Beauty

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I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about nail varnish, have I? Whoops! Okay, there’s a first time for everything…

To be honest, I cannot paint both hands… I am one handed when it comes to painting. Literally. It’s so embarrassing how on the one hand (excuse the pun) I look like I’ve had them done at the salon, and when you switch your attention to the other, it’s all: “yeah, my dog painted them for me! Aren’t they TALENTED?!” This is exactly why I haven’t blogged about nail-polishes… I can’t paint both hands. ūüė≠

However, I do have time on the weekend to pop down to my favourite nail salon and have BioSculpt done! They’re the experts – it’s their jobs, okay? ūüėā

One nail product that I could pass off as my own applying is that of Models¬†Own… Their clear HyperGel Top Coat. Oh, Lord! When I don’t have time to go to the salon (like now – due to my knee injury), I have been wearing this and it’s strengthened my nails like you wouldn’t believe (except, you better, because I’m telling you!).

This top coat transforms your entire polish collection! Applied over any nail polish, this thick gel-like formula delivers a plumped up, glossy, smooth finish. With just one coat and no UV, you’ll be left with an immaculate salon-worthy manicure that lasts.

I usually apply around 3 coats, waiting for one¬†to dry before I apply the next, and then when they’ve dried entirely, I can’t even bend my nails, they’re that strong! What’s more, this gel coat still keeps your nails strong even after the polish is removed. Sadly, that’s something not many nail-polish brands get right.

The gel itself is THICK and leaves your nails stronger and shiny looking. If, like me, you struggle to paint both your hands too, it’s easy to peel off the smudged or spilled polish from the outer sides¬†of the nail.

I’ve got to admit that I own a lot of their nail polishes, because of the¬†deals that they offer… None¬†have disappointed me. The formula is amazing! The finish of all are¬†matte and smooth, which makes nails look even and as though they’ve been done in the salon! (when I ask¬†others to do them for me that is)… ūüėú

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Ladies,

*(the picture I’ve chosen is somewhat misleading but let’s roll with it)*

I’m thinking of beginning¬†a subscription with GLOSSYBOX

Apparently, for a ¬£10 per month subscription, you’ll receive five premium products sent to you to try for yourself. The best part is that it’s customised for you.

I think it’s a good investment, especially for beauty¬†bloggers or beauty product fanatics.

The only annoying thing is that I hadn’t found out about it a year or so ago! I’d have subscribed with GLOSSYBOX a¬†long time ago if I had known.

I love my music, but I’d easily sit through the adverts on¬†Spotify, if it meant getting five new products to blog about a month… They literally cost around the same price!

I’ve heard that although¬†they give out sample sized products often, they also from-time-to-time send out full-sized ones! Imagine that!

I wish they done one for the lads, tbh… (or do¬†they?)…

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Ladies and gentlemen who are into cos-(not ‘lettuce’ because of the #vegcrisis, obvs)-metics!

Do you live in a¬†BRIGHT¬†LIGHTS BIG CITY (not a novel or a song)? Well, Bourjois has something to go on that face, a ‘fond de teint’, babes! #ImFondOfYouFrenchBrands

Anway, no, I don’t work for Bourjois, and no I don’t actually know when it was released but I’m guessing it’s relatively new because I saw it and bought it.

BOURJOIS INNOVATES WITH THE SKIN PROTECTING FOUNDATION FOR A BRIGHTENED, ANTI-DULL COMPLEXION
A fresh & luminous complexion
It anti-dullness, formula with radiance-boosting pigments evens out complexion for a natural, fresh-looking, radiant complexion.
Anti-pollution formula:
Its anti-pollution screen prevents the adherence of carbon particles and lets skin breathe
Contains SPF 30 UV screen to protect skin from UVA & UVB, all year round
24hr hydration for all day comfort, a must-have of all urbanites!

I like the packaging of ‘City Radiance‘, it’s very pearly pink and chic looking. It’s different to Bourjois’ usual foundations, but I liked it, in fact, I prefer it.

Like all of Bourjois’ products, this one smells LOVELY!

The shades? Well, there aren’t plenty to choose from so this may hinder your chances of buying it…

The coverage is pretty sheer. It’s not one of full-coverage if you’re asking me – in which case – I’m honoured to be asked and I’m¬†privileged to be answering!

The USP of this foundation is that it’s “anti-pollution“, but then again, you’d bloody hope so – being called ‘City Radiance’ and all, wouldn’t you?

The pros of using this foundation is that it’s also “anti-dullness”. So, no matter how mundane your life is, at least you won’t be looking that way…

I wouldn’t advise faking anything in life, but if your life is mundane, try to look lively/lovely while you’re living it!

Although this will give you radiant and glowing skin, it’s only fair to mention that the rest is up to you… Therefore.¬†make the most of your life, lovers!

