Saturday, 25 July 2009

Toni & Guy hair curlers

about a week ago i bought a new hair curler. i got the Toni and Guy 38mm, digital control curlers. iv had my eye on them for ages and am really glad that iv finally got them :)

i don't really like the look of prefect, tight, crunchy curls and rather much prefer loose, large, natural, messy looking curls. I've tried these curlers once, but forgot to take some pics, but they definitely give the effect I'm looking for. next time i curl my hair, I'll be sure to take some pictures but so far so good :)


Sleek love

i just want to say that i LOVE my sleek storm palette. My mum used it and when i told her how much it was, she was really shocked. She said she thought it would have been really expensive as the quality and pigment of the colour was just amazing. I've only had it for a week and look at the state of it already...

hmmmm.... i have my eye one the safari palette now, has anyone tried it, if so what do you think??


Monday, 6 July 2009

Review: Laura Geller part 1

Okay, so i haven't really heard much about your thoughts on Laura Geller make up. maybe it's just old news... or maybe it's just not to popular i don't know, but i thought i would share my views with you on some of the products that i own.

Laura Geller has a baked range in her makeup line. this is basically that the baked products start their life are a liquid and are then baked to produce the finally product. I think the concept is the same as MAC MSFs. In many of the baked products, there is usually an array of colour which helps add dimension and allows each product to be more versatile. I'll review two of my favourite products out of the ones i own from the baked range in this post, and then the rest of them in a separate post.

Balance and Bronze in Medium - the version that i own is a 2 in 1 product, but they can be bought separately as Balance and Brighten (foundation) and Bronze and Brighten (Bronzer). In my opinion the foundation is okay as it provides medium coverage and has loads of different colours within it to help add colour and reduce redness etc. at the same time. (you will understand what i mean if you look at the picture). It does however leave a matte finish whereas i personally favour a dewy finish to the skin. The other half of the compact is the bronzer, which is amazing! i love it! It might actually be my favourite bronzer. It's the perfect brown with no orange in it which is what i like bronzers to be like. Unlike the foundation, the bronzer adds a dewy finish to the skin but doesn't last too long :(....

WARNING - because of the way the products are made, each compact is slightly different. This means that different amounts of each colour will appear in each compact. In my particular compact the bronzer had alot of dark brown, i liked this because the bronzer is buildable and easy to work with, however some people may have preferred to receive a compact with more subtler tones.

the foundation is on the left and the bronzer is on the right.

Blush and Brighten in Apricot Berry - so i must admit that when i first purchased this kit i found it really had to get along with this blush and so for a long time left it at the bottom of my makeup draw, untouched. When i was bored one day i reached for it and decided to have a play around and I'm so glad that i did! I actually discovered that it's the Laura Geller brushes that were the problem and not the product itself. I now use my Bare escentuals buki blush brush to apply this blusher which helps to leave a gorgeous glow to the skin and really adds dimension. A small amount goes a long way and as long as the brush used to apply the blush is right the effects are amazing.

i was wondering if the Laura Geller Blush and Brightens were in anyway similar to MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes... had anyone tried both? if so, are they similar? I'd love to know.

i will review the remaining items pictured above in a upcoming post if anyone wants to hear about them, but overall i would recommend the two products above as they have now become a staple in my makeup routine. BUT i think they take a bit of getting used to, so if you do ever try them just make sure you try then out for a while before you make your mind up :)


Sunday, 5 July 2009

Review: Nails Inc.

i own a few bottles of nails inc. nail polishes and so thought i should do a review on them. nails inc. is a high end nail polish brand in the UK and each bottle retails for around £10.50. however, iv never paid that much for any of mine. they have previously been given away as free gift with magazines such as InStyle and Glamour and i have also purchased a collection from QVC. (if your interested in trying out or buying more nails inc. nail polishes, i would seriously recommend buying them from QVC as sell then for much lower prices).

so this is my collection:
from left to right: kensington cavier top coat, kensington cavier base coat, InStyle Coral, Brompton Place, Sloane Mews, InStyle Bare, Jermyn Street, Chester Place, Eaton Mews, Dover Street Market, Victoria and Chesham Place.

one thing i do love about these nails polishes is the names! there all named after streets in London, i love it.

i used the top and base coat when i can be bothered, but i do like these two products. the top coat does add extra shine and allows the colour intensity to last for longer.

i usually apply two coats of the nail polish and it lasts for ages! they give a high shine finish and some of then even give a high gloss finish which i love. the gloss finish polishes (Chester Place, Dover Street Market and Victoria) compared to the matte finish polishes (instyle coral, Brompton Place, Sloane Mews Instyle Bare and Jermyn Street) in my opinion are better. i think they look more expensive and i always get compliments when wearing them. two of the shades, Chesham Place and Eaton Mews give a metallic finish.
the two shades i was disappointed with were the two free shades i got with Instyle magazine a couple of months ago. (these are the two shades with instyle in their name) they almost seemed like fakes because they were a lot more streaky and hard to apply compared to the other matte finish colours i own. the brush was also different and in my opinion of a cheaper quality. so if you were disappointed with the shades offered with Instyle Magazine i would definitely try again with a colour perhaps from a set or a gloss finish polish which are my personal favourite.
i'l be sure to take some picture when i have them on my nails, but i definitely recommend nails inc.


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