Monday, 29 April 2013

MUA Pistachio Ice Cream

MUA Pistachio Ice Cream
Top Right - 2 coats MUA Pistachio Ice Cream + 1 coat Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

MUA Pistachio Ice Cream
Similarities in packaging?? Also see the size difference

MUA Pistachio Ice Cream
MUA nail polish - Pistachio Ice Cream - £1 here
Hi everyone, hope you're all ok and having a lovely weekend. I wish this rain would go away though! I went to see the lovely Lisa and baby Mollie, who is so cute! I hadn't seen her since she was pregnant so it was a lovely afternoon and we took a trip into Preston to do a little shopping. We didn't really do much though, one of the purchases I bought was this MUA Pistachio Ice Cream nail polish for a bargain £1. The shade is what drew me alongside the very familiar packaging. I'm not complaining though, it looks more expensive than it should be.

Although I've had it only a couple of days I thought I'd give you my first impressions on the polish. In previous experience I've hated MUA nail polishes, especially the one from their £2 range so they had to impress me on this one for me to carry on purchasing the brand! The size of the polish itself is pretty small but since it's only £1 you can't complain too much. You can see the size difference between Essie nail polish and MUA in the second photo too. The brush is quite small as you can imagine in proportion with the bottle but it's easy to work with. The first coat I applied it was very watery/streaky and I was about to throw it in the bin but then I persisted and waited for the coat to dry. After a couple more layers it started to look like it does in the bottle which is a gorgeous mint shade, a tad darker than the bottle looks.

As you can also imagine for £1, chipping is frequent and after a night I only had 2 chips but they were pretty big ones both on the same nail, my index finger on both hands.Since I didn't want to take it all off this morning I hoped I could smooth over it for today at least and it did. It doesn't look obvious either. Finishing off with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat works wonders too - that stuff is seriously amazing!!

I'll be trying other colours but I have another minty shade to try out soon, Barry M's Gelly polish in Greenberry. Who'd have thought I'd never experimented with green/mint shades before this?! All we need now is a bit of sunshine!

*On another note I'm thinking of expanding into health and fitness updates, would anyone be interested in seeing them?*

What's your favourite nail polish brand? I need to pick up a nail strengthening polish too so any recommendations?

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

My first time at a hair salon!


The most unflattering photo but the only one I ended up taking! This was when we were deciding on a hair style to re-create.
Hey everyone, I've got a (quite delayed) post about my experience going to a hair salon for the first time. Yep, you've read correctly. I've had a mobile hairdresser all my life, not the same one though. 2 different ones and have had the same sort of style and shape most of my life too which is obviously quite boring. I've been terrified at the thought of going elsewhere to get my hair done but since it was in bad enough condition I thought no harm could be done anyway!

At the #northmeetup event in Manchester I managed to get the chance to speak to the lovely Celeste who runs celestearnoldhairandmakeup.co.uk and Emma who is one of the stylists at the salon. In the goodie bag was a complimentary cut and finish for the salon which is based in Edenfield, Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. It's quite far from my house but since me and my Boyfriend have been skiing in Rossendale several times, we know the area quite well now. I sent Emma (@emmabeveridge07) a message on Twitter to book in for my cut and finish and the date came round pretty quickly which was exciting, but very nerve racking.

The salon is beautiful. It was renovated last year so everything still looks brand new. We found it pretty easily as it's next to a pub so I parked up round the corner which was handy. Emma was already with a client when I arrived so I had a little look round and read a few magazines before it was my turn. I didn't have any style in mind when I arrived so I was probably a nightmare client but I was happy to be Emma's Guinea pig. We eventually agreed on the same style which was lots of volume, layers and quite a few inches off my former chest length hair. First up was a relaxing shampoo and conditioner followed by a head massage using my favourite new hair brand, Neal and Wolf (honestly their products just smell divine!) conditioning treatment.

I felt very at ease with Emma and trusted that she is extremely skilled in her work. The whole process made me wonder why I'd never been to a salon before! I wish I took photos of the whole experience, since I brought my ever-so-patient Boyfriend for the ride, but we both got distracted and completely forgot. I'm so happy with the salon that I'm ditching my old hairdresser (sorry!) and this will be a new regular visit. I had lots of compliments on my new hair afterwards and we went straight to a house party so I completely forgot to capture the moment. I've not quite been able to get my hair quite as nice as Emma did it but I'm loving how quick and easy it is to blow dry and style! I'm due to have my colour done so Emma, if you're reading I'll be back very soon!

For all those that also got the complimentary cut from the #northmeetup it's worth the journey to go and get your locks done - honest! Oh and both myself and my Boyfriend were treated with a lovely glass of Cava which I wish I could have had more of, shame I was driving! Am I the only person that's never been to a hair salon?!

