Kiko Nail Lacquer in 266 Ultramarine Blue Review

I have mixed feelings about the Kiko Nail Lacquers but on the whole I’ve been distinctly underwhelmed, they just don’t seem to really work as I like, they have beautiful colours but the formulas are disappointing. Ultramarine Blue is the latest colour I have tried with only one left that I’m yet to try, here’s my thoughts.
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Ultramarine Blue, as the name would suggest, is a beautiful rich navy blue shade. The Kiko Lacquers are very budget friendly, usually they retail for £3.90 but every time I look online or in store, they’re on sale. I do think though that they can sometimes lack in quality.
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Thankfully this polish applied well which was a refreshing change from one of the others that I tried. In one to two coats this was opaque, it didn’t go streaky and on the whole was nice and even which I was very happy with. I would have preferred a wide brush and perhaps a slightly thicker formula but on the whole, not bad.
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The finish was quite shiny and glossy which I was happy about, but sadly this just didn’t last! I found this this chipped insanely quickly and within three days I had to completely remove it, that was after topping it up each day! It also stained my nails even with a base coat on which was really annoying.

Overall, again I’m disappointed, I love Kiko as a brand but I just don’t rate their nail polishes, maybe the final shade I have to try will surprise me but so far they’re been average at best.

The Kiko Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Ultramarine Blue is available here for £3.90.

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Frost/Ice Queen Makeup Tutorial

It’s been a while since I’ve done a crazy makeup tutorial and I really wanted to just let me creativity run wild so I decided to create a look inspired by frost and ice. Sadly I didn’t have a lot of the tools eg glue stick, white liquid liner and face gems so this is purely done by what I had to hand but I hope that you like it!
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Eyes
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I started by applying an eye primer and I used the Body Shop Instablur Eye Primer just to prep my eyes and create a smooth and even base. Next, I used my Maybelline Instant Eye Erase Concealer to neutralise any under eye circles. I opted for a very cool toned-icy colour palette here and I did use multiple palettes but you can use whatever you wish. I started by taking my BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette and applying a pale silver shadow over my lids. I packed this on quite heavily. Next I took my Essence 3d Eyeshadow in Irresistible Summer-Sea. Taking the lighter shade I blended that with the silver on my lid, I then applied the darker shade into the crease and blended that out. I later added a small amount of Urban Decay’s Freeze from the Vice 3 Palette to keep that bold. I also added Bobby Dazzle from the same Vice 3 Palette along my brow bone and in my inner corners. For liner I only did my waterline and I used the Gosh Velvet Touch Liner in Sky High. I used a Seventeen Shadow Stick in a pearly white shade regularly throughout this tutorial, so when I applied my L’oreal Telescopic Mascara once it had dried I added this pearly white to the ends of my lashes. I also didn’t fill my brows in but just ran this pearly shadow stick through them so they’d look frozen.

Face
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I skipped primer which in hindsight, was a bad idea as the pearly shadow stick defintiely dried out my skin. I actually went straight in with my Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation I’m allergic to face paint so I didn’t use that plus I wanted this to be a little more natural (or as natural as this look can be!). Next I took the Essence Eyeshadow from earlier plus Urban Decay’s Freeze Shadow I took a mix of this onto a powder brush and I actually applied this all around the edges of my face, including as a contour. I later blended the crap out of this because I wanted it to be a blue tinge rather than blue stripes, but I liked the effect of it. Using the same pearly eyeshadow stick from before, I exaggerated a highlight for my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and brow bone. It took my a while to ensure that my skin wasn’t blue and patchy so I kept adding eyeshadow then blending it out and dabbing on foundation until I was happy with the results.

Lips
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I didn’t have any lipsticks that were like the shade I wanted to use so I actually created my own custom lip colour. I started my applying that Seventeen Pearly White Shadow Stick across my lips, this creases and slips so I had to pat it in and layer it so prevent it sinking into lines. I then took the lighter side of the Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresistible Summer Sea and applied that to my lips, I kept adding in colour and blending until I was happy. This did slip a little bit so to secure it into place I used the same Gosh Velvet Touch Liner in Sky High as a lip liner, I then smudged and blended this to create a softer finish.

Final Look
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This look was brighter in person however the yellow lighting in my house washed it out but I actually like that as I look more…corpselike? I’m actually really happy with how this turned out. As you might have guessed there isn’t any specific structure to this look, if you go freehand and make it messy I think it’ll work more in your favour, so give it a go and enjoy it!

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this look, I’m happy with how it turned out!

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love_nina

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Eve Taylor Skincare Balancing Range

I’m not too far from finishing the mountain of Eve Taylor samples that I had to work through and to be honest I’m kind of glad because so far nothing has really blown me away. I decided to give the balancing range to see if it would inspire me, after all I do have combination skin, here’s my thoughts.
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Both of these products are sample sizes and come in clinical looking white and blue sachets. Eve Taylor specialises in aromatherapy so the branding makes sense but I have to say it doesn’t do much to excite me. The prices and sizes vary for these products, the Balancing Cleanser is available in a 200ml retail size for £14.89 or a 50ml travel size for £5.09. The Balancing Moisture Lotion is again available in two sizes, the 200ml retail size is priced at £14.89 with the 50ml travel size again at £5.09.

Balancing Cleanser
The Balancing Cleanser contains Lavender and Jasmine and has a very floral/ herbal scent which I’m not too fond of to be honest. It comes in lotion form which is design to cleanse the skin without stripping it. The product did cleanse my skin however, my skin did feel a little parched afterwards and was very slightly tight. I didn’t feel that this cleansed my skin without stripping it if I’m honest. I also noticed that the product was supposed to emulsify with water but again it didn’t do this, instead the lotion smeared around my face but didn’t foam.

Balancing Moisture Lotion
Containing Geranium and Basil, the Balancing Moisture Lotion also has a very earthy herbal scent which I’m not fond of. Claiming to be rich enough for dry areas but not too rich for oily areas this was quite interested. My cheeks were quite dry so I didn’t know how this would work, it didn’t clear up my dry patches and was very light and greasy in texture. It took some work to get this to absorb as it smeared around my skin a lot. My skin did feel okay afterwards but again it was slightly tight, I didn’t feel that this was great for my skin either.

Overall, this range didn’t really impress me, none of these products have been awful but maybe my expectations are too high? I do think that they tend to have a lot of product claims and are mid range priced but they just don’t seem to do much for my skin. I do have the Soothing and Age Resist range to try so we’ll see how I get on with those, I also have a sample of their Hyluronic Acid Intense Hydrator which I have very high hopes for so we will see!

The Eve Taylor Balancing Range is available here, prices start at £5.09.

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 anything from this brand and if you tend to like balancing products?

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Body Shop Born Lippy in Raspberry Review

I’ve previously mentioned my love for the Body Shop lip balms, but I’d only ever tried the Passionfruit and Strawberry one. Then I got to try the Raspberry one and I have to say this is my favourite of the three that I’ve tried, it’s amazing! Here’s why.
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Starting with the packaging and the Born Lippy lip balms come in little plastic tubs with a screw on lid. The art on the lid kinda of reminds me of the Rolling Stones sort of Andy Warhol kind of vibe which I quite like. These are also super budget friendly at only £2.00 for 10ml of product.

Inside the pot is the lip balm and it does feel quite moisturising, it is a little sticky but it feels more like a smooth texture rather than uber sticky. The scent of this is absolutely incredible, I’d not tried anything from the Raspberry range but my God this smells so delicious like raspberry flavoured sweeties.
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The balm itself offers a very slight tint which I really like, mainly because in the day I can’t stand lip balms that have that awful white cast. This offers the slightest tint that just adds a little glow and gives a healthy appearance which I really like.
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Overall, I really like this, I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this and thankfully my boyfriend likes the scent of this one (he didn’t like the passionfruit), so I’m glad about that. If you haven’t tried the Body Shop lip balms I’d recommend you give them a try, they’re affordable and they feel so luxurious.

The Body Shop Born Lippy Pot Lip Balms are available here for £2.00.

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 these lip balms, and which lip balms you like to use.

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love_nina

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November Favourites 2016

It’s the end of November and that means that the count down to Christmas has begun! I have to admit, I’ve not been feeling very festive this year mainly because there’s been so much stress in my life lately but I’m hoping that things will pick up soon, here’s everything I’ve been loving this month.
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Beauty
I have an absolute ton of beauty favourites this month, it’s been a great month for discovering new products and rediscovering old favourites. First up is a shower cream and it’s the Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream I fell in love with this scent after trying the Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon and the shower cream smells just as good. I cannot get enough of this scent and I’d wear it as a fragrance if I could! The Soap and Glory Supercat Liner really impressed me this month, winged eyeliner is something that I really struggle with as I have hooded eyes, but this makes it easier. I’ve been using my Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette a lot this month, I still get so much use out of this it was definitely worth the money! Two blushers this month, the powder formula is the Body Shop All-In-One Cheek Colour in Guava so easy to use and so pretty, I love it! The ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker has also been a nice choice this month, it can be a little trickier to work with but it gives a beautiful natural flush that stays in place all day. Finally is a lip product and it’s the Collection Work The Colour Matte Lip Butter in Marshmallow Pink it’s a beautiful pink shade that is so comfortable to wear plus it’s under five pounds!

