21 March 2017

Essence The Gel Nail Varnish in My Love Diary

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I'm quite boring when it comes to nail polishes and will mainly stick to two colours for the whole year; a light pink for Spring/Summer and a dark red for Autumn/Winter. Not much variety unfortunately.

After sorting out my make-up storage the other month and realising that I really do have a drawer full of polishes, I'm trying to change that! Instead of using those that I had though, I popped in my local Wilkinsons and picked me up a new shade!

essence nail varnish
essence nail varnish
essence nail varnish

Since Spring and Summer are only around the corner, I went for something to match and in the end, I decided on the gorgeous "My Love Diary" shade. It's a gorgeous pinky coral colour and it's a perfect match for that summer tan.

Now as my job is heavily based in the office and typing away on the keyboard, most nail varnishes don't last me longer than a couple of days. Unfortunately this one was another to add to the collection. Within a day I noticed chips and on the second day I was that fed up, I ended up scrubbing it all off.

I'm not going to moan too much as it's a gorgeous colour and I can still definitely see myself using this if I went abroad in the Summer. Plus, it's like £2? I'm not going to turn my nose up at that price!
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19 March 2017

Guest Post | How To Get Your Hair Spring Ready

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Our hair definitely needs a bit of a pick-me-up as we come out of Winter. I look for ways to deeply nourish my locks and make my strands shine, ready for Spring. I also love to study the catwalks to see which styles and accessories will be big this season.

spring ready hair

Read on for my tips on how to protect your hair in the sun, apply deep treatments to get it looking its best and bring a glossy glow to your tresses. You’ll also discover how to work those on-trend wavy hairstyles and sparkling hair accessories.

Nourishing Treatments: Chances are your hair is crying out for some hydration after all that central heating and cold, windy weather over Winter. Give it some nourishment with deep treatments, like hair masks and leave-in conditioners. You’ll want to keep this up throughout Summer too, particularly when sun, chlorine from swimming pools and salt from the sea start playing havoc with your locks!

Make It Shine: Hair can become dull during Winter, so make your tresses shine with some of these industry tips. The easiest way to get glossy hair is to simply blast cold water on your hair for a few seconds after conditioning, to seal in the product and close the follicles. Home remedies include using egg whites, honey and olive oil, but you can also buy products like shine sprays to do the hard work for you.

Don’t Forget Your Hair In Your Sunscreen Regime: It’s not just your skin that needs protecting from UV rays once the sun starts shining in Spring, it’s your hair too. You’ll find hair products that are specially formulated for this task. Give them the chance to really sink in by applying to wet hair. A sunhat will help protect too.

Waves: In keeping with the warmer weather Spring brings, the hairstyles we saw on the catwalks for this season wouldn’t look out of place on the beach. In particular, wavy hairstyles were everywhere. The great thing is it’s a pretty low-maintenance look, as you can just accentuate your natural hair texture with salt spray or a curling iron.

Accessories: The Spring 2017 catwalks were full of beautiful hair accessories, worn behind the ear to draw more attention to them. Stock up on sparkly slides and clips that look like brooches to be totally on-trend this season. As for tying your hair back, ribbons are the way to go to emulate that effortless yet stylish Fashion Week look.

By following these tips, your hair will be in great shape for Spring, and you’ll be ready to rock the coolest styles and accessories for the new season!

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18 March 2017

Essence The False Lashes Extreme Volume and Curl Mascara Review

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If you follow me on Instagram (link here if you don't!) then you'll remember the naughty make-up haul that I went on in Wilkinsons a couple of weeks ago. 

Now my main reason for starting this blog was to review and promote more high street "bargain" brands and one brand that always seems to be talked about a lot is Essence. I've used a few of their products in the past and the only bad thing that I would say about them is that they're not stocked in Superdrug or Boots and the only place I can find them is Wilkos! So basically I'm justifying my haul by saying I don't shop in there often so it might be a long time before I go again. Yep.

Since I brought quite a few items I'll be doing separate reviews week by week and my first product (and one I was most desperate to try) was their new False Lashes Extreme Volume & Curl mascara!

essence false lashes mascara
essence false lashes mascara

I've used a few mascaras in my time and after using them for a few times, I often end up categorising them as "okay for work" and "keep for best". This False Lashes Essence mascara is somewhere in between them.

The formula is definitely long lasting and does add a nice little flick to my lashes but "false lashes effect"? Nah, probably not. I've definitely used better with a more dramatic effect so I don't think I'd be rating this too high.

If you want to give it a try for yourself, it's still a great bargain and perfect for in the day or for work. Plus it's £2.80!
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