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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?

Comparison: YSL Touche Eclat Foundation Vs YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation

This summer I have really got into wearing YSL’s Touche Eclat Foundation, as its dewy, semi-sheer finish has been a welcome break from the heavy matte appearance of MAC Studio Finish, which is my winter go-to.  So, when their Forever Youth Liberator Foundation came out, I was interested to know how they would compare.

Now, how you feel about this will depend on whether you buy into the life-transforming properties of serum.  I have (inconsistently) used the Forever Youth serum for a while now, and remain on the fence (which explains my lack of consistency in using it).  To me it’s an expensive nice-to-have, and one that is easily forgotten when I am against time in the morning.  So, the Forever Youth foundation seemed like the perfect compromise for those on the go!

So, last week I tootled to John Lewis and asked for a sample in my usual B10 shade. I have worn it every day this week, and can honestly say that I cannot see much difference in performance or appearance between the two.

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As you can see, the colours are identical.

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They blend identically.

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Here they are blended into each other.  There is no difference in texture, colour or scent.  (And there is a slightly floral scent, which I had never noticed on my face, but is inescapable now they are swatched on my arm!)

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I asked my husband whether he could tell them apart, and he couldn’t. (He is an observant and medically-trained so more than capable of discerning differences to skin!)

I wore the Forever Youth version last night, and actually thought that it was too dewy, and made me look too shiny.  However, I was wearing my new Dior Bonne Etoile eyeshadows (review is coming – promise), so perhaps it was more owing to glitter/dew overload, than the foundation performing differently to its Touche Eclat counterpart.

Bottom line – there is a  difference in price – £29 vs £34, but if you buy into the serum and it works for you, then the new Youth Liberator Foundation could be just the ticket.  For now, I am going to stick with the Touche Eclat (not least as I have just started a new bottle!), but for anyone in the UK, Debenhams is having a 10% off event today, so now is the time to try either of them!

I’m actually looking forward to re-acquainting with my matte MAC foundation now that it’s Autumn.  Do you find that your foundation tastes change with the season?

Love, SnailPolish x

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.

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

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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