Playtime is more fun when you see it in action so here is my video of me trying all of the products for the first time from my December 2017 Beauty Cocoon Box!
That was my last Beauty Cocoon Box as I have a lot of other makeup to get through. Also, the box isn’t quite what it says it is (for example, it says it’s a luxury box but there was an MUA Makeup Academy eye pencil in the last box!) which is a little annoying. Anyway, as always, here are some pics:
Black|Up is a brand aimed at darker skinned women. I was sent a sample of this Black|Up nail lacquer in NVAO07 or just 07 and I have chosen to share my thoughts with you. It’s always been difficult to find nudes suitable for brown skin; I do love the pinky-nude colour but it is not my nude.
Black|Up have a selection of 10 shades of nail lacquer – three colours which flatter brown skin and seven nudes so I’m sure there will be a nude for everyone. As you can see, 07 is definitely not my nude but it will be for someone! What I was hoping was that although it is not my nude, it would still come up as a flattering shade against my skin. In general, I can wear nearly all shades of nail polish but when it comes to brown, sometimes they just don’t look that good on me. They might make my skin look sickly or I sometimes just look silly. So, as this is aimed at brown skin, I had high hopes.
Well, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I was very impressed! I love the square shape of the lid and the bottle and the brush is a good thickness to enable you to do the three-stroke painting method. That’s the proper way to paint nails, when I can be bothered! The consistency of the nail lacquer is just right – not too thick and not too thin. I found that two coats was plenty to get even coverage.
As for the shade itself, it is very flattering on me. It’s a gorgeous red-toned brown which looked surprisingly good on my very, very short nails. It reminds me of the outer shell of Galaxy Minstrels – yum! I actually started to grow my nails just so I could do this shade justice!
I am hooked. I don’t usually like to pay more than £10 for my nail polishes (these are £12.50) but I do like this formula, and I love that there is a shade out there tailored just for me. A trip to my local Black|Up counter to get my actual nude is definitely due. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy wearing this gorgeous chocolatey brown – how could I not?
I was sent a sample of this product and I have chosen to share my honest opinion of it with you.
You know I already spent my beauty budget at Olympia Beauty so unfortunately I couldn’t buy (yet more) nail polish at Stylist Live. I already have 12 new shades to get through, plus the many others in my collection that I haven’t used yet.
Little Ondine make nail polishes which are odourless, quick drying and peel off. I was intrigued by the claims. I didn’t believe they could be all three but I was proved wrong with a live demonstration. Colour was applied in front of me and a couple minutes later peeled it off! Also, as promised, the nail colour really has no scent. At all. It was bizarre!
I didn’t get to try it myself but it looked really good. Here’s my shopping list:
Just when I thought I had enough nail polish to last me through autumn and winter, I stumbled across Soigne. It caught my eye because the stand was so pretty. It had a wall of white roses, a bit like the one Kanye West gave Kim Kardashian West. It also said it was “botanical”. I was intrigued.
All of the nail polishes come in beautifully elegant bottles and each bottle comes in a box. If you caught my Periscope broadcast you would have seen that the Soigne nail colour bottles really do travel in style!
The name Soigne rang a bell but I hadn’t personally seen the products before. Soigne means “to take care of” and my nails really need some care right now.
As you can see, I had no choice but to try the products, there were more pros than cons!
I was tempted by the gift boxes which contain five shades exclusive to the box but I tried to be good and picked one colour, Bleuet. I then decided that to get the full benefit I needed the corresponding Oxygen Base and Gel Effect Top and to confirm my decision, there was an offer if you get three products. Even better, the three came in a nice little gift box- I gifted my custom collection to myself.
I then gave into temptation and bought the Liqueur de Chocolat gift box. I just couldn’t resist the lure of the deep green Absinthe shade. I was unsure about the Whisky shade but I’ll find a way to make it work. Also in the box are Champage which looks like liquid gold, Parfait D’Amour a pretty purple and Vin Rouge, a deep red.
I went home with the plan of putting the other gift boxes on my wish list but when I looked on the website, Choux a la Crème had sold out. The shades in the five gift boxes are exclusive to those boxes so I’ve completely missed out! The two other collections available are more suited to spring so I didn’t go for them.
I’m hoping that as the nail lacquers are 85% botanical, they will be good for my poor, beaten nails. I need my products to multitask – nail health and good colour are the order of the day. If I don’t get around to wearing them I hope to stick the colours on a nail wheel to show you.
Lately I haven’t been looking after my nails but there was no way I was going to BeautyCon London without a good set of nails. As my nails are really short, I needed to wear some stick on nails so I decided to paint my own. Well, I had no choice as I’m not allowed to buy nails as part of my epic beauty spending ban!
I used Kiss nails and Elegant Touch Adhesive tabs. After selecting the correct nail sizes, I blu-tacked them to a piece of paper so I could paint them. I took the opportunity to use my Wah Nails Ultimate Nail Art Kit. I used: Ni
Nail polish in An Even Bigger Splash (turquoise)
White nail art pen (the brush)
Yellow nail art pen (the brush)
Classy Glassy Glossy Topcoat.
I attempted to do my own version of the Big Leopard look but I ended up with impressionist flowers, or fried eggs, instead! Despite that, I felt quite proud of my nail art. They were unique – I could guarantee that no-one else had my nails. Even better, I received a compliment on my nails which made my day!
After all the late night painting and Periscoping, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try some new Elegant Touch nails so I peeled off my beloved nails and had some House of Holland nails applied. I eventually decided on Next Level Nude although I should have been more adventurous and gone for Flower Power. What do you think?
I will start by saying BeautyCon London 2015 – wow! It was so much fun!
I had to think long and hard about how to present this post because I didn’t want it to get too long and boring, and if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you would have been bombarded with eight Periscope broadcasts, 16 Instagram posts and around 30 tweets. For many stands, selfies were the secondary currency of the day (next to the usual cash and card) so I was exhausted by the end of the day. I am certainly not used to taking photos of myself in this way but this was a great place to practice.
I decided to split up my posts and this first one is mainly a pictures post so you can get a sense of the atmosphere.
I love grey nails so I bought these Elegant Touch Nails in Polished Slate Grey 327. I was so happy to find grey nails I forgot to check the length – they’re medium and I usually wear short because my nail bed is really short. Medium comes up quite long on me but it was ok because I usually wear stick-on nails for short periods of time anyway.
Despite the nails being quite long on me, I found the length and shape to be quite flattering on my hands. I enjoyed looking at my nails a little too much!
Elegant Touch Nails require a two-step application- first apply the correct sized adhesive tab (22 are included) then apply the nail. I say this as the Elegant Touch Express nails are peel and stick – literally. Alternatively, these nails can be glued to the nail if you purchase separate nail glue.
The UV protection is supposed to stop chips and fading although I noticed on one of the nails, there was the slightest chip. It was difficult to see so I wore it anyway and besides, I was only wearing the nails for one day. The nails are easy to take off, just peel from the cuticle end of the nail.
I found that this shade of medium grey worked very well with my skin. I know that Elegant Touch do a range of grey nails so I think I will stock up once my epic spending ban has ended!