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Liquid Lipsticks have been everywhere for the past few years but some of the most popular ones are really hard to get hold of in the UK and expensive (not to mention sometimes not worth the hype in my opinion). However the ones I am still reaching for are affordable, easy to get hold of and the perfect formula!

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets have been around for a little while but it’s really been over the last year that I have fallen for them. There are beautiful shades for every occasion; from nudes to reds, dark winter berry shades and vibrant summer pinks.

It’s worth pointing out that the word ‘velvet’ is a little confusing and I think it refers to the light, mousse-like feeling when initially applying the product but
once dry they are beautiful on-trend matte shades. They apply with a doe-foot applicator that is really easy to use and leave almost a stain that doesn’t move, feels comfortable and wears really well.

There are so many shades that I really love but Hot Pepper has to be the perfect all-year- round true red, which looks super chic teamed with any outfit although I plan to move onto Grand Cru, which is a dark red, once it starts to get a little colder. For summer I love Honey Mood as it’s a soft but fun peachy shade but the nudes in the range will always have a special place in my heart too- especially Nude-ist and Don’t Pink of it!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but great quality lipsticks which last all day then I can’t recommend these enough! I love a matte finish but I need it to be comfortable and wearable which these really are, plus their size makes them the perfect handbag must-have.
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loreal mascara results loreal miss hippie loreal before and afterIt’s no secret that I rarely try new mascaras but after hearing about the newL’Oréal Paris Miss Hippie mascara I had to give it a go for myself! The Miss Hippie mascara is all about achieving festival-ready lashes so, of course, I had to find out what festival lashes were for myself!

It has a fuzzy brush, which is almost hourglass in shape and helps coat lashes, layer by layer for a feathery lash look. It adds all the impact and drama I expect from a volumising mascara without the clumps you sometimes get with other mascaras as it really combs though the lashes. It’s also great at adding length for a dramatic look that lasts all day.

If you’re a waterproof lover then you’ll be happy to hear that it also comes in waterproof, which is particularly great if you are going to a festival this year.

I’ve been so impressed with L’Oreal Paris recently and have fallen in love with so many of their new products, the Nude Magique cushion foundation, Cushion de Soleil bronzer and this Miss Hippie mascara are my absolute summer must-faves, which you don’t want to miss out on!

The L’Oréal Paris Miss Hippie mascara is £7.99 (currently on FeelUnique) and for more info check out the L’Oréal Website.

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Models own HyperGel Soft Pop models own candy flossBack with another quick Mani Monday, hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather here in London was surprisingly glorious!

After having a few nails break a few weeks back I’ve been super lazy with my nails but I was fed up of how scruffy my nails looked so decided to give the new Models Own polishes a go. Its the HyperGel Soft Pop range, which has five beautiful creme pastel neon colours, I actually initially thought it could be a Polish for tans collection as they’re all tan enhancing shades.

I feel a little embarrassed to say this but I haven’t painted my own nails very much this year and I’m a little bit out of practice. I’ve never had huge issues with the Models Own brushes but I think because I am a little out of practice I struggled with the brush a bit. It’s quite a thick but flat brush and I don’t think mine had been cut too well (only shade Candy Floss) so it’s just wasn’t the easiest application.

I only tried Candy Floss on my nails and it’s what I’ve been wearing for the last 5 days or so, with lots of compliments along the way. Candy Floss is a baby pink shade but with quite a white base, one of those colours that really enhances your tan. It was a little streaky, maybe because of the brush or maybe because these sort of colours are always a little more tricky. The drying time was also a little slow and I was left with little prints as I thought it was dry when it wasn’t.

Even though this polish is far from perfect I’m probably still going to use it, I typically choose a polish because of the colour and put up with it’s faults (unless it’s truly awful). The colours from this range are just beautiful, theres no way I can resist!

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I have a bit of a gel polish addiction, I love long nails and although I am blessed with strong nails, I find that gel polish offers a little bit extra support and strength, helping me achieve natural, long nails. Not only that but gel nail polish lasts really well and who has time to paint their nails everyday?

