Nailed London Polishes + Spring Wish List

Posted on Monday, February 08, 2016

Nailed London Polishes + Spring Wish List
I haven't tried or been impressed by anything really when it comes to polishes for quite a long time although the inner hoarder and nail polisher lover within me always need to try more so I was excited to try a brand new nail polish brand - Nailed London. The brand is exclusive to Feelunique and Harvey Nichols. For swatches check out my Instagram (heathernixon4).

The brand is the Made in Chelsea star Rosie Fortescue's own nail polish range which consists of a massive 32 polish shade range featuring unique, chic and fashion forward shade options. The polishes are claimed to have superior longevity *something I am always let down by in 99% of polishes*, luminosity and durability.

I was very kindly sent a few of the shades along with the *Nailed London Glossy Topcoat (£7, 10ml) which I haven't fully tried yet but when I do I will update this post. I have the shades:

- *Nailed London Polish in Booty Call 018 (£7, 10ml): This is not really a shade I would go for but it is a pretty bright barbie pink and I think it would be great for spring/summer.

- *Nailed London Polish in Eye Candy 004 (£7), 10ml): Now this is my kind of shade, I love simple and neutral shades. I love this light dove grey shade and I know I will get a lot of use out of it.

- *Nailed London Polish in Crimson Crazy 009 (£7, 10ml): I do find that the shades I have aren't that unique, I have dupes of all these shades even now in my minimal collection. The shade is a rich deep purple which is perfect for this time of the year.

Overall, I haven't been as initially impressed by any polish for years as I have with these. The opacity and pigmentation are fantastic and I can very easily get away with just one coat. The shine is great as is the very quick and easy application - the formula on application and the brush remind me of the Bourjois One Second polishes but even better; it just takes one single swipe across the nail and it's painted. There is no patchiness with the shades I have and they dry quickly. I haven't tried all three shades long enough to say anything about the 'superior longevity' claim yet but I will update this post when I have tried them for a longer period of time but so far so good. Also I think the price is great! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!

Now, the shades are in my opinion perfect spring or winter-spring shades and I have created a spring clothing, accessories and beauty wish list inspired by the nail polish shades - all of the items featured are from Harvey Nichols.

Have you tried any of these polishes? What do you think of the shades? What do you think of my spring wish list? 

Antipodes Hero Products

Posted on Sunday, February 07, 2016

Antipodes Hero Products
Coconut oil has been the focus of so many blog posts, magazine articles and newspaper articles last year but has coconut oil had it's day - avocado oil may be the new coconut oil. Avocado oil contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and D; also it contains high levels of plant compounds called photosterols which reduce inflamation and the look of tired and stressed skin. Avocado oil can deeply moisture the skin and Antipodes have included avocado oil in it's hero products including: the Divine Face Oil, Vanilla Pod Day Cream (which I adore), Avocado Pear Night Cream and the Joyful Hand and Body Cream.

I have kindly been sent two of their hero products to test out and I was so excited to try them as I adore every single products from the brand! My skin is dry, sensitive and prone to eczema around my eyes and cheekbones which makes it really difficult to find products but Antipodes products tick all of the many boxes that I need for a product to work well for my skin.

- *Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (£33.99, 60ml): If you follow me on twitter or if you follow my blog then you will have seen this brand mentioned in quite a few reviews as well as in my favourites posts. I have very temperamental, dry and sensitive skin which is prone to eczema flareups and it is always difficult to find skincare that will not irritate my skin and that will also moisturise - I never thought I'd be able to use so many products from a brand and that my skin would LOVE them but I have found that in Antipodes.

