Monday, 30 June 2014

Modern Folklore: Shellac, Vinylux & Additives

Today was a super exciting day that I have had in my diary for weeks and weeks.  I was invited to preview the Modern Folklore Collection of Shellac, Vinylux & Additives at Creative Academy Manchester, ahead of their release tomorrow, Tuesday 1st July.

Modern Folklore: Shellac, Vinylux & Additives      Crimson Sash     Rose Brocade     Fine Vermilon     Indigo Frock     Locket Love     Plum Paisley

I am a keen far of the darker, deeper shades as I think it just shows off perfectly manicured nails the best so this launch was particularly excited.  It's also great for the clients that 'dont do pinks or reds' as it gives them more options.  

Modern Folklore: Shellac, Vinylux & Additives      Crimson Sash     Rose Brocade     Fine Vermilon     Indigo Frock     Locket Love     Plum Paisley

The collection (left to right in both photos of Vinylux & Shellac) consists of:

  • Crimson Sash
  • Rose Brocade
  • Fine Vermilon
  • Indigo Frock
  • Locket Love
  • Plum Paisley

Locket Love is from the existing Vinylux range but the other five are completely new!  Personally my favourites are Indigo Frock and Locket Love, I love my current nails but I'm very keen for a change to these when the time comes! 


On to the additives, they are all pigment effects which I love because they make even more combinations for my clients. 

The colours are:
  • Jade Rekindled
  • Ornate Halo
  • Plush Velour
  • Rose Notion
  • Crushed Suede
modern folklore     Jade Rekindled     Ornate Halo     Plush Velour     Rose Notion     Crushed Suede liverpoollashe liverpool lashes

I can literally imagine using every single one of these on a client which is fantastic too!

modern folklore     Jade Rekindled     Ornate Halo     Plush Velour     Rose Notion     Crushed Suede liverpoollashe liverpool lashes

Probably my absolute favourite additive 'Ornate Halo,' I like that it's a perfect alternative to the discontinued Shellac Iced Coral on darker shades but on light shades it's a subtle pale gold.

Modern Folklore: Shellac, Vinylux & Additives      Crimson Sash     Rose Brocade     Fine Vermilon     Indigo Frock     Locket Love     Plum Paisley

Additives over Black Pool from left to right (Jade Rekindled, Ornate Halo, Plush Velour, Rose Notion and Crushed Suede)

Modern Folklore: Shellac, Vinylux & Additives      Crimson Sash     Rose Brocade     Fine Vermilon     Indigo Frock     Locket Love     Plum Paisley 
Additives over Black Pool from left to right (Jade Rekindled, Ornate Halo, Plush Velour, Rose Notion and Crushed Suede)

I have my full comparison video here:
 

I hope you found this post useful!  Which colours are your favourite? 

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Pretty Petunia Nail Tutorial

Once again it was time to remove my Shellac and apply something new.  I was actually gutted to see my old set go because I loved it so much (it was this set) I knew I wanted something special to get me over having to wave goodbye to the old ones.  I came up with this fun design and then decided it was worthy of a tutorial so I filmed it as I went along.

 Pretty Petunia Nail Tutorial liverpoollashes shellac nails

I really love how the colours work together and really give a true summery feel.  I used Shellac Studio White over the shades as it was a slight sheerness about it so it meant that it basically showed the colour underneath but a lighter version.

I can see a lot of my clients asking for this when they see mine!!

Here's the tutorial:

 

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray

I feel like I go on and on about my hair.  If you ever meet me I consider myself to be the girl that never has perfect hair although lots of people say that I have.  

As I'm now a qualified hairdresser I just want to get it to what I think is a presentable state.  For the past six months I have started to flirt with volume and making my hair as big as possible.

