Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo by Eyestudio

Beauty Bloggers have gone mad for the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo eyeshadows since their release and I have been dying to get my hands on some! This weekend I finally took the plunge and indulged myself in a couple of the gorgeous shades on offer as Boots are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on Maybeline products. I had my heart set on purchasing ‘Metallic Pomegranate’, ‘Everlasting Navy’ and ‘Pink Gold’. However, ‘Pink Gold’ was completely out of stock…so I settled on a different well hyped product in the beauty blogging world… Babylips, and that is a review for another day!!

These lovely little eyeshadows really remind me of the MAC Paintpots, and considering they only cost £4.99 each (or cheaper if they are on offer!) it is a great cheaper alternative for anyone who is strapped for cash.

I love that the shadows are very buildable, allowing just a gentle swipe of colour, or something really dramatic. I like to use mine as a base and then blend other shades into it. I think that ‘Everlasting Navy’ is the perfect foundation for a blue smokey eye and it has become a go to product.

I have also used them as eyeliners, and I have to say that they are wonderful as they add a gorgeous splash of colour and they last all day without smudging or creasing. Perfect for girls who are always on the go.

I apply the cream shadow with my fingers, and gently swipe it onto my eyelids using a small amount at a time. I did find that it sets quite quickly so I wouldn’t hang around too much before blending the cream outwards.

As you can see, these colours are both very pigmented, and it really doesn’t take a lot of product to get a strong colour. They are both quite shimmery as well which I love for a night out to create a dramatic look with a girly edge.

For just £4.99 I think that the Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo is a steal and I will definitely be investing in more colours. You can get yours now from Boots, who are offering 3 for 2 of Maybelline Products or Superdrug who are offering buy one get one half price.

L’ANZA KB2 Hydrate Shampoo and Detangler

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Hair care is an important part of my daily routine, and while I don’t use many products on my hair as it gets greasy very quickly, I have found that a good quality shampoo and conditioner really does make a difference to the look and feel of my hair. For the last month I have been trying out the Hydrate Shampoo and Detangler from the L’ANZA  KB2 Keratin Bond range.

Now Autumn has well and truly arrived, and Winter will soon be on its way, it is a really important time to invest in some high quality hair care products. The drop in temperature means that we are not just having to reach for our chunky cable knits but it is essential to update not just your wardrobe but hair care routine too. The colder Autumn air is very drying and leeches moisture from the hair, and putting on the heating is very drying too. With all the moisture being lost from our hair it is important if you want your locks to look luscious you need to replace this lost moisture.

The L’ANZA KB2 range can actually fight the effects of environmental damage using a Keratin Bond 2 Complex that  replaces and strengthens the keratin proteins in the hair. It simultaneously uses a luxurious range of botanical ingredients that are enriched with vitamins to revitalise and hydrate dry and damaged hair.

The Shampoo and Detangler smell amazing and really remind me of Aveda products. After applying the shampoo my hair felt instantly cleansed as it lathered quickly and I found that even a small amount was enough to work all the way through my thick, long hair. The Detangler is essentially a conditioner, so don’t expect your hair to be completely knot free! As my hair is so thick I find that it gets knotty really easily and usually a Tangle Teezer is the only thing that can smooth my mane! However the Detangler seriously improved the condition of my hair and eased out some of the tangles in the shower due to the conditioning properties of the product.

Overall I really think that the L’ANZA KB2 Hydrate Shampoo and Detangler has improved the appearance of my hair and I think I have suffered less split ends and hair breakage in the month since I have been using these gorgeous products. If you are interested in updating your hair care routine, you can get your hands on the Hydrate Shampoo for £15.35 and the Hydrate Detangler for £16.50 both from Look Fantastic.


Have you used any L’ANZA products before? Would you try the KB2 Hydrate range? What is your Autumn hair care routine?
Laura

Original Sugar Nail Art Review*

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You may remember my post in September about my visit to Olympia Beauty, here I met a lovely lady called Rebecca, who is not only one of the UK’s leading nail artist, but also works for nail art brand Original Sugar. Rebecca was kind enough to let me sample a few of the Original Sugar hero products so I could tell you all about them.

Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’

The Velveteen Range consists of four different seasonal colour collections, which is great if you like to swap your nail colours to match the  season. I tried out Velveteen in ‘Black Jack’ and I was excited to try out this product as I had seen similar products in the shops but always thought that I would just make a mess of it! However this was so simple to apply and it is a really easy nail art look for every nail or even just statement nails if you want to mix up your textures.
To apply the Velveteen, I firstly used a base coat, then applied a black nail polish (I used Barry M in ‘Black’) to make sure there was a good depth of colour. While the polish was drying I poured some of the Velveteen into a small plastic bag ready for dipping! I then coated my nails in a layer of top coat and immediately dipped my nail into the bag. I gave it a little shake around to make sure all of my nail was coated. When I removed my finger from the bag it looked a little messy, but this was easily solved by wiping the skin around the nail with a damp piece of kitchen towel to remove the fluffy Velveteen that had settled there.
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I think that the Velveteen is a really good way to add some texture into your nail art and would look great either on all nails of as a statement nail to contrast a high shine black polish. I think Velveteen works particularly well for this time of the year as it looks quite cosy and comforting, perfect for Autumn!
When I first saw the bottle of Foil I wasn’t very impressed as I imagined it to be like putting kitchen foil on your nails.. However when I actually took a piece of it out of the bottle I realised I was very much mistaken! This is not at all like kitchen foil, but instead more like silver leaf. It is very thin, soft and delicate. There is many different ways to incorporate the foil into your nail art, but I chose to tear some into tiny pieces to create a delicate pattern on top of black polish.
As with the Velveteen, I applied a base coat and two coats of black polish, then a layer of top coat to place the pieces of foil into. I used some tweezers to tear up the foil into tiny pieces and carefully apply them to the nail using very little pressure to add them to the top coat layer. When I was happy with the design I added another layer of topcoat to seal the foils in.
Image of Original Sugar's Silver Foil
I thought that this was going to be my least favourite of the four products, but actually this was my favourite in the end, and I will definitely be using this again in my nail art projects. I think that this looks like a silver leopard print pattern, or similar to rhinestones. It was really easy to apply so I think that this is a great product for a newcomer to nail art to try. I really recommend this lovely product, especially as it comes in ‘Gold’ and ‘Bronze’ too!
I have tried caviar nail art beads before and the think that used to really frustrate me is that they are not colour safe so you can’t apply a topcoat to keep them firmly in place and prevent them all falling off in less than 24 hours! The last time I used a product like this I ended up having to wash my hair wearing plastic gloves as my hair snagged painfully in between the beads (ouch!). I vowed never again…until I met Rebecca, and she told me that the Original Sugar Bullionaire beads are much better, and for two very simple reasons: they are smaller and so they look more delicate, and lastly, but most importantly they are made of glass which contains the colour on the inside thus you can put as much top coat as you please on them and they are completely colour-safe! Hallelujah! 
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads
To apply Bullionaire, once again I used a base coat, followed by two layers of a nail polish in a similar colour, I used No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in ‘Foxglove’. While the nail polish was still wet and with a plate underneath my hand ready to catch the mess, I gently poured the Bullionaire beads over the nail and then lightly pressed them down to secure them. Make sure your whole nail is covered and there are no beads hanging of the edges of your nails. You can then cover the beads with a layer of topcoat to make your mani last longer.
I loved the colour of these Bullionaire beads and I am so impressed that they are colour-safe so your mani will last a lot longer than other caviar bead products. There are ten gorgeous fruit inspired colours on offer so you are guaranteed to find one to match your outfit. Perfect!
Image of Original Sugar's Bullionaire Beads Nail Swatch
I am a big fan of anything glittery so I was very excited when I saw the bottle of Confetti! The colour ‘RSVP’ is a bright red which instantly made me think that this is the perfect nail art product for Christmas nails! The Confetti range is available in four other colours, ‘Big Day‘ a white glitter, ‘Celebration, a gold glitter, ‘Hangover‘ a blue glitter, and ‘25th‘ a silver glitter. All of which wold be the perfect accessory to add a touch of sparkle to your outfit for a special event.
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Now I didn’t do a great job of applying the Confetti to my nails… in fact I made a bit of a mess with it! But next time I think it will be easier to apply. You apply it in the same way as the Bullionaire beads, but the glitter sometimes overlaps onto the skin as they are quite chunky pieces! As I was pressing the glitter into my nail polish I didnt notice these pieces until after it was firmly set in place.. woops! So next time I use Confetti I will be sure to check the glitter looks neatly position before pressing it into place.
The only this I didn’t like about Confetti is that unfortunately it isn’t color-safe and you can see in the image below that the red has come off some of the glitter flecks. However I would probably use Confetti for a night out where I was just wearing it for that night, so I wouldn’t really need to use a top coat on the product anyway!
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen, Foil, Bullionaire and Confetti Swatches
Overall I really liked these lovely nail art products from Original Sugar so I would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of nail art and wants to try using some textures on their nails to create an interesting look this season. I think they will be a fantastic compliment to any outfit with the upcoming Christmas Party season, and they would also make great stocking fillers. (I really need to stop thinking about Christmas now!)
If you want to try out these lovely Original Sugar products you can purchase them from their website, where Velveteen retails for £4.95-£5.95, Foil for £3.50, Bullionaire is £5.95 and Confetti is £3.95. Each bottle will arrive inside a lovely little Organza bag. You can also find plenty of information on the website to learn how to apply these products to your own nails and follow step-by-step guides to create some amazing nail art.
What do you think of the Original Sugar Nail Art products? Which is your favourite? How would you wear them?

