I’ve got another stunner of an Indie nail polish for you today. This time the brand is Different Dimension and the polish is Sparkles Like Edward, so named for obvious reasons, well obvious reasons if you have read or seen any of the Twilight books/films.
Brace yourselves, it’s a beauty, but despite looking lovely in the pictures, be aware that my pictures do it no justice.
A milky white base, that doesn’t streak but that is full of pink iridescence that is much more apparent in real life than it is in any of my pictures. It’s very much like Mac’s Pink Opal pigment if you are familiar with that. Then in that base there’s a wealth of different coloured glitters. I’m not sure why but the selection of colours really really works for me and is so pretty.
Argh, it’s so beautiful. I’m on day three of wear and no signs of chipping yet. I’ve been suffering from excessive chipping from all the big brands in the last few months (OPI, Essie, Orly, China Glaze) so I’m pleased and interested to note that my limited experience with Indies has so far proven to be much longer wearing.
I purchased this from Llarowe, where shipping to the UK will currently cost $12.18 which is about £7.94. Well worth it if ordering more than one polish.
I’ve been wanting to venture into the world of Indie polishes for such a long time now, and have a fairly lengthy wishlist on the amazing Llarowe site. I don’t quite know what was holding me back but when Jindie Nails released a polish called Guns n’ Roses everything changed and I had to order it immediately. Of course when ordering nail polish from overseas, its not worth ordering one, you may as well pop a few more in your basket. More on those in future posts.
So back to Guns n’ Roses. The band will always have a special place in my heart with Sweet Child of Mine being my all time favourite song for 22 years now with no signs of losing its first place position. So you see. A polish called Guns n’ Roses, it had to be mine.
A lavender toned gunmetal toned base full of fuschia glitter of varying sizes, some holographic, some not, and if you look really really closely, there’s some blue glitter too. It’s incredibly pretty and has won lots and lots of admiration when I’ve been out and about.
Application is dreamy and wear time is amazing. I’m on day four, no chips.
Take a look.
As for Llarowe. Ordering was a breeze (although setting up an account isn’t especially straightforward although I believe this is being changed soon?) and shipping to the UK was I think $12 for 4 polishes. Not bad at all. And it arrived in 10 days. They can expect another order from me soon that’s for sure. So look out for many more Indie polishes on Just Charlie G in the future!
You can be forgiven for not having heard of Dielle Nail Colours before. I hadn’t! I’ll be looking a bit closer from now on. This is the best quality nail varnish I’ve tried in like… well possibly ever!
Here’s Metallic Dignity. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like it if I’m honest, turns out I love everything about it.
I am not at all sure how to describe the colour, it looks like a metallic grey, but on closer inspection it’s full of purple and orange micro sparkles.
Please excuse the strange cuticles… I had a nail art disaster which on closer inspection I hadn’t cleaned up properly! But please also note there’s no top coat. This is super glossy. It’s also incredibly hard wearing. I removed on day 4, chip free, solely because I fancied a change and not because it was chipped beyond all recognition which is what usually happens. It dries very fast too.
A little bit about Dielle, range is cruelty free and free of those nasties such as Toulene, Formaldehyde, DBP, Camphor and Pthalic Acid. If all this isn’t enough then there are regular donations of proceeds to charities in Haiti. If you purchase the shade Everlasting, all proceeds go to The Haiti Hospital Appeal and if you purchase the shade Unyielding Courage all proceeds go to the A21 Campaign, a charity fighting for the abolishment of modern slavery.
You can purchase Dielle polishes from the Dielle website and Metallic Dignity is £12 and worth every penny.
The Topshop Make Up Edit for Spring/Summer 2013 is a trend led collection of the ultimate make up products that has been edited by the Topshop Make Up Artist Hannah Murray and the Topshop Deign Team.
There are several must have items in the Edit but I’ve been trying out two.
Firstly the New Mascara in Carbon Copy which is a black. This is in my opinion, on the pricey side. That said it is a great mascara. Doing exactly what I like to do. Adding depth, and a little length along with separating and coating each of my trillions of lashes.
