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Friday, 29 April 2011

Five Things I Love Friday 005.

One. Bunny Dressage.
As soon as I saw these photographs, my heart just about exploded with all the cuteness. Look at their little feet and the looks of concentration they have on their adorable faces. I want to teach Ralphie to do that. It's just way too cute!

Two. Fuji Instax Mini Cameras. 
I'm super sad that mine is all packed away because I just love the little credit card sized instant photographs that these cameras take. Polaroid is just way too expensive in my opinion but there's something magical about watching an image emerge right before your eyes so I'm super happy that I can do that with my Fuji Instax.

Three. Lovely emails. 
I'm very lucky to have received some really sweet emails from people who read my blog on a regular basis and even some asking for advice about starting their own blogs. I'm by no means an expert on such things but any sweet words I receive mean more to me than you can ever know! So, thank you so so much for continually being so supportive and wonderful. My life is infinitely better with all of you lovelies in it and I don't think I say thank you enough!

Four. Baking Books. 
I just received a new baking book as an early birthday present and I'm already so excited about trying out a few of the recipes when I'm settled in my new house! I've never really attempted to bake anything more than chocolate chip cookies and I'm secretly hoping that I'll discover I have some kind of baking talent that I never knew I had. Maybe I'll photograph or film my attempts and you can all laugh at me making a mess and doing everything wrong!

Five. The Royal Wedding. 
Now, I know that all the tv shows over the past few weeks about the wedding have been too much and lots of people have been super annoyed about all the hype and to a certain extent I felt like that. However, at the heart of it all are two people who so clearly love each other very much and being a total soppy romantic fool, I absolutely adore that. We can't all marry a Prince, but every girl deserves someone that makes them feel like a Princess every day and you shouldn't settle for anything less. In case you were wondering I lived up to my reputation and blubbed like a baby several times! Did you have a little cry? Did you love Kate's dress? Did you even watch it at all?

I'd absolutely love for you to have a little peek at the five blogs above! Since starting this little blog series I've realised just how many blog favourites I have and that list is growing ever longer! What have you loved this week? Any favourite blogs?

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Nails of the Day: Collection 2000 Blue Hawaii.

After kicking my hideous nail biting habit I recently rediscovered my love of nail polish & remembered how much prettier my hands look when I make an effort. That has temporarily come to an abrupt end since I have managed to break every single nail packing and moving boxes but as soon as I've moved house I'm going on a healthy nail mission & I'm going to invest in a good nail strengthener!

Please excuse my abnormally large hands. They are indeed practically man hands!

This is Blue Hawaii from Collection 2000, I got this at the end of last summer when I was shopping with my boyfriend and I asked him to pick out a colour for me & I think he did a good job! I love this polish because it dries so quickly! I can do two coats in under 5 minutes and that's what I look for in a nail polish because for some reason I always find things that I need to do immediately after I've painted my nails and waiting an age for them to dry is boring. The colour of this is beautiful, it reminds me of the ocean in a tropical climate, like Hawaii funnily enough, and I know I'll be wearing this a lot on my toes this summer! This does chip easily on me but knowing polishes from this range are so quick to apply, I don't really mind that so much. For £1.79 I don't think you can really go wrong and I've convinced myself that I need to go and get some more shades from this range soon because it looks like they have some super cute summery colours!

What are your favourite summer nail polish colours? What's your favourite quick drying nail polish range?

Monday, 25 April 2011

Jennie's Top Three: Powder Blushers.

I’m sure that most of us have certain items that we’re always drawn to when perusing the make up counters and for me it’s blushers. Although I’ve recently discovered that I prefer cream formulations, I’ve managed to build up a collection of really lovely powder blushers that I wouldn’t want to be without.

Bourjois Rose d’Or is a more recent edition to my blush drawer but it has very quickly become one of my favourites and I’ve found myself reaching for it more and more. It looks so pretty in the pan with its rosy tone and gold sheen and I’ve yet to find anyone that disagrees with that. On the cheeks this gives a gorgeous warm toned flush with a little bit of golden sparkle and I absolutely love it. As with all baked blushers they can sometimes begin to lose their pigmentation, so if that happens to you, simply scrape off the top layer and it should start to give you the results it did when you first purchased it. I can see this blush lasting me a super long time so I think these are a total bargain at £7.49 each & would be even more of a bargain if you manage to snap them up while they're on offer!

