Thursday, 28 July 2011

Accessorize Highlighter Review and Swatches

I have so many lovely Accessorize products to tell you about, so far nothing has diappointed me. Today I have the liquid highlighter to show you. I bought this a little while ago, and have since used it quite a few times and I really like it.

You get a very generous amount (50 ml) for just £7 in a cute tube decorated with butterflies, as always. The product isn't too runny, it's more of a cream, it's not sticky and it blends very easily. You only need a tiny bit to highlight cheekbones or you can mix it with your foundation for an all-over glow. By glow I really mean subtle glow with pinky-gold sheen, the highlighter isn't shimmery or glittery at all. You can blend it out really well, so it will be as noticeable as you want it to. I either wear it alone or blend it with my 17 foundation which is a bit dull, to brighten it up a bit. Gives a lovely dewey glow. Love it and would repurchase it if I ran out. Available from Superdrug and Accessorize.

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Another Semi-Precious Look: With Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow

I wanted to show you another look I created with my new Mac Semi-Precious mineralize eyeshadows, this time it's Rare Find.I really liked this look, it's soft and feminine. Using a pink lipstick instead of purple would make it more work friendly as well. Let me know what you think.

To create this look I used the following products:


Mac Fresco Rose Paint Pot
Mac Fashion Patch Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Pink shade all over lid
  • White shade on inner side of lid and on browbone to highlight
Mac Rare Find Mineralize Eyeshadow in the outer V and crease
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Ransom on lower waterline
Diorshow Blackout Mascara in Black
Mac Brow Set in Show Off


Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation in 020 Cameo
Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium
Mac Pleasantry Mineralize Blush

Mac Flaunting It Kissable Lipcolour

See more pictures after the jump!

Monday, 25 July 2011

I Was Interviewed By Claire At Eyelining Obsessions!

Check out my guest appearance over at the lovely Claire's website, Eyelining Obsessions! Might even learn a few things about me that you didn't know before! :) Plus you get to see how great her blog is, I'm a keen follower and regular visitor over there.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Accessorize Bronzing Block Shade 3 Review and Swatches

I have been meaning to review this for ages, but only just got around to taking some comparison pictures. This product is well worth reviewing though because it is really good. It is described as a bronzing block, but in reality it's actually a blush, and a really lovely one as well. I don't know why it's called bronzing block, but then Bobbi Brown uses the name bronzing powder for some of her blushes.

The bronzing block/blush comes in a pretty flowery box, with Accessorize written on it. The box is slightly bigger than Benefit blushes, but similar style, although the new Bella Bamba now has a flip top, but the old ones have lids that come off. No mirror in the lid, but you do get a small brush. I don't use it, instead I use my normal blush brush. The blush itself is a gorgeous pinky coral colour, really pretty and great for summer. It has a little sheen, but it's not shimmery or glittery at all. Very pigmented, a little goes a long way. It's a decent size at 5.7g and it's really very affordable at £7 (although I think when I bought it, there was a £2 off deal at Superdrug).

I have compared it to some of my coral blushes including Nars Orgasm and Mac Stereo Rose, I think it's possibly closest to Sleek Rose Gold blush, but that one has a lot more sheen to it. You can see the comparison swatches at the end of this post.

Overall I would highly recommend this blush to everyone who likes coral cheeks and good quality blushes at affordable prices. Once again Accessorize did not disappoint.

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Friday, 22 July 2011

My Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette and Eyeshadow Singles Stash

After reviewing Urban Decay's Rollergirl palette, I thought I'd show you my entire stash of Urban Decay eyeshadows: palettes and singles alike. I love Urban Decay's eyeshadows, they are one of my favourites, they are usually great quality, come in loads of gorgeous colours and while the singles are pretty pricey at £13 each (£14 for Deluxe eyeshadows and £15 for Stardust eyeshadows), the palettes are always very good value. Although once you have a massive collection like mine, it's not always worth picking up the palettes as there are a lot of duplicates (I didn't get any of the 3 new palettes: Fun, Feminine and Dangerous due to duplicates). Mind you though, the new 15 year anniversary palette is most definitely worth picking up as it includes 15 brands new eyeshadows! I will definitely review that for you once I have it.  

