Maybelline Vintage Leather – Gilded Emerald

I am a naughty blogger – I went away and forgot to programme any content for you all.  It was all a bit last minute and apologies to those of you who wondered where I had gone.  Not far, I’d gone to Vienna but I am back now and I have some new lovelies to share with you.

That said, this one I’m am about to share I picked up this summer in France.  This was part of the Vintage Leather effect polishes that came out in Autumn 2013 in the UK but some of the shades are still available in Europe.  This is one that was seen the in the US collection but not the set of four (red, tan, grey and turqoise) released in the UK. Anyway, here we go, this is Gilded Emerald.

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The last couple of pictures are done with a top coat.  Now this is quite pretty, it has paler colour flakes embedded into the polish and when it dries to its matte finish, you can see these every so often in the light.  Its a dark, brown green shade, nothing like the name implies of emerald, but I guess if you gilded it…

Anyway, formula was lovely.  This is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu!  Drying time was fast.  Finish is a matte effect and so wear is noticable reduced because its a matte finish.  The glossy top coat does bring the flakies out a bit more and prolongs wear.  I literally could not get through the morning without it chipping.

This is a massive shame because it cute, seriously cute.

Anyway, not sure if you can get this anywhere, perhaps eBay.  But let me know what you think and what are you favourite ways to matte shades – do you buy matte polish or just a mate top coat!

Chanel – Fashions Night Out 2014 Sweet Star

A very quick and dirty post here – the images are not great, but I wanted to share with you quickly the new Chanel FNO nail polish for 2014.  This is Sweet Star and is very limited and available NOW in Selfridges and other Chanel Boutiques.

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So is it silver or is it purple?  I don’t know.  One minute it looks silver with a hint of purple and then its purple with a hint of silver.

Formula – good, this is two coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 and topped with G&G HK Girl.  Drying time was excellent. It is slightly brushstrokey, but it does dry less obvious and so a good top coat will mask some of that.

I am quite smitten, but as the collector I guess you expected that!

This will set you back £18 if you can find one.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

Revlon Parfumerie – Bordeaux

If you happen to live near a Poundworld, I seriously recommend you get yourself to it asap.  Recently, US bottles of the Revlon Parfumerie have been cropping up for the princely sum of £1!  Compared to the £6.49 in other places in the high street, this is an excellent deal.  So I have a couple to show you in the next posts that I have been fortunate to pick up.  This one is Bordeaux.

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As the name suggests, this on is a wine red, not a deep one, but a lovely shade of what I would call raspberry red.  It has hints of pink but it certainly isn’t pink.  Formula was good, this is two coats (although I did manage to have a massive smudge accident on several nails, so if you see shadows that is user error and not formula related!).  What you see here is two coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 (its that time of the year again to go on the assault to protect my nails!) and I did use a top coat here of G&G HK Girl.  Top coat only slightly diminishes that scent but increases wear time.

Brush is small and flat ended, not tapered, so a bit of care is needed around the cuticle area.  If you aren’t familiar with these, the gimmick is in tow ways.  Firstly, these are scented polishes and the name gives you a hint of the scent within.  I have a couple of the other ones, seen before Autumn Spice and Wintermint, and the scent on this one is much more subtle.  Its very gentle on the nose and isn’t overpowering at all.  You go have to sniff your fingers quite closely to get it.  The second thing, is the perfume styled bottle.  I do adore them, so cute and dinky!

The ball does have the brush attached so you need a firm grip so it doesn’t go shooting out of your hand!

What do you think?  I’d say its certainly worth the £1 I paid.  Have you picked any up recently?  Let me know in the comments!

Chanel – Atmosphere

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OK, OK – no judging.  I flew down south to visit the family and I HAD to pick with two of the A/W 2014 Chanel Collection Etats Poetiques.  There are three vernis shades in the collection.  Orage (navy with a shimmer), Secret (a pale nude) and then Atmosphere which I have to show you here.  Lets go straight to the pics!

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What you see here is two coats of Orage followed by one thin coat of Atmosphere.  It really acts as a shade changer and iridescent topper.  It does bit up some of the underlying shade and as you can see above, it has a really really strong duochrome effect.  Although I only used on coat, it went on evenly and cleanly drying quite quickly before I topped with G&G HK Girl.

I think it would look stunning over red too, so will probably try that next time.

Has anything from Chanel A/W 2014 caught your eye?

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P2 Sand Style – Dreamy

Ah, those of you that have been around these parts know that I love I good textured polish.  Even more than that, I adore a P2 Sand style polish!  Completely adore them.  This one is one of the newer ones and its called Dreamy.  Lets look at some pictures!

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This is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split Sealer.  Its a lovely sea green, with a duochrome hint.  Formula was good, easy to work with and fast to dry.  Care is needed as you can ding it whilst its drying but once its dry its rock rock hard.

P2 is a German brand, you can visit the collection here. I am not sure if its available anywhere else, but I do love them so very much and I’m fortunate to have to buddy in Germany to keep me furnished with them!  (Thank you Lindz!)

What are your favourite textured polish brand – let me know in the comments!

Spotted! Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Seventeen Polka Dots and Speckled Top Coats, WAH Nails, Essence Wave Goddess & Road Trip

More spots for you today.  First up, the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel out now in Boots.  Each one is £9.99IMG_6245.JPG

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Then I also Spotted some new Seventeen polishes.  These are all toppers for polish.  First up, Polka Dots.IMG_6248.JPGThen some Seventeen speckled shades…. close ups coming…..

IMG_6247.JPGAnd there more Polka Dots

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Then, I saw some of the new WAH false nails.IMG_6251.JPGAnd finally, some of the new Essence collections out in Essence stands.  First up, Wave Goddess collection.

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IMG_6253.JPGSo quite a few new things popping up – have you see any of these yet?  Let me know in the comments.

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Sally Hansen Color Foil – Sterling Silver

I thought I’d use the next couple of blog posts to catch up with some US Nail Polishes that I have recently been sent.  Up first, I have one for you that I have worn a lot, particularly on my toes, and I have actually loaned this bottle to several friends as they all went a bit gaga for it.  So I give you Sterling Silver, one of the new Sally Hansen Color Foils, part of a huge range of new shiny goodness!

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We all  know that foil polishes can be a menace. They dry quickly even whilst you are on the first brush stroke meaning that you can often see your brush strokes.  AND top coat makes them shrink onto the nail in a seriously unattractive way.  That said, I love this and I love it hard.  This is some silver polish.

Formula is runny but not unworkable.  It goes onto the nail quite fluidly but it dries fast.  What you see above it two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu!  I probably should have used more of a ridge filling polish to provide more of a smooth base, but there you go.  No top coat here.  Without top coat, I probably get a day out of it.  I did top up the tips and keep it on an extra day and that worked quite well.

As I mentioned this is a US Edition polish.  I have noticed several Sally Hansen lines, other than Complete Salon Manicure and Insta Dri, popping up in pound stores in the UK.  most recently, the Spring Jelly polishes from the Triple Shine line have been spotted.  You can get the odd one on eBay or perhaps get a US based buddy to send them over.  I can never quite understand why the SH range is so truncated in the UK, we’ve got a few bits and some glitter toppers, but I think they would make a killing if they broadened the range.

Anyway, rant over!  Let me know what you think in the comments!

New Essence products

I just received an email from Essence with some of the new products coming out this autumn and I thought you might want to see some of them.  I’ve picked a few bits from the email, but do go onto the Essence website to look out for new and forthcoming products!  There are some additions to the colour & go line and some new additions for nail art – lots to pick from!

First up, Thermo Nail Polish. Now correct me if I am wrong, but I think this is the first available in the high street thermo polish! Exciting!!

weather expert! this nail polish reacts to outside temperature changes and changes color accordingly. and the color-change works the other way around, too. cool nail polishes with a guaranteed wow-effect!

electrified effects! exciting and fashionable effects like glitter jewels, sugar in metallic, sparkling or jeans style, a holographic shimmer and polka dots combined with bright colors like rose, turquoise, blue, pink or grey-black conjure-up unique nail styles. the nail polishes offer great coverage and are super easy to apply for a 3D wow-manicure you can touch!

colour explosion! the huge colour & go range has the beloved gel-shine finish with a highly intensive shine and an extremely short drying time for perfectly polished nails in a flash! the patented quick & easy brush is particularly flat for an even easier application. the 8ml bottle has a cool essence design – with the usual colour-coded cap in the corresponding nail polish colour.

fabulous foils! these nail foils bring cool graffiti styles straight to your nails. and here’s how it works: apply the transfer solution on your nails and wait for 80-90 seconds. separate a piece of the foil and press it onto your nail with the shiny side up. remove the foil again and seal with a top coat – and you’re done! repeat this step for each nail. totally creative and unique!

shake it! the name of this top coat says it all. simply shake the bottle of shake me! i’m pretty top coat to mix the cool holographic glitter particles with the texture. apply the top coat over any nail polish for an extra portion of bling.

I’m very excited about these hand cremes, but I think they are not going to be available via UK outlets.  perhaps the online essence store might be the best place for these as they sound awesome!

There are also some new mascaras and some additions to the lovely metal glam eye shadows (I have more than one women ever needs!)  And some more trend editions, images below!

All the new products can be found here, what catches your eye?

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Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Teal The Deal

Final polish in the new limited edition Maybelline Color Show Vinyl polishes to share with you today.  Out of the four, this is my least favourite, but its actually quite a good shade for autumn.  Bright and yet not neon.  Lets look at some pics of Teal the Deal!

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As with the other three shdaes, this is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split Sealer.  On a side note, I have noticed that my nails are peeling again, so its back out with the Nailtiques 2 and I may even go polish free for a couple of days just to kick start the treatment.

Anyway, formula is OK.  I will be honest, out of all four, this one is the worst.  It does drag and it dries very quick, making it easier to crate drag.  But it does well with two coats and it does cling to your nail bed.  Look at that colour, a tealy blue shade, that is quite lively but not too in your face.  Its a good autumn colour for when you aren’t quite ready to quit the brightness for vampy colours!

Have you seen these out and about in polish land?  They should be on a shelf near you now!

Maybelline Color Show Vinyl – Pink Punk

I am really quite into these new Maybelline Color Show Vinyl shades – there is something simple yet stylish about them.  Clearly I am open to influence and I have fallen under their spell!  This is the third shade in the range I have to share with you, this one is called Pink Punk.

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What you see above is two coats over a base of Essence Anti Nail Split Sealer.  I noticed that this shade did cling to my nails and any imperfections can be seen on close inspection.  However, despite having pink in the name, I do like this shade.  Its just on the right side of raspberry for me.   It is a shade pinker than my pictures show it, so if you are unsure, don’t rely on these as colour accurate but more of a gauge.

Formula was good, again care needed not to create too much dragging as the polish dries, because boy does it dry fast on the nail.  Two coats is super quick, but they time you are on finger ten, its time to repeat.

As before, these are now popping up on shelves everywhere.  They are limited edition so if you fancy them you need to get them sooner rather than later.  There are a number of offers in the high street for cosmetics, notably at Boots and Superdrug, so do shop around for the best one to get bargains.

Have you seen these on your travels?  Are you tempted to pick them up?  Let me know in the comments

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