Barry M & OPI Manicure

 Good afternoon,

For this post I wanted to review the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry polish I bought this week. I hadn’t tried the formula before and I have heard great things about the brush, which I was really impressed with. It’s a flat brush that makes painting so much easier with minimum effort and clean up.

The colour is beautiful and vibrant, but I was SO disappointed with the formula. I found it was so thick and gloopy. I was constantly wiping the brush on the neck of the bottle trying to get the right amount of polish but as time went on it got thicker. It’s such a shame because the colours are so lovely but I was so frustrated trying to use it and it’s put me off that part of the range. I didn’t notice any quicker dry time to be honest as I had to redo a couple of nails because of the gloop. Also, I use Seche Vite as a top coat and that dries mega quick for me anyway.

The glitter colour is OPI In True Stefani Fashion and as my Instagram followers know I cannot resist a bit of sparkle!

Have any of you tried the Speedy Quick polishes? If so, what did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Nail Polish haul

Good morning lovely people!

I’ve been trying some new polish colours lately, firstly I saw the OPI Hawaii collection and ordered Aloha from OPI a gorgeous coral colour which I never would have tried before. I’ve also seen so many beautiful manicures on Instagram that has inspired me to give some new shades a try.

I was not a fan of light colours before, Porchester Square from Nails Inc changed that for me so I thought I needed shake up my predominantly dark collection. I had a little haul this week, I started with 2 Speedy Quick Dry nail paints from Barry M. I chose Lap of Honour, a pale lilac colour. I love purple so this polish will go well with other colours I already own and along with the 2nd colour I chose Need for Speed. This violet shade is gorgeous, I will upload a review and a pic of the manicure I did with it. I bought these from Superdrug, who currently have a promotion of buy one get a second half price.

The next polishes came from Kiko, a new brand to me and I was very pleased to find out they had opened a store locally to me in Oxford. They had a 30% off promotion so they cost only £2.50 each! My other half was very kind and treated me to 4 and was amazed by the choice available. I got No.492 which is an orange glitter shot through with gold. So sparkly and perfect for Summer, it will look stunning in the sunlight. Next was No.360 a creamy peach colour, I am rather obsessed with creme shades because of the beautiful gloss you get so I am really looking forward to trying this one out. As I also love blue, I knew that No.385 would fit into my collection nicely. A cornflower type of colour and again a creme formula. The last I chose was another purple No.332, a little darker than Need for Speed from Barry M. I expect I will do a mani at some point with those two together.

I’m very chuffed with my buys and the didn’t cost a fortune! Which colours do you like and how would you use them?

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Cleansers

Good afternoon everyone, today I wanted to talk about my current cleansers that am using. You may think I am a bit strange (it has been said before lol) but I really look forward to cleansing and starting my regime on a daily basis.

In the morning I love a wash off cleanser that I can easily use in the shower. I recently bought Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash. It’s a gel consistency with small beads that make your skin feel so smooth, it is a non SLS formula which is an ingredient that I like to avoid (I am always checking ingredient listings of products) I take a small walnut size amount and rub it over my skin. As I said before, it makes your skin feel so smooth without the squeaky tight feeling you can get with some foaming cleansers.

If I wear make up, I love to take it off first with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. When I first tried this product I was amazed at how quickly and easily it took off eye makeup and it’s become a regular part of my cleansing routine. I’ve not tried any other Micellar water as I’m so impressed with the Garnier version I have stuck with it. I also use it first thing in the morning when my sleepy eyes are sore, I put some on two cotton pads and pop them on my eyes for 10 minutes.

The next three cleansers I rotate as my first or second cleanse depending on what texture I want to use that evening.

What can I say about Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish that already hasn’t been said? I use this beautiful creamy cleanser every evening, C&P is a product I always have in my cleansing routine and I can’t imagine not having it. I find it so easy to use and my skin always feels beautiful after I have used it. The smell is so fresh and uplifting but also comforting, it’s a true staple. As I am sure are most of you will know, it’s a thick cream cocoa butter based cleanser that gently removes makeup and cleans your skin at the same time. I use it with the muslin cloth that comes with it and that smooth and exfoliates your skin each time you use it.

SBC Collagen 3-in-1 cleanser is one that you may not be familiar with, SBC is found at QVCUK they are a fantastic brand that do gorgeous treatment gels, shower products and skincare. This cleanser is a lighter milk-like texture and like Cleanse & Polish is also cocoa butter based. It has a light grapefruit/fruity scent that makes quick and easy removal of any makeup you use and gets rid of all the daily dirt and grime our skin picks up. I use 2-3 pumps usually as my second cleanse because it is the lighter texture and remove it with a warm muslin cloth. It’s really economical to use, very affordable and another product that I do gravitate back to.

The last cleanser is the beautiful Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. It is a product that is more expensive than I would usually be able to afford to buy, but thanks to QVCUK and their fantastic value I was able to take advantage of getting the limited edition supersize in January this year. I don’t use it every day, I would say 4 nights out of 7. If I feel I need a little more comfort and hydration then I use the balm. The fragrance is heavely, luxurious and I always feel so pampered when I’ve used it. I take some more time working the balm into my skin using some massage techniques and enjoying the smell and beautiful texture. It’s a very feel good product, I will be gutted when it’s finished but I so enjoy using it so may have to persuade myself to buy it again!!

So those are my favourite cleansers, which are yours? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Manicure Favourites

 As last week was skincare I thought I would share my manicure favourites that I cannot do without.

Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File

This file is amazing, as I hate filing I want to do the job quickly without detriment to my nails. This file means you can use it in the “sawing” motion which is a bad idea using a normal emery board. It actually seals the edge of your nails so there is a smooth finish and no picking bits out the ends of nails. It’s really fantastic and I wouldn’t use any other file now.

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

A very quick treatment, this gets rid of all excess skin around the cuticle. I tend to use it a couple of times a week as I find my cuticles grow like wildfire and I hate the way it looks when you wear polish. It’s very effective and works so quickly.

Leighton Denny Renovate (not pictured)

I use Renovate a couple of times a month just to keep my nail plate smooth. My nails have a tendency to get a bit rough and dehydrated and this treatment is amazing for that. To start, you buff your nails with side 1 of the duplex buffer. This smooth the nail so that the Renovate cream can penetrate into your nails. You only need a tiny amount and rub it into your nails, you seal in the treatment by buffing using side 2 of the buffer.

OPI Nail Envy

I’ve used Nail Envy for over 20 years, it’s the best nail strengthener for me. I use it as a base coat each time I do a manicure, it’s rare that I have a break and I feel this is down to Nail Envy. I can actually grow my nails to a longer length and they are strong enough without being brittle.

Seche Vite

The the best top coat I’ve ever tried! It’s so fantastic, I wouldn’t contemplate doing a manicure without it. It dries so quickly and really forms a shield over your nails. The gloss is also brilliant, the shine lasts such a long time on me too which I love.

Cuticle oil/butter

These 2 products are new to me, but as they work so well (a bit of a understatement!!) they are my staple go to pair. I discovered them when Hayley from Danglefoot Polish asked me to test her trial of a cuticle butter. She very kindly sent me a fragrance free version as well as the beautifully scented “Be My Sweetpea”. I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it and as much it was brilliant for my hands it was incredible on a very stubborn and uncomfortable patch of eczema that I have. I went to buy the cuticle oil as soon as I could! I love that it is in a lip gloss tube, so easy to apply and no mess at all. I apply oil every time I wash my hands, it is always at my side. Do check out Hayley’s etsy shop, she makes gorgeous polishes as well.

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=danglefootnailpolish

Hand Cream

As with oil, I also apply hand cream every time I wash my hands. I am rather obsessed with hand cream, I hate to count how many tubes I have! Liz Earle Hand Repair is a beautiful non greasy cream that I love to use during the day, the fragrance is gorgeous with essential oils of bergamot, neroli, chamomile and lavender. A little goes a long way so a 150ml pump lasts me a long time. Dr Organic Lavender Skin Lotion is a cream I use at night as the texture is richer. I absolutely adore lavender so the scent is intense and herby but without smelling old fashioned. I love it and I swear it helps me wind down for bedtime.

So these are my favourites, I certainly couldn’t do without them and neither would I want to!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The triple threat facial

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Cleanse – Exfoliate – Mask

I can’t remember where I heard the concept of the triple threat facial as it’s something I’ve been doing for quite a long time. I usually do this on a Sunday as the lovely Fiona Brackenbury (Training Director for Decleor) likes to call “Skincare Sunday”. Usually the best day of the week for a bit of pampering, a lovely double cleanse, a massage and some masks. I always have the intention to do a midweek mask but then I’m usually too tired even though I know it will only take 10 minutes.

So, I start off with a double cleanse with one cleanser I keep going back to time after time. I love to try new, but a true staple for me is Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. It’s such a quick and easy cleanser to use and so thorough, even when you are wearing heavy eye makeup. I love the texture, creamy and rich, my skin never feels stripped and I love the smell! I do the first cleanse to remove makeup and SPF (I use Ultrasun face formulas every day) and then on the second cleanse I do some massage techniques to try and get a bit of glow back (I have to take strong painkillers as I have damage to the joints in my spine) as I find that my skin can look very tired and pale.

The next step for me is one of my most favourite exfoliators, Alpha H Micro Cleanse. As I’ve got oily skin I know I’m not supposed to use it too often (as I use their famous Liquid Gold 3 times a week) however I love the result so much!! I will have to be a bit careful as I’ve got a couple of broken capillaries at the side of my nose. The result is fantastic, skin is baby smooth and feels so refreshed. I would definitely recommend Micro Cleanse, especially if you have dry, dull skin on your face or body.

Because I have oily skin, I do enjoy using a clay mask. In years gone by I’ve used one’s where my skin has felt quite tight afterwards so in trying to avoid stripping I’ve gone for Dr Organic Rose Otto clay mask. The fragrance is beautiful and I do feel that it removes excess oil without my skin feeling uncomfortable.

Rosehip oil is an oil I have found that really regulates my oily skin. It’s a dry oil (which sounds weird!) that sinks in so easily and gives wonderful hydration. Especially in the winter time when central heating is cranked up and going in and outdoors I find that I need a little extra help. This is when I put the rosehip oil underneath Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment, the increased moisture is a great combination.

I interchange the Liz Earle mask with the incredible Gatineau Melatogenine Futur Plus mask, I am wrinkle phobic so adore this mask underneath my eyes. It’s a gorgeous creamy texture and you can use it as a night cream if you so wish. If I only had to use one mask forever, then it would be the Melatogenine. The results in 10 minutes is so fantastic, it softens lines and wrinkles and plumps up your skin so it looks radiant afterwards. It is a versatile product that truly does what Gatineau claims that it does. I’m obsessed!!

I know that this process may sound very long, but the results are good and as the masks generally only take 8-10 minutes at a time it is worth it.

Those are my favourite pampering products, what are yours?

Lucy xxx

Welcome to my blog

Hi there, welcome to my blog! I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while now, but always put it off  because I just didn’t know where to start.

I have been interested in beauty since I was little, my main passion is nails which if you follow my Instagram page you will see tons of manicures, but I have also Grammed (is that a word??) Pictures of beauty products I like and also my skincare routines. I love nothing better than reading through other beauty blogs and websites, learning about new products or ingredients. As I am in my mid 30’s I’m extremely interested in anti ageing, I am something of a QVC addict as well not just for buying but discovering what new products and brands can offer.

So I hope you enjoy my posts, leave some comments or any questions if you would like to xx