Monday, 29 September 2014

MyPure Review: EcoTools Six Piece Starter Set

As much as I love makeup one thing I am certainly missing from my Arsenal of supplies is makeup brushes, hence why I chose to review some for my next round of reviews for MyPure.

So what a better set to choose than the EcoTools Starter Set ,  which includes 6 of your staple brushes.

First lets talk about the packaging, I like the fact there isn't alot of unnecessary packing especially  from such a natural and eco friendly brand.  The brushes come in this handy pouch which is perfect for storage which is made from cotton and hemp.  Even the poppers on the bag are from recylced materials! I love these little extra touches! Everything looks clean, neutral and organic and my first  impressions on these brushes is really high and postive.

The brushes themselves are made from bamboo and recycled materials and they are cruelty-free. The bamboo makes these brushes very lightweight which is fantastic as it means you really could carry all six brushes around with you in your handbag if you know you would be traveling for instance.

 The set Includes the following, a Blush Brush, Eye Shading Brush, Angled Eyeliner Brush, Concealer Brush, Lash & Brow Groomer. Each brush has the name of what it is used for on the handle which is a really nice touch which I appreciate too.  The handles on these brushes are slightly on the shorter size but that makes them perfect for my smaller hands too!

The only additional brush I think I need that isn't included in this set is a foundation brush, however MyPure sell the Individual EcoTools foundation brush too so it is not too much of an issue! 

I have been using these brushes for my daily makeup routine now for about a month and I really like them. They are super soft, most particularly the blush brush. My personal favourite brush has to be the eyeshadow brush as it is perfect  for loading loose eyeshadow or pigment on the lid, in a way that those spongy applicators you can get for eyeshadow can't do. The bristles are stuff enough yet at the same time are soft and supple when you are using them to apply your makeup. It is not as easy to blend your eyeshadow with this brush but does deliver high pigmentation.

The angled brush is perfect for gel eyeliner and I have almost perfected the cat-eye look with this brush!

I did find I had some slight shedding with these brushes when I used them, I think the best way to counteract this would be to wash them before you use them to get rid of any extra bristles!

In all I am really pleased with these brushes, maybe I will start showing you my FOTD now that I can apply my makeup slightly more professionally! As stated above you can buy these brushes and many other natural and organic products directly from MyPure.

The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

W is for China Glaze When Stars Collide

The next letter in the Alphabet Challenge is 'W' and chose another untried polish for this prompt. When Stars Collide is from the same China Glaze Holographic collection as Astro-Hot which I used way back at the start of this challenge.

When starts collide is a maroon leaning plum with some brown undertones with a scattered holographic finish. This polish was quite opaque and only needed two coats. It dried to a semi-matte satin finish so I applied a coat of Seche Vite to get a nice glossy finish.

My photos are taken with a flash as I am without a daylight bulb at the moment and I wanted you to see the holographic sparkle. Without flash this polish is a shade darker and less evidently purple and the holographic finish is of course less pronounced.

This is quite a vampy, Autumnal shade and perfect for catching the last rays of dying sun before winter comes.

Anyway you can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this Alphabet challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!
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Monday, 22 September 2014

Deborah Lippmann, Today Was A Fairytale

Today Was A Fairytale is everyone you could want from a silver glitter polish!

Filled with various silver glitter in a sheer grey toned  blue base, I have layered of Today Was A Fairytale one coat over Layla Ocean Rush  to emphasise the blue base in this polish. I have used one coat of Seche Vite to topcoat this.

This polish has ‘Virgin Diamond Powder’ listed on the bottle, which is really cool, although to me it just looks like silver glitter. However I must admit is is really shiny and glitter and reminds me of a glitter ball! I can't stop looking at my nails in the sun!

This polish is so blingy and glamorous all at once, for a more concentrated glitter  look you could easily apply a second coat but I quite like the scattered glitter effect of this polish!

