P2 Summer Attack – Green Palm Tree

I have another lovely polish that the fabulous Lindz sent me over from Europe.  I can’t get P2 in the UK so it was a HUGE delight to get this in my recent nail care package.  This is from the Summer 2014 range, cleverly called Summer Attack! And I love the promo image above – fab and summer perfect!

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This is called Green Palm Tree, a lovely shimmer gold flecked polish.  The green is just perfect for summer.  What you see above is three thin coats over a base of Essence Anti Split Nail Sealer.  I topped with G&G HK Girl which helps seal in the shine.  Formula is good, thin coats meant it dried quickly and three coats hardly took any longer than two average coats.

As I say, P2 isn’t available in the UK, you may find some on eBay or if like me, you might be lucky enough to have a nail polish buddy in Europe.  I do love this and I get see it getting a lot of love on my nails.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Spotted! Sally Hansen Colour Frenzy

Ohhhhhhh Sally Hansen update in the UK! New Colour Frenzy range, a selection of glitter toppers in the lovely square SH bottles.




RRP is £6.99 (ouch I know….) they are now up on the Boots website.  What do you think?  Would you pick these up or pass?  Let me know in the comments

Maybelline Color Show Acid Wash (European Edition) – Bleached Blue

I’m so excited to share this polish with you – sent to me by the lovely lovely Lindz who saw my post about the European Edition Maybelline Color Show Acid Wash (you can see it here) and then made it her mission to find me one.  She is a star and I am very grateful to her.

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Now I just LOVE this, but then I am quite a fan of the Acid Wash polishes, but I know not all of you are fans.  I am sightly obsessed with bright blue polishes and this one just ticks my boxes in all the right ways.  As you can see, this is a bright blue with the white glitters from the UK editions of the Acid Wash polishes.  They have big white matte glitters through to small white glitters.  From what I can tell they are all matte.

Formula is good, which is surprisingly considering the amount of glitter that comes out on the brush.  This is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Peeler (seems to be working) and topped off with a coat of G&G HK Girl.  The glitter placement is good, although I did end up with one finger having five large pieces of white glitter on – more than any one nail needs – but other than that, I felt it was a good mix of sizes. The top coat does help level off the glitter so if you have a little bit sticking up it does really help.

It wore like IRON – I had it one for nearly three days (because I LOVE it) before I started to note tipwear.  If you want to see the other Maybelline Acid Wash polishes, you can do so on these posts here (top splatter, ripped tide, lilac rebel & mint-acid-ittude)

I do think Maybelline has been knocking great polishes out of the part, I would imagine we might see these in different colour ways in the autumn and winter collections.  They seem to be bang on the money when it comes to glitter collections.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Spotted – New L’Oreal Nail Polishes, GOSH, MUA and Essence in Wilkos

Despite it being the height of summer here in the UK sales market, I have noticed one or two new things popping onto shelves near you.  First up, I was drawn to the fact the L’Oreal have updated their nail sections in many Boots and Superdrug stores.  Some simple nail art inspiration here.

Then I noticed something I have seen no press for at all – new double ended L’Oreal Nail Polish.  There is a polish (step 1) followed by a tinted top coat (step 2).  Curious……. RRP is £7.99 so there are not cheap but I can’t find any further information on the internet either. UPDATE – British Beauty Blogger has more info HERE

After seeing a badly filled Shades of Grey stand, I finally see a filled one.  Lots of repromotes here and those new Stardust polishes.




MUA has released from new nail polish products – a super strong basecoat, a peel off base coat (interesting that it is clear and doesn’t look like PVA glue in a bottle) and the now ubiquitous matte top coat.


And for those of you that haven’t had enough of me banging on about Essence hitting the UK, this is the small updated stand in my local Wilkos (which is only a tiny branch so it only has the 1m line up)  Although small, there is quite a lot packed into this and the price points are excellent.


So there we go, a quick update of what is new out there.  If you Spot something, please let me know, either via Twitter or by email and I can share your findings far and wide!

Let me know what you think in the comments

Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons – Solar Flare

Up today is the second of the four Maybelline Colour Show Bleached Neons I have to share with you – this is the one i REALLY wanted.  This is Solar Flare and is a bleached orange shade – its reminds me of orange popsicles!  Lets take a look.

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This is three thin coats over Essence Anti Split Nail Sealer (again still seems to be working for me, although I have a third of the bottle left and it has gone a tad gloopy) topped off with G&G HK Girl.  As before, they dry slightly on the matte side so if you want a glossy shine you will have to crack out a top coat.

Formula was slightly patchy on this one, hence three thing coats to provide opacity.  It is workable, it just needs some attention. You don’t want to rush this.  I love the colour, a washed out bright orange.  As I said above, its like a creamy orange popsicle.  Perfect on hot sunny days.

