Original Source Lime shower gel review

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Ever since The Little Bubble Co stopped selling their shower gels over here I've been looking for a new shower gel to replace the void. I'm bot overly picky with shower gels but I do have to like the scent or else there's not real point in me buying it. I've come across  the Original Source gels in boots but I never gave them a second thought seeing as they are pretty cheap. Bad move! I have tried 2 or 3 from this range now and they are amazing.

I recently finished up a bottle of the Original Source lime shower gel and I have to say it's one of my absolute favourites. The smell is so good! It's tart and refreshing and it smells like real limes. It lathers up very well and the bottle goes a long way. My skin is left soft and clean. The normal price is €2.99 for a 250ml bottle but they are always on offer (usually for half price) so hunt around and you are more than likely to get this for an even better price. To be fair even at full price they are so affordable. I really recommend the Original Source line, especially the shower gels. They have a load of different scents too so you can switch them up and find one that you like the most. I think the lime and mint ones are perfect for the summer.
Original Source shower gels are vegan and cruelty-free.


The Book Look: Look back in hunger by Jo Brand nail art and Book review!

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This weeks review is of Jo Brand's autobiography "Look back in hunger". The book was released in 2010 and it is 340 pages long. You can buy it from the Book Depository for €9.06 and Easons for €6.99 (ebook).

I rarely buy autobiographies but when I do I generally go for ones written by comedians. I don't like dreary "woe it me" tales. Jo Brand isn't one of my favourite comedians but I managed to get "Look back in Hunger" for €2 so I thought I'd give it a go. I am delighted I did because it is one of the best books I've read so far this year. Brand is incredibly funny. I rarely laugh out loud when I read a book but this really made me laugh. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. 

The book is full of some very witty stories but also a few very moving ones. Her life hasn't been all rainbows and unicorns and I really admire her for including some of the crappier events that she has experienced. What's unique about her is that she doesn't write them looking for pity. A story is a story. That's not to say you don't feel for her, you really do. 
I really appreciate that she included pictures at little intervals in the book. I think that it breaks the book up nicely and you can put a face to a name. I think you relate more to a person when you can see little snapshots of their life.

I did think the end of the book was way too abrupt. I honestly thought that some of the pages had been ripped out and that I was missing out. Other than that it was a great book. It goes right up until she starts to really get into the showbiz scene so you get to hear more about her early life including her school days, college life, her relationships and her time working as a psychiatric nurse. It's funny how you assume that all comedians just went straight into showbiz but Brand had such a different life before she took to the stage.

Overall I'd give it 4 out of 5.  I really enjoyed this book. Jo Brand has some very interesting stories and she tells them very well. She's funny and she doesn't take life too seriously. Even if you are not a fan of her stand-up routine don't discount this book it's well worth a read. I will definitely buy the second part of this book which I just heard about thanks to google. Hopefully it's as good as this book was.

Now one thing that did not turn out as well as the book is the nails I did to go with it!

The cover of Look Back in hunger isn't great for nail art and the pictures found within are generally in black and white or have no outstanding designs that I could recreate. I decided to go with flower nails based on the earrings Jo is wearing on the cover. They didn't turn out the best and I'm kind of sad about that but hopefully ye won't judge the book based on my feeble nail art attempt.

I have on 2 coats of Catrice Acid/dc, a shimmery lime green. For the flowers I used Barry m Gelly hi shine in Dragon fruit and 17 Sweet Kisses. The leaves are made up of Catrice Sold out forever and NYC expert last in 267 Picnic on the Lawn. I used the matte topper from Essence called Soft touch.


Shark Attack!

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This was a bit of a spur of the moment manicure. I have on 2 coats of P2 Color Victim in Artful which is 100% not colour accurate in these pictures. It is impossible to capture the true colour of this polish. It's a bottle green creme with an amazing formula. I wish we could get this brand over here.  Not only do I love the colour but the polish lasts so well  on top of that. 

For the accent shark I used Lac Attack Puddle Jumping for the grey. The white is just a plain white polish. The black is Essence Black is Back and the red is Max Factor in Red passion.  I used a thin paint brush for all of the shark and a dotting tool for its eyes. I kind of went with the flow on this one and didn't plan ahead. I kep it as an accent nail because I don't see myself wearing this as a full manicure. It's a bit OTT for me and I think it's more striking when you keep it as an accent.


Twinsie Tuesday- Interlocking nail design

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I'm not overly pleased with the way this turned out but it's the best of a bad bunch. I was really in the humour of doing my nails but I said I'd give it a go and try and get something done. I picked out 2 random polishes from my collection just to "spice" it up a bit. I tend to stick to a certain selection of polishes and I didn't want to get stuck in a rut. 

I started off with 2 coats of Catrice Goldfinger. This is a pale gold, very shimmery with a decent formula. It's not great on my skin-tone but when you pair it with a bold polish I think it works well enough. The purple is Catrice Heavy Metallilac and let me tell you, this polish is a thousand times better in person.No joke. It's a metallic purple (kind of obvious from the name) It's packed with a pink shimmer and it glows on the nail. It's beautiful! 

I used dotting tools to connect the design and on my accent nail I simply added on some striping tape over the gold and painted the purple on top. Pretty simple design to do and you can mix and match with whatever polishes that take your fancy. 

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Hudson Breeze

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Hudson Breeze is a new to me polish from NYC. This is from their Expert last nail polish range which claims to last up to 10 days. Hudson Breeze is a slightly more toned down cobalt blue. It's not as bright or as deep as any of the other electric/ cobalt blue polishes I have tried. It's far more wearable I'd say. I haven't tried any of the expert last polishes so I was keen to see how the formula would be. These retail for around €2 depending on where you shop.

