While the weather is teasing us relentlessly with an on / off Summer, that doesn't mean we can't have a boost in our nails this Summer and Latest in Beauty is helping us with that with their Ultimate Summer Nails box. They have teamed up with YOU magazine to bring you this unique box featuring 8 products that will help us with that goal.


Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover – First time using this but it doesn't remove it within 1 second for me, 5 seconds maybe and that with 2 - 3 coats on mind but it didn't remove my glitter on my two fingers but it sure did leave my nails smelling lovely, thanks to the red fruit & vanilla scent. Big bonus (note- not that they don't normal smell nice but you know). Nails/fingers didn't feel dry neither it includes sweet almond oil. I'm buying this for sure, how handy is it. Easy for travelling or a makeup kit (if you do nails too).


Butter London Yummy Mummy Nail Lacquer – This beige nude has a hint of silver shimmer running through it, not a one dimensional colour and doesn't give my skin tone that mannequin hand appeal but it's still a colour that will keep you on that nude nail trend. I found this polish dries quickly and I used two coats, with the second coat being a lot thicker than the first.

L’Occitane Hand Cream 30ml tube – I had this in the full sized tube and I enjoyed this, I do like L'Occitane products and this handcream is no different. Even though the weather is reeking havoc on our faces, we can't neglect our hands, this hangbag sized tube is ideal and even though the container reminds me of toothpaste lol, (always has) it's a good 'un.

Nails Inc Nail Polishes - Notting Hill Gate & Top Coat, Notting Hill Gate is described as a neon pink, I honestly already have this mini polish but honestly have never tried it. I've read reviews that described it as not being as neon as it could be but is still a bright pink. We all need a pick me up shade and the bottle shade sure does look cheery.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Nail File – Beautifully decorated, as the name of the company says 'vintage' you have a vintage floral design on this paper nail file. I go through nail files like a crazy lady and make sure I always have one to hand just in case a nail catches and breaks. I'm sure this one will find its way into my daily bag, the cover is handy to prevent bending.

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers – These stickers have a red base and small yellow gold gems every other row. I have nail stickers, used nail stickers and find them a quick alternative to spruce up the nails and are extra handy when you're not a dab hand at nail art.

Rituals Nail Varnish Corrector Pen – Clean up any mishaps while preparing your Summer nails. This corrector pen has a pen shaped tip to make it more accurate to remove any mistakes. You simply wipe the tip clean once you're finished.

Perfect 10 ‘Free Mani’ Gift Voucher {not pictured}

With a value of £55 this box ensures that during your Summer months you've got at least one bargain and your nails are looking pin-up perfect.


*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Latest in Beauty | Ultimate Summer Nails


I've been in that stuck in a make-up rut & just needing that inspiration. i-Candy collection gave me a little nudge. With this grey weather, I need something that doesn't match that. The i-Candy collection gives you a choice of three new LE products the i-Candy i-Divine palette, Blush by 3 in Sweet Cheeks & Pout Paint in Lol-Lip-pop!!


i-Candy Palette soft pastel colours, are lovely and I think even though a lot of people don't care for bright colours and prefer their neutral shades, this is a palette that would be nice for those who might want to make a transition, as the colours aren't the 'whoa!!' in your face, loud type.

Top Row : Strawberry Sherbet, Bon Bon, Parma Violet, Apple Sour, Pear Drop, Flump
Bottom Row : Liquorice, Blue Fizzle, Aniseed, Bubble Gum, Mint Cream, Cream Soda

Pout Paints are my favourite from Sleek, you may notice I use them quite a bit, I mix my lip colours a great deal. Lol-Lip-Pop looks quite pink in the tube but once on my lips and photographed it's a lot more purple based. Definitely a favourite of mine and I really hope they decide to keep the Lol-Lip-pop as I might go through this one quite quickly.



Sweet Cheeks, Blush by 3 three different finishes, cream, shimmer and matte. I always find cream blushers perfect for the warmer months. In this trio you have three pinks, the cream (cupcake) is a dark pink, bordering purple. The shimmer (dolly mix) is a light purple swatched, didn't show up much on my face when I applied it, so this one needs building up. Matte (candy floss) comes across to me as a coral pink when swatched heavy but on my face it applies a lot lighter.


Tutorial!!


Available from 5th June for a limited time at Superdrug stores & Sleekmakeup.com

Do you want candy?

