29 August 2014

Essence Rosewood Sticks review

Hey all,


I don't come across cuticle care reviews all too often which is strange considering how important they are to look after when you spend so much time on you manicure. No matter how well you paint your nails, if you cuticles are looking ragged then the whole manicure will look off. I used to cut my cuticles but the started to look dried out and it was hard to get them right without your fingers ending up bloody or tender and red. 


So I started to just push my cuticles back and leave them like that. I have used a couple of different cuticle pushers, the most recent being a rubber tipped pusher. That works well but I find the rubber tip is a bit too flexible. I just recently started using  the Essence Rosewood sticks and they are a far better tool. I can push my cuticle back firmly and they end up looking far neater. 


Each stick is double ended. The slant end is used to gently push back the cuticle and the pointed end is for cleaning around your nail. You get 5 in a pack which costs around €2 (depending on where you get them). I like to have a few so I can keep one near me at all times. I can't tell ye how many times I've lost the other cuticle pusher I have and it always happens when I want to paint my nails so this pack of 5 will keep me going for a good while. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

28 August 2014

It's a me...Mario!

Hey all,


This is one of my favoruite manicures to date. It took a bit of effort to do it but I really enjoyed it! Super Mario is one of my favourite games to play and visually it is one of the best games you'll ever come across. The colours are amazing and they just get better and better each year. I don't think this character will ever go out of fashion.


 They was quite a few polishes involved in this mani. I started with 2 coats of Barry M Blueberry ice cream. Then I striped off the lower half of my nails and added on Essence Nude it. The deeper brown on top and the blocks beside the coin box is NYC Park Ave. The greens are Catrice Run forest Run and Acid/dc.  The Coin box and the yellow on the flower power's face is OPI I just can't cope-acabana and the orange is Nails inc Atomic. The black is Essence black is back.


I took most of my inspiration from the game box and the game itself. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!

 Cuti-CLUE-les

27 August 2014

A colour-wheel accent

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I've been wearing Zoya Paz a lot lately. It's not my favourite polish for a couple of reasons but the colour is just stunning that I suffer through the crap parts. I have on 3 coats of Paz and you can still see my nail line. I have short nails so I can see this being a huge pain in the arse for longer nails. It also takes a while longer than most to dry so it's not one to apply in a hurry. After wearing it for a week I decided to jazz it up a bit.


On top of Paz I have Sally Hansen Complete salon manicure in Right Said fred (red), OPI I just can't cope-acabana (yellow), Barry m Greenberry and Blueberry Ice Cream, Catrice Salmon and Garfunkel (peach) Barry M Berry ice cream and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (neon pink). For the tips I used striping tape on all the nails apart from the index which I had to freehand. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

26 August 2014

Twinsie Tueday - Sideways French

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If ye read my post last week you'll know this is my second attempt at a sideways french manicure. It's been a while since I used Essence hello holo so I picked that out. I wasn't sure what polish I should use as a base so I kept it neutral.  Given the fact I was using a holographic glitter I thought it might be a bit OTT if I went for a really bright base.


I have on 2 coats of Illamasqua Monogamous. I free-handed the sideways french using the regular brush that comes with the Essence Hello Holo polish. I added on a glossy topcoat. The rubber look that Illamasqua Monogamous looked a bit odd with this manicure so it was better to cover that up. 
This isn't a design I would do a lot. I'm not a fan of french manicures in general and a sideways french is pretty much the same idea. It was interesting to try it out a few times and get the hang of it at least.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

25 August 2014

Love is polarized

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I thought I would get a lot more use out of China Glaze Love's a beach this summer but sadly that's not the case. It's a beautiful neon pink with lighter pink shimmer running through it. I'll probably use it far more during the winter which is a bit odd but that's what tends to happen with my neon polishes.  The formula on Love's a beach is pretty good! Two coats and it's perfect. It's dries quickly and I get a good few days wear out of it before it starts to look a bit worse for wear.


I added on China Glaze Polarized as an accent nail. The glitter in this polish is gorgeous, I really like the combination of colours. The formula isn't great. It's quite gloopy and thick so it's a tiny bit hard to work with. It does have good coverage though so one to two coats and you're good to go. I finished it off with a glossy topcoat to make the neon really stand out. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

22 August 2014

Side-ways french

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This was going to be a future Twinsie Tuesday post but I'm posting it today instead. I try and plan ahead some weeks and then when it gets around to writing up the post it doesn't suit the theme or I'm just not happy with the mani itself.  I like the way this looks but I think for a side-ways french manicure it should have been more curved to suit my nail shape. 


I have on 3 coats of China Glaze Kalahari Kiss. I used striping tape to mark off the edge. Colors by Llarowe Beat it is the charcoal holographic polish. It's pretty strong but it was a cloudy day so you don't really see half of the holo shining through. I think this looks pretty striking on my super short nails. I did end up growing them out a bit and trialing a square nail shape but that only lasted a week. My nails were not a fan of the shape!

Cuti-CLUE-les

21 August 2014

New! Clarisonic's Luxury brush heads

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There are 3 brand new Clarisonic heads out this month, all priced at around €30 each. The three new heads are the Satin Precision, Cashmere Cleanse and Velvet foam.


The Cashmere cleanse is designed to "gently but powerfully cleanse even the driest and most mature skin".  
For a more targeted approach the Satin Precision detail brush is the one for you. This provides a "gentle cleansing around the most delicate area of the face".
If you are looking for a full body experience the Velvet Foam Body brush provides "a unique massaging, high foaming action" which will leave the skin feeling hydrated and cleansed. 
Unfortunately I do not own a Clarisonic so I can't tell you how well these work. I can tell you they are all incredibly soft.  The new brush heads are available in Brown Thomas. 


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**Product was provided for review**

St James

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Just a quick swatch for today. This is Nails Inc St James. I got this free with a magazine last year I think? Maybe the year before? I honestly cannot remember. Nails inc are very pricey on their own and the quality isn't the best so when they come free with a magazine I generally get one. They general release pretty standard polishes but if you are looking to try the brand then I would say this is a great and more affordable way of doing it. 


This is 2 coats of St James. The  formula is pretty good. It's more of a cherry red than a true red but it's nice all the same. It dried quickly which is always a bonus. It's not one of my favourite red nail polishes (in fairness I'm not keen on red anyway but it's good to have) but it's a nice shade.

Cuti-CLUE-les

20 August 2014

Alice in Wonderland

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I just recently re-watched Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, and thought I would do some nail art inspired by some of the characters. I originally planned on doing the Red Queen but I couldn't get her eyes to look right so I dumbed down the design a bit so it's more abstract. I still love the way it turned out though so it was worth the trial and error. 


I started with a white base on all of my nails. I sectioned off the main nails using striping tape (which is a huge hassle lately! the colour runs and it leaves a weird glitter residue). I painted over the tape using NYC Park Ave. This design was based on Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee's outfit. The accent nail is obviously based on the Red Queen. For that I used Barry M red glitter and using a mix of dotting tools and a fine paint brush I painted on the heart. I added a matte topcoat over the heart and a glossy topcoat to the rest of my nails. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

19 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Classic

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Classic nails usually refer to either red nail polish or a french manicure in my opinion. Neither of these styles really do it for me so I wanted to do what I think is a pretty classic nail style- polka dots! It's something I tend to do on my nails a lot and I love the way they look. They suit all nail shapes and skin types which is more than you cay say for a french manicure.


I started with  coats of Barry M Denim. On the accent nail I used a limited edition silver glitter also from Barry m. For the polka dots I used Barry m Lychee and greenberry from the gelly hi shine collection. Giorgio Armani Gio is the coral.I left it matte, I think the denim polish looks better like that. Plus I hate when the colours run together with a topcoat (it doesn't always happen but when it does it ruins the manicure)

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

18 August 2014

Meet me at Coral island

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Catrice Meet me at coral island is an oldie. It doesn't have the best formula in the world but the colour is nice. It needs 3 coats as it is pretty thin. Dry time is grand but I tend to leave it a couple of minutes extra between coats just to be on the safe side. The colour is a touch more pink/darker in person. It has a nice shine to it but I always add on a topcoat just to smooth out any mistakes.


