Sally Hansen Nailcare and Pink Nails!

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Following my previous post I wanted to share my current favourite nail colour by ORLY. I decided to paint my nails and use my new Sally Hansen products which I bought from Superdrug last week.

Sally Hansen Double Duty
I’ve been using this solely as a base coat despite it’s multi-taking efforts to act as both a top and base coat. The formulation is good, it dries fairly quickly which is a good thing right? The only disappointing feature is the brush, I wish it was a wider tapered brush but that’s my only criticism.

ORLY Basket Case
Now for the colour, Basket Case is bright hot pink shade with a creme finish. It’s a feel good shade making it perfect for the Summer. Compliments a tan and looks great on the toes as well. ORLY nail polish is a pleasure to apply, the brush is perfect allowing easy and precise application.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
First time using this and again sadly the brush is the same as Double Duty but as for the product itself and the formulation it’s gets a 10/10 from me. Super quick dry time and a glossy finish! Perfect.

Have you tried Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri? What shade have YOU been wearing so far this Summer? 

 

 

 

 

New Picks : Makeup / Haircare / Skincare / Nails

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Last week I popped into town on my lonesome which was amazing might I add. No one asking for the toilet or moaning about walking. With my iPhone notes at the ready I headed for Superdrug where I snapped up some of the Dove Hair Therapy range. How can you resist better than 1/2 half price? I went for the colour Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner both £1.32 each and the Nourishing Oil Conditioner also £1.32. I am yet to test these so I will report back at a later date.

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I then headed for the skincare section where I spotted the Clearasil SuperFruits Refreshing Pads. I wanted these after watching Caroline Hirons summer skincare video, they contain Salicylic Acid which gets the thumbs up from me. I don’t use a granulated facial exfoliator so rely on other non-abrasive exfoliating products. These pads are perfect, they cleanse and exfoliate the skin helping it to stay clear and blemish-free hopefully! With extracts of Raspberry and Cranberry packed full of anti-oxidants alongside properties of Vitamin B3, I’m hoping these are winner! Just when you thought that was enough to make you grab your purse and run, quite possibly the best thing is the price, currently on offer at Superdrug £2.72. Run Forest, RUN!

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On to nail care next and whilst still in Superdrug I couldn’t help but notice they had 3 for 2 on all nail care. I picked up the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, Insta-Dri and got Double Duty for free! I haven’t tried any of the Sally Hansen nail care for years so can’t wait to give all of these a go.

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Boots was my next visit, with makeup on the mind! I’ve wanted to try the Bourjois CC Cream ever since Lisa Eldridge raved about it, and the popular Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. So with 3 for 2 tempting me it was easy peasy! I picked up the shade Light Beige in both products. As for the 3rd product I couldn’t decide and then saw the Color Boost Lip Crayon. The shade Peach on The Beach screamed at me, a gorgeous vibrant neon peach. The Lip Crayon applies so easily and feels very hydrating, with the added protection of SPF15. Bourjois had a GWP, a free pair of sunglasses and black case. I picked them up thinking oh well a spare pair, but it wasn’t until I got home and opened them up did I realise that they’re actually really nice. The shape is perfect and they’ve become my favourite pair, even the black rubber mesh case is pretty cool.

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Maybelline was next on the list, I wanted to try the Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara. I first heard about it after watching Charlotte Tilburys Cat Eye makeup Tutorial on YouTube. I have used it a couple times and I can happily say it’s a good’un. The flexi-brush means application is easy and quick, the formulation glides onto the lashes coating them well leaving long black glossy lashes. Boots also had 3 for 2 on all Maybelline products so after a little searching I found the Erase Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer. I saw this on Estees blog and remembered looking online for it and couldn’t seem to find it anywhere here in the UK and then when I spotted it in Boots I did a happy dance. There’s only 2 shades Light and Nude, Light was gone and so only Nude was left. I think either shade would be fine for me, the Nude being the darker out of the two does help with my blue/purple dark under eye circles. The domed sponge applicator feels super soft under the eyes and applies just enough concealer with one sweep. For the third product I went with Color Tattoo 24HR Eye Shadow in the shade on and on bronze. This is the first colour tattoo I’ve tried, the colour pay off is great and the staying power without primer is amazing. The shade is perfect, it’s one of those one-shade shadows great for when you’re in a rush.

Have you tried anything mentioned above? I’d love to know if you have.

New Hair | Ombre Style

I headed for the hair salon on Monday and if you already follow me on Instagram and Twitter then you’ll already know I had my hair dyed. I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted ombre locks but never got round to it. Then after a quick phone call I was booked in for a strand test.

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I wanted to have a very natural gradual ombre nothing too drastic. After my strand test came back fine I decided to have caramel tones put through all over with a blonde put on the mid-end lengths. The end result was exactly what I wanted, I also had a little trim to tidy up the ends. The hair stylist blow dried my hair beautifully, I left feeling a million dollors!

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The only dilemma I am now faced with is the aftercare! I haven’t used a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair in a long time. HELP!?!

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After a trip to Superdrug I spotted the Dove Hair Therapy range on offer, so after a quick look I decided to picked up a bottle of their Colour Radiance shampoo and conditioner. I also grabbed a bottle of the Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner thinking it would be good to use once a week just on the ends for extra nourishment. I’d love to know what your favourite haircare products are for coloured hair? I did notice some haircare products pacifically aimed for blondes, but felt a little overwhelmed with the amount of different options and brands.

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So that’s where you come in, Any thoughts?

Summer Series #4 | Clothing

After a recent clothing splurge I thought it would be a nice change to blog about the pieces I picked up. It wasn’t a planned splurge and the fact it’s only four items may not seem a splurge to many but for me it is. Having two young children often means I’m last to update my wardrobe. However this changed after a recent visit to Matalan where I found some real Summer gems.

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Don’t you just love it when you see an item of clothing and instantly say ‘I love it’ this happened with this gorgeous printed camisole. The print really stands out and the shape of the camisole is very flattering. It is elasticated along the back and fits perfectly. There was no hesitation at the £7 price tag. I then made a very sensible decision and decided to try a long black jersey maxi skirt. I thought this would be a key piece for the summer, very versatile and great for the daytime or evening. I tried it together with the printed camisole tucked in and it looked great. So another done deal at £12.

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The next piece was also an instant ‘I love it’ reaction. A beautiful summery orange floral printed kimono top. The floral print reminds me of the Miller Harris floral prints. This is the perfect hip length, with a scooped back. I plan on teaming it up with jeans but it also looks great with the black jersey maxi skirt.

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The next purchase I sought after with the mind set it would go with the floral kimono top. Was another camisole but this time a plain one. So after a little look I soon found this beautiful nude/petal shade. I must say Matalan had a good selection of shades, they had a beautiful royal blue but sadly not in my size. The plain camisoles only cost £6 so it was another no-brainer.

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All in all I was thoroughly pleased with my spontaneous clothing purchases. Needless to say I am itching to go back and pick up some more plain camisoles!!!

Have you bought any Summer clothing recently?

The Review: Neom Organics GREAT DAY Body Scrub

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Neom Organics has been a favourite brand of mine for some years now, their ethos and quality of products have always been of a high standard. The Neom promise- 100% natural, ethically sourced, sustainable origins, no petrochemicals, no artificial perfumes and no harsh preservatives. Only but the best! They’re definitely one of those brands you can trust, I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed with the products I’ve tried and my favourite product to date has to be their candles. This month they have re-launched with a brand new look, very clean and crisp with a clear message- Luxury! Neom have renamed a few of their blends with the added bonus of a whole new body care range with new fragrances called feel good, great day, burst of energy and de-stress. The GREAT DAY fragrance has therapeutic benefits, the mix of Mint and Mandarin create a fresh uplifting vibe making you feel ready to take on the day. Neom Organics use high-quality peppermint and spearmint extracts to encourage energy but also to help create a ‘feel good’ fragrance. Mint is a great multi-taking ingredient it works to boost energy but can also reduce stress. Mandarin helps lift your mood and calm the body. GREAT DAY is perfect to use for days when your struggling to get on with your day or if at the end of your day you’ve had a busy hectic day and you just want to relax and enjoy your evening. If you suffer from poor circulation or if you’ve been on your feet all day this also doubles up as great foot scrub.

I have been using the GREAT DAY Body Scrub with Mint & Mandarin £34/332g the packaging is simple and effective with a clear label on the front. You know the saying ‘less is more’? I think this is exactly what Neom have done when they re-branded. If you tried the Neom Body Scrub before the re-brand then you’re in for another real treat, the scrub feels amazing. An organic sugar base mixed with the finest of essential oils such as safflower and jojoba with vitamin E to help soften skin. Neom Organics have used the best ingredients they can source so that we can enjoy the beautiful scents with the added therapeutic benefits. I have used the body scrub on dry and damp skin and personally prefer applying the scrub onto dry skin. My arms are lovely and tanned at the moment so I’ve made sure I’ve used this over my arms to help prolong my tan. I couldn’t believe how smooth and hydrated my skin felt after rinsing away the scrub, my skin had a beautiful healthy glow and the fragrance definitely leaves you feeling happy!

What do you think of the re-brand and new fragrances? 

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Instagram Weeks #4 & #5

Sorry for not posting my weekly photo montage last weekend. I wasn’t feeling my best but this weekend I thought I’d play catch up and post last weeks and this weeks.

Week #4

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1// Shopping spree in TKMaxx 2// Pom pom making with the free pom pom kit from Mollie Makes 3// Hooking up a Hottie 4// Collecting my new vintage retro Danish coffee table, another eBay treasure 5// blogging about two of my favourite things, my new SunJellies and Mollie Makes 6// 1st July 7// Sewing snowflakes onto my daughters Elsa cape 8// Hot water bottle in progress with Anti-Bioctis for ear infection 9// Colour love

Week #5

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1// Enjoying REN Hot Cloth Cleanser, a freebie from INSTYLE mag 2// Starting a new blanket 3// Sunday baking 4// Enjoying the sunshine wearing my SunJellies 5// Booking into the hair salon for ombrè hair 6// Thrifty bargain £5 bedside cabinet 7// Another wicked eBay purchase, this gorgeous French glass milk bottle style, orange bottle £1 8// Friday’s quote 9// Blanket progress

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend, if you want to follow me on Instagram feel free-

@beautyinthemirror