Saturday, 30 April 2016

O.P.I Collection and Swatches - Reds and Corals

O.P.I Collection and Swatches
O.P.I has been one of my favourite brands ever since I can remember and over the years I have built up quite a substantial collection of colours, which I'm slowly sharing with you in parts. This is the second video from my O.P.I Collection and Swatches Series and this time it's all about the Reds and the Corals. What's your favourite O.P.I Coral or Red Shade?
Cozu-Melted in the Sun
And This Little Piggy
My Address is Hollywood
Elephantastic Pink
Flower-To-Flower
From Here to Eternity
Come to Poppy
My Chihuahua Bites!
 Cajun Shrimp
Bright Lights-Big Color
Flit a Bit
Excuse Moi!
The Impossible
Animal-lstic
Coca Cola Red
Big Apple Red
Color to Diner For
Gettin' Miss Piggy With It
In My Santa Suit
Raisin' The Bar
Just a Little Rosti at This
Morning Money Penny
 
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polish Review and Photos

Barry M Coconut Nail Polish
Until recently the only treatment nail polish I've ever owned or even heard of, was always O.P.I Nail Envy and although this isn't a coloured treatment, it's something I've sworn by for years as my base coat. O.P.I also recently bought out a Nail Envy pinks range in some of their popular core pink shades, which I also did a review on.

Now brands like Nails Inc. have also developed this trend by adding beneficial superfood ingredients to their coloured polishes too. Finally the drugstore has cottoned on to this aswell, with the likes of Barry M bringing out a collection of Coconut Infused Polishes, which looked too pretty to not do a review on, so here's my thoughts.
 
Price
These retail for £4.99 for 10ml of polish, which is great price for a specialist product. You can also buy the whole collection of 9 polishes for £25 from Superdrug if your a die hard Barry M fan, but personally a few of the nude shades are very similar, so I'm not sure it's worth buying the whole collection. I picked up Skinny Dip & Laguna.
Packaging
The packaging is the same as all the other Barry M Polishes, the only difference is these have a dark copper lid and thicker, shorter brush, just like the Sunset Daylight Curing line. I do love their bottles as they are simple yet effective and let the colours do all the talking instead.
Application
These are so creamy, pigmented and virtually opaque in one coat and because of the Coconut Water and Oil the idea is you don't need to apply a base coat, as the colour hydrates the nail. I admit this is a little unnerving, for someone who without fail always applies a base coat, but nice in another way if your strapped for time and want a polish that not only treats the nails, but is also quick to apply.
Barry M Skinny Dip
Barry M Laguna
Longevity
These lasted for me around 4 days with a top coat, which I think is average for wear time on a polish. But the bonus was when I removed the polish my nails didn't feel dry at all.
Barry M Coconut Infusion in Skinny Dip
Barry M Coconut Infusion in Laguna
Overall Thoughts
I love these so much, the concept, affordability factor and colour selection was beautiful, despite there being quite a few nude shades. Barry M for me is nailing the drugstore nail market at the moment, with innovative and on trend colour collections.

These are beautifully pigmented and glide on like a dream, they also cut your manicure time down, if you don't have much time on your hands. So if your looking for an inexpensive, treatment coloured polish, that doesn't require a base coat, then these could be for you!

I award the Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polish 4.8 out 5
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Rimmel #Insta Flawless Skin Tint Review and Photos

Rimmel Insta Flawless Perfecting, Radiant Skin Tint
The Rimmel Insta Flawless Skin Tint is the final new product in my One Brand First Impression video that I did recently. And out of all three products that I reviewed from Rimmel, this caught my eye the most because of it's catchy title, so here's my thoughts.

I'll link the other two reviews below from the video, if you want to go and check them out.
- Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette
- Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara
Price
This retails for £6.99 for 30ml of product. which is reminiscent of all the primers within the Rimmel family. This also comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.
Packaging
I love the packaging as I mentioned above mainly because of it's stand out title in bold pink lettering. Also comparing this to all the other primers within the Rimmel range, personally I think this is the nicest looking which made me want to buy it over the others. The tube itself has a lid and a squeeze application method, but because this is more of a tinted moisturiser than a primer, I think the tube could get a little messy after a while.
Application
As it mentions on the packaging, this is a radiant skin tint, so not only does it prime, it also adds a bit of colour to give you a flawless looking glow. This can be used alone or under foundation, I used this on it's own and applied it just like a foundation, with a brush, because of it's tinted formula.

Upon application, this was actually more of a thicker consistency than I expected for what claims to be a lightweight skin tint. It also was a tad dark for a light to medium formula, so just be aware if you have a pale complexion, this may not work as well for you. Despite the thicker consistency, this applied really nicely and left me with a gorgeous sun-kissed glow. It also smelt pleasant too and reminded me of the initial smell of the Rimmel In-Shower Tan I reviewed.

Overall this had a light to medium coverage and as I mentioned above, I would consider this more of a tinted moisturiser than a primer, because of the coverage it gave.
Longevity
This did last pretty well throughout the day, but by the end I had a few dry patches and the glow had almost gone from my skin, so a light re-application would be needed if you were going out at night.
Overall Thoughts
For the most part I did like this product because of the glow aspect, smell, longevity on the whole and the fact it had an SPF 15 in it. But this did cling to my skin in places and make it appear dry looking towards the end of the day, which was a shame considering this is supposed to be a moisturising formula. So for that reason I probably wouldn't use this on it's own again and I'd be more likely to pair it with a foundation underneath, to use as a tinted primer instead.

So in conclusion, I did like the initial aspects of this skin tint, but for the money I'm not sure it's worth swapping out your favourite primer, BB or tinted moisturiser for something that essentially does almost the same thing.

I award the Rimmel #Insta Flawless Skin Tint 3.7 out of 5
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara Review and Photos

Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara
Following on from my One Brand First Impression video and review on the Kate Sculpting Palette, is the Volume Colourist Mascara. Now this mascara did intrigue me, purely for the fact it claims to tint your lashes over time as well as giving instant volume. Having tinted my own lashes for years, I thought this seemed like a rather interesting concept, so here's my thoughts on the Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara.
Price
This retails for £7.99 for 11ml of product, it also comes in Black and Extreme Black. I picked this up in black.
Packaging
I love the gorgeous metallic purple and black packaging on this mascara, to me it looks very chic and expensive looking. The brush itself is long with lots of thick bristles, it's also tapered towards the top of the brush too.
Application
Upon application, the colour was nice and the mascara was buildable, but apart from this, the formula was drying and overall it didn't add much volume or length to my lashes at all.

With regards to the tinting aspect, obviously this is something that happens over time, so I wasn't able to see instant results, but I will keep you updated on this, in either a couple of months or in a product empties video.
Longevity
Longevity wise, this did stay in place all day without smudging or transferring onto my eye area, which was great.
Overall Thoughts
Overall this for me was an average mascara, obviously I can't properly review the tinting part of this, but taking into account the fact that it claims to volumize and lengthen your lashes too, for me it just didn't give me that wow factor I had hoped to see.

The brush, colour and longevity are great, but I always want a mascara to give me length, volume and thickness and this on it's own, doesn't quite make the cut because of it's dry formulation. I will try teaming it with another thick formulated mascara and also using lash curlers to see if it performs better with other mascaras, so again I will keep you updated.

So if your after a mascara that not only gives you volume, but tints your lashes, I would personally say your probably better off getting them tinted professionally and just sticking with a mascara you know and love to give you the results you want on top.

I award the Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara 2.5 out of 5
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