June Nailbox Subscription Review

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Nailbox is a monthly subscription service similar to existing beauty boxes e.g. Glossybox but instead it focuses solely on new nail products which is perfect for people like me as I tend to change up my nail colour more than I have hot dinners!

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I was sent the June nailbox to review (after regularly having my nails ‘shellaced’ for around the last six months) so I was looking forward to trying some new polishes on the market. When the box arrived I was also surprised to see, along with 4 polishes, I had been sent an Elegant Touch professional cuticle clipper as I was only expecting the box to contain polishes but every month you can also receive nail accessories which I didn’t realise at first.

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The cuticle clipper is very useful to me, I will continue to use it as I tend to my nails at home with professional products (e.g. CND) and only go to the nail salon to have colour reapplied. Perhaps I should consider investing in a UV machine to set my own polish but I also like visiting the nail salon as it feels like a treat and I can have a coffee, chat and just relax!

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However, I digress! So, I will use the cuticle clipper – it’s sharp, accurate and comes with a five year guarantee. As for the polishes, I was so excited to see both bright summer colours and a nude. I like bright colours but on a daily basis I like to wear quite neutral tones on my nails and was looking forward to first trying the Nails Inc polish in ‘Colville Mews’ – a gel effect polish that cures in natural daylight and the first polish I had tried of it’s kind.

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I was so disappointed! The colour is much flatter on my nails than it looks in the bottle and the opacity was very poor. I had to do three very thin coats and I found it fairly hard to apply. It felt very flaky and didn’t even last two days before most of the polish had peeled off which was such a shame as I had such high hopes for this beautiful looking varnish!

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Next up I tried the Essie nail lacquer in ‘Roarrrange’ – a jewel toned bright orange and it was beautiful to apply, the brush was slightly on the large side but the formula was so very easy to apply and gave a clear even coat in just one application. It lasted very well for just under a week and was easy to remove (a huge plus point for brighter colours), but did leave some residue on my fingers rather then the nail themselves. Either way this gets a huge thumbs up from me!

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Also included in this month’s box was a classic red nail polish by Tanya Burr called ‘Mischief Managed’. I’d heard very good reviews about this polish including a recommendation from my nail technician herself so I was a little disappointed by the texture of the polish as it felt a bit of a budget polish, like a supermarket’s own brand. The colour was bright and fairly easy to apply as it had a smallish brush and overall I was happy with the colour but it did take three coats to get the even coverage I desired.

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My box also contained a bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which was very fast drying but wasn’t as hard wearing as I anticipated and flaked off within a few days. However as it’s just a clear polish I will continue to use it as I will still get a lot of use out if it.

Nailbox seems like a good idea – you get a mixture of products from premium nail brands and the subscription cost is between £13.50 and £15 a month – a bargain as the products contained within are valued at much much higher. Also I think it’s a great way to try new colours and stay on trend across the seasons. Unfortunately not all the nail polishes were for me (I don’t think I’ll be wearing the nails inc again unless I only want it to last a few hours!) but I’ll definitely be using all the other colours and the cuticle clippers.

You can also get a 15% discount at nailpolish.co.uk by entering “NAILBOX” at the checkout, if you want to order a colour that’s arrived within your box or the same nail polish but in another shade. Each Nailbox is set to be delivered on or around the 21st of each month.

For more information visit nailbox.co.uk.

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Petshop Pooch!

Liz and Pippin

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If you’re a pet owner you may already be using PetShop.co.uk – a nationwide home delivery subscription service to pet food. If you’ve not heard of them yet, let me introduce you to the brand. PetShop.co.uk are young online company with a team of friendly, helpful staff dedicated to saving you time and money. Plus all of their staff are pet owners so understand the needs of other pet parents. Essentially they are an online pet shop for all your pet’s needs.

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Knowing I had a little furbaby of my own they asked me (or rather my 7 year old Lhasa Apso Pippin!) to review some of their natural and organic pet food brands. I jumped at the chance because I wanted to bring something different to the blog and show you a peek into the life behind these pages, plus I know many of you are also pet parents and may like a review of this new idea. Food subscription services are huge right now but I’d never heard of a pet version (and it’s not just for dogs) so I decided to give their service a try.

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We were sent products from three brands including Almo Nature Dog Food, Nature’s Menu Dog Food and the new Pedigree Dentaflex. The products arrived well packaged and addressed to both myself and Pippin which I thought was really cute. He tore into the parcel, grabbed the Almo dog food sachet and trotted off with it, happily ready to hide it in his basket for later (he does this with anything he likes – toys, treats, food – so I took this as a good sign!

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Before the trial with Petshop, we were using a food recommended by our vet which is pretty pricey and we have to go to our vets to pick it up when it’s running low. The Almo Nature Dog food is very alike with similar ingredients, size of biscuits and nutritional benefits and Pip literally scarfed it down in a matter of seconds so I would consider swapping over to the brand, especially because of the ease of having it delivered. Also the price is about £1.50 lower per kg and this is an all natural alternative.

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So what do you think to a food subscription service for your pet? Would you buy your pet’s food and treats online because of the convenience? Tell me all about your furbabies and their favourite foods!

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Ojon’s New Year Hair Resolutions

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

With 2015 here, head in to the New Year with your best hair yet thanks to Ojon’s New Year hair resolutions!

#1 HAIR RESOLUTION – TREAT YOUR TRESSES
This 2015 make sure to give your tresses a treat, at least once a week, with Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

Using Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment once a week can help to nourish hair helping to strengthen it and therefore reduce damage, breakage and frizz.

RESTORATIVE HAIR TREATMENT
A clinically proven intensive hair and scalp treatment that instantly helps hydrate and improve the condition of damaged hair. Formulated with pure Ojon™ Oil, the highly-concentrated treatment is rich in essential lipids similar to those found naturally in virgin hair.

Apply directly onto dry hair. Scoop 1 to 1½ teaspoon into palm of hand and warm by rubbing between hands until it transforms into an oil. Distribute evenly throughout hair and scalp repeating until hair is fully saturated. Comb through and allow to penetrate for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. For very damaged hair, apply gentle heat from a hairdryer for 5 minutes and/or leave treatment on overnight.
 repairs cuticle damage
 strengthens hair to help prevent future breakage
 instantly restores hydration and shine

ABOUT OJON
Ojon creates highly-potent beauty rituals featuring naturally-derived raw ingredients found in the world’s rainforests. Centuries old harvesting processes help maintain the way of life for indigenous communities by protecting ancient traditions and sustaining their natural environments. Ojon’s rituals for hair and skin honour the purity and potency of these natural ingredients by keeping them as raw and unspoiled as possible. Introduced in the United States in 2003, Ojon is currently sold in six countries including the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia and Germany.

Responsible sourcing allows us to share the powerful benefits of these rainforest treasures without destruction or depletion of the resource, while providing a steady source of income for the indigenous groups that harvest them. A portion of our revenues go to the Miskito Indian tribes to help preserve the rainforests and their traditional lifestyle.

Come back next week for the the next Ojon Hair Resolution – an introduction to Co-washing!

What are your new year hair resolutions for 2015? I’m aiming not towel dry my hair when it’s wet which causes damage!

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