Wednesday, 22 June 2016

NOTD: Zoya Pixie Dust "Arianna"

So I had eyed up this polish some time ago and bought it, then never wore it. So it was time. It's no secret I luuuurve a textured polish so I was quite excited!

But I don't like this. The polish effect on your nails is nothing like what you hope it would be when you look at the bottle. The jelly base is nice but the glitter just doesn't translate to the nail. I also never got the sandy, matte effect I have had with other brands.

Nothing else to say other than this is sadly 2 wasted coats and a wasted £10 or whatever I paid for this back last year... :(

Sunday, 19 June 2016

REVIEW: Collection 2 step Solar Shine Gel nail polish

I saw this new line advertised and of course, it being Collection Cosmetics, I had to try. It's the usual 'gel without the UV light' sales pitch. I don't expect to get 10 day wear from anything other than actual gel polish, but I am up for trying anything! :)

I toiled over the colour choices. The colours are basically split into two groups - neutrals and bright colours. I really wanted to try the bright pink "Sunset Pink" but then I thought, no, lets go dark, so chips and such can really be tested!!

So I chose the vampy burgundy "Biarritz" instead. I also bought the matching top coat, to make it a proper review. Both products are RRP £3.99, so indeed rather affordable. I did 2 coats of the colour and then 1 coat of the top coat. Drying time wasn't too long, and the formula was a breeze to paint on. Then came the hard part - wearing the same manicure for 7 days...

After 7 whole days of wear
And check the before and after - there is very little tip wear after 7 days. And I was not kind to this manicure. I did a bunch of proper cleaning, some gardening and a lot of typing and crafting.

I am always nervous when it tells you not to put on a base coat. Especially for this kind of intensely dark shade... I anxiously wiped my nail with my trusty acetone remover. The polish comes off as easy as any old creme formula, and there was absolutely zero staining!

This is a 5 out of 5 stars for me - I will be hoofing it to Boots to get the pink tomorrow for my late summer holidays!! :)

Monday, 13 June 2016

REVIEW: Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer and Shine "200 Glow-rious Pink"

No secret I love a tinted lip balm. When I saw these, I thought "oh, maybe it's a bit more like a lipstick, but also a tinted lip balm?".. Then I thought "hang on, these remind me of Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters". And they are pretty much the same - even down to the colours I've bought!! The Revlon may have a smidge more pigmentation as a swatch, but on the lips they look and feel the same. The Revlon range has more colours though.

Left: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter "090 Sweet Tart"
Right: Rimmel Moisture Renew "200 Glow-rious Pink"
Anyway back to these new Rimmel lipsticks. The range consists of 6 colours in the shops, but there are more colours advertised on the Rimmel website? When I Google these colours it looks like they are sold in Europe only... I first picked up the bright fuschia "Pink rules", but then lowered my ambition and went for "Glow-rious Pink". Glad I did, I think I will get everyday wear out of this as opposed to a brighter lip! This shade is a 'just right' pink nude.

The feel of these is like a rich lip balm. The colour payoff is a strange hybrid of balm and lipstick. The wear time was a moderate 2-3 hours tops but it wears off nice and even and leaves a very slight stain. It's easy to reapply as you don't need to be too precise about it. The formula is nice and moisturising on the lip. In a world with aging matte liquid lipsticks, this is a lipstick I can get on board with! :)

These lipsticks don't have the horrible scent of 'The One Lipstick', thank goodness. I also like that these have a SPF20 :) All and all I think these are great and perfect with a summer tan! These retail for £6.49.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

REVIEW: Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil

Unlikely to be any beauty blogger out there who isn't excited about the new eyebrow product launches from Benefit!? :) This month's Elle UK magazine came with a free sample of this new pencil so of course I needed to try.

The pencil is drop-shaped with the intention that you can fill in and shape the brow easily. I found the pencil needed to warm up before it started issuing colour; I just hold it again my wrist for a few seconds so no biggie. It's almost like it's just a pigment, not a pencil?.. I fill in the brow then used my Avon brow brush (seriously best brow tool ever) to soften it, then put Benefit GimmeBrow on top!

So what's the verdict? Awesomeness! :) The colour I got is "2" so I think it actually fits me perfectly. The wear is spot on - as it's some kind of weird long lasting pigment my brows were superb all day. Works really well with GimmeBrow, which is my fave old eyebrow gel.

So I will be hoofing it to the Benefit counter on the 24th June, who's with me??

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

NOTD: Isadora Jeanious "525 Hot Legs"

When I saw this popping up on the Swedish nail blogs I was like 'gotta get me some of that!'. Luckily my mum scored this for me in Sweden, and the matte "Bootcut", for me before they were all gone!

I did 2 thin coats here. That's right, 2. It's ridiculously easy to apply, dries quickly and is hardly brushstroke-y at all. OMG, I have to add this to this year's Top Ten nail polishes already! I topped it with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat, a brand new bottle. Have I ever mentioned how I love that stuff; every time I use it I wonder why I bother trying other top coats?!

This polish is like sapphire and ice - it has this shift to a cooler lighter blue that is impossible to capture on camera. 5 out of 5 stars for me!

You can luckily get this on in the UK :) And so now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to buy myself a backup bottle of this before it sells out...

Friday, 20 May 2016

REVIEW: L'Oreal Infallible Sexy Balm

I *love* a tinted lip balm. I have a lot of different ones, so of course, I needed to try this one when I saw it. I believe this is a new release, and I struggle to find any swatches or info on other blogs. I picked the colour "As if". It's a sheer coral pink. It didn't leave a stain.

First of all; the name. Really, L'Oreal? I see Superdrug is actually selling this as 'Sassy Balm' so I'm guessing the name will put off a lot of people.

Now onto the packaging. It is a nicely pointed bullet, which is actually really good to apply the balm with the way I apply balm, but may not be for everyone. The tube is a twist up with a translucent top to match the colour of the balm. Feels a bit cheap and almost feel the twist up feature might break soon-ish. The lid stayed on well though in my handbag.

Now for the balm itself. The initial smell is a bit weird, but doesn't last. The consistency of the balm is smooth and thick, and dare I say it, a bit sticky? The formula comes in sheer or opaque finish (my colour is sheer). L'Oreal claims it will keep lips smooth for 12hrs. It might, if you manage to keep it on for that long! Mostly it actually made my lips a bit dry and I've had some flaking which I don't normally get.

For £4.99 I guess I possibly expected too much? It is a tinted lip balm, after all. No matter. All and all I would give this 3 out of 5 stars, but I won't be repurchasing this simply because I can get better tinted lip balms from other brands like Barry M, Revlon and Maybelline.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

NOTD: H&M "Bedazzled"

And it is another H&M polish for you all :) I have so many now it's ridiculous. But they have just proved consistently awesome, and this is no exception. I'm gonna have to add these all to my Helmers in a 'special' section!

This is 2 coats with the Bourjois 3D Gel top coat. I wore this all last week, until it finally started chipping on Friday! I even did a matching pedicure. How's that for performance for £3.99??

I just wish H&M would roll out the makeup into stores nationwide already, it's been over a year now!!