Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Montagne Jeunesse Natural Beeswax Lipbalms

As I've said before, I love Montagne Jeunesse face masks, so when I was offered the chance to try their new lip balms, I jumped at it!

They come in five different flavours:

  • Wheatgerm & Shea Butter (Weather Screen)
  • Aloe Vera & Spearmint (Healing Balm)
  • Shea Butter & Mango (Sore Lips)
  • Pressed Cherry & Cocoa (Chocolate Balm)
  • Cranberry & Aloe Vera (Cracked Lips)

The first three I've listed are my favourite ones, they taste and smell so yummy! These lip balms feel nice and moisturising, the moisturised feeling lasts a couple of hours and isn't sticky or gooey. They aren't really pigmented at all, though the Chocolate Balm is brown and gives a very slight tint/wash of brown when applied.

It's in a standard twist lip balm stick container and the packaging is ok too (less boring looking tham stuff like Carmex/Chapstick etc). I've taken to carrying this around in my bag for when a dry-lip emergency occurrs (the only difficulty is deciding which one to sling in my bag!).

These lipbalms are available for www.montagnejuenesse.com priced at £2.99 each

Friday, 27 August 2010

Kiss Everlasting French Nails

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway over at Vex in the City to win £50 of Kiss Nails items. Here’s what I won below:

2 sets of Kiss Everlasting French Nails – Petite Length (includes glue and file)
2 sets of Kiss Everlasting French Salon UV Gel Effect Nails – Real Short Length (includes glue and file)
Draw on French Tip Pen
Mega Hold Press on Tabs
2 Nail Files
Artificial Nail Remover

How lucky am I! Anyway, my nails are quite short at the moment so I decided to put these on for work. I liked the look of the Petite Length ones better (a little more natural looking, plus they actually had a colour to them whereas the UV Gel Effect ones are almost see-through), but was a bit dubious about whether or not they’d be too short or not.

As you can see, they aren’t long enough interfere with my typing at work or to catch on stuff and ping off. They just look like my nails (but better!) with a nice French polish, which is exactly what I wanted, I’m not keen on huge talons with a massive white free edge on myself, it looks strange on me.

I used to wear glue on nails all the time and I found application of these easy - just select the size, attach with glue using the tab to hold the nail steady, snap the tab off, then file any excess. The tabs are also numbered which makes it easier to match the nails on each hand. The instructions on the back are very clear and glue and file are included.

They lasted a day before one pinged off (that might be due to me not using enough glue though). It wasn’t difficult to reapply them, and the glue was small enough and the lid tight enough to carry it around. Removal was easy too, I just used the artificial nail remover that Kiss sent me. I’ve not used the other nails, press on tabs or the French pen either but I will definately try them out in the near future.

Monday, 23 August 2010

I'm back from my holidays with some beauty goodies from the US

I had a lovely holiday – I won’t bore you with details but needless to say I had a fab time, I was so busy though I committed a cardinal holiday sin…I spent days wandering around with unpainted toenails. The horror! I’ve also got ridiculous tan lines on my feet where my gladiator sandal straps were. My Minx toes didn’t even last the flight out, I definitely need more practice!

Anyhow, onto the important stuff, I did get to buy some Mac, Sephora and Sally Hansen stuff whilst I was over there and frequented many a Walgreens and CVS too! I didn’t buy a ridiculous amount but over in Florida there are some really good outlet malls as well as a pretty big normal mall. This is what I bought:

· Crest 3D White Toothpaste – I saw some ads for this whilst I was away and got sucked in!
· Sephora Lip Gloss in Pin-Up Pink – this tastes/smells even more vanilla-y than the Mac glosses and looks really pretty on
· Mac Lashes (7) and Cremesheen Gloss in Crème Anglaise – both of these were from The Cosmetics Company Store
· Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in Charge It!
· Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Strobe Light – this is ridiculously pink and glittery, I’ll swatch it as soon as my nails are looking a bit less short

I bought a couple of bras from Victoria Secret too and ummed and aahed at some other stuff before walking away quickly!

I also spotted this at a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! we went to and thought I’d share, it’s beauty-related and pretty impressive – the pic below is painted entirely in nail polish:

Puts my nail art to shame!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Pink Cheetah Minx Toes

As I may have mentioned (ahem) – I’m off on my holidays at the weekend, so I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try out Minx toes. As I have my mani and pedi qualifications, I have a supplier account with the UK distributor of Minx, yay.

These are the results (who’d have thought I’d ever be posting pics of my feet on the internet!):

They’re not perfect, but for a first attempt I don’t think they’re too bad! Minx recommend you do between 10-15 sets before you’re considered practiced enough to know what you’re doing. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating I suppose – Minx is a plastic nail covering applied with heat that can last between 2-6 weeks on toes, however if they’re not applied right, it will be much less! I’ll report back on their longevity and ease of removal after the hol.

I hate my feet and if I’m honest, I’m pretty neglectful of them. In order to get my feet in shape a bit more for summer I used a Ped Egg, Sanctuary Instant Foot Callus Treatment (which is pretty good actually, but I think my feet were a bit far gone for it on its own!), Palmers Cocoa Butter Oil and some cuticle oil, nail file and orange stick for my nails.

I’ve got my eyes on some other Minx designs now:

(pics courtesy of minxnails.com and sweetsquared.com)

There are so many more though - these are just a small selection of my faves! You can get Minx manicures and pedicures in salons for not much more than a normal mani/pedi - have you seen any Minx designs you love?

I haven't scheduled any posts for when I'm away - basically, because I like hearing what everyone has to say! :-) But I'm planning on doing a bit of shopping in Florida so I'm sure I'll pick up a few things when I'm there that I might end up reviewing (hello CVS, Sephora and Mac!). I’ve been quite restrained this year and not gone for lash extensions, loads of waxing etc, though I did get my hair and brows done today. I also have a 15kg case limit which I feel is kind of cruel.


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