Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn Nails & Tips For Stronger Nails

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

I've been looking after my nails properly for a couple of months now and my hard work is finally paying off so I thought I'd share a few of the ways I've been caring for them and helping them grow. First of all, when my nails are painted they seem to get much stronger and grow a lot quicker. They're quite flakey and brittle naturally so they really like the extra layer of protection polish gives. I've been going for gel manicures for a few weeks now and it's really been helping the condition of my nails, but I do like to change the colour of my nails every week which is the only drawback of Shellac. However, I received a couple of Vinylux colours in the post last week which are super pretty so I had to get the gel off and have a play!

Vinylux is CND's weekly nail polish range and as far as polish goes they last pretty well. I'm quite hard on my nails so it's rare I get more than a few days from any brand to be honest, but with Vinylux I get a good 5 or 6 days. I do try and protect my nails when cleaning but I always end up trying to claw something open with my fingers so it's no surprise my manicures don't last that long (when will I learn?!). Vinylux have just launched their autumn colours and I was immediately drawn to the darker hues of the Nightspell collection. There's everything from purples to burnt copper and silver - totally divine and super flattering on shorter nails.

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

At the moment I'm wearing Lilac Eclipse* with a little of Viridian Veil* for a little ring finger accent. All a bit fancy for me but I thought I'd make an effort now I actually have nails. The polishes apply beautifully and with the CND Weekly Top Coat* added at the end they're super glossy as you can see. The top coat is almost like a gel finish in fact, and once dry - which doesn't take very long I might add - they're pretty durable and you don't get those awful duvet impressions on your manicure afterwards. I don't know why that happens but its so disappointing after you've spent ages painting your nails! This is also one of the few top coats that does't cause shrinkage on me. I love the finish of Seche Vite but it's a real pain for that.

So how have I been looking after my nails? Well, as mentioned, I'm putting those rather unflattering marigolds on whenever I'm cleaning to protect them but I'm also making more of an effort to use a good cuticle oil regularly. I like the OPI Avoplex nail oil and have been using it religiously for a few weeks now - rather than once every so often like before. I have the full size bottle which lives next to my bed, and a pen version which I keep in my bag. They've discontinued them both now so I'm going to have to hunt down a replacement soon. I spend a lot of time on the train to work so I've been making sure that I massage in a lil oil while I'm sat there watching the world go by. I always push my cuticles back after having a bath and by also adding a little oil to keep them and the nail bed nourished they look much tidier. Hang nails are a thing go the past for me. I'm pretty good with hand cream anyway, but its a must if you want lovely hands a nails. Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut is my go-to.

I 've also found that having a squoval shape to my nails has helped make them stronger. My fingernails pretty much naturally have that shape anyway but my thumbs take more work. Luckily my  nails lady has sorted this out for me and I think they look quite flattering too!

Laura

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Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado - Why Did I Take So Long To Try It?

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado review

My under eye area is my biggest skincare concern. I have puffiness, fine lines and a little darkness - the lot. So I tend to try lots of different eye creams, forever searching for The One. It's one product category I'm therefore never loyal to and I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit of an eye cream snob. I've always spent a bit more in the hope that I'll get better results. I love the Zelens and Dr Dennis Gross offerings, and as much as I like them both and do see improvement in my undereyes, I'm still on the hunt for a new HG.
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Monday, 2 October 2017

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lipsticks

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

The change of season into Autumn always reignites my love for lipstick. I just can't get enough of dusky pinks and deep burgundy shades! So I was pretty happy that Bobbi Brown launched their new Crushed Lip Color lipsticks at the perfect time and the 20 shades in the range are most definitely autumn appropriate.

This I believe, is the first major launch since Bobbi Brown stepped down from her self-named business and if this is the direction the brand is going in then there are some very exciting times ahead of us. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipstick range comes at a time when we've been so bogged down with heavy matte formulas that it's a breath of fresh air. The lipsticks are more crushed lip stains with a beautifully comfortable balmy texture which is quite modern and totally my kind of formula. Infused with beeswax and vitamin e and c, the lipsticks glide on wonderfully. The finish of these is quite unique. Not satin, and not matte, they sit in the soft matte camp and I don't have anything like these in my collection. They're also richly pigmented so even though they wear like a stain over the day they're not flimsy in colour payoff. I initially thought they might be similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine formula but they're actually very different.

Bobbi Brown say they last for 8 hours which I feel is a bit of a stretch personally, but as they day goes on they fade into a stain and look quite gorgeously undone. When applying the Crushed Lip Color lipsticks I like to plot them with a tissue before applying another coat, which I feel gives them more longevity and a truer colour, but as far as nourishing lipsticks go they do last pretty well. They're super easy to apply and I don't feel like you have to be too careful with them, although I would always use a mirror personally (the brand claim you don't need one). The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are definitely a minimal effort chuck-on-and-go option which suits me just fine!

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

As I mentioned there are 20 shades which run from nudes to true reds and deeper wine shades. It took me forever to decide which shades I wanted - check out Laura's post as her swatches really helped me. I eventually went for Lilac, a dusky blue-toned rose pink, and Ruby which is a much richer autumnal wine shade. I thought I'd get the best wear out of these shades and they're not too similar to the rest of my collection. There's also a couple of shades that are quite bright, such as Sunset which is a beautiful orange that I'm borderline obsessed with, and the fail safe true nude, Bare. I'll be picking up both of these I'm sure. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are going to be my autumn/winter lip wardrobe, they're just so addictive!

What do you think of this new launch from Bobbi Brown? Will you be picking up any of these lipsticks?

Laura

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