Sunday, 28 April 2013

OPI Nail Envy Original!

Hello Everyone,
Happy Sunday!
For a long time my nails have always suffered from always being very weak, and after finishing a bottle of OPI Sensitive Nail Envy which is specifically for sensitive and peeling nails, I thought I would try the original formula.
The one for sensitive and peeling nails worked like a dream on my nails. No longer were they breaking or peeling. However, after hearing amazing things about the original formula, I thought I would try it out instead.

I have been using it for a couple of months now, and unfortunately for my nails it doesn't live up to the magic of the Sensitive Nail Envy. Some of my nails still peel, making them very week. Unlike the Sensitive Nail Envy which really helped all of my nails from not peeling. 
On some of my nails however it has worked well and has strengthened them, but they are the nails that tend not to peel. I also find it to be a good base coat as it dries super fast and prevents my nails from becoming stained. 

Overall though if you do not suffer from peeling nails and just want something that will help strengthen them, then the original formula is for you. However, if you are like me and your nails peel, then I would definitely recommend the OPI Sensitive Nail Envy.
I am disappointed with the original formula, especially as it costs £18.80, which is a lot of money for a nail strengthener
I would though repurchase the Sensitive Nail Envy as I know that works for me.

Have you tried the OPI Nail Envy?
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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Power in '001 Transparent'

Hello Everyone,
I hope you're all well! 
After running short of my previous powder I knew it was time to get a new one. I don't tend to spend too much on powders, and so after hearing many bloggers and youtubers like Tanya Burr rave about the Rimmel Stay Matte powder I thought I would give it a try. 
I got the shade '001 Transparent' as I am not really bothered about having a powder that adds colour. 

Rimmel claim this product will control shine for up to 5 hours, and help minimise the look of pores.
The powder is finely milled and so doesn't look cakey when applied lightly. 
I think the claim of controlling shine for up to 5 hours is very reasonable, and I would say it definitely lives up to that. On my combination skin, it keeps me shine free for about 5-6 hours, when using the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation, which at the moment is my everyday foundation.
As for the claim about minimising pores, I haven't noticed a dramatic difference in the size, but the powder definitely doesn't enlarge them in anyway.

For £3.99 I don't think you can go wrong with this powder. 
For controlling oil and not looking too heavy this fits the bill, and I would recommend it!

Have you tried the Rimmel Stay Matte powder?
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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter in '01 Rose Shimmer'

Hello Everyone,
Hope you have all had a great week!
Whilst coming home from Paris, I treated myself to the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter in '01 Rose Shimmer' as I had heard so many great things about them. I was able to purchase this for about €12 at the shop at the station which is an amazing deal considering these are £17 over here. 
I am a big fan of Clarins and so was really looking to trying this out.

So Clarins says this product will 'smooth' your lips and give them a 'subtle, natural colour'. The 'soft, gel formula' is said to 'nourish, repair and protect', which is exactly what I like in a lip product as I find my lips can get dry easily.

I love the pretty pink packaging for this product, and the applicator which is a sponge so really different to normal lip glosses.
The colour '01 Rose Shimmer' is a very sheer light pink, and on me is barely visible. 
The product though gives a nice gloss finish without feeling sticky or heavy.
I have been really impressed with this product because although it doesn't give any colour to my lips, I find it to be softening and nourishing like Clarins claim.
I like the feel and texture of the gloss as it doesn't feel sticky, and the product has an amazing scent of sweet vanilla. 
I love the sponge applicator as I find it applies the product very evenly and smoothly. 
The longevity of the product is also really good. I would say it lasts about 3-4 hours on me, even if I have eaten. 

For those 'no makeup' days I think this product is perfect, and I would also love to try out some of the brighter colours as well.
I do think £17 is quite a lot of a lip gloss, but if you want a break from lipstick or want something that is nourishing for your lips, I would highly recommend this!

Have you tried the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecters?
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Friday, 19 April 2013

OPI Mini Euro Centrale Collection in 'Can't Find My Czechbook' and 'OY-Another Polish Joke!'

Hi Everyone,
Happy Friday!
When I was in Paris I bought the mini Euro Centrale collection by OPI for €20. I thought the four mini colours looked amazing for Spring and Summer, and was particularly excited to try 'Can't Find My Czechbook' as it looked quite different to what I already have and really fun for Spring and Summer.
'Can't Find My Czechbook'  is a beautiful bright sky blue with no shimmer and 'OY-Another Polish Joke!', which I used on my ring finger, is an amazing yellow gold glitter, and is quite similar to OPI 'Goldeneye' which was from their Skyfall collection.

