Monday, 12 August 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Barry M Molten Metals "Crystal Blue"


This is honestly one of the best nail polishes I own. And I have had over 700 at one point!

This is 2 perfect coats with Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat. It dries super quick,  and has a radiant green duochrome.

I'd pay a lot more than the £3.99 they charge for this!

Monday, 22 July 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Revolution nail polish


From L to R: "Muse" and "Poison"



Slightly different #manicuremonday today as I am unwell with a throat infection and asthma so can't hack the fumes from an actual manicure...

These are brand new little beauties from Revolution - just launched last week! I thought the colour selection was possibly a bit dull, compared to the riot of colour and glitter that is their eyeshadow selections? I only got two, both of these are from the 'Colour Pop' selection.

I think "Muse" would definitely be a one-coater, however I did two here for consistency of swatching. I thought this would be quite close to Misa "Dirty Sexy Money" but it's not even close. "Poison" is a solid two-coater. It's verging on the annoying 'almost black' territory but with a high gloss top coat it does come alive on the nail!

They retail for £3 which is fairly decent. Can't wait to actually get these on my nails!!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

WHAT'S NEW: Urban Decay Stay Naked!

So there's no secret I'm into Urban Decay! I've been a massive fan of their One and Done foundation for a while now, and I am continuing my love affair with their Vice Sheer lipsticks (should I do a post on those??).

And today they drop a whole new collection called Stay Naked - with a new foundation! It's meant to be kind of a love child of their Allnighter (full coverage, long wear) and their Naked (natural coverage) foundations; how could I not covet thee??

One of the many awesome promises about this foundation is the 50 shades it comes in. When perusing the website trying to buy I did have a problem choosing my shade. There are no swatches out there yet other than the ones on Urban Decay's own website, BUT they have released this rather nifty video guide to their shade system! I settled on 30NN, let's see how that pans out...

So while I am waiting for my foundation to arrive for a review, just enjoy the look of my truly #vintage Urban Decay nail polish collection, circa 1999. Yes, I still use them. And they're like more than 20yrs old.

From L to R: Brick House, Bruise, Kiss, ID and Cult


Monday, 24 June 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Zoya "Charla"



This is from an old Zoya release that is the only full collection I own! Well,  half a collection,  I only bought the glitter version. I needed a teal fix and this has unused been in the stash for too long!

I did 2 coats here using the Zoya top and base coat. The nails look like the bottle in real life,  the phone camera just won't pick it up which is annoying. It's sooo pretty!!

Monday, 17 June 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Barry M Molten Metals "Pink Luxe"


After last weeks painfully traditional manicure I HAD to go sparkly this week. I donned this particular shade as I had to be on a job interview panel today for work so couldn't do its blue-green counterpart!.. 

I love these Molten Metals for a quick manicure. As they're so sparkly they dry very quickly and with a slick of quick dry top coat, they're just about baby-proof in less than 30mins. #winning

I did 2 coats here, it's still almost just about sheer enough to see the nail line, but since my nails are short, I couldn't care less. I used Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat.

Love this, must see if there are other shades still available! Roll on Monday!

Monday, 10 June 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Essie "Lovie Dovie"



So today I just wanted to go for a creme polish. I have been loving the sparklies lately, but thought I'd break out of my rut and go for something more "conventional". Already wishing I'd put on a duchrome sparkler like one of the Zoyas I've got but that's for next week!

Do you match your toes to your fingers with nail polish? I'm usually too lazy, but I might make it a thing for July... could be fun!

This is 2 coats, but I find this formula just a bit streaky... I did thicker coats, but the thumbs are definitely a bit more streaky than I'd like. I used Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat to get that quick dry gloss!

It's OK. I still wish I'd gone for a sparkler. Let's see how long it lasts before I add some holo glitter gradients to this manicure...

Monday, 20 May 2019

MANICURE MONDAY: Bourjois "17"



I blame OPI and China Glaze etc, but unless a beauty product's shade has an actual name, I'm not interested anymore... Why is this just shade "17". Boring. Could they not have come up with a shade name even if it was just 'kinda purple-pink'?..

Whatever. I am loving this particular colour, it's bright, yet muted. This line is long discontinued but it had a weird slanted brush on it, to "touch up chips". Girl, just re-paint yo' nails!!!

Anyway the brush sucks so it's a bit messy. And the cuticles are still a bit dry and iffy, but a million times better than they have been. Mommy-hands are crap...

I did 2 coats here, with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat! #winning