Perfect Summer Nails- now with added coconut!

Summer is in full swing and my laptop has been repaired (not that I ever told you it was broken…) so bring on the blogging! I have a whole long list of blog ideas that are going to become a reality over the summer so keep your eyes on the blog!

I thought I would start off my sharing a wee review I did for my Business and Editorial Writing coursework. Barry M is one of my all time favourite brands so it only made sense to write about one of their latest releases. Apologies for my chewed nails in the first photo! Anyway- read on to find out about my latest nail obsession.

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Coconut oil has recently become the go to solution for pretty much any problem imaginable. Need to fry something? Coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. Bad breath? Coconut oil! Yep it really can help with all of those things. Barry M have now jumped on the coconut band wagon and brought out a range of nail polishes infused with coconutty goodness.

The range currently consists of nine pastel shades perfect for the coming summer months. All of the polishes are infused with both coconut oil and coconut water to hydrate and nourish the nails while delivering a smooth gloss like manicure. The polishes are also enriched with vitamins B and C to help nail strength and give them a healthy shine.

As a serial nail biter I am constantly on the lookout for nail products that help strengthen my poor, chewed nails. But of course i also want them to look pretty and colourful because that always helps discourage nibbling. So when I saw this new range pop up on Barry M’s Instagram feed I knew straight away that I needed to pop down to Superdrug asap!

I opted to buy the summery sounding shades “Bikini” and “Laguna”. Bikini is a soft minty green colour while Laguna is a sky blue beauty. All of the shades from the collection are stunning and would really compliment a holiday tan. They come in standard Barry M nail polish bottles however the range has on trend copper lids which adds a nice touch and sets them apart from the regular polishes. The polishes feature the relatively new rounded end flat brushes which makes application an absolute breeze even if you have short stubby nails like mine.

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The bottle states that you should not use a basecoat to get the full benefit of the nourishing ingredients. I needed two coats for full opaque coverage and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly it dried! The polish was thicker than I expected but that had the added bonus of making the polish self levelling which leads to a streak free finish. I opted not to use a topcoat however you could add one if you choose. Both colours I tested applied smoothly and dried super shiny creating an almost gloss type finish. The polish is pretty chip resistant and lasted for quite a few days even without a topcoat. My nails do feel stronger and less brittle so I can definitely see more shades from this range entering my life in the future.

The Coconut Infusion range retails at £4.99 which is a little bit pricier than other Barry M polishes but the nourishing qualities packed into these shades makes that totally worth it. You can purchase all nine shades in Superdrug or Boot’s stores across the UK or on the Barry M website.

 

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April Favourites

This is a little bit later than intended, oops! But it’s deadline season for us uni students so I’m sure you all understand. This is a bit of a mixed bunch and not very big as I have been trying really hard to be careful with money so I have more for the summer. I hope you enjoy!

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First up we have Barry M Sunset daylight curing nail varnishes. I wrote a whole blog post about these rad little guys so I won’t go into too much detail here but check that post out. All I will say here is they freaking rock! Next we have the Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes Cube which I got in limited edition packaging hence why it looks different in the link. This little tube has been a life saver lately after long nights getting shit done. It’s kind of like a chunky twist up lip balm but for around and under your eyes. It’s so cooling, moisturising and refreshing and leaves you looking much more away and glowy. I would defiantly recommend it’s cooling properties as we come into the summer. Last in the beauty category we have The Comforter Perfume by Lush. This smells amazing but sadly you cannot currently buy it as it was a Lush Kitchen exclusive around Christmas time. It is perfect for this time of year; super sweet and summery. Keep your eyes on the Lush Kitchen though because you never know when it might come back.

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Crown and Glory 

Yet again we have a whole section dedicated to the awesome hair accessories of Crown and Glory. I have been loving the April Glitterati Box, so gosh darn pretty. My most worn piece from this box has to be the Not a Lotta Rosie Headband in Icecream.  I already have the medium version of this but having the small version as well have been awesome! It works really well with braided bunches I find. The light blue glitter bunny ears are also cute as hell and I will be wearing them all year round, not just at Easter. If you want to join the Glitterati then you should totally put me, Emma Robinson, as your referrer and we both get a £10 voucher! How cool is that? Here’s a link if you want to check it out.

