's just life but believe me you can find those you can really click with.

To be honest with you ...
If it wasn't for this blog, I honestly don't know what I would be doing in a lot of ways. When someone says that they found something that 'helped' OR 'saved' them - my blog was a huge part of that in my life. It helped me gain a direction I never had before. So to me blogging is more than sitting behind a screen and doing writing about whatever it is I'm about to post. Yet if it wasn't for the support of my readers and the community it would of been an even slower process. Beauty honestly does start from within! So...

  Thank You

Why I Started Blogging & My Views On It

Dorothy Perkins Glitter Shoes 
BNIB Size 7 

{ but better for a size 8 }
I purchased these online and took a little long to return them when they didn't fit 
{ shame on me }
I'm a size 7 but I have a gap at the back and being that they're peep toes, the foot slides and it's too big for me so therefore that's why I think it's better for a size 8

£35 p&p £3.99

interested leave me an email with your paypal email & I will send over an invoice. 

I decided that when I need to get rid of things I opened a bigcartel shop to sell on... so take a browse.

Glitter Heels For Sale + Shop

The Bold and The Brow

Bold eyebrows are going nowhere fast. I love them personally. You may remember I spent a couple of months growing mine back to get them fuller so I didn't have to fill them in.

Having a brow palette isn't necessarily a bad thing even if you have thinner eyebrows cos it gives you the opportunity to fill out your brows, reshape and define them if you choose too.

Sleek MakeUP are launching on the 26th October 2011 their ultimate tool for the perfect brows. Coming in two different shades light & dark you will have a compact kit that's small enough to fit into your daily makeup bag to carry for any touch ups if needed.

What's included : 
  • Shaping Wax
  • Setting Powder
  • Mini Tweezers
  • Angle Brush
  • Blending Brush

I'm an eyebrow fiend so this is a product that I would personally pick up BUT is it any good? 

We know there are a handful of different ways to fill out our eyebrows but it's all down to personal preference : 
  • Eyebrow Pencil
  • Eyebrow Powder
  • Eyeshadow
  • Brow Gel

How To : 

Start with a clean brow. { If needed prior to doing this use the tweezers to tidy up the stray brows } Taking a brow brush, brush through the hairs in an upward motion

Using an angled brush, use the brow wax and start to shape your eyebrows by following your natural shape.

Taking the blending brush use the powder and blend it in to fill in any sparse gaps and get a fuller brow.

Okay so it's not anything new on the market but it's affordable compared to some others I believe. 

My first brow kit cost me £15 compared to what Sleek are selling their's at £7.99 it's good for someone on a budget. Darker and fuller brows *thumbs up* quite reminds me of the HD Brows effect { minus the tinting, waxing, threading and tweezing }

Available to purchase at Superdrug & Online -  from 26th October 2011 
RRP: £7.99

Do you love the bold brows look ?

Sleek MakeUP Brow Kit

For months I've heard about the GlossyBox but I haven't been exactly been tempted enough to subscribe in all honesty.

I've read the good & the bad 

Contacted to sample the October box I thought well why not. Let me see & decide for myself what the hype & disappointment conflicted opinions have been about. Every month there will be a different review from a subscriber because the products and brands change monthly so therefore one month you can get something you find extremely useful and look forward to the next month but be totally disappointed.

Initial Thoughts upon being handed this box it I noticed that it had their logo all over the outer box with GlossyBox's URL on the side. Opening it up to see the pink baby pink box and black it looks more comfortable and warming, nothing to in your face.  The carded paper in the bottom, with black tissue paper that holds the products inside with a logo stamp to close it and a pink ribbon to finish it off - looks cute & somewhat personal. 

Reading the card that is included monthly that gives you a newsletter type feel told us this month that they wanted to do something extra special being that it was their sixth box so to be honest I didn't flip over the card to see what the contents were, I was more intrigued to see what was that extra special something....

The Contents :

  • Dermalogica Age Smart MultiVitamin Thermafoliant 
  • Dermalogica Age Smart MultiVitamin Power Recover Masque
  • Leighton Denny Expert Nails Colour & Care { Sex Kitten }
  • Stila Smuge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Moray
  • Robert Piguet Eau de Parfums
  • Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex { with beauty bag } *

Dermalogica I have experienced before but the other products such as Stila & the Robert Piguet fragrances I have not. Now if your sitting here reading this and you've never subscribed to GLOSSYBOX you may be wondering where is the 'extra special' ? It comes in the form of a 6th gift as milestone 6 month "Thank You" plus a small beauty-related gift to help carry your six pack GlossyBox.

What's New? GlossyBox have launched a "Refer A Friend" programme. For every person that signs up based on your recommendation, GlossyBox would like to give back in the form of 200 GlossyDots.

GlossyDots are what you collect to use towards a free box. 

Overall Thoughts I can't compare GlossyBox to the other beauty boxes that have now arrived on the scene. What I can say is the products will get a test drive but I'm not a product junkie who really relies on samples to be honest. Subscriptions for me I don't really do let alone kind of a hit & miss type product. 

Do I believe it's a good concept? Yes, for someone who doesn't really buy a lot of make-up or beauty products to begin with. It's a nice way to be exposed to products and the cost works out for itself per month. For myself personally I wouldn't subscribe. I'm not saying a beauty/product junkie shouldn't because if you would like to have the whole surprise element once a month and be exposed to more then sure but does £10 per month plus p+p on samples with the odd full sized product work for someone who buys products weekly and buys something they have already swatched in-store or gained a liking for a product before hand. Nope & that's how I view it. Good concept but it's not for everyone. 

So my question is to you : -

Have you been a solid subscriber of GlossyBox for the last 6 months? If so what has kept you as a customer ?

& if you have never subscribed why not?

Glossybox - October 2011

Dolce Vanity is 3 years old today!!

Talk about time flies, it honestly doesn't even feel like I've been doing this for 3 years.
I appreciate the readers, followers, supporters, commenter's ahh I just love the lot of you!

Thank you!!

I'm following up this post with a blog post about why I started Dolce Vanity if anyone is interested.
It could end up a little long winded but ... hey ho ; You should be use to that one by now lol.


Happy 3rd Blogversary Dolce Vanity

I would never say I'm a jewellery person. Maybe cos I'm quite fussy with jewellery takes something to make me gasp and say yeah I'll have that. Sometimes I purchase things on-line when I have a *gasp* moment. They arrive & I think ... great...*toss it in the box*

Browsing weheartit for crosses last week I noticed Verona. I love silver jewellery so if I'm ever wearing something it will be in silver, platinum, white gold { get the drift lol } there was the image link to the shop selling this chain :


So without hesitation I placed my order & was informed via twitter that my chain will be sent out during the weekend and I received it this morning :

Light, dainty and me. It still gives me that look I like with my style
 { whatever it might be depending on my mood }

You can view FunForever's other products here
& follow her on twitter

Good Fortune At The Bar Verona

You must be thinking what on earth is she talking about now. You may notice above in the navigation bar the new section ' Natural Hair ' well as of today I'm sulfate & silicone free.

Well I've been sulfate free for awhile now. I was using Moroccan argan oil shampoo by Organix & Pantene Smooth & Silk Intensive Treatment

Reading the Organix label it there is Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate { It's a sulfate derivative that's more gentle than actual sulfates } & Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate foaming agent } included in the ingredients but it's all about research and learning how to read labels. I've got totally "sulf" free.

How did I come to this decision?

Simple. I want to have healthy natural hair. It's no fun having hair that sheds, doesn't grow, brittle, frizzy and is just unmanageable some days I'm reaching for the electric shaver and thinking 'What the hell!'  Just I'll be a recluse for months and in more of a predicament. The love - hate relationship with my straighteners need to come to an end. 

First Steps ?

Put the heated electrical tools away for a long time. It's going to be hard at first but we must think of the outcome. This morning I had my very last sulfate shampoo which was Herbal Essences.


Well as I've learnt by doing my research this is going to complete clean the hair and scalp preparing us for the next step. Washing out the silicone that we've got on our tresses. I completely HATE the way my hair feels after rinsing out a sulfate shampoo .. reminds me why I've reached for the silicone products to begin with { bad move & a  endless cycle of damage } Next it's time for the co-wash :

Definition of Co-wash:
(Co-washing) (Also called “co-pooing”) using conditioner like you would shampoo, as a cleansing agent. This is done as a way to cleanse, refresh and moisturise the hair without over-drying the hair.  

I'm using TRESemmé Naturals which is a silicone free product. This for now is going to be my co-wash product. Until I build up a hair regime this is it for the beginning. 

With co-washing you really want to scrub your scalp and massage the conditioner into your scalp. Like you would a shampoo. Use as much conditioner as you feel you need, it will vary from person to person. 

Definition of Rinse-out Conditioning:
Following your co-wash, you should condition with something a bit richer and more moisturising than what you use for your co-wash. Some rinse out conditioners have been used as leave in conditioners

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner { buy here }

This is my choice for my rinse out conditioner - it smells divine, you don't need a lot -well- I didn't need a lot to be honest. I decided to partly wash this out and when my hair was drying I could smell how hair sniffing it is.

Hair oils :

I've been an Amla user for quite awhile now those who are not familiar with Amla I'll brief the benefits and background: 

Amalaki Fruit { Amla for short } is the powerful fruit extract that gives hair a healthy shine. It's an old Indian hair tradition going back 7,000 years.

The benefits :

  • Enriches hair growth and pigmentation  
  • Prevents premature greying of hair, dandruff, increases the strength of hair follicles (overall preventing hair falling out). 
  • You can use a small amount of Amla oil applied to the hair after washing. Giving a rich, natural shine and soft texture to the hair, 
  • Also helps rejuvenate hairs that are dull and damaged. 
  • It also prevents split hair ends.

