Monday, 21 July 2014

Mani Monday: China Glaze Sugar High


China Glaze Sugar High - Natural Light


China Glaze Sugar High - Flash


I'm still not over the bright manis so here's another one for you, China Glaze Sugar High.

This is one of the brightest colours I own, an almost neon candy pink. It's like all things Barbie liquified and made into a nail polish, it's beautiful.

The formula is a little hard to work with, I needed to work very slowly and steadily with it otherwise it kind of lumped together. Having said that, the swatches are two coats.

I let the coats dry a little longer than I normally do just to help with the application process and the final results were great. Much like Flyin' High, this is a creme formula and is super glossy even without a top coat.

Do you have any colours that remind you of your childhood toys? What's your favourite Barbie pink?


Monday, 14 July 2014

Mani Monday: China Glaze Flyin' High


China Glaze Flyin' High - Natural Light


China Glaze Flyin' High - Flash


I'm still hankering for bright manis so today I plumped for China Glaze Flyin' High

This polish was released with the China Glaze Up and Away collection in 2010, which, incidently, was one of my favourite nail polishes ever. Of all time!

The shade is a cross between sky blue and teal, a perfect blend that's bright but not overbearing. The formula is really good, the swatches are two coats. Annoyingly my top coat left some weird dark streaks on my ring finger; I've no idea how it happened but I wasn't about to completely redo my manicure just for that!

I love the creme finish of this colour and the fact it's so super glossy, even without a top coat. It's just a really happy colour that makes me smile because I'm weird and awkward and stare at my nails!

What nail polish colours make you smile?


Monday, 7 July 2014

Mani Monday: Essie Peach Daiquiri and China Glaze Champagne Kisses


Essie Peach Daiquiri and China Glaze Champagne Kisses - Natural Light


Essie Peach Daiquiri and China Glaze Champagne Kisses - Natural Light


For the warmer weather I really fancied a bright mani and since I don't have any neon polishes I plumped for Essie Peach Daiquiri with China Glaze Champagne Kisses on the ring finger.

Essie's description is a "peachy mouthwatering cocktail of a polish is just so refreshing, both fruity-sweet and powerful, it will knock your socks off with fashion flavour". I totally have to agree. The colour is the perfect blend of peach and watermelon and lots super bright and punchy!

The formula is really good, the swatches are two coats. I purchased mine recently so has the benefits of the fatter brush from the diffusion line which makes application really easy. Definitely one of my favourites for sunnier times!

China Glaze Champagne Kisses was released with the 2010 holiday collection. It's a tan, rose-gold glitter with tons of holo glitters throughout. I layered it over a coat of the Essie polish and I wish I hadn't. Even with two coats over the top you can still see the Essie peaking through underneath. Will have to remember for future manis that it really doesn't need to be layered.

Whilst this polish was released age agos you should be able to find it easily online still if you fancied it for your collection :)

What is your favourite summer mani colours? How do you feel about neon polishes?


Monday, 11 November 2013

Mani Monday: Essie Angora Cardi and BeautyUK Posh Polish in Topaz


Essie Angora Cardi and BeautyUK Posh Polish in Topaz - Natural Light


Essie Angora Cardi and BeautyUK Posh Polish in Topaz - Flash


With the festive season just over six weeks away I fancied a more "festive" mani so plumped for Essie Angora Cardi with a Posh Polish in Topaz from BeautyUK.

Essie's description is "deep dusty rose polish and you’ll never want to take it off, it’s one stylish sweater for every fashion season". I totally have to agree. The colour is the perfect blend of rose and dusky-ness and lots super squishy and soft on the nail.

The formula is really good, the swatches are two coats. I purchased mine ages ago so it doesn't have the benefits of the fatter brush from the diffusion line but I didn't have any problems with application. I really love this colour, it's one of my favourites.

BeautyUK have an extended line of "Posh Polish" of which Topaz formed part of the Gemstone collection. BeautyUK's description is "Inspired by precious gemstones, these metallized pastels combine subtle hues with a light shimmer and superb coverage to bring a touch of class to any look.". I love this metallic taupe, I really have nothing else similar in my collection.

The formula of Topaz is also really good, the swatches are two coats. I purchased it from Superdrug when the collection originally launched and I haven't checked my local store to see if they still stock them. It is still available through the Superdrug website here and direct from BeautyUK here though. I'm really pleased with this polish and at £3.49 I could easily stock up on their other glitters!

