L’Oreal – Tuxedo Noir

I managed to snag this polish when we were in the US in May form the reduced section in a nearby Walmart.  I believe this might be from the Shades of Grey collection that L’Oreal brought out and I do love a black polish!  Lets have a look at some pics.

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Ooohhh black and shiny.  Whats not to love?  Formula was a bit on the thick side, so if you did one thick coat you’d probably be OK.  I did two thin-ish coats out of habit really.  It does dry a bit matte so I used my Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat to bring out the shine and I think that helps.

What do you think?  I know there was a bit of a run on the holographic shade from this collection and I couldn’t find that anywhere, nor any other shades from the collection.

Did you manage to get any of the collection?  Let me know in the comments!

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Sally Hansen – Glam Fest

Today I have one of the polishes from the Sally Hansen Ltd Edition Spring 2014 Xtreme Wear Color Vibrations Glitter Mania collection (way to go SH for the longest collection name in a while….) For more info on the entire collection, you can see this page on Nouveau Cheap.  This is Glam Fest a multi coloured glitter in a clear base.

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Ah, glitter polish.  What’s not to love?  This one has mulit coloured glitters and small silver glitters within it.  I wore this over a gray creme from KIKO so all the glitter is from the bottle. My experience with the recent Xtreme glitters has not been good.  In my opinion, there is too much base coat, meaning that to get more than three bits of glitter, you have to pass over more than once.  Plus if you dare to put it on too thickly, it bubbles quickly.  Thin and slow is the way here and lets be honest, which a cheap drugstore buy, you want quick.  Not slow.

Much as I love this combo, its not something I would reach for in a hurry.  Drying time, even with top coat, too ages……

I didn’t get this in the UK, I bought it via a reseller on eBay along with a number of other polishes and lip balms (don’t have enough of them either) so if you want to take the plunge and you are in the UK, Europe or beynd, eBay is your best bet.  Otherwise for those of you in North America check your local drugstores as there may be a few of these knocking about.

Let me know what you think.  What is your fave glitter top coat?

Julep – O Canada!

Very quick post for you today.  This is O Canada! released by Julep last year, funnily enough to celebrate Canada Day.  Anyway, onto the pics…

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This is a dollop and spread approach to application over two coats of Julep Salah, a perfect cherry red.  I love this, it sparkles and glistens.  You can’t really see the red glitter as its over red polish, but the iridescent pieces really pop and its all wrapped up in a clear base.  I think I will try this over black or burgundy.  Julep is sadly only available directly to US and Canadian ladies, this one is out of stock, but you might be able to score via a blog sale.

What do you think?  How would you rock this polish?

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Revlon Moon Candy – Meteor

Very quick post today, with the last of my recent frenzy of Moon Candy wearing.  This is Meteor

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Meteor is a dark olive green, a real murky colour with a green and gold flakie top coat.  This is actually one of my favourites.  The topper here applies more smoothly than some of the others in the range, meaning extra thick coats of top coat are not required.

Anyway, the base creme is almost a one coater, like the rest of the range.  Although I did two to prevent streaking when applying the top coat.  Its worth waiting until the base colour is dry before applying the topper, otherwise the colour drags and you get light spots.  But this one was a dream to apply.  I used Seche Clear as a base and Seche Vite as my top coat.

Revlon Moon Candy can be found in larger Boots stores for £7.99 or via their website.  They aren’t listed on the Revlon UK site, but you can see the range on the US site here but note only seven shades appear on the Boots website currently.

Have you picked up any yet?

Revlon Moon Candy – Moon Dust

This is a little beauty I picked up from my trip to the US last year, but I hadn’t got around to taking pictures of it but the second time I didn’t forget.  I have a bit of a thing for these doble ended Revlons and I only need a couple of Moon Candy Polishes to make my collection complete.  The other nice (and timely) thing is that Revlon have updated their US website with all these double polishes or Nail Art as some of them are classed.  So, for your perusal, click on the highlights for the Revlon page.  Moon Candy, Nail Art Expressionist and Nail Art Neon.

Anyway, onto the polish pictures!

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First, I base coated with Seche Clear, then added one coat of the black.  The formula on the creme is fantastic, thick and a real one coater.  Plus it dries well and evenly.  Then once dry, you pop over the shiny sparkly part.  In this case, it is a green shimmer, glitter and flakie mix.  It looks awesome over the black, seriously awesome.  Its a bit on the gloopy side, so I did two thin coats and when the glitter was a tad thin in places, I used the dotting/blobbing technique.  Once dry, which didn’t take as long as I thought, I added a thick coat of Seche Vite.  It is a slightly bit bumpy in places but nothing a good top coat cannot overcome.

I think my only negative comment, is that these are quite small bottles.  I know you get two, but I have a LOT of black cremes and it would be great if Revlon would do just the top glitter coat on its own.  Maybe they will, but obviously the colour pairing they have put together work well.

If you live in the US, you can purchase these directly via the Revlon links above or in drugstores.  In the UK and Europe, you are reliant on a US based pal or eBay (where I have seen some but lets not forget the US postal rates have recently gone up significantly).  I really want to complete the set now, including the pink!

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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Sally Hansen – In a Flurry

Quick post today, with a polish sent o me from my lovely Canadian polish twin.

When I first got into polish, I had a lot of Sally Hansens, they were cheap and plentiful.  Now I tend to forget about the line, which is a shame, because every so often there are some new gems.  Like this one.

This is In A Flurry, one of the fall 2012 colours issued in August or September this year.  Its a black creme base with flecks of green, gray and silver within it.  In the bottle it is very sparkly.

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What you see above is three coats.  I’ll be frank, the formula was a bit gloopy and problematic for me. It also seemed to take an age to dry.  Nevertheless, I think its nice.  The sparkle in it is very subtle once its on the nail, so if you are hoping for a bit of bling, you may want to pass this one by.  I used my Essie all-in-one as the base coat and then topped with a thick layer of Seche Vite.  I went a bit thicker then usual with the Seche as I also found it dried a bit bumpy.  Wear time wasn’t that hot either, but I wonder if thinner coats and a bit of patience might work best here.

If you want to see the most amazing swatches of all three fall shades, you can see them on Scrangie’s blog.  Yes her with the magical fingers!

KBShimmer – Vegas Bomb

I have a glitterbomb of a polish for you today.  This is the lovely Vegas Bomb by KBShimmer.

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This is a neon yellow base colour with tonnes of glitter in so many different colours.  In the bottle it looks green but on the nail it is definitely yellow.  It builds up really well on the nail and the colour is so unusual, what you see above are three thin coats.  It goes onto the nail surprisingly well considering the amount of glitter in the polish.  It dries well and evenly as long the coats are even.  There is no fishing about for glitter with this one.  It will be a little bit bumpy but I used a thick coat of Hong Kong Girl top coat and it has a smooth glossy look.

For my first KBShimmer I am completely thrilled with this one, I have a couple more to show you over the next couple of weeks.  If you fancy getting your nails onto some, you can order from the website (US Only), order from the etsy site (US only) or order from Harlow&Co (International).  I ordered from Harlow&Co and was delighted with the speedy shipping.

What KBShimmers are must haves??

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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?

Wow, Nail Haul!

I’ve had some time off work and I’ve spent lots of it with family. It’s been awesome. We’ve done lots of lovely things including a day trip to France and a trip to Westfield London.

And, of course, I have had my eyes out for new things.  Check out my haul and polish snaps.

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So, here I have my first sighting of the new Nude Polishes from Dior, from The Nude Collection, lovely neutral tones that I am sure would flatter any skin tone. (Sorry for the blurry pic, I was trying to be discreet!)

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Then, in Sephora, I noticed this display of new top coats.  I picked up a couple that I couldn’t leave behind (see below).  There are four, 2 flakie top coats, 1 with silver holo bar glitter and a fourth one with gold glitter.

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I also saw brands I have never seen before, such as Vernis Brillance Eclat by Nocibe.

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More Nocibe make up.

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Then a trip to Westfield London, where they have an Inglot (pictured above), a KIKO, a Colourcopia, a Make Up Store AND a Beauty Base.  PLUS the Models Own Bottle Shop pictured below.

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And here are the pretties I picked up, first here they all are together!

So, top row, 3 x Sephora Polishes (2 of those new top coats), 1 x Peggy Sage Polish (red, glitter and sparkles), 1 x Nocibe glow in the dark polish, 2 x KIKO, 1 x Bourjois Python Top Coat.

Bottom Row, 4 x Gold Capped KIKO Holos from the new Collection Lavish Oriental, 5 x KIKO polishes from their sale

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Now, WHAT ON EARTH DO I TRY FIRST???????

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