Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Barry M Gelly for summer

Hot off the press!!

Barry M are releasing five amazing new Gelly polishes in June :)

Colours include (from left to right): Key Lime, Mango, Blue Grape, Passion Fruit & Guava

Do you own any of the Barry M Gelly polishes yet? They have an amazing formula!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Giveaway time!!

Happy Monday :( To cheer you all up on this dreary Monday afternoon - a giveaway!! The two prizes are two sets of 3 Nails Inc polishes (yet to be determined) Pictures to follow! Thank you all for following my blog - please tell your friends..... Rules: All entries will be checked Please do not follow and unfollow just for prize-winning :( Open internationally
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Sunday, April 21, 2013


During the week I received a lovely sample pack from Mavala.

I have been buying Mavala polishes for years, going back to my teens. Mavala is available in loads of pharmacies nationwide in Ireland, in Debenhams and on their website, and on their UK website. You can also find their products on BeautyBay , FeelUnique and LookFantastic.

Last year Mavala celebrated 50 years - I can't believe this brand has been going since 1962. Originating in Switzerland, the brand found it's fame in Paris; the mini polish was and has since been their main market. For me, mini polishes have numerous positives (while I know some ladies don't agree!) You can bring them on holiday or you can test a colour without having to purchase a full size in the event that you won't like/use an entire bottle. They are also super cute!

I received a 50ml tube (full size) of their hydrating hand cream which contains collagen. I am a big big hand cream lover. I have 4 on my desk in work and a box at home that I rotate on my beside table regularly. I was really excited to try this cream and have been applying it a few times daily since it arrived. This cream is "especially developed for dry, damaged and sensitive hands" ... it smells amazing. It has a powdery scent which I find really comforting.

The texture of the cream is as described in the accompanying leaflet
"leaves a non-sticky and non-oily film to protect your hands against outside damaging elements". It absorbs really well into the skin and your hands feel moisturised without having that greasy feeling that some creams leave.

I know I will be using this cream quite a bit and a re-purchase will be required!!

I received three polishes in a little box to complete my sample pack; Stockholm, Soho and Purple Glitter. I will show you Soho first.

Soho is a pearly lilac, and required two coats. Not a colour I usually choose, as pearly colours are pale on my pasty skin though I did like the application of the polish which was of a good formula without glooping or running. Soho is topped with a coat of Seche Vite.

I topped Soho with Purple Glitter; which I really liked, It was packed full of glitter and I only needed one coat! I really like the combo, and have kept it on for a couple of days

You can find further info on Mavala's products which include nail and cuticle treatments, thinners, oils, polish removers and pens, manicure accessories and creams on their website, and those selling them; listed above. I am dying to try their penetrating nail hardener which was designed in 1958! It was the first of it's kind developed in the world.

Do you own any Mavala products? Let me know in comments! :)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Illamasqua Collide

It's the weekend! I love weekends, and today I spent a lot of time gardening, starting off some vegetables, and soaking in the bath for an hour. It was heavenly.

I have today, such a fun polish, and my first Illamasqua to try. Wow do I love this pink! It is Barbie, girly, bright, summery and sure puts a smile on my face.

I used two coats to achieve this opacity, though I did have a VNL so perhaps layering over a nude or a white polish would really make this one pop.

I. Love. This. Formula. I don't think I've used a formula quite like this one; it's just the right amount of thickness to glide easily no the nail, no running and no glooping - just wow. 

Thanks for reading today - you can get Illamasqua directly on their website, or on the Debenhams website.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bondi New York

Just recently, in 2013, Bondi New York has launched with some beautiful new polishes.

All polishes are 5 free, and profits for these heavily pigmented polishes go to a non profitable organisation, supporting charities across the USA.

Bondi were very kind to send me a polish to review.

Chasing sun is a fantastic bright orange, with wonderful pigment. I would have gotten away with one coat, I used two for the pictures. This is not a colour I usually go for but I really liked it - it has great depth to it's pigment.

You can find Bondi New York on their website and keep up to date on their facebook page

Nail'd It Jellystone

Hello Friday Folks! How ya'll doing?

Today I have a beautiful exciting polish to show you - and this week will be the start of some very exciting blog posts for me :) I am SO looking forward to sharing my finds with you all!

This beautiful Indie comes from Nail'd it - a purple jelly base with lots of different glitters, but a minty green micro shimmer. I am in love with this - and the sunshine really made it pop when I tried it out! I layered this over Pure Ice Purple Reign

I am hoping to try more of this fab brand of polishes soon - before the photo spam, here is a link to their Facebook page to keep up to date!

I used two coats over the base colour , no fishing was required and the formula was very nice.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pure Ice Purple Reign

Wow - we have beautiful weather yesterday and today! The sun is out, the birds are singing and it puts me in a really great mood!!

This polish LOVES the sun - this purple polish with a bronze shimmer is a stunner. I am a big Pure Ice fan indeed and this is no exception on their fab formula for an amazingly good price!

I took these photos in the sunshine, and it shows the shimmer perfectly

How do you like shimmery polishes like this one?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Nail Junkie Giveaway!

