Thursday, 24 April 2014

Jacava Nail Polish

Jacava Nail Polish* LtoR: Top Coat, Oxford Street and Pink Whisper - £14.50

Many of you may be aware that I happen to have a slight obsession with nail polish, and therefore can never have enough pinks, purples, top coats ect! When Jacava offered me the opportunity to try some of their polishes out I couldn't resist and chose Oxford Street, Pink Whisper and their UV Top Coat.

Javaca London is a brand that produce high gloss, long lasting and '8-free' nail polishes, now when I first heard of 8 free I wasn't quite sure what they meant by that. Their 8 free slogan actually means that their polishes are free from 8 potentially harmful ingredients that are known to cause various health problems (scary I know). Each nail polish is free from: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, camphor, toluene, DBP, animal ingredients and phthalates.

I think I will just start off by saying how pretty are the bottles? Everything from the top hat logo to the gold handles. I love that Jacava use 22 carat gold on every bottle, it just adds to that luxurious feeling. These nail polishes are different to others that I own purely because of handle of the brush, you can see in the photos these are quite long and I find that it just helps with the precision of applying the polish to your nails. Not only this but you can notice in my photos that the brush actually reaches the bottom of the bottle, so you don't have to worry when you reach about halfway down about having to turn and twist the bottle to reach product - something I really love about this!

They have an amazing shade range so there is something to suit everyone, and what I love about their website is that they have an online colour selector which allows you to try on different shades to get a feel of how they would look on your own nails. I know I played it safe with choosing two shades of pink, but hey I stick to what I know and love. I was also sent their UV top coat which I didn't realise not only helps your nails look shiny and avoids chips but this top coat also helps prevent your nail polish from fading and discolouring - something this top coat wins top marks for as I have discovered a couple of favourite top coats of mine are tending to do this more recently, leaving my mani looking a discoloured mess.

Formula wise, these are quite thick polishes but aren't opaque after just one coat. You do need anywhere from 2-4 layers depending on the colour shade. However I like that these are thick and quite creamy because it means that when I apply to my nails I haven't got to worry about not having enough on the brush and it going streaky (if you have long nails I'm sure you know what I mean).

I've tried both colours with the top coat and find they last well and don't chip easily. Sometimes at work I will be doing various bits and bobs that will always result in a chipped nail but these survived and managed to last a good week and a half before seeing an chips in the side on my nail.

Overall I'm really pleased with Jacava nail polishes, whist they are on the slightly pricer side I do think they are a great product not only on appearance but for their health benefits also as they come free of the harsh chemicals.

I'd love to know if you have tried Jacava out before? What are you're thoughts?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, Real Techniques, Real Techniques Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - £5.99 via Boots

I'm not really a big fan of beauty blender sponges and they are something I tend to stay away from, however I was intrigued by the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. After already falling in love with many of the Real Technique brushes I couldn't wait to give this 3-in-1 beauty blender a shot. Just like the many Real Technique products the beauty sponge has been designed by makeup extraordinaire Samantha Chapman.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is designed to give you the pixel perfect, flawless base you have always dreamed of. This innovative sponge is different from other beauty blenders as it features three distinct surfaces giving you three different ways to apply liquid foundation. The flat edge is brilliant for contouring around the eyes and nose or to apply concealer in this tricky areas. The rounded sides are great for blending product over the face in a dabbing motion. Finally the precision tip is brilliant for concealing blemishes and imperfections. 

For me using the sponge was a strange experience, after using foundation brushes daily to try a sponge was completely alien and new. To apply foundation using the complexion sponge, you will need to begin by wetting the sponge lightly and wait for it to expand and then just squeeze any excess water out and lightly squeeze in a towel to make sure you soak any remaining water up. I then pump my foundation onto my hand and then dab the sponge into the product and then start dabbing it onto my face in a stippling motion. 

Overall I found the sponge really easy to use, I was mostly worried that my foundation would appear streaky however I found it did completely the opposite. My foundations definitely appeared on the lighter side and gives a kind of radiant effect. I have found this works best with my Nars Sheer Glow foundation just due to the fact the foundation itself is on the heavier side and combined with this sponge is gives a lighter and more radiant finish. 

The brush retails for £5.99 which I think is a great price in comparison to the slightly more expensive beauty blender, and it makes the sponge a lot more affordable for those who do want to venture down the blender route.

I won't go all the way and say that the miracle sponge has replaced my trusty buffing brushes, however this is a great product to use in between the washing of dirty brushes or if you're like me go to use a brush and find that it's in need of a good wash so put it to one side for a clean.  

Have you tried Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge before? I'd love to know if you prefer brushes or sponges!

PS. Sorry folks for the lack of posts this week, been quite ill going to and from Docs and A&E so just kicking back with the painkillers whilst I await further tests. However I should be back on the blogging front soon just when I feel well enough to be able to get my camera and set up all out - yes any movement currently leaves me in pain. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Meet My March Advertiser



I'd like to introduce the lovely Naz who is my March Advertiser. She runs Follower of Fashion a fashion and beauty blog, her fashion posts are always gorgeous and love her outfits. This month I have loved her Motel Jumpsuit, the front zip detailing is gorgeous. You can check this outfit post out here.


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

MAC's Maleficent Collection 2014

MAC Maleficent Collection for Summer 2014

It's very rare that I will blog about new makeup collections prior to their release, however with the announcement that MAC were teaming up with Disney for their Maleficent 2014 Summer collection I had to know more!

To tie in with the release of Disney's Maleficent MAC will be releasing a 14 item collection inspired by the evil queen herself, and I will honestly say I was surprised by this range (in a good way of course). Following the bright and bold Disney Villains range I was expecting something along the line of those. However, gone are the iconic faces and instead Maleficent's wings decorate many of the range's packaging. The range has a lot of emphasis on neutral shades from their natural beauty powder to neutral eyeshadow quad. Lip wise MAC have opted for a classic red, which I was quite surprised at, due to the fact MAC's Villains collection was predominately purple for Maleficent. 

Included in the range will be: Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast, Nail Lacquers in Nocturnelle, Flaming Rose and Uninvited, Eyelashes in 30 and 36, Sculpting Powder in Sculpt, Beauty Powder in Natural, Eyeshadow Quad which includes: Ground Brown, Concrete, Carbon and Goldmine, Lipstick in True Love's Kiss (Amazing name!), Lipglass in Anthurium, Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick, Eyeliner in Rapid Black and lastly Eyebrow Pencil in Fling.

There are quite a lot of items within this range that are permanent items such as the four shades in the MAC quad and the Eyebrow Pencil in Fling. 

The Maleficent range I believe is due to be released in June, and I honestly cannot wait for this arrival. Not only am I looking forward to the film, but want to get my hands on a few beauties from this range. Whilst it may not be quite what everyone was expecting I do feel that there are some gems to be had.

Are you looking forward to MAC's Maleficent collection?

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Beauty Blogger Tag

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The Beauty Blogger Tag

A little while ago the lovely Steph from MerryMusing tagged me in her Beauty Blogger tag, and I don't know why it has took so long to do. However I am here now, and looking forward to doing this tag.

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I started blogging all the way back in 2011, and had been reading beauty and fashion blogs long before then. I would always read these blogs and think I'd love to do this myself, so one day I went ahead and started my own little site in the blogging world.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?

It would be Fleur from Fleur De Force, it was one of the first beauty blogs I ever read and the first that I kept going back to. 

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?

This would have to be Urban Decay's Naked Palette, I actually remember going all the way to Debenhams and buying the last one. I had never spent such a high amount on makeup before so I guess it's rememberable for a couple of reasons. Fast forward a couple of years with all 3 Naked Palettes under my belt I can safely safe it was worth the hype. 

What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?

Wow this was hard to narrow down.
  1. The community, if you follow me on Twitter you will know I'm an avid participant in the bblogger chats every Sunday and Wednesday and it's a brilliant way to chat to some lovely people. I have also had the opportunity to meet some lovely people whilst at events, and I can't wait to get myself into a routine so that I have the time to attend more events in the future.
  2. Photography, my blog has allowed me to re-ignite a passion for photography. I used to love taking a camera out with me just to take photos of any little thing and then whilst at uni I kind of lost this passion. However my blog has meant that I love taking photos again and has really shown as I have gone through about 4 cameras since starting my blog.
  3. Discovering new blogs, one thing I love about blogging is reading and watching others blogs/videos. I can spend a good couple of hours checking out new posts and are always on the lookout for new blogs to follow. 
  4. Having something I feel proud of, I used to be one of those who'd flutter from one thing to the next and never seeing something through to the end. However since starting my blog I have found myself with something that I like to continue to do and ultimately feel proud of - and that is honestly one of my favourite things about blogging. 
  5. Expanding my makeup collection, becoming a beauty blogger has allowed me to experiment with makeup in a way that I had never thought possible. It may be hard to believe but growing up I used to be quite the tom boy, and then I went through a phase of heavy gothic makeup. However since starting my blog I have experimented with makeup, and gone from owning just 5 makeup items to probably 100s - yes that's including everything from makeup brushes to nail polish.
What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger?

A lot of things actually, from html to design. Apart from the techie stuff I have also learnt a lot about beauty I know that might sound a little silly, but I have picked up so many makeup tips - stuff that I probably wouldn't have known if it weren't for blogging. 

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger?

Yes, the amount of money that I spend on beauty products. Like I said before I owned probably 5 beauty products mainly Miss Sporty. Now I'm walking up and down beauty aisles looking for the newest releases and have spent so much on a range of high street to high end makeup. 

What advice would you give to a Beauty Blogger just starting out?

The one piece of advice I'd give to anyone starting out would be to be passionate about what you are doing. By loving what you do you will easily find your own style and voice and the enthusiasm will really come through in your writing. Don't be in it just for the free stuff, I have heard a lot going round that some are in it for the freebies, but this shouldn't be the reason for blogging - do it because you have a passion for it. 

What are your top 5 makeup brands?
  1. MAC was something I had always been aware of due to the hype surrounding the brand and since trying their products out I cannot fault the brand. It's probably my most purchased brand due to my love for their lipsticks, powders and much talked about range releases.
  2. Benefit this kind of speaks for itself. Benefit have gorgeous packaging and this is how I get drawn in so easily. Not only is their packaging gorgeous but their products are also just as great, I own pretty much all their boxed blushers and a lot of my makeup consists of Benefit.
  3. Urban Decay have to get a special mention as the Naked palette was my first high end purchase. The brand have become renown for their Naked palettes and is simply the reason for Urban Decay being included in my top 5. 
  4. Real Techniques cooked up quite a storm with their amazing range of makeup brushes. Not only are these brushes amazing they are also reasonably priced. It's safe to say I own most of the collection and all there isn't one brush that disappoints. 
  5. Rimmel holds a special place in my heart, this is the first brand that I tried as a teenager and still use today. Despite the high street price tag their products perform to a high end level, including the infamous 107 lipstick. 
Recommend your top 5 beauty products
  1. Urban Decay Naked Palette, you knew it was coming. The Naked Palette is an absolute must for anyone, despite it's high end price tag you are actually getting a bargain when considering the individual eyeshadow price. The palette can easily take you from day to night and is one of the only palettes I have ever come across where you can use every shade included. 
  2. Benefit They're Real Mascara, I know a lot of people are divided when it comes to this product, however since it's release in 2011 I have been an avid fan since. I think I'm on about my third tube of the stuff, and I adore how this looks on my lashes. It instantly gives the appearance of longer and thicker lashes.
  3. Rimmel Kate Moss 107 Matte Lipstick, this isn't really a shade I'd have gone for a few years back. However this is one of those colours that everyone must own, I find it just works for every skintone. It's the perfect matte lipstick, it provides a great coverage and lasts all day.
  4. Collection Concealer, I think most people have either heard or tried this product. For such a cheap product the results are amazing. This concealer manages to cover blemishes without appearing too cakey and lasts most the day. Honestly if you don't have this concealer you really need to give it a whirl.
  5. MAC Creme Cup, I think I have mentioned this several times before, but this is my all time favourite MAC lipstick. Personally I find this to be the perfect nude, and works for almost any occasion. I even have a spare bullet ready for when my first is finished (yes it's coming to the end of its life).
I really hope you enjoyed this tag as it has been a while since I have done something like this.

I tag:

Claire and Nic - agentsmythblog
Caitlin - lace thrills