Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Chuuful Nails + Review: Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - 320 Rapid Ruby; Update!

Whilst browsing in Superdrug last week, I came across an amazing deal. Buy two Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polishes for £4.99, or £3.69 each. I could not resist this deliciously tempting offer and picked up the shades 320 Rapid Ruby and 805 Grey Matter. I will be reviewing and doing a NOTD with Rapid Ruby today, a similar post for Grey Matter will follow! :)

Rapid Ruby is such a classic red, not too bright nor muted, it's got its balance just right. I just had to try this nail polish out as soon as I got home. I've never been a big nail polish girl (it smells terrible, I have a really unsteady hand, and the painful wait for nail polish to dry really kills me off), but I am actually loving this 60 Seconds nail polish!

Sorry, didn't realise the brush was out of focus!

The nail polish has an 'Xpress Brush', which Rimmel claims is capable of applying nail polish in just one second. I certainly can't apply nail polish that quickly! That said, the brush is quite big, so it fans out and covers more nail area per stroke. Due to the size of the brush it also holds onto a lot of product. This is good for the thumbs, but can be messy on the pinkies especially.

It being a fast drying nail polish, I was doubtful as to whether I'd like the nail polish formula. Fast drying nail polishes have always been gloopy for me, which is incredibly annoying as you have to pile the polish on to make the polish surface look smooth. The smooth surface will undoubtedly be ruined later that day because thick coats of nail polish never seems to dry. I actually love the formula! It slides smoothly onto the nail, and is opaque after just one coat! (Such a time saver!). The colour on the nail is very true to the colour in the bottle, so that's a bonus. The polish also dries very quickly, so I managed to quickly get back to the rest of my day. I even had a shower fairly soon after painting my nails, as I was getting very tired! I thought my nails would look awful afterwards for sure, but they survived 10 minutes of hot water just fine :)

I had no foundation on in this photo..scary how much more tanned my face is than my hand!

I have had this nail polish on for five days now, and there are signs of tip wear and tiny chips, but that's to be expected taking the way I treat my nails into account! These signs of wear aren't even noticeable unless you look closely.

I think this nail polish has become my favourite nail polish so far! :)

Rating: 9/10  (not 10/10 because application can be messy with such a large brush!)

Repurchase: Definitely ♥

Little Update!

My boyfriend James set off for Japan last Friday, where he'll stay for his year abroad at uni. He will be attending a university in Tokyo, having lectures in Japanese. It's all very exciting as he is a very talented linguist, and I really look forward to hearing his Japanese when he gets back! He'll also get to soak up the culture, and eat loads of funky stuff, which I am very jealous about. He also has a blog, which he will keep during his stay in Tokyo. His posts will be very informative for those considering studying in Japan, and will make a great read for anyone who has an interest in life in Japan, Japanese culture and such. So please have a look around his blog! And if you are interested in what he gets up to, then please follow him on abritabroad11.blogspot.com. He also tweets quite regularly, follow @jsebright11 if you would like! :)

That's it for today! For those in the UK, hope you had a good bank holiday weekend :)

Much love,

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Chuui Rambles: A post to take my mind off results! (Since updated!)

Thursday 18th August. The dreaded results day. Today will be the day I find out my A-level results, and whether I met my beastly offer of A*A*AA... It is also my 19 month anniversary with my boyfriend, and we've got lovely anniversary things planned for the day. I really hope the day isn't ruined by my results! I wanted to do a bit of blogging to take my mind off results..just a little rambley post today!

Update: I got the grades I needed! :D Wooooooooop hahha....managed to get A*A*A*A, which I am more than happy about! So incredibly relieved :)

I went for a shop earlier this week, and picked up a beautiful pair of shoes from Baratts! There was a sale on inside and I just couldn't resist a peek...and found these beauties!

I love, love, love the bow at the front! They were originally £28, and were reduced to £10....what a find! I was incredibly happy when I saw these shoes in my size haha. Baratts seems to always have a sale every time I go into town, maybe it's the failing economy...I picked up a nice little dress from H&M too, which I forgot to take a photo of, but it's blue and white and polka dotty! :)

I also dyed my hair red, or at least attempted to! I bought a box of hair dye from Schwarzkopf, the actual name of the hair dye escapes me...the shade was called mahogany though! The colour chart looked promising,the result looked great even for dark brown hair. I had very high hopes as I washed the dye out of my hair, but alas, I should have known there was no way my hair could have got lighter in colour! I think it's quite nice though, especially when it catches the sun. Under indoor lighting it is very subtle and just warms up my complexion, so I'm happy. Okay I realise my hair doesn't look red in the photo below, but I swear it is, just very very subtly! Haha...

A childhood friend of mine bought me a box of moon cakes from China! I received them yesterday and they love them! Unlike conventional moon cakes, which are round, they are shaped into little rabbits! I think they are beyond adorable, and they taste very yummy too. Eee love her so much :)

Ooo I also experimented with my gel eyeliner today, and I think it turned out quite pretty! Hehe...

This is my first updatey/rambley post isn't it! Well I hope it makes a good read...it has taken some of my nervousness away, which is good.

Good night everyone!

Much love,

Monday, 8 August 2011

Chuuful Nails: Burgundy Goodness

Hello! Hope everyone had a good weekend :)

I've been growing my nails for a few weeks now, and finally they have reached a satisfactory length...here comes the nail polish! I've painted my nails a lovely burgundy, which I am loving. It's less harsh than black, so it isn't too inappropriate for summer. It also gives my nails a very vintage feel...an all round thumbs up for me!

I can't really remember where I got this nail polish from...it just says nail polish at the front, so probably not anywhere special!

How do you like your nails in the summer? Pop a comment down below! :)

Much love,

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Review: NYC Show Time Waterproof Mascara

Sorry guys! It has been so long since my last post, I'm back for good now though! I've just been busy with exams, holidays, and overcoming summer induced laziness...got there in the end! Ha :)

The product I'll be reviewing in this post is not something I would have normally picked up in a shop. In fact, I only bought it because I needed a cheap waterproof mascara that'll take me through my beach holiday. I'm not usually a big fan of waterproof mascaras, the removal is far too draining.

The NYC Show Time waterproof mascara has really made its way into my good books- it lengthens, curls, and volumises beautifully. Whenever I get a new mascara, eyelash curlers are never used for the first application. This is so that I can see what the product itself is capable of. It really does take a good mascara to flatter my natural lashes, which are straight, droopy and very short. I loved the results this mascara delivered so much, that I haven't felt the need to pick up my eyelash curlers at all.

The formulation...

...is amazing! It is wet enough so that you can build up the products and shape your lashes without clumping, and dry enough so that your lashes don't droop whilst waiting for the product to dry. I think the waterproof factor makes the formulation more waxy, which is what gives this mascara its lovely qualities.

The mascara does lack on the waterproof front though. It comes off when in contact with water, but not in the way a non-waterproof mascara would. The majority of the product does stay on, but some of it would run and leave a grey cast around the eye area. It also didn't stand the hot summer heat, and left me with minor panda eyes when I was on holiday...nothing a little primer wouldn't fix though. To give you an idea, I applied some of the product to the back of my hand to see how it took water exposure. I was initially very impressed as it didn't budge at all, and it even survived me rubbing on it with my finger. However, after five minutes it was completely gone...I had no idea when it decided to come off!

The brush...

This is the one thing I do not like about this product. I have always rooted for plastic wands over the traditional fibre bristles, as I find they tend to encourage clumps. I suppose this problem can be overcome by using a plastic wand from old mascaras that I never use anymore....*brain wave*...

How it ages...

To be honest, not great. I've had this mascara for just over a month and it has already dried quite a lot. The ageing process may have been encouraged by all the hot weather it's been getting, making the mascara very hard to work with, especially with the wand it came with.

The price...

It was really, really cheap! I can't remember exactly, but I think it was around the £2 mark. It may have been on offer, but NYC products are very reasonably priced anyway...no fault to pick here!


This mascara had the most wonderful consistency when first opened, I just wish it would stay that way! Keeping it in the fridge would have been a good idea, but I didn't think it would be this unforgiving with heat exposure. For the price though, it's amazing.

Rating: 7/10
Repurchase: Maybe...probably

And lastly, just a few holiday snaps!

Really enjoyed writing this post, it's good to be back!

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