Have you tried any of BeautyUK's Posh Polishes? Who makes your favourite glitters?


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Makeup: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows


Today I uploaded a video to my Youtube channel to give you an insight into my makeup collection, namely my Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows. Here are some closer shots of the shades I have and a few more details about each one :)

Each either 2.5g or 2.8g of product, I'm assuming it defers depending on the density of the pigment much like MAC pigments. They retail for £17 each, however, I purchased the majority of mine at my local Cosmetic Company Outlet (CCO) or during one of Debenhams frequent 10% off sales so have yet to pay full price :)

I have three types of finish, Shimmer Wash, Metallic and "Eys Shadow"!

The Shimmer Wash finish is described as "sheer, lightly pearlised shadow, which can also be used as a highlighter shade under the browbone".

The Metallic finish is described as "high-shimmer, high-pigment formula applies smoothly and evenly and stays crease free for long-lasting wear".

The "Eye Shadow" finish is described as "silky, matte formula glides on smoothly and blends easily".

The vast majority of shades I have are Shimmer Washes, although I really enjoy my solitary matte shadow. Let's move on to the shades and swatches.

Champagne - Shimmer Wash

Champagne is part of the permanent line and is a light golden peach. A perfect shade for all over the lid in the same vein as MAC All That Glitters. The texture is smooth and easy to blend

Cognac - Metallic (got it wrong in my video lol!)

Cognac does not appear to be available as part of the permanent line on Bobbi Brown's website but it is still showing on Debenhams. It is a metallic rich chocolate brown with red undertones. It’s very pigmented and whilst it has a metallic finish, I do not find it to be too shimmery. It would look amazing on green eyes!

Copper Cocoa - Shimmer Wash

Copper Cocoa, as far as I can tell, is not part of the permanent line. It is a light chocolate-y brown with a shimmer finish and is a light golden peach. The texture is smooth, extremely soft and it is easy to blend

Copper Sand - Shimmer Wash

Copper Sand is also not part of the permanent line. It's a deep golden peach and makes a beautiful lid colour when paired with Copper Cocoa, provided you don't mind the shimmers. The texture is a little harder than the others but it's still pigmented and easy to blend

Fawn- Shimmer Wash

Fawn is sadly a discontinued colour. It is a metallic beige brown with a lot of grey and gold undertones, it's quite hard to describe! I love me a good taupe and this one certainly fits the bill. It works wonderfully by itself with a bit of liner for a rock chick kind of look. The texture is smooth, extremely soft and it is easy to blend

Swatched from left to right:
Champagne, Cognac, Copper Cocoa, Copper Sand, Fawn


Heather Mauve- Shimmer Wash

Heather Mauve is part of the permanent line and is a silver grey brown. It certainly doesn't have any traces of heather or mauve in it! Like Fawn it makes for a great one shadow eye look. The texture is a little hard but it is still easy to blend

Snow- Shimmer Wash

Snow is part of the permanent line and is a pure shimmery white. It's wonderfully pigmented and the shimmer reflects the light beautifully to give a lot of lightness to wherever it is applied. It is buttery soft, silky smooth and easy to blend

Stone- Shimmer Wash

Stone is part of the permanent line and is a beaige-y silver-y brown. Another metallic taupe but more with silver and a deeper almost red toned brown. Again, this one is buttery soft, silky smooth and easy to blend

Taupe - "Eye Shadow"

Taupe is part of the permanent line and is just that, a warm taupe. In the same vein as the likes of MAC Wedge and Urban Decay Naked, this shadow works wonders by itself but it also works well as a "best friend" colour to blend out crease colours. Whilst it has a drier texture compared to it's shimmery cousins, it's still soft and blends easily

Navajo - Metallic

Navajo, as far as I can tell, has been discontinued. It is almost a metallic buttercream colour, a white with a hint of golden yellow. Like Champagne it makes for a lovely lid shade. Again, the texture is smooth and easy to blend

Swatched from left to right:
Heather Mauve, Snow, Stone, Taupe, Navajo


The great thing about Bobbi Brown eyeshadows is they pop out of their plastic casings so you can pop them into a palette. I don't have a palette, nor am I sure I will purchase one, but it's always nice to have the option rather than going through the physical depotting process yourself.

I really enjoy all the shades I've tried so far, have you got any recommendations for others I should look at?


 

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