Summer Nails

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 Hello everyone! We are Becki & Jess, a sister duo from  Life Looks Perfect Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle blog!
From textured nails to pastel shades, we can't get enough of nail varnishes over here on Life Looks Perfect! Now Jess, has moved back home, OH you should see our combined designated nail draw, it looks like we have robbed Boots! In reality, we may have a nail obsession but with the firm truth that we are beauty bloggers...you can't possibly miss out on trying out the latest trend...riiiighhhtt! In our first guest post for the lovely Nuala, meet our favourite summer nail shades. Enjoy!

Rimmel London Salon Pro Nail varnish in Peppermint 12ml £4.49
We are in love with a pastel nail at the moment, whether its summer or not, we love this colour. It matches most of our summer clothes, accessories and well, Becki would just say, that this 'our' sort of colour! It's a light pastel mint tone that applies evenly and dries with a glossy gel like finish. In the sun, this colour is beautiful! 
 
Nails Inc SS13 Leather Effect textured nail varnish in Ladbroke Grove 10ml £12 c/o 
Who hasn't joined in on the textured nail bandwagon yet? Well this summer, this should be the first nail trend you try. Our favourite textured nail is Nails Inc's Brand New SS13 Leather Effect in Ladbroke Grove. With a pastel pink finish, this effect gives your nail the look and feel of leather, which lasts well and looks fab! Whenever we wear this Nails Inc effect everyone always comments on our nails!
 
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Pomegranate 10ml £3.99
We have tried quite a few different shades from Barry M's Gelly range and have loved them all. But as we could only pick one, we went for the fruity pomegranate, which is a deep cerise pink that looks glamorous and rich on the nail. This Gelly paint is extremely glossy and could pass for a salon gel nail! 
Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Queen Victoria Street 12ml £12 c/o 
The trend shade of the summer has to be this fantastic Emerald tone! Like most nail trends, Nails Inc always brings the latest innovations and colours to market before anyone else. This colour is glorious! If you asked us last year, would we ever wear a green nail, we probably would have said NO WAY! But oh how in a year things have changed. We love this colour for the summer, as it is different and certainly is a stand out shade against any outfit. With the usual fab Nails Inc formula you can't really go wrong with this colour!
Rimmel London 60 seconds Nail Varnish in InStyle Coral 8ml £3.69
A coral shade for summer...clichéd we know but honesty coral is the ultimate shade to match a great summer tan. Our favourite classic coral shade is Rimmel's InStyle Coral. With a great formula, a useful flat brush and a serious POP of colour, this has to be our reliable go to summer colour! 

A BIG thank you to Nuala for letting us Guest Post for your beautiful blog! We hope you have enjoyed our post and if you want to read more beauty from us two inseparable sisters pop over to our blog Life Looks Perfect! 
Hugs & Kisses
Becki & Jess
xox
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MAC Angel Lipstick

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MAC Angel Lipstick
Hey Lovelies,
I hope you're all well and having a nice weekend. Today's post is all about MAC's iconic Angel lipstick. I bought this lipstick for my friend's birthday and being the crafty blogger that I am, I decided to photograph it for a blog post before giving it to her.
Angel is one of MAC's bestselling lipsticks and also a favourite with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. Personally I am not a Kim Kardashian fan, but I still have this lipstick in my collection and it's one I reach for on a regular basis. It's a very wearable colour which MAC describe as a soft pink.
MAC Angel Lipstick on lips
When you first apply MAC Angel, it comes out quite sheer, but the colour is easily buildable. Like most MAC lipsticks, it's also pretty long wearing. On me, it lasts about 3 hours before I have to reapply it. MAC Angel has a frost finish, and even though some lipsticks with frost finishes can be slightly drying on the lips and look quite shimmery, I do not find that to be the case with this particular lipstick. This colour is one of my go-to everyday shades. Not only does it look great with a dark smokey eye for an evening look, but you can also wear it in the daytime with a neutral eye and still look pretty. I know a lot of make up artists love using this shade on their brides when they do wedding make up.
I think MAC Angel is the perfect colour for blondes, but it also works well on brunettes. Just be careful if you're really tanned because it's quite a pale shade which could perhaps look slightly washed out on certain skintones.
Sadly MAC have recently increased the price of their lipsticks to £15.00, but if you have 6 MAC empties, you can still exchange them for a free MAC lipstick at your nearest MAC counter. 
What's your favourite MAC lipstick?
Nuala xxx
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Guest Post - Newspaper NOTD

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Hey everyone,
I'm Amanda from The Blonde and I'm guest posting on Nuala's blog today.
If you read my blog you'll know that I love doing my nails so I thought I'd do a little tutorial on newspaper nails for you today.
You'll need;
Rubbing Alcohol (I used Bacardi)
Newspaper
Cotton pads
A base polish
A topcoat.
1) Firstly I painted my nails with BarryM Lychee which is a beautiful
nude colour. DON'T put on a topcoat at this point because then it won't
work.
2) Wait until your nails are completely dry ( I learned the hard way)
3) Rip a bit of newspaper off and place it over the nail with the
words on the nail.
4) Pour a bit of the rubbing alcohol (I used Bacardi) onto a cotton pad and place the
cotton pad over the newspaper on your nail.
5) Put pressure on your nail for about 2-3 minutes to get the writing
clear on your nails.
(If you want if faded then simply don't leave it on for as long.)
6) Seal with a topcoat otherwise the writing will rub off.
Here's the finished result:
Thank you for letting me guest post and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Amanda
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Vichy Idealia Life Serum

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Vichy Idealia Life Serum
Hey Lovelies,
On the 2nd of July I attended my first ever product launch, which was for the Vichy Idealia Life Serum. The event was held at Paramount which is a restaurant and bar right next to Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. Upon arrival we were greeted by the lovely Vichy PR team, given a glass of champagne and invited to have a look around at all the Vichy products that were on display. There were make up artists as well as Vichy representatives on hand to tell us more about the products and answer any questions we may have. My all time favourite blogger Tanya Burr was also there and though I did not get a chance to speak to her, she comes across as nice in real life as she does in her videos!
All in all it was an amazing evening that was very well organised, and I had so much fun not only learning more about Vichy, but also getting to meet fellow beauty bloggers. Everyone was so nice and friendly!
Vichy is a brand I am familiar with, but for some reason I had forgotten about them a little, perhaps favouring Clarins and Clinique products for my skincare. This is definitely going to change now I have learned more about the brand and tested out some of their products! Vichy is more affordable than Clarins, but the products they do are also amazing, so bear that in mind next time your are skincare shopping. I know I certainly will!
The product that was being launched at this event was the Vichy Idealia Life Serum and we were all given a goody bag at the end which contained a full size sample of the product.
First things first, let's start with the packaging. The Vichy Idealia Life Serum comes in a luxurious glass bottle and it has a pump. Now I love it when beauty products come with a pump because it makes it a lot easier to control how much you are using, which results in less wastage. The V on the bottle represents Victory against behavioural ageing, and that's exactly what this product claims to do.
Sleepless night, too much partying, drinking, smoking, pollution, an unhealthy diet as well as sun exposure are all factors that age our skin. Vichy have developed the Idealia Life Serum with this in mind. It contains the active ingredients LR2412 and LHA.
LR2412 is said to help your skin repair itself and also improve its ability to protect itself. LHA is derived from salicylic acid and will improve the appearance of your complexion. It has an exfoliating effect that will even out your skintone.The Vichy Idealia Life Serum creates a protective barrier on the surface of your skin that stops external factors from damaging your skin.  
Now I'm no scientist (in fact, I failed science at school), but I have given this product a good go and I am very impressed with it. The consistency of the Vichy Idealia Life Serum reminds me of a lightweight lotion. You only need to apply one pump of this product. It absorbs quickly into the skin , leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Vichy advise you can either use this product on its own or before your moisturiser. Where the weather in the UK has been so hot lately, I have not wanted to apply a lot of products to my face so I have been using this without a moisturiser and it's left my skin feeling fresh and looking radiant.
The Vichy Idealia Life Serum has a very subtle fresh floral fragrance. I'm not usually a fan of such scents but this smells really light and fresh, making it a pleasure to apply.
Now I wouldn't say that this product has made a dramatic change to my appearance during the time I have been using it. I am still using my full coverage foundation, and the dark spots I have on my face from years of sunbed use are still there. However my skin does look and feel healthier. What I like the most about the Vichy Idealia Life Serum is that it contains active ingredients that are designed to protect your skin from environmental damage, and that's the main reason why I would recommend this product and will continue using it. Where this product is non-greasy and smooths out your skin, it is also provides a great base for your make up. I find that I can even skip my primer when I use this, but I am making sure I'm using a foundation that contains SPF with the Vichy Idealia Life Serum.
You can buy this product at Boots. It costs £29.50 for 30ml.
Have you tried any Vichy products?
Nuala xxx 
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Guest Post: Top 5 Origins Products

