A selection of beauty products

I completely missed the end of last month to get this post published, so here are some of the things I’ve loved during August and a bit of September. I was actually quite proud of myself for typing up 5 blog posts in a week, after that I needed some time to myself and catch up with everything else going on in my life. I’ve been helping my Aunt unpack boxes from a house move, being the nosey person I am I had a quick peek at her makeup collection, or rather lack of it. If anyone needs a wish list it’s my Aunt, so we’re going shopping next week and I am spending someone else’s money for a change!

urban decay naked heat palette

I’ve had the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette sitting in my drawer for a few weeks before I started using it, but I knew I’d love it the moment I saw it. The shades are absolutely stunning and I’ve been able to create so many different looks with it. It’s one of those eyeshadow palettes that people would assume was only for a summer bronzed look, but I think these colours would look amazing during Autumn too. I flippin love this eyeshadow palette, especially the shades Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego.

barry m sunset gel nail polish, Barry m matte me up liquid lipstick

barry m sunset gel nail polish

I’ve been obsessed with Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Polish in the shade Fushsia Generation, it’s a gorgeous pinky plum shade and is the perfect colour for in between seasons. Barry M nail polishes always apply really easily and last for ages. I fell in love with the original Barry M Matte Me Up Lip kit, so when I saw they brought out a metallic version I knew I had to get my hands on one. I’ve been using the shade Allure quite a lot over the past few weeks, which again is a gorgeous pinky plum colour. These lip kits are amazing, the applicator makes it easy to apply and the colour just glides on, it doesn’t feel sticky or cling to any dry areas and the colour lasts pretty much all day.

jurlique rosewater balancing mist, zoella cream scrub

I adore Zoella’s Jelly and Gelato range, so much more than any of the others she’s released. The pastel and gold packaging is simply stunning and it smells divine. It has fresh, floral scent with hints of Elderflower and Pomegranate, it’s such a pretty fragrance that is perfect for everyday and not overpowering. The cream scrub wasn’t like any of the thick grainy ones I’ve used before, it’s more of a balm that you melt on your body and leaves my skin feeling super soft. Even my other half liked the smell, so it’s got to be good!

I’m obsessed with anything that has a rose fragrance so I’ve loved using Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist after I’ve cleansed my skin, and it smells incredible. This facial mist did leave my skin feeling soft, although I still need to use my daily  moisturiser. Instead I’ve been using it more as a toner to give my skin that wonderful refreshing feeling. It’s also brilliant to use during the day when I’m not wearing any makeup and feel as though I want to give my skin a bit of a wake up!

wet brush, Zoella cream scrub, barry m sunset gel nail polish

There’s nothing worse than trying to drag a comb through wet knotted hair, I’ve tried various different brushes which seemed to do more damage than good on my long hair. I was originally looking for a brush to carry in my bag for when I got caught in a rain shower, but this Wet Brush has been so good I’ve been using it to comb through towel dried hair before I style it. It’s so gentle and combs through any knots or tangles without pulling, plus it can be used on wet or dry hair.

milk and honey by rupi kaur

My favourite book (if I can call it that?) from last month has to be Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It’s collection of poetry about survival through love, loss, abuse and violence. I could relate to this book in so many ways, it’s hard to explain, but i really needed to read these poems right now. Memories of personal experiences have been rearing their ugly head again and this book helped me get through.

What things have you enjoyed this month?

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I’ll be honest here, I’m completely rubbish at applying nail polish and for years I had gels to save me the hassle of keep reapplying chipped nail polish. Over the course of time, this just ruined the condition of my nails, and it was costing me a fortune every time I had them done. Now I love spending time painting my own nails, I actually find it therapeutic, plus it’s so much easier if I get bored with whatever shade I’m wearing  or I see a brand bring out a new colour nail polish and obviously less of a dent on my bank balance!

I probably haven’t improved much at doing my own nails but that’s fine, it’s all good fun, right?

Itsy Nails London is a brand I absolutely love as their DuraPRO Gel Effect Nail Polish* acts just like a gel but without going through all the hassle. I’ve bought a couple of their nail colours and thought they were so brilliant I featured them in my February Favourites post. Then I was extremely lucky to get sent four shades from Itsy’s gorgeous Spring/Summer* collection and I was over the moon!

All four nail polishes are absolutely stunning shades and have such fun names: Drop Red Gorgeous (a bold orange/red), In Deep (a bright baby blue), Green With Envy (a vibrant green) and City Girl (a lilac/grey). Itsy also have other fab shades on their website or you could take a look at their Twitter page for regular updates of new stock. They have stacks of inspiration for nail art over on their Instagram.

