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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Monday, 15 December 2014

OMG Nail Strips Review

I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to review some nail wraps from OMG Nail Stripes. I have had mixed success with wraps in the past so was interested to see how this brand fared against the others I have tried.

I chose these blue zebra print design as on smaller nails I perfer a overall pattern as opposed to an image (as these normally are designed for longer nails and the image is normally cut off on my nubbins as there isn't enough space!).


The wraps come packaged in a clear cellophane sleeve, there are 14 wraps in total in a variety of sizes (unsurprisingly I needed to use the the wraps from the smaller end of the spectrum). There are also clear instructions on how to use the wraps.
 

Even the smaller wraps were a little on the wide side so I trimmed them down using some nail scissors until the were the right size for my nails. You simply take the wraps off of the backing and carefully apply them long your cuticle line and press the wraps down slowly, taking care to advoid creasing or air bubbles.
 

I was very surprised by how easily these applied to my nail.  Unlike lots of wraps the material these are made from is quite thin and so sits nice and flat on the nail bed and once on you aren't really aware you are wearing them.

I know that some bloggers have said they have topcoated their wraps but I decided not to do this and see how long they lasted just wearing the virgin wrap, I was shocked to see that these lasted for a good three to four days without any signs of wear (and then it was only slight tip-wear)  even though I work a pretty hands-on job!  


I love the design of these! It is really fun and eye catching!


You can get OMG nail strips here and each set costs $7.99 (about £5!) and they ship internationally. They stock over 100 different designs including seasonal ones!

In all I am very impressed with these wraps, they are long lasting and durable and the amount of different designs is really great! 

You can find OMG Nail Stripes in the following places:

Instagram @omgnailstrips #omgnailstrips
https://www.facebook.com/OmgNailStrips
http://www.omgnailstrips.com/nail-polish-strip-application-instructions

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, 14 December 2014

Jindie Nails - Princess Consuela Banana Hammock



 Sometimes you just need a cheery polish to brighten up those dull grey days, Jindie Nails  Princess Consuela Banana Hammock  is one of those polishes. The name alone is enough to make me smile (if you don't get the reference shame on you!)

Jindie Nails - Princess Consuela Banana Hammock
Jindie Nails - Princess Consuela Banana Hammock

This polish has a creme sunshine yellow base with neon pink, orange and red matte glitter speckled throughout. My swatches show three medium coats with Seche Vite Topcoat. There are also meant to be matte red stars in this but I couldn't find any/ fish any out of my mini bottle.


You all know I am not a yellow person but I can't help but love this polish!

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Pastel Raindrow Paint Drips Nail Art

A few weeks ago I bought a new set of nail art brushes from ebay to try and wanted to attempt a fun manicure form the DIY Nail Art book by Catherine Rodgers. I think this is a semi-successful attempt.


My base is trusty Barry M Matt White and then I selected 5 different pastel shades (all again from Barry M) to paint my drips. This is a super fun and really easy design to do at home. I think this would look amazing in monochrome shades too! I still have a long way to go with my nail art but it is looking better!

What brushes do you use for nail art? I am still on the hunt for my perfect brush!
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Monday, 1 December 2014

MyPure Review: Living Nature Eye Shadow Duo

I am back with another review from MyPure who sell lots of natural and organic beauty and makeup products. Today I am showcasing an eyeshadow duo which you can buy here (at the time of writing they are out of stock so keep your eyes peeled for more!).


 It arrived in a smart matte black box which looked very stylish and sleek.

I am a little confused about the name of this palettes shades, as the first box says 'clouds' but both the palette itself and the website call it 'breathe'. 
 

The two shades in question are beautiful muted blues.  The one on the left a soft grey-toned blue and the one on the right more of a charcoal-toned navy. These shades can be worn alone or together and are very complimenting. 

You also recieve two sponge eyeshadow applicators.


In the palette the eyeshadows look like they have a matte finish but in the light you see they actually have a slight shimmer to them which I think really adds an extra depth to the colours.


All Living Nature's eyeshadows are made with natural mica pigment and enriched with antibacterial manuka oil. I think this is a really clever concept  and also means that the eyeshadow 'stick' to the eyelid. Furthermore the packaging itself is earth-friendly and completely biodegradable.


 The lighter shade makes a perfect highlighter shade and is delicate to emphasise the eye area without being too overpowering or full on. The darker shade adds depth and richness and is easy to create a smoky but subtle daytime look with.


The packaging gives some helpful hints. I don't normally apply my eye products wet but I like the fact they are versatile enough to do this and would therefore give a more dramatic look.


 Here you can see some swatches with and without flash. This was applied dry onto my wrist (without any eye primer but I do use that when I apply my shadow normally). The shadow themselves is slightly powdery in consistency but I didn't receive any fallout from the product one I applied it which is fantastic. You can see that the colours would easily build up without becoming too heavy or caked on. (I would give you all an eye swatch but I haven't had lots of sleep lately and my eyes are a bit scary right now!)

Anyway I love this little palette, it is slim enough that you can carry around with you and versatile enough to create a range of different styles to suit many occasions. The quality is good and I really appreciate the Eco-friendly nature and thoughtfulness that went into creating this.

 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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MyPure Review: LOVEA Pomegranate Colour Protect Hair Spray

Today I am sharing a review of a product which can be bought on the natural and organic beauty and makeup site MyPure. The product in question is Lovea Pomegranate Colour Protect Hair Spray.


After recently getting my hair cut the hairdresser recommended trying a leave in conditioner to help protect my newly dyed hair against fading, so therefore I jumped at the chance to try this product. You get a 125ml bottle with a pump-spary type nozzle for £6.49.

This can be sprayed directly onto the hair to keep your hair dye looking intense as well as detangling and keeping the hair soft, subtle, encouraging growth  and stopping damage to the hair  occurring. 


The scent on this product is amazingly fruity, seriously I adore it, it is so fresh and yummy. I apply a few squirts of this product to my hair after washing it (but you can also apply to dry hair if you perfer) and then brush through as normal.  I like the fact this product mists as opposed to squirts out lots of product at once meaning you can get an even coverage over the whole head. This conditioner uses Argan Oil so I try not to apply to much to my already greasy-prone hair. But this means that even though I have used this product every day it hasn't made a massive dent in the amount of product in my bottle. However I do find the product quite lightweight and non-greasy anyway.  The oil seems to coat the hair giving a really lovely shine.

I have also found this product really great for detangling and with it's lovely scent I would really recommend this products to mums with children with knotty hair! 


Also although not as important in the winter this spray provides UV protection so will stop the hair from drying out. My hair was quite damaged after bleaching it but this has made it feel a lot less brittle and 'crispy' and feel a lot more normal. Also my hair dye seems to be sticking to my bleached hair very well, I can only assume that the spray is helping with this issue. Most importanly my hair feels soft and you can't ask for better than that!

You can buy this product directly here I really recommend trying it!

 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, 24 November 2014

My Geek Box Review : November Best Of British

So the boyfriend and I have been looking at getting a subscription box for a while. After lots of searching we came across My Geek Box which promises to send you lots of geekery in a box for £14.99 per month. What made us 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.

We ordered ours at the end of October so had to wait patiently for November's box to start shipping in the middle of the month.


Each box has a particular theme, November's was "Best Of British" (December's is "Happy Geekmas"). Apart from Doctor Who we had no idea what to expect.

The box arrived by Royal Mail tracked and was much bigger and heavier than we expected.


The first thing out of the box was an issue of 2000 AD (issue #1907 if you are interested). This is a good introduction to the Best Of British theme as 2000 AD has been running since 1977 and from a historical and cultural point of view has bought us many famous characters such as Judge Dredd. It has also given us artists and writers such as Allan Moore and Neil Gaiman. It is interesting to get an issue of the comic as it is not something I personally keep up to date with however I found it very interesting and the boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 Next up we have a plushie talking Dalek. Upon reading other people's unboxing's there were a few possible options with this item ( blue Dalek, TARDIS and Cyberman) but I have to say I have a particular fondness for our selection.  Everyone loves a Dalek! The quality is really nice and the speech is nice and clear. 

(Check out Simon Pegg's Mustache on the front of this magazine!)
 

Up next is a nod to Sherlock with a metal  Baker Street sign. I was once again really surpised with the quality of this item, I expected it to be plastic but it was actually metal and for all intents and purposes a real street sign. This would not look out of place in a uber modern London apartment!


Then we pulled out this box of Dennis The Menace and Gnasher sweets. Not much to say about these apart from if you like "Nerds" you will love these. Yum!  
 

Then we go on to the main item in this month's box, five Thunderbirds Shot glasses (they are real glass too!)
 

I love these! They are really retro and fun. They are very decent quality, solid, heavy and dishwasher safe. I can tell these will get lots of use as well as sitting with pride of place in the drinks cabinet. 


Lastly we have the T-shirt (this is a regular monthly item in each box and the design is exclusive to My Geek Box themselves). The Design of this one is a schematic of Starbug 1 from the TV show Red Dwarf.  This is a nice quality cotton T shirt and has been through the wash and tumble dryer without shrinking (the sizes are fairly generous too!) 


This box is a great nod to British geekdom. I love the range of fandoms included!

  All in all a fabulous first box! I am super impressed with the amount of items you get for the price. I can't wait to receive my next one (and many more after that!).

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!  

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Monday, 17 November 2014

smART Nail Stencils


Nail Stencils in their various forms are all the rage at the moment, they are a quick and easy way to create striking nail art. When smART Nails contacted me about reviewing some of their designs I jumped at the chance. I have recived a packet in a swap when I first started getting into nail art and really liked them and couldn't wait to see if these ones were just as good.

One of the designs I chose was this swirl design (P053) as it reminded me of water-marble nails (which is something I just can't get right!).


In your packet you get 10 stencils which have a few differing designs which I really like as it adds a randomness to the pattern.  On the back of your packet you also get a set of instructions.


I decided to use China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle as my base colour, which is a pastel turquoise creme. Once it was dry I applied my stencils to my nails. I like the fact they aren't too thick as it means they wrap easy around my rounded nail beds, you need to make sure these are stuck down securely as and gaps will allow your colours to bleed under the stencil and you won't get a crisp line.

I then applied  A England Avalon as I wanted a colour that was opaque in just one coat. While the polish was still wet I carefully removed the stencil. I then used my Seche Vite topcoat to seal down the design. 


I love how bold this design is! It is really striking on the nails! They are also so simple to use! I would highly recommend these stencils if you want nail art without having to break the bank or spending hours of your time trying to perfect and intricate design! I have some other designs to show you from smART too so watch out for those in the next week or so.


These cost only $1.99 per pack which is really a steal if you ask me. smART also ships worldwide (they are based in Romania). Also  during November, there’s a 25% discount – just use code NOV25 at the checkout!

You can also find out more about smART Nails at the following places:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smARTnails.Stencils?fref=ts

Instagram: http://instagram.com/smart_nails_stencils

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/smartnails/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrSmartnails/videos

Twitter: @smart_nails




 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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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Emily de Molly: Regal Beginnings

Sorry for the awful nail break, try to ignore it but today  I have a very pretty polish for you.  so that should make up for it


This is Emily de Molly Regal Beginnings a purple lavender crelly base with  blue, navy, gold and bronze glitter. This polish was a little thin so I needed three coats but this helped to submerge the lower layers of glitter which looks really pretty on the nail.


My photos show a topcoat of Seche Vite and this makes the polish nice and smooth and glossy.  It really does look regal!

Enjoy!

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