Sunday, 27 September 2009

Sundays Effort

Despite me still being in my pyjama's I did apply full face makeup. It gives me an instant pick me up and I do this even when I'm sick.

Todays face consisted of Milani shadows, Coralista blush ("borrowed" from mum) and YSL Rouge Volupte No. 2. I also added some false lashes which I've been meaning to try for ages.

I was sent a combination of false lashes and nails from Janet, the assistant brand manager for Revlon. The set I'm wearing today are part of their Fantasy Lengths range in 91128 Lush.

I haven't seen this particular set for sale in the UK so they may only be available in the US :( You get four individual pieces per eye, as you can see I only used three and there is a glue included however I applied these using Lash Grip.

They remind my of the individual lashes although I prefer the effect these give as they contain more lashes which vary in length. They are perfect if you find it difficult to apply a full strip of falsies. I find those very fiddly.

Lashes without flash:

Lashes with flash:

Out of the lashes I received, I would say these are the most daytime appropriate. They add depth to the lash line but also give you some length. What more can you ask for?

Has anyone else tried these particular false lashes?

Monday, 21 September 2009

Second time lucky

Before I went on my holiday I had the sudden urge to remove my gel nails, not because I didn't like the way they looked or because I wanted to have my natural (unglamourous) nails back. No it was because I had a botched infills job done and I didn't want further damage to occur.

This was my first set of gel extensions so I didn't really no what to expect. The initial set application was fine but the infills were a nightmare. Basically the gel already on my nails had to be buffed done and then new layers of gel would be applied. It doesn't sound too scary does it? However the nail technician not only buffed the layers of gel away but part of my natural nail bed on a few fingers which left me with red, sensitive nails. This was strengthened by the new gel but the damage had already been done and I felt butchered.

I chose to remove them myself (which was not an easy task) rather than go back to the salon an give my nails a 2 week break. Surprisingly the nails that weren't damaged were still strong and had grown quite long under the extensions.

I booked an appointment with a different salon which specializes in gel nails before I went away and explained what had happened just in case they weren't happy with applying a new set. I had my nails done on Saturday and they did a fabulous job. The nail technician was lovely and answered any queries, it was all very professional. She actually looked at my nails in horror in particular my thumb nail which is missing a partial bit of nail and had lots of gel still on it because it was too painful to buff it off myself.

The gels I have now are Biosculpture in a french manicure style and in my opinion are more realistic than the previous tips:

My experience hasn't put my off nail extensions, I like being pampered at a nail bar and they make my nails look normal compared to whats underneath. Although these are slightly more expensive than my previous it set it really goes to show you get what you pay for. I'll happily part with the extra cash if it means I will get professional treatment as well as results.

Have you any beauty treatment horror stories? Feel free to share.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Lanzarote here I come!

Today was my last day of work and the official start to my summer holiday. Tomorrow morning I will be leaving for Belfast International airport to jet off to Lanzarote for two sun filled weeks.

The majority of my stay will be spent catching up on some light reading, something I haven't had a lot of time for recently and to work on my tan, a natural one that is. So as you can tell nothing too exhausting.

I will probably manage to fit a bit of shopping in too. I haven't got a list prepared or anything in mind of what I want to pick up in duty free, I'm just going to "wing it" and see what catches my eye.

For those with any suggestions for purchases please let me know and for those who have been to Lanzarote before, please leave me recommendations for places to eat, visit and shop :)

I won't have my laptop with me so can't update :( I'll have a lot of catching up to do when i'm home.