Ziaja Olive Leaf gel scrub and nourishing cream review

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**Products were provided for my honest review**

Two reviews in one for todays post. This is the rest of my Ziaja skincare review. Along with the mask I reviewed here I was also sent the concentrated nourishing cream and the gel scrub from the Olive leaf range,


The nourishing cream is a thick cream but it's not too heavy on the skin. I have combination skin so I have areas that need a bit more moisture to get rid of the dry, flaky patches. This is quite a nice cream. I love that it has SPF 20 in it. It smells just like the rest of the range. It's a slightly masculine scent but it fades after a bit so don't let that put you off. A little goes a long way as it is quite thick but it spreads very easily. I think this would suit me more in the winter time when my skin gets a bit battered. It says it's suitable for all skin-types and I have tried it on people with very different skin to mine. I would say if you have fierce dry skin with prickly patches then this probably won't get rid of them but it will soften them a tiny bit. 


The Olive leaf scrub is a micro-exfoliator and it is jam packed with tiny exfoliating particles. You'd want to take it handy with this as it will make your face quite red if you scrub even the slightest bit heavy handed. I've heard that if you want a deeper scrub you should scrub faster not harder and in circular motions. I like the gel formula as its easier to wash off in my opinion. My skin is left smoother after using this but I haven't noticed any difference to my pores so far. Again a little goes a long way so you only need a small amount to cover your entire face. I've also mixed this in with my handwash to give my hands a nice scrub after removing my nail polish.  I much prefer this to my Dr Organics Scrub as it doesn't feel as heavy on my skin and I feel so  much fresher after using this scrub. 

The Ziaja Skincare Nourishing face cream spf 20 comes in a 50ml bottle and it costs €5.99.
The face scrub from the same range costs €5.99 for a 200ml bottle. 

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NOTD- A-England Tristam

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This is a recent NOTD. I ended up putting this on after Barry M Greenberry started to look a bit dodgy on my nails.I needed a polish that would be quick to apply with an easy formula and one that would look good. I haven't worn A-England Tristam for a while so I ended up putting that on. I really started to focus on polishes that haven't been worn as a full manicure for a while. As much as I like buying new polishes I really want to know that I am getting my money's worth. No matter what price the polish was, it needs to be used!


This is 2 coats of Tristam over a base of Sally Hansen Miracle Cure. I topped it off with a single coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Cure topcoat. I will be doing a full review on this topcoat in the coming weeks in case you are curious as to how well it wears etc. I actually really enjoyed wearing this polish! It lasted 2 days with only minor tipwear before I ended up taking it off to give my nails a break. I was thinking about getting more A-England polishes but it's more awkward/ expensive now with shipping etc. Maybe if they bring out a really special collection it will be worth the extra cents. 

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Twinsie Tuesday- Polish recieved in swap

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I picked out two polishes for this challenge but you can't really see one of them. I have Estee Lauder Black Turquoise and Catrice Million Styles topcoat in Return of the space cowboys. 
I started off with 2 coats of Black Turquoise. This is a slightly darkened teal polish. It makes a great base for the Catrice topper. Once that was dry I added on 2 coats of Return of the Space Cowboys. This is a teal blue-purple duochrome shimmer. It's a really pretty polish but I think you need to layer it over a similar colour base.


Check out the polishes the over ladies featured on their blog for this theme below:

Alaina at The Little Canvas 
Amanda at Amandalandish 
Amanda at Fashion Footing 
Amber at Nails Like Lace 
Bridget at A Painted Nail 
Chelsea at Nailed Blog 
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi 
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer 
Kristine at Pink and Polished Nails 
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished 
​Lisa at The Polish Playground 
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Savannah at Addicted to Polish

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Pinterest inspired nails

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This manicure was based on a pin I came across on Pinterest. It's not an exact replica but it's close enough for me. I started with a polish I don't use all that often. Sinful Colors Why not is a nice plain blue. Great formula, I have on 2 coats but you could do one if you favour thicker coats. The white is NYC Pinstripe white. The rest of the polishes I used are- Sinful colors Rise and Shine (green), Folly (pink) Nail the Bytch Lick or ish bytch (red) Nails inc atomic (orange) NYC Lexington yellow and Orly Liquid Vinyl (black). I added on a matte topcoat once all of the polishes were dry.


I don't love it as much as my previous Snoopy manicure  but I think it's pretty nice. I love reading so I couldn't resist recreating this pin as a manicure. 

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Greenberry

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This was a recent NOTD. I haven't worn any of the Barry m Gelly Hi shine polishes for a while. The formulas have gotten fairly thick on them which is disappointing. This needed 3 coats to be opaque and it looked a tiny bit thick on my nails. I added on a coat of the Sally Hansen Miracle gel topcoat to help the polish last a bit longer. 

I had to take this off after 3 days as it was looking fairly shoddy. It had a load of dents and it just didn't look good on my nails. I like the colour a lot but it's not a polish I reach for a whole lot due to the formula. It takes a good while to dry too! I think I had to give each coat a good 20 minutes to dry before even thinking about adding on another coat. It's just something to think about if you are looking to buy this polish.


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Twinsie Tuesday- Match your nails to your purse

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Another Twinsie Tuesday post and have some polka dot nail art! I love polka dots and it feels like forever since did some some so here they are. These are a perfect match of my purse which is pretty plain. It's just a plain nude coloured bag with gold hardware. I pretty brighter bags but I thought having at least one neutral bag would be a good idea.

I have on 2 coats of Sally Hansen Patent gloss in Chic. This is pretty much the exact colour of my purse so that was fairly handy. Once that was dry I dotted on Catrice goldfinger for the base of the polka dot. I then added on OPI Goldfinger to make it all nice and glittery. I topped it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Miracle gel topcoat.


I love how short my nails are but I've been thinking of growing them out just a bit. We'll see how that goes. They have started peeling a bit which is annoying. I always use a strengthening basecoat. Short of nubbing them again I'm not too sure how to deal with the pealing. Any tips on dealing with this would be appreciated!

Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Beckie at Polished by Beckie
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas

 
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Big Hero 6 nail art

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Big Hero 6 is one of the latest animated films to come out. I haven't seen it yet but I love the look of the chunky robot that stars in it so I came up with some nail art based on him. 
I started off using Sally Hansen Miracle gel in Street flair. This is a 2 coat polish that wears really well. I have a full review on this collection if you are interested including a wear test

Halfway down the nail I added on 2 coats of Nails inc St James. Once that was half-way dry I added on some Born Pretty Store hex glitters. On  the accent nail I painted on NYC Pinstripe white instead of St James. The black is Orly Liquid Vinyl. I topped it off with a coat of Essence Soft touch matte topcoat. My bottle is pretty low so it ended up a bit streaky which was a shame. 

 
The colours I used are all based on his armour. That's pretty much it! I definitely need to get a new matte topcoat. The only thing I don't like about them is the fact they leave little white solid dots on your nails. It's weird and it does take away from your manicure. 

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