Tuesday, 26 June 2012

YSL Rouge Volupte Perle #101 Beige Caress & #110 Incandescent Orange Review & Swatches

I've always been fond of YSL lip products and have a few of the Rouge Volupte formula, but if you don't already know the Rouge Voluptes are one of the most intensely pigmented lipsticks out there, so intense in fact you have to be careful and understand that they need to be applied lightly. So since summer is now upon us I wanted a couple of my favourite sorts of colours in a pigmented yet slight a smooth formula which brings me to telling you all about the Rouge Volupte Perle formula. 

These lipsticks come in 15 shades and various textures, both the ones I am showing have an elegant shimmer to them - nothing like a frosty lipstick but it does change the texture slightly. Now, I hate shimmer or glitter in lipsticks and I was quite shocked that I was drawn to these shades but on the lips is just makes your lips look fuller! There are also plain monotone colours within the range. 

Left to Right: #110 Incandescent Orange, #101 Beige Caress

When applying them - they feel like butter in that they have a lot of slip to them and are extremely moisturising. Having said that some of them including #101 Beige Caress have shimmer particles that you can feel on the lip which isn't that comfortable but if you like the colours (like I do) enough then maybe you could get past it. Next is the staying power - the less pigmented shades don't last for a lot of time but the brighter shades like #110 Incandescent Orange show up nice and pigmented and wear like a lipstick (average 4hrs) and leaves a bright stain behind. One thing I am going to address is the price (£23.50)  - yes you can get similar cheaper lipsticks or even better ones bearing in mind one's preference (although I think the original Rouge Voluptes are quite unique) but these are an indulgence, something special, making you feel sophisticated and proud all at the same time. So all in all - as a treat or if there is a colour that you love they are lovely but by all means one can very easily live without them.

#101 Beige Caress is a neutral beige with a goldy peachy sheen and gold shimmer. It's really suitable for the summer 'Bronze Goddess' type look. The shimmer does bother me a little and once the lipstick wears away you are left with a few glittery bits on the lips but I just love the effect on my lips so I'm willing to bear with it.
YSL Rouge Volupte Perle #101 Beige Caress

#110 Incandescent Orange is a bright orange/coral with a gold sheen. This might be a big claim to make but this is actually my favourite orangey lipstick - or maybe it's the kind of orange I'm favouring at the moment. The shimmer in this is much less than #101 and is mainly visible in the centre of the bottom lip making it look fuller. It's such a great summer lip colour - as though it makes you look more tan!
YSL Rouge Volupte #110 Incandescent Orange

The packaging… ahhhhh… some say heavenly, some say to die for - at the end of the day it's just packaging but is undoubtedly B-E-A-UTIFUL. Only think I find a lot of YSL products get scratched and then start looking shabby so I tend to keep them in a separate compartment or in its box - if you guys have more suggestions please let me know!

Go check these guys out next time you're out and about as they might be a better Rouge Volupte formula for you (a little thinner) and you still get the decadent feel of a YSL product.

So guys and gals….What do we think?

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Skincare Routine!

I've finally tweaked my skincare routine to a point where I feel I am in control of it and feel as though using the following products keeps my skin looking its best and improving over time. 

Here's a little summary of my skin...

Skin Type: Dry to Very Dry
Sensitive? Yes 
Skin Concerns: Rosacea on my cheeks & Dehydration
Spots? One here and there from time to time but I tend to lets it take its course (2-3 days) and it disappears.

So now that you and my skin have met, my routine - day and night - is to cleanse, tone, apply a serum, a mask if I feel like, and moisturise.

Left to Right: Nuxe Reve De Miel Face & Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel, MAC Cleanse Off Oil, Clarisonic Mia (Delicate Brush), ByTerry Douceur De Rose Comforting Cleansing Cream

- MAC Cleanse Off Oil (30ml - £7, 150ml - £16): I use this to take off my make up and it works exceptionally, breaking down everything from foundation to waterproof mascara and even lashes! Even though it is an oil (made from a mixture of jojoba seed, evening primrose and olive fruit) it doesn't leave an oily residue once washed off and emulsifies into a lotion like fluid with water. I know people with oily skin who use this and it doesn't bother their skin. Directions: On dry skin, massage where needed and then apply water to wash off.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Face & Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel (400ml - £17, 200ml - £12): Nuxe makes another version of this meant only for the face but as far as I can tell it's the same thing - I think the only different is that this one's bottle is bigger (400ml and the other being 200ml). The cleanser is extremely gentle but effective removing makeup as well (I just prefer to take my make up off first and then cleanse my skin) - it's also nice to use with the Clarisonic as it slightly foaming yet still soap free. It's made out of primarily honey, sunflower and plant oils and therefore has a lovely honeyish smell but not at all overpowering or artificial smelling. It leaves the skin feeling soft and supple and not dry which is why it appeals to me. Directions: Massage or use with Clarisonic on moist skin for around a minute every morning and evening and rinse.

