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You can probably guess from my title that I’m not happy with my box this month. The box was late and because I’ve waited in everday for the parcel since the 4th December I wasn’t in the bestest of moods to begin with, their customer services could do with a shake up too. There are still several unanswered posts about missing boxes on their customer forums from several days ago yet complaints through Facebook are answered within the hour. Not everyone is on Facebook, not everyone wants to be either.

SheSaidBeauty costs £9 a month plus £2.95 p+p, you fill out a profile on registration, in which you tell SheSaidBeauty the kind of products you are interested in and ones you are not. You also fill out information about your hair colour, skin tone etc.

I thought this was for the purpose of customising the box, but I’ve since learnt from a SheSaidBeauty employee they don’t use the profiles in that way, products are selected at random and the profiles are for market research to send subscribers offers etc, that explains the influx of emails I’ve had since joining. If I had known this on registration I would not have filled out the bloody survey.  It also explains why people with fair skin get dark fake tan samples.  You are meant to receieve 5 “deluxe” samples each month, Im not sure if “deluxe” refers to the brand or size but either way its a fail.

I have zero interest in skincare, I’m happy with what I use and if I mess about trying other stuff I usually break out. I joined primarily for make-up items ( the only category I checked as very interested in) and whilst I dont expect a box full of of make-up I do expect variety.  I have recieved 15 plus samples from my three boxes and out of these only two have been make-up items and the rest has been mostly skincare.

I caved and had a sneek peek at the products on offer and I was pretty excited as there was a couple of make-items and coloured contacts, I wrongly assumed that I’d get at least one in my box. From reading the reviews it seems that a lot of people who want skincare have gotten the cosmetics and vice versa.

I’ve rambled on enough, I am cancelling my subscription as out of my three boxes costing over £30 I’ve only had one product that I’ve actually used on a regular basis, whilst others may be happy with thier boxes, its just not for me and that £30 could have been well spent on products I actually want.  I may try another subscription service, Im still undecied. Sorry for the rant, here’s what I got in my box.

BaoBab Regenerating and Firming Body Oil. £35 for 100ml.This is a decent sample size of 30ml oil is something I very rarely use

Minvita BaoBab Regenerating and Firming Body Oil. £35 for 100ml.
This is a decent sample size of 30ml oil is something I very rarely use becaue I hate the feeling of it on my skin. For those who like this kind of thing its a decent enough amount of product to give a proper trial.

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Dr Duve Skin Boosting Cream – £129 for 50ml
Dr Duve Anti Ageing and Firming Eye Cream – £115 for 30ml
These two tiny sachets make up two of my five items. If had that kind of money to spends on creams, there is no way I would do so based on using these two sachets. Its kind of an insult that these have counted as two products.

YaNa Kiss Savon Noir - £10 for 400gDont be fooled by the paper tied up with string, beyond that is a little clear tub, like the ones you get dips in from takeaways, I get bad reactions from soaps so avoid it, the smell of this is not to great either, my Daughter describes it as "rhubarb erupting from a volcano"

YaNa Kiss Savon Noir – £10 for 400g
Dont be fooled by the paper tied up with string, beyond that is a little clear tub, like the ones you get dips in from takeaways, I get bad reactions from soaps so avoid it, the smell of this is not to great either, my Daughter describes it as “rhubarb erupting from a volcano” There is no product information on the packaging so Im not sure what size this sample is, or what ingredients it has.

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Technic Nail Polish – Tawny Port – £1.25 for 12ml
The last of my five items is a nail polish, its the only full sized product in the five items. I have nothing against the brand Technic and I already own several products from this brand including nail polish, but I have seen this particular polish on sale for 50p so I assumed it to be a dud. I gave it a quick swatch and once it was dried it chipped straight away, the colour is like dozens I have already so this will be going into my little sisters stocking.

Technic Nail Polish.  Chipping started a few mins after drying.

Technic Nail Polish.
Chipping started a few mins after drying.

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Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask. Full Sized 15ml Sachet £1.50
Jing Whole Leaf Teabags £5.40 for 15 bags or £30 for 100
Because these are bonus items I don’t like to moan about them but to be honest, its freezing here in the UK and I wont be putting anything cooling on my face anytime soon. I’ll prob use this in the Spring when its a warmer climate, or pack for my Spanish holidays.
I have had green tea before and almost vomitted my lunch up so these will be passed on, if I can find someone who likes them.



{December 4, 2012}   November Purchases.

I’ve not divided this month’s purchases into weeks as there isn’t that much stuff, there was plenty I wanted but I have been good with controlling myself, how many shades of Blue polish can I need?  I have finished purchasing my polishes for my polish swap and cant’ wait for her to recieve them, hopefully she will get them before Christmas.

Sally Hansen Supershine Top Coat – £3 in The Factory Shop.

Rimmel Glam Eyes HD in Heart Of Gold – £2 for two – The Factory Shop.

Pink Tease Animal Nail Tips – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Royal Connections Make Up Brushes.
Blending Brush – 99p in Boyes.
Small Shadow Brush – 89p in Boyes.
Large Shadow Brush – 99p in Boyes.

NYC Kohl Brow Pencils in Black and Taupe – £1 for two in Poundland.

Brown Knitted Hair Band – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Bianca, Show Me The Way, Beautiful Girl and Fly Away – £1 each in Poundland.

Rimmel 60 Seconds in Portobello Pink, Shocker and Desert Beauty – £1 each in Poundland.

Make Up Academy Lipsticks – £2 (three for two) in Superdrug.

Rimmel Threesum Shadows – £1 in Poundland.
La Colours Shadow Palette – Carnival – £1 in Boyes.

Wild and Crazy Volumising Mascara in Black and Clear – £1 each in Poundland.

w7 Powder Blush – Walnut Glow – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Sculpt And Shape Lipstick – £1 in Poundland.

Essie - Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk.2 for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Essie – Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk.
2 for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Without a Stitch, Model Behaviour and Thinking about Blue - £1 each in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Without a Stitch, Model Behaviour and Thinking about Blue – £1 each in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dorien Grey, Casting Call and Teracotta, £1 each in Poundland

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dorien Grey, Casting Call and Teracotta, £1 each in Poundland

Sinful Colours - Big Daddy - £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colours – Big Daddy – £1 in Poundland.

Calvin Klien - Opus £2 in The Factory Shop

Calvin Klien – Opus
£2 in The Factory Shop

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipgloss - Juicy Peach.£1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipgloss – Juicy Peach.
£1 in Poundland.

 

 

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{November 6, 2012}   October Purchases.

Purchases Made During October.

I’m hoping to not spend as much this month as I did in September, however its my birthday on the 8th and I now have my heart set on the Urban Decay smoked palette.  I’d like to be able to add up the total and not feel guilty but I know it wont be happening.

Week 1 (1st – 7th October)

Nail Art Striping Tape – £1.95 for ten different coloured rolls from Ebay – Free Postage

Nail Art 3d Stickers – £2.43 for 15 assorted sheets from Ebay – Free Postage.

No7 Ultimate Nail Kit – £3.50 + £3 P&P from Ebay

Nail Art 5x double ended dotting pens – £2.65 from Ebay. Free Postage

Urban Decay Naked 2 – £21 from Ebay Auction – Original reciept supplied.

Attitude Professional Grade Matte Top Coat- £4.25 from Ebay.

She Said Beauty Box – £11.95

Rimmel lasting Finish – Misty Jade – £1.99 in local chemists.

Rimmel Matte Finish Top Coat – Reduced to £1.14 in Tesco

Loccitane Rose Petal Hand Cream – Free with Marie Claire – £3.70

Benetint Sample – Free with instyle magazine – Special price £2.50 in Tesco

Revlon – Gold Coin – £1.50 in The Original Factory Shop

Essie – Mod Squad – £2.99 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Purple Pulse – £1.99 in local Chemists

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Double Decker Red – £1.99 in local Chemists.
Been after this for a while so was happy to see it reduced :)

Week 2 8th – 14th oct.

Double Lash – £10 on flight to Palma.

Wynie Blushes – 1 euro each in Majorca

Compact mirror – 4 euros in Majorca.

Liz Earl Cleans and Polish – Free with Red Magazine at Newcastle Airport – approx £4

Easy Paris Blue Glitter Top Coat – 2 Euros
Easy Paris Pink Hearts Top Coat – 2 Euros.
From Majorca

Yes Love Blue Glow In The Dark Polish – 2 Euros in Majorca.

Week 3 15th – 21st

Set Of 12 Stamping Plates and Five Dotting Pens – $12 from BornPretty website.

Missguided Lipsplash Lipgloss – Peace – Free with Cosmopolitan – £3.50

Rimmel Lipstick – Nude Bronze – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Week 4   22nd –  28th

Left To Right
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Silver Bullet – 89p-Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Coral Crush – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Star Kissed – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Instyle Coral – 89p- Boyes
Sinful Colours – Aqua – £1 in Poundland.
Colortrend Glitters – £1.99 – Avon Brochure.

2True Rose Lip and Cheek Stain – £1.99 – Superdrug.

Make Up Academy Blush With Free Gloss Tube – £1 – Superdrug.

Lord And Berry Soft Shine Lipstick – Black Cherry – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipsticks – Garnet,Plum Rose and Black Cherries – £1 each in Poundland.

Nail Art Brushes set of 12 – £2 – Ebay.

Sally Hansen Invisible Lip Liner – £2 – Ebay.

Colortrend Lipsticks – Glisten and Gleam – £1.99 each in Avon.



{October 28, 2012}   Whats In My Make Up Bag?

