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{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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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 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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