Friday, 29 June 2012

My favourite Spring and Summer Nailpolishes 2012

I know this might be a bit late but the weather has been sooo rainy and grey that it didn't feel like summer at all. Today though it's been a gorgeous, sunny and quite hot day so I thought I'll get my nailpolishes out and get some colour on my nails :-)

The nailpolishes I'm about to show you are all drugstore products and were each less than 2 Euros. Unfortunately my camera doesn't always do the colours justice but anyway, here they are.

The first two polishes are from P2, a very affordable drugstore brand here in Germany.

P2 Color Victim No 043: Dream Lover:

A gorgeous pastel yellow whith a cream finish. I really liked that colour when I first saw it in the shop because it's just so summery. Unfortunately it doesn't provide the best coverage and several coats are needed to make it look at least a bit like what it looks like in the bottle.

P2 Color Victim No 590: Who cares?

I like this mint green because it looks kind of "retro" in my opinion and because it resembles Essies Mint Candy Apple a bit. It's easy to work with and provides very good coverage with only one coat. I find this a bit odd to be honest since it's the same brand as the yellow one, but then again they are very different colours so the difference in quality might not be that surprising.

Those two are from a brand called "essence" which is a European brand that is available in all sorts of countries such as Germany, Austria, Russia, Poland, France, Irland....only to mention a few.
Both colours are from their "Show your feet" range which offers all sorts of different foot care products and nailpolishes which are meant to be more longlasting than others and therefore particularly well suited for your toe nails (but that doesn't keep me from using them for my hands aswell ;-)).

Essence Show your feet No 15: Flamingo Rose:

A very trendy peachy-pink colour that applies very well and is very opaque with just one coat.

Essence Show your feet No 16: Miss Lavender:

I really like this colour because I loooove lavender and I think it is a very "lady-like" colour that looks a bit old fashioned aswell (but in a good way). It also has great coverage.

Next are those two bright pink colours. 

No 260: Drama:

This hot pink is a real eye catcher and looks great on the toe nails. Its very opaque and even brighter than it looks in the bottle.

Barry M: No279 Bright Pink:

This was my first Barry M nailpolish.They are not available in Germany so I bought it on one of my numerous trips to England. It's not quite as bright as the other one.It's and more of a bubble gum pink but it's just as gorgeous.

These last two polishes are unfortunately not available anymore because the orange one was from MNY ( a sister brand of Maybelline) which isn't for sale anymore in Germany, and the red one was from a Limited Edition last year. Nevertheless I like them both and thought I'll include them anyway. :D

MNY: No 205a:

I really liked this orangy colour because it has a bit of a golden shimmer in it and reminds me of a sunset.
What I don't like is its coverage.It is quite difficult to build a certain level of opacity with it which makes this polish a bit too hard to work with I think.

P2 Sun City LE: No 040 Fifth Avenue:

Last but not least is this gorgeous red colour. What I like most about it is its golden shimmer, which looks particularly nice with tanned skin, which makes it ideal for summer.

So these were my top 8 nailpolishes for this Spring and Summer. Have a great day :-)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner

Recently I've been looking for a new conditioner because I ran out of the one I've been using and felt that I wanted to try something new.
My hair is quite thin and long but damaged at the same time since I've been dyeing it regularly for several years now.
It's very knotty aswell after it's been washed so I need a good conditioner to detangle it without damaging it too much. I had seen John Frieda's new range in the shops for some time but only when Fleur de Force reviewed it on her blog, did I decide to buy it.
Her hair is just beautiful. It's long, thick and shiny and I really like it. I'm aware though that just by using the same product that she uses I won't automatically get such nice and full hair as she's got because her hair structure is probably very different from mine. But I trust her opinion quite a bit, so I thought I'll give it a try.

And so far I don't regret my choice.

The John Frieda Full Repair range is meant for damaged hair just like mine. It's supposed to smoothen and repair the hair, as well as give it more volume.
The conditioner has a rather thick texture and smells very nice and fruity. Whenever I use it I only need to apply a small amount to the "ponytail area" of my hair which makes the tube quite longlasting.
It leaves my hair smooth and soft and it doesn't weigh it down one bit, which I LOVE.  :D

I really really like this product and will definitely repurchase it.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Alessandro Hands up! Cream Rich Handcream

A few days ago my sister gave me a voucher for "Alessandro", which is a chain of nail salons here in Germany (and I think in a few other countries as well).
They offer all sorts of beauty related services like manicures, pedicures, hand massages and so on as well as handcreams, nailpolishes and beauty treatments.
The voucher came in quite handy as I had tried a great handcream out of their product range before but hesitated to buy it due to to its frankly horrendous price.

So I was more than happy to finally be able to purchase it without feeling like I was completely ruining the balance on my bank account. ;-)

The "Hands up!" handcream range comprises several different cremes. The one I chose is, as the name suggests a very rich creme, for dry and demanding skin.
It is supposed to help prevent premature skin aging and brightens up pigmentation marks.

The tube contains 100ml and costs 19,95 € which I think is quite a lot for a handcream.

I mainly chose this particular one because I really like its sweet and kind of fruity scent and because it is incredibly moisturising without leaving an oily residue on the hands.
So basically it has all I expect from a good handcream. I definitely recommend it although I'm not too sure I will repurchase it  myself which is only because of its price.
Nevertheless I wouldnt hesitate to give it as a gift to a friend because it really is a high quality product.