Sunday, 14 September 2014

Kiehls at Debenhams LiverpoolONE

I was so excited to be invited to a Kiehl's event at their new counter in Debenhams LiverpoolONE which I attended last Thursday along with five other bloggers (Laura, Vicky, Jade, Abigail and Nafisah.


At this point I've only tried one Kiehl's product, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and loved it but I was keen to learn more about their products and the company ethics so this was perfect.

The night began with some bubbly and cake whilst Gerwyn (who has a slight resemblance to Max from Catfish, just saying!) the  education executive, gave us a talk about the brand and some of their star products including their new product launch,  Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Retexturising Serum Concentrate.  He was also assisted by the wonderful staff at the counter, Ellie and Michelle.


I learnt a lot about the Kiehl's brand which was fantastic!  Founded in 1851 in 3rd and 13st New York, John Kiehl created his old-world apothecary which sold various ailments including stones to ward off evil spirits which is still there to this day.  To this day the staff still wear lab coats to honour their heritage.


In time the business was passed to Adam Morse, who kept their traditions but in the 1950's they were one of the first to introduce men's skincare so to draw attention to the male market he thought about his hobbies and interest in flying and motorcycles and decided to bring in a motorbike to be displayed in the store.  Steve McQueen actually donated his bike to the original store in New York.  Kiehl's finally opened a UK store in 2000.

 

Another little quirk is Mr Bones the skelton who was used for explaining prescriptions back when they were founded so is therefore is still at the Kiehl's counters today.

Kiehl's actually raised $200,000 from sales of a limited edition Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate for Alicia Key's charity, Keep A Child Alive who is amongst others like Mary J Blige and Pharrell Williams.


Let's talk about the star of the show, Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Retexturising Serum Concentrate.  When I arrived at Debenhams I actually had already watched a video by Amelia Liana raving about this product only that afternoon so I was incredibly excited to try it out for myself.  The idea behind it is that the formula anchors moisture deep within the skin's surface layers to address age-relayed dehydration.  Gerwyn explained the beads in glass jars as a representation of your skin.  Before is dehydrated skin and after are the same beads that have been in water but they have retained the moisture and have therefore grown and are lovely and plump, exactly how we all want our skin to be. 


Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Retexturising Serum Concentrate is almost like a big drink for dehydrated skin!  The texture is non-sticky and literally feels as light as water as it sinks into your skin.  It can be used on all skin types under your usual moisturiser.  At 15% it contains a particularly high amount of glycerin to help hydrate.  You literally only need two pumps of it, press onto your cheeks and forehead and ensure all of your face has been covered.  It aims to plump and hydrate for younger, brighter looking skin.  It is also paraben free and like all Kiehl's products, they do not test on animals.


Gerwyn also demonstrated a range of amazing products photographed above and then Ellie and Michelle came around to each one of us for a skin consultation and checked our oil levels which I was really surprised at as I assumed I have oily skin but the results came back that I am dehydrated.  At the end of our session with them Gerwyn recommended products for any issue that we may have.


I hope you've found it useful!  If you have any more questions then I highly recommend you pop along to a Kiehl's counter and speak to one of their very knowledgeable staff.

LiverpoolLashes Sponsorship September Nail Art Challenge Day 14 Flowers

It all started with the lovely Victoria asking for me to do this nail art challenge and she would donate £10 to a charity of my choice.  As both my Nanna and Grandad suffered with cancer, my chosen charity is Cancer Research UK.  When I announced it, more kind people added to Victoria's initial contribution so I have set up a Just Giving Page, if anyone can spare a donation of any amount of shrapnel I would be more than appreciative.  In return I shall be doing this challenge every single day throughout September on here and this is what I am going to be doing:

Please follow my Facebook page to be notified when the next challenge is up and completed!

Today's post is flower nails.  Now as I still have my Gel ll manicure on I had to some up with something that would work with it and I LOVE this!  I used Barry M Silver Foil nail polish to stamp a print from MoYou onto my thumb, middle finger and little finger.  I can't stop looking at it!


Interested in seeing what I have done for the other days?  Click here to see all of my nail art challenges!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post  If anyone can spare a donation of any amount, I would be more than appreciative and it can be paid securely through my Just Giving Page.  Thanks in advance!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Look Fantastic Beauty Box: September 2014

Today is an exciting day as I'm talking about a brand new beauty box by Look Fantastic.  The box is £15 a month and this box was advertised as having a £54 content.  Admittedly I did Google 'look fantastic discount codes' as there's always one floating around so I got it for £13.50.


The box has an excellent selection, everything actually suits the type of products.  I'm not sure if make up junkies who aren't that fussed about skincare (although everyone should be!) might not be happy as there isn't a single product in there.  That aside, I shall leave you to watch the video!

LiverpoolLashes Sponsorship September Nail Art Challenge Day 13 Animal Print

It all started with the lovely Victoria asking for me to do this nail art challenge and she would donate £10 to a charity of my choice.  As both my Nanna and Grandad suffered with cancer, my chosen charity is Cancer Research UK.  When I announced it, more kind people added to Victoria's initial contribution so I have set up a Just Giving Page, if anyone can spare a donation of any amount of shrapnel I would be more than appreciative.  In return I shall be doing this challenge every single day throughout September on here and this is what I am going to be doing:

Please follow my Facebook page to be notified when the next challenge is up and completed!

Today's challenge is animal print which is fun but admittedly, nothing I would normally wear.  I therefore decided to see if I could come up with a more neutral animal print design. 

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I applied OPI Designer De Better to my full nails and used OPI Barefoot In Barcelona to created a centre stripe down the nail and then drew my animal print on it.


This side photo probably isn't the best but it shows that the pale gold shade just makes an interesting border down the sidewalls and I know that I would actually wear this.
Interested in seeing what I have done for the other days?  Click here to see all of my nail art challenges!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post  If anyone can spare a donation of any amount, I would be more than appreciative and it can be paid securely through my Just Giving Page.  Thanks in advance!

Friday, 12 September 2014

First Impressions: Gel ll Gel Polish

I was sent a set of Gel ll Foggy Collection to try for myself and give my first impressions of it prior to their UK launch at Olympia Beauty at stand B50 on the 21st September 2014.  I have made a full video so if you'd prefer to watch that then it's here however if you're in work and probably really should be working then I will give you the lowdown for you to read too! 

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First things first I'll start with the packaging, all of the bottles are black and opaque to stop the UV light getting to the formula.  This is finished with a beautifully shiny lid which reminds me of the OPI Designer Series polishes.  The names of each colour are on the front of the bottle along with some sort of colour code although I'm not sure why both is required!

The whole unique selling point of this product is that it has no base coat so only two bottles are required.  I think this idea is good as a time saved but CND Shellac is only 10 seconds in a UV lamp anyway.

Gel ll is LED compatible which is fantastic for a faster curing time.  I'm really excited about LED, I do love new technology!  It's definitely impressive although to be honest I do use the two minutes to paint the other hand as I go so I'm not too sure on how much I would benefit from it.  Gel ll will also cure in my UV Lamp, two minutes per coat.

The instructions on the box say to use a 100/180 grit file to buff over the nail.  Having being a CND Shellac user for three years now I must admit that this step gives me a little bit of a sweaty palm!  I know I remove the shine for enhancements but Shellac is so kind to natural nails that thinning them in this way did make me worry a little.  Luckily I spoke to the distributor and she said to ignore the manufacturers instructions and it still works.  I have been advised by a fellow nail technician that if it doesn't adhere to certain clients nails then you do need to file over them. 

Sidenote: I was advised to stir the formula before use so I used an orange stick and clean inbetween each bottle!

