22 March 2015

Beauty | Battle of the Dry Shampoos

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Dry shampoo has to be one of the best inventions for hair, ever. It is a complete savior on busy days when you know you won't have enough time to wash your hair and make it look presentable (especially when it's as thick and frizz prone as mine!), and sometimes it can give your hair that little bit of hold and generally make it more manageable. I've tried quite a few different ones and I thought I'd keep my last few to review for you guys. I've tested them out on 3rd day hair (over different weeks) so I could make a fair judgement. The three I picked were the Batiste TropicalHerbal Essences Clearly Naked and Colab London. Make sure to let me know if you've tried them and what you thought too!

The Batiste dry shampoo is the first one I ever used, I'm not sure how long they'd been around before then but I was apparently living under a rock before I picked this up. I'm always so impressed at how quickly this can make your hair look refreshed, you only need a tiny bit of this sprayed into your hair to make a big difference. The tropical version smells amazing and it's definitely my favourite from their range. The only downside to this is that it does leave white residue (not as big a problem for blondes!), but I don't mind it too much because it takes literally about 30 seconds to rub it in and brush it through until it's undetectable. I've tried the version for brunette hair but I didn't feel like it was as good. The actual container and nozzle make it super easy to disperse the product so a thumbs up for that too! The 200ml bottle costs £2,99 and it's on offer quite often.

Next up is Herbal Essences - first impressions of this was that it smells divine, I actually couldn't stop smelling my hair after I put this on. On the downside I found that after the first few uses this one required quite a bit more product to achieve the same results as the Batiste dry shampoo, and the container didn't seem to disperse the product as easily either. It is undetectable in the hair but even still I had to rub it in because of the way it sprayed out into such concentrated areas. I think if the container and nozzle on this were to be improved, it could be just as good as Batiste, if not better due to the fact it doesn't leave white residue. The 200ml bottle for this is also 2.99.

Lastly is the Colab dry shampoo. I found that this one achieved pretty much the same finish as the Batiste in terms of absorbing any excess oils and leaving hair looking refreshed, this time without a hint of colour. The nozzle is great and the product is released evenly throughout so that it doesn't require much brushing through at all. I did find though that it did take a little bit more product to get the same results as the Batiste, meaning it ran out a little quicker for me but I think the invisibility factor made up for this. The scent of the London version didn't really excite me but I'd like to try the fruity New York bottle next. This one is slightly pricier than the others at £3.49.

Overall I'd say I was least impressed with the Herbal Essences one, whereas the Batiste and Colab offerings both worked really well, I'd have to say they're just as good as each other, with the Colab maybe taking the edge for it's invisible formula. Let me know your thoughts below, and speak to you soon!

14 March 2015

Beauty | Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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I've always been quite impressed with Maybelline mascaras, although for the past year I've been completely hooked on Lancome mascaras so it had been a while since I wandered down the aisles of Boots for a new find. The Lash Sensational mascara then came out just as I was running out and it looked quite promising (and it had pretty packaging too!) so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

As you can tell my lashes are tiny/non-existent without mascara (thanks to mama and papa C, but I'll let them off) so it's always one of those things that I need to put on whether I'm going for super natural makeup or a full look, the lashes need to be somewhat brought to life. My lashes vary so much in length, and a lot of mascaras that I've used don't pick up on the smaller ones, and only make the longer ones look even longer - the result isn't what I'd call ideal. So the idea behind this mascara was to capture all layers and give a multiplied lash look, and I have to say I was really happy with the result. 

The first thing I do before every time I apply mascara is take off the excess, either using the tube or some tissue. If I don't do this step, most mascaras look gloopy and quite horrible, and it's usually not the fault of the actual formula, it's just that there's too much of it on the wand. By doing this it gives off just the right amount of product and this mascara captures all lashes, even the pesky ones in the inner and outer corners! It goes on super thinly and gives a natural look, meaning you can put two layers on without it looking clumpy or over the top. The photo above is of me wearing just one layer, and you can see how fluttery and natural it looks, but how much it has lengthened and made a huge difference to the appearance of my lashes. The actual wand is really nice, not too soft and not at all harsh (nothing worse than a mascara wand that feels like it's attacking your lash line), it's just the right size and slight curve to it so it works with the natural shape of your lashes. I've never got any of this on my eyelid before either so that's quite the achievement for me as well.

Overall this mascara is a good one, and I'd highly recommend trying it out! It comes in at an affordable £7.99 compared to my usual mascaras, and Maybelline are also on 3 for 2 offer at Boots at the moment in case you wanna do some damage there. 

