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May 012014 Tagged with , , 1 Response

Instyle 2014 free nails inc

It’s that time again!!! Free nails inc.

Instyle magazine retails at £3.90 and this year they have surprised me. I’ve combed through my nails inc draw and there aren’t any dupes. Ok ok there are some similar, but they are definitely not the same. Lets meet the ladies.

IMG_4816IMG_4817Seems they are Brazilian ladies, and very good looking ones.

IMG_4819 These are all three quick coats, and admittedly on the thick side. Your seeing my sisters nails today. I was impatient and my sisters nails were naked. On the plus side she went with the pink shade for her manicure. Personally I am loving Copacabana coral and Sao Paulo streets.

Now GO GO GO!

Feb 222014 Tagged with , , , , 1 Response

What to expect from tinted nail polish

After a few people expressed interest in seeing the Maybelline sheer tints in action I decided to add a link in the last to an old blog post using them. I’d like to think I’ve improved greatly since that post, so I decided to have a play with them again.

The sheer tints are basically a coloured topcoat, and remind me of water colours. Water colours for nails that’s what I’m calling them. Now I did look into the birch box video showing you what you can with the O.P.I sheer tints, and they seem to be the same concept. Now whilst the birch box showed you them on a white base coat I decided to use a silver holographic base colour.

Maybelline sheerssheer nail polishmani mash upwhat to expect from sheer tints

I decided to do something different on each nail. On my little finger I sponged all 4 shades on, then dabbed some extra on the eye to build up the colour. On my ring finger I applied some random length stripes in orange, blue and berry water. The middle got dots, but the lemon water isn’t too visible. Now on my index finger I started to recreate the birch box video manicure, but mine is more angular. At least I tried. My favourite has to be berry water out of them all.

Hope this post was helpful!

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Nov 092013 Tagged with , , , 8 Responses

Orly star spangled freebie from cosmopolitan

If none of you have realised yet I’m a bargain hunter. That’s why I get so excited when magazines give away brands free. Last week it was glamour, and this week its cosmopolitan. I will admit I wasn’t impressed with colours Orly were giving away free from the promo picture. I went for the gold glitter originally, which ended up being the same as last years nails inc glamour glitter. I didn’t think twice about the red as it looked metallic.

orly star spangled 5mlBoy was that promo picture bad, because this red is a beauty. It’s called star spangled, and is a gorgeous red filled with lots of red micro glitter.

orly gingham

This is 3 coats of star spangled. There were no issues with application. It actually went on like a dream.

orly freebie cosmoFirst thing I did after I had finished was check how much was left in the bottle, and shockingly there is lots left. That was the only downside to freebie it being only 5ml. In all reality though how often do we use a whole bottle of full size nail polish, unless its our favourite.

orly star spangled cosmo

Tonight I have a fancy dress 21st, and I’m going as little red riding hood. That’s why I tried my hand at doing some gingham.

Hope this is helpful 🙂

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Nov 022013 Tagged with , 0 Responses

Kate Spade nails inc Glamour shades: part 2

I fixed the problem! Well I re-found the pictures rather.

kate spade nails inc glamour set

nails inc soho silverThis is Soho Silver. It applied streaky, but as you can see it self settled pretty well with minimal streakiness showing. 3 coats were used.

glamour 2012 v2013These rest of the swatches are shown as comparison’s to last years free shades.

big apple redThe red on my index finger Is the new shade called Big Apple Red which is slightly dark toned to St James which is one my middle finger. Big Apple Red applied smoothly with a glossy finish. Shown is 2 coats. If you own last years shades you don’t necessarily need this years shade of red.

new york noirNew York Noir was somewhat of a surprise, as I didn’t expect it to be black. It applied glossy and provided full coverage in 2 coats. New York Noir is on my index finger, and Motcombe Street is on my middle finger. Motcombe Street is a tealy based black/dark navy. There is only a slight difference, which the camera struggled to pick up.

cotton pad This is the only way I could figure out how to show you the differences. New York Noir is on the left, and Motcombe Street is on the right.

Overall the collection is a bit hit and miss for me personally. The metallic’s are my favourites. For £2 each they are bargain, and a great ready-made collection for beginners.

I hope this post was helpful 🙂

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Nov 022013 Tagged with , 0 Responses

Kate Spade nails inc Glamour shades

It’s that time of year again when Glamour magazine gives away free nails inc shades. Now I did have all four shades swatched, and 2 comparisions, but they aren’t all on my memory card :,(.

kate spade nails inc glamour setIn order from left to right: New York Noir  (glossy black), Uptown Glamour (gold metallic), Soho Silver (silver metallic), and Big Apple Red (glossy red).

All colours are different from last years free ones, but if you weren’t super picky about shade variations I would suggest you only need uptown glamour and Soho silver.

These are quick dirty swatches, so no clean up was involved.

uptown glamour nails incThe metallics shocked me as I expected them to very streaky like some of the foil line are, but they are a kind of low key streaky I can deal with. It’s more of a muted soft gold bordering on champagne. Upon removal I noticed its base town on the cotton wool pad was brown. This is without topcoat.

kate spade uptown glamour nails incIt is a great addition to my nails inc family, and for £2 it’s cheaper than a hight street polish.

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