Sunday, 20 January 2013

Remember this blog has moved.

Hi guys just a quick reminder that I will no longer be posting on this blog. However you can now find me at my new blog 'In the most delightful way', which can be found by clicking the link below. 

Stacey x x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

A new chapter.

Hi guys so here it is. The last blog post for Nourish. It's been on the cards for a while but the new blog is finally here. It has been really great writing Nourish and I've learnt so much from my first jaunt in to the blogging world, and I'm looking forward to learning much more. I want to thank everyone for reading my posts and (hopefully) enjoying them. I still cant believe that people across the world have read my posts! Its mindbogglingly awesome. So with that in mind I would like to invite you all over to my new blog 'In the most delightful way'. Here you will still find beauty related posts but you will also find a little more of me (and hubby). And guess what! There's a post on there already, to ease you in to the change.

Thank you again for your support and i hope you enjoy the new blog.

Stacey x x

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Vichy Dermablend trial and sneaky photo shoot.

I am constantly on the lookout for the next best product to enlist in to my make-up arsenal, and next in the firing line is Vichy Dermablend Ultra-corrective Cream Stick. I have heard lots of good things about this foundation but hearing and testing are two different things. So I decided to rigorously road test this product before shelling out the big bucks. It also helped that I received 6 small trial sizes of this product in my June Glossybox, so I was well prepared.

I began by using this product on myself for a day-time Birthday Tea Party. I used the lightest of my testers (which is actually the lightest shade this foundation comes in), which was 11 Porcelain. Unfortunately this was still a little too dark for my skin, story of my life. Aside from this, the foundation itself was quite nice. It did take a bit of effort to blend due to its consistency, but once on it stayed put. It also felt light and it did not cake, even after powdering. I didn’t use flash with my pictures on the day, so I couldn’t tell if there would be any flash back issues. 

I then decided that this was not a fair trial as the colour didn’t completely match my pale complexion. So on to the next phase, testing in a professional environment. This is where my beautiful friend stepped in to offer assistance. So armed with my testers and buffing brush (and my whole kit, you have to be prepared!), myself and hubby trundled round to her house for some dressing up time. 

I blended 2 colours of Vichy foundation for Vicky on the day, which were 13 Light and 14 Nude, but this was simply because I had the colours to do so. If I didn’t have the colours I would have gone with the one that was lighter and used coloured powder to correct the colour. I found that the foundation held up fine for the few hours that we shot for and Vicky said it felt nice on her skin. We also didn't use flash for these photo's either, so unfortunately i can not give you an opinion on this subject. Over all I found this product to be quite nice as a normal every day foundation, especially if you like a fuller coverage. However this product is not without flaws, namely the colour range and blend-ability of colours. There are only 7 shades available in Boots which only spans a miniscule amount of the colour spectrum. Also I found that blending two shades together was a nightmare purely due to the consistency of the foundation. Because of this Vichy Dermablend Ultra-corrective Cream Stick will not be making it’s way in to my professional kit, however if you are lucky enough to find your colour then this is a nice foundation for personal use. 

Vichy Dermablend Ultra-corrective Cream Stick can be bought from Boots here if you would like to give it a try. 

Stacey x x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Get your Barbie ‘Bling’ on.

If Barbie liked garish, over the top, mega bling then I believe this is what her manicure would look like. 

All pink, shimmery and sparkly. I love it!

It may not be winter inspired but we all need a bit of sparkle as the dark nights draw in.

I used flat back diamantes and pearls from Ebay for the embellishments, and an orange stick to place them on the nails. I used two coats of Illamasqua Loella over all the nails and one coat of Nails Inc Belgrave Square over Loella on all the nails except the embellished ones.  

I hope you like.

Stacey x x 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.

Hay guys just a little review for you. I first saw this product on Arden Rose‘s Youtube channel, ARose186. She was doing a favorites video and I thought ‘balm and a stain’, I gotta get me one of those! As Arden Rose is an American Youtuber,and as everything always comes out in America first, I didn’t get my hopes up for getting my hands on one of these for a while. However I couldn’t contain my curiosity and had to do a little online research. I found that they had been released in the UK but Boots website had completely sold out. Why am I never the first to find things! Anywho, I then decided I didn’t need any more lip products anyway and gave up the Ghost. Until I took a chance walk through Boots in Manchester City Centre and guess what! Kerching, 3 balm stains bought and paid for quicker than you can say “do I really need these?”

 (040 Rendezvous, 001 Honey Douce, 010 Darling Cherie)

I have to admit, the pickings were very slim for these when I went in. There are normally 7 shades to choose from, but on the day there were only 4 available as all the rest had sold out. So of the measly few I had to choose from I chose 010 Darling Cherie, (which, surprisingly was the one I really wanted), 040 Rendezvous and 001 Honey Douce.

010 Darling Cherie is a gorgeous medium pink/purple. It does look quite dark in the bullet but don’t be deceived, or scared, it goes on lighter. This one is my fave!

The next is 040 Rendezvous and yes it is Orange. What did you expect, you know I like a little bit of crazy?! This stain is pretty bright so I would say not one for a shrinking Violet, but definitely my cup of tea.

And last but not least 001 Honey Douce. Just like Darling Cherie this stain looks dark in the bullet but once swatched comes up lighter. This is a light, blush colour which looks quite natural and beautiful on the lips.

As you know I bought these from Boots where they are £7.99 each, but they are on 3 for 2 at the moment, bargain! And I adore them (as I do with most lip products lol). They feel nourishing and light on the lips and leave a lovely stain when the balm wears off. They are also SO easy to use, with their crayon like tip and twist bottom applicator, especially on the go.

Have you guys tried any of these yet? What do you think?

Stacey x x

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Glossybox Beauty – Rising Stars.

Hi guys first off, just a quick progress report on the new blog (see I told you I'd keep you informed). The new blog is still under construction but I am hoping it's not going to be too long now before it's released in to the wilds of the internet.

But now on to the star of the show, the Rising Stars Glossybox. I have to say that this Glossybox is the best box of all that I have ever received. I have used everything in this box (this does not happen very often) and there are definitely more than a few things that I will be purchasing.

Lady Gaga – Fame Perfume.

I was very excited to receive a tiny vial of Lady Gaga's new perfume 'Fame' in this months box. I have been thinking a for a few weeks about how I would like to increase my perfume collection (collection may not be the most appropriate word when I only have two). And low and behold this tester arrived and has given me the perfect opportunity to expand. This perfume is beautiful. The scent is divine. I like it so much that I have already tried to buy it. Tried and not succeeded however as Boots had already sold out of the gifts sets Grrr.

Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum and 5 Minute Facial.

Wowsers. Snake Serum? Sounds pretty crazy! I can safely say this is the first time I have ever tried any product that sounds like it has been extracted from a deadly creature! However this isn't actual venom, it is a serum inspired by the Temple Viper. This serum is said to lift and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boy did I feel it working. I can't comment on if this actually works to minimise fine lines and wrinkles because, I'm sorry I don't have any yet. However if the tightening feeling I experienced was anything to go by, this could be a winner. I also tried the 5 minute facial and although the sachet did not have enough product in it to cover my whole face, the parts that did get some felt amazing after. I used this product like I would do any other mask. Spread it on, soaked in the bath for about 30mins and then washed it off with cold water. I was pleasantly surprised with both the scrubby particles and the clay mask itself. Mask and a scrub in one! Maybe that's why it's called 5 minute facial? I really love these products and would definitely buy these.

Balance Me. Wonder Eye Cream.

Dubbed as “a triple-action cream designed to soothe tired eyes, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines”, and so far so good. I have been using this for about 3 weeks now. The cream feels lovely on my skin. My under eye area is sufficiently hydrated and it has not given me any Milia. When it comes to eye creams this is all I can really hope for, but if it does these things and maybe rids me of my dark circles then I'm happy.

Vichy. Idealia Day Care Cream.

Love. Love. Love. If you didn't guess already, I am loving this moisturiser! It is an amazing product. Thick enough for winter skin but does not cause an oil slick. Naturally illuminating instead of glitter or shine. Gawjus scent and a reasonable price point. What more do you want? Well an SPF would be nice but that's just splitting hairs. P.S Vichy if you make this moisturiser with an SPF that would make me very happy.

Maghrabian Hair Oil.

This is the second hair oil that I have received in my Glossybox's and I am just as impressed with this one. I use this on washed, wet hair and only use a smidgen. I then dry my hair with the hair dryer and hello glossy, nourished hair. There is the potential to over use this product and end up with dunked in a fryer looking hair, so I would advise if you have hair that can lean towards the oilier side, less is definitely more.

So here it is. Hope you have enjoyed this review and keep on the look out for news about the new blog.

See you soon.

Stacey x x

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Glitter Nails – A mixed bag.

Hay guys I'm still here, in case you were wondering. Unfortunately the posts are going to be a bit thin on the ground, for the next few weeks at least, because I am a little caught up in my new/old venture. I am designing a new blog at the moment. The idea came to me about a month back, whilst thoroughly engrossed in a couple of lifestyle blogs I thought “wouldn't it be great to share with you guys, and the world, a bit more of me?”. And thus the idea was formed. A lifestyle blog, still massively focused on all things beauty, but with a smidging of fashion, a smattering of fun and frolics and a whole dose of 'Life' as we know it. However don't despair, I will be giving you a fair amount of warning before pulling the plug on Nourish all together. There will be plenty of time for you all to scoot over to the newbie and I promise you wont miss a thing in the process.

Now I couldn't leave this post without anything beauty related so I thought I would show you my glitter nails. Oh glitter, how I love you! 

 (China Glaze - 842 Snow Globe, Nails Inc Special Effects - Glastonbury, China Glaze - 885 Mistletoe Kisses)

As you can see I went for kind of a mixed bag of glitter this time. We have greens, purple, gold and a bit of iridescent sparkle thrown in for good measure. I also used a new technique this time called Sponging. There are lots of variations of this technique (maybe that's a another blog post right there) but I used the most basic, which was literally taking a piece of sponge, dabbing it in nail polish and dabbing it on the nail. I used this technique to graduate the green up from the tip and blend it in a little. I have to apologise if you can't see the effect clearly, glitter is a nightmare to photograph. But believe me when i say, it really does look lovely in real life. 

So nice and quick and simple today and I will see you all as soon as I can.

Stacey x x