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.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Models Own - Utopia

Greyed pale pink/lilac creme  



I really thought I'd blogged this one years ago, but couldn't find it anywhere so here it is (maybe again!)

Utopia is a pretty unusual colour that totally works.  I'd say it was a pale pink leaning lilac that definitely has a hint of grey in there that stops it looking too 'standard' if you know what I mean.

Application was ok, although it did take 3 coats and I needed to add topcoat to smooth it all out, but it looks fab after all that!

And could this be the closest polish name to my blog name?!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

China Glaze - Kaleidoscope Him Out

Light blue scattered holo  





Out of sun


Kaleidoscope Him Out is a cool light blue scattered holo. The holo effect didn't show super strong for me it's more delicate to match the base colour.

Swatch shown is 3 coats, no top coat.

Formula on this was thin and very fast drying, slightly sheer hence the 3 coats.

This polish is from the 2006 Kaleidoscope collection, a collection that was discontinued a few years later and rather sought after for a while.  I'm not a China Glaze collector as such, I picked this up in a bargain job lot of China Glaze polishes on ebay.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Hema - 08

Purple shimmer  

 Another un-named polish from Hema, this one does at least have a number, 08.



08 is a pretty purple shimmer (aren't all purple shimmers pretty?!) with fine pink flecks and sparkles.

Ok, so it's not super unique but it's nice.

Application was good and swatches shown are 3 coats, no top coat.