Monday, 14 May 2012

REVIEW: Dr Lewinn's Renunail Nail Strengthner

Hey Ladies,

I have tried many nail treatments in the past & most of them were a giant fail whale for me, they promise to strengthen your nails & stop them peeling but mostly they are a glorified base coat. I have had products successfully work on my nails to help them recover after false nail removal but nothing has stopped them peeling … until now (cue dramatic music).

Dr Lewinn's Renunail*, Renunail Sensitive* & Nourishing Oil*
Renunail from Dr Lewinn’s is designed as a post nail extension treatment and whilst I haven’t recently had any falsies on I gave it a whirl as my nails are awful for peeling & as a disclaimer right now I didn’t read the instructions on how to actually use it …

'Apply 2 coats of Renunail onto clean nails and then one coat daily for 5 days. On the 7th day revive and repeat the process three times. Allow your nails to rest for 1-2 weeks between programs.'

Instead of the above, because I wasn’t using it as an intense treatment I used it every time I painted my nails, as a base coat underneath my base coat, it is quite a thin consistency and so dries very quickly, you can also use it over the top of nail polish on the subsequent days after your manicure for a more intense treatment.

Well I can say this right now that it is the best nail treatment I have possibly ever tried, It didn’t take long to work using my method and my nails are stronger than they have ever been not only that they just don’t peel any longer. This is a true feat of greatness as I have only ever found nail treatments to strengthen my nails and then once they reached a certain length they would peel, now no matter how long my nails are they do not peel whatsoever.

Also in conjunction to the treatment I have been using the Nourishing Oil as much as I possibly can, working in an office means I have been able to regularly apply it & not only does this smell great (like Sherbet) it makes your cuticles so soft and protects the skin from snagging (what I call those painful bits of skin)

Together I feel like my nails can take on the world without crumbling to their metaphorical knees!

Cost wise it isn’t the cheapest at £17.50 for 30ml however it will last you a very long time so totally worth it in my opinion, the cuticle oil comes in at £11 and to maintain the results you can use the Sensitive Nude option which doesn't contain toulene and formaldehyde and so if you have sensitive nails a great option costing £12.00.

What are your favourite nail treatments? I’m curious to know whether the ones for brittle nails work & how they work.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Gadget Of The Week: Clearasil PerfectaWash

Hey Ladies,

When I saw an advertisement of this gadget on TV I immediately wanted it, I have seen automatic hand wash dispensers before so when Clearasil released one that automatically dispenses facial cleanser I just needed it.

Clearasil PerfectaWash *
This is seriously cool, you just put your hand under the sticky out bit (Dispenser?) & it makes a funny noise & dispenses a perfectly sized amount to give your face a wash, it's incredibly satisfying I can assure you.

As for the cleanser there are two available choices for the refills, the Superfruit (pink) which keeps your skin clear as well as containing raspberry & cranberry to help the skin looking healthy or the Soothing (green) which helps keep your skin clear & soothes and nourishes.

I've been using the Superfruit option for a few weeks & I can confirm it is gentle enough to use everyday without drying your skin out, it smells nice & lathers up well so if you've got a Clarisonic it would be a good cleanser to use with it, so far my skin has been loving it.

The Face Wash System will cost you £12.99 which includes the refill & batteries and each refill is £4.99 which I think is more than reasonable for a 6 week supply of facial wash, as the doses are measured they do guarantee it lasts 6 weeks! There's a huge part of me that wants to see if once all the cleanser is used up I could fill it back up with my makeup remover & have an automatic dispenser for my makeup remover & another one for the Clearasil cleanser (I have been advised that I shouldn't try it). Either way I will definitely be trying the soothing one once this has run out as I think the system is amazing!

Have any of you tried this or tempted by it? I can't describe the thrill I get every time I wash my face & hear the noise! Sad you say? ... I know!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

REVIEW: Real Techinques Expert Face Brush

Hey Ladies,

I was very excited when I heard the Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman were adding to their line of brushes as I was more than thrilled with my Blusher Brush I purchased a couple of months ago. One brush I'd always had my eye on was the Buffing Brush I'd heard nothing but good things about it but I wasn't keen on purchasing it in the kit which is about £22 as I don't really need any of the other brushes and it isn't available as a single brush, the Expert Face Brush has been released because of so many people having the same mindset as me, it is different from the buffing brush but supposed to offer the same qualities & results.

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Expert Face Brush

"Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation"

I haven't actually purchased it for the application of foundation as I pretty much hate applying foundation with a brush and so this will be used to apply my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder (Review coming soon) as it is an amazing brush to buff powders into the skin or on top of foundation as it is so dense. 
As I haven't got the buffing brush I can't compare the two but the Expert Face Brush seems to be flatter than the buffing brush which makes it a little wider so covers more of your face (I think) other than that I think they're very similar. 

The quality of the Real Technique brushes is fantastic, they're super soft, wash & dry very quickly & retain their shape, I've never seen a stray bristle on my face & the price is very reasonable at £9.99. 

Have you tried both the Buffing Brush & Expert Face Brush & could tell a difference? or any of the Real Techniques line, I am totally hooked!