17 January 2015

Three Cheers for Color That Stays

When it comes to nails, I am the worst. There's nothing I hate more (too dramatic?) than doing my nails. I am a smudger, a chipper, a mess maker. In a nutshell, I suck beyond compare. Seriously. Let me tell ya a little story. *whispers* I have a problem with nail biting. 

Shock horror, I know. That's so gross. Ewww! I know. Thanks. But you're a beauty blogger how dare you! Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow, dishonor -- Nice Mulan reference but, can we get back to the point now?

All my life, I have gone through phases where I would chew on my nails. At any given time, you could probably tell by the state of my nail beds whether or not I was in a high stress situation. Disgusted by the ugly habit and determined to become a prim and proper young lady, I have tried my absolute best to knock the addiction. I've found that having nail varnish on has helped keep those urges at bay, and you should be proud of your girl cos' I think I've knocked it out for good. 

I am a bit late to the party (as per usual) on the at-home gel manicure trend, but boy, I am glad to have finally arrived. I'd been dying to try the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel since I saw the colour Up the Ante on Estée's nails. Side note: not ashamed to admit I am totally obsessed with all things essiebutton - if you haven't familiarized yourself with this bomb ass beauty maven I don't know what you're doing with your life. She's spunky, super cute, funny and basically everything I love rolled into one. So go check her out - I love her instagram, I love her videos, her vlogs, her dog...Alright, daily dose of fangirl done. That being said, if Estée raved about dis shiz, it had to be a good-un. 

And she was right cos' never have I ever fallen in love with a nail polish...until now. Only thing I wasn't crazy about was having to scrape off excess because loads of product oozes onto the brush, but the brush itself is a good size. The color I have pictured is Checkmate, a lovely nude that has me feeling like a sophisticated mama. Great staying power with a quick drying hard gel finish makes this a must have. I think I need to purchase every color available asap. Obsessed. 

10 January 2015

Oribe Obsessed | Dry Texturizing Spray

I had been itching to try the famous Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for absolutely ages, but wasn't so keen on shelling out twenty two dollars for the mini can (...I mean, really?). After much ooo-ing, ahh-ing, and hair envy-ing, I finally gave in. Now I see what the fuss is all about. What once was flat and lifeless now has sky-high body in an instant. Just a spritz at the roots gives instant lift, and what's best - it doubles as an alternative to normal dry shampoo. Grease is zapped and you're left with tons of volume and texture. And as if you needed more persuading, Ellie Goulding just posted a picture on Instagram as I type featuring this little beauty on her shelf of favorite things. Boom.

Have you given this product a whirl? Do you know of any dupes or cheaper alternatives? What are your favorite hair products? What have you been dying to try? Leave your answers in the comments below - or you know, you could just say hello.


05 January 2015

Skincare Revamp

Nothing like a complete skincare switcharoo to rescue problem skin and start a new year off well, am I right? I can't really pinpoint an exact time that it started acting up, but my skin just wasn't happy. I never had skin issues other than the occasional no-biggie spot, but all of a sudden I just noticed that my skin was irritated, and there were more dark spots and redness than usual. More than that, I felt like my skin was never completely clean - I would wake up in the morning (totally not feeling like P. Diddy, let me tell ya) with a tiny bit of black under my eyes from mascara that didn't completely wash off. And to top it off, my previous cleanser from Origins was starting to dry out my skin. I could just hear its faint cries for heeeelp. 

First thing to address was makeup remover. All last year people buzzed about cleansing oils, and I thought I would give it a go. The Boscia MakeUp BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil is a godsend. Just pump a bit onto the fingertips, massage into dry skin - directly on eye makeup and everything, and rinse off. Make up dissolved. BOOM.

Now for a cleanser - The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish. Safe for all skin types, even sensitive skin, this gentle cleanser uses natural exfoliants to "smooth and improve skin clarity" for "a luminous glow." Even after just one use, my skin was soft and radiant. And after about a week I've noticed major improvement in the overall appearance of my skin. My skin has a bright, healthy glow - bye bye dark spots!

And on to moisturizer - The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion has been a perfect morning and night moisturizer. Not too heavy or oily, my skin soaks this right up without feeling sticky afterwards. I can honestly say your skin will thank you for this.

Last but definitely not least is the Origins Clear Improvement Mask. I first heard about this mask from Tanya Burr, and ever since I've been meaning to try it (and it is currently on my face - don't make me laugh, I can't make facial expression!). This mask is a definite winner in my book: it works hard to clear pores, leaves skin seriously cleaned. "Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, and Lecithin dissolves impurities." I recommend removing with a damp flannel or towel as it can be hard to remove (and very messy) by just splashing water around. 

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these or have any other skincare or face mask recommendations, I'd love to hear from you!