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23 April 2014

NOTD - Models Own HyperGel White Light


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Are white nails on trend this season? I can't say I know or care really! But I do know I looked at my nail polish wall today and felt like white nails should happen. 

White nails aren't often seen but I love the effects all white nails can bring, from giving a healthy look to the hands/warming up your skin tone to looking clean and chic. There really is nothing to dislike about white nails! 

From owning multiple white nail polishes I know how finding an opaque formula can be very hit and miss. So many look perfectly white in the bottle but require 4+ coats on the nails resulting in a gloopy non-drying mess. Which is why I decided to go with Models Own HyperGel Nail Polish in White Light (£5.00 - Models Own here or Boots). This super glossy polish is a trusty 2-coat wonder that is fairly easy to apply as white nail polishes go.

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As you can see I did try out a matte top coat but as soon as the matte finish developed I knew glossy white nails won hands down, so reversed the finish with a clear glossy top coat.

Like with all manicures I was tempted to add a glitter top coat or some kind of nail art but for once I resisted the urge as I think the beauty of these nails is that they are strikingly simple and bright. White nail polish also makes a great nail base for neon or bright shades intensifying the colour even more!

What do you think of all white nails? 

Fee xo.
 

The Beauty Game Changers #2


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Nearly a year ago I wrote a post on my Beauty Game Changers - products that stand out from the rest and increase your standards of that type of product!

 Beauty Game Changers aren't discovered easily and the title doesn't just go to products you purchase time and time again. They have to stand out from everything else you own.

I re-read the post and all my 'game changers' still stand though I discovered the Essie Ridge Filler does thicken up within a few months so I now favour the China Glaze Ridge Filler which really is the cream of the crop when it comes to base coats. 

 Since writing the above mentioned post I now feel I have a handful of products that really stand out to me and are my new personal game changers that I would recommend to anyone. So without further ado... 

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 
400ml/£4.99 - Feel Unique here or Boots 
When it comes to high street micellar water solutions I will admit they are all pretty much the same. But the Garnier one makes the top spot for me due to the amount you get for your money, an impressive 400ml bottle verses 200ml from L'Oreal and 150ml from Superdrug's own brand B. for the same price. Micellar waters have revolutionised how I remove my makeup and now cheap makeup wipes to remove makeup when I'm feeling lazy are a thing of the past. Micellar Cleansers really are the holy waters of the beauty world and are a must try if you haven't already!
Recommended to - Anyone that wants to remove their makeup effectively and quickly. Or as a quick pre-cleanser to remove most makeup. 

L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim in Intense Black 
£5.99 - Amazon here or Boots 
For a perfect feline flick the L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim is the ideal tool for the job. The precise nib may make this wonderful product look daunting and only for people that are use to applying winged eyeliner, but trust me this is the ultimate liquid liner for everyone - experienced or heavy handed. From the comfortable grip zone on the pen to the precise flex-y felt tip nib that can be swept along the eye, every aspect of this liner has been considered for ease. I can now apply this in a flash without any mistakes were as I do still struggle with most liquid liners and can't get use to that pulling feeling some can give as the liner dries. Just the ultimate liquid eyeliner for beautiful winged eyes. 
Recommended to - Anyone that is looking for an intense black eyeliner... I promise you will fall in love with this!
 
Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour 
£8.16 - Boots here
Before Lanolips Lip Ointment I felt I owned quite a few moisturising lip colours in the form of tinted lip balms and lipsticks, but then I discovered the wonders of Lanolips and everything changed! Lanolips Lip Ointments with Colour are ultimately a hybrid of a nourishing lip balm and lip gloss. The thick formula smooths over lips without any sticky or greasy feeling and stays put for a good few hours. I own shades - Apple and Rose now and they are my go-to products during the day when my lips are feeling dry but I want to add a bit of colour still. Really an impressive lip product for the price. 
Recommended to - If you are prone to dry lips but still want to enjoy pigmented lip products that won't highlight dry skin but help it then this is for you.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer 
£25.00 - Feel Unique here 
In my first Beauty Game Changers post I featured my ultimate favourite concealer that is perfect for blemishes but for the past 8 years this iconic golden pen has been my other love. Touche Eclat is a luxury product but one that I feel is soooo worth it. This light-medium coverage pen concealer is the most perfect concealer for brightening under the eyes and using as a non-shimmery highlighter. I like to use this on the sides of my nose and next to my eyes to brighten them but also along the high points of my face when contouring as this just does magical things. Worth every penny and more!
 Recommended to - Shade No.1 is ideal for brightening up pale skin like no other product I have come across. 

Seche Vite Fast Top Coat 
£5.64 - Amazon here 
For years I convinced myself that the cult nail product that is Seche Vite couldn't possibly be worth it (this was when most places sold it for £10+) but then discovered how cheap it could be purchased on Amazon and decided to finally give it a whirl. Since then nothing has come close to the beyond glossy finish and smoothness that Seche Vite gives. All nail art is sealed with this and glitter nail polishes get two coats of the top coat making the glitter finish perfectly smooth and glistening. I've also discovered how this sets the nails when in a rush so smudges are now a thing of the past for me. If you love painting your nails forget all top coats and try this!
Recommended to - At the price above I recommend it to anyone that uses a top coat already when painting their nails.

 Let me know your own beauty game changers! 

Fee x

22 April 2014

Latest In Beauty - The BeautyMART BeautyBOX!


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 A super duper Beauty Box to share with you today from BeautyMART! The box contains some amazing cult products for only £12.95 here but is actually worth £50, making it quite a savvy buy!
 
Here is what to expect from the box...  
 

Balmain Silk Perfume (full size/200ml) - A luxury hair perfume with added benefits of Argan Oil, this retails for a pricey £24.50! This is one of two full sized products in the box that is without a doubt a luxury treat. 

 Kevin Murphy Color Bug (full size) - This is a product that has interested me for a while so I was excited to see it in the box! Great for summer and experimenting with bold hair colour without the commitment. Worth £13.00!

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta Rejuvenating Concentrete (0.5g sachet) - Not too keen on sachets of creams if I'm honest but they are a standard beauty box product. One to throw in my 'to try on holiday' stash. 

Bronze Buffer Tan Remover (1 sponge) - An interesting product here and one great for summer. This is a product from the U.S that cleverly buffs away tan marks on knees, feet, hands and anywhere else you have unsightly tan build up. The Bronze Buffer Sponge retails for £10.00 on the BeautyMART website for 2 sponges but if I'm correct these can be used multiple times! Interested in trying this out. 

Weleda Skin Food (10ml travel size tube) - A great multi-purpose product that sorts out all kinds of skin woes. This handy travel sized tube will definitely be great to keep in my handbag and also take on holiday with me. 

Rimmel BB Cream Matte (8ml tube, shade: Light) - A high street product I have yet to try out. Amazingly this is in a light shade (instead of the typical generic beige) making it a foundation/bb cream sample I can try out for once.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (20ml Bottle) -The only product I've try from the box and one I really like. This is a thick cleansing oil that really does remove all traces of makeup!

Mary Greenwell Plum (perfume vial, 2ml) - Another standard beauty box sample here. I've try this scent before and actually quite like it.

Free Gift - YU-BE Moisturizing Skin Cream (10ml tube) - YU-BE Moisturisng Cream has been making the beauty blogging rounds for the past year with some great review so this is a nice extra to be included with the box. 
 
A great selection products from Beauty Mart that I'm looking forward to trying out.
 
 Review of the actual box and products to come soon on this... though I have a feeling it may sell out pretty fast!
 
Fee xo. 

Beauty Favourites (Part 2) - March 2014


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Part deux of my monthly favourites and I have some amazing highstreet skincare products to share with you! Plus some great extras with a nail care product that literally saved my nails last month and a bodycare favourite of mine. 

If you are a blogger and have a favourites post up for last month I'd love to have a read, so make sure to leave your links in the comments.