It’s safe to say I’m definitely drawn to baked blushers with super pretty veining in them because my next favourite is Coral Crush from New CID cosmetics. This is really quite pricey at £24 & I remember jumping at the chance to purchase this when I spotted it in the ASOS sale a little while back. I’d seen a lot of comparisons between this and the infamous Stereo Rose from MAC and although they’re not identical I think they’re pretty close. Admittedly that’s not the reason that I was lusting after this, I just wanted it because it looked pretty! Yeah, I’m not fickle at all *looks innocent*. As the name suggests this is a very pretty coral shade and it also has some golden shimmer similar to that in the Bourjois Rose d’Or blush. I’ve come to the conclusion that warm colours suit my complexion better than cooler colours do, especially in the sunny weather so I think that has a lot to do with why I love this so much. You seem to get a lot of product for your money and although I'm not convinced it should be priced quite so high, I'm so happy to have this in my collection.

My last favourite is Tweak from Illamasqua and this is one of the most pigmented blushers I’ve ever seen so it’s one that I absolutely have to use with a light hand. Tweak is a super hot pink with an ever so slight red base to it and it won’t hesitate to make you look like a clown if you apply too much! This colour just makes me smile, it’s so intense and so bright that it just looks like summer in a pot. It has a matte finish which I absolutely adore and I just know that this is going to last me a lifetime because it’s so incredibly pigmented. I guess this is one of those colours that looks intimidating especially if you’re really pale like I am but honestly the smallest amount of this will lift your complexion and make you look so incredibly healthy. At £16.50 this isn’t cheap but I think that it's worth every penny and Illamasqua blushers are hard to beat

I got a lot of questions in my last top three post about which brushes I use to apply products and my technique so I’ll always add my favourite brushes at the end of each of these posts from now on! Showing the way I apply them would probably be a little tricky to do through a blog post but I am hoping to start making a couple of videos soon and I'd be interested to know if that's something you'd like to see?
For my most pigmented blushers I always use my Eyes Lips Face Studio Stipple brush because it never applies too much product and it blends colours effortlessly. For a heavier application I’ll either layer using the stipple brush or I’ll reach for my Eyes Lips Face Studio Powder brush which picks up a little more product while still being able to blend really well. I love my ELF brushes, they’re so inexpensive but there is such a diverse range now and they’re really fabulous quality in my opinion. Although I go through phases of wanting a proper brush set I know that it isn't something I need when I already have perfectly good brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite powder blushers? I’d love to know your favourites and if you have any recommendations for me!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Five Things I Love Friday 004.

I haven’t written a blog post in a week & I think this is possibly the longest I’ve gone without blogging in a very long time. If you have missed my posts then I apologise but I think number three of this edition of Five Things I Love Friday will explain my absence pretty well. Expect sporadic posts for a little while and I’ll be sure to catch up on all your wonderful posts as soon as I have a spare half hour!

One. Make up.

No, really Jennie? Of course I do! I ramble on about it often enough but after not sleeping properly for a couple of weeks, make up has saved me from resembling a zombie, actually, a zombie when they’re having an especially bad day. Imagine a zombie on a bad day and that’s my face sans make up. Not good, not good at all.

Two. Discovering new YouTube channels.

I’ve been branching off from solely watching beauty and fashion videos and discovering vloggers like the Shaytards and CTFxC. While searching YouTube for iPad reviews, yeah I’m still in my ‘omgzzz I need an iPad right now’ phase and I will hopefully be getting one very soon, I found iJustine and I love all of her channels. I totally wish that I could have a super successful channel but I definitely don’t have that certain something that those guys seem to have. I’m definitely not deserting my fashion and beauty subscriptions and I always love finding new beauty ‘gurus’ (does anyone else not like that term?) especially channels that are just starting out! What’s your favourite YouTube channel to watch? Do you have those people you’re subscribed to where you’ll watch every one of their videos even though you’re not super interested in the topic? I definitely do!

Three. New starts & change.

