Sunday, 1 March 2015

Flormar Matte M06

Another day, another matte nail polish! I discovered the Matte range of Flormar in Bratislava, my flatmate had a couple of shades, but then I couldn't find them anywhere. Luckily, we have a Flormar stand right here in Ljubljana's Supernova, and I gave it a go. I bought a beautiful deep green colour. My skin looks a bit too yellow on the photos, because I wanted to capture the right shade of the varnish, that kept turning out too blue (even if you google the shade, I haven't found a swatch that would be too teal). They are still too much on the teal side, the shade is definitively more green than teal. I am not particularly happy with these swatches, I will try and re-do them.

The brush was good, and I needed three coats to even the polish out. It dries fast, of course. But I wouldn't really call this a matte finish, it is more of a satin finish. Still, I love it, I think I am getting another shade or two. They last a very long time before they start to chip or gain gloss, around five days, I bet I would get another day with shorter nails as well.

The bottle costs 4,50€ on Flormar stand in Supernova, I think it is a good price for a good polish.

Do you have any of these Matte polishes by Flormar? Any shade I really need in my life? :)

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sally Hansen Velvet Texture ~ Lavish

Like I said, I am on the matte waggon lately. Sally Hansen seemed like a pricier version of the Rimmel I first bought, but then I saw swatches and I just had to have it. Lavish is basically like having velvet on your nails. Utterly gorgeous, my pictures do not do it justice. The risk I also took with this baby is that it is a slightly textured polish, which I am not really fond of. But it was definitively a good purchase.

On this photo the colour is too dark, but you can really see the texture of the polish.

Excuse the dent on my last photo, as I changed the settings on the camera I also conveniently forgot I am obviously wearing a rather fresh mani with no top coat.

You can see I changed the settings while making these quite a lot, in want of finding perfect shade of the colour. It is also a bit of changer, at least to my eyes it goes from perfect wine red to sometimes almost a purple undertone, so there you have it. My photos are almost too crisp, as they sharpen the velvet-y feeling too much, the texture of this polish is really brilliant in that aspect, it does look like velvet. 

The application was easy, I used three coats on my longer nails. It also dries very fast, as most matte nail varnishes do. The brush is also great. I kind of wish I bought more shades, but in Bratislava, where I purchased this baby, they had only 3 other shades that I didn't particularly want. In Vienna, they had the rest of the collection, but they almost doubled the price and I thought that was madness. I bought Lavish for 4,99€ in DM in Bratislava, in Müller in Vienna Velvet Texture Collection costs around 8€. 

Still, I think it is a great collection, if I could, I would buy Plush as well. But Lavish is a must, if you like this sort of finish. :)

Did you get any colours from Velvet Texture collection?

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo

It's Friday!! Today's party: great book (I'm re-reading Garth Nix Old Kingdom series, Abhorsen book and it is ah-mazing) and a large cup of tea. Yeah! But first, I want to do a review of the Paul Mitchell Shampoo. I'm sure you don't remember, but I have shown it to you in a New In post I did in July. I bought it together with Protective oil for sun from my hairdresser and after 7 months of using it regularly I feel I can give you a decent review of it.

Paul Mitchell is a professional hair brand, that is sold in hair saloons, at least in Slovenia - my hairdresser warned me about the fake products online, so if you are buying online, make sure it is original product. The Instant Moisture Shampoo is supposed to be a gentle daily shampoo, that hydrates extremely dry hair, and helps to revive damaged hair. I use it in combination with La Roche Posay anti-dandruff shampoo for my scalp and I hoped it will help with the way my hair looks and feels, because anti-dandruff shampoos as a rule do nothing for my hair (and usually very little for my scalp, but that's a story for another blogpost). 

The design of the bottle is nice, a classic tube, with a quite a large amount of shampoo of 300 ml. The shampoo itself is not too runny or thick, with a semi-white colour and a very nice, gentle odour. It doesn't smell of anything, just a good clean, gentle scent. It foams quite nicely as well and you do not need a lot of it (after 7 months of regular, twice a week usage I am still down to one third of it).

The opening helps you regulate how much you use, that's a big plus for me.

The ingredients. I was sold after reading the bold text, failing to see the obvious no-no.

And how are my hair doing after 7 months of usage? Not very well. In fact, I think the ends began to dry out and snap a lot faster than before and although the first impression was rather good, as I ended up with softer hair, after regular usage my frizzy hair got worse and the ends extremely dry. Of course, now when I look at the ingredients, I realise what a stupid mistake I made, not noticing the alcohol being on the third place of the list. I cannot use anything with alcohol in it, it dries my skin and apparently it dries out my hair too. In the long turn my hair does not feel hydrated and my ends are in a very bad shape.

Price? 15,90€, if I recall correctly (definitively somewhere between 13 and 16 EUR). I wouldn't mind the steep price, if the shampoo would be the answer to my prayers, but for the effect I get, which is actually worse than what I got from Le Petit Marseillaise shampoo I bought for around 2€ ... I wouldn't recommend it nor repurchase it.

Mind you, I have been using a lot of conditioners and hair product that were supposed to help with the situation, to no avail. My hair is making me pay dearly for mistakes I make in choosing the wrong products. La Roche Posay anti dandruff shampoo is crap, Paul Mitchell shampoo doesn't work and apparently my hair is done with me. I  am planning to visit my hairdresser again and make a hardcore list of product to buy, like I planned 6 months ago, based on Mateja's recommendations. My hair is what her hair was and I want mine to be like hers are now, which is, in short, perfect.

I hope this was helpful to some of you. If you have dry ends, like me, and big problem with frizzy hair (again, like me), I wouldn't recommend Paul Mitchell's instant moisture shampoo. I think the alcohol is the main culprit for the drying of ends, and as for the frizzines, I need something by far stronger to help me tame it.

Do you have any experiences with Paul Mitchell products? What's your favourite shampoo, that really works for your hair?

Thank you for reading and commenting! Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Rimmel London Velvet Matte ~ Sumptuous Red

Lately I have been on a matte kick. I want every nail polish colour to be matte. I had this phase before, and now it is back. I remember wanting ManGlaze mattes like crazy, especially the white one. I really need to get that one!
Luckily I found two matte lines when I was in Bratislava, from Rimmel and Sally Hansen and I took a couple of shades. First I wore Rimmels Sumptuous Red.

Why this is called red I will never know, because it is very much purple. In the bottle, on the nails, with first, second or third coat. Purple, people. But honestly, I care not for the name, as the colour is beautiful. 

My brush had a stray hair that I needed to cut off, otherwise the brush is good, flat and quite big, and also quite popular, I think. I would prefer it to be a bit thinner, because I think that application would be a tad bit better then. 
I wore three coats, to even everything up. The formula is good, but typical for a matte polish, it dries fast and for me that means bald spots on my nails. But it is a very fast done mani, you don't need top coat and it dries in no time. 

I adore the colour so I'm happy that I got it. I paid somewhere between 3 and 3,50€ for it in DM (12 ml bottle).

Do you like matte nail polish? Any recommended shades I need to check out?

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