Nail Polish Dupes: KIKO Grass Green/ OPI Forrest My Case/ Essence Beijos De Brazil

The other day in an attempt to organize my nail polishes I split them up into basic colour groups and these three rolled together. After the shame wore off I decided- hey, at least I can compare them and see which is best so nobody else has to end up with three identical green nail polishes. One will do, I promise.

Dupes- KIKO Grass Green: OPI Forrest My Case: Essence Beijos De Brazil

KIKO Grass Green / OPI Forrest My Case / Essence Beijos De Brazil / Essence Beijos De Brazil

KIKO Grass Green 
This is slightly paler than the others but it’s much more noticeable in the picture than real life. I wrote an entire review of this one here! But basically- a bit of a pain, but par for the course as far as green nail polishes go. In the UK I think you have to order KIKO online so this might be more hassle than it’s worth.

OPI Forrest My Case 
This was the worst application for me. It went on really streaky and took ages to dry. It is my oldest of the three though. Maybe that made a difference. But it’s identical in colour to the next one so you might as well get…

Essence Beijos De Brazil*
This was the best. The application was thick but didn’t take ages to dry and Essence brushes are wide and have a curved end that means even with difficult green polish- it took one or two swipes to get the nail painted and ready. Essence is slowly taking over as my favourite place to get nail polishes, the quality is on point, the brushes are amazing, availability is rising as they spread over the UK and the price is unbeatable.

So surprisingly, the OPI nail polish was the worst- although that name is the best! My favourite was the Essence one, in price, brush and quality.

Have you ever tried any of these? Which was your favourite?

*I received this at the Essence event I went to last year but it hasn’t changed my opinion.

Beauty Review: Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red

So it’s been a while since I did a beauty review, huh? I’ve been wanting to get back into them and thought I’d dive in with a review of the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red. These have been knocking around my place for a while but it’s been a long time since my nails were short enough for me to need them! Alas, I had a mishap with a pile of books.

Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red box

This set came with 24 nails in ten sizes, the adhesive tabs and a buffer. They were the short style in red.

Back of the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red box
Instructions for the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red

The instructions were simple enough! Pick out all the false nails to match the size of your own, buff (I always skip this step for the health of my nails), stick on the adhesive tabs and remove the backing plastic, apply the nails then rub them for five minutes to make them stick. To get them off, wiggle and pull. Simple!

adhesive tabs for the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red

The adhesive tabs were a bit of a pain. They didn’t really fit my nails and they were quite thick but easy enough to apply. I did have to cut some down to size though. I feel this step took the longest time and could’ve been easier.

Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red on the nails

And this is what they look like on! They’re actually not too bad, they fit pretty well with just a little gap at the sides sometimes and even though the adhesive tabs are thick- they are close enough to the nail that things don’t get underneath them. Except for hair. Putting my hair up with these is a pain. Basically, all the problems I had with the imPress press-on manicure were okay with these except the hair thing.

Rubbish of the Elegant Touch Polished False Nails in Red
And there is quite a bit of mess at the end! 
Have you ever tried these nails? What did you think?
*I was given these at an event. I am not obligated to talk about them.

Beauty Review: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel!

So I’ve had this in my ‘review box’ for way too long. I actually had the Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Organic Formula Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Patented Two-Step Anti-Aging Treatment* (try saying that ten times fast) for a year? But honestly, I was a little scared to try it. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Organic Formula Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Patented Two-Step Anti-Aging Treatment is a very intimidating name. But I finally woman’d up and tried it, and the results? Well..

Beauty Review: Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
Review Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

I’ll start by talking about the application which it was pretty simple. Each sachet had a square face wipe to apply in circular motions. I opened step one, followed the instructions and it tingled but wasn’t uncomfortable. It stung as I went over my forehead for the second time but compared to some other face peel type products I’ve tried that burnt, it was fine. I waited two minutes, then went over with step two that seemed to be more cleansing. It had that kind of foaming feel some face wipes have so I presumed this was to neutralise step one. As instructed, I didn’t rinse and waited about half an hour before slapping on some moisturiser.

