31 August 2013

Round Up: Nails July 2013

Just another round up video of all the nail art I did during July 2013.




 

30 August 2013

Review: Batiste - Dry Conditioner


"Batiste Smoothing Conditioning Mist is perfect to use after you've washed and dried your hair, or on the days you choose not to wash, when your hair needs extra conditioning. A quick burst smoothes fly-aways and helps to nourish hair, giving a non-greasy shine. Hair feels gorgeously smooth and manageable. Use in conjunction with your favourite Batiste Dry Shampoo for refreshed roots and smooth ends" - Boots.com

So we have all by now heard of dry shampoos, great for second day hair or getting some sort of volume and grip on freshly washed hair. Now Batiste have brought a new product in the form of a dry conditioner, I was sent this product to review but that doesn't affect my opinion and review.  This is something you use on dry hair. 

I sprayed this on the ends of my hair expecting it to be weighed down and to look in need of a wash. Similar to the way it would if I were to put too much leave in conditioner in it. However it really didn't it was a good fine mist, but more of a dry oil in texture, which could be down to the argan oil which is in this. It left my hair feeling and looking really smooth without feeling or looking greasy or weighed down.

I think the name being a 'dry conditioner' is slightly misleading I found this to be much more of a finishing spray. Similar to Lee Stafford's Spray Shine, but cheaper albeit without his signature pink fragrance. This does have a slight floral scent but this isn't going to be overpowering and you will still easily be able to smell your perfume.

It doesn't leave any white residue in the hair at all, unlike the dry shampoo which you have to brush out and work with a little more. Ultimately this is a shine spray great for introducing shine to dull hair, this would be particularly good for blond hair and those with curly hair as those types of hair are hard to get shine in to. I have dark straight hair and have found plenty of times to use this so if you aren't blond or curly don't think this isn't for you. 

£3.99 - 200ml
Boots


 

29 August 2013

Tri-Colour Nail Challenge: Red, Green and Yellow #4

This is the fifth month of the Tri-Colour Challenge Again I don't think I need to explain the details. If you need more of an explanation then click here. If you want to join in, then click here. I did some stamping today:

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Konad M21

These are the three polishes I chose for this month's challenge; Barry M - Passion FruitColor Club - Twiggie and Color Club - Almost Famous.

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Swatch: ELF - Mint Cream

A long over due swatch of Mint Cream from Eyes Lips Face.


Colour: Mint Cream
Finish: Cremé
Opacity: Two coats
Brush Type: Standard
How Much? 10ml


 

28 August 2013

Nerd Nail Challenge: Star Wars

I haven't actually watched Star Wars, I've watched little bits when it has been on but not really. So finding inspiration and actually knowing what the characters look like took some effort.

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W7 - Black
Models Own - Juicy Jules
Acrylic Paints


 









27 August 2013

Tri-Colour Nail Challenge: Red, Green and Yellow #3

This is the fifth month of the Tri-Colour Challenge Again I don't think I need to explain the details. If you need more of an explanation then click here. If you want to join in, then click here. I attempted a little something with striping tape today:

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These are the three polishes I chose for this month's challenge; Barry M - Passion FruitColor Club - Twiggie and Color Club - Almost Famous.

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Review: Revlon Colorstay - Ivory 110 + Buff 150

Well the time is finally here, I have been using this product for over three years now!

"Revlon ColorStay™ Makeup for Combination / Oily Skin provides lightweight comfort, so you feel like you’re not wearing makeup. Looks fresh for up to 16 hours" - BootsUK

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I like this foundation for a medium to full coverage which is buildable, this formulation is for Oily / Combination skin which really does last for a good amount of time even on my oily skin. You can get a medium coverage if you apply with fingers but you do have to work quickly. Unlike most foundations you can't dab a few spots over the face then work it in you have to do it in sections as the foundation does dry really quickly. Do make sure to moisturise any dry patches if you have combination skin as it can cling a little to those.

I prefer to apply it with my ELF Studio Powder Brush but this does offer full coverage, recently I have been applying with my fingers and it does make it a different experience. Lighter coverage, looks more natural but you can build the foundation over any imperfections.

According to the Boots website this is supposed to last 16 hours but the newer of the two bottles says 24 hours. I've not worn it for 24 hours however when I have come to remove this at around 20 hours it has begun to break down on my skin. Around 18 hours in and is beginning to look a bit worn. I'd powder this once applied as within a couple of hours the matte look wears off on my skin. After 8-12 hours I do become quite shiny so do need to repowder.

The shade Ivory 110 is the palest shade but it seems to be have pink undertones, Buff 150 is slightly darker, but with neutral to yellow undertones which suits my skin a little better.

As for the packaging, the foundation comes in a glass bottle with a screw off cap which is easy to make a mess with and to pour out too much on to the back of the hand. I'd like it if it came in a pump action bottle really, so much so I put it in a airless pump bottle. You get to use it all up and it is so much easier to get the right amount product out.

Removal, this has such staying power that it is a little tricky to remove. It won't be one you can cheekily remove with a make up wipe, I like to use my TréSonics (similar to a Clarisonic) as that gets it off properly. You don't really need any electronics though, you can just as easily remove it with a scrublet.

I do recommend this foundation if you are looking for a medium to full coverage liquid, and if you have oily skin which tends to break down foundations within five hours or so. It is quite expensive for a 'drugstore' foundation so I would check fragrancedirect as it is around £8 on there rather than the £13 in Boots.

30ml

26 August 2013

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Lilac French Animal Print

When I first saw this over on Colores de Carol I was completely inspired to have a go myself. All I did was swap the light blue for light purple.

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Avon - Street Beige
Barry M - Prickly Pear
Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Models Own / WAH - Black Nail Art Pen


 


25 August 2013

Sunday Stamping: Over a Beige Base

I recently got the XXL Squishy Stamper so have been trying that out and so far, it is amazing. I'm sure there will be a review coming at some point. Anyhow stamping over a beige base, for some reason my right hand turned out better than the left so excuse the awkward pose;


Base Polish: ELF - Innocent
Stamping Polish: Kleancolor - Metallic Sapphire
Stamping Plate: Cheeky CH52


 
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