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Review: Angelica Soft Satin Matte Collection

Two weekends ago I spent the day at Westfields shopping centre in London with my hubby-to-be spending my birthday money on LOTS of lovely new polishes. After we had finished, Jack kindly took my shopping home and I went off into Central London for my friend’s hen party! We were supposed to meet in a restaurant just off of Oxford Street and as I arrived really early, I decided to pop into Primark to have a look around.

Just as I walked in the door, I saw a whole stand of Angelica polishes pretty much beckoning me over! Out of all the polishes I could have chosen, I actually only bought five (one whole collection) which I didn’t think was too bad as they were only £2.50 each!

Angelica Soft Satin Matte Collection

The Soft Satin Collection consists of five colours – Au Naturel, Marshmallow, Peppermint, Iced Sorbet and Bluebell. They are all soft of matte, but not quite…it’s a really nice effect! The formula for all of them is the same, nice and thin, which is a really refreshing change (bit sick of having one gloopy polish in a collection). Each of these photos shows just two coats of the polish which was lovely as it didn’t end up leaving the polish too thick on my nails.

The Au Naturel polish of the collection is a beautiful nude beige colour. It would be perfectly professional and plain enough for work, but the satin effect really gives it a nice edgy touch.

Angelica Au Naturel

Marshmallow is a lovely soft pink, actually the palest of all the pinks I own, so I was glad to add it to my collection. It makes me think of ballerinas :)

Angelica Marshmallow

Peppermint is my second favourite polish in this collection – green is my absolute favourite colour ever, especially mint greens. This colour is so smooth and subtle, perfect for the upcoming summer!

Angelica Peppermint

Iced Sorbet is my favourite polish in my collection. “ORANGE?!” I hear you gasp? I absolutely love this soft orange polish. I don’t think I have EVER seen this colour in a polish before. Most oranges are really bright and end up making my skin look really weird, but I love how this looks against my skin.

Angelica Iced Sorbet

Bluebell is definitely the brightest in the collection, a more purple than lilac colour, and is louder than I expected from the bottle. It still looks very pretty as a satin polish though, but probably is my least favourite in the collection.

Angelica Bluebell

You can buy Angelica polishes from big Primark stores for just £2.50 each or from the Angelica website for £2.75!

I actually didn’t realize that they have as many polishes available as they do until I saw the website! There are now so many more that I have my eye on! I love the look of the Two Tones or the Foil Metallics!

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Gothic nails for a rocking wedding

Yesterday was the wedding of two of my friends and as they are very much the rocker type, they decided to theme their wedding around rock music and attire. Queue stress about outfits and makeup.

In the end I chose a lovely dress from Next that was a dark purple, green and grey floral patterned floaty number that was short at the front and long at the back. With it I put black tights and my ‘Spice Girl’ black platform heels. Makeup-wise I went for dark metallic eyes and simple lips, and was actually very pleased with the final effect (which makes a change).

The nails however were an entirely different story. On Sunday night I must have tried about five different ideas that I just hated, but upon waking Monday morning I had another idea. I realised that I hadn’t used my Maybelline Cosmic Flash in a really long time and thought I would look really great over a black. While I was rooting through my polish box, I came upon my Rimmel Pro Matte Topcoat and thought the matte effect would make it look even more edgy!

Gothic nails – indoor with flash

So I painted my nails and then found a skull stamping image on one of my Bundle Monster plates an thought it would look good accented in silver. I put Barry M Foil Effects Silver onto the plate, scraped the excess off and stamped the stamper onto it. Unfortunately that was the last bit that went well. When stamping the image onto my nail I discovered that even though my nails might look dry and feel dry, they definitely were NOT DRY.

So a smudged nail later, I then had to repaint a nail and wait FOREVER to make sure it had dried properly before attempting stamping again. Second time lucky, it stamped ok. It could have been better as it missed out the skull’s teeth, but you can’t really tell I don’t think.

It was so weird not doing a topcoat on top of the stamped image, and while I was having my shower before getting dressed I was paranoid that the design would come off and kept checking my nails every thirty seconds. It survived fine though, and I’m actually quite reluctant to take it off today :(

For my gothic nails I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Models Own – Black Magic (1 coat)
  • Maybelline – Cosmic Flash (2 coats)
  • Rimmel – Pro Matte Topcoat
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Bundle Monster Plate 211
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