Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Love Hate Relationship with Seche Vite

Seche Vite is a a cult favourite among the YouTube and blogging beauty community, and as much as I love the stuff, I don't think it's all that it's cracked up to be!

Most of you have probably already got this or at least heard of it, but for those of you that haven't here's a run down of the pros and cons.


Pros


  • It dries incredibly fast and leaves your nails touchable within a couple of minutes.

  • It leaves a shiny top coat.

  • It's be perfect if you're changing nail polish colour every couple of days.

  • Cons


  • It goes very gloopy after about 10-15 uses.

  • It makes nail polish lift off the nail and has never lasted for me longer than 2-3 days.

  • It's quite expensive here in the UK, priced at between £9-£10.


  • I've heard many good reviews about the Sally Hansen Mega Shine topcoat, and it is slightly cheaper at just under £7. But, personally I like to use Nail Tek's Intensive Therapy II, which keeps my nail polish on for up to about 5 days. It also has the added benefit of protein to help strengthen the nail. To see a review of Intensive Therapy II and Nail Tek's ridge filling Foundation III click here.
    Let me know your recommendations for topcoats, I'm always looking for fab new products!
    Have a lovely day girls!
    x

    Tuesday, 29 March 2011

    Suncream, Neon Rose and Costa Chic

    Morning lovelies!

    I've got a massive essay to finish off today and I really should be doing that instead of writing a post, but I can't help myself, I love blogging! This was meant to go up last night, but my computer was being so stroppy that I had to admit defeat and leave it for today.

    Make-up of the day


    It was a lovely sunny day yesterday and I wanted to go for a coral look, so I applied my new Topshop Cream Blush in Neon Rose and Mac lipstick in Costa Chic(frost).


    I wore a bit of concealer underneath Mac Costa Chic to make it brighter and help to give the lipstick an extra pop. It's lovely and creamy plus it has great colour payoff, what more could you ask for? The Topshop Cream Blush in Neon Rose gives a subtle coral glow and matches perfectly with the lipstick. One thing to note though, this is not a cream blush that will give you a dewy finish, it's a cream to powder blush and leaves a matte finish.

    As the Topshop Cream Blush is matte, I added a tiny bit of Prestige Baked Mineral Blush in peach as a highlighter, to give that extra glow.


    Piz Buin 2for1 deal


    I'm going away to The Canaries in a couple of days, so yesterday I did a bit of last minute shopping when Boots were finally doing their 2for1 deal on suncream. I love Piz Buin but I hate having to pay out nearly £20!


    My favourite of the Piz Buin range is the 1 Day Long in SPF30. It protects your skin for up to 6 hours and is sweat and water resistant. This is the only suncream that has stopped me getting burnt at a water park and my skin burns very easily. It's also not too greasy which is definitely something I look for in a suncream!


    I hope you all have a wonderful day today! I'm going to sit down and write my long essay now, wish me luck.


    xx

    Sunday, 27 March 2011

    Stronger nails please!

    As I've mentioned in a previous post, I am constantly striving for nicer nails. At the moment they're peeling at the top on both my thumb and index finger, probably due to the fact that since I had flu over Christmas I've gone crazy with washing my hands! There's only a couple of nail products that I've tried that have made a difference to how my nails look and how strong they are, both of which are from a company called Nail Tek.

    I'm currently using Foundation III and Intensive Therapy II. The numbers apply to the condition of your nails - I is for healthy nails, II is for soft peeling nails and III is for dry, brittle nails. There is also XTRA which is made for previously unmanageable nails.


    Foundation III is a ridge-filling nail strengthener base coat that also helps to heal the natural nail. If you have any splits or peeling at the end of your nails, this will help to make the surface smoother for nail polish application. This is personally my favourite because as well as strengthening my nails it helps to keep my nail polish on longer.


    Intensive Therapy II is for soft, peeling nails and helps to seal the layers of the nail together. Over a period of time it will even help to thicken the nail. It can be used as a base coat and a top coat but I prefer to use Foundation III as a base coat and Intensive Therapy II as a top coat.


    Although many resources say that you shouldn't use any nail polish on your nails when they're damaged, I find nail strengtheners such as these two help to shield the nail from external aggravations.


    I bought both these products from http://www.ebay.co.uk/, but you can check out Nail Tek's website at http://www.nailtek.com/ to buy in the USA or for information on the products.


    I would love to hear if you have any tips on peeling nails, or if you've used any of Nail Tek's line before.

    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    Naturally squeaky clean skin

    For a while now I've been using a make-up removing cleanser by 'Yes To Carrots' that is incredible at melting away make-up, including waterproof mascara and even the heaviest of foundations. It is a product called 'Can you C Me - Eye and Face Makeup Remover' and is said to be for all skin types. It's a creamy product that you massage into your face then remove with a flannel or muslin cloth, much like 'Liz Earl - Cleanse and Polish'. Having combination/oily skin myself I'll admit I was sceptical to use a creamy cleanser for fear of breaking out in spots, but it causes no such problems and leaves my skin squeaky clean and soft. If you haven't heard of 'Yes To Carrots' before, it is part of a brand called 'Yes To' that pride themselves on creating products using natural ingredients with no parabens. There are a number of different lines within the brand that cater to particular skin types.

    Yes To Carrots:
    For normal to dry skin and hair - made to nourish.

    Yes To Tomatoes:
    For combination to oily skin - made to help clear skin of imperfections.

    Yes To Cucumbers:
    For sensitive skin types - made to soothe.

    Yes To Blueberries:
    For mature skin types - made to improve the skins firmness and diminish fine lines.

    Yes To Baby Carrots:
    For babies skin - made with 100% natural ingredients.

    The brand is priced ranging from £3 for a lip butter, up to £12.30 for a moisturising cream.
    At this moment in time, the UK only sells the 'Yes To Carrots' line and the 'Yes To Tomatoes' line, but if you're in Ireland or if you live in the USA then you're very lucky because you can purchase products from the entire brand. I'm not sure about other countries, but most websites ship internationally nowadays.

    You can buy certain 'Yes To' products from the websites below:
    http://www.yestocarrots.com/
    http://www.asos.com/
    http://www.bathandunwind.com/
    http://www.beautyfeatures.ie/

    Have you tried any of the 'Yes To' brand?

    Thursday, 24 March 2011

    Rock look from day to night


    Today was a beautiful sunny day in London, with temperatures hitting up to sixteen degrees Celsius. It feels like ages since I've been able to walk about in ballet pumps and feel comfortable. Unfortunately it's said to be cold again other the weekend - typical English weather, never constant!

    I love rock/grunge styles of clothing with a mix of girlyness, so in the daytime I went for a grey skull print vest with a leather jacket, hareem pants, leopard print ballet pumps and my studded handbag.

    To turn my look into something more nighttime appropriate I changed into black jeans with lace-up open toe boots, which gave the outfit a more edgy feel.

    Grey skull print vest - H&M
    Black leather jacket - River Island
    Hareem pants - ASOS
    Leopard print ballet pumps - ASOS
    Studded handbag - Jimmy Choo by H&M
    Studded bracelet - EBAY
    Black jeans - River Island
    Black lace-up boots - ASOS

    Hope you've all had a lovely day!

    Wednesday, 23 March 2011

    Combination skin?

    I'm gonna rave today about a wonderful little product that I never expected to like so much.
    I have tried numerous moisturisers on the market for combination/oily skin, but none have ever compared to Lush Imperialis.
    Imperialis is a light pink cream that actually sinks completely into the skin! It sinks in so fast that I find it's gone before I've even finished blending over my entire face. Lush call it a moisturiser for all skin types and 'bordering on perfect'. It contains lavender which is said to help dry skin stay moisturised and stop sebum production with oily skin. And, I have to say it really does.

    It is currently being sold for £11.45 which is a tad on the pricey side when you compare it to drugstore moisturisers, but it's not as ridiculously priced as high-end products. You can find it at http://www.lush.co.uk/ and I believe there are many other websites for countries all over the world.

    If you're like me and you find that most moisturisers targeted at combination/oily skin still leave a slightly tacky finish, then I suggest giving this a go.

    Tuesday, 22 March 2011

    Top ten eyeshadows and outfit of the day

    I posted my second video on YouTube yesterday - 'my top ten eye shadows'. When I watched it back I realised I'm so rubbish, I completely lost my train of thought and didn't swatch any of the eye shadows. I find it much easier to blog than vlog!

    Below I've posted swatches of my top ten eye shadows with no primer. I have to admit some of the colours came out looking quite poor in quality - very disappointed!
    Lancome - pink (Round Midnight duo), Lancome - Silver (Round Midnight duo), Too Faced - Silk teddy, Too Faced - Pin-up, Too Faced - Honey Pot, Urban Decay - Sin.


    Urban Decay - Gunmetal, MAC - Satin Taupe, MAC - Creme De Violet, MAC - Trax.

    MAC Creme De Violet and Trax look rubbish in terms of pigment but actually look beautiful on the eye - perhaps it's all down to using a primer prior to application.
    I was feeling in the mood for a more 'Spring' coloured outfit so went for a light mint green cardigan, peachy coloured scarf and coral beads, all from H&M. I adore H&M for thin floaty cardigans, and at the moment they've got a gorgeous selection of colours in the ladies section. I can always rely on H&M for affordable yet good quality clothing.

    Black top - River Island
    Jeans - River Island
    Boots - ASOS

    Anyhoo, I'm off now to watch The Ricky Gervais Show, I'm hoping to do some reviews tomorrow of a few new products I picked up in the last couple of weeks.
    Hope you've all had a lovely day.
    x

    Monday, 21 March 2011

    My first YouTube video

    Last night I posted my first ever video on YouTube.



    I would love if you checked it out and subscribe if you like.
    Thank you
    Katey
    x

    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    My favourite cream for dry skin and eczema

    About ten years ago I suffered from horrible eczema around my mouth. It completely knocked my confidence and added to the long list of worries I had as a teenager. I tried tons of different creams subscribed by the doctor and also products such as aqueous cream and none of them made a difference. My mum was in Holland and Barrett one day and she noticed a poster advertising Zambesia Botanica skin cream. It's said to be formulated for those very dry areas and is made from the Kigelia Africana (sausage tree).


    The fruit that grows from the Kigelia Africana is thought to be a cure for a wide variety of ailments such as rheumatism and even tornadoes (I'm not quite sure how that one works out). But, it's usage in this particular little product I am very thankful for. It completely cleared my eczema within a few months, and whenever it came back this gem would get rid of it again.


    It's quite a thick cream but seems to sink in surprisingly quickly and the smell is what I would call a 'standard' cream smell. There's a slight hint of a scent but it's barely noticeable.


    I was thinking about this cream the other day as my fiance always gets very dry skin and I'm still always dealing with dry lips, so I searched around and found a seller on eBay that stocked it. At the moment that seems to be one of the only places it's available. If you have eczema or very dry areas of skin I would recommend giving this a go. As sad as it sounds I don't know what I would have done without it.

    Thursday, 17 March 2011

    Repairing Wrecked Hands and Nails

    I'm so envious of women who have lovely long, strong nails! Mine are awful; they break so easily and always peel on my thumb and index finger.
    So, I'm on a mission to repair my dry, weak nails and condition my hands till they're lovely and soft.

    I have been keeping Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail on my bedside table for the past week. It's a light textured lotion that soaks in really fast and promises to strengthen nails by 50% within two weeks.

    I actually think that this product does what it says on the packaging! I've been using it every night for the past week and within just a few days the dry patches around my knuckles had completely gone, and by one week my nails definitely feel stronger.
    Many hand moisturisers I've tried in the past I've absolutely hated. They often leave a greasy film that makes you want to wash your hands, which completely negates the point of using the moisturiser.
    I may have to have a look at what else Vaseline has to offer.
    If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
    Katey
    x

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    Wednesday, 16 March 2011

    Lip Savers

    This winter has been so horrendously cold and my lips have taken a severe beating. I've been searching for ways to get them back to good condition and I thought I'd share some of my favourite products out there at the moment.


    After washing my face, I find a plain old wash cloth is great for scrubbing off dead skin. It's so inexpensive and is personally my favourite method of exfoliating. Toothbrushes also work great and give a lovely plumped effect that I find lasts for a couple of hours. I would suggest however, that you don't scrub too hard as you don't want to make your lips bleed.

    This Lush Lip scrub is fantastic at removing dead skin cells. Lush is great if you like your products to contain lots of natural ingredients, and this particular product does not have any parabens in it.
    You can find this online at http://www.lush.co.uk/

    One of my favourite lip balms is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream skin protectant. It's not actually a cream but in fact an orange jelly, much like the consistency of Vaseline. At night I like to exfoliate my lips and then slather some of this on. It ensures I'll be waking up to lovely smooth lips.
    You can find this online in lots of different places but http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/ have some amazing savings on Elizabeth Arden products.

    These Sleek Pout Polishes are great for the day if you want to moisturise your lips but still have some colour. And, with an SPF of 15 included they're great for the summer too.

    To find these online go to http://www.sleekmakeup.com/
    The last of my top lip balms is Lip Service by Lush, which contains tangerine oil and so smells absolutely divine. To get the balm out you have to warm the product up, so you really have to rub at it. I have to say though it's not the most amazing protectant when you're out in bitterly cold weather so is probably better when your lips aren't in absolutely terrible condition, but the smell makes it my favourite.

    You can also find this at http://www.lush.co.uk/

    Let me know of any products you love for dried out winter lips or any natural homemade tricks...

    Tuesday, 15 March 2011

    Make-up and Outfit of the day 15/03/2011

    Off and about up London today for a bit of shopping and lunch with my fiance. Dressed pretty casual but tried to incorporate the orange trend for SS11 with some coral beads - I know it's not quite orange but it's all I could find in my jewellery collection.


    Scarf - H&M (Current collection)
    Brown leather jacket - Grattan catalogue
    Coral beads - H&M
    White long sleeve top and grey tank top - Topshop
    Jeans - River Island
    Brown Leather boots - Asos (Current collection)

    Incorporated some green eyeshadow on the lid and brown eyeshadow in the crease with brown eyeliner. I'm loving the pastel shades being released for SS11 in most make-up collections, and I thought the green I used was kind of 'on trend'.

    Products I used today were:
    Revlon colorstay foundation in Buff
    Clinique All About Eyes concealer in light neutral
    Rimmel London Silky loose powder
    No7 eyebrow pencil in brown
    Collection 2000 clear mascara (through brows)
    Lancome light green eyeshadow (from an old palette)
    Mac Satin taupe (through crease)
    Mac Phloof! (as highlight)
    Bourjois Liner Clubbing in Brown vibes
    Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil in Bourbon
    Rimmel London Lash Accelerator mascara
    Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
    Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink
    Barry M 101 lipstick

    Take care everyone
    Katey
    x

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    Monday, 14 March 2011

    1950's inspired make-up

    Today I decided to try out a 1950's inspired look.


    I used quite natural, nude eye shadows with thick black eye liner, soft subtle pink blush, slight contouring, a bright red lip and of course the famous beauty spot.

    I went for a slightly more subtle look as I felt it suited my hair colour better. If I had darker hair I would have gone for a stronger brow, and something that is more like the make-up Dita Von Teese is known for.

    The products used in this look are:
    Revlon colorstay foundation in Buff
    Clinique All About Eyes concealer in Light neutral
    Rimmel London Silky Loose face powder
    Too Faced Natural Eye palette:
    Velvet Revolver on eyebrows and through crease
    Heaven as overall lid colour and pulled through up to brow
    L'oreal Paris Super Liner in Carbon Gloss
    Rimmel London Lash Accelerator mascara
    Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light
    MeMeMe Blush me! in Pink
    Prestige Lipliner in Tomango
    Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Rose Passion

    Katey
    x

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    Sunday, 13 March 2011

    A little hello

    I've been a silent part of the beauty community on YouTube and Blogspot for a few years now and have deliberated on becoming more active over and over. I started a blog just over a year ago and gave up pretty quick because I just didn't have the time. But I want to be able to express myself and hopefully receive feedback from others who are just as obsessed with beauty and fashion. Through the beauty community on YouTube and Blogspot I've realised that beauty and make-up is where my heart lies.

    Katey
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