Wednesday 28 April 2010

NOTD: Zoya "Charla"

Another lovely polish from the new summer collection Sparkle from Zoya! This is 3 thin coats and no top coat. Insane duochrome sparkle, sooo hard to catch on camera! So far I am absolutely in love with the polishes from the Sparkle collection. I love the glass-fleck finish, so sparkly but totally smooth!

Watching Jamie does Stockholm and am quite surprised that Essex-boy Jamie has actually eaten surströmming without spewing! Respect! Haha, the smell of that stuff is so anti-social, and I really hate it.

Moving on. I am about to try a bunch of new stuff including Make Believe self tan, so keep an eye on the blog over the May Day weekend to find out what is cookin'!

Monday 26 April 2010

NOTD: Maybelline "Electric Apple"

So I am still on a green high, and moving into my summer block colours. I love the nudes and pastels but somehow I start craving bright Crayola colours as we move into summer. Today I found a new top in Next - one of those "How pissed off will I be if I don't buy this and spend the rest of my life yearning for" tops. It's just, so me. I will wear this with a black maxidress tomorrow for work.

I obviously had to find a colour in my stash to match the bright bobbles on my top. And I found Maybelline Express Finish "Electric Apple". This is some years old and discontinued as far as I know. I *love* this polish. It's one of my fave greens albeit a very acid green.

This is 3 coats and Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat. You could get away with 2 coats but it doesn't pop that intense lime colour until you do 3. Also you may find you need to be extra careful to avoid brush strokes. Formula is probably an old non-3-free and it's very lovely... Plz excuse my peeling nail...

Anyway I am off to read my new Instyle magazine and have one of the last Creme-Eggs of the year!

Wednesday 21 April 2010

NOTD: Zoya "Ivanka"

This is not an entirely accurate photo - "Ivanka" is amazingly sparkly and foil-y! This is 3 coats without top coat; I learned my lesson after "Mimi" and quick-dry top coat...

There is not much else to say, apart from I will need to get a better photo of this beauty :)

Tuesday 20 April 2010

NOTD: Zoya "Mimi"

Sometimes different nail products don't play nice together. Like "Mimi" and my beloved Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat. Look at the bare tips - that's not wear, that is what is called "tip-pull". The polish dries and shrinks away from the tip. My goodness, it's unsightly. However, I was far too busy to change my mani tonight. This is 3 coats of "Mimi" and a slick of MegaShine. Tomorrow I am thinking I will try "Ivanka" from the Sparkle collection, I am craving an intense green at the moment... :)

I am off to watch the latest episode of "Vampire Diaries"!

Monday 19 April 2010

Ash and random stuff

So this isn't related to anything really. Lately I've been obsessed with the developments surrounding Eyjafjellajökull, Spearmint chews, Glee, Vampire Diaries books and my new bike. I've actually just put on "Mimi" from the Zoya Sparkle collection but my camera is out of battery so I will post some pics tomorrow night instead.

What's your current "obsession"? Something weird? Tell me. I wanna know :)

Wednesday 14 April 2010

NOTD: Zoya "Gilda"

My Zoya Sparkle collection arrived today, and I was exstatic when I opened the parcel. It is just amazing! :) This is my very first collection I have bought in whole! Totally worth it! Sparkle is the summer collection from Zoya and was released on 1st April 2010.

This is 3 coats of "Gilda" with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat. It is glassfleck polish as opposed to glitter polish; it has a smooth finish.

This is "Gilda", which is a bright Barbie-pink glassfleck polish. I was torn which one to try first, and despite being smitten with green "Ivanka" and blue-turquoise "Charla" I decided on this one. And it's gonna go very well with a new dress I have :)

I tried to take a late afternoon light photo but it's very dim as the sun isn't really out. However it seems to work a bit better than all my indoor light which is too dim.

Sunday 11 April 2010

NOTD: Color Club "Power Play"

I've done this one before - and it was just as hard to photograph then as it is now. It is not pink in the slightest, just bright purple. Unfortunately this time I couldn't get any decent light at all hence the weird colour. Follow the link to a more accurate picture. I can't wait to move back to my own house... This is two coats with Sally Hansen MegaShine on top. You can see my huge peel on my index finger still... :( I hope it fixes itself soon, I'm sick of crap nails.

I love this nail polish, its defintely my favourite purple and perhaps my favourite neon polish. It stands out even in fairly dim light but is insanely intense in sun light; just what I need right now!

Also, I got a new bike on Friday so I've spent most of the weekend riding it! Its a Women Specific Design Trek Skye S. Yay! :D

Thursday 8 April 2010

NOTD: Wet n Wild "Inferno"

Wow!! I knew I would love this polish, and I do :) Just the injection of bright colour I need right now. This is 2 perfect coats with a slick of MegaShine on top. Divine! Just look at that incandescent glow! :) The name is very fitting.

Please ignore the massive peely nail on my middle finger :( My index and middle fingers are all peeling really badly still. I am hoping that summer comes soon so I that my hands are less dry and scaly...

Wednesday 7 April 2010

NOTD: Zoya "Kotori"

Sometimes you think "Hey what can I do to cheer myself up?". Put on "Zombieland" or "Evolution" DVD. Have a good dig into my nail polish stash and fish out a polish I've not used yet, such as "Kotori". Have a minty foot bath and a face mask... And voila - I feel better! Oh and there was some eating of Carte D'Or Crema di Mascarpone icecream involved...

So here is "Kotori". It is very sheer for such a dark polish, this is 4 thin coats, with Sally Hansen MegaShine. The formula is a bit runny and messy. Its nice and sparkly though, a teal-y indigo shimmer in a black base. Doesn't dry very well though, and MegaShine made it more dull for some reason... I have to work on this base / top coat combo, it's just not working for me right now. Then again Zoya doesn't dry very well on me normally. No matter. Still a lovable manicure!

Monday 5 April 2010

Evil nail polish staining and Easter

Tiny bit busy here. And one of my nail polishes (the glorious-in-the-bottle but crap-a-roo-formula Sinful "Daddy's Girl") stained my nails and fingers something rotten while taking it off :( And all the photos were rubbish. So I decided to go naked (on the nails, mind you!) for tomorrow...

So I am giving you my Barry M comparison, of the new "Blueberry Icecream" on the left (or as the bottle says "Pale Blue"...) versus the old Barry M "Pure Turquoise" on the right. Slightlest more green tint to the "Pure Turquoise" polish but that is all. What you guys think? I was hoping for a lighter pastel blue but this is nice too. I can't comment on formula as I haven't tried it yet. However I am a bit disappointed that it is not actually called "Blueberry Icecream"...

Thursday 1 April 2010

NOTD: Easter Eggs


Hello everyone! I am just celebrating the arrival of an extra-long Easter weekend, and here is my manicure. I pulled all the pastel creme polishes I've got out and decided which ones to use and did dots. Dodgy and wonky dots. I was distracted by Pirates of the Caribbean on TV, that's my excuse! The new Boots 17 collection is great, the new Revlon "Minted" is nice but a bit runny...

From thumb to pinkie: Rimmel LycraPRO "Urban Princess", Revlon "Minted" and then Boots 17 "Parma Violet", "Orange Soda" and "Sherbet Lemon".

Dots are made with a dotting tool and NYC "Little Italy".

I finally did something I have never done; I have ordered the WHOLE COLLECTION of the Zoya Sparkle collection that is released today. I couldn't help myself. I love the pastel cremes but there is always room in my heart for more glitter :D Check out swatches for yourself at All Lacquered Up!