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Manicure Routine

My blog started as something for my nails and since I started incorporating makeup and bath products I’ve strayed away from its roots and I want to start bringing those nail posts back. My first step towards that is my manicure routine, which I try to do about once a week/when my nails need it. I’m not a nail technician or specialist nor do I have any nail qualifications but this is how I look after my nails! I know people will probably say I’m doing it wrong or I should do it differently but this is just the way I’ve always done it! First of all, my before picture is shameful, I let my nails get really bad because I became lazy/work is still taking it’s toll… Let’s hope the after looks okay 😉Read More »

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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

Naked Nails (& a temporary goodbye)

Hello 🙂

I’m afraid I won’t be blogging for 5 weeks 😦 I have to go away to Ireland for a mapping project for my third year dissertation for uni so I won’t be able to paint my nails! I thought I’d be able to make a few posts to be scheduled for upload while I’m away but I just haven’t had time between exams, popping home for the weekend and packing so unfortunately my blog will be on hold until I’m back… It also means I’ve had to file my nails down to nubs. I study geology so they’re bound to break when I’m scrabbling around in the rocks and dirt for five weeks.

Naked Nails
Before
Naked Nails
After

I hadn’t realise how long my nails had grown! And now I’m sad and my fingers feel stubby. I aim to try and keep going with a basic nail care routine while I’m out there.. just to stop them going back to what they used to be. I’ll be using O.P.I Matte Nail Envy and Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to keep my nails strong and healthy while I’m away.

I have a fair amount of blog posts lined up for you when I’m back, so make sure to stick around.. I’m not going forever, I’ve only just started! 😉

I’ll be back in 5 weeks!

C x

June Nail Art Challenge: 06 – Fav Movie

Hello 🙂

So I don’t have a favourite movie, I’m too indecisive for that but I decided to do The Hobbit today for Califronails nail art challenge because I wanted to try out a new polish I picked up using my Boots points.

For this mani I used Barry M Gold Glitter, Black Multi Glitter (the one I wanted to try out) and their nail art pen in white, China Glaze Mingle With Cringle and a random silver striper, which I got in a set of 50 from eBay about 2 years ago! The Hobbit Nails The Hobbit Nails

The Barry M Black Multi Glitter wasn’t as great as I had hoped. In the bottle you can see the tiny little silver and holo glitters perfectly fine but on the nail its a little underwhelming. But I went ahead and used it anyway.

The Hobbit Nails

To create this look I used one coat of Black Multi Glitter and dabbed on the Gold Glitter, just over the tips of my nails. I wanted it to look like the piles of gold that Smaug lives in. I then used the nail art pen to write on the title and draw the silhouette of Sting on my thumb nail. To make it look it more like the title in the film I then used a thin nail art brush to paint over the white with Mingle with Cringle and I used the silver to go over Sting, I tried to make it look like it was glowing… I topped it all off with HK Girl topcoat and applied my favourite cuticle cream from Burt’s Bees. The Hobbit Nails The Hobbit Nails

I know it’s not the best nail art but I’m learning – slowly! What do you think and what’s your favourite film?

C x

Burt’s Bees Essential Collection Review!

 

My cuticles are in need of repair. I’ve been using Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, but it just doesn’t seem to be doing enough; they’re still dry and splitting. I decided to invest in Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, and ended up buying the Essentials Collection.

Burt's Bees Essential Collection

I purchased this kit online at Amazon UK here for around £7.00 (the price varies depending on the seller.) It contains: Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (50g), Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin  E & Peppermint and their infamous Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (15g). You can also buy various sets and individual products on the Burt’s Bees UK website or US website. Here’s my quick review:

The Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream smells fantastic, although I would consider it a little overpowering, especially if you don’t like scented products. It contains Cocoa Butter and Sesame Oil but to me it smells a little of lavender? Maybe that’s just me… The consistency is a little bit on the thick side and the first time I used it, what I can only assume to be, Sesame Oil ran out with the cream. I also find that it sits on skin and doesn’t really soak in (I used the amount on my hand in the photo for both hands and would say it was still a little too much product – oops) . Saying that it does leave my hands feeling super soft! So this is a 50/50 product for me. I probably won’t be using it on a daily basis but as more of a weekly thing – after all it is sold as a repair cream rather than a moisturiser, so I’m assuming it’s meant to be more of an intense treatment.

Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream

Next up is the Beeswax Lip Balm. It definitely smells of peppermint – which I love! It’s so refreshing. It’s just a clear chapstick so leaves no colour or tint on the lips which I like. After applying this to my lips it actually tingled! and it left them feeling soft and moisturised after one application. There’s not much more to say about this product, I love it after one use and so I recommend it to everyone!

Beeswax Lip Balm

 

And finally we have the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This one will take a little time to see if it actually works for me and my cuticles but from the trial use? I love it. It’s smells great – like lemons as suggested. I love anything lemon-y – foods, drinks or smells so thats a big plus for me. Another thing I love about it, is that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or oily which is fab as after I apply cuticle oils I have to sit around and wait for it to fully soak in before I can continue with my day! Oil gets everywhere otherwise. I’ll keep you updated on this one and see if my cuticles improve but from first experience I love it! (Please excuse my cuticles and nails in the photo! As I said, they need some looking after!)

Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

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Next up is my swatches and review for the Barry M Matte Nail Paint in the NEW 2014 Summer Shades! Stay tuned!

C x

 

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