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Acrylic, Gel, Stick On Nails, Nail Polish/Care, Nail Trends, Reviews, Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Voyager Collection

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Apologies for my absence girls but I’m back in action finally! And I felt a little products rant was well over-due. I am happy to report that I’ve spent the past 4 weeks wearing nothing but Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I am in love with the polishes I have from the Voyager Collection. I have had quite a few people ask where I had my gel manicure done so I’m hoping this means that it looks well. Everyone seems surprised that it was shop bought.

I won’t beat around the bush. This stuff is great. Far better than the basic Sally Hansen polishes. They last so much longer.

Sally Hansen Voyager Collection Miracle Gel Swatches

Application

Of the three I have tried they were a dream to apply. You need two coats, which dry evenly in good time, followed by two coats of the volume gel, which need a bit of time to set. The first time I applied I didn’t wait long enough for the volume coat to cure and dinted one! Raging. Since that day I only apply when I have time to kill, generally when I’m catching up on Netflix.

The magic is in the gel top coat. I’ve tried a few gel coats from different brands, this is my favourite so far. It’s the thickest and most salon-gel-polish-like. It’s also quite tricky to catch the high gloss on camera.

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Longevity

Ok so 14 days might be a stretch, especially if you have have your hands in water and oils a lot like I do. The ordinary Sally H polishes don’t stand a chance against oil by the way. This stuff withstands a lot! I can apply it and know it will stay put for a decent amount of time. And in fairness my nails are prone to peeling so when I lost polish at the tips it tended to be down to that. I really didn’t find much chipping.

Removal

Because this is hardy stuff it does take a bit more time to remove with my usual remover pads, the ones sold in a tub.  I found normal polish remover from a bottle far better. I soaked a pad and held it on the nail for a couple of seconds before wiping it away.

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New Shades

  • Headed Nude – Neutral, exactly what it says on the tin
  • Flushed Wanderer – Muted blush tone
  • Tawny Travels –  Burnished brick red. Muted. Different. Gorgeous!
  • In My Suitcase – Greyed-off beige. Contemporary. Grey to me, not beige. Great on Irish skin.
  • Carry on Blue – Aqua. Not turquoise. More blue aqua. Surprisingly I love it.

Thoughts

In case I haven’t made it clear enough – I love these! I like the look of gel polish but I don’t like the salon removal, or the cost, so this suits me much better. Another advantage is that you’re nails aren’t being damaged. I really like the three shades I have tried and I’m keen to add more to my collection. They come in at €14.99 for each duo box. It’s well worth it in my opinion. I have often spent a tenner on a polish that lasted no more than a day.

I did wonder about the duo packs, like how many gel coats does one girl need. A lot as it turns out, when you’re me :D I use copious amounts of it on top of every polish.

When products arrive I usually try them and share with my friends and family, these fellas are staying in my own collection. Besides my Essie Mademoiselle no other polishes have been getting a look in!

Love!

Amy x0

 

 

 

 

 

Eyeshadow, Make-up, Palettes, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Urban Decay

REVIEW | Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

IMG_8930 (1) Gwen is synonymous with cool. In my world Gwen is also synonymous with teenage heartbreak, oh yes I was that teenager you heard crying her eyes out to Don’t Speak after a boy I liked for 3 whole days kissed someone called Vicky at the local disco (*rolls on the floor laughing at that memory). Thankfully my taste in boys improved somewhat albeit after a few disasters ha, but I remained a Gwen fan. I mean she sampled Maria from The Sound of Music, the woman just ticks all my boxes.

Anyway back to the BEAUTEOUS palette…

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THE PACKAGING
Yes. I would leave it at that but I would imagine you are looking for more from me. This is my favourite UD palette packaging so far; black and white graphic prints with gold accents. It’s elegant and cool at the same time. The lid is dimensional rather that a print, I don’t know that appeals to me but there you have it. Attention to detail. The box also doesn’t rattle around like some of the precious ones. Gwen also names the shades; Anaheim – where Gwen grew up, 1987 – the year No Doubt formed and Bathwater -after one of her songs.

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THE SHADES
12 of the 15 shades are new and exclusive to this palette. There are a few decent mattes swell (Woo hoo!!) as well as a mix of satins, metallics and shimmer. My first reaction when I saw the palette was of surprise. I expected bright, edgy colours for edgy looks from Gwen, instead this offering would work for everyone. There’s something there for every look, from work to a big night out.

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Swatch time!

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  • BLONDE Pale beige with pink iridescent shift. Pigmented and very smooth. Lovely to work with.
  • BATHWATER Pale beige with gold pearl. Warm with a slight frost finish.
  • SKIMP Pale nude satin. Silky and finely milled. It’s a touch more powdery that the other shades but still beautiful and easy to work with .
  • STEADY Medium rose with metallic gold shift. Very pretty warm metallic coppery sheen. Wears well.
  • PUNK Reddish brown matte. This looks plum to me, good pay-off. Easy to work with despite being harder to the touch that some of the other shadows.

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  • BABY Cool metallic rose. Soft, easy to blend with a pretty sparkle.
  • ANAHEIM Light taupe-brown matte. Good pigmentation and creamy texture which makes it very easy to work with.
  • STARK Nude-pink matte. This is a little more powdery but it’s finely milled and easy to work with.
  • ZONE  Medium brown matte. Love this one, a beautiful matte that is easy to blend. Great pigmentation.
  • SERIOUS Smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl. Soft and easy to apply with a pretty fine shimmer.IMG_9836
  • POP Pale coral with iridescent sparkle. Looks amazing in the pan but this was my least favourite. This is sparkly and harder to work with, I find it shifts when you blend so instead I patted it on the lid over some base and it held better. Be prepared for fall-out if you by-pass a base.
  • HARAJUKU Metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer. Has a frosted sheen and a little sparkle. It’s not as intense as you would imagine but is still  pretty.
  • DANGER Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle.
  • 1987 Bright metallic yellow-gold. My favourite! This is so creamy and buttery, it goes on like a dream.
  • BLACKOUT Blackest matte. Great pigmentation, creamy and easy to work with.

My favourites so far are 1987, Zone and Baby. With Pop and Harajuku being my least favourite, but I still like them all. Steady is also very lovely and stays as vibrant as it applies as it wears. Oh and I love Anaheim as a contour shade for my cheekbones too.

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PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The palette comes in at €46 which is fairly decent for 15 shades. They are available now from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

So apparently Gwen has been in the biz since 1987, how does she still look like that? And can I have some of whatever it is for my Birthday please??

Wind it up! Yodelay yodelay yodeloh, hey!

Anyone liking it?

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Eye Creams, Murad, Reviews, Skin Care

Instant Results!
with Murad Eye Cream

Hi guys, I’m back! I have a mountain of products and treatments I want to blog about so be prepared to get sick of me. Hope you all are enjoying Christmas!

I’m at an age where I am a little concerned about eye crinkles. I have spent much of 2104 testing my way through eye creams (over-view to follow). I have found some good ones but generally a lot of duds. I haven’t found my holy grail eye product so I still get a little over-enthusiastic when a brand launches a new product that contains the latest magic powers.

The latest offering is from Murad. The Instant Radiance Eye Cream is said to instantly erase dark circles. I of course needed to try it. Murad is generally a brand I trust. I haven’t tried too many products of theirs but of those I have tried, I liked.

So what does this guy do and did it do the trick?

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Aging, Cleansers, OSKIA, Reviews, Skin Care

Oskia The Nutritional Skincare Angle

I have been keeping beauty secrets! I think it’s clear I love a bit of skincare but I don’t know if you guys know how interested I am in holistic nutrition. It has been something I have been reading up on for years and a big part of my life. So I was really excited when I heard about OSKIA skincare arrival to our shores. If you haven’t heard of the brand they create nutritional skincare, that has been proven to work. I have fallen hard. Continue Reading

Aging, Men, Reviews, Salon Treatments

Treatment Review | VIORA REACTION Skin Tightening, Cellulite & Stretcmarks

Over the past year or so I have been starting to think about anti-ageing products and treatments. I want to preserve what I have for as long as possible, don’t we all. I was invited to Renaissance Laser & Skin Clinic  to try their new Viora Reaction treatment.

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How it works

Viora delivers radio frequency energy to the underlying layers of the skin. As we age collagen fibres weaken; everything from sun exposure to smoking and stress has a damaging affect. Viora stimulates the production of collage and elastin but protects the surface of the skin, this means to redness, rashes or peeling. Continue Reading

BB Creams/Tinted Moistusisers, Foundation, Gosh, Make-up, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Swatches

NEW | CC Illuminating Foundation & Eye Roll On from GOSH | Review

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I know I have been a naughty blogger and haven’t posted in ages. I had some site issues combined with some holidays and well time got away from me. The good news is that I have been testing heap loads of new products in that time and have engaged in a spot of shopping, ok so “a spot” is an understatement but you knew that! I have a lot to share and have been preparing blog posts like the good little obsessive beauty junkie I am. So enjoy today’s makeup musings and I shall be back in the morning to tell you about an amazing lifting treatment and something called ‘the Cinderella effect’. Disney princess’s completely grab my attention.

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Eyeshadow, Glitter, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Swatches, Urban Decay

NEW |Heavy Metal Loose Glitter & Adhesive from Urban Decay ♥ Photos & Review

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I have a love/hate relationship with glitter. I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame but I loathe mess. If you are a fan of glitter then you will love these new Heavy Metal Glitters from Urban Decay. The glitters came about when Urban Decay developed their Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive. The product held so well that they decided to work on loose glitters that would actually stay put. Continue Reading