Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Still Undecided

Many a time when I use new products I remain undecided on whether I actually like it or not for quite a while. One of these products is The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil, I got this nearly a year ago and I have bouts of using this. I'm just over half way through finishing this and I want use it all up because I hate wasting things. I really don't like how this feels when I take my makeup off, it's really messy and when I use it in my bathroom at uni I make a big puddle on the floor because my sink is quite small so I use prefer to use it when I'm at home with a bigger sink. My other issue with this is even when I've washed it off, my skin feels quite greasy which I really don't like because around this time of the year my skin is quite oily. It's also not the best for taking heavy makeup off and I couldn't just use this on it's own as I wouldn't feel like it had fully removed it all, even when I have non-waterproof mascara on it takes quite a lot of effort to get it off. However, I do like that when I've used this and another cleanser for my second cleanse, my skin feels really soft and smooth, feeling quite hydrated. Because of this one factor I want to continue to use it. I think I'll try and finish this whilst I'm at home with a bigger sink but I won't be repurchasing this, I love my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish too much.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Blog Update

This is just a quick little post to update you that my new blogging schedule will be (at least till September, until I go back to Uni) Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8.00am. I'm really getting back into blogging and loving it more and more, I'm trying to improve with my camera skills although that it a slow process for me! Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Non-Sticky SPF

Before I got into blogging and watching Youtube videos about two years ago I never realised that SPF was so important, obviously when I went on holiday or if it was a really hot day here in England, yes we do have those, they're just very rare, I would wear suncream and I would put some on my face too but I never realised that I should be wearing an SPF pretty much everyday.

After reading a review on Anna's blog I bought the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL, I wasn't sure what to expect, I was thinking it was going to be very similar to suncream, thick, sticky and being able to feel it on your skin after applying it. Luckily I was happily surprised, it has a thin texture, after a minute or two it sinks in and you can't feel it on your skin.

I haven't tried any other SPFs apart from this one so I'm not trying to compare it to anything else, there could be another one out there that is better than this but I really like the La Roche-Posay one, it hasn't broken me out and as long as I leave it a few minutes before I apply my makeup I can't tell any different whether I have it on or not. I do find that my face gets a little extra shine to it after a couple of hours but that's nothing that a little powder can't fix.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Top Five Beauty Products

If you've been reading emhasrednails for a little while now you'll probably have seen me talk about these products before but I thought I would put them all in one post to give them that extra love that they deserve because these are my most loved products.

First up is the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, this is in a lot of my monthly favourites and I use it pretty much everyday. There's not a bad word I can say about this (apart from the price but it's worth it) it's a heavy coverage concealer that covers up blemishes so well that you actually forget that they are there, I know it sounds like a dream! This works best on blemishes but I even use it as an under eye concealer if I have really dark circles. It doesn't tend to crease on me either which is really good seeing as it is such a high coverage concealer.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Next is the original Urban Decay Naked palette. I decided to splurge on this last year and it has been well worth the money, if I'm wearing eyeshadow then 4 out of 5 times I will reach for this beauty. With 12 stunning shades that are all quite wearable it's a palette that a lot of beauty lovers will have in their collection. In the first picture are the shades that I wear a lot in the daytime, Sidecar and Smog are two of my favourites for a more natural look with Darkhorse and Hustle being my go to shades for a night out. That's not to say that I don't use the other shades, I've used them all but the two lighter shades that haven't been photographed are a little pale for me and I tend to use these in the inner corner of the eye or below the brow line. I've been wanting to try the Naked 2 palette for a while, I've got my fingers crossed that I get this for my birthday.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick

This is the first ever lipstick I bought so I think that's why it has an extra big place in my heart but it's also a beautiful shade, the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107 is a gorgeous deep red that I'm always picking up for a night out. This is the only one of my top 5 products that I don't wear that often but it's one of those products that when I wear it I feel a million dollars. Not only is the shade beautiful but the staying power of this is out of this world. I've worn this for a family meal and I never had to top it up, I remember my Auntie asked if it was an expensive lipstick because it stuck around for so long but it's not, it's very affordable. My only problem with this is that because it stays around for so long it is a bit drying so I tend to moisturise my lips before wearing it.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner

I only got the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner at the start of the year but I'm already onto my second bottle of it because I use it so often. I used to be a fan of felt tip eyeliners but I found that no matter which one I used it would never last the whole day so I thought I would try out a liquid eyeliner, I'd been put off before because I thought they would be really hard to use and get an even line, however, after having a few years practise with the felt tip liners I gave it a go. I'm so glad I did because this is now a firm favourite, it lasts all day on me, doesn't crease and isn't too hard to apply although this could be because of the practise I've had. The only issue I have with this is the brush, it's quite a stiff brush-like thing that is okay when applying but I found that after a few months of using it the fibres started to fray which lead to messy application which is why I got a second bottle of it. Other than that I love it.

Maybelline Brow Drama

My final product in my top five is the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown. This is a funny little product that when I first got it I wondered if it would be any good and questioned it even more when I saw the brush because its narrow at the bottom and then goes wider into a ball shape at the top. I really like this product, it's perfect for keeping my unruly brows in place whilst adding a subtle hint of colour. When I'm having a natural looking day with very minimal makeup I'll just use this on it's own but on most days I use a wax or eyeshadow first and then set them with the Brow Drama.

What are your top five beauty products, I'm always up for trying new products so give me your recommendations.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Product that Deserves the Hype

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

After never really being happy with any cleanser that I had used before I decided to take the plunge and try out the hyped up Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I'd heard so many good things about this product that I thought it was well worth a try. I was on a little city break in Liverpool for my boyfriend's birthday when I popped into Boots to see if they had the Rimmel lip liner in East End Snob (they did and that was purchased too) when I spotted the Liz Earle counter, I wandered over for a little browse and to see how much the Cleanse and Polish was, for some reason I had always expected it to be a lot more expensive than what it was and on this weekend they had a special offer on where I also received another product free which was an added bonus. The lady at the counter was so lovely, she really knew her stuff and was so friendly, she showed me what to do with the product on my hand and how best to wash it off and as soon as she washed it off I could feel how soft it left my skin, I bought it and I haven't looked back since.

I first tried it when I took my makeup off in the hotel that evening, I took my makeup off with it as the lady at the counter had shown me, massaging it in on dry skin and then using the muslin cloth with warm water on the take it off. I'm not usually one to talk skincare or makeup to my boyfriend as like most men he isn't interested but I remember making him feel how soft my skin was after taking it off. He didn't really notice a difference but I knew there was one because my skin has never felt that soft after taking my makeup off. This is one of the reasons why I love the Cleanse and Polish, it feels like there's added moisturiser in it when I don't think there is. Most of the time after I've removed my makeup with a different cleanser my skin feels tight and I want to moisturise straight afterwards but when I use this I don't have that feeling at all.

Another thing that I've noticed when using this is that my skin has been looking and feeling really healthy, I've been having fewer breakouts when using the Cleanse and Polish which I'm always happy about. I also find because one side of the muslin cloth is a little rough it really helps to exfoliate my skin so I have fewer dry patches. I have no complaints about the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and I would recommend it to all my friends.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

St Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan

St Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan

This is something I never thought I would be writing about, a fake tan that you did in the shower, this sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. All the questions were running through my head; Won't it go streaky when mixed with the water? How will it work in just three minutes? How will this not stain the bath?

If you've been reading emhasrednails for a little while now you'l probably know that I'm pretty pale and I don't tend to embrace my paleness, I'm all up for a bit of fake tan because I think that it's safer than staying out in the sun for hours and hours, anyway, I usually get burnt and the sun doesn't come out too regularly in the north. I've reviewed a few different fake tans on the blog which you can read here, here and here but this one is a little different to the usual ones I like to use. The St Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan is what it says, a gradual tanner, I didn't notice any colour change until the third use and even then it is only a hint of a tan. However, it was enough of a change for me to get my legs out and wear a dress whilst feeling quite confident with my legs (it can't be just me that feels much more confident with a bit of a tan).

I feel with regular use of this, maybe twice a week after building up the tan it would be great for in summer. It cuts out the waiting around for a few hours for it to dry whilst smelling like a biscuit and it also means that no clothes get ruined by orange stains. This stuff does have a smell to it, I can't quite put my finger on it but it's not the usual biscuity smell. However, it only smells in the shower or if you smell your arm up close, but that can look on the weird side so I'll avoid doing that. What I'm trying to say is that this gradual tan doesn't make you pong like some fake tans do.

I was a bit scared to use this at first, I've never used anything like this before, I mostly stick to mousses and use a mitt so it doesn't go streaky but with this you have to use your hands. It's quite easy to use, have a shower like normal, if I've washed my hair I tend to put it up so it doesn't drip everywhere. Then, with wet hands I squeeze a small amount into one hand, a little bit more than I would use to moisturise my legs, and using circular motions as it says on the bottle, rub it onto the skin, it leaves a slight cream coloured layer on the skin which I was cautious about at first as I thought this would go streaky, but it doesn't. After doing my arms and legs I wash my hands and put a timer on for three minutes. This is the annoying part, you start to get really cold if your bathroom is anything like mine and isn't the warmest room in the house. I stand there contemplating my life for three minutes, trying not to move and resisting the urge to itch my nose so I don't rub any of the tan off. Once the three minutes are up I hop back in the shower and rinse it all off, giving my arms and legs a once over to make sure I haven't left any on me. I love the fact that even if I get some of this on my mum's white bath (it took a bit of persuading that it would be okay when I told her what I was doing) that it wouldn't stain it.

I haven't had many issues with having streaks, I've found that if I don't wash it off properly or if I leave a blob of it not rubbed in it will leave a darker patch but it looks a little bit like a birthmark and isn't an orange colour so it doesn't look horrendous. I like to make sure I've got it all of my skin when I wash it off to make sure I don't have streaks.

If you're wanting a quick fix this is not the tan for you, it's definitely one for the people that are either scared of fake tan but want to give themselves a little added confidence or for people who like a subtle hint of colour without baking in the sun.

This bottle is a little pricey for me for how much you have to use it to build up the colour, at £14.50 it's in the middle price range, it's not too pricey but because it needs regular usage I can imagine that I will be going through this stuff quite quickly.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

May Favourites

Soap and Glory, Collection, Maybelline, Bourjois

Yet again I'm late with a favourites post but at least I'm doing one this month! I don't have a huge selection, there were quite a few products that I was going to put in but I've talked about them a lot on the blog before (I'm thinking Benefit Rollerlash and Mac Pro Longwear Concealer).

A month or so ago I decided to try Bourjois foundations again, I've used the Healthy Mix Serum foundation but I found that it clung to my dry patches so I stopped using that about a year ago, I then decided to try the original version which I've fallen in love with; the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is lovely to wear when I want a light base with a perfect amount of coverage when my skin is having a good day. With my trusty Mac concealer on any blemishes and under-eye-bags this is the perfect combination. It doesn't cling to dry patches and with a little powder on my nose and forehead where it tends to get a little shiny I have a lovely base. I'm not sure what this is going to be like when it gets really hot in summer because that's when my skin gets oily so the two might not mix well together, I'll keep you updated on that one. 

My other three favourites are all eye products, the first I think I used everyday that I wore makeup last month which is the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner (I've just realised that this was in my last favourites so it must be a good 'un). This is a bargain of under £4 and it worth every penny. This stuff sticks around all day which is one of my favourite things about it. This brush isn't the easiest thing to use and it is easy to go wrong with this, especially if you do your makeup before your breakfast with shaky hands because you're so hungry (I'm speaking from experience here).  

I have quite oily eye lids which means that with every eyeshadow I use, it will always crease after a few hours of wearing it. I used a sample of the Urban Decay Primer Potion which I really liked although by mid-afternoon I still found the shadow was creasing. I've been using the Soap and Glory It's All About Prime Eyeshadow Base which I find is a drugstore alternative to the Urban Decay one. Even though the Soap and Glory primer still doesn't prevent creases all day, it does give my eyeshadow a few extra hours wear and I find that I can blend out the crease mid-afternoon. It's not perfect but I don't want to part with too much money for a high end version that still might not prevent creases on my lids. 

My last favourite has been the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour in Permanent Taupe. I've been loving wearing this on its own or with another shadow too, usually one with a shimmer in if I'm feeling fancy. This is a really lovely colour that is so easy to wear and is such a nice product to blend out either with fingers or a brush. 

That's all I've been loving in May, what have you been liking? I can guess that in my June Favourites there will be some of my new Zoeva brushes because I got a set last week and I can't stop using them! 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Fake Tan I Didn't Get Along With So Much

Rimmel Sun Shimmer
I've been fake tanning in some form for around five years now and it would be safe to say that over the years I've learnt a thing or two. The most important being that exfoliating and moisturising are the two most important things that I can do to stop it going patchy and using a mitt when applying is very important too. Whenever I need a new fake tan I tend to usually try out new ones because I'm yet to find one that is 'perfect'. Last year I really liked the Cocoa Brown 1 hour tanning mousse and I wrote a review here but I found that didn't last as long as I wanted and it does tend to dry my skin out a lot.

After a trip to Boots I decided upon Rimmel's Sun Shimmer Mousse in Light Matte, it was on offer at the time so I got it for under £5 which is a bargain. I've used this three or four times now and it is my least favourite tan that I've bought. 

On application it's quite good, it dries in a few minutes and does't leave marks on my bedding which I like, however, the smell is pretty strong, it doesn't smell like your usual biscuity smell but I found it smelt a bit like old ladies (yes, that's the best way I can describe it, I love old ladies but you'll know what I mean if you've smelt this!). I like instructions with my fake tans, it sounds odd to say but I like to know how long it's recommended that I keep it on before I have a shower but this really lacked that, there was no time frame on it at all so I decided to go all out and leave it on all night because I was looking pretty pale.

When I woke up the next morning I was quite worried, I still smelt funny (and so did my room) and I looked like a wotsit which was not the look I was going for. After jumping in the shower the water turned orange and I looked a bit less wotsitty but I had a nice colour to me. I thought this one was going to be a winner until I dried myself off and actually looked at the results and what did I see but ORANGE KNEES! This is a look I hate and I don't know whether it's me or the tan but this was worse than usual, my lower leg looked a nice colour and wasn't too dark but my knees looked awful. 

This tan does tend to last just under a week but for me it went patchy around the ankles and knees even though I did moisturise most evenings. If you want a tan for a night out I would recommend doing it a few nights before so it fades and looks more natural. 

I'm not sure whether I'll be using this again as after a few uses I was still getting patchy after a few days and I know that there are more fake tans out there that are much better. I've got my hands on the new St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan and I'm already using it so keep your eyes peeled for a review of that in the next few weeks. I'd love to hear anyone's recommendations of other fake tans I need to try.