Thursday, 28 March 2013

Barry M Gelly Effect Nail Polish - Review

Hello Lovelies!


My first mixed review today unfortunately guys as although I love the finish of this product, it’s all a bit of a faff.


Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint

The product which I am referring to is the Barry M Gelly Nails, I bought these off the back of Fleur De Force’s review that it only took one coat and you had lovely looking nails. Now, my reviews are from the point of view of me as a busy girl who has very very little time during the day to do things such as my nails. I was sold on the “One Coat is all you need” bit and I’m not sure how true that is. Maybe I’m rubbish at painting my nails, but after one quick coat they weren’t left looking as though I’d paid for a manicure by anybody’s stretch of the imagination.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint

I like to layer my nail varnish up as I think that you get a lot better finish and I honestly think that if I took the time to do that, then this nail varnish would look really good, but with just one thick coat it looks lumpy in places and if I tried to neaten up say near the cuticles, it became gloopy and almost ruined the entire nail.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint

I would like to make a point of saying that I haven’t tried this nail varnish when taking my time and I haven’t yet found one that I can just slap on, wait a couple of minutes then go. The thing that confused me slightly about this polish was that it was held up fine about 5 minutes after application when I washed and dried my nails and put my shoes on, but what knackered it was me rearranging my tights. Luckily I was early to work and was able to redo it but my thumb nail is chipping already and I’ve not done particularly much today!
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint



I have also tried to baby blue colour and that was a lot better, I don’t know if it just stands out more because pomegranate is such a vibrant colour? But with the blue I did I use two coats and did take my time over it and it turned out lovely.


The other thing I am wondering is; are you actually meant to shake nail varnishes before use? I heard from a beautician friend a few years ago that this is the worst thing you can do for a nail varnish as you’re separating the particles and ruining the consistency, so I’ve never, ever shook a nail varnish, but I have noticed that it says to on the bottles, so maybe that’s partially where I’m going wrong? Let me know in the comments below.


On the whole, I love the colour of the polish and I’m sure that when I can sit and spend half an hour over it I will definitely fall in love with it but in terms of a quick fix on my way out to work, I’m not impressed. It’s as good for value as all of the Barry M Nail Varnishes which at the moment are on 2 for £6 at Superdrug and “Save £1 when you buy 2 Barry M Nail Polish” at boots so it’s not going to break the bank either.

Thank you for reading
Love and kisses
Becky



Xox

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Lancôme L’Absolu Nu - Review

Hello Lovelies, 

When doing my ginormous spring clean to prepare myself to go back to work I realised that I have loads of new Make Up and Nail Varnishes that have been hiding from me and that I’ve barely used so I actually have quite a lot that I can review! 

The first thing is something that I have never used before at all, a lipstick. I’ve tried only one lipstick before (apart from in the days of stealing my Mum’s make up when I was little) and that was Barry M’s Lip Paint, you’ll be able to find my review of that in a few days but needless to say, it didn’t start a love affair with lipsticks.
 
Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipstick

I was actually given this as a free gift about 7 months ago and it is a sample size but the packaging is still pretty with a rose pattern running up the lid of the lipstick. I’m not going to lie, I was really dubious about trying this lipstick as I decided to debut it at a meal with Lee’s Parents and I’ve always felt that I end up looking old if I wear anything other than a clear or very subtle gloss.

The colour I tried was Voile de Rose 302 which is a pinky red colour so it’s fairly subtle on the lips which is great for easing me in to the world of lip sticks! 

Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipstick

Lancôme claims that this is a “caring lipstick with Pro-xylane, L’Absolu Nu presents sexy nudes in a light-to-the-touch texture” which I think is fairly on the money! When I took it off my lips felt more nourished than with any lip balm I’d ever used before and I’d only worn it for about 4 hours.

