Friday, 11 September 2015

Loving & Loathing - Week 74

Ha. Another Loving & Loathing on time. You didn't see that one coming, did you? I almost wrote that I won't make a habit of it, but actually I hope I do! Now I'm in more of a routine with my blogging it's becoming as rewarding as it was at the beginning. Long may it continue!

This week has been a little harder than usual to try and write, as I had a tough job picking my products. At the moment there are plenty of products that I hate, but ones that I love are thin on the ground. However, I pulled up and old favourite, and discovered two new ones almost by accident. Read on for this week's picks...

Top: GHD Brush
Bottom L-R: Rimmel  Nail Polish, Nyx Lipliner, Duo Eyelash Adhesive.


GHD Paddle Brush
RRP £20.00 (Buy)
I recently bought the GHD V Gold Max Styler kit from Look Fantastic (which you can find here and was an absolute bargain), and this brush was part of the set. You may remember from my most recent YouTube Empties Video that I'd thrown out my old faithful Body Shop brush, and while I enjoy my Tangle Teaser-style brushes from BeautyBay, my super-long, thick, unruly hair really does need something more substantial to tame it. This just sweeps through my hair effortlessly, making short work of any knots and leaving my hair feeling so much more sleek than any other brush I've ever used. I'm a champion of spending money on a decent brush as they will last you a very long time and while £20 seems very steep for a brush, if it does a great job and will last for ages then it's money well spent in my book. So far, this brush is highly recommended and I'm looking forward to trying this when I blow dry my hair straight and see if it makes a difference.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Peppermint
RRP £4.49 (Buy)
This is one of my favourite pastel nail varnishes ever (high praise indeed!), and it's by a brand that I don't often buy. Rimmel is one of those brands that throws up a product every once in a while which I end up buying and turns out to be exceptional. The colour is absolutely gorgeous - somewhere between turquoise and mint - but doesn't have that factor where your skin can look a little washed out, as pastels can often have. This is a colour that looks absolutely incredible with tanned skin too and is so pigmented that just one coat will give you full coverage, though I always apply two anyway. It also has great longevity on your nails - okay maybe not 10 days like the bottle claims (do any polishes last that long?!) but you can get a good three, sometimes four days from it. In short, it's a great product at a great price and assuming that Rimmel didn't change the formula when they changed the bottles, I'll be back for more!

Nyx Retractable Lipliner in Sienna
RRP £4.50 (Buy)
Nyx is one of my favourite American drugstore brands, though you won't have heard me talk about them for a while as I've not bought any Nyx products in a while! I pulled this lipliner out of my drawer when I was going to wear one of my favourite red lipsticks (MAC's Russian Red) instead of the normal Guerlain one I use. I must say I was incredibly surprised at the great quality of it; the liner was a little crumbly but I'm putting that down to the fact that it's been sitting in my makeup unit unused since the dawn of time, probably. It has phenomenal staying-power - even outlasting the lipstick, which I champion for it's amazing pigment and longevity. Best of all, it's pretty much a spot-on match for Russian Red, so as you can imagine I was delighted about that. There's nothing worse than having 90s Porn Star Lips! The cherry on top of the cake of this brilliant little lipliner is that it's retractable, so no pesky sharpening for us. There's also a wide array of other shades that I have a sneaky suspicion may get tried out by me too!


Duo Striplash Adhesive
RRP £4.49
Remember being at school and absolutely hating the smell of that Copydex glue? I mean who caould forget it - it's VILE. Well that's because it's latex-based, and so is Duo's eyelash can see where I'm going with this. To put it bluntly, the stuff absolutely stinks - so much so that when I first opened the tube I had to text my Makeup Artist fried and ask her if it had gone off! Alas, apparently that is its normal fragrance. I could overlook that (as when it dries the smell goes) were it not for the fact that it's also a shit product. It takes FOREVER to dry, leaves stringy bits everywhere and barely holds my eyelashes on. I don't wear falsies all that much, but I picked a pair at the beginning of the summer and wore them out all day. The lash had come away from the inner corner of my eye, and no amount of pressing it firmly back down would make it stick. I made the rookie mistake of not popping one of those mini glue tubes you get with the lashes in my bag for emergency touchups, so for the whole day I could see it out of the corner of my eye. RAGE! You would think that an eyelash glue which is stocked by MAC would be great, but it's just terrible. Annoyingly, my favourite Revlon glue appears to have been discontinued, though I did pick some up on eBay recently which works an absolute treat. However, the aforementioned MUA friend, Hollie, recommends House of Lashes eyelash glue - mostly because it comes in fruity scents!

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