No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes Review

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I used to go through face wipes like crazy until I realised that they did nothing for my skin escept for leave it red and irritated. Rachel used to work at Boots so when she managed to use her discount card and the marked down price to get these for 45p and then offered to let me have them I was over the moon, especially as I was curious to see if the “higher the price the better the quality” rule applied here. Let’s take a look shall we?
no7 beautiful face wipes
The packaging of these wipes is pretty plain, with the typical white plastic holding the wipes, so there’s nothing particularly exciting. The cost of these wipes is £7.00 per packet and each packet holds 30 wipes, honestly though no matter how you dress it up in my opinion these are just face wipes and that price is a little ridiculous.

The product description is as follows:
No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes are suitable for all skin types and remove even waterproof mascara. Specially created for when you’re short of time, these gentle, fragrance free wipes sweep away impurities and remove all traces of make-up, even waterproof mascara. With pro-vitamin B5 to moisturise and soften, plus extracts of witch hazel and fennel to clear pores and leave your skin feeling smooth and fresh.

When you put it like that it sounds pretty fancy doesn’t it? But is it worth seven pounds? Well I gave these a go, they smell nice but so do the original cucumber face wipes from the Boots Essentials range. They didn’t irritate my skin as much but still…they weren’t amazing either. Like any face wipes these did the trick, left my face damp and made it sore, tight and red like usual. The only different was the £6.00 extra that I paid for these than any other wipes.

Overall I was disappointed, these weren’t particularly awful but I think that when you’re charging nearly ten pounds for a pack of face wipes they better be bloody good and these were just average. If you do use face wipes I’d definitely hold onto your pennies and stick to whatever brand your using because these aren’t particularly special in any way.

The Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes are available here for £7.00.

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 overpriced face wipes, I know Ole Henricksson sells some for £18.00 but I’ve not tried them, personally I think anything above £2.00 for face wipes is an absolute rip off unless they are made of unicorn farts and diamonds, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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love x nina

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Floral Essences

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I’ve declared my undying love for Batiste Dry Shampoos before here on my blog, however I thought it would be interesting to review this one in particular because not only is it a scent that I hadn’t tried before but also because I usually detest floral scents so was unsure as to whether I would like this or not when my friend Rachel bought me it after using up my old can. I’ve completely used this up now and I have a solid opinion so I thought that I would share my thoughts.
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(I do not own this photo copyright and credit goes to rightful owners – Sorry guys I couldn’t find my empty can so had to use an image from the internet)

So as usual the packaging is a tall can although this one is white with images and stencil outlines of different flowers in different colours which is probably my favourite packaging design out of the lot because it’s incredibly pretty. This costs £1.47 at Superdrug at the moment which is really great for such a large can of product.

As usual this works like the rest of the range, I know some people complain about white cast but if you follow the instructions this shouldn’t be a problem. To apply I simply spray this into my hair where needed, rub in any areas that have a white cast and then brush through and I’m done, my hair smells lovely and is refreshed until the next day (or the next shower).

In terms of the scent I thought I’d hate this as usually cheaper floral scents are extremely heavy, cloying and end up making me feel sick and giving me a headache but this one was nice and light with just a touch of sweetness which made it really nice.

Overall I actually really liked this and I would definitely use this again, in the meantime I’ve decided to try some other ranges other than Batiste just to see how they compare so you can expect reviews of other dry shampoos coming up later. I’ll let you try and guess the brand in the comments or leave your recommendations.

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love x nina

Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle

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For some reason I just cannot get enough of Seventeen products lately, I remember when their products didn’t really get much hype and now this is the second product that I’ve fallen in love with. I have to admit that as a student sometimes my budget can be a little tight so I see nothing wrong with finding a great lipstick at a great price.
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So I’ve touched upon the price and packaging before when I reviewed another one of these lipsticks in the shade Beehive, but just to reiterate these lipsticks are priced at £4.79 and when you open the sleek black packaging (and by that I mean take the lid off) a little mirror slides out which is quite possibly the gimmicky thing ever but is so handy. I genuinely love the mirror for discreet little top ups when I’m out and about.

