January Nail Art Challenge: Re-Creaction

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Well well well – how on earth is it Sunday evening already?! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! I spent yesterday wedding dress shopping (eeek!) and today was spent running in circles around a muddy field – the Durham Cathedral Cross Country Relays! This evening has been spent running around doing housework and now I can finally relax with a glass of wine and do a little bit of blog updating 🙂

Today is another day of the January Nail Art Challenge – today’s theme was re-creation. After a little bit of hunting around on Instagram I settled on attempting to re-create a polka dot design by The Nail Polish Challenge. You can find the tutorial for this design on The Nail Polish Challenge’s Instagram page (@thenailpolishchallenge).

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The Glamour Beauty Edit Eventual Review

It’s a bit of a long post for a Saturday night tonight!

You might remember a couple of weeks back I bought the Glamour Beauty Edit Summer Box (you can see the original post here) filled with a load of goodies I’ve never tried before. Since then I’ve been working my way through the contents! You can see what I thought below 🙂 Happy reading!

Bourjois Cream Blush in Rose Tender (rrp £7.99

I’ll start with my favourite item from the Edit. For the last couple of years I have religiously used Benefit’s Hervana blusher; having never found anything else which could come close to being better. This cream blusher from Bourjois, however, has impressed me greatly.

I think the thing I like most about this blusher is that it is a lot more subtle and gives a nice dewy effect. It’s a nice summer blusher and works well with highlighter, big lashes and a statement lipstick.

Bourjois Cream Blush


Magnifibres Brush-On False Lashes (rrp £21)

I am going to show my ignorance here – I had no idea you could buy brush-on false lashes. This is a revelation! I have never liked the thought of sticking false lashes to my eyes, having known a few people who’ve had bad reactions; so this is a good alternative to have in the make-up bag for a night on the tiles. This did make my eyelashes quite a bit longer than usual so I think I will be saving this for weekends and nights out (I tried it for work one day and felt a touch overdressed) but overall, a thumbs up from me for Magnifibres.





Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Apple (rrp £6

I reviewed this nail varnish in this week’s Mani Monday (you can have a read here). I hadn’t realised until I bought the box that Crabtree & Evelyn had nail varnish in their armoury; but I like this one muchly!



Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Naked (rrp £18.50)

Hhmmm. Not really sure how I feel about this one. I’ve heard and read a lot about Illamasqua in the Twittersphere and have been wanting to try some of their stuff for a while… However; I just don’t think this is my colour. Looking at it in the light it has a nice brown undertone; but when I put it on my lips I just look like I’ve smeared foundation on them. It may just be that I am so used to wearing deep reds and pinks that this is a bit of a shock to look at, so I’ll persevere with it for a little while and try some different eye make-up out with it etc… but I haven’t been brave enough to leave the house wearing it yet 😉




DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (rrp £21.50 for 200ml)

Never cleansed with oil. Different. But I like it! Left my skin soft and feeling squeaky clean.



Toni & Guy Glamour Volume Plumping Whip (rrp £7.19)

I think if I have any advice to give for this product; it would be use in moderation. I used this for the first time on a training night and it was pretty late by the time I had showered and got round to drying my hair. I scooped up a walnut-sized amount, as they suggest, and massaged it into the roots of my hair; but it ended up a greasy mess and I had to get up early the next morning to re-wash my barnet. The second time I used it was much better, but I used much less and even then it did leave my fringe feeling a little stringy. The rest of my hair did look like it had a bit more volume, however!




Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Sun Lotion; SPF 30 (rrp £5.99

I used this today as I sat sunning myself in the garden; enjoying Newcastle’s tropical heat wave! It’s non-greasy and smells of summer. What more could you want?



Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB Perfector and Velvotan Tanning Mitt (rrp £6.99 and £2.99

I’m useless with fake tan. No matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise; you can guarantee that I will always end up with a streak down my arms and white shins. Someone told me recently that wash-off instant tan is much easier to apply effectively; so fingers crossed!! I’ve never tried a tanning mitt either so hopefully that will also help to reduce my errors 😉



Phew, that took a while! Thanks for reading!

Over and out


Color Runspiration

Tomorrow I’ll be participating in the Color Run in Sunderland. It sells itself as ‘the happiest 5k on the planet’ – it’s non-timed and sponsored by Dulux; and runners have a different coloured paint powder thrown at them at each kilometre. A few girls from my running club did the Manchester edition last year and said it was brilliant! I’m really looking forward to it; it looks like great fun!

If you’ve never heard of this running phenomenon; have a look at the video below:

Now of course, being me, my nails have to be painted specially for the race with a Color Run theme – a quick browse of Pinterest was all it took to find the inspiration for my Color Run nails 🙂

To achieve the stippled effect; I used a thin nail art brush to dab yellow, green and then pink nail varnish over a white base coat. Nice and easy!


L-R: Nails Inc Belsize Park, Bourjois Blanc Glamour, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Nails Inc Sugarloaf Sunset (an old magazine freebie)
L-R: Nails Inc Belsize Park, Bourjois Blanc Glamour, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Nails Inc Sugarloaf Sunset (an old magazine freebie)


My Color Run Nails
My Color Run Nails

Glamour Summer Beauty Edit

As I was procrastinating browsing on instagram last week, I came across the Glamour Beauty Edit box from Latest in Beauty. The box contains loads of goodies from the likes of Illamasqua, Crabtree & Evelyn and Toni & Guy, all for the meagre sum of £16.95.

This is my first Latest in Beauty investment and whenever I order anything online I’m always impatient as a child at Christmas waiting for it to arrive; so I’ve been stalking the tracking details all week…. finally when I got home from work tonight it was waiting for me!

Full review of the contents to follow; but for the meantime have a look at some pretty pictures 😁

Steph x