Nails inc After Gel Hangover Cure 10 in 1 Nail Treatment

Despite my best intentions, my nails never really get to the stage of looking really good. I know that it’s partly my fault – I do sit and pick and my cuticles a bit, which is a habit I do need to break. But, my nails are also quite thin, with a propensity for breaking and peeling, so, in an effort to grow them, I snapped up the new Nails Inc After Gel Hangover Cure.

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Even though I’ve sworn off gel nails (I got them done once about five years ago, and my nails were paper thin for months after getting them removed), most of my nail problems seem similar to the ones caused by gels, so this seemed like a rather perfect product!

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Packaged in one of Nails Inc’s signature bottles (although they change so regularly it’s hard to keep up!) the After Gel promises to be a ten in one product. The lofty claims include strengthening, hardening and protecting nails, all whilst leaving them with a pretty gloss.

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In between manicures (as well as painting my nails myself), I’ve been painting on a light layer of the treatment onto clean, bare nails, and leaving it on for a day or so. It applies exactly like a regular polish, and it does leave a lovely glossy shine. The formula is filled with ingredients like Kale, Keratin and Argan Oil to hydrate and nourish, so it’s perfect if you’ve got iffy little nails like me!

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I have to say that I’ve been rather impressed with Nails Inc’s offering. Sure, I haven’t grown talons of my own yet, but my nails do feel sturdier. They aren’t peeling as much, and they’ve grown a little, allowing my to wear some cute red and pink polishes (when I normally stick to darks and neutrals). It’s such a great and easy way of taking care of your nails, and weirdly, I love the fact that they’re acknowledging the damage gels actual do – I’ve been told so many times that I should opt for a shellac or gel instead of my regular varnish that it’s so annoying to go through my weakened my nails actually are. I’m not sure it’s really a ten-in-one treatment, but it gives real strength to weakened nails, and that’s all that I’m after!

Nails Inc After Gel Hangover Cure 10-in-1 Treatment is priced at £9.50 and is available here.

YSL Touche Eclat

I think one of the first high-end purchases I ever made was one of YSL’s iconic Touche Eclats. It might be odd for a 14 year old to lust after a concealer, but there was just something so special about the golden pen, I just had to have one of my own. Since then I’ve kept at lease one kicking about my makeup collection, and it remains as one of my favourite under eye concealers.

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Every so often, YSL offer limited edition versions of the Touche Eclat, and I always make sure to pick up a couple. Over the past few years, there have been leopard ones (review here), lip ones (review here) and even lace ones, so when I saw the new slogan edition, I obviously had to treat myself! Even better, that the day after picking one up myself, YSL very kindly sent one over, so now I can show you two out of the available three!

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Everything about the new Slogan edition is the same as the original, apart from the fun slogans which are painted on the side. You can choose from ‘all lights on me,’ ‘no need to sleep’ or ‘I am not a morning person …’. They’re such a fun update on such a staple product, and I just love the fact that it feels like YSL aren’t taking themselves too seriously!

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If you’ve not tried the Touche Eclat yet, one of these limited editions is such a fun way to gal in love with them! I usually apply mine after foundation to create a super flawless looking base, and I just love the way that it completely erases any signs of tiredness or puffiness!

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To use, I just use two clicks, and paint the formula under my eyes in a rough triangle. Then using my ring finger, Although the formula is usually available in eight shades, the limited edition only comes in the original shade 01, so it is something to consider if you have a darker skin tone. I’m just obsessed with my Touche Eclats though, if I want to look particularly glowy, I dot and blend a little of the formula across my cheekbones, brow bones and nose too! It’s such an easy way to look wide awake, and fresh faced!

Have you ever tried Touche Eclat?

YSL Touche Eclat Slogan edition is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick

So even though I’ll be a subtle glossy-lip girl for life, more and more frequently I’ve been adding a matte lip into my routine to change things up a little. Paired with glossy, natural skin and a defined brow, I love how modern it looks, and it’s such a fun (not to mention easy) way to update my makeup bag.

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Packaged in a sleek, brushed bullet, The Maybelline Color Sensation lipstick in Nude Embrace has been one of my little favourites to achieve a flattering nude lip look. I’ve mentioned before, that I think Maybelline have really upped their game recently, and most of the products I’ve tried from them wouldn’t feel out of place on a high-end makeup counter. Happily, their Color Sensational Matte Lipstick is no different! The formula is super pigmented, with a creamy colour payoff that’s up there with my premium lipsticks. Nude Sensational is one of six available shades, which run the gamut from deep berries to milky pinks. Mine is somewhere in the middle, as a beautiful warm toned neutral.

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After buffing my lips, I apply a little balm (I’m a fan of Sisley or Omorovicza) then apply straight from the tube. The colour applies easily and evenly, and I have completely opaque coverage with a quick swipe. Like most matte formulas, Maybelline’s doesn’t feel super hydrating, but it’s easy to touch up with a little balm as the day goes on. The wear-time for the lipstick is pretty good going too! I got four hours of wear before I felt the colour was fading a bit and needed touching up. The only downside is the rather strong vanilla fragrance. I’m not the biggest vanilla fan in the world, so this feels a little ott, but considering the gorgeous colour and impressive staying power, I don’t really mind too much!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks are priced at £6.99 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Shower Gel

I’m not sure about you, but I’m far more productive in the mornings, and over the past few weeks, the early hours have been filled with the most glorious sunlight, meaning early mornings feel almost bearable! To be honest, I do enjoy being up before everyone else – I can get to the gym early, grab my machines of choice, and even get my coffee all before eight in the morning, but, getting myself really wide awake is always a bit of an issue.

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So, when Aromatherapy Associates sent over their Revive Body Wash, I knew it was just what I was after to make my mornings even more productive! First off, I adore the super sleek packaging – complete with a pump dispenser. It looks so chic in the shower, and I love the fact that I only need a couple of pumps to really wake myself up!

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The formula is wondrously thick and luxurious to use, and I am just obsessed with the scent! It’s so fresh and so clean thanks to the inclusion of bergamot, grapefruit and peppermint, and within a minute or so of using the Body Wash, the entire bathroom smells glorious!

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Since Aromatherapy Associates only use the highest grade pure essential oils, it really is like a mini spa session every morning in the shower. I love how bright and fresh it leaves me feeling. It’s such a treat to look forward to every morning!

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Wash is priced at £27 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Beauty Blender

It’s not often that a product completely sweeps the market and pretty much revolutionises   the beauty world. But I have to say, I think the Beauty Blender has done it! Before the neon pink sponge same onto the scene, most beauty blenders and sponges were big wedges of latex which pretty much smeared formula around. But now, beauty aisles are filled with egg-shaped sponges of varying colours promising flawless applications.

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Despite dabbling in a number of rather expensive copy-cats, when I popped into Boots the other day, I couldn’t resist buying a second one. I did grab one a couple of years ago in East Hampton (review here) but I’m not too sure where that one ended up!

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I’m happy to say, I think I love it even more than I did then! To use, I run the sponge under some lukewarm water to dampen it, and loosen it up a little. When the Beauty Blender soaks up water, it grows by about half its size, meaning it’s one of the largest sponges in my collection. It’s a complete dream to use. I’ve been using it with YSL’s new Touche Eclat Teint foundation (review to come) and I’m in love with the sheer, yet buildable coverage it gives. It gives skin a wonderful, perfected look, that feels incredibly natural and wears well all day. To be honest, I’m not sure why I got separated from my first Beauty Blender, but I do know that I’m a bit of a re-convert, and am going to pick up a spare the next time I see them! I’ve also seen that the Beauty Blender range has grown considerably, and I’m really quite keen to try the baby versions too!

The Original Beauty Blender is priced at £16.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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