I was looking at the catrice stand recently and they seem to have gone head first into the darker more autumnal shades. They have a few bright polishes but not many. I did come across the most beautiful polish called Mermaiday Mayday. It's a holographic glitter set in a sheer blue base. It looked so pretty but it was the only one on the stand and I'm pretty sure it had been tested out a few times before I got there so I had to leave it behind. That the most annoying thing about Limited Edition collections. Usually they only have 1 or 2 bottles of each polish available so they get tossed around really quickly.


Cuti-CLUE-les

15 August 2014

Dr Organic Manuka honey face scrub

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I've finished up a good few of my go-t face products recently and to be fair I don't see a huge difference with most of them so I decided to try out some different brands. The first brand I came across that I thought would be worth a go is Dr Organic. Not only are they cruelty-free but they are really affordable. I don't see the point in spending a heap of money on a product that you can't afford to repurchase even if it does wonders for your skin. The Dr Organic range is often on sale in Holland and Barrett which is where I bought mine. 


They have a wide range of products and I found it a bit hard to pick one. In the end I went with the Manuka Honey face scrub for the deep cleansing, restoring and nourishing it claims to deliver. This scrub is heavy duty! It is packed with volcanic lava, corn cob powder and ground fruit seed to exfoliate the skin. I've found most face scrubs have are more cream than scrub but this is the total opposite. You don't want to be heavy handed with this, go gently in circular motions and wash off with warm water. My skin is left nice and soft after using this. I do get dry patches and sometimes if feels like my skin is clogged and this really helps to relieve that feeling. 

A little goes a long way with this scrub so I can see this bottle lasting a long time. I've already used it 6-7 times and you can barely tell from the bottle. It smells like honey but the scent doesn't linger on the skin after you wash it off. I don't like the smell but seeing as it washes away it's not a big deal. This would also be an amazing body scrub as the particles are so finely milled. It reminds me of the Cocoa Brown tough stuff scrub although it's thicker so you have greater control over it and it's not dripping all over the place.

A 125ml bottle of Dr Organic manuka honey face scrub costs €7.15 from Holland and Barrett 

Cuti-CLUE-les

14 August 2014

Cobalt Blue Comparison

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After getting NYC Expert last polish in Hudson Breeze I thought I would compare it to the other cobalt blue polishes I have in my collection and see how they differ from each other. On my index and ring finger I have on 2 coats of NYC Hudson Breeze. My middle finger is 2 coats of Sinful Colors Endless blue. My pinky finger is 2 coats of the discontinued Essence Grumpy from the Snow white collection.


As you can see Hudson Breeze is a more toned down shade. It's definitely not a dupe for either of the other polishes but it gives you a good idea as to the true brightness of the polish. Endless blue is definitely the more vibrant and the darkest of the 3. The formula is great on this one too although it smells awful. A well ventilated room is a must when using this polish. Essence grumpy is the hardest one to work with as the bottle is nearly empty. It usually needs 3 coats for full opacity.It's a touch lighter than Endless blue so although its no longer available, Endless Blue is a good choice if you are looking for a vibrant blue. If you prefer a more toned down but still bright  enough to be eye-catching then Hudson Breeze is a great pick.

All 3 polishes are budget-friendly so you really can't go wrong. I believe Sinful Colors cost around €2.49 in boots, NYC cost around €1.99 and Essence roughly the same as NYC although this particular shade is not available. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

13 August 2014

On stranger tides

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A little swatch of OPI On stranger tides for today's post. I know a lot of people don't like the mini OPI polishes but I quite like them. I don't think the price is all that fair for the tiny bottle you get but it's great for testing out colours before deciding if you want the full size version or not. I am tempted to get the mini bottles of the Coca Cola collection. I've heard mixed reviews on it and I really like Today I accomplished Zero but if it's a 4 coater as some people are saying then I'm not going to bother with it. 


Here I have on 3 coats of On stranger Tides. This is a nice dusty green creme. The formula was pretty good on this one. It dried nicely, if a tiny bit streaky but that could be down to the brush that comes with mini polishes. It's not a great brush and the bristles tend to stick out all over the place. It's a pretty colour though, I really like it against pale skintones.

 I wish OPI or China Glaze had gone with a Hobbit themed collection. That would have been amazing! The polish colours and combinations would be endless given the gorgeous scenery and costumes from the films.

Cuti-CLUE-les

12 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Mr Mercedes

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For this weeks theme the prompt is "Inspired by a book" so I get to combine Twinsie Tuesday and a Book Look all in one! So basically nail art and book review all mushed together in one post. This week I decided to go for Mr Mercedes by Stephen King. This book was a huge hit when it came out and it seemed to pop up everywhere I went. I haven't read anything by King before as his older stuff isn't my cup of tea. I do love a good thriller though and this is what Mr Mercedes is marketed as. A huge thanks to Breige for sending me a copy of this! 


Mr Mercedes, so called after driving a Mercedes into a line of people waiting for a jobs fair to open, is targeting former cop Bill Hodges. His aim is to push him further into the pit of depression that Hodges is buried under. In fact his contact only helps pull him from the depth's of despair. Hodges is retired and contemplating suicide when he gets the letter from the killer. Filled with determination to bring him to justice Hodges scrambles to catch the killer before he strikes again. He knows that if the Mercedes killer strikes again it will be even more devastating than his first killing spree.


Mr Mercedes was an unusual book. King tells you who the killer is from the start and I felt that took away from the tale. This was supposed to be a suspense filled action packed novel but I found it to be the complete opposite. It felt dragged out and I didn't enjoy reading it at all. I didn't connect with any of the characters and I felt nothing when they were in danger. A lot of the events that King had included with the aim of shocking the audience were incredibly predictable. In fact his description gives it away immediately so you know what will happen next. I never reveal spoilers so don't worry about that but if you read the book  the burger scene is a prime example of this. 

The ending of Mr Mercedes was an absolute cop out. I was almost disgusted by it to honest. It felt like he was leaving it open for a sequel but it was done in such a half-arsed way.Overall I would give Mr Mercedes  2 out of 5.  It's not a book I would recommend at all, especially not to someone looking for a thriller. 


For my nails I combined the two book covers that have been released for this novel. I have my copy on an e-reader so I don't have a picture of it to show you. I started off with 2 coats of GOSH Holographic. I love this polish and it made me think of a heavy rainfall and the way the light reflects off of it. Then I added on a reverse half-moon using Lac Attack Puddle Jumping (a very appropriate name I though!) and used GOSH Silver as the outline to make it look like an umbrella. For the accent nail I used Sinful Colors Why not and Barry m Blueberry ice cream. The red is Max Factor Red passion. 

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
​ Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

11 August 2014

A kind of colourful colour-block

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Although I am pretty sick of bright nail polish at the moment, I was playing around with the 2 OPI polishes I have from the Brazil Collection and I really liked the result so I thought I'd show it here. I am pretty unimpressed with OPI polishes on the whole but they make some really pretty polishes. I just with the formula was better to justify the extra cost.  I 


 A polish I don't use as often as I thought I would is A-England Tristam. I love holographic polishes, both scattered and linear, but this one just fell a bit flat for me. I'm not sure why because the swatches were beautiful and I wanted it for so long before I finally bought it.  Anyway I have on 2 coats of Tristam. I marked off the nails using striping tape and added OPI Kiss me I'm Brazilian to the lower half and OPI I just can't cope-acabana to the upper half. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

08 August 2014

An abstract accent

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I'm not normally a super dark nail polish wearer day to day. I  like bright polishes and I'd sooner wear something interesting on my nails. In general dark polish are pretty boring in my opinion. Lately though I've really been wanting to wear darker colours. One of my favourite dark polishes is OPI Live and let die. This is such a pretty polish and it looks amazing in the sun thanks to the golden shimmer that runs through it. I have on 2 coats of Live and Let die. The formula is amazing. It's very easy to apply and it dries quickly.


I added on an accent nail just for the sake of it. I went for another polish from the OPI Skyfall collection. I have on 3 coats of The World is not enough. Once that had dried I striped off the nail and added OPI Skull and  Glossbones around the cuticles and Catrice Oh My Goldness to the rest of the nail. I mattified the accent nail and that really helped show off the various polish finishes. I added on a glossy tipcoat to the rest of my nails because Live and Let die really does not look as good matte as it does glossy. The golden shimmer dies away completely. Gloss is best with Live and let die. 

Cuti-CLUE-les

07 August 2014

A refreshing Iced Latte

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This is the base polish I used for the Summer Flower nail art I posted yesterday. Iced latte is from the Nude glam collection. I believe this polish is still available but it's in the new bigger/ugly bottle. I only have 2 nail polishes in the new bottles and I am not a fan! The bottle shape is annoying to store and it doesn't fit in with my other polishes so it makes everything look really messy. I do like that it's a bigger bottle but you are paying for it.  I don't think their colour selection has been all that good lately so I haven't bought any Essence polishes in a long while.


Back to the polish at hand.I have on 3 coats of Iced Latte. The formula is pretty good on this one. Like most of the older Essence polishes you do need 3 coats to get rid of any bald spots and to even it out. It's pretty glossy on its own but a topcoat is always the best option. I don't have a huge problem with Essence polishes chipping on me so I normally get a good few days wear out of them.  

Cuti-CLUE-les

06 August 2014

Summer flowers

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This is probably the happiest manicure I have done for a fair while! It's definitely not me but I loved the way it turned out. I love floral manicures but they rarely come out right when I try them. This is probably the easiest way to do a floral manicure. All you need are some dotting tools, any size will do! I went for the biggest option, it makes the best flowers in my opinion.


I started off with 3 coats of Essence Iced Latte. After giving that enough time to dry I dotted on Catrice Pimp my Shrimp, Barry m Dragon Fruit and OPI Kiss me I'm Brazilian. The Yellow is OPI I just can't cope-acabana. I went for a half-moon design and I think it worked fairly well. The only problem I had (and this happens with most manicures) is my pinky finger. It is so hard to do nail art on it now that it is super short and it looks weird if I use a smaller dotting tool. Very annoying. 


Cuti-CLUE-les

05 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Holographic nails

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This week we had to do hologrpahic nails for the Twinsie Tuesday challenge. I love holographic nails and I had a few swatches done but I think this is more of a fun manicure for the challenge. I don't plan any of my manicures. In general I just pick a few random polishes and go with the flow. Whatever happens, happens. I was on a holo kick lately so this theme could not have come at a better time.


I started off with 2 coats of China Glaze Kalahari Kiss.Once that was dry I added on some striping tape and painted on Colors by llarowe "Beat it" at the side and Color Club "Cloud nine" to the tips.. Then using my dotting tools I added Colors by Llarowe "Smooth Criminal"  and Born Pretty Store #4 to the rest of the nail. I didn't bother with a topcoat in case it messed with the strength of the holo polishes. 

Don't forget to check out the other twinsie tuesday posts linked below!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished


   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Cuti-CLUE-les

04 August 2014

Picnic on the lawn

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Alongside NYC Expert last nail polish in "Hudson Breeze" I was also sent "Picnic on the lawn" from the same range. This is not colour accurate, in person it is a bit darker and not as dusty looking. My camera does not agree with this shade of green in general. This is a polish that will stain your nails so make sure you use a basecoat. I got some polish on my cuticles and skin when I was removing this manicure and it stained my fingers for a good few days after. It's not a pretty look!


The formula on Picnic on the lawn is amazing. It's pretty much perfect in one coat. I always go for 2 coats just to be on the safe side. It dries quickly and it very easy to work with. For a polish that costs around €1.99 you really cannot beat it! So far I have only tried creme polishes from this range and the formula seems consistently good on those. If you come across a stand then check them out. It's pretty glossy on its own so you can bypass a topcoat if you are in a hurry. Overall I'm really pleased with this range, they are well worth a try if you come across them. They have a really pretty lavender polish that I believe is a dupe of Ciate Purple Sherbert for a fraction of the price. 

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**Product was provided for review**

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