Wednesday 7 August 2013

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover | Latest in Beauty - Ultimate Summer Nails

Hello everyone!

This is the first review of the products I received in my most recent Latest in Beauty Collection box and it is the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.

I hate it when I'm about to repaint my nails and you see the tiny fibres of cotton wool stuck to your nail which therefore add imperfections to your nail polish and as a perfectionist when it comes to nails, it would be enough to get me to start all over again! So you can tell why I'd be so intrigued as to try this product... does it really work?

It says that it has a red fruit and vanilla fragrance but it smells just like any other standard nail varnish remover. This really doesn't bother me and I don't think it would anyone else.  Nail varnish remover is expected to smell like nail varnish remover so not a negative point really, just curious as to who at Bourjois thinks it smells like red fruits and vanilla! *After removing my nail polish, I always wash and moisturise my hands immediately following removal.  Therefore I totally missed that the bottle itself doesn't smell like red fruits and vanilla like I previously said but it is indeed the scent that is left lingering on your hands that does and boy does it smell nice! Major plus point now!*

As for the nourishing sweet almond oil, I can't say that it feels particularly nourishing as I've not known any nail varnish removers to be but if it has nourishing factors to it then who's to turn that down!

The beauty and selling point of this product is that cotton wool is not required.  Inside the bottle there is a large sponge with a hole in it.  Basically you put your finger in the hole and either twist your finger around the sponge or twist the bottle around your finger until your nail varnish has gone.

So far I have just used it to remove Essie nail polish (3 coats) which had Seche Vite on top. It claims to remove nail polish in 1 second which sounds far too good to be true and unfortunately in this instance it is. However it did only take around 8 seconds per nail which is still really fast compared to pouring nail varnish remover onto cotton wool pads etc.

This product is limiting in that you can only use it on your finger nails and not your toe nails (I have tried!) but this could easily be sorted if Bourjois widened the neck of the bottle and shortened it so you could use it on all nails.

It is great if you are going away for a few days or travelling anywhere because you don't have to take the whole bottle of nail varnish remover alongside the cotton wool pads.

Personally I love that I've finally gotten to try this product because I know that I will be regularly using this as I paint my finger nails more than my toes and it is a quick and easy, no mess solution to nail polish removal.

I got it in my Latest in Beauty - Ultimate Summer Nails box but it also retails in shops for around the £5 mark.  You can buy it from Boots for £4.99 by clicking here.

What does everyone else think of this product?  I'd be interested to see if anyone has tried it with glitter nail polish as I wear glitter nail polish quite frequently!

See you in the next post!

L x

*...* Comment added 12.09.13

Tuesday 6 August 2013

The Liebster Award...

Hello everyone!

The very lovely Cassie at Face Before Lace has nominated me for the Liebster award!

(I decided to glam mine up a bit!)

"The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate other bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer.  It's a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow."

11 Random Facts:

1. I'm not a fan of hot weather, I actually love normal English weather.

2. I really enjoy baking cakes or anything I can make look pretty!

3. I'm slightly addicted to scarves - my collection may be getting out of control!

4. I adore London, no matter what I'm there for, I am always so happy!

5. A little bit of a Disney fan would be a huge understatement.

6. My favourite colour changes pretty much all the time but I'd say pink is a solid all time favourite.

7. I have always wanted a dog, more specifically... 3 Basset Hounds!

8. I love orchids, I think they're so gorgeous and improve any room.

9. I watch a lot of American TV Dramas from Gossip Girl to Vampire Diaries, Suits to Friends.

10. My favourite film is... well I have a few but I think Harry Potter beats them all.

11. I'm definitely a town/city girl and not a countryside one.

Cassie's 11 Questions:

1. Describe yourself in one word?

2. Your most loved skincare product?
I haven't really found one that I all round love yet so I'll say the Body Shop Body Butters because they all smell incredible. 

3. What made you get into blogging/Youtube? 
A love for cosmetics and wanting to find the best deals. 

(She missed out number 4!)

5. Your favourite person to watch on Youtube? 

6. What is your go to jewellery item? 
Any short necklace, usually silver. 

7. What is your goal for your blog? 
For it to be a place to talk about all things beauty and to meet lots of new people. 

8. Your go to makeup and hair product? 
Make up - Max Factor Masterpiece Max in Black 
Hair - TIGI Bed Head Small Talk 

9. What to want to do for your career in the future? 
Not entirely certain, I'm studying Hospitality Management at the moment so maybe something in events. Who knows?! 

10) Most loved fashion piece?
All my scarves!!

(She missed out number 11!)

My 11 Questions:

1. If you were only able to use one mascara for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

2. What is your favourite nail polish?

3. Which brand of make up do you own most of?

4. If you only had time to put three products on in the morning, which three would it be?

5. What colour do you wear the most?

6. What made you choose the colours that you have on your blog?

7. What is your all time favourite shop?

8. What cosmetics are you wearing right now?

9. Which cleanser are you currently using?

10. If you could design a make up collection for a well known make up brand, which brand would you most want it to be under?

11. What/who sparked your love for all things beauty and fashion and what do you love most about it?

I nominate:

Rachel at Vintage Strawb
This is my cousin Rachel's blog and although I may be slightly biased, it is literally so lovely! She posts about all things vintage and it is well worth following her!  Among the top of my favourite blogs ever and she writes really well.  You'll be the one missing out if you don't go take a look!

