21 August 2016

Bold colours with Everglaze Extended Wear nailpolish

Nail polish range from Evergalze

So today I reviewed a series of nailpolishes from the Everglaze range from China Glaze. The Evergalze range is an Extended wear version designed for strength, stamina and shine. 

The range has a huge choice of colours and I tried out 3 of them including their active top coat.

Now on the website it states you should apply 2 layers of the polish, which i have to agree with. On my first application the colour wash is very sheer and if you like your colours bold i would say 2 maybe 3 coats would be need to gain the desired colour. 

Drying time is fairly standard - i left it at least 5 minutes before adding on the top coat, which goes on very easy with no colour drag. 

Colour wise/final finish (from left to right): 
Royal Satin: Lovely glossy plum colour with a nice iridescent effect, my favourite overall 
Active Top Coat: Provided a nice shine and finish to the nails with good easy application
Tomato -Tomatoe: A vibrant almost fluro red shade, does need a few coats to get a good solid colour
French Press: An iridescent light brown/grey colour - again this one needed a few coats for the desired colour.

Staying power
So i tried these varnishes firstly without the top coat and then with it. 
Without the top coat I was seeing chipping and wear literally the next day which was a bit disappointing
With the top coat wear is greatly improved however by about the 3rd day i was seeing slight chips appear plus the top coat was starting to peel and wasn't looking as super glossy as it did on the 1st day.

Overall I wouldn't have classed these as extended wear polishes - the initial colours are sheer so need layering and I would have expected them to last longer than 3 days before wear was noticeable. That said the colours once layered were nice and as an everyday polish these did the job. I do love the vast amount of colours in the range and at about £9.95 they are are not overly priced. 

You can view the full range at the China Glaze site and  if you head on over to Nail Polish Direct you can currently grab them for a bargain price of £6.95 each.

Thank you to Sparkle Pr for allowing me to try these samples x

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1 August 2016

Grab a hint of summer with Monsoons Rose Gold Perfume

Rose Gold is a perfume made by high street retailer Monsoon - launched back in Nov 2015 it goes up against alot of decent high street competition however this one is priced slightly higher to reflect the brand at £24 for 30ml compared to the others which tend to come in under £15.

So is it worth that extra money? 

Rose gold comes in a sleek, fairly standard looking bottle cased in a rather nice looking gold and white box. The fragrance is one id label as 'safe'.....i.e pretty much most people would like the fragrance, its not overpowering by any one element...its a warm, flowery fragrance with a slight musk hint to it. An easy to wear everyday fragrance that can easily transition to a night out. The 30ml bottle is also the perfect handbag size.....and mine is in there already. 

Do i think its worth the price tag?...well Monsoon is a pretty credible fashion brand with clothing at the higher end of the price range so i think the price correctly reflects that brand image. Its not  a 'break the bank' price and you can't really go wrong with this fragrance.....very easy to wear, and leaves you smelling pretty damn nice!!

The fragrance comes in 3 sizes 30ml  Approx, £24,  50ml Approx £29 and 100ml for approx £35. A perfect summer fragrance - if we ever have one!!!

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18 July 2016

Give bad breath the brush off with The Breath Co

The Fresh Breath Co Range

So you have a hot date on the card and a cheeky kiss at the end of the evening is in your sights....fresh smelling breath is a No1 priority is it not?......well there is a new product on the block hailing from the USA that claims to fight bad breath, lasts for 12 hours and even better works INSTANTLY!!

The Breath Co is a range of naturally oral care products made from only pure ingredients meaning:
No alcohol
No colourings
No Flavourings
Vegetarian/Vegan/kosher and Gluten Free

The brand was created by Dr Harold Katz who is recognised expert on the subjects of breath care and oral health. There are 3 products in the range - an oral rinse (mouthwash), toothpaste and mouth wetting lozengers (new one on me!!!)

So firstly the toothpaste. Comes in a fairly cumbersome box with quite Americanised branding. Its both anti cavity and anti tartar and states its naturally oxygenating. It has a whole heap of benefits including:
Works instantly on bad breath
Help control dry mouth 
Recommended for canker sores
Also approved for Diabetics

The test - So due to the way this toothpaste is made its tastes quite different to the normal toothpastes you are most probably used to - firstly its very mild in flavour and secondly the consistency takes a bit of getting used to as its very watery - turning to liquid as soon as it hits your mouth, so quite a different feeling when brushing.....its weird, you feel like its not going to be strong enough to do anything....however once you get over the initial weirdness you will realise that this is a damn good toothpaste. Teeth feel squeaky clean, breath is fresh - and the feeling last for ages. It is quite pricey at around £8.99 - though if you hop over to Boots they currently have it retailing for £5.99 saving you a whopping £3.

Oral Rinse
So next onto the oral rinse - this comes in 2 varieties one is mild mint and the one i trailed was the Invigorating Icy mint. Again a fairly big bottle. For best results it says to rinse for a minute with 1 cup and then gargle for 30 seconds with another cup. Again this isn't a strong tasting flavour, but it is alot stronger than the toothpaste. Same benefits as the toothpaste but also is non burning and alcohol free. Breath and mouth felt clean and fresh after use.....and is most definitely kiss approved!! 
This is the priciest of the 3 products at around £13.99 a bottle (Boots again have it on sale with £4.66 off) however if you do have breath /mouth issue or just generally like to spend a bit more on oral care then this is a quality product. Its also really helpful for ailments such as tonsil health and sore gums. 

Wetting Lozengers
Last but not least the wetting lozengers.....not something Iv ever come across before but they are designed to combat dry mouth and freshen breath also. They combine Zinc, Oxygen and Xylitol which basically attacks all those nasty germs in your mouth that causes bad breath - they also include a 'mouth wetting agent' that stimulate your saliva production. The taste again is quite mild....but leaves your mouth with a nice fresh feeling....and yep I can confirm the mouth wetting does work!!
Again these are a bit pricey at £8.99 for a pack of 72 - and Boots again have got £3 off so grab yourself a bargain. 

So overall this is a really good brand - yes it is at the pricier end of the scale but you get results and for the many people out there that suffer with breath problems this could be the breath of fresh air they were waiting for. For me the best part of the brand is the natural element - no alcohol and no nasties, leaving you with a naturally fresh, clean and happy mouth......and an even happier hot date!!
Thanks to the lovely Nadine at esparkle PR for allowing me to test this brand xx

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17 March 2016

Bubbles and Powder love

Treacle Moon Gentle Powder Love

A dreamy carousel ride on painted marshmallows and rainbow coloured elephants......now that sounds like my kind of bath!! I can't promise the marshmallows or coloured elephants but i can promise a rather yummy smelling, sweetie reminiscent bathtime with the new Gentle Powder love from Treacle Moon. Inspired by the gentle scent of baby powder....it has captured it perfectly and will be loved by both adults and children alike. Use as a shower gel and slather all over or run under the tap for a lovely and luxurious bubble bath. Its super gentle and vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Currently available in both Tesco and Waitrose from £3. (Gentle Powder Love only currently in Tesco)

Design your own Treaclemoon
If you fancy suggesting and designing your own Treacle moon product yourself...well now you with the release of their easy to use App that helps you do just that.

TreacleMoon App

Totally free to use and available on iOS 8.0 or later (compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad & iPod touch), the app allows you to design fragrances, bottles and the quirky stories to go with it.

If you then share your ideas via:
Facebook: (facebook.com/treaclemoonOfficial), 
Twitter (@treaclemoon_UK) or
Instagram (@treaclemoon_UK), 
using the hashtag #treaclemoonME all the ideas will be entered into a monthly draw where you can win multiple random prizes, they also hope to turn at least one creation per year into an actual product......how good is that!!

So what you waiting for......download the app...and get sharing!!

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20 September 2015

Irritant free skincare with Dermasalve

Dermasalve range

Allergies and sensitivity to certain products are the bain of my life....so the concept of Dermasalve was a pretty attractive one. Let me introduce the brand to you a bit more.....

For those of you that haven't come across Dermasalve before - they are the very first moisturising range that is completely free of all known irritants, you know...those general nasties that make you blotchy, itch, swell (well in my case anyway).....to prove this they have compared their range to 5 other well known moisturising creams on the market and you can see from the table below that Dermasalve score a big fat zero against all of them in relation to known irritant ingredients.

Dermasalve comparison table

So what DO the creams contain - well they are packed with natural oils such as aloe vera, palm oil, wheatgerm and jojoba and these are then bundled together with vitamins and antioxidents with help repair and rejuvenate dry skin.

There are several products in the range from face cream to body cream to one especially for baby skin - the 3 i trailed from the range were the Face, Body and hand cream.

Dermasalve Cream

All the creams come in an easy dispense push down bottle. The first thing you notice about these creams is the feel of the cream - its almost a watery consistency...really light, which may feel a bid odd at first......but bear with it!!. There is none of that greasy feeling you tend to get with creams, a little goes a long way and it absorbs pretty quickly. The results are instant, skin feels soft and hydrated, you don't have to wait ages for it to dry and also it doesn't block pores which is a bonus. The best thing about these creams is that the effects last, its not just a quick fix. 

I have to say when i first tried each of these I just didn't think they were going to work very well - the watery consistency wasn't something i was used to.....but the feel of my skin after application proved me wrong...love the way my skin feels after application and this range is a pure godsend for anyone out there who suffer with allergies, sensitive skin etc. It also means this range can be used by anyone with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. 

Products in the range are exceptional value and range from £5.99 up to £30.00 for an eczema treatment pack - You can buy they direct from the website but they are also currently on offer over at Pharmacy 2u   - so grab yourself a bargain quick.

You can follow Dermasalve via Facebook or Twitter

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