Cuccio Neon Nail Polish in Alternative Energy Review

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I absolutely adore nail polish, so when I found out about Nail Polish Direct I was super excited to find a whole host of brands for discounted prices. One brand that I stumbled across was Cuccio a brand that I hadn’t heard of before. My lovely boyfriend picked up three of the Cuccio polishes, one of which was Alternative Energy. I finally cracked open the polish this week and thought I’d give it a go for the warmer weather, here’s my thoughts.
cuccio polish
I really like the packaging of these polishes, the bottle is wider than a lot of polishes holding a lot more polish and I adore the matte black lid with a silver band which I think looks very stylish and chic. Usually Cuccio polishes retail for £6.95 which is only slightly cheaper than Essie polishes, however on Nail Polish Direct this cost £4.95.

Before I get started on my thoughts, I thought I’d share the product description of this polish first, this is also part of the neon collection:
Cuccio is in the top league for all types: nail polish they have iconic shades and affordable prices.
-Chip free, long lasting, salon professional formulation
– Quality highly saturated colour coverage
-Custom made cap and brush
– No Dibutyl Phthalate and Toulene free product.
-13ml

I do adore the colour of this polish as it’s a bright neon green. I’ve used neon green polishes in the past and I think that they’re real fun in summer and they make you look tanned which is always nice. I did find the brush to look pretty bog standard though and I wouldn’t call it anything special.
cuccio on me
(Three coats later with a patchy finish and darker colour)
For me the formula of this polish sucked, one coat seemed very sheer almost as if my nails had absorbed the polish which was very odd, two coats had a better coverage but looked patchy, and three coats darkened the colour and still looked messy. I’m usually very good at painting my own nails and I have painted my own nails for the last nine years but this polish just didn’t want to look good and no amount of fixing could prevent that.

In terms of chipping, I applied this without a top coat and it chipped away within a day which I was not impressed with. I also found that when I took the polish off, this got under my cuticles and stained my nails. I’ve used remover on two seperate occasions on my nails and this doesn’t want to budge which is really annoying.

Overall I’m very disappointed, I would not call these polishes salon quality at all, I’ve briefly tried a purple shade which seemed okay on the toes and a pink shade which also looked bad, but I’ll be reviewing those seperately. In the meantime I won’t ever be purchasing a polish by this brand and I certainly wouldn’t recommend them either!

The Cuccio Nail Polish in Alternative Energy is available here for £4.95.

I hope that you enjoyed this speedy post and if you did please hit the like button. Have you ever tried a polish and been really disappointed with the formula? Let me know in the comments.

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Love Nina

Seventeen Brows That! Brow Kit Review

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Although it was only in the last couple of years that I started bothering with my brows I’m quickly become a bit of a product whore when it comes to trying new brow products. From pencils, to powders, to waxes and felt tips, I’ll try them all and I am of the firm belief that there is always a better product out there. After using my Sleek Brow Kit for a while, Rachel loaned me the Seventeen Brows That Brow Kit to try and I have to say, once again Seventeen have done really well, here’s the lowdown.
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The product consists of a black compact with a flip up lid and inside are all the products. Seventeen’s packaging tends to be quite simple with a little jazz, suitable for teenagers and those who may feel a bit wary when starting out with beauty. Inside the compact is a mini brow pencil and a small brush then there is a wax, a powder and a powder highlight. Although this is absent of a spoolie or tweezers this is great for on the go brows mainly if you need to touch up or apply on a bus or train in a morning. This nifty little kit will set you back £5.99 which is one of the most budget friendly kits out there.
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The kit also has a little slip with instructions and a step by step guide on how to do your brows, you are instructed to use the pencil to fill in before going in with the wax and then the powder to set, before applying a small amount of the highlighter to the brow bone. Generally I opt for a pencil or wax or powder (very occasionally I’ll use a powder over a wax unless it’s a brow kit) so I imagined this to be quite heavy and fake looking but it’s really not, especially if you use the products with a light hand.
inside
Starting with the pencil which is the darkest product. This pencil thankfully isn’t waxy but it’s not uber creamy either so you do have to press on a little bit, I would therefore recommend light strokes, I found that this filled in my brows relatively well but still looked natural.
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(Left to right: Pencil, Wax, Powder, Highlight)
Moving onto the wax and I would have prefered an angled brush to apply this with (like in the Sleek Brow Kit), but the mini brush works. This is relatively pigmented so I use a light hand with this, the trick here is not to rush, you may have a great brow shape ready but don’t hastily splodge this on unless you want larger-than-life caterpillar brows.

The powder did have a small amount of fallout but simply tapping off the excess will solve this, I used a small amount of this and distributed this through the entire brow rather than packaging it on. Again similar to above do not pack on. This wax and powder are a little red toned/warm toned which isn’t as preferable to me who prefers cool toned brow products when possible, however this does work just use a light hand.
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(Brows Before)
Finally I loved the brow highlight, it is a matte powder highlight which is cream in colour. A very small amount of this on the brow bone blended in looks lovely and really helps to lift the brows and to emphasise the shape.
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(Brows After)
As a whole I felt that this kit worked really well to make my brows look good and it’s better than some of the more expensive products that I own, I would choose this over my Sleek Brow Kit and may just end up having to make a sneaky purchase for this. I wish that the compact was a tad smaller and if possible a spoolie to be added (tweezers not necessary), but that is me being picky more than anything else. I enjoyed this product and I would recommend you try it if there’s a shade to suit you.

The Seventeen Brows That! Brow Kit is available here for £4.99.

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Love Nina

Festival Inspired LOTD

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With summer well underway, this the season for festivals. I’m not going to any festivals this year but I have been to Download Festival in the past and so I thought it would be fun to put together a simple and easy to follow look. This look is really simple and I’ve using budget friendly and minimal products which will make packaging lighter. I hope that you enjoy this post.
no makeup
As usual we have the obligatory photo of me wearing no makeup. Before I started I prepped my face with a quick cleanse and I applied my No7 Intense Protect and Perfect Eye Cream to hydrate the eyes. I also braided my hair into two plaits, to keep it off of my face and to allow it to go wavy, as I love wavy hair with this look.
face products
I actually decided to start with my face makeup for a change and I’ve only used for products. I didn’t bother with a primer but if you are going to a festival I would recommend at least some kind of base of primer product containing sunscreen to prevent you from getting sunburn. I wanted this look to be quite light and fresh and so I decided to use a BB Cream. The 2true Pro BB Beautiful is a recent discovery and a product that I really like (although it’s a tad too dark for me) if you have medium skintones or a tan however, this one is lovely. This BB Cream deals with my pores, any redness or uneven texture and it leaves my skin looking almost matte (but with a glow) meaning that I don’t need powder. I then applied my Secenteen Stay Time Concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes or redness just to create a flawless base. I do love this concealer but it doesn’t work too well over the top of this base. The next step is optional but seeing as I’m not tanned I wanted to add a little warmth and so I applied a small amount of the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sunbronzed. I wanted to use this product up as it did smash, but I think it’s a bit orangey so I might just pass it on. Again this next step is optional but seeing as I wasn’t highlighting and I used minimal bronzer I wanted a little extra glow to my face so I used my Sleek Blush in Rose Gold.
face makeup
(Finished face makeup)
eye products
For my eye makeup I wanted something easy and natural looking. I started my applying my Rimmel London Shadow Stick in Bluffing to my lids and into the crease for a lovely shimmery look. If you need an eye primer simply add some concealer to the lids and blend in with your ring finger. Next I applied my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude this not only brightens but it’s fuss free, this will withstand rain and sweat without the fear of black smudges. I curled my lashes with my Lancome Lash Curler but you really don’t need to take a lash curler with you. For mascara I used my Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Waterproof Mascara this holds a curl, lengthens and volumises and it stays put which is handy for travelling. Finally I wanted a soft brow look without anything fussy such as waxes or powders so I used my 2true Expert Eyebrow Pencil another new discovery which is great for shaping and filling in but with a natural effect.
eye makeup
(finished eye makeup)
lip product
Hydrated lips are so, so important at festivals especially if it’s hot, sun+sweaty=cracked dry lips. I wanted to use a lip balm but I also wanted a splash of colour to brighten up the look so I used my Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock this is a rediscovery and I’ve been using it a lot lately.
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Finally for my hair I unbraided my plaits and then braided my fringe at the top to create a braided crown. Flooral crowns are super cute but sadly I don’t have one, so this is a great alternatuve. If you also want to add some interest try some temporary gold tattoos instea dof bracelets they look lovely. Once my hair was braided, I added some of my So…? Lovely Dry Shampoo and plenty of my Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray to add some bounce to my flat hair. Here’s the finished look.
finished look
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you are going to any festivals and if so which products you’ll be taking.

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Love Nina

Beauty Formulas Australian Tea Tree Face Mask Review

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I’ve declared my love for the brand Beauty Formulas before and in particular their face masks. Their cucumber mask is one of my staples and I’ve grown really fond of the mud mask too. As someone with sensitive skin I tend to be allergic to a lot of skincare (Simple, Olay etc) and I can’t use the Montagne Jeunesse sachet masks that everyone loves, as one burned my face last year, so for me it’s really awesome to have a budget brand that I can use and trust. This christmas I was lucky enough to receive the Australian Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Facial Mask from my friend Alice and I hadn’t seen it before so I was very very excited. I’ve been using it lately and it truly is lovely, so here is my review.
face mask
Starting with the packaging and I have to say that this is very green! Of course I love the tubes of these masks meaning that I can use them repeatedly and keep them sealed and I do think that the green does fit with the product of tea tree! The price of this mask is £3.99 from the official website although I usually grab these from Savers of Bodycare for a pound or two so these are easy on the wallet.

This mask claims to be deep cleansing and to clear impurities and to unblock pores as well as absorbing excess oil and reviving blemish prone skin. The product description is as follows:
Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Oil originates from Australia. It is a natural antibacterial agent believed to have a number of beneficial effects and antiseptic properties. A clay based mask with deep cleansing properties to draw out impurities, unblock pores, absorb and remove excess oil, grease and dirt. Soothes and calms blemish prone skin. Leaves skin feeling clean and fresh.

The texture and consistency of this mask is similar to the cucumber mask as it’s green clay only the smell of this is quite strong. To me tea tree was always minty but in this product it’s quite minty and lemony which isn’t a combination I’ve a fan of to be honest.

Having said that, this mask actually works. I’ve had some deeply seated spots that have been under the skin for a while and this mask brings all of the crap that’s stuck in my skin to the surface where I can deal with it with spot treatments and cleanser and toner.
me and rachel
(Rachel left, me right, wearing this face mask)

I have combination skin so my skin can be dry and oily in different areas but this doesn’t dry out my skin nor does it add any sort of grease, it simply does what it says and deeply cleanses allowing you to thoroughly cleanse your pores.

Yet again, Beauty Formulas have hit the nail on the head with this product. I’m not a huge fan of their sachet masks but their clay range that come in these tubes are brilliant and I just can’t fault them. I love this product and to be honest the smell is worth it for the deep cleanse.

I would recommend this to those with oily/combination skin or to anyone who is spot prone or suffering with cystic acne with spots and lumps under the skin as this really helps. I would repurchase this.

The Beauty Formulas Australian Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Facial Mask is available here for £3.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried anything from the Beauty Formulas range or if you are considering doing so.

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Love Nina

Lee Stafford Frizz OFF Keratin Blow Dry Smoothing Spray Review

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I have to be honest I’m completely hit and miss with Lee Stafford and there’s no inbetween. I either absolutely adore a product (Ubuntu Oils Repairing Mist Spray and the Breaking Hair Detangling Spray are amazing) or I can’t stand them (Root Boost Mousse Spray and Curl Management Spray) however, when I realised that it was two for ten pounds I couldn’t resist picking up the Lee Stafford Frizz Off Blow Dry Smoothing Spray for a mere £2.00 seeing as I was repurchasing the detangling spray. I’ve been using this for a while and I’ve not only formed an opinion of this product, but also of the brand as a whole.
lee stafford spray
I’ve touched upon the packaging of Lee Stafford products before. Pink isn’t my favourite colour but these are iconic of the brand and they do stand out in the haircare section of Boots. I also like how this bottle is translucent so you can see exactly how much product you have left. The price of this is £10.99 which is verging on steep for drugstore haircare, however, I’m more than happy to pay that for a keratin spray should it work.

Before I get onto the product description, let’s talk application. To apply this it specifies to run through from root to tip on towel dried hair which is pretty easy. I waited until I was out of the shower, towel dried my hair until it was still a little damp and then applied this product. This product does smell nice (as does all of the Lee Stafford range) but that’s hardly an indicator of the quality of the product and my first impressions were of this product that it was wet and slimy, again one of those annoying gel sprays (which I’m really starting to hate btw). As my hair started to dry I found that it was drying crispy and had a strawlike texture, similar to when I apply hairspray (not good.) When my hair finally dried the product had made no difference other to gum my hair up and make it crispy…le sigh.

The product description is as follows:
A dream product for all you ladies out there with difficult hair. Lee Stafford Frizz OFF Keratin Blow Dry Smoothing Spray gives instant results. It gets rid of frizz, protects the hair from heat damage, and strengthens the hair to reduce breakage. Frizzy hair can often be dry hair too! This multifunctional spray contains collagen known for its rejuvenating and moisturising effects to tackle that troublesome dryness frizzy hair is prone to. Now you can really say Frizz OFF to frizz.”

Unsurprisingly I disagree with this product claims, my hair is naturally wavy/curly so I don’t use a hair dryer if I plan on having it curlier, I did try this for straight hair too and there was no real difference. Frizz is there, flyaways are there and my hair is crispy and gunky, not fun.

To be honest I’m really disappointing with this and with Lee Stafford again, I love the treatment products, the oils and the detangler are amongst some of the best haircare products I’ve tried but the styling products just do not work for me and my hair and it makes me sad to think of the money that I’ve wasted.

So if you are on the hunt for a product that fights frizz then sadly I wouldn’t recommend this and I won’t be repurchasing either. I’m going to pass this along or donate it to charity because I can do without crispiness and hopefully it will work for someone else.

The Lee Stafford Frizz Off Keratin Smooth Smoothing Spray is available here for £10.99.

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 this or any other Lee Stafford products and feel free to share your opinions.

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Love Nina

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer Review

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I have to admit that I’m incredibly late to the bandwagon with this item especially now that the Instant Light Balm Perfectors have been released, but today I will be reviewing the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 (Rose Shimmer) which I was kindly given by my sweet bestie Rachel.
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Starting with the packaging and I rather like the tube packaging with white writing and silver lid, I’m not 100% sure why but I do love it although one thing I dislike is the oversized lid. I have a miniature version here so it could just be this one, but I find that the lid takes up a quarter of the product meaning that you get less product than you may think. The price is not the cheapest at £19.00 but I do like these.
swatch
In terms of the colour this shade is a lovely baby pink shade that is very natural looking (hence the name) that when built up has a slightly milky look to it. I love this shade although if I do find my lips to end up a little pale in a morning (especially if I get foundation or concealer on them) I like to add this over a lip gloss. If you have pigmented lips then this one will most likely look quite nice on it’s own but if you don’t you can still wear this over lipstick for a glossy look. The tint is quite subtle on these but I do love it.
applicator
Moving on to the applicator and I really like it, this has a sponge tip and when you squeeze the tube the product comes out of the tiny holes in the sponge which I quite like. I know a lot of people don’t like tube lipglosses because of the hygiene issues and if you are one of those people you may not like this either but I quite like the sponge applicator.
on me lips
This is a gloss but thankfully I don’t find this massively stick which is a positive, the only downside for me is that is that this doesn’t last as long as I would like but it’s pretty easy to top up, so I can manage.