These lipsticks are very moisturising and just glide on effortlessly like a lip balm, the colour of these are sheer which admittedly I’m not usually a fan of but I love this lipstick for day time simply because it’s low maintenance and sits comfortably on the lips.

Similar to Beehive, this is a natural nude sort of shade but this is more pink toned and I would describe this as a sheer, dusky rose which looks lovely.
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As I’ve mentioned the formula is moisturising but this has enough grip that it doesn’t feather or bleed and stays on the lips. The longevity of this isn’t amazing this does fade after eating or drinking however when it fades throughout the day it fades evenly with zero flaking and it doesn’t stain or leave that dreaded ring of colour.
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Overall this is another lipstick from Seventeen and I can definitely say that I’m a fan of the Mirror Shine Lipstick range, I’m a little uncertain about the bolder shades but have seen some lovely pink colours that I may just end up purchasing. Originally I was going to pick up Camisole but that looks a little too nude and orange toned for me personally I think Beehive is the lightest I’ll go simply because I’m not a fan of that concealer lips nude. I would however, recommend both Beehive and Belle, they’re lovely lipsticks for a low price and I’m really impressed.

The Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipsticks are available here for £4.79.

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 these lipsticks and please let me know of any recommendations you have from this brand. I have the Stay Time Concealer and Poreless Primer but I’m intrigued by the highlighter and their mascaras.

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love x nina

Candle Wishlist

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Ever since my best friend Rachel started burning scented candles over at my house I fell head over heels in love. Two Yankee Candles and several budget candles lately and I’m fallen into a scented pit of love so I thought it would be fun to put together a wishlist of ten candles that I’m lusting after.
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1) Bloome Berry Bonanza Fragranced Wax Candle £6.90 (yesstyle.co.uk)
I’m a huge fan of fruit both in taste and scent and I adore berries and berry scented things so this candle is definitely on my list. The packaging and range reminds me of the Glade or Air Wick candles but a little more expensive so I’m hoping that this will be better quality.

2) Country Candles Tropical Polka Dots Set Candle Tins in Take Me Away £20.50 (qvcuk.com)
I know that this is not one but three candles but these are a set available on QVC. There was another set but I’m not a fan of Earl Grey Tea dn Cotton Scents so this set was preferable. The Mango Mandarin Candle contains notes of mandarin, orange, melon and mango which sounds delicious and lovely for summer. Morello Cherry and Almond contains notes of blackberry, raspberry, apricot, almond and violet flower which individually are notes I love so together I’m hoping well smell divine. Zanzibar contains notes of orange, amber, musk, coconut and vanilla so I think that will be a nice homely scent for autumn. Overall the three sound lovely and are hopefully worth the price.

3) Lily Flame Blush Candle Jar £12.00 (JohnLewis)
Lily Flame isn’t a brand that I’ve come across before but the packaging is adorable and very girly and feminine, something I imagine that I would have loved as a child. The scent sounds rather unusual with notes of bergamot, chocolate and patchouli. I would probably need the smell this in the shop as I’m not a fan of overly heavy scents, but I’m definitely intrigued.

4) Neom Happiness Candle £16.00 (JohnLewis)
I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely up for something that promises me a little extra happiness in life. I have the 75g travel size on my list simply because of the price point but I love the scent of lemon (and here’s a fun fact citrus smells have been proven to be mood lifting) and neroli so I think that the combination of lemon, white neroli and mimosa should prove effective and giving my mood a boost.

5) Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Soy Candle £15.00 (FeelUnique)
Pacifica is a brand that I’ve wanted to try for a while now simply because a lot of their products sound absolutely gorgeous. This combines fruity notes of guava and pomelo with a base of coconut which just sounds exotic and delicious. The soy part is intriguing as it’s the type of wax used making this candle clean burning and apparently having a fifty hour burn time.

6) Pairfum Snow Crystal Tin Candle Cognac Vanilla £9.98 (FeelUnique)
Rachel bought this from Feel Unique and I remember thinking that it smelled lovely, it is mainly vanilla based but the hint of cognac adds a slight oakiness to this candle which I just love. This also came with a mini blackboard on the packaging and a pice of chalk to write your own message on the candle which I also think is adorable.

7) Royal Doulton Kumquat and Lemon Scented Aromatherapy Candle (TKMAXX)
Royal Doulton is another brand that I haven’t come across before but I stumbled across this on the TK Maxx website and this candle sounded really nice. It’s basically orange and lemon which are both scented I love. I did try to price check but annoyingly similar to the candle above, the website had removed this so I assume that it has sold out. Nevertheless I love citrus scents so I hope to see this in stock soon.

8) Stoneglow Apple Blossom Scented Gel Candle (TKMAXX)
Annoyingly since overnight this product also seems to have vanished from the TK Maxx website but I don’t think this cost too much and just love at the cocktail style packaging which is just stunning. I want to say that this will smell apply but obviously blossom adds a twist to the scent but I imagine this to be a light floral scent that will be lovely for spring.

9) Yankee Candle Pink Sands Large Jar £19.99 (YankeeCandle)
I love Yankee Candles and I’m pretty impressed that I managed to restrict myself to only having two on this list. The Pink Sands Candle is one that I smelled in my local Boots and it reminds me of sorbet, unlike the Summer Scoop it’s fruitier and lighter with a slight juicy edge which I love. This kind of scent in my opinion is very uplifting and simply gorgeous.

10)Yankee Candle Vineyard Large Jar £19.99 (YankeeCandle)
My friend and housemate Blake, currently has this burning in his room and the scent is just incredible and possibly is one of my all time favourite scents. This smells like grapes but isn’t too heavy or headache inducing. I find it difficult to describe but it’s absolutely stunning and I really want a Vineyard candle of my own.

So that is it for this list and if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if there are any candles that you are particularly after or if you like the sound of any of these on this list!

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

Empties #7

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I didin’t realise how long it had been since I did an empties until I threw away a concealer and realised that I had an entire bag full of stuff that I had laying around cluttering my room awaiting an empties post. So here it is, I warn you this may be a long post so light a candle and get comfy with a nice cup of tea because this may take a while.
P.S – As this is a long post I’ll be doing it a little different with a very quick review (especially as I’ve reviewed most of these products previously) and a yes or no for repurchase.
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Haircare
Toni and Guy Finishing Shine Spray
– This was a nice product and smelled good but sadly is now discontinued.
Repurchase? No
Lee Stafford Ubuntu Oils Light Oil Repairing Mist
– This smelled delicious and added moisture and shine to my hair and was very easy to work with as it was a water based spray.
Repurchase? Yes
Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Detangling Spray
– This is a much needed product for myself and my boyfriend, this gets rid of our knots and makes it much easier for us to brush through our hair. I’m on my third bottle of this!
Repurchase? Already Have
Dove Advanced Hair Series Youthful Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner (mini sizes)
– I got these in a beauty box and they were pretty decent, they helped my damaged hair feel soft and silky again.
Repurchase? Yes
Batistie Dry Shampoo in Tropical
– A coconut scented product that does what it says on the tin. Bastiste is a brand I can always rely on.
Repurchase? Yes
Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner –
These were lovely leaving my hair moisturised, soft and glossy and they didn’t irritate my scalp either.
Repurchase? Yes.

