Tuesday, 17 September 2013

NOTW || Essie Cocktail Bling


I have been dying to get some colour on my nails after treating them with the Rimmel Nail Nurse Nail Treatment for 2 weeks. Especially after posting about my Autumn Nail Collection! And if you read that post, you will most definitely recognise this nail varnish. If you didn't, click here to see what I thought.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Update || Rimmel Nail Nurse Nail Treatment

First things first, if you have read my original post then you can read it here. I'm now on my 14th day of this nail treatment and I've just removed the treatment from my nails. I can definitely feel a difference in the strength of my nails. They are a lot less flexible than they were prior to using the treatment. I haven't noticed any early signs of peeling which is great because before using this treatment, peeling nails were my biggest nail worry. As you might be able to see in the picture below, my nails are still slightly stained but I think that's the kind of thing that has to be buffed off or grown out.
If I'm being honest, I think this nail treatment has worked better than I thought it would. Especially as it was only £4.49 from Boots. And now I'm off to paint my nails with one of the lovely autumn colours that featured in my Autumn Nail Collection. 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

FOTD || Autumn Chic

I don't know about you, but I'm finding it a bit difficult to get used to Autumn. I mean, it has been a whole year since the last one (Durh!). So I decided to look through my make up collection and pick out a few bits that represent Autumn, whether it was lipstick, blusher or eyeshadow, to create an Autumn look. I'm really happy with how this look came out and I will definitely be repeating it through Autumn.

For this look I used the following products:
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory
Sleek Make Up Brow Kit in Light
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder in Translucent
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Nars Blush in Deep Throat
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Bourjois Little Round Pot in #8
Jemma Kidd Eyeshadow Palette in City Chic
Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon in Black
Maybelline Gel Eyeliner in Black
Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in Black
Sleek Make Up True Colour Lipstick in Cherry

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Seasonal Nail Collection || Autumn

Autumn is by far my favourite season. There is nothing more pleasant than the sound of  rain on the windows, getting into your pj's early and sipping on a hot chocolate and watching the leaves change. Not to mention the chunky knits, knee-high boots and tartan print. But today I'm showing you what nail varnishes I'm most looking forward to wearing this Autumn.

 First up is Essie's Cocktail Bling which is a blue/grey colour with a hint of lavender. It's a great colour for the seasonal transition from Summer to Autumn as it's quite a neutral colour and isn't exclusive to just one season. It's also good if you don't like wearing dark varnish on your fingernails but want a colour that symbolises the season. Personally, I think it is a gorgeous colour and is a great representation of the Autumn sky (so poetic, haha).

 Next is Barry M's Red Black (115) which just as it's name describes, is a very dark blood red. Darker colours, especially with deep berry tones are really popular in Autumn and this is a great nail varnish to achieve an on trend nail look. I love this sexy vampire like colour and think it will be a hit for me this Autumn.

OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark is a nail varnish that I think most people will have heard of as it's one of OPI's best sellers. Looking at it in the bottle, it's looks black but when applied you can clearly see that it's dark purple. It's a really chic colour and I can definitely understand why it's so popular. It's a deep plum colour so slots in great with the Autumn berry trend.

Look Beauty Nail Pop in City is a grey/taupe colour which is really popular colour for Autumn. It's a darker yet neutral colour which works perfectly with the seasons trends. Again, it's a great colour for those people that don't like wearing to much of a dark colour on their nails.

Barry M's Raspberry is one of my all time favourite nail varnishes. Every year since discovering it I can't wait for the Autumn months to sneak in so I can start wearing it. It's a gorgeous red berry colour and bang on trend when it comes to this season. One of my very first NOTW posts was about this nail varnish. You can check it out here.

Last up is Essie's Penny Talk and the only metallic nail varnish in this collection. It's a very pretty copper colour, thus being great for this season. I am yet to use this colour but I think it will definitely get it's fair share of use this Autumn.

As you might be able to tell, I can't wait to use all of these gorgeous nail varnishes. I love them all so much that I'll probably have them on a weekly rotation. I would love to know what your Autumn Nail Collection looks like so feel free to leave me a link to a similar post.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Review || Jergens Ultra Healing Body Moisturiser

As I'm such a fair skinned person, since coming back from my holiday with a lovely tan, I've been slightly paranoid about loosing it. So a couple of days after getting back home I searched the Boots website to find a body moisturiser with pump-action and at an affordable price. After starring at the Soap&Glory body moisturisers for what felt like hours, but just not getting my head around spending a tenner on a moisturiser, I resorted to buying the Jergens Ultra Healing Body Moisturiser for extra dry skin for £3.99.

Jergens Ultra Healing Body Moisturiser contains good to skin vitamins like vitamin C, E and B5 which results in visibly healthier looking skin. This moisturiser is marketed for people with extra dry skin and even though I don't suffer with extra dry skin, I thought it would do the job of hopefully preventing my skin from peeling and keeping my tan.

I mainly apply this moisturiser all over my body after having a shower and and then apply it to dryer areas before going to bed. So far it's worked really well since coming back from Majorca and it's a really nice moisturiser.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

First Impressions || Rimmel Nail Nurse Nail Rescue 14 Day Nail Hardening Treatment

Is it just me or are names for products getting longer and longer?! 

My love of nail art is reaching an all new high but my nails seem to be weeping underneath the pretty polish and crying out for some love and attention. My nails are stained from months worth of nail varnish, flimsy, weak and are starting to peel. So when I spotted this treatment at a reasonable price of £4.49, I thought I'd try it out and hope for a change in the condition of my nails.
Rimmel Nail Nurse Rescue boasts longer, stronger, harder and more resilient nails in 2 weeks. To start the treatment, your nails must be clear of any nail varnish. I also cut my nails down and shaped them to their natural curve. Next, you should apply one coat of the treatment and then a second a day later. You should then keep the treatment on for a remaining 5 days, remove it and repeat the procedure for another 7 days.
The treatment is very polish like in formula. You apply it like you would any other polish and wait for it to dry. I found that it dried really quickly which is great because I'm very impatient. It also leaves a shine to your nails like a top coat.
I look forward to seeing how well this treatment works and will keep my blog up-to-date with the results. Have you used any nail treatments? Did they work for you?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

First Impressions || Beauteco Box

Beauty box subscriptions are a great way to try out an array of new products for a reasonable price so I decided to get a Beauteco Box after seeing a few bloggers write about how great the products they offered were. After checking out their website, I discovered that you can actually choose between three boxes which have slightly different products inside. I thought this was a great idea and snapped up a box that best suited my beauty needs. And of course, they try to be a eco-friendly as possible and not just for their own carbon footprint but for the consumers as well as the box and packaging is easily recycled. The packaging itself was ok. I'm not a fan of the colour combinations used in this box but I'm not sure if they use this for all their boxes. It also came with a little booklet that described each products which was a really great touch.

Inside my box, I had three full size product which were the Arran Aromatics Lavender Tea Tree Reviving Toning Facial Gel Wash which is worth £12.95. The Lord & Berry Intensity Lipstick in Peach Gleam which was worth £12. And the Lord & Berry Kissproof Lipliner in Blossom which is worth £7.50. The remaining two products were both sample size and were the Melvita Fresh Moisturising Body Milk and S5 Purity Serum for Blemish Prone Skin. I'm really pleased with the products inside my box and really look forward to using them.

So my first impression of the ideas behind Beauteco Box were great, and my first impressions of the packaging was that they were not really my taste. My first impressions on the items in my box were great, there was a variety of brands and products. My overall first impression is that the concept is genius but I think they should think a bit more about the design of their packaging. Keep it eco-friendly but just make it a bit prettier please.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Monthly Favourites || August

August has been a month that I haven't bought many new beauty products but have found myself using a lot more products that I already own.

Look Beauty Make Me Blush in Rosy
I've had this blusher for over 6 months now and use it every now and then. I didn't particularly love it when I bought it but during August, I just couldn't put it down. It's a gorgeous pink colour with silver toned shimmer. It looks great on sun kissed skin although it's not too pigmented but easily buildable. Annoyingly, the packaging is really bulky and not travel friendly. It also looks a bit cheap. I'm not a fan of the silver/grey packaging. But at the end of the day, it's all about the product and I think this is a great blusher.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
You may have seen my review of this bronzer already, but if you missed it, you can catch it here. I've been using this bronzer a lot more in August, especially since coming back from my holiday. I usually just apply this to areas that I want to contour but found myself applying it all over my face to give it a bit more colour. It's a great matt bronzer.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Foundation in 52
This is another product I've had for a while. I had heard so many good things about this foundation and because it was a gel foundation (which is great for combination skins) I was totally intrigued. Once I'd returned home, much to my dismay, I realised I had bought it in the wrong colour. When I had bought it, I was unbelievably pale, so the shade 52 was too dark for my skin. But with my newly sun kissed skin, I've been using this foundation loads and love it, especially with its fruity scent.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr in Permanent Taupe
I absolutely love this eyeshadow! The colour is so gorgeous and really pigmented. Personally I struggle to blend out these shadows on their own but find it much easier to blend them with other shadows (if that makes sense). I definitely want to but some more of these shadows, I love the look of On & On Bronze, Metallic Pomegranate and Eternal Gold.

Bourjois Colour Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in Peach on the Beach
Now, if your an avid reader of my blog you may have noticed that this product was in my July Favourites. I must say I didn't mean to have it in this months favourites post but when thinking about products I've used a lot in the month of august, I couldn't deny that I used this glossy lipstick a hell of a lot in August, so it's place here is just.

SIDE NOTE: Today, September 2nd is my 1 year Blog Anniversary! YAY!