Let me know if you've used this or if you're thinking of trying it out!
Speak to you soon...

1 March 2015

Beauty | An MUA Lipstick Favourite

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Not only is this my absolute favourite lipstick from MUA but it has been one of my favourites out of all my lipsticks to wear for a while now. I actually picked this up a few days before halloween as I wanted a really great purple shade for the vampy look I was after, and after swatching about 15 in Boots and Superdrug, I finally found one that still looked just as purple when I swatched it, rather than ending up looking completely different from the colour on the bullet. I've posted photo's of me wearing this lipstick on Instagram here and here and you guys seemed to like it so I thought I'd do a review! 

Persian Plum is such a lovely deep purple shade which isn't too cool and I think it would work so well with a lot of skin tones. One thin layer creates a wearable everyday colour, and with two layers you get a much more dramatic matte finish that does not budge, (unless I'm really going for it with those donuts). I usually apply one layer, blot and repeat until I'm happy with the way it looks. The matte finish does mean it can come across as a little drying, but even in the harsh winter weather I haven't found it a problem at all, as I always moisturise my lips before applying it anyway. I usually can't even consider most matte lipsticks in this price range because they dry my lips out like nobody's business, but I can happily say that is not the case with this one. 

This one in particular is a Lip Switch Duo which comes with a lipgloss on the other end, I don't really use it that often as you guys know I much prefer a matte lip but on some evenings I have tried it out and I was happy to see that it was actually just as purple as the lipstick - pigmentation was not lacking with this one! Like a lot of lip-glosses it can seem a bit sticky but I guess that's just something you gotta put up with, and as I said I only really bought this for the lipstick so it's not much of an issue for me anyway! I couldn't be happier with this, not only because it was a purse-friendly £3, but I've found myself reaching for it much more than some of my high end lipsticks. Who'd have thought it eh? This has firmly made it's place into my drugstore favourites alongside Rimmel Kate Moss 107 and the Bourjois Rouge Velvets. 

Let me know what you think of this shade and if you have any drugstore favourite lipsticks too! 
Speak to you soon...


15 February 2015

Beauty | Body Shop Haul

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Hey guys! I've got a Body Shop haul for you today - I've been really loving so many products from there recently so I definitely needed to put it in a post. When it came to the Body Shop I never really branched out further than body butters etc but then I tried the Camomile Cleansing Butter and I fell in love so decided to try out a few more things, and I was not disappointed! I've got a cleansing oil, hand cream, eye cream and shower gel to tell you about which I've been using for at least a month and they're all incredible as well as affordable, so let's crack on with it...

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Top - Hemp Hand Protector / Bottom - Aloe Eye Defence
First up is the Hemp Hand Protector which has been the absolute saviour of my hands this winter, and I honestly don't know how I ever went without it. I already have quite dry skin anyway but this stuff makes the skin on my hands and arms feel as soft as they are even in the warm summer months. It has a very thick and creamy consistency and you can feel the difference as soon as you apply it, but it does take a little while to sink in because of it. The only downside that you might find which I'm not that bothered by is the scent, because it's quite distinct and not the most feminine smell but I think it's a small compromise for such an amazing product, which starts at just £5. 

The Aloe Eye Defence  is another awesome product, and one that I use as my daytime eye cream because it feels super light, doesn't affect my eye makeup and you only need a tiny bit of it for the whole eye area. I used to have quite sensitive/tight feeling skin around my eyes so I was looking for something gentle, that contained no alcohol or fragrance and this fit the bill perfectly, and the area around my eyes has began to feel a lot more comfortable after using this. It is a gel-cream formula which sinks into the skin really well and I use it in the day - I prefer to use a thicker one for the evening. 

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body shop aloe review cream moisturiser cleanser
Next up we have the Amazonian Wild Lily shower gel which smells incredible and I was hooked from the first time I used it as it has such a lovely blend of floral and aquatic scents without being sickly sweet or overwhelming. It contains no soap and is so gentle and non-stripping on the skin, creates a great lather and leaves my skin smelling amazing for a long while after. I especially love this after I've been to the gym as it's so refreshing! I'm definitely going to be picking up the body lotion which comes in the range as I honestly cannot get enough. I never thought I'd care so much about shower gel and usually just used the first thing I could find but this one is a winner.

