Panda Nail Art

The last nail art that I blogged about on munch and makeup was the strawberry and watermelon nail art. I wanted to try painting pandas on my nails (who doesn’t like pandas?!) and especially bought some white nail polish to do so.

The nail polishes that I used were No.7 stay perfect clear base/finishing polish, Missguided misbehave pink, Sinful confession white and Models own nail art pen.

Nail polishes

Unfortunately the nib of my Models own nail art pen decided to stop working after the first panda that I did on my thumb, so I had to use the brush instead – hence the pandas look a bit furry!

I started off by painting their white faces, once dried; I then painted their black ears, black eyes and noses. Once they dried I put tiny white dots on their eyes to make their eyeballs, finishing off with a layer of clear nail polish.

Panda nail art

I also used a light pink colour as the background, which I avoided at the beginning as I thought I might need to do a lot of correcting, but the pandas were actually quite easy to do!

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OPI The Muppets Mini Nail Lacquers – Wocka Wocka! and Excuse Moi!

Today I’m wearing Wocka Wocka! and Excuse Moi! Which are part of the mini Muppets nail collection, which I’ve blogged about in one of my posts on Munch and Makeup.

OPI The Muppets Mini Nail Lacquers

The Wocka Wocka! is a stunning shimmery red colour, which applies on easily and dries relatively quickly. In the photo I’ve used 3 coats of polish, but you only need 2 coats to get the deep colour. However, after wearing 2 coats for one day, I somehow managed to chip it and it looked quite worn on the tip of my fingernails. Think that I need to start wearing a top/finishing coat!

On my thumb I tested out Excuse Moi! which is a lovely shimmer with a light pink base and lots sparkles, including green, pink, red, yellow, blue, silver and orange. I’ll definitely be wearing this over one of my pink shades of nail polishes!

OPI The Muppets Mini Nail Lacquers

OPI The Muppets Mini Nail Lacquers – Warm & Fozzie

The muppets mini nail lacquers are one of the purchases I got from the wholesalers, which I mentioned that I went to in one of my previous posts on munch and makeup. The packaging made buying this collection irresistible! Who else could resist festive, sparkly nail polishes based around the muppets?!

The collection is made up of 3 shimmers and 1 glitter including, Wocka Wocka!, Excuse Moi!, Designer… de Better! and Warm & Fozzie.

OPI Muppets Collection

I’ve also got the OPI Rainbow Connection which is part of the muppets collection, which I’ve only just managed to scrape off my nails… so am avoiding glitter at the moment but won’t say no to a bit of shimmer.

The first and only nail polish from the mini muppets collection that I’ve tried so far is Warm & Fozzie, which is a metallic copper and shimmers bronze. However, depending on the lighting, there are also hints of pink and green!

I used 3 coats of the polish to get a dense colour –

Warm & Fozzie

I don’t think I’ve actually worn a brown coloured nail polish before Warm & Fozzie, but it’s surprisingly nice and reminds me of autumn as well.

The best thing about this nail polish is the unique colour, the con would be having to use 3 coats of it to get its full colour.

Have you braved brown on your nails?

Balinese Massage Treat at Mandara Spa

massageI was lucky enough to win a fab Balinese massage at Mandara Spa from @Beautylavie on Twitter.

The spa is located in Park Plaza Westminster hotel, which is a modern, stylish hotel located in London, conveniently close to London Waterloo Station. The spa has a more relaxing ambience and feels very welcoming. The waiting area offers jugs of flavoured water, a selection of teas, biscuits, cakes, fresh and dried fruit, making filling out the health and safety form more fun.

After the therapist introduced herself and offered me a range of massage oils to choose from, I picked the ‘calming’ oil and was taken to the treatment room; it was spacious, nicely decorated with a huge massage bed/table in the middle of the room!

I’ve only been to a spa once so wasn’t sure what to expect, but the therapist explained that she would leave the room while I undressed and relaxed on the bed. It did make me wonder if she would give me enough time to get my winter layers off, or if she would catch me starkers running towards the table…! Luckily that didn’t happen…

The massage started from my feet all the way up my body, the long strokes and the spicy aromas around the room were soothing and made me nearly drift off to sleep, but the best bits were the palm and thumb pressure which unknotted my back and shoulders. It was so relaxing that afterwards, it felt like I was walking on air.

I could have just had a nap right there and then but all good things must come to an end and the session was soon over. Unfortunately it was time to get dressed and head home! Had a bit of an awkward moment when the receptionist asked how I wanted to pay for it, but luckily I remembered the PR’s name that was running the competition.

The only thing that would have been nice was an offer of a robe and towel to use their shower, as I was feeling a bit greased up! Really wanted to have a swim at their lovely looking swimming pool and also the sauna, but felt to cheeky to ask after winning the massage through a competition.

The treatment lasted 50 minutes and is worth £85. Their website describes the Balinese massage as –

“Our most relaxing massage, harnessing the therapeutic properties of 100% pure essential oils. Used for centuries to renew, strengthen and heal both body and mind, this traditional therapy combines stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure techniques to relieve tension, improve blood flow, ease stress and calm the mind. It can also help to improve the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular and nervous systems”.

It is definitely relaxing, and there’s a longer Balinese massage on offer (1 hr 20 min) for £135 if you have more time (and money!).

Whether you’ve had a busy day exploring London, or are commuting and in need an indulgent treat, then definitely think of Mandara Spa. It’s a little gem in the City!

Putting off going to the Hairdressers with KaHm Keratin and Argan Oil

There’s something about going to the hairdressers which I hate. I dislike the process of having to call the salon with an appointment time in my mind and I panic when they say it’s not available. I then feel uneasy when they offer me an alternative appointment and don’t tell me the how much it’s going to cost (e.g. if it costs 3x more than what I had in mind the first place). I know I can always ask questions or say no thanks, but I can’t say no once I’ve got that far on the phone! Once I actually drag myself down to the salon, I feel uncomfortable with the small talk and try to focus on reading a magazine all the way through the session!

Once I’ve actually had my haircut, I wonder if I’m supposed to tip the hairdresser? They kind of linger around the till afterwards… (I do tip, but I’m not sure if my £3 is offensive).

That’s why I always try and find conditioners and hair treatments to help keep my long locks feeling soft, as it puts off a trip to the hairdressers.

KaHm Keratin and Argan Oil

As mentioned in my previous blog on Munch and Makeup, I took a trip to the wholesalers and my latest addition is KaHm Keratin & Argan Oil Smooth Sleek Styling Potion (£10.74) –

“Earthly Body kaHm Keratin and Argan Daily Smoothing Treatment is hemp based hair care. Just a few drops of the astonighing kaHm Smooth Sleek Styling Potion will help you to maintain your style, giving you the silky smooth, healthy hair of your dreams.” Sounds good to me!

To use, I warmed up 3-4 drops on the palms of my hand and ran it evenly through my towel dried hair and styled as usual. The instructions recommend to blow dry with a flat brush to achieve ‘Brazilian’ straight hair, but I’m not very good (or patient) when it comes to blow drying my own hair.

I was impressed with the results. It made my hair feel super soft and smelling good. I can’t describe the smell other than being fresh, clean and subtle. My other half thinks it makes my hair smell like coconuts but I’m not too convinced…

Here’s how my hair looked after using the KaHm Keratin and Argan Oil –

KaHm Keratin and Argan Oil Hair

The only thing which disappointed me was that it didn’t really fix my dry ends. Which has made me finally book an appointment with the hairdressers, which I did online with a 50% off discount code – I’m already having bad dreams about it!

Does anyone else get anxious about going to the hairdressers?!