I can't think where I saw Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray mentioned but whoever it was was raving about it so I decided to make it mine.  It's a volume spray foam with a medium control that's meant to boost your hair with flexible fullness.  This all sounds fantastic but my main concern was whether it lived up to this claim and if it made my hair feel sticky or gritty, I just can't stand the feeling of products in my hair.

 redken guts 10 volume foam spray

The bottle says to shake well, apply to damp hair and style.  It says for more volume to apply to roots.  As the roots is where I want the lift only, I generally part my hair from ear to area around four times and spray a line of the foam down each part.  

I'd say the scent is very unisex, a bit like an ocean fresh sort of fragrance.  The application is easy and after I blow dry my hair I do put the top section in rollers whilst it cools but straight away I can feel from the back and side sections that it's thickens my hair and given more volume.

I absolutely love the overall effect it gives and my hair doesn't feel gritty or sticky at all.  If I spend my time blow drying my hair it sometimes feels like I have added a couple of extensions in as well (for thickness) which is fantastic!  This product is definitely one to try out!  

Friday, 27 June 2014

Shellac Volume Bars Nail Tutorial

Today's post is pretty much an impromptu nail tutorial.  I've been wanting to play with my Irresistible Neon Nail Shadows for a while but for whatever reason I just haven't gotten around to it.

CND Shellac Volume Bars Nail Tutorial

It was only when Bezzie messaged me to see if I was free as she fancied getting her nails done.  She is obsessed by neon everything so I knew she would be the perfect candidate to play with them on and here is the end result!

I then decided to make it a video tutorial so I filmed it quickly to share how I did it, enjoy!



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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Pantene Smooth and Sleek Aqua Light Shampoo

Today's post is on a product that has been a long standing love of mine.  Sometimes I go through stages where as my hair just doesn't feel as clean after drying it as it should do, whenever this happens I turn to Pantene Smooth and Sleek Aqua Light Shampoo to sort me out.

It took me a long time to realise that most shampoos that promise moisturised hair and various other claims, generally contain silicone which just means it coats it to make it feel better.  This is fine for a special occasion but on a day to day basis these coatings build up and leave your hair feel lank and dirty.

Pantene Smooth and Sleek Aqua Light Shampoo 

Pantene Smooth and Sleek Aqua Light Shampoo is silicone free so it leaves my hair clean, soft and manageable.  It claims to have zero weight to it so it would be amazing on someone with fine hair as well.

I like to rotate my shampoo and conditioners every time I wash my hair but I feel like having this in my routine removes any product build up without adding anything.  I highly recommend this shampoo, it's been something I've been purchasing for years now despite it's slight name change and packaging but it works a treat!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Ryan Seacrest: Favourite Nail Guru Contest

A few weeks ago I woke up to a little birdie who had messaged me through my Facebook page to tell me that I was a nominee for 'Favourite Nail Guru' contest on the Ryan Seacrest website.    Honestly I was taken by complete surprise because my name was there amongst some huge You Tubers that have been doing around far longer than I have.


To be brutally honest I said straight away to my husband and my family that I didn't stand a chance, most of these channels have got over 100k subscribers after all.

Anyway, the long and short of it is that some You Tubers complained that they hadn't been included in it so the list got bigger but then they did a round each week eliminating five each time.  I swear to you that each round I was thoroughly expecting to be eliminated!  

The scores were announced today and Robin Moses is definitely a worthy winner!  More shockingly though, I came 8th!!  There were fifteen nominees in the final and I was certain that I would be 15th which would still have been an amazing achievement but I'm delighted to be the 8th favourite 'nail guru' (that term makes me cringe!)  Thanks so much for everyone who voted for me.


Anyway, the moral of today's post is that you should never assume something isn't possible because you just never know!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Empties: June 2014

I get ridiculously overexcited when it comes to doing my empties video and blog posts.  I have a huge Really Useful Box underneath my make up desk and enjoy chucking in the empty bottles and packets as I go along.

My particular excitement was the Rimmel Match Perfection powder that I finally finished.  It's been the bane of my life (this is a total exaggeration of course.)  I quickly realised I didn't like it but I did not want to waste it so I have continued to use it and I actually feel a sense of accomplishment!

