Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My Top Three for Keeping My Makeup Brushes Clean

I'm fairly certain we all know that it's worthwhile keeping our makeup brushes clean. For a lot of people, cleaning their (often vast) brush collection is a bit of chore, one of those tasks you know you need to do but the thought of it fills you with dread.

I'm just going to throw it out there and admit, I'm not one of those people. I don't find it a chore, I actually enjoy the ritual of a good brush cleaning session. I know, I need to get out more.
The benefits of cleaning your kit far outweigh the drawbacks (in fact, are there any drawbacks?!) Decent makeup brushes don't come cheap, they're an investment and that warrants due care and attention in my book. If your brushes are clean, your makeup goes on so much better, the bristles feel more comfortable against your skin, you're avoiding transferring bacteria and nasties from product to brush to skin and back...see, there are no drawbacks.

Monday, 25 January 2016

The Nail Files 2016: Week 4

It's that time of the week again. I'm quite impressed I've managed four weeks on the trot actually doing something with my nails and making the effort to sit down and sort them out! I am a little hungover today following a housewarming party I was at last night, so I did need a bit of a pamper.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

StyleExpertise Haircare by Superdrug...My Thoughts

Today I'm bringing you my thoughts on a couple of little hair care products I picked up from Superdrug recently. I didn't know Superdrug had its 'own brand' hair care, but I've been using a couple of things from their range and they've quickly become part of my daily routine.

Monday, 18 January 2016

The Nail Files 2016: Week 3

This week, I've decided to give my nails a little bit of a rest and some TLC with some treatments. I'll be giving them a break from the polish and gel and using the lovely Ciate treatments I received in my mini mani month advent calendar.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

What's inside...Glossybox January 2016?

Today I'm bringing you details of the contents of my first Glossybox of 2016.  January's offering includes four full-sized products and one which is described as 'luxury'-size. I gave you a rundown of how Glossybox works in my post here.

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Nail Files 2016: Week Two

It's week two in my little series, showing you my weekly manicures and giving reviews of the products used.

You may have seen my mid-week update (here) in which I showed you how last week's mani lasted through the week. I don't plan on doing this every week, but wanted to for the first one to give you an idea of how I got on.

This week I have gone for a different colour and have used my gel kit again to give it a lasting finish (hopefully!)

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Mid-Week Update! - The Nail Files 2016: Week One

Today I am just dropping in to give a little update on how my manicure is holding up now we're at the mid-week point.

My post went up on Monday, but I actually did my nails on Saturday. I'm writing this on Wednesday, so the polish has had almost 4 full days of wear.

Monday, 4 January 2016

The Nail Files 2016: Week One

Welcome to the first post in a series I plan on running throughout the year, showcasing my nails each week (or whenever I change them). This post will be slightly longer than usual as I introduce you to some of the key products I'll be using for my manicures. I tend to change my nails every week as I get bored easily, so hopefully these posts will be published weekly.

Week One: Manicure with No.7, Ciaté London and United Beauty

Before Christmas, I read a great review (by Pixiwoo, hereof United Beauty's Gel Touch Starter Kit. The kit gives you everything you need to create a gel manicure at home, using any nail polish as your base. For me, this was the key selling point. So, I treated myself to the kit, from the site recommended in the Pixiwoo review, Just Beauty (though when I checked the site for this post, the kit didn't seem to be coming up in a search).

Friday, 1 January 2016

Hello 2016! Resolutions and Goals

New Year, New Me?

As it's a new year, now's the time when we all make our resolutions and plan how we're going to generally 'do better' for the next twelve months. I'm the first to admit I'm a bit useless with resolutions. Like most people, I start off with these ideas and then by February they're out of the window and I'm back to behaving as normal old me.

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Prime example: last year, me and Adam made a pact to use our Saturday evenings to actually put to use the many cookbooks he has collected over the years; we were going to pick a different recipe every week and spend time together making delicious meals. I can honestly only think of one occasion when we actually did this. Best laid plans and all that...

Having said all this, I did take a minute yesterday to pop some little notes on my notepad app on my phone, of things I do want to try and 'achieve' (if that's the right word) in 2016. As my blog is new, and I'm busy working on building my content, it seemed a good idea to write this post to document my 'resolutions', so I can look back on them in twelve months' time and reflect on whether I stuck it out. Plus, there are loads of resolution posts about in the blogging world at the moment, so I figured I might as well join in with the rest of this community that I'm venturing into.