Thursday, 28 May 2015

New from Nails Inc : Luxe Boho Portobello Crescent

This month Nails Inc released its latest collection; Luxe Boho. These special effects nail polishes combine various coloured confetti, creating a flower burst look on the nail, a great alternative to glitter. Portobello Crescent is a combination of peach, hot pink and grass green confetti, which is perfect for spring summer. It can be worn alone, with 2 or 3 coats, or combined with a coloured base coat. The confetti distributes very nicely and can be built up to opacity very easily. The new packaging gives it a nice luxurious feel and is definitely a step up from their old packagaing.

The Luxe Boho ranges costs £15 and comes in two other colours, Primrose Hill Walk, a blend of white, purple, lilac and nude and Notting Hill Lane, a combination of hot pink, deep purple and nude.

What do you think of confetti polish?

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in Bloom On

MAC Bloom on is from the Office Hours collection that was released back in 2012, and now a part fo the permanent collection. The Office Hours range is meant for office wear, and so the colours are very natural. MAC Bloom on is a light burnt rose with a matte finish. Its texture is silky, but also very powdery causing slight fall out. It does apply very sheer, so you must use a primer and build up the colour, because of this I find it doesn't last the 8 hours as promised. I mostly use this in the crease of my eye to help blend darker colours, or as an all over wash of colour.

This is my first MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow and I have to say I have mixed feelings. Although Bloom on is a pretty colour, it is extremley sheer and is it really worth £17 when a drugstore product would work just as well? You do get 3.4g rather than the usual 1.5g in MACs standard eye shadow, but I can't help but think this money would be better spent elsewhere.

Have you had any disappointing MAC products?

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Amsterdam; Our Airbnb Apartment

For our accomdation in Amsterdam we decided to go though Airbnb. This wasn't actually our original plan, but due to it being a bank holiday weekend many hotels were fully booked, so we turned to Airbnb and Claires apartment, and boy was it a good choice. It was our first time using Airbnb, and Claire made it so easy.

The apartment is located in the Jordaan neighbourhood, which is full of trendy bars, restaurants and cafes. It was the perfect location for us, we were within walking distance of all the tourist attracts, and there was a supermarket and pharmacy nearby. It was very easy to get to from Amsterdam central station and the tram stopped just down the road.

The apartment was just beautiful. The white washed floors are a bloggers dream, and the tall windows meant the apartment was nice and bright. I didn't get any photos of the bedroom, but it was also just as nice as the rest of the apartment. It had everything we needed, including wifi, and we were very sad to leave.

For the 3 of us it worked out great value and it was so nice to have that extra space that you don't get in hotels. I will be writing a post about using Airbnb for the first time, including some tips so do watch out for that.

Have you used Airbnb before? If so, what did you think?

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Amsterdam Day 3 & 4

Unfortunately on day 3 I woke up with really bad stomach cramps and so I stayed in the apartment whilst the girls went out and shopped. Not wanting to stay in the apartment all day the girls came back and we went to join the queue for Anne Franks house. You can prebuy tickets, but this must be done months in advance, therefore we queued for around an hour and a half but it was well worth the wait. It is all very surreal seeing the book case that hid the stair case and the annex they hid in,  They also have the original diary on show, it is all very moving.

That night we went to a Greek restuarant called Mitsos, where we had a lovely meal and chatted to the locals. We then headed back to the apartment and relaxed and watched some movies. I was still in quite a bit of pain so it was nice to have a night in.

The next day was our last day and we headed to a local market recommended by our Airbnb owner. It was absolutely manic but a great little spot. Our flight was due to leave early afternoon so we had to make our way back to the apartment and to the airport. I can safetly say I will be back, I absolutely loved the relaxed atmosphere and the stunning houses. Do visit if you can!

Click here to see Day 1 and Day 2.

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