Nails inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat & Base Coat

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I cannot rave enough about how fantastic I think this product is.

I used to spend £25 every three weeks getting my nails professionally done by an exceptional nail artist that works in Toni&Guy in Woking. Theres something about having my nails done that makes me feel incredibly feminine. It’s quick and reasonably painless on your wallet. Presentation is very important to me and I aways notice when someone keeps their nails immaculate.

Three months ago I decided to commit to having some dental work done. I have taken the plunge and now have train tracks fixed to my mouth for at least a year. This is a very expensive process so naturally something had to give. Sadly it had to be my nail appointments. Since I was unwilling to let my nails look scruffy, I had to learn to do them myself.

A good friend of mine bought me a glass nail file which has made a huge difference. I have brittle nails so regular filling is essential to keep them in good condition.

I came across this product as I received a sample of the top coat. I couldn’t believe how quickly it made my nails dry. Literally about 40seconds and it gave my nails a beautiful shine. I had to get the base coat as well and managed to get them both in the sale from Debenams for £14, which in my opinion is great value. The base coat is also ultra fast drying and creates a nice smooth surface for you to add your nail colour to.

Wax & Kohl Rating: the Easiest 5/5 Well done Nails Inc!

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Revlon Balm Stain

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I was very happy when Revlon released their version of a crayon balm stain. Its more hydrating than Rimmels alternative and cheaper than Clinique’s. I love how playful the packaging is. It literally takes me back to pre-school holding these big colourful crayons in my hand. I love colouring my lips in. They twist easily at the bottom which saves on the mess and hassle of a massive crayon sharpener.

They have a minty fresh scent, which I like a lot and give your lips a nice tingle. The colour pay off is light and they start off sheer after application and dry off to a matte finish. I generally prefer a matte finish anyway.

The pointed end makes it easy to get a perfect line around your lips and the flat edge is great for filling in the rest of the colour quickly and effortlessly.

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I purchased the colours (from left to right):

*Crush: Another berry shade that I’ve worn a lot through the winter period. This is my favourite of the collection.

*Rendezvous: This is quite a soft coral on the lips. This is not the best shade on pale tones like myself and I can’t say that I have worn it yet. I think if your pale but have more of a yellow skin tone than this might suit you better than someone with a pink undertone.

*Darling: I thought this was going to be a blue-toned pink but its actually quite natural and delicate on the lips. Nice for giving you a subtle colour.

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I only have a slight niggle with stains and thats they seem to suck the moisture from your lips and can be quite unforgiving if your lips are a little dry. However I do feel that the revlon stain is one of the best options on the market for its price.

You can buy them at most Superdrug’s or Boot’s for £7.99

Wax & Kohl Rating: 3.5/4

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Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

I am someone that literally changes my nail colour every week so I need a nail polish remover that does its work quickly. While I think one second is a slight exaggeration on Bourjois’s part I can’t deny that it is the fastest and most hassle-free remover I have ever used.

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You simply dip your finger into the pot, twist and pull out. Ta-Da! Clean as the day you were born. My favourite thing about this product is the scent. Usually nail varnish removers have an unbearable scent and they can feel quite stripping of your nails natural moisture, which makes changing your nail colour an unpleasant experience. However, this product contains sweet almond oil to nourish your nails and cuticles and smells of red fruit and vanilla.

This pot has lasted me a good three months and costs as little as £3.99. This is great value for a quality product.

You can tell when it is coming to the end of its life as the black sponge in the pot begins to deteriorate and ends up on your fingers. The formula will also become slightly thicker.

I wouldn’t advice taking off cheap glitter nail polishes with it as it will stay in the pot and your fingers will become glittery every time you use it after.

I bought mine from Superdrug.

Wax & Kohl Rating: 5/5

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Revlon Lipstick Review

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Around October time I purchased the above five lipsticks by Revlon. Although I had known about the brand for a long time, I had never really invested any time in to looking at what they had to offer. A big mistake on my part. My attention was drawn to them after watching one of Lisa Eldridge’s Beauty video’s (If you haven’t heard of her, as unlikely as that is, i suggest you take a look at her work. She is a genius). In this particular video she used the shade ‘Nude Attitude’.

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These 5 are my favourite from the collection. Three creme finishes and two Matte.

From Left to Right:

*665 Choco-Liscious: This chocolate creme shade has been great over the winter period. Its rich and warm and something different to wear in the evening.

*025 Skyline Pink: For those that like sheer nude/pink lips. This looks great with smoky eyes.

*477 Black Cherry: An on trend berry shade that is a real crowd stopper.

*001 Nude Attitude: A classic matte nude. This shade can be unforgiving on dry lips.

002 Pink Pout: My most worn lipstick out of the five. A perfect matte pink that can give an instant femininity to an everyday look.

I also like the shades ‘Mink’ and ‘Smoked Peach’ so check those ones out as well.

The packaging is unfussy but sleek. I like that the matte lipsticks have matte packaging and the creme lipsticks have shiny packaging. It makes choosing a shade quickly in the morning that little bit easier.

For those of you that prefer make-up without a scent, these are perfect for you. They also don’t have a horrible taste. The creme shades have a moisturising finish which makes them very easy to throw on when your in a hurry. Be careful with the matte ones though as any dry patches will be very noticeable. I would advise exfoliating your lips with a cue tip prior to application.

They can be bought from most Boots or Superdrugs for around £7.99

Wax & Kohl Rating: 4/5

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E.L.F Eyebrow Collection

I thought it might be interesting to try a brow stencil. I love immaculate eyebrows and I always wonder how the woman I admire achieve them. I am quite fortunate with mine as they are quite low maintenance. My only niggle is that they are quite a bit fairer than my hair so they aren’t as bold as I would like them.

I recently purchased the above eyebrow collection from E.L.F as they were having a 30% sale and I was intrigued. I believe I only paid around £3 for it and I think that is very good value.

The collection includes: 4 reversible stencils (easy wipe clean), eyebrow brush, Wax and setting powder duo and a clear setting eyebrow gel.

The quality of the above items was very surprising… I mean what can you possibly expect from such a cheap purchase?!

Below is the result:

I used the third stencil down to create my ideal arch. The brush was very good quality and the wax and setting powder were smooth and extremely easy to use. I did a very slap dash job of this but I really think they could look amazing with a little more time. I was quite happy with the colour although I could probably afford to go a little darker.

All in all I thought this was a steal but would I use this on a daily basis? Probably not… I am just too lazy. But I might if I was going out for a special occasion.

You can buy it here for £6:

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~537.htm

Wax & Kohl Rating: 3.5/5

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Liz Earl Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

My search for ‘The One’ has ended. The everyday cleanser that will comfortably remove all of my make-up, gently exfoliate and leave me with clear, smooth and healthy looking skin. I have never used a cleanser that has given me such quick and successful results. My skin has never looked healthier!

This is a beautiful product encased in a stylish matt finish pump bottle. It also comes in a handy zip-up travel case with (not just one) but two muslin cloths.

The main ingredients are Rosemary, Chamomile, Cocoa butter, Hops and Eucalyptus essential oil. It’s most prominent fragrance is Eucalyptus and I love it. It makes you feel like you are in a luxurious spa having a steam. It clears all your sinuses and gives your skin a detox. It makes you feel awake in the morning and clears your head before bed. I feel like this product both energises and relaxes me.

I gently massage it onto dry skin using small circular motions. This helps to start moving the make-up on your face. I then put my muslin cloth under the hot tap and ring out any excess water. I begin removing the daily grime and dirt from my face with the warm cloth.

I have now used this cleanser day and night for the last two weeks and can only say that I am whole heartedly sold after seeing such an incredible change in my skin. I now never have issues with breakouts, nor do I have dry or greasy patches and my make-up sits much more comfortably on my skin and is visibly much smoother and illuminated.

You can purchase it from here for £14.25

http://uk.lizearle.com/lp-face-cleansers?gclid=COylsIqFk7MCFePHtAod1EMA5Q

Wax & Kohl Rating: The Easiest 5/5

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Rodial and Vichy Samples

Rodial’s 5 Minute Facial

I tend to avoid sachet samples like the plague.. for some reason they irritate me. Perhaps because they are so small and stingy that you can’t get a real feel for the product because the amount given to you doesn’t cover your whole face…

Well that’s exactly how I felt when I started to use this sample. It says to apply the clay mask all over your face and neck but I could only stretch this one sachet over my T zone. Luckily I had two so I was able to thinly cover my whole face. This immediately put me in a bad mood because I like to apply clay masks generously and I always take my facial products down my neck as well. After all it is supposed to feel like you are pampering yourself.

My other issue was that the mask smelt like limestone (if you know how that smells) and had small granules in it. Since I wasn’t using an exfoliater (which I rarely use anyway because I don’t like abrasive products on my skin) I couldn’t see a reason for needing them. See the small hiccup with lack of product in the sachet had set me up to hate this sample before I gave it a fair chance (take note Rodial).

However.. When the mask dried my skin felt all tingly and firm but not solid and it did not crack. I have very sensitive skin so I am more often than not allergic to moat masks. I was pleasantly surprised when I had no reaction to this product. I washed it off after about 5ish minutes with my fingers (as instructed) and realised that the granules gently exfoliated my skin while I washed the product off. It wasn’t unpleasant at all.

My skin felt soft, plump and looked illuminated, just as if I had paid £50 for a nice facial in a posh spa.

I was thoroughly impressed with the results and was shocked that its only £10.95 for the full size. I would definitely purchase this.

Wax & Kohl Rating: 5/5

Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum

I decided to use this serum after the 5 minute facial and I have to say I was quite dubious.. I’m not keen on the whole ‘snake’ connection and I had another presumption that it would be highly fragrant and I would have a reaction to it… Wrong again.

For starters, unlike the 5 minute facial sample, this sample had loads of product in it and comfortably covered my whole face and neck. Lovely. It did smell quite a lot like Royal Jelly, which I don’t particularly like but it was ok. It made my skin feel tighter immediately which wasn’t 100% comfortable but I have to say.. my skin looked great. I was again pleasantly surprised by such good results. Firm, healthy and soft skin.

The only real downside is the price. It’s £29 which I think is quite pricey for a Serum. Especially since a serum is not completely necessary to your skin regime. And I can pick one of my favourite’s up from Soap and Glory for under £15. Nevertheless I would say , in my opinion, that it is probably worth it.

You can purchase both Rodial products from http://www.rodial.co.uk

Wax & Kohl Rating 4/5

Vichy Idealia Day Care Cream

I used this moisturiser after using the Rodial Snake Serum. I don’t like moisturiser that you have to dip your finger into as you are affectedly putting bacteria into your lovely face cream. Not very hygienic. Its fine for a sample but the full size 50ml is a pot as well. So I would advise using a clean ear bud to get out some product and not double dipping.

The moisturiser had a nice subtle fresh and fruity scent that I liked a lot. It was calming and gentle. The consistency wasn’t too thick and spread very easily. My skin felt very comfortable afterwards and looked radiant. It felt soft and moisturised and I was very happy with the results.

Its £25 for the full 50ml which is a little expensive but not completely unreasonable if you can make it last.

You can purchase it from Boots Pharmacy.

Wax & Kohl Rating 4.5/5

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L’Occitane Cocoa Flower Lip Balm

This is a quick update to tell you how much I am enjoying my Cocoa Flower lip balm from L’Occitane.

This was an impulsive buy that I picked up because I had never tried anything from the brand. I think it was around £8, so more than I would usually pay for a lip balm but less than most of the other products in the shop. There is a lot of product in the tube and the fact that it’s 100% organic makes me feel less guilty for purchasing it on a whim.

I love the packaging. It has an old school French pharmacy appearance and it smells delicious. A subtle mix of Shea, coconut and chocolate.

It’s incredibly moisturising and gives your lips a clear glossy look.

Whenever the weather gets colder I struggle to keep my lips in good condition. This lip balm has been the solution to my problem.

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Bad Hair Day – Bed Head Solutions

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite fixes from Bed Head for a bad hair day. Autumn is my worst season for wind swept hair… and while I can’t change the weather, I can use these tools for a little extra help.

AFTER PARTY: Use this smoothing cream after styling for immaculate looking hair.

SUPERSTAR: Volumising Leave in conditioner for those winter tangles. I give my wet hair a good spritz and brush with my Tangle teezer.

HEADRUSH: Super shine in a can. This is the ultimate pick me up for healthy looking hair.

EGO BOOST: Leave in conditioner for taming fly aways and while you can’t fix fuzzy split ends, you can make them look a little better.

Be prepared for happy looking hair…. and a sweet sugary scent.

WAX & KOHL RATING: 4/5

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Revlon Lip Butters

 “A buttery balm with beautiful shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips”

The texture is definitely buttery but perhaps on the slightly greesy side. They feel moisturising when you first put them on but they don’t seem to fill all the requirements of a lipstick or a lip balm. I don’t disagree that they are beautifully soft but the colour payoff isn’t great and the staying power is poor. Neither does it provide repairing ingredients or protection from the sun.

I don’t love the packaging either. It has a quilted design on two faces of the outer plastic but I think they look pretty cheap for Revlon. Certainly not in-keeping with their usual boutique branding.

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From Left to Right: Cotton Candy, Sugar Frosting, Raspberry Pie, Pink Truffle, Creme Brûlée, Strawberry Shortcake, Cupcake, Peach Parfait.

This review may sound like a bad one but I don’t hate this product, I just had very high expectations that weren’t completely met. I expected beautiful work-safe colours that I could throw on that would leave my lips shiny and hydrated. Aesthetically the lip butters do just that but it doesn’t last longer than 10mins.

 Cotton Candy: A lovely baby pink with a blue undertone.

 Sugar Frosting: This is the easiest shade to wear. Practically translucent. Nice for a natural look.

 Raspberry Pie: This is probably my least favourite colour. I bought this because I don’t have anything in this shade. Now I know why…. this is the wrong shade for me.

 Pink Truffle: This is my second favourite shade. It’s a dusty beige pink.

 Creme Brûlée: A very wearable peach beige.

 Strawberry Shortcake: A very pretty pink with a bit more depth than the other shades.

 Cupcake: I can barely tell the difference between this shade and Cotton Candy but I think Cotton candy has slightly better colour pay off.

 Peach Parfait: This is my favourite lip butter. I love the name. The colour is an autumn peach with a slight shimmer. Also, its the shade Emma Stone models in the campaign and she looks incredible. Not sure how the sugar sticks fits in to the ad though? Thoughts?

Wax & Kohl Rating: 2/5 (Sorry Revlon. We still love you).

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