8 Mar 2014

Mavala Metropolitan Collection

This Metropolitan Collection* is the latest release from the Swiss nail brand Mavala, it  has 6 gorgeous multi-tonal shades which have a dual chrome gloss finish.

Mavala Metropolitan Collection

This collection has a very pretty selection of colours from deep blue through to a stunning rose gold shade. There is a little something for everyone.

Metallic Blue – ultra violet metallic

Copper Violet – high sheen violet with copper accents

Emerald Gold – Irish green with gold tones

Gold Bronze – gold based hue with bronze undertones

Silver Chrome – molten silver

Pink Gold – elegant rose gold hue

Mevala Metropolitan Collection

Mavala Nail Polish

These polishes come in the sweetest little 5ml bottles, the brush is quite long and fairly thick I found the polish easy to apply. For the first four polishes two coats made the colour opaque and streak free but with the Silver Chrome & Pink Gold shades I’d say apply 3 coats for the best coverage. This collection does finish glossy but I did apply my beloved Orly Top Coat to prolong my manicure & I got 6 days without chipping whilst wearing the Copper Violet Shade.

Mavala Nail Polish

There is a lot going on with this collection in a good, its unusual and the colours have a real pop to them. Mavala polishes are very good value for money at only £4.75 each. Mavala pride themselves on being  free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.

Which is your favourite colour from the collection. I instantly fell in love with the Copper Violet shade, its such a deep rich colour, I can’t stop looking at it when it’s on my nails. I also predict that the Rose Gold shade will be a big hit.  

This Metropolitan Collection was released on 14th February 2014 and is available in John Lewis, Mavala website and larger Boots stores at £4.75 each.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

4 Mar 2014

Affordable Marvellous Mints

I don’t have a huge selection of Mint nail polish in my collection but the three I do have I love. Mint is such a pretty shade and I think its good for every season. It always looks fresh and sophisticated.

Mint Polish

Mint Polish

Mint Swatches

Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Sea Breeze £6 – This isn’t the longest wearing polish (prone to chipping) but the colour is pretty. I thought the formula was a little watery & needed 3 coats. This shade leans to the green side. You also get 12ml of product so thats quite a big bottle.

elf Nail Polish in Mint Cream £2.50 – This polish is almost identical to the Avon one, but its slightly brighter. This takes quite a long time to dry but applies evenly and two coats will give you a good colour. One coat is far too sheer and looks streaky. I would say if you have time go for three for that pop of colour. Just be a little more patient than me & wait for each coat to dry.

Canmake Colourful Nails in Peppermint Cream - My friend bought this back from Japan for me & it is a brand I don’t know too much about. The polish itself is really long wearing and the colour its beautiful and dries to a glossy finish. The bottle is sweet & quite small. A brand I will be trying more from.

NYC Quick Dry Polish in Blue Sky £1.79 - I wouldn’t say this was Sky Blue, more of a Sea Green but it is my favourite of the bunch, it’s more of a turquoise mint but it is bright and pretty. I like the brush on these NYC polishes, it is quite long and wide. The polish applies evenly and dries quickly. NYC is such an affordable brand and their nail polish section had quite a few pretty colours. I will be popping back for some more as they’re so affordable and really good quality.

Maybelline Color Show in Green With Envy £2.99 – This is similar to the Canmake polish in colour. The formula of this polish is the better out of the line up, its easy to apply and looks glossy when dry. You will have to be careful not to apply too much polish as it will look streaky and I had to reapply as a few nails developed little bubbles in between coats. So take your time and you will get a much better finish.

Apart from the NYC polish I would describe the other 4 as being creamy pastel mint in colour and the NYC one is a little bolder and brighter.

Although there isn’t much that separate them on colour I like each and everyone one and they all look pretty, Mint is going to be my Spring nail colour.

What are your favourite Mint Polish?

19 Feb 2014

Sophisticated Nudes

I like bright nail polish as much as the next person. In fact nail polish is probably the only time I do experiment with bright colours as my clothes tend to be dark/neutral & so to does my makeup. Alsough saying that my nude nail polishes get a lot of love, they are so easy to wear & I like that they look pretty and understated. I have picked out my favourite 6 nudes to share with you.

Nude Nail Polish

A.K.A in Soft Mink*

This is a lilac toned brown and has a lovely glossy finish. If You’re in a hurry you can get away with one coat. Its the perfect evening nude shade as it is quite a dusky colour & the darkest of the nudes I have.

Nails Inc in Basil Street

Nails Inc Polishes are such good quality and apply really nicely on the nail, not streaky at all. I apply two coats of this and it looks fresh and I think it looks like Caramel. Very pretty indeed

Nails Inc in Porchester Square

Nails Inc class this as one of their Hero Shades & best selling colours, I can see why this is the perfect soft latte coloured nude.

Favourite nudes

MUA shade 19

I was surprised by the quality of this nail polish as it only costs £1, it is a very pretty light brown nude colour. You will need to apply 2 coats of this & a top coat is a must but the colour is subtle but pretty & I have worn it a lot.

Topshop in Barefoot

I love love love this colour, it is a gorgeous pink toned nude & it looks very pretty with a tan on both your fingers & toes. I adore this shade and always get compliments when I wear it.

Models Own in Utopia

This is such a classic blogger polish, I wear this quite a lot too. It makes a very good base for glitter polish as the colour is so subtle. I think it has a slight lilac undertone on me & I like that.

Nude Swatches

A.K.A Soft Mink / Nails Inc Basil Street / Nails Inc Porchester Square / MUA Shade 19 / Topshop Barefoot / Models Own Utopia

So they’re my most worn & best loved Nude Nail Polishes. If you love any of my picks let me know, or better still recommend me your most loved Nude shade. There is always room for more x

5 Feb 2014

Ted-ify Your Nails

Ted Baker Nail Polish Duo

Ted Baker Blue Moon Duo

This duo is so pretty, I have never tried anything from Ted Baker beauty before. I love the way this is packaged to look like a sweet shop front, very cute. The way this comes as a duo makes looking for a base coat to match your glitter topcoat so much easier, they work so well together. This blue duo is called Blue Moon* £8.50 from Boots.

The nail polish is in the shade Blue Moon is a deep midnight blue but is has a pretty sparkle to it. It applies well on my nails and one coat is sufficient, especially if you intend to apply the glitter topcoat.

The glitter topcoat is in the shade Space Dust and its a very pretty sky blue colour, the glitter is quite small but it’s very shimmery and goes well over the blue. I applied two coats of this Space Dust I like my glitter to be quite bold.

Ted Baker Nail Polish Duo in Blue Moon

These Ted Baker Duos are available in 3 options Blue Moon, Cherry Bomb and Golden Girl. These would make good gifts for any nail polish addicts out there.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

27 Jan 2014

Tip Top White Splatter Top Coat

I spied these newish Maybelline Color Show Street Artist Top Coats in Boots and before I knew it I was at the till & this one was mine. Maybelline have 3 of these Colour Show Top Coats, I decided on the White Splatter one & I really like it, I have already told myself I will be going back for the other 2.

Maybelline

This top coat is packed full of white, blue and purple flecks of all different shapes (from what I can tell they’re hexagonal and rectangular shaped), they give a paint splatter effect on your nails & I think it looks great. Some of the flecks are shimmery & have a metallic finish and others are matte.

Maybelline

The first swatch is an Avon Polish in the colour Cobalt Blue and I put the Maybelline White Splatter over the top & the second swatch shows the Maybelline White Splatter on its own. Both only have one coat of the Maybelline polish & you get quite a lot of the glitter & flecks, you can build it up so you have more on the nail. But I think it’s such an unusual and fun effect you don’t need to add too much. You don’t have to fish around for the bigger flecks, you get a good mix on the brush.

Maybelline

I love the size of these Maybelline Color Show polishes you get 7ml of product and the bottle is a good size. The brush is small but not in a bad way. I love the effect this gives and think it looks bright and fun on my nails. £3.99 for 7ml Let me know if you bought any of these, and if so what one is your favourite.

13 Jan 2014

Orly Glosser Super High-Shine Topcoat

Orly Glosser Top Coat

This Orly Glosser High Shine Topcoat* was in my #midsummermeet goody bag from way back last summer and I’d completely forgot about it and discovered it hiding amongst my far too large nail polish collection (which needs to be culled). I’ve used it as my topcoat the past 3 times I’ve painted my nails and lets just say I’m smitten.

I’m one of those people that chips my manicure almost within an hour of applying it and thats so frustrating, my job involves alot of crafting & using my hands and so that never helps preserve my pretty polish. Each time I have applied this topcoat my manicure has lasted a whole WEEK without chipping. At first I thought it was a fluke but no after using it 3 times over the past 4 weeks my nail polish has lasted a whole 7 days without chipping and in my household thats a flipping miracle.

Yes this is meant to be a super high shine topcoat and although it did leave my nail polish looking glossy and shiny it was not any better for that than my Sally Hansen or Avon topcoats but it was the way it helped preserve my manicure that really bowled me over. I am very impressed and won’t be straying from this topcoat. I will say that the shine from this topcoat didn’t dull over the week & as my manicures never normally last that long I can’t say if my others did – so thats a plus for Orly.

The packaging is user friendly in that the purple lid has a rubber feel and is easy to grip / use, the bottle is frosted glass and gives the liquid a blue tint. The brush is quite long and not too thick & the product itself is quite a thin liquid and smells fairly strong (but the scent doesn’t last) I did find it easy to apply and my manicure dried quickly and evenly.

