Sunday, 29 August 2010

NOTD: Bourjois "4"

I needed something speedy today so I picked out this glass fleck nude. This is 2 coats but I think I should've done 3... Nevermind! This is a nice superbly sparkly nude which will go with any of my new outfits tomorrow :)

Must be off - got Windows updates to manage!

Friday, 27 August 2010

NOTD: Barbara Daly "Aqua Shimmer"

Just a short pass by today - busy busy! :) Picked this polish up at random in Tesco today! I should have put on another coat but I can't be bothered now.

This is 2 coats with Megashine top coat, it looks washed out here but the deep aqua shimmer in this polish is lovely - my camera really struggle with this colour for some reason. Hope I can get some better photos tomorrow in sunlight.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

NOTD: Revlon Matte "Emerald City"

I saw this polish a couple of weeks ago and bagged it immediately. After swatching it on a nail when I got home, I decided however I didn't like it much. But as I sadly removed my glorious OPI Designer Series "Ruby" tonight, I knew whatever I put on would not be as glorious so I took this one out of my Helmer.

Let me start by saying it is not a dupe for Zoya "Veruschka". And it is not a true matte.

I would say this is a dark green satin. These photos are taken when the polish is fully dry. None of my other mattes are this shiny. I contemplated putting my Rimmel or TopShop matte top coats but couldn't be bothered finding them. This is 2 coats over Nailgrowth Miracle.

What do you think?...

Sunday, 22 August 2010

NOTD: OPI Designer Series "Ruby"

I have been through boxes of my clothes to unpack everything, and I have found a nice red Pucci-esque pattern scarf with tassels which needs to be matched for my outfit for tomorrow and I think I found just the right polish... And I don't think I've ever shown you this polish before?? I have showed it's naughty sister "Extravagance", which may just be in my Top Ten Ever nail polishes...

This is 2 coats of "Ruby" over Nail growth miracle and a slick of MegaShine. In low light it shimmers enticingly (as seen on the nail) and in direct light it glistens with a million little holographic prisms (as seen in the bottle)! I love the Designer Series polishes, but they are extremely expensive - £18.99 per bottle. A little steep but this polish is totally worth it!

Anyway just a wuick stop, now I am off to watch sharks on TV! :)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

NOTD: Rimmel "Stop Traffic"

I've got an old bottle of this fluoro pink shimmer and unlike the remade, new "Camoflage", this polish is pretty much exactly the same finish as the original! :) This polish has a strong blue flash that makes it pop. This is 3 coats with MegaShine top coat. Yummy and juicy!

I am sooooo looking forward to the weekend however much building of IKEA furniture it will be. Now that our house is finally all finished, there will be much furniture building and unpacking :) Good thing I now have a happy manicure to keep me going!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Latest NOTDs

Wow! All I can say about my latest green love! This is from the s/s 2010 collection from Mavala called "Swinging Colours". This is 2 coats with a slick of Megashine - it needs it as the polish in itself isn't very shiny. But it glows green almost like "Moonpool"! :) Excellent for £3.95!

Due to being busy lately I never posted Mon+Tues mani so here it is! I felt like something bright on Sunday night, so I settled for the bright magenta creme! This photos is very weird, it's like my camera can't capture the purply-pink of this polish :(

This is 2 perfect coats of "Swizzles" with a slick of Megashine. Yes I am back on the Megashine topcoat, as I finally found my lost bottle! I have to say that I was incredibly disappointed to wake up after doing my "Wagon Trail" manicure to find dents and sheet marks on it the next morning. What a rip off. Don't buy the massively overpriced Nailshine Miracle. The only miracle is how they get away with selling it for £9.45 when it doesn't deliver on ANY of it's promises...

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

NOTD: China Glaze "Wagon Trail"

Golden oldie here from China Glaze's autumn collection from a couple of years ago, I have actually never swatched this before!! Some call this an olive shimmer, I am not sure what to call it. It's not golden brown, nor a bronze... What I can tell you is that I have no colour like it!

This is 2 coats of "Wagon Trail" over Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle with Nail Shine Miracle top coat. This polish goes on smooth and perfect but I still managed to get some on my fingers...

My new nail combo if Nailgrowth Miracle and Nail Shine Miracle isn't as good as my Miracle Cure and MegaShine top coat, it takes a lot longer to dry. I am not so sure Nail Shine Miracle is shinier than MegaShine or lasts longer. Oh well! I've still not found other bottles so guess I just have to sit here and wait for it to dry!
EDIT: I've thought of what this looks like - shimmering humus-filled summer-time lake water...

Monday, 9 August 2010

NOTD: Barry M "Grey"

I've caught some kind of bug and under the weather, however here is a quick NOTD for you, Barry M "Grey" with and without Rimmel's new Mattifying Topcoat! This is 2 coats of Barry M and a slick of matte topcoat. It has worn well but I've not been doing much so I suppose that's the reason it's looking good! Please excuse the extreme nature of my cuticles, life has been rough to my hands lately..

Which one do you prefer, the glossy or the matte? I love both, for being a different finish to the same polish.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

NOTD: Rimmel 60sec "Starlet"

Just what I needed today, a sweet, shimmering pink! I am not sure if I already have this polish, in an older variety?.. It's lovely so if I do, it's not a problem :)

I am very much into knitting too in case you didn't know. I have started knitting more than usual as it really helps to chill out. But it's kind of hard on the hands; they are a right state at the moment but I am working on it. I am using tons of hand cream! If you have any tips on flake-free cuticles let me know...

As I've misplaced my usual Sally Hansen base and top coats in the move somewhere, I got replacement ones with my Boots Reward points today - Sally Hansen "Nailgrowth Miracle" treatment polish/base coat and Sally Hansen "Nail Shine Miracle". So far so good however I don't think "Nail Shine Miracle" top coat is as quick drying as MegaShine but it's not bad - I would say a good 5 mins is required for dent-proofing. These new Sally Hansens are very pricey - just about a quid shy of OPI Nail Envy and Seche Vite top coat at £9.45. That's a little more that I would normally pay for a so called drugstore brand. I will let you know the wear test results!

This is 3 coats of "Starlet" with a slick of Nail Shine Miracle. Lets see how this combo holds up to housework, plant collecting and knitting! :)

Monday, 2 August 2010

NOTD: China Glaze "Midnight Mission"

Hello! I have been so busy lately moving into my house, and I've not had polish on for over a week!! However, on Friday I bought this gem from the China Glaze fall 2010 collection "Vintage Vixen", and I had to put it on! However as I knew I had to clean the car tonight I decided to wait to put it on until that was done.. This is 2 perfect coats with a slick of MegaShine. Perfectly sparkly! :)

I am now faced with trying to get a nice new "spot" for my NOTDs... And I have somewhere mislaid my base and top coat, so I had to try and scrape out the last drops of MegaShine out of an old bottle.... I will try and post more regularly now that I am back in my house, although I still have to move my stash up :)