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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Revlon Colourstay Gel Envy

I love, love, love Revlon nail polish! It lasts forever without clumping or separating and the coverage is also, always amazing.
I was really intrigued by the Gel Envy option and as they were on offer in Boots (2 for £10) so it was hard to resist. It's usually £6.99 each.

The polish itself includes a Base and a Colour - and they sell a separate Diamond Top Coat which can be used on any other nail polish to add super high shine and make your polish last longer.
The shade I opted for was Lady Luck - which is a coral/peach shade with gold undertones.

The coverage is great, but I would still say two coats is ideal, finished with the top coat. It lasted well days 1-5 with only small chips and some re-growth by day 7 which is pretty impressive. The product doesn't give the thickened appearance of some nail polishes but I loved the colour I selected.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I am, like many people constantly in search of the best concealer for me.
I have found that since my skin has improved in terms of blemishes the concealer that I need these days is more for my under eyes and highlighting instead of blemishes, but that said I am always drawn to anything that says complete coverage! Who wouldn't be!?

I am a big fan of the Urban Decay foundation, and the biggest draw is having a full coverage but with a weightless feel.

I have been using this concealer as a highlighter for contouring and also brightening my under eye. The coverage is great and is definitely full. 
It also does a great job of hiding blemishes, but I opted for a lighter shade so I don't tend to use it as much for that. 
I think this concealer definitely competes with Mac Pro Longwear, but the wand inside means I actually prefer it. 

It retails for £17.50 so it's in the same price bracket as Mac and comes in 8 different shades.

Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts?

Rhian Xx

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Studio Fifteen - Talbot Green

Well... This is a real change for me! This is the first time I have had my hair done in a "local salon" for about *thinks.... thinks more* at least 15 years.
That's because I was always happy with my hairdresser and why fix what's not broken!? 

Now as the fabulous Bea is still on maternity leave I am still having to find somewhere in between. I've visited one other salon in this period which was Cardiff but I decided I wanted something more local... This is where Studio Fifteen comes in. 
This isn't an ordinary salon - it's a unique concept. Each beautician, therapist, hair stylist works for themselves and the lovely Debbie - salon owner, allows them to work out of her very glamorous salon...
I have never ever been in to a salon and felt this comfortable around the people working there. They are all delightful, friendly, warm and down to earth. 
You are put completely at ease... Which lets face it is one of the most important things.

They offer a full range of beauty treatments including; 
Eyelash lift 
Acrylic sculpted nails
Hair extensions 
Semi permanent make up
Teeth whitening
OPI gel colour
As well as all the usual treatments you would expect in a salon. 

I am happy with my hair cut and colour... So much so I'm booked in for hair extensions in two weeks time! 
I can't recommend it enough... I have a list as long as my arm for treatments I want to try out. 

Thanks to Deb, Michelle and Nicola for making me so very welcome. 

You can like Studio Fifteen on Facebook and you can contact the salon on 01443 315151 

I have included the current hair price list below: (22.06.15) but they always upload deals on their Facebook page or contact the salon for more information. 

I'll keep you up to date with how I get on with my first ever set of permanent hair extensions. 

In the meantime I do encourage you to visit this salon. You won't be disapponted! 

Rhian Xx

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Barry M Chiselled Cheeks Contour Kit

Hands up who loves chiselled cheekbone s!? 
Yep! It seems we all do. 
I love contouring as much as the next person, and in my opinion the more drag like the make-up the better! 
I have watched soooo many videos on Instagram - to the point that I was fed up of them being in my feed and stopped following certain people. 
Contouring with creams and liquids, is a little more complicated than simply contouring with some powder but the basic principles are the same. Highlight the sections you want to bring forward, darken the bits you want to create shadows on to show depth and structure. Simple huh? Still not convinced you can do it? 
This gem of a Barry M kit gives pictorial diagrams of exactly where to put what colour to create a simple contour and highlight. It also means you don't have to go off buying multiple products as its all in one simple magnetic box with three different shades and at £6.49 it's a steal! It might take a few attempts to get the look perfect and that comes with practice. But for the price it's a great introduction to contouring! 
I picked this up a while ago, and I promised it to my friend once I had blogged about it - so Bethan it's now yours! 

For added help check out this YouTube link from Barry M for a tutorial 

Get practising those duck faces cause that Kim K look can be yours :) 

Rhian Xx

Beauty Blender

I've thought it... I'm assuming you've thought it too. 
Could the Beauty Blender really be worth the £16 price tag. 

There is a lot of hype around this product. Instagram is full of bloggers and MUA's raving about them and carrying them in their kit. 
The Beauty Blender really is the Queen of the sponge world at the moment... But as with any market leading product there are a lot of contenders to the throne. So why this one? What makes this one so special? 
Now... I could google why and give you all the technical information but you could also do that yourselves, so I'm just gonna give you my thoughts instead. 

I picked up the original Beauty Blender from Beauty Bay. It was £16 but there is free shipping available from them. As with any popular product the range has now expanded. I chose the original as this is the one I've seen used most often. 
Admittedly when I first opened it I was shocked at how small it was - then I read the instructions and realised you have to wet it for it to expand. Duh! 

Traditionally I am not a fan of applying my make up with a sponge. I always prefer a brush. But I have tried this product for full application and then for blending out my cream/liquid contour and also finishing my standard foundation base and it's this application rather than a full application that is my preference. 
Now by my own admission I was dubious. But I will admit that I am a Beauty Blender convert. I love this product. Admittedly it doesn't stay bright  pink for long but washing it will bring back its former glory! 

The only other similar product I've used is the Real Techniques sponge. Which is also great but despite the increased price I do prefer my Beauty Blender. If you aren't convinced the Real Techniques one is a great alternative and is a third of the price! 
There are other alternatives which I am hoping to try as with each wash mine is getting a little battered. 

Great finish... A little pricey! 

Have you tried any of the alternatives? What do you recommend? 

Rhian Xx