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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Taking care of your feet; 3 products that you need

During the Winter months my feet get a little neglected. I tend to wear socks or tights all day, everyday, and therefore never really feel the need to keep them up to scratch. However, the past few weeks I have got into a little routine of caring for my feet and they are already looking so much better. The three products that I like to use are the Sanctuary Spa Luxury foot polish, the Ecotools foot brush and pumice and the Palmer's Foot Magic.

Firstly I apply the Sanctuary Luxury Foot Polish to my feet, focusing on the areas that are particularly dry. This polish contains finely milled pumice, which begins the process of lifting those dead skin cells from your feet. It has a refreshing scent of tea tree oil with a hint of peppermint, which leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revived. I rub this into my skin, but do not wash it off, instead I use the following product.

The Ecotools Foot Brush and Pumice has two side, a soft bristle brush and a pumice made from recycled glass. Firstly, I use the brush to to work alongside the polish. I have found that using them both together helps to give my feet a thorough scrub, prepping them nicely for the pumice.  Once scrubbed I wash away the polish and buff my heels with the pumice (make sure you have wet the stone so it does not catch). This really helps to remove the dead skin to leave a nice smooth layer. I find this brush very easy to use, and as you can see from the pictures, very effective!

Lastly, I apply Palmers Cocoa Butter in Foot Magic. This stuff really is magic and I love it. It comes out of the tube as a thick gel and melts when it comes into contact with your skin. It has a very refreshing scent, a combination of peppermint oil and cocoa butter, and is enriched with Vitamin E and mango butter. It does not leave an oily residue and it leaves your skin feeling moisturised, soft and smooth.  If you are in need of a more intense treatment, apply to your feet at night with cotton socks.

I have been doing this once or twice week and there is such an improvement in the soles of my feet.

What do you like to use on your feet?

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

High End Beauty Wishlist

If money was not an object then I would already own all of the above (and more), however I just can't justify spending £56 on make-up. At some point I will treat myself to the more 'reasonable priced' products, in particular the Giorgio Armani foundation and the By Terry Ombre Blackstar are high on that list. Having said that, if anyone was to buy me any of the above I would be absolutely delighted, particularly with my birthday coming up *hinthint* ;)

What are you lusting for at the moment?

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit in Elec-tric or treat

Fuse Gelnamel, made by the well known Sensationail, is a gel polish hybrid that combines the base coat, colour and top coat into one, producing high shine and chip free nails that last up to one week. I was lucky enough to try out the Fuse Starter kit in Elec-tric or Treat and being my first time using any kind of 'gel' product, I was very excited to see the results.

Included in the starter kit is a USB cable, a Gelnamel polish, the Fuse LED Lamp (with a built in 30 seconds timer and the ability to flip the lid to cure your toe nails), a plug, a double sided buffer, an orange stick, a pack of 12 lint free wipes, instructions and the Fuse cleanser. The kit is very compact, and the lamp can be plugged into the wall, or a USB port on your laptop, which is great for travel and touch ups on the go.

Having never applied gel polish myself, I found the whole process very straight forward, and relatively easy to apply. Firstly, push down your cuticles with the orange stick and buff you nails. Apply some cleanser to your lint free wipes and clean your nails. Although the base coat is incorporated into the polish, when I removed the Gelnamel my nails were slightly stained. Therefore, if like Elec-tric or treat the polish is bright or dark, it may be best to apply a base coat.

Next up, apply the polish and cure instantly. If you are only doing one coat, cleanse the nail after you have cured, however if you want to apply two coats do not cure between coats (it will not stick so well). If it applies a little uneven, it will level off to some extent so do not worry too much. Although you only need to cure for 30 seconds, I cured for 1 minute after the second coat just to make sure it had set. You should then wipe your nail down with the cleanser to finish it off. At this point your nails may look dull, however throughout the day your nails will become more shiny.

You are advised to complete each nail one by one, which does add time, however I like to take my time when painting my nails so I do not find this to be an issue. When it comes to removal, the same method as gels applies. Towards the end of the week, my polish had started to lift and this made it easy for me to just peel them off (I would not advise doing this though!).

Before I tried the Fuse Gelnamel I read the reviews on Boots, and to be honest they are not great! Many people claimed that their polish had chipped instantly, it did not last and most definitely was not worth the money. After trying it for myself, I can honestly say they couldn't be more wrong. I was extremely impressed with the application and it lasted a whole week on my nails with minimal chips. The key to this product is the application, which is where many people may go wrong. As the polish is quite thick, it can make application a little tricky,especially as a thin coat is required, but after practice this does get easier.

Day 1:

Day 5:

Fuse gelnamel is readily available in Boots, where you can get the starter kit for £35 which comes in 6 different colours, or the individual polishes in 12 different colours, at £15 each. This is a much cheaper alternative to gel nails, and also much more travel friendly.

What are your thoughts on at home gel manicures?

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Eye of Horus Sultry Serpentine Goddess Pencil

Eye of Horus are an Australian brand based on ancient Egyptian formulas and ingredients, hence the name Eye of Horus. With their research, they have formulated a range of make-up that is long lasting, nourishing, paraben free and great for sensitive eyes. They do not test on animals and they include as much natural content as possible in their products.

Sultry Serpentine is a beautiful dark olive eyeliner with gold micro shimmer. It has a very rich and creamy texture, which applies beautifully without tugging or pulling at your eyelids. At one end is the pencil, and the other is a smudger to help create a smokey effect. It takes around 40 seconds to set, giving you enough time to draw, smudge, smoke and define, but once set it will not budge. I can honestly say this waterproof formula is the longest wearing eyeliner that I own, it does not fade or budge until you are ready to remove it (as shown in the last picture!).

My only niggle with this product is that because of their creamy nature, the pencils do tend to run down quickly. However, because you are not topping your liner up throughout the day I can deal with this. Because these have been formulated with sensitive eyes in mind, these do not irritate your waterline which is a huge plus for me. I am yearning to try more products from the range after such a positive experience using their products (see my review on Charcoal Obsession Goddess pencil here), especially after hearing such good things about their mascara.

Have you tried Eye of Horus before?

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