I’ve got a really fun 3 minute video to bring to you today! 🙂
I get quite a few questions via Instagram and comments day to day about my nails and how I get them so shiny/decent looking, so I thought it was about time I show you what my nail routine looks like. I filmed a quick 3 minute video which you can click on below, it shows you my routine and the nail polish of choice was a beautiful mint pastel green from Nails Inc called ‘Belsize Lane’.
I had wanted to try something different and creative and if you scroll down the bottom of this post you will see what I had constructed in order to bring this little video to you – it’s mind blowing lol.
Leave me a comment if you’d like and give the video a like if you enjoyed it! I was pretty chuffed with this video so I really hope you enjoy it.
I signed up for a beauty subscription box with Birchbox UK a couple of months ago and the time has come to unbox my July box with you all! The design of this ‘Never-Ending Summer’ box is really beautiful – the colours are so luxurious and it has been created in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh – star of Made in Chelsea and model/businesswoman.
My previous months Birchboxes have been living on top of my chest of drawers, they are perfect for storing little things like hair clips, mini lip balms and stuff! Also, I’ve taken to putting my perfumes on top of the boxes as it’s the ideal place to leave them so I remember to put perfume on before I run out of my room/out of the house in the morning :).
Again this Birchbox cost £12.95, as it does each month but this month in particular the full size item alone was definitely worth it.
Here we go, I’m gonna show you what I got!
Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream (sample size) the full size costs £39 RRP-
Elemis is an awesome brand to see in a subscription box, it’s used in many spas up and down the country so that’s a sure-fire sign it’s gonna do some good to your skin. This is described as an anti-oxidant rich day cream which helps to lock in essential moisture and if you read my most recent post about having dry skin you’ll know this will be right up my street! This has a really dewy finish (but not greasy) and it’s got the most gorgeous zingy fruity scent to it!
John Frieda Anti-Frizz Primer (full size) £9.99 RRP-
This product is full size, which is excellent considering how much a Birchbox costs. This primer from John Frieda has fell into my hands at the exact right time because at the moment I just have to go near the window and I can feel my hair starting to curl up at the ends. It’s been really humid in the UK at the moment and John Frieda are a brand who have spent a long time on trying to fix national and global frizz. I haven’t used this yet but am looking forward to it – think this will last me ages too!
Nails Inc Mini (sample size) the full size can cost £15 RRP-
The Nails Inc mini I received in my Birchbox was a pretty light green colour which is perfect for summer. I think this shade is called ‘Belsize Lane’ (unless I’ve read it wrong) and I’m really looking forward to trying this out, but wondering how long this tiny bottle will last me!
LOC x Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil, (full size) £9 RRP-
I’m a bit disappointed in this pencil but only because of the shade that I got, I think if I had got a shade more suited to my skin tone I’d be using this every day! This is a pale pink gloss stick in ‘Bohemian Rose’ which sounds really apt for something created by Millie Mackintosh. This is too light for me unfortunately but I will be giving this to a good home!
Caudalie Micella Cleansing Water (sample size) full size costs £15 RRP-
This micellar water is a great addition to this months box, for someone who sometimes travels quite a bit. This mini is perfect, with a good sturdy screw top there’s no chance of this spilling inside your bag. The cleanser is really gentle and light and actually does a good job of taking off eye make up too so I’m impressed :).
I’m excited to see what I get next month – let me know what’s your favourite from this box!
I hope you are all enjoying a long weekend – I am most certainly making the most of it and will be getting as much sleep crammed into it as possible!
I wanted to take the opportunity to show you some of my most favourite nail looks ever…since having my blog (for over a year and a bit now) it basically means that I take pictures of everything *just incase*. So that means every time I do my nails, I always have picture upon picture of my mangled claw hand in case I want to blog about the look :).
Here are a few of my favourite nail looks that I’ve tried in the last few months – I will also name and link the products if you need them!
***ALL nail looks have been finished with a slick of Seche Vite over the top – you can’t beat it :)***
The nail look above used Essie’s Lilacism which is a beautiful pale cool toned lilac, with a gold glitter over the top!
One of the best things about autumn (or Fall for any of you across the ocean) is that you can crack out the mauves, the burgundy reds and the burnt oranges.
Autumnal colours just bellow messages of warm nights by the fire, hot chocolates and feeling snug wrapped in a knitted scarf :).
So I thought I’d show you some of my favourite nail polishes for Autumn time – they are a mix of purples, reds and teals. A few glitters are thrown into the mix too, as when you start to move towards Christmas time you can’t beat a bit of glitter!
First up, we have Essie’s ‘Bordeaux’ (pictured above) which is a beautiful burgundy, maroon colour. It’s quite dark, but that’s what winter is all about – it’s filled with dark and moody shades. This is my newest purchase and it has a brilliant, glassy effect. Essie polishes are amazing!
Next we have Ciaté’s ‘Silhouette’, which is a gorgeous dark red, with flecks of glitter running through it. It isn’t coarse bits of glitter, it’s quite fine but it is quite dramatic once you’ve painted it on. (By the way, why does silhouette have a H in it? Sil HOO ette). The glitter is like a green/browny/red reflection, which is SO pretty. This takes a good two coats to build up, but once you’ve done the second one it’s beautifully opaque.
