Monday, 20 May 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Bourjois "17"



I blame OPI and China Glaze etc, but unless a beauty product's shade has an actual name, I'm not interested anymore... Why is this just shade "17". Boring. Could they not have come up with a shade name even if it was just 'kinda purple-pink'?..

Whatever. I am loving this particular colour, it's bright, yet muted. This line is long discontinued but it had a weird slanted brush on it, to "touch up chips". Girl, just re-paint yo' nails!!!

Anyway the brush sucks so it's a bit messy. And the cuticles are still a bit dry and iffy, but a million times better than they have been. Mommy-hands are crap...

I did 2 coats here, with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat! #winning

Thursday, 9 May 2019

LAUNCH ALERT: Fenty Beauty at Boots

Top: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter "Hu$tla Baby"
Bottom: Gloss Bomb lip gloss "Fenty Glow"

I promised some swatches of my two Fenty products to celebrate tomorrow's launch at Boots, so here they are! I can't wait to try more from Fenty Beauty, these are my go-to every day since I bought them! I am especially keen on the Mattemoiselle lipsticks and the shimmer Match Stix.

Let's see what the launch brings us tomorrow! :)

Saturday, 4 May 2019

NEWS: Fenty Beauty is coming to Boots!


Woohoo I knew there was a reason I saved all my Advantage Card points! Big buzz as it's announced that Fenty Beauty launches at Boots next week, on the 10th May. You can sign up for early access on the waiting list here. Who predicts a server-breaking sell-out?... Keep yo notifications on, ya'll!

My go to glow givers are Glossbomb lip gloss and the Killawatt highlighter - from Fenty, I'll post you some swatches the day before the launch!

Monday, 21 January 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Chanel "Particuliere"



So, who of my readers remembers this?? It was the hyped polish that started the trend for the 'greige' type polishes which are just mainstay in every brand's nail polish armory now. Before "Particuliere", there really wasn't a 'greige' nail polish that I can think of.

This polish is 10 yrs old this year (yes, that's right, 10 yrs). Like it's equally-hyped cousin "Peridot" from Chanel, it's just a standard polish with a branded tag, and Chanel polishes chips quite quick on me. But I still love them both, perhaps for their mythology? And the hassle I had trying to get my hands on them when they launched, haha. And the £18 price tag, and I wouldn't be able to spend that today!

I did 2 coats here, it's very smooth to put on. As I now have to squeeze nail polishing in between nappy changes, I have gone back to using Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat (which they discontinued, thank you Sally Hansen). I forgot how much I love it... What I'll do when my two bottles run out, I don't know. Must find a good quick dry top coat that isn't Seche Vite.

Monday, 14 January 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: OPI Infinite Shine "Running with the In-finite Crowd"

I am in Sweden this week with the little one, so I bought some goodies ay Schiphol airport on the way here.

This offering from OPI hasn't really been talked about much, I'm guessing because it's more of a salon offering.

You need to use the proprietary base and top coat for the polishes,  and follow the instructions on the OPI website, but it doesn't require any lights etc.

I used 2 thin coats of polish here. It's very pigmented! It did dry to the touch within the 15 mins promised even in the dark Swedish evening. But this morning i can see some dents and tip wear on my right hand,  I'm guessing it's not dry enough in the time to deal with baby things (and fiddling with the insides of my brothers pc)...

I'll give an update on wear time and removal later in the week!

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Birthday NOTD: Ciate "Dangerous Affair"


New year, new me - I'm going to make time for manicures again!! I finally took time to do my nails, which I've probably not done for almost a year now.

I've reviewed this magazine freebie previously, and I still love it. It's just the right kind of dark red, not too brown or that dreaded "nearly black"! 😁

I did 2 neat coats and used my old favourite Sally Hansen Mega Shine as top coat (still using Zoya Anchor for base). I still love Mega Shine too, wonder why they discontinued it?? Dries so quick (bonus when you have a 7 month around) and it's sooooo shiny for a long time.

I hope to get back to some sort of schedule once I'm back to work in start of February, until then you'll just have to get used to infrequent posts...

Saturday, 28 July 2018

REVIEW: Benefit Hello Happy foundation


I've been looking for some newness to embrace, so I thought I would try the new Benefit foundation. There are some mixed reviews of this out there, and you can probably guess some are sponsored. So no better place to be than to buy it yourself and try it and get a real ideas of how it performs! (Oh and Benefit, what's up with no samples?!)

First off, before judging this foundation, I read it's marketing claim. It is a 'sheer to medium coverage' and has 'soft blur' in the name. So expected a more matte version of a bb cream. And it is indeed very much like that!

You have to shake this quite vigorously before you open it. And because of that, when you do open it, it oozes out through the nozzle so you better be quick! I applied it with a beauty blender but didn't love the result - too sheer. So the next day I used my Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush and that looked much better! 

FINISH
The result isn't magically pore blurring matte skin, but it is a lovely finish. It didn't make my pores look any larger, which is a good thing. It is a little bit on the matte side, perhaps satin? It wore well for about 5hrs then it did start to settle in my pores on my chin, and had broken up a bit around my nose. However, I'd expect that in this heat! And to be fair, the pores on my chin are rather cavernous so almost everything settles there now and then... It is by no means a long-wear foundation, however it doesn't claim to be.

SHADE RANGE
So what about the all important question nowadays - now many shades does it come in? Well, only 12. BUT as Benefit has defended, it's a sheer foundation that can suit a range of skin tones. I am not convinced the yellow colour I have is my exact match.. I was shade matched to #3, Light Neutral. Not actually sure it would classify as light neutral in many other brands but hey... It does blend out quite sheer so it's not a problem if it isn't the exact match. BUT I would say it did oxidise a little bit so go for the lighter shade if you feel you are inbetween two shades.

Shade #3

Shade #3, not blended and applied very heavy to show tone
The formula is nice and very light, not sticky or heavy. It has a very natural finish. For me, it does wear well for about 5hrs then it starts to fade.

FINAL THOUGHTS
All and all I do like this foundation, it's not the best one I've ever tried but it works for me at the moment. However, I won't be buying it again as it costs £25.50?! All Benefit makeup appears to becoming more and more expensive, whereas I used to feel it was a stepping stone between high street brands and luxury brands, it's slowly creeping up there with the high end brands... I would expect this bottle to sell for about £18-20, £25.50 is far too expensive. They do a mini version for £8.50 but seriously, that's again a rip-off for a mini... I did complain a bit about the pricing and the girl threw in a Boi-ing airbrush concealer mini, so I shall review that in a couple of weeks once I've put it to the test!

Have you tried this? If so what were you thoughts on it?!