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23.11.13

Revlon Salt N Pepper Glitter Polish Review


Seeing as Christmas is approaching fast along with Christmas parties and Christmas party dresses approaching even faster, I decided I needed to try something on my nails that was a little more festive to match, so the current salt n pepper fad was perfect!

As Revlon are my go-to polish people and I had a cheeky £2 off Revlon voucher from boots I couldn't resist their new collection of speckled polishes.

The first coat came out quite thin with only a few speckles of silver and black large glitter pieces with fine small silver glitter pieces, although dried quickly as most revlon polishes do. By this point I was skeptical at how dark the polish was going to come out overall as I've had some issues in the past with the first coat coming out quite clear with the whole result not coming out very well. Here I've take my picture outside so you get a good idea of the transparency in true sunlight.


Fortunately the second coat was applied and straight away the effect was true dark black which you can see from the first picture. Areas were a little patchy with a normal amount of glitter with the rest coated really thick in glitter so when using it parts did need a little touching up.

The overall effect was a black slightly dulled speckled effect, it wasnt as shiny as I thought it would be, but it's the perfect festive nail design to tie in with the Christmas party dress without over powering it.. Lets hope it comes off as easily as it went on!

Michelle


Polish I used
780 'Ritzy' Polish - Revlon

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18.11.13

*Secret Revival Facial Massage




Like every girl on the planet, I love to be pampered, de-stressed and know all the anti-ageing treatments for when that dreaded time comes. So when secret revival and I got in contact recently about their uplifting facial massage, although I am no expert beauty blogger and really focus on a handful of products to keep my skin ticking over, I decided it was time to take up in some early new years resolutions and start again with my skin, on a fresh re-vamped palette and this was the perfect opportunity to restart.

Walking down a long dome shaped entrance filled with refreshing trees and ornaments in the heart of the north east suburbs of angel is a small wooden door where Secret Revival lies.

I was instantly greeted by owner and facial guru Pritpal with a kind and warming attitude and aspiring clear skin to boot. After filling out a short form Pritpal gave me a short consultation explaining the massage and idea behind it.


The facial is unlike many traditional facials using no creams or products with preservatives, just a deep tissue massage technique used to hit certain target areas of the face to rejuvenate and lift the muscles to give the face a facelift and glowing effect without the chemicals or the obvious women's short fix, Botox. 

Pritpal concentrates on awaking the body and holds deep traditionally Indian beliefs that the skin really has all it needs to keep facial issues at bay stating "If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin". Pritpal uses deep circular motions on the face and areas around the lymph in the face and neck to awake the naturally occuring detoxifying areas of the body to help flush out toxins and strengthen muscles.

In a relaxing incense and music filled environment the thorough massage was performed with the movement able to be modified along the way depending on preference. Pritpal performed the massage on half my face so I could see the difference on each side, and after one side was done my skin instantly felt perk and plump and was significantly glowing, I decided to wear no makeup before the treatment so I could really see the effects, my dark circles were lessened and my skin was just generally a lot more alive so I can definitely see why people describe the treatment as a natural face lift.

At the end of the treatment Pritpal rubbed pure organic coconut oil over her hand and gently drifted over my face to finish the treatment.

After the treatment Pritpal was eager to impart her wisdom, she showed me techniques for the everyday and when my skin is feeling tired to re-create these similar skin effects at home plus detailing oils that all beauty addicts should use including jojoba oil that mimics the sebum oil produced in the skin and Coconut oil to enrich the hair and body, with Spezia Organics being her in-house favourite brand.


But she didn't just detail the obvious facial knowledge from her line of work, she also gave me fitness and diet tips for improving the state of my skin with leafy greens, wheat grass and Bikram yoga being first on the menu, all helpful tips for my early new years resolutions!

Overall I would say this facial massage experience is really for someone actually looking to improve their skin, that may seem like a stupid comment but alot of facials on the market are really labelled as a standard slap-on-and-leave treatment, showing minor results but not ones that last with its main use just to pamper. Pritpals massage will not only lift significantly but can also be maintained with the correct teaching straight from a beauty guru, on top of that familiar post facial pampered feeling.

Prices start at £65 for a single session with several different packages available at www.secretrevival.co.uk

Michelle

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15.11.13

Grey can be great OOTD




Sorry for the lack of light in this post, they were taken outside the IMax when I went to see the new Tom Hanks film recently. I was going to try elsewhere but I thought the sparkly wall was too perfect for it to not be in this outfit post.

At the moment this seems to be my go-to favourite outfit and with the pre-conception of marl grey always being an addition to outfits as either a texture, to tone down an otherwise bright outfit, or as an addition to tan based accessories I thought the rules were ready to be broken and this was the perfect example of how grey can be great just on its own. 

Here I've teamed a simple grey marl t-shirt with a bit of sparkle on my silver skull scarf to liven the whole palette. I threw on my go to studded boots and my oh so loved recent purchase metallic collection longchamp to continue the metallic theme, all finished up with poncho style shawl for a chic weekend evening out look!

How do you team up your grey wardrobe pieces?

Michelle


What I wore
Black poncho/shawl - vintage
Grey dipped hem t-shirt - Topshop
Silver glitter skull scarf - H&M
Silver cross necklace - Newlook
Black and metallic grey bag - Longchamp metallics collection
Studded boots - Office

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5.11.13

Remember remember




Another quick mani done in the same way to the last Halloween version using a base coat, striking top coat and then an added texture on each index finger. This one was inspired by the weekends clapham fireworks all pink with a hint of sparkle.

Enjoy the show tonight!

Michelle


P.s don't you think the top right image looks like a mouse and the bottom left a bear.. or is that just me?

Colours I used


Clear polish - '3 in 1 base coat, top coat and gloss' by Models Own
 Barbie pink polish - '280 Bubbly' by Revlon
White and pink glitter polish - '264 Pink Iridescent' by Barry M 

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2.11.13

Check this out OOTD


I know I'm a little late blogging about this check phase but this online area of life has been a bit lax recently (sorry) so I'm currently doing a bit of catching up. Anyway as soon as I laid eyes on this print making its way back into the lime light this year, with the likes of Louis Vuitton taking out double page spreads with monochrome and neon yellow check ads in my favourite magazine 'Love' I just HAD to get my mits on the print.

This print is me all over as it has a real vintage vibe about it but also has a modern twist in its cut and that all important 'look at me' factor. Because of this I love the fact you can be either be equally as statement or relaxed on the accessories everywhere else.

I teamed my check dress with classic red nails and leather jacket, my lapis blue arty ring and studded Campbell style slippers. Once dressed up me and my boyfriend headed to Inamo for his brothers 30th birthday where we sampled their food as well as the interactive tables! Which, although we're quite gimmicky and a little dangerous for the credit card.. were still lots of fun!

How do you wear your check?

Michelle


What I wore
Check sixties dress - Vila via ASOS
Leather jacket - CCDK
Lapis lazuli arty ring - YSL
Black tote - Longchamp
Studded slippers - Jeffery Campbell style pumps via eBay
Red nails - Revlon red 680 

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