Essence Out Of Space Stories – 01 Outta Space Is The Place

OMG! I’m not sure how to describe this nail polish! It’s kind of an iridescent white/pink/green/purple colour. It reminds me of the opal ring I got for my 21st birthday. It’s perfectly pearlescent.

I’m so impressed with the quality of these Essence polishes, this one was only £2.00 from Wilko, and I personally think it’s comparable to the Nails Inc unicorn polish which is priced at £14.00.

Application was easy due to the shape of the brush and the quality of the polish which meant it was opaque after just one coat.

Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of colour and a top coat.

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Color Club Kapow!

Color Club Kapow! is a neon pink with a purple sheen. It’s what I would describe as a complete Barbie pink. It is so, so vibrant; definitely not for any shrinking violets among you! It has turned some heads today & this is the first day I’ve worn it. I originally saw this colour on Instagram a couple of days ago on a nail blogger & knew immediately I had to have it. A little bit of research lead me to find it was released in summer 2014, but thankfully I found it still available on Amazon. It was £5 which isn’t unreasonable given how beautiful it is.

Application was okay, it could have been better if the brush was bigger and flatter but it wasn’t a disaster. The formula is a gorgeous jelly which applied patchy on the first coat but evened out with the second. A pleasant surprise was the shine it has, even before a top coat it was shiny, whereas with previous neon polishes I’ve worn this hasn’t been the case and they’ve dried to a matte finish before top coat application.

Photographs show Essie First Base, 2 coats of colour & Essie Good To Go top coat.

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Barry M Frosted Cupcakes Strawberries & Cream

I’m such a sucker for shimmer & glitter, if it’s sparkly; I have to have it. So as soon as I saw the Barry M Frosted Cupcakes range I knew I’d buy one. The one I chose is Strawberries & Cream, a very pale pink with flecks of white translucent glitter. It genuinely does look like cupcake frosting, especially up close.

This polish is quite similar to the Essence shade Engaged, which I reviewed at Christmas, here. Strawberries & Cream is a lot less satin in its finish though, drying to a shiny but slightly frosted effect. It also has larger flecks of glitter than Engaged. They’re both equally as pretty but I much prefer the finish of Strawberries & Cream. It’s such a delicate colour & would be ideal for a wedding or even just every day wear at work.

Application was easy, the square brush makes it easy to control where the polish goes and the thick consistency of the polish ensures a smooth & even application. Photographs show 1 coat of Essie First Base, 2 coats of colour & 1 coat of Essie Good To Go. Although the polish was perfectly even and opaque after 1 coat, force of habit always compels me to apply 2.

I bought this polish from the Superdrug website here, and it was £3.99. I had to buy online after searching in both big Boots stores & a large Superdrug store in town and finding it sold out in all 3 on 3 separate occasions. I think that speaks for itself and I can certainly see why it is so popular!

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Essence Christmas Party Nails

I thought I’d share with you the nails I wore for the Christmas party. I created this look using Essence Engaged and On Air!.

Engaged is a very delicate creme baby pink with a hint of shimmer. It was opaque in one coat but as usual I applied two. It dries to a satin finish, however, after I added a top coat it is shiny the way I like my nails.

On Air! is a fully coverage gold glitter polish and I think one of the best glitter nail polishes I’ve used. It is opaque in 2 coats which is what I applied.

I really can’t rave enough about the quality of these nail polishes especially for their low price! They are so easy to apply due to the flat, square brush and I am developing quite a collection!

Photographs show one coat of Essie First Base, 2 coats of colour and one coat of OPI RapidDry top coat. These nail polishes are available to buy here and in Wilkinsons stores in the U.K.

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NYX Lip Lingerie – Beauty Mark

NYX Lip Lingerie is marketed as a weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish in a range of colour kissed nudes with a creamy finish. Sounds good right? So when I saw that Boots had these liquid lipsticks in stock I just had to try one. I chose Beauty Mark which is a chocolate frosting colour brown.

I’d not tried a liquid lipstick before so wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I’d watched numerous YouTube reviews of these to decide which colour to buy and they gave me an idea of what the product would be like. Beauty mark is a stunning colour but I would not describe it as nude. It’s very stand out & bold, quite different to anything that I would usually wear. I think maybe I picked the wrong colour for my skin tone, however, that doesn’t take away from what is a beautiful colour.

I found application quite difficult as the doe foot applicator was so long & just not what I’m used to (hence the messy lip line in my photographs!). It was perfectly opaque after one coat, however, I do feel it was very sticky on my lips, not what I personally would call a creamy finish. Beware also – you must exfoliate your lips before wearing this product! If you don’t it will show up every crack, crease & dry spot; not attractive. It does look very matte once it’s taken a couple of minutes to dry which was true to its word. I like the matte look so I was pleased about this.

Beauty Mark wears quite well, it’s pretty kiss proof & it’s also buildable so if it wears off slightly around the centre of your lips after eating or drinking it’s easy enough to reapply. What’s not easy though is removal! You will have to really scrub if you’re using a make up wipe to remove it like I attempted to!

Overall this isn’t a bad product but at the moment just not for me. I’ll probably try to wear it a few more times before deciding whether I like it or not but its not immediately a favourite of mine. I liked the colour but application & removal were difficult, it felt sticky on my lips & if I wanted a nude I can think of better ones. However it is matte as it claims to be, it wears well & is long lasting. For the price I can’t really fault it, it’s just a personal opinion.

NYX Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipsticks are available to buy here.

   
   

Nails Inc Sweet Almonds Powered By Matcha – Mayfair Market

I haven’t blogged about a manicure & pedicure for a while as I haven’t been buying as many new nails polishes. However, when I saw this particular polish via a tweet from Nails Inc, I just couldn’t resist treating myself.

Nails Inc Mayfair Market is a stunningly subtle metallic rose gold. I am so in love with how this polish looks on my nails right now! It’s a light bronze tone which was perfectly opaque after one coat. It claims on the bottle to have a superfood boost, and the polish contains sweet almond oil & matcha to encourage nail wellness.

This polish looks almost nude against my skin colour, it is so shimmery and understated, I think it’s a really wearable alternative to either gold or pink (my two favourite colours!). I haven’t seen a shade like this in a nail polish anywhere before, it is identical to rose gold jewellery and would compliment it perfectly. It also looks great on my toes and I can’t wait until the spring weather gets a bit better so I can wear sandals to show it off.

Application, as always, was so easy with the square brush. Nails Inc make the most beautiful brushes since they changed the shape of their bottles & I am so glad they did. This polish is available to purchase from the Nails Inc website,  although I bought mine from Fenwick in Newcastle.

Photographs show a base coat, 2 coats of colour and a top coat.

   
   

MAC Russian Red

So, I think my new thing is red lipsticks, I am so in love with this colour. Russian Red by MAC is a slightly matte, deep red and it’s my new all time favourite. I first dabbled with red lipstick earlier this year when I bought MAC Everyday Diva, which is a glossy, pillar box red. However, Russian Red suits my skin tone so much better, since I got it, it is the only lipstick I have worn, it has never been off my lips!

Despite being a matte colour, it is not drying at all. It is much easier to apply than Everyday Diva, as the colour does not bleed at all, which results in a much crisper and more defined Cupid’s bow. I also think the shade is sexier, even if I do say so myself!

I have been using MAC Cherry lip pencil as a liner with this shade, and it is a near perfect match.

Russian Red is available to buy here. Does anyone have a favourite MAC red lipstick? How about Ruby Woo? I’d be interested to hear people’s experiences of this, as I think it will probably be my next lipstick purchase.

Thanks for reading!

   Cupid’s Bow
 Russian Red

   Comparison with Everyday Diva
 In Durham