I also wore it the next day on my first day at my new job. It lasted wonderfully until lunch and only came off a bit after I’d eaten which really didn’t bother me as it was super easy to touch up. I was also impressed that I couldn’t feel it or taste it on my lips throughout the duration of the day. I bite my lips a fair bit (naughty Becky) and I can’t stand it if I keep getting a horrible taste of lip balm (I know it should deter me but it just makes me less inclined to put anything on my lips)

Lancome L'Absolu Nu Lipstick

To buy this product it is £22 which I think is a bit steep for a lipstick, but maybe if I got into lipsticks and such like I would shell it out for this particular one as it does last and leaves my lips feeling conditioned. 

Overall I was impressed, I’ll make the same confession that I did in my No7’s cleanser, toner and moisturiser review, which is that this is my first experience of this product and maybe after experimenting a bit more I may find that much cheaper lipsticks are just as good but as it stands, I think it’s worth the price tag and I would repurchase other colours in this range.

Please put any comments in the box below if you know of any lipsticks that are just as good but cost less!

Love and kisses

Becky

xox
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Thankful Thursday


Hello lovelies!


Of course this week’s Thankful Thursday is about my yummy Mummy! It was her birthday on Monday and of course Mother’s Day last Sunday so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t dedicate this to her!


This may be a bit of a repeat of last Sunday’s Mother’s Day post but I’m sure you’ll understand.


So I’d like to say “Thank You” to you Mumma Roo, for being my Roo and having me as your Boo for the last 20 years. For letting me waffle on about things that are way into the future like I have to plan them at that very moment. For setting up your sofa for me to stay on it when me and Lee have an argument even though I never actually come and use it. 


For knowing that I text you when I want to talk and for understanding if I don’t reply for weeks, for worrying about me over the tiniest of thing even though Dad tells you you’re silly (what does he know eh?!)


I have ONE negative about my Mum, which I know will have just horrified all of you, but it’s that she never lets people take pictures of her. I have one recent photo of me and my mum that’s on my about me page but that’s it. She’s so beautiful inside and out and I wish we had more photos together.


Of course, thank you for all of your support over the last 6 months with everything I’ve been through. 


The biggest thank you that I have is to you for dedicating the last 20 years of your life to me and my sister, you’ve raised us almost single handed and I think that you should be pretty proud of how we’ve turned out! I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without you, and I think I’m kind of alright (hehe!)


I hope that I make you proud every day and that you are never ashamed to call me your daughter because I love that you’re my Mumma Roo and nobody else’s! 


Love and noses 


Becky


xox


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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Country Bumpkin!

Hello Lovelies,

This blog post is a slightly different theme to most of them! I was looking around my house the other day and was pleasantly surprised at how countrified it feels. I’ve always longed for a cottage that feels all snug and that all of my little tit bits fits in nicely to so it’s nice to look around my house now and see that it does all tie in and look good.

Hanging Photo Frame
As I’ve said before we used to live in a brand new house and a lot of my décor didn’t match with the theme of the house and actually looked a bit odd. But my old horse-shoe and my ivory metal note holder all “go”.

My mum bought me some Joules Kitchen Accessories for Christmas and they look lovely. It’s a hand wash and moisturiser set and a recipe tin. They don’t sound like much but they’re nice little finishing touches to my kitchen.
Joules Handwash & Moisturiser

Last year we were at our local village show and we bought two egg cups, this sounds like the beginning of a very strange story. But basically, Lee said to me one day that he wanted to base our kitchen around that style and I think we’ve done quite well.

I don’t want to include too many pictures of my home because It’s mine and Lee’s private space but as you can see I’ve just put in some sentimental things that me and Lee have picked up along our journey together and it’s lovely that we both know when and where we bought it.
Joules Recipe Box

I think that it’s things like this that really turn a house into a home and makes it feel familiar and comfortable.

We’ve got a long way to go before our house is finished and we’ve collected everything that we want, I suppose it’ll last for our lifetimes as people are forever buying extras for their houses aren’t they. But we like the direction it’s going in and it’s just nice that it’s ours…

Love and kisses

Becky 

xox
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Monday, 11 March 2013

(A Very Very Late) Thankful Thursday!

