Monthly Archives: March 2012

March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty Two: Penny Apples

Today I’m wearing a beautiful, but sadly untitled, polish from Leticia Well, a Spanish cosmetic brand. A friend got it for me while on holiday last year, and it’s a perfect colour for the first proper week of Spring, I think.

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It’s a gorgeous, pale, granny-smith-green. The formula is creamy but easy to apply, and was opaque in two coats (although a third wouldn’t have gone astray). It has a slightly dull finish, so perhaps a slick of top coat to finish it off. I adore the colour – perfect for Spring and Easter. I love this time of year!

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty One: Forget-Me-Not

Forget-me-nots – pretty purple flowers with a bittersweet name. This polish is named after the flower, but that’s really where the resemblance ends. Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer 380 Forget-Me-Not is a deep purple, packed with purple and silver micro shimmer.

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Finally, a flash photo to give you an idea of the feedback this polish creates with the right light.

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Application was smooth, and it was opaque in 2 coats. Absolutely no complaints here – Catrice’s Ultimate Nail Lacquer range is consistently high quality.

PS – yay, it’s Spring! Hello bright evenings…

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Twenty: French Matticure

Today, a shade from a colour family that is supposedly all the rage for spring/summer 2012 – neutral.

*retches*

Sorry, I’m not the biggest fan of neutral nail colours, or the whole mannequin-hand effect. This polish caught my eye because it was half-price (shameless, I know) and because it has a matte finish. So here we have Essence French Matt 4 Pretty Matt…

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Okay, it’s kind of cute. I concede defeat. It’s supposed to be the base for a full French manicure, white tips and all, but eff that shiz. I did three coats. Took a century to dry, and ruined three of my nails in the process. Oops!

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It has a sort of royal icing type effect that I quite liked. I think I would wear this again. I think. I do like the colour, a very pale peachy-white.

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So yah, slightly on the fence, but I wouldn’t kick it out of the bed for eating crisps.

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Nineteen: African Queen

This is my first time to try out sticky nail art guides! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

I received Essence African Queen nail art guides as a birthday present, last August – yup, I’ve been procrastinating since then. Basically, they’re stickers with cut-out bits. You stick them to your nail (on top of your already dry manicure) and paint over them in a contrasting colour. Peel them off when the polish has had a few minutes to set, and ta-dah! Easy, tiger-print nails. No mess, no fuss. These definitely did what they said on the tin.

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It’s quite lovely, isn’t it? I was mightily impressed. I used Essence Colour & Go 92 Better Late Than Never as the base colour, and Essence Multi Dimension 20 Fatal to paint on top of the guides. I would say that for the top colour, you’re best using a polish that is opaque in one coat. You can’t do two coats of polish over the guides, otherwise they will stick to the nail, and sure you can’t be doing that.

As an adieu, here’s a picture of my rabbit, Aurelia, chilling on my lap of a Friday afternoon. Have a great weekend, readers!

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xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Eighteen: Essence Better Late Than Never

Another day, another crappily-titled polish from Essence! This is one of their new shades – at least, according to the little “new” sticker on the cap. This is Essence Colour & Go 92 Better Late Than Never.

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One coat is enough to provide a gorgeous pop of colour. I did two, as you’ll see in the rest of the pictures, but this polish is a true-life one-coater.

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Application was good, Essence have streamlined their brush to make it flatter and wider. The edge was a little bit uneven, though, so I had to be careful.

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The colour is gorgeous, not a bright, garish red but a soft, pretty red with pink overtones. I think Strawberry Sorbet would be a more appropriate name, right?

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Super pretty, and a gorgeous, easy-on-the-eye red suitable for summer and cocktails and all things garden picnic-y 🙂

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Seventeen: Somebody Please Tell Me Who The Eff I Is (Nicki Minaj)

All hail the most beauteous member of the OPI Nicki Minaj family of polishes – NL N17 Save Me.

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This polish is absolutely stunning, it’s no wonder it’s selling out in Europe and the US. It’s a clear suspension base packed with silver microglitter, bright turquoise blue glitter bars, and holographic glitter bars. The holographic bars are mostly hidden by the silver glitter, but flash rainbow colours as you move your hands. Oh, I’m in love!

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I wasn’t aiming for opacity so I just did two coats, over one coat of base. It could be layered over silver, or maybe black, but I think it’s gorgeous on its own.

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It dries quickly and feels quite gritty to the touch. Apparently removal is easier than it looks, however, and I think I can see why – the silver glitter pieces are tiny, the base is relatively thick, and the glitter bars are quite fine. One thing about the bars is that they need a little bit of tidying after you paint your nail, otherwise they tend to stick up or hang over the edge of the nail. Details, details!

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It’s beeyooodeefull! Top marks OPI, and Nicki Minaj.

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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March Manicure Madness, Day Sixteen: Buff and Bronzed

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m wearing my first Models Own polish, Bronze Rage.

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My skin has pink-y blue-y undertones, so coppers and metals do little to complement my hands. The colour fell a little bit flat, sadly. I applied one coat for the next picture.

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And in this one, I’m wearing two coats. There isn’t a huge difference in colour saturation so, if you need a quick manicure, one coat of this and Bob’s your uncle.

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The formula was quite thick and heavy. The first coat was horribly streaky but the second evened it out well.

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I wish I could wear metallics! This is a lovely one, but does not flatter me in the slightest.

xo

Nua Eabhrac

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