Sunday 30 October 2011

Halloween Nails!

I am just packing to go to Glasgow tomorrow for the gig of the decade - Alice Cooper 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' Halloween Gig!! Rock ooooon!! :D

This is the polish I chose for the occasion, the dark red shimmer from the Fearne 'Midnight Manicure' Xmas box set. I regret putting on the nail decals however - they are not great in terms of size. My nails are too small/too big for the decals, I just can't get a fit :( I have done the best I can here but it's not ideal. Never mind! These were cheap from Accessorize, so if I never use them again it's not a big loss!

Thursday 27 October 2011

NOTD: The Saturdays Magnetic Nail Lacquer "Ego Green"

Look at that starry loveliness!

My fiancee says Una is definitely nicer to look at than "Ego Green"!
When I heard about this new line of polishes I had to have this one! :) I have since realised that Boots 17 has an identical green magnetic polish, with a magnet. You see, the magnet is sold separately to the polishes in The Saturdays line. This, the salespitch says, is so they can produce magnets that draw up different patterns. The original one makes a wave, like the Nails Inc magnetics. However, being thrifty (read: cheap-ass) I didn't get the magnet and used the star magnet of the holy Lancome Le Magnetique polish. I just love the star shape! :)

So, how do you use these polishes? Well, apply one coat. Let dry. Apply a thicker second coat. Be quick to put your nail right next to the magnet without touching the magnet plate. Let the magnet do it's thing for 15-20 sec. If you want to use a top coat, put the top coat on before you do the magnet - the top coat loosens the pattern a bit so you get a stronger pattern if you do the magnet after top coat!

Monday 24 October 2011

NOTD: Cèlè "Cobalt"

I dug this polish out from the depths of my Helmer in a desperate search for something to cheer me up as the stitches kept unravelling in my knitting...  I've showed you it before, but it's worth showing again! This is 2 coats with a coat of MegaShine. I am now going back to try and finish this flaming hat that keeps unravelling!

I do have loads of untrieds, and I willl need to start wearing them. But I keep going for favourite polishes which means I must be a bit under the weather :( I will make it my mission to wear 3 untrieds in a row now!

Thursday 20 October 2011

NOTD: Rimmel 60Sec Stars "Be A Star"

This is one of my so-called "vintage" polishes - it's very old and fairly goopy but oh so covetable! It is a fuschia shimmer with silver shimmer mixed in. This is 2 coats with MegaShine top coat.

I apologise I've been so busy lately I've not had a lot of time for my nails, but hopefully that will change soon! :)

Sunday 16 October 2011

NOTD: Accessorize "Pink Spice"

I needed something spectacular to lure me away from "Heroes of Might and Magic 6"... I found this in the Helmer but I'm not sure if I've showed this to you before? Even if I have, it's a very lovely and autumnal colour that deserves to be shown off again!

This is one of the Accessorize make up range nail polishes - there are a lot of really pretty colours in their range. The consistency on this was ok, perhaps a bit sheer, this is 3 coats with a coat of MegaShine. It's very hard to photograph; its duochrome shimmer ranges from gold to pink to a kind of metallic coral tone. Very nice - like a cup of hot, soothing Clipper 'Sleep Easy' tea but a nail polish :)

Speaking of tea, has anyone tried the Bloom Tea Tea Therapy?.. It sounds healthy but I am not convinced that paying £18.99 for 50 tea bags is sensible in the long run. I think I need a bit of convincing - anyone following this tea treatment and would like to share their experience?

Thursday 13 October 2011

NOTD: Fearne Midnight Manicure "Dark Burgundy Red"

This is the 4th polish from the Fearne Xmas gift box "Midnight Manicure". I am just loving the whole box! :) This is a burgundy jelly, very shiny! This is 2 coats, but I could've done with another coat - it's just a bit jelly sheer in places... But as usual I couldn't wait and slapped on MegaShine top coat to speed dry it. Go get it while stocks last, it will be the best £12 you'll spend in a long while!

Tuesday 11 October 2011

NOTD: Rimmel LycraPRO "Camouflage Chic"

Rimmel LycraPRO "Camouflage Chic", £4.99

I was waiting for my 'flu vaccination in Boots today when my eyes fell on this new polish from Rimmel. First I thought it was a creme. It's actually a shimmer! You can't really see the shimmer further away - it just gives the polish a cool blue-ish glow from within. Very cool :) This is 2 coats with MegaShine top coat. Look how smooth the formula applies with the LycraPRO brush. I just *love* the brushes and formulas on the LycraPRO :) Just look at that swamp-green gorgeousness!!

Soap & Glory™ Peace Hand Love™ Hand Care Kit, £10

I also wanted to tell you about a great gift set for hand! Boots have started selling their Xmas gift sets (I know, it's not even Halloween yet...) and this is one of them! Soap & Glory's Hand Food is one of my fave hand creams, so I of course had to have this set! The soap has a complimentary fragrance to Hand Food and is very soft to lather! It looks really neat on your sink. I will refill the bottles with Hand Food and a nice hand wash when they run out as I prefer pumps to tubes!

Sunday 9 October 2011

All Glittered Out!!

Hermione the Hermit Crab!
I have battled with many glitters but I must say Revlon "Facets of Fuschia" induced my first tears at struggling to remove glitter polish! Not even pure acetone and wraps helped; my nails are sore from the rubbing! It took me 35 mins to remove it... I have therefor got nekkid nails and red crusty cuticles so I am showing you a photo of one of my adorable Hermit Crabs instead.

Wednesday 5 October 2011

NOTD: Revlon "Facets of Fuschia"

So I finally took the plunge and put on "Facets of Fuschia", I have been putting it off as I fear the glitter removal. But I really fancied it today :) But I kinda wimped out - this is over 1 coat of Rimmel 60sec "Blackout" to only have to put on 2 coats of "Facets of Fuschia" and hence make removal easier :)

I could have used 2 coats of MegaShine top coat to smooth down the glittery hexagons a bit more, but I needed to tidy up my invertebrate pets' tanks and put in new food so I decided it was enough fannying about with nail polish. It has still dried very hard very quickly, which is why I love speed-dry top coats!

Anyway. I love the look of this polish. The different glittery bits are what really makes it, I have nothing like this. I was afraid the glitter may get swamped by the black and the final result would be a 'nearly black' look only. I needn't have worried! The semi-opaque mature of this polish it what makes it the sparkler it is!

I am catching up on my dinosaur program "Planet Dinosaur" so I will leave you with a photo of my rescued Red Claw crabs - that's right they were rescued from a derelict fish tank in an abandoned tenancy!
One of my Red Claw crabs, warming itself against a leopard print fur hot water bottle outside the tank...

Sunday 2 October 2011

NOTD: Fearne Midnight Manicure #2

So this is another one of the gorgeous polishes from the Xmas giftset from Fearne Cotton for Boots. This is 2 coats with a slick of MegaShine. Just look at that glow!! Isn't that gorgeous??? The formula was OK, a bit on the thick side so you have to watch for brush-strokes. But I can live with that when the colour is this awesome!

I may now have a new favourite red shimmer - it used to be Nails Inc's "Aspen", but this may have taken over. It's just that smidge darker and more naughty ;)

I think this may be the base for the black lace manicure I am planning for when I go and see Alice Copper in Glasgow on Halloween...

What's YOUR favourite red shimmer??