Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A Last Minute Gift Idea - The Emjoi MICRO Nail Electric Nail Polisher*

It really is make your mind up time now, with less than a week to go now to the big day, we need to start picking up those last minute gifts and checking those names off on out lists. If your still looking for a pressie for that awkward mum, gran, friend or sister then I might have the answer for you.

Whether you like your nails long or short, above all you want them to look healthy. Giving them the occasional file, and slathering them in moisturiser can make a real difference to their appearance but sometimes they need something a little bit extra. As much as I love them, I'm not talking about nail strengtheners, I'm talking about nail buffing.

Ill health, not using a base coat, diet and ageing can all play havoc with the surface of nails, leaving them dull, ridged and uneven. Like every other part of our face, and body a little bit of exfoliation can make a world of difference.  A rub over with a nail buffer can instantly leave the nails smoother and shinier, as well as increasing the circulation which can in turn help your nails to grow. You can pick up nail buffers for less than a pound pretty much anywhere but they don't last very long, and if your nails are really bad it can take a lot of effort to achieve that perfect finish. Recently though I was sent a gadget to take the time and effort out of buffing your nails.

Famous for their MICRO Pedi foot file, earlier this year Emjoi introduced their MICRO Nail Electric Nail Polisher.

This isn't the first battery operated or electrical nail polisher to hit the market but having tried a few in the past, in my opinion it's one of the best.

The slim pink unit comes boxed, and comes with two AA batteries, 4 rollers, a storage pouch for the heads, and full instructions.

The batteries slip into a locked compartment on the base, and the unit operates with a simple slider switch and the unit features a removable cap for safety and to keep your head clean.

The rollers are very easy to change and just slip on and off the head of the unit.

The unit comes with four rollers, two of each type. The first head that you have is the green MICRO Smooth Roller. This is a slightly rough, roller that is designed to remove ridges, and roughness on the surface of the nail. You use this roller for only a couple of seconds on each nail. This is the most abrasive of the two rollers and you only use this roller once every two weeks. This roller rotates around 1800 times a minute, can you imagine using a manual buffer that many times? You just couldn't do it by hand.

You also get two MICRO Shine Rollers. These rollers are white in colour, and have a smooth, almost rubbery feel. They are designed to add shine and gloss to the nails, and can be used as often as required.

I was going to just show you some basic before, and after photographs, but feeling inspired I've recorded a short video demonstrating just exactly how easy this is to use.

As you can see I didn't demonstrate this on my own nails. Instead I decided to give it a real test and try if on my beautiful, 84 year old Godmother. She has beautiful nails, but due to age and illness her nails are now quite ridged and dare I say it a little bit stained. She is a regular nail buffer so I was interested to see how this compared to the cheap manual buffers that she usually uses.





After just one quick treatment, you really can see a difference. Her nails are a lot healthier looking, they're definitely pinker and they're definitely more shiny. Yes, there are still ridges there but with continued use I'm sure that the Emjoi MICRO Nail would make a significant difference to her nails.

Manual nail buffers have their place, but this gadget takes nail buffing to another level. It's quicker and easier than a manual buffer, and the results it leaves speak for themselves. As well as my Godmother, both me and Mummy Lou have also been using this for a little while now, and all of our nails were left feel very, very smooth and looking very glossy and shiny. After using this gadget,my own nails personally looked as though I was wearing a clear nail polish. If you can't wear nail polish for work or for school, then this tool is a good alternative and will give you shiny nails that will last for at least two weeks. If you're like me though and you do wear polish then the smooth and glossy finish, that the MICRO Nail produces makes your polish apply more evenly and gives it a smoother finish.

Are there any drawbacks? well not really, as long as you follow the instructions this gadget will benefit your nails and not damage them. If you press too hard the tool stops, you just need to make sure that you don't over use it.

If your nails are more ridged or your using it on your toenails then you may go through the rollers more quickly but you can buy refill packs of 4 rollers, 2 of each kind for around £12.99.

