Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wow Brown Ready To Glo Tan Review

Hey guys!

It has gotten SO cold in the last week its unbelievable! I love the change in seasons but its definitely hard to adapt back into the colder shorter days...

I've been trying out a new tan from Wow Brown called 'Ready to Glo' recently. Now, normally I will be very lazy with tan and only wear it for a special occasion but since I've been a hermit the last few weeks I decided to give it a go anyway :)



They advise to apply the tan and leave it overnight to develop (or 5 hours) before showering. 

This tan is super easy to use. All you do is spray the product onto a clean tanning mitt and apply in circular motions to the body. The colour comes up straight away and gradually gets darker after a few hours. I took some photos of my arm before, during and after to see how it looked. Here are the results!





Overall I was really impressed! I really like the finished result, the colour was very even and most importantly not orange! :) I only applied the tan very lightly as I wasn't sure how dark it was going to be once it was developed but the colour was lovely. I don't like to be super dark but if you want a darker colour all you have to do is apply slightly more tan and wait longer (preferable overnight) for it to develop. Easy peasy! :) The colour lasted for about 6 days before starting to fade. Removal was pretty simple, although it does fade over time I didn't notice any patches which was great. 

You can buy Wow Brown at most major pharmacies throughout Ireland and online at www.wowbrown.com where all order placed are free! 'Ready to Glo' retails at €21.99 and in my opinion is well worth the price. You all know I love my Sally Hanson Airbrush but this is definitely my new favourite :)

Let me know if you have tried Wow Brown before, I'd love to hear your experiences!

Until next time brownies!

xxx



*Product sent as a press sample from Fran and Don at Wow Brown, all opinions are my own.


Thursday, 31 October 2013

Creepy Doll Makeup......Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween beauties!

I absolutely LOVE Halloween! Scary movies, sweets, getting to dress up....whats not to like?!

This year I decided to do something a bit on the easy side as I had already done Day of the Dead a few weeks ago. I wanted a look that I wouldn't need to go out and buy anything for hence....the creepy doll! This look is very simple to achieve but still very effective.

I started with a pale foundation. Unfortunately for me the palest colour I had was actually right for my skin tone this time of year as I've have no colour on my face at all!  :) The key to this look is flawlessness. You want your skin to be perfect so cover any imperfections after applying your foundation with concealer. 

Now time for the eyes. I applied NYX jumbo pencil in 'Milk' all over the lid and up to the eyebrows as a base. Next I took a bright purple shadow from my 120 palette and applied the colour all over the lid and up into my crease. Next I blended between the crease and up to my brow bone with a hot pink shadow also from the 120 palette. I filled in my eyebrows making them thinner than usual and applied mascara. I also lined my top lash line with my black gel liner. Next I used my Inglot AMC gel liner in 76 under the eye to create the illusion of a bigger doll like eyes. I then outlined this with the purple and hot pink shadow I had used on the lids. Next I applied Eyelure's Naturalites False lashes on the outline of the 'new' bottom eyelids and applied mascara on top to make them a litter darker. For the top I applied Girls Aloud Nicola's Fan Lashes. Eyes done!

Scary photo I know! :)

For the lips I erased my natural colour by applying concealer. I then drew a new lip in a doll like shape using Illamasqua's cream blush in 'Laid'. I contoured my face using the purple shadow from earlier and used 'Laid' as my base cheek colour set with 'Katie' on top to tone it down slightly.



Finally with the black gel liner, I drew little stitches in the corners of my mouth out towards the hollow in my cheeks for the creep factor! I had a gorgeous lilac dress from Jones and Jones that was perfect. I love their dresses, so girly and pretty!

Here's the finished result!



Hope you guys enjoy your night whatever you might be up to! Let me know what you dressed up as or even better send me a pic on Twitter or Facebook!

Sásta Oíche Shamhna!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Mexican Day Of The Dead - Día de Muertos

Hola!

