Friday, 31 October 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
This is the blurb that they give about the polishes on the Bloom website: "With pigments sourced from around the world, a professional two-coat formula and an incredible 330-strand brush, our nail polish will hold its colour and shine for days."
So, in reality, how was it for me? I love the bottle top, its rubbery and smooth, providing excellent grip. Bottle is standard ColorClub-ish looking thing but logo is funky. Application for this polish is good, not awesome, but good. With the spiel on the website of "300-strand brush" I guess I kind of expected a religious experience :) Two coats gives a nice opaque coverage. Drying time is a bit longer than I have the patience for so I slapped on a coat of Seche Vite (holy frijoles, I love that stuff). The end result is amazing. I frickin' love this polish!! I can see myself wearing it a lot, especially in the summer. The colour in the photo seems more pink than purple, but I just couldn't get it right for some reason. Stupid cameras!
There was only 8 colours in the shop (of which one was out of stock) but they appear to have a large selection on their website, including some intriguing blues and greens. "Isla" is not as dark in real life as it is on the website, in fact it looks like a little bit of a cross between OPI "Can you dig it?" and Zoya "Juicy".
Bloom also had a great looking range of eye creams and such which I am a sucker for but they were too pricey just to buy-to-try, but Bloom is a brand I will need to investigate more! :)
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
I've not really seen any Cèlè nail polishes before, but by googling a bit, I that they are likely to be a discontinued line of polishes from Grafton International Ltd. Which is a shame cause this is a really good polish!! It goes on smooth and streak free and is nice and opaque in 2 coats (there is white glare on the nails from the tiles in my bathroom as there really doesn't ever seem to be sunny to take my pics). Probably not 3-free or anything and looks slightly cheap but you know what, its a great polish :)
Monday, 27 October 2008
- Avojuice Pear Juicie
- Seche Silk
- Vaseline Intensive Rescue Soothing Hand Cream
- Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
- Molton Brown Rose Granati hand lotion
+ Smells nice and juicy, non-sticky velvet feel
- Doesn't actually feel or look very moisturised, pricey
Seche Silk 4 of 5 stars
+ Gorgeous natural aromatherapy lotion, non-sticky, soothing lavender smell, cuticles doesn't look so dry
- Pricey, hard to source
Vaseline Intensive Rescue Soothing Hand Cream 5 of 5 stars
+ Feels moisturised for longer, purse-friendly price, easily come by, non-sticky and quickly sinks into skin
- Slight chemical non-perfumed smell
Body Shop Coconut Body Butter 4 of 5 stars
+ Gorgeous coconutty smell, very rich so good moisturisation and cuticle work
- Takes a while to sink into the skin so better for night time
Molton Brown Rose Granati hand lotion 2 of 5 stars
+ Nice smell of fruity roses
- Severely overpriced, takes about 10 mins to sink into the skin
Saturday, 25 October 2008
This is a naughty blackened deep blood red shimmer. Just the thing you need for the dark autumn days :) It has a good opaque coverage in 2 coats.
However, I had a dodgy brush on this one. I've got quite a few Zoya polishes but on this one the brush is a splayed and overloads with polish.
Friday, 24 October 2008
Check out the awesome shades in the the Swedish NOTD blog by Sara here.
Monday, 20 October 2008
This is a beauty product where you need instruction. This is how to cleanse, Shu-style:
- Pour nice tepid water into your sink
- Dry your hands
- Make sure your face is dry
- Put 3-4 pumps of oil in your hand, smooth it over you face (I use it around the eye area also)
- Dip you hands quickly in the water in the sink
- Lather up the oil on your face
- If it's a bit stubborn, use a tiny bit more water
This is a makeup remover as well as a deep cleanser. The Fresh oil is for oily/combination skin and it also works well for acne prone skin, according to the Shu Uemura website. You might find it contradictory to use an oil on oily skin, but I find that my skin becomes less oily when I use this cleansing oil as it balances the sebum production and doesn't overdry the skin.
The smell is very very mild, which I like, slight sweet hint of cherry. This product is worth its pricetag (although the price is far sweeter in the tax free shop!). 5 of 5 stars!
Also try not to get the bottle wet - i.e. don't put it in your shower! The water reacts with the oil to emulsify and will become cloudy and the product will not be as good if you get water inside the bottle.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
From left: Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit, Bobbi Brown Corrector, some foundation samples from Bobbi Brown, OPI Crystal File, Nails Inc Ltd Ed "Hanover Street" and Caviar 45sec top coat (me thinks, tomorrows NOTD), MAC Lipglass "Russian Red", Chanel Inimitable mascara "Noir", on top Nails Inc "Aspen", then "Friendly Selfridges" ltd ed colour, Shu Uemura Depsea Water "Mint", Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Fresh.
Monday, 13 October 2008
I basically dotted it on and worked it into the lip. Don't think that was very successful, as the colour was very light. But look at that gorgeous gloss! The next day I applied it as it was supposed to be applied; gloop it on! Then slick the gloss extender on. Yowser! I like :) Red glossy goodness but not porn star red! So technically, you could go more or less colourful by working it into the lip before you put the gloss extender on.
It lasted 1 grande latte, 1 yogurt, 2 slices of buttered toast, 1 bag of carrot sticks and houmous and a cinnamon bun. That is a grand total of nice, glossy lips even past 3 o'clock in the afternoon! It takes a lot to impress me with lippy. I am not usually a lips person (I hate when my hair gets stuck to it). But wow. I am impressed! This baby gets 5 of 5 stars for colour, wear and wow-factor :)
I found this video on youTube, shows you how is supposed to go on - real thick, then gloop on the gloss :)
Friday, 10 October 2008
I recently discovered that they do a Pear body wash as well! I purchased myself a bottle, of course, after debating the price. These retail for £8.45 a bottle, so it isn't your bog standard soap.
It has a yummy, sweet yet slightly astringent pear smell that really appeals to me. The texture is a thick gel, and it lathers up nicely into a sweet foam that hasn't left my upper arms flaky, which usually happens.
I like this :) Very much. Just the thing for winter if your skin gets drier and more sensitive in the colder months. I now also wish they did a Pear body lotion! I give this 4 stars out of 5, mainly because it is very pricey.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
If you can find these, buy them. My favourite ever nail polish is "ID", a golden-pinky jelly polish. I just got "Brick House" on eBay. Its a vampirically dark blood red jelly creme, with supershiny finish; this pic is without a top coat. I love these polishes.
Pimp my pony
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Onto my NOTD. I bought this a couple of weeks ago but I got Emerald Sparkle at the same time so I never put it on. I should have. This is lovely. It applies amazingly well, dries quickly and is ready to rock n' roll in just two coats (some of my OPI are sheer city - you have to apply and apply to get a good colour). I used a coat of Seche Vite on top to enhance the sparkle of the polish. It is a lovely colour. "Baby it's coal outside" is a charcoal with a supersparkly silver glitter/shimmer to it. I am not sure what to compare it to. None of my photos came out well, because it's too dark to take them. I will take a photo tomorrow, as I have just the outfit to go with it as well - my purple and grey tartan dress :)