Overall I quite like this, if I repurchased I would repurchase a larger size because despite being more of a lipstick kinda gal I did really enjoy this. I’ve also been tempted by the balm perfectors and the raspberry tint in oil.

You can purchase the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer here for £15.80.

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 this or any of the other Clarins lip products and leave me your recommendations and what you thought of this if you tried it.

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Love Nina

Lacey’s Mi Ti Hair Ties Review

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As someone with wavy/curly hair, that goes through hair ties like water, I was pretty intrigued when Lacey’s asked me if I wanted to review their latest products – the Mi Ti Professional Hair Ties as part of their Mi Salon Series. I’ve not heard of this brand before, so here’s my thoughts.

Disclaimer: The products featured in this post are PR Samples. Opinions are my own.

The Mi Ti Professional Hair tie is a hair tie that is supposed to be more effective than regular bobbles. These remind me of a telephone cord, however they are supposed to have a better hold, be gentle on the hair, to prevent unwanted kinks and to reduce head stress, they are described as suitable for all types of hair. These hair tyes are priced at £4.95 for a pack of three and are available from certain hair salons and Look Fantastic.
laceys hair ties
Starting with appearance and these come in a range of colours including clear (for those who prefer something more subtle), I really like the colour range and the shades Sunset Red, Seabreeze Blue and Sunshine Yellow are the latest additions from the 2015 summer collection. I personally would love a turquoise or a deep purple, but so far there’s a choice of eleven colours which is a solid start to a range.

Here are the main product claims:
*The perfect hold
* Gentle on the hair
* Ideal during sleep
*For all types of hair
*Leaves no hair indent
* Reduced hair stress.

Let’s start with the perfect hold. When I first used this it felt surprisingly lightweight and I was concerned that it would not hold my hair in place. My hair is very fine and so it easily slips out of hair tyes and ends up in the way, especially when I’m exercising or if I have my hair in a high bun. From what I’ve gathered the hair is held in place between each individual ‘cord’ and I can happily say that I twisted this twice and it held every strand in place without pulling on my hair. I did a full cardio workout with one of these bobbles in my hair and it did not budge.
Does it have the perfect hold? Yes.

As I have wavy/curly hair (more curly) an obvious concern is that this hair tye would pull on my hair and scalp as I took it out. I’m the kind of person who needs to use detangler so I was expecting this to get stuck like most hair bobbles do, but once again I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure how well it would work on say Afro hair but it was fine for me. My boyfriend who has thick, curly hair also tried these ties and has told me that they do tangle a little in his hair but the tangling is less than it is when he uses a normal hair tie.
Is it gentle on the hair? Yes.
on si
(The Mi Ti in Simon’s hair.)
When I sleep I can’t bear the feeling of my hair on my neck or back so I always put it into a topknot. Every night my hair starts to fall out of the topknot and I end up using four or five bobby pins to hold it in place and having to redo it in the middle of the night. In addition to this, I can’t have my hair in a ponytail because when I sleep I can feel hair ties digging into my neck or head. I did try sleeping with this holding my topknot in place and it was fab, I also had my hair in a ponytail throughout the day and found that when leaning or propping myself up, it didn’t dig into my head. I think this is because of the elastic that this is made of and the fact that although it has excellent hold it doesn’t pull your hair tight against your head so you feel like you have more flexibility.
Is it ideal during sleep? Yes.

The next claim I cannot fully agree with simply because I and my boyfriend both only have one hair type so I can’t speak on behalf of everyone in the world. Having said that, my hair is fine and curly and my boyfriend has thick and curly hair. I also tried this on a friend with thick, straight hair and all three of us felt like the hair tie worked for us. As I’ve said, I’m not sure if this will work on every hair type or not, but I can confirm that it worked for all three of us
Does it work for all hair types? It works for every hair type I have tried it on.
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(Simon’s hair after wearing the Mi Ti, please not there is no kink)

One thing that always worried me with hair ties is that awful kink that they leave behind. Truly there is nothing worse than straightening your hair and having it in a high ponytail all day to then get a headache and realise that the second you let your hair down, there’s going to be a huge ass kink in there (get my drift?) I tried this in both a high ponytail and a topknot and I fully expected a kink, however as I write this I’m feeling the back of my head and this is no kink at all.
Does it leave any indent or kink in the hair? No.

The final product claim is reduced head stress. I know this sounds daft but I am the sort of person who can get headaches from having my hair tied back. My hair isn’t particularly heavy, especially as it’s shoulder length at the moment, but when I scrape my hair up, it pulls on my scalp and often results in a headache. I tried the same hair style with these hair ties and I had no headache at all after taking my hair down. I can also confirm that my scalp didn’t feel sore or tender.
Does it reduce head stress? Yes.

It’s not often that I find a product that lives up to it’s product claims, but this hair tie actully seems to work. I’m not quite sure what this sorcery is but I will tell you that it’s converted me, and I don’t think I’ll be returning to regular hair ties any time soon. I would buy these (which I will most likely have to because I’ve forever losing hair ties and bobby pins) and I would recommend these as well.

The Lacey’s Mi Ti Professional Hair Ties are available at Look Fantastic for £4.95 (but will be on offer 3 for 2) or at certain salons for £3.75. To find out if your local hair salon stocks these products please contact Sarah at sarah.c@laceys.biz

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you would give these a go or if you have tried any hair ties like this before.

Thanks for reading.
Love Nina

Ten Beauty Hacks #1

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We all have those little makeup emergencies, perhaps you’ve decided to use your favourite cream eyeshadow only to find that it’s dried out, or your wallet is aching from all of the brush cleansers that you’ve been buying. Today I thought it would be fun to share ten beautyhacks – little tips, tricks and shortcuts to get the most out of your products!
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1) How to revive a cream eyeshadow
I don’t know about you guys but when I first purchased the Maybelline Colour Tattoos they were ace and then they dried up – like super quickly. I wanted to get some use of the the shadows and I discovered that adding a couple (and I mean a couple) of drops of oil before stirring the shadow revives it and gets rid of the dry texture. I wouldn’t do this all of the time and this if there is any change in the scent of your products then they’ve most likely expired so only use this in a pinch.

2) Get those last drops of your favourite mascara
Now that I’m older I’m lucky enough to be able to afford a new mascara when I need one, but once upon a time I had very little money and so I needed my mascara to last. What I found works is to take the tubes of product and then to put them in a cup/jug of boiling water. The hot water melts the product that is stuck to the inside of the tube meaning that you have a few more uses to last you until payday – hurrah!

3) How to save money on brush cleanser
It might seem like a great idea spending a fortune on the latest brush cleanser from X/Y/Z expensive makeup brand, but honestly there’s no need. I use the Johnsons Baby Shampoo which is much cheaper and it really does work, better yet the Baby Shampoo is formulated for sensitive baby hair so there’s no nasty ingredients in there that will ruin your brushes.

4) The cheapest and best moisturiser for sensitive skin
If you’re struggling ith Eczema, Psiorisis and the like, some moisturisers containing fragrances can set it off not to mention that decent moisturisers can be pricey, however one of the best is Aqueous Cream. This might sound boring but it works and it’s a unfragranced, gentle, white cream that really hydrates the skin.

5) Banish flyaways for free.
Flyaways can be the bane of my existance and I know that if you live in a humid climate or suffer from frizziness you will feel my pain! Hairsprays can be a pain and don’t always work especially if you’re hair is wavy or curly, I find that to get rid of them when my hair is dry I will twist it and then using scissors will carefully trim any hairs that are sticking out of the twist. This is a great trick for cutting the flyaways without having to trim or cut your hair.

