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{October 17, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #5

Its more a nails of the fortnight post as I’ve been in Spain on honeymoon. I only took a small amount of polishes as I knew I would not really have much time to mess about with my nails whilst away. Here goes.

Products Used.

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

NO7 Stay Perfect in Nougat,French Tip White and Clear – Part of Manicure set from Ebay.

Essie – To Buy Or not To Buy – £3 from The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Purple Pulse – £1.99 in Local Chemist.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Misty Jade – £1.99 in local chemist.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Tangy Orange – £1.99 in local chemist

Rimmel Lycra Matte Finish – Reduced to £1.14 in Tesco.

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

Misty Jade.

I wore this polish to fly out with, its a recent purchase and I thought its a lovely bright for sunny weather. I got several days out of this before it started to chip, simple even two coat application.  I also wore this to fly home with but used my Rimmel Matte finish top coat, sorry no pics so you will just have to trust me that it looked great, however  after one day, it totally peeled off my ring finger and because it was not in my hand luggage I looked like a right wazzock handing my passport over with a bare ring finger.

Tangy Orange.

Another bright sunny colour, this applied evenly in three coats, lasted well and only had minor tip wear when I removed a few days later. I didn’t allow sufficient drying time so it dented a little during the night.

Rimmel and Essie.

I originally applied Essie’s To Buy Or Not To Buy, this has a visible shimmer in the bottle which sadly vanished on application, even the bright Spanish sun could not pick it up, the polish itself was watery and pretty tricky to apply, I applied three coats and still had slight visible nail line,I apllied my Mega Shine top coat and left it as it was for a few days, I hoped for chipping but noooo, so I added a few dots in “Purple Pulse” around the edges of every nail.

Purple Pulse.

This is the only dark polish I brought with me and I love it, it only took two coats and I applied my Rimmel Matte Finish, I was very happy with the results but sadly dented it with my tweezers, I was gonna reapply but decided to make lots of dents. We went crazy golfing the next day and my daughter said my nails looked like a golf ball. Again, no chipping.

Plain Jane.

I wanted something simple on my return and decided to have another go at a French Manicure, this time I used the polish that came with my manicure tool, the Nougat base coat was a nightmare to apply, very watery and streaky, I ended up applying five coats in total, however I do like the finished colour, the white tip polish was super easy to apply and I like how its not an “in your face” white. I have had this on for three days now and its still perfect. I have had lots of lovely comments on these nails, I still need a lot of practice getting the tips straight though, once I get the wtips nailed Im gonna try it with darker colours.

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{October 4, 2012}   Rimmel and Revlon..

Here are my nails for today.  Because I have already made two individual posts with my nails this week Im just going to keep on doing so for the rest of this week then it will be back to all in one post on a Monday.

A lot of my nail art orders are starting to turn up and I am keen to try them all and each technique but sadly I am not multi talented and can only manage one new skill at a time., I decided to have another go with the striping tape.

I purchased a few new polishes yesterday and Im keen to try them out so I firstly applied a coat of my trusted Essie’s Fill the Gap base coat followed by two coats of  Rimmel Lasting Finish Double Decker Red, this is red red, it just screams REDDDDD, another coat would have been better as when held to the light my nail line is still visible, I waited for the polish to slighty dry and then applied striping tape on the top left nail corners on my left hand and the top right nail corner and my right hand. I then filled in the corners with Revlons Gold Coin, I only applied one coat and the red just peeks through but I kind of like it, two coats would have been opaque, I then left it to dry overnight and applied my Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat this morning.

I’m really not sure about these two colours together but I’d not seen this combination while googling for inspiration, the Gold looks stunning under direct sunlight. Im happy with the striping tape though, it stayed in place and came of easily so Im looking forward toworking with it again.

Facing direct sunlight.



I really did not want to take my wedding manicure off as it was in such good condition and looked so new but I was keen to start working my way through some of my untrieds, I need to stop purchasing polish because Im finding it harder and harder to select colours and ones that I bought because I loved the color now seem a bit blegh. I was reading through the blogs that I follow when I came across Polish Alcohic’s post about The Subtle Shimmers Polish Us Pink Event. Like many others I have lost someone close to me to this awful disease and know many women who are currently bravely battling it and I knew that I had to paint my nails pink and will be doing a pink design on each Monday for the rest of the month.

 I do not have anywhere near the amount of skill as Polish Alcoholic and I reccomend that you follow her blog, even if your not interested in polish her designs will impress you and she gives great advice and always replies.

As it happens I had just purchased Essies – Mod Squad that very day but its a very bright pink and I was worried about it looking too much on every nail so I painted alternating nails with Essies Mod Squad and Muchi Muchi. My striping tape order also arrived yesterday morning and I was very keen to try it out, I was worried about it sticking to the wet polish in places I didnt want so I waited until this morning to stick it on. The tape stuck to everything but my nail, I tried applying a top coat to help stick it down but the tape colour bled tape still peeled away one the top coat dried, despite it not sticking to the nail it still pulled away a good chunk of polish when I removed it. Next time I shall apply when my polish is tacky.

Anyway here is my finished article – go ahead and piss yourself laughing :)



I have been excitedly waiting for the November Issue of Marie Claire, in the October Issue they announced that Novembers free gift was a full sized 30ml tube of L’occitane Hand Cream.

