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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: Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock is one of the polishes I picked up in Westfields London a few weeks ago with my birthday money. I was a little put off by the price, but this polish was the first one I set my eyes on in the shop and I NEEDED IT.

Even in the bottle, the polish is so unbelievably shiny and sparkly. It really is so well suited to it’s name. It’s a wonderful greeny bluey turquioisey (new words, yay!) polish which a fine glitter in it that almost gives it an iridescent finish.

The brush is the same as in all of the other polishes of their’s I own. It’s quite thick and chunky and holds a lot of polish. You really don’t need much on the brush to get a good coverage, and I needed virtually no clean up. It’s slightly thicker than some polishes, which I don’t normally like, but it seemed okay for this polish.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

On the nail, the colour is exactly the same as in the bottle. In sunlight and in bright lights (like in my bathroom) it is extremely sparkly, but still looks very pretty under lower lights and in the shade.

This polish barely needed a topcoat at all, if it wasn’t for me wanting to make it dry quicker. It really is very shiny on it’s own.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

I have become very fond of glitter polishes with a matte topcoat recently, so decided to use my Rimmel Pro Matte Finish topcoat over the top – and boy was that a good idea! The polish gave off a sort of suede effect like the polishes we’re seeing arrive on the market at the moment. It was still eye-catching and shimmery but smooth and sleek without the gloss look.

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

Trying this polish out for nail art was my next plan, and thought silver would go well with it. I used my new Barry M Nail Art Pen in Silver and Models Own Sterling Silver to draw on stripes, stamp a random cluster of polish, draw some swirls and paint one whole nail in silver. I absolutely LOVE how this design turned out! It looked so glitzy and glamorous!

Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock

You can buy Kiko 423 Pearly Peacock from their shop at Westfields London for just £4.90, or you can visit their website HERE.

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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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Review: Barbara Daly Wicked

Yesterday I missed my train home from work l. I had to wait ages for the next one so instead of sitting around on a platform, I decided to take a wander over to the nearest shopping centre and have a look around.

I popped into the Tesco Direct to get a new notebook and pen (living life on the edge) and thought I’d have a quick look at their beauty section.

Uh oh. They had two baskets full of reduced make up and there were girls scrambling through them trying to find some good bits. My instinct took over and before I knew it I was digging out cheap nail polish (and a few other bits) and shoving it in my basket.

I ended up leaving with eleven nail polishes, one eyeshadow and a Lipgloss (plus the notepad and pen) and only spent £25! The polishes I got ranged from £2.95 down to a measly 57p!

The colour I have to show you today is one of those new polishes.

Barbara Daly Wicked – indoor with flash

Barbara Daly is a brand that is exclusive to Tesco stores. This is the first time I have bought Barbara Daly polishes, and I found this one to be really lovely.

Wicked is a dark purpley redy browny colour with a subtle shimmer to it. In the shade or indoors this colour really seems to be a warm dark brown colour, but in bright lights or sunlight it shifts to a purple or red shimmer which is really unusual. I can’t say that I have seen anything like this before.

I don’t know if I was having an unusually good day or something, but the application last night was the nicest I have ever had it. The brushes glided (is that even a word) across my nail like a dream and at the end I didn’t need to do ANY cleaning up of the skin around my nails.

In the photos you can see only one coat, but I actually wish that I had done another coat as it’s not completely opaque in some areas… Nevermind.

I think ten of the eleven polishes I got were Barbara Daly’s so stay tuned for reviews of the rest of them!

For this manicure I used:
  • Sally Hansen – Maximum Growth
  • Barbara Daly – Wicked
  • Sally Hansen – Insta-Dri
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Review: Fashionista Mystical Dragon

CHECK THIS OUT. How awesome is this colour?!

Last week my boyfriend was once again dragged into Superdrug as I scoured the aisles looking for GOSH Holographic Hero. In our Superdrug there is a whole stand especially for nails with loads of different brands in it (as well as the separate brand sections) and while I was looking for my GOSH polish he pulled this beauty out saying that he loved the colour.

