Tuesday, 14 August 2018

False Nails In Seconds With imPRESS!

Hey beaut's!

I'm totally and utterly obsessed with false nails, it's crazy to think that I used to hate them, I think it was the whole gluing them on and them damaging my natural nails so badly during the removal process that I hated, but now imPRESS do the handy press-on nails it makes life so much easier and I'm all for a set of falsies now!
imPRESS have soooo many different designs, lengths, shapes and pretty colours to choose from, and what I love is that most packets also feature a few patterned or glitter nails for you to add as accent nails to really jazz up your manicure making them look like you've had them professionally done in a salon! Each packet contains 30 different sized nails to pick and choose from so you can mix and match to get the best fit for your nails and if your lucky you'll be able to get a few applications out of each packet! 
(From left to right, Flash Mob, Shimmer, Bells & Whistles, Rock It, Next Wave) The sets I've been testing this time are...
Flash Mob*- A white set with a duo-chrome shift to them and a selection of white glitter accents in a square shape!
Shimmer*- A mauve set with clear accents that have silver holographic shards on them in a squared off shape!
Bells & Whistles*- A bright turquoise matte set with silver glitter accents in a squared off shape.
Rock It*- A french manicure set with silver glitter accents and a silver glitter stripe on the french tip again in a squared off shape!
Next Wave*- A baby pink set with a mix of rose gold chrome accents and painted flower accents in a classic oval shape.

To apply the imPRESS nails all you have to do is peel back the tab and literally press the false nail firmly onto your natural nail, it literally takes a couple of seconds to apply each nail, it's so quick! Once these babies are stuck on they will last a good couple of days depending on how heavy handed you are. Overall I really cant recommend these nails enough, their super quick an easy to apply, they fit my nails perfectly and are nice and comfortable, their not too long for me either so I can still un-do that top button on my jeans without losing a nail lol and the designs are just stunning!

You can find the imPRESS Press-On nails for £7.99 each HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter in Champagne Kiss - I Don't Like It!

Hey beaut's!

It's no secret that I'm a highlighter addict, in fact I'd bathe in the stuff if I could, so when I saw the Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter in Champagne Kiss I was like ooohhhh I must try that and here we are!
The Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter comes in a large plastic compact with rose gold accents and a clear lid! For some reason Revolution changed the packaging (I have no idea why), the old packaging was stunning - completely rose gold with a matte finish and a mirror within the lid - I would of much preferred the old packaging if I'm honest but hey, you win some you lose some!
Theres quite a lot of shades within the Skin Kiss Highlighter collection but as I said earlier I have the shade Champagne Kiss, this one is a light champagne gold highlighter with a pink duo-chrome shift to it which looks absolutely gorgeous in the pan but unfortunately for me it's crammed full of glitter! Now I don't mind a highlighter with a few subtle glitters and shimmers within it but wow this is full on disco ball, if that's your thing then you'll love this but I much a prefer the more glossy, foil effect of a highlighter than glittery! I also feel like this highlighter swatches much better than when you apply it to your face with a brush, when I swatch Champagne Kiss it does give off that foil effect which I love but on the face it's extremely glittery and the longer I wear it I find my entire face has been taken over by glitter fall out! If you dampen your makeup brush slightly you don't get as much of a glittery effect but you do still get quite a gritty texture, you might be able to see on the swatch below the amount of the glitter particles everywhere if you look closely!
For me the Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter in Champagne Kiss has been a bit of a let down, it's horrible to say that really because I love Revolution and have loads of their makeup products which I adore but this highlighter just doesn't cut the mustard for me! If your wanting a glittery highlighter for a party or festival this would work really well but for day to day it's to much disco ball and not enough glazed donut for me!

You can find the Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighters for £5.00 HERE.

nopin

Friday, 10 August 2018

Cafés & Resturants I Want To Visit In London!

*Picture above is the yummy chocolate cake I baked*
Hey beaut's!

The food scene in London is literally fantastic these days, it's full of quirky restaurants, vegan friendly places, amazing cafes and coffee shops and if your into your sweet treats theres plenty of places to get your sugar fix too! I'm hoping to go to London in the next few months or so - so thought I'd pop up a post of a few places I'd love to visit and dine in - HINT... it's very cake and bakery heavy he he!

Peggy Porschen - Arhh this place just looks absolutely beautiful, if you haven't seen the most beautiful pictures of this place on Instagram and are wondering what it is - it's a chic bakery featuring creative cupcakes, fancy cakes and other sweet treats, plus tea and champagne, whats not to love. The bakery itself is decorated beautifully, it's pink with flowers everywhere and I'm actually in love with their vintage vibes and pastel shades, it's so picturesque and definitely somewhere I'd LOVE to stop off at for tea and cake!

Crumbs and Doilies - Shock another bakery he he! I actually stumbled across someone called Cupcake Jemma on YouTube a couple of years back when I was getting into baking, Jemma does some incredible recipes which are really easy to follow along and now I'm a huge fan of hers! After watching her recipe video's for a while I realised she had her own bakery in SOHO London called Crumbs & Doilies and ever since I found out I've wanted to visit her bakery so badly!

Duck & Waffle - I think I just want to eat in the Duck & Waffle restaurant because it's 40 floors up and I imagine the views of London are absolutely breath taking, it's also open 24 hours a day so you can literally dine whenever suits you! I've checked out their menu on line and everything sounds immense, I'm definitely tempted by their breakfast waffles too!

 Cereal Killer Café - Ummm a cafe for cereal, can I move in please he he! The Cereal Killer Café looks so epic and really retro, they serve over 120 different types of cereal (no that isn't a typo, they really serve over 120 different types of cereal) from all over the world with 30 types of milk your literally spoilt for choice.

Purezza - My best friend Kate from the blog katescloset recently visited Purezza - a vegan restaurant that serves pizza with their very own vegan cheese! Kate absolutely loved it and her pictures of the place look incredible so of course it's now on my list of places I'd love to eat in whilst in London!

Elan Cafe - Finally we have the Elan Cafe, another place that has my favourite things within it - tea, gorgeous cakes and beautiful instagram worthy decor! I think it might be quite similar to Peggy Porschen but the cake loving side of me needs to pay this place a visit!  

What food places can you recommend I visit in London beaut's! I'd love to know!

nopin

* This is a collaborative post.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

5 Amazing Makeup Products Under £5!

Hi beaut's!

When it comes to makeup I'm a real bargain hunter, I love finding fabulous things that wont cost me a fortune, I mean who doesn't! It's a bit trial and error when you buy more affordable makeup because sometimes the quality can be a little lack luster but I thought I'd share five absolute gems that are all £5.00 or under, your defietly going to need these in your makeup loving life!
Arhh Makeup Geek Eyeshadows, these babies can be found on Beauty Bay where you buy the shadows singly and build your own palette, I think building your own palette is a money saver in itself because you literally buy all the shades you know your going to wear meaning theres no more wasted, un-loved shadows! The Makeup Geek Shadows come in at £4.95 each and I cant stress enough how worth it they are, each shadow is well pigmented, applies and blends beautifully and they last really well on my oily eyelids! I even prefer the quality of these shadows over my MAC eyeshadow pans and the Makeup Geek shades are half the price of the MAC shades too!
A good foundation is hard to find when your on a budget but the Revolution Fast Base Foundation is a serous winner for me! The foundation itself is just £5.00 and has a whopping 18 shades ranging from fair to deep, in cool, neutral and warm undertones which I think is amazing! The formula is super creamy and melts onto the skin when you swipe it on, it blends in so easily and the coverage is lovely, I'd say medium but buildable with a very dewy finish which I like, maybe too dewy for oily skinned gals but definitely perfect if your normal to dry! For £5.00 though you really cant go wrong with this foundation and the shade range is so so good!
I'm a bit of a highlighter addict so when I saw Primark where selling highlighters for £2.50 I was all over that s**t! The Primark highlighters actually come in a range of shades but I opted for Mink Pink which is a champagne-baby pink shade which is so metallic it looks like foil on your skin, it's so blinding! The formula is nice, it picks up on the brush well and blends onto the skin beautifully, a little bit really goes a long way too so theres no need to build up the powder on the brush! Overall for £2.50 this highlighter is incredible, if you like your highlighter to shine as bright as the sun your going to be needing this little beauty!
Barry M's lip liners are literally incredible, I'm actually in the middle of collecting all of their shades because I honestly don't think I'll reach for an expensive lip liner again after trying Barry M's offerings! Their lip liners are creamy but create precise lines at the same time, their well pigmented, feel super comfortable on the lips and only cost £2.99 each! I have lip liners from MAC and Charlotte Tilbury that I bought in the past which where pricey and I still prefer my Barry M ones, their just so nice!
Finally if your after a good glitter glue then the Essence Glitter Primer is where the parties at! This stuff is so good at keeping your glitters or pigments in place all day, the primer easily blends out and covers well and creates a nice dewy base for the glitters to adhere too, and a major plus for me is that it isn't sticky or heavy and it comes in at just £2.80 woohoo!

What are some of your makeup favourites that are under £5.00? I'd love to know beaut's!

nopin

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Summer Nails From Elegant Touch!