Skincare and Bodycare
Boots Essentials Cleansing Wipes Refreshing Cucumber for Sensitive Skin –
Removed my makeup but left my skin feeling sore, something that is a problem when I use face wipes.
Repurchase? Possibly (for swatch purposes)
Mica Beauty Jewels Hand Cream (Sample) –
This felt greasy and had a synthetic lemon smell I wasn’t a fan.
Repurchase? No
The Body Shop Almond Body Butter –
A rich almond scented body butter that moisturised my skin and aided with dryness and tightness.
Repurchase? Yes.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion (Sample) –
A light moisturiser that had a heavy oatmeal scent.
Repurchase? No
Impulse Tease Body Spray –
A fruit body spray that is great for freshening up throughout the day. This is my second or third bottle of this.
Repurchase? Yes
Vichy Idealia Life Serum –
A facial serum that left my skin moisturised and added radiance whilst blurring pores and blemishes.
Repurchase? Yes

Fragrance and Candles
Ghost Eclipse Perfume (Sample Vial) – A wonderfully fruity scent that is gorgeous for spring and summer. I really enjoyed using this.
Repurchase? Yes
Drumstick Raspberry and Milk Candle –
Based on the sweet lollys this smelled nice but didn’t burn well leaving half of the candle left.
Repurchase? No
Air Wick Vanilla Bean Candle –
Another budget candle, didn’t kick off much scent but didn’t quite burn to the bottom.
Repurchase? No.
Breeze Berry Candles (Twin Pack) –
Berry scented, budget friendly candles nothing too special or noteable.
Repurchase? No
Love Hearts Cherry Candle – Smelled lovely, burned well and lasted well, budget friendly too.

Repurchase? Yes
Love Hearts Strawberry Candle – Similar to above I did prefer the cherry scent but this was also a bargain buy.
Repurchase? Yes
Yankee Candle Happy Birthday Vanilla Cupcake Candle (small) – My first Yankee Candle and it was lovely, smelled like fresh cupcakes and vanilla and filled up the room, burned relatively well too. The boyfriend also loved this.
Repurchase? Yes

Makeup
Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious Mascara – The formula was too wet at first but this dried a little and was pretty good, it didn’t blow me away like some of my favourite mascaras though.
Repurchase? No
Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation –
An old favourite, reliable, good coverage and nice match, I prefer my Lasting Finish foundation but still like this and would use again.
Repurchase? Yes
Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation –
Had a nice matte finish but didn’t work alone and needed a sponge to apply so was very fussy.
Repurchase? No
Laura Geller Banish n Brighten Concealing Luminizer –
Expired rather than used up, this creased like crazy and was too watery and thin for me.
Repurchase? No
Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer –
Sticky, didn’t live up to claims and didn’t do much for my skin, I was glad when this was gone.
Repurchase? No
Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer –
My concealer of choice (although the one I’m trying may just be better) good coverage, perfect shade and covers blemishes and bags but does crease a litte.
Repurchase? Yes (unless this one I’m using is better)

Random
Seventeen Blusher Brush-
Scratchy and shedded a lot, was pretty poor quality and I now have a much better blusher brush.
Repurchase? No
Eyelure Eyelash Glue –
A mini glue that came with some lashes, was good whilst it lasted but I rarely wear false lashes and this also expired.
Repurchase? I’d repurchase the lashes which the glue comes with.
Nivea Pearl Beauty Roll on Deodorant – Used this up to quickly like my Soft and Gentle and I’m actually preferring my Sanex deodorant.
Repurchase? No
Beauty by Zazie Nail Polish Remover –
A cheap budget friendly nail polish remover that did the trick, nothing fancy.
Repurchase? Yes (but wouldn’t go out of my way to find it)
Avon Nail Experts Advanced Mira Cuticle Vanishing Complex –
Didn’t do anything to my cuticles, slightly greasy and had a discerning scent, I was given this but still think that it’s a waste of money.
Repurchase? No.
Sanex Roll On Deodorant in Original –
I actually really liked this deodorant, it didn’t irritate my under arms and smelled really fresh and clean and lasted for ages too.
Repurchase? Yes.

So that is it for my empties, as you can see I used up a lot of products so will be doing these a little more often to try and spare you the long winded posts. If you enjoyed this please hit the like button and let me know if you prefer this to my usual more in depth empties style post.

