Monday, 8 February 2016

Favourite Beauty Products Of 2015 - Nails

Hello Lovelies

Today I have the last in my 2015 beauty favourites post and today's 2015 beauty favourites post is my favourite nail products. I'm sure you're aware I love nail polish and having my nails painted and choosing products for this post was difficult to say the least but I got there in the end, I hope you like my choices. 

Cuticle Care

I have been using the Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover Gel for around 2-3 years now and I love it, it is so easy to use, I just pop some of the gel around my cuticles and leave them for around 20 seconds and then remove the gel with some kitchen roll or tissue, it's an amazing product. I have actually had this bottle for over 2 years and myself and my girls use it and we still have around a third left so you can see a little goes a very long way. Unfortunately I think this may have been discontinued as looking for a link for you was difficult, I did find some on Amazon but it is expensive at £8.91 but if you would like to buy it click onto THIS LINK. I have found what I think is either the same or a very similar product on the Feel Unique website HERE for £4.63 (was £6.95)

Top Coat

I have 2 top coats in my favourites one that I have used for years and still love which is the Orly Glosser top coat, I have used this top coat for years and years and love it. Orly is a fantastic brand and although their products are expensive I do feel you get what you pay for with them, they are a "free from" brand meaning their products don't contain any of the harmful chemicals that some brands do, I do have a post coming soon on "free from" polishes and why I choose them if I can but for now back to the Orly glosser. It is an amazing top coat it gives my nails a fabulous shine and gives any polish I am wearing a longer wear time for example if I wear a Barry M nail polish without it, I'd be lucky to get 12-24 hours wear time from it but with the glosser top coat I can get 4 days wear time, it really is brilliant, the bottle in the photograph I have had for over 12 months and it is still going, there is around a third left baring in mind myself and my 2 daughters use it, it lasts for a long time, gives an incredible shine to my nails and gives polishes better wear time, what's not to love? It isn't cheap but it is worth it and I would highly recommend it, you can find it on the nail polish direct website (which is also a website I highly recommend for buying nail polish and nail products) for £13.80 HERE

Next up is the Essie Gel Setter top coat, this top coat was launched around the beginning of last spring and when I bought it I loved it, it gives my nails the most incredible shine, my polishes last a lot longer when I use it and it does give my nails the look of a gel polish but and there is a but unfortunately, the last bottle of this I bought went thick and gloopy with around a third of the bottle left and at £9.99 a bottle I was really disappointed, I did wonder if it was just a rogue bottle I'd picked up because the first bottle I bought was fine and didn't go thick at all but I mentioned it to my friend Gemma and she said hers had done the same, I felt so awful because it was me who recommended it to her. So obviously it wasn't just my bottle that was a rogue bottle, I haven't purchased another one since because I don't want to risk it going thick and gloopy again, but it is such a shame because it is a great product and does do what it says it will it just doesn't last and I can't afford to throw away a third of a bottle every time, it's like wasting £3.33 every bottle. I would say if you go through top coat very quickly and like a high gloss finish with a gel look then give it a try but if your top coat lasts longer than say 2 or 3 months I wouldn't recommend it I'm afraid, so although the Orly is almost 4 pounds more expensive it lasts for over a year longer and doesn't ever go thick or gloopy, so if your top coat lasts a while go for the Orly. If you would like to try the Essie Gel Setter, you can find it on the Boots website HERE for £9.99. 

Glitter Top Coat

I'm really fussy when it comes to glitter nail polishes and like a glitter top coat to be quite subtle as I either like to wear a subtle glittery top coat or accent nail or I choose a full on glitter that will cover the whole nail and wear it as an accent nail but it's quite difficult to find a subtle glitter top coat but the OPI My Voice Is A Little Norse polish is a lovely gold/silver glitter with iridescent particles in it, it is a really nice glitter top coat and looks stunning over any nail polish, I have worn this and so have both my daughters and we have worn it over a range of colours and it looks lovely over them all either as an accent nail or over all the nails, it really is beautiful and I highly recommend it. It has a nice brush and applies well and with ease and is a good size bottle at 15ml so will last a long time and OPI are great polishes and don't gloop or go thick. You can find it on the nail polish direct website for a fantastic price of £5.50 HERE

Accent Nail Is OPI My Voice Is A Little Norse

Nail Polish

French Manicure

The Rimmel Brit Manicure polish in the shade 445 English Rose is a perfect nail polish for creating a french manicure, it's a lovely very pale pink which creates a lovely base colour and looks stunning, I have used it for years and although I have tried lots of other polishes, this is the best to create a french manicure, it has a nice wide brush and applies well and with ease. You can find it on the Superdrug website for £3.49 (was £4.49) HERE

My nails after using the Rimmel 445 English Rose in a French Manicure

Spring /Summer Shades

The first polish in my favourite summer shades is the China Glaze polish in the shade Shell O this polish was part of the On The Shore collection in 2013 and is a stunning neon coral shade, I absolutely love the colour, it is a perfect spring/summer shade, there is a negative with this polish unfortunately and that is that I need to apply around 6 or 7 coats to get a nice even opaque finish which is a pain but the polish does dry quite quickly in between coats so it isn't as bad as it sounds, the shade is lovely though and I get so many compliments on my nails when I wear it, the fact I have to apply so many coats doesn't put me off and I would re purchase it. I really like China Glaze polishes, they have a nice wide brush making application easy and they have a huge range of shades, they're not the most long wearing but they are lovely polishes and I've never bought one I haven't liked. You can find Shell O on the nail polish direct website for £4.50 HERE

China Glaze Shell O

I love pink/coral nails in the spring and summer as I'm sure you'll be able to tell and the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in the shade Grapefruit is a beautiful pink/coral shade and looks lovely throughout the spring and summer months, I get so many compliments when I wear this polish it really is stunning and used with the Orly glosser top coat is looks incredible and lasts well too. It applies well and I need 3 coats to get an opaque finish. You can find it on Amazon for £3.99 HERE.

Barry M Grapefruit and the Essie Gel Setter Top Coat

I love Essie's Peach Side Babe as the name suggests it's a beautiful peach shade and perfect for spring/summer, I use 3 coats to get a nice opaque finish. I love the nice wide brush on the Essie polishes, they make application really easy, the shade is gorgeous and one I wore a lot throughout the summer last year. It lasts for around 7 days as all Essie polishes do on my nails. You can pick it up from the nail polish direct website for £8.95 HERE

Essie Peach Side Babe 

In 2015 I discovered the NYC polishes thanks to my lovely friend Gemma recommending them to me, I hadn't ever tried them but Gemma told me how much she liked them so I picked a couple up and was hooked, they are amazing polishes and the shine in a minute range are just £1.79 each which is an amazing price for the quality. One of my favourite shades in the shine in a minute range is Spring Tulip, a gorgeous coral shade and one I wore a lot throughout spring and summer 2015, they apply well and have a nice wide brush and are opaque in 2-3 coats, I use 3 with Spring Tulip and get a stunning coral shade which lasts around 5 days. I highly recommend the NYC shine in a minute polishes, and I'm so pleased Gemma told me about them too, you can buy spring tulip from the Superdrug website for £1.79 HERE.

Spring Tulip

Autumn/Winter Shades

One of my all time favourite autumn/winter polishes is Essie's Chinchilly and it made my favourites again in 2015, it is a lovely grey polish with a taupe/beige undertone, it's a lovely neutral toned polish that looks really well with any outfit and lasts around 7 days on my nails. It applies well and is opaque in 3 coats, it's a stunning shade and one I'd definitely recommend if you haven't tried it already. You can find Chinchilly on the Superdrug website for £7.99 HERE.

Essie Chinchilly

Another Essie favourite for 2015 was It's Genius a beautiful plum toned polish with a gold shimmer running through it, I love this polish it is really versatile as it can be worn during the day but is lovely for evening wear also. I only bought this in the autumn of 2015 but wore it a lot throughout the autumn and winter, it's a lovely polish, and you can find it on the Fragrance Direct website for a bargain price of £2.99 HERE.

Essie It's Genius

In 2015 I first tried Essence nail polishes and one of the shades I love is True Love (number 10) which is a beautiful deep red shade, true love is a gel finish polish and is an amazing price of just £1.60 which is incredible since the polish is really good, the polish has a nice wide brush making it easy to apply and I get a nice opaque finish in 2 coats, I really recommend the Essence gel polishes they apply well and dry quite quickly although they aren't a fast drying polish, the only complaint I have is the handle is quite short and I wish it was longer but that is my only complaint. The polish is a lovely colour, applies well and lasts for around 4 or 5 days which for the price is incredible (I do always use my Orly glosser top coat with all my polishes which helps with the wear time) I highly recommend checking out Essence polishes if you haven't already done so. You can find True Love on the Wilko website for £1.60 HERE

Essence True Love, I am also wearing the Orly Glosser Top Coat

So those are all my favourite nail products from 2015, what are your favourite nail products of 2015? I love nail polish and love to get recommendations of new shades to wear. Which of my favourites were your favourite too? 

