New Masai Collection | Gemini Clothing

Yesterday I modelled the new collection from Masai, available today from Gemini. It was such a beautiful sunny day, so we managed to get some great shots of the outfits. This collection is based on neutrals and wearable day time styles. Their are some key prints in the collection, including florals, spots, stripes & safari as well as pretty pastels & Nudes. I felt really comfortable in everything, hiding a multitude of sins while being light and breathable.














I had such a great time doing this shoot and really loved all the pieces from the Masai Collection at Gemini. What do you think? 

You can shop the new collection here

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How I got nails of steel

How to get strong nails

We all have the desire to have healthy nails don't we? for me, I've tried several fixes to give me healthy, strong and fast growing nails, including herbal remedies. Everything I've tried previously worked for a while, but after a few short weeks my nails would return to their usual state. I had never found anything to fit into my routine that didn't include taking a daily vitamin or supplement. I had just excepted that was the way they were and got on with my weekly mini-mani's.

When I was contacted to try out the Nail Magic nail hardener and conditioner, I was of course dubious, but with nothing to lose I accepted the gift. 

Ill be honest, this wasn't one of those PR's I was desperate to try immediately and it had sat on my 'To Try' pile for a while. That was until I had ran out of base coat and was looking for anything to use as a replacement. I came across my nail magic and had a little look at the instructions where I found out it could be used as a base and top coat! great news. Following the directions I applied one coat, followed by my nail polish before applying it as a top coat also. 

To be honest it had just fell into my routine and I was really enjoying the product, and although my nails were starting to grow a little faster and didn't break quite so easy it wasn't one of those products that I was dying to write a review about. That was until two weeks ago. 

I had some acrylics done by a friends training sister, after about a week one had fell off and due to me not being able to schedule a new appointment, I proceeded to bite each one off. I'm sure most of you have done the exact same thing, and the result is always the same. Rough, weak and sore nails lie miserably underneath. Not for me, not this time. My nails were exactly the same as they had been before, with no soreness. I just couldn't understand it. 

It wasn't until last week when my Sunday routine popped around again and I got my Nail Magic out to apply as a base coat that I realised, this little beauty was the reason for my strong nails not being destroyed by those acrylics. There is no other explanation as to why they were fighting fit after chewing the extensions off. 

Now this little pot of magic is a holy grail in my routine and I truly believe in its ability to strengthen and condition your natural nail. Its so simple to include in my routine as a base coat, all the while its giving me nails of steel. I'm only sorry that it took me so long to try it out!

If you would like to purchase the Nail Magic nail hardener and conditioner, you can order here 

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Recent Beauty Haul | Eskay Beauty

Beauty Haul Tanya burr book

Whilst in Birmingham a few weeks ago I did a spot of shopping and picked up a few things I needed wanted, while I had the opportunity. Shopping with blogger friends is great, I can pick up whatever I like, without being guilt tripped into putting anything back. Shopping is such a stress reliever for me. I could be in the worst of moods and just purchasing something. Anything, and having that little money parting, bag collecting moment will make everything seem better. That's until I get home and realise the damage. Then all hell breaks loose!

The first thing I got was the raved about Nars Sheer Glow foundation. To be honest, I had been a little against getting this, because it was everywhere (I'm stubborn like that) but finally it got the better of me, so I went over and asked to be matched. I've got to admit that the sales adviser was a little useless, she recommended completely the wrong colour, it was far to light. luckily I noticed and requested the next one up which is Fiji. I've been using this now for just over a month and I absolutely love it so far. I'm giving it a proper test run and then I'll do a full review.

I was then at the Urban Decay Sping collection event where I got way to swatch happy and ended up purchasing their sheer lipstick in Slowburn. Its a gorgoeus coral red with an orange tinge. It was a tough decision between this and Sheer Shame, but I'm really pleased with this choice and think it will be a staple product though Spring and Summer. Who knows I might stop buy for another cheeky purchase :)

Of course a shopping trip is never complete without a quick look in Superdrug. The lovely Sophie recommended, the Rimmel Brow Gel, which sounded amazing. I picked this up in the mid brown shade, and having used it for a few weeks now I think its fantastic. If its been a while since you tamed the brows then I'd recommend something that gives you the ability to define them a little more. But if you have perfectly plucked brows and are just looking for a quick fix to fill them in this is fabulous.

My penultimate purchase was the Makeup Revolution Bronze Shimmer Highlight I was yet to delve into Makeup revolution, even with all the hype on social media, and to be honest I didn't even really need any more bronzer but it looked so lovely I couldn't help picking it up to try. If you have a pale complexion and struggle to find a suitable bronzer, I really recommend this! I have found this so natural and it is now one of my favourite bronzer's.

My final purchase of the day was the Tanya Burr: Love Tanya book. How could I turn it town, being on offer at WHSmiths, I just had to pick it up. I know their is so much hype around all of these bloggers/vloggers coming out with books but I was actually really intrigued to get an insight into Tanya's life and how she has got to where she is. I am yet to start the book, But ill be sure to let you know when I have read it.

Have you tried any of the above products? what are your thoughts?

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Fashion Finds: The Knee High Boot

Nine West Knee High Boots

If you didn't already know, Im 5"9' tall. Yes. I know, I'm a giant in comparison to most women, and I HATE it. But unless they revolutionise plastic surgery to enable me to be my ideal height * insert praying emoji here* then it looks like I'm stuck with it. One of the many issues that comes along with being tall is finding boots.

I've wanted a pair of knee high boots for a while but everything I tried was either to tight on the leg, to big or TOO SHORT. knee high looking boots that barley cover your calf is not a good look.

On boxing day Elliott and I went into town to try and catch some bargains. And boy did I find one in these beauties. On a whim, I decided to head to over to the Nine West counter in Debenhams. Honestly, it was love at first sight. They had just one pair left in my size and when I tried them on I knew it was meant to be :)

If like me your tall, or have big calfs then these a great. They are stretchy, so comfortably fit around my leg as well as being a good height. Although they don't cover my knee they are the closest I'm ever going to get. These are still available in Debenhams and at a bargain of £70 down from £150, they are a real steal.

I love the suede panel at the from which is then used as a strip down the back. They are comfortable, on trend and perfect to pull together any outfit. I love them!

Did you manage to pick up any bargains in the January sales?


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An EPIC Adventure to Brighton



So yesterday me and my blogging bestie Holly from I2Style, decided to take a road trip to the coast. We had planned on going to Barmouth for the day but in a spontaneous decision, changed our plans to Brighton. We set of with a picnic all packed and headed to the beach.

On arrival we were so excited, listening to Mike Dignam - Great Escape the whole way :) We got to the beach and stood for a while taking it all in. I don't know about you, but for me, being by the coast really calms me. I'd love to live there in a few years.

We then went for a walk down the pier and had a go on the dance mats, the merry-go-round and followed it up with a gorgeous banana and nutella crepe. It was delicious.

I love the lanes, theres something so quirky about them. There is such a great array of stores and cute little cafes. We had a good walk round and then went for a gorgeous meal at Bella Italia before heading back home.

Brighton is a lovely place, although it wasn't quite what I expected. I much prefer the side nearer Hove (right of the pier) I could definitely see myself living their in the future. The beach was beautiful and calming. It's just right up my street.

Anyway, I thought Id share with you some of the pictures I took :)



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Do you have a safe place that makes you feel calm and happy? Let me know in the comments below

where it is
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Whats in my bag | Eskay Beauty


If you follow me on my Youtube channel as well, then you may already know that I have tried to up my game in 2015 and am uploading every Thursday. So far its going really well. But it is only the second week. haha. 

In this weeks instalment I uploaded a Whats In My Bag. I love watching these videos, but have never really had a bag I love enough to show you around. Until I found this Michael Kors Beauty :) 

I really hope you enjoy the video. Please leave me a comment and subscribe to my channel if you haven't already. And let me know in the comments below what you handbag beauty staple is. 




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The Bloggers Hub Social Media Show - OOTD | Eskay Beauty



I was recently contacted by The Bloggers Hub to get involved in their social media show. I thought it would be great way for me to get involved with the community and see some similar posts from other bloggers.
I put this outfit together for you for which I think is perfect for a warmer winter day but also has a touch of spring... can you tell I'm desperate for winter to do one. Haha. Hope you like it :)




I put this outfit together with spring in mind, it was quite a mild day so I was feeling inspired. I absolutely love this top but it can be a little tricky, as it has a lace front which is pretty see through, so you definitely have to bear that in mind when your selecting your bra. Louise Ferdinand Lingerie kindly sent me a lace bra and briefs set which went perfectly with this top, meaning I can now wear it without worrying about awkwardly showing a bright pink bra. I really like the set, however I would say the sizes come in quite small and the price is quite high. but I think thats something you have to expect when a product is handmade. 

Lingerie Set: Louise Ferdinand*
Top: F&F
Jacket: F&F
Jeans: New Look
Shoes: Next
Bag: Next

As for Make-up, Im obsessed with purple tones at the minute, so I went for this deep smokey eye with a coral lip.
As some of you know, I've been suffering with acne for over a year now. I have been lucky enough to receive treatment but unfortunately this makeup is very deceiving, under it all, its still quite present. Makeup Nails Tan kindly sent me the corrector & concealer palette which works to correct tones with a counter acting colours. As you can see from the picture above, there are raised lumps, but I have corrected the redness with this palette. I love it. On my eyes I used the Naked pallets Toasted, Hustle and creep in the outer corner to smoke it out.

Conceal and correct: BH Cosmetics*
Foundation: Loreal True Match
Blusher: Avon (Revitalised)
Eyeshadow: Naked Original 
Eyeliner: Rimmel
Brows: Benefit Brow Zings
Lipgloss: Tanya Burr Picnic in the park

Let me know in the comments below if your involved in The Bloggers Love Social Media Show, and don't forget to link your posts. If not, join in the conversation on twitter using the hashtag: #BHTWITTERPARTY 

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Make Green Eyes Pop | Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon

This was my first purchase from Charlotte Tilbury, and will be one of many..
I've never really been one to succumb to the 'it' products on the market. I tend to make choices based on what budget I've got left from my wages and what I fancy trying out. I went to the Autumn Winter Fashion Show at the Bullring with Paige and we did a spot of shopping after. When we went over to the Charlotte Tilbury stand, we had a lipstick demo. However I'm not really a lipstick lover, although I love a good bold lip, I tend to stay with what I know. I am however, all for anything eye related.

When I saw the collection of Colour Chameleon pencils, I was in full blown beauty blogger mode. My hand looked like a palette in itself. Haha. It was a tricky pick between Bronzed Garnet and Amethyst Aphrodisiac, but the sales assistant recommended the latter, and that was it. SOLD - to the sheepish CT newby..

I couldn't wait to try this out when I got home and over the past few months I've experimented with this gorgeous product quite a lot. Its smooth consistency makes for easy application around the delicate eye area and the beautiful colour really does make green eyes pop. Here's some of the ways I've enjoyed wearing this product.

Liner
Applying a neutral shadow to the outer corners of the eye (I like to use Naked buck), then sweep this under the lower lash line for a pop of colour.

Eye Makeup for Green Eyes


Also apply it to the upper lash line without eyeshadow for a quick and easy look

Eye Makeup for Green Eyes


Full lid
pretty self explanatory. Just apply the pencil to the complete upper eyelid, blending the edges with your finger.

Eye Makeup for Green Eyes


Smokey eye
This has to be my favourite. It's so quick and simple and with only one product you can carry this around in your handbag for that really easy last minute day to night look. Simply apply some to the inner corner of the eye and blend out. then from the centre of the lid and blend a little less. then finally apply to the outer corner and not blend at all. apply a little to the lower lash line and voila. the perfect one product smokey eye.

Eye Makeup for Green Eyes

Overall I absolutely love this product, well done Charlotte Tilbury. I can believe I waited so long. This one is from the green eye collection. I really want to try them all out though now. It's quite steep at £19 but when you consider the use you'll get from it. I'd say its definitely worth the splurge.

What is your go to easy product that you carry around with you? Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon?

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New Year, New Start.

New Year New Start Eskay Beauty

Every year we hear the same old thing of setting unrealistic goals for ourselves, something we like to call new years resolutions. A day, 1st January, just like every other day, all except we decide to change something about ourselves. Some people manage to keep up with there resolution, but the vast majority fail miserably. I think I've had the same resolution for the past 5 years. Lose weight. yeah, still not there yet! whoops.

Something that I do every single year though, that I just do, without a second thought, is a big clear out. A bit like a spring clean. Here's a list of the things I like to do, to help clear out my space ready for a fresh start in the new year. 

Clear out your old clothes

I go through everything, even PJ's, Pants and Socks and throw out anything that I no longer wear, haven't worn in a while, or quite frankly has had its day. 

Sort through all draws

For me this is paramount, I have a LOT of draws, living with my parents means I need the storage. I like to do a full clear out, take everything out, sort through what to keep and what to give away and what to throw out, this leads me onto my next point. 

Give away old products

I have a LOT of products, most of which its impossible to use. so once I've gone through all my draws, I will collect all the products to 'give away' into a bag and go around my friends and family giving them dibs on the products. 

Organise Finances

This is essential I think, this gives me such mental clarity going into the new year. I lie to plan out what exactly my income is and what my outgoings are and decide exactly what I want to do with the rest of my money every month. the envelope technique is great. Withdraw all your money for different things and divide it between envelopes. So you can go to the petrol envelope when you need petrol and your food envelope when you need food, and so on. Its a really great way to feel organised and in control of your finances. 

Full Body Pamper

Probably my favourite of the lot. A full body pamper, the perfect way to feel awesome when you have to roll back into the office for your first day back. I like to do the lot. Hair mask, Skin mask, deep exfoliate, trim cuticles, buff nails, full mani/pedi. Not forgetting the plucking of eyebrows.

Resolutions

Now I know I said I've had the same resolution for the past 5 years, and yes, its true. but clearly its still something I'd like to change. Maybe this year I'll try and be a little more realistic. 

     - Lose 3st
     - Drink Water
     - Be Creative
     - Read More
     - Stick to my Blog Schedule
And there we have it :) 

Thats what I do to kick start me with a great year ahead. Have you set a resolution? If so, What is it? 

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