Custom Colour, Nailed?

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This is something that appeals to both the child AND the adult in me! Mix your own nail polish, they said. Yes please! I said. As soon as this arrived I tore in to it and filmed a first impressions/play around style video cause I couldn’t wait to have a go but once the excitement settled.. was it really all that exciting?

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For £25 you get 5 base colours and 2 empty polish bottles. Something is off with these measurements because each base colour bottle is bigger than the empties provided so unless you plan to purchase more empties there’s a huge amount of waste here. You also get a pipette per base colour which you CAN use to mix the colours but I found that free pouring was MUCH quicker and not as messy as you might imagine. Once I poured the mixing was tricky, no amount of shaking it up (T Swift style) REALLY mixed the colours together and even now, days later they don’t seem to have settled entirely. They work but they’re not GREAT. Another issue is the consistency, compared to the ready made polishes available from Palette London the ones I mixed were thick and gloopy and the brushes supplied weren’t as soft either. Not the nicest application ever.

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It’s a nice idea in theory and I love the concept of mixing a totally custom shade but what’s stopping you doing that without this kit? It would be cheaper to buy a few of your favourite nail colours and mix them as you saw fit. It would make a cute gift, especially for perhaps my 10 year old daughter but if you’re in to nail polish I think you’ll be disappointed by this set. You can watch my initial excitement, process and first impressions in this video

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Revlon Mascara / The Capsule Collection

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I’m a sucker for a new mascara but have stayed pretty faithful to just one over the past 12 months. Maybelline Lash Sensational has become my holy grail but as a beauty blogger I can’t possibly find a product I’m permanently satisfied with.. where would be the fun in that? This new library of mascara’s from Revlon arrived at just the right time to get me excited about switching things up again and rather than just talk you through them all I thought it would be better to show you how they each worked for me. IMG_0132IMG_0114IMG_0114 copyIMG_0167IMG_0166 copy 3IMG_0166 copy 2IMG_0199IMG_0215 copy

For a long time I thought it was ALL about the brush but I’ve come to realise that there really is no way to judge a mascara by its wand. You have to try it for yourself. Some of these really surprised me, I tend to like a spiky rubber ‘brush’ and hate the big thick ‘traditional’ styles but with a little work each of these gave me decent, yet varying results.

My first front runner was the Dramatic Definition, that’s the style I’d generally choose and the one I’d have picked out as my potential favourite ahead of testing.. the real winner however has to be the Ultimate All-In-One. The tiny applicator takes some getting used to but it holds just the right amount of product to give volume while the practically non existent ‘spikes’ (what do we call these rubber bristles??) manage to separate and lengthen. It’s magic. There are no misses here.. even the larger applicators gave a soft but full effect that I quite liked.. even if I do always smudge them all over my lids. It’s going to come down to preference, if your lashes are naturally long you might just want some oomph.. I’m coaxing mine in to something from nothing so the length/define ranges tend to work best for me.

I’m told this collection will replace mascara’s across the entire Revlon range which I personally think is a great idea. It simplifies the process of shopping for something new, clearly labelling each by purpose makes it easier (in theory) for you to pick what you might actually want rather than having to read between the slogans and jargon.

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Galentines Day!

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I’d like to take this time to take a quick poll.. who knew the show this title referenced before you read the post? It totally doesn’t count if you already saw this weeks video!! I feel like Parks and Rec is the most underrated show in the UK but over in the US it’s huge and thanks to Netflix (US version.. what? if they didn’t want us to access it they should make it more difficult 😏) I was introduced to it a couple of years ago and it’s now one of my top 5. I think Dave has it now if you’re interested but I digress, the main character, Leslie Knope, holds an annual friendship celebration on 13th Feb dubbed ‘Galentines Day’ and this year my friend Laura and I decided to hold our own with the help of Morrisons food/drink treats which you can watch a little of in this video.

The general concept is that you put emphasis on appreciating your friends one day a year in the same way you would your other half. I like the idea, it’s a bit cheesy but then so is Valentines Day, no? Relationships with friends are just as important as those with your family.. they’re the ones you choose after all.. and the ones that have to listen to you complain about the others.. they put up with a lot for a little, why shouldn’t they get a day of celebration?

Morrisons have a huge array of sweet treats, gifts and flowers for the weekend ahead but the star has to be the meal deal. A starter, main, dessert and bottle of wine or non-alcoholic equalivalent for £15. Since I had my eldest at 19 and my parents anniversary happens to be 14th Feb I have never actually been out for a swanky meal to celebrate Valentines so I’m well versed in the meal deal arena and what Laura and I shared for our girls day in was spot on. The Beef Bourjuinion was amazing, we had the Dauphinois potatos too which I’d highly recommend.. but do them in the oven, they need that crispy top!

We polished off our bottle of wine watching our favourite show, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a child free afternoon than eating and drinking with one of my best friends, can you?

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