Lola Eye Shadow Duos

Lola Duos

Lola Duos

I love these little Lola Eyeshadow Duos – there are less and less duos available because brands have headed off on the mono or palette route (a duo might stop you buying TWO monos!) but these are great value at ÂŁ13 each. And, there’s always the possiblity you might actually get to finish one up!

Lola Duos

Lola Duos

In the swatch from bottom to top: Brown, Turquoise and Grey. Erm, not that imaginative on the naming front, but nonetheless, these are lovely quality, easy to blend and powerful on pigment. I really like the Lola brand but feel it gets a little overlooked from time to time – more Lola!

You can find the Lola Duo Eyeshadows HERE.

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Acquarella Water-based Polish.

I haven’t posted about anything nail related in so, so long now, simply because there isn’t much going on with natural nail brands! So when Acquarella launched onto Naturisimo I was very interested to see if they would hold up against already established brands such as Little Ondine, Kure Bazaar, etc.

Acquarella polish is water-based, scent free, fast drying and long lasting. The shades I’ve tried are Girly (pink), Zesty (Tomato red), French Vanilla (sheer peach) and their clear nail conditioner. I have been pleasantly surprised and the brand has proven to me that we don’t need nail polish with fumes that could knock you out to have a long lasting manicure.

Unlike conventional polish, Acquarella is free from Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde or petrochemical solvents. They’re non-flammable and are not considered hazardous like regular polish. Their water-based formula is breathable and won’t discolour nails, and is also safe for use during pregnancy and for those with asthma. Uhm, is there anything they can’t do?

French Vanilla is a gorgeous sheer peach shade and my favourite of the bunch. Pictured above is three coats for almost opaque coverage. A perfect looking manicure lasted about 2 days, and from there minor chipping began, it was honestly nothing major but I’m a serial picker and as soon as chips begin to show my brain gleefully tells my fingers to absentmindedly pick that polish off when I’m watching TV, damn.

I was incredibly impressed with Girly and Zesty, too, both applied flawlessly and were fully opaque in one coat! Paired with the fast drying formula you can literally paint and be touch dry and ready to go in 5 minutes.

The Nail Conditioner is a clear, super glossy nail prep product that hydrates and strengthens nails. I can’t vouch for the treatment aspect as my nails are really strong and grow way too fast for my liking – it’s kind of annoying (humble brag). BUT, It sure is glossy and would be perfect for someone looking to treat their nails and keep them looking neat and shiny.
I also received the remover which I don’t really rate – it just did a poor job, so stick with the polishes and you’ll be good.

 

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Benefit Cosmetics Kit Power!

Happy New Year Makeup Junkies! Benefit Cosmetics is starting 2013 just right with these absolutely gorgeous kits exclusively available at Sephora! From sultry eyes to glowing skin, there’s definitely something for all your beauty needs.

Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette

Shanghai Nights

The Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette look so vibrant and exciting from the outside with images of Shanghai in hyper colours on the outside. So, it’s a bit of a surprise to get inside and find rather muted shades instead. I really was expecting a riot of colour!

Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette

Other than the beautiful, vibrant blue, Skyline, they’re all pretty tame. Which is not to say the shade selection isn’t pretty, because it is – it just doesn’t seem to match the promise.

Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette

I’ve broken the palette down for swatching so what you see here is the first half of the palette featuring: Hu, Waitai, Skyline, Street Style, Bund and Ginger.

Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette

The second half is somehow more vibrant I think. The first shade, Lychee is a rosy gold – my new obsession and it’s very, very pretty. So, from Lychee onwards: Lychee, Jade, Jin Mao, Bar Rouge, Neon, Night Life. Neon is interesting – it’s almost lumious with a golden sheen so I think that will be fun to play around with over and under other shades.

Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette is a strange one – there is a lot you can actually do with the shades in terms of creating looks, the textures are a mix of metallic and matte and there is a very good quality double ended brush inside, too. I think if you’re creative and love building looks, then you’ll find this mix intriguing. The Cargo Shanghai Nights Palette is £35

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