#NOTD Gold Tipped French Mani + Update

No, I haven’t died – I’ve just been super busy! I’ve been offered a place at university for September which is going to mean a lot of changes in my life so my head has been all over the place. Still, studying up to date special effects make-up, proper prosthetics, wig making and a few other creative and useful things for four years is a very exciting prospect. I need to have an assessment of my disability for them to work out my support needs and options to be able to complete the course.

 

Anyway enough of me prattling on, lets get on with the nails! Yes that’s right, nails. Since I’m no longer at college under City & Guilds rules I can paint my nails with abandon. I’ve grown them back a bit, not too much as I still need to be able to paint, draw and of course do make-up but there’s plenty to paint now especially since I’m luckily blessed with long nail beds (which are now completely back to normal for my long term readers) even if I do have a horrific C curve.

I don’t think I did a bad job of free-handing the French tips considering it’s the first time I’ve done my own in over a year. I always paint them lower than the free edge actually goes to give the illusion of more length.

Just recently I’ve been using a peel off base coat which is a fairly new discovery. I’m quite taken with it as it means I can take off the polish without using remover and you get to be allowed to pick it!

Polishes used:

  • UNT Cosmetics; ‘Ready For Take Off’ (peel off base coat)
  • Butter London; ‘Nail Foundation (regular base coat)
  • Nails Inc; nail kale in ‘Westbourne Park Road’
  • Essence; gel nail polish in ’44 On Air!’
  • Revlon; ‘Sequins’ (pretty sure this was limited edition but it just gold glitter of various sizes in a base of clear polish.)
  • Seche Vite (top coat)

I hope you are all keeping well, I do have a couple of posts planned including details of my visit to the first Manchester Make-Up and Body Art Expo and a couple of product reviews.

Kath x

The Avant-Garde Weave

It’s been so good being back at college! While it’s mostly just induction for the first two weeks we have had the chance to do a couple of bits of practical. I thought I would share one of the ones I liked most here.

Avant-Garde WeaveIn the hair class I was really thrown in at the deep end! After learning some very basic sectioning on the fly I went straight in with this avant-garde weave style.
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My May Favourites 2016

May has mainly been a month of winding down and self-care after the end of my course. While I’ve been resting I’ve not been doing nothing, I’ve been creating this new home for my blog, coming back to coding after many years away is quite the shock I’ll tell you!

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Anyway I’ll stop waffling now and tell you what beauty items I’ve been loving the most this month:

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Look Incredible, May Box

I’m actually blogging this one on time as there have been no delays if you’re wondering why it’s already time for another Look Incredible box!

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What’s in the box for the month of May?

Claire’s Accessories, Nail Polish x 3 in ‘Silver’, ‘Gold Glitter’ & ‘Rainbow Sparkles’
26856670505_dbab8ff867_mBig chunks of glitter in a clear polish are not my cup of tea I’ll have to admit, I’ll probably pass those two on to someone who will get more enjoyment out of them. I’ll try out the silver for stamping as it’s a vibrant bright silver rather than a dull grey silver as many often are and it would create some great effects if it will stamp. Fingers crossed!

Bellapierre, Kabuki Brush
A small sized kabuki brush with a dinky handle which I think (although I could be wrong) is meant for applying Bellapierre mineral make-up. It has soft Taklon bristles and can of course be used for applying pretty much any blush or bronzer as well as mineral make-up. Very cute although with the tiny handle I’m not exactly sure where I’m going to put it!

Korres, Quercetin & Oak Anti-Aging Eye Primer
This primer alleges to be anti-aging and is enriched with the flavonoid quercetin which is an antioxidant, however, I cannot find any data on how well it is absorbed (if at all) through the skin. I’m confused by the addition of oak as this is an astringent and not particularly great for the skin to be honest, it often shows up in anti-acne products not anti-aging ones! This is possibly why Korres no longer seem to sell this primer themselves. Yep, Look Incredible have once again sent out a discontinued product. Thanks lads.

Bare Minerals, Ready Blush in ‘The French Kiss’ (worth £22)
26254726413_6a06638ce2_mThe best product in the box this month in my opinion is this blush. It’s very highly pigmented so you don’t need to apply very much at all – I’d probably use a big fluffy brush like the kabuki above rather than the little one in the compact to gently apply it on the apples of my cheeks for a pop of colour. 26859082335_b713de2f81_m

 

 

MAC cosmetics, Patentpolish Lip Pencil in ‘Clever’
Good to see a big brand like MAC in the box and I got a shade I will actually wear this month too! Unfortunately 26859188895_f4f6a92571_mI’ll never be able to buy this gorgeous nude shade again though as it’s already been discontinued…

Overall View

Overall a much less disappointing box than last time and I am happy with these products but I can’t help but notice that discontinued content (the Korres Eye Primer and the particular shade of the MAC lip crayon) is once again a part of the box which is frankly just a bit weird.
The good news is that the Bare Minerals blush alone which is still current and sold at full price is worth the price of the box on it’s own.

Are you a ‘Look Incredible’ subscriber? What are your thoughts on them sending out old products?