Sunday, September 21, 2014

NYC Expert Last Lip Lacquers

I love affordable brands, and I especially love them when they make great quality products that do exactly what they say on the tin. This applies to NYC's latest offering in the lipstick world: the Expert Last Lip Lacquers. Not quite a lipstick nor a gloss, but both combined to give the most beautiful formula for one's kissers. Think Rimmel's Apocalips range peeps, as these babies here are a pretty close dupe for them. 

What's more impressive here is the colour range, pretty much all shades are beautiful. I've said this before, you can have the most amazing formula in the world and it still won't suffice if the shade range is poor and not current/modern enough.

*Press Samples*

L to R: 500, 400, 203, 300, 201 & 200

Monday, September 15, 2014

*New* Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polishes

I've never had a proper gel manicure done before, but since we're in the era of gel finish nail polishes that do not require any LED/UV light, I don't really feel the need to have one done anyway. And least now as Sally Hansen have brought out something similar this month, the same sought-after gel finish but with the promise of the lasting properties of a gel manicure as well, in the new 'Miracle Gel' nail polish range.  

*Press Samples*

RRP: Miracle GelNail Polishes- €9.99
RRP: Miracle Gel Top Coat- €9.99
RRP: Duo Packs (1 top coat + 1 colour) - €14.99

L to R: 'Birthday Suit' / 'Street Flair' / 'Redgy' / Top Coat / 'Pretty Piggy' & 'B Girl'

Available in pharmacies nationwide since last week, the range consists in 18 shades which are categorized in four colour collections: Flawlessly Nude, Street Pastels, Runway Shock & Mad Mod. Two coats of colour + one coat of top coat will give you a beautiful gel finish mani with lasting properties of "up to 14 days", according to the brand. 

Quote from press release:

"THE TECHNOLOGY:   The Miracle Gel manicure contains patented Tube Technology. This allows a higher level of actives and continuous care ingredients to release into the gel lacquer film, prolonging the integrity of the film resulting in beautifully durable, shiny nails. The advanced Colour Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. Thephotoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Colour Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light. Then, when you’rready to change up your look, Miracle Gel comes off easily with both acetone-based and acetone-free nail polish remover no soaking, wrapping, scraping, or filing necessary."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows

To say that I've been missing from the blogosphere for ages, would be an understatement. Sometimes life gets in the way of lipsticks and blushers, a busy work schedule and a Spanish holiday. And the latter brought me satisfaction, a natural tan, a good auld rest and KIKO. I nearly screamed when I heard that there was a Kiko store near to where our vila was located, as I've long dreamt about their Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows....actually 'long' means ever since I saw one featured on Karen's blog (you naughty enabler, you!). So of course I bought not one, but three 'stickos de alegria (Spanish for joy)'.

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