Candy Coat Haul and First Impressions

 

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I’ve had my eye on some of the products from Candy Coat, a company who make gel nail varnishes and accessories and have just launched a beauty line, for a while. They have such a range of colours and finishes and the pastel colours in particular really caught my eye. They do kits which save money with the amount of nail varnishes in them and they include a base and top coat so you have everything (even the lamp if you pick that option) to start out and try the company. They also claim to last from three to ten weeks so I’m hoping these will last well and won’t peel off like some of the others I’ve tried.

As I got a bit overwhelmed with the different colours, there are so many to choose from, I decided to go for one of the kits. The Beginner Kit costs £60 for ten nail varnishes including the base and top coats and is a great value box to get started. I also picked one of the Hard Candy Builder Gels, these cost £15 so they’re more expensive but they can be used to extend your nails or build up your nails for added depth and nail art. I’ve always wanted to try one and as I was doing an order anyway I decided to get one to try.

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Review: Alpha-H Liquid Gold (and Limited Edition Rose Version)

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I was planning on doing this review of both of the versions of the Liquid Gold I have from Alpha-H and then realised that the Limited Edition Rose version isn’t available in many places. I’ll leave it in because I did find it still available online (£37 for a 100ml bottle here) and it might be available ion various online stores in other countries so might be worth knowing if it’s worth searching for over the original version.

Liquid Gold is an exfoliated, or I find it works as one, with glycolic acid. It’s quite strong and works in the same way as products like the Pixi Glow Tonic where it uses chemicals to exfoliate and remove dead skin rather than a physical scrub. The original version is available in a lot of places and the price various from £30-£40 for a 100ml bottle, though £33.50 seems to be the most common price. As it’s stronger than a lot of other similar products it’s recommended you use it once in the evening every two days, rather than twice a day as the Glow Tonic recommends. I’ve had the original for a while and I got the Rose version in an advent calendar but I haven’t got round to giving them a proper try so was interested to see how they’d work compared to other similar products I’ve tried.

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Searching for a Job with M.E.

I realise I have been a bit quieter in the world of blogging recently and so I thought I’d do a post that sort of explains that (at least one of the reasons for it) and may actually be a little bit useful for someone out there… maybe. I have been trying to find a job, which may sound like a bit of a lame excuse but it’s taking so much energy that it’s pretty much taking a lot of my online time away from the blogosphere (if I’m using that right).

Also I should probably say that I am in no way qualified when it comes to job searching. I just wanted to share some things I’ve found useful and thought it could be a good way to start a discussion that might help some people. I always get paranoid and feel like I have to include these disclaimers!

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Review: Pur Fully Charged Mascara

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I got this mini tube of Pur Fully Charged Mascara from the Marks and Spencer’s Summer Beauty Box. I do like having these mini sizes when it comes to mascara as I don’t think I’ve ever actually got to the end of a mascara before it’s dried up and these are great to throw in your bag for touch ups. This is a 4g tube but the12g costs £17.50 on the Marks and Spencer website (if it gets back in stock) and the Look Fantastic website and the general design and wand seem to be the same, just a shorter version in this one.

It claims to be magnetically charged, which seems to come from the charges in the particles that react with each other and attracts the mascara to the eyelashes. I wasn’t sure how much I believed in this so was definitely interested to see if there was any way to see this in action and if it would be any different to a standard mascara. Pur cosmetics are cruelty free and vegan friendly.

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Review: REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash

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Ren is one of those companies that’s I’ve had a few products in Beauty boxes and liked so when the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash I was happy to try something new from them. This is a 100ml bottle but the full size 300ml costs around £22 on the Marks and Spencer website. It’s definitely at the higher end price wise when it comes to body washes so I was interested to see how it would compare to cheaper products I use. This body wash is cruelty free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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Review: She’s in Fashion Leighton Denny Nail Varnish

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I got the She’s in Fashion nail varnish from Leighton Denny in the recent Marks and Spencer’s summer beauty box. It’s a full sized version and in the standard square bottle with the silver and clear lid that makes it stand out as a Leighton Denny nail varnish to me. Unfortunately this isn’t available in any stores I can find but there are plenty on eBay here in the uk if you’re looking for one so I thought it’s still worth doing a review while it’s still online somewhere.

