Saturday, June 8, 2013

Most Used | Nail Polish

Sharing my most-used nail polishes today, but I don't have very many because I don't wear nail polish all the time. I like it, but don't wear it often for two reasons:
(1) The process smells awful and takes forever to dry and I always start pottering around when the top coat's still wet, so it ends up smudging;
(2) I'm very particular about the colours that look good against my skin tone.

I still don't paint my nails on a regular basis but I almost always have a colour on my toes. It makes me happy. 
PS: Excuse my awful nail swatches- most of my mind is still in the land of protected national parks and sustainable development. Painting my nails requires a degree of concentration that I cannot afford at the moment.



l-r: Cinderella, Heart of Glass, Scarlet, Bubble Bath 


Scarily large photo of Speck-tacular flakie top coat over Absolutely Shore

Essie Absolutely Shore
Hands down my favourite nail polish shade ever. It's such a pretty pastel seafoam that's worth the three coats needed to reach opacity.

OPI Bubble Bath
A simple, sophisticated, less-is-more, go-with-anything shade for any occasion with the trusty OPI formula and brush. Weddings, dinners, business meetings, sunny days, gloomy days, cocktail parties. OPI Bubble Bath can do no wrong.

Ulta3 Scarlet
Classic red, opaque in one coat (though I do two for good measure), for a mere two dollars. 

Face of Australia Heart of Glass from the glitterati collection (Limited Edition)
This milky glitter is gorgeous. I only got it recently so it's not technically a most-used but it's already a favourite. The FOA limited edition collections have varied formulas- it's very hit-or-miss and the few polishes I bought from the Barbados collection were disappointingly sheer. There aren't many milky glitters on the market- the only one I remember seeing from an Australian brand is Australis Milky Way, and this is much prettier. The red hearts, bars and glitter particles in the pale pink base are gorgeous. For $4.95, this is incredibly good value.

Sinful Colors Cinderella

This caught my eye when I spotted it in Lena's rendition of Jen from frmheadtotoe's Christmas nail tutorial. (Looking back, hers looks like a completely different colour to mine. I blame lighting and camera settings.) It's the prettiest shade of robin's egg blue with iridescent microshimmer shot through it. I absolutely love this, even though the formula takes at least three coats to be opaque. For $4.95 this is well worth it. Now that Sinful Colors is being introduced in most shopping centres (Kmart, Priceline, Target, etc) I'll definitely take a better look at the other shades.



Australis Speck-tacular

This flakie glitter top coat is a great bargain for the three dollars I paid for it- it appears in yellow in the bottle but the iridescent glitter flakies are suspended in a clear base. I've seen most people paint it over a black base, which looks lovely, but I think it looks just as good over a pastel base.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

I wouldn't paint my nails if I didn't have this. When applied just as the nail colour is dry to the touch, it seals it in and after two minutes I can type or move around without fearing the polish will smudge (sometimes it still does, because I can't sit still for two whole minutes). It dries very glossy and extends the lifespan of the nail polish. Interestingly, it smells nice. And it lasts for ages, so you get your money's worth.

Revlon Colorstay Base Coat

This is a recent addition but I think it makes a difference to the lasting power of the nail colour painted over it. I bought it on sale without thinking twice and it's proved to be a very good base coat- the wider brush makes application a breeze and I don't experience any staining.


Back to the land of environmental management and local/regional planning codes! Hope you're all holding up okay, all the best for your exam prep, or anything else you're undertaking for that matter! Leaving you with this little piece of creativity:



14 comments:

  1. I love all your nail polish Ms. Cherie! So gorgeous! Awesome review! :)

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    1. I wouldn't call it a review, but thank you! :)

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  2. I loved reading this post! Thanks for sharing :)Scarlet looks like an amazing red! Hope your study goes well...I should probably go and do some now too :(

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    1. Thank you! Scarlet is the perfect red imo!

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  3. I am currently wearing hearts of glass and love it!

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Heart of Glass is so pretty! I prefer the other polishes' formulas but FOA really nailed it with this shade!

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  4. Lovely polishes! I so want heart of glass!

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    1. I got lucky and found the last one left on the stand! Hope you find it before they're gone!

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  5. I love that heart of glass polish! I need it in my life!!!! So gorgeous!

    www.hbbeautyblog.blogspot.com

    Hannah xoxox

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    1. Everyone's going mad over Heart of Glass! Hope you can get your hands on it before the collection sells out!

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  6. Insta-Dri is so amazing, but I go through so much of it. I'm on my second bottle and about to finish it. I hate it when it gets to the stage where the brush doesn't completely get immersed in the polish :p You have to tilt it to get enough on the brush each time. Love the combo of Absolutely Shore and the Australis flakie top coat!

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    1. I don't think I've ever used a polish up like that! I'm really liking the Australis flakie glitter! I remember seeing Australis Speck-tacular over Sally Hansen Jaded and I was looking at people's Instagram photos trying to remember whose photo it was and it took ages before I realised it was yours! I like Australis Jaded but it's too dark for my liking.

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  7. Omg forgot to leave a comment when you posted this but thanks for sharing the video! I cracked up laughing and it distracted me for days while I was trying to do an essay haha

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    1. Hahaha no problem I was bored and Youtubing and that was featured on Teens React. Love it so much!

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