30 November 2010

Review: Lush - American Cream Conditioner

 

They say ~ lush conditioners are a wholly different kind of conditioner. We opt for a more natural approach to haircare with natural ingredients and safe synthetics to condition the hair, rather than coating it with silicones. The scent of honey, vanilla, strawberries and oranges is so sexy and sweet that dates can't stay away. If your hair gets a bit messed up, American Cream makes it easy to brush through and smooth out again.

I say ~ I really like this conditioner, it smells lovely! It makes your hair smell nice too. While you won't end up with hair feeling all coated in silicones it does make your hair soft and for me using a conditioner and shampoo without silicones in it makes my hair last longer in between washes. I can go every other day if I don't use products with silicones in. This is a little thicker than the Veganese conditioner, and little less thicker than a more typical conditioner. The smell is a mix of honey and vanilla I think. I usually end up buying a massive bottle and it lasts for ages! I swap about between this one and veganese so my hair doesn't become too used to either product.

9/10

£3.80 - 100g

Tutorial: Matte Dotty Nails

This is a tutorial requested by MakeUpJelena

Basically you will need the following:
- Nail Polish
- Matt Nail Polish
- Dotting Tool (or a pencil / cocktail stick)

Firstly paint your nails, I used ELF - Navy Polish


Once that is dried paint over that with the Matt Top Coat, I used ELF's


Again wait for that to dry, take your polish and dot it on to a surface. I used a old take out tub lid. Dip your dotting tool in to the polish and then simply dot on to the nail in whatever fashion you want




Once that is dry and you have cleaned up and little mishaps you are done!


Very simple. Should I do more tutorials? What do you want to see?

29 November 2010

Nails: Black / Silver French




Another subtle polish. This time its a french manicure with black and dark silver. Shame it went a little lumpy, that was my fault for going to bed without waiting for it to dry!

ELF - Black Polish
Models Own - Gun Metal


This last picture was my cat wanting in on it!

28 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Blush Polish

With flash

Without flash

The pictures above are with two coats of the polish in blush. It goes on nicely and is rather shiny. I wouldn't wear this shade on its own, but for a base for nail art I think it might be nice. My one criticism would be the name, it doesn't look like a 'blush' shade to me!

£1.50 - 10ml
ELF

27 November 2010

Swatch: OPI - Obscurity



This polish is a wonderfully matte black. The brush in this mini was a pain to work with.

Mini polish was part of the Halloween 2010 Go Goth! OPI collection.



 

Nails: Black Polka Dots


ELF - Black
ELF - Matte Top Coat

26 November 2010

Swatch: Barry M - Nail Effects

I managed to find it in a Superdrug. It makes the trend of nail art a little more accessible and easy.

You have to use a really vivid or light colour under the crackle otherwise it doesn't show up too well, as in the following picture.


If you get a lighter colour it really does show up well. You could go for all sorts of combinations making it look almost animal print.


The pictures above both have a clear coat on top to help avoid snagging which does happen because the surface once the crackle isn't smooth. Also the polish is more of a matte finish as seen below.


Overall for £3.95 I quite like this polish. I like how if you apply it with different brush strokes you get a different effect. The main issue I had with this was I didn't have many light colours to try out underneath!

8/10

£3.95 - 10ml
Barry M

25 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Matte Top Coat Polish

I quite like having a mattifying top coat as it means that you don't have to go out and buy all sorts of new polishes just for a certain finish. The top coat works really quickly at mattifying and dries fast too. I would say that the matte finish is at its best for around 24 hours and then begins to loose its finish. 

 
 

I think its good enough as a matte top coat for the price and cheap enough to experiment with and help you decide if you like the effect of a matte polish or not.

I haven't made my mind up about the whole nail being matte but using it for a bit of nail art is nice.

9/10
10ml - £1.50
ELF

23 November 2010

Nails: Smurf Crack!


Following my previous nail of the day this is a bit of an add on to that. Still not sure on what my thoughts are on the Barry M Nail Effects.

MUA - Shade 9
Barry M - Nail Effects

22 November 2010

Review: Lush - The Comforter





They say ~ This fruity bubble bar gives the feeling of being hugged by a jolly blackcurrant. When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for purple water and creamy bubbles. It was created to bring a real sense of comfort to people, just like a real comforter (or scarf) would.

I say ~ It turns the water pink and makes bubbles, and this was only using 1/2 of a bar. The scent is a lovely blackcurrant-y one something I would say though is the water doesn't turn purple as you can see from my pictures. The scent lingers on your skin for a couple of hours and it isn't drying.

9/10

£3.95 - 200g
Lush

21 November 2010

Swatch: MUA - Shade 9 - Smurf Blue


This colour is exceptionally blue!
I used three coats of it and it is very vibrant, and it does look very much like the colour of the smurfs!

MUA - Shade 9 Polish

19 November 2010

Nails: Purple Gradient Crack


Couldn't resist trying the Barry M on top of some lighter colours! Still not light or vivid enough to show up though.

Barry M - Nail Effects
ELF - Purple Pleaser
ELF - Punk Purple

18 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Party Purple Polish


This is very suble, looks dark purple with a splattering of small silver glitter particles.
I really like it, very me. But I think its nice to add a little glitter in to your nails without it being too over bearing. Two coats of polish was all that was needed and removing it wasnt really a problem the way in which some glitter polishes can be.

10/10

£1.50 - 10ml
ELF

Review: Lush - Veganese Conditioner

 

They say ~ The majority of Lush products are vegan, but making a vegan conditioner without lanolin took us a few years. Absolutely refusing to be beaten, Helen Ambrosen finally found a formula that reached her high standards. Agar is really softening and conditions the hair follicles. Using agar seaweed gel as a hair softener, she created a perfect vegan conditioner with lavender and lemons for shine. Vegans and everyone with fine hair should choose this one and stick with it.

I say ~ I don't have fine hair, nor am I vegan. But, I like this conditioner all the same. I swap it about with Lush's American Cream conditioner so my hair doesn't come accustomed to either. Its worth noting that this doesn't have any silicones in it and so takes a while to get used to. This conditioner is so softening and is good for tangled hair I find. The scent is of lemons but its not a sour smell, more fresh.

8/10

£3.50 - 100g

17 November 2010

Nails: Barry M and Models Own


So I attempted using the Barry M nail effects polish. I do think while this was good, it was exceptionally subtle and I think that it does need a lighter colour under it.

Barry M nail effects
Models Own Purple Mystique

16 November 2010

Review: Aussie - 3 Minute Miracle Colour Deep Treatment

 

They say ~ The unique formula, blended with ripe Australian wild peach extract, helps replenish and revitalise your coloured hair in just 3 minutes!

This is a very intensive conditioner and so would only use it once or twice a week. It is very thick and smells of peaches, this lasts on your hair as well. I wouldn't say it was a miracle as they market it but it is a good intensive treatment which I would recommend if you don't have fine hair as this might weigh it down a bit.

8/10

£4.40 - 250ml

15 November 2010

Nails: Purple Ruffian


These are inspired by Charlotte over at Lipglossing. I was wanting to try out a half moon manicure but need to get some of those little hole reinforcers before I can do that. So this is my first attempt at a ruffian mani, I think that it did work. 

ELF - Punk Purple
ELF - Purple Pleaser
ELF - Clear

13 November 2010

Polish Storage


I store all of my nail polishes in a little three draw set of draws. I got mine in Poundland so very cheap! Which is just as well because I seem to be filling it up rather quickly.

How do you store yours?

11 November 2010

Nails: Cracked Red


These are my sisters fingers, and need a little tidying up. It is on top of a medium red polish here.

Barry M - Instant Nail Effects

8 November 2010

Nails: Navy Polka Dots

Inspired by a nail look by Lara

Used:
ELF - Navy Polish
ELF - Pearl Polish

7 November 2010

Swatch: ELF - Metal Madess

Requested by Lumi


For some reason my camera wouldn't focus right, I think its something to do with the twinkly glitter. This was three coats of it and the photo was with a flash. Its not as shiny as it appears, while the glitter isn't too bumpy the way glitters were years ago, but it still needs a top coat to make it look right.

As a side note it isn't too awful for removing the way glitters tend to be.

ELF - Metal Madness

6 November 2010

Swatch: Collection 2000 - Hot Looks Fast Dry - Hip Hop 28


No Flash


With flash


Staining

They say ~ Collection 2000 Hotlooks Fast Dry Nail Polish is fashion led, catwalk inspired hot bright shades to add a flash of colour to any look. Collection 2000 Hotlooks is a fast drying, high shine nail polish.

I say ~ This is a smaller than your standard 10ml nail polish being that is is 8ml. I found the brush to be shorter than what I am used too and the amount of bristles thicker and so picks up lots of polish.

Very bright and it says 2 coats needed but I found three thin layers worked best. This polish dried quickly, surprisingly quick as in the past I have tried so called 60 second drying ones and they haven't lived up to their claims. Normally I wouldn't go for this colour but I did get it for Halloween. This shade did stain my nails badly. Hope it fades quickly!

7/10

£1.79 - 8ml
Boots