Sunday, 20 July 2014

Summer Blues

L-R: In The Navy, Mezmerised, Bikini So Teeny, Blooboo
What a better way to fight the summer blues then rocking pretty blue hues on your tips and toes. Nail polish wise, Summer 2014 for me is definitely the year of the beautiful blue manicure. From cobalt to navy to pastel – I don’t discriminate; I love them all. Blue nail polish is fun and unique and definitely the epitome of sea and summertime getaway to somewhere exotic. Here I have my top favorite blue shades, which have been making my nails rather happy and excited for my upcoming holiday. The list goes as follows:

I’ve been searching for the perfect cobalt blue nail lacquer for absolute ages and I am happy to report that I have finally found it. Meet the ever so lovely Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel Polish in 23 In the Navy (here). I adore the somewhat darker cobalt blue shade – the deeper tones are absolutely stunning and I like how the polish goes brighter depending on the lighting. I think I’ve banged on about the formula of the 1 Seconde varnishes enough recently, so let’s just say that it is downright brilliant. High-shine, gel like finish, mind blowing pigmentation and incredibly long lasting? I am completely sold.  

Royal blue nail polish is summertime must have in my opinion and Essie Mezmerised (here) has been well and truly loved this year. Again, I adore the deeper tones of the shade and it reminds me of sailing, ocean and beaches. Same as the Bourjois offering, Mezmerised changes its color and on direct daylight it appears slightly brighter and more vibrant. Beautiful. This lovely cream not only dries to a stunning glossy finish but it also has brilliant formula. You literally need one coat to get full blown, even color and it hangs around for ages as well. What else could I ask for!

The perfect on-the-beach or by-the-pool vibe for me this year comes from Essie Bikini So Teeny (here). It is definitely the ultimate ‘head turner’ and I love how different and unique it is. The stunning cornflower blue shade is soft and feminine and I love the slight purple-y tint it has. It is a lovely cream but still has finely milled shimmer particles running through it and the way they reflect the light is absolutely beautiful. Bikini So Teeny doesn’t have the most brilliant formula out there as it goes a bit streaky but I happily ignore that and just focus on the gorgeous shade. It simply puts the biggest smile on my face just looking at it – my summertime best friend for sure! Full review here.

Who said pastels are only for the spring! I am not one to strictly follow all beauty rules, so I dug out a Spring 2013 firm favorite of mine and put it on the front row for this season’s nail polish picks. Yes, I am talking about you Models Own Blooboo (here). This beauty has the most gorgeous pastel blue shade I’ve seen and even though it might be a bit too daring for some I love every bit of it. It is shimmer and glitter-free and dries to a nice cream finish. As a fan of more glossy finishes, I like to put top coat on top just to make it extra shiny. The formula is spot on and unlike many other milky shades I’ve tried this one applies like charm. Bye bye streaky tips and hello even, long lasting manicure. Oh and did I mention that it makes the hands look a hundred times more tan? Swatches here.

Have you tried any of these polishes before? Which are your favorite blue nail polishes?

Lots of love,

Friday, 18 July 2014

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum and Crème Contour / Review

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum and Crème Contour

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Crème Contour

Thickening my hair and adding some volume and bounce to it is something I always try to achieve, so any products that claim to double the size of my strands and make them look all nice and springy is always welcome. As a firm fan of the Bumble and Bumble Thickening range, you can imagine my excitement when the lovely Crème Contour* and Serum* additions arrived at my doorstep. These gems are all tried and tested and the report goes as follows:

Serum for your hair, not your face? Yes, apart from sounding all fancy and innovative I am happy to say that after using the BB Thickening Serum* (here) religiously for the past two months – it actually does work. I’ve seen some not-so-positive reviews of this product but I know that it did work for me and I am happy with it. Basically, this is a nightly leave-in treatment that you apply before you go to bed. Pump the serum two or three times, rub it well between your palms and then work it through your roots and ends on damp or dry hair. Used regularly this product ‘fattens and fortifies each strand’ over time, making the hair thicker, stronger and fuller. I’ve been using the serum twice a week and I can definitely see the difference. My hair definitely feels bigger in size and there is more bounce and life to it. The serum is quite runny and I find that it’s a bit tricky to apply but once you get the hang of things it’s all good. I love that the product absorbs into the hair and doesn’t leave greasy residue, nor does it make my hair stiff or weighted down. Brilliant. If you want to add some life and umph to your locks, get involved with this serum. Love. It.

To help my hair look plumper, more voluminous and defined I’ve been loving the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Crème Contour* (here). I just melt a small amount of the styling cream between my hands and work it through my locks to add shape and definition. I love the created lightweight paste – it helps me set my already styled hair and holds everything together. Crème Contour is my product of choice when I am rocking the curled hair and the way it defines and holds the curls is amazing. On days when I need some lift from my roots I just run a tiny amount on there after I’ve sprayed my beloved Charles Worthington Texturizing Spray (here). These two gems work wonders in conjunction and I like that Crème Contour not only helps my volume hang around for longer but also adds some bounce and lift on its own. One thing I have to mention though is that when I use the cream on my roots my hair does need washing more frequently. Apart from that, this beauty is right up my street – it adds life and volume, it hold and defines the styled hair and it feels light and smells lovely. A total winner.

Have you tried the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum or Crème Contour? How do you find them?

Lots of love,

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer Lip Combos

Combining lip products and creating a new shade that I don’t own is always fun and recently I’ve been loving to play around with colors, so I thought I’d share my two most-worn combos. We have one pink and one peach in the mix and I adore the results – colorful and unique pairings, ideal for the summertime. Enjoy!

Pink lips and I go way back so when I found this combination I immediately fell in love. Using my summer best friend MAC Impassioned (here) and adding some of the NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream (here) on top makes the perfect pink with coral-y peach undertones. The gloss tones down the almost-neon pink of the MAC lippy and adds nice warmth to the color. I love how it sheers it out a bit and the hi-gloss finish is to die for and helps me achieve a beautiful juicy pout. Peaches and Cream also helps the lipstick to last longer and it adds to the whole soft and moisturizing sensation. I adore wearing the combo on days when I don’t feel like rocking a matte pink lip and just fancy adding some glossiness into my look. Impassioned review here and Peaches and Cream review here.

When I think peachy lips I think Topshop Lipstick in Ohh La La (review here) and Bourjous Color Boost Lip Crayon in Peach On The Beach (here). Mix them together and you get the most beautiful lip duo your peach-loving eyes will ever see. I just love how the beautiful peachy pink of Peach On The Beach compliments the bright, neon peach of the Topshop offering. It adds more life and versatility to the shade and the result is absolutely stunning. The combo brightens up my complexion beautifully and weirdly makes my skin look more tan, which I always welcome. As much as I love the semi-matte finish of Ohh La La I must say that when I pop Peach On The Beach on top the glossy finish definitely tickles my fancy – it’s gorgeous.

How do you like these lip combos? Which one do you prefer?

Lots of love,