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.

20140717-210811-76091890.jpgFinally, new shades in the Clinique nail polish line and summer make up.  Cute huh?


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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Spotted! Miss Sporty & Sleek Make Up Gel Polish

A couple of spots for you today – not much new at the moment, but it will soon be time for the autumn collections! First up, an update to the Miss Sporty stand with some ‘take home nail art instructions’


A bit of a close up on shades for you.


Then I saw Gel Polishes from Sleek Make up – not seen these before…


A close up of one of the bottles.

20140706-194245-70965982.jpgJust a fwe things for this edition of Spotted – anything catch your eye?  Let me know in the comments.

Hare Polish – Wonderland Wanderlust

Quick post today – this is Wonderland Wanderlust from HAREpolish – which I picked up from Rainbow Connection a few weeks back. Its part of the Bohemian Holiday range, more on that here on the HARE website.

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This is a glitter mix of gold and red, trapped in a dusty blue polish.  Lovely isn’t it?  This is three thin coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 and topped with G&G HK Girl.  I love the little red bits and how they catch the light.  Its not exactly perfect for summer, as its quite dark and vampy, however, its worth it.

Formula is good, coverage was excellent within those three coats and glitter distribution is also good.  As with most glitters, the more you work it, the more you pull them back off, so quickly and thinly are the way forward.

There are some lovely looking HARE collections over on her main website and they can also be purchased through a number of resellers including the aforementioned Rainbow Connection.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

Spotted! New Bourjois, 2True Go Matte Top Coat & GOSH Shade of Grey Stardusy Polishes

Alrightly, a number of updated stands to share with you today.  First up, new insert in the Bourjois stand for nail polish only.20140701-203632-74192207.jpg As you can see above, three sections to the new insert.  On the left Colour Block – no new shades.

20140701-203641-74201023.jpgIn the middle section, glitter Texture with two new shades.  Oh My Gold and Champagne Shower.  Its worth noting that the shade above ISN’T Champagne Shower, but just one put there to made the stand look full.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.

IMG_6039And then the final section on the right – pretty pastels, with one new shade Peace and Mauve (not pictured)


Then I saw this (above) in the 2True stand.  Looks like room for some other bits around the go… matte top coat.

20140701-203732-74252926.jpgFinally, a new edition to the GOSH stand hot on the heels of the Facebook Favourites!  Now I do think that these polishes do not belong in this stand (but they work as they are grey-ish) so looks like a range of grey polishes to come along.   These ones are called Stardust.

20140701-203751-74271269.jpgHere are the names of the new shades.

20140701-203748-74268961.jpgAnd then I can only apologise fort he blurry picture – I was trying to be discrete whilst minding a child and holding several hair products…. don’t ask! But you can see the glittery goodness.  Maybe another textured polish??

Anyway, that is all for this Spotted!  Anything catch your eye?  Let me know in the comments!