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Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Makeup | 3 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY Too Cool For School – Hot Girl Lash

KOREAN BEAUTY Too Cool For School – Hot Girl Lash

I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. The first product that I want to tell you about is this Hot Girl Lash* coloured mascara from Too Cool For School. It comes in three different colours – Nuts Brown, Raspberry Pink and Royal Blue – and I have been testing out the Royal Blue shade. Coloured mascaras are no longer throwbacks from the 1980s… you may have recently seen that Benefit have launched coloured versions of their bestseller They’re Real Mascara, and this Royal Blue Hot Girl Lash is really similar. The blue shade is quite subtle and understated, not too bright, it just gives lashes a hint of colour and the hourglass brush shape...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

Crabtree & Evelyn – Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

Crabtree & Evelyn – Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

OK, so did anyone know that Crabtree & Evelyn did nail polish? No, me neither until I attended their Garden Celebration Blogger Event in York a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to receive this Nail Lacquer in Wisteria in my goody bag that evening so I wanted to share it with my readers. Crabtree & Evelyn offer 21 different shades of Nail Lacquer (all formulated without camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde or toluene), plus a wide range of handcare products. Wisteria is a two-tone shade that looks dark blue in some lights and purple in others and it has a subtle silver shimmer to it. It dries with a bit of a dull finish and maybe looks a little old fashioned when compared to today’s current trend for glossy gel finishes, but you could add a couple of coats of clear polish over the top if you want more of a glossy shine. The brush is quite long and thin so you have to apply the polish...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Skincare | 1 comment

Zuzka Natural Beauty – Skincare Selection

Zuzka Natural Beauty – Skincare Selection

The name “Zuzka”  is slovakian for Susan, and Zuzka Natural Beauty was named by owner Susan Kohutova inspired by her Slovakian husband. Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients (including some carcinogenic substances) penetrate the skin & end up in the blood stream – with this in mind, only certified organic herbs, plants & flowers free from pesticides & chemicals are used in Zuzka cosmetics. They are also free from harsh detergents, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic ingredients, parabens, animal ingredients or artificial fragrance. I was sent three Zuzka skincare products to try – Organic Precious Oil, Coconut Cream Cleanser and Cool Blue Contour Day Cream.     Organic Precious Oil Created for oily/problematic skin Organic Precious Oil contains calendula, soya & jojoba oils blended with organic essential oils including lavender, tea tree & lemongrass. The citrusy scent of the lemongrass really comes through, it smells divine and warming. I have combination skin with an oily chin and nose and I regularly suffer with spots and blemishes. I’ve been applying...

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 7 comments

Barry M – Glitter Nail Paint in Masquerade

Barry M – Glitter Nail Paint in Masquerade

This glittery beauty is Glitter Nail Paint in Masquerade from Barry M, and it was my nail paint of choice for New Years Eve. Now I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Barry M Nail Paints, they’re so affordable and there are so many colour choices available – not to mention the array of different textures and special effects to choose from. Masquerade is a clear nail polish containing silver, purple and dark blue round glitter flecks, it’s a dark, moody glitter polish that’s perfect for Winter and parties. The glitter is really dense in this polish making it a perfect choice to wear on its own, however I chose to wear it over 2 coats of purple Zoya Odette nail polish to make the colour look more vibrant and to ensure that there weren’t any blank areas of nail showing through. (If you’re interested to read more about Zoya Nail Polishes, you might want to read my post about nail polish trend predictions for Spring Summer...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 4 comments

Zoya – LFW SS15 Nail Polish Predictions

Zoya – LFW SS15 Nail Polish Predictions

London Fashion Week SS15 is a celebration and showcase of some of the world’s leading fashion talent. Not only will it shape what we’re all wearing next Spring and Summer, it’s also going to have a knock on effect on the beauty trends that we all follow too. I’m lucky enough to be working alongside nail polish experts Zoya, looking at some of the leading trends that came out of London Fashion Week and discussing how they might shape the UK nail polish horizon in 2015. (Zoya have a great range of nail polishes perfect for Autumn and Winter too – if you’re looking for something to wear in the next couple of months check out their Fall 2014 collection full of moody dark neutral shades and liquid metal shimmers). Zoya offers a huge range of toxin-free nail polishes (there are over 300 shades to choose from) free of the top 5 toxins usually found in nail polishes – formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor – that...

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Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 12 comments

Blue Sparkle & Nude Nails

Blue Sparkle & Nude Nails

I created this Blue Sparkle & Nude nail look using one of my favourite nail polishes and a brand new one. Barry M’s Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee is a nail polish that I love and I use it over and over again, both on it’s own which looks really classy or incorporated in nail art and I have used it here as the nude base underneath the blue sparkly tips. The glittery blue polish is part of the Essence Effect Nail Polish* range and it’s called ‘Party In A Bottle’ which I think is a fun name. If you’ve not heard of Essence before this is because they’ve only recently launched in the UK, you might want to have a read of my post about the UK launch of Essence make-up to find out more. First I painted 2 coats of the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Lychee over my nails and left to dry. It works really well as a base colour underneath glitters and nail art as...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 3 comments

Essie – Nail Polish in Hide & Go Chic

Essie – Nail Polish in Hide & Go Chic

This is the first Essie nail polish that I have actually ever owned, although I have worn lots of their colours over the years courtesy of my local beauty salon. It’s only been in the last few years that you’ve been able to pick up Essie polishes on the high street, and I always thought that they were a little bit too expensive when compared to other high street brands so I never invested but I know that there are a lot of people out there that have vast collections of Essie colours and buy nothing else. Hide & Go Chic is a muted denim blue colour with quite a glossy finish (you can see in the image above that it is reflecting the light from the window where I took the photo!). The brush is really flat and wide (almost as wide as the nail on my tiny little finger) which means that it takes less strokes to apply the polish across the whole nail and makes it...

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Clarins – Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Clarins – Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Another skincare review for you today, this time it’s Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil* from Clarins, a real treat for dehydrated skin. This product aims to revitalise and tone skin, whilst the Hazelnut Oil within it helps to prevent further moisture loss making it perfect for Winter when cold weather and central heating can really zap skin of its moisture. You get plenty of oil in the 30ml glass bottle with pipette lid and as you only use a few drops each time this bottle will last you for AGES! The oil itself is a beautiful golden colour and it has a strong scent of patchouli which I do think it is a bit of a strange fragrance for a skincare product and it reminds me of burning incense sticks in my room as a teenager, but I am getting used to it the more that I use this oil. Around 6 drops should be applied to cleansed skin both morning and night instead of a moisturiser, first the...

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