28 February 2012

Review: The Body Shop - Satsuma Body Butter

I actually forgot I had this body butter! Its the 50ml pot so quite cute. The Body Shop is quite well known for its various body butters, they have different levels of intensity for normal, normal to dry and dry skin types. This particular one is for normal skin. 

Moisturising - This is a very thick moisturiser, as the name suggests it is more like a butter than a cream. It is very moisturising and I would even go as far as saying it is more suited for normal to dry skin. I wouldn't use this on my face as it leaves a bit of a residue, for the body however this is great. If you have dry elbows and knees you may need to opt for a more intensive body butter.

Scent - Has a slight bitterness to it which you would get if you were to zest an orange peel. It's not horrible, overwhelming or overly bitter though.

Packaging - While the pot with screw off lid serves its purpose I do have a couple of issues with this, when you have slippy hands its difficult to close the jar. Also I prefer a tube with a flip lid, this means I can easily squeeze out the amount I need and it is more hygienic. I really don't like sticking my fingers in products and getting too much product on my hands and under my nails.

Repurchase? I would consider repurchasing, the scent is nice, the product is nice and if you can get it with 50% off then the price is more than nice! However The Body Shop have a wide range of body butters and I am keen to try out most of them.

The Body Shop have this guide to help you pick which body butter you may like to use.

£12.50 - 200ml
The Body Shop

(Currently on offer 2 for £15 online until 2nd March 2012)

27 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 21

This challenge really seems to have a lot of different looks, is anyone else doing it?
This week's theme was 'green'

Base Polish: W7 - Fluorescent Green
Shatter: Barry M - Black Nail Effects

As you can tell I wasn't a fan of the brightness of the green on its own and I think it looks so much better with a crackle. Especially the black.

26 February 2012

Stamping Sunday: Three Colours

I wasn't too sure if we were to stamp with three colours or just use three on the nails. They didn't come out quite how I envisioned, Kath Kidson-esq, but to the eye they are a lot less patchy and the roses shimmer.

Base Polish: Barry M - Berry Ice Cream
Stamping Polishes: Barry M - Racing Green, Miss Sporty - Cherry
Stamping Plate: M65

25 February 2012

How to: Lush

[photo from Lush]

While I do have a slight addiction to the shop Lush, I do understand that a lot of people are daunted by the thought of stepping foot in store. I was once daunted by that very thought. As well as the almost overpowering scents wafting out the doors.

Basically people tend to have two issues with the store, one being that the scent is completely and utterly over whelming and for these people I suggest maybe ordering online because the shop really is full of all different scents which can be overpowering and over whelming but also may set peoples allergies off if you are sensitive to certain things.

[photo from Lush]

The other issue which i have heard people having is with the store staff. They have a tendency to jump out at you and start squealing at you about Lush products. I think this is more to do with the fact that they have a real passion for their job and the products which they sell. Which in this day in age is a rare thing!

If you would like to browse the store, usually you just need to say I'm just browsing thank you and they will leave you to it. Depending on the size of the store you might be approached by another Lush mad sales assistant but just say the same thing again and they should leave you to it. I have never came across a sales assistant which hasn't.

[photo from Lush]

If you are not sure about which product would suit your skin type then 9 times out of 10 if you ask the sales assistance then they will know the answer to your questions. If not then they will tend to ask another sales assistant. If you aren't comfortable with this then ask on the online forum, there are many Lush addicts out there who will be more than willing to help. Or you can always comment here and ask me, I will try to help and won't jump out on you!

24 February 2012

Swatch: Max Factor - Fantasy Fire

This is Max Factor's Fantasy Fire, allegedly a dupe for Clarins 230 more commonly known as 'Unicorn Pee'


Clarins no longer sells the 230 but in the bottle (12ml) it looks like a duochrome which shifts from a reddy copper to a blue / green / purple. The Max Factor (4.5ml) also look like that in the bottle, quite multi faceted

With Fantasy Fire the effect on the nail is less so, which is a little disappointing. In photos I have seen of the Clarins this is also the case. I think that the two are really compatible and seeing as 230 is discontinued Fantasy Fire is a perfect dupe.

Lasting Power: Average
Opacity: Very sheer, 4 coats. A layering polish, handy for prolonging the life of the little 4.5ml bottle. Also playing about with the different tones and shades it goes with various bases
Brush Type: Little bottle comes with a little brush I am afraid 

Fantasy Fire is a very much hyped up, the polish itself is quite sheer and ideal for layering. In the bottle it looks purple flitting to a red, green, and blue tone it almost gives the impression of being oil on water. However on the nail it is less impressive as it doesn't translate across well. Depending on what polish you layer this with would alter the colour shift in the overall duochrome look polish.

£3.99 - 4.5ml

23 February 2012

Hair: Interlaced Braid

Hands up I didn't come up with this myself, all credit goes to Loepsie and TorrinPaige on YouTube

My hair is about as thick as in the second video, but not as long. I think it looks quite medieval in the first with the different thickness's of hair. Either way both are beautiful. I have managed to do this on myself, however in the following photo my sister actually did it for me. 


What do you think? I think the colour contrast looks quite different.
Shame my roots needed doing!

22 February 2012

Swatch: W7 - Fluorescent Green (12)


Lasting Power: Unsure, haven't worn it longer than two days
Opacity: Three coats was used in the swatch above
Brush Type: Round with blunt flat tip, standard

£1.95 - 14ml

21 February 2012

Review: Soap and Glory - Heel Genius

Soap and Glory claim
No mean feet. Feet should be friendly. Soft. Smooth. Even lovely to look at. Massage a generous layer of Soap & Glory Heel Genius™ 125ml onto clean feet every night (or at least as often as you remember). Slip cotton socks overtop and let it soak in while you sleep.

What do I think?
I wouldn't describe my feet as particularly over worked, however my feet need a little tlc when they feel a bit  'clicky' on tights. Foot moisturisers and bed socks, not a sexy look really! Applied a thick layer to my heels stuck on some fluffy socks and in the morning my feet felt smooth and moisturised. 
I did actually get my other half to try this and he has workers man feet and while it didn't work with just the one application it did after three nights. Which is quite a feat ... sorry!

Scent - Fresh, slight citrus smell
Colour - Light green verging on teal, once rubbed in it does go white
Packaging - Retro, flip cap which means less mess and more convenience
Consistency - Thick, similar to a conditioner
Lives up to claims - Feet should be friendly, if not friendly at least the best a foot can look! Yes I think it does meet claims made but the claims aren't exactly adventurous! 
Worth the price tag? - I don't think its too over priced, if you have badly dried feet and like Soap and Glory then it would be something worth trying. As my feet weren't horrendous to begin with it isn't something I would repurchase but I will be using the rest of the tube.

[after a few months I did notice that lotion separated in the tube, so do try and shake it up before using]

£5.11 - 125ml

17 February 2012

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster 209

This stamping plate is from Bundle Monster, part of the second 25 piece set

Admittedly these stamps haven't came out very pigmented, however this really was my fault for using a too light a stamping shade. All of the designs stamp well on to the nail, I think I like the fishnet design the most but the witches hat is also quite cute.

Which do you like?

10 / 10

16 February 2012

Swatch: NYX - Robotic

I like this polish its got a hidden depth to it. Very similar to OPI Unripened, darker though than Model's Own Emerald Green and W7 Metallic Neptune.

Finish: Blackened, glass flecked, metallic 
Brush Type: Standard
Opacity: Good, one thick or two thin coats
Lasting Power: Standard 3-4 days

15 February 2012

Nails: Nyan Cat

This one was completely motivated by my sister. I did think I would do it at some point but she made me do it. When I came to doing it I unfortunately seem to have lost my little teeny paint brush, pinged off somewhere. Ended up having to use a small dotting tool to do everything!

This isn't as good as I would have hoped but it was done with my non-dominant hand. Disappointed with the cat as well, I really could have done with my paint brush!

Base Polish: Models Own - True Blue

14 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Punk Purple

Lasting Power: 3 - 4 days
Opacity: Two
Brush Type: Round with blunt flat tip, standard

£1.50 - 10ml

13 February 2012

Storage: Blushers

So it would appear that the majority of the blushers I own are from ELF. I have included my contour and highlight as well as I only have one of each and they are all stored together.
Most of them are very light as I'm quite pale. In the case of Rose, Pink Lemonade and Toffee I would use a much lighter touch when applying them as blusher rather than swatching! It has occurred to me while doing this post that I haven't actually reviewed many of these.

Mineral Blusher - Joy
Very light pink, doubt it would work with medium to dark toned skin. Matte finish.

Light peach coloured, for me it is more of a bronzer. Would work with darker tones than myself. Build-able with a matte finish.

Mineral Blusher - Rose
Very pigmented dark pink, would look amazing on deep skin tones. Difficult to work with on pale skin tones, not very sheer, again a matte finish.

Studio Blusher - Mellow Mauve
This is a deep pink which is build-able, it also has a slight golden shimmer to it. Doesn't have great pigmentation.

Essential Blusher - Shy
Pigmented, very light pink, matte finish

Build-able, slight shimmer, hot pink.

All Over Color Stick - Pink Lemonade
Very pigmented, deep pink, blend-able with a shimmer to it

Quite pigmented, matte

Very shimmery, think it would be very over the top to use as a bronzer.

Do you have any of these? 

10 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Fire Coral


Lasting Power: 2 - 3 days
Opacity: Two to three
Brush Type: Round with blunt flat tip, standard

£1.50 - 10ml

9 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Hot Pink

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Lasting Power: Average 
Opacity: One thick coater 
Brush Type: Average 

£1.50 - 10ml 

7 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 18

Challenge of the week was to do some nail art inspired by TV or Movie, I actually painted these on to acrylics and have worn them before, but any opportunity to have Johnny Depp on my fingers!

6 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Medium Red

Opacity: Two coats 
Lasting Power: Standard
Brush Type: Standard

£1.50 - 10ml

4 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Gum Pink

As you may of noticed I am doing a lot of swatching recently, as for some reason I have polishes I haven't swatched on the blog which I have actually worn!

Opacity: 2-3 Coats
Lasting Power: Average
Brush Type: Average

3 February 2012

Comparison: W7 - Metallic Neptune V's Models Own - Emerald Black

As the title suggests this is a quick comparison post of:
W7 - Metallic Neptune and Models Own - Emerald Black

*with flash*

*outdoors no flash*

I think they are very similar, other than in price 
W7 costs £1.95 for 15ml
Models Own is £5 for 14ml

I got both polishes given to me for Christmas, and while I like both of them I would only repurchase the W7 as its cheaper and you get a little bit more in the bottle.

What do you think?

2 February 2012

Swatch: W7 - Sheer Lemon

This is a sheer polish, you need at least three coats. Not a colour I would typically wear but it is a fantastic base for stamping and crackle polishes.

Lasting Power: Only wore for two days before removing, no chips up to that point though
Opacity: Three coats needed
Brush Type: Standard

£1.95 - 15ml
I got this from nailpolishdirect.co.uk but there are plenty of places which sell W7 polishes in the UK

1 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 17

Week 17 and the challenge was to come up with something 'red'. I think this is something nice for Christmas but in general a little glittery for me everyday!