Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sinful Colors Nail Varnish in Island Coral


Over the past few months, more and more brands are slowly starting to release their American shades/brands over here in the UK so you can understand as to how excited I was to see a concession stand of Sinful Colors in my local boots yesterday. After picking up Cinderella whilst I was in the US, I was more than happy to pick up a few more shades especially when they're at a dirt cheap price of £1.99.

Sinful Colors' Island Coral is a bright pinky-coral that I don't think looks too pink nor too coral - just a great middle ground which I'm sure would look amazing with a tan. The consistency is very sheer and runny which therefore makes application a lot longer. Once you've applied at least two coats (all that is needed for complete opacity) you are left with a glossy finish which can be enhanced with a top coat.

With previous experience from Cinderella by Sinful Colors, wear time is around three to four days before it starts to look chipped which all depends on nail care from person to person. Boots are currently running their usual three for two deal which makes it all the more worth while to pick up a bottle or three in my case. What do you think of this shade?

Thursday, 7 March 2013

February Favourites

February has been a tough month on my skin, so I've been using the The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion religiously. I've been using it as a serum both morning and night and I've definitely noticed a difference in the amount of time that it takes for my blemishes and blemish scars to disappear. To help combat blemishes, I've been teaming that up with good old Anti-blemish Skinetica* which is still going strong! I use it after toning and I just feel that it is doing the trick at clearing up my skin. I honestly think that these two products when teamed together are the dream team in my eyes.

I've definitely been having quite a few makeup free days throughout February but for those days where I fancied wearing makeup but very lightly, I've been reaching for Rimmel Recover Foundation in Ivory. It's a illuminating anti-fatigue foundation inriched with vitamins C and E. This is pretty much the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation's big sister as it takes the term "glitter ball" to the max as it is so glittery! Although you can only really see the glitter in the mirror or in very harsh lighting but despite that, it is very illuminating and offers a very light coverage which can be built up. 

I've been reaching for my eos Lipbalm in Summerfruits yet again as I'm desperately trying to finish it as I have so many lip balms on the go! It leaves my lips feeling moisturised and hydrated for hours meaning that I don't have to reapply it quite as often as I do.

What products have been your favourites throughout February?

Friday, 1 March 2013

February Empties

Just like with many months before, I seem to go through quite a lot of products and this month is no exception. I don't know quite how I get through so many products but it just seems that every month, I run out of a whole lotta products.

One product that I was sad to use up is the Boots Botanic Pure Rosewater Toner. It's very lightweight and doesn't leave my skin stripped of its essential oils nor left feeling tight whilst leaving it soft to the touch. Another product that I was sad to see go is the Origins Pure Cream which is one Origins product that doesn't get raved about enough. I found it's funky scent to be a little offputting however it left my skin feeling like it had a really good cleanse so much so that I ignored its weird scent altogether. One product that seems to crop up in my monthly empties almost is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Gentle Exfoliating Wash which is gentle enough to be used both morning and night to remove any dead skin cells and helps to keep any spots at bay. A product that slightly disappointed me this month is the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser which I'm glad to have used up. It didn't do much in the terms of leaving my skin radiant however it did the job of cleansing my skin. I've finally managed to use up Re-Gen Cream which I've reviewed here. This bad boy is amazing at getting rid of any scars that are left from spots whilst also leaving the skin moisturised. I will definitely be repurchasing this in the near future! Another moisturiser that I've used up is the Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream which I actually used both morning and night. It smells amazing and it left my skin feeling really moisturised - so much so that I already have a backup of this waiting for me to use.

Remember my review here of the Schwarzkopf Gliss Asia Straight Shampoo and Condtioner? Well I've finally finished the two up! They did the trick at leaving my hair straight and I also noticed how much healthier my hair looked whilst using them. Another hair product that I've used up is a travel sized version of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle which Sophia from Tattooed Tealady got me for Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed using this and I managed to get atleast five uses out of it! This has reignited my love for 3 Minute Miracle and I cannot wait to go out and buy a bottle or two of the full sized version. I've used up my Avon Naturals Strawberry Shower Gel which has been lingering around a little too long for my liking. Whilst it smelt nice, I just don't think it really did much in the terms of scrubbing my arms with it. I've used up two Lush products in the form of Superstar Bubble Bar and Lil Lush Pud which I've had in my stocks since 2011! They both made my bath really lush and I may consider getting them again soon.

I've finally managed to finish my The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser which is definitely my holy grail primer! It makes my makeup last longer whilst also fighting spots which just means that all round is a very good product to have. I've also reviewed it here. Another holy grail product of mine is the Salon System Individual Lashes Ultra which crops up in every monthly empties. I don't think I need to talk too much about them apart from the fact that I adore wearing them everyday! I'm on a mission to use up my lip balms so I'm glad to have used up my Lacura Lip balm which definitely left my lips feeling moisturised throughout those cold February days. A product that I didn't technically finish is the Superdrug 3-in-1 Base Coat, Ridge Filler & Growth Enhancer as I accidently let it dry out by mistake. I did enjoy using it however in it's pre-dry days. I only wear mascara on my bottom lashes and the Maybelline Lash Stiletto did the job well. I really enjoyed using it and I may consider repurchasing in the future.

Yet another monthly occurance are the Lacura 3-in-1 Facial Cleansing Wipes which I tend to use more wiping off foundation on my hands rather than on my face as I'm trying to stop using face wipes on my face. They do the job none the less and I will continue repurchasing these again and again! I've finally finished up my THIRD bottle of Lynx Attract for Her which definitely left my pits smelling fresh and dry. I'm already making my way through my fourth and last bottle which just goes to show as to how long lasting they are (I bought four in January 2012 when they were first released for £10 total). Lastly, I've used up Kate Moss Kate Body Lotion which I quite liked the smell of. It may not have been very moisturising but the scent lingered for hours, so much so that I'm considering in purchasing a bottle of the perfume.

Well that's my February Empties, what products did you use up during February?