30 September 2013

Born pretty water transfer stickers

Hey all,


The final part of my Born Pretty review for this month features the Miki nails water transfer stickers A 1-20.  Basically they are just the same as the nail art stickers except you soak them in water before you apply them. They claim to have zero dry time (the actually do have to dry seeing as you have to put them in water first) They are easy enough to shape to your nail seeing as there are 12 stickers included in each pack.


I wasn't a fan of these. Even when I got them in the right position on my nail, because of the water, they slipped all over the place. They were such a headache to finish and they barely lasted a day even with a topcoat on. I wouldn't bother with these ones again. I prefer the normal sticker version to be honest. For me,it's too much hassle for a poor result. It's a shame because some of the designs are really nice.

A pack of Miki nails costs $1.55 at the moment (normally $1.99).


Cuti-CLUE-les
**Product was provided for review**

27 September 2013

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing deep conditioner review

Hey all,

I've been trialing the Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing deep conditioner for the past while and I have just reached the end of the packet. I would have bet that these little packets would only have two applications in them but I actually got 5 uses out of this sachet which is great seeing as my hair is actually really long (lower back region).You definitely get a good amount for your money.


I am fond of the Macadamia range by Hask but I didn't quiet hit it off with the Keratin range. The Keratin protein deep conditioner has won me around though. It is a fairly thick, more like a hair mask than a regular condition,which I prefer. I leave it in my hair for a good 10 minutes and you really see a difference. My hair is so much nicer after using this. It is so shiny and soft and it just looks good. It has a nice smell but that doesn't stay in your hair once you wash the conditioner out. That's not really a big deal for me but I thought I'd mention it. I didn't use it the last time I washed my hair and my ends did not feel as good the next day and I instantly regretted not putting it on. I think these packets cost between €2-3 each in Penny's for a 50g packet so it's very affordable.

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was provided for review**

26 September 2013

Glitter glitter everywhere!

Hey all,


Not something you see a lot on Cuti-CLUE-les am I right? I am not the biggest glitter nail polish love in the world. The majority of the ones I am interested in have major faults (availability, price tag and formula being the key areas) so it's not often I end up getting them. This  glitter polish from the Born Pretty Store did catch my eye and I ended up picking it as part of a review set.


This is number 003. It looks very different on the website. It reality it is more of a minty green. I have on 3 coats just to cover any visible nail line. The formula is ok. Takes a while longer to dry but it is pretty. I love the mix of coloured glitters. So bright and they are so easy to work with.  This polish cost $4.36 per bottle and they have a 10 different colours to chose from all with different types of glitter.



Cuti-CLUE-les
**Products provided for review**

25 September 2013

Dr Seuss "The Lorax" nail art

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I think it's fairly common in the blogging world that alot of the bloggers are huge book readers. I love reading and on a good week I can go through quite a few books (Goodreads is a brilliant site for tracking the books you have read by the way! I am obsessed with it) The thing that usually strikes me is the cover. If any of you are fans of Sir Terry Practchett and his Disworld series then you have to read (if y ou haven't already) "The last Hero". It is the most beautiful book. I adore the back of the book in particular. Definitely something I want to try to turn into nail art in the future. For the moment though I thought I'd stick with The Lorax for todays post.


I actually quite like the film The Lorax. It wasn't as good as I was expecting but it was still a lovely film with beautiful colours. For the base I used Barry M Blueberry Ice-cream. It's the perfect sky blue polish and only needs one coat (I have on two to be on the safe side.) The lorax himself is made up of Nails inc Atomic (orange), the green tree is Catrice Acid/Dc and the purple is Ciate Purple Sherbert. The rest of the details are done in acrylic paint.


 I am pretty pleased with the way this turned out! I love the bright colours. I adore doing nail art like this. It is such a fun experience seeing the characters develop and actually look fairly similar to the real thing on your nail.

