Thursday, 11 September 2014

L'oreal Infallible Nail Polish

Hello Lovelies,

As you are probably already aware, I love nail polish, and out of all the beauty products I own, my nail polish collection is my biggest collection and despite owning much more nail polish than I need, I still find myself buying more and more.

Recently a polish that caught my eye was the L'oreal Infallible Nail polish, a 2 step product that claims to give a gel like or UV finish and also 12 days wear time.

L'oreal Infallible polish in Fuchsia For Life

In the past I had gel nails applied quite frequently and always loved the way they looked and also the longevity of the colour and shine and since many brands have released their take on the "gel polish" I have been on the hunt for the perfect high street brand of polish that delivers that gel finish for a fraction of the price of a salon manicure. 

When I read L'oreals description of the infallible polishes I was impressed and thought I'd give it a go, I've always loved Essie polishes and L'oreal own Essie so I thought I had nothing to lose. I picked up the colour Fuchsia for Life, in the bottle it looks like a nice corally pink colour, a colour I am always drawn to. There are currently 12 shades in the range which will be extended to 21 shades over time. 

As you can see from the photographs above, the polish comes in 2 stages, the polish and then a top coat. 

Here's what L'oreal said about the product. 

Introducing L’Oréal Paris Infallible Nail Polish. A sleekly designed two-step process that delivers on-trend shades, hard as nails toughness and magnifying shine.
A stunning, show-stopping hybrid gel-lacquer result, which defies a UV manicure.
STEP 1: High-intensity, super-fine pigments deliver an outstanding opaque colour. Containing a new generation of resin, Flex-ResinTM, hailed for its second to none flexibility and adhesive properties. Slicked across the nail it creates an indestructible supple mesh that moves with the nails to resist chipping.
STEP 2: Smart magnifying agents crystallise the mesh, effectively curing the colour to a rock-solid surface. The gel formula contains crystal polymers that rise to the polish surface amplifying colour, magnifying shine and plumping nail volume.
My Thoughts ~

My very first thoughts when applying the polish were "its red" and it is, the polish is not fuchsia at all or the corally pink it looks in the bottle, it is red a definite red, but that didn't put me off as I do like red nails, I would just have preferred the colour I thought I'd bought.

I loved how the polish applied the brush is nice and wide and the polish applies really well and with ease, I used 2 coats of the polish which dried quite fast in between coats and then I applied 1 coat of the top coat. I didn't use a separate base and top coat as I wanted to test the polish on its own.

I was really impressed with the finish of the polish, it is super glossy as you may be able to tell from the photographs, it is red and not fuchsia for life but hey ho. I would say this is the first out of all the polishes I've tried that claim to have a gel like finish that actually does have a gel like finish, my nails were super glossy and opaque and looked lovely.

The only thing I wasn't happy with though was the wear time, I only got a couple of days wear out of the polish and within 48 hours my nails were chipped, I've tried the polish a couple of times and the second time I wore it I got more wear time from it but an Essie polish can last me a week and this didn't last anywhere near a week, so I was very disappointed in the wear time. That said I would try more colours in the range purely because of the finish, I really liked the glossy finish I got from the polish and it was really easy to apply so I won't let the wear time put me off I shall just bare it in mind when painting my nails, if I need a polish to last me a few days I shall choose a different polish.

Overall despite being disappointed in the wear time I was impressed with the polish, it applied well, the colour was lovely despite not being what I expected it was still a beautiful shade, and the shine was amazing and a definite gel finish, so I will be buying more of this range, I just hope next time I get the colour I think I'm getting!

I thought I'd include a comparison photograph of actual gel nails with the polish to show how like gel the finish is.

Left pics are a Gelish manicure and Right is the L'oreal Infallible polish

The finish is very similar to a gel manicure and as I said so far the most gel like I've found, I am going to try some more brands 'gel polishes' so watch this space for more reviews.

If you would like to try the L'oreal Infallible polishes, you can get them here for £7.99.

If you have any comments or questions please leave them below as I always reply to all my comments and questions.

Thank you for reading, much love as always,

Zoe x

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How I Apply MAC Face and Body Foundation

Hello Lovelies, 

I get asked a lot about the MAC Face & Body foundation and the most asked question I get is, how do I apply it? 

Recently I was asked if I could film and upload a gold eye make up look and I have been asked a lot  if I can use the face and body foundation in a tutorial, so I thought I would kill 2 birds with 1 stone and film the gold eye look whilst using the face and body foundation and I'd have a chat with you all at the same time, so 3 birds with 1 stone really. 

Since I'm asked a lot to write a blog post on how I use the face and body foundation too I thought I'd come over and share my video with you on my blog, it is hard sometimes to explain in written text and much easier to show you, so I thought I would share my video for those of you who'd like to see how I apply the face and body. 

If you would like to see the video click this link to be taken straight to the video. 

I hope you enjoy my golden summery make up look and I hope me showing how I apply the face and body is helpful for everyone who has asked. 

Thank you for reading/watching, much love as always, 

Zoe x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Date Night OOTD

Hello Lovelies,

A couple of weeks ago Simon and I went out for a meal so I thought I'd share with you what we wore.  We went to a local country pub/restaurant and had a nice meal and a few drinks, it was lovely to go out together and something we really enjoy doing and are doing more and more now our girls are older.

Unfortunately the photograph was taken on my phone and it was pouring with rain and going dark so it isn't very clear but hopefully you'll be able to see our outfits. 

It wasn't a very "posh" place we went to so we opted for a smart/casual look. 

What I wore

New Look Black  Chevron Fine Knit Pom Pom Hem Kimono - £22.99 available here
River Island Black Longline Vest Top - £6.00 available here
Next Pale Blue Skinny Jeans - £24 available here
Next Black Peep Toe Sling Back Heels - Old

What Simon Wore

ASOS Pink Oxford Short Sleeved Shirt - Was £18.00 now £12.00 available here
TU At Sainsburys Dark Blue Slim Leg Jeans - £12 available in store
Zign Navy Blue Boots old but similar from Next - £55.00 available here

We had a lovely evening and we have a rule that we always take selfies when we go out anywhere so here are our selfies from our evening out, some clearly taken before the drinks and some after!

Let me know if you'd like to see more OOTD posts featuring both me and Simon, if you have any questions or comments please leave them below, I always answer all my comments and questions so be sure to check back for my reply :)

Thank you for reading, much love as always,

Zoe x

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