28 February 2011

Comparison: ELF Tinted Moisturiser Vs Studio Moisturiser

Not exactly a comprehensive comparison or anything but it is interesting to see how similar in tones the apricot beige and the porcelain are. The ivory is a lot lighter but the porcelain is the lightest shade in the studio tinted moisturisers.



Anyhow this isnt a review, I did one for the standard line here. I am sure at some point I'll review the studio one when I have used it more to test it out.

27 February 2011

Storage: Pressed Powders


MUA: Pressed Powder - Shade 1 ~ Not too bad actually, especially for £1


ELF: Studio Pressed Powder - Sand ~ Its nice enough but too dark for my skin tone

Maybellene: Dream Matte Powder - 1 Rose N*de ~ Really good powder, handy packaging for your bag too

ELF: Clarifying Pressed Powder - Apricot Beige and Light Beige ~ Not too awful, the packaging is cheap though and both these shades are too dark for me

26 February 2011

Nails: Black / Silver French


Not really sure why the photo is so dark. But either way its a nice look for a night out. Chances are I will be doing this one again.

25 February 2011

Review: Primark - Nail Foils

I wanted to have a go at the nail foils, but the price of the Nail Rock ones I wanted to have a go with something cheaper first. Having a bit of a wander around Primark I came across these,

There were two designs and they both came in silver or gold, I opted for the silver skulls.

This is what was in the £3 pack

So here is what I ended up with, really not too sure about them actually.

You can totally tell that they are stickers and I dont seem to have applied them smoothly around the edges. Maybe they weren't sticky enough because even once the bumps were pushed down with an orange stick they didnt hold.

For the price I would recommend them but only if you really wanted to try them.

6/10

£3 - 18 stickers
Primark

24 February 2011

Nails: Musical Zebra Print

Just trying out a few things with my nail art pens
Zebra print on my ring finger while the rest of them were a simple french manicure

Attempting something different on my thumb, didnt work though! The glitter tip is alright but the music note doesnt even look like one!

23 February 2011

Review - Two Way Nail Art Pens

I got these for christmas actually but due to the awful delays in post they took forever to arrive. They came in a little cardboard box and had a little sheet of protective wrap, I do think though they could have been packaged better. Especially coming from Hong Kong to the UK.

Glitters
[silver / gold / light pink / dark pink, almost red / blue]

Neons
[yellow / mustard / orange / red]

Shimmers
[yellow / light pink / pink / barbie pink / copper]

Greens and Blues
[light green / dark green / light blue / blue / navy blue]

Blacks and Purples
[black / white / purple / dark purple / blood red]

Striper end of pen

Pen end

Out of the 24 pens, three of them are damaged

A couple of them aren't very pigmented when used as stripers, but are fine as pens. They have little pins on the bottom of them as well for unclogging the nib if it gets clogged up with polish


I got them for £7.24 from eBay and that was with p&p. Baring in mind that the Models Own black one is £6 for one not inc p&p. I think at some point in the future I will still purchase the Models Own one but for the time being these ones will do and of course there is still a range of colours to play about with.

Contacted the seller on eBay and they have arranged for me to get a £3 refund which is great as that's £1 per damaged pen and that's not what they would have cost per unit.

8/10

20 February 2011

Storage: Mascara

[I couldnt for the life of me make this focus!]

17: Wild Curls Mascara - Wildest Black ~ A nice rubberised brush, good lengthening effect

Maybellene: Great Lash Mascara - Blackest Black ~ Bought this time and time again, its not bad but nothing amazing

MUA: Mascara - Shade 5 ~ This has little fibres in it which get annoying especially when wearing contact lenses

ELF - Earth and Water Duo - Noire ~ Havent used this too much but when I have its been super hard to remove without pulling out my eyelashes! 

19 February 2011

Review: Nail Gem Wheel

I thought I would quickly do a review on this which I got from eBay, was actually a UK seller as well so got to me nice and quickly. I have my fingers in the picture as a bit of a size comparison, I imagined that the wheel would be bigger although not sure why as the gems are teeny and thats what I was looking for!

Has a nice range of colours and are all 2mm in size and there is around 2000 of them in the wheel. I got mine from this eBay seller and they were £2.39 which is rather cheap. Now I just have to be inspired to use them!



18 February 2011

Nails: Smokey Brown Crackle


ELF - Smokey Brown Polish
Barry M - Nail Effects

Well I think I have tried this polish out now a few times and I think its sort of hit and miss. How you apply it seems to have a impact on how good / bad it looks. As you can see the last three nails looke good but the thumb and forefinger looks too clumpy. Maybe the coat I painted on was too thick?

16 February 2011

Nails: Gradient Purple


I thought I would try out a gradient sort of a nail look. In the picture all five nails look a lot different where as in real life they arent, they all actually look very similar. I am liking how shiney they look and that is without a top coat! I mixed a few drops of some polishes together and ended up with this, looks alright but might have been better in different colours.

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

15 February 2011

14 February 2011

Nails: Oi Sailor!



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

13 February 2011

Storage: Moisturisers

Body Shop - Mango Body Butter - Super thick wonderful for dry knees and elbows!
Body Shop - Wild Cherry Body Butter - Less intensive than the mango, smells amazing too

Dove - Body Silk - Nice and moisturising for winter skin

Lush - Smitten Hand Cream - Love this, sinks in quickly and not oily
Boots Botanics - Oil Free Moisturiser - A lighter moisturising gel great for summer

12 February 2011

Review: Orly - Nail Whitener

I suppose this is a little bit of a follow up from one of my "tips of the day". I recently got some Orly Professional Nail Whitener for christmas and thought it was about time I tried removing some of the stains!
[picture yoinked from powderpuff]

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. Now this quickly disappeared and I went and stuck my fingers in the dish for 8 mins, which is too long but I got distracted!

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 riving off false ones instead of taking them off properly. It left my fingers very dry and you can see that very much on the index finger.

As for the staining, well it hasnt 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 doesnt 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.

What do you think?

10 February 2011

Nails: Valentine's Day Ideas


I took this one and finally managed to get a photo of the moon! It seems as if its impossible to take one that looks half decent. Anyhow, these nails are a couple of more ideas for valentines day.








Which do you like?

9 February 2011

Review: Vaseline Lip Therapy - Rosy Lips

So as you may know I seem to have an addiction to lip salve / chap stick. I have to have at least two on me or in arms length of me at all times! Complete addict! Luckily for me I don't think I have bought one of my own in over three years as people keep giving me them as gifts which is amazing and very good choices!

Anyhow this is a review of something I got for Christmas, which I know was a while back but still relevant I think.
Basically its a huge vaseline style tin, and inside of it is four tins of lip therapy. One original and one aloe vera and two rosy lips. I would have actually preferred one rosy lips and one cocoa butter one as I haven't tried that yet! Still a good selection and I am sure they will keep me going for a long time. Very intense and moisturising.

I hadn't actually tried this one before and so it was lovely to try something new. First thing I noticed was the colour, looks quite daunting in the tin! Once applied to my lips though there isn't any colour, now this could be because my lips are quite pigmented to begin with but even if that weren't the case it would be a sheer colour. Next thing I noticed was the scent, smells very much of rose and although it says there is almond in there I couldn't smell that.

I would recommend the rosy lips lip therapy to anyone, well maybe not a manly man!
10/10

£1.39 - 20g

[I am sure that I will be reviewing the other two at some point in the future as well]

7 February 2011

Attempting Creativity - Necklace

So after sorting my necklaces out I noticed that one of them had gone all scuffed and damaged, little lines of what appears to be rust appearing too.

Being the horder that I am though I didnt want to through it out, especially seeing as I had only worn it once. And so I attempted to get a bit creative...

What do you think?

6 February 2011

Storage Sundays: Other Brushes

Primark - Comb
ELF - Concealer Brush (too small for me, use it as a lip brush)
ELF - Studio Concealer Brush

And that concludes all my brushes!