It’s good to be home

Gosh, the weather’s all lovely at the moment, isn’t it? My nails are looking great, so here’s a twofer, to make up for my attendance problems recently!

First up, just the one shot of Revlon Midnight Sparkle, a dense midnight blue jelly with 2 sizes of silver hex glitters suspended in it, that needed 3 thin coats for opacity. It’s a lot like Revlon Ritzy, which is a black base, but for some reason the blue looks much better. This is another wonderful Poundland find; I seem to get most of my collection from there these days! I’m really looking forward to having a massive blowout in there when Easter finally comes and I can start buying polish again.

Natural light.

Natural light.

And part 2 is Nails Inc Old Bond Street (£4.99/TKMaxx), a singularly unique shade, which is a mid grey creme with a bright pink shimmer! Again, this needed 3 thin coats, but dried evenly with no shrinkage and only a few visible brushstrokes. This is one of a very few polishes I own that looks marvellous in the bottle and on the nail. It’s actually quite a subtle shimmer, but it has the delicious effect of being classy with a naughty edge, like wearing a lacy black bra under a crisp white blouse…

Gosh, came over a bit unnecessary there. Let’s move on to the pictures.

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As you can see, it looks equally fabulous under both artificial and natural lighting. In some light, you can almost see a dark moss green tone, which is just so pretty. Nails Inc have a rep for creating unique shades, and this is certainly one of the best I’ve seen!

 

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Written in the stars

As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I had to have at least a few shades, but wouldn’t you know it? Only available in the US. So I begged whined and pleaded with an ex-pat friend who was coming home for Christmas if she would grab a few shades for me and bring them over – and she did! By chance, the day before I received them, I saw this post from a fellow UK nail blogger, and I just had to try it out with two of my new polishes.

So here we have it, my first holographic gradient manicure, using Avon Cosmic Eclipse (the dark blue/grey) and Avon Cosmic Celestia (the light blue/grey). I used the same sponging method used in the tutorial linked above, except that I put PVA glue around my cuticles to minimise clean-up, which was a masterstroke even if I do say so myself. Not only does it make clean-up superfast, but anyone who remembers primary school will know just how intensely satisfying it is to peel PVA glue off your fingers. Both polishes are stunning on their own, but I love the way they look together, and I’m chuffed that the gradient came out this well on my first attempt. The formula is a little on the thin side, but 100% worth it, as it dries fast and holds without chipping for days. And they cost me less than $4 each!

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I really love it. I will definitely be doing gradients again. I reckon the next lot will be even better!

Quick fix

Super short one today; one polish, one pic, but it’s a good one!

I’ve been looking around for some great matte polishes in the budget range, and this is my current front runner, SEVENTEEN Deconstructed Suede (£3.99/Boots). It’s a really strong chalkboard type matte in gunmetal grey and I utterly adore it. The formula is a solid 2 coat job, goes on really easy. My only complaint is that the bottle is quite small – I may have to pick up another one before the limited run times out!

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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.

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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!

Pretty Chill

I’m so sorry, I’ve been away for a week, and I bought a load of new polish for a ridiculous bargain price (18 polishes from Sally Hansen, Revlon, OPI, ORLY and Barielle for £27!), but I didn’t have my camera with me so I couldn’t take a photo good enough for the blog. When the rest arrives on Sunday, I’ll show you my haul.

Today’s polish is very appropriate, given the current weather. This is Barielle Coalest Day Of The Year, a delightful gunmetal grey metallic with scattered silver shimmer. Two coats to opaque, great formula, and lasted for several days without chipping. It’s a really lovely simple shade, and perfect for the season.

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Please don’t think that I’ve carelessly forgotten Hallowe’en. I haven’t. I just hate it, so I’m not even going to let my nails celebrate it.

I’ll leave my stamp on your heart

I finally swallowed my fear and decided to try my Konad stamping kit. I thought I’d just try one nail until I got it nailed (hur hur), and truth be told I need a lot more practice, but here is ORLY Sea Gurl (£4/TKMaxx), with a feature nail from Konad plate M64 (£1.79/eBay). I totally failed to get the whole design onto my nail, but the idea is there. I think I like it!

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I can do a lot better, but the whole process was a lot less scary than I had thought it would be, so I’ll be having another soon!