I had this Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream free in the April edition of Marie Claire and I really love it. It’s my current favourite hand cream is equally as good as my all time favourite – the Cath Kidston Rose Hand Cream. The Bee Lovely hand cream is made with organic honey and orange essential oil so it smells amazing. It sinks in really quickly so is a good one to keep in your bag from when you’re out and about. The hand cream costs £10 for 50ml and 25p from that will go to a Bee Lovely charity to help protect the bees.
For Christmas my mum got me a few stamping plates so I ordered the Konad Special Nail Art Polish and the Double Side Stamp Set and set to work. The plates themselves are really easy to use with the stamper and there are lots of different designs to choose from. I was really surprised at how quickly I did my nails seeing as I had never done anything so fancy with my nails! They looked really good until I applied the top coat.The first nail smudged so I left the rest for a few hours and went back to them – the top coat still smudged! I don’t know why as they were definitely completely dry! Must be something to do with the nail art polish. Even though the pattern is a little smudged you still get the idea of the design from the photos – what do you think of them? Have you ever used stamping plates?
Here I have used the Andrea Fulerton Trio Layering System which is a set of two colours that can be worn together or separately. I really like the two colours combined but I think I’d prefer it if the green glitter flecks were in a clear varnish rather than purple so it could be worn over more different colours. The blue colour is the exact same colour as Rimmel Green With Envy which is one of my favourite ever nail polishes. I think the layering system is a great idea as it saves you having to think up colour combinations for yourself!You can buy the layering system from John Lewis for £7.99.
This is one of my favourite hand creams ever! I was so happy when I found it in my stocking on Christmas morning! I’ve had the hand balm twice before and and love the hand cream just as much as I did the balm. The smell is the same but the consistency of the hand cream is lighter and the packaging is different. This time the hand cream is more easily absorbed than the balm and it feels fluffier (if that makes sense!). I really love the packaging – I wasn’t too keen on last years hand balm packaging and much prefer this one. For anyone who like rose scented products, the Cath Kidston Wild Rose hand cream is definitely the hand cream for you!
Just before Christmas I was sent some Andrea Fulerton Nail Jewels so thought I would try them out for my work Christmas do. I was all ready to be sat doing my nails for an hour as I thought they would be super fiddly to apply but they turned out to be pretty simple and I was done in just 20 minutes! You apply the gems with the applicator and as long as you are quite gentle it doesn’t matter if you accidentally brush your wet nail polish or move the gem around slightly on your nail. You need to press quite firmly to stick the gem once you have it in position but like I said, it was surprisingly easy to position the gems where I wanted them.The gems I positioned in the flower shapes stayed put on my nails for almost a week. I was a bit annoyed though that the gems I positioned along the tips of some nails fell off really quickly – some within just a few hours. Next time I use these I will definitely make sure I don’t stick any gems near the tips!
Who else has tried nail gems? What did you think of them?
I was so excited on Christmas morning to find a set of flocking powder under the tree! I decided to go with a Christmassy feel for my first try at using the powder so painted my nails a deep red (Tate by Nails Inc) and topped them with the red powder. The powder is really easy to use. You just pour it over a wet coat of nail polish, shake off the excess and then pat down with your finger. If you do this over a piece of paper you can catch the excess and put it back in the pot for next time. I love the matte effect the powder gives your nails and I think it looks great up close. It also feels lovely and soft! The powder lasted much better than I expected and after five days wear was still there, although not as full a covering as when I first applied it.
I’m not sure exactly where my flocking powder was from as it was a Christmas present but you can buy lots of different colours from Born Pretty.
Here’s how I wore my nails at my friends wedding last weekend. I had ordered Nubar 2010 from Amazon but unfortunately it didn’t arrive on time (took them a week to tell me that it was damaged in the post and they didn’t have a replacement to send – so annoying!) so I had to make an emergency purchase on Friday afternoon. After much deliberation I went with Nails Inc Royal Arcade Nail Jewellery and paired it with my Ciaté Sand Dune.I really love the combination and can’t wait to try the Nail Jewellery over some other colours. Some bonus points- it drys really quickly and is really good at staying chip free! It is however a bit of a pain to remove but totally worth it! Do you like it?
I think this colour, Angel Wings, is really beautiful and it has a lovely shimmer is certain lights! It is actually quite opaque and I’m only wearing two coats in these photos. Like the other Ciaté Paint Pots I’ve tried, this is really easy to apply and doesn’t chip as easily as many other polishes I’ve owned. What do you think of the colour?
Here is the second Paint Pot from my Ciaté collection – Halo. I was a little disappointed when I applied the colour as in real life it looks as though it would be a pearly white with flecks of pink but it is actually really sheer. I had to use four coats to build up to colour as in these photos and it’s almost identical to Models Own Indian Ocean (but Indian Ocean is slightly more blue). I do really like the colour but will only be using it as a top coat in the future I think. Do you like it?
A few weeks ago I got a load of new paint pots from Ciaté. Oil Slick is the first one I’ve tried and I really like it. The consistency is lovely, making it easy to apply and I only needed two coat to get full opacity.
I love the way it changes between gold and green in different lights! I also used the Ciaté top and base coats and the combination meant that my didn’t chip for a good six days – the top and base coats are a million times better than the cheap Asda one I’ve been using lately!
The Ciaté bottle is super cute, especially with the little bow on the front and I was also amazed at how easy this colour was to remove.
I’m definitely looking forward to trying out the rest of the colours I’ve got! What Ciaté colours would you recommend?