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Mani Monday – Classic Red

Yes, I’m a day late with this but nevermind! I have Pilates Monday night so it’s always a bit of a squeeze to fit everything in.

I fancied going back to basics with a classic red and picked this one from Mavala. I think I got this in a Boots advent calendar a few years ago and it is a lovely shade – slightly deeper than a bright, post-box red.

I have been using this base coat by Rococo and I feel it’s better than constantly exposing my nail to colour. I only needed two coats of the Mavala polish (I think it’s just called ‘53’ – I couldn’t find a shade name) and it seems really lovely quality.

I wanted to add a bit of sparkle so reached for my favourite Essie glitter, Beyond Cosy and finished with a good layer of Seche Vite.

 

Mani Monday – Navy and Gold

I have now finished work for Christmas so am feeling relaxed and eating my body weight in mince pies and party food on a daily basis!

I really love this week’s manicure. I think the combination of navy and gold is lovely and the dusting of glitter makes the nails looks really Christmassy.

I started with a base coat of Essie’s Style Cartel, my favourite navy blue. I looked for ages to find this shade and every time I wear it I’m reminded of how much I like it.

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The glitter is a Nails Inc bottle in Chelsea Embankment. I wasn’t prepared for how packed with glitter this formula was so needed a very light touch to get this effect. I basically packed glitter on around the cuticle, gradually fading out how much I used as I reached halfway along the nail. As always, some nails look a bit better than others but I am really pleased with the overall effect.

Mani Monday – Holly Nails

I was desperate to have Christmas nails for the last week of term as I enjoy a Christmas dinner with my class followed by a festive curry with my colleagues. I bought some holly wreath nail stickers which were a really quick and easy way to add a festive twist.

I went for a silvery, pearl-white base using Essie’s Cabana Boy. I love this colour and it always looks so clean and fresh.

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On each nail I added a sticker which has holly leaves and berries on with a layer of Seche Vite to seal the look. I think they are subtle enough to not look too over-the-top yet still a little special and fitting for the time of year.

Mani Monday – Pink and Leopard Print

This was a very short-lived manicure, lasting about an hour! I wanted to use these leopard print nail wraps that I picked up from the Boohoo website and I paired them with Eternal Optimist by Essie, a pretty, creamy rose colour.

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The nail wraps seemed quite thin and flimsy when I was cutting them to size and they started to pucker almost as soon as I applied them. Within an hour, the edges were peeling backwards then one of them slid off my nail completely.

I have to say that I have had really bad experiences with Boohoo. The quality of their things seems so poor and cheap and these nail wraps were no different.

Luckily, I got a few pics but then repainted them all in the pink shade.

Latest Purchases #101 – US Drugstore Haul

The pound-dollar exchange rate was pretty poor when we were in Boston (thanks Brexit!) so we didn’t do a whole lot of shopping. I tried to only buy things that we couldn’t get in the UK and one afternoon, I had a browse around our local CVS store and came away with this little pile of goodies.

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First up, the base products. I am always on the hunt for a new foundation and I got these two from the Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ range. I went for the Dewy and Smooth and the Matte and Poreless foundations which cater for dry to oily skin. I have tried both and like them but I don’t like the fact that you have to pour the product out – I would much prefer a pump.

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I also bought this BB Cream from ELF. I liked the fact this had SPF 20 in it and will be great for those days where you just want to wear a light base. This also has a pump in the lid!

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Another ELF face product was this Illuminating Face Primer. This is very golden and definitely needs a light touch! You could actually use this as a highlighter on the cheekbones or, as it recommends, mix a little into your foundation for a bit of extra glow.

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Onto lip products now and with the colder weather, mine are already suffering! I really like the EOS lip balms and I bought the Blackberry Nectar flavour.

I also picked up a bumper pack of Carmex lip balms in Cherry and Winter Mint flavours which should keep my chapped lips at bay.

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I bought a new Maybelline mascara. I have used their Great Lash version for years but haven’t seen the Blackest Black colour before.

I also got an ELF mascara with a regular and waterproof end.

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I broke my spending ban on nail varnish with a new bottle from Essie. Metallic nails seem to be having a moment and I love this shade, Good as Gold…expect a post on Monday!

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I am a fan of the Milani blushers and picked up another one in the colour Berry Amore. This is a dusky pink shade baked with swirls of gold.

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Also from Milani is this Color Statement Lipstick in Teddy Bare. I don’t have a colour like this dark nude and I think it is quite seasonal. I have tried it a few times and it is creamy, well-pigmented and smells like watermelon.

From ELF, I bought a Matte Lip Colour in Tea Rose. It isn’t a drying matte formula and I like the long, thin ‘pen’ it comes in.

I think I was having a bit of a moment by the ELF stand as I also got an eyebrow kit. This is a gel and powder duo which I haven’t used before but will enjoy experimenting with!

Finally, I bought a Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadow in Bad to the Bronze. This is quite a warm, taupe bronze as opposed to an orange-toned one and the pigmentation and staying power is excellent. I wear these eye shadows on their own or as a base colour and they don’t crease like many other cream products.

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I was really happy unpacking this selection of items and now comes the fun bit of testing them all out!

Mani Monday – Metallic Nails

Metallic and chrome manicures are everywhere at the moment so I broke my ban and bought a bottle of Essie’s Good as Gold when we were in Boston.

It actually looked really good after just one coat but I added a second one just to make it last a bit longer, topped off with some Seche Vite.

I love the formula of this polish but it does show up any imperfections so if you get any on your skin or cuticles, you can tell. The hand painted with my right hand looked fine but I wouldn’t look too closely at the other one!

Sunday Summary #47

Life

We started the week with a Sunday-night gig to watch Tom Odell. Ian is more into him than I am but I have to say he was great live.

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The heating is permanently on at the moment as it has gone so chilly. It does provide some beautiful sunrises though…

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We were glued to the new series of Planet Earth – those snakes!!!

The results of the US election came in, plunging most of us into a deep despair and making us wonder what is wrong with the world. I took a little break from social media as I just couldn’t stand the constant reminders.

My bedroom furniture has finally started to arrive and Ian put together our bedside tables this weekend. Pale grey, mid-century style with gorgeous little copper legs, I can’t wait for the rest to be delivered!

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Ian’s parents came to stay for a few days bringing George, their Jack Russell, with them. We went to the village pub quiz last night which was really fun although difficult!

Food

The cold weather means there is only one thing I want for breakfast at the moment – porridge! I do love the sickly-sweet golden syrup flavour but know I should have something a little healthier.

I suffered a ‘snackcident’ this week – when you only mean to have a small snack but end up eating an entire bag of sweet and salty popcorn!

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Fashion

Nothing ground-breaking to report this week but I do have two essentials..thick black tights and my fur-lined slippers!

Beauty

I unpacked a few things I bought in CVS in America and have been trying them out this week. Two current favourites include this Maybelline mascara in Blackest Black and this new bottle of metallic gold Essie nail varnish.