Empties #6 (Products I have used up)

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Being a beauty blogger and a serial spender it’s only natural that I work my way through a hoard of products so as usual I’m gathered my rubbish and put a post together about it all. You guys get the jist by now here is another installment of my empties.
empties
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner
These were nice but these bottles are quite small and me and my boyfriend work through them way too quickly so I will be no longer purchasing these, this month I have opted for Tresemme instead which has worked out cheaper as I’m not having to keep buying more products.
Repurchase: No

Johnsons Baby Shampoo
I use this to wash my makeup brushes, although my landlord used up most of this empty bottle after getting Turpentines in his hair when sorting out my shower. Needless to say I finished off the small amount that was left and then ran out and repurchased another bottle as this is my go to cleanser for my makeup brushes.
Repurchase: Yes

Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray
After an endless search for a product that could add volume to my limp and flat hair I came across this gem and promptly worked my way through an entire bottle of it. This stuff is amazing and adds texture like nothing else. I need to pick up another bottle ASAP.
Repurchase: Yes

Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Detangling Spray
I have fine hair than tangles easily and my boyfriend has thick curly hair so a detangler is a must for us both. After the Toni and Guy detangler got discontinued we picked up this one by Lee Stafford and found that it’s the best one we have used. Luckily we have a second bottle stashed away.
Repurchase: Yes

La Riche Directions Hair Dye in Cerise
I’ve been holding onto this for ages yet I must have accidentally binned my Violet one when I used it up. At this moment I have cut my hair and dyed it red so I won’t be repurchasing this yet.
Repurchase: No
Soft and Gentle Roll on Deodorant in Wild Rose and Vanilla x2
This features in my empties every time and I’ve used up another two of them. Oddly though I fancied a change so I picked up a Nivea one so I haven’t repurchased. I’m going to try and find a new roll on deodorant that I don’t get through as quickly.
Repurchase: No

Natural Collection Body Lotion in Vanilla
This was pretty basic and is definitely one of those cheaper products which adopts the “you get what you pay for” phrase. This wasn’t terrible but it’s no match for my Body Shop Body Butters which I have two of so now that I’ve used this up I won’t be going back to it.
Repurchase: No

Thea Spa Naturals Coffee and Shea Butter Body Scrub
I hated this, it was way to dry, made a mess and quite frankly wasn’t that great for such an expensive product. I gave this a bad review and won’t be going enar anymore products by this brand.
Repurchase: No.

Boots Simply Sensitive Face Wipes
I used these just before Christmas before getting a new cleanser, they were okay but left my skin quite red and I try not to use face wipes.
Repurchase: No

Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream
This was my first night cream and whilst it was okay I don’t like the idea of regenerating. I get quite a lot of dry skin and if my skin regenerates any faster I’ll just end up with even more so I won’t be picking this up again. I would recommend this for oily skin though.
Repurchase: No

Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Idealizer Care Serum (Sample)
I loved this sample product it was amazing, I would repurchase this but I do have a few eye creams that I want to try and use up first but I can definitely see myself trying this in the future just not yet.
Repurchase: No (not yet)

Lancome Genifique Facial Serum (Sample)
This stuff was honestly amazing, however it is very expensive and I want to try some other serums first before deciding if this is the best one yet, so because of that I won’t be repurchasing yet.
Repurchase: No

Superdrug Acetone Nail Polish Remover
Thankfully nail polish isn’t that expensive but I did find that this one struggled to remove my nail polish so I have tried a different one. To me though all nail polish remover is pretty similar.
Repurchase: No

W7 Carnival Dust in Metallic Magenta
The name of this may throw you off because this is actually a deep blue toned purple loose eyeshadow similar to the Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts. This wasn’t bad but it did have a lot of fallout and I needed to pack on the colour, also I wasn’t a fan of the glitter so I don’t think I’d repurchase.
Repurchase: No

Makeup Academy Liquid Eyeliner
I received this in a makeup bundle offline, it was okay but nothing particularly amazing and the brush splayed pretty quickly. This is made by the company Elizabeth French not MUA so it is a cheap offering. I wouldn’t seek it out though.
Repurchase: No

