Monday, 9 September 2013

Nail Art Pens by Barry M

Nail Art Pens by Barry M 

Returning to Monday being Nail Day this week I am going to review Nail Art Pens - one type in particular.

Nail Art is so on trend at the minute, in addition to this nail art is really pretty. It is a great way to pick up any manicure and make it really special. If you are like me and not the most artistic of nail art lovers these little offerings from Barry M are truly a “Great Little Find”.

These nail art pens come in four different colors – black, white, pink and sliver – key colors for any little design your heart may desire.
Each nail art pen has an extra fine tip which makes it really easy to draw detail or small shapes and is really useful if you have a small nail bed like me. Each pen also has an easy grip bottle means you can design with ease and you can control the amount of colour that comes out. Simply shake the bottle well before use and pump the tip until the colour starts to flow.

The polish inside the pen’s dry really fast also. One really handy tip that I have found is that if you are using the pens on a nail that is polished already apply a fast drying top coat before you apply the nail art pen. This will ensure that there are no smudges or colours running into each other.

I have used a few nail art pens and I can honestly say this is by far the best I have used for staying power, precision and vibrancy of colour. Priced at approximately €6.25 they are good a good buy.

If you use nail art pens what type do you use and how do you find them? If you try any designs please share a pic with me. I love to try new designs.


Sunday, 1 September 2013

August Favourites

August favourites 

That time again, another month has literally flown by and it is time for me to share the products I have been loving using this month. With out delay I shall begin....

  • Vaseline body Moisturiser spray 
What a great take on body moisturiser this is so handy to have when your in a hurry. The spray distributes an even amount of product on to the skin, it is continuous which means it gets to reach every where you need to moisturise. It dries really fast and does a really good job providing moisture for the skin. I have used a full size of the Aloe Vera and now I am currently using the Coco Butter. Both are lovely but I prefer the Aloe Vera as it smells so fresh and is really soothing on the skin. I am a big fan of this product, it is good value and does its job excellently. A really great find ! 
  • Salon at Home (shampoo and condition) for Volume and Bounce  
I have mentioned once or twice on my blog that I am constantly on the hunt for a good shampoo and conditioner to help achieve volume in my hair. I have tried and tested many but this has to be my favourite at the moment. The salon at home range claim to offer professional hairdresser results at home - now this will never be the case for me as I just can't blow dry my hair the same as the professional but this shampoo and conditioner combo really does a great job on your hair. Using a small amount the lather is rich and my hair feels really clean after use. The conditioner is also rich and leaves my hair super soft, smelling amazing and light weight. The best part - my hair has volume! I love this combo and highly recommend it. I am on my second purchases at the moment. One element of this range that I really liked was the fact that products come in handy little trial size or travel size which means you can try a small amount before you buy the large size. This is great if like me you are constantly trying new products and don't necessarily like a lot of them! I intend to try the shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair from this range next! Another great little find. 
  • MAC Prolong Wear Concealer 
As a loyal MAC user I was really excited to try this product. Am generally not a big concealer user but I really liked the many reviews I had read about this product. I use the shade NW20 and I find it perfect for my skin tone.  This concealer come in a little bottle with a pump which makes application really easy. It is a light liquid consistency but is also very rich meaning one pump really does go a long way. It is perfect for under the eye area and literally any where you want a little brightening. It does hide I've pigmentation, blotchy skin or dark under eye circles. It is water proof and sweat proof, caused no break outs or reaction and has great coverage. It doe not contain an SPF but this does not bother me as I would wear a separate SPF if required. I really love the brightening effect this product has and it is by far my new staple concealer. 
  • OPI Nail Envy 
I love to change my nail colour really often. This means that I also have to use a lot I nail polish remover. Even the most gentle of polish removers tend to strip your nails so his is where this product kicks in and gives my nails a little helping hand. Enriched with vitamins and minerals and all things good for your nails this product promotes growth, strengthens the nails and keeps your nails in good condition. I use this product as my base coat. It literally melts into the nail. The results are simple - strong nails and less breakage. A really effective product. 
  • Colour tattoo 
It is only recently that I have became interested Maybelline and it all started with these 24 hr colour tatoo cream gel eyeshadows. I am using bold gold and pomegranate punk (pink). They are so versatile and easy to wear I am finding myself mixing them with lots of other shades and using them as an eyeshadow base. They glide on skin, they do not crease and are really pigmented. I honestly can not say they last 24 hrs as I have not worn my makeup do 24 hrs but they have lasted the whole day. I usually opt for matt eyeshadow but the hint of glossiness these give your eye is really flattering. I will defiantly treat myself to one or two more shades for this range as they have really impressed me. 
August Dislikes 
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Soap and glory sugar scrub.  Generally I really like the majority of products from soap and glory but I have to say I just did not like this! First I all I hated the smell - too sweet ! It's a little difficult to use a product all over your body if you hate the smell! Secondly I found it a little harsh on my skin - the consistency was a little hard. I have seen so many people love this product so it's just a matter if choice!  This month I have also love !!!  Large red circle Lilt - totally tropical drink !  Been ages since I had lilt now I love it all over again.  Large red circleCocktails with my friends - don't think this one needs explaining  Large red circle Orange Is The New Black - excellent tv show from Netflix offering real life events from a ladies prison. Watch it ! have a look at the trailer here

So August is over and with that the Summer is over. I am not back to work and the Autumn evenings will become a little chilly. Despite this the new season always brings with it new trends and lots of new looks and products to try. 
Hope you all had a fabulous summer and are excited for the new season.