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Mani Monday | Shark Week

Mani Monday Shark Week

I’ve not done a Mani Monday post for ages but I thought one was due. I’ve actually not had nail polish on my nails for about three weeks which is crazy for me. Well, not crazy, just incredibly lazy! And nail art? Pfft… I think it’s been an entire year since I did anything. So I’m dipping my toe back in the water with a super quick shark week look.

Mani Monday Shark Week

I’m too out of practice to go for anything to rival some of the Shark Week looks by artists like Dull Like Glitter, or Miss Jen Fabulous, so I had to rely on some good old nail decals. These ones are from YRNails and are just £1.50 for 23 in three different sizes. I teamed it with Road Rage from the Barry M Speedy range and topped it off with the Gelly topcoat.

I like it. Might try a proper Jaws-like one soon.

Summer Beauty Buys

Summer Beauty Buys

I’ve been shopping! I think I’ve become more of a shopping addict in my old ages. By the time I retire I fully expect to have bankrupted myself. Most likely it’s all the blogs I read, the majority of this shop is blogger inspired. So here’s me, playing Keeping up with the Joneses and just adding to haul culture. You love it.

Summer Beauty Buys The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet

I think that The Body Shop launched their Body Sorbets last summer. They are described as a “light and frosty body moisturiser” – pretty perfect for the hot weather right? I was intrigued, but it was only when I smelt the Virgin Mojito one that I knew I had to grab it. It smells amazing – just like a mojito (mint and lime for non-drinkers), so incredibly summery. The consistency is awesome, it’s kinda thick, a bit like a gel but it sinks into the skin instantly and feels cooling for several minutes afterwards. Win.

Summer Beauty Buys Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo

I’m a big fan of Bumble and Bumble and I knew that when I was having recent hair troubles they would have my back. The hard water down here in England is wrecking my hair and scalp and I now rely on the Sunday shampoo as a weekly deep cleanse to attempt to strip some of the mineral deposits out of my hair. It’s not completely resolved the problem, but it’s definitely a help. My hair now looks OK on Monday!

Summer Beauty Buys Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

Oh yeah, the major blogger must have for summer time. I’ve actually been after this for a couple of years, but I especially love the bottle this year so I made sure to snap it up before it sells out. It’s a hot summer fragrance which is actually quite hard to define – a bit citrus, a splash coconut, lots of amber, maybe some flowers… really quite unique.

Summer Beauty Buys Rimmel Chin Up Buttercup

Next up, I bought the Rimmel ‘Chin Up, Buttercup’ nail polish as I was after a nice, bright yellow. I actually don’t like this, it looks like it has a bit of a greenish hue against my skintone. Ah well, can’t win ’em all.

Summer Beauty Buys Hawaiian Tropic SPF

Lastly, the most important item – some suncream. This is a handbag friendly size with a high SPF so perfect for on the go. It also smells unbelievably good with mango and coconut. I actually love it, it’s a joy to use! It is glittery though but I just don’t care, I just want it on me.

That was my little summer-ready haul. I also got the extremely unglamorous necessities of a handbag sized antiperspirant and a tonne of anti-histamines. #SummerProblems indeed.

What summer beauty essentials have you been buying recently? I’m not done shopping just yet!

Latest in Beauty | The Glamour Summer Edit

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Summer Edi

It’s been a few months since I indulged in a beauty box, but I was tempted back into the waters by a recent launch from Latest in Beauty and Glamour magazine. For £17.99, you receive 9 products hand picked by the Glamour Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr. She has selected her summer must-haves, ensuring you have a summer in a box.

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I love the packaging! Very summer appropriate. As well as the products you also receive discount vouchers for all the brands included.

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Summer Edi

The first item is a sheet of metallic temporary tattoos from Seekers of the Sun. I think these are really cute and I’m sure would be great for festival goers. I like the dots and the mendhi style patterns and I will be trying them out as finger tattoos.

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Summer Edi

I’ve seen this Caudelie Divine Oil in lots of beauty boxes in the past, but have never picked one up. It’s a dry oil that can be used on your hair and skin or in your bath. I like oils like this for overnight moisture and look forward to having a go with this.

The Pixi Glow Tonic was the item that made me decide to buy the box. I’ve heard loads of good things about the Glow Tonic but £18 it’s quite pricey for a toner – especially since (so far) all toners seem to be pretty similar. So, despite the dinky size, I’m excited to trial this. Will let you know how I get on!

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Summer Edi

Next up is the L’Occitane Shampoo and Conditioner which includes 5 essential oils. I like the small size so I’m going to take them to Edinburgh with me (going home for a week!). I’m hoping for shiny, nourished hair.

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Summer Edi

I was also looking forward to trying out a Nails Inc Gel Effect nail polish but oh my God, this colour choice is terrible. It’s called ‘Uptown’ and is a dusky pink-greige. What is summery about that??!! Sorry, but I am sick of the ‘safe‘ boring nail colour choices these boxes always make. This range includes a yellow, an ice-cream mint, a bright orchid colour…lots that are so much more summer appropriate than this one. It’s probably the least summery colour in the collection. Gah! It’s been chucked in the drawer until October.