As with all OPI nail polishes the quality is excellent. They do apply quite sheer but with 2-3 coats look really nice, they also last several days with a good top coat and dry quickly as well. 
There are two more colours from the mini collection: 'Suzi's Hungary Again!', which in the bottle looks like a bright coral pink with a hint of shimmer, and 'You're Such a Budapest', which in the bottle looks like a beautiful lilac with a hint of shimmer. Both these colours also look amazing for Spring and Summer.

Have you tried any of the OPI Euro Centrale Collection? 
If so please leave a comment down below!

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Make Up Forever HD High Definition Concealer in '305 Porcelain'!

Hello Everyone,
After my recent trip to Paris I managed to purchase a couple of things. I was very excited about the fact they had a Sephora, and so whilst I was there I thought I might as well pick something up seeing as we don't have Sephora over here. Make Up Forever was one of the few brands the French Sephora did that we can't get in the UK, and so I was very tempted into trying out a product of theirs, seeing as we can't get it here.
After swatching (and lusting!) over several of their products, I decided to try and their High Definition concealer. I hadn't heard much about this product, but decided to give it a go and hope for best!

The colour is picked up was the lightest colour - '305 Porcelain', as usually concealer can be too dark for me. The shade '305' has quite neutral undertones, so can be used anywhere where you want concealing really. The next shade up, '310 Pink Porcelain', has much pinker undertones.
So beforehand you can clearly see a lot of darkness under my eyes and a couple of blemishes and redness around my nose. However, once I applied the concealer under my eyes, on my eyelids and the remaining around my nose, you can see just how much it has evened out my skin, brightened my under eye area, and how it has cancelled out any redness.
I would say it offers a medium coverage like it claims, but without looking or feeling heavy and cakey.
The consistency is really nice as it isn't too thin, but it's not too thick either. It also blends really nicely, and once set with powder, doesn't crease.
The colour '305' is amazing for fair skin. I sometimes find it hard to find concealers that are light enough, but this is perfect. 
The longevity of this concealer is also really good. From applying it at 8am this morning to when I got home at 4pm, it still looked pretty much how it started 8 hours before.

On the whole I really cannot complain about this concealer, it's amazing! 
It covers any dark circles, redness or blemishes really well without looking cakey.
It comes in 14 shades which I think is very impressive, especially for a concealer, and the consistency and blendability is really nice. 
It also lasts all day and once set with powder, doesn't crease.

I purchased this for €25.50 which is about £21 so pricey but for me it is worth it :) 
The only problem is that Make Up Forever is incredibly hard to get in the UK, but if you can get your hands on it, I would highly recommend this concealer!

Please let me know if you have tried this concealer and what you think of it!

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

A French Haul!

Hi Everyone,
I hope you have all had a great week! 
After getting home from Paris a couple of days ago, I thought I would share with you some sneaky purchases that I managed to fit in whilst on my trip.
The first thing on my list was Bioderma. Most of the youtubers and bloggers rave about this product for removing makeup, and as I prefer removing my makeup with a water based makeup remover I thought I would give it a go. I first purchased the miniature sized bottle which is perfect for testing out the product or for travel. I instantly fell in love with its ability to remove my makeup and its refreshing feeling, and so went back to the pharmacy and picked up the massive 500ml double pack. 
For makeup items, I of course was very excited to go into the Sephora on the Champs Elysees. I purchased on a bit of a whim the Make Up For Ever HD Concealer which I will be doing a full review on soon, and the OPI Euro Central Collection as the colours looked amazing for spring and summer. 
When we were heading back home on the Eurostar, whilst waiting for the train my mum and I decided to do some last bits of shopping to round off the trip. Again on a bit of a whim my mum and I both picked up a Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter, as at only €12 each I thought it was an incredible deal as in the UK they retail for about £17.  I got the shade '01 Rose Shimmer' which is a very light pink shade, and so far I am in love!
Lastly I picked up this really cute makeup bag from the gift shop in the Eiffel Tower. I thought it was so sweet and a perfect way to remember the beautiful city :)

So they are the things I picked up from Paris, if you didn't see my previous post about my trip to Paris please click HERE
I really hope you enjoyed this haul, please leave a comment down below as I love the see what you guys think!
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Saturday, 13 April 2013

A trip to Paris...

