Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Glitter gel manicure

Hello everyone!

My brother is getting married next Friday so I decided to get a manicure that compliments my dress.  I was worried my nails would break or chip at the last minute so I opted for a gel manicure.  

Gel manicure is a process that gives you an instant dry manicure that supposedly lasts for 14 chip-proof days.  It is applied in layers and each layer is sealed under a U.V. lamp.  

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Although I am happy with my nails now, I’m a bit worried about eventually removing the gel.  It’s going to be a lot tougher to remove than a regular nail polish. 

To remove the gel you either need to soak your nails in pure acetone, which is VERY drying or FILE IT OFF!

I'll keep you posted!  In the meantime I would like to hear from you.  Who had gel nails before?  Would you consider getting them?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DIY: Make-up setting spray

Hello everyone!

You have probably noticed that most make-up setting sprays can be quite pricey, but this DIY setting spray  is very affordable.  It has only 2 ingredients and it is healthy for your skin.  What more could you ask for? 

You will need:
  • vegetable glycerin
  • rose water
  • small spray/mister bottle


Method:

The recipe calls for a 1:10 glycerin to distilled water ratio.  I like to substitute the water with rose water.  Instead of just water, you could also use a mixture of water, rosewater and witch hazel
  1. Measure the glycerin and put it into the spray bottle.
  2. Add the rose water.
  3. Shake to amalgamate the ingredients together.

How to use:

Spray before you apply any make-up as a primer and again after you have applied your make-up to seal it in place.  Don’t hold the spray bottle too close, you don’t want to get your face wet!  Just a slight mist will do. 

This spray helps set your foundation or powder to achieve a flawless look that will last all day.  It's also great to spray on mid-day to refresh your make-up

Always shake well before use to redistribute the mixture.


Tip: Because this mixture is all natural and preservative free you will need to keep it in the fridge.  It will last about 3 weeks and then you should make a new batch.  

It keeps your make-up set for hours, plus, glycerin will hold moisture in your skin!

You’ll love it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AX Paris - SS14 competition

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share with you a chance to win a fabulous Spring/Summer wardrobe! - Keep reading to find out more.

AX Paris have launched their SS14 campaign and they are celebrating with a competition.  Check out their TV advert below.   The outfits are stunning, right?


Take a look at the behind the scenes...



AX Paris are  holding a competition where one lucky winner could win £500 worth of clothes!  To enter click on the image below.

AX Paris, AX Paris SS14

Girls, don't miss out on a chance to win the ultimate SS14 wardrobe Don't forget to check out AX Paris.

What do you think about the SS14 collection?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pink Spring

Hello everyone!  

I just love Spring nail colours.  When I saw this nail polish I just couldn't resist buying it!



As soon as I got home, I had to try it out.  Scroll down to see more photos of my NOTD. 




I really like this pink Spring colour.  What nail colours are you loving this Spring?  Leave a comment and let me know!

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway yet?  (ends on April 23rd)   ENTER HERE!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Free Maybelline lipstick with Baobella Boutique

Hello everyone!

I recently discovered an awesome website called Baobella Boutique.  I loved their concept so much I had to bring it to your attention as it is definitely something you don't want to miss!  So keep on reading to find out more!  :)


Baobella Boutique is an exclusive beauty "flash sale" shop offering incredible discounts of popular beauty brands ranging from drugstore to high-end.  With new deals added daily, you can get amazing products with up to 80% off, for a limited time only!


In addition, Baobella Boutique are giving Cosette's Beauty Pantry readers a free Maybelline lipstick worth £7.89 on orders over £10 with the code FreeMlipstick until 30th April!

I love a good sale, and I also love beauty products.  If you do too (which I'm sure you do), visit Baobella Boutique and start shopping!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY: Blemish killer stick

Hello everyone!

Today I have another beauty DIY for you.  My skin has been fairly clear until a couple of days ago when it started flaring up again (only a couple of pimples, but still).  The problem is, I've been so busy lately that I didn't have time to pamper my skin with one of my usual homemade masks.  So, I found myself constantly reaching for my tea tree oil and rubbing a drop on my blemishes.  I figured I should make a DIY treatment that is quick to make and easy to use.

The DIY blemish killer stick  is the easiest thing you can make to get rid of pimples, especially if you don't have the time to prepare a DIY mask, apply it, let it sit for 20-30 minutes, etc.  

DIY blemish killer stick

You will need:
  • 3/4 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1-3 drops tea tree oil
  • an empty lip balm tube
Both coconut oil and tea tree oil are naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal.  These properties help with reducing  redness and puffiness and fighting bacteria.

Method:

Scoop 3/4 of a tablespoon coconut oil and melt it on a stove top burner.
Add in just a few drops of tea tree oil (no more than 3).

Mix to blend and pour into the lip balm tube.

Store the tube in the fridge so it  doesn't melt and use as needed as a homemade spot treatment.  So far this DIY blemish killer stick is working well for me!
Other natural ingredients that fight blemishes include: apple cider vinegar (ACV), baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), lemon juice, honey, green tea, witch hazel and rose water.    

Search the blog for any of the above mentioned ingredients, for more information and beauty DIY treatments. You can also search for more info on coconut oil and tea tree oil!

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Try a couple of different ingredients and discover what works best with your skin.
Do you have a special DIY acne remedy?  What seems to work best for you?  Tell me in the comment section below!