The slogan of my blog might as well be “…I don’t even *like* blue nail varnish!” If you’ve seen my huge nail varnish sort and destash video you will have witnessed my utter confusion at how I’ve managed to accumulate such a large amount of blue nail varnishes when I (claim that I) don’t even like blue nail varnish on me. So this cobalt nail varnish comparison post is a bit of a shock to me too!
OPI Polka.com Review
This absolute beauty is from the 2013 ‘Euro Centrale’ collection which has some really lovely polishes. It’s rare that I swoon over more than 3 or 4 polishes in an OPI collection, but this one has some really nice shades and I was tempted by most of them. I have added links at the bottom of this blog post so you can see my reviews on the ones I picked up.
*Drum roll* Introducing OPI ‘Under The Mistletoe’. (possibly) One of the most Christmassy nail varnishes in the world. LOOK AT IT.
5 Product Face Challenge
I’m not going to lie when I first contemplated the 5 Product Face Challenge it filled me with fear. I usually have an 8 or 9 (or 10 – 15…) product face so this was always going to be tough. Luckily I was working at home today so my panic was quite short-lived!
So, in order, my 5 product face is as follows:
- Rimmel ‘Lasting Finish’ foundation. Base was my obvious first choice as, due to my rosacea, I would never ever consider a make up look without foundation.
- Collection ‘Lasting Perfection’ concealer. My under eye bags are dreadful and I think concealer under your eyes is one of the easiest way to brighten your whole face.
- Soap & Glory ‘Archery’ eyebrow pencil. As a blonde with very fair eyebrows I *needed* brow products!
- Sleek ‘Sweet Cheeks’ blush palette (I used ‘Cupcake’). After covering my rosacea redness, I needed something to put some life back into my cheeks.
- Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ mascara. Again, blonde hair is a curse!
I don’t think this look is too bad for 5 products, but I definitely won’t be making the 5 product face a regular thing. I doubt this would last long without my primer and powder and I miss eyeshadow and lipstick!
What would you choose for your 5 product face?
(This was for the #supergorgeoussept challenge on instagram. If you want to see my other pictures or are doing it as well, come say hi – my name is talontedlex on instagram 🙂
Gold Gradient Nail Art
I missed Nail Art Sunday as I was absolutely shattered: I’ve been away at Creamfields (a music festival in the north of England) working so didn’t really get a weekend. But here we are, a day late!
I decided to do a gradient for this week’s nail art as I think gradients are a fairly simple way to make your nails stand out. I used a white base coat by Natural Collection. I find it hard to find a good white nail varnish but this one is pretty opaque and dries really quickly so it’s my go to white at the moment. I then sponged a glittery gold onto my tips: I used Collection ‘Shimmy Shake’.
I went against tradition and used Essie’s ‘Good To Go’ topcoat as my Seche Vite has run out. Now I remember why I never use it! It’s nowhere near as shiny, was really runny and didn’t dry quickly at all. Half an hour after I’d finished my nails I was still able to dent the polish with my nail: not good! I have already re-ordered Seche Vite so I don’t have to be without it. I will never forsake you again!
OPI Which Is Witch Review – Oz the Great and Powerful collection
This is another polish from the ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ collection. I’m not usually drawn to bar glitter, as I’ve mentioned before, but this is very pretty.
‘Which Is Witch’ is a clear base with holographic bars, medium hexs and tiny glitter. It applies very well and not much placement is needed to ensure even application. You’ll be very happy to hear that the glitter doesn’t curl (unlike the shambles that is ‘When Monkey’s Fly’), so the finish is lovely and smooth.
I truly love this polish: look how shiny it is! This catches the light in such a beautiful way.
This polish was applied over a base of Kiko ‘275 Black’ and I applied it at the base of the nail and slowly pulled the glitter up the nail to make a subtle gradient effect. It was then topped with Seche Vite.
OPI When Monkeys Fly Nail Varnish
I didn’t want to write a negative review. I love OPI. True love, love them. I have raved about them in the past, but I couldn’t get over the issues with this nail varnish. When I saw the polishes they were bringing out to coincide with the ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ film, I was so excited: Glitter ‘til the cows come home. And pretty, unusual glitters. Almost indie-polish glitter. *swoon*
A england Dragon Review
Another polish from the beautiful a-england ‘The Legend’ collection. This one is a glorious emerald green that, depending on the light, has a blue or gold tint and a true holographic shimmer running through it. This is one of those polishes that just has you staring at your nails all day.
Just like the other polishes in this collection, this could have been a one-coater but I am a creature of habit and did two coats anyway. It was then topped with Seche Vite, although it’s super shiny and sparkley without.
‘The Legend’ collection is sadly no longer available, but you can get Adina’s stunning nail polishes HERE.