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NOTW: Models Own Artstix Boogie Dream

I really am like a bit of a magpie when it comes to my nail polishes, anything that is sparkly is a winner in my book. I spoke about my Models Own haul recently here and as part of it I bought two of the Artstix polishes. These are cool polish duos with colour on one end and a bit of sparkle on the other. It’s basically nail art for dummies and I am definitely a dummy with nail art. Below is the pretty combo Boogie Dream, you can buy these from Boots for €9.15.

Models Own Artstix Boogie Nights

Models Own Artstix Boogie Nights

Models Own HyperGel Nail Polish

Models Own Hypergel Naked Glow and Turquoise Gloss

Models Own Hypergel Naked Glow and Turquoise Gloss

I love me a bitta Models Own, I have a small but blossoming collection of their polishes. They’re a great go to for a wide variety of nail colours and finishes. They recently celebrated getting 250,000 likes on their Facebook page by having a half-price sale on all polishes. I of course jumped on the bandwagon early in the morning when the sale launched. The site crashed a few times with the demand but I needn’t have fretted as there was a lot of stock.

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NOTW NYC Raindrops!

Although the weather might not agree it’s technically springtime and as always the pastel colours tend to make a return for spring. I’m not big on pastel clothes, they tend to wash me out but I’m happy to wear any colour on my nails. I spied this lovely baby blue on the NYC counter and sure for €1.89, where would you be going! This is lasting really well for such a cheap polish it’s been two days and only one minor chip. I also bought a minty green pastel which I’m looking forward to trying. If pastels are your thing there are some lovely ones in the range so check them out!

NYC Raindrops

NYC Raindrops

NOTW China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

I was dying to get my hands on this polish for ages after I fell in love with the swatches I saw online. Flip Flop Fantasy is one of China Glazes best sellers so I ordered it before Christmas for my holiday. I was raging because the polish took ages to arrive and I didn’t get it until I was back from my hols. I mainly bought this to go on my toes but fear not I won’t treat you to a picture of my feet,  I’m showcasing it on my fingers. I have tried it on my toes though and it’s a really fab shade for feet that will look great in the summer.

This shade is a bright neon coral cream. My one major gripe about this polish is it’s formula. I’m not an expert at painting nails but I’d say I know what I’m doing and I found this really hard to work with. It goes on quite stripy and if you don’t have enough polish on the brush to do a nail in one go, you will mess it up. The colour looks fab from a distance but you don’t want to get up too close as you can see from my photo! I still really like it for my toes though, nobody will be up close enough to notice streaks and if they are it’s likely I’ll kick them. You can get China Glaze polishes for around €8 online. Have you tried this? Could you get it to go on properly?!

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

Cien Nail Polish Remover

Cien Nail Polish Remover

Cien Nail Polish Remover

Ah I can’t believe I’m writing a post about nail polish remover, very exciting! But I’m making an exception for this product because I really, really like it! I’m sure lots of my fellow beauty bloggers already know about this one or if you do your weekly shop in Lidl you may have discovered it already. Apologies for the photos, my camera wasn’t cooperating with me.

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NOTW Chanel Kaleidoscope

You’re going to kill me but I’m writing about a polish you can’t get any more because Chanel has discontinued it! I had to write about it because I realised it’s the oldest nail polish I have. My friends bought me this for my birthday back in 2008! It’s  as good as new though and still goes on perfectly. Kaleidoscope is a gold/pewter shade with a bit of a shimmer finish. I love it for a classy night time look. I didn’t realise how much of a collectors item the Chanel polishes are, if you REALLY want this you can buy it on eBay for about €100!! Crazy, I like it but not that much! If you like this kind of shade Max Factor Angel Nails isn’t a million miles off it but it leans more silver. What do you think?

chanel kaleidoscope

Chanel Kaleidoscope

NOTW – Christmas Tree Nails!

For the past few years our staff christmas party had involved some vert tacky Christmas jumpers! I decided to up the game this year and have some cheesy christmassy nails for the party. I created this look using masking tape to create the stripes and the tree. The polishes I used included some from  a set of amazing glitters I have from The New Black called The Party Rock set. I used the green, red, gold, white and silver glitter in this look. I have since fallen in love with their polishes. The silver glitter one I used in this look was amazing. What do you think??

christmas Nail art

The New Black Party Rock Set

The New Black Party Rock Set

NOTW – Christmassy Red Nails!

All the December Nails of the Week will have a bit of a festive feel and you can’t beat classic reds for Christmas! For this look I used a combination of China Glaze Red Satin and OPIs Liquid Sand in Magazine Cover Mouse (as in Minnie Mouse, this makes me love it more!). I really didn’t think I would get along with the OPI Liquid Sand polishes but I actually think they’re lovely. They give such an unusual finish, they can really complement a regular polish. What do you think?

China Glaze Red Satin

China Glaze Red Satin

OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

NOTW – Maybelline Brocades Knitted Gold

For December all of my Nails of the Week will have a festive feeling, to give you a few ideas for Christmas parties and nights out! The new Brocades range from Maybelline are a Christmas dream. They’re a range of polishes with a fine glitter base containing larger pieces of glitter as well, that give a really unusual finish. Below is the Knitted Gold shade, it’s just so shiny and glittery and gives different effects depending on the light.It switches from totally gold to rose gold. I’ve also seen red and black versions of this, I think there is a wider shade range in the states but I’ve only seen these.

Maybelline Brocades Knitted Gold

Maybelline Brocades Knitted Gold

Maybelline Brocades Knitted Gold

So Shiny!

NOTW – Ciaté Colourfoil Manicure Set Review!

Ciate Colourfoil Manicure Set

Ciate Colourfoil Manicure Set

One great thing about the blog is now people know just how obsessed I am with cosmetics, I get some lovely beauty gifts. My friend Steph bought me this great Ciaté Colourfoil set for my birthday – thanks Steph! I’ve been dying to get a chance to try it. This is going to be a longer Nail of the Week post as the set really deserves it!

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