Ringing the changes with CND Shellac and Vinylux nails!

CND/Shellac Nails

It was the CND Shellac pedi I had back in the spring during our Center Parcs break that converted me to Shellac nails.

This salon-only pedi is guaranteed for 14 days but I pushed it to over a month by fixing the odd chip with the matching CND Vinylux polish (£8.95, which you can apply at home and promises one week’s wear).

I’m now totally won over by the Shellac pedi – in fact, I just get the polish done which costs £12 at my local salon, and £3 to remove the old Shellac.

Cheaper and faster than a full pedi, and a low maintenance way to keep toes pretty and polished!

But, for my fingers, I like to ring the changes more often (and I NEED to, for research!!).

After a summer of brights, today I’ve gone for the Vinylux polish in Powder My Nose, a barely-there, milky cream …

CND Vinylux Powder My Nose

But I’ve still got the hot coral Tropix on my toes – with a dash of silver ‘Rock Star’ glitter (extra for the Shellac treatment. Impossible to resist!).

I’m not ready to wave off summer 2014 JUST yet – are you?!!

Check out the fun – and the just-in autumn/winter colours, a few of which you can see sprinkled in the mix in my snap, top of post - and find your nearest salon here!

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Weekend links

Day trip to Bruges, Belgium

This marks a new, regular Friday feature – I love reading them on some of my favourite blogs so here goes with the first nonstopmama contribution to sharing the online love from the week!

•  I’ve more than a little fallen in love with Mango, and the funniest thing is I discovered this Spanish fashion label – as in, actually went into a store – in Bruges of all places last week (above, we made a day trip over to Belgium part of our return journey on holiday before crawling onto the Eurotunnel after all that driving!).


Oh, the bags, the jewellery, and can I just mention the ridiculously amazing sale that’s on the website right now? Sorry. It wouldn’t be fair not to share …

•  Beauty-wise, BIG congrats to one of my favourite mama and style bloggers (and an award-scooping filmmaker, btw), Vicki of Honest Mum, on her You Tube beauty vlogger debut! One talented mama on both sides of the camera!

Vicki of Honest Mum on You Tube

•  And I’m loving this on doing a strong lip with a ‘bare’ (but not exactly!) face at Cupcakes & Cashmere!

FANTASTIC tips and Emily’s Before and After pics really show what a difference those additional make-up steps can make!

Cupcakes and Cashmere, Emily

•  On the home front, I found Why It’s Worth It To Take One Microscopic Step Forward by The Nester hugely encouraging, reassuring and inspiring. If, like me, you’re driving yourself nuts over the time it takes to get a home project sorted – because life takes over! – don’t miss it!

Photo from The Nester blog

•  And thinking of back-to-school week and organisation in general, I’m going to take a tip from Gretchen Rubin – whose work I love! – and try fitting in a weekly Power Hour (this absolutely links in with the previous link!).

Talk about how such small, simple actions can make ALL the difference in overcoming that nagging, energy draining niggle!

I love that Gretchen lists ‘Move pretend kitchen’ as one of her Power Hour hot spots, and I can totally relate to the ‘Make A Photo Album Of Our Summer Vacation’.

Except I need to go back a few summers!

See you on Monday, I hope you have a FAB weekend!!

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Giveaway winners for Tangle Teezer and Balance Me!

Nonstopmama Summer Giveaway Winners

Let’s get this September party started with some lovely news – our summer giveaway winners!

First off, we had an AMAZING response to the giveaway to win the limited edition Sugared Almonds Tangle Teezer Salon Elite (my daughter swiped ours this summer, so I barely got a look in! It’s oh so pretty …) AND a Magic Flowerpot Tangle Teezer for children!

There were SO many wonderful comments, from those who’ve already tried and wouldn’t be without their TT, and those who’ve heard the buzz and want to find out what all the fuss is about!

I’m delighted to say that the winner (drawn, as ever, randomly and by computer at random.org) is Ellie Jacobs (YAY, CONGRATS, Ellie!) who left the fabulous comment: “All my friends rave about these brushes, but have yet to try one. My daughter, being mixed race has terrible tangles and getting through it is a battle. Would love to put one to the test and have no more tears x”.

I can relate to that – with my mad half-English, half-Italian curls (which no hairdresser knew what to do with when I was little), growing up I pretty much ran away from my mother when it was hair washing and brushing time! IF ONLY TT’s had been around then!

HUGE CONGRATS to you, Ellie, hope you and your little girl love using them!!

Secondly, the winner of our gorgeous Balance Me giveaway – to win a full set of the awesome Super Toning body care range – is Lola Skinner – YAY, Lola! You mentioned in the comments that you’re already a fan, so I know you’re going to enjoy some seriously wonderful end-of-summer pampering with those!!

Speaking of which, the new, 100 % natural Rose Otto Body Balm (£25) has just launched – I’ve just tried it, and I know what I’m going to be slathering on my dry, post-beach and flip-flop feet over the coming weeks!

Balance Me Rose Otto Body Balm

It’s one of those incredibly rich, intensive balms which you can slather on dry and rough skin anywhere – in my case, trouble spots to target are those feet (I’ll apply it before socks or tights, for a deeply moisturising treat), knees (looking a little self-tan patchy, it has to be said!) and elbows (always neglected, and always worthy of a blob of hydration!).

It’s a lovely big tub, too.

Most importantly, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the fun, and for all your wonderful comments, which included LOTS of your own fantastic, tried and trusted tips for body buffing!

As ever, thanks SO much for sharing!!

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A summer of going back to the beginning …

Driving into the French Alps

I hope everyone is really well and has had a WONDERFUL summer!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed some great times and made some FAB memories in some of the gorgeous weather we’ve had (although, I have to say, it’s feeling decidedly chillier here on the south coast of the UK this week! All ready for back-to-school!).

As I said I would, I took a month off from writing here and, because I’m an all or nothing sort, social media, too (with only a bit of peeking!). Read more.

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Merci Maman Tree Of Life Necklace – and summer sign-off!

Merci Maman Tree Of Life personalised necklace

I think this Merci Maman Family Tree Necklace (£69) is just beautiful, as a gorgeous necklace in itself and in what it symbolises. Read more.

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