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Food and Drink

Bringing in a new category, oh yeah. I bought this Baobab Fruit Powder when I was last at The Eden Project and it is great! I opted for a big jar because it works out better value but you can buy in in smaller quantities. You can add it to smoothies, juice, water, pasta sauce, anything you want really. It has a citrus taste which is nice to spruce up most things. It is considered to be the ultimate super fruit offering loads of essential nutrients. I find it gives me a similar energy boost to coffee but without the come down. So woo to Baobab! Next we have the Nature Valley Canadian Maple Syrup oat bar. I love these, they are my go to snack when I am out an peckish. They are lovely and sweet so are a great healthy alternative to a chocolate bar. You can get them pretty much anywhere in the UK in single bars or multipacks. Finally Alpro Unsweetened Almond “milk”. I’ve loved this for ages as I don’t really like cows milk so I thought I would pop it in here again this month. Again you can buy it in most supermarkets. I have tried other brands but this is by far my favourite. It is light, almondy but not overpoweringly so and tastes great on Cheerios.

Stickers!

Last but by no means least I just had to include these adorable stickers I bough from The Tiny Hobo on Etsy. Look how cute and body positive they are?! I love them so much I ordered two more packs. I mainly use them in my journal at the start of each entry and they just make it look much more awesome.

And that is that, I hope you like the things I’ve been enjoying this month.

Toodles.

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish- Review

When I saw that Barry M had a new range of nail varnishes out I nipped down to Superdrug to buy some straight away. The new range is inspired by professional gel treatments however the magical daylight curing topcoat eliminates the need for a special light. Sounds pretty rad and much cheaper than getting a professional manicure at only £4.99 a bottle.

Currently (until early May) Superdrug has a three for two offer on all makeup including nail polishes to I treated my self to two different colours and the topcoat. Currently there’s only a base range of seven colours however I’m sure they will expand the range if they sell well. I went for “I’ve been Pinkin” and “Make me Teal” and boy to they look beautiful next to each other. I don’t have a photo to share with you right now but I currently have them on alternating nails and they look awesome. Before I move onto my experiences with the polishes I have to mention how lovely and sleek the rose-gold lids look, perfect for displaying on your dressing table.

First up we have “I’ve been Pinkin” which is an almost neon pink, totally up my street. The directions tell you there’s no need for a base coat so I didn’t bother and I haven’t noticed them leaving a stain so that’s a plus point. You are then instructed to apply 2 coats before applying the top coat- which apparently should only be used with these polishes (I have yet to test this). “I’ve been Pinkin” definitely needed two coats but then it was a perfect solid colour. The topcoat then magically perfects the colour, smoothing out everything, leaving it shiny and strong.

“Make me Teal” is a bright blue/teal shade and is my favourite of the two. After one coat this colour is pretty opaque however I did apply another coat just to be sure. Both colours lasted fairly well and maintained their glossy finish. The colours applied really well, partly due to the new flat brushes Barry M have introduced in their polishes. The topcoat was slightly thick but equally easy to apply. One thing I will point out to you all is that you don’t need daylight to cure these, any light will do. I’m not really sure how much they are affected by the light at all but they do look amazing so I’m not complaining!

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

Sorry I missed this last week, busy busy busy!

❤ Spring is coming! Just check out these beautiful blossoms I saw on the way home from uni.

❤ New Bedding

❤ Pink glitter glue

❤ Partying to the max. Me and Oli went to a friends birthday party last Friday and it was sooo fun. Neon paint was everywhere, the music was rad and the booze was flowing. I love these “before and during” photos.

❤ Fun seminars.

❤ This Barry M Pacific nail varnish from the Aquarium range. It applied amazingly, lasted well and is the most magical colour.

❤ March’s Glitterati Box, so much mermaid fabulousness. I have been wearing it all so much. By far my favourite box so far.

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❤ Making fun photo collages for my new and updated About page for the blog, check it out if you haven’t already.

❤ Finally picking my uni options for next year. I’m going to be studying the lyric writing and business and editorial writing modules. Bring it on!

That’s all for now as I’m super hungry and sleepy.

Toodles.

February Favourites

February has really flown past, I can’t believe I am making this post again already. I’ve done a bit of shopping this month so unlike January’s Favourites these are all things I have brought throughout the month. Next month is going to be a bit more of a quiet-money saving month… well until the 21st when I go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Let’s begin before I start obsessing over Harry Potter to you guys!

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Beauty

This month, in a bid to stop biting my nails, I have been loving painting them. I didn’t really have any nail varnishes so I popped down to Superdrug and picked up these Barry M beauties. I went for Strawberry Ice Cream and Berry Ice Cream because I wanted soft, subtle colours that would work well with all of my clothes. They are both super pretty and last really well with a clear topcoat. The Berry shade needs 2 coats to reach a good colour whereas the Strawberry needs 3 but it is so worth it! I also remembered I had some nail varnishes as a Christmas Present. They just came in a gift set from Wilkos but this silver shade is amazing! So pretty and sparkly and only really needs one coat. I have also been loving this Clay Time Purifying Face Mask from Wilkos. It is a pretty nice sized tub for only £3. It makes a nice weekend pamper treat and really does make my face feel that little bit softer. Deffo a must for pampering on the cheap.

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Nail Decals 

I got this pack of nail decals from my Glitterati Secret Santa at Christmas and only got around to giving them a try this month. They are so cute and so easy to use so I just had to buy some more sets! You get about 100 nail decals in a pack so between the one I already had and the 2 I brought I should be okay for quite sometime. I went for some simple black cats (which have sold out online) and some super cute unicons, cats, bunnies and tiaras! The work kinda like tattoo transfers and can actually be used on skin if you want. I have found a new obsession.

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Candles

These two cuties were one of my valentines day presents to myself. They are from a lovely litter Etsy shop called Ember Candle Co and these were a special valentines day duo in a lovely strawberries and cream sent. I don’t think I will ever be able to bring myself to burn these little guys but they are scenting my room as it is. I am fully intending on buying a pastel blue and lilac one at some point and the best part is you can mix and match the scents, so I could have a mint smelling lilac candle!

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Accessories (and a cushion…)

This months Crown and Glory favourites are just so lovely. The Scarf Bow Headband came in my February Glitterati box and has become my go to headband for days when I just want something simple to just add a little something-something. I have been lusting over the Lotta Rosie Headband in Ice Cream for quite some time now so was super excited to finally purchase it. It is so “me” and goes perfectly with all of my pretty dresses. I will be wearing this so much in spring and summer. I just had to include my Love Definition pillow from Primark because it was just staring at me. It’s so simple and cute and because it’s grey it works with all of our different coloured bedding sets.

TV / Netflix

Community was added to UK Netflix this month and this made me a very happy Emma. I had been wanting to watch it for ages so couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Me and Oli marathoned all 5 seasons in the space of about 2 weeks and boy was it a good 2 weeks. This series is hilarious and I am so happy it is returning for a 6th season. If you haven’t watched this then I highly recommend you give it a go.

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Last Minute Faves

I was in Exeter this week for my friends birthday and I did a wee bit of shopping and although I only brought these bits within the last few days of the month I really wanted to add them in here because they are awesome. I popped in to Urban Outfitters and picked up this adorable fabric covered photo album with “Parties with my bitches” printed on the front. I’m going to print out some of my Instagram photos at the end of the year and this is going to be their home. I popped into Primark to get some leggings and basic crop tops and saw this amazing neon pink notebook just as I was going to pay and I fell in love. I think it’s going to become my new Journal because it makes me smile so much. It’s really good quality and was only £2.

