Thursday, 24 April 2014

Gel Nail Polishes


Gel manicures are my favourite treat to have at the beauty salon. They look incredibly polished without looking too fake which is great, and there is always a great range of shades to choose from. In the salon, a UV light is used to treat the polishes aswell as specially formulated gel polishes to create that ultra glossy look.

In recent months, beauty brands have been releasing their own takes on gel manicures by bringing out gel-like formula polishes. I have collected a small collection of these polishes that I thought I would show you.

Collection Lasting Gel Colour
These polishes are an absolute bargain and are pretty great polishes. They apply very evenly and dry quickly, and their staying power is impressive too. The only thing is that the shade range available isn't very wide and Collection doesn't seem to be releasing anymore at the moment which is a bit of a disappointment.

Models Own Hyper Gel
Me and Models Own have a love/hate relationship, and unfortunately this polish really disappointed me. The formula is very thin, difficult to achieve an even finish and takes quite a while to dry. I have done a full review which you can see here.

Bourjois So Laque!
Again, the shade range isn't fantastic with this collection but, as far as I know, they are supposedly releasing a few more shades during the Spring/Summer months. These polishes I picked up as part of a set so I don't know how much they are individually, however Bourjois is quite an average-priced brand so I cant imagine them being overly expensive. They are quite easy to apply and the finish is beautiful, however these polishes take an absolute age to dry so, if you are as impatient as me, then these probably aren't for you!

Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel
Bear in mind my thoughts on my other Bourjois nail polishes, and you can understand my enthusiasm for this polish. Probably one of my favourites in my collection- a lovely bright summer shade, amazingly quick dry time and the staying power is pretty great too.

17 Supreme Shine
I don't think these are still available to buy, however the last time I checked 17 had released a new range of gel-formula polishes. The turquoise blue is another with great staying power however the formula is pretty thin making even application quite difficult.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine
Probably the most high profile of the gel-like formula polishes, every beauty blogger has either heard or owns the collection! What I love about these polishes is the shade range-I have yet to find a polish range with such a great selection in terms of shades. I'm not a massive fan of the formula and these polishes never seem to last ages on my nails however I love the finish of these, especially with a bright shade.

Rimmel Salon Pro
These polishes are great! I don't know if I can find a fault with them actually! They have an excellent shade range, application is made incredibly easy with their wide stroke brush, and the drying time is super quick! They also last quite a while on my nails without chips! Out of all of these polishes, I am definitely going to pick up a few more of these!

Have you got any polishes you can recommend to achieve a glossy manicure? Or have you been disappointed with any of the products I love? Please let me know!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Healthy Living Diaries #1

I have never, nor will I be, a super slim girl. I am a girl with curves that I am proud of and that I would like to maintain, however I have always battled with parts of my body that I would like to change. I don't think anyone can say they are 100% happy with their body, for me there are parts of it I would like to change and it is only me that I can change. I would also like to add that these are my own personal issues and have not been inflicted upon by anybody other than myself.

I have decided to share with you my quest for living healthily and how I need to change and alter parts of my life in order to be more happy and comfortable with myself. For me this is not just physical changes, thinking positively is a big part of healthy living as it creates motivation and helps keep you on track towards your goals. Also being happy within yourself is important for your own self esteem.

The physical changes I am making to my life are, pretty obviously, my eating habits and my exercise and fitness routine. During the first couple of months of 2014 I managed to lose 1 stone by keeping myself on a healthy diet and doing regular exercise. However since then my diet has not been as great and the pounds are slowly creeping back on. I never used to weigh myself and the only reason I do is to see the weight I am actually losing rather than to compare my weight to the national average or to others-we are all different and therefore are weight and body size/shape is going to be different too.

So, in a bid to improve my healthy eating, I have devised a plan which I am hoping I can stick to. It isn't very complicated and does allow myself to have the occasional treat. I should point out here that my job involves shift work so creating a weekly menu can be quite tricky so I tend to think the day before about my eating plans for the following day. My 5 rules for my new diet (I say rules but I will allow myself to be a bit flexible) are as follows:
-Eat either 3 meals a day with 2 snacks, or eat 6 small meals a day, so effectively eating every few hours so that I don't allow myself to go hungry.
-Try not to eat after 7pm when possible as I find this can make me very bloated and uncomfortable.
-Drink plenty of water every day to help with bloating and water retention.
-Complete 30-45 minute workouts 3 times a week to begin with, and then increase this over time.
-Devise an 'Exercise Chart' to complete a mini exercise routine every day with the amount of reps increasing every day (e.g. Day 1 30 crunches, Day 2 35 crunches...)

As part of my healthy eating, I want to cook a lot of the foods I eat from scratch rather than buying ready meals or pre packaged foods from the supermarket so I know exactly what is going into my foods. I have a selection of recipe books to guide me through this and of course there are all those fabulous eating blogs to hep me!

In terms of exercise, I tend to get quite bored in the gym so I am creating some new playlists to try and keep me going, and I am also going to do some exercise DVDs and go on a few bike rides to mix things up a bit.

I have my own personal goals that I want to achieve however I don't know how much weight I want to lose, its more about me feeling happy and comfortable with my body. I don't know how often I am going to write these posts but I find reading others keeps me motivated so I hope I can help some of you to stay on track too!

If you have any similar posts please leave your links below, I would love to read them!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

NYC Eye Shadow Quad Palette in NY Tribute


NYC is a really underrated brand, I have a few things from their range now and I love it all, in particular their eye shadow palettes. I already have one of their quad palettes (see here) which I love and I had been eyeing up this one for quite a while. The NYC brand is super cheap and I think this palette was about £2.50 which is an absolute bargain!
These palettes are arranged brilliantly, they usually go from the lightest shade to the darkest. The shades in this palette are a pure white shade that I have mainly been using as a highlighter shade for the inner corners and brow bone; a pastel pink shade which is great for all over the lids; a dark lilac which, again, is great for all over the lids or for the outer corners and contour; and a dark purple shade which is great for liner, under the eye and for heavy contour.
The pigmentation of this palette isn't fantastic but the shadows are easily buildable and once on the lids the colour does seem to last a good while. The shades also blend really well together and can create a beautiful springtime look.
Has anyone else tried this palette or any of the others from this brand? I would love to know!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser


My pores have been ridiculously large for the last couple of months, I have had real trouble clearing them up! I know tea tree oil is good for this problem anyway, and I love The Body Shop so I thought 'I can't go wrong' when I picked this up.
I have been wearing this product as a primer under makeup and, I have to say, I have been quite impressed. It has a very strong scent of tea tree oil (obviously?!) so just be aware. Its a strange greeny yellow shade but once applied and massaged into the skin it is clear. I notice the biggest difference when I apply powder as I find this seems to highlight my overly large pores. Whilst my pores haven't suddenly disappeared (now that would be a miracle!) they definitely seem smaller and less obvious which is great! This product also feels like its doing a good job on the skin when used which is always a bonus.
Has anyone else used this product? Have you had similar results?

Friday, 18 April 2014

Collective Beauty Haul

Ok so I thought I would show you all some of the products I have collected over the last couple of months that have been sat in my 'blogging box' waiting to be put to use.

Garnier Miceller Cleansing Water
I love using miceller water to remove makeup, it suits my skin really well and is super easy to use. I have seen this Garnier one pop up on a few blogs so, as I was on offer, decided to pick it up and have a go.

Seventeen Solo eye shadow in Regal
The Seventeen solo eye shadows are actually pretty good quality considering their price, and they have a great shade range. I have a few neutral shades from their collection but decided to try this more dramatic shade.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
A blogger and YouTuber favourite! I have been wanting to try this foundation for ages now and I have finally added it to my collection. I will report back with how I get on.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
This is a recent release from Bourjois, I wouldn't normally be too bothered with CC creams however as this was relatively cheap and it was on offer I thought why not?! CC creams are designed to correct the appearance of your skin by targeting red areas and tired looking skin. I have been suffering a bit with my skin recently so I'm hoping this will be a good base to try.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
For some reason my pores recently have been awful! They have been really visible and large, and it has really been bothering me. I spoke to a few other beauty bloggers who recommend trying this. Again, this has had a lot of press recently and is part of the Maybelliene 'Baby' collection. I love their Baby Lips products so I'm hoping this will be a winner too.

NYC Palette in NY Tribute
I love the NYC palette's. I already have Fashion Bootcamp (see my review here) but these shades are so pretty and Spring-perfect that I knew it had to be added to my collection. These palettes are ridiculously cheap aswell.

Models Own Hyper Gel in Coral Glaze
Me and Models Own have such an on/off relationship so I wasn't overly sure about trying this polish out. Their Hyper Gel nail varnishes are designed to have the finish of a gel manicure and the shade range is beautiful. I thought I would give Model's Own one last chance so it all depends on this polish, not too much pressure hey!

L'Oreal Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray
This has been another beauty blogger favourite of late, and although I'm not into super massive hair, I do like some texture, especially when I have curled my hair. Plus this spray is stupidly cheap compared to other texturizing sprays (yes I'm talking about the infamous Oribe) so I think its worth giving a go.

So there we are, a classic beauty blogger beauty haul!

Has anyone else tried any of these products? I would love to know what you think!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Models Own Hyper Gel in Coral Glaze

I have a love/hate relationship with Models Own. After first trying their polishes last summer, I wasn't very impressed. I found the formula very thin and difficult to achieve an even application. However, I had another shot with a polish from their Velvet Goth collection in the Autumn and I was really impressed. So when this collection hit the shelves this year, I thought I would give them a go.

I love gel like polishes, the finish is so beautiful and classy and they normally last quite a few days without chipping. I have quite a few gel like polishes in my collection (thinking about doing a collective post about them all soon) but I thought one more wouldn't hurt, and this colour really caught my eye! Its perfect for the summer months, and is unlike any shade I already own.

Firstly, I really don't like the Models Own brushes, I find them very thin and with such a large lid, it can be hard to have full control over the brush. This formula seems slightly thicker than my previous experiences with the brand, however still very thin and runny, making application quite difficult. The polish takes quite a while to dry, but that is expected with gel like polishes. The polish did seem to last a good couple of days on my nails, however I really didn't like the finish. Due to difficult application, the polish was very uneven on my nails which did make them look tacky and isn't the look I was going for.

So overall, I really was not impressed with this polish. I would say its a big disappointment but I haven't had the greatest experience with this brand before. I think im going to stay away from Models Own polishes for quite a while now, I need to learn from my mistakes.

Has anyone else had the same issues? Or have you had the complete opposite thoughts?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Top 5 Pink Lips

For me, pink lips are perfect for the Spring time. They are fresh, pretty and so easy to wear. I've put together my top 5 pink lips that I have in my collection, bit of a range of tones of pinks but I love them all, and they are all great for different occasions.

Rimmel Kate Moss 16
I love the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks, they all have a lovely consistency to them and apply like a dream! The only thing that annoys me is they don't name the shades, they are all numbered (I know, I know, I am petty!). The shade 16 is a classic rosy pink, perfect for both daytime or nighttime. It has a matte/satin finish to it which I really like, and stays put for quite a considerable amount of time which is always a plus.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch
I love the Baby Lips, they are just wonder products! Not only are they extremely moisturising, they have lovely scents and come in 3 great shades, Pink Punch being one of them. Pink Punch is very much a candy pink which doesn't work for everyone but I love it as it adds a good pop of colour to my look. I like wearing this with very simple makeup during the day as I find as its so bright, it can look a little overbearing teamed with heavy makeup. Th only problem is the colour doesn't last too long, but for a cheap, decent lip balm you cant really expect overly high pigmentation.

Collection Cream Puff in Fairy Cake
This is the newest to my collection. It applies in the ame style as a lipgloss with a doe foot applicator, however the finish very matte. This pink is a warm dusky pink, with a creamy consistency (which makes application very easy) yet a matte finish. This is great however lips must be well moisturised as matte lip products can be very drying. The hing I love about this pink lip product is it lasts ages on the lips. I can go out all night and the colour won't budge, its great.

Maybelline Superstay in Ultimate Blush
This is another lipstick with excellent stay power, hence the name I suppose. This is a classic rose pink, with abeautiful satin finish. This lipstick is quite drying so, again, lips must be well prepared! I wouldn't say the consistency is as creamy as the Kate Moss but its still quite easy to apply, and doesn't cling to any dry areas.

Rimmel Apocalips in Out Of This World
Probably my favourite pink lip, I absolutely love this! I love the Rimmel Apocalips anyway, but this shade is so beautiful and looks amazing on the lips. Its a very bright pink shade but not quite fuchsia pink, almost a purple toned pink. It looks beautiful on the lips and goes amazing with any makeup as although its bright, it isn't too overpowering. The finish is very glossy, typical of the Apocalips lip lacquers, and application is done using a doe foot applicator. The only thing I will say about the Apocalips range is that, due to their extremely creamy/liquid consistency, they do have a tendency to take a while to dry, so care must be taken after application!
Are any of these in your makeup stash? I would love to know!