Lastly is my current favourite makeup remover/cleanser, and it has been for about 6 months now - the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. As the name suggests it t has a lovely silky texture and doesn't feel sticky or greasy on the skin. I tend to use this one in the evening as a first cleanse to remove all of my makeup with a warm cloth, and although there are waterproof cleansers in the range, this one tackles any waterproof mascara etc so it's really all I need. It leaves my skin feeling super clean but not tight or stripped, and a little goes a long way so don't go crazy with it! I tend to use the Cleansing Butter for a second cleanse and they work amazingly together but you could easily just use one of them on it's own. The camomile scent is quite distinct at first but after a few uses it doesn't come through as much so it's not really that much of an issue for me, and smells a lot nicer than a lot of cleansers out there. My absolute favourite thing about it is that it hasn't irritated or clogged my skin, which is the first hurdle that most cleansers seem to fail me at!

I'd love to know what you think of these and if you've tried them! Hope you've had a great weekend and speak to you soon - 

1 February 2015

Beauty | Look Fantastic February Box

As much as I love to browse and choose my own products when I'm shopping, I do like the idea of getting a box with a bunch of products that you may have never come across before - such a good way to find some new gems! I've come across loads of different companies that do beauty boxes but I was excited to be offered the chance to have a peek at the Look Fantastic February box knowing they have a huge range of amazing products as I do quite a lot of damage on there as it is! Unlike a lot of subscription boxes you can just buy the box that you want that month and not have to commit to others until you actually know the contents from seeing them on posts just like this one. This box costs £15 for contents worth £48 so keep reading to see if you'd like your own! 

I thought I'd do a round up/first impression of the products featured in this months box and will keep you guys updated on them in more detail as I use them. 

25 January 2015

Beauty | Yves Rocher Skincare

Lately I've been trying to generally take care of my skin better. I realised that I take care of the skin on my face a ridiculous amount, but didn't pay anywhere near as much attention to my body. My skin is good now but of course as we get older our skin won't renew itself as much it does now, so I definitely want to get into the habit of trying to keep it hydrated both on the surface and underneath, especially focussing on my neck, décolletage and hands as they're quite delicate. Not only that but if the weather keeps up like this, it's going to need all the help it can get!

I've mainly been using things from Weleda and This Works recently, but after seeing that I was on the hunt for some good skincare, I was offered the chance to try out some products from Yves Rocher. I was aware that they're huge in France but I hadn't really come across anything before, so I did some research and really liked the idea of products based on botanical sources, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to see if I could find some new skin saviours! 

First up is the Silky Cream with Organic Oats which comes in the most adorable little jar, I think it makes a really nice change to just the usual cream out of a tube and looks super cute on my shelf. It's scented with organic oats which was really lovely (and quite addictive as I couldn't stop smelling myself), but isn't so heavy that it'll clash with perfumes etc. It looks quite thick in the jar but on application it goes on pretty thin and gives a lovely dewy glow to the skin which sinks in really quickly without being at all sticky. As you can see I've already used up quite a bit of it - I've been applying it everyday and my skin is already so much more hydrated and soft so I look forward to seeing the results when I get to the bottom of it. 

The Long-Lasting Moisturising Hand Cream has a thick texture which reminds me a lot of the Body Shop hand creams. It sinks in really nicely without any residue and you can feel the difference as soon as you put it on. It contains arnica extract, and has the type of scent which you can't really put your finger on, it's nice but nothing to rave about and not really what I liked most about this. I love how hydrated my hands feel when I have this on, and also that it doesn't leave a greasy feeling like a lot of hand creams can. This is a hand cream that I'd use at night, because it isn't as heavy as my daytime ones and I don't like to use anything too heavy as I'm paranoid of transferring them onto my face in my sleep! There was also an Anti-fatigue Iced Gel which isn't like anything I've ever used before but I applied it to my legs after I had stepped out of the shower after a long day, and it felt amazing. So cooling and again sinks in really well, and those of you who are really into your pedicures and maintaining your tootsies will enjoy this a lot. It smells of lavender but also has quite a strong minty kick to it which some people might not like but it makes it even more refreshing in my opinion, and it's just a great idea to cool your legs down after a long day. Of course it's not a necessity and I don't know if I would go out of my way to always repurchase something specifically for legs (either that or I could end up in love with it by the time the tube is up) but it's really affordable and it's an easy addition to your routine. 

