Monday, 2 June 2014

Review | Zoya Summer 2014 Nail Polish in Rocha & Jesy*

Can you believe that in all of the time I've been blogging that this is my first ever post dedicated solely to nail polish?  It's not that I don't love the stuff, I genuinely do, it's more that I've always felt my nail painting skills were far too lacking to ever be photographed.

When I was sent a couple of shades of nail polish from Zoya's Summer 2014 collections however, I knew I had to change my mind and get practicing, as these were just too pretty not to share.

Zoya Nail Polish in Rocha and Zoya Nail Polish in Jesy

The first colour I received is Rocha from the Tickled collection and is described by Zoya as a classic folly red with warm undertones.  It's a cream formula, and whilst in one coat it's almost completely perfect, a second coat really gives it that 100% opaque look, with some practice I bet I could get a really stunning look with this formula.  I'm in love with all sorts of red based corals and oranges for nail so this fits right in; I think it will look particularly beautiful on both hands and feet when I have a tan so I'll definitely be taking it away with me in July.

Zoya Nail Polish in Rocha

The second nail colour I was sent is Jesy from the Bubbly collection.  Zoya call this one a fiery orange coral and it is certainly that!  It's a holographic finish and the pieces of metallic glitter are perfectly sized so that they apply to the nail nicely but are still eye catching.  I loved this shade layered over Rocha, but it also works really nicely after a couple of coats on its own.

Zoya Nail Polish in Jesy

I used both of these polishes on my toes the day after they arrived and I've been pretty impressed with the staying power.  Jesy started showing signs of wear after about four days (about what I'd expect from a glitter polish) and for Rocha it was at least five or six days.  The formula is a bit different from the average nail polish too,  Zoya polishes are classified as vegan friendly and 5-free i.e. they don't contain five of the nastiest ingredients found in your regular nail varnish; toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.  All definitely a nice change from my usual nail colours.

The Zoya Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collections start from £10.50, there are 12 shades available and they can be found here.

Have you tried any Zoya nail polishes before?  What are your favourite nail colours for summer?

Sharon x

*PR Samples

Sunday, 1 June 2014

May 2014 Beauty Favourites

Bleedin' heck it's June already.  I know it's a huge cliche to feign surprise at how quickly time passes but seriously this year is going quick, I mean in just over a month I'll be heading off to Spain and getting married!

Anyhow with the passing of another month comes the opportunity to once again discuss my favourites products of recent weeks.  There aren't as many for May as there have been in previous posts but I hope you might find something interesting...
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Bust, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent, Travolo and Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Bust Cream
(here) - a really sexy product for you to start off with!  In all seriousness though I've been making a real effort to improve my bodycare routine recently and whilst I've been loving lots of products from the Palmer's range, this one takes the prize for me.  It's got great ingredients like cocoa butter (obviously!) shea butter, collagen and elastin to help improve the firmness of the bust area.  It's early days but so far but I've seen some improvement in my skin's texture and tone in the bust area.  Hopefully continued use will pay dividends!

Estee Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent (here) - this fragrance is like summer in a bottle, it has notes of coconut, vanilla, amber and bergamot, and just smells lovely on everyone.  I'd drench myself in it if I could, but unfortunately its limited edition and I'm worried I'd run out too quickly!
Travolo Pure Essentials Refill Perfume Atomizer (here) -  I couldn't mention my favourite new perfume without the Travolo I've been using to carry it around everywhere with me.  I've had a few of these handy little atomisers over the years, they're really simple to fill from your perfume bottle and fantastic for topping up your favourite fragrance all day long.
Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub Self Preserving (here) - Grapefruit, salt, lime?  Add some vodka and you've got yourself a rather fabulous drink, without that, and with a few extra ingredients thrown in, it makes a fab exfoliator too.  I'm addicted to the smell of this, I use it a couple of times a week in the shower it's fab for softening the skin and making it feel really fresh.
MAC Powder Blush in Ripe for Love, Oriflame Wonderlash Mascara and MAC Mineralize Lipstick in Lady at Play

MAC Powder Blush in Ripe for Love
- I don't normally like to put anything in a favourites post that isn't part of a current collection (this was from Temperature Rising last summer) but as I found several of these lovely blushes in my local Cosmetics Company Outlet store there's still a possibility of finding it.  It's a perfect peachy colour with a satin finish and the barest hint of shimmer, I've worn it pretty much every day in May.

Oriflame Wonderlash Mascara* (here)- This is the only mascara I've worn for about two months now, it promises high impact lashes and it doesn't disappoint for me.  The wand is really interesting on this, it has a flat side with little ridges that lengthen your lashes and then more of a traditional brush/comb on the other side that gives really good volume.  I'm going to be really sad when this finally runs out, but I've got another Oriflame mascara to console myself with.
MAC Mineralize Lipstick in Lady at Play (here) - I'm a complete lipstick addict so I can't say I've worn this every day in the last month but it has been worn quite a few times.  Lady at Play is described a mid-tonal cool tangerine, the formula is fairly sheer but buildable and is a great way of doing an orange lip (very in right now) but in a non scary way.  I can tell I'll be wearing this a lot over the summer.

That's it for another favourites post - have you tried anything from my favourites, or have you been loving completely different products?  I'd love to hear from you.

Sharon x

*PR Sample
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