Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tara’s Talons Nail Polish Giveaway

So some of the bloggers invited couldn’t make it to the NWNMEET – boo!

But the lovely Tara has allowed me to offer you lovely people the chance to win a set of her adorable nail polishes – yay!

For those who don’t know Tara’s Talons is an online shop where Tara sells her indie polish and other girlie treats. If you want to check out my previous review of her polishes the post is here.

The prizes

Winner 1 will receive (all 3):

Tara Polish Giveaway

First Prize

Flotsam is a beautiful shimmering blue polish for the perfect sea-themed manicure.

Flotsam polish giveaway

Cloudy Skies is a stunningly subtle grey polish with winks of silver glitter.

Cloudy Skies Polish Giveaway

Hero is ram-a-jam packed full of various glitter pieces in a clear base.

Hero Polish Giveaway

Winner 2 will receive:

Not a custom giveaway

Runner Up Prize

Not a Custom is a ruby glittered bonanza; Dorothy eat your heart out!

Runner up prize

So on to the give away! The rules are simple:

-You must post a COMMENT BELOW stating which polish you most like the look of

-UK only (sorry international readers)

-There will be two winners; one first place winner (3 polishes) and one runner up (1 polish)

-Closing date is midnight on Tuesday 30th September (GMT)

-Winners will be announced 6pm Wednesday 1st October (if the winner doesn’t respond within 24 hours a new winner will be drawn)

Good Luck Everyone!


Painting Rainbows

Hello lovelies,

How are we all today? I hope you’re enjoying the last of this warm weather while it lasts because soon we’ll be back to cosying up for nights in. I am not too worried about being confined indoors for the winter as a lot of my favourite activities involve sitting quietly at home; painting my nails, blogging, reading and crafts! It seems like a lot of fellow lacquerheads are crafters too, whether it’s knitting, jewellery making or cake decorating.

For those who do enjoy polishing and do enjoy crafting today’s post might be right up your street, as I’ve tried my hand at a polish painted jewelled necklace.

Primark necklace

The necklace itself was a Primark bargain at just £4. I chose this one as I liked the jewel design (there was plenty to paint on it) and I also thought the light pink would be a good base colour to paint polish over.

I’d seen similar chunky necklaces painted in a rainbow array of colours and thought it’s exactly the effect I’d want in my own hand-painted jewellery. So out came all my brights and neons for a colourful painting bonanza.

Painting a jewelled necklace with nail polish

Rather than using two or three thinner brush strokes (as I would if painting my nails) I opted for a quicker option of thick polish strokes. This does call for a steady hand but thankfully my years of polishing have honed this skill nicely. However if you are worried you’ll wobble you could always start with jewellery with bigger jewels/stones.

Lacquer painted necklace

Starting with one bright colour, then moving on to the next and the next, the rainbow design gradually built up. I did choose to leave the ‘pearls’ polish-free though because I’m a bit of a sucker for pearls (although I much prefer the real ones!)

And here it is, the finished necklace…

Rainbow painted necklace

If anyone would like to have a go at painting this necklace themselves just let me know via the Contact Me section of the About Me page and I’ll post it on to you (UK only sorry). I would love to see everyone’s artistic interpretations!

Do you have any craft projects on the go at the moment? Do any of them involve nail polish? Is polish painted jewellery something you’d like to try?

LUSH’s Weekly WANT

*not sponsored

Anna Gorelova - Chudo-Udo

Anna Gorelova – Chudo-Udo

Hedgehog in the fog

Afternoon polish-lovers,

Hope everyone had a good weekend. On Saturday morning I met with some fellow Liverpool bloggers for a lovely morning of coffees and shopping before meeting my man to go and see Guardians of the Galaxy. All in all it’s been a nice relaxed weekend.

The highlight of my weekend was bringing home my nailmail on Friday evening and finally getting to see the polish loveliness that I treated myself to with the Rainbow Connection discount voucher I got at the NWNMEET!

I have spent weeks stalking the website to try and get my hands on the Cirque Kontiki collection, and managed to scoop up two of the three, (damn you Dear Dahlia…you will be mine one day!) and will be posting separately on those soon, however what I wanted to show you today was the delectable Hedgehog in the fog* by Dance Legend.

Hedgehog in the fog

For those who don’t know Dance Legend are a Russian polish brand who make all 3-free polish. I first became aware of them when seeing the gorgeous holo polishes they produced. 