*PR Sample

Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection Brush*

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I was a bit of a latecomer to the world of fake tan, only trying it out for the first time last year after I was persuaded by my permanently tanned housemate to give it a go. I have to say, after I had gotten over my fear of looking like a wotsit and actually tried it out, I really loved the end result. My skin looked much healthier and I felt that I could ditch my opaque tights and bare my usually milk bottle white legs! So when Ambermist contacted me about try out out their Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection brush I was really excited to put them to the test.

To prepare my skin for the tan, I exfoliated my whole body in the shower paying particular attention to drier areas such as knees, elbows and ankles. I then used a body butter to hydrate my skin ready for the tan. I normally use a mitt to apply my fake tan because it allows for an even coverage, it is quick and it stops you from getting orange stained palms. But this time I was given the very interesting Perfection Brush to apply the Instant Tanning Mousse. I was slightly daunted by the prospect of using a brush as I am clumsy so I was worried about getting streaky legs.
I applied a pump of mousse straight onto the brush and buffed it into my skin in circular motions. I used lighter swipes on my knees, elbows, feet, hands and face to prevent too much colour in these areas. I found that the brush was great for applying the tan to my hands and feet in particular, which normally is an area prone to mistakes as a mitt does not give a gentle enough application to blend the colour into the skin. The brush was also great to use on my face as I could blend the tan into my hairline. The only issue that I had with it was that a few of the bristles came out sticking to the tan, but this might just be because it was the first time I had used it. I really liked the way the tan applied using the brush though and I will continue to use it instead of my mitt because of the more blended application. You can also use the brush for contouring of the face and body which is really interesting and something I am going to try on my face.

