Chanel – Fraicheur

Ah, Chanel. You bring out a limited edition polish and I will get out my wallet and buy it.  Noting new there if you’ve been following the blog for a while.  Its the one high end line guaranteed to make me go gaga.  Lets look at some pics!

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I’d never managed to get my hands on a bottle Jade, that cool green shade from many a year ago… so I was hopeful that this might go some way to making up for it. So I reserved my bottle and waited. Finally I was able to go and pick it up as it had come into the store some two weeks later than planned.

I raced home to get this onto my nails, look how pretty she is!? Lovely bit of hidden shimmer, almost too hidden if you ask me. You really can’t see it on the nail unless you are directly under artificial light, and it has to be strong. Then you can see the shimmer, peaking out at you.

The other problem I have is with the formula. Its a nightmare to put it bluntly. I need two coats and each one was a pain to put on.  Its a bit gloopy and not a great formula.  Its really patchy on all coats.  And if you look closely you can probably see that on the nail.  And you have to wait between coats, if you go to apply a second when you normally would, the polish clumps up and drags something horrible.  Ugh.  Even with years of having painted my nails, years, I found this hard to work with.

Only positive?  The colour is to die for.  I love it.  Such a pretty colour and not similar to anything I have in the stash.  If I hadn’t already bought it, when I read some of the reviews, I might have given it a pass.  £18 is a lot of anyones money to spend on a polish when you can get a good, quality polish for a lot less.

Anyway let me know what you think in the comments!

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Elevation Polish – Yetis Healing Vibes 

I have a great Elevation Polish to share with you today.  This one was created as a charity polish, to raise funds for Nepal.  I’d been eying it up for a while and also bought a couple of others…….

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The description on Elevation Polish describes it better than I could ‘a jade crelly with a blend of Ultra chrome flakes in 2 colors, gunmetal flake shimmer, White/Silver flake shimmer and aqua micro shimmer. Decorated with a ❤ Nepal sticker on the back.’ What you see above it two coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 and topped off with Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat.  Formula was good and really easy to work with.

Gosh – isn’t this pretty?!  And I get to help out a good cause, what more could a polish loving person ask for? I love the mix of glitter and flakes in the green base, just stunning!

This polish is still available directly from the Elevation Polish website for $12 with $5 going to charity.  And they do ship internationally!  YAY!

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Nanacoco – French Macaron

I’m still bringing you some of the polishes I picked up from the US.  This one is another one for my swap with G of Nouveau Cheap and is another Nanacoco polish.

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This one is lovely teal on teal, with a pale teal base packed with darker teal glitter.  Its a great colour combination as it really adds interest to the nail.  What you see here is two thickish coats applied b the dab and spread technique.  I was Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base coat and then topped of with Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat.

Again, its a stinky polish, but if you can handle that then I think the payoff is worth it.  The colour is super flattering on the nail.

What do you think?  I’ve got quite into the glitter polishes I have again, thanks to this peel off base coat.

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Nella Milano – Evergreen

*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. Contains Affiliate links

Its Nella Milano time again.  Goodness, I’m sure its not just me, but the weeks seem to be flying by!  I have a fab green sahde to share with you today, say HELLO! to Evergreen. This one is from the Four Seasons collection.

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Formula on this was excellent.  I am really impressed.  What you see here are two coats over a base of Nailtiques 2 ad topped with Nails Inc Kansington Top Coat (both purchased by me).  The green is really unusual in that it is quite dark and not the bright grass green you often get with other shades.  In fact, I have little like it in the BIG stash!

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 this week, Evergreen should be on offer for £4.95, so if you like the look of this, this is the week to take the plunge and buy!

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Let me know what you think in the comments!  What are you favourite green shades?

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Nanacoco – Milky Shaky

I’ve not been very consistent in showing you my gorgeous polishes from my swap with G of Nouveau Cheap – apologies.  I got waylaid by Chanel….. not very wallet friendly I know… anyway.  Back to the stunning (but smelly) milky glitters of Nanacoco.  This one is called Milky Shaky and reminded me a little bit of Whimsical, but its not the same at all!  Lets check out some pics!

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Milky Shaky is a pale blue base packed with glitters in pink and blue, with tiny tiny specs of green or turquoise.  As with Shu Cream, this one has that scent which can put you off if you are sensitive to chemical scents.  The formula was a bit thick, but with glitters that isn’t a bad thing or it can slide off the nail or pool at the sides (which means it never dries…..)

What you see above is two or three coats, and that depended on glitter placement.  If I felt it was a bit glitter light, another coat went on!  I used the Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat (last seen pairs with Shu Cream) – which I am becoming a huge fan of. I then topped with a good coat of Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat which seals it all in with a shine and reduces the stick of the polish.

This was so cute on my nails, I couldn’t stop looking at them!  As a bonus, removal was super easy and I was able to get my next polish on in record time!

What do you think?  Yay or nay?  Let me know in the comments!

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Born Pretty Stamping Plate – Forest Patterns Plate BP – L015

OOhhh I am on a stamping roll…. I’m really getting into this at the moment!

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This is over a base of Nella Milano Evergreen*, a lovely forest green creme shade.  One coat of this over a base of Essence Anti Split Nail Sealer.  I then stamped with my Born Pretty Silver Stamping polish* using my Creative Stamper and sealed it in with a coat of Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat.

I love this leaf-esque design, I think it really pops being silver over the darker green.  Gorgeous!  The quality of the stamping plate is excellent.  The plate BP-L015 is well etched and provided a crisp transfer. Plus I love the rectangular plate as it fits neatly alongside my other brands.  You can see the BP-L0151 plate here on the BP website.  The plate has lots of other tree or leaf designs on it, lots of opportunity for interesting nail art here!

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 shared with you, please feel free to use it. The code is ULG10.  There are lots and lots of lovely things available via the store. Let me know what you get in the comments!
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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! Miss Sporty Candy Shine Glitter Effect polishes

Not 100% sure these are new on the shelves, but I think its the first time I have seen these.  New onto the Miss Sporty Stands are Candy Shine Glitter Effect polishes.IMG_7554

The range just appears to be three shades, one green, one pink and one orange with pink (weird!)IMG_7553

I *think* these are RRP £1.99. Again, not 100% sure.  But there you go, not my most informative of posts!

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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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Halloween Nails with MoYou Halloween Plate

I got one of the Halloween plates, before they all sold out at MoYou.  And I am glad I did as they are all gone!  This is from the Festive collection, which also includes Easter, Christmas and New Year plates.

I did a bit of a mix and match here, using some of the different images and different colours.  I love the spiders on the thumbnail – its a base of Maybelline Color Show Vinyl, Grey Beats, stamped with a variety of Sally Hansen Insta Dri polishes.  All sealed in with a coat of G&G HK Girl.

Happy Halloween!!!