Hello Lovelies,
Apologies that this is a couple of days late, but I’ve been soo busy with my new job that I’ve just not found the time to post!
This week’s “Thankful Thursday” is dedicated to my wonderful man, Lee. It was our 2 year anniversary on Tuesday, which I know is nothing compared to a lot of people, but we’ve been through more than most couples do in a lifetime in those 2 years and I’m ever so grateful that we’ve made it through without killing each other and still being totally in love.
I do actually try and take the time to tell Lee that I love him every day and whenever he goes out of his way for me I do try and make the effort to say thank-you (I know if he ever reads this he’ll say that I don’t but I really do try)
We’ve recently moved back to the village that we both grew up in into a lovely cottage. It’s got some modern points to it, like the bathroom, but it has stone flooring throughout the kitchen and hallway and it feels like a proper house where we can spend a lot of years and possibly even has room to start a family.
It’s not our first house together, and that’s another thing that he deserves a big “Thank you” for. Our first house together was in a large village 16 miles away from where we live now, Lee had never had any inclination to move away, even those 16 miles, but I persuaded him that it was a good move for us to see that there was life outside this little village where we’d spend all of our lives so far. Needless to say, he hated it. He barely saw his friends and we just didn’t particularly like the house, it was a new build and it just never felt like home no matter what we did.
Although we only rent our house now, it feels comfortable and safe. A big deal breaker for me with a house is how it makes me feel when I’m ill. When I was poorly in the brand new house, I felt very alone and out of the way, however in the house we’re in now when I’ve been poorly, I’ve felt snug and comforted.
I could spend all day and win an award for the longest blogpost in the world if I listed all of the things that Lee’s done that I’m thankful for but I’m mainly grateful that’s he’s there every night when I get in from work and that he lays next to me in bed every night. We went through a stage where we couldn’t live together due to me losing my company car and it was the worst few weeks of my recent life. If he gets into bed next to me at night then I know that I will sleep sound and wake up happy.
Lee, if you ever come across this, Thank You for just being you and for being mine. I will love you until forever and a day. Baby, I’m yours.
Love and kisses (especially for my lilypad)
Becky
xox

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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Merry Mummy's Day!

Hello Lovelies, 

I am soo sorry for the humungous delay! I have now written a good handful of blogposts ready to post during the week as I'm lucky to have time to shower and wash my hair let alone write a blog. Hopefully I'll get into the swing of things soon as take time out to devote myself to you some more but this way will have to do at the moment. 


I just wanted to write a quick blog today dedicated to my Mummy, as it stands she's the only person who actually knows me who reads my blog and i'm very thankful to her for that. 


I've been through another spot of drama recently (I seem to be a magnet for it) I don't want to divulge the details but my Mum has been sterling throughout, not too pushy to find out what's gone on if I don't want to say, but just sending me little texts to let me know that she supports me and is here for me and I couldn't be more thankful.


She's also been looking after my little poochy pie for me this week as she's been off work on holiday, so I'm grateful to her for that as well!

I really miss seeing my mum for lunch and things like I did when I was unemployed, when I win the lottery I can stop working and my mum and I, along with my big sister, can all become Ladies that Lunch and be oh so sophisticated!

I'm going to tell you a little something now that you can't tell her, we're half way through Mother's Day and I haven't yet bought a card. I'm Terrible! All week I've been thinking "Oh it'll be okay I'll get it tomorrow" and now here we are, I'm to go to see her straight after work AND it's her birthday tomorrow. Will a piece of lined paper folded in half and decorated with highlighters do the job? Probably not...

Anyway, this was only ever meant to be short and sweet as she'd hate to think I'd made a fuss of her and on the internet no less! She never asks for anything and in my eyes brought me and my sister up all on her own and she's done a damn good job even if I do say so myself.

If you're reading this Mum, I love you to the co-op and back now and forever and I'm giving you virtual "noses" until I see you this evening.

love and kisses

Becky

xox  
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