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A Girl’s Night In With Ideal World TV #IdealGirlsNightIn

Posted on March 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Apologies for not being around much recently, both on my blog and social. Things have been super hectic at home – I’m now back and can’t wait to post regularly and share with you what’s been going on at TSNC HQ!

One of the first things that I have coming up is a really exciting Girl’s Night In tomorrow night! Ideal World TV are hosting a Girl’s Night In – and they want you to join in! Filled with beauty and fashion favourites, they will be hosting some fantastic shows with even better savings. They will also be hosting a Twitter Chat between 7:30pm and 8:30pm, with a Girl’s Night In theme – I’m really looking forward to taking part.

Ideal World TV have kindly sent over an amazing goody bag of treats to kit me out for the perfect Girl’s Night In on Friday. They’ve included some of their favourite products from the night, as well as a few lovely extras. Let’s take a look and see what’s inside –

Firstly there’s a fab GelTouch Starter Kit (£39.99) and Trio Nail Polish Set (£17.99) – these will be available on Friday evening, and what’s special about this kit is it includes a professional gel to coat which promises to transfer any nail polish into a gel, in only 60 seconds. The Starter Kit contains everything you need to get going with at-home gel nails, and includes a powerful GelTouch 9W LED lamp, Clear Top Coat and Gel Cleansing Wipes. I’m loving the look of the bright pink nail polish, I think I’ll be trying this out on Friday!

Next we have the Twirl Curl (£12.99) – this is the perfect tool to help create an array of different hair styles. You can use it to help with your messy bun, pony loop, 50’s retro style, wrap, French pleat and many more. It’s also worth mentioning that you won’t need any tight bobbles, pins or grips when you use this, and it won’t rip or damage your hair like regular bands. I’m not the best at hair styling so I’ll be interested to find out how easy this is to use on Friday night.

And lastly the Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator (200ml £15.99) – rather than a fake tan, this is actually a tan enhancer, for when you already have a natural tan. This product stimulates your skin’s natural melanin levels whenever you’re exposed to the sun, and speeds up the natural tanning time. I’m not tanned even the slightest at the moment, but I’ll definitely be using this when the weather gets better.

Ideal World TV have also been very thoughtful and included some lovely extra goodies in the bag so I can really make the most of the Girl’s Night In. There’s some super snuggly Joules socks (is it bad that I’m more excited about these than the chocolate?) There’s also some fancy Tyrrell’s popcorn, Galaxy Minstrels, a cute pink mason jar glass and a button shaped coaster.

I’d love it if you could join me tomorrow night for Ideal World TV’s Girl’s Night In – just tune in to Ideal World TV on any of the following platforms: Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 812 or via live stream at www. idealworld.tv. Then hop over to Twitter for 7.30pm and follow hashtag #IdealGirlsNightIn. Hope to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Ideal World TV, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Most Beautiful Polishes in the Land: Smith & Cult

Posted on October 26, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I always find there’s something really relaxing and pampering about painting my nails. This probably stems from the fact that with having children, you do not ‘just’ paint your nails. You have to make sure there’s space (tidy up the toys) make sure the little one(s) are either playing well out of the way, or preferably tucked up in bed, and make sure you have a good amout of time to apply and perfect your mani.

What adds to this lovely bit of me time, is when I have a brand new, not to mention gorgeous looking product to play with – and that’s my cue to introduce Smith & Cult – probably some of the most beautiful nail polishes I’ve ever seen.

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Smith & Cult are brand new to the world of nails, and they were founded by Dineh Mohajer. You may not recognise the name but when I tell you this is the same lady that started cult 00’s nail brand Hard Candy, this may ring a few bells. Well where Hard Candy appealed to the teen masses of the time, Smith & Cult is definitely aimed at the older, more sophisticated customer.

I love that the shades included in this collection were all directly inspired by Dineh’s own memories and experiences –

‘To this day my memories are guided by color. First kiss – Pink dress. Breakups – too many colors, a rainbow of tears. Makeups – always shades of green (kind of weird that all my moments of making up involved the color of envy). The shade of my 2nd grade teacher’s lipstick – glossy red (rumors were that she was Miss Michigan at some point in her life). My Dad’s required, yet favorite, gear – muted, almost-periwinkle blue surgical scrubs. My Mom’s bathrobe – simply white. All of the moments that stay with me begin with colour.’

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Let’s look at the bottles, which are just beautiful. I love the high shine gold lids, and the fact that they’re all a bit wonky, though they’ve been pressed in and dented while setting. On paper I know this sounds a little strange, but in real life they have a super elegant and luxe feel, that wouldn’t be out of place on display next to your Chanel on your dressing table.

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The three shades above are –

  • Doe My Dear – a light taupe grey
  • Pillow Pie – a pure pretty baby pink
  • Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow (yes this is the actual name!) – a fine pink glitter suspended in a sheer pink base.

Smith and Cult’s Nail Lacquer has an exclusive 5-Free formula, without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor, and the range consists of 33 essential hues and styles, including the edited glitter collection.

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And lastly, the swatches. I used three coats of each shade here and they applied amazingly well. Drying time was fairly average, and I can’t comment on longevity as yet, as I’ve only just applied the polish to my own nails. I’ve gone with Doe My Dear, so I’ll update this post when I can.

These polishes are definitely a must have for any nail polish lover – get them on your Christmas list now! 🙂

Smith & Cult nail polishes are £19.00 each and available now from Net-a-Porter.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

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The Weirdest Nail Colour Ever??

Posted on August 26, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Ok so today I have a bit of a weird coloured nail polish to show you. This is the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine polish in Olive 420. I was sent this to review, and my instant thoughts were – it looks like mould  / new baby poo / some sort of fungus, and I wasn’t actually going to review it because of the hideous colour. But I decided to persevere and try it on my actual nails first before passing judgement. Well, the colour is still an odd muted olive green – in some lights it looks grey and in others it looks very green. I want to say if you have the right skin tone you could probably pull this colour off, but I’m not even sure if that’s entirely true, as I can’t imagine this looking good on anyone really! The formula however, is great! I really love the super high shine finish of the Gelly polishes so there’s no complaints there! But this is definitely a marmite type colour, you’ll either love it or hate it. Let me know what you think! xxx

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