MUA Launch Love Hearts Collection

Last night I shimmied on down to Fruitbox, where MUA were launching their new Love Hearts Collection to the press and bloggers.

We ate love heart decorated cakes, and drank gorgeous non alcoholic cocktails from jars while we had a look at the make up goodies Make Up Academy had to offer.

As well as having a sneak peek at the new BB creams and strip lashes which are to come later in the year – we were introduced to the gorgeous new Lovehearts collection – a collaboration with Love Hearts sweets and Make Up Academy for Spring 2012.

The colours are pretty pastel shades with the odd bright thrown in and consist of six nail polishes and five lip balms.

The standard black lids of the nail polishes have been replaced with white Love Heart lids with a big loveheart on the top saying the shade name. I had my nails painted by the amazing Chelsea Dagger in U R FAB which is a gorgeous dusty raspberry colour. It looks very luxurious and shiny, and not at all like it costs £2 a bottle!

The lip balms are also a steal at £2. I got to try out three of them – Sugar Lips, Hot Lips and Sweet Kiss. They taste great – very very sweet, without the bitter aftertaste that some of these type of products have.

As well as being good for your lips, they are fab for adding a little flush of colour to your pout.

The Love Hearts collection will be in Superdrug stores from mid February and available online now at www.muastore.co.uk

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?

Nails of the Day – OPI Houston We Have a Purple

Houston We Have a Purple is taken from OPI’s spring collection – the Texas Collection. It is a really nice raspberry toned colour, which is highly glossy. I have come to discover that I don’t like jelly nail polishes. I don’t like being able to see the line of the white of my nail under my polish, I don’t like the opacity.  I am normally a massive OPI fan – I think they are great colours with great staying power, but in this case it began chipping after just one day. I was so unimpressed that it’s already gone on eBay.