So what about the results? Well, my skin feels smoother. Thanks to my oil cleansing routine and just having alright skin in general I wouldn’t say I had many complaints but the smoothness and brightening effect this has had is impressive. My skin is taking on moisturiser and other products really well and for the first time in a long time, when I put on foundation- my nose didn’t have that flakey look I hate.

But the million dollar question is- would I buy? Right now, no. I’m a poor university student and at £22.95 for 10, I just can’t afford it. But it is going on my wishlist for when I- ya’know, have a job. The results for sitting and rubbing my face while watching Netflix was incredible and I can see these being really effective used over a couple of months.

Have you ever tried the Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Organic Formula Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Patented Two-Step Anti-Aging Treatment? Would you?

*I received this in a goody bag at a bloggers event. Link is an affiliate link which means if you buy them, I get a tiny bit of money at no extra cost to you!

Loving Lately: Matte Glitter!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, even the bees are buzzing and last week I discovered a new nail look that I love. A matte top coat on top of glitter nail polish. Revolutionary! Well, maybe not for the world at large, but it is for me.

Putting a matte topcoat over the glitter was just a way to pass the boredom and frustration of writers block but it’s actually super pretty. Plus, it tones down the whole glitter polish look just enough that it’s not so in your face. It’s a new favourite for me, especially with Models Own Emerald City glitter and China Glazes Matte Magic!

What do you think of matte glitter nails?

Beauty Review: KIKO Cupcake Nail Lacquer in Mint

It’s Lent at the moment and despite not being religious, I’ve given up chocolate so I obviously have show off my most Easter Egg-y nail polish. This makes my nails look like a Mini Egg (my favourite chocolate of all time that I’m craving so bad right now) and I love it.

655 – Cupcake Nail Lacquer in Mint
I’m not generally a fan of textured nail polishes, but this one is slightly different with the gritty bits being different colours to look like sprinkles! This is a super easy polish to use, I just needed to put on three coats and it dried so quick it took no time at all and didn’t need a topcoat. Getting it off wasn’t as hard as you’d think either, sure it’s no plain polish but it wasn’t as bad as glitter. 

What do you think of textured nail polishes?

Beauty Review: KIKO Nail Lacquer in Pearly Golden Green!

A b-e-a-utiful NOTD today. I can’t stop glancing at my nails! It’s one of those nail polishes that just brightens your day to look at and is possibly my favourite colour of all of the KIKO polishes I picked up. You can see the others here!

533 – Nail Lacquer in Pearly Golden Green
You have to be really careful with this one to get very thin layers as it’s not the best at drying the thick layers but the formula makes this pretty easy and it’s super opaque because of the pearl in it! Love! You can get away with two thin coats because of the shimmer but I liked three because I like a bit of thickness to my polish.

Don’t you just love pearly nail polishes?

Best Dry Skin Skincare for Winter!

Winter has rolled around again and while it isn’t as horrendously cold as I was expecting, the wind is whipping around and the rain is being blown into your face the minute you step outside. It’s getting pretty rough on my dry skin. I did a best harsh Winter skincare post last year and thought I’d update it with a few things I’ve discovered this year!

Water. Water. Water. Oh- and some more water.
Yeah, I know you’ve heard it before and I know in Winter we all really want a cup of hot chocolate instead but water really is a dry skins best friend. Your skin is the first place that inner health problems show, if your skin is dry- you’re probably not getting enough hydration. Carry a bottle around everywhere you go. I have cats so glasses and cups are a no-go unless you want a little wet nose stuck in your drink but I rate bottles anyway. Portable and reusable bottles are much better for the environment, this is a great list if you have no idea where to go but personally I didn’t really rate the Bobble bottle. However, I love my Camelbak Groove that I bought from Amazon for £18.70.
And because it’s winter, you don’t need ice because water from the tap is cold as heck!

Witch Hazel toner.
I bought this Witch Hazel toner from my local supermarket after having a pretty painful allergic reaction to a face mask and wanted to only use natural basic products on my face until it calmed down. I’ve been using it since then and keep coming back to it even though I have a fair amount of other, more expensive and with impressive claims, toners in my collection. I love it for Winter especially because the wind and rain really make my skin hurt and this soothes it.

