Winter Night in : Featuring NEW Lush face mask.

Hey Internet Friends,

Winter is fast approaching and with the nights getting longer and colder its nice to have a lovely routine to make you feel all warm and cosy! I spend a lot of evenings on my own in the flat these days due to my Fiancés new job so this is how I like to keep myself happy in Winter.

First of all its time to get a little bit snuggly…
dressing gown
I like to get all lovely and comfortable in my pyjamas and then to top it off for that little extra clothing hug I am loving my new dressing gown from Marks & Spencer.
It also probably wouldn’t be a Night in for me without a pretty candle and my current choice is a incredibly cost effective candle from Air wick that is a berry scent for the festive season.

Next its time to remove the Make Up of the day

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As mentioned in my September Favourites, I have never found a better make up remover than the Garnier Micellar Water and the new Mattifying version really is brilliant for oily skin.
It takes all my make up off including waterproof mascara almost instantly.

Now my skin is all lovely and clear its time for the Skin Mask. 
The New Don’t look at me mask from Lush
facemaskWhat Lush Says:
“Well, hello, don’t be shy. I caught you looking at my rich, exfoliating texture, filled with nourishing murumuru butter. I saw you checking out my ground rice. Let me assure you that I’m all substance: they’ve packed me full of zingy lemon juice to tone your complexion, Tunisian neroli to brighten and organic silken tofu to soften you up in all the right ways. A dash of rice syrup and grapefruit oil will have you coming back for more of my scrubby, softening skincare goodness.”

Key Ingredients
Lemon Juice (and lots of it judging by the smell)
Murumuru Butter – from the seeds of a brazilian palm tree
Grapefruit Oil
Tofu

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First Impressions
This product smells absolutely amazing, I mean honestly truly divine and the colour is so fun I cant help but love it!
My skin seemed a more even colour and really toned. The exfoliating little bits in this mask have worked wonders for my pores.
I think I might have found a new favourite!

While I wait for my skin mask to set, I move onto nails. 
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My perfect colour for both a cosy night in and to compliment the berry tones I love throughout the colder months I have chosen Bright Purple by Barry M.
It comes out a lot darker than the bottle would suggest but it really is a beautiful colour.

Snacks & Entertainment
snacks and book
Nothing beats a cosy night in than snacks! Tonight Im choosing my absolute favourite cookies Maryland Double Chocolate Chips.
The cookies will go down a treat while I enjoy my super relaxing and fun adult colouring book.
The book is Enchanted Forest by Johanna Bamford and its so intricate and beautiful I could get lost in it for hours, the perfect end to a perfect relaxing night.

Hope you guys enjoyed a warm and cosy night in with me!

Whats your cosy night in must haves?

Have you tried any of what I mentioned? What did you think?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Where to buy
Dressing Gown (Similar) – http://www.marksandspencer.com/textured-fleece-shimmer-dressing-gown/p/p22406021

Micellar Cleansing Water – http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Skin-Naturals-Micellar-Cleansing-Water-Combination-Sensitive-Skin-400ml_1656090/

Don’t look at me mask – https://www.lush.co.uk/products/masks/dont-look-me

Barry M Nail Paint – http://www.boots.com/en/Barry-M-Nail-Paint_947704/

Colouring Book – https://www.waterstones.com/book/enchanted-forest/johanna-basford/9781780674872

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GIVEAWAY WINNER

Hey Internet Friends,

Today is an exciting day, the winner of my Giveaway has been chosen by a random list generator and I am so excited! The response has been phenomenal and for those of you that didn’t win I am really sorry, I wish I could send you all presents. But please keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways soon!

THE WINNER IS
https://wickednorth.wordpress.com
@IcySedgwick on Twitter.
Please message me on twitter so I can get your details to send your products!

CONGRATULATIONS!
I hope you love these products as much as I do.

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I am pleased to tell you that you have won:
Hot Smoked Pallete (UD Smoky Dupe)
Essential Mattes 2 Pallete (perfect staple palette)
Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit (UD Flushed Dupe)
Lipstick Cheer
Lipstick Mystify
Lipstick Sweetheart
Black Eyeliner with sharpening lid. 
e101 Eyeshadow brush
2103 Blending eyeshadow brush

I would like to thank all of you for your constant love and support, you have given me a place to be myself and to make friends and for that I love you.