I will be moving house in around 2 weeks. Yep, it’s finally all official. We technically don’t have a house to move into just yet but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to exchange really soon and everything will fall into place. I have absolutely no idea what this new start will bring but I’m positive that this is a change for the better. I’ve lived in the same house in the same town for almost 22 years and I just feel like I’ve outgrown it. You know that feeling when you’ve seen everything, done everything and all the people you were close to have moved to new places and have new lives? A good 80% of the people I went to school with have children or are married with children on the way. I’m nowhere near that point just yet, (hello scary grown up-ness!) but I am ready to just live life to its fullest. I imagine there comes a time in everyone’s life where they crave change and I’ve most definitely come to that point now. I’ll no longer be a south coast blogger and sailboat will be coming to you from Derbyshire, which is pretty far from the sea. Maybe I should rename my blog countryboat?! I jest, that sounds silly! (If anyone does have a blog named countryboat my last comment is not intended to offend!) Do any of you lovelies live in Derbyshire? It's a little bit scary moving somewhere where I hardly know anyone!

Four. Robinsons squash.
Yes, I am in fact still 6 years old. Squash is a-mazing and if you don’t agree then…you’re wrong! Somewhere I have one of those little plastic ice lolly making things where you fill it up with whatever you want, put the lolly stick in the top and freeze it & eating those made of orange squash in the summertime instantly brings me back to my childhood.

Five. Ice Cream.
It somehow has a magical quality that seems to make everything feel so much better! Mint choc chip is my absolute favourite closely followed by vanilla!

What have you loved this week? Any favourite blogs or YouTube channels?

Friday, 15 April 2011

Five Things I Love Friday 003.

It only feels like a couple of days at most since I was writing up last weeks Five Things I Love Friday. Where has the week gone?! Anyway after a super stressful few days it’s nice to focus on happy things, although I am currently being dive-bombed by a moth, which isn’t good so I can't say I'm too happy about that!

One. Adele's Rolling Stone Cover.  
I adore Adele in general, she's pretty much all I've been listening to recently and I'm so excited to be going to see her live later in the year. I think she looks especially gorgeous on this magazine cover & I love the make up she's wearing. There's something very 60's & retro about it with the voluminous hair, defined eyes and beautiful peachy blush. Emma recreated the look on her blog Girl With The Arab Strap & she looks super pretty too! I wish my hair would behave and look as lovely sometimes!
Two. Space! 
Space has always fascinated me. I wish I was clever enough to know more about it but I just find it incredible that we're so tiny, living on a little planet in a vast universe. It's pretty mind-blowing and I imagine the odds of even being born are pretty small so I think living life to the fullest is so incredibly important. Wonders of the Universe never fails to captivate me and I'm super sad the series is over. I'm pretty sure I could listen to Professor Brian Cox talk about the universe forever!
Three. The iPad.
Okay, so I've never actually used one before but it's my birthday pretty soon & my boyfriend has offered to give me a few pennies towards purchasing an iPad if I'd like one. I think he's slightly regretting making that offer because let's face it, they're pretty pricey but it is all his fault anyway because I only mentioned that I like the look of tablets and I personally think they're useful! He was the one however who said that iPads are worth the extra £'s. Have you ever used an iPad, do you have one? What do you think, should I get one?

Four. This bunny ring! 
Ever since I got Ralphie I've been completely bunny mad. Seriously, anything cute with a bunny on it I want, hello crazy bunny lady! There are so many cute items of jewellery on Etsy that I could easily get lost for hours!

Five. Hot Chocolate. 
After all the sunny weather the UK has had recently, it was inevitable that it wouldn't last & the rain has arrived. On dreary rainy afternoons there's nothing better than curling up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book. Heaven!

What have you been loving this week? Do you have a favourite blog or a new blog that you've stumbled across recently? If you do I'd love you to leave a comment telling me all about them!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Ruby Rae Love Jewellery.

You may have seen me mention Ruby Rae Love in my recent Five Things I Love Friday post but if not then it’s a new online jewellery store run by the effortlessly beautiful Ella Masters that I think everyone should know about it! There are a lot of wonderful online jewellery stores around at the moment but I really think that Ruby Rae Love stands out as being something very beautiful & unique.

As soon as I saw the pieces that Ella makes I fell in love. If you were to ask me to describe my jewellery taste right now I’d simply have to link you to Ruby Rae Love and I wouldn’t have to say a single word because that site sums it up perfectly. I’m constantly striving to make my blog a positive place to be and what’s better than supporting fellow bloggers and being there to encourage everyone to shoot for their dreams? I sometimes think too much energy is dedicated to the negative aspects that I’m sure we’ve all come across recently & I've been guilty of that, but that’s not what this is about, and that’s certainly not what Ella’s shop is about! I now have a little advert in the sidebar of my blog that if you click on it, it will take you directly to the Ruby Rae Love site and I know that both Ella and I would absolutely love for you to go and have a look around! She’s not paying me for the advert or anything like that so don’t freak out or accuse me of lying like some did when I wrote this post. I’m not quite sure why it’s so hard for some to believe that sometimes people do things just to be nice and to be supportive! There's so much more to life than money! The sunshine is showing it’s smiley face once again and positivity is the way forward!

I knew straight away that I wanted to purchase something but it took me forever to decide on a piece because I think everything is super lovely. I eventually sent a bunch of links to my boyfriend, told him to pick which he liked best & I bought it. He’s a sucker for all things blue & I am too so this is what I got! Isn’t it beautiful? The agate stone is stunning and I love the contrast of the bright blue colour against the silver wire & chain.

The whole piece feels very, I’m not sure the best word to describe it, I guess very natural & quite bohemian. It reminds me of the summer time with music festivals everywhere, cocktails & BBQ’s and trips to the seaside! I’ve worn it every single day since I got it and I know I’m never going to get bored of wearing it. Knowing that someone has spent their time lovingly creating a piece of jewellery makes it instantly infinitely more special than something you can find in Topshop that you know a million people will own.

This is definitely going to be my statement summer necklace! I absolutely love that it’s on a short-ish chain so it’s always going to be the centre of an outfit and it’s not going to get lost in amongst fabric like I find longer necklaces can sometimes do. How much did I pay for this? Go on, have a guess! What do you reckon, £15? Nope, £7! What an absolutely amazing price for something so lovely & substantial!
With pieces ranging from £1.80 for a Navajo style friendship bracelet to £43 for an absolutely stunning Amethyst crystal ring I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s something for everyone and I bet you find something that you fall in love with!

I’m super sure that Ruby Rae Love is going to grow quickly and I can’t think of anyone that deserves it more than Ella. I would really love for you to let me know what your favourite piece is from the website! Have you purchased anything or is there anything that’s particularly caught your eye?


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Jennie's Top Three: Cream Blushers.

Okay, I'm going a bit blog series crazy at the moment. Like I mentioned in my first Five Things I Love Friday post, I love organisation which would be surprising to you if you knew me in real life because right now I'm probably one of the most disorganised people ever. Recently my make up storage, particularly my lip and blush drawers, had begun to overflow and as I was sorting through them I rediscovered some old gems and I've been using them non stop ever since. So as a little reminder to myself to constantly switch up my make up, every so often I'm going to do a 'top three' products post. Oh dear, I've managed to write the most long-winded introduction ever again, haven't I? Sorry!

I love cream blush. I absolutely love it and because I have dry skin, on me cream products look so much more natural, never emphasise any especially dry areas on my face & give me that dewy look I always crave. I've tried cream blushers from a few different brands and I've discovered that in this case, you don't always need to spend a fortune to get a really great quality product.

My first favourite is one of the Rouge Cream Blushes from NYX Cosmetics in the shade Glow & I think I purchased this from Fragrance Direct last summer for the bargain price of £3.50. Glow is the perfect rosy pink shade that when applied lightly gives a super natural, well, glow. It's very aptly named! This is so pigmented that you really only need the tiniest amount & I think one of the best ways I've found to apply this is with a stippling brush. The formula is a little on the thick side so it's perhaps not the easiest to blend but it's still not difficult, I mean if I can do it anyone can, and I'd say it's worth the few extra seconds in the mornings making sure it's seamlessly blended. It lasts all day with absolutely no need to touch up which is important for little miss lazy over here because for some reason I hate reapplying make up! 

Neon Rose cream blush is the only item I've tried from the Topshop make up range, but if everything is as good quality as this blush then I'm definitely missing out on some great products! This is a little bit different from the NYX in that it sets to a powder finish so it definitely stays put on my cheeks all day. I'm not the biggest fan of cream to powder formulas, I think I'm one of those people that either wants to use a powder product or a cream one & not an amalgamation of both! However I can't deny that Neon Rose has a lovely formulation & it's one that I would recommend to all skin types. The fact it's a cream means it blends perfectly into my dry skin and its powder finish should ensure it lasts well on oily skin. The colour in the pan is absolutely insane and this is another one I have to use with a light hand because it's incredibly pigmented. A small amount gives a super pretty coral flush to my cheeks and it's perfect for the summer time. Even looking at the colour in the pan in the mornings instantly puts a smile on my face, it's like summer in a pot! For only £6 these are a total bargain & I really recommend them.

Lastly I just have to mention Promise cream blush from Illamasqua because it's my absolute favourite. Not only is the colour beautiful, the formulation is perfect. Mine looks a little funny because I've been using it with my Eyes Lips Face stipple brush which manages to apply the perfect amount of product for a warm pink flush that looks nothing but girlie and cute. On my dry skin this lasts all day with only a tiny bit of fading and keeps my cheeks looking dewy & fresh. If I'm ever not feeling or looking very healthy I'll reach for this to instantly brighten my complexion and I just adore it. I would absolutely love to try some more colours and I think I may have to treat myself this summer. At £16.50 these aren't as inexpensive as the other two I've mentioned but I honestly think that they're worth every penny and I'm positive that everyone will be able to find a colour that they love!

What are your favourite cream blushers? Are you shouting at your computers 'Jennie you HAVE to try this cream blusher, you're missing out!!'? Well, you're probably not. But please do let me know if you think there's one I absolutely need in my life! 

Friday, 8 April 2011

Series: Five Things I Love Friday 002.

I'm so happy that I decided to start one of these little series posts on my blog, especially one that involves thinking of things that have made me happy over the past week. I used to be, and maybe I still am a little, one of those people who doesn't want to think about positive things that may happen just in case I'd end up getting disappointed. No one likes being disappointed but then again always thinking in a negative way isn't fun and it's probably not very healthy. Things aren't always sunshine and roses but they're not always gloom and doom either so positive thinking is the way to go from now on! Like last week I'll pop my Five Blogs I Love Friday on at the end of this post too.

One. Fairy Lights.
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Fairy lights are just cute, aren’t they? Popping a set into a pretty bowl or vase and sitting it on a table just makes a room instantly pretty and I love that. It’s the little touches that make a big difference I think.

Two. Sunshine.

The sunshine has arrived in the UK and my mood is up there with the fluffy white clouds. I feel like a mist of all things negative has lifted and I’m smiling again. Thank you sunshine, please don’t go away!

Ella is a beautiful lady who has recently set up a jewellery shop called Ruby Rae Love. She has some really gorgeous items and I really think that you should go and have a nosy because I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with at least one thing. I have a little button in my side bar that will take you directly to her jewellery site if you click on it. I'll have a more detailed post coming up very soon because I think everyone should go and have a look and I think Ella is super lovely and deserves everything good!

Four. Bloglovin'.

I’ve managed to find some really lovely blogs through Bloglovin’ that I probably would never have stumbled across otherwise in the vast entity that is the blogosphere. With separate blog categories it’s easy to find the most popular blogs as well as an ‘up and coming’ section that allows you to see blogs that are beginning to really blossom into something lovely.

Five. Old Film Cameras.

There’s something special about the photographs taken using an old film camera. I have quite a ridiculous collection of cameras from Polaroids to twin lenses but at the moment I’m never far from my Olympus OM10. It’s probably one of the simplest cameras to use that I own but it takes the most beautiful images. I adore it.

What have you been loving this week? Do you have a favourite blog or a new blog that you've stumbled across recently? If you do I'd love you to leave a comment telling me all about them!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Monthly Favourites: March.

Although I'm sure I've started the majority of my monthly favourites posts off in this way I'm going to say it again. Where the heck did last month go and how is it April already? I'm sorry but I refuse to believe that it wasn't Christmas yesterday! I haven't achieved very much over the last month but I have fallen in love with quite a few make up products.

My foundation of choice this month has been the Face & Body from MAC, initially because I was curious to see if I would love it as much as lots of other people do and it didn't let me down. I think that it's a really beautiful foundation for my dry skin because it makes my skin look healthy, dewy & fresh without looking greasy. It is a light coverage but I find that it builds nicely to a light-medium finish which is perfect for a natural skin look. I'm all about natural skin at the moment & although I don't have perfect skin it's easy to pop a bit of extra concealer over any redness, scarring and blemishes I may have. Of course my skin doesn't look flawless but that's okay with me!

