Review – A-England Galahad Nail Polish

An oldie but a goodie.  This has been sat in my stash for about 11 months since the last wear.  I don’t know why I forgot about it as the colour is beautiful.  I think it’s my favourite tealy-blue that I’ve owned, and matches my favourite Vivienne Westwood handbag perfectly.  (Mine is bigger than this… and better, ha ha!)

A-England polishes are fab and apply like a dream, and last for about a week on me.  These pics are with two coats and a top-coat.  

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My only complaint is that there is no mixing ball in the bottles.  After 11 months without being touched, they had separated a little and it was a slight PITA to shake them back together.  This picture of the bottle on its side shows you what I mean.  I’m going to try to track down some ball bearings and pop them into the bottle.Nails3

A-England polishes are £9 each within the UK from Adina’s site, and can also be bought worldwide.

I would definitely re-purchase this as it is such a gorgeous colour that lasts so well.

Have you tried any A-England polishes?  What’s your favourite shade?

Love, SnailPolish x

All used up! Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

I do love a good empties post.  Reductionista’s in particular are the best!  There is something so satisfying about using up a product and creating a little bit more space in one’s cupboard.  I’ve had a fab using-up month, including a bottle of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, face wipes, cotton pads, serum, mascara and (nearly) Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.  I’d love to do a round-up, but sadly my OCD husband insists on immediate recycling in our clutter-free home.

However, I thought that this deserved a special post.

See that?  It’s Lush’s Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter.

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And.  See that?!  It’s empty.

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This stuff is the gift that keeps on giving.  Generous nightly use for eleven-and-a-half months has finally destroyed it.  Bedtimes won’t be the same without that slightly synthetic, but totally yummy, oily lemon scent wafting under my nose (I lie on my hand – I don’t snort the stuff!).

Will I buy it again?  Hell yes, it’s £6.50!  Indeed, as soon as my solar oil is gone, it’s coming back for good :)

What products have you conquered against the odds?

Love, SnailPolish x

Review – Chanel Le Vernis Alchimie No. 591

Long time no post!  Sorry about that – it’s a very busy time of year at work and I always forget how draining the past/next couple of weeks are.  That, coupled with the damp grey days and early nights, are a recipe for misery, lol!

Anyway.   Chanel’s Alchime.  Part of its 2013 A/W Superstition collection, which I purchased along with Mysterious on the week of its release.  I’d not got around to using it until last week, mainly because I was too tired to devote the necessary brain power required for a focused, brush-free application.  (Foils and brush strokes are par for the course, and don’t bother me too much.  As long as they are straight.)

I finally got round to using this, and was looking forward to seeing its golden-olive tones on my tips.  I mean, what a fab colour.

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Isn’t it?

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Not on my nails.

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On my nails it is green.  Definitely green.Nails4

It does something strange in the transition from bottle to nail.  And it is not simply the lighting.  This photo clearly shows the difference between the colour in the bottle and the colour on the nail.

So disappointing.

Now, on the plus side, it applied ok in two coats and wasn’t too brushy.  It chipped a bit easily (this mani here is four days old) but I find that with all frosts.  I think the metallic particles make it less flexible to knocks and stresses than creme glosses.

But it IS green (on me).

Would I repurchase?  No.  It’s green, ffs!*

Have you ever had a chameleon-esque polish, and was it for better or worse?

* – I like green polish.  When I have chosen green.  Not when I have chosen golden olive

Review – Illamasqua Facet Nail Polish

I really love Illamasqua nail polishes, although I have neglected them in my recent high-end gluttony.  However, I just could resist their new shade – Facet – which is part of the Sacred Hour collection.

Illamasqua describe Facet as ‘grey crystal’, which is somewhat obtuse if you’re looking to purchase without seeing it in the flesh!  The base of this nail colour is a smokey, taupe-leaning grey that is flecked with warm copper micro glitter.  Despite the glitter, this is not too in-you-face blingy as the muted base calms everything down.  I normally have an aversion to glitter polish, but to me this is more shimmery that sparkly, although this does come alive in direct sunlight.

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All of the photos have been taken with a flash.  It’s so gloomy today, and I felt that flash photos captured the polish more honestly.

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I’ve had this polish on for two days and it is immaculate, despite doing some heavy-duty chores.  I’ve used it with my regular Illamasqua base, and the combo feels exceptionally robust.  As an experiment, I am not taking this off until it is knackered, so I will update you on its longevity.

Overall, I am really pleased with this, and would repurchase (hypothetically, of course.  Who has ever actually finished a nail varnish?).  This retails for £14.50, and I was pleased to save 10% at a recent Debenhams event.

Will you be exploring the many dimensions of Facet?

Long (ish) time, no post

We’ve been working strange hours this week – nights for him and early, LONG days for me.  Not an ideal combination.  It’s been like living in a submarine where beds are used in shifts!

I hate it when my routine is thrown out of kilter.  I feel bloated because I feel that I haven’t eaten all that well (although this is largely in my mind) and grumpy because I have barely seen my husband (or daylight).

I don’t know about you, but when the going get tough, the tough go shopping!  This week may have therefore entailed several mad purchases, including Illamasqua, MAC, Chanel, a Whistles dress, some cute towels with foxes on and a Land Rover (cough).

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Image courtesy of fashionpearlsofwisdom.co.uk

 

So, this weekend will mostly be spend eBaying any internal organs that are still viable for a quid or two ;)

How do you cope with a careful routine being thrown into disarray?

Love, SnailPolish x