Thursday, 27 February 2014

Claire's Accessories £1 Polish Swatches | Part 2

So here is the second part of the £1 markdown polish swatches. I've developed a new found respect for all the amazing swatchers out there, I don't know how you have the patience! There are six more colours in this post, plus a bottle of cuticle oil. There are four plain colours and two glitter polishes. Less talk, more photos!

First up is Grey Day, which is a plain grey polish. Although it isn't the most exciting of the bunch, it's so nice to finally own a grey that doesn't take a million coats to become opaque. I used two coats to achieve full coverage. I actually really like this colour, I don't find it boring at all. 

Mushroom is a gorgeous deep brown, which my camera unfortunately struggled to pick up. This is the only dark brown polish i own, and i'm in love with it! I used two coats for full coverage. I also popped a matte top coat on it to help provide a better colour swatch.

Scarlet is my new favourite red, ever. It has a really subtle pink shimmer that once again, my camera didn't quite pick up. This was opaque in just one coat, but I applied two for maximum coverage. The formula is perfect, no lumps, bumps or streaks to be seen! 

Navy Pier is a basic deep navy colour. The formula seems really sheer on the brush, but maximum coverage only took two coats. I think this is the perfectly alternative to black nails, it's just a little different and fresh. It is slightly thinner than the other polishes, but a steady hand means application isn't messy at all.

Sky Blue Flakes is my absolute favourite out the bunch. I applied this over Navy Pier as a last minute decision (I had planned on using a black polish) and it's like a match made in heaven! I'm not a huge fan of flakies because the few i own tend to be gloopy and not very full of flakes. This however, is just beautiful. Shown is just one coat, and i didn't even have to fish around for more flakes. The odd gold fleck really stands out, and just makes this polish so interesting. You need this polish, trust me.

Last up we have Orange Splatter, an effect polish. This is a sheer orange polish with black and white graffiti style glitter. On my middle and ring finger i've applied three coats. On my thumb, index and pinkie i applied a coat of neon orange first, with one coat of this over the top. This is the perfect halloween polish, just got a little while to wait! The formula is a little thick, but it's still easy to apply. The glitter ratio is really generous, and you don't have to fish for the bar glitter or big flecks.

Although it's hard to show off the cuticle oil i've took a few photos of my nails after two uses. I've always had terrible cuticles, and I honestly think it's made a little difference already! I don't know much about different cuticle oils as this is the first one i've actually used. It has a lovely citrus smell that isn't over bearing, and sinks in to the skin pretty quickly. Hopefully with continued use i'll notice a bigger difference soon!

So that's it for the £1 Markdowns! Despite the work that goes in to a post this big i've quite enjoyed it! Is this something you'd like to see a little bit more of? Let me know in the comments below.

I'm off for some much need R&R, there's a bar of chocolate in the fridge screaming my name! I'd love to hear which polish is your favourite, and if you've gone out to purchase any. They can be purchased online or in store, but once they're gone that's it unfortunately!

Til next time, Becky x

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Claire's Accessories £1 Polish Sale | Part 1

As promised here is the first part of the £1 Polish markdown swatches! I picked up six shimmery colours and swatched those together for this post. Although these are technically sale you can still pick them up on the cosmetics 3 for 2 offer, but hurry as this promotion doesn't usually last for very long! You can still get most of these polishes online, links are provided at the end of this post. If not pop in to your local Claire's and they should hopefully still have some in stock :)

Let's get started! I'd like to mention I am in no way a brilliant swatcher. I've tried my best to provide an accurate representation, so uh, let's just leave it at that :P

First up is Metallic Dark Berry. This is described perfectly in the name, and is a little darker on the nails than my camera picked up. I applied two coats to achieve full coverage. There is a lovely gold shimmer in the polish, and it totally reminds me of grapes! The formula is a little on the thick side but still easy to apply. 

Teal is another metallic polish that I already had in my collection before it was reduced. This is my favourite out of the bunch, it has a gorgeous teal/blue shift and looks stunning on the nail. I used two coats for full coverage. It has a similar thickness to the Metallic Berry but is still easy to apply. I always feel like a mermaid with this on!

So Couture is a beige/gold shimmer polish. I didn't go much on it but thought i'd pick it up as part of the 3 for 2 and i'm glad I did! I think it suits my skin tone really well and is perfect for a quick neutral mani. The gold shimmer flecks really stands out, especially in the sun! Formula is brilliant, shown is two coats.

Bejewelled is a bright shimmery pink, and my biggest surprise of the bunch. I'm not a pink kinda girl, at least, I never used to be. But this is just stunning! It's a really bright, deep pink with a lot of sparkle. The formula is a little more sheer than the rest, but this only took two coats for full coverage. I'll definitely be using this beauty again soon!

Jealous is another favourite of mine. It's the only one that dries to a satin matte finish, but i prefer it with a shiny top coat. The golden glitter flecks really stand out, and i think it's a perfect festive polish! It's a little sheer, shown below is two coats but I think it could have done with one more. Trust me when i say you need this polish.

 Zap is the last out of the shimmery reduced polishes, and my least favourite of the bunch. There's nothing wrong with it, I just don't find the colour as exciting as the name! The formula is pretty sheer, this took three coats. Not much else to say, it's just a classic dark metallic grey which I suppose everyone should have at least one of!

So there you go! Any of those take your fancy? If i had to pick only two it would be Teal and Metallic Red. I have six more to show you tomorrow, although there were a few plain glitters that i didn't pick up, in a red, green and bronze colour. Keep an eye out for tomorrow's post if you liked this one!

I'd like to mention before I go that although I work for Claire's, all products are purchased by myself and under no obligation. All reviews and opinions are my own.

Becky x

Bejewelled - Find it here.
Zap - Find it here.
So Couture - Find it here.
Jealous - Find it here.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Claire's Accessories | Green Neon Nail Art

Due to a lot of polish being marked down to £1 at work, we've been getting a LOT of swanky new styles coming in to take their place over the past week. As all cosmetics are currently on a 3 for 2 offer, I have of course been stocking up. I've prepared two Markdown posts to show you all, with 12 polishes in total. I've still got a couple left to swatch so they should hopefully be posted in the next couple of days. I've also been buying the newbies, which i'll be showing off afterwards! I purely bought such a large amount to show them all off to you, the things I do for the sake of my blog huh? :P

Anyway! Here's a simple nail art manicure showing you a sneaky peak at two new Neon polishes. Despite how easy and quick this was I'm pretty happy with it! Really enjoying wearing bright colours at the moment :)

For this look I used:
Claire's Accessories - White Neon Pale Green
Claire's Accessories - Neon Pinball
Barry M - White Nail Art Pen
Claire's Accessories - Gel Top Coat

Bright huh? I've got a few of the neon collection so I won't go in to detail about the polish now, i'll save it til later on. I'm enjoying posting a lot again, I think the influx of amazing polish at work has kicked my bum back in to gear! Want a sneaky peak at some newbies? Course you do ;)

Excited much? :) Will be posting the £1 swatches soon and then these beauties so keep an eye out!
Becky x
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