Are your painted nails wearing out too quickly? Seems we’ve all been there, done that messy fix no matter how many top coats we’ve applied. Ladies, does there exist a durable beautiful polish that defies time? Apparently so, as CND’s technology vows to strengthen resistance to chipping the longer you wear it. No way.
I put CND’s new line of Vinylux nail polish to the ultimate test. If they promised a week of chip-free nails, how well would they fend through frosh week? A week filled with boat building (yes we are science students and damn proud), scavenger hunts, unhealthy grubbin’ and enough cheering and clapping to make your ears ring for the following month. Let’s find out!
My bare nails ready to go, no base coat needed!
The first coat is a very thin layer. Colours used: Cityscape #107 and Vexed Violette#156
The instructions say two coats will do but I found that 3 or 4 coats were needed for best opaque colour.
Left hand looking not too shabby after 9 days. While the right hand (bottom) has seen better days.
Final verdict? Not bad Vinylux, not bad. Though there was some visible chipping after one week, this polish proved to last much longer than other brands would. It’s self-adhering colour coat technology made my nails more rigid and strong, perfect for resisting the brutality of my obsessive hand washing. Vinylux comes in 62 colours and though a bit on the pricey end, they do cut down on the amount of touch ups needed.
Maybe grab a bottle and try it out for yourself, definitely wouldn’t hurt!
HAPPY PAINTING !
Red lipstick is the definition of sophistication, sexiness and Old Hollywood glamour beauty. If fears of looking like a clown or getting red stains all over your teeth are shying you away from trying out this iconic look, this tutorial is for you.
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Lucky me! Not too long ago I got my hands on the TRIA Beauty Skin Perfecting Blue Light device. While I haven’t often ventured into device-based acne fighting products, I was pleasantly surprised at the results and the ease of use. A description lifted from their site:
As the weather changes, so does your skin. Thankfully the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light is here to keep blemishes at bay. The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light clears acne quickly and helps prevent future breakouts. Results are comparable to the leading acne prescription. The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light delivers the same levels of blue light therapy found in the doctor’s office and is FDA-cleared. Unlike other at-home acne treatments, The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light treats the very source of acne: bacteria. By targeting acne-causing bacteria, the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light eliminates clogged pores, pimples and breakouts.
The device operates using cartridges that provide time – each one lasting approximately two months with consistent usage (5 minutes a day). It’s gentle, has a warming sensation (which it claims means it’s working) and is fairly effortless.
Here’s the breakdown:
Simple, easy to use, and easy to find – you’ll fall in love with these bargain beauty buys. Going to the drugstore for these great staple products will have you repurchasing time and time again!
Building up a solid makeup brush collection can’t be that hard… can it? To say I was overwhelmed when I first walked into my local cosmetics store would be the understatement of the century. As I gazed at row upon row of countless brushes in all sizes, shapes and colours a million thoughts ran through my head.
“A stippling brush? Dual ended something-something? Kabuki brush? I could’ve sworn Kabuki was some form of Japanese drama…”
For a long time I had only used the free brushes that came with my makeup products. But ladies the truth is that your makeup is only as good as the brush it’s applied with.
I decided to get serious and research the brush market far and wide to come up with a list of the 10 makeup brushes every woman should have in her makeup bag. So without further ado and in no particular order, here they are: