Monday, 31 March 2014

NOTD #21

I mentioned the Avon Nailwear Pro in Sea Breeze in my Spring Nail Edit, it's definitely one of my favourite spring/summer shades and it gets a lot of wear. There's something incredibly cheery about a bright mint shade. As always with the Avon Nailwear Pro varnishes, the formula is great. It last really well before chipping, more so than some high end nail varnishes and it has a wide, flat brush that makes application foolproof. 


Sunday, 30 March 2014

REVIEW: The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter

I'm a big fan of The Body Shop Lip Butters, I spoke about the richer Shea Butter one here. In the last few weeks I've switched over to the Mango one, it has a much lighter consistency which is great now that the weather isn't bitterly cold and lip chapping.

It's a great lip balm which doesn't leave any kind of cast on the lips (unlike the Shea one if applied heavy handedly) and it smells absolutely delicious, any mango fan is guaranteed to love this! It also leaves the lips feeling nice and soft and not at all like you need to reapply immediately. 

Have you tried any of The Body Shop Lip Butters?


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Spring Nail Edit

When it comes to nails, I love sticking to seasonal shades and pastels in the spring are a no brainer. As always nude shades are a staple for me, regardless of the season, but aside from those here are a few I've been loving.

A pastel yet bright coraly orange that makes me feel positive when I wear it, the formula and brush of these polishes are spot on. They're so easy to apply neatly, even for the most clumsy of nail painters. See it in action here.

I usually tend to go for cream finishes but for this one I make an exception. It's not your average shimmer finish as the particles are chunkier, giving the pale pink shade a more modern finish. See it here.

What would spring be without a pastel turquoise nail shade? This one is a not too blue, not too green version that just the right balance between pastel and bright.

This one is a real favourite, it's the one I'm sporting at the moment. It sits somewhere between lilac and a light grey (just like Porchester Square) but with a pretty hint of shimmer running through it. 

Another favourite, this one is a subtle pale pink that looks really good applied sheer. I stick to just one coat or two at the max. See it here.

What are your favourite Spring Nail shades?


Friday, 28 March 2014

REVIEW: The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation

When I think of foundations, The Body Shop are definitely not the first brand to come to mind, but a while ago, when my skin was feeling particularly sensitive I thought I'd give one a go. I went for their Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation in the hope that it would be more sensitive skin friendly as I've had a lot of luck with other products of theirs.

I found that it didn't react to my skin when almost every other foundation did, which was a massive plus point. Now that my skin is back to normal it doesn't get used very much. Even though the colour match is spot on for me I find the formula a bit difficult to work with. It's quite rich so it tends to sit on top of the skin looking very visible, I prefer formulas that sink into the skin and look as undetectable as possible. As well as that I found it very difficult to blend in, even with my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush. 

I usually tend to prefer more buildable foundations, and this one definitely isn't. With just one layer being so visible on the skin any more would definitely lead to the dreaded cake face! That said I will still probably try to use it up by mixing it with a lightweight moisturiser in the hope that it blends better and looks more natural!

Have you tried any foundations that you didn't like?


Thursday, 27 March 2014

REVIEW: Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel

When it comes to skincare, eye creams/gels are definitely the most recent addition to my routine so I've only tried a few. So many of them have such over ambitious and unrealistic claims, like erasing lines and rewinding the ageing process but all you really need is something that moisturises and is easily absorbed.

The Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel is super cheap and does just that, making it a great option if you're just thinking of dipping your toes into the eye product pool. As it's a gel it feels really cool and refreshing when applied, this makes it great for calming down puffiness first thing in the morning. If you want it to feel extra refreshing and depuffing, store it in the fridge. 

If you have very dry skin around the eye area, this probably won't cut it, you'll need a richer cream like the Clarins Special Eye Contour Balm, but for anyone else this would be a great product. 

Do you use an eye gel/cream as part of your skincare routine?


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

REVIEW: Sanctuary Spa Body Butter

As you've probably figured by now, I'm quite partial to a good body butter and this Sanctuary Spa one is no exception. It has that typical 'Sanctuary scent' which if you've smelt you'll know what I mean. I personally love it, I find it to be very relaxing and spa like!

The formula is good too, packed with Cocoa butter, Shea butter and Sweet Almond Oil, it's great for this time of year. It sits somewhere in the middle of those super rich body butters I reach for in the winter and the light lotions that are more summer friendly. Another thing I love about it is that it sinks into the skin really quickly and doesn't leave a stick residue as some do. Definitely worth a try when it's on 3 for 2 at Boots!


Monday, 24 March 2014

NOTD #20

Nail painting has gone out of the window recently with all the DIY projects and painting I've been doing around the house. That said I did whip out Nails Inc's Lower Sloane Street the other day for a quick 1 coat nude nail. My favourite thing about nude nails are they're a bit lower maintenance, they don't have to be applied flawlessly and small chips don't show up too much!

What are your favourite nude nail shades?

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