As my skin has been so dry I've been relying on Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream as talked about by Sam & Nic on the Pixiwoo YouTube channel. Now this isn't my favourite moisturiser, it can sometimes feel a little too oily on my skin, but I can't fault its ability to combat dry skin. I think I will always have a tube of this on hand just in case my skin has another super dry spell because it's a miracle worker! I still absolutely adore Neal's Yard Vitamin E & Avocado moisturiser and I'd really like to try Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré because it sounds beautiful.

I found myself reaching for Douceur blush from NARS most days and although it doesn't look like anything special in the pan, it manages to brighten my complexion and make me look super healthy even when I'm not feeling my best. This is the kind of blush that will go with any look and I know that this is going to be a staple in my make up collection for a long time and I'll be reaching for it a lot during summer when I want to wear an obnoxiously bright lip! I'm also currently coveting NARS Madly blush because I think I'd love it for similar reasons!

Collection 2000 Big Fake mascara is still my absolute favourite & I think this is my third tube. I really love the way this makes my lashes look, the fact it doesn't smudge and the price! It's so affordable. It does however dry out fairly quickly and when it is quite dry it can flake a little bit but I don't mind purchasing a new tube every 7 or 8 weeks because it's so inexpensive! The wand is pretty chunky so if you're not a fan of those then I'd steer clear of this because you do have to be careful when trying to coat those teeny lashes but I think it's worth the extra few minutes in the mornings!
Lips wise Viva Glam Cyndi by MAC has been my favourite by far. I love the colour, it's a beautiful pinky-red & I love the finish. I'm so sad that this was limited edition and to be honest I still don't really understand why they make so many products limited edition, especially the ones where the proceeds go to charity. This would have been a constant repurchase for forever. I didn't have the pennies to buy lots before they were taken off the website and although they are still online on Debenhams I can't really afford to spend £13.50 on a lipstick at the moment. I'd love to know if anyone knows of any good dupes for that colour because it's perfect for wearing a red lip when you're scared of wearing a red lip. Does that make sense? The hint of pink tones it down a little I think. Maybe that sounds silly, I don't know.

My Eyes Lips Face studio line Stipple Brush has been getting a lot of love and it works perfectly for applying blush. I think it's especially perfect with cream blush but I do like using it with powder blushers too. If you have any super pigmented blushers then this is exactly the kind of brush to apply it with because it seems to pick up the perfect amount of product and it blends it into your skin so effortlessly too. I love this brush & I think I may have to pick up a couple more at some point because they're only £3.50! Plus a blush addict can never have too many blush brushes! Fact.

This was a bit of an impulse purchase after seeing Tanya from Pixi2Woo talk about it in one of her videos and it is The Body Shop Banana Shampoo. I think her description of this smelling like those foam banana sweeties prompted the purchase because they smell yummy and I wanted my hair to smell yummy too! I have quite oily hair and this is really lovely because it completely cleanses my hair without stripping it and leaving it feeling rough and looking dull. I have blonde hair that generally isn't very shiny but this shampoo gives my hair a little bit of life and I love that. The smell doesn't linger on my hair for very long which I'm a little bit sad about but I don't have the matching conditioner and I think that would help the scent stick around for a little longer. It's also a little bit pricey I think at £4 for 250ml, but the bottle seems to last a fair amount of time even though it looks so tiny so it's not terrible value for money at all. It does contain some not so nice ingredients so it's not a perfect product but I do like what it does to my hair.

Finally I have discovered a nail polish that doesn't chip or peel off my nails. It's a miracle because every brand of nail polish I've ever tried before has peeled off on day one or chipped by the second day. Not even Barry M or Illamasqua polishes stay chip free on my nails even though they seem to on everyone else! It's not fair! I'd resigned myself to a nail polish free existence or a daily nail painting routine, (neither of those sound particularly nice!), until I purchased Mint Candy Apple by Essie. Not only is the colour totally gorgeous & perfect for the spring time, this actually stays on my nails until I take it off. I hope all Essie polishes are like this because I'd love to have some other colours to play with too! Do you have any favourite Essie polishes?

What were your favourites during the month of March? Let me know in the comments below because I'd love to know! Don't forget to let me know your favourite Essie polishes if you have one & also if you know of any Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick dupes!