Primark Minnie Mouse Nails

If you follow me on twitter you would know that this weekend I took a trip to Primark and was super excited to go wild in the isles. I had yet to have the time to look at their beauty range and was really looking forward to getting my hands on some items as I’ve read some really good reviews.

Am I the only one who get’s overwhelmed in Primark? I just couldn’t cope. There were so many people and I just idly  looked at all the beauty products without knowing what to get or even what I was really looking at. I bought one item and don’t get me wrong they are cute but it just wasn’t the exciting shopping trip I had hoped for.

Anyway back to the purchase. I have read so many good things about the Primark false nails section, mainly them being super affordable and pretty decent when being used. I picked up a set of the Disney versions, going with the Minnie Mouse nails for the small sum of £3.00. Let’s jump into my thoughts and feelings on the product and if they are worth your hard earned money.

Minnie Mouse Nails Primark

Minnie Mouse Nails

What you get: 24 PK Nails with no Adhesive included so aware when buying.

Price: £3.00

Sizing: This is one of the first issues I have with the set. The sizing is way off. They are very small in size and I began to question if they were for children?!? please let me know if they are. There is no place on the box that suggests these are for younger people.

I found it difficult to find nails that would fit my fingers nicely and some left gaps to the sides so my natural nail could clearly be seen. Due to the odd sizing it was difficult to get the patterns of the nails in sync on each hand and they became a mumble jumble of bows, glitter, polka dot and black.

Texture: These are a very soft plastic and once glue has been applied and you place them on the natural nail they bend out of shape when adding pressure to ensure they stick down. I also found them quite brittle when filing the edges for a smoother appearance.

Once on they feel okay but are not as strong as other more expensive brands.

Appearance & Packaging: The packaging looks similar to other brands with the wheel of 8 nails with and design of nails shown as the main attraction. The rest is polka dot cardboard which fits in with one of the nails designs.

Once open you find the other 16 nails in a mini lock and seal bag which is a bit cheap if you ask me. This is also not suitable storage as some of the nail designs contain glitter and the said glitter had become loose and transferred over the other nails in the bag. This had also ruined the design on the glitter nail and as sizing is a bit of an issue it could have been a nail I really needed.

I like the designs on the nails and feel they incorporate Minnie Mouse slightly. They are cute to look at and have a good theme to them.

Conclusion: I don’t think I will be purchasing these again and will stick to buying a more expensive brand that I know work and will last a few days of wear. Three pound is good value for money when the product works and does what it is supposed to, unfortunately my personal experience with these doesn’t reach these expectations. I would like to say I really wasn’t expecting the nails to be as good as other brands that cost more, but I was expecting a little more then I received.

Have I got this all wrong? I really think something may have gone wrong after reading so many good reviews. Let me know if your experience has been different as I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you used the other Primark nails that are not Disney related and had a better experience?

Next Post will be Friday, hope everyone has a great week.

Kate x

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The Beauty Book Shelf: Handmade Beauty A Review

Handmade Beauty
Handmade Beauty: Natural recipes for your face, body and hair

The beauty book shelf is back and this month I will be looking at Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton’s Handmade Beauty

Handmade beauty is a hardback, hefty book full of natural recipes to make your own skin, body and hair care products. I have loads to say on this so I will get started.

First off the book is larger then I thought it would be especially as I only paid £8.94 on Amazon for it. It is quite heavy and looks to be of a higher value compared with the price I paid. Inside is full of lovely illustrations and photography that are so pleasing to look at you will be dying to start making the products for yourself.

I’m going to say right at the start, if you know anyone that loves DIY projects and is a beauty addict like myself then this would make a great gift.

The book begins with an Introduction, a few tips before you begin your DIY projects and ideas on where to source the ingredients needed. It also goes into further detail of each ingredient giving examples of the benefits it has for the skin and why it is used in the products. From the first few sections you can really learn a lot about skincare in general. There is also detail on measurements, with instruction on understanding the measurements used throughout the book. The first few pages are thorough in getting you prepared.

The next section is about equipment needed to make your skincare. A lot of what is needed can be found in your kitchen but you may need to purchase a few things in order to make more complex recipes. I’ve had a little gander online for a few things I need and many of them are inexpensive. I’d advise taking a look through the recipes to decide what you would like to make first and getting what you need for that particular one instead of going full force buying everything suggested.

