Friday, 24 March 2017

PS... Strong Nails Cuticle Oil

Cuticle oil is a masssive part of my nail care routine and my all time fav used to be CND Solar Oil. It has an amazing smell and absorbs super quick, but it is a tad on the expensive side! So while I was in Primark a few weeks back I came across this one!

PS... Strong Nails is only £1 for 10mls (0.33 US FlOz) and if I am honest I wasnt expecting too much from this. It was mainly going to be a back up for when I ran out of Solar Oil, but I have been majorly proved wrong!! (I love it when a product does this!)


 
It doesn't have a smell as such but it , like Solar Oil, does absorb very quickly and doesn't have a greasy feel like some other cheaper oils that I have tried. I have noticed a dramatic change in not only the health and suppleness of my cuticles but it has kept true to it's word and has made my nails a lot stronger! Not to the point where they are brittle to the touch but they have a healthy look, feel and flexibility that they have never had before. Since I started using it I have had no major breaks (now Ive said that Ill be down to nubbins before you reach the end of this post!!)


 
Like I mentioned before it is only £1 and more than a match for the big boys out there! The next time I'm in Primark I will be stocking up on it (Sorry CND!)



 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Nice to be back 💗

Well guys and dolls I have returned from the depth of a pretty low time and Im back to bug your happiness! Things have not been easy of late but someone reminded me that there is no life without hope and I intend of living again!!

If you have been keeping up with me on Instagram then you are up to date with what has been going on and also that I have still been doing anything and everything with my nails that I can! Im not going to go into details but I am still waiting to hear about my operation and I'll leave it at that.

As far as nails go, I have been sporting a long almond shape and loving it. I have also been raiding my collections and may have made a few purchases too! (Ill have another post up about what I have been buying!)

I have also been using a new way of whitening my teeth. I have been using a activated charcoal and having some fab results but its still a work in progress and once I have been using it a bit longer Ill let you all know my finding. 

So as you can see I may not have been blogging but I still have a strong passion for all things nails and beauty and now that my mind is in a better place I'm going to start coming back into the world!

Keep em peeled


 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

What's in My Manicure Bag???

Any nail addict will have a set of manicure tools they hold very dear to their hearts and I am no exception!

Before I collected all my stuff into one pretty pink bag, it would take me ages to rummage through my stuff to find everything I needed as organisation is not my thing but now it's easy peasy!!

So there are 9 things that I consider are essential to keeping my nails in tip top condition and here they are.

Base & Top Coat : At the moment I am using OPI Matte Nail Envy as a base coat and it's really keeping my nails long and strong. For top coat I bought a set of 6 from a company called Beauty 4 Britain. I didn't hold out much hope but it's actually better than I thought,  nice and shiny and dries really quickly 

Cuticle Pusher: I have 2 of these one metal one and an orange wood stick. I use the orange wood stick to keep everything neat and tidy in between polish changes. The metal one is for when I use my CND CuticleAway to do a proper manicure which I do once a week.

Glass Nail File: I only got this a few months back and I adore it! It is easier on the nail plate and I have been able to keep my nails from splits and flaking since I've been using it so highly recommend getting yourself one of those!!

Cuticle Nippers: Purely for nipping off loose bits of skin that pop up with doing a full manicure. It can be tempting to over do it but you're in for a world of pain if you do!! So you have been warned!!

Nail Polish Thinner: If you read my post Crimes Against Nail Polish, you'll already be aware that this stuff is the only thing to use if you have a gloopy polish so I buy an big bottle and decant into this little one for ease use!

Clean Up Brush: Come on no ones perfect so this is for the times I take my eye off the ball!!

Polish Bottle Holder: I love this thing!! The shape of the top means that it will hold almost any shape of bottle (my top coat one doesn't fit! Typical!) and then when you're ready to swap hands you just squeeze the 2 tabs above the ring section and I pop off straight up! Not messing up your nails at all!!

Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream: I've spoken about this before in my March Favourites and Im still stuck to it like glue! It has a wonderfully fresh lemon smell and keeps my cuticle nice and soft! LOVE IT!!

 
So there you have it all the things that I consider to be essential to keeping my nails in tip top condition and if I dare say it I haven't had a breakage since I've been using this routinely (now I've said that they are going to snap one by one!!)

Don't forget I regularly post on my Instagram and I've been using there new 24 hour video feature to sort of vlog so you can keep up to date on there!!

Love Ya
Nailpixi X  

Friday, 8 July 2016

Happy To Be Back!!!!!!

As you may or may not have noticed there has been a massive gap between this post as the last about not being on here as much as most bloggers but after reading that post back I realised a few things.

I had a recent appointment with my pain consultant and he wasn't the bearer of good news that I hoped. He told me that I only had a 60% chance of being completely pain free in the next 3-4 years, so needless to say that was a kick in the metaphorical nuts! 

This shook me to the core and took my confidence completely. I mean who would want to hear from a disabled 29 year old mother of 2 when there are so many beautifully talented beauty bloggers out there who can review products regularly and do some breath taking photography. But it came to me a few days ago that this is my little part of the Internet and I shouldn't compare myself to others. 

So as you can see there have been a few changes around here. I'm still really passionate about nails, so Nailpixi is going to stay, but I also going to be blogging about make up things I have been learnings (some of my looks in the pic below) and keeping you posted on the progress I'm making with my recovery.


 
I'm not going to stress about stats or PR contacts I'm going to take a what will be will be approach. I started this blog to distract me from my real life but I think that accepting things and writing things down is going to help me process the situation! 

So there you have it Nailpixi is changing and you are very welcome to come along for the ride it's going to be an interesting one I can feel it!!

Love ya
Nailpixi

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Long Time No Post!!!!

