Dior – Windsor

From elleuk.com

I was recently able to bag one of the limited edition Dior Vernis from Harrods (don’t judge me, I adore Dior almost as much as my beloved Chanel).  This beauty is 807 Windsor, an amazing gunmetal gray rippled through with that Dior sparkle shimmer.

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Now my pictures really do not do this justice, it is amazing.  You will notice a bit of tip wear in my images, that is because I didn’t have time to take images before I had to go out and then life happened and it was two days later.  But the wear is pretty good as I do a LOT of typing at work.

Anyway, this is lovely.  Pretty much a one coater too.  What you see above it two coats of Windsor of Seche Clear base with a Seche Vite top coat.  The brush is typical of Dior polishes, shaped and tapered, almost a perfect width for my nail.  Plus you can get close to the cuticle without getting any paint on it.  The shimmer is pretty apparent on the nail but not in my images.  I love it, its super classy and is a great way to wear gunmetal.

I ordered mine directly from Harrods, through their website, where they also have a few limited edition Diors (just not my lemming Lime), shipping was a bit steep at £6 for one polish and it came in the world biggest box for a single polish.  There was so much bubblewrap I don’t think I am ever going to need to buy any more.  That side, it was so well wrapped and it nice to see care taken over it.

Anyway, Windsor has a sister polish that is now sold out, so if you want Windsor get a move on and click here! RRP is £18.

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Zoya Pixie Dust – London

This is the last in the short run of Zoya Pixie Dust polishes.  London is a gray matter shimmer bomb, described by Zoya as a ‘fog gray with a sugared sparkle’, how can you not love a description like that?

Anyway, onto the pictures!

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The Zoya page says not to use top or base coat but I used Seche Clear as a base coat regardless.  If you have time, it might be an idea to let each layer dry before applying another.  And then remember that you haven’t put a fast drying top coat on and messing about might cause it to punch up and need redoing.  The texture isn’t too rough, it is even which is a bonus, its akin to slightly rough sandpaper.  Its quick relaxing running your fingers over it!

Zoya is available through resellers such as Amazon and eBay, Zoya does not ship outside the US or Canada.  US retail point is around $9, outside the US prices will vary.

So out of Nyx, Vespa and London, which one is your fav?  I so want to get my hands on Dahlia ‘a black beauty with a sugared sparkle’ and Chyna ‘a red dazzle with a sugared sparkle’

Illamasqua – Raindrops (reissue)

If you follow a lot of nail polish blogs, or if you are a blogger yourself, you may well have heard about Illamasqua Raindrops.  Its been going on auction sites for a ridiculous amount of money.  Anyway, the lovely people at Illamasqa have decided to re-release it and I was lucky enough to pick one up at my local counter.  According to staff it had already been out a number of weeks so it seems like a bit of soft launch.  Anyway, here come the pictures…..

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Boy, its pretty gray polish with hints of blue and sparkle.  A word of warning here, it is super sheer, incredibly sheer.  What you see above is four coats.  Formula is a tad on the runny side so flooding cuticles are a distinct possibility.  However a bit of time and patience gives a lovely colour pay off.  Drying time is on the fast side so four coats doesn’t take much longer. The brush is pretty good, its quite thin but you can probably paint most of your nails in three strokes.  The brush comes directly out from the square cap and its quite quick to get use to working with.

I base coated with Essie Trillionails (still having issues with weak nails and I think this is now discontinued but can be picked up from some etailers) and top coated with Seche Vite.  The Seche did cause a minot tip of shrinkage however the wear was good and I had two days before I was itching to change my polish.

You can purchase Illamasqua from their website (shipping is worldwide) or in certain stores that have a concession, in the UK this would be Selfridges, some Debenhams or at one of the stand alone stores.  You can find the UK ones here. Retail is £13.50 and its worth signing up to the enewsletter as sometimes you get free shipping or percentage discounts.

Is Raindrops on your wish list?

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Dollish Polish – Cold Winds Are Rising

Do you watch Game of Thrones?  You do?!  Me too, awesome isn’t it.  This is a GoT inspired polish from Dollish Polish called Cold Winds are Rising.  Its a super pretty slate gray polish with a mix of turquoise glitter to bring on the bling.

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It was a bit of a pain to work with, the glitter sinks quite badly.  I did leave it upside down for a while after rolling it in my hands.  Most of the glitter does seem to the stuck to the side of the bottle, which is a shame, but its pretty so stick with me.  I also noted that if you went over the same area more than once there was a tendency to pull to glitter up to the nail tip.

What you see above is three coats, which each successive coat I did see more glitter make its way onto the brush.  I used Essie all in one as my base and after the three coats, I did use my usual Seche Vite to provide a thick shiny top.  Drying time was average and it dried quite smoothly, which is a plus.  The Seche just levelled off any bumps from my application.

Anyway, not long until Season 3 of GoT!!!

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Catrice – Steel My Heart

I’ve recently taken part in a couple of European swaps and been able to get my hands on some of the new Catrice Nail Polishes.  What I have for you today is a polish that I was able to get a few weeks ago and is simply lovely.  Its getting a lot of great blogging reviews and its one of the ‘must haves’ from the recent changes to the core nail line.

Steel My Heart is a hard colour to describe.  Its name gives nothing away, its a grape like purple base with blue, silver and gray flecks in.  Its unlike anything else in my collection (and this is a good thing, trust me!)  The bottle describes its as a Brushed Metal Effect.

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Formula is great on these newer Catrice polishes.  I’m quite pleased with it considering its a cheap-ish brand.  What you see here are two coats over Essie all-in-one base and a Seche Vite top coat.  Now I must admit I am a big fan of these new Catrice brushes, I know they are not everyones but of tea, but I like them.  I also like the Dior Brush to which this is very similar.  Wear was pretty good on this one.  I’ve also got Steel My Soul which I shall share with you all soon (I’m too much in a darker polish place to wear a pretty purple!)

Catrice is readily available across Europe and in Ireland.  Its not readily available in the UK and swapping is your best bet as the nail polish resellers on eBay will charge you an arm and a leg for an easily accessible polish.

Revlon Moon Candy – Milky Way

For today’s post, I have a polish from a collection I have been simply LUSTING over, ever since I saw the first images of them.  We are back to one of my favourite polish brands in Revlon.  These Moon Candy polishes are just so cute, eye catching and enticing.  I was very fortunate to arrange a swap with a lovely fellow polish fan in the US.  In return for some Barry M’s and a few other assorted UK brands, I got what you see below.

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Milky Way is the second polish up from the bottom.  What you get is a super lovely double ended polish, with a creme polish in one end and a sparkly flakie-ish or glitter top coat in the other end.  In Milky Way you get a lovely super saturated gray polish that is simply wonderful.  It is almost a one coater and the colour in it is fabulous. It is a dark cement gray and dried darker on the nail than in the bottle.

The Top Coat is made up of lots of little silver shards in a clear base.  Application was a bit tricker here, but a good dollop followed by a careful spreading of the glitter worked well.  Also, a word to the wise, make sure that shards are flat as they are actually quite painful if they stick up and you accidentally gouge yourself. However, they certainly amp up the look on the nail and they are so sparkly and eye catching.

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I just love these double ended sticks, I’m not sure if they are still available in the US as I understand that they limited editions.  So if you have a US polish buddies, you had better shout out quick or start stalking blog sales….

What do you think?  A gimmick too far?