On a more positive note, I love the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon. Unfortunately, I already have this colour, but I’m more than happy to share the love and pass it on to a pal. This is called ‘Peach on the Beach’ and is summery!

Latest in Beauty The Glamour Summer Edi

I like the look of this Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish. I’m the worst at using remembering to use scrubs, but this is an exfoliator, toner and moisturiser in one so I’m sure I can get  use of it.

The second big disappointment of this box for me is the Eucerin Sun Creme. Again, this was something I was excited to try, and one of the main reasons I bought the box. The Eucerin range is a high-factor SPF but is great for the face as it is not as oily as other brands. However, this one is tinted – argh! It’s way to dark for me and as it’s an SPF, you need to put a decent amount on to ensure adequate protection. Seriously, who has skin that dark and needs SPF 50?! (Obviously I know people with darker skin tones also need sun protection, but not that high!). So annoyed I can’t use this.

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Lastly is the Vita Liberata Trystral Minerals self-tanning bronzer. The idea is that it’s a powder gradual facial fake tan. I don’t use fake tan so I knew I wouldn’t use this so I’m not disappointed. In fact, I’m quite pleased because the brush that came with it seems great. It’s very soft and dense so I’m not sure what I’ll use it for but sure it’ll be handy. I would say that if I had wanted to use the bronzer, I’d probably be a bit miffed that the pot was less than half full…

So overall, a bit of a mixed bag. I guess I’ll get over my disappointment with the Nails Inc colour – I’m probably being a bit bratty because it is a generous addition. I am pleased with the brush and tattoos and I’m looking forward to trying the Pixi, Caudelie and Balance Me products.

Ending on a positive! Let me know what you think of this box.

June Wishlist | Dinosaur Inspired

June Wishlist Dinosaur

Welcome to this month’s wishlist, which, as you can see is themed all things dinosaur. I am obsessed with dinosaurs, I just find them so interesting, and this month is looking pretty heavy on the dino-activities. I’m going to see Pete Larson and Jack Horner at Cheltenham Science Festival and I’m going to the Edinburgh Zoo Nights to see the Dinosaurs Return exhibition. Pretty excited!

Here’s my current wishlist clockwise from top left:

Glitter Plesiosaur Brooch from DesignosaurYEAH (£12.09 each)
It’s Nessie! I love these sparkly accessories, but I can’t decide between the blue and green.

Dino Dance Jersey Sleeveless Tank Top from Chaser LA (£40.50)
This is currently on sale but they only have limited sizes available. Be quick if it takes your fancy. I particularly like the pterodactyl on this top.

T-Rex Print by Aimee Bray (£6.00)
Aimee Bray is a tattoo apprentice and her work is amazing already. Not sure if I’m ready to get this bad boy tattooed on me, but I’d certainly like him hanging on my office wall. She also has an awesome velociraptor and a  pretty badass ocra. I need ’em all.

Dinosaur Clutch Lime by The Whitepepper (£40.00)
This deeply impractical bag also comes in black, but go bold or go home right? A lime Stegosaurus – it’s the stuff novelty clutch dreams are made of.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (£5.99)
The book that started it all. I’ve never read it but I feel like I must soon. I’m not a big believer in the whole “the book is always better than the film” thing, especially because Jurassic Park is literally one of my favourite films, I can’t imagine liking the book more… But I am interested in the source material and seeing how it’s been adapted.

Dinosaur Dress with Front Pockets by Worn By (£25.00)
Another item currently on sale. I like a good pocket on a dress so this is a nice casual summer option. I also kinda like that the dinosaur on the print looks a bit perplexed. Makes a change from just aggressive. Giant lizards have feelings too guys.

‘Rare and Radiant’ Bohemian Nail Polish by China Glaze (£3.95)
I had to include a couple of beauty items and this bronze/olive duochrome polish is perfect for a slightly dino inspired mani. This would be cool with a scale print accent nails. Yep, 4 years on, still loving the accent nail.

‘In the Garden’ Eye Shadow Palette from Stila (£25.00)
This doesn’t look like much from the photo but I like the look of the bottom row for creating a gold smoky eye with a flash of green – the match your nails of course! The Smudge Stick that comes with it is also black with gold and green shimmer so would really ramp the look up into night out territory.

OK, closing my laptop now before I spend all my money! Let me know if you’ve made any good dino discoveries lately.

OPI Hawaii Collection

OPI Hawaii Collection OPI Hawaii Collection

It’s been a while since I picked up an OPI mini set and to be honest, I’m not sure what attracted me to this one. But it’s here now and it’s actually very nice indeed! So that’s lucky. I bought this from good old Nail Polish Direct for the very reasonable price of £10.95. Yes, the bottles are a pretty dinky 3.75ml, but who ever finishes a full size one anyway? I’m not a massive fan of the OPI mini’s as they’re so tiny so the brush is pretty fiddly but they are good for travel (and for when you’re feeling patient).

