Cast your vote lovelies! xoxo
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Cast your vote lovelies! xoxo
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
But hurrah! My curiosity got the better of me after reading a review on Twitter, a month or so ago. The twitpic of the nails after applying Matte Is Murder just looked so frickin' good, i knew there and then I had to atleast try it for myself.
I purchased Matte Is Murder and Fuggen Ugly, I thought i might aswell seeing as the shipping cost as much as a polish and save me having to pay twice if I liked it :p Which i kinda knew i would. The website to purchase ManGlaze's polishes from is http://www.manglaze.com/buy.html, I had a little look on eBay but to my dismay I couldn't find any bargains, or any ManGlaze items at all, so unless you live in America you'll need to purchase direct from their website. Delivery to the UK took around 3weeks for me, but that included a bank holiday, so i'd say around 2-3 weeks. I did get intouch with ManGlaze in the end, fretting that my parcel was lost with how long it was taking, but they replied very quickly and assured me they would get my polish to me irregardless which was reassuring.
Anyway! ManGlaze, although it sounds like it is, is NOT just for men! Hell no. Matte Is Murder is divine. It is effortlessly edgy and versatile - i just love how you can dress it up with some gloss for a more glam look, or wear it alone for some rock chick appeal. On first glances, the polish black polish swimming around inside the bottle sparkles from the flecks of shimmer mixed in. This surprised me somewhat, that it looked too shimmery/slightly glittery to be matte and edgy. But once applied it leaves you in no doubt as to whether it is just another gloss or a quality matte polish. The application with the thin standard looking brush was effortless and it just went on like a dream. I did need two coats just to be sure that there would be no patches showing through and to ensure a full bodied colour. I was equally surprised at how fast it dried Matte, it seriously just transforms right infront of your very eyes from wet looking to uber Matte in 10-20seconds! In terms of its longevity, i can honestly say it did me proud, as I didn't apply a topcoat, preferring the edgier look with no gloss which lasted me around 7 days. This might seem short to some people but i use my hands ALOT at work and i'm pretty sure that if it wasn't for my job my nails would have lasted a good few days more.You can buy topcoats for matte nails but I didn't bother as it really is super chip-proof!
I really cannot fault this Matte polish at all. It irritates me to think that ManGlaze were the 'original' creators of matte polishes and then lots of big brand names jumped on the bandwagon and made poor quality copies. Atleast that seems to be the general opinion, I guess i'd need to buy and try some to see if this is the case, but then again, why would I when i have Matte Is Murder in my stash? :)
Monday, 30 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
1) Post who gave you this award
2) State 10 things that you love
3) Give this award to 10 other bloggers and notify them with a lovely comment.
10 Things I Love...
4. My beautiful followers...Thanks for your support and inspiration :)
5. Makeup. What girl doesn't??!!
Saturday, 7 August 2010
This is my all time favourite polish - the uber vamp Lincoln Park After Dark, by O.P.I (£9.95). I actually first came across this colour in September 2009 after looking up one of my fave celebs signature dark nails in The Hills, Lauren Conrad. She keeps her nails pretty short and squared off too, which i was pleased about, as i can't leave my nails to grow long due to my work. It'd just be impossible, *sigh*. On a more positive note, i felt that keeping the nail short and straight gave the polish and overall look a more rocky/edgy feel. In my picture to the left i am wearing some falsies in order to give you guys a better idea of the colour etc as there's more to colour in than on my own nails, and will do in many of my piccies.
The vampish nails and makeup began hitting magazines and catwalks around fall and in sync with Steph Meyer's New Moon movie release, coincidence i think not, and vamp mania began. Either way, it all fell in perfect timing for winter when i ditch the bronzed and beautiful look for pale and interesting. The polish stood in contrast to the paleness and broke it up a bit. It was also a perfect choice for me as i was wanting to go dark but not too dark, as in black. Even though it's not black it is still very dramatic, i can only describe the colour as the darkest aubergine purple with a hint of dark cherry. I felt it needed two coats for an even application and to get the desired dark colour but i think this can be said for most dark polishes. If you want more of the cherry hue to shine through, i'd suggest that you don't layer it on too thick, as this only makes it appear darker. In my pic i've given my nails a generous one coat as i found that with my usual two coats it appeared black on my photo's so, although it looks a little streaky on my nails it shows the colour a little better for you. It looks fine with two coats in normal lighting, just not on my camera.. Chips would show straight away with this colour so be sure to use a quality topcoat; i used Nails Inc's Kensington Caviar 45 Second Topcoat, £11.00 and my polish lasted around 7 days. Without my trusty topcoat this polish wouldn't last out the day, i'm always using my hands, but there's no excuse not to use a topcoat as the shine it gives from the dark colour just looks super glossy, i love it.
