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Seche Vite


For quite a long time now I have been reading about how brilliant the Seche Vite base and top coats are but I’ve always stuck to the Nail Inc Caviar top and base coats. I’ve finally made the switch and am very impressed with Seche Vite! They give my nails pretty much the same glossy effect as the Nails Inc polishes but they seem to be more hardwearing and keep my nail colours chip free for a couple of days longer. Plus I really love how fast they dry! They are slightly more expensive than Nails Inc but I think they are worth it for me as it means I don’t need to redo my nails mid week!


NOTW: Kiss Nail Wraps

This was my first time using nail wraps. I love the jeweled design of these wraps from Kiss but I really struggled to use them! I must have really small nails as it took me ages to cut the strips to the right width and then trim them to the right length. They looked a bit of a mess up close – I found it impossible to cut them into the shape I wanted! Kiss Nail Wraps Kiss Nail WrapsIt must have taken me an hour to do but the packet says “On in minutes”. The packet also said that they should last up to 10 days but unfortunately mine lasted less than a day. That was probably due to how badly I applied them though, so I am going to have another go with the second design in the packet soon! If you want to try these nail wraps you can get them from Asda for £5.98.


NOTW: Disco Mix

I love this nail polish (Disco Mix by Models Own)!  It is completely opaque in just two coats and as it’s a glitter polish it stays put for ages.  The only downside is that it is pretty hard to remove but I definitely think it’s worth the effort!Models Own Disco Mix


Holiday Essentials

Holiday essentialsSun cream – This year I’m trying the Piz Buin sun cream which can be applied to wet skin so will be good for using after a swim.  I’ve also got the Oriflame Sun Zone Lotion for Face and Body which I plan to use on my face as it’s not quite as oily as the Piz Buin!

Insect repellent – I usually get horribly bitten on holiday (unless I am with my blonde sister – all the bugs love her!) so always smother myself with insect repellent.  I used Ultrathon last year when I was in Kos and barely got any bites so have decided to use the same brand this year.  I hope it works as well!

Deodorant – Everyone needs a good deodorant, especially when it’s hot and sunny.  I am taking the Sure Maximum Protection with me which is twice as strong as most deodorants and doesn’t smell too strong.

UV protection for hair – My hair does not like hot weather!  The sun dries it out completely and makes it even more frizzy than usual.  I am really excited to use the Tints of Nature’s Seal and Shine Leave-In Conditioner which smells amazing and as well as being a conditioner also has UV and chlorine protection.

Foot file – To keep my feet looking smooth I am taking an S-Ped foot file.  It’s a much better shape than other foot files so is easier to use.

Nail varnish – As you know I am addicted to nail polish.  I tend to use a pale colour on holiday so that it’s not too obvious when it chips.  This year I’m taking Models Own Indian Ocean which I got from Littlewoods.  It’s a gorgeous colour and perfect for summer!

Shower gel – I love the new range of Radox shower gels!  Coconut Kiss is my favourite scent but Berry Burst and Cherry Blast are lovely too.


NOTW: Flower Power

I was looking for a bright green nail polish in Superdrug the other day but all I could find was Barry M Spring Green which wasn’t quite as bright as I was hoping for.  I bought it anyway even though I knew it wasn’t quite the right colour and although I like the cute flowers I stamped on, I wasn’t a massive fan of the colour.  What do you think?Barry M Spring Green 20130430_074807


Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream

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 CreamThe 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.


NOTW: Stamping

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?


NOTW: Layering

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.


Cath Kidston Wild Rose Hand Cream

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!


NOTW: Nail Gems

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?


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