Friday, September 28, 2012

Pumpkin Polish!


It's been a while since I had the inclination to blog, as many of you who follow me on twitter know. I'm not going to go into it here but thanks a million for all the kind words over the last few weeks, it meant a lot.

Since I last posted, I've accumulated a nice little stash of new polish, mostly from swaps (apart from one very bold Barry M spree). The first one I want to talk about is the Pumpkin Polish one - I was on a facebook swap group late one night and mentioned these. While I was still online, a lovely lady in the U.S named Molly went straight to her local Rite Aid and picked me up six of these beauties! Another lovely lady named Kate swapped two polishes with me, one being the glow in the dark pumpkin one that I'll show you in a few minutes.

Here's a look at them in all their pumpkin glory - I may have gone a bit overboard with the Picmonkey editing, but ye may get used to it because I will be milking Halloween for all it's worth at every available opportunity!

They don't have names :(

I'll get to the others eventually, but for now, I played with the black, purple glitter, and glow in the dark. I was really impressed with the black - it was opaque enough for a glitter topcoat in one coat, but I used two just to be sure. The purple glitter was AMAZING. They are definitely not 3-free, you can tell by the smell, but they have that fantastic old-school one-coat glitter consistency. I didn't have to dab the glitter on like I usually do, this was lovely and thick and applied like a dream. I used two glitter coats.

Inside, no flash

Outside, no flash
The glitter is unbelievably glittery, I can't stop looking at it and I haven't seen a glitter polish like this since my Spectacular days. I absolutely adore it! While I'm here, I want to show you the newest addition to my box of tacktastic rings:

Frog Ring: Asos
I got it on sale at Asos, I will probably hardly wear it, it's completely impractical but I LOVE it.

Now, on to the first time a polish has ever frightened the living daylights out of me. The glow in the dark Pumpkin Polish wasn't the first glow in the dark I've tried, and if I'm 100% honest, I wasn't holding my breath for it to work. I just wanted the pretty Pumpkin. How wrong was I?! This picture hasn't been edited in any way, bar the watermark.

Want to know why it scared the hell out of me? The evil face. I hadn't copped that there were two different faces on the bottles, so when I took this picture in the dark, I was convinced it was either a trick of the camera or a design feature that the face would change from triangular eyes to scary ones. It took me 15 solid minutes of examining the triangles to work out how it turned evil in the dark. FIFTEEN. At one point I was genuinely freaked out because I couldn't work it out.

I watch too many demon programmes.

Have a great weekend,

Monday, September 10, 2012

NOTD: Paese 151


The weather is terrible here today, so dark and wet - I've had the kitchen light on for most of the day. I always feel really miserable on a day like this, and today was no exception - until my order from cloud 10 beauty arrived. I ordered these on Friday evening, so was delighted and amazed when they arrived this morning. Fantastic service!

Paese are a brand I don't know much about - they're from Poland, and they seem to be pretty popular in Eastern Europe. I've only tried one of their products, a primer belonging to a friend, which suited my skin so well and felt amazing. I've wanted to try their polish for ages, so when cloud 10 announced on Friday that they had some new shimmer polish in stock, I had to break the spending ban (as if I really stuck to it anyway, let's not beat around the bush). The shades above are 151 and 141. They were 3 euro ($3.80) each.

This is from the new range of shimmer polish available on the website. When I saw this today, my first thought was: "feck, I'm after buying another effing Peridot dupe' - but not so. Remember my comparison post about Catrice vs O.P.I in the dupe-off? Here's a shot of 151 next to Genius in the Bottle:

It's a completely different colour. 151 has some beautiful tones in there - I see blue, purple, green, and a  strong hint of a cool-toned gold. I love how this looks in the bottle - it almost looks electric, if that makes sense?

This claims to be a quick dry polish and it did dry really, really quickly. I used three coats but it was opaque in two.

Ring from

I wanted to wait until it stopped raining to take outside swatches but I don't think it's going to stop today, so excuse the random raindrops.

Overall I was really impressed with Paese, and I definitely want to take a look at their other shades. I just wish there were more swatches online! Consider me a fan.

Hope Monday isn't being too hard on you,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

NOTD: Wet n Wild Disturbia & Essence Holo Topping Please!


I hope every Irish person is enjoying the sun today, it's such a rarity to have a nice sunny day! The sun and I are not particularly good friends, so I've taken this opportunity to swatch one of the gorgeous polishes from this AMAZING haul of polish from Jenna:

I have worn Spoiled - Shuffle The Deck (4th on bottom) before but I can't find the pictures! So today, I picked the second one on the bottom, Wet n Wild - Disturbia. 

I can't get a proper picture of this in the bottle, it's a dark purple aubergine cream with purple & pink shimmer going through it. The shimmer doesn't really translate onto the nail, until you get it into some direct sunlight!

Inside, with flash (it looked black without the flash)

Outside, direct sunlight
See the shimmer? It's a gorgeous polish, perfect for a purple fiend like myself. One thing that shocked me about this polish - the size and shape of the brush!! It was ENORMOUS. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it, but when I did, I was able to cover one nail with one swipe of the brush and no clean-up needed. Just to show you how big it is, here's the WnW brush beside a Barry M:

You may or may not be wondering what I did with the Barry M - well, I tried some stamping. It didn't work. I added a flower. It still didn't work. I'm not showing it to you. I took it all off, painted the WnW again, and added this baby:

Essence - Holo Topping, Please! is the newest addition to the Nail Art Special Effect Topper range. In the bottle, it looks almost nude/peach - that didn't really effect the base colour I wore, but I don't know if it would show up on a lighter colour. I have to say, I think the original GOSH Holographic ruined all future holos for me. In my mind, that polish was the first and only truly holographic polish I'd seen, so I kinda expect anything with the word 'holo' in the title to be similar. Not so. This is just basically another variation on every other holographic microglitter out there. Still, it's pretty.

Inside, no flash

Outside, direct sunlight

Look at it in the sun! 

Super sparkly. Now, if only I could get someone to follow me around with a ball of sunshine to make it look that good all the time....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

NOTD: Hard Candy - Hick


At the end of August, Jenni from Nails and Beyond had a massive nail polish blog sale. I hadn't planned on buying anything, but two polishes immediately jumped out at me and I knew I had to have them. Jenni was lovely to deal with and so reasonable with postage to Ireland, pop by her blog and see if she has anything left!

The two I knew I had to adopt were Hard Candy 'Hick' and Max Factor 'Fantasy Fire'.

I haven't seen a Hard Candy polish in YEARS. I've been smiling at it. Sitting here, grinning like a fool at a bottle of polish. I had a love/hate relationship with Fantasy Fire, I really wanted it and searched everywhere, but no joy. Then, I finally found it in a shop, swatched it on one finger (oops, sorry) and thought it looked watery and horrible and too expensive here. When I saw it online in other swatches after, I was kicking myself. Jenni had a couple of bottles for sale at the bargalicious price of 1.50, so I was hardly going to leave it there! I'll swatch it soon (it's on my right hand now) but for today I'm all about the Hard Candy.

I have no idea how old this polish is, but these bottles were released from 2001 onwards. The ones from the 1990s were in smaller square bottles. Regardless of how old it is, a good shake and it applied like an absolute dream.

Hick is an amazing loaded glitter blue/purple. It's not gritty, it dries quickly, and I am in love with it. 

I have a feeling this could lead to a dangerous vintage polish-seeking mission....come back to me, Spectacular!

Monday, September 3, 2012

NOTD: Back to School!


Today is the day that things finally go back to normal (ish). I packed our little boy off to Second Class this morning, complete with a uniform that made him look like Tom Hanks in Big (hey, Nana always said 'buy a size up') and squeaky clean new runners that will be missing parts by Christmas. It's also the day I get back out of my bad lazy Summer habits, I walked home this morning and I'm back on track with meal plans. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't throw out all my larger-sized clothes, because - well, I'd be left with pyjamas and I am NOT that girl.

Seeing as I didn't do an SNS post this weekend (I wanted the PCOS post to be the focus on Saturday), consider this your weekly tune. I mean I couldn't write a post title like that and not include this, could I?

One of my most favourite movies, EVER.

On to the mani - I've seen a lot of back to school manis, too many to mention (like Jenna and Mich) but take a look at any blog on my blogroll over there ---> and you'll see lots of very talented nail ladies (and a couple of gents), many of them have done some great back-to-school ones. Here are the polishes I used for my maths-inspired one:

L-R: Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam, Catrice The Pinky & The Brain, Barry M Lemon Ice Cream, Essence Colour & Go Off to Miami!, Oh My Glitter, Absolutely Blue and I Love Bad Boys. I do like the new Essence Colour & Go bottles & brushes, it took me a while but I'm a fan. I have to say, I hope they bring some more exciting colours out soon, because there are an awful lot of pastels and not enough interesting glitters. I was gutted to find out that Blue Addicted (dupe for Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe) was discontinued, I think you dropped the ball on that one, Essence.