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base with SPF15
I raved on about this for ages when I first tried it and it was incredibly amazing however it is quite expensive and so I’m looking to try a few other colour corectors both low and high end to see which one is my favourite, so I will be holding off on buying this again for now.
Repurchase: No

GOSH Velvet Touch Line Perfector Unique Primer Product
This was absolutely amazing and quite frankly was the best primer I have ever tried. I haven’t yet repurchased this however I will indefinitely be repurchasing this because it’s great.
Repurchase: Yes

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory
I love the Match Perfection Foundation by Rimmel London, this product is one that I can always fall back on whenever I need a good drugstore foundation. Unsurprisingly I have another bottle of this.
Repurchase: Yes

The Body Shop Oil Balancing Foundation in Light
This was awful, it had a nice finish but the lightest shade was orange and this oxidised quickly, so I definitely will not be repurchasing this, I don’t think I used up every last drop of it, either!

Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream (Sample)
This was another product that was incredibly disappointing, this was heavy, cakey and way too orange despite being a very expensive product and a well known, high end brand.
Repurchase: No

MUA Blusher in Marshmallow
I’ve had this a while and although it was a really nice blue toned pink, the packaging just made this product incredibly prone to shattering (which it did) and ended up being incredibly messy. Although the shade was nice, the packaging just made this a let down.
Repurchase: No

Technic High Lights Complexion Enhancer
I love a good budget friendly product and this is a perfect dupe for Benefit’s High Beam and it was really lovely. Although I do have a lot of highlighters in my stash I think for £1.99 I can allow myself to repurchase this.
Repurchase: Yes

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm
I haven’t quite used up this however my boyfriend used it on either a coldsore or very chapped lips and now his lips have healed I have thrown this just because I don’t like the idea of any bacteria building up on this. It wasn’t amazing anyway so I won’t be repurchasing this.
Repurchase: No

So that is it for my enemies, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button, and let me know if you have tried any of these products.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

 

Vera Wang Princess Gift Set Review

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Oh how my best friend does spoil me so (I love you Rachel), I was lucky enough to receive the Vera Wang Princess Gift Set for Christmas which contains the Vera Wang Princess 30ml EDT, the Vera Wang Princess Foamy Body Polish and the Vera Wang Satiny Body Lotion. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the products so here is my review.
princess gift set
I absolutely adore the girly packaging of this and coming from someone who is not a pink lover that’s quite impressive. It’s girly and very princessy. The perfume is a glass heart shaped bottle with pink fluid inside and a golden crown for a lid, and this idea is repeated on the lotion and body polish. The box is regal with the pink, purple, gold and white. Usually this retails for between £30 and £40 however it’s currently on offer at Debenhams and I will embed the link at the end of this post.

Vera Wang Princess EDT 30ml
I haven’t included a price as this has come in the gift set but you can buy this perfume separetely. This is a light (but not too light) fruity and sweet scent which is just amazingly girly. The notes are as follows:
Top Notes: Waterlily, Apple, Sweet Mandarin and Apricot.
Heart Notes: Guava, Tiare Flower, Tuberose and Dark Chocolate.
Base Notes: Vanilla, Amber and
Woods.
If like me you are a fan of fruity and sweet scents this is definitely one for you, to my nose I can really smell the Vanilla and Fruits. This settles down into a soft scent but does last the day which I’m really impressed with.

Vera Wang Princess Foamy Body Polish 75ml
I used the body polish in the shower and wasn’t expecting much but it’s really great. It has the same scent of the perfume and minute grains to scrub away any dead skin. Despite being perfumed this did not irritate my sensitive skin at all and wasn’t too harsh either. This gently buffed my skin leaving behind the beautiful scent that I have grown to love.

Vera Wang Princess Satiny Body Lotion 75ml
I wish I could buy this on its own because I love it. Aside from the perfume this is my favourite product in the box, this honestly left my skin like silk and is the best product I have tried out of every body lotion and butter I have ever tried. This sinks in quickly, smells lovely and leaves my skin softer than I could have imagined.

Overall I love this set and would recommend it to everyone, this is a beautiful treat and is at an amazing price for three amazing products, I will be repuchasing the perfume if not the entire set once I have finished it.

The Vera Wang Princess Gift Set is currently on offer here for £20.00.