- Clarisonic Mia £120 (Delicate Brush Head £21) : I've been using the Clarisonic religiously for around 7 months now and have seen a huge improvement in my skin regarding its texture, the level of my rosacea and it's clarity. First I thought that using it every day would aggravate my redness and make me break out but I was thankfully proved wrong and I didn't have any problems after cleansing my face - plus the delicate brush head is much softer and gentler than the sensitive one that it originally comes with. Typically I prefer to use the Clarisonic at night and now that I've been using it for a while I feel like I can skip a few days in between as well. I can honestly say that my skin has never felt cleaner and it truly has reduced my redness significantly.

- By Terry Douceur De Rose Comforting Cleansing Cream (£35): This is another cleanser I have on the go at the moment and the only reason I bought it is because it was 50% off and I saw that it was compatible with my skin, otherwise I don't think I would have tried it out. This cleanser also removes stubborn makeup and leaves the skin feeling plumped, soft, moisturised and smooth. Douceur De Rose is infused with white roses and therefore has an apparent rose scent - I can definitely say this feels luxurious but between this and Nuxe, I prefer the latter. For the time being, I'm using this when I'm not using the Clarisonic. Directions: Massage all over skin for around a minute and remove with damp cotton pad soaked with your toner or water.

Nars Hydrating Freshening Lotion

- Nars Hydrating Freshening Lotion (£27.50): This has an extremely refreshing feel and removes any excess dirt you might have missed when cleansing. It also balances your skin and it's water like consistency also has exfoliating properties that preps the skin for moisturising. The toner contains Active Phytoseed Complex, Grape Seed Oil and Aloe and actually keeps my skin hydrated for longer. I also really love the packaging of the product - it's clean looking and has a easy to handle pump. Directions: With a cotton pad wipe all over clean skin.

From Left to Right: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Caudalie S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Iluminator

- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (50ml - £54): I use 4-5 drops of this every night and sometimes even before my foundation. For a full review please click here! I don't think I will ever stop using this serum as it works so well for me.

- Caudalie S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (£29): I recently discovered this in a Glossybox and instantly fell in love! What was unique about this was that is made my dry skin feel relaxed removing any uncomfortable tightness and in my opinion feel like what it should feel like (if that makes sense…) It has a milky thin consistency that is quickly absorbed - the packaging is great too (pump, clear bottle). I've listed the ingredients below if you would like to check through them. Directions: Apply on face and neck after cleansing and toning.

Ingredients taken from Caudalie Website

- Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Iluminator (50ml - £62): I use this typically in the day time when I know I'm not going anywhere for a long period of time or if I am staying home. The reason for this is because it's slightly drying on my face. Having said that it does work to correct dark spots and pigmentation/redness so I tend to place this on the sides of my face and cheeks. For a more in depth review please click here! 

Nuxe Masque Frais Hydratant Refreshing and Relaxing Cream Mask

-Nuxe Masque Frais Hydratant Refreshing and Relaxing Cream Mask (£18): For a while I had been looking for a mask to soothe my dehydrated skin. I like that this is a small tube so I can travel with it and use it on planes when my skin is feeling like the Sahara Desert. The mask is a pale milky colour and quite light in texture but disappears into nothing when applied and sinks in to bring your skin back to life. I've been using this after swimming and it works a dream. I don't even wipe it off after 10 minute like it says to - I just let it sink in and then wash my face whenever I need to after that! I don't use this everyday but when I need my skin to look it's best and am in search for quick results Nuxe Masque Frais Hydratant comes in really handy.

