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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Day 19 of the 30 Day Challenge: Galaxy nails

These may be the best nails I have EVER done. How cool are they?!

I’ve seen loads of different versions of galaxy nails before and I was so excited to try my own. I couldn’t believe how easy they were either!

I started by painting my nails with Models Own Black Magic and waited for it to dry. I then cut a bit off a bathroom sponge and dipped it in a bit of Barry M Matt White and dabbed curved lines onto my nails. I then used the same method to go over the white with Barry M Lemon Ice Cream and Barry M Bright Pink. Next I used the same method to go around the curved lines with Maybelline Midnight Blue to blend them in a bit. I dipped a toothpick in the white polish again and dotted on little stars and used a dotting tool to make the bigger stars. Finally I finished with a glittery topcoat to add extra sparkly stars.

Coolest manicure ever!

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Models Own – Black Magic
  • Barry M – Matt White
  • Barry M – Lemon Ice Cream
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Maybelling – Midnight Blue
  • LA Colors – Star Light
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 18 of the 30 Day Challenge: Half moon manicure

So after everyone saying how easy this manicure is, I completely disagree. It took such an effort to get it looking good enough!

For those who don’t know, you can achieve this effect with a bit of cheating. You know those holepunch protectors you can buy? You know, the little stickers that go around the holes in paper to stop them from ripping…well this effect is made using those.

I started by painting my nails with Barry M Bright Pink and then waited AGES to make sure the ink was completely dry. I then stuck one of the hole protectors over where the moon of my nail should be and made sure I pressed it down well so I would get straight lines. Next I painted the nails with Maybelline Midnight Blue, making sure to paint over the stickers a bit to get a clean line. Finally, I peeled off the stickers to show the pink moons underneath.

I’m bit annoyed that I got the moon wonky on my ring finger, but it’s not too unbearable…

For this manicure I used:
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Base Coat
  • Maybelline – Midnight Blue
  • Barry M – Bright Pink
  • Revlon – Quick Dry Top Coat

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Day 10 of the 30 Day Challenge: Gradient nails

Today’s theme is ‘gradient nails’ and I have actually been really excited about this one! I’ve seen several other gradient manicures before, but particularly like the one that the Nailasaurus did here.

So I went out a bought a cheap bathroom sponge, snipped a bit off and set to work. This was the result…

Gradient nails – in the shade with flash

I think it could have gone better. I mean, I like it, but I could have done a bit more blue I think.

I started by painting my nails with a base of Barry M Foil Effects Silver and waited for it to dry. I then got an old plastic wallet (you know, the ones you use in folders to keep your coursework neat) and painted two squares of polish next to each other, one Barry M Foil Effects Silver and one Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in Midnight Blue. I used a toothpick to mix together the two polishes where they met to try and create the gradient effect and then pressed the sponge onto the polish before dabbing it on my nail.

I think the polish was a bit sparse for my liking, so I think next time I would use a makeup sponge instead of a normal bathroom sponge. Hey ho, you live and learn. This is definitely a manicure I will try again soon though.

Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY to win a bottle of Barry M Foil Effects Silver!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barry M – Foil Effects Silver
  • Maybelline Forever Strong Pro – Midnight Blue
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri

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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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