*These products were sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Sleek MakeUP Candy Collection x FOTD


Since my nails have started to grow, I've stepped up my nail regimen again. Giving the nail a chance to shine, this is a routine that done over a period of time can help nails that are discoloured and let them shine bright.


- It's been a little while, I'm taking a some what break from social media, may have notice there is no Twitter and my personal Facebook is deactivated for the time being.

How To : Nail Care Routine Video


This was part of my #Veetdaretobare bag, I wanted to focus on this because umm Summer is supposedly coming. I normally use my epilator, sometimes if the hairs are coming through and there not long enough to epilate, out comes a razor. Granted yeah I've been a little lazy as of late and Jesus you know I just wasn't blessed with being of little hair lol. TMI but honest. That's why sometimes the up keep is tiring and a full time job.

Waxing I've done in the past, such as the homemade wax and I've previously done Laser Hair Removal and had my lady garden waxed, just being a woman is a full time gig to keep the up keep and the legs are on display a lot during the Summer (whatever that means in the UK) SO to prepare that game, lets dare to go bare with the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit*

Within this kit you get, the applicator, wax cartridge, 12 wax strips, 4 finishing wipes, holder and plug adapter. I've seen a few reviews on blogs and on retailer websites saying that 20 minutes isn't long enough for this wax but I had no problem with the wax being left on for the recommended time.
The way I see waxing it's a two day job, exfoliate the day or night before to make sure the skin is free of any dead skin and to be honest I would say do it the previous day because waxing isn't easy on the skin. You don't want to make it raw or irritated.

If there's any residue left from the wax as you can see on my last image you can use the wipes to remove them, I did have to give it quite a scrub though - never easy.

Just I think, buy extra strips that will be my wise advice for this. 12 strips are definitely not enough, not for my hairy ways. I like to wax everything all in one go from ankle to thigh. I always feel brand new once hair free and tired. This is a fuss free way, no spatulas, just an applicator & strips. Personally I love the feeling of waxing :-) so this is all me, all over!!


How do you get your legs bare & summer ready?

*These products were sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit


Macadamia is a brand that combine two natural ingredients, macadamia nut oil and argan seed oil *blog world goes insane*. I've put these to the test because well I am your curly girl casualty and sometimes find if a product works well when my hair is curly, it's ideal once straight. Previously reviewed the Deep Hair Masque Repair, that product can be a tricky one to use if I'm honest but you can read my review on that. I received the Rejuvenating Shampoo, Moisturising Rinse and Healing Oil. Just about every company says that you should use all their products in conjunction of each other to get the best results, therefore I did look forward to using these.

I use a shampoo rinse before *puts on repeat* as I hate using shampoo but decided as this one says it is SLS, paraben free, it will be alright to see how it works with/without a shampoo rinse. Instead of SLS which is the foaming agent in shampoo it uses Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, the lowdown on DLS is a larger molecule that can't penetrate skin unlike SLS that are smaller and can penetrate the skin therefore causing skin irritation. DLS is safer for those even with sensitive skin.

Product Blurb:
Macadamia Natural Oil's Rejuvenating Shampoo is designed to add moisture and protection, perfect for replenishing dry, damaged hair. Sulfate and paraben free // Gently cleanses chemically treated, damaged hair // Replenishes dry, damaged hair with no heavy build-up // Builds protection from harsh daily environmental elements // Suitable for all types of hair.

Macadamia Natural Oil's Moisturising Rinse is a daily conditioner designed to nourish and detangle hair, leaving it soft, silky, manageable and ready to style. Gently replenishes moisture, nourishes & detangles // Infused with Macadamia’s unique signature fragrance // Paraben-free & SLS-free.

Our Healing Oil Treatment is a therapeutic blend suitable for all hair types and is especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair. Intense nourishment for tangle & frizz free hair // Hair that is ultra-smooth, manageable & shiny // Natural UV protection extends the life of colour treatments //Reduced drying time by an incredible 40-50%.


The Routine:
I comb out my hair before wetting it, as it's curly it needs a good detangling, I find when my hair's curly it gets so dry, so quickly and I section it into four to get all knots out and to work in coconut oil. Dampen my hair and distribute the shampoo evenly, working up a lather and cos I've already sectioned the hair it's easy to part and work each section and scratch at my scalp, that feels so good. This would be the time I can feel my hair start to feel stripped and lifeless (that feeling is horrendous) I start to rinse well with warm water.

I flip my head upside down and apply the moisturising rinse more at the roots and my ends, it glides through the hair well and smells divine. Once that has been washed out, every other wash I use the Macadamia deep hair repair masque as I was told when I got my hair last to make sure that I use a deep moisturising hair masque to repair the condition after the bleaching.

Onto the 'miracle oil' I really love, love, love this oil. My hair is sectioned to apply this, the ends and roots are most important as that is where frizz attacks first. Once I apply at the root, I drag the oil down and only get more for the ends and apply the coconut oil again. I let my hair air dry and might just scrunch the ends. For this example I put my hair into twists left it to dry overnight and took them out with the oil rubbed into my hands or simply put it into my hair as it begins to dry.



Shampoo:
Water (Aqua), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Cetyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Glycol Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Laurdimonium Hyddroxypropyl Hydrolysed Wheat Proteion, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Sea Salt, Aminomethyl Propanol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI42090), Red 4 (CI 14700).

Rinse:
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Hydrolysed Barley Protein, Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, Hydrolysed Silk, Hydrolysed Soy Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Amodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Glycerin, Trideceth-12, Polyquaternium-69, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool.

Healing Oil:
Ternifolia Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxybenzoylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Myristate, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Green 6 (CI 61565), Red 17 (CI 26100), Violet 2 (CI 60725), Yellow 11 (CI 47000).

Smell:
The shampoo doesn't have the distinctive macadamia product smell, which is odd. Reminds me more of handwash, best way I can describe it. The conditioner carries the smell Macadamia Natural Oil users are custom to.

Overall Thoughts:
The very first use of this routine, I couldn't believe how soft my hair was. I've found that a product has to be a multi-tasker, curly hair is science to keep it happy, bouncy, soft, shiny and detangled but of course a lot goes into how well you grease the hair afterwards, put nothing in it, it won't be as moisturised. I'm someone who doesn't want to use 101 things in my hair to get it to a healthy and happy point. The oil is fantastic, it's something that will be purchased in a bigger bottle. I find this works better with the shampoo rinse before hand but the shampoo rinse is to protect my hair against the hard water in my area. The oil is thick, worked into the hands to put into the hair begins to thin out allowing it to be distributed smoothly. I'm yet to use the brush until my next blow-out when I want to do a length check on my hair, I'll do a separate review for that. All in all, I've been satisfied with these products.


Price : Shampoo from £6.45 from 100ml // Moisturising Rinse from £4.20 for 60ml // Healing Oil from £12.95 for 30ml

Have you tried Macadamia Natural Oil Products?

* These product was sent to me for consideration for a review, this doesn't sway my judgement. Words, research and images are that of my own unless otherwise stated.

Macadamia Natural Oil Collection


Having had these brushes in my arsenal for around 6 months now, I thought now was the perfect time to review them. I don't normally do brush reviews immediately ( or any reviews quickly ) because there items I like to see how well they last after numerous washes and uses. I'd rather put out a review where something has really been for a test drive. Here I have the Core Collection, Kabuki brush, Blush Brush and Setting brush. You will notice the stippling brush in the holder, read that review here.

I have had brush sets that have ranged from £15 - £180 and they've all been used and cleaned the same way and it's funny that some haven't even lasted a year before they glue becomes loose inside and the hairs start to shed dramatically and completely fall out.

I get so shocked & misled by reviews because people pay money for brushes that are sold at such a high standard and yet you get such a bum deal in the long run. So before I go reviewing and recommending sets for people I wanted to see how these lasted. Being that these are permanent brushes I did take a slight advantage. Sorry!


Products : Within the Core Collection (orange) includes four brushes, Detailer, Pointed Foundation, Buffing and Contour plus a dual carrier and stand. The other three singular brushes are the Setting, Blush and Kabuki. The designs of the brushes add flavour to the other brushes in my collection which range from baby pink, grey and black.

Detailer: This I find is o.k. if you have little troubled areas you want to pin point to conceal or for the lips too, I already use a few lip brushes I like but to clean up any edges I will pick this up.

Pointed Foundation : The reason I like this brush is because it's smaller than other foundation brushes I own, it allows for more accurate applications. I use this for my under eye concealer as it always me more & quicker coverage than my other concealer brushes before blending it out.

Setting : Ah my setting brush, love this to set my under eyes, my nose, chin and above the lip. It's also another good one to highlight with also in those areas as it's smaller than the contour brush that I use on my cheeks to highlight sometimes.

Contour : I use my fan brush to contour, I always have, never given me any problems and it's one I will likely stay with that being said I have used this to contour. I like that it's tapered and smaller than the Kabuki to contour so you can be more precise within the hallows of your cheeks but what I have also use it for is highlighting.

Kabuki : Your 2-in-1 brush, the novelty part of this brush is that it opens up, you can use it closed to define your cheekbones and closed to apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. I think it's a handy brush to have on a night out perhaps but I'm not sure if it's 100% necessary  like me if you have the contour & blush brush already, the kabuki isn't needed. It's a rainbow shaped brush once fanned out with it being quite thick in the middle, it's to heavy in the centre. I love to define cheekbones I don't have and I feel using this doesn't give me personally the control I like. I do prefer brushes that aren't as dense for contouring.

Buffing : This brush was recommended to me, unfortunately it cannot be purchased singly and is only available within the Core Collection kit. It's easier to applying foundation than the stippling brush by far (keep that for cream blushers), gives me a nice smooth coverage. I don't pack the foundation on, once I've mixed my shade in a palette I dip and build up to the desired coverage. I would recommend this if you like a more finished look to your foundation.

Blush: I don't use this for my blush a lot, it's a large tapered brush I use for my bronzer mostly. Depending how I'm applying my blush, if it's just on the apples, this isn't a brush I use, if I'm sweeping it upwards and I want to cover more area then yes. How it's tapered I feel once the bronzer is on the top of the brush I can guide it precisely for my bronzer.

Shedding : The only brush that has started to lose a few hairs is my first brush from the real Techniques collection, the stippling brush, I've lost a few out of them during a wash. Nothing to signal the brush will be bald next week but the others I've yet to experience shedding in 6 months but I'm still keeping an eye out.

Cleaning : The hand-cut synthetic taklon bristles I continue to clean all my brushes with the Dr. Bronners soap, gets them clean quickly enough, don't have to keep going over a brush, the feeling of the brush hairs haven't changed, the stippling brush feels a little clumpy & greased sometimes after a wash & yes all the soap is washed out, maybe I should try something else to wash the stippling brush.

Overall :
Honestly these are affordable brushes for anyone, being that for me, I've found these one of the softest I've used. Great grips, easy to clean. After 6 months they've really held there own and kept up the quality. 100% cruelty free. I keep them in the stand / travel case as it keeps them free from excess dust and once I've washed them I let them stand upside down to dry in the stand. When I tell people to start with these brushes if they want to have a start up kit without splashing the money they think I'm insane when I say the price for the brushes until I explain, break down the maths on some others. Really I should just go work in Boots!

Real Techniques fans, what are your favourite(s) from the range? 

*ThESE ProductS was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own! AFTER A LONG 6 MONTHS! 

Real Techniques Core Collection + More


In the coming days all we are going to be seeing is RiRi Woo from bloggers & yes I sold out!

I went and purchased RiRi Woo like the rest of the universe. Caved under the pressure and hype! Of course we all know that it's an inspired take on Ruby Woo and both are very similar. No fancy packaging but it's once you open and begin to screw your lipstick upwards you notice what is different.

My friends & if you've followed me for a while know I live for the hooker lips & prostitute red's. Reds for every mood lol.

This was taken at night under artificial lights 

Taken in natural light 
Retro matte RiRi Woo is a deep undertone red. The finish is matt, drier and it's quite stiff when applying the first few times but it's ever so pigmented and I love that! It's my now go to night time red. You have RiRi's signature etched on the actual lipstick. It does get drier as the day goes on I noticed when I wore this yesterday.


This will be released again in June, so if you didn't get one this time round, you have next month.

Did you snag yourself a RiRi Woo?

MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick

My, oh, my. How time flies. Glossybox is in it's second year. On the 8th May, Glossybox will be in Covent Garden, Kimberley Wyatt & Amber Atherton will be hosting Glossybox's second birthday. There will be Glossybox countdown clock, counting down the minutes until they hand out Glossyboxes to the public for 10 minutes! Catch them at 12:30, 13:45, 14:30, 16:30, 17:30 and 18:45 and you to can have a free birthday box.

So what is in this box*, if you've not yet seen or received your own, here we go.
Animal testing free product -score. The scent of this isn't a harsh either, that's one thing that puts me off hairspray, the moment I start coughing my throat raw. I don't wear many hairstyles that require hairspray seeing as I'm wearing the hair wild & out.

Mixing medium, always a handy thing to have in anyone's personal / professional make-up kit. I'd like to see how this compares to the mixing mediums I already own.

I always think of this brand as one of my first brands when diving into the world of make-up, I haven't used much Collection products in quite a while. Will put this to the test. 

I was happy to see the Headline Colors nail polish in there, I had a few polishes from when they were called Killer Colours, viewing the new S/S range Poolside Party was one I wanted to try and score, it's the one I got and has become a sure thang favourite. It dries quickly and nice and vibrant, I have two coats on ... really should of cleaned it up more..oops.

It's always nice to see Jelly Pong Pong in Glossybox, so far I've liked each JPP product. It's water resistant and designed to make the lashes curlier and thicker&nbsp. : A combination of blue lake & black pigments helps to intensify the colour for a truly deep, black effect. Look out for my review on this soon!


Wait, is it me or are these all full sized products?

What did you get in your Glossybox?


*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Glossybox 2nd Birthday Box


There's the Clarisonic, Olay Professional Pro X Advanced, Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush and the one I'm reviewing today the No7 Cleansing Brush. The prices for these facial brushes range from £24 - £150!!

To me that's a varied price tag for something that is cleaning our face. Granted we are told that we should invest in our skin and I do believe we should do so, within our means. I decided to try the No7 brush because I've heard about brushes giving some people that purging I've read a few articles that that some skin specialists say purging is a myth while I've read another that gives a truth & facts knowing the difference between your skin purging or having negative reactions. I think as you work with your skin and find products you find work for you, you begin to know the difference in your skin, something I've discovered quite a lot as of late.

I started using new products on the market that were aimed at acne, I suffer from mild outbreaks and when I broke out using these products, I broke out so bad, spots underneath the skin, so sore - I've never encountered spots like it before. I knew it wasn't working for me. Immediately I thought back to my skincare routine of last year, my skin was in such a better state last year so I went back to my skin wash routine but instead of using my Body Shop facial brush I introduced a electric brush.

The Product
Once purchased you receive 2x AA batteries and a brush head already attached to the unit.
The brush head works by rotating. Replacement heads are £8.00 for two in a pack, recommended to be changed every 3-4 months, I think it's great that you get two units in the packet meaning you purchase less yearly. I would judge mine by the third month on the bristles but will probably purchase a new packet in my third month for hygienic purposes.

This has two speeds, you can see the rubber button above the battery insert, this has two speeds. Pressing once you get a speed that will give you a gentle clean, press it twice for a more deeper cleanse, press once more to switch it off. Don't press too hard onto your skin, I did read it will automatically switch off if the pressure is too harsh, so that is a good thing. I've yet to experience that may try it on my arm to see if it's true.
Normally I'm so against things that run on batteries as I just hate purchasing batteries but I see that it's great to take away anywhere...let's say camping lol due to the fact it's battery powered. It has a little latch that's easy to push aside and open.

It doesn't say if this is water resistant or waterproof but I will guess it is water resistant due to it being battery operated, so I wouldn't suggest taking this into the shower or accidentally dropping it in your bath. I may see a problem with it being battery operated that with the repetitive of opening the latch the seal may start to wear, like anything you have with batteries but I don't see that if so occurring for quite a while.

Overall Thoughts

I use this for roughly under a minute with my Manuka Doctor Bee Venom Foam Cleanser (you can read my review here) & I always wear a hairband because of my hairline I would hate to feel my hair catch while this is rotating. There has been no purging, the only break-outs I got were hormonal, Within the first few days of using this my skin was a lot more drier, I suffer from combination skin and managing to control the oil more beforehand, the skin dried out. I reduced use from every other day to 3x a week for under a minute. Being I don't wear make-up daily but when I do, I especially like to use this to bring up anything extra that's lurking.

There's a few things I would change personally, but then I could see the cost wouldn't be the same, I'd love a timer, I could see some getting carried away and brushing every layer off. I would say an on - off button but it's quite handy having the one button during use, a stand, I would say for it to be able to use batteries & a charger and maybe different types of brushes .... umm yeah but for the most part, I'm super happy with this purchase. Definitely a thumbs up from me.


Do you use an electric cleansing brush? What are your thoughts on them?

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush