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Nail Polish/Care

Nails of the Day…

I’m traveling today so I wanted to wear something cheery but durable on my nails. I opted for pink, surprise, surprise. It’s actually quite different to all of the other pink polishes I own (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!).

Butter London Primrose Hill Picnic

Some swatches (2 coats of polish and all taken in natural light)…



Ignore the state of my cuticles, they have never been in such a bad way. You may have heard me mention the matching Lippy in a recent post. They are so pretty together…

Click here to see swatches of the Lippy and photos of how it looks on.

I’ve said this so often but I love Butter London nail polishes. They quality is excellent, the application is a dream. The finish is beautiful and they last a few days longer for me than my usual polishes. Another pro is that they dry quite quickly too.

You can buy Butter London lacquers from here or they are also on sale in Avoca or Fran and Jane (I also heard someone mention they picked one up in Oasis).

Any Butter London recommendations?

Lips, Make-up, Swatches

Lippy by Butter London Primrose Hill – Review & Pics

Butter London make gorgeous nail polishes, this we know. But I hadn’t heard anything of their Lippy’s until one arrived through my door a few weeks back. It’s in Primrose Hill Picnic, what a whimsical name. It’s a bright pink and I’m just in love with it!

Before I get to the review I’ll add some swatches and show you what it looks like on my mug. The great thing about this Lippy is that it can be worn in its intense form or a little lighter. I photographed both.



I applied two layers for the intense look. Now I have I have heard it said that there is no point in a lip only picture when swatching lip products, that you want to see what it looks like with the rest of the makeup. Here goes…

Now on with the review.

Texture Lippy’s remind me a lot of the Lip Tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. It is thick and well, tar like. This means it adheres very well to the lips. This isn’t one of those sheer, smoosh it on over everything glosses. You need a mirror to apply since the colour is intense and you want to keep it within the lip line.

Pigmentation Amazing. ‘Nuff said.

Finish It looks like you have gone to the bother of applying both lipstick and lipgloss but you haven’t. It looks creamy, opaque and glossy. It’s more lipsticky than lip gloss if you know what I mean.

Staying Power I have found this to be the most long lasting gloss I’ve come across. I would put this down to the texture – which you will either love or hate. It will be reliable on a night out or special event, for a gloss.

Price and where to buy €17 from here. Well worth the price tag in my opinion! Top notch stuff. Butter London is also on sale in Avoca or Fran and Jane.


What do you think?

China Glaze, Hauls, Nail Polish/Care

A spot of Nail Polish Shopping….

Whenever I have a bad day I feel the urge to buy nail polish. Don’t ask why, I don’t , I just buy. Luckily I don’t often have a bad day but when I do I head to my favourite ebay store and peruse nail polishes. Then I check swatches online and create a shortlist. I love the entire, ridiculous process.

Last week I went for China Glaze Purple Panic and Pink Voltage. I usually but a few more but I managed to reign myself in :)

I think the neoness of the colours hints at the sort of mood I was in! Not traditional Winter shades but November is so dark and dreary that I could do with a little brightness. Is it just me?


China Glaze Purple Panic


China Glaze Pink Voltage


I found BeautyZone2007 through Lollipop26 who often buys nail polishes from them. I have never had any problems – she offer combined shipping, nail polishes are much cheaper than here in Ireland, she has a huge range and I have never had any customs charges (I never order more than 6 at a time, usually four). Each bottle costs €2.34 and postage came to €5. Not bad for less than a tenner! It’s also a good way to buy shades that are from old collections.

I don’t have any neon shades in my collection so I look forward to trying these. Speaking of my collection, I feel like a nail polish clear out is in order. I have  my favourites but there are so many more that have been used once or twice and flung in the box.

Blog sale?

Nail Polish/Care

Nail Polish of the Month…

My favourite nail polish this month is without a doubt ‘Round my Finger’ by Catrice.

Round My Finger is a gorgeous Magenta shade. It reminds me a little of OPI’s Pompeii Purple (See here). Actually it’s a little more purple, but similar all the same.

You can’t go wrong for €3!

What’s your favourite at the moment?

Hauls, Lips, Make-up

A spot of lipstick shopping…

I needed a little pick me up yesterday so I bought a new book (The Radleys – meh!) and popped to my local Starbucks for a huge mug of tea. However, after I settled myself in to cosy arm chair it became apparent that I was sitting in the middle of some Mammy and toddler convention. Now I love kids but there was no chance of unwinding. I decided to take myself into Boots and treat myself to a few new lipsticks instead. I blame the hyper children :)

Boots are running 3 for 2 on Rimmel products so I had to buy three lipstick. Had to.

I swatched about twenty lipsticks and finally settled on three. I went for bright, current shades rather than my usual nudes/nude pinks.


The three I went for are 110 Pink Gossip, 620 Coral Queen and 340 Lily Extase (Left to right).


And here are some swatches…

All three are both creamy and pigmented, I think that’s why I chose them. Lily Extase and Coral Queen are a little outside my comfort zone so I’ll start with Pink Gossip. Face of the days using these bad boys to follow :)

What do you think?

Nail Polish/Care

Estée Lauder Oyster Cult

Today I’m wearing Estée Lauder nail polish in Oyster Cult, thought I would share :)

When I ordered Oyster Cult I thought it would be a grey rather than a silver. Serves me right for ordering from a swatch chart.

And here are some swatches to show you how it looks on my nails…

The first photo was taken outside, the others were taken indoors but in natural light.

For some reason the finish of these particular Estée Lauder polishes doesn’t make my nails look more attractive. In the case of Oyster Cult, it seems to highlight the flaws – dents and ridges look more pronounced.

