Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Birthday Superdrug! #superdrug50

Hi!

This year one of the champions of the British high street, Superdrug, turns 50! To celebrate lots of iconic brands sold at the store have released special limited edition birthday products, and when I saw Barry M's offering I had to grab it. A pink gelly base (reminiscent of their iconic pink carrier bags, perhaps?) stuffed to the brim full of sparkly goodness, I was utterly wowed when swatches started appearing and when I got it on my nails it just got better. I thought it would be a mare to apply, being so glitter packed, but in fact two easy coats, no dabbing or glitter manipulation needed and a generous topcoat and perfection. I paired it with Barry M Rose Hip Gelly and some stamped roses.






Have you picked up any of the special Superdrug 50th Birthday edition products? There are offerings from Revlon, Sleek, Olay, GOSH and loads more! I think it's great that in the tough financial climate we're in, with so many high street names closing down or going broke (RIP Barratts shoes!) we have something to celebrate! I couldn't imagine a high street without it, so Happy Birthday Superdrug, here's to 50 more years!

Hx
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

GOT polish? Hot pink!

Hi!

Today's Golden Oldie Thursday is feeling hot hot hot! Actually, we have had some sunshine lately, so hot pink was appropriate. After bashing the Revlon polish I used for last week's golden oldie, I actually reached for Revlon again, this time it was a shimmery fuchsia by the name of Strawberry Electric. The last time I blogged about this polish in the good old days of a pink Wednesday I might have mentioned once or twice how much the name annoyed me. Strawberry Electric? It should be Electric Strawberry surely...? Anyway, name aside this polish was actually much better than last week's coral. I used two coats and then stamped with Pueen 68 and konad black. My stamping isn't the best, so I added some black rhinestones as a distraction. Shiny...





Hot hot hot indeed! Not my favourite polish, but a great golden oldie :)

Hx


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Introducing Moyra UK - Swatch and Review!

Hi loves!

Today I have an exciting European polish range that is new to us UK lacquerheads to share with you! According to their Facebook page Moyra is a European nail brand loved by nail technicians across the world for the world class quality, affordable prices and amazing colors. And what an array they have! There is a huge classic range with every basic colour you could every need, and then there are suedes, gel effects, sands, glitter, neons, holos - literally everything you could want and bang on trend too. Today I have a pastel shade, a gel look and a cheeky holo to share with you!

First up is this perfect lilac creme, a must have shade in any collection. The formula on this one is thin, but not unmanageable and I hardly had any clean up to do. Despite it being thin it wasn't at all streaky and here I used two easy coats. I couldn't resist adding a little stamp to this one!




Next I tried the gel look, Nathalie, a lovely shimmery red. It makes a nice change to have a gel effect polish with shimmer, as usually they're cremes. The shimmer in Nathalie makes it look so lush and juicy, I don't often wear red, but this one I could reach for over and over again. This was two perfect coats, with no topcoat. No topcoat, people! Shiny!




Finally the star of the show for me. Luna is a light green holographic polish which, for a budget brand, has the most amazing linear holo rainbow you could ever wish for! Again, two easy coats and no application issues at all. And the stunning result? I could stare all day...






I am super impressed with these polishes, especially at the price point. The pastel and holo polishes are just £3, while the gel looks cost £4, for a full size 12ml bottle. Bargain! At the moment you can purchase from Moyra's Facebook page, with a website coming soon. The range really is huge, so I'm sure there's something you'll love! I'm eyeing up the neon texture polishes next ;)

Hx

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tri Polish Challenge April #3 - Blue, yellow and pink

Hi!

We're mid-way through April and mid-way through the school Easter holidays, so please forgive me if I'm a little cranky! My little darlings have been very demanding and later on we're off to build a birds nest and a fire in the woods. Basically, we're making things with sticks. Such fun! Anyway, I went simple for the TPC today. I had plans for all singing and dancing multicoloured gradients but instead went for a simple accent nail and stamping. Maybe next week... I used Beauty UK Blue Himalayan and Miss Sporty Taxi (incidentally, these were my primary school colours, so I reminisced a bit before I stamped!). The stamping was done with Sally Hansen Insta-dry Speedy Sunburst and MoYou Pro XL 6.





I love the contrast of the bright primary colours here, really simple but eye catching. I've just realised that April has 5 Tuesdays this year, so maybe I'll get that all singing and dancing multicoloured gradient in after all!

Hx



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Monday, 14 April 2014

Back to Barry

Hi!

I just can't get enough of Barry M's latest offerings! I would have them all if I could afford them, but alas I'm broke so unless anyone fancies generously donating to the Helly-doesn't-think-nearly-1000-polishes-is-enough fund I'll have to make do with a select few! Today I chose Mediterranean from the Aquarium collection, a rosy pink/gold duochrome that is so unlike anything else in my stash I don't even know which colour to put it with in the drawers (no mean feat!) I combined two smooth easy coats with 2True Tyra for a bit of glitter. I really think this is a great summer colour for everyone, and a perfect alternative to neons if you're not that brave!






I am loving a bit of Barry at the moment, they've hit everything spot on with their recent releases. Mr M, we salute you!

Hx
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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Green meadow flowers

Hi!

This week over at Adventures in Stamping the challenge was to stamp over green. It just so happens that I had Barry M Meadow from the Silk collection sitting in my untried drawer, and so that was the base I decided on! A super pale pearl green with a semi-matte finish, Meadow is a lovely spring colour that took 2 coats to be opaque. Not my favourite from this collection, but greens never are. I stamped over it with Pueen 39, isolating the butterfly from the larger image for the accent nail. I used Konad black pearl to stamp with and then filled the wings and hollow petals with Sinful Colors Out of this World to give them a bit of shimmery iridescence.





I am desperately low on my favourite topcoat (Poshe, in case you were wondering), and what I do have is thick and bubbly, so please excuse the messy edges. I got a little over zealous with the cleanup brush around the cuticles too... More topcoat has been ordered so normal service will be resumed shortly!

Hx
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Palate Cleanser of the Week! A England Dancing with Nureyev

Hi!

I've not done a Palate Cleanser of the Week for a while, I can't help but faff! But this polish I just had to wear plain, as soon as it arrived! I don't even know how to describe other than simply beautiful, but I guess I'll have a go. Dancing with Nureyev is a purple toned saphire blue holo from A England's Ballerina collection. But that's not it, it almost has a violet duochrome look in certain lights. It's so prismatic and sparkly, I stared at my hands for more than an acceptable amount of time while I was wearing this polish. And the formula is perfection. Smooth and buttery, I used two coats out of habit but you could definitely get away with one. And it doesn't feel thin and show every ridge and bump on the nail like some holos can. I've talked enough, look!







So beautiful even the sun shined for me!

Hx
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