Revlon ‘Smoky Canvas’ Nail Varnish
I got this nail varnish free ages ago and had never worn it but I really liked it on. It looks more grey in these photos but it’s a definite greige. I don’t tend to go for colours like this, but I will definitely make an exception for this one in future.
Max Factor Fantasy Fire
I bought this polish absolutely ages ago but haven’t had a chance to swatch it. And I wish I hadn’t waited so long!
This is a famous dupe for Clarins 230 and it is beautiful. It’s a super sheer indigo jelly polish with really fine multichrome glitter that catches the light. In different light it shimmers pink, gold, green, orange…GORGEOUS. This polish is so vibrant and bright, it’s even more beautiful than the swatches show. It actually reminds me of the glittery glaze that Krispy Kreme put on their doughnuts!
The only downside to this polish is the size: 4.5ml! Which is teeny tiny. And to get up to full coverage this took 4 coats. FOUR. So now ¼ of the polish is gone after one manicure…less than ideal. I think it’s designed to be a layering polish, but most people won’t know that unless they’ve read a review first which I think it a bit crap. If it’s designed for layering then it should be marketed as a top coat. I will definitely only be using it for layering from now on even though I LOVE the way this polish looks by itself.
(Feb ’16 EDIT: It looks like Max Factor has reissued ‘this’ polish. I say that with inverted commas as from the reviews I’ve heard it’s a very different shade. You can get it HERE)
Nfu Oh 61 Nail Varnish
I have rambled before about how much I love Nfu-oh nail varnishes. They do beautiful flakies and holo polishes that amaze me every time I look at my nails. So I couldn’t wait to get my paws on #61, their silver based holo polish. I have seen so many swatches of it…and I couldn’t be more disappointed.
I have since read some reviews that say that the newest batch of polishes have been altered when it comes to the formula. They must have because the polish I received was nothing like the swatches I’ve seen.
It looks plain silver in most lights, these pictures actually make it look more holographic than it does in person. Whenever I looked at it, it just made me sad. Although I did feel slightly like Lady Deathstrike from X-Men, so that was fun.
TL;DR – I don’t like this nail varnish. Nfu-oh, why have you forsaken me?! /drama
EDIT: The weird line across the nail on the tip of my little finger? Where this nail varnish chipped after 24 hours. With Seche Vite on. This nail varnish was a huge disappointment all round! Booo!
You can buy this polish HERE.
What has been cheering me up this week? This Ice Cream Nail Art Manicure. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Ice Cream Nail Art Manicure
When I was thinking about what nail art to do, I decided on pretty, pastel ice creams to match the lovely weather we’ve been having in London. I have wanted to do these for ages, but they don’t really work on squoval nails. These rounded nails are so much fun, I wish I’d changed them up ages ago!
I used a few different Seventeen nail varnishes in this manicure for the pastels, and used a Barry M shade for the brown cone colour.
What do you think to this super sweet manicure?
I made some lobster-themed nails for the lovely lady behind Rogue Lobster jewellery (Check her out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RogueLobsterShop). So fun!
I had such an overwhelming response to my recent gradients blogs posts and I had a lot of questions asking how I do them, so I decided to do a little tutorial for you.
We’ve all seen the beautiful Ciaté Caviar manicure sets advertised. They are set to be the ‘newest’ trend in nail art…if you can get your hands on a set. I am impatient and didn’t want to wait a month for them to come back in stock! (I say ‘newest’ because this nail art technique was around long before Ciaté claimed to have invented it. They’ve had some criticism in the nail blogging community as they’ve apparently been contacting bloggers telling them they can’t use the name ‘Caviar’ as they invented it? Pssssh)
So, I went to a craft shop, bought these beads and just did it myself. Quite fiddly but sooooo pretty. Also, the Ciaté bottles cost £18…my pot cost 40p! Bargain. You can buy them online HERE – I’d recommend looking around on that website as well. You will find any nail art supplies you could ever need: brushes, glue, 3D bits and pieces… everything!
The lovely ladies over at Wahanda have mentioned me in an article about their favourite nail blogs! Eeeee! Thank you!
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