Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer Serum

Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer Serum Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer Serum
Oh eyelashes, how I love you. Particularly when you are looking long, separated and super thick with zero clump! 

Those of you that read this blog regularly will be aware of my love for mascara and how I love my lashes to look not only longer but also thicker, the quest for amazing lashes is definately where my love for mascara stems from.  Something which I have never tried, though they are not new to the market, is eyelash serums. I don't know why I haven't tried them before, it is probably because I found them a bit gimmicky but I am seeing rave reviews of them pop up on my favourite blogs so have become somewhat more interested in them. When the opportunity came up to try the Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer*, I couldn't really resist. I had to know what all the fuss was about and more importantly to see if they live up to all the hype.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Essie Gel Couture Collection

Essie Gel Couture Collection
I love the look, and lasting power, of gel nails but the expense of getting them done in a salon always puts me off, as a one off treat they are great but personally I like things I can do myself at home and have previously even dabbled in doing my own acrylic nails, I still have the kit somewhere!

When I heard that Essie had brought out the Gel Couture Collection, I was intrigued. The collection is an easy two step system for an at home, gel like manicure which is right up my street and would be ideal for anyone else like me who prefers to do things themselves with less expense. You do not need to use a base coat before applying the nail polish in this range but being the rebel I am, I like to use a coat of O.P.I. Nail Envy underneath which is something I always use as a base under any polish. The polish colours I chose from the collection are not ones which are likely to cause me any problems in relation to staining and such like but I like to use a base coat anyways just in case and it means my nails are always in tip top condition. The colours I chose were:-

Pre-Show Jitters - Alabaster White
Fairy Tailor - Sheer Nude Pink
Touch-Up - Soft Mauve Pink
Essie Gel Couture Collection, Pre-Show Jitters, Touch-Up, Fairy Tailor
These three colours are very wearable for work and also leisure so are ideal for me. I like polish colours that match whatever you are wearing and you are not having to worry about changing your nail colour to match your outfit, obviously it is a bit different when you need a certain nail colour for special occasions but otherwise I like to have a pretty neutral colour on my nails especially when I will have them on for a week or two.  I find with these polishes you can get an opaque finish in just two coats but I found that with Pre-Show Jitters and Touch-Up, I preferred the colour finish after three coats were applied.  My favourite of all three I currently own is Fairy Tailor which I currently have on my nails, I have actually been asked a few times this week what nails I am wearing because my nails are looking quite good right now, there is no false nails here though lovelies.

The Top Coat is what really makes this collection so amazing.  It is quick drying, although not quite as quick as my beloved Seche Vite, and your polish is touch dry in only a couple of minutes. It also seems to smooth out any lumps and bumps in the polish and leaves you with a super smooth, high shine, gel like finish. I have found that no matter how hard I am on my nails that this polish just will not chip, in an average week I am at work every day full time as well as doing all my housework including washing up daily and not to mention the baths and showers that I have daily but still my nail colour is in tact where others would be chipped and peeling within a day or two. It is recommended that you re-apply the Top Coat every 2-3 days but I haven't done that yet and the longest my nails lasted was two weeks, at which time I removed the polish as my nails were growing out underneath and I wanted a change but there was still no sign of any chipping so I could have gotten longer out of them.

The brushes of the polish are the standard wide, easy to work with brushes we come to expect from Essie so not a lot of work is required on your part to get an amazing finish on your nails that look like you have just stepped out of the salon. Essie tend to have their prices set around the £7.99-£9.99 mark so the new Gel Couture Collection isn't more expensive than their other polishes but definately check out Boots if you are looking to treat yourself to these as there is usually some sort of deal on the go, I got mine on buy one get one half price.

Have you tried the new Gel Couture Collection yet? I'm totally eyeing up other colours in the range as I am so impressed with the ones I currently have.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise Sunglasses | GlassesShop

GlassesShop Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise Eyeglasses GlassesShop Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise Eyeglasses
Whether you're lying on a beach, sunning yourself in your back garden or cruising along the roads in the car there is one thing that I would consider an absolute essential in Summertime, other than suncream of course, and that is sunglasses! It is supposed to be Summer here in the UK at the moment and as I type this post we have actually been forecast a mini heat wave for the next couple of days but the rest of the time the weather has been pretty miserable to be honest. I mean we have had the odd sunny day but this was quickly followed by days of rain. We had a heatwave of sorts a few weeks ago but only a few of those days were actually sunbathing weather and the rest of the time it was raining with an unbearable heat. No one could sleep, it was a struggle to breathe and even walking a very small distance was a chore, thank goodness that heat is gone!
GlassesShop Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise Eyeglasses GlassesShop Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise Eyeglasses
I was recently contacted by GlassesShop.com and I couldn't resist working with them again (see previous post) given that I have an obsession with sunglasses, I have numerous pairs and like to keep some in the house, in the car and I currently even have a pair in my handbag. In case you aren't aware of GlassesShop.com, they are an American company who sell a large selection of eyeglasses online at very reasonable prices. The delivery is relatively quick and I received my glasses in about 7-10 days which is not bad at all. 

The sunglasses I chose were the Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise* ones as I don't actually own any tortoise design glasses so felt I had to rectify that. These sunglasses are lightweight, fashionable and go with multiple outfits so it will be no surprise to you when I tell you that I have wore these so many times since receiving them and they are my current favourites. They are living in my car at the moment but if the weather is going to be as nice as the weatherman is predicting then I will be taking them out the car and wearing them out and about to make sure my eyes are always protected. If you require prescription sunglasses, and/or glasses, then GlassesShop.com promise the highest quality at the lowest price so make sure and check out their website when you are next shopping for glasses. You will need to know your correct current prescription but as long as you have that then you are good to go and can choose your next pair of glasses from their wide range available online. 
GlassesShop Catherine Wayfarer Tortoise Eyeglasses
Finally, very kindly I have been given a coupon code which will enable readers of CazmosWorld to receive 50% off of eyeglasses AND sunglasses with free lenses (excludes sale frames) when you quote code GSHOT50. If you are needing new glasses then definately check GlassesShop.com out as this offer is too good to miss. 

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Sunday, 7 August 2016

This Week I... Lets Catch Up

MacBook Pro, Bullet Journal
Hello, how are you are you all? Doing well, I hope. Firstly I feel I need to apologise for not being around so much lately but life sort of got in the way again and some things just have to be put on the back burner, for me that is my blog unfortunately. All is not lost though as I have actually had quite a lot of inspiration come to me and I have written down numerous ideas for future blog posts. I'm actually excited about blogging again and starting to work post ideas so make sure and keep an eye out for those in the future.

Can you believe that we are already into August, how did that happen? In exactly 20 weeks it will be CHRISTMAS, yes I did just drop the 'C' word and I am not even sorry. I am being quite organised this year and have already started putting money away for Christmas as it can end up really expensive with presents, nights out, extra presents, wrapping paper, cards, stamps and all the other Christmas related expenses so if you are not prepared for it then you can end up seriously out of pocket. A lot of you will know that I have been saving money for my garden to be renovated which is going to be a big expense, I am talking thousands here, so I have been completely money focused lately and get a little bit excited watching the pennies mount up. A little off topic but I think we have finally found the Landscape Gardener to do the work for us and the cost is slightly cheaper than we have initially thought so keep your fingers crossed for that!

The past two weeks have been absolutely bedlam for me, I have been doing 7am starts at work for the past couple of weeks to try and ease some of the pressures of work but I honestly feel like it has made no difference at all to my workload. I know 7am sounds quite early, it is only an hour earlier than when I usually start but it means my day starts an hour earlier. I am getting up around 5.30-5.45am to enable me to get ready and drive through horrendous roadworks to get to work, so I am up and about very early in the morning and it has taken its toll. For some reason our workload is insane at the moment and the majority of my colleagues are feeling it so I am not alone, thankfully. I didn't realise how working so hard and doing that extra hour would affect me but I am absolutely exhausted just now and I feel quite poorly at the moment.  I woke up yesterday morning with a puffy left eye and cold/flu like symptoms. I am not sure if this is hay fever related but I haven't actually suffered that badly with hay fever this year despite the high pollen counts so I think it is maybe my body's way of telling me to slow down. No idea if I am going to listen to it or not yet, although I did spend the majority of yesterday in bed doing blog related stuff.

To try and compensate for feeling a bit run down and sorry for myself (that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!), I have been getting a bit spendy the last few weeks with the majority of my shopping being done online, watch out for an upcoming haul post showing what I have been buying lately. I can be quite good at saving and making sure all our household bills but any money left over burns a hole in my pocket and I feel like I need to spend it, I really need to reign it in again though and put even more money into our savings account as it is always good to have money behind you just in case something happens with the house or car but it is always nice to have a little treat or ten.

The only other thing I need to update you on is weight loss, or lack of,  and my Slimming World journey.  I have to be honest here and say I have completely lost my way with Slimming World recently and couldn't get back into it at all. Each day I was using more and more of my syns on treats like crisps and chocolate which is the not the way I ever wanted to do things. I have had a good few weeks of doing nothing at all in terms of dieting but thankfully I haven't put any weight back on and it has just sort of plateaued for the past few weeks. I think I have been very lucky but the time has come to get back into it and shift some weight. I have decided for the moment not to go back to Slimming World although I may change my mind in the near future but for now I have re-downloaded the My Fitness Pal app (or MFP as it is known) and hope to start tracking my food and exercise on there. The thing I like about MFP is that not only can you track your calories but you can also see your protein, carbs, fibre, fat and sugar totals at a glance which means when you are inputting your foods you are actually aware of what is going into your body and it should hopefully make help you reach for healthier options. Weight loss is a difficult thing and you need to work out what is the best option for yourself, I find that I need a little bit of structure like a slimming group or MFP where I can see my daily food and exercise diaries. I have tried just cutting down but it never works for me, I end up skipping meals and eating bags of crisps so I would much rather have proper meals and the occasional snack but make sure that I am sticking to some sort of limit calorie/syn/point wise. I don't like talking a lot about weight loss as some people get really offended by it, while I do understand their points the reason I want to lose weight are not for other people and is for me and me alone. I want to be healthier and live longer, there is nothing wrong with that at all.

I think that is all I have to fill you in on, I hope this post wasn't too rambly for you.  Let me know in the comments what you have been up to lately, I love to hear from you all.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

The Best Nail Strengthener | O.P.I. Nail Envy

A picture of OPI Nail Envy Nail strengthener
I have a strange relationship with my nails, I am either all about them with constant pampering and treatments or I don't bother with them at all and they end up short and weak so that when I do try and grow them they just end up breaking and looking really pitiful. Ideally, I would love to get to a place where I am between the two phases but I am not there quite yet although I am a hell of a lot better then I used to be.

It was about this time last year (yes, this post is that overdue) that I first discovered O.P.I Nail Envy, my nails were in a really bad condition after months of being neglected and none of my usual treatments or nail strengtheners were working for me. In desperation I turned to good old Google to do some searching and quickly came across a few blog posts raving about Nail Envy. It seemed quite expensive and I wasn't sure about buying it but I managed to find it on Nail Polish Direct (direct link here) and it worked out a lot cheaper than other places.  If you prefer to buy it elsewhere then it is available from Feel Unique and other similar places. I am still using the original bottle that I bought last year and am about half way through it, so you definately get your moneys worth.

There is a little 'how to' guide on how to use Nail Envy in the packaging but basically all you do is apply two coats on the first day then one coat every other day until day seven when you remove it all and reapply. It sounds a bit of a hassle but it really isn't and doesn't take long to dry leaving you free to go about your day, I tend to put a reminder in my Bullet Journal to keep me on track but a reminder on your phone calendar would work just as well.

O.P.I Nail Envy is a hyped up product for good reason, it really works and I am always completely delighted with the results. The results are quick,  I noticed amazing changes in my nails after the first week of using it. When I removed it on the seventh day, before reapplying, I could see not only how strong and healthy my nails looked but also how much they had grown. The longer you use it the better the results you will get and the stronger your nails will be. I have also found that Nail Envy makes the perfect base coat under nail polish, you obviously cannot follow the basic guide on how to apply it but it still works at strengthening the nail while you are wearing polish and when the time comes for you to remove your polish, you can see that your nails have grown and are still as strong. I'll be honest and say that I don't tend to follow the guide every single week as that would end up being a bit of a hassle but I do follow it every couple of weeks to keep my nails looking healthy and strong but when I am not following the guide then I  like to wear it on my nails under polish or on it's own so I am always getting the benefit of it and not letting my nails get out of control again. It really is a wonder product and I can't recommend it enough.

Have you tried O.P.I Nail Envy, did you have similar results to me? Let me know in the comments below.

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