Thursday, 30 January 2014

GOSH Galaxy swatch

So, anyone else make a NY resolution something like "I WILL use all my untried polishes, I will!". 

Yep, me too. I thought I was ok, but then looked closely at my stock and realised I had several little beauties tucked away that hadn't seen the light of day:( Terrible. So here's an attempt to remedy that situation.....

This is Galaxy by GOSH. Now, I have to be honest, I'd thought I'd swatched. I do know that I put it on ages ago, went 'bluergh' and took it off. But that's wasn't fair to this polish, so I needed to try again. This time I'm able to see the gorgeous subtlty of this colour - especially the blue specks nestled into the matt-ish (hahahah making words up for this baby) gold/metallicness. 

I have to honest, this isn't my favourite colour of all time, but it has a certain charm and I can see it working for some pretty awesome nail art (I'm thinking gold studs?) - so it stays. One untried down, many more to go! Wish me luck.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Orly In The Navy swatch


Sorry I've been away for so long, it's been a busy old few weeks. I'm currently house-hunting and have taken on some more responsibility at work, so nail painting and blogging has taken a back seat.

But I'm back and I have a beaut to share with you. This is Orly, In The Navy. It was one of the polishes the my fiancee bought for me for Christmas and I've already worn it several times. The polish almost seems to be lit within; do you see what I mean?





The formula is thinner than I'm used to, I'm not sure if this is an Orly thing, but it dries relatively quickly. However it wears really well with no chipping after a long wear (my current business levels has led to me wearing polishes for 4 to 5 days - totally unheard of for me!) x x x

Friday, 10 January 2014

Fluffy Prickly Pear Sandwich

Happy Friday peeps - it's the weekend whoop whoop! Hope you've got some fun plans? I'm off house-hunting - yep, fiancee and I are jamming all the possible stress inducing things we can think of into 2014; a wedding in August and now a house-move. Still, house-hunting is exciting, methinks. Although I'm worried I'll fall for lots of houses that I can't really afford and have a bit of a paddy!

To sooth my house-hunting nerves I shall be rocking my current favourite polish - it's busted its way into the top 10, dun dun dun. And it cost me £3. Bliss. The name of this new love - Fluffy, by Claire's. A white matt glitter polish in a clear base; large, meduim and small hexes with bars thrown in for good measure. 

I've used it here over Prickly Pear by Barry M - the stunning lilac with the white over the top creates a subtle yet pretty effect, well, I think so anyway.


 (ps - please excuse the dreadful pictures - I have a new camera and we're not getting on - it seems to want to take pictures that resemble those awful soft-focus 80's glamour shots, and I'm refusing to play game, but losing......:( There's no bottle shot of Fluffy as it was just too.....well, crap!)

I almost feel like there should be some naff jazz playing whilst you look at these blurred pictures....or maybe jazz flute......anyway, I'm sure you'll agree that Fluffy is awesome (and I'm so glad that Claire's have started naming their polishes properly). I loved it so much that after this I tried it with a different combo - this time in a jelly sandwich! This will make me smile all weekend, I'm never taking it off! 


Sadly, my camera decided that, no, it would NOT capture the stunning neon pink of the Barry M Summer Special Edition jelly, nor would it focus on anything I wanted. &*%$£"£U!!!

This is 2 layers of pink polish, with 1 of Fluffy, then pink again, then more Fluffy for luck:) So I shall enjoy my Fluffy sandwich this weekend, hope you have a great time too xxx

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Claire's Dollar

Ah duochrome. How sweet you are. I bit 'old' now, but who cares when you're this gorg?!

This is another Claire's beaut (in it's new improved size, yay!) and it's lovely. A blue/green duochrome, a real eye-catcher. Let's have a look in close up.....

Excuse the odd angles, but it was a tricky duochrome to capture on camera, despite being clear and stunning IRL. 

 There's even a hint of gold/bronze in there - lush. 


Anhway, I've got to go because I have the most amazing night planned; my portable heater is on in my bedroom, I have my warmest jammies on, I have a book and hot cup of tea ready and waiting - that's right, it's almost 8pm and I'm off to bed. 


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Bronze Medal by Claire's swatch

Oh Bronze Medal, how I love thee! You are all sorts of gorgeousness, contained in a tiny bottle of magic for my nails.

A quick fact check - it's by Claire's, it's a dark jelly filled with bronze glitter specs and large squares, it's 100% awesome and you need it in your life! 

Random close up lol - but just look at those glitter squares........

This is one coat over Sinful Colors, Rich in Heart, a sexy mahogany brown. I don't think you could build Bronze Medal up to total opacity, but I'm going to find out for sure and get back to you.

 One last picture for luck:)

Caio peeps, have a good Wednesday.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Orly Dazzle Swatch

Eurgh......such disappointment:(

This is one the lovely looking polishes my wonderful fiancee bought me for Christmas. I was so excited to use it because I so rarely wear silver and thought this would be a nice colour on me.

But the application.....eurgh! It was thin, streaky and slow to dry. This is 4 coats. You can see from the picture some dents on the tips; I thought it was dry, but no, no, no, don't be silly, I'd only given it 2 hours!


Clean up round my cuticles was also a total pain, the polish is full of micro-fine glitter which just streaks.....oh dear. On the plus side, it does suit me lol:) 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Christmas haul!

Hey peeps, I'm back - Happy New Year!

I had a wonderful NYE, fiancee and I headed to Aachen, in Germany, with a few friends. We cooked lots of yummy food (cheese, meat, cheese, meat, meat and cheese combined, and pasta - carb heaven!) and then ate, drank, were merry and headed out at midnight to watch the city illuminated by beautiful fireworks - it was stunning (although the fire engines that zoomed past at regular intervals were a bit disconcerting:)

Anyhoo, I was lucky enough to be given some lovely gifts at Christmas, some by fiancee and some lol:)

Left to right - Dazzle, In The Navy and Rage, all by Orly. These were gifts from my lovely fiancee:).................

...........and these were presents from me, to me! I was left unsupervised in Birmingham Airport for more than a few minutes and ended up with these cuties.

L to R; Bronze Medal, Fluffy, Silver Holo, Dollar, all by Claire's. 

Excited to see that Claire's have enlarged their bottles and started naming their polishes - whoop whoop! 

Swatches coming soon peeps x