I adore all of the products I've tried from them and I know I can use them when my skin becomes so irritated, dry and itchy and this moisturiser is no exception. The night cream has a sweet but earthy scent, similar to products you would find in Lush. It is quite thick but it applies smoothly and leaves my skin feeling so smooth, moisturised and comfortable - it relieves the look of very dry, flaky and tired skin almost instantly. I have been using this moisturiser as a day and night cream as recently, because of the weather and a minor eczema flareup, it has been very dry. I cannot recommend this night cream enough and if you also have eczema or sensitive skin then you definitely need to check out Antipodes! Overall rating: ★★★★★. 5/5.

- *Antipodes Joyful Hand and Body Cream (£28.99, 120ml): As well as skincare and a small range of makeup, Antipodes also have a small bodycare range - this is the first body product I've tried from Antipodes and as always I have very high hopes. I love the packaging, it is unusual for a body cream to come in a giant metallic pink metal tube but I love it.

The cream itself contains blackcurrant, South Pacific hibiscus flower and avocado oil. To me the cream smells heavenly and quite nostalgic as it reminds me of something from my childhood (maybe sweets of some kind). I've been using it mainly as a hand cream as I've been keeping it on my desk since I received it and I am nearly half way through already as I love it so much.

I love the scent and although the cream isn't the quickest to absorb *it doesn't take ages either*, it is incredibly moisturising. I have a patch of eczema on both hands which can look extremely dry and flaky most of the time as well as feeling so uncomfortable and tight but this cream rectifies that immediately. It's such a nice product simply to use and as with every other product I have used from Antipodes I genuinely cannot recommend it enough! Overall rating: ★★★★★. 5/5.

Have you tried anything from Antipodes? 

New in @ Busy B Stationery

Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2016

New in at Busy B Stationery
Stationery, among many other things, is a weakness of mine, I can't get enough of notebooks, sticky notes, pens, memo pads, I think you get my point. A fresh new notebook or new stationery in general makes me plan and organise better and it gets me motivated again; also beautiful new stationery is the best kind of stationery.

I have worked with the lovely people at Busy B before and I was so excited when I had the opportunity to try out a few products from their new *and amazing* fashion range even before it came out online! I did squeal slightly...ok, quite a lot when I received the package a couple of weeks ago. The photos really aren't doing the products justice, they are SO pretty with such a high quality feel and gold detailing.

- *Busy B Zip-Up Coin Purse (£12.99): How adorable is this cute coin purse! I love the simple but spring like fresh design and it is so handy. It has a travel card pocket and a zip up space for coins and or cards. I know my sister would love this as she doesn't carry a large purse as I do so I think she'll be wanting this from me! It comes in a cute box so it would make a lovely little adorable but practical gift for mothers day!

- *Busy B Page Markers (£3.99): When I'm reading a book, magazine or cookbook I always find page markers so handy to highlight interesting pages or information and these are the cutest page markers ever. They are cute and colourful and they would also be perfect for your planner/diary to mark special occasions or birthday etc. I will be using them as page markers and in my diary, especially as my diary is from Busy B too - they could also make revising and studying more interesting and colourful! The price is fantastic, in my opinion, as you get 105 sticky page parkers which are usually much more expensive or not as cute.
- *Busy B A5 Notebook (£8.99): Last but not least, my favourite item, well there are all gorgeous! I love the rich turquoise blue/green contrasting against the foil gold stripes *you know I never met a stripe I didn't like*. I think it looks so chic but playful and cute. It is lined and it has the same floral pattern as the purse inside so they would be a perfect pairing as a gift. For some reason I always thought that A5 notebooks were tiny but they aren't, they are a perfect size actually - large enough to write in properly but small enough to still be portable and travel friendly. Also it has a pocket inside that could be really useful or receipts, little notes or tickets.

Overall, the new fashion range is a fairly small collection but it is so chic and cute, it would be perfect for those who like high quality and unique stationery but with a much more reasonable price point. I always find interesting and well designed items on Busy B that I don't tend to find anywhere else. I have quite a few items from Busy B now and I cannot recommend their stationery enough! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!

Have you tried any stationery from Busy B? What do you think of the new fashion range?