Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Maisy Meow Beauty Blog
Maisy Meow Beauty Blog
Maisy Meow Beauty Blog

As someone who doesn't get their nails done professionally, I spend quite a lot of time painting my own and hanging around helpless for half an hour afterwards while they dry. This is what stresses me out - there's nothing worse than serving your time, then discovering a dent or smudge on your newly painted nails. Even the so-called fast drying nail polishes are normally still dent-able for about half an hour. So I was moaning about  this a while ago, and someone suggested Seche Vite top coat.

I picked this up in Boots the other week and I have to tell you .. this stuff is life-changing! I've never been so impressed by a top coat before. After painting my nails, I put on a coat of this and within a minute, it's dry to touch. Within 2-3 minutes, it's dry, hard and most importantly .. undentable! One coat creates a good shine on the nails too. I like nails that are extra shiny, so I apply a second top coat and this gives them the gel nails effect. With this top coat, I get an extra 3/4 days out of my nail polish and they look so much better too. For £9 a bottle, this is a money very well spent.

I've heard, but not experienced, that Seche Vite can become gloopy after a while so it's important to make sure the lid is on tight and you don't leave it off for too long. Other than that, it's perfect. This product has won awards and it's not surprising. It's only been a few weeks, and it's already up there with one of my favourite discoveries ever

Have you tried this before? What's your favourite top coat? 

Eilidh 

xox

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Benefit Sugarlicious Lip & Cheek Kit.

Benefit Sugarbomb Benetint High Beam
Benefit Sugarbomb Benetint High Beam
Benefit Sugarbomb Benetint High Beam

Hello everyone! Today I thought I'd show you a cheeky little duty-free purchase I picked up recently. If I'm ever in Benefit, I always gravitate towards these mini 'gift' sets. I love being able to try so many products at once and they're always really good value for money. I spotted 'Sugarlicious' and thought the bronze/neutral shades would be a good one for post-holiday skin. I've actually never owned any of these products on their own, so I was excited to try all of them. The set includes Benetint, High Beam, Sugarbomb, a mini brush and a Sugarbomb lip gloss. Not bad for £25.50!

Benetint has been on my wishlist for ages - in fact, I can't believe it's taken me so long to try it! At first, I tried it on my lips and wasn't overly impressed with the colour pay-off. I think it'd take quite a lot of build-up for any real noticeable colour. However, I really love this as a cheek stain. It creates a really natural, rosy glow that would be the perfect barely-there cheek colour to wear with a bold lipstick. 

High Beam highlighter is one of Benefit's most well known products. It's an easily to apply, shimmery champagne liquid highlighter. A little goes along way with this and you only need a tiny amount to create a natural-looking highlight. The set also includes Sugarbomb which is a mix-toned blush that works as a highlighter too. I've been using this over Benetint on my cheeks and together they create a lovely natural, glowing complexion.

Lastly, the set includes the Sugarbomb Lip Gloss which is a warm nude gloss with very subtle shimmer. The gloss is really smooth, non-sticky and looks lovely over any nude or neutral toned lipstick or on it's own. It's a squeezy tube and easy to apply without a mirror too - bonus! 

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The sets comes with a 'Tips and Tricks' booklet which shows the best way to use the products together. This recommends Benetint on the cheeks, Sugarbomb on top, High Beam on the cheek bones and Sugarbomb gloss on the lips. Here's a pic of that look below - although I wish I could pick up the shimmer better on camera!

Benefit Sugarlicious Review and Swatches

This is a favourite for me at the moment and sits alongside my other fav, World Famous Neutrals kit, on my dressing table - I'm Benefit mad just now! Have any of you tried this? Which set should I try next? 

Eilidh

xox

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Things I definitely need.

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Hello and happy friday! It's a very happy friday for me because I'm off to Portugal with my family today! We're away for a week and I can't wait to relax on the beach all day and eat lots of lovely food at night time ... show me the piri-piri!

So it's been a while since I've been 'properly' shopping and my wishlist has been getting bigger and bigger. There's a few things that I definitely need to get my hands on before my Autumn wardrobe is complete. I'm so happy that over-the-knee boots are back in this year - it's a style I've always loved so I'm been on the hunt for the perfect pair. I found this pair from Dune and it must be fate because they're half price in Debenhams at the moment! I really, really hope they're still available next week when I get paid - actually, it probably doesn't help advertising them on here... okay, so as long as you're not a size 5, feel free to purchase! 

A camel coloured coat is an absolute must this season too - how perfect is this Zara one? The green shirt above is sadly/devastatingly sold out (I've linked the other colour) but I'm determined to get it in this shade. I love dark green in Autumn. It will be mine! So will these leather trousers, if they fit. I haven't had patience to go leather trouser shopping yet - I know it'll be hard to find a well fitting pair but I know it'll be worth it. You can't beat an oversized jumper with leather trousers in Winter - the perfect combo. Oh and lastly, the bag. How perfect - swoon! 

What's on your Autumn wishlist? Have you found the perfect leather trousers?

Eilidh

xox

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Daroko Power Hair Styler.

UK Beauty Review
UK Beauty Review
UK Beauty Review

I have a lot of very thick hair and although I'm quite happy with it most of the time, every second day I have a mini breakdown when I have to spend ages drying and straightening after washing it. Time I'd rather spend doing anything else. So I was really intrigued when I was sent the Power Styler to try - anything that might reduce my drying time is welcome! These little ceramic coated plates clip onto your hair dryer nozzle. The air from your hair dryer heats them up as you dry, making them super hot. Not only does the extra heat speed up your drying time, but the plates help straighten and smooth your hair just like a straightener would. So here's what I thought of them ... 

So I start by clipping my hair into three sections and start at the bottom, using a brush in one hand and the hair dryer in the other. You don't have to do a full hairdresser blow dry with a round brush and small sections (which I find difficult anyway) - I just use a large paddle brush and sections about the same width.  It takes a minute for the plates to get hot, but when they do, my hair starts to dry quicker in each section. I had less frizz too, although I still went over with my straighteners afterwards - this is a step I couldn't skip! My hair normally takes about 30-35 mins to dry and straighten, and with these plates it takes about 20-25, with a much smoother result. 

Now obviously, the plates give extra heat which isn't always good for your hair. However, it takes a shorter time to dry and the smoother finish means I don't need to use my straighteners as much in between washes. I also use the Tresemme heat protector spray first, which helps protect my hair too. I would say this though - be careful. I was chatting away while drying my hair on holiday and now have a lovely double burn on my arm - silly me! Overall, I'm really impressed with these and I've kept them on my hair dryer ever for the last few weeks. If you have thick or frizzy hair or if it just takes ages for you to dry it, then I'd recommend giving these a go. 

Have you tried anything like this before?

Eilidh

xox

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