My Holy Grail Nail Polish – Maybelline 7 Day Super Stay Gel Nail Colour

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I know that is a huge claim, but I have found my holy grail nail polish. Recently I was raving about the Barry M Gelly Hi Shines, I do like them and their lasting power but they can be a bit of a pain to apply. Recently, my friend Meggie sent me a beauty package and included the Maybelline 7 Day Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in it – and oh my am I happy she did!

The Maybelline nail polish is everything I want in a nail polish! The applicator is large with a big brush – a lot like the essie brush which means I can easily swipe it on, two swipes and my whole nail is covered. I also find the larger lid makes the brush easier to hold. It goes on opaque and in reality probably only needs one coat, though I have always done two. I love the two colours I have bought.

The best bit is that once it is on your nails it doesn’t budge. Seriously, I had the pink shade on for a week and it look like I had just done my nails, save for one scratch which was bound to happen putting keys onto a key ring. After that there is only minimal chipping on the ends of my nails. I did use a top coat with this – the Sally Hansen double top/bottom coat but I use this on all my nail polishes so I think it would have lasted just as well without it.

The gorgeous pink shade is 180 which seems to have two names, Rosy Pink and Rose Fuschia. I found it very hard to take a picture of this as it is a lot more pink in real life:

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The second I picked up once I got sent the above from Meggie was 230 Berry Stain. I do really like this purple shade but not sure if it fully suits my skin tone – or I’m just not used to seeing dark nail polish on my nails:

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Best part is that I managed to get that for a bargain of 3 pounds at Sainsburys. At that price you just can’t go wrong!

Have you tried this nail polish before? Are you as in love with it as I am?

JC xx

PS I have a giveaway running at the moment for a palette of your choice! Check it out here.

My Weekend in 24 Photos!

I felt as though I haven’t done a lifestyle post in quite awhile! I recently saw Kerri over at Crumbs in the Bed do a post on 1 day 12 pics, so I thought I would steal that idea but do it over a whole weekend. Make sure to check out her blog, one of my faves!

Saturday:

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7.30am: Up very early as we were off to Castle Combe race circuit for a track day. The night before we drove out of London to Pauls parents so we didn’t have to battle any London traffic.

9.30am: We went to the drivers briefing in order to get our wrist band. Paul has driven this circuit many times, but this was my first time going out on track!

10:15am: It was time to go, here Paul is with his nice racing helmet waiting in the pits.

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10:15am: Selfie time in my borrowed motorbike helmet before we went out. You have to wear a helmet to be allowed on track!

10:15am: Here is a view of the pit and the skyline in front of us before we went out.

11am: I didn’t get any pictures when we went out as it was very fast and I needed to hold on! But I really enjoyed it and Paul enjoyed being back on track again (he used to be a racing driver up until a few years ago).

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2:30pm: We hung around Castle Combe for most of the day, and got to watch some of the drifting which I haven’t seen before.

4:30pm: We then headed back to Paul’s parents before going out for a meal. Here is their cute cat scampi!

4:30pm: I also picked up a Coke life during the day. I have a bit of a diet coke addiction so I was interested to know what this was like. It definitely tastes more like coke than diet coke. I did enjoy it but I don’t think it is a replacement.

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6pm: I had a quick outfit, hair and make up change to get ready for dinner. I just bought this dress from Dorothy Perkins and love it! I really enjoy floral all year round.

7pm: We all headed out to a local pub and I had some delicious seafood fettucine! I feel like I don’t have fish/seafood as much as I would like so am making a conscious effort to have more when I go out.

9.30pm: We then drove back home after dinner, I recently won some B. products from Kelly over at The Vegan Taff (check out her awesome blog!) so I took the opportunity to try the micellar water. I haven’t used a micellar water but was very pleased with it! Really cuts through make up, though I did make the mistake of using it on my eye which stung quite a bit. I have learnt my lesson!

Sunday:

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9am: Had a bit of a lie in this morning, here is my just woken up selfie.

10am: We had eaten quite a bit of junk at castle combe so decided to get a work out in. Paul went off to the gym and I did a work out video. This is my favourite set up where I can catch up on my youtube beauty bloggers at the same time! I did Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones which is certainly a work out.

11am: Here is my post workout selfie, great workout and was ready for a relaxed day!

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11:30am: We were off to brunch with my sister so I did a quick make up look including, Nars creamy concealer, Benefit Fake Up, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Naked 1 palette, Benefit High Beam and Teeez Desert Metals Mascara. I also used my L’oreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks but didn’t get a picture. I have linked any relevant reviews on the above!

12:30pm: Paul and I then headed off for brunch with my sister and her boyfriend in Clapham. I had some delicious drop scones with berry coulis and greek yogurt.

3pm: Once we got home from lunch I went and picked up some ingredients for dinner.

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3.30pm: I finally managed to have a sit down and catch up on some blog reading!

4pm: I had a bit of a play with my naked 3, I’m trying to come up with some wearable looks with the darker shades which I’m not as comfortably using – if you have any then please let me know!

5pm: We then started season 2 of American Horror Story. I think I prefer the first season so far but we will see, still great to watch!

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6pm: I cooked up some Singpaore Noodles from Jamie Olivers Save With Jamie cook book and it was delicious.

7pm: I took a few pictures for some upcoming blog posts – and sat down to check my posts for the upcoming week.

9pm: Now I am sitting here writing this blog post, and soon to do a bit of cross stitch before bed! I haven’t taken that picture yet so I took this from my recent post on cross stitching.

Phew so there was my weekend! It was a pretty awesome weekend, I like mixing it up with a day doing something then a more relaxed day at home.

It’s the first time I’m doing a post like this so let me know what you think!

JC xx

PS I am doing a palette give away at the moment, check it out here!

 

Australia – UK Beauty Swap!

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After visiting my friend Meggie in Australia at the beginning of the year – we decided that a bit of beauty swap was definitely in order! I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to try out some more Australian brands – as I wasn’t that into make up when I lived on that side of the world. Plus I wanted to be able to send some of my favourite British Beauty Products.

For this post I wanted to do a quick overview of what I received! I will post what I sent soon, however, I sent a package about a month ago, only for it to be returned to me with the Barry M nail paints having been ‘destroyed’ for being a dangerous object. I was a bit gutted by this as I’m sure I have sent and received nail polish before. I have only just got around to buying something else to replace the nail paint and get it in the post. Once I know it has arrived safe I will pop it up on the blog.

I received a lot of products which I am very excited about. I already have a lot more in depth reviews planned but will do a bit of a quick run through now.

Maybelline 7 Day Super Stay Gel Nail Colour – Oh my, not to give anything away but I am in love with this nail polish! It is amazing, thick opaque and it lasted without chipping for at least 7 days. Expect a full rave of this very soon!

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Brightening Peel Off Mask – Papaya and Citrus – This is a peel off brightening and pore cleansing mask – smells delicious.

Formula 10.0.6 Rescue Me! Acne Blemish Treatment Original Formula – An on the spot treatment to clear up any spots quickly and prevent them from coming back. I have really wanted a blemish treatment so looking forward to trying this out.

Dermadoctor KP duty Lotion – This is an AHA moisturising therapy for dry skin. I have been keen to try some AHA products to see if they will improve the condition of my skin so I’m going to use this as an overnight cream.

Revlon Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliques – These are nail wraps in a flower pattern. I really like the OPI ones I used last so will be good to see how these work.

Models Prefer Highlighter –  This is a beautiful 4 block colour highlighter – the shades can be used separately but I think the swirling of the shades give a really nice highlight with a bit of bronze. Once I get a good brush I will be trying this out!

Savvy High Shine Lip Lacquer – A thick lip gloss/lacquer – the shade is quite bright so looking forward to giving this a try when I’m heading out.

Coconut Lip Butter – This lip butter smells delicious!

SmartSkin Fragrance Free Cleansing Wipes – Meggie and I chatted about these and how these are such a good budget face wipe. I do love my face wipes so keen to give these a good run.

Australis Full On Foundation – This is a heavy coverage foundation stick. I haven’t used a heavy coverage foundation before but I am keen to try one for those special events when lots of pictures will be taken!

White Glo Toothbrush and Tooth Paste – Meggie raves about this toothpaste and how it clears stains and keeps the teeth looking white. I was thinking of getting a whitening kit anyway so going to give this a try first!

Australis Killer Curves Mascara – I’ve never used a mascara which really noticeable gives a curve – look out for a review of this soon.

Whittakers Peanut Slab – a kiwi classic, pretty sure this lasted about 1 minute after this photo was taken.

Lindt Caramel Brownie Chocolate Bar – This was delicious! It honestly tastes like a brownie in a chocolate bar. They have just released these in the UK and I am keen to try the other flavours in the brand.

The First Time – a book exploring virginity and what it means to different people. I’ve started this and it’s really good so far – watch out for a review.

Have you tried any of the above?

JC xx

PS I have a giveaway running for the eyeshadow palette of your choice! Featuring Too Faced and Urban Decay – check it out here.

GIVEAWAY: Eyeshadow palette of your choice! Plus a big thank you!

