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{December 8, 2012}   Nails of The Week #13
 
 
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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.

 


{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.



Products Used.

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Black Pearl – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Aqua – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Scandal – £1 in Poundland.

Essie Mod Squad – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Missguided – Misstifu (free with glamour magazine.)

Sally hansen Extreme Wear – Pink Boa – £1 in Poundland.

NYC -MoMa – £1 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmle Lycra Pro – Violet Metal – £1 in Poundland.

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Midnight Blue £1  in Poundland.

Attitude Matte Top Coat – £4.50 from Ebay.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Black Pearl.

I asked my husband what colour he thought I should do my nails and he gave black as a half arsed reply so after applying my Essie Base Coat (I must get another bottle soon as this is almost half empty) I applied a coat Rimmel’s Black Pearl.  The formula is great and was opaque in two thin coats, I love the big wide brush which allowed me to cover each nail evenly in two strokes. It dried true to what it appears in the bottle with blue and silver micro shimmer which looks amazing when caught in the light.  Black Matte seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment so being the sheep that I am I applied a coat of my new Attitude Matte Top Coat and waited for the transformation, and waited, nothing happened. I’m assuming the Rimmel’s anti-fade colour system does it job well so I applied another Matte top coat and noticed some transformation. The whole lot dried to unsmudgeable levels within ten mins. Less than 12 hours later and this is the condition of the polish, lots of tip wear, is it possible the Matte finish gives less protection? I have worn this polish before and it lasted several days.

Aqua.

I have read a lot of nice things about this polish so when I spotted it in Poundland I snapped it up. I applied it over my Essie base coat, the brush is very thin, which I don’t really like as it takes a lot of strokes to cover my nail, for a small brush it picks up a lot of product which made application tedious as I was continuosly wiping off excess polish.

The first coat was pretty sheer and streaky, I had a lot of visible brush strokes and felt like giving up and removing the whole lot. I didn’t though and boy am I glad as the second coat brought this to life. It dried true to the colour in the bottle and although you can see slight brush strokes I think it adds depth.

The shine on this is amazing too however it took forever to try and I mean forever, I had pretty nails when I went to bed by which time the polish had had a good four hours to dry and this is what my right hand looked like when I woke.

Big Sinful Fail, its a shame as I love the colour.

Midnight And Metal.

I fancied dark nails today and Im still trying to work through my untrieds so I painted three fingers in Midnight Blue and two in Violet Metal.  I then used my Salon Express Stamping Kit to stamp a zebra type pattern over the Violet Metal nails using the Midnight Blue Polish which you cant quite see in image.

Midnight Blue has a gorgeous dark blue shimmer which I could not pick up with my camera due to the weather being lame, its not as black as it seem, its a lovely colour, you’ll just have to trust me. As you can see though I had slight tip wear within a few hours. I’m not having much polish luck this week. :( Lovely wide brush made application easy and polish just right consistancey, two coats for perfection.

Violet Metal needed three coats but since I knew I was stamping over it I only applied two, slighty watery that Midnight Blue but still easy to work with.

Pink Madness.

This is my breast cancer awareness mani. i had trouble choosing a pink so I just used them all. I painted each finger ina different polish. I used three coats on each nail but some could have done with more to be honest.

From Pinkie to Thumb **Missguided, Misstify, –Essie, Mod  Squad, — NYC,MoMa — Sinful Colors, Scandal — Sally Hansen Extreme Wear, Pink Boa**

Sadly there is nothing extreme about the Extreme Wear! very watery and it chipped as soon as it dried…

Pretty crap nails this week. Hopefully next weeks will be better.



{October 17, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #5

Its more a nails of the fortnight post as I’ve been in Spain on honeymoon. I only took a small amount of polishes as I knew I would not really have much time to mess about with my nails whilst away. Here goes.

Products Used.

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 from The Original Factory Shop.

NO7 Stay Perfect in Nougat,French Tip White and Clear – Part of Manicure set from Ebay.

Essie – To Buy Or not To Buy – £3 from The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Purple Pulse – £1.99 in Local Chemist.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Misty Jade – £1.99 in local chemist.

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Tangy Orange – £1.99 in local chemist

Rimmel Lycra Matte Finish – Reduced to £1.14 in Tesco.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Misty Jade.

