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Review: Mavala in Black Night

A: I’ve had this Mavala varnish a couple of months now and I thought it was about time I shared the wealth with all of you lovely readers.

  

I’ve included a couple of photos to try and show you how the colour changes in the light – it really is beautiful. Dark nail varnishes are always my favourite and  I do love a good black varnish but this is a gorgeous twist from the standard black with the lovely green undertone and shimmer. It is almost two tone – but not quite, and it’s perfect for an evening out where you don’t just want to go with black nails. Plus green is my favourite colour!

It’s beautiful to apply, the brush is the perfect size and shape for my nails (they’re pretty small so not always easy to paint!) and it’s really pigmented, the photos above are just one coat! It’s long lasting too, I always use a top coat but Mavala polishes always seem to give me a few extra chip free days. They are available in Boots, and start at £4.75 a varnish – click here to see the full collection!

Have you tired any Mavala polishes? #twolittleowls

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A Mini Mavala Haul with Swatches

A: My lovely aunt bought me these little beauties at the weekend and I’ve been so excited to share them with you. As you can probably guess, I love a green nail varnish (it’s actually a bit of an obsession), and these two are perfect for me. 

Mavala isn’t a brand I’ve actually heard of before, my aunt couldn’t believe it when I told her! But after some research, the brand is pretty impressive and are obviously proud to be leading natural nail care. Click here to find out more! Now, onto the products!

Black Night 107

This is a beautiful two tone polish; high shine black with an emerald green shimmer. It wasn’t easy to get a photo showing the shimmer, but hopefully you get the idea! The polish itself has amazing coverage – this is just one coat! It also has a ‘volume effect’, which I wasn’t sure I understood but it has made my nails really smooth, a lot smoother than other varnishes do. I love dark polishes, and it’s not easy to find a black with green so this is a perfect addition to my collection!

Emerald Gold 350

This is another two tone polish, green and gold. I’ve never had a polish that has such a dramatic two tone as this though, in some lights it’s definitely gold, but in others it’s 100% green! It isn’t as high coverage as black night, but it paints on beautifully if you do two thin layers.  This one is a little more suited to this time of year, and I think it will be one of my staple summer to autumn polishes. I’m pretty sure it’ll be great at Christmas too with some gold glitter!

Both of these are from the Mini Polish collection at Mavala, which are available from Boots (click here to see the whole range – there’s an insane amount of colours to choose from!).

Have you tried anything from this brand before? #twolittleowls 

Review: Essie Crocadilly

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A: Chloe bought me this varnish for Christmas and this is the first time I’ve used it. To be honest, I wasn’t totally sure about the colour because it looks silver in the bottle and silver isn’t really a colour I usually wear. But when Chloe and I spent the afternoon drinking tea and painting our nails last weekend, I decided to give it a go. And then I realised why Chloe had chosen it for me.

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Okay I realise it doesn’t look silver once it’s on; but this is because of the handy little magnet attached to the top of the bottle. The varnish is magnetic, and once you’ve done the usual buff, file, base coat and first coat of colour, and then add the second coat; you hold the magnet over the wet varnish for a few seconds. Once you take it away you can see the pattern it leaves, which is made up of tiny diamonds. This is the point where I understood the name behind the varnish – it looks like the skin of a crocodile!! The silvery black tones of the varnish separate from the green, leaving outlined diamond pattern or ‘crocodile skin’ effect.
I have used a Barry M magnetic varnish before, which doesn’t give as much of a definitive pattern as the Essie one and it is easy to use although does take a little bit of practice. The varnish also lasted a good few days without a top coat, but Essie are known for their high quality products. I would definitely recommend this product, and it was fun to use!

Have you used any magnetic varnishes? #twolittleowls

More June Favourites

A: Following Chloe’s June Favourites post, I’ve decided to show you what I’ve been loving this month.

Avon Ideal Luminous Shimmer Block

I got this a couple of month’s ago from my lovely Avon lady for just £6, an introductory offer price (this is something Avon are always really good at so keep an eye out on their new products!). It’s really nice to use because the colours are so blendable and also super versatile. I’ve been using the darker half as bronze/contour and the lighter colours as highlighter/eyeshadow, and they last all day. Perfect for some extra colour in the Summer, find it here.

Collection Hot Look Nail Polish

I got this orange colour for my birthday in April and I’ve been saving it for Summer. The shade is called ‘scorched’ – it looks really good on, with a slight shimmer. It dries super quickly and is pretty long lasting too, even without a top coat – impressive considering I’ve found it on the Boots website for £1.99 (here).

Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm

This is pretty boring I’m afraid, but with all of this warm weather we’ve been lucky to have, I like to keep my lips super hydrated and this has been my go to balm for years (probably about 10 – that’s pretty scary). I don’t need to go on about it, it does what it says on the tin and I love it, my boyfriend even keeps some in his van (but don’t tell anyone I told you!). Available here for just £1.65.

Bomb Cosmetics Little Hottie Wax Melts and Oil Burner

This one is a bit of a re-discovery. My boyfriend bought me this last year (for Valentine’s I think?!) and I used it so much, but ran out of wax melts and never got any more so whilst Chloe and I were at our local shopping centre last month I decided to treat myself to some. Firstly, you need to buy a burner and a stash of (non-scented) tea-lights. You then choose your wax melts. There’s literally tonnes to choose from, and not only that but the combinations you can make are never-ending. My favourites are raspberry, chocolate orange, white chocolate and vanilla. You then place your choice of wax melt on the top of the burner, above a candle and let the relaxing start. The scents are yummy and really strong, and last for about 20 hours per melt. Pretty good going!

The website has so many choices of scents, but if you can find an outlet that’s even better because you can only pack four different scents in your box online but in a shop it’s like a pick-and-mix. You also get a little ‘recipe’ card, to help get the best scent combinations.

The burners are £8.99 and available here, and the melts are £6.99 per box available here, I think these make a really lovely gift – or you can just treat yourself!

What have you been loving this month? #twolittleowls

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Soigné Botanique nail polish: a review

A & C: we were super excited to receive this in our May Birchbox, and because we both got the same colour – Persimmon, we thought we should do a joint review (you can find the Birchbox post here and you should take a look to see all the other lovely things this months box included).

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Soigné produce non-toxic varnishes in lovely classic shades and this colour is perfect for summer. The brand is described as being a ‘chic new essential’ and it’s not a brand we have had the chance to use yet, so we wanted to post our review ASAP.

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The nail polish applied beautifully and was almost opaque in one coat, Annie’s only have one coat and Chloe’s (with the added Avon jewels) have two. The colour itself is absolutely beautiful and neither of us had anything similar in our huge nail polish collections! It is also long lasting – it survived Chloe washing her large amounts of hair and the washing up test! 2 days on it still has zero chips and it dries super quick!

The packaging it comes in is also amazing. It makes you feel like you have a really high end, sophisticated product. Nail varnishes that comes in boxes… Sounds posh to us! So for £11 we would totally recommend this brand. A steal for such an amazing formula which is much better than other high end products (that cost more!) that we have tried!

Have you tried the any varnishes from the Soigné brand?

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April’s Birchbox: Annie’s Box

A: Okay, so this has taken me a while to write because I was pretty disappointed when I opened my box this month, but when Chloe told me what she had received in her box (see it here), I was super disappointed. I understand that all Birchbox’s are different, and it’s always a bit of a gamble, but our April boxes were really different! So here is mine:

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1. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes (£4.99 for full size). This is a sample size, containing 10 towels. I’m probably being biased but I really hate the smell of cucumbers, so I gave them straight to Chloe. They smell so strong, I couldn’t even use them!! I felt like these should have been the ‘lifestyle extra’ this month, instead of the Propercorn.

2. the Balm Cosmetics How ‘Bout Them Apples Cheek and Lip Cream (£26 for full size), another sample size which is really small. It’s a really bright red, which is nice for spring and isn’t too greasy but I have found it doesn’t last long as a Lip cream at all.

3. Campos de Ibiza Almendra Body Milk (£16.55 for full size). Yep, this is another sample size. This was the most disappointing product; the packaging, the smell and the size of the product is like something you’d get free in a hotel. It doesn’t really smell of anything, and it isn’t particularly nice to use, plus it doesn’t hydrate my skin.

4. Colour Club Gala’s Gems Nail Polish (£15 for a set of 4). I think this is a full size product, but it is pretty small. This is the one item I really liked from this months box, but it’s a nail varnish – as far as nail varnishes go, I’m pretty easy to please. It’s a really lovely blue colour, and it is a thick consistency which gives a good coat – not something you get too often with pastel varnishes. Very happy with this product.

5. Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil (£10 for full size). This sample is tiny- like really really small! When I find an eyeliner I like, I tend to use it every day so I have a feeling that I will use this pretty quickly. It lasts all day, but I don’t find that eyeliners differ particularly from one to the next, it’s just an eyeliner after all?

6. Lifestyle Extra – Propercorn Fiery Worcester Sauce and Tomato (90p for full size). This is a full size product, but not something that I’m really a fan of. I opened them, tried one and then gave them to my boyfriend. Worcester Sauce flavour popcorn is a bit of a strange concept for me.

So all in all, a bit of a boring box this month. I haven’t been very happy about any of my Birchbox’s recently and I really don’t like giving bad reviews but I do think I should be honest, so I have been. It has certainly made me think about looking into other beauty box subscriptions, but on the plus side I did email Birchbox and explain how disappointed I was in the differences between our boxes and they added 50 points to my balance – so its not all bad.

What did you think to your #birchbox this month? #twolittleowls

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St Paddy’s Day Nails! (And a cheeky photobomb!)

A & C: so we thought that in order to celebrate St Paddy’s day we would share with you our themed nail art!

Chloe’s nails:

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So firstly…. Look at the cat! Best photobomb ever! We laughed at this photo for ages and almost burnt our home made pizzas! To do this I used a paler colour on my middle finger and did 4 small hearts in order to make the clover shape! Gold also looks amazing with green so I used a gold glitter on my ring fingers (leprechaun gold obviously).

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A: Bill was far too interested in eating by the time I took my picture, so no photobomb treats in this one I’m afraid. I used the same pale green as Chloe on my ring finger and the dark green and gold for my other nails. I then used a glittery red, the same glittery gold, the dark green and a purple to make a rainbow on the pale green nail. It took a lot of concentration but I think it’s worth it!!

What did you do for St. Patricks day? Let us know! #twolittleowlsblog

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