Sunday, 21 October 2012

REVIEW: Broadway Nails Real Life Brush-On Gel Nail Kit

Hey Ladies,

Phew what a product name, I have recently removed my gel nails mainly due to not being able to find the time for an infill before a trip to London & after breaking one I popped to Boots one evening after work to pick up a kit & thought i'd review it as I got a few questions on Twitter.

Broadway Nails Real Life Brush-On Gel Nail Kit rrp £13.49
I actually got the kit that has clear tips

'Broadway Nails Pro Glue Manicure Nail Kit comes with artificial nails with a self tab nail tip which makes them easy to apply with precision. Once in place, tabs can be twisted off, leaving the perfect length nail with no filing or trimming needed.
Once nail tip has been applied, use the mistake-proof brush-on gel with self-levelling formula to set on the nails to give a smooth gel finish with no buffing or filing needed. The Broadway Nails Pro Glue Manicure Nail Kit is perfect for beginners.

The application of the nails I found fairly simple, the instructions are easy to follow and the process is a pretty quick one in theory. Glue the tips on, blend the line of the tip, apply gel and follow with the activator and then add another layer of gel and activator. Simples. The gel is self levelling but you need to make sure you are going over the nail evenly otherwise the gel will be thinner in places so they will break more easily. 

As for the 'perfect length' drivel they're not, some people like short nails other people love talons, I am somewhat in the middle so did need to file them a little so you do need to tailor them to how you like them which does take time as does finding the tips to fit your nails, to me there was lack of pinkie nail tips, in fact I didn't find one small enough even on the first application so maybe introducing a kit for people with more petite nails might be an idea.

The overall process does takes longer than press on nails and so if you are in hurry they're probably not the best option but they look a lot more professional and natural but then again the kit is a lot more expensive than press on nails (In the US its like $9 but £13.50 in the UK, don't you just hate that?)

Are they a replacement for salon gel nails? Of course they're not. Strength wise they aren't great, on my second application I ended up applying about 4 coats of the gel to make them more durable but they still didn't last a long time. Wear time is around 5 - 6 days I'd say and so if you're wanting the nails on all the time you're probably better off going to a salon it will ultimately save you time and would end up cheaper as you'd need 2 kits a month which totals £30ish.

Overall I probably wont purchase a kit like this again, I love the look of the nails but they just aren't durable enough for me, perhaps i'm heavy handed as they do break relatively easily but if you have a special occasion or short break & don't like press on nails it is a great option and the kit has successfully seen me through the couple of weeks since I removed my nails until my nail appointment on monday.

Its strange I do recommend this kit to people but don't at the same time, I guess it should come with a warning that it isn't like a salon gel manicure but an alternative to press on nails. If you are going to buy a kit i've included a few pointers below.

My Application Tips
  • The tips have a little ridge where you should glue up to & then with your nail tip meeting the ridge at a right angle push down on to the nails so that the tip of your nail meets the ridge of the tip and it makes sure there are no air bubbles under the tip, this isn't included in the instructions but makes a big difference to the overall appearance.
  • The blending of the tip is an important step if you plan to keep them polish free or use a sheer polish over the top as it can be noticeable underneath the gel, just soak the edge in lots of the cleanser then go at it with the file and it is relatively easy, it is totally skip-able if you want to paint over them.
  • Seriously use a well ventilated room as it is strong stuff, I actually burnt my lungs doing this & was wheezing for a couple of days & also don't bend your head over your hands as it really makes your eyes hurt.
  • I personally found it easiest to apply the gel to a nail & then the activator straight away instead of applying the gel to all the nails then the activator as the activator needs to be applied over wet gel so it saves you having to rush so you can be more precise & make sure the nail is fully covered and even.
Overall it is a good kit to have if you're between nail appointments or you have a special occasion but not one to use long term.

Have you ever tried one of these kits? A few brands do them but i'm assuming they'll all be similar so I don't have any desire to try any others.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Stoptober Review: Vapestick Electronic Cigarette

Hey Ladies,

October 1st saw the beginning of Stoptober and although I'm not a smoker I do have someone close to me which does smoke which I hate and so when I was offered an electronic cigarette for consideration for a review I knew exactly who would be testing it out.
      The idea of Stoptober is that those people who manage to go smoke free for 28 days are five times more likely to stop smoking for good, some people find the easiest way to quit is to go cold turkey however others to need cigarette substitutes which is where electronic cigarettes come into play.

Vapestick Max *

The Review:

'I have tried a few different electronic cigarettes before mainly ones Nicola has bought on websites like Groupon that have been on offer and I used them begrudgingly but always returned to smoking 'real' cigaretts once the cartridges had ran out because they are so expensive to keep buying and you can't just pop down to the shop to get some you have to order them online and wait for them to arrive. In the end it becomes too inconvenient and more expensive than actually smoking, the one difference I noticed with the Vapestick refills is they actually last a long time much longer than any of the ones i've previously tried and I can buy them in my local Tesco which is not exactly the corner shop but easier than waiting for a delivery of a package & estimating when i'll run out to order more.
          Economy terms one cartridge is supposed to be the equivalent of approximately 15 cigarettes and with the average price of 80p per cartridge this method is significantly cheaper than smoking and so switching to the electronic version of smoking in order to eventually cut down & quit doesn't cost you more and so is a motivation not to give in. Also a great thing about going electronic is that you can help wean your addiction to nicotine by gradually using the lower strengths in your refills.
         So i'm currently 20 days into Stoptober with the help of my Vapestick & I haven't missed or craved smoking 'real' cigarettes once, ultimately it's better than smoking, it doesn't smell or cause any people near you to inhale anything that will harm them including my son & the flavours of refills you can buy are strangely nice (the apple one I enjoyed Nicola did not & nearly chocked). The actual kit you will need to buy is an investment as they're not exactly the cheapest of kits but the refills are cheaper than cigarettes so ultimately you will save money & you can't really put a price on your health'

You can find out more about Vapestick here & hopefully if you smoke & never considered using an electronic cigarette to quit you might look further into it.