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xx

The Body Shop Spa : Body Scrub & Body Clay

Hey Internet friends,

I think every blogger and there grandmother has talked about these products recently, mainly because the launch of them was a very big deal. Ever since reading about them everywhere I have been desperate to try just one part of the range, every single time I go in the body shop I give them a sniff and I find myself talking about them constantly! The next logical step was obviously to own them right?

Both Products

The two products I purchased are the Dead Sea Salt Scrub and the Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay. The  ‘Spa of the World’ collection includes a variety of different products organised by ritual – the rituals can be identified by the coloured tabs attached to the label. The idea is that each ritual will give you your very own spa session at home! The products I chose are part of the Revitalising ritual.

How The Body Shop website explains the Revitalising Ritual.
SPATREATMENT

Dead Sea Salt Scrub
Salt Scrub packaging

The packaging for this product and all the products in the Spa of the world collection are absolutely beautiful. They look like high end products that would fit in at any Spa and it certainly looks beautiful in my bathroom cabinet.
Its also fairly good value for money, especially for such a luxurious product, when you consider that the normal body scrub from the body shop is £13.00 for 200ml and this little beauty is £20 for 350ml. That works out 79p cheaper per 100ml!

I have been using this product for around a week now and I can safely say it is the best scrub I have ever had and if you come here often you will know I LOVE a good body scrub. It makes my skin look and feel amazing, the softest it has ever felt, the smell is absolutely gorgeous on the skin and It makes me really eager to try the other scrubs from the collection.

Active ingredients and what The Body Shop thinksSalt Scrub consistency

The Body Shop says:
Dead Sea salt is precious for its high mineral content and its coarse crystals, the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin and stimulate circulation when massaged into skin. Use this invigorating scrub as part of our revitalising ritual when you want your body and mind to feel instantly re-energised.
Resurfacing body scrub
Exfoliates skin leaving feeling refreshed
Revitalises body and mind
With sea salt from the Dead Sea

The ethical Ingredient:
Soya oil from Gebana Brazil. Gebana produces soya oil from GM-free, organically grown soya beans cultivated in the hinterlands of the Iguazu River. Gebana comprises around 350 families, mostly smallholder farmers.

The soya oil in this product does make the texture a little thicker and less creamy then most of The Body Shop scrubs. But thats actually a feature I like as it allows you to be more aware of how much product your using, a lot less seems to go a longer way.

Verdict 9/10 
Honestly if it wasn’t £20 and therefore a lot harder to justify then most scrubs this would be a 10 without a doubt!

Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay
Clay ProductaThe idea behind this product is similar to a face mask except this is for the whole body, your expected to apply a generous layer onto thighs, stomach and arms and wait for ten minutes. After 10 minutes you will notice that the clay begins to dry and harden making your skin feel much tighter, it is a real challenge to wash it off but my skin did feel a lot smoother than before. As for firmness, I’m 22 it cant get much firmer….

What The Body Shop says
Rhassoul clay is treasured by Moroccan women for its skin firming power, as this mineral-rich mask absorbs excess water and oil, allowing skin to tighten and feel firmer as it dries. Use this toning mask as part of our revitalising ritual when you want your body and mind to feel re-energised. 

Firming clay body mask
Contours the body to leave skin looking and feeling more toned
Revitalises body and mind
With Rhassoul clay from The Atlas Mountains, Morocco

The Ethical Ingredient
The silky sesame seed oil in our products is cultivated in Achuapa, a community nestled in the hills of northern Nicaragua. The Juan Francisco Paz Silva Cooperative (JFPS) sow and harvest sesame seeds by hand, then carefully press and filter them to produce a rich, high quality oil. JFPS was set up by Nicaraguan farmers in 1990 to combat a dwindling local sesame market, and has now grown to a 275-strong cooperative recognised by UNDP and Oxfam as a pioneering business model.