Although a tenner is more than what some people want to spend on a polish, i would definately recommend this as an investment to any gals beauty stash. It is dramatic enough to make a statement on its own and can also be teamed with dark vampy eyes or blood thirsty red lips - never both! Remember to choose one or the other or it can look like overkill guys. Little really is more when it comes to some makeup looks, and you'll be surprised with the effect you'll get from just concentrating on one or two areas with vamp makeup.
In terms of wearability, personally, i feel i can wear it with most things and at any time yet some people may feel daunted by the deep shade and if you are pretty new to painting nails it can be a tricky colour to apply without hitches. But don't give up, any slips can be easily corrected with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover and dabbed away.
I'm giving this polish 5/5 - it's my signature colour which i always turn back to ♥
Thursday, 5 August 2010
There was Mink; a classy dark nude that wouldn't look out of place from Nails Inc's Griege collection. Then there's Beach; a bright vibrant coral red, and Candy - as the name suggests a candy pink. I didn't even need to think twice about which shade i was going to get... Mink was the kind of shade that had been on my list of lusthaves for sometime but I am trying to save up for a holiday so i've been biding my time. And thank God I did :) I was tempted to buy Candy too, but i've already got the bubblegum pink shade in O.P.I's Pandamonium Pink from the Hong Kong collection.
Mink is a beautifully sophisticated nude and is on trend with the likes of the most famous polish for the summer; Chanel's 'particuliere'. I nearly bought 'particuliere' a few times, as i just couldn't find a shade that looked similar and was affordable but still high quality. Both shades are darker than what most people think of as nudes and are not the typical pale beige. I have a an olive-y skin tone and i find that 'Mink' suits me perfectly. To be honest, i think it's a good all-rounder, and should suit nearly all skintones.
It gives off a very grown up and classy style, I feel like i want to don a pencil skirt, ruffled blouse and chic glasses before heading off to my swanky office! Who knows, maybe it highers your IQ too?! Hmm. Either way, i'll definately be wearing it to work and would feel confortable wearing it to an interview as it's not in your face but still screams grown up glamour. It really is very beautiful in a subtle way, and makes your hands look perfectly preened.
The only downfall i found was the brush is a bit hit and miss. I don't know whether mine is just a little out of shape but it didn't apply as smoothly as i'd have liked (or expected) from Nails inc. I found it hard get the right amount spread evenly on the nail, and the polish itself felt a little gloopy/thick. I ended up rushing to try and even out the gloop before it dried and this made it a little unenjoyable to apply but the end result is worth it. the shade is just what i wanted to so i'm willing to overlook these little niggles. I suppose the advantage of the thick feeling of the polish is that you'll definately not need more than two coats, if you are used to applying polish you may even get away with one if you master the brush!
The pictures i have taken do not have a topcoat on them, yet they still look ultra glossy huh? BUT! I emplore you not to miss this step as it will make them even more glossy (I know, right?!) and protect your polish from wear and tear, allowing you to enjoy this lush shade for even longer. So, wat are you waiting for? Hit up eBay and see if you can add this perfect polish to your collection too!
Much Love to all my beautiful bloggers
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
I did some swatches, which turned out okay 'cept for the last two as they are very light and the latter basically a glitter pot so it didn't show up too well. The order in which I swatched them is from the very first picture of them in a line, for quick reference/comparisons. So it goes, 'Deep Blue Green' 'Circa Plum' 'Violet' 'Old Gode' 'Spiritualize' 'Golden Olive' 'Provence' and 'Reflects Blue'. Such pigmented colours look different in all light so i took a little video to give you a better idea.