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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

Crabtree & Evelyn – Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

Crabtree & Evelyn – Nail Lacquer in Wisteria

OK, so did anyone know that Crabtree & Evelyn did nail polish? No, me neither until I attended their Garden Celebration Blogger Event in York a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to receive this Nail Lacquer in Wisteria in my goody bag that evening so I wanted to share it with my readers. Crabtree & Evelyn offer 21 different shades of Nail Lacquer (all formulated without camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde or toluene), plus a wide range of handcare products. Wisteria is a two-tone shade that looks dark blue in some lights and purple in others and it has a subtle silver shimmer to it. It dries with a bit of a dull finish and maybe looks a little old fashioned when compared to today’s current trend for glossy gel finishes, but you could add a couple of coats of clear polish over the top if you want more of a glossy shine. The brush is quite long and thin so you have to apply the polish...

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Makeup | 2 comments

L’Oreal Paris – Super Liner Black Lacquer in Black Vinyl

L’Oreal Paris – Super Liner Black Lacquer in Black Vinyl

Apologies for the terrible photo of this Super Liner Black Lacquer eyeliner from L’Oreal Paris, the pen is so shiny and reflective that it was a nightmare to photograph. Luckily that’s the only bad thing about this product as it’s a really great liquid eyeliner. Back in my teenage years I used to use a lot of L’Oreal Paris products (or just plain old L’Oreal as they were known then!), I particularly liked their lipsticks and the metallic tubes always made me feel I was using a premium product despite the affordable prices. This Super Liner Black Lacquer is a black liquid eyeliner. I’ve been using the Black Vinyl shade, so called because it’s so shiny and glossy it does actually look like it has the texture of vinyl – you can see this from the swatch image above. It’s a really intense deep black shade. The applicator is a bit like that of a felt tip pen, although the nib is very long and thin and slightly bendy...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

Purple French Mani

Purple French Mani

I’ve not posted many nail art designs recently, so I wanted to share this Purple French Manicure look I created for New Year’s Eve. Both of the polishes are from Seche, the lilac one is ‘Not Easily  Swept Away’ and the dark purple, almost black, shade is ‘Empress’. I simply painted the lilac Not Easily Swept Away shade all over each nail and followed with another coat, then left it to dry for a few minutes. After the paler Seche colour had dried I carefully painted the tips of my nails using the dark Empress shade. I find it easiest to paint nail tips freehand, I place my fingertip on a flat surface then I gently place the nail polish brush at one side of my nail tip and rotate the nail tip rather than moving the brush. If one or two of the tips are a bit messy I just go over them again once they are dry. You can also get little stickers that make it easier...

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