Sunday, 17 November 2013

Glossybox: November 2013

Left to right:  Vichy Idealia Life Serum samples; Emite Make Up Micronized Eyeshadow in Dams; Yves Rocher Cacoa and Pistachio Hand Cream; Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails; and Scholl Dry Skin Exfoliator 
After considering a subscription for a while, I finally decided to sign up for Glossybox. When the package turned up at work I was INCREDIBLY excited, because who doesn't love getting a box of surprise beauty products every month? 

Admittedly, I wasn't that thrilled when I opened the box because I could easily purchase 60% of these items from Boots, and probably wouldn't even do that if I had the option. The Yves Rocher hand cream smells quite nice and lord knows I could do with a dry skin exfoliator right now, but I expected something a little more... exotic. Alas. I'm sure I will get some use out of these products, but I hope that things get a little more exciting next month. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Review: Revlon Chroma Chameleon in Pink Quartz [Autumn/Winter Nails]

Revlon's Chroma Chameleon in Pink Quartz
I've been a big fan of metallic polishes ever since I permanently borrowed Revlon's 24k from my moma couple of months ago (see image under the cut), so imagine my excitement when I came across Revlon's Chroma Chameleon collection which consists of the most intriguing duochrome varnishes. As usual, in careful consideration of my financial situation, I only picked up one of the colours, and that colour was Pink Quartz.

As you can see from the image above, Pink Quartz is a delicate combination of pale pink and smooth, mellow gold. Out of all of the colour combinations, I thought that I would get the most wear out of this one as it is simultaneously subtle and stunning when you catch it in the right light.

In terms of application and longevity, the formula is quite runny but the colour builds up well enough after the second coat, which makes application average enough. And lasting power? It's fine, but nothing to write home about. On the whole, I suppose that this polish makes up in colour what it lacks in technicalities. And I think that's fine by me for now.

*Not to worry, I can spell. I've spelled 'mom' this way ever since I can remember; the British English spelling makes me cringe.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Review: Barry M Textured Nail Effect in Lady [Autumn/Winter Nails]

Barry M Textured Nail Effect in Lady
At the beginning of October, Boots released Barry M's new Royal Glitters Collection, which I imagine is a bit of nod to the RoyalFamilyFever the whole world seems to have been experiencing of late. Baby Whatshisface aside though, I'm quite a big fan of this collection, which is made up of five feminine shades with a textured, glittery finish. Not feeling the need to purchase every single colour, I chose the one which appealed to me the most-- Lady.

Lady is a crisp, sparkling glitter polish, which pays an uncanny resemblance to snow. The textured effect adds depth and dimension to the effect, but it can be easily glossed over with a good top coat. I think this is the perfect winter shade if you want to mix things up a little, but be warned... As is typical with textured and glitter polishes, this is infuriatingly difficult to remove. I'm sure we've all found, however, that we quickly forget the pain and agony of removing glitter polishes, and find ourselves doing it all over again. A bit like childbirth, I suppose. Uh.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Review: Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Winter is coming, and cold weather means dry hands, crusty cuticles and hoards of White Walkers. In an attempt to combat the second of these afflictions, I started using Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, which is the consistency of a waxy, hard-set balm with the pungent citric odor of bathroom cleaning products. Needless to say, I'm not a fan of the scent, but the product itself does a fair enough job of keeping my cuticles calm and moisturised. 

Having used this for a while now, I don't feel the urge to rave about it like quite a few other people; I like it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again-- not at £5.99 anyway. Now that I have a desk job, I'm finding that I moisturise my hands quite often, and that it's actually proving to be more effective than the cuticle cream. I mean, never before have I pulled off my gloves in public and NOT felt ashamed about the little dry patches between my thumbs and forefingers. In others words, just get a hand moisturiser and use it-- that way, you have soft cuticles AND hands, without smelling like one of those tree-shaped air fresheners. 

...Unless you're into that sort of thing, of course.

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