Oil Cleansing.
I did a whole post on oil cleansing earlier this month that you can read that here but the basics is that instead of cleanser, you rub oil into your skin then wash it off. It’s affordable, there are certain oils that are amazing for dry skin- I personally switched to Argon oil and Sweet Almond oil in the Winter- and it’s natural. There’s nothing shady in a pure oil!

Strong Moisturisers.
My pick is the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. Don’t let the name fool you, a day cream this is not. This is thicker and stronger than any other moisturiser I’ve ever used and packs a mighty punch. It even beats last years pick of the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask because it is just so moisturising. Definitely not for the faint hearted or the casually dry. I got mine last Christmas and it’s lasted all year, you can get a tube here if it sounds like something you need!

Carry around a multi-use hand cream.
I get dry hands in winter, but I also find that my arms get dry really easily so rather than a super expensive hand cream that I use sparingly, I like to have something a little more reasonably priced that I can slather all up my arms without guilt. I’ve been trying out the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream* and it’s exactly what I need. You can get it in a 100ml tube here but it also comes in a set with the Rose Otto hand cream. I have an obsession with rose so this is on my to-buy list!

What works for your skin?

*Post contains affiliate links. I was sent the Balance Me hand cream to try, this has not changed my opinion and I am not obligated to talk about it.

Beauty Review: Formula X – Drawn To You!

Today I have to show you todays festive nails. Yes it’s another green, but not from Kiko! I bought the Formula X glitter nail polish in ‘Drawn To You’ in Rome and hauled it here. It’s a beautiful gold shimmer with green glitter at about €15 a bottle, a little expensive but it was a holiday treat.

I put one coat of ‘Drawn To You’ over OPI’s ‘Jade is the New Black’ to get this effect. It was literally one coat to get this effect, the shimmer is so packed in. It’s not as pretty on it’s own as the gold shimmer doesn’t make much of an affect on nude nails but over dark polish, amazing. I love this glitter.  As for the polish, it was a great formula and dried quickly. It did need a top coat to stop the large glitter being rough but it lasted a long time. The pictures were actually taken on the fourth day! Pretty good for a glitter.

What do you think of ‘Drawn to You’? What is your favourite glitter polish?

Beauty Review: Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter!

Now I hauled the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter and Nail Patches, Nail Tattoos, Pen… What a name. Anyway I hauled this here and I’ve been trying it out for a couple months whenever I paint my nails with glitter and sometimes when I’m too lazy for normal nail varnish remover, so here’s my review!

Pretty simple instructions!

I’ll keep this short and sweet, we’ve all seen and heard the great things about nail varnish remover pots and the only thing different with this one is that it has a rough sponge in the middle and the liquid seems to be pretty dang strong but. This works.

Gone are the days when I would sit around with cotton balls soaked in acetone wrapped in cling film around my fingers for ages and still have to scrub to get it all off. Or, if I’m being brutally honest here, I would let my hands soak in a hot bath then peel it off.  No, it’s not ‘instant’ but we’re talking a minute or two to twist and scrub my nail varnish off and do a job that would normally take twenty and leave me with wrecked nails. Totally worth the €9ish I paid and I would again.

Have you ever tried this? What do you think of nail varnish remover pots?

Beauty Review: KIKO Nail Lacquer in Lime Green

Another day, another NOTD post. I love this one though, I have it on right now and I keep looking down as I type because it’s so pretty and shimmery. I have nothing else in my collection like this and weirdly, this seems super Christmassy to me. I can’t figure out why though- can you?

268 – Nail Lacquer in Lime Green
This guy, as you can see, is pretty sheer. I had to put on three coats to get the look above and it’s still see-through but I didn’t need a topcoat as it is super shiny. I personally love the sheer look but you could always use a white base under this one if you wanted it to really pop or save it for nail art looks! As I mentioned in my last Kiko NOTD, their polishes all have really lovely wide brushes which kept this from getting too streaky as well.

What do you think of sheer nail polishes?