Each polish only costs £5.99 and in just two coats you have beautiful opaque gel look nails. The shades are highly pigmented and they dry super quick, which is great if you’re doing them before you go out, or impatient like me. The soft, flat brush adapts to the shape of your nail, making it glide on really smoothly and doesn’t leave any streaks. It’s a fantastic alternative to having a gel manicure, saving me extra cash to buy one of Itsy’s other stunning shades.

These nail polishes last incredibly well, the colour on my finger nails was chip free after a week, but I’m more impressed that even after two weeks the polish on my toe nails still looked as it did on the day I applied it! Fantastic, if it can survive me knocking into everything and scraping my nails against stuff, then it can survive anything.

I love the way these polishes leave your nails looking so smooth, it’s almost as though you’ve had them professionally done. There’s no need for a base coat with Itsy nail polishes, although I usually apply a top coat to make it last a lot longer, but didn’t feel I needed it with these.

It’s so simple to take the polish off, you just use your normal nail varnish remover and after a gentle swipe it’s all gone.

Itsy Nails DuraPRO Gel Effect nail polishes are much kinder than having gels done at the beauty salon, they don’t contain harmful toxins and are cruelty free.

I can’t wait to see what shades Itsy Nails have out during the Autumn!

Have you tried Itsy Nail Gel Effect polishes? How did you get on? What’s your favourite summer shade of nail polish?

Items marked with a * were PR samples but all photos and opinions are my own.
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My feet are the one area of my body that I seem to neglect the most. After months of wearing thick tights and boots I wanted my feet to be in better condition for wearing my new  sandals* from Vionic. They were definitely in need of little pampering. With Summer just around the corner I thought I’d share my tips on how to get your feet ready for the warmer months with my At Home Pedicure.

Foot Scrub

I’ll start off by using Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Foot Scrub to help get rid of  any dry flaky skin, which I’m sure you wouldn’t want on show in your summer sandals. This one smells divine!

Foot Soak

I’ve been using a foot pack from Beautifully Scrumptious, they fit over your feet like a pair of socks. They are enriched with Tea Tree, Peppermint and Vitamin E to help dry, rough skin and cracked heels. It looks a bit strange at first sitting there for 20 minutes with a foot pack on, but believe me it feels amazing.

Moisturise

I use a deep moisturiser, like Bare Foot Lavender and Mint Foot Cream, to give intense hydration for extremely dry legs and feet, it is enriched with Tea Tree Oil to help soothe tired, aching feet, whilst the smell of Lavender will help your whole body feel relaxed.

File and Polish

I can’t stand wearing open toe sandals without having my nails painted, so the final step for getting my feet Summer ready is to give my nails a quick file to give them a nice shape and paint them in my favourite nail polish, at the moment I’m wearing a peach shade called Bohemian Gypsy by Itsy Nails, followed by a top coat to make my nail colour last a little longer. I’ve also been putting on a cuticle oil just before I go to bed.

 

Having wide feet I’ve always had trouble finding summer sandals that not only fit and feel comfortable, but that look stylish with any outfit. These faux leather, black strappy sandals* from Vionic are good quality sandals and fit my feet perfectly, they are so comfortable it actually feels like I’m wearing slippers. These summer sandals look feminine enough to be worn with my summer dresses or casual jeans.

 

Years of wearing high heels and ill fitting shoes haven’t done my feet any good at all, it wasn’t until I had my feet properly measured last year that I discovered I was a size smaller than the shoes I had been wearing, just because I had wide feet. I searched around for a pair of wide fitting summer sandals but most of them were unflattering, so you can imagine my delight when I tried on these sandals* from Vionic for the very first time. I instantly fell in love with them.

They have been designed with the help of a Podiatrist. the foot bed is shaped so it will hold your foot nicely in place so they wont slip about. It also helps prevent pains in your feet, knees and back The straps have a velcro fastening meaning I was able to fit them to just the right size around my ankle without any pinching. These sandals are lightweight so they won’t tire your legs out but still give your feet the support they need. They are the kind of footwear you need if you’re going to be on your feet all day, great for long walks in the woods or along the beach.

I’ve already worn my sandals so many times, they looked beautiful with a knee length floral dress and my denim jacket when I popped into town on a shopping trip with the girls, I had quite a few compliments from my friends asking me where they were from. They are so adorable that I’ve worn them with a long maxi dress when I went to my neighbours garden party and still looked pretty when I styled them with my jeans and a stripy t-shirt for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

They look fabulous with any summer outfit, so I know what sandals I’ll be wearing on my day trip to Brighton in a few months time!

What are your go to shoes during the summer months?

Items marked with a * have been gifted for a PR review

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