31 August 2011

Shopping: August 2011

Blue / Purple Scarf - Primark
Swallow Headband - Primark
Millie Hair Sticks - Poundland
Millie Hair Grips - Poundland
Revlon Base and Top Coat - Poundland
Revlon Gentle Cuticle Remover (Step 2) - Poundland
Revlon Nail Growth Treatment (Step 3) - Poundland
Lace fingerless gloves - Peacocks
W7 Red Crackle Polish - Stall 
3 Nail Art Striper - Stall

Swap with Ivana

Eyeko Polishes from the 50% off sale

Sleek Pout Paints

ELF 50% off order

Blue Skies and Fluffy Clouds - Lush
Ladyboy Solid Perfume - Lush
Moroccan Oil - BeautyExpert
VO5 Miricle Concentrate - Asda
Tigi Smoothing Lusterizer - BeautyExpert
American Cream Conditioner - Lush

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates Collection #2

I think a spending ban will have to be enforced throughout September and October, well other than for my wedding!

29 August 2011

Review: 500 Nail Tips

The nails came wrapped in lots of bubble wrap inside of a grey plastic envelope. The various size nails from 0-9 come in individual packages, within a larger bag


The size range is good, and with 50 nails for each size it means the pack will last a while. There are some really big sizes which are not good for myself but useful if you have larger thumbs or for practising nail art on


Nails are of a good quality and don't appear to have any sharp or uneven edges, also the sizes are uniform


The length of the nails is adequate, when I have used them I have cut them down so they are more practical but the length is long enough if you prefer things that way


This product is versatile and I have used them for actual nails as well as practice. This is a little selection of designs I have attempted to do


Overall I really like these nails, a basic essential I think. 500 nails for less that £2 with free delivery what more could you want! Bargain!

10 / 10

£1.94 - 500pc


If you would like 5% off then you could use my referral code if you wanted to
'Enigmatic-Rambles'

[These were provided to me by BIC to review]

28 August 2011

Review: Nail Foils


Nail foils and stickers seem to be getting bigger and bigger, with the giants OPI even joining in. These were some from Savers and as you can see I totally failed at doing that. I took ages trying to apply them but they weren't wearable like this. I thought I'd practice with some cheap ones seeing as the Nail Rock ones I tried didn't work either.

Have you tried any that actually work?

27 August 2011

ELF: Top Ten!

As you know I do like ELF products and so thought I would do a post on which products I always will repurchase, have backups of and need to have! This is a top ten, and while I do like other products they aren't right up there in the top ten. The list isn't in order.

I totally love this, it makes my foundation last longer, pores less noticeable and keeps oil under control. Only complaint is the bad packaging, change it to a tube like Urban Decay PP did and it will be 10/10!

Wonderful powder for setting a foundation, or each quarter can be used for colour correcting. Have about three back ups of this, and it does make a difference to the tone of the skin.

At first I didn't really like this, I suppose there is a learning curve from liquid to powder foundation. This is great for the summer as it has a SPF and you don't feel as if your wearing actual foundation. Right now I'm using this almost everyday.

For £1.50 each of these brushes are amazing, the eye shadow brush picks up plenty of colour and the blending brush isn't too soft or too hard and so it can blend out any harsh lines. Bargain!

ELF really is getting a lot better with their colour range of polishes. They are all big 3 free, nice brush, last 2-3 days without top coat. All for £1.50! I have 36 of these...

7. Studio Powder Brush
Fantastic brush, have three of these! Great for applying powder as the name suggests but also good for applying liquid foundation. Lots of people seem to rave about this as well.

8. Mineral Blush - Joy
[photo from ELF]
Nice blush for paler skin tones, adds a gentle soft pink to the cheek. I use this with the studio stipple brush because with it being a powder blush it is so easy to pick up too much product.

9. Mineral Lipstick - Barely Bitten
One of those lipsticks which is my lip colour only a little better which is perfect for day to day wear. The formulation is moisturising and not too hard or too soft. Lasts relatively well.

10. Eyelid Primer
I find both the standard line and the mineral line primers to be very much similar. They both work fantastically well and are almost on a par with Urban Decay Primer Potion, however they are a fraction of the price!

I do really like other products and had such a hard time doing this! I think I would pick mineral booster - sheer if it were 11 top products!

25 August 2011

Swatch: Ciaté Paint Pots - Wait Until Dark


So I couldn't resist and bought Marie Clare with this polish. I hadn't tried any by Ciaté before but the formula seems to be lovely and opaque, the brush handle seems to be a bit longer than the average polish but nothing you can't work with. The bottle has a cute bow which is a nice touch, also has a curved shaped bottle.


These polishes generally sell for £9, and while it is a nice enough polish I wouldn't spend that on the polish. I would have priced this around the £5 ~ £6 range myself.

And yes I was tempted to try out the beige one but restrained myself this time!

Nails: Fanta


This one would have been alright if I'd not accidentally stuck my palm on the nail before it had dried! I dont really like fanta orange, or indeed the pepsi or 7UP! I prefer Apple Tango or diet pepsi.

I used the tutorial from this YouTube video.

23 August 2011

Book: Toxic Beauty - Dawn Mellowship

I doubt that this topic is a surprise to anyone as every week there seems to be something or other 'killing' us. However its still important to be aware of these things, I have been reading a book called 'Toxic Beauty: How hidden chemicals in cosmetics harm you' by Dawn Mellowship and thought I might share some of what the book sets out as well as other information I picked up when researching this.


Looking at nail polish as an example its clear to see why many companies have become 'big three free':
- Formadehyde: Colourless gas which is a fungicide and a preservative, known carcinogenic.
- Toluene: Flammable liquid which is an antioxidant and solvent, can cause respiration tract irritation, reported to cause asthma in healthy individuals. Toxic to reproduction; spontaneous abortion, abnormalities of chromosomes (eg. Down's Syndrome) and other birth defects.
- DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate): Liquid plasticizers which aids chip and cracking prevention in polishes. Toxic for reproduction, oestrogenic properties, has mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. May cause diabetes.

So you might want to make sure your polishes are:

Important things
- Carcinogens: Supposedly only used in cosmetics in small quantities, these are products that have been shown to cause cancer. 
- Parabens: Preservatives added to cosmetics, which can have a oestrogenic effect. Which can interact with breast tumours. Similar to the issue I had with plastic water bottles.
- Talc: Easily contaminated with toxic asbestiform fibres, which is known to cause cancers and lung damage.
- Silica: Crystalline silica is a known chemical to cause cancer.

Anyhow I really didn't want to get overly bogged down with science and long complex explanations, if you are interested though you may want to do your own research, especially seeing as I only picked out nail polish as an example! 

22 August 2011

Review: Maybelline - Lasting Drama Eyeliner 24H

 

I have no idea why I haven't reviewed this sooner, I got it when it first came out. Suppose that on the plus side it means I have fully tested it!


I think this was the first gel liner easily available in UK stores, its currently £7.99 in Boots and as it claims it is a gel / cream consistency. If you have tried the ELF liners then it is very similar to those.

The black is deeply pigmented and it really does last. Haven't tested it out for 24 hours but at 20 hours it was still in place. With a primer this doesn't transfer but without one it does a little bit, but this is a problem I often have with eye liners. Stays put on the waterline for hours and hours as well. 


You get a nice eye liner brush which is flexable but firm enough for lining. Its flatterned so you can easily do fine or thick lines. 


Overall I would recommend this eye liner if your looking for a gel one on the high street, it will last for a long time as the pigmentation is so rich you don't need to keep re-dipping your brush. Perhaps if they sold the liner without the brush for around the £5 mark then that would make it a ten out of ten for me!

10/10

£7.99 - Boots
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