Monday, September 02, 2013

Nails Inc Covent Garden Ballet

I'm not entirely sure how I came across Nails Inc Covent Garden Ballet (CGB) because a Google Image Search doesn't really yield that many results. As far as I know CGB was never released as a single but always as part of a set. But you can always find a couple floating around on eBay for a reasonable price, which is where I got my little bottle of pale grey goodness shot through with superfine coppery shimmer.

I find Nails Inc polishes to be a bit hit and miss. Sometimes they apply flawlessly, last for days without chipping and have a great finish. On other occasions I have use layer after layer to get the colour to look even and then it chips within a day! CGB is in between - it required 4 coats to look good but the result is a nice and glossy look which lasts at least 3 days. In fact, I'd been wearing the polish for at least 3 days when I took the photos you can see in this post.

All shots were taken in different lighting, including daylight and flash. I had topcoat on in these images.

I was surprised at how much I liked this unusual shade on my skintone. I've never been particularly drawn to greys so I think it was that gorgeous shimmer that grabbed me. I imagine this would look great with a bit of black lacy stamping.

Nails Inc CGB is definitely recommended by me if you're in the market for unusual shades and like being asked by strangers what it is!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

No More Google Reader as of Monday 1st July 2013

Dearest readers, as you probably know Google Reader is coming to an end very shortly.

I'm not sure how many of you use Google Reader to keep up with the content of your favourite blogs but I know I certainly did!

Thankfully there are many services out there willing to pick up where Google Reader leaves off. My favourite is bloglovin' who have made it super easy for you to transfer all your followed blogs over to their site. Here's the link to do that: Transfer your favourite blogs to bloglovin'

So please make sure you take these simple steps as I'm sure it would mean a lot to most blog owners. I know I'd certainly appreciate it!

I'll be back soon! x

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

NARS Pierre Hardy Boys Don't Cry Blush

The NARS and Pierre Hardy collaboration has been much talked about, mostly because it’s gorgeous! It’s a relatively small collection, made up of nail polish duos and blushes. While the nail polish combinations are popular, the blushes are the standouts.

I decided to go with Boys Don’t Cry, the pink grapefruit shade of blush. This massive powder blush (it’s a huge 13g compared to the usual NARS blushers which weigh in at around 4.5g!) has a golden shimmer overlay in a geometric pattern. Once the overlay has been rubbed off (in a few uses time) you’re left with a very pigmented, smooth, matte blush. The formula is fantastic and wears all day on me, but I haven’t had the chance to test it out in very hot weather.

Taken in natural light
This blush is so pigmented, I’ve taken to applying it with a fan brush. Even on my medium skintone, a fan brush provides more than enough colour. This is a shade for all skintones – the fairest out there would have to be very cautious when applying but the colour is universal in my opinion.

Taken with flash
Boys Don’t Cry is a fresh, bright shade that everyone seems to see a little differently. For me, it’s a blend of watermelon pink with a touch of red in there. But somehow, I really don’t understand how, I also see a little orange in there. I don’t think there’s an exact dupe out there and I find the colour to be very unique, in my collection at least.

Natural light, blended out with a brush on right
Taken with Flash
Costing £30, it’s not a cheap item. Having said that, when you take the weight into consideration, it’s actually priced very fairly, especially compared to regular NARS blushes. As we all know, limited edition items are quite often priced higher than products in the core line, so I’m very impressed with the £30 price tag.
At this moment in time, I’m definitely considering making Rotonde (the orange shade) a part of my collection. I think that tells you how much I’m enjoying Boys Don’t Cry.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dior Addict Extreme 643 Diablotine Extreme

Like I said a few days ago, Dior has been releasing some stellar lip shades which have been seriously tempting me.

After much internal debating, I finally settled on purchasing Dior Addict Extreme in 643 Diablotine Extreme. This shade, along with 3 others, was also released as a standard Addict lipstick which is lighter in pigment and a touch glossier.

I find Diablotine Extreme to be the perfect red to wear during the day for those who are a little nervous about full-on reds. It's a glossy, see-through red with a very slight coral tint that looks great on a range of skintones. It is gorgeous for the summer and feels fantastic on the lips. Comfortable, gel-like and even a tiny bit nourishing.

Single swipe swatch

One swipe provides the perfect rosy red stained look, while a couple of layers look rich, glossy and vibrant.

Built up, vibrant swatch

I LOVE this lipstick and it's an absolute must buy for me. I do advise trying it on before you invest as these aren't the cheapest of cosmetics and the shades tend to look different on everyone, picking up on the natural subtle nuances in our lips.

Try it, buy it.

Bourjois Bumper Post: Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick + Rouge Edition Lipstick

I had itchy spending fingers the other day and came across a 3 for 2 Bourjois promotion in Superdrug, along with a freebie of some huge sunnies in a cute little polka dot case.

I decided to indulge in the Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipsticks which are new for the Summer season and my first Rouge Edition lipstick, which I've heard great things about.

The Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipsticks are clearly the Bourjois take on Clinique Chubby Sticks, which are extremely popular. It seems every cosmetic company is coming out with their own version of glossy lip crayons and these are the first for me.

I chose shades 01 Red Sunrise and 02 Fuchsia Libre - the other two shades available are 03 Orange Punch and 04 Peach on the Beach. I was very tempted by Peach on the Beach but decided to go for a peachy-orange shade from another company which I'll show you soon.

Red Sunrise

Red Sunrise is a sheer cherry red which can be built up for a vivid pout. Fuchsia Libre is a sheer pink, which again, can be easily built up. I think that's a huge positive with these crayons as you can decide how noticeable you want your lips to be - you can have a sheer glossy tint or apply a couple of layers to make the colour more vibrant and noticeable. Worn either way, you get end up with a glossy look that is perfect for the summer. The above swatches are layered to the show how pigmented they can be.

Fuchsia Libre

Wear wise, I find these to be very standard. They are not long lasting in my experience, although once the glossiness has worn off they do leave behind a slight tint. They are marketed as being waterproof and providing comfort and hydration for 10 hours, along with SPF15. I haven't specifically tested the waterproof claims but I'm a little sceptical. They are supposed to have a 'bare lip sensation' which I agree with to an extent - your lips feel slick and coated when you press them together but aside from that the texture is very light and almost gel like. They feel really comfortable and almost soothing on the lips.

I like these for Summer and I can see myself purchasing the other colours (however I may look into other brands first).


My other purchase, the 'free' one, so to speak, was a Rouge Edition lipstick in the shade 17 Rose Millesime. I don't really have a huge amount to say about this lipstick other than the shade is very pretty and while it's comfortable to wear, I don't feel like it has the best finish. It looks a little dull which I'm not very keen on. There also seem to be some sparse silver shimmers chucked in there which I could do without. That said, the shade is lovely and I can't imagine anyone could look bad in it.

So it seems like I went for some quite similar shades during this mini spree! I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these lip products and I think the quality for drugstore makeup is fantastic. That said, each item is priced at £7.99 so they aren't particularly cheap and buying two at a time costs more than a lipstick from a mid-end range like MAC.

Oh and the free sunglasses? They're pretty huge but very wearable. The Bourjois logo isn't ostentatious and is placed inside an arm. I don't think the sun protection is great unfortunately. They come with a polka dot zipped pouch which looks great in my opinion and could easily be utilised as a little makeup case for your handbag. A decent freebie, that's for sure.