April 1st, 2011
Now that bronzing season is almost upon us we at L’Onglex have been pondering which products to invest in for our Spring/Summer make-up bags.
Naturally the old reliables like Sun Shimmer and Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs are as we speak winging their way from the back of the beauty cupboard, but when it comes to bronzing on the face we thought we might try something a bit lighter this season.
Enter Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder which as you may or may not know features four different shades or bronze. The light, sandy shades are perfect for adding subtle highlighting as well as some soft, sun-kissed contours and as the main danger with bronzer always seems to be that we overdo it this one didn’t leave us looking like we had just turned up for auditions in The Only Way As Essex !
As the mix also includes a mirror and soft bristled brush, should you find yourself feeling a bit pasty on the hop this is perfect for topping up. Conclusion …. didn’t cake, didn’t make us look like an Umpa-Lumpa and didn’t leave smears on the collar of L’Onglex’s new white work blouse…. can we ask for any more than that ?
March 28th, 2011
When it comes to polishing our pinkies we usually tend to gravitate towards the brighter shades and now that Spring has well and truly sprung we thought it high time we added a touch of colour to our talons.
Given that pinks, greens, blues and even yellows are set to dominate during the coming months we thought we just might have time for one last hurrah on the darker shades which brings us nicely onto the above swatch.
Having been flown all the way from the UK, a friend of L’Onglex picked up this little gem while she enjoyed some R&R in the Champanys Spa and we instantly fell in love with the classic charcoal grey. Having spent so long playing with colour we couldn’t quite believe how flattering the shade actually is.
The only gripe we did have ( and as it was a gift it would be rude to have too many! ) was that the formula was a little light on pigment so two to three coats are a must.
On the upside the coats dry quick enough and if the UK seems a little far to fly to get a polish fix, we are reliably informed you can grab a bottle in boots.
March 23rd, 2011
While polishing our pinkies is undoubtedly our favorite part of our beauty routine, we can’t help but wonder just how much of our lives have been wasted away watching polish dry. Base coat, couple of coats of polish and a topcoat and it’s easy to see how the hours add up.
We’ve tried everything over the years from using a hair dryer to try and speed things up to dunking our pinkies in ice cold water between coats and although each may have shaved a couple of minutes of our routine there was never any life changing benefit…..until Sally hanson quick dry launched! This stuff has become our HG top coat simply because as soon as all three coats are on, this stuff seals the deal and you don’t need to hang around too long.
But you do still need to wait around between coats which is why we did a double take as well as a hop, skip and a jump when we test drove the new NYC Quick dry polishes. Promising to go from wet to dry in less then sixty seconds , this was just the polish news we’ve been waiting for.
Pictured is the rather pretty purple MoMA shade and we’ve been impressed how our nails have gone from 0 to Girly in less than 40 seconds. The fact that the brush comes with control-flow also quickened proceedings a little and ensured L’Onglex’s fingers were pretty much polish free – this we like !!
March 18th, 2011
Regular readers will know that we at L’Onglex have a bit of an obsession with the kitten flick. If we’re not spending hours watching the latest beauty tutorial by some or other guru extolling the benefits of liquid eyeliner you’ll find us in the mirror perfecting our technique.
We’ve tried everything from clever liner pens to the old school pots and brushes but never have we come across a budget liquid liner that has impressed us quite as much as the latest one from bargain beauty brand Catrice. Hot off the shelves Catrice’s gel liner is priced at the rather purse friendly €4.49 and we think that’s a bargain.
Having spotted it during a recent dash round Pennys we figured it might be worth a punt and considering it looked like a dead ringer for Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ( our current fave ) we thought we’d try it and we weren’t disappointed!
Super pigmented and easy to apply, the budget kitten flick hole in our life has now been filled with one deft sweep of inky liner across L’Onglex’s lids! On the small matter of wearability the colour does fade down slightly during the day but other than that it didn’t budge or smudge – result !
March 14th, 2011
When it comes to polishing our pinkies we’ve always been partial to a bit of purple. Thus it was that a recent trip to the holy grail that is the Brown Thomas Beauty Hall resulted in this rather impulsive purchase which goes by the moniker of Estee Lauder’s Vilot Diva !
As pastels look set to be huge this summer we must admit that we did justify the €20 by telling ourselves it was all in the name of research. Being the nail junkies we are we normally wait a while before we post on the blog but as we rather liked this we thought we’d just get some pics up and have done with it …
So, although things got off to a slightly sticky start (we didn’t let our base dry for quite long enough) once we got into our stride we found the formula to be pretty good. Light but plenty of pigment and a pretty decent brush as well.
On the downside it’s becoming pretty popular in these parts so flashing our nails and not the bottle is probably the best way to keep hold of it !
March 9th, 2011
We at L’Onglex have been busy putting the feelers out for the latest spring collections and our latest find is wrapped in a rather cute printed zippy case and goes by the moniker of Peony and Python and is by Bobbi Brown.
Designed by Amy Smilovic of Tibi the six catwalk ready shades are compacted inside and include this seasons pastel purples, some rather dashing greys, a nude and a darker shade for contouring. On the finish, the shadows are a mix of sheer and matt which makes them perfect for creating light natural looks for day and more intense shading for evening wear.
Quality wise the shadows are well pigmented which makes them a dream to blend and having worn them in and fluttered around there has been a welcome absence of colour falling around our eyes. Also noticeable by their absence are those nasty sponge applicators, in place of which come two rather nifty brushes which although not perfect, do a pretty decent job if you happen to find yourself on the hop !
One thing we did find a little hard to manage however was the zipper which is a bit sticky at times, not sure if the pack comes with some WD40 but we may have to look into it should we decide to decide to put this in our ‘keeper’ pile.
The Peony and Python palette landed on Bobbi Counters on March 1st and can be yours for €45.
March 1st, 2011
Its not often that we get to fawn over designer nail polish here at L’Onglex HQ but when an opportunity arises you can be sure that we’ll milk it!
Enter the latest must have colour from the folks at Chanel and how we managed to beg, borrow and steal ourselves this rather coveted spring colour is anyones guess. What’s probably more surprising is that we’ve had it for two weeks and not shouted about it to anyone which for us is most unusual.
Not sure if the rather hurried pictures and our rather hurried application do the shade the justice we think it so richly deserves but the shimmery blue and grey colours make this polish look completely different depending on the light.
If, like ourselves, you happen to be polish obsessed the end result of the colour differential is that you’ll spend ages staring at your nails to see exactly which delectable shade of grey / green they happen to be at any given time which has the rather nasty side effect of making you look a bit too into yerself !
A wallet wincing €21 is the damage if you can beg, borrow or steal some and if this sounds a bit costly take solace in the fact that it’s …..
i) If you apply it as much as us it works out at 10c per coat … and …
ii) … gorgeously Chanel !
February 19th, 2011
Regular readers will know when it comes to our under eye circles we’re borderline obsessed. As dark patches are more often than not the bane of L’Onglex’s otherwise flawless beauty routine, we are always on the lookout for anything we think might be able to make us look a bit less scary when the dreaded panda eye chooses to strike.
Enter the latest release from Bobbi Brown which is an all-in-one corrector and concealer. Designed to banish the blotches for good, Bobbi has created two new products which we’ve been fortunate enough to get our greedy mitts on.
The first product is a creamy pink skin corrector which works by evening out grey tones and brightening the under eye area. As with all things Bobbi, matching product to skin tone isn’t too difficult as there are 12 shades to choose from.
When we first applied this we were quite impressed and being the impatient sorts we are we thought we’d leave it at that. But once the corrector is in place our skin tone was still quite pinkish so the concealer is what really does the work with this.
