You can’t go wrong with a post-work, midweek pamper session, so as soon as 5.30pm struck I headed over to London’s Cowshed in Carnaby, Soho. Despite its name, this place certainly ain’t home to grazing cattle and is in fact, … Continue reading
Since giving my nails a break from acrylics and gels, they’ve grown a lot stronger and healthier, so I decided it was time for something different. I’ve recently seen a lot of hype around nail transfers and false nails, but … Continue reading
This afternoon I went to view the Claire Richards SS14 collection for Fashion World, hosted in the beautiful Haymarket hotel in central London. Some of you may remember Claire Richards as ‘the blonde one’ from Steps (what a 90s throwback?!), … Continue reading
I swear it only feels like yesterday I was counting down the seconds until 2013, but the new year is approaching again and with NYE just one sleep away, I thought I’d do a little round-up of my New Year’s … Continue reading
First of all, happy Friday and hello November! Hope you all had a spookingly good Halloween! This year I didn’t get to dress up (although I wanted to so badly) and instead, spent my evening getting creative with a bit of Halloween inspired nail art, catching up on Breaking Bad and trying my best not to get jealous of the trick or treaters having fun outside. I’m no artist, but hopefully you can figure out what my little designs are supposed to be!
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P.S. Ignore my grown out acrylics. I’m going to get them redone soon, promise.
As much as I love painting my nails, taking off my nail polish is my least favourite stage of the process. Countless amounts of cotton pads, scrubbing and inhaling of chemical fumes is not really my idea of fun (is it anyone’s?!). I was asked by Closer magazine to try the KIKO Fast & Easy nail polish remover. I never thought I’d hear the words fast and easy being used to describe such a product – it almost sounded too good to be true, but nevertheless I jumped at the opportunity.
Step 1: Dip your nail into the middle of the sponge and twist round. The image below shows my nail after one twist. As you can see, the majority of the nail polish has been removed and there’s only a little left at the edges.
Step 2: Repeat the dip and twist process. After two twists all traces of nail polish were removed – result!
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before. It took me around 2 minutes to remove the polish from both of my hands! I have definitely become a nail polish remover convert. KIKO also seems to be an emerging cosmetics brand in the UK. I noticed yesterday that a KIKO store is opening on London’s Regent Street in Oxford Circus. I’ve recently started using the KIKO eyebrow palette and love it so I’m excited to check out the new store!
You can purchase the Fast & Easy remover here, and hurry because there’s 25% off! This product really does exactly what it says on the tub. 5/5 from me!
Have you tried a dip and twist remover? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Last week I went to the Trafford Centre, initially with the intention to just browse (yeah right, who was I kidding?!) But of course, my good for nothing intentions were soon demolished the moment I set eyes upon those 4 enticing letters…S-A-L-E…
I’ve wanted the monochrome blouse from Zara for a few weeks now, and so when I saw that it had been reduced from £29.99 to £22.99 my bank card magically leaped out of my purse – okay, it’s not a huge saving but every penny counts! Besides, you can’t go wrong with a bit of zebra print – black, white, what’s not to love?
Admittedly the necklace wasn’t in the sale, but was a steal at £6.99. I have a bit of a thing for New Look jewellery, I swear 90% of my necklaces are from there! I bought it to wear with a dress in mind since it’s quite a formal piece. I think it looks a bit too much with this blouse, but I decided to put them together for the purpose of the picture.
As I’ve probably said a million times before, MAC is my all time favourite cosmetics brand. I purchased this lipstick using the ‘Back to MAC’ policy – whereby if you hand in any six empty MAC products, you receive a free lipstick of your choice. The cremesheen lipsticks are my favourite because they don’t dry your lips out easily and instead, leave them feeling moisturised. The shade I chose is called Crosswires, which is a bright, corally pink.
The Topshop shorts had been reduced from £32 to £15. I don’t really wear shorts that often, I tend to reach for a skirt or dress, so this purchase was entirely necessary! I was drawn to the floral design and the highwaisted style, which I find is a lot more flattering than those that sit on the hips. In order to show off the shorts, I paired them with a cropped tee (also from Topshop). However, I didn’t feel entirely comfortable wearing them together so I think I’ll opt for a floaty vest top when I wear them out.
