Monday, 12 June 2017

MANICURE MONDAY: Zoya "Zuza"



So here is yet another amazing Zoya nail polish! :) I bought this some time ago, maybe couple of years? Never wore it - why not?? Probably tempted by something else that was new...

I love the glass fleck finish of this, and the dusty teal colour reminds me a lot of Misa "Dirty, Sexy, Money" which we all know I adore.

This is 2 coats over Zoya Anchor topped with Zoya Armor. Nice, smooth coverage, not gritty. But it does dull a little bit when you put the top coat on? I am not sure why. It's almost like it's a semi-matte finish? But it's gorgeous nonetheless!

So I am carrying on with my 5-free cavalcade, stay tuned for next Monday's Manicure! :)

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Manicure Monday: Kiko Glitter Metals "03 Strawberry Red"

Apparently Kiko's nail polishes are 5 free, so I decided to try this one! Not sure if I'd agree it's strawberry red, more orange than red?.. But it's very pretty and sparkly none the less!

I did 2 coats here, using the top and base  coat from Zoya (review soon!). It applies like a dream but if you don't like VNL, it may not be for you as it's slightly sheer.

Very juicy and summery - I should track down some more shades! :)

Monday, 29 May 2017

HAPPY 9 YEARS!!



I missed it by two days, but I have now officially been blogging for 9 years :) I am not a career blogger, I have a very busy full time job, and a wild off-duty ecology surveying habit, so sometimes I don't have time for blogging. However, it's an outlet for a lot of things I love, and according to Google Analytics, a lot of people read my posts!

So thank you so much to those of you who take time to read my musings, and I can assure you that they will keep coming! This next year I am actually going to take the blog in a slightly broader direction. As I celebrated my 40th birthday earlier this year, I am going to steer it well away from the usual beauty blogger teen/twenties market (plenty of those blogs out there already) and focus on the beauty and wellbeing of being a lady over 40! :)

So to celebrate I wore the most amazing nail polish from Zoya, it's from their Urban Grunge collection from 2016, and it's a scattered holographic. I can only say that it's a 10 out of 10. The formula is amazingly pigmented, the holo particles really shimmer on your nails, and used with Zoya's base and top coat Anchor and Armor, I managed to get 7 days of really good wear out of it. AND it was easy-peasy to remove with no staining! I did 2 coats here. Love this, it's easily the top polish of the year!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

NOTD: Zoya "Amy"



I am venturing into more toxin-free nail polish at the moment, for no other reason that my friend is into her cruelty free nail polish, and have showcased some nice Zoya nail polishes lately! I also bought the Zoya top and base coat, Armor and Anchor, to try but I want to give it a few more manis before I do a review on that combo!

I continued to be amazed just how many absolutely amazing colours Zoya carries when I was looking round for some new colours! The brand has a phenomenal array of colours and finishes. The only whole collection I have ever bought is a Zoya one, "Sparkle", which I featured most polishes from back in April 2010. Some of those polishes have been reprised several times! And one of my most used nail polishes is "Richelle" from Zoya as well! Funny how much I realise I actually love the brand when I go back and look :)

The main attraction for many with this brand is that it is vegan, cruelty free and 10-free (that's right not 3, 5 or 7...), but for me it's actually the range of colours... I have had a few Zoya which didn't behave and I know why now; they do not play nicely with formulas that are not at least 3 free!

So back to this NOTD. This is an absolute stunner, and like most of Zoya's glass fleck polishes it's crazy shimmery! I am needing the bright shot of sparkling goodness that this gives off, as AGAIN I'm down with laryngitis :(

This is 2 thin coats over Zoya Anchor base coat, with Zoya Armor top coat. I find the trick is to let the base dry for a minute or so (it's VERY quick drying) and then do 1 coat of colour. I then wait at least 5 mins and do a 2nd coat. Again, I then wait 5-10 min and put on the top coat. This way, each layer has time to set and release their volatiles so the whole manicure dries more quickly in the end. I find that the manicure is set by about 30 min, but I have to be a bit careful for a few hours so it doesn't dent. My previous manicure with Zoya "Mieko" lasted for 6 days before I got a chip. That's unheard of! :)

Love this polish, it's not a current collection so you may have to hunt around for it, but it's worth it!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

REVIEW: Real Techniques Miracle Cleansing Sponge



Well, we all know I am a sucker for 'new' and 'innovative'... Although to be fair, facial cleansing sponges isn't anything new, those round flat sponges for your facial cleansing needs has been floating around since forever. So when I saw this for sale buying it was a no-brainer.

In terms of cleansing tools, I've got a checkered history... I've tried the Clarisonic which I had to give away, as it was very hard on my skin even using the softest brush head! That was a very expensive mistake. I have also tried the Foreo Luna Play, which was nice, but also very expensive for what it was. I've tried the whole face cloth thing too which is kind of tedious.

So here we have a cleansing sponge that looks like your favourite makeup sponge! :) And what's good about that is that the flat surface cleans nicely in all the wee nooks and crannies, whilst the egg shape makes it easy to hold and move across your face.

I have been using this every day for 3 weeks now. I use it with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel as final clean up of makeup in the evening. And it's made a huge difference! My skin is super smooth, but not red or irritated, and my moisturiser seems to work really well! I am loving this cleansing sponge!

Well worth the £5.99 investment every couple of months - and much gentler on both your skin, and your wallet, than a Clarisonic cleansing brush... This might even make it into my top 10 of 2017! :)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

REVIEW: Blenderelle


I have been rediscovering my Beauty Blender recently, after a long time of using brushes. I saw this somewhere online last year and thought it looked like a great idea but at the time it didn't seem like you could get it in the UK?

It's basically a dryer, storage and travel holder for your makeup sponge :) That's it. But it's genius! Beauty Blender advises to dry your sponge on top of the packaging; after I did this for a couple of weeks, I had mould on the bottom as there isn't really any air circulation if the packaging is on top of your dresser/table... So when I got myself a new Beauty Blender I decided I would try this thing!

It's sturdy plastic and has lots of holes in the top, side and most vitally for me, underneath. In my house, the beauty blender dries within half a day in this thing, whereas before it wouldn't dry on the bottom until a couple of days later... Which is why I had mould.

It also looks good! Although The Husband wondered if it was an air freshener...

Totally worth the £12 you get it for on Amazon! I don't see this thing breaking for the near future unless you travel with it and handle it rough in your luggage, and it will likely extend the useable life of your expensive beauty blenders which is never a bad thing! :)

Top marks for Blenderelle, I think that it will likely make it into my Top Ten of products for 2017!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

REVIEW: Nails Inc Shine Bright Moisturising & Anti Ageing Glove Masks

 

I am all for product which actually work, and are needed, but when I saw this I was like 'hell yes I so need that, for no reason other than I want to try it'.

Luckily I could thinly veil my need for this by the fact I was hand modelling when my friend did her final exam in nail art and I wanted my hands to look their best ;)

The gloves are some kind of plastic, with sheets inside with the miraculous whatever it is soaked into it. They use tape closures, so you can get them secured on your hands and keep the heat up (opens up your pores so products penetrate deeper, well-known trick in the manicure industry). I then thought, ah, how will I take photos... But fret not, you can still use your smart phone with these beauties on kind of! :D These are huge, my small fingers only reached half way into the fingers on the glove...



I sat with them on for the recommended 15min, took them off and massaged the excess fluid in. And my hands were beautifully soft! I am not sure that it's necessarily worth the £6-8 you pay as it seems it's a one-use item, compared to just using hand cream regularly, but I enjoyed the experience and my hands looked good for my friend's exam!

And here is what she did for me, and one of her fellow students, some great freehand work. Needless to say, she passed the course!