This is pretty much the perfect summer colour for me; somewhere around a magenta with a cooler base to it and not neon. Or that’s the colour it looks in the bottle, it’s one of those that is a slightly different colour when you actually apply it. It turns into more of a bright magenta pink, which is slightly disappointing to me but still a nice bright summer colour anyway.

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My Favourite High SPF Lip Balms

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I always seem to have dry lips, it doesn’t matter what the weather I need some kind of lip balm to stop them from getting worse, though in a recent declutter I realised I was down to my last one. With the recent weather I’ve been using a lot of products with higher SPF in them, including lip balms. As I got two in the recent Marks and Spencer’s Summer Beauty Box it seemed like a good time to post about my three favourite high SPF lip balms. When I say high I’m going by the categories on the lip balms and all of these have an SPF of 30.

I’ve always tried to use lip products with SPF in them in the summer, it seems to make sense if you’re covering your body with SPF to do it to your lips too, but a lot of them with the higher coverage seemed to fall flat when it comes to being a lip balm. I’ve tried so many that didn’t help with the moisturising and left me feeling like I had to reapply it every ten minutes or that left my slips feeling oily or tacky, but these three stand out to me as good at what I want them to do.

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Book Review: The Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

Despite having grown up watching the Inspector Morse TV series with John Thaw and Kevin Whately I realised I’ve never actually read any of the books. As it’s actually hot enough in the UK to feel like a proper summer it tends to mean I end up reading more and nine times out of ten it’s a detective novel so it felt like a good time to see how the books compare. My parents ave the complete set so I decided to start at the beginning and so read The Last Bus to Woodstock, which was first published in 1975.

I’m not sure how popular the Inspector Morse series is outside of the UK, or even in the UK, any more as there hasn’t been a new episode in over 15 years and it’s pretty much only shown on the digital ITV channels as repeats, though it is available on the ITV player if you live in the UK and want to watch some. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a detective series based on these books by Colin Dexter. It’s based in Oxford and the main characters, Morse and sergeant Lewis, tend to end up with the more unusual murders. The kind that need some different ideas and only really make sense when explained at the end. They’re fairly quiet, as far as murder mysteries can be, and there’s lots of visits to pubs and conversations rather than fast paced action sequences and violence.

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Review: No7 Extreme Length Waterproof Black Mascara

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I’ve reviewed a few No7 mascaras on here but I hadn’t tried the Extreme Length Mascara before I got a mini one in a gift with purchase. The one I got was the waterproof one in black, though they have it in brown/black and a non waterproof version. The full sized mascara costs £13 and, as with a lot of No7 products, is often in a 3 for 2 offer or similar so it can be worth waiting until one of them to get it.

I have to admit that I am a fan of No7 mascaras, even when they aren’t waterproof they tend to last well and work as well as a lot of waterproof mascaras do when wet. I tend to go for brown/black mascara for a more natural look but as this one claims to lengthen and separate lash’s rather than add volume I was hoping it’d give a less extreme look than some others do.

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DIY Beauty: Avocado, Banana and Coconut Oil Hair Mask

diy-beauty-avocado-banana-coconut-oil-hair-mask-2After the success of the face mask I posted about last week I wanted to try something else avocado based and a hair mask seemed like it’d be easy and I do find that good hair masks make a difference to my hair. This recipe used three ingredients, all of them I already had, and you can find the full recipe and instructions here if you want to give it a go.

The banana, avocado and coconut oil all have individual properties that help your hair. They should help with moisture, repairing damaged hair or strengthening your hair so it’s a bit of an all round hair mask that I think would suit any hair type and give it a bit of a boost.

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