Monday, 27 April 2015

The Pedispin: The Answer To Flauntable Feet

Pedispin Review

Hello Lovelies! A word of warning for this post, I will mention the word feet about a gazillion times so if you aren't a fan then I invite you to skip to my next page. As a side note, I won't be sharing any pictures of my tootsies so hopefully you wont have to worry too much!

I would have thought that living in fluffy socks for the past four months would have protected my feet like they were living in little cotton clouds. I guess I was wrong. I'm all for doing my nails, throwing on some hand cream, whatever, but I always neglect my feet. I wouldn't say they're horrific but they definitely need some TLC and a touch of exfoliation...

I actually bought the pedispin (similar to the pedegg) a while back. It was one of those random JML buys where you wonder when you got so grown up. I went through a phase where I was using it everyday and then the novelty wore off along with my dead skin eek. Today I was rummaging through my boyfriends wardrobe and found this tucked in one of the shelves which speaks volumes as my boyfriend had fallen in love with it too.

The Pedispin comes with two attachments and a lid. The first is the metal exfoliating cap which is perfect for removing rough patches of skin. The second is a finishing pad which smooths your skin leaving your feet feeling nice and polished. All you need are some batteries and you're good to go.

There are two speed settings - low and high. I tend to stick with the low so I have more control but for extra hard skin the high setting does a great job. I've learned the hard way not to press too hard (especially on high speed) but apart from that one time when it slid across my foot, it's pretty much pain free. The Pedispin also collects all the dead skin meaning there is no mess afterwards which is always a bonus. If you fancy a quick and easy way to get smooth skin or even if you just like pampering yourself then I'd recommend it especially as it's only £8.99 on Amazon.

After smothering my feet in moisturiser, I'm now ready to throw on a pair of slippers sandals and flaunt them. I'm not going to lie, I have been admiring them all day. All that's left is to paint my toe nails and I'll feel super summery. Yes I know it's only Spring but that's what happens when you get a bit of sun in the North. We pretend it's summer ... even when it's freezing. Just out of curiosity, can you think of any other terms for the word foot/feet? I totally struggled writing this post as I didn't want to keep mentioning the same word over and over again. I don't even think a Thesaurus can save me.

Anyways, I hope this post hasn't grossed you out too much. Do you look after your feet?


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

ASDA Home Wishlist

ASDA Home Wishlist

Hello lovelies! I'm a little late with this post as I've been making the most of the sun (a girl's gotta do what a girls gotta do). Anyways, Spring is definitely in the air. The lovely weather or should I say the slight delirium caused by the rare occurrence of sun is making me want to fill my home with bright shiny things. I've actually been scouring the internet for hours looking at goodies.

First of all, can we just have a moment of appreciation for ASDA?! Since when did ASDA do such amazing homeware? I'm sure my local one has the odd deck chair and a few lamps so realising they had an online home section was mind blowing. Here's some of the things I have my eye on. They're all linked to the site if you fancy battling it out for any of the products!

1. George Home Copper Effect Fan Ornament (£15)

2. George Home Quilted Dispenser (£5)

3. George Home Pink Vintage Cup and Saucer (£2.50)

4. George Home Cream Mirror (£8)

5. Jones Rivierea Wall Clock (£12)

6. George Home Lips Micro Plush Throw (£6)

7. George Home Perfume Bottle (£6)

8. George Home Gold Mirror Tray (£12)

9. George Home Good Morning Beautiful Cushion (£5)

10. George Home Light Bulb Lamp (£20)

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Friday, 17 April 2015

In Your Prime: Battle Of The Primers

Comparison of primers
Maybelline Baby Skin pore eraser primer
Benefit that gal primer
Benefit stay flawless 15 hour primer

Hello Lovelies! I've had a bit of a beauty breakthrough recently. A few years a go when the word primer was on everyones lips (and faces), I purchased a tube of Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Primer. It wasn't anything special and I thought that highlighting the importance of using a primer was just another unnecessary ploy to make you spend money. I've bought various primers on and off since then but I usually forget about them in the end. Ain't nobody got time for that. As the weather is warming up, I've been in a state of panic due to melting makeup and oily/blemished skin. I've dug out some of my old primers to see if I can tackle the issue and I've really liked the results. Read on to see which one was my favourite.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser £7.99
If you've followed my blog for a while, you may remember I reviewed this last year and it didn't go too well. I'm all up for second chances so I gave this another go. If any of you have tried this, you'll know how amazingly smooth Baby Skin feels on the skin. As the name states, as smooth as baby skin. Unfortunately I had the same experience as last time. I woke up with tiny pimples in clusters (sorry if it's tmi but it's true). I know a lot of people have experienced this and I'm guessing it's the silicone blocking my already blemish prone skin. I also found it left my skin oily which isn't really what I'm looking for when trying to get my makeup to stay putt. Although there are a lot of people who have had the same experience as me, I know that there are a lot of people who swear by this. If you have dry skin this may be perfect for you as I imagine it will hydrate those dry patches but unfortunately it just isn't for me.

Benefit That Gal Face Brightening Primer £22.50
I actually got this as part of the confessions of a concealaholic kit and totally neglected it. I was all about the concealing and brushed this aside. Recently I found it tucked in my drawer and felt sorry for the little guy. I must admit, I feel like a fool for not giving this a go earlier. I am completely in love. That Gal primer is pink in colour which is perfect for colour correcting those dark patches, marks and scars leaving skin looking more awake. I find that my makeup is going on a lot smoother and I'm able to conceal a whole lot better. At the end of the day my makeup is still looking pretty good. This has made a huge difference to my beauty routine and I 100% recommend it. It's a shame I have That Gal in sample form as I know I'm going to run out soon.

Benefit Stay Flawless Primer £24.50
As you can probably tell, I went through a Benefit phase. My boyfriend actually picked one of these up as a surprise when they were first released and I've repurchased it a few times since. Stay Flawless claims to last 15 hours and is meant to seal your foundation onto your skin like a magnet. I tend to apply this in sections with my foundation as it dries super quick and you have to work fast. Stay Flawless definitely allows my makeup to last all day so if you're looking for a heavy duty primer this may be the one for you. My only issue is that I find it really unhygienic to use as you are rubbing it all over your face. I think I'll probably get more use out of this in the summer as I melt like crazy but I'm considering adding some tea tree oil onto the stick after use to make it a little more hygienic.

I've recently realised the importance of finding the right primer as I had previously written them all off. My overall winner is definitely That Gal primer as it's just a great all rounder although it saddens me a little that primers that tend to work better are the higher end ones. Can anyone recommend a decent drugstore primer that won't cause me to look like a patient from American Horror Story's Briarcliff? If not, I'll definitely be repurchasing That Gal again.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Life's A Beach: Outfit Of The Day

Outfit of the day
Outfit of the day
Outfit of the day

Hello again lovelies! Do you remember my 70's New Look wishlist (if not you can find it here ). Well, I actually committed to buying something for once and let me tell you that it was a completely guilt free purchase. I was after a suede skirt but there weren't any left in store so I fell in love all over again with this cord skirt. I don't know if any of you have this problem but I have large hips and a small waist so skirts are often too loose on my waist and fit my hips or they fit my waist but I can't get it over my hips. This results in a lot of hopping and wiggling and then a huge sense of relief once it's up. I was so happy when I realised the skirt had popper buttons all the way down meaning I don't have to worry about trying to get it on. I love it when fashion caters for body needs even if it wasn't intended!

I paired the skirt with a rust coloured high neck top which I loooove and a denim jacket. Does anyone else struggle to find a jacket for spring? Once the weather warms up a little I hate the idea of wearing a coat as I've been swamped in a big winter warmer for months so I refuse to buy one. My denim is tiding me over until Summer!

Oh and if you didn't guess already, I went to the beach today. A word of advise: don't wear tights on the sand!

Choker: New Look Find it here
High Neck Top: New Look Find it here 
Denim Jacket: H&M Find it here 
Skirt: New Look Find it here
Shoes: New Look
Sunglasses: H&M


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Nutra Nails At Home Non Chip Non Smudge Gel Nails: Too Good To Be True?

nutra nail gel perfect manicure review
Nutra nail gel perfect manicure review
Nutra nail gel perfect manicure review

I remember the days when I used to steal my mums nail polishes, making a huge mess and maybe even causing a spillage. Perhaps even trying to hide said spillage with a cleverly placed slipper and a tonne of deodorant... I'd like to think my nail polish applying skills have improved over time and my collection has steadily grown. I've been meaning to try some different brands as I've become a little too familiar with the Barry M range and I am running out of shades to try. My mum actually found this Nutra Nail Gel Perfect 5 Minute Gel Color Manicure set and I thought why not give it a go. The shade I used is 12306 Cha Cha.

Nutra Nail claims that it dries in 5 minutes with "no more dings, smudges or sheet marks" leaving you with long lasting gel nails. Plus you don't need to use a UV/LED light. I'm kind of over pillow marks on my nails so I was excited to give it a go. Inside the box you get a little tray which I have lost already but I didn't find it too helpful anyway. You also get a bottle of gel color, brush cleaner, a bottle of gel activator and of course the instructions.

You're meant to brush the gel activator over your nails on one hand so that they look wet and shiny then apply a thin layer of gel color immediately. Following this, you then clean the bush with the brush cleaner and swap the brushes around. You repeat this again to do a second coat and then the same goes for your other hand. Finally you're meant to add a final layer of gel activator to seal your nail like a top coat.

The process was simple to follow although I did panic that I wasn't working quick enough. My first issue was the gel activator. When I was using it, my eyes were burning and the smell was pretty intense. I actually had to move my hands further away as a safety precaution. It does state on the bottle it is an eye irritant which isn't great when you're trying to look at your nails but I guess that is the price you pay right? After one coat my nails looked a little streaky but the instructions state that this is normal. I then repeated the process until my nails were done. My nails did dry extremely quick so I had a little well done moment and off I went. When I woke up I had no smudges, chips nothing! What I did find when I looked in the light were little lines in the polish as if the polish was chipped underneath the top layer. By the end of the day there were a few chips and a snapped nail and here's what it looked like by day three.

Have we all appreciated how lovely this looks...(cry face)? I'm so disappointed. This was meant to last longer than normal nail polish but it hasn't. I really loved the fact that it didn't smudge and initially it looked pretty good. I wonder if I didn't seal the ends properly as that is where a lot of the chipping has occurred. If you're really good with nails or know how to apply this properly, give it a go. You might like it but I don't think I'll be using this again. I haven't even attempted removing it yet as it is chipping at such a high rate so wish me luck with that!

Does anyone have any tips or experience using this product? Perhaps I've done something wrong? Other nail polish recommendations are welcome!