This is not due out until tomorrow (4th) so I was a little suprised to find it on the shelves at Morrisons earlier today and even more suprised to find another free gift, a 50ml Dove hair therapy colour radience treatment conditioner. Inside the magazine is also a 1.5ml sachet of Clarins Skin Illuminater. For £3.70 thats amazing value.

There are four scents of full sized hand cream to choose from, they are Mango Flower, Date Bouquet, Rose Petal and the Original dry hand cream, the first three are limited editions. There is also 20% off purchases online. I had already decided that I would quite like the Rose Petal one and thankfully I managed to grab the last one. The tube is easy to squeeze and gives you great control over the amount of product which comes out, the cream itself absorbs really quickly and you do need quite a lot of product for your hands to feel sufficiently moisturised but my word the smell is divine.  I’m really keen to try the other two limited editions, they are priced at £8 each on the L’occitane website or you can purchase the full set of three in a cute little collectors tin for £20.

Happy Hands Creme Mains

Taking into account the 20% off thats not a bad deal but it will only cost you a total of £11.10 to obtain each one by buying three copies of the magazine or £14.80 if you also wanted the original one, and remember you will also get three large samples of the Dove gift too. Bargain I think and much much more goodies for your money than the crappy Beauty Box  from yesterday.

Will you be purchasing this magazine?, which scent would you go for?



First up is my nails from Monday 1st October.  I did want to talk at lengh about them but my first ever She Said Beauty Box Arrived this morning and I want to show you all the contents. Here are yesterdays nails , can you notice anything different?

I wanted a nude nail and swatched dozens of poilshes before setting on Maybelline Forever Strong in Nude Rose. I paid £1 for this in The Original Factory Shop. I painted these on sunday night and the photo was taken ten mins ago, no chips at all. Did you spot the Wedding ring? Yesterday my partner of 12 years and I got married. Nothing big or fancy, just us, our Daughter and two witnesses at the local registry office followed by a bar meal. Perfect.

Now The Beauty Box. This is the first box I have recieved and I did a lot of research before choosing a box to subscribeto  and after reading a review on septembers box by another wordpresser I decided to go with it. The box is £9 a month plus p+p of £2 something. They emailed yesterday to say the box had been dispatched and it arrived this morning so I cant fault delivery. I was so excited, it felt like a little wedding gift to myself :)

Lovely nice pink box – good start. Dissappointment starts to set in as box not very heavy.

A box inside a box.

More Packaging. excitment building up.

Now may be the time to mention that when you first subscribe you fill out a profile survey do-dah in which you let them know which kind of products interest you and which dont , the only two items which I have no use for are skin and hair care products so imagine my face to find these lurking under the tissue paper.

A box full of skin and hair care samples.

Baby sized Samples

Not only was the box full of skin and hair care samples but they were all tiny tiny samples and only one full sized product worth a whopping 99 pence. I don’t actually mind the odd skincare sample but a box full of them lack variety, one make up or nail item would have been nice.  I’m not sure these specific brands but a lot of brands offer the foil sachet samples for free so I feel slighty robbed. The good thing about this service is that you can cancel at any time and if next months box is the same then I will be doing just that. The box will come in handy though. Here are my products in a bit more detail.

B.Liv Off With Those Heads – Sample Size 3ml.
For the full size products it costs $49 for 30 ml or $63 for 45ml. This product claims to easily remove stubborn black and whiteheads while reducing oil secretion to prevent future outbreaks. Code incuded for discount on full purchase.

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Mask – Sample Size 3ml.
According to the blurb the full sized product is $50 for 50 grams. Its formulated using a complex of fresh fruit enzymes and acids.Basically it cleanses and exfoiliates. I’m dubious as to if the sample is even enough to cover my face. Discount code included.

Kerastraight Moisture And Protein Masks – A 10 ml sachet of each.
Claims to smooth and renew hair from the inside out, cutting down day to day maintaining time. Full product costs £25 for 100ml which I would purchase if it produced good results but probably only enough product for one use so not enough to make an informed descision so I shall stick with the mask I currently use.

Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Night Cream – Sample size 2ml sachet.
Claims to have triple acting properties that protect agaisnt aging (dont they all) and reveal youthful and more luminous skin tone. Again not enough sample to make an informed decision. Full size product costs $24.50 for 118ml with free shipping, a 20 percent

discount code included.

Harbacin Wuta Kamille Hand Cream – Full sized 20ml product worth £0.99
Claims to contain a wealth of natural ingredients to protect your hands from all weather conditions. Cute little product for the handbag, I do suffer from dry hands regulary but find my usual hand cream does the trick, but I do think this will be the only product I actually use as I can take this out with me.

This months “treat” is 30 days worth of My Vitamins Total Acai Berry capsules.
Many different vitamins in range and full price starts at £2.49 for 30 capslues. My Sample claims to help the body reduce oxidative stress and remove harmful toxins such as environmental pollutants. Now Im the kind of person who does not like taking medication and as “natural” as these may be it still feels like taking medicine..

So what do you think? Am I wrong to be dissappointed with my first ever beauty box?  The only product/sample of any use to me is worth 99 pence. My little girl will love the straw however.



{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.



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