Make Up Solutions with QVS Beauty

A wise old saying goes that ‘a workman is only as good as his tools’, and for me the same is true when it comes to cosmetics. So many people buy expensive, exquisite brands of make up, only to apply it with the same old, let’s face it, rather manky make up brushes and tools they have been using, and probably not cleaning, for years. QVS Beauty, who make a brilliant range of affordable make up tools recently found, in a survey, that only 61% of us clean our brushes once a month, so imagine the build up of make up, grime and bacteria as we use the brushes again and again without cleaning them.

If this is you, then maybe it is time to treat yourself to some new tools. And once again, I am turning to QVS Beauty, a brand you may have seen in on your supermarket travels as they are stocked in Asda and Tesco. QVS Beauty brushes start from just £5, and they also stock a range of beauty essentials that range from exfoliating gloves to tweezers and eyelash curlers. Each tool comes in a clear packet that can then be used to store the tool, and also has good instructions for the use and care of the tool.

The brushes in particular are very good quality. They have wooden handles with metal casing, and the brushes are super soft, with the foundation and blusher brush having nylon bristles, and the powder brush having natural bristles. The brushes are lovely, and a very stylish addition to any make up bag or dressing table.

QVS have a really good and affordable range that extends beyond make up brushes. This includes both slant and square edged tweezers and a set of eyelash curlers that come with an extra set of silicon pads and yet cost less than a fiver. I also love the exfoliation gloves that are super quality and work so well with a salt scrub.

To find QVS Beauty products, click here to visit Asda.


Christmas stocking fillers from Semilac

Semilac is a Polish beauty beauty brand that is one of the market leaders when it comes to gel polishes, and is now gaining ground in the UK due to its high quality products and very affordable prices. The products, which are also used in many salons, range from the special hybrid nail polish which combines gel, UV and nail polish properties and is currently advertised by Amy Childs, to more traditional polishes and nail treatments. Semilac may be the new kid on the block when it comes to UK nails, but it is certainly gaining ground quickly.

When it comes to nails, I am a red polish girl. I love deep red nails, with Gitane by Chanel being my colour of choice, although I do use other reds too. I was really interested to try one of the Semilac reds, especially as the price point was a fraction of that paid for Chanel. My nails are not in great condition – using a computer for so many hours per day is not good for hands, nor is playing in goal with a seven year old, as a consequence, my nails are brittle and currently quite short. Therefore red nails are perfect as I often think they look better on shorter nails – less vampish, but still stylish.

Semilac Intense Red £4.30 Click to visit Semilac

Semilac Intense Red £4.30 Click to visit Semilac

The red I went for was Intense Red. This costs just £4.30, but promises quite a bit for your money. The bottle itself is very attractive with a lace effect glass, and the applicator is a quick thick brush, which I like as it means that nails can be painted quicker. Semilac say this polish offers:-

• Easy application
• Long lasting results
• Hassle free removal
• Glossy finish
• Protects your natural nail
• Vibrant colour choice
• Salon quality nail polishes

I have to say that I agree. The polish was easy to apply with that thicker brush, and the finish was glossy and shiny. My nails actually feel harder with this on, and so far I have gone four days with no chips – that may actually be a record for me.






Another great product, and one which would make a great gift for a beauty lover, is the tropical manicure oil which has a beautiful peach fragrance. This product, which again costs less than £5, is perfect for keeping your nail beds in tip top condition using a range of vitamins and minerals that will avoid your nail beds drying out. With an applicator brush, this is again very easy to use and is something that would help your nails between manicures.

 Tropical manicure oil - peach 12 ml £4.99 Click to visit Semilac

Tropical manicure oil – peach 12 ml £4.99 Click to visit Semilac


Semilac are offering something different to the nail market, great quality products with many prices under £5. Another idea for filling a Christmas beauty hamper.


5 Household Remedies to help you look younger and avoid pimple breakouts

A pimple breakout is one of the most awful things that can possibly happen to you when you are determind to look fresher and younger. Getting the best skin and facial products is certainly on everyone’s list, but given all skins are different, the challenge is to find the right products that suits yours. To overcome this challenge you need to self-educate on skin care best practices and also complement this process with vale-for-money investments to acquire the right products.

Aside from making sure that the skin looks and stays fresh, you have to look out for acne problems which can make you look years older. In addition to using great skin treats, you can also utilise natural pimple curing remedies that will help you get rid of those pimples by using simple stuff that is quite easy to find in your house. Here are some quick cheats in treating acne:

Ice Cubes

The cold is certainly a good thing when you have pimples because it can minimize the size of the acne and it helps in easing the pain. One cool trick that you can use when you are dealing with pimples is to take a few ice cubes. Then, you should get a clean cloth and wrap the ice cube in the cloth. Rub the cloth to your face, gently concentrating on the area with breakouts until you feel as if it has become numb. In case of acne, hold the ice to the area affected for about five minutes.


Egg Whites

One of the most useful things when you are having issues with acne is egg whites. The primary reason why there are a lot of girls who love using egg white is because it can absorb oil and at the same time draw impurities out of the skin. First, you have to separate the yolk after breaking the egg. You have to make sure that the white part is mixed until there are bubbles. After mixing, you have to cover your face with this and leave the mixture on for about 20 minutes.  Then, you can wash your face in water.


This happens to be one of the quickest cures for acne especially when you are interested in getting rid of that zit instantly. Plus, this happens to be one of the most proven and tested methods that you can do overnight. Toothpaste has a way of drying out the pimple, so leaving it overnight will reduce the swelling and make your face look better. You can see the difference in your face in 2 to 3 days.



Another staple in your kitchen that you can easily find is sugar. Sugar happens to be a natural exfoliator, making it a great choice for a quick way to look pretty. Sugar has a way of clogging pores and this helps out a lot when you are dealing with pimples. You can create a scrub using sugar and other ingredients which can be easily found in your kitchen to create a scrub. Simply mix white and brown sugar with a bit of coarse sea salt, vanilla extract and vanilla bean and olive oil for your scrub. Mix everything and store it in a jar so that you can use one spoonful for a daily scrub.


For a lot of people, tea is one of the best ways to find relief from stress. However, this ia not the only thing that it does, it is also a great solution for acne. Green or herbal tea has been a popular remedy for a lot of problems and for those who hate acne that pops out when their menstruation period is about to begin, Chasteberry tea is a great remedy. Organic tea can also be applied directly to the affected area by using a cotton ball.


Acne is one of the biggest skincare problems that can plague a lot of women, so it is useful to have some cheats which will help you deal with it it. With this quick cheats and great facial care products, you can get rid of acne and keep your skin staying young and fresh.