Hey beaut's!

I bloody love a false nail or two, I have such short, square, stubby nails naturally so anything that's going to make them look longer and super pretty I'm all over! I think the Summer months are when I like my nails looking their best, I love bright-bold colours, glitters, pretty patterns-the lot, so thank goodness Elegant Touch have so many different nail styles to choose from!
I have always been a bit afraid glue on false nails because of the damage they can cause to your natural nails however the Elegant Touch Nail Saviour packs are an absolute game changer for me! The Elegant Touch Nail Saviour packs not only contain your falsies but also a bottle of the Nail Saviour Protective Base Coat, you pop a coat of this gorgeous stuff on your natural nails before you glue your falsies in place and it creates a protective layer between your natural nails and the glue, this means theres never any actual contact between the two, genius right! I have the Iridescent Blush* set (£9.95) here which is so pretty, their pale pink nails with a really striking iridescent shift to them! The pack contains 24 stiletto shaped nails that come in 10 different sizes to get the best, most comfortable fit for you!  
Another set I'm literally living for right now is the Chrome 2.0 Set in Silver Siren* (£9.95)! If your into extremely glittery nails these could be for you because they are the most twinkly, glittery nails with a metallic foil finish, I've honestly never seen such twinkly glitter nails in my life! Again these come in the popular stiletto shape and contain 24 nails in 12 different sizes for the best fit! I will say stiletto nails are so striking but they do take some getting used to when you have very short natural nails to begin with, after an hour or so I was used to them and they are extremely comfortable to wear! You can also use the Nail Saviour Protective Base Coat with this set of falsies too to keep your natural nails all healthy!
If you hate the gluing process then the Elegant Touch Insta Nails will be right up your street, and I must admit their my favourites! The Insta Nails are pre-glued and can literally be applied anywhere at anytime in less than 3 minutes, yup it's that quick and fuss free! I have the set Pink Cadillac* (£9.99) which have fancy pink tips and bold metal cuticles which look so cool and are a design I'd never be able to achieve myself by painting my nails! The pack contains 24 nails in a stiletto shape, the stiletto shape of these ones though are slightly shorter than the two above so if your getting used to that particular shape of nail this set could be a great starter set for you!

You can find tonne more of the Elegant Touch False Nail designs HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Degustabox Review + £5 off Discount Code!

Hey beaut's!

I have a subscription box review for you all today but it's a subscription box with a difference.... it contains yummy food and drink, so say hello to Degustabox*. Degustabox works very much like how beauty subscription boxes work, for £12.99 a month (postage included within the £12.99 price) you will receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products, many that are completely new to the market! So if your a bit of a foodie like myself and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's!
Firstly this month we have a Pulsin Salted Caramel Raw Chocolate Brownie (£1.59), I've tried quite a few Pulsin bars in previous Degustabox's and really enjoyed them but this brownie is something else, it's literally heavenly! It's made from all natural ingredients and is so rich and tasty, I'd definitely recommend these if your into your brownies!
Then we have a bag of Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles (£1.29), these ones are actually 30% less sugar so they don't feel as naughty when you end up demolishing the entire bag in one sitting which is exactly what happened when I opened my bag he he, oopsie!

Next up is a couple of bags of London Flavours Crisps (95p each), these premium crisps are made with the best British potato's making them super tasty, but what drew me towards these was the funky packaging, I mean I've never seen crisp packets look so cool in my life!

This months products of the month are the Capsicana Mexican Guacamole Mix (65p) and the Brazilian Smoked Paprika Seasoning Mix (£1.00), these are perfect if your having a fajita night, they are quite spicy though and really do have a kick so just bare that in mind if your a little scared of spice like me he he!
We also have a bottle of Heinz Salad Cream (£1.49) which I'm super chuffed about, I love salad cream and actually go through bottles of the stuff, I put it in my sarnies most days and I always have it with my salads which I've been having loads recently because of this never ending heatwave!
Then we have a pack of Peckish Cheese Trays (£1.59), these are a gluten free snack perfect for popping on the table when you've got people over in the summer, and their under 100 calories per portion which is always a bonus!
I was so happy so see some Cadbury Highlights Milk Hot Chocolate (£2.99) in the box this month, I cant actually tell you how excited I am for Autumn/Winter and this just reminds me of how much I love getting cosy with a film, blanket and a hot chocolate when it's cold! Arhh roll on October!
Then there was a box of Miso Soup (£3.75) which I've actually never tried before so I definitely cant wait until I fancy some soup to give this a whirl! You get four sachets in a box too which are so handy to take to work with you!
For cider lovers we have a can of Rosie's Pig Flat Tyre (£2.00), this is a sparkling cloudy cider, with a refreshing rhubarb flavour! It's perfect for these hot days we've been having in the UK recently!

