Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Stash It: Revlon Emerald City Comparison Post


Hi guys today I have a post in my 'Stash It!' series which aims to help nail polish newbies find the best polishes for their stash!

I have done this post a little different as I wanted to compare it to two HTF (Hard To Find) polishes by brands that are considered a little more high-brow in the polish community to see if you are able to get a comparatively great polish for a fraction of the price.

So without further ado...


So we have OPI Here Today... Aragon Tomorrow (Suede), Zoya Veruschka and Revlon Emerald City (Matte). Both the OPI and Zoya are discontinued. Of course the Revlon is our cheaper brand out of the three, lets check out it's info:

  • Ease of purchase: Pretty Easy, this is from Poundland so it is random as to whether yours will have it in stock but I have seen it in loads of Poundlands at different points. I bought mine two years ago and they still stock them just as regularly now.
  • Price: £1
  • Colour and Finish: Dark Forest Green with a matte (flat) finish
  • Application: Two Coats, dries quickly but a little more acre is needed to apply as it is a matte finish
  • 3 free? Yes (3-Free, No Formaldehyde Resin, No Camphor)
  • Wear Time:  approx two days (without topcoat this may chip)
  • Bottle and Brush Shape: Standard Revlon bottle, hard to tip over, long thin brush
  • Is it good for nail art? Yes highly opaque and matte finish provides interesting texture





Here we go... so can you tell the difference between the three polishes?



In terms of colour all three polishes are exactly the same. The only thing that sets these polishes apart are the slight difference in 'matte' finishes. If you are a pedantic polish aholic like me this can make all the difference but as a nail newbie this shouldn't be so much of an issue.

The Zoya is a standard matte finish, when you comapre the OPI to it you can see it is alot 'flatter' and there isn't as much shimmer to it. The Revlon on the other hand even when dry isn't a full matte (we call this a Satin finish).

So really we can see that there is little different between the high end polishes and the cheaper highstreet brand. But is that enough?

We also need to consider application, in this case there really isn't much between them, all three polishes here are shown with two coats without topcoat. As matte polishes they all dry quickly but they are quite thick and opaque when applied. The OPI did have a tendency to drag slightly between coats and the Zoya was slightly more opaque (you could almost use one coat).


In all I would say Revlon Emerald City is a good contender and the best dark green matte polish to add to your new collection.

So finally we have to ask should you Stash It or is it A Shocker? Well my personal opinion is this:




Yes it's a great polish to add to your collection go over to your Poundland now and see if you can find a bottle! 
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Friday, 29 August 2014

MyPure Review: Alva Organic Liquid Lip Gloss

Today I am reviewing another lip product from the great website MyPure which are specialist carriers of lots of natural beauty and makeup brands. Today's product is Alva's Organic Liquid Lip Gloss in the shade Indian Red, which you can purchase here. 


As you can see the Liquid Lip Gloss come in a standard lipgloss applicator with a doe-foot wand. I like the fact that the tube is clear as you can see exactly how much product is in the tube. One of pet pet peeves is not being able to tell when you are almost out of your favourite product.


Indian Red is a brown, terracotta toned red. It is a compleatly unique colour in my collection. I chose it as it is not a shade I would normally gravitate towards however it looks quite flattering and not as bold and bright as a true red. The consistency is quite thick and it is more like a liquid lipstick rather than a gloss. However this means it is very opaque, I only needed one swipe over the lips to create a striking colour.

I also found the applicator very precise which is good as it is easy to make a mess with such opaque colours. 


Firstly let me say, look how glossy this is. The shine is crazy, yet this product doesn't feel sticky or heavy on the lips. In fact it is quite moisturing and leaves the lips feeling nourished. 

I would say looking at these photos it almost gives a plumping look to the lips, which is very pretty.


This lip colour is very autumnal and I think will look great as the whether starts to change and it cools down outside .  I think depending on how you style your makeup this can be either very chic or quite vampy. 


 I really don't have a lip product problem, honestly. This is lovely and I can highly recommend! Plus it is completely organic! Bonus as far as I am concerned!

What do you think of this product?




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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Thursday, 28 August 2014

S is for W7 Salt and Pepper


Today we are moving onto the letter 'S' in the alphabet challenge. I have also combined it with the prompt in the  British Nail Bloggers Colour Me Crazy Challenge which is 'Black and White' this week.

This is Salt and Pepper by W7. I remember being so excited for these polishes as they were some of the first type of speckled/ sprinkle polishes. (Some turned out to be dupes of  Nails Inc ).

Anyway I am not normally a white person, it looks washed out and odd on me and my stumpy nails. However I like the black speckles in this, it reminds me of Madagascan vanilla or the inside of a dragonfruit.
 

As for application this is three thin coats, I had no issues with applying this on the nails and it is dries quite glossy, however as always here it is with Seche Vite topcoat. 


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!

Also you can see the other Black and White manicures in the link-up below!
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

MyPure Review: Acorelle Hair Growth Minimiser

Today I bringing you another review from the store My Pure which specialises in nautral beauty and makeup products. Today's post is about  Acorelle Hair Growth Minimiser  which can be found here.

One of the issues with having naturally dark hair is the fact it can sometimes appear in those unwanted places! The idea of a Hair Growth Minimiser is that it inhibits growth of these hairs as opposed to just removing them.   


The product arrived in a nicely packaged box.  As you can see from the box the cream contains  black truffle extract which is seen as good at slowing down hair growth. There are also active enzymes which  means hair regrowth is slower and hairs are fewer and finer. This sounds great to me!

On the MyPure site they go into a little more detail about the truffle extract which I think is quite interesting:

 Ten years ago in the Toulouse region of France a cosmetic chemist decided to find out why nothing grows under trees when there are black truffles growing in the soil.  An extract from the truffles was found to inhibit plant growth under the trees and it is this same extract which was later found to inhibit hair regrowth after waxing.  
Each hair follicle is attached to a sack which contains stem cells.  These stem cells are quite smart and can turn themselves into either sebum, new skin cells or a new hair root.  When a hair is removed from the follicle the stem cells usually migrate down to the bottom of the hair shaft where they form a new hair root. However when the black truffle extract is applied the stem cells migrate towards the surface of the skin where they form new skin cells instead.



The tube inside is quite small but you do not need to apply to much product at once.  It is a squeeze type tube with a massage applicator/tip which you use to apply and massage in the product in small circles to the area you want to minimize hair growth.

Personally I found this product a little hard to use, the cream was more like a paste and wouldn't come out of the tube without a lot of pressure in which case far too much product would come out at once and I would end up wasting some product. With practice I have gotten better at this but considering the small size of the tube I really don't want to waste anything of the cream. 

However I really like the massage applicator, it made applying the product and working it into the skin much easier.


So did it work? The answer for me is yes. It doesn't fully remove the hairs but it did drastically slow down growth for me. Also I have noticed those hairs do seem much less noticeable and finer. I did find it took about 2 weeks of use every day to notice a result so if you want a quick fix this product might not be for you. But in the long run I found it very good. 



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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Monday, 25 August 2014

Stash It!: Poundland Pretty (and Digit-al Dozen Dotting)

Hi guys today I am sharing with you a post from my Stash It series which aims to help British polish newbies find the best polishes on the highstreet to start their stash.

 So lets meet the first polish of this series shall we?




Like alot of super cheap polishes this one doesn't have a name as such but it is by the brand Pretty which is Poundland's own brand of nail polish. It really doesn't look like much in the bottle does it?

Here is some basic info for you:

  • Ease of purchase: Pretty Easy, this is from Poundland. This polish is from one of the Velvet Effect sets (meaning it came with a pot of flocking powder and not as you might think from the label that it is a velvet effect polish!)You will need to search through the Pretty display for this.
  • Price: £1
  • Colour and Finish: Off white,  buttermilk cream colour or a ultra light pastel yellow. This is a creme finish.
  • Application: Three coats, it is slightly streaky on the first coat but evens out quickly with slightly thicker coats. No dragging or application issues to report.
  • 3 free? There is no label on this but it smells fairly strongly so I would say this isn't three free.
  • Wear Time:  approx two days plus with topcoat
  • Bottle and Brush Shape: This is a 'mini' sized Pretty bottle as it is from one of the Velvet sets. Brush is a round, average size. 
  • Is it good for nail art?  Good base for nail art, see below for more details!
Even though this series is about not being a polish snob I have always avoided this brand of polish, the bottle design just looks cheap and you just know these are are going to be awful to apply.

I find that even high end white, yellow and pastel polishes can be an utter bitch to apply so I really wasn't expecting much from this ultra cheapy.

However....


I was really surprised with this polish.  This is three coats with Seche Vite topcoat. Doesn't it look classy? I wouldn't know that such a inconspicuous polish would look so good!



I asked a couple of friends to name what this polish was. Some of the suggestions I got were Illamasqua Load, Lime Crime Milky Ways, OPI Your So Vain-illa.  None guessed this was an ultra cheap polish from Poundland.


Sometimes white can be a little harsh and I have been after the perfect cream coloured polish for ages. Who would have guessed that this could be it? Not me that is for sure!


I took some photos against my white bed sheets so you can see that this really is more of a off-white shade.


So now for the question of why this type of polish is needed in a newbie stash. Because this takes three coats to be opaque I wouldn't normally gravitate towards using this for nail art, however the simplicity, freshness and clealiness of this polish makes it a fabby canvas for nail art.


This is the first time I have ever done different sized dots and I took my inspiration from all the dotting manicures my dear friend and fellow blogger Emma from Em's Little Corner has done.

For this simple design I used two different sized dotting tools and two other polish from Poundland who will both get their own posts later in the series.
 

I love it when a polish can surprise you like this. So I guess we need to ask ourselves should we Stash It! or is it a Shocker....

The result is....




This is a very good polish to have in your stash and is really excellent when you know how much it cost. Because this is a smaller size bottle I would suggest stocking up on a couple of these little gems!

If you follow the link below you can see some other dotty manicures by the Digit-al Dozen.

 

 Do you like this series? What polishes would you like me to cover? Is there anything I have missed out or you would like a little more detail about?





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