OPI Mariah Carey Christmas 2013 Collection

Ohhh i’m so excited! I just found pictures of the upcoming OPI Christmas 2013 collection.  It’s full of liquid sands, reds and even a new gold top coat ( similar to Man With The Golden Gun) which is white gold and silver :D. This is a big collection with 18 polishes! EIGHTEEN! I haven’t bought an OPI in a while, with so many gorgeous Indie’s to choose from but i have an eye on a few, and i might have to add some of these to my wishlist.

On to some nice PR shots for you all to drool over like i did 🙂

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My Favorite Ornament Make this champagne glitter your new personal favorite.
All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) This marvelous maroon is present-ly my top choice.
Cute Little Vixen This deep red violet has foxy written all over it.
Underneath the Mistletoe Is my kiss as spicy-sweet as this candy-apple red?
 
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In My Santa Suit This generously pigmented red is worth staying on the “nice” list.
Visions of Love I see this rich burgundy in my immediate future.
Warm Me Up This spiced coffee hits all the cold spots.
Wonderous Star This gold-flecked shimmer has heavenly shine.
 
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All Sparkly and Gold What more can we say…the name says it all.
Sleigh Ride for Two There’s only room left for this dark hot chocolate.
Ski Slope Sweetie This golden pearl is everybunny’s favorite.
I Snow You Love Me Just like I snow you love this disco light confetti.
 
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Silent Stars Go By* This blush of textured pink has parades of sparkle.
Baby Please Come Home* Can’t wait to see you…in this textured and sparkling lilac.
Make Him Mine* But make this textured glistening rose mine first!
 
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It’s Frosty Outside* This frosted silver is so icy it’s hot.
Emotions* This dramatic sparkling coal has got me feeling fine.
Kiss Me at Midnight* It’s time to fall in love with this frosted ice blue.
 
Eeeeeekkk, right?! I love the last three liquid sands and the glitters the most. I would imagine most of the reds are dupes tbh. We shall see come christmas time 🙂
 

Different Dimension ‘On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink’ Swatch

I have wanted this for sooo long, but have been relucutant to pay international shipping- UNTIL i finally found a full bottle of ‘On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink’ on a fellow nail addict’s blog sale! This is a polish i have been dying to have-largely due to the Mean Girls Reference.

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Now that my slight obsession with that movie is over ( i’m nearing 20, this is shameful!) on to the polish! I forgot to take a bottle shot, so here i’m using an image i found online.

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I will let you know now, on the left index finger i’ve had a rather painful breakage 😦 , so i may have to swatch with my right hand for a while, which feels strange! Anyway, here are my pictures.

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The second is a much clearer picture! The base is a nude-ish pink with lots of tiny and slightly larger hot pink glitters. It’s pink glitter galore! Yet, still remains looking not too over the top, and something i could consider wearing for work etc ( when i finally get employed). All in all? 5/5. I LOVE this polish!

You can buy from Different Dimension here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DIFFERENTdimension

Taras Talons ‘Curacao’ and Unicorn ‘Stick’ Swatches

Hello! I thought i might share with you today a lovely mani i did last night using two great polishes by my favourite indie brand Taras Talons! I used my ABSOLUTE favourite blue which is called ‘Curacao’ that i bought some months ago. I then topped it with a recent purchase, ‘Unicorn Stick’ which is a very very sheer white with greenish blue squares ( think toothpaste!) and white and hot pink hexes. The use of this over the blue polish made it almost a minty green colour but it still clearly blue. The white base in this polish is so sheer that i can layer it over almost any colour and instead of being white, it just slightly lightens the colour beneath giving it a lovely shimmer.

If you’re not aware of this already, Taras Talons makes one-off polishes, so unfortunately neither of these are available to purchase 😦 ( because i got my greedy mitts on them first muahahaha). However if you browse Taras store on Etsy she has a multitude of polishes and nail art supplies which gets updated every Sunday! I’m aware that she currently has some polishes with Mickey Mouse glitters in them, so be sure to check them out! But for now, here is a swatch of my Taras Talons mani 🙂

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You can buy from Taras Talons here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons

Pastel Stripe Mani

I saw a great mani by Rachel over at Racho’s Nail Love. It was green, yellow and red stripes with a black crackle effect over the top. I thought it looked awesome and decided to recreate it using pink, blue and green pastel shades with white crackle!  I decided i was quite pleased with my stripes so thought i’d show off my mani BEFORE the crackle effect was added as well 🙂

Warning, picture heavy 😉

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These were my three stripe colours. From L-R:  Essie Navigate Her, OPI Pink Friday and Taras Talons Curacao.

Here are my nails when i had finished the stripes and applied a top coat.

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Now, here it is with crackle! The polish i used was a white Barry M Nail Effects Polish

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When finished, i later went back and added a matte top coat over two coats of Seche Vite, i decided the shiny look wasn’t quite working. It looked much better matte 🙂

I hope you liked my post 🙂

 

Getting International Indies in the UK

If you don’t like paying extra for shipping, or simply cannot get your favourite polishes delivered to you, then here are some UK online stores which can help!

The Nail Arcade- A pop up store was created called ‘The Nail Arcade’ and was open for one week only earlier this month. The store is now closed i believe, but The Nail Arcade will be back soon with their very own Indies!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNailArcade?fref=ts

Rainbow Connection UK- This is a store which is opening next month! Just like the nail arcade it will be introducing international indies for sale in the UK. Examples of brands include Lush Lacquer and Smitten Polish 😉

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RainbowConnectionUk?fref=ts

Sally Magpies- Sally Magpies has been around for a while now ( not sure how long) and stocks some great brands including the Australian Picture Polish and Emily De Molly.

Store link: http://www.sallymagpies.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sallymagpies?fref=ts

Other great services for you UK indie lovers include:

-The Nail Polish Directory

This is a list of EVERY nail polish brand available in the UK, the website is still being tweaked but i had a chance to speak to the creator who said that when it is complete you will be able to add polishes from any UK brand to ‘Stash’ and ‘Wishlists’ which sounds great to me 🙂

Website: http://thenailpolishdirectory.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nail-Polish-Directory/150923191746467?fref=ts

I hope some of these resources come in handy!

 

Pocket Money Polishes-Pretty Woman Swatch

I’m a huge Roy Orbison fan so when i found a polish by Charlie based on the song Pretty Woman, i just knew i had to get it! After waiting for it to be restocked i finally snagged it up! This is a beautiful glitter topper,  it has light and bright pink flower glitters, light pink squares and white hexagonal circle shapes. I love my pink nail polish so i loved this as soon as i saw it! I have been known on several occasions to buy nail polish due to it’s name alone…*embarrassed face* however with this one it was worth it! I decided to layer it over Nicole By OPI ‘Up and Kim-ing Pink’ ( from the Kardashian Kollection).

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Hope you enjoy!

You can buy from Pocket Money Polishes here:

http://www.tbeanz.com/PMP/Retail.htm

Nail Lacquer UK and ‘Snow Dreams’ Swatch

Hey, being the silly busy bee i am, i haven’t had a chance to show you a relatively new UK Indie Brand. UK indies are popping up like crazy, yay! For those of you who hate to pay ridiculous shipping fees for indies from places like the US and Australia, these little brands are a great way to get more polish for you money! I have included on several occasions the UK brands ‘Pocket Money Polishes’ and ‘Taras Talons’ and decided it was time to give Nail Lacquer UK a try! There are a few more UK indies i am yet to jump on, but my next Indie Brand review will likely be Nelly Polish.

Anyway, back to the topic in hand. Nail Lacquer UK is a brand which sells on Etsy, and includes lots of the sorts of thing us nail addicts like, including glitter, glitter and more glitter. I ordered a 10ml Grab Bag from the store as i was spoilt for choice for what to get, so decided to surprise myself. I LOVE the polish i received, a lovely sheer off white with small blue glitters and medium-large sized blue circle glitters which are gorgeous! My order also came with some nail art bows which match the polish perfectly, which i thought was a lovely personal touch! The name of this polish is ‘Snow Dreams’ and feels really cool and wintery!

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You find Nail Lacquer UK here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nail-Lacquer/314679331968618?fref=ts

And the Etsy Store here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NailLacquerUK?ref=pr_faveshops

August 2013 Glossybox- Highflyer

It’s that time of the month when Glossybox gets delivered to your door and you let out a little squeal of excitement. 🙂 This months theme is Highflyer, which i assume is on-the-go airplane/boat/car necessities for trips to and from holidays.  

Accoriding to Glossybox this months theme is:

” Filled with beauty goodies perfect for the girl on the go. In line with this month’s theme, we’ve handpicked hero products from around the world, from Sweden to Brazil, to help keep you looking fab during your summer travels”

Let the unveiling begin 🙂

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*drum roll please*

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I’ve been more excited by past boxes however i am super pleased with the Eyelash Curler, i have needed one of these for ages!

I’ll start with the order they are in, in the accompanying pamphlet. First up is:

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TRESemme Platinum Concentrated Treatment Shot

RRP: £1.49

Available at Superdrug, Boots, Tesco and Waitrose

What Glossybox says:

” We asked TRESemme’s Lead Uk Stylish Matthew Curtis what product could transform frizzed out and fried hair into beach goddess worthy tresses: ” Platinum Strength Instant Rescue Shot will change your hair in a way you never thought possible” “

My Opinion: I don’t really go in for all this hair care stuff, but my Mum loves hair oils and treatments so she will appreciate me passing this on to her.

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Jelly Pong Pong 2-IN-1 Shadow/Liner

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Available at JellyPongPong.com

What Glossybox says:

” The perfect multi-tasker for travelling, this creamy 2-in-1 crayon can be used to line the eyes as well as smudged and blended an eyeshadow.”

My Opinion: I’m not too keen on the colour i recieved, it’s somewhere in between purple and brown and looks more like a dark lip liner. I will likely use it as a darker eyeshadow for going out etc. I’ve wanted to try Jelly Pong Pong for a while now so i can’t really complain.

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Emite Make Up Eyelash Curler

RRP: £20 (!!)

What Glossybox says:

” Developed with professional make-up artists for their requirements, the Professional Eyelash Curler has a special curved design to suit all eye shades, without touching your make up base.” 

My Opinion: I’m really glad to have recieved an eyelash curler, especially one worth so much! I’m not so sure this can do better that one costing about £2 but we shall see. None the less, i’m totally impressed.

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Eucerin Aquaphor

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What Glossybox says:

” Clinically proven to support the skin’s own regeneration process, this multi-purpose balm is a cult product in the US. Fans include Beyonce and Megan Fox.”

My Opinion:  I’m not going to lie, if Megan Fox endorsed eating Chicken, i would probably eat it ( i’m vegetarian). I’m a sucker for advertising that way. I’ve tried this out briefly on my elbows and with one use it does seem to be helping the skin to ‘regenerate’. I’m always in need of products like this for when i get a flare up of dry skin.

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Oceane Makeup Remover Pen

Not Yet Available in the UK

What Glossybox says:

” This pen delivers the mobile, mess-and fuss-free-make-up touch-up/removal solution we have always wanted when stuck on planes, trains and automobiles.”

My Opinion: I think this a great idea, i can’t wait to try it out the next time my make up smudges. This is the sort of product i will be keeping in my handbag and using to clean up any imperfections when doing my make up.

Overall Opinion: I’ve had better from Glossybox but the eyelash curler almost makes up for it!  There is only the one product i won’t use and that’s the hair treatment.

Until next month 😉

 

Pocket Money Polishes- I Want Candy

I finally managed to get my hands on I Want Candy when it was restocked! This one seems to go faaast! This is from the Glitter Babies Singles Collection.  I’m also pleased to say that this is a UK indie 😀 

I tried it on over Barry M Lychee, i need to try it over black, i imagine the glitter would really stand out!

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I tried it over a nude as my way of going in for the Neons and Nudes trend.

Hope you enjoyed!