Thank you for reading, much love as always

Zoe x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

NOTD - Essie Toggle To The Top

NOTD - Essie Toggle To The Top

Hello Lovelies

Today I have a NOTD and review post for you and today's polish is Toggle To The Top by Essie, I received this polish in a gift set of 4 Essie polishes for Christmas and hadn't ever tried it before, it was part of the 2013 Essie winter collection and is a lovely deep red polish with red glitter running through it. 

NOTD - Essie Toggle To The Top

You can see in the photograph above the polish is full of red glitter which means it applies evenly, there is nothing worse than a glitter polish that applies streaky or patchy, Toggle To The Top applies well and has the usual wide brush that all Essie polishes have, I like wide brushes as it makes application a lot easier. 

To achieve today's look I used 2 coats of Toggle To The Top and then applied one coat of my Orly Glosser top coat to give an amazing shine. 

NOTD - Essie Toggle To The Top

NOTD - Essie Toggle To The Top

Toggle To The Top is a deep wine red colour with red glitter running through it, it's a lovely shade for winter but was also lovely over the festive period but now Christmas is well and truly over this will be a lovely shade for the winter months and is perfect for either day or night. The polish applied well and lasted for 4 days before it chipped, I do usually find Essie polishes last longer but I find glitter polishes don't always last as long as non glitter polishes. 

I really like the polish and it looks lovely with the top coat to give extra shine making the glitter really stand out. I have also found it for £2.99 on line which is a fantastic price, it is available on the Fragrance Direct website HERE for £2.99. 

If you would like to try the Orly Glosser top coat, you can find it on Nail Polish Direct HERE for £13.80. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always

Zoe x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

My First Blog Q And A

Hello Lovelies

Today I have something a little different for you, it is my very first blog Q&A. I have been asked a lot recently if I could do a blog Q&A so I took to Instagram and asked if anyone had a question for me. I will write the user name of the person who asked me the question, then their question in bold text and then my answer underneath. 

Q - LauraTFP - What's your holy grail high end and high street product? 

A - Ooooh this is such a hard question and a good one too,  as you know I am very indecisive but I have chosen and for my high end holy grail product I'm going to choose the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer I couldn't apply my foundation without using this first, it makes such a difference and is a brilliant product. My choice for my holy grail high street product was a harder one to choose and I'm going to cheat and choose 2 and they would have to be the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. 

Q - Bethaniearnison - If you could have a bag by any designer what would it be and why?

A - Another tough choice but I would have to say it would be the Chanel Large Classic Flap bag with silver hardware, I would love to own a Chanel bag and I think the classic flap is timeless and as the name says classic too so it isn't something that would date. Unfortunately at £3,725 I doubt very much I will ever own one unless I win the lottery but it's nice to dream. 

Q - dani_halfpenny - If you had your own makeup line, what would you call it? 

A - I'd love to have my own make up line, how amazing would that be? There are so many things I have thought of, things like Valentines because I was born on Valentines day or Mamma's Make Up but I think I would just simply call it Zoe but the O would be heart shaped so it would look something like - Z♡E but better, is that very boring of me? 

Q - helenannhill - What's the biggest lesson you've learned in life?

A - Hmm this is quite hard but I'd say to trust my instincts, that worrying doesn't change anything and there isn't any point worrying about money when you haven't got any. 

Q - heather_2208 - What's your favourite musical?

A - Unfortunately I haven't seen as many musicals as I'd like to, so I'm going to choose an on screen favourite and an on stage favourite if that's ok? I would say my on screen favourite has to be Dirty Dancing, I would love to see that at the theatre too and my favourite on stage would be Blood Brothers, I do have a wish list of musicals that I'd love to see on the stage though. 

Q - littlemissstyleguru - What other brands would you love to try that you haven't already? Like a wish list of brands to try. 