 

I have a video with all of my empties in, some didn't make the photo as quite frankly, they didn't fit in the photo.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance

When it comes to perfume, I am a self confessed junkie.  I keep saying at some point I should do a perfume collection but the truth is I would have to dig them out of all kinds of handbags, my car, everywhere!  I just love to smell good!

 

I bought Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance in clearance for £11 (for  a 100ml bottle!)  To be frank I bought it on a whim as I quickly smelt the tester and for £11, I knew I just couldn't go wrong, even if I end up just leaving it in my car.

 

The official description is:

"A splash of succulent citrus and luscious fruits surrounds a luminous bouquet of dazzling flowers. Sultry notes of amber, sandalwood, and liquid vanilla linger on for a boldly confident sensual glow."

To me is smell sweet and fruity which I would say would suit a fairly young person in particular.

If you can get your hands on this, I would definitely say that it's one worth testing out at least.  I have a few of the Britney Spears fragrances and I think the only thing that let's them down is when someone compliments you and you have to tell them what you're wearing (I don't know why but celebrity fragrances always make me feel a little cringey)  Apart from that, it's great! 



Sunday, 22 June 2014

Lush Sunnyside Bubble Bar

A while ago I went on a big Lush kick and bought a shed load of bath bombs and bubble bars.  I'm a shower girl through and through but clearly I fancied a change.  

Amongst one of the bars I bought was Lush Sunnyside Bubble Bar which was £3.75. I don't consider myself a tight person by any means but for the what you get, I definitely wouldn't consider it value for money.

 

Lush say that this scent is "a blend of sweet wild orange, lemon and tangerine oils to perk you up and enrich your day." 

I was excited particularly for the glitter although I couldn't see it an awful lot in the water, just a gentle glimmer of it.  This bubble bar turned the water a yellow tone which wasn't the nicest looking Lush bath I've ever had however it did make my skin soft and smelling gorgeous. 

However when I climbed out of the bath, I pulled the plug and left it to drain.  Later that night I returned back to the bathroom and to do a double take at the bath, it had what looked to be a tidal mark of sand/grit/glitter all around it!  It just looked disgusting.  Don't get me wrong though, it rinsed away fairly easily and I do want to make that clear.

The bottom line is, this bubble bar would be a treat only.  At nearly four pounds a go I certainly would buy it on a regular basis.  It did make bubbles in the bath and although it smelt nice I could definitely get a lot more use out of a bottle of bubble bath for the same price, without having to give my bath a bath afterwards!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System

Last October I went to Professional Beauty North in Manchester and found myself getting dragged into one of the stalls, as you do in all of the beauty events.  Bezzie and I ended up having a demonstration of the Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System which to be honest, I never thought I would end up buying but you know I love to try things!  

Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System

The idea behind this system is basically gently rubbing away the hair meaning no waxing or shaving.  The kit includes a large backing pad, a small trianglar shaped back pad and then 4 small and large replacment Micro-Crystal pads.

To remove the hair you gentle move the pad in a circular clockwise motion twice or three times and then anti clockwise for the same amount of time.  You should find that your skin is then smooth and hair free.

I have tried it out on my legs and it works brilliantly.  It's particularly great for it you've had a shower (for example) and forgotten to shave your legs, it's a great alternative to getting back into the shower or having to dampen your skin again, apply shaving gel and shave them.  It's also great for if you have shaved and then released later that you've missed a bit!

 Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System

However, let me tell you what I actually use my kit for which is my face.  No I'm not slowly turning into a werewolf but I like to remove the peach fuzz at the side of my cheeks for a smoother make up application.  It works fantastic on my face but I have to be very careful as if I go over the same area too many times I do end up with dry patches a few days later.  For this reason I'm very strict with it and do two circular motions one way and then the opposite way only and my skin is fine later on.

The bottom line is that I love this product!  I have had it for 8 months now and I'm not even through half of the pads.  When the time comes I shall definitely purchase more replacement pads and I highly recommend you try this system out for yourself!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Garnier Mineral Invisible Anti-Marks / Stains/ Fading Anti-Perspirant

I feel a bit funny reviewing a deoderant as it's such a personal thing but I have a bee in my bonnet over this one.  Today's post is on the Garnier Mineral Invisible Anti-Marks / Stains / Fading Anti-Perspirant which I bought a few weeks back.

Garnier Mineral Invisible Anti-Marks / Stains / Fading Anti-Perspirant 

To be perfectly honest with you, the only reason why I bought it is because the Mitchum that I usually use is no longer working.  I'm assuming that after using it for years and years, my skin has gotten used to it (who knew that you were meant to switch them up every now and again?!)  

The scent of the Garnier Mineral Invisible Anti-Marks / Stains / Fading Anti-Perspirant is fine, clean and fresh and fairly unisex.  It doesn't stain my clothes (I've even just sprayed it directly onto my top to double check this!) so there's no unattractive marks.

Garnier Mineral Invisible Anti-Marks / Stains / Fading Anti-Perspirant 

My dislike of it seems to be the formula.  It's not like a dry spray, it's like it comes out like something that's somewhere between an aerosol and a water spray.  I liken it to when you're spraying furniture polish at the wrong angle and it loads of watery foam squirts out.  I'm then left with wet underarms which is the exact opposite of what I'm hoping for!  It's done this from the start so I am assuming that my can isn't faulty but it's a total pain.

I think that it doesn't work, if you can get past this problem but I won't be repurchasing it.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My Work: Acrylics with Shellac Pink Bikini and Silver Holographic Diamond Shapes

Kerri said to me when she first started coming to me that she would 'never wear pink or red' because she would feel very conscious of the bright shade.  By the end of last year she had worn Shellac Wildfire over her acrylics and loved them!  She has also had Ruby Ritz on top of that too! 

 

When she came to me on Sunday she said she wanted something 'summery,' to which I naturally pointed out Shellac Tropix as a true summer shade.  I then also showed her Hot Pop Pink and Pink Bikini and she decided instantly that Pink Bikini was 'the one.'  

Although she loved the colour on it's own, I know she loves sparkle too as I added these silver diamond shapes into the sticky layer and applied the top coat.

The sparkles are a little hard to see on this photo but they're beautiful in real life.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Shellac Flame Nail Tutorial

This design has been in my head for weeks and weeks.  It's nothing ground breaking or a new concept but I really fancied doing it and figured that I would filmed it as I did it.

liverpoollashes shellac flame nail tutorial

I think that this would be a great design for the clients that don't want the typical feminine prints or want something a little different.  

Enjoy the tutorial!

 

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

GlossyBox June 2014

It seems this past week has been the week of beauty boxes, I even got two in the same day!  Today's post is on the June edition of GlossyBox.  The moment I lifted the box up I knew it was a good one by the weight of it, which is hilarious really because they could have put anything in there like a soap and the joke would have been on me!

glossybox june 2014 liverpooollashes 

Anyway, I love this box!  The overall cost of the contents is probably over £40 which is phenomenal and I like the mix of brands and products.  The first thing I saw was the pretty huge sample perfume with a proper spray bottle but I don't think has ever happened before but it was an absolute treat! 

Monday, 16 June 2014

My Work: Mickey & Minnie Shellac Nails

Ali came to me on Saturday to have her fingers and toes done, ready for her holiday to Florida the following day.  She wasn't sure what she wanted on them (she would tell you herself that this is the same every time she books) which is absolutely fine but it's important to me that each and every client leaves with exactly what they wanted, even if they didn't arrive with an idea.  Luckily Ali tells me that she always goes away delighted with whatever I do. 