Then we have a couple of bottles of Sparkling Ribena (£2.70 each), this is proper grown ups Ribena, they come in heavy glass bottles and their fizzy which feels so different for Ribena as I'm so used to the flat stuff, never the less these where really nice and only 15 calories per bottle!
Finally this month we have Percol Flat White Iced Coffee (£1.50), these are super good in the Summer months when you need your coffee fix but really dint want to have a hot drink! My boyfriend loved this!  

If you like the look and sound of Degustabox you can grab your first box for just £7.99 with the code 039DB HERE.

nopin

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Pampering My Skin With Palmer's!

Hey beaut's!

Keeping my body nourished is a must for me, I have super dry skin so theres nothing my skin loves more than a huge dose of moisture and these beauties from Palmer's have been doing just that! Palmer's is a brand I've used for years, in fact my Mum even used to slather their lotions and potions on me when I was little and the incredible scent of their products is so nostalgic to me!
The Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula is made with fair trade coconut oil and contains no parabens, no mineral oil, no gluten, no dyes, no sulfates and no phthates, theres also the addition of vitamin E so in a nutshell its very kind and good for the skin! All of Palmer's moisturising products claim to moisturise for 24 hours and actually I 100% agree with this, I can seriously feel the moisturiser on my skin the next day but not in a tacky-sticky way, its quite hard to describe but I always apply my moisturisers before bed in the evenings and my skin still feels super soft and nourished the next evening before I apply my next layer! Scent wise..... my oh my it's literally coconut heaven! The scent just reminds me of summer holidays and beach's, it's delicate but some yummy!

So lets have a quick run down of the products I've been testing...
Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Lotion* - If you want a great all rounder body lotion then this is one of the best you can get! The consistency of this lotion is super creamy and rubs into the skin in seconds without feeling tacky and afterwards my skin feels sooo soft! The lotion also smells incredibly good and the scent really lingers on my skin which is just lovely!
Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Oil* - If your more into body oils to moisturise instead of a lotion then fear not because Palmer's have one in their coconut formula too! I must admit body oils are something I'm slightly scared of, they always make me think I'll look greasy AF but this one by Palmer's may have converted me! I must admit the oil does feel a little greasy when I first start rubbing it in but afterwards my skin feels heavenly and it actually looks so glowy and radiant, perfect for after holidays when you've got a tan going on! Also if you want to make a highlighting body oil finely crumble up an old highlighter you may no longer use and mix it within the oil, you'll be surprised how amazing it makes your skin look. 
If your after faking a tan for the rest of the summer then the Palmer's Coconut Sugar Body Scrub* and the Natural Bronze Gradual Tan* are the perfect duo. The scrub is formulated with raw coconut sugar which is super fine and preps the skin perfectly without being to harsh or abrasive, this is perfect for me as I'm a sensitive soul! Once my skin is smooth and polished it time to slather on the tan and my preferred choice will always be a gradual tanning product, I'm so scared of properly fake tanning in case I turn orange so a gradual one is just about as much as I can cope with! The Palmer's  Natural Bronze Gradual Tan is literally perfect for me, I apply it each evening just like a body lotion and then the next morning I'm looking super tanned and nourished! I actually got amazing results after just one use of this so I apply it every other evening now to keep topped up!
Palmer's Body Firming Sheet Mask* - When I saw that Palmer's had a body mask I was like wait what.... I mean I love a good face mask but a body mask is something else hey! The Palmer's Body Firming Sheet Mask actually comes with two rectangular sheets that are soaked in product which you can place on your hips, thighs, upper arms or anywhere you fancy toning really. When I popped the masks on I did feel a slight cool, tingling sensation which was actually quite satisfying for me, and after 10 minutes my thighs definitely felt and looked smoother and moisturised! I definitely want to buy more to try on other areas of my body now!
Palmer's Anti- Oxidant Firming Lotion* - Sticking with the firming theme Palmer's actually have a new coconut oil Anti- Oxidant Firming Lotion and I couldn't wait to try this! The formula of this lotion contains marine seaweed extract and caffeine which helps stimulate circulation and ease fluid retention, so in turn it's going to naturally smooth and tone! I've been using this for around two weeks now and I've just started to see a slight difference in my problem areas (my thighs), you definitely don't get instant results here but if your willing to keep up on applications then I bet you will notice that your skin is much smoother and firmer like I have!

You can find all of the Palmer's products HERE.

nopin