Wednesday, 4 February 2015

NOTD: Jess - Swan Lake

Dealz opened in my town a few months ago and it's been the best thing to happen to us in a very long time! Besides the cheap stationary, junk food and household products, they sell makeup.
I hit up the Rimmel section straight away but I overlooked the little pots of Jess nail polishes along the queue to the checkout.
Thankfully, my mom picked one up for me and I'm so glad she did.

The first thing that strikes me about this polish is how similar it is to my beloved Barry M Blueberry.

This polish takes two coats to get full opacity. It dries quickly and stays on until you decide to take it off. Seriously, I've gone a full week with this on my nails and not a single chip. It applies streak free and has a nice shiny finish.

The brush is small and thin, similar to Barry M actually. I really like it as it isn't too big for my nails like some brushes.

Lets address the elephant in the room, I cut my nails and they are TINY. They're just too weak to keep at the length I like so I decided to cut them down, take care of them and try to grow them back out with the hopes that they'll be stronger.

To help with that, I used Nail HQ All in One with Argan Oil* as a basecoat.

I'm hoping this will work it's magic and make my nails stronger and less likely to snap when hit with a strong gust of wind. It applies clear despite it looking green in the bottle. I'll continue to use this and get back with my thoughts on it.

Let me know if you've tried any of the Jess nail polishes or if there's any other bargain beauty bits I'm overlooking! 

Thanks for reading! :) 

*This product was sent to me for review but all opinions are and always will be, my own

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Empties and Would I Repurchase?

Over the past few months, I've been collecting all my used up products to put together for a post. I don't have that many to talk about because I do take a while to get through products but I think it's time I got rid of these!

L'Oreal True Match Foundation in W3

When I first got this, I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, the more I used it, the less I liked it. I feel like it all congealed on my cheeks and wore off my chin so easily. I felt very caked by this when I used it over the past couple of weeks so I don't think I'll be picking it up again.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

I've talked about this a lot in previous posts but I seriously love it. It's mattifying  but doesn't cake up or add any colour. No other powders I've used can compare to it. I've already repurchased this and plan on getting another when that runs out!

Barry M - Clear Basecoat, Topcoat and Nail Hardener

This is a staple in my nail collection. It's a brilliant base and topcoat and really helps to prolong the wear of your nail polish. I will be repurchasing this as I do so every couple of months.

Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara

This is my all time favourite mascara which you'll know if you're a regular around here. I have already repurchased this and probably will be again soon unless pigs fly.

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

This setting spray is a lifesaver. I have a full post here if you'd like to read it but I will certainly be repurchasing this.

Benefit Gimme Brow

I absolutely love this tiny mascara for doing my eyebrows but I don't think I'll be repurchasing it too quickly as it's €19. I just purchased Maybelline's Brow Drama and so far, I'm really liking it. It might take the place of this. I'll report back on that soon though.

That's all my empties, let me know if you've tried any of the products I just mentioned and what you thought of them. Are there any things in this post you would never repurchase?

Thanks for reading! :) 

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