Models Own || Twilight Hypergel Collection 2015

Everyone loves a good lick of polish from time-to-time to make you feel glam and put together, I know I do. The only thing that stops me from wearing polish all the time is my frustration with chipping - who has time to apply, remove and reapply almost daily? Not me that's for sure. Because of my chipping bug-bear I am a little bit snobbish with what brands I use - I adore Nails Inc, Nailberry, Seche, Models Own and Barry M from time to time. OPI's always been pretty hit or miss but it doesn't stop me from fawning over their new shades every time there's a new collection launching.

This time round the fawning is over Models Owns Hypergel Collection for AW15. Just launched, this collection boasts of thirteen high-gloss, gel-effect shades that will carry you throughout the year let alone autumn.

The lineup includes:

Jet Black // As black as midnight. This isn't shown in the image above but it's a true black.

Lunar Grey // Metallic silver because autumn wouldn't be autumn without some metallics. This is on the bottom row, second from left.

Everyday Grey // The perfect on-trend grey that would fit right in with your rich tones in autumn and your pastels in spring. This is on the bottom row, third from the left.

Grey Storm // Yeah don't be fooled by the name, personally this is beige with a warm hint of caramel. This shade is on the bottom row on the right.

Teal // Typical teal mid-tone. This shade is on the bottom row, third from the right, although in person it's more teal than blue.

Deep Sea // This colour is amazing. It's the best of a blue-green world, I'd akin it to a gothic teal with a teeny touch of grey tone behind it. This is on the bottom row, second from the right.

Hot Chocolate // Rich and luxurious chocolate. This is on the bottom row on the left. It's less black-brown and definitely more chocolate in person.

Sweet Sherry // A sherry wine tone red with a brown undertone. This is on the top row, second from the left.

Heather // I'd have expected some mauve, almost lilac tone this shade but Models Owns 'Heather' is just one shade down from the Sweet Sherry tone above. This is on the top row, on the left.

Robin Red // Robin Red or letterbox red, either way this is red! This is on the top row, fourth from the right.

Marsala // A spicy red. This was the colour for 2015 according to Pantone. This is on the top row, third from the right.

Loganberry // A gorgeous red with a pink undertone. This is on the top row, second from the right.

Cashmere Rose // A pretty rose-pink. This one was a surprising addition as it's typically more suited to spring but I think it pairs really nicely with the richer tones in the collection. This one's on the top row, on the right.

I've always found hi gloss colours last longer than say, metallics or certain textural polishes. Models Own have always been good in terms of wearability and durability and they only cost £4.99 each so are affordable too.

While these are gel effect polishes they are easy to remove with nail polish remover. I used to get gel polishes but found my nails went through hell, they become seriously dry, no amount of balms or creams were making them look normal and it took months of continual upkeep to get them back to a somewhat normal state. Even now I find my ability to wear nail products is reduced because my nails dry out really badly. So, I do think that opting for gel effect polishes is a safer option, at least your nails really can maintain their moisture and you get the added benefit from hi-gloss, plump looking colour for as long as you wish.

What are your thoughts on this collection? Are there any colours you find you buy in autumn over others?

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Winter Is Coming! || I've Got Some Fun Activities In Mind

I had to put extra layers on this morning I was so cold! It seems we are truly past all the delights that summer brings. We’re definitely heading into the throes of Autumn if all the brown leaves are anything to go by. Of course, the kids love it. I think they pride themselves on making the biggest pile of leaves to jump in. I’ve already pulled a few yucky ones out of their hair this week.

Boys will be boys. What’s really exciting them though is the promise of winter just around the corner. There’s nothing they love more than rolling around in the snow. Each of them made snow angels a couple of years ago, and it was just the most beautiful sight. Then they jumped up and had a snowball fight! My boys love being active and having as much fun outdoors as they possibly can.

This year, I’m sure they’re hoping to get stuck in some snow drifts and make giant snowmen. I can just see them now strapping tennis racquets to their feet pretending they’re snowshoes. The snow boots for boys are already in the stores, so I’m guessing the retailers are confident we’re in for some.

To be sure of snow, though, you have to head out of Britain and toward more Northern parts of Europe. I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with places like Sweden or Norway and Finland. For the amazing wealth of winter activity ideas, it could be worth a winter holiday away this year. Trekking through the snow and seeing some of the wildlife that lives there would be an incredible experience now the three boys are a bit older. I think it would be pretty amazing for Hubs and I too.

Then, of course, is Lapland. The three of them are just about young enough to be pretty impressed with visiting reindeer and the home of Father Christmas. I always dreamed of doing that when they were tiny, so maybe it’s something to try this year. I can just imagine the kids and I dog sledding across the snow toward polar bears!

Back home, the kids will be keeping busy with preparations for Halloween and Fireworks Night this month. We’ve been looking at themed candles and candle holders already. I think they’re all pretty excited about dressing up for a Halloween party. I’m going to be putting on a few things around that time, so I’m secretly even more excited than they are! Of course, if it snows as well, the boys will be in heaven!

As it gets colder, the thought of heading somewhere even colder can be a little bit much for some. But when you’ve got excitable and energetic boys like mine, the look on their little faces will be enough to warm anyone up! So I guess it’s off to the clothing stores now. It’s definitely time to pick up some scarves, hats and gloves to keep us going for another wintry season. I might just pop by the travel agent and pick up some winter holiday brochures too!
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Halloween 2015 || Yankee Candle Collection is Here

I recently posted some of the USA Halloween collections for Yankee Candle on the blog [here] and now it's time to show you the UK offerings. Halloween is pretty major for the brand as everything is limited edition and Yankee collectors and fanatics (yes there really are fanatics) go wild for these short-term products - myself included.

Normally we are offered less than the UK which sucks but generally we have a patchouli blend, a sweet candy scent and sometimes there's another scent up for grabs. This year we have two scents. TWO scents! let's just say most of us fanatics are pretty angry about this especially since the USA have at least four for 2015.

I digress slightly so I'll leave the ranty 'tude in the background and move on to the scents...
The two main scents are Witches Brew and Candy Corn. I have seen some sites sell some of last years offerings but for the UK, these are the scents they've released. I'm not overly offended as Witches Brew is my all-time favourite Yankee scent. I tend to overstock each year just to get me past the Halloween season.

Witches Brew // The spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli casts a captivating spell.

Candy Corn // The familiar, sweet scent of candy corn is a fond reminder of Halloween fun and treats.
Cat Jar Holder | Cat Burner | Cat Sampler Holder | Black Cat Jar Clinger

There are definitely two themes for the UK accessories and that is cats and webs. I adore the cats, I would actually keep the cats out all year but the webs aren't drawing me in. How cute is the cat clinger though and at only £3.99 it's an affordable option for everyone.
Web Iluma Lid | Web Jar Holder | Web Sampler Holder | Orange Bucket Sampler Holder

The webs. What do you think about this collection?
Pumpkin Burner | Skull Sampler Holder | Black Bucket Sampler Holder | Pumpkin Sampler Holder 

Finally the characters - that pumpkin tart burner calls my name. The ghost and translucent pumpkin holders feel a little bit lazy again on Yankee's part.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this years range. Were you equally disappointed by the lack of scents and accessories in comparison to the US?

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Achieve a Younger Looking Face Without Any Pain!

Loving this completely unrelated image however peacocks for me at least are the epitome of glamour from the animal world at least. 

We’d all like to look a little bit younger and hold on to our youth for as long as possible. But surely, to turn back the clock we need to go under the knife and have multiple painful procedures? Not necessarily! Here’s how you can achieve a younger looking face without any pain and without breaking the bank. 

Eat to Nourish Your Body

Everybody who makes the effort to eat healthy, colourful, natural food looks better than those who don’t. When we eat to nourish our bodies, we automatically make it look younger and keep it in better health. However, you can’t just eat one or two salads a week and hope for the best. You need to make a habit of eating naturally so it has a big impact on your face. You should keep bad treat foods to an absolute minimum. 

Get Some Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is the key to keeping your youthful appearance. Not only will you look younger when you begin exercising regularly, you’ll also keep your body healthy and free from disease. You’ll strengthen your immune system, and experience all kinds of other benefits. 

Keep Up a Good Routine

A good skincare routine is a must if you want to keep your face looking young. There are so many things you can do to keep up a good routine.You should be cleansing twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. You should also be toning twice a day after cleansing. Moisturising should be done with a day cream/night cream containing SPF. Exfoliating is important a couple of times per week. Using a face mask is recommended once per week. Make sure your products suit your skin type for the best results and watch for changes in your skin type. 

Treat Yourself 

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, so why not buy that luxury facial product you’ve had your eye on? You might even want to treat yourself to a salon treatment. This thread lift before and after could tempt you if you’re unsure. 

Stop Frowning

Try to actively stop frowning at things. It can take practice. Simply try to reduce stress, wear sunglasses and have your eyes tested regularly to stop those dreaded frown lines from becoming permanent fixtures.


Stress can be a big factor in the way our skin looks. If we’re very stressed, it’ll show on our face. Do what you need to do to de-stress. Take a break from work. Take a bath. Read a book. Do things you enjoy! 

Change Your Hair

Changing your hair colour, style, or both could be just the ticket to making your face appear younger. Your colour might be aging you prematurely, or there could be some kind of illusion you could create with your hair. 

Whiten Your Teeth

White teeth are a sign of youth, so invest in a home whitening method for a cheap and easy way to make your face look younger or splurge by heading to your local dentist. Then you can show them off when you smile in person and in pictures! 

I hope you love these tips and they help you to look as young as you want to look. Remember, you should try to reduce any bad habits you have to see the best results. 

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Benefit Cosmetics || Christmas 2015 Offerings

Finally it's time to get the festive posts going - I know many of will be cringing at the 'F' word but in our house it's all go as soon as autumn hits. With three young boys in the house we prefer to plan ahead so we can chip away at the festive season bit-by-bit and having a 'wishlist' helps us keep an eye out on sales and with Quidco - cause who doesn't love cashback?

Every year I look forward to the Benefit releases because they have amazing packaging, products that actually get used instead of gathering dust in the back of a drawer and they save so much money in the long run because it's a brand that I do use almost daily. There's lots of awesome gift sets and palettes for 2015, some have launched already, some are still due to launch here in the UK but have hit the US waters already too.

Here's the rundown...
Party Hoppin'

Includes: They're Real! Mascara | Gimme Brow | High Beam | It's Potent! Eye Cream.

Party Poppers - Available on October 15th this advent calendars going to sell out fast though. It opens up like a book and holds lots of cute little mini sized products to get you through the festive season.  

Includes: Mini Rockateur Blush | Mini They're Real! Mascara | Mini They're Real! Remover | Mini High Beam | Mini Ooh La Lift | Mini The POREfessional | Mini BADgal Lash Mascara | Mini Lollitint Cheek & Lip Stain | Mini Total Moisture Facial Cream | Mini Ultra Plush Lip Glosses in Hoola & Sugarbomb | Mini Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. 

Pucker Up & Party

Includes: Posietint Poppy-Pink Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain | Posiebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm | Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm | Benetint Rose Lip & Cheek Stain. 

You're So Party!

Includes: The POREfessional | Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola | They're Real! Mascara | Hoola Matte Bronzer.

Benefit Real Cheeky Party 

Includes: Dandelion Box O' Powder Blush | Rockateur Blush Box O' Powder Blush | Sugarbomb Box O' Powder Blush | Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter | Hoola Matte Bronzer | CORALista Box O' Powder Blush | They're Real! Push Up Liner | They're Real! Mascara 

Party To The Peepers! 

Includes: Creaseless Colour Wash in Peach Party, Go Taupeless and Honey Talks | They're Real! Mascara. 
Party Like a Rockstar  

Includes: The POREfessional | Hoola Matte Bronzer | They're Real! Mascara | Roller Lash Curling Mascara | Longwear Powder Shadow Palette with Call My Bluff, Thanks a Latte, Gilt-y Pleasure and Kiss Me and I'm Tipsy. 

Life Of The Party 

IncludesMini Face Powder Brush & Double-Ended Sponge Applicator | The POREfessional | They're Real! Mascara | Dandelion Face Powder | Rockateur Blush | Longwear Powder Shadow in Taupe It Off, Nude Swings and Call My Buff | Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain.
Pump Up The Party 

The POREfessional | Rockateur Blush | Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain | Roller Lash Mascara | Longwear Powder Shadow in Milk It!, Nude Swings, It's Complicated and Kiss Me, I'm tipsy | Face Brush & Double Ended Sponge Applicator.  
You're B.Right To Party 

IncludesThe POREfessional | Dream Screen SPF 45 | Instant Comeback Facial Serum | Moisture Prep Toning Lotion | Total Moisture Facial Cream. 

Get Your Party On!  

Includes: They're Real! Mascara | Hoola Matte Bronzer | High Beam | Gimme Brow. 

Which, if any of these gift sets do you have your eye on for Christmas? Personally I badly want that advent calendar, those cute mini sizes do it for me everytime. You can pick them all up from Benefit Cosmetics website. 

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