December 3, 2012

Boots Traditional Skin Care - Glycerin & Rosewater Toner Review!

Hello everyone!

Today I'm going to share with you, what I thought of the ranted and raved about Boots Toner! After a long time trialing this product I've been asked to do a review! I was going to do this ages ago I just never got around to it. I've been really naughty at blogging the past few months and I just haven't blogged much all. So I hope this is enough for you guys to forgive me, hehe.

December 2, 2012

Boots Christmas Wishlist

Hello everyone!

Well well well, it's that time of the year again. The start of December! Can't believe how quick this year has gone. I remember going back to school and then doing my leaving cert and now I'm half way through college, WHAT?! It's also Christmas this month, just for that, I am excited. I have to say a big sorry to all my readers because I have not been updating at all. I'm going on holidays for 3 weeks also, so I can write blog posts but I won't be able to post them until I'm back.

November 8, 2012

Gift Vouchers Bloggers Challenge

Hello everyone! 

I've seen a few beauty bloggers taking on this challenge from this site to win some vouchers for different stores. It says the challenge is over on the 9th of November, but on their latest post, it has been extended to the 11th! 
Here's the prizes they have mentioned on their site;
  • ASOS Gift Voucher worth £35
  • Topshop Gift Card worth £35
  • Gift Certificate worth £35
  • 3 Month Subscription
  • £35 Gift Voucher
There will be 2 winners and each get to pick a £35 voucher! I think that's a fantastic prize!
You can read more on their blog post which I linked above, but sure I'll link it again!

What you have to do is pretty simple. You need to pick at least 5 gift ideas for Christmas, Birthdays and any other celebrations, which is pretty easy right? But, they all have to be under £35! That's the challenge. 

Anyways, I thought I'd give this challenge a shot. What's the harm? It's a bit of fun, especially when you're bored! Here's what I came up with;
(Click on the image to see it in full size, otherwise you can't read the writing!)

I know, I went a bit overboard! But anyways. Here's a list of links and websites and all sorts for you to check out!

I chose the Nandos items because personally, I love Nandos! And this gift would be ideal for anyone with a love for Nandos food! The fact they're on 3 for 2 in Boots is also a big bonus!

I chose the ModelsOwn Mirrorball Box Set because girls love nail varnish, and even better, they love glitter! The variety of colours is great, because you can nearly use them with any nail varnish you own already! I think the clear colour is a great addition to the set because you can never have enough clear nail varnishes!

I chose the two Nail Art Pen Set's from Argos because the colours caught my eye immediately. I love nail art myself and I find it quite hard to do with nail art brushes and dotting tools etc., these pens just look a lot easier to use! This would be great for someone starting out on nail artistry. 

I thought the Soap & Glory eyeshadow palette from Argos was a good bargain! I think this would be ideal for a sister or a friend or any other girl! Its good quality nude colours are especially good for people who are maybe starting out with eyeshadow, or people who just love neutral colours. It's also at a great price as you get kohl liner and liquid liner! Oh and the box is an attraction alone!

I picked the Soap & Glory mini hat box because who doesn't love Soap & Glory these days? It's so expensive to buy usually, so for a tenner, this is a bargain! Also, Soap & Glory's products are on a 3 for 2 offer as well, so make the most of it!

The last two products I chose were the Remington curling wand and the heated rollers. I chose these because they had gone down so much in price and also because I love them! I think these would be the ideal gift for a girl who loves doing her hair and also for the back-combers! How much damage are they doing to their hair by brushing it backwards? The answer is, a LOT! So the rollers would be super for them!

So there you have it! That's my little entry to this challenge! You guys should definitely try this challenge, it's fun and the prizes are amazing! I had a great time doing this! Check it out here!

Let me know if you're going to do this! Have you tried any of these products before? Are you going to? Leave any comments below! 

Thanks for reading,

November 7, 2012

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Review

Hey everyone!

I had been saying I was going to get this product for absolutely ages and I just wouldn't go into the shop and spend a measly tenner! Obviously from the title of this post you know I'm on about Lush's Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes. Knees and toes 
And don’t forget the cuticles
A super-thick cream choc full of rich ingredients to help you get to grips with dry bits. Knees, elbows, heels, nails and cuticles – all will benefit from some Lemony Flutter attention."

I've seen so many positive reviews about this product and seeing as I love painting my nails and keeping them healthy lately, I thought I just had to get this! As soon as I started using it, I started to notice my nails growing and being a lot healthier and stronger than usual. Why didn't I get this sooner!?

Anyways, instead of a big essay of why I love it and another essay on its flaws, as I always do in blog posts, I decided to do two lists of 'Pros' and 'Cons'! It makes it a lot easier for you guys to read and also for me to write!

  • First of all, the tub is big enough. It's a 50g tub, and let me tell you, a little goes a long way.
  • It's very moisturizing to your nails, cuticles, fingers and hands. You can use it on any dry patches you have. Such as your elbows, feet and your knees!
  • It almost works over night, well for me anyways.

  • It's quite expensive for the tub, it's just under €10 here in Ireland.
  • It has a very strong lemony scent, which can be very overpowering. But if you like that scent, then you're okay I suppose!
  • It expires after one year. If you don't use it daily like me, you might not get to finish it.
  • Lastly, it's very greasy/oily on your skin. But absorbs within 5-10 minutes usually. I find it best to put it on at night time because you don't be using your hands as much.

Here's a picture of my nails now. 
This is completely amazing for me as my nails have never been this healthy, or this long, well.. maybe this long but certainly not this strong! Have a look at this post and see what my nails were like just a few weeks ago. I really do believe that this product is helping them a lot. 

I'd recommend it to anyone! Family, friends, strangers, you guys, cats and dogs.. IT'S JUST AMAZEBALLS! Haha.

Let me know if you've tried this product and what you thought of it. Also let me know if you're thinking of buying it and just want some more information!

Thanks for reading everyone!

October 18, 2012

The Top 5 Products I've Been Wanting!

Hey everyone!

Today I said I'll do a quick post! The top 5 products on my 'to-get ASAP list'. As I stated in my last post, I am creating a HUGE wishlist page and that's almost done too.. Kind of.. I'M GETTING THERE!! I also felt I needed to write a new blog post for you guys because I've been lacking, super badly! I'm not even going to get into it as I've said it in previous posts. I am truly sorry though, I will try and blog more, I keep starting and then just sitting and staring at a blank screen. It's annoying! Anyways, moving on. I'm just going to get straight into it!
The first product I want is from LUSH! As you may or may not know, I'm a big nail care/painting geek. This is the LUSH cuticle butter! Supposedly it's amazing! And that, I will have to see for myself! I have recently been addicted to LUSH products, I love their staff but obviously, I love their shop too! This cuticle butter is on my to-get list as of now! Can't wait to try it out!

Another LUSH product I've been eyeing up is the Handy Gurugu Hand Cream! Coming into winter I think a good ol' hand cream is in need! But it's also essential for me as I'm doing a hairdressing course at the moment so my hands will be in water and also touching many chemicals over the coming weeks, so hand cream is essential for me. I am planning on getting a travel size hand cream as well as this but haven't made my mind up yet on what I want. Maybe I'll try get this into a little squirty bottle. Hmm.

The next product is from Toni&Guy and it's hair related! I honestly don't get much hair related products, but I really should start, my hair does my head in and I just feel like ripping it out sometimes! I have long hair and it's just so frustrating, but I could never get it cut short, I'd be way too scared. Anyways, I  found this texturising spray while looking through some blogs and once I seen it, I checked out some reviews! I get the feeling this product isn't exactly what I expect, but hey! I'm still going to buy&try!

I recently bought Models Own Beach Party and I was totally over the moon with it, so I went back to Boots to nab some more Models Own polishes. I tried this one on my nail and I fell in love with it! It's so bright and beautiful on the nails. To my horror though, they had only one left and it was opened and had nail polish all on the lid and stuff, I wasn't paying almost €8 for a used nail polish, no way. I asked the girl and she said they had no more left. So it's off to a different Boots I go, to try and pick this up!

The last item I want is the Real Techniques Powder Brush. I have already got their Starter Set, their Core Collection set and their Stippling Brush! I absolutely love the quality of their brushes and I'm definitely going to get more. Eventually I'll have the lot! The only downfall of these brushes is the price. I can only get them in Boots and they are a lot dearer than they are on the Real Techniques site, which is very, very annoying! If anyone knows of any other shops I can get these brushes in for smaller prices, please let me know! 

So there you have it! The top 5 products I really want to buy, pretty soon!
Have you got any of these products?
Would you tell me to stay away from any of these?

Leave any questions or comments down below! I love to hear from you guys! 


October 8, 2012

Update on where I've been & what's going on!

Hey guys!
Yeah, this is me ^, right now, waving and dancing for you ha ha!

I haven't blogged in over a week now and to be honest, I haven't had time. I've started a hairdressing course and even though my hours aren't much, the travelling takes up most of my time. I leave the house at 8 in the morning and don't get home 'til 11 some nights! It's seriously wearing me out and I'm sleeping so much when I'm home. I'm really enjoying it though so I don't mind. I'm planning a few blog posts at the moment, but when they'll be up.. I really don't know. I'll most definitely try and get loads done the weekend and queue them. 

Also, I've been busy making a BIG wishlist page! Whenever I come on blogger and don't blog, I update my wishlist page. On that page, you'll find things I want. So far I have the categories makeup, skincare, nail varnish and clothes! Heh ^-^ 
Don't worry if you can't see it, no one can. It's not published yet. I don't want to publish it when it's only half-arsed done.

Oh, I almost forgot.. I'm still reading your blogs! Just 'cause I ain't posting doesn't mean I ain't reading! Your posts are what's helping me make my huge/far too long wishlist! 

Again I'd like to say I'm sorry and I will try and get some posts up soon. For now though, feel free to contact me on Twitter @LeanneBroderick. I'm on there daily, even if I don't tweet daily! Just sayin' ;).

Thanks for reading,

September 24, 2012

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover Review

Hey hey! 

I've recently been shopping and I've spent every penny I've had on makeup, beauty, skincare, nail art supplies and clothes.. You know yourself, anything you can pick up! The joys of living with your parents and not having to buy food, hey? Anyways, while I was in Boots, my second home, I picked up the new, well.. few weeks old but AMAZING cult product "Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover". I'm sure most of you know what this is and know before I even say anything, that it's brilliant! I bought this and was expecting great results and to be honest, that's what I got! 

For those of you who don't know what this is, it's actually a sponge in a pot soaked with nail varnish remover. It was actually out before (a different brand though!), a good while ago. My Mammy said she used to love not having to use cotton wool, because she hated the feel of it, which is actually a common thing for people, getting wool stuck to the glitter etc. etc. So I think this is a great re-make for a lot of people!

The formula is actually good for your nails! It's acetone and paraben free which is super because acetone is very drying on your nails. It also contains almond oil which is said to moisturise your cuticles! As I paint my nails a lot and I usually changed it at least every one or two days, this is great for me!

The sponge itself is black, so therefore you can't really see any deterioration! I find my sponge tends to move with my finger sometimes, maybe that's just my sponge, or fingers? Also because you can stick your nails down in the pot, there's no polish at the top! And as well as that, the circle in the middle doesn't spread or widen after use, it stays the same!

The only thing I dislike about the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover is the smell you get when you open it. It's so over-powering! I have a crap sense of smell, (really.. REALLY crap) and as soon as I open the pot the smell is so strong, but you get over it after a few seconds. Saying that though, the smell on your nails afterwards is a gorgeous strawberry/fruity smell.

Another thing about it is, it says it removes nail polish in "1 second", this is clearly a lie as you probably guessed. That's just too good to be true! I find it takes at least 5 seconds or more to remove polish. I'd also like to state that this varies from polish to polish and how much of it you have on.

I have also heard that, yes, it does remove glitter polishes after about 30-40 seconds. The only disadvantage of removing your glitter polishes, is that it stays in the sponge, obviously, and the next time you use it, it leaves glitter on your fingers afterwards. But to me that wouldn't be a problem as I wash my hands after using this anyways!

Overall I love this product SO much and I don't think I could live without it anymore! I'll also be experimenting to see if I can refill it after it's gone! I will update you all on that,whenever it's gone, hopefully it's never gone though! :'(

Some pictures of my nails before I used the remover (excuse the messiness, they were rushed!)

The product itself!

And the magic!
Index finger - after 3 turns

after another two

Middle finger - after one turn

after another turn

after another turn

Ring finger - after five seconds

Baby finger - after five seconds

The result! Nothing a cotton pad can't remove!

