Essie Gel Couture

When it comes to gel manicures, I’m not going to lie – I’m not the biggest fan. I have nails that bend in the breeze, and coupled with my short attention span for colours, I think I’m better suited regular polishes. What I do love about gels though, is the super shiny finish. So, when Essie sent over their brand new Gel Couture range, I got rather excited. (Evidently the post office did too, as a rather fetching coral shade had exploded in the envelope, so excuse any smudges or polish on the bottles!)

Essie Bubbles Only

The whole concept behind the Gel Couture line is fashion-forward colours with 14 days of shiny, chip-free wear. Applied to clean, bare nails, Essie recommends two coats of colour with one of the new Top Coat. Everything about the line is new – the bottles are twisted (inspired by the line of couture dresses) and the brushes are even remodelled. The new line contains 42 brand new shades, and I’ve already picked out a few to order!

Essie Bubbles Only Swatch

The first polish I tried was Bubbles Only – a stunningly rich red which verges on burgundy. It’s such a rich shade – it looks so chic on short nails, or as a pedicure. The formula was an absolute dream to work with – it applied perfectly smoothly and was nearly opaque in a single coat. There was no streaking or smudging, just really beautiful shiny colour, which stayed glossy well after the top coat had dried. Admittedly I did pop a base coat on my nails (they’re already a little stained, and I’m trying to prevent further damage) and I got three days of chip-free wear.

Essie Take Me To Thread

Take Me to Thread is a stunning neutral shade which hovers somewhere between grey and purple. Unlike a lot of similar shades in my collection, this one is a true one-coat-wonder, although, being the stickler for the instructions I went with two. The formula of the polish is creamy perfection, and self levels, meaning your left with beautifully even nails.

Essie Take me to Thread Swatch

Depending on the light, the colour veers between lavender and grey, so it’s a great choice if you’re rotating through a summer wardrobe of neutrals. It feels like a nice alternative to my usual baby pink polishes, and I love how fresh it looks paired with a white shirt and jeans. Again, I got about three days of chip free wear with the polish.

Essie Gel Couture Top Coat

The Gel Couture Top Coat comes in a white version of the new twisted bottles. It looks really fun (although mine got a little chipped when I was removing the coral polish) and it feels very Instagram-worthy.

Essie Gel Couture Brush

The brush, like the polishes, has had a bit of makeover. It means you only need a single sweep to cover the entire nail, and it doesn’t pull or drag on polish. I absolutely love how quickly it dries, and I didn’t get a single bubble or smear. I’m more than a little obsessed with these new takes on Essie, and I can’t wait to collect a few more shades!

Essie Gel Couture Top Coat and polishes are priced at £9.99 each, and they’re available here.

Maybelline Baby Lips Glosses

I’m not sure about you, but by the time it gets around to being a Friday, I’m always in the mood to treat myself. I usually find myself wandering around SpaceNK or Harvey Nichols, desperate to find something that’s not too expensive but is still a nice little find. Now though, Boots has been my port of call, as I have fallen completely in love with Maybelline’s new Baby Lips lip glosses – the proof? I may have bought myself three new colours since these two popped through the door!

Maybelline Baby Lips Gloss - A Wink of pink gloss

The packaging for glosses is pretty standard – the white cap is emblazoned with the Maybelline Baby Lips logo, and the gloss itself is in a clear tube which means selecting a colour from my makeup bag couldn’t be easier. Wink of Pink is a stunning, warm toned pink gloss which is shot through with golden shimmer. On the lips, the gloss feels surprising rich and balmy (these aren’t in any way sticky) and they give a sheer hint of shimmer with a flattering sheen of gloss. As you might imagine, since the glosses are part of the Baby Lips collection, they promise to moisturize, which, now we’re in the middle of summer, is much needed!

Maybelline Baby Lips Gloss 1

The formula of the gloss really feels surprisingly luxe. Everything from the doe foot applicator to the fruity scent feels well thought out, and I’ve been reaching for them more regularly than my normal Chanel or Dior choices. The wear-time might not be hours long, but the glosses are so cute and affordable, I don’t really mind topping them up!

