I love a good dupe. Nothing pleases me more than finding a lipstick, outfit or nail varnish that could pass for something twice the price. It’s nice to treat yo’ self, especially when it comes to beauty, but when the high street brings out some excellent dupes it’s not always necessary. Read on to see if I found a dupe for ‘mint candy apple’, the cult essie nail varnish.

Dupe For Essie Mint Candy Apple

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If you’re a regular round these parts you will know that I’m a big fan of subscription boxes. You get new treats to try out every month, you don’t have to go to the shops where there are ~other people~, plus I get ridiculously giddy about receiving post. (That can’t just be me, right?)

So when I was asked to test out a nail varnish subscription box I was SUPER excited. There have been a few nail polish subscriptions floating around but they were ones that sent you a few bottles to *try* and you would then post them back. Weird. With NailBox you receive your box and get to keep your goodies. Much better.

Here is what I received in the first box (not pictured was a Nails Inc nail file)

Nailbox The Newest Subscription Service On The Block

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I received this lovely looking polish at the Debenhams SS15 beauty event last week and was so excited to use it. I love Nails Inc polishes and had heard good things about their Gel Effect range. So I thought I’d do a little bit of gold leaf nail art!

Gold Leaf Nail Art

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I posted a brief introduction to rosacea HERE, including my diagnosis story and a list of common triggers. But I wanted to write about my lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea.

As I have had rosacea for 10 years, I have learned my triggers very well and have now made certain changes to my lifestyle and diet that have made a huge difference. I truly believe that there is a causal link between intestinal health and rosacea flare ups, and therefore it’s one of the main ways in which I control my rosacea. Depending on your triggers, I would really recommend trying these if you feel you can. But do them one at a time to determine how much of an effect they have (and to save your sanity!):

What is rosacea: lifestyle and diet tips for coping with rosacea

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I’ve spoken about rosacea on my blog and social media quite a lot over the past few years. I get a lot of questions from people about caring for sensitive skin with the most common question being ‘What is rosacea?’ There are many who think they might have rosacea and would like more information so let’s start with the basics… For those who don’t know, rosacea is a skin condition that looks like regular facial flushing, but over time becomes more severe and lasts longer due to enlarged and broken capillaries. The flushing is accompanied by raised pimples, an itching and burning sensation and (in serious cases) thickening of the skin.

What is rosacea? My diagnosis and common symptoms

Not just harmless blushing!

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