Tuesday, 28 January 2014

UPDATE



Hi all,

I just wanted to post a little update for you all.
It's been a while since I posted on my blog. My blog is still very much alive and in my heart, I haven't given up on it, I've just been quite ill and have a lot going on in my life at the moment. Blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat for the time being.

But don't worry, I'll be back soon!!
Please bear with me!!




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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Beauty | SensatioNail Gel Deluxe Starter Kit

I was pretty intrigued about the SensatioNail kit when I first heard about it. A home gel nail polish kit. Hmm, I'll pop that on my WishList!!

As my fab boyfriend James, bought me pretty much the whole of my WishList for Christmas [almost! ;)] I received the SensatioNail Gel Deluxe Starter Kit and couldn't wait to try it out!
Unfortunately, since I've been so poorly since Christmas, I haven't had the chance to try it out until now.




So, let's see how we get on...

SensatioNail say...
'You have better things to do than your nails. Do you love the look of polish, but find it chips within a day or two? Have you ever gotten a manicure and then reached for your keys and ruined it? Now you can get a sensationally shiny, sensationally stunning, sensationally sturdy 2-week manicure with SensatioNail. Nails are 100% dry and you're ready for action. Even after 2 weeks your colour is still stunning and super-shiny. It's SensatioNail.'

TheBrunetteSays...
Okay so after that cheesy lil spiel, I'm expecting big things. ;)
Inside the Starter Kit is a PRO 3060 LED Lamp, a removal tool, manicure stick, double sided nail buffer, a pack of 12 lint free wipes, gel cleanser, gel primer, a gel base and top coat and 2 colour gel polishes in a lovely on trend 'sugar plum' berry shade and a neutral, sandy 'taupe tulips' which is one of my fave nail shades so I was super happy they had this inside. It also includes an easy to follow instruction sheet for application and soak-off removal. 




I set everything out in front of me, then following the instructions, I got to work. It was a quick and easy process - buff and clean nails, apply base coat, pop under lamp for 30 seconds, apply colour, pop under lamp for 60 seconds, apply top coat, pop under lamp for 30 seconds then gently sweep a gel cleaner soaked wipe across nails - ta dahhh!!! 




TIP - I will say, although they advise to use the lamp for 30/60 seconds, keep them in for longer if you can. The lamp includes an alarm that sounds after 30 seconds, but I'd say keep them in for longer, until the lamp turns itself off or maybe for 60 seconds for all stages, as I found my nails to still be quite sticky on removal, so I put them in for another round and they dried much better.

I was left with really nice, shiny nails. So exactly what I was after. The only thing I need to work on is my application!! *hangs head in shame*
All in all I'm pretty happy with the kit, the finish and how easy it was to use.




The only thing now is to check the staying power. I shall update you all in 2 weeks!!

Would I repurchase?
So far, I'm happy and providing it does last almost 2 weeks, I'll definitely be adding more to my collection and using the kit more often. James also bought another gel colour polish in 'mi amor' which is a peachy colour - so I'm looking forward to trying that one out too!

Would I recommend?
I'll let you know how I get on! Watch this space!!




There are a variety of starter kits to choose from, ranging in price from £69.00 to £170.00 on the official website. Or everything is available to purchase separately. 
Gel colour polishes are easily available online or in Boots stores (£12.50 each) in an array of colours and finishes, with their ranges always growing, so you can add to your collection and leave your boring bog standard nail polishes on the shelf!!


Check out SensatioNail.co.uk or Boots.com for a cheeky nose!!





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Sunday, 5 January 2014

#TheSkinProject - Moisturise

Welcome to my seventh post of #TheSkinProject - founded and set up by myself. 

Catch up, and take a look at the topics each week...
#TheSkinProject - Wanna Get Involved?
#TheSkinProject | My Skin
#TheSkinProject | Cleansing
#TheSkinProject | Exfoliate
#TheSkinProject | Toning

#TheSkinProject | Serums
#TheSkinProject | Eye Creams
#TheSkinProject | Face Masks & Treatments (coming Jan 12th)
#TheSkinProject | Anti-Ageing (coming Jan 19th)
#TheSkinProject | Q&A with Skincare Expert (coming Jan 26th)
#TheSkinProject Awards (coming Feb 2nd)

So let's talk Moisturising...



moisturiser

noun 
 cream that you put on your skin to stop it from becoming dry:


What is a Moisturiser?
Moisturisers are usually creamy based cosmetics that, in short; soften, protect, prevent and improve.
It can prevent the skin becoming too dry or at the other end of the scale; too oily. It can help keep the skin soft, supple and well hydrated. Or it may soothe and protect sensitive skin. 
Moisturising should be the final, finishing step to your skincare routine, both morning and night.

Why is Moisturising important?
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, so it's pretty important to keep it healthy by protecting it every day. It goes through a lot of abuse from the likes of weather, poor diet, pollution, sun damage, etc. particularly the skin on your face. So it needs a bit of TLC!
Everyday stresses and environmental elements drain the moisture from our skin so it's important to get the moisture and nourishment back in. When your skin lacks moisture, it can become dry which can lead to fast cell turnover, when cells shed too fast this can lead to your skin becoming flaky and dull. Moisturisers can help repair the skin and increase moisture levels by building a barrier to discourage water loss. 
Most moisturisers SHOULD contain sun protection, so you're protecting your skin from sun damage and harmful UV rays, all year round.
Applying a moisturiser stimulates the skin, improving blood circulation which improves collagen levels, which helps prevent signs of ageing. It also works as a great primer for your make up, allowing a much more even skin tone, a flawless base and your make up will last a lot longer!
Moisturising is a vital part of skincare. Remember though, using a great moisturiser with amazing benefits is wasted unless you've cleansed and prepped your skin with a good skin care routine first, to allow the moisturiser to sink into your skin and get working!

There are many different kinds of moisturiser on the market, so it can seem quite overwhelming when choosing one right for you. Find one that will suit your skin type, and then what it is you're wanting from the moisturiser... an everyday moisture boost? Something anti-ageing? Something for especially dry skin? Don't be afraid to shop around, ask for samples and test a few out!



TheBrunetteSays...
Moisturising is something I have done, for years. Yet, I was unaware of what a waste it was just slapping the moisturiser on without starting with a good skincare routine first. I'd spend a fortune on a decent moisturiser that promised the world, but it wasn't going to do any good if my skin wasn't cleansed and prepped ready to receive it!
My skin is combination and a little sensitive at times so I always take this into account when choosing a moisturiser,  but I've never really had any problems, I know what I like and what works but I like to try out different moisturisers from time to time. I LOVE a night cream! I tend to buy rich, anti-ageing night creams so they can get to work while I'm asleep. Applying a rich night cream in the evenings after taking off the days make up feels amazing! My favourite ever night creams are Chanel Ultra Correction Line Repair Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream (£84.00) [it's not often I can justify splashing out on that though, unfortunately!] and at the other end of the scale Soap & Glory's Night In Shining Armour Night Cream (£13.00) was amazing, but they've recently discontinued it and in it's place they've released Soap & Glory's Beauty Sleep Accelerator (£13.00), which I've heard is just as good - I'll have to give it a go and judge for myself!



In the mornings I'm currently using MAC's Studio Moisture Cream (£24.50). I was a bit dubious about trying skincare from MAC. I'm a HUGE MAC fan, but they specialise in great make up, I assumed that branching out into skincare was just a money making thing. But I hold my hands up, it's a great product. It's a rich, creamy moisturiser that contains lots of yummy, skin nourishing ingredients such as passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea and algae. It's quite light on the skin though, and the best thing about it, I think, is that it provides a quick drying base ready for make up. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and silky smooth.


My current night cream is Dr Nick Lowe's The Secret Is Out Lifting Cream (£28.00). I had originally bought this as a day cream but I found it quite rich and thick in consistency and would take a good while to fully sink into my skin, so I moved it to night time as it was much more suitable as a night cream. It's a nice product and I've enjoyed using it, but I'm not sure I'd re-purchase. 



So, that's my take on Moisturiser. Join me next week to talk Face Masks & Treatments
Remember to use the Twitter hashtag #TheSkinProject to read more Moisturiser posts from the other bloggers taking part in this project.


Feel free to comment with your links to your skincare posts as part of #TheSkinProject..




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Saturday, 4 January 2014

#TheSkinProject - Eye Cream

Welcome to my sixth post of #TheSkinProject - founded and set up by myself. 