The formula on Hudson Breeze is insanely good. It's opaque in one coat, very easy to apply and it's pretty shiny even without a topcoat. Dry time is good, pretty much the same as China Glaze and OPI. The only negative is that the smell is pretty strong. Now it's not as bad as some of the older polishes like Stargazer but more noticeable than most other polishes. The brush is slightly wider than normal but not as thick or wide as the Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure range. 

 Overall I'm really surprised with how good this polish is! I love the shape of the bottle, the brush is perfect for me and you really cannot beat the formula on Hudson Breeze.  I have seen the odd NYC stand but they are pretty tiny so the selection is not great on them. If you come across this one definitely pick it up. It's one you'd get a lot of use out of and for the price you really can't beat it.

**Polish was provided for review**

Dream dots for spots review

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A week or two ago I was sent out a box of the new Dream Dots for Spots to try out. Basically they are little round plasters that you stick on overnight to heal any spots you have. I was led to believe that the Dream dots would calm, clear and heal spots overnight after one use. That isn't really the case at all. I tried it a few times just to make sure I gave it a good go before doing the review and the results were disappointing for me. 

The first time I tried the Dream Dots I followed the instructions to a T. I cleansed my face, applied the dot as directed and left it on overnight. In  the morning the spot had actually gotten worse and was just as sore as it was the night before. This may have been that the length of time I had left it on was not enough although it was overnight (a good 9-11 hours from the time I applied it to the time I peeled it off) The other times I tried them the same thing happened. It says not to use in conjunction with any other spot treatments which would be find if the Dream dot alone worked to clear your skin but in  my case I had to follow on with other treatments to help heal and clear my skin.

I made the mistake of trying to pull the dot off instead of peeling away the borders and it hurt like hell! Peal away the borders when you want to remove the dot or you will regret it. On the plus side, you really do not need to worry about these pealing off during the night. Once you stick them on they are there until you decide otherwise. 
Another positive feature is that when you apply the dot, any redness you may have around the spot is practically invisible. I wore these during the day and you could barely tell that I had them on. On the leaflet inside the box they say the dot will turn white during the night as it works on the skin but not one of the dots I used changed colout which was a bit odd. 

Overall these didn't work for me. This may be down to my skin not agreeing with the products but I didn't notice enough of a difference after using them to really warrant buying them in the future. Something that really bothers me is the lack of listed ingredients on the box! Is it basically just a plaster with fancier packaging or what? I have checked out their website but again I can't find anything on it about the ingredients except that they are cruelty-free. They say they work overnight but you'll need to keep repeating the process over 3-4 days  to completely clear your skin. At that rate you probably won't  feel the box going and it would end up pretty pricey to keep replacing them when they run out (of course that depends on how often your skin breaks out). 

Dream Dots for Spots cost €14.95 for a pack of 24 dots. Shipping is Free worldwide when you order from their site.

**Product was provided for review**

The Book Look: Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes nail art and book review!

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The Book Look for this week is Sushi for beginners by Marian Keyes. It is quite a lengthy book at 564 pages and it was released in 2001. I've had my copy for a good few years now but you can buy new from the Book Depository for €8.83 or at TheBookShop.ie for €2 second hand.

Sushi for beginners focuses on the lives of 3 women, all from different backgrounds with different goals, and their struggles to come to terms with the changes in their lives. Lisa is a magazine editor with a bad attitude.  She does not take her relocation to Dublin, to set up Colleen magazine, very well and pretty much moans constantly throughout the book.Calling her self-centered is an understatement. Needless to say I didn't enjoy her character at all. 
Lisa's new assistant is the hapless Ashling. The author really tries to make you feel for her but I couldn't gel with her at all. She makes a heap of very stupid decisions and has a "pity me" attitude. Her "relationship" is a farce but still she goes along with it and convinces herself that she's in love when not 2 minutes beforehand she hated him. It's painful reading at times and you'd love to slap some sense into her. At times you would feel like she deserved what she got. She plays the innocent victim when she wasn't entirely honest from the start. 
Last but not least we are introduced to Clodagh, long time friend of Ashling who has it all. A nice house, a caring husband and 2 kids. Of course she's not happy with any of this and decides to look elsewhere to inject some fun into her life. She's the classic Bitch character and you can guess that it doesn't bode well for her perfect family life. 

Although the story is focused on the lives of the 3 women, the only character I enjoyed reading about in the entire 564 page book was the homeless boy named Boo. Unfortunately his story isn't really expanded upon. I think this is an awful shame and I would have preferred it if the author had at least gone into his life a bit more. I thought he would have played a bigger role as the story went on but it never really went anywhere. 
As the magazine's release date gets closer, the lives of the 3 women get even more hectic and complicated. The book can be a bit slow at times but it's a fairly easy read. The story is pretty simple to follow so if you are looking for a light bit of reading this will suit you just fine.

Overall I would give Sushi for Beginners 3 out of 5. The story was slightly predictable and the characters weren't my cup of tea. I do like Marian Keyes' style and I have another book waiting by her (Watermelon in case ye are interested) so I'll definitely give her books another go.

I kept the nail look pretty close to the design on the cover. Here I have on Barry m Pink Flamingo. I believe this was 3 coats. Then using a sponge I added on OPI Kiss me I'm Brazillian on top. For the accent nail I have Pink Flamingo as a base and I used some plain white polish for the chopsticks.  I added on a clear topcoat as the finish was fairly dull on its own.



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