Hello lovelies, is anyone else yearning for summer yet? This cold, sludgy weather is really getting me down now. To top it all off I’m now full of cold! *sniff*
To cheer myself (and you lovely lot) up I have a summer polish collection from last year that I forgot to post – the Cirque Colors, Kontiki collection. Now I should start with a confession; this isn’t the whole Kontiki collection. At the time I bought these the pink Dear Dahlia was out of stock. So I treated myself to another Cirque pink, PowWow, which I will also review here.
First up is Midsummer Night. A truly stunning and original polish; this deep jelly blue contains such a wonderful, colour-shifting, micro shimmer that it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. I’ve taken so many pictures to capture the array of shimmering colours it was hard to narrow them down.
It shines orange, pink, gold, green, copper, magenta…shown is three thin coats.
Second up is the shimmery sea-green of Thicker Than Water. Less colour shifts in this one but it really is a magical green – think glistening mermaid tails with winks of gold and emerald. Again three coats creates perfect coverage.
Finally we come to PowWow – NOT part of the Kontiki Collection – but a beauty nonetheless. This is less of a pink shimmer polish and more full-on holographic with it’s bold, spangly reflecions of linear rainbow holo throughout. A real statement polish.
Luckily these beauties are all still available online. I got mine from Rainbow Connection £9.50 each…and worth every penny! If you still wanna check out Dear Dahlia, then The PolishAholic has a great review.
So my trusty cuticle pen finally ran out and I thought I’d try a new one. I much prefer a self-contained cuticle oil that I can carry around in my handbag to use daily as otherwise I forget to apply it regularly. I didn’t want to pay a fortune for it but another challenge was many of the cuticle oils contain Almond Oil, which I am allergic to!
With all that in mind I decided to opt for the Boots own brand, Salon, Nail and Cuticle Oil. Looked pretty basic and at just £6.20 a good deal compared with other brands. It’s a 9ml glass vial with a roller ball on top.
The viscosity (runny-ness) of this oil is similar to others I’ve tried but beware the roller doesn’t limit the amount coming out the bottle; turning the upside down and rolling over your nails will leave you dripping oil down your fingers, hands, arms! You’d soon run out of oil if you use it this way! Less is definitely more with this product. A little massage helps the oil to absorb into the right place too.
After two weeks use I’m really happy with the effect. My cuticles (and skin all round my nail) is soft and healthy looking. Admittedly I don’t have very unruly cuticles so some people may want a more ‘heavy-duty’ cuticle oil but for average nails, that just require a little extra moisture, this oil works well.
What do you think? Have you tried Boots Salon brand products? Do you have an all-time favourite cuticle oil?
I’m gonna start by saying this polish will divide fans right down the middle. It isn’t an easy polish to get along with. Like many non-gloss finishes it takes a bit of painting technique to get a good finish, but for me it was so worth it.
The colours – the Silk Collection comes in 9 colours. The one I chose was Meadow – a pastel blue/green that I totally fell in love with. All the shades are beautiful light and feminine colours which are just perfect as spring approaches. Each of the colours has the wonderful ‘lit from within’ sheen that creates the ‘silk-effect’ as opposed to your average matte finish.
The finish – In these pictures I did three liberal coats of polish. I know, I know, three coats is at least one coat too many when it comes to most polishes but it’s such a tricky finish that one coat looks streaky, two coats look uneven but three is just perfect! One tip I’d give is to make sure you streak the brush right down the centre to finish – even on the last coat the brush strokes are still visible and this will help get an even finish. No need for a topcoat either which will save a little time, and the dry time is also quick.
Availability and price – you can get BarryM online from their own website , or in-store at Superdrug and Boots. RRP £3.99 Just look out for the bow on the bottle lid.
You’ll hate it – if you like to polish and run
You’ll love it – if you’re looking for a reasonably priced textured polish that’s perfect for spring
I have been away for soooo long and just wanted to say sorry, and thank you to those who’ve stuck around.
The good news is I’m pregnant! The bad news is it has completely drained my energy for blogging.
I hope to have a little more energy now I’m in the second Trimester and have already lined up some new posts.
Thanks again for understanding guys 🙂
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!
Winner 1 will receive (all 3):
Flotsam is a beautiful shimmering blue polish for the perfect sea-themed manicure.
Cloudy Skies is a stunningly subtle grey polish with winks of silver glitter.
Hero is ram-a-jam packed full of various glitter pieces in a clear base.
Winner 2 will receive:
Not a Custom is a ruby glittered bonanza; Dorothy eat your heart out!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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)
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’.
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.
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?