Lifestyle
I don’t have too many lifestyle favourites this month but the ones that I do have I really have enjoyed. First up is the scarf that you can see in the picture, it’s a wool scarf in pink and grey which I absolutely love, my friend actually knitted it for me and gave it to me for Christmas last year and I’ve got so much use out of it! Finally is The Apprentice I watch this every year, and every year I end up in stitches of laughter this year has had some classic moments…Big K anyone?

That rounds up this month’s favourites, I hope that you’ve all had a great month and have an awesome December too!

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The Ride or Die Makeup Tag

I love makeup and beauty and now that I’ve been blogging for nearly three years I’ve found some seriously awesome products. I’ve seen this tag created by Jaclyn Hill floating around and it was definitely something that I wanted to give a go. Some of the makeup categories don’t apply to me (lashes mainly), some of them I haven’t found holy grail items (face powder, setting spray) and some categories that weren’t included I’ve found relevant to me, so this is my own twist on the tag, I hope that you enjoy this post!
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Primer: GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer
The primer I love has since been housed in different packaging and renamed but this seriously is one of my all time favourites (previously known as the Velvet Touch Line Perfector), I always like a primer that can blur and even out my skin tone and this does just that, without being drying.

Foundation: Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation in Bone
I tend to use high street foundations on a daily basis however I tried this foundation this year and was blown away by the coverage and the finish. This is full coverage which is more than I usually go for but it just makes me skin look amazing, I wore this on my graduation day and the difference in the appearance of my skin was just incredible.

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I’ve not tried masses of concealers and I’m yet to try a high end concealer but the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is something that I always go back to. This works really well on blemishes for me and it doesn’t crease or cake under my eyes either, plus it covers my awful undereye shadows. This is so affordable and it does the trick for me every time.

Blusher: Benefit Hervana, ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker.
I have two blusher favourites and this was so hard because there’s so many that I love! For powder, Benefit Hervana has to be the one of the prettiest powder blushers that I’ve seen, it’s a gorgeous orchid shade that is beautifully blendable. For cream blushers, I really like the ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker which I can’t seem to find a link for! It’s a beautiful cotton candy pink, that blends easily into the skin and creates a really natural flush.

Bronzer: Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever
It’s very difficult to find a bronzer that works for me because I’m quite pale. Typically cool toned bronzers can make me look ashy, but most warm toned bronzers are way too ornage for me. This one by Astor, cost me only £4.00 from a local wholesale store and it’s worked a charm for me, I love it!

Highlighter: MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder in Pink Shimmer, Topshop Glow in Polish.
I’ve tried so many highlighters that I love so this was so hard but I’ve managed to narrow it down to one powder and one cream. For powder, I’m obsessed with this MUA one, it’s a beautiful pearlescent pink that just glows on the skin and it doesn’t contain any glitter! The Topshop offering again has a pearlescent finish but this time it’s a white gold. It’s very comfortable on the skin and is easy to use, plus it’s under £15.00.

Mascara: L’oreal Telescopic Mascara
I really adore this mascara, for me it lengthens, separates and volumises plus it’s got a very black formula rather than a pale grey black of most mascaras, I really do love this and it has been my favourite for years.

Lipstick: Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty
I didn’t think I’d be able to pick just one lipstick but then I remember this, which I use all of the time! This is such a beautiful lipstick, the colour is a really lovely natural pink that’s not too bold or too nude and the formula is lovely and creamy. This is amazing quality and I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

Liquid Lipstick: 2true 8hr Power Lip Colour in Angelina
A while ago 2true sent me a box of products but this really stood out to me and it’s been my favourite liquid lipstick since. It’s very pigmented, and is a true red colour. In terms of formula, this doesn’t dry out my lips like a lot of liquid lipsticks do, but once this sets it stays in place all day. I love to pair this with a red lip liner for the perfect red lip.

Lip Gloss: Maybelline Colour Sensational Gloss in Stellar Berry
I don’t typically wear lipglosses, but as a teenager this was my go-to and I’ve repurchased it and still use it occasionally today! This is a really pretty lipgloss it smells beautiful (like those Strawberry quality street chocolates) and it isn’t overly thick or sticky. The shade is beautiful a plummy pink shade that’s lovely for autumn!

Lip Balm:  Body Shop Born Lippy, Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me.
I have two lip balms that I like to use depending what mood I’m in, one is in a stick form and the the other is in a pot. On an evening I like to use a pot balm and I typically reach for the Body Shop Born Lippys. The Body Shop lip balms are very nourishing and of course they smell delicious, the offer a very slight tint too. The Baby Lips are lip balms that I’ve always liked, Cherry Me is this gorgeous pinky red that can be worn sheer or built up. Again, this smells lovely and the stick form is very convenient.

