Thursday, 29 August 2013

Swatched! Maybelline Superstay: Rose Poudre

Another swatchy swatch for you today! Sorry for the lack of actual nail art posts these days, anytime I try to do something, it ended up a mess an I get a bit annoyed and then just do a plain colour :/ 

I recently purchased 3 of the maybelline superstay polishes (good old 3 for 2) and today I've Swatched rose Poudre. It's a lovely creme pinky dusky beigey nude/neutral which is a welcome break from the bright blues and turquoises I've been sporting lately thanks to Bourjois and Barry M. 

In certain light it can seem a tad purple ish too. It took me 4 coats to achieve an opaque finish however it didn't take much longer to dry than a three coster with Seche Vite slathered on top. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Swatched! Andrea Fullerton: Gemstone Overcoat

Hello there! 

Bit of a random post today as today's swatch is actually a "gemstone overcoat". I guess you could technically call it a glitter topcoat but it's more like a flakie topcoat. The flakes are iridescent, shining various colours depending on how the light hits it. 

ive actually had this polish or a year or two, but not many people have posted about this and I think it's a really underrated topcoat. It's not as obvious as a standard glitter topcoat and almost makes your nails look like marble or some kind of stone. I've Swatched it over Sinful Colours, Be Happy but this polish really outdoes itself when over a black base. The iridescence really comes to life! 

I've only ever seen Andrea Fullerton products in superdrug, and I can't remember how much this is, but I highly recommend it if you want something more subtle than a standard glitter polish. 

Friday, 16 August 2013

Swatched! Bourjois: Meli Melon

Everyone's heard about turquoise block and blue no blues from the Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel polish collection, the uniquely bright turquoise and blue offerings that were great for the summer. However I haven't seen many posts Bout their peachy orangey offering, Meli Melon. 

I purchased this when I picked up turquoise block and blue no blues as Bourjois had a 3 for 2 deal on and I do love a peachy orange. I also picked up a Barry m Gelly in Papaya (if memory serves me right!) and it wasn't till I got home tht I realised they were pretty much the exact same colour, with one of them being a smiiiidge darker. So if you have One than there's no point having the other, but I guess it's always good to have a full collection right? ;) 

Meli melon isn't as bright as it's blue or turquoise counterpart, but it's a lovely peachy colour for summer if you found turquoise block and blue no blues a tad too scary to wear. 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Swatched! OPI: Did You Ear About Van Gogh?

Another swatchy swatch for you today and it's OPI's Did You Ear About Van Gogh, which is a neutral beigey colour, but not quite greige. 

This was ever so slightly streaky on the first coat, however I do have quite ridgey nails. But it did even out once I put on two to three coats in total. 

This is a nice change to the bright neons I've been wearing lately and covered up my standing quite well :p 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Swatched! Barry M Limited Edition Green

Barry m have decided to promo some limited edition colours for summer, and I picked up the super bright lime green colour. 

I was super excited to pick this up as I thought it would be like the Gelly keylime polish and be opaque in two or three coats. However this ended up being more of a jelly (in the traditional sense) and I ended up outrun on 5 or 6 coats to get it opaque :o however a topcoat of Seche Vite has helped things dry a bit quicker so hopefully I shan't be walking Around daintily for the next few hours. 

As for the colour, it's a super neon green colour that is great for summer and the extra coats can be easily dealt with if you have a good fast drying topcoat. 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Swatched! Models Own Hed Kandi: Beach Party

I love a good orange, on my lips and on my nails. Think it's because I dislike red as a colour and i find it a bit too hard to pull off as a lip or nail colour and I personally think orange is easier to pull off and modern take on the classic red. 

Beach party is a gloriously neon orange that I just can't stop staring at. This is with 4 coats as 3 was still a smidge patchy however I do have overly ridged nails and I didn't use a white base coat either so I'm sure three or even two coats would be plenty enough if I used a ridge filler and a white base coat. 

Swatched! Barry M Gelly: Blue Grape

Who doesn't like at least one colour from the Barry M Gelly line? So far I mostly have the more summery colours and two of the more darker colours (the purple and the dark green) so I purchased the Blue Grape one which is a lovely royal blue colour. 

I painted these last night so I didn't realise till now that you could still see the nail line :o however you can only see the nail line in certain lights i think 

anyways, this is two coats which is pretty good coverage as I usually use three coats. I really do adore this colour as it's such a bold royal blue and looks like I'd just grabbed a bic pen and inked my nails :) 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Swatched! Are We There Yet?, Hazy, I Have A Herring Problem, Classy, Wet Cement

I have some swatches of my Fragrance Direct haul in this post, sorry it's a bit late, but I took these in the lead upt to my holiday intending to post whilst I was away, but I ended up being super busy as I realised we only had 5 days in Chamonix and 2 days in Brugges so I wanted to do all the sight seeing as much as I could!

The swatches that I'm missing are Mojito Madness & Cascade Cool from Essie and  Did You Ear About Van Gogh & I Don't Give A Rotterdam from OPI. It's ironic since mojito madness is my favourite colour out of the haul as its such a pretty green and it's probably the one ive worn the most. However, you could just look up swatches from other (better) blogs online. I did kick myself when I realised I dont give a rotterdam and I have a herring problem where just light and darker version of each other though, but it's always nice to have an OPI in your collection and I did get them for cheap so I guess it's not too bad. 

I dont have many comments to make as I did the swatches so long ago now, sorry D: All swatches are done with three coats.

OPI, Are We There Yet:

Cream finish, such a pretty orangey peachy colour!

Revlon, Hazy:

Cream finish, slightly darker than sally hansen's wet cement further in the post.

OPI, I Have A Herring Problem:

Fine glitter finish, sort of blue grey colour, really pretty.

Revlon, Classy:

Cream finish, nudey peach colour. Nice for everday, understated work colour

Sally Hansen, Wet Cement:

Cream finish.

It's Been A While...

Hey guys, long time no post! Again...oops. I've been away on holiday and I've had so much mess to tidy up (post holiday wash and pre moving tidy) that blogging has been the back of my mind :/ 

I did prepare some Swatches of the polishes I got in my fragrance direct haul, but I've moved every single photo from my iphone to my computer so I'll need to post them later as I usually post from my iphone. 

Anyways I've done one or two nail art type things since I've been back and I also managed to nab the much coveted new Bourjois polishes. 

Here I did some textured ombre nails with the Barry m textured polishes. I'd never thought you'd be able to ombre textured polishes, especially with sponges, but I saw something similar on Instagram so I thought if give it a shot. 

Here I did some random splotchy block shapes with black outlines. It looks better in the photo than it did in real life so this only lasted a day. 

If you follow any beauty blogs you'll know that the new Bourjois 1 second polishes have been causing astir with their bright turquoise an blue offerings for summer. The forefinger and ring finger are turquoise block and the other fingers are blue no blues. Both colours are delightfully bright and very appropriate for the summer. I also picked up meli melon the same time as Barry m Gelly in Papaya but they turned out to pretty much be the exact same colour when Swatched much to my despair! However it never hurts to have a back up right?