Reviews

Review: Sinful Colors Cinderella

This polish is one I have had for absolutely ages and bought during a Westfields polish shopping trip. Have you ever been there? It’s a HAVEN for nail polish.

Sinful Colors Cinderella is a lovely baby blue polish with a subtle pink shimmer to it. It’s so easy to see in these photos, but in the sunlight it really pops!

Sinful Colors Cinderella

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Review: Zoya Gie Gie

So I confess, another post where I took the photos ages ago! I’m still trying to make my way through the nail polishes I bought during my trips to the USA and Turkey.

Zoya Gie Gie is a polish I bought when I was in Utah. I was there on business for a week and made sure I had time to visit all the popular cosmetics shops in the evenings. This sweet little polish came from Ulta which is just the most amazingly overwhelming shop if you’re into nail polish!

Zoya Gie Gie

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Review: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Azure

Another polish from my trip to Utah a few months ago!

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Azure is a lovely rich purple-y blue. It has a slight duochrome metallic shine to it, shifting from royal blue to a cold shade of purple.

The bottle is nice and tall and has a good amount of polish in it. The brush is nice and wide, allowing you at get a good coverage of the nail in just two or three sweeps.

Sally Hansen Azure

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Review: Jacava Raspberry Bavarois

Hi all! Today I have another review for you about a polish made by the relatively new British brand, Jacava. This luxurious polish is called Raspberry Bavarois.

Jacava’s Raspberry Bavarois is a wonderful hot pink but with a richer, fuller tone. This pretty pink has much more of a red undertone to it than a purple, and so really suits my skintone which is just one of the reasons I love it so much!

The bottle itself is very tall with a nice long brush handle which is great for getting a good grip. The brush is nice an smooth flowing and I managed to get full coverage of my nail in just three strokes. Much better than some polishes.

Jacava Raspberry Bavarois

It took just two coats to get a nice even colour on my nail, which was great as I really hate my nail polish too thick.

You can buy this beautiful pink polish HERE for £14.50, which is a little high for your average nail polish purchaser, but it’s also an 8-free polish (free from lots of nasty chemicals) and even has gold leaf writing on the bottle!

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Review: Golden Rose Holiday 55

Today I have another treat for you from sunny sunny Turkey!

This horrid weather in the UK is making me daydream of the warm skies and blue seas of our honeymoon, so what better way to reminisce than with a polish I bought when I was out there!
This wonderful sparkly glitter bomb is Golden Rose Holiday 55. It really is quite magnificent,  a cool water blue fine glittery/grainy polish with hints of silver glitter mixed within.

Golden Rose Holiday 55 Nail Polish

This baby is opaque like this in just two coats, which is extraordinary for a glitter polish. The bottle is so jam packed with glittery bits though, that it fills the nail quickly and evenly.
It isn’t a smooth finish which I quite like and leaves you with almost a sandy feel – the perfect colour and texture to make you think of a holiday.
Golden Rose Holiday 55 is one of their Holiday collection which is a wonderful set of shimmery polishes – it was so hard to choose! I did buy two more though – a pinky purple and an orangey red – so keep an eye out for those posts to appear here soon!
I bought Golden Rose Holiday 55 for 7 Turkish Lira, which is just over £2, a complete bargain as far as I’m concerned! It’s a little bit more tricky to get hold of in the UK, but if you must have it you can find it HERE on Amazon for £7.40.
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Review: Jacava Blackberry Fool

This post contains a press sample.

Having a good day? If not, I hope I can make it a whole lot better with this gorgeous new polish I have to show you!

A few months ago an email dropped in my inbox from the company Jacava asking if I would be interested in trying out some of their brand new high quality nail polishes. Of course, I couldn’t decline! I’m a sucker for a scoop! They very kindly sent me two polishes, one of which I am finally getting around to reviewing today. Let me introduce you to Jacava’s Blackberry Fool.

Jacava really know how to sell their polish, as the description on their website make it sound like a nail polish addict’s dream!

All JACAVA non-toxic nail polish uses a premium, high gloss, long-lasting and nourishing formulation to help your nails stay stronger and grow longer. Designed in London and made in the UK, JACAVA is a quintessentially British nail polish brand with a stunning, luxurious bottle & 22-carat gold printing.

I was absolutely fascinated by the gold print on the bottle when I got it. I couldn’t believe it was real!
It is also perfect for those concerned about the toxicity of using nail polish or vegans as it..

is an ’8-free’ nail varnish. That’s free from DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Cellophane, Parabens, Phthalates and Animal Ingredients

Be warned, it does come with a slightly higher price tag than usual at £14.50, but it is so unusual to come across a product that has been designed with so much in mind, that it doesn’t actually seem to high.
There is also quite a decent amount of polish in the bottle at 12ml, and when you compare that to £11 for a 10ml Nails Inc bottle, you get quite a reasonable amount for your money.

Jacava Blackberry Fool

The colour of the nail polish is such a beautiful rich purple-y, fushcia-y, pink. In fact, Blackberry is the perfect name for it as it is such a rich fruity colour! It reminds me of the bright colours you get in a blackberry pie!

Blackberry Fool is a creme polish with a very good consistency. I was nervous about the brush when I was waiting for the them to arrive, as some premium brands can forget about this key factor (I’m looking at you, Chanel!), but the colour just painted on with ease in a few swift movements.

In these photos, you can see two coats but if I had have done a slightly thicker first coat, I don’t think I would have bothered with the second one. It has such a good pigment.

Now I’ve tried this polish, I am just itching to try the second one I was sent by them, so hopefully it’ll be here for you to read sometime in the next week.

You can buy any Jacava polish, including Blackberry Fool, for £14.50 on their website HERE. They even have a cool ‘Try It On‘ feature and you can order samples to make sure that the colour you choose will match that outfit perfectly!

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Review: Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 106

Good morning all!

Today I have for you a polish that I found in a tiny shop on our honeymoon last month!

We spent almost two weeks in Marmaris, Turkey, and had the most amazing time! Marmaris is the home of the second largest bazaar in Turkey, so needless to stay I did spend a couple of afternoons dragging my new husband around all the shops. Most of them just sold jewellery or handbags, but we did come across one little gem that seemed to sell Turkey’s entire supply of nail polish! There was so much of it! Over the two trips, I managed to walk away with no less than 24 nail polishes, which you’ll see on here over the coming weeks.

This beautiful polish is number Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 106. I was a bit gutted that none of them had proper colour names :(

Review: Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 106

This was one of the first polishes I picked up, as as you know I have a little bit of a thing for glitter. It’s such an unusual mix of colours with purple, gold and green flecks in it! Just so sparkly!

This polish turned out to be a bit two-sided with regard to the application. It was thicker and a bit gloopier than you would usually want from a glitter polish, but there is just so much glitter packed into it that you don’t need more than two coats for a full coverage.

Review: Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 106

As you can see, it really does give the most amazing effect on the nail. The purple, green and gold are so vibrant and bold that it is just so eye catching. I can tell this is going to be a polish that I love wearing around Christmas time, with it’s stylish festive appeal.

I bought this polish for just 7 Turkish Lira, which works out as just over £2 – such a bargain! You can buy this polish HERE on the Golden Rose UK website for only £4.99 though which I think is still quite a good price for such a glitter-packed polish!

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Review: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius

At the beginning of September, I was lucky enough to be sent to Salt Lake City in the USA for work. While out there, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to buy some polishes that it’s hard to get hold of in the UK. Typically of me, 1 or 2 was never going to be enough and I ended up coming home with 28 new nail polishes. They are just so cheap in America that it’s hard to resist!

Today I have one of my favourite polishes to review for you – Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius.
Firstly, I am loving the name. Quick Jeanius is perfect for a fast drying denim-coloured polish! Quick Jeanius is a dark, midnight blue metallic polish with little silver flecks in it. A really beautiful polish to add to my collection as winter is on the way.

The shimmer is subtle enough to wear during a casual day, but in the evening it really catches the light and would be wonderful for a glitzy evening out.

As always with the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, the brush is lovely and wide with a rounded end, so you really get good coverage on the nail with only a few brush strokes. I painted two coats for the pictures shown here, but really would have only needed one I think as it is such an opaque polish.

Review: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius

As you can see it is a really beautiful coloured polish, and not one that I think you in every single brand. It’s not naturally a super shiny polish, so I did have to add a topcoat, but that’s all part of my normal nail care routine anyway!

I also tried adding a matte topcoat over this polish and found that is really made the silver flecks pop! It even made the polish look that like bit more denim-like, so I think this would definitely be a pairing I would make again.

Review: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius

I bought Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Quick Jeanius from Target for only about $3.49 which is approximately £2.18 which is much cheaper than can get Insta-Dri polishes in the UK!

Do you have any Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes?

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Review: Pocket Money Polishes – I Put A Spell On You

You might remember the review I did the other day about Pocket Money Polishes‘ Starry, Starry Night by Charlie. She’s just started producing her own nail polishes collections, the first one being called Glitter Babies and is out right now.

Today I have for you another bottle from the collection called I Put A Spell On You. All of Charlie’s polishes are named after songs which is such a novel idea!

I Put A Spell On You is described as ‘Green stars, purple hearts with orange matte squares and a shifting rainbow’, and it looks like the coolest, most haunting polish ever! it has Halloween written all over it.

Pocket Money Polishes - I Put A Spell On You

The application was very even for the orange glitter bits and the holo flecks, but again the stars required a bit of  fishing which I actually quite like as you get to put them exactly where you want them!

This is definitely my favourite polish in the collection as I have never seen anything like it! It looks so cool. In the photos I have layered it over LA Colors Fun In The Sun which is an amazing shade of purple in itself, and it compliments the colours of the glitter so so well.

You can buy I Put A Spell On You from Charlie’s online shop HERE for only £4 for a 5ml bottle. But if you put the code ‘Laura10′ in the comment box on your order, you can receive an extra 10% off your order! They’re limited edition, so grab one while they’re still available!

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Review: Pocket Money Polishes – Starry Starry Night

I’m sure you’ve all seen the amazing work Charlie does at Pocket Money Polishes, but I’m sure you don’t know that we actually went to school together! So obviously when she told me she was going to start designing her own nail polish range, I was first in line to nab myself some!

Today I have to show you Starry, Starry Night from her first collection, Glitter Babies. All the polishes in this collection are named after songs, and Starry, Starry Night is described as ‘White stars with small blue matt hex and flecks of gold holo sparkle’ which I would say is a pretty good description!

Pocket Money Polishes - Starry Starry Night

The glitter in bottle looks amazing, and that is exactly what drew me to it. It is absolutely packed with glitter and the cute little stars. And the application was wonderful – little blue dots and gold flecks even distributed with no trouble at all. I had to do a little fishing for the stars, but that was really no biggy.

For the look in the photo, I layered Starry, Starry Night over Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and I think the combo is just beautiful!

You can buy Starry, Starry Night from Charlie’s website HERE, a 5ml bottle for only £4.00. But catch them quick while they’ll still available as they’re limited edition!

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