This is from the OPI Germany collection (I love the name!). This is a greeny-yellow toned shimmery polish. It is so unusual, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not for a long time. But I think I’m falling on the side of ‘like’. It feels perfect for spring.
This was two coats with Seche Vite.
Trying to force Spring to arrive by wearing my @Galibardy ‘Secret Garden’ necklace. Love it!!
Some future beauty blogs will feature the Revlon Just Bitten stains which I love and adore. So when I saw the balm stains from the same range I knew I needed them.
They come in a chubby stick, like a crayon, and are super simple to apply. They have quite a subtle colour to them on first application so you have to build it up if you want a brighter effect. When I’m wearing this my lips stay moisturised and once the glossiness wears off, the colour is still there. Revlon have totally nailed the lip stain department!
I have a few different colours from this collection, but this is my favourite: a vivid purpley pink that looks great against my pale skin.
SWATCH: OPI ‘Eurso Euro’
The Euro Centrale collection is turning out to be one of my favourites, I fell in love with the names from the beginning but the polishes have grown on me after swatching,
‘Eurso Euro’ is a dark indigo creme polish. It is a lovely vibrant colour but it was quite a thin formula, I had to be careful not to flood my cuticles, but surprisingly it still only needed two coats. This is topped with Seche Vite.
Dainty Doll ‘It’s my Party’
Dainty Doll is a cosmetics brand started by Nicola Roberts (yes, the one from Girls Aloud). She is ginger with very pale skin and got fed up of trying out cosmetics that didn’t go light enough or suit her colouring. So she made her own brand.
I didn’t have high hopes for this, I don’t know why…but I was so wrong. This lipstick is GORGEOUS. It is slightly matte so you have to moisturise your lips well with balm beforehand. I quite like the semi-matte look, but if you don’t you can pop a bit of gloss over the top.
The lipstick looks like such a bright coral in the tube but applies to be a bit more subtle - it still catches the eye but doesn’t blind you! I put in the photo of me smiling because some people at work said they never wore coral coloured lipstick as it makes teeth look yellow…can’t say I’ve experienced that!
Anyone else tried any Dainty Doll cosmetics? I’m intrigued now…
SWATCH: OPI ‘My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours’
Another polish from OPI’s Euro Centrale collection. This is a bright, orangey-red creme with a light shimmer that I didn’t notice in the bottle. This is two coats with Seche Vite.
SWATCH: OPI ‘You’re such a Budapest’
This is from the new Euro Centrale collection - a lovely lilac creme with a subtle shimmer that you can only see in bright sunlight.
Also, this name is definitely one of my favourites of all the OPI puns!
I haven’t done a French manicure in years. This is probably nail art sacrilege but… I don’t really like them. I occasionally like them on other people, if they are done well - but so many that are see are on badly made, shovel-like acrylics and it’s kind of ruined them for me.
So I decided to try to change it, make it a bit more modern, a bit more ‘me’… and I love it! It’s kind of 80s, a bit unusual and different.
What do you think?
Soap & Glory: Archery and One Heck of A Blot
I love Soap & Glory as a brand (their Breakfast Scrub will change your life) but had never tried their make up. I feel like I’ve been missing out.
Archery is a double-ended eyebrow shaper. One end has a fine ink brush that you use for filling in brows and giving them colour, while the other end is a waxy pencil that tames brows and gives them a more dramatic colour change. On most days I just use the pen as it’s more subtle for work and I am thrilled with it. It looks natural and doesn’t budge all day. I got ‘Love is blonde’ which is a great match for me.
One Heck of A Blot is a mattifying powder, which is apparently one powder for all skin tones. I apply it in the morning after I’ve applied all my other make up and - miraculously - my face is still intact at the end of the day. I reapply at lunch time if I need to, but on the whole it keeps me matte all day.
I am a convert!
I have bare nails. DON’T LOOK AT ME. I feel naked.
SWATCH: Essie ‘Chinchilly’
This is another polish that has been on my wishlist for a while. I have a thing for grey polish. I don’t know what it is about it that I like so much: it’s classy but interesting, simple but eye-catching… I don’t know.
And this is a lovely grey. It’s almost lavender-toned in certain lights and looks soft. I’ve described greys as ‘dove grey’ before, but I think this is the truest representation of that description that I’ve seen.
This took two coats and is topped with Seche Vite.
SWATCH: Essie ‘Stylenomics’
This is from the 2012 Essie ‘Stylenomics’ collection. It is a lovely dark green with hints of grey. It is interesting enough to make it look less goth-like, but dark enough to still be vampy. I like it!
This was perfect coverage in 2 coats, topped with Seche Vite.
SWATCH: Essie ‘Lapis of Luxury’
This has been on my wish list for a while and I finally bought it on my Dubai holiday haul. I am not disappointed.
It’s a cornflower blue that’s quite sheer, this needed 3 layers to reach full coverage. This is topped with Seche Vite.
SWATCH: OPI ‘Need Sunglasses?’
Yellow polishes are usually either gorgeous or garish. This is a lovely blend of the two - gorgeously garish, if you will! This is one of my Dubai holiday haul and as soon as I saw it on the stand I knew I needed it. This is so bright that it immediately makes me happy as soon as I put it on.
The only downside is the formula - this was so sheer. I needed 4 coats for this coverage and there is still a bit of a nail line in some lights. Luckily, OPI formulas are so well made that even four coats didn’t mean the polish took ages to dry (with Seche Vite, of course) or that it bubbled.
Does wearing yellow polish mean the weather is getting warmer? *hopeful face*