Once you have everything you need your ready to cook up your products. The book contains step by step guides for almost anything your face, body of hair could need. You can start at any level. Go big by producing a cleanser, hand cream and shampoo or start smaller and make a lip balm, body scrubs or mask. The choice is yours.

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A little look at the lovely photography and recipes

The recipes are laid out in sections, starting with Skincare and then moving into body and hair care. It is very easy to find something you want to make and you are given different options. There is not just a one mask fits all recipe but many different ones which can fit around skincare type or your skins need. This goes for all of the recipes body care and hair care there is so much choice from this book.

From the final chapters you will find topics such as finishing touches (which will have you buying or saving up loads of empty bottles, jars and ribbons in order to make you creations look as beautiful as they do in the book), and a Glossary of ingredients. The glossary, for me, is the most interesting part of the book as it goes into a little more detail of the ingredients used and their benefits. I also gained understanding of my current over the counter products from the lists.

Handmade Beauty has gained a place on my beauty book shelf for so many reasons. I love learning and gaining knowledge of skincare. I love making my own products and this book helps do that to such a great extent. The step by step guides are impeccable and make it easy for a novice, like myself, to create something pretty and usable.

As I said before the book would make a great gift for someone who loves homemade products. It’s fun and pretty. Hopefully if I progress and become a dab hand at making a few things for myself I will be buying some cute packaging to make family members products for Christmas. For me handmade gifts give a special touch to Christmas so I will be trying out the bath bomb recipes.

How do you feel about DIY beauty product? Have you made any or know of any good recipes? Comment down below so we can start the discussion.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, my next is on Tuesday so until then have a great weekend.

Kate x

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Money’s Tight: It’s OK Pamper Yourself

Money’s tight . . . It’s OK pamper yourself

We’ve all been there, it’s mid month there is another two weeks until pay day and the bank account is pretty bleak to say the least. There seems to be new products coming out left right and centre and sometimes money just will not stretch far enough for the little luxury product we’ve had our eye on, so in honour of our poor times I’ve looked up and tried some DIY skincare that are easy to achieve at home and cheap as chips to make (all sites used for ingredients are linked below).

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I’ll start with a mint lip scrub that promises to exfoliate, nourish and most importantly for me plump up your lips.

You will need to find in your kitchen:

20g of brown sugar

20ml of olive oil

2-3 drops of peppermint oil (I got mine for 99p off amazon).

Mix them all together and you have yourself a home made lip scrub with the added satisfaction of making it yourself.

Honestly it’s not a very good looking scrub but the strong scent of peppermint mean your going to smell like a polo after use so it has its perks.

The scrub itself is very gentle whilst still giving you the exfoliation needed for smooth lips. It made mine feel a lot softer and the olive oil gave added moisture without leaving my lips greasy.

Plumping wise this was a let down, there was no tingling sensation or any change in the way my lips looked. I also used a lot more drops then the suggested three as I do like to go all out for a promise of fuller lips (without turning to the needle).

Overall the scrub works to exfoliate and gain smoother lips but if you wanted to achieve the plumping effect it may be best to try something else. This is cheap and easy to make and can be knocked up in about two minutes so if your looking for a quick, easy way to improve your lips when your strapped for cash this is effective.

Next up is a hand scrub that I found on a lovely little blog called living thenourishedlife. The author Elizabeth has many DIY recipes and other healthy tips for life. The homemade hand scrub promises soft hands and the things you will need are listed below.

1tbsp Coconut oil

2tbsp raw honey

1/4 cup of sea salt

1/4 cup of organic sugar

1tbsp of lemon juice

Once you’ve mixed them all together you have something that looks a lot better then the lip scrub, the smell is delicious, plus there is enough for around three applications depending on how generous you are with your usage and it can be kept in the fridge.

The scrub is very rich and thick, you can spend a good few minutes rubbing it into the skin without it being uncomfortable or harsh. I found the more you scrubbed this into your hands the stronger the smell became which was very relaxing and satisfying.

Once washed off my hands felt incredible, they were so soft and smooth. All traces of dry skin had been removed and the coconut oil had left my hands so nourished and moisturised. You can literally wash your hands about thirty times afterwards and they will still feel so soft thanks to the coconut oil.

This is definitely one I will be making over and over again! It’s just so easy to achieve and it really works. I’m going to be using it on both my hands and feet next time.

Last on the list of DIY projects has been the cocoa dream hydration mask, which is said to give a healthy glow and was found on the marie claire website (ingredients listed below)

1/4 avacardo

1tbs cocoa powder

1tbs honey

The hydration mask took a few minutes to make and it reminds me of something that falls out of my dog after he’s eaten a bone and yet smells like warm homemade brownies. This being said beware the kids/animals/husband may lick it off your face!

Application wise this is difficult, I used a foundation brush and due to the masks texture it goes on clumpy, which then becomes streaky and patchy as you try to even out but once you’ve got there it is a comfortable mask that does not irritate as it dries down.

As with the application the removal is messy! The overall effects of the mask seem to have been good. My redness has been reduced and my skin feels soft so I can see how over a period of use how this would give skin a glow.

Hydration wise I did not feel like there were any benefits. I would actually advise using a moisturiser straight after washing off as my skin felt very dry and tight.

Due to the reduction in the redness of my skin (I do get a lot of redness) I would try this again as it’s quick, cheap and easy without causing to much irritation. I will however have the moisturiser on standby for after removal.

So my DIY experience has been a bit hit and miss. All the products I have tried worked to a certain extent (the hand scrub being my favourite and most successful). I think it’s a great idea for poorer times to give yourself a little TLC and each product was so easy and quick to make plus there are so many more ideas available online you could try many different ones.

Let me know if you’ve made any of your own great product, has the process been easy? and did they work? You can comment below or chat to me on twitter @KateL564

Thank you for reading

Kate x

Links

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/how-to/a2830/best-homemade-face-masks/ (Cocoa Dream Face-mask)

https://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/make-lip-scrub (Mint Lip Scrub)

https://livingthenourishedlife.com/want-to-get-soft-hands-try-my-homemade/ (Home Made Hand Scrub found on https://livingthenourishedlife.com/ by Elizabeth she offers many DIY recipes for beauty products and her blog is really worth taking a look at)

Love for Lamora

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I have recently found myself in the dilemma of been inited for dinner at short notice and not having the time to wash my make up brushes (I did really think this was a drama!! Crazy I know). I decided to order new with fast delivery, but I also didn’t want to pay a packet for them as I do love my current ones and “I’m all about saving”.

I started looking on amazon and came across a brand called Lamora, they had received good reviews, were available on prime, and were a good price.

Against every fibre in my body I took the plunge and bought a eye blending brush set (£9.95) and an eyebrow brush set (£8.95) praying they weren’t going to be as dreadful as I was imagining!

The blending brush set contains four brushes consisting of a Tapered blender, all over shader, crease and soft blender so for the price of £9.95 it’s a pretty decent deal.

The eyebrow brush set contains three brushes which include a small shader, flat definer and a brow duo containing a angled brush and spoolie for £8.95, again that seems like a lot of brushes for the money so I wasn’t expecting the best of quality.

In all honesty when they arrived I was very surprised! The packaging is nice and simple and each brush comes individually wrapped inside.

I have heard that when you buy cheaper brushes they sometimes have a chemical smell and these don’t have this. They actually don’t smell at all which is pretty damn good as you don’t want to put something smelly near your eyes.

The handles are strong with the brushes firmly attached. Each brush has Lamora engraved with a number and description indicating how it is to be used, which is great for beginners but also handy when in a rush. They are a nice sleek black colour and look fine in my collection alongside other more expensive brushes.

The main surprise for me was the softness and how well they work. I expected them to be stiff and the hairs to be slightly rough but these are butter soft and do not pull or drag on the eyes. They pick up product really well and due to the softness they are easy to use when blending out product without a great effort.

The brush hairs are surprisingly strong and I didn’t have any loose hairs break free across my face when I was using them. They also held their shape well after use, no fraying or straggling hairs sticking out all over the place.

Sooo what I have learnt is don’t judge a brush by its price. I think sometime we feel we need to buy such expensive products in order to gain flawless results and it just goes to show that sometimes you can acheive as good results with products a bit more wallet friendly.

Let me know if you have tried these brushes or have alternatives that a purse pleasing that have become your favourites. As always comment below or tweet me @KateL564.

Kate x

Links

www.amazon.co.uk