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Thursday, 31 July 2014

A to Z: O is for "Oxford Circus"

Hello friends! Another Thursday, another A to Z post! This week we are on the letter O. I have gone for something cute and girly today, shall we have a look?


I chose Nails Inc "Oxford Circus", a slightly blue-toned candy-pink creme polish. This was one of the very first Nails Inc polishes I bought back when I first discovered the true joys of nail polish. The formula is slightly chalky and streaky due to there being a lot of white in the base, but once you learn to adapt to its nuances it is easy to work with. Here are two coats (no top coat):



And then, using China Glaze "Re-Fresh Mint", I added some dots (using a dotting tool), and finished with top coat:





Now for MamaBean's O manicure! She didn't have any work-appropriate shades beginning with O so she borrowed Barry M "Olive" from my stash and added a layer of China Glaze "Golden Enchantment" for a bit of subtle sparkle:




I hope you have enjoyed our contributions for the letter O! Check out the A to Z Blog Series hub page to see what everybody else has done, and come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A to Z: N is for Notting Hill Carnival & Not Your Mama's Easter Grass

Hiiiiiiiiiii! It's Thursday, which can mean only one thing - A to Z Day!! This week we are on the letter N.

Seeing as I have played it fairly safe the past couple of weeks' of A to Z, I have gone all-out today, using not one, but two N polishes, and I've even done some stamping as well! 


I started with two coats of Nails Inc "Notting Hill Carnival", a happy yellow creme polish:




Then I added one coat of Smitten Polish "Not Your Mama's Easter Grass", an acid green jelly base with greeny holographic glitter, and a layer of top coat (to give a smooth base for the impending stampage):




And finally I stamped a cobweb image from MoYou Pro XL plate 05 using a cheap but brilliant black polish from an eBay job lot, and finished with top coat:




What do you think? I don't suppose everybody will be too keen on this - it is rather obnoxious and Halloween-esque, but I flippin' love it - of all the A to Z manicures I have done so far, this is my favourite.


Now, guess who is still with us....? Mama Bean, yay!! She is back at work again now so can't wear bright colours, but she can just about get away with nudes, so she borrowed Color Club "Nomadic In Nude" from my stash in order to participate. She applied two coats & top coat:



Don't forget to check the A to Z Blog Series Hub Page to see all the other ladies and their lovely manicures, and come back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ILNP "Old Gregg" NOTD

A quick NOTD post for you today, simply because I want to share my glee with you that I recently received ILNP "Old Gregg", which I really only wanted for the name (a reference to a character from The Mighty Boosh, one of my all-time favourite TV shows). The fact that it is all kinds of green glitters is just a happy bonus!

Firstly, here is my base colour - Color Club "Blue-Ming" - two coats, no top coat:





And here is Blue-Ming with one coat of ILNP "Old Gregg", and finished with Seche Vite:




What do you think? In the words of Old Gregg, "Do you love me?" This polish is perfectly inspired, and yes I do love it :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon x



Saturday, 19 July 2014

Freckles Polish Swatches & Review


Hello friendlings! Today I have some new, soon-to-be-released Freckles Polish shades to share with you! They are from the upcoming "A Typical British Summer" collection, and they have some very witty names! 

Full info including release date will be at the end of this post, so keep reading. On to the swatches!


"Socks, Sandals, Handkerchief Hat"




"Socks, Sandals, Handkerchief Hat" is a mid-purple crelly with blue stars, pink and yellow squares, and a scattering of blue iridescent glitter. Formula was great. The base was pigmented enough to only need two coats, yet still allowed the bits to be visible. Easy to apply, with minimal fishing required. My swatches show two coats with top coat.

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"Should I Take A Coat?"



"Should I Take A Coat?" is a clear based glitter topper with purple and grey hexes, smaller lilac hexes, and very fine lilac and iridescent glitters. the bits were packed in fairly densely and really well distributed, making it very easy to apply with no fishing required. I chose to layer one coat over a pale grey base polish, which gave a really pretty, ethereal look - the iridescent glitter takes on a different colour depending on the colour underneath. My Swatches, as mentioned, show one coat over a pale grey, with top coat.

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These two polishes are absolutely gorgeous, and as I have come to expect from Freckles Polish, have really great formulas. I love the idea behind this collection, and the names are really in keeping with the theme - very typical of the British summer time!

These two shades and the rest of the of the Typical British Summer Collection will be available from Friday 1st August. You can purchase them and all the other wonderful Freckles Polish shades from the Freckles Polish Etsy Store, and keep up with all the news on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

**Products provided for honest, unbiased review**

Friday, 18 July 2014

A to Z: M is for Maddy's Magenta

Hey internet! It's A to Z time! Sorry it's a bit late, I had a busy day yesterday and ran out of steam by the time it came to writing this up. Anyway, I'm here now!

This week we are on the letter M, so I chose Emily de Molly "Maddy's Magenta", a beautiful rich, magenta shade with a very strong linear holographic finish. Formula was divine. My pictures show two coats with top coat:






And now for Mama Bean's contribution! She has gone for double Ms! Barry M "Mist" (this is one of Barry M's Silk Nail Paints which dry slightly matte, but I think Mama has applied top coat for a shiny look), with Nails Inc "Motcomb Street" on her ring fingers. I love it!



And there you have it, short but to the point! Don't forget to check out the A to Z Blog Series Hub Page - we have new members! And come back again next week for another installment.

Thanks for reading! :) x


Thursday, 10 July 2014

A to Z: L is for Let's Groove

Hey everyboday! Another Thursday, another letter in our A to Z Blog Series! This week we are on the letter L.

I have chosen China Glaze "Let's Groove", a delicious deep, rich purple shimmer. As my last few A to Z manicures have involved glitter or general faffage in some way, I decided to stay plain and simple this week leave Let's Groove alone. Besides, there isn't much you can do to a colour like this anyway - it's pretty much perfect as it is!

Pictures show two coats & top coat (current top coat being Seche Vite - I have gone back to the dark side):





And now I would like to introduce you to a special guest - my mummy! She loves nail polish just as much as I do, and seeing as she has two weeks holiday from work and so is able to paint her nails with no restrictions, I thought it would be fun for her to join in the A to Z series this week and next. So, what has Mama Bean chosen for the letter L? LaFemme "Lemon", which she has applied over a yellow base (Ciate "Big Yellow Taxi"), and finished with Seche Vite:



Don't forget to check out the A to Z Blog Series Hub Page to see what everybody else has done for the letter L, and come back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Friday, 4 July 2014

OPI "Eurso Euro" & Violet Rose "Fairy Glen"

Hello folks! I have a really pretty nail polish to show you today, from an upcoming UK indie brand called "Violet Rose". They aren't quite ready to launch yet but I will be sure to keep you updated.

The name of the Violet Rose polish I have to show you is "Fairy Glen", and it is beatiful. It is an iridescent shimmer with a duochome shift from blue to purple, with solver holo hexes in differing sizes. It is sheer, so it is perfect for layering. Today I have chosen to layer it over a navy creme - OPI "Eurso Euro".


On to the pictures! Firstly is two coats of OPI "Eurso Euro" (without top coat):





And here is Eurso Euro with two coats of Violet Rose "Fairy Glen", and top coat:







Such a pretty polish!! It is also really versatile, I have experimented with it over a variety of colours, light and dark, and it gives a beautiful look to all of them - over dark colours the duochrome shift really comes alive, and over lighter colours it looks really ethereal. Formula was trouble free - not too thick, easy to apply, average dry time. 

You can keep up to date with Violet Rose on their Facebook page for all the news :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x


**This post features one polish from my personal collection and one which was provided for honest, unbiased review**

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A to Z: K is for Kensington Gate....

...... And Knitted Gold! That's right folks, for this week's A to Z manicure I have gone for double Ks!


Firstly I applied two coats of Nails Inc "Kensington Gate", my favourite taupe polish:



And here is a gratuitous matchy matchy shot with my slippers:



And then I sponged Maybelline Color Show Brocades "Knitted Gold" onto the tips and finished with top coat:




And that's that, my contribution for the letter K in our A to Z Blog Series. Check out the hub page to see what everybody else is up to this week, and come back next week for another installment.

Thanks for reading :) x