Hi Everyone,
I hope you're all well! Over the last few days, the family and I took a short trip to Paris. 
It was the first time I had been to France so I was very excited, hence the hundreds of pictures I took. We did most of the touristy things like go up the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre and walk down the Champs Elysees. Paris is such a beautiful city, and I am very grateful I was able to enjoy a few days within it. If you haven't been to Paris I would really urge you to visit it. It has beautiful architecture, amazing food and very nice (although very expensive) shops. 
I wanted to share with you some of the photos I took whilst I was there as I am in love with this very beautiful city!

Spring bloom in front of the Eiffel Tower | Me in a very tasty bakery | A beautiful icon at night

The Louvre | Raining on the bus tour | The "lovers bridge" across the river Seine

The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero Gardens | Up the Eiffel Tower, a really awesome experience | The Champ Elysees, such an amazing street

I really hope you enjoyed these pictures, and thank you so much for reading.
 Au revoir,

Monday, 8 April 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush!

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all well! 
Today I want to share with you my new Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which I recently purchased to add to my current collection of Real Techniques brushes. 
If you have seen my previous reviews of the Real Techniques brushes, you will know just how much I love them. The quality is amazing, they are super soft, they never shed and they are easy to clean!
All of the above can also be said for the Expert Face brush, which I have not been disappointed in, despite my first worry it would be too firm and too small for applying foundation.
As you can see compared to the Buffing brush (Left), the Expert Face brush is much more condensed. It is a lot thinner and wider, and denser. 
I love the Buffing brush for quickly buffing in my foundation, as I know it'll leave it blended evenly. The Buffing brush is also great for applying foundation or powder to achieve a full coverage.
From using the Expert Face brush, I would say that it is very similar to the Buffing brush in the way that it gives a similar flawless finish to your foundation, it makes blending in foundation very easy, and how it can achieve a full coverage. The only difference I would say is that because the Expert Face brush is smaller, it does take a little longer to really work in the foundation, however, because it is smaller, it makes applying foundation around your nose and around your temples much easier.

The Expert Face brush is just as soft as all of the other Real Technique brushes, it has never shed on me and it is super easy to clean.
I would say if you don't want to splash out £21.99 on the Core Collection to get the Buffing brush, I would strongly urge you to try the Expert Face brush, which I think is an amazing alternative for £9.99. 

Please let me know if you have tried the Expert Face brush and what you think of it!

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Previous Real Techniques reviews;

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Recent Purchases #4

Hi Everyone,
Happy Saturday! 
Today I wanted to share with you some recent purchases. As it is Easter, I have been tempted to go shopping a little bit more than usual, and so I have a few things to share with you!
I picked up this sideways cross necklace from Forever 21 for only £2.40. I really like its simplicity and the fact it is a bit different from usual cross necklaces. It sits really nicely and I can see myself wearing it a lot!
I got these triangle neon coral earrings from Topshop. As I'm sure many of you guys know I love my coral, and so when I saw these I thought they would be so cool for spring and summer. They're also really different to anything I already have!

In Boots currently there is '3 for 2' across all of their makeup, and so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pick up some items which I have had my eye on! 
In the end I picked up the Real Techniques Expert Face brush which I am in love with. However, I will do a full review on this soon so please stay tuned for that!
The free item I got was the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail paint in 'Lychee', which I have already done a review on. I also picked up the Revlon Lip Butter in 'Juicy Papaya', which I have also done a review on!
From Boots I also picked up two of the travel sized Soap and Glory products, which are really great because it means you can try out some of their products to see if you like them before buying the full sized bottles. I got the Clean on Me shower gel and the Hand Food, both of which I am still excited to try!

So they are my recent purchases. I have been able to get some really good deals from Boots and a couple of new accessories! 
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints in 'Lychee'

Hi Everyone,
Hope you're all having a great week!
After hearing so many bloggers and youtubers rave about the new Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints, I thought I would check them out.
The nail polishes are said to have a high shine gel-like finish, and so I was very intrigued to see if the texture and application would be different, and to see if a top coat was needed.
I decided to try the nude colour 'Lychee', as I think nude's look really nice once you find the right one for your skintone, and as Estee from EssieButton loves this colour I thought it could work. 
Application wise I definitely had to get used to it. The brush is quite spindly and so you have to go over the nail several times. I would say the polish slightly thicker, which sort of makes it quite gloopy to apply. However, once you get the hang of it it becomes much easier.
I found that the polish dried surprisingly quickly and left quite a shiny finish. It wasn't as shiny as I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't poor.
The colour 'Lychee' I do think is quite nice. It is a lovely nude which the slightest ever hint of pink/peach. I am not 100% sure if it suits my skin colour, but it is a nice change to wear a nude as I usually always go for quite dark colours.
Longevity wise, after about 3 days it has begun to chip which is slightly disappointing but not surprising considering I didn't use a top coat. 

Overall I do quite like this nail polish. The application is good once you've gotten the hang if it, and I do like the finish. The longevity is okay and the colour 'Lychee' I think is quite nice, but there are others I do want to try like 'Papaya'. 

For £3.99 I still would recommend this nail polish, and I would purchases another one.
Let me know what you think of the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints if you have tried them!

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. 
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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Revlon Lip Butter in 'Juicy Papaya'

Hi Everyone,
Hope you're all well! 

After owning one of the Revlon lip butters (review HERE), I thought I would never buy one again. I had such mixed feelings about them, and that simply the colour selection, price and formula put me off. 
However, when I saw that they were releasing new summer colours that I believe are limited edition, I knew I had to take a look. 
Once at Boots I fell in love with the new shade 'Juicy Papaya'. Despite my earlier disappointment, 'Juicy Papaya' seemed like the perfect summer coral colour, which I love, and so I went ahead and bought it. 

So the Revlon lip butters are basically a tinted lip balm. At £7.99 I do still think they're overpriced, but that didn't put me off this colour.
As my lips are already quite pigmented, it can be hard to appreciate the shade. However, I find on me 'Juicy Papaya' is that perfect mix of coral and pink. I am totally in love with this lipstick, so much so that I am determined to buy another one.
I think this colour is more than perfect for spring/summer, and would look gorgeous on anyone.
I also think the formula is surprisingly good. I find it to be hydrating whilst lasting a good 3 hours before fading. The application is really smooth as well, and it has a lovely finish.

I am so over the moon with this lip butter, and cannot urge you enough to swatch this in your local drugstore. The other colours available as part of the limited edition range were also really nice.
I do want to pick up another one of these, because although I haven't had this long I can't bear the thought of running out. Strange? I know!

Let me know if you have picked up any of the new colours from the Revlon lip butters and what you think of them!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

March Favourites!

Hi Everyone,
Hope you're all well! I cannot believe we are already into April. It seems 2013 is going even more quickly than 2012!

Today though I wanted to share with you a few favourites. I don't have that many to show you and a couple of the products are very recent items, however, the products I am going to show you I absolutely love!

The Little Bubble Co' Coconut Creme Shower Gel
This shower gel smells incredible! I previously owned the 'vanilla biscuit' scent, but after running out of it I decided to give the 'coconut creme' scent a whirl. I definitely prefer the scent of the coconut, it is quite subtle and sweet. The actual shower gel is also really nice, and for only £2.99 for a massive 500ml bottle from Waitrose, I really don't think you can go wrong.

Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya
This is a very recent purchases for me, and will be included in a mini Boots haul which is coming up very soon. However, I love it already! It is a gorgeous coral colour so perfect for spring, and the formula is also really good. I will do a full review on it though so please stay tuned for that.

OPI Nail Envy
I tend to have quite weak nails and so was looking forward to trying this out as so many people rave about it. I use this by itself or as a base coat, and I have found have using it for several weeks my nails do feel stronger. This doesn't really make them grow longer, it just strengthens them, which is what I really wanted. The Nail Envy makes an amazing base coat and also dries really quickly. I love it!

Garnier Pure Active Moisturiser
I picked this up after running out of my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, and so far I have been enjoying using it. It has a cucumber smell which is nice and refreshing, and sinks into the skin quickly. I find it helps mattify my skin, and in general is a nice moisturiser for oily skin. 

That is it for my favourites, let me know what your favourites are down below!

I hope you enjoyed my March favourites and found it helpful. I hope you all have an amazing April, and thank you for reading.