Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture: Day Two

I have been lusting after the OPI I Brazil Sandies collection for so long, at long last I could get them here in the UK. I am a little miffed they have only done mini sizes as I ADORE all of these colours (even the yellow). I have also found that these have a smoother textured finish (I know what a paradox!) compared to some of the earlier Liquid Sand polishes.

I was able to get away with two coats of each of the colours apart from the purple where I needed three! That blue is just divine!


I then decided to use my neon nail studs by Born Pretty who does loads of great nail art products. This design is a variant of yesterday's theme of doing a single line on shorter nails really helps to exaggerate the length of the nail!


The nail art studs I got to review contain both pastel neon and true neon round studs.  There are actually 400 studs here! Plently for loads of manicures! Sadly mine got a little mixed up in transit. I used topcoat and a dotting tool to help adhear these to my nails.
 

These little studs are great they  sit nice and flat on the nail meaning they won't catch on anything. If I hadn't been wearing textured polish I would have topcoated them to help make sure they are really secured to the nail. As it was they did start to ping off later in the day but that really wasn't an issue for me. 

I love the contrast of the pop of colour the studs gives with the interesting texture of the nails!

I can't wait to have another play with these studs they are going to be perfect for summer!


You can buy these studs directly here and the item code is #7217. Remember if you are ordering from the born pretty store to use my 10% off code "BA5X31"

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, 14 April 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Texture: Day One

The Digit-al Dozen theme for this month is texture... I love textured polishes so I am really happy with this theme. We are also pleased to welcome some new faces to our group so I am super-duper excited!

Anyway today's nail art is the definition of simple yet I like it, and that is all that counts isn't it?


This is Wishing On A Starfish from China Glaze's new Sea Goddess collection, I have had a mega crush on the whole collection but they are still quite hard to find here in the UK. I luckily picked up this one on a polish selling page. This polish is beautiful and maybe it on my list of top polishes of the year. It is a delicate baby pink with a sunshine golden shimmer!  I really am in love. This polish is a little thin so this is three thin coats of polish.

I then taped off half my nail and used Manglaze Fuck Off An Dye which I have also been lemming for what seems like forever! A quick freehand line down the middle with my black Nail Supreme pen and there we go! No need to topcoat this baby!

I love the contrast in finishes and the line down the middle really exaggerates the length at my nail (a little trick I have used a few times).  I need to work on getting my lines a little less wobbly but apart from that I really love this design and it is actually really wearable.


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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Giveaway Winner

Just a quick one to let you know that Mischa Kennedy won my latest giveaway! Congrats Mischa. The winner was chosen using a random number generator.  I have contacted her and already got a reply! Thank you for all those that entered and sponsored this giveaway! I will have another one soon!


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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer Margaritaville


I haven't really jumped onto the the thermal wagon, but when I saw this polish from Liquid Sky Lacquer I must admit my interest was piqued. How can I turn down a holographic green?
 

I struggled to capture this polish, it just made my camera freak out and not want to focus. Hopefully these photos are okay. Also please excuse my cuticles this is another old post from the vault and my cuticles were really suffering from the winter cold here.

Margaritaville is a forest green polish when cold and a spring green when warm, you can see the slight shift in colour at the tip of my nails. If they were slightly longer this would be more noticeable.
 

This is three coats and I found this to be a little sheer when it was warm and therefore the lighter colour. I would recommend adding an extra coat of this polish just to make sure.

I love the subtle holographic sparkle in this polish it really adds something a little extra. I really need to get some more Liquid Sky Lacquers in my collection.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Lynnderella Thank Blue!

I am still working my way through super old posts, this Lynnderella polish is no longer part of my collection as I have something similar (and at the time I needed the money) however there is no denying it is a beautiful polish.


Here is two coats of Thank Blue! over Hits baby blue polish ( sorry I can't remember the name!). I love the density of this glitter it is a perfect glitter bomb but it doesn't obscure the polish underneath.  This polish is just a mass of blue, teal, turquoise and aqua glitter. It is stunning when it hits the light! 
 
 

Anyway I'm off, have a lovely day all!
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Monday, 31 March 2014

MYPURE: Alva Organic Lipstick Hot Red


Today I have my second review for MyPure (who as you might remember specialises in natural and organic beauty and cosmetics products).   As you all know I am a big lipstick lover so I thought what better to review than a organic lipstick. This is one from the brand Alva who are a German company and quite big throughout Europe. I chose shade 4 called Hot Red as what is better than a simple and classic red lipstick?


Quick shot of the packaging, this lipstick comes in a traditional screw up black bullet. The lid fits nice and firmly. 


Colour wise this looks like a traditional  bright red lipstick. It looks matte the bullet which is a plus for me as I adore matte lipsticks but I don't think they tell you this on the site.

So what does it look like on?


Interestingly on the lips the lipstick is more of a pink toned red and is actually quite a unique shade in my (rather large) lipstick collection.  It dried to a semi-matte satin finish which I really like. The lipstick applied easily to lip and for a matte lipstick I felt this  was quite nourishing and not at all drying on the lips. I think this is down to all the oils in the lipstick ( Castor Oil, Apriocot Kernal OIl, Indian Pongamia Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter- WOW!)

Like all matte lipsticks this does accentuate any dryness on the lips, so I would recommend using a lip scrub before applying to remove and dry or flaky skin.

The wear time on this lipstick was great I wore it for a whole day with an issue, I did have to reapply it once at lunchtine but that was more because my lips felt like they were flaking a little but even then the colour was still firmly on my lips and hadn't budged when I was eating. In all I really like this lipstick and know it will be getting alot of wear. 

You can buy this product here at MyPure

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Friday, 28 March 2014

My Pure Gwdihw (Goody Hoo) Gwdi Bag Pamper Kit

I have recently been asked to work with the online store My Pure who offer a great range of different natural beauty products. You all know I am trying to expand my beauty regime and try new things and also move across to more natural and organic products so this is a fantastic! I already have a big wishlist!

Anyway today I am showing you three products from the Welsh brand Gwdihw or Goody Hoo.


My pure states on their website that: "Totally natural Gwdihw balms and soothers are hand made in Anglesey, Wales by traditional methods using locally grown herbs to infuse the balms".

These three adorably cute tins form the Pamper Gwdi Bag. First off can I say the designs are just so cute! I am a sucker for fun packaging and these are really something special. I love the fact you can instantly identify these as a Welsh product. My welsh mother-in-law thought these were fab!

Anyhoo (do you see what I did there?) the pamper pack comes with three 25g tins, Cherry Smoochy Lips Lip Balm, Twinkle Toes Foot Balm, and Nail Wizard Hand Balm.


The consistency of the three products were very similar. They are completely natural and therefore uncoloured.  You can see that they are a standard balm-like product in the photo above.


So lets start with Twinkle Toes, this is a lightly lavender scented balm for tired and sore feet.  The waxy consitency of the product is great as it means it really hydrates those sore areas and are perfect, if like me your feet get quite chapped from the cold weather. I can see this product also being useful when it gets warmer and I start to wear my sandles and flip-flops again as I always get blisters until the shoes are worn in. Hopefully this can avilvate some of the discomfort of hurty blister feet! Owch! I was amazed at how little of this product is needed to give good coverage and I can see this tin (in fact all three of them) lasting for a long time!


Next up we have Nail Wizard, as you know I am addicted to cuticle balms and butter so this was going to be interesting. This product is lemon scented but not as strong as Lush Lemony Flutter which can be quite overpowering.  It is also not as thick as the lush product which I think really works to it's advantage as it seems to soak into the skin better. This balm is quite oily but it is quite intensive so I don't find this a problem. I would recommend using this on your nails and cuticles before bed and letting it work it's magic throughout the night to get the best results.  I found with one application my cuticles were already softer and noticeably less dry.


Lastly the Lip Balm, this is a standard cherry scent reminding me of cherry drops, again this is quite waxy but it feels like it gives a good layer of protection to my lips and is also quite hydrating making them feel more supple and soft. Like the foot balm I can see this being a great product in the colder weather as it will trap in the moisture to stop your lips getting too dry and chapped.

In all I am really pleased with these products they really are pampering and do exactly what they say on the tin! I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover but I love the designs too. I think these are the perfect product to keep in your handbag and also they would make really nice gifts for both younger and older family members.

You can buy your Gwdihw Pamper Bag from MyPure and they are currently on sale







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Thursday, 27 March 2014

OPI DS Reflection

Today I have a really lovely polish to share with you.


DS Reflection is a lovely coral toned red with a golden duochrome shimmer and subtle holographic finish.  


This polish was a pleasure to apply, here is two coats without topcoat.  This polish dries to a lovely foily finish and is really hard wearing even without topcoat.

You can really see the golden shimmer in the bottle in my photos, it is far more noticeable in real life.


You really don't need words with a polish this pretty! If you see this polish I say grab it, it is a classic red with a unusual twist that makes this a real eye catcher! 

Have a lovely evening
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