Can you believe that on the 20th August it was the blog's fourth birthday... and cause I'm a twat I completely forgot about it until practically a week later. Anyway I'm not going to get all soppy with you, however I know I've been awol quite a bit over the last year and I want to thank each and every one of you for reading posts, following me and allowing me to have some amazing opportunities. If I could come and give you all a big squeeze I would, but you might get scared and slap me with a restraining order. Anyway lets see what the next year brings... maybe a new handbag? Wishful thinking now that I've got the house eh? Haha.
25 August 2014
Hands up before starting this post - I think the above set is actually exclusive to duty free. So unless your thousands of feet in the air, I don't think you're going to be able to get your hands on the kit (Edit - you can get this from their website). However you can buy these separately and to be honest there's only one product out the three I'd say spend your money on. A bit of background about me and my nails - my nails used to grow like wildfire, long and strong. However starting to work in the Co-op from the age of 16 my nails were ruined, 13 years later and they're finally in some sort of decent condition.
My problem with my nails is not the fact that they take ages to grow, but the fact that they constantly split. I cut them down and then they magically manage to split. I've tried numerous nail growth products from Sally Hansen, to Mavala to OPI Nail Envy and yes they may work temporarily, as soon as I stop using them my nails are back to square one. I've seen quite a lot of reviews about the Renunail Nail Strengthener and every single one was raving about this product. Does it live up to the hype? Oh yes!!
Normally I do this Sunday-Saturday and start on the Sunday by painting two coats and then another coat every day. The instructions say every other day, but due to the state of my nails I prefer to paint everyday. You repeat this process for three weeks and then have a two week rest. Personally I normally ignore the latter step and paint my nails with the clear (but not reapply every day). Since using this, my nails are much stronger and haven't been splitting as much as they used too and its all down to this product. Even through all my illness and uni stress, its had no impact on my nails at all.
The programme recommends you use the cuticle oil in conjunction with the nail polish to stimulate growth, however I prefer to use my OPI Avoplex (review here) instead. Once you've completed the programme you can then use the nude nail polish like a regular polish. However don't be fooled by the pinky nudeness in the bottle - its basically another clear nail polish which on my makes my nails look dirty. I've since passed this over to mother dearest who is also raving about the effect that its had on her nails (her nails don't grow very fast).
All in all I would highly recommend this strengthener as even though I'm not using this at the moment my nails are still in really good condition. Plus look at the size of the bottle - that's supersized nail polish right there - think of the value for money. Have you tried this range?
24 August 2014
Happy Bank Holiday Sunday!! Is it me, or do weeks seem to drag when it's a long weekend? I know I've been absent from here and Twitter over the last week, but to be honest with you I just wasn't in the mood to write any posts. I'm back on the exercise bandwagon now that my ribs/back is much better and guess what I've managed to do, hurt them again.When will I ever learn. I wish I had something exciting to report to you this week, but all what it's involved is work/sleep/work/sleep on repeat.
However I do have some exciting new features on here which I've been planning/working on - hopefully the first one will go live in a few weeks but keep your eyes peeled. Right I'm off to shellac my nails - until next week.
Posts you may have missed this week - just click the older post button below, as there's just the one - bad blogger I know.
23 August 2014
Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter - £9.00 Boots
Hand on heart I never thought I actually owned many body butters (my stash of Hawaiian Tropic doesn't count), until I moved house and had all beauty products placed in the one bedroom. If I'm honest with you, the amount I own is quite simply shocking, however as I won't be buying any more body products until Christmas, I'm now on a mission to get products used up.
The first product I've been reaching for recently is Soap and Glory's The Daily Smooth Body Butter which is targeted especially for those who suffer from dry skin. Luckily my skin isn't in too bad condition, except for the patches of dry skin on my shin. The only S+G body butters I've used in the past has been their Righteous Butter which I love, however I think I prefer this to that. A word of warning with this, is that it is very thick - a little does go a long way, however one downside of this product is that it does take a while to sink into your skin.
Normally I prefer to use this on my legs and elbows and I'm very impressed with the fact that one application of this sorts my dry skin right out. I have to admit I'm not a fan of the scent, however once worked into the skin you can't smell it at all. I understand that the price may put some people off, and as I received this as a present from Steph, I will admit that I wouldn't pay £9 for this. I've been using this constantly for 2 months now and I'm literally down to the final dregs and I use this every night. If you have normal skin, I don't think I would recommend it - maybe in the winter if your skin goes awol with the change in temperature.
Are you a fan of Soap and Glory body butters?