Nailtiques review : Life After Acrylics

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hiya Loves,

As some of you may already know I had a slight obsession with having Acrylic nails, I even started to do my own Acrylics but I had a tendency of pulling them off rather than soaking them in acetone which resulted in me having very thin peeling and cracked nails. I started watching Nicole from Young Wild And Polished and her stunning nails inspired me to look after my own so I no longer need to use acrylics.

These are the products I have used to get my nails back in good condition, my nails still aren't where I want the to be they still have a way to go but they have improved a helluva lot since last having acrylics several months ago. I thought I would share with you guys how I have been caring for my nails to make them healthy again.

The first thing I would do is make sure I have clean nails, I then file them to the shape that I want I personally prefer square nails. *Tip* Make sure you only file in one direction not back and fourth, as filing back and fourth will snag your nails making them peel and crack meaning you will go back to square one with your nails strength etc. I then use a cuticle remover to push back my cuticles, My favourite is Sally Hansens Instant Cuticle Remover as I find it to be the best one I have tried. *Tip* Never cut your cuticles as they will come back harder, tougher and will look awful.

Next and for me the most important step is this product from he gods! It is Nailtiques Formula 2. It is a nail protein which repairs broken, peeling, cracked and weak nails. This products is rather pricey but it is so so worth it. I apply a generous layer to my nails everyday for a week it is recommended you don't use any other polish whilst using this product as it allows your nails to breathe to get the best possible results. Since using this product my nails have become much stronger and healthy, as I have said my nails still aren't to a stage I'm happy with but this product is getting them there rather quickly!

Lastly once the polish has dried I like to apply a good hand cream, my favourite is Soap & Glorys Hand Food. What I like most about his product is it moisturises my hands very well without leaving them feeling greasy as the product soaks in to the skin so well! The last step is cuticle oil, I apply a good amount of cuticle oil on to my cuticles and rub it in to my fingers for about 15 seconds each finger, my favourite being OPI Cuticle Replenishing Oil. I like to follow these last two steps several times a day as dry cuticles are damaging and look awful so keeping them moisturised is essential in having healthy nails. 

Do you have any tips you like to follow to get healthy nails? comment below

My Jolie Candle Review & GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Hiya Dolls!

Okay, I know that some of you might be wandering where I have been recently and in all honesty I haven't been anywhere or doing anything. For the past few months I have been so unmotivated to write content, I have been pre occupied with something more personal but thats not what this post is about..

A company called My Jolie Candle has recently been extremely kind and sent me one of their candles to review & one to giveaway to you guys! My Jolie Candle is a company selling scented candles with a jewel inside. This concept is so unique and cute. My jolie Candle was founded by two young french men, who also founded My Jolies sister brand called Pop Up Paris. My jolie has recently created a new uk Twitter profile so be sure to check it out @myjoliecandleuk

When I was selected as one of the bloggers to review one of these amazing candles, I was asked to go on to their website and choose my preferred scent and let me tell you it was extremely hard as there are so many amazing scents. I knew that I wanted to choose a scent which was spring related because I love to burn candles which coincide with the season. The scent I chose was the Freshly Cut Grass candle, I know some of you might think its unusual but it smells amazing! I love the smell of cut grass as it is so fresh and make me feel ready for summer! These candles burn amazingly well and the scent fills up the room!

Once the candle had burnt down enough to reveal the little foil package, I grabbed my tweezers and got it out. I have had a jewel candle before and I find it so exciting to see what you receive inside. I'll be honest I was pleasantly surprised at what I received, as a lot of you may already know I prefer dainty jewellery and the necklace I received is 100% my style and I have been wearing it so much!

Okay, now for the part that I'm sure you have all been waiting for...The GIVEAWAY! My Jolie Candle was kind enough to send me a second candle for the purpose of giving it away to one of you guys! The candle they sent is in the scent Orange Blossom which is perfect for this time of year! This giveaway will be open for one month and is open to the Uk only.

to enter the giveaway complete all of the mandatory steps to enter, you can also complete the bonus steps to give you a better chance of winning. Please only enter if you're 16 or over, if you are under the age of 18 please ask your parents permission.

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Crown Brush Product Review

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hiya Dolls!

Recently a company called Crown Brush contacted me via Twitter (@CrownbrushUK) asking me if I would like to try out some of their products. I have heard a lot about this brand recently so I jumped at the chance to try their products out. Crown Brush as I'm sure you can gather from the name of the company specialise in brushes, they have been manufacturing brushes for over 30 years. They are the leaders in quality, price and customer satisfaction. I had a look through their website and expressed my interest in some specific products to be sent. 

Crown Brushes have so many different brush lines but the one that stood out to me the most was their Syntho range as they looked super dense and soft. The matte black handle on these brushes are comfortable to hold and look sleek which is a huge plus for me.

left to right:

SS008 Deluxe Eyeliner Brush - This super tiny brush is so amazing for applying gel eyeliner. I have a MAC black gel liner which I have barely used as the eyeliner brush I owned before this one was difficult to use, the fact that this brush is so tiny allows you to apply the liner so precisely which I love. 

SS026 Angle Shader - This brush is so soft and dense, I have been using it to apply my transition shadow shades as it is super fluffy making it easy to blend thoroughly which is a must when applying your transition shades. 

SS011 Deluxe Oval Shadow - I have been using this brush to pack shadow on my lid, it works amazingly well to pack on intense colour especially paired with my MAC fix +. Before owning this brush I was using a crappy makeup revolution brush, which I thought was really good before using this one from crown. Let me tell you, this brush is insanely good and so inexpensive!!! 

SS012 Deluxe Crease - This brush reminds me a lot of the infamous MAC 217 but it is a fraction of the price! The deluxe crease brush works really well to darken up the crease for a smoky eye. What I really enjoy about this brush is when applying colour to the crease it also blends it out so so seamlessly you almost don't need to use another blending brush, which is perfect for when you're feeling lazy!

SS035 Medium Face Contour - This brush has got to be the most softest brush I have ever touched! I feel as though this brush is perfect for everyone, a contour pro or contour noob. It just makes the lengthy and tiresome blending process so much easer and quicker and for a lazy blender like me it makes things so much easer and way more seamless.

AC010 Deluxe Fondation - I am so glad I was sent this brush, I haven't been using it for foundation as I prefer to either use a buffer or a sponge to apply my foundation, but I have been using it for my cream contour. This is the perfect brush to apply your cream contour with, I use the larger end to apply contour to the hollows of my cheeks and forehead and then the smaller side for my nose, jaw, chin etc. I have found since using this brush I have been wanting to use cream contour much more than before as it is just so easy to use. 

The next products they sent me where their Studio Glam Shadow Sticks, I have been wanting to try out some shadow sticks for ages so was super excited to see these in the very generous package. these shadow sticks are so creamy and easy to use, all of the shades are so pigmented. My favourite shades out of the 5 are Pearly White for the inner corner and Copper Crayon for the lid. I don't have anything negative to say about these shadow sticks they are just amazing and at just £3.99 they're a winner in my book! left to right, Gold Dust, Copper Crayon, Wicked, Blue Steel & Pearly White.

This next product is by far my favourite of them all the 28 colour natural eye palette, I mean just look at those pretty colours! I can be rather boring when it comes to make up as I love neutral shades and lets face it you can never have too many neutral eyeshadows. These shadows are so creamy, pigmented and blend like a dream, some of the lighter shades aren't quite as pigmented as the darker ones but they can be built up so it isn't an issue for me. There is such an amazing balance between shimmery shadows and matte shadows which is a really lovely touch in my opinion as it is always good to have choices! I have been using this palette literally everyday since I received it as there's everything you need for an everyday eye look in just one palette.

Over all I think Crown Brush is such an amazing brand, the staff are so friendly and the products are so amazing especially for the low prices! The only negative thing I have to say about this brand is now I have tried some of their products I now want to collect EVERYTHING they sell!! 

Have you ever tried anything from this brand before? let me know below!

Spring Accessory Must Haves

Monday, 2 May 2016

Hiya loves! 

Today I though I would share with my my spring accessory must haves, what I love about spring is you can hang up your oversized scarf and cosy cardigan and start to wear more dainty and pretty accessories which is such a lovely change from the colder months, having said that I am wringing this whilst it is poring with rain..

This first item was sent to me for review, you can read the review here. This necklace is from TH Baker, and I absolutely love it. I am a huge lover of more dainty necklaces as I think they are much prettier and more feminine. I am loving rose gold at the moment as I think the pinky tones really compliment this time of the year. This necklace retails for £32.95 which is affordable but stunning.

This Daniel Wellington Classic Durham watch has been on my wishlist for such a long time. Daniel Wellington watches are so popular now and I totally understand why as they are so classic and beautiful. I really like the tan strap on this particular watch and think it would look so pretty on tanned skin especially. I am dying to get my hands on this watch. It retails for £139 which I think is such an amazing price for such a pretty watch.

this New look tan across body bag is so perfect for spring, because it is small and compact but still a decent size. I like to use smaller bags in the Spring and summer as you can just put one over your shoulder and you don't have to worry about it. This one from new look is only £15.99 which is a bargain. I have bought quite a lot of new look bags over the years and they are always such amazing quality for how inexpensive they are. 

Recently The Jewel Hut sent me this Pandora Poetic Blooms Charm which is absolutely stunning. Pandora is one of my favourite jewellery brands out there. The Jewel hut very kindly sent me this charm for review, they have so many amazing brands on their website Pandora being just one of them. They have so many amazing pieces on their website which have just been released for spring, there were so many other pieces on their website I wanted to feature in this post but we would have been here all year, haha! As expected this charm is such amazing quality and is such a beautiful addition to my Pandora charm bracelet. Just a little heads up, if you are thinking of buying some Pandora Jewellery it is cheaper to do so through The Jewel Hut as they offer free royal mail first class deliver where as on the Pandora website standard delivery is £5!

Okay so, I have never owned a decent pair of sunglasses I have only ever bough £10 - £15 ones from places like new look and river island. I have wanted a pair of Raybans for such a long time. I decided to goon their website the other day and see what they had. I needed up making my own personalised ones, and I love how they look! After all of the modifications I made the price of them are £187 which for a decent pair of sunglasses I don't think thats too bad at all! Although I am slightly regretting going on to their website now as it is another thing added to my wishlist! The frames I went for are the Clubmasters with the blue gradient pink lenses.

What are your spring accessory essentials?

My Top 5 Perfumes

Friday, 29 April 2016

Hiya Lovelies,

Today I thought I would share with you my favourite perfumes. I love perfumes so much, perfume was the first beauty related item I started to collect. I have a rather decent collection now which I love, but if I'm honest there will always be room for more perfumes to be added (whoops).

Gucci Rush £55: This has got to be my all time favourite perfume. This was the first perfume Scott ever bought me when we had first got together. He bought it in the airport coming back from his lads holiday. Not only was this the first present he had ever bought me but it was also the first high end perfume I had ever owned. This perfume is such pretty scent and it reminds me so much of those new relationship giddy feelings at the start of mine and Scotts relationship almost 3 years ago!

Top Notes: African freesia Petals, peach & Californian Gardenia.
Middle Notes: Coriander, Damask Rose & Jasmine 
Base Notes: Natural Vanilla, Patchouli & Vetiver 

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle £68: I bought this perfume just after christmas when I smelled it on my sisters friend. I loved how sweet yet musky it smelled and I knew as soon as I did I had to buy it. The price did put me off for a while but eventually I couldn't resist. This perfume has such a subtle sexy vibe to it. Everything about it is luxury the smell is very rich and expensive even the feel of the bottle is luxury. Definitely a unique staple in my perfume collection, I have used almost half of this bottle and I am now rationing myself as it's so expensive!

Top Notes: Orange, Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom & Bergamot 
Middle Notes: Mimosa, Jasmine, Turkish Rose & Ylang-Ylang 
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Opoponax, Vanilla, vetiver & White Musk

Beyonce Heat Rush £36: I am such a big fan of the Beyonce perfumes, I'm pretty sure I have almost all of the perfumes she has released. Heat Rush Is probably my favourite out of her scents as it is so sweet. I love sweet scents as I find them so easy to wear and are so feminine. This is probably my more go to everyday perfume if I can't decide what perfume to wear for the day. The only negative thing about the Beyonce perfumes is that they don't last that long but for the price of them its to be expected. As you can probably see this perfume is so loved that the bottom of it is rather battered from being shoved in my bag for so long.