Another day, another giveaway!!! Over at the Nail Junkie you can win her amazing new Spring Pastel Collection which consists of six beautiful new shades, all named after flowers.

They are so beautiful!

You can also find her amazing works on her etsy shop.

See a review I did of some Nail Junkie polishes recently!

Barry M Gelly Picks Part 1

Happy Friday to all my followers!! It is a lovely sunny morning in Dublin today - makes me really excited about the weekend, chilling out and getting some work done in the garden!

Today I have three picks from the Barry M Gellys... I am possibly late to the table on these, but I picked them up, by chance really and then found that I loved them!

Firstly I have "Plum" from the original collection. This needed two coats, and the formula is amazing! It just glides on and without top coat, is SO shiny! I was starting at my nails for ages when I had this on... stunning polish! Just look at that shine!

Blueberry is also from the original Gelly collection in 2012. I love the real vibrancy in these polishes - this blue is like a periwinkle/sky blue and it is really pretty! Another amazing formula with two coats, and so easy to apply

Finally I have Greenberry. This is from the 2013 collection. What a fabulous green - it's almost minty, I love the name though - I am not sure what a Green berry is ! Two coats again on this one, and no top coats were used for any of these swatches. You can see the shine on the nails, just incredible.

You can get Barry M in Boots, and Superdrug (which have a larger collection) in Ireland and UK. I have seen them for sale on Littlewoods website, and from their own website which I have linked above.

Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Different Dimension Rainbows & Butterflies

I am a huge huge fan of the amazing polishes for sale over at Different Dimension. This, I think has to be my ultimate favourite. The name really portrays the effect of this polish in my opinion.

We have a silvery base, with a rainbow of glitters, and some pink butterflies :) How girly, how perfect!

You can buy these polishes on Etsy, Llarowe and soon; Edgy Polish. Keep up with all updates for this fantastic Indie brand here.

Rainbows & Butterflies, has a fabulous formula. Here I am showing one coat, over Gosh Holographic Hero, which I thought would be a fun base! I was right - it shows off it's sparkles perfectly!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Crazy Polish Lady Handmade Polishes

I recently came across a new Indie maker on Facebook. Based in Portugal, Sofia makes 3 free polishes, which have meaning to her.

Her first collection, which I am showing here, is entitled "Colors Are The Music Of My Life". There are eight polishes in this collection, with a varying colour range; and holo glitter.

I adore these polishes, their simple beauty I cannot describe - you really have to see them in person. The pigment in these polishes has depth and vibrancy.

First one to show you; is Strawberry Swing. A stunning rich girly pink that is almost opaque in one coat.
I used two coats.

Next I have Cosmic Love. Whoa... a navy jelly for which I used two coats. This one is a stunner!

Now, we have Chasing Cars. A wonderful deep black, again I used two coats here.

Blood On The Dancefloor is a stunning deep dark red, darker than my pictures show in the sun! It is blood red indeed. One of my favourites!

Kiss The Rain is a very dark teal. I love this, it really reminds me of a rainy Irish day!

Next up is No Leaf Clover. This green is stunningly opaque for the light shade it is. It's rockin'!

Secret Garden is a wonderful dark grassy green. I used two coats here, as with all polishes

Lastly, Violet Hills. A lovely dusky lilac, a colour I've not seen before in polish.

I am wonderfully impressed by this first collection.. Polishes are a wonderful texture and I love the variation of colours coupled with the glitter effect.

If you fancy getting your hands on some of these beauties, you can get there here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Giveaway over at Just For Fun!

We love giveaways right?!

Check it out at Just for Fun !

Etude House Strawberry Ice Cream

Recently I have to admit, I have had some huge nail polish splurges! I got some fabulous Etude House polishes via eBay and this one shocked me with both quality and formula/application!

This baby pink polish, was opaque in two coats, it has lots of glitters inside, pink, purple, blue and aqua hexes of varying sizes and a very sparkly shimmer which is subtle but noticeable in the right light!

For the price I paid for this little gem, I am in awe. I stared at my nails for hours, and I wore it for 3 days - a record for me! It is so durable too, with base coat, top coat and two polish coats, there were NO chips or tip wear, and I am heavy handed when typing and had some housework to do while sporting it!

Beware for utter cuteness, because this bottle is divine.

Note there are some star glitters in this polish but I was unable to locate them, even spending a long time fishing in and out, they are not visible through the decent pigment of the polish.

Liebster Awards

My blog was nominated for the Liebster Award this week, by Erika & Victoria over at Nail Addicted Sisters .  I am truly honoured so thank you girls, this has been a wonderful surprise! :)

You need to thank the person(s) who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your own blog, and give it to five bloggers who you think deserve it, that have fewer than 200 followers.

Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award.

Happy weekend everyone! :)

Here are my FIVE nominations!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Zoya Indigo

This here is Zoya Indigo - I am new to Zoya polishes, and this one is very pretty, I found it difficult to transfer the shimmer to the nail however, and was a bit disappointed. The application was very nice, two coats and it was opaque, no streaking or glooping!