I also took a wee trip to Lush and tried on a bit of the Vanillary Solid Perfume then went on with my way. However I spent all evening smelling this gorgeous smell and it took me hours to figure out it was the perfume. I went straight back the next day and brought myself one and now I cannot stop smelling it. It’s amazing and sweet and subtle and yummy! It’s mainly vanilla scented, as the name suggests, but it also has notes of tonka and jasmine which is probably why I love it so much, jasmine is totally my jam scent wise. I’m going to be wearing this everyday because it’s soft and subtle so will work with other scents (espeically Lust and The Comforter Lush perfumes) but is also amazing on it’s own.

So there you go, all the products I have been loving this month I hope this helped or inspired or entertained you.

Toodles.

Things I Love Thursday

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these so be prepared for an overload of gratitude from the time I missed!

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❤ House Christmas! A bit late I know but we had our house Christmas at the end of Janurary. Sonera cooked us a delicious vegan roast and we exchanged presents and watched funny youtube videos late into the night. I don’t say it enough but I freaking love my house mates. A year ago when we decided to live together we made such a great choice. (Polariod photos taken by the wonderful Sherrie on her new camera.)

❤ My amazeballs boyfriend Oli brought me a Download Festival ticket as a super early birthday present. I am so happy, grateful and excited! I’m actually going to get to see Marilyn Manson! June is going to be awesome.

❤ On point outfit colour coordination.

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❤ Tidying my desk and organising some of my nick-nacks. A girl can never have too many glittery skulls.

❤ The sorbet in Zizzs is amazing. I had a scoop of each strawberry, lemon and pomegranate and they were all divine. 10/10, would recommend.

❤ My current favourite cocktail- a passion fruit daiquiri from Shed in Falmouth.

❤ Just the fact that I own a huge ampersand thingy. How random and fun. Also I just have so many odd little bits and bobs that make me smile every time I look at them.

❤ Beautiful packaging. I ordered one of these necklaces (I went for D) from Bonbi Forest and it came wrapped in this intricate origami wonderfulness. It was just so unexpected and special and it really added to the whole buying experience. I love Bonbi Forest and the necklace is perfect, I’ve been wearing it almost every day since it arrived.

❤ Madame Moxie’s Masquerade, what a night! Everyone came dressed in awesome fashions: Victorian, Steampunk, Burlesque, and partied the night away. There was cabaret acts, burlesque dancing and a pirate playing industrial sea shanties on a Victorian hurdy gurdy! It was a bizarre and unforgettable evening.

 

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❤ How beautiful Falmouth is. These were all taken on different days at different times but they are all so beautiful. I love Falmouth so much. Just going on a walk along the seafront on a sunny day makes me feel like I am on holiday. I never want to leave this little haven.

❤ My wee trip to London with Oli to see his Dad and Grandma. You can read more about the trip here.

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❤ Having some major body confidence. My body is awesome and I love it. It gets me from A to B and lets me have load of fun! I can swim, cycle, dance, run, skip- #thisgirlcan! I’m working on making it stronger and healthier but love it now and always will.

❤ Beth and her friend Caitlin coming down from Exeter to visit. We has some lunch in town before heading of on a seaside adventure. The weather was lovely and we ended the day with massive ice creams from Swanpool beach cafe. It was great to meet Caitlin and I’m going up to Exeter to see them and celebrate Beth’s birthday in a few weeks, woo!

❤ Mini shopping sprees. Today I went into town and got a few bits. I went for Barry M nail polishes in Berry and Strawberry along with eye shadows in Copper and Gold. The unicorn stickers were from a local discount store and the other bits and bobs were all from Barnardos charity shop including the flowery top I used as a backdrop. I had a fab day today hanging out in town with some uni friends.

Hows that for a lot of awesome gratitude! Join me next week for even more.

Toodles.

