Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Becoming A Gel Nails Convert

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My First Gel Nails Experience

I'm rarely seen without polish on my nails. Whether it's classic black, pillarbox red or a subtle nude, I feel pretty naked without it. That being said, I'm often sporting chipped and sometimes smudged (oh, the horror) nails. I can spend a good hour painting my nails, carefully waiting for each layer to dry, all for it to be undone when I pick up my phone and smudge the whole lot... it's an actual nightmare.

When my new pals over at Brazilian Waxing Company got in touch, I was in that horrible stage of sporting red, extremely chipped, nails that I didn't want to remove for fear of ending up with red-tinged fingers for the next two days. Although they are well-known in Manchester for sorting out unruly body hair, I decided to see how beautiful they could make my natural nails.


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Nailed It!


I was impressed. Seriously impressed. I'd heard how great two week gel nails were, but I never imagined that it'd be something I'd now want on the regular, especially as a girl who only visits salons if there's some major event or holiday coming up. 

My nails were prepped, buffed and shaped and Katy was really gentle with pushing back my cuticles too. Very important for a wimp like me. A couple of coats of polish, a few blasts under the UV lamp and I had dry, glossy nails that were definitely not going to smudge.

The pictures above are my nails after about two weeks of wear & tear and growth. Pretty good, huh? I use my index fingers quite a lot (forever opening awkward product lids) and they always seem to chip after about two days with regular polish, so it was amazing to see how well the gel polish fared. Only two very tiny chips after two whole weeks!

A huge thanks to Katy at the Manchester Oxford Road salon for pimping my nails in black cherry polish. I'll definitely be back for a celebratory bright-coloured spring mani very soon!

Oxford Road & Cheapside, Manchester
They offer waxing, laser hair removal, 
gel nails, eyelash extensions & much more.

My gel nails were complimentary of Brazilian Waxing Company, but all thoughts & opinions are my very own.

Are you a fan of gel nails?

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Warehouse Invites You To...

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Urban Garden Party

Saturday 28th March, 12-6pm
Manchester Arndale, London Oxford Street, Liverpool One

A dressed-up day at the races, countless 'hello warmer weather' BBQs, dreamy summer weddings and basically any excuse you can find to wear your best summery dresses. For every spring/summer occasion, there's always a place in your wardrobe for a new outfit that makes your (slightly hurried) fake tan look beach worthy and those leg sessions in the gym 100% worth it.

Warehouse are celebrating the launch of their gorgeous SS15 occasionwear collection with a series of Urban Garden Parties across select stores in the UK on Saturday 28th March. They'll be offering 20% discount, bespoke goodie bags, hair styling by Toni & Guy, snacks & refreshments and some lovely gifts with purchases over £70. 

You can sign up for an invite to your nearest event here. If you're one of the first 100 to sign up, you also receive some extra perks to redeem in-store on the day.
I'll be at the Manchester event, trying to get my hands on this stunning floral jaquard dress, ready for a day at the races with my pals. Come say hi!

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Will you be heading to your nearest Warehouse Urban Garden Party?
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Urban Decay Spring 2015

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Urban Decay Spring '15 Collection


Before I received this parcel of Urban Decay goodness, my UD collection went no further than a bashed-up but well-loved Naked palette and various Primer Potions. Though I own a few gorgeous sleek palettes, my Urban Decay one remains in my daily makeup routine. If I'm wearing eyeshadow, there's always going to be some UD in there somewhere.

So it's no surprise that when these new goodies landed on my doorstep, I had really high expectations of them. I was excited to see whether they could also form part of that elusive collection of my "Holy Grail" products.

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Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick*
£15.50 each, John Lewis


First up are the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks in the shades (L to R) Rapture, Ladyflower & Slowburn. As you can see, I got stuck into using them before photographing (oops, blogger sin), but that's only testament to how good they are. 

Promising a creamy, smooth application with a high-shine sheer finish, these are perfect for those who don't want to feel like their lips are covered in an uncomfortable mask of lipstick. Although they promise a sheer finish, the colour pay-off actually really impressed me. 

Rapture is the perfect daytime lipstick for a 'your lips, but better' colour, Ladyflower steps it up a notch for a brighter pink lip and Slowburn gives you a gorgeous bright red lip that won't leave your lips feeling dried out.

Rapture has made its way into my HG makeup bag, for sure.

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

£14 each, Feel Unique


Being a huge fan of the Naked palette eyeshadows, I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed by the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows in (L to R) Scorpio and Cosmic. Like their regular eyeshadows, the Moondust eyeshadows offer a great colour pay-off, but with extra glitter and dimension. 

Scorpio swatches as a glittery black, with a tiny hint of deep green, making it ideal for a smokey 'let's go out-out' eye look. Cosmic, on the other hand, is a dreamy off-white with lots of shimmer. This is perfect for swiping just under your eyebrow arch and on the inner corners of your eyes to make eyes pop.

Tip: use them wet for extra intensity.

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Which new release would you choose from the Urban Decay Spring Collection?
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