The Body Shop Coconut Body Mist Review

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This post will probably be a little shorter than usual but in all honesty I really struggle to write reviews on scents and I know that quite a few people seem to also struggle with them. Today however, I have a body mist to share with you. I’ve been using this for a a while now and despite not liking it initially, it has won me over.

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In terms of packaging this is quite a simplistic design in a clear glass bottle with the logo and product information on a sticker on the front. In all honesty the glass does make it look more expensive but I would prefer a plastic bottle just in case this breaks in my handbag.

In terms of smell this does smell like coconut but I do think that it’s almost a little too sweet. When I first tried this mist I wasn’t a huge fan as I thought that it was almost sickly, but after using it for a while I have grown fond of it, and unlike most body mists this does cling to your clothes and last all day which I really like.

Overall I do like this product and I’d be open to trying more scents from the range, I just hope that The Body Shop will make these a little more travel friendly!

You can purchase this product for £7.50 for 100ml by clicking here.

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Love x
Nina

Vivo Captive Eyes Review

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You know when you like a product and then it gets discontinued and you feel really crap about it? I felt like that when I found out that the Vivo Captive Eyes had been discontinued and that one of my favourite eyeshadow bases had now blinked out of existance. Here’s the reasons why I like it so much.

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I can’t give you an RPP simply because this has been discontinued but Vivo Cosmetic were stocked in Tescos for only a few pounds and they were surprisingly good quality as well as been affordable.

The packaging is small and minimalistic which I like because these days some brands tend to get quite gimicky with flamboyant packaging that simply isn’t needed.

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Although this eyeshadow that I’m going to show you can be a little chalky it adheres to my lids well and covers up any blue veins I may have on my eyelids, better yet it’s a realy nice colour for my skintone and is a “your eyes but better” sort of shade.

I initially used this instead of a primer but it also looks nice on the eyes on it’s own and prevents my eyeshadows from creasing. Sadly now that it no longer exists I need to find a good substitute, any suggestions?

I know that this was a short post, but I wanted to give this product a mention simply because I’m sad that I can’t buy it anymore. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for good eye bases for me!

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Love x
Nina

LOTD Audrey Hepburn Inspired

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Hey everyone, today I have another LOTD post for you and today I have been inspired by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Here’s the look I created and what I used.

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Eyes
MUA Heaven and Earth Palette (eylids)
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Face
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF15
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick in Ivory
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Ivory
Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold

Lips
Revlon Lipgloss in Bellini

This is a really lovely look that’s really easy to create and natural looking. I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what your favourite look of the moment is.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Wearable Maleficent GRWM

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Now that Halloween is on it’s way I’ve decided to come up with two little tutorials/looks for you guys to use on Halloween. Now for some people Halloween is about looking as scary as possible however for some they prefer something a little more wearable so today I will be showing you my wearable look which is Maleficent inspired.

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Eye Makeup
Starting with the eyes you will need a black liquid liner, a mascara and some grey eyeshadows. To start off with I covered my entire lid with a matte grey shadow which I got by mixing Avon’s Smokey Eyes trio and Rimmel London’s Glam Eyes in Smokey Noir Quad. One you’ve done that take a darker eyeshadow such as a very dark grey or black and apply that to your outer corners and crease. Be sure to blend in to get a smoky effect. Next line your upper lash line with your black liquid eyeliner before adding a coat of your favourite mascara. I used MUA’S Liquid Eyeliner in Black ad my Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

Face
For the face you want a flawless base and heavy contour, first of all I counteracted the redness by applying my Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base, but you can use which ever primer you want. Next I used my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick in Ivory across my whole face and blended that in before using my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer on targeted areas. For a contour I used my Real Techniques Contour Brush with my Astor Deluxe Bronzer in Safari Fever before using my Real techniques Point Foundation Brush and MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold.

Lips
For the lips you simply want a bold red lipstick (and if needed a lip liner), I’ve used Natural Collections’s Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red to get a nice bold lip.

That is it for the tutorial, it’s quick and easy and is both wearable and suitable for Halloween. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you are going fas for Halloween.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Skeleton Girl GRWM

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So I’ve decided to do two simple looks for halloween, one will be a full on halloween look and the other a more wearable look. Today is the full on look and I’ve done a skeleton girl.

