Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Top Nail Polish Shades for Summer



As you would have seen in my last blog post, for me summer is all about bright colours and having fun with what we wear. It's the rare occasion in the year that I brave getting my feet out so I like to make sure my toe nails are filed neatly and painted with a bright colour.

Gel nail polishes are my personal favourite as the high shine makes nails look plumpier, healthier and a little more professional. I rarely get my nails done in a salon and instead invest in a good quality nail polish that will last a long time. I've built up a collection of Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes over the last year (TK Maxx sells them at bargain prices!) and my current favourite shades are (from left to right in the top image): Kensington High Street, Lexington Gardens, Kensington Passage and Soho Place. All of Nails Inc's classic colours are named after places in London and I particularly love these as they are bright colourful shades.




As part of a new campaign by Destination2.co.uk to find The Perfect Summer Nails, I also decided to experiment with some new nail shades this summer and got Nails Inc's latest set - the Sparkle Like a Unicorn Kit. It contains two irridescent polishes that bring gleam and sparkle to the nails. One is Rainbow Wishes, a soft sheen rainbow shade with blues and purples, and the other is Dream Dust, a sparkly bronze with 3D pigment.

Depending where you travel to this summer you can match your nails to the type of location you're visiting. For beach holidays I'd pick a bright shade like Nails Inc Kensington Passage or Soho Place, for sightseeing and city breaks I'd go for a classic shade like Kensington High Street or even a nude shade, and for travelling or party holidays I'd use the Sparkle like a Unicorn kit to jazz up my look!


*Post contains PR Samples

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Summer Dressing



When it comes to fashion I usually play it safe with staple wardrobe items, then invesst in a few stand out pieces to help make outfits pop. Statement fashion and jewellery can transform any outfit, so the experts over at Red Dress have offered their top tips on how to make a fashion statement this summer. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Health Supplements: Yay or Nay?




A topic I always find interesting in the beauty world is health supplements and, quite frankly, do they work? Walk into any pharmacy, supermarket or health shop and you'll find supplements for everything and anything - from topping up your daily vitamins to assisting weight loss, beating stress, and helping to clear skin. So one of the biggest questions is do they actually work and do we need them?

While I'm no health expert I thought it would be insightful to share my thoughts and opinions. Most research and health websites will advise "food first" and "plate over pill". This essentially means we should use our diets to get the vitamins and nutrients that we need. Supplements can plug nutrition gaps in our diet but they cannot replace the nutrients and benefits of foods and they are not a one way ticket to good health. The nutrients and, more importantly, fibre found in food cannot be solely duplicated into one pill.

However, when the good we are eating doesn't contain some essential minerals or vitamins - such as calcium, potassium or Vitamin B / Vitamin D, a supplement can help to boost nutritional benefits. Supplements are good way of maintaining health, alongside a balanced lifestyle, and can help prevent deficiencies and health conditions.

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