This month I’ve been enjoying trying out some some new makeup and nail products and I wanted to share them with you. First up is a compact little eyeshadow palette from Clarins called ‘Pretty Day‘. This is a very subtle nude eyeshadow palette and not heavily pigmented. It’s a perfect go-to palette for my Monday to Friday work make-up look. I like a nice subtle eye and prefer to draw attention to my dark eyebrows and lashes. I’ll definitely be bringing this with me on hols next week as it’s the perfect travel size and I won’t have to worry about packing other eye colours as nudes go with everything.
I was very excited to sample my first ever Rodial products this month! My first impressions of the mascara and lip butter was ‘wow’ those look so good! I adore the sleek minimalist look of the ‘Glamolash‘ mascara – the thin matte black cylinder looks really elegant and understated. Despite being described as a “soft black mascara enhancer” I find it is a dramatic heavy black. You need to be light handed with this mascara or else it will transfer onto lashes very thickly, giving a clumpy aesthetic. I have stopped using the mascara on my bottom lashes as I was finding a lot of black residue underneath my eyes at the end of the day. I do, however, like that the brush has a unique ergonomic curvilinear so you do get great length and a curl effect to lashes.
The next Rodial product I’ve been using is the Glamstick in ‘Bite‘. This tainted lip butter is encased in the most stunning perspex, and just like the mascara, looks super sleek and modern. I like the soft texture of the lipstick (it’s enriched with Vitamin E and cocoa butter and tastes like coconut – yum!) but the shade just does nothing for me. It’s a peachy nude colour which just drains my complexion. However, I am still inclined to use it as I just love the packaging and flavour. Sad but true.
When the Nails Inc polishes arrived through I couldn’t wait to try them as I’m always hungry for new polishes. Two of the polishes are from the Alexa Chung range (those with the silver tops) and two are from their gel nail polish range (those with the coloured tops). The Alexa Chung ‘Cashmere‘ shade is a beautiful mink colour and I was surprised to find that when the colour dried it had what I would describe as a grainy texture. I really didn’t like this as it felt rough to touch. But after reading up in more detail about the Alex Chung range I found out that all the shades are inspired by fabrics and texture. So whilst I now know they were trying to emulate the look and feel of cashmere, I wish they hadn’t bothered! The ‘Red Hearts‘ top coat was also a disappointment. The hearts looked so fun but they are basically paper hearts that didn’t have great staying power on the nail. Over the course of the day some hearts fell off my nail and some lost their colour.
In comparison the gel polishes are really stunning. I love both the colours – the raspberry pink ‘Beaufort Street‘ and the peach coral ‘Kensington Passage‘.With these gel polishes you don’t need a UV lamp and you don’t have to soak the colour off. I actually booked myself in for a gel polish mani at my local Nails Inc bar before I even received these polishes, so I have yet to test the staying power of them as I’m holding off on getting a professional mani before I go on hols. Follow me on Twitter to see how I get on! And let me know what your experiences have been like with gel polish.