I haven’t really been to many Christmas markets, probably only two before this one, but there was a Christmas market fair turning on the lights thing today in the local town so we went and had a wander round. I did end up buying some food, everything always looks so good I could ave bought way more, and I kind of wish I’d bought some of the tombola tickets, but it a definitely worth a wander round for an hour or so.
Do any of you go to Christmas fairs or markets? I tend to find with bigger ones you have so many stalls with exactly the same things being sold but this one was local companies, mainly food, with a few handmade crafts and drink stalls. Wasn’t the most Christmassy weather to wander round in but it was fun and getting there early, quite a bit before thee lights were turned on, was a good idea. Will definitely be going back next year if we’re around and they do it.
In the Holland and Barrett advent calendar there were two of the Nails Inc Green Fingers Bio-Sourced nail varnishes, one in a deep red, called Pressed Juniper, and another in pale pink, called Thistle Fade. I think this is a new range, or maybe I’ve just missed out on it in the past, and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and uses plant based proteins to improve the quality of your nails. At least that’s the plan anyway.
These are the same size as the old standard Nails Inc nail varnishes, with each bottle holding 10ml, though the new square Nails Inc bottles hold 14ml. They cost £11 each so cheaper than the £15 of their standard range with 4ml less in each bottle. They’re also available in a range of colours, though it’s not great and is mainly pastels there are a few different nude and pale pink colours.
It doesn’t feel like December at the moment, it’s too warm for this time of year, so much for the snow we were supposed to be getting from November.
The advent calendars today had some more goodies, I do love trying new nail varnishes, though I should probably reducing my nail varnish collection rather than adding to it. The Funko Pop figure is the first of the Hogwarts pets. Crookshanks is almost as big as the other figures but still a very cute looking angry cat!
I have never used a building gel before but I’ve been interested in them for a while as I have two nails that always break so being able to build these up rather than cutting the rest short is something I’ve wanted to try. Maybe it’s just me but they always seemed a bit intimidating with dipping a brush into a pot and not knowing which brands to try, but when I ordered some things from Candy Coat a while ago I saw they have a builder gel in a bottle like a normal gel nail varnish and got one.
The Candy Coat builder gel range is called Hard Candy, I love the theme they have, and comes in a 8ml bottle with a brush like their standard gel nail varnishes. They have a range of colours and I picked B005 because it looked like a nice natural nail colour and could be a good base for all my colours or work on its own for a more natural look. The Hard Candy builder gels cost £15 each which is a pretty standard price for nor lack gel nail varnishes so it seems a good price to me for this.
I haven’t used Candy Coat gels much as I only bought these earlier this year and it’s the second colour I’ve tried but I love this mustard. 460 is the perfect colour for this autumn with this yellow being everywhere at the moment. It’s not a colour I would have thought of for my nails but since I got it in the surprise kit I do love it on them. It’s definitely different and would make a great base colour for nail art too.
It’s a cream finish nail varnish and does have a high gloss and smooth finish when you use it with their own base and top coat. It may not be a specifically autumnal colour, I think it’s in their permanent range, it’s definitely one that suits the autumn season, especially with this year’s trends.
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.
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.
This nail look isn’t exactly fresh but I had fun doing it so I wanted to share it with you guys, and I kind of love the final effect so will definitely be doing this more with other pigments too. I’ve had some sample sizes of loose eyeshadow pigments hanging around for year without getting any use so I thought I’d see if they worked for nail art, it’s not like I had anything to lose as I was probably going to get rid of them somehow.
I decided to go for a multicoloured pastel mix of colours for most of the nails with some added nail art with white, that was supposed to look like sparkle and stars but kind of failed, and a pearly unicorn on each of the thumbs. I’m happy with how this has turned out and think I’ll be going for the pastel multicoloured nails for a family wedding coming up, just worth knowing that they don’t necessarily last that long so I’ll be doing them a day or two before rather than a while in advance.
Today’s Blogmas is half advent and half Nails. I meant to do more posts like this throughout December but it’s been more hectic than I expected and it’s only just now I’ve got the energy and time to do more than a quick review! Today’s advent gift from the Marks and Spencer’s beauty calendar is a Rose Otto Face Oil from Balance Me, a company I’ve heard of but never had anything from. The full sized version is 30ml and comes in a glass bottle with a dropper for £32 so this 10ml roll on version is worth around £11. As with any skin care to get a proper idea of how it works you need to use it longer term than one day but I’ll give my first impressions anyway.
The Wax Tart today in the Twelve Scents of Christmas gift set (£15) from Seasonal Scents Shop is the Spiced Orange scent, a standard for Christmas and one of my favourites. I love how waxy tarts can be mix and match to make cocktails of scent but you do need a wax burner for them. They’re available a lot of places for pretty cheap so it’s not hard to find if you feel like trying them.
I do love nail art, I just haven’t really done as much of it this year as I have for various reasons but I felt like going with a snowflake theme as it had snowed earlier in the week when I did them. I also know I like this look as I did it last year but nothing wrong wit going back to a design you love, I do it all the time.
I almost bought more advent calendars today. Yes I know it’s half way through, or rather nearly the end of, advent but they had the Mini Mani Month from Ciate in TK Maxx for £17! I resisted as I’m trying to reduce my nail varnish stash if anything but if you’re on the lookout for a quick way to have an instant nail varnish collection then see if you can find one near you. I think this year it’s 23 minis and a full sized nail varnish but they often have toppers like the nail caviar or glitter and you’re almost guaranteed at least one day where it’s accessories like nail files so it’s more like 20 mini nail varnishes and one full sized. I did manage to get a bargain Stila liquid lipstick set though so I’ll try and post a first impressions of that soon in case they sell out. They’re currently selling quite a bit of Stila in the one near me but this set was £7.99 instead of a (supposed) RRP of £40.
Anyway, onto today’s Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent calendar gift, and the Mini Mani Month is surprisingly on topic with this gift being another nail varnish. I do like nail varnishes but this Leighton Denny Star Dust is not one I’m that excited to get. It’s a holographic glitter to add to my collection of holographic glitters, I’m sure I have had at least ten of these in various gifts over the years, so it’ll probably be passed on to someone else. I can’t find this exact colour anywhere except eBay but the standard 12 ml bottles like this are £12 in most places so I’m going to guess at that being the value of this bottle.