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Jewellery Challenge: Tiffany nails!

The new nail art theme for the She Who Does Nail Art Challenges group this week is ‘Jewellery’, which I know a lot of us are excited about!

I was looking through my polish collection trying to decide what to paint around this theme and noticed one of my favourite polishes – Topshop Easy Breezy. This immediately made me think of the Tiffany boxes with the white bows on and knew that I had to choose that for nail art!

Tiffany's Nails

I started by painting my nails with two coats of Topshop Easy Breezy and once that had dried, I used the Barry M Nail Art Pen in White (review HERE) to draw on the bow and ribbon design. I used a toothpick and a bit of clear polish to stick on the gem before painting on a Seche Vite topcoat.

I’m so chuffed with how this looks. Subtle and classy but still fun and cool.

I’m thinking of doing a tutorial for this look, would anyone be interested?

Posted on by Laura Robson in Challenges, Nail Art 3 Comments

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!

Posted on by Laura Robson in New Buys, Reviews 3 Comments

Review: China Glaze Water You Waiting For

How they come up with these awesomely odd names, I will never know.

China Glaze’s Water You Waiting For is another of the polishes that arrived in a Nail Mail package I received last week, and I loved it before I even tried it – GLITTER!!

China Glaze - Water You Waiting For

But seriously though, this colour really is beautiful. This polish is jam packed full of teeny tiny bits of blue and green glitter, most of the time giving off a nice turquoise colour (but unfortunately in this light it wants to be blue!). It really is special when you catch it in the light though, as it flashes more blue and green than turquoise – does that even make sense?

The formula is actually a little gloopy for my liking, and only needed two coats to get solid glittery magic. But I suppose that you have to allow glittery polishes to be a little thicker than creme polishes. It dries really really quickly though which was very nice. I’m actually starting to wonder what it would look like with a matte topcoat…

Are you a fan of turquoise polishes? I find that they look great on my skintone and probably have too many of them!

For this manicure I used:
  • OPI – Nail Envy
  • China Glaze – Water You Waiting For
  • Seche Vite – Quick Dry Topcoat
Posted on by Laura Robson in Reviews 2 Comments