Sunday, 26 July 2009

Bonnebell Liplites

If I'm ever seen to be wearing lipgloss, it's likely to be from this range.

I had originally bought the talked about Bonnebell Liplites in Cappuccino from Ebay and after applying it once came to the conclusion it wasn't for me.

Since then I have received another Cappuccino in a swap and this one I love. It wasn't until I compared the two that I realised the packaging had changed as well as the colour.

As you can tell the new one is a more wearable tan shade in comparison to the previous chocolate brown. These lipglosses smell and taste delicious and are relatively long lasting if you can stop yourself from licking it off. I have already added to my collection Strawberry Parfait which is another Ebay purchase.

I've included some swatches below:

I purchased Strawberry Parfait from this seller:

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Outfit of the day: 3

Todays outfit was a lazy choice. I had hoped to stay in my pj's all day and enjoy my last day off before returning to work tomorrow but I had to return an item so had to go into town.

I ended up having lunch in town and soon found myself at MAC purchasing the Honey Skin Salve and also booking an MA from MAC to do the bridal makeup for my sisters wedding. So I'm glad I made a bit of an effort wardrobe wise.

Apologies for the poor image quality, it was taken on my phone.

1) Black skinny Topshop Baxter jeans. I hardly wear any other style of jeans and Topshop jeans are the best fit for me.
2) Nude blouse with frill detail from H&M (another great buy from this store) I've cinched it in at the waist using a plain black satin ribbon.
3) Black Topshop blazer with 3/4 length sleeves.
4) Black faux snakeskin flats from Primark with gold knot detailing at the front.

What did you all wear today?

Friday, 10 July 2009

Gel Nails

So some of you may already know that on Tuesday I had an appointment at my local beauticians to get nail extensions. I had originally wanted acrylics but decided on gel nails in the end.

Although acrylics are the most popular throughout the world, gel nails are on the increase and according to the nail technician she finds they are more durable and longer wearing.

Of course there are always negative points to these types of beauty procedures but if looked after correctly the damage should be minimal.

I opted for the french manicure tips for days when I don't want to wear polish. I can't believe how realistic they feel. I am no longer cautious with them (the first day I was careful with what I did in case one popped off). The brochure said to maintain them every 2-3 weeks but I've been told I may not need to go back for 4-6 weeks, it all depends on your natural nail growth.

Overall the procedure was not painful, the technician took her time and answered all my queries. The plan is to keep them on so that my own nails grow all the same length, I will then remove them and get a gel overlay which is basically a semi permanent french manicure.

To keep the gels in tip top shape I was advised to invest in a cuticle oil to prevent the skin from attaching to the nail and to add moisture to the nail. I picked up one by Skintruth and apply it every night before I go to bed.

Have you any other tips to maintain gels/acrylics?

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Stained Nails Begone!

If like me you paint your nails and are too lazy to apply a base coat then wonder why your nails are stained, I have your solution right here so keep reading.

I change my nail polish on a regular basis and my favourite colours happen to be dark, rich shades which are a nightmare to remove and stain your nails as well as the nail bed. It was only until recently that i invested in a decent nail base but the damage had already been done.

I have been left with horrible, yellow "smokers" nails which show through the lightest of polishes so darker shades of polish have now become a must. I even visited my gp regarding this issue thinking I had a fungal infection (disgusting I know) only for her to ask if I painted my nails alot? 

Problem solved! Now for the solution.

I have tried remedies such as lemon juice and soaking my hands in water mixed with denture tablets but nothing worked. I visited the nail salon to enquire about acrylics and if they would cover the stains when the technician asked me if I had tried to buff them out. She sat me down, removed my polish and began to sand down my baby nail. In seconds the stain had lifted. I have since removed all my polish and began to tackle the remaining nails.

I used a buffer that I got in a hand and nail care set.

It took a while but the majority of the staining is gone and my nail surfaces are super soft. 

"It's a miracle" true words as spoken by my boyfriend :)