NOTD – A few snapshots!

I’ve been a bit slack on getting the blog sorted this last week, mainly because I’m in a new job and so my time isn’t quite my own at the moment.  But that aside, I have been doing my nails of course!  So I thought you might just want to see some images….

First up, Chanel Taboo *swoon* lovely lovely lovely  Even prettier outside.  Originally review here on this blog.  Then I wore Chanel Mirabella for one of my first days, and then stamped over it the day after with CbL Black Gold Texas Tea.  Then beacuse the weather has been lovely, something very spring like.  Chanel Tapage.  Again first seen on the blog here.  This is Sinful Colors Ring the Bellini (review coming I promise…) stamped once again with CbL Black Gold Texas Tea.  YSL Pop Art Red stamped with WnW White and Sally Hansen Insta Dri Presto Pewter using one of my MoYou plates.  This one is Catrice Yellow Sub-Mandarin stamped with my Born Pretty Stamping Silver and BP Plate 21. A busy week…. which one is your favourite?  Let me know in the comments!

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Spotted! New to the High Street HEMA

Oh my word!  Consider this a PSA!  I was visiting my family over Easter when we popped into Kingston Upon Thames for some shopping and lunch.  Lo and behold they have a HEMA!!!  I love HEMA, their homewares and stationary are to die for, plus their kids ranges are excellent – however they were only in Europe.  But did you know they also did beauty?  Well they do.  And now they have UK stores, three to be exact, but they also SHIP THEIR WHOLE RANGE via the website here….

I took some sneaky pics so you can get a sense of the range.  I previously review a holo polish on the blog here.

         You can see the price point is pretty good, in line with places like KIKO and Barry M.

The full Beauty section can be accessed here, but my top picks are the Dots Top Coats and this gorgeous orange….

I really hope HEMA crack the UK market and start opening more stores soon, particularly outside of London.  Have you visited on of the HEMA stores?  Did you get any polish?  Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Rose Gold Flamingo Nails

Today’s mani was something that I did for my last day in my old job – I’ve been gone for three weeks now and it still feels odd.  Anyway, fo rmy last day I picked up this gorgeous flamingo scarf in M&S of all places.  I was struck by its rose gold flamingos and then I remembered one of my Moyou plates has a flamingo design on.  And viola!

This is a base of Cult Nails Tempest, my current go to white stamped with the flamingos from Moyou Tropical plate 04 in Models Own Chrome Rose.

I LOVE THIS – I was thrilled with my stamping and all 10 nails looked awesome!  Base was Nailtiques 2 and topped off with Nails Inc Kensington Top coat.  Love love love!  I think I will do this again over black – bloody love it!

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Spotted! Barry M Sunset Pro UV Nails without the lamp!

The new Barry M Sunset Shades have hit my local Superdrug – whilst there is a three for two deal going on instore!  As you can see, pricepoint is £4.99 each for the shades and you need one top coat and one polish.  I’ve not bought any, but I know the official Barry M bloggers have been getting theirs for review.        

Will you be picking these up this weekend?  Let me know what you think!

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Spotted! Sally Hansen Runway Collection, Bourjois Spring 2015, M&S Jelly Bean Polishes

A few new items for your viewing pleasure today!  First up, the Runway Collection for Spring 2015 from Sally Hansen. £6.99 each.  Then some new polishes in the Bourjois stands. The new shade are also creeping into the large freestanding stands.  Still not seen the new cuticle oil pot, but when I do, you’ll know about it.  Finally for today, new Jelly Bean polishes at M&S, five shades in the range assuming the finish is waxy-ish, like jelly beans.     Yes, three pink/red shades, a blue and a yellow.  I didn’t see the price point, but I’d guess around £4.  Not on the M&S website at the time of writing this post.

So there we go, a few new things.  Let me know what has caught your eye in the comments.

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Essence The Gel Nail – Wear Test with Electriiiiiic

So I picked up two, well three in the end, of the new Essence Gel Nails range that has just been released.  You can see what the stands look like on this Spotted post.  And I’ve been giving them a test drive whilst visiting family over Easter.

First up are the top and base coat needed to make the Gel nail polish, Gel Nails…. these are £2.50 each. These are the two polishes I bought originally – one the left the Jelly is Bubble Gum and one the right, the blue shade is Electriiiiiic The instructions are quite clear, base coat, then gel nail polish and the finally the top coat.So following these instructions I put on the base coat.  It dries quickly to a waxy finish.  Even when its dry, it is slightly tacky to touch.  it is recommended that you wait until each layer is dry before doing the next one.  Then I applied one coat of Electriiiiiic.

Formula was good, similar to the regular Colour and Go polishes, it was not opaque with one coat.  I then waited until the first coat was dry, before adding a second which evened out the colour and provided better depth. After a few minutes drying, I applied the top coat.  This is quite gloopy and takes a bit of getting used to, I did flood my cuticles once and then didn’t apply enough on another occasion.  However, once on it does dry quite quickly and is touch proof in about 4 mins and rock hard within 10.

So, here we go, a long line of images showing you the polish at the point of application, 2 days later and then 5 days later.  I couldn’t manage more than 5 days as I was itching to change my polish!

First up, after the original application –  

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Here is the polish after application on the way to work – you can see the glossy finish.

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I found that the first small chips appeared quite quickly.  This may be because the sides of my nails are weaker and I have a little bit of splitting and peeling on one or two of them as well.

This is 2 days post application –

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As you can see only a little bit of tip wear on my thumb.

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Here you can see chips on the sides of several nails but overall, unless you inspected in great detail, I don’t think you could actually notice.  The glossy finish from the first day is still apparent.

Finally, 5 days post application

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You can clearly see the chips on the sides of my nails now, they have gotten larger over time.  The shine is still evident despite having been on for five days.

First thoughts – I am quite impressed with the wear time of this polish. It will be interesting to see if this is repeated with other shades in the range (another review coming up in a week or so..)  What I do like about the range generally is the price point, £2.50 for the top and base coat and £1.60 for the polish, and the fact that the whole range has been done as The Gel Polish.  I didn’t try it on its own, but I would imagine it would be similar to a regular polish.

The top and base coats are a little bit smellier than regular polishes, so work in a ventilated area away from anyone who is sensitive to smells.  The finish is also quite impressive, it  is super shiny and remained so throughout my wear test.

I haven’t tried any other gel nail combo so I have nothing for comparison, but I would say for a weekend away, or a period of time when you know you will not be able to change your polish, this might be for you!

Have you tried other gel polishes?  Let me know what you think the comments, could you try the Essence Gel Nails?

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Spotted! New Essence The Gel Nail

I was in quite a large Wilcos and having seen a new leader for The Gel Nails, I thought it best (for you my dear reader natrually) to pop by the Essence stand and see if the Gel Nails had actually landed. And they had! Along with some of the other new products….

So first up, just to say that this Wilcos has two bays making up it Essence display, so you may need to either visit a stand alone pop up or a larger store to get a bigger range.

As you can see, the whole top row on this bay and the next, is given over to the new polishes.  Every polish is the Essence core range is now a Gel Polish.    Here you can see is still includes the special finishes, such as the matte one you can see above.  Here you can also see the base and top coat needed to make the nails Gel.  The price point is excellent, polish is £1.60 and the top and base are £2.50 each. Also new to the stand, and I’m only focussing on the nail items here, are updated top coats.  From the left, holo glitter, sparkle sand, satin-matt, pastel ombre and the (not new) crackle top coat.  NB if you want to see all the new products, you can on this page on the Essence Website. Above you can see the wider range of pastel shades – these are not gel polishes, it appears to be the core range with the little colour cap that match the polish inside.

And finally, just another shot of the two required base and top coats for the Gel Nails.  This does mean that

I did pick up a few things, namely two gel polishes, the top and base coat for the gel nails, the ombre nail topper, the holo glitter topper and a foil transfer liquid (not picutred).  I have one of the gel nails on now for a wear text, so pop back in the next week or so, or sign up to alerts either by following me via email or through one of the links below.

Anything catch your eye?  Have you picked up any of these new items yet?

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L’Oreal Boheme Flower Top Coat – Coachelala

We saw these a few weeks ago, part of the new releases from L’Oreal. There are two that I’ve seen to date, one with pink glitter bits and white flowers, and then this one.  The excellently named Coachelala!

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I do love this one, orange bar bits with white flowers. I wore one coat of Coachelala over a base of one of the Essence Colour and Go in one of the Brazilian Greens, Beijos From Brazil, from last year – it reminds me of fresh green grass.  I based with Nailtiques 2 (still a little bit of peeling going on…) and then did one coat the Essence and one coat of the top coat.

Those flowers are probably the hardest to get out of the bottle.  It does come with quite a thick clear base, not unworkable, but you will need to roll it in your hands for a bit to get the glitter off the sides of the bottle.  Mine has two metal balls in it, to help mix the polish.  I got four flowers on each hand, so that isn’t too bad.

I picked up mine in a 3 for 2 cosmetics promotion in Boots, and a word of caution, check the bottles.  Often I find they have been opened and tested and so the bottle neck is all crusty.  Or you find one with a wonky brush like I did, so I just swapped the brush with another bottle.  I believe it was £4.99 and yes its a small bottle, but lets be honest – how ofter do you ever finish one?

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments!  Thanks for popping by

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Spotted! Free New Cid Nail Polish in Cosmoplitan (UK) May 2015 Edition

Quickly, I just saw this in my local supermarket – so when you are out buying your Easter Sunday dinners, you can pick this up too! 4 shades are available. Red, dark red, pink and a nude shade by New Cid. Have you heard of New Cid before?  Did you already pick one of these up?  Let me know in the comments.

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Spotted- New in at Claire’s Liquid Metal & Scented Polishes

I popped into my local Claire’s (it will always be Claire’s Accessories to me) to see what was ‘new to me’ on the shelves.  First up, these liquid metal polishes.

According to the website, there are six shades.  Teal, Purple, Silver, Gold, Metallic Pink and Rose Gold.  £5.50 each with puts them 50p dearer than Models Own Colour Chromes.  But that purple has caught my eye! I’m sure there are often offers on so you can get them for a better price.  Just a close up for you! Beneath those I noticed these scented polishes, not sure if they are new but snapped a pic anyway.

Just a few new things – they also had a gel polish range, lots of great glitter toppers and all sorted of fab shades.  Certainly worth checking out next time you are passing – although a word of warning, lots of the bottles had been opened and used.  So check everything before you buy it and also check the brushes!

These ones have caught my eye – Valentines Glitter, this Leopard Glitter and this Ditsy Floral Glitter.

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