Grey day

Yep, weather still rubbish. Quel surprise. My mood is not much better, but c’est la vie.

I am very happy with this manicure though. This is Revlon Rich (£6.49/Boots), a gunmetal grey base packed with tiny pale gold shimmer particles. I actually paid full price for this, a rarity in itself, because it looked so incredible in the bottle, and somehow it looks even better on my nails! It’s a 2 coat job, and stayed chip-free for 6 whole days, and it was just beautiful; subtle but super shiny.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Revlon are such a great brand; solid and reliable, with a great range of shades and finishes. I don’t even mind the RRP, though I do prefer it when I can pick them up at Poundland. I have 8 to swatch just from my last visit!

Who Am I?

Today, I’m showing you the first of my muddled TKMaxx collection – this is Color Club Alias, and I absolutely adore it. It’s a purple/green duochrome (my favourite thing ever) with tiny gold shimmery micro particles in it. The formula isn’t great – this is a four coat job, but the payoff is that the result on the nail is utterly gorgeous. It’s pretty average in direct light, but indoors or in shade, it’s a really dramatic colour shift!

Direct sunlight.

Direct sunlight.

Shade.

Shade.

Shade (tilted to show the colour shift).

Shade (tilted to show the colour shift).

Looking at the first and last pictures, it’s hard to believe it’s the same polish! This is definitely one of my favourites of the year. I could look at it all day. This is one of those rare duochromes that looks the same in the bottle as on the nail and I will definitely be wearing it again.

A little adventure

Artificial light.

Artificial light.

Natural light.

Natural light.

So, I’m at my mum’s for a few days, catching up on a little R&R while my son hits people with foam swords in a field. Each to their own. She’s been an absolute doll, and gave me a £10 eBay voucher she wasn’t using, which meant I could finally splurge on a basic Konad stamping kit and a few interesting looking plates to play with. I’m so excited, I’ve been drooling over stampers for ages!

Of course, I couldn’t even think about going away from home without doing my nails, so here is the second of my birthday polishes, Unpredictable by China Glaze. In the bottle, this appears as quite a strong blue/green duochrome, but on the nail, the blue is very pale and hard to capture; instead there is a definite gold shimmer to it under normal lighting. No matter, it is beautiful either way! This is two coats, but I think it could have used a third, as you can see a lot of brushstrokes.

Don’t walk; RUN!

Well, I’m almost back from my hiatus, though I’m still not doing anything interesting with my nails as it’s still too hot and they are still too stubby and I am still a bit weepy and useless. Boo!

However, today I bring you my latest bargain haul, courtesy of my local Poundland. I got a tipoff a few days ago (thanks D!) that they had some OPI Shatter polishes in stock, so I popped down today, and boy, did I get lucky…

L to R: Sally Hansen Virtual Violet and Plum Power, OPI Shatter Black, Gold and Shatter The Scales.

L to R: Sally Hansen Virtual Violet and Plum Power, OPI Shatter in Black, Gold and Shatter The Scales.

Yes, these are full, brand new bottles of Sally Hansen and OPI for just a pound each; these polishes normally retail for up to £8 a go. So if you’re in the UK, get your butt down to your nearest Poundland and see if you can grab yourself some bargain beauties! Add these to the bottle of Jack The Lad by Butter London I picked up from my local TKMaxx for £4 the other day, and it has been quite the week for fantastic finds. Phew, it almost makes me feel better about the weather and all the drama round here lately… well, almost.

I hope to be back with some new swatches within the next week or so. Take it easy!

Time to play!

smokeashesFirstly, let me apologise sincerely for the state of my cuticles in this pic. I spent most of yesterday arguing with a flat pack futon and my hands are now ragged and raw, but since I didn’t break a single nail in the process (win!), I figured it was manicure time.

Tonight is my podcast’s Rocky Horror Picture Show anniversary special, so I was going to go for something suitably themed, but I just couldn’t think of anything that I would be able to do with my stupid shaky hands, so I went with this instead. This is Smoke & Ashes from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection (around £4.60/eBay seller: salonsupplystore) a black base littered with tiny green and gold flakies, and Accessorize’s Ultra Marine Green (£3.45/Superdrug), a pale green with gold shimmer from the Oil Slick range on the feature nail. I’ve also decorated it with some round silver studs which were also an eBay grab, though I can’t remember how much I paid for them. I love this look, but now I have to find something to wear with it, argh!

Hope you’re all gearing up for an ace weekend, see you on the flipside.

On the road again.

Sure enough, I managed to butcher my dotticure by doing too much washing up, and then made a failed attempt at a lime green glitter effect, and then another failed attempt at a blue/grey half moon mani, and then a further failure at a blue flaky thing. Today was not a good day for my poor nails. I’d have left them bare for a change, but tonight I was off see Behind The Candelabra with my ladies, and I couldn’t go without a little glam!

wagontrailEventually though, I settled on what you see to the left, which is Wagon Trail by China Glaze (£4.59/eBay). It’s a warm black with a gold shimmer to it, and it’s divine! It even has a tiny hint of green in it. I used two coats for full coverage, and I have to say, China Glaze is fast becoming my very favourite brand due to the range of colours and the consistency and quality of the polish formula. Guess I’ll have to get some more then. Ahem.

I’m hoping to try out some slightly more summery shades soon, now that we’re getting the weather for it. Watch this space!

 

Party time!

Here’DSC_1167s the 3rd and last part of last week’s Superdrug haul, and probably my favourite of the bunch: White Gold by Accessorize (£3.45). It’s a silver shimmer with tiny gold flakes, and wow, does it ever sparkle! Surprisingly, it only needed 2 coats, though in this picture there are 3, because in my haste to get it on, I made a few mistakes (happens more often than I’d like to admit). The image really doesn’t do it justice, it shines so beautifully, and is definitely the perfect shade for a night in a Gin bar celebrating my BFF’s birthday, which is what I’m doing tonight!

Coming soon: my first polishes from Born Pretty. Can’t wait!