I meant to post this before I left for our honeymoon/holiday in Majorca but time was short and I never got round to it, and then I just found it in my list,,,, ooopps.

I learned from my August trip to Spain to pack light with my cosmetics as I didnt use half of what I took with me on my last trip and I can proudly say I used every single item I took with me. For anyone who is interested here is the contents of my Holiday Make Up Bag.

Here is the bag I have to fit my products in.

The bag itself I picked up in a charity shop for a measly 50 pence and I fall a bit more in love with it everytime I look at it. Its both very practical and pretty. I love the gothic pattern and cant quite believe I got it so cheaply. Its these kind of bargains which keep me visiting charity shops. If Mary Poppins had a make up bag it would be this one, its impossible to fill.

 

Tools.
Two pairs of eyelash curlers. (In case one broke)
Scarlett and Crimson Brush Set.
A mixture of five other eyeshadow and blush brushes.

Face.
Declor Day Face Cream
Avon Renew Night Cream
Avon Renew – Day and Night Eye Cream
l’occitane Floral hand Cream
Herbacin Hand Cream
Vital Radiance Eye Primer.
w7 Magic Eyes Primer.
Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer.
w7 photoready primer
2true Concealer.
NO7 Radience Concealer.
Stila Tinted Moisturiser.
Boots 17 bb Cream
L’oreal True Match Powder

Blush.
Make Up Academy – ShimmerKisses Blush
W7 Matte Finish Blush – Duchess

Eyes.
LA Colours Eye Palette
NO7 Amazing Eyes Pencil – Brown
Avon Extra Lasting Eyeliner Pen – Black
Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner – Black
Avon Brow Styler – Slate
NO7 Fanomenal Mascara Black
Revlon 3d Mascara – Black
Avon Supermagnify Mascara – Black
Scarlette and Crimson Brow Gel and Clear Mascara.

Urban Decay Naked 2 – I am so in love with this palette and pleased it arrived before I left..

Lips.
Benefit – Benetint.
NO7 Moisturising Liplicious Balm – Sweet Peaches
Sally Hansen Ultra Soothing Lip Tint – Cranberry.
2true Lip Colour Sealer
Avon Colortrend Lipstick – Flirt.
UrbanDecay Lip Junkie Gloss – Naked.
Nivea Beaut Lipstick – Smoothie
Nivea Beaut Lipstick – Satinette
Nivea Beaut Lipstick -Terra



Products Used.

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Black Pearl – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Aqua – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Scandal – £1 in Poundland.

Essie Mod Squad – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Missguided – Misstifu (free with glamour magazine.)

Sally hansen Extreme Wear – Pink Boa – £1 in Poundland.

NYC -MoMa – £1 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmle Lycra Pro – Violet Metal – £1 in Poundland.

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Midnight Blue £1  in Poundland.

Attitude Matte Top Coat – £4.50 from Ebay.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Black Pearl.

I asked my husband what colour he thought I should do my nails and he gave black as a half arsed reply so after applying my Essie Base Coat (I must get another bottle soon as this is almost half empty) I applied a coat Rimmel’s Black Pearl.  The formula is great and was opaque in two thin coats, I love the big wide brush which allowed me to cover each nail evenly in two strokes. It dried true to what it appears in the bottle with blue and silver micro shimmer which looks amazing when caught in the light.  Black Matte seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment so being the sheep that I am I applied a coat of my new Attitude Matte Top Coat and waited for the transformation, and waited, nothing happened. I’m assuming the Rimmel’s anti-fade colour system does it job well so I applied another Matte top coat and noticed some transformation. The whole lot dried to unsmudgeable levels within ten mins. Less than 12 hours later and this is the condition of the polish, lots of tip wear, is it possible the Matte finish gives less protection? I have worn this polish before and it lasted several days.

Aqua.

I have read a lot of nice things about this polish so when I spotted it in Poundland I snapped it up. I applied it over my Essie base coat, the brush is very thin, which I don’t really like as it takes a lot of strokes to cover my nail, for a small brush it picks up a lot of product which made application tedious as I was continuosly wiping off excess polish.

The first coat was pretty sheer and streaky, I had a lot of visible brush strokes and felt like giving up and removing the whole lot. I didn’t though and boy am I glad as the second coat brought this to life. It dried true to the colour in the bottle and although you can see slight brush strokes I think it adds depth.

The shine on this is amazing too however it took forever to try and I mean forever, I had pretty nails when I went to bed by which time the polish had had a good four hours to dry and this is what my right hand looked like when I woke.

Big Sinful Fail, its a shame as I love the colour.

Midnight And Metal.

I fancied dark nails today and Im still trying to work through my untrieds so I painted three fingers in Midnight Blue and two in Violet Metal.  I then used my Salon Express Stamping Kit to stamp a zebra type pattern over the Violet Metal nails using the Midnight Blue Polish which you cant quite see in image.

