Monday, 30 November 2015

Models Own Glittergel Swatches & Review (Sheer Sparkle*, Petunia Glitz* and Starburst)

On the blog today I've got some glittery shades to start of the festive season with a bang! Models Own have recently added to their Hypergel repertoire with five new glitter shades, aptly named Glittergel. Like their Hypergel siblings, the Glittergel polishes are no UV gel effect polishes which should last for longer and be easy to remove. I was sent two polishes from the range to try out and purchased one myself. In all honesty, these should have been on the blog a few weeks ago (I had the photos done) but then I bought another shade and I had to cut my nails so I thought it best to just reswatch them all. Come under the cut to check out these three sparkly shades and see whether they live up to the Hypergel reputation...


Monday, 23 November 2015

Estée Lalonde & The Body Shop - Nail Art Kit Review

Estée Lalonde, or essiebutton as I first knew her as, was one of the very first bloggers I followed. I love her infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour. It's been great to watch her progress in the blogosphere and with her recent rebranding and elevation to what seems to be the upper echelons of the blogging world, I was so pleased to hear that she was going to collaborate with one of her favourite brands (and ex-employer) The Body Shop to bring out a nail art kit.

As a fan of both Estée and The Body Shop (and nail polish obvs), I knew I'd be all over this collab so I've been keeping an eye out in my local Body Shop branch and I finally got my mitts on it during one of their special discount events. I also got A LOT more stuff but maybe you'll see that another time. Anywho, I've taken the liberty to try out the nail art kit and show you what you can do with it (beyond the two nail art tutorials included with the set) so pop under the cut to see what it's all about :-)


Friday, 20 November 2015

Table for One? Travelling Solo to Copenhagen

If you follow me on instagram (which you totally should be), you'll know that I revisited one of my favourite cities in the past week, Copenhagen. What made this trip a bit different was that I was travelling totally alone. I'm twenty...something and this is something I've never done. Now, that's not to say that I've only ever been away with family, quite the contrary. All of my trips on planes have been with friends or school bar my first trip to Copenhagen two months ago with my Dad. Both visits to the city were because of conferences (I'm a PhD student in case you didn't know) and this time around, I decided to put my big girl trousers  on and do it all by myself.

Anyone who's watched Taken or any of those grim travelling horror films can understand why a very young looking woman was a bit nervous to be travelling by herself but since travelling is part and parcel of the whole PhD experience and I've not got a significant other to drag around these places, its about high time I tried to go out into the world by myself and here is what I thought...


Sunday, 8 November 2015

Models Own Colour Chrome Autumn/Winter 15* Swatches & Review (Pearl, Grey, Copper, Red and Turquoise)

I've previously blogged about Models Own's Colour Chrome collection here but this week they announced that they have added five new shades to the existing collection.  To say I was excited is an understatement!  When all five new shades popped through my letterbox (or rather were handed to me by the postman), I swatched them straight away.  Apologies for the picture quality, not sure what's going on with my camera at the moment, it's six years old so it may be time to retire the old girl from the blog but anywho, let's get to it!

Following Models Own's instructions, I gently buffed my nails before swatching and did not use a top coat or base coat.
Chrome Pearl - This is the shade that has had the most buzz around it because THAT. BOTTLE.  It's worth the £4.99 alone in my opinion (but I'm a crazy nail polish lady).  When I first opened up the bottle, I couldn't see the iridescence in the polish but I thought it would appear when painted on the nail.  I was a little bit disappointed with this one to be honest.  The bottle and name promises a gorgeous lilac, opalescent shade but its very similar to Chrome Silver from the original Colour Chrome launch.  It could just be my bottle of it but if you already have Chrome Silver, maybe give it a miss but if you don't, then get it for the pretty bottle and lovely metallic cool silver finish.  This swatch was three coats.


Monday, 2 November 2015

Models Own Twilight Collection Swatches* (Everyday Storm, Grey Storm, Cashmere Rose and Marsala)

You might have seen my previous post where I featured two of my favourite new shades from the Hypergel range by Models Own.  Well today I have four more shades from the Twilight Collection to tickle your Autumn/Winter fancy!  These shades are very much on the safe for work scale of polishes so if you're looking for the perfect autumnal shade that'll see you through work and the weekend, then you might find it here so let's get started.

All of the below swatches are with no top coat.

 Everyday Grey* is a cool, mid toned grey.  It's a two coater with a smooth creme finish.  I have a thing for grey polishes and this definitely fits the bill as a good'un.

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