Swatch: Gabrini ‘365’

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….

99p!! Madness.

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.

Lex 🙂

P.S. 99p!!


Love ‘n’ Hate mani…

It is 1.30am and I can’t sleep until I’ve blogged this! I am so happy with this mani, I think it’s my favourite ever.

Inspired by old school tattoos, this mani has ‘Love’ and ‘Hate written across the nails. At some point this weekend, I’m going to do an anchor on one thumb and a swallow on the other. I don’t have time now, seeing as I have to be up for work in…5 hours. Ouch.

I did two layers of white polish and applied a fast-drying topcoat. I then used a paintbrush to do the black detailing. I used the same brush and the pink (Urban Princess by Rimmel) to do the accents on the letters.

And done! Quite fiddly with the fine lines, but it looks so amazing! One bonus of the nail challenge finishing is that when I do a great mani, I get to keep it for as long as I like rather than starting all over again the next day!

Hope you like this manicure too and thank you for reading my blog, it means a lot!

Lex 🙂


Nail challenge: Day 25 – ‘Inspired by fashion’

Good evening 🙂

Today’s theme was ‘Inspired by fashion’ and I immediately thought of the below top by Balmain. It is so beautiful I would consider selling my own mother to get it.

I did 2 coats of white polish (Rimmel) and applied fast-drying top coat (ORLY Sec ‘n’ Dry). I then used 17’s ‘Fury’ and some strategically-placed tape to achieve most of the straight lines. I used a tiny paintbrush to freehand the rest.

I applied another layer of top coat and then used my favourite glitter polish (Models Own ‘Judge Jools’) and a spotting tool to go over the gold.

The above pictures are artificial light as the glitter showed up better in that for some reason. I took the ones below in natural light.

For my right hand I did 2 coats of the white polish and then topped with one layer of the Models Own glitter. It looks so Christmassy!! I love it!!

(Again, first pic in artificial light, no flash, and second pic in natural light)

Lex 🙂


Nail challenge: Day 23 – ‘Inspired by a film’

Hello! And happy Halloween weekend 🙂

Today’s theme is ‘Inspired by a film’ and I had so much fun thinking of potential films. However, when I found out this mani fell on the weekend of Halloween I was decided – the Nightmare Before Christmas nails had to be done!

I’ve seen lots of NBC manis so these will be nothing new to anyone, but I love them. Fiddly but fun!

My right hand (below) is my bad hand and I need so much practice with my paintbrush. I am still so shaky!

Hope these made you smile!

Lex 🙂


Magnetized Green by 17 Review

Magnetized Green by 17

Magnetized Green by 17

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.

Magnetized Green by 17

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.

Magnetized Green by 17

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.

Magnetized Green by 17

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!

Magnetized Green by 17

Total nail varnish crush.