Rebuy or Bye Bye #1: July/August
This is my first empties post. Empties posts are quite controversial in the bloggersphere: some hate them and see them as pointless and gross. I, on the other hand, find them fascinating. They are mini-reviews in the themselves plus, when you consider how many products us beautyphiles use, it’s pretty amazing to actually finish products!
Seventeen Baked Cherry
I have always had a soft spot for the Seventeen brand (or 17 as it was before their rebrand). It reminds me of being young and my first forays into make up. Their nail polishes are usually very good: super affordable, tons of beautiful colours, great application… which is why this one really disappointed me.
The brush was a complete nightmare. The bristles were all different lengths and really stiff which meant that neat application was impossible. I had to do so much clean up afterwards to get them looking acceptable which is very frustrating.
I’m hoping this was just a bad brush as I’ve had other bottles from the same range that are brilliant.
So ignoring the crappy brush, this colour is truly gorgeous. A very deep pinky red, that was a perfect 2 coater. Topped with Seche Vite, but shiny without it and quite fast drying as well. Just a shame that I probably won’t wear it again due to the awful brush…
You can see the full Seventeen nail varnish range HERE.
Seventeen Potion Nail Varnish
I actually bought this polish ages ago but I took so long to get round to swatching it that I forgot just how pretty it looked. I think I first picked it up hoping that it was a (much, much more affordable) Chanel ‘Peridot’ dupe.
Seventeen Pastel Gradient Nail Art
These were done using Seventeen Lasting Fix polishes in ‘Woo Me’ (lilac) and ‘Fairy Cake’ (baby pink). I love doing gradients, they are so fun. You can treat yourself to some Seventeen nail polishes HERE.
Plus, I am LOVING my new shape. My nails are making me so happy at the moment (I am sad, I know. Don’t mock me).
I did a tutorial for a gradient nail art manicure, which you can find HERE.
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!
Magnetized Green by 17
You are looking at the most difficult-to-find nail varnish I have ever owned. I went to 6 different Boots stores today trying to find any of the 17 range’s Magnetized polish. I went all over London and even braved Oxford/Regent/Bond Street on a Sunday afternoon. Nothing. As a last resort I tried the new Westfield at Stratford and they had 3 polishes left! VICTORY!!
The basic principle of this polish is that it contains tiny magnetic particles. Inside the bottle lid is a magnet which you use to create patterns in the polish. Such a clever idea and I’ve been wanting to try some for ages.
The range includes a gunmetal grey, a blue, a lilac and teal (which is the one I found). The polish itself is gorgeous: a beautiful colour, even before you use the magnet, and it applies beautifully.
The picture below shows the lid of the polish (which detaches from the brush so you’re not waving that around). The magnet is on top and there is a small curved rest at one end to help you keep your fingers steady.
After reading a few reviews online I picked up some tips. Apply the polish one nail at at time. While the nail is still wet, rest your finger on top of the rest at the end of the magnet and hold it over for 10 seconds. I found that I had to move my nail around to get the pattern to cover the whole nail, but this may just be as I have quite curved nails.
Obviously I used the other hand to hold the magnet over the nail, but for the purposes of the photos this is how close you hold it to the nail.
I absolutely adore this nail varnish and it was definitely worth traipsing all over London to find it.
In Boots, it is on an introductory offer at £4.99 but will go up to £5.99 after this ends. Bargain!
Total nail varnish crush.