Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Pretty in Pink Nails ♥

Hey Guys!
I absolutely love having my nails decorated with all different colours and designs, however, I don't often bother. My toenails are almost always painted and my colours of choice will be either bright and bold, or deep colours.

A photo of my feet taken from my Instagram

My problem lies with my fingernails. My nails aren't particularly strong so I tend to keep them short, this means that if I want longer nails, I either have to grow them out and hope for the best, or use fake nails (which often end up annoying me!). My second issue with decorated nails, is that my nails seem to have an issue with it. Nail polish never seems to stay on for long at all. It either chips (which REALLY bugs me!!) or it peels off! I can also never be bothered to wait for it to dry, and then when I think it is dry, I start doing things and end up smudging my newly painted nails.

It's a shame because I love all the different nail designs that you can do, and my friend, in particular, is very skilled at nail painting so she's always sending me pictures of her nails (yes, you can detect a slight hint of jealousy!). Nevertheless, I have decided to give some nail designs a go, in the hope of becoming better and quicker at it. Here is my first attempt:

Not too shabby eh? I got the design idea from CutePolish who does tutorials for amazing nail designs! Some of the designs are so detailed it's crazy!! I will definitely be attempting some more of them, they are actually easier than I expected. I used white, silver sparkle, light pink and a slightly darker pink nail polishes, and a white and a pink nail pen.

So as I'm planning on trying out loads of designs, maybe this should be a regular feature on my blog? I'll see what I can do.

Can you do nail designs? Do you have issues with nail polish like I do?

Friday, 6 September 2013

I'm Nuts!

Hey Guys!
Last weekend, I took part in something called 'The Nuts Challenge' which is a military-style assault course. It is approximately 7km long, and you have to run, climb, crawl, swim, and generally get extremely muddy. I did this with my gym buddy, and we were determined to complete it with a decent time!! The exact length of the course was 7.56km, and I finished it in 1 hour and 23 minutes. I am extremely happy with this. There are different options of length that you can do:
  • More Nuts (7km, 1 lap)
  • Mixed Nuts (14km, 2 laps)
  • Complete Nuts (21km, 3 laps)
  • Tough Nuts (28km, 4 laps)
It was really tough but so much fun. I am now covered in cuts and bruises, and I injured my knee about half way round which slowed me down (annoyingly!) but that hasn't put me off doing it again! My parents came to watch and cheer us on, and here are some of the pictures that they took

So there you have it! I had a fantastic time and I really can't wait to do it again!! My friend and I are considering doing the 14km one next year, so we will need to keep up the training!

Have you ever done anything like this? What do you think of these challenges?

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

GlossyBox | July 2013

Hey Guys!
Is it just me, or is time flying by?! As my uni move-in date approaches ever quicker, I find myself with less and less time on my hands! This is the reason I am reviewing the July GlossyBox in September!! Sorry about that!

July's GlossyBox had the theme 'Seaside Splash' so all the products are focusing on the 'beach babe' look. 

Anatomicals Spray Mist - I have previously owned, and loved Anatomicals products so I had high hopes for this one. You simply spritz this onto your face after cleansing or even over your makeup to refresh your skin and set your makeup. It is in a handy-sized bottle that fits in my handbag to carry around with me, so I can use it out and about. It refreshed my skin well and cooled me down in the heat, which I loved. I was generally very happy with this product and will continue to love using it. The full size product is 100ml which is £6. I think this is a decent price for this, and would definitely consider buying it.

Coola Mineral Face Moisturiser - As, here in England, we were experiencing a heatwave at the time of receiving this box, a mineral moisturiser with built-in spf 20 is exactly what I needed! I was dubious at first, as to whether it would work as well as a normal suncream but I risked my face and gave it a go. I was out in the sun for ages, and not only was my face moisturised and soothed, it was also protected from the sun and I didn't get burnt!! Like with all products the first time of use, I was unsure as to how much I needed to use, however, after a couple of applications, I figured it out. Overall, I have been relatively happy with this product. For the full size, it is £29.99 for 50ml. Compared with my usual suncreams, this is quite expensive, and as I am soon to be a poor student, I will not be purchasing this.