As I have less than a few pennies in my purse at the moment, I decided to remember what it was and come back for it. So we carried on around the shop, picking up a couple of nail essentials and then heading to the checkout. My boyfriend kindly offered to buy my things for me, and as he did he slipped this polish to the cashier without me noticing! Apparently he’d been hiding it in his hand the whole way around the shop! What a super wonderful boyfriend I have, feeding my obsession for me :)

Fashionista Mystical Dragon – in the shade

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Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient

I’ve seen quite a few posts bobbing about on various blogs recently of glitter gradients and have been really keen on trying my own. The challenge here was to choose the colours I wanted to use without copying anything I had seen before…

Ibiza mix by Models Own is a glitter I picked up a few weeks ago whilst visiting my parents. My sister and I had decided to hit Boots in the hopes of finding a fun new polish and I ended up coming home with several. As usual.

I chose to use two different golds as I have used this combo before and knew that they really compliment each other well!

Golden Ibiza Glitter Gradient – indoor with flash

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Review: Models Own Beetlejuice – Golden Green

Evening ladies! Tonight I bring you a swatch of a Models Own polish from their Beetlejuice collection. Golden Green was delivered to me at the end of last week in a trio along with Pinky Brown and Emerald Black from ASOS, and I’ve been really looking forward to trying this one out.

The polish has such a lovely consistency, however I did have issues with it at first as there was a lot of polish that was hiding in the cap and as soon as the brush touched my nail, the polish careered down the brush and became a lake on my thumb. After a few bits of kitchen roll and a second base coat, I was ready to try again.

The polish definitely needed two coats, but it dried pretty quickly (but not too quick for the half-dry-drag) and I think the final colour is absolutely lovely!

Golden Green - in the shade

Golden Green – in the shade

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Review: Models Own Beetlejuice – Purple Blue

Today’s review comes to you courtesy of my boyfriend. A few nights ago we met at a restaurant after work and he presented me with two nail polishes, one of them being Models Own Beetlejuice in Purple Blue. You can read what else he got me here.

When looking at this colour in the bottle it shimmers a mixture of blue, red and gold with a little bit of purple scattered here and there which instantly drew me to it as I have a real thing for polishes that change colour when moved at the moment. I now own four colours from the Beetlejuice collection, and I was in Boots yesterday trying to tell myself that I don’t need the new Indian Ocean one.

The application of this nail polish is really lovely. It is not too thick, but not too thin. Also, it doesn’t dry too quickly so you don’t get that annoying polish drag across the nail when you go over a bit you’ve already done. The polish looked very brown when I had finished the first coat, but after the second coat it really did look very special indeed. The photos show two coats of Purple Blue with a topcoat of Sally Hansen Instant-Dri. You can click them to make them big!

Purple Blue - in the shade

Purple Blue – in the shade

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Review: Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish – Fantasy Fire

FIRST POST. Scary times. Bear with me.

As I’ve been getting this blog up and running over the last few days I have been trying to decide which nail polish I should use in my first post. I’ve bought so many nail polishes in recent weeks that am STILL yet to use so it was a harder decision than you think. Really.

Plenty of huffing and puffing later I settled on this. Fantasy Fire made by Max Factor.

I bought this nail polish just last weekend from Boots simply because my sister told me it had sold out ‘everywhere’.  No matter how much of an exaggeration that was, I NEEDED IT. It was only £3.99 so I snuck it into my basket and took it home as my own.

The bottle itself seems incredibly small, but you as it is part of the Max Factor ‘Mini’ collection, you can forgive that. The colour in the bottle however, it AMAZING. It is sort of purple with a holographic glitter with a weird redish-pinkish-goldish-greenish shimmer. If you get my drift. Although, I’m not sure imagination could do it justice.

On application, this nail polish needs at least two coats. When I applied the first coat, it was immediately disappointing and it ruined five minutes of my day. After I had done the second coat though, it was actually quite pretty.

Fantasy Fire - In the shade

Fantasy Fire – In the shade

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