Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Review: Lacura Bi-Phase Eye Make-up Remover

Now I don't know about you but after the furore over the Lacura anti-wrinkle creams and serums that has happened a few times over the last couple of years, I can't resist having a peek at what they've got to offer. In case you missed all the excitement (unlikely), Lacura is available from Aldi, yes the bargain German supermarket. Random, but I do have a few of their bits and do really like most of it.

Anyway, on a Aldi trip a few weeks ago I noticed this eye makeup remover and as I was running low on my L'Oreal, picked it up for around £2.99
I think, so around the same as the L'Oreal I think.

This claims to "remove makeup thoroughly and gently" and also says it is suitable for removing waterproof makeup without leaving an oily residue.
I shake the bottle and pour a little onto a cotton pad and that is enough to re
move my non-waterproof mascara and eyeshadow from one eye. It actually picks the makeup off your face, as opposed to remove it from your eyes but just push it around the rest of your face as some removers do. It doesn't sting or irritate my eyes but then again they are not particularly sensitive. One claim it doesn't live up to however, is the oily residue. It does leave some, not as bad as others and it does disappear with a quite swipe of tissue or something. I don't actually mind the residue as it makes my eye cream feel amazing, especially as I am using an eye cream I was contemplating chucking out as I wasn't rating it. Still not loving it but my estimations are rising....
I don't know that I love this and I am sure that there are better eye makeup removers out there but for the price which is cheap as far as makeup removers go, and the fact that it improves the performance of other products I use, makes it a potential repurchase. If you spot this next time your in Aldi, it's worth a try.

Have you used any Lacura products? What did you think?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Empties November 2010

Totally unimaginitive title, it's been one of those kind of days! So I know this is late but better late than doesn't even feel like December has started, I STILL don't have an advent calender (sad face) and I'm ignoring the lack of money/impending presents exchange for as long as possible!
So my trying-to-use-up-as-much-as-I-can-before-I-get-given-a-shedload-of-stuff-for-Christmas plan is going pretty well...

Cath Kidston Hand Cream in Bluebell
I got this in a set along with a Wild Rose (that I have also finished this month but forgot to photograph) and Honeysuckle scented version last Christmas. While I am on placement I get through a LOT of hand cream as I have to wash my hands or use alcohol gel between each patient, meaning my hands take a beating every day. I need something heavy duty to remedy this and this hand cream did not cut it. It didn't last very long on my hands and didn't feel that moisturising even whil
e I was applying it. Another thing to note is the scent - all three of these hand creams are strong scented. Scents have to be really strong to offend me and this was close, and more than a few people commented that the smell reminded them of old ladies. I doesn't think I'll be repurchasing these. They were a gift so I am unaware of the price but I have seen the set and individual hand creams sold in Cath Kidston stores.
Soap & Glory Butter Up
This body butter was in the Soap & Glory hat box I received for Christmas last year. It contains both cocoa and shea butter, '5 fruit skin smoothers' and grapeseed oil, among other ingedients, and it does have a fruity citrusy scent that I love, it smells very fresh. It does say that it is a skin smoothing formula - something that I did not particularly notice but then my skin feels smoother whenever I moisturise normally. I was concerned that as it is a butter it could take a while to sink into my skin and as I love sleep I am generally rushing to get ready and barely have time to moisturise as it is. This surprised me as it sank in quickly and didn't feel tacky and damp under my trousers and my dry legs felt moisturised until my next shower. My only concern is that I did seem to get through this quite quickly and at £7.50 for 200ml it isn't the cheapest moisturiser out there. When I get a proper job and don't have to use bargain basement products I will definately repurchase this. Available from Boots and Harvey Nichols.
Soap & Glory The Daily Smooth
This is another moisturiser that was in the hatbox, and aside from the scent (similar to one of my favourite perfumes, Miss Dior Cherie) I find this to be almost the same texture an
d moisturisation levels as the Butter Up. Again, I would repurchase this and would layer it with my Miss Dior Cherie to make the beautiful smell last longer. This one is showing as £8 for 250ml on the Soap & Glory website.

