Monday, 25 June 2012

The Most Fun You Can Have Getting Naked... Nails.

Okay, nail polish removal isn't ever going to be fun, in fact, I see it as a chore. As a polish junkie, I change colours roughly every other day and frankly, removing it is a trial.

However, for all you nail polish lovers out there, there is a (acetone-free) solution. Apologies, I'm just getting excited...

THIS is Bourjois' Magic Nail Polish Remover. This is rather nifty, and it's so simple, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of this first! It's basically a bright pink pot, filled with nail polish remover and a sponge. The sponge has a hole in the middle and you simply push your finger in... (time for some horrific action shots)
Wait one second (this is not COMPLETELY true... I find that with a light polish one second is fine, but with a darker polish it's best to wait about 5 seconds)
Pull your finger out and...
Hey presto, a naked fingernail!! Excuse the paper cut around the edge- yes, it stung.

Simple, yet effective. At £4.99 it is more expensive than the usual nail polish remover, however when you factor in the fact that you don't need to use cotton pads with this, it is worth it. It smells of 'red fruit & vanilla' although, what red fruit is, I'm not quite sure... It does smell yummy though! It is also acetone free so it's falsie-friendly and it contains sweet almond oil so it nourishes your fingers.

I'm VERY impressed with this product, and I would definitely purchase it again. If you aren't keen on the formulation though, I don't see any reason why you couldn't refill it with your favourite remover!
It has shaved minutes of my nail routine, and there is next to no effort required so it's perfect for those pre-bed manicures. You know the ones; when you're far too sleepy to do anything yet you still do your nails in the knowledge that you will wake up with sheet imprints all over your fresh polish. Yeah, those.

And with that, I'm off to do my nails before my interview tomorrow!! Good night:)

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Beauty Girl Economics: T K Maxx

As I am currently unemployed (boo!), I have recently been focusing on on getting more bang for my buck. Having spent the last three years as a student, I have developed some tactics which I'm going to share with you in a series called Beauty Girl Economics. 

Firstly, T K Maxx is a bit of a pain in the backside, I know. It is not a shop which I relish venturing in to. It is SO disorganised and due to the very nature of the store, you cannot go in with the intention of purchasing a certain product. T K Maxx has to be approached in an altogether different way: little and often. Last summer I worked in an office across the street from a T K Maxx and I found myself browsing in there about twice a week on my lunch breaks. This way, I was familiar with what was in stock and was able to identify what products were new in.

Looking for clothing in T K Maxx is a MISSION. In fact, I find that I only look for items which I think shouldn't be scrimped on, i.e knitwear. Some of you guys may remember me mentioning my bargain Fenn Wright Manson angora cardigan last year. I purchased that for around £20 and the RRP was around £120! The cardigan is still going strong and I have a feeling it will for a few more years yet!

T K Maxx is among my favourite places to score beauty products- more often than not, my local store stocks TIGI shampoos and conditioners. I never buy TIGI products from the salon as they are rather expensive. Instead, I look in T K Maxx as they usually stock something from the brand. Whilst you can't guarantee that your preferred product is in stock, I like it because it means I get to try something different without risking too much money. 

I have also seen St Tropez and similar high-end tanning products at a BARGAIN price in there! T K Maxx is one to avoid if you're on a really tight budget but I find it is good for trying new things at a lower price.

My most recent bargain T K Maxx purchase was a whole load of Stila products. I stumbled across a whole load of Stila goodies packaged in plastic bags, each with three products in. I have been meaning to try their Lip Glazes for a while now, yet I always forget and so when I saw that one of the bags included a Lip Glaze, I decided to get two bags!

 1st Bag: Lip Glaze (Apricot), Petal Infusions Moisturiser & Convertible Eye Colour (Onyx).
2nd Bag: Rouge Pot (Lotus), Perfecting Foundation Stick (Shade G) & SPF 30 Oil-free Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser (Light 03)

I am impressed with these products, but I am still trying them out so if I feel they are worth mentioning to you guys, I will review them and post more detailed photos.

So you're probably wondering why I'm talking about these if I'm not going to review them, right?
The below photos show you exactly why T K Maxx is the place to head for the economising Beauty Girl...

The photo is a little blurry, but the contents of bag one should have cost me £34. and I paid £7.99!!!! Stila's famous Lip Glazes retail at £15, so this was a total bargain!
Bag two cost me £9.99 and the RRP is £42!

Now, Stila aren't crazy, they're not simply giving products away... Having looked on the website, all but the Lip Glaze are no longer available to purchase. This doesn't bother me however, as the whole exercise was about trying a brand that I hadn't tried before! As I mentioned, I like these products, so (when I have funds available!) I would DEFINITELY be tempted to hit the Stila website and try some of their current products!

Have you ever found a bargain in T K Maxx or do you avoid the place like it is a breeding ground for the plague? (In some areas, the stores are exactly that... ahem.) Let me know :)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Forever Favourites

Hi guys!

Feels like forever since I've posted! I've been really busy job hunting and attending interviews etc. Yesterday I got my degree result- a 2.1! I'm really happy and cant wait to graduate next month!

I thought I'd introduce a new thread to my blog with this post. 'Forever Favourites' will be a series that enables me to talk about my all-time favourite products; those which are staples in my collection and would or have re-purchased.

My first Forever Favourite is Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream.

This product is one which isn't usually raved about on beauty blogs and YouTube but I have noticed that a few have mentioned it recently due to Elizabeth Arden releasing a scent-free version. I have the original version and I must admit, the scent IS rather strong. I'd describe it as a 'medicated' smell, but I'm rubbish at describing scents so it's best you try and figure the scent out for yourself! That aside, the scent doesn't bother me, however if you have very sensitive skin then I'd recommend that you try the scent-free version.

Before I continue, I must say that I would NOT use this as a daily facial moisturiser! (Elizabeth Arden have formulated a moisturiser version, however) The back of the tube says it 'soothes minor skin irritations. Also for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips'. The 'cream' (I'd call it a waxy gel) is said to have healed the scraped knees of one of Elizabeth's loyal client's sons in eight hours, hence the name.

I wouldn't use this as a daily facial moisturiser as it is simply too sticky and it sits on the skin for far too long. I do however, use it during the winter when my skin needs a little extra TLC: I slather on my regular moisturiser and then I warm some Eight Hour Cream between my fingers so it melts, and then apply over the top. It acts in a similar way to petroleum jelly; it locks in the moisturiser and allows it to work to it's full potential. I wouldn't sleep with it on though, as you're guaranteed that you'd wake up with your hair stuck to your face.

It's this longevity that makes it a popular product with makeup artists. I like to apply a small amount on the 'high points' on my face during the day if I want a dewy glow without any shimmer. It's also great as a lip balm.

My main use for this, however is on skin irritations. It is lovely to use on sunburn; I like to apply aloe vera gel to sunburn and then use this on my face. I just find that it takes more care of my face than aloe vera or other after-sun products. I also apply it if my skin has encountered a product it doesn't like! It definitely soothes the skin!

A full list of Eight Hour Cream's uses can be found here.

All in all, this product is great to have on hand at all times. I like to carry mine in my handbag so it's there for all of life's little emergencies!!! Definitely something that I would purchase again and again!

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