The 10 minute express mani at home!

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IMG_8844-2.JPGTarting up your nails before a night out doesn’t need to take long and will make the world of difference to your look.

1. Even out ridges with a 4 way buffer, this makes for a speedy application and evens out nails for smooth results.

2. Skip the base coat (just for speed) paint your first coat of polish, I start in the middle with a long downward stroke and then the sides (going as close as possible to the edges)

3. Paint the second coat of polish taking care not go over the edges using the same technique as before. *TIP don’t overload the brush, wipe excess off on the bottle neck, otherwise you risk an uneven finish*

4. Finish with a generous coat of good quality top coat, this speeds up drying time, prevents chips and gives the nail a glossy finish.

5. Last but not least! Massage cuticle oil in your cuticles for a professional finish, no paint job will ever look good with dry cuticles!

Shopping List:
Nail Polish – Only Fingers and Toes in Aphrodite. Buy here

Top Coat – Intensae base and top coat. buy here

Cuticle Oil – Advanced Cuticle Oil PRO buy here

4 Way Nail Buffer – Models Own or boots brand buy here

Secondblonde x

Nailing it with Jessica “Sexy Siren”

So this is the first time I’m trying a Jessica polish…I know right! I was given a mini sized bottle in a good bag last winter and it’s been knocking around at the back of my nail polish drawer. Time to give it a whirl…jessica nail polish 1

(excuse the paint job, i’m no pro! just enjoy painting my nails and sharing with you)

The brush size is perfect for applying even strokes, the colour glided on effortlessly. Two coats gave a lovely colour appearing slightly lighter than the liquid in the bottle. It’s got a raspberry hue to it which I quite like for a change. (normally I go for a darker shade)

jessica nail polish 2I prepared my nails with one coat of Essie’s Fill the Gap, to fill in a few fine lines I have on some of my nails. Followed by two coats of Jessica Sexy Siren, I do one stroke down the centre of my nail and two strokes either side.

*Top Tip* get as close to the sides as possible for a professional looking paint job!

I brushed on a generous lick of Intensae Crystalline Top Coat. To finish I sweep Barielle Advanced Pro Cuticle Oil over my dry cuticles giving the appearance of healthy nourished nails.

Secondblonde x

Omega-3 Beauty Benefits

The best kept beauty secrets (though there are many magical potions) may not only be found at the cosmetic counter.

When it comes to healthy hair and skin, you should also be perusing the supermarket and supplement aisles.

IMG_2618.JPGOily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables are high in fatty acids and protein, both crucial nutrients needed to help stimulate the production of healthy skin.

IMG_2619.JPGWe have all heard about good and healthy fats these days such as good olive oil, avocados and foods rich in omega-3s top the list as “good” fats that we should be incorporating into our daily diets. The foods we put into our body are as vital as the beauty products we put on it, it’s no wonder our friends in the Mediterranean always look so young and healthy!

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IMG_2615.JPGOmega-3s benefits include heart health, eye health and joint health, DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.

What is less well known is the role these essential fatty acids play on hair and skin;

1. Healthy, shiny, lustrous hair: we all lust after shiny hair don’t we? To get your hair in optimum condition you need proper nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish your hair follicles for stronger, shinier hair.

IMG_2617.JPG2. Glowing, hydrated skin: everyone wants healthy looking skin. Omega-3s support a healthy skin inflammatory response which is greatly a positive aspect for clearer skin. Fatty acids can act as natural moisturisers that revitalise dry skin from the inside out.

IMG_2616.JPGIf you’d like to reap the benefits of fish oil but don’t fancy incorporating oily fish into your diet twice a week you can take them in supplement form – like Omega-3 fish oil supplement in capsules from most health food shops.

IMG_2613.JPGOr choose fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as some of the following:
• Sardines
• Anchovies
• Albacore tuna
• Wild caught Salmon

Avoid eating the larger species of fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, as these varieties are very high in mercury.

Try to eat mostly those fish that are lower in mercury, such as those listed above, and eat a wide variety of fish to make sure you’re getting proper nutrition.

Secondblonde x

Golden Rose Paris Nail Lacquer in Neon Pink

It’s day1 inTürkiye at “Azda”our local supermarket while loading our trolley full of wholesome foods and naughty delights I came across a bargain bucket of beauty finds near the tills. What caught my eye were little bottles of bright pops of coloured nail varnish, a brand unknown to me but looked appealing all the same.

And I’m on holiday the rules are different aren’t they?

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I couldn’t resist and dropped a neon pink into my trolley knowing it will compliment my tan (once I got one which I intended on asap)

20140723-180212-64932649.jpgGolden Rose nail lacquer cost only 2 Turkish lira (about 57 pence!!!!)

It glided on smooth and even, two coats for the perfect colour. The bottle is a nice shape with the applicator easy to hold/use. The brush is slim and doesn’t overload with polish. It dried quickly with a gloss and I liked the fact it’s slightly sheer. I didn’t have a topcoat with me so am impressed with it’s staying power.

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Day 9 and no sign of chipping or fading and that’s with a few chores around our villa and of course days out/nights out/shopping trips and swimming in our pool plus a few long days at the beach! It’s only just started to wear off the tips.

The colour looks even better now my hands are a shade of golden brown. I think I will re-apply when I get back home as my summer hue, this time with a topcoat for extra gloss. My toes have one of my old favourites Essie’s bachelorette bash, but I’m thinking about changing them to my new love for pink neon pronto!

20140723-180908-65348793.jpgI wish I went back for more colours, there was an appealing jade green and a cool cornflower blue…oh well there’s always next time!

INTENSAE SS14 Dreamy Blue

It’s a Wednesday afternoon I’m on my way to the sorting office to pick up a package. It’s arrived from Germany, filled with excitement I ferry it home on the passenger seat of my car…I think I know what it is!

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As soon as I arrive home I tear open the package…ta dah! As suspected I’ve been spoilt rotten by the cool guys at INTENSAE I’m now the proud owner of their brand spanking new SS14 nail lacquer range.

20140226-104557.jpgFrom left to right: Emmeline, Ophelie, Mars, Matt top coat, Crystalline top coat.

20140226-105024.jpgI’m in the mood for a dreamy cool blue, so I opt for Emmeline.

20140226-105144.jpgThe lid is wider than I’m normally used to but actually feels very comfortable to hold and keep a steady hand. Two coats glide on with ease leaving a smooth glass like finish.

20140226-105413.jpgI’m no pro when it comes to painting my nails (it took me 5 minutes to paint two coats) INTENSAE lacquer made it so easy, my nails were touch dry in minutes – I’m so impressed with their performance this certainly is a luxurious brand, you will not be disappointed!

20140226-105807.jpgI finished with the Crystalline top coat to lock in the colour keeping it chip free for 10 days. I should add that the formulars are flexible once dry, so if your nail bends your polish won’t chip off as it will bend with your nail, genius! I can’t wait to try the other shades and the high performance Matt top coat. There are 24 shades (I think) in the full collection and counting!

The science bit:
Cruelty Free: No animal testing.
5 – Free which are: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, parabens, formaldehyde resin.

Founded by cool cats James Samuel and Christian Roman:

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Buy your own INTENSAE Nail Lacquer Range online: http://www.intensae.com

Kelly’s Beauty Picks This Week

20130908-120251.jpg1. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD £44.99
a detoxifying mask straight out of Hollywood it’s all the buzz right now as it actually works! Use as 17 full face or 1000 spot treatments. It de-clogs and minimises pores.

2. WELLA SP LUXEOIL KERATIN RESTORE MASK £20.50
a restorative mask that reconstructs the hair fibre. Contains iconic Argan oil, almond oil and jojoba oil, rich with fatty acids and omegas.

3. VASELINE LIP THERAPY £1.99
a little versatile tin of protection from the elements with soothing properties. An all time cult favourite.

4. BARIELLE NAIL SHADES $8.00
a late summer shade in Ocean Breeze, look out for the new Fall Shades 2013 I’ve got my eye on Edgy,Dinner at 8 and No not now!

5. No 7 PERFECT BLEND TRIO £9.50
a very affordable trio of concealers to cover blemishes, hide dark circles or blend uneven skin tones…ta dah!

Sunday DIY Nails

My Sunday Night DIY Mani
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Shape with Soap & Glory File/buffer

Prep with Essie Fill the Gap base coat

Paint with 2 coats of Barry M Gelly polish in Blood Orange

Seal with Seche Vite Top Coat for a glossy shine

Treat with CND Solar Oil to condition and protect cuticles

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Bobbing for Baubles

I am in LOVE with this colour from Essie called Bobbing for Baubles, it’s perfect for NYE nails and very flattering against any skin tone. My nails were painted by Kerry at Josh Wood Atelier Liberty, she did an express paint and shape (no cuticle work) perfect for those of us on the go!

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Gelly to go!

Barry M have this great polish that acts like a gel, just one coat needed with a hi-shine, perfect?
It looks great but let’s see how it holds up with ware n tear! Anyone else tried it?

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Barry M gelly in Blood Orange

Gel Nails

Armed with my 2 week manicure for my week off for shiny chip free nails in a classic deep red. Neringa gently tidied up my cuticles and shaped my nails to a natural shape that flatters.

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