Sunday, 16 March 2014

Weekend Mani #24

Woah! That weekend passed mighty quickly, I hope you had a good one!

Following on from last weeks poundland bargains, I have another £1 polish on the blog for this weekend.

Meet Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in 'Bubble Plum'

So first off, the colour, although the name 'Bubble Plum' doesn't quite roll off the tongue, it describes this colour perfectly.  A gorgeous mix between bubblegum pink and a plummy purple, it has a not quite neon 'glow' about it.  I'm in love with this colour.

This is Sally Hansen's foray into textured polishes and there is actually a large shade range of these and they vary between one colour matte shades to others with glitter and sparkle and all sorts.  I now have six in my collection, two of which have that extra sparkle dimension.   

These are really textured, almost  too grainy like for my tastes but that may also be because there is just one dimension i.e. just one colour, to this polish.  a bit of sparkle and this could be quite similar to 'My Current Crush' by O.P.I , see here.

The bottle says to apply two thin coats and I readily agree with that, I don't think you would get away with just one as it is quite a thin polish and also has quite a thin brush.  It dries relatively quickly and has lasted 36 hours with only minimal tipwear.  This is designed to be worn without a topcoat, which I particularly love as I do love me a bit of matte.  This isn't completely matte however, it does have a bit of shine and without a layer of topcoat, it is much easier to remove - bonus!!

For £1 at poundland, I would definitely recommend this if you are a fan of textured polishes.  The colour is lovely, it is very textured and dries quickly.




Wednesday, 12 March 2014

New Bath & Body Range by Liz Earle

Late last week I came home to a rather fancy looking piece of mail courtesy of Liz Earle.

Inside the beautifully designed envelope, there was a magazine which featured the new bath and body range by the brand.

Inside the magazine was a generous 15ml sachet of one of the new body lotions from the range.  The scent was Tiare and Jasmine and I ran a bath immediately so I could try it out afterwards!!

At £14.50 it's not what I would call cheap but Liz Earle often send e-mail subscribers offers for free postage and often do fab freebies with purchases so it's worth signing up for.

On to the product itself, the lotion was very easily absorbed and left a nice silky feeling on my skin which I could still feel the next morning, so thats a plus.  The scent I feel could divide some people, it actually reminds me of the Johnsons Baby Bedtime range which is a scent I really quite like but some may find too floral or soapy.  I find it quite a soothing, femininine, comforting scent.

The magazine was lovely and full of lovely tidbits of information and a good overview of some of the products Liz  Earle has.  I've briefly tried the renowned Cleanse & Polish and do find it rather nice and absolutely adore the Botanical Essence No. 15, if you like Estee Lauder Modern Muse, you need to catch a whiff of this scent!!

Trying this Silky Body Lotion has made me really keen on trying out the other scents in the range and possibly a cheeky wee pamper day purchase!! The other scents are Bergamont & Ginger and Vanilla & Saffron, both of which intrigue me entirely and sound deliciously divine.

The Silky Body lotion contains shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E and has a Creamy Shower Nectar to go with it which is £12.50 for a 250ml bottle.  

All in all, a nice wee freebie with a lovely wee read, the scent is very similar to the Johnsons baby bedtime range so I would try that for a cheaper option if it is the scent that is pulling you in.  Light texture and long lasting, this cream is something I would save for an occasion or a good pamper purely based on the price.

Have you tried any of the Liz Earle range?



Monday, 10 March 2014

Weekend Mani #23

Although I am currently in the midst of some redecoration and have been for a few weeks now, hence the lack of posts, I decided that my nails still had to be done!  I may have had no make up on and my hair was in dire need of a wash but still, gotta be a little bit glam right?!

Meet 'Aquamarine' part of Revlon's Chroma Chameleon Collection.

First things first, this cost £1! One whole shiny pound, I urge you to go to poundland stat! I also got a few other Revlon polishes and a Sally Hansen Sugar coat which I will swatch over the next few weeks. 

This colour shifts from a beautiful sea greeny blue to a slight purple, this colour reminds me of 'The Little Mermaid', years and years ago, there was a nail polish and make up brand on the go called 'Spectacular' and I had about 300 of their polishes when I was a teen and my favourite one was called 'Ariel', this is the closest I have ever found to match that.

This is slightly thin, I used three thin coats for full opacity here, although I'm sure two would be fine if you took care to apply it neatly.  Colours like this with the duochrome effect can show up brushstrokes quite easily. 

The bottle is a good size and it's a nice shape for storing.  The brush is thin compared to the OPI Pro-wide that I'm used to but it was pretty standard and fit my tiny pinkies well! 

This has no topcoat on in any of these pictures.  It is very shiny and has an almost shimmery finish.

Such a vibrant colour.  The colour shift isn't too extreme but definitely enough to make it interesting. 

I was showing a bit of tipwear after sanding and doing other housey stuff so for 48 hours without topcoat, this lasted pretty good!

My mum has already hinted that she would quite like this for her upcoming holiday to Tunisia and I have to agree, this would look amazing on tanned tootsies!

I would like to try this over a purple base to try and capture more of the purple in it and would also quite like to add a few more of these to my stash. particularly 'Tanzanite' and 'Pink Quartz

Hope you have had a slightly more glamourous weekend!!



Monday, 3 March 2014

Weekend Mani #22

It's another OPI weekend.  After a few weeks of not painting my nails due to decorating, I was really in a quandry as to which polish I would pick and so I thought a classic OPI shade which has been sitting untried in my box for quite some time now, was just what I needed to help me get my nail mojo back.

Let me introduce you to OPI Ink...

So hard to capture the complexities of this polish, it is an almost navy purple but has teeny tiny glass fleck particles through it, which, if you catch them in the right light bring a fuschia tone to the nail.   

Tried so hard to capture the almost duochrome effect that the glass flecks bring!  
As with most OPI, the formula was fab, two coats are all that I needed create an opaque finish and the pro-wide brush makes application a breeze.  

There's a lovely glossy finish and although it looks very much on the navy scale, it is definately more purple on the nail.  The glass flecks which make this polish so multi-dimensional is something you find with a lot of OPI polishes and they really do add that extra element.

There's some good swatches here

Once again, OPI hasn't let me down!

Here's the cheapest link that I can find where you can purchase this polish should you fancy it... here at Nail Polish Direct for £7.95 with free delivery.

Have you tried  OPI Ink before?