I think that this would make a great gift for anyone who cares about their hands and their nails, or even as a treat for yourself. The Emjoi MICRO Nail Electric Nail Polisher retails at £39.99 but it's currently on special offer at both Boots and Superdrug for £29.99. 

(*PR Sample)

The Beauty At Tesco Advent Calendar - The First 12 Days

Despite the fact that I'm now in my mid 30's, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an advent calendar. From my earliest memories of glittery calendars with pretty pictures behind the doors, to the modern day incarnations featuring chocolate shapes and sweeties , forcing open those badly perforated doors on a daily basis is a ritual that I revel in.

This year we have four advent calendars, one for the cats, one for my mum, and two for me. I know I'm greedy but I have one chocolate one and one beauty one. I can't really remember when the beauty advent calendar thing started but over the past few years I've had a couple of Ciate Mini Mani Months. and last year I had the generic Boots Beauty Calendar.

I was quite torn this year over whether or not to get one, and whether or not I could justify the £40 + cost this year. As a result I dithered and by the time I decided I did want one, several of them including the Selfridges and Benefit offerings had already sold out. Thankfully though the Beauty At Tesco Advent Calendar was still available - I'd already had a couple of press releases on it and it looked pretty impressive but despite the fact that the total contents would retail at around £125 I still wasn't keen on paying £50 for it, come Black Friday though it was reduced to £25 so I couldn't resist and placed an order.

I *think* Tesco took a lot of orders on Black Friday, and as result I didn't get my order till the 5th December.Never mind it was worth the wait - it was beautifully packaged and I really enjoyed opening so many of the doors at once.

I really don't think that my pictures are doing the size of this thing justice. It is huge, so big in fact that I can't actually find anywhere permanent for it to live.

I initially intended to show the contents on a weekly basis but instead I'm going to show you it 2 parts. In this post I'm going to show you briefly what the calendar contained on days 1-12 and give you an idea of the value where I can.

Days 1 - 6

Eylure Naturalites Lengthening False Lashes - £5.00
Tanya Burr For Eye Candy Nail Polish - Midnight Sparkle - Full Size - £4.99
Paul Smith Extreme EDT - 5ml - £4.79
Sue Moxley Spot Light Lipgloss - Babe - 8ml  Full Size - £1.99
Meow By Katy Perry Solid Perfume Locket - 1.5g. -Full Size - £4.99
Little Soap Company Mini Soap - 17g - 65p - £6.50 For 10

Days 6-12

Candy Kitten EDT Spray - 20ml
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Parfume - 5ml - £4.99
Tesco Pro Formula Purifying Thermal Face Mask - 15ml - £1.00
Nip + Fab Viper Venom Eye Fix 15ml - Full Size - £14.95!
Korres Citrus Shower Gel - 50ml - £2.70
So Eco Foundation Brush - Full Size - £6.50

I have to say so far so good, the first 12 days contained a nice mix of products most of which I'll use. The only thing I'm not sure about it is the Candy Kitten fragrance, but the lovely Tanya Burr polish, the Nip + Fab, the Katy Perry locket and the foundation brush certainly make up for that 1 disappointment. If you would like to see reviews of any of these items then please leave me a comment and let me know, and on Christmas Eve, I'll post the items behind the rest of the doors x  Did you invest in a beauty advent calendar this year? Let me know if you did x

Monday, 15 December 2014

November / December Haul - Part 2 - Fashion and Beauty Featuring Make Up Revolution, Real Techniques And More

Happy Monday Guys x I hope today hasn't been too awful for you x Apart from cooking a yummy pasta dish the only other thing I've done today is brave the shops to finish my Christmas shopping. Bar a few ebay no shows I'm done. I really love shopping but not at this time of year, it's way to busy and way too stressful. Over the last month and a bit though I have picked up a few things for myself, I'm very much a one for me one for you person :)

We'll start off with clothes and it wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas jumper. For many years they were considered naff, think Bridget Jones and her turkey curry, now tho they seem to be a bit of a must have. I already have a Christmas pudding from last year but I couldn't resist these fluffy sheep in Santa hats.

The sequins give is just a hint of tackiness but I just think it's really cute. Slightly blurry pic below but I teamed it with a winter skirt and tights for National Christmas Jumper Day on Friday. I think that I'll be wearing it with jeans and leggings for the rest of the festive season though. I got my jumper from Littlewoods and it was also available for Very, unfortunately it doesn't appear to be online anymore.

Sticking with the Christmas theme I also bought some Nordic themed reindeer socks from ebay. I didn't really need anymore socks but I bought a couple of pairs for gifts and you know the one for me, one for you theory. It's probably too late to get these in time for Christmas, but there is nothing wrong with thinking ahead for next year ;) There are a few different colours to choose from and they are just 99p from this seller.

My last clothing purchase was a bit of a silly one courtesy of Groupon. At this time of year we really get the urge to nest, and there is nothing better for keeping cosy than an animal onesie!

I know it's completely ridiculous, but I couldn't resist my Cheshire Cat, The face is on the hood and it even has a little tail

It was £16.99 with £1.99 postage and  there were quite a few different ones to choose from including Piglet, Eeyore, Olaf from Frozen, and lots of different animals.

As well as my little Body Shop and Neals Yard hauls I've also bought quite a few other beauty things lately, including the pretty fabulous Beauty At Tesco Advent Calendar. I got it for half price (£25) on Black Friday.I'm going to do a couple of posts on the contents for you but so far I'm pretty pleased with it.

Over the last month or so I've also placed a couple of Avon orders and I've also made probably my last ever bubble bath purchase whilst living in this house

I'm still using up a huge bottle of Avon's Cranberry and Orange Bubble Bath from last year but I love the smell and I couldn't resist a bottle of this years incarnation, Avon Mrs Frosty Bubble Bath in Spiced Cranberry and Orange. I love the snow person shaped bottles and you can also get a Mr Frosty variant, which contains Spiced Apple Bubble Bath. For just £2 each I think that either of these would make a great stocking filler and I may have picked up a few extra ones for my friends and family

As well as my bubble baths I also got a couple of nail polishes from Avon. As you know I'm a big fan of their polishes and I may have just found a new love.

Their new Stardust Nail Enamels are crammed full of sparkly glitter but unusually they have a slightly matte finish. I want them all! but in two orders I got two polishes Black Sequins, which is full of black and silver glitter, and Crystalized Pink, with is cram packed with pale, warm pink sparkle. I got these on special offer but they normally retail at £6 each. I love them but I will be waiting for another offer before I pick up the rest x

Okay time for the biggest part of the haul and if you follow me on instagram you'll know that it's from Make Up Revolution. Over the last month and a bit I've placed two orders with Make Up Revolution. The first order was a pretty big one and contained some things for me and some things that I bought for gifts.  I'm going to review everything that I bought in due course so this is really just a quick peek x

First up two of the new lip products, I got an I♥MAKEUP Super Wow High Gloss Lip Colour Stick in Hanging On The Telephone and one of the new #LipHug Lipsticks in Not Giving Up.

Next up cheeks, and my blusher obsession continued with the purchase of 3 more face products. I'm a tiny bit obsessed with the Make Up Revolution Blush Palettes that I already have and after seeing pictures of the new creams and pink palettes I need those in my life too. Unfortunately they weren't on sale when I placed either of my orders but Golden Sugar was.

This is such a pretty palette and contains a combination of baked, shimmery, merged blushers in pinks, nudes and bronzes, and two almost bronze shades.

As well as the palette, I also ordered two of their designer inspired blush products -The One Blush Stick in Rush,

and The One Fluid Blusher in Pink Dew.

There has been such a buzz about both of these products that I can't wait to give them a try. Reviews of both of these products will be on the blog in the next week or so, starting with my review of Pink Dew which will be up this week.

As well as pretty lip colours and pretty blushers I also got a couple of their mono eyeshadows, Frozen, a silver, grey and Insomnia, a plum shade.

Swatches of these shadows will also pop up on the blog later this week for reasons that will soon become apparent :)

Like most websites at the moment, Make Up Revolution have had a few decent offers on lately. I love a decent offer and it was a free gift offer that eventually encouraged me to place another order. The free gift on this occasion was the I♥MAKEUP I Heart Sin Palette.

I love the packaging, a shiny black palette with a clear purple, faceted acrylic heart. I will be reviewing this palette on the blog but it's a fabulous combination of neutral, bright and almost neon eyeshadows.

So that was the first part of my Make Up Revolution haul,  My second order took advantage of another special offer -Black Friday, and at the moment I'm really trying to resist placing another order! Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to photograph all of my Black Friday haul yet so I'm going to try and get another haul post up at the beginning of next week.

As well as my clothing, Avon, and Make Up Revolution purchases I also bought a few more random beauty bits including my first Real Techniques brush - the Silicone Liner brush

I being debating whether to buy this brush for a little while now. I asked for some opinions on twitter and I got a few mixed responses but I've decided to take the plunge. I've got out of the habit of using eyeliner but I always used to prefer cream and gel liners, so I'm hoping that a new brush might give me the push I need to start wearing it again.

Something else that I got from Boots was another bottle of the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner. As much as I love the Clarins Exfoliating Toner, and Alpha H Liquid Gold I can't justify a repurchase at the moment, and to be honest this cheaper seems to be doing a decent job. I don't think it's quite as strong as the other two products, as I don't seem to get the tingle, but it does seem to leave my skin feeling smoother and looking cleaner and brighter.

Only two purchases to go and something else with a festive slant, and something else that I got from ebay :)

Nail stickers! I used quite a few of my festive nail stickers and transfers up last year so I thought I'd buy a few more. I had a little search on ebay and this kit was one of the best value ones that I could find. For just £1.09 I got 12 sheets of festive stickers, some of them are a little odd (bells with faces, yellow Santa's?) but there are snowflakes, Santa's, mittens, wreaths, trees, holly, presents and pretty much anything else that's festive that you can think of. They came from this seller in China so unfortunately you wouldn't get them in time for this years festivities but the bows I got in my kit could be used all year round and you could always keep them for next Christmas.

The final proper purchase in my November and early December haul is something else (hint, hint) that you may be seeing later on this week.

I didn't really need another make up bag but I loved the wording on this one "Don't Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle". Unfortunately it's not on the Next website anymore but it might be worth having a look in store and if not you might want to check out one of this weeks up and coming blog posts ;)

The final two items in this haul are both nail polishes and are both magazine freebies. Unfortunately this ones gone from stores now but last months Glamour magazine came with a free full sized Nails Inc polish - I want for Marylebone Mews - a taupe, greige, nude shade.

From one you can no longer get to one that's still on sale.but you have to know where to look. The January issue of Marie Claire is currently on sale in WHSmith for just £2. Not only that but it also comes with a free mini Ciate nail polish, there are a few shades to choose from but I went for Snow Glow, a gorgeous iridescent flakie.

Congratulations you've made it to the end of a very lengthy haul :)  Since this haul was photographed I've naughtily made another couple of purchases so I'm going to try and get myself organised and show you my final haul of 2014 at the beginning of next week. In the meantime if you have any questions or comments on any of my buys please leave me your scribbles below xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

November / December Haul - Part 1 - Home Accessories - H&M, Busy Bee, Yankee Candles And More

I know that December is a busy month for most people, but I just seem to be constantly on the go at the moment. As a result my November haul pretty much forgotten about, so I've decided to do a combined November and beginning of  December haul :) Like Octobers haul this one too, is going to be split into two parts - home accessories, and fashion and beauty.

I'm really into prettifying my surroundings at the moment and like so many others I've decided to embrace the festive bedding trend. As much as I love all the reds and the reindeer's they don't really fit in with the pastels, and the silver and purple tones of my room. So I went for this Nordic, style offering from Studio.

Covered in geometric snowflakes, and tiny hearts, it's grey and white, and I think it will work perfectly with the rest of my decor, bar my tartan throw from Primark but that's staying no matter what because it's so cosy :) Unfortunately I can't find this duvet set on the Studio website anymore but they have some similar Nordic styles, and of course the baubles and reindeer's that we've come to expect.

My name is Louise, and I'm obsessed with cushions! I love cushions, and I always have a huge stack of them on my bed. Every time a new cushion appears I can almost see my mums eyes starting to roll, so I'm trying to cut down on the amount that I buy, after all I don't really need 8 cushions and 4 plus pillows on my bed. Last month though I saw a cushion that I loved and thankfully it wasn't a cushion, it was actually a cushion cover.

This gorgeous wool mix, cushion cover comes from H&M. The fabric is a really nice quality, and the grey, blue colour coordinates perfectly with my new duvet set. The thing I love most about this cushion though is the print, on the front embroidered in silver are the words " Meet Me Under The Stars" and a little star. I love it and it's going to have pride of place on my festive bed. It was £7.99 from the H&M website and it also comes in an ivory, white with gold writing.

I really wish that an H&M store near me stocked their home products, I'm really loving a lot of their pieces at the moment, and continuing on with Octobers owl theme I couldn't resist this owl tea light holder.

Made of a glossy white ceramic, this little guy also comes in a turquoise / duck egg blue. To be honest I don't think I'm going to use real tea lights in him, he's too cute for that, but I'm sure he'll look just as pretty with a battery operated one, tucked inside. He was £6.99 and he also came from the H&M website.

I was so impressed with my October purchases from Busy Bee Candles that I couldn't resist placing another order, this time for some more festive scents.

My mum is a huge fan of ginger fragrances, so we got 2 Ginger Christmas Soy Wax Tart Melts. We haven't tried these yet but they smell exactly like gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. We also got a Mulled Wine Soy Wax Tart Melt, which smells deliciously fruity,with just a hint of spice, and a Christmas Spice Room And Linen Freshener. If you buy nothing else from Busy Bee Candles then buy this room spray. So many room sprays are synthetic and just not that nice but this is something else, if you love the smell of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger then you need this room spray in your life. For just £5.95 this product really is Christmas in a bottle!

I was a silly billy though and placed my Busy Bee order the day before Black Friday, thus missing out on their discount offers :( The lovely people at Busy Bee though kindly put a little extra in with my parcel to make up for the fact that I missed out on the offer. The product they gave me was some Jack Frost Magik Beanz. If you like candy canes and After Eights then this is the fragrance for you. It's a combination of peppermint and vanilla, that clears your head and makes your mouth water in equal measure.

I'm really loving all of these festive scents at the moment, and for a fruit and floral girl that's really saying something. I was inspired to make me next purchase by Shannon from Raspberrykiss. Like me she's a bit of a fan of home hauls, and recently she bought some festive wax melts from Poundland.

I'm a bit of a Poundland fan so I had a little look and found some of the Airpure Wax Melts in Mulled Wine. They come in a sold block divided into 6, all you do is snap off a melt and put it in a melt warmer or a burner. Again I haven't tried these yet but they do smell nice, a bit spicy and a bit fruity.

My final home purchase of the month was another fragrance item and this time it was from Yankee Candles.

Excuse the bad pictures but this is a Yankee Candles Car Jar in Lemon Lavender. This is one of my favourite ever Yankee fragrances, and it's one that I tend to burn at night. You get a fresh lavender scent with just a hint of citrus, some people find it enlivening but I find it quite relaxing. Unlike cardboard air fresheners of the past, these are plastic jars, with a gel fragrance in them, so the fragrance is more intense and  lasts longer. This isn't for the car instead I'm planning on using this one either in my wardrobe or as a general room fragrance. I have bought one for my mum's Christmas stocking though, in the Macintosh apple fragrance, which she will probably use in the car.

So that was my November and early December home haul. If you have any questions on anything that I've bought please leave me a comment, and I'll see you tomorrow with my beauty and fashion haul, and maybe something else x