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Things I Proper Love #3: The Bourjois 3D Gel Top Coat

My nail polish never lasts for long. It chips like a mo-fo, no matter how hard I try with it. Even when I got a proper Shellac done that one time, at the strange little salon up the road. 


My nails are brittle as hell - and more flakey than I am at the moment [soz all friends and humans that know me.] But it's just something I have to deal with. Fun fact - I'm 27 years young, but legit have the bones of like, an 80 year old woman; as about a year ago, I was diagnosed with Oesteoporosis [which was a barrel of laughs like.] So not only are my nails brittle as hell, but my bones are pretty sh*t too. LOLZ. Anyway, I guess in reality, there's nothing really that will ever truly put an end to the chipping saga which is my life, as I was [unfortunately] born this way. But this babe of a top coat bloody well helps redeem this - so I wanted to share it with you guys, as part of my Things I Proper Love series. 






I proper heart this stuff. It legit makes my manicure last so much longer, and adds a gorgeous, glossy shine to any polish you apply it over. Also, if you cock your nail polish up a bit [#SmudgeCity] and wazz a bit of this over the top - it smoothes out your mistakes and makes you look like a proper, functioning adult who can actually apply nail polish [smoothly hiding when I've fallen asleep mid application and stuck my wet talons to the duvet for that oh-so-sexy fabric-y imprint.


It also dries proper quick, which is ideal as I'm impatient as hell [as well as prone to nodding off and ruining my bedding / nails / life.] I think this Bourjois 3D Gel Top Coat retails at about £5.99 - £6.99 [which isn't too bad, in my books like] and you can get it from a whole host of high street chains - Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda - even Very and Littlewoods for those of you [like myself] who have to put 90% of your purchases on credit [#PoorFoLyfe.]


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What's your go-to topcoat? Have you tried this one before? How do you take care of your nails and ensure your polish lasts the test of time? I'm in dire need of some tips here, like!



Bullet Journal Inspo

If there's one thing I love, it's a good list. I'm forever planning, listing and scrawling down the mad rambles that populate my brain. I hastily jot things down on the backs of envelopes [the one good thing about getting sh*t loads of bills through the door each month], on the notes on my phone and I draft-compose the living crap out of my email account. 


Up until now; my lists, plans and feeble excuse of a bullet journal have been ugly as hell. Pure scribbles where I've changed my mind, scruffy arse handwriting and my plans for the month have been somewhat scattered throughout a mix of a mad pile of half opened envelopes, my diary, laptop and phone.

It got to the stage where I needed a list, to organise my lists. But not the bog standard, crazy listing system that was failing me - I decided that I needed to create a planner to look pretty and inviting; to efficiently organise my life and to motivate me to do actual human things rather than make me do a little sick in my mouth [like the current system.]


So out came mr credit card [other bae] and off online shopping we went. We didn't have to look far - I knew exactly where we were headed. I'd been perving on our Jemma's [Dorkface blog] Etsy Store extensively since she announced the arrival of stickers. And it was time. Brace yourself to witness the fitness. Planning never looked so good.



How fab?! Can you cope with how cute these stickers are?! Cos I can't. I am legit well excited to start a proper planner like a functioning adult and plaster these bad boys ON EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. Obv you know I proper heart our Jem anyway like [she designed my blog's header & blog button way back when] but I also truly heart supporting small businesses and helping other people achieve their dreams; which makes this purchase doubly meaningful.




Aww, how much of a babe is she, please?!





I am now totes inspired to get my plan on - I've even got the old gel pens at the ready! I'll let you know how I get on and might even share a few pages with you lovely lot. I could do with a little help though - does anyone have any Bullet Journal blog posts you could link me to?


If you love these stickers as much as I do, you can find them here [The Planner sticker pack, £6] in Jemma's Etsy Store. I won't lie, I'm pretty obsessed with the Girly Princess sticker pack too, so expect more over-excited tweets and instagram photos soon!


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Where do you get your Bullet Journal / Scrapbooking stickers from?  What does your planner look like, and how do you keep it motivational?



Hello OPI #Giveaway

A few things have happened over the past few months. Blog things. But I've been too preoccupied nibbling on bourbon biscuits and oversleeping to recognise them, until now. #BadBlogger

I'm not big on blog analytics. I've logged into GA like twice, I only check my DA when I see other people tweeting about theirs and do I sh*te have a Media Kit. However, I have hit a few milestones worth celebrating - so here's a cheeky giveaway for you guys in recognition of my [albeit small] achievements within the blogosphere these past 12 months:

- I hit over 2,000 followers on Twitter
- It was my blog's first birthday [in October, but better late than never to point this out, right?]
- My DA crawled out of the pits of despair and up into the 20s,
- I hit over 40,000 page views,
- My Instagram page isn't looking too shabby either, like,
- I've made some dead lovely internet friends who I proper heart.

So, onto the good bit. In celebration of the above, I've got a brand new Hello Kitty OPI Nail Set for one lucky reader to win. It's worth £25, comes with five mini OPI polishes and a free nail art brush. Cos everyone loves Hello Kitty, right?






This giveaway will run from Wednesday 18th May to Wednesday 1st June 2016. Please make sure you read the T&Cs before entering [boring, I know.]

Alls you have to do to enter is scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below and get following! You can also retweet my pinned tweet on Twitter to bag yourself an extra entry. Good luck and thanks for making my first year of blogging so fun :}


T&Cs
The Competition will end on the 01/06/16. No purchase necessary. This competition is open to all UK residents. To those under the age of 18 - please seek parental permission before entering. Duplicate, incomplete or spam entries will be removed. You can enter as many times as you want. The first entry is mandatory; you can then enter as many times as you want to get more entries. The winners will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be drawn and contacted as soon as the competition is over. Open to UK residents only.


Tailored To Tease | Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour

A successful haul for me is getting a few tins of tuna on rollback and maybe a special offer on yoghurts [12 Muller Light yoghurts for £3 at Asda atm, yeno guys #NotADrill #BargainBASEMENT.] My pitiful budget [or lack of] means that I can't really splash out on many high-end pieces of makeup - you'll most likely never see me post a pure haul on here [unless I win the lottery, but this day still hasn't come yet. Fume.]


For this poverty fuelled reason, I was beyond made up to win Laura Living Life's blog giveaway recently over on Twitter - for a Retro Matte Liquid lippy in the shade of my choice. Generous! I've always wanted to try this range from Mac [as I'm pretty obsessed with the whole matte lip thang] but let's be honest; pigs could fly, do somersaults and apply winged eyeliner before I'd have ever had been able to just buy one on a whim [bad blogger.]


After many minutes of umming and ahhing, I decided on this bad boy; Tailored to Tease. I do love a strong pink pout and most of my other matte lip products are more nudey shades; so I wanted to try something a little different. Brace yourself now for about a million photos of this little beaut [you'll probably have seen a fair few of these over on my Instagram already; it's just so darn Instagrammable. Fair play, Mac.]







Here's a filter free, non-edited photo of a cheeky swatch, so you can see the colour first hand too [it dries into legit the most beautiful shade of fushia.]



And here's some obligatory pouty photos of me wearing it.




So, first impressions wise - when I initially cracked the bottle open, I was surprised [and happy] to find that the formula is quite thick, lux and creamy. My lips felt really soft after the first application. Now that I've had a chance to wear it a couple of times, I can confirm that after a while of wearing it, it is a little drying - but for a colour so vibrant and long lasting, it's totes worth it [and for the first couple of hours, it's fine & feels quite moisturising.] 


I absolutely love this lippy. It looks great, turns heads and doesn't shift even when you have a drink [or 12...] perfect for those nights out; sponsored by Jagerbombs and shame. It's a proper fitty, a shade I'd wear during summer or winter; dressed up for going out or played down with fresh, simple makeup during the day.


Thank you so much to Laura for giving me the opportunity to win this little beauty, the Universe for making something good happen to me for a change and Mac for making such a bloody lovely product. I'll 100% check out the other colours in the liquid retro matte range after having tried this; although purchasing one might not be on the cards anytime soon, what with my severe lack of coin!


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Have you tried one of these lippys before? What's your favourite matte lip product this season? Which Mac shades would you recommend I try next?


#MyATTITUDE - Finding a Signature Scent for Summer*

So...? are a brand who have been around for as long as I can remember. They have a fun, vibrant range of fragrances - all at very reasonable prices [which is a MASSIVE plus in my books.] Many a minute of my time was spent spraying tester bottles of So...? in Superdrug when I was younger, so we could strut off round the Manchester Arndale smelling hawt. 

Back in the day, I used to be full on addicted to 'So...? Desirable' and 'So...? Kiss Me' - the smell of which now instantly transports me back to summer and memories past. Isn't it funny how perfumes can do that? A fragrance is so more than just a pleasant aroma that lingers around you; it's something which can instantly remind you of people [and people of you!], places, nights out, parties, clubs and holidays past. Which makes picking a new one really fun.

Everyone has their 'signature scent' - their 'go-to' perfume - but this year, I want to change my life up. No more sticking to the tried-and-tested. I want to make a ton more memories and really live my life to the fullest, with a fresh new scent to accompany me through these adventures. And So...? very kindly sent me two new fragrances, so I can do just that. 

I was sent 'So...? Burlesque' and 'So...? Rio' - both gorgeous fragrances in equally fab packaging. They are two very different fragrances, which have inspired me to put together two different looks for this #MyATTITUDE collaboration; night vs day.


So...? Burlesque*

EDT £5.99 (30ml), £9.95 (50ml)

BODY FRAGRANCE £1.99 (75ml)

"With just one spritz, a sweet and fruity melody of mandarin, blackcurrant and apricot is released and begins to marry with show-stopping heart notes of sultry orange flower, jasmine and rose. Base notes of warming vanilla, amber and a hint of patchouli deliver a powerful and evocative fragrance with staying power right throughout the evening."



really love this perfume. True to its name, it smells musky, mysterious and seductive - a bit of a heavier scent; perfect for evening wear / NIGHT. Not just that - the fragrance also lasts for ages [winner] - I hate it when you wear a perfume that you can't smell after an hour or two, especially on a night out. It smells a little similar to one of the YSL perfumes [can't remember which one - one in a purple bottle I think] but at a fraction of the priceI HEART IT SO MUCH.


So...? Rio*

BODY FRAGRANCE, 75ml £1.99 - Available in Asda, Superdrug & Tesco
EAU DE TOILETTE, 50ml £9.99 - Available exclusively from Boots stores nationwide

"So...? Rio reflects the vibrancy of the sun soaked city. It has zesty top notes of pineapple, mango and melon. Its tropical heart notes of hibiscus dance on the nose before settling into a fragrance that is both enigmatic & exotic."


This scent is legit perfect for summer DAYs. Spraying it for the first time brought up all kinds of nostalgic feels and reminded me of some of my favourite fragrances, products and life experiences. It's sweet, fruity and in a bottle as tropical as it smells. It's the perfect scent to accompany summer sunshine - a great holiday fragrance. I'd purchase this perfume to take on vacay with me; for sure.

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And there you have it - come rain or shine, night or day - I have two new fragrances perfect to step up to the occasion. Bring on the Summer '16 memories!



The So...? Eau de Toilette and Body Fragrance range is available from Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Bodycare, Wilkinson and Savers & www.very.co.uk

Have you tried any So...? fragrances? What's your go-to fragrance for summer?


*This post contains items I was very kindly gifted by So...? for the purpose of review. As ever though, all opinions are my own - I wouldn't lie to you guys, as it's not big and it's not clever.

Things I Proper Love #2 - Trips to St Moriz

For the past 6 years [#loyal] I've been taking regular holidays to St Moriz. There's nothing quite like sashaying into the office on a Monday morning, glowing like a pure bronzed goddess [or yeno, just looking a bit tanned. Might be getting a bit carried away here - I can hardly describe myself as being a goddess when 99.99% of the time, I haven't brushed my hair, live in sweatpants and swear like there's no tomorrow.] 


I try to visit St Moriz once a week, sometimes twice if there's a chance I'll see other humans [especially fit ones.] 


I remember when I first learned of the wonders of St Moriz. My mate Dawn strolled into work one morning before a night out, about 8 skintones darker than the last time I'd seen her. As a Sun Shimmer kinda girl [at the time], I was hella confused as to how she'd achieved this glorious feat; with no streaks or dots where the rain had hit her skin on the way in [cheers Rimmel - in most of my uni night out photos, I legit look like a leopard thanks to Sun Shimmer!] It was then she told me.


'Head off to St Moriz. £3.99 a bottle from Home Bargains.' 


And my life changed forever. I personally find St Moriz to be the easiest, least streaky and most even fake tan to ever grace this planet. And obv, like everything I love the most - it's a proper, proper bargain [they stock it in like, Boots, B&M, Home Bargains and Tesco - all for wayyyyy cheap.]




For an instant tan, this is legit the only product I'll use. I don't know if you've ever tried it before, but it's actually incredible. I use the Tanning Mousse in Medium, as I am quite dark skinned / a bit on the yellow side of life [but good old St Moriz comes in tons of different formulas and alternative shades, so there's something for everyone.] SM applies with a stain, which means that you can see exactly where you've applied it so that you never miss a spot - and this also means that from the get go, you're bronzed and ready to go. 


My top tips for successfully pulling off a trip to St Moriz:


1. Always wear plastic gloves to apply it with. I didn't once, and the palms of my hands went jet black. No word of a lie. I had a full on nervy b, thinking I was going to have to ring in sick to work as there was no way I could serve customers with those mad palms. I ended up scrubbing my hands at midnight, crouched over the toilet, using Smart Price bleach. Never again.


2. If you put it on your face, mix it in with a little moisturiser to apply for best results.


3. Also, if you apply it to your face, make sure you do this AFTER you've brushed your teeth. Oh - and don't watch any weepy films / cry once you're tannng. Otherwise you'll relocate from the [faux] sandy beaches of St Moriz and end up in Streak City.


4. Apply it at night, before you go to bed. The longer you leave the stain on to develop, the better your tan will be. I keep it on for pure time.


5. Once you've applied your tan, check those pesky areas that are a bit hard to reach - like the back of your thighs, up by your elbows etc, to make sure you haven't missed a spot. You can apply more St Moriz over the tan you've applied earlier to rectify the situation, but if you miss these spots out and sleep with it like this - you're in for some funny looks in the morning.

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Have you tried St Moriz before? What's your go-to tanning product?