Category: Nails

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.  


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.


And.  See that?!  It’s empty.


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.


Isn’t it?


Not on my nails.


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.



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.


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?

Review – Dior Vernis No. 382 Destin


Yum yum yum.  I’m a little in love with Dior’s Autumn-Winter Metallics Collection.  I have bought the Bonne Etoile palette, and used it, but like a div I forgot to swatch it.  I’ll make up for that shortly!

Today I want to show you the fab nail polish that is Destin.  I would describe this as a metallic lavender that has a discernible warm-leaning mauve/beige cast in certain lights.Nails2

This is slightly frosty, and if you are not careful, you will get visible brush strokes.  However, as frosts go, I think the brush strokes are minimal, undoubtedly due to the flat tapered brush.


Application was a breeze – one coat nearly does it, and two is nice and plush.


The photos today are after 5 days wear – the light is beginning to get pretty crappy and today was the first day bright enough to capture it.  So, as you can see, it wears well.  Apart from on the corner of my thumbnail that always chips.  Gah.

As I mentioned in my last post, this is selling out fast.  Two counters that I visited had already sold out, despite them only hitting the shops in the UK last week.


Are you tempted by Destin?  Or do you have fear of the frost?


Love, SnailPolish x

September Pay Day Wish List

Very short wish list this month! And very short waiting time too, as both have been bought tested, and are ready to blog.

Dior’s A/W collection only hit the counters this week, and already Destin has sold out at a couple of the ones that I visited. It’s hot, hot, hot! Get it whilst you can!

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What’s on your wish list this month?

Review – Chanel Le Vernis No. 601 Mysterious

Okay, I need to get this out of the way.  Whenever I think of this polish, this fricking earworm gets stuck in my head.  Terrible.  We all know that his seminal album was the curated duets with his erstwhile wife.  I mean, check out these fab-o-lous reviews!


Right, cheesy pop pec flashbacks out of the way and onto the polish!

I bought Mysterious last week in Harvey Nichols, along with its shimmery Alchimie friend.  Poor Miss Elixir was left behind.  I liked her but didn’t love her, and felt that she was too close to my hardly-used YSL… But now that I’ve begun the process of animatism, I feel so bad at tearing her away from her friends, and I sense it’s only a matter of time before she comes to live with me.Nails3


Mysterious is a deep, dark olivey khaki.  In low light it is very close to black, but in direct light, you can see the murky green emerge.  I love this colour, but I sense it is a marmite job.  It  reminds me of of a thick handful of gelatinous seaweed being plucked from the sea bed (or just saag aloo, if I am being frank).  It is quite daring and grungy, yet simultaneously sophisticated.


I wore this on Sunday when I went for a meal with my husband, and it was the perfect complement to my fabby new Whistles dress.


It’s been on for two days, and got a chip this afternoon.  I blame the crappy courtesy car that I have been saddled with, rather than the Chanel. (I got rear-end shunted last week and my beloved Beetle Sport is in for repairs.  And what do I – a committed VW-aholic – get in return?  A Ford Frigging Mondeo.  And one that CHIPS Chanel when I’m belting up at that.  A Mondeo.  Weep.)

So, Mondeo woes aside.  Mysterious is great.  It’s permanent so no need to rush out to get it.  But if you do get it sooner than later, you will get max value out of it for Autumn.

What do you think of this colour?  Do you get the seaweed/saag/silage vibe from it, or something altogether more glamourous?  And – more importantly – does the thought of being seen in public in a Mondeo make you want to curl up and die?!

Love, SnailPolish x