THE BEST BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT SET OF 2013

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So every year I like to treat my Mum at Christmas (as we all do) and so for one of her main presents, I bought her this amazing Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Gift Set. I was so excited to give it to her as it has the award winning Forever Youth Liberator, Volume Effect Mascara and the absolute classic, Touche Éclat.

……..but what an anti-climax.

Obviously she appreciated YSL brand, but when she said ‘so what’s this?’ *picking up the touché elcat* I wanted to walk out, lock myself in a room and scream into a pillow. I think I would have cried if I got this gift as I can no way afford these products, but she just didn’t understand the wow factor of it. So I thought I shall share this gift set with my fellow beauty junkies and hopefully feel like my money was well spent…

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 For an amazing £48.50, the gift set included all full sized products and came with a classic black and gold make up bag. This was definitely my best beauty Christmas gift sets of 2013, but it was closely followed by Benefits range, who I think really pulled out all the stops to impress with their gift sets.

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What was your best beauty buy this year? Let me know!
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NAILS STINC.

First of all I would just like to apologise deeply about the bad pun in the title ….. *tumbleweed* I thought of it and couldn’t resist putting it as the title, even though I’m sure most people didn’t get it or mainly, didn’t find it funny at all……… haha.. anyway…

It always angers me when I buy an expensive product that has had rave reviews and it turns out to be shit.. It happened with a MAC brush I bought a couple of years ago, (yes I’m still annoyed 2 years on…) Aussie shampoo and conditioner and now a Nail Inc nail polish.

 

I should have learnt my lesson the first time really – I bought a Nails Inc polish a few years back and wasn’t impressed about how long it stayed on for but I thought I’d give it a second go.  I’ve had this nail polish for quite a while now, I just haven’t properly used it, it’s called Saville Row and it’s a lovely deep purple colour with an underlining red tone. So I guess an easier way of saying that would be a ‘plum shade’…

I put it on and the immediately I didn’t like it the way it went. The coverage is really uneven and if you get a fraction of more product on one section of your nail, you can really tell, as it does not spread easily at all. However… I put another layer on and it appeared to even out, so I got over that one quickly.

Buuut! After a double application AND a top coat, after just one day it had chipped! ONE DAY! I have a limit of a minimum two – three days (depending on how expensive the product is) before I think it is acceptable for a nail polish to chip. However again… I just painted over it and let it slide, hoping that I had just badly caught or hit my nail on something.

(after 2 days it looks like i’ve been wearing it for 7) also as you can see, the surface is very scratchy.. even though I did not go out/ do anything drastic for at least three hours after I painted it. I expect a smooth, glossy finish for the price.

 I feel like I was really generous with this nail polish, but it just tipped me over the edge when I looked down and saw two nails on my other hand seriously chipped at the top. For a nail polish, which average price is £11, I think it is really disappointing… I know that I’ll be sticking with Essie nail polish, which very rarely lets me down.

It just shows that paying more for a product doesn’t always mean you are getting higher quality..

Have you ever been really disappointed by a product you paid a lot of money for!? Share it so we can all be warned!

photo credits: (1) http://blog-mademoisellec.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Nails-inc-savile-row13.jpg


(2) my own.