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As for the tan, it is similar to St Moriz as it comes in the pump bottle, however I found that it was more pigmented and one pump of the mousse went a long way so I think you get good value for money with this product. The colour itself is perfect for my skin tone and I feel that my tan is natural looking. While it does have the fake tan smell, I can only smell it when I sniff my skin before I washed of the guide colour, so I don’t think the scent is much of a giveaway either.
Upon application of the mousse, there is a guide colour so you can tell where you have applied the product and avoid over applying it. This tan can be left to develop for about 8 hours before showering it off to leave your skin naturally golden. However, you can also apply makeup on top of the tan and go out with it still developing as you have an instant tan due to the guide colour, which is great for people who are busy like me! I am really impressed with the formula of the tanning mousse as it is paraben, alcohol and cruelty free and has an aloe vera gel base so it is great for sensitive skin.

I applied the fake tan 5 days ago now and the colour is still there and showing no signs of wearing off just yet, which is great. I will definitely be applying it again this weekend and I think that this might just have become my new favourite tanning product.

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I really love this product and I recommend it for both fake tan users and newbies too, and especially the brush for people who are worried about streaking. You can get hold of yours now from the Ambermist website, where you can purchase the Instant Tanning Mousse for £10 and the Perfection Brush for £14.95. Happy tanning!

Laura

*PR sample

My Olympia Beauty Haul!

I am currently interning at a beauty PR agency based in London which has a lot of perks, most recently I was very lucky to receive some tickets to go to Olympia Beauty. For those of you that might not know about it, Olympia Beauty is a trade beauty event at Kensington Olympia in London. Loads of beauty companies have stands there and are offering their products at great discounts and there are even some free samples to try on the day. There is also a range of seminars given from beauty professionals on a wide range of topics over the two days.

