Sunday, 28 June 2015

NOTD: China Glaze "DV8"

I'm finally over my tonsillitis which refused to leave my body for over a week and a half. And just in time for actual summer to arrive :) It has been sunny and about 20 degrees here all weekend! It feels kind of depressing it's back to work tomorrow, so I chose a radiant manicure to cheer me up!

When the OMG collection came out in 2009 nail geeks went nuts. These are now classed as VHTF and their holo-yness (is that even a word?) has not been matched since. I have the signature colour from this collection, "OMG", and this one, "DV8". If you'd like to wallow in holo-yness please surf on over to this post from Scrangie :)

This is is ONE coat of delicious holo teal. These polishes don't play nice with all base coats - you may need to experiment. I use Seche Clear for fussy polishes such as this one; it dries very shiny and very quickly and you only need a thin coat. Let the base coat dry completely before applying the polish or you might find it drags and leaves bald spots. Don't be tempted to use top coat on holos - top coat tend to scatter the holographic effect.

Holographic polishes such as this one tend to chip quickly I'm afraid. I rarely get to keep it neat for more than a day. But it's all worth it!

Wowser! I still love these so much :) I am off to eBay to see if I can track down some more of the OMG collection...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

REVIEW: Essie 'Leave No Trace' Glitter Polish Remover

Sometimes you come across a product that sounds too good to be true. And your brain tells you you shouldn't bother. Undeterred and desperate for the answer to faffy glitter polish removal, I bought this product anyway. It's £5.99 from Boots. I'm kind of blaming my current bout of tonsillitis for ill informed decision making and money spending. Too much ibuprofen, honest.

The marketing spiel is that this is a gel formula with little scrubby beads in it and sits on the nail for 30 sec to melt the polish, then you just massage the formula a bit to break up the glitter particles and wipe the glitter away.

I decided to use one of my hardest glitters to remove - Isadora Holographic Nails in "Star Struck". It's a gorgeous multi size glitter similar to Isadora "Rocky Ruby", just more pale pink. I put on 2 coats.

I smeared a pea sized amount of remover over my nail as per instructions. I waited 30sec (I timed it). I scrubbed the nail with my thumb and - nothing really happened. So I used my thumb nail to scrape some of the glitter off which worked kinda OK. I wiped the nail. It was still full of glitter. I added another layer of remover, waited 30 sec and massaged it. Most of the glitter apart from a big hexagon came off when I wiped the nail.

With product on

After 1st attempt

After 2nd application
Definitely too good to be true. I will definitely be trying it again with a different type of glitter (well, I bought it so I might as well use it). I think it might be better on your old skool type large single grain glitters as opposed to these fancy multi shape ones? My other fear is that you will get staining from using this if your glitter has a dark base colour?.. Only repeat experimentation will tell.

All and all, I would say probably 2 out of 5 stars for this one but I will definitely not be repurchasing!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

NOTD: GOSH "Silver"

This is definitely one of those old favourite polishes which I find are hard to wear but irresistible! :) I was going to try a green translucent polish over this to emulate the new offerings from OPI Color Paints but it just shines so brightly I wanted to keep the silver until it chips a bit (like, tomorrow...).

This polish dries from a super-shimmer to a soft metallic finish. It is remarkably tame to apply without streaking and this is only 2 coats :) I stuck on some Seche Vite to amp up the sparkle and of course, speed dry it. It does go back to it's shimmery roots more than metallic when you add a top coat.

Love this, but it goes with nothing and it certainly draws attention to your hands so you better moisturise! Who cares, it sparklez!! I'm now off to watch 'T. rex Autopsy' - woohoo! :)

Friday, 29 May 2015

NOTD: China Glaze "Don't Desert Me"

I was litter picking in the rain all morning today as part of Scotland's Nature Festival and after warming up with some spicy curry I decided I wanted a nice bright manicure for going bumblebee surveying tomorrow! It's also the Husband's birthday party tomorrow night and this manicure will dress up any outfit :)

This is from China Glaze's summer 2015 collection Desert Escape. It's the standout shade in the collection, a bright fuchsia shimmer. This is 2 coats. Don't be alarmed about initial brushstrokes, these will mostly level themselves out as it settles on the nail. I added a coat of Seche Vite for quick dry finish and safeguard it through ecological stuff tomorrow!

Love this polish, I think this might become a staple pedicure this summer!! :)

Your bonus photo is of one of the Bottlenose Dolphins that frequents then entrance of Aberdeen harbour, as seen from the Torry Battery where we were doing the litter pick today!

Photo by Ewen Cameron (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Monday, 25 May 2015

NOTD: Mavala Garden Party Collection "Begonia"

My mum got this for me! Maybe it's a hint she wants me to wear less green, more pink ;) As if. Despite being a bit muted pink and generally safe, this is a very nice polish. It is a dusky cool pink with a very secretive shimmer to it, which is sadly invisible in most light. The opacity and application on this polish was excellent; this is 2 thin coats. I love the finished product, despite being 'safe' and rather sophisticated. The polish is very shiny in it's own right but for quick dry purposes I put on a coat of Seche Vite. Love it! :)

Thursday, 21 May 2015

GUEST POST: African Black Soap!

This is another guest post from my bestie Zombiebunny, who has clearly reached her ultimate stage of Goth by using only black soap! :) African black soap is touted as a 'wonder product' and contains ash from plantain and cocoa pods as well as large amounts of shea butter. This is what Zombiebunny has to say about it:

Liquid soap on the left, bar soap on the right (it's actually black!)
I have combination skin and I have been using African black soap (from Shea Terra Organics) for a period of time now to cleanse it. I have tried both the liquid soap with Rose Hip oil and the bar. They both smell earthy and natural and really cleanse your skin thoroughly. It makes it squeaky clean and soft, but also a bit dry in places. Especially if left on for a while as a facial mask as recommended. I stopped leaving it on and my skin stopped drying out.

Before I started using the soap I had the occasional acne break out and when I first started using the soap it got a bit worse, but that was to be expected as it draws out all the crap in your skin. I still get my mild hormonal acne during certain times of the month, but the other break outs are all but gone. Within two weeks of using the soap the initial break outs disappeared and my skin looked and felt cleaner and softer. It really feels deep pore cleansing.

I don't think I would recommend African black soap to anyone with dry to very dry skin, as it would probably only dry it out more. Whatever skin type you have you should use a good moisturizer after washing with the soap for supersoft skin.

My skin has never felt cleaner or softer - the African black soap has me hooked!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

NOTD: Rimmel 60 Sec "Bee a Honey"

I was casually perusing the shelves in Boots before I picked up my hire car on Sunday and I came across this bright polish, a yellow I haven't seen for a while! I think the last yellow like this I saw was Topshop "Summit". Like "Summit", "Bee a Honey" is a creamy yellow which is very retro looking, like I imagine a vintage 1960s mini dress yellow :) It's bright but wearable!

Being a yellow, I had some issues with the formula, it was rather unwieldy and wanted to streak. If you're careful you still get a good result though. I used thicker coats. I did 2 coats here and slicked on a coat of Seche Vite. I love this amazing colour, it just brightens any weather :)

I am not sure if this is part of the core collection or some kind of limited/seasonal collection? I haven't seen it before and I am a regular makeup stand stalker...