Nail Polish Clear-Out 2017

2017 Nail Polish De-Clutter

Nail Polish clear Out 2017

During 2016 I began to notice I was reaching for my nail polish collection less, I wasn’t excited about buying new colours or taking the time to even paint my nails. I have never been into nail art or trying out super fancy things with my nails, I’m pretty low maintenance in this department so I thought it was about time I downsized my collection even more (I did have a minor clear out of polishes that were past their best in the Summer)

Part of the reason I have been using my collection less is, I have found a lovely nail salon in my village and the ladies in there are so good and use really nice polishes, I never get gels only a manicure and polish which is only £10. So for the few times I need my nails painting I have been going there to have them done professionally and its a nice pampering thing to do, a little me time.

2017 Nail Polish De-Clutter

I realised that I don’t need 4 polishes of a similar colour & that they were not getting used enough so I have managed to half my collection & my friends will be excited to get some new polishes. I love passing products on to people & one of my goals this year is not to hoard things that I know I won’t use, no matter how beautiful they are.

I condensed my collection down from 60+ polishes to under 30 and I’m very pleased with that number. Although after taking the photo of the colours I kept, I took 3 more colours out of the box to pass on. I have no desire to add anymore polishes to this and think I have a very good selection of shades, everything from bright oranges to black & a couple of glitters and duo chrome effects too. I think I have covered all bases.

Downsizing My Nail Polish Collection

Nail Polishes Im Keeping

I have kept quite a few of the Mavala Polishes as I really like that their bottles are smaller, I never finish a polish and their formula is so easy to apply and it dries quickly too.

I also enjoy the Nails Inc range and have a few colours, most of them have come free with Glamour magazine. I like how long these wear on me and the brush is a really nice one for applying in a hurry but not making a complete mess.

BarryM – always going to be a firm favourite and I think they have to be the best budget friendly nail polish brand. Their colour selection is huge and I have never been disappointed with the formula or application of their polishes.

I have tried to keep a good spectrum of colours and a few colours that I wear on my toes too. I love pinks and turquoise blues but I have a habit of wearing more nude shades most of the time. Glitter polishes are my pet peeve, I love how pretty they look on your nails but I detest removing them so I am only keeping two, one gold and one red option.

Nail Polish Collection 2017

Although I am sad to let some of these colours go, how many blue polishes does one lady need? I fell out of love with Models Own as their formula seems to be quite thin and I only get 2 – 3 days wear without chipping. So I have parted with quite a few of them & some lovely colours too.

The NARS polishes although I really wanted to keep these I wan’t using them at all and I have similar colours in other brands that I prefer more and I know a couple of people that will love to have these in their life.

I am passing on many glitter polishes as I just can’t deal with the hassle of removing them.

Nail Polishes I'm Passing On

So there you have it, I have started 2017 as I mean to go on. More organised and only keeping products I 100% love, even if they have sentimental value or cost me a fortune to buy. Its another step on my journey to living more consciously and more minimal.

Let me know how many polishes you own & how many you actually use.

Christmas Beauty Gift Guide 2016 Part 1

Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas 2016

This year the beauty industry seems to have stepped it up a gear in regards to their festive offerings, so many brands have released fantastic gift sets and one off products for Christmas and I have fallen in love with so many of them.

I have a few gift ideas I wanted to share with you and so this is the first in a series of Festive Gift Guides that I will be posting over the coming weeks. I’d also love to hear what is top of your beauty wish list this year & what gifts you are most excited to give to family and friends.

2016 Beauty Product Christmas Gift Guide

Festive Beauty Gift Ideas

The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger EDT 100ml £35 / 50ml £25

Perfume is always top of my Christmas list because it is one of those luxury items you don’t often get around to purchasing for yourself and at this time of year fragrance gift sets are everywhere. They are often fantastic value for money so make sure you keep an eye out for those! I was recently introduced to a new release,  The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger EDT which I think would be a lovely gift for teens & young adults. It has top notes of green pear, violet leaf and fig leaf. Heart notes of jasmine petals and silky muguet. Base notes of cedarwood and cashmeran. So its quite a crisp fresh scent but it settles down to be more of a rich warm scent. This is a very easy perfume to wear and would make an ideal daytime fragrance.

