Friday, 13 December 2013

Simple Nail Art - Barry M Lychee and Vanilla

So I've has very Christmass-y nails the past few days but it was taking up a bit too much time. I finally decided to do something simple for this week until I go all out with the sparkle next week.

Keeping it neutral I picked my favourite of the Barry M matte shades which is Vanilla and the similar gel shade of Lychee.

I used Vanilla as my base and then took my brand new dotting tool and used Lychee to place a line of large dots down the centre of the nail. I'm not the best with nail art but I love this colour combination and the matte contrast against the shine of the gel. I've had so many compliments on these and the usual question of "where did you get your nails done".

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Cutest Christmas Earrings Ever!!!

We all see those Christmas earrings this time of year, you know the ones that are all sparkly and shiny and oh-so-tacky and the ones that will most probably turn your earlobes green. I love Christmas but for everyday wear tacky just isn't a good look, so imagine how excited I got when I saw these!

Adorable right? Christmassy but not at all tacky, the snowflake ones are probably my favourite but I love all three. The best bit? These are only £2.99 from H&M.

Another little treat came in the post today. I've shared my love of quirky jewellery on here before so when I saw this beauty on ebay I just has to have it. This was on my finger within seconds of being delivered and I'm in love already!

Again this one was a bargain at £2.99! eBay is probably one of my favourite places for jewellery because there's always something that's a little bit different and it's never expensive!

What's everyone else's favourite places for jewellery and accessories?

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Eylure Individual Semi-Permanant Lashes

As soon as I use these I knew I was going to have to do a post about it.

I'm such a huge fan of false eyelashes... in theory. I'm not sure if I have weird shaped eyes or I'm just not good at the application but false lashes never seem to quite fit right one me. I've tried and failed more times than I can count. So I'm a huge fan of them, but only on other people. After getting tired of wasting my money on lashes I'd never wear I decided to venture into what I thought would be the scary world of individual lashes.

I figured Eylure was a pretty safe brand for my first try and so picked up the mixed pack of individual lashes in black. 

This pack comes with 3 different lengths. The pack suggests using the short for inner lashes, the medium for the centre lashes and the long for the outer lashes. The long lashes were never touched by me, they were just too long and this is from someone with reasonably long lashes to begin with.

Rather than length I was looking for a bit more volume. I ended up placing 3 to 4 short ones on the centre lashes and 3 to 4 medium ones on the outer lashes. I was SO happy with the results and the application was easy peasy. Just grab a pair of tweezers, cover the end of the lash with glue (make sure you use a generous amount) and stick them as close to the lash line as possible without actually attaching them to the lash line. These attach onto the actual lashes rather than the eyelid. 

Here's the results (excuse the quality I wasn't home when I did this so handy iphone camera is all that was available):

So the above is the results with no mascara. Best thing about these lashes, those pictures were taken the morning after the lashes were applied. The lashes are semi permanant and include a solution to remove them, these lashes lasted a night of sleep, a day at work, a Christmas party with a lot of cocktails and the long sleep which followed. Pretty impressive right?

Being individual lashes these can obviously be applied to give a more or less dramatic look than the one I was going for.

This is definitely my new favourite product for a big night out. I've been raving about them ever since. 

P.S - I promise I don't have a black eye, the iPhone camera is just very unforgiving to my early morning eyebags haha.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide - Watches

So I've given myself a headache with my Christmas shopping this past week. I've been racking my brain trying to think of presents everyone would love and with absolutely no inspiration Christmas shopping might have turned into me buying myself presents to reward myself for at least trying. Now that I'm pretty much done though I thought I would share a little bit on inspiration in hopes of sparing someone else the confusion I went through.

Personally I love a good watch, I'm not much an accessories person other than earrings but a watch is something I can't live without. It's a recent obsession but it really has become a strong one! My go-to watch it my lovely little gold Casio but  have a growing collection, so here's some ideas.

For the glamorous girl

1. Armani Exchange Smart Metal Watch - £165
This beautiful stainless steel gold plated watch from Armani Exchange is the perfect gift for the girl who loves a bit of sparkle but doesn't want anything too over the top. I love the gold face with the stone set dial and I like that it's a slightly larger size watch. Simple but definitely glamorous.

2. Vivienne Westwood Gold London Watch - £245
Vivienne Westwood has some seriously beautiful watches right now and this is one of my personal favourites. Simple but stunning with the gold bracelet strap and the signature Westwood orb on the face. A gift for high fashion lovers for sure.

