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Christmas Nails!

It’s been ages since I’ve written a nail post! I have my work Christmas Party this week so I like to do a bit of festive nail art. I used lots of tape and glitter polishes from The New Black and OPI to get the look below. I also used star nail charms that I got in Penneys. Loving the Penneys nail range at the moment. This took me about an hour to do so it does take a bit of patience! What do you think? Do you have the patience for nail art?
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NOTW: No7 Gel-Look Shine Polish Fuschia

There has been a plethora (big word for a Friday) of gel type nail polishes launched over the last year or so. I picked up one of the No7 ones recently with one of my many many Boots vouchers. This shade is called Fuchsia, it photographs more red for some reason but it’s pinker than the photos show.  I really love the colour of this but I’m not convinced of the gel look of it. If anything I found the polish to go a little dull after a day or so. It goes on really easy in one coat and is a pretty colour but if you’re looking for thick looking gel shine, there are polishes that do this better, like the most brilliant gel topcoat in the world that I spoke about on Monday here. Also at €9.99 they are not the cheapest but if you have a money off voucher they’re definitely worth it.

No7 gel look shine polish bottle

No7 gel look shine polish

Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer, Seche Vite Dupe?

Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Coat

Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Coat

I was recently reminded of the brilliance of this when one of my favourite bloggers Vicki from Lets Talk Beauty was singing its praises. Essence have only recently launched in the UK so the ladies over there are only getting to appreciate the budget amazingness that is Essence. One of my favourite products from Essence and one of my favourite nail products overall is their Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer.

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NOTW: Makeup Revolution Adore

It’s Nail of the Week time! As part of my bumper Makeup Revolution order here, I was restrained and ordered just four nail polishes while my sister ordered two. One of the shades was this purple beauty called Adore. This goes on quite easily, it went totally opaque for me in two coats. I expected it to be a more delicate purple shade, it goes on more purple that I thought but I still really like it. I added a few dots as an accent nail, I really need to expand my nail art techniques!! The Makeup Revolution polishes are a bargain, they cost just £1/€1.25 and come in 40 shades! What do you think?

Makeup Revolution NOTW Adore Makeup Revolution NOTW Adore Bottle

NOTW: Leticia Well Nail Polish 437

A friend of mine was on holidays in Spain and came across this bargain brand of nail polish. She kindly let me borrow one to put it to the test. This is a bright coral neon that goes on pretty opaque in one coat. The bottle has a lovely wide brush so it’s easy to paint nails quickly. This is such a great shade for summer and will look great on toes as well. The polish lasts well, it took three days before I started to see a bit of wear with this. Amazingly these polishes cost just €1! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for these whenever I’m next in Spain! Have you tried these polishes?

Leticia Well

Leticia Well Bottle

Essence Gel Nail Starter Kit!

Essence Gel Nails At Home

Essence Gel Nails At Home

I’m such a sucker for innovative beauty buys and if it’s nail related I’m all over it. I love gel nails but the thing that really puts me off having them done is how difficult they are to remove. I feel my nails are wrecked after and that it’s not really worth it. You’re also limited to one brand and the colours can be expensive if you want to do them yourself at home. Well I think I might have found a solution…

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NOTW: Formula X Liquid Crystals in Solar Flare

Agghhh I love this and you can only get them in the US, I want all of them now! This polish is just amazing, the kind that you keep staring at. It goes on opaque in two coats and it has such an unusual finish. It’s like a cross between a glitter, sand and foil polish. This shade is a lovely pink toned red with flecks of gold throughout it. I don’t think I’m describing it too well but hopefully the pictures below will do it justice. The finish is just really eye catching and I’ve been wearing it three days without a hint of a chip. These cost $12.50 and I urge you to buy some if you are stateside and buy some for me!

Formula X Solar Flare

Formula X Solar Flare

Formula X Solar Flare

Formula X Solar Flare

 

NOTW: Essie Romper Room

Mam kindly brought me back a few polishes from Florida as she is well aware of my nail polish obsession. This polish is part of the Essie Spring 2014 collection and is called Romper Room. I had gone years without trying Essie despite it being a much loved brand. I eventually bought one last year but I wasn’t totally won over by it. This polish might have just converted me over though. I love a good opaque pink but have struggled to find one I really love, I think this might just be my new favourite polish. It goes on streak free in about 3 coats. I’m not the best with creamy opaque formulas but I think I did pretty well with this. What do you think?

Essie Romper Room

Essie Romper Room

Essie Romper Room

Essie Romper Room

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel – Lavender Soap

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish Lavender Soap

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish Lavender Soap

Since I first saw these on British Beauty Bloggers site before Christmas I have wanted one! Nobody loves a nail gimmick more than me, anything that involves textures, smells, stickers, magnets and the like will be a bit of fun in my book. The parfumerie collection landed in Boots last week and of course I pounced when I saw them on the counter!

The parfumerie collection contains 20 scented nail polishes that range from fruity to spicy to flowery and fresh. I chose the delicate Lavender Soap shade as there was only a choice of five shades on my local counter and this one appealed to me the most. This is a delicate light lilac shade with a heavy pearl finish. I think it’s really pretty for spring. What’s more is the smell is exactly as described – Lavender Soap. It only smells once dry you won’t sniff it by opening the bottle. I must look really odd today as I keep randomly sniffing my fingers! It smells really lovely and fresh, kind of like the Yankee Fluffy Towels candle which I love.

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish Lavender Soap

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish Lavender Soap

I really wish I had smell-ternet and I could send you the smell of this but we haven’t invented that yet. Just trust me these are lovely and I’m going to buy more! You can pick them up in Boots or online for €8.99. What do you think?