Well it's definitely been quiet round here of late but I do have a valid excuse HONEST :)

If you have read the post (I am Disabled) you will already know the history of my back problem (if not pop back via the link I'll just wait here!) things have been getting worse instead of better, a lot worse! Thankfully (after 27 MONTHS I might add) my doctors are really getting their teeth into the root of the problem. I am currently waiting for a new set of MRI results to decide what happens next. I post a lot on Twitter about it so be sure to follow me for regular up dates.

I have been a bit of a hermit for ages now due to the pain. Sitting and standing are really painful so typing up posts or taking pics for them just haven't been possible. Also my mental health has suffered causing my depression to deepen, but that dark cloud is beginning to lift and life doesn't seem so non-existent! 

One advantage is that I have been naughty and done a little bit of online shopping, so their will be haul/review posts up soon.

So that's about it really. Just felt that I should explain what's been going on and I've not given up on you all! Don't forget that you can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for make up looks and nail art pics!!

Lots of love
Nailpixi X  

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Products I'm Loving March 2016

So it's near at dam it the end of March and on a Twitter poll I did this was what you all wanted to see so who am I to disagree!!

Firstly it has to be the rediscovery of my Chanel Foundation!!! I knew that I had bought 2 of the Mat Lumíer ages ago and between reshuffling my bedroom a couple of times I had misplaced the I unused bottle till the other day! Now, yes I know that Matt Lumíer doesn't exist in that format or formula anymore but I just adore it. As you may or may not know I suffer from combination skin that is very prone to break outs so I need a matte foundation.. This one leaves your skin with a glow that you don't often get with matte foundations. Another plus side is that it agrees with my skin and doesn't add to any of my problems. It is so worth the investment and a little goes a long way (thankfully!! :) )

To go with that my next favourite is my Real Techniques Stippling Brush! I am useless with flat foundations brushes and then I bought this beauty and there was never a line of foundation on my jaw line ever again!! It is a round headed, duo fibre synthetic brush and just the perfect size for my face. It is so easy to clean too and is beautifully soft for a synthetic brush. I have a few other Real Techniques brushes and they are all just as amazing as this one!
 
Another rediscovery this month has been my Burts Bees lemon butter cuticle balm. With the weather in the UK being its usual self my hand have taken a right beating with cuticles drier than the desert!! I lather this stuff on at night and by morning they are soft and smelling of lemon! It's always a good idea to use a balm in winter as they are much more moistursing than an oil,, keeping those precious talons at their best all year round!!

Finally I have fallen totally head over heels for green tea! Yes yes I know late to the party again, but as I take so much medications for my back I needed something to help keep the rest of my body in as good condition as possible and green tea was the answer! I have a couple of cups a day ( couldn't give my morning coffee up I mean come on how would one function!!!) I have added lemon into the mix as this boosts the antioxidants and adds a shot of vitamin C. I have also taken to used Green tea as a toner mixed with witch hazel to help deal with my adult acne, which you can read about here.I'll do a full post on it soon.

So there you have it, just a few things that have really rocked my world this month and as we are rapidly approaching April that mean season 6 of Game of Thrones is nearly here!!!!!! Anyway I'd love to hear what you've loved this month so either comment below or tweet me!!

Love Ya 
Nailpixi x

P.s Happy Easter!!! 🐣

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Hair Care Routine

When it came to looking after my hair, it wasn't until I started reading blogs and doing my own research that I realised just how important looking after my hair was! Before then I was awful! Bleaching, dying, heated tool, no heat protectant you name it I was doing it and was always complaining that my hair was thin and lacked shine and just look done in! No bloody wonder the torture it had been through, I'm surprised I had any left!, but now I am more informed and I think (hope) my hair has forgiven me! So here's what I now do!

Firstly lets start with the basics, shampoo and conditioner. Like most of you, I have tried many different brands over the years, but the one that I have been using now for more than 9 months is Loreal Fibrology. I first bought this stuff just to see if it lived up to the claims on the bottle as I did have fine hair lacking in volume. After I had finished the first bottles I was truly amazed. My hair had thickness that it had never had before and overall my hair just felt healthier. This has continued  bottle after bottle, so I highly recommend it for thin, fine hair. Once a month I mix in about a heaped teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with the shampoo and focus on my scalp. This removes product build up but also can be drying so hence why I only do it once a month. No one likes snow on their shoulders!!
 Once out of the shower, I carefully squeeze any excess water out of my hair and wrap it in a very loose towel turban which I take out once I am dressed to let it air dry. Before I comb it through with my Toni & Guy wide toothed comb I run a small amount of coconut oil through the ends. This help to hydrate and repair my ends and smooths the appearance of slit ends. I have only just started doing this and already I am surprised how much healthier the ends look even it I have been using my curling wand!


Now my hair is longer it take twice the time to dry, so I tend to faf about a bit till my hair is a bit drier to save my arms a bit!! I use KMS California ColourVitality as a heat & colour protectant. It is a light cream product so it doesn't weigh down your hair. I'm now ready to dry! My hairdryer of choice is the Babyliss Turbo Power 2200. It is amazing I have had this same one for about 8 years and I'm in now hurry to change it. It gives me just the amount of heat I was and it also has a turbo and cooling switch that are just wear you hold it so it really convenient. I use a defuser so I can keep & direct the heat where I want it. Also I use a combination of 2 round brushes, the larger one for volume at the roots and the smaller one to straighten.


 
So there you go, that's how I take care of my now luscious locks. I am on a journey to look after it better and keep it looking as well as I feel it looks now, but in saying that I am booking in for a redo of my highlights shortly but a girls gotta look good!!!

Love ya 
Nailpixi x