21 April 2012

NOTD: Essie Peach Daiquiri

I've not posted any NOTDs or any photographs of my nails for quite a while and with good reason! After many a month of using acrylics and my nails suffering as a result I decided it was about time I quit the fakes and got my natural nails into better condition. They were peeling, cracked, broken and just plain horrid and it's taken so long for them to grow out! Argh! I have a post on how I've got them into better condition soon but this has been the reason my nails have been in hiding for so long.

This is my newest edition to my ever growing Essie collection, it's called Peach Daiquiri and it's the most beautiful creamy red coral with pink tones to it. It's such a lovely bright colour which will be so perfect for Summer!

It's an easy polish to work with and only takes a couple of coats to deliver the goods, nice shine, great formula. Essie just come out tops for me every time. I will say though, with this polish, give it a good top coat or really let it dry else you will end up with annoying little fabric prints all over your nails!

I buy my polishes from US sellers on eBay because they work out a lot cheaper even with postage and packing on top than buying them over here but if you don't want to wait the 2 or so weeks to received them Boots are selling a collection of their most popular shades for £7.99.

10 April 2012

Dupes: MAC Watch Me Simmer

I was lying in bed the other night thinking about lipstick, as you do and came across this dupe for my newest MAC lipstick Watch Me Simmer! It is pretty much identical with the only visual difference being the finish as my dupe for it is Revlon's Matte lipstick in Pink About It.

Now I believe that Pink About It is a limited edition shade but it is pretty easily found on eBay for a few pounds so thought this was worth mentioning!

Both shades are a pretty corally pink colour with the MAC one showing up slightly brighter because of the sheen it has. I think I actually prefer the Revlon lipstick actually, I'm not usually a fan on matt finishes but somehow Revlon seem to make it work for me. If you want a finish that looks the same as MACs creamsheen then adding a bit of lip balm into the mix will give it a nice sheen if matt isn't your thing.

The scents are different too with MAC being a light vanilla scent and the Revlon pretty scentless. I always prefer an un perfumed lipstick over a scented one anyway! They are both pretty highly pigmented with MAC slightly taking the lead because of the creamier formula.

Both are pretty sturdy packaging wise with Watch Me Simmer being slightly more compact but when it comes to lipstick, I'm not overly fussy about what the tube looks like usually. Price wise, seeing as you can pick the Revlon Lipstick up off eBay for a about £3  there is a good £10 difference which is a pretty brilliant saving! I have checked eBay and currently there are plenty available!

2 April 2012

LUSH: Seanik Shampoo Bar

If you follow me on twitter you might know that I went into my local LUSH the other day and managed to muster up some self control and only buy two things! One of those things was this little blue thing! It's their Seanik Shampoo Bar! This is my first shampoo bar, and I gave it  test run yesterday and I love it so much! Why oh why did I not try these sooner!?

This particular bar contains Sea Salt and Seaweed so it is best suited to oily limp hair I'd say which is pretty much my hair type. I usually go about 3 days between hair washes which isn't too bad but my hair does lean more towards the oily side than the normal side I'd say.

There isn't a great deal of scent to this whether you are smelling it in the tin of on your hair but the closest I can describe it is would be sea air which is a gorgeous light, fresh scent which I love so much! It is summer in shampoo bar form for me!

I think what put me off about these at first was the bar form. For some reason I just didn't expect them to lather very well which doesn't actually determine whether the product is cleaning your hair but it is something I look for in a shampoo nevertheless. I can 100% confirm that this little beauty does in fact lathers amazingly well! I have quite long, think but fine hair so it takes a bit of product to get it clean but I had no problems whatsoever getting this to lather. I would even go as far to say that it was easier to use that regular bottled shampoo because you can distribute the product more easily compared to liquid shampoo by rubbing the bar directly on any part you think you may have missed.

After using this my hair was so so soft! I cannot stress this enough, I have never used a shampoo that has made my hair this soft before! Not only that but it was noticeably more voluminous! Automatic win for me because my hair is pretty limp! I have tried numerous volumising hair products and none have worked this well, not even my beloved Bed Head Superstar, which I have just purchased a salon sized bottle, typical! Although having said that I do really love both shampoos and will most likely be alternating between the two.

This bar cost £5 which is pretty good I think as I can see this lasting rather a while! So that's my little first impressions review of the Seanik Shampoo Bar! I will most definitely be buying a few more bars I should think! Damn my LUSH obsession! Any one else noticed that when you shop in store they always say "see you soon"? It's like they KNOW! Haha!

What's your favourite shampoo bar?