L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Les Blancs Nail Polish


Admittedly, I’m a little late on my Spring nail polish releases.

I’ve had my eye on L’Oreal’s Les Blancs nail polishes for quite a while now, and I finally own them so here- look how pretty they are!

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In my defence, I would happily wear pastel nail polish all year round- I generally prefer them to bright, Summer nail polishes (which I personally reserve for those rare days in England when we have bright, Summer weather) and these ones are just so perfect. They’re pretty much opaque in two coats, but you can get away with three without it affecting the drying time, which, by the way, is very quick. I love the brush for these nail polishes too, it coats the whole nail in one swipe- which makes it incredibly difficult to end up with streaky, messy nails- and once this nail polish is on and you’ve added a top coat, it won’t chip for at least three days.

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 Peach Neglige, Lemon Meringue, Pistachio Drage, Nouvelle Vague

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Have you tried these? I think my favourite at the moment is Nouvelle Vague, but Lemon Meringue is completely different to any other nail polish I own, or have even seen. Let me know what you think!

Pastel Nails


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Happy Easter!

Barry M Silk Nail Polish in Pearl, £3.99

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polishes, The Spring ’14 Collection, £3.99 each

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple, £7.99

Revlon Nail Enamel in Eclectic, £6.49

OPI Nail Polish in My Vampire is Buff, £11.50

New Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Spring


Eeeeek! I am so obsessed with these nail polishes and now there are three more! The new shades are pale, pretty pastels (very Spring appropriate) and are sticking to the Gelly Hi Shine fruity names, except now they’re a little more fancy. Intoducing- Sugar Apple, Rose Hip and Huckleburry (£3.99 each, currently 2 for £6).

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Sugar Apple- pastel green. When I first saw this, I thought it was an exact dupe for Mint Candy Apple, but Sugar Apple is actually much more blue and much more vibrant.

Rose Hip- pastel pink. This colour is absolutely beautiful, easily my favourite, and I think it’s the one I’m most likely to reach for. It’s definitely the palest pink I own (not including off-white pinks…This is too complicated) but it’s still very bright, if that makes sense.

Huckleburry- pastel blue. Another beautiful one, but then again I will literally say that about any pale to medium blue nail polish. This colour is slightly more muted than the other two, but it still has a brightness to it that you don’t normally get from pastels.

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Rose Hip (middle finger), Huckleburry (ring finger) and Sugar Apple (little finger) worn with Barry M Matte ‘Nude Vanilla’.

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These colours are so difficult to photograph! They’re so different to other pastel nail polishes (which are normally a white base with a tint of colour) I’ve tried. These shades kind of look like really, really pale neons. Does that make sense? They’re so beautiful, even more so in person.

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As much as I love the new colours of these nail polishes, I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the formula, or the quality. It actually pains me to write that, because all the previous Gelly Hi Shine nail polishes (and I do mean all of them) have been perfect- opaque in one or two coats, fast drying, long lasting- the whole lot. But these new shades seem completely different. They’re incredibly streaky, they need at least three coats and they take freaking forever to dry. You might be able to see in the first few swatch photos that there are little prints on my nails? Well, those prints are from my pillow, when I was sleeping, ten hours after painting my nails. WHAT?! Also, I’ve been wearing ‘Rose Hip’ for 24 hours now, but already two of my nails have chipped. To be fair I am terrible with my nails, and as I’ve mentioned before, I use them as tools and I type a lot- but I still expect at least two days of perfect nails.

It’s really infuriating, because I wanted to love these so much!

What do you think? Will you be trying these? I think I’ll keep using these, to be honest, because even though the quality isn’t great I do really love the colours. Which is your favourite?

