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Bourjois: Magic Nail Polish Remover

I hope everyone is well! 

I have had some what of a summer 'break', before I really even got started. But the good news is that I'm back & blogging now, with lots of products collected over the months which I hope to get your comments on, as I give my opinions too. 

The first stand out product for me which I discovered after watching one of Zoe's videos over on her YouTube channel is the Bourjois Paris - Magic Nail Polish Remover 

 As one of those people who like to switch up their nail colours & styles lets say every three days, either due to chipping or boredom - this product has saved me so much time in removing polish. 

It's clean, very simple to use, and also eliminates 100% of the effort in taking stubborn colours off your nails. 

I first thought that of course you're nails will be free of colour if you're dunking them into a pot of acetone. But surprisingly this is not a pot of acetone, it is in-fact an acetone & paraben free product (very much a bonus). It also includes Almond oils and offers a sweet fragrance - the Almond oil combination has meant that i have found my nails feeling aren't left feeling as dry of 'stripped' of oils as with your average remover. 

To use; just pop your fingers into the pot, one at a time, twisting your nail against the sponge filling inside, which also coats your finger in nail varnish remover. Although it might not take one second, it isn't far off, it maybe slightly longer of course if you are wearing a glitter based polish. 

For me it takes all of the hassle out of nail varnish removal, and it majorly saves me time. The exciting part with nail colours is always applying the new colour, never removing the old & this product is all about making removal quick & easy.

I will be purchasing this product again, whenever this one runs out (I haven't worked out how you tell the pot needs re-newing yet!?!) Have you tried this or a similar product? What did you think? 

Can you put a price on good skin? | Skincare Splurge

Where have I been?
It has been a crazy long time since I last posted! I've left a busy old month behind me as i've been moving my stuff back from university, starting a new job and preparing for a long awaited holiday to the Canary Islands!

So as i'm currently here in Lanzarote for a while I figured what better time to get back in posting, so here I give you a long awaited high end skincare product post. 

The good stuff:

I love a good skincare product but like most of you interested in the beauty world know, quality can cost you and this is the sad truth of it, as many times i've indulged heavily in serums, creams and cleansers which have all left me scared to fully enjoy the product as the thought of having to part with big amounts of money to experience it again scares me and pushes me away! 

I have always looked after my skin though, and have found throughout my teenage years and now in my early twenties that my skin is problematic. Currently combination and not overly oily, hormonal acne and rosacea have always been central in my skincare concerns. 

I brought the following products featured in this post after having another one of those annoying skin consultations with an 'expert' skin company who analysed my skin wrongly. 
I discovered this after paying for their products and using their cleanser and finding my face in a worse state than when it started. Disheartened I got some beauty therapy from a shop which is a guaranteed feel good emporium of beauty treats; space.nk 

The Products:

From left to right: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer (£28) | Darphin Intral Anti Redness Serum (£48) |  Eve Lom SPF 15 Moisturiser (£45)

Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer 
A huge fan of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, I am always up for trying more of the Laura Mercier range. For me all the products i've tried have really lived up to the great reviews which have surrounded them. This oil free foundation makes a great base for any foundation and absorbs nicely, especially in the morning when you don't want to be waiting around for all your creams, serums and what not to absorb fully before the all important make up application (v annoying when you are in a rush). It really does improve the look of enlarged pores around the nose for me and keeps your makeup base in place!

Darphin Intral Anti Redness Serum
Never a brand that i've tried before Darphin are one to ooze quality and I noticed this immediately from the point where the lovely lady at space.nk smoothed it on to my face. The smell is gorgeous a (very light floral scent) with a consistency of water, it is a product that can be used under makeup, on it's own or as an overnight treatment and is great for reducing redness and soothing irritated skins. Yes it is a small glass bottle, and yes it can be a battle getting the product on to your face, with it's very running consistency, but it is one of the best anti redness products I have tried and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and energised. 

Eve Lom SPF 15 Moisturiser 
This is a product I have tried in the past from a sample Eve Lom set which helped me to discover the brand (Sample sets are a great buy if you can find them from higher end brands as they give a whole range of products to try at a generally reasonable price.) I classified this product as luxurious but perhaps not that affordable from that outset - i always wanted to use it but the price once again pushed me away. Whilst it is only 50ml the consistency contrasts the last product as it is a rich cream which hydrates quickly but yet will last you a long time as a little goes a long way with this moisturiser. 

This was a bit of a splurge on high end products and it's not often I spend so much all in one go, but I just needed to restore my faith in skincare after the mishap with another company. My skin is now looking far less angry, far less dehydrated and feeling nourished, ready for the sun of Spain! I am a believer in the mantra 'you get what you pay for' but is good skincare with good results down to spending more on the products? 

Tell me below what you think! What are your favourite high-end / high-street buys for beauty?

Will be posting again soon with holiday based posts from sunny Lanzarote; but for now am off to chill with a glass of vino!

TLC for Your Nails

Good sunny afternoon y'all!
Here's another post focused on nails, but this time I am sharing the products which I keep by my beside and use fairly often to keep my nails in an OK condition.
I do wish I could be one of those women who treat their nails every evening before sleeping, but to be honest sleep is too high up on my list of priorities to put my nails first.
Although my habits haven't changed for years, by using these products alone or in combination with each other every so often, my nails look better, feel stronger and colour applies so much better!

I have 7 or 8 products which i cram into a cute little bag and label as my nail care kit, it covers all needs from nasty cuticles to flimsy and weak nails.

001. OPI Acetone Free Polish Remover in 120ml £7.35 
This is one of those nail polish removers that I have repurchased again and again. If you do have acrylics & gel nails you will want something with Acetone but for everyday nail polish removal needs this remover is perfect for me for the fact it doesn't make my nails worse than what they were before. Whilst you might think without Acetone it's removal power must be rubbish I actually am able to have got every bit of polish off, and my natural nail is in a good condition after. You don't need a lot of this stuff either, which is not what i've found with cheaper alternatives. For those with acrylics or nail embellishments you need to get off, there is also an Acetone version available.

002. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Anti Chip Top Coat £5.99
I am still using my first ever bottle purchased of this great top coat. In the past I was a bit of a nail polish snob, having grown up with OPI and Nails Inc, I only every brought from these brands. But around two years ago having discovered the hype around Sally Hansen (& her fabulous Complete Salon Manicure colour), especially in America I took the plunge and ditched my old OPI top coat. I must say the main seller for me with this top coat is the 'Insta-Dry' factor. As mentioned in a previous post I hate waiting for nails to dry, so after applying your colour, layer this thinly on top, wait 30 to 60 seconds and your nails are good to go.

003. Leighton Denny Remove & Rectify Cuticle Remover £11.00
Cuticles are often overlooked when doing your own manicure, but when you get your nails professionally done, you'll often as a result be told 'Your cuticles are in bad shape' (well i know it's happened to me). Before this product came along I never knew how to really take care of cuticles apart from applying oils. By applying this product to the nail and cuticle area, you will find that there is a lot of dry and dead cuticle that can be removed. It's pretty amazing to see how fabulous your cuticles look after use too, they're no longer dry or neglected and affecting the look of your manicure. If your cuticles are kept moisturised and trimmed then you will no longer be subject to annoying and sometimes painful hangnails.

004. OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener for Soft & Thin Nails £18.55
At nearly £20 for a nail treatment, which is nothing special in it's appearance there will be many people who will have put this in their (virtual or physical) shopping basket and then thought better of it. The OPI Nail Envy range must be one of OPI's best developments. I don't know how it works, except that it provides the nail directly with calcium, but this treatment feeds your nails the best food that it could wish for, and as a result your nails are left feeling stronger, and not so shocking on those days where disguising your nails with coats of colour is not an option. OPI have created different formulas for different nail types. I use the Nail Strengthener as I do like to use gel polishes, and have had acrylic damage in the past, which has thinned my nails out and affected their growth. Within a few weeks of using this you really will see the difference, and you can even use it as a base coat.

Nail Care
005. OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go in 7.5ml £9.60This handy travel sized tube of the OPI Avoplex Cuticle oil, keeps your cuticles hydrated and your nails looking in great shape. Apart from an aeroplane mishap where i took this in my carry on luggage and it didn't react well under the cabin pressure, resulting in losing a lot of product, this small 7.5ml size has lasted ageees! You don't need much, and if you over apply you can be sure to move it around with handy built in application brush. You'll nails will love this, and whenever you are in a public transport or flight situation and bored this is a great on the go treatment for the nail and cuticle which doesn't see much moisture or is constantly washing up. You can even get the standard 15ml bottle to keep at home, and then this smaller size can be kept in your handbag. 
006. OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers hand & body lotion in 30ML  £2.25If you like fruity and invigorating scents this product is for you. The OPI range of Skin Quenchers can be brought in this small tester size, perfect for travel or in bigger tube and pump sizes. Coming in a range of different scents such as Coconut and Melon, Cranberry, Jasmine and Mango these make such great gifts and can be used for both hands and body. The product is not of a thick consistency and they are absorbed nice and quickly into the skin, so if you don't like residue or greasiness lying on your skin after moisturising these are great. 
007. Tweezerman Cuticle Nipper £18 & Leighton Denny Small Crystal Nail File £12Whilst this stainless steel tool may look slightly intimidating, it's not for use on the nails themselves. It is infact created for taming unruly cuticles that have out grown themselves or hangnails which are causing discomfort. I have been told by a nail technician that if you are going to tackle cuticles yourself you need to know what you are doing. Well yes, however I taught myself. With this tool which you will never need to replace (due to Tweezerman's great consumer policies) cuticle nipping is pretty simple and ensures you get as close as possible to where the cuticle meets the nail bed. It also transforms the look of your nails!
Whilst more expensive than your normal emery board, this nail file from Leighton Denny is made of crystal! Whilst I have owned nail files in the past made from glass & crystal, which have snapped in travel & left me annoyed I ever spent the money on them, this particular nail file enables me to file in both directions to shape my nails, and can be re-used time and time and time (you get the idea) again. It's available it different sizes, for different prices but it's my main nail file and I will always go back to it. 
I pack all of these goodies mentioned in to a quilted Nails Inc bag which I received years ago as a Christmas Gift. 
Whilst we are at the end of what seems like a marathon post, sorry for that, I hope i've offered you an insight into my nail care routine, with affordable and functional products. Whilst i'm not obsessive about keeping my nails in good shape, as long as I use these products fairly regularly my nails don't normally disappoint me! 
Do you have any nail care products which you can't live without? 
Keep checking back for some high-end skincare soon!