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Alphabet Challenge: V is for Lilypad Lacquers Vixens Wear Violet

Okay so let me warn you this is a majorly moany post which is totally unfair as the polish I have to share for you is STUNNING!

So today I am showing the next polish in the Alphabet Challenge, first let me say how hard it was to  find a polish starting with 'V'. I know you all will prove me wrong now and name a million polishes I own starting with 'V' but for the love of all things holy I couldn't find anything for what seemed like forever!

So this is Lilypad Lacquer Vixens Wear Violet which is one of the first Lilypad Lacquers I have ever tried.  This is a violet grape purple with a amazingly high amount of  course holographic sparkles and some small microflakies which in indirect light shine almost golden. Sadly I couldn't capture those in my swatches as I had to use my flash to get decent photos.

  Formula wise this polish this polish applies amazingly, it is almost opaque in one coat. My swatches show two with HK Girl topcoat. 

So lets address the elephant in the room, I trapped my finger in the door a at the start of the week, it was really swollen and painful for ages. Owchie! To try and stop the pain I ended up cutting down my nails as far as I can. They will grow back soon enough I guess...

More worringly my application of this polish wasn't great, my hands have been shaking all week and it makes applying polish much harder than it needs to be (as well as trying to take photos with a steady hand!). My only bugbear with this polish is that as it is so opaque that it stains my cuticles a little bit. You can see the purple marks from where I have tried to clean up a bit with some acetone if you look closely.

Look at that holographic rainbow! This polish is just so pretty, I am speechless!

Anyway you can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this Alphabet challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Beat The Signs of Aging with Syno-Vital (Review)

Recently I was sent these sachets of Syno-Vital from the brand Modern Herbals which can help slow down the signs of aging.

Voted best VMS (Vitamin, Mineral Supplement) product of the year 2012, I was interested to see what these sachets were like!

Syno-Vital is high strength Hyaluronic Acid.  What is that I hear you ask? Well... Hyalurnan (HA) is important for retaining water and transporting nutrients around the body it is a natural liquid found in the synovial fluid in the joints, eyes and skin and starts to decrease with age (especially in those over the age of 50). These sachets help provide a replacement for lost HA. 

Therefore the potential benefits include your joints, skin (including minimising wrinkles!), hair and eyes!

As stated on the Modern Herbal site "HA is becoming the must-have ‘miracle molecule’ in a bag, chosen by many to help slow down the aging process."

You will receive thirty sachets containing 5ml of product. The liquid itself is colourless, odorless and tasteless and should be added to water once a day. Therefore one box will last for month.

While I tried a few sachets myself and can verify no adverse effects being in my early twenties I couldn't really see any obvious benefits. However help was at hand in the form of my Father-In-Law Richard who graciously decided to be my Guinea Pig and also take these sachets with me.

So each day we both took a sachet with water. Within just over a week Richard had said that he felt that his joints weren't so stiff, particularity in his knees. This was great news. After three weeks, Richard was reporting that he felt it was also helping with his aching back and was looking at purchasing more sachets (as I had been taking them as well we didn't have a whole month's supply).

 When I next spoke to him about Syno-Vital he has bought two additional boxes (two months worth of products). He had additionally recommended it to his mother for her arthritis.  Normally he is a many of few words but he spoke very positively about these sachets and how noticable the effect of taking them was. One of the main points he spoke about was how easy these were to take and how it was so easy to get into a routine of just having one sachets in the morning with breakfast. I think I can safely say that we both would highly recommend this product. There are also loads of positive testimonies about these products online (including Amazon).

  A one month supply (30 x 5ml sachets) costs £29.99 and is available from health stores nationwide.  or visit 

The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Monday, 15 September 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Sapphire

September marks the second anniversary of the start of the Digital Dozen. This manicure was suppose to go up last week but with my new job I find myself coming home and just falling asleep, it is inspired by Sapphire's which is the birthstone of September.

This manicure features a dry brush stroke design in as many differing shades of blue as I could find. (I am not going to name them all but you can see them in the photo below). I found using all the same colour didn't give as much definition as my last Brush Stroke manicure but I quite like the subtle effect of this.

I like the flashes of holo you get from some of the polishes used here. It really adds and interesting feel to the manicure.

You can see the other manicures done for this challenge by following the links below. You can also enter our massive giveaway with over 50 prizes by following this link!
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

U is for Color Club Uptown Girl

Today I am bringing you the next part of the Alphabet Challenge. I am so close to the end if this challenge now, looking back at the first photos I can see how much I have improved over the course of this challenge as this is actually an older photo from the vault- can you tell? Anyway today is the letter 'U', I am going to show you Uptown Girl by Color Club.

Uptown Girl is from  the Rebel Debutante from way back in 2010. It is a dusky mauve colour, that is quite different from anything else I own. This is three coats, I could probably have gotten away with two coats but now my nails are a little bit longer I didn't want any visible nail line. This polish dries to a nice shiny finish even without topcoat but as always I used Seche Vite to help this last!


You can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this Alphabet challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!
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Digit-al Dozen China Patterns

A modern gift for a two year anniversary is China or China Patterns. As the Digit-al Dozen is two this month today's theme is China Patterns.

The base of this manicure is my Cotton inspired manicure from day two which you can find here. I then decided to freehand some flowers in the traditional light blue which is Barry M Blue Moon.

This is quite a subtle manicure but I quite like it. I did find it quite hard using such a light colour to be able to really get lots of detail into my flowers, but then again I am not the best at freehand art.

Anyway you can check out the other China Pattern manicures as well as pastel themed manicures done by the British Nail Bloggers in the links below!

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Cotton

Cotton is seen as the gift given for a second anniversary, so considering the Digit-al Dozen is now two of our themes this week was 'cotton'. I am so sorry my manicure is so boring.

I decided to do a subtle saran manicure using a unnamed Cream polish and then Barry M matte White, annoyingly it is so subtle my camera has struggled to pick it. I swear these aren't just white nails!

I'm going to let the photos talk for themselves, if I had more time I would have freehanded a cloth pattern on here.

You can check out the other manicures done by the Digit-al Dozen (hopefully they are more exciting than mine) below!

Have a great day!

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Monday, 8 September 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does things that comes in pairs: For Every Twit there is a Twoo

The Digit-al Dozen is celebrating two years of being amazing. There is a giant Giveaway and this week we are doing nail art based on the number two!

Today we are doing art based on things that comes in pairs. I know that technically owls are solitary but as I found out recently the Twit-Twoo of a owl is actually a call and a reply, and that is what I have based my design on.

The base of this manicure is Barry M Gelly Blueberry, I have then used these super cute nail art decals from The Born Pretty Store (called Nail Art Water Decals Transfer Stickers Cute Animal Owl Elephant Pattern Sticker BOP125/124 and item number # 15559 if you wanted to search manually).

My 'trees' were done using Zoya, Trxie, Mitzi and Veruschka and several sizes of dotting tool, I simply overlaid my dots to create a tree-like pattern.

Here you can see the full range of designs that you get on the decal sheet, annoyingly I forgot to photograph this before I cut out the designs I wanted.  I like the fact you get a range of sized decals so even for smaller nubbins like mine you can still get decals that fit well.

I found these decals also very easy to use, simply snip them and place them in water for 30 seconds until the decal slides from the backing. All you do then is position it on the nail and topcoat to make sure it is full adhered to the nail.I used Seche Vite.

Arn't these owls so cute! If you are a fan of owls I would highly recommend these decals! 

 You can see what the other members of the Digit-al Dozen are doing by following the thumblinks below.

Remember you can get all your nail art products as Born Pretty- they stock so much! and if you are planning to order  don't forget you can get 10% off your order with the code "BA5X31" which is also on my blog sidebar.  

The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing.

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