Friday 31 May 2013

Nail Striping Tape

Because of my obsession with nail art, I recently made a purchase of the Nail Art 'Nail Striping Tape' to help me create even more nail art looks!!

I purchased the tape from a local gift shop for £2.99 however I have noticed that they sell the Nail Art products in lots of shops, so they should be easy to get hold of! Within the pack you get 5 different colours of tape, each 20m long! So plenty to keep you going for a while. The 5 colours are pink, green, turquoise, blue and purple. I created the look below using the nail striping tape and was really happy with the outcome...

I think it creates a really nice look as an accent nail. The only downside to this product is that some of the tape started to peel off a couple of days after applying it and I had to redo some of the colours, however overall I was happy with the product and with a good topcoat over the top it should last up to a week!

Hope you enjoyed this post and if you have purchased/ are going to purchase the nail striping tape I hope you have fun creating nail art looks :)

Monday 20 May 2013

My Current Favourite Shower Products

There are two products which I purchased recently which I have been loving in the shower so I thought I would share them with you. Both are available from most drug stores or supermarkets and are reasonably priced ...

The first product is a Radox shower gel. Coconut is one of my favourite shower smells and with this shower gel being called 'coconut kiss' and having a coconut scented it makes the perfect shower gel for me. The scent is perfect - not too strong and the gel feels really creamy and moisturising when you work it into the skin. It is a new line from Radox and it also comes in a berry scent.  

The second product is this shampoo and conditioner duo from L'Oreal. I am usually a fan of blonde hair shampoo and conditioner because of highlighting my hair, however I thought I would try something a bit different and give these two a whirl. With the product being called triple resist I was hoping it was going to leave my hair feeling healthy. It does exactly that, I love how healthy and smooth my hair feels after using these. The only one downside of this product is that they don't really have a scent and I am a fan of hair products that leave my hair smelling nice all day (with the Aussie hair care product scent being one of my favs).

Hope you have enjoyed this review and why not try the products out for yourself!!

Tuesday 14 May 2013

My Favourite Make Up Brushes - Real Techniques

Ever since I got my first set of real techniques brushes as a present I have fallen in LOVE with them. With them being designed by the amazing make up artist Samantha Chapman, who I have watched on YouTube for years, I always wanted them after seeing them being used in the pixiwoo make up tutorials. If you haven't seen their make up tutorials you have to watch them they're amazing!

I use the real techniques brushes for applying most of my make up so keep reading to find out which brushes I use for different stages of my make up application...

Starting from right to left ....

Blush Brush: I use the blush brush mainly for applying bronzer and occasionally for applying the Rimmel stay matte powder. I love how big this brush is, which allows easy application of something like powder which I like to apply to my whole face.

Buffing Brush: I LOVE the buffing brush for applying liquid foundation. Its amazing for really working the foundation into your skin.

Contour Brush: I always use the contour brush for applying blusher. The small shape of the brush makes is easy to apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks and it helps blend really well!

Pointed Foundation Brush: I do not actually use this brush for foundation as the name suggests, I actually use it for highlighter, as the shape of the brush is really good to place highlighter into the right areas of my face. 

Detailer Brush: I normally use this brush for applying lipsticks. For day-to-day make up I just apply lipstick straight onto my lips, however when I'm going on a night out I really like to make sure my lipstick is perfect and this brush really helps to get lipstick in the right shape around your lips. 

Brow Brush: again I do not use this brush for brows as the name suggests, as I actually use a different brush for my brows. I use the brow brush for blending out black eye liner as it helps to create a more smoky and blended look. This brush is also great for using a gel eye liner to create a winged look. 

Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush: Again this brush is amazing for gel eye liner as the thin shape allows you to get really close to the lash line.

Accent Brush: I love using the accent brush to place eye shadow into my tear duct area. Because the brush is so small its really good to add fine details to your eye make up. It is also great for putting eye shadow underneath the eye.

Base Shadow Brush: This is the brush I use to apply all my eye shadow. It blends shadows amazingly so I usually use just this brush to create a subtle smoky eye with neutral/ brown shades for every day make up.

Deluxe Crease Brush: Again this brush is amazing for blending eye shadow. I usually use my base shadow brush and go over the top with the deluxe crease brush when I'm using stronger, darker eye shadows as it helps to blend eye shadow even more and never leaves harsh lines.

I have also hear that the Expert Face Brush is amazing for foundation so this is 100% on my shopping list for the next real techniques brush to get! Hope you have enjoyed this post and if youre wondering whether or not to purchase these brushes I would definitely persuade you because i personally think they are AMAZING and priced very well too!!

Friday 3 May 2013

Ladybird Nail Art

The weather in Bournemouth this week has put me in such a summery mood so I decided to do another summery nail art look. This time I did ladybirds, so if you want to find out how I created the nail art look below keep reading... 

What will you need?

In order to create the look above you will need nail varnish in red, white and black. I used a nail art tool to do the fine details, however alternatively you could use a thin brush or toothpick. 

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1 : Begin by painting all your nails in a red nail varnish and leave to dry.

Step 2 : Once the red base is dry create a semi-circle shape on the tip of your nail using a black nail varnish. I used the brush end of my nail art tool to achieve this.

Step 3 : Next, again with the black nail varnish draw on the antennas. This time I used the ball end of the nail art tool to carefully drag up the nail varnish. I then put a small dot of black nail varnish on the top of the antennas. 

Step 4 : Next, again using black nail varnish and the ball end of the nail art tool I put spots all over the red area of the nail.

Step 5 : Ensuring that the black tip is dry you can now create the white of the eye using the white nail varnish. I used the ball end of the nail art tool, dragging the nail varnish in a circular shape.

Step 6 : Finally place a small dot of black into the centre of the white dots on the tip of the nail to create the centre of the eye.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial !!