Author: Gauri

When it comes to nail art, I’m pretty lame. Partly due to the fact that even painting my right hand is a struggle for me and and partly down to the fact that while I love looking at crazy ‘gawd you could have someone’s eye out with those’ jewelled-up, blinged-out talons (check out last week’s post), it’s sort of a look but don’t touch thing. There is one trend though that I can dip my tips in to without too much trouble. The accent nail. It’s genius. You only ever need to puff, pant and paint something fancy on one nail of each hand. Dots, lines, textures – whatever – throw it on the ring finger and be done. Here are my top 3 effects to lacquer up that one special nail with:

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Streamlining Your Travel Kit skincare

Streamlining Your Travel Kit makeup

You know I have a bit of thing when it comes to travelling with beauty bits. Over the years through stints at college, home and travelling back and forth across the country to friends and family I’ve got packing down and slept on some rather interesting ‘beds’ in the process. But last weekend on a trip to stay with my grandparents I managed my biggest feat yet. Every single beauty-related item I needed for those two days was squeezed and sealed into my rather averagely sized clutch: body bits, hair, skincare, makeup, the lot. I ended up taking so little back with me that I packed it all down into my handbag; no suitcase required. Now the brief for the weekend was ‘chillax’ meaning that I didn’t need any fancy products, nor garb aside from a pair of comfy PJ’s. Still, I’m impressed. Next time you’re off for a low-key weekend away here’s what you actually need:

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You ready to press ‘follow’ on a fresh batch of beauty Instagrammers (if you didn’t see my last installment click here). Cause I’ve got five gals that are snapping up a storm on my feed and I’m ready to share. They’re all Nail Artists, top of their games and lacquering up some of the biggest names in the world. Prepare for a whole load of inspiration with a whole lot of point…oh and glitter.

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Deborah Milano Nail Colour in 54 Amaranth

Lakme 9to5 Nail Lacquer in Berry Business

Nuance Nail Polish in Azalea

Spoiled Nail Polish in Bite Me

One of my favourite beauty phenomenon to discover are one coat required berry nail polishes. Formulas that with a single stroke can transform a bed from bare to chic in five minutes flat. They are a bit of a rarity to find but I’ve got enough in my collection to see me through ‘damn I have to leave the house in a matter of minutes and am not sporting a mani #disaster’ days. I kid. Though if you’re lacking an uno-application rouge in your stash, here are a few of my favourites for ya:

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Hello 2018! To kick off this year of G&M posts I thought I’d start by injecting a little humour into the month with some self-observed actions I’ve discovered recently all put together under the ’10 Signs You’re a Beauty Addict’ umbrella…

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Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask Ingredients

When I first spotted this mask on the market I had absolutely zero interest in it. I’m pretty well catered for already in the mask department. The moment I fell hook, line and sinker for it was when I met my friend A one day and her skin looked awesome. Like airbrushed awesome. The girl has ridiculously good skin anyway, but this was a whole new level of flawless. It took about two seconds for me to enquire about her skincare and when she replied saying it was the new Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask, my interest switched from zero to off the barometer. After a bit of a wild goose-chase (I’ll elaborate later), I finally got my hands on this last week and after seven days of testing I’m ready to give my verdict.

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The Makeup Manual by Lisa Potter-Dixon

The Feelgood Plan by Dalton Wong & Kate Faithfull-Williams

Younger Skin Starts in the Gut by Dr Nigma Talib

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual by Bobbi Brown

Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown

Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart

If you’re a regular scroller on G&M you know by now that I’m partial to a good beauty read. I rarely manage to switch my brain to mute when it comes to the cosmetics world and that does include when I’m snuggled up, head on pillow about 20 minutes prior to deep slumber. In fact it’s perhaps the time at which it is most active given the current wad of makeup-filled pages that are overcrowding my bedside table. There’s barely room for my lamp. So this weekend I thought I’d mull over and share the best of my beauty reads.

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