Nails of the Day (NOTD): Gelish – ‘Rockin The Reef’ with Rose Gold Glitter!

Hi there!  How are you doing today?  I’ve got another Nails of the Day for you but this time, I didn’t do them myself!

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I was lucky enough to receive a voucher for my birthday to have my nails done at my local salon, Pastille in Leeds.  I love Pastille and it is the only place I would go to have my nails done now.  If I could afford it, I would always go there but sadly I have to do my own more often than not, to save money.

Olivia did my nails – you can see her amazing nail creations on her Instagram.  She’s really creative, talented and works super fast!  I chose Gelish gel nail polish in Rockin The Reef, with a rose gold glitter fade at the cuticles.

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What do you think?  Do you like such bright colours, or do you prefer something more subtle?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!

The Infinity Dreams Award: 11 Facts About Me!

Hi  guys

One of my favourite readers (and a fellow blogger), Thoughtful Pigeon, recently tagged me in her Infinity Dreams Award post.  These posts are a good way to discover new blogs to read and also to get to know a bit more about your favourite bloggers.

Infinity Dreams Award

Rules:

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
  2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

11 Facts About Me:

  1. I am 30 years old but still feel like a teenager!
  2. Peanut butter and banana are one of my favourite combos.
  3. I love the colour purple, and am rarely seen without something purple in my outfit or accessories.
  4. I have been (very happily) married for almost two years.
  5. I used to play roller derby before I got ill.
  6. I don’t have a middle name (but often pretended I did as a child – including Coco, Mercedes, and less adventurously, Louise!)
  7. I am vegetarian and have been for 8 years.
  8. I love stationery and snail mail – my mum and I live 7 miles away and see each other every week, but still write each other letters!
  9. I love rock and metal music.
  10. I have shoulder dimples, which people constantly comment on and ask me about!
  11. I don’t want children (yep, really, even after you spend half an hour telling me what a shame that is and how I’ll change my mind).

11 Questions Set For me to Answer:

  1. Where’s one place in the world you really want to visit that you haven’t been yet?
    1. I would absolutely love to visit Italy, for its scenery and food.  It was one of our honeymoon choices but we went for Mexico in the end (which was also amazing!)
  2. Your favourite book?
    1. When I was a child, I read a Judy Blume book 27 times (Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret)!  Funnily enough, as an adult I absolutely hate repetition and never read the same book twice!  I will rarely even watch a film or TV program more than once either, which people always find strange.
  3. What’s the one type of thing you can never resist buying if you see it?
    1. Makeup… as you will know if you read my blog, I’m a bit of a makeup fan!  Also anything peanut butter flavoured.
  4. Favourite kind of food?
    1. I love Japanese food, pizza, anything veggie really.
  5. Is there anything about blogging that is different than you expected it to be when you started your blog?
    1. Hmmm… I didn’t really have any expectations when I started the blog.  I was very poorly and off work, so I started it partly as a way of talking about how I felt and connecting with others.  I thought it would be more about my ill health, but my love of makeup ended up taking over!
  6. Do you have any pets?
    1. Technically, I have a cat called Button.  An ex bought him as a kitten for me when I was about 16 and still lived at home.  Every place I’ve lived since has been a flat (no gardens) so I couldn’t take him with me, as he’s very much an outdoor cat and hates being kept in.  So he stayed with my mum and is more her cat now really!  I will definitely get a cat when I have my own garden though.
  7. Favourite actor?
    1. Anna Faris (very funny), Johnny Depp (talented and versatile) Tom Hanks and Nicholas Cage.
  8. When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
    1. I wanted to be a forensic scientist, which is hilarious as I’m crap at science and ended up only taking one science for my GCSEs!
  9. What’s your favourite season?
    1. Summer.  Everything just seems so much nicer when it’s warm and sunny outside.  I’m really not a fan of winter, it gets me down.
  10. The last movie you watched? Was it any good?
    1. Ant-Man and yes, it was really good.  I wasn’t too interested in seeing it but my husband wanted to.  I ended up really enjoying it and it was really funny.
  11. What inspires you to write your blog posts?
    1. Various things, depending on what I write about.  Health posts are usually inspired by me wanting to spread understanding and awareness.  Makeup posts are usually inspired by products that I love and want to tell the world about!

11 Questions For my Nominees to Answer!

  1. What was your first ever item of makeup?
  2. What is your favourite drink?
  3. Are you a morning or evening person?
  4. What is your favourite animal?
  5. Where is the best country you have ever visited?
  6. Do you have any unusual traits or habits?
  7. Did you enjoy going to school?
  8. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
  9. If you could be one person for a day, who would you be and why?
  10. If you could make people understand one thing about you, what would it be?
  11. What do you enjoy most and least about blogging?

I Nominate…

Meg Says

Beauty on a Beer Budget

Beauty is the Geek

With All my Affection

Fibro Feels

Life By Hels

Cara Writes Stuff

Just Add Glitter

EmsyBlog

Dreaming of Spoons

Little Nothings


Thanks for nominating me Thoughful Pigeon, it was fun to write this post!  I hope everyone enjoyed learning a little more about me.

ME/CFS: Rituximab Could Potentially Help Us Recover…

Hi guys!  I hope you’re as well as possible.  I was kindly sent a link to the following article about Rituximab by a colleague and found it really interesting.  I am currently on long-term sick leave from work, and as you probably know, I suffer from M.E (CFS) and fibromyalgia.  There is currently no known cure for either ME or fibromyalgia, and very little in the way of truly effective treatment.

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I am often sent articles to things that could potentially help me, which I really appreciate, but often they are things that won’t actually work (juicing etc!).  Reading this article though, it seems that there is finally some hope.  

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Bargain Makeup: Revolution Awesome Metals (Rose Gold) and Collection Deluxe Lipstick (Speakeasy)!

Hi all

I wanted to review a few products I bought several months ago now.  I always try to review new makeup I buy but sometimes things just make it straight into my rotation and I use them so much that I forget to ever tell you about them!

Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish (Rose Gold)

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I buy a lot of products from Makeup Revolution – their makeup is extremely affordable but also really good quality.  This metal eyeshadow is one of their mid-price products at £4.00.  The box contains a foil finish eyeshadow, a liquid eye primer and a mixing tray.

The instructions are to put a small drop of the liquid eye primer onto the tray, place a small amount of the foil finish shadow on the tray and mix them together.  Using the end of your finger, lightly press into the centre of the tray and apply straight to the eyelid.  You can build the colour with additional layers.

I think part of the reason I never reviewed it was because I followed the instructions and… it didn’t work too well for me!  It wouldn’t really mix together and was messy to apply, so I kind of put it away and didn’t use it again for months.  When I decided to use it again, I was really short on time, so I just stuck my finger straight into the foil product and applied it straight to my eyelid (over some metallic shadow), and it worked really well and was so much quicker and easier to do.  That’s how I’ve used it ever since and it lasts well and leaves no mess under the eye.  I’ve used it below in my favourite way – applied in the centre of the eyelid, with darker metallic shadow on the rest of the eye.

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Find it here.

Collection Deluxe Lipstick – Speakeasy

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I absolutely love the Collection Deluxe lipsticks – they are so creamy and comfortable to wear.  They feel much better quality than the standard Collection lipsticks.  They cost £3.99 each, and are well worth it.  I also own a pinky-peach colour called Tallulah, and the deep vintage red called Prohibition.  Both are really pigmented and good quality.

The only downside of the Deluxe collection is that there are only five colours available.  I would definitely buy more of them if there were more colours to choose from!

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Find it here.


What new products have you been using lately?  Have you tried either of these?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!

Nails of the Day (NOTD): MUA – Pistachio Ice Cream

Hi guys!

I tend to wear much fresher, brighter nail colours during the summer.  I also seem to change my polish colour more often.  I’ve been trying out lots of bright, pretty colours since it got a bit sunnier here in the UK!

This polish is called Pistachio Ice Cream, by budget makeup brand MUA.  It is definitely not my usual sort of colour – I tend more towards pinks and corals – but the freshness of the colour caught my eye.

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It applied really smoothly, but took three coats to become completely opaque.  You could get away with two coats if you were in a rush, it just looks more flawless with three.

This £1 nail polish is an absolute dupe for the much more expensive Essie Mint Candy Apple.  The bottle is even practically the same!

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Essie’s polish costs £7.99, so if you love this colour but want to save some money, this one is for you!  Buy it here.