TIGI Bedhead Root Boost
I have an entire drawerful of volumising and thickening products and more often than not fall out of love with one and buy another six to replace it. This one has had a fair amount of love over the last year or so, it doesn't take more than a few sprays into roots all over and a quick blow dry to create
big hair. I do have a few Bedhead products and generally like them, this was good but I am sure there are better products out there. When applying I really had to err on the side of caution as even a little too much felt really crispy and stiff in my hair which I hate! I got this from TJ Hughes I think so I didn't pay the full retail price, around £8 I think. As far as volumisers go it is worth a try but if you also hate the crispiness products can sometimes bring I'd give it a miss. Probably not worth a repurchase.
Tara Smith Base Coat Serum
(Image from Google)
I forgot to take a photo of this before I chucked it :( I love this product. I started to use serum on damp hair after washing after getting my hair highlighted making it drier. I wanted to protect the ends of my hair as although I rarely straighten it these days I am wary of the damage colourants can cause and the havoc they wreck on my hair in particular. A nice pumpful of this on the ends of my hair made it soft and silky and tamed any little frizzy bits I have lurking (and there are lots!) This is free of nasties and not tested on animals which I like. My only bugbear is that this is no longer stocked in Tesco, where I bought this, and Asda where I have also seen it in the past. I guess it must be available online somewhere but I now have two other serums I am using at the moment. If I don't get on with these I would consider a repurchase but that is dependent on shipping costs etc.

So that is the majority of the products I used up in October, I've hit pan on a few cosmetics in the last few weeks so they should be Empties soon!

Have you used any of these products? What did you think?


I borrowed this tag from Dainty Dollymix, among others, as I guess I haven't really said much about me and what I use every day yet.....
TIGI Bedhead Dumb Blonde - undecided as yet
John Freida Tone Refreshing/Aussie 3 Minute Miracle
Styling products:
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray (LOVE)
Hair mask:
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and L'Oreal Elvive masque in the red pot


Shower gel:
Soap & Glory iFoam - smells amazing!!
Body moisturiser:
The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter - I got this at Clarks Village, an outlet place, cheap and I love it! I love smelling like jam!
Sanex 48 hour, work can get sweaty
Fake tan:
I haven't bothered for a few weeks but when I eventually do its St Moritz all the way

Soap & Glory Clean Mary Cleansing Milk - only one bottle left..
Eye makeup remover:
A Lacura one from Aldi, surprisingly good
A Soap & Glory one from my hatbox I got last Christmas, it's pretty good but almost finished and I'm itching to try something different

MAC Prep + Prime or Almay's Pore Minimizer I found in the treasure trove that is Boyes
Bourjois Healthy Mix or Lily Lolo
Foundation brush:
If it's liquid I usually use my fingers but for my Lily Lolo mineral that I wear to work I use a Une Kabuki that was a good price and does a good job

My newly found power combo of MAC Select Moisturecover and MAC Pro Longwear
Max Factor Facefinity
Quite liking the MAC Cremeblush in Ladyblush and Accessorize Pretty Pink combination
Barry M Natural Dazzle
When I do bother it's either High Beam or Prestige Pure Shimmer
Eyeshadow base:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette or Wet n Wild Mono in Fine Wine for work
Bourjois Liner Feutre or Bobbi Brown Gel in Graphite Ink

Eyelash curler:
Eyelash base:

Max Factor Masterpiece Max at the moment, though I want to try Rimmel Lash Accelerator
MAC Angel, Barry M Peachy Pink, 17 Beehive and MAC Creme Cup

MAC Pinkarat or the Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker (what a name!) in Candy Gloss
Nail colour:
Any and all of the Accessorize polishes!!!! Currently have Electric Blue on my toes

Ok guys now it's your turn, I tag you!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Review: My Skin Skin Deep Cleansing Mask

I have been using this little beauty regularly for the last few months and it's high time I declared my feelings for it...
My Skin Skin Deep Cleansing Mask retails for around the £2-£2.50 mark in Tesco but they do occasionally have the line on offer, I picked this up for around £1.50.
They say... '...gently targets pores to remove the build up of daily dirt in your skin. Honey helps draw out the skins impurities whilst also moisturising. Strawberry extract helps control blemishes. Cimicifuga extract helps control excess oil and shine.' There is not a suggested frequency to use this but it does say to apply to damp face and neck, leave for 5-10 minutes then rise with warm water.
Although this range is aimed at teenage skin I do suffer from an oily/combination complexion, with an oily t-zone year round and the occasional spot. I wanted a mask that would remove the excess grime and oil from my face but not go a step too far and make it feel dry and tight and so far this has been fitting the bill. It doesn't feel like its improving the condition of my skin while its on but it does feel smoother and less oily after, though these effects don't last long. I'm sure that there are better masks out there that would feel like they are being of more benefit to my skin and provide long-term effects but it does as it says and at £2 for 75ml you can't go wrong for a quick fix.
I haven't used any other products from the My Skin line and as I'm not a teenager any more and my skin is likely to get drier as it gets colder (boo!) I'm not sure I will, but if you have oily skin giving you hassle they might be worth a go.....

Monday, 1 November 2010

October Empties!!

As I said in my previous post I'm trying to use up some stuff. While I am realising how much crap I have that I never want to use, I am also realising that I have products I used for a few days before buying something else, so it is taking longer to use things than I first thought! I have these three products, all finished in the last two and a half to three weeks....
First things first, I have no idea why the picture is sideways. I edited it using some free photo editing software to crop it and watermark it, didn't even rotate it from its original and this is how it turns out. I have spent the last half hour faffing trying to sort it but if blogger wants to be a bell than so be it : ).
L'Oreal Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover was £2 I think on offer in Tesco, I LOVE this! It is one of the only not ridiculously expensive removers I've used that doesn't have an oily residue. However, because of this the cotton pad does need a good soak so I do get through it. But still, thumbs up!
Nivea Oil Free Moisturising Fluid was an inexpensive purchase from Boots, I think around the £3-4 mark? This is what I have used since I halted the awful Clinique 3-step which was around a year ago! I would have repurchased if it contained an SPF, at the time I wasn't that bothered as my foundation usually had it but as I'm getting older (I'm only 23 but wrinkles still scare me!) I decided I would prefer one with an SPF. If you have oily/combination skin and want something light, non-clogging and get your SPF from elsewhere, give it a go! This is in half because I love it so much I wanted to use every last drop! And chucked the other half away before I took a picture.
Burts Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion was a sample from Christmas I think, and since I have a load of body lotions still left from then I thought I'd better get cracking and use this. It does an alright job of moisturising, absorbs quickly, in fact the only thing I didn't like is the smell. I usually don't mind milk and honey fragrances, although they are not my favourite, but this was very strong and lingered which I wasn't so keen on. If you love scents like this then go for it, if not then I would give it a miss.

I am well on my way to finishing another few makeup products and I will try and get some more reviews and swatches done, as well as an ace idea for a EOTN...stay tuned!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Swatches - NYX Round Lipsticks

Hey guys sorry I've been MIA for a few weeks, placement and uni work combined = stressed out Jade! As I've assessed my beauty stash and realised I do have WAAAAY too much stuff (if that is at all possible?!?!) and I'm currently poorer than Tiny Tim, I've decided to use up ten items before I can buy another one. With so many half empty bits and bobs I've already used up three this week but in the mean time I'm going to try and swatch as much of my collection as I can, in the hope of rediscovering some old favourites and making some new ones! So, on with the swatching...
I got these off eBay for a couple of pounds each, there is a ridiculous amount of colours, seriously when I get some money I'm going to get more of these badboys! The wear time isn't amazing and they can be a bit drying but for a quarter of the price of a MAC lippie I feel these things can easily be overlooked. The only thing i would say is that some of the colours can be a little bit frosty which I don't like but with a bit of lipgloss it doesn't show. There are plenty of swatches online so have a good look before you purchase as the swatches on some websites are notoriously bad! Mine are from the seller joy017, all products were received well packaged and around a week from payment, not bad at all! Recommended!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner - Signature Blue

Despite my recent MAC hoardings (whoring?!) I managed to restrain myself and only purchased one item from the Fabulous Felines collection - this beautiful badboy
Ladies, this is MAC's Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in Signature Blue, part of the Palace Pedigreed Fabulous Felines collection. And I am in love with it.
I haven't had a lot of experience with liquid liners such as this, I have a few coloured ones by Wet N Wild and No7 but I don't use them regularly as I have a tendency to get it EVERYWHERE, in my eyelashes and all over my face. Which makes my lashes go all spiky and then I can't put on mascara, basically it makes it a big old hassle. But right now I'm going through a navy blue shimmery shadow kind of thing, I have been trying to restrain but this was beckoning me. I tried to ignore it but by the time I reached the MAC counter for a concealer after a bad day at work, this and Creme Cup were in my excited little hands!
Instead of a brush it has a sponge tip which I do find easier to work with. It isn't too soft and maintains a degree of stability which makes it much easier for a plonker like me to apply and it makes it easier to build it up from a thin line to a strong effect.
Swatches are with no flash and with flash, click to enlarge and see the beautiful sparkles! They are probably best demonstrated on the brush, SO pretty! I have green eyes and I don't think that blue is supposed to particularly go with them but I don't care!
I have worn this out on a few occasions and it wears beautifully, it didn't fade (although I did wear it over UDPP) and didn't flake, just stayed awesome!
I only had one issue and it wasn't one I noticed at first. The first time I wore this I build up the liner to a stronger winged look. A few days later I tried i
t again and noticed that it can be patchy, so just a word of warning, it may take a few swipes to get the full effect of the sparkling opaque colour!
Overall though I love this and I am so glad I bought it, I don't think I've seen any product recently like this, though I am talking drugstore, I don't regularly shop at the high end counters. If I ever run out, and it wasn't limited edition, I'd definitely buy again!
Signature blue is £14.50 and is available from MAC counters and the website. I can only apologise for the shoddy camera pictures and the shoddy state of my eyebrows but I just wanted to show you the sparkles! I am yet to do a really dramatic eye with this but I will be soon!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Random buy - China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada

This was a part of my last few weeks mega purchasing spree. There is no other way to describe it, it has been a spree. It is by far the randomest makeup purchase I have ever made. Neon green nail varnish? Green is my favourite colour but still...this is a stretch. At least it was only a pound. And it may (read: definitely will not) look good on toes in the summer time. Anyways, swatches.
Application is that of a typical neon, this is it after two not stingy coats. It has a matte finish, which isn't something I'm keen on in the majority of shades. I only painted two nails as I had to take it off straight after and couldn't be bothered to paint my whole hand in case it stained. The brush is just standard, none of the OPI/Rimmel wide brush stuff, which I don't mind, in fact I often make more of a mess wielding a wide brush.
It took four coats for me to make this opaque, I can usually understand as I tend to do thin coats as I smudge my nails SO easily you wouldn't believe. But as I wasn't going to keep this on I didn't hesitate in layering it on and it still took four coats! It may be a six coater if you do it thinly and don't like seeing a visible nail line!
I got this from Sally's in Hull for £1, to be honest if it hadn't of been that cheap and green wasn't my favourite colour I probably wouldn't of bothered. I think this was from the summer Poolside collection and there were plenty more cute shades that I would be more likely to wear but unfortunately as long as China Glaze costs £6+ in this country I'll continue buying from eBay, buying colours I'm more likely to wear :)

An EOTE (Eye Of The Evening) with some pretty awful pictures

I heart summer an awful lot. Being of ginger skin (I love being a pale 'un and having freckles but it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to tan on the majority of my body) the sun can have its issues but my god those issues are infinitely easier to deal with than chapped skin and lips, windmangled hair and rain making my hair into a flat mess. Here is a teesy weensy look I wore a couple of times throughout the summer, I got Paradisco at the CCO in York and couldn't quite figure out how to wear it and this is a variation of my first attempt. And I'm still getting the hang of the whole photographing thing, I cannot for the love of god keep my eye shut properly to show the colours which does not help! So I know this was badly rushed and you can tell but it reminds me of summer, yaknow, the yellow and coraly peach for the sunset and blue eyeliner for the sea....tenuous....but yes?
Here is what I used;
-The yellow from NYX Runway Collection 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Jazz night
-Polyester Bride from Urban Decay Ammo Palette in inner corner
-MAC Paradisco on outer corner and in crease
-Collection 2000 Dazzle Me! in 21 Paradise as highlight that needs to be blended sooo badly!
-GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Pretty Petrol
and last but not least my baby Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara in Black.
Do you have any other suggestions or ideas how to wear Paradisco? It's such a beautiful colour but I haven't a clue how to wear it without looking like a crazy person! It looks a lot brighter in real life I promise!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Free Ciate Nail Polish with Marie Claire Magazine!!

Just a quickie guys after the behemoth post below....
This beauty was free with the new Marie Claire magazine! There are two shades to choose from, this and a darker blacky red (I can only apologise for the poor description there). This is 039 Mistress.

So that is without flash and with flash (duh!) and aside from my shoddy pictures and nail painting skillz (I can't wear nail varnish to work so this is just to show you the colour) you can see this is a really beautiful shade. Described as "true red with a touch of coral", It is bright but certainly doesn't scream slut, even if it is called Mistress. Shown here with two coats and no top coat, it is close to opaque, with a little nail line seen. The brush and application definitely makes me want to try more Ciate polishes, maybe starting with the Asos sale. Worth a go, it is free with a magazine I normally buy but I am pleased to own it! RRP at £9 and available from the Ciate website. The colour does look similar to the coral that came with InStyle this summer, will post comparisons!

I shouldn't be allowed out..... (be warned it's a long un!)

This is what happens when I have a stressful couple of weeks. I know it could be worse but for me, especially I am supposed to be reining in my spending, that is a LOT of stuff......
From the back left -
L'Oreal Color Show Finish Spray - £2.25 from Sally's.
I have recently had my hair highlighted (meh, I know autumn usually means darker but I don't look nearly as pale and ill with lighter hair) and when my hair is lighter it loses a bit of its shine so hopefully this will remedy that and give my hair a bit of hold too.... I haven't really used this yet, I'll see how it holds up at work throughout the week.
Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Dumb Blonde Reconstructor For After Highlights, Damaged or Chemically Treated Hair - £4.99 each from TJ Hughes
TJ Hughes is one of those places that can have some goodies, it just requires hunting. That is something I cannot always be arsed to do so I avoid the place unless I'm in the mood. Luckily today I struck gold! These were recommended to me by my friend a few months ago and I either didn't have the money or forgot to get these and now I actually am blonde (kindofnotreally) I figured why not. As above, I haven't used these yet as I'm still working my way through my Louise Galvin shampoo and conditioner but I will review when I do.
Neutrogena Multi-Defence Daily Moisturiser SPF 15 - I think £7.50 or so from Boots
I'm almost out of my Nivea Oil-Free Moisturising Fluid so I've been on the hunt for a replacement for a while and although I'm only 23 and don't really worry about wrinkles just yet, I am pale as hell and would feel a lot more comfortable wearing a daily SPF. Most of my foundations contain a SPF to some degree but by the end of the day they have generally slid off so I would like something else for some extra protection. It says it's for normal to combination skin so hopefully it won't break me out!
Sanex Deodorant - Can't remember how much but it was buy one get one free in Tesco I think.
I LOVE Sanex deodorant. I know it's gross but I can be quite sweaty (I'm sure I'm not the only one) and this is literally the only deodorant that has stood out to me in that at the end of a day running around on my feet in a boiling hot department, I still have dry pits! I do get the 48hr protection one just to be on the safe side....
Charles Worthington Results Shine All Over Gloss Spray - Around £3 on offer from Sainsbury's
Again this is just for a bit of shine after using dry shampoo and the like. I have used a Charles Worthington shine spray before and liked it, although it wasn't this exact one, and as it was on offer thought I'd give it a bash.
Phil Smith Xrated Shine Serum - £3.99 from Sainsbury's
I've run out of my beloved Tara Smith Foundation Serum and I can't find it anywhere! So onto pastures new and I thought I'd try this, it was cheap as chips so I won't be peed off if it isn't great.
Girls Aloud by Eyelure False Lashes Kimberley - £4.95 from Boots
I've never really worn false eyelashes before, a few aborted attempts and never again. One of my friends always manages to pull them off and that inspired me to try again and I have definitely had better results this time around! I've worn these twice and they are still usable but I will probably get some more after next time. These are quite natural, I didn't want to go all out Cheryl when I'm pretty much a lash virgin. They don't make me look like a tranny and the glue seems to be pretty good. I did take some dodgy phone pictures I'll post separately.
Max Factor Facefinity Compact Foundation in 01 Porcelain - £10.99 from Boots - currently on 3 for 2
My mum was using this as a foundation and I sneakily borrowed/stole some to set my ColorStay/PhotoReady combo before a long day out. Blow me sideways (ha!) my foundation stayed in place all day, no sliding off my nose or chin, nothing! I've never had anything hold my foundation in place like this before so I thought I should probably purchase my own.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 - £12.50 but Debenhams were having an event so I got 10% off
I'd bought Select Moisturecover the week before as the MUA told me the colour (NW20) was peachy enough to cover my dark circles. He was right, but when I wore it with some of my foundations the difference in colours showed, so I went back to get NW15 to mix with it but there was no Moisturecover left so I thought I'd give this a go. Only 3 days in but so far so good!
Urban Decay Naked Palette - £27 then Debenhams 10% discount
Need I say more? I can't believe it took me this long. Nerves of steel...for a while....
Urban Decay Lipsticks in Indecent and Jailbait - £3.99 each from TJ Hughes
Another TJ Hughes bargain! The display was all new and neat and I destroyed it hunting for some non-tranny looking shades! I had contemplated paying full price for these badboys before so I'm glad I held out. So far I've noticed a hideous smell but I'm hoping I can get past that...
Ciate Nail Polish - free from this months Marie Claire magazine
Swatches to follow....
MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Signature Blue - £14.50 from Debenhams
Awesome so far, I have only worn it twice though. Dodgy phone pictures and swatches to follow
MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20 - £12.50 from Debenhams
I decided enough was enough with my caking Bobbi Brown concealer. This is much better but as above, the colour wasn't quite right.
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup - £12.50 from Debenhams
I've been after this for ages, since I bought Angel and it was always been sold out. On my Select Moisturecover/Superslick venture it was FINALLY there so I snapped it up and I am not regretting it!
Urban Decay Shadow Primer Potion - Mini from Naked Palette
MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush - £16.50 then 10% discount from Debenhams
This is what happens when I'm kept waiting. The MUA went to find a Moisturecover in NW15, when I was waiting this caught my eye.....
Wet n Wild Mono Eyeshadow in Fine Wine - £1 from Poundland
I rarely find goodies in these kind of stores but I heart Wet n Wild eyeshadows and since Tesco have stopped doing the Mono's I stocked up, buying the remaining two in this shade...
China Glaze Nail Polish in Kiwi-Cool-Ada - £1 from Sallys
I don't know. I like green.

So, that is loooong winded but I will follow with some reviews, swatches etc in the week once I've had more of a chance to play! Have you used any of these or anything similar? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Lack of willpower....

The other day I went into Boots with the fully intending to purchase one item, a mascara and a mascara only. And perhaps some of those ponytail bands without metal in them if they weren't a ripoff. This is the result.....

Guys, meet Blue Moon and Mystic Mauve. These two babies are Models Own shimmer polishes, available for £5 each at Boots and the Models Own website. If you follow Models Own on Facebook you may have noticed Mystic Mauve was mentioned in one of their posts earlier this week (or maybe it was last week, my short term memory is shocking!) and when I saw it I fell a little bit in love. I know this isn't the greatest picture, my camera isn't that great and even in the daytime my house is pretty dark but can you see how foily these polishes look? Sehr beautiful, and this is sans topcoat! Add a shiny topcoat and the both the colour and the shimmers are multiplied by about a million!! These are pretty full on, definitely not for work but soooo pretty and ideal for a night out or if you can get away with it at work. As far as wear goes, I can't really comment. As I can't wear polish whilst on placement I painted my nails on Friday evening using Nails Inc A&E basecoat and Sally Hansen Mega Shine topcoat and I had no issues until I had to remove it on Sunday night..... If you spend over £10 Models Own in Boots at the moment you get a free lipgloss.
I chose Tangerine, a bright coral colour. It reminds me of the coral Nails Inc/InStyle polish from earlier this year. This is pretty pigmented for a gloss and is very shiny. Again I'm not really sure how long this lasts as the colour does not suit me AT ALL so when I applied it I had to remove a little and smudge it in a bit so I was probably wearing less than you would normally wear. This retails for £5.
Verdict - I now have a few Models Own polishes along with a few other bits and bobs and I'm pretty happy with them. Although I have a few colours that I wouldn't usually wear (Neon Pink Face Paint comes to mind...) they are really pigmented and long-lasting. Worth a look at the very least, there are loads of colours to choose from, your bound to find something you love!