 

Ali knew that she wanted her fingers and toes to be related but not completely matching, so I came up with full red and white polka dots all toes with Mickey and Minnie on her big toes.  To relate this design with her fingers, I did the same design as her big toes on the ring fingers and with a red and white polka dot french manicure on the rest. For reference I used Shellac Beau for the french, Wildfire, Cream Puff and Black Pool with an AB Swarovski crystal on top of Minnie's bow.

 

I think she was particularly happy with the acrylic overlay that I applied to the toe next to Mickey, it's currently pretty damaged so now it completely blends into the rest for her holiday.

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box June 2014

Finally I've caught up with my You Beauty Discovery Boxes and I'm on the ball (hopefully) to choose what I want each month again.  Needless to say because I was behind it was only five minutes ago that I received the May edition so apologies for the sudden rush of beauty box posts as they both companies I use arrived on the same day as well this month.  Grrrr.


I was actually pretty pleased with this months choices, bearing in mind that this box is a lot cheaper than the rest of them.  I  give you a full run down of the products and my thoughts in my video.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Fingernail Fixer's S2 UK Tour: Creative Academy+ Manchester

I've likened Holly Schippers' arrival to the UK to when you watch NORAD at Christmas time tracking Santa.  I follow her on Instagram (amongst other social media) and she's posted photos of her UK tour at each stop, getting nearer and nearer.  Yesterday it was finally time for the north west to be graced with her presence at Creative Academy+ Manchester.  I know some of you couldn't make it and since I was allowed to camp there for the day, I figured I'd bring you the low down of what went on and what we learnt because the morning session was different to the afternoon one and I suspect it's like that at each of her sessions.

holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes

So once Holly had welcomed everyone in with one the warmest, friendliest smile I've ever seen, she launched into asking everyone to say their name, how long they've been in the industry and anything they would like to be shown how to do.  She made a note of every technique that you queried and ensured that everyone had their questions answered.

I'll start with a term coined by Holly herself, 'nail eyes.'  Holly explained that you can find inspiration in anything, you just need to use your nail eyes.  "Look at the patterns, prints and textures around you" she said and had us looking around the floor, taking photos.  You can upload these photos to the nail eyes Facebook page (click here)

naileyes holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes
My dress yesterday, a perfect print for inspiration!

Holly spoke about referring to nail art as 'nail fashion' and when a client says that fancy some of it, you can say to them that you'll just look through your 'inspiration database' which I loved!  It just sounds fabulous!

I've tried to make a list of as many of the queries as possible with as much information as I can remembers so here goes...

Someone asking about full coverage foils and the secret to getting the patterned foils onto the nail completely whole.  Holly showed us how to do it using Irresistible Multi Colour Flower foil (which I ended up purchasing from the shop as a result of the demo!)  She applied her base coat, cured, Cream Puff, cured and then the foil rubbing all over the entire nail really thoroughly.  Then she explained that the trick to it is the remove the foil really quickly, a slow removal means that some of the foil will still be attached to the clear backing. 

Holly showed us how to keep your Swarovski crystals looking super sparkly by applying them into uncured top coat, each with a tiny wiggle so that the top coat ever-so-slightly goes over the sides of the crystal.  Once they were cured, she then explained the 'claw' technique and the fact that just like jewellery, they need to be held in by claws therefore she then went around each stone placing a dot of top coat with a dotting tool in the four corners and then cured it.  She also told us to always try and flick the stones at the end of the service, just to ensure they're all correctly attached to avoid client disappointment when they leave the salon.

'Magic dots' were also shown by applying Cream Puff, then the  additives of your choice, dotting on top coat and then curing.  You then wipe the nail with D-Sperse which will remove the rest of additive that was not covered by top coat, and then apply a layer of top coat over the entire nail to seal it in.

 holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes
Magic dots, Swarovski technique and full foil

A lady asked about how to get a clean French manicure so Holly showed to shake Cream Puff at an angle (not completely upside down.)  I think the best way to describe it in words is almost like clapping your hands with the bottle held in one hand.   Then she reminded you how to hold your client's finger in a way that pulls back the side walls allowing you to really get into the corner and begin with your smile line.  Holly likes to bring the brush from the side to the centre and then go to the other side and bring it back to the centre, cleaning up and refining with a gel brush if required.  I did record a short clip on my Instagram of this (click here)

 holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes 
French polish application demo

