Let me be your fantasy

Been looking forward to this post for a while. A few days ago, I replaced my bottle of Max Factor Fantasy Fire (£3.99/Boots). I’d owned it before, but passed it on because I was still a neophyte in the nail polish world, and I easily gave up on polishes that still weren’t opaque in 4 coats. However, it is basically the internet’s favourite polish, so I thought I’d give it another go.

I started with 2 coats of ORLY In The Navy, and then put two coats of Fantasy Fire over the top, and sealed it with Seche Vite. I sometimes have trouble replicating other people’s amazing swatches, but I was blown away. Yes, it’s very sheer, but with a dark base, it comes alive! The duochrome is very strong, and I had great fun wiggling my fingers to see all the shimmery green to pink to purple to orange micro-glitter. Like a lot of the best duochromes and multichromes, full flash tends to wash it out, but in sunlight and natural lighting, it’s glorious.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Then out of curiousity, I popped a coat of Boots No7 Matte Top Coat (£7/exclusive to Boots) over it, which I’d picked up on a whim because I had No7 coupons and I’m still trying to find the best matte for me. Folks, I think this is it! It’s a really strong matte, definitely closer to the chalkboard end of the spectrum than the satin end, but it goes on really smoothly and has a lovely feel to it when it’s dry. It’s not at all rough like some mattes can be. And you could still see Fantasy Fire‘s amazing colour shift underneath it!

Mattified, flash.

Mattified, flash.

Mattified, sunlight.

Mattified, sunlight.

It’s so delicious that I feel kinda silly for getting rid of my first bottle, but I hope the recipient sees this and has a good go with it herself. I’m going to have a lot of fun playing around with different base colours. And I’m so happy that I’ve finally found a matte top coat that I really like, it’s been a long arduous search!

In other news, I am soon to receive my first indie polishes. I know I said that I wouldn’t be showing indie brands on this blog, but I think I’ll have to, if they are anything like as stunning as I’m hoping they’ll be. I’m really excited, and they’re a lovely reward after spending most of the last 3 months only buying discounted polishes.

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Rain, rain, go away!

It’s a very miserable Sunday in London, wind and rain and thunder and lightning and all sorts. So I’m showing you something from a few days ago, which is probably the most unique polish I’ve bought all year so far. This is No7 Paradise Love (£6/exclusive to Boots), a pale green foil polish, dotted with tiny dark green glitter particles, and a smattering of slightly larger blue/green glitter chunks. It’s a 3 coat job, and has an almost textured finish, but not quite textured enough for me to hate it. When I bought it, I wasn’t sure, but once I put it on, I fell in love with it! What do you think?

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I’ve really never seen anything like this before, I think it’s a perfect spring shade! Shame it’s not actually spring, really.

In sad news, I’ve been gluing my ring fingernail on my swatching hand back together for weeks, but on Friday, it finally gave way, so I’ve got a falsie on. It’s making me very sad indeed. Thankfully, I already have a stockpile of swatches to post, so I won’t have to publicly shame myself with pictures of the horrible franken-nail for a little while yet.

Home is where the heart is

bigsmoke2Here’s another gem from my birthday collection; Butter London Big Smoke. I adore this shade, it’s a rich, deep azure, with a very delicate shimmer. The formula, as with all Butter London shades, is reasonably thin, but very easy to work with, so 3 coats doesn’t feel chunky or squishy on the nail. I’ve jazzed this up with a top coat on my feature nail, which is No7 In The Stars (exclusive to Boots/£6), an adorable multichrome micro-glitter. I actually got an unprompted compliment on this mani today, so that makes it a win!

In other news, I finally bought a new camera today, so as soon as I’ve dug my tripod out and got a memory card for it, I’ll be able to start taking some decent picture of my nails, woohoo! Suppose that means I should put a little more effort into making my hands not look like I’ve been running them over with a tank made of cheesegraters, really.

In spite of all the rain

rainforestEverything is grey and horrible in the UK at the moment, punctuated by blazing sun and killer humidity. So doing my nails has been a bit more complicated than previously. I need to start keeping my stash in a cooler place, I think.

Anyway, I decided to go green today, so this is Rainforest Canopy by Maybelline Color Show Limited Edition Polka Dots (£2.99/Boots or Superdrug) layered over No7’s So Neat (£6/exclusive to Boots). It’s a lovely look, with 2 coats of So Neat and one of Rainforest Canopy, but I didn’t like how the glitter went on, and it started to chip and flake really quickly which was disappointing. I still have the pink version (called Speckled Pink) of the Polka Dots collection to try out, but I already used the blue (Shooting Stars) and I love love love it!

 

Whoops.

Well, so much for my embargo. I knew it wouldn’t last long, but two of my eBay polishes turned up this morning, and I just happened to be in Boots with time to kill (waiting for disappearing medication to show up – fun). On the plus side, I had a voucher for half price No7, and everything else in there is Buy One Get The 2nd Half Price at the moment, which softened the blow somewhat. My dotticure is still standing the test of time, day 4 now and have only had to do minor tip repair on one nail. Go me!

L-R: China Glaze Smoke & Ashes, China Glaze Wagon Trail, No7 Stonewash, Barry M Key Lime, Rimmel Out Of The Blue

L-R: China Glaze – Smoke & Ashes, China Glaze – Wagon Trail, No7 – Stonewash, Barry M – Key Lime, Rimmel – Out Of The Blue