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Nails Inc Bling it on Denim & Studs

Nails Inc’s Bling it on Denim & Studs isn’t really something I would usually buy myself but I won this little set in a competition over on lookfantastic.com.

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Although part of the Bling it on set the nail varnish is named (Bermondsey) but I don’t believe that this is available separately (I may be wrong but I couldn’t find it on the website).  The lid of the nail varnish is actually covered in old denim, which obviously fits the theme of the set, but I’m not personally keen on this because I don’t like the feel of the denim!  Call me strange but I have this thing where if my fingers have been in water for a while I then can’t touch fabric because the feel of it goes right through me (I can’t be the only one, surely?).

You begin by applying a coat of base coat and then two coats of Bermondsey (I personally think you could easily get away with one coat).  When you first apply this it goes on as a shimmery dark navy blue that would look amazing if it dried glossy like a normal varnish.  The denim effect then appears as this dries.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the denim effect but once this dried I found it was basically exactly the same as liquid sand by OPI.  Although this does kind of look like denim it doesn’t feel like denim at all because the liquid sand texture makes it rough.

I’m not a fan of blue nail varnish, in fact I would say I hate most blue nail varnishes, but I do actually really like the colour of this.  I don’t think it’s really a summer colour though as it’s very dark.
 
To apply the ‘studs’ the instructions tell you to use a piece of card that’s included in the pack and to squeeze a small amount of nail glue onto one corner and apply a small amount of top coat to the other corner.  You dip the cuticle stick into the glue and apply a small amount on your nail where you want your stud.  You then dip the cuticle stick into the top coat and use this to pick up a star and place on your nail before holding down for a few seconds to secure.  This sounds quite simple, but it’s actually pretty tricky!

To begin with, as is usual for me when using any kind of glue, I glued my fingers together!  But obviously nail glue isn’t as bad as superglue (I’ve never had to actually make and A&E trip fortunately, but just don’t give me superglue!).  Using the top coat to pick up the stars I found that the top coat then dried on top of the star and ruined the shiny effect.  I also found that either some of the glue or some of the top coat dried white on top of the name varnish (you can see this on the thumb nail picture) which kind of ruined the effect.

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I have just done this before writing this post and I took a quick break a few paragraphs back to go to the bathroom.  I got back and the star from my little finger has already gone missing! Admittedly my finger nails are very curved, especially my little finger nails, so it probably didn’t have good contact with my nail.
As this is a liquid sand type texture you can’t use a top coat over the top because this will ruin the effect.  Unfortunately this means this nail varnish really does not have any staying power.  Within a couple of hours a large chunk had gone missing from the middle part of my thumb nail, not even near the edge.  Through the next day large parts of this chipped off so by the time I’d had this on for 24 hours it was a mess.

I think I would possibly use the nail varnish again in the winter but I’m not sure I would use the ‘studs’ and would probably only apply it if I was going out somewhere as it just doesn’t last.

You can get Nails Inc Bling it on Denim & Studs from the Nails Inc website for £19.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream

This was a sample I was sent as part of some little extra’s included with a prize from a blog giveaway.  Any new skincare I usually pop to the back of a backlog I already have waiting to be used (accumulated from Glossyboxes) but as it’s only little and I’m not currently using a separate night cream I thought I would use this straight away.

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I’ve not tried any Weleda products before but had quite high expectations of this after reading blog posts about their products.

This has a strong rose scent that sometimes I really like and sometimes I feel is a little bit strong.  I’m not sure why I like/dislike the scent on different days.  This is a thick and creamy night cream which you’d think would take a few minutes to sink in but I was surprised to find that it absorbs pretty much straight away as you apply it.  When I use this my skin instantly feels soft and smooth and slightly plumped.

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I have only been using this for maybe a couple of weeks, which I know is not very long in terms of skincare, but I’m blogging about this already because of the instant results I got the first night I used this.

My skin is pretty dull and I have quite bad acne scaring on my chin but after the first night I used this I got up the following morning and was delighted to see that for a change my skin actually looked really good.  I’m lucky enough not to have any kind of breakout on my chin at the moment (they seem to have been quite frequent recently, probably uni stress!) and I was really pleased to find that my scaring looked really good as well.

I really like this night cream and once I’ve got through my backlog I would definitely consider purchasing this.  Weleda Wide Rose Smoothing Night Cream is available for £12.50 from Boots.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Illamasqua Geist UV Top Coat

A couple of days ago I posted about Illamasqua’s new Paranormal nail varnishes in Seance and Ouija.  Today’s post is about Geist*, their new Paranormal UV top coat.

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Whereas Seance and Ouija are UV on their own, Geist can be applied as a top coat over any of your existing nail varnishes to make them UV reactive. The varnish will still look exactly the same in normal light but once under UV light it will glow an amazing bright, light blue colour.

