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Nail Art: Chikara King of Trios


My fiancé absolutely loves wrestling and, though I’m not much of a fan myself, I do quite like some of the masks that some of the wrestlers wear.  One of the wrestling companies that my fiancé likes is called Chikara, and every year they run a King of Trios tournament in which many teams of three wrestlers fight each other in rounds until one team becomes the ‘King of Trios’.  This year’s winners were a team called the Spectral Envoy, so to celebrate their win my fiancé asked me do some Chikara themed nail art.  I couldn’t say no, and since the winning team wore wrestling masks it seemed only right to paint these onto my nails!  And here they are…

The wrestlers behind the masks are called (from thumb round to the ring finger):

… and the blue symbol on my pinky is the Chikara logo.  Apparently Crossbones isn’t an official member of the ‘Trio’ (otherwise there’d be four of them, not three), but I’ve been told he turned up this year to help them win.

I used my trusty old dotting tools to draw this design and I’m really pleased with how the masks turned out, especially since the whole painting process only took about 20 minutes in total!  My fiancé has already shown a photo of my nails to a lot of his wrestling friends from around the world and they were all very impressed, so they have the wrestling fan seal of approval at least!

The nail varnish shades I used were…

  • Primark Nail Polish in ‘Black’
  • Avon Nailwear Pro in ‘Coral Beat’
  • Laval Crystal Finish Nail Polish in ‘White’
  • Leichner Nail Gloss in ‘Blueberry’

I mixed the orange and blue shades with a little bit of white so it would stand out more on the black background and, as you can see, it worked quite well.

So, what do you think?  This is something a little bit different for me but I definitely want to do another wrestling mask themed design in the future!

Naomi x

Introducing… Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Fabric Mask


Behold!  The best Montagne Jeunesse face mask that I have ever used (so far) – the new Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask.  Earlier this week I received a rather exciting skin care package from the lovely folks at Montagne Jeunesse, containing two of their brand new face masks – the Dead Sea Mud Spa Mask and the Glacial Clay Spa Mask.  I was really looking forward to trying these masks as they’re not like any other I’ve ever used before.  Rather than the usual peel-off or wash-off products, the Spa Masks are made of bamboo fabric, which is coated and infused with naturally sourced mud and clay.

Yesterday evening I tried the Dead Sea Mud Spa mask, which uses ‘Real Mud, Dead Sea & Sea Kelp’.  I haven’t yet used the Glacial Clay Spa Mask so I will review that at a later date.  Each sachet contains one single use mask, and it is quicker and easier to use than any other Montagne Jeunesse mask as it comes in one ready to use piece that you just lay on your face.  As you can see below, it looks a bit freaky, but also quite funny!

The sachet says that the mask provides a ‘satisfying boost for thirsty skin’ as it contains ‘invigorating & revitalising Dead Sea minerals’.  The directions for use are as follows: Cleanse, Apply, Relax for 10-15 minutes, Massage and Rinse – Simple!  I found that the best way to apply it is to lay it on and then press the edges down so that it smoothes to the shape of your face and doesn’t fall off.  Since these are ‘one size fits all’ I did have to fold the edges inwards slightly to fit the shape of my face, but that’s not a problem really.  Better too big than too small!  And the moment you’ve all been waiting for – this is what it looks like on…

I know!  Don’t laugh!  I look absolutely ridiculous, which caused much amusement with my family, but when you’re wearing a mask that feels so amazing you really don’t care haha.  Before I opened the sachet I noticed that it felt really cold to the touch, and as you can imagine the mask itself feels quite cold too.  When it’s on your face the cold feeling really penetrates your skin making it tingle slightly, which feels really refreshing and, as the sachet says, invigorating!  I felt so relaxed wearing the mask that I almost fell asleep – it was almost like having a face massage.

The mask doesn’t dry like other masks, but it isn’t messy.  After 15 minutes of absolute bliss I removed the mask with no trouble – it came off in one complete piece, and because it was still wet I let my mum use the other side and it worked just as well on her!  Two uses for the price of one – bargain 😀  (I don’t know if sharing the mask is a good idea or not, but she wanted to haha).  I was left with a bit of dry clay on my face and hands afterwards, but it washed off easily with warm water.  I will say that my face felt a bit tight after which I didn’t really like, but that was soon solved with my favourite moisturiser.

Both Clay Spa masks cost just £1.49 each, which is a bargain in my eyes.  You can already buy them over at the Montagne Jeunesse website, and they’ll be available in Boots from mid-August and ASDA from September.  Though these masks were gifted to me by Montagne Jeunesse, I also buy their products regularly with my own money.  I like to use Montagne Jeunesse masks over any others as they are vegetarian and animal friendly, paraben-free and made from natural ingredients which don’t irritate the skin.  And to quote the company itself, ‘Montagne Jeunesse is proud of its uncompromising natural credentials and ethos for ‘Conservation of Energy, Protection of Animals and the Environment’ – something which I 100% advocate!

Will you be trying the Clay Spa Masks too?

Naomi x

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes Range


Last week I was contacted by the lovely folks at Montagne Jeunesse asking whether I would be willing to review their new range of skin care products – Skin Heroes.  I have always had a soft spot for Montagne Jeunesse’s products as they are vegetarian friendly and approved by BUAV and PETA.  I’ve been vegetarian for 11 years so obviously this is something I always look out for!  They also try to use natural ingredients where they can – you’ve got to love an ethical company!

My package of products arrived this morning and this is what I received (from left to right):

  • De-Clog Nose Pore Strips
  • T-Zone Peel Off Mask
  • Shine Control Mask
  • Break-Out Mask
  • Dry Skin Mask

I have already tried and tested the Dry Skin Mask and I was pretty impressed – look out for my review of that coming very soon!  I will be reviewing each of the other products individually over the coming days and weeks too, so be sure you check back soon.

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes sachets cost just £1.49 each and are available at ASDA.  I love browsing their racks of masks when I’m in ASDA as they come in all sorts of bright colours and interesting scents :)

Naomi x

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