Monday, 1 September 2014

Only Fingers & Toes Manicure Monday

A while back I received a beautifully packaged set of nail polishes from Only Fingers & Toes, a brand which I had never tried but had seen in all the magazines. Unlike the other nail polishes I own you could tell they took great pride in the presentation making this a beautiful gift idea!
 Inside I found a Cuticle Erase, Volumiser and Glossy Top Coat which are three absolute essentials in any womans nail kit. I was particularly impressed by the Cuticle Erase as I find this is often an item brands forget to include although it is very important if you want to achieve a nice finish. That said I think it's a shame that they simply used the same instructions that they use on the nail polishes on the back of the Cuticle Erase which suggests you should apply two coats and finish with a top coat.
I found the two colours I tried to be okay; Turbulence is a stunning green shade however it was a little streaky, Azure however was a little sheerer although it applied to an opaque shade after two coats and is a really beautiful all year round colour. I didn't get a chance to try Fickle which is the other shade in my box but I will be sure to give you a OFAT update soon. Looking forward to trying some more shades and will be keeping them in mind as a beautiful gifting idea.

Only Fingers & Toes is available at Harvey Nichols, £16 each.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Products I've Used Up #2

After filming a whole video about the product I have finished I realised it was a little long and I probably should have done one a long time ago with less product so I will try and talk more briefly in this post. Try.

I finished a handful of Bumble and bumble products; Dryspun which I love, Thickening spray which I have been using for a while and like as well as the Thickening Mousse which isn’t really finished. I think it leg in some air which means the products is coming out runnier than it should which meant I had to stop using it as it was just making my hair sticky. Another disappointing product has been the Taya I Am Amazonian White Clay Leavein Conditioner, I felt the clay was a little thick and you could really feel it in your hair.

In terms of Shampoo I finished my favourite Liz Earle Botanical Shampoo, my favourite inexpensive shampoo which is L’Oreal Elvive although it’s the first time I have tried the Fiberology version and discover the Dove Dry Shampoo which I think is almost as good as Batiste.

Onto skincare and I finished four whole Facial Sprays The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Mist, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Neal’s Yard White Tea Facial Mist. I have a whole blog post here about facial mists where they are all featured so I won’t give away too much but I love them all. I also finished the Emma HardyAmazing Face Cleanser which is great but I must admit I’m going of the LizEarle Cleanse and Polish a little recently, it’s not that it’s bad I just don’t know if it’s great either.

For more details on everything I finished recently check out the video here.
What have you finished recently?
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Post Holiday Catch Up

I landed back in London after a slight delay last night and it's bitter sweet. After being away for a whole month I of course missed being at home (and having internet at home!) but at the same time I know I'll have to wait until next summer to experience 30C+ heat and to spend a day lazing around in the sunshine.

I had an amazing holiday although it wasn't anywhere as relaxing as a holiday should be. It was great to spend time with my family and friends whilst building some crazy memories with them all. I did actually try to vlog and will hopefully be editing and uploading over the next few weeks if any of you are interested in watching don't forget to subscribe here. My holiday is a little different to a standard family holiday as we go away for quite a long time to see family that lives in Portugal and as a lot of my friends do the same I get to also spend time with them. Instead of sight seeing and spending time on the beach we spend time visiting family, attending parties, weddings and that sort of stuff but it's still great fun.

I've got a few more posts about my holiday coming up but I just wanted to check in quickly and say hello. I hope you have all had a fabulous August wether you spent it away on holiday or at work, I'm still hoping for a few more days of sunshine.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

5 Things to Do This Weekend

1. Try Waterfall Nail Art
Remember that nail art tutorial I posts last month (here) well why not give it a go? I promise its an easy one!

2. Eat your water
Last month I went for a Murad facial where they recommended I eat my water as apparently it's even better than drinking your water! I'm talking about eating more Cucumber, Iceberg Lettuce, Radish, Tomato, green peppers and more!