If you do intend for this to be seen under UV light you need to try and apply it as carefully as possible because it will be very obvious if you’ve not made a very good job of it once it starts glowing!

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This applies really nicely but I think it does take slightly longer to dry than their other nail varnishes.  It appears to be touch dry quite quickly but I think you need to give it a little longer before it becomes smudge and imprint proof.  Once dry this is strong and tough as is standard with Illamasqua’s nail varnishes.

This is great as a standard top coat but has the added bonus of looking amazing anywhere where UV light will be used.

Geist is available for £13.00 from the Illamasqua website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Illamasqua Paranormal Nail Varnishes Seance & Ouija

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that I’ve become a big fan of Illamasqua’s nail varnishes and also that I nearly combusted with excitement when I discovered they were releasing a Paranormal collection (if you’re not sure why see my ‘about me’ page).

The Paranormal collection features a UV top coat (which I will be blogging about shortly) and three new UV shades.  I’m very excited to have got my hands on Seance* and Ouija.

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In normal light these shades are stunning but as soon as the lights go out and the UV comes on, they become paranormal!

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I couldn’t capture the glow properly on my camera.  The picture above was actually taken on my phone and is slightly better but still not very good.  Both varnishes glow a bright pink colour.

As usual the quality of these varnishes is amazing.  They apply really nicely, dry very quickly and are very tough.  The first time I tried one of these I only applied one coat, which provides perfect coverage in normal light but then when I got my hands on a UV torch I discovered this looks a little too thin for in UV light.  So if you’re applying this to be seen under UV light make sure you apply at least two coats to get the full effect.

These are both so amazing I decided to try a very quick bit of nail art so I could use the two colours together.

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The UV part of these varnishes obviously makes them great for clubbing, festivals, or if your local Superbowl is the same as mine, bowling (do other Superbowl’s switch on UV lights after a certain time?).

I am so in love with both of these nail varnishes I think they have both instantly become my new favourites.
Seance and Ouija are £15 each and are available from the Illamasqua website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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escentuals.com Micellar Water Blind Trial

On 13th May I wrote a quick post to let you know that I was taking part in escentuals.com’s Micellar Water blind trial.  You may have seen bloggers mentioning this on Twitter with the hashtag #micellarblindtrial.

This was a 14 day trial involving 7 anonymous Micellar Water samples.

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The Micellar Waters on trial were:
  • Dior Instant Cleansing Water
  • Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals
  • Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleanser Water
  • Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-Up Remover
  • La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution
  • Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution
  • Vichy Purete Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution
This was my first experience of using Micellar Waters and to be honest I wasn’t blown away by them.  However, trying 7 different samples within a 14 day period meant I didn’t have anywhere near enough time to see if each one made any difference to my skin over a period of time.  Despite this there were a couple that I definitely preferred over the others and did like.

Sample A
Before using each sample I would start by putting a couple of drops on my fingers to see how it felt.  When I rubbed my fingers together I thought that sample A felt a little oily (this was the only sample that felt like this, all the others just felt like water).  I do use a facial oil, usually when my face is dry, but I wasn’t too keen on the water being oily.

This had a lovely fresh scent that I really liked and it felt really fresh to apply.  It removed my makeup quickly and easily and broke down my mascara well (I currently wear Benefits They’re Real which is notorious for being difficult to remove).  This dried my skin very slightly but not too badly.

Sample B
Sample B had a reasonably strong scent that I personally wasn’t very keen on.  This was nice enough to apply but it took quite a long time to remove my makeup although it didn’t do too badly with my mascara.  This dried my skin a little bit and it felt slightly tight afterwards.  I think this may also have actually made my redness a bit worse.

Sample C
This one possibly had just a very slight scent but it was hard to tell.  This one was really nice to apply, really lovely and fresh.  It removed my makeup quickly and easily, including mascara, didn’t dry my skin and left it feeling soft.

Sample D
Sample D had a nice light scent that was very pleasant.  This removed my makeup well but my skin started to get a little sore as I was using it.  Afterwards my skin actually felt quite uncomfortable, feeling dry and tight.

Sample E
I don’t think I could detect any kind of scent from this one.  This one was just okay to apply, nothing special really.  Despite removing my makeup really quickly this struggled with my mascara and dried out my forehead a little.

Sample F
Again this one didn’t have any scent that I could detect but this did feel maybe very slightly oily.  This removed my makeup well even though I had quite a lot on as my boyfriend had made me slap it on to watch Eurovision!  This one felt nice to apply, didn’t dry my skin and left it feeling quite soft.

Sample G
Finally sample G had a lovely scent that I really liked.  This felt ok during application, like sample E it wasn’t really anything special.  This removed my makeup quickly but struggled slightly with my mascara.  This one left my skin feeling quite dry and tight.

Conclusions

So as you’ve probably worked out my favourites were A, C and F.  However, I had to pick a favourite and as you may have guessed this was sample C.  I really liked sample C as soon as I tried it and for me it was a clear winner.

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My survey has been submitted and I look forward to finding out which sample was which and obviously which sample was the winner.  I really enjoyed taking part in the trial and to celebrate my samples did a little dance for me! 

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The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Moisturizing Lip Treatment

I occasionally like to have a little nosey around the website of brands whose products I haven’t tried before to see what kind of products they offer and if there’s anything I’d quite like to try.  While I was taking a look around Philosophy’s website I entered my details into a competition they were running at the time.  A few weeks ago I received an email letting me know I was one of five winners and that I had won five products
worth £115!

One of the prizes I received was the Kiss Me Tonight Moisturizing Lip Treatment.
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I personally think that Philosophy’s products are pretty expensive and that’s probably why I haven’t tried any of their products before.  I nearly picked up a couple of their products to try from the Boots January sale as they were at least half price, but for some reason I never got round to it.  This lip treatment comes in at £16, which is really expensive for a lip balm!

Last week my lips decided to get quite dry and a little sore which I was surprised about considering the whether has got much warmer did get much warmer at least for a little while!  I tried to use one of my current favourite lip balms but it didn’t appear to be working as well as it normally does so I thought I would crack open my new Philosophy one and give it a try.

This is a really thick and creamy balm but it glides on so smoothly and as soon as I applied it my lips instantly felt soothed and more comfortable.  I only had to use this once and my lips were back to normal, soft and no longer dry or uncomfortable at all.

Although £16 is very pricey for a lip balm I would say that it may be worth it when just one application can give you gorgeous, soft, happy lips!

Kiss Me Tonight Lip Treatment is available from the Philosophy website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat


Seche Vite* top coat is regarded as one of the worlds best top coats and has many fans.  So, did I fall completely in love with this? Well, no!
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This has been designed to penetrate through your nail varnish down to the base coat to form a single solid coating over the nail.  It’s also supposed to make your nails stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.
This does dry amazingly fast to a super glossy finish, but for me I think they may have been the only positives.
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I found the consistency quite watery, which is not too much of a problem as it’s hard to work with a top coat that’s too thick, but I did have to keep an eye on it to make sure it didn’t drip on me.

I popped this on late one evening before i went to bed and the next morning I got up and had a shower.  When I came out of the shower I was disappointed to find that several nails had chipped, and this wasn’t just one or two nails it was around half of my nails.

I started picking this off (I know, very naughty but I can’t resist) and I noticed that although this peeled off quite nicely in big sheets the top coat peeled off leaving my nail varnish still in place on my nail.  This surprised me due to the claim that it penetrates through your nail varnish to make one layer.

I gave this another try a few days later and admittedly I decided to clean and tidy my room so my nails may have got a bit of rough treatment but again several nails chipped and this was less than 24 hours after application.

It may just be me as nail varnish doesn’t appear to last long on me at all, no matter how good it is, but unfortunately this didn’t wow me in terms of chip resistance.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash - Romy

I recently won Natasha’s 1st blog birthday giveaway over on Clouds and cuticle oil and one of the prizes I received was L’Oreal’s GlamShine Stain Splash in the shade Romy.
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Although I do vaguely remember these being advertised on TV by Cheryl Cole, they’re not something I’ve had a nosey at in store, so I had no idea what this would be like.  I have to admit that at first I thought these were lipsticks and I spent ages trying to pull the end off and wondering why I couldn’t open it.  Then it suddenly struck me that you have to unscrew the end and it’s actually a lip gloss!

When this first arrived I swatched it on my hand (when I finally got it open!)and noticed that it appeared to be slightly watery, definitely not as thick as most lip glosses.  When I later applied this to my lips I was surprised to find that it did feel just feel like I was applying water to my lips.  I headed on to the Boots website to take a look at the description provided and discovered that the reason for the wateriness is that these contain 30% water.
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As this has a watery feel it applies really easily and glides across your lips.  This is quite a light shade and it applies quite sheer so to try and build the colour up a little bit I apply a layer, leave this for a couple of minutes and then apply another layer over the top.

Despite the watery feel and that this is made of 30% water I was surprised by how tacky this starts to feel after it has been on your lips for a while, and it stays like this.  Maybe this is because your lips absorb the water in the gloss and whatever is left behind is slightly sticky.  I don’t mind this too much but I think it might annoy some people.

I applied this last Saturday morning at around 9:30 before I went to go and see my grandma and on my way home at around 6 I could still feel the tackiness on my lips.  I’m not sure how much colour was still left but as I found when I wiped the swatch off of my hand, they do leave a stain behind which is quite hard to shift.  As Romy is quite a light shade this might not be very visible on your lips but it should be with darker shades.

To be honest I kind of have mixed feelings about this.  I don’t hate it (although the tackiness is not great) but I don’t love it either.  I don’t think I would buy another one but I can definitely see me using this one as I kind of like the water element of it.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Hair removal methods - Does home laser hair removal work?

Spring is finally in the air did finally make a very brief appearance and now we’re all starting to think about hoping that at some point we will be able to get our legs out. I’ve noticed a few posts popping up recently about hair removal, so I thought I would do a post about my hair removal issues and a review of my home laser hair removal system.

Hair removal is the bane of my life, as I’m sure it is for many other women. I have tried pretty much every method available and unfortunately none of them are ideal for me.

Wet shave
Wet shaving is obviously quick and easy but the down sides are cutting yourself (ouch) and that within a couple of days, or by the following day, you have stubble. I also have the additional problem that I get shaving rash. This doesn’t look great, usually itches like crazy and takes days to go down again. I can shave the other way with the hair growth rather than against it but I often still get some rash and the shave isn’t as close.

Dry shave
This is the method I go for. Using an electric razor I don’t get a shaving rash but I find this not quite as close a shave as wet shaving and obviously it grows back quickly.

Hair removal cream
Hair removal cream can be pretty messy to use, smells pretty bad and in general I find it pretty useless.  I believe creams are supposed to keep you smoother for longer but I don’t personally find them any better than shaving.  This may be because even though I usually leave them on as long as the maximum time you’re allowed to they don’t appear to dissolve the hair right down to my skin and I’m often still left with stubble.  Hair removal creams also usually give me a rash.

Waxing
I have never been to a salon for waxing but I did try waxing my legs myself at home not so long ago. I didn’t actually find this that painful but I was quite disturbed by how red and blotchy my legs were afterwards.  When this did settle down I was also left with a rash that took several days to go down. It’s likely that I didn’t make a very good job of doing it myself so I would consider trying going to a salon in the future.

Sugaring
Sugaring is a method that I only discovered recently and really wanted to give a try.  It’s similar to waxing but involves using a paste made from water, sugar and lemon, either on it’s own or using strips of cloth.  The difference between waxing and sugaring is that waxing involves removing hair against the direction of hair growth whereas sugaring removes the hair in the same direction as hair growth. This is a more gentle way of removing the hair and better for sensitive skin.

The problem with sugaring is that very few salons offer this as a treatment. You can buy kits to do this yourself, or even make a sugaring paste yourself, but I tried using an at home kit and it’s really difficult and messy.  I would love to give this a try if I could find a salon reasonably close to me that offers it.

Laser hair removal
I have always wanted to give laser hair removal a try but a course of treatment in a salon is pretty costly.  When I first saw that laser hair removal systems to use at home were coming out I knew I wanted to try one, but even these cost a small fortune.  When I was made redundant and I finally received my redundancy payout my boyfriend convinced me to treat myself and buy one.

I decided to go for the Boots Smooth Skin Permanent Hair Reduction system. This cost me £278 (ouch) but it was on offer reduced from £328 (even bigger ouch).  If you decide that you want to buy one of these systems you also have to bare in mind that the heads (the bit that actually does the ‘lasering’) do not last forever and after so many ‘flashes’ they have to be replaced. I don’t know how much they are but I would imagine they’re not cheap.

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Although it’s quite an easy process its certainly not quick.  Doing your underarms or bikini line doesn’t take too long but when it comes to your legs this takes ages, especially if you have long legs like me! I can’t remember exactly how long it used to take me to do my legs, but it was at least an hour to do both.

In general the process doesn’t hurt, but it may hurt on more sensitive areas or over bone where there’s less flesh, such as around your ankles. I’ve seen it described in reviews as like an elastic band being flicked on your skin, which I think is quite a good description. It’s kind of like a quick stinging sensation which can be a bit of a shock.

So, has this worked miracles and am I now as smooth as a babies bum? The quick answer is, no.  However, I can see that it has had some effect.  It’s quite hard to see under your own arms but I wouldn’t say there has been much of an improvement in that area.  With regard to my bikini line I would say that yes some hair appears to have disappeared, but it’s far from all gone.  I also found that when I stopped using this it stayed the same for a while and then slowly some of the hair started growing back again.  With regard to my legs, I can see several bald patches and these have stayed like this, the hair hasn’t grown back again.  But my legs are certainly far from hair free.

I did persevere with this for several months but in the end I stopped because I’m not sure whether there is any risk involved with prolonged use. You do have to cover any freckles you have with white eyeliner (which is a bit of a pain for someone like me who is not short of freckles ) and you are not supposed to use this at all where you have a mole.

If you’re lucky enough to have £300 lying around then I would say give one a try but if you haven’t really got the money for something this expensive they I would say it’s not really worth it.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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