Bee Good Travel Trio Skincare Gift Set

Bee Good Youth Enhancing Travel Trio Set £20

This year British skincare experts Bee Good have released some super cute Christmas Gift Sets, they come nicely packaged in a hexagonal box with a honeycomb pattern (which is a nod to the bees) and the contents are equally as lovely. I have the Travel Trio Set and this includes 3 must have youth enhancing essentials for anyone that wants to combat the early signs of ageing. In this set you get,

  • Hydrate, Smooth & Prime Serum 10ml
  • Plump & Firm Moisturiser 15ml
  • Lift & Brighten Eye Cream 5ml

These products will help hydrate, revive and brighten the skin which is perfect for this time of year and protecting our skin against the effects of dry, cold weather. These products are formulated with no Parabens, synthetic colour, mineral oil, silicones SLS or SLES.

Dr. Bronners Festive Stocking Fillers

Dr Bronner Winter Skincare 

Dr. Bronner is such a cult brand and they always deliver on quality. In terms of gift ideas they have such a fantastic selection of products and any of them would make lovely Stocking Fillers. I have their Peppermint Lip Balm which smells just like candy canes and feels so hydrating and protecting on the lips. It is made with organic beeswax, organic jojoba, avocado and hemp oils. You can never have too many lipbalms during the Winter, especially ones that smell like Christmas!

I also have one of the Dr Bronner hand & body lotions in the Orange Lavender scent and this feels wonderfully nourishing on the skin and the scent is a nice mix of zesty and floral. Its quite a relaxing scent and so I have been using this in the evening before bed just to ensure I get a good nights sleep. I also really like that this comes in a handy pump bottle which makes it so fuss free to use! Again this would make a fab Stocking Filler or Secret Santa gift, especially if that person likes to use cruelty free, organic brands. This comes in four softening scents including, Organic Lavender & Coconut, Organic Patchouli & Lime and Organic Peppermint. 

DHC Bento Beauty Box

DHC Christmas Bento Beauty Box £11

How cute is this DHC Christmas Bento Beauty Box!? What a great way to introduce people to a Japanese beauty brand they may not have tried before. Inside this limited edition box you get a nice collection of travel size DHC essentials and some of their best selling products – which includes:-

  • Iconic Deep Cleansing Oil 30ml, DHC’s worldwide bestselling makeup removing cleanser
  • Ultra-nourishing Mild Soap 10g, for thorough-yet-gentle cleansing
  • Revitalising Moisture Eye Strips (2 sets of 2 strips), to quickly brighten eyes and reduce puffiness
  • 100% natural Blotting Paper (100 sheets), to reduce shine and absorb oil on-the-go

It would be a great gift for someone that likes a pamper and also discovering new brands.

Festive Beauty Gifts Makeup

Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Palette

If I had to recommend one beauty product from 2016 it would 100% be this beautiful eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. Not just because the packaging is beyond gorgeous and very, very festive but the quality of the shadows is unbeatable. I do not own many matte eyeshadows so this palette more than makes up for that. You get 12 all matte, easy to wear shades and they are so versatile too. This would be great for makeup fans of any age and its a bit of a show stopper in my opinion and a gift that would be very much loved by whoever receives it. I do have a full review of this with swatches if you want to read that —-> Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Review

Stila Lip Glaze

Stila is one of my favourite makeup brands and each year they release some fantastic beauty gifts. This year is no exception. Although I really like their gift selection I simply love their classic Lip Glaze’s and each year I like to give my close friends / family one each in their stocking. I like the simplicity of the brown card packaging and these come in a whole range of pretty shades too, 24 colours in total (I think). The formula gives a nice long lasting shine to the lips without them feeling sticky or drying out. Its a fab product to pop into a stocking or as part of a bigger gift, it has become a bit of a tradition for me to gift them & I always get myself a few new shades whilst I am buying them.

What’s at the top of your Christmas wishlist and do you have a tradition of gifting something each year? Let me know in the comments.

* This post contains PR Samples

QVC Tili Beauty Box

QVC Tili Beauty Box

QVC Tili Beauty Box

NEW Tili Beauty Box

When I saw this new box on the lovely Stephanie’s blog last week I knew I had to snap one up. It’s the Try it Love it (Tili) Beauty Box from QVC and before you ask if there is really room for another beauty box on the market – just take a look at the contents! Its jam packed full of luxurious, current must have beauty products.

