Monday, 5 October 2015

Store Review: Roseroseshop

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Roseroseshop! I've been shopping with RRS for absolutely ages and I always end up making massive orders with them because they are almost a wholesale store. Recently RRS redid their store, so I thought it would be appropriate to make another order for the good of the blog (or that's how I justified it!).

Website Practicality
I'm really enjoying the new look of the website! It's really aesthetically pleasing, the categories are well thought out and easy to navigate, it's easy to log in, track orders and checkout. There are still a fair few weird translations and missing descriptions, but it's a gigantic step up from what they had before.
Price Comparison
Generally when I shop with Roseroseshop, I buy bulk products. I tend to shop  for limited edition products elsewhere and with different companies for one off orders. It's cheaper to shop with RRS when you're buying bulk because you can justify the higher shipping price. It's still nothing in comparison to the extortion of KollectionK though, I may as well buy three from Cosmetic Love! ><

Tear Liner $4.57 + Shipping $4.46 = $9.03

Cosmetic Love
Tear Liner $5.90 + Shipping $0.00 = $5.90

Tear Liner $7.38 + Shipping $6.99 = $14.37

Shipping and Packaging
I placed my order on the 6th of July and it was shipped on the 7th. My package arrived at my house on the 16th of July and the entire shipping fee was  $8.86. 
I'm so impressed on how much faster the shipping is now, 7 business day's is fantastic in comparison to the 20 odd days it used to take. Everything was really well bubble wrapped and nothing was damaged at all. I also got samples in the form of a neon orange comb from Tony Moly and two wee Holika Holika skincare bottles. This is much less than I'm used to from Roseroseshop, but free things are free and I'm not going to complain about not getting enough free things!

For this order I concentrated on completing collections of products that I already own. I'm a massive completionist, but I'm also a student who can't afford to purchase full sets of products until they're on sale. Sometimes it takes me years to complete collections, but I feel it's justified since I'm not pushing myself into debt in order to complete collections and do reviews.

This was the last shadow I needed to complete my Missha shadow palette! The Peach shades were not my first choice, but these seem to be mostly discontinued so I can't actually find any of the brown toned ones that I wanted! Oh well, the Peach duo is actually perfect for cheeks which makes this palette great for travel!

The Etude House Tear Eye Liner in the shade White is really lovely and surprisingly has gold glitter flakes throughout! I'm so excited to use this tear liner!

 No.10 Peach Parfait, No.11 Peach Chou Wafer
These are the last two blushes I needed from this range, and I was really pleasantly surprised with the colours as I thought that I wouldn't like these at all!

No.02 Sunny Flower, No.05 Baby Peony, No.06 English Garden
I've finally completed my collection of the Etude House Rosy Tint Lips! I adore the formula of these tints, but my goodness it's hard to push the product out! ><

I have one more of these blushes on the way, but my goodness they are absolutely useless. No colour payoff, and the rose scent is so overwhelming.
I'm so intrigued by this sun spray! I always struggle with reapplying sunscreen on my face every couple of hours when I have makeup on, how is that possible?! Hopefully this is the answer!

What I Love
- Website is aesthetically pleasing
-Easy to navigate, add to cart and check out
- Wholesale prices and insane sales
- Free shipping on selected brands (Mizon currently)
- Quick shipping

What I Don't Love
- Expensive shipping
- Odd samples?

Final Thoughts
I absolutely loved my shopping experience with Roseroseshop! I've always loved shopping with them, and now that their shipping is faster and the website works better I'll definitely be shopping with them more often! I think that as long as you keep your shopping cart light and you're buying more than one thing, Roseroseshop is the best place to shop!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Review: Aveniro Glass Nail Files

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about some nail files from Aveniro! Aveniro reached out to me and offered to send me some files, and I was extremely excited to try some new files out! 

Aveniro Ltd. is a manufacturer and wholesale and retail export oriented supplier of glass nail files. The company is located in the North of Czech Republic in the traditional glassmaking region nearby Novy Bor town. From its foundation Aveniro is possessed entirely by private Czech capital, continually grows, increases its turnover, number of employees and enlarges its portfolio of products and services.

At present both our production operations and office are situated in our own facilities, in a manufacturing premises in an industrial estate at the edge of Novy Bor town. Our premises had been acquired in a baddish technical state; and it is being reconstructed step by step as our financial situation allows.

From its establishment our company deals with processing and refining of glass. Our management and our employees have rich experience in this field; many of them have been working in the glass industry for their whole life. As time went on, because of substantial interest of the customers, glass nail files have become our main product.

We endeavour after development of our business, we invest into modern technologies, which we try to employ for both enrichment of our present assortment and introduction of new products and services. An example is a purchase and implementation of laser technology, which enabled both to broaden our portfolio with wooden products and at the same time to variegate our offer of glass nail file with laser decorations. (1)

One of the most popular decoration techniques is the decoration with crystal stones. Crystal stones are fixed on the glass nail file with glue. Every single nail file is hand processed. This decoration requires accuracy and diligence, crystal stones are therefore applied only by particularly trained workers. Crystal stones look very beautiful especially in combination with colour. This combination of techniques will transform a glass nail file into a highly elegant cosmetic accessory.

Glass nail file Swarovski is decorated with original Swarovski stones. We also offer all designs in a cheaper variant – with crystal stones produced by Czech jewellery manufacturers having long tradition. Beside standard designs we produce customized designs according to customer’s wish too.
This file comes in a gorgeous little velveteen pouch with cute little butterflies glued to the top! It's absolutely adorable, and works really well to file down nails quickly and gently.

Manicure files are suitable not only for the treatment of fingernails but also toenails. The most common types of glass nail files are available in stock, thus we are able to supply them in very short terms. A large variability of possible shapes and decorations offers opportunities to create unique products. Upon demand it is possible to produce glass nail files of virtually arbitrary dimensions, there are only limitations resulting from technical aspects. The sizes of 115 mm and 155 mm are the often requested bespoke production. We have also introduced a novelty - a multifunctional glass manicure stick you will achieve a perfect manicure with.

Our standard glass nail files are produced in the double-sided version (i.e. the grinding surfaces are present on both sides of the file). The advantage of this design is that during manicure it is possible to turn the file in hand and use both sided of the glass nail file. The other option which is produced upon-demand are single-sided files (i.e. the grinding surface is only on one side of the file and the other side is smooth). Single-sided files are popular with professionals who use them for whole day work because due to the one smooth side they are more considerate to their hands. Single-sided files are used also for special prints (full-area photo-printing and printing of long logos).

Some kinds of fingernail files are also produced in the DUO variant (i.e. with two different roughness’s’ on the file).

I was sent a full size file as well as a mini file! The mini file is the perfect size to pop into my handbag in case I break a nail while out and about (it happens more often than it should!) while the full size is great for every day use.
Again, these files work really well to file down nails gently, I have never torn any of my nails while using these files! They are such a big step up from emery boards!

Glass manicure sticks have two working areas that will facilitate care of your nails. On the first end there is a grinding tip with a mini rounding that easily gets under the nail, yet minimizes the risk of injury. This way you will perfectly remove hardened dirt under nails. From the other side the end is bevelled. The bevel has abrasive surface on its circumference for shaping and smoothing your nails. The flat end is intentionally smooth so that you can push back and remove the cuticle around the fingernail without scratching the nail.
This manicure stick is really pretty and I was surprised that both ends were made of glass! As you can see they do break easily, the flat end already had a chip taken out by the time it was sent to me.
Because mine has a chip out of the tip I did get some scratches on my nail and I found it a little bit rough for my thinner fingernails. However, it works wonders on my toenails!

For treatment of toenails you can use types of nail files mentioned in the part Manicure nail files. We have also developed new glass foot files (foot scrapers) for removing calloused skin on heels and other parts of the sole. The foot file is gentle and safe. In comparison with other pedicure tools you take no risks of injuries while using our foot files. Skin does not tear after its usage but becomes soft and tempting to touch. Moreover our glass rasp is produced in DUO variant, i.e. with two different roughnesses on one file. The coarser side removes fast and effectively calloused skin and the smoother side serves to neatening of skin.

Our foot files are produced with double roughness. The coarser side is meant to remove calloused skin and the other smoother side serves to gentle neatening and final smoothening.

Foot file is made from 6 mm thick glass that ensures excellent resistance of the file. Grinding surface of pedicure files has thanks to our production technology virtually unlimited lifespan as well as our other types of glass nail files.

Easy maintenance
Glass foot scrapers can be washed under a water stream, with a brush and a detergent, eventually in a dish washer.

Wide range of decorations and pouches
Foot scrapers can be either clear or decorated upon customer’s request. We can offer plastic or velvet pouches as casings.

I had no idea what this was when I picked it up from the box and had a fair few giggles because it's massive! It's really quite gentle on the feet and it made my feet super smooth! I didn't take a before and after of my feet because feet are a bit ick for most people!

Final Thoughts
I really enjoy using these manicure tools! I think they are great quality and I would definitely recommend them for anyone wanting beautiful glass files. You can purchase Aveniro's Glass Nail Files through the website ClassyNailFiles.

Thank you so much to Aveniro for sending these for review! ^.^

Friday, 2 October 2015

First Impression: TonyMoly Panda Dream White Hand Cream

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the TonyMoly Panda's Dream White Hand Cream! I was really sceptical about this product, because so far I've found Korean hand creams to be really quite average at moisturising, but I was really quite surprised by this ultra cute Hand Cream!

What Does It Do?
"Tonymoly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream is a thick hand cream that locks in moisture and whitens hands.  This super nourishing hand cream will bring vitality back to your hands while evening skin tone. Hands will feel soft and smooth after each application without greasiness. Has a light fruity scent!

Directions: Apply and adequate amount to hands whenever dry.


Fruity Scent"(1)
This hand cream is really nourishing and moisturising which actually surprised me quite a lot! Just because the packaging of a product is cute (this one is shaped like a Panda, so cute) doesn't necessarily mean that the actual product is any good, as I've learnt the hard way. I'm not sure how much this cream will whiten your hands over time, but it has an addictive fruity scent and leaves my hands feeling gorgeously moisturised and smooth.

Would I Purchase This Product?
Yes! The packaging is adorable and the hand cream moisturises my hands really well without leaving them feeling greasy and slippery. I really love the fruity scent this hand cream leaves, it makes me feel really nostalgic!

I would definitely recommend this hand cream to any princesses looking for a really adorable hand cream, that leaves their hands smooth and moisturised. ^.^

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Review: NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray! I purchased my spray a little while ago, and since then NYX has updated their setting sprays with much cuter packaging, but the product remains the same.

"Demand Perfection! For that fresh make up look that lasts, NYX Makeup Setting Sprays are lightweight and comfortable while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put. Available in a gorgeous Matte Shine-Free Finish or Dewy Fresh Glow.

• What it is: A lightweight makeup setting spray that works hard to make sure your makeup stays put. Available in a Matte Shine-Free Finish or Dewy fresh glow.
• What it does: Keeps makeup looking fresh with that “just-applied” look from day to night.
• Why we love it: When you spend the time for your makeup to be just right, it’s nice to keep it
looking that way.

Artist tips / Suggested use
• How to use: Shake, spray and set! Shake the bottle and spray onto your face from a 6 inch distance. The spray will then set your makeup resisting unwanted color fade

INGREDIENTS / INGRÉDIENTS: Water / Aqua / Eau, Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide, Sodium Salicylate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Mahonia Aquifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol."(1)
This setting spray is really easy to use, the spray is really solid and sprays out a lovely fine mist. It has an alcoholic smell, but it's not overpowering at all and dries down quickly. I find that it makes my face look much less powdery, but it doesn't make it appear any more matte when first applied. 

On these pictures I've set the left half of my face with the setting spray. The left photo shows the spray after it's first applied, the right photo shows the spray after 6 hours. Can you see any difference?
I'll cut right to the chase. I was quite happily using this setting spray because I could, and then while taking the pictures for this review I decided to test it by spraying only the left half my face so I could document the difference between the set side and un-set side. There really is absolutely no difference to using this setting spray and not, other than having a less powdery appearance, which happens if you wet your face with anything really.

What I Love
- Inexpensive
- Good solid spray
- Gets rid of any powdery finish

What I Don't Love
- Doesn't help make up last longer
- Doesn't help make up stay matte
- Doesn't make make up appear matte

Final Thoughts
This is another product that I have blindly been using and thinking that it was helping when in reality it just doesn't do much at all. This isn't a bad product at all as it doesn't do any harm and it makes my face look less powdery, but that's really all it does. It doesn't help my make up look matte, it doesn't help it stay matte or last any better than it usually would.
I wouldn't really recommend this setting spray at all because it really doesn't do that much other than making my face appear less powdery. I'd rather use the TonyMoly Pocket Bunny Mists because at least they have some skincare benefits!
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