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Bioderma Sebium H2O Micelle Solution 
£4.50 - £9.99 - Escentual here 
With quite a collection of micellar waters now (my stash includes ones from L'Oreal, Garnier and Avene) I was interested in trying one for my oily/combination skin. To me this feels like a two in one product - a makeup remover and toner perfect for removing makeup when I have blemishes or feel my skin in over oily. The cleansing water removes makeup effortlessly even on the eyes and leaves the skin feels that bit fresher than using a standard micellar solution. I also discovered that the solution could be used on the chest and back and as I do tend to get blemishes in these areas I have been trying to keep up with applying the water on a cotton pad each night to see if it makes a difference. I'm sure I will be giving this a full review in the next month or so. But thoroughly impressed so far.

Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil 
Now £7.99 Was £10.99 - Boots here
When it comes to oil or cream cleansers I like to set time aside for them in my evening cleansing routine and this has been the one I have been absolutely loving and having a lot of time for recently. This highly orange-y scented fluid cleansing oil is just such a gorgeous product to use and enjoy and cleanses the skin beautifully. The Cleansing Oil is described as brightening though I can't say I have seen this however you can just feel how it nourishes the skin as it removes all makeup. It you are looking for a new cleanser and love good quality skincare ingredients then you will probably love this... a lot! Also the real orange scent makes it feel like a spring/summer skincare product. 

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask
£5.99 - Boots here 
My first venture in to white clay masks and I couldn't be more pleased. Good Things is already an affordable skincare brand I love but this may just be their star product for me! The benefits of a white clay mask besides from looking less scary than a normal clay mask is that white Kaolin is the mildest clay used in skincare and therefore suitable for sensitive skin. This also draws out impurities in the skin like a typical clay mask and gentle exfoliates giving a brighter look to the skin. This is a hard setting mask that isn't the most ideal if you are wanting a pamper session but it you are after a spring/summer clay mask then this is perfect. So far I've used the mask a handful of times and love how it leaves my skin, I'm especially drawn to using it when I have a few blemishes as I know it will zap them in size. Also love the smell of this sooooo much, you can really detect the Manuka Honey in it!

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Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream
£10.50 - Boots here
With bare-leg season, i.e summer, fast approaching I have been on a mission to butter myself up whenever possible - mainly after showers and before bed. After showering I'm very into body oils as they glide over damp skin so easily but for nighttime I like a thick body butter that I can enjoy rubbing in and something with a yummy scent. The Smoothie Star ticks both boxes for me and really is lovely to use. The smell of this is beyond amazing and the texture is so buttery and smooth. This has left my legs feeling so much smoothier and looking nicer, just in time for the nicer weather! P.S - Also have my eye on the S&G Sugar Crush Body Buttercream for summer as it smells soooo zingy and fresh. 


Models Own Speckled Egg Nail Polish in Magpie
£5.00 - Models Own here or Boots 
Last month was a month of new nail polishes for me, with literally not enough fingers to try them all out! Yet I didn't really want to after applying Magpie from the new Models Own Speckled Egg range and falling in love. This speckled formula is ideal for spring but mixed with the turquoise shade it is just amazing and really does look perfect on the nails. You can see full swatches of Magpie here in my post of the new range.


Orly Nailtrition
£7.75 for 9ml here, £10.99 for 18ml here - Amazon
A product here that I received from the lovely Tanzina (her blog here) and something that totally saved my nails in March! This god send of a product actually prevented my nails from peels and breaking after a week of excess nail painting and removing from outside Makeup Savvy work. My nails natural response to excessive use of nail polish remover is to start peeling at the end and become bendy then brittle... which is when I start to see my nails snap off but with continuous use of the Orly Nailtrition polish once or sometimes twice a day if I could be bothered I saw none of that for the first time in a year! My nails are now still a good length and without any peeling at the tips. I used this as peeling was starting to develop so would say this does correct weak nails. My only negative about the top coat would be that it does have a light pearl pink sheen to it which it could do without.

Hope you have enjoyed reading through my favs for last month! 

Fee xo.

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