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January and February 2017 empties

It’s time for another empties post! I didn’t use many products up during January so decided to make it a combined affair with February. Then everything seemed to run out all at once! I’ve been really trying to finish one product before opening another but we all know how hard that is. I have finished skin, hair, body, makeup, and nail items, so at least one from each of the main categories that I blog about. Some are even full size! Now, without further ado, let’s get stuck in. I’ll be linking in the titles to where I have reviewed the products previously.

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Ulta3 Nail Polish

Ulta3 is a brand of nail polish and makeup here in Australia and New Zealand, and recently I was given several of them at an event held by the brand. I actually already had a couple of them in my collection from when my friend Teresa moved overseas and cleaned out her polish, but I had yet to get around to using them. Since I suddenly had enough for one on each finger I decided to do a a skittle manicure. What’s that, you ask? Here’s an explanation from All Lacquered Up. Keep reading to see how it looked, and my thoughts on the polishes themselves.

March Empties – Hair, Nails, Lips & Skin

Another month, another bunch of products used up and ready to be written about! It’s a bit of a mixed bag, with a couple of hair products and nail polishes, as well as a lip gloss and a fake tan. Let’s get cracking! Rimmel Vinyl Gloss – Keep A Secret I really liked this lip gloss, and it was a great ‘my lips but better’ shade but unfortunately it expired. I noticed that the smell and texture had changed, and reluctantly tossed it. I searched online to find pricing information for this and it looks like the Rimmel Vinyl Gloss range has been discontinued which is a shame, I have high standard for lip gloss and this met them. Repurchase? If possible.

Neutral Glittery nails

Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of bright nail polishes, so this week I felt like going with some more neutral tones. Of course, I couldn’t let things be too dull, so I used two different polishes to end up with a neutral glittery manicure. They are OPI – Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and China Glaze – Fast Track. Keep reading to see how they look together!

Zoya Vega Pixie Dust Nail Polish

When I was in Wellington last year, I spent a long time exploring the wonders of Kirkaldie and Stains beauty department. One of the things I was interested to see was the Zoya stand, it’s not a brand I’ve used before but I’ve heard it raved about online so I decided to buy one of their polishes. This is Zoya Vega, from their range of Pixie Dust polishes. Pictured with it is Orly Flash Dry – they’re quick dry drops, and I’m going to do a mini-review of them with the Zoya nail polish.

XYNZ Beauty Blogging and Makeup Essentials workshop

There have been so many great bloggers events in Auckland lately! One I went to recently was held by XYNZ, an online magazine with a focus on fashion, beauty, lifestyle and music. The event description said “Ever wondered how to get into beauty blogging but not known where to start? Or perhaps you’d like to give your blog a little spicing up? Spend the afternoon developing your beauty blogging skills, learning essential make-up skills and meeting other bloggers”. To that, I said yes!

Instagram roundup

Even before I was a blogger, I liked to share my nails and makeup with the world on instagram. I’ve done a bit of a round up of some of my favourite beauty-related pictures from my personal instagram account from back in the day, and I hope you enjoy! In this picture from September 2012 we have my collection after 6 months of frantic buying, because I was no longer working in a job where I couldn’t paint my nails! This is some pretty basic nail art from Valentine’s Day 2013 – Orly White Out over Nicole by OPI’s Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi from their Kardashian Kollection   My attempt at stamping wasn’t  a great success and I haven’t repeated the experiment. Not sure what colour that polish is, I didn’t have it in the caption. I invested in some french tip stickers and did this. The lighter pink is China Glaze Temptation Carnation and the darker pink is Orly Basket Case. My long-suffering boyfriend assisted with this, and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I only wrote that the pink was China Glaze and I haven’t narrowed it down because I have so many […]

How to make your manicure last!

There are few things more upsetting than spending time painting your nails with a gorgeous colour, and having it chip off within a day or two. I want mine to last for about a week, and using these techniques I generally achieve that. You will need: A base coat – I use Orly Bonder Nail polish, whatever you fancy. A top coat – I use Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail polish remover and cotton balls Tiny paint brush Paper towel/tissues The very first step is to make sure that your nails are free of any oils before you start – use nail polish remover on a cotton ball even if your nails don’t have polish on them. If there is any oil on your nails, from hand cream or even food then that will cause the polish to not adhere as well to your nail, and that can cause it to chip. Next you apply your base coat – I really like Orly Bonder, I’ve tried a few others but this is the best so far. I buy mine from eBay as it’s about half the price as buying it in store, but you can easily get it at Farmers. Now […]

Product review: Sinful Colors Nail Polishes

Today I’m going to do a review of a couple of Sinful Colors nail polishes that I purchased recently. It’s a brand that I had seen online, but never seen in person until recently. They were $5.99 each, which is a really good price considering OPI and Orly are around $25-$30 each. The colours are Dancing Nails #835, which is a shimmery red, and Frenzy #922 which is a glittery purple. The formula of Dancing Nails was a little bit difficult to work with. I found that it was a bit runny, which meant my manicure looked a bit sloppy, until I got the hang of using much less in my brush. The photos below show that it my application wasn’t amazing but I think in future it’d look better.I wore Dancing Nails on my fingernails for 4 days and then removed it as my friend wanted to use me as a model for her nail tech course. My polish was just starting to show wear on the tips of some of the nails, and I think I easily could have worn it for a week without it chipping. I did use Orly Bonder base coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Top coat, as […]