Monday, 24 September 2012

Bluesky Shellac

I can't believe that it has taken so long to review this gel nail system!! I got it for myself at Christmas time eek!
Ever since having a Shellac mani done, I had been looking for a system so I could DIY. Well, if anyone has looked, even on ebay, these are quite exxy. As I was searching, I discovered many alternatives, many still out of my reach (or what I wanted to pay!) Many times the Bluesky Shellac brand popped up on ebay. Clearly a knock-off of Shellac, but at such a tempting, affordable price, I finally decided to give it a go.
I have played with this system many times, and with some trial and error have found a method that suits me. The instructions are simple to follow. Basically begin with clean nails, apply base coat then 2 layers of colour then top coat. All having 2 minutes of curing time under the lamp for each layer applied. Finally, rubbing over the sticky nails with acetone polish remover or rubbing alcohol means smooth glossy nails.
I discovered that applying thick layers just didn't work for me. The gels just peeled off in no time. For longer lasting nail polish, each layer needs to be applied quite thinly. What I did with each coat was apply, remembering to "cap" off nails, or run brush over the nail edge, then scrape any excess off, and brush across nail again, just to make sure there is only a thin layer. The products seem thicker than regular polish, so it does apply quite thickly at first.
Finished product:

The Bluesky Shellac isn't quite as thick as actual Shellac soak off gels, however, is somewhat thicker than regular polish, as stated earlier. Oh, I forgot to mention, that when applying product, it must not be applied over cuticles. I find this the most difficult part, only because I'm not the most co ordinated person, lol.

After one week:

There was minimal chipping, this was after being in the garden, and I'm never kind to my nails. As you can see in this pic, I've added a coat of shimmer polish. Any regular polish can be painted over top, removing with acetone remover does not effect gels.

After 2 weeks:

 The only problem I seem to have is that I am over the colour after a week, lol. However, beginning with a lighter shade means I can change the colour whenever I like. My nails are more protected, and I am able to grow them longer, seeing as they generally last for 2 weeks.
Removal is fairly simple. Acetone nail polish remover is a must. I soak a cotton pad in remover, place it on my nail, then cover in foil. Once I've completed one hand, using a hair dryer, I heat the foil for a few minutes. The foil should be on for around 20 minutes. Most of the gel comes off with the foil and pad, the rest can gently be scraped off with toothpick or "orange" stick. Then repeat on other hand.
I'm glad that I took the chance and tried the cheaper brand! :)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Lytic Cocktail

I am very lucky to know Su, writer of the fantastic blog, My Perfume Diaries. After telling her about my latest obsession with perfume oils, she kindly sent me some that she had created. I am hoping she will eventually begin selling perfumes, because if she doesn't, it will be a great talent wasted, in my opinion.
Not only did she send me some samples, but Su also created a perfume custom made for me as a birthday gift. Now this post is a LONG time coming, as my birthday is 29th of December..I am so so behind on my product reviews (gasp!)

I love that Su named the perfume after me. She got the scent just right. 

MICHELLE: Warm, comforting creamy and rich. This perfume is so me. It's gourmand and delectable. This scent envelopes the wearer, but not in an overpowering cloying way. It gives gentle wafts throughout wear. Just beautiful!

The other perfumes I tried:
Naked: * Soft, woodsy, ambery. It blends into the skin so well that you don't feel like you are wearing anything.. 
When wet, I smell sweet florals, grounded with just the right  amount of woodsy scent to stop this fragrance from being too heady. What I love is the fact that once dry, from time to time I smell the soft, sweet floral, such a fresh, spring scent. It's quite strange that when dry on my skin, all I get is a woodsy scent, which based on that I would not repurchase, however, because of the gorgeous "aroma" of light floral, I find it appealing.

Barren: *Very dry scent. Oudh, Benzoin, Amber and Sandalwood.
This scent is indeed dry..smoky, woodsy, spice. Personally, I find this scent quite a masculine one. Dried on my skin, I only get that woodsy scent, however, the aroma it gives is slightly sweeter, but still on the masculine side. I love it on James, but not for me.

Pina Colada: *Pineapple, coconut, smokey vanilla. 
A prototype, still in the works. Wet application I get the gorgeous tropical, coconutty scent. Reminds me of sipping cocktails on a beach..well, what I imagine it to be like, lol. As Su warned, the top notes do disappear quite quickly. However, I'm still left with this lovely scent that is almost  like Malibu, slightly boozy (thanks to the smoky vanilla) coconutty aroma. There is a slight soapy smell to the skin after some wear, but not at all in a bad way, like an expensive luxe soap.

Cherry Sorbet: *Soft, light powdery cherry. Not too fruity or sweet. Light and airy like sorbet.
Wet, this perfume has a sweet red wine scent to it. Upon application, I smell a sweet, slightly fruity aroma. Although not heavy or cloyingly sweet, the overall scent is intoxicating and undeniabley feminine, on me, I'm happy to report that it lasts and lasts. I often get wafts of this lovely perfume throughout wear, which I love.

Topless: *Jasmine, tuberose, creamy vanilla/ameretto base. This is very dense floral, with no top notes, sexy. It comes out harsh, but gradually softens on the skin.
When wet, this perfume is quite potent, almost as if the florals have been dipped in a medicinal concoction. Tho, in no time, upon drydown, this perfume softens to a dense floral, not an in your face bouquet, but something more earthy, dark and sexy. I'm not sure if there is clove in this perfume, but when I sniff on my skin, this is what I smell, however, the wafts I get throughout wear does not reveal a clove scent. This is a floral I really love.

Toothache: *Spicey vanilla and cloves..smells like xmas pudding.
I get strong clove when this perfume is wet on the skin. As soon as it begins to dry, the vanilla begins to sweeten the scent. This is a grown up, slightly boozy version of xmas pudding, smells fruity and decadent.. There is also a hint of smokiness to this perfume. I get warmth, but not heat, it's comforting, especially suited to the colder months. When wearing this perfume, it conjures up feelings of staring into an open fire on a cold night, with a glass of red..(sigh) It is quite a rich full-bodied scent, but not totally in your face, as time goes by, the scent begins to become sweeter, the spices soften, but fortunately don't disappear. The spices and vanilla are perfectly balanced, not cloyingly sweet, not too much heat..Love it!

I begged Su for full sizes of all these, apart from Barren. I appreciated the blend, but it just wasn't me.
Su, please, please, PLEASE continue making perfumes! :)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Soap Seduction

I love soaps and perfumes, next to makeup, they are my favourite products to buy. The online store on Etsy, Soap Seduction, have a great variety. The products on offer are soaps, perfumes, lip balms, scrubs and body oils. Quite a nice range to choose from. I placed a small order just to try a couple of things.

They came well packed and processing was fast. I ordered 2 perfumes and body oil, the soap was a lovely gift. This soap lathered nicely, but not too much, enabling it to last quite some time. It was also quite moisturising, like most natural soaps are. A great bonus, as I do love natural soaps.

I had never tried a body oil before, so purchased Sugar Cookie bath and body oil. Of course smelling like cookies is always a good thing, and this smelled divine! It soaked into my skin in no time. I had no worries about any staining on my clothes. My skin felt so soft and smooth all day. If there was one thing I could complain about, it would only be that delivery could be a little messy. It has a lid that you depress to allow product to come out of, this meant there was dripping on the bottle. But, it's worth putting up with, just to get the benefits of using the oil on the body.

Absinthe Minded: *hint of spice with a dash of mystery; herbal undertones of earth and woods and can be worn by both mamis and papis.
This one smells just like chai . I normally love the sweet spiciness that chai delivers, but I found this one a little too sweet for me. My sister loves it, and I like the smell of it on her, it just doesn't seem to work as well on my skin.

Honey Patchouli Eau de Viagra: *Blend of patchouli and sweet honey.
The sweetness of honey blends perfectly with rich earthy patchouli. There is a spiciness to this perfume also. It may be sweet, but it is not overly feminine. I love its richness!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Silk Naturals

Needing more of my beloved AHA toner, I had to place an order with popular indie online store Silk Naturals.

I couldn't possibly place an order for just one product ;) So, I grabbed some eye shadows, too.

FIERCE: Peach with golden shimmer

HAIRPIN: Golden copper. Eyelight formula. Applied dry these shadows are a sheer, silky texture. Over a sticky base, the colour deepens, and the highlights are more obvious.

MODEL: Champagne shimmer. Eyelight formula.

CUSTOM: Foiled pink eyelight finish.

FUSION: Taupe eyelight finish.

DIG IT: Copperyy taupe shimmer.

TURBULENT: (Not listed) Frosted green.

POLY:  Sea green shimmer.

CUPCAKE: Frosted pale pink.


I am wearing Fusion on my lid, Fierce below brow, in crease and lower lashline is Dig It.

Above I have Turbulent on lid, along lashlines is Poly, under brow is Fusion and inner lid I applied Cupcake.

I love Silk Naturals makeup, I'm glad that some of the skincare on offer are now staple products for me..means great excuse for more orders!! :)