Sunday, 15 April 2018

Estée Lauder Spring News 2018

It's all about bright reds and pinks today because Estée Lauder released some colourful spring products! I've tested the Paint-On Liquid LipColor, the Multi Effects Pure Color Envy Lash Mascara and a Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo for you*. 

Let's start with the Pure Color Envy Paint-On Liquid LipColor. These beauties are available in three finishes: matte, metallic and vinyl. I've put two matte shades, naked ambition and pierced petal and the metallic shade scream sexy to the test. 

First things first, this is not a quick product to use. I always have to sit down and take some time to apply the liquid lipsticks because they're very pigmented and long lasting so I don't want to make a mess. You might need a lip liner, it isn't easy to get perfect contours as you can see in the pictures below. However, once they're on your lips, they will stay there. Forever, if necessary. No, not really, but on my lips they do last during more than one meal and a sweet treat, several drinks and a lot of talking. And if they don't look perfect  anymore after some hours, they don't flake but just fade away in a non-messy way. Actually, I was left with quite a pretty and natural ombre look once. What about hydration? Well, liquid lipsticks and especially mattes usually aren't the most hydrating sort of lip product. The Paint-On Liquid LipColor's are ok in that department. They contain avocado, jojoba and sunflower oil as well as some hyaluronic acid to moisture the lips. I can wear them for about three hours without having to apply some sort of lip balm on top. And let me tell you, three hours is a long time for a matte product on my lips. To keep my lips looking nice, I just dabbed some of the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Repairing Balm on them (it's matte and therefore a good choice) and they felt hydrated again. 

Naked Ambition
Pierced Petal
Scream Sexy
To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of matte lipsticks but Naked Ambition is a very wearable nude shade and will stay with you all day so it might be a good everyday choice. Pierced Petal however is slightly out of my comfort zone and the bright pink doesn't suit me very well. It is a pretty cool colour though. Scream Sexy has the perfect name in my opinion. If you're going for a vampy look, this shade would be the star of the show! The metallic finish makes it look extra special. It's really comfortable to wear and not drying.  

The Pure Color Envy Paint-On Liquid LipColors are available in 23 shades and cost CHF 44. 

Estée Lauder added four new shades to the Pure Color Envy Lash Multi Effect Mascara line: dark red, red, pink and orange. I've tested the green one before and now I got the red one too. Quite a challenge for me, my makeup looks are usually quite natural and red lashes are hard to include into that routine. However, I've tested the mascara and the quality is definitely good. It separates the lashes, lasts long and the color is just as red on the lashes as it is in the mascara tube. In my opinion, it is rather difficult to remove if you apply it on top of black mascara but that might be because I was wearing several coats of mascara. Please let me know in the comments below if you'd wear a bright red mascara and on what occasion. It is available for CHF 39, not everywhere where Estée Lauder is sold but certainly online. 

The last new product I've tested for you is the Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo in the shade pink. It comes in six shades each with a different correcting effect and they're created as a base for foundation or concealer. There's green to reduce redness, tangerine against dull skin, lavender to correct yellow tones and apricot, peach and pink to correct dark shades. 

On one end, there's a full coverage concealer, on the other end a lighter formula. I like to use the lighter formula around the eyes and the full coverage to conceal any blemishes. Pink would be the perfect shade for me during winter but now I've been to Thailand it's slightly too light for me but it still works as a base because it blends very well. I've even worn it without foundation or concealer on top and it looked perfectly natural. The Double Wear Custom Coverage Correcting Duo's are available for CHF 46. 

All in all the quality of the products is very convincing. The colorful mascara's aren't something I'd wear on an everyday basis but the other two new releases are great for everyday use. I'm sure there's a shade for you too. 

What do you think about Estée Lauder's new products?

Have a lovely day!
xx Cheryl

* press samples, all opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Review: Daylong Sensitive Face Regulating Fluid SPF 50+

The weather in Switzerland has been absolutely amazing this weekend and I spent as much time as possible outside. To protect my skin from sun damage I used Daylong's new Sensitive Face Fluids with SPF 50+ which I've taken to Thailand with me as well. 

I received the Sensitive Face Regulating Fluid SPF 50+ and the Sensitive Face BB Fluid SPF 50+ in the shade light/medium to put to the test*. As far as I can tell there's only one shade available. 

The products are designed for oily skin: They provide a mat effect because they regulate the sebum production of your skin. Furthermore, they protect the skin from pollutants and have an anti-aging effect, mostly due to the sun protection, I guess. The Sensitive Face products are non-comedogenic and suitable for very sensitive skin.  

The Sensitive Face Regulating Fluid has a very light texture and sinks into the skin quickly. Therefore, it can easily be used before applying makeup and it doesn't make my face look shiny at all. Well, at least not if I haven't been working out, but if that is the case, both products are water and sweat resistant as well... Last year I've been very impressed by the Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 and I have to say that I like the new Daylong one even better, because of its moisturizing effect. And it isn't scented, so our male contemporaries might like to use it too. 

I didn't reach for the BB Fluid as much as I reached for the Regulating Fluid, which is mostly because I often don't bother with any makeup related items when I'm at the beach. I applied it a few times and light/medium is already rather dark for pale faces such as mine but it blends into the skin nicely so it worked anyway. However, make sure to apply it evenly and take extra care around your hairline because the product may appear blotchy if you don't distribute it evenly all over your face and neck. In my experience, most tinted cream products don't really cover any blemishes but make the overall complexion look more even. This is exactly what the BB Fluid does as well with the added benefit of having an SPF 50+. It just warms up my skin tone a little, which is something I'm looking for when I'm having a lazy day where I don't feel the need to apply makeup but still want my skin to look healthy and sun-kissed. The texture of the two products feels pretty much the same to me but I would say my skin looked a tad bit less mat when using the BB Fluid, especially when it's humid outside. 

As you might have guessed, I prefer the Regulating Fluid to the BB Fluid as it fits into my daily routine better. What I find really impressing with both products is that I can actually skip moisturizer in hot weather when I'm using the Sensitive Face Fluids. When I'm applying makeup, I still use Caudalie's Eau de Beauté beforehand but I can get away without using a proper moisturizer. Not in winter, when my skin is dryer than usual but on a normal day, it is enough. 

The products are available for CHF 30.90 for 50ml in drugstores and pharmacies. If you've tried the products already, please share your opinion on them below! 

Have a great day!
xx Cheryl

*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Adventures in Thailand - Exploring Koh Yao Yai and Phuket

At the beginning of March I was lucky enough to be able to spend 11 days in Thailand with a dear friend. There's some obvious reasons why this was amazing, such as the great food and the sunny weather but I'd like to show you a little more. Sounds interesting? Then grab yourself a cup of tea and keep reading, this is going to be a long one! 

On the 28th of February we boarded a direct flight with Edelweiss Air from Zurich to Phuket. We both knew Phuket changed over the last years and it's so much more touristy than it used to be. However, as we only had 11 days to search for the sun we wanted the journey to be as easy as possible so we went for a direct flight to paradise. 

We wanted to make the most out of these days and explore and decided to take the next speedboat in Phuket to head to Koh Yao Yai. I've never heard of this island before and I still struggle to pronounce it but I can now tell you that it is well worth a visit! We stayed at the Koh Yao Yai Village Resort which is absolutely stunning! I've heard it being described as eco luxury and I totally agree. There are a lot of beautiful wooden details in the room and the shower is outside! 

We we're both blown away by the view from the infinity pool and the lovingly put together breakfast buffet. It offered so many healthy options with a great selection of nuts and seeds and yes, I do get very excited about a good breakfast! However, staying on the island isn't cheap compared to other parts of Thailand and I would recommend to bring enough cash, as there are only three ATMs on the whole island. 

To explore Koh Yao Yai, we hired a taxi driver for a few hours. The hotel arranged this for us and told our lovely driver where we'd like to go (i.e. see the rubber trees, watch the local specialty coconut biscuit being made, etc.). Sounds great, right? Well, it didn't go as planned. Our driver was so nice but she didn't understand any english, which is totally fine by me but she didn't drive to the places we expected to be going. We tried to explain what we wanted to see using hands and feet but it didn't work, even though we had a map with us, so I can't tell you whether our little sightseeing tour would have been worthwhile. Anyhow, I can tell you now that Ban Chong Lad is the most beautiful beach on the island, that shopping shouldn't be your aim when you're visiting Koh Yao Yai and that the island is very green and authentic. 

Ban Chong Lad
Loh Jark Bay
Pad Thai Gai
There are restaurants on the island to eat out but you might need to arrange for a taxi to pick you up with your hotel or rent a bike because there wasn't a good restaurant in walking distance to where we stayed. 

If you're planning on visiting Koh Yao Yai, please keep in mind that to respect the local culture you should't walk around in your bikini outside of the hotel and away from the beaches, just bring a nice shirtdress, pareo and T-shirt or something like that. 

Main thing to do in Koh Yao Yai: Relax. You could also book snorkeling trips or explore different beaches. We've only stayed on the island for two nights and I wouldn't recommend to stay there for a whole week as you can pretty much see the whole island in a day but we really enjoyed the stay at Koh Yao Yai Village and I would definitely go back. 

The transfer to Phuket was easy and very comfortable and we arrived at our hotel Thavorn Beach Village Resort after about two hours. To be honest, being in Phuket was a bit of a shock after staying on Koh Yao Yai as the latter was very quiet and by far exceeded our expectations. Phuket is popular all over the world and it attracts a lot of tourists. We were lucky that our hotel had a private beach which we shared with about 8 other people who preferred the sea view to the gigantic hotel pool. 

So what can you do in Phuket? Pretty much everything you can think of. We did a little trip everyday and got to see a lot of the island. I would recommend visiting old Phuket town. It was pretty empty when we were there and the streets are gorgeous. The architecture is inspired by Spanish villages which is not what I expected to see in Thailand. The whole town is full of little shops and pretty cafes and the whole vibe of the town is different than anywhere else I've been in Thailand. 

Soi Rommanee, Phuket town
A must do but most likely cultural shock is a visit to Bangla Road in Patong. Patong is well known as a party destination and Bangla Road seems to be where the party happens. There's bars and clubs on each side of the road and there's no chance you can walk through there without at least 5 people offering you to see a "sexy show", which is shown in all the bars on the street. We've seen enough just by walking the street up and down but we weren't the only tourists going there just to watch the crowd. We've seen elderly couples sitting there comfortably with a beer enjoying the sight of the busy street. Go there, take a look around, and if it's too much you can always just walk around the corner to a more quiet street and enjoy an oil massage, or even a thai massage, if you're a little more adventurous than I am.

The most surprising thing during our time in Phuket: We wanted to do a snorkeling trip in Ao Sane, where you can find a hidden little beach and we heard that it is a great place if you want to go snorkeling from the shore. However, when we tried our snorkeling equipment right in front of the hotel beach, we were totally blown away by the amount and variety of fish we were able to see there. I did a snorkeling trip to a reef in Thailand the year before and I didn't see as many different fish as we did right there at our hotel, which is just insane. Parrotfish, moray eels and many of their colourful friends just hung around there. 

The private beach in front of Thavorn Beach Village Resort
View from the Big Buddha
One day we went to see the Big Buddha and Wat Chalong. The picture above is shot at the top of the hill where Big Buddha is. In my opinion, the view is the only reason to go there, as the whole experience around the Buddha doesn't feel authentic at all. I haven't seen any locals up there, it seems like it has just been built for tourists. Wat Chalong on the other hand feels real. There are tourists but at the same time there are people worshipping in the temples and the whole area is beautifully built and well worth a visit, if you're interested in culture. Bring something to cover shoulders and knees, just as I did with my Calzedonia pareo if you're planning on visiting temples. On our way back we ate the absolute best food we had during our whole trip at Baan Rim Pa Kalim restaurant. If you're staying in Kamala or Patong, I highly recommend to check it out! The restaurant is situated on a hill and has a huge terrace overlooking the ocean. If you're there, try the Massaman Curry with beef, it is seriously the most delicious thing ever! 

For our last two days we travelled to the northern part of Phuket to the L'Esprit de Naiyang hotel near the airport. It's located about 5 minutes away from the best beach we've seen in Phuket. We weren't expecting this as the beach leads directly to the airport. If you don't mind hearing and seeing planes all day long, I'd really recommend to stay around there when you're in Phuket. The hotel itself is ok but nothing special, there's some better hotels which are closer to the beach. 

Nai Yang Beach

The highlight in Phuket happened on our last day. At Nai Yang beach, a local charity organization hosted a small event to release sea turtles back into the sea. We were lucky enough to be there at that very moment, so we could stand at the beach and see about a hundred sea turtles find their way back into freedom. As far as I know, this happens once a year and if you're there early enough, you can even sign up to help. 

That was the last evening before we headed to the airport at 3 a.m. to catch our flight back to Zurich. Even though I wouldn't go back to Phuket because there are just too many tourists for my liking I felt so relaxed after this holiday because it was so much fun, great food and the sun was just what I needed. I'm sure I'll be back in Thailand before long. 

This post was a little different than what I usually write about but I intend to broaden the variety of topics on this blog in the near future. Let me know what you thought about this in the comments below or via email, feedback is always appreciated!

If you have any questions, want more tipps or if you want to share your own experiences in Phuket, just leave a comment below. 

Have a great day!

XX Cheryl

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Alessandro International Powdery Pastels Spring Collection

This week has been the coldest one in Switzerland this year. I'll try to get you into a warm spring mood today with Alessandro International's Powdery Pastels spring collection*. It contains five elegant pastel shades from a light pink to a greyish lilac. 

As always, these Alessandro nail polishes don't contain any harmful ingredients such as parabene, formaldehyde and the like and they're vegan. 

Romantic Morning is the lightest shade in the collection, a very pale pink which is one of my go to nail looks. On top of it I'm wearing the Gelactic Top Coat Matte, which gives a stylish matte finish. 

This gorgeous pastel pink is named Dried Rose. I guess this is a colour which doesn't look good on every skin tone because of it's peachy pink look but I think it's a really elegant nude shade. 

Yes, it's love! Great name for a nail polish. If I had to choose a favourite, this one would be it. The shade is suitable for every occasion but the pink contains a hint of coral and some sparkle which makes it extra interesting. 

Stay With Me is more of a winter shade for me, because it looks more grey than lilac on my nails. This is the most obvious colour in this collection and in my opinion not really a pastel. Anyhow, it still is a pretty and easy shade to wear.

Lazy Day is a pale lavender nail polish, perfect for spring. I especially like this one because it's subtle and definitely suitable for the office but still a little different from my standard soft pinks. 

The shades in the Powdery Pastles spring collection are completely up my street, I love every single one of them as they're all so wearable. Sadly, the nail polish lasts no more than two days on my nails. However, you have the option to buy the shades as Striplac as well which lasts much longer but takes a little more effort to apply.

Alessandro International nail polishes are available in various stores such as Manor, Jelmoli, Globus and some drugstores. The 5ml nail polish is available for CHF 7.50, the Striplac for CHF 15.95. 

Which one is your favourite shade from this collection?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

*press samples. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Friday, 23 February 2018

My Beach Holiday Essentials

In no more than five days I'll be on my way to Phuket and I can't wait to get away from the cold. As I've showed you how I prepare for a long haul flight before (read more here and here) I thought I'd share my mostly non-beauty beach holiday essentials* with you instead. This is what I tend to bring to the beach with me. There are some more obvious essentials which I won't get into detail about such as a water bottle to stay hydrated, money, my phone, deodorant, a bikini and flip-flops. I mean, who wears normal shoes to the beach? But enough of the rambling, let's get started!

The most important thing is to always make sure you're protected from the sun. That's why I bring an inexpensive pair of sun glasses, I don't want my pretty ones to be ruined in the sand, some sort of pareo, my huge straw hat and sun cream. The zebra-striped pareo-thingy in the picture is from Calzedonia and I think it's really cute. When it comes to sun cream I usually start the holiday with an SPF 50 and go down to an SPF 30 when my skin is a little more used to the sun. For Thailand I'm testing the new Daylong 50+ Sensitive Regulating Face Fluid which looks mat on the skin. On the rest of my body I'm starting with the Ritual of Karma SPF 50 which smells absolutely delicious but I also want to test Louis Widmer's SPF 30 Waterproof Sun Gel. Anyhow, I'm making sure my skin is protected against the sun. 

I love to bring music to the beach so I pack my UE Wonderboom which is not only cute -let's please take a moment to appreciate its cuteness - but delivers great sound quality considering its size and it's water resistant too! However, I don't think it's always appropriate to blast everyone with my music so I often just use this in the hotel room and bring my Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones to the beach. They're extremely handy as they're noise cancelling, small and don't have a wire so I can use them on the plane as well as when I work out or just want to enjoy some music on the beach. The battery lasts a decent amount of time, the ear tips are changeable, they come in different sizes and materials, and some of them are washable which I find great. There's an easy app to adjust the sound settings to your liking. I did that once and now I'm happy with it but if you're adventurous, you could do that depending on your mood ;-) So, that's my earphones introduced. 

When I'm not too busy, you can usually find me on the couch with my kindle. Ok, let's be fair: my boyfriends kindle. But he doesn't use it and I have so much more love for it than he does. Anyway, when I'm heading to the beach, I rather bring a real book than the kindle. This time I decided to take Sapiens with me because I've heard tons of people raving about it so I thought I'd give it a go. 

That's about all I bring to the beach with me. What's in your beach bag?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Winter Skin Care - Taking care of your face and body during winter

Over the last couple of months I've been trying a lot of different products to keep my skin hydrated during winter. My skin tends to get severely dry during the cold months and I'm always on the hunt for products which are easy to use and do the job. So today I'm going to show you the basics I'm using on my face and body*. Brace yourselves, this is going to take a while... 

Let's start with my face. There are some products which I'm using all year round, like the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum but I switch my daily moisturizer for a more hydrating one during winter. My current favourite is Louis Widmer's Remederm Face Cream UV20. This is a very rich moisturizer which I use in the morning after cleansing my face. I only use it during the day because of the UV protection, which is a great add on as it provides some sun protection during the day and the cream protects your skin from the cold too. Even in winter your skin can get damaged by the sun, therefore it's important to use an SPF. My recommendation for the night is the Louis Widmer Pro-Active Cream Light which I've been using for quite a while now but recently used up. When you first use the Remederm Face Cream you might think it's too thick for a daily moisturizer and I agree that it takes a little longer to sink in but it honestly builds a great base for your foundation. The skin is perfectly hydrated for the whole day which automatically makes your makeup look better. Hydrated skin is also key if you want your skin to look healthy and glowing - of course there's a lot of products to help with the glow, as I just recently talked about in the Pixi blogpost but hydrated skin is the basis. I love this rich moisturizer, a little goes a long way so the CHF for the product are definitely good value for money. Nevertheless, I have to say that this product is suitable for people with dry or dry-combination skin and it might be too much for someone with oily skin. 

Every now and then - which is about once a week - I treat my skin with a hydrating face mask. There are several really good ones on the market but the two I've been enjoying most are the Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask and the skin689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask. The former is an effortless moisture boost which I love because I can apply it exactly where I need it. Clarins also has a SOS Hydra Mask which I like to apply all over my face but this one I rather use locally. The texture is rich and balmy and it seems to smooth the skin wherever I apply it (on my face, that is). Most of the time, the driest part of my skin is my forehead, so that's where I apply this face mask generously and leave it for about 20 minutes. My skin absorbs most of the product and I just wipe away the access with a cotton pad. This is quick and easy because the mask stays exactly where I applied it until I remember to remove it. Due to its matt formula it's nearly invisible on the skin so I can imagine taking this on a plane journey with me. The Clarins SOS Comfort mask is available for CHF 50 for 100ml. 

The skin 689 Switzerland Moisturizing Face Mask is a bio-cellulose hyaluron mask which gives your skin a serious kick of hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid and an amino acid complex which moisturizes your skin. This is the product I choose if I need a little bit of a break and instant hydration for my skin. After about 25 minutes of lying on the couch I remove the sheet mask and my skin looks healthy, fresh and well nourished. For CHF 7.90 this product easily exceeded my expectations and I already repurchased one to treat my skin after my long haul flight in the end of February - more on that soon. 

skin689 Switzerland is a brand I'm new to and I only ever tried the two products I'm showing you today. The next is their Anti-Cellulite Cream. Well, without going into too much detail here, my bum isn't the perfect image of a peach but it isn't in desperate need of a product like this one. Therefore, there's a different reason than cellulite that makes me talk about this product today. It's designed to rejuvenate and strengthen the structure of your skin, enhancing its firmness and elasticity. Nice! But(t) (hah! See what I did there?!) I was more impressed by the other ingredients of this cream such as jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin C and E. As you might be able to guess, they are great to add moisture to your skin. The product description says, these are intensive caring agents to smooth the surface of the skin and leave it feeling as soft as velvet. And I agree! I think that part of beating cellulite is providing enough moisture for the skin and this cream reeeeally does a good job with that. First, as far as I can tell, my bum does look smoother than before using the product. Second, so does the rest of my skin where I applied this cream because I just used it wherever my skin was dry. I know, at CHF 79 this isn't exactly the product you would use just as a body lotion but I'm honestly impressed with the quality and the effect so I can only recommend to give it a try if your budget allows it. My first encounter with skin689 Switzerland products is very positive, I love the sleek and hygienic design of the packaging and the quality is convincing too. I'm intrigued to hear more about them in the future. 

Another way I like to take care of my body during winter is by using body oils. For me, body oils are more than just a way to hydrate my skin. Other than with normal body lotion, I feel like I have to massage an oil into my skin. Therefore, the process of applying the oil onto my body turns into a relaxing experience. I like Bi-Oil, which is not only created to treat dry skin but also stretch marks and scars. It has a very distinctive scent which is extremely hard to describe. It smells kind of spicy, very warm and slightly sweet and creamy, a combination which is relaxing and cozy. To see a real effect you'd have to religiously use this twice a day for about three months and give your skin a good massage. I just can't be bothered to apply an oil in the morning, it takes up too much time. Anyhow, as a relaxing alternative to a body lotion, I really enjoy using this product and at CHF 26 for 125ml, the price is ok. If you're a very structured or determined person struggling with stretch marks, you might want to give this a try and maybe then leave a comment about the effect below? ;-) 

When it comes to hand cream, I'm not too picky as long as they're not sticky. I just want them to keep my hands hydrated. My current favourite combo are the Louis Widmer Handbalm UV10 with its light but well nourishing formula for the day, again with sun protection, and the Louis Widmer Hand Cream which is a little richer for the night. 

We did it! We reached the end of my current winter skin care favourites. I might do a separate blogpost on lip care as well, as dry lips are the biggest issue for me and I've tried a huge amount of different products. There's one to go, then I think I'm ready to give you an overview of my top tipps. 

What are your skin care secrets to keep your skin nicely hydrated during winter?

Have a great day!

xx Cheryl

* all of the mentioned products in this blogpost are press samples. Anyway, I always share my honest opinion on the products with you. 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Londontown Nail Polish Review

Have you ever heard of Londontown*? No, I'm not talking about that well known city in the UK, but I know that one too. Take a look at the pictures below... it's nail polish! Yaaaay! 

Londontown is a brand founded by Marina Dimentman in England. The concept and formulation are inspired by the family flower garden of the founder where her great aunt used to combine flower oils to take care of her dry hands and nails. Londontown nail polishes therefore contain diverse natural oils and ingredients such as rapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, chamomile and cucumber, a combination named Florium Complex. None of the nail polishes contain bad stuff like formaldehyde or paraben, plus they're vegan and cruelty free. The interesting part is that this Florium Complex makes sure that the quality of your nails and the quality of the manicure (in terms of longevity without chipping) improve every time you use the nail polishes. 

I was sent three of their products to test: two lakur nail polishes and a kur Protective Top Coat. 

I've tested both nail polishes with a base coat and the kur Protective Top Coat on top. Portobello Plum is a gorgeous dark violet shade which is great for autumn and winter, Natural Charm is a greyish brown, suitable for every occasion. The finish is glossy, even and lovely and application is very easy. What I noticed is that these nail polishes dry quickly on the nails which is a huge plus for me because I'm just not the most patient person you'll ever meet. 

The manicure lasted about four days till it was chipped and I had to remove it which is about as long as I want my nail polish to last. After four to five days I'm usually bored with the colour anyway. The quality and concept as well as the product design get a thumbs up from me! 

Portobello Plum

Natural Charm 

I can't tell you about the long term effect of the products yet, as I'm usually testing several different nail polishes. Testing long term effects with nail polishes would mean to use them exclusively for quite a while, which is not easy as a blogger. However, I'm happy with the product and the concept is convincing, if there's any updates, I'll let you know. 

In Switzerland, Londontown is available in health shops and the nail polishes cost around CHF 20.

By the way, I've been playing around with a new photo editing software. Any opinions on the style of the pictures? 

If you've tried Londontown already, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Have a lovely day!

xx Cheryl

* press samples, all opinions are honest and my own.