Thursday, 31 May 2012

Bourjois 1 Second Polish Remover

If you haven't heard or seen this product yet, then where have you been?! I don't know you could escape it, seeing as it's been on pretty much every blog! I've had this for well over a month, and it's been well and truly tested, so I thought I'd add my two cents. 

I have a similar product to this, which I bought from Boots aaaages ago. I found it to be pretty rubbish, so when hearing about this, I didn't really expect much. After reading a few reviews, I thought it sounded like it was worth a try, and ventured out to try and find it. BUT NO SUCH LUCK. It was sold out in every single Boots and Superdrug I went into, it was impossible to find! I ended up ordering from Boots' website, as I desperately wanted it - You see, I'm a child.. When I can't have something, I want it so much more! 

When I finally got my hands on it, I was surprised to see how big it was. This is probably due to the other similar remover is a tiny little pot, but either way it's not huge, and feels like it's houses more polish remover inside. When taking off the lid, you are blown away by the strong polish remover scent - which definately confused me, as everyone was saying how much it smelled like fruit. I persevered though!

When dipping my finger in, the sponge is incredibly soft, and very wet, which is a good thing! Because obviously the wetter is, the easier the polish will come off, and the longer the remover will last. I would say, that sometimes if you have cuts on your fingers around your nails, sometimes when you dip your finger in, it can make it sting, just something to note! 

I wouldn't say it takes a second to remove, but when I use it, I dip my finger in, and just twist slowly, and it pretty much removes all the polish in one go. And when removing my finger it leaves a very sweet fruity smell, which I absolutely love! I didn't believe that it would, but it really honestly does! Using this product has made me want to change my polish constantly, because it's so quick, easy and convenient to remove. Rather than going through the hassle of using tonnes of cotton wool and scrubbing away, it takes 30 seconds to do a whole hand, and it's left smelling gorgeous! 

As for glitter polish, I've tried it once. I was wearing Models Own Ibiza Mix at the time, and I had to let my fingers soak for a bit longer, and twist quite a fair bit. It did finally come off, but obviously the glitter was all left inside the pot, and when I used it for a while after, every time I pulled my finger out, the glitter would come out stuck to my finger! It was like this for a little while, but it's okay now. Meaning the glitter is either stuck inside the sponge somewhere or just sitting at the bottom of the pot. 

All in all, this is a great product, good value for money, and worth the 'hype'. Great for impatient people like me! It's £4.99, so could be deemed expensive for some people as there's only 75ml. But I think it will last for quite a while, and you can always top up with some other polish remover if need be. It's worth a go, I think it's definately re-ignited my love for nail polish, just because it speeds up the process for me. So I'm totally glad I purchased, and would re-purchase over and over again.


Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sleek Eau La La Liner - Red Sky Night 324

I picked up this Sleek liner from Superdrug for £3.99 a month or so ago, even though I hadn't really heard that much about them. And I still haven't seen many reviews or much press about them. I saw this shade and thought how similar it was to lots of lipsticks I like to wear, such as MAC Chatterbox/Speed Dial etc. And for the price, I didn't think it was too much of a risk! 

When I took the picture of the pencil, I had already sharpened it, and I think it's already broken inside as it came out a bit :( But maybe this can be blamed on the formula of the liner being so creamy. Also, the pencil isn't wood, it's plastic. 

This liner is crazy pigmented and incredibly creamy. The staying power is great also. As you can see in the pictures where I swatched it, I dragged my finger through the line, and as you can see, it's only slightly smudged. I didn't exactly do it lightly though! As for the picture of it applied on my lips, it looks and feels quite dry, as it's so creamy and matte. The other day I added vaseline, and it was a nicer finish and not so drying. But as a liner it's alright, I just wouldn't recommend it for all over lips if you suffer from dry lips. 

Unfortunately, I haven't tried this out as an eyeliner, as these liners are designed to be multi purpose, with the website claiming that you can use them on your lips, eyes, brows and body. The range hosts 20 different colours, ranging from bright yellow and orange to your average black and brown. Meaning there's something for everyone. Lips wise, I recommend this product for lining and for the price, I think it's an excellent product. 

BuyaPowa - Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV

I've already purchased mine! There's only 17 left, so I thought I'd let you all know as the price is great. I know it's been out for a while, and I've been wanting it for ages but never got round to purchasing it. But for this price I couldn't turn it down! So be quick, you get so much for such a cheap price! :) And P&P is something silly like £1.95!

Models Own x Hed Kandi - Ibiza Mix

Just a quick swatch, Left = 1 coat, Right = 2 coats

Another product I got over a month ago... I searched for this polish high and low in every boots store I could, and still I never see it! So I resorted to ordering it from the boots website along with some other products I couldn't find in store. 

I saw the press release for this aaages ago, and it wasn't mu cup of tea. Don't get me wrong, the colours in this collection are all gorgeous, but as I'm so pale I just can't pull off a neon orange as well as tanned girls! In the press release pictures, this polish looked like it was black with multicoloured glitter, so it was a surprise to find it was a clear glitter - a nice surprise though! 

I've used this a few times so far, and find that it goes really well with lighter pastel polishes, such as Models Own - Utopia, and 17 - Woo Me. I think it works better with these tones due to the glitter actually being pastel, and not so bright and in your face. I think it's absolutely gorgeous though, and it's the perfect summer glitter!

If for some reason, you don't own this yet, I recommend you get it! It's different to other glitters I've seen, and believe me, I own way too many! 

Have you got this and/or others from the Hed Kandi collection? Have you got any good combos I can try?

No7 Vital Enlightening Highlighter

Firstly, hello! Sorry it's been so long, I'm a bad blogger :( I have a lot of catching up to do.. so lots of my posts will seem like old news, but hey I'll get up to speed as soon as possible!
I don't really have any news, boring.. except it's my birthday tomorrow, meaning new things to play with! :) And my boyfriend will be taking me shopping at the end of the week hopefully, Westfield shopping centre won't know what's hit it... ANYWAY, moving on, I've got a little review here if you're interested!

I got this a month ago now, so I'm sorry as I think it's sold out now :( I had been eyeing this up for a while whenever I went into a boots store, but I always put it back down. Even when I had a £5 off No7 voucher, I forgot to go and get it! Either way, I was looking for a few things on the website and saw that this was still on the site, and it had been reduce to £6.50! From the £13 (?) it had been when I saw it in store. BARGAIN! So without hesitation I popped it into my online basket, and it soon whisked its way to me. 

Firstly, the packaging is so sweet, the floral print reminded me somewhat of Celia Birtwells artwork. It's so gorgeous to pull out of your bag and have on display. It's just plastic, but it doesn't look cheap or tacky or such. It also has a huge mirror inside the lid which is a helpful bonus. The other thing that caught my eye in store was obviously the floral pattern of the powder itself. Very reminiscent of Laura Mercier and Guerlain's highlighting powders which have been very popular. It was just too pretty to want to mess up! I soon got over this, and swiped the product to find it is buttery soft and incredibly pigmented. A gorgeous shimmery champagne colour, with not too much glitter, and not too gritty, but very soft and fine.

It leaves a gorgeous youthful glow, and this is my go to highlighter now. Although it's very similar to lots of other highlighters if you're looking for this sort of product. I feel that the formula of the product is close to Topshops Sunbeam highlighter as that's just as soft, it's obviously a lot more yellow/golden. I know MAC Lightscapade is a similar colour, and there are a few other MAC mineralize skinfinishes with the same shade. 

I have just ordered Illamasqua cream blush in lies, as it's a silvery pink highlighting cream, and I've been looking for a silver based highlighter for a while. So I'll see if it matches up to this one!