I never realised how many beauty brands are out there before I started blogging. Now, I discover a new one every week. And, last Friday, at the Blogger Summer Hangout event, I discovered like 7 (ok, one is not strictly beauty, but so useful for a beauty blogger anyway).
That must be some kind of record. Of course, I just have to share. By the way, there were many more brands at the event. These are just my highlights:
1. Return To Glory
Would you rather have your hair done or get a massage? There’s no contest. A massage wins hands down, anytime! Oh, the girl who asked me this question is from Return To Glory, a cool massage and wellness service that pampers you in the comfort of your own home.
Basically, they come to your home and give you a massage or a facial, do your nail, your makeup, your hair, help you stay fit… Awesome right? Oh, and the massage was heavenly. My friend said she could tell by the look on my face how amazing the therapist was, and promptly went in for a massage as soon as mine was over.
2. Dinki Belle
I’ve never had much luck with nail wraps in the past, but that could very well be because I’m super clumsy. I mean, I always manage to screw up my manicure within minutes and I still get my eyeliner wrong more times than I get it right, so…
Yet, I hope these will be easier to apply, because the design is really cute. I just can’t resist anything green. The founder created Dinki Belle after she got a bad reaction to the polish, so the wraps should be fine even for sensitive skin and nails.
3. Pink Parcel
This is a subscription box for your period, which I think is genius. For just £10.50 a month, you get tampons, pads, beauty products, something sweet (like chocolate) and tea (cos this is Britain, and tea makes everything better here).
Basically, Pink Parcel has everything you need to make your period more bearable. And, its delivered just around the time of your period, so you don’t have to wonder how on earth you can resist eating that brownie before your period comes. Or is that just me?
4. United Beauty
A top coat that turns your fave nail polish into gel? Sign me up! Basically, you apply the nail polish, set it with the lamp, and you end up with a manicure that looks like a gel manicure, but without the high price tag. And, it’s easy to remove. You just have to peel off the polish.
Sadly, I have no luck with peelable nail polishes. Little Ondine polishes last barely a day on me, and this faux gel manicure lasted little more. They said it’s supposed to double the power of your manicure, but the next day, one nail had already come off. The others are showing minor chipping. Boo!
Yet, I know both Little Ondine polishes and United Beauty LED top coat work very well for lots of people. I guess it’s just my nails that don’t like them.
5. The Perfume Shop
This was one of the prettiest stands. They even had cupcakes! And lots and lots of perfumes. I mean, it’s not called The Perfume Shop for nothing. Pretty much all of them were quite commercial, and those are not my cup of tea most of the time. I did fall in love with Coral by Michael Kors, though. I just can’t resist a good citrusy scent, and this one is so fresh and summery! And not that expensive either.
6. Sass & Belle
I know, I know, it’s not even beauty, it’s homeware. But, how pretty it is? Every piece is so quirky and fun. Sassy & Belle makes nail files shaped like parrots, animal thingies that turn out to be foldable shopping bags, glasses with tropical designs… Basically, they have everything you need to spice up your house and your photos (because, when you’re a blogger, homeware stuff is just props for your photos – I’m planning a big haul soon).
7. Nature’s Wish
I’m totally obsessed with face oils at the moment, so this was an easy sell. The Balance Face Oil has won numerous awards, and I can see why. It has a luxurious texture that glides so smoothly onto the skin, and hydrates it for hours. Nature’s Wish also makes cleansing oils and massage oils (those are next on my list). Oh, and the scents! Gorgeous!
Have you tried any of these brands before?