From Left to Right: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF50, Origins Ginzing Eye Cream, La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche

- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF50: I'm so into using an SPF - just because it prevents ageing and in my opinion you should use one regardless if it's sunny or not just because UVA/UVB rays still effect you. I like to use a high factor just to be careful and apply it with or before my moisturiser. I bought this from India - I haven't found it anywhere else so if you know where to get it please let me know! Furthermore - unlike other sunblocks this does not leave a white creamish cast on your face. Instead it absorbs quickly and seamlessly into the skin. Remember to apply it to your neck too! (If your SPF has been opened for more than 6 months it loses its benefits)

- Origins Ginzing Eye Cream (£21): is a pretty popular eye cream around the blogging world and I was first introduced to this by Tanya Burr. The texture is nice and moisturising but not the most moisturising eye cream out there - the cream is tinged pinky in order to neutralise dark under eye circles. I don't have bags under my eyes so I cannot comment on how well it battles them but as for darkness I find it very good to a point where even if I don't get much sleep and use this religiously I wouldn't look like I've got two black eyes. I will finish the pot simply because it does what it says but for my next eye cream I might go for something more emollient - please give me your recommendations. Directions: Apply gently around your orbital bone morning and evening.

- La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche (£16.50): I have bought 3 of these over the last 2 weeks, for everyone in the family as I have converted them to this cream. First of all, it has a pump - which is extremely helpful when it comes to travelling and in sleek, thin and compact so it's easy to cary around. You don't need much of this moisturiser as it's very rich and moisturising so one pump is enough. I've always had problems with keeping my skin hydrated but so far this has not let me down. I use it morning and evening (another thing I like I don't have to have 2 separate moisturisers) and it really keeps my skin in check and creates a great base for makeup. Supposedly Hyrdraphase Intense Riche is La Roche Posay's most hydrating cream and claims to keep your skin moisturised for up to 24hrs - I don't have any complaints so far!
Edit: You could use this as a mask applying a thin even layer all over your face and remove after 10 minutes.

I know this seems like a lot - and I might be overdosing on moisturising products but this is what works for me and feel free to ask me anything about them if you'd like to add something to your routine.

Also, I'd really like to know of products that work for you - because who knows?! They might be better!


Sunday, 17 June 2012

A little Tom Ford and Burberry Beauty: Review & Swatches

My sister came home the other day with lots of makeup goodies from Tom Ford and Burberry so I quickly wanted to tell you about it. Since I've been introduced to Burberry I've loved everything about it - I actually think, it's the best brand if you are more mature as the eyeshadows are bright yet demure at the same time and even the shimmer in their products doesn't look obvious. On the other hand I do like Tom Ford, but only for eyeshadows and lipsticks - plus I find their line to be very overpriced. Having said that his foundations tend to meld into my sister's skin very well - in my case sadly it was a different story.

So, starting with Burberry, she got herself, my mother and I an eyeshadow each and couldn't resist the Limited Edition Summer Glow powder!

Left to Right: Midnight Plum (My sister's), Almond (Mine), Antique Rose (My Mother's)

Top to Bottom: Almond, Midnight Plum, Antique Rose

Almond: A medium brown shade a little less warmer than MAC's Cork. This shade is pretty much matte with a tiny bit of sheen which is actually very flattering. This looks fabulous when blending out darker colours, especially cool ones. I know it doesn't look like much but it seriously transforms an eye look.

Midnight Plum: The beauty of this colour is clear in its swatch. I think I'm going to have to get this for myself because I feel as though for olive skin tones it's the perfect purple/plum. Plus these sorts of colours really compliment brown eyes.

Antique Rose: A rosy mauve colour that looks quite demure once applied. I would pair this with a taupe - might sound strange but I'm thinking of Nars' Limited Edition Duo in Grand Palais where they paired a rosy shade with a taupe and it's actually very easy to create a soft wearable look combining the two.

All the Burberry eyeshadows (£23) that I have tried are very pigmented soft and easy to work with - honestly my favourite luxury brand - for a full breakdown on the texture please check out my previous review here!

Burberry Sheer Summer Glow Natural Highlighting Compact

This powder is incredibly soft, long lasting and blends very easily (£42, 10g) - it does not sit on the skin and accentuate pores so can be used on a wide variety of skin types. Unlike other highlighters Burberry's Summer Glow (mixture of peachy and tan tones) has an extremely muted amount of shimmer that intends to add a glow to wherever you use it. Depending on your complexion you might be able to use the darker quadrants to contour your face but I only think that'll work if you are fair. One can definitely use this as a natural highlight or all over the face if your just want to look a little bit more illuminated and glowy/healthy whilst setting your makeup too. The palette can also be used on the eyes very easily.