Catch up, and take a look at the topics each week...
#TheSkinProject - Wanna Get Involved?
#TheSkinProject | My Skin
#TheSkinProject | Cleansing
#TheSkinProject | Exfoliate

#TheSkinProject | Toning

#TheSkinProject | Serums
#TheSkinProject | Moisturise (coming Jan 5th)
#TheSkinProject | Face Masks & Treatments (coming Jan 12th)
#TheSkinProject | Anti-Ageing (coming Jan 19th)
#TheSkinProject | Q&A with Skincare Expert (coming Jan 26th)
#TheSkinProject Awards (coming Feb 2nd)

So let's talk Eye Creams...




What is Eye Cream?
Eye Creams are specially formulated moisturisers for use around the eye area that help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and signs of ageing, reduce dark circles and help firm the skin. 

Why is using an Eye Cream important?
The skin around the eye area is different from the rest of our faces, it's much thinner, more sensitive and has fewer oil and water glands. Therefore it needs a little more moisturisation that your usual facial moisturiser or night cream just won't do. Using an eye cream will hopefully help delay the signs of ageing or at least hide them, temporarily. 
As we age, our skin glands start to produce less sebum, or oil and dryness around the eye area can mean that lines and wrinkles appear most prominent - an eye cream should prevent dryness and fill the spaces between the skin cells to reduce the appearance of any lines, temporarily. 
A good eye cream will help to plump, soften and refresh the eye area and help temporarily hide the signs of ageing. 
If you're struggling on whether an eye cream is for you, or which to get, ask yourself if there are any problem areas around your eye area, concentrate on these problem areas and choose an eye cream that target these problems. 



TheBrunetteSays...
I only introduced an eye cream into my routines a few months ago. The skin around my eyes are showing small signs of ageing, I have a few lines and I also really dislike the skin tone and colouring around my eye area and am constantly on the look out for a decent light reflecting concealer to help the look of them.
I tend to use a lot of sample size eye creams and gels and ones I receive in goody bags and beauty boxes to get the feel for a few different types and see what I like using.


I'm currently using the Pure Eye Roll On* (£5.95 RRP) in the mornings. It is a cucumber and caffeine roll on, enriched with cucumber extract and caffeine to help soothe and stimulate tired skin under the eyes and to reduce appearance of under eye bags. The roll on is lovely and cold on the skin and really wakes my eyes up in the morning. It was a little different to using a cream, but I like the feel of my under eye skin after use.



In the evenings I've been using Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Eye Gel Cream* (£32.00), a friend gave me a trial size to try out. It claims to help reduce the appearance of signs of fatigue around the eye area. 

The skin around my eye area feels smoother, firmer and I do notice a temporary difference in the appearance of lines, so I will continue to use eye creams in my skincare routine.

So, that's my take on Eye Creams. Join me next week to talk Moisturiser
Remember to use the Twitter hashtag #TheSkinProject to read more Eye Cream posts from the other bloggers taking part in this project.


Feel free to comment with your links to your skincare posts as part of #TheSkinProject..

*PR Sample or Gifted Product


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Friday, 3 January 2014

A Little Update...

Hi all,

Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Apologies for the lack of interaction on my blog lately, myself and James haven't been well. I spent the whole of December quite poorly and with no energy at all, my blog took a back seat.
Christmas and New Year haven't been great at all, we tried to make the best of it, for Bradley. But we were both so ill, we've spent the whole holiday in bed or on the sofa [or with our heads down the toilet! :(]

Now, I'm on anti nausea tablets and feeling slightly better, not great but I have more energy and the last couple of days I've been able to do a bit more around the house.
James however, seems to be getting worse. He just can't get out of bed. I'm quite worried about him. He even ended up down the hospital on New Years Day, they did a few tests but just said to continue on the tablets his doctor had put him on. But they don't seem to be helping him, he's just getting worse. He hasn't been to work since Christmas and James NEVER has time off work. He's loosing a lot of weight, he isn't eating anything accept dry crackers and toast - and that's been since Christmas Eve. He's just waiting on a phone call back from the doctor at the minute, so hopefully they'll do something soon!

So, Im sorry for the lack of blog posts, I'm going to attempt to catch up on a few over the next few days. Including last weeks #TheSkinProject post, I was gutted I didn't manage to get it done, I just couldn't function properly, I felt so poorly!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!!

Speak to you all soon!






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