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2true Glitterati Shade 6 (Layered)

I was perusing Superdrug at the beginning of this month and spotted this very pretty glitter polish hiding away in the 2true stand… of course I had to buy it! It’s so pretty 🙂 Having been absolutely gutted that I couldn’t find Shade 2 (image at Northern Nails UK) anywhere last Winter, I didn’t want to miss this one which is slightly more pink.

The polish is quite sheer in terms of the base colour so I decided to layer it over Ciaté Pocket Money, which was free in this month’s Marie Claire. I LOVE this combination, it definitely livens up the slightly plain Pocket Money and the two colours really complement each other.

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Marks and Spencer Cappuccino + OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air layered

Hello lovelies. I’ve come to realise that my blog has pretty much been a reviewing spot for all things nail polish, which is totally fine, but occasionally I like to change up a manicure before I take it off – either through lack of time or lack of motivation. It’s very easy to just slather on a layer of glitter to make it look like a whole new set of nails. This post will show you my most recent venture into the jazzing-up of a day-old manicure.

It’s nice to change things up, believe it or not blogging about the application and how many coats of polish I’m wearing and resizing photos and painstakingly trying to take colour-accurate, good quality photos gets to be one of those things that feels more like a chore than a hobby, and lately I have been so fed up with doing the same things every day so maybe this is just another little thing I need to alter in my daily routine. So you may yet see more ‘old’ manicures with a little inspiration added. There’s blurriness, and the dryness of my cuticles, but hey ho!

🙂

Marks and Spencer Cappuccino New Limited Collection Nude Taupe Greige gold shimmer glassfleck layered OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air muppets collection green glitter

Marks and Spencer Cappuccino New Limited Collection Nude Taupe Greige gold shimmer glassfleck layered OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air muppets collection green glitter

Marks and Spencer Cappuccino New Limited Collection Nude Taupe Greige gold shimmer glassfleck layered OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air muppets collection green glitter

This is one coat of OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air over 2 coats of Marks and Spencer Cappuccino.

What do you think? Do you like to change a manicure with glitter so as to avoid the time and effort of completely re-doing them?

x

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.

MaxFactor Meteorite

I was very much after the lovely Fantasy Fire by MaxFactor, and when I saw there was a 3 for 2 offer on the MaxFactor minis, well, who could resist? Meteorite caught my eye because it’s soo shimmery, a lovely bluey-grey base with silver sparkles throughout:

MaxFactor Meteorite 41 nail polish max effect mini bottle UK spring collection blue silver shimmer purple indigo foil lacquer

MaxFactor Meteorite 41 nail polish max effect mini bottle UK spring collection blue silver shimmer purple indigo foil lacquer

MaxFactor Meteorite 41 nail polish max effect mini bottle UK spring collection blue silver shimmer purple indigo foil lacquer

MaxFactor Meteorite 41 nail polish max effect mini bottle UK spring collection blue silver shimmer purple indigo foil lacquer

MaxFactor Meteorite 41 nail polish max effect mini bottle UK spring collection blue silver shimmer purple indigo foil lacquer

Meteorite is a lovely blue-grey base with silver shimmer. The polish also looks quite purple in some lights. It’s very pretty, very original.

Application:

The photos all show 2 coats, with 3 on my middle fingernail. The polish applied with some dragging but nothing too bad. It covers with 2 coats but there were some bald patches so a 3rd is nice 🙂 In terms of the bottle and the brush, I found it dreadfully fiddly and awkward, and the brush is shaped in a way that makes neat application quite difficult… I won’t even go into the price for the amount you get!

I felt there was something familiar about Meteorite: a few months ago I did a bit of a layering experiment with some 2true polishes. So I did a little comparison for you, it’s definitely worth doing it this way if you can’t quite justify £3.99 for 4.5ml! I layered 1 coat of 2true shade 15 over 2 coats of 2true shade 14, shown on my ring finger:

 

MaxFactor Meteorite 41 nail polish max effect mini bottle UK spring collection blue silver shimmer purple indigo foil lacquer comparison

 In person, it’s pretty much the exact same effect. I think if you were to layer Shade 15 over a darker blue, or even a gunmetal grey shimmer, you would probably get Meteorite but cheaper.

What do you guys think? Something about Meteorite just doesn’t do it for me. It’s undoubtedly a lovely polish but just isn’t really ‘me’.

x

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.

OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air

It’s green, it’s glittery, what’s not to love?! This was another of my ASOS purchases… the first being Rainbow Connection.

I know there’s been a lot of controversy on the blogosphere about OPI releasing too many glitters in the Muppets Collection, and that the glitters released do not give opaque-enough coverage on the nail. Well personally, I love it that way 😛 Layering ahoy!

I’m getting more and more glitter-crazed by the day… what are your thoughts on the matter?

These pictures show two coats of Fresh Frog of Bel Air, layered over Rimmel Forest. Isn’t the last photo stunning? It shows the way my nails looked in bright artificial light (e.g. Tesco) and what I can only presume they would look like in sunlight, only we don’t have ANY! The rest of the photos show how they looked in natural light.