Orly Glosser High Shine Topcoat £10.90 for 18ml

Have you tried this topcoat? Or any Orly polishes you would recommend, I’m intrigued to see if their nail polishes are as good quality as their topcoat.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

16 Dec 2013

Avon Diamond Sparkle Nail Polish

I whole heartedly admit I was drawn in by the unusual bottle, but the nail polish itself is also really pretty. It is called Stunning Cobalt which I would describe as a deep metallic blue colour. It’s quite dark on my nails and has a touch of very finely milled sparkle in there.

Avon Diamond SparkleStunning Cobalt

This takes two coats for it to look opaque and bold, the shimmer is subtle but really catches the light and looks pretty. I don’t have a colour quite like it in my collection, or a bottle for that matter. It wears for 3 days without chipping (with my Sally Hansen Top Coat). Not amazing in terms of longevity but thats OK.

Avon Stunning Cobalt Avon Diamond Shine Polish

I’ve been impressed with this polish and found it is easy to apply. The brush is nice and long and quite thick. The formula dries in good time. Avon have 6 shades to choose from. Have you tried these Diamond Sparkle Polishes from Avon?

Avon Diamond Sparkle £6 for 12ml. These are currently half price

4 Dec 2013

YOU Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar Day 3 & 4

I’m still excited each morning to see what is behind these lovely doors on my You Beauty Advent Calendar*. Days 3 & 4 were great, here is what was hidden behind those doors.

YOU Beauty Discovery Advent CalendarESPASkin Pro Serum & Skin PolishESPA Samples

 

Behind door 3 was a lovely little ESPA gift box with 2 good size samples of their very popular Optimal Skin Pro Serum* and their Cleanse & Exfoliate Refining Skin Polish*. I have been using their Pro Serum for a couple of months now, and love it. It is so very hydrating and gives my skin a boost of radiance. This is a serum you need to try. I am excited to get this in sample size as I can now take it with me when I travel!

The Cleanse & Exfoliate Refining Skin Polish sounds like a great product to use for a pamper evening to get your skin looking glowing and smooth. Can’t wait to try this. If you have never tried anything from ESPA pop over to their online shop and learn a little more about them and see what they have to offer. They have a really good range of luxury skincare. I have their Essential Cleansing Mask and I use it at least once a week without fail & it helps keep my skin blemish free and I find it soothing on my skin.

Full size of the Pro Serum is £48 for 30ml

Full size of the Skin Polish is £25.50 for 55ml

Leighton DennyLeighton Denny Nail Polish

Behind door 4 is a beautiful Leighton Denny Nail Polish in the shade Vamp*. Its a gorgeous deep plum with a hint of red. A girl can never own too many nail polishes and I haven’t tried any from Leighton Denny before. This will make the perfect Christmas Party Polish. The sample is 4.6ml. The full size is £12 & 12ml. Excuse the 1st photo, I know the polish looks quite dark but the sun kept going in & out x

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

30 Nov 2013

A.K.A Soft Mink Nail Polish

AKA Mink Nail Polish

I’d never heard of the brand A.K.A before & I love trying new things so was thrilled when they asked if I wanted to try some makeup from their range. A.K.A are a UK based cosmetics brand that formed in 2011, the majority of their products are produced in the UK.

This nail polish in the shade Soft Mink* is a perfect winter shade. Its not too dark but still on the dusky side so looks pretty for daytime or if your going out in the evening. I think it would also make a great base colour to pair with a glitter topcoat (i love a bit of glitz).

AKA Polish in MinkSoft MinkAKA Soft Mink

I applied two coats and was surprised at how quickly each coat dried. I didn’t have to wait long at all and being as impatient as I am this is a good thing, as I always spoil my nails before they’ve had time to dry. The brush is quite thick and long which I like, the polish applied evenly too. I don’t own a colour like this so its a really nice addition to my stash!

If I had to attempt to describe the colour I would say it’s a lilac toned brown it has a pretty sheen to it but contains no glitter or shimmer. I am pleased with it and have worn it for a week solid. It lasted 4 days without chipping then I touched it up (do you do that instead of reapplying).

You get 14ml of product for £5 so these A.K.A polishes are very affordable. There are 12 shades to chose from and they all look pretty. I can highly recommend Soft Mink.

Let me know if you have used any A.K.A polishes or anything else form their range.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

5 Nov 2013

Kate Spade For Glamour Magazine

I finally tracked down a copy of Glamour that still had the nails inc polish in. My local Tesco had lots of magazines where the polish had been stolen. Come on people the magazine only costs £2!

There are 4 colours to pick from (if you’re lucky). Silver, Gold, Black and Red. I picked the red, but would have been happy with any of the colours. It says on the magazine that these are worth £11 each, so for buying a £2 magazine I think these are a great freebie. The red I bought is called Big Apple Red and it is a very pretty colour.

Kate Spade Polish

Big Apple Red

Kate Spade Nail Polish

I thought this polish looked really pretty paired with a glitter top coat – the one I have is the a limited edition Topshop one. I am tempted to pop back & get the gold one. I love a good magazine freebie, I always have to buy them.

Let me know if you picked up this months Glamour & what colour polish you have.

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