After my training session at the Nail Harmony UK studios I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing some of the Gelish polishes and I jumped at the chance. I’d only had 2 gel manicures in my life and had never tried it myself (apart from at my day of training) so was really intrigued to see if I could do it without messing it up!

For my reviews, I decided to pick Gelish colours that would be ideal choices for a person who was wanting to invest in their own gel manicure set. I wanted to look for the colours that everyone would get use out of: neutrals, corals for summer, pastels for spring, a classic red, a vampy dark colours and of course some glitters.

This is the first Gelish colour I chose to review: Bella’s Vampire, a dark aubergine shade. I love dark vampy shades, even though some people think you can’t wear dark colours on long nails (pfft I say. PFFT).

Gelish Polish Bella's Vampire

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Topshop The Damned Lipstick

Topshop The Damned Lipstick

I’ve reviewed some of the Topshop lipbullets before so you will know that I have a lot of love for that formula and colour range. I’ve also got a few of the actual lipsticks which are on my ‘to blog’ pile (I am so far behind!) This particular lipstick called to me not only due to the great name but also the deep, burgundy colour of the lipstick in the bullet. I had been wanting some more dark colours for a while so when I saw this, I knew I needed it.

The other lipsticks I’ve tried by Topshop were matte so I was intrigued to see what their velvet formula offerings were like.

I am torn. On the one hand, this lipstick feels lovely to wear and looks wonderful. Sorry for the dark photo above but that’s the only way I could show the true colour of this lipstick – in artificial light it looks more pinky but is definitely a bit vampier in natural light. The formula is creamy and easy to apply although as it becomes more matte as time goes on it feels a bit drying. It’s also not as long lasting as the matte versions, but that’s to be expected I suppose.

The Topshop packaging is a definite thumbs up: matte, simple and instantly recognisable. Love it.

This is still one of my favourite darker lipstick shades and is apparently a pretty good dupe for MAC ‘Rebel’ (a lipstick that is definitely on my wishlist) I just wish it lasted a bit longer.

Which are your favourite Topshop lipsticks, I think I need more!

Lex

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Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Dark Night Waterloops

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Dark Night Waterloops

I had heard good things about the new Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks and when I saw ‘Dark Night Waterl-oops!’ I knew I had to have it: a dark wine / purple creamy lipstick that is perfect for this cold, miserable weather. It’s apparently a fairly good dupe for MAC’s ‘Rebel’… I do love a good dupe!

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Essie Merino Cool

Essie Merino Cool

I love colours that are hard to describe. I’ve wanted essie Merino Cool for ages and remember trying to find it on a massive essie display in Dubai with Aaron helping me. “It’s kind of…purple-y…brown? Like a more purple taupe-y colour? No, more like a pastel-y plum? Like a mixture of grey and purple? It’s…ummm” *insert picture of Aaron looking confused and horrified*

And now I have it! I found it in TK Maxx in Kilburn for £4.99 (!!) and it has definitely lived up to my expectations. It’s such an unusual and pretty colour. It is somehow soft but also edgy – something that essie always do very well.

Essie polishes have a lovely formula: this needed 3 coats to get rid of any bald spots but Essie polishes are always quick drying so that isn’t a problem. I used to hate essie polish brushes as they were really thin and hard to use but they have made them a bit thicker now so I am now a full on fan girl.

I’m so pleased that this polish is now in my collection. What your favourite Essie polish? You can buy this stunning polish HERE.

Lex

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Rimmel nail polishes, they are seriously great. But Rimmel have outdone themselves with their new Salon Pro range, carrying on the Rimmel trend of gorgeous colours, affordable prices and a quick drying, shiny finish. This little beauty is Rimmel Salon Pro ‘Punk Rock’. *all the heart eye emojis*

Rimmel Salon Pro Punk Rock

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Revlon Plum Night

Revlon Plum Night

I found these photos on my computer and realised that I had never blogged them. This manicure was done just after a few nails breaks, hence the uneven nail lengths – I apologise!

Revlon Plum Night is a rich aubergine coloured cream polish that is absolute perfection in 2 coats. This is a glorious autumnal colour and, as we are meant to be in summer but it’s freezing and raining, I’m going to allow myself to bust out this colour now! At first glance this nail varnish would look almost black, but the plum tones to it really come out in natural light and give this an interesting depth, as you can see in the picture below. This manicure is topped with Seche Vite (of course).

You can buy this nail varnish for £4.99 HERE.

Lex

Revlon Plum Night

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