Thursday, 29 January 2015

MyPure Review: Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Toner

Today I have another review from the natural and organic  beauty and makeup retailer MyPure .  I am reviewing a hydrating mist/toner by a new to me brand called Kosmea.

First of all let me say how much I love these kind of products, for me they feel really refreshing and light and when you use lots of different skincare products my face can start to feel really heavy and clogged down so I love being able to use something lightweight and gentle on the skin.

So when you order this product you get a 125ml spray bottle which costs £14.95, it arrives in a cardboard box (which when opend smells of roses straight away!). There is lots of helpful information on the box which I really like as it tells you exactly what this product is and the benefits of using it.

The product itself smells fantastic, a lovely rose scent that isn't artificial or indeed too overwhelming.  The only thing on the box that I would disagree with is that I think the bottle is slightly on the large size to pop into your handbag, but for me this is a bonus as it means you get more  product that you think you are going to get!

The directions simply state to mist the product onto the face to refresh your skin. The spray on the bottle isn't too powerful so you can easily do this without drenching the skin. The way I like to apply this however is pumping some product onto some cotton pads and then applying it to the skin in a circular motion. I normally do this after cleansing and am surprised by the amount of residue it removes from the skin.

I love this list of positives surrounding this product. When I can I love to use natural products without any testing on animals. I also think the fact that the packing is recyclable is a huge plus!

Using this product makes my skin feel relaxed and refreshed as well as feeling soft and clean. I also feel that it really helps to keep moisture and hydration in my skin for much longer. I know this will feel amazing in the summer as a quick refresh but also I think it is great for trapping in moisture during the cold winter months. The fact it is so natural helps to keep my acne prone skin in balance without giving it any extra stress  I highly recommend this product and this is an instant repurchase product for me! 

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, 26 January 2015

piCture pOlish Paradise

I don't have a massive  piCture pOlish collection even though I literally love ALL of their polishes. However once I first saw swatches of Paradise I knew I needed it. It was so unique and pretty. Finally after much coveting I own it! 

Paradise is described as a jewel toned green/blue shade with shifting colours of pink and purple glitters.  It has a foily finish  which is ultra shiny but doesn't have obvious brush marks. I am not really one for a foil finish but I don't mind it at all here. I do wish the pink glitter was a 'pop-y' as it seems in the bottle but it is still lovely and the pink does sparkle through when this polish hits the light.

My swatches show two thick-ish coats with Seche Vite topcoat. 

Isn't it lovely? Do you own any piCture pOlishes?
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Friday, 23 January 2015

My Handcare Routine with Soap and Glory

Over the Christmas period I have become a little obsessed with Soap and Glory, I got a few bits as gifts and when the cold weather started attacking my hands I decided that I need to start looking at some bits for myself too.

First off let me say I love the iconic pink packaging with the clever retro names. These are really pretty tubes and don't look out of place on a dressing table at all.

Scrub + Happiness came from the 'Nail Call' gift set which was exclusive for Christmas. I haven't seen this listed on it's own anywhere which is annoying, but I also have a a body scrub from Soap and Glory which is very similar (it is the sugar crush one) and they both work really well (and are pretty interchangeable). This is a great product to exfoliate your hands and prep them before using handcream. I don't use a handscrub everyday as I don't think I need it, but it is an added luxury that I really like to indulge in once in a while.  This hand scrub comes in the traditional 'pink' fragrance and leaves my hands feeling soft and supple, especially around my (drying) cuticles!

Hand Food may be the most iconic of the Soap and Glory range. I adore this handcream, since Christmas I have already used up my small 50ml tube so had to buy the 125ml version (they also do a pump version of this product which I am buying next!). It absorbs into the skin quickly without being too greasy. It is a perfect 'daytime' cream and you can apply it as often as you want.

Lastly we have Endless Love, which is a extra rich hand cream/hand mask. I used this product as an overnight treatment as it is quite heavy but my hands just feel SO SOFT after I have used this product. You can either apply this like a handcream or use it with cotton gloves to help lock in the moisture overnight. My hands are so much smoother and the skin much firmer after using this product.

In all I am really impressed with this range, I am very tempted by the skincare collection too so I will check that out next. Have you tried any Soap and Glory products? What is your routine?
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

China Glaze Skyscraper Swatch and Review

Today I have a swatch of a polish that has sat in my untried pile for literally years, China Glaze Skyscraper is from the Metro collection which came out in 2011! I have a love/hate relationship with this polish which I will explain below:

First off doesn't this just look magical? Skyscraper is a blue jelly base with blue and silver micro glitter  floating throughout. It reminds me of a less chunky version of Deborah Lippmann Today Was A Fairytale. 

