Saturday, 19 April 2014

Sunday Polish - Simple Geometry


Spangles Nails Art Pen - Black 
New Look - Pink

I've gone geometric this week, with tiny pink and black triangles. 
This one is not easy to get done at all! You need plenty of time, concentration, patience and a very steady hand (hence the reason I struggled)!
Start by painting the pink half on the index and little finger, then using a very fine nail art brush or black nail art pen and line the entire outside of the nail. Create a random pattern of triangles inside the black outlines and leave to dry. Using a fine brush fill one or two triangles with your chosen colour and set with your chosen top coat.

Love

Tan xx 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Flight Spa

In exactly 1 Weeks I will be on my way to Malawi, travelling for more than 14 hours, 12 of which I will be spent up in the air.

There are very few conditions that actually compromise your skin....flying is one of them! All of that recycled air being pumped around can't be good for anyone, not to mention the germs and other nasties lurking about.
I can't imagine that there will be much room for pampering where I'm going, so these are all of the things currently being packed in my hand luggage....
the essentials to turn a dehydrating flight into a well needed spa session.

Listed (Left - Right), are products that I like so feel free to substitute according to personal preference :)
I've also made sure to decant the products into bottles less then 100ml to comply with airline security restrictions. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner - You won't get a proper cleanse here so the alcohol based fomula cleans and purifies, working wonders. Watch out, this can be extremely drying so you may need a rich moisturiser.

The Body Shop Cucumber Cleanser - Swipe all over face with a cotton pad before applying your toner for a cooling, soothing base. They no longer sell this, so I would go for the Vitamin E or Aloe instead.

St Ives Invigorating Facial Scrub - (travel size) For a deeper clean should you feel it's needed. I like to wash my make-up off properly so this really helps when you have limited access to toiletries, however only use if needed. You do not want to irritate your already compromised skin unnecessarily.  

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Butter Milk - A small body moisturiser is MUST for me no matter where I am going...flight or otherwise!
Tester sachets are prefect for situations exactly like these where space/weight/security restrictions apply.

Garnier Moisture Match Shine Be Gone - Tester sachet of facial moisturiser. For me, this provides a great matte but moisturising base, so I would save this to use right before re-applying my make-up in the lead up to my final landing for a fresh faced finished.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser - "Does as it says on the tin" product. A simple light but hydrating moisturiser great for absolutely any occasion or skin type.

Johnson's Face Wipes & Travel Hand Wipes - I have a general rule when it comes to face wipes.....Fannies, Flights or Festivals! 
Luckily this qualifies as the ultimate in-flight necessity. 
For the basic forehead, cheeks, chin make-up removal. Scrubbing eye make-up off with wipes is a big No No! I would much prefer The Body Shop Vitamin E wipes, but I had these that needed using.

Garnier Eye Roll-On & YSL Youth Liberator Eye Serum- Look! No Hands! Love these for the cooling effect and hygiene aspects. Great for sore/tired eyes. Re-apply as and when needed.

4 in 1 Nail File - Handbag Must have for inevitable chips and wear while rushing through security and check-in. Buffing will also keep them looking tip-top and healthy.

Hand Sanitiser Gel - A Must have if you can't wash your hands before starting your facial routine. Prevents bacteria spreading across your face and seeping into your prone and open pores.

Burts Bee's Hand Salve - Another no-nonsense product. Small and compact, so prefect for flying, and great for giving hands and nails a moisture boost.

Bio Oil - Comes in handy for absolutely everything from ultra hydrating night moisturisers. Can be used to provided an extra protective barrier for skin, as well as over night skin boost and repair.

Carmex & Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm for Lips - Standard lip balm and slightly richer one for severe chapping & rescue.

Make-Bag - It's not a holiday so it's just the bare essential this time round. Powder Compact. Mascara. Eyeliner. Eyebrow Pencil. Blusher.

Small Empty Spray Bottle - (not included in photo) I like to take an tiny spray bottle filled with mineral or floral water to use as a hydrant mist. (Evian facial mist works too). Along with wipes, this is an in-flight necessity! Spray liberally and frequently...even more so when people look at you with that annoyingly annoyed expression...Your face is worth it! 

I'm also talking a few extras like hand cream, toothpaste, face mask, eye mask and night cream as mines an over night flight. 

Tan xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday Polish - Celebration Nail


Barry M - Caramel (Matte)
Essie - Hi Maintenance (pink)
Essie - Tie the Knot (gold)

Perfect colour mix for any special occasion or celebration....or any other day of the week for that matter!
Looks oh so special when your going for something quirky bit still classic and special.
The Barry M Caramel is actually a Matte polish, but I much prefer this in gloss, the colour is much more flattering. I'm still on the fence with matte polishes, but I'm warming up to them, you just need the right colour!

Hope you are all well,

Tan xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sister Sister


  
Topshop - Leather Jacket 
New Look - Cami
Zara - Jeans 

I wore this a few weekends ago now, for Sunday brunch with the girls as we bid farewell to Amy who has now returned to the distant land of Oz (Australia). Sad to be saying goodbye to everyone as they jet off back home, until I realised in just 2 weeks I'll soon be doing the same, leaving for Malawi where I will be living for three months.  
One person I will definitely miss is my mischievous other half, and partner in crime.....my sister! Having a sister is great not only because I always have someone to wind up, but given that we are the same size we can share clothes :D!
Her leather jacket was perfect to finish this outfit. Even with the extraordinarily warm and sunny weather that is currently April, I have to sometimes remember that we are still in London so a jacket is definitely needed.  

Enjoy 

Tan xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday Polish - Chanel Suspicious











My first and only Chanel polish in my collection!
I was very lucky to recieve this as a gift a few weeks ago (Thank-you!), and I've been dying to test it out ever since.

Although this was released as part of their fall collection, it's a perfect shade for spring or summer.
The formula is insanely amazing. With very thin consistancy, it is surprisingly, strongly pigmented. Each stroke packs on plenty of colour, to provide full even coverage in just one coat!
I applied two just to be safe, but they are so thin, it means this dries that bit quicker, which is always a good thing when painting nails.
It has a semi-shiny finish, so as a high-shine lover a a top coat is a must, however even without a top coat this Chanel's magic formula proves to be pretty resistant with only very minor tip-wear after just over a week. 
Impressive!

Love

Tan xx