Eyeshadow Palette: Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette, MUA Heaven and Earth Palette.
My favourite palettes are all from Urban Decay, I do love the Naked rage but for colours I love my Alice Through The Looking Glass palette which is packed full of jewel tones, neutrals and pastel shades. It’s very versatile and the quality is amazing. I do love my Naked palettes however, my most used neutral palette is the MUA Heaven and Earth, I’ve actually hit pan on some shades. This are really lovely, with plenty of pigmentation and a soft, non chalky formula.

Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
I’ve tried various brow products but the Brow Wiz has to be my favourite. This was so easy to use, I could go for a softer or a bolder brow depending on how I wanted to use it and I found it easy to shape my brows too. This is expensive but the formula is neither too dry nor to waxy, it’s just perfect.

Perfume: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy 
There’s plenty of perfumes that I’ve tried and I do have a lot of favorites but one of my all-time favourites is Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, this is both sweet and fruity and it lasts for ages on me, it’s everything that I look for in a scent.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you choose to do this tag, I tag anyone who wants to do it!

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Ten bloggers I’m loving at the moment #2

It’s been a while since I rounded up my favourite bloggers, but every evening once my blog has gone live I pop over to Bloglovin and catch up with all of the new posts from the various bloggers that I follow and I have to say it’s one of my favourite parts of the day. There’s a lot of bloggers that I like but the ten that I’ve mentioned today and bloggers that I just feel are killing it with their posts lately, have a nosy and give them a follow!

1) Dorkface
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I love Jemma’s blog, with Dorkface she has created something that is creative yet lighthearted and it’s a seriously good read. If you like colour and kawaii arts and crafts then I really do think that you’ll like her blog. She also founded The Girl Gang, uniting bloggers on social media, I find her so clever and funny.

2) Dungarees & Donuts
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What I love about Olivia’s blog is the incredible personal toucht hat is incorporated within every post. I find her content to be enjoyable and useful as she tackles a lot of issues that affect masses of people on a daily basis. I always find Olivia’s posts to be very personal and very supportive and I think that it’s amazing that she’s using her own life experiences to help other people.

3) Forever Miss Vanity
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Jessica is a personal friend of mine but I’ve actually followed her blog for longer than we’ve known each other. If you need to know the best places to eat or visit then definitely give her blog a visit. With regular posts centered around travel and food, you’l get a serious dose of wanderlust after reading this blog.

4) Hannah Heartss
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Hannah’s blog is one that I like to visit to discover the latest going’s on in the beauty world. I especially love her wishlist posts which have definitely contributed to my own wishlist of brands and products. I also love her Lush video demonstrations whenever she reviews a Lush bath product, plus her bunnies are adorable.

5) Hay Sparkle
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If you like to read posts about beauty with plenty of positivity and sparkle (sorry I couldn’t resist) then I’d definitely recommend you give Hayley’s blog a try. I always find Hayley’s posts to be very lighthearted and well written and I’m always going back for more.

6) LPageBeauty
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Leanne’s blog is a relatively new find for me but it’s quickly become one of my favourites. I love her round up posts which talk about some of her favourite and least favourite products, I also appreciate how honest she is, if she doesn’t like a product she’ll say so which is so refreshing!

7) Tea Party Beauty
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Hayley’s blog was one of the first that I ever started following on Bloglovin and I’m still subscribed to it several years later! In case you didn’t know, Hayley created the #bloggersblogawards which I think is a great way to support new, emerging talent. I also love the variety of Hayley’s posts, though I’m not typically a lifestyle blog reader, I always end up reading every single one of Hayley’s posts. She’s also seriously talented at makeup art!

8) The Sunday Girl
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Where to even begin with Adrienne, I’ve followed The Sunday Girl for such a long time and if I had to read only one blog for the rest of my life it would be this. I adore Adrienne’s writing style which somehow is both personal and dreamy, each and every post sucks me in and I’m genuinely excited every time a new post goes live. Seriously, go check it out.

9) Thirteen Thoughts
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Paula’ blog is another new find for me but again, I’m absolutely hooked. Self taught in photography and with English as her second language, you’d never guess that Paula has taught herself everything from scratch. Paula’s blog aims to help people feel more confident about themselves which is such a beautiful philosophy and a testament to her character. I find Paula incredibly inspirational and both her writing style and photography are beautiful.

10) Thumbelina Lillie
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Megan is one of those people who is quite frankly adorable. I love how sweet and beautiful her blog is from the content to the photography and she is one of those people who I truly feel is 100% genuine. Megan regularly interacts with her followers on social media which I find really lovely. There’s definitely a reason as to why I’ve been a long term reader of Thumbelina Lillie.

Thank you so much for reading this post, please go give these wonderful bloggers a follow because they’re all seriously talented ladies. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments who your favourite bloggers are.

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