Cuti-CLUE-les




24 September 2013

Twinsie Tuesday- Lemming

Hey all,


Today's Twinsie theme is a seriously easy one. I haven't had that many lemmings in my polish lifetime. I've wanted a polish for ages (Barry M Pure turquoise is one that I just recently thought of again) and then realised that it really wasn't as nice as I had made it out to be in my head (Barry M Gelly hi shine in Greenberry is something I would actually wear more often and is far brighter) One polish that stands out as a major lemming is Misa Bourbon on the Rocks. This is one oplish that definitely lives up to the hype in my head.


Bourbon on the rocks has a great formula. 2 coats and I am good to go. It is the most beautiful brown/ Burgundy polish. There is a gorgeous red polish running through it. It glows, especially during the day and in the sun. It's one of my favourite nail polishes. It always manages to catch my eye and it's really not a polish you can get bored with given the gorgeous shimmer that's in it.


It lasts incredibly well on the nail too. I can easily wear this for a week without any chips and only minimal tipwear.


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Traci at DrinkCitra

Cuti-CLUE-les

23 September 2013

Going Green

Hey all,


I am so glad it is Monday! Sunday was so fricking boring. I have yet to watch the latest episode of Educating Yorkshire but I can't wait to catch up with it. I find it to be a bittersweet thing though. I love watching it, I always get a good laugh out of it and I do like how sincere the teachers are about the kids and how much they believe in them but I always feel so bad about myself after! I question all of my own schooling decisions,  regardless of how many years ago it was when they were made. Oh well!

Today I have the second Born Pretty Store holographic in #12. This is a dark green and it is lovely. I have on 2 coats and I skipped a topcoat just in case it killed the holo effect.


Even though I love the colour and the formula is great, I do agree with the comments on the last holographic post I made on this range. For the amount of polish you get (6ml) it is way too pricey. They normally cost $12.88 but are on offer at the moment for $5.89 so definitely on the higher end which is weird considered that the majority of  nail polish and nail art goods on Born Pretty are very affordable.



Cuti-CLUE-les
**Product was provided for review**

19 September 2013

Love on Acid

Hey all,


I know, I go weeks without any neon polishes and then the second we get into Autumn...BAM! Neon polish bursts back on to the scene. I was making up a guest post and tried out a couple of looks before hand and this was one of the ones I decided to keep in the end.


I have on a base of  Catrice Acid/dc (2 coats) and an accent nail of China Glaze Love's a beach (2 coats). Then using striping tape I marked off the top section of my index, middle and pinky fingers. Then I added on a couple of stripes before painting over each nail with China Glaze Love's a Beach and quickly taking off the striping tape. For the accent I added on a funky french using Catrice Acid/Dc. It didn't come out as clean as I would have liked. I think the accent nail is my favourite part of this mani.

What do ye think? These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. My nails are in much better condition now and are a bit longer. It took ages to get them back to normal. Oooh are any of ye watching Educating Yorkshire? I'm not going to lie, Mr Mitchell is a bit of a babe! He's pretty much the only reason I'm watching it.

Cuti-CLUE-les

18 September 2013

Getting Twisted

Hey all,


Something a bit different today. I have had three of the Flormar Magnetic twists in my stash for the last year or so but I could not for the life of me get them to work. It annoyed me so much that I just left them there. I finally figured out how to get them to work. It can take a bit of practice though but it is worth it in the end. I picked out the red Flormar magnetic twist known as MG05.


I have on 2 coats of MG05 on all my nails apart from the ring finger which has 3 (I messed it up on the second coat). That's why it's darker. To get the strong magnetic look I applied one coat, let it dry and then added on the second coat. The second I put on the second coat I held the magnet over the nail and kept it there for around 30 seconds.

I know a lot of people aren't keen on the magnetic trend but I like it. It does take a while to get used to I have to admit! After putting it on I was like "no I'm bored, get off" but I forgot to take it off. I actually did end up liking it a lot and kept it on for 4 days before it chipped.

Cuti-CLUE-les

17 September 2013

Twinsie Tuesday- Youtube tutorial

Hey all,


The theme of today's twinsie challenge is something inspired by a Youtube tutorial. I actually found this to be a fairly hard challenge. Nothing really stood out to me as something until I found this design. I changed it about a little bit to make it more colourful.