Have you tried this product before? 
Are you going to try it? 
What do you think of it?

Thanks for reading! Lotsa love,

September 17, 2012

A Site You Need To Check Out!

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well! 

I bought an o2 money card the other day as I have no VISA card and I thought that it would be a great investment! It was, I put 50 euro on it at the time and now I have around a tenner left. Ooops! I spent 30+ euro on nail art supplies from this site.

If you love nail art then this is the site for you, especially if you live in the UK. The prices are amazing! I haven't tried any products yet but I will be doing a haul as soon as I get them which hopefully is soon, and obviously I will let you know if I found them good or not. I've heard only good about this site though to be honest! They have a deal of the day, every day. They usually have offers on and stuff too! Such as free shipping on orders. I promise, you won't be let down with this site, just try it. It only takes a few minutes of your time!

click the picture above to visit the site too!

This was a very random post, I know! But I just thought you should see this for yourselves and see what ya think!  Let me know if you're going to try it & how you got on! I will definitely be updating you all soon!

Lots of love,

September 12, 2012

Clothes Haul

Hello dolls! 
I went shopping three times in the space of 4 days, I'm officially broke! 

I rarely go out to buy clothes, I'm more of a beauty, makeup, skincare, nail varnish buyer! But seeing as I'm starting college I decided to buy more clothes and less beauty products, buuuuut.. I still bought both. I'm going to have two hauls, one for clothes and one for beauty! 

All of my clothes are from Penneys/Primark, ill just get straight into it!

Blazer | €17 
 First of all I picked up this black blazer, I was in serious need of one. This one also isn't too heavy so I could wear it on a warm day! I find blazers very smart and professional looking. This one is quite plain, it's black with a line of leopard print going down the middle of the inside, if that even makes sense.. which honestly, I don't understand. No one will see the inside? It also hasn't got much of a design on cuffs except a little line of leopard print. I was disappointed as I'd of loved a design on the cuffs!

Knitted Jumpers | €10 each

When I saw these jumpers I actually fell in love with them. They had gorgeous colours that definitely would catch your eye! I picked out the green and blue ones as these were my favourites. I love the zip at the back, it adds detail to the jumper but not too much, so it's perfect! The only thing with these jumpers I found were they were very small fitted. I got two sizes bigger. The proper size is probably great for you guys, but for me I wanted them a little loose and over sized.

Zip Up Hoodie | €10
I was actually in need of a new hoody and when I saw this one, I knew I had to get it! The colour is so versatile and therefore I can wear it with a lot of things. I also got this a size bigger because I love jumpers to be just a little bit big on me. They also had this in lots of different colours, I just hadn't enough money to buy them. I'm definitely going to get more of these. I love them!

Striped Tank Top | €3.50
This is just a normal striped tank top I picked up, it was only €3.50 so I couldn't resist grabbing it!

Dublin Jersey | €60
My daddy gave me money towards buying this jersey and I was delighted, I've needed one for so long. Dublin were knocked out of the GAA in the semis at the weekend though, boo hoo! Which is really disappointing. At least I'll have this jersey forever now. It's big on me though. It's size small, but it's still like a dress on me!

Lace/Polka dot Top | €11
This was the last top that I picked up! I absolutely LOVE it. It's super cute and looks great tucked in rather than let out. That's just my opinion though! But I think it's very smart looking yet you could definitely get away with this top on a night out. It's fab.

Tan Bag | €9
Well, I've needed a tan bag for ages and I could never find any decent ones, but when I was in Penneys I seen this one and said I may as well get it. For nine euro, you can't go wrong!

Penneys Canvas Shoes/Pumps | €3
As always I got my Penneys shoes. You only, well.. I only get a few wears out of these each time, so I'm lucky they're only three yoyo's!

Penneys Tom/Flossys Copies | €4 
I just needed a pair of these!

Other shoes | €2
Yep these were only two euro. Bargain! Just had to grab them!

Thanks for reading! I know this post is LONG over-due! But I've just started college and I'm so busy! But anyways it's here now, so enjoy!

Have you bought any of these items recently? Will you buy any of them? Do you love/hate any? Let me know what you think! :)

Lots of love,
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