Fuschia experiment

The sun is finally emerging in the UK so flower shades are in order. I still can’t think of hot pinks but this fuschia is helping me bridge the seasons.fullsizeoutput_66c6

This is a real cheapie peel off – MRO, shade 25 – which I found on ebay.  It’s supposedly a 3-in-1 product, no need for base or top coat;£3.55 apiece, including postage.

BUT I didn’t feel it worked well on its own.  For a start there were no instructions and those sent by the seller, after I’d asked, referred to soak off rather than peel off.

I gathered that 60 seconds was the curing time and realised that there was no sticky residue to wipe off after application.

The two coats I applied left my weak nails feeling fragile; the shine was gone after 24 hours and the tips began to chip. Because the gel was so thin – just two coats instead of four – it wouldn’t peel off an entire nail and I was forced to chip, peel, chip till it was gone.  However, there was no staining on the nails.

The photo shows my second application where I used a dual base and top coat from Bluesky in conjunction with MRO.  The nails feel much stronger but some tips have chipped already.

UPDATE 5/6/2017

This sandwich application was also difficult to remove.  I then tried base coat, layer of Bluesky, layer of MRO, top coat.  Watch this space…

 

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Everyday sheer cover-ups

Having used a variety of tinted moisturisers for many years, I’m always on the lookout for the perfect one.  I like the texture and cover of most but have trouble finding the right shade.  There was a Dior – Hydraquench, I think – which had a great feel but one shade was too tan, the next too light.  I mixed them in a little pot but it was messy, and expensive buying two in quick succession.

Tops recently for me are:

  • Diorskin Nude BB Creme (Shade 003)
  • Chanel Les Beiges Tinted Moisturiser (30)
  • Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser (Warm Radiance).

I love the glow from the LM, but this shade is a touch golden in the UK in May with me still pale after winter – so I’m putting it by for summer.

I tried to buy Les Beiges when passing through my local airport a few days ago and found that Chanel had withdrawn it – but it’s being reintroduced shortly, presumably after customer outcry.

fullsizeoutput_668eInstead, I was introduced to Chanel Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup.  Compared with moisturisers, this is more liquid (you have to shake before use). Though I’ve not used ‘foundation’ as such for decades, this has a lovely light feel with a silky, sheer finish and was available in ‘my’ shade, 30.  Plus it was a bargain (!) at £24 in the tax free shop.