I love it when I’m in Boots and I spot something I’ve not seen before and instantly pop it in my basket. I’m sure my purse doesn’t like it very much but I love the feeling of finding something new and that I’ve not used before. In this case I’ve not really properly used a polish and gel top coat polish before so I was really keen to get this on my nails and a trial underway, after all it claims to last ‘up to 14 days’ and that is definitely something I can get on bored with.

I painted my nails with the shade ‘punk rock’, which is a lovely dusky purple, and it went on like a dream. It dried in no time and the brush was so wide that I only needed one swoop to cover the whole nail. It was a good start. This was on the Sunday evening and by the Tuesday there was already a significant chip on one nail. Disappointing, but I put it down to me possibly catching it on something. That was only three days in and by the Thursday/Friday most of the nails were chipped. Actually, my nails looked awful, one was missing at least half of its polish and they no longer looked nice at all so I had to remove the polish.

I have to say I am super disappointed. I know Rimmel have covered their backs by saying ‘up to 14 days wear’ so you can’t really complain because technically it has lasted between one and 14 days, but I was definitely expecting it to last longer than three. I feel like I would have been better off just using a normal non-Gel polish. I think it’s a gimmick and a complete waste of money, especially at £5.99 each! It’s a shame because proper gel nails are very expensive and I was hoping this might be a nice little budget alternative but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. I’d much rather pop a Barry M Gelly polish on my nails as it has just as good a finish and lasts longer!

Have you tried the Rimmel Super Gel polish? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday people! Are you prepared? I am definitely not. I am going to have to go shopping on Saturday but I’m feeling very uninspired! I did pop up a little gift guide last week so if you’re struggling too, that might help you or continue reading here!

I personally don’t think rose gold is going away anytime soon so I’ve put together a fab little gifr guide of rose gold or rose-themed beauties you could buy Mum (or yourself!)

Zoeva Powder Polish Brush (107) and Zoeva Cream Shader Brush (233)
Zoeva’s rose gold make-up brushes are absolutely stunning. They’re so soft and just super pretty, almost too pretty to mess them up with make-up if you ask me! They make really lovely gifts as they look much more expensive than they actually are! You could pick up a nice set or just pick and mix a few different ones to give your Mum.

Pixi Rose Oil Blend Face Oil
Pixi Beauty is a more recent discovery for me. I’m currently trialling some of its skincare, which also makes a lovely gift for your Mum, alongside this really lovely face oil. It contains sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils that nourish the skin leaving it super soft and smooth. It comes in bottle form with a cap or you can use the pipette. It’s paraben free and not tested animals!

Monu Rosewood Reviving Mist
Monu is another brand I’m loving at the moment and its reviving mist makes a lovely gift on its own or with a few other products. You could even put together a rose/rose gold themed gift box if you fancied! The mist is perfect for setting make-up or to just spritz all over as the lemon, rosewood, sandalwood and geranium essential oils will leave your skin feeling super refreshed in warm weather.

What do you think of these rose and rose gold-themed beauty ideas for Mother’s Day? Will you be picking any up for your mum or for yourself? Let me know in the comments.

*This post contains PR samples.

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Are you dreaming of a beautiful vanity area? It is time to stop, because now you can start planning and projecting. All you have do is to know and follow the essentials while creating your own personalised vanity space that perfectly fits your needs.

Checking furniture collections on the Internet can be very helpful as there are different furniture styles and designs you can take a look at and decide the best look for your vanity area. Once you have clear ideas, you can start shopping. You will find different online stores offering innovative, modern and high quality furniture designs you can choose from. One of them is Shop Mohd providing vanity tables, chairs and also lighting created by well-known brands.

But let us first see the essentials to creating a perfect vanity area.

The Space
What kind of space is available? Is it a room, a corner or just a small space within your bedroom? Knowing exactly how much space you have will help you establish the kind of furniture you can use as well as project every detail of the area. At the same time, considering all the sizes will help you determine how to decorate the area. One important advice: always double check the sizes.

The Mirror
Buying a mirror for the vanity means going for good quality. No excuses. You need a graceful mirror that will give you a true reflection, not a distorted one. It is important to have a mirror that is big enough for you to see everything and that reflects enough light. Depending on the kind of theme or style you like, you can choose a mirror with a suitable shape and frame. Remember, that the mirror is going to be the centre of the vanity area, so you need to consider your choice very well. You can also opt for a mirror that comes with lights in order to provide you perfect lighting when applying makeup.

The vanity table
When choosing a vanity table, make sure that it has the perfect height for you. Too low or too high can be uncomfortable. It should also be wide enough to accommodate various objects, without rendering the whole space cluttered or chaotic. Choose the colour and material that will match the style you want for your vanity area, in order to create a continuous and smooth flow in the whole space.

The seating
The chair you will use has to have a comfortable seat and the perfect height for you. If you have an ample space, you can also opt for placing one big or more armchairs or a comfortable chaise lounge which can double as a seating area when you have guests.

The storage
Obviously, it is essential to have enough storage space for keeping your makeup, brushes, tools, jewellery and other objects in an organised manner. There are vanity tables that come with pull out drawers. Otherwise, you can also use various holders and maybe create some on your own and give them a really personal touch. Take a look here for some inspiring DYI ideas.

The accessories
Making your vanity area your very own personal space needs special accessories to give it character and to boost the décor. Vases with fresh flowers on the vanity table will give it a more feminine touch, (your own) paintings or nicely framed photographs will give a focal point to the area and these are just two ideas to inspire you. There are no rules besides this one: do not limit your fantasy when creating your vanity.

*Image credit Houzz

*This post is written in collaboration with Mary Davis.

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