Midnight Blue has a gorgeous dark blue shimmer which I could not pick up with my camera due to the weather being lame, its not as black as it seem, its a lovely colour, you’ll just have to trust me. As you can see though I had slight tip wear within a few hours. I’m not having much polish luck this week. :( Lovely wide brush made application easy and polish just right consistancey, two coats for perfection.

Violet Metal needed three coats but since I knew I was stamping over it I only applied two, slighty watery that Midnight Blue but still easy to work with.

Pink Madness.

This is my breast cancer awareness mani. i had trouble choosing a pink so I just used them all. I painted each finger ina different polish. I used three coats on each nail but some could have done with more to be honest.

From Pinkie to Thumb **Missguided, Misstify, –Essie, Mod  Squad, — NYC,MoMa — Sinful Colors, Scandal — Sally Hansen Extreme Wear, Pink Boa**

Sadly there is nothing extreme about the Extreme Wear! very watery and it chipped as soon as it dried…

Pretty crap nails this week. Hopefully next weeks will be better.



{October 19, 2012}   Lots of Rimmel Freebies.

Today has been a great day which has got me believing in fate. I made a random visit to my local chemist today it was chaos, lots of new deliveries and orders had arrived so there were boxes everywhere, I was about to have a rummage in the bargain box when the lady behind the counter handed me a paper bag and asked if I wanted the contents as they were just about to be thrown into the bin, I quickly peeked inside and my eyes must have lit up, I gushed lots and lots and lots of thank yous and practically skipped out of the shop feeling very happy.

Inside the bag was a large amount of unused Rimmel testers, I’m so glad I made the visit to the chemists at the time I did, a few minutes later and these gems would have been in the bin. Here is what I got.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in shades 100, 103 and 201

 

Rimmel Blushers in shades Smoked Oyster and Pink Rose.
Also not pictured is a rimmel bronzing powder in shade light matte

 

Full sized Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in shades
Snog (I got two)
No Regrets ( I already own and love)
Pin Up
Her Majesty.
Heartbeat.

 

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses lipstain and balm in shade Perpetual Plum

 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks in shades
True vintage
Indulgence.
Fudge Brownie.
Pink Blush
Nude Pink
Sweetie (I’ve been considering buying this one)
Burning Desire
Starry Eyed ( I got two)

 

Rimmel is one of my favourite brands and I love every single shade that was in the bag. I still cant believe that I got these for free. The items that I already own or have two of I have given to my mates. Other than the foundations and lipsticks the products are full sized. I’m so so happy. What is the best freebie you have gotten?

 

 

 

 



{September 28, 2012}   September Haul.

September Purchases.

I thought rather than a do a lot of little posts with the items I have purchased I will do one big post at the end of the month, I will also be doing the same with my empties and favourites. I did intend to add the total value up but Im actually a little scared to, all the little bits here and there add up!! So here is my September Haul. Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?

Make Up Academy – Shimmer Kisses – Pink Shimmer Blush and Highlighter – £3 in Superdrug.
All gorgeous shades – look out for review soon…

Sinful Colors Lipgloss – Caramel Melt – £1 in Poundland.
I have a few of these in other shades and they are all good.

Sinful Colours – Paris – £1 in Poundland.
I have looked at this several times and finally bought it as it was the last one.

Rimmel Single Shadow – Spiced Bronze – reduced to £1.12 in Tesco

Technic Nail Art Polish – £1.49 for three in Boyes.

Technic Glitters – Bonanza – 89 pence in Boyes

Colour Eye Palette – 24 Shades – Reduced to £1 in The Original Factory Shop as Damaged. Only few slight marks and easy to pop out pans to put in my Mangnetic Palette,

Olay in Shower Body Lotion. £1 in Poundland.
You rub this all over your body whilst in shower then wash away. Leaves my skin soft and smelling gorgeous. Since taking the photo I have purchased two more as this one ran out.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Natural Blends Lip Shimmer – £1 each – Original Factory Shop.
I already have two of these which I love, I picked these up in shades cocoa and frosty and both are lovely.Colour not true to the cap shade but I dont mind. Heavily pigmented and long lasting. I’ll definatley be buying more shades if I come across them.

Innovative Nail Polish Remover Pads – 49p – Boyes. Purchased in my pursuit of remover pads that actually remove polish. These do the job, although you have to apply quite a bit of pressure and one pad removes one nails polish. They leave a greasy after-feel but smell lovely and citrusy. I’ll be repurchasing to take on holiday.

2true – 3 in 1 Concealer, Lip and Cheek Stain, Lip colour Sealer and Nail Polsih Shade 26 – three items for £4.99 and free nail polish in Superdrug.