Have you tried the Vera Wang Princess range?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this scent of would give it a go.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

You Beauty Discovery March Unboxing

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Today I bring you my third installement in my unboxings, after receiving my third You Beauty Discovery box. I have to say I was the most excited for this one simply because I love love LOVE Illamasqua Lipsticks and this month they were offering a shade that I didn’t have. This months theme was the Best of British after taking inspiration from London Fashion Week, so every brand is this box is British #feelingpatriotic.
you beauty march
For those who don’t know about this box service and are new to my blog, each month subscribers get to choose two products from a “shortlist” then You Beauty Discovery adds an extra two to three products. The shortlist for this month was as follows:
Illamasqua Lipstick in Sangers (matte finish, blood red) Full Size
The Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curlers
Styl London Instant Gel Nail Wraps in Two Phased Red
Percy and Reed London Abundantly Bouncing Volumising Hair Mousse
Astral Original Moisturiser
Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask
#LipGlam 100% Natural Lanolin Lip Balm
Yardley London Contemporary Classics The Floral Fragrance Collection

I personally can’t stand heavy floral fragrances with scents such as Lavender and Rose so I wasn’t interested in the fragrance collection. I have tons of lip balms, moisturiser and hair mousse, and my nails are quite short so I wasn’t fussed about the nail wraps. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the eyelash curlers too. So here’s what I got including the extras:

Illamasqua Lipstick in Sangers RRP £18.50
I love Illamasqua lipsticks and they are by far one of my all time favourite lipstick brands if not my top favourite, so I was so excited to get my hands on a shade that I didn’t have. I actually got up at seven on the day the orders were taken to ensure that I would get it!

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask RRP £5.99 (for the full size I have a mini I believe)
I’ve wanted to try Good Things for a while simply because I love budget skincare brands. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this brand so I can’t wait to try it for myself, manuka honey is great for the skin and from my experience it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin either.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Youthful Vitality Shampoo 50ml RRP £1.49
Now that I’ve hit the big 20 I’ve worrying about ageing so having an anti ageing product is great. This claims to be a lightweight formula that claims to replenish essential nutrients lost with age for soft and shiny hair with visible fullness.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Youthful Vitality Conditioner 50ml RRP £1.49
Same as the shampoo this offers the same promise to replenish hair, I expect used together, these will add a lot of shine and body so I’m looking forward to trying them.

N’ked Cocoa Orange Bar RRP 75p
I’ve never been a health food junkie, as far as I’m concerned chocolate is good for the soul and I’m perfectly content being a world class couch potato. As I like to say “You don’t get toned rolls by eating healthily”. I probably should cut down on the junk so me and my boyfriend gave this a try. It was a bit meh from me and I wouldn’t repurchase, in the words of my boyfriend “It was terrible.”

Total Value of Box: £28.22
Total Cost of Box: £6.95

Overall I’m really impressed, this is my favourite box by far, although this months box has set the bar high for April!

The You Beauty Discovery Box is available here for £6.95 a month.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and what you would have chosen.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara by Grow Luscious Review

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I love mascaras of all shapes and sizes and I adore cute and funky packaging that looks great in my makeup collection or makeup bag so for me, buying the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara By Grow Luscious, was a no brainer. I’ve used this for a while now (it’s like mashed potato it seems to go on forever) and I thought it was time for a review.
* Quick note, this dried out a bit and the effect is amazing :)*
lash potion
In terms of the packaging I just love it, the rainbow packaging is really easy on the eye, is memorable and jumps out at me from the makeup stands, which I just love. The price of this mascara is £9.99 which isn’t bad at all for a drugstore mascara.

The brush is simply a thick fibre brush, there’s nothing particularly distinctive about it which is why I haven’t included an image of it. The formula of this is quite strange it is quite a wet formula so if you prefer your mascaras to be on the drier side then you probably won’t get on with this one.
revlon lash potion
In my opinion this is just plain odd for a mascara, it definitely does something, within the first coat it darkens my lashes and adds volume and length but it’s nothing too dramatic. In the photo of me wearing the mascara I did have to build up a few coats to get the look that I wanted. As mentioned the formula is very wet so I do find that it can lead to a little clumping and it does run as it isn’t waterproof which is a pain.

