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{December 17, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #14

 Aplogies for the rushed post, with xmas coming so quickly things have been so busy. I have updated my swatch page for anyone who is interested. I have been drawn to Summery colours this week. Its freezing here and looking at a bit of colour cheers me up a little. My nails seem to be taking forever to grow back.

Rimmel 60 Seconds

Rimmel 60 Seconds, Funtime Fuscia and Sunrise, both are lovely to work with, great formula and fast drying.

Tuesday, Rimmel Lasting Finish, Double Esspresso.

Tuesday, Rimmel Lasting Finish, Double Esspresso. I cant say anything about this polish, the formula is good, drying time is good, everything is good so I dont know why I feel blegh about this one.  Its just,,,,, blegh.

Wednesday

Wednesday, Technic Tawny Port. Recieved in my Beauty Box subscription, one of the worst polishes I have ever used, which is a shame as Technic are usually good polishes. The chipping started within a few mins of drying and massive chunks has chipped off by morning. I was planning on regifting this but I’m not that mean, its in the bin.

Thursday - Another hit from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range.

Thursday – Sally Hansen, Casting Call. Another hit from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range, purchased in Poundland. I went back for more shades and these are selling really quickly. Streaky on the first coat but it evened itself out on the 2nd (and last) coat.  Big brush which I love.

Friday - Rimmel Lasting Finish, All Spice. I only paid 50p for this and for that price it performed well, I need four coats as its quite sheer, which meant it took longer to dry, but considering the amounts of coats a ten min wait is pretty reasonable I think. I love the shade but I dont think it suits me, maybe with a tan it would be better?

Friday – Rimmel Lasting Finish, All Spice. I only paid 50p for this and for that price it performed well, I need four coats as its quite sheer, which meant it took longer to dry, but considering the amounts of coats a ten min wait is pretty reasonable I think. I love the shade but I dont think it suits me, maybe with a tan it would be better? It peeled off whilst washing dishes at the end of the day.

Saturday-Sally Hansen Extreme Wear, Emerald City. Watery formula and a skinny brush made this tricky to apply, I used three coats in total as its not as opaque as it looks. Chipped the next day, same as the others I've tried from the Extreme Wear range.

Saturday-Sally Hansen Extreme Wear, Emerald City. Watery formula and a skinny brush made this tricky to apply, I used three coats in total as its not as opaque as it looks. Chipped the next day, same as the others I’ve tried from the Extreme Wear range.

Sunday. I've not used pink in a while and have been unlucky with every attempt at using Essie's Mod Squad. I always smudge it, so I decided to give it another go, it turned out ok, I aded two coats of Calvin Kliens Hallucinate for sparkles. Hate those tiny square calvin Klien lids, you need to hold it at an angle in order for the brush to be flat on your nails.

Sunday.
I’ve not used pink in a while and have been unlucky with every attempt at using Essie’s Mod Squad. I always smudge it, so I decided to give it another go, it turned out ok, I aded two coats of Calvin Kliens Hallucinate for sparkles. Hate those tiny square calvin Klien lids, you need to hold it at an angle in order for the brush to be flat on your nails.

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You can probably guess from my title that I’m not happy with my box this month. The box was late and because I’ve waited in everday for the parcel since the 4th December I wasn’t in the bestest of moods to begin with, their customer services could do with a shake up too. There are still several unanswered posts about missing boxes on their customer forums from several days ago yet complaints through Facebook are answered within the hour. Not everyone is on Facebook, not everyone wants to be either.

SheSaidBeauty costs £9 a month plus £2.95 p+p, you fill out a profile on registration, in which you tell SheSaidBeauty the kind of products you are interested in and ones you are not. You also fill out information about your hair colour, skin tone etc.

I thought this was for the purpose of customising the box, but I’ve since learnt from a SheSaidBeauty employee they don’t use the profiles in that way, products are selected at random and the profiles are for market research to send subscribers offers etc, that explains the influx of emails I’ve had since joining. If I had known this on registration I would not have filled out the bloody survey.  It also explains why people with fair skin get dark fake tan samples.  You are meant to receieve 5 “deluxe” samples each month, Im not sure if “deluxe” refers to the brand or size but either way its a fail.

I have zero interest in skincare, I’m happy with what I use and if I mess about trying other stuff I usually break out. I joined primarily for make-up items ( the only category I checked as very interested in) and whilst I dont expect a box full of of make-up I do expect variety.  I have recieved 15 plus samples from my three boxes and out of these only two have been make-up items and the rest has been mostly skincare.

I caved and had a sneek peek at the products on offer and I was pretty excited as there was a couple of make-items and coloured contacts, I wrongly assumed that I’d get at least one in my box. From reading the reviews it seems that a lot of people who want skincare have gotten the cosmetics and vice versa.

I’ve rambled on enough, I am cancelling my subscription as out of my three boxes costing over £30 I’ve only had one product that I’ve actually used on a regular basis, whilst others may be happy with thier boxes, its just not for me and that £30 could have been well spent on products I actually want.  I may try another subscription service, Im still undecied. Sorry for the rant, here’s what I got in my box.

BaoBab Regenerating and Firming Body Oil. £35 for 100ml.This is a decent sample size of 30ml oil is something I very rarely use

Minvita BaoBab Regenerating and Firming Body Oil. £35 for 100ml.
This is a decent sample size of 30ml oil is something I very rarely use becaue I hate the feeling of it on my skin. For those who like this kind of thing its a decent enough amount of product to give a proper trial.

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Dr Duve Skin Boosting Cream – £129 for 50ml
Dr Duve Anti Ageing and Firming Eye Cream – £115 for 30ml
These two tiny sachets make up two of my five items. If had that kind of money to spends on creams, there is no way I would do so based on using these two sachets. Its kind of an insult that these have counted as two products.

YaNa Kiss Savon Noir - £10 for 400gDont be fooled by the paper tied up with string, beyond that is a little clear tub, like the ones you get dips in from takeaways, I get bad reactions from soaps so avoid it, the smell of this is not to great either, my Daughter describes it as "rhubarb erupting from a volcano"

YaNa Kiss Savon Noir – £10 for 400g
Dont be fooled by the paper tied up with string, beyond that is a little clear tub, like the ones you get dips in from takeaways, I get bad reactions from soaps so avoid it, the smell of this is not to great either, my Daughter describes it as “rhubarb erupting from a volcano” There is no product information on the packaging so Im not sure what size this sample is, or what ingredients it has.

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Technic Nail Polish – Tawny Port – £1.25 for 12ml
The last of my five items is a nail polish, its the only full sized product in the five items. I have nothing against the brand Technic and I already own several products from this brand including nail polish, but I have seen this particular polish on sale for 50p so I assumed it to be a dud. I gave it a quick swatch and once it was dried it chipped straight away, the colour is like dozens I have already so this will be going into my little sisters stocking.

Technic Nail Polish.  Chipping started a few mins after drying.

Technic Nail Polish.
Chipping started a few mins after drying.

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Amie Spring Clean Cooling Clay Mask. Full Sized 15ml Sachet £1.50
Jing Whole Leaf Teabags £5.40 for 15 bags or £30 for 100
Because these are bonus items I don’t like to moan about them but to be honest, its freezing here in the UK and I wont be putting anything cooling on my face anytime soon. I’ll prob use this in the Spring when its a warmer climate, or pack for my Spanish holidays.
I have had green tea before and almost vomitted my lunch up so these will be passed on, if I can find someone who likes them.



{December 8, 2012}   Nails of The Week #13
 
 
                                                       My polish swatch page has been updated. Click here to view the complete collection.
Monday - Rimmel 60 Seconds - Green With Envy.

Monday – Rimmel 60 Seconds – Green With Envy.
For some reason this is the only polish in the 60 second range that I own with the smaller brush, because this is a thicker formula it makes application tricky for me, two coats needed and totally worth the hassle. Fourth time I’ve worn this, which is a record.

Tuesday - Revlon Matte Suede - Ruby Ribbon.

Tuesday – Revlon Matte Suede – Ruby Ribbon.
I hunted this one down after falling in love with Emerald City from the same range, again this is semi matte and very fast drying, so fast that it dried whilst I was dipping my brush for more product, so I had to remove the first coat as it turned gloopy, I don’t like these smaller brushes but the color and finish make up for the chew on.

Wednesday - Rimmel Lasting Finish - Rose Orchid and Funky Diva.

Wednesday – Rimmel Lasting Finish – Rose Orchid and Funky Diva.
Rose Orchid looked like a pastel shimmery milky pink in the bottle but kind of blended in with my natural colour on the nail, I was expecting this to be sheer as most pale colours are but it was totally opaque after two coats. I painted my ring finger with Funky DIva and used two coats, I have no idea what happened as it turned matte when it dried yet the dots stayed glossy, if you look closely you can see the glossy finish where I didnt paint over the first coat with my second coat. Weird.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure - Navy Baby.I fell in love with the colour as soon as I saw it in the bottle. I love the Complete Salon Manicure range and have seen so many shades that I would like. It claims to include a base coat and top coat all in the one formula, I've not tried it without a base coat but I can get away without a top coat when wearing these. The large shaped brush can be tricky but I know that once I have mastered it, it will make application so much easier. I expected staining because of the intense colour but my nails are clean as a whistle ( apart from previous staining)

Thursday – Sally Hansen Complete Salon manicure – Navy Baby.
I fell in love with this colour as soon as I saw it in the bottle. I love the Complete Salon Manicure range and have seen so many shades that I would like. It claims to include a base coat and top coat all in the one formula, I’ve not tried it without a base coat but I can get away without a top coat when wearing these as the finish is so glossy. The large shaped brush can be tricky but I know that once I have mastered it, it will make application so much easier. I expected staining because of the intense colour but my nails are clean as a whistle ( apart from previous staining)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Dorien Grey.Another great shade from the Complete Salon Manicure Range. I thought this one may have required more coats as its a light colour but two was all that I needed.  I ended up using a top coat with this one as it didnt dry as shiney as Navy Baby. These have a decent drying time, I was able to use my hands for most household crap after 5 mins, with a neater application than I managed this range has the potential to look like a professional manicure.

Friday – Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Dorien Grey.
Another great shade from the Complete Salon Manicure Range. I thought this one may have required more coats as its a light colour but two was all that I needed. I ended up using a top coat with this one as it didnt dry as shiney as Navy Baby. These have a decent drying time, I was able to use my hands for most household crap after 5 mins, with a neater application than I managed this range has the potential to look like a professional manicure. I know a lot of polishes claim to look professional but I’ve not yet found one that lives up to it.

Saturday - FAILLLLL Im going to a concert tonight and wanted my nails to stand out so I tried to a camouflage design with metallics, it looked awful so I removed it.

Saturday – FAILLLLL
Im going to a concert tonight and wanted my nails to stand out so I tried to a camouflage design with metallics, it looked awful so I removed it.

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Because I wasted so much time on the failed nail design I had to polish my nails quick so I painted alternating nails with L.A Colours – Nuclear Energy and Revlon – Gold coin. Nuclear energy required three coats, quite happy with the colour and formula, decent drying time too, Gold Coin seems to have dried up, I only bought it a month or so ago, I think it may something to do with how I store them as I noticed another polish almost totally dried out which I only bought in Summer, kind of like the fluid has gone but the glitter is left behind. I managed to get it to apply even and I like how it looks textured but feels nice and smooth on the nail. You cant see it but I added alternating uv and glow top coats so im covered whatever the lighting is at the concert.

 


{December 4, 2012}   November Purchases.

I’ve not divided this month’s purchases into weeks as there isn’t that much stuff, there was plenty I wanted but I have been good with controlling myself, how many shades of Blue polish can I need?  I have finished purchasing my polishes for my polish swap and cant’ wait for her to recieve them, hopefully she will get them before Christmas.

Sally Hansen Supershine Top Coat – £3 in The Factory Shop.

Rimmel Glam Eyes HD in Heart Of Gold – £2 for two – The Factory Shop.

Pink Tease Animal Nail Tips – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Royal Connections Make Up Brushes.
Blending Brush – 99p in Boyes.
Small Shadow Brush – 89p in Boyes.
Large Shadow Brush – 99p in Boyes.

NYC Kohl Brow Pencils in Black and Taupe – £1 for two in Poundland.

Brown Knitted Hair Band – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Bianca, Show Me The Way, Beautiful Girl and Fly Away – £1 each in Poundland.

Rimmel 60 Seconds in Portobello Pink, Shocker and Desert Beauty – £1 each in Poundland.

Make Up Academy Lipsticks – £2 (three for two) in Superdrug.

Rimmel Threesum Shadows – £1 in Poundland.
La Colours Shadow Palette – Carnival – £1 in Boyes.

Wild and Crazy Volumising Mascara in Black and Clear – £1 each in Poundland.

w7 Powder Blush – Walnut Glow – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Sculpt And Shape Lipstick – £1 in Poundland.

Essie - Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk.2 for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Essie – Nothing Else Metals and Penny Talk.
2 for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Without a Stitch, Model Behaviour and Thinking about Blue - £1 each in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Without a Stitch, Model Behaviour and Thinking about Blue – £1 each in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dorien Grey, Casting Call and Teracotta, £1 each in Poundland

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Dorien Grey, Casting Call and Teracotta, £1 each in Poundland

Sinful Colours - Big Daddy - £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colours – Big Daddy – £1 in Poundland.

Calvin Klien - Opus £2 in The Factory Shop

Calvin Klien – Opus
£2 in The Factory Shop

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipgloss - Juicy Peach.£1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipgloss – Juicy Peach.
£1 in Poundland.

 

 

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{November 25, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #12
View All My Polish and Swatches Here I’ll be updating the page on a weekly basis.
 
Sadly two of my nails broke this week and they just looked really odd so they all had to be shortened. I took great pleasure in indulging in one of my past disgusting habits, I bit them all down to size! I feel naked with short nails  but it is interesting to see how my polish looks totally different on my stubs.
 
Monday 26th November.
Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.
W7 – Lava Flow.
Sally Hansen Super Shine.
 
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Lava Flow is a white polish packed with glitter. One coat would have done but I always apply two, the glitter disperses evenly and the polish has  a decent drying time, the glitter does not feel grainy once its dry which is a mega plus for me, if I can feel the glitter on my nail then it sets my teeth on edge. Eugh!
 
Tuesday 27th November.
Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap
Revlon Matte Suede – Emerald City.
Attitude Matte Top Coat.
 
Revlon Matte Suede- Emerald City.

Revlon Matte Suede- Emerald City.

 
I picked this polish up yesterday,  its  a little thicker than the other Revlons I own and suprisingly one coat would have been sufficient, the second really brought the shimmer to life. This polish is not totally matte as I had initally belived. The semi matte finish teamed with the subtle shimmer gives the finished nail a look of velvet which is unlike any other polish I own. The drying time is excellent, I was able to crochet ten minutes after application, normally I have to wait several hours! I applied a matte top coat to see what it would look like totally mattified and although I like both, I prefer the way Revlon intended it to be.  I have a Sally Hansen polish by the same name, I’ll have to compare the colours when I remember.
 
 
Wednesday 28th November.
Products Used: Essie Fill the Gap.
Rimmel 60 seconds – Instyle Coral.
 Sally Hansen Super Shine.
 
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I am trying to work my way through my untrieds and I needed something that dried quickly as I left it late to paint my nails. I chose Instyle Coral because its dark enough outside my window without having darkness on my nails. If I have too much darkness around me it affects my mood. I applied two coats but on closer inspection I should have used three, as its pretty streaky, drying time is really great, I had no sheet printsthis morning despite painting my nails only 30 mins before getting into bed, I usually have to paint them a good two hours before bed and even then I regulary get sheet prints. Its handy to know that I can use the 60 Seconds range in a rush.
 
Thursday 29th November.
 
Products Used: Fill The Gap.
L.A. Colours – Wired.
 
L.A. Colours - Wired

L.A. Colours – Wired

Wired is a metallic blue, which is totally opaque in one coat, I cant think of anything bad to say about this polish and I hope the picture does it justice.
Saturday 1st December.
Products Used: Fill The Gap.
Technic Glitters – Bonanza
Technic Glitters - Bonanza.

Technic Glitters – Bonanza.

The wired polish was still going strong so I just added a coat of Bonanza over the top, in the bottle it looks like a blue base with blue glitter but its actually a black base, despite being really watery it had great coverage., and you can see that just one coat totally changed the Wired underneath. This stuff really stinks though so I doubt it will be getting much use.
 
Sunday 2nd December.
Products Used: Fill The Gap.
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Shocking.
Essie – Nothing Else Metals.
 
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I had another go at stamping today and the results are getting better but are far from perfect. Shocking is a very bright pink/fuscia which lives up to its name.  I doubt I’ll ever use on my hands again, but come Summer time this will be perfect for the feet.
 


Monday 12th November.
 
Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap
Essie – Nothing Else Metals.
Essie Carry On.
Essie Instant Dry Oil Protector
Striping Tape.
 
 
I have been searching around on the net for some inspiration and I have been admiring the many lattice manicures so thought I’d give it a go. It looked like a lot of work so I decided to do the lattice pattern on every other nail.  I used Nothing Else Metals as a base, and once that was dry I started applying the striping tape, it was very fiddly, luckily I had pre-cut the tape but I had difficulty it making the spaces even so I thought “bollocks to this” and what was meant to be a lattice effect was now going to be a diagonal pattern. Once I had the striping tape in place I painted on two coats of Carry On and waited for my nails to dry, I then removed the tape and was saddened to see it took some polish with it, the end result was a mess, Im going to post the pic so I can look back and learn from my mistakes.  I didn’t bother cleaning my fingers up because it was not staying on.
 
Tuesday 13th November.
 
Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.
Essie Penny Talk.
Calvin Klein – Opus
Sally Hansen Super Shine.
 
 
This is one of the best polishes I have used in a long time, usually I don’t like gold on a whole nail but this one is different, its more like a rose gold, Essie could not have named this polish better as its the colour of a newly minted penny, I used to collect shiny pennies as a child and using this brought back happy memories. Its a thick formula and it sets quickly so you need to work fast with this, one coat is opaque but two coats are WOW. I wanted to see how it would look with a more sheer polish layered on top so I put on a coat of Opus on my index finger.
 
Wednesday 14th November.
 
Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Blue My Mind.
Rimmel Lasting Finish – Disco Ball
 
 
 
I applied two coats of Blue My Mind (which looks more like a purple to the eye) followed by one coat of Disco Ball, I’m not shying away from glitter since discovering the tin foil removal method.  The brush in Disco Ball picked up a lot of glitter and one coat was more than enough.
 
Thursday 15th November.
 
Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Terracotta
Sally Hansen Super Shine.
 
 
Today I wanted something natural so I chose Terracotta. I am in love with shade and hope it lasts a few days so I can keep it on, its grown-up and natural looking, I cant wait to try the other shades in the range. The formula is just the right consistency, the brush reminds me of the ones in Insta-Dri range, I found it picked up too much liquid for me so I had to wipe the excess off often.
 
Friday 15th November.
 
 
 
Today is “Children In Need” in the UK,  I will be donating via my Daughter’s school, she will be wearing her pyjamas to school for the day, she is so happy about this as she almost lives in her pj’s. I wanted to show my support by painting Children In Need’s mascot Pudsey Bear on my nails.  I just removed the polish from my ring finger from yesterdays manicure and copied an image from a Google search. The bear was super easy to paint on. What do you think.
 
Saturday 16th November.
 
Products Used:
Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat.
Calvin Klein – Opus
Attitude Matte Top Coat.
This is one of the most awkward polishes to use, it has a square lid which needs to be held on the diagnol in order for the brush to lay flat on the nail, the brush itself is tiny and, because of the lid shape you have to tilt you head to see what you are doing.  The bristles are shit quality and bend over on themselves, it also does not pick up enough product to coat the nail withour re-dipping. I expected much more from Calvin Klein. The colour itself is great but not worth the aggro, I applied a Matte top coat but I think I liked it better shiney.
 


{November 11, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #9

Tuesday 6th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Camouflage.

Essie – Navigate Her.

Essie – Case Study.

Sinful Colors – Last Chance.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

Nail Art Brushes.

My metallic dotty manicure lasted well so I didn’t need to do my nails yesterday, and for today I wanted to mess about with nail art, I decided to try a camouflage look after reading 2girlsandsomepolish’s blog, its something I had been wanting to try for a while but I kept putting it off as it looked difficult and a bit of a chew on, I originally was going to use a dotting tool but decided on using just my nail art brushes for the camo effect. I painted all my nails in Camouflage Green (apt name) execpt my ring finger, on which I applied two coats of Essie’s Navigate Her, I then used my nail art brushes to blob on the other colours randomly.

I was suprised at how easy, simple and quick this was to do and wish I’d used Navigate Her as a base on all my nails as I’d have done every finger this way. I reckon this design would be easy to do with the non dominant hand as you can’t really make a mistake.

Wednesday 7th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Desert Beauty.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Shocker.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

Not really excited about todays nails, I applied 3 coats of Desert Beauty on top of my base coat, it applied evenly but after three coats was still very sheer, not what it looks like in the bottle at all. I’ll use this as a top layer in future, despite its sheerness a lot of brush strokes were still visible. I intended to paint flowers on them using Shocker but my little girl suggested hearts. I painted a v and my little girl said they would do so I basically left it at that.

Thursday 8th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Sky High.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

I live in the UK and sunshine is rare here, even in Summer, but sometimes it comes out and the clouds piss off and the sky is the most beautiful shade of blue, the colour of this polish matches that shade perfectly and it made me even happier when it applied like a dream, two coats, totally opaque and dried quickly. The photo really does not do this colour justice, the sun is no where to be seen lately and my flash goes off even outdoors its that muggy :(

Friday 9th November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Magnetise.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

I really don’t like the Super Shine as a top coat, there is nothing actually bad about it, I just loved the Mega Shine so much and this seems crap in comparison. I’m sad that its empty. I’m gonna use all this up though before I buy another Mega Shine. Today I used Rimmel’s Magnetise, another bleugh. It would be lovely if I could get it opaque, I have used three coats here and its still a bit sheer. I didn’t have the time to do more but one day I will try more coats as I love the colour, easy to apply and dried quickly.

Sunday 11th November.

Products Used: Rimmel 60 Seconds – Magnetise.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Double Decker Red.

Boots Natural Collection – French Tip White.

Pink Tease Mini – Black

Avon Color Trend Glitters – Fuscia Dazzle.

With today being Remembrance Sunday there was no question that I would be (attempting) to include poppies in todays nails. Its the very very least I can do to thank all the brave people who have given their lives for me to be here, and to thank the brave men and women who continue to do so. I have been wearing my poppy with pride and have one pinned to each jacket and bag I own and have donated to many charities also. I’m saddened to see less and less people wearing the poppies with each passing year.

I applied another three coats of Magentise to freshen up Fridays nails, there was minor signs of tip wear and no chipping which is great considering I didn’t use a top coat, I then used my dotting tools to dot on a couple of poppies on both middle fingers, I applied two coats of Avon’s Color Trend Fuscia Dazzle on the rest of my fingers. This was really tricky to work with as the glitter did not stick to the brush so I had to dab it on, its still dried evenly with no grainy texture and it dried quickly too.



{November 6, 2012}   October Purchases.

Purchases Made During October.

I’m hoping to not spend as much this month as I did in September, however its my birthday on the 8th and I now have my heart set on the Urban Decay smoked palette.  I’d like to be able to add up the total and not feel guilty but I know it wont be happening.

Week 1 (1st – 7th October)

Nail Art Striping Tape – £1.95 for ten different coloured rolls from Ebay – Free Postage

Nail Art 3d Stickers – £2.43 for 15 assorted sheets from Ebay – Free Postage.

No7 Ultimate Nail Kit – £3.50 + £3 P&P from Ebay

Nail Art 5x double ended dotting pens – £2.65 from Ebay. Free Postage

Urban Decay Naked 2 – £21 from Ebay Auction – Original reciept supplied.

Attitude Professional Grade Matte Top Coat- £4.25 from Ebay.

She Said Beauty Box – £11.95

Rimmel lasting Finish – Misty Jade – £1.99 in local chemists.

Rimmel Matte Finish Top Coat – Reduced to £1.14 in Tesco

Loccitane Rose Petal Hand Cream – Free with Marie Claire – £3.70

Benetint Sample – Free with instyle magazine – Special price £2.50 in Tesco

Revlon – Gold Coin – £1.50 in The Original Factory Shop

Essie – Mod Squad – £2.99 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Purple Pulse – £1.99 in local Chemists

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Double Decker Red – £1.99 in local Chemists.
Been after this for a while so was happy to see it reduced :)

Week 2 8th – 14th oct.

Double Lash – £10 on flight to Palma.

Wynie Blushes – 1 euro each in Majorca

Compact mirror – 4 euros in Majorca.

Liz Earl Cleans and Polish – Free with Red Magazine at Newcastle Airport – approx £4

Easy Paris Blue Glitter Top Coat – 2 Euros
Easy Paris Pink Hearts Top Coat – 2 Euros.
From Majorca

Yes Love Blue Glow In The Dark Polish – 2 Euros in Majorca.

Week 3 15th – 21st

Set Of 12 Stamping Plates and Five Dotting Pens – $12 from BornPretty website.

Missguided Lipsplash Lipgloss – Peace – Free with Cosmopolitan – £3.50

Rimmel Lipstick – Nude Bronze – £1 in The Factory Shop.

Week 4   22nd –  28th

Left To Right
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Silver Bullet – 89p-Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Coral Crush – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Star Kissed – 89p – Boyes
Rimmel 60 Seconds – Instyle Coral – 89p- Boyes
Sinful Colours – Aqua – £1 in Poundland.
Colortrend Glitters – £1.99 – Avon Brochure.

2True Rose Lip and Cheek Stain – £1.99 – Superdrug.

Make Up Academy Blush With Free Gloss Tube – £1 – Superdrug.

Lord And Berry Soft Shine Lipstick – Black Cherry – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Lipsticks – Garnet,Plum Rose and Black Cherries – £1 each in Poundland.

Nail Art Brushes set of 12 – £2 – Ebay.

Sally Hansen Invisible Lip Liner – £2 – Ebay.

Colortrend Lipsticks – Glisten and Gleam – £1.99 each in Avon.



{November 4, 2012}   Nails Of Week # 8

Monday 29th October.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Jungle Princess.

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Pumpkin Spice.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

On removing Sally Hansens Brisk Blue I was horrified to discover the worse staining I have ever seen in my life, I wore a base coat and they still stained badly, my nails have a puke-worthy highly obvious blue tinge to them, I was gonna leave them bare and bullshit that they were a halloween affect but I’m a rubbish liar, anyway I knew that I would have to wear a dark colour to cover up the awfulness so I chose Jungle Princess by Rimmel. Its a melted chocolate brown colour with subtle pink micro shimmer throughout. It also has the big curved flat applicator which you’ll probably know I love.

I applied two coats of my Essie base coat (to be safe) to try and dull the blue tinge, then two coats of Jungle Princess. One coat was opaque but I applied two for good measure. I love the colour but I thought my Pumpkin Spice would good over this so applied one coat on my ring finger and I asked the girl whos opinion I respect the most, my seven year old Daughter haha, she thought I should do all my nails with the glitter so I obedientley applied two coats of Pumpkin Spice on all my nails and topped it off with a coat of Mega Shine. I love the end result.

The formula of Pumpkin Spice was quite watery and the brush very thin but suprisingly it picked up a lot of glitter and distributed it evenly. I cant wait to try  this over different colours.

Tuesday 30th October.

Products Used: Essie Base Coat.

Revlon Top Speed – Royal.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

This is a truly lovely formula to work with and I love the colour, its the third time I’ve worn this one now, its one of the few bottles that I keep at the front of my storage so I can easily reach it. Its a gel consistency that glides on the nail with ease, under light the depth of the blue really shows and I recieved two lovely comments on my nails from total stangers today which really cheered me up. The camera picked up some visible nail line but its not visible in real life in any light. I applied two coats and I was tempted to mattify it but then thought better of it. This was a bargain at only £1 and I’m keen to try others in the range.

Wednesday 31st October.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat.

Nails Inc – Elizabeth Street (Free with current issue of Glamour magazine)

I really wanted to do some kind of Halloween manicure but knew I could not compete with all the other bloggers works of art and after several failed practice attempts I could not be arsed to fart around so I chose to wear my Nails Inc polish that I got free with Glamour magazine today. I have heard an awful lot about this brand and at £11 per bottle its out of my price range so I was pretty excited to get to try a product from this brand.

Firstly I had major difficulty opening the bottle, the lid sort of bent in with any pressure and made it extremely difficult to twist off, it suddenly gave way and the whole bottle and brush went flying. Luckily no product was lost and the brush  landed on my tiled floor so no damage done. On opening the bottle I was shocked at the strong odour, its the same odour as other polishes but stronger, I guess I expected a pleasant odour from a posh polish, one the first coat the polish lokked watery and streaky but the second and third coat fixed this, however after the third coat the colour was still pretty sheer and I ended up with five coats in total and my nail line was still visible, despite the amount of coats the polish dried quickly but I was dissappointed to see a lot of bubbling, really not a good performance for a polish that retails at £11, I may try the red one and see if that is any better.

Thursday 1st November.

Products Used: W7 Crackle – Shocking.

Sally Hansen Super Shine.

Boy oh boy am I ill today. Basically I whacked on a coat of W7’s crackle top coat in shocking, over the top of yetserdays Elizabeth Street, this stuff stinks to high heaven (and thats saying something as my nostrils are bunged up) but it went on really nicely despite looking gloopy on the brush, I finished it off with a coat of Sally Hansen’s Supershine.

Friday 2nd November.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Rapid Ruby.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

I must be nuts using the insta-dri again but I’d like to see if this one stains as much as Brisk Blue did, I applied two coats over my base coat and finished off with a coat of Mega Shine.

Saturday 3rd November.

Products Used: Fill The Gap Base Coat.

Pink Tease Minis -Ghastly Grey and Pongy Purple.

Essie Instant Dry Oil Protector.

I’m trying to work my way through my untrieds so today I used two mini bottles from a set of six by the brand Pink Tease. These were super cheap and cost me £1.99 for the full set in Boyes. There is no shade name on the bottle or number so I just made the names up. This polish stinks, really bad, its like a chemical mix of tar and sulphur, I actually got a headache from usuing this stuff, the brush was of a shitty quality and made applying the gloopy formula difficult, I only need two coats and it dried very quickly.

Sunday 4th November.

Products Used: Fill the Gap Essie Base Coat.

Bourjois Second Per Nail – Pearly Black.

Revlon – Gold Coin.

LA Colours – Metallic Silver.

I started with two coats of Bourjois. Its a black polish with hints of silver and purple shimmer, which as usual the camera fails to pick up. Two coats gave total coverage, I then took my dotting pen and dotted large gold circles on alternating nails, and then large silver dots on the other nails, using the smaller end of my dotting tools I made smaller silver circles alongside the large gold ones and vice versa with the other nails. My 7 year old called them “groovy”. No top coat was used as my Mega Shine is empty :( I’m going to purchase a new one tomorrow I hope.

I think I like the dots and Pumpkin Spice the best.



{October 28, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #7

Tuesday 23rd October.

Products used: Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Coral Crush (89p in Boyes)

Sally Hansen Mega Shine .

