Thursday, 24 July 2014

De-Vaulting OPI San Francisco Swatches

Hi Goddesses

Oh yeh, it's amazing what still lives in the vault!  Nearly a year on, here are some OPI swatches hahah.

First up Dining Al Frisco.  I didn't like this one - too frosty and the shade of blue was just nasty for my skin.

Next we have Embarca Dare Ya which I really destested (are you understanding why these never made it to the blog lol).  Again far too frosty / pearly and just a really meh colour.  It reminded me of baubles on a Christmas tree, and not in a good way.

And finally we have It's All San Andreas Fault, a taupe texture which I actually liked, although I am not sure how much I would ever want to wear it.  This stayed in the vault because of the hideous break I am trying to hide on the ring finger lol.

So, this is why some posts linger in the vault - Debbie didn't like them and COULD NOT BE ARSED to blog about them lol.  

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Celestial Cosmetics - Moonlight Glow and Ocean Mist

Hi Goddesses

What an emotional day! Today was Beth's last day at Primary School.  She's been with the same group of friends for 6 years, some of them 10, because she met them at nursery.  Here she is sharing a goodbye hug with her teacher.

To take my mind off it, I have not 1 but 2 lovely Celestials for you today, which were again sent to me for review.

Moonlight Glow is a soft baby pink with blue edging.  I don't quite have the skin tone to carry this off, but it will be perfect for some of you.

What I really liked about it was the golden glow that came with the holo - it looked like it was lit from within.

The second polish is much more to my liking and my skin tone.   I am getting a bit sick of seeing a lot of holos do the "same" colour over and over, and at first glance, I thought this fell into that category too.

However, denimy blue holo though it is, Ocean Mist has something none of my other denimy blue holos have - a green edge.  Both the base colour and the holo lean green, giving this a fantastic oceanic quality.

You can buy Nicky's amazing polishes HERE and follow her on Facebook HERE.

De-Vaulting - MoYou Ladybirds

Hi Goddesses

Today's post from The Vault is a sweet little stamping job featuring MoYou Princess 14.

The base is OPI All I Want For Christmas Is OPI, a perfect bright red.

There is nothing much to say about this mani except that it's a great example of what you can do on Day 2.  Where the polish plain on the first day, plonk a lovely stamp on it for Day 2 - simple! 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Polish Bar - Summer Holo Collection

Hi Goddesses

How are you?  I feel like I haven't had a ramble in a while, and I really should as I've missed talking to you.  Suffice to say, today it is hotter than a badger's bum in the UK, and I am suffering.

Photo: It's a little toasty in here.

Someone posted this the other day and it made me giggle.  Me and the heat really don't get on, and between raging eczema and colossal sleepiness, Crumpet is not thriving!

Thank heavens then for lovely soothing, calming, happy polishes, and another collection from The Polish Bar, who is getting better with every release.  The first coat always looks a bit threadbare, but the polishes self-level perfectly at 2 or 3 coats, depending on your preference.

We start on the sunny side of the street with Pink Cosmos, a lovely radiant orchid shade, that's cooler and bluer than I usually wear.

This is a delicious colour and I really like it's cold tones - must acquire more of this shade!

Then we have perhaps my favourite, Coral Sun.  This is a beauty.

Lovely and delicate and rich, all at once, this is a tomato-ey coral that's easy on the eye.

Berry Slushie is a cutie.  This is what all pink holos used to look like a few years ago - a nice rosy pink.

In all these photos, the accent nail is a painted gradient using all 3.

We then join the boys of the collection and the sea-green is to die for.

This one's called Sail Away and is really gorgeous, light and frothy.

Finally, Sparkling Sea, a rich twinkling blue which seems like the odd one out in the collection - it's more opaque than the others, and loses a little subtlety and fluffiness as a result.

This is a lovely and pretty collection, perfect for summer - colourful but not too intense.  

These products were sent to me for an honest review and can be purchased from Janice's shop HERE.

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