I think for me this isn’t as great as I would like, it is good but it’s almost restrained in the formula and I wish that the brush would grip my lashes better for maximum length, volume and separation. Would I repurchase? Probably not simply because I have tried a lot of mascaras and this was just average. I wish it had been more especially as the packaging seemed to promise to whisk me away into a magical world of long lashes but sadly it wasn’t meant to be. I think I’ll be finishing this tube and then moving onto something else.

The Revlon Lash Potion Mascara By Grow Luscious is available here for £9.99.

Have you tried this mascara?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried this product and if so what you thought of it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation Review

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I was always curious about the idea of mousse foundations, but I’m sure you all remember the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation and the horros that followed (think girls with orange cakey skin) and so I was very wary to try this formula of product, until my friend gave me the Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation in Ivory. This is still available and so I thought it would be interesting to do a review on the product itself and my first impressions of a mousse product.
avon mousse foundation
Here is an image of the product and as you can see I have nearly used this up. Tje product comes in a glass jar with a black lid that screws off. I do find this quite bulky to store and the lid is looking pretty grubby so I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. The price of this product is £10.50 which I think is on the expensive side of drugstore and a little overpriced for this product.In terms of the formula this is strange, I apply this foundation with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as I didn’t think fingers would work too well and I didn’t want to ruin one of my brushes by clogging it up with this. I think the sponge is a better way to apply it on evenly.

The mousse formula does cling to dry skin rather than glide over it which disappointed me and I did find that even with a sponge this cakes on so I always have to blend it in with my fingers after to prevent flakiness or cakiness. 

This disappointed me in the fact that despite such a thick consistency of product, when I apply this to bare skin it is horrible, so I do need to apply a thin layer of my Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation underneath before applying this. 
rimmel foundation
(Me wearing my Rimmel London Foundation)

me with avon on
(Me wearing my Avon foundation over the top of the Rimmel foundation)

What does save this product from being a failure is the colour Ivory which actually matches my skin and goes on paler than it looks in the photo, and the fact that this has a beautiful matte finish and even coverage. No sweaty looking dewy face for me. 

This wears relatively well but does start to go a bit patchy towards the end of the day. I’m also not a fan of having to use another foundation underneath this one, to me it just kind of defeats the purpose really.

I wouldn’t repurchase this and despite the nice finish I wouldn’t recommend it simply because it’s too much of a faf especially if you are in a rush in a morning.

The Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation is available here for £10.50.

Have you tried the Avon Ideal Flawless Matte Mousse Foundation?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried a mousse foundation before and what you thought. P.S I’m sorry for the italics despite me repeatedly tapping ctl I and clicking the italics button to undo it for some reason it isn’t working.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

My Makeup Story Tag

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Since I was a girl I always loved makeup, I went through my tomboy phase then tried my mums hair serum (used way too much and had hair that you could cook eggs on), before exploring her old makeup I tried gloopy nail polishes, bright pink eyeshadow (fail) before I got into thick eyeliner and cheap flaky foundation. Nevertheless makeup quickly became part of my life and now at the age of twenty I’m here writing a blog about it, so I thought I’d share with you my makeup story.

1) How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I was quite young when I first discovered it, as a child I love sticky lip balms, rollerball lip balms and cheap lipglosses. My mum likes to tell me a story of when I was super young (aged 3) and on Christmas day I plastered my lips with nail polish. (Fail). I fully started wearing it in year six and regularly wore it on from there I was around eleven when I fully got into it.

2) How did you get into makeup?
My mum has a plastic basket with her nail polishes, hair products and makeup bag. She’d let me paw through it and use the stuff she didn’t use herself. To me it was a magical place I tried Avon Glimmersticks, Colourtrend Eyeshadows and Dark Lipsticks. She’d pluck my eyebrows and then I’d teach myself, I had a styling head as a child where she taught me how to braid.

3) What are some of your favourite brands?
For me it fully depends on the products but I like Rimmel London, L’oreal, Barry M, Illamasqua, Topshop and MAC to name a few. I love most brands.

4) What does makeup mean to you?
I’m not a makeup artist but makeup plays a big role in my life. Throughout high school I got bullied so my makeup was my armour, with an eyeshadow or a lipstick I could change and morph into the person that I wanted to be. Now makeup is part of my identity, I can be bold with bright colours, sultry with vampy looks or natural with neutral tones. It’s an extension of my personality and a way to express myself.

