Mr Dreamy, For Your Hands

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If you’re like me and you’re constantly wearing nail polish because it has become an addiction over the years, you will know how dry your nails get. 

If you’re in winter right now, you know how dry your skin gets.

 

Over the past 2-3 weeks, I’ve had the joy of trying out 2 of LUSH’s amazing products (Lemony Flutter and Tiny Hands) and here’s what I think in about 3 words: they are amazing.

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Lemony Flutter is like a moisturizing paste for your dry skin and you can use it anywhere, and I do. I use it as a foot cream, a nail/cuticle cream and a cream on my elbows and knees. I love the thick consistency and it smells quite nice.

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Tiny Hands is like a little non exfoliating body butter for your hands. It is just amazing. At first you put it on your hands and it feels like the “oil” doesn’t wash off but you go over to towel off the water and BOOM your hands feel amazing and the “oil” just soaks in immediately.

I mean, honestly, there is nothing worse than the feeling of dry skin and/or looking down to see dry nails and cuticles but these two products have been miraculous. I’ve been using then every single day. I love them both and I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who’s battling with dry skin and even then, we always look after our body and our face, but we always forget about our hands!

 

That is all for today’s post. Tell me what you think of these products if you’ve ever used and what are your holy grail hand products.

See you tomorrow

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NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST AND ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE 100% MY OWN.

TAG! This or THAT?

Today I’ve decided to do a tag because I haven’t done one in SO SO long. So this is just the really really old youtube this or that tag. I hope you enjoy! The one in bold is my answer.

Tag Questions:
Makeup:
blush or bronzer
lip gloss or lipstick
eye liner or mascara
foundation or concealer
neutral or color eye shadow
pressed or loose eye shadows
brushes or sponges

nails:
OPI or china glaze
Long or short
Acrylic or natural
Brights or darks 
Flower or no flower 

Body:
perfume or body splash
lotion or body butter 
body wash or soap
lush or other bath company 

Fashion:
jeans or sweat pants
long sleeve or short
dresses or skirts
stripes or plaid 
flip flops or sandals 
scarves or hats
studs or dangly earrings 
necklaces or bracelets 
heels or flats 
cowboy boots or riding boots
jacket or hoodie 
forever 21 or charlotte russe 
abercombie or Hollister
saks 5th or nordstrom

Hair:
curly or straight
bun or ponytail
bobby pins or butterfly clips
hair spray or gel 
long or short 
light or dark 
side sweep bangs or full bangs
up or down 

Random:
rain or shine
summer or winter
fall or spring 
chocolate or vanilla 
east coast or west coast

 

So that is the end of my SUPER quick tag post. I hope you liked it and I tag anyone who wants to do it to do it. It’s so quick and fun.

I’ll see you tomorrow with a beauty post. Get ready 🙂

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My Insta-Log and OOTD

So this is just a post to talk about what I’ve been up to lately and some little fashion things I guess. I exhausted my posting ability and energy a little with that SUPER long post yesterday and I’ve been so busy lately, which is weird because this should be “break-time”. So I hope you enjoy this slightly more “personalized” or me-blog (mlog?) and I probably will be doing some of these now and then.

So, here is my instagram log for saturday, sunday, monday and today.

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Let me break it down for you:

Photo #1: (Saturday) These are the mint nails I was talking about! They turned up on my iPhone camera slightly more pastel than they are in real life but meh. This photo makes it look so much prettier!

Photo #2: OOTD for Sunday! I was sporting a uber-long tank top from H&M with a tiger on it that I turned into a shortish dress (it was a lovely day) and over that I had on a sweater with a “net-y” or mesh type of feel in a really nice muted gold type of color. Because its autumn right now where I am, I decided to wear my burgundy/wine-red cardigan. (I adore that color combo!) This cardigan is so cute because it has a waterfall shape down the front and a cropped back with a “stitched-in waist”. I love it so much. On my feet (not in this picture), I have on a pair of brown leather boots with a furry-sheep skin type thing on the inside of the bootshaft that can be turned out or left like that. Accessories wise, I had on my really lovely faux-antique (its almost antique now lol. I got it 10 years ago for Christmas!!!) locket with mini mini pearls and rubies and it’s just so delicate and gorgeous, and I also wore my mom’s amber ring and my silver pentacle ring. I personally loved that outfit and quite a few people said I looked nice which made me really happy haha.

Photo #3: (Tuesday) I actually put this in a funny order when I made this, oops. This is a photo I took in Bar Coluzzi in Darlinghurst, Sydney. It was absolutely adorable. I really wanted to write a review on it because I just loved it so much. It’s a really well hidden cafe on Victoria St and once you go in, you can just feel the history. It’s 50 years old and founded by a former Australian middle weight champion (Luigi Coluzzi) and you can just see the wall covered in photos of him, signatures by famous people and it’s just amazing. The staff are extremely friendly and full of humour. I had a steak sandwich and Iced Chocolate which was just DELICIOUS but the downside was it was $18 which is erring of the expensive side. Overall, I think that if you get the chance, you must visit it! It’s so amazing and you might just spot some celebs who are always lurking there.

Photo #4: (Monday) Lemon, Lime and Bitters! Always a treat! Amazing dinner at Terrazza Cafe Restaurant Pizzeria. $45 for 2 people for dinner is quite okay I think. I was stuffed after the drink, the entree and the pizza (which is one of the best pizza’s I’ve had, not including the one I had in Naples, Italy because what can compare to that!). Really great atmosphere and the food is even better. The staff were really nice too so, pretty good experience. I would definitely go back!

Okay so it’s OOTD time!

Because, as I said in my previous post, my camera is currently taking a holiday from working and I’m lacking a mirror to take the photo in, I can just use Polyvore to give you a general idea.

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I was wearing a shockingly pink silk blouse today by Zimmermann (which I got on a very LARGE sale percent may I mention) and I honestly rarely wear pink but this blouse just drew my attention immediately. I mean the color is that gorgeous bright flamingo/coral pink. Oh! my god! I love it! But every time I looked down or caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror or a window or something, I would like get a startle, every time. I was like “woah, that’s so pink!” But I enjoyed every minute of wearing it. The fabric is so so comfortable and just amazing quality.

I tucked the front into my Levi’s dark wash skinnys (and left the back out like I seem to always do) to give a slightly less casual look and also because it’s a little long, if I leave it out on the front, it kinda makes me look shorter and isn’t as flattering.

On my feet, I had the Dr Martens that I got for Christmas last year. I’ve never been the biggest fan of “combat boots”. I don’t know, they just never look that great on me because I have tiny feet which I’m uber self conscious about because sometimes I get outrageously rude people who ask me how I “balance” and “manage to stand” on them because proportionally they’re too small for my height. Anyways, not the point! I always think they look strange on me but my mother says they look good on me so whatever, I trust her. I actually have the Triumph 1460 style that I love because of the “biker”-like heritage that seems to come with it.

On top, because it’s autumn here, I have my favourite and best investment of my life, my SABA black leather jacket. I bought this maybe 2 or 3 years ago, and I’ve just gotten SO SO SO much wear out of it. It’s one of the only jackets I wear in autumn and winter. I just adore it. It’s the softest thing in the entire world. (Oh yeah, it’s real leather btw. Yes I know, have a fit if you like. I do guilt trip over it but you know, I try not kill animals for my own benefit *guilty sad face*).  I adore the little epaulets on the shoulders and the across body type, diagonal zipper thing going on. The only annoying thing is that the collar flaps always flap closed when the zipper or buttons aren’t done up (so annoying! 😡 ) If you want an image, just type into Google images Bardot Leather Jacket and it looks basically like the first one even though its SABA.

In my hand, resides my most precious handbag. I love this bag to bits. It is absolutely amazing, beyond words. [Disclaimer] I dreamed about this bag (well, not this particular bag, but similar ones) for the longest time and my dad (who is just the most amazing and hard working man I’ve ever known) and I reached an “agreement” that he’d get me my birthday present a little early because he won’t be here to celebrate with me. And seriously, I appreciate him so much and I know how lucky I am to have him as my father. And I’d love him just as much with or without the stuff he gets me as treats. I never want people to think that I’m rottenly spoilt or ridiculously filthy rich because I’m not. With the money that my dad earns, we just have enough spending “allowance” for my mom and I to be treated to lovely things and I can’t help what some people think, and I’m sorry that they feel that way but you know, I can’t change that. Just please don’t judge me for it. So the actual bag is a Vitello Lux Gather Tote by Miu Miu and I know in this picture, it’s a light beige but in real life, mine is actually a lovely nude pink. It was so funny because I got so so upset when a little bit of rain got on it the other day. It was a moment of utter tragicness I’m not joking. And my friend was totally laughing me.

