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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

How To Help Your Nail Polish Last Longer

Most of us love to wear Nail varnish but it can be infuriating as it often peels as soon as you've applied it!
We all think that we know how to paint our nails but sometimes we haven't actually applied it correctly, then we get angry that our nail varnish is peeling within an hour of applying!
I work with my hands every day and this is what I do to ensure my polish stays (mostly) chip-free for up to a week.
What I use:

* Cuticle oil (I use Moringa Oil which I reviewed Here)
Avon nail and cuticle cream Here
Hand soap
Cuticle Pusher
Cuticle softner (Optional)
Nail file
Base Coat (Or you can use top coat)
Your chosen nail colour
Top coat
Nail Varnish remover
Cotton pads
This is a lengthy process so I recommend watching your favourite series or a film while you do this! Start off by removing any old polish then wash your hands, clean with a nail brush over your nails and underneath the free edge to ensure you have a clean base to work with.
Then cut and file your nails to the desired shape and length.
If you're using a cuticle remover or cuticle softener now is the time to apply it. Then take a cuticle pusher and gently push back your cuticles. You also want to remove any dead skin on nail surface this will help your nail varnish adhere properly. You can then also take cuticle nippers and remove any nail tags. Please be gentle when doing this though, we don't want any injuries!
Once you've done the above wash your hands again with a nail brush and soap to get rid of any debris or oils on your nails so that your nail varnish will adhere properly, this is an important step!
Now take your base coat and apply a thin layer and allow to dry. This will give your nail varnish a good foundation to stick to and also protect your natural nails from staining.
Now apply a thin layer of your desired nail varnish, don't take the polish right down to the cuticle, as it will flood onto your skin. Wait till this is touch dry and then apply another coat. Your second coat is the coat that needs to be neat and even.
I like to leave this to dry for 20-25 minutes as the biggest problem is we often don't let nail varnish dry properly, we'll start messing about on our phone or eating, then complain when it smudges! Now after waiting apply your topcoat. Not only will this make your nails look super shiny it will also protect the varnish from chipping for longer. Now, wait another half an hour or longer.
Once everything is dry and I'm happy with it you can then remove excess polish which might have gone onto your fingers with an ear bud dipped in nail polish remover. Then apply a cuticle oil to your cuticles and fingers. I use the Wikaniko Moringa oil which I reviewed Here *
I would recommend applying more topcoat every day or every other day and leave to dry for about 20 minutes, this will help protect your colour for longer. Just remember to wash your hands before applying more polish so you have an oil-free surface for your new layer of polish to adhere too! I also recommend using cuticle oil and hand cream each night to give you nourished and moisturised hands.
And there you go! This won't guarantee your nail polish doesn't chip but it gives it a better chance to last longer. Mine tends to chip slightly at the free edge after about 4 days, but like I said I work with my hands every day.
I hope this helps you, this is the method I use and it works pretty well. Please leave any nail tips you have below!
*Any items marked with a * were sent to me in exchange for an honest review, however, this does not change my views.
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Monday, 11 September 2017

Very, Very late August Faves!

This favourites post is very late, sorry! I am slowly getting back into blogging after a couple of months off and have started writing out lots of posts for the coming months. Here's a list of things I loved in August and this month too! 
 
Also as a side note, my blog was one yesterday!
 
Avon Care Conditioning Cocoa Butter Hand, Nail & Cuticle Cream

With Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, this is really moisturising and it smells gorgeous. I've been using this along with other things to help nourish and grow my nails (Which I will most likely write a post on) My tube seems to be XXL so I can see this lasting me forever! My Nan bought me this, she's bought me the body butter and body lotion in the same range too. I am a huge fan, they all smell divine!
 

Ted Baker, Pretty Pearl Mini Body Spray and Issey Miyake, L'Eau d'Issey Florale
I couldn't decide between both of these as I've been wearing both for over a month now. They smell beautiful. I have never tried either of these scents before so I was excited to try something new. Some perfumes can be too harsh on my skin and irritate me, but these haven't at all. Both perfumes have staying power, and I often get comments when wearing both throughout the day. They both have delicate floral scents. 
 
 
Juvia's Place, The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette
 
This palette is absolutely stunning. I wasn't really in the market for such an expensive purchase but I really wanted it and I figured it would last me a long time and will probably be one of the most expensive and good quality palettes I ever own. Plus I saw it as a little treat after starting my new job! There are 12 eyeshadows which consist of beautiful bronzes, berries, and chocolates. It's perfect for this time of year and I think would suit every skin tone! Before reviewing this I wanted to have a play around with it for a couple of weeks and see how versatile it is. You can create lots of different looks with The Nubian. From subtle looks to really bold, statement looks. There are 4 matte and 8 shimmers.
 
The shadows are highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. They last all day and into the night. Of course, they work best over an eyeshadow base and the shimmers would work well if you spray your brush with setting spray first. I highly recommend this gorgeous autumnal palette!
 
 
* Protecting His Defiant Innocent by Michelle Smart

As a Mills & Boon insider, I get sent books to read in exchange for an honest review. Due to being busy I haven't reviewed anything for a couple of months, but it was nice to lose myself in a book once again last month. I'm glad to be back on track and reviewing books again. Here are a few of my thoughts and a brief overview of the book:

I liked this story, it was a bit different and a good book to get me back into reading again. It held my interest and I liked the feisty and independent lead female character, Francesca.

After the tragic loss of her brother, Francesca is determined to carry on his charity work on a Caribbean island. As the baby of the family, her protective brothers hire ex-special forces soldier Felipe to be her bodyguard as she carries out her work in dangerous places and situations.

At times it can be hard to like Felipe, he can seem quite cold and controlling, but given his background that is understandable. He has a job to do and he has Francesca's best interests and safety at heart. The two characters are both very troubled due to their pasts. As I got deeper into the book I began to like his character more. Francesca is very independent and at times it is difficult for Felipe to do his job and look after her as she fights against him. This infuriates him as they both have differing opinions about safety. I like how they are equals, instead of her being portrayed as the weak damsel in distress. As their attraction grows, will Felipe throw his no getting close to clients rule out of the window?

The banter and chemistry between the two characters are well written and enjoyable. The story is fast paced and well written. The setting was different to the usual and I liked the conclusion and felt like I'd been on a journey with the two characters.
 
 
 
*Any items marked with a * were sent to me in exchange for an honest review, however, this does not change my views.
 
What have you been enjoying recently? Let me know below!
 
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Back to Blogging!

Hello Everyone!

Well, it's been a minute since I last posted...

It's good to be back after a longer blogging hiatus than I planned. The last time I posted was June. I am now more than ready to get back behind my keyboard again. I'm so glad that I took a little break though, I'd focused on all things blogging since last September when my blog started and I'd kind of burnt myself out. In fact, I was starting to find it all a little stressful.
 
 
How has your summer been? Tell me below. As a season I don't enjoy summer. I am an autumn/winter girl and always will be. I feel very down throughout summer, I don't know why. Once October rolls around I will perk up again no doubt! A lot has happened in the last couple of months, I've got a new job, which I am really enjoying and I am making a lot of plans. I still haven't made the Etsy shop yet, but it's on my to do list. I'll be hosting a giveaway when it's opened too -yay!

So, that's all I wanted to say today. I am easing myself back into blogging gently and just saying 'Hi' for now! I have lots of posts planned for the coming weeks, which I am really excited about. I'll probably just be posting once a week for the next couple of months though. Also, my blog is one next month!!
 
Until next time,
 
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Monday, 12 June 2017

My (very late) May Faves!

I haven't been around much lately in the blogging world. I've suddenly got an influx of work and I also want to set up my Etsy shop this month which is very exciting, but all my focus is on that and work right now. I normally like to write 8 blog posts a month, but I'm not sure how much free time I am going to have over the next two months, however, I'll do my best to post as and when.

Here is a (very late) list of my May favourites:

* I was sent 4 bottles of Sparkling Elderflower to review from Rocks Drinks last month. It was when we had that little heat wave and I was so grateful to sip on this refreshing drink poured over ice. My Husband and I both really enjoyed this, were big fans of Elderflower drinks and we rate this highly! I'm keen to try more of Rocks Drinks other delicious sounding options.
 
These drinks are ready to go with a screw top lid, so no fussy lids like other glass bottle drinks. I like that it's a glass bottle which in my opinion is a better option to plastic. Made in Devon with an uncomplicated approach, a simple list of ingredients and using the finest fruit growers, Rocks Drinks squashes and squeezes all of the goodness out of each piece of fruit that goes into their drinks.
You can buy drinks from Rocks Drinks Here
 

*As a Mills & Boon insider I get sent a complimentary book to read each month to review. This month I read Sold For The Greek's Heir by Lynne Graham. This is the third and final instalment of a series of books about three sisters.



A brief fling between playboy Jax and waitress Lucy ends abruptly leaving Lucy pregnant. Unbeknown to Lucy, Jax thought she'd betrayed him, so he disappears from her life. Unable to get hold of Jax to tell him she was having his baby Lucy is left alone to get on with things.

They run into each other two years later and Jax finds out he has a child. Although Lucy was treated terribly, she can't deny that they still have chemistry. Can feisty Lucy forget the past and move forward through the various obstacles that face them.

Both characters have troubled pasts, but I didn't warm to Jax, he was very overbearing and dominant. I preferred Lucy, however, not as much as her sister Ellie who was the main focus in the second book of this series: The Italian's One-Night baby.

I enjoyed this short read, it was nice to read the final book in this series. I liked that the book ended with all three sisters reconnected, although I would have liked to read more of an interaction between them. The great thing is that if you haven't read the previous books, then it won't matter, it will all still make sense.

You can buy a copy Here

Lollies

I am not a fan of the Summer! Sorry for those sun worshippers among you, but I'm not. I much prefer crisp cold mornings, snow and cosy days. I can't stand heat waves so when we had that brief heat wave last month, I was looking for ways to cool down. Lots of ice in drinks and lollies, one of the few things I enjoy about the Summer! My Mum gave me a box of Mini Milks the other day, anyone remember having those as a kid? What a throw back! So was this Nobbly Bobbly I enjoyed too!

 
 
* Also from Mills & Book is The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Growing Old Disgracefully by Ada Adverse. I have previously reviewed one of Ada's other books 'Turning into your Mother'
 
 
These books are hilarious and again the anecdotes are accompanied by black and white vintage looking photos. I laughed out loud more than once at this book and spent a nice half an hour eating snacks and reading this on my sofa. It really cheered me up!

This book is so witty and is sure to raise a laugh among friends and also with older relatives.

You can buy a copy Here

Reading

As you can see from the above mini reviews I am enjoying reading! I went through a spell of not reading as much as I used too and now I am reading loads again, which makes me so happy. I find it a great way of de-stressing and unwinding. I have a very active mind, I am constantly thinking all the time and losing myself in a great book is a way of silencing my mind for a little while. I'm also finding that it is helping me sleep. If I read before trying to sleep then it helps me dose off.
 
 
What did you enjoy about May? Let me know below.
 
* Anything marked with a * was sent to me to review. However, this does not have any affect on my opinion at all.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A Day At Donington Historic Festival

I was brought up by parents who love motorsport. I still have toy cars my Dad gave me when I was little and I can remember my parents and I watching the tragic passing of our favourite driver Ayrton Senna. We always watch the F1 and my dad has worked with cars since he was a teenager, nowadays he works on prestigious cars and knows pretty much everything there is to know about them. So it's no surprise that I also have a passion for cars. While I am no expert like my Dad, I still love them.
 