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Complete Collection

New Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Summer

Barry M Silk Nail Polish | Review & Swatches

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Lip Colours | Spring Favourites


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Revlon Lip Butter ‘Juicy Papaya’, Revlon Lip Butter ‘Sweet Tart’, MAC ‘Sunny Seoul’, Natural Collection ‘Sorbet’, Maybelline ‘Baby Lips’, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick ’20’, Bourjois Shine Edition ‘1,2,3 Soleil’, Maybelline Color Sensational Popstick ‘Crystal Pink’, Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Fuchsia-ristic’, Benefit ‘Coralista’

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Revlon Lip Butter ‘Juicy Papaya’ £7.99 (review)

Revlon Lip Butter ‘Sweet Tart’ £7.99 (review)

MAC ‘Sunny Seoul’ £15

Natural Collection ‘Sorbet’ £1.99 (review)

Maybelline Baby Lips ‘Pink Punch £2.99 (review)

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick ’20’ £5.49

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick ‘1,2,3 Soleil’ £7.99

Maybelline Color Sensational Popstick ‘Pink Crystal £7.20

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Fuchsia-ristic’ £8 (review)

mini Benefit ‘Coralista’ £14.50

 

What are your favourite Spring lip colours? I love this year because I get to wear all my pretty peachy pink shades. 

Lip Colours | Autumn Favourites

 

Barry M Silk Nail Polish | Review & Swatches


Look at this lovely pastel fabulous-ness! Barry M’s Silk Nail Polishes are probably the prettiest collection they’ve released and I am completely obsessed.

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Meadow, Mist, Heather, Blossom, Pearl, Truffle £3.99– such cute names!

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Meadow is pale green which is opaque in three coats. This colour is lovely in the bottle, but on my nails it’s my last favourite purely because pale green isn’t that great against my super pale skin.

Mist is a really beautiful light blue, which is fully opaque in three coats but personally I prefer the look of two. One of my favourites in this collection, but I will honestly fall in love with any blue nail polish.

Heather is another favourite- pale purple, with the same opacity as Mist. I love this colour but I’m not sure how often I’ll reach for it, I always forget about purples, for some reason.

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Blossom is absolutely beautiful. It’s baby pink and opaque in three coats (again, I prefer the look of two) which I really love on my skin tone.

Pearl is the best name, really, because that’s exactly what this nail polish is. It’s pure white, and opaque in three coats. Not my favourite, but probably lovely if you’re tanned.

Truffle really surprised me and is my absolute favourite of the collection. The colour’s a really difficult one to describe, because in some lights it’s a silvery greige, and in others it’s a golden champagne colour. Opaque in two or three coats.

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Truffle

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How would you describe this colour? In these photos it looks almost like a pale brown (Truffle is actually a very good name) but it’s definitely got more of a duo-chrome to it in real life.

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*Sorry about my disgusting nails, particularly my index finger. Do your nails ever do that thing were they kind of peel off?! It sounds so disgusting, but mine do that all the time, which is strange because they’re actually pretty healthy.*

From left to right: Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow.

I’m not sure if you can tell in these photos, but the finish of these nail polishes is absolutely beautiful. They’re frosty, pearly and almost matte. They’re quite sheer, too, and you can see in some of my photos (particularly with Truffle, which I only used two coats for) that you can still see the line on my nails. I actually really like that with these polishes, they kind of give a soft, barely-there effect on your nails (the nail equivalent of tinted lip balms?) which just looks really neat and polished. They also dry really quickly, so you can do two very thin coats of any of these colours and be out the door in under ten minutes.

These last two or three days on me without chipping, but I’m not sure that’s the best test because I do a lot of typing and I’m the worst offender for using my nails as tools. They could possibly last longer with a topcoat, but obviously that would ruin the pretty effect. I don’t think even a matte top coat would work, because these are kind of a satin finish. Petition to change the names of these to Satin, instead of Silk? Silk isn’t really the first thing I think of when I see them, but how pretty is the packaging?!

Will you be trying any of these? They’re buy one get one half price at Superdrug at the moment, and I think they’re such a great take on the pastel-nails-for-Spring trend.

Superdrug Purchases


 

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It’s been a while since I last went crazy with Superdrug sales, so I thought it was about time I placed an order. Also, there are new Barry M Nail Polishes! You might have noticed I’m utterly obsessed with them, so of course I had to order all of these ‘Silk’ ones. And have you heard that there are three new Hi Shine Gellies being released in, like, two days?! I think we can expect to see a review of those on my blog very soon (hopefully). 

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Complete Collection

New Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Polish | Summer

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Aren’t the beautiful? Swatches and review soon. 

Barry M Silk Nail Polishes– Truffle, Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow, £3.99 (buy one get one half price).

