Seche Soft Cuticle Softener Therapy

Hi beauties

Today I have Seche Soft Cuticle Softener Therapy, this is a daily use cuticle remover. I usually use a Cuticle remover once a week, but noticed that at least 2 cuticles that are quite tough so I wanted to test this out to see if this is a better solution.

Seche Soft is a light lotion that sinks in very easily, I try and use it at least once a day. It’s hydrating but unfortunately does have a slight tacky feeling once applied. It does help to minimise the cuticle, it has AHA’s to help loosen the skin, making it easy to push the cuticles.

I wouldn’t repurchase Seche Soft, I found the tacky after feeling really off putting. I used it for a few weeks and then got fed up with it! So I’m still looking for a decent cuticle remover. I bought mine from Nail Polish Direct for £18.95.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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L’Occitane Intensive Hand Balm

Hello beauties

Today I have L’occitane 25% Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, this has been out for a little while and I do like the original Shea butter hand cream, so I had to try it!

Intensive Hand Balm is a richer hand cream than the original, an extra 5% Shea in the formula and it has the same beautiful fragrance of Ylang Ylang. It’s warm and comforting and it’s such a pleasure to use at bedtime to help you relax and wind down.

I like this, but I do have a big gripe, it is VERY greasy. I don’t actually use this hand cream without wearing cotton gloves as you will get residue everywhere! It’s a bit too rich, I certainly couldn’t use this during the day. Yet it’s a great intensive treatment to use at night, the gloves help it sink into your skin.

I don’t think I would repurchase this, it is expensive too at £23.00 for 150ml. I know you don’t need to use much and the standard hand cream does last me a long time, Intensive Hand Balm is just too rich for me.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

OPI Pro Spa Moisture Whip Massage Cream

Hello beauties!

I have an offering from OPI today, Pro Spa Moisture Whip Massage Cream. Pro Spa is the new and updated Avoplex range, based on Cupuacu Butter and White Tea. Cupuacu is related to Cacao, it’s used in confectionery similar to white chocolate. It’s low melting point makes it perfect for use on the skin.

The texture of Moisture Whip is so much more thin that I expected, I thought it would be similar to a Cocoa Butter. I find it just as hydrating as a thicker texture, making it easier to use, a tiny dab being all you need!

I bought the 118ml tub which I’ve hardly made a dent in, this is perfect for daytime use. It’s non greasy and has a gorgeous fresh scent that isn’t overpowering. It’s excellent for applying to cuticles as well, I always use hand cream on my nails too, it’s a habit I’ve had for years and I can’t stop even if I tried! This size would last months, even with frequent daily use. I bought mine from eBay for the bargain price of £9.95.

I’m looking forward to trying more from the Pro Spa range, there are various other products such as a scrub, oil and serum. So keep your eyes peeled for other Pro Spa items.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Nails of The Day

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Hi beauties,

Another Nails of The Day for you and this time it’s a Nails Inc manicure! There has been a lot of OPI lately so I wanted to break that up and give you another brand.

Nails Inc Berkeley Street is a gorgeous coral Gel Effect polish and now it’s officially Summer, these beautiful coral shades are everywhere! This usually wouldn’t be a colour I would reach for, however I have been experimenting and I really love it. So bright, cheerful and vibrant, fully opaque in 2 coats. I love the Gel Effects as they are super shiny and durable. Slightly thicker than standard polishes due to the plasticizers in the formula, it hides any ridges and imperfections you may have on your nails. The brush is fabulous, it’s cuticle shaped making it so easy to paint with. It is literally the best brush I’ve ever tried, it gives you a great finish and practically eliminates the need for clean up.

The glitter is a Bling Bling effect called New Bond Street, I can’t resist a bit of glitter at any time of the year, it’s rare when I have a manicure without it. I don’t usually wear it on all nails just having one or two for a bit of interest. Bling Bling has an iridescent pinky base with all different sized holographic particles. The coverage is great and you don’t have to dab too much as the brush picks up a decent amount of glitter for you to be able to brush it on normally. I really love this glitter and it will be great over any colour, the pinky hue is delicate and not immediately noticeable, you can spot it in bright sunlight, such a gorgeous shade. For me Nails Inc make fabulous special effects and are really innovative, they create things that you have never seen before. One that I know I will be using over and over again!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Nails of The Day

Hi beauties,

Today’s Nails of The Day is another OPI manicure Spare Me A French Quarter and Make Light of The Situation.

Spare Me a French Quarter is another shade from the New Orleans collection, is a beautiful rich berry creme colour. I really love that a colour that would traditionally be an autumn/winter shade is in the spring/summer wardrobe. These kind of colours are the ones I gravitate towards. It is gorgeous in bright sunlight and not too deep for this time of year. It is a creme formula and typical OPI complete opacity in two coats with a beautiful gloss. It’s also very easy to paint and clean up if you make a mistake (which I always do!) Spare Me A French Quarter isn’t one of those dark shades that can bleed and stain, hurrah! Nothing worse than when you are trying to clean up and then you just dilute the colour and end up having to take the whole nail off. Drives.Me.Crazy.

Make Light of The Situation was part of the 2015 Brights Collection and creates a gorgeous glaze over a colour, I’ve only ever worn it as a top coat rather than a shade by itself. I don’t really like to see my natural nail through a glitter so I am not sure it would work for me on its own. I love it so much over other colours, if I want a bit of shimmer and shine it’s one I reach for. And of course it being a glitter, makes the manicure more long-lasting and hardwearing.

Spare Me a French Quarter is available from http://www.opiuk.com and is £12.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

 

Dames and Dimes Nail & Cuticle Balm

Hi beauties,

New brand and new product alert!! It’s so exciting when I come across a new to me brand so when Dames & Dimes followed me on Instagram I followed back and discovered them.

Dames & Dimes are a UK niche skincare brand making natural products without synthetics, finding that natural ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter and beeswax are so beneficial for skin helping your skin to perform at its best. Each product is hand made in small batches and I really love the quirky, unusual packaging.

I bought the Nail & Cuticle Balm, the ingredients are:

Macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, Cera alba (organic beeswax), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, Calendula officinalis extract (calendula), Theobroma cacao (organic cocoa) butter, Mangifera indica (mango) butter, Tocopherol acetate (vitamin e), Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) Leaf oil, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

I loved the sound of this balm, natural, rich and hydrating ingredients and scented with gorgeous essential oils of Lavender, Tea Tree and Rosemary. What I wasn’t expecting is that due to the cocoa butter it also has a chocolaty fragrance! It sounds strange, but honestly it really is lovely.

It has a beautiful soft texture, making it easy to scoop a wee bit out, (no having to circle round and round the pot trying to get some product!) a little goes a long way so you don’t need a lot. However, I do slather it all over my hands at night and put on cotton gloves on. Not sexy but god you get super soft hands and hydrated nails.

I’m pretty hard on my nails, I change my colour frequently, when I wash up and clean I don’t wear gloves. The previous few days before I received the balm I had been very lax with the cuticle oil so my nails were a bit drier than usual. After 4 uses (twice a day for 2 days) the results were excellent, my nails were so much more hydrated and also that moisture was kept in my nails for longer. A tiny bit (like this below) does 2 of my nails. At night time I am more generous, but that small amount will mean your nails and cuticles are hydrated and you don’t feel like you have put any product on.

I can hand on heart say Dames & Dimes Nail & Cuticle Balm is totally lush! It’s an amazing balm that has really made a huge difference to my nails and cuticles in literally 2 days. I should also mention the size and value, it comes in a very generous filled to the brim 60g pot for £9.00. I know you can get cheaper balms, but in my experience they usually have mineral oils in which as I am sure you know I hate lol. This is a brilliant, natural product that lives up to it’s claims.

The next on my list to try is their whipped body butter (they also do a body scrub and foot scrub) and if it’s anything like this wee gem I am sure I will love it!

Dames & Dimes Nail & Cuticle Balm is available from http://www.damesanddimes.co.uk and is £8.95 for 60g.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Nails of The Day

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Hello lovelies,

This manicure has been one of my personal favourites of late, I have become rather obsessed with pink! I know I usually a red kind of gal, but I am loving these bright punchy pink colours. These two are Strawberry Margarita and The Berry Thought of You by OPI and they are so pretty!

Strawberry Margarita is the lighter, more baby pink colour. Fabulous cover with two coats and no streaking at all. I do sometimes find that with the lighter shades they can be thin, streaky and an absolute b*tch to paint with. Luckily this one I had no problems with at all. It’s not a shade I have actually worn a lot, probably twice in the year that I have had it, I shall have to make more of an effort as it really is lovely.

The Berry Thought Of You is from last year’s brights collection and I am bonkers about this shade. I just love it, it’s vibrant, cheering, a deeper colour than Strawberry Margarita and I think it’s an appropriate shade for all year round. I have worn this one quite a few times. I received it in a QVC TSV, it’s not a colour that I would’ve automatically picked out, once I tried it I knew it was for me. Formula is very good too with really easy clean up too, it doesn’t run and stain like many shades can do. I love the OPI wide brush that makes painting a quick and easy job. These 2 colours work so well together, I couldn’t help look at my hands while I was wearing it! I use Seche Vite as my top coat which for me offers such a fantastic long lasting shine, however these colours do have a fabulous gloss if you don’t want to wear top coat or if you don’t have time to apply it. No chipping either and I got 5 days wear out of this mani, I reckon that it could possibly last longer too if you needed it to. Another great combination from OPI.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx