Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Midweek Manicure | Primark Neon Collection

Primark neon nails!


Neon nails are big news at the minute, with everyone getting ready for summer, festival season and hoping for hot weather. A while ago - such a trend setter ;) -  I posted a Primark haul which included a set of four fabulous fluorescent nail polishes for the bargainous price of only £2! The sun has been shining, and with bank holiday weekends galore, I thought it was about time I cracked them open!





Monday, 28 April 2014

Beauty | Blow dry at The Purple Salon, Soho

Pampered Pickle!


I love getting my hair styled, and wish I had the time (and skill!) to give myself a big bouncy barnet every day! However, I'm usually running late so am very much a wash-throw-my-head-upside-down-blast-with-the-hair-dryer-and-go kind of gal! So I was very excited when I was offered the chance to go to The Purple Salon* in Soho, London for a professional wash and blow dry. Yes please! 
 
Blow-dry-The-Purple-Salon


Friday, 25 April 2014

Fashion | Converse Mint 'All Star OX' Pumps from Swimwear365.co.uk

I love my new pastel pumps!


The sun has been shining quite a lot in London over the last couple of weeks, which has been making me feel very much that Spring has finally sprung hurrah! It's still a little bit chilly in the shade though, so my go-to outfit has been jeans and my brand new Converse Mint 'All Star OX' Women's Pumps from Swimwear365.co.uk*

Swimwear365-Converse-Mint-All-Star-OX-Women's-Pumps



Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Midweek Manicure | Models Own Turquoise Gloss Hyper Gel - and Models Own VIP Easter Party

It's never too late for an Easter bunny mani!


I know, I know, Easter is over (sob sob) but I couldn't resist sharing this adorable bunny themed manicure with you anyway. Now whilst the little rabbit nail art is super cute, my favourite part of this look is the gorgeous base colour - Turquoise Gloss Hyper Gel by Models Own.


Models-Own-Turqoise-Gloss-Hyper-Gel-Easter-Manicure



Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Book Club | The Bluffer's Guide to Chocolate

A feast of chocolatey facts - perfect for Easter Sunday


Happy Easter everybody! Chocolate is definitely synonymous with Easter, so today's book review is an eggcellent fit (bet you'll be glad when I stop making annoying Easter puns eh?!). Whilst I usually read fiction, I do always love an interesting fact - and a big bit of chocolate - so I jumped at the chance to read The Bluffer's Guide to Chocolate* which is choc-full of fun facts and interesting tidbits about everyone's favourite food - CHOCOLATE!

The-Bluffer's-Guide-To-Chocolate



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Midweek Manicure | Primark Spotty - dupe for Illamasqua Imperfection Speckled Collection

Eggs-tra cheap Easter nails!

Speckled nail polishes are big news at Easter, and since Illamasqua first released their Imperfection Collection there have been several dupes on the high street (Models Own have just released their own set). In a February shopping haul I picked up this little Primark version half price for only £1 (how could I resist?!), however I saw it back in stores last week for £2. Is this budget polish an Easter egg-sential or a bit of a cracked purchase?!

Primark-Spotty-Nail-Polish-Illamasqua


I just want to start by apologising for not showing these swatches on my actual nails. I'm trying to strengthen them, so am trying not to use glitter polishes for a while as I always find I need to use loads of nail polish remover to take them off! I wore this polish the other week but sadly didn't take any photos - gahhh bad blogger! - and can vouch that these glitter particles are very hard to remove!


Primark-Spotty-Nail-Polish-Illamasqua


I really like the base colour of this polish. It's a grey toned lilac which makes it great to wear all year round - more so than some of the other branded speckled collections which are mostly Spring pastel shades. It's also a very work-friendly colour. The glitter particles are also really pretty - a mix of different sized silver / grey hexagons and speckles.

Primark-Spotty-Nail-Polish-Illamasqua


The coverage is quite good too - two coats and the lilac base was opaque, even though I was worried the formula was a bit thin to begin with.


Primark-Spotty-Nail-Polish-Illamasqua

I think this is a really good budget buy for anyone looking to replicate the popular Easter egg themed speckled manicures. Well done Primark!


Have you tried any of the other speckled polish brands?


xx emsypickle xx


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Monday, 14 April 2014

Baking | Eggsellent Easter Mini Egg Brownies

These brownies have got the Eggs-Factor 

(sorry, lots more Easter egg puns to come....)


My favourite thing about Easter is definitely the amazing amount of baking opportunities it brings. No matter how you view the Easter holiday, whether you're religious or not, there's no doubt about the fact that chocolate now forms a huge part of the celebrations. Cadburys Mini Eggs are my favourite of these seasonal treats so, inspired by the amazing Sarah over at Taming Twins, I decided to make MINI EGG BROWNIES!

Mini-Egg-Brownies



Friday, 11 April 2014

Lifestyle | Parkinson's Awareness Week 2014

Help put those with Parkinson's back #incontrol


So a bit of a different post from me today. I'm going to talk (write?!) a little bit about Parkinson's Awareness Week. Parkinson's is a condition very close to my heart and this week is so important in raising awareness of this condition and putting sufferers back #incontrol




Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Midweek Manicure | Models Own - Peaches & Cream

A polish that's just peachy!


Today's Midweek Manicure features an old favourite of mine which I often forget about, simply because I have so many nail polishes! Too many polishes too few fingers! However the sun is shining in London, which is making me reach for my lovely bright summery nail polishes! Enter the extremely pretty Peaches & Cream by Models Own.

Models-Own-Peaches-and-Cream-Review

Monday, 7 April 2014

Beauty | Samy Fat Hair "0" Calories Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner


Big hair don't care!


I feel like all I do is bang on about my desire for thick, voluminous hair (remember my Tangle Teezer review?! #SorryNotSorry) So when I saw Samy Fat Hair "0" Calories Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner on sale in Superdrug for less than half price (only £2.77 each!) I just had to give them a go.

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Beauty | Palmer's Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter

Almost good enough to eat!


I am always on an eternal quest to find that amazing product which smooths and soothes my lips, smells great and leaves my lips looking sexily glossy rather than sadly gloopy. I think I have FINALLY struck gold!! What is this wonder product I hear you cry?! Why, Palmer's Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter of course!

Palmer's-Dark-Chocolate-and-Peppermint-Lip-Butter-Review


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Midweek Manicure | Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Tip top top coat 


As well as my new Tangle Teezer, my amazing boyfriend also got me another fab beauty themed present for Christmas: the renown Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Is this really the holy grail of top coats?


Seche-Vite-Dry-Fast-Top-Coat-Review


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fashion | Look Again Twitter Party


Lookie here at Look Again!


Hello lovelies! You may remember last month I was invited to the launch of Look Again's SS14 range and to a cocktail making master class? Today I have exciting news about a Twitter Party Look Again are running this Friday 4th April 1-2pm, where you can put your questions to new face-of-the-brand Stacey Solomon, and have the chance to win an item from lookagain.co.uk worth up to £50!

Sounds good eh?!

Look-Again-Twitter-Party


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