Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This month Revlon unveils ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel. Expanding the ColorStay range this brings an astonishing 30 piece collection of shades to suit anyone. I'm already noticing a few that I want to pick up heading into Autumn (not that the season actually dictates my shade!)
The two shades that are here are Pocket Aces & Dealer's Choice. As you can see I've got an accent nail where I've applied Dealer's Choice, this has a minor shimmer to the teal colour, while the warm pink shade of Pocket Aces is a solid colour. I found the brush is thick, long and wide and applies to the nail well but it does soak up quite a bit of product making it easy to flood over the cuticle or apply too much. I have two layers of polish, it applies so well it looks like you could probably get away with just the one but two is a safer bet for a more lasting manicure. Two days later there's been no chipping.

There's a top coat available ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat that helps to make your gel envy more glossy and longer lasting.

Have you picked up any of these yet?

RRP £6.99. Purchase.


TheVeganKind #10

Monday, August 18, 2014

Food, glorious food!

Freedom Mallows were first included in the #TVK2 box in the yummy flavour of Vanilla, this time you get Freedom Mallows in Strawberry £2.50!! They really make me feel as if I'm not missing anything. These tasted great in my strawberry milkshake this past weekend. Indulging in fat free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, GMO, Gluten Free, Gelatine Free - making these a vegan healthy alternative.

Nothing but Red Pepper and Mangetout Snack £1.20, I'd thought I'd never heard of Mangetout before until I looked into what they are and realised they were the same flat peas I use to pick in the garden as a child for my mud pies! Nothing But Snacks are just as the name implies, it's just freeze dried vegetables with no additives or preservatives.

Living Naturally Soapnut Tabs £6.49, I got more Soapnuts!! I just purchased a crap load at the VDelicious expo I attended in July. Therefore, your always welcome within my box. I'm nuts for soapnuts (ok, I couldn't resist the goof!)

Propercorn Sweet and Salty Popcorn 80p me & Sweep both enjoy popcorn, I don't eat it as much as I use too. Probably a good thing too - addictive. These I'm sure I've seen in supermarkets(?) gluten & wheat free, their popcorn is gently hand-popped! Wonder how long that takes!? They take a little British rapeseed oil and secret seasoning & voila, Propercorn. Now I've found these a guilty pleasure, even with the calories not being so high, it makes me feel good ha!

Had to check this had no raisins / sultanas in before stuffing my face with this Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Bar £1.79. It doesn't BUT it does have nuts *nom* It's a small block of goodness fits into the middle of your palm and gone within a few munches. Yet so delicious and I decided to have this as my morning snack & sad it's gone.

There's a bonus item in the box Teen VGN Fuelled by Compassion Wrist Band £1.20. This is a network for young vegetarians and vegans. A like minded community to share stories, recipes, encouragement and campaigns. Check them out: TeenVGN

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Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation + Corrector Stick Review

Saturday, August 16, 2014

We all know I suffer from pigmentation, I've been thankful that since my last few bad blemish breakouts that I've not had anymore (might be down to my new skincare regimen) but when it's dark and very visible, it pisses me off, slightly knocks me but hey there's more problems that can't be fixed and that can, one way I've found is through Dermalend.

I'd first heard of Dermablend about 11 years ago, I had a really bad breakout, kind of hive like on my legs during my school exams due to nerves and they left scarring and my best friend at the time said to me her aunt used Dermablend for pigmentation on her face but it was doctor prescribed. So I've always had Dermablend in my head for many years. After all the pigmentation fading, it wasn't necessary to look into it for my legs but the last few years noticing the pigmentation pattern it seemed to be an idea.
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation SPF 20 - Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder - Dermablend Corrector Stick
I got these three Dermablend Corrective Sticks while they were on offer in Boots about 4 months ago. They normally retail for £15.00 each but I got them for just over £10.00 each so after a few minutes swatching, I decided on three. Shop lights are never great for swatching so it's cool to be able to throw them into the kit if necessary anyway not just for myself. Now I've read online some refer to these as foundation sticks or concealer. I think these work well with concealing small areas, like spots and possibly birth marks. It's better to use a clean finger and apply a bit of the corrective stick on a finger and warm it up and dab it on to make it a bit easier to apply and blend out.

My one gripe with the entire collection is, the shade variety. I have trouble with colours cos I'm in no mans land and live to mix so I had to find a way for these guys to work for me.

With one swipe you can immediately see the full coverage it offers. It can be build-able, therefore I work with a small amount before blending and reapplying as much as necessary. Getting more of a natural appearance.
Swatches :-  Top Row Corrective Stick // Bottom Row Corrective Foundation 
When I work with full coverage make-up, I don't ever like to use a large amount in one go, well with any application I find small amounts work better as I said above giving you time to apply what's needed afterwards. In the corrective foundation, I've got the shade Nude & Sand (Nude was a wrong choice, I probably should of gave Bronze a try and mixed it down) now the only area I now have a slight bit of pigmentation is by my nose but it's faded pretty quickly since May but I've been using Dermablend since around June to only the areas that need it, I find it's too heavy for me, for an all over foundation - that's my preference, I apply it with a beauty blender and love the results I get. I apply it around the under eye, down the nose and parts of my cheek - think contouring effect. I then blend that into the skin and set it using their loose setting powder around my nose area and then I use my Banana Powder under the eyes. I have the pigmentation on the left side of my face, which is the side I mostly take my images on. Safe to say I feel comfortable posing on that side.

I'd say these are good for those wanting to conceal, birth marks, vitaligo, thread veins and even tattoos, numerous skin 'imperfections' we may not be comfortable with. I wouldn't recommend the foundation as one for daily use if you don't need it.
Like I said, they may need to look into expanding the colours a bit more, if there are more shades available, they need to make them more available. Besides that, I can't complain, the brand does as it says & for that there's no fault.

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation 30ml £16.00
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder £15.00
Vichy Dermablend Corrector Stick £15.00
Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit with Pomegranate Oil

Friday, August 15, 2014

I reviewed this product before last year. The difference in this one is, this cartridge has Pomegranate Oil in. Pomegranate oil is known for it's anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant soothing and moisturising properties, ideal oil for a product like this! Well that's if it worked for me. I've not a clue WHY this pomegranate oil cartridge didn't work for me. Let me tell you now I'm nursing a sore armpit, cos it ripped out about 5 hairs from my underams (believe me, times that by 1000 and you'll know how many hairs are under there) so it wasn't a successful rip. If you suffer from Chaetophobia you might not want to scroll down.

Let's start at the beginning, I plugged it in and looked at the time and said, right give it until the maximum 30 minute heat up time (20 is minimum) 40 minutes later, I'm shouting 'Shit!' running upstairs and expecting scalding hot such thing so I go wash and dried the underarm, slapped some talc under there so the wax doesn't stick to any skin.

Proceeded with waxing the top half of my underarm and it says to go upwards with the wax, o.k. it's some what warm but not much wax is coming out so I roll it over about 5-6 times, apply the strip and GO! I saw 3 visible hairs on the strip. As the wax was still there I went for another quick round, 2 more hairs and a sore pit. I gave up! I'm still nursing this soreness and it's not nice, I've had to not do a few days of exercise cos any sort of chaffing isn't comfortable.
BTW the smell for me, it's horrid. I just can't. I'm quite disappointed as I love the original formula and it works for me, this wax even 40 minutes later didn't do the job or roll out much wax. Thankfully the original cartridge is still available but for me unfortunately, this is a no.

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