I used the nOPI as a base (three coats, no basecoat) and did the symbols with the others.

Possibly the only time apart from calculating discounts that I've enjoyed something related to maths.

Have a great Monday (if such a thing is possible),

Sunday, September 2, 2012

How I Store My Polish - Very Picture Heavy


Right, first of all, ye know how much I ramble, and I have 18 pictures ready to go. You might want to go make coffee. Click the pictures for a closer look if you're as nosey as I am.

A few weeks ago, I reached my patience limit with my old storage unit. It was crammed with polish and it took me ages to find anything. Proof? Here:

After debating for a long time whether or not to make the trip to IKEA for a Helmer, I saw this on the Littlewoods website. Of COURSE it's on sale now, when I paid stupid money for it, AAAAGH! Sickened.

Anyway, here it is, it's massive and it came with wheels but I didn't bother with them, I see no reason to be lugging a giant storage unit around.

What won me over were the two little drawers on the top, they're perfect for nail art stuff and non-polish things. Here's drawer number one:

Nail tips, brushes, skewers, acrylic paints, acrylic nail set (with a liquid that should be banished to the seventh level of hell where it belongs, smell of it - my son calls it the liquid of death) and my little embellishment case (bought from Cork Art Supplies along with the acrylic paint & brushes). Here's a look at the case:

I use it for glitters, glequins, tape, tip guides, microbeads, eyes (don't ask), bows, tips for the practice finger, etc. I love the little bottles, I picked some glitter ones up on eBay a while back and I was sent some amazing bar glitters & mixed glitters from the lovely Jenna in a recent swap, which I'll post about soon.

Here's the second little drawer:

This one has my nail art pens, files, straws & orange sticks, nail stickers, embellishment wheels, stamping plates & stamper, old bank card for scraper, pre-cut foil & pads, nail wraps, broadway nails, velvet powder, sponges, toe separators (which I never use, the feeling of my toes being stretched makes me want to heave) and cuticle gel.

Now for the polish - some polishes (like Essence Colour & Go or Revlon) are easily recognisable by the top of their caps. Others are not (hello Catrice). So, I divided all my polish up by brand, then labelled them all starting with the number one. As I was labelling, I got some card, punched holes in the sides, put some ribbon through (so I can add more pages) and made a swatch book.

This took an obscene amount of time and I was praying that nobody would come in and see it - one of himself's sisters was once shocked by the amount of nail polish I owned and there were only 11 on the table - I fear I would be sectioned if anyone saw them all laid out. Wanna see some pages?

It's already made life so much easier, when I fancy a particular colour now I can just have a look at my swatches and then find the number! I label & swatch each new polish as I get it. Here's big drawer one:

It started off as mostly Essence, OPI minis, Tony Moly, Stargazer & other randoms but to be honest every drawer is a bit of a mish-mash. Big drawer two:

This one has Barry M, Nicole by OPI, Rimmel, Revlon, Angelica, & more randoms. Big Drawer three:

Catrice, Polish remover, and basically anything I've recently bought or received in a swap. The other three drawers are for skin stuff and makeup that I don't use on a daily basis (I have a little make-up bag for my everyday stuff).

The first one has cotton pads, face masks, haisrpray, cleanser, tan, mitt, wipes, etc.

The second has lipstick, lip pencils, lipbalm (that giant lollipop thing is a Chupa Chups lipgloss probably aimed at children, but hey) and brushes, primer, eyeliner.

The last one has foundation, eyeshadow, palettes, false lashes, bronzer, blusher, mascara.

While I was at it, I said I'd take a couple more storage pictures - here's earring/perfume storage and my old polish tower which now houses the empty OPI mini boxes (yes, I kept them, I'm weird), hair rollers, moisturizer, bracelets, big jewellery.

Good job himself doesn't have much stuff, isn't it? That little box on top of the Glamour magazines was from a Christmas present, it contained 6 polishes from Fearne Cotton's collection for Boots. I use it to store my rings & some chains and apparently a dice, no idea why that's in there.

And lastly, is limbo, or the box that I throw stuff into when I find it in places it shouldn't be. This is just basically a big box of stuff that I should really organise but can't be bothered to:

And there you have it. How I store my polish and other things. Go have a lie down, you deserve it for getting to the end.