I wore this polish to fly out with, its a recent purchase and I thought its a lovely bright for sunny weather. I got several days out of this before it started to chip, simple even two coat application.  I also wore this to fly home with but used my Rimmel Matte finish top coat, sorry no pics so you will just have to trust me that it looked great, however  after one day, it totally peeled off my ring finger and because it was not in my hand luggage I looked like a right wazzock handing my passport over with a bare ring finger.

Tangy Orange.

Another bright sunny colour, this applied evenly in three coats, lasted well and only had minor tip wear when I removed a few days later. I didn’t allow sufficient drying time so it dented a little during the night.

Rimmel and Essie.

I originally applied Essie’s To Buy Or Not To Buy, this has a visible shimmer in the bottle which sadly vanished on application, even the bright Spanish sun could not pick it up, the polish itself was watery and pretty tricky to apply, I applied three coats and still had slight visible nail line,I apllied my Mega Shine top coat and left it as it was for a few days, I hoped for chipping but noooo, so I added a few dots in “Purple Pulse” around the edges of every nail.

Purple Pulse.

This is the only dark polish I brought with me and I love it, it only took two coats and I applied my Rimmel Matte Finish, I was very happy with the results but sadly dented it with my tweezers, I was gonna reapply but decided to make lots of dents. We went crazy golfing the next day and my daughter said my nails looked like a golf ball. Again, no chipping.

Plain Jane.

I wanted something simple on my return and decided to have another go at a French Manicure, this time I used the polish that came with my manicure tool, the Nougat base coat was a nightmare to apply, very watery and streaky, I ended up applying five coats in total, however I do like the finished colour, the white tip polish was super easy to apply and I like how its not an “in your face” white. I have had this on for three days now and its still perfect. I have had lots of lovely comments on these nails, I still need a lot of practice getting the tips straight though, once I get the wtips nailed Im gonna try it with darker colours.



{October 4, 2012}   Rimmel and Revlon..

Here are my nails for today.  Because I have already made two individual posts with my nails this week Im just going to keep on doing so for the rest of this week then it will be back to all in one post on a Monday.

A lot of my nail art orders are starting to turn up and I am keen to try them all and each technique but sadly I am not multi talented and can only manage one new skill at a time., I decided to have another go with the striping tape.

I purchased a few new polishes yesterday and Im keen to try them out so I firstly applied a coat of my trusted Essie’s Fill the Gap base coat followed by two coats of  Rimmel Lasting Finish Double Decker Red, this is red red, it just screams REDDDDD, another coat would have been better as when held to the light my nail line is still visible, I waited for the polish to slighty dry and then applied striping tape on the top left nail corners on my left hand and the top right nail corner and my right hand. I then filled in the corners with Revlons Gold Coin, I only applied one coat and the red just peeks through but I kind of like it, two coats would have been opaque, I then left it to dry overnight and applied my Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat this morning.

I’m really not sure about these two colours together but I’d not seen this combination while googling for inspiration, the Gold looks stunning under direct sunlight. Im happy with the striping tape though, it stayed in place and came of easily so Im looking forward toworking with it again.

Facing direct sunlight.



{September 30, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #4

Products Used:

Essie Ridge Filler Base Coat – £2.50 in The Original Factory Shop.

Technic Nail Art – Gold,Purple,White- £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

NYC – MoMa – £1 in The Original Factory Shop.

Technic Crackle – Pink – £1.79 in Boyes

Technic Pastels – lollipop – 89p in Boyes

Royal Connection Pink Glitter – set of 3 for £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sinful Colors – See You Soon – £1 in Poundland

Sally hansen extreme Wear – Twinkle Twinkle – £1 in Poundland.

W7 Crackle – Earthquake Gold – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Muchi Muchi – £2.50 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sinful Colors – Mercury Rising in The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansens Mega Shine Top Coat in £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Salon Express Stamping Kit – £11 from Ebay.

A Strip Of Gold – (24th September)

Today has been a relaxing peaceful day, I should be working on ironing and getting all the clothes put away but I thought sod it. My Fiance is off work this week and it was nice to have a wander into town, I needed (well wanted) a new white nail polish and I was happy to find Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails in White in Poundland. We had a Mcdonalds and it was nice to just sit and forget about the chaos at home for a little while, the weather was windy and pissing down so it was lovely to collect my Daughter from school and slip into a pjs and do not much of anything all evening.

My half and half polish is still going strong so I wanted to keep it but felt it was missing something. I had a browse through my collection and found my Technic Nail Art Polishes, my daughter and fiance chose gold and all I did was paint a strip over the joining two colours on each finger and applied my Mega Shine Top Coat – Job Done..  I think the gold gives it a whole new look, one which I like.. The Polish itself is quite thin and runs down the striper brush very quickly so you need to work fast or make sure you have removed all the excess, despite being thin it applied evenly and one coat is enough. I plan to get the other set of three but will purchase from Boyes this time as they are only £1.49 there.

Crackley Cracking. (25th September)

Full of indecisions I left todays polish choice to my seven year old Daughter and she chose Sinful Colors See You Soon and a W7 crackle in Earthquake Gold. I was quite dubious of her choices but as they were two untried polishes I went with it. The See You Soon applied watery and streaky on the first coat but became even on the second coat, The Crackle however was a different story, it had kind of seperated in the bottle so I had to give it a really really good shake and it was very thick on application, you need to work quickly because it starts to “crackle” quickly and if you go over where you have already applied it becomes lumpy, it didnt look too promising for me but luckily I didnt have to reapply to any nails and when I applied the top coat it deepened the gold to a lovely shade. These nails scream “look at me” and look at them people did. I will let my Daughter choose my colours more often.

Stamping Success (Kind Of) – (26th September)

I wanted to try my stamping kit again as I have ordered a twelve plate set from the internet and though I better get some practice in, I have been struggling to find any colours that transfer well so I was pleased when I discovered that Sinful Colors Mercury Rising transferred good, soooo I chose Essie – Muchi Muchi as a base colour which I applied over the top my Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat. The formula of Muchi Muchi was very inconsistent and apllied a bit like a mixture of Jelly and PVA glue. I painted on three coats and its still transparent and also significant bubbling in some places. Its a real shame as this is the most gorgeous nude pink I have ever come across and if it applied correctly it would be my Holy Grail polish. It took an hour until this was enough for me to be confident to stamp on it, I chose a flowerish desgin and applied following the instructions and I’m pretty happy with the results, obviously I need more practice with centering the image but now I am keen to keep trying. After all my failures I was ready to chuck the towel in.

Pink Sparkles, Purple Stars. (27th September)

I started this mani with no idea what I was aiming for. I have too many polishes and I’m buying them quicker than I can use them so I am going to try and out myself on a ban until I have worn at least %80 of what I already have.. I chose NYC’s MoMa as my main colour and applied it over one coat of Essie’s Fill The Gap, MoMa is a watery formula that ran onto my cuticles, it was difficult to distribute product evenly and still sign of nail line after three coats, it looked really think but dried suprisingly fast.

I then attempted to paint on a coat of my new Pink Glitter polish.

From looking at the bottle this looks so pretty and full of glitter, don’t let that fool you, this was the biggest load of crap I have ever used, there is no colour to the liquid and it picks up a very very small amount of glitter, so small its not worth bothering with, it fact Barbie could shit out more pink glitter than this puts on the brush. It stinks too, like creosolt(sp) that stuff you paint wood with? My 7 year old daughter refuses to have it and she loves pink sparkles. One for the bin I think, I just hope the other two from the set are better..

My Daughter said it looked like a pink sky with not many stars so I painted on some stars using my Technic purple nail polish, the brush was easy enough to control even with my non dominant hand but the polish has a tendancy to run down the brush so you need to work quick. WShe wanted more sparkly stars so slapped on a coat of Sally Hansens Twinkle Twinkle and then a coat of Sally Hansens Mega Shine. In hindsight I should have applied Twinkle Twinkle before I painted the purple stars and the glitter block some of its visibility. The image is of my right hand which has been painted painted by my non dominant left hand. Not bad eh?

Another Cracker (September 28th)

I could not wait to get rid of the glitter star manicure because my nails still smelt of that awful pink glitter crap. To make my choice I basically closed my eyes and grabbed a random polish from the shelf which happened to be Technic Pastels in Shade Lollipop. I usually like Technic products because they are cheap and of good quality, they also are pretty good at following on trend items. This product however is a fail for me. I adore the shade and as its the only pastel yellow I have I’ll hang on to it for now. The formula is thick, I usually do one stroke down on each side of my nail and this covers the whole nail, this polish wanted to sit on the middle of the nail in one big thick river and took a lot of working to get it to even out, by which time it had started to dry so I had significant brush strokes set into the polish.  Despite its heavy consistency this is quite transparent, I applied five coats and you could still see through it so I went and got a pink Technic crackle I’d not yet used to make it look better and cover the transparency, I love how a crackle polish can totally change the look of a boring polish. Well what can I say? the crackle made me happy with the Technic brand again and applied like a dream even though it was a thick texture. Im not too sure about how these work together as a colour combination but like always I will leave it for at least a day.

 

September 30th

Im posting a day early because tomorrow will be a very special blog entry for me and I dont wanna bombard you all with too many posts. Ive spent the last couple of swatching some colours for tomorrows nails, which I will tell you all about then. I soo cant wait.

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{September 28, 2012}   September Haul.

September Purchases.

I thought rather than a do a lot of little posts with the items I have purchased I will do one big post at the end of the month, I will also be doing the same with my empties and favourites. I did intend to add the total value up but Im actually a little scared to, all the little bits here and there add up!! So here is my September Haul. Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?

Make Up Academy – Shimmer Kisses – Pink Shimmer Blush and Highlighter – £3 in Superdrug.
All gorgeous shades – look out for review soon…

Sinful Colors Lipgloss – Caramel Melt – £1 in Poundland.
I have a few of these in other shades and they are all good.

Sinful Colours – Paris – £1 in Poundland.
I have looked at this several times and finally bought it as it was the last one.

Rimmel Single Shadow – Spiced Bronze – reduced to £1.12 in Tesco

Technic Nail Art Polish – £1.49 for three in Boyes.

Technic Glitters – Bonanza – 89 pence in Boyes

Colour Eye Palette – 24 Shades – Reduced to £1 in The Original Factory Shop as Damaged. Only few slight marks and easy to pop out pans to put in my Mangnetic Palette,

Olay in Shower Body Lotion. £1 in Poundland.
You rub this all over your body whilst in shower then wash away. Leaves my skin soft and smelling gorgeous. Since taking the photo I have purchased two more as this one ran out.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Natural Blends Lip Shimmer – £1 each – Original Factory Shop.
I already have two of these which I love, I picked these up in shades cocoa and frosty and both are lovely.Colour not true to the cap shade but I dont mind. Heavily pigmented and long lasting. I’ll definatley be buying more shades if I come across them.

Innovative Nail Polish Remover Pads – 49p – Boyes. Purchased in my pursuit of remover pads that actually remove polish. These do the job, although you have to apply quite a bit of pressure and one pad removes one nails polish. They leave a greasy after-feel but smell lovely and citrusy. I’ll be repurchasing to take on holiday.

2true – 3 in 1 Concealer, Lip and Cheek Stain, Lip colour Sealer and Nail Polsih Shade 26 – three items for £4.99 and free nail polish in Superdrug.

Lynx – Limited Edition Attract For Her – two for £5 in Asda.
I usually love the smell of my fella after he has sprayed this and the females is version is lovely too – it just does not last very long so I’ll steal my boyfriends rather than repurchase.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Floral and Flirty Blush.
After finishing my travel sized Tropical version I purchased the travel sized Floral and Flirty version which cost me £1. I dont use it a lot so wasn’t interested in purchasing the larger size until I came across it for £2 in Asda. The smaller bottle will get used on my hols in afew weeks and the larger tin will last me for some time to come.

Avon Eye Lash Curlers – £1.50 in Brochure 14.
I have been after these for a while as the unique style appealed to be but I could not justify paying the usual £5 for a bit of plastic, however when they £1.50 I ordered two pairs.

Avon Revitacool Base Coat – £1.50 in brochure 14.
I didn’t own base coat at the time I ordered this and as it was so cheap I thought why not? It feels cold for teh first few seconds on application, a bit like running an ice cube over your finger tips.

Royal Cosmetic Connections – I’m Laquered – pack of 3 for £3 in The Original factory Shop.
I purchased these mainly for the pink one as its different to any glitter polishes I own and I think its very pretty, I will also use the blue on but Im not too sure about the gold..

Essie – Carry On – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Essie – Case Study – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

 
Scarlett & Crimson Minicure Box – £2.99 in Boyes.

Scarlett Crimson Strokes Of Genius – £2.99 Boyes.
Great quality brushes – ideal for hols

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Deep Blue Sea – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Emerald City – £1 in Poundland

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Essie Instant Dry Oil Protector and Essie’s Case Study – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Max Factor Nailfinity – Extra Glitter – £2 in the Original Factory Shop

Nivea Extreme Resist Mascara – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails – French Tip White – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansens Gel Cuticle Remover – £1.99 in B&M’s

L’oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara – £1.99 in Boyes

Sinful Colors – Mercury Rising – £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro – Midnight Blue – £1 in Poundland.

Sally Hansen Strengh Treatment – £1.99 in B&M’s

Essie – Navigate Her – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Nivea Summer Beauty Body Lotion – £1 in Poundland.
Has a bit of a peppery smell which makes me unsure about it.

Nivea Daily Essentials Face Wash – £1.50 in Asda.
Only purchased due to price – smells like hair remover and doesn’t really do anything, will not be repurchasing!!!

Maybelline Forever Strong – Nude Rose – £1 in the Original Factory Shop.

NYC Curling Mascara – £1 in Poundworld

NYC Thickening Mascara – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Orange, Its Obvious – £3 each or two for £5 in The Original Factory Shop.

Revlon Skin Matching Make Up – Light – £3 In the Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat – £3 in the Original Factory Shop.

Revlon Superlustrous Lipgloss – Pink Kisses – 50 pence in The Original Factory Shop

NYC Eyeshadow Quad – The Best Of Broadway – £1.50 in The Original factory Shop.

Sally hansen Extreme Wear – Time To Shine – £1 in Poundland

Sally Hansen Salon – Too Much Fawn – £2 in The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Extreme Wear – Twinkle Twinkle – £1 in Poundland

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion – £1 in Poundland.

W7 High Moisture Lip Gloss – Mint Choc – £1 in The Factory Shop.
Chosen by my seven year old Daughter for us to share :)

Salon Express Stamping Kit – £11 from Ebay.



{September 24, 2012}   Nails Of The week #3

Products Used.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover Gel – £1.99 B&M’s

Revlon Colorstay – Always Romantic – £1 for two in Poundland.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro – Purple Rain – £1 in Poundland.

Essie – Case Study – £3 – The Original Factory Shop.

Essie – Carry On Essies – Orange, its Obvious  – Two for £5 in The Factory Shop.

Technic – Carnival – 89 pence in Boyes.

Revlon Dark Pleasures – Talk Dirty – £1 in Poundland.

Revlon Top Speed – Cloud – £1 in Poundland

Revlon – Sunshine Sparkle – £1 In Poundland

Revlon – Blue Lagoon – £1 in Poundland

Claire’s Accessories Glitter Polish – Blue, Green – £6 for six mini bottles.

Essie Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 – Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat – £4 – Original Factory Shop.

Total Cost This Week =£29.88

Always Romantic. (17th Sept)

We didnt get finished painting our living room until 11pm on Monday evening and I was dog tired but the chips in my Essie – Navigate Her were driving me so potty and I had to remove it, I should have left well alone as I knew I didnt have time to allow polish to dry but I ignored myself and quickly applied my Essie base coat (this drys in seconds its amazing) and painted on a coat of Revlons Colorstay Always Romantic, its a lovely red/brown colour. I chose the colorstay as it always lasts ages on me, I end up removing because I am bored, not because of chipping. Its a thick jelly type formula which applies quickly and easily. The first coat dried and I hopped into bed thinking I’d get another coat on in the morning, sadly I was running late and got straight into the decorating and my polish chipped before I could take a photo, you must need two coats to get a longer lasting mani….. Is it bad that I feel like repainting them just to take a photo? I dont like the blank spot lol.

Purple Rain. (18th Sept)

Due to the turps and other painting chemicals from yesterday my cuticles were pretty dry, whilst in B & M looking for a rug my husband noticed Sally Hansen’s Cuticle Remover Gel and put it in the basket for me, how good is he? so after using this, I applied a coat of my Essie Base Coat follwed by two coats of Rimmels Purple Rain. This is a very deep dark purple jelly formula which my Daughter describes as “undead”. I think I should have applied a third coat but again it was late and I was tired..

Case Study (19th Sept)

Depressingly Purple Rain had chipped badly on several nails by lunchtime which dissapointed me as its supposed to be a long wearing polish, the bottle claims up to ten days, I narely got ten minutes,  anyway I removed it and applied Sally Hansens Quick Care Strenghtening Treatment as my nails are becoming brittle, followed by two thin coats of Essie’s Base Coat, then two coats of Essie’s Case Study and a coat of Essie’s Instant Dry Oil Protecter. It dries much darker than it appears in the bottle but I still like it. It reminds me of melted milk chocolate – yummy. I hope I get a few days out of this as I like it so much.

Talk Dirty and Carnival (20th September)

My Case study is still going strong today which impresses me as they took quite a battering today. The end of decorating my home and giving each room a good clean is starting to come to an end. Still a lot to do but the light is at the end of the tunnel now. I cant believe how much crap is in this house, just random bits of junk and sentimental stuff. I’ve had to be ruthless and bin it which required two skip trips with another two planned tomorrow.

The nails – I have found that painting my nails helps me relax, my fiance thinks Im bonkers painting my nails so late at night but some relax with a glass of wine, for now, adding colour to my nails cheers me up, as it was late I didnt want to remove Case Study so I applied a coat of Talk Dirty, which I knew from swatching is sheer on its own.  Applied over Case Study it turns a very dark brown, in the bottle you can see a gold shimmer which dissapointingly does not show up the nails in any kind of light, they didn’t look quite right and I was going to remove and start from scratch but then I added two coats of Carnival. Whilst in the bottle it looks jam packed with glitter its actually awkward getting it onto the brush, its also tricky to get the glitter to apply evenly so I had to poke the brush around quite a bit which I didnt actually mind as I found it theraputic. I’m a weird one right? Topped off with a coat of Sally Hansens Mega Shine. The colours in this reminds me of fairgrounds but with the brown underneath I think of Autumn and bonfire night and fireworks. If your gonna use Carnival I suggest being near an open window as the odour is stronger than most polishes. Im still not sure I like it but I cant be arsed removing glitter at this time of night so its staying for the day at least.

I did enjoy arranging my polishes onto a shelf I managed to clear, its nice to walk into my room and look at them all neatly lined up :)

 Pretty Pastels. – (21st September)

The amount of work that is still in the to do has really got to me today, I could see the end yesterday and thought I’d be finished today but there was a lot more to do than I originally thought. How much crap can house hold? A lot. I bought two new polishes today in an effort to cheer myself up but it when it came to painting my nails I decided they were too dark, (Essie – Orange Its Obvious and Carry On) I wanted something that would help lift my mood and I’m trying to work my way through my whole polish collection, we are also going to a local fete tomorrow. I liked my spotted manicure from last week so I decided to do another, I began with Sally Hansens Strenghtening Treatment and two coats of Essie’s Base coat, this time I chose Revlon’s Cloud, Blue Lagoon and Sunshine Sparkle, all nice cheerful happy names,  then added contrasting dots using a bobby pin. They are no where near as neat as I would have liked but they shall have to do. All of these polishes required three coats as its quite a sheer watery formula, I find this with a lot of revlon polishes and it took forever to dry, its almost midnight and they are still wet after applying at ten pm. Im going to have sheet prints on them in the morning :) They may look a bit naff to others but I actually quite like them, kind of reminds me of those hand-made quilted blankets, which I love.