This box is a complete bargain, the contents are worth over £60 but is selling for only £20 with free shipping. You get such value for money and the brands in this box are all premium brands. I’ve never tried anything from Alpha-H, Becca or Nexxus so I’m thrilled to try those brands out. You get 8 products in the box and it is a nice balance of skincare, haircare and makeup. Unlike most beauty boxed there are no meh products and I’m actually (very) excited to try every single product.

New Tili BeautyBox

In your box:

  • Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers (13.5ml) – a classic sheer pink
  • Nexxus Nutritive Shampoo (89ml) – enriched with a Caviar Complex, this hydrating shampoo that gives dry hair a thorough cleanse while delivering moisture from roots to tips
  • Nexxus Nutritive Conditioner (89ml) – infused with pure elastin protein and a Caviar Complex, this restorative conditioner helps to maintain your hair’s natural protective barrier to leave it feeling balanced and flexible
  • Vita Liberata Phenomenal Mousse and Mini Mitt (25ml) – a fast-drying self-tanning mousse designed to last up to three weeks
  • Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water (50ml) – a lightweight cleansing water that removes make-up, dirt and impurities from the skin to leave your complexion looking radiant and feeling refreshed.
  • Alpha-H Liquid Gold (50ml) – an overnight exfoliating formula to refresh and revitalise tired and dull skin, reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and minimise the appearance of pores
  • Bareminerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion (7.5ml) – a lightweight, hybrid serum designed to help revitalise and protect your skin from environmental elements and leave it looking luminous
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter (6ml) – this weightless primer gives illuminating coverage, blurring the appearance of imperfections to create a flawless, dewy canvas

Tili Beauty Box Contents

New Beauty Box from Tili

So yes, I think there is more than room for this Beauty Box amongst all the more established ones & they may just have raised the bar in terms of value for money and the quality of brands included.

This months Tili Beauty Box is still available but be quick as I have a feeling it will sell out soon. Although if you miss out on the September box, keep your eyes peeled for our second box, coming this October. I can’t wait to see what treats they have in store for us next month.

Tili Beauty Box : £20

Five Favourite Spring Nail Polishes

Five Favourite Spring Nail Polishes

Five Favourite Spring Nail Polishes

 

Essence Play With My Mint

Essence has such a huge selection of nail polishes in so many colours, textures and finishes. They also release so many cute limited edition collections throughout the year. I think their polishes are incredible quality and have a good opaque consistency. This mint green is a classic Spring shade for me and it lasts without chipping for at least 6 days. These shade looks glossy and vibrant and I like the thick brush, it makes applying my polish so quick and easy. Oh & Essence is cruelty free.

Rimmel Mind The Gap, Victoria

I adore this soft blue shade, it always looks so pretty on my nails. The formula of the 60 Seconds polishes from Rimmel is so good, they dry very quickly (maybe not in 60 seconds) but it is quick. 2 coats gives you a perfect opaque finish, it looks glossy and its such a fresh bright shade. The brush is similar to the Essence one, quite thick and easy to use.

Spring Nail Polish Colours

Deborah Lippmann She Bop

This is my only Deborah Lippmann nail polish and I love it, this shade is beautiful. Its a pink with purple undertones. It applies so well and evenly but its not very glossy so I like to use my Essence gel top coat to give it that pretty glossy finish.

Sally Hansen Casting Call

This is a gorgeous coral peach and it makes my hands look a little healthier when I wear it. I think it gives the illusion I have a tan (when I 100% don’t). It has a lovely smooth finish and is a pretty spring shade, looks cute on your toes too. These Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes are really long wearing and are one of my favourite formulas.

Topshop Barefoot

I always have to have a nude polish in rotation, its a shade I wear so often & this one from Topshop is the perfect go to nude. It has a pink undertone and looks classic and sophisticated on the nails. I also really like to wear Nails Inc Porchester Square. The Topshop polishes are very good quality and apply smoothly and dry with a lovely glossy finish. I love the packaging too, the polka dot lids look pretty and these are small enough to travel with too.

I have had a massive clear out of my nail polish collection these past few weeks as I had so many similar shades and polishes I just was never going to wear. I have also noticed that I very rarely wear glitter polishes so have only kept 3. I will do an updated nail polish collection in April so keep an eye out for that.

Let me know what nail polishes you will be wearing this Spring?