Did you know that H&M did nail varnish? Me neither. I tried them out for you. I know, I know I’m so selfless. So here’s the H&M ‘Beauty Bandit’ and ‘Wanna Pepperoni’ Nail Varnish review, live and in your eyeballs.
OPI ‘Thanks A Windmillion’
This is the second of the polishes I got from the O.P.I Holland collection. It is a pretty dusky sage green creme polish and is a perfect shade for Spring as it fits the pastel trend very well but has a bit of edge to it.
Unlike ‘A Roll in the Hague’ (you can read my review of that polish HERE), this polish went on perfectly and dried super quickly. I think ‘A Roll In The Hague’ may have been a dodgy bottle as usually you really can’t beat OPI for great application, I could have spent a fortune on this range!
You can buy this polish HERE if you love it as much as I do.
Yes! You heard me! Revlon Whimsical nail varnish now sits proudly on my display rack. And it…is…so…PRETTY!! Along with everyone else, I adored Deborah Lippman’s Glitter In The Air (or GITA as people affectionately nicknamed it) so I was thrilled when Revlon brought out this amazing dupe. I don’t own GITA, but you can see swatched all over the internet so you can compare if you like.
However, as with all good dupes, it soon became as hard to locate as the original! I searched all over the UK (that is not an exaggeration!) but no luck. So I resorted to eBay. I’m so glad I did as it is stunning.
It’s a sheer baby blue polish with: large baby pink and baby blue hexagonal glitter, smaller silver hexagonal glitter and teeny tiny baby glue circular glitter. I layered this over 17’s ‘Chaperone’ which is a light grey and it looks amazing. I only needed one coat of Whimsical for this coverage, but did have to use the brush to arrange some of the larger glitter as it had a tendency to drag.
I love the way the glitter layers though: smaller hexagonals on top of the larger one, the tiny glitter glowing through the sheer blue polish. ARGH SO PRETTY!
And as if it couldn’t get any better, after a day or two of wear, I added a matte top coat (GOSH’s one) and it looked even more amazing. A bit more sophisticated than the glitter (don’t get me wrong, I love glitter but it can sometimes look a bit ‘young’) and the glitter still shines but in a different way. Love it.
If you can get your hands on this polish you will not regret it. I adore it. This nail varnish is now discontinued *sobs* but you can see Revlon’s current glitter range HERE.
Model’s Own ‘Beetlejuice Purple Blue’
I finally have internet again and have a lot to catch up with. The first in a big batch is Model’s Own ‘Beetlejuice Purple Blue’. I waited for ages for the Beetlejuice collection to come out and was so excited to see them…and was then really underwhelmed. I was expecting really pretty duochrome polishes and they didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty but…I wasn’t thrilled with them.
This one is a purple blue (ummm, obviously Lex) and as you can see from the last picture, in artificial light it is quite dark navy and a bit blah. The purple and neon blue tones come through better in natural light and do make it quite an interesting polish. The finish does look quite gritty in these pictures and that does come across in person as well, which I hate.
However, I’ve been mainly using it for adding depth to galaxy nails (which it’s perfect for!), rather than as a stand alone colour for a full mani.
If you’re a bigger fan than me, you can buy it HERE.
How did you feel about this collection? I was pretty gutted that I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. Too bad, too sad!
Yes, hard to believe but I’ve been doing this for 2 months! When you’re being bombarded by my Twitter posts about nails and manicures it probably feels like a lot longer but sadly not!
I always enjoyed painting my nails but only started taking it ‘seriously’ and trying out nail art about 3 months ago. A few people on Twitter (including my ridiculously supportive and understanding mani-widow boyfriend) suggested that I start a blog with my nail art and here we are!
Thank you for reading, commenting and inspiring me. I really appreciate it. I will be scheduling a few more posts this weekend as a bit of a celebratory nail extravaganza so please keep popping in to see what’s new.
Thank you again,
This was another of the polishes bought for me by my lovely friend Gemma for doing her manicure.
It is a gorgeous jade green and applies beautifully. I only have one other polish by LA Colours which is the black I use all the time. They are pretty cheap polishes but go on so well, dry fast and are pretty opaque. This mani only needed two coats which is better than I expected for the price. The only negative point is that it doesn’t last too well: chips and lifting after 24 hours, even with top coat.
The above picture shows the true colour better than the first one. It’s a lovely blue-green jade, rather than the rich green it appears as under artificial light (as in the first picture).
Love this colour so much, pretty enough to keep me interested whilst still being a fairly ‘conservative’ manicure!
Not so happy with the fact my thumb looks like a massive sausage there! I look like I’ve had some kind of hideous allergic reaction to something and I’m swelling! Never a good look… Note to self: your thumbs apparently have good and bad angles.
This is one of the polishes mentioned in my previous post. It was a gift for doing my friend’s manicure. We went to a beauty wholesale shop near my house which is full of treats. This place has huge baskets full of polish: I wanted to dive into them and swim around! This one caught my eye straight away as I love glitter (I think I may have been a magpie in a previous life). But in the bottle it looked matte which appealed to me.
And it is absolutely beautiful. The photos cannot do it justice. It dries matte but still shiny, if that’s even possible! It is the most beautiful holo polish I have seen in real life.
AND it was 99p. Ninety…nine…pence. I’ll leave that to sink in for a moment….
Anyway. This was 3 coats of the polish as the glitter takes a while to build up to full coverage.
I had never heard of this brand before, but according to Google it’s Turkish! I’m going to keep an eye out for more of it in that shop because if they do a whole range of holo polishes that are as pretty as this one, I NEED THEM.
At the weekend I went to visit my boyfriend in Hereford. He stupidly let me go into Boots alone and I came out with 7 new nail varnishes! Oops.
17 polish was on 3 for 2 so I went a bit bananas. I found 2 more magnetic polishes (separate post tomorrow for those bad boys!), which made a lovely change from hunting for them in London only to find that every available bottle has been sold!
The above polishes are so pretty and very spring-themed. I couldn’t resist. Also, I got to the counter and ‘Bolt From The Blue’ was in the clearance box for £1 as it’s being discontinued…it would’ve been rude to leave it there!
I love how all of these look on. ‘Chaperone’ looks paler in the bottle which annoyed me at first, until I realised that it’s a cheaper version of Models Own ‘Grey Day’ which is a firm favourite. Always nice to find a cheap dupe!
All the polishes go on really well and dry really quickly. However, like with many pastel colours, they are quite thin and the above picture was after 3 coats.
I decided to do a mani in ‘Chaperone’ with an accent nail in ‘Woo Me’. And I love it! I kept staring at it. My boyfriend found it hilarious!
I will do swatches on the Magnetized polishes as I now own green, grey and lilac! Whoop!