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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Nanacoco – Shu Cream

I came back from the US a couple of weeks ago, seems like much longer now, but whilst I was there I was able to do a great swap with the absolutely lovely G of Nouveau Cheap, yes Queen of Affordable Cometics.  I was able to bring stuff with me to the US to ship to G and she sent me the most amazing package filled with brands that were new to me.  Amongst the goodies were some milky glitters from Nanacoco – a brand I had never registered before.

This is the first one I have to share with you and is called Shu Cream.

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Shu Cream has am mikly cream base, packed with glitter that is white, orange and bronze, with the tiniest turquoise glitters. The website states it is in the gold family.  It really dinged my bells.  Now a quick word about the smell…. if you know or have tried Kleencolor then you will know what I mean about the smell.  It is quite chemically and rather strong.  So a ventilated area is a must.  And if you are sensitive to smells, you will want to avoid this as it does linger.

Anyway, i also paired this with something I have been DYING to try – which is the new peel off base coat from Sally Hansen.  Now I have tried a couple before and its always been a bit hit and miss.  So I did two thin coats of the SH Big Peel Off Base coat before applying two thickish coats of Shu Cream.  First coat was a drop and spread as it felt a bit gloopy, but that might have been because the peel off base coat once clear is a bit tacky.  Second coat was a bit thicker to capture lots of that lovely glitter!

Gosh, I love this.  Its almost work appropriate glitter isn’t it??  I topped with a layer of Nails Inc Kensington Top Coat to seal it all in and that also helped to reduce the smell.  As for that SH Big Peel Off Base Coat?  Man that is a WINNER.  The polish lasted two showers, numerous hand washing before I chose to peel it off.  And it was satisfying to peel off.  It came off in big pieces and left no residue behind.  I was super impressed.

Huge thanks to G for the swap, more swap lovelies to come over the next few posts!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Catrice – No Snow Petrol


I have another little beauty for your viewing pleasure today, although have you noticed the date??  Its nearly Xmas!! How exciting.  What are you planning on wearing on your nails over the festive season?  Do share in the comments below.

So, back to the polish today.  This one came from my lovely swap package from Lindz behind Girl in the Glasses (go visit if you haven’t already!) and you can see what lovelies I sent her by clicking here.

If you are interested in swapping there are two ways to go about it, firstly if you are on Facebook you can join a swapping group.  By doing a couple of low value swaps you develop your reputation for swapping and then you may be approached by more regular swappers.  But do no ever swaplift – this is where you get people to send you packages and you don’t post your end.  The Nail Polish Community is quite tight knit and rallies around.  Secondly, you can join something like Make Up Alley and earn swap tokens.  This is much wider than just polish as the name implies.  You can also stalk blogs and ask people to swap with you, although do not be offended if people say no.  I’m often engaged in a couple of swaps at a time and so have to say no for the sake of my wallet and in the attempt to keep my stash down to a manageable size!  Feel free to suggest groups etc in the comment for other readers.

Anyway, moving on to the polish from my swap with Lindz (where I did my best to get her some awesome stuff of the list she provided, but bizarrely Bourjois was quite hard to come by in the the specific colours she was after!).  I love Catrice Cosmetics.  They do some great lines, have regular limited edition lines and the price point is awesome.  Only drawback?  They are not available in the UK.  Like Essence.

This is one of the newer colours from the changes to the permanent line up in Fall 2012.  Several were retired and there were some reissues, including No Snow Petrol, which I am about to show you now.

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Wow, this is an awesome polish.  Its a light turquoise with a pale blue shimmer.  In the sun the shimmer is very apparent and obvious.  In the shade it is much more subtle.  Formula was lovely.  Almost a one coater, but the second coat does provide depth of colour and perfect coverage.  I used Essie All in One to base and then top coated with Seche Vite.  Drying time for No Snow Petrol was excellent, I was based coated, painted and top coated within 20 mins.

What do you think?  What other new Catrice Polishes should I check out?

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