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{December 5, 2012}   Husband, shopping and me.

I have been married for just over two months now but I have been with my Husband for almost thirteen years. We are not the most romantic of couples, you wont find us walking round the street holding hands or kissing in the cinema, but I know he loves me and I love him as much as I did when I first met him, if not more,  2012 has been eventful, I lost my Dad suddenly earlier in the year and I’m so glad I had my Husband in my life. He stopped me from going to pieces and kept life normal for me.

Like I said we’re not romantic of couples but every now and then he does something that suprises me, If you read my nails of the week then you will know that I usually use Essie’s Fill The Gap Base Coat. I paid £3 for it and had been unable to find it again for anywhere near that price, £9 was the cheapest I found,  until my husband offered to drive me to another branch of the store a few towns away as he had a few days off work.

I found my base coat and we also called in Poundland and not only did he not moan but he also rummaged amongst the cosmetics to find me bargains, I didn’t even have to tell him which brands to look for, my chatter must have sunk in somewhere along the line. We may not be love’s young dream but when I looked across at my stocky skinheaded man rummaging through rails of ladies cosmetics full of determination I felt so loved and happy.

*I’m not telling him it would have been cheaper to just pay the £9 for my base coat :)

 

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{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 11, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #9

Tuesday 6th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Camouflage.

Essie – Navigate Her.

Essie – Case Study.

Sinful Colors – Last Chance.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

Nail Art Brushes.

My metallic dotty manicure lasted well so I didn’t need to do my nails yesterday, and for today I wanted to mess about with nail art, I decided to try a camouflage look after reading 2girlsandsomepolish’s blog, its something I had been wanting to try for a while but I kept putting it off as it looked difficult and a bit of a chew on, I originally was going to use a dotting tool but decided on using just my nail art brushes for the camo effect. I painted all my nails in Camouflage Green (apt name) execpt my ring finger, on which I applied two coats of Essie’s Navigate Her, I then used my nail art brushes to blob on the other colours randomly.

I was suprised at how easy, simple and quick this was to do and wish I’d used Navigate Her as a base on all my nails as I’d have done every finger this way. I reckon this design would be easy to do with the non dominant hand as you can’t really make a mistake.

Wednesday 7th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Desert Beauty.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Shocker.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

Not really excited about todays nails, I applied 3 coats of Desert Beauty on top of my base coat, it applied evenly but after three coats was still very sheer, not what it looks like in the bottle at all. I’ll use this as a top layer in future, despite its sheerness a lot of brush strokes were still visible. I intended to paint flowers on them using Shocker but my little girl suggested hearts. I painted a v and my little girl said they would do so I basically left it at that.

Thursday 8th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Sky High.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

I live in the UK and sunshine is rare here, even in Summer, but sometimes it comes out and the clouds piss off and the sky is the most beautiful shade of blue, the colour of this polish matches that shade perfectly and it made me even happier when it applied like a dream, two coats, totally opaque and dried quickly. The photo really does not do this colour justice, the sun is no where to be seen lately and my flash goes off even outdoors its that muggy :(

Friday 9th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Magnetise.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

I really don’t like the Super Shine as a top coat, there is nothing actually bad about it, I just loved the Mega Shine so much and this seems crap in comparison. I’m sad that its empty. I’m gonna use all this up though before I buy another Mega Shine. Today I used Rimmel’s Magnetise, another bleugh. It would be lovely if I could get it opaque, I have used three coats here and its still a bit sheer. I didn’t have the time to do more but one day I will try more coats as I love the colour, easy to apply and dried quickly.

Sunday 11th November.

Products Used: Rimmel 60 Seconds – Magnetise.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Double Decker Red.

Boots Natural Collection – French Tip White.

Pink Tease Mini – Black

Avon Color Trend Glitters – Fuscia Dazzle.

With today being Remembrance Sunday there was no question that I would be (attempting) to include poppies in todays nails. Its the very very least I can do to thank all the brave people who have given their lives for me to be here, and to thank the brave men and women who continue to do so. I have been wearing my poppy with pride and have one pinned to each jacket and bag I own and have donated to many charities also. I’m saddened to see less and less people wearing the poppies with each passing year.

I applied another three coats of Magentise to freshen up Fridays nails, there was minor signs of tip wear and no chipping which is great considering I didn’t use a top coat, I then used my dotting tools to dot on a couple of poppies on both middle fingers, I applied two coats of Avon’s Color Trend Fuscia Dazzle on the rest of my fingers. This was really tricky to work with as the glitter did not stick to the brush so I had to dab it on, its still dried evenly with no grainy texture and it dried quickly too.



{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.



{September 30, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #4

Products Used:

Essie Ridge Filler Base Coat – £2.50 in The Original Factory Shop.

Technic Nail Art – Gold,Purple,White- £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

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

Technic Crackle – Pink – £1.79 in Boyes

Technic Pastels – lollipop – 89p in Boyes

Royal Connection Pink Glitter – set of 3 for £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sinful Colors – See You Soon – £1 in Poundland

Sally hansen extreme Wear – Twinkle Twinkle – £1 in Poundland.

W7 Crackle – Earthquake Gold – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Muchi Muchi – £2.50 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sinful Colors – Mercury Rising in The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansens Mega Shine Top Coat in £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Salon Express Stamping Kit – £11 from Ebay.

A Strip Of Gold – (24th September)

Today has been a relaxing peaceful day, I should be working on ironing and getting all the clothes put away but I thought sod it. My Fiance is off work this week and it was nice to have a wander into town, I needed (well wanted) a new white nail polish and I was happy to find Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails in White in Poundland. We had a Mcdonalds and it was nice to just sit and forget about the chaos at home for a little while, the weather was windy and pissing down so it was lovely to collect my Daughter from school and slip into a pjs and do not much of anything all evening.

My half and half polish is still going strong so I wanted to keep it but felt it was missing something. I had a browse through my collection and found my Technic Nail Art Polishes, my daughter and fiance chose gold and all I did was paint a strip over the joining two colours on each finger and applied my Mega Shine Top Coat – Job Done..  I think the gold gives it a whole new look, one which I like.. The Polish itself is quite thin and runs down the striper brush very quickly so you need to work fast or make sure you have removed all the excess, despite being thin it applied evenly and one coat is enough. I plan to get the other set of three but will purchase from Boyes this time as they are only £1.49 there.

Crackley Cracking. (25th September)

Full of indecisions I left todays polish choice to my seven year old Daughter and she chose Sinful Colors See You Soon and a W7 crackle in Earthquake Gold. I was quite dubious of her choices but as they were two untried polishes I went with it. The See You Soon applied watery and streaky on the first coat but became even on the second coat, The Crackle however was a different story, it had kind of seperated in the bottle so I had to give it a really really good shake and it was very thick on application, you need to work quickly because it starts to “crackle” quickly and if you go over where you have already applied it becomes lumpy, it didnt look too promising for me but luckily I didnt have to reapply to any nails and when I applied the top coat it deepened the gold to a lovely shade. These nails scream “look at me” and look at them people did. I will let my Daughter choose my colours more often.

Stamping Success (Kind Of) – (26th September)

I wanted to try my stamping kit again as I have ordered a twelve plate set from the internet and though I better get some practice in, I have been struggling to find any colours that transfer well so I was pleased when I discovered that Sinful Colors Mercury Rising transferred good, soooo I chose Essie – Muchi Muchi as a base colour which I applied over the top my Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat. The formula of Muchi Muchi was very inconsistent and apllied a bit like a mixture of Jelly and PVA glue. I painted on three coats and its still transparent and also significant bubbling in some places. Its a real shame as this is the most gorgeous nude pink I have ever come across and if it applied correctly it would be my Holy Grail polish. It took an hour until this was enough for me to be confident to stamp on it, I chose a flowerish desgin and applied following the instructions and I’m pretty happy with the results, obviously I need more practice with centering the image but now I am keen to keep trying. After all my failures I was ready to chuck the towel in.

Pink Sparkles, Purple Stars. (27th September)

I started this mani with no idea what I was aiming for. I have too many polishes and I’m buying them quicker than I can use them so I am going to try and out myself on a ban until I have worn at least %80 of what I already have.. I chose NYC’s MoMa as my main colour and applied it over one coat of Essie’s Fill The Gap, MoMa is a watery formula that ran onto my cuticles, it was difficult to distribute product evenly and still sign of nail line after three coats, it looked really think but dried suprisingly fast.

I then attempted to paint on a coat of my new Pink Glitter polish.

From looking at the bottle this looks so pretty and full of glitter, don’t let that fool you, this was the biggest load of crap I have ever used, there is no colour to the liquid and it picks up a very very small amount of glitter, so small its not worth bothering with, it fact Barbie could shit out more pink glitter than this puts on the brush. It stinks too, like creosolt(sp) that stuff you paint wood with? My 7 year old daughter refuses to have it and she loves pink sparkles. One for the bin I think, I just hope the other two from the set are better..

My Daughter said it looked like a pink sky with not many stars so I painted on some stars using my Technic purple nail polish, the brush was easy enough to control even with my non dominant hand but the polish has a tendancy to run down the brush so you need to work quick. WShe wanted more sparkly stars so slapped on a coat of Sally Hansens Twinkle Twinkle and then a coat of Sally Hansens Mega Shine. In hindsight I should have applied Twinkle Twinkle before I painted the purple stars and the glitter block some of its visibility. The image is of my right hand which has been painted painted by my non dominant left hand. Not bad eh?

Another Cracker (September 28th)

I could not wait to get rid of the glitter star manicure because my nails still smelt of that awful pink glitter crap. To make my choice I basically closed my eyes and grabbed a random polish from the shelf which happened to be Technic Pastels in Shade Lollipop. I usually like Technic products because they are cheap and of good quality, they also are pretty good at following on trend items. This product however is a fail for me. I adore the shade and as its the only pastel yellow I have I’ll hang on to it for now. The formula is thick, I usually do one stroke down on each side of my nail and this covers the whole nail, this polish wanted to sit on the middle of the nail in one big thick river and took a lot of working to get it to even out, by which time it had started to dry so I had significant brush strokes set into the polish.  Despite its heavy consistency this is quite transparent, I applied five coats and you could still see through it so I went and got a pink Technic crackle I’d not yet used to make it look better and cover the transparency, I love how a crackle polish can totally change the look of a boring polish. Well what can I say? the crackle made me happy with the Technic brand again and applied like a dream even though it was a thick texture. Im not too sure about how these work together as a colour combination but like always I will leave it for at least a day.

 

September 30th

Im posting a day early because tomorrow will be a very special blog entry for me and I dont wanna bombard you all with too many posts. Ive spent the last couple of swatching some colours for tomorrows nails, which I will tell you all about then. I soo cant wait.

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{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.



Before I prattle on about the gloss I just want to show you the pack of lighters I picked up in Poundworld. Pack of 4 refillable for £1. I think they are so cute.

 

Nivea Gloss wonder Balm – £1 each in Poundworld.

Use within 12 months.

 I have had these for a while now, however I checked in my local store yesterday and they still have a large amount in stock. I saw six shades to choose from – Mango – Cherry – Berry – Bellini – Rose and Clear. I bought a tube of all except the clear one as I already have too many clear glosses. From the details on the front each gloss has a spf of 15 and also contains Argon Oil, Mango Butter and Cacao Butter, to be honest I have no idea what any of these are but they sound good. Each tube has a generous 14ml amount of product contained in a squeezable tube, and are able to stand alone on the lid which I like as, should I ever reach the end of a tube I’ll be able to use the full amount.

 The applicator consists of a hard piece of plastic which is slanted and has a good sized hole to dispense the product from when the tube is squeezed.

Pretty straight forward right? Sadly, no. its actually pretty difficult to squeeze the right amount of gloss out, it may just be me but every time I have used these I have squeezed way too much product out, this may be down to the fact that they are pretty new so pretty full, time will tell.

Left To Right – Mango-Cherry-Berry-Bellini-Rose

The formula is quite heavy and thick, you can definatley feel that you are wearing gloss with these, they also have a greasy/oily feel to them which lasts long after the gloss has gone, I assumed that these would taste and smell of their names and I was slightly saddened to find they are unscented and unflavoured. the little girl in me loves a nice smelling tasted gloss. Each shade , with the exeption of Mango, looks highly pigmented in the tube and also when swatched on my arm, so I was looking forward to trying these out as I really liked every shade, especially the cherry one.

To give you another view of the colours I swatched on my lips, this is not something I feel comfortable doing as I contracted Bells Palsy when I was a teenager and although I got %90 better it shows up really really badly in photographs, you will never see a photo of me smiling, I was badly teased at school about it and am very conscious having photos taken of myself, hence why I crop out my lips or eyes as I really do not photograph well. I really mean it when I tell photographers to get my good side :) If you would like to know anything about the condition dont hesitate to ask.

Anyway here is what all the shades look like on the lips, I was dissappointed that the pay off was not as strong as the arm swatches and as you can see, with the excpetion of cherry, they all look pretty similar in colour.

 Mango

Cherry

 Berry

Bellini

 Rose

Out of the five I prefer Cherry and Rose, what do you think? I wouldn’t repurchase these as they are too thick for my liking, but they lasted a good few hours and due to the spf they served me well on holiday, they were ideal to throw in a beach bag and if they got lost it didnt matter as they were so cheap.



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