Wednesday 20 June 2018

Nails Inc Let's Go Flamingo Collection

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of Nails Inc's brand new summer collections for 2018, and what a pretty one it is!

This set contains six full size polishes in a variety of gorgeous, super summery shades all packed into a vibrant, orange beach ready bag.

There's a shade for everyone in this collection, and they've even thrown in a bottle of their NailKale Superfood Base Coat, perfect for nourishing your talons and keeping them healthy, hydrated and strong.

Here are the shade descriptions according to the QVC site:

"Time To Flamingle nail polish (14ml) - a vibrant purple base with an ultra-violet blue shift
Don't Clip My Wings nail polish (14ml) - rose and gold micro glitter on a pretty white base
Cheeky Bird nail polish (14ml) - full-coverage brilliant turquoise
Shake Your Feathers nail polish (14ml) - coral pink and bold gold glitter
Gimme A Peck nail polish (14ml) - true, neon pink
NailKale Superfood Base Coat (14ml) - made with kale extract, this base coat is designed to give you smooth healthy-looking nails and a strong base."

If you fancy treating yourself, you can do so right here!

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Beauty Lookbook

Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Stick & L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base
Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay in Warm Sun
Concealer: ColourPop No Filter Concealer in Light 16 under eyes and Tarte Shape Tape in Light-Medium to conceal blemishes.
Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Loose Powder
Bronzer: L'Oreal Glam Bronze & Sleek Powder Contour Kit in Light (As always!)
Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop & Ofra Glazed Donut
Blusher: Benefit Galifornia
Brows: Benefit KaBrow Shade 3 and NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer. Make Up Geek Tuscan Sun in crease, ColourPop Cute Alert & Razy in socket line and outer corner. I then created a half cut crease with the Collection concealer, and placed ColourPop Fault Line over the top. I used my favourite Mac Teddy pencil on lower lashline and smudged it out with the darker shades from the top, and then buffed it out lightly with the Tuscan Sun shade, which is a light pink. I used Inglot Body Sparkles in XL7 to highlight the inner corner of my eyes. It gives off a purple sparkle so complements the purple eyeshadow perfectly. Also used Mac Nylon to highlight the brow bone.
Lashes: Primark Sultry lashes
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel on bottom lashes.
Lips: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Little Tings


Friday 8 June 2018

Iconic Bronze Tan Eraser & Dark Tanning Mousse

At the most recent NI Blogger Brunch, we were all very kindly given a bag of Iconic Bronze products to take home. I always have tan of some depth and description on, however, I had never actually tried Iconic Bronze before.

I received a bottle of their Tan Eraser, their Dark Tanning Mousse and one of their gorgeously soft tanning mitts. I have had the opportunity to try all three products out a few times now, so I think it's time I shared my thoughts!

I had applied tan five days prior, and it became really quite patchy and dry so it was the perfect time to test out the Tan Eraser. I have previously used, and liked, the Bondi Sands Tan Eraser, however it is £14.99 and that's a lot to pay just to take your tan off. The Iconic Bronze Tan Eraser is slightly cheaper at £12.99.
The bottle recommends you apply it and leave it on for around five to ten minutes, which is easy enough done. After that you can get in the shower, or bath, and use an exfoliating mitt to remove the old tan, and it should come off without any hassle. I was actually amazed at how easily my tan came off, and even my elbows, ankles and knees didn't need too much extra scrubbing. Once it was all off, I gave my body a quick exfoliation with my trusty Soap & Glory Pulp Friction and I looked like a new, very pale, woman.
Left: Old, patchy tan. Right: After Tan Eraser
I honestly think this works more effectively than the Bondi Sands eraser, and even my mum agrees because of course she had to have a go! It also leaves my skin feeling a lot softer and doesn't feel like it's been stripped of its natural oils, so for that reason I would definitely repurchase it.

Obviously after making sure all my old tan was well and truly off, I had to tan up again! I was so happy to receive the dark mousse from Iconic Bronze, as I usually buy the darker formulas of any tan I try. This tan is enriched with sodium hyaluronate which is apparently great for ensuring your skin stays hydrated. It promises a long lasting, olive glow, with an even wear off and it's also free from parabens which gets a huge thumbs up from me. Did I mention it also smells delicious?
Top: Before & After one layer of dark mousse
When I apply it I leave it on overnight and rinse it in the morning. The colour it gives straight after application is absolutely gorgeous. It really is an olive tone, which I love, and you only feel slightly sticky for about 15 minutes. I also noticed how it doesn't sit in my pores on my chest, which is something I have started to experience with my beloved bBold tan. This mousse just glides on, is easy to buff out and feels very smooth and moisturising.

I get a good 4-5 days of wear with this tan, and when it starts to wear off I don't feel like I need to scrub it off immediately. It fades evenly enough, although around my neck it did go a tiny bit patchy, but that's because I use glycolic acid and moisturiser so every tan does that on me after a few days wear. The great thing about this tan though is that it is so easily removed both with the tan eraser and without. I would actually keep the tan eraser for use on more stubborn tan formulas, because the dark mousse removes well enough with just my exfoliating mitt and scrub.

As I am writing this, I have a fresh layer of the Iconic Bronze mousse on and it looks so good! I feel like I could just get dressed and go out because the mousse isn't sticky or clammy in the slightest, and the colour is lovely and deep. I must also mention the tanning mitt, it's super soft and has a thumb space in it, which makes it so much easier to apply your tan more evenly. I am really impressed with this brand and I just know I'll be repurchasing both bottles when they're done, and maybe even give some of their other products a go too!

You can purchase the dark mousse, tan eraser, and mitt in a bundle all for £30 right here, or of course you can buy each product separately.


Saturday 2 June 2018

Northern Ireland Blogger Brunch

Having attended the previous blogger brunch back in February, I was eagerly anticipating the next one and as soon as the invite pinged into my inbox, there I was, sending the quickest RSVP. So after a 5am start and an hour and a half drive to Belfast, I arrived.

If you don't know what the blogger brunch is, it's basically two hours where bloggers from all over Northern Ireland come together to chat, network and exchange advice and gripes they may have about the blogging world. Also in attendance are brand representatives chatting about their products and giving tips on collaborations.

This time the brunch was held at Cast and Crew in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast. Originally, we were to sit outside in the good weather we'd been having in previous days, however in true old Norn Iron fashion, the sun disappears when you make any kind of outdoor plans. On arrival we were treated to a magical potion consisting of Natural Umber's Apple Cider Vinegar and some sparkling water. Apparently there are endless benefits that come from drinking such a concoction, including better digestion and feeling more energised. I have to say, once you get over the initial vinegar waft when you lift the glass to your mouth, it wasn't all that bad. We were all kindly given a bottle to take home too, so I really need to get on it.

So after doing shots of vinegar, we all piled into Cast and Crew, while Cathy Martin and her team did their best to reorganise the place, and the brunch began. There were so many new faces this time which is great to see, because I feel there is room for everyone in the blogging world. I was sat next to my brother (you can have a look at his blog right here), SnazzyYazi, and Tristan from TGavy.

On our tables were necklaces kindly gifted from Wisteria London, and I was lucky enough to get the prettiest angel wing. We also had bags from Iconic Bronze, an Irish tanning brand I've been seeing everywhere, but have never actually tried. And if you follow me on Instagram, you know how much fake tan I get through... My bag contained a full sized bottle of their dark mousse and a bottle of their tan eraser, which I am really keen to try as I already love the Bondi Sands version. Iconic Bronze also kindly gave us one of their tanning mitts, which is one of those amazing, thick, double sided ones. Yay!

So after some brief discussions about all things blogging, we were served some gorgeous scrambled eggs and chorizo on toast with avacado and spinach. That was just the starter, as there were also some hot dogs from Finnebrogue Artisan sizzling away on the BBQ outside. Unfortunately, our pitstop at Dungiven Spar earlier that morning meant that my stomach was already full with half of the hot food counter, so I had to skip a course. I did however have room for the Morelli's ice cream, and oh my goodness, it was amazing. I chose good old fashioned chocolate, and the lady serving it was so generous with her scoops (My kinda gal!).

I always enjoy meeting other bloggers and hearing their thoughts on how the blogging world is developing, and it's also really refreshing to meet so many like-minded people, especially those who, like me, aren't in this for the "free stuff" or the followers, we simply do it because we love it! 

Now here are some outfit details and photos of me trying to be cool.
Dress: ASOS
Shoes: Primark
Jacket: Bershka
Sunglasses: H&M
Tan: Freshly Baked London Dark Mango 


Beauty Lookbook

Primer: L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base & Maybelline Master Prime Pore Minimizing Primer
Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay in Warm Sun
Concealer: ColourPop No Filter Concealer in Light 16
Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Loose Powder
Bronzer: L'Oreal Glam Bronze & Sleek Powder Contour Kit in Light
Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop & Ofra Glazed Donut
Blusher: Sigma Heavenly Powder Blush
Brows: Benefit KaBrow Shade 3
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer. All colours from Juvia's Place The Zulu Palette.
Lashes: Ardell Wispies
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel
Lips: Rimmel Kate Moss Nude Shade 42

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