Did you spot my mistake? I meant to put blue dots on the lilac nails, if anyone noticed they were polit enough not to say :)

Add a Bit Of Glitter – (22nd September)

Had a lovely day today at the local fete/fair event. My little girl won a heap of prizes on the tombolas, it wasn’t really a suprise as she is always lucky with things like that, we all had a lie down on the sofas when we got back and watched old episodes of One Foot In The Grave.  Its been a really relaxing day, I love days like this. Because I didn’t want too much faff I decided leave my nails as they are and just add a few extra dots with different colours to correct my mistake and I then added a coat of Claire’s purple and green glitter polish followed by Sally Hansens Mega Shine top coat, I’m not to happy with the glitter but my Daughter chose it and so it will stay, everytime I look down at my hands I’m reminded what a fantastic family I have.

Half And Half – (23rd September)

Sundays are my favourite days for painting my nails. Its the day where I carry out all my little rituals like shave my legs, tweeze my eyebrows and such. I have much more time to spend painting my nails on a Sunday so I like to try and make them a bit more dramtic. On looking at the large tree outside my window you can see the leaves starting to turn brown and orange and its those two colours which inspired my choice of colours which are  Essie  in shades Orange,Its Obvious and Carry On. I painted each nail in alternating colours and then allowed it to dry completley, I then painted the top half of each nail in opposite colours.

The Orange was the easiest to apply and the Carry On was a bit of a nightmare, the brush is a lot thinner and the formula is quite watery so it made streaks, you couldn’t really judge how much product you had your brush so as you can see I made a bit a bit of a mess, saying that I do like the effect of this and its a technique that I will certainley use with other combinations of colours. I will make sure to use tape for a neater line though, my freehand version is a bit messy..

Im stuck choosing a favourite this week as I like the Case Study and Half and Half, what do you think?



{September 17, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #2

Products used this week.

Essie – Fill The Gap Base Coat – £3 in The Original Factory Shop.

Avon Revitacool Base Coat – £1.50 for 12ml – Avon brochure number ???

Revlon – No Smudge Dry Oil – £1 in Poundland.

Sinful Colors – Last Chance £1 in poundland.

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Movie Star – £1.50 in local chemist.

MaxFactor Nailfinity –     £2 – The Original Factory Shop.

ChitChat Glitter Polish – Violet – £1 for 12ml in Poundland.

Sinful colors – All Mighty – £1 for 15ml in Poundland

Sally Hansen Insta-dri – Brisk Blue – £2 for 9.7 ml  in The Original Factory Shop.

Rimmel Lycra Pro – Black Pearl £1.50 – Local Chemists

Rimmel Lasting Finish – Tangy Tangerine. – £1.50 Local Chemists

Essie Navigate Her – £2 – The Original Factory Shop.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Chip Resistant Top Coat – £3 -The Original Factory Shop.

Salon Express Stamping Kit. – £11 – Ebay

This Weeks Manicures Are Worth – £32 – Hmmmm, thats quite a lot isn’t it?

Sinful Colours – Last Chance.

A lovely dark shade of green, formula very runny and brush seemed small after using a lot of Rimmel last week, I applied two coats of Essie’s fill the gap base coat to be extra sure as it looked like the kind of colour that would stain, followed by two coats of last chance, this was super shiney so I didnt bother with a top coat, I applied at night and it dried very quickly but sadly I got a major chip before lunchtime the following day which drove me mad so much I had to remove it, it removed very easily but left behind slighty green nails….

Rimmel 60 Seconds – Movie Star.

A shimery/glittery dark red. I applied two coats of my Essie base coat in an attempt to cover the green left over from Last Chance, followed by four coats of Movie Star and even then a nail line was still visible when my hand was held up in sunlight. I love the brush on this polish and managed not to make too much of a mess of my hands. I apllied a thin Coat of Revlon No Smudge Dry Oil to finish off with.

The polish was still in very good conndition the next day but I fancied a change so I apllied a coat of Maxfactor Nailfinity – Extra Glitter on each nail and also a coat of Chit Chat Glitter in Violet followed by a coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat.

Sinful Sally.

I had trouble deciding which blues to choose, I narrowed it down to two so thought what the hell and used both, I applied two coats of Sally Hansen Instadri in shade Brisk Blue and Sinful Colors in Almighty on alternating fingers, I then took a bobby pin and put contrasting dots on each nail. The sinful polish was very easy to do the dots however Sally was a bit of a pain in the arse as it came out much thicker and my dots were more like blobs. Im still please with my first attempt at using this technique and I’ll definatley try it again. I adore the brush on the Sally Hansen Instadri range, the shape allows me to perfectly coat a each nail in one stroke, one coat of this would have been sufficient but I did two anyway. I allowed the dots to dry completley before applying a coat of Sally Hansen Mega Shine Chip Resistant top coat. Im hoping this helps the Sinful Color polish last longer that Last Chance did.

Stupid Stamping.

This is my first ( an maybe last) attempt at stamping. I thought using contrasting colours (Tangy Tangerine and Black Pearl) would give the best effect and I chose thick polish but I’m still not happy with the results and my othere efforts are even worse, I have tried everything I can possibly think of. You’d all piss yourself laughing they were that bad, anyway this is the best of a bad bunch and I made sure it chipped the next day :)

Sorry for crap quality but your not missing much..

Essie.

And lastly I chose a plain pastel green which I adore, Essie – Navigate Her. I snapped this up for £2 which I thought meant it would be utter crap but no, its lovely, more suited to Spring but I don’t give a toss about that, I wear what I want to. sadly it chipped after only a day but to give it credit I have been painting the house and got turps on my nails so I blame that. Two coats looked opaque but the camera shot says otherwise.

 

My fave of the week are the Blue Spots. How about you? Thanks for reading.



{September 10, 2012}   Nails Of The Week #1

Along with my new love of make up I also discovered a love of Nail Polish. I love love bright colours and nail polish allows me to show that without looking like a clown. I have collected quite a few over the last few months and Im currently working on swatching them all and putting them into some kind of order.

I have decided that on Mondays I will post what I have been wearing on my nails the previous week,  I usually wear my polish until the first chip appears or I’ll change when Im bored.  I am pretty useless at applying polish so don’t be suprised to find my fingers covered :) If you can reccomend any good techniques that would be great.

W7 – Mosaic.

I bought this after reading a review on alicab’s blog – (sorry I dont know how to link) where she discovered that this is a very good dupe for “Nails Inc – Pudding Lane” there are other shades in this range and I already have Lava Flow, I think I will pass on Salt and Pepper as they are botha bit similar. Pop over to Aliciab’s blog for swatches on all three. I wore this for two days before becoming bored and wanting a change. This only had slight tip wear despite me doing some heavy duty housework. I will say that due to the amount of glitter this was an utter pain to remove.

This was my first attempt at sponging and Im quite happy with how it turned out, I got two days out of this before I got a massive chip, so off it came. First I used Boots Natural Collection French tip whitener, then I applied Rimmel-  Sunrise, Rimmel – Peardrop, Rimmel camoflage and Essie – To Buy Or Not To Buy to a peice of make up sponge and dabbed it on at random over my white base. Im pleased with how the cours came out in pastel shades as they are really bright in the bottle (swatches to come later). I was already becoming board the next day so I applied Revlon Sweet Nothings – Satin Sheets over the top which gave a lovely milky glittery affect, I removed because I wanted a change, no chipping after two days. *Note to self* Remember to tape up fingers next time….

This is my first and probably last attempt at marbeling with water. I wont go into details about it as there are hundreds of you-tube videos on this method. I had fun doing this but not cleaning up afterwards. I applied a white base to begin with and then used Boots Natural Collection in shades – winter moon – topaz and lunar haze. I got bored of this quickly and removed after one day. If I ever did this again I will add more polish to the water for brighter colours.

I decided to cut my nails back to make them all one lengh, this is the shortest my nails have been for a very long time but I like them, after giving my hands a bit of a pamper and a good soak I applied Rimmel – Black Cherries and I was really please with this colour and also this is my tidiest ever application of varnish. I only removed because it peeled off in the bath the following day.

And this is what my nails look like today. I have used Rimmel – Pear Drop as the main colour and Essie – To Buy or Not To Buy for the tips. I’m not to sure how I feel about it but there are no signs of chips so I’ll leave it for now. Pear Drop looks a greenish shade in the bottles but once dry it looks more blue on me. *edit* I removed on tuesday 11th september so got a good three days out of this, I ould have got longer if I touched up the tips but I was keen to change.

How often do you change your polish? What are your favourite techniques for applying?

Thank you for reading and for any comments…..



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