Friday, 24 October 2014

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polishes

I know I’m a little late in talking about the Nails Inc Gel Effect colours but I think it’s safe to say I am pretty much now fully in love Gel Effect right now, especially the darker shades now that we are coming into winter. It all started out with one lonely colour (Downtown) and the next thing I know I had a total of 11 (although two of those are Uptown as I absolutely love that colour). They makes some big claims on their formula, high shine, plumping and has a long hard wearing finish. The brush in the Gel Effect polishes is brilliant the curved shape really allows you to get close to the cuticle, really hugging it so you get the perfect edge. It is also quite a wide brush compared to the original line up, which is great at getting my nails done in 2-3 strokes, no need to keep going back and retouching the edges. Compared to the core line range of Nails Inc the gel effect certainly has more of a shine to it, it really has a glossy wet look. Although I always wear a top coat to help the colour stay on longer. I was impressed with how well it wore on my nails I got a good 5 days before finally on the 6th day I had to remove it but then again I am fairly fussy with my nails and always like them to be perfect. The formula is also brilliant at self levelling itself out, giving a plump smooth look to the nail, thanks to their 'Placticiser Technology'. 

I’m certainly getting a lot of my friends asking to borrow them so I think all round this range gets a big ol’ thumbs up from me.

Colours in order from top to bottom, left to right: Colville Mews, Porchester Square, Hyde Park Place / New Oxford Street, Old Bond Street, West End / Uptown, Uptown, Downtown / Victoria, Grosvenor Crescent.

I will upload photos later showing each colour on the nail. I'm currently wearing New Oxford Street which I had had on for 5 days when I took this picture. 

Prices start from £14.00 And can be purchased here

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Product of the Month featuring Laura Geller

This is something new that I've never done before but wanted to start a monthly ‘Product of the Month’ post. It will just be quick post telling you why I’ve been loving the product that month and about the product so you know what it does. So let me know what you think and if you like it.

We all search for that elusive foundation that ticks every box in what we ideally want it to do for us and our skin. Laura Geller Balance n Brighten is one of the best foundations I have ever come across (big claim but I fully stand by it), now I have tried many other mineral and powder foundations over the years however I have never really gotten along with any of them. Either my skin felt ‘heavy’ or ‘dry’ or I just generally didn't like how my skin looked when I had applied them. So it took me a few weeks to try this foundation out but once I opened the box I was hooked. Laura Geller’s baked products start out their lives as a cream mousse like texture and are then baked for 24 hours, infused with several colour correcting pigments and the end result is a creamy fine powder that smooth’s over the skin and has wonderful buildable coverage. Depending on how far you push up the brush, means I can switch from light coverage to a fuller coverage within a few sweeps of the brush. You can really get a custom fit for you with this foundation and the brush, from colour to coverage, you have choices. For me it evens my skin out quickly and gives me a flawless matte finish, but somehow it still manages to leave my skin with a luminosity to it, almost dewy across my cheekbones. It doesn't feel heavy and stays in place all day (perfect partner for extra staying power is the Laura Geller Spackle's - I prefer the hydrating and tinted). It gives me everything I'm looking for in a base. I honestly can't say anything bad about this, it has cut my make up application time down and makes me comfortable in my 'skin' as I go about my day.
Balance n Brighten comes in 5 shades, porcelain to deep, so most skin tones are covered. Just a a guide I generally use the shade Medium, though if I'm a little paler or haven't got any fake tan on then I use the Fair shade.

It is £28.00 for the Balance n Brighten & brush from QVC, it isn’t a cheap product but I think it is worth every penny for the amazing flawless coverage and how just a few sweeps go such a long way. If you are going to give this a go, do keep a look out as it does often pop up in what they call ‘Today’s Special Value’ where you can get amazing kits at a bargain price. 

Let me know if you are a Laura Geller Beauty too and what you love in the range in the comments!