Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Weelkly Fabulous Blog...Beautypea




This week I have chosen Beautypea by Rachael. I am a bit vain, as I love reading blogs with great layouts, colours, contrast, pictures and all things pretty, so obviously I was drawn to Rachael's blog by how amazing it looks!

But enough of me being vain. I love reading her posts, there is so much detail in them, even in 'favourites' posts, there is more than some people put in a full review. Personally, before I buy certain products, I like to know if it is worth it, so I need to have read quite a bit about it, which I can definitely guarantee if you head over to Rachael's blog. Just look at the write up for Palmer's Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser in her June Favourites post.

There are also a variety of posts, ranging from reviews, challenges, 'what I've been up to's, giveaways, tips, skin care routines and so much more. Oh, and I know I am way behind by not using instagram, but I still love looking at the pictures on people's blogs when they post them on the sides, and of course, as a dog person, I have to say how cute Rachael's puppy is!

A blog with so many things on it really makes you want to read more, which I always find myself doing when I read Rachael's blog. Go have a look, you will spend more time than you expect, but it's worth it!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

OPI Can't find my Czechbook



This is a pale blue colour with a slight hint of turquoise hidden somewhere in the lacquer. I really like this, as I often think certain colours are better suited to long or short nails, or even with a glitter top coat on them, however this colour is great on its own and I think it is pretty on any nail length.

The colour in the picture was obtained by applying three coats, because I love having a really opaque colour on my nails and in the light you could ever so slightly see through the polish and tell where the whites of my nails were, so I applied another layer to remedy this. But, as I normally say, this is just me being fussy, as in reality two coats would be perfectly fine! 

For some reason, this polish didn't last as long on my nails as other OPI polishes, which I am slightly confused by, but none the less, it was just the tips of my nails starting to chip away after a day or so. I did however love the glossy finish I got to my nails even whilst they had chips on them, they were still as glossy as when I applied it. You can hopefully see how glossy they were from the picture (I really need a new camera). 

Monday, 29 July 2013

Followers

I got Google Friend Connect! OK, not a big deal for most of you, but I couldn't find the little icon thing anywhere - so... I found it!

Emily xx

July Wish List


This month my wish list is a bit bigger than last month, but, as you can see, Soap & Glory takes up half of my wish list, so it is not my fault in any way, shape or form! It is their fault for having such amazing products!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Lush Lip Tints


I know I wrote a review a few months ago about one Lush Lip Tint, but I really like reviews where there is more than one shade of a product (when possible) and so I thought I would do a more in depth review, of my three Lush Lip Tints.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Mini Boots Haul



I recently went into Boots and bought a few things I needed and ... well... a few things I didn't need. I know a few of these aren't very exciting, but they are necessities in my mind.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Simple Ways to Save #1



I have seen quite a few posts on blogs recently about people going on spending bans to try and either save up or just not to waste money. I think this is such a great idea, but unfortunately I don't think this would work with me, because I would spend more money before and after the ban than usual. So instead I have decided to come up with a new series of posts, for people like me, on how to save money that will hopefully not make too much of an impact on your daily life.

Friday, 19 July 2013

OPI In My Back Pocket


I have been looking for some great summer colours, and being a big fan of OPI, I found a few that I already owned. I think that this orange looks great on both long and short nails and as you can see in the pictures, it really does have a glossy finish!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Sephora by OPI - Hollywood If I Could (over black polish)


I was recently in the USA, and being on a road trip I saw (and visited) many Sephora shops, and being the OPI fanatic I am, I just had to pick up a couple of nail lacquers!

Seventeen On the Spot Foundation


I had been waiting for this product to be released for a few weeks, so as soon as it hit the stores, I was out the door to go and get it. I mean, a foundation for a reasonable price, SPF 15 (occasional summer sun) and can combat blemishes, who wouldn't want to try this?

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Nivea Pure & Natural Hand Cream


Even though it is summer, it is always important to protect our skin, because, to be honest, we can't be covering up with gloves in summer now can we? However, we can fortunately leave the intensive repair creams behind for a while.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Maybelline Color Show


Recently I have read so many good reviews about Maybelline Color Show nail polishes that I have gone out and bought some more for myself, I already had Chalk Dust (review HEREand loved it, so I thought I would buy some block colours. I can't say how much I paid for them, as I bought them in pairs and they always seemed to be on offer if you bought two, but for on it costs £2.99, which I have to say is an absolute bargain!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Weekly Fabulous Blog... But First, Coffee

It's that time again where I force myself to choose a blog to share with you and its not getting any easier to choose just one. But, this week I have chosen But First, Coffee.

This blog is a mixture of beauty, food and drink and life posts. I love blogs with a mix of different things, but finding the balance can be difficult, which is why I love having a read through Kallie's posts! There is so much thought and attention to detail, not to mention the amazing pictures she takes. I can't not mention the quality of her photography skills, her photos that she posts are stunning, I mean, just look at her life post pictures, she clearly puts so much effort into her photography!

But thats not the only reason I love looking through her blog, she has products of the week, which are constantly being added to my wish list! The recipes tab is great to read, as the Horseradish Bloody Mary is something I would love to make when I have the girls over!

Kallie takes the time to reply to questions asked, which as I have mentioned this before about blogs, but I have to mention it again: I love when bloggers reply to comments, I think it just goes to show how much time they spend on their blog and how much they appreciate their readers.

So go and have a look at all the great things over on her blog and I am certain you'll love it to!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Simple Kind To Eyes eye makeup remover


Simple products are well known for being good for sensitive skin and I have to agree with this. I have sensitive skin and I am always looking out for products which won't upset my skin. I have used this product on and off for a while now and I have never had any problems with it causing any reaction.

I do tend to cut a few corners from time to time with regards to my daily routine, as I used to use makeup remover wipes quite often until I read a post by LBQ saying they aren't at all good for your skin.

I always had used this product for eye makeup removal and I have to say I now use it to take off most of my makeup and it works amazingly well. I wouldn't say to just use this and not cleanse your face properly afterwards, but to remove all makeup I would use this product. I think if a product is kind enough to my eyes then surely it is good enough for the rest of my face!

I know that using makeup remover from a bottle after a night out can seem like such a chore when really all you want to do is sleep, but with this product it is so easy to just add it to cotton wool balls or pads and take your makeup off in the confidence your skin will be able to breathe afterwards. I would even go as far as to say if you take your makeup off in bed with this and no mirror it would still work pretty well!

For the size of bottle it lasts quite a while, as even if you use too much when removing eye makeup because you don't want to scrub your eyes at all, it will last a few weeks minimum, and for £3.39 (Boots) what more could you ask for?

Have you any helpful hints on how to remove makeup for those cursed/blessed with sensitive skin?

Friday, 5 July 2013

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

I think we all love painting our nails different colour all the time (when we have the time) but hate having to take it all off again, well, I do anyway. I tend to go through quite a bit of cotton wool just to remove the polish I am about to replace. I saw this product being talked about so highly on blogs I thought, for £4.99 in Boots I should atleast give it a try. Now, I was slightly skeptical and I thought i would definitely put it to the test; first with black nail polish and then with glitter polish. 
To remove nail polish such as the bold black above this product is great! It may not be one second as it says on the pot, however it is certainly less time than cotton wool and you don't get it on your skin! As you can see above I dipped my nail in once and twisted it and then did so a second time, taking a picture after each step. I am so impressed I haven't used cotton wool to remove my nail polish since!

 Before
 After
Now, as I said I had read reviews and was still a bit skeptical, as I thought OK, so it will work with normal polish, but I often wear glitter etc. So, again I put it to the test dipping twice and getting the result above. I was so impressed, as although I got glitter on my skin (that will just wash off), I had removed the glitter without the annoying cotton wool fiasco.


There is a slight problem with using this to get glitter nail polish off, as the glitter remains in the pot, so ever time you try and remove nail polish after this you will end up with glitter all over you (picture above)! However, personally I think they are such a great product, I think I am just going to buy a second pot, so I have one for glitter and one for normal polish. Yes, I am so impressed I intend to buy another before it has even got close to running out!

Have you tried this yet?

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint



I love having a gel manicure because of the constant glossy finish, so I thought I would buy a few Barry M Gelly Nail Paints. I have already reviewed the Satsuma polish (HERE) and thought it was such a great colour, but I have two others that I wanted to share with you.

The two colours above are Watermelon (left in top picture) and Prickly Pear (right in top picture). I have to say I really love the two colours, as I know Watermelon may not be the most summery colour, but I think it is a great alternative to the bright colours I am wearing at the moment, yet being ever so slightly different, in that it is a slightly grungy yet really glossy dark green which I am definitely starting to fall for. The lilac is one of those light and happy colours that you want on your nails in the summer and will wear in winter just as a little pick me up when its raining!

I would suggest maybe putting a third coat on with the lilac, as in the picture above I am wearing two coats and  for my liking it is slightly too pale, as I really like bold block colours on my nails; even in light colours I don't want to see the whites of my nail through the polish. But that being said, it is just me being picky, as you can see my nail is the colour in the bottle with just two coats!

To apply the polish I would say be a bit careful as the brush is slightly thin and so you will need a bit more polish on your brush than normal to apply it in one go, and I may have dropped a bit on the table whilst applying (which I have never done before) and I would have loved advance warning of this.

The formula isn't really gloopy and if I'm being honest I would say it is actually reasonably thin considering the glossy finish they give you. The glossy finish is really shiny in my opinion, as I have read different reviews about these, some raving about them, others not thinking they are as glossy as expected. I think that for £3.99 the finish is great and will last a few days (as long as you don't do too much washing up) and this is what I would have expected and more for such a reasonable price!

Have you tried any of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints?

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