Winter hand essentials

My Winter Hand Care Essentials: Soap & Glory, Burt’s Bees and Bliss Kiss!

Hello 🙂

I wanted to share my ‘Winter Hand Care Essentials’ with you today. Obviously I take care of my hands and cuticles all year through but in the colder months I feel I need to pay extra attention to dry skin! I actually have pretty bad circulation too, so this probably doesn’t help.

Winter hand essentials

You may be looking at this picture and wondering why I have 2 hand creams and 2 cuticle balms/oils… well let me explain. I’ll take one of each in my bag for uni/work/wherever and the other 2 will sit on my bedside table for use at home.

Soap & Glory Hand Food Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food is my bedside table hand cream. This is the full size version (125ml) and it has the ‘Original Pink Fragrance’ from the S&G range – the one I remember from way back when they first became popular in the UK – which I would describe as a sweetened musk. It’s not an overpowering smell which I love. It leaves my hands super soft without making them greasy – bonus.  This costs just £5 and lasts me quite a while, you don’t need to use too much. I actually have the pump version in my bathroom too, next to my Wash Your Hands Of Itso I can moisturise straight after washing my hands. It’s slightly more expensive at £7 but you get double the product and it’s exactly the same formula and scent!

Soap & Glory Endless Glove Soap & Glory Endless Glove

And this is the one I keep in my bag: Endless Glove. It has a different scent to Hand Food, it’s more fruity and woody and is called ‘Fruitigo’. I don’t dislike it but I definitely prefer ‘Original Pink’. This is the mini version with just 50ml of product and it costs £3. The full size version is more expensive than Hand Food, at £6.50, but I think this is down to the fact it can be doubled up as a hand mask by just applying more of it and slipping on some cotton gloves and letting it sink in! I have done this a couple of times and it leaves me hands super soft. You can of course use it as an every day hand cream, so I pop it in my bag for on-the-go.

I actually love all (the ones I’ve tried) S&G products, including their shampoo and conditioner, shower gels/creams, body scrubs, moisturisers for both the face and body and I once had one of their perfumes! I really rate the company and you can often buy their stuff in Boots on 3 for 2. I always ask for them as a gift too, like on my birthday or at christmas. They actually have a huge range of gift sets out at the moment, so you could probably get a pretty decent deal.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

I have actually reviewed Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream before, in my first ever blog post! If you want to see how I have (or haven’t!) progressed you can read it here. This is actually the same pot and that was back in May! I have hit the pan but there’s a tonne of product left – it’s surprising how far 15g of cuticle cream can go! I love anything lemony so that’s what got me interested in it. I also love how much it helps my cuticles it leaves them soft and malleable. They do get quite dry and considering it’s winter now I need to pay extra attention to them.  It’s actually quite a thick ‘cream’ and I prefer to use it at night before I go to bed to let it all sink in. It doesn’t leave your skin particularly oily or greasy but you do need to be careful with how much you use and you need to make sure you either rub it in or let it soak in before touching anything you don’t want to mark. This little pot costs £5.99 from Burt’s Bee’s own site… but I know you can get it cheaper elsewhere; it’s always worth checking Amazon for these things.

Bliss Kiss Pure Oil Bliss Kiss Pure Oil

Bliss Kiss™ PureNailOil™ has to be my favourite product for cuticles… ever! I’ve done a pretty intense review here, so you can check that out if you want all the details and facts! But this is amazing and it’s so small you can just pop it in your bag or even your pocket and apply it whenever. It soaks in super quick and despite it being made of all natural oils, it surprisingly doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily! This little tube holds 2ml of oil, it doesn’t sound like much but that would last me a couple of months and that’s with a couple of applications a day. You can buy a refill pack that includes this applicator and enough oil to refill it 7 more times (!) from Nail Care HQ for around £13 ($19.99).

So there we have it, my in-house winter must-haves AND my on-the-goes!

C x

Beauty Bay

Beauty Bay Limited Edition Christmas Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Hello 🙂

Be warned this post is photo heavy! and I want to apologise once again for the lack of posts! One word: Dissertation!

So I actually won these in a giveaway from Tips and Topcoats a while ago! But you can buy them from Beauty Bay. The 3 I received are from their own range ‘The Collection’, which includes makeup as well as polishes (I may have to check this out!). The polishes are 12ml, a good size, free from DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde – always a bonus and are Limited Edition!

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First up is Fairy Lights Twinkle on Fifth Avenue. On the site it’s described as a ‘high performance, clear polish loaded with golden shimmer and holographic glitter particles to create the twinkling effect of fairy lights’. I can vouch for the golden shimmer and holographic goodness!

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This is 2 coats over the black and a glitter gradient over the white. It contains holographic glitter hexes in small and large. I love the rainbow-y sparkle it creates! I think I prefer it over a white base. It applies well as there’s no need to fish for the large hexes at all. I think it has pretty good coverage for a glitter topper but I don’t think it’ll be enough to wear alone.

Next is Tinsel Sparkles on Michigan Avenue. This is described as ‘ the perfect shade for a metallic party manicure’. It’s a silver shimmery foil polish.

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This applies really well. I’m wearing two coats here but you could get away with one, the second coat just smooths it out really. I’m not normally a fan of shimmery polishes but this one had me mesmerised! It’s gorgeous and I think it’s going to be incorporated in my New Years mani.

Last but not least is It’s Snowing on Main Street, an ‘iridescent glitter polish’ that ‘reminds us of a snow globe and is the perfect polish for adding a touch of enchantment to your manicure’.

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The photos don’t do this one justice! It’s SPARKLY! It has small square glitters and medium hexes. This is 2 coats over a black polish. It applies really well, no fishing for glitters needed and has pretty good coverage. I’m intrigued to try this over other colours but unfortunately I didn’t have time when swatching them.

Overall, I’m in love with these polishes and I really want some more! Like really, REALLY. In fact they have some christmas gift sets on the site at £9.95 for 5 polishes! 5! (*hint hint* mum if you read this!)

Champagne & Fireworks
Champagne & Fireworks
Snowflakes & Sparkling Tinsel
Snowflakes & Sparkling Tinsel

Even though I already own 3 of these, I want both of these sets! The offer is too good to miss. The price is amazing considering they are full size and a single polish costs £5 (still a pretty decent price). You can also buy these individually and they have a nice range of other polish colours too which you can find here.

Hope you enjoyed this sparkle loaded post 🙂

C x