Monday, 1 September 2014

imPress Press-on manicure - The best false nails you will ever buy!

Nail lovers around the world can rejoice because Boadway Nails have created the incredible imPress Press-On Manicure. Arguably the best falsies that I have ever got my paws on! I used to get salon, acrylic and gel nails put on for years until I could no longer bear the damaging effect that they were having on my nails. Cracking, splitting, you name it, I experienced it. After giving up those, I was always looking elsewhere for something a bit more long-lasting than a typical polish. Until now.

So how do they work? 

Well the best thing about them is the fact that they don't require any nasty glues that typically destroy your precious nails. The nails come pre-covered in a sticky gel-like substance on the back. No mess, no fuss. Just simply wipe your nails clean with the handy little prep wipe that is included, peel off the backing and pop them on your nails; ensuring you press them down tightly and smooth out the edges. It really is as simple as that!

Each pack comes with 24 nails, of varying different sizes so you're pretty much certain that you're going to find a good fit. It's handy to test them out first and then line them up in the correct order, before starting to apply them. That way, you're not fiddling about with half a set of false nails on, trying to see what's what! Another tip is to use your tweezers to remove the backing film. I found this made my life a whole lot easier, especially once I had applied the nails to one hand. 

The pack displayed here are a short style; however I have tried the medium length nails also and they are fab! Here's a little peek:

Short length in Kiss & Tell
Medium length in High Hopes

I have also tried the short length nails in Pick Me, which are a simple French manicure with glitter tips; although unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a photograph. Sorry guys. 

The great thing about these nails is that they literally don't budge. The box says they last up to a week and they do exactly that. In fact, when the week is up, you could probably still get away with wearing them longer; however the imPress people advise that you don't. I'm not entirely sure why on that one though. The nails are also fairly flexible and even after bashing my hand into a wall like a super smart individual, the nail pinged right back with only a small mark. No snapping here girls! 

When it's time to take them off, you literally just peel them away. The instructions tell you to apply nail polish remover to the edges of the nail before removing, but to be honest, I haven't bothered with this step and I have removed them without any problems. The best thing of all about these nails though is that because there is no need for any harsh glues, your nails are safe from harm and left damage-free. 

I am absolutely over the moon that I stumbled across these in my local beauty shop. They are a complete gem of a find and I have fallen for this product; hook, line and sinker! Fellow Finland dwellers, you can pick these up in Stockmann, I'm almost certain, or check out the pharmacies as I've seen them floating around all over. Everyone else, have a peek on the imPress website right here. I have also done a quick search online and you can also pick them up in Superdrug and Boots. Excellent. 

Have you tried the imPress nail range? What are your thoughts or are there any other false nails that you swear by? 
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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Peek: Makeup Revolution

Here's a sneak peek of the Makeup Revolution I got my hands on at the end of last week. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity for the Royal Mail to snail mail these over to Finland, I can finally relax knowing that when I move out of my apartment this Wednesday, I will have these little bits and pieces tucked firmly up inside my makeup bag. 

If you haven't heard of the Makeup Revolution brand, then you must have been hiding somewhere very remote. They're so hot right now and it seems to be for good reason! I'll spare you anymore waffle as I will be reviewing all of these products very soon, so watch this space! 

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Wish list!

I thought I'd throw in a cheeky wish list today, as it's something I usually like to take a peek at on other blogs. Here's what I'm currently lusting after:

1. Smashbox It's a Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover - I sampled this at the Smashbox counter in the airport duty free section and it is AHHmazing! I was absolutely gutted that they didn't have any in stock as this stuff looks to remove just about any makeup put in its path. I need to get my hands on this!

2. Michael Kors Hamilton Leather Tote - Apparently this dreamy bag is exclusive to Selfridges. I keep swooning over it every time that I clap my eyes on it. It comes in a range of colours, including a really nice greenish/yellow colour which is infinitely more attractive than my description. For me though, it has to be black. This bag would go with just about everything, what more could you want?! 

3. The White Company candle in Seychelles - It was Scott who first introduced me to these candles. He was probably making up for being in my bad books or something, but he hit the nail on the head with his apology. These are my all-time favourite candles. They smell absolutely divine - which according to their website, evokes the balmy breeze of an Indian Ocean island. Soothing Seychelles combines notes of fresh bergamot, bright orange and rich amber with warming notes of exotic coconut, vanilla and almond; and yes, that entire thing was copied from their website because I haven't got the faintest idea about fragrance... but trust me, it smells good!

4. Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eye Shadow Palette - Ahh, good old Makeup Revolution. The cheap as chips make up brand that seems to be taking the blogging world by storm. I recently bought one of the I Heart Makeup eye shadow palettes and it is fantastic, considering it costs about the same price as Maccy D's meal. 

5. Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub - Again, this is something that I have previously bought and used. It's a super little exfoliator which you can slap on your tresses too for a bit of extra volume. I can't say I've tried it on my hair, but it works wonders for my skin and after a hearty scrub, leaves my skin feeling bloomin gorgeous. 

6. Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour in Healthy Lips - I read a review of this particular lipstick quite a while ago; although I can't quite remember where. It's one of those, 'my lips, only better' colours and I have been lusting after it for what feels like an eternity. It's fairly sheer, hence the name and I think it would be a perfect everyday lip product. 

There you have it guys, my current wish list. Have you tried any of these products, if so, what are your thoughts? 

Have a lazy Sunday. 
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

One of those days...

Does anyone else have one of those days where you wake up and think, 'What the hell am I doing with my life?' I'm sitting here in my pajamas, sipping a cup of tea and feeling quite guilty over the fact that I just attacked a harmless box of After Eights in the most unsavoury fashion. It's probably worth mentioning that I'm hungover too. 

When and how did this happen? Okay, the hangover is due to the fact that I consumed silly amounts of sparkling wine with the girls last night and as for the After Eights, I'm going with the fact that due to their minty flavour, eating them is technically considered as brushing your teeth. I mean, my mouth does actually feel rather fresh right now. 

Also, I binge ate cheesy chips last night, therefore breaking my low-carb diet in a dramatic fashion. I lasted two and a half days though, which is fraction less than the amount of time I stuck to the ab challenge. It's pretty much Oslo's fault that one didn't work out. Nobody wants to exercise on their jollies now do they! So at some stage, I need to start this sorry process all over again. Oh how my life is so far from those watermelon and quinoa munching yoga gurus you see littered all over Instagram. 

Half-way into my cup of tea, I have only just realised that I forgot to put my usual sweetener into it. Clearly the After Eight aftermath has worn off and my taste buds have roused from their chocolate-induced coma. I'm pretty sure that airport security can just skip me when I next take a flight. I haven't heard of many people being able to create an explosive device, yet unable to make a simple hot beverage. I'm pretty, 'low risk' I reckon. 

This morning, I cried watching a child cry over getting a new puppy. Not even in real life. It was a video that was circulating on Facebook. The child had a really annoying whine but it didn't matter. The tears flowed, as they did last night when I had finished gorging on chips, because Scott really didn't seem to understand the fact that I loved him, in quite the way I wanted him to. Of course, it was nothing to do with the fact that it was 3am and he had work the next morning or anything. I'm pretty much that emotional drunk girl. I also managed to fall on my arse in the club trying to move a chair to sit on, shortly before making a stealth-like exit; but we can just gloss right over that one. 

Finally, I'm just going to put it out there that I am currently living in conditions of squalour. My apartment could probably feature on a Channel 4 documentary and I'm pretty sure I would become a trending hashtag. #FinlandsBiggestScruff or probably something a bit more clever than that, I just really haven't got the brain power today to come up with anything witty. It's worth pointing out that I'm living in such conditions due to the fact that 90% of my personal belongings are boxed up ready to move apartment next week, and not in fact because I have hygiene related issues or anything. Maybe I should just stop writing this post now. 

Here's a completely unrelated, but totally relatable meme:

Over and out. 
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Sum up your blog in three words...

If you could sum your blog up in three words, what would they be? That's the question today folks. I'm not entirely sure where the idea for this blog post came from? Perhaps I was thinking about dating websites and how you only have a minimal number of characters in which to sell yourself to a potential suiter. Not that I'm out trawling dating websites or indeed signing myself up to any. (I think my fiance would have something to say about it if I was!) My point being that, if you had to sell yourself and your blog to the general population, what words would you pluck out of the old Oxford? 

After wracking my brains for a short while, and seemingly forgetting every adjective I ever learnt in my long and arduous years of education; I managed to come up with three simple words to describe my little piece of the interweb, and here they are:

1. Light-hearted. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may know that I'm not always entirely serious. I mean, who really has time for that? Pretty much 100% of what I say should be taken with a pinch of salt. I like to keep things light-hearted and fun. I see my blog as a positive place and somewhere I can write about things I daren't say out loud in front of 'real' people for fear of being carted off in a padded van by men in white coats. Okay, I don't entirely mean that, but you get my drift. Now and again I put on my serious cap to write reviews etc; however I still like to keep things light and entertaining. (I hope)

2. Eclectic. Firstly, can we acknowledge how bloody good a word eclectic is?! I think I did well fishing this out of the depths of my vocabulary. My blog is quite frankly, a whole bunch of stuff that doesn't really fit together. I see myself as a bit like George and his Marvellous Medicine. Everything gets chucked in and somehow something comes out the other end. I don't really fit into a particular niche, and I completely lack the commitment to consistently post about a specific topic. It doesn't matter how hard I try, the urge to waffle is just too strong for me to ever overcome. 

3. Honest. This is something that pretty much goes without saying for me. There are far too many days where I click on the 'new post' button without having the faintest clue of what I am going to write about. More blog posts than I care to think about are a major case of word vomit, or should I say, blog vomit? I'm sorry for that lovely visual, but it really is a case of 'thinking out loud' just tapping away at a laptop keyboard instead. I'd love to say I'm super organised and I have a tonne of ideas all panned out, but that's not entirely the case. You won't find me cropping up in any glossy magazines with my uber glamourous lifestyle either. I'm not going to lie, most days I'm rocking my pjs and absolutely winging the hell out of this blogging game. 

Now it's your turn! I want you to choose three words that best describe your blog, pop them in a comment below and sell the hell outta yourselves! I'm feeling like Cilla Black in her Blind Date days. Effortlessly Excessive Dating dot com... anyone? 
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

MAC Mineralize Glass in Fashion Perk

I must confess that I've owned this MAC gloss for a while. Well, since around early April anyway. It was a duty free purchase, a memento from the first time I ever flew from Edinburgh airport. Am I the only one that still looks for excuses for impulse purchases? Anyway, after bursting open my pencil sharpener all over my makeup bag, I decided to give it a good clear out and remembered that I had this little gem buried inside. 

I'm a bit of a MAC junkie to be honest and I always find myself being drawn back to MAC for many of my makeup needs. I tend not to wear too many lip glosses these days as I'm not a huge fan of the stickiness, but the Mineralize Glass is such a lovely product. 

It has the familiar vanilla scent that any MAC lipstick lover will instantly recognise. The formula is thick but not too gloopy and although it's a heavy gloss, it isn't overly sticky. It's the kind of gloss that you know you're wearing. You can really feel it on your lips and it's super slick. 

The gloss applies really well and is well pigmented to give a bright pop of colour. This particular shade, Fashion Perk is a plummy/berry which has a slight pinkish tinge to it. It's worth noting that the gloss does look a touch darker in the tube than it applies; however I still think it's a gorgeous colour. 

You can see from the swatch that the Mineralize Glass really does live up to its name. It's not for those that fear a bit of shine. In terms of wearability, Fashion Perk is an easy colour to work with in my opinion and is a lovely shade for Autumn. I definitely think I will be pulling it out of the makeup bag more often as Autumn starts rolling in. It has pretty good staying power too. There's no need for constant reapplying every time you so much as crack a smile and you can definitely have three or four mojitos without ending up all washed out. 

My only downside to this product is the fact that when the wind blows, you're going to get the inevitable, 'hair stuck in the gloss' although that's pretty standard for most glosses with a thicker consistency. It's not something I would wear every day, but it's nice now and again for a bit of a glossy shine. 

Have you tried any of the Mineralize Glasses from MAC? What are your thoughts?
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The 2 year countdown!

I toyed with the idea of writing this post because I wasn't really sure if anyone would really be interested at all, BUT in exactly 2 years to this day, Scott and I will be getting married! Cue me prancing around the room and squealing like a massive loser...

I honestly thought I would never get married; or more accurately, that no one would ever be able to put up with me til death do us part. It's quite a lengthy commitment seeing as I'm hoping to make it well into my 70's, at least. That's over 45 years of dealing with the fact that I am impossibly stubborn, having to accept that he will never win an argument and generally fearing for his well-being whenever I am tired or hungry. Miraculously though, he's still stepped up to the challenge. If anyone deserves a Blue Peter badge, it's definitely him. 

On to more serious issues. Two whole years is a loooong time. Undeniably, I am excited and have been floating around today in a little bubble of sunbeams and rainbows; however I can't help but have a bit of an, 'URGH' moment whenever I think back to the fact that it's 730 days, 8 hours and around 23 minutes. Not that I'm keeping track or anything. It's just bloody ages off, and whilst yes, it will all come around so quickly and I have a bazillion and one things to do before then, I can't help but wish it was a little sooner. 

In order to make myself feel better, (Or worse, depending on how you look at it) I decided to make a list of all the things that I could do in two, whole years. 

- Learn Finnish. Apparently Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn and I've heard it can take up to two years to really get to grips with the grammar. That way, when I go to the supermarket, I don't have to tag along with Google translate or embarrassingly have to ask the locals if my orange juice has bits in it. 

- Complete a fast-track degree. In the UK, some universities offer 2 year courses which are the equivalent of completing a 3 year course, just over a shorter space of time. You know, in case you're in a rush. 

- Sleep a total of 243.3 days. Not really something I 'could' do, but more like what I will actually do. Using my GCSE maths skills, I worked out that if I have approximately 8 hours of sleep per night, multiplied by 365 days of the year, this gives me a total of 2920 hours of sleep per year. I then multiply this figure by 2 to give me a total of 5840 hours of sleep over 2 years. Divide this by 24 and it works out at a total of 243.3 days over the course of two years, that I will spend tucked up in my bed. Phew... 

- Become a body builder. I'm pretty sure that I could work my arse off in the gym and get absolutely ripped. I'm not saying I have any desire to do that, but I could all the same. 

- Birth a child. Moving swiftly on...

- Learn to play a musical instrument at a professional level. Does the harmonica count?

- Sail around the world, twice. Yes, I'd need a pretty decent boat and I'd probably need to spend a considerable amount of time actually learning to sail, but still. 

Feel free to pop your suggestions of things I could do to pass the time in the comment box below. The wackier the better! 

Does anyone else really, really hate waiting for things? 
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