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Hey Lovelies,
 I'm very proud to announce that today Emma from A Day in Beauty is guest posting on my blog! I first discovered Emma's blog quite a few months ago and immediately fell in love with it.Not only do I love her posts, but she also takes great pictures and has some amazing products in her skincare and make up collection which I'm very jealous of. It's actually Emma who's responsible for my recent obsession with Origins products. After reading many of her posts which feature the Origins brand, I decided enough is enough and went down there and blew quite a lot of money on skincare. Cheers for that Emma! Don't worry - I'm only messing, Origins products are amazing and today Emma is going to share with you her top 5 Origins products. I hope you enjoy!
Nuala xxx
 Top 5 Origins Products
I first started my love affair with Origins over a year ago and to this day it is still going strong. Although I am still currently working my way through trying to test pretty much all of the products Origins have to offer, I have found a select few that will remain in my stash for years to come. 
I'll start with the newest of the bunch - the GinZing Moisturizer. The perfect early morning pick me up, complete with a refreshing citrus scent and light-weight formula. You can pop this in the fridge over night for an extra energizing boost! Another thing that I will be repurchasing is the United State Balancing Tonic. Something that has helped in transforming my skin from an oily mess to a more manageable state by balancing out the oily parts of my skin and the dry parts. Next up is a cult favourite in the beauty community: Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. A deep cleaning pore treatment that not only cleans the skin, but also helps in controlling oiliness - can it get any better? Nope, I didn't think so. A product that deserves much more hype than it receives is the Never A Dull Moment Face Polisher, aka exfoliator. Exfoliators are a favourite products of mine to use as I love the feeling of super soft skin once any dead skin has been removed and this one has to be the best of the best, not too harsh on the skin with a sweet fruity scent. My final product that has quickly made it on to my 'must repurchase' list is the Drink Up-Intensive Overnight Mask. Another well spoke about product but one that deserves every bit of praise it gets. With a distinct apricot scent, this mask gives my skin all the nourishment in needs in the warmer weather and I know it will be perfect for the colder months as well. 
Next on my list to purchase is the Mega-Bright Skin serum, I have tried a sample of this and it is amazing! What's your favourite Origins product? 
You can find me over at A Day in Beauty.
Emma 
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An Example of Excellent Customer Service

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Hey Lovelies,
Quite often when someone experiences bad customer service, it's not long before the whole world knows about it. Cue rant tweets and perhaps even a blog post telling anyone who will listen about your terrible experience. Yes, I myself am guilty of this too. Sadly quite often when we experience excellent customer service though it goes unmentioned, so I thought I'd make a change to that.
Let me tell you what happened that's made me so happy. Last year, like most other beauty bloggers, I invested in the Real Techniques Core Collection and I was extremely impressed! I don't really tend to use my Real Techniques brushes to apply powder products (for that purpose I definitely still prefer my MAC brushes), but when it comes to liquid or cream products such as foundation or concealer, I only use my Real Techniques brushes now.
I looked after my Real Techniques brushes the exact same way I do my MAC brushes. That means washing them on a weekly basis and drying them on a flat surface to make sure no water goes down the funnel of the brush. My favourite and most used brush out of the Core Collection was the Buffing Brush. It's a a dense brush with soft bristles that allows you to blend your foundation like a pro. But after I had the brush for about a year, something very sad happened. My beloved Buffing Brush died on me. Not only was it shedding like mad so that I could no longer use it to apply foundation, but I could actually remove the entire brush head from the handle.
Needless to say I began moaning about this on Twitter. Nothing like that had ever happened to me with any of my MAC brushes which I've owned for years and I was very disappointed. Nicole from The Life Of A Beauty Addict replied to my tweets and told me to contact the Real Techniques customer service team. Well, I had nothing to lose so I went on their website and sent them a quick email explaining what happened. I received a very prompt reply and was advised to email them pictures of my damaged brush. After sending them a few pictures I took of my  buffing brush they asked me to provide them with my postal address so they could be send me a replacement brush. That very same week, I received an entire new Core Collection brush set from Real Techniques. Needless to say, I really wasn't expecting this and was completely over the moon!
The Real Techniques Core Collection consists of 4 synthetic make up brushes.
I use the contour brush to apply cream bronzers and cream blushes. I've never used to foundation brush to apply foundation because I find it's far too small and too thin for that purpose, but I do like using it to contour my face with the MAC Pro Sculpting Creams. The Core Collection also has a small Detailer Brush. That's the brush I use the very least from this set but I think it works well for applying lipstick or concealer. My absolute favourite brush from this set is the Buffing Brush. I know I had problems with my previous Buffing Brush, but I am hoping that was just a manufacturing fault and that my new Buffing Brush will last me for many years. I use this brush to apply foundation and to blend my bronzer and blush.
Please don't let my negative experience with my first Buffing Brush put you off Real Techniques brushes. I can only assume it was a manufacturing fault with my brush. I own various other Real Techniques brushes, including their Expert Face Brush and Blush brush, but it was only with the Buffing Brush that I had a problem. Real Techniques managed to put things right very quickly so I'd like to say a massive thank you to them for their excellent customer service.
If you are in the UK can buy the Core Collection from Boots or from Superdrug.
Have you ever received excellent customer service?
Thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel Review

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BDB Brow Gel
Hey Lovelies,
Eyebrows. We all have them. Some people's are too bushy, some people's are too thin. Few of us are lucky enough to be blessed with perfect brows that require no maintenance at all.
Me and my brows, we go back a long way. They are naturally quite dark and thick. I'm talking caterpillars here, not Cara Delevingne. When I was in my early teens many moons ago I started tweezing them. Then I discovered beauty salons and started getting them waxed and shaped there to keep them under control and stop me from looking like Bert off Sesame Street. More recently, perhaps 3 years ago, I started to get my brows threaded on a monthly basis.
I think you would agree that brows have become pretty big over the last couple of years. Rewind back to 5 years ago, I would get my brows done at a beauty salon but I wouldn't use any brow products on them as part of my daily make up routine. How things have changed. Eyebrow pencils, powders and waxes, I have tried them all. And no matter what product I use to fill in my eyebrows, I will always set them using a brow gel.
Now the lovely people from Billion Dollar Brows have sent me their Brow Gel to try out and review for you all. The BDB Brow Gel comes in a clear tube and has a mascara type wand. This product is perfect for you if you are looking for something that will tame your brows and keep them in place throughout the day.
What I love about this brow gel, and what makes it different from the other brow gels I have tried, is that it doesn't leave your brows feeling hard or crunchy. The BDB Brow gel softens your brows whilst keeping them in place, making  them look natural, yet polished and groomed. Some eyebrow gels I have tired I've had to throw out because even though they appeared to be clear, they would leave a white residue on my brows once the product had set. I am very happy to report that this does not happen with the BDB Brow Gel! It dries completely clear and feels very comfortable, which is exactly what I'm looking for in a brow gel.  This product has a pleasant, very gentle cosmetic scent that you hardly notice at all and certainly won't irritate your eyes.
BDB Brow Gel
The BDB Brow Gel is so easy to use. You simply use the brush to work the eyebrow gel through your brows in the direction of the hair growth and style them just how you like them to be. The product applies slightly wet but doesn't even take a minute to dry. You can either use this product on its own or after filling in your eyebrows. Once the product is dry, your brows will stay in place for the whole day. We've been having some pretty hot weather in London for a change, so it's been the perfect time to put this product to the test. Though my foundation has been melting off like crazy in this heat, my brows have stayed put, all thanks to the BDB Brow Gel!
I love the packaging of the BDB Brow  Gel. It looks ever so sleek and elegant and is currently proudly displayed on my dressing table. However I know in a few weeks time the clear gel will be discoloured from my brow powder which I apply before using the brow gel. It's is a shame as the packaging looks so nice and sophisticated but I guess that's what happens when you use a clear brow gel.
The BDB brow gel retails for £17.00 and you can buy it by clicking here. Now I realise that is a lot of money to spend on a brow gel, but this is a salon brand and as such, the products do have salon prices. My previous brow gel however lasted me about a year, and I am expecting the same for this product, so if you break it down to the cost per use price, it's not that expensive at all. Typical beauty blogger logic, right?
What's your favourite brow gel?
 Nuala xxx  
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What Kind of Spender Are You?

