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Beauty: Illamasqua Extinct Collection

Posted on September 22, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have Illamasqua’s brand new Extinct collection to share with you today – and it’s probably one of my favourites yet. The Extinct collection has been inspired by the natural beauty of insects, the reality of climate change and the fearlessness of punk. It includes iridescent beetle tones, dark glittering purples and fantastic reflective finishes which can be use to create makeup looks that really go outside the box.

The Extinct visual focuses on brave, unique shapes that emphasise the eyes, lips and nails to inspire creativity and push boundaries. This powerful collection provides you with the tools and expertise to create your own kind of beauty that challenges the expected.

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Starting with the Demise Palette (£34.00) – I love the name of this palette, it’s so dark and dramatic! This eyeshadow quad contains four intense autumnal shades, perfect for creating a striking smoky eye. Illamasqua have brought back previous shade Gimp, a deep black-blue to include in this palette, but I have to say I’m in love with Interitus, a rich burgundy that’s perfect for this season.

  • Wilt – Red Gold
  • Gimp – Black Blue
  • Lost – White Gold
  • Interitus – Burgundy

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There’s also a Pure Pigment (£17.50) – this is a finally milled pigment that can be worn alone to softly reflect a translucent blue or layered over a deeper product to give it a 3-D punch. This shade is called Axolotl and though it’s describe as holographic, I wouldn’t say it is. It’s very similar to MAC’s Reflects Teal pigment.

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The collection also includes two Powder Eyeshadows (£16.50) – Jubilance first caught my eye, this is a wonderful light copper shade, almost like a shiny penny. It has the most amazing high shine finish, and it’s incredibly soft and easy to apply.

The other shade, Cascade, I thought was just an average white when I first saw it. How wrong I was though! Cascade though innocent looking actually has a luminous blue frost finish that looks pretty awesome when you catch it in the light!

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Here’s some swatches starting with Jubilance at the top, then Cascade, then Axolotl.

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And lastly, I have two Nail Varnishes (£14.50 each) – the Extinct collection offers two exciting shades with high shine finish. Shade Remains is a deep merlot injected with glitter particles and Quagga is a two-toned green that mimics iridescent beetle wings. Illamasqua recommend to wear these over a black polish to intensify the colour, which I’m going to try myself very soon.

The collection also includes a Matte Lip Liquid (£18.50) in shade Exoskeleton – a dusky Plum, and a Gel Liner (£20.00) in shade Quixotic, a deep emerald green.

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The Illamasqua Extinct Collection is available now at Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Illamasqua Limited Edition Vanitas Collection – Rose Gold Palette

Posted on July 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Now you know how much I love a limited edition collection, and Illamasqua definitely haven’t disappointed with their latest limited range – the Vanitas collection.

This capsule collection includes the Rose Gold 12 pan eyeshadow palette and a range of five matte finish lipsticks, with the shade range inspired by the dark romance of 17th century still-life paintings. The colours focus on washed out rose tones blended with purple and warm browns, for a dark and romantic colour palette.

The gorgeous Rose Gold Palette (£44.00) includes some of Illamasqua’s current best-selling eyeshadow shades as well as a couple of new additions. The shadows are mostly mattes, with a couple of shimmer finishes in there too.

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Top Row –

  • Slink – a champagne shimmer.
  • Stealth – a buttermilk matte.
  • Servant – a nude eggshell matte.
  • Vernau – a yellow ochre matte.
  • Bronx – a bronze gold shimmer.
  • Wolf – a chocolate brown matte.

Bottom Row –

  • Forgiveness – a chocolate plum matte.
  • Fist – a deep plum matte.
  • Rim – a black coffee matte.
  • Tango – a rich copper bronze shimmer.
  • Terra – an earth clay red matte.
  • Obsidian – a rich black satin matte.

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Ok so I must ask you to forgive my poor quality swatch photo above – the clouds decided to come out just at the wrong time! The first row was actually really good – the second shade Stealth is a good example of the quality of the matte shadow formula. I’m pasty white and most whitish eyeshadows barely show up on my skin if at all. This one shows up really well though so I’m rather impressed! Bronx is a also gorgeous, it’s a wonderful golden bronze shimmer that’s perfect for summer.

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But the second row really is rather fabulous – all except one shade gets top marks from me – can you guess which one!? Yes it’s Obsidian, unfortunately this ‘rich black’ just wasn’t as well pigmented as it could have been. The rest however, really were excellent, both in terms of pigmentation and ease of application. I’m particularly in love with Tango and Terra – both are buttery soft and just beautiful colours.

Looking at the cost, yes £44.00 is a lot for an eyeshadow palette, when you break it down though the shadows work out at only £3.66 each, which really is good value considering the quality.

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I also want to touch on the Matte Lipsticks (£22.50) – I don’t have these but I wanted to mention them because the colours look gorgeous. The Vanitas lipsticks contain a selection of nude, rose, plum and brown lip hues that offer a creamy texture for a smooth matte finish – I rather like the look of Resist and Wanton!

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The Illamasqua Vanitas collection is available now at Selfridges and Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Illamasqua Hypnotica Summer Collection

Posted on June 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Illamasqua are back on the blog today with their brand new summer makeup collection! Hypnotica is all about freedom of expression, diversity and fearless experimentation…

An explosion of colour, creativity and fearless self expression. Illamasqua’s spirited new collection celebrates the diverse ways of expressing out individuality by being bright, bold and fearless while conjuring feelings of fun, freedom and unity.

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Starting with the rather exciting Lava Lips Lipstick in Activist (£19.50) – this amazing looking marbled lipstick contains vivid sky blue and bright intense pink lipsticks, swirled together to give a marbled finish. The colours blend together on application to create a new vibrant lip colour with a smooth, satin-matte finish.

I had a feeling this might a apply streaky, because well it seem likely doesn’t it! But it really doesnt. The formula is creamy and smooth, and feels great on the lips, even though it’s a matte. It’s not what I’d call a full on matte, if you know what I mean, which can also be very drying, this is more of a satiny formula and lovely to wear.

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Next we have the Sketch Sticks (£15.00) – these are multi-use crayons with powerful pigment pay off. The Sketch Sticks come in seven bright and bold shades, and I love that you can literally use them anywhere you like! The creamy formula means they blend easily too, so wether you want to apply them to face or body, wear them as makeup, or draw silly pictures on yourself, you can do what you like with them! I think these sticks really are perfect for festival season. The shades available are –

  • Fly – hot pink.
  • Free – cornflower blue.
  • Trace – bright orange.
  • Higher – bright yellow.
  • Spirit – pure white.
  • Haze – jet black.
  • Trip – acid green.

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And the Lip Slick Stick in Dream (£18.50) – this is an intensely pigmented, retractable lip crayon, perfect for creating long-lasting definition. This creamy, water-resistant liner glides over lips effortlessly and once set it does not shift. This only comes in one shade Dream which is a gorgeous nude brown – this is perfect for lining the lips to enhance their shape, as well as preventing colour bleed or of course you can apply over the entire lip for intense matte colour.

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And lastly the False Eyelashes in Dolly (£11.00) – at first I thought these were a little small and boring for a brand like Illamasqua – then I realised these are bottom lashes for the lower lash line, and suddenly they made complete sense! These lower lashes are perfect to create a fun 60’s Twiggy / dolly look.

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And of course some swatches. Left to right –

  • Lava Lipstick in Activist
  • Sketch Stick in Fly
  • Sketch Stick in Higher
  • Lip Slick Stick in Dream

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Ok so I’m completely in love with these products, and everything they stand for. To me, makeup should be fun, experimental and colourful, and that’s just what this collection is about, and that’s also why I love Illamasqua as a brand. If you’re wanting to experiment with colour and looking for a product that packs a punch, I’d highly recommend the Sketch Sticks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Illamasqua Metamorph Collection Beyond Powders

Posted on April 28, 2016

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Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen my little teaser post yesterday after an exciting looking package arrived from Illamasqua. Well I can now reveal that inside the box were two of their brand new Beyond Powders! Seriously – how gorgeous are these highlighters though?

The Beyond powders are part of the brand new Metamorph collection (I’ve also reviewed the Vital Eyeshadow Palette from this collection here) and they are most definitely the stand out products from this range. Metamorph is all about emphasising your natural features – eyes are subtle, with neutral shades of matte eyeshadow, lips are nude (the are no lip products in this collection) and the complexion is dewy, radiant and glowing.

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So the Beyond Powders come in two shades – the lighter shade OMG is shown above, and Epic, which is slightly darker, is shown below. OMG is the most wonderful pearlescent highlighter for fair skin tones. It’s kind of a light peachy champagne shade – and it’s SO wearable. It’s perfect for highlighting the cheek bone, brow bone, and cupids bow.

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And look at Epic! This shade is just stunning – it seems to catch the light better in the pan than OMG but this may just be due to how it’s been pressed. Epic is a warm pinkish copper shade – it’s too dark a colour to use as a highlight on my fair complexion – but this could be the perfect golden highlight for those with darker skin tones.

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I thought I’d also hold both in the light so you can see how the sun catches them – they’re just so pretty!

I also wanted to mention that even though these powders are technically classed as highlighters, you can really use them however you please. OMG works fantastically well in the inner corner of the eye as a highlight, and epic worn over the lids is SO pretty. Both can also be lightly dusted over the body for a luminous or golden glow, or applied more heavily to emphasise pretty much any area you like.

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And lastly, of course the swatches. Now I have to tell you, these swatches really don’t do the products justice at all – I tried taking them outside in direct sunlight and my camera just wasn’t playing. This shot was taken inside in my kitchen, there was sunlight coming in but not directly on my arm as you can tell. I was in two minds wether to include these swatches or not, I decided I would but I’m also going to take some more photos tomorrow. I’ll tweet when I’ve added them to the post 🙂 Both shades really do look amazing when they catch the light! (If you want to see better swatches, there are some on both light and dark skin on the Illamasqua site – linked below)

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Ok here’s a better photo I’ve just took – look how they catch the light!

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So what do you think? I’m officially in love! I’m using OMG to highlight my face at the moment, and can’t wait to get my tan on in the summer and cover myself with Epic too 😀

The Beyond Powders are £32 each and available from Illamasqua now.

I’d love to hear which highlighters are your favourite? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Illamasqua Metamorph Collection – Vital Palette Review

Posted on April 5, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since Illamasqua have been on the blog, but as soon as I head of their next soon-to-be-launched collection, I had to gather up as much info as I could to share with you guys…

Illamasqua’s Metamorph Collection looks just stunning. It’s quite a slap in the face to today’s Instagram / Youtube culture of heavy bases and over contouring – and that’s exactly what I love about it. I kind of miss seeing ‘real’ fresh looking skin in makeup imagery, and Illamasqua have just reminded me that makeup can be subtle and still very beautiful with this collection.

I love that Illamasqua aren’t afraid to go against the grain of popularity, and challenge the current ‘norm’ in beauty standards. As you can see by the above image, the Metamorph Collection is all about fresh, glowing skin, defined brows, and an all over natural looking, radiant complexion.

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The Metamorph Collection includes: 

  • Beyond Powders (£32) – these are gorgeous looking baked highlighting powders created to subtly add a warm hue to the complexion for a natural, radiant glow. The lightweight texture promises to glide onto skin effortlessly creating an illuminated, flawless finish. Available in two shade -OMG (champagne) and Epic (warm bronze).
  • Brow Build (£18.50) – to boost brows and add instant definition. Brow Build offers a long lasting formula with built in fibres to define and enhance existing brows, whilst promoting healthy hair growth to achieve a natural shape. Available in four shades – Amplify (deep slate grey), Thrive (medium brown), Flow (warm brown) and Rise (soft beige).
  • Masquara Gain (£20) – to volumise, lengthen and define lashes with Illamasqua’s innovative colour building formula. Masquara Gain contains an active derived from Walnut to naturally tint lashes, building up the colour intensity building up over two weeks, so even when you’re not wearing Masquara Gain, your lashes will still be blacker than black.
  • Vital Palette (£34) – a combination of four pigmented matte powder eyeshadows, in both warm and cool shades Bubbles (warm peach), Envision (warm brown), Drop (deep mid brown) and Trace (cool grey brown).
  • Nail Veil (£14.50) – a fast-drying, oxygen and water permeable translucent gloss finish varnish, to keep nails healthy and strong. In shades Breathe (pale pink) and Bamboo (pale peach).

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The Vital Palette is a stunning palette of four matte neutral shade eyeshadows. The matte shadow formula is wonderful as expected from Illamasqua, and the shades are perfect for creating subtle, natural looks –

  • Bubbles – Light matte warm peach.
  • Envision – Warm matte bronze.
  • Drop – Deep mid brown matte.
  • Trace – Cool grey brown matte.

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The Metamorph collection will be available at Illamasqua from 21st April.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Autumn Beauty Edit

Posted on November 17, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’m not sure where the year has gone but somehow it’s already mid November. We’re in the full swing of autumn, and over recent weeks I’ve noticed the makeup products I’ve been reaching for have gradually been changing. This wasn’t a conscious decision at all. I’ve just recently noticed the colours in my makeup bag have definitely changed with the season.

So I thought I’d gather together some of my current favourite seasonal shades to show you, some are old favourites, and some are brand new discoveries which I love. Enjoy!

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Firstly, let’s look at the lipsticks! I just love autumnal browns, pinks and mauves. These shades of lipstick can easily take your look from summer to autumn with just one product. Here are some of my favourites –

  • Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Kin. This beautiful shade is from the Earth collection, it’s an intense burnt red shade that reminds me of autumn leaves. I really need to pick up more Illamasqua lipsticks because the formula really is excellent, you get fantastic pigmentation with a long-lasting smooth satin finish.
  • Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Guillermo – Ahh Tom Ford, the king of lipsticks. Guillermo is one of the shades I picked up when the Lips & Boys collection first launched, and it’s just beautiful. I love wearing this with a full on smokey eye for an evening vampy look.
  • MAC Lipstick in Fast Play – I love this shade so much, it’s completely underrated in my opinion. I actually discovered it when I was searching for the perfect lip shade to wear to my wedding. You can see my original post here for more pics.
  • Clarins Jolie Rouge Lipstick in 751 Tea Rose – Clarins’ Jolie Rouge lipsticks have a beatufilly creamy and silky formula, with a semi sheer finish. Tea Rose is a pretty light pink that’s really easy to wear. This is a fantastic go-to everyday lipstick.

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Next I have a selection of pencils, including three eyeliners and a lipliner…

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Smoke – I actually received this mini eyeliner free with a Sephora order a while ago, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Grey is a fantastic alternative to black eyeliner for a softer look, and Urban Decay’s Glide on Pencils are some of the best around.
  • Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Deep Plum – Ever since visiting the Pixi store in London for an event a few months ago, I’ve been loving their products and picked up a few more of their amazing Silky Eye Pens. The shade Deep Plum is a lovely shade that catches the light beautifully giving a hint of metallic purple.
  • Kiko Colour Definition Eyeliner in 02 – If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I love Kiko products, and this beautiful and unusual shade of eyeliner is from the Rebel Romantic collection. Shade 02 is a deep warm brown, with the tiniest hint of reddish purple. It’s a creamy matte shade that’s perfect for wearing every day.
  • NARS Lipliner in BorneoBorneo is a lovely warm lipliner which I’ve found myself reaching for lately. It has creamy formula that perfectly defines the lips while preventing lipstick from bleeding and feathering throughout the day.

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And a couple more beautiful lip colours…

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita – This is my first and only Kat Von D product, and I’m a little bit in love. Lolita is a stunning mauve that’s perfect for the 90’s lip trend that’s so popular at the moment, and it really is ever lasting! Make sure your lips are well prepared before application and this will literally last all day.
  • Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Liar – Another recent discovery, the Urban Decay High Colour Lipglosses really give fantastic intense pigmentation for a gloss. The shade Liar is a gorgeous muted mid pink. It’s currently living in my bag as I wear it all the time!

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And lastly the beautiful Eye of Horus Sheba Mystical Goddess Eye Shadow Palette –

I haven’t used Eye of Horus products for a while, but I have a few of their eyeliner pencils which are fantastic, so I was excited to see what their brand new eyeshadow palettes were like. And as expected, I wasn’t disappointed!

The gorgeous Mystical Goddess Eyeshadow Palette contains three intense metallic shades in a slimline cardboard palette with a double ended brush. The shades are: Artifact – ivory with golden nude undertones, Enchantress – bronzed shimmering nude and Royal Abyss – a deep royal plum.

They all have a stunning high metallic finish, and are soft, blendable and easy to work with. They can also be applied wet if you wish for a more intense look. I really am very impressed with this palette, I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it over the coming months no doubt!

I’d love to hear if you have any of these products? And what your go-to beauty products are for autumn?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Perfect Products for Halloween Nails & Lips

Posted on October 27, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Well Halloween is officially upon us, and luckily for me Fred has decided he wants to wear last year’s Spider Man outfit, so he’s sorted already! 🙂

For those of you not going for a full on blood and gore look this weekend, and are looking for something a bit more subtle, I thought I’d gather together a few beauty products together which would be the perfect addition to any halloween outfit…

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First up we have the Morgan Taylor Rocky Horror Picture Show Mini Pack (£14.99)

This fab little set was created especially to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the greatest cult film and longest running theatrical release of all time – The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This pack of four mini 5ml polishes contains three top selling Morgan Taylor colours as well as a glow in the dark top coat. The colour shades are All White Now (bright white), Pretty Woman (red crème), and Little Black Dress (black crème).

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The polishes are definitely some of the best I’ve ever used in terms of consistency. I nearly had full opacity with just one coat, with is unbelievably impressive for the white shade especially. I ended up using two coats for the above swatches, and (apart from the white, which I messed up a bit) they all have a gorgeous high gloss finish.

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Next we have the Makeup Revolution Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection (£1.00 each or all five for £4.00)

Makeup Revolution are the perfect brand to go for if you need to pick up some crazy coloured cosmetics on a budget. The new Unicorns Unite lipstick collection contains five spooky lipstick shades –

  • Pink Myth – a bright coral pink with a creme finish.
  • Throne – a muted lavender shade with a pearlised finish.
  • Horn of Magic – a light sea green with a pearlised finish.
  • Legend – a muted grey toned lavender with a paralysed finish.
  • Magical – a bright blue toned purple with a slight pearlised sheen.

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The lipsticks aren’t quite as pigmented as I’d hoped to be honest, but they still they do the job, and for only £1.00 each (or less if you buy them as a set) these could be just what you’re looking for to complete your Halloween look this weekend.

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I’ve also selected a few of my favourite darker shades of nail polish –

  • Essie ‘for the twill of it’ – an iridescent pearl shade with pearl with pink, violet and green shimmer (£8.95)
  • Illamasqua ‘Element‘ – a mid pearlised taupe grey (£14.50)
  • Essie ‘after school boy blazer ‘ – a deep midnight navy blue (£8.95)

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All of these polishes are fabulous in terms of consistency as well as ease of application. I think Essie’s after school boy blazer has to be my favourite though, it’s a beautiful, almost black midnight blue shade.

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I also have this awesome Halloween inspired transfer nail plate from Mo You (from £4.99)

If you haven’t heard of Mo You before, they offer a massive selection of nail products, including stamping and nail plate sets, nail tools, nail art products, and nail polishes. If you’re into nail art, you should definitely check these guys out!

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And lastly I have these super cute glow in the dark Halloween nail wraps from Thumbs Up Nails (£7.99)

I hope some of these products have inspired you for this weekend! Do you have you’re halloween outfit planned yet? I hope you enjoyed my post!

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