Lynx – Limited Edition Attract For Her – two for £5 in Asda.
I usually love the smell of my fella after he has sprayed this and the females is version is lovely too – it just does not last very long so I’ll steal my boyfriends rather than repurchase.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Floral and Flirty Blush.
After finishing my travel sized Tropical version I purchased the travel sized Floral and Flirty version which cost me £1. I dont use it a lot so wasn’t interested in purchasing the larger size until I came across it for £2 in Asda. The smaller bottle will get used on my hols in afew weeks and the larger tin will last me for some time to come.

Avon Eye Lash Curlers – £1.50 in Brochure 14.
I have been after these for a while as the unique style appealed to be but I could not justify paying the usual £5 for a bit of plastic, however when they £1.50 I ordered two pairs.

Avon Revitacool Base Coat – £1.50 in brochure 14.
I didn’t own base coat at the time I ordered this and as it was so cheap I thought why not? It feels cold for teh first few seconds on application, a bit like running an ice cube over your finger tips.

Royal Cosmetic Connections – I’m Laquered – pack of 3 for £3 in The Original factory Shop.
I purchased these mainly for the pink one as its different to any glitter polishes I own and I think its very pretty, I will also use the blue on but Im not too sure about the gold..

Essie – Carry On – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Essie – Case Study – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

 
Scarlett & Crimson Minicure Box – £2.99 in Boyes.

Scarlett Crimson Strokes Of Genius – £2.99 Boyes.
Great quality brushes – ideal for hols

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Deep Blue Sea – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Emerald City – £1 in Poundland

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Essie Instant Dry Oil Protector and Essie’s Case Study – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Max Factor Nailfinity – Extra Glitter – £2 in the Original Factory Shop

Nivea Extreme Resist Mascara – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails – French Tip White – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansens Gel Cuticle Remover – £1.99 in B&M’s

L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara – £1.99 in Boyes

Sinful Colors – Mercury Rising – £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro – Midnight Blue – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Strengh Treatment – £1.99 in B&M’s

Essie – Navigate Her – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Nivea Summer Beauty Body Lotion – £1 in Poundland.
Has a bit of a peppery smell which makes me unsure about it.

Nivea Daily Essentials Face Wash – £1.50 in Asda.
Only purchased due to price – smells like hair remover and doesn’t really do anything, will not be repurchasing!!!

Maybelline Forever Strong – Nude Rose – £1 in the Original Factory Shop.

NYC Curling Mascara – £1 in Poundworld

NYC Thickening Mascara – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Orange, Its Obvious – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Revlon Skin Matching Make Up – Light – £3 In the Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat – £3 in the Original Factory Shop.

Revlon Superlustrous Lipgloss – Pink Kisses – 50 pence in The Original Factory Shop

NYC Eyeshadow Quad – The Best Of Broadway – £1.50 in The Original factory Shop.

Sally hansen Extreme Wear – Time To Shine – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Salon – Too Much Fawn – £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Twinkle Twinkle – £1 in Poundland

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion – £1 in Poundland.

W7 High Moisture Lip Gloss – Mint Choc – £1 in The Factory Shop.
Chosen by my seven year old Daughter for us to share :)

Salon Express Stamping Kit – £11 from Ebay.



{September 27, 2012}   September Favourites/Reviews.

Hi everyone, just thought I would share with you some of the products I have been loving this month. All of these items are still available to purchase at the outlets I have mentioned.

Essie –  Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 in The original Factory Shop (They also have a two for £5 offer)

Being a polish novice I knew  knew nothing of the Essie brand at the time I purchased this and only did so because the one I had ordered from the Avon was running late. The fact that this one claimed to fill ridges impressed me. The base coat is a neutral beige colour which drys to invisible with one coat or just a hint of colour on the second coat, the brush is a little thin and it takes three stokes to cover my nails evenly. I find the brush picks up to much product which initially made it difficult to work with but once you get the hang of it its great. What has really impressed me about this product is its drying time, it takes seconds. I have been using this everyday and my Avon one is sat on the shelf neglected, I can see it emptying so I will be repurchasing soon in case I cant find it when it runs out.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear Top Coat – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

I love the Sinful Colors polishes and have collected about half a dozen, so far I have only worn about four but I have been dissappointed with how quickly they chip. Its shouldn’t be a big issue as I usually change my polish everyday but these didn’t even make it to lucnhtime and I’m not partuclary heavy handed with my nails. I absolutley love they shades they put out though so I thought I would try some kind of top coat to see if that helps them last any longer, I popped to The Factory Shop (Its a curse having that bloody thing so close) and saw this Sally Hansen product. Along with the claims of providing shine it also claimed to be chip resistant and I usually like the range and this did not dissappoint. Prior to purchasing this I used to apply a clear varnish and it seemed to take forever to dry. This dries to touchable quality very quickly and I have found myself reaching for it almost every time I do my nails. You can apply this to wet or dry polish and also to an old manicure to freshen it up. the only thing I really do not like is the opaque bottle, I like to see how much product I have left and you cant do that with this. I will repurchase if its still in stock when I run out.

Urban Decay – Naked – 36 Euros at Duty Free.

I never understood the fuss about the Urban Decay Palettes, after all eyeshadow is eyeshadow right? My fiance bought me this on our return flight from Spain in August, there is something about foreign currency that does not feel like real money if that makes sense, anyway this product is amazing, you can create so many different looks from ranging from natural daytime to sexy smokey and when you divide 36 by 12 (the amount of shadows in the palette) it works out at great value, three euros per shadow. I pay more than that for some drugstore products. The shadows apply and feel like silk and Ive not had any trouble with fallout from the darker shades like a lot of reviewers have. the lasting quality is second to none, my eyes look like they have just been made up after twelve hours wear. The primer that comes with is not much cop in my opinion, I wore my shadows without it and it didnt make any difference, I do like the brush that is supplied and Im keen to try more brushes from the Urban Decay range. Its highly unlikely that I will ever use all the shadows up but if I did I would repurchase in heartbeat. Im already considering Naked 2 and I hope I get lucky and see it at the duty free when I return to Spain in a few weeks.

 17 BB Balm – £6.99 – Boots

My initail review on this product didn’t paint it in a good light but I did say I would stick with it as the packaging promised better skin in four weeks.  I am prone to redness on my face and I am now noticing that its not as visible and my skin tone is much much more even. All I need to use now is a light coverage foundation or tinted moisturiser and its enough to hide the tiny bit of redness that is left. Sadly my pores have not reduced in appearence but I am more than happy with the results I have had. I have used this almost daily since I purchased and I still have well over half a tube left. This is something that is a certain repurchase.

Avon Eyelash Curlers – £1.50 Brochure 14 (usually £5)

I have  had my eyes on these since I started getting the Avon brochures a few months ago but I could not justify spending £5 on a peice of plastic. In the last brochure they were on offer at £1.50 per set so I ordered two. I love the shape of these and they are much more easier to use than the metal variety,  the design of these enable you to get right at the root of your lashes without nipping your skin, ( something which always happened to me) they give a good natural curl that lasts, my only bug is that the curlers touch your lids so Id reccomend curling before you apply any other eye make-up. There is a spare pad included in the handle so one set should last a long time, I’m glad I bought two and would be happy to pay £5 in future.

GHD Hair Straighteners.  Available from £99 and from various outlets.

I have had these straighteners for over three years now and my love affair with them is still going strong. The model I have is the IV styler which is the medium sized plate, I have thin hair and these work really well on me, if you have short hair then the smaller model would be best for you and if you have thick hair then the wider model would be best suited to your hair.

Before I bought these, I struggled and struggled with various cheaper brands, which would drag through my hair and were not really enjoyable to use, they would also take forever to heat up. The GHD’s Heat up in 11 seconds, there is no heat adjustment but this has never been a problem for me, the irons glide through my hair with ease leaving it looking straight and silky, the whole process takes less than 15 minutes. My style would hold until I needed to wash ( longest has been 3 days) without needing to redo, even after sleeping.  Its possible to create curls and waves but its not something I have yet managed to do. I use a heat protecting spray and maybe a little hairspray after styling and thats it as I dont like to overload my hair product as it becomes greasy. If you decide to purchase a set of these please please make sure you do so froma licensed seller as there are so many unsafe fake copies flying around out there. Its easy to do you simply visit the GHD website and type in your postcode etc and they will give you a list of official sellers. If you buy from ebay ask the seller for authenication number and check on GHDs website who will tell you if it is a genuine pair.



{September 24, 2012}   Nails Of The week #3

Products Used.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover Gel – £1.99 B&M’s

Revlon Colorstay – Always Romantic – £1 for two in Poundland.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro – Purple Rain – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Case Study – £3 – The Original Factory Shop.

Essie – Carry On Essies – Orange, its Obvious  – Two for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Technic – Carnival – 89 pence in Boyes.

Revlon Dark Pleasures – Talk Dirty – £1 in Poundland.

Revlon Top Speed – Cloud – £1 in Poundland

Revlon – Sunshine Sparkle – £1 In Poundland

Revlon – Blue Lagoon – £1 in Poundland

Claire’s Accessories Glitter Polish – Blue, Green – £6 for six mini bottles.

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 – Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat – £4 – Original Factory Shop.

Total Cost This Week =£29.88

Always Romantic. (17th Sept)

We didnt get finished painting our living room until 11pm on Monday evening and I was dog tired but the chips in my Essie – Navigate Her were driving me so potty and I had to remove it, I should have left well alone as I knew I didnt have time to allow polish to dry but I ignored myself and quickly applied my Essie base coat (this drys in seconds its amazing) and painted on a coat of Revlons Colorstay Always Romantic, its a lovely red/brown colour. I chose the colorstay as it always lasts ages on me, I end up removing because I am bored, not because of chipping. Its a thick jelly type formula which applies quickly and easily. The first coat dried and I hopped into bed thinking I’d get another coat on in the morning, sadly I was running late and got straight into the decorating and my polish chipped before I could take a photo, you must need two coats to get a longer lasting mani….. Is it bad that I feel like repainting them just to take a photo? I dont like the blank spot lol.

Purple Rain. (18th Sept)

Due to the turps and other painting chemicals from yesterday my cuticles were pretty dry, whilst in B & M looking for a rug my husband noticed Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Remover Gel and put it in the basket for me, how good is he? so after using this, I applied a coat of my Essie Base Coat follwed by two coats of Rimmels Purple Rain. This is a very deep dark purple jelly formula which my Daughter describes as “undead”. I think I should have applied a third coat but again it was late and I was tired..

Case Study (19th Sept)

Depressingly Purple Rain had chipped badly on several nails by lunchtime which dissapointed me as its supposed to be a long wearing polish, the bottle claims up to ten days, I narely got ten minutes,  anyway I removed it and applied Sally Hansens Quick Care Strenghtening Treatment as my nails are becoming brittle, followed by two thin coats of Essie’s Base Coat, then two coats of Essie’s Case Study and a coat of Essie’s Instant Dry Oil Protecter. It dries much darker than it appears in the bottle but I still like it. It reminds me of melted milk chocolate – yummy. I hope I get a few days out of this as I like it so much.

Talk Dirty and Carnival (20th September)

My Case study is still going strong today which impresses me as they took quite a battering today. The end of decorating my home and giving each room a good clean is starting to come to an end. Still a lot to do but the light is at the end of the tunnel now. I cant believe how much crap is in this house, just random bits of junk and sentimental stuff. I’ve had to be ruthless and bin it which required two skip trips with another two planned tomorrow.

The nails – I have found that painting my nails helps me relax, my fiance thinks Im bonkers painting my nails so late at night but some relax with a glass of wine, for now, adding colour to my nails cheers me up, as it was late I didnt want to remove Case Study so I applied a coat of Talk Dirty, which I knew from swatching is sheer on its own.  Applied over Case Study it turns a very dark brown, in the bottle you can see a gold shimmer which dissapointingly does not show up the nails in any kind of light, they didn’t look quite right and I was going to remove and start from scratch but then I added two coats of Carnival. Whilst in the bottle it looks jam packed with glitter its actually awkward getting it onto the brush, its also tricky to get the glitter to apply evenly so I had to poke the brush around quite a bit which I didnt actually mind as I found it theraputic. I’m a weird one right? Topped off with a coat of Sally Hansens Mega Shine. The colours in this reminds me of fairgrounds but with the brown underneath I think of Autumn and bonfire night and fireworks. If your gonna use Carnival I suggest being near an open window as the odour is stronger than most polishes. Im still not sure I like it but I cant be arsed removing glitter at this time of night so its staying for the day at least.

I did enjoy arranging my polishes onto a shelf I managed to clear, its nice to walk into my room and look at them all neatly lined up :)

 Pretty Pastels. – (21st September)

The amount of work that is still in the to do has really got to me today, I could see the end yesterday and thought I’d be finished today but there was a lot more to do than I originally thought. How much crap can house hold? A lot. I bought two new polishes today in an effort to cheer myself up but it when it came to painting my nails I decided they were too dark, (Essie – Orange Its Obvious and Carry On) I wanted something that would help lift my mood and I’m trying to work my way through my whole polish collection, we are also going to a local fete tomorrow. I liked my spotted manicure from last week so I decided to do another, I began with Sally Hansens Strenghtening Treatment and two coats of Essie’s Base coat, this time I chose Revlon’s Cloud, Blue Lagoon and Sunshine Sparkle, all nice cheerful happy names,  then added contrasting dots using a bobby pin. They are no where near as neat as I would have liked but they shall have to do. All of these polishes required three coats as its quite a sheer watery formula, I find this with a lot of revlon polishes and it took forever to dry, its almost midnight and they are still wet after applying at ten pm. Im going to have sheet prints on them in the morning :) They may look a bit naff to others but I actually quite like them, kind of reminds me of those hand-made quilted blankets, which I love.

Did you spot my mistake? I meant to put blue dots on the lilac nails, if anyone noticed they were polit enough not to say :)

Add a Bit Of Glitter – (22nd September)

Had a lovely day today at the local fete/fair event. My little girl won a heap of prizes on the tombolas, it wasn’t really a suprise as she is always lucky with things like that, we all had a lie down on the sofas when we got back and watched old episodes of One Foot In The Grave.  Its been a really relaxing day, I love days like this. Because I didn’t want too much faff I decided leave my nails as they are and just add a few extra dots with different colours to correct my mistake and I then added a coat of Claire’s purple and green glitter polish followed by Sally Hansens Mega Shine top coat, I’m not to happy with the glitter but my Daughter chose it and so it will stay, everytime I look down at my hands I’m reminded what a fantastic family I have.

