New Things I Have Spotted #84 – Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons, Bourjois and Revlon

A few pre-Easter spots for you today, first up, YET ANOTHER Maybelline Color Show range – this time Bleached Neons.20140415-205344.jpg

20140415-205350.jpgThree of them are on the pink side, a bit too pink for me.  From left; Sun Flare, Coral Heat, Tropink and Chic Chartreuse

Then a new (possibly, I hadn’t noticed it before) Bourjois Shade – shade number is 06.

20140415-205403.jpgFinally, if you buy two Revlon products in Superdrug, you can get a bottle of Gold Coin free.  As you may recall this is not a new shade and its been seen on this blog before


As you may have noticed, its Superdrugs 50th Birthday, so lots of offers instore and special limited edition packaging of products and a new ltd ed Barry M pink glitter bomb.

There we go, a few things for you out there on the shelves.  Anything catch your eye?  Do let me know if you pick anything up!

Maybelline Color Show Street Artist – Wild at Heart

So I mentioned last week that I put glitter over my Flormar mani… so this is it. The red from the US release of Maybelline Color Show Street Artist collection.  I got it off eBay and I am very happy I did.  Let’s go straight to the photos

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Now this is what I call a combination…. white, red with a smattering of black.  I think it looks awesome over the white.  Plus, with a matte top coat, BOOM!  Stunning.  This new Sally Hansen Big Matte Top coat is fabulous, its really good.  And its rather protective of the polish beneath as well.  None of this chipping off after 4 hours.

Anyway, Wild at Heart is just like the UK releases of the Street Art Collection, but this one is a bright red.  Glitter ratio is great, not too much clear base not too much glitter to make it unworkable.  Drying time is average.   I didn’t top coat this and then put the matte top on.  My base was Nailtiques 2 and a thin layer of G&G Stuck on Blu!

I want to try this over pink or purple, what else should I try?

Essence Sand Style – Hey Nude!

I have a little European gem from Essence for you today.  If you’ve been hanging about these parts for a bit, you know that I like my nails bold.  I have however, fallen for this one, mainly because I am a sucker for a textured polish…. here is Hey Nude!

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As you can see, this one is quite sheer, but its great to have a polish that provides a wash of colour to the nail without being all cray-cray.  This is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu!  The silver pieces are quite prominent and in the light this really sparkles.  I was sent this, but you can pick up Essence in mainland Europe, Ireland and online.  They are coming to the UK as they have been slowly rolling themselves out in various Wilkinson’s stores – just not fast enough for my liking!

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments.

Flormar – M01 Matte White

Right, only passing through, why is everything so crazy!  Anyway, I have a lovely polish for you today.

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This is one of the matte polishes from Flomar.  I know, why buy a matte polish when you can make any polish matte with the top coat?  This is why.

Two coats of matte perfection.  No streaks.  No bumps. No bubbles.  Perfect.  It might look a bit uneven in these pictures, but let me assure you, it wasn’t.

And then I went and stuck glitter over it! (come back next week to see that!)

Catrice – Royal REDding

Very quick post for you today – crazy busy week, but trying to keep up with the blog… this is a polish a colleague at work picked me up on a trip to Europe.  It is one of the new 2014 Shades by Catrice from a range called Crushed Crystal.  You can see them all above, aren’t they pretty??

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As you can see from the pictures above, these are slightly different to some of the other textured shades I have shared with you. From the bottle, everything looks super sparkly.  On the nail, even when dried, it has the appearance of jam.  Yes jam, as in the stuff you put on your toast or in your porridge.  It is very jelly in finish.  Drying time was average.

Remember no top coat with textured shades, so just base coat of G&G Stuck on Blu! here over a layer of Nailtiques 2.  The sparkly bits do try brighter than the body of the polish so they do leap off the nail at you.  I do quite like this, even though its unlike any other textured shade I have tried.

What do you think?  Good, bad or are you just indifferent to textured shades now?  Let me know in the comments.

New Things I Have Spotted #82 – GOSH Frosted Sand Look Pastels & New Look Polishes in Claires

Hello! Hope you are all doing well?  Picked up any new beauties recently?  This time of year is always choc with new releases and updates.  I have a couple of recent Spots for you below.

First up, the new GOSH Frosted Sand Look Glittery Finish nail polishes.  Three shades in pastel colours.  According to the Superdrug website, there are now nine in total.




Then I noticed through the window of Claires, some new polishes, giving me a wink.  The bottles look new to me, but they could have been going for a while.  However, some VERY interesting shades…. first up these splatter effects, similar to Maybelline Color Show Street Artist collection – but in different shades!20140407-114308.jpg

Then some milky glittery shades….


And then I saw this mini pack with glitter.  Cute huh?  There are all sorts of nail related things on the Claire’s Website, all at a variety of prices, but if you are passing it might be worth popping in and having a wee look.


Anything catch your eye this time?  Do you have any of those Claire’s polishes?   Let me know in the comments

L’Oreal – The Reign of Studs

So I also picked up a couple of the L’Oreal Gold Dust Collection that I left behind on the shelf in NYC.  I’d been kicking myself about some of these once I had seen all the swatches, as most of them are just STUNNING!  This one is no exception and I am so in love with it…..

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You know the drill – no top coat with these textured shades.  They dry super quick and to a glitter matte finish.  This one is the most perfect Easter lilac colour, it just screams springtime!  I love the fact that all the texture pieces are in the exact same shade, makes for a great amount of interest on the nail.

This is the fifth one I have, you can see the others buy clicking the Gold Dust Collection tag below.

I wore this was three days solid and hardly a chip.  Gotta love a textured shade for that – plus removal was not a huge pain in the backside.  Another plus! I just wish these were available in the UK, they are the GOLD standard for textured polishes and I think I love these even more than Zoya Pixie Dusts.  In terms of texture and finish, they are similar to the ANNY Textured Shades (limited edition however but Europe based) as they larger pieces of glitter in them.  Unlike the P2 shades with are smoother and have grains all of one size, like the Maybelline Crystallize polishes.

Anyway, would love to hear what you think in the comments and thanks for popping by!

Sally Hansen – Ripple Effect

Today I have a combo for you that I fell hard for.  I just adore this combination of colours! Lets hit the pics

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This is Sally Hansen Ripple Effect from the Spring 2014 Xtreme Wear Color Vibrations Glitter Mania Collection (wow THAT is a mouthful!) of which I have a few coming up over the next few weeks (blame eBay not me, I don’t have a nail polish problem oh no…).  If you want to see the rest of the collection (and guess what else I bought) you can see it over here on Nouveau Cheap.

Anyway, this is two coats of Ripple Effect over a base of Barry M Lychee.  I love the colour combination of the brown with the cool golds in this one.  Not a huge gold fan, but the Lychee base stops its from being too yellow.  The polish is made up from very small brown glitters with mainly gold in small to large sizes, although the press image does make it look more brown – hence my purchase.

Formula was as per most SH Xtreme Glitters, a bit of the gloopy side.  Glitter distribution is a bit uneven hence two coats as its best to do two instead of one thick never drying layer.  I top coated with G&G HK Girl to really seal all those glitters in and give a great shiny finish.

You can pick up Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes in the UK, but only on occasion due we get any of the ltd editions in that range.  And I’ve never seen a line of Xtreme Wear polishes in the mainland UK unless its in a cosmetics discounter, so its exceptionally unlikely that we were ever get these here.  Hence me going a bit nuts of eBay at $4 each…..

What else do you think I should try this over?  Crushing on this hard so its going to be a hard combo to beat!  Let me know in the comments.

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Colors by Llarowe – Coal in my Stocking

Quick post today for you – another one of my naughty purchases from Llarowe.  This one is Coal in my Stocking, a lovely gray with a hint of sparkle!

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Formula was a bit odd on this, slightly on the gloopy side, but with careful application it goes on surprisingly level.  Drying time is quick.  It does dry to a jelly like finish, slightly on the dull side.  Armed with my trusty G&G HK Girl that is no problem.  This is two coats of Coal in my Stocking over a base of Nailtiques 2.  Be good my peeling nails!

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