Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Makeup for an Adventure Holiday

In a few days I'm heading to Center Parcs for mini holiday with my best girlies! I'm really looking forward to it, I haven't been to Center Parcs since I was little but I have great memories of the family holidays we had there. We have our activities booked and I'm sure we'll be doing a lot of walking and/or cycling around the forest too. I won't be worrying about makeup all that much, I'll be too busy hurtling down the rapids at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise! But that said, I am going to pack a small bag of everyday beauty bits for our action packed holiday. My go to items that are perfect for an adventure...

Friday, 29 April 2016

5 Ways to Wear Culottes

I am a culotte convert. It's not easy to get out of my 'skinny leg' comfort zone but after wearing a wide leg culotte jumpsuit for my birthday last year I've been on the look out for the perfect pair of cropped black culottes that I can dress up or down. Ok, they're not the sexiest item of clothing a woman can wear but I truly believe everyone needs a pair in their wardrobe! As you will see in this blog post they are extremely versatile and may just replace your classic black skinny jeans throughout the summer. (There's an in-depth review on this particular pair of culottes at the bottom of this post) Without further ado here are five foolproof ways to style culottes...

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

10 Ways to Beat a Bad Mood

Once in a while those little life stresses can start to get you down, especially if a few problems come along at once. Sometimes you can wake up in a terrible mood for absolutely no reason! The weather definitely impacts on my mood, a few days of grey drizzly weather is a recipe for the blues. Here are ten of my favourite ways to get out of a bad mood and but a better spin on your day...

1. Be By Yourself
I'm not very sociable when I'm in a bad mood. If I'm grumpy, it's best I have some time to myself so I don't end up snapping at people (and then feeling very guilty about it). Don't force yourself to interact with others if you're not feeling up to it. Having a few hours or an entire day looking after yourself can be very therapeutic. Our friends and family will be there to cheer us up when we start to feel chattier again.

2. Listen to Your Favourite Old Album
Blast it from your speakers or stick a pair of headphones on and treat your ears to a walk down memory lane. If I play a favourite feel good album (Fleetwood Mac - Rumours) I instantly start to feel better.

3. Treat Yourself to a Fancy Breakfast
I usually make whatever is easiest and quickest in the morning, i.e. toast. But spending a little more time preparing a fancy breakfast for yourself is such a mood booster. If I start the day with banana pancakes and berries I'll kill the Monday morning blues before they can even settle in.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sensationail Polish-to-Gel Nails

A few weeks ago I reviewed the Sensationail at-home gel manicure starter kit. It's a fantastic way to achieve a long lasting manicure yourself, avoiding salon prices. You can read that blog post here. But you do need nail polish that will react with the LED or UV rays and 'cure' under a lamp. These gel polishes can be pricey (£12.50 each from Sensationail) and if like me, you already have a large collection of regular nail polishes, it's frustrating to have to buy your favourite shades all over again, in gel formula. That's why Sensationail have introduced a 'polish to gel' transformer top coat* at £15.00 for 14.78ml. It allows you to use any nail polish and still get the wear and shine of a gel manicure.

The instructions say to mix equal parts of the transformer with your regular nail polish, then paint your nails and cure for 30 seconds with your LED lamp. Add a second coat of colour if needed, before sealing with a pure coat of polish to gel. Alternatively you can just apply the polish to gel as a top coat over your favourite nail polish and cure. But does it work?
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