Monday, 21 September 2015

Coloristiq Manicure Box Review*

The company Coloristiq is an online nail polish rental service, however they've recently ventured out into producing a monthly manicure box (with polishes you get to keep), which includes a specific theme every month. Monthly beauty boxes are very popular these days, with companies such as Glossybox and Birchbox being popular amongst beauty bloggers. 

I received September's box called "Nails and the City", which includes four vibrant colours relating to "bright lights, shopping opportunities and stunning buildings" that can be found in the cities London, New York, Venice and Budapest. By having a specific theme, you can be sure of receiving a variety of polishes that complement each other.

There is no need to subscribe to this service, you can just buy one box if you like the theme/colours included. Buying this box allows you to try the newest polishes from a range of popular collections (and some up and coming British indie polishes). It works out a lot cheaper! This box is only £15.00, even though it's worth more than twice as much.

 Bluedapest by Danglefoot

"Handmade and mixed at home in Norfolk, these polishes use the best 5-free non-toxic ingredients to create amazing shades, shimmers and holographic effects." 

Danglefoot is the featured indie brand for the September box, and this gorgeous baby blue colour is a limited edition polish, just for this box! Although you need two coats to make it a solid colour, the gold shimmer makes it stand out and glides on the nail smoothly and consistently.

Inspired by Budapest's "thermal springs located in the city park" and "represents the beauty of Hungary's capital city. This indie polish has gold flakes and a scattered holographic finish". Check out their other nail polishes, there are plenty of other shimmery colours to choose from.

♥ My Gondola or Yours? by OPI

Everyone needs a black nail polish! You definitely need two coats AT LEAST with this polish, otherwise it remains a grey, transparent colour. If I'm honest, I've had better black nail polishes that more vibrant - this one is more charcoal, so if that's the type of colour you're looking for, this is perfect.

This polish is one of four mini polishes from OPI's latest collection. Inspired by Venice, the set includes "shimmery copper shades to pastel melon tones, each bottle exuberates elegance." 

 Fifth Avenue by Essie

This nail polish out of all of them is the most bold (and probably my favourite!) You only need one coat to get the most out of the colour, which is a gorgeous coral red. The wide brush helps the polish glide on easily, making sure to paste the colour onto every part of your nail.

Inspired by New York, this Essie polish stands out with its feminine, elegant shade.

 The Mall by Nails Inc London

I love the metallic finish of this polish. The colour is very solid, meaning you could get away with just applying one coat (which saves time!) However, I found that it does chip within a couple of days, but the colour is beautiful so definitely worth a buy.

This Nails Inc polish is inspired by London: "Inspired by the Royals, this midnight blue shimmer captures the rich culture that this capital city has to offer."

Overall, I found that every polish has a great application; the formula glides on easily without becoming sticky and dries fairly quickly.

You can buy the September Manicure Box here.
You can also browse the other boxes available here.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A Little Skincare Haul

As someone who has been suffering with a fair few spots recently, I was on the lookout for some new skincare products that will clear my face of bacteria and keep my spots at bay. I like to switch up my skincare routine now and again; I think the majority of people do this whilst they search for the "perfect" product (I'm yet to find it!) 

Whilst I was in Boots the other day, I decided to try the Clearasil Hydra-Blast Gel Wash for £2.99 and the Clearasil Deep Cleansing Toner for £3.99 from the Daily Clear product line. I also picked up the Olay Complete 3in1 Moisturiser Night Cream for £9.99, as I had used the last of my Olay day cream, and wanted to give the night time one a go.

Clearasil Hydra-Blast Gel Wash
I tend to use this in the morning when I wash my face. It helps get deep into your pores, giving your face a thorough jet wash before you start your day. It tightens your pores and makes your face feel quite tight, so I recommend moisturising afterwards to get rid of that "botox" feeling.

It smells fresh due to its cucumber extracts and aloe vera ingredients, which are gentle on the skin and it has helped keep my breakouts down these past couple of weeks. It lathers up only slightly, which I love, as I hate getting bubbles all up my nose and in my eyes haha!

Clearasil Deep Cleansing Toner
I use this at the end of the day after I shower to remove any makeup left on my face. Again, it tightens your pores and makes your face feel dry (perhaps due to the alcohol content), so make sure to moisturise afterwards. I pour a few drops onto a cotton wool pad and wipe across my face, which helps remove any oil, dirt and bacteria that have gathered on the surface of my skin throughout the day.

Olay Complete 3in1 Night Cream
I like to put a thick moisturiser on before I go to bed to help my face recover from the moisture lost during the day and to allow my skin to absorb the cream overnight and keep my skin looking fresh. The somewhat magic three-in-one formula helps to hydrate, nourish and protect, supplying 24 hour moisturisation due to the anti-oxidants and a variety of vitamins (I don't have a clue what they mean, but they must do a good job!)

Have you tried these products?
Or have you discovered the perfect skincare products for your skin?

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