#1 Hand Care

Soft & Supple Hands
There are so many hand care items on the market that the saturation point seems to be close. However there seem to be more on the horizon every day with different brands sprouting out of the woodwork at every chance available. This however can only be seen as a good thing from my side of things. There is always room for improvement when it comes to skin care and especially hand cream.
Above is a selection of creams that I have tried and tested over a period of time and found to be the best of those that are deemed affordable and if even slightly expensive most definitely worth the price paid. With Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream at the top of the price charts and the Botanics Intensive Hand Cream at the bottom there is a wide variety in type and price in between that offer so much for the eyes to see and the hands to benefit from.
The two most universal products of the bunch are Lush’s Ultrabalm and Burt’s Bees Beeswax & Banana Hand Creme, both of which can be used on hands, lips and other parts of the body. Ultrabalm is a staple in my handbag and travel bag, there is also one that seems to be stuck inside my gym bag just incase I forget my regular body moisturiser. Being more of a balm you only tend to need a small amount which is great. The only problem I have with this particular balm is the smell – it is not very nice! The Burt’s Bees product however smells edible (IT IS NOT!).
My two absolute favourite products are Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve which leaves my hands feeling like they have been coated in a silk glove and Korres Almond Oil and Shea Butter Nourishing Hand Cream. The Korres product in particular is great as the scent is just so beautiful and feels great when your hands are coated and snuggled up in moisturising gloves. For work I must say Kiehl’s wins hands down.
As I wash my hands at least 50 times a day (not an exaggeration in the slightest!) as well as using alcohol gel and wearing gloves my hands get pretty dry and tired. Kiehl’s really does pull them out of that funk and combats the dryness immediately. Once worked into the hands they will feel soft, supple and cared for. In other words – callous be gone!
One little product that I haven’t included in this group of lovelies is an extra cheap treat that you can pick up in your local Superdrug on the off-chance that you have no hand cream to hand and just need a touch of moisture to last you until you get to your regular supply.
Superdrug, Beauty, Skin Care, Hands, Hand Cream, Moisturiser, 2in1 Hand & Nail Cream, Hand Therapy

Check out that price tag! For a couple of pounds with change this beauty can get you out of a tight spot!

So lovelies those are my choices of hand care after a tough shift on a busy hospital unit – no matter what you do with your day/night/life good hand care is essential and these bad boys will sort you out to no end.

Are there any in the group that you have tried and loved?

Are there any that you would like to try but have never been sure whether to take the plunge? 

Are there any that you would recommend?

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Espresso?

Coffee?

On a crisp sunday morning with the sun blazing and promising the slightest bit of warmth later in the day the last thing I want to do is wrap up beyond belief only to have to carry all of my extra layers for the rest of the day. So for a look that does not resemble a pack-horse check out some of the gorgeous bits above. If I had to pick a top three from the selection it would have to be the boots, bag and lipstick as they can all be used again to make so many more outfits.

What is your go to outfit for a cheery Sunday morning?

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Make Up Bag

In My Make Up Bag

There are always staple items that should be kept in your make up for those moments in the day when you need a little top up in the middle of the day. Most of the time I only use a handful of these items in one day but when there is a day where I need to make an actual effort all of these bad boys come into play.

What’s in your make up bag?

Essie Obsession

Ladies and Gents my name is Fay and I am a nail polish addict

On a shopping trip with the mother the other day I managed to add 12 new Essie shades to my collection of one solitary bottle. I see a serious addiction in the making and I am not asking for any help to cull this. Being a nurse I am not allowed to have painted nails at work or extensions so every chance I get my nails are painted and with as many different beautiful shades that I can find. My nail varnish collection is slowly (hmm!) growing and I am in need of yet MORE storage.

 Red EssiesWith over 250 shades of polish and only a small selection in stores it was very hard to pick the right ones. However thanks to Polyvore and the medium of online shopping I had a rough idea of what I wanted. Looking at my selection I think I managed to get a good range of reds and all will be perfect for the upcoming season change.

Personally I have never been daring enough to wear a bright red nail varnish or lipstick so the varnish on the left of the picture is quite out there for me but I will definitely be giving it a go with my winter knits!

Bordeaux Essie

Bordeaux which is the second from the right that I have tried out first and it just looks so delicious on. Not only is it easy to apply with Essie’s beautiful extra thick brushes once on and sealed with top coat it really does stick.

Many Shades of Grey

Now ladies get your minds out of the fifty shade gutter and get back to your nails. These beauties are perfect for Autumn/Winter and many other times of year. I have a few ideas which on days off I will be trying and posting on instagram and over the winter period I will hopefully build up a small nail gallery. All for your viewing pleasure of course.

In The Blue Corner

Aren’t they beautiful – being a lover of the colour blue in general these two beauties are the perfect addition to my collection and will be showcased on as many occasions as possible. Keep checking back for updates!

Do you have a favourite brand?

Regardless of brand what is your colour?