As always I started with a coat of Essie’s Fill The Gap Base Coat, followed by two coats of Rimme’s Coral Crush and I finished off with a coat of Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine.

Forumla is great to work with, perfect consistencey(sp?) and a lovely wide brush which makes application a doddle. I cant say how much I love these wider brushes, they make my life so much easier and save me a lot of time. I know this more of a summer colour but to be honest I wear whatever colour I feel like regardless of the season. The weather here in the UK is miserable at the moment and I miss the short summer we did have, putting a bright colour on my nails makes me feel a little happy inside so I say balls to the season rules.

Wednesday 24th October.

Products Used: Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Camouflage –  Green With Envy – Star Kissed and Instyle Coral. All 89p in Boyes.

Over the top of Essie’s Fill The Gap I applied two coats of Camouflage on each nail except my ring finger, formula is great and another wide brush for easy application, this was opaque in one coat but I always apply two coats. On my ring finger I apllied three coats of Green With Envy, this has a smaller brush and the formula was much more watery, a fourth coat would have been better but I knew I wanted to paint on a flower. I used one of my Daughter’s brushes to paint a flower using Star Kissed on my ring finger and then added a little blob of Instyle Coral for the centre of the flower. As you can see I need practice with this. These dried very quickly.

Thursday 25th October.

Products Used: Avon Revitacool Base Coat

Yes Love Magnetic Polish – Blue and Purple.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat.

I picked these magnetic polishes up in Spain on my first visit there in August. I think I paid about two euros and I have mixed feeling about these now that I have finally tried them out. I started with a thin coat of purple on all my nails except second from little finger on which I applied the blue, followed by a thicker second coat. I painted one nail at a time and found that you have to work fast with these as they seem to set pretty quickly, the results with the magnets were inconsistant, one nail would look great and then the next hardly noticable. It didnt matter as by the next morning most of the magnetic affect had faded and I was left with a really weird finish. Its put me off trying any more magnetic polishes, I will use the polish on its own in future as it gave a good metallic finish.

Friday 26th October.

Products Used: Avon Revitacool Base Coat.

Sinful Colors – Mercury Rising and Serena and Chloe.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine.

After seeing the SilverNail’s swatch of Mercury Rising I remembered how much I loved the colour so I had to wear it, and after reading MommyLovesNailPolish’s description of using a dotting tool I wanted to try them too. I had been doing it all wrong so no wonder my dots were uneven. I painted each finger in two coats of Mercury Rising, this applied evenly and two coats were perfect, I then applied Serena and Chloe to my thumbs, this shade was more sheer and required three coats, I would have done four had I not been dotting over it, I then used my dotting tool to stamp on nine dots with Mercury Rising and used the smaller end to place a smaller dot with mercury rising inside the larger dot, once it was all dry I applied a coat of Mega Shine, which really brought the Mercury Rising to life.

Sunday 29th October.

Products Used: Revitacool Base Coat.

Sally hansen Insta-Dri – Brisk Blue

Claire’s Cosmetics Blue Glitter Top Coat.

Sally hansen Mega Shine.

I stuck my hand in my polish collection and the one I grabbed was Brisk Blue, I wore this not too long ago so I picked up my Blue Glitter top coat from a set of mini glitters which I purchases from newcastle airport earlier in the year. I’ve been putting off wearing glitters as they are a pain in the arse to remove but today I thought SOD IT,  I applied two coats of Brisk Blue over my base coat, I love everything about this polish from the shape of the bottle to the shape of the brush. This was truly opaque with just one coat but as always I applied two. The second coat didn’t bring anything to the table so next time I shall just use one coat. As much as I like this shade it just seemed a bit bleugh today so I began applying the top coat and thats when the magic happened.

From looking into the bottle the formula seemed a light blue watery base with blue and purple micro glitter, which if I am honest looked sparse, so as you can imagine I was not expecting much from this product. Boy  oh boy was I suprised when I began applying, this holds so much glitter its unbelievable and whats better is it looks dramatic yet subtle and this is the first ever glitter polish I have used which dispersed the glitter evenly, I did not have to dab or poke with my brush once which is a big plus for me as doing that tends to ruin my polish underneath, one coat looked fabulous and the second coat made the colour look amazing, almost holographic,  as with all good manicures the photos really do not do this polish justice. Average drying time with MegaShine top coat. This would probably work well on its own too. The only downside is the size of the brush, because its a minature it felt a bit awkward to handle but if the others shades in the set look as great as this I’ll get over it.

My favourite of the week has to be the Brisk Blue with Blue Glitter combo. What do you think?



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