Front and centre, we have Tanya Burr’s Midnight Sparkles, which is a firm autumn favourite of mine. This is quite a bright but dark purple glittery polish. Compared to the Ciaté polish this comes out quite opaque already (you can tell Tan has taken time to look at the formula for these polishes). This is a great polish for those times when you are in a rush – a few sweeps of this and you’re done! I’d recommend a layer ofSeche Vite over the top to give a glassy finish that dries really quick!
Lastly, we have a No 17 polish and another from Tanya’s range (you can tell I like them, right?) The 17 polish is called ‘Navy Glint’, which is summed up by the name really! It’s a teal coloured glitter, which has AMAZING opacity. Seriously, a few strokes of this nail polish and you are done. It can look quite dull as it is so I’d recommend using a top coat :).
Then, Tanya Burr’s ‘New York Night’is a deep purple that has no shimmer in it. Sometimes when using this, it’s so dark it looks a bit black, but I quite like that about it. This is quite good in terms of coats – I’d say max 2 coats is needed. This is a great kind of polish to use if you are going for a bit more of a grungy look, or if you’ve used kohl to line your eyes for example.
Those are my favourite polishes for Autumn time, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and feel free to leave me a comment if you want to know any more about them!
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This week I had one of those weeks where I just really couldn’t be bothered with doing my nails. I left them bare for most of the week partly because I am lazy and partly because I remember reading about this crazy lady who had nail varnish on her nails ALL the time and they went weird and then she didn’t have any left 🙁 🙁 :(.(I think that story has frightened me a little).
When sifting through my nail polish collection (at the moment it’s in a large square Ikea box), I decided to revisit an old favourite. A while ago my eldest sister bought me a French Connection nail varnish set that contained some pretty random shades. Of all the shades, there was a brilliant electric shimmery blue, that was still quite dark but bright at the same time.
I remember when I opened the pack and turned the little nail polishes with matte bottle tops upside down I was DISMAYED to find out that they have no names. Not even a little number to identify them. In spite of this, I really do love this colour. The formula isn’t great to be honest, I have used a much paler pink shade from this range before and it needs a good 2 – 3 coats for it to start to build up the colour.
On top of this I have used Ciaté’s Celestial, once again, as you guys know I love this. This glitter top coat just goes so beautifully over other blues due to the teeny little blue flecks in the polish.
Have any of you tried the French Connection nail polishes? Also, does anyone have any good tips for nail polish storage? I definitely will be having a cheeky look on Muji very soon from what I can tell…
We all know that there are a few struggles we all have to deal with on a daily basis, and this post just rounds up some of the ABSOLUTE ORDEALS I have had to go through over the past few months.
ORDEAL #1 – CLOTHES SIZES IN DIFFERENT SHOPS –
I love a bit of online shopping, but what I hate is that the problem of inconsistent sizing between physical high street stores is somewhat amplified when you are shopping online. Cue me choosing a size 8 dress that would probably fit on my arm, rather than my whole body. In my brain I am thinking, ‘Hang on a second, in DOROTHY PERKINS I can fit into a size 8.’ Welllll that’s because in Dorothy’s Fashion Empire their size 8’s are already like tents. I’m sure all ladies of different sizes can relate to this inconsistency. Sort it out, you shops you.
ORDEAL #2 – BEAUTY BRANDS DISCONTINUING YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT –
Although beauty brands are amazing and innovative, they are also fickle players. The reason I say this, is that you could buy an item, absolutely LOVE it, and after a few months go to repurchase and they have discontinued the foofing thing.
I encountered this loss when I went to my local Boots to repurchase a 17 nail polish in the most beautiful sea weed green glitter. To my dismay, I saw a crap aqua glitter replacement that had none of the beauty of it’s predecessor. Take a look at my lost love below:
ORDEAL #3 – WHEN THAT INGENIOUS IDEA OF YOURS DOESN’T WORK –
So, you guys might not know this but I am an avid baker. I usually find a few staple recipes and stick to those, venturing out to sometimes change a recipe slightly to see if I can find the next better version of it.
Cue Coffee & Walnut…& Nutella fairy cakes. Well, I couldn’t just do the recipe, could I?!
I decided it would be a good idea to add a splodge of Nutella into each fairy cake, thinking it would melt and become a gooey paradise of chocolate goo.
Instead, it did hardened and sank to the bottom like dis:
ORDEAL # 4 – FINDING OUT THE FOOD YOU ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WOULD LIKE DISGUSTS YOU –
A nice day shopping out in Birmingham. Oh, let’s stop for breakfast shall we?! OKAI.
Oh, let’s try Eggs Benedict, I would love Hollandaise sauce.
No Roshni. No you would not.
The sauce is deceptive, in reality it is not savoury and delicious, it is a tangy hell hole of deceit.