One of the first things I decided to do in the video was to test the consistency compared to Shellac.  This was potentially a random test that I debated to leave in the video or not but I wanted to see if they were similar or one was thicker than the other and I'll tell you why I thought it was relevant.  If you're a Shellac user then you will know that Cream Puff tends to get thick over time.  Obviously every time the air and light get at it it will thicken so if a formula starts off thicker than it's almost a head start for that process.  I did my very scientific drippy test and Gel ll is a bit thicker, in fact if you watch the video anyway you'll see that I actually dripped the Shellac on the rim of the bottle as I wasn't expecting it!

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The brush is fairly wide on the bottles, I would say it was more like an OPI bottle which is great for larger nail beds as it literally took a couple of strokes on my thumb and middle finger.  The formula went on fairly smooth although I will admit that I couldn't get an exact precise finish around the cuticle and sidewalls as it seems to have slightly bled over the line on certain nails, you know the way a lipstick can do on a more mature mouth?  (I always have to bring it back to beauty don't I?!)  

The shine was fantastic, even from the first coat.  I applied all three shades to show you what they looked like and truly test them.  Royal Navy and My Fair Lady are exactly the colours I'd go for.  Unfortunately Foggy Day I thought was going to be a cream opaque grey shade but it turned out to be a sheer grey with a opalescent finish so I'm not sure if it was designed to go over the other colours or not but hopefully you still get the idea!  Royal Navy completely covers my nails and My Fair Lady is like a jelly formula so with two coats I can see the outline of my free edge.

The one massive point that I noticed was the scent of Gel ll as I was using it.  As I was filming at my nail desk it became apparent straight away that whilst you're painting it onto your fingers / onto your client there is a chemical odour that lingers in the air.  I've tried to describe it so many times, I'm not sure if I would describe it as car oil or something along those lines.  I've even asked my husband for his opinion and he thinks it smells like glue or a sealant that a builder would use.  Now don't get me wrong, I actually like the smell of petrol at a petrol station and but I'm not sure that by doing a few sets of these whether you could get a headache from it, particularly if you're more sensitive to it.  The scent lasted on the nails for around half an hour after the sticky layer was removed and then literally vanished.

As I am currently in the middle of my nail art challenge for Cancer Research (click here to donate!) I won't be able to truly wear this gel polish for the length of time it claims to last for but I believe it's 2 to 3 weeks.

The final point to be made is the price which is not yet confirmed.  To run through it briefly though, Gel ll bottles are 14ml so comparing that to Shellac at 7.3ml, it's a good size (also to add in Gelish and OPI Gel Colour are 15ml each.)  I suppose it depends on the overall price once it's released but if it's similar to the trade price of Shellac then that's great. However if it's more then personally when it came to deciding between OPI and Shellac originally, I decided on Shellac because I would rather pay less for the smaller bottles and have more of them than have larger bottles but less of them but we shall see how the price compares when its released.

I think I've covered everything?!  I wanted to make sure that I answered as many questions as I could think you may want to know so that you feel that you know the product with a truly honest perspective of it as it's new to the UK.  I hope you've found it useful!


LiverpoolLashes Sponsorship September Nail Art Challenge Day 12 Stripes

It all started with the lovely Victoria asking for me to do this nail art challenge and she would donate £10 to a charity of my choice.  As both my Nanna and Grandad suffered with cancer, my chosen charity is Cancer Research UK.  When I announced it, more kind people added to Victoria's initial contribution so I have set up a Just Giving Page, if anyone can spare a donation of any amount of shrapnel I would be more than appreciative.  In return I shall be doing this challenge every single day throughout September on here and this is what I am going to be doing:

Please follow my Facebook page to be notified when the next challenge is up and completed!

So today's challenge is striped nails.  I originally hand drew pink with this really interesting mix of triangles and stripes.  Unfortunately somewhere between my nail desk and my photography lights I scuffed one beyond belief.  I therefore decided to quickly do this design instead using OPI Lady In Black and MoYou London Plate Pro Collection 20 with Barry M Polish in Silver Foil.


Interested in seeing what I have done for the other days?  Click here to see all of my nail art challenges!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post  If anyone can spare a donation of any amount, I would be more than appreciative and it can be paid securely through my Just Giving Page.  Thanks in advance!