6) No fuss, no spend eye primer.
If you have oily eyelids then you will most likely be reliant on eye primer, but the likes of Urban Decay and Nars can be pricey especially if you’re going through them like water. If I don’t have an eye primer to hand I like to apply some concealer to my eyelids and then to blend it in with my ring finger, this doesn’t cost a penny and it actually works.

7) No more concealer creasing
Despite only being twenty my concealer can have a tendency to crease or to settle into fine lines under my eyes especially if I use a brush, but I did find a solution. Simply apply the concealer, ditch the brush and pat it in with your ring finger, this prevents smudging or brush marks and increases the longevity.

8) Maximising the effects of your cleanser
If you suffer with spots, cystic acne or just fancy a deep cleanse, you may find that you’re cleanser isn’t working well enough especially if you pores are clogged but the simple answer is steaming. If my skin is particularly clogged, simply take a hot bowl of water and gently lean your head over the water and place a towel over your head to trap the heat in. The steam that rises from the bowl will help to open your mores which will make cleanser afterwards much more effective. To help to tighten your pores afterwards if you don’t have a toner simply splash some cold water onto the face.

9) Remembering which polishes you own
If you have a large nail polish collection like me it’s quite easy to buy the same polish twice or two colours that are incredibly similar. To keep track in a notebook or sketchpad I swatch my polishes and once dry write underneath the polish swatch. This is a really great way to keep track of similar shades and your favourites that you may end up wanting to repurchase.

10) The free spot buster
I have mentioned this before but if I have a red or yellowhead spot that is rearing it’s ugly head, on an evening I’ll dab some toothpaste over the top of it and leave it on overnight. In the morning I wash off the toothpaste and mostly I’ll find that the spot has dried out because I’ve starved it of extra oil or moisturiser. If you really, really, really, must pop that spot (which I hate doing and rarely do) then ensure that you thoroughly cleanse the face after, I’ll usually add some Germoline for good measure.

So there are ten of my beauty hacks, I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did hit the like button.Please share your beauty hacks or let me know if you will be trying any of these in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.
Love Nina

June Favourites

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Another month has passed by and that means that it’s time for another favourites post. This also marks three and a half years with my lovely boyfriend Simon so today is definitely a day for celebration. This month has been pretty intense with some ups and downs but I’ve been loving a whole army of products so here’s my thoughts.
June Faves
Makeup
I’m going to start with makeup for a change and I have three items and one nail polish. First up is the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Bluffing this shade is a lovely hybrid between champagne and brown it’s quite a difficult shade to try but it’s kind of a rose gold shade which is really pretty. This is creamy, shimmery goodness and looks lovely on the eyes. I’ve also been using the Fuchsia Makeup Lip Lacquers I have two minis in Party Girl and Love Affair and what I love about these is that they go on like a liquid lipstick but then they settle down into a stain like texture. Love Affair is great for every day and Party Girl is great for a bold summer lip. For polish I’ve had on Essie’s Lapiz of Luxury which is a baby blue that I just can’t stop staring at, I did want to include the Barry M Silk Polish in Mist because the colour is lovely, but the formula is such a pain to work with that it’s just not a favourite for me.

Skincare and Body
I have a couple of skincare bits that I thought were worth a mention. The No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Eye Cream has been a great product for hydrating the undereyes prevent any dryness, however it doesn’t do anything for adding radiance and has now been discontinued. I have absolutely adored using the Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toning Water as well, think of a summer breeze in water spray format, cooling, hydrating and great for pores as well, I love it. The next favourite is kind of random but it’s the Radox Nourish Hand Wash in Ginger and Shea Butter I’m a little confused with this as I’m not a huge fan of the scents of neither ginger or shea butter but together not only do they smell delicious but this hand wash leaves my hands incredibly soft and I’m been loving using it. I’ve also enjoyed the Boots Paradise Shores Body Spray especially though the heatwave that we have had. This is very fruity (think Charlie Pink or Impulse Tease) and is my all time favourite body spray. This has been great for freshening up before work. Sadly the next two favourites came in a perfume set but they are so lovely but I had to mention them and they are the Vera Wang Princess Foamy Body Exfoliator and Vera Wang Princess Satiny Body Lotion. The first product smells divine and has done a great job at buffing away any dry skin on my body with the tiny microbeads. It also foams up really well and smells lovely. The body lotion again smells incredible and this has left my skin softer than it has ever been. I’ve been using these both in and after the shower and my boyfriend keeps complimenting me on my scent!