On Skin application
CLAY application
As you can see the product looks a lot like a spa mud bath and I imagine thats where the Body shop got their inspiration from. It is awkward standing around with this product on for ten minutes but I just used that time to cleanse my face and do my facial skincare.

Verdict 6/10
Its a lovely product don’t get me wrong, the only trouble is that I don’t know if its the right product for me. Its supposed to be a firming product but my skin doesn’t feel firmer, just softer. Its still a lovely little treat for when you want to really pamper yourself but I don’t think Id repurchase.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little product review, I know I’ve enjoyed the products!

Have you tried The Body Shop Spa of the World range yet? What did you think?

Also if you haven’t entered my make up giveaway you can still enter HERE

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx

Receiving a Giveaway : damascenesnf.com

Hey Internet Friends,

I think the best thing about having a blog is the community you become a part of, the ideas and knowledge that you can share with each other and the amazing people you meet. There has been one blog that has supported me from the start and thats Shanice or damascenesnf.com so as you can imagine when I received a notification to say I had won her latest giveaway I was absolutely ecstatic! So lets have a little look at what she sent me shall we?

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The products involved were fairly high end and contained the Benefit They’re Real Sexy Steal kit, The Naked Basic Palette, NYX Blush, Art Deco Precision Liner and the infamous Mac’s Matte Russian Red.
Who wouldnt be happy to receive these wonderful products?!

Products InvolvedDSC02678This mascara is absolutely amazing! I mean full on must have product.

DSC02693The entire eye make up I create below was made entirely with this palette.
Fantastic staple product

DSC02703Why is this not everywhere? This product should be being talked about by EVERYONE.
It makes liquid eyeliner an absolute breeze!

DSC02706Classic, Amazing, beautiful! This is a fantastic colour and a real iconic look. 

DSC02726Super super pigmented! And a fantastic colour for the Winter season.

Overview
There isn’t one product within these that I couldn’t see myself using all the time. The Real Sexy kit is just a fantastic well rounded product while the Naked Basic palette contains a fantastic staple of colours.
The Precision Liner and Blush are products that I never knew I needed but now I doubt I will be able to live without them. The blush is really fantastically pigmented and the Liner makes cat eyes and fine lines really really easy!
Now, Russian Red. What a beautiful and iconic colour! This can take any classic and simple daytime look to a glamorous nighttime look in seconds.

The Look I created
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Simple smoky eye with the iconic red lip.

Thanks so much to Shanice for the constant support and giving me the chance to have these amazing products as part of my collection.

Please guys go and check Shanice out now, her blog is so amazing and you won’t regret following! You can find her HERE

Also if you haven’t already, the chance to enter my giveaway is still possible until next Friday!
You can Enter HERE. 

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

My go to Perfume Collection : October 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

So I like most women love perfume, I love everything about it from testing scents, receiving the compliments, the nostalgia that a scent can bring all the way to receiving them as gifts. So today I want to talk to you about the Go to perfumes that live in my cute little bathroom, the scents I reach for all the time.

All shelfFrom Left to Right : Britney Fantasy, Tender Stalking, CK one Shock, Police, YSL Black Opium & Lancome Tresor.

I find this selection of perfumes hold the perfect choice of scents for different occasions both day time and night. I’ll talk you through some of them a little bit…

Britney Fantasy
Britney
Let me start by saying I hate how much I love this perfume, celebrity endorsed products are my least favourite thing in the world and I often find the packaging for them just as unappealing. The packaging for this is no different, its ugly, tacky and childish.
But that doesn’t stop me loving this ugly duckling.

Fantasy is the second release from Britney Spears under Elizabeth Arden and has been around for a fair while. The scent itself is a very sweet gourmand, what does that mean I hear you ask? A gourmand scent is apparently when the perfumer has used edible notes in the making process.

I tend to wear this perfume for working days as it isn’t over powering with its sweet undertones and fruity scent but the longevity of this is brilliant. It really does last all day, and for the price you really cant fault that.

Calvin Klein CK One Shock for her
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Firstly let me start by saying, I have been repurchasing this since I was 19 so to me it holds a special place in my heart.
Its not actually a perfume either, its an Eau de Toilette so it actually doesn’t last that long at all, maybe four hours tops.

Calvin Klein  says that CK One Shock has top notes of passionflower, pink peony, and poppy flower; mid notes of liquid chocolate accord, blackberry, narcisse, and jasmine; and base notes of vanillin, patchouli, ambers, and skin musk.

Whatever the hell all that means? I just know that it smells sweet and fresh with fruity undertones and that makes it perfect for an everyday scent if your just nipping out of the house for a little while for lunch or something. Its an easy and wearable smell.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
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Look at how empty this is!
That clearly shows how much I love it.
The packaging for this is absolutely beautiful and looks truly stunning on any bathroom shelf, the sparkles and glass cut out really makes for a beautiful looking product to make you feel special. My only issue obviously is because its YSL its fairly pricey.

YSL describe it as a Floral Coffee scent but I strongly disagree with this description, this may be what they aimed for but it doesn’t resinate with my experience of the product. I absolutely hate coffee scents so that would be an instant put off for me, in my opinion the scent is a floral liquorice scent.Ysl states that the key smells are coffee, pink pepper, orange blossom, pear, jasmine, vanilla, musk and cedar.

This perfume is my absolute go to special occasion perfume, I love it so much and it makes me feel truly amazing and beautiful. When this one dies a death (looks like soon) I will certainly repurchase and probably the new Black Opium Eau de Toilette too.

Lancome Tresor
Tresor
Lancome Tresor is a classic scent that has been around since 1990 and its lasted this long because its a good product. Simple.
It has a beautiful scent a great longevity.

Trésor is primarily a rose fragrance but not in the way you’d associate with retirement homes and old people.
Lancôme’s website calls Trésor a floral oriental and lists its top notes as apricot blossom and rose; its heart as lilac, iris, and peach; and its base as amber, sandalwood, musk, and vanilla.

I prefer to keep this as a special occasion choice purely based on the longevity and price tag but I feel this could easily be considered for an everyday perfume. I love the packaging and feel the classiness of this product truly shows and thats exactly how it makes you feel when you wear it.
Classy.

Hope you guys enjoyed a little look into my go to perfume collection.

Whats your favourite perfume(s) at the minute?

If you haven’t already, you can still enter my Make Up Revolution Giveaway HERE for another week! Go on its super easy! 🙂

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxxx

September Favourites: 2015

Hey Internet Friends,

Everyone loves a good favourites post, right? Well I do anyways! So without any further waffling from me, lets get started shall we…

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
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I love love love this stuff! Its an absolute game changed, its the best make up remover i have ever tried. Its like the make up just glides off, its cut down my everyday skincare routine by so much time. I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it.
I have been using the pink version for sensitive skin but have repurchased the green combination skin version as I think it will be better for my oil skin and give me the matte finish I prefer so I shall let you know how I get on with that if your interested?

Mac Studio Fix Powder – Shade NW10
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Im normally incredibly loyal to my Rimmel Stay Matte powder but after trying this for the month I am completely sold. It has so many different uses, as a setting powder a medium coverage foundation and full coverage over the odd bits of concealer.
It lasts absolutely all day and I never have to retouch it so thats a firm 10/10 in my opinion.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss – Shade 101 matteDSC02556I like to call this lipstick ‘my lips but better’, because thats exactly what it is! The perfect matte nude colour that enhances my lips natural colour. This is really easy to apply, you don’t have to worry about it bleeding or smudging and the creamy texture isn’t overly drying for a matte lipstick.

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Username: Evie by Joe Sugg
Ok, so im not exactly a massive Graphic Novel fan. When I was a kid I used to absolutely love them and read them all the time but since then not so much.
I purchased this book because I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about and I got to support Team internet in the process.
I was actually really amazed at the wonderful story Joe and his team created about E. Scape and the hidden youtube easter eggs were a really nice treat!

Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
I recently watched The Theory of Everything and really wanted to know more so my fiance ordered me the book it was based on.
Im only just getting into this book and it is fairly difficult to read because of the complex vocabulary but it really is a well written book and it doesn’t feel like Non-fiction at all, it feels like a beautiful story with beautiful characters.

Vans Authentic Shoes
DSC02572Every pair of shoes has a story and these are no different, I purchased these because I was at my local shopping centre Meadowhall when my feet started absolutely killing and my boots were rubbing. I didn’t want to go home and miss out on all the shopping fun so I purchased these with 20% off student discount and let me tell you I had forgotten just how comfy Vans are.
It feels like Im permanently wearing slippers, they go with literally everything and anything and are perfect for an all day shoe.
So so so glad my feet were hurting enough for me to buy these!

I hope you guys enjoyed my September Favourites as much as I enjoy reading other peoples.

Whats your september favourites? Let me know in the comments. 

Also if you haven’t entered my giveaway yet you still can HERE

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Drugstore Foundations : Rimmel Face Base

Hey internet friends,

Recently I was in my local boots and came across a brilliant offer for Rimmel products, they were selling all Rimmel cosmetics at 2 for £10 so I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about two Rimmel face bases and one Primer. This brand is super affordable making it a desirable choice, but lets find out what its really like shall we?

All 3
So today I will be talking about the Stay Matte Primer, Match Perfection Foundation and Wake Me Up Foundation.
Including on skin examples obviously…


Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Primer
What Rimmel Says:

“The new ultra-mattifying primer can be worn as a matte, silky base before applying your foundation, or on top of your make up to keep you looking effortlessly chic without clogging pores.

Ultra lightweight formula that minimizes the appearance of pores.
Controls shine for up to 8 hours creating a soft, perfectly matte complexion.
Won’t feel heavy or greasy.”

Thats a fairly big promise to live up to Rimmel!

Swatch & On Skin Examples
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As you can see the consistency of the product is very much like a face cream, on application it has a slight silicone feel it to but not as heavy as the pore professional for example.
I did feel like this mattifyed the skin and I feel thats evident in the image but in terms of pores or blurring out blemishes it did literally nothing at all.
Rimmel claimed that the product would reduce Shin for up to 8 hours?
Lies lies lies – 5 hours tops.

Verdict — 7/10 
Great for daytime and everyday use but for special events and nights out Id spend a little bit more and go for the Body Shop insta blur.


Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti Fatigue Foundations

Wake Me Up bottle
What Rimmel Says:

“Wake Up & Glow! Rimmel’s first liquid foundation that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow Light, moisturising texture applies smoothly and leaves skin feeling soft and comfortable all day Gives an instant flawless, natural-looking finish Visible anti-fatigue effect with peptides and a Vitamin Moisturising complex”

Why do cosmetics companies do this? I read this about 10 times and I STILL don’t know what it means, lets try and break down what Rimmel are promising with this product.
Dewy finish with moisturising effect that lasts all day.
Shouldn’t feel heavy on the skin
Contains peptides and vitamins so should be great and healthy for your skin.

Swatch & On Skin Examples
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Super thick gel like consistency that once blended doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all, I blend with the Real Techniques buffing brush and find the results lead to a fairly light coverage, I felt like two applications is more appropriate without a concealer to really battle redness.
The finish of this foundation is dewy and I expected it to be a complete nightmare on my oily skin but I can pleasantly say it lasted about 6 hours before I needed to powder or touch up.
Im not normally fond of a dewy foundation as with most oily skin types it can make me look a little greasy but this product just doesn’t do that, it looks healthy and glowing.

Verdict – 8/10
Great lasting foundation with a nice healthy finish, probably not appropriate for an event taking loads of photos due to the glowing properties but for a lovely light and natural look this foundation would be perfect.


Rimmel Match Perfection
Match Bottle
W hat Rimmel Says:

For Invisible Coverage & Visibly Perfected Skin 

• Invisible, mistake-proof foundation for visibly perfected & healthier looking skin.
• Weightless, smooth texture blends with skins real tone instead of masking it.
• 24HR moisture complex leaves skin feeling hydrated.
• Soft-focus powers help reduce imperfections, pores & dark circles.

Swatch & On Skin Examples
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Runny and watery consistency – surprisingly this foundation feels a full coverage as appose to the medium you’d expect from a watery consistency foundation.
The coverage is really nice and the finish looks practically airbrushes, its just a well rounded foundation and for the price of £7 its a ridiculous bargain!
I’m really surprised by how much I like this product, it creates a nice, smooth finish, and is really easy to apply and blend using the Real Techniques Buffing brush.

Verdict 9/10
This would be a solid 10 if it wasn’t for the fact that it smells really cheap and typical of all drugstore foundations.
I tend to mix it with my Mac studio sculpt on a daily basis for an amazing skinbase.
GO AND BUY THIS FOUNDATION.


I hope you enjoyed this little chat about some of the Rimmel face bases available now.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

What other Rimmel bases do you guys love?!

Also guys, if you haven’t already seen Im running a giveaway right now until the 17th October you can enter HERE

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Make Up Revolution Giveaway!!!!

Hey Internet Friends,

I have been the receiver of some excellent giveaways from blogs and its made me really eager to do one myself for http://www.hollypopdoesbeauty.com
Its taken me a while to get everything together and figure out what I could get for you that would be the best prize around my budget. I am a massive fan of the Make Up Revolution brand and find they do some amazing dupes for high end brands especially the pallets, so thats the brand I chose to base this giveaway around.

Make Up Revolution Giveaway

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Products included are:
Hot Smoked Pallete (UD Smoky Dupe)
Essential Mattes 2 Pallete (perfect staple palette)
Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit (UD Flushed Dupe)
Lipstick Cheer
Lipstick Mystify
Lipstick Sweetheart
Black Eyeliner with sharpening lid. 
e101 Eyeshadow brush
2103 Blending eyeshadow brush


TO ENTER YOU MUST:
Be following this blog either via wordpress, bloglovin or email.
Be following the twitter account that can be found HERE to keep you up to date on all blog related information.
Leave a comment with on this post your blog URL & Twitter name
(so I can enter you in the draw & follow you back)

FOR AN EXTRA CHANCE TO ENTER:
Simply Re-Share this post on your own blog or twitter!
(be sure to tag me so I can see)


This giveaway is available internationally but please allow extra time for shipping.
The giveaway closes on the 17th October 2015

Good Luck!

Speak Soon,

HollyPop xxx

Super Easy Gradient Sponge Nail Art

Hey Internet Friends,

Guys, Im super ill with a horrendous chest infection so Im really struggling to update the blog, so todays post is a super easy walk through of a little technique I use to make my nails look super cute and impressive with very little effort. Im fairly sure you’ll have seen this technique before but its one of my faves, so I wanna let you in on it just in case.

Easy Gradient Sponge Nail Art
DSC02265For this you will need:
Some pieces of sponge, either specialist beauty sponges or I just use some cheap sponge from the supermarket.
Two Nail colours that complement each other, my choices are
Barry M Chai
Barry M Almond
And a clear top and base coat.

Step 1 – Base Coat and first colour.
DSC02275Apply the clear base coat as you normally would and your first colour choice to the whole nail. This will work as a base for the finished look and is worth getting perfect with no smudges or bumps.

Step 2 – Paint that Sponge
DSC02283Take your second colour and apply it to the sponge, then take the piece of sponge and gently dab it onto your nail concentrating on the tip of the nail and working your way around half way down.

DSC02293The finished result after doing this should look a little like this, now this is pretty and looks very nice but it feels super bumpy and doesn’t feel as great as it looks.

Step 3 – Top coat
DSC02299Clear top coats are super important for creating a beautiful finish and fine they also work well to keep the polish in place for longer and avoid chipping.

The finished Look.
DSC02310As you can see this is a pretty and salon professional look with using the things you already have and a sponge. Super easy, even when your feeling awful and ill.

It also works for lighter colours too:
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Hopefully you enjoyed this post and can forgive me for this quick post, hopefully I’ll be better soon and we can have the long chats were used too.

Have you guys followed my twitter yet?

Speak Soon,

HollyPop x x x

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