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?

Nails of the Day – YSL Duo Vernis No 08

I am in love with this colour – a gorgeous soft cool toned baby pink which has received sooooo many compliments, literally wherever I go – from the pharmacy to the park.

It is part of a mini (6ml) duo of polishes – YSL Duo Vernis Couleur No08. The other colour is a pastel orange which I will swatch soon. Both of them will get a lot of wear in the warmer months, I can tell.

The brush has a slight angle to it, to enable you to paint the tips to make it last longer – and it really does last a long time and wears well. The formula is nice and thick – one coat and it’s totally opaque, although, as always, I’ve done two.

What do you think? This is definitely going on my favourites list!

John Lewis Bloggers Nail Art Challenge

I was contacted by someone from the John Lewis makeup team to ask if I’d like to take part in a nail art competition alongside some other bloggers. I am no nail artiste – and am in total awe of those that can do things like paint the whole cast of Sesame Street on their talons… I seem to be a bit shakey when it comes to the finer details on nails, and can just about manage a messy reverse manicure, as you may see later. I’m more a fan of ‘random’ nail art, as you may also see later!

All of the bloggers looks would be judged by someone from John Lewis, and the winner would win £150 John Lewis voucher – so of course, I said yes!

The polishes I was sent were Nails Inc – Trafalgar Square, a magnetic polish

YSL La Laque Polishes in 12 (Pure Pearl) and 19 (Fuchsia Pink)

and NARS Space Odyssey

We were told “Which polishes you use, how you use them and the number of looks you create is entirely up to you – you could even mix and match these with shades from your existing collection.” So I decided to run with that, and try every kind of nail arty kind of thing I knew. I can tell you now, I have never painted my own nails so often in one day – but it was so much fun!

Excuse the iPhone pics coming up – but these are the different looks I did using these polishes.

I used the YSL No12 with microbeads to create this look:

I used YSL No19 with NARS Space Odyssey layered over the top and pulled off with lace for this look:

I used both the YSL polishes with my black striper and dotter to make leopard print nails for this look:

And again I used both the YSL polishes to make marbled nails for this look:

I used the Nails Inc Trafalgar Square for this, then used Nails Inc Whitehall for the ring finger accent for this look:

I used NARS Space Odyssey with the black striper and dotter and black diamantes to create this look:


And lastly, I used YSL No12 and newspaper to create these newpaper print nails:

And there you have it – that was pretty much my day in photos! I hope you like them… I think all the looks are pretty self explanitary, but if anyone would like a tutorial for any of them then just shout!

Let me know what you think of the looks I have done – and check out the other entries too – Lipglossiping has done a gorgeous valentines nail look, and I’m looking forward to seeing what The London Beauty Review and A Beauty Junkie in London do with their polishes. The deadline is today so their looks should be up by tonight at some point.

Thank you John Lewis, for this fab opportunity!

01/02/12 – edited to add – the deadline is now mid February due to the original deadline being unrealistic for some of the participants. I think I will leave my entries as is, but if anyone has any wonderful ideas for me to add to it please let me know 🙂

The Foundation Quest Continues

Following on from my disastrous results with Guerlain’s Extreme foundation (see earlier post), I attempted to take it back. I had bought it in John Lewis in Watford and tried taking it back at Bluewater. Becky at the counter was really lovely and friendly and explained that without a receipt (arghhhh – where is it?!) she couldn’t take it back, as per John Lewis’ policy – but I could take it back to Watford and get a refund. Great, totally not my way at all! She went on to say she’d have recommended the Lingerie De Peau to me, which is ironically what I’d gone to get in the first place! She gave me enough samples to last me 6 days and matched my skin shade as a 03, just by looking at me, and seemed shocked to see that I had previously been matched as an 02. She said that she’d ring me to book me in to get to the bottom of it and maybe need to tweak my skin care.

I tried the Lingerie De Peau today and 03 is most definitely too dark for me. I felt like the biggest fat-face without any definition and like I had freaking obvious different colour foundation on. Becky had recommended to apply it using my fingers, which I did – it felt nice on the skin, smelt good and had a slight sheen. Due to the bad colour match I felt so uncomfortable, and after 3 hours the foundation had gone completely streaky and disgusting – so that’s that one off the list!

I had been recommended YSL’s Teint Resist, which claims to be oil free, long lasting and transfer resistant. The YSL counter was next to Guerlain in John Lewis, so I had to go to House of Fraser so Becky wouldn’t see! The sale assistant was really chatty and ‘normal’ – she sat me down and colour matched me as a 4, and sent me on my way with a little pot with a few days worth in it.

The finish is semi-matte which translates beautifully as there is a slight sheen without looking shiny. The smell of it is really fresh and clean and it feels great to put on. I was also recommended to use my fingers with this one…..

I felt like this one looked fab – I felt good secretly thinking ‘this is the one, this is it!’

Spoke to soon – 3.5 hours later I looked like this….

which, ok, doesn’t look tooooooooo bad, but how about if I was outside, or in more light, or a different angle?

Slick!

I decided to try it again yesterday, and this time I buffed it in using a kabuki brush once I’d applied it, and then reapplied over the areas that seemed to need it. I used the kabuki whenever I felt I needed a bit of a de-shine and I was impressed. I forgot to take a pic of the end of the day, it definitely lasted longer, and wore in a nicer way. Here it was after I’d initially applied it:

The other foundation I got a sample of was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. I used to use this regularly but stopped as I remember it seemed so mask-like. I think now that it might have been a case of a bad colour-match and me being a bit heavy handed with my application as the results I’ve had this time haven’t been like that at all.

I was colour matched using a swatch chart like you’d get in a paint shop! The sales assistant matched me as Sand which seems to be a good match. She recommended using a foundation brush, and seeing as I already had the Estee Lauder foundation brush, used that when I applied it. With ‘mask’ in the back of my mind I applied it little by little and built it up – this was the finished result:

It is definitely the most matte of the 3 foundations I’ve sampled this weekend, and my skin did feel tight. I could see that the dry areas of my face were more noticeable so extra exfoliation would be required.

Sunday was a sunny day and I had a job which was outside, with the sun on me, and this foundation held up, I was so impressed! Yes, I had a sheen after about 5 hours but it was a sheen rather than me being shiny – and the foundation was still there! You can see my pores on my forehead (where the Hell have they come from and how can I get rid of them?!), but I think that’s the case with any foundations sadly. I took this shot in my car after my shoot – this was after 5.5 hours of working, being in the sun, running around…..

I feel bad because whenever anyone has said to me they’d like to try Double Wear I’ve warned them off saying that it’s too thick and mask-like and don’t do it! I take back everything I’ve said!

It is the most obvious of the 3 foundations, but it does its job and that’s just what I’m looking for. I will definitely be purchasing Double Wear asap, and if I manage to get a refund on the Guerlain (I’m going to try calling the head office and seeing if I can send it back, or if not will have to trek over to Watford again) will also get the Teint Resist for days that I’m feeling a little more confident skin-wise.

I don’t know if anyone else can relate, but since this whole foundation fiasco has started my self confidence has sunk – I have felt so ugly, like I can’t do my make up, like everyone is looking at me, that I have terrible skin….. but now I feel like I have a solution, that there’s light at the end of the tunnel 🙂