Random
I have three random favourites but I have really enjoyed these this month. I have some Daisy Sunglasses by Claires Accessories I don’t own any expensive sunglasses because I always lose or break them so I was looking for some budget ones and I really like these. I love the shape and the design and they really do block the sun from my eyes. I’ve also been enjoying Game of Thrones I did watch the finale and was left feeling emotionally traumatised. (If you leave a comment please put a spoiler warning first for other readers). I also started the book series of Game of Thrones and I’ve got to book three and am really loving them.

Blogger/Youtuber
My youtuber of the month is Inthefrow I know that a lot of you might be following her already but she’s really into her fashion and beauty and I love her videos and blog posts. For my blogger of the month I’ve loved Dungarees and Donuts not only does Olivia talk beauty but her lifestyle posts such as changing her name were really interesting and eye opening so I loved those.

So that is it for this favourites post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments so of your favourites or your views on these products.

Thanks for reading.
Love Nina

Steal, Save, Spend, Splurge: Hair Treatments

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As much as I enjoy high end products for certain areas such as haircare where I tend to use up product quickly, I’m all for drugstore. I was thinking about different products I had tried for the same category and I came up with this idea of a post/series in which I tell you great products for a range of prices, I hope that you enjoy this post and hopefully you will find some new products.
hair
Steal: Richard and Appleby Original Henna Wax. £2.00
For those of you who don’t know what I mean by steal, this is where I will post absolute bargains that are great products for minimal money. For my steal I have the Richard and Appleby Henna Wax. Despite the name this isn’t a colourant it’s thick white conditioning product that you apply to wet hair before rinsing like a hair mask. What I love about this is that it’s available in Bodycare and you get 480gm for £2.00. This is great if you are on a budget and want to give yourself a little TLC.
Available: Bodycare
Online: Buy it here.

Save: Argan Oil Hair Mask or Macadamia Extract Hair Mask £1.00
I have two products here that are only a pound each, they are cheaper than my steal item but you get less product. I love these two products as they work really well and are budget friendly as well. The Argan Oil Mask is 99p for a small tub and this offers intense moisture to the hair. The Macadamia Extract Mask is equally as amazing and can be found in Home Bargains for £1.00. You do get more product for the Macadamia mask however the Argan Oil is more readily available. Both are really lovely products that leave your hair feeling lovely.
Available: Home Bargains, Poundland.
Online: Buy it here.

Spend: Vatika Naturals Egg Protein Conditioning Mask £5.99
I don’t currently have this in my stash but a friend let me try this and it was amazing. Egg protein is amazingly good for the hair and this left my hair incredibly soft and shiny. You do get a large tub of this for the price, so if you feel like the other products aren’t for you then this is a great alternative. This is formulated for ethnic hair so this is great for dry and damaged hair.
Available: Superdrug, Wilko.
Online: Buy it here.

Splurge: Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer £8.00 (for 40ml)
This is the most expensive product but it really is amazing, so if you have the money I would recommend giving it a go. This is a pre-shampoo treatment rather than a mask and this not only hydrates and adds shine and gloss but this promotes elasticity and even helped to tone down my flyaways. This is an amazing product which I think fully lives up to the hype.
Available: Phillip Kingsley, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic
Online: Buy it here.

I honestly love all of these products and I would recommend them all, as you can see there’s plenty out there for all budgets so why not give one of these a go for yourself?

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 and feel free to leave me your hair masks or treatment recommendations.

Thanks for reading.
Love Nina

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