29 November 2011

52 Week Challenge: Week 9

Week 9's challenge was 'rainbow' and it was a challenge!

Thumb: Essence - Let's Get Lost
Index: ELF - Fluorescent Pink
Middle: ELF - Teal Blue
Ring: BeautyUK - Lilac Girl
Little: Collection 2000 - Hip Hop

All too bright for me so I ended up toning down the brightness, turning it in to a comic book

27 November 2011

52 Week Challenge: Week 8

The challenge for this week was 'taping' and I used tape as part of the manicure so, I think it counts!

Base: 17 - Peacock
Red striping tape

26 November 2011

Comparison: Revlon Colorstay - Ivory V's Rimmel 25 Hr - Ivory

"How do the two ivory shades compare?"

While the photo isn't overly clear in my opinion revlon colorstay - ivory is a much lighter pink undertoned foundation. The rimmel lasting finish - ivory is a darker colour and is yellow undertoned.

Swatches of Rimmel 25h Lasting Finish in five shades: here
Review of Rimmel 25h Lasting Finish Foundation: here
Tutorial on how to make your Revlon colorstay in to a pump action foundation: here

25 November 2011

Review: Lush - Snowglobe Soap

They say ~ Although this is a refreshing citrus soap, it has a different blend of sharper citrus oils to give you an invigorating wash morning or night. We've used organic lemon myrtle for a fresh, slightly herbal citrus note, and lemon grass to complement the fragrance. This soap goes perfectly in a bath cocktail with Uluru, Avobath or You've Been Mangoed to shake the cobwebs off your tired brain.

I say ~ Like this one! I didn't think I did originally as I got it as a freebie but when I opened and used this the scent is lovely. Minty, pepper minty with a little mango. It isn't drying at all and the scent lingers on your hands for a while which is always nice.

If this product comes out again, as it was a 2010 Christmas item I will be purchasing a nice chunk of this!

10 / 10


23 November 2011

Nails: Robotic

Base: NYX - Robotic
French: NYX - Purple Ink
Stamp: BM 208
Stamping Polish: Nails Inc - Electric Teal

20 November 2011

Nails: Purple Giraffe Print

Base: ELF - Purple Dream
Stamp: BM 208
Stamping Polish: ELF - Black

18 November 2011

Nails: Half Moons

No.7 - Violetta
Rimmel - Hard Edged

16 November 2011

Swatch: Kleancolor - Holo Chrome (94)

Finish: Holographic, more of a lilac than a chrome
Opacity: Four coats needed, better for layering
Brush Type: Flat and wide, not as wide as OPI
Scent: Quite Potent!

15 November 2011

52 Week Challenge: Week 7

The challenge this week was to come up with a manicure based on a tutorial 

I chose a frenchy dot tutorial as explained by Leslie from polishartaddiction

Sleek - Poisoned Ivy (green)
Sleek - Royalty (red)
Sleek - Oxford (blue)

Review: Studio Powder Brush

ELF state that ~ "This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Creates a professional sculpted look-Full coverage color. Use for powder or blush for perfect contouring"

My thoughts ~ I really like this brush, its perfect for applying liquid foundation. I tend to use it in a stippling motion to get an even coverage. For liquids which dry fast (like Revlon Colorstay) I like to spritz ELF's Mist and Set spray on the brush. This also helps the coverage to be lighter. The brush is densely packed with brush fibres.

Down sides of the brush are that ELF claim it is good for contouring, but its too big to give any definition to the cheek bones. It's a little difficult to clean as well, but washing through with olive oil and then brush shampoo does work well.

10 / 10

£3.50 - ELF

14 November 2011

Swatch: Accesorize - Aztec Polish

This is such a difficult one to swatch accurately!

This is primarily a purple duo chrome, which does need two or three coats in order to build up an opaque nail coverage.

With the first coat it seems to be a green toned polish but once you have applied more coats it looks purple. I think that this polish and Orly's Space Cadet are very similar in tone.

I like this one, it seems to be a polish similar in colour to the oil on water effect you sometimes see.

The talented Helly managed to take some more colour accurate photos here, if your interested

10 / 10

£4 - 10ml

13 November 2011

Review: ELF - Studio Eyeshadow - Charcoal

I own both Raspberry Truffle and Amethyst which I like. I was expecting this shadow to be of similar quality which is why I ordered it. The packaging is nice, has a little mirror and a good amount of product (2.75g) for the price.

Eyes Lips Face claim that their studio eye shadows are "beautiful soft texture melts into the skin for a vibrant color that lasts. Apply wet or dry for a fabulous look that never creases or fades"

Sounds great, however for this particular shade I have to disagree as the eyeshadow is lacking in pigment as you can see from the swatch (without) primer below

A very disappointing grey, and yes you can build up the colour however it would take a very long time and effort in order to achieve the colour in the product promotion photos.

12 November 2011

Comparison: OPI - Nevermore V's NYX - Purple Ink

I think the NYX and the OPI are very similar.

Nevermore seems to be a little bit more of a gritty texture, which would be smoothed out with a top coat.

10 November 2011

52 Week Challenge: Week 6

This weeks challenge as the title suggests was a brown / beige theme

Base: ELF - Mod Mauve
Tips: Barry M - Dusky Mauve
Top Coat: Maybellene Express Finish - Cosmic (840)

Nails: Teal Squares

Base: ELF - Teal
Stamping Polish: ELF - Black
Stamping Plate: BM203

9 November 2011

8 November 2011

Swatch: Kleancolor - Blue Eyed Girl

Firstly lets start with the Kleancolor polish, Blue Eyed Girl (191)

These swatches are over a black base 

Hex shaped glitter with other varying sized glitter in a navy base

Yes its a pain to remove like all glitters! Its stunning and a near enough dupe to Lippman's Lady Sings The Blues for me.  

7 November 2011

52 Week Challenge: Week 5

This week's challenge was themed 'Halloween'

Nails I actually did for Halloween;

NOTD: Magnetic Stars

Base Polish: 17 - Blue Magnetic
Stamping Polish: Stargazer - Silver Chrome
Stamping Plate: BM 21