Blogmas Day 11: Review: bigRuby Nail Tattoos!

Hey there! You miss me? As you can tell from the title I am behind on Blogmas but determined to catch up so expect a couple double post days. Today we’re talking nail tattoos, specifically these from bigRuby, a brand I hadn’t heard of until I got a pack in the gift bag at the Manchester FABB event, but are actually super cool. You can read about them on their website here but basically they support a lot of animal causes that I find really endearing in a company and they make some really amazing products. Anyway, on with the review…

bigRuby Nail Tattoos

Now, am I the only one that thinks of those ones with the huge gaps and horrible edges when they think of nail tattoos? That was how I thought of them- until these! These are great! I received the Henna pack that are inspired by Indian weddings and they’re really beautiful.

bigRuby Nail Tattoos on mint green nail polish

As you can see, the Big Ruby nail tattoos blend amazingly into the polish, look pretty classy, and just add that something extra to an otherwise boring manicure. I’m sure they’ll pop up in future NOTDs because I’m obsessed and already planning to do some serious ordering after Christmas. They lasted really long, I didn’t find any peeling or anything and they only came off when I changed my nail polish.
They’re easy to use too, you know those little free temporary tattoos you’d get in sweets when you were younger? You’d cut them out, press them down and add water. These use the same premise…

instructions for how to use bigRuby Nail Tattoos

They are an American brand and you can order online from their website here and international shipping is only $4.50 so £2.76 which is super cheap but remember to stay under £15 to avoid customs. They can also be found in certain branches of Topshop and Miss Selfridge.

What do you think? Have you ever tried nail tattoos?

*I received these at the FABB event in Manchester but this hasn’t changed my opinion and I am under no obligation to show them on my blog.

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Blogmas Day 7: Beauty Review: MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 2

For today’s Blogmas post I thought I would do a review of MUA’s Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 2 which is a lovely simple pearly white colour with a sheen. Now I’ve not really tried MUA much, tending to believe that you get what you pay for but this has proved me wrong and this is may just be a HG product for me.

MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 2
I went with something a little different with the background since it was hanging around on my desk. Thoughts?
MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 2 White
 The packaging is plain thick plastic which isn’t very sturdy at the closure but I feel it could handle a few knocks, it’s not as flimsy as you would think a £1 eyeshadow would be. This eyeshadow is a massive 2g where as Mac comes in at 1.5g. You won’t be running out of it in a hurry.
Swatch of MUA Pearl Eyeshadow in Shade 2

As you can see it’s not a hugely original colour, just a plain white with a lovely sheen but I find that so rare! It’s perfect for highlight and in the inner corner, it stays put with a good primer and is buildable if you want a real pop of white. I’m very pale so I can even get away with using it as a highlight with a big fluffy brush and a good blend.
I think the best thing about this is that I often find my palettes don’t have a nice plain white highlight so it fills that gap and this is small enough to take when travelling but holds a huge amount of multi-use product.

You can buy this from MUA’s own website here or from Superdrug! And I think it would make a great cheap but valuable stocking filler.

Have you ever tried MUA’s eyeshadows? What do you think?
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Blogmas Day 5: Beauty Review: imPRESS Press-on Manicure!

I don’t generally go for fake nails after fearful memories of being younger and having those £2 ones that you glued on with a super glue like nail glue that would peel half your nail off with it when it came to taking them off, so I didn’t buy these when I saw them in store and I’m glad I didn’t. This is a negative review folks, hold onto your hat.

imPRESS Press-on Manicure set

Application was pretty easy, you figure out which ones are the best shape for your nails then wipe your nail with the prep pad, you can also use nail varnish remover as only one comes with the pack but I always feel a little weird leaving that on my nails because it’s so drying.

What the imPRESS Press-on Manicure nails look like on

Mine lasted 3 days before I got way too irritated to have them on my nails anymore, they made my cuticles itchy and it felt like there was pressure on my nails. Removal was relatively painless in comparison to the ones I uses to glue to my nails when I was about 12, the sticky part is soft enough that you can (with a little force) peel them off but I found it easier to run them under very hot water and pull them down off my nail with tweezers. A little of the sticky gunk hung around but nothing a good scrub wouldn’t get rid of and my nails were undamaged which I liked, they just needed a good rubbing of Lush’s Lemony Flutter.

The gap under the imPRESS Press-on Manicure false nails

I know under nail pictures are weird but I had to show the gap between my nail and the fake one, I could fit one of the nails in-between it and often did when I was fidgeting.

Gaps between the imPRESS Press-on Manicure from the nails from the side

The main problem, they just don’t fit! Maybe my nails are just weird but- c’mon. There was a huge gap and they just did not look good at all.

So- would I buy them again? No, probably not. It was the constant hair getting caught in them! If you have a pixie cut then sure but my hair is long and kept getting caught in the gluey bit because of the gaps. And washing my hair? Nightmare. Goodness. But I know some people love them so I’m curious, have you tried them? Did you like them or did you find them annoying like I did?

And if you still want to try them out you can check out their range online at Boots here.

*These came in the goodybag at FABBloggers Manchester event. This hasn’t changed my opinion… Clearly!

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Blogmas Day 4: A Festive Lush Haul!

I have a massive link between Lush and Christmas in my heart, it’s just always got me in the spirit, especially after working there last year at Christmas time.. So I have a haul to show you today and if you have anything you want to see a review on, just let me know.