3. Dress up a T-shirt with a statement necklace
Credit: Here and Here

4. Explore your local Ice Cream Shop
and by explore I mean try lots of different flavours. I recently discovered Marine Ices if you're looking for one in London

5. Plan a trip to a nearby city.
Grab your friends, partner or family, plan a trip to a nearby city and spend the day there. If you're from London I'd recommend Cambridge or Brighton. Explore the local area, eat in a local restaurant and don't forget to take lots of photos! I'd love to see them so tag me on Instagram @a_littleobsessed  

What have you got planned for this weekend?

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Ten More Blog Post Ideas

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Since my last Ten Blog Post Idea post I thought I would share 10 more quick ideas in case you're still a little stuck for ideas...

1. Favourite Nail Polishes
2. Non-Beauty Favourites
3. Products I have finished/Empties
4. Handbag Essentials
5. Top 10 Makeup Brushes
6. Favourite Drugstore Mascaras
7. Current Haircare Routine
8. Ten Beauty Tricks
9. How to wear a bold lip/graphic eyeliner
10. Top 5 Phone Apps

Do you have any other blog post ideas? I would love to hear them in the comments! 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Facial Spritzer Faves

Really I wanted a photo around the pool with the favourite facial sprays but in reality they're just too heavy for me to justify bringing them all on holiday so I had to take the photo back in London. It was hard to chose which ones to bring with me away on holiday but I decided to simply pack the lightest ones.
I love facial spritzers; to freshen up on a hot day, to finish off my makeup and to help hydrate my skin.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir 100ml, £32 
This baby has been raved about for years now on beauty blogs, it's filled with essential oils of orange blossom, mint and rose which helps reenergise the skin. Perfect for under or over makeup to add a little radiance, a nice tip is to keep it in the fridge to make it even more refreshing.

Jurlique Rosewater Mist 50ml, £16.50
This may actually be my favourite of them all (although this bottle is far too large and difficult to hold) This one smells divine and is always what I reach for when I need to be awakened, the scent is also particularly comforting meaning it's my favourite product to use during a long day especially as I find it to help calm my skin too.

Neal's Yard White Tea Facial Mist 45ml, £11
When I am really looking for hydration I find that this product helps the most in terms of facial sprays, this is my second bottle and I could really see a difference when I went back to it. I love to use this one before makeup to really help give me a dewy finish.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml, £13.50
Out of all the product I have mentioned this is the one I use most like a standard toner after cleanser however I also love the smaller travel size one to carry around in my hand bag. It contains cucumber, aloe vera and calendula to calm the skin which is always great any time of the day.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist 100ml, £8.50
The 100ml bottle means that you can travel with this and you have enough product to apply generously both on the plane and during your holiday, it's also in a light plastic bottle so it won't weigh you down. It's great to set makeup and really helps my makeup last a little long while making it look a little more natural and dewy which I love. It got a much lighter rose scent than the Jurlique Rosewater mist if thats something you're quite sensitive to. For the price it's such a great product!

The ones I'd like to try:
Clinique Moisture Surge Face spray / Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist

Which are your favourite Facial Spritzers and what do you like to use them for?
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

New Glasses- Boots Protect Lenses

Before coming away on holiday I was invited down by Boots for an opticians appointment and to choose a new pair of glasses. Boots are currently offering Protect Lenses as standard with all their glasses. We all worry about the effect the sun and UV rays has on our skin, Protect lenses help shield the delicate skin around the eyes as well as preventing squinting and eye strain which also reduce the appearance of crow's feet and lines. The incorporate dual defence technology is on both sides of the lens for all round protection is anti-scratch, anti-glare and UV resistant. Protect lenses used to be £40 but are now totally free and come as standard with every pair of glasses.
Compared to my usual opticians I felt that the test was far more in-depth and although I found the glasses selection to be good I did struggle to find a perfect pair for me. However I did pick a beautiful pair of Dolce & Gabbana ones (Here) which have a very me leopard print design and I love the shape. Of course as a beauty blogger I love that it helps combat wrinkles especially now in the summer when I need a little more help than just eye creams.
What do you think of my new glasses?

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