31 July 2013

Nail Nerd Challenge: Video Game

Back in the 90's this was one of the games I spent a lot of time beating, Sonic 2 for the Mega Drive.

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ELF - Chocolate
ELF - Yellow
ELF - Smokey Brown
ELF - Light Red
Color Club - Almost Famous
Color Club - Twiggie
China Glaze - Grape Pop
OPI - Road House Blues
OPI - My Private Jet
Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream
Models Own - Gold Rush
Yes Love - K036
Yes Love - L011


 









30 July 2013

Nails: Mint Crocodile

Did you know I have another blog, more for nail fails and tags? See my recent converse post here.

I began these nails with a very, very subtle gradient which you can barely see!

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Barry M - Guava
Barry M - Key Lime
Barry M - Black Croc Effect


 

Review: Barry M - Deep Glow Instant Tan Spray

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"A light mist that dries quickly so it doesn't drip or run. Gives skin an instant healthy looking glow with a matte finish that hides blemishes. Can be removed with soap and water" - BarryM

This one is in the shade deep, the original one is in the shade medium. I actually won this in a Barry M competition, but if I were to purchase this I would have gone for a lighter shade simply because I am so pale naturally.

I am quite pale, but I do tan very easily. I tend to avoid being in the sun or trying to tan because in the past I have had to have moles removed and I don't want to tempt fade with the skin cancer. I have however used gradual tanners in the past, one by Dove Gradual Self Tanner and Johnson's Facial Tanner Holiday Skin. I have never tried a spray tan in a can before. I like the idea that it does come off in the shower because I always worry about what I would do if a gradual tanner left me looking patchy.

Before using this I exfoliated and followed up with a body moisturiser. I was quite skeptical of this before using, sprayed it over my leg and it looked patchy and very dark. So I went ahead and rubbed the mist in which really helped, it left my skin matte and the colour was even without steaks or patches.

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*before* Natural Skin Tone
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*after* Using Spray Tan

barry-m-deep-glow-instant-tan-spray-review-swatch-demo-enigmatic-ramblesThe scent is fresh, it doesn't have that awful digestive scent the gradual tanners I have used in the past. I found using the spray can very easy and even though it left my skin looking a little patchy once it was rubbed in it was a even tan and the colour even came down a shade or two which left it looking much more natural on me.

The colour is quite deep, however it is a colour I have been from sun tanning in the past so whilst it did look odd for me to be so dark once applied over the rest of my body it wasn't an unbelievable shade. I do think though I would go for the original medium shade personally, or if they brought out a light shade that would be  better suited for me.


What I would say is do moisturise before applying, and be careful around elbows, ankles and knees as if you do have dry patches it will cling to those.

I liked how the tan left my skin matte and the colour helped to even out my usually blotchy skin tone. It also covered my veins which show through on my naturally pale skin, and even a little bit of a shaving rash I seem to have acquired. Once it was dried it wouldn't rub off and to remove it I did have to use a shower puff and shower gel. I think this would be great for a night out, an event or even during the day if you wanted to get your legs out without wearing tights.

It has sparked an interest in spray tans for me and it is something I would use during the summer on my legs because I tend to glow being so pale when the sun is out.

£6.99 - 150ml
Barry M


 

29 July 2013

Swatch: ELF - Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick Tiki Torches

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"The Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick is a tinted lip colour that glides on like a lipstick but looks like a gloss. With nourishing Jojoba, Soybean and Vitamin E key ingredients, it conditions and moisturises the lips. The twist-up component and smooth glide formula is easy to use for on-the-go application" - ELF

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This jumbo lipgloss stick is exactly that, a medium coverage lip gloss in a crayon format. It isn't a lipstick or something you can really build up. That said, they are good for applying on the go without a mirror. Very similar this way to Clinique's Chubby Sticks.

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As you can see from the swatch and the close up this particular Gloss Stick in Tiki Torches has a shimmer to it, which does transfer to the lips. This doesn't look or feel gritty or chunky.

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Photo above is one coat of it, you need to go over a couple of times to get an even coverage. There is a mild minty scent to this shade and Tiki Torches is a shimmer coral shade.

Moisturising and smooth to apply, these are easy to wear.

£2.50 - 2.8g
ELF UK


 

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 18

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This stamping plate is from the first Bundle Monster set, it is backed with branded lining to stop it from being sharp. This is exceptionally handy, without it it is easy to slice open your fingers and palms.

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This plate is one which is french tips rather than solo images or full nail images. I found all of these to stamp really well although I am yet to use them as I haven't mastered the french tip stamping technique yet! If and when I do then you can see some other designs I have used this plate in then feel free to click here.


 

28 July 2013

Sunday Stamping: Saran Wrap / Cling Film Base

So I cheated and used a bit of carrier bag, however I think this really worked this time. Much more than the time I tried with actual cling film!

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Barry M - Lychee
Sally Hansen - Dorein Grey
Stamping Plate: Nail Craze 01
Stamping Polish: W7 - Black


 

27 July 2013

Round Up: Time Period Nail Challenge


This is a quick video of all of the nail designs I did during the challenge. If you want to see the photos themselves then click the jump below.



26 July 2013

Review: Soap and Glory - No Clogs Allowed Face Mask

Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Detox Mask

"A super self-heating 5 minute deep pore detox face mask with a free skin smoothing sponge. This is a deep cleansing treatment, ideal for greasy and blackhead prone skin" - Soap and Glory

So I was wanting to try Scrub Your Nose In It, but this was on offer which swung it for me. As a preface, my skin is combination with some larger pores which are prone to blackheads.

Packaging - A squeezy tube with a screw type cap, for hygiene it also has a safety seal on the top which you peel off to use.

How to use? Shake the tube, odd thing to do but it does affect the product. Squeeze a blob out and massage over the face, very easy to do. Spreads easily and doesn't dry quickly so you have enough time to rub it over the skin. It does warm up on your skin which is nice when its freezing cold in your bathroom! 


Texture - Slightly gritty but not what I would call a scrub like texture. Their are some particles which are blue slightly disconcerting washing it off with the little free sponge and having blue bits, especially if you aren't expecting it!

Scent: Mild

During
After
Results - Left my face feeling slightly chalky, my face was left clean, smooth and not tight. I can't bare that tight feeling you get washing your face where you have to moisture straight away. Not something which impressed me really, so not a repurchase. It wasn't a regretted purchase just nothing amazing.

Boots - £9.00 - 150ml


 
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