Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Nails of the Month: August 2013 Featuring Essie, Nails Inc, Sally Hansen and Barry M

This months Nails of the Month comes a little late as sadly it was drafted then forgotten about! To see my other Nails of the Month post's click here.

Essie Nail Polish in Virgin Orchid

Essie Nail Polishes have intrigued and tempted me for so long and I ended up having a weak moment at the end of last month and getting 3 polishes for £1.99 each from a stall in the Metrocentre. I was excited to see if they lived up to the claims I've seen online. All three of the polishes I bought have the rounded edge brush, which makes it really easy and quick to paint your nails and minimise streaking, so my opinion of the polishes would have been different if they'd had the original brushes. I bought Virgin Orchid with my friend's wedding in mind, where I wanted a subtle but pretty colour which wouldn't clash with the teal silk dresses. The polish wore really well but I was careful to leave plenty of time between the 3 coats I needed to get the opaque effect. I love the pink, slightly peachier base with gold shimmers that shine in the light and I'm sure I'll get loads of wear out of this polish as it's so flattering on my skin tone and easy to wear. Available from Direct Cosmetics for £2.99.

Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny

I'd wanted this colour since it was the 'in' colour last summer so I wanted to finally give it a go. The colour is somewhere between a cornflour and periwinkle blue, sometimes looking more purple in some lights, with subtle silver shimmers. Although I love the colour I'd have preferred the shimmers to be more obvious as they'll only visible up-close. However like both of the other Essie polishes I bought they dry evenly and with a shiny finish but the creamy finish can mean that it's best to leave them a little longer to dry between coats. Bikini So Teeny is still available from Superdrug online so it may still be in-store at Boots or Superdrug, or it's available for £3.99 from Xtras with free delivery - bargain!

Essie Nail Polish in To Buy Or Not To Buy

I seriously can't resist a purple nail polish, especially lilac or pastel shades, I have a problem! To Buy Or Not To Buy is a lilac pastel with blue shimmers, however like Bikini So Teeny these are more obvious in the bottle and aren't as visible on the nails which makes the polish look less unique.

Available at Direct Cosmetics for £2.99.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps in Coral Creme

I inherited this polish from a friend of my Mam and I thought I'd give it a go as the formula sounded amazing. I was disappointed by the finish which left my nails looking ridged and uneven just after the polish was applied and the polish never set meaning that I had to take it off anyway! I wouldn't buy from this range again and although they don't seem to be available in stores, you may find them in discount make up shops or poundshops.

Barry M Nail Paint Limited Edition with Nails Inc Hatton Garden

I still love a glitter accent nail as it perks up any nail polish but doesn't take as long to remove as it would on all ten nails. Barry M Nail Paints are always consistently great in formula and I love the colour of this limited edition shade as it reminds me of Daphne from Scooby Doo (random I know). The Nails Inc polish in Hatton Garden (from the Glitterati Collection) adds texture with a range of glitter sizes. I'm sure I'll be experimenting with glitter polishes more as we go into winter.

Love Georgia xxx

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask: Review

Having dry/dehydrated skin I'm always looking for that product to inject some moisture and banish dry patches so I ended up picking this Avene Soothing Moisture Mask at Boots, which was highly recommended by one of their skincare specialists.

The product itself feels like a richer, thicker moisturiser which when applied to the skin gives a cooling effect. The directions state to apply thickly but not rub into the skin and leave to work for 10-15 minutes. After this time any excess can be removed with a cotton pad but my skin absorbs all the products because it craves the moisture but isn't left feeling greasy! I typically use this 1-3 times a week in the bath or at night after I've cleansed. 

After I've used this product my skin feels softer and hydrated but my only problem is with two of the ingredients (available to view here). The second ingredient after Avene thermal spring water is Paraffinum liquidum or mineral oil which is a controversial ingredient as some believe it can clog pores and consequently cause spots and others claim it to be 'the safest, most nonirritating moisturizing ingredients ever found' (from Paula's Choice Ingredients Dictionary) so your preference is subjective. Personally I'm on the fence because I've not had bad experiences with products containing mineral oil. However as a skincare ingredient, mineral oil is cheap to use in products and is the main ingredient in a lot of cheaper products so I wouldn't spend a large amount of money on a product containing a large amount of mineral oil as I'd expect more complex ingredients for the price.

My other ingredient problem is with the presence of perfume and although it's near the bottom of the ingredients list I wouldn't expect a brand like Avene, who create products for sensitive skin, to use fragrance in their products which can irritate skin. I actually find this product to be soothing and cooling on application and I haven't experienced any irritation but this may not be the case for everyone. I know now in the future to always read the ingredients before buying skincare and not to trust the brand or claims on the packaging. After this product finishes I'll probably try a similar product from another brand over repurchasing. 

Eau Thermale Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml available at Boots and other Avene stockists for £11.50

Escentual currently have selected Avene products for 10% off making this mask £10.35!

Love Georgia xxx

Friday, 13 September 2013

Orabrush Tongue Cleaner: Review

Dental hygiene is sometimes overlooked by the beauty community but taking good care of your teeth and mouth saves money, pain and embarrassment in the future. I started to feel like my mouth wasn't completely fresh feeling after brushing my teeth and using mouthwash so I decided to buy a tongue cleaner. Superdrug actually had the Orabrush brand tongue cleaner for half price (around £2.50) which made it a bargain I couldn't ignore. I remember hearing about this product years ago on YouTube when I'm sure Blair Fowler used to rave about it.

The idea of a tongue cleaner is to remove bacteria from the surface of the tongue which can cause bad breath and make the tongue look discoloured. After brushing my teeth, but before mouthwash, I use the cleaner to gently brush my tongue and the small bristles collect any food residue or bacteria which you then rinse off. Pressing too hard or scrubbing can damage the surface of your tongue or make you gag slightly so a light touch is best. I typically use this after brushing my teeth in the morning or when I'm just about to leave the house and then follow with mouthwash to feel extra fresh.

Available from Amazon for £3.84 or from Boots and Superdrug stores for around £5.10

Love Georgia xxx