Thursday, 28 August 2014

Nails of the Moment #11 Nails of the Moment #11

So I'm still feeling quite neutral nails at the moment, and after a fairly long time with my favourite nude from Essie on, I decided to give a Barry M nail polish a try. You'll recognise this shade (Almond) from my recent beauty haul. It is a more grey-toned nude, and I'm really feeling it right now.
I went to Dublin over the weekend, and in my last minute rush to get ready the night before I popped one coat of this on with a top coat. Gee whiz! It stayed on so much better than I could have hoped for. It lasted from Thursday night all the way through to Tuesday without chipping. That's really good going for one coat if you ask me. What I love about the Barry M Gelly paints is that they glide on so easily. You can pop a generous layer on and it will dry completely smooth, very hard to get wrong I promise. Big thumbs up from me!
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Monday, 25 August 2014

The Week in Instagrams #1 The Week in Instagrams #1

Well that was speedy! Another week gone, another load of snaps posted. I thought my little blog was overdue a new recurring piece, and an instagram round up seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Expect these to arrive (hopefully) each week. There's often things that go up on my account that don't get mentioned on the blog so I thought a round up would be quite a nice way for everything to gel.
So this week involved lots of working and a trip to Dublin! I had never been before so I was really excited to pop over there and help support our lovely Irish team at the Ultimate Girls Day Out - there'll be a vlog winging its way onto my youtube channel in the next few days. Big shout out the amazing chocolate orange cupcake I had from Johnnies cupcakes, which I hear is quite popular over there (I can definitely see why!).
I also got to visit the Dublin Benefit boutique, which is literally every girl's dream. Set in the heart of Dublin in the most beautiful building, stay tuned for a video tour of that in the upcoming vlog too.
It wouldn't be a real trip the airport without a cheeky duty free purchase. This one came in the form of a much-coveted Clarin's instant light lip perfector. More will be coming on that too, but let's just say, I now know what all the hype is about and it's totally justified!
And lastly, is the picture on the bottom left. I can't be the only one who wanders around department stores and takes note (and pictures!) of brands I haven't heard about before right? Anyone heard of Organic Glam? I'm interested, let me know what you guys think if you've tried their products before.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Video: The Secret Diary of a Youtuber Video: The Secret Diary of a Youtuber

The video with all the youtube questions! 
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

The New Love: Palmer's Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser The New Love: Palmer's Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser

I bought this on a complete whim in the last couple of weeks, it featured in my recent haul video which you can view HERE. And since using this nifty little thing, I've decided I can't live without it! As you may have noticed, I'm already pretty tanned, however, I like to keep things glowing and a little more bronzed, especially over the summer. Although I don't look for a tonne of colour, the products I use do have to have a fair bit of pigment to show up well enough on my skin. The first time I used this I could see results the same day. My skin was looking healthy and bronzed after just a few hours and the colour has lasted so well and fades very evenly. You definitely need to make sure you wash your hands after using this, I missed a little bit near my wrists and it was noticeable!

A major plus for me is that this does not smell of fake tan but has the awesome scent that Palmer's products normally have. It is also super hydrating and the spray makes it so easy to use - particularly if you're in a hurry! It retails for £7.99, which is more expensive than the non-spray alternative, but a couple of pounds for that much convenience is justified in my opinion. It's actually on offer at the moment in Boots with a 1/3 off!

It's safe to say that this will be appearing in my monthly favourites. I haven't heard many people talk about it, have any of you guys tried it? Let me know if you have, I'd be interested to hear what you think!
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Friday, 15 August 2014

Video: Mini Beauty Haul Video: Mini Beauty Haul

Oops! I did it again… I feel like mini splurges like this one have been my vice through a busy summer, who doesn't love to treat themselves with a few new goodies?! There are some essentials and a couple of really exciting purchases. One in particular is an absolute gem that I will no doubt be raving over in the next favourites video and probably a blog post too, stay tuned!
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Nails of the Moment #10 Nails of the Moment #10

Post number 10 in the series! After giving my nails a breather for a day with just a coat of Rimmel's Nail Nurse on, I was really in the mood to keep things quite nude. So with that in mind, I went straight for the best nude I own, Essie's Sand Tropez! I absolutely love this colour, in my opinion it is the perfect neutral shade; especially for my skin tone. It's super elegant and chic and while I'm not a massive fan of Essie's brushes on their nail polishes, Sand Tropez applies really well.  At £7.99, the Essie polishes are really well priced as they are quite high end.

The colour is perfect for a fairly low maintenance manicure that is appropriate for any occasion. Basically, this shade is a must have for anyone's nail polish wardrobe!
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

You Should Always Shop Your Stash… You Should Always Shop Your Stash…

So a few weeks ago I decided to go gel-free on my nails. Naturally, this meant that I had an excuse to treat myself to a few new nail polishes. One particular shade I had a hankering for was yellow, but I made the rookie mistake of not shopping my stash before hand! In the picture above, you can see the beautiful Bourjois nail polish I got (the one in the middle), it was only after I got it home and popped it on that I realised I already had two very similar shades in my collection, oops! While I'm still glad I tried out the Bourjois shade, as someone who has a rather pricey holiday coming up next month, it has reminded me of the importance of checking what I have already before I whip out the debit card in Superdrug!

At least I know that I am sorted for yellow nails for the next year at least!

Have you ever made this mistake before or are you more savvy than me and always check your collection before you shop?
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