I started off with a base of Lac Attack Holy Chick! I have on 2 coats. The for the glitter gradient I went for Essence Time for Romance. On the accent nail I freehanded the diamond and filled it in with white acrylic paint. For the outline I used a Kiss nail art brush in Silver. In my defense the diamond looked far straighter in person. I'm going to blame the nail shape for it looking a bit off on camera ;) The other twinsies posts are listed below!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Traci at DrinkCitra

Cuti-CLUE-les

16 September 2013

Sugar Rush

Hey all,

In Ireland, the Irish Blog awards Shortlist was just announced over the weekend. Cuti-CLUE-les was nominated in the Best Beauty/ Fashion blog section but I didn't make it through to the shortlist. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I know people say awards don't mean anything but still, it does hurt and you start doubting everything you do and what you write and you second guess everything. The only uplifting thing about the whole thing is that one of the bloggers who I am honoured to call a friend was nominated twice, both in the Best Beauty/Fashion blog and in Best Craft blog. That lovely lady is Sharon from Behind Green Eyes. Sharon is hilarious, incredibly talented (Her craft work is brilliant and her book reviews are seriously well written) and just one of the most caring people I have ever spoken to. I am unbelievably thrilled for her. I've said it for ages that her blog deserved more recognition and I'm so happy for her that her follower list is growing and that she made it on to the shortlist. I nominated her for both categories ( I obviously didn't tell her that at the time but the secret is out now haha) and I'm sure many others did the same. I just wanted to spread the word and to wish her the best of luck with it all!


Now on to the actual post! Today I have Sinful Colors Sugar Rush. This was actually sent to me by Lindsey from Nails 4 Dummies. It is a beautiful light blue polish. It is just perfect. I loved the way it looked on my nails and it makes the most beautiful pedicure polish. I'm now alternating between Essence You belong to me and Sugar Rush for pedicures.


This is 2 coats of Sugar Rush. The application was perfect and the dry time was spot on. Just looking at it makes me want to put it back on my nails again! Really recommend this polish if you are lacking in the light blue department. The only downside to the Sinful Color range is the fact they test their products on animals. I refuse to buy nail polish from brands that tests on animals. Cheaper brands like Essence and Catrice don't test on animals so why do higher end brands? Surely they can afford to find other means or testing their products. Ugh!! Anyway, it's a lovely polish and it lasts for a good while without chipping.

Do ye care if a product is cruelty-free or not? I don't think many people do in the beauty world.

Cuti-CLUE-les

13 September 2013

Oral-B 3D White Brilliance review

Hey all,


I know a lot of people are keen on getting their teeth whiter than they are naturally. I am definitely part of that group. I hate my teeth and everything about them but given the cost of surgery/ braces/ specialist work I'm stuck with what I have for now. The only thing I can work on is whitening them so I picked up the Oral B 3D white brilliance toothpaste to see if it would make much of a difference.


After finishing the tube I can honestly say this made absolutely no difference whatsoever to my teeth. They look exactly the same as they did when they started. It was a decent toothpaste but it is not worth buying in my opinion. I'm fairly disappointed by this given the claims it has of "whiter teeth on the front, back and visible surfaces between teeth". A tube of Oral-B 3D white brilliance costs €4.89 for a 75ml tube. Very expensive for something that doesn't work.

Cuti-CLUE-les

12 September 2013

Plum's the word

Hey all,


We have reached the end of the Sally Hansen Runway Ready collection! The last polish I have to show ye is one I actually owned before the collection arrived. It is also my least favourite polish from this collection but never have I found a collection and loved every single polish. It's probably never going to happen either. This is #360 Plum's the word.


Plum's the word is a plum creme and it is actually a bit darker in person. It's not my kind of colour at all. I have worn it a few times but it just doesn't do it for my. The formula was actually fairly thin. I could have done a third coat to be honest and I would have if I was going to wear this for a full week. It does have the nice glossy finish though so that's one good point! Overall I really liked this collection. It has way more positives than negative points in my opinion.

You may notice my nails are now square shaped. It's something I have been working on this week and I have already decided I hate the way they look and plan on going back to my normal style.

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was Provided for review**

11 September 2013

Jungle Gem

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I'm going to warn ye now, this polish was a pain in the arse to capture properly but it is really pretty in person! It looks more blue in the pictures but it's actually more of a green teal. This is #674 Jungle Gem (I actually quite like the name of this one...It's no Back to the Fuschia but it's better than Shoot the moon)


The formula on this was pretty much the same as the others. Slightly thick but very easy to work with. It's super opaque. If you go with thick coats you might be grand with just the one coat. I prefer thinner coats (to stop bubbling) so I have on 2 coats here. It dried quickly and it kept the glossy finish. It's a gorgeous teal. I thought it might be similar to China Glaze Exotic Encounters, Nicole by OPI Khloe had a little Lam Lam and Estee Lauder Black Turquoise but it is definitely not a dupe for any of them. The other are more blue and are far darker. Jungle Gem is one of my picks from this set.

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was provided for review**

10 September 2013

Twinsie Tuesday- Magazine inspired

Hey all,


Yeh I cheated this week. I don't really read magazines (I used to love True Crime, Master detective etc but I can't find them locally) but I am a huge fan of reading proper books. So instead of being inspired by a look in a magazine, I was inspired by a cover of a book. Close enough right? Right! I settled on Cecelia Ahern's book "The Time of my life" released in 2011.


I started off with a base coat of Catrice Lucky in Lilac. I needed 2 coats. With the older Catrice polishes I often have to go with 3 coats. I haven't tried any of the new ones so I can't say if they are any better or worse. Then I added on the swirls and dots using Barry M Teal on the pinky and index. For the middle and ring finger I picked out Catrice Goldfinger.


I'm pretty pleased with the way this turned out! I am a fan of Cecelia Ahern's books and the covers are especially eye-catching. I popped in a full picture of the book cover below just so ye can ye how pretty it is :) Don't forget to check out the other twinsies posts listed down below.



Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Traci at DrinkCitra

Cuti-CLUE-les

09 September 2013

Greige (But it's not actually greige)

Hey all,


Starting the week with another Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish from the Runway Ready Autumn collection. Now this is #372 Greige, but it's not a greige polish. It's just a plain old grey. Not really sure where they were going with that name at all.


Again the formula was a little thick pretty easy to work with. 2 coats and I was good to go. Dry time was great. It does dry a bit darker than it looks in the bottle. Grey isn't something I would personally go for as a full manicure. I only really wear it when I am stamping or adding on a glitter gradient.


It's a nice grey polish with a lovely shine and it comes at a good price (currently on offer for €6.95). You can hardly go wrong with this really. I have to say I  am really impressed with the Complete Salon Manicure range from Sally Hansen. Even though the Runway ready polishes aren't all completely unique or up my alley, the formula is really the thing that stands out the most to me. Plus I fecking love that big brush!

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was provided for review**

06 September 2013

Mane 'n Tail Daily Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner

Hey all,


As ye know I don't have the best scalp in the world. It's often dry and it cracks so easily that it ends up incredibly sore. I was sent out the Mane 'n Tail Daily Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner a while back to see if it would make any difference to my problematic scalp. My mam has the same problems with her own hair head so she was able to try this out and see whether or not it was worth buying. My mam has tried every medicated shampoo going, from T-gel to the stuff you can only get from your doctor but it has never made a great deal of difference.


After a few weeks of using both the Shampoo and conditioner, I am surprised to say my mam's scalp has inproved quite a bit. It's no longer bleeding and the itch has almost completely vanished. She washes her hair every 2nd or third day so as not to dry her scalp out any further. The first thing that most people comment on is the smell which unlike other brands (T-gel, Head and Shoulders etc) is quite pleasant. The shampoo reminds me of the other Mane 'n Tail hair products. I wasn't particularly fond of the smell of the conditioner though but thankfully the smell doesn't stay in my hair. I'm no expert but I really do think the inclusion of the Olive Oil really helps to sooth my scalp. Overall it seems to be keeping her scalp under control. I have noticed a great difference with my own scalp, though I do switch it up from time to time as my scalp becomes immune to products after a while and they stop working.

Both the shampoo and conditioner from the Daily Control Anti-Dandruff range are bigger than the regular bottles. You get 16 fl.oz (473ml) in each bottle as opposed to 12 fl.oz in the regular range. They retail for €14.95 which is fairly normal for anti-dandruff hair care products in my experience. You can also buy the 2 in 1 355ml bottle for €12.95.

Cuti-CLUE-les
**Product was provided for review**

05 September 2013

Shoot the moon

Hey all,


One of the more unusual choices for the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Runway ready Autumn collection I have to say. A silver foil is not something I would normally go for unless it was around Christmas time or I was using it for stamping. #677 Shoot the moon does has a great formula. 2 easy coats with no dragging whatsoever. Dry time was perfect and it has a lovely sparkle to it in the sunlight.


 I probably wouldn't wear this on its own but it makes a great base for glitter and nail art designs. I prefer this to my GOSH silver polish as it is much lighter in colour and I prefer the brush. The fact that you don't need a topcoat with this polish is an added bonus, especially around the busy Christmas period. The one thing I don't like about this polish is the name. Sally Hansen often have fairly decent names (Back to the Fuschia still cracks me up) but shoot the moon? Seriously?!

The Runway ready Autumn collection is currently on offer. Each bottle costs €6.95 from selected stockists.

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was Provided for Review**

04 September 2013

Mauve Along

Hey all,


Continuing on with the Runway Ready Autumn releases from the Sally Hansen Complete Salmon manicure range I have #374 Mauve along. 2 easy coats and it is perfect. A nude creme with a touch of pink running through it giving it a bit more warmth than a plain old nude polish. Again is has the same glossy finish as the rest of the collection. This is my kind of nude polish. It is so flattering on pale skin.


I can not tell ye how much I love the wide brush. It makes it so much easy to paint on each coat and to stop the polish from dragging. Mauve Along is also brilliant for stamping! That's a major plus for me as I find nude polishes often look a little washed out when you stamp with them. For the promotional price €6.95, you really can't complain. It's a great work appropriate polish.

Cuti-CLUE-les

*Product was provided for review**

03 September 2013

Twinsie Tuesday- Transitional 2

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Two posts in one day but I can't miss out on the Twinsie Tuesday schedule. For the challenge we had to pick out the polish that we think covers the transition from Summer to Autumn. I don't automatically hide the neons and bright colours just because it's Septemeber. That would be awful boring and it'd be a waste of polish. I do think that Essence Irreplaceable is one of those polishes that you could wear anytime during the year and still feel like you are wearing a eye-catching polish so this is the polish I picked out for the challenge.


 Unfortunately my bottle of Irreplaceable is rapidly coming to an end so I had to drag out some old swatches for this post. The golden shimmer is a nightmare to capture accurately but in the sun it is the most beautiful polish. Even being a 3 coater does not put me off. I wish Essence had included this in their new big bottle formula (they were pretty thick to discontinue this polish in the first place) I know there are dupes around but they are hard to get and I think the Sephora by OPI version  has been discontinued too. They really should consult people before making such stupid decisions :P Do ye have a polish ye automatically go for once the Autumn rolls around?


Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Traci at DrinkCitra

Cuti-CLUE-les

Plum Luck

Hey all,


Today I have the Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure polish in #640 Plum Luck. Even though purple is not one of the colours I side with normally, this is a very deep glossy purple that I am quite fond of. Again the formula was a tiny bit thick but easy to work with. Plum luck can drag a tiny bit though. I have on 2 coats here but I have been inclined to go with 3 coats on previous manicures.


 Again it dries to a gorgeous glossy finish. The wide brush ensured zero clean-up was needed (greatly cutting down on the time it take to do my nails) I don't have a base-coat on and I wasn't left with any stains when I took this manicure off. I only have 2 other polishes in my collection that resemble Plum luck, Catrice Plum Play with me and Julep Gayle, but neither are dupes of this polish. Both are far lighter than Plum luck and they don't share the same glossy finish.

The entire autumn collection is on special offer at the moment from selected stockists. You can pick them up for €6.95 each.

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was provided for review**

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