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Take me to the Ballet

Essie Gel Couture range, which launched successfully last year, is bringing us a new collection of six magnificently neutral, long wearing creme nudes, this January. With shades named aptly for the ‘Gel Couture Ballet Nudes collection’ ranging from a misty rose pink, to a soft shimmering grey.

We took the chance to wear all five (out of six) of the shades shown, altogether to get the most from the pastel delights, and giving us a potential outfit matching shade on at least on nail per hand!

The Shades: 

Satin Slipper: a feminine silky champagne ivory. Lace Me Up: A misty rose pink. Hold the position: A fierce Coral rose pink. At the Barre: Soft Cinnamon Nude (not worn), Perfect Posture: A Periwinkle Powder Blue & Closing Night: A soft shimmery grey.

Satin Slipper, is one of our faves, Its a great soft colour to wear, all year round, and especially now, as we endure the chilly cold into the early spring, giving a rest too from the party glitters and Christmas reds! Plus we are huge fans of the coral – Hold the Position, and the Periwinkle – Perfect Posture. We only need to add a couple of colour coats, and one top coat, and this beautiful collection lasts easily for a week, with no UV or LED curing, no chips and glamorously glossy nails. (Plus, you can remove them with normal polish remover, no fuss, no stain, On Pointe nails.

Available instore and online at Boots & Superdrug from Friday, 20th January 2017.

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Time for a little TLC

That’s TREAT, LOVE, COLOUR by the way! Essie have launched this new one step care and colour collection for those of us that want to give out nails a rest, but can’t be without our fresh manicure! The collection contains collagen, camellia extracts and visually brightening pigments to leave our nails strengthened, moisturised and looking brighter and healthier.

Available in three shades, Laven-dearly (for neutralising uneven nail tone) 

Sheer to you for a gorgeous natural look – the pink blends seamlessly into your natural nail tone

Tinted Love – soft peach glow giving you a delicate romantic look

Don’t you just love the fact you have a polish that lasts a week ( we tested it!) and soft pastels to make you feel
Like you’re with your mani when you’re without it and simply treating your nails!

Treat, Love, Colour, Rrp: £8.99, Essie


Available now in store and online from Superdrug and Boots

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Present & correct

Every year No7 are renowned for bringing us some of the best beauty gifts with something for everyone in their festive collections. This year they don’t disappoint, so we grabbed the chance to try them out!

First up we tried the No7 Winter Nudes Nail Collection, £12.

This No7 Limited Edition Nail Collection is the perfect winter nail palette. The exquisite gift set includes glossy shades from barely-there and beige through to berry and is completed with a shimmering burnished gold top coat, ready to transform your nails from daytime to playtime this Christmas!

The gold shade makes for a perfect accent colour on a ring finger worn with any of the collections shades!

(see our video above of the shimmer! ) Our fave shade is the brilliantly berry red, classic and perfect for any party or to warm up your chilly winter days! 

We then got stuck in to trying out the No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette, £10

This glamorous compact contains eight No7 Limited Edition Nude Eye Shadow shades to highlight, enhance and define your eyes. A gift set that’s perfect for everyday wear or for creating an understated Christmas party look. The shades are lighter than they look when applying, so make sure you use a good primer as a base to hold these pretty pastels to their fullest potential! They’re full of shimmer and will have you perfectly done up with your party feet on ready to hit the dance floor! A perfect stocking gift!

Make sure you make the most of Boots 3for2 on gifts, and make everyones Christmas gorgeous and glittery! 

Available now online and instore – Boots.com 

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Aim to Misbehave with essie’s limited edition 1000th shade

Welcome to the party-starter of the Rio 2016 Collection, Essie’s 1000th shade, ‘Aim to misbehave’, £7.99 is a gloriously scandalous vibrant metallic yellow, which

puts you on the same wavelength as any bold trendsetter, and is the hero of nail salon expert Essie’s limited edition Rio 2016 Collection.

Inspired by Rio’s carnival of colour, this collection features 6 of Essie’s boldest colours to date. 

Aim to Misbehave; a scandalous yellow that will have your nails misbehaving. 

(Thisis such a fun and bold shade, perfect for your parties and a perfect addition to your summer holiday wardrobe!)

Sunday Funday; turn everyday into a ridiculously good time with this beautiful, coral crush.

Aruba Blue; escape to paradise with this frosty sapphire.

Bahama Mama; anytime is the right time for this tropical beauty.

Pure Pearlification; this over-the-top top coat instantly creates a lacquered shine to rival the real thing. (Review: This is beautiful and adds jazz, celebration and fun to any colour you’re wearing, with a fabulous long lasting gloss!)

Jazzy Jubilant; this hyperkinetic chromatic glitter top coat is part jazz-age shimmer, part space-age glamour.

Naughty Nautical; sail the sexy seas and chart a course for adventure in this shimmering, brilliant blue-green, naughty never looked so nice.

Like every VIP studded soiree, the 1000th shade celebration won’t last forever. This limited edition shade loves to play hard to get, being available exclusively at Superdrug stores and online from 27th July, – 23rd August 2016 so grab it while you can!

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The Maybelline face

We all want to make our make-up go far, wear it well and stand out from the crowd with the flawless face. We’ve put Maybelline’s new SS16 products to the test, and we really love their offering. 

Our face is made up of The New Blushed Nudes palette,£9.99 on our eyes, featuring 12 universally flattering shades from provocative plums, to bloder blushes and risque roses. We would have loved for the palette to feature a brush, but who really minds when we have that gorgeous glow giving palette that works from day to night? Not Us! 

We used the wonderful New Dream Velvet foundation in Ivory,£7.99 a matte hydrating formula giving us a smooth well covered face, applied with the Dream Velvet Blender, £4.99 for smooth even coverage and flawless application. 

For our fine flinks we used the new innovative Master Ink Liner, just £4.99, Coming in both Matte and Satin finishes these are a must have! We wear the Satin all the time, and to top it all off, this is a non budge extremely waterproof liner! An excellent tip makes for easy application, and non moving beautiful eyes!.

Finish your face off with the perfect budget, The SuperStay 24 Setting spray,£6.99. We wore this and our face lasted through sleeping and tears! One happy lady! 

Next week we have our lips and soon to follow, new Maybelline Matte Nails! 

All available from Boots and other selected stores nationwide!

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Day 3: Christmas cleansing with Liz Earle

Cleansing is important all year round, but this is your chance to make it extra special and get yourself party prepped, for this festive season.

Brought to you in Pink pepper and mint, classic & sweet orange and mint, is the limited edition Christmas cleanse and polish hot cloth cleansers from Liz Earle.

Reinvented in a specially designed keepsake canister, the winter limited edition features beautiful botanical illustrations and is accompanied by two limited-edition pure muslin cloths, trimmed in gold thread.
The winner of over 100 awards and voted No.1 by some of the world’s top beauty experts, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is perfect for all skin types, whatever your age.
The rich cream instantly removes daily grime and make up, even stubborn mascara, to leave skin beautifully smooth and exceptionally clean. Used with the pure muslin cloth it lifts away dead skin cells, revealing a fresh, radiant complexion. Naturally active ingredients include cocoa butter to soften, smooth and moisturise, while rosemary and chamomile tone and soothe. The ultimate beauty treat for loved ones this Christmas!

£20.75 for 150ml available exclusively from lizearle.com