A group of lush products from the 2013 christmas collection

So in a little more detail..

Bûche De Noël, Let the Good Times Roll and Santa

Bûche De Noël Cleanser. I love this as we move into December, it’s just nice to inject a little Christmas wherever you can and this smells amazing. Like marzipan and fruitcake- it’s basically Christmas cake in a cleanser.

Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser. If you get one thing from Lush this Christmas, make it this. I spoke about this in detail on my old blog here but in short, a cake scented cleanser that gently exfoliates and leaves your skin deliciously moisturised.

Santa’s Lip Scrub. This smells exactly like cola, exactly. But the taste is a bit off, either way it’s a great little thing to have handy if you have dry lips then need a scrub. I always say I’m sure you could make these pretty easily but seriously- who has the time?

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar, Star Light Star Bright bath melt and Snow Globe soap.

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar. I buy one of these every year for my mum to use- you guessed it, on Christmas Eve. It’s become a little bit of a tradition now. It smells like Jasmine and is perfect to relax with before the big day. I’ll be doing a full review on this later on in Blogmas.

Star Light, Star Bright. This was a new product this year and I knew I had to get one. These are very lemon/lime and maybe not a traditional Christmas scent but it’s very cheery. And they get silver shimmer just about everywhere, I’ll be trying this one tonight!

Snow Globe Soap. My hand soap of choice for in the bathroom, I tend to stock up on this as well and it just smells lemony and fresh. Fun Fact: This was the only soap to sell out before Boxing Day at the Lush I worked at last year.

Cinders Bath Ballistic, Snowman Bath Ballistic and Melting Snowman Bath Melt.

Cinders Bath Ballistic. I didn’t get any of these last year for some reason and smelling this, I have no idea why. It’s a very warm cinnamon and perfect to pop into a hot steamy bath on a cold night. Just smelling this made me feel jolly.

Snowman Bath Ballistic. This is Butterball but cuter, it smells like vanilla and cocoa and is just a really smooth gentle scent. They too tend to be a little oily so I’ll probably end up splitting this little guy in two.

Melting Snowman Bath Melt. How cute! This little guy is definitely one to put on display in the bathroom. I can normally get three baths out of him too. I can’t put my finger on the scent but I only really buy him because he’s cute and always leaves my skin really smooth.

Phew! I think that is me done for a whole month of Christmassy baths. I tend to do a big stock up on Boxing Day as well as everything is usually 50% off but my local Lush has actually shut down (boo!) so I may have to venture online this year. God help me. I also picked up something for a giveaway I’m doing at some point so look out for that!

Do you like Lush at Christmas? What is your favourite product?
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Blogmas Day 2: Best Harsh Winter Skincare

With Winter comes skin trouble but the cold has finally set in to the point where even my winter skincare isn’t cutting it. The wind is whipping round my face every time I open the door and the chill has crept into my little attic home where the radiators often fail. But here I have a couple products that may help, if you are struggling like me with dry painful skin.

Products I recommend for winter skincare

Origins Drink Me Up Intensive!
I normally use this as an overnight mask once or twice a week, but in the winter it gets pulled out every day or every other day. I talked about this on my old blog twice here and I still love it. I slather this on, breathe the gorgeous apricot smell in deep and go to bed. When I wake up my skin is moisturized, soft and plumped up, ready for makeup. Perfection. 

You can get it from Boots here!

Hand Cream, my favourite at the moment is Laidbare’s ‘In Safe Hands’*!
Ah, our hands. They really get the brute of the winters strength and hand cream often lies forgotten at the bottom of my bag. But! My tip is to put them everywhere. Spread out your hand creams, depot if you don’t have a unnecessarily large collection like mine and leave them in handy places. On your desk, by your bed, by the sink, next to the kettle, anywhere you can think of, and apply every time you see them! Your hands will thank you for it.
You can get Laidbare’s offering here!

A thick lipbalm, I recommend the Nuxe Reve De Miel or Lush’s Whipstick.
These are for overnight, a nice thick layer that has sunk in by morning and leaves you with soft lips ready for the days lip product, rather than dry cracking lips that don’t accept moisture. If you get in a good habit of applying lipbalm and hand cream before bed, it can actually help your sleep hygiene and routine, helpful come Christmas Eve! And both my recommendations smell like Chocolate Orange. Yum.

You can pick up Nuxe here and Lush’s offering here!
Lush’s Lemony Flutter!
The best cuticle balm ever. Thick, lemon sherbet scented and you can use it on your elbow and knees and any dry spots that need major moisture as well. I’ve even been known to use a little on my forehead and nose where I get really dry. It is a godsend. I can’t say enough great things about it.
You can get this from Lush here!

I know it’s hard when the outside is cold, you don’t feel like guzzling down water like you did in the summer but you still need your 8 glasses a day. Personally I like to sit at my desk in the morning with a few cups of tea, then in the afternoon I switch to green tea, all the while carrying around a bottle of just plain tap water. But there’s something so comforting about tea in Winter that I just can’t explain. Either way- Drink something!

What are your Winter skincare must-haves?

* This was received at the Look Fantastic Mid-Summer Meet. I am not obliged to show it on my blog and I have since bought two more tubes with my own money because it’s damn good hand cream.
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