30 May 2014

Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab cuticle oil review!

Hey all,


I've been trialing the new Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab cuticle oil for the past couple of weeks. The is a new release from the brand that is supposed to bring your cuticles back to cull strength. What's interesting about this product is that it has a little brush at the top instead of a nib. It claims to help restore severely dry, ragged cuticles thanks to the inclusion of vitamin E, jasmine and rose extracts.


This is a good on the go cuticle oil. It has an almost instant effect when brushed on to dry cuticles and it smells like watermelon which is lovely. You do have to be diligent and apply it at least once or twice a day in order for it to have any effect. Ideally apply it each time you wash your hands to really get the full benefit. 


I liked this cuticle oil but I don't love it. That's not to say it's a bad product, my cuticles are in good shape after using it. I'm not fond of the brush although I do see why it would appeal to people. I found it awful hard to get the product to actually come out on to the brush and I worried if I squeezed it too hard the brush would pop off. My brush had frayed slightly but that's to be expected with a significant amount of use. I think this will be perfect as a top up during the day. I like to pile on the cuticle cream when my nails are in need of some treatment and that's not really possible with this.

My advice, if you are looking for an on-the-go cuticle oil then this is a great find. It's a good €5 cheaper than the OPI Avoplex Cuticle oil and you get more product for your money. The Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab cuticle oil costs €9.95 for 8.8ml.

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

29 May 2014

China Glaze Electrify & Zoya Beatrix

Hey all,


This is the topper I told ye about in the Zoya Beatrix swatch post last week. I'm sure most, if not all, of ye have heard about China Glaze Electrify. It is a beautiful gold and red glitter in a clear base but I couldn't get it to work on it's own. The glitters always ended up looking really dark on the nail and it lost that glow-y look. Turns out Zoya Beatrix is the perfect base for Electrify. I'm not sure if it's because Beatrix has that golden shimmer in it but these two polishes glow when you team them up.


I already had on 2 coats of Zoya Beatrix when I added one coat of China Glaze Electrify on top. This is a pretty jam-packed glitter so it will get thicker on the nail if you add on more coats. One was perfect though as it allowed the golden shimmer in Beatrix to shine through. This is one of my favourite combinations but you need to try it or see it in person to appreciate how sparkly this is! The camera does not pick up on it at all. It was a pain in the arse to remove though. I wore this as a full manicure for about a week.  Beatrix is a textured glitter basically so I have 3 layers of glitter to take off. 

You can see some of the bald spots in Beatrix in the macro shot below. It's not visible in person as Electrify covered it up really well. Love this combination!


Cuti-CLUE-les

28 May 2014

The Book Look- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (#1 The Bartimaeus Trilogy)

Hey all,

The first in the Bartimaeus Trilogy sees Nathaniel, 11 years old, during his apprenticeship with the cold and reluctant magician Arthur Underwood and his loving wife Martha. Following a traumatic encounter with the powerful and ruthless Simon Lovelace Nathaniel begins to plot his revenge. Summoning a 5,000 year old djinni at his age is no mean feat and controlling him is another story.Book one deals with the consequences of the summoning and it's impact on the people closest to Nathaniel.


Jonathan Stroud is a new-to-me author. I had seen him name mentioned a fair few times in forums whilst looking for authors with a similar style to Sir Terry Pratchett. I decided to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. There was also talk that this was very similar to the Harry Potter series and it is in a way. Both are male characters and have been taken away from their parents, they are learning magic in London and have a grudge against a powerful person and they want revenge. That's pretty much where the similarities end. Don't come into this story thinking it will have the same effect on you as the Harry Potter series because it won't.

The story is told from two different sides. Bartimaeus, the djinni, is incredible witty and I thoroughly enjoyed his chapters. He builds himself up to be such an amazing and powerful presence when oftentimes it is by pure luck that he manages to get away. 
Nathaniel on the other hand is arrogant, selfish and in completely over his head. He constantly defies his elders , especially his guardians, and he doesn't seem to realize that the world does not revolve around him. Even when he faces extreme hardship and loss it's as if he has forgotten by the next chapter. He places others in peril but at no point does he really take the blame, he'd sooner play the victim. I really disliked his character, his hotheadedness and the way he reacted to certain situations. 

The Amulet of Samarkand focuses on Nathaniel's revenge on Simon Lovelace. The story is quite lengthy at 462 pages but it does not drag on. It is a bit of a slow started in my opinion but towards the middle/ later half of the book it got a lot better. One thing that struck me was the use of footnotes during the Bartimaeus chapters. They were incredibly well done and really added to the story.  

Overall: The Amulet of Samarkand gets a good 3 out of 5 stars. Even though it was a bit of a struggle in the beginning, I enjoyed Bartimaeus and his little stories and quips. The footnotes were an excellent addition and really made the character come to life. I'd recommend giving this a go, Bartimaeus and his interactions with the other characters really give this story a huge boost. 


For my nails I kept it pretty simple. I love the background on the cover of this book and I thought it would make a pretty wearable manicure so that's what I went with. I started with 2 coats of Barry m Blueberry ice cream. Then using a sponge I dabbed on Sinful Colors Sugar Rush. I do this technique at lot with these Book Looks! Finally I added on some white dots using my dotting tools and some white nail polish.


Cuti-CLUE-les

27 May 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Inspired by my blog theme

Hey all,


A different theme for todays post. We were asked to do a manicure requested by one of our followers. From my request post I was asked to do a manicure inspired by my blog header. Huge thanks to Purple_rain and Girl with the Skew earring for the suggestion!


I started off with 2 coats of Barry M Blueberry. Then using a new paint brush I was sent from the Born Pretty Store I added on some ribbon like designs using white acrylic paint. I let it dry for a while before adding on a topcoat. This is the second attempt at this manicure. I made the silly mistake of cutting my nails beforehand, When I tried to do more than one ribbon on each nail it looked atrocious!


The paint brushes are a tad bit too big for really detailed nail art but they work pretty well for what I use them for! I have a few Book Looks to do in the coming weeks and they will definitely come in handy. I have a pack of 12 , all the same size, and they cost $5.96 and you can get an extra 10% off using my code above.  


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish

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26 May 2014

Work in progress striping tape design

Hey all,


Somthing bright for today. It was such a lovely sunny day it seemed a shame not to use some neon polishes. I was looking around on pinterest and came across this design and I really liked it but I wasn't sure I could actually do it (my nails are awkward) but I gave it a go. It actually worked pretty well apart from the index finger which looks a bit off but you wouldn't really notice it in person. 


I used China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for my base. This is 3 coats and it still looked a bit streaky. I marked off the square using striping tape and put on Models Own Hedonist. Hedonist is really opaque so I only needed 2 coats. I put on a topcoat to really make the neons pop. I have to say I'm not really fond of the end result. I think it looks unfinished. I might try it again and add on another colour and see how it looks then. This is a work in progress for now. 


Cuti-CLUE-les

24 May 2014

The Goodreads Tag

Hey all,

I was nominated to do this tag by the lovely Chloe from Nurse Fancy Pants. I think from all the Irish bloggers I know only myself, Sharon (Behind Green eyes blog), Breige (Rare Opal Blog) and Chloe are obsessed with reading and goodreads. I read their blogposts the second they come up and I love getting book recommendations from them both from from their blogs and their goodreads pages. Here are the questions for the Goodreads tag.....

goodreads

What was the last book you marked as read?
The last book I marked as read was "The tales of Beedle the Bard" by J.K Rowling. I am working on a Book look review for this so I won't go into to much detail but I really like it! I picked this up after Breige mentioned it on Goodreads a while ago. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and I own almost every authorized book that has been written about the books and the films (I'm missing 2 I think) 

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
What are you currently reading?
At the moment I am reading "Truckers" by Sir Terry Pratchett. I adore Pratchett but I have to say I wasn't really pulled into this one. I'm almost done with it but I just can't seem to make myself pick it up and finish it. It's a grand book but it's not as good or as witty as I would have expected. 

Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes

What was the last book you marked as to-read?
"Tom's midnight garden" by Philippa Pearce. I read it about 10-11 years ago and it popped into my head again recently. I haven't gotten hold of a copy yet but I really want to re-read it and see if I like it as much now as I think I did back then. I wish I could remember all the books I read when I was younger (if only goodreads was available back then!) It'd be so interesting to see how your tastes change over the years. What might have been amazing to you then might seem pretty lackluster now. I hope that's not the case with this book!

Tom's Midnight Garden
What do you plan to read next?
I'm honestly at a loss at the moment. I don't have any books to hand that are calling my name. I'm browsing the Book Depository at the moment and they have some pretty good deals so I might have to buy a few books to keep me in action. I might finish off the follow up books to Trucker, Diggers and wings, just to finish off the series. I have a couple of books ordered but they'll take at least a week to get here. 

Wings: The Third Book of the NomesDiggers: The Second Book of the Nomes

Do you use the star rating system?
I do indeed. I wish it allowed you to use half-stars though that's a huge gripe I have with the system. I know a lot of people would prefer marking the books out of ten but I think 5 stars allows me to be a bit more brutal about it. I think I'd be a lot more forgiving with marks out of ten and I'll never know how much I really liked a book. I am very picky about giving 5 stars and there are only a handful of books I can think of that deserve 1 or 0 stars they were so bad. 

Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
Yes! I did the 2013 version too and I really struggled to find books at the end. I barely completed the 100 book goal. I'm hoping to finish it in time this year. I've aimed for 100 books again. I hate the way the challenge times how long it takes you to read a book and then informs you how far behind you are. I've finished 22 books so far and I have 3 more to hand that I will finish this month. I've fallen out of love with reading lately but I am determined to get back into the swing of things. 

Do you have a wishlist?
Several actually! I have a Book Depository wishlist which I love. It emails me when the price of the books I want is lowered or back in stock. I really love the system they have. I also use my Goodreads "to-read" section as a wishlist which is handy but I tend to forget what I've put on it so I keep having to read back over it. My latest addition is my notebook (I thought the title was fitting as a book wishlist) It's big enough so I'll have it for a good few years. It's handy to have it close so if I see a book in town or even on the internet I can check it out without having to sign in to goodreads/book depository and search through a heap of pages to find the one book. 


What book do you plan to buy next?
I have a few that I'm going to buy soon.I'm thinking of getting "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman first. I haven't read anything else by him since the Graveyard book review and I loved the film based on the book. I might include "Tom's midnight garden" by Philippa Pearce, "Fallen" and "Broken" by Karin Slaughter and "In the company of ogres" by A. Lee Martinez in the same order. I have my eye on a few biographies too from Lee Evans, Dog the Bounty hunter (I know but I really want to read about his gang/ prison life!) 
Stardust

Who are your favourite authors?

 I am very picky with Authors so I only have a handful of favourites. The top 5 are Sir Terry Pratchett, J.K Rowling (Robert Galbraith), Karin Slaughter, Dan Brown and Cecelia Ahern. If any of them release a book I will buy it no questions asked. I love their writing stlye and I have not read one book from any of them that I absolutely hated. 

Have you joined any groups?

No, I like to read at my own pace. Plus if i don't want to read a book and I have no interest in it I really don't see the point of buying it! I've read some so-called "classics" and hated them.  I'd sooner spend money on books I actually want to read and more often than not I end up really liking them.

That's the end! I really like this tag. I love reading other peoples answers and seeing how much or how little we have in common.  

Cuti-CLUE-les

21 May 2014

China Glaze Exceptionally gifted with F4 Bubble Yum

Hey all,


China Glaze Exceptionally gifted is a beautiful light pink shade but it has a frost finish which I really do not like. The only way I can really make it work is to add a glitter on top and hope for the best. Exceptionally Gifted has a pretty sheer / watery formula so it's a bit hard to use. It can flood around your cuticles if you go in too heavy handed. It's also pretty streaky which is common with frost finishes but the glitter hides a lot of that.


I have on 3 coats of Exceptionally gifted with 1 coat of F4 Bubble yum on top. Bubble yum is a mix of pink and white hex glitters and I think it really suits Exceptionally gifted. I'd sooner find a way to make a polish I don't particularly get on with work for me than throw it out and buy something else. I change my mind about polish colours all the time so something I may hate now could become one of my go-to polishes in a couple of weeks. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

20 May 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Freehand Flower nail art!

Hey all,


The prompt for the post today was to redo a past post that you either loved or hated. I didn't see the point of doing something I hated so I went for something pretty. I have a tonne of bookmarked pages from the other Twinsie Tuesday posts that I want to recreate but the most recent one I found was from Alaina at The Little Canvas. I love these flower manicures and hers looked so good that I was determined to give it another shot. This is the first time I have ever had a successful one! I was pretty damn pleased with this and I intend on doing another one very soon.


I started off with 4 coats of Lac Attack Holy Chick! Then using my dotting tools I added 3 dots of Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure in Tahitian Sunset on each nail. Using a small paint brush I outlined the flower with Nails inc Atomic. Finally I added on the leaves. I used P2 "Artful" for the base and China Glaze holly day on the outline. To finish it all off I added on a matte topcoat. I probably won't be able to do another one like this ever again so I'm glad I have proof that I managed to create one good manicure with this design :P


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish

Cuti-CLUE-les

19 May 2014

Zoya Beatrix

Hey all,


A quick swatch for ye today. I've been toying around with textured polishes again and I thought I'd pop Zoya Beatrix on and see how I liked it. I have on 2 coats but really it needed a third to cover all the bald spots. It looked grand at night but in the morning I could definitely see the patches. It dried a bit slower than other textured polishes I have tried. It has a great golden shimmer to it but it really does not come off on camera. In person you can definitely tell that it has something more to it than just being a plain old orange polish. 


I like orange nail polish and the gold shimmer in this is lovely but I wish the orange was a bit deeper. It looks nice with a topcoat though that kind of defeats the purpose of buying a textured polish :P I think this is a nail art only polish but it makes an amazing (almost perfect in my books) base for a certain glitter polish that I'll be posting about fairly soon. It does mean I have to wait and make sure this is definitely dry before I add on the glitter topper but it looks pretty so it's worth it if I have time. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

16 May 2014

The Book Look- A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin nail art and Book review!

Hey all,

The Stark family is split when Lord Eddard Stark is bestowed with the office of the Hand by King Robert. Despite assurances that the family will once again reunite, they slowly drift apart and each faces a battle to return home to their loved ones. The Stark family are not the only ones who face times of great difficulty as we also meet a host of other characters in Martins first book in the Game of Thrones series.


I am a firm believer that a good book can never be too long. There are some novels I wish were everlasting and I would happily sit through every single page. I have to say A Game of Thrones is not one of those books. From the very beginning I found it hard to get into the story. I never got a right feeling for the characters and when they started dying off I wasn't really bothered. It wasn't that the book was dragged out at all, some parts were tedious but for the most part it was fine. There was only one part in the entire book where I felt for character and I was eager to read on. That lasted for a couple of pages and then I was over it. Martin's style just isn't my cup of tea. There is not one character in the book that I found likeable which isn't good considering we are given 9 viewpoints within the first novel alone.  

I ended up putting this down a few times and I really had to push myself to finish it. I have the other books in this series but in all honesty I'll have to be in an awful desperate state to read a book before I pick them up. I have little interest in their lives and in the stories that are going on within the kingdoms. There is a lot of violence, death, rape, sexual abuse, incest... pretty much everything you could think of. Now I'm not someone that is easily bothered by this kind of thing. You'll know that from my Karin Slaughter reviews, but a lot of the time it was unnecessary in A Game of Thrones. The way Martin portrayed women in this book actually made me quite uncomfortable at times. Again let me be clear, I don't get riled up when women are presented a certain way in books. It really depends on the story at hand. I felt that Martin went completely out of his way to include certain scenes or scenarios showing the women as the weaker characters. It bugged me throughout the entire book. The feeling of relief when I came to the last page made me forgive the lackluster ending. Unlike other series' which put an end to a certain chapter in the characters life but not to their overall story (like Harry Potter), this just fizzled out! I was left sitting there thinking " Are you fecking serious!" 

Overall I'd give it 3 out of 5 , it's grand but it's not something I would want to read again or follow up on.  The end of the book was supposed to make you excited to get your hands on the next but honestlu I could care less.It can get very technical when it comes to the kingdoms and the family histories which at times I wish I would have skipped over them. They really did not help the story in my eyes. I think there is a fine line between giving the reader the right amount of detail to help them understand the character and their history and being overkill about it. I don't think Martin can even see that line he's gone so far past it. He just drove on and on and on about the smallest things and it really had an impact on the atmosphere of the book. Basically this was a huge let down for me. 


For my nails I went for the logo found on the back of the first book, focusing on the design of the letter "O". I was going to do the  dragon on the cover but I really don't think this book deserves to get that level of nail art done for it :P I started with a coat of white nail polish. Then using a sponge I dabbed China Glaze Kalahari kiss over the entire nail to give it that stippled effect. For the accent nail I used black acrylic paint.


Let me know your thoughts on A Game of Thrones? Loved it or Loathed it?

Cuti-CLUE-les

15 May 2014

Curtain nail art

Hey all,


These are the nails I did for a guest post a few weeks ago. I thought I'd post them here in case any of ye missed them. I was obsessed with practicing gradients for a while and this is one of the manicures that turned out well! Now I'm not really sure what to call this design (hence the really dodgy post title) Some people call them chevrons but I thought that was a completely different design! I call it curtain nail art but is there another name for it?  I'm flummoxed by it to be honest.


I have on 3 coats of Catrice Salmon and Garfunkel. I striped off the nail and added on two coats of Barry M Greenberry. Once that was dry I added on Lac Attack Spring Fling using a sponge. The neon green glitter in Spring Fling is my favourite, it's so unique! I love that polish. Greenberry can be hard to work with as it's a bit thick so it takes longer to dry if you go too heavy handed with it. I really like the colour combination though and it's one I would definitely do again although I might change the base polish to something else. I not exactly sure what I would replace it with yet :P

Cuti-CLUE-les

14 May 2014

Hodge Podge manicure- Tip nail art and polka dots

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Today's manicure was inspired by Young Wild & Polished! I came across her version on pinterest a while back but I completely forgot to pin it and then I couldn't find it. Luckily I happened upon it the last day and decided, while my nails were naked, to give it a go asap before I forgot about it. I don't have any of the polishes she used but I think this is close enough! I love the mix of designs and colours and sure you can't go wrong with a few polka dots.


For my bases I went with 3 coats of Catrice Sold out forever (the newer light blue version) on my index and pinky and 2 coats of Nails Inc Bluebell on my middle and ring fingers. Then I striped off the middle nails and added on 2 coats of Catrice Pimp my Shrimp (coral) and  2 coats of Catrice Acid/ Dc. For the dots I used a mix of Acid/ Dc, Bluebell and Pimp my Shrimp using various sized dotting tools. I loved this manicure, especially the index and pinky fingers! I'll probably do a full mani like that soon. My dots ended up streaking a bit when I added on a topcoat but overall they look grand. 


Cuti-CLUE-les

13 May 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Bubbles!

Hey all,


Bubbles was the theme for this weeks Twinsie Tuesday. I like most of this mani but I think yer man blowing the bubbles on my index needed a bit of work. I tried to get the silhouette as accurate as polish and then I realised I'd made the fecking stem of the bubble thing too long! By then it was too late so I just carried on with the other nails. 


The base is 2 coats of Elf Dark Navy. This is a lovely shimmery navy, really easy to apply and it's perfect in 2 coats.  Then I added on the details on the index using Barry M Blueberry ice cream. For the bubbles I dotted on Blueberry ice cream using my dotting tools. Then I added on Dark navy using a smaller dotting tool to make it look like bubbles floating in the air at night.  I know people generally for with a black and white theme when they do this but I like a bit of colour.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Cuti-CLUE-les

12 May 2014

Smitten Polish Fire and Blood

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I swatched Smitten Polish Fire and Blood way back in 2012 and I haven't actually worn it since. This has nothing to do with the polish, I'm just not a big red nail polish wearer. After reading A Game of Thrones recently (nail art and book review coming Friday) I decided to give this a whirl again.  Fire and Blood is a red jelly with red, gold and orange hex glitter with a hint of small holographic glitters. It's one of the nicest reds I own but it really needs to be layered over a red base. It saves time and polish :P I'm sure you could wear this on it's own but I don't like my glitter polishes to be too crowded unless they are all the same size like China Glaze Glitter all the way or Electrify. 


Here I have 2 coats of Fire and Blood over 1 coat of Sally Hansen's Right Said Fred. I topped it off with a coat of Hard Candy Matte-ly in love. I really don't think you get the full effect of glitter polishes with a glossy topcoat. Matte is best in my opinion. Even though the glitters did end up bunching together on a couple of nails you can't see it from afar so it looks pretty much perfect in person. I really need to wear this more often, it's so pretty! I had forgotten all about the little holographic bits in this polish and they really make a difference.

Cuti-CLUE-les

11 May 2014

Follower requests appreciated!- Twinsie Tuesday

Hey all,

For an upcoming Twinsie Tuesday post we have to do a manicure inspired by a followers request. I don't get many requests so I haven't a notion what I should do for this theme. Instead of dilly-dallying I'm taking a page out of Amanda's book and asking ye straight up what ye would like to see on the blog. I would love it if you would leave a comment below letting me know what kind of manicure you would like to see done. It can be nail art or swatches (I have a rough list of the polishes I own here, I just updated it a minute ago) whatever comes to mind.  I'd really appreciate your help!


Cuti-CLUE-les

09 May 2014

The Book Look- Fractured by Karin Slaughter book review & nail art! (Will Trent Series #2)

Hey all,


Abigail Campano returns home early only to find her door open and a man holding a bloody knife over her daughters brutally murdered corpse. Special Agent Will Trent takes over the case following a potentially crucial slip up by the local police. Trent is teamed up with a new partner, Detective Faith Mitchell, who seems to have a grudge against him from the get go. Dealing with a high profile murder in the Georgia heat, the team set out to catch the killer before it's too late. 


As with most of Slaughters books, Fractured is rife with murder, rape, abuse and mentions of torture from the get-go. It really is incredible how spot-on and vivid she gets and you can picture each scene as if you were there. The book is riddled with twists and you are always on edge. Each chapter generally ends on a cliff-hanger which won't be returned to straight away so it's very hard to stop reading. I was dying to get to the next chapter to see if the evidence found was relevant or if the person I thought was a bit dodgy would be part of the investigation. It is unbelievably hard not to get involved and try and solve the mystery yourself!

I was convinced I knew what was going on and that I had it all sorted out but I was WAY off the mark. The end was an absolute surprise! There are a few characters I really wanted to slap and knock some sense into them which goes to show how involved you get. I like that Slaughter doesn't make the characters all lovable and they don't all see the error of their ways in the end, These are not fairy-tales and they don't have the traditional happy ending.

Overall I'd give Fractured a good 4 out of 5. I wasn't completely gripped but it was a good story. The characters were all well developed and I had a good feel as to what they were like. I liked the story-line and I think it flowed well. There wasn't a point where I thought it was being dragged out. With this series I would recommend starting from Triptych, book #1 in the series, in order to really understand the main characters.

The Will Trent series is one of my all time favourites. The introduction of a new character always puts me on edge but I grew to really enjoy the interactions between Trent and Mitchell. Slaughter is an incredible author and her characters are always so well developed. I personally love Will Trent and his many quirks. I wish Angie Polaski, Will's sometimes Girlfriend, would disappear but I know that isn't going to happen anytime soon.


For my nails I decided to recreate the cover of Fractured. I started off with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure in Greige.   Then I sponged over it with OPI Skull and Glossbones (light grey). I then splattered on Right Said Fred, also from the Complete salon manicure range, using a straw. For the accent nail I used 3 coats of Essence Toffee to go. Then I free-handed the writing using acrylic pain. 


The accent nail ended up dragging when I added on my topcoat but overall I think this turned out pretty damn accurate! I'm delighted with it. Karin Slaughter book covers have been the more awkward ones for me to do so far but this was nice and handy.

Cuti-CLUE-les

08 May 2014

Sally Hansen Nail rehab review

Hey all,


I was recently sent the new Sally Hansen Nail Rehab nail strengthener. Although I don't suffer with damaged or super weak nails I do think it's a good idea to use something like this as my base coat given the amount of times I change my nail polish each week or even each day if I am swatching polishes. This is a sheer pink treatment but the colour doesn't really translate onto the nail. Even with 3 coats it just made my nails nice and shiny. It claims to instantly fill in ridges and conceal damage. 

I put on one coat as a base and then  my normal nail polish on top. Nail rehab dries quickly and it gives you a nice, smooth base for your nail polish. I love the bottle, I think it's the same one they use for their lustre shine polishes (I wish these were around because Lava is gorgeous!)


It has a short stumpy brush which I haven't come across before. The formula is a bit thicker than the other treatments from Sally Hansen but it means you can get your whole hand done with one dip into the bottle. I can't comment on whether this helps or hinders when it comes to your nail polish chipping as I use good strong brands and the Sally Hansen Insta-dri topcoat (which is the bees knees). It works well with my nails and it stops deeper polishes (like Teals, greens and blues) from staining your nails which is a huge plus!  

A 10ml bottle of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab costs €10.95 from selected pharmacies, grocery and department stores nationwide.

Cuti-CLUE-les

**Product was provided for review**

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