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I confess I hate the name of this polish, because I immediately start singing the Prince song of the same
name. I hate that song. With a fiery passion that burns brighter than the sun. Or something. Ok maybe not that much, but I don’t like the song, alright?
Lucky for this polish its awesomeness more than makes up for the earworm.
Stunning – a gorgeous dark purple creme. In
low light it looks almost navy, in sunlight it leans less blue than the photos show. Application was fabulous, two coats to opaque and it went on like a dream.
Models Own nail polishes are available from the Models Own website for £5.00 each.
Over on the Living Nature website they have an excellent deal running on their Refreshing
Body Wash and Lotion. Buy the viagra buy 200ml Refreshing Body Wash for NZ$29.50 and get the Refreshing Body Wash for free. Perfect for Christmas gifts, or keep them for yourself, the deal is only available on their website and lasts until 31 December 2011.
On a trip to the pharmacy this morning for medication for a teenager who is suffering from the Worst Cold Ever I spotted a stand of cosmetics which was new to me.
The brand is SAX Cosmetics, and a quick Google search reveals that they are an Australian company – their website can be found here. In fact they are the same Australian company who make MIKI nails polishes, and The Body Collection body care range.
The SAX makeup range consists of the standard lipsticks, glosses, eye pencils, shadow pallettes, foundations, blushers, bronzers and concealers; and prices are very reasonable with most products being under $20.
Of course as a beauty blogger it would have been remiss of me to come home without something from the range, so
I picked up a Creme Eye Definer in charcoal for $16.90.
This is a wind-up style eyeliner, but be aware it’s not retractable. So don’t be winding the whole thing all the way out – it won’t go back in! And then there will be tears.
The other end of the eyeliner is a densely packed foam rubber smudger with a wedge shaped tip. Frnakly this isn’t much chop – it rubbed off more than it smudged.
The eyeliner itself, as its name would suggest, has a lovely cremey consistency and goes on smoothly. I do have an issue with the name though – to me this shade is lighter in colour than I would imagine a charcoal to be. Which is actually fine by me, it’s this mid-grey that made me want to buy it because I don’t have any other colour similar in my (vast) makeup collection.
Here it is swatched on my arm; on the left drawn on in two or three swipes and on the right drawn on and then smudged.
I do love this colour. What I couldn’t get the pictures to show was that in certain lights there is an almost denim blue tint to it. I can see me getting a lot of wear out of this.
Despite its cremey texture this eyeliner seems to be pretty budge-proof after it has dried.
Finally, here it is applied quickly under my lower lashline and lightly smudged. I’m not wearing any other makeup in these photos. And my eyebrows need plucking. Please ignore them.
All in all I’m pleased with my purchase – good quality for a good price.
Has anybody else tried products from the SAX range? What did you think of them?
Don’t scented nail polishes make you feel like a kid? There’s just something so deliciously childlike about the idea, and while it’s not a concept that appeals to every nail polish lover I really love them.
There are a few brands who have introduced scented polishes to their lines (Revlon springs to mind) – and now Color Club have introduced theirs in the form of the Wicked Sweet Collection.
Seven shades of neons and brights and all with candy scents to match. Color Club NZ kindly sent me out some to review, which I will do shortly, but right at the moment my nubbinses are more nubbiney than normal, and I don’t think short nails do much justice to polishes on camera. Having had a quick swatch though I can confirm that The Lime Starts Here does smell like lime candy – om nom nom.
The Wicked Sweet Collection is available from the usual Color Club stockists throughout New Zealand, or online from usanailsonline for $11.90. Just be warned that it’s apparently not considered polite to wave your fingers under strangers’ noses and shout “smell my
nails”. I try these things so you don’t have to.
I very rarely buy O.P.I. polish in New Zealand stores, because I strongly believe we pay far too much for it compared to overseas prices. Generally I’ll either buy it online or wait for in-store specials.
Sometimes however I can get sucked in by a counter display – in the same way that small children are attracted to lollies at the supermarket checkout -and this is exactly what happened at the pharmacy the other day. Waiting for the lady to ring up my purchases (eyelash curlers, Batiste dry shampoo, Cetaphil cleanser and throat lozenges; since you asked) my eyes fell upon the O.P.I. Pirates of the Caribbean display and like a naughty toddler my grabby hands were all over it.
I did manage to restrict myself to one particular polish that I’ve been lusting after though, and this is it:
Stranger Tides is what I think of as an “Ugly Pretty” colour. The grey/green colour reminds me of that guacamole dip which comes in a jar and contains not a trace of avocado.
Unfortunately the weather is a bit on the cloudy side today so my photos don’t quite bring out the green – in real life there’s more of a green tinge to it. Application was better than I expected for what is really a pastel colour (pastels are a notoriously finnicky lot to apply) – two coats for opaque coverage; the formula was a little on the gloopy side and not self-levelling but my top coat levelled it out nicely so you won’t hear me complaining.
I love Stranger Tides, and there’s a couple of other colours in the Pirates of the Caribbean collection I wouldn’t mind getting my paws on. What about you lot? Have you splurged on any from this collection and what did you think of them?
Hi all, I’m Selina and I’m thrilled to join the team at Pretty Pretty Pretty. Some of you may have followed me here from my other blog Pretty Clever, where I blog about pretty things (shameless plug: go check it out). I’ve previously shared my reviews and photos of nail polish and beauty items over at Pretty Clever, but when Joanna approached me and asked me to write for Pretty Pretty Pretty it seemed an opportune time to change the focus of Pretty Clever to the fashion side of things. So from now on you’ll be able to read about my adventures with nail polish and all things beauty here.
You may have already gathered I’m a nail polish addict. In fact I’m a makeup addict, but nail polish is my drug of choice and I have a large collection. I mean large. We’re talking in the hundreds here. So my first post for Pretty Pretty Pretty is, of course, about nail polish.
Color Club has long been one of my favourite brands of polish – for their quality, color range and price – and when they became available in New Zealand a couple of years ago I literally jumped for joy. There may have been some hand clapping and sqealing too. The lovely people at Color Club NZ were kind enough to send me out some polishes for review, and the two I have for you today are from the Pardon My French Collection.
Pardon My French is a collection of polishes designed for layering and comprises four sheer cremes and three glittery topcoats. It was released in the Northern Hemisphere for Spring 2010.
In the photo below you can see Oh Naturale, with Turn the Other Chic layered over it on two nails.
Now as I said, these polishes are designed to be layered, so the creme bases on their own can be a bit of a pain if you prefer your polish not to be sheer. What you see in the photo is four coats of Oh Naturale – it took that many to get it fully opaque and streak-free. Oh its own Oh Naturale is a lovely peachy orange, but it totally comes into its own when Turn the Other Chic is applied over the top.
Turn the Other Chic is a orange jelly base jam-packed full of glittery goodness. The consistency of the jelly polishes in the Pardon My French collection is like no other jelly polish I’ve ever encountered – it’s super thick and reminds me of jelly that’s been left to half set. Application is more a matter of ‘spreading’ it over the nail rather than brushing it on, so it can take a bit to get used to but it’s so worth it for the end result.
I have a couple more Pardon My French combos to show you soon, but in the meantime have any of you tried the polishes from this collection, and what did you think of them?
Color Club polishes are available in chemists throughout New Zealand, and a few other stores too. Online in New Zealand they can be purchased from USA Nails Online.