Tuesday, 2 May 2017

NOTD: Zoya "Amy"



I am venturing into more toxin-free nail polish at the moment, for no other reason that my friend is into her cruelty free nail polish, and have showcased some nice Zoya nail polishes lately! I also bought the Zoya top and base coat, Armor and Anchor, to try but I want to give it a few more manis before I do a review on that combo!

I continued to be amazed just how many absolutely amazing colours Zoya carries when I was looking round for some new colours! The brand has a phenomenal array of colours and finishes. The only whole collection I have ever bought is a Zoya one, "Sparkle", which I featured most polishes from back in April 2010. Some of those polishes have been reprised several times! And one of my most used nail polishes is "Richelle" from Zoya as well! Funny how much I realise I actually love the brand when I go back and look :)

The main attraction for many with this brand is that it is vegan, cruelty free and 10-free (that's right not 3, 5 or 7...), but for me it's actually the range of colours... I have had a few Zoya which didn't behave and I know why now; they do not play nicely with formulas that are not at least 3 free!

So back to this NOTD. This is an absolute stunner, and like most of Zoya's glass fleck polishes it's crazy shimmery! I am needing the bright shot of sparkling goodness that this gives off, as AGAIN I'm down with laryngitis :(

This is 2 thin coats over Zoya Anchor base coat, with Zoya Armor top coat. I find the trick is to let the base dry for a minute or so (it's VERY quick drying) and then do 1 coat of colour. I then wait at least 5 mins and do a 2nd coat. Again, I then wait 5-10 min and put on the top coat. This way, each layer has time to set and release their volatiles so the whole manicure dries more quickly in the end. I find that the manicure is set by about 30 min, but I have to be a bit careful for a few hours so it doesn't dent. My previous manicure with Zoya "Mieko" lasted for 6 days before I got a chip. That's unheard of! :)

Love this polish, it's not a current collection so you may have to hunt around for it, but it's worth it!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

REVIEW: Real Techniques Miracle Cleansing Sponge



Well, we all know I am a sucker for 'new' and 'innovative'... Although to be fair, facial cleansing sponges isn't anything new, those round flat sponges for your facial cleansing needs has been floating around since forever. So when I saw this for sale buying it was a no-brainer.

In terms of cleansing tools, I've got a checkered history... I've tried the Clarisonic which I had to give away, as it was very hard on my skin even using the softest brush head! That was a very expensive mistake. I have also tried the Foreo Luna Play, which was nice, but also very expensive for what it was. I've tried the whole face cloth thing too which is kind of tedious.

So here we have a cleansing sponge that looks like your favourite makeup sponge! :) And what's good about that is that the flat surface cleans nicely in all the wee nooks and crannies, whilst the egg shape makes it easy to hold and move across your face.

I have been using this every day for 3 weeks now. I use it with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel as final clean up of makeup in the evening. And it's made a huge difference! My skin is super smooth, but not red or irritated, and my moisturiser seems to work really well! I am loving this cleansing sponge!

Well worth the £5.99 investment every couple of months - and much gentler on both your skin, and your wallet, than a Clarisonic cleansing brush... This might even make it into my top 10 of 2017! :)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

REVIEW: Blenderelle


I have been rediscovering my Beauty Blender recently, after a long time of using brushes. I saw this somewhere online last year and thought it looked like a great idea but at the time it didn't seem like you could get it in the UK?

It's basically a dryer, storage and travel holder for your makeup sponge :) That's it. But it's genius! Beauty Blender advises to dry your sponge on top of the packaging; after I did this for a couple of weeks, I had mould on the bottom as there isn't really any air circulation if the packaging is on top of your dresser/table... So when I got myself a new Beauty Blender I decided I would try this thing!

It's sturdy plastic and has lots of holes in the top, side and most vitally for me, underneath. In my house, the beauty blender dries within half a day in this thing, whereas before it wouldn't dry on the bottom until a couple of days later... Which is why I had mould.

It also looks good! Although The Husband wondered if it was an air freshener...

Totally worth the £12 you get it for on Amazon! I don't see this thing breaking for the near future unless you travel with it and handle it rough in your luggage, and it will likely extend the useable life of your expensive beauty blenders which is never a bad thing! :)

Top marks for Blenderelle, I think that it will likely make it into my Top Ten of products for 2017!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

REVIEW: Nails Inc Shine Bright Moisturising & Anti Ageing Glove Masks

 

I am all for product which actually work, and are needed, but when I saw this I was like 'hell yes I so need that, for no reason other than I want to try it'.

Luckily I could thinly veil my need for this by the fact I was hand modelling when my friend did her final exam in nail art and I wanted my hands to look their best ;)

The gloves are some kind of plastic, with sheets inside with the miraculous whatever it is soaked into it. They use tape closures, so you can get them secured on your hands and keep the heat up (opens up your pores so products penetrate deeper, well-known trick in the manicure industry). I then thought, ah, how will I take photos... But fret not, you can still use your smart phone with these beauties on kind of! :D These are huge, my small fingers only reached half way into the fingers on the glove...



I sat with them on for the recommended 15min, took them off and massaged the excess fluid in. And my hands were beautifully soft! I am not sure that it's necessarily worth the £6-8 you pay as it seems it's a one-use item, compared to just using hand cream regularly, but I enjoyed the experience and my hands looked good for my friend's exam!

And here is what she did for me, and one of her fellow students, some great freehand work. Needless to say, she passed the course!



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WEDNESDAY WANT: Benefit Galifornia Box o' Powder blush




It's no secret I'm always looking for a new blush. I don't think I can ever get too many. Or can I?..

When I saw this on Instagram, I knew I had to have it (need to stop looking at Instagram). I bought it last week, and have used it ever since! Sadly I was too eager to use it and couldn't wait to take decent photos, so I had already worn off the spray-over of gold when I did photos...

Like Benefit's other powder blushes in a box, it's relatively light on pigment but is buildable, and has good staying power. It also comes with the rubbishy little flat brush which I hate, and have already used for crafts instead... In my excitement I also forgot to get an actual swatch of this, but you can Google it and see a wondrous array of swatches on lots of different skin tones :)

Benefit describes the colour as 'sunny golden pink' but I would describe it as 'perfect shade for Lina-Elvira'. It does have a gold shimmer, but this is very, very finely milled and will not make you look glittery! This blush is scented, which I don't tend to go for but the smell is amazing - almost coconutty tropical beach holiday scent. Or California?... Whatever, it's described by Benefit as pink grapefruit and vanilla but definitely a hint of pina colada for me!

I wore this for 10hrs straight each time I wore it and it was still there in the evening! It's expensive at RRP £24.50 but for me, it was worth every Boots Advantage point I spent on it... In terms of dupes, I think that Sleek's iconic Rose Gold blush is very similar but perhaps a tad more shimmery?

Anyway, this is a definite Wednesday Want for me - do you want it???

Monday, 20 March 2017

NOTD: Essie "On the roadie" spring manicure



So I spotted a nice green from Essie's spring collection in Boots, then spotted the special offer of a free Essie hand cream with the purchase of any Essie product so, sold :)

I then decided I wanted to do stamping. And tried to find a matching colour. It turned out that Essie "Going incognito" was a perfect match. I did a mix and match using a pattern from Konad plate m64. Both base polishes are 2 coats. I used Sally Hansen Megashine topcoat.

I don't know if I like the design, somehow I'm a bit bored that it's so matchy-matchy?... maybe? But since I spent time putting it on, I decided I might as well get some wear out of it!

Friday, 17 March 2017

I'm back, baby!

I had a bit of a hiatus there for a while, just didn't have time to blog! But....



In case you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of Futurama :) I have every single episode ever made, including the movies, on DVD and I like to binge watch it occasionally... Anyway! I have still been buying and using makeup, but I'd not actually done my nails since the last NOTD was published which was on my birthday back in January!!

One of my colleagues at work is doing a course in nail art, so I was inspired after seeing some of her practice nail art home work the other day, and decided I needed a pink and gold glitter gradient manicure!

I used 2 coats of H&M "Sweetheart" as the base, and the gradient has OPI "Goldeneye" as the base to add some finer glitter, and then I put some of the Sephora "Gold Fever" large particle glitter on top. And it looks pretty awesome, if I may say so myself! And "Sweetheart" is a great match for my new over-sized sweatshirt from H&M too - bonus :)



Now that I am back on form I have bunch of reviews I want to do over the coming weeks so stay tuned! :)