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So I have been writing this little blog now for a few months, almost 6 months to be exact and I thought it was time to say thank you!

I have been overwhelmed with the love and support of the blogging community. I know most people say it but I would have been happy if one person read my blog, never mind the almost 400 on bloglovin, the 250 on WordPress of the 800 on twitter! Crazy! But you guys really do make writing a blog worth while, I have been lucky enough to meet a few of you and I hope I get to meet many more in the future!

Right enough of the soppy, onto the good stuff.

I debated for awhile what to do for my first giveaway, I wanted something awesome that people may not necessarily want to fork out for themselves. Then I figured I would giveaway the thing that beauty bloggers makes me want to buy the most – an eyeshadow palette! I’m going to pick it up from Debenhams so you can pick one of the following eyeshadow palettes:

  • Urban Decay Naked 1
  • Urban Decay Naked 2
  • Urban Decay Naked 3
  • Urban Decay Electric – if you need a change from neutrals!
  • Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette – if Urban Decay isn’t your thing.

All you have to do is apply using the Rafflecopter below – wordpress won’t let me embed the script so you need to click through to it!

All the details:

  1. The giveaway will run from the 10th of September to the 10th of October.
  2. You must follow on bloglovin to enter, then all the other entries are extra credit! I will check the entries when completed.
  3. This is open internationally though expect a bit longer for the shipping.
  4. I will contact the winner by either email or twitter on the 11th of October where you can let me know the palette of your choice. I will then post it within 2 weeks.
  5. Please share with your friends and on twitter but not on any competition sites!

Enter the giveaway here!

JC xx

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Crafting: Hooked on Cross Stitch!

When I first began my blog a few months ago, I did want to do a big section on crafting as I had been doing a lot earlier in year. However, life seemed to get in the way and all my little projects got pushed to the side. Now I am getting a bit better at balancing my time I thought I would feature a few of these on the blog!

Cross stitch was the first craft I took up, my grandma is an avid cross stitcher and has made many beautiful pictures for our houses. So when I was younger she introduced me!

Cross stitch in essence is very simple, the stitch is a simple cross of thread which you do in many different colours to make a picture. It isn’t the most exciting of crafts but I really enjoy putting a movie or tv show on, snuggling on the couch and doing a bit of stitching whilst I watch it. I find cross stitch very satisfying as it’s quite exciting to see them grow over time. It is a patient pursuit, unlike crochet and knitting, some of my cross stitches can take up to a year to complete! Obviously it depends on my time restraints but they do take a long time to build up. I thought I would show you the cross stitches I have done in the past few years.

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This is actually my second full cross stitch as I can’t seem to find my first – it was a mouse in a field but is probably in a box somewhere in my parents house! I did this one for my grandma (explaining the picture!) and I got the kit when we went to visit the house of the seven gables in America. It wasn’t my favourite of stitches as the large blocks of colour were a bit boring – along with the darker shades. I learnt from that and my next pieces had much more diverse colourings!

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The Kookaburra was my second piece and the largest one I have done. I did this for my dad after he moved to Australia. I really enjoyed this one as it had a huge variety of colours – which makes it take a lot longer – but looks really great at the end! The satisfaction when this was done was immense!

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My third large piece was this bowl of flowers. I did this for my other grandma to go in her living room. I enjoyed this piece as well, but it took me probably a year or so to finish because of all the colours! I really liked working with the bright threads and it looks really nice on the wall.

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My most recent finished piece which I did in about 4 months last year was a version of Van Goghs Starry Night. I did this for my mum but I think my dad may have acquired it for his office at work. This was a bit of a change for me as you can see it doesn’t have any white space so the amount of stitches is huge! There was also about 20 shades of blue which ended up getting a bit confusing. There was also no backstitch on this which is what you do after the crosses to define some of the areas – such as the black outline on the flowers – so it didn’t end up taking quite as long as some of the others.

I’m currently working on something a little different, I wanted to make something to hang on my wall! I have only just started but it is a montage of London attraction and I think it will end up looking quite modern.

So you want to get into cross stitch?

Then I really recommend it! It’s easiest to start with a kit which includes your tapestry, needle, threads and patterns. I have taken a picture of what I’m using for my current one below. When you get more experienced and start building a little stash then you can buy the pattern and threads separately.

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They have a lot more of the traditional cross stitch kits at places such as hobby craft – ranging from about £15 to £80 depending on the size. I do recommend a smaller one such as the bookmark I made below so you don’t get put off!

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If you are looking for a more modern pattern then etsy is great – there are many shops which sell patterns to download or who will provide the whole kit for you to use!