Squares swatched separately

Swirled all together

All of Burberry's packaging is really something to look at and they pair attention to every speck of their design. Furthermore, all of their compacts have a magnetic closure.

Tom Ford Cherry Lush

Cherry Lush (£36) is a gorgeous, highly pigmented raspberry red. Tom Ford's lipsticks have incredibly luxurious packaging with a creamy finish that is moisturising but surprisingly very long lasting, on me they last around 5 hours and subsequently leave a stain afterwards. They are very expensive and not something that everyone needs (other higher end brands will do) to have but if you do want to try them - you're not going to be disappointed.

Traceless Foundation - Sable

This colour would be comparable to NC30/35 and dries to a semi matte finish. Traceless Foundation is  Tom Ford's lighter coverage foundation but buildable to a medium coverage, even still not much is needed but make sure you buff it in well so it looks as natural as possible. I would only recommend this if you are looking for something to even out your skin tone. Additionally, I think this would be best suited for combination skin as the texture is consistency and texture is quite normal (not overly luminous or matte) Nonetheless, if looking from the price perspective (£60) I would say it's definitely not worth it as there are many more foundations offering the similar thing for a lot less - e.g MAC Face and Body, Bourjois Healthy Mix.

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen

Tom Ford Illuminating Highlight Pen: Sable Intense (concealer tone), Lavender Voile (pink based)

Another take on Touche Eclat, these clicky pens come in many different correcting shades. The consistency is thicker and offer more coverage similar to Sleek's Luminaire Highlighting Concealing Pen but around about 10 times the price (£40). Having said that they do blend very nicely and Lavender Voile works particularly well at neutralising dark under eyes.

Tom Ford is available here at:
 House of Fraser

Burberry is available at Harrods and Harvey Nichols

Did anything catch your attention?


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

11 Questions Tag!

So a while ago now I was tagged by Indie from Girlie Review to answer her 11 unique questions! There are a couple of rules to it and forgive me for not following them - but I tag all of you and I'll list my unique questions down below!

1.  What is your favorite flower and why?

I love orchids! There are just so elegant and they live a long time and require almost no maintenance so one can enjoy them for longer.

2.  Is there a particular beauty product that you've been dying to try but haven't yet?  If so, why haven't you tried it?

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder really intrigues me and seems to be the perfect contour powder but at £34 it is expensive and I'm currently using either bronzer of Illamasqua's cream eyeshadow in Inhale to contour so once I finish that I probably will invest in the Aucoin one.

3.  Do you have a signature color (e.g. purple eyeshadow, pink lips)?

I think orange is my signature lip colour - and that means anything will an orange tinge. I love how it looks with my complexion and am pretty obsessed. I decided to pick a lip colour since I'm pretty experimental with the rest of my makeup.

4. What do you do when you feel like you're in a rut with your hair?

Go get it shaped. I like the length of my hair and therefore don't do much to change it but I do like to get it shaped professionally so it doesn't look flat.

5.  What is one TV show, book or movie that you secretly love but are embarrassed to admit?

Nothing really - I like all genres (apart from horror) and watch a wide variety of TV. Currently I'm watching Pretty Little Liars, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Supernatural, Drop Dead Diva & Game of Thrones

Movie wise, same opinion I'm currently in the middle of Immortals which I'm actually loving but then again I love anything ancient greek/roman

Books - I'm drawn towards the Mystery genre! 

6.  What makeup trends did you embrace in the past that you now hate so much you've burned every picture of you sporting the look?

I've only been into makeup the way I am now for around a year so can't comment on the trend thing but before when I knew close to nothing, I didn't realise my skin type was dry and always used a matte foundation thinking that's what I needed. I am ashamed today for a long time I looked very powdery LOL. 

7.  What types of perfume scents do you gravitate toward?  Does it change for the seasons?

The staples in my perfume collection are Chanel No.5, Narciso Rodriguez for her and Boss Femme. Other than that I like a couple of ouds that my sister and mother have mixed for me.

8.  What is your favorite type of red lip to wear? (anything from strawberry chapstick to full on lacquer finish fire engine red lip)

I can't wear a full on red lip as I feel too conscience - so for me an orangey red is the way to go - and it can be as bright as possible I don't mind. I like pairing a strong orangey red with a lightish eyeshadow and tons of mascara.

9.  How do you achieve a summer glow?  Do you like a real tan, fake tan, bronzer, abstain completely and hide in the shade?

If I'm looking a little pale I'll use a gradual tan but not really much more.

10.  What was your last beauty product fail?  Did you return it?  If not, why?

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation - I like it but I just thought it would blend in more easily. I didn't return it since you can't return cosmetics in the UK and I make it work by mixing it with other foundations like Makeup Forever HD

11.  How do you plan on having fun this summer (or winter if you're down under)?

I turn 21 this summer so something fun will be planned - just don't know what yet!

My 11 Questions for you!

  1. In your opinion which celebrity has the best makeup?
  2. Do you wear colourful clothes or neutral ones?
  3. Cats or Dogs?
  4. Your favourite holiday destination?
  5. What's the last thing you ate?
  6. What time do you wake up in the mornings?
  7. Your favourite TV shows?
  8. What's one thing you're good at?
  9. What part of history fascinates you?
  10. Name one cuisine you could live on?
  11. What are you most excited for at the moment?

Have fun and please link back your tags, I'd love to read them!


L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow: #23 Black Star, #13 Burning Black Review & Swatches

Top - Bottom: #13 Burning Black, #23 Black Star

The other day I spotted these colours whilst shopping and upon swatching I fell in love! I don't know if they'll be named the same wherever you are but I have a feeling the numbering would be the same. I had seen a lot of hype about these shadows and was also told that they were reminiscent of Giorgio Armani's Eyes to Kill shadows but I don't own any to compare. The texture is like a pressed pigment, they are incredibly soft and pigmented, easy to apply and blendable too. All this for £6.99 and a choice of 20ish colours? Sounds like a dream to me. I wanted to pick up the colours that I didn't have too much of and would look amazing when sporting quite a heavily saturated look. These are designed to be very long wearing which was true on my lids but if you have problems with creasing I would suggest a primer/base.

Make sure you keep these plastic covers pressed on the eyeshadow - otherwise they'll become loose and dry out!
#23 Black Star

#23 Black Star is a lovely rich silverish gun mental with a strong metallic finish that looks foiled when packed onto the lid. I would love to use this with a warm brown like cork or even your bronzer blended out in the crease - the combination should be stunning! 

#13 Burning Black

#13 Burning Black is a dark burgundy/purple with hints of black - it's what i wished MAC's Beauty Marked to be and I'm so glad I came across it. 

Left to Right: #23 Black Star, #13 Burning Black

Left to Right: #13 Burning Black, #23 Black Star

Even though sometimes I get irritated with single eyeshadows as it's not as convenient as palettes I have a feeling that these two are going with me everywhere! The packaging is simple and not overly fussy and the quality is on par with luxury brands. I seriously urge you all if you haven't already to go try them out and let me know what you think!


Friday, 8 June 2012

High on Highlighters! Review & Swatches

In makeup everybody seems to be talking about the glow, dew, radiance - well however you you may refer to it - highlighters add something special to one's look but can be easily overlooked. Having said that - it's become an integral part of my makeup routine since I have very dry skin and I like the dimension that it adds to my face - and if its the highlighter has colour I'll often pair it with bronzer and skip blush. 

Left to Right: Estee Lauder Shimmering Sands, Topaz Chameleon

Shimmering Sands: I like using this as a blush/highlight when I'm a little more tan - it really evokes a sun kissed look.

Topaz Chameleon: Due to its copper tone, this shade wakes up any bronzer - but I use it extremely lightly and sometimes pair it with Shimmering Sands

Both these products have that amazing 'tibrid' gelee texture and are incredibly smooth and pigmented.

Clockwise (ALL MAC): Pearl CCB, Superb MSF, Redhead MSF, Blonde MSF

Pearl CCB: This is a cream colour base meaning it can pretty much be used any where. Pearl is a stark gold and quite an obvious cheekbone highlight - good for going out. My favourite use for this is highlighting the inner corner of my eye and cupid's bow.

Superb MSF: Exact dupe of the highly coveted Estee Lauder Modern Mercury - right down to the texture. It's a great champagne highlight for light to medium skintones and even though it looks extremely metallic it is not so on the skin. 

Redhead MSF: I like this because it's peachy and rosey bronze at the same time and slightly undetectable - the texture isn't the smoothest but nonetheless it is pretty can be used as a blush on fairer skin tones.

Blonde MSF: This is a pinky shimmery colour that I like using as a blush as well - The pink is quite neutral and therefore I think will suit many people. 

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #10

My only liquid highlight and it's worth the insane price - you can mix it with moisturiser/foundation and it gives you instant glow. The shimmer is so fine and sophisticated and is preferred by many makeup artists. Furthermore they have many colours in the range to suit a wide range of skin tones, the colour I have is sort of a peachy gold.

Dior Amber Diamond

This is one highlighter I don't think anyone even needs to talk about mentioning it seems to be enough. Because of its different stripes it suits almost anyone and is extremely smooth and finely milled. I would called this product buildable and therefore suitable for any occasion. Sure you can find dupes for this gold toned and not have to pay the excessive designer price but this is Dior so you are paying for packaging and quality.

Jemma Kidd All Over Radiance Creme Dewey Glow - Rose Gold

I'm surprised at just how subtle this is - if you are warmer toned I would suggest this colour over Ice Gold. The texture is what makes this product - its so smooth, non sticky, long lasting and weightless on the skin. The compact is also slim and the tone is lovely for summer. I've been using this a lot lately and am not surprised at the hype over it in the blogging world. 

Illamasqua Lies

This is by far the softest texture of them all. I would really recommend this for dry skin as it has a lot of slip and therefore I'm not sure how well it would work on oilier skins. Lies is extremely shimmery, pinky toned and almost wet looking so not much of this product is needed. I like it because it's easy to use as it truly does feel like a cream. 

Left to Right: Guerlain Terra Inca, Sun In The City

Terra Inca: So I don't think anyone can disagree that this doesn't look amazing. I really like the colour of this and it can also be used to give a little bit of a holiday look. It is however extremely shimmery and will highlight imperfections so mature skins should stay away. Having said that it's a natural way to add warmth to your face. Terra Inca is from last years collection and I doubt you can find it anywhere now but if you do have it let me know how you use it!

Sun In the City: I've already done a review so you can check it out here!

Left to Right: Armani Fluid Sheer #10, Estee Lauder Shimmering Sands, Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon, MAC Blonde MSF, MAC Redhead MSF, MAC Pearl CCB, MAC Superb MSF, Dior Amber Diamond, Jemma Kidd Rose Gold, Illamasqua Lies, Guerlain Terra Inca, Guerlain Sun in the City

What are you favourites?


NARS Giveaway Winners!

Hello everyone! Thank you all for entering my giveaway - I was seriously overwhelmed by the number of entries! To all who have recently joined Round Cheeks, welcome and I hope I cant meet you expectations with this blog!

So without further ado the winner is……………………….wifelifexo!

Congratulations! I have already sent out an email to you so please get back to me with your address.

To everyone else, the same old stuff - if I could I would give you all a blush! LOL, I mean heck, I've never won a giveaway but there are always more to come.

As always I am open to any requests regarding post ideas and I hope you are all having a great Summer!

Thank you so much for the support!


Saturday, 2 June 2012

Summer Blue Nail Polishes Featuring Dior & NARS Review & Swatches

So right after I tell you all that I'm not a nail polish girl, comes a nail polish post! Typical… Although I can safely say that I have searched for dupes for both these polishes and was not successful so therefore they have made their way into my stash. If you happen to know of similar colours please list them below - especially Dior's polish!

Dior Saint Tropez Vernis (Left)  Nars Thakoon Koliary (Right)

Dior Saint Tropez Vernis (£18)

I'm so in love with this aqua teal blue - it reminds me of a Tiffany box! On the nails it's very flattering as it isn't too dark. The polish is opaque in two coats - but you'll even get away with one since the formula is so easy to work with. Dior has a unique wide brush with a circular tip that fit the shape of the nail bed and therefore easier to apply polish. Out of the two this is definitely my favourite and I think I'll be reaching for this colour a lot from now on! 

Nars Thakoon Koliary (£14)

I really love the whole Thakoon range but this colour stood out to me as I hadn't seen anything like it before. It's a mid tone cyan blue that applies extremely evenly and is perfectly opaque in two coats. This really stands out once worn and in my opinion would suit many people. 

Both these polishes remain on my nails for about a week with a base and top coat - please let me know if you've been drawn to any colours this summer? 
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