A - Oooh, off the top of my head I'd say I would love to try Colour Pop Cosmetics, LA Splash, Kat Von D and Kiko but I'm sure there are loads more I'll think of when I've finished this post. There are some products from brands I have tried that I haven't yet tried but would love to for example the ABH liquid lipsticks and the Sephora liquid lipsticks and I'd love to try more from Too Faced and The Balm too, but as I said there's probably loads more I'll think of, theres so much choice. 

Q - hmariet - How did you get into nursing? What was your career path? Any Advice? I'm interested in going into nursing in the future. 

A - I wish I had some great pearls of wisdom for you in answering this question but unfortunately I didn't ever have a desire to be a nurse or a calling etc, a few people told me that they thought I'd make a good nurse and I was at a bit of a loss career wise and decided to go for it and once I did I never looked back, it was the best thing I'd ever done, I adored my job, advice wise I'd say go for it, it's an amazing career, it isn't easy but the good far outweighs the bad. I have so many amazing memories and if I was cured tomorrow and back to being a healthy person I would go back in a heart beat there isn't anything else I'd want to do. I would say not to have too many expectations because every day is different and there will be bad days and days when you want to scream but then there will be days when you feel euphoric because a very poorly patient leaves for home well again or a patient who has had cancer and been very ill pops in to see you to let you know they're doing well, it is truly amazing and if you want to do it, go for it, its different every day and you can go through every emotion known to man in 1 shift but it's worth it I promise. If there is anything specific I can help with please feel free to email me on 

Q - piperfun100 - If you could have dinner with 5 Youtubers or 5 people off Instagram who would you pick? 

A - I'm going to choose 5 people who I don't chat to/know in person or haven't ever met before because then I could get to know them. The first one is Beyonce, I am a huge Beyonce fan and would love to meet her so having dinner with her would be incredible. Next I'm going to choose Sam & Nic from Pixiwoo, I have watched Sam & Nic for many years and still enjoy their video's and my eldest daughter is a make up artist so I would love to chat to them about make up and the industry in general. Next up I'm going to choose Sali Hughes, I got Sali's book Pretty Honest for Christmas 2015 and since then I have enjoyed watching her "in the bathroom" series, she is a journalist and writes about beauty and skin care and is really interesting, I'd love to meet her. The last person I am going to choose is Sara Walker, Sara is the first person I ever watched on you tube and although she hasn't made any video's for a while I would love to meet her, she always seemed so down to earth and lovely, I'd really like to meet her and chat to her.

Q - lucyy_elizabeth - How to deal with depression? And what to do if you feel rubbish all the time and want to be alone and don't feel like socialising etc? 

A - Firstly I would say the most important thing is to seek professional help and if you do see a medical professional for depression and don't feel like the treatment you're receiving is helping then tell them and ask if there is anything else they can offer you and tell them how you're feeling and that you want to be alone. Depression is a horrible illness to suffer from and I completely understand, social withdrawal is a side effect of depression and often we feel like we want to be alone and not see or talk to anyone but it can sometimes become a viscous cycle unfortunately, I wish I had the answers for you lovely, I do have personal experience of depression and anxiety and am not doing well myself at the moment so I do understand, but I know if I withdraw from my loved ones I often feel worse, I would suggest speaking to your GP and also tell your loved ones how you are feeling about things too. I'm so sorry I'm not much help lovely but I hope you feel better soon and get the help you need. 

Q - itsmekim84 - If you could have a beauty makeup day with 5 celebs, who would you choose and why? 

A - I'm not really "into" celebrities and I'd much rather spend the day with my daughters and some friends but if I had to choose I'd choose Beyonce because I'm a huge fan, Katie Price because I think she'd be interesting and good to talk to, Princess Kate (not a celeb but still "famous") I'd love to chat to her and meet a real life princess, Rylan Clarke, he makes me laugh and I think he'd be lots of fun and Emma Willis because I could talk to her about big brother, she is the image of my mum when she was younger so I'd love to show her a photograph of my mum and how alike they are. 

Thank you all so much for your questions I really enjoyed doing my first blog Q&A.  If you would like me to do more blog Q&A posts let me know and if you have any questions for a future Q&A please leave them in the comments for me and I will include them in my next Q&A if you would like to see more. 

Thank you to everyone who took part. 

Thank you for reading, much love as always

Zoe x

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