I was in the shops yesterday and they are still on the shelves, so if you do fancy them get them asap as they are limited edition.  RRP is in the region of £3.99 for the limited edition ones.  And if we remember, these were out very quickly after the Crystallized collection.  I am sure Maybelline has some stunners in store for us for Autumn 2014, so I can’t wait to see those!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments – yay or nay?

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Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons – Chic Chartreuse

I really really wasn’t going to buy the Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons collection – I mean what do I want with pinks??? Or pasteley neons for that matter.  But there they sat on the shelves, taunting me and then fellow bloggers started posting awesome swatches and I was hooked.  Had to have them.  In fact I got all four in one of those BOGOFF sales in my local Boots.  But anyway, I digress….. this is Chic Chartreuse.

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Ahhh just look at it!  So pretty on the nail, unlike in the bottle when its a bit *meh*

Formula was OK, it is a bit streaky, but this is two coats applied carefully.  When I looked closely I could see the odd dragging/bald spot, but seriously I can live with that.  Drying time was on the quick side and these do try a bit matted.  So I used some G&G HG Girl to top coat that to a glossy shine.  Underneath I’ve been using Essence Anti Nail Split Sealer as my base and it does seem to be reducing the incidence of nail peeling and splitting.  I may even get them a bit longer!

I have still seen these about, about they are limited edition, so if you want them, strike now.  There are four in the collection and I have worn them all (yes even the pink) and I do also think that they would make a nice base for some nail art or stamping too.

Do you have this?  Or did you give them a miss?  Let me know in the comments!

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Spotted! New Lancome, L’Oreal Repromotes, Asda & Clinique

Just a couple of new things for your perusal today.  First up, Lancome Summer, with some lovely blue Le Vernis shades…


Then updated L’Oreal stands with nude shades, no new colours but existing shades as repromotes. 20140717-210751-76071792.jpgThen Asda get into the world cup mood, with Rio Gel Pro nail shades.  I’ve not tried this range, so if you have do let me know what the quality is like.

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That’s all at the moment, not much else knocking about.  Soon be time for autumn collections….

Essence – Be Berry Now

I must admit, these colour and go Essence polishes are really dinging my bells at the moment.  I like a lot of things about them, the brush is ace – coats most of my nails in one coat, although O got a bit slap dash below and have some wonky edges.  I like the colour coordinated caps.  I like the fact that the bottles are small, but not OPI Mini Bottle small and certainly not OPI Full Size big!  I have several of these polishes to show you over the coming weeks

If you haven’t yet been into your local Wilkinsons (Wilko’s) stores, then I suggest you get in there or look on line here, Essence has now officially launched and you can start to pick up your little beauty now!  So after you’ve read this, go go go!  Anyway, for today I give you Be Berry Now!*

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What you see above it two coats over a base of Essence Anti Split Nail Sealer  (bought by me) and topped with Essence Better Than Gel Nails top Coat (also bought by me).  Formula was good, it was almost a one coater!  I do love shades like this – two of my favourite Chanels are similar in tone.  I find these shades very flattering on my skin tone.

Anyway, drying time was good and the polish levels well.  The top coat is not as fast drying as some others on the market, but it does eventually dry rock hard with a glossy finish.

Let me know what you think and if you have been to your local Wilkos yet, I want to know what you pick up!  Now all we need is Catrice in the UK and my life will be complete……

*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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British Nail Bloggers Nail Art Challenge Colour Me Crazy!

Ah, a nail art challenge, something new for me.  I thought why not and have something I am quite pleased with.

This is Chanel Tapage, stamped with Pesto Pewter over the top and as an accent nail THEN mattified with my SH Big Matte Top Coat. The stamp is one from the Sailor Collection from MoYou London, its found on plate 07.   I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, if you want a close up, just click the circle ;-)

Do go and check out the other BNB Colour Me Crazy! visit this page to see other BNBs and use the link below too!  Let me know what you think in the comments.

Essence – Be My Lucky Star

Today I have a textured polish for you today – this one is Be My Lucky Star from Essence.  They call this a sparkle sand effect.

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This is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Split nail sealer.  No top coat so you can see the nail effect.  The effect is silver without being too much,  the effect does remind me of the Zoya Pixie polishes as the glitter when it dries is a couple of different sizes.  Formula is good, it doesn’t try too quickly, so care is needed when waiting for it to dry as it stay tacky for a while.  This is nothing out of the ordinary with textured polishes.

The Essence range changes regularly, including trend editions like this. The range changes often and reflects things like colour of the year and recently has included more textured polishes in the line up. Find out more on the Facebook page or main website.

*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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