Saturday 29 June 2013

Jacava - Pink Whisper and Candy Floss

A few months ago, I introduced you to a British polish brand called Jacava. They are '8 free' (free from DBP, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Toluene, Collophane, Parabens, Phthalates and Animal Ingredients) and of course they are also Cruelty Free.

As I mentioned in my previous post about Jacava polishes, their formulas are brilliant to work with. Being free from all the above nasties doesn't seem to impact their formulas whatsoever. They are still long lasting and amazingly opaque.

For this mani I chose Pink Whisper, a very subtle light pink, the kind you would use as a base for a French mani but also great on it's own as a palate cleanser. I added some slanted french tips with Candy Floss, a bright berry pink and ran some silver striping tape along the connecting lines.

I also love Pink Whisper on it's own. It makes nails look so sophisticated! The reason I don't wear more sheer pinks like this is because my tips are always stained from the amount of times I change my polish!
You can purchase Jacava directly from their website - and they also sell through Feel Unique.

Don't forget to check out their Facebook page for amazing swatches and manis from other girls as well as competitions and promotions.

*The product(s) in this post was provided for review purposes 
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Wednesday 26 June 2013

piCture pOlish - Jade

Today I have another piCture pOlish beauty to show you. This colour is perfect for Summer and its fast becoming one of my favourite greens.

Jade is described as "a bright pastel turquoise shade with a pretty silver shimmer". It's a bit more on the green side than it is blue but it's a stunner nonetheless. The subtle shimmer in it makes a change from all those pastel cream shades of jade I already own.

For this mani, I paired Jade with some white polka dots because I love the combo it creates and added a Born Pretty Store white acrylic bow for extra cuteness.

piCture pOlish can be purchased directly from their website - They do international shipping. You can also purchase it at various etailers throughout the world. Check out their Network page for more info. You can keep updated on any piCture pOlish news via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*The product featured  in this post was sent to me for review.

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Saturday 22 June 2013

Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System Review, New Favourite Top Coat and Subtle Summer Flowers

A few weeks ago, a company called Dazzle Dry contacted me to review some of their polishes. They own The Dazzle Dry Quick Dry Nail System which they say "revolutionizes nail care by slicing the time it takes for a normal manicure to dry by more than half". They are also 5 free  and cruelty free which means none of their products are tested on animals and suitable for Vegans.

Today I will show you a mani I did with one of the colours they sent me as well as the Dazzle Dry 3 Piece Nail System which consists of a Nail prep product, a base coat and a top coat.

I have been wearing this mani for 7 days today because I wanted to test the durability of both the polish and the top coat. So here is the mani and my views on the product:

Dazzle Dry - Petit Four (2 coats), stamped with BM221. Dotted gold glitter is Orly Glitz and Glamour.

What I liked:
- Polish, base coat and top coat are all extremely fast drying, just as they claim. Each coat was dry to the touch within literally a minute and rock hard in less than 5 minutes.

- Top coat has an amazingly thin consistency. This is a positive for me as one of the reasons I don't like SV is because of it's thickness. I think I found my new favourite top coat.So far, I adore it and would gladly spend my money on it.

- Top and base coat work with other polish brands and dry just as fast so you're not limited to using them only with Dazzle Dry polishes.

- The fact they are 5 free and cruelty free.

What I didn't like:
- (this only relates to the polish, NOT the top or base coat) - This particular colour was extremely streaky and chalky to apply. No matter what technique I used to apply it, the streaks were evident. Hopefully it's only this particular colour and the other bottles they sent me will be different. The following picture is 2 coats of Petit Four without a top coat. Look how uneven and streaky it is! For some reason it also dries semi matte:

Durability Test:
Judging from this "6 day old" picture, I think it's done pretty well. There is a little tip wear which I get even when I wrap my tips but no major chips other than what you can see on my thumb and pinky.
I don't think this particular polish alone would have such durability. Then again, most polishes wouldn't.

You can purchase Dazzle Dry directly from their US and UK websites. You can also see various swatches and manis on their Facebook page.

*The product(s) featured  in this post was sent to me for review.
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Wednesday 19 June 2013

Pink & Nude Gradient With A Sprinkle of Fairy Dust

As I'm currently testing out the durability of some polishes I've received this week, so here is something I did a couple of months ago but just left sitting in my unpublished folder.
I'm not as good at gradients as some of the other girls, I always have trouble blending the colours properly and they cause me such a headache. Not to mention that they are super messy and I spend ages cleaning up! I like the way this one turned out though! The colours I used were inspired by my Instagram friend (@cassgooner). If you have IG, check out her awesome designs!

I started off with a coat of ELF Desert Haze which I also used for the gradient along with Andreia No.109 which is actually a very vibrant pink neon but it turned into a medium pink on the nail. Probably because it's a jelly and also because it's sitting over another polish! The side positioned leopard was done with the smallest edge of a dotting tool and I topped everything off with China Glaze Fairy Dust.

I wish doing gradients wasn't so messy because they make for really pretty manicures!

Isn't Fairy Dust pretty?

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Sunday 16 June 2013

piCture pOlish - White Wedding

Hi guys. Today I have a piCture pOlish beauty to show you - White Wedding! This is part of the Collaboration Collection which piCture pOlish did with bloggers and etailers. White Wedding was created by Leah Ann from Llarowe.

I love white and off shite shades of polish so when this one showed up on my doorstep, I was over the moon and it was the first one I picked to try out.

This is 3 coats of White Wedding. A gorgeous milky white base, kind of jelly like, packed with the most subtle shimmer. I wore this on it's own although I did layer one coat over black on a nail wheel and it looked amazing too. You can definitely see all the multi colour flecks sparkling over the darker colour.

This is such a soft and elegant white. I can never get tired of shades like this. I would have definitely worn this for my wedding if I had it at the time I got married.

piCture pOlish can be purchased directly from their website - They do international shipping. You can also purchase it at various etailers throughout the world. Check out their Network page for more info. You can keep updated on any piCture pOlish news via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*The product featured  in this post was sent to me for review.
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Thursday 13 June 2013

Zoya Micky & Tinsley (Summer 2013 Stunning & Irresistible Collection)

I was recently contacted by the Zoya UK distributors and asked if I would like to review a couple of their polishes from the recent Stunning & Irresistible Summer 2013 Collection. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. I love that Zoya is 5-free, their formulas are great and they have such a lovely and extensive range of shades.

The colours I'm sharing with you today are Micky (Stunning) and Tinsley (Irresistible).

Mickey (2 coats) is a vibrant coral pink with a slight shimmer to it only visible in direct sunlight. Formula wise, it's a little bit streaky and goopy which I didn't expect of a creme. However, three coats and careful application would sort out the streakiness.

Tinsley (2 coats) is a rosey gold foil like shimmer. I'm, so glad they sent me this colour from the Irresistible collection, it's my favourite. The formula is a bit on the thin side but still gives great coverage in two coats.

What are your favourites from the Stunning and Irresistible collections?

Ladies in the UK can buy Zoya polish from It retails for £10.50. You can also keep updated via their twitter page.

*The product featured  in this post was sent to me for review.
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Sunday 9 June 2013

Orly Rococo A Go-Go - Holiday Mani

Good evening everyone! How was your weekend? I'm still on holiday in Lille (if this post goes live as scheduled) and I wanted to show you the polish I chose for the trip.

This is 2 coats of Orly Rococo A Go-Go from the Mineral Fx Collection. It's an intensely pigmented dark purple with multi chrome particles that flash gold, orange and pink.I wish it was easier to photograph beauties like this! It looks as good in the shade as it does in direct sunlight.

I received this beauty a while ago in a swap with an Instagram friend, Marcie (@madebymarcie). I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it out!
Look at all that shifting goodness in the bottle...

Thank you for reading and commenting!

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Thursday 6 June 2013

BK Sweet Candy Fast Dry Nail Polish #10- Born Pretty Store Review

Hope everyone is having a great week so far! We're going off on a mini break to Lille tomorrow, I'm super excited because I've heard really good things about the place. Anyone else been there? Are there any good places to buy polish? Haha!

Today I have a beautiful light and wearable polish to show you. It's from the Born Pretty Store and its #10 from the BK Sweet Candy Fast Dry collection. A gorgeous lilac which applies smoothly in two coats. It photographs like a true pastel lilac but in person it's slightly darker and you can definitely see some hints of pink in there.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I really like the brushes in these dainty bottles. They are flat and just wide enough for my liking.

I have previously shown you a gorgeous blue from this collection here.  

What do you guys think of this colour? Isn't it a perfect shade to take a break from all those summer neons?

Don't forget you can use my discount code (VA7J61) to get 10% off anything from the Born Pretty website.
*The product featured  in this post was sent to me for review.
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Saturday 1 June 2013

Nfu Oh 52

I wish Nfu Oh polishes were more easily available in the UK aside from a single stockist. And slightly cheaper as well. I adore their bottles, their brushes and their formulas.

Today I'm wearing Nfu Oh 52. In fact, I've been wearing it for five days today and there's only a small chip on my thumb.
Although you can't see any purple in there, #52 is actually a purple jelly base chock full of sapphire blue and green shifting flakies. I chose to layer two coats over Miss Sporty Blueberry so it wouldn't look so dark on the nail.

The flakies were really evident and they had such depth to them trapped in that jelly base.

Thanks for reading and commenting.
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