Tuesday, 26 August 2014

I'm back! With a haul...

US haul post  

Apologies readers, I didn't mean to let a month go by but I was on holibobs in Florida for 2 weeks and then straight back into a full-on work project.

So I'm kicking off with my not very big haul from Florida.  I was on holiday with my family (husband and 3 teenage step-kids) so there wasn't much time for shopping, it was mostly theme parks, segways, Kennedy Space Center, airboat rides and gun ranges...

I did manage to get to Sallys, Ulta, CVS, TJ Maxx and Walgreens but actually didn't buy too much nail polish....

First up the bases & tops...

Read good things about this 'daylight' cured top coat.

Bonder is a repeat buy basic for me but I've never tried Gelous or Poshe before -they seem harder to find in the UK

These mini Seche Vite's were only $1.25 in Sally so I bought 8!  They're handy for travel and don't have time to go gloopy!

And some colour polishes...

Nite Owl - I love my taupes and this one has an interesting silver shimmer running through it.

Bargain Sally Hansens from Target IIRC

Star Glitter topper and a leaky Finger Paints (my first)

Sally Hansen - I really like the 'sugar' textured finish and these blues called to me

Another first - SpaRitual - never seen these IRL in the UK.  And a Zoya glitter.  And somewhere there's another SpaRitual and Zoya, but they'd gone walkabout when I took the pics.

I know these are in Boots in the UK but they're cheaper in the US

And a freebie Revlon - I found this under the drawer unit in the villa we rented...!

So not a massive haul.  Maybe because I know how much unswatched I have at a home I managed to restrain myself....  Now I just need some spare time and reasonable length nails to get on with some swatching...!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Nails Inc - The Cocktail Collection - Maliblush

Bright orange creme  

The last of the Malibu Cocktail Collection is Mailblush...

Maliblush is a slightly reddish orange creme

Application and formula were spot on and these swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Sadly despite Malibu holding events where Maliblush cocktails were available I've been unable to find a recipe, so feel free to invent your own with some red/orange ingredients!

The other sweet thing about these themed bottles is on the back they say 'do not consume' and
'enjoy Malibu responsibly'.  I had to laugh at the thought of someone thinking they were tiny bottles of drinkable cocktails....!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nails Inc - The Cocktail Collection - Malibu Mojito

Bright turquoise creme

Here's the next Cocktail, and hooray, it's one that actually made with rum, although not Malibu....

Malibu Mojito is a bright turquoise creme, not quite as green leaning as the pics but it's a close run thing.

Swatches were 2 coats with no top coat.

And again the Malibu site has a cocktail to match, here's Malibu Mojita, made with Malibu Red, which is Malibu with added Tequila - who knew!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nails Inc - The Cocktail Collection - Malibu Cosmo

Raspberry pink creme  

The sun is still shining in my part of the UK so here's the first of 'The Cocktail Collection', a set of 3 polishes that were given away with Malibu, a rum based drink with added cocount liqueur.  Despite liking rum and coconuts, I'm really not a fan of Malibu, too sweet for me!

First up is Malibu Cosmo.  A strangely named one as I love a good Cosmo, but Malibu is not an ingredient, nor is rum!

Malibu Cosmo is a raspberry pink creme, not a madly unique colour, I'm sure I could find a near dupe in my extensive Nails Inc collection!  But it's nice, formula and application were great as you'd expect with a Nails Inc creme.

Swatch shown is 2 coats, no top coat.

I do love the Malibu palm trees overprint.

And for all the Malibu lovers, here's a recipe for a Malibu Island Cosmo

Thursday, 17 July 2014

George Fast Dry - Hoax

Purple fast dry shimmer  

Hoax is a purple shimmer with very fine red & blue glitter

It might be quick dry but unfortunately this swatch took 3 thick coats, and there's still a bald bit on my ring finger.

I like the colour but the formula didn't really work....

One good point is the price point, only £1.75

Monday, 14 July 2014

Zoya - Rica

Orange/coral duochrome foil  

The sun is shining, the sky is blue so I've gone with some summery, sparkly goodness today.

Zoya Rica is an orange/coral foil with very slight duochrome tendencies which brings out the gold shimmer .  It's bright and very sparkly

Swatches shown are 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya does this finish so well that even though orange isn't really my colour it looks amazing!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

H&M - You Rock My World and Creme de la Creme

Gold & silver scattered holos  

My nails being broken and stubby for so long has allowed me to work through a lot of 'old' swatches, here are some H&M holos from 2009!

First up is You Rock My World..

You Rock My World is a silver scattered holo.  Out of the sun it looks like a regular silver polish, in the sun the fine holo isn't super strong but it's there.

Creme de la Creme is a slightly cool gold holo.  Again the holo effect isn't very strong.

Both sets of swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

Application on both of these was good with the very fast dry time often found with holos.