Oh, before I forget, it also has SPF 30 included within it… YAY for looking lovely, living a mundane life *sad face* BUT without sunburn!

Finally, it claims to¬†hydrate your face for 24 hours… Now, come on, there’s no real way of testing¬†if that’s really the case without looking scruffy,¬†is there? Who is going to keep their make-up on for a whole 24 hours? I mean, if someone special kisses your cheek and you feel like you’ll never want to wash it again for fear of rubbing off their DNA, just make sure you wash the rest of you! #TopTip

Alright, so, on a scale of ‘yeah it’s purchasable’ and ‘THIS IS THE ONLY FOUNDATION I’LL EVER PURCHASE’, I’m somewhere in between ‘in a case of an¬†emergency’ and¬†‘if the rest of my foundations ran out’. Still, it’s good and worth a try.

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If you wanted to eat Lush‘s Cupcake (and couldn’t because you shouldn’t), ¬†you’re definitely also going to want to eat Lush’s Salted Coconut. Okay, maybe not though because I don’t know how salt consumption affects you… If you’re anything like me – which at this point (if you’re not) that’s¬†probably a blessing – ¬†your body and face will inflate faster than Usain Bolt¬†can win at the Olympics.

Superbly soft skin and scrubbing go hand in hand. This creamy coconut and sea salt exfoliator is the perfect way to keep your paws in tiptop condition. Apply a generous dollop to wet hands and scrub all over or use when your hands are dry for a rougher cleanse. Sea salt is a wonderful natural exfoliant, packed full of restorative minerals to cleanse and treat the skin, whilst coconut oil deeply hydrates without making your hands sticky. Those who love the sweet smell of the outdoors will love to get stuck into this scrub – fragranced with the smell of sweet gorse.

I didn’t think I needed a hand scrub. I still don’t think I do… I get complimented for having soft hands. No, really! It’s not like I go asking people to touch up my hands for clarification, but… I have been told that I have soft hands – after a handshake! So, now that we’ve all established what my best feature is, I’ve got to keep them in tip-top condition… Hence why I purchased this bad boy!

Salted Coconut smells like a Bounty, has the consistency of¬†Lush’s Ocean Salt and feels like it too, once washed off or absorbed in. The only difference is, it doesn’t sting like Lush’s Ocean Salt does because OS has lime juice¬†in it.

As I touched upon above (spontaneous use of a pun), you can either wash it off or allow it to soak into your hands. I do the latter. It is pretty moisturising so it could, in essance, also be used¬†as a hand cream…

Once people have stopped¬†stroking my hands and telling me how soft they are, Lushies are informing me that if you’ve dry or rough hands, you’ll need a separate moisturiser. So, my advice is: pick one up along with this just¬†in case.

They weren’t lying when they gave it the: “take your hands to paradise” slogan… #PhilCollinsWouldBeJealous

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Lush Cupcake is the next best since¬†indulging in a Lola’s or Hummingbird Bakery’s cake in a cup…

Rhassoul mud, which is highly absorbent, works with cocoa powder to draw out all the dirt and impurities and give a deep cleanse. Fresh mint stimulates and tones the skin, whilst linseed and cocoa butter soften and moisturise. Smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

What is Lush’s Cupcake made of?¬†Cocoa Powder, Cocoa¬†Butter, Mint¬†and Rhassoul Mud. It’s basically (also nothing basic about it) like a mint-chocolate scrub-mask. So, if you’re a fan on Mint-chocolate chip ice cream (but want to abstain from eating it and would like to lather it on your face instead), you’ll have struck gold with this one!

Like most of Lush’s masks, this one is a gentle exfoliator which¬†helps to give your skin the deep-cleanse that it needs. It’s especially good if you’re leading a city life, commuting in and around polluted areas. “Cleanse and clarify with this chocolate(y) treatment”. That’s what Lush describes it as…

Also, like its brothers and sisters, Lush’s Cupcake is a fresh face-mask (thus should be kept in the fridge). This means you’ll need to finish it in a month, before the ingredients’ sell-by and use-by dates expire.

If, in the unlikely event that you forget to finish it in time,¬†I believe they’ll still be safe to use on your body; just don’t risk it on your face. You could also *not* try eating it. It’s got cocoa powder in it, so how bad¬†can it be? (Don’t!)

Try it (on your face and/or¬†body) and tell me whether or not you feel as though it’s “BANG TIDY” (in the words of Keith Lemon, who, if he won’t “see you through the week”, he’ll “see you through t’ window”).

Should I do yet ANOTHER Lush post, tonight? Yes, yes I should. Seven posts and counting… I’m not even done yet! So, don’t ever say I don’t spoil you. I do. I spoil you, like milk. Spoilt milk. (just¬†not the bad kind, as¬†there is always a good kind).