OPI Hawaii Collection

The colours are: (left to right) ‘Suzi Shops & Island Hops’ a very pale pink; ‘That’s Hula-rious’ a proper pastel mint green; ‘Lost my Bikini in Molokini’ quite a dark purple; and ‘Aloha from OPI’ a bright red-based coral.

OPI Hawaii Collection

Both ‘That’s Hula-rious’ and ‘Suzy Shops and Island Hops’ need at least three coats to reach opacity, to be expected for this kind of pale shade really. They both scream ‘spring’ to me and I actually love them paired together in a kind of double scoop mint and strawberry ice cream sundae.

OPI Hawaii Collection

‘Aloha from OPI’ is slightly more red than coral in my opinion but it’s a very, very nice shade however you call it. Plus, this was one coat. ONE! If you like this colour, rush out and buy the full sized bottle, it’s perfect.

‘Lost my Bikini in Molokini’ is probably my least favourite of the collection. It’s just a little on the dark side for spring/summer for me. However, it’s a high quality polish which needs just two coats for a perfect finish. I’m sure it’ll appear on my rotation in the autumn.

All four polishes over a nice high shine finish and I have had them on for three – four days (full mani’s not the weird combo above) without chips. Overall, a very nice little collection. Success, considering the full Hawaii collection contains the ugliest glitter ever invented. Seriously, check it out – ‘Pineapples Have Peelings Too‘.

China Glaze Sunsational Collection

China Glaze Sunsational Collection

China Glaze Sunsational CollectionLeft to right: ‘That’s Shore Bright’; ‘Too Yacht to Handle’; ‘Neon and On and On’

I’ve been eyeing up these three particular nail polishes for the longest time. Well, two years, since the collection launched in 2013. The China Glaze Sunsational Collection consisted of 6 jellies and 6 cremes and I have three of the creme polishes. I bought these from Nail Polish Direct for just £3.95 each.

I don’t know why I waited to long to get these because I couldn’t love the colours more. ‘That’s Shore Bright’ is easily the brightest purple I own, but it has a bluey tone to it which makes it super cool. ‘Too Yacht to Handle’ is pure awesome for the name alone, but as a neon teal, it’s also a colour I want to wear all the time. It’s currently my toe shade and makes me so happy. And ‘Neon and On and On’ is a gorgeous neon coral. You can tell how bright this one is as it makes the other two look muted in the top photo. It’s definitely a shade that attracts admiring comments.

Unfortunately, the formula is not the best, but I wonder if that might be because the bottles are two years old? They take a little work – three thin layers with drying time in between is best – plus they dried semi matte, which I really wasn’t expecting and don’t like so they really need a glossy top coat as well. On me, I got chips after two days, I would normally hope for three or four days at least for China Glaze. However, I really don’t care. I’ll take the extra work for these babies.

Next time I just won’t wait so long.


Nicole by OPI | First Impressions

Nicole by OPI

I’m a big fan of OPI but I had never tried anything from their Nicole by OPI diffusion line. Originally designed for US drugstores, it’s now easily available on the UK high street with Superdrug carrying it. It is cheaper than the OPI range at £7.99. I was sent the above by Direct Cosmetics who have a selection of shades for just £1.99 each.

I’ve been using the Strengthener Plus* under my nail polish for about two weeks now and I am finding that my nails are peeling a lot less. They still not super strong but we’re getting there gradually.  And the treatment itself doesn’t effect how long nail polish lasts which is a good thing, nothing worse than base or top coats which peels your polish.

Nicole by OPI

This is the appropriately named ‘I Orchid You Not’* – nice to see OPI continue their punderful names to all their ranges. This is a darker take on the 2014 colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. I used two coats with applied really easily and dried well. One thing I would say is that it’s quite a bit darker than it looks in the bottle and I’m not too sure why.

Nicole by OPI

The second colour I have is ‘I’m A Pool For Love’*. I tried really hard to take a decent photo of this and failed miserably so sorry about that. It is actually a dark, duochrome shimmer with purple base which flashes electric blue and bronze. It really reminds me of OPI’s ‘Ink’ but with an added golden bronze shimmer. I love this kind of ‘black but not black’ look so I love this.

Both polishes benefit from having the same kind of brush as the main OPI range – flattish, a slight fan and not too wide which is my favourite kind of brush. This makes application super easy and quick. I used three coats for each and they dried fairly quickly between coats and didn’t drag. Staying power was pretty standard for me – about three or four days before it was badly chipped.

Overall, I can’t see much difference between OPI and Nicole by OPI. The main OPI range has more shades but Nicole is definitely catching up so I will definitely be keeping my eye on this more affordable option.