My entire Urban Decay eyeshadow stash

Anyway, enough with all the talk, have a look at the details instead! Sorry no swatches this time due to the number of items, but I have reviewed a few of these before. Some of my singles were swatched here, Vegan palette here, my Stardust eyeshadows here and Rollergirl palette here.

See pictures of all my eyeshadow palettes and singles after the jump!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Urban Decay Rollergirl Is Finally Mine!

Although it seems the UK isn't getting Urban Decay's Rollergirl sets, I've managed to get my hands on the eyeshadow/lipgloss set thanks to eBay. I would also love the mini nail polish set, but so far I haven't had any luck. Still hoping the sets will make it to the UK, but considering that these are for the summer and it's already mid-July, I doubt it. Still, at least I have the eyeshadow/lipgloss set which is what I wanted most anyway.

The set contains a 4-colour-eyeshadow palette, a miniLip Junkie lipgloss and a travel sized 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Whiskey. The colours in the palette are Woodstock, Verve, Suspect and Darkhorse. If you think you've heard them before, it's because some of them have been released in sets before and/or are permanent single eyeshadows. Woodstock came out as a Sephora exclusive single, but has also been included in the recent Fun Palette. Verve is exclusive to this palette, not available separately. Suspect was included in the I♥NYC Book Of Shadows (which is currently available on the Debenhams website by the way!), but it is not available to purchase as a single. Darkhorse has been included in two palettes: The Naked Palette and also The Feminine Palette. It isn't available to purchase as a single either.

I think this palette is a great, more travel friendly alternative to the Naked Palette, in that it contains 3 neutrals that can create a variety of looks including smoky eyes, but also you can jazz up your look with the bright pink Woodstock. You also get Whiskey eyeliner (also included with the Naked Palette, not available to purchase separately) which is a nice dark brown, less harsh than a black one, and a hot pink lipgloss. The eyeshadows are soft and buttery (Woodstock less than the other 3, but still nice), the eyeliner is smooth and has excellent staying power, and Crush Lip Junkie has a lovely cooling mint scent (for reference, I have not tried it on yet, only swatched it on my arm). The set retails for $32 in the US and is a great value for money considering that it contains 4 eyeshadows (1 g each which is 2/3 of the full sized singles that cost $17 each) which alone would add up to $45, plus a travel size 24/7 eyeliner pencil and mini Lip Junkie lipgloss. Of course it's not that great if you already own half the shades, but I thought that instead of buying Woodstock on its own for £13, I'd fork out £9 more and get Verve and the other two (which I already have), plus a back up for my Whiskey liner and try out the Lip Junkie lipgloss. Would be mad not to, right?

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Another Glitter Crackle Polish NOTD: Nails Inc The City

You might remember my recent very bad review on Nails Inc The Westend crackle polish. This time I have a middling review, although The City is similarly very runny and not very pigmented, at least this one does crackle. Not that well, but it does crackle. In this look I used a pinky white nail polish under The City (Mac Frayed To Order), but I'm wondering if the cracks would've shown up better over a black base.

With flash

Ignore the index finger, the crackle polish went on very thin, so I tried doing a second coat, and well, this is what happened. You definitely need a good amount of nail polish on the brush because you need to do this in one go as much as possible. This is still not the easiest polish to work with, it is very runny and hard to achieve opaqueness with one brush stroke, but at least it does crackle and it is a really really beautiful shade of purple. Hopefully Nails Inc will tweak the formula a bit and then it will be even nicer. £11 for 10 ml.

See more pictures after the jump!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

My Recent Laura Geller Haul

I bought these Laura Geller products from eBay a little while ago, but never got around to doing a post about them with all the excitement about Mac Semi-Precious collection. These are actually from more than one collection although to be honest with you I'm not entirely sure exactly which ones as I tend to pick up bits and pieces from eBay as and when I see them and I've not seen these products pop up on QVC UK yet. Anyway, the products I got are Baked Cheek Dreams Highlighter and Blush in Vanilla Peach Cobbler, Eye Elements Baked Eyeshadow and Highlighter in Amethyst Skies and Baked Marble Eyeshadow/Eye Rimz in Toasty Pink/Berry Flambe. Bit of a mouthful, eh? 

I like Laura Geller products and I'm always looking out for them on eBay. As you know I have quite a collection of blushes (you can see my collection photos here), but I also have lots of baked eyeshadows (singles and duos alike) by Laura Geller. (Do you want to see a post on my Laura Geller baked eyeshadows stash by the way?) They are always high quality and pigmented, and the eyeshadows can be used dry or wet, even as an eyeliner.

So let's look at the products I got in detail. First up is the Baked Cheek Dreams Highlighter and Blush in Vanilla Peach Cobbler. This is very similar in style to the Neapolitan blush I've already reviewed and swatched here as it also has a highlighter, a blush and a contour shade. Neapolitan is a bit cooler than this, but really the only difference is in the blush shade as the highlighter and the contour are pretty similar in both (maybe a tad cooler in Neapolitan, but not much). I like it that the blush strip is slightly wider in this, because although the compact is a pretty good size (9 g), the middle strip in my Neapolitan is quite thin and it's not easy to just pick up the blush unless you use a very small brush. The powder is soft and finely milled, as all my other Laura Geller blushes.

Read  about the other two products and see more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Friday, 15 July 2011

FOTD: Gold, Green and Blue Look With Mac Unsurpassable

I did this look the other day using some of my goodies from Mac Semi-Precious collection, and I thought you might like to see it. I really loved the eyes, especially the eyeliner, although sadly it doesn't show very well in the close-ups, Urban Decay's Distortion added multicolour sparkles to the look. (You can see some sparkles in the full face photos though.) Let me know what you think!

To create this look I used the following:


Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Mac Unsurpassable mineralize eyeshadow
  • Gold veins all over lid 
  • Blue and green veins blended into the crease
Mac Illusionary Burning Ambition mineralize eyeshadow
  • White gold shade on browbone to highlight
  • Brown shade under lower lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Corrupt on lower waterline
Mac Superslick Liquid Eyeliner in Treat Me Nice and Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Distortion on upper lashline
Diorshow Blackout Mascara in Black Khol
Mac Brow Set in Show Off


17 Photo Flawless Foundation in Soft Ivory
Guerlain Poudre C'est Moi
Mac Goldstone Mineralize Skinfinish as blush and highlighter


Mac Dare to Wear Lipglass in Wind Me Up

See more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

My favourite eyeliner pencils

I have a lot of eyeliners. I love them. In fact, I can't be seen without one. Eyeliner and mascara are my two absolute essentials, because my eyes have no definition without them. My eyelashes are short, thin and sort of mousy colour, so without mascara and eyeliner they just don't look right. Also, eyeliners are lots of fun. As much as I like black eyeliners, there are so many gorgeous colours out there, I can always find one to match my mood and my eye make up.

My eyeliner pencils

As you can see, I have quite a collection of eyeliners. My absolute favourite ones are Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils, they are just so smooth, but they don't smudge, stay on all day and come in every colour of the rainbow (except for red actually). I also like Mac Pearlglide Intense eyeliners and when it comes to cheaper brands, Gosh and L'Oreal are my other favourites. So it wasn't too easy to pick my absolute favourites for this post, but actually despite owning this many eyeliners I tend to reach for a very few of them most often, so I went for those.

See which eyeliners I choose after the jump!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

My Mac Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) Collection

As promised in my Semi-Precious Mineralize Skinfinish and Blush Swatch post here are some pictures of my entire Mac MSF collection. I believe I own every MSF ever released except for Comfort which really didn't appeal to me in the slightest, it was just too orange for me. Admittedly some of these are actually way too dark for me, but since they are all limited edition, I can't bare the thought of getting rid of them. Some are also too glittery, mainly the older ones like Naked You and Northern Light, but since I have almost every one of them, I might as well keep them now. I know, I'm crazy...

I didn't realise how many I actually had, but with my newest 4 it adds up to 36! Since there's so many, I'm not going to swatch them all this time, but if there are any requests, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

I do want to highlight the ones that I love and use the most, which are - in no particular order - Light Flush, Lightscapade (which I believe will be re-released in the autumn!), Stereo Rose, Pleasureflush (naturally), Perfect Topping, Petticoat and the newest one, Rose Quartz. These are all lovely highlighters, and on the case of Petticoat, Stereo Rose and Rose Quartz, very nice blushes.

See more detailed pictures of my collection after the jump!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Nails Inc. The Westend - The Glitter Crackle Polish That Doesn't Crackle

Title says it really. Very disappointed in this, because I was really looking forward to a pretty blue glitter crackle topcoat. I ordered this and The City (review to come soon) at the same time as Farringdon which has a different texture to this and The City, much smoother and more opaque. Sadly this in particular is a very runny polish with not a very good coverage, so it's hard to have an even distribution of glitter on the nails and it just doesn't crackle.

If you look really close at the pictures below, you can just about spot some very very slight cracks, but since the glitter is so uneven anyway, it's hard to say what really caused the gaps. And for £11 a pop that is pretty poor. Shame as it is a lovely colour, and it looks pretty cool over a black base (I used Barry M Nail Paint in Black under it), but it doesn't crackle.

I have notified Nails Inc. about this and I believe a lot of other customers have too, and they have offered to replace my glitter crackle polishes with their regular crackle polishes free of charge, plus I don't even have to return these glitter polishes. Still, I would've loved to have some nice glitter polishes...

See more pictures after the jump!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Mac Semi-Precious Mineralize Skinfinish and Blush Swatches

Sorry this has taken me this long, but I finally have the Semi-Precious Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) and Blush swatches to show you. As you know I have purchased all of the MSFs and 2 blushes, I did skip Pressed Amber as it just seemed a bit too muddy and boring (I'm not that into browns), but to be honest, there is such a variety with the MSFs being 2 colours already, I don't think I'll miss it. I really like the two blushes I got, Feeling Flush is nice girly and pink, and Warmth of Coral is a nice peachy colour (not so much coral though). I love the MSFs, especially Rose Quartz which is a lovely pink with amazing multicolour highlighter in the middle. For pictures of all products, please check out my Semi-Precious haul post as I will not include them in here too.

Also, would you like to see photos of my entire MSF collection? I will try to take pictures in the next few days. I last did it over 2 years ago and I have plenty more now, so it's about time I think!

Anyway, here are the swatches!

Rose Quartz (outer ring, inner ring, mixed), Crystal Pink (outer ring, inner ring, mixed) with flash

See more pictures of swatches after the jump!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Accessorize Icon and Merged Eyeshadows Review and Swatches Part 2

As promised, here's part 2 of my Accessorize single eyeshadows. This time I have 5 Icon Eyeshadows and one Merged Eyeshadow to show you. To read about these in more detail, please check out part 1 of my review. However I would like to add that the Merged Eyeshadow in this post is slightly different to the ones I reviewed in part 1. It is possibly my least favourite Accessorize eyeshadow, it is quite glittery and the glitter is a bit more chunky and flaky this time, and there is quite a bit of fall out (only during application though, not afterwards). It's still lovely and I do like it, but maybe don't love it quite as much as the others. The Icon Eyeshadows in this post are the same excellent quality as the others. 

This time I have Denim, Champagne, Molten Copper (Merged), Chocolate Fondant, Mermaid and Sage. All the swatches below were done dry with just one swipe. You can see just how gorgeous and pigmented these eyeshadows are. Once again, highly recommended (just maybe not Molten Copper).

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Friday, 8 July 2011

My Mac Semi-Precious Haul - Part 2 and Fashion Flower Haul

I went to check out the Semi Precious collection in person today, fully expecting to get sucked in by the lipsticks and Cremesheen glasses and walked away with just Unsurpassable mineralize eyeshadow (the one Debenhams couldn't send me). Yep, this is my rather measly part 2 of my haul. :)

It's a pretty eyeshadow though and I'm happy to now have the full set (see my haul part 1 here). And for this not to be such a boring post, I've decided to include my Fashion Flower haul as well. That's not a big one either. I originally ordered Summer Shower lipstick, Alpha Girl beauty powder, Now In Season and Fashion Flower lipgelees, and today I also picked up Budding Beauty lipgelee. I love the lipgelees, they are wonderfully sparkly (except Budding Beauty which is the least shimmery of the 3). Summer Shower lipstick is very unique as it's green/blue, but it's suprisingly wearable as it mainly just gives a sheen and not sull coverage. I have not swatched Alpha Girl because it's got such pretty flower detail, but I will get around to doing it soon.

So this is it for me for this month, so no more Mac haul posts. I will aim to swatch the Semi-Precious face products this weekend, plus I do have plenty other exciting thigs to show you too, so stay tuned!

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Mac Semi-Precious Mineralize Eyeshadow Swatches

As promised, here are the swatches of the new Mac Semi-Precious mineralize eyeshadows I picked up. I'll aim to post swatches of the face products and will update this post with the missing eyeshadow swatch (Unsurpassable) tomorrow. For now, here are the swatches of the 11 minzeralize eyeshadows I own. All were done dry, swatched with my fingers. For more details, please check out my haul post.

Mineral Mode, Hint of Sapphire, Quartz Fusion, Clarity (last 2 swatches) (with flash)

See more swatches after the jump!

My Mac Semi-Precious Haul - Part 1

I placed a rather large order with Debenhams on Monday and my Mac Semi-Precious goodies finally arrived today, so I thought I'd show them to you. They were unable to send Unsurpassable mineralize eyeshadow, so I will have to go and pick that up from a counter tomorrow, and I might pick up one or two lipstick depending on whether I fancy any of them, so that's why this post is titled "Part 1".

As you can see, I got rather a lot of things, in fact I got all the mineralize eyeshadows (but one), all the mineralize skinfinishes and 2 mineralize blushes. I am very happy with everything, I love mineralize products, so this is a great collection for me.

I will post swatches of the eyeshadows later (once I've done all the cropping, watermarking and labelling), for now see more pictures of my goodies after the jump!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Accessorize Icon, Baked Duo and Merged Eyeshadows Review and Swatches Part 1

Today I only have time for a quick post with some more Accessorize eyeshadow swatches (it's my daughter's birthday today and we were busy with her party this afternoon). I actually bought these back in November, but never really got around to swatching them, or even wearing them much actually, which has now changed because I have been trying new looks out every day this and last week with these and my newer Accessorize eyeshadows (the baked ones I reviewed here and here, and there will be one more review in the next few days with part 2 of single eyeshadows).

In this post I have 9 eyeshadows to show you, one of the older Baked Duo Eyeshadows (not available at Superdrug anymore, but you can still find them on the Accessorize website), 2 of the Merged Eyeshadows and 6 of the Icon Eyeshadows. The Baked Duo Eyeshadows (BDE) are pretty similar to the ones I've reviewed before, but in this you get 2 solid colours rather than a mixed one and a solid one. The Merged Eyeshadows (ME) are basically one colour with different coloured veins, much like half of the new duos. The Icon Eyeshadows (IE) are the softest, almost creamy powder eyeshadows ever and they come in a good range of colours. I have another 5 to show you and I think they are all pretty amazing. They don't crease or fade, are very easy to apply and blend, and they're cheap, plus their packaging is very cute. You will see in the swatches below that they are extremely pigmented, all the swatches are one swip dry swatches and look amazing! I recommend them wholeheartedly. They cost £4 and you get 2.5 g per eyeshadow. The Baked Duo Eyeshadows are currently £2.00 (were £4.00) and you get 4.5 g, and the Merged Eyeshadows are £4.5 for 3 g each.

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Laura Geller Baked Eye Dreams in Pink Sunset and Dream Creams Lip Palette in Como

You might remember me reviewing Laura Geller's Escape To The Tropics collection (for the review click here) that included a Blush n Brighten, Baked Eye Dreams Palette and Dream Creams Lip Palette. I believe there is a very similar collection available from Laura Geller, although I don't have all the details, the packaging is certainly the same and some products are too, just with different shades. (The reason why I don't know the actual collection details is because I buy these products from eBay separately, I don't even think we get these in the UK and I find QVC way too overpriced anyway.) This time I only have the Baked Eye Dreams Palette and the Dream Creams Lip Palette because I already own the Blush n Brighten in Como - well mine comes with Portofino highlighter, but all the same. (By the way I swatched all my Laura Geller blushes here.)

Baked Eye Dreams in Pink Sunset and Dream Creams Lip Palette in Como

So I got Baked Eye Dreams in Pink Sunset and Dream Creams Lip Palette in Como. I wore both of these products yesterday and I really like them both. The eyeshadows are nice and smooth, not soft and buttery at all, but they still go on nicely and stay on well with no creasing (I wore them over Urban Decay Primer Potion in Greed). The colours are a bit on the sheer side when swatched, but they are buildable and are actually pretty vibrant when worn. The Lip Palette I find a bit too nude for my taste, but it's just my personal preference, the formula is still as nice as ever. I managed to make it work better for me by applying one of the shimmery shades on top of the more matte ones.

For more information including official descriptions on these products please check out my previous review.

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Accessorize Diamond Sparkle Lipgloss Review and Swatches

Are you bored of my Accessorize reviews yet? Hope not, as I have some really lovely lipglosses to show you. I actually bought these when I first discovered Accessorize make up back in November 2010, and I'm ashamed to admit that I've only just started using them after my second haul a couple of weeks ago. I have so many other lipglosses, these just never got a look in. BUT I have now started using them and I have to say, I am very happy with them. So much so that I bought another shade just last week which I included at the bottom of this post as I took these photos before then.

Mysterious, Captivating, Crush, Forgiven, Diva

So these are called Diamond Sparkle Lipglosses basically because they are very sparkly. Some more than others, but all in all they all sparkly. Other than that they are creamy, non sticky, pigmented, pleasantly scented (similar to Mac liplasses, not sicky sweet and not plasticy as some other high street brands) and moderately long wearing. In the end of the day these are lipglosses and as they're not sticky, you shouldn't expect them to last through your lunch, but without eating they will last 2-3 hours on me which is think is fine for glosses. I got 5 shades initially (as above) and out of the 5 Forgiven, a lovely raspberry pink was the least sparkly. It's also a bit more sheer than the others, but that said I wore it on top of a medium pink Avon lipliner today and it came out amazingly pigmented. Very juicy, shiny, little bit sparkly, but nothing like some of the others. You will see from the swatches below that Mysterious and Captivating are the most sparkly of the bunch, but also Diva is pretty sparkly. However, you don't just get sparkles, you also get a fair amount of colour. You can expect some glitter migration as the lipgloss fades, which I guess may put some people off, so I'd recommend you go for the less sparkly shades. I love Crush, a gorgeous coral pink with medium amount of sparkles for example. I also got Bewitch (see at the bottom of the post) which is a very pigmented medium bubblegum pink colour with not too much glitter.

All in all I think these glosses are well worth checking out if you don't mind a bit (or lot) of glitter in your life. You get 3 ml for £4 and you can buy these from Superdrug or Accessorize.

See more pictures and swatches after the jump!

Mac Semi-Precious is now online at!

Yes, you heard it right! Mac Semi-Precious is now up on! It's due to launch at counters on Thursday, but Debenhams have already put the collection up on their website (Mac hasn't yet got it by the way). So hurry, place your orders and tell me in the comments what you got!

EDIT: Now the collection is also available at!

PS. Fashion Flower is now also available at and!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Finished! The June edition

I'm afraid I only have 3 products to show you this month, although there are another 5 or so products that literally only have 4-5 uses left in them, so expect a bigger turnout next month.

First up is Lancome Genifique, an absolutely fantastic skincare product. I have reviewed this here already, so won't repeat myself, but I still love it and have now purchased a 30 ml size version (this was a gift with purchase). I find that I use approx. 1 ml a week (I only use this at night), so although it's pricey, 30 ml should last a long time.

See what other products I have finished this month!

Friday, 1 July 2011

NOTD: Nails Inc. Aldwych and Farringdon Crackle Topcoat

Firstly, sorry about the messy application, but I was very keen to try these nail polishes out as soon as I received them and happened to have the time to actually take pictures before the chips appeared, so I decided to post them anyway.

Nails Inc. Aldwych with Farringdon Crackle Topcoat (with flash)

Farrigdon is the gold crackle polish I had been waiting for for a long time, ever since British Beauty Blogger wrote about it a few months ago. I ordered it from the Nails Inc. website a few days ago together with The City (glitter purple crackle) and The West End (glitter turquoise crackle).

Aldwych was a free gift with purchase and I'm really delighted with it as it's a gorgeous shimmery peachy pink. It is so opaque, it almost looks perfect with just one coat, but two certainly does the job. It's very shiny and looks really beautiful. I think it's lovely under this gold crackle topcoat as well as alone.

Farringdon is the thickest crackle polish I have tried and it was a bit tricky to apply quickly as I would run out of polish halfway through my nail, so had to go back to pick up more onto the brush. It took a while to dry too, even with a quick dry top coat and I managed to smudge it while cooking. But it is a gorgeous glittery gold and it especially looks amazing in sunshine. I can't comment on staying power yet, but nail polish chips on my nails quickly regardless of brand, so it probably wouldn't be very helpful anyway. The crackle topcoats cost £11.00 each and available from Nails Inc. and other retailers.

See more pictures after the jump!

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