OPI QVC TSV 8 piece Summer Envy Nailcare Collection


Hello there, this post is all about a very special set by OPI which was a Today’s Special Value on QVC last Tuesday 23/06/15. I wanted to show the swatches and give you a review of all the products.

Starting with the colours, there is the pink The Berry Thought of You. A beautiful pink creme, this is 2 coats without topcoat. The polish glides on very easily but you definitely need the 2 coats for full opacity. I’m not usually a pink girl, this has changed my mind as it is so pretty and feminine colour.

The red is called I Stop for Red, as I expect you all know (especially if you follow my Instagram page!) I adore reds. This is a creme again, a gorgeous tomato red which I think would be great in any season, I will certainly be getting a lot of wear from this one as I love having red nails. Such a classic! 2 coats, no topcoat.

When I first saw this colour I Sea You Wear OPI, I really wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, I do like blues, but I don’t tend to lean towards turquoise which this definitely is! However, when I put it on I fell in love with it straightaway. The shimmer is so bright and sparkly, this is 2 coats, I think it would be better with 3 coats for full opacity. It’s best seen in sunlight to really appreciate it. As much as I do love creme formulas I do love a glitter too! I like combining both in a manicure and I really enjoy using them like that because very often I can’t make up my mind what to wear! This is Make Light of the Situation, I doubt I would use it on it’s own as I don’t like to see my natural nail underneath but this would be beautiful over any colour in this set or any you may already have.  2 coats without topcoat.

Cool Pink Nail Envy is a new product to me, it is so pretty and very handy if you want colour and treatment in one bottle. As easy to put on as all the other colours are and covers the nail in 2 coats. I will be wearing this a lot now that I’ve got into pinks and if I want some time off polish, it’s great to be able to have a coloured option of Nail Envy.


The other products in the set are: Original Nail Envy, Avoplex Cuticle Oil and Rapid Dry Top Coat. I can’t be without Nail Envy, it’s always on my nails either as a base coat for manicures or just as a clear coat. This is why my nails are as good as they are, I would recommend it if you do have problems in your nails. I must have been using for 10 years or more.

Avoplex Cuticle Oil is a lovely rich oil with a beautiful smell of Avocado (Avocado oil is a main ingredient) I think you only need a very small amount because it is so rich so when I use it I make sure I wipe the brush on both sides, or you can overload your nails. I love oils so I slather it on as much as I can in a day!

The only product I wouldn’t use in the set is the Rapid Dry Top coat, only because I am wedded to my beloved Seche Vite. I can’t find anything else that exceeds the result so I may give it away as part of a gift for someone. I might change my mind, although I can’t say for definite lol.

The value in the set was absolutely immense, which is why I love buying from QVC as I paid under £33 for the whole collection. As Nail Envy is £19.50 and Avoplex are £16.30 respectively I think you can see it was a real bargain and I was lucky enough to be able to afford to get it this time. I will be playing with all the other colours so look out for my Instagram page lucydorling1980.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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SBC Propolis Gel

 Hi All,

For this post I wanted to let you know of this super product from SBC that is so multi tasking it is a great to have it in your bathroom cabinet.

SBC is a salon and trade brand that is also using in training colleges throughout the country. They specialise in gel formulations which are so quick and easy to use and there are numerous gels in their range. Propolis is the most expensive gel as it is made by bees. The bees collect this resin from various tree buds and sap, it is mixed with the bees own enzymes and it is used to seal the hive against environmental elements, disease and parasites from entering the hive. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial and it is fantastic for problem skin.

I have very dry skin on my scalp and my body, I use the propolis literally head to toe. It is extremely good for all sorts of skin concerns, you can use it on spots to keep the area as clean as possible so great for teenagers who don’t want to use harsh treatments which strip their skin and make it sore. It is very soothing and as it is a gel sinks in so quickly, I tend to reapply it through the day to stop the itching of my eczema and psoriasis. I use it on my scalp, again to stop the itch but also the soreness when I may have scratched a little too much. It dries so it doesn’t leave any residue on my pillow and I wash it out in the morning.

I have also used propolis on my feet, it is good for softening hard skin and it is good for use in between toes if you have problem feet due to the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, so if you do have dodgy trotters, give it a try! It does have quite a sweet honey-like smell to it, but don’t let that put you off it is well worth using it on any problem areas you have.

It is not the most glamorous product, but it is an essential part of my beauty kit.

SBC are doing a Todays Special Value today (27/07/15) on QVC check it out on http://www.qvcuk.com

What are your beauty essentials? Leave me a comment

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Last Week’s OPI Manicure

 I’ve been rather obsessed with coral colours lately, not something that I would ever wear before but I am trying new things and enjoying the outcome!

