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Sunday, 4 April 2010

Nail polish reviews & favourites, and Product of the week

Boots Lasting fix nail polish

I noticed a new makeup range that Boots come out a while ago with and all the prices are purse friendly :)
I think they're still on offer with 3 for the price of 2 (cheapest free) So if you're in the UK go and check it out~
I read Style Suzi's review which seemed pretty positive, so I managed to save up some spare change after a shopping splurge and bought myself some colours to play with.

Fairy cake pink and Parma voilet - £2.99 each
Read Suzi's review here. (I'm sure I bought 3... I think I'm missing a blue one o-o)
This is Fairy cake, I applied 2 coats and an under coat of Rimmel stronger base coat.
I put a base coat on to strengthen my nails and to stop any staining.
I found that it really did need the 2nd coat to just even it all out, because with just one coat it was really streaky :/ And also I think it's starting to come up with tiny bubbles... it might be the base coat.
It dried pretty quickly with a nail drier so I wasn't bored waiting for it to dry.
And I think in the bottle it's a tiny bit paler but it isn't noticeable at all.
Although I was looking for a more nude pink I quite like the colour.
The range of colours is a bit limited but it has the main colours that are on trend right now.
I'm terribly messy when I paint my nails, but I always neaten them up after they've dried with nail varnish remover on a Q tip!
Now, I wonder how to decorate it....

Ciaté - Long lasting full coverage nail enamel

From left to right: Cookies and cream, Sugared almonds, Fruity pops, and... er green? xD - £9 each

From what I've read these were the nail polishes celebrities used and were all the rage so when I saw a special offer on ASOS I managed to nab a brights collection and a pastels collection.
However the quality was appalling, I think it was because they were trying to get rid of any old stock. Not only did 2 of my favourite colours pastel pink and blue crack during delivery (thankfully they were packaged separately so it didn't ruin the rest of the order) it went all over the green polish too so I had to soak it in nail varnish remover to clean it up and stick the lil bow back on =.= I don't know if it was just my order or it was just plain clearance reasons but I was really disappointed with it. I blame the cute packaging!
It needed 2 coats and when it dried it went all horrible and bumpy D: Out of date maybe?

My favourite picks

From left to right: Rimmel London Stronger nail care - £4.49?, Barry M All in one - Base coat, Top coat, and nail hardener - £2.49?, Rimmel London Lasting finish in 050 Tangerine Queen - £2.99, and Bourjois Techno bar in colour 41- £??.

The first 2 polishes are self explanatory really and they do what they say on the bottle :) I always apply a bottom coat and if my nails are growing I apply a coat to stop it chipping.
I love the orange colour by Rimmel it's really bright, dries fast and the same colour as in the bottle, and if you're like me you can peel it off after wearing it xD It's a weird habit of mine... but I do use nail varnish remover to get rid of the gritty bits at the end, you don't want to scrape it off or you'll damage your nails!
It's pretty much the same for the pink Bourjois varnish. It's a nice bright pink, and the miniature bottle makes it really cute! I might post a pic of it on my nails later.
The next nail polishes I plan to invest in is the OPI varnishes, I've checked them out and they seem to have the right shade of pink and want. But at a pricey £9.95 each I'll have to think about it...
And last but not least.. product of the week:
Miniture Palmer's Cocoa butter formula cream - £1 On the go size Bastiste dry shampoo in Tropical - £??.
I adore miniature versions of everyday essentials! One of my friends recommended to me the cocoa butter which smells divine, and it absorbs pretty quickly, and I use it whenever my hands feel it needs some moisture. It's size makes it easy to carry around in my bag, and alongside the cocoa butter is my miniature Batiste that I use in between hair washes. I don't wash my hair everyday because then it'd be super greasy, so I mist over some batiste in the morning and then if it's a long day I top it up in the middle of the day with the miniature size. If you follow the directions on the can you won't get any white patches, but if you do find yourself with white roots just lightly brush it out. A bonus to the dry shampoo is that it adds a little extra volume so wave goodbye to days of uncomfortable flat greasy hair!


Mi_Mi said...

wow love the nail polish and love ur nails!!

Rinni said...

Thank you :)

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