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30/10/2012

NOTW: Halloween Nails




Dripping Blood Nails


  1. Paint your nails with a nude shade - I just used an old Ruby & Millie peach manicure  shade
  2. Use a red nail polish to 'blob' on drips of 'blood' at the top of your nails - this doesn't need to be need, although you could do it a bit neater than I did!
  3. [optional] Go over your drops with a red glittery polish, if you do it quite thickly you get a cool 3D effect
  4. Top with a topcoat - I used Seche Vite, quite a thick coat!


There we have it : )

What do you think? 

Amyxx



NOTW: Halloween Nails




Dripping Blood Nails


  1. Paint your nails with a nude shade - I just used an old Ruby & Millie peach manicure  shade
  2. Use a red nail polish to 'blob' on drips of 'blood' at the top of your nails - this doesn't need to be need, although you could do it a bit neater than I did!
  3. [optional] Go over your drops with a red glittery polish, if you do it quite thickly you get a cool 3D effect
  4. Top with a topcoat - I used Seche Vite, quite a thick coat!


There we have it : )

What do you think? 

Amyxx



29/10/2012

Guest Posting Granny #1

Bit of a special day here on Paperbacks & Postcards today; we've got a special guest poster, my Nan! I'll hand you over to her now...

Hello my name's Margaret, I'm Amy's Nan. I'm going to do a review of a few of the things we've been trying out recently. I feel as if I'm having an affair with the postman because of all the parcels we get, but I like getting new products as Amy asks me to try them out as well sometimes. Today I will be talking about the NEOM Bath Foam*, NEOM Reed Diffuser*, Area H2O shampoo* and the Ultradex Toothpaste*. I enjoy using all of Amy's products as I would never be able to afford to buy them myself.


NEOM Tranquility Bath Foam - £20


I love this bath foam, it's really nice. I use it to soak my feet in a few times a week and it does a really good job, it smells really nice and makes the water soft and bubbly. The scent also lingers for quite a long time on my skin and makes the skin really soft. It's a nice relaxing treat.

The only thing that could make this better for me would be a plastic bottle as I find it quite heavy and a bit dangerous when it gets wet, but then it wouldn't look as nice.

I would buy this again but only for special occasions, perhaps for a birthday or Christmas present.

NEOM Happiness Reed Diffuser - £35


We haven't had this too long but ever since it's been in our dining room it's smelt lovely every time I go in there. It was far too strong with all the reeds in though, 3 is perfect. I like the way that the Reed Diffuser is packaged, it looks nice and expensive (probably because it is quite expensive!), I love the thick frosted glass. The scent grows on you, it's quite difficult to explain it too - it's a bit floral but also quite fresh too, there's definitely a bit of lemon in there.

I probably wouldn't purchase this again as it's just too expensive for me at the moment, I would happily receive one as a gift though.

Area H2O Shampoo (Not photographed because Amy is a terrible photographer and forgot!) - £9.95
This is my favourite out of all the things I'm reviewing today. I've never used a shampoo like this one before and I've been very impressed with it, even my hairdresser remarked on how lovely it was to use. It works really well on my hair (thick, grey, short and wavy) and makes it so soft and manageable. The shampoo lathers up really well and you only have to use a tiny bit each time so it will last a long time, it was really easy to wash out too. It makes my hair nice and shiny and I don't need to use a conditioner afterwards.

I would definitely repurchase this, although I think it will last me a long time anyway.

Ultradex Toothpaste - £6.10

This toothpaste is supposed to whiten your teeth within 14 days and I have noticed a bit of a difference in mine since I started using it. The toothpaste is minty and tastes nice, it also leaves your breath smelling good for a long time. 

I prefer to use a toothpaste that is more of a gel consistency though and would probably not buy this again, £6.10 is quite expensive! I'd rather just buy whatever is on offer.


The house smells lovely because of the NEOM Reed Diffuser, I shall definitely buy the shampoo again as it's nice and you don't need to use a lot and my hair feels lovely and clean - no build-up or anything. I like the bubble bath very much because it smells really nice and makes the skin soft. The toothpaste is nice too, a bit expensive mind.

Thank you for taking the time for reading this review, hope I will be asked back again soon.

Nan


Guest Posting Granny #1

Bit of a special day here on Paperbacks & Postcards today; we've got a special guest poster, my Nan! I'll hand you over to her now...

Hello my name's Margaret, I'm Amy's Nan. I'm going to do a review of a few of the things we've been trying out recently. I feel as if I'm having an affair with the postman because of all the parcels we get, but I like getting new products as Amy asks me to try them out as well sometimes. Today I will be talking about the NEOM Bath Foam*, NEOM Reed Diffuser*, Area H2O shampoo* and the Ultradex Toothpaste*. I enjoy using all of Amy's products as I would never be able to afford to buy them myself.


NEOM Tranquility Bath Foam - £20


I love this bath foam, it's really nice. I use it to soak my feet in a few times a week and it does a really good job, it smells really nice and makes the water soft and bubbly. The scent also lingers for quite a long time on my skin and makes the skin really soft. It's a nice relaxing treat.

The only thing that could make this better for me would be a plastic bottle as I find it quite heavy and a bit dangerous when it gets wet, but then it wouldn't look as nice.

I would buy this again but only for special occasions, perhaps for a birthday or Christmas present.

NEOM Happiness Reed Diffuser - £35


We haven't had this too long but ever since it's been in our dining room it's smelt lovely every time I go in there. It was far too strong with all the reeds in though, 3 is perfect. I like the way that the Reed Diffuser is packaged, it looks nice and expensive (probably because it is quite expensive!), I love the thick frosted glass. The scent grows on you, it's quite difficult to explain it too - it's a bit floral but also quite fresh too, there's definitely a bit of lemon in there.

I probably wouldn't purchase this again as it's just too expensive for me at the moment, I would happily receive one as a gift though.

Area H2O Shampoo (Not photographed because Amy is a terrible photographer and forgot!) - £9.95
This is my favourite out of all the things I'm reviewing today. I've never used a shampoo like this one before and I've been very impressed with it, even my hairdresser remarked on how lovely it was to use. It works really well on my hair (thick, grey, short and wavy) and makes it so soft and manageable. The shampoo lathers up really well and you only have to use a tiny bit each time so it will last a long time, it was really easy to wash out too. It makes my hair nice and shiny and I don't need to use a conditioner afterwards.

I would definitely repurchase this, although I think it will last me a long time anyway.

Ultradex Toothpaste - £6.10

This toothpaste is supposed to whiten your teeth within 14 days and I have noticed a bit of a difference in mine since I started using it. The toothpaste is minty and tastes nice, it also leaves your breath smelling good for a long time. 

I prefer to use a toothpaste that is more of a gel consistency though and would probably not buy this again, £6.10 is quite expensive! I'd rather just buy whatever is on offer.


The house smells lovely because of the NEOM Reed Diffuser, I shall definitely buy the shampoo again as it's nice and you don't need to use a lot and my hair feels lovely and clean - no build-up or anything. I like the bubble bath very much because it smells really nice and makes the skin soft. The toothpaste is nice too, a bit expensive mind.

Thank you for taking the time for reading this review, hope I will be asked back again soon.

Nan


21/10/2012

SIX ON SUNDAY #28

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SONG | Wale – Chillin’

TV or BOOK | 2 Broke Girls

PRODUCT | Nivea Primer

EVENT | Sending off my application for Teacher Training when the GTTR finally decided to work!

SHOP | Layla Amber

BLOG | Waterpainted Dreams

Short but sweet this week, I’m currently sleeping (probably) as I’ve been so, so tired lately. One more week of work to go til half-term though. Hurry up Friday!

Amy xx

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SIX ON SUNDAY #28

sixonsunday

six-on-sunday-28

SONG | Wale – Chillin’

TV or BOOK | 2 Broke Girls

PRODUCT | Nivea Primer

EVENT | Sending off my application for Teacher Training when the GTTR finally decided to work!

SHOP | Layla Amber

BLOG | Waterpainted Dreams

Short but sweet this week, I’m currently sleeping (probably) as I’ve been so, so tired lately. One more week of work to go til half-term though. Hurry up Friday!

Amy xx

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18/10/2012

FOTD feat. bareMinerals READY

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I used a lot of new products in this makeup that I’ve never tried before and I really like how it turned out. I used the Estee Lauder Double Wear as a base and I thought it was going to be really, really thick and full coverage but it actually looks fine on the skin, not too cakey or anything. I use the shade 1C1 Shell and it was a perfect match – no need to mix a white foundation in! Yay. On my cheeks I used Benefit Coralista, a firm favourite of mine. I adore the golden, coral glow that it gives the cheeks and it works as a highlighter as well as a blush. I used the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Scenic Route on my eyes, I used Breathtaking all over the lid with Spectacular in the crease and on the lower lashline. I love how green this duo makes my eyes look too. I used a brown kohl pencil along the upper lashline and also on the waterline. I then finished the eyes off with a coat of the NATorigin Lengthening mascara. On my lips I used a Face of Australia lipstick in the shade Lychee Crush which the lovely Jasmine sent me in our swap. I popped a bit of a Bourjois 3D gloss on top too to add a bit of shine as I’m not used to wearing such a nude lip.