ORDEAL #5 – WHEN YOU SEE A MASSIVE DOG AND WANT TO RIDE IT –
There isn’t really much explanation needed here.
You see a massive dog. Want to ride it. Realise you can’t. Cry.
ORDEAL #6 – WHEN YOU MEET ELSA FROM FROZEN IN REAL LIFE AND REALISE SHE’S SHITE –
So in ‘Frozen’, Elsa’s ‘Let It Go’ dress is FABULAMAZING.
When I met Elsa and Olaf in Chester town, her dress was, well, an atrocity.
Remember that odd sequin material you would get at primary school that you could use to stick onto drawings of mermaids?
Well basically she had a sheath of that pinned to a white long sleeved T shirt.
See for yourself!
What real life struggles have you ‘Pressers been encountering recently?!
After you lovely ‘Pressers seemed to like my last ‘Understated Christmas Manicure‘ post, I thought I would do a few more of these so you can see how I have my nails week on week. I used to actually bite my nails, so being able to experiment knowing it will look half decent means that I now ALWAYS like to have presentable nails.
The look I went for this week used Nails Inc ‘Regent Street’, which is a gorgeous deep burgundy colour which is perfect for Autumn/Winter. To make this slightly more christmassy I added a gold glitter over the top of the ring finger nail, as an accent. This lifts a glossy prim and proper manicure and adds a touch of fun.
Recently I have been loving keeping my nails quite short (nobody wants sharp talons when they are tapping away at a keyboard at work), and keeping them quite squoval (square oval) as this is the most flattering shape for me.
The gold glitter polish I used was a No7 one, but I have to say I’m not a massive fan as it feels quite gritty and the glitter particles are quite big. It’s not a polish you can layer up, as it comes out quite thick from the minute the brush touches the nail.
As always, a layer of Seche Vite means that I know for sure I will last for at least 1 week before I find any chips or scuffs…perfect so that I can get on with Christmas shopping, baking and lazing around!
As we are well into Autumn, I’ve started to leave the bright sunny shades back where they belong and am slowly moving over to the dark, more muted autumn colours when it comes to nails. This time of year is brilliant, I particularly like the cosy nights in with a cup of tea and a blanket (I have just aged about 80 years) and a good ol’ crunchy leaf to stomp on (just digressed back to 4 and a half years old).
This little post includes some of my favourite shades for autumn, and also as we are nearing christmas, some of the top coats that can make things a little bit more festive :)!
So if we start with the non glitter shades:
This is just a selection of the shades that I think are ideal for autumn. The Kiko polish is lovely, and I picked it up on my last visit to Landannnn. I don’t think they have shade names or numbers which is annoying, but this muted grey is really chic and is an ideal colour if you aren’t allowed to wear bright coloured nail varnish in your office, place of work, or school.
The Barry M polish is wrongly named if you ask me, when I look at this shade the last thing I think is watermelon. I actually think ‘Pond Sludge’ but I don’t think that would fly with Bazza. This shade might be a bit love/hate, but I really love the teal colour, and I think again it is quite a sophisticated shade to have on from late summer to autumn.
The Nails Inc polish is ‘Regent Street’ is probably my favourite of the bunch here, as the maroony burgundy shade is really really chic, and also looks great with the gold glitter polish I will be talking about in a mo. This is a classic autumnal colour, and the formula is long lasting and hardly chips…which makes it even better!
Tanya Burr‘s ‘Midnight Sparkles’ is actually what I am wearing now as I tinker away at these laptop keys. This is a gorgeous dark mauve, with purple shimmer in it, that looks really nice when it catches the light. It is almost black-purple, so it looks great if it is glossy and opaque, which isn’t hard to achieve due to the thick formula and easy to use brush.
Finally, we have the French Connection mauvey reddy purpley colour (again, no shade names or numbers, sort it ahht). This is a gorgeous colour, but be warned it can be quite difficult to build up this shade to what you see in the little bottle. The brush is quite thin too, but if you have the patience then there’s noting wrong with cracking this autumnal colour out.
If you fancy a little nod to christmas, take a look at these three glittery top coats:
The blue glitter top coat is actually from Bodycare, and costs a measly £2-3 per bottle. This is a right bugger to remove, but layered over the top of a dark purple, black or navy blue, it is really striking. I wouldn’t go over board with this stuff though, or you will be finding bits of it on your nails in 2017.
The Bourjois ‘Sun Scales’ is really beautiful, and VERY clever. It’s actually little bits of gold foil (like someone got some gold tinsel and put it in a food processor), therefore it isn’t too cumbersome to remove and looks really really good over a burgundy, black or blue nail polish.
The most versatile of this trio is the Barry M Silver glitter top coat. With different sized little silver glitters, this pretty much looks good over ANY colour (maybe not gold though…#jussayin). This again is quite difficult to remove but hey, towards Christmas you might find yourself tucked in in a cosy bed rather than out in the lashing wind and rain, so you might as well treat yourself to a bit of pampering (or scrubbing at nails with remover pads :)).
Let me know what your favourite autumnal shades are so I can fritter away my next wage slip 🙂