Revlon Diamond Top Coat

A good top coat is one of those beauty products that tends to be an unsung hero; they aren’t as glamorous as much a hyped highlight or eyeshadow palette but finding a good one is a little beauty blessing. I’m very much enjoying this Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat from Revlon so I though it deserved a quick post.

I was pleased to receive this top coat in my October Glossybox as I had almost run out of my previous bottle from Sally Hansen. There are so many top coats on the market to choose from and I’ve never loved one so much that it became a regular repurchase.

That said, I intend to buy another of this product when I run out. I like the double brush design; I can cover my entire nail with one swipe if I’m trying to be quick.

The finish this top coat creates is super glossy and long lasting. The formula is slightly thicker than most top coats I’ve tried but it doesn’t take any longer to dry. I’ve found that it helps keep my nails shiney and ‘just painted’ looking for a good 5-7 days, bearing in mind that I like my nails to look really glossy.

This photo shows my nails in serious need of in-fills (I have a layer of acrylic on top of my natural nails) and the top coat is doing any excellent job of distracting attention away from the shabbiness of my nails, with the cunning use of glossiness. This is very useful when I’ve been too unwell to get to the nail place regularly; let’s face it, that’s the case all the time these days.

So if you’re browsing the drugstore for your next top coat, I recommend giving this ago – what’s not to like about a top coat that’s glossy and keeps your nails look freshly ‘done’ for longer?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

Follow me on Instagram.

Tweet me – @chroniccockney.

Note – this is not a sponsored post. All products discussed were purchased with my own money.

Advertisements

Nicka K 24hr Waterproof Eyeliner: Review

I did it again! I hit publish when I meant to schedule! I blame the addled Migraine brain – this is the complete post.

Every now and then, a beautiful thing happens; a product will turn up in my monthly Glossybox that is exactly what I’ve been looking for. That’s what happened with the Nicka K  24hr Waterproof Eyeliner.

 

One of the things that makes this product perfect for me is the colour. I’ve wanted a dark brown eyeliner for some time but hadn’t gotten around to buying one, so when this one turned up in my February box I was very pleased.

If I’m lining my top lids, I tend to use a black liquid liner. Before my Migraine mutated into Chronic Daily, this was an essential part of my makeup for work every day. These days the liquid liner thing is kept for those glorious & rare occasions when I can concentrate long enough to do it properly. I do like to use a pencil on bottom lids though; I know some beauty gurus advise against it, saying that it makes eyes look smaller etc but I don’t care 😜. For me it just makes my ‘I feel really bad but I’m trying to hide it’ makeup look a little more finished.

   
 

This eyeliner really stays put – not a single flake of brown wandered away from where I put it. It has a smudger at the end which I always like. The smudger on this eyeliner is a little hard, which was weird the 1st time I used it but I’m used to it now. 

   
 

As you can see from the above pics, it really is a dark brown shade. If you want a dark brown that won’t shift until you remove it, I totally recommend this one.

Do you have a favourite eyeliner pencil?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

Tweet/follow me – @chroniccockney

I’m also on Bloglovin 😊

Note: this is not a sponsored post.

February Glossybox 1st Impressions 

It’s always a treat when my Glossybox arrives each month. Amongst the bills, medical letters and assorted crap that is delivered to our door, Glossybox is a little ray of beauty light. 

  

The box design this month is adorable. I’m not remotely interested in Valentine’s Day; I don’t hate it, I’m just indifferent, always have been (in this regard I’m low maintenance!). But this box is understated and pretty – a winner in my opinion 😊.

  

So let’s look at the individual products in this box. The slanted tweezers from The Vintage Cosmetic Company are utterly gorgeous – they have a retro floral vibe going. I like to receive the occasional beauty tool and tweezers are a fairly safe bet as the majority of us use them either for the whole eyebrow shaping thing or just to tidy up stray hairs. I hope this pair is as effective as it is pretty 😊.

  

The Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor may not be the most exciting product to ever appear in a beauty box but personally I’ll be keeping and using it. I’ve used razors from this range before and really liked them. I said “oh good” when I spotted it which may mean I have very boring beauty taste 😜. It’s a handy product for a Spoonie (person with Chronic Illness) though; it’s really quick to use & legs are nice and moisturised afterwards.

  

The MUA Power Pout Glaze Low Voltage Gloss (seriously, that’s more of a paragraph than a product name!) looks like a cute product. At this time of year I’m all about the lipliners and lipsticks but when summer rolls around I can see me reaching for this gloss. The nude shade I got looks easy to wear & should work on most skin tones.

  

I’m looking forward to playing with the Nicka K 24hr Waterproof Eyeliner. I’ve been thinking recently that I should get a brown eyeliner for my bottom lashes for a softer look than black and now I have one 😊.  I like the beauty blender style sponge from this brand so I’m interested to see how their eyeliner performs.

  

The Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner seems like a useful product. Personally hair products aren’t my favourite beauty box items (I prefer skincare) but this one is a generous size and it should suit most types of hair. I’ll happily try this product out.

  

Although the combined RRP on this box isn’t as quite as high as it has been on past boxes, it still represents good value for money. I really like  the range of product types in this box and can see myself using them all.

What did you think of February’s Glossybox? What’s your favourite beauty subscription box?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

Follow me on Bloglovin.

Tweet/follow me here.

Check out my YouTube channel.

December Glossybox: The Rose Gold Edit

To say that my December Glossybox arrived just as I was leaving for my Botox appointment makes my life sound soooo much more glamorous than it is. Nonetheless, it’s true. I was off to my 3 monthly Botox treatment for Chronic Migraine and not looking forward to it at all, as usual; the 30+ injections into scalp/neck/forehead/temples are really quite painful for me at the moment. So it was nice to have a treat waiting for me when I got home.

    

The box itself is very pretty and festive this month, without a snowman or Santa in sight. I’m always a fan of the special boxes but I particularly like this one; sooooo pretty & perfect for the glowy theme this month. 

  
 

This month’s box is the Rose Gold Edit produced in collaboration with blogger Really Ree.There are six products rather than the usual five with a combined value of over £50; Glossybox is always good value for money. 
  

The etre belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll-On is an eye product aimed at making you look more fresh & awake by soothing & hydrating the delicate skin around the eye. My tiredness from illness tends to show under my eyes so I’m looking forward to trying this; it will be a handy product for people to use over the festive season when we’re all guilty of burning the candle at both ends sometimes.

The So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil is not a product I’d pick out for myself but now I have it I’ll definitely play with it – that’s what I love about Glossybox! I usually choose silvery/pale shimmery pink highlighters but I’ll happily get my gold on & see how it turns out.

  

A product that I definitely would have chosen for myself is the Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects polish. I love all things purple, especially nail polish & you can’t go wrong with a little glitter at this time of the year! Some bloggers don’t like receiving cheaper ‘drugstore’ products in their boxes. I don’t mind at all – I can afford to replace the product when it runs out or snap up different shades 😊. Keep an eye out for an individual review of this product soon.

Speaking of drugstore gems, the next product is an Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off. I’m a HUGE Essence fan since I fell in love with one of their polishes that came in my Glossybox back in June. This shade is ideal for the party season & in my opinion the shade of red is on the bright side but should suit a range of skin tones. 

  

A product I’ll definitely trial is Hylamide Pore Delete. Apparently it can be used as the last step of your skincare routine if you’re going foundation free or after liquid foundation but before powder. If it performs the mattifying & blurring magic it claims to I’ll be delighted! My pores are not my friends so I’m always keen to try out products to help calm or blur them.

  

I’m excited about this final product too – StarSkin Calming Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Facial Mask. This mask seems to suit my skin type perfectly and I’ve seen some great reviews but it’s not cheap so I’m pleased to be able to try it out before buying separately. I fight an ongoing battle with my shiny t-zone so if this helps I’ll happily invest in a supply of these masks!

  

I’m really pleased with my box this month, in fact it’s my favourite since the French Edit back in July. The skincare items are all suitable for my skin type and with a nail polish & a lip product included too, the mixture of product types is great. Well done Glossybox & Really Ree 👍🏼 

Did you get a Glossybox this month? What did you think? 

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

Follow me on Bloglovin.

Tweet /Follow me here.

Check out my YouTube Channel.

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. I pay for my Glossybox subscription & all opinions are my own.

Limited Edition NARS Glossybox – 1st Impressions

  

It’s confession time again here at ‘Chronic Pain Cockney – The Little Things’: I have never owned or used a NARS product. I’ve had their Audicious Lipstick in Anna on my wishlist for sometime but have never quite felt justified in spending £24 on one lipstick. When I heard about the NARS/Glossybox collaboration, I decided I’d do my best to get my hands on one & explore the brand a little. I was lucky to manage it; this box sold out in 27 minutes flat. I was having a horrible day pain-wise, so much so that I missed an important hospital appointment that morning. But the silver lining on that rubbish day was that I managed, from my horizontal in the dark position, to squint at my iPhone with one eye open long enough to quickly order my box as soon as they went on sale. A little beauty-themed high point in a day that was mostly about rocking with pain & throwing up. I’m such a glamorous, sexy blogger 😜.

Let’s start from the outside with this limited edition box of loveliness:

   
 

Products aside, the thing I like about this box is the attention to detail. The box itself has a decadent vibe going on before you even open it. As part of the monthly subscription, it’s not unusual to receive a box featuring art work from a particular designer/beauty guru. These tend to be gorgeous; I often use them as backdrops for blog photos. However, I’m glad this box design erred on the understated side. The black matte finish is lovely & just right in my opinion.

The aforementioned attention to detail extends to the the packaging inside – who doesn’t love black branded ribbon?! 

  

  
  

The following products are included, each in their own individual boxes (matte black everything!):

  • Audacious Mascara
  • Larger Than Life Longwear Eyeliner in Via Veneto
  • The Multiple in Orgasm
  • Blush in Orgasm 
  • Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

The product packaging is sturdy & stylised as you’d expect from a brand in this price range (did I mention that everything is matte black?! 😜 love it).

   
   

The products are a decent size. I expect to be able to trial them for a good while before reaching any conclusions on how I feel about the brand & whether it is worth the higher end price tags. This is the only beauty box I’ve ever bought that I genuinely think I’ll use all the products from. I think the colour choice for the blush, Multi & Lip Pencil are spot on – the Orgasm shade is something of a cult classic now so I’m looking forward to trying it out & seeing what all the fuss is about. I think the Lip Pencil in particular is a dusky rose type shade that will work on most skin tones & looks perfect for this time of year.

   
   

Overall I’m pleased with my box. I think the products have been carefully chosen to appeal to pretty much everyone. From a personal preference point of view I’d have liked a matte lip product rather than satin but I’m still looking forward to trying out all of products. For someone who is largely stuck indoors, a box of quality treats to try out delivered right to me is a fabulous thing. I was stuck in bed for a couple of days before I was able to open my box & it was a lovely treat to look forward to. The next time I leave the house, I’ll be test-driving  at least a couple of these gorgeous products!

Are you a NARS fan? What’s your favourite NARS product?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

Follow me on Bloglovin.

Follow/Tweet me here.

Check out my YouTube channel.

November Glossybox: 1st Impressions

  

It’s that time of the month again when my Glossybox turns up at my door, bringing a little beauty themed joy to my day. If you’re a regular reader of this blog or have watched any of my YouTube videos, you’ll know that my life is currently dominated by chronic pain (Chronic Daily Migraine & Fibromyalgia -they’re as fun as they sound); it’s lovely to receive this monthly treat in the post. Makes a nice change from bills & medical letters! Without further ado, let’s jump straight in to looking at what the pretty pink box contained this month.

  

Out of the 5 products this month, 3 are full size and the other 2 are decent travel sizes; not bad at all for £10 + £3.25 p&p. The product I was exited about in advance is the Revlon Lustrous Lipstick:

  

For the first time, subscribers were informed in advance that one item in the November box would be this lipstick & were given a choice between 4 shade options. I went for pink shade ‘Tea in the Afternoon’ & it looks lovely. Being able to select a shade in advance was great but I also like the fact that there was an option to leave the choice up to the Glossybox packers, for those who prefer to live dangerously 🙂 I haven’t worn this lipstick yet but have conducted the sniff test (migraine brain doesn’t like strong smells) and I can’t detect any fragrance at all – yay! I’m expecting decent wear time from this product; this range is popular for good reason.

   

 

The full size MUA Eyeshadow Palette is a nice addition to this month’s box. The colours look perfect for this time of year. As gorgeous as it is, I don’t currently use eyeshadow beyond a pale nude below the brow line / inner corner of eye to brighten. Getting Botox treatment for my condition sounds like a perk of Chronic Life but actually it’s pretty rubbish – 32 injections around head & neck, you’d think I’d look 10 years younger, right? Noooooo. Botox has in fact caused VERY puffy eyelids, absolutely killed my eyeshadow game (I can still apply liquid eyeliner if I’m careful, so not all is lost!)

It’s nice to see a larger palette being included; I’m sure eyeshadow lovers will enjoy playing with these green/taupe/teal shades. I’m gazing at it wondering if I should crack it open & experiment one more time with eyeshadow post-Botox…

  

The Royal Apothic Body Lotion is a product that should be a handy little indulgence for most subscribers. I love body lotions & butters and will certainly try this one out. The packaging has a gorgeous old-fashioned and distinctly British vibe, which is not surprising as the American founder of the brand found his initial inspiration in the form of an old apothecary volume in a Notting Hill bookshop. 

This product is a nice size in my opinion; a travel/hand bag size that will last a good while so you can really trial it before deciding whether to invest in the full size. I know I should be less obsessed with packaging, but I can’t help looking at this product & pondering how gorgeous a collection of similarly themed items would look on a dressing table 😍.