Anyways, so that brings me to the end of my Insta-log and OOTD. I know this was overly detailed and totally long, I just didn’t want you guys to feel as if I half-assed this post by slacking off and posting 2 pictures and 100 words.

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I hope you liked this post and see you tomorrow. 

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Nail Update!

Nail Update!

Nail Update!

Hey guys. I know that my posts have been looking rather bleak and photoless… I’m sorry! But I seem to have misplaced my SD card for my camera so that’s not exactly a happy story. HOWEVER, my iPhone is still cracking and you can follow me on Instagram (florentinafiori) and see my OOTDs and other stuff!
I’ll definitely be posting OOTDs up on this blog (obviously) but I seem to be lacking a normal floor mirror so once I get that, they will be popping up!
So on my nails for the past week was a nice mint nail polish (Gua—– Green Grape by OPI (the name escapes me)) but today I decided to change because the mint is more springy, and now that i’m back in a country that is more autumn (or fall) -y, I decided to go that way. Now, I dont know about you but I’m not the hugest fan of just dark (black or navy) nails on every nail all the time. It’s too boring for me so i POPPED that up with some BRIGHT scarlet red! And right now, color blocking of complementary colors (I think that’s what they’re called) is really in so why not take that to nails right?

Please tell me what you think down below!
The colors are: Light my Sapphire and Red my Fortune Cookie (both by OPI)

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COTTON CANDY: Pink Ombre Glitter Nail Tutorial

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Hi Guys!!! So today I will be doing a tutorial on the nail look above. All of the nail polishes I’ll be using is from OPI, but you can use any nail polishes that you like 🙂 You can also do this with any colour in the same ombre glitter way, I just chose to do it in pink because I had the resources available. Along the way, I’ll also but a mini-review of the nail polishes that I used. Also, please request anything you’d like to see in the comments section below.

I’ve seen so many tutorials online, and all of them seem to use glitter powder or something which I think is quite unaccessible and I feel this way is a lot easier and better haha.

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Nail Polishes from Left to Right:

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Suze and the Lifeguard, Princess Rule, Teenage Dream, RapiDry Top Coat

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I ALWAYS ALWAYS apply a base coat to protect my nails from the chemicals in the coloured polishes more and this one is my favourite. So I apply one coat of it onto all of my nails and let that dry before moving on. (As you can see, I’ve used this Base Coat so so much and there’s only like 1/3 left. 😥 )

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Okay, so this is my plain pink, that doesn’t really have shimmer/glitter in it. It’s calles Suze and the Lifeguard and I remember when I bought it a year ago, it was absolutely amazing, the colour was just so natural and I absolutely loved it. But then, I kinda just didn’t wear it for a while and now I really dont like this colour but there’s so much left so I dont want to waste it becayse OPI is quite expensive.

So anyways, I apply one layer of this onto my nails and I know its uneven and streaky but that’s okay. (You can apply two layers if you want, but I don’t like my nails to be really thick so I don’t tend to). But this is the perfect pink base because it’s a very strong true pastel pink colour.

Tip: Let each layer dry completely before painting the next to avoid “gooeyness” after you’re done and to avoid smudging.

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This is Princess Rule and this colour is amazing, especially on top of the Suze and the Lifeguard one. It has tiny holographic/silvery glitter in it. It’s such a gorgeous colour and the colour payoff is amazing. Haha.

So I paint one layer of it over the top of Suze and the Lifeguard and it seems to fill in the steaks and gaps of the first layer really well.

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This is Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection. And I absolutely love this polish. It’s really chunky and the glitter just looks really good on the nail because of its different glitter particle sizes.

This is the “hardest” part. You basically layer on on top of the first two layers so that more of the glitter is concentrated to the end. So in essence you do only half a nail and you just gradient the glitter to create the ombre effect.

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You have to wait for the Teenage Dream to completely dry before you progress to this step. This is the OPI RapiDry TopCoat and I love it because I previously am way too impatient and not-bothered to wait for the traditional Top Coat to dry which meant I always messed it up so this RapiDry is SO SO SO much better. However, a disadvantage is that it’s thinner and doesn’t give the shine.

Apply 2 coats of this Top Coat, but if you’re using the regular one, just apply one coat.

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THIS IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT.