October 30, 2012

elegant touch envy wraps

I've tried a few nail wrap kits before and being the clumsy person I am they never work out particularly well. The idea is that you paint on a base coat then carefully place your selected size of nail wrap over each nail and smooth down any bumps then file down the excess wrap at the end of the nail and finish with topcoat. Sounds easy enough but I always find it quite tricky to seal the tip of the wrap which I know realise is all in the amount of pressure you press the wrap down onto your nail with and file correctly. Just make sure that you don't file side to side as you would normally and file downwards away from the nail to mould the wrap to your nail properly. I personally prefer to apply a couple of layers of topcoat so that they last longer, these particular wraps lasted 2-3 days on my nails before peeling which despite the effort in applying them was well worth it as they look so glittery and eye catching. I figure that as with everything in the beauty world it's just a case of practice makes perfect and in time I will master the nail wrap look.

Elegant Touch Envy Wrap Bling Nail Wraps - £6

October 20, 2012

cover fx total cover cream foundation

A couple of days ago I attended the launch event of some brand new foundation products by Cover FX and got to hear all about their new products. I hadn't really heard much about the brand until this point so it was interesting to see a room full of foundation shades for every different skin tone - the cream foundation comes in a whopping total of 28 shades which I think is really impressive. I was matched up very quickly using a skin tone chart and over the past few days have found that the match is perfect for my skin colour.

I was given my very own cream foundation and application brush to try out, the foundation already comes with a sponge but I find that I prefer to use the brush for daytime application and the sponge for a heavier coverage in the evening. I've been really impressed with the product so far, the coverage is better than any foundation I've tried before yet doesn't leave you looking caked up. As I said before, the shade is absolutely perfect for my olive toned pale skin and doesn't leave me looking washed out as some pale foundations can do. I also find that I can skin using concealer which is a great thing for me as concealing my imperfections and uneven skin tone is what I spend the longest amount of time doing in my make up routine. So far I'm massively impressed with the foundation, it comes in a handy little compact fitted with a mirror and sponge tray, covers any imperfections and boosts the radiance of my skin, lasts all day and is even enriched with Vitamins C and E to protect your skin.

The foundation retails at £37 which is undoubtedly very expensive, however when you consider that it can double up as a heavy weight concealer, is enriched with Vitamins and has an SPF 30 built in the reality of the high price point is eased slightly. Unfortunately for my bank balance I can see this product becoming a staple in my make up bag and will definitely look into repurchasing the product time and time again once it runs out.

October 11, 2012

nip + fab event

Last night I headed over to the prestigious W Hotel to attend the Nip + Fab event, the hotel was so swanky that it even had television screens built into the lifts! If any of you didn't already know, Nip + Fab is the sister brand to Rodial, basically the alternative for people on a smaller budget. I'm already a huge fan of Rodial products and I'm currently testing out the Dragons Blood range so it was interesting to be introduced to the cheaper alternative brand, Nip + Fab. I haven't yet tried out any of the products (bad beauty blogger) but now have a gift bag filled with goodies so will be sure to let you all know what I think! The founder of both brands, Maria, spent plenty of time chatting to people around the room and it was a pleasure for me to meet her since I'm such a fan of the Rodial brand.

 Maria Hatzistefanis the founder of Rodial and Nip + Fab

Have you ever tried any Nip + Fab products before?

October 09, 2012

bioré japenese tea party

Tonight I decided to be a good blogger and ventured out into SoHo after a long days interning for the Bioré Japenese tea party event, not that it took a lot of persuasion. The event was based around the idea of cleansing your skin from the outside but also cleansing your body on the inside, hence the tea theme. There was even a special Bioré blend of tea made by a tea expert for us to try out and take home who told us that he has had 1.5 million cups of tea in just fourteen years. Firstly we were given a short but informative chat about all things tea related, and told how to brew the perfect cuppa. It was news to me that the only difference between green tea and black tea is that the black tea leaves are left to ferment for just an hour longer than the green, I actually thought they were from different plants before being told this! After the tea talk we got to have a taste of all the components in the special Bioré blend of tea separately, this really gave me a great concept of how the different flavours combine to make the perfect brew. Aside from the Japanese tea theme I can't wait to try out the Bioré products included in my gift bag to share my thoughts with you all!