Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover for the Hands & Feet

I’ll be honest, when I first heard that Bourjois were launching a version of their Magic Nail Polish Remover pot which could also be used for the toenails, I wondered how it would work… believe me, I have pondered sticking a toe into my pot for the hands… so I thought a bigger pot with some kind of well in it was on the cards… never had I imagined it would look like this! Errmmmm it looks the same as the hand one, except purple, right?!

Right, from the outside – big fat WRONG on the inside, as this is where the genius idea come into play. Not only is there the same sponge in the pot we have come to know and love – the lid now has a sponge on it too, to wipe across your toenails and remove nail polish. If you need more remover you just screw the lid back on, tip it upside down, and the sponge soaks up some more polish. It is so clever effective and I love how it has solved a multitude of problems – removing your toe nail varnish without affecting your polish on your fingers is now possible! Having to fix one scuffed up finger or toe can now be done without getting bits of cotton wool fluff over your other nails. I L.O.V.E-love it.

It still contains sweet almond oil to nourish your nails and cuticles as you use it, and although I would never say a nail polish smelled ‘nice’, this one is actually really pleasant; with the strawberryish fragrance they call ‘red fruit and vanilla’.

This will become such a staple of mine – I feel like I have waited for it to come out forEVER. I’ve used my finger pot constantly since it’s release, and it just got even better!

The Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover costs £5.99 and is now available exclusively at BeautyMART. It will be launching online at other outlets including ASOS, Amazon and Very.co.uk in mid May.

Bourjois Bronzing Make Up

As part of their new Summer on the Riviera collection, Bourjois have introduced a new bronzing range consisting of a BB bronzer, mattifying primer, a maxi bronzing powder and a body bronzer mousse for an instant tan with no self tan. I was sent the BB Bronzing Cream and Maxi Bronzer to try out.

The BB Bronzer is designed for people to wear alone, as a BB Cream, with a hint of bronze in it. It combines skincare and bronzing make up to give a healthy, sunkissed complexion, while containing SPF 15. It blends in really smoothly, leaving a lightweight, translucent bronze finish. You can see in the photo below where I rubbed it to on my wrist – so my advice would be to make sure that you blend this well at the edges, and if your neck and decollete are pale, bring the BB Bronzer down to there too.

Unfortunately I don’t have the skin to be able to wear this alone – so I have been using it as a primer – it feels really nice on the skin, and the smell is amazing. Chocolate orange yumminess! It doesn’t feel sticky or thick, just lovely and adds a little glow and sunshine to my face.

The Maxi Delight Bronzer has ‘Maxi’ in the title as it’s so large. It’s the same size as the palm of my hand and is the first maxi format bronzer Bourjois have released. It also has the same chocolatey, orangey smell, with perhaps a hint of coconut too – it oozes summer sun.

It comes in two shades – one for Light / Medium skinned people, and another for Olive / Tanned skin. I was sent the latter, which I probably wouldn’t have chosen myself as I am naturally fairly pale, but it didn’t seem too OTT when used with a soft brush it left a nice, natural bronzed finished and I didn’t notice my face sparkling either which was a bonus!

The bronzer contains golden shimmer – I usually go for matt bronzers, but in the summer I am much more open to them; it just adds to that fresh, radiant feeling. It also contains beta-carotene which will help to prolong your natural tan too.

I’m wearing the BB Bronzer under my foundation and down my neck, with the maxi bronzer swept under my cheekbones, along my temples and the sides of the top of my forehead, then down to my jawline in a ‘3’ shape. I added a touch of bronzer to my collar bone too to give a bit of highlight thanks to the golden pearl extract.

The BB Bronzing Cream is priced at £9.99 and Maxi Delight Bronzer is £8.99 – plus to celebrate the launch, Bourjois are offering a free pair of sunglasses in a polka dot case, along with 3 for 2 on all Bourjois products, until 13th August!

Bourjois Cream Blush 02 & 03

Everyone seems to have a little round pot of Bourjois within their stash somewhere – it could be to do with the fact they’ve been around for a long time, constantly improving and keeping up to date with trends while being really affordable. They created the first baked blush 150 years ago, and now, next week sees the release of their Cream Blush – 4 gorgeous little pots of blush which transform from cream to powder on the skin.

I have been testing out shades 02 and 03. 02 is the shade I would automatically go for – I do love a coral cheek. ‘Healthy Glow’ is it’s name, and it’s a pretty good name as I think that’s just what it gives you. Once it’s on the skin, a slight amount of pearly shimmer shows through, giving a nice dimension to where the blush has been applied. It’s a beautiful apricot blush which will get thorough use from me.

Both of the Bourjois Cream Blush’s that I tried are really easily buildable. I have been using my finger to apply, over the top of my foundation – patting it on then blending it up – they are so easy to apply and the first application isn’t too heavy so you can’t go too wrong!

03 ‘Rose Tender’ is a babydoll pink colour, which gives a nice gentle flush to the cheek. Again, there is a small amount of shimmer particles which I think is nice for a powder-blush (what this has set to be) as it leaves the skin looking fresh. I have worn it quite lightly, but you could go more extreme if that’s more you’re thing!

The Cream Blush launches on 8th May in Selfridges, and 15th May at Boots, Superdrug and Asos priced at £7.99

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover “Dissolvant Miraculeux”

The new ‘Magic Nail Polish Remover’ from Bourjois has been causing a bit of a storm – with people eagerly trying to get their hands on a bottle, after having heard so many good things about it.

If you haven’t heard the hype – it’s basically a pot with a nail polish remover soaked sponge in the inside, which has a hole in it. The idea is that you put your finger in, twist it for one second, pull it out, and voila, it’s all gone!

It doesn’t work quite like that for me… as I twist my finger the sponge twists along with it at the edges, so it’s not really getting rubbed – as if my fingers are too small for the hole… but I have found a technique which works for me – I push my finger against one side of the sponge and twist it from side to side, as if I was rubbing it on a cotton wool pad, and sure enough – voila, it goes!

It’s really handy, not to mention more environmentally friendly, not to have to use cotton wool pads, especially when on some polishes you have to use ten tonnes of the stuff to get it off your nails. Neons and glitters are notoriously hard to remove – this did the trick on my neon, and although I’ve not tried it with glitter myself, I’ve heard it does a good job, although some of the glitter stays on the sponge so you can end up with it on your fingers / nails when you’re using it after.

The other thing I just love about this is the smell. It’s not often that you’d hear someone say that about a nail polish remover, but it seriously smells amazing. When you pull your fingers out of the pot, they smell of strawberries (or red fruit and vanilla, as they call it – it basically smells like strawberries), but wowwwwwww, it’s fantastic.

Aside from that, its acetone free, paraben free and contains sweet almond oil to nourish your nails. What’s not to love!?

I found my bottle in Boots for £4.99 – head on over to my Facebook Page where I’m having a mini competition to win one 🙂

Nails of the Day: Bourjois ’10 Day’ Nail Polish – 19

I recently won a lovely bundle of Bourjois goodies from a giveaway that Simone Loves Make Up was having and part of the prize were some of the new 10 day nail polishes, which I was eager to try. A nail polish you can find on the high street that lasts for 10 days?! Tell me more!

The packaging would lead you to believe that the polish lasts for 10 days – what with the big ’10 days’ labelling on the bottle, however if you read the small print you will see that it says ‘up to’ before that, and on the back of the bottle it says that it lasts for 3 days minimum. It also says that the brush is perfect for touch ups… so I believe they are expecting it to chip, but because of the new shaped brush, claim it’s easy to correct.

While we’re on the subject of the brush, can I just give it a ‘wow’?! I l-o-v-e it! It’s really wide, with a slanted edge – the longer side enables you to get right down into the sides of the nails without getting it all over your skin, and I imagine it is also good for touching up chips, which you would definitely need if you wanted to keep it on for 10 days – mine only lasted for 2 before the tipwear began and on day 3 it’s had to come off because of the chips.

The colour I tried out first was shade 19

It is a raspberry coloured polish which is totally opaque and really would have been fine with just the one coat. I have had lots of comments about how pretty it is – and off the top of my head I can’t think of another polish I have like this, which is a rarity!

If Bourjois hadn’t made such high claims about the new formula being ‘anti-chip’ I wouldn’t have had a bad word to say about this nail varnish – it goes on well and lasts as long as any other normal polish. I really hope the brush is here to stay!

Have you tried any of these nail polishes? How long did they last on you?