Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Born Pretty Holo #12 Swatch and Review

I currently have 2 nail polish obsessions in my life, one of which you have seen and will see more of- Textured, but the other one is Holo's. 

Holo's are absolutely stunning, especially in the sunshine, and when the sun decided to shine yesterday, I had to put one of my newest Holo polishes on. I'm glad I took advantage of it, because it was trying desperately to snow here this morning, I saw tiny snowflakes, and even though I adore the snow, not so great for showing off certain polishes.

The one problem I find with Holographic polishes, is that the good ones tend to be quite expensive because of how desirable they are, however, even though Born Pretty Holo's are the amazing price of  $6.99 (£4.29), you shouldn't be fooled, the holo in them is ah-maze-ing!

I've already had the Purple Born Pretty Holo which you can see here, and I won't stop until I own all of them. 

Holo #12 is a deep green polish with holo glitter throughout, but when the holo is showing, the polish looks almost black.

The formula is pretty good, it applies nicely but did need 3 coats to get rid of some of those little see through patches, although 2 thick coats would probably do the job. 

Its not an incredibly long lasting polish, just about 2 days of normal wear and I got a little bit of chippage. This was without a topcoat, so I recommend using a sturdy topcoat if you want it to last a bit longer.

Even in the shade you can see flecks of the holo showing through.

Removal is easy, and even though it is a green polish, I didn't see any signs of stainage. Also, when cleaning up around my cuticles, it cleaned up nicely and didn't stain my skin.

In the bottle and direct sunlight it gives the effect of an oil spill. It's so pretty I die.

Check out the full range of  Born Pretty Holographic Polish and don't forget, they do free postage anywhere in the world. Plus, you can use my discount code for 10% off, just enter CBAQ10 at checkout.


Monday, 25 November 2013

My First Indie's: Nail Lacquer UK Choose the One and Heart or Love

Whilst browsing Etsy for indie polishes that I couldn't buy because they don't post to the UK, I stumbled across a 'Heart or love' by Nail Lacquer UK. The second picture on the listing was of the polish swatched on Black and I was blown away by how lush it looked, not only that, they were in the UK, so I could buy them. Woohoo.

Of course, I couldn't buy just one, so I had a little browse and decided on 'Choose The One' as well.

They were both 10ml bottles and had cute little hearts on the top of the lid in a corresponding colour. 

So, with my new camera, I decided to attempt some macro shots of them, and although admittedly, not the best macro shots in existence, but it's a start and looks very pretty. 

While on the subject of the camera, I'm still pretty poor at working out all the settings and stuff, along with the lighting in the photo box, so the colouring and brightness is a little off in these photos, but I have taken a few different photos so you can hopefully see the polishes quite well.

I used a base colour of Barry M Gelly Plum, which is a beautiful Autumnal colour and went perfectly with these two polishes.

I wanted to wear these for a few days so I mixed it up a little, on my left hand (pictured above) I wore 'Choose the One on my Thumb, Index, Middle and Pinkie, with 'Heart or Love' my Ring finger.

Both polishes are glitter topcoats with multi sized glitter in them.

 'Choose the One' has tiny, small, medium and extra large Turquoise/Cyan glitter and Medium sized Pink/Magenta Glitter. 

'Heart or Love' has tiny, small, medium, large and extra large Pink/Magenta and Turquoise/Cyan glitters. 

The glitters seem to be holographic as well, unless I'm seeing things of course, but if I'm not, you should see some of that holographic effect in some of the pictures.

On my right hand i decided to use 'Heart or Love' on my Thumb, index, middle and pinkie fingers with 'Choose the one' on my ring finger.

The colours really pop on dark coloured polishes with a dark background.

The polishes work very well together and are very similar once on the nails.  

All pictures show just one coat of Heart or Love or Choose the One. 

Application was really nice and smaller glitter placement was not really an issue, the glitter spread out quite nicely, although, as with all polishes that have larger glitter pieces, the larger glitter did need a little bit of placement assistance.

Normally with larger glitter and because of the curve in my nails, I would get lift on the sides of the glitter, but this was not really an issue with these polishes. The glitter sat nicely atop of my nail and only took 1 coat of Seche Vite to be completely smooth.

The polishes are £6.50 each and you can view Nail Lacquer UK shop on Etsy here
Currently Nail Lacquers Polish sales has been halted but you can still purchase some beautiful custom false nails.

I don't think my photos do these polishes any justice, they are absolutely beautiful and I'm really glad they were my first ever Indie purchase. 


Monday, 18 November 2013

What's in my November GlossyBox?

This months box had the theme of 'The Glossy Wishlist'.

So, what did i get?

Vichy Idealia Life Serum x3: Vichys first skin idealiser, a unique product that helps transform the appearance of skins quality. Helps to protect you skin from the visible effects of stress, pollution, smoke or an unbalanced diet. An all round skin saviour.
RRP: £29.50 for 30ml. I received 3x3ml.

Emite Make Up Micronized Eyeshadow in Dams: Completely free from oil, nickel, parabens and perfume. The pigment is micronized to facilitate application and to create even and lasting results. Ideal for lens wearers or those with sensitive eyes.
RRP: £16.80 for 1.48g. This is a full sized sample.

Yves Rocher France Hand Cream: Protect your hands as the temperature falls with Yves Rocher hand cream. An indulgents scent and an ultra-moisturising formula, your hands will be grateful for this nourishing treatment.
RRP: £1.95 for 75ml. This is a full sized sample.

Elegant Touch Nail Polish Remover Pads: A handy beauty bad must have to remove polish on the go. The elegant touch nail polish remover pads are acetone free and packed with vitamin E and moisturisers to leave nails and cuticles feeling super nourished.
RRP: £2 for 20 pads. This is a full sized sample.

GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Lipstick in Sundown: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick gives an intense long lasting colour to the lips due to a high concentration of colour pigments.
RRP:£6.49 for 4g.  This is a full sized sample.

I haven't done my usual massive GlossyBox post this time round, mainly because of how disappointed I am. I'm not saying that this months box was all bad, but for the last few months, I have been less and less impressed with my GlossyBoxes. 

Last months box was absolutely appalling, and I was kind of hoping, with all the complaints they had over various Social media platforms and undoubtedly some emails too, that they would really step it up this month. This month was definitely better than last month, but not quite hitting the mark like it used to.

For some reason this month, my box took nearly 5 days to get to me after it was dispatched. GlossyBox are not at fault on that, but because I am impatient, I wanted to get an idea of what would be coming in the box. I have said it before, and it is always a mistake checking other peoples boxes before yours arrived, more often than not, you will be disappointed. The boxes can be really inconsistent from person to person. 

The products other people received this month, in my opinion, are more suited to me, and so many people received them, so I don't understand why my box was different. For instance, others received nail polish, I received lipstick. I don't use lipstick but love nail polish and this is on my Beauty profile and has been stated in my Surveys.

Yes, there were 4 full sized samples and yes the 5th item was Vichy and I do adore Vichy products. So that and the Yves Rocher Hand Cream saved the box. 

I really look forward to when my GlossyBox arrives and I know that the have had lulls before, so for now, I'm going to stick with them. Plus, next month is the Christmas box and that one is normally the best of the year. Fingers crossed.

Did you get anything different in your GlossyBox this month? Or Do you subscribe to a different beauty box and how is their consistency?


Saturday, 16 November 2013

The winners are.......

The giveaway ended last night and the winners have been picked.

Katrina Day-Reilly and Emelie Ollila are the lucky 2 that will each receive a Bundle Monster Create Your Own Stamping Plate set. Congratulations lovelies, I hope you enjoy using them.

Thank you to everyone that entered, the giveaway process wasn't quite as painful as I imagined it would be, so keep your eyes peeled as I might plan another giveaway in the not so distant future.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

OPI Emotions Swatch and Review

This pic might look a bit blurry but shows the glitter really well.

I don't know if you know this about me, but I'm quite the fan of Textured Polishes. I've been after a Black one for a while now, but not willing to pay the price of the Nails Inc leather Polishes, and I was kind of hoping Barry M would bring one out in their winter collection, but with no luck on that front, when I spotted OPI emotions, I decided to buy it because they do textured polishes really well.

I used 2 coats in this pic.

Emotions is part of the Mariah Carey 2013 Holiday Collection (See swatches of the whole collection @Polishaholic) It is a black textured polish with matte hex glitter through it, part of OPI's Liquid Sand Collection.

It has a great formula, which applied smoothly and evenly, being opaque in 2 coats and it dries pretty quickly to the sandy texture. Although in these pictures you can't see the glitter very well, when the sun does peek out, as in-frequent as that is, it looks really pretty and reminds me of coal.

Here is a close up of one nail so you can see the texture. It looks really raised in this pic for some reason but it's not really that bumpy and the glitter is what gives it that slightly wet look.

No pics of Emotions with a topcoat, because even with the glitter, when a topcoat is applied, it just looks like a standard black creme polish.

I wore this for 4 days and by the time I took it off I had very minimal corner wear, even after doing the dishes several times, some cleaning and some really hot baths. Of course, as with all glittered texture polishes, when taking it off, it is harder to get rid of than the plague. Very impressed with the wear on this polish.

I bought Emotions from Amazon for £6.25 with £1.99 postage here, and this was the best price I could find it.

I really like this polish and this has now replaced OPI What Wizardry Is This? at the top of my favourites list, so I'll probably be wearing this all Winter now.


Monday, 11 November 2013

Bundle Monster Stamping Plate Organiser

I thought it was only appropriate to show you the Bundle Monster Stamping plate organiser after showing you the new CYO plate collection.

This was one of my Valued Opinions purchases. Valued Opinions has now changed it so the Amazon Voucher is £15, so I had to wait a little bit longer but this was already on my Amazon wish list. I went for the Mardi Gras Purple because it's purrrrty.

There are 3 different colours available, Mardi Gras Purple, Crocodile Black and Bubble Gum Pink. The pink and purple both have a kind of carbon fibre cover and the black, as its name suggest, has like a crocodile skin finish. All of them have the little silver 'b.m.c' logo on the bottom right.

The folder has 84 slots but they are see through so you are able to put the plates back to back, meaning that you can actually store 168 plates, this also makes viewing and choosing the plates easy.

 The slots are made of a durable vinyl so even taking them in and out constantly shouldn't affect the life of the folder. Each slot has a finger sized cutout to make removing your plates easy.

Obviously the folder is made for Bundle Monster plates but can be used for other plates of the same or similar size, for instance, the older Cheeky Stamping Plates fit in there easily. The newer ones however are too big. The cheapy hexagonal plates you can get also do not fit without a risk of ripping the pockets.

This was a great buy for me, my plates were all over the place and some have already been scratched, but no more, most of my plates are now in the same place and protected from scratches. Not only that, but it doesn't take up that much space and can easily slot in between 2 books on a shelf or at the side of a drawer. I highly recommend buying one if you have more than a few stamping plates. 

These are available direct from Bundle Monster for $14.39 each (£9.00) and is available in Mardi Gras PurpleBubbleGum Pink and Crocodile Black.

You can also get these from Amazon, Crocodile Black, BubbleGum Pink and Mardi Gras Purple and these are £15.99 each.


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Bundle Monster 'Create Your Own Collection' Giveaway

As promised, here is the giveaway for the Bundle Monster Create Your Own Plate Collection. You can see my post about the plates here.

This is my first giveaway, so this one is for my lovelies in the UK only.

There will be 2 winners and each winner will receive a brand new, unopened Bundle Monster Create Your Own Plate Collection.

It starts today and will run for 7 days.

Good luck.


*This giveaway is not sponsored by Bundle Monster and the prizes were given to me for winning a Bundle Monster competition.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Back with Bundle Monster CYO 2013 Collection.

