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Sunday, 10 June 2012

TAG:This or That

TAGS are so fun to watch (and read) because they allow you to find out a bit more about the person doing said TAG.
This is the "This or That TAG" and I TAG you all to do it.

  1. Blush or Bronzer...blush!
  2. Lip gloss or lipstick...lipstick, but only a little bit so it looks natural!
  3. eyeliner or mascara...mascara for sure!
  4. foundation or conceler...foundation!
  5. neutral or color eyeshadow...neutral!
  6. pressed or lose eyeshadow...errrm, i don't really mind...either!
  7. brush's or sponges...brushes, although i don't use either tbh:L
  1. OPI or china glaze...OPI
  2. Long or short...short naturally, if they're fake then long!
  3. Acrilic or natural...i love the acrylic look but they annoy me after a while and they look gross when they start to grow out...so natural!
  4. Brights or darks...both! totally depends on what time of year it is! darks for winter and brights for summer!
  5. Flower or no flower...no flower, gotta keep it simple as I change my nails atleast once a week..i get bored so easily! 
  1. perfume or body splash...perfume for suuure!
  2. lotion or body butter...either, although i do love cocoa butter! 
  3. body wash or soap...body wash!
  4. lush or other bath company...SOAP & GLORY!  
  1. jeans or sweat pants...jeeans! 
  2. long sleeves or short...either! 
  3. skirt's or dress's...dresses! :D
  4. Stripes or plaid...stripes for sure!
  5. flip flops or sandals...i don't really wear either, but flip flops - although i really want some sandals this year!
  6. scarves or hats...ahaha scarves! i wish i could pull off wearing a hat tho!
  7. studs or dangly earrings...studs! unless they're my dangly owl earrings!
  8. necklace or bracelets...both, but I wear bracelets 24/7 
  9. heels or flats...omg both, mostly flats tho cos i can never be bothered to break my heels in..ouch!
  10. cowboy boots or ridding boots...errrm..neither?
  11. jacket or hoodie...both! if i'm going out then it's a jacket for sure!
  12. forever 21 or Charlotte Russe...Forever 21 (although i'm yet to buy from there! I've looked at their things but most of their stuff is awkward when it comes to washing them -.-) 
  13. Abercrombie or Hollister...hollister! it's way more affordable, and its pretty much the same as abercrombie but i don't really shop in either anymore so..
  14. saks 5th or Nordstrom...neither..
  1. Curly or Straight...omg both! 
  2. Bun or Ponytail...either, i never wear my hair up unless i'm at home and it's annoying me!
  3. Bobby pins or butterfly clips...depends what i'm using them for, so both!
  4. hair spray or gel...hairspray, the smell of it is just lush!
  5. long or short...long, forever wishing my hair would grow! thank god for extensions :D 
  6. Light or dark...either
  7. side swept bangs or full bangs...neither atm, i really want a full fringe tho but my forehead is too small for it to be at a length where it isn't annoying and i've just grown my side fringe out! :)
  8. up or down...down, always!
  1. Rain or shine...shine, rain depresses me.
  2. Summer or winter...both, i love curling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate in the winter and summer always puts me in a good mood, especially going out with my friends without having to take a coat (and hopefully not having to worry about it starting to rain!)
  3. Fall or spring...fall! i love it when the leaves fall off the trees! idk i just think it's pretty!
  4. Chocolate of vanilla...oooh, if i was filling this in like a year ago it'd deffo be chocolate but i looove vanilla right now! 
  5. East coast or west coast...westttt! :D

wooo, i doubt anyone will read the whole of that but y'know! 
haha, thanks if you did! 
Emilie xxxx

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Acrylic Nail Extensions!

Ever look at your nails and think 'I wish they were longer' or think about going to a salon and getting acrylics done professionally but don't have the money to spend? 
Why not buy your own kit! It's dead simple and a fraction of the price! 
Last year, I went down to Argos and purchased Rio Quick Dip Acrylic Nail Extensions for £19.99, whereas if you go on the Rio website to purchase items separately they're priced at around £5. The pack comes with the acrylic powder, 40 natural extensions, 3  stage buffer files, grit file, sanding block, resin, a spray activator, 2 in 1 topcoat, nail glue, 2 extra resin brushes and a hoof stick as well as instructions and step-by-step DVD. 


To maintain the shine the nails have I would recommend moisturising regularly and applying an extra coat of the 2-IN-1 varnish every few days. As for moisturising, I would recommend Soap & Glory's Hand food! found in Boots, £5 for a 125ml and £2.50 for 50ml. 

I apologise for not having all the items in the pack. 

To make your nails look even more professional, I recommend these White tips for 99p from Savers, they come in a pack of 100 with 10 different nail sizes. 
To give the extensions a more natural look, after dipping the nail into the acrylic powder I recommend brushing off the excess powder with a basic brush, I use a blending brush (made for eye shadow but it works just as well for this too!) also from savers for just 99p! 
When cutting the extensions down to the length you want, I bought these professional nail clippers made especially for cutting nail extensions, I got these off of eBay, when buying from eBay it's easier and mostly cheaper to buy from Buy it now sellers, always check the sellers feedback, found to the right of the screen when you click on an item. I usually only buy from them if they have a 97%+ rating. These are pretty easy to get a hold of on eBay and mine were only £1.40 with free post and packaging! 

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of nails after using this kit, one good thing about these acrylics is that you can use normal nail polish to paint them any colour you wish and remove it and change the colour whenever you like! 
But when it comes to removing them, instead of going to a salon and paying to have them removed professionally, I recommend soaking the nails in this MAVALA nail polish remover I'm unsure of the price of this but I brought it at my local beauty salon (Top to Toe), it contains acetate which is the vital ingredient when removing false nails. Keep soaking the nails in the solution (mixed with warm water) until the acrylic begins to soften, then slowly peel the acrylic off carefully. 

With all acrylics you will get some damage to your natural nail, so don't be alarmed if your nails are thin and delicate. Just be sure to apply a coat of nail hardener on to your natural nail after removal. I recommend Sally Hansen, found in Superdrug for £4.75 (a bit pricey but worth every penny!) I use Sally Hansen's Maximum Growth Nailcare (partly because my nails are naturally short but it still does the job!) I love this nail polish because it also makes a great under coat or top coat when applying nail polish as well as looking great on it's own! This is also £4.75 and it is my favourite purchase this year as I use it 24/7 as you can see in the picture below! 

When shopping in Boots and Superdrug be sure to pick up one of their advantage cards to get points on everything you buy that you could use to purchase items in the future!

I think that's enough for my first post! 
I'll be sure to post pictures of my nails after using this acrylic nail kit asap! 
Thanks for reading!
Emilie xxx