Nails Inc. Lucky Dip Haul!

I feel a bit bad posting this since the Lucky Dip offer is over, and these polishes seem to be mostly discontinued. However most of them are available on eBay, some of them cheaper than the RRP for Nails Inc. polishes.

Just over a week ago I was about to go out for dinner and spotted the Nails Inc. Twitter update about the Lucky Dip, which was essentially the A+E Treatment Base Coat plus four random polishes, for the grand total of just £10. And I mean, this is a huge saving, considering Nails Inc. polishes usually retail at £11 and the A+E basecoat is usually £12. All in all it was a saving of £46. Postage was nearly £4 but for once I won’t complain as this really was still a good deal.

My thinking was that even if I hated all 4 polishes, I would still have the basecoat (which is much needed) for less than the RRP.

So here is what I received!

If you can’t read these please click on the photo for a bigger image – sorry!
I have already worn all of them except Battersea Power Station which is a bit icky, but maybe it could work with some nail art? Lol… I can see why it was part of a lucky dip, they must have had a hard time shifting it!
Anyway, thank you Nails Inc. for this lovely lovely deal, I would never normally buy Nails Inc. as they are just too expensive for me, but as usual I always have my eye on certain ones 😉
I know they’ve done lucky dips before and several other unmissably good deals so keep a lookout! I’m looking forward to showing you all of these in due course 🙂
Sorry for this slightly non-useful post, but as I say they can be found on eBay!
Emma xxx
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.

Essie Lapis of Luxury

Rumoured to be the cornflower polish seen in Rihanna’s “What’s My Name” music video, the moment I saw this I knew I HAD to have it. So eBay produced the goods 😀
Lapis of Luxury is part of the Resort Collection, released last summer, and all four polishes are still available on eBay. I (well, my Mum) paid £9 for this, all 15ml, with free postage, and she gave it to me for Christmas!
I am still consumed by a whirlwind love affair with this colour. I honestly haven’t seen anything quite like it. It has that perfect slightly-sheer finish, while the colour is still rich and eye-catching. It’s a blue with just a hint of lilac, not enough to really call it real ‘cornflower’ but in my eyes, prettier.
I only have two problems. The first is the dry time. After applying 2 coats overnight and a third the next day, 12hrs after my third application I went to sleep, thinking it was fully dry, and woke up with the most horrendous sheet marks! I mean really… as a ‘high end’ polish, you would think it’d be dry after 12hrs… My second issue is finding clothes to wear with it! I have now settled for a tasteful clash with this polish. I really don’t have anything that goes with this so I just hope that what I wear looks okay with it! Haha. I love the colour too much to not wear it.
I am now mourning the loss of what must be about 3ml, after just 3 wears. 1ml a wear?! Aargh. I think this I will save for long-term wears, i.e. more than 2 days, as the wear is quite good.
The gains outweigh the losses!
From the collection, I am desperate to get my hands on Turquoise & Caicos, but even more desperate to find a dupe that will hopefully be cheaper and faster-drying!
Hope you like the colour as much as I do 😀
Emma xxx

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.

Boots 17 Lasting Finish Pink Grapefruit

Err… excuse the missing chunk out of my middle fingernail, the polish decided to go walkies :s I decided to take full advantage of what feels like the first sunshine of the year 🙂
So this is the most lovely lovely polish in all the world 🙂 After craving this polish for a while, I finally managed to get it 🙂 yaaay!
I first tried this alone, over my bare nails, and it was very very sheer. The colour was also a lot brighter with my first try, and I still had VNL after 3 coats. So the second time round, I cheated and put Accessorize’s Fudge polish on as a ‘base’, as it’s virtually the same colour as my nails and is opaque in one coat, thus hiding any VNL! 😀 I then acheived the colour shown in two coats.
As usual with Lasting Fix polishes, this dried super super fast, so all in all I am a very happy bunny! And, true to it’s name, this did last like cement. Lol. I’m dying to try some nail art over this as it’s practically crying out for it though 🙂 love it!
£2.99 in Boots, well worth the money spent says I 🙂
Hope you’re all having a lovely week,
Emma xxx
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.

My first (slightly failed) attempt at leopard print

Umm well as you can see my left hand has tiny dots and my right hand has splodges. Again, I blame my non-dominant left hand. Arrghh.
What I used:
Barry M Nail Paints – Mushroom (base)
Boots 17 Fast Finish – Catwalk Couture (spots)
Rio Nail Art Pen – Black (outlines)
So, to cut a waffle of a story short, I wore the Barry M Mushroom the day before I did this. That evening something possessed me to do this. The Mushroom colour was crying out for something interesting to draw attention to it! It did look like very yummy melted chocolate.
I took 17 Catwalk Couture and attempted to do some even splodges of colour. I’ve always loved the combination of chocolatey brown and turquoise, hence the colour choice. The splodges didn’t turn out as even as I wished. Oh well.
I left this overnight and then the next morning very crudely outlined the splodges to make them leopardy with the ‘pen tip’ of the Rio Nail Art Pen.
My one tip from this experience – for impatient people like me it is best to use a fast-drying nail polish for the splodges because some will be thick, and even with fast-dry polishes it does take a while to dry properly, resulting in holes in your manicure when you knock the top off by mistake!
I have learnt from this experience that even if your nails do not look amazing (see exhibit a, b and c) up close, they still look fairly snazzy from a short distance, like if you just casually stroke your face. Well maybe not stroke it but you get the gist!
I should really be doing an essay right now. Emma xxx
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.

Boots 17 Fast Finish Peacock

The pictures really don’t do this polish justice. Please excuse my red hands (cold!) and the lack of cleanup.

My brother bought me this polish for Christmas. I think this must be ‘my colour’ or something because I received a couple of very similar polishes!

I was quite reluctant to try this as it’s a Fast Finish and my experience with Catwalk Couture (will post some pictures next time I wear it) was less than desirable. However Peacock was workable and very pretty.

It has a turquoise base with a lot of green shimmer. It really is so pretty, and although the turquoise/green polish is far from unique I am very pleased with this particular shade! The colour looks almost luminous at a casual glance, probably due to all that green shimmer. It reminds me of those minerals where you go into a dark room and they glow.

Formulation-wise, it was quite thin, which is good for a Fast Finish. I hate when they are thick and you end up dragging the polish *coughcatwalkcouturecough* but this one was pleasant. It dried fantastically fast which I love (being an impatient polish addict was never going to work) and I had a lovely opaque colour after 2 coats – 10 minutes = happy Emma! It’s shiny but could probably do with a topcoat. I didn’t bother as I knew I’d only be wearing it for 1 day max.

The one thing that I have found to be a problem with both my Fast Finishes, is that when I take them off they leave a horrible stain on the skin around your nails. This wasn’t so much of a problem after a day’s wear but it is something to be aware of. Acetone won’t shift it, but most of it seemed to come off when I washed my hands :S just a word to the wise.

Hope you’re all having a lovely Monday!
Emma xxx

P.S. This is a gorgeous polish for toes! My toes felt like gems 🙂

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.