I’m not a huge fan of this shade to be honest. It doesn’t do a whole lot for my skin tone. I would imagine that this would look much better on someone with darker skin than me.

It’s also worth noting that the finish is quite soft – no hard wearing, veneer like effect. It also took a wee bit longer to dry than a Rimmel polish for example. That being said, there are no claims that this is hard-wearing, shiny or fast drying.

I have also tried Mega Fuchsia if  you would like a look and comparison. I prefer it to Oyster Cult, by a long shot. This is a little too tin-man-esque for me.

Do you have any Estée Lauder favourites? What nail polish are you wearing today?


Nail Polish/Care

Estée Lauder Mega Fuchsia – Review & Swatches

I have been meaning to review Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Polish in Mega Fuchsia for a few weeks now. The shade always draws my attention when I’m deciding on what colour to choose from my collection.

And a swatch…

Let me start by saying that I love the packaging. The cube shape makes a nice change. It is quite heavy though so it’s not one you would pop in your bag for touch ups.

Colour wise it’s well, fuchsia. It’s quite bright and cheery so I find I get quite a few comments on it when I wear it.

I’m on the fence about the finish. It dries with a satin shine rather than high shine so I would definitely apply a top coat to this one but that’s down to personal preference really.

The first coat goes on quite sheer and a little streaky but that is quickly remedied by the second and third coat. Three coats are necessary for full coverage.

Mega Fuchsia dries a little soft. It’s far from the diamond finish I have been attracted to lately. It also takes a little while to dry. I sat with my hands on my lap for about 20  minutes to make sure that final coat was fully dry. From previous experience if I moved around before this time I would smudge or dint the polish.

My mum has a serious addiction to fuchsia nail polish. She will love this one – although she did mention that she now has 7 bottles of similar nail polish all from different brands. I can’t make fun of her since I’m always drawn to taupe shades, regardless of the fact that there are quite a few of them in my press.

The bottom line on this one is that I love the colour but that I’m not mad about the finish and application. However, I am quite willing to overlook these issues for the cheeriness of the shade.

Have you tried Estée Lauder nail polishes?


Nail Polish/Care

Rimmel Desire – Nails of the Day & Swatches

For my nails today I chose a rather vampy shade by Rimmel called ‘Desire’. I fancied something a little more sultry today rather than the usual taupey shades I have been chasing lately.

And some swatches… (taken in natural light)

As I have mentioned previously, I’m a big fan of Rimmel’s Pro formulations; they’re creamy, easy to apply, have a wider brush, dry super fast, last a decent amount of time and they’re cheap. What more in there to say! Love.

What nail polish are you wearing today?

Nail Polish/Care, Swatches

My favourite Pink Nail Polish – Rimmel Portobello Pink

I have completely fallen for Rimmel Portobello Pink (230). It’s their 60 Seconds formulation, which I love. Here are some swatches.


What I think:

  • Easy to apply
  • I’m a fan of Rimmel polishes creamy consistency. The coverage is excellent.
  • The thick brush makes the application quicker
  • Dry very quickly
  • Lasts a few days before it chips
  • They’re affordable and worth every penny
  • The shade of pink is very wearable – it’s not pastel, has no shimmer or iridescence to it and is blue toned which is very flattering on my hands.

What is your favourite pink polish?

Nail Polish/Care

Rimmel Fast & Fuchsia – What Nail Polish are you wearing?

My favourite nail polish at the moment is Rimmel. It’s called Fast & Fuchsia. I would describe the shade as a vibrant magenta.

I took a few swatch images in both natural and artificial lighting.


natural light


It’s creamy, easy to apply and dries fast. Tis great stuff all together. It began to chip for me on the third day. However, I wasn’t wearing a nail base or top coat so it serves me right.

I have received quite a few compliments from strangers at the shops and even the nurse at my doctors office. It’s just a cheery shade.

I’m keen to try more of Rimmel’s 60 seconds nail polishes. Have you tried them? Have you any recommendations?

What are you wearing on your nails today?

M.A.C, Reviews, Swatches

Airport Lipstick Buy: MAC Snob

I picked up ‘Snob’ at the MAC counter in Dublin airport the other day (I always treat myself to a lipstick in the airport).

For this picture I dabbed a little of Snob over concealed lips and added a thin coat of clear gloss (Bourjois). Applied straight from the tube it looked quite harsh. It looked very chalky with the flash on. Here is a link to how it looks layered on thickly alone using flash.

I’m all for pink lipstick. The right shade can lift  your face, and your mood. It can be quite difficult to find a shade that does all the right things for you. Take MAC Angel for example, it works great on me in the Winter but looks cheap and tacky on me in the Summer.

Snob is a satin finish lipstick. I applied it today without base or gloss to see how long it would last. It Continue Reading

Nail Polish/Care, Reviews

Rimmel Nail Polish: Urban Princess

Rimmel Pro Lycra 291 Urban Princess is a perfect Barbie pink. I love the wide tapered edge brush, great for lazy girls like me. Two coats et voila, nails that would make Barbie jealous.

I didn’t apply a base or top coat, tut tut. It dried very quickly. It lasted 3 days before starting to chip at the nail tips. The chipping was quite minor though, I don’t think others would have noticed it.

For some reason, I’m not loving the colour. Maybe it doesn’t suit my skin tone at the moment. I might put it away until Summer when my hands are a little darker.

On a different note, I have no idea what is going on with my nails lately. I have to trim them every few days, they’re super strong and growing like mad. My nails have always been weak and crumbly so I have no idea what’s happening to them. Although, I’m certainly not complaining!

What’s your favourite Rimmel nail polish?