The other item I’ve been trying out is the New Peel Off Nail Polish in Back Flip.
Love this colour, it’s darkest darkest blue and I’m a huge fan. As for the peel off formula, I know this has been hit and miss with other reviewers but for me, I found one thick coat peeled off easily in one go.
The peel off polishes are available in four shades and are a very reasonable £6.
Other items in the Edit include Stick Blushers, Lipsticks, Cream shadows and more so do head over and take a look at the Topshop website to see the full collection.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I recently did a little blog post about the launch of the Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Nail Lacquers for Spring. You can see my original post here.
Today I’ve just got a quick post with some swatches of a couple of the gorgeous colours.
I give you Dilettante and Narcissist.
The teal shade is Dilettante and Narcissist is the pink. Both are gorgeous but Dilettante is absolutely stunning, I did do a full manicure but forgot to take photographs, sorry! The wear time on these was average for me, three days before I got my first couple of tiny chips.
I’m a bit late with these and I see that most of the shades are now not available on the Estee Lauder site, I have however found both of them in stock on the Debenhams site.
They are £14.50 each.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
A mouthful of a title no?!
But behold these pretties, bring on the Spring! I’d like them all if I’m honest but I’d settle for the pink and the beautiful turquoise!
Left to Right we there’s Narcissist, Lilac Leather, Coral Cult, Dilettante and Absinthe.
Inspired by the Paris in Spring, think bouquets in the flower markets, carousels and macaroons.
So so pretty. These are out now and retail at £14.50. In previous experience, these polishes are always very good quality so worth the splurge on one or two I reckon!
There are a couple of lovely offerings from Nails Inc this Christmas.
Loving this little set called The Stylists.
A selection of mini glitters and shimmers perfect for the party season, this set is £15, seems to have sold out in lots of places but have found it at a sale price of £12.75 on the Debenhams website.
The most fabulous set is this one though, The Paparazzi.
I can’t think there are many people who wouldn’t love this. Neons, Nudes, shimmers and glitters, there’s something for everyone and I’ve had great fun playing with these. These are all minis and the set retails at £39.50.
There are other gorgeous Christmas gifts available at the Nails.Inc Christmas Shop, so do take a look.
Not technically a gift but I wanted to mention this here as well as it’s my new hand love. The Kensington Caviar Hand Lotion. £15.
I use this on my hands every night and pure Argan Oil on my cuticles and my hands are transformed. I cannot praise this highly. I must say that one of the things i love about this is the scent, it reminds me of something in my past and makes me very nostalgic but so far I’ve been completely unable to recall what it reminds me off, all I know is that it’s nice!
Take a look at the latest offerings from Nails Inc. Lovely stuff.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
No one does Christmas nail collections like China Glaze do! I look forward to the collections every year and this year was no different. One thing I always look forward to is the reds. I think reds can be overlooked as boring. But China Glaze do amazing reds and there’s something about red, when it’s on your nails it just oozes glamour.
I won’t waffle on, lets just take a look, I’ve got six of the shades to show you. And there are six shades I don’t have.
With Love. A bright true red cream.
Cranberry Splash. My picture does no justice, this is a glowing shade of red. Not sure if it’s metallic, or frosty or what, neither of those seem appropriate terms for it, it’s just lovely.
Champagne Kisses. A soft slightly coppery gold glitter, but a dense glitter. Very very very sparkly and pretty. These shades don’t suit my pale skin too well, but it’s gorgeous regardless.
Winter Holly. A dense green glitter with a hint of gold. Not bright, a nice wintery green!
Pizzazz. A stunning multi-coloured glitter. Would look gorgeous layered over something, but looks stunning alone.
Glistening Snow. Saving the best til last. Extremely densely packed, very sparkly, very holographic glitter. You’ll need to enlarge this one to see it’s true beauty.
Available from lots of UK stockists these days but my personal preference is Radiant Babe.
What do you think? Any take your fancy?
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Well, this is another one of these posts that is a couple of weeks too late thanks to my surgery especially since I now can’t find the vast majority of the range on the website. Which means I am mostly unable to give you any prices or useful information. The range must have sold out very vast since I only received the samples a couple of weeks ago, but I’m choosing to still blog about them in case you like the look of any of the bits and can find them in your local stores.
In case you skipped the title of the post, I’m of course talking about the Kelly Brook cosmetics collection for New Look.
To give you a quick overview before I tell you about the items in more depth. So this is a cheap range, all (from memory so please don’t quote me on this) priced around the £2 to £5 mark. The range is mostly functional and adequate, I think in the bits that I received to try out, one of the items is a total stand out and the, one of them is absolutely awful, with the rest being perfectly nice usable cosmetics. Also, loving the packaging. It’s very cute.
So a quick look at some of the items I’ve been trying out in more detail. Starting with the Lipgloss.
Pinky-nude and very wearable. Not too sticky either. Only problem is that it’s very chemically scented. For me this isn’t a huge issue, but it may be for others. Personally, I don’t mind!
Next, the Blusher.
This is a surprisingly nice product. It flips open on both sides, with the underside containing a brush (I haven’t tried it, I use my own brushes for blusher) and a mirror. The shade itself is a peachy pink and in the pan it looks full of shimmer/glitter. I found the colour to be really pretty and that shimmer, once on the cheeks that shimmer is much less obvious than I thought it was going to be. It’s really rather nice.
Then for the eye products. I have the mascara, the liquid liner, the smokey eyes eye shadow quartet and the brow set.
The mascara is great, it’s not especially lengthening, nor volumising, it is however very black indeed and a more than adequate mascara for every day use.
The liquid liner is my star pick from the collection. Incredibly black and incredibly easy to use. Lovely fine point with just the right amount of “give”. I’m never going to be great at liquid liner, in any form, but this is about as good as it gets for me. Really think this is a great product.
The eyeshadows are nice. They do feel cheap in the same way that Vivo or MUA eyeshadows do, but they pack a decent amount of pigment and achieve a great smokey eye with very little effort. I found the pale shade (which isn’t at all pink even though it looks like it) had a bit of fall out, but otherwise, no problems with this at all.
Finally for the eye products, the Brow Kit. This is terrible. Well, I say terrible, I mean terrible for me. This set is the “brunette” set, but I’d say this was suitable for only the reddest of redheads. You get a coloured wax, a powder, tweezers and a brush. The powder and wax are distinctly orange and looked horrific on me, really awful. I had to do my best to remove it and cover with a nice true brown product for the pictures I’ve taken of all the items in use. Avoid unless you are a redhead.
Finally the nail varnishes. I’ve not tried them all I have to admit, I was sent a red, blue, purple and a black with multicoloured glitter. I’ve been unable to polish with the old arm operation but I did manage a thumb swatch of the black.
It looks a bit gritty but its still glossy and quite pretty I think.
So thats my run down of the products I received. Here’s a little look at them all in use. My only additions were my base, black khol on my waterline and my own brow powder in an attempt to appear less orange 😉
Swatches of everything:
Again, I apologise for the lack of information in this post such as prices and availability, but I think if you fancy anything it’s worth checking your local New Look, just in case!
Look at this gorgeous pop of colour! Coral red full of gold sparkle, but subtle gold sparkle, just enough to add a bit of dimension to your manicure.
Loving this shade for a pop of colour in these dark, cold months, and because of the orange tone it makes it perfectly suitable for the season, but I should think also a pretty fab Summer shade too.
The wear on this was excellent and very impressed with my first Rituals polish.
Sparkling Coral is part of Rituals new collection, Metropolitan Boulevard, a collection inspired by cities such as New York, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. You can see the full cosmetic collection online now at www.rituals.com.
The polish is £9.50 and is enriched with Ruby for it’s strengthening properties.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*