So today I'm showing you something completely different here on Cooking Up Beauty!

I attended a very special night last Saturday at the Village on Wexford street, a Mexican celebration 'Día de Muertos' which means 'Day of the Dead'.

'Día de Muertos' is normally celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and throughout the world. Family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed on by visiting cemeteries and building private alters. The also leave possessions of the deceased such as an item of jewelry or their favourite food or beverage.

To mark the occasion, people attending will paint their face to represent a sugar skull or 'calavera de azúcar'. The designs are normally quite intricate, colourful and very creative. 

I had never attended anything like this before so I wasn't sure what to do for my own sugar skull creation. I ended up painting half of my face and leaving the other half how I would normally do my make up. This was more to do with time than anything else, I would have done the whole lot otherwise :)

So here is the end result!



I have to say it looks quite strange from this angle!



To create the look I used mainly Inglot products. The white base was from a costume shop on Stephens Green, it didn't have a name! I applied the white base all over the left side of my face. Then I contoured using a grey eyeshadow from one of the rainbow pans by Inglot in the number '120R' . Next I used Inglots AMC Gel Liner in '77' to create the black eye, nose hollow and skeleton teeth. To finish I used a red gel liner also by Inglot in the number '79' to decorate around the eye and to draw designs on my temple. These liners are waterproof so they did not budge the entire night! Looking back now I would have loved to incorporate a lot more colour to the look. Ah well, next year! :)



Have any of you celebrated this tradition before? If so I'd love to see your creations!

Adíos!!

xxx

Monday, 23 September 2013

Manicure Monday: OPI Mrs O'Leary's BBQ

Happy Manicure Monday!

Seeing as how it's now officially Autumn I decided to go for my all time favourite fall colour by OPI today.

'Mrs O' Leary's BBQ' is a really deep wine/brown which is gorgeous for this time of year. I think it looks so elegant and pretty on shorter nails. It's like having barbecue sauce on your nails! :) The polish itself is really easy to work with. If you are careful applying you could get away with one coat as it's pretty opaque. I always do two coats for good measure though.



I'm going to be doing my top 5 polishes for Autumn next week so check back for more pretty Fall colours!

xxx


Friday, 20 September 2013

The Best Cream Highlighter Ever?!! Illamasqua Gleam Review

Hey beauties! 

Today I have yet another winner from Illamasqua. Seriously, everything I have tried from this brand has been out of this world! I have yet to be disappointed!

Now in the past I haven't got on well with cream highlighters. You would think the fact my skin is on the dry side that cream products would be the best for me, but out of all the ones I have tried none of them looked right. They were either too sparkly, had too much colour or didn't apply smoothly to the skin.

Enter 'Gleam'! :)



Currently there are two colours to choose from, 'Supernatural' or 'Aurora'. 'Supernatural is a warm bronze more suitable for darker or tanned skin tones so I went with 'Aurora'. 


This is amazing. Just amazing.

The texture of this product is heavenly. It's like putting your finger into a tub of butter! It glides onto the skin effortlessly and easily blends in. The colour payoff is excellent and definitely noticeable without being overkill. No crazy sparkle, no lumps and applies like a dream.....what more could you ask for? :)

Please excuse the finger marks, I was a bit excited ans couldn't wait to try it! :)

'Aurora' is a gorgeous champagne colour which leaves an iridescent finish to the skin. Here is a swatch on my hand so you get an idea of the colour. This is just one swipe of the product applied with my finger without blending.


For the next swatch I blended slightly for a better representation on the skin. Apologies for the veiny pale hand, I'm practically see-through!


I like to apply Gleam with just my ring and middle finger and blend as I'm applying the product. You can also use a brush if you don't want to get your fingers dirty :)

Normally I leave my highlighter as one of the last steps to my makeup routine. I like to have my eyes and blush done first so I can see how much product to apply so that the look all ties in together. 

