OPI Big Apple Red

This is a classic red nail polish that goes on very smoothly. It almost covers in one layer but I like to use two.  It looks quite orange based in my pictures, but in sunlight it’s a true red.  It’s actually rather bold. I know my mother, who absolutely adores red polishes, believes Big Appl Red to be her all time favourite.

It’s also very glossy, and the colour is growing on me. But I’m still not a converted red fan.

Anybody got any favourite reds they can recommend?

Glesni x0



Review: T-Zone Nose Pore Strips

I have large pores, that occasionally get a bit icky. But they are nothing compared to the blackheads on my boyfriend’s nose. I buy pore strips simply because I know how he likes to sneek into my drawer and use one. That’s not to say they are exclusively his, as I enjoy using them too.

You get 6 stipes in a packet and they’re designed and shaped to fit your nose. These ones don’t quite fit properly on my nose, but sit really well on my boyfriend’s.

You need to apply the strip to a clean, wet nose. I find it best to use them after a hot shower as the steam opens the pores nicely. You peel the backing off the stip and gently press it onto your nose. Leave it for 10 minutes until it hardens. It will become stiff and you’ll have to pull from the edges. It’s not painful.

I use them when my pores become clogged, rather than routinely like my boyfriend who finds them best to be used fortnightly. They work well to pull out most blackheads, but the really stubborn ones stay.

You can get 6 nose pore strips for £5.06 at Superdrug.

Glesni x0


Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Check out my latest post comparing the healthy mix foundations – A healthy obsession?

After re-organising my makeup drawer I realised I had three bottles of this foundation. I’ve repurchased quite a few times, which must mean that there’s something special about this foundation.

Luckily enough the three bottles that I own are different shades, so I can give you a good overview of some of the lighter shades in the range. I have 51 Vanille Clair, 52 Vanille and 53 Beige Clair. Clearly 51 is my most used, mainly because it’s the lightest shade and suits me really well during the colder, less sunnier months. When I begin to tan, I move straight on to 53 Beige Clair. I’m not sure why I have 52 Vanille as it’s not a great match at all, but I do use it to mix in with the other foundations.

This foundation has a wonderfully creamy consistency without being runny, and it smells incredibly fruity. It claims to give you a perfectly glowing complexion and toned skin. It does contain a bunch of fruit extracts, from apricot to melon and apple that help the skin as they’re anti-oxidants and provide hydration. Which makes this a great foundation for anybody with drier skin.

It does have a dewy, glow finish, not the best I’ve ever used but it’s definately not matte. A medium coverage foundation, it doesn’t cover the worst of red spots but it does even skintone and doesn’t sink into my large pores.

From top to bottom, it’s 51 Vanille Clair, 52 Vanille and 53 Beige Clair. There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between 51 and 52, but I can assure 52 is pinkier and ever so slightly darker.


For £9.99 it’s a great, easily available foundation that does what it says on the bottle.

Glesni x0


April Glossybox

So after a long delay with dispatching over the Easter Break, April’s Glossybox has arrived! It’s got to be one of my favourite boxes. April’s theme is the “Natural Beauty Box” which I like. It also means I have collected quite a few different limited edtition coloured boxes from Glossybox over the past few months.

The contents is all eco-friendly, and even the box that the products come in is recycled. Most of the products inside are organic, or at least deemed to be natural.

This is what was inside my Glossybox. Intially I was excited to see a Caudalie product, and the Figs & Rouge balm as I’ve always wanted to try these products. But to my dismay I have received yet another shower/body wash. This time a full sized sample, but I’ve still got all of the shower samples I’ve received in the past 5 boxes in rotation in the shower. A girl can only have so much room for shower gel! In comparison the perfume oil sample from Kai is absolutely tiny! I understand that it’s the most expensive of all the items in the box if you were to buy it full-sized, but really? The container wasn’t even half full.

Here’s a full rundown as to what was inside.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum
I’m really excited to try this product, as I’ve heard so many great reviews about the Vinosource range from Caudalie. I’m hoping to write a full review for this product.

Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Eyeliner
The eyeliner in my Glossybox is Coco, a deep brown. A lovely classic everyday colour. I’ve also got the black version of this which I received for free with Marie Claire magazine a while back. It’s very soft and doesn’t drag. Quite smudgy though.

Figs & Rouge Balm
Mine is the ‘Rambling Rose’ scent, which is too perfumed to use as a lip balm. But it’s great for cuticles and other dry patches (elbows) that need looking after. It’s a full sized product.