Much creamier than previous concealers, the latest edition works a treat at bringing eyes back to something like their natural best and once it hits the corrector the two work really well together. As the new range also comes with a press powder that keeps everything in place we are firmly of the opinion that this one is going to be a bit of a keeper. Due to hit shelves at BT’s in early April,this is definitely worth the wait.
January 31st, 2011
It’s been a while since we’ve discussed our brows here on the L’Onglex blog yet that doesn’t mean we have forgotten. Yes, the curvaceous lip or the glamorous lash may demand more of our time and attention but that certainly doesn’t mean that our rather sad and narrow minded escapades with all things brow related has fallen by the wayside – creating the perfect arch is still an obsession !
Finding ourselves knee deep in eyebrow powders and pencils it’s been business as usual when it comes to testing and having not had too much to report of late all has been quiet until we chanced on the discovery of Soap & Glory’s Arch De Triumph.
If you haven’t seen this yet we think you soon might as like nearly everything Soap and Glory it’s pretty decent at the price and then some. The pencil itself is double sided and comes with a powdery brown for filling and a shimmery white for highlighting. Basically the pencil has quite a light texture which makes it great for feathering and leaves quite a natural finish. If you’re looking to avoid a look that screams Bert from Sesame Street did my make-up this might be it.
Being as we’re not the greatest when it comes to keeping a steady hand for subtle shading, contained within is a pretty decent highlighter which, when combined with a quick smudge, goes a long way in defining the natural brow shape. As we’ve now blathered about the benefits we also feel it fair to mention the one downside to Arch De Triumph which goes something like this – as the powdery texture means lots of sharpening if you use pencils heavily this might not be on the dressing table too long …. so be warned !!
If you still fancy picking one up you’ll find them in Boots for €11.25.
January 11th, 2011
After hearing L’Onglex could get trim and slim without the pain of endless stomach crunching or the spirit crushing misery of a cabbage soup detox, we have to say we were more than intrigued by Mama Mio Boot Camp. If you haven’t seen it, this is a slimming treatment which aims to improve circulation, de-bloat and then clarify and firm the skin using a sequence of massage, toning creams and exfoliation.
Now before we even start, L’Onglex feels it only fair to place on record our absolute scepticism when it comes to all things slimming related. Especially given the number of celebrity fans of said regime. We’re a bit old school. If you want to slim. Eat less. Exercise more. Not that we do. But that’s how it’s done. Again, not that we do. However, deciding to go along with at the very least an open mind, we booked ourselves in and found ourselves rather pleased that the whole thing twas not what it seemed.
Firstly, rather than being a hardcore military inspired regime involving a shaven headed Sergeant Major, the boot camp is a surprisingly gentle routine. Finding ourselves on a massage table rather than being screamed at in a drill yard, the whole thing began with some reflexology focussing on pressure points around the stomach and moved on to a pretty thorough colon massage. As to what I can say of having my colon massaged I’m not exactly sure. Said to reduce bloating, if you’ve never had your colon massaged before, it isn’t all that nice, but then it isn’t all that bad either, and since it does what it says it will do, we guess at the very least it works better than it sounds !
With the massage over the treatment moves on to a fruit exfoliation using citric acids to naturally remove dead skin and prep problem areas ready for a firming cream. By the time L’Onglex’s dead skin had been shorn away and the firming cream had worked its way into the skin things were feeling tighter already and it was time for an algae wrap to get to work at reducing cellulite by speeding up lipolysis. As this is key to helping the rate at which our bodies breakdown deposits of fat being stored we were told this was key to the treatments success.
After being rather impressed with the hour or so we spent being pulled, prodded and generally smoothed over we have to say we were quite pleased with the finished result. Overall Mama Mio does reduce puffiness, it does help with water retention and although the treatment isn’t really a slimming treatment as such, it did give us a slimmer figure. At about €90 a go the Mama Mio Bootcamp isn’t particularly cheap, but on the other hand, if you need to give the dieting or the detox a bit of a boost we think it’s well worth looking into.