As I type this unfortunately 'Aurora' is sold out on Illamasqua's website, however they do have 'Supernatural' in stock. The retail price is €21.53 and can be bought on the Illamasqua site here. Most of the products seem to be snapped up quickly so you can always put yourself on the mailing list to be notified when it's back in stock. How handy!

Let me know what your favourite cream highlighters are, I'm always on the lookout for new products to try. 

Chat to you in a few days!

xxx


Monday, 16 September 2013

Manicure Monday: China Glaze 'Heat Index'

Hey Guys,

Happy Manicure Monday!

Today I have another neon polish from China Glaze to share with you (I told you I was obsessed!).
'Heat Index' is an amazing neon blue based pink that was part of the 'Sunsational' summer collection. I also reviewed Son Of A Peach and Neon And On And On which were also part of that collection a few weeks back.

The collection was divided into creme and jelly formulas. Heat Index is a pink jelly. 

For the photos below I used four coats which is quite a lot but is to be expected from a jelly polish unless you want a very sheer look.



Again with all the neon polishes I've shown you over the last few weeks the camera just isn't doing the colour any justice. It's super bright and fun. Your nails almost look as if they are glowing its that bright! :)

I deliberately didn't apply a top coat for today's photos just so you could see how much of a shine it gives the nail on its own! The photo on the right was taken in shade and the other in direct sunlight.



So are any of you as obsessed as I am with China Glaze at the moment? Please say yes, it'll make me feel better! :)

xxx

Friday, 13 September 2013

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Lotion

Hey Guys!

Well our summer is well and truly over.....and its Friday  13th.....den den DEN!!

Although we can't complain too much. This summer was the best we've had in years and everyone really made the most of it!

As our tans are beginning to fade (if you were lucky enough to get one that is!), its time to get out the fake tans for the Autumn.

I've been using the Sally Hansen Airbrush legs spray (picture below) for years and loved it.



The past two months I've been using the new Airbrush legs lotion which is the exact same as the spray but in a lotion form.



In my opinion there the lotion wins hands down over the spray. Although I loved the spray, it was messy to use and sprayed very unevenly. I have been known to spray the bathroom wall when applying at times....! The lotion gives the same full coverage as the spray but without the mess. Simply pop some onto a tanning mitt and apply as you would a normal body lotion. Easy!

Warning: scary pastey* legs photo comparison!




I use the same colour in the lotion as I did in the spray which is Medium 02. There are for shades altogether. It is slightly more expensive than the regular Airbrush Spray but definitely well worth it. Especially if you want to save your walls from the excess spray tan :)

xxx

*Fun fact! the word 'pastey' is described as 'bring so white that you reflect light or temporarily blind people' by Urban Dictionary.......I laughed for quite a while when I saw that! :)

Monday, 9 September 2013

Manicure Monday: Maybelline 'Speckled Pink'

Hey Guys!

Happy Manicure Monday!

Today I have Maybelline 'Speckled Pink' from their Color Show line for you. 

A few weeks ago I showed you 'Chalk Dust'' from Maybelline. 'Speckled Pink' is along the same lines only the glitters are suspended in a pink jelly polish instead of clear.

For the photos below I didn't use a base coat and applied three thin coats of polish.



Overall this is a great polish, especially if your feeling lazy as it looks like you've put more effort in than you really have! :) Hee hee! 

You can also use this polish over another pink as a top coat if you just want the glitter effect without having to do lots of layers.

The lasting power of these polishes are pretty great for the price. I normally get around four days with no chips! I have one more of the polka dots series from Maybelline to show you which will probably be coming in a week or two so keep your eyes peeled! 

xxx




Friday, 6 September 2013

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review

Hey beauty lovers!

I was in London recently and of course HAD to make a special trip to Illamasqua on Beak Street for a nosey round. For any of you you live near and haven't been yet you seriously need to go! It's like make up heaven! The colours, the make up artists.....it's just a dream the minute you step foot inside. Everybody who works there is just amazing. Their make up was absolutely flawless and so creative. On top of that everyone was really friendly and down to earth. 

Anyway enough rambling! I picked up a few things while I was there, some I specifically went there to get. One thing I had been dying to try out was their new primer Hydra Veil. I'd read so many good things online and had to try it for myself.



This primer is really good for anybody with normal to dry skin. It hydrates the skin before make up application and there is a noticeable difference once you have applied your foundation. Now I do normally wear long lasting liquid foundations anyway but I did feel that this product made a difference. I normally get creasing under my eyes from concealer/foundation especially once my make up has been on a few hours. Hydra Veil definitely kept these bad boys at bay for much longer, however they did return towards the end of the day which is fair enough. 

The packaging of the primer itself is very unusual as most primers tend to come in a tube or pump. Hydra Veil comes in a pot, similar to a face cream. When you open the top you can see a tiny little spoon which you take off. Then you take off the protective cover to find the primer inside.



The texture of the primer is like a jelly. You use the spoon to take a little bit out and then apply with your fingers to the face. I know this whole process might seem a bit tedious to some people but I love it! It makes me feel a little bit special each time I put it on :)

I've been keeping mine for special occasions as Illamasqua is not available here in Ireland, only online. I would use this everyday otherwise. 

Have any of you tried hydra Veil? Whats your favourite make up primers to use?

Let me know in the comments below!

xxx

Monday, 2 September 2013

Manicure Monday: China Glaze 'Son Of A Peach'

Hey Guys!

Happy Manicure Monday! 

Seeing as how school started back this week I thought I'd do a bright nail look for today to cheer everyone up a bit :)

'Son Of A Peach' by China Glaze is a matte peach neon polish. The colour in person is really eye catching and bright however the camera isn't really picking it up in the photo below.

The photo on the top left corner was taken in the shade and the other two in direct sunlight.


Although the colour is amazing the formula wasn't great. It was quite watery for a creme polish and it took three coats to get full opacity. The first two coats were quite streaky. Having said that I'm a sucker for neon polish so it won't stop me from using it in the future! I didn't use a white base coat underneath as I wanted to see what the polish was like on its own first.

If any of you have this polish and noticed the same issues with it as I did please let me know. I'd like to think I got a bad batch as I love China Glaze polishes!

xxx


Monday, 26 August 2013

Manicure Monday: Maybelline Color Show 'Chalk Dust'

Hey Guys!

Hope everyone had a great weekend :)

Today for Manicure Monday I have on Maybelline 'Chalk Dust'. 
It's a really pretty polish with black and white glitter in a clear base. The glitter are all different sizes and range from circular to hexagonal which is great for layering.



'Chalk Dust' is part of the Polka Dots collection from Maybelline which have been available for a few months now. I have these in three different colours. The currently retail in Boots for €4.49.

I decided to paint this over OPI 'Alpine Snow' but really you could use any colour and it would look gorgeous. As I painted this over a white base the white parts of the polish can't be seen. I only used one layer for the photo above. I've tried it over a black polish also and it does look great however you can only see the white parts which gives a cool effect. 


This polish actually reminds me of television static, which is probably what drew me to it in the first place!

Remember when you were younger having a sleepover with friends and everybody would fall asleep and leave the TV on? When you woke up in the middle of the night all that would be on the screen would be the static. It used to freak me out all the time! It reminds me of Poltergeist when the little girl is in front of the TV and the spirit is trying to come out!

Anyway hope everyone is having a great Monday so far!

xxx

Monday, 19 August 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie 'Who Is The Boss?'

Hey guys! 

Sorry this Manicure Monday is so late! I was at a concert and was running late beforehand so didn't get a chance to post. I saw Regina Spektor and she was just amazing! Mind blowing! Probably the best concert I have ever been at......and she is the sweetest person.....like ever.....