What do you think of this colour?  Is it something you would wear?  Let me know in the comments box!

You Beauty Box: July 2015 – Review and Unboxing!

Hola!

I recently received my July You Beauty box.  You Beauty Discovery Box is a monthly subscription beauty box.  You select two products yourself, from a shortlist.  They then add in a few more surprise products.  This may be accessories, hair/makeup/beauty products and a “healthy treat”.  The box is just £6.95 including postage, which I think is fantastic value for money.  It’s the cheapest box I’ve personally seen on the market, and the contents is always worth much more than the price of the box.

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Here’s what I received this month:


Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Cleanser, and Idealia Life Serum

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These were one of my choices for the box (you got both products as one choice).  I have never tried Vichy skincare, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so was interested to try these products.

The Purete Thermale Cleanser is a one step cleanser for sensitive skin.  It is intended to cleanse skin, tone skin and remove eye makeup (which is why they call it 3-in-1).  It is a light milky lotion with a mild, gentle scent.  It is an effective product, but best used with a flannel or muslin cloth if you want to properly remove makeup.

I personally prefer to remove my makeup first, before properly cleansing.  However, this would be handy for travelling, to avoid taking extra bottles and products.  It is also good for people who prefer a quick, easy skincare routine.

The Idealia Life Serum is a face serum which is allergy tested and suitable for sensitive skin (although it is lightly fragranced).  We got a tiny 3ml sample.  This serum contains mica, which is meant to leave the skin with a subtle glow – this means it is best used during the day rather than at night.  I like this serum but it’s hard to give any solid opinion from such a small sample (which I am not unhappy with, as it’s unsurprising given how cheap the box is).


Emma Hardie Protect & Prime

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This little sachet contains 5ml of skin protecting cream with added primer, for a soft focus, luminous complexion.  Although this looks like a small sample, it actually contains more than the Vichy tube of serum we received!  Emma Hardie is an expensive skin brand, so this sample size is pretty good.  The full size (50ml) product costs £45.

This is meant to be a lightweight cream with a decent SPF 30.  I love that it has SPF, as I’ve realised recently that a lot of my favourite moisturisers don’t contain SPF, which isn’t good for the skin.  It also claims to even out the complexion, blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores.  Although it doesn’t really give clear instructions, I’m guessing this is to be used like a primer.  Find it here.


St Tropez Gradual Tan – In Shower

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You Beauty have done well to include this product – it is still really new, and it’s rare to get something that’s just been released in a beauty box.  This is St Tropez’s new product – an in-shower gradual tanning product.  You are meant to apply it in the shower (whilst your skin is still wet, but with the shower turned off).  You wait for 3 minutes and then rinse it off.  The idea is that it gradually builds up to a subtle tan, if you apply frequently.

I am not a self tanner, but I have seen reviews which say it’s ok but is a very subtle tan (not an obvious, deep tan).  It seems like an easy idea, but some people have said that standing in a cold, wet shower for 3 minutes is a bit off-putting!  As I said, I don’t self tan, so I haven’t used this product myself.  Buy it here.

We also received a £2 off voucher to buy this product in Boots, which is pretty useful if you like it.


Love Your Skin Collagen Moisturising Gel

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I’ve never heard of this brand before.  This gel claims to be a multi-use product, perfect for the summer months.  It is rich in collagen, aloe vera and evening primrose.  You can use it on the hands and body, as a cooling after-sun gel or as a hydrating, non-setting face mask.

The clear gel has a pleasant, citrus scent.  I really like using it as a hand moisturiser because it is so non-greasy.  I hate hand creams which leave your hands greasy for ages afterwards.  Overall, I like this and I’ll think I’ll use it during the summer.  Find it here.


Nairns Muesli Breaks Oatcakes

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The final item we received was this packet of oatcakes.  They contain wholegrains to keep you feeling fuller for longer.  They are also a natural source of sustainable energy.  I haven’t eaten these yet – I think I will pop them in my bag for if I get hungry on the way to a hospital appointment or something.  Hungry?  Find them here.


Overall, I really enjoyed this month’s box again.  I will use all of the products apart from the St Tropez and I’m sure I’ll find someone who wants it!  I am surprised every month at how much we receive for the price of the box.


Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!