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Nail Polish/Care

Sally Hansen’s new Spring Shades

I liked the look of Sally Hansen’s new lady like shades at first glance. Sure, they’re like other polishes I have but that just means I’ll use them!

Soft and creamy is the order of the day…

  • Nude Now – A subtle peachy, pink hue.
  • Greige Gardens – A grey jelly creme with a purple tint. Love!!!

And now for some swatches (the worst swatches ever! My hands are so dry this time of year)…

Greige Gardens (natural light)


Nude Now

I like both but I think the grey is more me. It’s the sort of shade you can apply and wear whatever and go wherever you want without thinking twice until it starts to wear. Speaking of wearing, I find Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes last very well. I had the grey shade on for 4-5 days before it showed any signs of wearing. That’s a miracle for me.

For those you unfamiliar with their Complete Salon Manicure range, they’re basically designed to be an entire manicure in one bottle  – no need for bases or top coats. That’s a bit of a tall order but they do last well. They also apply like a dream. The brush is tapered and flat – my favourite brush type by far.

They cost €8.95 and are available in pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores.

Love them! Any nail polish recommendations for me?

Drugstore Make-up, Isa Dora, Make-up

Isa Dora Spring Make-up..

You have probably heard me yapping about my love for Isa Dora cosmetics when I was a teenager. Last year I made a Product Rave video about their blush (posted below). Well now they have a few products lined up for Spring and I have been dabbling. Oh how Amy likes to dabble.

The collection is called Pearls of Passion

 

Wonder Nail Polish (€7.95)

 

Eye Shadow Quartet ‘Rainbow Pearls’ €13.50

 

Glow Stick Blusher – Rose Petal (€15.50)

Twist-up Metallic Eye Pencil (€10.95)

This bracelet comes free with any 2 purchases…

Some swatches…

 

Here is my Porduct Rave video on the Glowstick – I also apply it on camera to show you what it looks like.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_07KvQECUk

And a swatch on my arm for shade reference – one needs to be thorough :) …

My thoughts so far:

  • Love the nail polish. At first glance I thought it was just another lavender shade but when I saw the reflects I was thrilled. It looks absolutely beautiful on (I’ll swatch it later and post in the morning). If a garden fairy were to choose a nail polish this would be for her.
  • The bracelet is completely wearable. In fact, I have worn it twice this week. It’s good quality – not what you expect for a freebie.
  • The blush… well, the video speaks for itself. I also included it my Spring favourites video before I knew they were re-promoting it.
  • The eyeshadow palette isn’t like the ones I used to collect as a teen. This palette in particular is very shimmery. If you’re into shimmer than you might like. I would also recommend an eye base to avoid fallout. I like the goldy shade the most. I applied it over a paint-pot and it looks beautiful on blue eyes.

 

Isa Dora is available in pharmacies around Ireland. (My local Unicare stocks the full range).

Any thoughts on Isa Dora?

* I have been updating my Bump & Baby Blog daily if you are bored :)

Drugstore Make-up, Favourites, Make-up, Nail Polish/Care, Urban Decay, YouTube Videos

Video – Top Products for Spring!

I  love Spring! I love the return of brighter evenings, pretty colours. It always inspire me to change my make-up. I decided to make a video on my top products for Spring. Some are old favourites and others are new.

Products I mentioned:

Revlon Lip Butter Cotton Candy
Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour http://tinyurl.com/7txlftd
Maybelline Dream Mouse Blush – Peach Satin
Collection 2000 Blushalicious http://tinyurl.com/8727uaz
Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 http://tinyurl.com/85swyqe
Sigma Cleansing Tool http://tinyurl.com/7zp8o5r
Olay Total Effects Wake Up Wonder 7-in-1 http://tinyurl.com/6pcm5ok
Urban Decay De-slick http://tinyurl.com/7hnojcc
Leighton Denny Baby Doll http://tinyurl.com/62wpofn
Collection 2000 Button Moon
Benefit Eye Bright http://tinyurl.com/7sek7t9
St Tropez Rose Illuminator http://tinyurl.com/6ncruwg
Revlon Pink Chiffon & Lilac Pastel http://tinyurl.com/2vq9ug7

Thanks for watching!

Fashion & Accessories

Spring Outfit – I wish I was wearing…

Every couple of months I pop onto Polyvore and play around with pretty clothes and accessories. It’s like being a 5 year old again.

I decided to publish this outfit since it’s me all over. It’s what I wish I was wearing today (instead of 90 denier tights and multiple cardigans!).

As ‘Amy’ as this outfit is, I shan’t be buying, have a look at the prices!

  • Spring Sophia Dress €248 – stevernalan.com
  • Valentino Rivets Beige Leather £1,259 – farfetch.com
  • Alexander Wang Freja Mocha Open Toed Shoes £795 – montaignemarket.com

These few are a little more affordable…

  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Freash $85
  • Vintage Flower Silk Scarf  £22 – Miss Selfridge
  • Cutie Pie Jewellery Vintage Rose Charm Bracelet £20 – ilovecutiepie.com

 

I need to win the lotto :) Even looking at this image cheers me up!

What fashion buys are you planning this Spring?

Nail Polish/Care

Switching to Brighter Nail Polish – Eyeko Coral Polish

It may still be freezing out but the sun has been shining. On cold days I love a bit of colour injection. Today I opted for a bright coral.

Eyeko Coral Polish is creamy and easy to apply. It may be a bit extreme for some and I really have to be in top form to pull it off. It will look beautiful on holiday and during the Summer.

Here’s some swatches if you would like a look. The photos were taken in natural day light.


I feel cheerier already! Excuse the messy application – I’m a disgrace :)

What do you think of bright nails?

Fashion & Accessories, General

New coat – Roadtested in Howth

I have always had a variety of coats in my wardrobe but last year I had to do a major clear-out. Nothing in my press fit me anymore and as result every coat that was even a tiny bit too big went to the charity shop. Replacing my clothes was an expensive pleasure but basics took priority. When it reached Spring and my winter coat was too warm I realised that I had no Spring coat. As we in Ireland know, we often need a light coat in Summer. On Anna’s recommendation I wanted a navy mac. Every one I tried on was too wide on the shoulder or too long (the petite ranges out there are deplorable!). I finally found this one in Diesel.

I spent the afternoon in Howth and a coat is nearly always required in Howth thanks to the wind. The mac cost €80 and I picked mine up in the Blanchardstown centre. Ignore the walking boots, I was trudging through sludge.

 

Nail Polish/Care, Reviews, Swatches

Pastel Nails for Spring

Pastel nails are in this Spring. With that in mind I decided to pick up an Easter inspired nail polish.

I settled on Collection 2000 Hot Looks in Button Moon (33). It’s a very pretty pastel aqua colour. I’ve never tried any of Collection 2000 nail polishes before. They are very cheap (under €3) and are often on special in Boots.


I always buy the same shades of nail polish, the classic shades really.  So trying a pastel green/blue is quite daring for me.

What do I think?

The colour is very pretty and I like that it’s a bit different. My nails remind me that Winter in over and Spring is here. Catching a glimpse of my nails actually made me feel quite cheery.

The application wasn’t exactly plain sailing. The consistency of the polish is quite thick. The bristles are not very smooth so it was difficult to get the polish evenly down to the cuticle. It dries very fast, which is usually a good thing but the polish dried a little streaky. After the first coat it looked awful. The second coat saved the day but it’s a long way from a flawless finish. The bottle is also very small and because of the consistency I can’t imagine I will get very many applications out of it.

Bottom line, they are cheap and pretty. They are great for a seasonal polish change and a bit of colour injection. I wouldn’t rely on this polish though as the finish is a little hit and miss. They are also as bit thick and gloopy. Barry M and Rimmel polishes are much nicer. This polish isn’t amazing but it makes me smile!

Have you tried any of the Collection  2000 nail polishes? What do you think of them? What polish will you be wearing for Spring?