However earlier this year I decided that I was going to invest money into my fitness and therefore I had to give something else up that was taking up a little bit of money on a monthly basis, gel polish manicures. Although gel manicure’s aren’t super expensive as a bit of a treat, getting them done every other week can add up and therefore I had to start looking for another alternative.

I recently discovered Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes which have made the switch back to at-home manicures far easier as I am able to get a long lasting, shiny manicure at home.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel has a patented and exclusive gel colour system, which offers natural light curing. You don’t need a base coat, which makes the whole process easier, but you do have to use the top coat. The top coat is probably my favourite thing about the Miracle Gel polishes, as once applied the volume of the manicure doubles which I find really helps keep the nail thick and strong (I have been lifting weights in the gym and haven’t even broken a nail!). It also lasts up to 2 weeks, which is ideal, as I love keeping my nails as low maintenance as possible.

There are 45 shades to chose from which is actually probably more than I have in salon which is great, there’s even a variety of finishes from crèmes to chrome. I personally really love the crème finishes and they have some perfect shades for spring and summer (although their autumn/winter colours are fab too!). My two favourites are Smartease and Sugar Fix, both pastels and really pretty. Smartease, which is my number one pick, is the perfect everyday colour for me- it goes with everything, looks polished but isn’t too in your face. When I am looking for a bit of a change and a slightly more fun colour I love Sugar Fix, an almost pastel blue that is great for brightening up both my day and my mood.Although both shades are light they applied opaque in just two coats, which is quite an achievement, especially for the pastel pink!

The other great thing about these polishes is how easy the removal is, which just regular nail polish remover and cotton wool. There is no need to buy acetone and soak them off for 15 minutes, which I love as it makes changing the colour a far easier process, and I also find it to be a little kinder on my nails.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is also a great option for the toes, I actually don’t really like wearing gel polish on my toes as I find it a little unnecessary but as these last and wear so beautifully I do prefer them to regular polish on the toes.

Although a little more expensive than most drugstore polishes at £9.99 I still think they’re really worth a slight investment as they are a much cheaper alternative to in-salon gel manicures, which achieve similar results. I’ve spotted some super summery yellows and oranges in the range that I think I’ll be adding to my summer nail polish wardrobe!

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I haven’t spoken about nail polish in a little while on ALO but since it’s Manicure Monday and the first day of Drugstore week I thought I would share my spring picks.

A quick note on Manicure Monday, I have stopped doing it as I have become a little bit of a shellac addict but do let me know if you miss them and I might be tempted to ditch the gel.

I get particularly excited about nails in spring and summer, I love pastels and slightly more daring colours, often teamed with more natural bronzy makeup. I think the nails is a really easy place to play with colour and I don’t believe there is any reason to pay lots of ££ for nail polish when drugstore ones are so good- in fact none of these are over £7!

Rimmel Super Gel in Bare Hug– it might be spring but you always need a nude in your nail polish wardrobe, this one is a really beautiful greige, which is surprisingly flattering and easy to wear.

Bourjois 1 Seconde in Jamais Saumon Vernis – I love how quick and easy the Bourjois 1 Seconde Polishes are to apply as they have beautiful fanned out brush with a great long lid which makes it really comfortable to hold. This colour is a fun but subtle peachy shade that would look particularly beautiful paired with a tan.

Avon Gel Shine in Mint to Be- I’ve been avoiding mint polishes all winter but I have heard great things about these Avon Gel Shine polishes and although I am yet to try it I couldn’t help but include it, so pretty!

Topshop Nails in Leigh- I am in love with the new denim inspired Topshop and Leigh is my favourite, I love pale blue polishes, they’re so fun and spring-y.

Barry M Speedy in Freestyle- These Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Polishes are my go-to when I’m in a rush as they really do dry quickly, I’m loving this pale pink which I would happily wear for months on end.

Barry M Coconut Infusion in Flamingo- The newest range from Barry M, this is the ultimate tan colour and I cant wait to pain my toes with this colour!