Primark Minnie Mouse Nails

If you follow me on twitter you would know that this weekend I took a trip to Primark and was super excited to go wild in the isles. I had yet to have the time to look at their beauty range and was really looking forward to getting my hands on some items as I’ve read some really good reviews.

Am I the only one who get’s overwhelmed in Primark? I just couldn’t cope. There were so many people and I just idly  looked at all the beauty products without knowing what to get or even what I was really looking at. I bought one item and don’t get me wrong they are cute but it just wasn’t the exciting shopping trip I had hoped for.

Anyway back to the purchase. I have read so many good things about the Primark false nails section, mainly them being super affordable and pretty decent when being used. I picked up a set of the Disney versions, going with the Minnie Mouse nails for the small sum of £3.00. Let’s jump into my thoughts and feelings on the product and if they are worth your hard earned money.

Minnie Mouse Nails Primark

Minnie Mouse Nails

What you get: 24 PK Nails with no Adhesive included so aware when buying.

Price: £3.00

Sizing: This is one of the first issues I have with the set. The sizing is way off. They are very small in size and I began to question if they were for children?!? please let me know if they are. There is no place on the box that suggests these are for younger people.

I found it difficult to find nails that would fit my fingers nicely and some left gaps to the sides so my natural nail could clearly be seen. Due to the odd sizing it was difficult to get the patterns of the nails in sync on each hand and they became a mumble jumble of bows, glitter, polka dot and black.

Texture: These are a very soft plastic and once glue has been applied and you place them on the natural nail they bend out of shape when adding pressure to ensure they stick down. I also found them quite brittle when filing the edges for a smoother appearance.

Once on they feel okay but are not as strong as other more expensive brands.

Appearance & Packaging: The packaging looks similar to other brands with the wheel of 8 nails with and design of nails shown as the main attraction. The rest is polka dot cardboard which fits in with one of the nails designs.

Once open you find the other 16 nails in a mini lock and seal bag which is a bit cheap if you ask me. This is also not suitable storage as some of the nail designs contain glitter and the said glitter had become loose and transferred over the other nails in the bag. This had also ruined the design on the glitter nail and as sizing is a bit of an issue it could have been a nail I really needed.

I like the designs on the nails and feel they incorporate Minnie Mouse slightly. They are cute to look at and have a good theme to them.

Conclusion: I don’t think I will be purchasing these again and will stick to buying a more expensive brand that I know work and will last a few days of wear. Three pound is good value for money when the product works and does what it is supposed to, unfortunately my personal experience with these doesn’t reach these expectations. I would like to say I really wasn’t expecting the nails to be as good as other brands that cost more, but I was expecting a little more then I received.

Have I got this all wrong? I really think something may have gone wrong after reading so many good reviews. Let me know if your experience has been different as I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you used the other Primark nails that are not Disney related and had a better experience?

Next Post will be Friday, hope everyone has a great week.

Kate x

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It’s been a while, two weeks tomorrow to be exact but I am back. I have had my surgery and other then coming out with Rosacea all over my body I am now feeling back to normal.

Today’s post is going to be a quick round up of the top three lipsticks I have been using throughout the Autumn period. Each one has a more comfortable price point of under £7.00 and work like a dream.

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NYX Soft Mate Lip Cream £6.00 (8ml)

The soft matte lip creams have been one of my latest purchases’, I have never used a Nyx lip product before and I am impressed.

The shade I have been using the most is Stockholm, it’s a lovely pink based nude that compliments my fair skin well. I often have trouble with more brown/cream based nudes as they can be to harsh on my paler complexion or wash out my lips completely. I need something with a slight pink in to add some warmth and Stockholm does this perfectly.

I am really enjoying the formula with these soft mattes. It is a little creamier then other liquid lips I’ve used and applies as soft and smoothly as a traditional lipstick. From me this lip cream dries down but does not dry completely, which has been great during the Autumn weather as a full matte would ruin the condition of my lips.

Nyx soft matte lip cream Stockholm

I chose this particular colour as, during Autumn I do like to be a bit braver with the darker colours eye shadow wise and I like to balance the look with a more nude lip.

Overall I would give these a big recommendation Their shade range is large so there is something to suit everyone, they have a good price point for the size of product and during the colder months I am enjoying having a liquid lip effect without my lips becoming overly dry.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate £5.49

I bought this when I did my guest post over on Kate Day’s A Week. I needed something that fitted into my full face of make up for under £30 challenge and since then I have not stopped using it.

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The shade I have is number 30 (light purple/plum shade) and it is fantastic for the Autumn to Winter period. It’s a bold shade so I go a bit less on the eyes and let the lips be the focus point but it is very wearable for both day and night.

I have recently been buying more high street make up in a effort to be frugal and the Rimmel long lasting lipsticks have surprised me. They have great staying power and I often only reapply once a day. They apply really well and have good pigmentation so you don’t have to keep building the colour.

Hint: I use a liner for the more bold colours in the range as they do bleed slightly so the liner helps keeps this under control.

Since using the Rimmel lasting lipstick for my Make up Challenge I have actually purchased a few more shades from the range due to how well they work. 

Maybelline Colour Sensational £6.99

The colour sensational from Maybelline has such a high volume of shades available within the range and it is easy to see why they stuck with this formula. These lipsticks glide on so softly and effortlessly it is hard to make a mistake with them.

The formula is lovely and soft and the texture is more like a lip balm then a lipstick, yet they have an amazing colour pay off. Throughout the Autumn these have become my go to as they feel a lot more moisturising for my lips in the colder months.

Maybelline color sensational stellar pink

The shade I have been using the most is Stellar Pink which is a pink/mauve with a frosted effect. Granted the frosted effect is not for everyone but it is quite subtle and resembles a top coat of gloss more then a metallic lip. I have been using this shade when I have created a strong eye look but don’t want to use a basic nude.

I have quite a few of the colour sensational and when looking for a more affordable lipstick I would always gravitate towards using these as they are good quality for the price.

Do you have any Autumn Lipsticks you couldn’t live without? Have you altered your lipstick due to the weather? I’m trying to use less matte liquid lips as they are really messing with my lips condition in this cold. Let me know in the comments section down below and we can all start discussing.

Next post will be Friday. Wishing everyone a good week.

Kate x

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E.L.F Making Me High Street Happy

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I believe I may have been living under a rock for the last ten years as I have never taken the time to try any E.L.F cosmetics.

Until NOW!!

I had recently been browsing their website and thought to myself I may as well try some of this stuff out, so I ordered a bundle of different things to try out.

1. E.L.F Brush Shampoo (£4.50) – A clear shampoo to be used with water to clean all your make up brushes.

For me this did some of the job, on fan brushes and brushes used for lighter products this worked a gem and cleaned them right up, but for eyeshadow brushes and blush or anything where you have used stronger colours it did not remove all the discolouration.

It has a neutral smell with no chemicals and is very gentle to the brush itself leaving it with a soft fluffy texture.

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2. E.L.F Flawless Finish Foundation in Light Ivory (£7.50) – It is really surprising the range of foundation colours E.L.F has to offer for a high street brand. Normally I use a whitener to lighten my foundations but the Light Ivory was the perfect shade.

This formula is light and you really feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all. It blends smoothly and takes other products well.

Coverage is subtle, it’s a foundation I’d use for day to day wear when I don’t need something so full on. This would feel great when your on a good skin day as it enhances your skin more then covers the cracks. It has SPF 15 which is an added bonus when it’s such a high street price.

Recommendation wise, if you have good skin and want to show it off and if your not so into the full coverage look, this is definitely something to try out.

3. E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls (£5.00) – One thing I love in life is a bright ass highlight! As much as I wanted to love this (the colour in the pan looks so shiny) I just don’t.

The colour pay off is just not there and it is way too subtle for me, you can build the powder up to gain a stronger effect but this takes time and effort.

On the plus it has a really soft, creamy texture, blends well on the skin and creates little mess in the pan. Again like the foundation it is great for a subtle everyday look (I will be using mine as a body highlight).

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4. E.L.F Hydrating Face Primer (£7.50) – This is by far my favourite thing of the bundle! A clear liquid primer that has a gel like texture and feels extremely moisturising in a non greasy/oily way.

Considering this gives a matte finish it feels almost sticky on the skin (not Winnie the Pooh stuck in his honey jar sticky but tacky). I felt it gave a plump to my skin and made it feel super smooth.

Due to the texture it left on my skin once I added foundation it stayed in place all day. DID NOT MOVE!

For the price tag this is a great product that I will probably choose over my M.A.C primer and begin to use daily with or without make up.

5. E.L.F Lip Primer & Plumper (£4.50) – So this comes as a lip duo with one end of the stick being the primer and the other being the plumper and it is strange to say the least.

The primer is written on the box as a natural colour so I was assuming a light beige but no it is yellow. Yes LaLa Teletubbies yellow!

Despite the colour it isn’t bad and prepped my lips lovely before lip liner and lipstick. It helped create an even finish and prevented bleeding. I do advise exfoliating the lips before hand as if the skin is dry the primer will crack when applied, but I did like the effects of the primer side.

Here we get to the plumper side and I am about to sound like I need committing as it is really not going to make sense. As stated in the box the plumper is actually clear so we started well.

The smell is so strong “the husband” refused to come near me with it on. I think it’s aniseed smelling but I’m not sure. And despite my husbands repulsion, I love the smell (I think it’s a bit marmite for people love/hate).

Application became even more strange when I was expecting the product to tingle as with many other plumpers. No this thing feels like a wasps nest is living on your lips. It stings and don’t really feel there was much plumping going on but (and this may suggest something about my psyche) I love it but not for the faint hearted.

As I stated before I must have been living under a rock to have not tried E.L.F cosmetics before. They are great value for money and very fun to try. I have found some staple products and can’t wait to try more.

Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter @KateL564.

Kate x

Links

www.eyeslipsface.co.uk