Alterna Bamboo Style Texture Mist - I am a fan of the tousled waves style as it looks effortless and is linked with the 'beach babe' look. You just spray all over your hair and scrunch it with your hands. I have enjoyed using this product a lot as it is easy to accessorise with and wear it as casual, or dress it up to make it more formal. I have used it lots and will continue using it until I run out. The full size product is 125ml and is £23, this is a little expensive and, as I mentioned before, I will not be able to afford this, however, if you can, I recommend this product.

Essie Sleek Sticks - I am a massive fan of painted and coloured nails, I am also a massive fan of Essie, so you can imagine my excitement when receiving this product. They are really simple to apply and they last for a very long time. I actually prefer them to nail varnish as I can never be bothered to wait for them to dry, and with these, there is no waiting around. My only criticism with the product I received, is that I would have preferred different colours. I have mentioned in previous blog posts that I like bright colours in summer, and that is not what I got in this box. Nevertheless, I was still happy to wear them until they chipped and I had to peel them off (which was equally as easy as the application). One set is around £9.99, which I think is worth paying, especially if you have nail polish-repellent nails that refuse to keep nail polish on for a decent amount of time!!

Sleek Pout Paint - This was the one product in my GlossyBox that I was actually disappointed in. I'll start with the positives though. They are highly pigmented so you hardly need to use any, thus meaning that they will last a long time. They are also really moisturising so my lips didn't feel dry whilst I was wearing them. However. The two colours I received were impossible for me to use. They are meant for mixing so it is unsurprising that I would never wear them on their own. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find anything to mix them with to create a good colour that I am happy with and comfortable enough to wear out and about. Thus making them unusable. They cost £4.99 for 8ml, which is a decent price, however, as you can probably tell, I will not be purchasing them.

So that is everything in July's box! I have generally been happy with the products and have felt that they are useful for the time of year (that I received them in). I will review my August GlossyBox soon, and I look forward to receiving my September box (which will probably, sadly, be my last). 

Have you tried any of these products? What's your opinion of them?

Thursday, 22 August 2013

9 Days in the Sun! :)

Hey Guys!
I've been on holiday! This being one of the reasons I haven't posted recently. On the 5th August, my family and I flew out to sunny Rhodes (a Greek island) and spent the next 9 days sunbathing, playing tennis and partaking in many other activities!

The first day, we spent in Rhodes Old Town being all touristy and enjoying the views and culture. This was really nice and it was lovely spending some quality time with my family, whilst topping up the tan!

On the Wednesday, we took a taxi to the markwarner Levante beach Resort where we were to spend the next week. My brother and sister were in the "kids club" for 14-17 year olds so spent all day and evening with their friends. I, being too old for this, spent most of my day doing various exercise classes, playing tennis and sunbathing! I met some other people of a similar age to me so I spent each evening hanging out at the beach bar with them, and we ventured into Faliraki one night to enjoy the nightlife! 

Here are all the activities that I did (multiple times):

  • Beach Boot Camp
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • X-Fit
  • Legs, Bums and Tums
  • Circuit Training
  • Abs Attack
  • Body Conditioning
  • High Intensity Aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Team Triathlon (Team Apple PI! I ran)
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Gym
  • Table Tennis
I had a really good holiday, and I was sad to have to leave it all behind to come home to the real world. But, all good things have to come to an end eventually!

Here are some of my holiday snaps!

 My Dad, my sister, me and my Mum
 Me, my brother and my sister

 My siblings and I being normal... As usual...

 My family and I having big-ass smoothies in Rhodes Old Town
 My brother and I drinking the smoothies
 A market square in Rhodes Old Town
 My siblings and I being normal again
 Me standing in a big archway in Rhodes Old Town

 My brother and I in our new really (not) expensive Ray.Bans
 My Mum, my sister, me and my Dad huddling in the shade

 My sister and I about to go in the pool

 The front of the markwarner hotel
 One of the pools and the sea in the background
 My sister and I looking out from our balcony

 The hotel at night

 My Dad after kayaking in the team triathlon! Team Apple Pi!!
 My sister swimming in the team triathlon! 
 Me running (and looking terrible) in the team triathlon! It was over 30 degrees with no shade!

 My Dad and I looking out to sea
 A Greek band
 My Mum and I
 My Dad and I

 My friends and I playing volleyball

Some Greek Ruins in the resort

So there you go! I didn't increase the photo sizes because I thought that would make my blog post ridiculously long!! 

Where have you been on holiday this year?

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