3.Moschino Cheap & Chic Yes I Will Gold Watch - £135
This could well be my favourite of the four "glam" choices! It may have less gold than the rest but the unique design more than makes up for it! A grey metallic leather strap with a large round gold dial and plain white face. Sounds boring right? Until you see that beaut of a gem on the side. I absolutely adore this and this is the one that's on my Christmas List.

4. Micharl Kors Camille Gold Watch - £499
Without doubt the most expensive of my choices but it's not hard to see why! How stunning is this watch? I love watches with the curb bracelet design anyway but add to that the oh-so-sparkly all over gold pave crystals and you have my heart. I could never justify spending this much on a watch but if anyone was to buy it as a gift then that'd be fine by me.

The classic girl:

1. Olivia Burton Colour Crush Red Patent Watch - £55
I love Olivia Burton watches! They're so simply but always so pretty. The patent red strap on this with the simple gold dial and white face is perfect for everyday wear, so simple and such a classic design you could wear this for years.

2.Olivia Burton Exclusive for ASOS Hummingbird Watch - £68
Unfortunately this beautiful watch is now sold out, not surprising with that gorgeous hummingbird on the face. That plus the black leather strap make this the ideal gift for a girl who loves to keep it simple without being boring. Sadly I didn't see this watch until it was too late otherwise this would be on my wrist as I type.

3.ASOS Cupids Bow & Arrow Rotating Watch - £22
I'm happy to add a bit of a cheaper watch into the mix, even though you'd never be able to tell. From ASOS this watch features a brown leather look strap and an adorable rotating cupids bow and arrow on the dial. Classic with a twist. 

4. Vivienne Westwood Orb Black Leather Strap Watch - £185
Another watch here that will last the decades. I'm a massive Vivienne Westwood fan as it is but these watches have made me almost obsessive. This watch looks so simple upon first glance but then you have the beautiful signature gold orb at the top end of the strap. Another for fashion lovers, especially as there's not an outfit this won't match.

The quirky girl:

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Critters Zebra Watch - £165
This watch is quite possibly one of my favourite things ever! The Marc by Marc Jacobs Critter watches are so unusual and so cute and so me. I just love the eyes and the zebra print and think it looks great against the bright blue strap. If you're looking for a gift for someone who likes nice things but is just that little bit different this is perfection!

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Critters Mouse Watch - £165
Another of these watches, I could easily have included all four (the other two are a white cat watch and a black dog watch) but wanted a bit of variation so chose my favourite two. I can't lie, I don't look at this and think 'mouse' but it's OK because the ears make up for everything. Imagine having this little cutie on your wrist, it would be impossible to be sad.

3. ASOS Ears Boyfriend Watch - £25
It may not be quite as out there as the Marc Jacobs Critters watches but my oh my is this bargain of a watch still full of quirky charm. A simple gold plated bracelet strap watch... with ears! I seriously think this is adorable, so much so that I've actually ordered myself one.

4. ASOS Rotating Bow Tie Watch - £22
Another bargain beauty here, very simple but full of character. The bow tie in the middle rotates with the hands of the watch. So perfect for anyone who wants something attention grabbing on their wrist without being forced to spend a fortune.

So that's me for now. I plan to forward this post on to family and friends in the hope that someone wants to buy me one haha.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

My Main Thrill in Life is A Makeover

What better way to start than with a quote from Clueless. A couple of days off and my Christmas shopping being pretty much done means I had time for a little blog makeover. Due to my complete lack of graphic design skills it's nothing too fancy but I have to say, I kinda love it!

I can't wait for my first real post with this new look!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Nivea Lip Butter

Nivea Lip Butters are probably one of my favourite products of this year. I know so many people who's go to lip product is good old Vaseline but to me Vaseline was always quite greasy and seemed to sit on my lips rather than to settle in and soothe them.

I had absolutely no idea what Nivea Lip Butters were like in terms of quality, my sweet tooth was simply attracted by the Caramel Cream flavour. I've had this for quite a while and surprisingly I have almost finished it. This is surprising because I never ever get to the end of lip balms. Mainly because I carry about five in my handbag at any one time, am I the only one that does this?

Since I was almost at the end of my Caramel Cream flavour I decided to pick up the Vanilla and Macadamia one too.

First of all I love the packaging of these little lovelies, more than that though they smell amazing. The Caramel Cream flavour smells so good and so sweet that it actually makes me hungry! The Vanilla and Macadamia one also has a gorgeous smell just not quite as sweet, so if you're not a sugar addict like me then you might prefer this one.

