I won this lovely ORLY New Orleans Collection at the Bristol Bloggers Meet a couple of months ago. Fate must have been on my side as you all know just how much I love nail polish. I was so pleased to hear my name shouted out as the winner of this collection. I had to resist painting my nails there and then. The ORLY New Orleans Collection consists of four summer colours, although the more I look at them, the more I think they’d be perfect for winter too. The four colours included are Got Myself into a Jam-balaya, Take a Right on Bourbon, I’m Sooo Swamped! and Show Us Your Tips!. ORLY always come up with the best names for their products.

ORLY New Orleans Collection

ORLY New Orleans Collection

I painted my nails with Take a Right on Bourbon for my Brother’s Graduation in July but completely forgot to take a picture. This one is a silvery lilac metallic shade. I then chose Show Us Your Tips! as the second colour to try from the ORLY New Orleans Collection. I fell in love with the colour the second it was on my nails. How utterly gorgeous.

Before using this colour I started out with my Nail HQ Growth as a base coat. I waited for this to dry then used two coats of Show Us Your Tips!. It didn’t look like much at all after the first coat but the second coat worked wonders leaving me with this metallic ice blue. I finished with another coat of Nail HQ Growth to protect my nails. This really has helped my nails grow too, they’re getting so long now.

What do you think of this shade? Have you used any colours from the ORLY New Orleans Collection?

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I’ve collected a fair few MooGoo products* over the last year from various different events so I thought I’d round them all up and let you know what I think of them now I’ve had a chance to trial them all. MooGoo do a massive range of products for all ages and all skin types so this is only a sample from their selection. They are stocked in many different independent stores (you can find stockists near you on their website) or you can buy directly from their website.

MooGoo Skincare

What I love most about MooGoo is that you can shop by skin problem such as dry skin, eczema and acne so you can find products that aim to help with or have been created especially for these conditions. You can tell they’ve really put a lot of thought into their products and their customers, us, that will be using them.

The first product I’ve tried is their Anti-Ageing Face Cream, yes, I know I don’t have wrinkles yet but I cannot stress the importance of using anti-ageing skincare enough. Why wait until you’ve aged to start trying to anti-age? This contains Squalene, which our skin starts producing less of in our 20’s, to maintain the oil balance in skin. This also contains many anti-oxidants, some of which can prevent and even reverse sun damage.

The next is Skin Milk Udder Cream; I love the names of their products. This is their original cream to be used on your face or body and is particularly aimed at people with dry skin. It has added Milk Protein to keep skin supple and smells absolutely gorgeous, as do all of their products.

I haven’t had much of a chance to use Cover Me Up Buttercup, mainly because there hasn’t been any sun to try it out in but I cannot wait as I’ve heard such lovely things about it. This can be used as a ‘normal’ moisturiser or as an SPF 15 sun cream which I really like the idea of. They have some great reviews on their website from people saying how well this has worked for them and their children.

Lastly their Blemish Cleansing Moisturiser, I used this after removing my make-up as a second cleanse and this little pot lasted me nearly two weeks as a little goes a long way. This cleansing cream also works as a leave on moisturiser so I massaged it into my skin to cleanse on an evening then left it on my skin, as a moisturiser, overnight. This helps to prevent excess oils; I’ve got combination skin and my oily patches are usually around my t-zone and chin, I noticed that when I was using this my skin wasn’t oily at all, I definitely noticed when I’d missed a day.

Trying these products has made me want to try so many more as they all worked wonders for my skin and I couldn’t get over how gorgeous they all smelt (I’m really bad at describing scents so I won’t even try). I think I’ll try one of their lip balms or their oil cleanser for combination skin next. Let me know if you have any recommendations.

Have you tried any of MooGoo’s products? Do you have any recommendations?

Until next time,

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Another day another Speedy Nail Polish. This time the Avon Speed Dry Range. My friend ordered this a while ago and received two so thought I’d like to try one, knowing just how much I love nail polish and trying new ranges. I’ve featured many different Avon polishes throughout the years on Ami Rose, this one being the most popular. I always say that Avon isn’t covered enough on blogs as they produce some damn good products, some that are all time favourites of mine.

Avon Speed Dry ASAP Pink

Avon Speed Dry ASAP Pink

Avon Speed Dry is a relatively old Avon range, although it is still available in the US here. I always forget that 40% of my readers are based in the US. I have heard that Avon UK are thinking about bringing back the Avon Speed Dry range too so I thought I’d get this ‘out there’ just in case they did.

For this week’s Manicure Monday I’ve used the colour ASAP Pink from the Avon Speed Dry range. Pink really isn’t my colour. I’ve probably done well over 50, even 100 Manicure Mondays but I’m not sure if there’s one pink one. Blues on the other hand, there’s hundreds of them! But I thought I’d try it anyway as my friend kindly gave it to me.

