18 February 2011

Nails: Smokey Brown Crackle


ELF - Smokey Brown Polish
Barry M - Nail Effects

16 February 2011

Nails: Gradient Purple


ELF - Punk Purple Polish
ELF - Purple Pleaser Polish
ELF - Rosy Raisin Polish

15 February 2011

14 February 2011

Nails: Anchor!



Models Own - Matte Black
Models Own - Gun Grey
ELF - Pearl Polish

12 February 2011

Review: Orly - Nail Whitener

I recently got some Orly Professional Nail Whitener for Christmas and thought it was about time I tried removing some of the yellow stains!

They say - Orly Nail Whitener is a stain remover and nail brightener that clarifies and restores nails to a naturally beautiful finish. Orly Nail Whitener is an effervescent soak that combines a double dose of tea tree oil and citrus to detoxify and help dissolve impurities and stains on the nail. With Orly Nail Whitener nails are refined and bright.

I say - Once I put the crystals in to a bowl I got an over powdering scent, made me cough a little bit. If you have ever used sterilising tablets before it was that same effect. This quickly disappeared and I stuck my fingers in the dish for 8 mins, which is too long!

Before (product free nails)

Nails after

You can see that the powder has taken away a little of the shine from my buffed nails. It has also made it very obvious where I damaged my nails by pulling off false ones instead of taking them off properly. It left my skin very dry.

As for the staining, well it hasn't gotten rid of it completely but it has made a good attempt. Going to just have to wait until all the orange from Halloween has grown out! I would have given the other sachet another go on my nails but it doesn't seem worth the effort for the minimal effect.

6/10

£3.80 for 2 Sachets

11 February 2011

Tutorial: Ruffian Nails

Not sure if this is how the 'experts' do it but this is my attempt

You will need:
Two contrasting colour polishes
Top / base coat
Nail guides

Paint your nails your chosen colour, I chose Barry M - Racing Green


Once that is dry stick on the nail guides, the reverse of a French manicure


Paint on the contrasting colour, I used Models Own - Gun Grey


Once its dried peel off the guides and apply a top coat


And that is that all done! I think this would have been better in different colours, ones more contrasting.

5 February 2011

Tutorial: Colorstay Foundation with a pump?

I am a fan of the Revlon Colorstay Foundation. The one issue I have with it is the bottle, and it having no pump. I thought I would take some pictures of what I did with my foundation. I don't like a pouring style foundation because it leads to waste and mess.

I had an empty airless moisturiser bottle so I just used that, but you can buy them on eBay though just search for airless bottles or pump bottle.


Firstly get the foundation
 

I used a hair stick and pushed the disk about 3/4 of the way down and then began pouring the foundation in to the bottle, once that was done I took the label off the bottle and stuck it on to my airless bottle. Then pump the pump a couple of times until all of the air is out of the bottle and that's it.

4 February 2011

Review: ELF: Tweezers


They say ~ A unique slanted tweezer ergonomically designed for easy and accurate tweezing. Its professional quality stainless steel construction provides the user with a strong grip that will easily remove any unwanted hairs.

I say ~ The tweezers feel sturdy in hand and not like those cheap flimsy ones you can get. The edges of the tweezers meet which again is vitally important. Overall I really like these ones.

10/10

£1.50
ELF UK