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5 September 2014

The Mani | Trialling White Nails

These seem to be EVERYWHERE at the moment. Honestly, I was holding off as it reminded me of when I used to put tippex on my nails at school. But you know, I thought I would give it a whirl! It wasn't something I was 100% confident doing it but you know, everyone else seemed to like it so why not!

I'm loving the Rimmel nail polishes at the moment so I picked up Rita Ora's White Hot Love. It only took two coats to this really opaque white colour. I was worried about how sheer white could be but this was so thick it really didn't need too many coats. For the first few hours I was quite conscious about them, but they definitely grew on me and I got so many compliments! Even from guys...

I was very surprised at how white and clean these stayed as well. For me white is usually dirty so quickly but these stayed white and in tact for a week which is very impressive. I'm still not 100% about white nails, but I'm glad I tried it and I would wear it again.

What nail trends should I try next?

2 September 2014

The Review | Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain

It's been a little while since I treated myself to some lovely little lip producs and I have to say, I was having some withdrawal symptoms. I'd seen these advertised and I love Revlon's lip products, I've always found them to be really high quality for a drug store brand and I love the colours. Having not been too bothered about lip stains in the past I was autmatically a bit dubious but hey, in the spirit of getting my blog mojo back I wanted to give them a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised.

Revlon's ColorStay Moisture Stain is a creamy, non sticky formula combines Vitamin E and Aloe for moisture with lightweight PureStain pigments. Effectively it's a long wear highly pigmented, non sticky lip gloss. In terms of pigmentation these aren't sheer in the slightest. They have a high pigmentation and definitely stain the lips. I wore Barcelona Nights on a girls night out recently and it was still there in the morning eek. There's no stickiness which is a big plus for me and are super comfortable to wear for a creamy stain. 

I chose two pinks to help pull me back into a lip colour frame of mind. Barcelona Nights is a beautiful blue toned bright pink, amazing for if you want something a little bit special. LA Exclusive is an everyday lips but better colour. I've been wearing this on my lips everyday and is the one I keep handy in my bag. Both are bluey toned pinks which I think suit my skin so much better than yellow toned lip products. 

In terms of longevity I'm in two minds. Although Barcelona Nights did stain the lips til morning it was still faded and I think that has more to do with the fact that I had to touch it up around three times to keep up the intensity of the colour. In terms of LA Exclusive as it's such an everyday colour it's hard to tell when the colour has really faded but I like to top it up every couple of hours anyway. What I do like about them is that they don't transfer - straws/glasses/forks etc - they don't pop over onto the object which is great. I do love that about them.

All in all I do really like these. It doesn't really bother me to have to top up my lip colour (foundation/eyeliner yes, lip colour no) every few hours and the colour pay off and quality is so nice it's worth it.

What colours should I try next?

27 August 2014

The Review | Benefit They're Real Push Up Eyeliner

Over the summer I have been edging more towards a smudged liner, however as the weather start to turn more chilly I've gone back to my safety net of winged liner. I usually use a liquid liner, however since I've started my daily slog to London and back I've had issues with smudging, transfer and longevity so I decided I'd try something more from the gel range. Benefit have recently released new additions to their "They're Real" range, including their Push Up Eyeliner. It's a gel eyeliner pen, the first of its kind (as far as I know) and I was definitely intrigued. Due to the price however I did decide to wait a few weeks to gauge the reviews and see if I really did need it. Well, I ended up getting it anyway.

In terms of application I had heard it took a while to get used to a this gel pen. In a way yes, but overall not really. As long as you keep squeezing the nib at the top to release any left over gel you're fine, then use it like any other liner pen. I feel a little like the line isn't quite as black and and bold as I would like it so it does need a couple of layers to be able to build that up. Touch annoying but doable. It is VERY easy to create a lovely even wing with this and I do find it very easy to match both eyes. Once you're used to it it's no problem at all and I love how it looks. It does look very clean and there's very minimal mistakes.

In terms of wear and tear I put it to the ultimate test of London commuting. I'm having some mixed results I have to be honest. Sometimes there is not problem with it, by the time I get home it's slightly faded but nothing really disastorous. Other time it's flacky and smudged. Not ideal. I have found that using eyeshadow underneath does help it stay in place and not flack, but it does still fade. It's better but still not exactly what I was hoping for. I do love it and I love the look it gives. Maybe some eyeshadow primer will help?

Have you tried this new gel liner?

24 August 2014

The Comparison | Smoothing and long lasting primers

For a few years I was trying to decide whether primers were worth the hassle and what they actually really did. Then one fell into my life and I now can't live without it. The Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector is perfect at prepping my skin for the day and holding onto my make up for as long as possible. Much longer then any other primer I've tested. However, it's nearing the end of it's life so I was wondering if there was a dupe on the high street that I could use to replace - and make my bank account a little happier.

I bought this for my best friend who was looking for a cheap primer and she loved it so much that I thought I should give it a whirl. The Seventeen Stay Time Long Wear Primer is a smoothing primer, much like the Kiehl's version, and is also meant to prolong the wear and tear of your make up. Both attributes I associate heavily with the Kiehl's primer. It's not as silicony as the Kiehl's offering which is good, however not quite as easy to apply. It does smooth the skin nicely and it makes it super easy to apply make up afterwards. 

In terms of long wear, I would say it does last a long time however not as good as Kiehl's. The Seventeen offer is good if you're looking for something that isn't going to last longer than maybe 10 hours. Kiehl's is definitely a long term primer whereas the Seventeen offering is probably a shorter term, just a lazy weekend offering.

My friend loves the Seventeen offering, so I would say that it's not the best for oil however for dry skin it's your best bet. I do like both and I think the Seventeen offering has some great attributes and is definitely worth a try. However, for me I'm going to be repurchasing my Kiehl's.

Which would you choose?