Monthly Archives: June 2012

A England Princess Tears

Hello all! I’m sorry for being away for a while – my camera has broken and I kind of lost the motivation to blog. I do still have a few old photos left in my ‘unblogged’ folder, so I’ll try and get those up in the meantime. I’m thinking of doing a blogsale to raise funds for my new camera, but with the price of postage these days it makes many of the cheaper polishes more expensive than when you buy them instore, so I’ll have to put some thought into that! Any ideas?

Anyways, before my camera broke, I managed to snap this beautiful lilac holo-duochrome. Super pretty!

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink

A England Princess Tears Purple Holo holographic nail polish adina indie brand uk lilac pale duochrome lavender pink close up Such a gorgeous finish! The polish seems to be a holographic lilac-shimmer polish, it has a lovely duochrome effect with the pinky-lilac shimmer creating this lovely muted finish. I think if you wanted to wear holo in the office, this is the way to do it! I really love how flattering this was on my skin tone, and I think it’s one of those shades that will be flattering for everyone.

Application:

The photos show 2 coats. And the formula was PERFECT – applied smoothly and evenly, no streaking, no dragging, GOSH Holographic eat your heart out! The polish dried quickly, and to a high shine. I’d add a topcoat for longevity if you plan to wear it for a few days. I literally cannot fault this polish, I love everything about it and it is worth every penny of its £9 price tag. The holographic effect is more subtle than that of GOSH Holographic, but when it catches direct light it is more than visible!

A England polishes can be bought from the A England Website, where they cost £9 each, with free shipping worldwide!

I wanted to quickly show you my new hair – the left is the ‘before’ (I’d just woken up – lol) and the right is the ‘after’. I used two bottles of Schwarzkopf ‘Red Passion’. I did this roughly a week ago and it’s already begun to fade back to the original brown, frustratingly!

Hair Dye before and after Schwarzkopf red passion permanent bright red dye from dark brown auburn hair fading

Today is my 3rd anniversary with my boyfriend Andy. It’s so weird to think 3 years ago today, he took me up to a field by his house to watch a sunset, and that’s where we shared our first kiss <3 time flies. I love you Andy! xxx

Hope you are all having a good day! Let me know what you think about the blogsale idea – how do you think I could make it more cost-effective for you guys? Also does anyone own the Canon EOS 600D – is it a camera you’d recommend?! Thank you so much!

Finally, I am going to try to keep updating my blog until I have my new camera (which could be a week or two, maybe three!) but because I will be using my Andy’s iPod camera, I will probably only post nail art posts as the quality is not as good as I feel a decent polish needs if I am to review it accurately!

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Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Barry M Chameleon Lilac

Barry M have brought us three new ‘Chameleon’ shades – polishes which apply in one colour, then, when you add a clear polish/topcoat, they change to be a different colour. So far I’ve shown you Barry M Chameleon Blue and Barry M Chameleon Pink – today is my favourite: Chameleon Lilac. This effect makes nail art quick and easy, or can change your manicure from day to night so you have a fresh new look with just one slick of topcoat – perfect!

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet

This is the polish as it is first applied. To me it looks like a blend between Barry M Lilac Foil and Silver Foil.

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet (3)

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet (3)

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet (3)

Here, where the darker purple shows, is where I have added topcoat. I have one full coat of topcoat on my ring finger, and on my pinkie finger I sponged on topcoat to give a gradient effect. This is the most colour-accurate photo!

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet (3)

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet (3)

Here, like yesterday, I played around with Barry M Limited Edition Silver Glitter, which had the same effect but with added sparkle. Silver Glitter is still available on the Boots Website, and is apparently due to reappear in Boots sometime in the next 2 weeks!

Barry M Chameleon Lilac Silver Purple Foil chrome romantique china glaze colour change top coat clear nail polish add nail art lillibet close up The initial lilac finish has a chromey element to it – much like the Barry M Foil Effect polishes. It looks amazing even on it’s own! Then when you add topcoat or clear polish it creates a gorgeous Cadbury-purple jelly colour.