Another query was how to do swirls as typically, once you get past the half way point with the swirl, if you carry on going your brush will splay out and ruin the design.  Holly advised that the trick to this is stop when you're half away around, take your brush off to correct the direction of the bristles and then continued for another half swirl so you're basically doing little 'Cs,' stopping and then continuing with the next C going back up whilst getting smaller and smaller.
Someone queried how to carve into Shellac so she demonstrated how to use two contrasting colours to create a brilliant effect.  After applying a base coat, curing, one colour coat and curing, she then applied the contrasting colour and used a dotting tool to carve into the uncured Shellac.  This demo was with Silver Chrome and then Cerulean Sea over it which you have to try!  It was beautiful!

There was a quick question about how to get glittered sections perfectly, for moon manicures, french glitter tips, etc so Holly took a little top coat onto her thumb palette and applied some glitter into it to make a glitter paste.  She then used a gel brush and a dotting tool to create a design, curing and then finishing with a top coat. 

One lady in the group queried how to do two tone colours across the nail from left to right so Holly demonstrated a patting motion using Irresistible Nail Shadows over a cured cream puff from yellow to pink which looked stunning.

 holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes
Two tone fades (one carved)

Another little trick Holly showed was to apply a top coat over Cream Puff and cure before using your additives as it gives a better finish.  She did show the neon pink additive with Black Pool over it carved so that the brightness of the pink popped through and I would imagine you would definitely need to do it for additives or you would carve into the additive as well.

Empower Nail Art was queried so Holly demonstrated it on one of the ladies.  She passed around a little piece of it so that everyone could feel how thin it is and how it moulds to the nail as you stretch it over the nail plate.  The finished look looked fantastic!

Another query was how to do some bridal nail art that was something a little different than the typical french polish.  Holly applied a sheer pink and then dotted white smile and around the moon manicure area.  Once it was cured she finished with the Shimmering Sands Additive. 

holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes
Black holographic glitter, red foil and bridal nail

I'll finish this post with a couple of random pointers that I made a mental note over:
  • Always use the term 'complimentary upgrade' and not 'free.'  It gives it value.  I've spoken openly before that I virtually give nothing away 'complimentary' just so that I am consistent with pricing, etc but it's something worth thinking about as 'free' tends to give your clients the impression that it has no value.
  • Holly said that if you see clear strings or splotches in Shellac it means it's not mixed correctly and you need to mix it either with an orange stick or that clapping motion that I mentioned earlier.  I find it's more of a gritty appearance but it was interesting.
  • When you're using foils, to avoid it all unravelling when you take them out of the pot, turn it upside down and use the lid as a little holder for the foils to stand in as you work.  It saves you having to rewrap it when you need to put it back, genius!
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Holly in action!

Overall the sessions were brilliant.  I think everyone yesterday left with a whole lot of fresh ideas for their businesses and a boost of positivity.  

Holly has a presence about her, she's warm, honest and funny and it makes you want to listen to her.  If you didn't get to see her on this tour then I would definitely make sure that you do so whenever she's back over here as watching her will bring fresh ideas from across the pond is truly worth it.

holly schippers fingernailfixer liverpoollashes 
 Signing my poster

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Nail Of The Day: Pink, Silver & A Love Locket

I call this nail of the day but let's face it, it's Shellac so it could be nail of the month!!  I literally sat in my home salon and wondered what to do with my nails.  The only thing I knew was that I didn't want anything dark (although I adore dark nails) and I wanted something simple and elegant.

shellac cake pop nail foils silver liverpoollashes 

After brainstorming to the point of near exhaustion (a little bit of dramatics there) I came up with this.  My favourite way to wear foils is to completely cover the nail, it's just what I prefer.  As that nail is so eye catching I just wanted something basic but beautiful which I think I managed.  I really love these nails!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Love Me Beauty June 2014

Today I received my Love Me Beauty Box for June.  Honestly I can only just about remember picking the contents, it's just a vague recollection for me. 

love me beauty june 2014 

 As time goes on I'm not sure how I feel about the boxes I've been receiving from Love Me Beauty and You Beauty Discovery Box.  I don't know whether it's just because there is no element of surprise which was maybe half of the fun about them although in fairness, You Beauty Discovery Box does allow you to individually choose two products and then gives you two random treats too.

