Sunday, 24 January 2016

Elegant Touch Nails

Up until recently I never would have considered fake nails.

The thought of having something glued to my nail made me feel uneasy and I'm not good with natural long nails so nevermind fake ones. But last year I thought it would be nice to try something different so I bought some Elegant Touch express nails which are pre-glued. You just press them on... and hey presto, instant beautiful nails which can last up to 1 week! Or so the packaging claims. NO. These do NOT last 1 week. They don't even last one evening. I did not get on with these at all. Yes they are very easy to apply, but they just fall off so easy. And they get stuck in my hair. I know that sounds odd... but the gap between my nail and cuticle would get stuck in my hair resulting in me having to rip chunks out of my head.

So, I thought I'd given up hope of trying fake nails. If I can not get on with pre-glued ones how on earth will I be able to use glue on ones?! But of course I just can't resist pretty things and when I saw some Elegant Touch nails I liked I bit the bullet and bought them. And I love them! These do last up to 1 week and if you are lucky maybe more. The glue on nails don't get stuck in my hair as the transition from cuticle to nail is extremely thin.

The only part of fake nails I don't like is taking them off. You have to soak your nails in artificial nail remover for around 25 minutes until the nail dissolves off. I just don't like this because soaking my fingers in harsh chemicals for half an hour can not be good for my skin... Anyway, I use the Elegant Touch GET 'EM OFF remover which really works.  

Lots of people say that wearing fake nails will completely ruin your natural ones. When I take the nails off my natural nails are actually ok. They aren't in amazing condition but they are not ruined. The only thing which annoys me is that there are bits of stubborn glue on my natural nails which won't budge! When I have removed my nails I will wait at least a week before I apply artificial nails again. However, if you are worried about ruining your nails you can purchase adhesive tabs instead of using glue. I like to use the Nailene Ultra Adhesive tabs

Nailene Ultra Adhesive Tabs

Here are a few photos of the nails I have been wearing...

I have also bought some Superdrug own fake nails which I look forward to trying out! 

Finishing Touches – extra short length PINK 

Totally bare – Oval 002
I painted these with my own nail varnish. The nail varnish I used was a nude one from Miss Selfridge which came in a makeup set my friend got me for Christmas :) I do really like this colour. When I first applied them I used a couple of nail art stickers as shown in the first photo. However, I think I prefer the nails just plain.

The first Elegant Touch nails I tried were these French Manicure ones:

Recently I bought these Elegant Touch nails and I can't wait to try them out!

Polished Smile – 302 UV gel technology

What do you guys think about Elegant Touch nails? Or just fake nails in general?

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Aldi Lacura Skincare Review

I would never have thought to purchase items from Aldi. I had this preconception that it was going to be cheap (yes that part is true) and tacky and basically rubbish (this part is not true! YAY!) But I was pleasantly surprised. Some news articles are comparing Aldi products to £200+ creams. I have linked some articles below so you can see for yourself!

So what products have I tried...?

Renew Daily Face Cream Q10 SPF 15 - £1.49

This day cream is perfect to use on a daily basis. It sinks into the skin well, and has an SPF of 15 which is always a bonus. This is a lovely light moisturiser with a subtle scent which is also perfect to be worn under makeup to keep your skin hydrated all day! The tube is a nice handbag size too, so it's great for travel or overnight stay.

Renew Day Cream – Q10 £1.99

This is definitely my favourite in the range. It smells really good but not overpowering in any way. It is suitable for sensitive skin so you don't have to worry about any blotchy red skin or rashes. It sinks into the skin well, providing a great base for makeup. I have recently been wearing this under my daily foundation with a little powder on top and my face doesn't go shiny. This day cream does smell different to the previous face cream mentioned and I prefer this one. However, because it doesn't have SPF I would always recommend wearing this one with an SPF foundation on top to protect against UV. The packaging is a nice glass pot which definitely makes the product feel more than its worth.

Expert Intensive Care – Beautifying Serum

This product I didn't like quite as much. The serum is good in the way that it definitely did make my skin feel smoother and softer, so it does do its job. However, I don't like the smell AT ALL. It smells like cough medicine, Covonia comes to mind... and when I'm smearing something that smells like cough medicine all over my face it doesn't exactly make it feel like a pamper product. It also stung my eyes and face slightly, and I don't have sensitive skin. So I wouldn't recommend this to anybody that has sensitive or rash-prone skin. The product comes in a glass bottle, which is always nicer than plastic, and definitely feel luxurious. You only need to use 2-3 drops, so it will last a very long time meaning you absolutely get your money's worth!

Expert Double Effect Eye Gel

Again, with this product, I don't like the smell. It reminds me of raisins. However, the gel does moisturise the area around the eyes well. It does leave the skin a little sticky, but I didn't find this too irritating.

Have any of you tried the Aldi skin care range? Were you impressed?