Millie at MillieMagpie
She has such a cute page highlighting products she loves and also shares reviews and her thoughts on anything make up or just pretty!

Alex at Tatton Talks
Alex is a relatively new blogger like myself with a few great posts on lip products from Rimmel London. Go check this budding blogger out!

Georgia at Pastel Coloured Rainbow
Georgia has a lovely blog with lots of content in every post! I especially love her nail polish post about Models Own and Barry M, her taste is great!

Daisy at Daisy Dear
Daisy's blog is so professionally made already and her posts are so good.  Great photos and interesting thoughts on the products she has talked about.

Lauren at Lauren Evie
Recently stumbled across this girl's blog and she is from the same county as me!  I love Lauren's style and her title banner uses gorgeous colours!

I recommend checking out any one of these bloggers, they're all pretty great!

Thanks again to Cassie at Face Before Lace - be sure to check out that blog too!

Please comment if you answer my questions in a post, I'd love to read them!

See you in the next post!

L x

Friday 2 August 2013

Real Techniques Brushes

Hello everyone!

I have been using the cheapest brushes (ecotools) that you can buy in Boots since my interest in cosmetics began so I thought it was about time that I upgraded! I now have a lovely brand new set of brushes from the well known Real Techniques range by Samantha Chapman.

This is how they are packaged, the boxes are a devil to get into but well worth it!

They come with these fantastic cases that double up as stands so not only can you protect all your brushes, you can also see them!

The brushes feel extremely luxurious as the soft rubber on the end feels amazing and the bristles are so soft.

I got two sets and one other brush.

This is the eye shadow starter kit set which I received for my birthday. I am so excited to try these out as I haven't yet because they looked too nice and clean to mess up!

In this set you get:

Deluxe Crease Brush
Base Eyeshadow Brush
Brow Brush
Pixel-point Eyeliner Brush
Accent Brush

The second set I got was the core collection and the extra brush is the expert face brush.

Again the brushes are so soft and luxurious, a big step up from my old brushes. They look like they will work fantastically. 

In this set you get:
Buffing Brush
Contour Brush
Pointed Foundation Brush
Detailer Brush

With regards to costs, I purchased these in Boots but I am aware that other websites sell them for cheaper such as Amazon.

Eye Shadow Starter Kit: £21.99
Core Collection: £21.99
Expert Face Brush: £9.99
Total: £53.97

Eye Shadow Starter Kit: £16.62
Core Collection: £18.12
Expert Face Brush: £9.99
Total: £44.73

Clicking on the prices will take you to the product on the stated website.

They are costly in the short term but as long as they are looked after well, they should last a good few years.

Also they are something you would use every day so in my opinion they are a great investment!

Do you have any of these brushes? What do you think of them? Any other brushes you use and recommend?

See you in the next post!

L x

Thursday 1 August 2013

Latest in Beauty - Ultimate Summer Nails Menu

Hello everyone!

So I am now definitely hooked on these Latest in Beauty collection boxes! I am never disappointed! This is my second one and it is such a bargain!

In the box I got:
Essie Sleek Stickers
Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover
L'Occitane Hand Cream
Butter London Nail Polish
The Vintage Cosmetic Company Nail File
Rituals Nail Varnish Corrector Pen
Nails inc Polishes

I've recently fallen head over heels for the Essie nail polishes so when I saw there was a pack of Essie nail wraps in this box, I knew I had to have one. The nail wraps retail in Boots for £9.99 so I couldn't believe they came in a box costing just £14.95 with tons of other stuff! It's crazy!

I'd also always wanted to try the Bourjois Magic Nail Polisher remover which came in it's full size in the box so even more brilliant.

I cannot wait to start trying out these products properly and tell you all what I think! Have any of you bought the box or tried any of the products? What do you think?

See you in the next post!

L x

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula | Latest in Beauty - The Glamour Beauty Edit Box

Hello everyone!

This is my second review from the products I've been trying out from my Latest in Beauty - The Glamour Beauty Edit Box and unfortunately it's not a great one...

I have naturally very frizzy and wavy hair so I am always on the hunt for the next best frizz relieving serum.  This particular serum I had purchased in the full size a good few years ago and thought it produced pretty average results.  My hair wasn't as bad as if I'd left it totally alone, but it wasn't by any means frizz free.

So after many years have passed, I was eager to give this another try.  Things change so I was hoping that it would produce better results.  However I was very disappointed.

The product made my hair look very greasy immediately after blow drying it even though I had not applied it to the roots of my hair where I actually get the most frizz.  So not only was my just washed hair looking greasy and not clean but it also wasn't in the slightest frizz free.  I was so disappointed that I had to rewash my hair!!

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease range is definitely more affordable at £6.29 than those products in salons selling for well over £15 but in my opinion, this particular product it is not worth anything and you would be better off spending a bit more to receive results worth talking about, for example, Bed Head Small Talk is my new frizz saviour (review to come soon).

The only other Frizz-Ease product I have tried is the 3 day straight spray of which I can assure you does not make your hair stay straight for 3 days if you have hair like mine!  Apart from that I have never tried any of the other Frizz-Ease products so if you have, I'd be really interested to know how they worked for you and if it's worth trying them.

You can purchase this product from Boots by clicking here for £6.29.

See you in the next post!

L x