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Nail Product Addict Tag

15 July 2014

nail polish addict tag
Thanks to A Simple Mix for tagging me, I no longer feel like a saddo who never gets asked to do these!

Favourite nail treatment product?
Probably Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle. I use this as my base coat every time I do my nails. I’m not sure if it strengthens nails in the long run but it does seal up any cracks quite nicely.
Favourite luxury brand?
I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to nail polish but I do love OPI. The colours are great, the brushes are fat and the names are witty.

Favourite drugstore brand?
Barry M. Super affordable and quite frankly, superb colours, formulas and finishes. A close second has to be Rimmel, the Salon Pro ones are the easiest polishes to use, I love the one-stroke application.

Best eye-catching red?
I usually go for China Glaze Hey Sailor. It’s a true, classic red and lasts for over a week without chips, which is good because chipped red nail polish is one of the biggest beauty crimes.

Most disappointing nail polish/product?
For some reason I bought OPI RapiDry topcoat thinking it would be better than my beloved Seche Vite. At the time, it was nearly £20 (I think they’ve reduced the price since then) so I was quite frankly expecting miracles. It wasn’t bad but it certainly wasn’t worth the price.

Basecoat – yes or no?
Yes! My nails have the texture of sandpaper so a smoothing base coat is a must and saves tears and frustration when removing dark nail polish.

Favourite topcoat?
Seche Vite every single time.

Favourite summer shade?
I keep going on about this and it’s getting boring but I can’t keep away from Rimmel Salon Pro in Aqua Cool (you can see it in action here) this summer. It’s one of the few pastels that doesn’t look odd on my skin tone.

Favourite winter shade?
Lincoln Park After Dark by OPI – it’s a very, very, dark blood-red that looks almost black. Gorgeous and vampy and perfect teamed with a dark red lip.

Mention something extra!
Seeing as it’s high summer, now is the only time I’m brave enough to crack out something a bit mad. Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is an insane fluorescent yellow which always gets comments (mostly good) when I wear it. I can imagine it looking great for the beach if I ever went to the beach.

Please feel free to make any suggestions, I’m a total lemming when it comes to nail polish. Looking forward to seeing other responses to this from everyone, but in the meantime, I tag:

Khrissie
Tamira
Victoria & Tori
Ruth
Zoe
Kate
Rosy

Tag: The Blogger Made Me Buy It

24 January 2014

tag the blogger made me buy it
I don’t normally do these tag blog posts (probably because I didn’t understand them) but I thought the original post on Famous in Japan looked fun. Also because pretty much my entire makeup collection is influenced by other people. So without further ado…

2) Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
As a real life model, I really trust Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends as she gives honest reviews and she is absolutely hilarious. Even if she didn’t talk about makeup I’d read her blog for the sheer entertainment value. Same goes for skincare extrodinare Caroline Hirons, I’d trust everything she says even if she told me to rub sulphuric acid into my eyes. As a “woman of colour” I tend to gravitate towards other WOC bloggers for recommendations on trickier products like foundation. I love Mouldy Fruit, Beauty Crush and Huda Beauty. And for the best swatches, it has to be Temptalia, she tries everything on rather than just swatching it on her hand (which I wish more bloggers would do!).

2) Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
One reviewer can heavily influence me but I’ll always read other reviews before committing.

3) What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and MAC Cranberry eyeshadow.

4) What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
I bought a Lip Butter from Revlon and didn’t love it, but there’s nothing I’ve loathed to the core.

5) Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.
Maybelline Baby Lips, Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paints, Maybelline Colour Tattoos, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser.

6) Have you ever given into blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
Yes, the story of my life! Liz Earle and Baby Lips

7) Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
I haven’t succumbed to Naked 3 yet but my steely hold will soon crumble.

8) Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
I’ll definitely read blogger reviews if I’m in the market for a high end product but my guiltiest pleasure is going into Boots and blindly trying different things out and accidentally-on-purpose dropping them into my basket.

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