I don’t think that this polish can easily be worn alone as an opaque polish… it would take quite a few coats! I can assure you that it looks incredible layered over black though, and I will try more combinations shortly 😀 The glitter is quite sparse. Over on Swatch and Learn there are some lovely pictures of Fresh Frog of Bel Air worn alone.

The polish dries very quickly, as with most glitters, which is so handy if you’re just topping up a tired manicure after a few days wear as you’re rushing out the door! I love these polishes for the nights where uni has exhausted me or I’m just snowed under with work and I don’t have time/energy to totally repaint my nails. The nice thing about layering it is that it doesn’t result in the polish being so thick on the nails that it just pings off whenever you put on a woollen cardi!

So what do you think my lovelies? I am madly in love with this polish, I’m so very happy with the Muppets glitters!

Before you go – have you entered my giveaway?

Emma x

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.

OPI Rainbow Connection (and layering combinations!)

Sooo… I’ve always been one of those ‘oglers-from-afar’ when it comes to American nail polish brands (purely because of the price), I usually pick out my favourites, put them on a wishlist then realise the wishlist total comes to £100+ and think “Oh my God, step away from the laptop Emma, put your debit card DOWN!”. So it’s quite rarely that I actually buy more than one polish from a collection, and if I do so, it’s usually long after I’ve seen the collection. But then OPI came up with the wonderful glitters of the Muppets Collection and I am on such a glitter kick that of course, I had to have them! That and the fact that ASOS had a 25% for students day meant that I simply couldn’t resist. I bought three of the six glitters in the collection, the first of these being Rainbow Connection.

I wanted to not only show you Rainbow Connection but also what it looks like layered over different polishes. So here we go 🙂 lots of pics btw, hope I don’t crash your browsers!

Click on the pictures to enlarge!

 

1 coat of Rainbow Connection over 2 coats Ciaté My Fair Lady

 

2 coats Rainbow Connection over 2 coats My Fair Lady

So hopefully these pictures give you an idea of how the polish looks alone. As far as I can work out, there are 6 colours involved: orange, yellow, turquoisey-blue, green, red-violet, and silver. There are 2 types of glitter involved – small hexagonal glitter and large hexagonal glitter. It’s important to be aware that this larger glitter doesn’t always lie flat and can catch on things, which is why, every time I’ve worn this, I’ve worn a generous coat of topcoat.

Black: Rimmel Black Cab. White: Barry M Matt White.

Index and middle fingers are both 1 coat of Rainbow Connection over 2 coats of the base colour. Ring and pinkie fingers are both 2 coats of Rainbow Connection over 2 coats of the base colour.

I looooove how it looks on the middle finger!

The coloured glitter really ‘pops’ when layered over the bold black and white – I love this combination, particularly over black.

Thumb to pinkie finger (base colours): Boots 17 Fury, Barry M Spring Green, Barry M Yellow, Missguided Misstaken, Eyeko Saucy Polish.

All shown with 1 coat of Rainbow Connection over 2 coats of base colour.

Thumb to pinkie finger (base colours): Barry M Cyan Blue, GOSH Attitude, Barry M Bright Purple, Boots 17 Pink Grapefruit, Rimmel Your Majesty.

All shown with 1 coat of Rainbow Connection over 2 coats of base colour.

I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely prefer Rainbow Connection over black, white, dark blue, gold, or silver. Somehow the rest just don’t do it for me, but I hope I’ve helped someone in doing this 😛 I did notice, just by the way, that Rainbow Connection does look a lot better over shimmer polishes than it does over cremes, so maybe I’ll do another post on that soon!

I have to say… there’s something about this one that makes me think ‘treasure trove’! I’m not so keen on Fury on its own as it clashes with my skin a bit, but paired with Rainbow Connection it looks ah-may-zing!

Application:  Rainbow Connection itself is those six different colours of glitter (and 2 different sizes) suspended in a clear base. The glitter is rather sparse, but in my opinion, that makes for a rather good layering glitter 😛 it was quite easy to push the glitter into place if you’re that way inclined, but it does give a fairly even spread of glitter. I have no idea how many coats it would take to make it opaque 😛  It did require quite a thick coat of topcoat to ensure that the larger pieces of glitter weren’t semi-attached and ready to cling onto any loose material it could get hold of. The polish dried quickly so the topcoat requirement wasn’t a problem. I did notice that without the top coat, the clear base seemed to dull the glitter almost, and the topcoat certainly brought it to life!

Now I know that this is VERY similar to Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday, some bloggers go so far as to say they are dupes, but after careful research on Google 😉 I discovered this wonderful Happy Birthday vs Rainbow Connection comparison. So for those of you who are wondering, the general consensus is that they are not dupes – the hexagonal glitter in Happy Birthday is considerably smaller than in Rainbow Connection.

This one will be PERFECT for the party season! 😛 I personally loooooooove this polish to bits, and I have had so many compliments on it at university. People have started paying attention to the fact that my nails are different practically every day – haha! Sorry this is a bit of a long, wordy post, I just seem to have so much to say! 😛

Also, kudos to ASOS Customer Services – at the checkout I was only given 20% off but they refunded me the extra 5% off within 2 days of my order!

Hope you are all doing well my lovelies, give me your thoughts on Rainbow Connection!

Emma x

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.