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8 February 2016

Manicure Monday: Valentine's Day nails

Valentine's Day nails
Valentine's Day nails
Valentine's Day nails
Valentine's Day nails

So it's that time of year again. This year, as my boyfriend currently doesn't have a job and I'm trying very hard to not overspend, we're keeping the celebrations very low key. I knew I wanted to do a VDay nail look on the blog so instead of buying the latest red polishes I thought I'd just raid my stash as I was sure I had some. I was right. I had loads. So many that it was hard to choose which ones to feature, but in the end I went for some traditional reds and a pastel and a bright pink, which I think all work really well together. I also got some Christmas nail stickers last year that for some reason included the words LOVE and HATE on them so I decided the LOVE stickers would work really well for this look. I did contemplate using the HATE stickers for an alternative VDay nail look but decided against it in the end.

I'm really glad I dug these polishes out because they're so pretty. I particularly like the bright pink matte Barry M polish. It's called 'Rhossili' and I featured it on the blog way back in 2014. You can read my thoughts on it here. It's lovely to apply and because it's a matte polish it dries super quick!

The Nella Milano polish was one I received last year and is actually part of an Easter polish collection, but it's such a lovely red that it can be used for Valentine's Day and even Christmas if you wanted to!

The Nails Inc polish is absolutely ancient and one of those ones I got free with some sort of Coca Cola deal in Boots years and years ago or free in a magazine. I don't think I've actually ever bought a full-priced Nails Inc polish, just because they're so ridiculously expensive so I always make good use of magazine freebies or offers.

Lastly, the pastel pink polish is one I received last year from Freedom Makeup's Les Nudes collection. The whole range was absolutely gorgeous so again I'm super happy to have raided my stash and rediscovered this. It's still lovely to apply and not to thin that you need loads of coats either.

All in all I'm pretty happy with my Valentine's Day nail look and it's my own little way of celebrating the day without having spent any money!

Tweet me a picture of your Valentine's Day nails @cherryp13 or let me know in the comments what your fave VDay nail look is.

*This post contains some PR samples.
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5 February 2016

Five blogs for great beauty

Five blogs for great beauty

Hello and happy Friday!

Today I thought I'd start a new mini-series featuring some of my favourite blogs around. It's always nice to share the love and I know how great it feels when another blogger recognises your hard work so I wanted to tell some of my favourite bloggers how much I love them.

I'm not going to commit to this being a weekly thing as I have a lot of posts planned out already so I'm not sure this would slot into a weekly spot so I'll do it as and when I can. I think I have probably featured a couple if not all of these girls on the blog in the past but because they are still ones I check on a daily basis and because they are my go-to when it comes to beauty, I couldn't not include them here.

So without further ado, here are my five favourite blogs for beauty!

Hope Freedom Love
Stephanie's blog is absolutely fab and one I check very regularly for the latest beauty news. I really enjoyed her recent Budget Beauty Week, it was such a great idea and it really appealed to me as I'm a high-street beauty girl through and through. My favourite thing about Stephanie's blog is her Thursday Tittle-Tattle posts, which give me news about the latest beauty releases. As a fellow blogger I find this really helpful and I often note down the dates products are being released so I can make sure I pick them up when I'm next shopping.

Haysparkle
Hayley's blog is another one that I really enjoy for highstreet beauty. We get sent a lot of the same products for review so I'm always really interested to read her opinions on the same products I've tried, although unlike mine Hayley's isn't review after review as she tends to throw favourites posts and wishlists into the mix as well, all of which I really enjoy. I also can't get over how much Hayley posts, she is absolutely on fire with regular, quality content. I could learn a thing or two from her!

Tales of a Pale face
I'm planning a 'five blogs for great photography' post in the future and it was really tricky to decide whether to feature Kat in that post or this one. I suppose I could do both because she's knocking them both out of the park. Whenever I look at Kat's blog I feel super inspired. I really enjoy the mix of highstreet and more higher end beauty, I think she does both really well.

Jodie Loue
Jodie's blog was another that would easily fit into the great photography slot as well. Her blog is one of my more recent finds, I probably discovered it towards the end of last year but I click onto it almost daily and it's another one that inspired me to up my own blogging game. This is another blog that mixes things up a bit too and doesn't just settle on review after review, she features lots of products all in one post, much like a magazine would for an article and this is something I just love in the blogging world and wish I would do more of!

The Sunday Girl
Every day I pop onto my blogger feed and every day Adrienne has loads of new blog posts published ready for me to read. I feel like there's definitely something for everyone on every budget and I love the variety. It is quite a review heavy blog, which is by no means a bad thing, but alongside the traditional reviews Adrienne also pumps out some really interesting, well written and researched posts and some super helpful blog advice pieces too. The Sunday Girl is absolutely a daily read for me and yet another blog/blogger who I look up to immensely.

So there you have it, my five favourite blogs for beauty. Be sure to leave me a comment with your favourite beauty blogs so I can check them out and you never know, maybe discover some new loves. Also be sure to give the lovely ladies featured a follow!
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3 February 2016

Lottie London 'Cherry Pie' Balm Ball

Lottie London 'Cherry Pie' Balm Ball

This past weekend I popped into Superdrug with the sole intention of buying the new Lottie London brush cleanser, but while I was browsing the counter I came across a collection of cute little lip balm balls. As I had a look through the range of scents I came across one called 'Cherry Pie'. I pointed it out to my boyfriend as it's the same name as my blog and he said I absolutely had to buy it and feature it, so here we are!

I am a sucker for a lip balm. You should see the bottom of my handbag...it's absolutely overflowing with the things. My current go-to lip balm is an unscented Chapstick because the brand seems to have discontinued the medicated Chapstick I was using previously, but that's a rant for another day.

After using this Lottie London balm, I am beginning to think spherical shaped lipbalms are the future. They're much better than the awful twist up ones I'm used to and which always, always break and eventually stop twisting. They're very cute and very handy for popping in your bag too. The 'Cherry Pie' scented balm is super sweet, which I personally love. It doesn't leave my lips dryer than the desert after about five minutes like most other scented balms do. The Lottie London Balm Balls really moisturise the lips, leaving them really soft and smooth. It also leaves them looking super shiny so no need for a lip gloss!

I found the £4.99 price tag a tad steep personally. It may be because I'm used to buying Chapsticks, which are only around £1, but I guess with these you pay a bit more for the novelty packaging and shape. I'm glad I did pick it up because I'm always looking for new lip balms and this one has been a big hit, so I'd definitely recommend.

Have you tried the Lottie London Balm Balls? Let me know what you thought in the comments.

PS. I did buy the brush cleanser and will be featuring it soon!
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