So far we have good packing and beautiful smells, but it doesn't stop there. I've tried every kind of lip balm and this is without doubt the best, at least for me. Unlike Vaseline it doesn't seem to just settle on my lips, the moisturised feel lasts for a good couple of hours even in this horrible cold weather and it makes my lips look lovely and smooth without looking too shiny. This winter is the first winter in a while that I've never had sore lips and I put that down totally to this.

I know Baby Lips is a lot of bloggers favourites and I own a few and I like them enough but in terms of doing what they're actually meant to do and that's moisturise, Baby Lips can't even come close. These are slightly cheaper than Baby Lips but, at £2.25, are a little bit more expensive than Vaseline. Definitely worth the price though, they last forever and you'll never have sore or chapped lips again.

Has anyone else tried these or have any other lip balm suggestions?

Friday, 22 November 2013

Sleek: Blush By 3 - Pink Sprint

Just a quick review of one of my recent haul purchases, the Sleek Blush By 3 palette which as the name suggests contains 3 blushes. I went for the Pink Sprint one because I always use a pink tones blush unless I have a tan and as I don't use sunbeds I'm seriously doubting I'm picking up a tan any time soon in gloomy old London Town.

As always the packaging is lovely. I'll always say this, Sleek products without question have the best packaging out of all drugstore brands, Always Sleek (pun intended) with lots of matte black which I just love.

The Pink Sprint palette contains three blushes; Pinktini, Pink Ice and Pink Parfait.

(L:R - Pinktini, Pink Ice and Pink Parfait)

I can't lie, they looked very scary to me when I first opened the packaging, especially Pinktini. However, although very pigmented they are easily blended so don't be scared.

Pinktini is a pink almost raspberry colour which has a slight... sheen to it? It's not a shimmer but it's not perfectly matte. Now I tried this on me and it is too dark for me. When reading this though bare in mind that I am pretty pale and this wasn't extremely dark and will probably work when I have a tan but for these cold winter months, I'll be staying away from this colour.

Pink Ice is a bright, blue based matte pink. Another scary looking one as it looks almost neon but this applies beautifully. Gives a lovely pink flush and applies smoothly. I can definitely see me using this one day to day but still not my favourite of the three.

Finally we have Pink Parfait which is a deep rose pink with plum undertones. This is most definitely my favourite. This is my go-to daytime blush from now on! It applies perfectly and looks natural while still being very pigmented.

 With flash

Without flash

I bought this palette looking for a more natural, daytime blush. The only Sleek blush I owned before this was Rose Gold which as we all know is amazing! It wasn't right for a daytime look for me though but Pink Ice and Pink Parfait are definitely going to do the job! Overall another solid purchase from Sleek.

Has anyone else tried this or any of the other Blush By 3 palettes? 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Mid Week Mini Haul

So I haven't been having the best week at work this week and so to cheer myself up I did a little bit of shopping on my break. Here's what I picked up.

I have very thick and sometimes somewhat frizzy hair, I never ever style without a good serum. My old one had ran out and as it was nothing special I decided to try something new. I've heard good things about this one so I'm hopeful. It's also on 2 for £5 offer with other VO5 products in Superdrug at the moment, which brings me onto my next purpose.

I had a haircut yesterday and while I really like it I was looking for something to help give it a little bit more movement now that I have more and shorter layers. I added this to my roots, massaged it in and pushed the hair up a little and I can honestly say I was so impressed with the results. It really did add volume and having never used a product like this before I was definitely pleasantly surprised. 

Ever since I got the Face Form palette from Sleek I've been wanting to try more of their blushes. The blush in the palette, Rose Gold, is so beautiful but I wanted a matte blush without any kind of shimmer for daytime. As I personally prefer a pink blush I decided to just try a Blush By 3 palette in Sweet Cheeks. I'm not even going to lie, I opened this and thought I'd made a massive mistake! They looked so bright and so dark I thought they'd never suit me. A quick try with all of these though and I soon realise I needn't have worried, I do have to be a little bit careful when applying the two darker/brighter shades in the palette but once blended correctly they look great and apply nice and evenly.