Anyway, here's the video for the box to explain everything!  Click here

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Secret Diary Of A YouTuber Tag

I was trundling around You Tube and stumbled across this video which as it turns out, is actually the original person who created the tag.  I figured I'd answer them for those of you who are interested so let's get on with it!

How long have you been on Youtube?
I have been on You Tube officially since 3rd April 2010 so just over four years.  There are a couple of videos that are privated and have actually never been public where as it's actually me talking in front of the camera doing tag videos.  I was practising to see if it was something that I would want to do but I decided it wasn't for me and that was that.  Side note:  I also discovered that I pull a whole host of ridiculous faces when I speak and I could imagine screenshots of me coming back to haunt me!

At what point do you think you will stop?
I can't see myself ever stopping unless something serious happened.  It's part of my life, it's something I will dip and out of throughout the day (mainly through Instagram and Facebook) but the truth is I love it, if it stopped being fun then that would be that though.

The best thing?
The best thing about being on You Tube is the amazing people I get to speak to from all the corners of the world, it literally blows my mind.  I don't want this to sound cheesy but it's weird to think that people have come into contact with something I've created from all over the world. 

The worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?
** touch wood ** It's extremely rare I get a negative comment, I would say I could count them on one hand.  I decided to focus on being a username rather than be a full on personality like some YouTuber (I couldn't be bothered with peoples criticism of how you look etc) therefore the only thing that people have to criticise is my voice and my hands.  It's a shame because I have a big personality that would probably appeal to a lot of people.  Laughably the negative comments have all been related to my voice but equally, I'd probably say around 90% of new viewers leave a comment that's something along the lines of 'love that accent.'  Actually the funniest comment was a rant about them "having to switch off because they couldn't stand that woman's voice any longer."  I swear people probably look at the video's view count is thousands so assume that I won't ever see the comment.

 

How many thumbnail options do you usually take?
I take one photo which is typically the design and that's that.

Youtuber crush?!
A crush on another YouTuber?  I can only think of the only male YouTuber that I watch which is Wayne Goss, that wink gets me everytime!

Who's on your collab wish list?
You know what, I've never done a collaboration with anyone.  I think it's a tough thing to do because for a long time I wanted to do one but didn't find anyone to do it with and now, to be perfectly honest I'm not sure I would want to do one with another nail channel now. 

What are you wearing on your bottom half?
Woaaaah where did this come from?!  I currently have black trousers on, boring or what?

How long does it take you until you actually click 'record'?
Well I either film on my massage bed or my nail desk, both require for me to set up my photography lights which isn't too much hassle.  My nail desk takes longer to set up as I have to move certain things out of the way. 

How do you feel about the Youtube community/culture?
I love it.  I truly mean that I love it.  It's a worldwide community of people who all share the same interests as you.  I wish some people learnt to click the cross in the corner rather than leave negative comments. 

What's your secret to a successful youtube channel?
I'm a bit uncomfortable with the term 'successful' but how I got to here is just to never give up.  So many channels have been created in the four years I have been doing this and they have also just disappeared.  I don't pester people and never spammed videos with "please come and subscribe" or whatever, I just stay true to myself and my personality and hopefully people like it.

Who do you tag?
Anyone, I'm not naming anyway specifically.  No one tagged me but I just did it!