When I was offered the chance to go to the Donington Historic Festival last month as part of the blogger panel I jumped at the chance. I asked my Dad to go with me and we excitedly planned our day. This was the 7th Donington Historic Festival and there was a great selection of race grids, displays and demonstrations. The on-track action spanned eight decades and the event ran over 3 days, a day of qualifying on the Friday and two full days of racing on the Saturday and Sunday. We attended the Saturday.
 
 
This year marks the 40th anniversary of when the circuit was re-opened for racing at Donington Park thanks to the late Tom Wheatcroft. Some of the action-packed weekend included the attendance of 60 car clubs such as Club Lotus, Mazda MX5 Club, Porsche Club GB and Mercedes-Benz Club who displayed the cars they were passionate about. You were able to get up close to the cars and take photos as well as talk to the club representatives and ask questions. On the 'tarmac lake,' there were passenger rides in period rally cars. You could also get involved by learning stunt driving with Paul Swift (more on that later!) as well as demonstration sessions from the British Historic Kart Club. Visitors also had the chance to have a go at drifting a Caterham or get in the passenger seat for a drift ride. You could also take a look at the stunning Donington Grand Prix Collection. The Sporting Bears Motor Club gave visitors 10-mile passenger rides on public roads in the Donington Park area in one of their classic and sports cars in exchange for donations to a charity.
 
 
When we got to the Donington Historic Festival we were warmly welcomed up in the media suite. I was quite nervous as this was the first time I was attending something as a blogger, my nerves soon disappeared as we began walking around in awe with the other car enthusiasts.

 
The first thing we did was to watch the HSCC Super Touring Car Challenge for 1970-2000 Touring Cars. We were close to the track and excitedly watched. After the race, we saw some of the drivers including Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington.

 
 
 
As we walked around the paddocks my Dad was able to tell me lots of information about all the cars we saw. It was great to learn about them. I loved seeing the vast array of cars and how they have changed over the years. There were some really stunning ones. I wish I could include them all in this post. We were among a few of the lucky people who got to photograph Champion Andrew Jordan.
 


 
 
This year the theme at Donington Historic Festival was to get involved. One of the ways you could do that was to volunteer to drive in the Paul Swift stunt cars. (Paul Swift is the man behind the Top Gear Live stunts.) Before the stunt show, two volunteers from the public had a mini stunt experience alongside the professionals. They learned how to J-turn and drift a car through 360 degrees. Then it was over to Paul and the team who showcased some manoeuvres and then they did an Italian Job inspired performance which was both funny and really entertaining.

 
 
 
 
There were lots of great stalls such as 195 mph Ltd, Second Skin and Millingtons Models among others. And numerous food areas. Something I noticed was how clean the whole site was. There were so many people in attendance but it was kept immaculate. The whole day was so well organised. I saw all ages there and each person was smiling and having a great time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 We watched the U2TC for Pre-'66 Under Two-litre Touring Cars' race while we stood eating our lunch, probably the most exciting lunch I've ever had! 
 
 
Then later we saw the HSCC Historic Formula 2 FIA International Race Series. These single-seater racing cars were so loud and exciting to watch.
 
 
 
We had the most amazing time, there was so much to see. I want to say a MASSIVE thank you for inviting us and giving us a fantastic day. I highly recommend these events, they are so well organised and there is so much to do and see. I can totally understand why some people attend all three days! My parents and I are hoping to go back to the Donington Historic Festival next year. Sorry this blog post is pic heavy but there were too many beautiful cars not to include them!
 
 
 
* I was sent tickets to attend the Donington Historic Festival in exchange for a blog post detailing my day. However, this has not influenced my opinion in any way.
 
 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Naturelle Cosmetics Royal Coffee Scrub Review

I love scrubs so I was very excited when Naturelle Cosmetics kindly sent me one of their Royal Coffee Scrubs to test out. They sent me the scrub with Tea Tree which is so good for your skin. Naturelle Cosmetics is a nature-sourced cosmetics brand who offer body and skin care, soap, mineral makeup, hair care, mother and baby, men's products and oils etc.
 
 
" Naturelle Cosmetics is a private, family-owned and operated business based in UK that aims at popularizing natural and organic beauty products in Europe. Through the years, it has been our obsession and passion to offer you only nature-sourced cosmetic products, bringing you only the purest products from organic, certified farms in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. "
 
100% organic, paraben-free, vegan products
Certified products (Ecocert, Organic Farmers and Growers UK Certification, Parabens Free, Vegan and Cosmebio)
Worldwide shipping
Regular discount coupons and offers (sent via email)
Fair trade practices
Recyclable packaging
All products NOT tested on animals
Ideal for vegetarians
Low carbon footprint

 
The first thing I noticed is you get a lot of product for your money and the pouch closes to keep it fresh. The packaging is also recyclable which is great too! I found a little of the scrub goes a long way.
 
To apply it's best to wet the skin prior to applying so the scrub sticks to the skin as otherwise, it will fall off. Coffee scrubs can be messy to apply so I'd advise standing in the bath or shower when using. You don't need to harshly scrub at your skin with the product, I found gently rubbing it in then rinsing off gave great results.

 
My skin felt lovely afterwards, really soft and moisturised. It's good to use on my legs after shaving to get rid of possible ingrown hairs and I feel like it helps with the appearance of cellulite too. I also use on my arms and hands and any dry areas. You can also use it on your face. It's lovely knowing that the product is completely organic and natural. All the oils used are good at removing dirt and help with exfoliation, all without harsh damage to your skin.
 
The only slight downside for me would be the smell which I didn't really like, however, I am not a huge fan of the scent of Coffee or Tea Tree. There are others to try in the range though such as Cinnamon Vanilla, Chocolate Orange, Coconut, Lavender Mint or Ylang Ylang. I also would of liked some instructions or information about the scrub on the back of the pack, but that's just my personal preference. 
 
I really enjoyed using this and still have a lot more to continue using. I highly recommend this product and all natural company!
 
You can buy Naturelle Cosmetics products Here
 
* I was sent this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I would always advise that you make sure you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients before purchasing.

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The Amazing £4 Primark Foundation Brush

I remember seeing the Artis Brushes on Youtube and once I'd gotten over how weird they looked I couldn't believe how well and effortlessly they applied liquid foundation. I really wanted one but when I saw the prices of them I knew I'd never be able to afford them.
 
When I was in Primark recently I was browsing their makeup section and saw the PS Pro Large Blending Brush which looked very similar to the Artis Brushes. Even though I hadn't got much money I decided to buy it as it was only £4. I'll be completely honest, I didn't have very high hopes for it, I thought it would do a crap job at blending my foundation and I assumed the bristles would shed. How wrong was I?
I really like a more densely packed brush when applying my foundation and this brush is very dense but it is also extremely soft and glides over your face. It blends my foundation really quickly, probably the quickest out of my other brushes or beauty blender. The oval shape is great for going around the eyebrows and curves of the eyes and nose. I'd go as far to say that right now, this is probably my go to foundation brush. I absolutely love it! It also does a great job at blending concealer too.
 
Another huge plus is that when I washed the brush I noticed barely any product came out, whereas my other brushes and beauty blender have loads of excess foundation and take a while to wash. Maybe because the bristles are so densely packed together the majority of the product sits on top inside of soaking into the brush?
 
There was only one downside and that was because the handle is quite flexible it has the potential to break quite easily. So you have to be quite gentle with it. I rest my finger on the back of the brush to give it some support when applying my foundation and it makes the brush feel a bit more stable. It's only £4 so there has to be at least one downside!

Get yours Here
 
Do you have the PS Pro Large Blending Brush? What do you think of it? Let me know below!

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