12 Christmas Stockings: Face Lace – Nouveau Mask

Face Lace - Nouveau Mask gold

Here we are at the last Christmas stocking with the Nouveau mask in Satin Gold by Face Lace. With my love of masks I was interested in trying out these re-usable vinyl ones since I first heard of them. For most people these would be for wearing at a party or themed event, so it offers an affordable and easier way to create a distinct look, compared to spending a lot more for a hand-made mask which might not see much use at other times.

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12 Christmas Stockings: Crown Brush Syntho Set


Crown Syntho case 2

Day 11: Crown Brush’s Syntho Set. I’ve been wanting to buy these brushes for over a year after seeing a recommendation for the brand. I have to say that up until this point my make-up kit has long been missing a proper, full-size, set of brushes. I’m the kind of person who picks up pieces here and there and makes do until they become unusable.

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12 Christmas Stockings: OPI with Gwen Stefani – Don’t Speak 18K Gold Topcoat

Don't Speak box

Day 8 of the Christmas stockings featured yet more gold. I was curious to try ‘Don’t Speak’ after seeing other bloggers’ photos online. I already have a 24k gold leaf lacquer from Rococo, as seen in my post Sparkling gold leaf nails, but those are large flakes and can be time-consuming to apply if you just want a dusting of gold done quickly.

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12 Christmas Stockings: OPI with Gwen Stefani – Rollin’ in Cashmere Collection

Rollin' in Cashmere unboxed

Onto Christmas stockings for Days 5, 6 and 7. I can imagine OPI’s Rollin’ in Cashmere set will be a popular seller for the festive season. Not only is Gwen Stefani a vibrant style icon but this is also one the most attractive of the seasonal collections I’ve seen for a mix of a metallic and glitter topcoats.

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12 Christmas Stockings: Rococo Spellbound Collection

Mystic Luxe, Trap Luxe, Spellbound Molten Lava

Mystic Luxe, Trap Luxe, Spellbound Molten Lava

Here to kick off the first of the reviews for Christmas nail and make-up gifts is Rococo’s Spellbound collection.

The three polishes included, with their boxed descriptions, are:

Mystic Luxe: Dramatic Dark Heather Mist

Spellbound Molten Lava: Mysterious Deepest Blue

Trap Luxe: Dangerously Lustrous Red I’ve included packaging shots as this is a really pretty gift box! Continue reading

Review: Lush – Million Dollar Moisturiser

Lush Million dollar pot

The summer is seemingly rushing past, so it seemed a good time to post up a review of a new (to me) moisturiser with high SPF that I’ve been trying out: Lush’s Million Dollar Moisturiser.

As many people with rosacea know; the summer is usually the hardest time of the year to avoid experiencing flare-ups as exposure to UV light increases. Having some form of sun protection, whether under make-up or not, is very necessary. Depending on skin type this can also be a really tricky balance as sun protection formulas can contain chemicals that react badly on sensitive skin. The other main issue is the level of greasiness that creams and lotions leave behind.

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Review: Talika Nail Regenerator Serum

Talika Nail Serum 1

I’ve always had rather weak nails that are ridged and prone to splitting and breakage. Aside from a monthly massage of cuticle oil for a home manicure; their condition is not something that I’ve given any specific treatment to before. After last December’s intensive bout of nail polish application and removal my nails were suffering more than usual and that wasn’t much helped by the winter months either.

I’d been avoiding using polishes but that wasn’t quite enough as my nails were getting more splits than ever. I decided to try out one of the many available nail treatments with Talika’s Nail Regenerator Serum. I’ve been using this since early May, as noted in My nail and hand care basics post.

The serum is composed of three plant oils and the instruction leaflet say that it ‘hydrates, softens cuticles and stimulates growth for brittle, split and uneven nails’.

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