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L’Oreal Eau de Teint Foundation– £9.99- Porcelain- I’ve heard really mixed reviews of this. When it was first released I was completely decided that I did not want it. I was wrong, and so far, I think I kind of like it. It’s way to dark (this is the lightest shade, of course) but I’m planning on buying Illamasqua Skin Base in White asap, so I’ll hopefully have a real opinion soon. 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation– £9.99- Natural Ivory- The shade range for this foundation is so confusing. This shade is the lightest neutral (as far as I can tell) and it is a tad too dark, but again, I’m working on it. I’ve heard a lot about this foundation recently, so I have pretty high hopes for it. I love it when a drugstore product gets randomly hyped up by everyone all at once. 

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer– £9.99- I’ve heard loads about this recently too! I am determined to fall in love with L’Oreal makeup. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer– £5.99- This has been released fairly recently, and I’m a little obsessed with primers at the moment (can you tell?). A lot of Rimmel is two-for-£9 at the moment, too.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Micro Liner– £5.49- Black– I love felt tip style eyeliners, and since I’ve just used up my lovely Maybelline Eyestudio Precise Liner, I thought I’d give this one a try. I really love the other Scandeleyes liners (there might be three of the black one in my makeup drawer at the moment, shhh) so I’m hoping this one will be good.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder– £9.99- I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to buy this for so long purely because I didn’t know exactly what it was. Turns out it’s a kind of brightening finishing powder (possibly more about that in a review or something soon) and I’ve only used it once, but so far, I think I really like it. It’s a re-release from 1879, too, which I think is really cool, something to do with Bourjois’ 150th birthday last year.

Bourjois Happy Light Primer- £10.99- Matte, Luminous– I’ve been so obsessed with the idea of the Happy Light range since it was released, but the foundations all looked really dark, so I’ve decided to try out the primers! I’ve barely looked at these two yet, so I don’t have much to say except that I am in love with the packaging (and all Bourjois packaging). 

Have you tried any of the things I’ve bought? And are you as exited as I am for the new Barry M Gelly nail polishes?!?

Sleek Blush Trio- Lace


This is my last Sleek post for now, I promise!

The Blush Trio in Lace is something I’ve been debating buying for ages. I go through phases of not  wanting to leave the house without a pretty blush shade on my face, and then absolutely hating the stuff and swearing to never use it again. You can see why the £9.99 blush palette was a slight problem. But the colours look absolutely gorgeous, all peachy and summery and lovely. Summery. I’m so good with timing.

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I’ve got to say, when this arrived at my house the other day, I was kind of horrified at how bright the colours looked. I was expecting pale pastels but instead I had these shocking, vivid blushes and that scared me. I’m very pale and my skin can be horrifically red, so when I do wear blush I normally go for something like Bourjois Volute de Peche or Maybelline Dream Touch in Peach.

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I started out by trying Guipure, which is a rosey pink with gold shimmer, because it looks the least scary. The shimmer isn’t really the most flattering, it highlights imperfections and can look a little iffy, but the colour is pretty and it genuinely lasted all day. It might have even out-lasted my foundation, which is crazy! I might be more tempted to reach for it when the weather gets warmer on days where my skin looks okay, but for now I think it will get a little neglected.

I then decided to try out Crochet- prettiest name ever! It’s a bright, matte orange which is a little alarming, but when it’s applied and blended out I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. It becomes a kind of vibrant peach shade which is lovely and, again, very Spring-y. It lasted just as well as Guipure, and was even more pigmented so you could probably wear it every day and never run out.

Finally, I decided I kind of had to at least try Chantilly. I really genuinely didn’t want to, It’s a very violently bright, matte orange-pink-red and even though it looks beautiful in the pan, I just thought it would look awful on my super pale skin. Anyway, I had to try it, so I literally barely used any product and still put most of it on the back of my hand before applying it. It turns out I was being really over dramatic with my fear though, because it’s so pretty! It looked kind of dark pink, sort of naturally blushed but still noticeably wearing makeup. If my skin would stay pale without going bright red whenever it’s slightly hot or cold, I would definitely be totally in love with this, even for this time of year. Like the other two shades, this is super pigmented and lasts forever.

Thanks for reading! I’m really surprised about how much I love this- particularly Chantilly! Have you tried this palette, or any of the Sleek Blush By 3 Palettes?

Sleek ‘Lace’ is £9.99 and available at Superdrug.

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