Superdrug Haul

I’ve only ever shared Lush hauls on my blog, so today I wanted to share a little haul from a different shop, and what’s better right now than Superdrug, with their incredible 3 for 2 offer across all cosmetics!?

I recently picked up some handbag essentials, alongside some other beauty treats for myself, so here’s what I picked up!IMG_2208Essentials

Maybelline Baby Lips Chap Stick | I’ve just ran out of all of my various lip balms, so I did need to pick another one up. I’ve definitely found that Baby Lips are by far the best to use, because they keep your lips moisturised for so much longer than any other lip balm. I decided this time to pick up an unscented and colour-free one because they are much more versatile, so I can wear this with anything.

Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel | In order to take full advantage of the 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug, I thought I’d pick up this because it is always so handy to have in your bag, and it can keep you from getting unwell! This particular one is ‘Fresh and Fruity’ and it does smell quite nice, still like an anti-bacterial hand gel, but nice.

Halo Hand Wipes | Similarly to the hand gel, I’ve found that hand wipes are so perfect to keep in your bag (especially if you’re a beauty blogger and you can’t go into any Boots, Superdrug, or any shop that sells makeup without swatching lipsticks, highlights, eye shadows, blushes etc all over your hands, only to step out of the shop looking insane and running the risk of staining your clothes.)

Dual Pencil Sharpener | Recently I’ve also bought some new lip liners and waterline eyeliners, and I realised that while they are perfect right now, at some point I am going to need to sharpen them! So this was another obvious essential for me. I also like that as a dual sharpener, you can sharpen bigger things too, like eyeshadow pencils.

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Maybelline Colour Show Blushed Nudes Varnish | Maybelline have just released their Blushed Nudes collection, so when I saw this particular colour ‘Dusty Rose’ I really liked it, as it seemed like another perfect neutral colour for me to wear.

Maybelline Colour Show 60 Seconds Clear Shine | I’m currently running a test to find the best top coat/gel coat for avid nail varnish wearers, so I thought this particular top coat sounded like a promising contender. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know how it goes and which ones comes out best!

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B. Blending Sponge | I recently had my eyes opened with makeup sponges. I found that no matter how much or how regularly I cleaned my makeup sponges, I could never remove what appeared to be tiny black dots, speckled in random places on the sponge. Like most people who own these sponges, I assumed it was just waterproof makeup that maybe I couldn’t remove. But it turns out, it’s actually mould. Doesn’t that freak you out?! So obviously, as soon as I found that out, I threw my sponges away, hence the new sponge.

Collection Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner | I’ve loved wearing winged liner for so many years now, and I’ve used liquid liner, pencils, and felt pens, but never a gel eyeliner. So because of it’s incredibly affordable price, followed by Superdrug’s amazing 3 for 2 offer, I thought I’d pick up a gel eyeliner, and see how I get on!

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Makeup Setting Spray | Just like the gel liner, I have heard lots of things, both good and bad, about makeup setting sprays, so I thought it’d be a good idea to test out a drugstore one, and if I like it, I might try out one of the Urban Decay ones.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer | I’ll always be a sucker for various shades of pink lipsticks, so after swatching a fair few shades from Makeup Revolution, I decided that this shade, ‘What I Believe’, was a lot more vibrant than any shades I already own, and I really like it, especially for Spring and Summer looks.

Collection Colour Lash Colour Mascara | One of my very fabulous best pals (sneaky shoutout, you know who you are) told me that she actually uses a clear mascara to keep her brows tame throughout the day, and I thought this was a freaking genius idea! I know that you can buy clear brow gels, but this mascara is 3 times as big as those, so I thought this is definitely a better value for money.


That’s everything for my Superdrug haul! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that you take advantage of the 3 for 2 deal that Superdrug are currently holding, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Is there anything I’ve talked about that you’ve tried? Let me know how you got on with it!

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Ultimate Guide To Nail Care

Since I found a love for nail art, I also discovered how important it is to have a proper nail care routine, because with applying varnishes to your nails on a regular basis, it can make them weaker and prone to breaking, if you’re not giving them the proper care that they need.

A huge part of doing your nails is obviously removing the varnishes once they begin to chip, or just when you want to change the colour. This is where a lot of the damage can occur to your nails, because nail varnish removers contain alcohol, and this strips your nail of its natural oils, and therefore leaves your nails dry, brittle and highly prone to breaking.

So after a few years of trial and error, I’ve finally found a perfect formula for keeping your nails strong and healthy, even if you regularly paint them.Healthy Nails 2Cuticle Oil | Over time, I’ve learned of the importance of replacing any oils lost both on and near your nails through repeatedly subjecting them to varnishes and nail varnish remover. If you go to a nail salon, you’ll notice that after you’ve had your nails reshaped, and the polish removed, you have something called a cuticle oil painted across your unpainted nails, and massaged into your cuticles, and base of your nail. This step is essential for keeping your nails hydrated as they grow out, and it also helps keep your cuticles healthy and moisturised.

Nail Primer | This next step is another essential if you like your nail varnish to last. By using a proper nail primer, it can extend the length of your varnish by roughly a week! Most people like to use a base coat, which is helpful for keeping colours put, but they add a shine to your nails, which can mean that after a couple of days, the varnish can begin to peel away, as the combination of a base and top coat acts as a double-sided layer that essentially ‘traps’ the varnish, and results in it peeling away from your nail. The difference with a nail primer is that it goes on like a regular base coat, but it then dries matte, meaning that whatever colour you apply on top of it is absorbed by this layer, and it’s held by the nail, instead of being suspended on top of it.

2 in 1 Varnish | If you can’t find a nail primer, and you find that your base or top coat isn’t enough to keep your nail varnish put, it might simply be that they aren’t compatible. Instead I would also recommend using a 2 in 1 varnish because it works as both a base coat and a top coat, so it keeps your varnish from budging.

Nail Hardener | If you find that even with all of these recommendations, your nails are still quite prone to breaking, it could be down to your diet, so while trying to pinpoint how to improve your nails, a quick fix is to use a trustworthy nail strengthener, and paint that onto your nails before and after applying a colour.


Those are my top products for improving the condition and longevity after painting your nails. I hope you guys enjoyed it, and it’ll help you out!

Do you find painting your nails to be more of a chore, or a relaxing treat?

Nail Care Routine and Tips

I’ve always been a massive fan of nail art, and painting my nails is more relaxing to me than it is a chore, so naturally I have to make sure I’m using the right things for my nails, and treating them right, in order to keep them strong.

Painting your nails regularly is bad for them. So I’m going to share some of the tricks I like to use in order to ensure my nails aren’t being weakened and damaged, so you can rock your natural nails and not have to buy into fakes ones or acrylics.
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One of the most important things is moisture. Just as you moisturise your face to keep it smooth and youthful, you’ve got to do the same for your nails (and hands!) Using a moisturiser specifically aimed at hands and nails is best because it has the exact ingredients that your nails need. (You wouldn’t use a foot cream for your face, would you?!)

You also want to keep your nails fresh and strong, you can achieve this by regularly using a nail buffer. A nail buffer shines and strengthens the surface of your nails, meaning they don’t become brittle and break easily. I would recommend buffing your nails after removing your nail varnish and pushing your cuticles back and before repainting or applying a base coat. (Also of the utmost importance: push back, never cut your cuticles!)

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As I mentioned before, pushing your cuticles back before painting your nails makes them easier to paint, and improves the look of your hands and nails. Cutting them often results in them growing back thicker and discoloured, so I would avoid that at all costs, it’s quicker and easier to push them back using an orange stick or any other manicure tool.

The next important thing for growing stronger nails is to keep them at a length that suits you and keep them like that. Growing them without trimming or filing them risks them from getting weaker at the tips. Another tip is to always file before you take off your varnish, your nails are at their weakest after coming into contact with nail varnish remover, so filing them then is very risky.

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Then you come onto how you’re treating your nails before applying nail varnish. If you’re not applying anything at all, you can leave your nails discoloured once you take the varnish off; this is because nail varnish remover opens the pores of your nails, meaning they absorb whatever you put on them after. So if you go straight onto applying a fresh coat of polish, when it comes to taking it off, your nails will be yellow. Whereas buffing first reseals the pores, assisting any base that you then put on, be it a nail strengthener, base coat or cuticle oil.


A further important thing to remember when wanting to grow stronger nails is in fact, be weary of nail strengtheners. If you’re not buying a manicure nail care set, the odds are the product you’re buying will actually make them weaker, in order to get you to buy more because you think you need it.


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Finally, after buffing, treating your nails and applying your chosen coat of nail varnish, it comes to drying. I was given this adorable little monkey who dries them for me, but once your nails are dry, applying a top coat can work wonders. It prevents chipping and ensures your varnish will last longer than usual. It also makes your nails look at lot shinier and healthy. (Obviously I wouldn’t recommend using a top coat when wearing a matte varnish because it’d ruin the whole effect.)


That’s it for my tips and tricks, I hope this helped you out if you’re trying to grow stronger nails! Do you have any nail saviour tricks that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments!