Mani Monday: Sally Hansen & Barry M

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BARRY M NAIL PAINT in 304 MINT GREEN: £2.99

SALLY HANSEN MAGNETIC NAIL POLISH in 903 SILVER ELEMENTS: RRP £5.99 BUT £1.99 @ FRAGRANCE DIRECT

The main focus of this week’s Mani Monday is going to be the Sally Hansen nail polish. Believe it or not this is actually my first magnetic polish and I was really impressed. The swatch above definitely doesn’t do it justice and the gunmetal colour is divine. Silver is my favourite colour and I think natural metal colours are the most effective when it comes to magnetic nail polishes.  As I’d never used magnetic polish before I figured I’d play it safe and only do it on my accent nails in case I hated it.

I actually found this in Poundland at the bargain price of (you guessed it) £1! I picked up another shade called 904 Kinetic Copper which you’ll see as part of my upcoming £1 haul post. Fragrance Direct have by the far the best shade choice though and of course you can order online if you don’t live near a Poundland. It’s probably my favourite place for picking up nail polishes and it’s a struggle not to buy all the Ciaté sets every time I go on! 

Barry M are just so reliable when it comes to nail polishes and I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad one from them. 304 is no different, and I love the colour combo of blue and silver! 

Bonus:

This is Barry Mero, A.K.A Barry M, the creator of Barry M Cosmetics!

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Prom Season: Base

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Next up in my prom season series is base makeup. After taking a photo of everything I used I’ve just realised how biased towards Benefit it is – oops! Sorry about that, it’s just Benefit is usually my premium brand of choice and for prom I was of course wanting to use the best I have. Anyway here goes!

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BENEFIT STAY FLAWLESS 15 HOUR PRIMER: FULL SIZE £24.50

For my primer I used Benefit Stay Flawless, a sample of which came with Hello Flawless (see below). I won’t go too far in to it as a review of it will be up soon, but basically I quite like it. I scoop a tiny bit of this out with my finger and stroke on to my skin, letting the warmth of my fingers melt it in to my skin.

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MAX FACTOR FACE FINITY ALL DAY FLAWLESS 3 IN 1 FOUNDATION in 45 WARM ALMOND: £11.99

This is the first product I ever reviewed on Angellec and I still love it. It’s the foundation I use every day and I wouldn’t think of going to an event like prom without this on my face! I apply with my fingers in smooth, downward motions.

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BENEFIT HELLO FLAWLESS OXYGEN WOW! BRIGHTENING MAKE-UP OIL FREE SPF 25 in I’M PURE 4 SURE IVORY: £26.50

‘Excuse me! You’ve already used a foundation!’ Yup, I know. Don’t get me wrong, on a daily basis I would never think of going to the effort of using two foundations, but believe me there is method in my madness. While I love the brightening effects of Hello Flawless the coverage just isn’t there for my rosacea so I use Face Finity under it. Not ideal, but for special occasions that’s just what I do. Don’t be afraid to try this yourself to get the most out of two foundations you like. If you don’t need as much coverage as me just mix them together so you’re only still applying one layer.

Again I won’t go too in to the product as there is a review on the way!

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BENEFIT BOI-ING INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH CONCEALER in 01 LIGHT: FULL SIZE £17.50

I’ve already gone on about how much I love this concealer in past review. I won’t bore you with it, but basically if you wake up the morning of prom with a massive spot then don’t worry – this has got you covered. Literally. I used this on any blemishes I had at the time. 

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RIMMEL STAY MATTE PRESSED POWDER in 04 SANDSTORM: £3.99

Like the Max Factor foundation, I use this every day (as you can probably tell as it’s on it’s last legs) and trust it that much I feel better just knowing this is on my face! Yes, I know I just used a matte powder over a foundation specifically designed to brighten, but if I didn’t my face would look like polished marble after two hours. If you don’t need as much coverage as me then you’ll probably be best using the translucent version of this.

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BENEFIT HELLO FLAWLESS! CUSTOM POWDER COVER-UP SPF 15 in I LOVE ME IVORY: FULL SIZE £25.50

It’s at this point that I hear the chorus of ‘no way!“s being shouted at computer screens everywhere. "Two foundations and two powders? Are you insane?” Quite possibly, yes. I do like to top my makeup off with this powder though as it’s super light and really finely milled, it helps blend all my makeup together and (believe it or not) stops my `Rimmel powder going cakey in my dry areas. It also makes my skin feel like velvet and has SPF 15, unusual for a powder. I use Stay Matte for extra coverage as much as mattifying so if you don’t need as much coverage as me one translucent powder or just this powder will be fine.

Full review on the way plus a review of How To Look The Best At Everything, the set shown above. 

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BENEFIT HOOLA BRONZING POWDER: FULL SIZE £23.50

My chubby face has got about as much definition and elegance in it as an over-boiled potato. In other words, none. I envy girls who can contour themselves cheekbones to rival Benedict Cumberbatch as alas for me it’s just not going to happen. It doesn’t stop me trying though, and I can’t resist the odd sweep of bronzer under my ‘cheekbones’ (if I can find them).

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BENEFIT HIGH BEAM LUMINESCENT COMPLEXION ENHANCER: FULL SIZE £19.50

Regular readers might recall my dislike for this highlighter, purely as it’s so overpriced in my opinion. Still, I’m currently on the look out for a replacement highlighter so this it is until I find a new one. I dab it on a makeup brush similar to the one pictured under the Hello Flawless and sweep along my the top of my cheekbones.

Et voila! Sorry for the super annoying hairs on my face by the way, I can’t believe I didn’t notice those! I couldn’t resist adding a bit of mascara and  bronze eyeliner either but aside from that this is the outcome. As with the prom eye makeup, just use whatever you want and normally use. Experiment, see what works and most of all have fun.

Natural Collection Vanilla Body Lotion

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NATURAL COLLECTION VANILLA BODY LOTION: £3.00

I didn’t expect much from this product if I’m honest. I’m the first to admit I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to body lotions and rarely stray from my trusty Soap & Glory. The scent would probably be horribly synthetic and trigger my sensitive skin.

However (as you can see from the nearly empty bottle!) I was really pleasantly surprised. Vanilla is one of, if not my all-time favourite scent, and this does it justice. Sweet, creamy, and not at all synthetic. When I met my mum after putting this on she actually said I smelled like a cupcake, which in my opinion can only be a good thing! 

It moisturises surprising well too. If I put this on before bed I wake up in the morning with soft, hydrated skin although unfortunately the vanilla scent has long since faded. It does last an hour or two though and the lotion is light enough to be able to top it up regularly throughout the day. 

How I use it:

– While for me it’s not quite heavy duty enough to use after showering/bathing, I use it a couple of times throughout the day to keep my skin soft. (I know I’m a bit obsessed when it comes to body moisturising…!)

Overall, would I repurchase?

Yes. It’s currently sold out online and I can see why! When I’m next in store I’ll be sure to pick one up as they’re amazing value for money and I just can’t resist anything vanilla!

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Having Pink Hair

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I’ve always loved unnatural hair colours. Pink, blues, purples, greens…just anything that definitely isn’t natural! So last week I decided to take the plunge.

My hair already had a red to blonde ombre so it was just a case of lightening the red slightly. I lifted mine to a sort of gingery copper brown. I got slightly nervous at this point so only dyed my ombre!

I needn’t have worried. I loved it. I added little hints of blue, lilac and turquoise and just loved it. Once I had reassured myself that pink hair was what I wanted I dyed the rest. 

The first photo shows the outcome of that – it was everything I wanted! Having naturally really dark brown hair, I knew I couldn’t work a pastel bubblegum pink so a magenta was the one for me.

I honestly believe anyone can pull off pink hair. You just need the right shade for your skin tone. If you’ve ever considered the idea of maybe a pink ombre or the odd streak I say go for it. (If you have a strict workplace you could always dye the underside of your hair for a cheeky pop of colour that’s only visible when you tie it up.) It’s fun, fresh and empowering and there’s never been a better range of semi-permanent dyes available if you want to do it yourself. I used La Riche Directions in Flamingo Pink, but Bleach London and Schwarzkopf are both available in Boots and offer good semi-perm colour choices. 

I use Directions as they are really conditioning dyes, last for ages on my hair (about a month before I need to top the colour up) and the colour choice is amazing. I get mine on eBay and usually for between £3 and £4 a tub. Blue Banana’s website also sells them along with Directions shampoos and bleach kits.

If you are looking for a wash-in wash-out colour your best bet is probably hair chalk. I’ve never actually tried it myself as it’s so drying for your hair (a definite no-no for my already damaged hair) and just never appealed to me. It just seemed like a bit too much hassle and effort for a colour that won’t be there in the morning.

However I have heard brilliant things about L’Oreal liquid hair chalk – it’s meant to last up to three washes, be non-transferable (another reason I  never tried hair chalk) and not really feel like a chalk at all, more like a semi-permanent dye. The colours are also meant to be vivid even on dark hair. It’s pricey though at £15 for 50ml (the Directions tubs are 88ml) and not available on the high street. If you’re wanting to try more than one colour it can get pretty expensive pretty fast…!

Basically I just wanted to show people that there’s more to pink hair than clip in extensions and cartoon characters. It really can be a valid option, along with so many other unnatural colours. If you are unsure just have a chat about it with your hairdresser. They should be able to recommend the right shade for your skin tone, along with taking with you through things such as upkeep and maintenance.

Remember, the absolute worst thing that can happen is you hate it and  dye it back. Doesn’t seem that disastrous does it?

Although I must warn you, a temporarily baby pink shower is part of the job description…

Good Things Miracle Mattifier Lotion

GOOD THINGS MIRACLE MATTIFIER LOTION: £7.99

This has been my usual moisturiser for a few weeks now. I don’t really know what to think of it actually.

It’s not bad, not at all. It doesn’t do wonders to prevent breakouts but neither does it cause them. Aside from my nose I’m not that oily so maybe that’s why I didn’t see the ‘miracle’ mattifying effects, although it definitely didn’t leave my skin feeling oily or greasy. This is a great moisturiser to apply in the morning before you put your makeup on as it’s light and is a great base for matte foundation. 

One of the reasons I was attracted to this product was that it isn’t full of harsh chemicals which tend to flare up my rosacea, especially sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). I can’t claim to know hat goji berry smells like if I’m honest but the overall scent is lovely and fruity, like summer fruits flavoured sweets. I’ve never been one to go for all the ‘superfood’ hype so in retrospect it was quite odd for me to choose a moisturiser powered by ‘superfruit beauty boosters’ (their words not mine!).

How I use it:

– First thing in the morning after washing my face and after cleansing at night.

Overall, would I repurchase it?

At this point I really don’t know. I don’t think I would go back to a normal non-mattifying moisturiser while my skin is still in this hormonal combination period! It’s quite unique in the sense that there aren’t many ‘free from’ moisturisers designed to mattify that aren’t for super spot prone skin (and therefore tend to be quite drying). This covers all the bases for my combination skin so actually I probably would repurchase it…but then again…I just don’t know!

It’s part of our tradition in British culture to be slightly less conventional, and we are much more accepting of individuality. That’s always been a part of my style and I look back to Britain for my inspiration. There is just something quite rebellious about us.

Guido Palau (Redken global styling director)