5) If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?
Foundation because I always hate the way my skin looks in a morning, Mascara because I’m so used to it it feels strange not to wear it. Powder is a must because without it my makeup fades and smears around and I love lipstick so that would be my favourite choice.

6) What is your favourite thing about makeup?
That I can use my face as a canvas and makeup as my art tools, I can create a full look, a fancy dress costume look, I can enhance and change whatever I like with the flick of a brush. I like the creativeness and that fact that I’m not restricted I can be who I want.

7) What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
High end is great for luxuries but drugstore makeup is my favourite, you can get more products for your money and if you don’t like them you’ve not wasted thirty pounds. Drugstore makeup is great for finding what you like and even finding great dupes of products that are just as good if not better than high end products. High end to me is an extension of my collection, it’s a treat and a luxury but not something that I need.

8) What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
I recently did a post about my drugstore makeup starter kit and why we wear makeup. My tip would be to wear it because you want to not because you have to. Also to read beauty blogs and to discover what works for you not necessarily what is popular! One last thing that I learnt from my own experience when I was around eleven. If you decide to fake tan (I don’t) NEVER use all twenty five tanning wipes on your arms. Just trust me on that one.

9) What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Either orange fake tan (why?) or dark lip liner and pale lipstick, I just do not understand.

10) What do you think about the beauty community on youtube?
From what I’ve gathered it seems great but I’m a blogger at heart so I’m going to discuss the blogging world. I was terrified when I started my blog I expected criticism and vain girls that looked down their noses and I was so wrong. I received a warm welcome and met and chatted to people who are truly wonderful. Everyone was so nice and kind and wanted to share their love of makeup too. I’m grateful to so many bloggers for welcoming me, it gave me confidence and it truly has shaped the person that I am today.

So that is it for this tag, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments some of your answers to these questions.

As always thank you so much for reading.
I love you all.
Love x
Nina

Selena Gomez Makeup Tutorial

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Ever since I first saw her acting in The Wizards of Waverly Place I’ve always admired Selena Gomez. Despite the pressures of being a child star and her public love life she’s always soldiered on and looked damn good whilst doing so, therefore it only seemed fitting that I recreate one of her looks. As much as I adore her vampy looks I’ve been doing a lot of them lately so I thought that I would challenge myself to create a natural and glowing “girl next door” look, I hope that you enjoy this post.
P.S – Just before I start this post I will be doing a question and answer this week on my blog, if you have any questions please comment below, tweet me @ninarossjournal or email me at ninarossjournal@gmail.com.
Teen Choice 2011 - Portrait Gallery
So this is a photo that I have taken from the internet of the lovely Selena Gomez (obviously I didn’t take this copyright goes to rightful owners) and I chose this photo from one of her 2015 photoshoots because she just looks healthy, glowy and happy and it’s a great look to wear.

Eye Makeup
eyemakeup
I used four products to create the eye makeup look. She is wearing a smokey look but because the rest of the look is quite warm I didn’t want to be using greys and blacks for the eyes so I opted to do a smokey neutral look.

I started with my MUA Heaven and Earth Palette and took the shade which is on the top row and second from the right across my entire lid. I used a few coats to build it up to be quite strong and swept it out to create a winged effect. I then used one of my favourite shadows from this palette which is on the far right and bottom row of the palette. I used this in my crease and outer corners.

I don’t currently have a liquid eyeliner that I love so I used my L’oreal Contour Kohl across my upper lash line and created a subtle flick, the kohl is less harsh so works much better with the shadows. I then used the same kohl across my lower waterline as well to really define the eyes. Next I used my Revlon Lash Potion Mascara on my upper and lower lashes to create a lovely finish. Finally (I did do this after my face makeup) I used my Rimmel London Professional Brow Pencil in Black Brown to fill in and shape my brows.
my eyes
Face Makeup
face products
I used a fair few products on my face but I really wanted to nail her glowing complexion. I started with my Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer just to even out the texture of my skin. This doesn’t actually makeup your face matte nor is it great at filling in pores but it does offer something for foundation to adhere to. I used my Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to cover my entire face, I built it up to a medium coverage rather than sheer and for any tricky parts such as under my eyes I used my Real Techniques Detailer Brush just to press the foundation into place.

Up next was concealer and I used my holy grail Collection Last Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Fair under my eyes and on any blemishes. I used my Avon Concealer Brush for large areas such as my chin and then used my Real Techniques Detailer Brush for precise areas such as under my eyes. I apply my concealer by pressing it in rather than smearing it around, not only does it cover blemishes better but it prevents it from looking streaky or patchy.

To warm my face up I did a light contour using my Rimmel London Natural Bronzer and Real Techniques Contour brush then used any excess product on the brish to bring the warmth up to my temples and forehead. For highlight I used my MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter in Iridescent Gold and using my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush I applied this down the centre of my nose, above my cupids bow and onto my cheekbones. I used my Nars Blush in Orgasm across the apples of my cheeks however a great dupe is the Sleek Blush in Rose Gold which works just as well.

Lip Makeup
lip makeup
I don’t have a really great peachy pink lipstick so I used a combination of two products to create a creamy peachy lip. I used my Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty and dabbed a thin coat of this onto my lips. Then to add the peachy tones I went over my lips with my Revlon Colourburst Lip Gloss in Bellini to create a really glossy peach lip.
my lips
Finished Look
end look
(Just had a shower so ignore wet hair please!)

So that is it for this tutorial, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this look.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

February Favourites

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So I was going to say that it’s “that time of the month again” but not only does it sound cliched but I always feel like it sounds like I’m talking about my lady time which quite frankly is TMI. Anyway, apart from going off of topic, it’s the end of February which can only mean one thing. It’s time for February Favourites.
seche vite
(I have only included one photo simply because my favourites have been used of or are scattered across the four corners of the world my room.)

I’m going to start with haircare and I have two products from the same range that I have been particularly obsessed with this month which are the Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner. I picked these up from Boots and I opted for large bottles seeing as me and my boyfriend are constantly going through shampoo and conditioner and quite frankly I really like them. They add moisture, leave my hair soft and smooth without being greasy have a lot of product per bottle and are budget friendly. Yes, yes and yes. I’m also happy to rediscover Smart Beauty Highlights and have been using the red highlights as a dip dye without bleach and they came out neon which is just great.

I don’t have any skincare favourites so onto makeup and nails and I have a fair few from this category mainly lip products. I’ve really been enjoying my L’oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Plum Passion which is a beautiful raspberry pink and something that I’ve just been wearing none stop. I’ve also been giving lip balms a lotta loving and I’ve been using my Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Creme which I’ve nearly finished and my Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock for when I want a pop of colour without the maintenance.

I have two nail favourites in the form of a polish and a top coat. For the polish I’ve been enjoying my Calvin Klein Splendid Color Nail Enamel in Red Red especially around Valentines Day and I’m also been using my Seche Vite Top Coat which I recently reviewed and have been enjoying as well.

I also have a fragrance and get this – a candle. Yes I’ve fallen into the world of candles and I have no regrets. My favourite candle has been my Yankee Candle in Happy Birthday Vanilla Cupcake which I adore (and so does my boyfriend) and between us have nearly used up. I’ve also been enjoying my Versace Bright Crystal Absolu a perfume recommended to me by a close friend who I will be mentioning in a moment.

In terms of random favourites I’m been watching Dance Moms and Game of Thrones obsessively and I’m really really enjoying both. I’m not up to date so no spoilers please. I’ve also been reading my mother’s copies of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and have been also enjoying them. I really want my own tree ent.

Onto bloggers and youtubers and I haven’t been watching a lot of youtube this month but one youtuber who I adore is the wonderful Essie Button. I don’t need to say much you probably know her and if you don’t check her out. She’s charismatic funny and just amazing. My blogger of the month is someone special who recommended the Versace perfume to me, she’s also my best friend and Rachel has finally created her own blog on wordpress called Sensescentcentral. It is a perfume and candle blog (think all things fragrance) and I’m so proud of her for that. I’d love it if you gave her a warm welcome because she’s nervous about being a newbie to the blogging world.

That concludes my February Favourites and I hope that you enjoyed this post. If you did please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what some of your favourites have been.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Review

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I think that it’s safe to say that anyone who has a vested interest in nail polish and nail care will have heard of Seche Vite as a brand and in particular their Dry Fast Top Coat. Often hailed as the best topcoat available and highly raved about by bloggers and vloggers alike, it’s hard to see that a small glass bottle filled with clear fluid can cause such a fuss. I’ve been using this since last summer and it has quickly become my go-to top coat so as usual here is a review.
seche vite
So this is the bottle of Seche Vite and it comes in a cardboard box which I have already discarded because it was just cluttering up my drawers. As you can see this is a clear polish in a glass bottle and this retails at varying prices across the internet although I have found it for £8.36.

I was going to put a load of swatches but it was difficult to take the photos and you couldn’t really see what I was talking about. For me yes this dries pretty quickly but it’s not the fast drying time that draws me in it’s the glossiness and longevity that it adds to my nails.

I’ll start with glossiness, so my favourite polishes are the Barry M Gelly Hi Shines which offer a very glossy finish to the nails and Seche Vite offers something similar but with more maginitude. This top coat offers the glossiness of gel nails without the damage which for me is just amazing because I love glossy nails.

In terms of longevity this makes a huge difference, if I take one of my Rimmel London I Love Lasting Finish polishes I’m lucky if it lasts a few hours without chipping, yet when I apply Seche Vite it will stay for a good few days.

This isn’t massively difficult to get off which I also love but it’s just the fact that for the price of a bottle of this not only are you getting a glossier finish but ultimately it makes all of your polishes last longer so you are essentially saving products.

Overall I don’t have much else to say about this except for the fact that I love it and it is the best top coat I have tried.

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat is available here for £8.36.

Have you tried Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried Seche Vite and what your favourite top coat is.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Cream Review

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Having heard quite a lot about Vichy skincare and having quite a few of their products on my list of things to try, I was quite excited when I got my hands on a sample sachet of the Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Cream. It’s taken me quite a while to get around to reviewing this, but finally here’s my thoughts.
vichy sample
This is the little sample sachet I received, obviously the full sized product is much nicer with regards to packaging but that is to be expected. I like how the brand and relevant information is included on the sample though. The cost of the full 15ml tube of this is£23.00 but I don’t think that’s too bad for a decent eye cream or serum, I would describe it as mid range to high end in terms of price.

The idea of this product is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles which is always something that I am looking for because I do struggle with sleeping and therefore suffer from dark circles. The product description as listed on the Boots website is as follows:

Idealia Eyes brightens the appearance of dark circles and reduces the look of fine lines to re-awaken your natural radiance.For those who like to live life to the full and don’t want it to show around the eyes. For all women who want to target tired-looking eyes, fine lines and dark circles. Idealia Eyes illuminates and softens the appearance of tired eyes:
• Brightens the appearance of dark circles & illuminates shadows
• Smoothes & reduces the look of fine lines The new silicone applicator has been developed to help create a soft touch but with the precision of a brush. Enriched with instant illuminators and a combination of DRM-Bright complex, caffeine + vitaminB3 Idealia Eyes is clinically tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control.
Suitable for sensitive skin.

Alongside testing this I have taken some photos of a before and after so that you can draw your own conclusions.
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Before – As you can see I have large dark circles and fine lines.
after
After – Dark circles dramatically reduced but fine lines still visible.

I was surprised by this product and I have to admit that it wasn’t what I imagined. There is a slight scent but it’s similar to Nivea as opposed to a heavy fragrance which I am grateful for. The texture was a lot runnier than I imagined and was a skincolour which also surprised me. This is quite cooling and refreshing although it feels a little heavy. However I can say that my under eyes feel a lot softer and more refreshed.

I don’t think that this covers or fills in fine lines but that really is what I expect my concealer to do, obviously unless this product contains pore filler (or cement) there isn’t really a way cit can fill in lines unless it had a much thicker texture.

I can say that this has reduced my dark circles in appearance which I am really impressed with and I think just on that I wouldn’t probably purchase the full size. Overall it’s a nifty little product and I will be trialling the full size once I have used up my other eye creams.

The Vichy Idealia Eyes Cream is available here for £23.00.

Have you tried this product?

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments if you can see a difference in my under eyes after using the product and if you would or have tried it.

Thanks for reading.
Love x
Nina

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