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