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To start off with I worked on my eyes and used two dark grey eyeshadows over both lids. Then using my Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Timeless Black around my skeleton eye, I also used the colour tattoo around my skeleton side of my nose to look like bones.

On my face I used my Clinique Redness Control Daily Protective Base, then I used my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and Collection Cover up Stick on the skeleton side of my face to make it look pale. I then used my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick and Fit Me Concealer on the human side of my face.

To create the mouth I used concealer on my lips to pale them out then on the human half applied my Natural Collection Lipstick in Cherry Red and then used a black pencil eyeliner on the right side to create the mouth.

That is it for this tutorial, it’s quite simple but this was the look that was requested on twitter by my friend Alice and so that’s what I did. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween Nail Art

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Hey everyone, I was thinking about Tim Burton films (I love Tim Burton) and decided that seeing as Halloween is on its way it would be fun to put together a little nail art tutorial for Halloween for you guys. This is inspired by the film The Nightmare Before Christmas, I hope that you enjoy this post.

You Will Need:
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A top and base coat of your choice – I’m using Seche Vite
An orange nail polish – I’m using Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish in It’s a scorcher
A black nail polish – I’m using Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish in Black cab
A black liquid liner or a striper tool and dotting tool – I’m using MUA Liquid Eyeliner in Black
A white polish or if you don’t have one a white nail art pen – I’m using Barry M Nail Art Pen in White.

Step One – Paint thumb, middle finger and pinkie finger black and second and fourth finger orange.
step one paint orange and black

Step Two – Using white nail art pen or white polish and striper paint vertical stripes down the thumb and pinkie nails.
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Step Three – Using Black Liquid Eyeliner or Black Polish and Dotting Tool and Striper create two small triangles facing inwards for eyes and a jagged mouth, do this on the two orange nails to create two pumpkins.
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Step Four – If you have a white polish paint your middle fingernail white and use a black liquid eyeliner or black polish and tools to create two circles for eyes and a smile with stitch marks. If using a white nail art pen colour in the middle nail white and use eyeliner or black polish to create two dots for the eyes and a smile with stitch marks, this will be Jack Skellington.
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Step Five – Allow nails to dry then apply your topcoat over the top to protect your design and add shine, if you are feeling really brave try experimenting with a glow in the dark topcoat!
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So that is it for this post, if you enjoyed this please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you like or if you will be using this design for Halloween!

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara

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Don’t you just love a good multi purpose product? I don’t know if you guys believe me when I say this but I have found a lash primer, mascara, brow gel, bottom lash mascara and a stray hair tamer for only £1.99 and it is all the same product.
I know, I know you must all be staring at your screens right now thinking that I’m a complete nutter, but I really have found such a wonder product, ladies and gentlemen it’s time for you to meet the Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara.
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So this is the Natural Collection Lash Care Mascara. The packaging is pretty simple in a white tube with just the brand logo on it but I think that the simplicity of the packaging reinforces the brands “natural” looking approach to things. Also, for a clear mascara I don’t think fancy, and garish packaging is really necessary. This product is available for only £1.99 in Boots (link) which I think is a complete steal.

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This is the brush of the mascara, as you can see it is a thin fibre brush. If you look at the end of the product you will notice that it isn’t absolutely coated in product which is why I think that this has so many uses. The product isn’t too wet or excessive which means you can get away with applying it through the brows. To me the brush of this mascara reminds me of a spoolie which is why I mainly use it as a brow gel.

I did mention that this product has a lot of uses so I’m going to tell you how I use it. On my brows I like to use this as a brow gel, it is clear and not too wet or sticky so it’s really easy to just brush this through my brows to set them in place and to tame stray hairs. I also sometimes use this on my hair, if I have my hair up in a ponytail and I have a few flyaways near my ears that are hairspray resistant I will push them into place and the mascara dries and keeps them down. This is clear so you can use it as a mascara, lash conditioner or even a lash primer before adding your regular mascara to get added volume and drama. I also like to use this as a bottom lash mascara as it’s clear so it won’t smudge and run leaving black marks under my eyes.

Overall I love this product, it cost me such a small amount of money and has so many uses, if you haven’t yet tried this I would thoroughly recommend that you try and get your hands on it because it truly is amazing.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know what you would use this for and why.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing Cleansing Lotion Review

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I recently used up my beloved Nivea 2 in 1 Daily Essentials Cleansing and Toning Lotion and thought that it was the perfect opportunity to try a new skincare product and so I popped the Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing Cleansing Lotion. Fast forward a few weeks and not only have I nearly used up this product but I’ve also formed an opinion on it and I thought that it was high time I told you guys what I thought of this product.
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In terms of price and packaging this product is relatively budget friendly at only £3.25 for 200ml of product. The packaging is quite simple but effective, a light blue plastic bottle with a flip up lid so you can just turn the bottle upside down and squeeze out the product.

In terms of scent and texture this product smells really natural and neutral which I am assuming is down to the water lily extract. If you do concentrate on the smell I can detect a slight whiff of alcohol which makes sense because this product does contain alcohol unfortunately. This is a lotion so it has a runny texture, I usually apply it from the bottle onto a clean face flannel and then just work that into my skin before applying a toner although Garnier recommends you apply this to a cotton pad.

I don’t particularly love this product but I don’t particularly hate this either. I have recently found that some of the products I have been using lately do contain alcohol and I have found this to be stripping and drying on my skin which puts me off from repurchasing this.

I also found that although the product tells you not to rub your face with this, if you want to get your makeup off with just this product you do have to scrub a bit which can disturb the skin cells and leave your skin feeling sore and red.

Overall I don’t think I would repurchase this, it isn’t terrible but in this case I do think you get what you pay for and that sometimes with skincare it is better to spend a little more and get a great product than buy budget products that may be harming your skin.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you use products with alcohol in them or not and what your opinion is on it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical Review

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I don’t know about you guys but when I’m in a rush in a morning, tired and my hair is looking a bit greasy I always reach straight for a can of dry shampoo. I’m raved about the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush before and I decided to pick up the Tropical scent. Seeing as I’ve fallen in love with it I thought I’d share this with you and tell you why I love it so much.

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The Batiste Dry Shampoos are available from Boots for £2.99 (link) although I usually get mine from Bodycare where they are a bit cheaper. In terms of packaging you have a large can with the logo of the brand, the scent and then different colours and patterns depending on the scent. This is the Tropical scent so we have a yellow can with green leaves and flowers on it which looks nice on my bedside table.

In terms of scent I actually prefer this over the Blush scent which was my previous favourite. The Blush scent is very sweet and powdery whereas this smells exactly like coconuts which I just love.

Like all dry shampoos if you do not follow the instructions or you spray too close to your head then this will leave a white cast, but if you spray it onto your hair, rub it in properly then brush it out it won’t leave any white marks on your hair.

This refreshes my hair, is easy to use and smells gorgeous. I find that a few squirts of this is enough to cover my entire head so one bottle tends to last me quite a while. If you haven’t checked out the Batiste Dry Shampoos yet and you love the scent of coconut then I’d definitely recommend this to you!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the Batiste Dry Shampoos and if you have which is your favourite and why.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Gloss Review

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Once upon a time there was a female who got a free lip gloss with some sanitary towels. As strange as the story sounds she used the lip gloss, fell in love with it, used it up and then forgot about it. Years later she remembered the lip gloss and how much she loved it and ordered another off of the internet. To this day they have never been parted.

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Just in case you haven’t gathered the female is me and the lip gloss is the Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Gloss. I can’t give you an RRP for this product because it isn’t sold in stores and I purchased mine from Ebay. I can say though that I like the swirls on the packaging I just wish it came with an applicator rather than being in a squeezy tube.

In terms of lip gloss this lip gloss is very thick and very sticky which I actually kind of like. If you hate the dry feeling of matte lips and like to be able to rub your lips together then you will love this lipgloss. If you hate sticky lips and lip gloss in general then you probably will hate this lip gloss.

In terms of scent and colour this lip gloss smells like pink grapefruit which I find really uplifting and nice and the colour is a neutral translucent coral perfect for all year round.

This does last a relatively long time but like all lip glosses does eventually need reapplying. It does moisturise my lips and has a very shiny finish.

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Overall this is a nice lip gloss in my opinion. I don’t think I’d repurchase it because it isn’t quite as nice as I remember it being but this is nice for wearing around the house to inject some moisture back into my lips. I like to think of it as more of a treatment than a gloss.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, this was a shorter post than usual but with this being a discontinued product there was limited information about it. If you did enjoy this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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