May Must Haves

May Must Haves
Oh my god, how is it the end of May already?! This year is just flying by! Well as it is the end of the month, it is time to resurrect my Monthly Must Haves. So without further ado, these are the fab items that I have been loving this month!


Haircare

haircare favourites

I have just bought my third lot of the L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology shampoo and conditioner, so it is safe to say I am loving them. My hair is already very thick, but I often feel I need a bit of a boost at my roots. This fab duo leaves my hair smelling great and feeling thicker and bouncier. Even my boyfriend has commented that his hair feels thicker!

I have also been loving the Aussie Miracle Recharge Conditioning Spray to keep my hair from getting dry and horrible. I have reviewed this bad boy for a guest post on Parie’s blog, Class and Glitter, which should be up very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for some haircare tips!

Makeup bag Essentials

Makeup Bag Favourites

Let’s first of all start with this beauty of a makeup bag from Primark. I love tribal prints and the monochrome fabric with the pop of bright yellow on the zip is summertime perfection for me. My current makeup bag needed an update and this one was calling out to me!

My lips always seem to get quite dry, and certain lipsticks make it worse, particularly matte finishes (sob), so my must have lip product is LUSH’s lip scrub. They come in a variety of flavours, but my fave is Mint Julips which is just like mint choc chip…yum! I have reviewed this before, so definitely check it out if you are considering popping this is your shopping basket.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara could actually be my all time favourite mascara. Bold claim, I know. But this stuff works wonders! I did try Roller Lash when it came out, and if I’m honest, it didn’t really do it for me. A lot of people have said this baby is a great dupe for Roller Lash, but I actually think it is much better, plus it half the price. My lashes look so full and long that people have asked me if I am wearing false lashes!

Primark Fashion Nails

I’ve mentioned Primark’s £1 stick on nails before, but they have lots of super cute summer time patterns in store at the moment, I just couldn’t resist the little flaminigos and pastel icecream cones! They are the perfect way to jazz up an outfit if you don’t have time for a full mani. They are so easy to apply and they last for a good couple of days before they start to ping off.

Skincare

Pure Chimp Super Body Cream

I’m a huge fan of Purechimp products after trying out their Super Face Cream. Their products are completely natural and so they are ideal for those who have sensitive skin. Since I loved the face cream so much, I decided to purchase the body cream too. I’ve been stressed a lot at work recently, and this causes a dermatitis flare up (sorry if this is TMI!) on my elbows and fingers. This is really itchy and sore and can lead to my skin cracking and peeling. This fantastic cream can help to stop the rash plus it heals the cracked skin really fast. To put this into perspective, I had been applying a really rich hand cream to my sore fingers three or four times a day and was having no luck relieving it. I put this cream on once and the itching and soreness was gone overnight and within a few days it had healed. My sister gets the same thing and this is the only product that helps her out too. This really is a miracle cream if you suffer from skin allergies, I can’t recommend it enough.

DIY

Keri Smith Wreck This Journal

I recently won a copy of Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal in a blog giveaway and I was so excited because I have wanted to get it for ages! The moment it came through the letterbox I began flicking through the pages looking at all the different ways I will be destroying it. I have already completed a few of the pages and once it is finished I will write a post showing you what I have done! I really recommend this for anyone who likes to be a bit creative – or destructive! It would make a fantastic present as well.

What are your Must Have products? Have you tried any of mine?

My mini makeup haul

Beauty product haul

This month I decided to treat myself to a few beauty bits and bobs whilst on a shopping trip with my boyfriend. He was absolutely thrilled with traipsing after me through Boots and Superdrug, but at least I didn’t make him hang around outside the changing rooms in Primark while I tried on 1286473820 outfits! I did treat him to lunch though, so I think that more than makes up for it!

So on to the lovely goodies in my mini haul! One thing I have been absolutely dying to try out is the Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1 palette which, as I’m sure you have already heard, is an amazing dupe for the Lorac Pro palette. I have already swatched this baby ready for a review and I am in love with the shades and the excellent quality for the price. If you haven’t got your hands on one of these babies yet, I really recommend it.

I also treated myself to two packs of stick on nails from Primark which are a godsend when you haven’t got time to paint your nails. You can see a great example of these nails in action in my post about my trip to the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea in London. They have some really lovely designs at the moment, including the tropical print which is ideal for holidays as well as brightening up a dreary Britain! I also got these cute turquoise ones that just reminded me of mermaids so obviously I needed them….

I’m a big fan of the Real Techniques brushes and as I’m not a great lover of the blusher brush included in my Royal and Langnickel set, I thought I would try out the Real Techniques Blush Brush. I’m excited to give this beauty a go.

The last thing I bought was the Supercat liner from Soap and Glory to replace my Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner which has sadly run out. I’ve heard good things about this liner, so I am looking forward to giving it a go and seeing what all the fuss is about.

What beauty products have you treated yourself to recently? Have you tried any of these products?

Original Sugar Nail Art Review*

Image of Original Sugar Nail Art Products

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.
Image of Original Sugar Velveteen nail swatch
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.
Image of Original Sugar's Nail Confetti
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

Seventeen’s Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects

Image of Seventeen's Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects

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.

 Image of Seventeen's Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects Swatch
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.
Image of Seventeen's Off The Wall Graffiti Nail Effects
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