It was about this time in 2009 that my friend Kelly from Vampy Varnish announced that she was launching her own polish collection in collaboration with cult US nail polish brand BB Couture. My knowledge of the brand was really limited to what I had read on my fellow nail bloggers from the US so I didn’t really need a better excuse than Kelly’s collection to place an order. Let’s take a look…
Napa Valley Red is utter genius. Flecks of shimmery red suspended in a deep red jelly. This shimmers and sparkles and is one of my absolute favourite red polishes.
Kelly’s Green. It’s a pea green crossed with a touch of avocado, with some black microglitter. I’ve definitely never seen anything like this before (or again) but it’s come straight from the brain of one of my great blogger friends, and for that, I love it.
Union Square. This was my favourite shade from Kelly’s collection. A metallic taupe shade, it is where brown meets silver. I always enjoy wearing this – it goes with everything.
Vampy Varnish is obviously named for Kelly’s blog. A black jelly containing tons of little light green glitter flecks. This has always been tough to photograph, and looks a lot better in the flesh.
A gorgeous green, Redwood Forest is a fantastic deep jelly polish that is packed with blue glittery flecks. I wonder if China Glaze had this in mind when they concocted Glittering Garland? It’s a really fresh green and you can almost smell the foliage when looking at it.
Finally, Mendocino Midnight. I really love this polish and have reached for it a lot recently when caught in the throes of my vampy polish addiction. The base is a teal-ish blue/green that also captures pink and blue tiny glitter pieces. It sparkles like a night sky and I am so happy to have finally caught a decent snap of it on my camera.
So, that’s Kelly’s collection. I also have three of BB Couture’s core range that I received in a swap I did with the fab Mary from Body and Soul way back at the beginning of 2009. Looking at these again, they definitely deserve more nail time.
Balboa Beach Bunny (which I keep typing as “Balboa Beach Bummy”) is one of the Kings of the purples. A mid-toned shade that leans towards red, this is jam packed with blue, silver and orange micro glitter. Whenever I see a blog post crop up in my dashboard about this polish, I always take a closer look as I never get bored of looking at it.
Midnight Malibu has been on my nails a fair bit in recent weeks. This is why I am really enjoying reswatching my polishes by brand, as I am rediscovering some old loves that stem from when I first started blogging. This is a stunner of a navy with little flecks of silver glitter. Like a blue version of Orly’s Velvet Rope.
This is like a total trip down memory lane for me. Opposites Attract was my first ever grey polish, can you believe that? It is a sludgey concrete shade that also contains silvery and black micro glitter. This is thick and opaque and applies brilliantly.
So there we have it. My only reservation about these polishes is that the finish can be a tad sticky and they always benefit from a good old layer of topcoat. What do you think? Do you like any of these? Do you have any BB Couture polishes? If you’re interested, you can purchase from Overall Beauty, where the bottles cost $9.95 each, plus international shipping.
A short post today to show you my festive nails. Really pleased with how these turned out. Yes, they are a blatant rip-off of a look I saw here on Daily Nail ages ago, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I used China Glaze Ruby Pumps, covered with Illamasqua Scorn, and topcoat.I was rather pleased with these. They remind me of KISS. I might do a black and white version next. What do you think?
PS. Yes, it is a beer bottle. What can I say? It’s Christmas.
I thought I’d use this quiet time between Christmas and New Year to show you some more of the polishes I have swatched by brand. This is a massive undertaking, and yes, I am quite possibly insane but I’ve been enjoying it so far (even if my cuticles haven’t). So, today, I have my Leighton Denny collection. This has been greatly added to by generous contributions from regular reader Andrea who often recycles her polishes my way, for which I am eternally grateful. There are quite a few more on my wishlist though – maybe 2012 will be more of a Leighton Denny year?
Sex Kitten* came my way via a Glossy Box earlier in the year. It is a super frosty pale blue. Not my thing at all but I’m feeling rather fond towards it at the moment as I am favouring ice queen style wintery make-up. Still, it makes my hands look red. Hmm.
The Heiress* is a rather glorious Spring polish – not quite lilac and not quite cornflower – somewhere between the two. Fantastic application as well – I have no idea why I haven’t worn this as yet.
Up In The Air is one of my favourite polishes of 2011 (except I think it might be from 2010…). I love it’s uber light, almost grey, almost lilac tone. I don’t have anything else like it in my collection and I wear this a lot, as a nice alternative from dark shades.
One of Leighton Denny’s most famous polishes, Supermodel was one of the first mushroomy taupe creme shades to be released. It looks browner on than it does in the bottle. Application was faultless but I prefer my taupes to be slightly pinker.
Hello Dolly* (anyone else craving a bit of Barbra right now?) is a real stunner. Prettier and girlier than shades I normally go for, how can you ignore that beautiful pink shimmer? It’s a fantastic greyed out lavender base as well. OK, it took four coats, but well worth it, I think you’ll agree.
Berry Nice*. Standard berry creme. Pigmented, smooth and glossy but not overly original or interesting. Can be found cheaper elsewhere.
Butterfly Wings*. Ooh nude nails. Reminds me of the kind of polish I used to wear when I was about ten years old. Super shiny and delicate, probably only really good for layering or for a very quick polished look. At school.
Doing Time is the first Leighton Denny that I bought. It’s amazing. Much imitated and indeed, I’m not sure this was the first, but it is certainly one of the best. Shimmery golden olive. Oh yes.
Ooof, sorry, the naked nails are back. This is Angel Dust*, a super sparse silver glitter. It doesn’t work over bare nails. Reminds me of frogspawn. I think it would work nicely over a royal purple or navy blue though, like a night sky.
Sugar Daddy* is an uber sparkly copper frost. Not ordinarily something that I’d go for but actually it is surprisingly flattering. I like the way the little particles of shimmer catch the light.
I really love this. Sugar Babe*. This is one of my favourite kinds of timeless polishes, a deep maroon shade with a ton of inbuilt purple and blue shimmer. One of those “lit from within” type colours that always hit the mark.
Glamour Puss is a pink layering polish. A glossy jelly that adds a nice hit of bright pink with blue flash. Everyone needs one of these in their collection.
Brief Encounter is one of Leighton Denny’s most popular polishes. Totally work appropriate and probably very flattering, in all honesty, it doesn’t do a lot for me. It’s a bit frosty and yellowish.
Chocoholic. Just in case you haven’t had enough chocolate yet this festive season. Glossy and looks rather lickable, actually. This applied beautifully.
So there we have it. Not the largest of my collections but there are some little gems there. I definitely have more to get – Leighton Denny to my mind seems to conjur up variations on work appropriate and pretty polishes, nothing too wild or wacky. What do you think? Do you have any recommendations for me?
* denotes PR sample or gift. The rest were purchased by me.