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love x nina

Love Hearts Cherry and Strawberry Candles Review

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Today’s post is a bit of a double review as I have the same product but in different scents. I’ve mentioned that I’ve been searching for budget friendly scented candles that are of a decent quality for when I don’t want to spend a lot on Yankee Candles. These two are the final candles that I found and purchased after trying and reviewing the Drumstick Candle ad the Air Wick Candles, I hope that you enjoy this post.
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So these are the Love Hearts Candles, they did come in pastel cardboard packaging which I threw out (as usual) and these were full to just below the rim. These candles are super budget friendly at a pound each from Poundland or Savers. The left one is the cherry scent and the right one is the strawberry scent.

Starting with smell, both of these candles smelled lovely, the cherry one has a very fruity cherry scent which I loved. The strawberry smelled more synthetic and was very sweet so if you don’t like sweet scents I would go with the cherry. I happened to like both but the cherry one was my favourite.

The scent were not overpowering but there was definitely more kick to the scent and it diffused better in the room, whereas the Air Wick and Drumstick candles were nice they did not kick off much scent where as these were a lot better.
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Previous problems I had with budget candles was the wicks being plasticy and ultimately melting which prevented me from burning the candle down, but as you can see from the photo above, these candles did not have that problem and I managed to burn both all the way to the bottom which I was really impressed with.
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With both of these candles, each one lasted me around a week and a half which was pretty impressive as they are not incredibly large.

Overall I was impressed by these and I would definitely repurchase and recommend, I think that there is a Lavender one in this range but I’m not a huge fan of Lavender. Nevertheless I would like to see more scents in this range as I’d definitely buy these again at only a pound a pop.

You can find the Strawberry Kiss candle here and you can also find these stocked in Poundland and Savers stores.

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love x nina

Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara Review

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Although they are famed for excellent mascaras for drugstore prices, I’ve not actually tried many Maybelline mascaras, I have tried the Turbo Express Mascara which was average but I thought it would be good to try one of the most famous – The Rocket Volume.
maybelline the rocket mascara
So here is the packaging, I love the shades of blue and the round tapered design of this mascara. For some reason part of mine is in spanish, but I ordered it online a while ago so don’t ask! The retailing price for this mascara in £7.99.
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So here is the brush, apologies for the unfocussed photo my camera just refused to focus! The brush is rounded like a cylinder and has short plastic bristles around it, I find that the bristles on this really grip the root of the lashes and lengthens and volumises. I apply this by holding the brush under my lashes at the root and then blinking which adds a coat of the mascara.

The formula is in pretty central, it is a wet formula but not as wet as the formula from Revlon’s Lash Potion and it doesn’t slip or slide or clump which I love. Usually one to two coats of this is enough and doesn’t clump.
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(one to two coats)
As you can me my lashes are darker, lengthened and more volumised, this mascara is very black which I like and it lasts all day on me. Surprisingly it isn’t a huge pain to remove either which I would have expected from a waterproof mascara.

Overall this is a nice all rounder, it does everything I need, doesn’t flake or smudge and it’s budget friendly too. I would recommend this and repurchase, especially if you have fine wipsy lashes like myself.

The Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara is available here for £7.99, Maybelline also offers the same mascara without being waterproof (it has pink writing on the blue tubing).

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, also let me know if you have tried this mascara and what you thought of it, and if you have any drugstore mascara recommendations. I’m considering trying the Falsies or the Rimmel London Lash Accelorator.

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love x nina

Jerome Alexander Italian Marble Mineral Blush Review

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Admittedly Jerome Alexander is a brand that I haven’t heard too much about, but as far as I’m aware is sold on shopping channels on television. This blusher was given to me by a friend and I have to say I was particularly excited to give it a try, especially as it offers so much more than just a flush of colour.
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So here is the packaging and I have to say that this is very luxurious, the smooth granite coloured packaging is minimalist with the silver logo and the packaging the opens by pushing in a button at the front.
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So here is the blusher and you may notice several different coloured dots within the blusher. Not only does this blusher add colour but each dot is created to colour correct your face. The green is designed to correct redness, the yellow for blue and purple toned veins and under eye circles and the pink and purple colours to brighten the face. I don’t notice a huge amount of colour correcting but I do love this pale matte colour which adds a lovely pale rose flush to the cheeks.
swatch
Here is a swatch of the colour and as you can see it’s ever so paler than my skintone making it stunning on a range of tones but particularly pretty on pale skin, this is a subtle colour although you can build it up.
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So here is me wearing the blusher, as you can see it’s a very subtle pink tone that adds warmth to the face and counters redness. This lastsmost of the day and is very pretty and easy to work with, I just swirl a large, fluffy, brush through the powder and it applies evenly, thankfully the different colours do not add green, yellow, or purple to the skin.

Overall I really like this, it’s definitely something unique, but I don’t think it’s gimmicky I actually think this is rather unique. If you have pink undertones to your skin (unlike me) then this can also double up as a face powder.

The range of Jerome Alexander is available here with varying prices for different products, all of them have similar colour correcting properties.

Have you tried any unique colour correcting products?

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 products like this and if you would like more reviews on different products from this range.

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love x nina

Starting Over Tag

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Although I think I would panic and curse until I was blue in the face (figuratively course) I do always enjoy thinking about what I’d do if certain scenarios happened that caused me to lose all of my makeup. Naturally I have built up quite a collection now so it’s nice to take it back to the basics and think about the products I would always repurchase first. I hope that you enjoy this post.

Imagine you wake up one morning and all of your make and skincare has disappeared…After the initial shock and very justified fits of rage which 16 products would you buy immediately?

1) The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil
As much as I love makeup, I think that a cleanser is an absolute must for any makeup user, I have combination skin that is more dry so cleansing oils work well to remove my makeup with out irritating my sensitive skin or adding excess grease, they also help to keep my dryness at bay. I think if my makeup and skincare did all disappear I’d be focusing on my favourite budget friendly products too and this is £10 for a really large bottle.

2)
Studio London Makeup Brush Set
I love my Real Techniques Brushes but this set is much more budget friendly, I find a good mix of face and eye brushes and they are super soft with more brushes than the four you can get in a Real Techniques Core Collection so I’d be grabbing these brushes once again.

3)
Nivea Soft Moisturiser
As I mentioned above my skin can get very dry so a moisturiser is a must for me. I love the Nivea moisturisers particularly the soft one which is not too heavy, moisturises my skin, smells clean and refreshing and doesn’t irritate.

4)
MUA Heaven and Earth Palette
As much as I’ve grown to adore my Urban Decay palettes, if I was buying sixteen items at once I would be looking to get more for my money and so I’d repurchase my trusty MUA Heaven and Earth Palette that has a nice array of neutral shades that range from pale shimmers to rich coppers.

5)
Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
I never feel like my makeup is complete without a couple of coats of mascara to lengthen and volumise my short wispy lashes. I’ve been using this mascara a lot recently and it’s really impressed me so that would be the one that I’d be repurchasing.

6)
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude
I love eyeliner and this nude one just stops my eyes looking red or watery when I’ve had a bad night’s sleep or am feeling under the weather, so I would definitely need this back into my life.

7) GOSH Velvet Touch Line Perfector Unique Primer Product
Primer is always great for helping me to achieve a smooth complexion and to help to conceal and blur imperfections and pores. This primer is just over ten pounds but a quarter of a pot lasted me months and it really is amazing, so this would be back in my storage instantly.

8)
Rimmel London Lasting Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain
This has quickly become my all time ‘holy grail’ foundation and better yet I don’t need a brush to apply it with. This just glides onto my skin, matches really well and offers medium coverage without looking cakey, it’s a perfect middle ground between sheer and matte and makes my skin lok flawless.

9)
Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair
I need a decent concealer to cover my under eye luggage (it has ascended from bags I’m afraid) and of course my oily chin that leads to several unwanted lurkers. This concealer is budget friendly, creamy and covers both, so that would be a repurchase.

10)
Sleek Blush in Rose Gold
I love my Nars Orgasm Blush but it is expensive and the Sleek Blush in Rose Gold is a perfect dupe and happens to be amazing quality, I’ve used this for ages and not even made a dent in it so I’d definitely be grabbing this again.

11)
Astor Deluxe Bronzer
This bronzer is the one I use the most simply because it’s not orangey at all nor is it too dark for my pale skin, it works for contouring or just warming up the face and it’s only £4.00.

12)
MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Pink Shimmer
The Sleek Blush is shimmery so if I did use a highlighter I’d want something subtle and would most likely go for the this one. This looks stunning with it’s 3d design that is similar to that of MAC and offers a gorgeous natural looking glow to the cheeks without being too obvious.

13)
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent
For some reason despite not being particularly oily mymakeup seems to love slipping and sliding or at least fading throughout the day so for me a powder is a must. My favourite has to be the Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder that is undetectable. This applies easily and sets makeup and prevents shine without looking cakey.

14)
Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose
I hate having dry lips so a lip balm is a key item in my makeup bag. I love the Nivea Lip Butters which are none greasy or waxy but thick enough to hydrate the lips. This particular one smells like raspberry yoghurt and really hydrates my lips.

15)
Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red
I always feel the need for a bold red lipstick in my collection it just makes me feel confident and I love it for day and night. This one offers a satin finish and adds a beautiful red colour to my lips that isn’t drying and doesn’t bleed.

16)
Illamasqua Lipstick in Vendetta
So a bright blue lipstick is totally unnecessary but I’ve waited for this to come out and finally got my hands on it, I’m not had the chance to fully play with it yet so I’d have to repurchase this one. No justification needed.

So there you have it, my top sixteen products that I’d repurchase, I got down my holy grail products but would be gutted to lose my collection so y’know if my makeup collection could not vanish mysteriously that would be great. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments some of the items you would repurchase.

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love x nina

 

Elegant Touch Peacock False Nails Review

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So I have a confession to make and if you look closely on my nail polish posts you may have picked up on this already but I am a renowned nail biter. The habit started when I was a child, I always was very anxious and twenty years later and I’m still nibbling away whenever my nerves get the better of me, so I figured that I’d give fake nails a try with the hopes that they would help me break the habit. I have to admit that I’m still biting but I thought I’d show you the stunning nails that made me quit for a few weeks.
elegant touch nails
(I did not take this photo copyright and credit goes to rightful owners)

The packaging comes in a plastic box holding the nails, usually nails from Elegant Touch retail for £7.99 but I picked up mine from Savers for a fraction of the price (I believe it was around five pounds), although they are nearly ten pounds which is a little pricey in my opinion, you can make these last if you’re careful.

The nails themselves come without glue or adhesive so you need to buy the glue, the glue is relatively cheap and really good so it is worth the extra pound or two. I used the Elegant Touch Nail Glue which works well to keep the nails in place.

In terms of the design I think it’s very pretty, Elegant Touch offers a huge range of different designs so you don’t have to stick with a french manicure if you find that a little dull (I also find french manicure designs on fake nails to look too bright and obviously fake).
elegant touch nails on me
I thought I’d struggle with the application but it was really easy, I just brush the glue onto my natural nails and underside of the fake nails, I then hold the fake nail to my actual nail and press down and hold for a few minutes to allow it to glue, once it’s been a few minutes I nudge the nail to see if it moves, if it does the glue is tacky and I press down harder, if not I move onto the next.

For me personally I have really short nails (see above) so I then took some clippers and clipped these down to a size that allowed me movement and didn’t impair me.

Overall I really liked these I did end up nibbling and bending them a little bit but they lasted me for at least two uses before I bent them out of shape, I would repurchase these and am looking forward to trying new designs.

The Elegant Touch Nails are available here at Boots.

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 fake nails and what you think of this design.

Thanks for reading.
love x nina

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