I am aware that we are well into Spring & brighter, more colourful nail polishes would be more appropriate, but I’m a that girl who just loves to wear nudes. They always look fresh, elegant and work with every outfit. So I make no apologies for declaring my love for the CND Vinylux Nude Collection. Although their new Chic Shock Spring Collection is BEAUTIFUL.
I have two polishes from the recent Nude Collection ‘Unlocked’ & ‘Unearthed’ which are very different but still very classic nudes.
Unearthed – A warm tone brown.
Unmasked – A medium tone brown.
Unlocked – A light tone brown.
Uncovered – A warm nude pink.
Unearthed // Unlocked
These polishes are quite thick but they apply smoothly and easily. The brush is the perfect size, its short and wide which I find super quick and fuss free to use. I applied two coats of both polishes so the colour looked even and opaque. They dried very quickly and I didn’t have to wait long at all to apply the topcoat & I think this is when the magic happens.
The Vinylux Weekly polish Top Coat is incredible, it gives a high shine finish and the quality looks as good as a professional nail salon but best of all my nail polish lasted chip free for almost the 7 days. This is no mean feat as I work with my hands crafting & they usually get scuffed so easily, but this topcoat meant my manicure remained intact with no unsightly chips for 6 solid days. I was very, very impressed. The high shine finish didn’t dull either. This topcoat is a serious winner and I am going to use it on top of all my manicures from now on.
Vinylux™ – weekly, chip-resistant wear, fast-drying, two-step application, brilliant shine which lasts without the need for a base coat. Increased durability with natural light.
CND products are available from pro nail salons and on-line at cultbeauty.com to find a pro salon near you, go to lovecnd.com
This collection from ORLY features six new shades for Summer. It seems ORLY has stayed away from the NEON trend and opted for more subtle but still vibrant shades and I like that. I think ORLY have covered all bases and offer a selection of shades which most people would associate with a Summer holiday. Although I have to say I’m on the fence about the dark blue shade – Under The Stars, I am not sure it fits in with the collection for me, what do you think?
I found the two shades I was testing to be opaque in two coats and the formula was fluid and easy to work with. The shade For The First Time (Pink) is my favourite out of the two I have tested and it looked instantly Summery on my nails. This colour would look gorgeous with a nice tan (which I do not have). Under The Stars (blue) had a little sparkle to it and it is a pretty shade but I think this is more of a Autumn / Winter shade.
The collection features six shades,
No Regrets – Vibrant, bold fuschia pink
Sea You Soon – Sweet blue with a shimmer running through
Summer Fling – Gorgeous peach
Surfer Dude – Stunning bright orange
Under The Stars – Deep blue shimmer
For The First Time – Pretty bright purple / pink cream shade
The blue took a little longer to dry and I wish I’d have used three coats as I felt it wasn’t as opaque as I’d hoped. The pink shade was stunning and I am still wearing it on my toes, having chosen to reapply it for the 3rd time in a month. It looks super cute with my open toe sandals and it is for sure my go to nail polish for Summer 2017.
I do like the look of a couple of the other shades in this collection – No Regrets and Summer Fling. They both are very beachy shades and I can imagine they would look beautiful with a tan.
Have you picked up anything from this new ORLY Coastal Crush Collection? Which are your stand out colours?
If you have read my blog for a while now you will know that I’ve been on a bit of a mission to use the products I already have and not spend as much money on makeup (the struggle is real). That way I get to shop my stash which is always fun and it leads me to rediscover so many lovely products. I like to rotate my everyday makeup at least once a month so I thought I would share a few of the products I’m using at the moment.
I bought this last year and I love it, it might be more of an Autumnal palette but this is such a fantastic budget friendly selection of eyeshadows. The quality is very good and much better that you might expect from such an affordable brand. It’s dubbed as a dupe for the MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette. I can’t comment on that but the colours do look quite similar. You get 9 shadows in the palette and I like the range of nude toned neutrals & the fact you get a good selection of coppers, cranberries and a few nude pink tones. There is a nice mix of mattes, satin finishes and shimmers all of which are pigmented and blend well. It’s unusual to find good affordable matte shadows but these are very good quality, in fact regardless of price this is an outstanding palette and one I highly recommend checking out. I like this palette a lot!
These came out last Summer and would be ideal for a cute Festival look, I have the violet shade which isn’t as bright as some of the other shades in the range but it is still a pretty colour. This has a very fine brush which makes it easy and fuss free to apply, it gives you a very clean, precise line. The colour is quite bold but not overly bright and it lasts all day without smudging. I like wearing this violet shade in the warmer months it is a nice change from my usual black or brown liner.
This is a fantastic base if you suffer with redness or have acne scarring as this has amazing coverage without feeling heavy on the skin. It is a multi action skincare and makeup hybrid and gives you that perfect combination of dermatological care and a great tinted coverage. This will cover uneven skin tone, redness and give you a radiant, glowing finish without feeling heavy or greasy on the skin. It is a great Summer base because of its incredible skin loving ingredients – Ginkgo biloba, green tea and soy which help to inhibit the factors that cause persistent redness. The active ingredients also work to reduce inflammation and immediately soothe your skin. It is also feels very lightweight and comfortable on the skin but gives you great coverage and I love that it has SPF30 protection too.
These crayon style lip products are some of my favourite to use and Clinique have some really lovely shades available. This strawberry one gives your lips a wash of hydrating colour. It has a fresh glossy finish and this light berry pink is very pretty and flattering, perfect Summer lip colour.
I have all the shades from this new Super Gel Beach Ready Collection but I really like this bright orange shade the best. I have worn it on both my fingers and toes and it is a fun Summer shade. It is vibrant and looks great with a tan. Rimmel nail polishes are always very good quality and the formula is easy to apply, fast drying and pretty long wearing too, so for me they tick all the boxes!
This Garnier BB Eye Cream has a roller ball applicator which makes it a great travel concealer – fuss free and no brush needed. It has quite a hydrating / liquid consistency which is what makes it perfect to use under my eyes. It feels refreshing and it perks up my skin and makes me look more awake. It’s that ideal shade which brightens but still provides good coverage for those pesky dark circles. I love that the product doesn’t sink into my fine lines which is often a problem for me. This little tube lasts me for months and as I said it is perfect to travel with or pop into your everyday makeup bag.
How beautiful is this peachy pink blush from Essence – it screams Summer.I love that this blusher has a ombre gradient effect and you get 3 different shades going from a stunning orange to a pretty pink. You can either use the colours individually or sweep your brush across the shades and pick up a mix of all three colours. This is really pigmented and not too powdery or chalky. I like that all three colours are matte so no shimmer in this at all. I’m excited to use this over the Summer to create some pretty looks.
Over the past few years we’ve seen quite a few of the luxury high-end brands like YSL, Dior and Chanel bringing out cushion products inspired by the Korean beauty market and it’s never long before the high street follows suit. I love MUA as a brand and their product selection is fantastic and really good quality too, so when I saw that they had released a cushion highlighter I was very excited to try it out. It is a peachy gold highlight and it can look quite subtle or if you want more on an intense look you can build up the colour & effect to be more intense. I use it on the tops of my cheeks and under my brow bone and it applies so well to the skin, it doesn’t accentuate my fine lines and when it catches the light it looks so pretty
This is a really nice warming, matte bronzer, Its perfection. It doesn’t look muddy or orange, it warms up your skin so you look more sun-kissed and less like you’ve been tango’ed. I think for £20 that this is a great product to add to your makeup bag for Summer, especially if like me you like to avoid getting a tan but like to look bronzed and healthy. The packaging is adorable and the palm tree detail on the compact and the packaging is good quality, slim and you get a great sized mirror in the lid which is handy for reapplying your lipstick throughout the day.
What products have you added to your makeup bag for Summer?
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One thing I love about the warmer weather is wearing open toe shoes / sandals and having my toes painted a cute, fun Summery shade. Well it looks like Rimmel have me covered in that department. Their latest release are 5 vibrant Summer appropriate nail polishes quite aptly named the Beach Ready Collection.
Rimmel have had quite a few new product releases this year and for me many of them just haven’t lived up to the hype but I have been seriously enjoying these new Super Gel nail polishes. I do enjoy having my nails professionally done but like most people this just isn’t always possible and it can get very expensive so I’m always excited to try gel effect polishes especially when you don’t need to use a UV lamp to achieve that ultra glossy, long wearing mani. The new Super Gel polishes promise up to 14 day wear, chip resistant & no UV lamp needed.
Coral Queen / Flamenco Beach / Dive Right In / Purple Splash / Sun Fun Daze
A Two-Step Gel Colour System For Salon-Style Nails
2 Simple Steps
Up to 14 days of gel colour & shine
No UV lamp needed
Apply 1-2 coats of Super Gel colour, followed by Super Gel Top Coat to activate curing
The built-in base coat means there’s no need to prep nails to achieve a salon-perfect finish
Dries like a regular nail polish
Nails are given an incredible shine and a super-smooth durable gel finish that covers any nail imperfections
Easy to Remove
All 5 shades needed to coats but that made the colour very vibrant and opaque. No streaks and the formula was easy to work with too. I would say that I didn’t get 14 day wear on my fingers but I did get 10 days on my toes. I opted for the Pink – Sun Fun Daze shade and it was super pretty and had a glossy glossy finish but the wear time just wasn’t fantastic.
I wouldn’t recommend these if you needed to rely on your manicure lasting for 2 weeks but the Super Gel range have some beautiful shades and as a nail polish they apply well too. I have to say I’m looking forward to using the bright Orange – Coral Queen shade on my toes it will look so cute at the beach.