I’ve been reading a lot of hype about nail beads (I’m a sucker for gimmicky nail stuff) so when MUA’s Constellations range launched this week, I was amongst the first to get my hands on some.
I had some worries when it came to applying them and envisaged the tiny beads scattering around the room so I armed myself with a bowl to catch them in and went to work.
One quick swipe of nail varnish and a few shakes later I had this:
Funky, quick and no mess at all. Seen here in Libra alongside OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark (Suede).
I really like the look of these and felt they were a nice accent just on one finger but an hour after drying, one by one they started dropping off! I figured some top coat would do the trick but was left with a stained brush and an orange gloopy mess in between the beads. Top coat is a no go!
All in all, these are a quick spruce up for a night out but not very practical for day to day wear. I imagine finding them all over the house!
If you still fancy giving them a go they’re £3 and available here. Let me know if you have any luck keeping them on!
Today is my 23rd Birthday and marks just short of 4 years of illness. It’s been a turbulent time but I’m so glad that I now have my blog to focus on when I want to close the door on my health problems.
It’s been a morning of cakes, candles and cuppas with friends. I’ve got some lovely gifts and lots of warm wishes but I wanted to do something online to celebrate. I’ve received so much support from people I’ve never even met and I honestly can’t say enough for those who’ve wished me well and cheered me up when things have been tough.
So yes, I thought I’d give away one of my favourite Kitchen Gadgets - Joseph & Joseph’s Garlic Rocker.
One month on from starting my blog and so much has happened! I’ve gone from wondering who would read my posts to actually knowing I have regular readers, I was asked to guest blog over at Cocktails with Mom and I’m being sent a box of food to review. Then, just to put the icing on the cake, Nicole from Miss Friday’s Feast sent me The Liebster Blog Award! * excited stampy feet dance*
The award is to recognise up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers and share them with your readers. The fact it came from Nicole is pretty wonderful in itself; I met her online by complete coincidence, but we soon realised we share the same first post date and are now Blogging Birthday Sisters. Hurrah!
As part of the rules, I’m to pass this blog award along to my favourite 5 up and coming bloggers (with less than 200 followers). Drum roll please…
Erin is a pretty special lady to me. At a time when I was feeling my most poorly and down she took me to a salon, got me all dolled up and took some wonderful photos of me.
She’s the most naturally talented person I know, and an absolute gem of a friend.
I could ooze lovely words about her photography all day long but the best thing for you to do would be to see it for yourself. Go and have a nosey at her blog and over here on her Facebook page.
Miss Jade Culbertfrom Makeup Obsession & Anxiety ConfessionsThis blog is literally brand new and I’m already excited about it! Jade’s already got some posts up and I’ve jumped at the opportunity to ask her for some advice on choosing lipstick. Photo taken by her cousin Erin (above).
Mr Adam Garrattfrom The British MenuAdam’s blog is dedicated to the food we’ve come to love as a Nation and trying to put the pleasure back in to a good meal. You can feel free to tease him about his slightly irrational fear of mandolins too.
Ah yes. I’m a rule breaker. I’m only sharing 3 of my favourite bloggers. My other regular reads are well established blogs and I really thought having to find another two bloggers with under 200 followers seemed to defeat the point.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m too lazy to stick to a skincare routine. For years I bought products in what I can only describe as a haphazard style, leaving me with hoards of half used, half loved bottles.
During the recent house move I decided enough was enough. Matt was sure to get fed up of my stacks of half empties and it was about time I found some staples. So far I’ve slim lined my haircare products and even managed to find “the perfect” cleanser (Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel) but I’m still not committed to a routine.
Maybe I need a gadget for encouragement – story of my life. Give me a steam cleaner and I’ll clean everything, a new blender and I’ll make smoothies for life. So I started looking:
At £128 you’re set up to expect great things from this. In essence it vibrates dirt from your pores – think sonic toothbrush. Reviews are poles apart, it’s a love/hate piece of kit. Also, why the hell does everything vibrate these days, especially mascara, surely that just makes poking yourself in the eye easier?
This was probably the first sonic facial gadget I heard about. It’s cute, compact, cheaper than most, but it lets its self down massively by tying you to buying replacement pads and forcing you to use the already built in product. Sigh…
Much like the ‘pore’-fector, this promises to reach new levels of clean and comes in lots of lovely colours. The £95 price tag is a little more affordable (can I even use that word for something around the £100 mark?!) Users note that you end up using less of your chosen product as it really works it in. Anyone tried it?
I really didn’t expect to find a sonic cleansing gadget for less than £50 that didn’t tie you to a product so I was really excited to come across the iSkin. It’s been likened to the Clarisonic but is just £30. Hello! It does come with a product, as you can see in the photo, but you can use anything you like and the head should last at least a year if you clean it well.
This week I’ve mainly been swooning over gorgeous foodie photos of raspberries. Bit late for raspberries you say? Well not necessarily. Some varieties will keep them coming until late Autumn and with the way the weather has been this Summer, fruit is doing it’s own thing anyway. Here are a few of my favourite fancies, let me know if you try them!