Half And Half – (23rd September)

Sundays are my favourite days for painting my nails. Its the day where I carry out all my little rituals like shave my legs, tweeze my eyebrows and such. I have much more time to spend painting my nails on a Sunday so I like to try and make them a bit more dramtic. On looking at the large tree outside my window you can see the leaves starting to turn brown and orange and its those two colours which inspired my choice of colours which are  Essie  in shades Orange,Its Obvious and Carry On. I painted each nail in alternating colours and then allowed it to dry completley, I then painted the top half of each nail in opposite colours.

The Orange was the easiest to apply and the Carry On was a bit of a nightmare, the brush is a lot thinner and the formula is quite watery so it made streaks, you couldn’t really judge how much product you had your brush so as you can see I made a bit a bit of a mess, saying that I do like the effect of this and its a technique that I will certainley use with other combinations of colours. I will make sure to use tape for a neater line though, my freehand version is a bit messy..

Im stuck choosing a favourite this week as I like the Case Study and Half and Half, what do you think?



{September 17, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #2

Products used this week.

Essie – Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Avon Revitacool Base Coat – £1.50 for 12ml – Avon brochure number ???

Revlon – No Smudge Dry Oil – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Last Chance £1 in poundland.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Movie Star – £1.50 in local chemist.

MaxFactor Nailfinity –     £2 – The Original Factory Shop.

ChitChat Glitter Polish – Violet – £1 for 12ml in Poundland.

Sinful colors – All Mighty – £1 for 15ml in Poundland

Sally Hansen Insta-dri – Brisk Blue – £2 for 9.7 ml  in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Black Pearl £1.50 – Local Chemists

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Tangy Tangerine. – £1.50 Local Chemists

Essie Navigate Her – £2 – The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Chip Resistant Top Coat – £3 -The Original Factory Shop.

Salon Express Stamping Kit. – £11 – Ebay

This Weeks Manicures Are Worth – £32 – Hmmmm, thats quite a lot isn’t it?

Sinful Colours – Last Chance.

A lovely dark shade of green, formula very runny and brush seemed small after using a lot of Rimmel last week, I applied two coats of Essie’s fill the gap base coat to be extra sure as it looked like the kind of colour that would stain, followed by two coats of last chance, this was super shiney so I didnt bother with a top coat, I applied at night and it dried very quickly but sadly I got a major chip before lunchtime the following day which drove me mad so much I had to remove it, it removed very easily but left behind slighty green nails….

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Movie Star.

A shimery/glittery dark red. I applied two coats of my Essie base coat in an attempt to cover the green left over from Last Chance, followed by four coats of Movie Star and even then a nail line was still visible when my hand was held up in sunlight. I love the brush on this polish and managed not to make too much of a mess of my hands. I apllied a thin Coat of Revlon No Smudge Dry Oil to finish off with.

The polish was still in very good conndition the next day but I fancied a change so I apllied a coat of Maxfactor Nailfinity – Extra Glitter on each nail and also a coat of Chit Chat Glitter in Violet followed by a coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat.

Sinful Sally.

I had trouble deciding which blues to choose, I narrowed it down to two so thought what the hell and used both, I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Instadri in shade Brisk Blue and Sinful Colors in Almighty on alternating fingers, I then took a bobby pin and put contrasting dots on each nail. The sinful polish was very easy to do the dots however Sally was a bit of a pain in the arse as it came out much thicker and my dots were more like blobs. Im still please with my first attempt at using this technique and I’ll definatley try it again. I adore the brush on the Sally Hansen Instadri range, the shape allows me to perfectly coat a each nail in one stroke, one coat of this would have been sufficient but I did two anyway. I allowed the dots to dry completley before applying a coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Chip Resistant top coat. Im hoping this helps the Sinful Color polish last longer that Last Chance did.

Stupid Stamping.

This is my first ( an maybe last) attempt at stamping. I thought using contrasting colours (Tangy Tangerine and Black Pearl) would give the best effect and I chose thick polish but I’m still not happy with the results and my othere efforts are even worse, I have tried everything I can possibly think of. You’d all piss yourself laughing they were that bad, anyway this is the best of a bad bunch and I made sure it chipped the next day :)

Sorry for crap quality but your not missing much..

Essie.

And lastly I chose a plain pastel green which I adore, Essie – Navigate Her. I snapped this up for £2 which I thought meant it would be utter crap but no, its lovely, more suited to Spring but I don’t give a toss about that, I wear what I want to. sadly it chipped after only a day but to give it credit I have been painting the house and got turps on my nails so I blame that. Two coats looked opaque but the camera shot says otherwise.

 

My fave of the week are the Blue Spots. How about you? Thanks for reading.



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