Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Essie Gel Couture


Time to Hit the Red Carpet
Introducing the essie gel couture® platinum grade finish top coat and five stunning new colours. The Gel Couture® range we know and love is back, this season with a platinum finish.

The Essie gel couture® Gala Bolds collection boasts five new permanent shades and a platinum grade finishing top coat with pro-platinum technology that provides impeccable mirror like shine for luxurious long-lasting wear.

The sophisticated Essie Gel Couture® Gala Bolds collection offers a glimpse into a world of quality craftsmanship and artistry. The gel-like formula has an extraordinarily long wear without any harsh removal, features a revolutionary swirled brush for perfect coverage, and comes with no need for a separate base coat as the incredible formula already has it built in to every essie shade.


Is easily applied with a two-step system; first apply 2 coats of your favourite essie shade, before finishing with the platinum grade finish top coat that offers show stopping platinum-grade and long lasting gel-like shine. Be red carpet ready with the following, dazzling shades:

Inside scoop: this sheer tea rose pink with a slight blue undertone keeps you in the know

V.I.please: one wave of your hand wearing this deep, berry violet hinted with red and the world is yours

Style stunner: set it off in this outré bright orange with an underlying red, you’re the centre of attention in any room

Platinum grade finish top coat: this finishing top coat with pro-platinum technology and impeccable gel-like shine is the final stage of your two-step gel couture manicure



As always Essie has hit a winner with these amazingly vivid shades to enhance your look for any occasion. It could be to brighten up a seemingly monotone day look, or coordinating alongside your glamorous nights out. I love each colour with there versatility to do accent nails or nail art to just add an extra wow factor. 

The application is flawless and they do dry fairly quickly, ready for the platinum top coat. The platinum shine is probably the most unique polish I own, as it gives the illusion of a professionally applied manicure. The polish is opaque and astoundingly pigmented bar the "Inside scoop" shade, which requires at least 2-3 layers for the sheer rose pink to give a good colour payoff. However that is my opinion as it does clearly state its meant to be subtle and sheer, so ideal for French manicures.

I loved treating myself to acrylic nails in the past but now with the tightened purse strings, I find doing my nail's as an enjoyable addition to my pamper session's. Overall I'm loving the vibrancy, ease of application plus the new platinum top coat.

Crabtree & Evelyn

Whether you have been preparing the garden for spring or simply admiring flowers in bloom, our Gardeners collection will help restore, soothe and protect your hands. Blended with natural ingredients and botanical extracts inspired by an English herb garden, our hand therapy, soap, body butter and more, are fragranced with notes of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme and oak moss.
Spring has officially sprung! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Crabtree & Evelyn’s cult classic Gardeners range, we’ve partnered with London-based designer Cleo Ferin Mercury, who’s playful updates on the traditional caught our eye. Our Gardeners range is inspired by an English herb garden – it’s eclectic and unique. Cleo’s take on our iconic signature range is quirky and modern whilst still giving attention to detail, quality and heritage – all the things we treasure. 

Gardeners Exfoliating Soap
Our Gardeners Exfoliating Soap is a triple milled pumice soap, which cleans and gently exfoliates over-worked hands. A parcel of garden goodness awaits you upon unwrapping this gentle buffing bar, enriched with conditioning herbal extracts. Formulated with ultra-fine pumice, this soap bar cleans and gently exfoliates overworked hands while the herbal extracts leave hands infused with vibrant, horticultural notes of fresh rosemary, sage and thyme. Skin is left soothed and moisturised.
  • Exfoliating with ultra fine pumice
  • Triple milled soap
  • Skin is left feeling nourished
Gently lather onto wet skin and rinse thoroughly.
Fragrance: Fresh Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
The exfoliating soap is perfect for these hot sticky nights, when used in the morning it gently infuses your skin with a fresh scent. It exfoliates the dead skin and the clammy clogged pore feeling you have during humid nights. I felt so fresh after my showers with this soap plus the scent revitalises the senses for the day. Its calming when Ive used the soap in the evening. Beautifully presented and amazing soap for anyone wanting that extra clean feeling especially if you have dry areas of skin.

Gardeners All purpose Balm
Our Gardeners All-Purpose Balm is a rich formula of beeswax and shea butter, for chapped and dehydrated skin. Soothe outdoor roughened or weathered skin with this botanical infused balm. Fresh from the garden, herbaceous and botanical notes of clover leaf, eucalyptus and rosemary lift the senses.
  • Rich formula of beeswax and shea butter
  • Perfect to soothe dry hands
  • Uplifting aromas from fresh herbs
Apply to rough or dry areas and massage.
Fragrance: Fresh Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

The gardeners balm is a multipurpose light almost wax textured balm. It reacts to body heat and can be used for any dry areas of skin, that need an on the go travel friendly remedy. The scent is again a fresh mixture of the garden in summer. If you enjoy the scent then it can be used as a solid fragrance for your handbag. Im not usually a fan of solid balms but this little tin became a useful handbag must have item for me. 

Gardeners Hand cream
After a long day of handling thorny situations, our Gardeners Hand Therapy is just the help you need. Containing a blend of nutrient-rich shea butter, moisturising glyercin, deodorising clover and soothing bisabolol from camomile our hand therapy will help nourish and condition work-roughened hands. Combine the Hand Therapy with our Conditioning Hand Wash and Exfoliating Hand Scrub for the complete 3 steps to beautifully silky soft hands.
  • Shea butter rich formula
  • Soothes
  • Conditions
  • Restores softness
  • New durable polylaminate tube
Fragrance: Fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Shop more Hand Cream and discover more from our Gardeners collection.
The gardeners hand therapy cream is rich yet light on application. A radiant scent as the cream is rubbed into your warm hands. Again this cream is a handbag travel friendly size. The cream leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soft. If you have sore hands with dry area's, then this hand therapy will soothe.
It is an essential for for your everyday handbag must have's, as i love how soft my hands feel and smell so fresh. 
Also anyone whom has hands that need added moisture, especially if your constantly washing them then this is a saviour. 
The new gardening collection is a beautiful set of products. They are fresh and radiate the incoming scent of summer. 
I love this set as they tackle everything for all skin types, plus being made from natural ingredients the quality is outstanding. I must confess I'm not a floral type of girl and stick to mostly fruity or sweet scents. I however think the gardeners range reminds me of opening my window at the start of summer's day and smelling nature in full bloom. It could be freshly cut blooms and grass all mixed in with the dawn fresh scent together. Is the best way I can describe this collection. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Essie - Wild nudes collection


Essie’s NEW Wild Nudes Collection are nature inspired and perfectly neutral. Become one with the outdoors with the wild nudes collection. These four rich crème colour shades are a permanent addition to the essie core range to add to the popularity and demand for essie nudes. These edgy shades are a modern take on a neutral palette.

Bare all with these scantily clad shades: 
Bare with me: You’ve got nothing to lose but your inhibitions in this apricot tone with grey cast

Exposed : Show your true colours to the world in this shade of mossy green with a slight white overcast

Clothing optional (hero shade): This sumptuous shade of lighter sienna brown covers all the essentials

Winning streak: it’s no sin to win. This shade of dark purple with a greyish tone loves to get your streak on

Choose neutral shades with a distinctive point of view with the essie wild nudes collection.

I have to say the packaging of this collection was so beautiful, then it made me excited to see what the shades would be like. I was not disappointed at all with these lovely wild nude colours. They are pigmented even with one coat, apply flawlessly and dry with a beautiful true to shade colour finish. They are versatile shades that can be mixed with other shades from Essie, to brighten or have a neutral look depending on the event your attending. 

As the sun was shining I decided to do some nail art, taping off half the nail then using each shade having the glitter tip to really pop the colour. I love the effect and was impressed by the longevity of this collection with no chips or need to touch up the polish. Fantastic collection and this is the first part of my Essie series. I will have a review and more nail art with the vibrant new Gel Couture shades plus highlight four of the treatment polishes for brittle nails with tips on great nail health. 


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Anastasia beverly hills : Brow powder Duo


Anastasia beverley hill's is a brand ive really been excited to try. I have known about the dip brow pomade for some time. Its a product that ive been dying to try and find out what makes this so special? Im trying and reviewing the pomade and duo powder and see which I prefer. 


About : 
Anastasia Beverly Hills is the world famous authority in creating the perfect brows. A beauty innovator, Anastasia Soare has developed an exclusive range of products that create precision perfect eyebrows at home. Based on your individual features, the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Beauty Blueprint’ works to balance and proportion features with an extensive range of cosmetics, stencils and tools as well as complimenting makeup products. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo is a lightweight brow colour which defines and enhances a natural brow look. Specially developed with a smudgeproof formula creates a beautiful and natural brow effect with ease, having a buildable sheer to medium coverage. Available in a selection of shades to complement all brow colours, enriched with Vitamins C and E which nourish and protect the brows. A natural finish and leaves the brows looking fuller and thicker. Tip: For maximum results apply with Large Synthetic Duo Brow Brush.
Shades Available:
* Taupe - Platinum to light blonde hair.
* Medium Brown - Medium brown to dark brown hair or salt and pepper grey hair.
* Blonde - Golden blonde to dark blonde hair.
* Dark Brown - Medium brown to dark brown hair.
* Caramel - Golden brown to light brunette hair.
* Ebony - Dark brown to black hair.
* Auburn - Strawberry blonde to auburn hair.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Dorco Eve - Razor review

                                            

I have too admit that Im excited to try the Dorco Eve razor (being released to the UK). After reading the website to read more on company ethos, ordering of replacement blades etc. They also offer a subscription service to anyone who want a quality razor with replacement blades wrapped for travel. I'm really excited to try this razor and what sets it apart from other brands.

                                                  
About Dorco 
Dorco is an expert in razor innovation, providing millions of customers in over 130 countries worldwide with premium shaving products. Dorco is proud to introduce its shaving innovation to the UK, including an six-blade shaving system. Dorco offers a flexible subscription service on razors and replacement blades. Our first female razor the Dorco EVE 6 is designed a ‘double 3 blade’ format and an innovative brush finger. It gives long-lasting smoothness and reaches hard to shave places. The moisturising Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender will soothe and protect the most sensitive skin. 

                               
Review of the Dorco 
My initial impression of the packaging was that the Tiffany green/blue shade was an excellent choice. It immediately sets to thinking luxury and quality of the product being presented. Upon opening you are met with a thank you card from the company and instructions for your new razor. There are two blades included which are packaged within an encased plastic safety box. (As the picture demonstrates). Attachment of the handle to the blade is a simple motion and it feels sturdy plus safe to use. 

                                

On initial use of the Dorco, it felt smooth and glided along my leg giving me a close and impressive shave. The more I used the Dorco I felt that it gave me confidence plus a close shave upon use. I was passed on two other razors, these I gave to close family members to see if their opinion was the same or variable. After using for a month, I engaged with my family upon they're views of the Dorco, they both asked where they could purchase more blades or the razor itself. It gave them a close shave but without the rash after they'd normally experience. I definitely will be using Dorco from now on and also looking into the subscription service for the blades and replacement handles as and when needed. I'm really surprised as shaving would leave me itching, red visible rash plus the regrow would be back within days. 

                                 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Eco - Tool's Duo Blender

 

Now set as a confident maker of brushes that are naturally friendly, there was just one member missing in the family and that was the Eco sponge.

Product Information
The duo is designed with EcoFoam® Technology in two sizes and densities to create a camera ready look. Look and Live Beautifully with the unique EcoFoam Technology made of 70% plant based materials. 
The Large Base Blender is soft and flexible to create light, buildable makeup application. The Mini Detail Blender is firmer for more precise and detailed coverage.

Tip's
Use sponge wet or dry. When using wet, squeseze excess water until damp. Apply makeup in a “stippling” or “bouncing” motion to blend product into skin.
  1. Flat surface to apply product on large surface areas
  2. Round base to seamlessly blend lines
  3. Wedge-like tip to guide precise straight lines 
The eco sponge is an amazing addition to Ecotools, with the smaller sponge being able to reach finer and hard to reach areas. Its fantastic having both a smaller sponge for those hard to reach areas, then you also have a larger sponge for vast areas that need more coverage yet give that air brushed feeling.

Eco tools new set

Having this all in one kit to hand with its beautiful earthy bag to store the brushes, along with the duo sponges i found met all my makeup needs. They are soft and do need a first wash like all brushes, especially natural ones. They perform fantastically and i didn't have one issue with application. I would highly recommend this set and especially if traveling. 

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Anastasia beverly hills : Self made Eyeshadow palette


Anastasia beverley hill's is a brand ive really been excited to try. When I saw this palette for sale I jumped at it. Id like to try the shade's enclosed and compare them against some of my favourite's eyeshadow brand's. 
About : 
Anastasia Beverly Hills is the world famous authority in creating the perfect brows. A beauty innovator, Anastasia Soare has developed an exclusive range of products that create precision perfect eyebrows at home. Based on your individual features, the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Beauty Blueprint’ works to balance and proportion features with an extensive range of cosmetics, stencils and tools well as complimenting makeup products.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Shadow Palette is a chic eye shadow palette inspired by this seasons catwalks.
Self Made Shadow Palette contains fourteen intense shades. Crease and fade resistant, each shade blends like a dream and include's a doubled ended brush for application like a pro.
Limited edition period and is presented in a sleek mirrored compact.
Palette Contains:
* Pink Champagne - Metallic rose gold.
* Metallic Plum - Satin orchid.
* Self Made - Shimmering pewter grey satin.
* Witchy - Mystical satin midnight blue.
* Blush - Soft barely there peach.
* Blossom - Muted petal pink with an ultra-matte finish.
* Buttery - Sheer buildable matte beige.
* Deep Purple - Enigmatic satin amethyst.
* Treasure - Silky buttercnjup yellow with a satin finish.
* Hot & Cold - Cosy cashmere taupe.
- Ultra matte apricot.
* Isla - Mesmerising sea foam green.
* Spirit Rock - Sultry galaxy black sparkle.
* Hot Chocolate - Rich cocoa brown with a matte finish.

Overall opinion
I love how versatile this palette is, with enough neutral and shimmer shades to create a new look. This palette is well worth the price as it is versatile and unique, I would highly recommend.


















Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Body Shop : Down to Earth Quad {Smokey Grey Version)


I love The Body shop products and some of my favourite's have been from the makeup range. I had my first makeup consultation there when I was younger (many moon's ago). So i am very excited and grateful too The Body Shop for allowing me to trial a new eyeshadow palette.
About : 
Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, The Body Shop® is a global beauty brand built on making people feel good – face, body and soul. Seeking to make a positive difference by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. Having more than 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries. 

Smokey Grey Quad {Also available Gold, Plum, Brown, Black)
Discover a wide range of neutral shades to highlight the natural beauty of all skin tones & eye colours.
~ The new quads each have a built in mirror, and the individual shades all click in and out of the palette casing, so you can switch shades between palettes and quads. (Please note that the palette is prefilled, so shades can’t be swapped prior to purchase.)
~ The nature powered formula comes in 8 shades with x3 different finishes: true mattes, iridescent shimmers and eye-catching sparkles.
~ All the shades can be used dry for easy blending, or wet for more intense, vibrant colour. This can help to create defined lines and strokes.
Palette & Shadow's
The palette is a sleek and well set out with 4 cohesive shadows that blend well together. Soft and buttery in texture these eyeshadows need a good primer, so they last longer.

Overall view
I attempted the first two looks on the box card and found that the pink shade on the first look to be a very pale, much lighter colour then appearing within the pan. This first look is a very clean look for daily wear, using the darkest shadow used for an eyeliner. The second look I achieved by using the colours mentioned and some glitter pigment on the lid. I used a glitter to emphasise the grey shades more. These suggested look's are a really handy tool, as they show what can be achieved with that set of colours and plus where to place and blend each shade. 
I absolutely love the texture of the shadows with there creamy, buttery feeling. They are easy to apply and are pigmented when swatched. I found it very versitile with the new push out palette, I can swap and change out colour's as I wish. It made me realise that I only require four shades to complete my daily look. I would love to try the other quads available and see how the colour's compare and look's that can be achieved. Im very impressed with the "Grey" quad and how the shadow's have performed. They blend well and have great pigmentation also. 

Can be found at any "Body shop" branch or online. 

Essie Gel Couture

Time to Hit the Red Carpet Introducing the essie gel couture® platinum grade finish top coat and five stunning new colours. The  Ge...