NOTW – Nails of the week!

I am so sorry that Holliewould has been neglected recently! I have recently moved house and with gaining 2 jobs, a new nursery for my 3-year-old and all new surroundings i have struggled to find the time to blog! I have been exploring my beautiful home town of Norwich all over again, it just gets better and better!
I thought i would start with NOTW again as the range i am using is brilliant, without the use of gel i think most of us find it hard to find a long-lasting polish, but this has good staying power and comes in great shades! sally hansen
This is from the Sally Hansen complete salon manicure range and with 65 colours to choose from, the BOGOHP deal at boots at the moment gets you 2 bottles from just over £10!
This is called Scarlet Fever and is a perfect autumnal colour as is lovely and glossy. It is a deep pinky red and this has literally grown off my nails, i have had the odd tiny chip repair but i am doing housework all the time and have found a tiny touch up and its been perfect again! (I am also fussy!)
This has a base coat, a strengthener, a growth treatment and top coat combined in with the colour! I love it!
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D.I.Y French Manicure

Sorry I have neglected my blog for weeks! I have been so busy! The only plus side to that is, I have lots of new things to write about, a few people have asked me how I do my nails like this so I thought I would post it on here.
I have always loved nail varnish for as long as i can remember and when I was a little girl I remember watching my mum paint her fingers and toes in bold reds and yearning for something other than my wishy washy pale pink I from the kids range in Avon. Whenever I get a manicure or pedicure now I still go for bold colours im not a pastel girl, not where nails are concerned. I like them as pretty and glossy as they come!
Since being shown this method at a manicure appointment I had few years ago, I tried doing it myself at home and got good results. Its not rocket science, not everyone likes a french manicure I know but when you want your nails to look clean and fresh I think it still looks nice and it will always go with any outfit so I though I would share it with you! You will need…

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Some white nail varnish, Some pink, peach or clear top coat. Some Nail varnish remover, some cotton buds and a few cotton pads.
I use a sanding block to prepare my nails and gently push my cuticles back with oil if I have the time.
The set I used here is from Mavala and is available from Amazon for under £9. If you dont have that much to spend a great alternative is this set from Superdrug at a mere £3! Its might not last as long as the mavala but its great if you keep on applying the top coat daily to protect your french manicure!
So now you have all your equipment, make sure your nails are clean and dry and if you choose to that your cuticles are gently pushed back.
Step 1 – Paint the end of each nail with a thin coat of white (dont worry about neatness) wait a minute and repeat.
Step 2 – After 2-3 minutes drying time, take your cotton bud and dip into your nail varnish remover dabbing any excess off onto a tissue. Now its time to shape those tips!
Step 3 – Carefully remove the messy end of your white varnish by gently wiping the bud back and forth over your nail until you achieve the thickness and curve you want. Repeat for each finger.
Step 4 – Now you are ready for your pink/peach/clear polish. Paint a thin layer on each nail and wait 3-4 minutes before applying your top coat.
Step 5 – I always use a quick dry spray, as i am too curious to be poking my nails every few minutes only to find i’ve smudged it etc. These are my two Faves…Avon’s Liquid Freeze for £6 (I wait until half price sale) and Elegant Touch Rapid Dry from Boots which is £3. Both are Excellent and leave you ready to go with dry nails in a flash!
I hope you have success if you fancy trying this technique xxx

Hyaluronic Acid – Anti Aging Alert Ladies!!!!


We are surrounded today by so many anti aging and beauty products, most of us dont know where to start! For me, personally, a simple skincare routine works best. I very rarely get 8 hours sleep a night and drinking 8 glasses of water a day is near impossible without me wearing one of those beer can holder helmets replaced with the evian kind. I am not worried about looking 30, I AM 30. I have a child, i am tired quite a lot.
It doesnt mean to say im not a little bit vain, as we all are, but putting things in my face, at present are not top priority. I know plenty of people that have regular botox, and good on them, if you can afford it and you want it then why not!
I dont know about anyone else but i would be too paranoid i would end up on ‘botched up bodies’ and be forced wear a balaclava for the rest of my days. I know that sounds dramatic with it being so much safer nowadays and being available at most hair and beauty salons here in Liverpool but its just not for me.
It seems whenever Boots bring out a new ‘anti aging miracle’ women everywhere make it a sell out in a bid to look and feel better about themselves and why not! So When i read about Boots new Liquid Supplement, I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.
Hyaluronic Acid is found in all our bodies, it keeps our skin supple, hydrated and helps to retain moisture and elasticity in your skin. As we get older our stores of this acid decline and if it is not replaced our skin finds it harder to retain moisture and make new cells. Hyaluronic Acid is supposed to be able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, thus making it a lot easier for your skin to retain its youthful look!
Hyaluronic Acid is also known to ease joint pain, keep eyes healthy and hydrated and reduce bleeding gums.
Beauty reviews are calling it a drinkable mosituriser and skin specialists are claiming this is more important than collagen, when it comes to skincare. Boots 240ml bottle costs £27.99 and people are going mad over it! You take 10ml a day mixed into a drink and hopefully wait for it to work from the inside out! Beauty editors are reviewing this left right and centre so if you fancy a bottle, grab one while you still can!