Anyways today I'm wearing Essie 'Who Is The Boss?' which is a blue grey creme. This was part of the bridal collection last year or the year before I believe. 



Nothing too exciting but a nice colour all the same. I was going for an understated look today after last weeks neon goodness :) 

Hope you all had a great weekend! 

Xxx

Monday, 12 August 2013

Manicure Monday: China Glaze 'Neon and On and On'

Hey Guys!

I've decided to start doing Manicure Mondays from now on. I paint my nails so often that it just makes sense really. So every Monday expect a new nail post. Hurrah for nail polish! :)

Today I have on China Glaze 'Neon & On & On'.

It's the most perfect neon bubblegum pink. Super bright and probably the most girlie polish I have ever seen!

Photo taken in daylight with no flash


The pictures aren't really doing the neon any justice but trust me, in person this is INSANE.

Taken with flash in the shade


Did I mention it's neon? :)

I decided to do a cute accent nail of sprinkle pink glitter that changes colour when the light hits it. The glitter is dry pink hexagonal nail glitter that I got from Topshop on Oxford Street in London.



As you can see from the pictures even in the shade this is bright. I'm in love.....

Whats your favourite neon polish for summer?
I have a few more neon polishes (mostly from China Glaze) to show you over the coming Mondays so be prepared :)

xxx

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Splatter Nails

Hey everyone!

I decided I wanted to do something a bit more creative than just a regular manicure so I had fun trying out splatter nails for the first time.

Now before you decide to try this a word of warning: it's messy. Very very messy!

To make clean up a bit easier put down some old newspaper onto the area you'll be working on. Have some Sellotape and nail polish remover at the ready. 

Paint two coats of your chosen base colour. I picked 'Snapdragon' by Seche. Once the polish is semi dry, take your Sellotape and place it around your cuticle and underneath your nail, it makes clean up later on much less effort.

Now for the fun part! Splatter time! Dip a thick straw (like the ones from Starbucks) into your first splatter colour and simply blow through the clean end of the straw onto your nail. You can do as many colours as you like. I ended up doing four altogether. Lastly seal everything in with a glossy top coat.

When your done remove the tape and clean up anything that the tape didn't manage to protect. Simple!

Here's the finished result! 


       Pretty cool if I do say so myself :)

        Let me know if you've tried this method and how the nails turned out.

                            Xxx




Colours used:
Seche 'Snapdragon'
Barry M 'Guava'
Barry M Limited Edition Green Polish
Illamasqua 'Rare'
OPI 'Vant To Bite My Neck?'

Friday, 26 July 2013

Sleek I Divine Oh So Special Palette

Hey Guys!

Today I have the Sleek I Divine 'Oh So Special' palette to share with you.

I picked this up in Superdrug on my trip to London a few weeks ago.

This palette was an absolute bargain at £7.99 which is around €9.99. It includes 12 shadows and an applicator brush, the brush is your standard sponge tip applicator so I promptly replaced it with one from my own collection. I've been using the eye shadows non-stop since I bought it and there are endless looks you can create due to the range of colours. 

I Divine 'Oh So Special' Palette
There's nothing crazy in terms of colour in this palette which is nice as it can be used to create subtle daytime looks as well as more dramatic night time options. The shadows are quite pigmented with the exception of one or two colours. 




The first set of colours are quite neutral and pale. Out of these 6 shadows the least pigmented was 'Pamper'. It was a bit on the chalky side. The others however are quite nice. 'The Mail' is a great blending colour and 'Organza' is gorgeous on the lid during the day for a bit of shimmer. Below are the swatches, excuse the paleness of my arm! :)



                          Left: 'Bow'         Middle: 'Organza'                 Right: 'Ribbon' 
As you can see from the swatches 'Bow' just seems to fade away into my skin and is barely visible. It is the only highlight in the palette but because the other colours are quite strong I think its nice that it's not 'in your face' like regular highlight colours. It just gives a more polished effect to the look when used as a highlight on the brow bone or in the inner corners of the eye. Obviously 'Bow' would show up a bit more on darker skin, I'm surprised I even got it to show up in the picture on me! :)

'Ribbon' is a matte salmon pink. I'm not crazy about pinks so I don't tend to reach for this colour a lot.

        Left: 'Pamper'              Middle: 'Gateau'                   Right: 'The Mail'
'Pamper' on the left is just not for me. It's a bit too baby pink for my liking and doesn't glide onto the skin like the rest of the colours. 'Gateau' is very like 'Organza' with more of a gold/yellow undertone. 'The Mail' is a gorgeous warm matte light brown however I'd like if it was a bit more pigmented. I found I had to apply a lot of product to get the colour I desired.

Onto the darker colours....



These colours are perfect for creating a smokey eye or any dramatic look.

Left: 'Gift Basket'             Middle: 'Glitz'               Right: 'Celebrate' 
'Gift Basket' is my favourite out of the whole palette. It reminds me of 'Woodwinked' by MAC but a bit on the warmer side. 'Glitz' is a cool metallic blue/grey. 'Celebrate' is a blackened metallic purple. The pigmentation of all the metallic shadows in the palette are amazing. 

Left: 'Boxed'           Middle: 'Wrapped Up'          Right: 'Noir'
'Boxed' is probably my most used colour as I use it to fill in my brows. It is a soft matte brown and the pigmentation is great. 'Wrapped Up' is a cool matte grey/brown with a slight hint of a purple undertone. These three together make up a gorgeous smokey eye. 'Noir' is a basic matte black.

The everyday look I have been going for using this palette has been a gold eye with slight definition in the outer crease. For the look below I used 'Gift Basket' on the lid, 'Boxed' in the outer crease, 'Box' as my brow highlight and 'Noir' on the upper and lower lashline.


Have you tried any of the Sleek I Divine palettes? Which ones would you recommend?

Let me know! :)

xxx

Monday, 15 July 2013

NOTD Barry M Confetti Nail Paint

Just a quick nail of the day for you guys today.

Barry M have some gorgeous summer colours available in their 'Jelly Shine' nail paint collection at the moment. Check them out if your looking for a cheap and cheerful summer nail polish colours that are on trend.

I decided to pair one of the Jelly Shines with one of their new Confetti nail polishes on top as I thought they went well together.



This is Jelly Shine in'Guava' which is a gorgeous bright teal blue with Confetti in 'Bubblegum' over the top.

Barry M Jelly Shine in 'Guava'


I only did one coat of the Jelly Shine as they are pretty opaque and as I was doing two coats of the Confetti I didn't want to have layers and layers of polish on my nails waiting to dry. I wasn't sure about the Confetti polishes when I first saw them. I do think the colour I chose is nice, having said that I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy more. Some of the nail trends out at the moment don't appeal to me at all. Textured nails anyone? I really don't get that whole trend!

Barry M Confetti in 'Bubblegum'


Anyway I think this combo is pretty cute.

What do you think of the Confetti type polishes? Yay or nay?

xx

Friday, 28 June 2013

Nail Experimentation Time!

Hey guys!

I've been very excited the past few days.....over nail polish.....again.....
Yes I know I have obsessive issues when it comes to nail polish and nail art but I really feel it's justified this time :)

I spotted the Sensationail Nail Kits in Boots a few months ago and thought it looked pretty good. Due to my own nails being quite good I resisted the temptation of gel nails as I thought I would ruin my own natural nails underneath. 

Fast forward to last Monday when a friend of mine informs me she purchased the kit and was going to try it out. We did her nails exactly how the kit instructs and they turned out lovely. She let me borrow the kit to do my own nails so I took it home with me that evening. As I own about a million regular nail polishes (ok maybe slight exaggeration), I wondered if they could be used instead of the special gel colours that have to be purchased for the kit. Sensationail's colour selection isn't very big, they have a total of 48 colours in the permanent collection but not all are available in Ireland. 

GOOGLE TIME! 
I must have read every post related to this topic on the internet, some all for using regular nail polish with the kit, some strongly recommending not to. I decided to go for it and use a colour I bought recently and hadn't tried out yet. 

Literally all of the posts I read regarding this were different in what method to use when using the regular polish. Some said to paint your nails how you normally would i.e base coat, two coats of colour, regular top coat and then use the gel top coat and cure it under the lamp. Others said not to use base coat, only use one coat of colour etc. 

I decided to go by the method Sensational recommends but just substitute the two coats of gel polish with a regular one. So here's what I did step by step.

1. File and shape your nails how you want 
2. Lightly buff each nail to roughen the surface slightly
3. Paint the outer parts of the nail with the primer in an oval shape being careful not to coat the entire nail (this will make removal much harder later on)
4. Cleanse the nail with the cleanser, this removes any grease
5. Paint one coat of the gel base coat being careful not to get any on your skin
6. Cure this coat for 30 seconds under the LED lamp
7. Paint two coats of your chosen colour
Wait for these two coats to COMPLETELY dry before doing the next step, if you do not you will have wet nail polish underneath your cured top coat and the nails WILL smudge. I waited 30 minutes for mine to dry but depending on what nail polish your using you may have to wait a few hours or even overnight
8. Paint one coat of gel top coat and cure for 30 seconds. 
9. Remove excess moisture from the nails using the cleanser and lint free wipes. If you do not have the cleanser rubbing alcohol will work just a well.

Est Voila! The finished result....

OPI 'Charged Up Cherry'


Days 1-7: No chipping, nails still looking as perfect as when they were first done
Day 8: The first few small chips start to appear on one or two nails. Barely noticeable.
Day 10: Time to remove due to more chipping.

After removal.....


As you can see from the picture above the nails are very rough and peeling. Boo hoo! Removal was a bit of a pain, it involved soaking the nails in acetone for around 15 minutes to loosen the gel. Then I had to scrape off the remaining polish with a cuticle pusher.

All in all I do think this is a great idea, especially if you have a wedding or holiday coming up where you don't want your nail polish to budge. Having said that I wouldn't recommend to do this regularly as it does ruin your nail nails underneath. Plenty of nail care for me over the next few weeks to get them back in tip top shape! :)

Let me know if you have tried this and what experiences you have had with gel nails. Or if anybody has any tips for aftercare please share!

xxx


Monday, 17 June 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

While in Boots recently I came across the Real Techniques brush range by Samantha Chapman. For those of you who don't know who she is, Samantha is a Youtube beauty guru who has a beauty channel which she runs with her sister Nicola under the name Pixiwoo.

Pixiwoo have become so successful that Samantha has released her own makeup brush line. Although these brushes have been around for a while I've never seen them here in Ireland before. Boots are currently carrying the single brushes and also the face/eye sets. 

I decided to try the 'Expert Face Brush' rather than going for one of the sets as I wasn't sure if the quality of the brush was going to be any good. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
This brush is very dense and very soft. It is made of synthetic taklon hairs and is 100% cruelty free. A taklon brush is more hygienic that an animal hair brush as it does not have an irregular surface meaning it won't trap any dead skin cells or powder that can cause bacteria (ewwww I know!). This actually makes the brush very easy to clean. It buffs liquid foundation into the skin beautifully and leaves a flawless finish. I have been using it with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and I love it!


This retails for €13.29 in Boots and can be found on their new online shop for Boots Ireland here (How broke are we all going to be now this has launched?!). When you consider the price of MAC brushes compared to the quality you get with this brush the choice is easy as far as I'm concerned. I'm excited to try out the rest of the range, if you have tried them out let me know in the comments below!

xxx