I'm back from my long, unexpected blog hiatus and with renewed motivation for my little blog, I decided to come back with what was some good news for me.

That's right, when Bundle Monster ran their awesome 'Create Your Own' competition for their new stamping plate set, I submitted a few cheeky images. I was shocked when I got the email to say I was a finalist and even more surprised when I got the email to say I was a winner and that at least one of my images had been selected. In fact, I was ecstatic, I love stamping and the Bundle Monster plates are always such high quality images with a massive range.

Check here to see the list of all the other winners.

Of course, the best part of having a design chosen to go on the plates was that I would receive a set as a prize, woohoo. 

The plates have been out for a couple of weeks now and I recieved my prize very quickly considering they came from Hawaii to the UK and I'm so chuffed with them. How many of my designs were chosen? 3, yes 3!!!

I haven't had a chance to use them yet, throughout my hiatus, my nails have been naked for about 97% of the time. A small part of my brain was constantly telling me that I needed to do something on my nails and get back to blogging but the rest of me was just like 'meh, I'll do it tomorrow' that went on for a while.

So, I'm going to show you the plates now, I'll highlight which designs are mine using this marker:

You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them if you want to have a closer look at the designs.

This year they come in a sturdy resealable bag so that you have somewhere to keep the plates

The plates are the same size as all bundle monster plates and the images are the same size as the Bundle Monster 2012 collection.

BM-401, BM-402, BM-403
So on BM-401 we have my first image 'I Heart Geeks' and on BM-402 is my little Moustache Monocle guy.

BM-404, BM-405, BM-406
I really like the 'Love Eternity' symbol and 'Thought Bubble' on BM-404.
The 'Drippy' design on BM-405 is a good one because I am rubbish at drippy designs but they can be so cute when they are done right. And the 'Live,Laugh,Love' is my favourite design from the whole set.

BM-407, BM-408, BM-409
Love how the little Bundle Monster guy is on BM-409, so cute.

BM-410, BM-411, BM-412
On BM-411 I love the 'Patch' design, The 'Hugs and kisses' design and the little heart monitor thingy.

BM-413, BM-414, BM-415

My final design on BM-415 is the 'Chipboard', I'm really glad this design got in. I painstakingly created a chipboard design that I really liked, but once I submitted it, I realised that there was way too much detail to look good on a nail, so I thought that was it for that design. Luckily, Bundle Monster liked it too and took just a section from it. so Yay.

Also, how freakin' cute is that little NES controller on BM-415?

BM-416, BM-417, BM-418

Tetris on BM-416= awesome. Splatter print on there too, great for us who can't quite get it right using the straw method.

The little designs on BM-418 are fab. Big fan of the Claddagh design. 

BM-419, BM-420, BM-421

BM-422, BM-423, BM-424

BM-425, BM-426

The LOVE/HATE tattoo design is such a fun idea, definitely one I will have that on my nails at some point.

I think the whole idea of this set is awesome, a 'for fans,by fans' type of thing and I'm absolutely flabbergasted by some of the full size designs, but props to all the design makers, especially to those who had quite a few of their designs chosen.

I've already seen some gorgeous mani's using these plates, and of course, my favourite is one that used one of my designs, Bregje over at Oooh, Shinies! did a lush Circuit board design, which you can see at the bottom of her Bundle Monster CYO post here. She also has a great size comparison guide for stamping plates in the same post. Go check out the post and then have a little browse through her blog, so much talent.

If you would like to buy Bundle Monster CYO Plate collection, or any other of their plate collections, go here. The collections range in price from $11.99-$21.99 (£7.50-£13.75) and they have also started selling individual plates from their collections which are $1.99 (£1.24) each. Postage is cheap and the service is fantastic.

Giveaway: Because 3 of my designs were chosen, I was sent 3 packs of the CYO collection. I only need one, so I am going to be giving away my 2 extra packs. I'm going to put the giveaway up on a separate post just because of how long this post is but it will be up in the next 24 hours so keep an eye out.

Its good to be back.