Spotted! More Christmas gift sets

Lots more things for the nail polish addict in your life, or things for you to try and pick up cheaper than chips in the Boxing Day sales….

First up, boxed sets of polishes from Champneys.

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Plus this cute little set of French Connection polishes.

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Also from Seventeen, a set of mini polishes in a range of colours.

 

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I also saw these and thought some of you might like these.  A lot.

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There are lot and lots and lots of other nail polish sets out their, these are a selection from my local Boots. I’d be interested to hear what you have seen out there, so do let me know in the comments!

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Free Orly Nail polish with Cosmpolitan Magazine (UK) January 2015 Edition

I was minding my own business in the magazine aisle in the local super market, when I spotted this on the front of Cosmopolitan magazine.  Its in the January 2015 edition for the UK market.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c0c/26802585/files/2014/12/img_7055.jpgI didn’t pick it up, mainly because I’m not a huge gold fan, nor do I need anymore red shades.  But its a good deal.  Did you pick this up?  if you did, let me know your thoughts in the comments

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Enchanted Polish – July 2014

Hello!  Happy Monday!  Hope you had a good weekend?  I’m just going to share some older images to clear the backlog of posts.  This is the second Enchanted Polish I own – this is July 2014, one I bought a presale as July is my birthday month and I decided to treat myself.

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Enchanted Polishes are known for their holos, and man do they shine like stars.. This is two coats of July 2014 topped with G&G HK Girl (good for not dulling holos).

Anyway, if you want to get our hands on Enchanted Polishes, there is a big BIG resale market if you feel brave.  Otherwise you have to be lucky to score them on the Enchanted website or be around during one of the small presale windows.  The monthly polishes are all bought sight unseen, which means you don’t know what you get until you open that pretty pretty box.

Do you have any Enchanteds in your stash?  Are they worth all the hassle?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments

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OMG Nail Strips

*Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review but this does not influence the opinions expressed in this blog which are entirely my own.

I was really pleased that OMG Nail Strips reached out to me to test out their Nail Strips.  I’ve tried a few in my time and I’ve not been much of a fan as they always make my nail feel fat or make my nails feel tight.  And the inability to scratch properly also drove me crazy.

I picked out a couple of designs from their impressive range and I’ll show you how I got on below.  Now if you visit my blog regularly, then you know I tend to show my images in a slide show.  But I think on this occasion, I won’t do that, so that it is easier for you to follow my experiences of application.

So to get started, I removed all my nail polish and then read the application instructions on the website. I then took my selected nail strips out of the the plastic cover they came in and this is how they looked.

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Here you can see the instructions on the back of the packet – quite straight forward.
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When you open up the packet, you get two strips of seven nail strips. There are two of each size and they come in a variety of sizes from 10mm to 17.5mm. There is a clear plastic layer over the nail strip to protect it which you need to remove before application.
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I just love this design, so I figured you’d like to see a close up too! Now I don’t have any pics of the actually application, mainly because I was too busy getting them on my nails and it was a really quick process! They are flexible and if you do make a mistake you could gently pull them off for repositioning. I was pleased to find this out. They are also hard to crease, something else that I was happy about!
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You cut the selected nail strip free from the rest, remove the clear top cover and then peel off the backing. I didn’t remove the entire backing because the strips are quite long and I wanted to retain the unused portion for using. So I peeled the backing partially off and the rounded end towards your cuticle and pressed down. Then I cut off the majority of the excess and used a soft hoof stick, pressing it around the edges and smoothing up towards my free nail edge. Once I was happy with my smoothing I used a glass nail file in downward motions to remove the excess. And then ta-dah! This was my first nail!
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After doing all 10 nails, this is what I had left – quite a bit which I could use for accent nails or pieces of nail art. If my nails were longer then clearly I would have used more of the strip. It can accommodate nails up to 3cm in length!
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Here are my completed nails prior to top coat. You can see a bit of crinkling and I did a bit more smoothing down with my hoof stick. I paid special attention to the edges and the free nail edge.
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This is with top coat. I think they are much improved with a bit of top coat, as they are real polish, they settle down and those tiny imperfections get smoothed over. It feels like real nails polish. I know they ARE real polish, but the feeling is equivalent to if I had painted them myself.
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I was really surprised at how quick and easy application was. I would say that it took no longer than base, two polish coats and top coat.

If you want to try these for yourself, do visit the website OMG Nail Strips. The ones I chose can be found here.  I have another design that I hope to share with you soon.

Shipping is free no matter where you live and all strips cost $7.99 and there are so many designs to choose from. If you are after some really eye catching nails or after some themed designs, then I recommend that you check these out.

*Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review but this does not influence the opinions expressed in this blog which are entirely my own.

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Maybelline Color Show – Greyze In Love

Today I have another of the Fashion Rocks 2014 collection by Maybelline Color Show.  This was a US release that came out in August.  You may have noticed a theme in the naming, the first one we saw was called Plum As You Are, and this one is Greyze In Love…..

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Gosh I love this – quite a lot.  Formula was excellent, this is two thin coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 and topped with Essence Better Than Gel Nails top coat.  Its dark and its grey and its lovely.  Its a proper creme, no shimmer, no glitter but it dries super shiny even before I put the top coat on.

The Fashion Rocks collection was a US only release from what I can tell. You can see the collection on the lovely Nouveau Cheap.

Do you have anything similar in your stash?  Let me know in the comments.

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Maybelline Color Show – Plum As You Are

Back to the polishes I picked up in the US. This is one from a Maybelline release from late Summer 2014, as part of the Fashion  Rocks collection, so I was quite surprised to see an almost full stand with several of the limited edition items. This is Plum As You Are – love the name!

Lets check out the pics.

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So this is a dark plum shade, shot through with a lighter plum shimmer.  You can see the shimmer in the bottle really clearly and there is a *hint* of it on the nail.  Formula for good, this is two coats cover a base of Nailtiques 2 and topped with Essence Better Than Gel Nails.

Shades like this are always lovey, dark, vampy and sultry.  The shimmer, although it is barely there, gives it extra points.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant – Light It Up

I have another of the Color Show Be Brilliant collection to share with you all today – this one is sooooo sparkly, it gave my camera the hiccups! This one is Light It Up!

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So I was trying to find suitable undies for this polish, and I didn’t want to go black.  So I put on Sweet Star, which is the Chanel Ltd Ed FNO polish on, and them blinged it up.

All the glitters in Light It Up are super reflective.  There is a mix of silver, very pale pink and blue along with some smaller silver bits.  All in all, its quite the glitter bomb.  Unlike Skyline Blue, the formula on this was no where near as gloopy.  Much easier to work with and its pretty much one thick-ish coat on each nail.  Apart from one nail where I did two coats and it was almost too much!

Lots of offers out there at the moment, so if you are looking to pick this one up and you haven’t, do shop about.  It is limited edition so sooner rather than later if you want it!

Let me know what you think in the comments

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Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant – Skyline Blue

I’ve taken a quick break from the few polishes I bought in the US to share with you the Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant polishes that I’ve been wearing.  I previously posted about Spotting these here and here – so do check those posts out too. These are glitter toppers, meaning that they are clear or lightly tinted in the base and packed with glitter.  This is the first one I got on my nails, this is the blue from the set, called Skyline Blue.

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I popped Skyline Blue over a base of Wet N Wild Echo Dark (previously seen here) and it works fabulously!  The dark blue really makes the glitters pop and shine, and then when locked in with a shiny top coat, the effect it quite eye catching.

Its a mix of blue, purple and smaller silver pieces.  There is some light blue in there too!  I have one issue with these, and that is the application and formula.  They are quite gloopy, so I’d suggest you check the bottle before you bring it home.  I opened several of the bottles as when I picked them up there were large air pockets at the side and when I rolled the polish it didn’t move.  That was a bit of a warning sign so I opened it and it was exceptionally gloopy.  I picked up a second and it was better but still gloopy.  I checked all the bottles and others I have seen to ensure that it wasn’t just mine.

That said, it is quite easy one the glitter is on the brush to get it onto the nail.  This is one or two passes with the brush so coverage is variable.

I was surprised not to have too many blue/purple glitters in the stash, so this was a welcome addition.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Christmas Nails with MoYou Nail Plates

I’ve been playing about with my MoYou Christmas plates, practicing with the plates and trying different colour combinations.  Its the Festive Plate 04.

This first one is Sally Hansen Insta Dri Redio Active stamped with Wet N Wild White and Insta Dri Presto Pewter. Its topped with my P2 holo glitter topper, for a wee bit of sparkle and sealed in with Essence Better Than Gel Nails top coat. This is the design on the top left of the plate.IMG_6964.JPGThis second combination is a dark blue metallic Insta Dri (the name escapes me….) stamped with Wet N Wild White, topped with P2 Holo glitter and sealed in with Essence Better Than Gel Nails top coat.  This is the second image on the top left hand side.

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I do love these plates, I have another one in the stash, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Spotted! New make up in Poundworld

I’ve heard quite a buzz about the new make up range in Poundworld – I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting my local store to be updated so quickly.  But lo and behold, it was.  I didn’t buy anything and I didn’t swatch or test anything.  Everything is £1, surprise surprise, but do your homework, as with any new make up ranges.

A number of images follow below, including a shot of the whole display so you can see how big it is.

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The polishes look quite interesting and there is a small nail care range, including base coats, top coats and ridge fillers.  I haven’t pick up anything from the range yet, but if you have, do let me know my leaving me a comment

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