I used my Nail HQ Growth as the base coat then used two coats of ASAP Pink for the main colour. It didn’t cover well at all on the first coat, it seemed to disappear once it was on the nail, but the second coat finished it off perfectly. I find some nail polishes can be like that. It didn’t quite dry in the claimed 30 seconds but it did in a few minutes which I was pleased with. Kind of love the finished colour too. What is happening to me?

Have you tried any colours from the Avon Speed Dry range? What do you think of this one?

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Suffering from the end of summer blues? Here’s ten reasons to snap out of it and start loving Autumn, and yourself. Although from my Twitter feed, I think you’re all looking forward to Autumn just as much as I am. It may be because we haven’t really had a summer but my gosh I can’t wait for cosy jumpers, early nights and plentiful sweet treats to become acceptable. What are your favourite things about Autumn?

10 Reasons To Love Autumn

1. More pamper time – you get home, it’s dark and all you want to do is get in your PJs and snuggle. Make the most of it, put a face mask on, paint your nails, have a long relaxing bath.

2. Candles – I know I love burning candles throughout the year but there’s something about Autumn/Winter that sees my candle collection diminish. It’s part of my winter evening routine, get snug then light a relaxing candle. I tend to burn festive scents such as ‘Winter Spice’ by Yankee and they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

3. Chunky knits, hats, scarves – I feel the cold so badly and love putting on a chunky knit with a pair or black jeans or woolly tights along with every winter accessory I could possibly imagine.

4. Dark lips and rosy cheeks – I either go drastic or barely there, there’s no in-between for me. I love a dark plum lip with a natural eye look or a completely natural look with a rose blush and a nude lip. I love how make-up looks change with the seasons.

5. BATHS – I know I mentioned this earlier but it’s a love of it’s own. I have sooooo many baths in the colder months and I love to use as many products as possible and light a million candles. I especially love using my Westlab Epsom Salts* to detox my body whilst relaxing in the bath.

6. Movies – Autumn/Winter is when you need a Netflix subscription, although I do find Netflix does slack in movies. I tend to rewatch all of my favourites, mainly Disney, along with a lot of rom coms, sorry Sam. Oh, and I’ve almost watched the entire 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls in the last few weeks.

7. Autumn nail looks – Deep reds, burnt oranges, mustards, browns, deep greens, ahhh I can’t wait for the Autumn colours to be released. Hurry up BarryM, I need more Speedy Quick Dry in my life.

8. Starbucks – Cliche right but I don’t drink anywhere near as much Starbucks as I do in the summer. I love to have a warm drink to stroll around town with and keep my hands warm. Although I do tend to order a Green Tea rather than any of their fancy ones.

9. Pumpkins and Fireworks (and the run up to Christmas) – Autumn has the best holidays. Sam and I always go the extra mile with our pumpkins and try and go to each and every firework display. Mittens, sparklers, toffee apples, mulled cider, you cannot beat the atmosphere at firework displays.

10. PUDDING, or dessert, whatever – This one needed emphasising, someone tell me why we need apple and blackberry pie, scones, brownies and sticky toffee pudding in Autumn? I’m not sure whether I love the baking or the eating the most but expect to see lots of sweet treats on the blog in the next few months.

I hope this has got you in the mood for Autumn, I’ve certainly enjoyed writing it!

Until next time,

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I’ve got a little treat for you today. I was shopping the BarryM Gelly High Shine Range in the sale and spotted Guava. Guava is one of my all time favourites from the BarryM Gelly High Shine Range so I thought I’d create a look using it, then send you to the BarryM site so you could purchase it for just £1.99. Yep, £1.99. Do you love me yet?

BarryM Gelly High Shine Guava

The BarryM Gelly High Shine Range was brought out at least 4 years ago now and BarryM are constantly adding to it. I can’t wait to see what Autumn Colours they add to it this month. The formula is amazing, the brushes are even better and the colours are divine. BarryM did well with this range. Sugar Plum and Pomegranate are gorgeous.

I decided I was going to do a full BarryM nail look so used their All In One Nail Paint for the base coat. I then used two coats of Guava for the main colour, a coat of Ruby Glitter to add sparkle then Iron Mani for a top coat. Ruby Glitter is a very old BarryM polish so I can’t link you to that one I’m afraid. But it does prove just how long BarryM polishes last, I’ve got some I bought over 9 years ago.

It’s amazing what a simple glitter top coat does, it changed this nail look completely. I think Treasure Chest would work well with this colour which is also £1.99 in the sale. I’ve just bought Plum and Glitterati Catwalk Queen too, I can never resist a BarryM sale.

Have you tried any polishes from the BarryM Gelly High Shine Range? Which are your favourites?

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