Monday, December 31, 2012

Vintage Vault - Sally Hansen - Twinkle

I'm back after all the christmas fun, I had a lovely christmas, I had plenty of good food, and lots of lovely presents, my boyfriend amazed me by getting me a boxset by my favorite band James with a signed print, I'd ordered one myself, but had to cancel it as money was tight and I wanted to spend it on presents for him and my family instead, I couldn't believe it when I unwrapped it, and was so excited that he'd somehow managed to get a signed print, I can't wait to frame it and put it on my wall. I hope you all had a great christmas too with your family and friends.

Right, enough waffling, onto the polish, I've been waiting for the perfect time to wear todays polish and Christmas time and new year is it, especially as todays polish is a vintage Sally Hansen Christmas polish. :-)

I picked up Twinkle in a joblot from ebay (I posted about it here), out of all of the polishes in the lot it was the one I was most excited about getting as it's so pretty. Twinkle is a clear base (although mine's a little milky) with the most amazing irridescent and multichrome bar glitter that flashes gold, green, blue and purple, it's also got small glitter that flashes gold. This polish really is the bee's knee's.

Sally Hansen Hard as nails with nylon Twinkle swatch

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Revlon - Dripping Rubies

Todays Christmas polish is Revlon's Dripping Rubies, it's a beautiful festive red, and this is probably the classiest polish I'll have on my nails over the holiday period.

Dripping Rubies is a stunning blood red jelly packed with microglitter. I think this might be my favorite red polish, it's such a good red, from some angles it looks like it's a deep but bright red jelly, but when you turn your hand the light catches the microglitter and it sparkles, it's quite a chameleon like it's two polishes in one, I have to admit I did go around waving my hands under lights just to see the sparkle.

My photos do not do this polish justice, it was cloudy and I seem to be rubbish at capturing sparkle in photos, but I tried and underneath are my my best efforts to show you how beautiful this polish is.

Revlon Dripping rubies nail polish swatch

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vintage Vault - Sally Hansen - Festive

Today it's a Christmas polish from the Vintage Vault, it's time for a Sally Hansen Christmas polish called Festive to come out to play. I saw this swatched over at a great blog (which you should check out if you don't follow it already) called The Scholarly Nail not long ago, Jacqui put it over black and it looked great, I really wanted to swatch this myself, and probably would've gone for black as well, but I couldn't improve on Jacqui's swatches so I thought I'd offer something a little different using the same polish instead.

This is one coat of Festive over white.

Sally Hansen Festive nail polish swatch

Sally Hansen Festive nail polish swatch

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Maybelline MNY - 170A Gold Glitter

I hope you've all got your Christmas shopping done, I'm being my usual self and I'm leaving some stuff to the last minute, it wouldn't be christmas without a little bit of last minute shopping! I'm dying to go shopping for myself, I have a huge list of polish I want including three Barry M xmas polishes, and some vintage goodies but I'll have to be a good girl and wait till after christmas.

After the complete blingfest of the last two posts I thought I'd calm it down a bit and have something a bit more subtle but still festive.

I picked out 170A, a gold polish by Maybelline, it's from the MNY range and it's a pale gold base with gold glitter mixed in to give a bit of texture and sparkle.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pink Tease - Diamond Shaped Holo Glitter

In my last post I showed you BYS's Crystal over Revlon's Black Star, after I had taken photos I added another polish on top as I wanted to show you a new polish I picked up from the poundshop last week.

When I was in the pound shop digging through the make-up section I spotted a small box on a shelf which caught my eye, it was a box of Pink Tease glitter nail polishes, now I see a lot of Pink Tease polish and make up at the poundshop, and generally it looks like it's not the best quality and the polishes aren't very exciting so I've never bothered with the brand before, but the glitter polishes looked interesting so I picked two up. One was a green holo glitter, and the other was a holo glitter that was rather unique and I had to get a bottle for my collection. I won't describe it just yet, I'll let the photos do the talking.

Just like the last post this one is photo heavy as well, I hope you don't mind.

BYS - Diamond Collection - Crystal

I've decided to get all festive and have posts featuring polishes that make me feel Christmasy (is Christmasy even a real word?). Now of course Christmas means glitter, so expect lots of it in my posts from now until New Year. :-)

My first polish is from BYS's Diamond Collection and it's called Crystal, it reminds me of fairy lights twinkling away on a Christams tree. It's a cheap market find (£1.20), but I do believe that it should be easy to find for some of you where BYS is sold.

Crystal is a clear base with a mix of two sized of holographic glitter, small and really small, and it really twinkles. There's just something about holographic polish and glitter that I love, I'm like a magpie with the stuff, I think I just love having a rainbow on my nails.

This polish is so pretty I took way too many photos, but I needed to show you the lovely holo glitter, get ready for some photo spam...

BYS Crystal Nail Polish Swatch

BYS Crystal Nail Polish Swatch

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Vintage Vault - Revlon Drama

The best thing about starting a nail polish blog is that it makes me try polishes that I would otherwise overlook, I have a few polishes that just sit there untried, it's not that I don't like the look of them (I wouldn't have bought them otherwise), it's just that there's usually another polish that grabs my attention, I guess I have two types of polish in my collection, the attention seeking ones, and the wallflowers that are just patiently waiting to be noticed, you'll find that a lot of the time the wallflower's are much more interesting than the attention seekers. Well this wallflower has been noticed and will get to have her time in the spotlight. :-)
Revlon Nail Polish Drama

Drama (a pretty old Revlon) is a rich dark plum shimmer, I guess it's what most people would call a vampy shade, which is probably why I've never worn it, I'm not that into vampy shades, but when I do wear one I have to admit I tend to love them, they make me feel all grown up and sensible, not that I'll ever be either! :-)

Anyway, on to the polish....

Monday, December 10, 2012

China Glaze - It's Alive and Ick-A-Bod-y

I had completely forgotten I'd taken these photos of my Halloween manicure, so now they're a bit belated, but I'm posting them anyway.

I've only got about 10 China Glaze polishes and they're all glitters, I really want the latest glitters, but I've got to wait till after christmas to get them.  Anyway, two of my China Glazes are halloween ones, and this halloween I popped them on my nails and took some snaps.

The polishes I used were It's Alive from the 2011 Haunting collection, and Ick-A-Bod-Y from the Awakening collection from 2010.

I love both of these polishes and I couldn't decide which one should be on my nails for Holloween, my boyfriend said I should use both, so that's what I did, I think they work well together.

I couldn't just have one photo of my holloween manicure so here's some more of that glittery goodness, with a slightly arty background. :-)

Sunday, December 09, 2012

November's Nail Polish Haul. :-)

Today we're going to have some bottle spam as I'm feeling lazy, and it's getting hard to do swatches as the light in my house is so bad now it's getting dark really early.

I sold a few old things on ebay last month so I treated myself, my lovely boyfriend got me a couple of things too, isn't he a sweetie. I hadn't got much polish for a few months, so I think I went a little crazy. :-)

Here's pics of my haul, be warned there's a lot!
Revlon Jaded, Nordic Sky & Blush Chrome
Revlon Punk, OPI The Living Daylights, Maybelline Aqua, Purple Rage

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Vintage Vault - Revlon Rio Cool

Yesterday I showed you the super cute Rio Hot that looked like strawberry jam on my nails, well today I've got Rio Cool for you.
Revlon Rio Cool Nail Polish

Like Rio Hot, Rio Cool is from the summer 2001 Revlon Rio Hot Collection. It's another sheer jelly polish with microglitter, and I like it just as much as I liked Rio Hot. The colour isn't as deep as Rio Hot, but it's still pigmented enough to still be green, and it's kinda funky looking which is why I like it, don't take my word for it though, have a look for yourself. :-)

Friday, December 07, 2012

Limited Editions and offers in Boots and Superdrug

After popping into town yesterday for a bit of window shopping, I thought it might be useful to any of my UK readers to know what offers are on polish at the moment as there's some sexy polish freebies doing the rounds. I can't remember all the offers but there's a few comparable offers on at Superdrug and Boots, so hopefully my info will help you know which store you want to go to.

First up it's the offers from Boots.

Barry MFree gift when you spend £6 or more on selected Barry M
Spend over £6.00 and get a free limited edition foil polish worth £3.99. Boots have a Gold and Pink Foil up for grabs. Not sure if you can buy them on their own. The Gold one looks like it's the only one available online.
Free limited edition nail varnish gift when you buy 3 or more Revlon
As the photo says, buy three Revlon polishes (including the Top Speeds) and you get the limited edition Sequin polish. Sequin is from a US collection, and is a layering glitter. Best bit about this offer is that if you buy 3 you only pay for 2, and you get Sequins on top, what a bargain.
Miss Sporty
It's 3 for 2 on Miss Sporty, time to get any you've had your eye on.
Models Own
When you buy any two Models Own products you'll get a free Models Own Nail Art Kit Xmas Gift, no idea if it's any good though, if it is let me know. :-)
It's 3 for 2 time on Maybelline.
Rimmel's are 3 for 2 as well, go grab those Metal Rush polishes, you won't regret it.

Next up is Superdrug...

Vintage Vault - Revlon Rio Hot

Vintage polish alert! I've got a very cute polish to show you today, and for once I can tell you which collection it was from, and what year. :-)

Say hello to Rio Hot, a super sweet red sheer jelly with microglitter.
Revlon Rio Hot Nail Polish

The vague information that I managed to find is that Rio Hot is from the 2001 summer collection called Revlon Rio Hot. The polishes from this collection include Peach Light, Rio Cool, Pink Light and Rio Hot.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Barry M - Superdrug 2012 Xmas Limited Edition Polish

I went into Superdrug yesterday to take advantage of the last day of their 3 for 2 offer on make up, I went in to get some Barry M magnetic polishes that I've had my eye on and that my boyfriend will now be giving me for christmas as he paid for them :-).

Anyway, while looking at the Barry M stand I spotted a shiny new polish on the top of the stand so I grabbed it to make sure no one else got their grubby little mitts on it. Talking to a member of staff they seemed to know nothing about it, and just knew that it was a limited edition for christmas, they said they'd know more today as the new offers and shelf edging would be up. I figured I'd get it anyway as it would be part of the 3 for 2 offer and I really didn't want to leave without it as it looked so pretty

So, let me introduce you to Barry M's Superdrug Xmas Limited Edition 2012 (or SLE 2012 A as it says on the bottom of the bottle), if it has a proper name, can someone let me know, even if it's just called Blue Foil.

Barry M - Superdrug Xmas 2012 Limited Edition Blue Foil

It's a super sexy metallic foil, and it's got a matching lid (like old Sally Hansens), how cool is that! The colour is a turquoise blue with flecks of pale gold mixed in.

I got it on my nails today so I could show you what it's like, here's a ton of photos, first off here it is in sunlight.