So on Sunday myself and Amy from The Calendar Girl, headed to Olympia to catch some beauty bargains. As there was so many great discounts I just HAD to have a little bit of a splurge and treat myself to a few goodies, which I would like to share with you all now.
One of the first stands I visited was NYX, I had never tried out their products before so seeing as there were fantastic discounts on their makeup I just had to try out a few of the products! I bought myself a NYX LSS Round Lipstick in ‘Black Cherry, which is a gorgeous deep berry shade and perfectly on trend for A/W13. . The formula is mineral based and I found it really hydrating and intensely pigmented. Because of the creamy texture, I felt that it applied almost too easily and I had to blot my lips as I think I looked like a little girl who had been playing with mummy’s make up! I would apply using a lip brush next time to make sure I had an even coating. I found I had to reapply after eating though. I would highly recommend this lipstick as a cheap alternative to MAC as I think that the product was great quality for the price. At Olympia, I paid just £3 for this gem! However you can still get hold of yours at a great budget price of £4 from the NYX website where there are 124 shades on offer. I will definitely be investing in more….
I have been desperately looking for a good mascara that really does lengthen my lashes. I decided to pick up the Pin-Up Tease mascara, which is part of the Boudoir Collection, as it has the curved wand which I really get on with as I find it so much easier to apply because it separates and lengthens the lashes in the right direction. The wand is also a plastic comb rather than bristles. I find that plastic combs really work to separate and lengthen my lashes, where bristles just push against them and make them clump together. I tried this mascara out over the last two days and I am already in love. My lashes looked amazingly long I had to go and show my sister! I really recommend this and I will definitely be repurchasing. I bought the Pin-Up Tease Mascara for £5, but you can purchase it too from the NYX website for just a little bit more, at £6.50, which I think is a real bargain.
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I have had my eye on these babies for ages now after a friend of mine got some and raved non-stop about how wonderful they are! They had a great show discount and were selling the original set for just £10, so I decided to splash out and give them a go myself. I have read a lot of mixed reviews from bloggers, some who think these rollers are the best thing since sliced bread and others who despise them, but I like to try things our myself before I have an opinion on the product. The set comes with 20 rollers, a small velvet bag of long bobby pins and an instruction/promotional DVD. I have to say I thought that the DVD was a load of rubbish, I find Hollie Wakeham really quite irritating! But it was fairly informative so I had a good idea how to put these rollers in. I decided to part blow dry my hair so it was still damp to achieve more of a curl/bounce. I have to admit I struggled putting the rollers in at first, as they seemed to be very loose and I didn’t think they would stay in all night. After a few attempts I managed to get the rollers in a little better and secured the hair to the roller with a bobby pin. 
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl wearing Sleep-In Rollers
Now, while these rollers are marketed as rollers you can sleep in, that does not mean they are comfortable… I have never tried plastic rollers but I can assume the Sleep-in Rollers are comfier, but don’t expect it to be amazing! They are quite squishy and made of foam so that helped with comfort, but it was the velcro that irritated me more than anything. It was really scratchy on the delicate skin around my ears, neck and scalp (basically everywhere then!) so I found that a little bit uncomfortable. I did sleep the whole night and only woke up a couple of times, so I am really surprised I didn’t pull them out in the night in a fit of anger! I would use them again to sleep in, as I have heard they get squishier with more use. However if you want to avoid discomfort I would suggest putting them in first thing in the morning after washing your hair and letting them set throughout the day.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
Oh dear!
So when it comes to taking the rollers out, it is much easier than putting them in. You simple have to pull out the bobby pins and gently unroll the roller leaving you with big bouncy hair. When I had removed all the rollers, I was a little frightened with the results! My hair was VERY big and slightly too voluminous for my liking and hair cut. I carefully used my GHDs to style my hair how I wanted it, and it was a big improvement. I really liked how it turned out in the end and I think it was worth the slight discomfort so I will definitely be reusing the Sleep-In Rollers. You can get your hands on the Sleep-In Rollers from their website where they retail for £24.95 a set.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
much better!
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While wondering around the show, I was beckoned over by a lady to sample an interesting hair removal product, the Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System. She asked me to hold out my arm and she buffed a small area with the tool for a few seconds in circular motions and then asked me to feel my skin. It was so smooth and completely hairless. So naturally she assured me that it could be used on ANY hair on the body. Of course I was very interested as shaving is annoying because regrowth is so fast and waxing and epilation is painful! They were running a special show deal where it was buy one kit get one free, so I split it with Amy, meaning we paid just £10 each for our kits. The system works as the pads contain micro-crystals that when rubbed against the skin in circular motions gently buffs away the hair. It does leave the skin quite dry, but not rough, so I would recommend using a body butter on the legs afterwards to re-hydrate the skin
I tried it out on my legs when I got home and it took a while for me to cover both legs, but it was lovely and smooth. However by the time I woke up, I could feel slight stubble coming through. I think that the kit is great for finer hairs such as on the arms where they tested it on us, but for coarser, fast growing hair, it might not be worth the money and effort. I was assured that a kit would last a year as it contains two size pads the larger for legs and underarms and the smaller for the face or smaller areas of hair, as well as 4 replacement pads for each size. I found the kit is great for fine slow growing hair but for leg hair it is no better than shaving. I don’t think that I would repurchase the kit, but I will definitely be giving it a go on fine hairs like the upper lip!! If you want to try the kit out for yourself you can get one from the Melody Claire website where they retail for £19.99 each.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl at Olympia Beauty
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my post about Olympia Beauty! Did you go this year? Have you ever been to a beauty trade show? Have you tried any of these products before?

Laura

Beauty UK’s Posh Pout Lip Crayons

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L-R Corally Correct, How Nude!, Power to the Purple,
Would I Lilac To You, Big Pinkin and Sugar Plum Fairy

I was recently given a couple of the new Beauty UK Posh Pout Lip Crayons to try out. Now I am a big lover of lipsticks/crayons/balms/lip glosses, and generally my rule is the bolder the better! I love wearing bright lips, particularly in the winter months when everything is so dull and drab, I just have to get some colour out there! So luckily for me, this whole range is bright and colourful and so it is completely up my street.

I picked out two crayons in ‘Corally Correct’, a lovely citrus coral shade and ‘Power to the Purple’ which is a plum/burgundy colour and both are perfect for Autumn/Winter. I did really love ‘Big Pinkin’ which is so pink and very Barbie-like, but it is similar to a Topshop Lip Crayon I already own. Also, I think ‘Would I Lilac To You’ is also a beautiful shade but I’m not sure if I could pull off that pale parma violet hue, both of these shades felt a little bit Nicki Minaj to me, so I thought it might be better to stay away!

I wore ‘Corally Correct’ when I went out to dinner last weekend, and I have to say that it is very pigmented and bold for such a budget buy. In fact when I swatched all of the colours they all had great pigment and are not at all sheer like some other lip crayons I have tried.

However I do have one criticism, and that is they are quite drying so if your lips are at all chapped I would give them a miss. I have worn the crayons over the top of a lip balm and found it much less matte and drying, so they are still very wearable!

Overall for just £2.99 I think it is a great buy, I wouldn’t expect these crayons to be amazing quality, but for such a low price, I think the boldness and amount of pigment cannot be flawed. So if you have a few pounds lying around and fancy trying out some new lip shades without financial risk I think these Posh Pout Lip Crayons are a great place to start. You can get your own from the Beauty UK stand at Superdrug or online from their website, and there six gorgeous shades to chose from. Superdrug are currently running a 3 for 2 promotion on Beauty UK cosmetics until Tuesday 24th September.

Laura 

September Must-Haves

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There are so many things on my wish list this month, but unfortunately I am pretty strapped for cash right now so they are going to have to remain wishes… but a girl can dream right? I thought I would show you just a few of the things that I am lusting after this month.

I absolutely love this dress! Ever since the new Great Gatsby film came out earlier this year, I have been obsessing about anything remotely 1920s, and this flapper dress is beautiful. I love the intricate Art Deco style bead work and the scalloped hemline, it creates a new (or old!) take on the LBD. For £95 it is a little bit pricey, but it is so pretty that I think it is well worth the money.
I have been on the lookout for a new concealer for ages, I often find it difficult to find a balance between price and coverage as I am on a tight budget at the moment. However, I swatched this in Boots on Monday, and for such a low price, I thought that it had a very nice level of coverage. The concealer is a cream texture that is very pigmented, so on application to the skin it covers any blemishes. I have freckles on my hands, and the concealer completely covered them, so I imagine that it would work wonders on dark under eye circles and spots. I think this is great value for money and I would have definitely bought it there and then if they had ‘fair‘ in stock.
I am a huuuuge fan of MAC lipsticks and I have been lusting over this gorgeous pinky/purple hue for a while now. The lipstick is very blue toned, so I think that this is a great colour to liven up darker Autumn/Winter outfits. These lipsticks have great pigment, last for hours and are very moisturising on the lips, so I know that this will be worth it I have just had my birthday and was kindly given a MAC voucher, so I think this shade will have to be one of my purchases!
I have been after a new pair of winter boots for the last couple of weeks, and I have been trying to find some Chelsea Boots, but I just haven’t found the perfect comfy pair yet. So in the meantime I have found this lovely pair from Topshop which I think would be great to go with most Autumn and Winter outfits. I love suede, but I always worry about ruining it if I get caught in the rain, so I think I will probably end up opting for a leather pair, but I still love these boots too… decisions!!
I have been after a new bag for a few months, but I have been biding my time hoping I land my dream job so I can treat myself to a nice designer number…but sadly that hasn’t happened yet, so I am going to go for the next best thing: Zara. I love Zara bags, I always think they look a lot more expensive than they actually are. I really like the boxy look of this bag and think it would be perfect to team with any outfit this Autumn, and for only £29.99, I think this is a steal!
So those were my September Must-Haves, now I just have to get my hands on them….
What do you think of my choices? What are your September Must-Haves?
Laura

Skincare Haul

Recently I have been having a bit of trouble with my skin. My skin has by no means ever been perfect, but normally I might suffer just one or two spots once in a while. However for the last couple of months my skin has been pretty bad, and I think the culprit was wearing sun cream on my face. It completely blocks up my pores and makes me breakout.

I have also been a little bit lazy with my skincare routine, and I have often skipped cleansing and toning and made do with a face wipe – terrible I know! So because of this my skin has got worse. I feel like I have about 2319478274 spots right now.

So I popped to town this afternoon to make a few purchases to help improve my skin, and I will definitely be letting you all know how I get on with them.

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Okay, so this is not strictly skincare…but it goes on your skin and I bought it today, so I’m counting it! I’m a really big fan of this self tanner so I’m going to devote a blog post to it in the near future, as the sun has disappeared a few of us might be in need of a little of this! So watch this space! In the meantime you can get hold of yours for a meagre £3 from Wilkinsons. Bargain!
I really needed to get a cleanser and toner but I’m a little bit broke at the moment and that means I really can’t afford to splash out on anything expensive. While this is a bit bargain basement, it is from Boots so I trust that it will do the job. I will let you know how I get on though. Boots are currently running a 1/3 off deal on these, so you can get the Cleansing Lotion for £1.86 and the Toner for £1.79
I have never tried this before, but I normally love Soap and Glory products, they always smell delicious. After reading the back of the box I just had to buy it. The Detox Mask essentially melts away all the dirt, oil and blackheads leaving your pores unblocked. Sounds like just what I need at the moment. The mask actually changes colour once it has worked, so you know how long to keep it on for. I am also very happy that it is paraben free and it contains natural essential oils. You can purchase the mask from the Soap and Glory Website, or in store from Boots where it is retailing at £11.50.

I haven’t tried this either, and I have heard some very mixed reviews. I’m not expecting this to be a miracle cure, but I’m hoping that it will reduce the redness and swelling if I do have a large spot that appears. The cream claims to reduce size and redness within 4 hours which sounds very promising, but I will let you know how this goes for my skin! Again I purchased this cream from Boots for £4.26.

I will review these spot busting products in a couple of weeks and let you know if they are working for my skin. In the meantime if anyone can recommend some wonder products please do!

Have you tried any of these products? What would you most like to use?

Laura

Seventeen’s Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects

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I am a huge fan of all things nail art, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to dedicate to creating an intricate pattern, so for busy times I think it is great to have textured nail polish on hand to create interesting, yet quick eye-catching nails. I bought the Seventeen Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects polish a couple of months ago because I absolutely love the way it looks in the bottle, but I have only just got around to trying it out.

I bought the polish in Monochrome, but my sister bought it in Bluetone,  a glittery blue version, and it looks amazing for a night out. Personally I would use a coat or two of black nail polish underneath to make the white flecks really pop, but it is personal choice. The polish goes on really evenly and one coat is enough (as long as you shake it up) because there are lots of bits in there!, I did have a couple of sparse patches, on one or two nails so I touched those up with another coat to make sure the flecks were dispersed fairly evenly.

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The only thing I don’t like that much is there are some long strands of black glittery bits in there which kept hanging off the tips of my nails so I ruined a nail trying to pull it off! But because of the nature of the polish the tiny bit of damage to the paint isn’t really noticeable, so I would definitely wear it again. The polish is a bargain at £3.99 from the Seventeen stand at Boots or online here and for such a low price, it is well worth trying it out.
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Have you tried Off the Wall Graffiti Nail Effects? What did you think? Are there any other textured nail polishes that have caught your eye this season?



Laura

An Introduction

Hi, I’m Laura and I am a 22 year old recent graduate from the UK. I am a self-confessed cosmetic-aholic and you could leave me for hours in Boots and I would be content testing and sniffing everything.

I have recently been working for a Beauty PR agency in London and I have really developed a taste for blogging, so I thought I would give having my own blog a go.

I will be mainly reviewing beauty products, showing my hauls and occasionally giving the odd DIY tutorial – I like to think I am a bit creative!

So I hope you enjoy my blog, and please do bear with me while I get everything up and running!
You can follow me on twitter @_musthavegirl and on instagram @_musthavegirl