Maybelline Baby Lips Gloss - Fab & Fuchsia

Possibly my most reached-for shade this week has been Fab and Fuchsia. In the tube it looks like a neon-Barbie dream of a gloss, but it’s far more subtle on the lips. It just gives a super sheer wash of shine with a subtle pink tint. Again, it has the brand’s signature fruity sweet scent, but I kind of love it, and the non-sticky formula is just so comfortable to wear, I’ve actually picked myself up a backup!

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Glosses are priced at £4.99 each and are available here.

ByTerry Cellularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser

As someone with skin that’s super sensitive and prone to dryness, I have to be so careful with my choice of cleansers. In my circle of friends I’m kind of known for my cleansing routine (apparently most people don’t have multiple steps) so you can imagine how happy I was when ByTerry’s Cullularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser popped through the letterbox.

ByTerry Cellularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser 1

Packaged in an absolutely beautiful pink tube, the Cleansing Balm is part of the same range as the Miceller Water that I reviewed here. I’m absolutely in love with the delicate rose petal scent. It smells so wonderfully luxurious and spa-like, and it’s such a treat to use!

ByTerry Cellularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser 3

I tend to reach for the balm in the mornings – I prefer a foaming formula at night, and I love how the rich balm feels in the mornings. I only use the smallest little squeeze of the balm, and smooth it onto my skin, following with a warm, damp flannel. The gorgeous smell coupled with the rich texture combine to create the most luxurious of combinations which leave my skin feeling fresh, clean and super hydrated.

ByTerry Cullularose Nutri-Pure Gentle Cleansing Balm review

ByTerry Cellularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser is priced at £42 and is available here.

 

Nugg Lip Mask

Even though it’s summer, I’ve noticed that I’m wear a whole lot of lipstick. There have been so many new releases that I’m head over heels with, so I’ve been wanting my lips looking and feeling as good as possible. So, when Nugg sent over their brand new Lip Mask, it couldn’t have been better timing!

Packaged in a little golden sphere (adorably cute but nigh-on impossible to photograph) it couldn’t be easier to use the mask. After a little exfoliation (I’m still loving this one), I simply dab a thickish layer of the mask onto my lips, massage it in a little, then leave it on whilst I relax for 10 or 15 minutes. It’s a super rich and thick formula, filled with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Liquorice Root Complex, so it hydrates, soothes and softens lips, and even leaves them a little plumper. It’s the perfect little pre-lippie treat, especially if your giving mattes a go!

Nugg Lip Mask is priced at £9.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US).

Jane Iredale Moonglow Quad Bronzer

So I’m not sure that I could be any more more obsessed with glowy skin at the moment. I’ve been knee deep in highlighters and bronzers for weeks, experimenting with what’s best for my skin type and tone.

Jane Iredale Moonglow Quad Bronzer 2

When I caught sight of Jane Iredale’s stunning Moonglow bronzer, I knew I had to try it. It comes in an add-on golden compact which feels rather glamorous when I catch sight of it in my makeup bag (although it does attract fingerprints like nothing else). Inside though, is where is gets really good. Jane Iredale have combined four shades which can either be swirled together to create a glowing bronzer shade, or they can be used individually as highlighters and eyeshadows.

Jane Iredale Moonglow Quad Bronzer 1

The powders themselves are shimmering perfection. They feel buttery smooth, and the colour payoff is beautiful. Not only that, but the shades are easy to build, which is perfect if you’re using them on your eyes. The bottom taupe brown shade is really beautiful worn swept over the lid. It gives eyes a shimmering, subtle definition which doesn’t look too try-hard. The top two shades are my perfect highlight too! The mix of golden and pearl pink give a natural-looking radiance to skin which doesn’t look glittery or sparkly.

Jane Iredale Moonglos Quad Bronzer 3

All together the shades mix to form a stunning warm shimmering bronze. I’m too pale to use it all over, but a light dusting over cheekbones gives a believable glow. I can’t wait to get a little more bronzed so I can dust a little Moonglow over my shoulders and clavicles – it’s a wonderful way to cheat perfect summer skin!

Jane Iredale Moonglow Bronzer is priced at £39.95 and is available here.

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