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Today's Mini Haul

In fairness, to call this a 'haul' is a vast stretch of the imagination and that's why I'm not making a full on video about it but I figured I would share it on here with my reasoning behind them.

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I went to Boots this evening with the intention of possibly buying another Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser because I just adored it last summer because it's so light and fresh.  I was talking myself out of it because I've already tried it and I wanted to try something else to review.  I also wanted to see if I could get a Soap & Glory product that someone had recommended but it looks like it has been discontinued which is a shame.

invisi bobble traceless hair rings 

First up I bought some more Invisi Bobble Traceless Hair Rings.  I  actually have already reviewed them here but I only bought them in white.  At £3.75 they're not the cheapest hair ties by any means but they work brilliantly so I decided to pick up the clear, brown and black versions.

britney spears cosmic radiance perfume

The next thing I bought was a total impulse purchase, I hadn't even seen or smelt it before but it was cheap so I got it, which is Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance Perfume. 

britney spears cosmic radiance perfume 

As you may know I have an obsession with perfume and this was 50ml for £11 in clearance or 30ml for £9 which to me was a total no-brainer. 

 

Finally I did purchase the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser which actually surprised myself but the truth is I saw that you got two products free with it so it convinced me to buy it.

 

I'm so happy to have this refreshing treat back again for once I've washed my face each morning, it really is fantastic.  Unfortunately I now realise that one of the samples is the matching eye cream which I have the full size of and I'm not particularly fond of but never mind.  I haven't tried the mascara before so it was still worth it.

Thanks so much for reading!

Monday, 9 June 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box May 2014

Today's post is about the May edition of You Beauty Discovery Box.  Yes I realise that we are now way into June but it seems that I totally forgot to pick my box for the month.  I know everyone is busy but I have many different projects that I work on and as they they don't send a reminder I completely forgot.

 

Anyway, that aside I have filmed my usual video.  I sometimes like the element of surprise so a random one every now and again isn't the end of the world.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

I was incredibly happy to finally buy some of the make up range from Soap & Glory as I'd heard it was fantastic.  One of the products I chose to try first was the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer.  

 

I adore the packaging of each and every Soap & Glory item.  They're just so much fun without them being tacky.  I love the names that they come up with for each product and warning information that they have on some of them.

 

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer has three steps to it, an eye brightening concealer, a complexion concealer and a weightless transparent powder.  I like that they've put them all into a handy compact, I just think it's genius and it means that when you're packing a make up back you don't have to think about the two types of concealer that you'll need as it's all in one with the powder too.

 
So I'll start with the review of the eye brightening concealer which is the left side of the duo.  I find the texture is really creamy and smooth which then glided perfectly underneath my eyes without highlighting any fine lines or wrinkles like some can do.  The pink tone of the concealer did give it a brightening effect but I would say that I found it to be slightly lightly coverage than what I'm used to and what I'd prefer for my dark circles.

 

The complexion concealer on the right side was a perfect match for my skin tone and initially I was really impressed with it.  I have my Lise Watier Professional Portfolio Concealer Wheel which I adore but I'm always on the look out for a UK equivalent (as that's Canadian only.)  The coverage was good but then I noticed that one false move and I've taken away the coverage over a spot that I had which wasn't good. 


The powder is an excellent idea to be included, as I said earlier but I think typically, a powder is a powder so it does what it's meant to do but nothing life changing.  I do like that it's transparent, I prefer powders that haven't got a colour to them.

 

The above swatches are straight from the pan and the swatches below are blended a little, I find that they blend into the skin easily and are straight forward to use.

 

As I keep going on, I do think the concept of the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer is fantastic and it's got everything going for it in that respect.  I did find however for me, the concealing factor just wasn't as full coverage as I'd like.  Also I feel like the formula needs to be a little drier, as my skin is oily/combination I found that it was a little bit slippy after a few hours as it worked with my natural oils which meant that my spot was then clearly visible.

I probably wouldn't repurchase it however I would say that if you have a dry complexion or minor areas to conceal, you may love this!