Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our Diva Crimp N Lift competition a couple of weeks ago.
We are pleased to announce the three winners are:
Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to send you your prize. Please note, you have 14 days from the date of when the email was sent to respond or we will have to pick another winner. We are sorry to be so strict but in the past, people have not responded and competition prizes are left unclaimed, which is an awful shame.
In the meantime, we will have another exciting give-away coming up soon, which you won’t want to miss out on!
Please note that the winners (out of a total of 19 entrants) were randomly chosen by Random.Org:
Good morning, everyone! It’s Shrove Tuesday! So what could be more appropriate than a nail varnish named after a pancake?
Today I have Crepes Suzi-ette from OPI’s La Collection De France. I’m not entirely sure why I own this one. I really don’t like it. And I ended up having to wear it for three days as part of last year’s topcoat comparison post as I was running out of OPI cremes to use and so this one had to come out and play.
OK, so it’s not hideous, but when I asked the husband what he thought of it, his reponse was “dried blood”. Perhaps not the look Suzi was going for… It’s a reddish brown and a really odd shade. My photos have made this appear slightly redder than it actually is. It reminds me a little bit of Zoya’s Cola from the Wicked & Wonderful collection of last Autumn – also a shade I am putting off wearing!
It doesn’t look bad on my skintone or anything but it’s just not a “me” colour. On a positive note, it applied like a dream. Two coats to perfection and it dried nice and quickly. In fact, this is one of the nicest formulas I have seen OPI produce. Just a shame its in a colour that doesn’t really do it for me.
I love crepes though. Just plain with sugar and lemon. None of this Nutella business. Nom nom. So I thought it was approproate to post this one on pancake day…why not.
How about you? Are you having pancakes today? What’s your favourite thing to have on them?
OK, so the other day I showed you my new favourite thing – Inglot 956 polish. Now I want to show you what I did to it.
Fame was one of my IMATS purchases. I spotted this bottle sparkling away at me under the spotlights and immediately knew it was coming home with me. In the bottle, it looks phenomenal - dense purple glitter leaning towards the magenta side. So, imagine the anti climax when I opened it up to do a little swatch on the back of a receipt (something I do all too often) to see it was actually super sparse and suspended in a clear jelly. Cue a great big sulk.
Thankfully, I was with Vex In The City, who promptly calmed me down and pointed out that it would work a treat over a co-ordinating purple shade. And as per usual, she was correct. Phew.
So, here we have one of the best manicures I have ever done. Even if I do say so myself. Gorgeous violet Inglot base, toppe off with purple glitter that is possibly duochromatic as well. In some lights it appears pink and in others it is definitely purple. Utterly mesmerising and I am totally in love. It is like the glittery version of a Dairy Milk wrapper. I just wish the photos did it justice.
How glad am I that I didn’t just write this off as a bad job? It’s not at all gritty by the way, as the glitter is more like little slips of sparkle rather than dirty great big lumps. Still not the easiest to remove but seeing as I only actually took this off when it was falling off, I didn’t really mind.
Just goes to show that no matter how old, respectable and responsible I get, there’s always a part of me that can’t resist a good purple glitter. I bet you’re the same deep down…
I have this quest. Some people are after the perfect cupcake recipe. Some want the gift of eternal life. Me? I want a red creme nail polish that is thick enough to disguise my visible nail line.
I am lucky enough to have quite white tips which is great if you’re wearing a sheer polish and don’t want to worry about tip whitener. But seeing as I do that…ummm….never, it can be a bit of a hindrance. I have real trouble getting some polishes to the opaque state that other people can reach in two or three coats. And yes, my nails are clean, OK?
I was recently sent this hot little number to try out.
On paper, this was everything I wanted. I love Orly any way, for their innovative and hardwearing shades, and also for their remarkable grippy bottle handle. I had high hopes.
What you see here is four coats. Even though the application was completely faultless, I couldn’t face doing any more. I know that I’m hyper critical, but I can still see my VNL. Such a shame, as this is a really nice mid-red. Perfectly on the cusp of pink and blue, it’s a true red. And I love the name. It made me feel Marilyn-esque.
So, in summary, this is perfect if you have acrylics, or a VNL that doesn’t give you as much grief as mine. It’s a dreamy creme, applies amazingly and Orly always wears well. I’m parking this and will return to it when I have a new bottle of ridge filler to test it out with.
This was sent to me for review. Orly nail polishes are Big-3-Free and are available to buy from UK stockists www.cupidandgrace.com, priced at £8.75.