 

 

“How Old Are You?!”- What’s In My Bag

This post has been inspired by two things. The first being this months Crown and Glory Glitterati photo challenge. We needed to take a “what’s in my bag” photo including our awesome Veronica Dearly keyring that we received in the box. I took the above photo for my instagram and then decided it would make a great blogging topic. The second inspiration behind this post comes from an experience I had while ice skating at The Eden Project. As I handed my bag over to the man behind the ice skate counter he laughed upon seeing the My Little Pony motif and asked me how old I was. I personally think that you are never too old for fun, cute, colourful things. So here is the contents of my oh so grown up bag;

img_20141222_223308298This is my rather large purse I brought in September in Primark. I tried using a small purse for a while in the hopes that it would force me to get rid of receipts more often. No such luck! So I gave in a brought a massive one. I love this purse and think it is adorable. It’s full of my millions of cards and currently only 7p. I always have an “emergency” teabag in my bag. It was my Mum’s idea and I think it’s great especially if, like me, you don’t like normal tea. Lady Grey by Twinings is my favourite tea so I always have some at hand.

img_20141222_223334673All of my cosy winter essentials. The scarf was crocheted for me by my awesome Nana. The hat was knitted by me with some awesome wool a friend gave me to reuse. The gloves are from Accessorize and sadly have a wee hole in the thumb. I think they all go pretty nicely together and they keep me lovely and snug.

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I almost always have a random Crown and Glory small glitter bow hanging around somewhere in the bottom of my bag. This one is in the colour Candyfloss and is my current fave. I only have 2 keys attached to my keyrings- the plain one is my house key and the funky patterned one is for my Mum’s house. The Veronica Dearly keyring that was in my box is perfect for me. It says “Congrats on your lovely hair” and if I do say so myself I do have pretty fab hair. It’s really nice and chunky too which is nice, I don’t feel like it’s just going to fall apart in my bag. I also have a glow-in-the-dark sperm keyring attached to my keys. Me and my Mum both have one and it’s become a bit of a standing joke. I got them at Truro Pride one year and they have been protecting our keys ever since.

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What can I say, I like to keep soft! I always have my very battered tin of Honey Trap Lush lip balm in my bag. I’ve had it for over a year and it’s still going strong. It’s the only product I’ve tried that really helps yucky, chapped winter lips. A new bag staple is my Soap and Glory Hand Dream Super Cream which I talk about in this post. It makes my hands feel amazing and I freaking love the scent.

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img_20141222_223620568On to some beauty products. My favourite mascara comes everywhere with me. I use the Define and Lengthen Mascara by The Body Shop. It lasts, doesn’t smudge and does what it says on the tube. I was surprised by how few lipsticks I had in my bag. Usually there’s loads in there! We have two of my favourite lipsticks from the Rimmel Moisture Renew range. Amethyst Shimmer is my go to when I want a pop of colour whereas Vintage Pink is more or a natural, “your lips but better” colour. Another newer addition to my everyday essentials is the Barry M Cor Balmy in the shade Currant Bun. It’s a really moisturising tinted lip balm which happens to smell good enough to eat!

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On to the little random bits that everyone has in their bags. We have my pink ipod shuffle which comes literally everywhere with me. I always listen to music when I walk, it comforts me. A hair band because I have hair… yeah. And of course a pen, you never know when you might need one. This is a Zebra pen because they are my preferred pen brand. I don’t know if it’s weird to have a pen preference but I do, let me know in the comments if you do.

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Finally the bag itself. I got this in Primark ages ago when they had loads of My Little Pony stuff in. It’s a pretty large tote bag which I need for all the crap I lug around on a daily basis. I love it and will be gutted if it ever breaks. I also tend to carry my phone with me but I was using it to take the photos! I have a Moto G 4G which I only got about a month ago and I am loving it. I’m still in the new phone phase where I sometimes get really confused but that’s just me being terrible with technology.

So that’s what’s in my bag. This turned into a much longer post than it was meant to be but oh well! I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my everyday life.

Toodles.