H&M: Instant velvet top coat

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I remember some years ago when matte nails where the rage. unfortunately I never got to test out the trend but I’m happy that I was gifted this top coat for my birthday.

This top coat is ,according to H&M, a quick dry top coat and give your nails a super matte finish and in this review I’m pairing it with my beloved¬†Isadora Wonder Nail 191 Black Lacquer.

 

Packaging

It comes housed in a card box but the bottle itself is shaped like the regular nail polishes from H&Ms line.

I have to mention that the formula in this works much better with the brushes that comes with the H&M nail polishes.

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Formula

The content in the bottle is a white casted liquid which is a bit thicker than the nail polish formulas from H&M.

It is a formula that is extremely easy to apply and get even and without streaks.

It is fascinating to watch this go from shiny to matte in a matte of seconds only thing to mention is that just because it looks matte does not mean that it is dry.

 

So how did this perform?

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I really do enjoy this product and I do already have some future plans for some nail art with this.

It is a quick drying top coat and it leaves the nail with a very beautiful matte finish, but the biggest con with this is that it shortened the nail polishes life span considerably.

With the nail polish I used in this review, I can get it to last almost a full week without chipping but with this nail polish it only lasted two days before chipping ūüė¶

I like the effect but I won’t repurchase this.

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Thank you so much for reading!

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Berrisom – Oops Bubble Mask

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I’ve been curious for a long time of bubble masks but been sceptical since I’ve heard a lot of complaints about them not really working.

But I am very happy that I managed to order this and received it before my birthday came up.

 

What is it supposed to do?

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These come in three variants but I picked the Brighten fruit since I felt that one suited my needs the most.

It is supposed to brighten, clean out waste, regenerate your skin and make it more even in tone.

This is thanks to ingredients like carbonated sparkling water, lycopene, extracts from tomato, grapefruit, blueberry, acerola cherry and centella asiatica.

 

How to use

Cleanse and tone your face before applying, remember to gently massage the packaging before opening in order for the contents to mix properly.

This can be left on for 5-10 minutes before removal. Massage any remaining product into the skin before washing it off.

 

So how did this work out?

This sheet mask differs from regular ones not only because of the bubbles but also since it only covers half of the face.

The scent is what I would describe as “clean”, it smells like lemon and baking soda mixed together but it keeps away from reminding me of cleaning agents. I like it a lot as it’s very relaxing.

When you take the mask out of the packet the sheet is of a pale yellow colour but I did not manage to photograph it since it starts to foam up very quickly.

I decided to leave this on for 10 minutes.

My first impression is that I’d really would have liked this better if it covered my whole face since it did felt like it could slide off my face at any moment if I was not careful. But this is really the only con about this product in my opinion.

The first two minutes this mask does sting a bit but it is not stingy or bad just very weird. It soon it goes over into a more soothing and soft sensation.

It foams up very quickly aswell, which I’ll admit was a bit unexpected despite the masks name.

As mentioned I had this mask on for ten minutes before taking it off and massaging the remaining products into my skin before washing it off.

Wow!

I am rarely this impressed by any skin care product as I am with this one. Even with face masks I am used to have to try them at least twice before I can definitely say what effect they have on my skin but this one just changed my skin into looking smoother and more glowing. Not to say incredibly soft even three days after.

I can recommend this with all my heart and I am going to try the other ones in the series.

Sorry for the bad image qualities that follow and for looking grumpy XD.

As always thank you all so much for stopping by!

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H&M: Gel Studio Nail Colours

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Not that long ago I posted a review of some of the nail polishes from H&M, which was a very mixed experience to put it mildly as I’ve never experienced any nail polish line having such quality differences between different shades before.

But as always I am curious to try new offerings when it comes to budget friendly brands.

Before I go any further into this review let me just tell you straight away that these gel nail polishes is not anything innovative in my opinion but I tend to like them since they usually last longer than regular nail polishes. A lot of other brands have these polishes were you have a main shade and a sealing top coat.

I’ll have to say that this line seems to be much more sophisticated than their regular line as the colours are deeper and more saturated. There is only one shimmer shade and it is the one I picked up called¬†Green as gold.

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How to use

Apply two coats of Gel Studio Nail Colour, allowing 2 minutes drying time. Once dry, apply Gel Studio Top Coat.

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The shade

I really love this colour despite being a bit disappointed in that the bluish hue in the bottle did not translate to my nails, but this is nonetheless extremely pretty and very different from anything else I have.

It’s a colour that I would like to describe as an olive with a very strong gold shift.

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Application

The formula of the nail polish is much thicker than what I associate with gel nail polishes, it is also very gloppy wich makes this difficult to apply evenly as the brush strokes can become quite visible.

This can be quite annoying plus that it sometimes will create air bubbles on the nails, which is weird and something that I can’t remember experiencing with any other nail polish.

After applying two coats of the nail colour and letting both dry completely, it is time to apply the top coat and I am very impressed by it as it dries very quick and leaves a smooth and shiny surface.

 

How long does it last?

1-2 days unfortunately ūüė¶

It’s also very strange that it comes off in one piece.

 

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Conclusion

I really love the colour but I am very disappointed with the application process and wear time.

I will likely not buy any of the other shades in this line.

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Tell me what you think of H&M’s nail polish lines, do you like them or not?

 

FaceInc by NailsInc London : Gilt Tripper Exfoliating Sheet Mask

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This is a new offer at my local H&M, I was not super impressed by the last one I tried but I decided to give in and purchase this one.

Here’s my review of that one:¬†Face Inc by Nails Inc London: Cat Nap brightening sheet mask

This is an exfoliating sheet mask with a “gold barrier” which is supposed to help the formula and remove dead skin cells.

The formula contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, cactus flower extract and honey extract. To mention a few.

But does it work?

 

Instructions

Apply to clean and dried skin. Be careful when taking out of the packaging and when applying it, make sure that it is in even contact with the skin. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and massage excessive serum into the skin. Wash off after use.

 

How did this work?

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This feels much sturdier than the regular sheet mask and I feel wonderfully silly in it.

The first thing I notice is just how warm it feels after just a couple of seconds, I do not think it is because it is aggravating my skin, it is just being warmed up by my body heat.

One thing of notice is that this mask does not have any particular scent, which is greatly welcomed by me as it means that I’m going to be more comfortable using this.

I really do like this but at the last minutes of using this I could feel it becoming  a little bit uncomfortable, this is due to my skin taking in all the skin loving ingredients which all in all is not a bad thing, so it was nice taking it off after 15 minutes.

I massaged the remains and washed my face as per instructions.

I have to say that I am impressed by this.

My skin is left feeling soft, glowing and I feel refreshed.

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Have you tried any of these sheet masks?

What do you think about them?

Witch Casket July 2017

Disclaimer: I know that there are some people who will have a negative reaction to this post. To you I will just say that I am in no way pushing any sort of beliefs onto my readers and that this review is more geared towards readers who have an interest in these things.

I have nothing but love and respect towards everyone no matter what.

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Official picture from the official website.

This is the first subscription service I’ve tried out and I’ve been very curious about such services for a long time but I decided against trying a makeup subscription service as I feel that they would simply just not work for me.

But I came across this last month and I became interested immediately. I’ve been dabbling in these sort of things since I was a small child and it has always been something that has brought a lot of positivity into my life.

Besides that this is one of the more inexpensive subscription services I’ve found on the internet in regards to shipping to my country.

 

Details

This subscription has three price points based on where the box is sent+there is no shipping fee applied.

UK: 24‚Äč¬£

Europe: 30‚Äč¬£

Rest of the world: 35‚Äč¬£

 

This subscription is also vegan friendly!

In each casket there are “casket only” exclusive items and products from selected shops. Each casket has a minimum of 40¬£ value.

 

Delivery

The delivery was quicker than I initially expected.

These caskets get sent out every 15th in the month and the creators behind this service are very honest that their shipping service can be a bit unreliable when it comes to shipping time, which is quite normal but I like that sort of honesty.

For me it took six days before this turned up at my doorstep. This is quite a normal delivery time anytime I’m receiving something from the UK.

I like the fact that the casket came enveloped in a plastic case as i helps to protect box itself but also makes sure that it is discreet.

 

Items this month

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Picture from the official website.

This month’s casket theme was the moon and dreams. I’m putting this under a read more since this post is quite lenghty.

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URBAN DOLLKISS Urban City Fresh Blown Eau De Parfum

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This cute eau de parfum is a new offering from URBAN DOLLKISS formerly known as Baviphat.

The line contains ten different fragrances and the brand writes that these are meant to be used layered together in order for the user to create their own personal fragrance, which is also why the line has been divided into four categories: citrus, floral, fruity and musk.

I currently own NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage, I might buy some of the others and test out different layering techniques.

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Packaging

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The bottle is made of glass and it is shaped as an apple, with the closure being made of some kind of metallic plastic. The closure is the only thing I don’t like about this perfume bottle since it is quite fragile and I have to be careful while opening or closing.

This bottle features a roll-on application which I love since it assures a mess free and controlled application.

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The bottle contains 8 ml of product, which might sound like a tiny amount but remember that this is not an eau de toilette but an eau de parfum, so a little goes a long way and it also lasts longer on skin.

In the end the bottle is cute and reminds me of those small vintage perfume bottles that used to be easy to find at markets.

 

The Scent

I chose NO.3 Lime Basil and Sage since I am fond of fresh herbal scents and they are quite uncommon on the market.

 

The notes are as follows:

Top: Grapefruit, Lemon  and Lime.

Heart: Jasmine, Basil and Sage.

Base: Patchouli.

 

When I looked at the full list of notes the first, in the ad there was no list only a description, I became a little bit worried since this perfume has both patchouli and jasmine. Both of those notes have a tendency to give me a headache but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this scent.

For me this smells like a crisp summer morning.

