Battle Of The Base Coats – Nails Inc. Caviar Base Coat vs. MakeUp Gallery Well Polished Nail Hardener

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 base coats I bought a few months ago. I’ve never reviewed a base coat or a top coat before. However, since I bought and tested these base coats at the same time (well, almost), I thought I might as well just do a product comparison. 🙂

Let’s start with Nails Inc.’s Caviar Base Coat! This product claims to be nourishing, smoothing and anti-staining. But it does the exact opposite! First of all, this base coat made my nails feel brittle. As soon as the base coat had dried, my nails felt like they lost their natural flexibility. Scary!

I also didn’t find this base coat to be smoothing. I had to apply 2 layers of base coat but that didn’t help. Actually, applying 2 layers of this base coat was the worst thing I could do because the base coat has a strong red tint which didn’t go well with the colour polish I applied on top of it.

When I took off my mani a few days later, I noticed that the base coat did stain my nails. However, a pinkish stain isn’t the end of the world. But I also noticed that the top layer of my nails seemed to start to peel. I was quite shocked because this only happened to me once before – back then I tortured my nails with acetone-free nail polish remover…

To sum it up – I found Nails Inc.’s Caviar Base Coat to be awful. I took the 2 bottles (yes, I bought 2 bottles) back to Poundland where I exchanged them for 2 clear Rimmel polishes. 🙂

I picked up Poundland’s Makeup Gallery Well Polished Nail Hardener for 50p (closing down sale). I didn’t know if it was any good, and I had no expectations. So I was happy when it turned out that this nail hardener makes quite a difference to my nails. It doesn’t have any lasting effect, so when I take off my mani, my nails are super soft again. But I’m glad this product doesn’t make unrealistic promises. And I really like how strong my nails feel when I’m wearing this nail hardener instead of a base coat or a regular clear polish.

Now let me compare the prices. I paid £1 for the Nails Inc. Caviar Base Coat and 50p for the nail hardenener from Poundland. However, the Nail Hardener is usually £1 (which is excellent value), and the Caviar Base Coat – which has been repackaged but otherwise seems to be the same product – is £15 (I just checked Nails Inc.’s web site). Wow! The difference in prices is almost comical! I know I will buy Poundland’s nail hardener again, but I wouldn’t buy Nails Inc.’s Caviar Base Coat again even if it were 15p! 😀

Well, the winner of this comparison is – obviously – Poundland’s Makeup Gallery Well Polished Nail Hardener! Try it yourself, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Advertisements

Poundland Allura Make-Up Brushes

Hi there! I’ve wanted to review Poundland’s own brand make-up brushes for quite some time – because I’ve been using them for ages and I’m very happy with them. Allura is Poundland’s old own brand. They do all kinds of different brushes – kabuki, foundation, blush, powder and eyeshadow brushes. And I’ve got them all.

I’ve only taken pictures of the double-ended angled eyeshadow brush, the kabuki brush and the angled blush brush – that’s because these were the only unused back-up brushes I could find right now. I also want to apologise for the poor photo quality. Due to the lighting it was impossible to take better pics of the brushes in their original packaging. But back to the brushes!
Allura Make-Up Brushes 2
What I like about Poundland’s make-up brushes is that they’re synthetic. If you’ve got trouble with brushes with natural (= animal hair) bristles, you’ll be fine when you use these brushes because the bristles are 100% synthetic.

I also love the quality of Allura’s make-up brushes. I’ve been using some of their brushes for well over a year – and they still look pretty good. I clean my eyeshadow brushes after each use, so I’m not easy on them!

The design of these brushes is also quite pretty. I really like the black / white / hot pink colour combo. I think these brushes look girly, but they don’t look as cheap as they are. 🙂

I’m very happy with my Poundland make-up brushes and I can only recommend them. I also think these would be great for someone who’s just starting to get into make-up, but who likes to experiment. A collection of all of Poundland’s make-up brushes would make a great gift for a young lady!

Poundand’s Allura make-up brushes are £1 each. But Poundland is currently giving some of its own brand stuff a make-over. And these pretty brushes are being replaced with simple black & white ones under their Make-Up Gallery brand. If you’d rather have these girly ones, you need to be quick! And if you’re a nail nut, check out Poundland’s nail art brushes, too!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

I Love… Haul – 8 Products for £1 Each!

Hi there! Today’s post is just a little shopping advice. 😉 OK, here it is! If you love I Love… products, swing by your local Poundland! I was really happy when I found a few I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle body butters the other day – but now I found so much more!

I bought…
– 500 ml I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Shower/Bath Gel (2 bottles),
– 200 ml I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle Body Butter,
– 250 ml I Love… Coconut & Cream Body Lotion,
I Love... Haul

– 100 ml I Love.. Mango & Papaya Fragrance Mist,
– 100 ml I Love… Coconut & Cream Fragrance Mist,
– 100 ml I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Fragrance Mist, and
– 100 ml I Love… Cherry Almond Sparkle Fragrance Mist!
I Love... Haul
I won’t touch the Coconut & Cream products because I hate the taste, texture and smell of coconuts. But I know many people who love all things coconut. So the two I Love… Coconut & Cream products I bought will be given to someone who will like and use them. I also have a few (unopened) Cherry Almond Sparkle body butters now. These will also be given away.

So if you’re looking for a few little beauty treats for yourself, keep your eyes peeled the next time you’re at Poundland. Or if you’d like to give someone a really nice beauty hamper – go get a basket and fill it with I Love… products!

I Love… products are £2.99 at drugstores, supermarkets, etc. But Poundland currently stocks the Cherry Almond Sparkle limited edition and a few other lines (which I think are about to be discontinued). I’ll go back to Poundland soon!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland Make-Up: Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows

Hi there! When Poundland launched its own make-up collection, women all over the country rushed out to grab a bargain. And just like almost every other woman I too was interesting to find out how Poundland’s own brand make-up would fare.

Poundland ESThe products at my local Poundland sold out almost immediately every time they were restocked, but at some point I was finally able to get my hands on three single eyeshadows and a lipstick.

I’ve now tried these Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows – and I don’t like them at all. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but let me tell you which shades I tried.

From top to bottom, the shades I’ve got are Nude 2, Smoke Screen 13 (matte) and Galaxy Grey 16 (shimmery).

I tried my best to do proper swatches, but the eyeshadows didn’t let me. They’re chalky, they’re not very pigmented and they’re not buildable because they’re so very chalky. Is this a vicious circle or what?!

I applied eight (!) layers of Nude, but the eyeshadow is hardly visible. I also tried to apply this shade with a bit of water and on top of a little lotion, but it hardly made a difference. I encountered the same problem with Smoke Screen and Galaxy Grey. However, I didn’t make as many attempts to present them as favourable as possible.

In all honesty, I really don’t understand why so many women seem to love Poundland’s own brand make-up. I think these eyeshadows are rubbish. I won’t buy them again and I won’t be trying any other shades. Anyway, if you’d like to try these Make Up Gallery Colour Story Eyeshadows, they’re £1 at Poundland.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland Allura Brush-On Nail Glue

Allura Nail GlueHi there! Today’s post is about Poundland’s Allura Nail Glue. Yes, it’s just a nail glue, but it’s one you can brush on! And it’s £1 only!

Let’s be honest, nail accidents happen all the time. Most people won’t care, but for those of us who love showing off their manis – online or in real life – a broken nail can be quite an annoyance.

I had a nail accident on Monday, but I was able to fix the nail. I think it really helped that I could brush on a little amount of glue instead of trying to squeeze the right amount out of a flimsy drip bottle.

I haven’t had a brush-on glue before, so I’m still totally amazed.

It’s so easy and there’s no mess! 🙂 Thanks for this one, Poundland!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Cute Gift Idea: Enchanted Forest Lip Balms from Poundland

Hi there! Look what I found at Poundland the other day. These super cute Enchanted Forest Lip Balms will make a great little gift for a girl. I bought two balms, Wildberry scented and Strawberry scented, for a young relative (she’s turning 16). I put together a nice beauty box for her (with mainly fruity body care products and body mists) and these cute lip balms fit right in!
Owl Lip Balms
What do you think? Are these cute or what? I might go back to Poundland to check if they have any other flavours. If they do, I can see myself buying more of these little owls – basically one in every colour. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Poundland Allura Nail Art Brushes

Allura Nail Art BrushesHi there and Happy Sunday! This week I’ve been really busy and it’s just now that I feel like I’ve got half an hour for myself. So what do I do? Write a quick post about one of my latest beauty purchases.

I bought Poundland’s Allura Nail Art Brushes not too long ago and now, after using almost all the brushes (I still haven’t used the fan brush), I wanted to let you know how awesome these little tools are. (And scroll down for a picture of the actual brushes!)

But let me start from the beginning. This set contains six nail art brushes and a small dotting tool. The dotting tool is great for tiny dots, but you can obviously create larger dots or circles as well. I like the dotting tool a lot because it’s great to do eyes when I’m working on a cute animal mani. I’ll show you soon! 🙂

I’m happy with the selection too. There is an angled brush, a square-ended brush, a pointed brush with a bend (which is very handy for spaces that you cannot reach easily), a fan brush (which I have yet to use), an actual ‘paint’ brush and a striping brush.

Apart from the fan brush I’ve used all the other brushes at least twice and I’m happy with the quality. No problems to report! These brushes are no different from the ‘value basic brushes’ you can order for £3 online – but these ones are obviously £1 only.

Granted, this set won’t give serious nail art pros an adrenaline rush, but it’s a nice little set for starters and for those who only use nail art brushes every now and then. And the set’s £1 only, so you really can’t go wrong!

As promised, here’s the photo of the actual brushes. From left to right: angled brush, square brush, pointy brush, fan brush, paint brush, striping brush, dotting tool.
Allura Nail Art Brushes
Thank you for reading. And please feel free to comment if you’ve added these brushes to your nail art stash, or if you want to add them or if you’ve got anything else to say. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde