Monday, June 18, 2012

Review: Canmake's Peach Cream, Butter London Teddy Girl and Etude House Jelly Pop top coat

Hi guys :)

So as you guys already know I've been a bit on a nail kick lately. I just wanted to share some swatches of the polishes and top coats I've been trying out for the past few weeks.

butter london teddy girl swatch

butter london teddy girl swatch
As far as my review of Butter London Polish "Teddy Girl" its described as a "bubblegum pink". I think of it more as a Barbie doll pink, as you can see it leans pretty strongly towards white. It takes 3 coats to become opaque. As far as chipping goes it usually lasts 2-3 days without chipping, but after that its chip city! It looks a lot better after you paint all the coats and then add a top coat. I'm not a fan of the brush or formula however. It can be a bit thick and has a skinny brush much like Essie (and I'm an OPI fan)

Canmake Peach Cream 46 Etude House Jelly Pop top coat review

So here is a picture of Canmake #46 Peach Cream polish with Etude House Jelly Pop top coat.
Canmake Peach Cream review: I LOVE the color of this polish. Its a beautiful almost jelly like coral. Its a bit lighter than Chanel's distraction, which I mentioned that I loved before! It takes 4 coats until its acceptably opaque...but if you look closely you can still see through the polish. It lasts about 3 days without chipping, but doesn't seem to chip off in huge chunks. Its also a bit annoying to apply because it can get very thick and the brush is skinny. Gorgeous color and great formula, horrendous application.

As far as the Etude house jelly pop top coat...this has to be one of my favorite top coats ever! It applies quickly and easily and is a bit thicker than seche vite...BUT it doesn't have as strong fumes and doesn't tend to thicken in the bottle as seche vite does. It has the same chip-resistance as seche vite but I will admit that I think seche vite is a tad bit shinier.

And thats all for now :)
Sorry I've been so out of touch...I've been moving, attended many friends graduations and went on a very small trip to Catalina Island recently. OH! And I've been swimming :) Which takes up a lot of time (and energy) hahaha.

PS. Please ignore the stupid horribly outdated camera is being stupid since I dropped it and I haven't fixed it yet -_- My apologies!

In case you want to watch my video review you guys can see it below:

I also talked about the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, Benefit's Hervana blush and an awful top coat called "Hong Kong Girl"...yes that was really the name. Hahaha!

Take care :) 

Monday, June 04, 2012

Babyliss Pro vs. Hot Tools curling irons

Hi guys! So I know a lot of you guys love curling your hair. I, for one, can only muster up enough energy to curl it on rare occasions but Flat Iron Experts approached me recently asking me to do a video for them. I didn't want to do yet another curling hair video (and lets admit it you can only watch so many "how to curl your hair with a flat iron" videos before you want to slap yourself) so I thought it'd be interesting to talk about some good high and low end models. I'm all for investing in your hot tools, but sometimes you just don't need something quite as expensive. 

If you curl your hair very rarely and have particularly resilient hair, then maybe a more economical curling iron will suffice! Technology has come a long way and even though I still don't like curling irons made by brands like Revlon etc I wanted to showcase some more inexpensive products that don't get quite as much love.

Conversely maybe you curl your hair all the time, and investing in a good curling iron will pay off in the long run. To make it easier to compare the two irons that I reviewed here's a chart I made below:

hot tools vs babyliss
 Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron vs.  Babyliss Pro Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron

Links to the products mentioned:

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FIE also offers a 30 day warranty on all their items. If you don't like it, send it back!

Some FAQ:
What's the difference between ceramic vs metal (non ceramic) hot tools?

Ceramic tools emit negative ions that make your hair sleeker and shinier, they are also less damaging. They also minimize heat loss while styling hair and can help remove hair odor. They heat up faster and age much better than more inexpensive irons.

What is a ceramic tourmaline iron?

A ceramic tourmaline iron is essentially the same thing as a ceramic iron, with the exception that it has the added benefits of tourmaline. This mineral emits 6 times more negative ions than a traditional ceramic iron.

So thats it! I hope that was helpful. And this is the video if you guys didn't get a chance to see it:

I also have a contest going on where the winner will win one of the two irons! One will win the Babyliss and one will win the Hot Tools iron. Winner will be chosen in 2 weeks
To enter: You must be a subscriber. Visit Flat Iron Expert's website and choose an item you like from the site. Enter the items name as a comment and enter as many times as you like.