Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick

I posted a couple of weeks ago saying how impressed I was with my first ever venture into the world of Sisley with their beautiful nude lipgloss. I now have in my possession two of the lipsticks I fawned over in that post – they certainly have not failed to impress and now I’m having an ‘OhMyGodIThinkINeedEverythingSisleyHasInItsMakeupRange’ moment!

The lipsticks in the Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick range are housed in a decadent golden case which feel very robust and high quality. They are protected by a suede cover, which adds to the whole luxury lipstick feel. 
The tip of the bullet is diamond shaped, which spirals round the whole of the lipstick – this is the first time I have used a product shaped like this and it really helped with application, particularly as they are such bold, bright colours.
The two shades I have are L25 (Geisha Red) and L30 (Mandarine). The moment I first touched them to my lips, I fell in love.
They glide onto the lips easily – there’s no dragging involved – and such a gorgeous pigmented punch of colour immediately. They leave a satin finish to the lip, and as they contain Calendula and Vitamins C & E, they actually hydrate your lips at the same time as prettifying them! They are also extremely long lasting which means that you don’t have to touch up constantly throughout the day (or night!) and when they do start to wear off, they fade down beautifully.
L25 has zoomed straight to the top of my Favourite Red Lipstick list – it’s the most divine rich, bright yet deep red. 
L30 is just so… orange! I love this as an alternative to the red lip for a bold lipped look, and will look stunning with a tan.
They are a little more pricey than I would normally spend, at £32 per lipstick – but they are such great lipsticks, of such high quality that they are definitely worth it. 
Seriously, if you haven’t tried Sisley yet, you need to! I’m just gutted I left it this long….

Nails of the Day – Essie Action

I have been leaning towards wearing dark hues on my nails at the moment, but fancying a bit of a change, I brought some sunshine into my life with Essie Action!

It’s part of the Poppy Razzi collection Essie released this summer – 4 shades names Lights, Camera, Action, and, errrr…. Bazooka (?!)

In the bottle it looks like a creamy, orange shade, once on the nails it looks much less creamy, more bright, and more jelly-like. I painted my nails with two coats (and Seche Vite topcoat) but I think three would have been best as there were some areas which were a little patchy.

It’s pretty on the nails – and as it was a gift and I hadn’t swatched it before, I got a massive surprise when I went outside and my nails caught my eyes… for this is a neon polish, and very neon at that! As anyone that’s tried to photograph neon before will know, it’s impossible to capture the colour on camera – so I’ve photographed it in natural light, indoors.

I really like Action, however I think due to the neon-ness it is more suited to summer – it will look amazing on tanned skin. I will definitely be digging it out in the 2013 sun!

As a side note, did you know that Liberty now sell Essie!? I spotted it in there while doing a spot of Christmas shopping and thought that would excite a few of my readers!

Nails of the Day – YSL Duo Vernis No 08

This nail polish is the other half of YSL’s Duo Vernis No 08. It’s similar to the pink polish in it’s brightness – through the bottle I thought it would be a fairly pastel shade of orange, when in fact it’s bright, bold and brilliant!

I would describe it as a bright mandarin colour… or a toned down neon peach! Either way, it’s gorgeous. It will look amazing on tanned skin, but even looks good against my pale and pasty talons!

The brush is angled which makes it a dream to apply – it’s easy to get to the sides, and the pointed side is great for filling in any sneaky chips.

It’s very streaky after just one coat, but two does the job perfectly.

Do you like this polish? Have you seen anything similar?

Jemma Kidd Lipgloss Free with Red Magazine

Free with the July’s issue of Red Magazine (with Cat Deeley on the cover), is a Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss.

There are a choice of 3 colours – coral, light pink or red. These are full size, 6ml tubes worth £14, so paying £3.80 for a magazine and lipgloss is a bit of a bargain!

I decided to go for the coral shade, which is rather aptly named ‘coral’.

In the tube the coral colour looks highly red-toned, but once it’s on the lips it is much more subtle. It gives a wash of colour to the lips without being too in your face. What I love most about this lipgloss is that it is not sticky, or oily feeling on the lips. The colour seems to last well and fades in a pretty way.

The gloss isn’t thick or gloopy – it glides on nicely for a slight flash of colour to your lips.

Have you taken advantage of this offer? Which colour did you get?

Revlon Scents of Summer Nail Polishes

I heard about Revlon’s scented nail polishes via Twitter and immediately decided I neeeeeeeeeeeeded the Bubblegum one – I love the smell of bubblegum, and I, personally, can’t have enough pink polishes in my collection. I kept going to Boots in the hopes of finding it but all I kept seeing were the purple (Passion Fruit) and frosty green (Beach).  I was told to try in larger stores, which I was all set to do, until the lovely Revlon sent me a package with 5 of the 8 scented polishes in it.

I love the idea of scented polish – it’s something I’ve never seen before and it leaves me wondering what will be next in the nail polish world. You would think that the fact the polishes are fragranced highly enough for you to smell them, they would be laden with chemicals which can’t be any good to sniff. Revlon have actually been free of DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde since 1992. Sniff away.

I have tested these out over the past couple of weeks and really enjoyed them. The scents are meant to be reminiscent of summer, and while they are summery smells, I can’t help think that some of them have been named wrongly! Bubblegum smells of watermelon, Passion Fruit smells of raspberries, and Peach Smoothie of refreshers! Whatever their names, they are all yummy smells.

I noticed that Mad About Mango, and Ocean Breeze seemed to be the strongest smelling – I could smell them every time my hands went near my face – including while eating which was a little weird. Peach Smoothie’s smell seemed to fade the fastest.

I used two coats of each polish, without a base coat. I was advised that the smell would be more present without it. The nail polish has lasted well, with tipwear after a couple of days but no major chips. I love the formula of Revlon polishes and Passion Fruit is a prime example of how a formula should be – it glides on so effortlessly which really helps to get that perfect manicured look.

I’m really pleased I got to try these out – thank you very much Revlon!

These polishes are limited edition, after August 2011 you won’t find them on your shelves. They are priced at £6.49 but are on special offer of 2 for £8 at Boots at the moment. I highly recommend them!

Nails of the Day – Revlon Tropical Temptation

This colour just screams “HELLO THE WEATHER IS WARM” to me. It’s a perfect bright peach with great coverage, great staying power and always receives compliments. Someone said to me that it works really well with my skintone and hair colour, but they can imagine it being trashy on someone that was blonde. I’ve seen it on blondes before and I think it looks just as lovely – I guess it depends if the rest of you is dressed like a tramp, regardless of hair colour, it might look trashy.

Nails of the Day – Butter London Jaffa

Jaffa by Butter London is exactly as you would expect it to be from the name. Proper orangey-orange. It has a completely different feel to it wearing it in the sunshine to the cold weather. Right now the sun is shining and it looks a gorgeous neon (neon, not luminous) orange, a creamy jelly like texture to it, perfect for summer days.

This polish was sent to me by PowderRooms.com where you can pick up all your Butter London polishes as well as loads of other cool stuff

Halloween Nails

“Another nail post?!” I hear you cry! I have been SO hectic I don’t know where October has vanished to – here’s hoping I can find some more time to devote to here as before. I have some exciting news coming up so please stay tuned. Sorry to be a secret squirrel but that’s the way it has to be for now.

I didn’t really want to dress up this Halloween, but wanted to get in the spirit for my kids, so decided I’d paint my nails as pumpkins. I used two coats of Butter London’s Jaffa polish, which is a really lovely orange with a hint of coral. Then I used my black striper & dotter to paint on lines and pumpkin faces. In hindsight I should have done the lines a little thinner but it was my first attempt so I’m quite pleased (with my left hand, not quite sure if the right hand resembled anything other than a mess!)

This Butter London polish was sent to me my Powder Rooms, the online shop where you can find all the Butter London range.

Nails of the Day – Ciaté Access All Areas

This is the second Ciaté Paint Pot I’ve tried. The first (Cupcake queen) was really thick, so I’d assumed this would be too, but it wasn’t, which was a welcome surprise.

The brush is really easy to use, with the long handle and wide brush, I think this is actually the best I have ever painted my nails myself!

Access All Areas, in the bottle, had looked like an orangey shade, but now it’s on my nails I’d say it was more of a bright red with a hint of orange,

The finish is really gorgeous – great coverage, full-on colour, and super glossy. I’m becoming more and more impressed with Ciaté with each polish of theirs I try – I can’t wait to try some more!

The lovely Powder Rooms sent this to me – check out the site, it’s available to buy from there (and if you become a FaceBook Fan she quite often adds promo codes)