*Although the cut was complimentary I am completely honest in how great it really is and I think if you're local, you should all check them out too!*

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Witch Blemish Stick

Witch Blemish Stick

Witch Blemish Stick

Witch Blemish Stick
Witch Blemish Stick* - Superdrug (currently £1.80 RRP £2.89) | Boots £2.89
Hey everyone, hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Saturday I went off to Celeste Arnold Hair & Makeup in Rossendale, Lancashire for a new 'do! I spoke to Celeste at the #northmeetup and also attending was Emma, one of the stylists from the salon who did my hair. The whole experience was amazing and I will definitely be doing another post on it later on in the week telling you all about it!

I thought I'd tell you about a new product I've been using since the #northmeetup on my skin. I'm not one that is prone to spots but occasionally when I switch up products the odd one can creep out. Once I've completely cleansed my face, I then use this on odd blemishes. There is a slight tingling sensation which I personally like as I feel like it's working. It's not uncomfortable though. It dries quickly so you can apply serum and moisturiser afterwards.

The stick itself isn't the most hygienic as I am worried that it could make spots spread if you apply it straight to your face. Sometimes I'll use a cotton bud to apply it which isn't as good as most of the product ends up absorbed. Overall I really like the product, but it's nowhere near as good as the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Gel. For a mere £1.80 that it's currently on offer for at Superdrug at the moment, I'd definitely throw it in my basket when I run out. I'm unsure how long this will last

If you're looking for a new product to help reduce spots then why not try the Witch Blemish Stick?

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Neal & Wolf Super Shine Spray

Neal & Wolf Super Shine Spray
Neal & Wolf Super Shine Spray
Neal & Wolf Super Shine Spray* - £9.50 Beautybay (Worldwide free delivery!)
One of the best things about being a beauty blogger is trying new brands. When I went to the recent #northmeetup event, one of the brands that were representing Neal & Wolf was one of their stockists Celeste Arnold Hair & Makeup based in Rossendale, Lancashire. On a side note I am actually visiting the salon this weekend so I will be sure to post about my results from my scary first time at a hairdresser salon! Anyway I was actually very kindly gifted the Super Shine Spray and the Daily Cleansing Shampoo and I simply love them both. My hair has never felt cleaner, not to mention shinier and the smell...wow! I'm in love.

I can't even begin to describe the scent, apart from that, it's amazing and not like any other hair product I've tried before. I'd say it's more of a "grown up" scent than the usual sickly, sweet smelling hair products. The best thing about the Shine Spray, is definitely the scent, as well it makes my blonde hair glossier than it would prior to using it. I definitely need to purchase the conditioner to have that all over Neal & Wolf signature scent! I was sold after first use and now I'm a bit scared I'm going to run out of everything within weeks! I've found Neal & Wolf on Beautybay which is a website that does worldwide free delivery for all of you outside the UK and I think their products are a reasonable price considering how good they are. They only have a concise 10 products available but if they're as good as the 2 I've tried, they'll do for me!

 Recently I've been having major problems with a Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde shampoo, after spending around £15 for it, I found it left my hair greasy and so knotty that I had to keep tying my hair up out of the way. Not what you want when you spend so much money on a product. The conditioner wasn't much better either although it was the Tigi Bed Head Control Freak rather than the matching Dumb Blonde range but it just wasn't suited to my hair type it seems. I'd describe my hair as being quite dry at the ends, very oily at the roots and I wash it every other day which took years of training after being a daily washer!

Overall I'm loving Neal & Wolf, if you can't already tell and can't wait to try more products and stock up on the large shampoo and conditioner. Now, after all that I'm off to bath and use the Daily Cleansing Shampoo and a conditioning treatment!

Have you tried Neal & Wolf's products? What's your favourite shampoo and conditioner?

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Branded Watch Shop


Hi everyone, hope you're all ok. I thought I'd tell you all about a website I was introduced to recently that I thought you may be interested in. I don't know about you but the first thing I do in the morning is put my watch and ring on and as soon as I get home I will take both off. I feel naked without a watch and although everything I carry has a clock on it, ipad/phone etc, it's comfort and sentimental. 

Branded Watch Shop stock the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Rolex, Ice Watch and Juicy Couture, all at a reasonable price. Heads up for all you bloggers out there, I'm sure you'll know about the famous Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch. If you're still looking for it, you can save yourself 15% by purchasing it through Branded Watch Shop instead! 

I suppose you could say there's a bit of a theme going on with the watches I've all chosen...yep you've guessed it, they're all pink and girly. If I could, I'd buy all these on my wishlist but I don't have 6 arms unfortunately. One time when I was shopping with my Mum, I spotted the cashier's watch in Topshop and loved it so much I asked her where it was from and she said it was an Ice Watch. When I googled it though, it was near enough £100, I've since found it again and it's currently half price and less than £35. Bargain!

I have also contemplated getting a silicone watch for the gym. I take my beloved DKNY watch off before exercising as it gets too tight, my Boyfriend swears by Casio watches for the gym and general day to day wear as they are so durable. I prefer fashion watches though even when I'm getting sweaty - nice! Next time you're watch hunting, make sure you check Branded Watch Shop for discounts on your favourite brands.

Are you a frequent watch wearer? Which is your favourite from my picks?

*sponsored post but as always my views are unbiased and honest!*

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