Saturday, 18 August 2018

Espionage Cosmetics NEXUS: Rags to Riches

The July theme for the NEXUS and NEXUS Literary was Rags to Riches. There are two sets this month that I don't have a clue about, I feel like I should know them but it just hasn't triggered. See if you can get all of them.


Just Breathe: A glossy wrap set with lots of pretty details including gold foil accents and silver glitter. This is one of the ones I am not sure about.

Tomorrow: An adorable combination of red, white and gold glitter, with a full red glitter accent, inspired by Annie.

NEXUS Literary

Sweet Pea: Inspired by The Princess and the Pea, these pretty wraps have foil accents throughout the words.

Lovely Estella: These icy blue and silver wraps have foil accents and full glitter wraps. This is the other one I am not sure on, I have a theory but it's one of those 'if I'm wrong I'll look stupid' things.


Rags to Witches & Wizards: These Harry Potter inspired wraps have part of one of my favourite ever quotes. They have foil accents on the letters and all over some of the wraps and they even feature the Hogwarts Express.

Even though I am unsure on a couple of them, all of the wraps this month were gorgeous.

NEXUS is $15 a month +p&p, subscription packages are month to month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month with the 12 month giving a saving of around $60.
NEXUS Literary is also $15 a month +p&p with the same subscription packages available.
The NEXUS BOOSTER is $12 a month unless you are already a NEXUS subscriber, in which case it can be added to your order for $7.

Each month the NEXUS wrap sets get put to an online vote and the winner of the vote will get put into the Espionage Cosmetics shop. The loser is then, generally a subscriber exclusive but will sometimes be put in in the Mystery Wrap sets.

If you love the idea of getting cool, exclusive wraps to your door every month, then pop on over to subscribe, August's theme is Vampires (ooooooooh, I cannot wait!) and you know there will be some awesomeness in there!

Where to find the Espionage Cosmetics Subscriptions: Shop | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Friday, 17 August 2018

Barry M Molten Metals- 4 New Polishes Added to Range

The Molten Metal range from Barry M is probably my favourite range they have ever done (yes, that includes the Royal Glitter collection) because this range is getting vast and with each release they manage to stay on trend, so I've been pretty excited to see what they come out with. And of course I had to buy these 4 when I saw them on their Instagram.

With this release, 4 new polishes came and they are slightly different to what we already have in the range. Barry M themselves describe them as chrome-effect with a mirror-shine foil finish. 

Each photo is 2 coats with no topcoat. Each polish has a great, light formula that dries fast and to a shiny, smooth finish.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Financial Crisis Nails

We are truly in the darkest timeline so I thought that these Financial Crisis water decals were pretty apt for the times we're in. Plus, I am already feeling all the Autumnal colours, my body is ready for Summer to end.

I got these nail wraps in my recent purchase from Charlie's Nail Art. They are a one sheet water decal that you cut bits from and have to shape and size them yourself. I don't always get on with these sheets because of twitchy mctwitcher but I didn't do too bad this time. I was however a little heavy handed with the Seche Vite, so I did get patches of melting but I love how it looks, it kind of fits with the theme, don't you think?

Of course, this sheet was super cheap at only 89p and you can find them here!

The gorgeous polish I have used is OPI What Wizardry Is This?, it's definitely one of my favourites and I am so ready for textured polishes to come back. Are you a fan of them too?

Don't forget that you can use my code CLPK10 for 10% off your order!

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Slytherin Sweater Nails

Back in May, I posted a few throwback photos to Instagram Stories of some of my very first nail art and I asked if there were any that anyone liked but thought I could improve on now that my skills have advanced a little bit. Daisy (a fellow nerd) said that she liked my Slytherin nails but would like to see how I would do them now. So that is what I have done today.

I think with my original Slytherin nails, I tried to fit too much into it and it just looked overall too busy, in my opinion. So for this mani, I decided to go a little simpler, basing my look on Slytherin cardigans and sweaters. I started with a base of Barry M Cardamom, then I stamped the lines on using Barry M Silver Foil and Bundle Monster BM-411. For the Slytherin badge I used the hēhē plate 027 from the Harry Potter collection and I stamped first using Moyou Black Knight and then on top but slightly off using Barry m Silver Foil.

Instead of having a Unicorn as my preferred Patronus, I used my Patronus from Pottermore, which is a Sparrowhawk, and this was the closest I had in stamps and you can find this bird on the Moyou Gothic Collection plate 01. I stamped it in Barry M Cotton first, then again with KBShimmer PT Young Thing.

I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite and then topped that off with Barry M Matte topcoat to complete the look!

Which Slytherin mani did you prefer? Is there any other nail art that you would like to see me either do differently, or recreate?


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Korres Gel Effect Steel Blue and Peony Pink 

Ugh, I had my bloods done today to watch out for that sneaky brain infection and not only does that trigger my anxiety about it, every time, it's also a pretty tough day in general just because of the walking, the actual blood taking and so on... So, I have some pretty swatches for you today.

These Korres polishes were also sent over by Rhiannon from Sparkle PR and I had barely even heard of Korres before, let alone used them but now I am pretty into them. Lets have a look at why!

The Korres Gel Effect Nail Colours have sweet almond oil to ensure a luminous and long lasting gloss shine for up to 10 days. The colours are super rich, intense and chip resistant.

Steel Blue

Steel Blue is a gorgeous deep, navy blue. The formula is fantastic and applied really nicely, helped of course by the fact that the brush is wide with a rounded end.

The formula has high pigment but did require 2 coats to be opaque.  It dried fast and to a smooth and super shiny finish. It was easy to clean up and easy to remove. I did not experience any staining.

Peony Pink

Despite the name Peony Pink, what I see is an almond nude polish, maybe with a slight lean towards pink but it is barely visible and no one else could see pink in it either. That doesn't mean I don't really love this polish.

Peony Pink is quite sheer and did require 4 coats for this level of opaqueness, but the formula is super light and you can barely notice those 4 coats. I believe this polish would be perfect for jelly sandwiches, are those even still a thing?

It dried fast and to a high gloss finish. It was super easy to clean up and remove.

On the note of the Sweet Almond Oil, my nails did feel a little more nourished after wearing this polish for a few days but it is hard to tell with how much cuticle oil I use. I did however wear this for a good few days without topcoat and keeping in mind that I twitch and hit random things and that we were fixing things in the garden, and it didn't chip once!

The Gel Effect range has 18 nail colours and is also 10-free, these are available for £8 a bottle from FeelUnique, which is not a bad price for pretty decent polishes.

Have you tried any Korres polishes?