Personally speaking I’m very tired of the typical summer scents that get’s released every year, they all smell too similar to each other!

So I am pleased to have found something that still is very summery but does not fall into the stereotypical rendition of a summer fragrance.

The scent starts off a little bit sharp but as time progresses and the citrus top notes starts to mellow down a little, the heart notes really does come out to play and the herbal notes mesh perfectly with the jasmine.

Jasmine is in my opinion one of the more masculine florals, combine that with herbal notes and you get a heart accord with a unisex feeling to it. That makes it sound heavy but it is kept fresh thanks to the top notes.

The patchouli is the only base note in this fragrance but I think it was a good idea from the one concocting this. The patchouli gives this fragrance a nice earthy quality that keeps this fragrance from becoming too airy or fleeting.

After wearing this for a couple of hours the patchouli starts to give off a more smoky quality, which is very beautiful in my opinion.

 

Verdict

This scent is on its way to become a new favourite.

The way it progresses when I wear it is so beautiful and complex.

The price point is also very good but I do see that the price varies depending on where you buy it. I paid five dollars for this and I’m happy to have found a perfume that I love that is budget friendly.

 

I feel that perfumes are something that is extremely personal and as such it is difficult to give recommendations, but I hope that my description of this scent was useful and that you liked this post. The photos in this post came out very blurry but I believe they still captures how the product still looks.

Thank you for reading!

The Body Shop: Fresh Nude Foundation

According to The Body Shop this foundation is enriched with English rose-water and organic aloe vera. It is supposed to be a hydrating formula with a light to medium coverage and a semi matte finish, it has an spf of 15 and leaves the skin hydrated for 24 hr with comfort and without the mask feeling. It also comes in 16 shades inspired by nature. It is a foundation that is suitable for all skin types including sensitive according to The Body Shop.

But do these claims hold up?

Let’s take a look!

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Now before I go into this review I want to state that I have used this foundation since April 2016, which makes this review long overdue but at least you can say that this is one product that has been fully tested out ūüėČ

 

Packaging

This foundation comes housed in a glass bottle with a pump, something I do prefer since it is more hygienic. It also feels heavy in my hand when I hold it up but I’d really wish that the cap was made from something else than black thin plastic as it does feel flimsy compared to the rest.

It contains 30 ml of product which I feel is a very average amount for foundation.

I feel this bottle has an understated elegance about it which is usually the look I like in makeup packaging.

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Formula

Compared to a lot of liquid foundations I’ve tried through the years, this has a very runny consistency and the pigments in this is very finely milled which is something I prefer in a foundation since it does give a very natural result and is very easy to work with.

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Here you can clearly see the consistency of this foundation.

The closest foundation this reminds me of is the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin, not that says a lot really since they are quite different in texture and finish but it is the closest foundation I can compare it to.

I enjoy the floral scent it has, it is mild and non- abrasive but fresh.

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When it comes to the claim about 24hr of hydration, I just have an important question: who wears a foundation that long?

But it does in fact feel great on my combo/oily skin, it does not break me out or feel heavy as most hydrating base products does. On the rare occasion I’m having any red or dry areas on my skin, this foundation does help calm those areas down and conceal them while on my oily areas it helps controlling the oil.

One of the claims The Body Shop has with this foundation is also that it’s supposed to give your skin a nice healthy glow, a claim that it upholds as I’ve never received so many comments on how healthy and glowy my skin look as I have when wearing this.

I feel that this foundation is the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to use as it does tick all the boxes for what I look for in a foundation.

It also works over sun screen without getting greasy or starting to separate, something which is important for me as I use sunscreen everyday.

Another thing to mention is that i find this foundation suitable in all kinds of seasons. During winter times it protects my skin while in summer time it helps cooling down my skin.

But it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

This has a medium to light coverage and it is not buildable. Personally this is the coverage I prefer but I know others might want a heavier coverage or at least the possibility to build up the coverage on strategic areas.

When it comes to the claim about it being suitable to all skin types, I just feel the need to state that no matter what sort of beauty product your trying out, please do a sensitivity check first and remember that just because something claims that it is suitable for a certain skin type, it is not always true.

I’ve had experiences with products¬†aimed at oily/combination skin that actually either made me greasy or even dried up my skin so bad that I had to use weeks¬†to get my skin back to health.

 

Conclusion

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I can highly recommend this to people who want a natural looking finish and coverage.

It’s a bonus that this foundation comes in a wide range of skin tones. I wear the lightest shade and it is the first time I can say that my foundation shade suits me seamlessly since I am very pale with a cool undertone.

The deepest shade is darker than what I’ve seen in most other ranges, I’m not the¬†right person to give advice on foundations for people with deeper skin tones but this might be¬†a perfect match for someone who has trouble to find a foundation deep enough for them. Hence I’m mentioning it.

The Body Shop also sells shade adjusting drops in two variants, one for lightening and one for darkening foundations. I haven’t tried these as I feel the foundation works well with my skin tone, but it might be interesting for someone else.