Similarly, the Eylure Naturalites false lashes are bound to be popular. I don’t use false lashes these days, but that’s mainly down to my conditions keeping me largely housebound right now. Most of my ventures into the outside world tend to involve visits to medical venues, so falsies might look like overkill! These lashes are exactly the type I would have chosen for going out back in the day though; full enough but not over the top. I think I’ll hang on to them in the hope that I’ll be well enough to wear them again some day in the not-too-distant future 😊.

  

I was really pleased to find the Emite Makeup Diamond Heart Primer (Illuminating) in my box. I LOVE trying out new primers. Admittedly I tend to buy ones with ‘mattifying’ or ‘oil control’ in the name, as I’m scared that anything else might make me even shinier. But since this illuminating one has arrived in my Glossybox, it would be rude not to give it a try! I tend to have an open mind re. primers, mostly because I’ve tried some cult classics that turned out to be useless & some inexpensive, sometimes unfamiliar brands that turned out to be suprisingly good! This brand is new to me so I have no preconceived ideas about quality; if it turns out to be fabulous I will of course write it a post of it’s very own.

  

Overall I’m pleased with this month’s Glossybox. It’s a nice mixture of brands I’m familiar with & some that are new to me. The combined of RRP of the included products isn’t as high as some months but you’re still getting value for money. The travel sizes are pretty generous in my opinion, especially when compared with those included in other subscription boxes in this price range. While it’s nice to get smaller versions of high end products, I don’t mind receiving drugstore products sometimes; at least if we like the product, more of us can afford to buy it in the future! 

If you’d like to give Glossybox a go, you can check out their website & subscribe here.

Do you have a favourite subscription box?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

Follow me on Bloglovin.

Tweet/follow me here.

Check out my YouTube channel here.

This is not sponsored post; the products discussed were purchased with my own money.

Box Trials: Glossybox October 2015

   
 

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m on a mission to find my favourite beauty box. Being largely housebound & stuck in bed much of the time, it’s a lovely treat to have makeup & skincare goodies delivered to my door. When I’m getting giddy & excited over what’s in my box this month, for that window of time I’m just like all the other ladies out there; I forget for a little while I’m pretty isolated from the rest of the world.

  

Glossybox was actually the first subscription service I tried; I’ve been getting a box each month for about 6 months now. Let’s jump right in to my first impressions of my October Glossybox…

  
  

All 5 products this month are full size and this collection of items is worth an impressive  £62. I’ve found Glossybox to be great value for money even when it’s not a ‘everything full size’ month; you always end up with products that are worth far more than the £10 + £3.25 p&p you pay for the box.

  

October’s products are:

  • Lanolips Golden Ointment Dry Skin Salve – This is a really useful kind of product to have all year around but especially handy (IMO) for massaging into dry heels before putting snuggly socks on during cosy Autumn nights in.
  • Talika Photo-Hydra Day – I usually use gel type moisturisers for my comb/oily skin but my skin can need a little extra input when the central heating time of year rolls around or when I’ve been too ill to pay my skin much attention for days. So this product is most welcome 😊.

  

  • Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara – I love trying out new mascaras! I love Younique Moodstruck 3D lashes but am always on the look out for a traditional mascara to use when I haven’t got the energy to apply 3+ coats of product.
  • So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil – I don’t often use this type of highlighter but I think it’s going to be ideal for highlighting just under filled eyebrows 👍🏼.
  • Nicka K Airbrush Blending Sponge – believe it or not, I’ve never used a blending sponge. Looking forward to taking this one out for a spin!

  

The Verdict:

Overall I’m really pleased with my Glossybox this month. These are all products I’m looking forward to trying. I almost bought the blending sponge myself recently; I’m glad I didn’t now! What I particularly like is the balance of skincare & makeup in this box – there’s something for everyone here. I’m especially excited to test drive the Jelly Pong Pong mascara and the So Susan Highlighting Pencil.

If you’re thinking about signing up for a subscription box but aren’t sure which one to go for, I’d definitely recommend Glossybox. You can sign up for a rolling monthly plan if you’d like the option to cancel at anytime or treat yourself to a 3/6/12 month plan in advance (see website for details). Also the boxes are gorgeous & make excellent homes for hair accessories,  lipsticks or whatever you fancy!

Do you have a favourite subscription box?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

‘Chronic Pain Cockney – The Little Things’ is also on Bloglovin 😊

Follow/Tweet me here.

Check out my YouTube channel here.

Box Trials: Blogger Beauty Box.

Box Trials: Lip Monthly.

This post is not sponsored. Products reviewed in this post were purchased with my own money.

WordPress.com.

Up ↑