Top Notes: Blood Orange, Cherry & Passionfruit
Middle Notes: Orchid, Hibiscus & Mango Blossom
Base Notes: Teak Wood, Amber & Musk 

YSL Black Opium £66: This is such an amazing perfume! Again I bought this because of my sisters friend. She had a sample of it, didn't like it so she gave it to me. The sample lasted two seconds and I ended up ordering the 50ml bottle. As you can see there isn't much left at all (which I'm so upset about). This is my go to night time perfume, this reminds me so much of getting ready for a night out with my sister, Scott and others. Whoever I wear this it makes me feel so happy and up for drinking haha! It is such a warm and sultry scent which is perfect for a night out.

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom & Pear 
Middle Notes: Coffee & Jasmine 
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli & Cedar

Ghost Deep Night £46: This is another one of my go to night out perfumes it has such a warm fruity smell which isn't too sweet. Again, like Black Opium it has such a sultry feel to it which is perfect for a night out. The only down fall compared to Black Opium is it doesn't last as long and the bottle is too bulky to be carried in my clutch but other than that I love it. I prefer to use this on during the summer as it has a much lighter scent to it. 

Top Notes: Night Blooming Cereus & Rose
Middle Notes: Peach, apricot & Woodsy notes
Base Notes: Musk, Amber & Vanilla

What is your favourite perfume of all time?

TH Baker Oval Pendant Review

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Hi Loves!

Recently TH Baker sent me their Silver Rose Gold Plated Oval Pendant. I was so excited when they chose me as one of the bloggers to review this item as it is so stunning!

This necklace retails for £32.95 which is such an amazing price for such a beautiful and good quality piece of jewellery. The chain is so dainty & so is the pendant, I love how shiny and sparkly it is. Now it is spring and coming up to summer I think this is the most perfect piece. During spring and summer I like to put away the large statement pieces and bring out the pretty, dainty and feminine pieces I own and this is such a beautiful addition. 

Now, its no secret how popular Rose Gold is now and I can see why, this is the only rose gold necklace I own and it makes me want to buy more & more! I have worked with TH Baker before and I was not disappointed, all of their jewellery is so beautiful, good quality and reasonably priced. I really like how they sell a variety of pieces at all different price ranges meaning there is something for everyone. 

This necklace would go perfectly with the TH Baker 9CT rose gold heart earrings which were also sent to me before christmas, you can see the review here.

What is your most warn jewellery piece?

Biggest Blogging Mistakes

Friday, 22 April 2016

Hey Loves!

Todays post is going to be about biggest blogging mistakes, which I'm certain we have all done one of more of these in our blogging time. This post is designed to help you make your blog the best it can be. As this is part of my Friday Blogging Tips Series, you can find my other blogging tips posts here

1) Inconsistency
For me inconstancy is one of the biggest mistakes people can make as a blogger. Inconsistency means your readers won't know when to expect a spot from you and will be less likely to re visit your blog as they won't know when to expect posts from you.

2) Poor Grammar & Punctuation 
If you have poor grammar and punctuation in your blog posts your reader wont take you seriously or trust your posts as it will look as though you don't care enough to not make sloppy mistakes. Don't get me wrong the odd mistake is bound to be missed and thats fine it the constant mistakes that make your blog look sloppy and careless.

3) Not Engaging With Your Audience 
Engaging with your readers is so important as it helps you grow a loyal following. Make sure you are asking your reader questions in your blog posts and always respond to comments!

4) Labels Are NOT Hashtags
This has got to be one of the most common mistakes I see bloggers making, I'm certain we have all made this mistake at some point. A lot of bloggers are mistaking the label section of the posts for hashtags. Labels don't improve your chance of someone stumbling upon your blog like a hashtag does on Instagram. Labels are used for sorting your posts into section or pages. E.g. My blogging tips posts have the label 'Blogging Tips' which allows the specific posts to be added to the correct category/page on my blog.

5) Stop Link Dumping!
This is by far the most annoying 'mistake' bloggers make. I see this again mainly in new bloggers and I'm sure we have all done this and thats commenting with things like, 'love your blog check mine out'. on peoples blog posts. These type of comments are incredibly irritating as its almost certain that those people haven't even read your post yet they expect you to 'check out their blog'. Adding your link to the bottom of a genuine comment is fine, infant I welcome it but don't just dump you links!

What are your biggest blogging mistakes?

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