Thursday, 24 July 2014

Maybelline SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour | Orange Punch

I am constantly saying that Barry M gel nail colours are my favourite nail polish brand but that has certainly changed. I recently reviewed the Maybelline SuperStay 7 Day Gel Nail Colour in the shade Uptown Blue (review here) and it really is the most stunning blue ever. That shade has started a love affair and I went out and bought two more shades. Today I will be reviewing the gorgeous colour Orange Punch.

You can probably guess, this is a bright pumpkin orange shade that is perfect for the Summertime. I've been wearing it on my nails so much since I got it and the shade makes me appear more tanned, so odd that colours do that!

Everything about this nail polish is beautiful, the shade is bright and vivid and only takes two coats to achieve the opacity above. The brush is flatter than a normal nail polish brush which makes applying it so much easier and with less mess. The best bit is the longevity though. The shade stays glossy and vibrant for the 7 days with very minimal chipping, tried and tested! When applied to the toe nails, you really don't need to think about a pedicure for at least 2 weeks, it lasts so well! It's not streaky at all and layers up really well.

I'm going to continue buying this brand as I've hit 3 out of 3 formula wise. Sometimes with other brands, things are a bit hit and miss but so far, these are all fab and there are other pretty colours waiting to come home with me.

Have you tried any of these nail polishes? Which shade should I try next?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Yon-Ka Alpha-Complex | Review

I've reviewed some Yon-Ka products before on my blog and was pretty impressed with those products.(Review here) I was kindly sent the Yon-Ka Age Correction Alpha-Complex* to try out but don't let the age correction part put you off. After reading up about it, it sounded like a fab product that would help my dry, dull skin. 

Although it's recommended for maturer skin that wants to battle those pesky wrinkles and fine lines, it also advertises that it's intended for tired, dry, oily and dull complexions and give it a radiance boost. It works by gently eliminating the dead skin cells that are sitting on your skin and it's supposed to even out texture and help with acne scaring as well. It's recommended that it's used only once a month, 3-4 times a year which sounds insane to me! Can something really be that fabulous after only one use every month?

It's a gel texture that appears yellow in colour in the bottle but dispenses clear. The bottle is beautiful, frosted glass with the writing all over, it's beautiful and does look fab in the skincare collection but I really can't say anything else great about it.

I've used this once every month for 3 months and haven't noticed anything different at all. I apply it at night time and come morning, nothing is different. My skin doesn't feel any different and it also doesn't appear more radiant. 

Since you're only supposed to use this 3-4 times a year, I really don't see how it works. I technically only have 1 month usage left and I haven't even made a dent into the product. I noticed on the bottle that it has the sign that means it should be discarded after 6 months of opening it. I use about 2 pea size amounts when I use this and if I'm throwing it away at the recommended date, then I don't see the point. That's a huge amount of product to throw away and also, if you bought this, you might as well have thrown the £66.00 it cost straight into the bin.

I hate writing completely negative reviews but I like honest posts and wouldn't recommend this to anyone from my experience. Saying that, I am going to give this to my sister (her fashion blog is here) and see if it helps her skin at all. I'm just curious to see if it helps her.

Sorry for the moany post today but I hope it has helped you.
Have you tried any Yon-Kat products?

*PR sample

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Smoothie Series | The Green Tea Berry Smoothie

Week 7 | The Green Tea Berry Smoothie -

If you're like me and hate the taste of green tea normally, then you'll love this smoothie. You can not taste the green tea at all which is perfect for me and my taste buds. Green tea is really good for you as it's filled with antioxidants and has loads of health benefits too. It's such a shame that I really hate the bitter taste of it on it's own as I would happily drink it every morning to get the goodness into my body. Luckily the berries really takes away that bitter taste.

This recipe does make roughly two servings so if you only want one serving just cut all the ingredients in half. Because the green tea is hot from when it was brewing, you can add ice to your smoothie to make it more refreshing. This is another fab smoothie for the mornings as it really fills you up and keeps you full for a while.

I'm going to start trying some scary sounding recipes as of next week, scary being vegetables that you wouldn't necessarily think to put in a smoothie such as cucumber, celery and possibly broccoli so stay tuned for that!

 What's your favourite smoothie recipe?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bare Minerals | Quick Change Brush Cleaner | Review

A few months back I ran out of my beloved MAC brush cleaner and asked on Twitter if anyone had any recommendations. I was told by the lovely Gemma that the Bare Minerals Quick Change brush cleaner was perfect for spot cleaning and also that it smelt amazing. I made an order about 5 minutes after she told me and awaited eagerly for it to arrive. I love the MAC brush cleaner, it's perfect for spot cleaning but I don't like ordering online as I hate the courier company they use so I thought this would be a nice change.

You can pick it up for £10.00 from BeautyBay but I'm pretty sure mine was on offer when I bought it. You get 110ml of product and it comes in a really hand spray pump. That's what's missing from the MAC one, the spray makes everything so much easier and doesn't spill everywhere. 

You spray the cleaner onto tissue or a cotton pad until it's thoroughly dampened, I have found that takes quite a few pumps, about 5-6 before it is wet enough to clean properly. It's great at cleaning eyeshadow brushes that have been used on powder products, it gets the colour out really well and doesn't damage the bristles on the brushes. I have found that that it doesn't work very well for cream products however, I tend to have to wash them properly with Johnson's baby shampoo as this cleaner just doesn't clean it well enough. 

What I like most though however is the dry time, the brushes are dry in about 10 minutes and it's fab! It's so annoying having to wait around for an hour for brushes to dry but that's not necessary here. The smell is also amazing too, just like Gemma said. I don't even know where to begin with how to describe it but it smells amazing, so clean and fresh. 

Although it doesn't clean cream products all that great, I don't use them that often anyway so it doesn't bother me. I love how quick and easy it is for other brushes, the dry time is brilliant and the scent is great. It doesn't dry out or damage the brushes in any way and you don't need to rinse your brushes off afterwards, I am very happy with this brush cleaner and so glad I decided to give it a try. I also think this would be perfect for make-up artists to have in their kit!

Have you tried the Bare Minerals Quick Change brush cleaner? What's your favourite?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Make-Up Revolution | Salvation Girls On Film Palette | Review & Swatches

I recently posted my first impressions on the items that I was kindly sent which you can read here. Make-up Revolution has taken the beauty world by storm. With it's affordable prices and huge variety of products, it's a great brand and definitely deserves all the attention it's getting. They asked on Twitter which products would we like to see in the making, I and lots of other people said a contour kit and they made it! It's incredible how they listen to their followers and deliver, it's fab! I can't wait to try it out.

It's hard to say which is my most favourite product out of the products I have but the Salvation Girls on Film palette* is one that I have used non-stop since I got it. It's only £6.00 which is just incredible. The palette has 18 eyeshadows in total, 12 being shimmers and 6 being matte. I love that there's a variety of shimmers and mattes as in other palettes - Naked's I'm looking at you, there's only 2-3 matte shades. It also comes with a double-ended sponge applicator but I never use these because I'm rubbish with them.

I've always been a bit of a palette snob, I've stuck to my Naked 2 and Naked 3 since I got them but am so pleased with this one. They have a 32 eyeshadow palette called Flawless that looks so beautiful, the shades look stunning. The following swatches show just how beautiful these shades are.

Walking Hand in Hand | Heads Turning | Camera Rolling | Take Your Picture | Polaroid Heaven | Made a Million

Bridge at Midnight | Lights Flashing | Frenzy All Down Your Spine | Lipstick Over the Lens | Smile Wider | Hold Tight

Give Me Shudders | Shooting Star | One in a Million | So Bright | She's Falling | Girls on Film

Smile Wider all over lid | She's Falling to deepen the crease | One in a Million transition shade for crease | Lights flashing and Walking Hand in Hand on the inner corners | Smile Wider on the lower lash line.

The pigmentation of these shades is just stunning. Although in the swatch Girl's on Film doesn't show up as boldly as the rest, it's the perfect nude shade for my lid if I'm feeling a more subtle look. All the matte shade's are soft and smooth to apply, they don't appear patchy at all. Lipstick Over The Lens, Smile Wider and Hold Tight are definitely my favourite shades, the pigmentation is so bold and bright, they look amazing on the eyes. 

All the shimmer shade's have very little fallout and the pigmentation and vividness of each colour is just beautiful. All the swatches are without primer, I never use primer in my swatches so that just shows you how amazing they are alone. I sometimes don't even bother with primer myself when applying to the eyes as the shadows stay all day without creasing and the colours are still beautiful and intense.

I really can't fault this palette. The packaging is cute and compact and easy to store. It has a mirror inside which is the same size as the lid. This palette has really made me want to own every single palette they have. For the money you're getting an amazing quality product that I've found is sometimes lacking with more expensive high-end brands. Why splash out now that Make-up Revolution is about? Okay that was cheesy but if you're on the fence about trying the brand or this palette has been on your wishlist for a while, I'd say definitely give it a try, and order away!

Have you tried anything from Make-up Revolution? What are your thoughts on the brand?


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