Ayuuri Body Wash
Bit gutted that I’ve received yet another shower gel. It’s annoying, and I don’t have space for them all. It says Neem on the front, but it’s very minty and very similar if not practically identical scent to the Original Source version…

Kai Perfume OilThis is their signature scent, it’s very strong and long lasting. I actually like the smell, but the appallingly small sample (a half full tiny sample) and massive price tag for the full sized item means I’m not totally impressed. I won’t be buying, and there’s not enough of the sample to enjoy. Although the tiniest amount goes a long way.

Glesni x0


Review: The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask

I recently finished 10 products as part of a challenge to myself, which you can see here. I now want to finish another 10 and I’ve really started to pull out some old products that have been left at the back of the drawer. One of these products is the Warming Mineral Mask from The Body Shop.

Inside is a thick, white product that self-warms as it touches your skin. It should be applied to wet, clean skin. The self-warming sensation is relaxing and helped draw out impurities. It also contains ginger and cinnamon oils which gived the mask a nice spicy, subtle scent. There’s also some seaweed extract thrown in for good measure as it has conditioning and hydrating properties.

I experienced no stinging or problems when I left it on longer than the reccomended 5 minutes. I’m more or a 15-20minute kinda girl.

This mask is great for having around for having a relaxing night in, but as for actually deep cleansing and having a positive effect on my skin – well there are better, more impressive masks on the market. Whilst this is an okay product, perhaps with repeated use I may get better results over time. It costs £9.00 per 100ml, and you get quite a few uses out of the tube.

Glesni x0


Essie’s Mint Candy Apple

I never planned to swatch this shade for the blog but after striking up a conversation last Saturday with a Saleswoman in John Lewis, I thought it might be worth showing.

The Saleswoman came up to me (whilst I was browsing OPI polishes) simply to say she liked the colour on my nails, and enquired what brand/name of the polish is was. It just so happens it was Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. It’s got cult status among many nail polish fanatics, and I can see why. When it was first released, it was almost a unique colour. A few years later the minty green colour can be seen everywhere, from Barry M to China Glaze.

We both then began discussing how gorgeous some of the Essie shades are, however the thin brush was difficult to use and a majority of polishes take 3 coats! I own 4 Essie polishes, and loathe to apply them no matter how pretty the colour is.

Thankfully, Essie has now launched 70 of it’s best selling polishes into Boot and Superdrug. Not only are they available at a cheaper price (£7.99) but it’s rumoured they have a wider brush. Hurrah!

Included in the diffusion range, is of course, Mint Candy Apple. I might just pop out to buy a replacement bottle if the brush is wider. Might make applying this thick, streaky formula easier hopefully.

Glesni x0


Review: Colgate Max White One Toothpaste

Yes, you really are reading that correctly. I am reviewing toothpaste. It’s only because I’m so obsessed with keeping my teeth white. Yellowing can be ageing. Unfortunately I love coffee, sugary snacks, fruit juices and all the other bad things that stain teeth. So I’m always on the look out for a good toothpaste. If you have any reccomendations, send them my way!

The toothpaste claims to contain ingredients similar to those used by dentists, and uses ‘White Accelerator micro-crystals’ to help whiten teeth. It claims to leave your teeth “one shade white in one week,” which is a pretty massive promise to make.

Directions say to brush your teeth three times daily, and I have to admit I only ever manage to brush in the morning and evening. I do try to remember on the weekends, when I’m not working, but it’s difficult. So I wasn’t expecting the one shade white in one week claim to come true as I wasn’t brushing three times a day, but I was hoping for some marginal difference after a couple of weeks.

The paste itself is green (I’ve got the minty version) and contains little white micro-crystals. The grainy texture of the toothpaste gives an extra good clean. The taste and smell very minty and refreshing but not too strong or overpowering. Plus the squeezy tube is excellent. It stands up! So does it work?

Yes, kinda. After 4 weeks I have noticed a small change in the colour of my teeth. And I’m hoping with further continual use my teeth my will eventually get whiter. They certainly look brighter. However, claiming to give you white teeth in one week is a load of nonsense. I’ve been using it for 4 weeks, and there’s such a small difference that I seriously doubt brushing my teeth 3 times daily would give amazing results in one week. Still, at £3.99 for 75ml it’s not as expensive as other whitening toothpastes.

Glesni x0