New Buys

Review: Maybelline Polka Dots Collection

So I was having a wander around town on Friday after work and thought I would pop into Boots to have a mooch around the nail varnish to see if I could spot anything new…and look what I found!!

I had never heard of this new collection before, so I had a quick google on my phone and couldn’t find any reviews for these polishes – so I just had to buy them! I’m not entirely sure that they’re supposed to be out yet as you can’t seem to get them anywhere online.

Maybelline’s Polka Dots Collection is a set of four glittery jelly style polishes – Chalk Dust, Shooting Stars, Speckled Pink, and Rain Forest Canopy. I was most intrigued to try the Chalk Dust one, as the idea of a black and white glitter was so cute! I also had never tried jelly polishes before, so this was going to be a whole new experience!

Maybelline Polka Dots Collection

Chalk Dust is an amazing clear based polish with matte black and white glitter in it. It has such a cool effect! In the bottle it looks very similar to L’Oreal’s Confetti topcoat, but seems to have more different sized glitter in it. The application was actually really easy, with only two coats to get a decent glitter coverage.

Maybelline Chalk Dust

I love how it looks on the nail and just couldn’t wait to try it on over another colour. Here is it over LA Colors Illusion that I got a few weeks ago. I think it works better over medium tones colours like this one, as if you use too pale a colour you’d lose the white glitter and if you use too dark a colour you’d lose the black glitter. I think this polish is my favourite in the collection!

Maybelline Chalk Dust

Rain Forest Canopy is a cool greeny-turquoise jelly polish packed full of black and white glitter, although the multiple layers make the glitter look all sorts of shades of green which I love! It took three coats to get to this opacity and coverage of glitter, and it really didn’t seem too thick on the nail which I liked.

Maybelline Rain Forest Canopy

Shooting Stars is a rich medium to dark blue jelly polish, also with black and white bits of matte glitter in it. The glitter in this case ends up looks various shades of blue which is so pretty! This also took only three coats to get to this opacity and didn’t seem too thick on the nail. I think it could have used another topcoat though, just to smooth out the glitter a bit more.

Maybelline Shooting Stars

Speckled Pink is probably my second favourite in the group. It’s a lovely pink jelly polish with matte black and white glitter, with the white pieces looking more pink. I thought this colour looked great on me! I’m not much of a pink person but I really love this! It took three coats to get to this opacity.

Maybelline Speckled Pink


I should also add that these polishes dry SO QUICKLY. I literally had to wait seconds in between coats which was great as you get the finished effect so much quicker!

Like I said earlier, I’m not sure when these polishes are due out, but keep your eyes peeled for them in Boots and Superdrug stores as they are only £2.99 each which is a total bargain! Boots also has a buy one get one half price offer on at the moment, so I picked up all of these polishes for only £9 which was awesome!

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I have been shopping!

As it was my birthday last week and some very kind people gave me some money as gifts, I decided to drag Jack to Westfields London on Saturday. I think I went a little over the top. I bought 29 nail polishes. No, I’m not joking.

We started by popping into Boots where I immediately saw a huge stand full of Sinful Colors polishes. I don’t own any of those, so as Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on, I managed to nab these three for only £3.98! The colours I got were Tokyo Pearl, Exotic Green and Cinderella.

Sinful Colours

Next we stumbled across Beauty Bay which I knew was a place I could get LA Colors polishes for only 99p each! At one point I had 15 polishes in my basket, but I managed to cut it down to just 11.

These three colours are Palm Tree, Illusion and Fun In The Sun.

LA Colors

The next three colours are Sea Siren, Metallic Blue and Blue Lagoon.

LA Colors

These four polishes are Gold Nugget, Coral Reef, Shocker and Blossom.

LA Colors

This polish was slightly more expensive at £1.99 and is called Crowd Surfing.

LA Colors

Next I managed to find a Superdrug which is one of my usual go-to polish shops so I popped in to see if they had anything that my local one doesn’t, and it did! Tucked away on one shelf I found a few Invogue polishes! I’ve seen so many posts about these recently so I HAD to get some to try them. I bought two from the Matt Suede Effect Series – Emerald Dust and Sophisticated.

Invogue Emerald Dust & Sophisticated

The one shop I had been desperate to go to was the Models Own Bottleshop. It’s so cool to be able to get polishes there before they come out in the shops! I immediately decided that I need to have the new Bora Bora – anything gold a sparkly is a sure fire winner in my opinion!

Models Own Bora Bora

They also had an offer on in the Models Own Bottleshop – 6 polishes for £20! I have been waiting to get the Champagne collection and the Kaleidoscope collection for some time now and as I thought it was a little over the top to get both sets, I ended up going for the Champagne collection. I must say though, I was very impressed with the girls working in the Bottleshop – they were so happy to help and running all over the place to find things and suggest things to me!

Models Own Champagne Collection

The last shop we visited in Westfields shopping centre was Kiko. This place confused me as last time we went there I paid only £1.50 per nail polish, but this time this polish cost me nearly £5! I don’t get it. That’s quite a huge markup. That’s why I only bought one, instead of the six I bought last time. This polish is Kiko 423.

Kiko 423

After we had finished shopping, I gave all my bags to my wonderful other half to take home (isn’t he amazing!) and I went off to Oxford Street for my friend’s hen do. As I was a bit early arriving, I popped into Primark and was met by a big stand of Angelica polishes priced at £2.50 each. Naturally, I bought the whole collection of Soft Satin Matt Effect polishes!


Such a mad day – I really cannot wait to try all these polishes on over the next few weeks!

Have you bought any new polishes recently?

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My Westfields Haul

I’ve been shopping again…

So Saturday afternoon, my boyfriend and I didn’t have much to do and as we were meeting a friend in London for dinner we thought that a day out in London would be nice. I might have coincidently suggested a trip to Westfields shopping centre in Shepherd Bush just on the weekend that Models Own had released a new set of glitter polishes exclusively in their bottle shop there… More on this later.

Off we went on our merry way and had a really lovely afternoon wandering around before heading further into central London for dinner, and I bought LOADS of goodies :)

The first beauty shop we saw was Inglot. I have never heard of this brand before, but they had so many coloured polishes on display near the door I dragged Jack in for a look. After much deliberation, I came out with this beauty. The picture doesn’t really do it justice but it’s a lovely shimmery green. Can’t wait to try this out. Bit pricey though at £8 for the one bottle, but I think you sometimes lose your sense of value in shopping centres like this one.

Inglot 320

We popped into Lush quickly, which if I’m honest I’m not a fan of. I just find the smells too strong and I start getting a headache :( I really wanted to get a pot of the Lemon Flutter cuticle cream though as I have heard so many good things about it. It really does smell amazing as so far it has left my cuticles so soft and supple. I think it’ll last forever too asyou really dont seem to need much. The lady in the shop said it is also good for elbows and knees which is nice.

I bought the Neutrogena Hand & Nail Cream as I didn’t have any hand cream in my bag and was dying for some moisturiser. This one feels awesome though. It leaves this really lovely silky feeling on your hands after you’ve used it. My boyfriend wasn’t so keen…

Neutrogena Hand & Nail Cream, Lush Lemon Flutter Cuticle Cream

When I bought the hand cream from Boots I was given a voucher for £3 off No7 cosmetics. Oh dear. Off we trundled to the No7 nail polish counter and I picked out this awesome vibrant (verging on neon) coral colour for just £2.50!

No7 Cheeky Chops

After more trundling around we came across a mega cheap beauty shop selling LA Color polishes for only 99p each! Naturally I had to have loads of them. I picked up three glitters and four shimmers in all. I actually picked up a lot more than that, but Jack made me put some back. I also got an Art Deco polish pen brush thing which I used yesterday and worked really well :)

LA Colors – Star Light, Aqua Crystals & Treasure Island

LA Colors – Aztec Orange, Wired, Bronze Bombshell & Apricot Fizz

LA Colors – Art Deco Black

We also found another cheap beauty shop selling polishes for £1.50 each so I told myself I was allowed to buy six of them. I got the most awesome blue one, a champagney sort of colour and four pinks. I don’t really have many pinks so I thought I needed to rectify this. Currently I’m wearing the bright pink in the middle of the first photo and it truly is full on Barbie. Amazing!

Kiko – 217, 277 & 364

Kiko – 336, 303 & 261

So after a few hours of walking about we finally found the bottle shop of awesomeness that I had been looking for. If you haven’t seen the Models Own bottleshop at Westfields you should really go and check it out. My boyfriend did get a little claustrophobic in there, but I was far too busy zipping about trying to choose the colours I wanted. There was such a great deal on. You could get any 6 polishes for £20, and you would then also get one free!

I chose to get all the new Mirrorball polishes (obviously) and also got Pink Fizz and Scarlet Sparkle which I’ve had my eye on for a while. I could have gone a bit more mad, but I figured that I should wait until they do their 50% off sale at the end of the month.

Models Own Mirrorball Collection

Models Own – Pink Fizz & Scarlet Sparkle

All in all an expensive but rewarding day indeed. In case you’re wondering, my boyfriend Jack bought himself a self stirring mug from a gadget shop which is pretty awesome (I have one too!) and we had a lovely evening in central London with our friend :)

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I have a new toy!

For quite a while I have been following this blog written by the Nailasaurus! She uses stamping plates to make awesome patterns on her nails, which I absolutely love! Her leopard print designs are FABULOUS.

This week I finally took the the plunge and order this set of stamping plates, and this stamp for Amazon. How exciting! The stamping plates arrived in the post today, but the stamper hasn’t arrived yet. Gutted because I want to try out the cool designs!

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates

Bundle Monster Stamping Plates

Get ready to see some fun stamping designs from me in the next few weeks!

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The super exciting delivery and the wonderful boyfriend

On Wednesday during an Asos browsing (that was the intention I promise) session, I discovered the sale. Oh dear. Now usually this is good news for my wardrobe and bad news for my purse, but I thought I would have a browse through the beauty section of the site not knowing about their range of nail polishes. Well, the “browsing” session ended up being good news for my nail polish collection (but still bad news for my purse). I bought six polishes in all, and they all arrived yesterday!

First off I found a set of Models Own Beetlejuice polish which I had seen around a few times, but this had 20% off and was only £7 for three full size bottles! That went straight in the basket. Spending money doesn’t make me feel as guilty when the purchase has been reduced…

In the collection were Golden Green – a gorgeous shimmery duochrome polish that crosses between a bright gold and lime green when flashed in different lights, Emerald Black – another duochrome that tends to sway between a deep green and a navy more than a black which I think is to die for, and Pinky Brown – this duochrome seems to have little flecks of relective glitter in it which is a nice rich pink but changes to a dirty gold in some lights. Believe me – they are way prettier than the picture can do justice.

Fantasy fire - In the sun

Models Own Beetlejuice Collection – Golden Green, Emerald Black, Pinky Brown

Read on and see what else I got…

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