My issues with this polish comes from the application, the jelly formula was just so thin that is was almost like water to apply. This is four coats and honestly I think I could have used another for opacity really. My swatches show a layer of Seche Vite as well to smooth out all the glitter.

I mean don't get me wrong, painting all those layers adds real depth to this polish but the lazy part of me just can't be bothered by it!

Do you think a pretty polish is worth as many coats? I know that I could layer it over a blue to minimise the number of coats required but it's just not the same!! #firstworldnailpolishproblems

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Monday, 12 January 2015

My Geek Box Review: Merry Geekmas

Today I am sharing with you a super late review of December's My Geek Box

Just a quick recap from my last review:  My Geek Box is a subscription based box which promises to send you lots of geekery in a box for £14.99 per month. What made Mr PishPosh and Polish and I gravitate towards this particular box was the fact that it was based in the UK which means you don't have super high postage costs, delays due to international shipping and most importantly be based around franchises that are popular in the UK.

December's box was themed around 'Geekmas'. Here is what we got:

Star Wars 'Death Star' juggling balls. Mr PishPosh and Polish was very excited about these, they are good quality vinyl bean-bag style and rather cute. The Christmas connection wasn't obvious with me to start with but they would make great  post-turkey entertainment.

Transformers Optimus Prime Stress Ball. Made of the traditional foam material, again I think this is really cute and rather tounge-in-cheek way of destressing after the holiday season. Mr PishPosh and Polish has taken this as his own and now sits proudly at his desk at work!

A  Christmassy Darth Vader clip plushie. This is again really good quality and larger than it looks in the photo. From looking online there was a chance that you could also get a christmas Yoda. I love the fact he wears a Christmas hat over his helmet! When you push his belly you also get the iconic Vader-breathing sound clip.

  Next up is a Pac-man bottle opener. This is solid and about the size of your fist. It is also magnetic so can be attached to the fridge for easy access. This came in very handy on Christmas day.

I was rather surprised to see another Star Wars inspired gift in this box (while all the objects are really nice it would be nicer still to get a little more variety, but this is only a minor objection). This is a tin bauble which splits in half with a little cookie inside. I really like the design of this, it's not too in your face and has a almost vintage feel to it which means it didn't look at all out of place hung on our tree. 

I had to laugh at this Cadbury Selection box. I always get one each year for Christmas so it's inclusion here helped me uphold my tradition! You can never go wrong with chocolate!

As always you also get an exclusively designed T shirt. This month's design is Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas designed to look like a Sugar Skull. The T Shirt itself is a heavy cotton materiel and is is of a really high quality (the sizing is generous too!)

You can sign up to My Geek Box here and there is also a badge on sidebar which acts as a referral link if you would like to use it! The next box will be here later this week so I will try to be a bit more prompt with my review. The theme for the box is "Justice" and My Geek Box are currently taking orders for February's "Side-kicks" box. 

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Glitzology: Bad Things

Glitzology was a brand that produced the most crazy glitter bombs around, but like a glitter hurricane she rocked the indie scene and then was gone. I have sat on this swatch for a while as I hate showing polishes that you can't buy easily, however I see Glitzology polish quite regularly in blog sales so bit the bullet and here is my post.

Bad Things is inspired by the show True Blood (lets not talk about the ending shall we? I am TOTALLY over it

Bad Things is a magenta jelly packed with black, red and holographic silver glitter as well as red heart glitter. I found this polish really hard to work with, I am not sure if it is due to age or just the sheer amount of glitter in it but it was super thick. I think it would benefit from a drop or two of polish thinner.

My swatches show two dabbed coats with Seche Vite to smooth out the glitter. In the light this polish is crazy shiny! I don't care that people say they are over glitter, to me there is nothing better!

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Friday, 2 January 2015

MyPure Review: Inika Ultimate Lip Tint

Today I am sharing with you another product from MyPure who is an online retailer of lots of natural and organic beauty and makeup. The product I chose to review was the Inika Lip Tint in the shade Cosmic.

The lip tint comes package in this matte black and gold box which is really pretty. You can see the shade name clearly on the packaging and it proudly exclaims the fact it is 100% vegan, cruelty free and halal. I like keep the tint in the box to protect it but it would easily fit into your handbag as it is as it isn't at all bulky.

The bullet itself resembles the outer packaging. It is slimline and quite sleek, this is why I keep it in the box as I am scared I will loose it in my giant handbag! However this means it would easily fit into a a clutch bag on a night out. Never the less there is quite alot of product in such a small container- 3.2g in fact!

You can see that the product itself has a flat head and a standard twist-up design. Cosmic is a metallic leaning scarlet red and is really pretty to look at. It has lots of reflective particles which makes it sparkle and shine in the light!   The sharp edges of product help to give a easy application that is very defined and controlled when applied to the lips.