This mani was done with OPI Hot & Spicy and Go With The Lava Flow, I use Seche Vite top coat which for me is the best I’ve ever used.

I really loved this colour combination and had some great compliments on it, so it’s very possible that I will repeat this one! Perfect for summer and it wore really well. I do change my colour a lot so I don’t always know how good longevity is but I wore this for at least 4 days with minimal tip wear.

What are your favourite summer colours? Let me know!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Haircare


Good afternoon,

Today is all about haircare and the staple products in my routine. As I have a problem scalp I found that using high street shampoos that contain SLS would irritate me and make me itch so after I had discovered Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I branched out into trying their shampoo and conditioner.

Botanical Shine Shampoo is Aloe Vera and West African Shea butter based rather than the usual SLS formula. The scent is beautiful, with sweet orange, apple extract, cedarwood, patchouli, geranium, lemon, vanilla and rosemary. It leaves my hair so shiny, soft and feeling so clean without feeling stripped.

I have coarse wiry hair, (which I hate!!) so the conditioner I use from Liz Earle is the Botanical Shine Conditioner for dry and damaged hair. Like the shampoo, it’s also based on a West African Shea butter formulation also with Kalahari Melon oil for it’s hydrating and softening properties. It’s contains Blue Seakale which is colour safe, so if you do colour your hair you don’t need to worry that every time you wash your hair you are removing all the pigment. I love how soft my hair is after I’ve used them both and how easy it is to blow dry. I have short hair that needs a bit of volume to it and I do find I can get the volume I want without using tons of other products.

The next product that I have fallen in love with is Philip Kingsley Elasiticizer with Geranium & Neroli. This is a limited edition that was made especially for QVC and was their product of the month in February. I had not tried it before, but had heard great things about it, I have some grey coming through (I feel FAR too young to be having grey!) which is even more coarse than my brunette locks so wanted to incorporate a weekly  treatment to make it more manageable. And as I am obsessed with neroli I knew that I would love the fragrance! I wasn’t wrong, it is absolutely stunning and the effect it has on my hair is so good. Elasticizer is a pre shampoo treatment and you can use it in a different number of ways. The directions on the bottle is to dampen your hair and then apply it from mid-lengths to the ends and leave for a minimum of 20 minutes. You then rinse and shampoo and condition as normal.

You can however, leave it in longer if you wish to. I usually pop it in my hair just before I do my skincare routine for the evening and then leave it in overnight. You can’t overuse Elasticizer as you rinse and wash it out so if you do have fine hair don’t worry about it leaving your hair heavy or lank. Another way you can use it is dampen your hair and put some in, and while you are waiting for the shower to heat up or are brushing your teeth you can leave it in just for a couple of minutes and you will still get a benefit from using it even for a short amount of time. I do hope they continue with the limited edition fragrance as it is so beautiful, but with a litre size I don’t think I have to worry about running out for at least a year!

What are your favourite haircare products? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Favourite Eye Creams

 Hi there,

These are two products for my eyes that I cannot do without. As I have mentioned before, I suffer with health problems which means I have to take very strong painkillers which causes permanent fatigue. I find that my eyes show not only the pain, but the tiredness too so I do anything I can to try and look better than I feel!

The first product is Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex, it is a lovely cool gel texture that gently exfoliates the eye area to try and diminish dark circles. You only need to use a tiny amount and it also helps plump out lines and wrinkles and if you want to, you can reapply it throughout the day over makeup. I got the large 30ml size in a Today’s Special Value from QVC along with a couple of other Alpha H products and I have had it now for at least 6 months. I find even the smaller 15ml size lasts a good 4 months for me and I use it twice daily.

Absolute Eye Complex is also excellent for hooding eyelids, so if you find that you are struggling with this I pop on my lids and gently lift them and sweep the rest of the product over my brows. It is definitely a great all-rounder eye gel and as it is a gel it won’t cause any puffiness.

I use Gatineau Melatogenine Aox Probiotics Advanced Rejuvenating Eye Concentrate (phew, what a mouthful!) over the top of the Alpha H gel because I find my eyes do get dry and look more wrinkled than I would like. Melatogenine is one of Gatineau’s most well known ranges and is for fine lines and wrinkles. It is a very light lotion that sinks in very quickly, a lot of eye creams can be too heavy which can cause problems. You also only need a tiny amount, as it is very concentrated so a little goes a very long way. Again, like the Alpha H, this can go over makeup during the day if  you would like to reapply.

Melatogenine works for me so well that I would hate to be without it, (I am wrinkle phobic when it comes to my eyes) it is extremely moisturising but without being greasy and the eye area looks more refreshed and I hope less tired! The lines are a less prominent after using both of these products so the combination for me is excellent.

Which eye products are your favourites? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Bare Minerals Ready SPF20 Foundation

 Hi there,

As the last few posts have been skincare and manicure I thought that I would write about my favourite foundation.

Bare Minerals for me is a brilliant make up brand and over the last couple of years have really been adding to their portfolio of products with new textures I didn’t think they would be able to do in line with their philosophy, but my favourite base is the Ready SPF20 Foundation.

I have oily skin and liquid foundation slides off my skin so easily no matter what kind of primer I use (I have tried so many and yet to find my Holy Grail!) so a few years ago I tried the Original mineral powder foundation instead. I found that the staying power was so much better for me that I was converted.

As I have got older I found that I have needed more coverage as my skin tone is very fair but uneven, so when Bare Minerals bought out the Ready foundation which offered more coverage I ordered it straight away.

The Ready formulation has been created by pressing the minerals with cold pressed rosehip seed oil into the solid formula. As with the Original, this is still makeup that is good for your skin so if you do have sensitivities this shouldn’t cause you any problems.

Ready still offers the beautiful luminous glow that Original gives, no chalky finish even with Mineral Veil over the top, but as I found you are able to build a better coverage to hide imperfections and it is so quick to use! It is also in a compact rather than being the loose minerals, so if the mess is something that annoys you about powder foundations you don’t have any of that worry here. I use a stubby kabuki brush, Bare Minerals do a specific Precision Face Brush which was made specifically for the Ready formula. The Precision Face brush gives you full coverage straight away, I find that using a kabuki brush gives me a bit more control over how I build my base. I also use the Maximum Coverage Concealer brush for under my eyes and around my nose.

My shade is R170 which is comparable to Fairly Light in Original, I would recommend that if you aren’t sure what shade you think you would be, pop down to your local Bare Minerals counter and get shade matched. I don’t know why BM named the Ready foundation with numbers instead of their standard shade names, as it is a bit confusing. That is my only criticism however, this foundation works so well for me I don’t think that I could use any other type.

What do you think of Bare Minerals foundation? Have you tried the Ready formula? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Skincare Super Duo

 Hello lovely people,

Ok so I have to write about these two fantastic products from an amazing brand called Gatineau. It’s not a brand that is extensively on the high street, it has been at QVCUK for the last 22 years and it has an excellent 80 year heritage. It’s a salon brand and they do independent clinical trials on their products so they are proven to work.

Gatineau have different ranges depending on your skincare concerns, my favourite is the wrinkle fighting Melatogenine. This is a compound the press named “The Miracle molecule” probably because they couldn’t pronounce it! There are various products within this range which you can slot into your existing routine or indeed use the whole collection. One of the wonder products is the Melatogenine Futur Plus Mask.

It is no understatement to say that this is the best mask I have ever tried. You don’t need to use a lot and you can use it in various ways which is what I think, makes it so great. For an express treatment, you can apply a thin layer all over your face (including over the eyelid and right up to the lash line) wait for 10 minutes and then remove. You can apply a thicker layer and leave for a longer period of time, remove or massage in the excess. Another way is applying a small amount over the top of your other products in the evening and sleep with it on. I very often sleep with a wee bit under my eyes (I hate the darkness and lines underneath my eyes) and I don’t find it irritating

The texture is smooth and creamy, as I said before you don’t need to use a lot to get a great result. I tend to be heavy handed with products (a dreadful habit I must get out of!) but I do find a 75ml tube lasts me quite a long time. The result of using the mask is smoothing out of lines and wrinkles, I find they really do look diminished. I was really amazed when I first used it, (due to health reasons I suffer with permanent fatigue and this really shows around my eyes) my eye area looked plumper and moisturised. It leaves your whole face baby soft.

I was extremely lucky recently and was able to buy a 200ml pot with a tube of another famous Gatineau product, their Radiance Enhancing Gommage.

Gatineau have 3 exfoliants, gommage is French for exfoliation. The Radiance Enhancing Gommage is an enzymatic mask which I hadn’t actually tried before. It’s a sticky gel consistency, you smooth a layer over your skin and massage until the texture changes from the gel to a more liquid water-like feeling. It takes a couple of minutes and then rinse it from your skin. It’s so quick and the smell is beautiful, citrussy and uplifting. Your skin is so smooth and clear afterwards and ready for any treatments or your usual routine. I was really impressed with the product, as I have got a couple of broken capillaries I am trying not to use physical exfoliants. My skin felt great and not red in the slightest. In order to get the most benefit of the mask I would definitely use the Gommage first.

These two things I would definitely recommend together, the results really are visible and very impressive.

What are your favourite treatment products? What could you not live without? Leave me a comment about what you think.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx