Mar 27, 2013

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Done In 60 Minutes: DIY Nail art designs in under an hour

Pulling off an elegant nail job requires skill, dexterity, patience the size of the Pacific Ocean, and most important of all, time. Whether you’re going to attend an exclusive party or just hang out with some friends in a club on a Saturday, being able to do your nails quickly will save you money- and stress! Why pay a salon when you can create cool looks in the comfort o your own home (and watch Homeland whilst doing so?)

Regardless of the nail art you want to apply, whether French tips, statement nails, or animal prints, the ability to do them quickly comes in handy especially during unexpected parties or nail accidents that require a retouch or a total makeover. If you are looking for nail art ideas you can do it in 60 minutes or less, check out these nail job tips to aid you along the way:

1. Herringbone Nail Art

A stitching technique usually found in twill fabrics can be your nail buddy in case you need to retouch your nails in an hour or less. After painting all your nails with your selected base nail polish, take out some nail strips from your French tip kit and paint them with different colours but from the same colour palette, e.g. using the same kind of finish but with different hues such as matte or candy colours. After applying polish in nail strips, carefully stick them in one of your nails, preferably the middle or ring finger, the way herringbone stitches are made. These should form diagonal L’s when done correctly. Using a pair of nail clippers, remove the protruding tips and with a cutter, carefully cut the excess strips to the shape of your nails.

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Mar 25, 2013

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Morninghead;- to get rid of Morning Hair. Totally SFW!

Bedhair is something that beauty magazines tell us we ought to aspire too, but the reality is more rats nest, then Cinderella-type tendrils. I’ve always thought this was a female issue, but then I just learnt about Morninghead- a product aimed at men (or women with super short hair) that’s suggests its a universal issue. Dubious name aside, the Morninghead is actually kind of ingenious.

The Morninghead caps started as a Kickstarter project, and then received full funding.It’s a shower cap that comes lined with absorbent material, designed to let you mimic freshly washed hair, without the inconvenience of having a shower.

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Mar 20, 2013

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Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Foot Care Cream Review

Feet are the opposite of glamorous. Shoes, shoes I can get behind, but feet, well I’d rather stick them in pretty socks or tights and forget about them. Problem is, other people. Other  people who might see them or touch them.. yeah.  In an attempt to make my feet more people friendly I’ve been slathering them with the Spa Find Heavenly Hydration Footcare cream. I’m not a fan of the overly long unnecessarily  alliteration, but I won’t hold that against them.

The cream itself is very rich and thick,  white liquid that sticks to my hands and sits rather than gets absorbed in my feet. I’ve been slathering it on and wearing socks in bed for a week, and I have seen some improvement in softness. The cream apparently has extracts containing ‘Aloe Vera, Grapefruit, Mango, Peach, Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose and Coconut’, and while I am sure this is true, it is completely scent free.

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Mar 18, 2013

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Beauty Blogging Links: Bloggers and Brands plus Clarins cool

Phyrra & Ana discuss brand relationships & bloggers.

The weather’s getting warm, so Musicalhouses introduces you to Biore’s latest Aqua UV Watery Essence sunscreen!

Have you tried out the new Clinique Chubby Stick Intense lip colour range yet? If not, don’t miss Rae’s swatches, photos, & review on theNotice — this is one product that you NEED in your stash!

Jenny falls head over heels for the YSL Glossy Stains over at My Funny Valentine.

At Eyelining Obsessions, Claire tries desperately to get into a Spring mood (despite the weather!) with a bright lip courtesy of LUSH.

Just when you thought you didn’t need another palette in your life, Jude reviews this little beauty from Clarins at Love, Lust, and Fairy Dust.

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Mar 13, 2013

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SweetLocks scented hairbrushes

I love brushing my hair- it always relaxes me, and the simple strokes that turn corn into silk are very therapeutic. It seems like it’s the only thing I can control sometimes, so that I can release easy childlike scents at the same time is a cool idea. SweetLocks hairbrushes come in two perfumed options, Cheeky Cherrylime and Strawberry Sweetcake. They smell intensely sugary and delicious- like all those candies that are bad for you and the kind of smell that you imagine Barbie might sweat out.

Hey, it’s aimed at 7-13 year olds so that’s OK- though I won’t say no… Each stroke releases a waft of the scent, and it never runs out, so you have it for the life of the brush.

There are more flavors in the works as well- who else wants to try Chocolate Cookie Cake or Very Berry on their hair? Mmm.

They should be available soon- check them out here.

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Mar 11, 2013

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Eyesbright Colorvue Jewel Gold Contact Lens review

I have always wanted to try out colored contact lenses, so when Eyesbright offered me the chance I was super excited. I picked the Jewel Gold pair for my first option; I wanted something bold, but not to obvious that people would see them straightaway.

The lenses came packaged in a nice neat little packet and they were easy yo apply. The lenses themselves were slightly bigger than everyday lenses, so that felt a little strange at first, but they settles down. Disclaimer: I used to wear lenses daily (pre bad LASEK) so I do know what I’m talking about here. I really liked the gold decoration on the lenses- they caught the light in a really cool way, plus I just got a new camera to play with, so I may have got  a little carried away…


And yes, I do really need to do my eyebrows.

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Mar 7, 2013

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MAC 2013 collections: Muscles, Snakes and sheer

It’s no secret I love MAC makeup- yes me and the rest of the world- and one of my favorite things is to drool over the amazing images they shoot with their latest collections. In pure eye candy style, I’ve decided to show you some of the most luscious looks available from MAC at the moment.

MAC Strength Collection

I love that MAC used a strong woman to front this- literally with those biceps. The color range is bold and bright – a dusky red lip and tawny bronzers.

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Mar 7, 2013

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Little Mermaid walks on land : Walk with Princess Shoes!

The Little Mermaid is one of my all time favorite movies, so I screamed with excitement when I saw these shoes. Perfect on so many levels- I love the heel, the height, the mix of contrasting colors, and that they come adorned with Prince Eric and Ariel is simply too fabulous for words.

The heels are hand painted by Etsy Seller Ashton Atelier, and she’s a whizz at creating Disney Princess types on the bottom of your soles. Not only will she create Ariel- or Sleeping Beauty/ Cinderella etc, but she’ll also apply them to ANY pair of shoes you want, as you get to send her a pair to work with. Yes, that does make the whole princess a little pricier- and you’ll be without your shoes a while, but in return you get back a pair that you know fits well that has now had a major revamp.

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Mar 4, 2013

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Foreo Luna Mini challenges the Clarisonic

Cleansing is a huge part of my life, it’s a ritual that involves lotions, oils, cloths and gadgets. From muslin wipes to the Clarisonic, the cleansing process leaves me feeling revived, fresh and awake. Nothing gets me feeling as ‘fresh’ as my trusty Clarisonic, but the pricetag of $150 plus is understandably offputting to many.

The Foreo Luna Mini is a budget friendly alternative and is super cute too. I haven’t tested it, but did manage to get a hands on preview in January, and it looks like it might be great. The waterproof vibrating brush/applicator/something of this nature is covered in silicone and pulsates up to 1400 times a minute. The idea is that you apply your favorite cleanser to the brush and not only will it thoroughly clean your face, but it will also stimulate blood flow, and do this in a gentle manner.

500 points on the brush contact the face and the two speed options allow you to adjust it to your preferences. The Foreo Luna Mini also has a light indicator which lets you know when to move t to different parts of the face. It can last 90 days on one charge – no batteries needed-  and I really like the pretty color options it comes in.

Definitely worth a try!

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Feb 17, 2013

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Nailympics 2013 – The Rome Nail Art Olympics

Over and over  I have stressed the idea that nail art is an ART. It involves skill, time, dedication and creativity and the Nailympics 2013 celebrates the diversity of this. Artists from around the world gathered in Rome to create breathtaking displays of design on nails.

This is a serious competition, there is a big judging panel and each category has its own sets of rules, from creativity elements to  options such as ‘Micro art or “Flat art” must not represent more than 20% of the total artwork. It is suppose to be 3 Dimensional artwork.’

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