So what does it look like?

The swatch on the left shows one swipe of the product on the hand. The one on the right shows how the colour can be built up (this is three swipes). I find that on my quite pigmented lips that Cosmic doesn't really have much intensity to it and isn't as metallic as it looks in the bullet.  However considering this is just a lip 'tint' I am not surprised or disappointing by this.  It does however have a subtle pop of colour and on quite pale lips it will give a lovely rosey-red look to the lips.

What I love about this product however is how hydrating it is. It feels more like a lipbalm than a traditional tint. This tint contains coconut oil and shea butter which I think are a big factor in this. In the colder winter months keeping your lips hydrated to stop chapping is really important. What I also love is considering the oil content in this product it doesn't feel greasy or sticky on the lips.

The liptint also contains peppermint oil  which is supposed "to give lips a refreshing tingle that also plumps for a perfect pout"  but also makes it smell really appealing (but not too minty). I wouldn't say I really noticed a tingling effect and it certainly is a lot more pleasant to wear than alot of plumping lip colours.

I really like this liptint and wear it alot at work where I want something more subtle but when it catches the light looks lovely and shiny as well as having beneficial factors for the state of my lips.

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

MyPure Review: FUNG Long johns

I am so excited by the new line of organic nail polishes available at MyPure who stock a massive range of beauty and makeup products all of which are natural, ethically sourced or organic. As this blog is primarily a nail polish blog I am really in my comfort zone reviewing such products!

 I have heard of FUNG before on some other blogs but have never tried this brand, I am not sure how many stockists there are of FUNG here in the UK but I think it was a harder to find brand.

 There is a huge range of different shades to choose from on the MyPure website (including some glitters and a duochrome) but I decided to try out a nice wintery theme creme polish called Long Johns. Yes the name made me smile and influenced my decision making process somewhat.

Let me start by saying how impressed I am with the formula of this polish, the creme was opaque in just one coat (out of  tradition I am wearing two but you really don't need to!) But it was easily workable and not too thick or awkward to paint with. The polish also dried really quickly and to a nice glossy finish. (Again more out of habit than anything I am wearing topcoat in my pictures)

Long Johns is described as a 'muted green' it is a blue toned sage green with lots of grey undertones. It is very chic and looks stormy and perfect for the winter yet at the same time is a bit edgy. 

FNUG polishes contain silica and vitamin A, D, E, and B which all help to condition the nail. It almost does the job of wearing a strengthening base coat within the nail colour itself which I think is very clever.   All the polishes also contain caviar which according to the site "bring your nails the benefit of the high content of nutritious essential amino acids and minerals found in the micro eggs"  i find this a bit odd but it's not like you can see the caviar in the polish or anything so it really doesn't bother me. 
FNUG Nail Polish like most big brands are also 3free and do not contain Formaldehyde, Toulene or Dibutyl Phthalate which can all be toxious.

The wear time on the polish was really great, they say it contains a chip-resistent formula and I really think that it adheres to the nails well. I am normally not lucky enough to get more than a day from my polish but I got three from this (so expect about 5ish for an average person!)

In all I am really impressed by this new brand and would certainly buy more in the future! While you are checking out the FUNG polishes be sure to see what else MyPure has to offer!

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 December 2014

Jindie Nails: I'm a Star Dot Com

Happy Christmas everyone, today I am swatching another Jindie Nails Polish called I'm a Star Dot Com.

This is such a fun polish and sums up Jindies making style perfectly. This is a white crelly base packed with black, pink and silver glitter in a variety of shapes, including dots and stars!

My swatches show three coats without any fishing. My second and third coats used the dabbing method to apply the glitter evenly accross the nail. To get a purer white base you could easily use a white polish underneath this polish but I quite like the squishy marshmellowy-ness  of it. I have finished my swatches with Seche Vite Topcoat.

In all this is a really playful and happy polish and I really enjoyed wearing it!

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Dark Metal Lacquer: Choccy Orange

I am not the biggest lover of brown polish, the yellow undertones in mu skin just seem to clash with it, but I was drawn towards Choccy Orange from Dark Metal Lacquers Autumn Collection.

This is a chesnut brown jelly polish packed with teeny tiny metallic orange glitter, which really gives this polish a 'lit-from-within' feel to it which is perfect for these horrid winters days.

My swatches show two coats (and Seche Vite topcoat)... from looking at the macros maybe I could have done with a third but the VNL wasn't really noticeable in real life! For the amount of glitter in this polish I was surprised to find no hint of grittyness at all and with topcoat it is perfectly glassy on the nail.

This is just such a unique shade in my collection! I tip my hat to any maker who can make me wear a brown polish!
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