I'm having a really hard time with my current foundation at the moment! I've been using Healthy Mix Serum for well over a year now but lately it just hasn't been agreeing with my skin. It doesn't last more than a couple of hours even with primer and powder and its showing up any slight dry patches where it used to be moisturising. So since I'd already picked up two other products and Superdrug still have the 3 for 2 offer on cosmetics I searched for a foundation. I had actually tried this before but it was long before my beauty product days. Back in the days when I didn't even know it was possible to apply foundation with a brush and when primer and powder weren't even on my radar. I thought I'd give it another go now I'm a bit more savvy when it comes to this kind of stuff. I've had a quick go and so far so good, the shade match is perfect for my pale winter skin and since this time I used a brush it doesn't feel caked on which was the problem I had with it the first time.

It's been a surprisingly long time since I bought any new Barry M nail products, I saw this sparkly little number and had to have it. If you're not a fan of glitter polish stay well clear but if you are I'm sure you'd love this. Tiny pieces of multi-coloured glitter sparkle so much when the light catches. Definitely going to be my Christmas polish of choice.

Finally a trip to Boots got me this much blogged about little beaut! I've heard mainly good reviews on this but a couple bad so I was very excited to try this for myself, especially with how tired my eyes have been looking lately. Well... I am most definitely impressed. So easy to apply, doesn't set into creases and definitely lives up to the description of being a "heavy duty under eye concealer".

This little mini shopping trip did the job of cheering me up. Now I'm thinking I should try and stop spending so much! I've said it before, having a Superdrug right next door to my workplace will be the end of my financial stability!!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday Shopping: Mini Superdrug Haul

So I spent my day off today Christmas shopping for family and friends, had to pick up a couple of treats for myself though so as well as picking up some serious studded gladiator sandals I had a quick trip to Superdrug.

I've been after this for a while but for some reason I always seemed to forget to pick it up. Well today I finally remembered that I wanted this and with good timing too as there was a third off making it only £3.32. Haven't used it to take off a full face of make-up yet as I don't tend to wear a lot just for a day of shopping but it removed my mascara with no problem, much better and much gentler than other eye make up removers. Can definitely see this being a lifesaver when I'm trying to remove heavier make up after a long night.

I was in desperate need of a new evening mascara especially with the party season coming up. I still haven't found my perfect mascara as I need volume more than length and evening the ones that claim to be "volumising" don't seem to do the trick. Haven't tried this yet but hopefully this one might just do what it says on the tin.

I only recently started using powder and I can't believe it took me so long. I don't even know why it took me so long! Anyway, the powder I was using prior to this was an MUA one, nothing special but did the trick. Since that one is running very low I decided to try this one, I'm a huge fan of Bourjois foundations and have been using Healthy Mix Serum since it was first released. I picked this up in a shade lighter than the Healthy Mix Serum I use as I'd seen from reviews that this can apply a little dark. This powder feels so smooth and smells so good that I really can't wait to try it tomorrow morning. I'm sure a review will be coming soon after as I have huge expectations for this.

No description needed for this I'm sure. No other nail polish remover has touched my nails since this little beauty was released. So quick and easy and lasts forever.

So there's a couple new products for me to be trying out over the next few days.

Oh, and while I'm here lets just take a moment to appreciate my other little gift to myself.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Brow Kandie: Professional Designer Stencils

I've been so unhappy with my brows lately, I just couldn't get them even and I couldn't get the shape I wanted and nothing seemed to be going right. So today while I was looking for the new MUA Luxe lip velvets (posted about below) I had a quick browse in Superdrug to see if there was anything to help me. The main product I was seeing was the wax strips, not something I was interested in. I've had them before and I never like the shaped ones, they just don't fit right. Then, hidden away in the corner, I saw these brow stencils. Exactly what I was looking for, this way I could shade and tweeze to my way to the perfect brows. At least this is what I was hoping for, and I can honestly say I wasn't disappointed.

 I'd never heard of this brand before so wasn't too sure what to expect but as it was only £4.99 and I was getting desperate I thought why not give it a go. It contains 10 different stencils for different brow shapes, I knew immediately which one I wanted but obviously everyone is different.

I'm sure you can see from the above pictures which one I chose haha. They're very simple to use, just place over the brow and fill in with your chosen powder. Now, because my brows were very messy and such a problem I used a very dark powder with my chosen stencil and then tweezed away stray hairs. Once I washed this off I used my normal, lighter powder over my chosen stencil. Can honestly say it's the best my brows have looked and my workmates were convinced I'd had them done at the beauty salon before work.
Obviously with this I would just say be careful to use the right shade powder and be careful not to use too much, nobody wants those slug looking eyebrows. Personally I used my powder very carefully and then brushed it through when I was done. Overall a very handy little product to have and I can now say, for the first time in weeks, that I'm extremely happy with my brows.
These stencils can be purchased from Superdrug, although I can't seem to find them online, for £4.99  

MUA Luxe: Velvet Lips

So you all know I've been away from the blogging world for a while due to having no laptop. I had a free evening yesterday and so I spent hours and hours looking at all my favourite beauty blogs to see what I'd missed, imagine my excitement when I came across MUAs new range, the Luxe collection. Now as pretty as all the glitter palettes looked glitter just really isn't my thing unless it comes in the form of a nail polish. My main excitement was their Velvet Lips products.

I've been wanting to try Lime Crimes Velvetines for a while but because I wasn't sure if that kind of product would work for me I just didn't want to spend that much. So when I saw Velvet Lips my heart skipped a beat, £3 each! Even if I never wear them other than to show you in this post £3 is a massive bargain especially when you combine that with Superdrugs current 3 for 2 offer. I picked up three shades today for just £6, I would have had the other shade but it was sold out. I managed to get my hands on Kooky, Funk and Atomic.

First of all the packaging on these is lovely! Usually MUA packaging is the most basic of basic and being so cheap it's not really something I'd ever critique them for but these little tubes are so much better than anything they've done before. I find the outer cardboard casing a little pointless but it does add to the "Luxe" feel. The tubes are just simple frosted glass with black lid and gold writing, making it look and feel so much more expensive than the £3 these actually are.
Now onto the product itself. The first shade I wanted to try was Kooky, it's a blue based deep purple colour. I've been wanting to try a purple for so long and this didn't disappoint. I found it quite difficult to apply evenly but I'm hoping this was down to my inexperience with velvet lip products and also due to my lack of lip prep. The shade was exactly what I was looking for and surprisingly wasn't at all drying. In the pictures you'll see that it's a little patchy but don't let it put you off, I was so excited to try that my prep consisted of a slick of lip balm then straight on. With more time and a liner I think it would be fine.

Without flash:

With flash:
Next shade is Funk, a bright pink. Easiest application out of the three, found this one much easier to apply evenly (although as seen by my pictures, needs a liner). It's a nice, bright shade but was probably my least favourite of the three. That's simply down to personal preference though, I'm not a fan of bright pinks on me and there just wasn't anything that wow-ed me about this shade. That's just me though, if you're a fan of brighter pinks I'd definitely recommend this as it's got serious staying power and isn't drying. Also when it comes to "drugstore" products I don't think there's many matte pinks around so it's definitely worth a go if that's what you're looking for.
Without flash:
With flash:
Finally we have Atomic. Wasn't sure what this shade was going to be like when I saw it in the packaging so I got a bit of a shock when I pulled the applicator out of the tube. It looks very, very bright! That's not a bad thing to me though I love bold and bright lipsticks! It's an orange/red colour, probably more orange than red in person but I'm not sure that my pictures fully picked this up. I absolutely love this colour! Same application problem as the first colour in that I found it hard to get even coverage but with a little more time I'm pretty sure it'll apply just fine. Also a side note for any light eyed girls (blue or green), this will seriously bring out the colour in your eyes! I have very very pale green/blue eyes and this really made them stand out.
Without flash:
With flash:
Overall I'm really impressed with these, obviously you need to make sure your lips are free of dry skin and as you can probably tell from these pictures liner is essential but they're more than worth the £3 you pay. If you like the look of these I'd suggest getting down to Superdrug while you can, firstly because they're selling out very quickly and secondly you may as well do it while the 3 for 2 offer is still on.
Has anyone else tried these?


Monday, 11 November 2013

Bourjois Shine Edition: Mauve tabloid

Well after 3 weeks I finally have a new laptop. Had such difficulty in actually getting the thing delivered I started to doubt it was ever going to happen! It's finally here though so finally I can get back to blogging.

I had a night out a couple of weeks ago and since it was just before payday, rather than treating myself to a whole new outfit, I just grabbed a new lipstick. This is something I always do, I don't know why but if I can't afford something new to wear I just feel like I need something I haven't worn before. I think it kinda makes sense haha. Anyway enough with the blabbering. The new lipstick I picked up this time was Bourjois Shine Edition.

It was something a bit different for me as I don't usually go for shiny/glossy lipsticks for a night out but for some reason this one caught my eye. I picked up Mauve tabloid shade number 25. This is a deep purple/pink with small glitter particles. It looks a lot more brown in the packaging rather than when its applied.

First of all I have a little problem with the packaging, I'm not sure if it's the mirror of the lid or the large blue/green writing but something about this I really don't like. It just looks a little bit cheap. That said, it's a decent enough size to fit in your handbag so for a "drugstore" product I can't really complain too much.

The product is slightly slimmer than my usual lipstick choices but there is a decent amount of product and it actually applies much better than I thought it would.
The colour of this isn't quite as pigmented as I was expecting but I was really happy with the result. Being the dedicated blogger that I am I had a few cocktails whilst wearing this, just to see what the wear was like obviously not for my own enjoyment, and I only had to top it up twice throughout the night. Here's pictures of the product compared to my bare lips. Excuse my dry lips, today was a cold day haha.
Here's the product on the lips without flash:
And then with flash:
Overall I would definitely recommend this product, I'm thinking of trying out a few other colours in this. It's very moisturising yet it still has very good staying power. It applies easily and doesn't bleed at all even without liner. Has anyone tried the other colours in this range?


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Bargain Post: Crystal Polish Sets

Now first of all I apologise in advance for going back in time with the quality of these pictures, my laptop decided to break on me so all I have is my phone.

Under stress and with tiredness affecting my brain I have however ordered a brand new pretty shiny white one which will hopefully be delivered on Friday and I can finally get the layout of this blog finished! Anyway, back to the point of this post.

I was wandering around a shop called B&M (imagine half pound shop half furniture store if you can) and stumbled upon these. Now before I go into it, these were 99p each so I'm not even going to bother discussing the packaging, for 99p I'm just glad they didn't pour it directly into my hand and ask me to carry it home myself!

These sets consist of two small bottles, one being a base colour and the other a flaky top coat in a colour to compliment. Being so cheap I picked up all 4 colour combinations that they had.

The first was a black base and a top coat of holographic and white flakes.

Before the negatives with this one I have an amazing positive, the consistency and application of the black base colour was amazing, so smooth and PERFECTLY opaque in one coat. The pictures below are just one coat of this stuff, I was pleasantly surprised as for this price I was expecting a runny 3-coater of a formula. Now the negatives, the flaky top coat is so ridiculously thick that even as someone used to glitter polishes with tricky applications I found this a nightmare to apply. Don't think I have ever come across a formula as thick as this one, it's so bad and so unlike the others I'm actually wondering if I picked up a dodgy batch. So here's the outcome after some painstaking placement attempts with these flakes!

If the formula of this top coat was better and I was able to get a better placement with the flakes I'd quite like this for winter, almost reminds me of snowfall at night.

Next they had a deep red/berry base colour with a gold holographic flaky top coat in an orange jelly.

Once again super impressed with the base colour, opaque in one coat and alone it's quite the lovely shade for Autumn. Then we have the flaky top coat, application on this one is loads better than the first one. Applied fairly evenly and very little fiddling with the placement. Once again the base colour in the following picture is just one coat.

I kinda love this one and I'm not sure why. I couldn't pick up the multiple colours from the holographic flakes but they are seriously pretty. I think this is a good little party and, dare I say, maybe even Christmas polish.

The next is a cornflower blue base colour with a bright blue holographic flaky top coat in blue jelly.

I'm repeating myself I know but once again the base colour is easily a one coater and is also a very very pretty shade for Autumn. I love blues and with the hundreds of polishes I have this colour is nothing like any of the others I have. The application on the top coat for this isn't quite as bad as the first black and white one but it's also not as easy as the berry shade, the flakes in this seem to be a lot denser than the berry shade and so messing around with the placement does get more than a bit annoying and if I'm honest it's not really worth the time.

Slightly disappointed with the top coat on this one but glad I bought it for the base colour alone. The problem with the top coat is that they look holographic in the bottle but once on the nail you really can't see it and it left me feeling very, for want of a better word, blah.

Finally we've got an olive coloured base with gold flakes. No holographic flakes in this one just pure gold.

£5 to the person who can guess what's coming next... the base colour is once again an amazing one-coater. Perfectly opaque on the first try with a smooth application. The flaky top coat on this has the best formula for me, goes on evenly and leaves quite a lot of smaller flakes of gold on the nail.

Another one that part of me loved, something about the gold flakes in this just leave it looking almost luxurious and expensive! Sure it's not the OPI 18kt top coat but it's 99p!

So the base coats are all seriously impressive especially for the price and the top coats add a little bit of fun. Nothing amazing but for 99p each I'd say I was pleasantly surprised. 

That's all for now, hopefully I'll have a new laptop within a day or two as I'm off shopping tomorrow and have a feeling there'll be a few purchases I want to share with you all.