Little Ondine Fragrance Free Nail Polish: Purple Rain

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might remember my delight at finding a brand of nail polish that doesn’t smell – a migraine sufferer holy grail product! The latest colour I’m test driving from Little Ondine is called Purple Rain.

  
   

In case you’re completely new to the brand, their nail colours are chemical free, scent free and peelable – yep, you can peel it right off. These features make them a must try for people with smell or chemical sensitivities. They’re also great  for those of us who have a child who wants to copy mummy’s nails but wouldn’t be allowed to near traditional polish and remover at such a young age. 

I really like these products but they’re not perfect – it did take several coats with this shade to get the colour pay off I wanted. That said, it did dry very fast so it wasn’t as time consuming as several coats of traditional polish would have been.

   
 

The shade itself I really like – I LOVE purple nails. This is a shade that looks good at any time of the year (is it just me that feels like some nail colours are seasonal??). My problem is that I can’t stop myself picking it off in a day or two; it comes off in such satisfyingly large pieces! To be fair that’s my fault rather than the product’s 😊.

If you decide to invest in some of these polishes make sure to get the clear top coat Secret. It shines up the look of the colour and can be used as a base as well.

Have you tried out the Little Ondine range? 

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Little Ondine Winter Wonderland Set

   
 

Hi Beauty Addicts!  I’ve had even more high pain days than usual this week, so I’m keeping this post relatively brief…I’d like to show you a Black Friday nail polish purchase that I’ve been playing with, before I have to retreat back to the dark again!

I grabbed myself the Winter Wonderland set from Little Ondine – pretty sparkly shades for Christmas 😊. For details of the odourless, peelable formula, check out my last Little Ondine post. 

The Winter Wonderland set includes three polishes: a glittery red (Poinsettia), a sparkle shade with gold, green & red glitter (Mistletoe) and a white/silver shade (Snowflakes). 

   
   

The navy shade in the above pics is Jubilee; the sparkle is provided by Mistletoe from the Wonderland collection. I used 2 coats of Jubilee and 1 of Mistletoe. I love sparkle over dark but tend to avoid it because glittery polishes tend to be a nightmare to get off, but since this brand peels of that’s not a problem. Yay!

   
   

This look was produced by applying two coats of Poinsettia and adding Mistletoe on top. I think this is a really pretty look for Christmas; if it’s a little too glittery for your taste it could be used as a single accent nail on the ring finger. For both of the above looks I added a coat of Secret, Little Ondine’s base & top coat. It’s excellent for increasing wear time and should a little corner of your colour start to peel before you want it to, Secret is very handy for sealing everything in place for a while longer. 

I’m looking forward to trying out the Snowflakes shade; I think it’s going to be gorgeous over a deep purple base.

Do you have particular nails looks that you like for Christmas time?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

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Little Ondine Nail Polish: An Odourless + Peelable Favourite!

  

I always think it’s a good sign when a blogger reviews a product line for the first time then continues purchasing & using the products afterwards. I have used Little Ondine nail polishes many times since my first post & I’m wearing a newly purchased shade right now, I thought I’d take the opportunity to show it you guys 😊.

   
 

The navy blue shade is called Jubilee and the base & top is Secret. But first things first; here are the reasons I have become obsessed with this brand:

  • The formula is totally odourless! This is a huge deal for people like me who live with Chronic Daily Migraine; most of us are sensitive to fragrances and they can actually trigger physical pain.
  • It’s peelable. When you want to change colour you can literally peel it off, usually in one whole nail shaped piece!
  • These polishes contain no chemicals. This isn’t usually a deal breaker for me but if a chemical free alternative exists and works well then I’ll go for that. The formula is made up of natural resins, organic colourants and water.
  • The formula dries fast; always good when it comes to nail products.

   

 

This specific shade is a winner for me. Rich navy blue shades are a favourite that I return to again and again. It’s an elegant alternative for those who find black a little too stark. Two coats of Jubilee was enough to get the coverage I wanted.

This was the first time I’d used Secret and I used it as a top coat. The formula peels off so cleanly that I haven’t found it necessary to use it as a base coat yet. Secret provided a little extra shine & does help length wear time in my opinion. It can also be used every couple of days to revive your colour in the same way a traditional top coat would.  
  

I really don’t have anything negative to say about these nail polishes; they are fabulous. The formula is different to traditional varnish of course so it may take a little getting used to – working with resin means you have to keep an eye out for air bubbles in a way you never really had to before. That’s a small price to pay for the odourless & peelable gorgeousness of these products though! 

Have you tried Little Ondine polishes? What did you think?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

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Trying New Things: Lavender Body Oil from acuRegen

  

Bizarre as it sounds, I’d rarely used an oil for body or bath until this Lavender Body Oil from acuRegen arrived in the post. I’ve always been wary of them; I assumed that all oils would have such strong fragrances that my Chronic Daily Migraine brain would protest (that’s never good).

I agreed to trial and review this one though  because I actually like the smell of lavender when it’s natural, as opposed to chemically produced scents which can act as a trigger. Soaking in hot water is soothing for my Fibromyalgia related aches too so I took the opportunity to use this produce both as a body moisturiser after showering and as a bath oil by adding a couple of drops to the running water.

  

As a bath oil I found this product to be easier to use than the one I tried previously. The bottle instructions tell you to use one or two drops while running the bath. The pump dispenser actually dispenses a decent size drop at a time which is more important than you might think; the last oil I tried had to be poured straight from a small hole in the top, making it hard to avoid pouring too much product and turning bath time into a big slippery mess!

The fragrance of the oil in the bath was noticeable but mild when using two drops. You could add an extra one or two if you felt so inclined but I wouldn’t; using the directed amount made my skin feel smooth but not greasy. 

  

I was a bit sceptical about using the oil directly on my skin as I wondered if the fragrance might be overpowering. Actually I’m glad I tried it – the fragrance is obviously stronger than when it’s used in the bath but it settles very quickly into a soothing scent that I find pleasant. And most importantly, my broken brain didn’t object at all; yay!

I applied the oil while my skin was still damp straight after bathing and I was really impressed with how soft & smooth my skin felt afterwards. There was no greasy residue to be patted away with a towel as I experienced with the other oil I tried. A little goes a long way – I used two drops (pumps) per leg & arm and that was plenty. I used it on my legs after shaving and despite my skin being a little sensitive, there was no stinging or anything unpleasant. 

I’m glad I took a chance on this product. It’s nice in the bath but excellent as a body oil applied directly to damp skin. It can also be added to your favourite body lotion if you’d like. What with my chronic pain conditions keeping me house & bedbound so much of the time, I appreciate nice products that feel like a treat & don’t upset my brain. The lavender fragrance is definitely soothing if I’m forced back to back to bed with the pain, as I always am at some point during almost every day. It isn’t unusual for me to have a bath/shower and a change of clothes just to feel fresh before I head back to bed (it’s a strange life I live at the moment). I have read that lavender is supposed to help you feel relaxed and is often used in the form of linen spray to aide restful sleep. I can see now how that might be true! 

This brand is almost new to me (I received a product of theirs in a beauty box a while ago but haven’t reviewed it individually yet).  I decided to trial & review the Lavender Body Oil before taking a glance at their website; I didn’t want to be in any way influenced & aimed to write an honest review based solely on my experience of the product. I’ve just checked the price – £32.99 for 100ml. That’s a significant price tag! In all honesty that’s far more than I’d usually spend on a bath/body product. But having used the oil, I’d be happy to put this product on my Christmas/Birthday wishlist. I’m also going to check out the acuRegen website in more depth & see what other goodies they have 😊.

Have you tried oils for body or bath? Are there any floral scents that you love or loath?

Wishing you good luck & happy,

Kindra x

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Natural/Organic Skincare: Body Butter from Bear’s Beauty

  

You may remember that I was recently sent some goodies from Bear’s Beauty to trial & review – check out the original post here if you missed it. I’ve been using the products for a while so today I’d like to share my verdict on the Body Butter in Vanilla.

  

Jerra from Bear’s Beauty (based in Georgia, U.S.) sent me some goodies to try after watching one of my YouTube videos. In the video I talked about the importance of fragrance for people like me who live with Chronic Daily Migraine (or indeed the more common Episodic variety). Certain smells can be a nasty trigger for some of us. For me it is often artificial or overly-chemical type smells that upset my already broken brain. So, let’s talk about the fragrance of this body butter. Although it has some Vanilla in it, this product’s fragrance is lovely but low key. Some butters are so potent that it feels like rubbing perfume into your skin & my brain can’t handle it. This Bear’s Beauty offering smells nutty and just a tiny bit sweet; a fragrance that I like & one that doesn’t make my head hurt – yay!

  

The ingredients list on this product, like all Bear’s Beauty items, illustrates the brand’s focus on natural & organic ingredients. The products are hand made to order. I’m not usually too focused on the products I use being made with natural/organic elements, but I was interested to see how they would perform in comparison to main stream products.

This Body Butter has been very enjoyable to use. I like the consistency; it’s quite thick but rubs into the skin nicely. While the Shea butter defines the texture, the added natural oils can really be felt and add to the richness of the product. My skin feels soft and smooth after using it but not greasy. It takes slightly longer to rub into skin than body oils I have tried, but I’m ok with that as I don’t like the greasy film type feeling that some oils leave behind.

  

If you’ve never used a product with raw Shea butter as it’s base, you might be startled by the odd texture of the top layer of product (as above). Don’t panic – that’s how the product settles. Underneath that thin layer the product is much smoother. You can scrape it off but I’m inclined to use a clean cotton bud to give the top layers a gentle stir instead. 

I really like this product; it smells gorgeous and feels luxurious on the skin. For me it’s a great alternative to mainstream butters, some of which are too perfumed & too thin for my taste. If you’d like to check out the rest of Jerra’s beauty/skincare range, click here.

Have you tried raw shea/cocoa butter products? Do you prefer natural and/or organic ingredients in your beauty products?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

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