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Hey Everyone,
Ah, the life of a beauty product junkie. It's almost like an addiction that requires rehab. You hear that Boots are running a 3 for 2 promotion and get down there faster than Usain Bolt can run 100 metres. Once there, you fill your basket with all sorts of products you don't need and will probably never use. As you're in town anyway, you then head to Space NK to pick up some luxury skin care items your favourite beauty guru has been raving about. It's doesn't matter that you own enough skincare to last you till you're at least 90 years old. I mean, it's always good to have back ups of products, right? You never know when the entire cosmetics industry might go under, so it's better to be prepared.
Then there are just those days when you're feeling a little bit down. It could be anything. Work, that time of the month or the fact that your cat's been ignoring you lately and you just don't know what you did wrong. What's a beauty product junkie to do? Well, head down to MAC of course. Because MAC is like therapy in a way, only slightly more expensive. It doesn't matter if you already own 20 MAC eyeshadows, all in slightly different shades of brown. There are at least 5 other browns you don't have in your collection, and as your feeling a bit sad, it's best you treat yourself to all of them. As well as a new pallet to put them in and perhaps 1 or 2 new lipsticks too, just for good measure.
Sound familiar? I'm definitely a beauty products junkie. I could probably go on a 1 year spending ban and still not run out of any products. 
Now this got me thinking, how much make up do normal people own? You know, those of us who couldn't run a cosmetics counter out of their own bedroom. So I decided to do some investigating and asked on Facebook if any of my friends would be kind enough to donate their make up collection for a blog post. My friend Cat kindly agreed to help me out. She doesn't wear make up on a daily basis, and she doesn't need to either because she has great skin. Cat however does wear make up for special occasions and nights out. Her entire make up collection fits in this small bag.
And these are all the make up products that Cat owns:
Max Factor Foundation x1
Concealer x1
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder x1
L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara x2
Eyeshadows x 3
Bourjois Eyeshadow Pallet x1
Lipgloss x3
Eyeliners x6
Benefit Eye Gel x1 
YSL Touch Eclat x1
Now that's a pretty reasonable amount of make up. The 2 stand out products for me in Cat's collection are the iconic YSL Touch Eclat highlighter and the Rimmel Stay Matt Pressed Powder. YSL Touch Eclat is on my YSL shopping list and I'm desperate to buy the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder because I feel everyone in the world plus their mother owns one except for me. The only essentials that I feel are really missing from Cat's collection are a blush and a bronzer. Looking at Cat's make up stash has made me realise that yes, maybe I do own too much make up. Perhaps there is no need for one person to have enough make up that would enable them transform the whole nation into drag queens.
Having said that, will I change my ways? Will I try to use up the products I have before I buy any more new ones? The honest answer is, no I wont. Though I realise it is very possible to lead a happy and fulfilled life without owning ridiculous amounts of make up, I think I'm going to carry on feeding my addiction. Why, I hear you ask? Because the UK is in the midst of a deep recession and someone has gotta spend big and get us out of this mess, right? Dave and George, you can thank me later.
What about you, how much make up do you own? Are you more of a Cat, or more of a Nuala?
Many thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx
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MAC Coral Bliss Lipstick

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all well and getting to enjoy some sunshine! Last week I got an amazing parcel from Fisi who runs a fantastic blog called Oh Snap Babes!. I first got to know Fisi when we both started blogging at roughly around August last year. Fisi is from Germany and my mum's German. I'm pretty sure when we first started tweeting it was in German and Fisi hadn't started her English blog yet. Fisi's English is perfect though (she's lived in London for a while) and now she runs 2 blogs, one in English and one in German. (I don't think I know anyone else who runs a blog in 2 languages so well done Fisi!).
Anyway, when Fisi saw my latest Back to MAC post in which I'd mentioned that I really wanted to get MAC's Coral Bliss lipstick but it was sold out at my local MAC counter, she very kindly offered to send it me from Germany, and that's how our swap came about.
Fisi and me arranged beforehand what we would be sending so that it's fair and that our parcels would have roughly the same value. I love Kinder Country chocolate which is pretty difficult to get hold of in the UK, and Fisi loves Cadbury's chocolate which you can't buy in Germany, so we agreed to exchange chocolate as well as beauty products. I sent Fisi skincare products she'd asked for as well as some Cadbury's Crunchie, and Fisi sent me some lovely German chocolate treats as well as this gorgeous MAC Coral Bliss lipstick!.
MAC Coral Bliss lipstick
MAC describe their Coral Bliss lipstick as a frosted light coral shade.  This product has a Cremesheen finish so it's very creamy but when you apply it to your lips, but the colour does comes out quite sheer, making it the perfect shade for work, college or school! For what it's worth I personally wouldn't describe this product as frosted though so I'm not quite sure where MAC were going with that.
MAC Coral Bliss on lips
However, what I would say is that MAC Coral Bliss is another one of those your lips but better colours.  As you can see from the picture,  this lipstick is very pretty and wearable . It certainly has some pink tones running through it which makes it a little bit different from your average coral lipstick. I would describe Coral Bliss as a neutral everyday colour. It's a great summery shade and I'm definitely gonna be wearing it loads over the next couple of months! This lasts on my lips for about 3 hours before I have to reapply it which isn't bad at all for a very creamy yet sheer lipstick!
Well, as you say in German, say vielen Dank für die leckere Schokolade und den tollen MAC Lippenstift Fisi! Or, for those of you that don't speak German, thank you very much for the yummy chocolates and the lovely MAC lipstick Fisi!
What's your favourite MAC lipstick for summer?
Nuala xxx
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