5 Step At Home Manicure

Doing your nails at home doesn’t have to be a chore and can save you a fortune!

Follow these 5 steps to the perfect at home manicure.

What you will need:

Nail varnish remover

Cotton pads

A nail file

Your favourite nail varnish

A clear nail varnish

Step 1: Remove any old nail varnish

Take off any nail varnish you already have on so that you’re starting with a clean smooth base, meaning a neater manicure.

Step 2: File your nails

Shape your nails in whatever way you prefer, I usually do round as I find it suits me best.

Step 3: Apply a base coat

Applying a base coat is such an important step as it prevents your nails from staining and evens out the texture so your colour goes on better.

Step 4: Colour

Apply two thin coats of varnish for best results and quicker drying. This is my favourite nail varnish at the moment, its in the colour ‘mink’ from M&S.

Step 5: Topcoat

Apply a topcoat to ensure your nails are shiny and help them to stay chip free for longer.

What’s your favourite nail varnish?

 

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Hair Of The Day – Straight With Texture

 

This straight style with slight texture and volume is my go to every day style. It might be harder to achieve if you have curly hair, but for us limp, flat haired girls its perfect!
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To achieve this style all I did was blow dry my hair upside down and apply some sea salt spray to add some texture so it wasn’t too sleek.  The one I use is Charles Worthington’s ‘rough and tousled’ salt spray.

What’s your go to hairstyle?

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Hair Of The Day – Tousled Curls!

I recently got even more cut off my hair and am loving it! It’s so easy to style and maintain. Today I decided to sport some soft, barely there tousled curls! Stay tuned for more hairstyle posts in the coming weeks!

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All I did was wash my hair with my Alberto Balsam ‘coconut and lychee’ shampoo which I absolutely love as it works so well and is really affordable at £1! Then I sprayed on some of my Dove ‘oxygen moisture root lift spray’ which gives my limp my hair a lot of volume and I applied some argan oil to the ends. After this I took sections around one and a half inches wide and used my GHD straightners to curl the hair in varying directions for a more natural look. After around 5 minutes of letting the curls set I tipped my head upside down and ran my fingers through to loosen them up and sprayed some hairspray to help the style last. Quick and easy – perfect for everyday!

What do you think? Do any of you have any tips for styling short hair?

 

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Weekly Favourite – Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow is a tinted brow-volumizing fiber gel. It looks almost like a mini mascara and needs to be applied in gentle strokes until you reach the desired look. Most importantly, it gives an extremely natural  looking finish and is quick and easy to use; perfect for when you’re doing your makeup in a hurry.

Its also has amazing staying power, I wear it for around 12 hours on average and it does not budge at all! I’ll definitely be repurchasing.Benefit Gimme Brow Medium Deep review

It retails at around £18.50 and I wear the shade medium/deep.

Have any of you tried it out? If yes, what do you think?

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Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Body Mist

Let me start off by telling you how awful I am at applying self tan, I usually end up with patches of orange all over my body with horrendous patchy hands. I gave up a while ago and decided to just apply my beloved Dove ‘summer glow’ gradual tanner whenever I wanted a bit of colour.

That was until one sunny day while I was sitting in the garden desperately trying to get some sort of colour from the sun, reading the latest Look magazine. There was an interview with Michelle Keegan talking about the tan that she uses, and since she’s always so gorgeous and brown I decided to give it a go. I purchased my bottle from Boots where its reduced at the moment to £7.79 from £11.69.

Prior to application I moisturised my whole body with my Soap and Glory ‘The righteous butter’ to ensure that I didn’t have any dry patches and let it sink in. After about 15 minutes I finally applied the dry body mist all over my body, including my face, and let it dry for a few minutes. It felt instantly dry and I didn’t feel sticky at all so I put my pjs straight on and went to bed. The next morning I woke up to bronzed, slightly orange tinted skin but after showering I was left with a gorgeous natural looking even tan. Even my back was perfectly tanned and I really struggled to reach it. I also applied it the next night and was left with an even nicer, deeper colour. I’m now just going to apply it once a week or so to top it up.

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 The only thing That I would say is that it can stain the bottoms of your feet (even if you wipe them after application) and its such a fine mist that it can be so easy to apply too much! I would definitely reccomend giving this self tanner a go if your a beginner or are looking to try out something new.

I use the medium shade as I am naturally very pale and thought the dark would be too extreme.

Have any of you tried it yet?

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Benefit Roller Lash – Worth The Hype?

After writing about this mascara in my ‘Makeup/Skincare Wishlist’ post I decided to finally give it a try! I’ve been using it for the past week and can honestly tell you that it definitely is worth the hype. It curls lashes perfectly, meaning there is absolutely no need for an eyelash curler unless you’re going for a really dramatic look (as seen below). I put two coats on which leaves my lashes looking long and thick – but if you like a more natural look one will suffice.

Benefit claim that the Roller Lash mascara works so well due to the ‘Hook n Roll brush’ which is said to grab, separate, lift and curl (using the same idea as hair rollers)…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. I can vouch that it really does last that long; I put my makeup on at 6.30am and when I get home at 6pm this mascara hasn’t budged at all! Perfect for when you need your makeup to last all day.

It’s a little more than I would usually pay for a mascara at £19.50 from Boots, but it really does what it claims to and is definitely worth a try if you have limp, hard to curl lashes like I do.

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Have any of you tried Benefit’s Roller Lash?

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Christmas Gift Idea: DIY Chocolate Pizza

I always look at the gourmet chocolate pizzas in Fenwicks food section and think they would be amazing stocking filler for a chocolate lover (or even someone difficult to buy for), but they seem really expensive for what they are. I decided I would try to make one at home and then I could decorate it any way I want to fit the occasion. The pizza turned out amazing and looked exactly like the ones in the shop, so I thought that I would share it with all of you.

All you need to do is find a round tin the size you want your pizza to be and fill it with any melted chocolate and toppings you like! I used dark and milk chocolate and chose marshmallows, malteasers, and grated chocolate and coconut to top it. I also drew in the lines showing the slices to make it look more like a Pizza.

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It’s extremely simple to make the chocolate pizza suit any occasion or person and is a great aternative to a box of chocolates!

Why not give it a try?

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Hair Of The Day

I’ve been wearing this fishtail braid a lot recently as it’s extremely convenient when your in a rush and can be done on damp hair. This is great as it means no heat which is good for your hair, and no fussing with the hairdryer in the morning. It also gives really pretty waves when you take it out which is a bonus!

It does look quite complicated but I promise you it’s not, just follow a tutorial on Youtube and once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.

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Do any of you have an easy, fuss free summer hairstyle?

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