Monday, 16 February 2015

Loving & Loathing Week 67 & 68 - Double Bill & Nail Varnish Special #4!

Well hey there, FaB Girls! So I've been exceptionally tardy with my Loving & Loathing posts of late - in fact this is my first of the year! Whoops! I mean, it's not like we're eight weeks into the year or anything *innocent face*.

Anyway, by way of an apology, this is a mother-lovin' double bill! Yes, I thought you'd like that. And since a girl can never have too many nail polishes, this one's a nail polish special. There's not a lot that a new varnish can't fix - am I right? ;-)

Top L-R: OPI, nails inc Gel Effect, Maybelline Color Show, Illamasqua.
Bottom L-R: Models Own Velvet Goth, Ciaté, Bourjois So Lacque, Essie.


Top = OPI's All Sparkly and Gold
Bottom = nails inc's St. James
OPI Nail Polish in All Sparkly and Gold, RRP £11.50 (Buy): This is from the Autumn 2013 Mariah Carey Collection, so it's an oldie but a goodie. As you can probably tell from the picture, this nail varnish is chocka with glitter, and gives a very, very good full coverage (in my experience, glitters can be a bit watery at times). This could well be one of the best performing glitters I have used in a long, long time as well, as I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds that glitter nail polish can just randomly come off in massive chunks. No such problem with this little beauty. It's incredibly festive (I loved wearing it at Christmas), but if you just want an excuse to perk up your nails/outfit/mood then you can't go wrong with this OPI wonder. It's not too easily available as it's discontinued; however, I'm completely amazing and so the link above will take you to the fabulous Nail Polish Direct, where this lovely polish will cost you just £7.95! Hooray! I do it because I love you.

nails inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in St James, RRP £14.00 (Buy): I find nails inc's nail varnishes to be a little hit and miss, but this super-glossy bright red is just lovely. Described by nails inc as "Pillar box red", this is a shade that will certainly brighten up your day. As with most of the "gel effect" nail varnishes I have tried, the high gloss effect comes at a price; namely the wear time. Therefore, it doesn't perform as well as some other nails inc shades I've tried, but when you compare it against other brands with the same "gel effect" formula it doesn't do too badly. It's well worth investing in, as this is definitely a classic, go-to red that you'll reach for time and time again.

Top = Maybelline's Street Artist White Splatter
Bottom = Illamasqua's Blizzard
Maybelline Color Show Street Artist Top Coat in White Splatter, RRP £3.99 (Buy): This polish, as the name suggests, is designed to be worn over another colour, meaning that the colour combination possibilities are endless! It's shown here over the Bourjois nail varnish that's in my Loathing section below (both of which happened to be 29th birthday presents from FaB Girl Sarah). This great effect polish warranted a nice close-up, as it's not just got random white bits in. There's a touch of glitter, hexagons, strands, holographic bits - it's a real mixture! If using this on all of your digits is a bit too wacky for you then try this as an accent nail - it looks seriously cool. The wear time was surprisingly good too, and outperformed the base colour significantly.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Blizzard, RRP £14.50 (Buy): What?! An Illamasqua polish that I like? Yes, eagle-eyed readers may well remember that two of Illamasqua's nail varnishes have been set firmly in the Loathing category in the past (Veridian and Unnatural did not fare well), but this was one I adore. Well, it was in the sale and it was payday - give a girl a break! So yes, this was purchased on a whim, and it turned out to be a great decision. It photographs really badly, but as the name suggests it gives the impression that your nails are covered with iridescent flakes of snow. Trust me, it's a beautiful effect. I haven't yet tried this over another nail varnish, but I'll bet that it looks great too. So, where do I now sit regarding IIllamasqua's nail varnishes? Funnily, I've heard from other people that their nail varnishes are brilliant and perform really well, and so I have a couple of theories about the difference in quality that I've found;
1) The nail varnishes actually do differ in quality.
2) The formula has changed and improved.
3) This bottle came directly from Illamasqua while the other 2 were bought off eBay - perhaps they were very old?
In any case, I'm now prepared to give their nail varnishes another go, which is good news as they have so many beautiful and unusual colours. My next purchase may well be the new shade Melange - an "intense and mysterious golden teal". Oooh!

Top = Models Own's Sardonyx
Bottom = Ciate's Kiss Chase
Models Own Velvet Goth Nail Polish in Sardonyx, RRP £5.00 (Buy): I actually owned this before Birchbox offered them as one of their boxes a few months ago, but as I own a ridiculous amount of nail varnishes, I hadn't got round to trying it until recently. This is such a weird nail varnish (it's a matte glitter. Seriously), but it really works! The picture gives you a kind of idea of what to expect, but there's nothing like trying it out, which us something you must do, considering it costs less than the national minimum hourly wage. I had so many compliments when I had this on, and I'm really keen to give the purple shade, Amethyst, and what looks like a stunning blue-black named Valerian. As with almost all of the Models Own polishes I own the wear time was pretty good, and if I remember correctly it was even slightly better, chipping late on the third day. Oh, and at the time of writing there's 3 for 2 on Models Own nail polish at Superdrug, so really you have no excuse not to buy this. I'll be checking up!

Ciaté Nail Polish Mini in Kiss Chase, RRP £5.00 for 5ml (Buy): Ah, Ciaté's little collections are a real delight. This baby came in one of their advent calendars (which I got on sale after Christmas - ha!), and it jumped out at me right away. This is the epitome of girly; it's a bright, slightly watermelon-y, Barbie pink (in fact it's a touch more orangey in real life than in the photo). This is the perfect shade for Spring and Summer, and is bound to put a smile on your face. Team with a flirty dress and delicate jewellery. At the time of writing, there's also 3 for £12 on lots of lovely minis on Ciaté's website  - bargain! Want more? You can also get the larger 13.5ml bottle for £9.00 here.


Bourjois So Lacque Ultra Shine Nail Enamel in 63 Purple Fiction, RRP £5.99: What a lovely colour, and what a disappointing result. I wanted so badly to love this; as I mentioned above it was a birthday present. However, it chipped really easily, and we really don't have time for that do we? This is the second of Bourjois' nail varnishes that I had a problem with - all the way back in the fourth edition of Loving & Loathing I mentioned that I had a real problem with their 1 Seconde Nail Enamel. That means that I have tried two different formulas and Bourjois are 0 for 2. There are a couple of shades that look really lovely but with two bad experiences from two different formulas, there is zero incentive for me to give them a try.

Essie Nail Polish in Smooth Sailing, RRP £7.99: What the hell is this?! This has to be the absolute worst colour to translate from bottle to nail that I have ever seen. In the bottle it's a dreamy, medium blue with silver shimmer; on the nail it's a complete disaster. I seriously doubt this colour would look good on any skintone. I can't begin to tell you how awful this looked - in fact I found it so offensive I removed it immediately. Trust me on this one - it was horrendous.

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