Monday, 28 July 2014

Nails Inc // Gel Effect Nail Polishes

When the gel effect polishes came out I wasn’t all ‘oooo’ cos the first few reviews I had read weren’t exactly positive.  BUT then I got sucked in.  As per.  I have the willpower of a bitch on heat…

Old Bond Street – Blue
This is SUCH a good blue.  It’s darker on the nail I think than what it appears to be in the bottle but that aside it’s really good coverage even with one coat which is unheard of for darker shades of blue. 

Grosvenor Crescent – Aubergine
I LOVE this colour.  Think OPI Lincoln Park After Dark with this one; it’s a yummy almost black but is a bit purple kind of colour.

Hyde Park Place – Grey
When it comes to greys they are probably one of my most worn shades so I have a lot to compare this to; formula wise, for me this is a three coater which puts me off a bit, but saying that, once the three coats are on they’re there to stay and it is a really nice nude shade of grey on the nail which works well with loads of skin tones.

L-R Old Bond Street, Hyde Park Place, Grosvenor Crescent

Uptown – Pink
For me, this is a ‘sophisticated’ pink, in fact it’s almost a muted nudey pink.  On the whole I like my pinks PROPER pink, I don’t do ‘nice’ pinks well… the more neon the better in my world but for work days where you need to suppress your pink personality, this is a good alternative.

West End – Red
Tomato red, slightly orange tone to it; a perfect red for all year around and the longevity is amazing.  This picture isn’t great as was taken in unnatural light but after three days of wear which including typing at work, cooking at home, doing quite heavy housework (bleached down me skirting boards) minus gloves, it lasted really well!

New Oxford Street – Brown
Brown is such an underrated nail colour.  It’s one of my favs!  This has an ever so slightly cool tone to it which I think helps make it more wearable.  Really good coverage in two coats too.

Overall I think the gel effect polishes definitely have a better longevity of wear compared to the normal Nails Inc formulation.  Some do need more than two coats (the paler colours in particular) but the wear time on the nails makes up for that.  I would also imagine they help if you have ridges because they are ‘plumper’ than normal polishes.  I am impressed and I think I’ll definitely be making more purchases.

Have you tried any of the gel effect polishes yet?  Are you a fan?

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Alpha H // Top Picks

The first time I tried Alpha H as a brand I just didn't get it.  I tried liquid gold and didn't know if it was a toner, a moisturiser, a mask or just a con if I'm honest... but then I started reading up on the brand, done some homework and watched some QVC shows and now... well now it's one of my most used brands.

The above products are all repeat purchases and will continue to be.  Let me talk about them in a little more detail...

Liquid Gold Anti-Ageing Cleanser is a cleanser with a bit more oomph... I don't use it for makeup removal but I use it as a second evening cleanse or a morning cleanse.  It's brightening and wakes up the skin which leaves a perfect start for makeup.

Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream is a night cream which is a milder version of liquid gold but with added hydration.  The morning after using this my skin has this extra smoothness to it, it feels clear and plump and that's why I won't be without this.  Ever.

Liquid Gold doesn't need much introduction.  I can't tell you how many people I've recommended this to!  It's one product which I think every person needs regardless of sex or age.  Use it a few nights a week after cleansing; it's lazy night skincare at it's best.  If you're sensitive use it on a damp cotton pad then apply to the face... it's incredible.  I wake up with new skin after using this I swear!

Absolute Eye Complex is my eye cream of choice, I say cream when really it's a gel.  It's the RIGHT consistency though!  I'm SO fussy with things around my eye because I'm prone to milia so can't have anything too rich but also my eyes are dry so I kinda do need something which is nourishing.  This strikes the right balance and you can apply makeup straight after without any problem.

If you're an Alpha H newbie, I STRONGLY recommend getting something from the range... I honestly can say it has helped overhaul my skincare routine for the better and have nothing but good things to say about their products.

Have you got a fave from Alpha H? Is there something you would recommend I try?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer Picks // Leighton Denny Nail Polishes

Hi dolls!  Did everyone have a nice weekend?  First of all I'd like to kick today's post off my wishing my not so baby brother a HAPPY BURFDAY!!  He's almost late twenties which makes 30th TOO bloody close!

Anyway, I want to share some of my top summer picks for nail polish today as I do love my bright summer shades and recently I’ve had particular warm feelings for the following!

Bon Voyage
Think classic almost orange but with nice warmth rather than yellow tones to it.  Hands down this is one of my all-time favourite shades to wear – if you like Cajun Shrimp by OPI or Mornington Crescent by Nails Inc, you’ll totes heart this!

Dress to Impress
Seeing as the pantone of the year is appaz this ‘orchid’ shade I felt obliged to include it in my picks.  I used to wear purples A LOT.  Like most of my polishes were purples but now I don’t wear them as much. This one is a beaut though, it’s not wishy washy and on the nails it looks so smooooth and glossy.  Perf.