The floral crown is very festival-esque and highly appropriate since I’ll be attending Wireless fest in London next week. I got it for a bargain £5 reduced from £12.50. I think it’s a really good dupe of the Crown & Glory bands because it doesn’t have that cheap sort of look to it!
Hope you like my buys. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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My penchant for all things neon reached a new high when I received Barry M’s little pot of fluorescent goodness. For me, Barry M nail paints have always been a huge winner, and it’s safe to say that I hold my plentiful collection in high regard. I’ve had some colours for years now and they have remained gloop-free and still apply just as wonderfully as they did when they were new. Some of my higher end nail products haven’t lasted me half as long yet cost almost 3 times the price. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Barry M nail paints, but if you are not then I wholeheartedly recommend you try them!
Despite the somewhat lacklustre weather, I think that this neon yellow colour epitomises summer and will really enhance a simple outfit. Just to reiterate, this polish applies smoothly and wonderfully; I love how it has a subtle, shimmer finish too. If I haven’t already sold it to you, then I’m sure the price will – costing just £2.99, there’s every reason why this should be your summer staple.
If you follow me on Instagram (sheevamarie1), you’ll have seen my recent Zara purchase of a monochrome printed shirt which I can’t wait to sport with these nails. There’s no doubt I’ll be frequently reaching for this over the summer!
What do you think of Barry M nail paints? Are you a neon lover too?
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A new day, a new nail polish; today I’m wearing Essie’s Mint Candy Apple and Southern Lights by Models Own. I’m beginning to stray from my predominantly monochrome wardrobe and embrace the wonderful array of pastels which complement the spring season. Despite the temperamental weather, I opted for a lustrous mint accompanied by an ever so sparkly silver and blue glitter for my feature nail.
When it comes to nail polish, Essie is most definitely up there as one of my favourite brands. Mint Candy Apple is the exact shade of mint that I was after, sitting perfectly on the colour spectrum between green and blue. After using a clear base, I applied two coats of this polish and then set it with a clear top coat. The polish applies smoothly on to the nail bed, leaving no streaks or bumps. It appears to be highly durable too; I’ve had this on for 3 days so far and not a chip in sight!
Now this may not come as a surprise, but I’m a sucker for anything that glitters, so when I laid eyes on Models Own’s Southern Lights I became enraptured by its sparkle. The polish is part of the Wonderland collection which was released around Christmas (a long time ago I know) but let’s face it, when it comes to glitter it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon. Southern Lights comprises navy glitter with iridescent silver pieces, which really catch the light and enhance the dazzling effect. I applied two coats of this over the mint colour and the combination fits like a hand in a glove –perfect.
Have you tried these polishes before?
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You guessed it, I’ve painted my nails again. I’ve grown so accustomed to wearing polish that my nails just feel so strange without any on. I decided to delve in to the bottom of my plentiful supply and dig out two of my ‘older’ polishes. I know that I said in my last nail post that I’d overdone the whole glitter trend, but when it comes to anything that sparkles, I’m like a magpie in a Swarovski store. So of course, I couldn’t resist temptation and found no better option than to return to the Models Own ‘mirrorball’ polish in Disco Inferno. I absolutely love this polish, which combines glitter pieces of different shapes and sizes to create a disco or mirrorball effect. I decided to paint it over the Golden Rose polish which, unfortunately is only available overseas – I got mine when I was in Turkey last Summer! Also, I couldn’t find the name of it anywhere so I’m guessing it must have rubbed off the bottle (not surprising seeing as it’s been hiding beneath all my other polishes!), so I apologise if you’re curious to find out what it’s called *sobs*. However, I think the combination of the two looks pretty!
Whenever I paint my nails, the Sally Hansen ‘Hard as nails’ strengthening polish is an essential. I use it first as a base coat and then as a top coat after my colour polish has dried. Although my nails are still under repair due to them being ruined by acrylics, the Sally Hansen has really helped to restore the top layer. It’s also made them a lot stronger than they were and they don’t ‘bend’ from being so weak. It’s taken almost a month to get to where they are, but my nails feel and look a lot healthier now – I don’t think I’ll be heading down the acrylics road any time soon! Hope you like them and sorry again for not having more info about the GR polish.
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