Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss #review

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With gel nail varnish becoming increasingly popular, I wanted to try Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Moss, and see if it really does live up to the salon gel brands.

I tried the varnish in the Hip Hop shade which I really like, it’s bright and bold – perfect for summer! As you can see from the photo, the nail varnish has a really impressive high shine finish. It also applies really easily and dries fast – on the image I’m wearing two coats.

I can’t complain about the price either, with the product being under £5. The varnish is supposed to stay on for 10 days, so far I’ve had it on for three and it’s still going strong.

One thing that I did expect from the varnish is a thicker consistency; however, I really can’t fault it, I’m hugely impressed with these varnishes. With Kate creating 10 shades altogether, I’ll definitely be purchasing more from this range!

I purchased mine from Boots, and at the moment if you spend over £10 on Rimmel products, you receive Rimmel Volume Scandal Eyes Flash Mascara absolutely free – Brucey bonus!!

Have you tried it yet?

Festive nails

I’m really starting to get into the festive mood now; the TV is loaded with Christmas adverts, most town centres have switched on their lights and the shops are full of beautiful gift sets.

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For a spot of present buying on Thursday, I thought I’d decorate my nails in line with the occasion. I used two shades of gold: a metallic from Posh Polish and a glitter varnish from Accessorize.

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This was just an experiment but I think it works, and the colours are perfect for the season; what shades will be gracing your nails over the period?

Lazy Sunday Spa Day

I bought my mum a spa day at Kenwick Park, Louth, for her 40th birthday – we went yesterday and it was just lovely.

The day started in the swimming pool which is complete with a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi on the poolside. This was so relaxing and we already felt all refreshed.
At 12.00 we headed over to the hotels restaurant where we had a three course lunch. For starter I had pâté and my mum had goats cheese with parma ham and a beetroot salad; they were both so tasty – I meant to take a photo but we tucked in so quick I didn’t get chance.

This was followed by a carvery; we both had beef which was really succulent and melt in the mouth. After this it was already 1.30 (time for our treatments) so we didn’t have time for pudding, but the lady kindly said we could come back later on and have it. My only criticism of the day would be that we went across to the restaurant at 12.00 when we were booked in, but the food or our table wasn’t ready until 12.30 so we had to rush a little to get done in time.

We then went across to the treatment area where we received a back massage, facial and had our nails filed and painted. I had mine painted in Jessica, bikini bottoms, a deep pink colour which was a similar shade to my skirt I wore on the evening for bank holiday. ( post to follow)

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All of this came under a package (I won’t say how much as it was a gift) but for what we received I thought it was a really reasonable price. Look at the packages here.
We didn’t forget to go back for our apple crumble and vanilla custard which rounded the day off just nicely.
We really did have a lazy Sunday!

All That Sparkles

Lately there has been a real come back in glittery makeup; I think this is a trend we have to be careful with, I mean nobody wants to look like a bit dropped of a Christmas tree.
However, done correctly a bit of glitz can look really pretty.

I’m really into the sparkly nail look at the minute, and here is some inspiration I took from Pinterest:

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After seeing these beautiful nails, I wanted to have a crack at this look myself – I bought this pretty brown shade from Accesorize, which I wore on bank holiday with a coral lace dress and brown accessories.

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I was really unsure about this varnish at first, as after just one coat it was mainly clear with just a flick of glitter, after a couple more base coats it had a much fuller though 🙂

Makeup Academy Part Two

As well as the Glitter Ball eyeshadow pallet – see previous post, other MUA products I have purchased this week include Shade 22 (deep purple) nail polish and Out There Pumping Lip Gloss, in pin up pink.

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As I have mentioned before on my blog I’m rubbish with nails, I really try to let them grow but I never seem to get very far. This is something I must change – especially after reading everyone’s brilliant new nail varnish posts. Anyway, never the less it doesn’t stop me loving and wearing nail varnish.

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And I really love this deep purple varnish by MUA, which is just £1! I may be a little biased as this is my favourite colour, and it has been for some time; it was actually the colour of my prom dress and that’s going back some years!! Not only do I love the colour but the application was easy and it dried quickly without any smears; can’t say fairer than that for one English pound – the image shows one base coat.

The pin up pink lipgloss has all the zing of the more expensive pumping gloss brands, such as Soap and Glory but for a fraction of the price at just £2 – it really is fantastic, you can feel it working. I love the colour too; I’m a fan of bright lipstick, and on a night out I opt for bright red but I find this a little much for the day time so a bright gloss is ideal. Another win.

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All of the products I have tried from MUA I can’t fault; considering the low cost they really do deliver. What do you guys think?

Makeup Academy

There was a lot of discussion on this weeks #bbloggers about the type of makeup we use, ‘high end vs low end.’
My makeup bag has a real mixture of brands from bareMinerals to Collection; I tend to buy something for the product rather than its brand identity and love trying out new things.

So, after my recent purchase of MUA liquid eyeliner, for only £1, I was so impressed with the price and quality that I had to buy some more of their products.

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I dashed into Superdrug on my lunch break and headed straight for the MUA stand, the first thing that stood out to me were the individual eyeshadow pots for only £1 each. I started to place some of them in my basket and I particularly liked shades 3, 10 and 15 – see here for more details.

However, in the end I had that many shades that I wanted, I opted for the Glitterball palette collection instead which is £4, and full of 12 pretty, sparkling shades.

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The best thing about palette’s is how easy it is to mix and blend colours; here are some combo’s I liked:

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Green mixed with black.

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Purple mixed with white.

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Blue mixed with silver.

I’m really happy with how well the shadow applies, showing their true colour and the shimmering shades; sparkle makeup seems to be making a bit of a come back in all areas of our make up bags of late, from eyeliner to nail varnish.

My verdict – another great value for money product from MUA.

To be continued with my new Out There, MUA lipgloss and Shade 22 (purple) nail varnish…

New Beauty Buy’s

As I promised myself, I dashed into town on my lunch break yesterday and picked up some needed beauty buys.
Here’s what I bought –

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Bourjois – fan effect brush varnish, Barry M – mint green varnish, MUA – black & blue liquid eyeliner and Loreal – True Red lipstick.

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I chose this light pink shade because the colour is lovely and girly for spring, but the metalic hint gives it an on trend edge. I was sceptical about how the fan effect brush would work; I’m rubbish with nails and don’t really let them grow, so I thought the brush would be too big for them. I still decided to give it a go, as it claims it adjusts to any nail size, and I’m glad I did. Application was so quick and easy, and it really did dry quickly too! Now I have no excuse, i must take better care of my nails!

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There’s not much to say about this product; I love Barry M nail varnish and this lovely mint green shade doesn’t disappoint. It’s perfect for summer and I can see it as my choice of colour for festival season.

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I needed some new liquid eyeliner and MUA, Superdrugs own range, had these beauties for only £1 each. At this price I couldn’t resist giving them a try; I like the dip pot style as it’s easy to see how much you have left and the brushes are thin, making application easy. I have only tried the blue shade on my hand but it is a really striking, electric shade. I haven’t quite decided what this will go with yet, any suggestions?

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I’m a complete sucker for red lippy, it’s just timeless and Loreal true red, is the perfect shade! Red lipstick can cause problems such as marks on the teeth or the fear of touching your face in case any wipes across. However, this one seemed to be completely fool proof. It also has a stick of moisture down the centre ensuring lips don’t dry out. Definitely my favourite purchase, I love it!

Have you tried any of these products, what did you think?