I hope this little overview was interesting – let me know if you like posts like this on the blog!

Do you cross stitch?

JC xx

August Favourites: Top 6

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Does anyone else have problems deciding on how many favourites to write about? I end up pulling out about 12 things I have been loving then whittling it down in a battle of the products until a reasonable number. I quite like 6! August has been very busy and I have been on a bit of a no buy so have digged through the stash and grabbed out a few solid products I have enjoyed this month.

Toni&Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum

As my hair is getting longer, it has also been been getting thicker. The length along with the ombred ends have made it a bit ‘mane’ like. This has led me to search through the stash for an something to keep it smooth and sleek during the day. I find this serum light but effective in smoothing the ends of my hair down. It doesn’t leave it greasy and adds a nice shine.

Soap and Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream

One of the only things I have bought this month as my feet had been getting really dry from wearing sandals through the summer. This has a thick blueish consistency and smells a bit odd but is quite addictive! I have been slathering on my feet then putting socks on and wearing them overnight – my feet have definitely been feeling smoother.

Benefit High Beam

I’ve had this tiny bottle since Christmas and it is still going strong! I love this highlight, it is so easy to use – a quick sweep on the cheek bones and down the nose and it blends really easily with the fingers. I find this gives me a natural pearly glow which I have started wearing pretty frequently.

Benefit Fake Up

I did a review of this a long while ago which is here, but I have recently fallen back in love with this. I find it more effective when you use a couple of swipes – I was previously only using a small amount. I use this under my eyes and it really brightens the area – can’t say if the hydration bit is making any difference but it doesn’t crease and lasts all day.

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Potion

I got this with my original naked palette and never used it to often, but recently I can’t leave the house without it! As my make up now needs to last a lot longer – and I have become much more interested in eye shadows rather than lipsticks this has become a staple. It keeps my eye shadow from creasing and most of the time my eyes look the same after work as they do when I put my make up on at 6am!

Dior J’Adore Perfume

I’ve had this fragrance for awhile and really enjoy it. It is much more of a classic scent, not too sweet which I prefer. It lasts all day and the bottle is still going strong! Definitely my fragrance of the year.

What are your favourites this month?

JC xx

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The Monthlies: Pink Parcel

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I was very lucky to get the chance of trying a pink parcel and I think it fits in with my monthlies theme very well! The gist of the box is that you select the brand of tampons you want, then you can choose one or multiple absorbencies depending on your needs. Pink Parcel then send out your products a week before your cycle is due along with some extras to make that time of the month a bit more enjoyable! The pink parcel is £10 including postage and packaging and currently only has tampons but is expanding to pads in September.

My parcel arrived very quickly and I ran to the post office to pick it up (my flat has the smallest mail box imaginable!). It arrived in white packaging, nothing giving away what is inside if you are a bit embarrassed by these things (not that you should be). On opening it is a large black box with three sections inside.

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The first section is a small drawstring bag which has a few tampons in designed to just be thrown straight in your bag on the go. The tampons I chose are the U by Kotex as they aren’t currently sold in UK supermarkets – expect a review of them coming up!

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You then receive two big boxes with more tampons for use later – probably enough for more than one cycle depending on your needs. I received only super tampons but I think if you requested multiple then you would get a box of each.

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Then of course the most exciting bit is the something extra! You get a selection which changes every month. This month I received:

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  • Roc Soleil Protection – Sun Lipstick with vitamin E: This is lip balm which smells delicious! It feels lovely on my lips and has done a good job at soothing my windburn I got over the long weekend.
  • Roc Soleil Protection – Quenching Fluid 50+: This is a moisturising sun block, I haven’t given it a good try yet but it seems to absorb quickly and I love that it’s 50+ SPF  – full review soon!
  • Binky London Nail polish – Love the colour and will give this a try soon – the brush looks nice and big which is what I like.
  • Bio-Oil – This is a sample of bio-oil which is an oil designed to decrease stretch marks and scars. I like the consistency and this was really popular in NZ so I’m looking forward to giving it a try.
  • Tea Pigs Green Tea Teabag – I was happy to receive this as I have read so many tea pig reviews! It was a delicious tea and I really liked using the tea temple – going to pick up some more soon.
  • Doisy &Dam Organic Dark Chocolate with maca, vanilla and cacao nibs – A bit of chocolate is always appreciated at that time of the month! This is a rich dark chocolate so stops the binges but still satisfies.

So even though I did get this sent to me for review, I have already signed up to get Pink Parcel every month! I did get beauty boxes for awhile but always found them a bit disappointing, so with this I have something essential each month along with a few extra goodies.

Have you tried pink parcel?

JC xx