Lastly is the Fizzy Bath Cube which has a mind of it's own as soon as you put it in water and fizzes around releasing an amazing coconut scent. It doesn't create bubbles so if that's what you're after then this wouldn't be for you, but it does give your bath a lovely scent and also leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft afterwards. The smell was distinctive but not overpowering or too 'chemical-like' which I found to be much more relaxing than a love of bath fizzers out there. I quite enjoy that these are sold separately so you can pick up as many as you like and in a variety of scents so that you don't get bored; ranging from peaches to blackberries. 

Overall I've really enjoyed trying out these products, and I love that blogging allows me to discover new brands that I wouldn't have otherwise tried. The Silky Cream and Fizzy Cubes are my favourites of the bunch and I'm surprised by how affordable everything is, I always thought it was quite an expensive brand! I'll definitely be picking up some fizzy cubes for my baths, and as for the others I'll have to see how they perform - but so far so good. Let me know if you've tried anything from Yves Rocher. 

Speak to you soon! 


14 January 2015

Beauty | Harvey Nichols Haul 1

Today I have a little old haul for you, some are things that I’ve seen highly recommended in the beauty/skincare world and brands you just can’t go wrong with, some are random little things that I thought I’d try out but haven’t seen much of before. I’ll go through half of them today and half in another post (I wrote it all out in one but it was far too long + I didn’t want to put you through that). Once I’ve formed a proper opinion on them I will post full reviews as I go along and see if I’ll recommend them or tell you to steer clear!

Three of them are from This Works, first up the Clean Skin Moisture Scrub which promises to soften, brighten and hydrate skin. Its designed to do all this and exfoliate your skin with tiny little beads that won’t aggravate your skin. I’ve used this a couple of times so far and I have to agree that it offers gentle exfoliation, and has a very creamy texture, unlike some I’ve used in the past which are so stripping with huge beads. I look forward to giving this a go and using it from time to time, but it will take a lot impress me as you know I’m a die hard liquid exoliater kinda gal. Next up is the Daily Boost Body Scrub which is made up of 100% natural essential oils and aims to boost circulation, get rid of toxins and leave your skin smooth. I can never say no to silky smooth skin  so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results of this one. Lastly from This Works is the Perfect Skin Defence SPF30 which is a natural sunscreen which does what you need it to – protect against UVA and UVB rays. It has a slight tint which I’m not really bothered about because it’s so subtle it definitely won’t make much difference. I’m a big fan of the Kiehl’s sunscreen and don’t really use anything else so it will be interesting to see how this one compares. 

This next one isn’t from a brand that I’d come across before or anything but the packaging is just so pretty and I love it. It is a Honey Nectar body butter from MOR Apothecary and it smells just divine. It is quite a big tub so you get a lot for your money and from what I've seen so far, a little goes a long way so should last ages too - but I'll update you on that. I’m excited how well this could work alongside the body scrub and if it will live up to some of the body butters which I usually use (Body Shop I'm looking at you!).

Lastly is a brand that has taken the skincare world by storm; Omorovicza. Other than this Cleansing Milk, the only thing I've tried is the Perfecting Lip Balm which I’ve really enjoyed so I hope this impresses just as much - look out for an Omorovicza post where I will review both soon! I usually use balms/oils and never really tried a milk so I’m looking forward to seeing how it works, and whether it’s something I would use to remove makeup or as a second cleanse just for my skin. At £45 it certainly isn't the most affordable out there but a girl's gotta see what the fuss is about.

Let me know if you've tried any of these + your thoughts -
Speak to you soon!

5 January 2015

Beauty | Makeup Revolution Flawless Palette


22 December 2014

Beauty | Liberty Advent Calendar Week 3

It's so close to Christmas guys! I'm getting more and more excited by the day and I always look forward to seeing what is behind each door of this calendar. Check out Week 1 and Week 2 posts here so see what was in the first 14 days - I've been so impressed with absolutely everything and it's made me all impatient for the last few days! As with the previous, I'll link below all the products for you to check out and I'll be reviewing all the products on here in the future as I use them - weird to think that they will all be in 2015 right?

4. Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm £32  |  5. Laura Mercier Lip Glace £18.50  |  6. Sisley Facial at Liberty  |  7.  Dr Sebagh Serum Repair £69 

Another set of brilliant products from some seriously amazing brands. The Weleda skin food is always a winner and I know so many people that absolutely swear by it, it's one of those things that I know I'll just carry around in my bag with me at this time of year. The Omorovicza perfecting lip balm smells gorgeous and has such a nice texture, very different to any I've tried before. I'm looking forward to trying out everything, but the Dr Sebagh Hyaluronic Serum Repair in particular sounds absolutely divine and I hope it can do great things for my skin! 

Do let me know below if you've used any of these before or if you have your eye on any - all your thoughts are welcome!

18 December 2014

Beauty | Christmas Makeup

I thought I'd put together a makeup look for you guys that I thought would be lovely during the festive season. It is definitely a look that is all about the lips, and keeping the eye makeup, bronzers and blushers quite subtle. I've included all links to products and a list of brushes used is at the bottom!

I thought I would keep the base really fresh and clean, starting off with quite a sheer foundation like Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua (on happy skin days!) and then going over any areas of redness or darkness with my holy grail concealer; Nars Radiant Creamy concealer. It's just so good, I don't know how they do it but it is quite genius. I went for quite a natural/dewy finish, even though you all know how much I love a matte finish, the weather is far too harsh on my skin at the moment and it would look too dull if I used a matte foundation. I then powder lightly across my t-zone with the Sexy Mama translucent powder from The Balm which isn't at all overpowering and you can start off really sheer and build up as you wish.

Moving onto the eyes, I used the Makeup Revolution Flawless palette for the entire look. I used Paper all over the lid, followed by Almost There and Smudge to go along the crease just subtly (they're all matte which I love!), I didn't use the darkest brown because I wasn't going for anything too striking. After that I went over the centre of my eyelids with Angel which is a shimmery champagne shade and I think it looks super pretty! Next up I sprayed some Mac Fix + onto my liner brush and dipped that into the shade Night from the same palette, which is just a standard black shadow which you can apply really distinctively or blend it out like I have here. I also brought a bit of Almost there just onto my lower lashline as well. To complete the eyes I then finished with Lancome Grandiose mascara, which I have had since august and only now is it coming to an end - so so good! I then filled in my brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz and brushed them through (they can be an absolute nightmare).

Before I put on any bronzer/blusher or highlighter I always place some translucent powder over the area where they go, just to make sure they apply smoothly and not drag away any of the foundation/concealer that I had worked on earlier. I then took the tiniest bit of the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder just along my cheekbones and underneath my jawline, not to bronze up but to put some definition back in. I then applied a very small amount of the Body Shop Flushed blusher along the apples of my cheeks and finished with MaryLou Manizer Highlighter by TheBalm along the top of my cheeks and under my browbone. To make sure they look undetectable and well blended, I take a dense flat top brush like the Nanshy Flawless Foundation brush with some translucent powder and go over them in a stippling motion which I think creates such a lovely blurred effect.

Lastly I applied some Rose Salve by C.O Bigelow to keep my lips moisturised and smooth, and then went on with the Accessorize Intense Colour lipstick in Head Over Heels - isn't it beautiful?! I'm obsessed with the packaging as well as the shade. It is so affordable and a must-have classic red. It is a matte shade which lasts absolutely ages, and in this look I've blended it quite a bit but you can go on straight from the bullet for a much bolder red.

So that's the completed look! Let me know what you think of it and if you like any of the products I've used as well! Also I'd love to know what makeup you'll be wearing this Christmas :)

Brushes used : Nanshy Eye Crease brush | Nanshy Precise Bent eyeliner brush (this is so handy!)  | Urban Decay Double Ended brush  |  Real Techniques Contour brush + Blush brush  |  Nanshy Flawless Foundation brush  |

15 December 2014

Beauty | Liberty Advent Calendar Week 2

You may have seen last week's post for week one where I rambled on about how much I'm loving everything that I've received so far in this advent calendar, and that I would post weekly roundups as so many of you requested to see what was in it! I've also been posting them throughout the week on Instagram, but I wanted to do it here too so I could include proper links for you guys so you could have a look at everything in more detail. Let's get on with the products shall we!

Again, all these products seem amazing - the Deborah Lippmann polish is such a gorgeous colour and the packaging is adorable. I'm really looking forward to trying out all the different moisturisers and cleansers, hopefully I'll find some new favourites amongst them because they're all from brilliant brands. The Hourglass lipstick is for sure different to my usual shades, I hardly ever go for a nude lip, mainly because I can never find the right nude for me, but I have tried this on a few times already and I think it works really well with my skin tone so I'm really quite happy with that. The Espa cleanser is very promising too because I already have their Foam Bath and Optimal Body TriSerum, both of which I absolutely love.

Do let me know below if you've used any of these before and any of your thoughts are welcome!

