Monday, 29 September 2014

The New Forest Wildlife Park

It's not often that I get to do things in my local area, so on my birthday a few weeks ago, Bradley, my Mum, Dad and I headed to The New Forest Wildlife Park for a day trip. I absolutely adore butterflies, so when I heard that they had a butterfly house I was sold. Initially, I thought that the park was going to be geared towards small children (and to a degree it is, as there are play parks and information boards aimed at children) but there was so much to do there for adults too. We arrived about 11 in the morning and I had initially thought that we would be for a couple of hours max but we didn't end up leaving until about 5pm!

Of course we headed for the butterfly house first, which was conveniently situated near the entrance. There were quite a few butterflies flying around and even new ones which were emerging from their chrysalis. The butterfly house was a lot smaller than I had anticipated, after visiting the butterfly house at Longleat the previous year I thought it would be similar but it was still lovely to watch them flying around (one even landed on my eye!).

The park is also home to lots of other animals, including several different types of Otters, Eurasian Lynx, Bison, Deer and Wild Boar and many more. The Wild Boar had some young piglets which when we saw them were sleeping in a huge pig bundle! As soon as the mother moved, they were up like a shot ready to suckle! It was so sweet to see! We also watched the Lynx get fed and listened to really interesting talk from one of the keepers.

Later in the day we were also lucky enough to be by one of the otter enclosures as they were being fed, the Otters knew it was almost feeding time and whenever someone came close to the enclosure they were squeaking. A keeper came along and threw some fish in, and they went mental! By this point it was quiet in the park too as most of the families had gone home, so it was really nice to be able to observe the animals quietly.

If you live in this area, I strongly recommend that you pay the park a visit. It only costs £10.50 per adult and £7.50 per child. I had a great day and hope to visit again soon!

Have you visited The New Forest Wildlife Park before?


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Birthday OOTN

Firstly, please excuse the attractive backdrop for this photo, I've never done an OOTN before and I'm going to need a little practice on the best place to take photos. The night before my birthday, my friends and I headed out to Pizza Express for a celebratory meal. I had the Leggera pizza which is only 500 calories (sorry no photos, as I wolfed it down!) followed by an amazing chocolate sundae (sorry healthy eating plan, it was my birthday after all!).

My friend Kayleigh and I got ready at my flat so naturally we took some photos so I thought I would share what I wore.

Dress | Matalan
Black Tights | Primark
Shoes | Dorothy Perkins
Bag | Topshop
Key Necklace | Lily Charmed
Bracelet | Pandora

What do you think to my OOTN?


Friday, 26 September 2014

The Review | Nail Magic Wet High Gloss Top Coat

Ever since the gel nail polish trend started, I've been obsessed in finding a product that I could use with all of my current polishes, so when I was contacted to see if I would like to try the new Nail Magic Wet Gloss Top Coat* I was quite excited.

Nail Magic was developed in 1960 by professional manicurist, Mrs Martha Peterson. It started with just one item, the Hardener & Conditioner which customers requested for personal use in between her visits. Word about the product quickly spread and soon after it was being sold in the cosmetics department at Meier and Frank Company department store in Portland, Oregon. 

The product continued to be popular and continued to keep selling out. It was at this point that Ron Haken, an assistant buyer for the Meier and Frank Company discovered Nail Magic. He concluded that Nail Magic accounted for a significant percentage of the stores cosmetic sales. This was accomplished without any advertising, sophisticated packaging or special offers, so in 1976 he bought Nail Magic and still owns it to this day!

Five decades later, the company has grown to offer a wide range of nail care products including the wet high gloss top coat.

What I like about this product, is that it works by being applied after the final coat of nail polish has dried, as opposed to a product like Seche Vite which is applied whist the last coat of nail varnish is still wet (something which I really struggled with!) and it only needs one coat.

I tried the Nail Magic Wet High Gloss Top Coat over Barry M's Raspberry nail polish (one that isn't matte, glossy or textured) and it gives a very professional, gel looking finish. The quality of the formula and the ease of application are fantastic and the finish is smooth and even, which is definitely what you are looking for in a top coat. The shine was quite difficult to capture in the photographs I have taken, but as you move your hands, they glimmer in the light. The photographs above were taken on day two and on day four (as this post goes live) they're still going strong!

Priced at £5.50 (for 7.4ml) it's a great, purse friendly, high quality product and I can see why the other products in the range sell out really quickly. It's also not tested on animals, which is always key point to consider when purchasing cosmetics.

If you're in the US, there are lots of places to purchase Nail Magic, including Walgreens and Ulta, but if like me you are in the UK, you can purchase a large selection of the Nail Magic range, including Nail Magic - Wet, online at Jica.

Have you tried anything from the Nail Magic range before? 

What do you think to this high gloss top coat?