KIKO Denim Nail Lacquer – Shade 462

A KIKO purchase for your eyes today! This is from the Denim collection (which until I saw instore I wasn’t aware of!)  This is the best kind of pink-ish shade for me.  A raspberry!

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Gosh, look at this matte goodness.  As you can see, it does dry slightly matte.  Just a bit.  Not hugely.  Just a waxy-esque finish – not sure how that is Denim, but it might be the slight shimmer which doesn’t really translate onto the nail.  And that lack of shimmer transfer is the only disappointment.

Formula is good, this is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu, with no top coat so that you can see the effect.  If you do go over it with a matte top coat, it goes more matte.  But you can gloss it up with a shiny top coat.  I think I paid £2.50 for this from the store in London.  Do check online as they have been opening more stores across the south of the country.

What is your fave KIKO shade?

Color Show Denim – Styled Out

Happy New Year everyone – hope whatever you get up to you have lots of fun.

Quick post today, we are still working through the polishes I bought in the US.  This is one, from a collection we didn’t get in the UK, is from the Denim Collection and is called Styled Out.

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It really is a seriously denim colour, its so blue, so saturated with colour and a hint of sparkle.  I just love it.  The formula was awesome, it was a one coater – no word of a lie.  It just flowed onto the nail in the most delightful way that made painting my nails just delightful.  What you see above is two coats over a base of G&G Stuck on Blu.  I did top coat with a coat of G&G HK Girl, only to increase wear as I knew it would have to last at least two days.  And it just about got there.  There was a little bit of chipping, mainly where my nail has peeled slightly, but other than that.  I can happily say it passed the test.

I know there are a number of other Denim style polishes out there, including some from George at Asda and Nails Inc.

Do you have any denim polishes?  Let me know what you think in the comments and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Things I bought in the US

As promised, here are my purchases from my recent trip to the US.  We had a wonderful time, lots of things to see and do and I got to visit my first Harmon’s – very exciting! First up, some pics of the ranges I was hoping to see.  First up, Revlon Parfumerie.  I just love these. 20131214-121934.jpg Then, more Revlon.  With the new Matte effects and Sun Candy ranges. 20131214-121949.jpg Followed by new Wet N Wild megarocks! 20131214-121959.jpg And now my purchases…..I’m going to add links to other blogs, in particular Nouveau Cheap, so that you can see the full range.  These are all US polishes and for Europe/UK ladies, you either need a trip to the US, a swap buddy or a look on eBay to get your hands on these.

These are the Color Shows I picked up, from the top Beaming Blue, Crushed Crimson and Amethyst Couture from the larger US Brocades range, beneath them Styled Out from the Denim Range and Dotty from the US Polka Dots range. 20131214-103256.jpg Here we have my first new Covergirl polish in 315 Timless Rubies, Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer in Cinny Sweet (see the Fall 2013 range here), Wet N Wild megarocks in Slap the Bass and Milani Neon in Awesome Orange.20131214-103313.jpg No judging… I’m still not done…  L’Oreal in Hidden Gems and I Like it Chunky from the Gold Dust collection. 20131214-103306.jpg More Sally Hansen goodies now, from the top right Fa-La-La-Lavender (Holiday 2013), Satin Glam in Silk Onyx and Sun Sheen (rest of the range here), Insta-Dry in Chop Chop Copper (Fall 2013).  Beneath them Twinkle Toes-ty (Holiday 2013) and Xtreme Wear in Rosey Shooter, Sea-ly String, Frazzle Dazzle and Green Rocket from the Fall 2013 range (see more info here) 20131214-103233.jpg I’m very excited to try out these two from the new Sephora X collection.  This is Spark and Bombshell. 20131214-103248.jpg And then, finally…. more Revlon.  Parfumerie in Autumn Spice and Winter Mint, Revlon Elusive, Revlon Sun Candy in Lava Flame and some spider nail art stencils that I think are Halloween 2012 or 2013 (sale item). 20131214-103242.jpg So there you have it.  My addiction laid bare.  Anything catch your eye and what you would like to see first??  Hit me up in the comments!