Sundae Girl
You can’t go wrong with a nice girly pink.  This is AMAZE with a tan, like it’ll make you look even more tanned which is always a good thing.  I also love how opaque this is because with a lot of paler pinks you need at least three coats but this needs two and that’s it.

Lovely Jubbly
I do like a good blue nail polish but more so in winter months, this time of year I prefer a fresh looking turquoise and this fits that bill… think sea green-esque.  It’s funky enough without being too out there with ‘I wear green nails cos I’m bad ass’, it’s like the grown up version!

Just Perfect
This is indeed my perfect coral shade.  This is my third bottle which in my world never happens as I have a few dozen (okay who am I kidding? Hundred) nail polishes.  This is that perfect peachy pink coral gorgeousness that this time of year screams for.  I cannot go on holiday without it.  Eva.

What are your favourite nail polishes for summer?  Have you got a one that you just repeatedly wear?  I’ve been like that with Bon Voyage for sure!

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul

This is my chicken soup for the soul recipe, or the chicken laksa for the lazy as it should be called.  This is practically a one pan job, you can add anything to it, even if you have a couple of different left over meats from a big roast (think Christmas when you've done a turkey and a beef for example).

Now when it comes to cooking, I'm not a massive believer in recipes as in following them to the letter.  I don't think you learn to cook that way, by all means use them as a guide but switch stuff around to suit your tastes.  Don't be a scaredy cat to mix things up cos at the end of it... you're eating it... if you think you need a sweetness to it then add sweet red peppers, hell, add a bit of molasses or actual sugar if you like.  It's your dinner!

Okes so I'll tell you what I do MOST of the time when I do this dish.  This is probably one of my most cooked, so I'll do it every month at least (I don't like to repeat meals too often... it's that whole routine thing... freaks me the hell out).

FIRST up I think left over meat is the best for this dish.  I prefer to use roast chicken which I shred, it actually makes the meat go LOADS further than if you were to use freshly diced.

With the bones and carcass of the chicken, I make my own stock.  Shove them in a pan of water, bring it to the boil and leave it for a bit.  Remove bones.  Stock done.

RECIPE time... this serves about 4 peeps...

I add approx 1 litre of chicken stock to a pan and put it on high.  In no particular order I add the following:

1 chopped red chilli
4(ish) scallions (I like onion)
1 tsp of peanut butter (or if I'm having a fat day I'll add a tbsp)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp peanut oil
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 tsp tumeric
4 crushed garlic gloves 
1 thumb size piece of ginger (I grate mine)
1 tin of coconut milk (400g tin) - then I fill the tin with water and add that too

Let it come to the boil then turn it down to a simmer and add the meat (if using).

In a separate pan I boil enough water for about 300g ish of noodles.  I use udon.

When I think the meat is really heated through I add pak choi.  I LOVE pak choi so I add about 2 heads per person.  You literally add this at the VERY end though as it's like spinach and will wilt REAL quick.

Drain and rinse the noodles in cold water.  Give them a shake to get excess water off and chuck them in the soup pan.  Stir.  Serve.

I will say this is a recipe to be changed around, if I was to cook this for my boyfriend, I'd add extra chilli.  If my Mam was having some I'd add sweetness and garnish with coconut flakes (she loves coconut).  For me, I'd add tamarind or lime cos I like the sourness and maybes some dried shrimp plus I'd garnish with a tonne of coriander.  I'd add salt for my Dad (himalayan) and if I was cooking for vegetarians I'd skip the meat and add extra veg like peppers and butternut squash.  This recipe above is the one which is the best 'all rounder'.

So there we are... my first recipe posted!  It's so damn hard cos I never measure anything, I just cook until I think it's done and that's it.  I'm so uncomplicated... mainly cos I'm drinking wine whilst I cook!  That helps take the edge off ;P

If you do try this (which, why wouldn't you?) PLEASE let me know cos I'd be chuffed to muck that someone actually read my crap and then went and cooked something from my recommendation!

Huge hugs!!

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Leighton Denny QVC UK TSV // 26th June 2014

Hello gorgeous people!  Thought I'd give you heads up on LD's TSV this upcoming Thursday!

I'm not 100% on contents as I've seen some pics floating around with a different remover pot... BUT I think this is more probable so I thought I'd share this as a general 'jist'.

It has his Crystal Finish Topcoat in which is AMAZE.  Move over Seche Vite!  Four nail colours, the teal shade looks remarkably like Notorious and the purple shade looks very The Heiress-esque and there are also two shimmer shades.  I spy a new corrector which intrigues me, a best defence hand cream and a remove & go pot.

AND look at that makeup bag.  I have a similar one in beige and it's my most favourite bag ever BUT LD if you or your peeps are reading this... I need this makeup bag but in a big size like the white quilted effect one.  Just sayin'... ;P

(Side note for any LD fans... he has an auto bio out, I've downloaded it on my kindle and I'm almost finished it.  Really enjoying finding out about the man behind the nails!)

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