Half of this polish was gone but I don’t think I’ve ever swatched it which is surprising as it’s such a lovely colour PLUS it’s scented - and you know how I love a gimmick.
I think I may have got a dodgy bottle of this as it was really gloopy and thick which is unusual for Rimmel polishes. This was three coats and it took a lot of Seche Vite to get it to dry due to the gloopiness.
It is a good job it’s such a pretty colour - a peachy coral that is a great summer shade. And the smell is lovely!
*I am on holiday and this post is scheduled.
Models Own ‘Gold Finger’
This was unopened in my untried pile. What was I thinking? This is so beautiful! This is 3 coats of dense glitter that didn’t need placement. It is so shiny and sparkly and has attracted so many comments.
I have found a new favourite!
Veil Cover Cream*
Since doing my post on my rosacea (found here: http://talontedlex.co.uk/post/40356325862) I have had lots of recommendations on products that can help and/or cover up the persistent redness. I was sent a demonstration kit from Veil who make camouflage make up and I was so excited to try it!
The above photos show my face without make up (*girly scream*); then with a layer of the green redness-correcting cream from the palette; then a layer of the ‘medium natural’ veil cream from the palette; and finally my regular foundation over the top with blush. This cream is very pigmented and thick and goes on quite heavily but I was surprised at how light it felt on my skin. I was worried it would be too much and would actually aggravate my rosacea but I’m impressed. It also doesn’t look as cakey and ‘done’ as I thought it would: I look more made up than I usually do, but there is no redness and I love it. My skin looks like it would do if I didn’t have rosacea and I haven’t seen that in a long time.
The photos at the bottom are of my lovely colleague Jay who has a keloid scar on her neck. I took the Veil palette to work today and covered her scar - apparently she has tried lots of different creams and cover ups and this is the best one she found. Two happy ladies!
*This product was provided to me for review. I have put a lot of time, effort and (most importantly) love into this blog. I would not review something that did not fit with my blog and I will always be honest with my opinions :)
DOUBLE SWATCH: Essie ‘Head Mistress’ and L’Oreal ‘Confetti’
A double post for you today!
‘Head Mistress’ is a beautiful dark raspberry creme polish from the Stylenomics collection. It’s not unusual or different but I have really fallen in love with it.
This is topped with L’Oreal’s ‘Confetti’ top coat: a clear polish with a mixture of large, medium and small black and white hex glitter with tiny holographic particles mixed into it. I got this for my birthday, I had wanted it for ages but it was sold out in every Boots I went to. So glad that I finally have it - it is lovely! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it dries matte (which some people might like about it) - I have other glitter polishes like this and don’t find them a problems as I top everything with Seche Vite anyway. BUT this is SO top coat thirsty. The above photos show this polish with 2 coats of Seche Vite. Two!! And it still looks a bit matte. I can forgive it though, as it’s so pretty.
SWATCH: OPI ‘Lights Of Emerald City’
This is one of my birthday polishes and I absolutely adore it - it is like nothing else I own (which is hard work with so many polishes!). This is a clear base with large, matte, white, square glitter and small holographic square glitter. The four thumb photos show the colour changes in the holo glitter - so pretty!
This layered over Nails Inc ‘The Thames’: one of my favourite grey polishes.
My lovely OH Aaron bought me 3 polishes from the new OPI collection, themed around the new ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ film.
This is ‘Which Is Witch?’, ‘When Monkeys Fly!’ and ‘Lights of Emerald City’. So pretty!!
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate - #22
I have been wanting to try these lipsticks from the Kate Moss for Rimmel range for a while, especially since they added a new selection to the range that included this classic red.
The lipstick is rich, moisturising and lasts for ages. Plus, it’s cheap, which you can’t tell from the packaging: matte black and chic with the Kate signature on the lid. Love it!
Superdrug ‘Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Face Mask’
Sunday night is pampering night. Hair mask, manicure, pedicure and face mask. I try to look after my skin throughout the week but I have limited time and other things tend to take priority. So when it gets to the weekend I take advantage of it.
This mask is from Superdrug’s ‘Naturally Radiant’ range. This is a gel-based mask that you put on quite thickly and leave fro 10 minutes before washing off with a flannel.
According to the blurb “Kiwi Fruit extract is a rich source of Vitamin C, which is renowned for its remarkable ability to help brighten and even out skin tone, while also providing antioxidant protection against free radicals. Mulberry Fruit extract has naturally strong brightening properties which can help to reduce discolouration and even out skin tone. Fruit Acids naturally exfoliate and refine the skin’s surface texture.”
I find that my skin is soft, plumped up and bright after using it. I actually think that the pampering makes you feel better even before you see the results.
Don’t mess! #bbloggers
NOTD: Kiko ‘244’
Today’s manicure is Kiko’s yummy, squishy jelly polish, the exotically named ‘244’ (!). This is a dramatic, dark purple - almost black. I was pleasantly surprised that this applied perfectly in two coats, which is unusual for a jelly polish to be so pigmented and not to leave bald spots.
Kiko are rapidly becoming one of my favourite polishes, although I found out recently that they are a lot more expensive in the UK than elsewhere in Europe… who’s up for a trip to Italy to stock up??
NOTD: Gabrini ‘398’
This is a lovely grey polish that I didn’t even realise was matte until I got home. I love matte finishes on manicures, but prefer to paint a matte top coat over a regular polish so that I can do a layer of Seche Vite between. I have found the matte polishes tend to drag and leave a bumpy finish.
But this one was different. This is two, easy to apply, coats and as you can see the finish is perfect. I also like that it’s not as flat or dull as most matte polishes - it’s softer looking and almost rubbery.
Anyone else tried any Gabrini polishes? Every one I try makes me sure that I’m robbing them somehow by getting them for 99p!
Haven’t painted my nails for nearly 2 weeks. Look at that growth gap! Ridiculous. #talons #bbloggers
NOTD: Pacific Rapsodi ‘12’
This is a Turkish brand (it owns Gabrini as well - a brand I have raved about before). I have only seen these in one wholesale beauty shop that’s in North London and I now have to go get some more of these neons as this is just beautiful. And it was 99p. BRILLIANT.
I did a white undie to make the neon pop, and this was two coats of pink. I like that this is a bright neon without being too garish - it’s quite a pretty pink.
Has anyone else tried Rapsodi polishes?
NOTD: Essie ‘Fear & Desire’
Essie make such beautiful colours and this is no exception. A bright, true orange polish from the 2012 ‘Bikini So Teeny’ collection.
This only needed 2 coats which I was surprised at, I thought it was going to be streaky and patchy. This is going to be my summer colour, I can tell.