I tried, I really tried, but nail wraps/stickers/skins/whatever are not for me; or more specifically, not designed for my nail shape. I don't usually follow the latest nail 'trends' (I didn't particularly care for the crackle, matte or magnetic ones) but I decided to purchase a couple of variations to play around with because I really like the concept.
There are some great patterns available, and I think ones with bolder patterns would be particularly good as accent nails. I liked this one by Butter London because it looked unique. They are easy enough to apply (peel off the sheet, stick onto the nail, cut/buff away the excess, apply a topcoat) but I personally found they did not lay flat on my nail bed - probably because my nails are very curved. I didn't even bother photographing my nails because they looked so bad. They should last for a couple of days but I always took mine off after one day because pieces of fluff would be caught on the edges. All in all, not for me.
Butter London Nail Skin Stickers costs £8.50 (for 12 stickers) at Harvey Nichols.
Whilst I am waiting for Revlon's tinted lip balm sensatition to drop into my local stores, L'Oreal has released something similar of their own called Rouge Caresse. When I first purchased these lipsticks a month or so ago, I hadn't heard anything about them in the blogosphere, but in the last couple of weeks, I have seen lots of (mainly positive) reviews. I really like the shades I have purchased so far, and I want to pick up a few more. There are only about 10 colours in the range.
The packaging is on the clunky side but it doesn't look as bad as it could do. I like that the tube fits snugly around the bullet to prevent the possibility of the lipstick from breaking. The lid also clicks shut very securely.
I took advantage of Boots' 3 for 2 offer and picked up a pale baby pink called Lovely Rose (top left), a hot blue based magenta pink called Cheeky Magenta (top right) and a peachy coral with a hint of shimmer called Dating Coral (bottom left). I was surprised how pigmented they all were - even when applied on my pigmented lips (bottom right). I had expected them to be much more sheer.
The first few times I tried each shade, the colour seemed to sit in my lip lines and cling onto the dry bits that I didn't even know I had. After thoroughly exfoliating though, they make my lips look smooth and plump. I still had issues with Lovely Rose and Cheeky Magenta streaking, though the latter is much less noticeable, and I assume this is probably because the lipstick has a lot of slip due to the glossyness when initially applied.
The glossy finish wears away after the first hour, and colour fades after 2-3 hours. They also have a light scent of sweets or candy, but it is very faint, and I can barely detect it when using the lipsticks. Rouge Caresse lipsticks do not dry out my lips - I am hesitant to describe them as nourishing or hydrating, but they definitely do not feel drying to me.