What do you think?

Amyxx

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FOTD feat. bareMinerals READY

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I used a lot of new products in this makeup that I’ve never tried before and I really like how it turned out. I used the Estee Lauder Double Wear as a base and I thought it was going to be really, really thick and full coverage but it actually looks fine on the skin, not too cakey or anything. I use the shade 1C1 Shell and it was a perfect match – no need to mix a white foundation in! Yay. On my cheeks I used Benefit Coralista, a firm favourite of mine. I adore the golden, coral glow that it gives the cheeks and it works as a highlighter as well as a blush. I used the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Scenic Route on my eyes, I used Breathtaking all over the lid with Spectacular in the crease and on the lower lashline. I love how green this duo makes my eyes look too. I used a brown kohl pencil along the upper lashline and also on the waterline. I then finished the eyes off with a coat of the NATorigin Lengthening mascara. On my lips I used a Face of Australia lipstick in the shade Lychee Crush which the lovely Jasmine sent me in our swap. I popped a bit of a Bourjois 3D gloss on top too to add a bit of shine as I’m not used to wearing such a nude lip.

What do you think?

Amyxx

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17/10/2012

NOTW–Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel Silicone Texture Nail Polish - 09

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Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish - £5.99

How shiny is this nail polish?! Amazing! It’s a lovely pale lavender shade that was opaque in one coat! The brush of these 1 Second polishes is really wide and rounded and makes painting your nails so easy. It dried reasonably quickly too and no need for a top coat as the formula is so shiny.

Have you tried any of the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polishes?

Amy xx

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NOTW–Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel Silicone Texture Nail Polish - 09

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Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish - £5.99

How shiny is this nail polish?! Amazing! It’s a lovely pale lavender shade that was opaque in one coat! The brush of these 1 Second polishes is really wide and rounded and makes painting your nails so easy. It dried reasonably quickly too and no need for a top coat as the formula is so shiny.

Have you tried any of the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polishes?

Amy xx

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16/10/2012

NATorigin Lengthening Mascara

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NATorigin Lengthening Mascara - £13.50

NATorigin are becoming one of my favourite make-up brands, every single thing that I’ve tried from them I’ve loved and this mascara is no exception, it does everything I want a mascara to do – lengthens, defines and removes easily.

It’s made with 98.5% natural ingredients and is therefore perfect for use on sensitive eyes, it also has special ingredients that actively strengthen and condition the lashes. The mascara is also free from parabens, mineral oil, silicones and SLS – bonus.

I’ve been using it as my every day mascara as it gives the perfect amount of definition for work, I don’t like a mascara to be too over the top for work really. It really does lengthen my lashes though and it holds a curl brilliantly, I only apply one coat and that is enough to make my lashes look fab for the day. It doesn’t flake/melt off if you rub your eyes either, which is a definite plus for me – I’m always rubbing my eyes.

The wand is a simple tapered bristle brush and it is perfect for getting every single lash – the tapered end makes it really easy to get the tiny lashes on the inner corners. I hate mascaras that have giant wands, I just can’t use them – I get mascara everywhere! This is the perfect size for my eye.

I would definitely repurchase this mascara as it works perfectly for me, and it’s priced reasonably considering all of the natural ingredients that are involved.

If you would like to try the NATorigin Lengthening Mascara, you can but it from the NATorigin website – here.

Amyxx

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NATorigin Lengthening Mascara

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NATorigin Lengthening Mascara - £13.50

NATorigin are becoming one of my favourite make-up brands, every single thing that I’ve tried from them I’ve loved and this mascara is no exception, it does everything I want a mascara to do – lengthens, defines and removes easily.

It’s made with 98.5% natural ingredients and is therefore perfect for use on sensitive eyes, it also has special ingredients that actively strengthen and condition the lashes. The mascara is also free from parabens, mineral oil, silicones and SLS – bonus.

I’ve been using it as my every day mascara as it gives the perfect amount of definition for work, I don’t like a mascara to be too over the top for work really. It really does lengthen my lashes though and it holds a curl brilliantly, I only apply one coat and that is enough to make my lashes look fab for the day. It doesn’t flake/melt off if you rub your eyes either, which is a definite plus for me – I’m always rubbing my eyes.

The wand is a simple tapered bristle brush and it is perfect for getting every single lash – the tapered end makes it really easy to get the tiny lashes on the inner corners. I hate mascaras that have giant wands, I just can’t use them – I get mascara everywhere! This is the perfect size for my eye.

I would definitely repurchase this mascara as it works perfectly for me, and it’s priced reasonably considering all of the natural ingredients that are involved.

If you would like to try the NATorigin Lengthening Mascara, you can but it from the NATorigin website – here.

Amyxx

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15/10/2012

First Impressions: Nair Brazilian Spa Clay–Shower Power Cream

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A long time ago a boy told me to stop doing things just because boys wanted me to, on that day I stopped shaving my legs. I hate shaving my legs, it’s such a chore and to be honest I don’t care whether my legs are hairy or not and I was only shaving them for boys so I just stopped. Not forever, just until I realised that, that post-shaving smoothness is a bit nice (It was definitely a few months though lol, my hairs are blonde though so it wasn’t so bad).

I’m definitely sure that he didn’t mean ‘stop shaving your legs’ when he told me to stop doing things just because boys wanted me to but it was nice to have ‘permission’.

I’ve never used a hair removal cream before so when I was sent this one to try out I was quite excited, I thought I’d tell you my first impressions of using it.

The Nair Shower Power Cream promises to remove all visible hairs and keep them smooth for up to 7 days. It only takes 5 minutes too, bonus.

Here’s what I thought:

    • It smells amazing – really fruity.
    • It was easy to apply, I just put a bit down the middle of my leg then smoothed it out with the spatula that’s included.
    • I made sure to apply it quite thickly though and this seemed to use quite a lot of product.
    • I applied it a few mins before I got into the shower and found it quite difficult to not smudge it everywhere while I was waiting ( I am a fidget though).
    • In the shower I found it hard not to get the running water directly onto my legs and the cream on the  backs of my legs did wash off before the 3 mins.
    • When it was time to remove the cream it was really easy, I just scraped it off with the spatula and I could see the hairs coming away.
    • My legs feel really smooth now and most of the hair has been removed, there are a few patches with some fine hairs but I can live with those.
    • My legs do feel a bit sensitive now but no more so than if I’d just shaved.
    • I would definitely use this again but I would probably just rinse it off separate to having a shower so that I don’t lose any of the product from the backs of my legs.

If you’re interested in buying the Nair Shower Power Cream you can buy it from Boots for £6.69

Amyxx

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First Impressions: Nair Brazilian Spa Clay–Shower Power Cream

112

A long time ago a boy told me to stop doing things just because boys wanted me to, on that day I stopped shaving my legs. I hate shaving my legs, it’s such a chore and to be honest I don’t care whether my legs are hairy or not and I was only shaving them for boys so I just stopped. Not forever, just until I realised that, that post-shaving smoothness is a bit nice (It was definitely a few months though lol, my hairs are blonde though so it wasn’t so bad).

I’m definitely sure that he didn’t mean ‘stop shaving your legs’ when he told me to stop doing things just because boys wanted me to but it was nice to have ‘permission’.

I’ve never used a hair removal cream before so when I was sent this one to try out I was quite excited, I thought I’d tell you my first impressions of using it.

The Nair Shower Power Cream promises to remove all visible hairs and keep them smooth for up to 7 days. It only takes 5 minutes too, bonus.

Here’s what I thought:

    • It smells amazing – really fruity.
    • It was easy to apply, I just put a bit down the middle of my leg then smoothed it out with the spatula that’s included.
    • I made sure to apply it quite thickly though and this seemed to use quite a lot of product.
    • I applied it a few mins before I got into the shower and found it quite difficult to not smudge it everywhere while I was waiting ( I am a fidget though).
    • In the shower I found it hard not to get the running water directly onto my legs and the cream on the  backs of my legs did wash off before the 3 mins.
    • When it was time to remove the cream it was really easy, I just scraped it off with the spatula and I could see the hairs coming away.
    • My legs feel really smooth now and most of the hair has been removed, there are a few patches with some fine hairs but I can live with those.
    • My legs do feel a bit sensitive now but no more so than if I’d just shaved.
    • I would definitely use this again but I would probably just rinse it off separate to having a shower so that I don’t lose any of the product from the backs of my legs.

If you’re interested in buying the Nair Shower Power Cream you can buy it from Boots for £6.69

Amyxx

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