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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Flamingos

This week in the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group on Facebook (come join us!), the theme is Birds.

While trying to decide what to decorate my nails with for this theme, I scoured my stamping plates and thought about hand painting like birds in a cage, but when I started thinking about the more obscure birds and finally it was down to either flamingos or penguins!

Flamingos it was!

Flamingo Nails

I’ve seen these style of flamingo nails on a few blogs before, but I just couldn’t help recreating them myself!

I started by painting my nails with three coats of Sinful Colors Cinderella (a review to follow later in the week) which is a gorgeous pale blue with a pink shimmer to it. I then used a small paintbrush to paint on the head, neck and body of the flamingos using Barry M Bright Pink. Next I used the same small paintbrush and Angelica Marshmallow to paint the wing of the flamingos. I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Matt White to paint the white bit of the beak and then the same white polish with a medium sized dotting tool to create the whites of the eyes. Finally I used Nails Inc Black Taxi with a small dotting tool to finish the eyes, and the same black polish with a tiny paintbrush to paint the beak.

What do you think? I love these guys!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with for birds this week!

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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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Fruit Challenge: Watermelon

After a really really REALLY long break from the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges facebook group, I have finally restarted the challenges, and this week’s theme is fruit!

I’ve done a few fruit themed manicures before – Cherries and Strawberries – so I had to think a bit harder this time to come up with another fruity idea.

So what do you think of my watermelons?!

Fruit Challenge: Watermelon Nails

I started by painting two coats of No7 Cheeky Chops which is a wonderful bright coraly-pink. Just what I needed to cure the misery of this horrid weather in England right now! I then used Invogue Matte Suede Emerald Dust to paint the tips of my nails a shimmery green colour. After that had dried, I used Sinful Colors Exotic Green to create the stripes over the Invogue polish. Finally I used Nails Inc Black Taxi and a tiny paintbrush to paint on the tiny seeds.

We ate so much watermelon on our honeymoon last month, and it’s so nice to have a little reminder of that on my nails today!

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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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Fresh Floral Nails

My goodness.

How long has it been since I last shared my nails with you?! About four months I think! So much has happened since then. My new husband and I had the most wonderful wedding day, we moved into our new flat and went on our magic honeymoon! I’ll make sure I write a post about the day and our honeymoon soon, but for the time being I’ve been painting flowers on my nails!

This pattern I found HERE on Pinterest. I loved it so much I had to recreate it. The are so many good patterns on Pinterest, I’ve had to create a whole board to accommodate them! Use the button in the top right of my blog to follow my pins on Pinterest!

Fresh Floral Nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of the good old Barry M Matt White polish. Next, I took a tiny paintbrush and painted tiny little flowers onto my nails using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Brisk Blue, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Vigorous Violet, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety Split Lime, No7 Grey Skies and Topshop Easy Breezy. After they had dried, I used a dotting tool with the same colours to create the centre of the flowers.

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Bumblebee

Bumblebeeeeeeee!

I’ve seen this manicure a few times before and have wanted to recreate it for ages, but you know how things get pushed down your list! It was actually remarkably quick to do and was adorable – unlike real life bees which are terrifying!

Bumblebee nails

I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream. After that had dried, I used a tiny paintbrush and Nails Inc Black Taxi to draw the background for the bee and the flight path. I then used Barry M Yellow to fill in the bee head and stripes, and Barry M Matt White to fill in the wings. Finally, I added a little black dot for the eye.

Cutest design ever or what?!

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Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

I’m doing a series at the moment on Bridal Nails (you can see the first post here) as I’m trying to find to find something to wear for my wedding day in a couple of months time.

I’m looking for something classy, but still fun and a bit different. Everyone knows I like being a bit different :)

Wedding Nails Idea: Silver Lace

For this design I used two coats of Models Own Buff Pink, and then after that had dried, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and one of the Cheeky Mega Stamping Plates (annoyingly unlabelled) to stamp over this cute little lace designs.

I actually really like this design a lot – so elegant and pretty – but I think it still lacks some sparkle. I think I need to combine it with some glitter or something.

What do you think of this design?

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Cherry Bomb

Time for another super cute manicure!

A few weeks ago I saw this video by cutepolish I just knew that I had to recreate it, so onto my list it went!

Cherry Bomb nails

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Matt White, and after that had dried I used a dotting tool and Barry M Blood Orange to dot on the little cherries. Next, I used a tiny paintbrush and Barry M Spring Green to paint the little stalks on. Finally I used a toothpick and Barry M Matt White to dot on the little shines on the cherries.

It’s got me thinking of other fruit-inspired manicures I could do!

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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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