Hedgehog in the fog is a wonderfully subtle polish. From afar it is a slate grey creme but up close or in direct sunlight the irridescent flakes wink and sparkle; making this an ideal polish for those who wouldn’t dare wear glittery flakies in the office (shhh, we won’t tell if you don’t)

Hedgehog in the fog sunshine

Grey polishes seem to be having a big comeback lately. Perhaps it’s us lacquer-heads way of rebelling against the brights and neons of summer. Hedgehog in the fog leans a little bluer in these bright sunlight shots but is more of a true-grey in ‘real life’.

Hedgehog nail polish

It was the colour that drew me to this colour but the name was the clincher. We used to have a regular hedgehog visitor in our old garden. At dusk we’d peek out the bedroom curtains to see him wandering around the garden and sneaking under the garden fence. Such a shame we couldn’t bring him with us to the new house.

Dance Legend Grey

This polish is a little sheerer than I’d like. Shown above is three coats. I think if I wear this again I might put another grey underneath to save the precious Hedgehogey loveliness. If you are adverse to VNL (visible nail line) 3 coats is a must!

You can get your own Hedgehog in the fog here for just £8.50. 

*No hedgehogs were hurt in the swatching of this polish

I love my first Dance Legends Polish and will definitely be on the look out for more. Do you have a favourite Dance Legends polish? Have you any recommendations for me?

LUSH’s Weekly WANT

*not sponsored

China Glaze - Westside Warrior

China Glaze – Westside Warrior

After seeing this gorgeous autumnal racing green on Anna Bean’s blog I had to add it to my weekly want. Thank you to Anna for allowing me to use her stunning photo!



Essence polish review

Hi there peoples, how is your week going so far? I’ve been feeling sorry for myself lately as it’s been months since my last polish purchase. With the move happening I put myself on a no-buy but on a visit to Wilkinson‘s lately I cracked and snaffled two polishes into my basket.

Essence Colour & Go

I’d heard a lot about Essence’s UK launch and at just £1.60 each I didn’t feel too guilty about my impulse buy! The polishes I choose are: L.O.L and Party Princess.

Essence Old V New

Essence has actually been available in the UK for a long time. I have a wonderful neon green I bought about 6 years ago from a discount store for 99p called Check me out and I was hoping L.O.L would be a replacement for it. As you can see from the swatch below, when I got it home L.O.L. is clearly a lot more pastel-lime to Check me out’s atomic apple. One thing I do love is that the new Essence bottles click when the lid is screwed on correctly – YAY! No more dried up polish. I wish all polish bottles did this.

L.O.L. Coat One

L.O.L. Coat One

L.O.L. Coat Two

L.O.L. Coat Two

Essence L.O.L.

L.O.L. was sadly not my kind of polish. It was very streaky on the first coat. Perhaps this was because I found the brush difficult, my usual three-stroke technique was tricky. For the second coat I soaked the brush in polish and did one thick coat instead. This worked better but still the polish didn’t level out. You might think I’m asking a lot of a budget nail polish but I think formula should be good no matter the polish brand – what good is a colour you love if it paints on uneven?

L.O.L. with flakie topcoat

To make this more even and wearable I added a flakie topcoat

Party Princess did not fair much better. The bottle promises deep pink, glitter-packed, jelly goodness. What is produced on the nail is a weak imitation. There is plenty of glitter and the shift of colours in this is just lovely but if there’s one thing I hate as much as streaky polish, it’s a visible nail line. There’s always the possibility to use this one as more of a glitter topper but this shade of pink did absolutely nothing for my colouring (making my pale hands look flushed). 

Party Princess

Bottle and nail colour comparison

Party Princess Coat One

Party Princess Coat One

Orange, gold, blue, and green fine glitter suspended in a pink jelly base

Orange, gold, blue, and green fine glitter suspended in a pink jelly base

In Essence’s defence I am probably not their target buyer. I am used to high-end polishes that offer good coverage and self-levelling and perhaps the price point here is more suited to teens who will use their hard earned pocket money to buy these. Also the colours I chose were ones that I don’t currently have in my collection – and the reason for that might well be because they aren’t my favourite kind of colours and don’t suit me!

Have you tried the new Essence polishes? Did you have a better experience than I did?




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