Pure Coconut {Cocoanut} Oil

This has been my styling HG. I replaced my usual hair grease when it became discontinued { I'd been using the product since I was 2 years old lol } I'm satisfied so far with using coconut oil in a few hair routines that I do either before washing or afterwards. I did get this quote from  Confessions of a blog vixen who in turn got this from  Audrey Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair Care: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care :

The Marico Industries researchers also found that using coconut oil as pre-shampoo treatment is better than using it post-wash. This is partly owing to the fact that coconut oil only seems to penetrate wet hair fibers.
Coconut oil is an excellent hair oil for black and textured hair types. Research shows that coconut oil performs better as a pre-treatment before the hair is shampooed, but also works excellently as sealant on dry hair. Many black women suffer from hair porosity issues as a result of our styling choices. Coconut oil’s ability to prevent protein loss and reduce hair porosity makes it a valuable oil for those who chemically relax, regularly heat straighten, or permanently color their hair.

Before I started this I use to use my coconut oil on wet hair before I would shampoo with my Organix shampoo. Since trying this I haven't done so but I shall keep you update.

As I'm trying to regain my natural curls again I'm going to some what follow the Curly Girl Method ( CG Method

There's still some bits and pieces that need recruiting and I'm sure I'm going to come about a lot of hits and misses to find what works but reaching for those straighteners is going to be such a task but I must remembers CURLS... Glorious Curls. Phew! 

That was some blog post I appreciate anyone who took the time out to read that & comment lol

Have you gone natural ?
Planning to go natural ?

* Scheduled blog post as of 9th October, I am away for a few days so if you don't get a response, comments approval, email replied. I'm not ignoring you xoxo *

On My Natural Grind

Challenges that are set are meant to be well on-going. Your suppose to get into the routine and carry on, correct? Okay well my nail growth was going fantastic up until possibly late August.

What happened? Well I'm not 100% sure a lot of splits and breakage making it impossible to do things because I'm constantly thinking about my nails and I've never been one of those 'girlie girls' * shock horror * running a beauty blog but it stops me doing the things I like to do. Dont' get me wrong I absolutely LOVE having long nails it feels feminine and it such a great back scratcher { on myself }

Thinking back on it where did I go wrong? I honestly think that when I got lazy and didn't purchase another month load of vitamins my nails suffered. I did everything the same but that. So...

Superdrug A-Z Vitamins, OPI Original Nail Envy, CND Solar Oil, No7 Enriched Hand and Nail Treatment & Tweezerman Glass Nail File 

These are my staple products for getting my nails back. The vitamins are important, I seem to forget that what we put INTO our bodies also effects the outside. Hopefully with the upcoming autumn & winter months my hands and nails will be prepared. 

Do you find it hard to keep your nails long and strong?
Do you suffer from brittle nails too?

Challenge Revisited : Nails

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we must remember this isn't just something for women. Men are affected by this also. How? They too can also develop breast cancer and also be affected by the loss of a loved one by this illness.

So there's no excuses why anyone cannot join in and do this, I personally think it's fun and it's for a great cause.

Wear It Pink!

This event is Breast Cancer Awareness biggest fundraising event & what do we have to do to participate?!
Wear PINK!! on the 28th October 2011 { or any day that fits around the calendar within October }

  • Simply register , you will then be sent a fundraising pack and everyone on the day of your event who wears pink donates £2 that goes towards Breast Cancer Research.
  • You can hold a fundraising event at work, school, church or even within your community.

    Get more info here WEARITPINK

    Wear It Pink - with Debenhams!

    Michelle Mone Ultimo boss is advertising the 'Wear It Pink' t-shirt { also available in white } which is being sold at Debenhams £14 with £4 donation to the campaign.

    Michelle said :

    I’m proud to support Breast Cancer Campaign by modelling the official wear it pink t-shirt which has been designed by Debenhams. Make sure you get yours in time for wear it pink day on the 28 October - I’ll be encouraging everyone to wear something pink on the day and donate £2 to help the charity fund vital research into the disease.

    Wear It Pink!

    Honestly I never knew about Nad's until April when I was in London for my birthday & my friend Leila introduced me to the 'best wax strips' that she has ever used. Intrigued I picked up the 'Facial Wax Strips' { pack of 20 }

    I must say for upper lip hair and eyebrows - perfect. Easy, clean and if it's done right you honestly should have no problems at all.

    Especially as I was getting HD Brows treatment I did begin to maintain it with the whole waxing, plucking and threading steps so these wax strips were so easy to reach for to do the waxing steps.

    Purchased From : Boots 
    Price £8.69
    More Info Here

    Browsing Sainsbury's for a top up of the facial wax strips { I didn't find any besides 5 empty boxes that had been open and all the strips stolen ...minus the aftercare wipes mind }

    I did notice their 'Ingrown Hairs Solution' now I do suffer from ingrown hairs and bumps when it comes to the bikini line ... after a few days and the hairs start to come back it's such a pain in the backside.

    No matter what I do or technique it seems to be destined so I started to use this after my last touch-up so far not so bad but I don't want to sing the praises to high as it's not been long enough to give my full thoughts.

    Purchased From : Sainsburys also available at Boots
    Price : £4.99 { reduced price } £10.49 in Boots
    More Info Here

    Do you use at home wax treatment of any type ? 
    Do you prefer going to a salon ?

    Nad's Products