How I found the perfect nude and lived happily ever after 

Finding the right nude nail varnish is to the millennial as finding the right red lipstick was to our mother’s generation. 

There are so many different shades of ‘nude’ from pinky-nudes to browny-greys, it could take even the most diligent girl several months to find the perfect colour. That being said, I happened upon a pretty perfect shade at Boots completely by accident, and that’s where our tale begins…

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Beauty Fix or Beauty Fail: Nip and Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum 

Dragon’s blood? Actual Dragon’s blood?! 

Don’t worry you haven’t accidentally stepped into one of Severus Snape’s potions classes, it’s just little old me, and a bottle of one of Nip and Fab‘s kookiest products. 


This product smells like freshly washed hair. You know the smell when you flip your hair around after it’s been washed well with shampoo? It’s a soapy smell with an almost nutmeggy base note, which is delightful.    
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Mashable writer just called nudes for women of colour “poopy”

Predicting how your readers will react to your articles is difficult, even knowing who they are in the first place is tricky, so when a Mashable writer called brown nail varnish ‘poopy’ she probably thought no one would disagree with her.

The article, entitled “How to pull off the ugliest fall nail colors,” also listed sea sick green, rotten pumpkin orange and dirty penny bronze among undesirable varnish options, and tried to help readers avoid looking like they were “wear[ing] the bathroom on [their] nails.”

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Beauty Fix or Beauty Fail: Environ’s Revival Masque

My general hatred for the way anti-ageing products are marketed is well documented (OK, I wrote about it once, here) but the products themselves are usually pretty harmless. 

Environ’s Revival Masque is a home treatment which professes to create “visibly luminous, radiant, smoother, younger and revitalised skin through the combination of revolutionary ingredients Asiatic, Mandelic and Lactic Acid.”  
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How much does my face cost? 

The ‘how much does my face cost’ tag has been floating around the vloggersphere for a long time now. I don’t know why, but everyone is obsessed with knowing how much other people spend on their faces.

After watching a few of the videos and reading blogger’s versions of the tag, some of whose totals came to over £500 (!) I was immediately curious about how much I was spending on my face too.

I pride myself on being pretty frugal when it comes to skincare and make up, but I was in for a shock when I totted up my total.

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Beauty Fix or Beauty Fail: Dr. Paw Paw’s Original Balm 

I recently read an article by Hayley of Carr of London Beauty Queen entitled The truth about petroleum jelly/Vaseline (and why it’s not a beauty product.) I knew about some of the issues around using petroleum jelly, but it was only when I came to review Dr. Paw Paw’s multipurpose soothing balm that it really got me thinking.

Dr. Paw Paw’s products are marketed as a multi-use balm (much in the way people use Vaseline), they can be used on lips, skin, heels, nails and even hair.

Made in the UK, these balms come in three variations; original, peach and red. I tried out the original balm over two weeks to see if it really could be used for everything.

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Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Body Lotion: Impartial review  

Following in the UGG adorned footsteps of Australian hair and beauty brands Aussie (founded 1979) and Aesop (1987), Australian Bodycare started up in 1992 with products targeted at the professional salon and spa market.

Fast forward to 2015 and the brand has developed a whole range of products for home use, from skin wash to blemish sticks, and a body lotion, which is the subject of today’s review.

This body lotion is advertised as; “The perfect all over body lotion for all the family as well as a ’must have’ soother for post waxing and other hair removal treatments.”

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