Beauty Review: Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter!

Now I hauled the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter and Nail Patches, Nail Tattoos, Pen… What a name. Anyway I hauled this here and I’ve been trying it out for a couple months whenever I paint my nails with glitter and sometimes when I’m too lazy for normal nail varnish remover, so here’s my review!

Pretty simple instructions!

I’ll keep this short and sweet, we’ve all seen and heard the great things about nail varnish remover pots and the only thing different with this one is that it has a rough sponge in the middle and the liquid seems to be pretty dang strong but. This works.

Gone are the days when I would sit around with cotton balls soaked in acetone wrapped in cling film around my fingers for ages and still have to scrub to get it all off. Or, if I’m being brutally honest here, I would let my hands soak in a hot bath then peel it off.  No, it’s not ‘instant’ but we’re talking a minute or two to twist and scrub my nail varnish off and do a job that would normally take twenty and leave me with wrecked nails. Totally worth the €9ish I paid and I would again.

Have you ever tried this? What do you think of nail varnish remover pots?
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Beauty Review: Sephora Perfect Manicure Nail Protector!

The last review of the Sephora nail products I picked up in France today! I reviewed the Express Drying Oil and the ‘Tie-Dye’ Top Coat and today I’m talking about the ‘Perfect Manicure Nail Protector’ which looks very swanky and as a nail junkie I had to pick this up.

So the claims; 100% fast, 100% easy and zero smudges.

This just didn’t work for me, I found that the curve didn’t really fit to any of my nails and the metal would scratch at them. It didn’t make the process any easier, it didn’t stop smudging at the sides, and it was anything but easy. I understand what they were trying to do, I just think they picked the wrong material to make it out of.

Should you buy this? If you’re a professional then you may want to check out the Essence one which is made out of plastic but for the home and doing your own nails- I think it’s pretty pointless. It cost about £6 and I wish I’d bought a massive ice cream instead! Sorry Sephora!

What do you think of the manicure protector? Would you buy one?
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Beauty Review: Sephora ‘Tie-Dye’ Top Coat!

With the release of the new OPI Sheer Tints for Summer 2014 I found myself rattling through my nail polish collection hunting for something I bought last Summer. The tints reminded me of this Sephora ‘Tie-Dye’ Top Coat and I thought I would put up a review of this little bottle following the news.

Pretty easy instructions; two coats of nail polish, wait ten minutes, apply the topcoat where you want the effect and repeat until it looks like you want it to! I tried to recreate the look on the label but I do think it is pretty versatile. It would be great to make an ombre look if you don’t have 5 similar nail polishes.

However when I tried it, it wasn’t quite the desired look. It’s a bit messy to say the least and the layers and layers of polish made it quite easy to smudge and dent for hours afterwards. It looks almost scaly, like mermaid nails, but that wasn’t what I was after.

Here’s the problem, the brush is curved. Blaming my tools here but while this is great for a normal nail polish, to get the look photographed on the bottle you would really need a straight brush. Overall since this only cost about 5 euros, I’m still glad I picked it up and I’m going to try out some more nail art looks with it, but it’s problematic and I don’t think I’ll be forking out for the OPI Sheer Tints.

What do you think?
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Beauty Review: Sephora Express Drying Oil!

I’m pretty patient when it comes to my nails drying but ever since I stopped using Seche Vite it seems that waiting for nail polish to dry is like waiting for the grass to grow. So when I saw this Express Drying Oil in Sephora with the promise that it would dry nail polish in 1 minute and boost shine? It was in my basket in a second!

It claims that it will dry nail polish in a minute, boost shine, smooth the nails and nourish cuticles. So do I think it does this? Yes and no. 

Yes, the nails do seem to dry quicker and the addition of oil means that if you catch your wet nail with your finger that it slides off rather than leaving a finger print. My cuticles don’t complain about it and do seem more moisturised but I keep them in pretty good shape as it is so I’m not sure nourished is the word I’d use.
No, I don’t think it dries nail polish in a minute or boosts shine. I think it speeds up drying! But not to a minute. And I don’t notice any difference in shine.

Is it worth buying? It’s not as instant as something like Seche Vite but it’s a handy little product to have around and I tend to reach for it when I’m using one of those nail polishes that just doesn’t want to ever dry. While I was at the Essence event getting my nails done, they used Essence’s drying oil so I’ll be interested to see how that compares to this as it is quite a bit cheaper and more available. I can’t find this online but it is definitely available in EU Sephora shops for around €9.

Have you ever tried a drying oil? Do you think they work?
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A Sephora Haul and Giveaway!

While I was in Florence I, of course, had to pop by Sephora because I have no willpower. I picked up a few things while I was there from their own brand which I’ve had a lot of luck with in the past and I thought I would show you and do a little giveaway while I was at it.

Oh Sephora, just open a UK store already.

The first things I picked up were a new foundation and concealer because these both seem light enough for my pale skin and have really good coverage. I haven’t tried them out fully yet but if they’re any good I’ll put up a full review but so far- so good!

By the checkout was a stand for the Limited Edition ‘Agua de Rio’ bath and body products and I got suckered into getting the moisturising sorbet because the texture is really interesting! It’s like a whipped product but gel-like. Personally I think I’ll stick to creams but I can see this being used a lot in the summer when it’s just too hot to put anything thick on.

Since I liked the smell of the sorbet so much I picked up the box of ‘Agua de Rio’ products so I can smell like a fruity cocktail all the time. It helps that the colour of them goes with my bathroom too. It comes with a bubble bath, a hand soap, a bath bomb and a loofa.

While I was there I couldn’t help but pick up another one of the kits for one of my UK readers since we don’t have a Sephora store here! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Fine Print: This giveaway is UK only. I bought it myself with my own money. If you’re under 18 please ask a parent or guardian for permission to enter. The giveaway ends at noon on the 31st of May.

Do you like to buy makeup when you’re abroad?
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