Monday, 22 October 2012

Cappuccino To Go

Hi Everyone,

About a month back, a brand new Marks and Spencer's store opened near my work. I wasn't very excited about this prospect, until the thought hit me... would there be a Beauty Hall in there?

I had heard so many wonderful things about the M+S Beauty Halls down in London, and was desperate for a browse in one of them. However, the last time I went to London was probably about 8 years ago. I don't get out much, eh?

I convinced myself that I wouldn't be lucky enough to have the Beauty Hall practically on my doorstep, and carried on with the day to day.

When the gigantic store finally opened, I went for a nose about - as you do - and decided I was going to be happy if I could find something tasty in the Food Hall.

Oh yes, you guessed it. There was a Beauty Hall. *Happy Dance*!

After a considerable amount of time was spent touching and smelling everything (twice) I made a few purchases. Of course, there had to be some nail polish in there somewhere...

By some, I mean lots!

Here is the first one that caught my eye! Limited Collection Cappuccino:

This is two coats of Cappuccino - which is fine on most of my nails but gives a little bit of VNL on others. It's a beautiful bronzey brown, with a golden shimmer running through it. There is just the slightest hint of grey to the brown, and the occasional hint of copper in the shimmer. It's not your regular run-of-the-mill brown, and a great addition for my Autumn polish requirements!

The polish itself has a nice formula - the brush is rather nice too. It dries quickly, and with little fuss too.

Yep, I like this one! And the best bit? Its just £3.49. Bargain!

What do you think? Do you have any Beauty Hall favourites? After getting the lip balm, I so have my eyes on the Nuxe hand cream...

Love Charlotte x

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Paint It Black?

Hi Everyone,

Today I am not actually referring to the Rolling Stones song, but to the choice of polish colour... Black.

To me, black polish makes me think of the Goth Kids in South Park...

... who don't even seem to be wearing any polish, but still black polish seems to shout Goth to me. Especially if it's chipped.  Not that there is anything wrong with that of course, it just isn't me. Although, I'm loving the purple lipstick and black eyeliner combo the girl goth is working!

Also, I have this whole thing where certain dark colours make my fingers look fat, and I won't wear them out of the house! But sometimes, we do need a bit of black polish in our lives, and the right black polish can make all the difference.

My black polish of choice is Bourjois' Noir de Chine from their So Laque range.

It's a very glossy black polish, that dries relatively quickly and only requires two coats. It dries to a very even finish, which is beautifully shiny. On it's own, this is far more glam than goth, and it can also be an excellent base for any nail art or sparkly top coat! You may remember my Summer Flames nail art offering, where I used this as a base.

I've actually had this in my stash for quite some time now, and whilst the formula on my bottle is pretty good, I hear reports that this range has taken a turn for the worse. I hope that this isn't true, as I will need to be on the look out for a new glossy black, that won't break the bank! Do you have any issues with the 'new' So Laque formula? 

Either way, seeing as the nights are drawing in, and the weather is going from bad to grim, I think that a bit of black polish is in order, don't you? Even if it's just to see what combinations I can come up with!

What about you? Do you rock black polish? And do you have a favourite?

Let me know!

Love Charlotte x

Friday, 5 October 2012

Avon Calling!

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick one from me today, just so that I can share the loveliness that is Avon's Decadence.

It's beautiful. It ticks so many boxes for me, I can not tell you how nicely surprised I was when I tried this!

1) It's purple.

2) It's shimmery.

3) Its got a slight Duochrome.

4) Its got a nice brush.

5) Its got a nice formula.

6) It didn't cost the national debt to purchase!

Should I go on? Actually, I'll let this do the talking for me!!

Gorgeous, eh? It's so pretty! I get so many compliments when I wear this polish. It is a surprise favourite of mine now!

I got mine via my Avon lady... a.k.a my Mum's friend who does it on the side, but you can get it from their website if you don't have a local rep. They're normally about £6 each, but are currently half price. Or 4 for £10. Wish I hadn't seen that... I'm likely to be buying more polish today, I see!

Don't blame me if you buy the lot haha!!

Hope you like it,

Love Charlotte x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Abstract Nails

Hi Everyone,

I hope you guys are all good, and not suffering too much with the rubbish weather at this time of year! Alas, I have been a busy bee (again) and my nails have taken a slight back seat for a little while! Work is manic, my computer was out of action for a few days and I've had lots to do at home!! (Excuses, excuses - I know!) So, here is another one from the vault - again on my rather short nubbin nails! Hopefully, I'll get myself sorted enough to blog regularly again!!

I used OPI's Skull and Glossbones for the base colour, and went a little bit wild with my nail art pens! The result? Well, random is the first word that comes to mind haha!!

I must admit, I'm not really all that happy when I have short nails. It sends me into a weird kind of mourning. But these nails make me smile, for being so random, bright and little bit 80's!

What do you think?

Love Charlotte x