Application:

The polish applied well – the photos all show 2 coats out of habit, but the polish was opaque at one coat. Chameleon Lilac does show brushstrokes so be careful to apply the polish in straight lines from cuticle to free-edge. It dried fairly quickly. This one wasn’t as thick as the other two Chameleon polishes.

What do you think? Will you be trying out the Chameleon polishes? They retail at £3.99 in Superdrug, and will be stocked in Boots next Wednesday (13th June!). This one is definitely my favourite of the three.

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Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Barry M Chameleon Pink

Barry M have brought out three new ‘Chameleon’ shades – these are polishes which apply in one colour, then, when you add a clear polish or topcoat, they change to be a different colour. This makes for quick and easy nail art, or a quick way to polish up an old-looking manicure. Yesterday I showed you Barry M Chameleon Blue, and I also have Chameleon Lilac to show you when I can!

Also, I swear, my nails did not look this tatty in person! It was only when I’d uploaded the photos that I realised how tatty my polishing was. Whoops. Sorry about that.

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Where the darker purple shows, is where I added Barry M All-in-One Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener – including a complete coat on my pinkie finger.

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art

Here, like yesterday, I played around with Barry M Limited Edition Silver Glitter, which had the same effect but with added sparkle. Silver Glitter is still available on the Boots Website, and is apparently due to reappear in Boots sometime in the next 2 weeks!

Barry M Chameleon Pink salmon rose shimmer foil chrome china glaze romantique colour change clear topcoat nail polish purple magic nail art Chameleon Pink is a gorgeous salmon-rose coloured shimmer, with almost a chromey-finish to it. It’s gorgeous on it’s own, even without the colour-changing effect! The polish becomes a gorgeous jelly-ish purple when you add either a clear polish or topcoat – here I used Barry M’s ‘All-In-One Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener’. As with Chameleon Blue, the colours on the cap are very accurate to the colour on the nail, both the original pink and the topcoat-induced purple.

Application:

Again, this polish was a little on the thick side. For this reason I’d suggest you apply thin coats to avoid bubbling and long dry-times. The photos all show 2 coats (force of habit), but the polish was opaque in one coat. The polish wasn’t too brushstroke-y so no need to worry about applying in straight lines! Once you have the topcoat/clear polish on, the colour appears darker the thicker you apply the topcoat. So, if you find it looks streaky or too pale, add another coat of topcoat. DO wear a basecoat!!! I have moderate staining on my nails after this one, partly because mine are chipped and peeling and my basecoat is old, gloopy and in need of replacement – I reckon a slick of normal basecoat will save your nails from staining.

What do you think? Will you be trying out the Chameleon polishes? They retail at £3.99 in Superdrug, and will be stocked in Boots next Wednesday (13th June!).

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Disclaimer: Barry M kindly sent me this polish as a ‘get-well-soon’ gift, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Barry M Chameleon Blue

Barry M have brought out three new ‘Chameleon’ shades – polishes which apply in one colour, and change to another colour when you add top coat. Much like the discontinued No.7 Miracle Plum I showed you last week, these polishes are unique to the current market and I absolutely blooming love them!

Barry M kindly sent me Chameleon Blue and Chameleon Pink as I was in hospital yesterday and just about recovering now – this is apparent in the bubbles you will see on my nails!! I’m fairly sure it’s user-error and not the polish’s fault – see the below photo of my thumb to prove that this polish can be applied nicely!

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition (4)

See? Perfecto 😛

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition (4)

The polish how it appears when first applied.

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition (4)

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition (4)

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition nail art

Add a layer of topcoat/clear polish and away you go! The red bits are the bits which are covered with topcoat, including the whole of my middle finger.

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition nail art

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition nail art

Here I layered Barry M Limited Edition Silver Glitter over the tips of my nails – just to check whether it would have the same effect on the colour. Looks like sprinkles, no? 🙂 For those of you who missed out on Silver Glitter – it’s still available on Boots Website, and apparently will be back in Boots in roughly 2 weeks!

Barry M Chameleon Blue teal slate blue shimmer grey herring burgundy brown red colour change mood clear nail polish top coat add silver glitter limited edition close up Chameleon Blue is initially a gorgeous slate-blue-silver shimmer. Once you add a layer of topcoat or clear nail polish (here I used Barry M’s ‘All-In-One Basecoat Topcoat & Nail Hardener’), it becomes a gorgeous pinky-burgundy-red. What I love about this effect is it gives it a jelly-like appearance. Also, the thicker the coat of clear polish, the more rich the red becomes – see the difference between each of my nails for reference! This can leave it a little streaky – if that happens, add another layer of clear polish.

Application:

Chameleon Blue itself is quite a thick polish – not one to apply when recovering from general anaesthetic, haha! The formula is very similar to that of Barry M Denim, thick but buttery, and is opaque in one coat. The photos all show 2 coats as I was trying to cover up my accidental bubbles 😉 Seriously though, do apply thinly to avoid bubbles. Happily, the polish didn’t show too many brushstrokes, so unless you streak it right from one corner of the nail to the other, you don’t need to worry too much about applying it neatly.

I really really love this colour both alone and with clear topcoat, and I can’t wait to try out the others in the collection. My three top tips for this one are:

  • Apply the polish as thinly as you can to avoid bubbles.
  • If the burgundy/red looks streaky, apply a second coat of clear polish!
  • EDIT: Wear a basecoat!! I have a bit of staining after taking this one off. Beware!

I was really pleased to see that the colours on the cap matched the colours of the polish almost exactly – all too often I’ve been taken in by packaging claims so I’m glad this was accurate. I noticed that the polish applies a shade lighter than the bottle colour, which shows a lot more purple, so if you’re wondering whether this suits you, definitely check against the lid colour not the polish colour in the bottle!

What do you think? Will you be trying out the Chameleon polishes? They retail at £3.99 in Superdrug, and will be stocked in Boots next Wednesday (13th June!).

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Disclaimer: Barry M kindly sent me this polish as a ‘get-well-soon’ gift, but all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Ciaté Jelly Bean

Marie Claire are giving away three different shades from Ciaté free with their magazine this month – the shades are Ciaté Bon Bon, Jelly Bean and Purple Sherbet (lilac creme). There is one bottle per magazine… I couldn’t resist and bought all three! The magazine costs £3.70, which compared with Ciaté’s  retail price of £9, makes these polishes a huge bargain! Today I have Jelly Bean to show you – a gorgeous Barbie pink.

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk

Ciate Jelly Bean Cupcake Queen Paint pots nail polish free marie claire july 2012 summer hot pink jelly blue shimmer opaque creme barbie uk I mentioned in my review of Ciaté Bon Bon that the three shades seem to closely resemble some of those in Ciaté’s official polish line – to me, Jelly Bean looks a lot like Ciaté Cupcake Queen – what do you think?

Anyways, Jelly Bean (the most perfect name ever for this polish – I love it!) is a blue-toned hot pink creme with hidden blue shimmer. The blue shimmer is very apparent in the bottle, but once on the nail it is practically invisible. What it does do, though, is gives the pink a gorgeous blue tone, which makes it unique in terms of pink-with-blue-shimmer polishes.

Application:

Perfect. As usual, I can’t fault Ciaté on the application. Well worth £9, let alone £3.70! The photos all show 2 coats – you can see my free edge on my ring finger in the photos, but that isn’t the case in person. The polish dried quickly, and dried to a super high shine. The brush allows for neat application of the polish – it is the perfect width and thickness, and the long handle gives a superior control which makes application all the more perfect.

Have you bought any of the free polishes from Marie Claire this month? What do you think? I really can’t choose a favourite – all are amazing in my eyes!

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Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.