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8 December 2014

Beauty | Liberty Advent Calendar Week 1

If you follow me on twitter you'll know how excited I was in the lead up to December to have the Liberty of London advent calendar for Christmas this year. It is such a lovely idea, the actual box opens up like a door with little drawers inside that you pull out each day. I have been so impressed with each thing that I've received so far and I thought I would do a weekly roundup for you guys every week until Christmas so that you can see what is inside as well. I'm also sharing them on my Instagram so do go and follow me there to see those too! 

The lavender soap smells absolutely divine and I'm really happy that Creme de Corps was included as it is one of my all time faves. I can't wait to use the voucher for Hair Lab and try out the products that I've never come across before, in particular the line refiner. I've always wanted to try the Nars blusher in that shade so can't wait to use that as well! I'm far too excited to see what I get this upcoming week.

Do let me know below if you've used any of the above and what you think of them :) 

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22 November 2014

Beauty | Emjoi Micro Nail Polisher

This was the product that I didn't know I needed until I tried it. The lovely people over at Lookfantastic sent me the Emjoi Electric Nail Polisher* and some other bits to try out and I have been giving them a go over the past few weeks to see the effects, as well as how long they lasted. I wear nail polish all the time but other than when I go to get a manicure I don't really do anything to look after my nails - I know that's pretty bad but it's because most nail buffers and polishers that I've tried have been those block-types that haven't really done anything that blew me away so I just didn't stick with them. 

This battery operated micro-nail comes with two buffing cylinders and two polishing cylinders, which promise to transform your nails into a smooth and glossy state. I often have shellac on my nails, which although isn't as bad as other options, still doesn't leave them in amazing condition and they are prone to chipping and generally not having a very smooth surface which probably didn't aid in making polish look as good as it could. As you can see from the photo above, my nails before buffing them were quite dull and not as even in texture as they could be - the buffer completely removed any uneven or chipped layers on the surface, leaving them looking so much smoother and healthier. I then put the polishing cylinder into it and very quickly my nails had such a glossy shine to them. What surprised me the most is that they didn't just look better but they almost felt stronger too. I think the combination of the buffing and polishing made my nails look like I had just been for a manicure and I was actually happy with the way they looked without wanting to coat them in a coloured polish! 

After working on the nails I also used the Nailtiques Cuticle and Skin Cream * to try and soften my cuticles and the skin around my nails. I've used cuticle oils before and they've worked pretty well but the difference is always short term, and this one isn't any different in that sense. However the short term difference that I did see was pretty good, as you can see from the photo above the cuticles were nowhere near as visible as in the first photo, and I don't mind topping it up every few days to keep them at bay. I use hand cream all the time and make effort to look after them so using this cuticle cream alongside that is easy to fit in. Again, the overall appearance of my nails and cuticles was so much better and they looked much healthier than in the first photo. I almost felt quite guilty looking at them in comparison because it made me realise that I really should have taken more care of them.

Next up I applied the RMK nail polish in the shade EX P-34*. I have never used anything from RMK before, and if I'm honest I'd never heard of them until recently (have I been under a rock?) but I was literally blown away by how good the formula was to apply and how glossy the finish was. I don't know if it was this specific shade because it is pretty dark but it is hands down the glossiest polish I've tried. One layer gave an opaque finish that you could easily get away with as you can see on the bottom left photo, and even without a top coat it looked super shiny and like it took a lot more effort than it actually did. In the bottom right photo I had applied two layers of it and the Orly Glosser* as a top coat and again it's crazy how glossy my nails seemed and I got so many compliments on them!

After around 6 days, my nails started to chip so I removed the nail polish with my normal remover and I thought that my nails would go back to how they were before I buffed and glossed them, but I was so pleasantly surprised to find that the shine on my nails from the polishing cylinders was exactly the same as when I first did it - and what made me even more impressed was the fact my nail polish came off so easily, and usually dark colours stain so much and are a pain in the backside to get off, but the smooth surface on my nails meant there was no stain left and it was much easier to remove.

Considering that the Emjoi Micro Polisher costs the same price as one or two manicures in a salon, I am completely won over and think it's worth a try if you like to look after your nails but don't have too much time on your hands. The shine and smooth surface has now lasted over two weeks which is brilliant because Emjoi recommend buffing no more than every few weeks as you wouldn't want to do it too much. As for polishing, you can do this everyday if you wish but as I said mine has lasted two weeks and still going so there really is no need!

What do you guys think of it? and let me know below how you keep yours in good condition!
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