Sunday, 28 April 2013

Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection!

This Spring I have been obsessed with all things pastel. I immediately lust after anything candy coloured I see. It's a slight problem. So when I saw the Models Own Fruit Pastel scented nail polishes in Boots on offer (buy one, get one half price) I couldn't resist!

I was drawn to the shades Apple Pie and Strawberry Tart as I was just running out of my old pale pink and mint green nail polishes, and they're always go-to nail colours for me. I stupidly didn't even notice they were scented until I bought them, so whether that would've changed my decision I simply do not know!

The Scratch 'n' Sniff lids (in the scent of the shade name) were a cute little addition, and it's always nice to add a bit of fun to your make-up.

Strawberry Tart is a gorgeous, baby pink shade. Sometimes baby pinks can be quite neutral and plain, but I really liked this shade as whilst still being a pale pastel pink, the colour really pops nicely when on the nail and stands out.

Apple Tart is the perfect pastel pale green in my opinion. I love minty green nail polishes and have enjoyed a few different brands' interpretations of the shade. I think this has been my favourite as often they can too bright of a green, or a bit too dusky. Apple Tart is the exact colour I think of when I think of a mint green.

The formula does tend to 2-3 coats to get past the streaky looking stage, which doesn't bother me too much as I normally like to build my nail polish up with a few layers. However, when more than one coat has been applied it can take a while to dry (and I'm sooo impatient when waiting for my nails to dry anyway) so be wary.

The formula doesn't have it's scent when in the bottle, so I don't recommend taking the lid off and have a big sniff like I did when I first opened them! The scents are like synthetic sugary versions of what the name suggests, but they do still smell nice. Although I think they could have made the scents a bit stronger. To be honest, it doesn't bother me too much. It's a nice gimmick and an interesting twist, but I don't spend all day sniffing my nails so I'm not really bothered if they don't smell like freshly baked apple pie!

I found that when the nail polish was dried on the nails it became quite brittle and easy to shatter/chip. Whether this was because I put a few coats on, I'm not sure. However, when I used a top coat (I use Collection's 2 in 1 Top Coat and Gloss Enhancer) they lasted much better.

Whilst I'm not sure the formula is worth £5 each normally (especially with the Barry M Nail Paints being cheaper and having a better formula in my opinion), the colour is a real selling point of these and that is what would make me really consider buying more in the future.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your opinion on the Models Own colours and if there's any I should try!


All Models Own Nail Polishes are Buy One, Get One Half Price at Boots!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Soap & Glory - 3 for 2 at Boots!

I popped into Boots the other day on the hunt for Soap & Glory's Original Pink perfume. Sadly it was out of stock. However, I did notice that the Soap & Glory range was all 3 for 2, and as some of their products can be relatively pricey, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick up a few things and get one free!

I was keen to save some money for when I did track down the perfume, but I did grab a some of the smaller size products...

Hand Food

I was never a big hand cream person. I found a lot of the time they left my hands feeling greasy or smelling like an old lady, and it was certainly never something I'd splash out on.
However, when I started my new job in September I noticed my hands were getting very dry and generally a bit mistreated from moving things around, carrying things up and down stairs etc. I was given Hand Food in my stocking at Christmas, and it instantly became a heavily relied upon product. 

I've used my old one every day I've worked since Christmas and it's only just run out (although I only used a pea-sized amount as I found a little goes a long way). So I thought the 3 for 2 offer would be a good chance to pick up a new one. 

Hand Food does also come in a 250ml pump bottle for £7, which is clearly better value! Even so, I opted for the 50ml handbag friendly sized tube, costing £5 (the behaviour of a crazy person, I am well aware!).

The packaging comes ready with the alluring 'The most astonishing hand cream ever? You decide!' slogan, and it is certainly the best I have tried. Hand Food has the Soap & Glory trademark 'Original Pink' scent, that I've loved in their Clean On Me shower gel and Calm One, Calm All bubble bath in the past (and would have no doubt loved if I could've gotten my well-moisturised hands on the perfume!). This was a big tick in for the product in my eyes as I find a lot of hand creams tend to have very floral or peculiar smells that just don't do it for me. 

The formula contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow which contribute to it's gorgeous scent, as well as making it incredibly softening. Hand Food feels a little greasy at first but is absorbed very quickly with no residue or greasiness whatsoever, which I find great at work as it means I'm able to touch products without fear of leaving sticky hand prints all over them. 

If I had to find a flaw with Hand Food it would be that that it hasn't had much affect on my nails or helped protect them in any way, however it never claimed to so I can't really fault it for that!

The Righteous Butter

The Righteous Butter is a body butter that I'd never tried before, so I thought the mini size would be a good one to trial. I do tend to get very dry skin, especially after a Winter of heating drying it out. I also tend to take better care of my skin as Summer approaches and I want to start showing off a bit more skin and feeling confident enough to do so. 

You apply the product to damp skin, after getting out the bath or shower, and massage it in well. I've found that you don't need to use an awful lot, perhaps as it's being used on damp skin it helps it spread further. The formula is also quite rich, so it may be too much for some people. I, however, loved it. It sinks into the skin well, so you aren't left unable to get dressed for ages afterwards like you can be with some body lotions or butters. It also has the same scent as Hand Food (the Original Pink scent) so you're left smelling great too!

As with many of the Soap & Glory body and skin products, it also contains shea butter and aloe vera, making it very soothing to the skin, which I loved as my skin can get quite sore and irritated. 

The mini size costs £2.50 for 50ml. The big pump bottle is £10 for 500ml which again is much better value, but I thought I'd see how I got on with it first. Unlike Hand Food (purely because it's more convenient for my to have hand cream travel sized), I would definitely buy the large size of The Righteous Butter. 

Clean, Girls Body Wash

The Clean, Girls body wash was another product I was keen to try out and therefore bought a miniature of. I'd owned the large Clean On Me shower gel before and really loved it, but as I currently have a Lush shower gel on the go I thought I'd try a small version of something new for when I need to purchase a new one. 

I was drawn to Clean, Girls as the scent is described as 'natural vanilla, fruit and orchid extracts' and I am a sucker for anything vanilla scented! The body wash does smell really nice, however I do think I'm more of a fan of the classic Soap & Glory scent (Clean, Girls has the Mist You Madly fragrance that they have available in body sprays). The formula was lovely and creamy, and claims to have a 'built-in moisturisng matrix'. I can't say I personally noticed it softening my skin much but, as I have said, I do have dry skin and rarely do I find a shower gel that would have any noticeable impact on this. 

I don't think I'd purchase the full sized product, however at £6 for 500ml I do think it's great value if you are a fan of the Mist You Madly scent, or just in the market for any Soap & Glory shower gels/body wash.

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know your thoughts and your favourite Soap & Glory products!


Find all Soap & Glory products 3 for 2 here from Boots!