Friday, 22 August 2014

Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil Review

Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil review

Kiko is fast becoming one of my favourite beauty brands - they're pretty new to the UK but now have stores at both London Westfields and a big one on Regent Street (as well as Leeds and Guildford).  They're both inexpensive and good quality, which is the best combination isn't it?  I like to think of them as 'fast beauty' - due to the tiny price tag of their products, it's great for picking up something on the go because if it's not quite right, it doesn't matter too much.  It's also great for trying out new products or colours you're not quite sure about.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Trek to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda with Bizidanny Tours (Review)

Guhonda, oldest Silverback mountain gorilla in Rwanda

So today is a totally different post from normal - it has nothing to do with nail polish or beauty, but I wanted to share a highlight from my recent trip to Rwanda: trekking to see the mountain gorillas.  If you're reading because you're thinking of booking a trip to see the gorillas and you're looking for more information about permits and the process of finding a company, head to the bottom of the post where I've described it in more detail.

I booked my trip with Bizidanny Tours and couldn't have been more delighted with them.  My English-speaking driver, Bosco, was there to greet me at Kigali Airport when we landed from Kamembe.  That afternoon we drove up to Ruhengeri, in Rwanda's Northern Province.  On the way we stopped at some beautiful view points, from where I could appreciate the patchwork landscape - small banana plantations here, some coffee plants there - and I even tasted a raw coffee bean.  Bosco was great company and we had long discussions about Rwanda as it is now, but he also let me into the history of the country, which for every Rwandan over the age of 20 is all too vivid in the memory.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Makeup Revolution Nail Polish Review and Swatches: Cool Days, Boy Needs A Girl and Flawless

I've had these Makeup Revolution nail polishes for ages but only now am I getting around to posting them.  Makeup Revolution launched earlier this year and has had hugely positive reviews from pretty much everybody (I haven't read a negative review yet) - if you've yet to hear about Makeup Revolution, it's a budget beauty brand.  Some of their best sellers are the dupe palettes of Urban Decay's Naked palettes (read my review on their make up here), but they have a huge range of lipsticks, nail polishes and all other sorts of things too!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Nail Painting with Street Children in Rwanda and Models Own Artstix

I may have mentioned this once or twice recently(!), but I took a few weeks off from the blog earlier in the summer because I was with a group of UK teachers teaching children and training teachers in Kamembe in south west Rwanda.  I'll be doing another post soon about more of the things we got up to, but today I just wanted to focus on a fab afternoon we had with the street children of Kamembe at the Baho Neza Mwana centre.  You can read the post about the day from our daily blog here.

Baho Neza Mwana takes in children who, for various reasons, either do not have families or do not have families who take proper care of them.  The project is funded by Rwanda Aid and aims to give the children shelter if they need it, as well as keeping them busy with fun activities and helping them to learn skills such as sewing.  Eventually they would like to see all the children reintegrated into their families or families found for them to live with permanently.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Models Own Sweet Shop Collection Swatches and Review

Whilst I was in Rwanda, Models Own released their new Sweet Shop Collection* - five sweetie-themed polishes to add to their scented range.  The colours (should I say flavours?) are all reminiscent of sweets of yesteryear and the scents will I'm sure bring some memories back.  The polishes are a mixture of cremes and sparkly jellies and are all priced at £4.99 each (or if you're at one of the Bottleshops you can pick up six polishes for £20).