Nella Milano – True Blue

*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.

Another Nella Milano shade for you today – this one is called True Blue and is from the Forget Me Not collection.  It was hard not to be singing Madonna the whole time I was painting my nails!  But this is a lovely colour so lets look at the pics!

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True Blue is a bright blue creme, perfect for brightening up your fingers.  I used two thin coats over a base of Essence Anti Split Nail Sealer.  Formula was excellent, on a par with my previous Nella experiences.  I sealed in my polish with a coat of Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat.  As it turned out, the polish was pretty much a dead on match for my favourite coat!

In their own words ‘Made in France, Nella Milano nail lacquers are colour rich and long-lasting, making it very easy to keep your nails naturally chic at all times.  Nella Milano stands for effortlessly stylish, elegant and fashionable.  There is a Nella for any mood and personality and Nella Milano colours will perfect and complement any individual style.’

On the website you can search by collection, there are eight sets and one set of top and base coat www.nellamilano.com.  You can also visit the brand on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook to keep up to date with releases and current shades.  The price point is £8.95. BUT True Blue is on offer this week!  £4.95 go go go!!

Also, if you happen to be in Birmingham this weekend, the Nella team are at Beauty UK where they are launched Nella Gel.  You can get free tickets if you register in advance here http://www.beautyukshow.com/register.jsp

Let me know what you think 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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Models Own – Chrome Blue

I have been a bit remiss, sorry all.  I meant to share all the Models Own Colour Chrome collections close together and I’ve been swayed by other pretties.  I promise to try harder…. so with that in mind, here is number six – Chrome Blue

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Yep, that is blue alright.  A good blue.  A true blue.  Not denim leaning.  Two easy coats over a base of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Base coat.  As always, speed is an issue with a chrome polish.  Take too long or go over a partially dry area and dragging will occur.  I love how easy they are to remove and apply, meaning if you do change your polish frequently, then its not too time intensive.  I did get a good two solid days out of this before it chipped significantly.  I keep meaning to see what damage a top coat does, but I haven’t the heart to ruin a nice mani… I will try and report back however.

There are ten shades in the Colour Chrome Collection and we’ve already seen Gold,  Indigo, Mauve, Olive and Rose.  RRP is £4.99 if you pick them up in Superdrug (which is now a MOdels Own stockist) or order them online directly.

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Born Pretty Store Plate BP-21and silver stamping polish

*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.

I have more plates from the Born Pretty Store – this is the first one to share with you all, BP-21, which has a number of geometric designs on.  There are circles, waves, an ornate pattern and geometric lines.  For this mani I used the geometric lines.  You can find this plate here on the BP website.

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I was also sent a silver stamping polish, which you can see here on the BP website, which I also used to create the mani above. I love the colour combination of blue and silver.  This blue is my Lancome Vernis In Love Nuit D’azur (purchase by me) which we’ve seen on my blog before here.

Anyway, this plate is fabulous.  I am in love with the designs and I can see that I will get a lot of use from it.  I used the geometric lines to go with an outfit that had an asymmetric top, so I thought the lines would work well.  Plus the top was almost the same blue as the base polish.

The plate comes with a transparent blue plastic cover which you need to remove before using.  The plate feels well etched and the designs are a good size.  I always clean my plates with acetone before use.  I also recently bought a Creative Stamper, which I have been getting to grips with and I can say that I love that too!

The silver polish is designed to be used for stamping and I have to say, I’m quite impressed  I have been using the Models Own Colour Chrome polishes, but they dry very quickly on the plate and so the stamping polish doesn’t dry as quickly.  This is good as the plate designs are big enough that if I work quickly, I can get two nails done at once.

If you are looking for a good silver polish, and you have your eye on other items on BP, I can highly recommend this polish.  And I am more than happy to recommend the stamping plates I have experienced.  There are a huge range of items on the BP store, although do note that because it is the Chinese New Year, orders are subject to delay whilst the store is closed.

Born Pretty have provided me with a 10% off code for all my readers, so if you like the look of this, or any of the next few products I have to share with you over the next week or so, please feel free to use it. The code is ULG10.

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Have you bought anything from the BP store before?  What would you recommend I check out?  Let me know in the comments!

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Models Own – Chrome Indigo

You may have heard that Models Own were holding a half price sale, around the same time as they launched the Colour Chrome Collection.  Its a series of 10 chrome shades and because there were on sale, I bought them all…. shhh… don’t tell anyone!  We will get through them all over the next couple of weeks or so, but this is the first one – Chrome Indigo!

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Gosh I do love this.  Its STUNNING on the nail, stunning!

Care is needed on application, chrome finishes dry fast and can drag leaving bald spots.  Speed is the key.  Thankfully the Models Own brushes are quite wide, so on larger nails its two wipes (one each side).  What you see above is two thin coats, over a base of Nailtiques 2.  No top coat here.

I did worry about wear time and apart from a small chip – my fault, I was using my nail as a tool – the polish wore solidly for two whole days.  Colour me impressed!  I hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship!  And I hear they stamp well, so this could be a winner all around!

For those of you in the US, my experience with these is very similar to that of Sally Hansen Color Foils. So if you missed some, or if you are in the UK lusting after them, these will fill that need!

Did you pick up anything from the Models Own sale?  Does the Colour Chrome Collection catch your eye?

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Maybelline Color Show Veils – Teal Beam

I pulled this out from the stash, as it dawned on me that I hadnt yet shared this lovey Maybelline Color Show Veils polish with you all.  I grabbed this as a running out the door purchase when we were in the US in November.  I didn’t think, I just grabbed.  When I got home, I realised it was more of a topper (yes yes I know the name should have given that away!) as it is a glitter in blue and green in a clear base.  Anyway, enough rambling, here come the pics!

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I’ve used two thin coats of Teal Beam over a base of Essie Mojito Madness (my go to green creme) and then topped with Nails Inc 45 Second Top Coat.   I love how this brings a bit of sparkle interest to the nail, and its subtle.  Not in our face hard core glitter either.  And it doesn’t bubble like other glitter toppers can.

What do you think?  Are you a US reader and picked up any of the Veils range?  Let me know what you think in the comments.

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Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant – Light It Up

I have another of the Color Show Be Brilliant collection to share with you all today – this one is sooooo sparkly, it gave my camera the hiccups! This one is Light It Up!

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So I was trying to find suitable undies for this polish, and I didn’t want to go black.  So I put on Sweet Star, which is the Chanel Ltd Ed FNO polish on, and them blinged it up.

All the glitters in Light It Up are super reflective.  There is a mix of silver, very pale pink and blue along with some smaller silver bits.  All in all, its quite the glitter bomb.  Unlike Skyline Blue, the formula on this was no where near as gloopy.  Much easier to work with and its pretty much one thick-ish coat on each nail.  Apart from one nail where I did two coats and it was almost too much!

Lots of offers out there at the moment, so if you are looking to pick this one up and you haven’t, do shop about.  It is limited edition so sooner rather than later if you want it!

Let me know what you think in the comments

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Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant – Skyline Blue

I’ve taken a quick break from the few polishes I bought in the US to share with you the Maybelline Color Show Be Brilliant polishes that I’ve been wearing.  I previously posted about Spotting these here and here – so do check those posts out too. These are glitter toppers, meaning that they are clear or lightly tinted in the base and packed with glitter.  This is the first one I got on my nails, this is the blue from the set, called Skyline Blue.

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I popped Skyline Blue over a base of Wet N Wild Echo Dark (previously seen here) and it works fabulously!  The dark blue really makes the glitters pop and shine, and then when locked in with a shiny top coat, the effect it quite eye catching.

Its a mix of blue, purple and smaller silver pieces.  There is some light blue in there too!  I have one issue with these, and that is the application and formula.  They are quite gloopy, so I’d suggest you check the bottle before you bring it home.  I opened several of the bottles as when I picked them up there were large air pockets at the side and when I rolled the polish it didn’t move.  That was a bit of a warning sign so I opened it and it was exceptionally gloopy.  I picked up a second and it was better but still gloopy.  I checked all the bottles and others I have seen to ensure that it wasn’t just mine.

That said, it is quite easy one the glitter is on the brush to get it onto the nail.  This is one or two passes with the brush so coverage is variable.

I was surprised not to have too many blue/purple glitters in the stash, so this was a welcome addition.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Christmas Nails with MoYou Nail Plates

I’ve been playing about with my MoYou Christmas plates, practicing with the plates and trying different colour combinations.  Its the Festive Plate 04.

This first one is Sally Hansen Insta Dri Redio Active stamped with Wet N Wild White and Insta Dri Presto Pewter. Its topped with my P2 holo glitter topper, for a wee bit of sparkle and sealed in with Essence Better Than Gel Nails top coat. This is the design on the top left of the plate.IMG_6964.JPGThis second combination is a dark blue metallic Insta Dri (the name escapes me….) stamped with Wet N Wild White, topped with P2 Holo glitter and sealed in with Essence Better Than Gel Nails top coat.  This is the second image on the top left hand side.

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I do love these plates, I have another one in the stash, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Wet N Wild Megalast – Echo Dark

So the hubby and I were fortunate enough to go to the States a couple of weeks back for our wedding anniversary. We had an amazing time and its hard to believe we’ve been back two weeks now. I was lucky enough to get into CVS and Walgreens (in more than one occasion I might add) to pick through the polish collections. Sadly, I didn’t see many that caught my eye, however, my love for Megalasts is well known and I came across the single solitary polish in a stand – this is from the Fall 2014 limited edition matte shades which came with matte lip shades too.

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Super easy formula to work with, this is two easy coats over a base of Nailtiques 2.  Drying time was fast. Not super fast, but fast enough and it does dry to a rubberised finish.  Not quite a matte but then not like the Maybelline Color Show Vinyls either.  The Megalast brush is tapered so you can get close to cuticles and have a neat edge – but if you are picking these up yourself, do check the brush before hand.  This one was OK and I was worried as it was the last one, the brush would have been wonky, or even absent.  No worries on that front – PHEW!

Anyway, its a super dark navy and unlike any shade I have in the stash.  i seriously thought there would be a dupe in there, but nope.  That makes me a little bit happy.  Plus, the cap is rubberised so it has a squishy feel to it.  Its a great little touch.

As I say, I only have this one, but you can check out the rest on the fab Nouveau Cheap right here. You may be able to picked these up on eBay if you move quickly as Wet N Wild do not stock the UK or any part of Europe.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!