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Mavala 175 Platinum Marble Nail Colour Review

10 Jan

For wintry days, this sophisticated grey-shimmer polish, would look perfect paired with a LBD for the winter party season.

Mavala 175 Platinum Marble

The colour is a dark silver, with a definite silver shimmer (no warm gold tones in sight!)

I regard Mavala as a high-end brand of nail colours. This shade was brought out with the winter 2011/12 Paradoxe Colours range. MAVALA introduce new ranges to accompany their fabulous range of standard colours each season. They do without the glitzy advertising associated with OPI releases such as their celebrity and film related collections, but maintain a fashionable approach to nail colour. If OPI were a makeup brand it would be MAC; MAVALA would be Estée Lauder.

Mavala 175 Platinum Marble

I purchased this polish for just £4.10 and although you only get 5ml, who ever in all honestly finishes a large bottle from Nails Inc or OPI, unless it’s an all time favourite?

I think their website evaluates the brand perfectly:

‘The iconic 5ml pots of colour are an affordable way to buy into this season’s key trends. Unlike traditional nail colour, MAVALA’S unique formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breath and is free from parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.’

It’s a step-up from Barry M for just a little more cost and the quality exceeds them by far. One coat provides beautiful opacity and has remained a week on my nails without chipping, with a base and top coat.

The base and top coat I paired this with are both by Rimmel.

Mavala 175 Platinum Marble is available online from Beauty Bay for just £2.99.

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Birdcage Walk Nails Inc. Review

2 May

The wisteria are blooming on the front of the house, the sun is out – albeit it a little windy – and the tennis season has begun. It is at the time of year that I fall in love again with pastel nail polishes.

Birdcage Walk (I like the name – but I don’t really get it – any thoughts?) is a French Manicure pastel pink, nude, pale – whichever description you may choose. It looks beautiful against a slightly tanned hand and transforms short nails into shiny, delicate beauties. In fact, this colour is the best to apply out of any I have had from Nails Inc; it’s a little thinner than most of their (slightly gloopy) darker colours and so brushes-on like a dream!

Pair the nail varnish with Kensington Caviar Basecoat, to ensure it applies smoothly and stays put. The basecoat also prevents any discolouration of your nails and makes the nail varnish last a bit longer. I quite often wear this basecoat alone, as it has a touch of pink within the clear, which makes your nails look darling.

The Top Coat, same brand, same name is a must as it maximizes shine and staying power.

Birdcage Walk is my all time favourite pale pink nail polish. Yummy.

Bourgois Volume Glamour Ultra Curl Mascara

1 May

A glamorous member of the Bourjois mascaras, claiming it ‘Curls & Doubles eyelash volume for an even more glamourous look’. The bottle is a little bit like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, and fantastically embodies the curves it claims to produce. Even the brush has a gradual curve, which can be held against the lashes to make them curl. The mascara produces long, shiny black lashes.

The mascara does not create outlandish volume, but it does sculpt the lashes into a lovely long curve. The formula dries quickly, so you can avoid those dreaded smudges (especially now the hay fever season has begun – I always manage to sneeze after applying mascara!)

The small, curved brush is not anything new, but nonetheless effective, for it is easy to use and coat  the lashes into the inner corners.

The mascara has waxes and silicon to make it last, which is does. This does not drift! Overall, a fabulous low price mascara that, for length and curl, easily compares to the competition.

£7.99 from Boots.

Chanel Rouge Coco Camélia Review

1 May

The Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks were created as easy to wear colours, in a long-lasting creme formula. For me, with dry skin, long-lasting formulas tend to dry out on my lips, or they look cakey straight away. Worn with a small amount of balm, however, this lipstick is a wonderful medium coverage lipstick with a noticeable shimmer (not glitter). I would suggest, however, that it is not the perfect lip stick for my skin type.

Camélia is a member of the ‘pink’ family and the name derives from one of Coco Chanel’s favourite flowers, which often subtly graced her designs. It has a light rose scent. The colour is a medium to full coverage, but adapts to your skin tone; how it looks on my lips will differ greatly to yours. This creates a ‘your lips but better’ look. One layer will seem as though many have been applied; in this sense it is good value.

The packaging it divine, as always with Chanel. As the colour is easy to reapply without a mirror (or just using the reflection in your phone) and so is a great handbag lipstick. It is the perfect accompaniment to Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation: luminous and satin.

Debenhams Chanel Beauty Website. Their Beauty Discount Card also accumulates points, which I have found fantastic!

See Also: Chanel Rouge Allure Review

Face of the Day: Sports Test

18 Apr

How well does your makeup stand the test of a bit of sweat, eating and time? I took a photo right after applying my makeup and then another after lunch, playing tennis – four hours later. I would not ordinarily wear lots of makeup to play sport (!) I just thought it would be a good test.

In comparison, my skin certainly looks more even and clear with the foundation freshly applied. I would be surprised if there was much left in the after picture. That being said, if I hadn’t been out in the sun playing tennis I am sure the foundation would have lasted longer. I didn’t use a primer, which may have helped. I would say that the concealer has done a magnificent job under my eyes, which without makeup are deep grey.

Chanel Pro Lumiere is my go-to foundation, ordinarily it will last me most of the day. It produces a ‘professional finish’, satin without shine and medium coverage, which photographs brilliantly. A light dusting of the Body Shop powder over the top makes the skin pristine. I have repurchased the powder four times: it’s soft, easy to apply and never clogs on dry skin even if your skin is undermoisturized. I use it as a finishing powder, as well as a foundation in its own right applied with a sponge.

The Chanel Lipstick has, of course, completely disappeared. It partially made it through lunch, but all the sips of water during tennis must have made it vamoosh. As much as I love the finish and the colours and the oh so sexy packaging, Chanel Lipsticks just never win me over because of their (lack of) staying power.

I was unimpressed by the performance of the Benefit Bad Gal Mascara. It applies neatly and creates long lashes, without much volume; I prefer length to volume (Long Pretty Lashes by Clinique is my biggest ‘discontinued’ regret). I wore waterproof to ensure that it stayed put, but upon my return home I could not help but remove the ungainly dark smudges beneath my eyes. In the photo, therefore, this problem goes unrecognised. It seems amazing that such a renowned brand could not make a waterproof mascara that withstands some heat. Others, I know, would swear by this mascara and sleep with it on after nights out. Personally, though, I am still in search of the perfect waterproof. Any suggestions?

Products Used:

Chanel Pro Lumiere Clair 20

Body Shop All In One Face Base 04

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer

Estée Lauder Soft Matte Bronze

Benefit BadGal Waterproof Mascara Black

L’Occtaine Lip balm

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 75 Amusing

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick Review

18 Apr

Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks apply beautifully smoothly. They are wonderfully gentle, highly pigmented and have a shine to them. The lipstick creates a strong colour on the lips with a natural sheen.

Adorable is a rose-pink, which is just slightly darker than my natural lip colour.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 70 Adorable

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 70 Adorable

Amusing is a gentle red with copper undertones.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 75 Amusing

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick 75 Amusing

The lipstick can be layered to create a lighter or darker colour and over a rich lip balm the colour can be reduced to a lovely ‘lipstained’ appearance.

These are not long-lasting lipsticks, about 4 hours is their maximum. If you are willing to reapply between courses at a dinner, or after lunch at work then these lipsticks are perfect. For longevity Bobbi Brown have Metallic Lip Shine Lipsticks, which are also rich colours with a sheen; these last through meals and for about 6 hours.

70 Adorable (below) 75 Amusing (above) Swatches

See Also: Chanel Rouge Coco Review

Mac Odalisque Mega Metal Eyeshadow: Peacocky

13 Mar

Mac eyeshadows are always superb, but these Mega Metal Eyeshadows are just lovely. They apply smoothly and have a silvery shimmer, though be careful to tap off any excess from your brush to avoid the colour transferring down beneath your eye. Odalisque is a silvery, fern green. It is well pigemented, but the colour is much softer than in the pan. It can be worn all over the lid with well defined eyes; I would reccommend using a black liner to create a winged line. I also think darker brights look lovely as a pop of colour in the outer corner and into the crease. If you can still get hold of this collection it is well worth a look.