Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Laser nails

Ease ★★★★★
Effectiveness ★★★★★

This is not a product review as such but more of a technique review. I saw "laser nails" described on Cute.A.S.Nails blog and thought they looked quality and it sounded like something I could do myself.

Barry M, Rimmel, nail polish, varnish, laser nails

I started off painting two coats of Barry M Baby Pink polish on my nails and letting it dry thoroughly. Then I cut some thin strips of tape and stuck them at angles on my nails (2 per nail, except 1 on little finger). Then I coloured in between the tape with Barry M in Mushroom and Rimmel in Silver. I left it to dry mostly and took the tape off and there they were - pretty laser nails! I did then do a clear top coat just to protect it all and smooth it over.

This is very easy to do, no assistance needed and looks really effective. No special equipment needed either, just your favourite nail varnish colours and some scissors and tape.

Have a go and show me the pics please!

Monday, 25 June 2012

St. Moriz Self Tanning Lotion and Velvotan Mitt

St. Moriz Self Tanning Lotion ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Velvotan Self Tan Applicator Mitt  ★ ★ ★

This fake tan gets 5 stars for numerous reasons.  I spotted this on the shelf in Wilkinsons the other day when looking for something to try out my new Velvotan Tanning Mitt with. I thought at £3, it was definitely worth a pop!

St. Moriz Self Tanning Lotion
When you first put the tan on it does immediately make your skin look darker which is good for an immediate effect. It also develops slightly more over night, leaving you looking even more glowing in the morning.

The colour is great, not fake/orange looking at all, and with the help of the mitt and pre-moisturising elbows, knees etc. I came out very even with no patches what-so-ever. I am naturally quite fair, so it is hard to find a tan that doesn't look too OTT and comes out smoothly.

I'll be interested in trying the mousse or the spray next time and seeing if they give the same great results.

As for the Velvotan Mitt, I've put this as a 'three star' for 2 reasons, however, if I could get half a star, I'd probably call it a 3.5. First of all the mitt does feel slightly rough on the more sensitive areas of your skin - this is probably me being really picky though! Anyway, the main downside for me is that a lot of your fake tan gets soaked into the mitt. I have previously used disposable vinyl gloves and you use nowhere near as much tan as you do with the mitt. In spite of this, the mitt does give a smooth unpatchy application and it's handy you can put it in the washing machine.

Velvotan Self Tan Application Mitt
Happy tanning! (We need it with all this rain in the UK at the mo :))

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Eylure Dylash 45 day mascara

Eyebrows ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Eyelashes ★ ★ ★ ★

The first product I am going to review has been one of my beauty must-haves for the past couple of years now: Eylure Dylash 45 day mascara.

This product comes in 3 shades - dark brown, black and blue/black and can be used on your lashes and brows.

Eylure Dylash Eyebrow Eyelash dying review

Inside the pack you get an instruction sheet, a small tube of colour cream, a small bottle of activating solution, a mascara like wand for application, another wand for mixing and some eye protecting pads. Another important aspect is the plastic tray that it is packaged in as this is for mixing the dye.

Eylure Dylash Eyebrow Eyelash dying review

Basically you squeeze some of the cream into the tray, then add a couple of drops of the mixing solution, stir it up in to a paste, and voila! It's ready to apply.

I use the dark brown one for my eyebrows. Being a natural blonde my natural eyebrows blend in to my face in most lights. I used to use an eyebrow pencil, but much prefer the more natural looking result of the Dylash. So 5 out of 5 for eyebrow dying.

I once had my lashes dyed at a salon and the beauty therapist told me that blue/black comes out darker than black, so for this reason I normally use blue/black on my lashes.

First couple of times I applied it without enough care and too much like mascara and it went in my eyes. If it goes in your eyes, it stings like shampoo and makes your eye water so much that all the Dylash runs off-you have been warned! But after a couple of goes I got the hang of how close it can actually go to your eyelid without ending up in your eye.

Great product, I like to think it makes me look a bit less 'washed out' when I wake up in the morning and have no makeup on. Realistically I don't think it makes a great deal of difference to the look of your lashes, but I'll use it anyway as lack confidence without makeup and want my man to wake up next to me thinking I look half decent! So 4 out of 5 for lash dying.

Hope you found this helpful. Any questions please ask. Any comments-I'd love to read them!


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