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American readers might be surprised to know that we don’t really go in for all things Hallowe’en in the UK. In actual fact, you’re more likely to find us cowering at home with the lights off, hoping that nobody comes to the door. Terrible, isn’t it?

Anyway, here’s a pretty little Hallowe’en number for you. Hocus Pocus was released a year or so ago as part of a Color Club collection of miniature themed polishes for this time of year. It came along with an orange, a gorgeous vampy purple and a jet glossy black, all of which I have yet to review. Oh and some spooky nail decals with ghosts and bats! The set was sent to me about this time last year, as part of a swap I did with Scrangie. Quite fitting really, seeing as Scrangie is one of the biggest Hallowe’en fanatics I know! Thankyou!

Hocus Pocus is a thing of beauty indeed. Reminds me of the sparks that flyout of wands in the old Disney films. I’ve layered it over a nude-ish shade here (I think it was OPI Steady As She Rose) as I wanted to see the glitter in all its glory. I do plan to wear this again over black, or the purple from the set though.

Isn’t it pretty? I like it over the pink base actually. It contains tons and tons of teeny tiny pieces of glitter of all the delicate shades of the rainbow. Lots of silver,yellow, blue, pink and green. It’s super sparkly and really different to any of the other glitters I have in my collection. Alone it would not build, but then again this is a mini polish so I don’t see the sense in slapping coat after coat of this on, using it all up, when you can layer it over a co-ordinating shade.

Also, this is my first experience of Color Club mini polishes and I have to say that I am impressed. I’m a massive Color Club fan anyway and the mini size did not let me down. It applied really well and for a while I forgot I was using a miniature polish. Praise indeed!

So what do you think? Fancy a bit of Hocus Pocus? And do you have any Hallowe’en traditions (that are more sociable than sitting in the dark) that you’d like to share?


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Ciate Twilight


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So, the new film in the Twilight series is due to be hitting our screens at some point in the next few days. So what better time to review Ciate’s polish of the same name?

Twilight (the nail polish) is deep and dark. And it is jam-packed with golden shimmer that in some lights makes the blackened base appear more green and almost antique gold. I’ve seen this effect before with the likes of China Glaze Wagon Trail, and various other blackened shades, and what I really like about the Ciate is that the base doesn’t just swallow up the shimmery pieces – it stands out nicely from the nail.

This is uber thick and actually covered in one coat. Seriously impressive. I do rather like Ciate’s brushes as they are square, flat, and distribute the nail varnish perfectly on my rather spade-like nails. The wear was excellent as well – this lasted me a good two or three days before starting to look a little tired.

The photographs don’t really do this one justice I am afraid. One of the occupational hazards about blogging about nail polish is that you are forever trying to catch decent pockets of daylight in order to capture your photos. Obviously it was dark and rainy when I wanted to snap Twilight and I’ve had to resort to some electric lighting. Sorry about that, folks.

What do you think? Is this vampy enough for you this Halloween? And are you excited about the new Twilight film? I’m looking forward to seeing it, even if I fear that Renesmee might make me want to lob my popcorn at the screen…


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Invitation from Last Tuesday Society and Illamasqua

Last night London town played host to a Halloween party with a twist.  Last Tuesday Society and Illamasqua joined forces to put on a spectacular party in the underground tunnels of the Strand.  Seriously, I had no idea such a secret place existed – it looked like a typical Georgian house from outside!

As it was a masquerade ball, I pulled out my finest gown and painted my own mask (all the masks in the fancy dress shops were too big for my face!).

It was a very quick job and I wished I had more time and patience to individually stick more rhinestones on my face but I was pleased it held up through the night.  I used Mac’s Fluidline Eyeliner Gel in Black Track as a base as well as Illamasqua’s cream pigment in Depravity before adding various Illamasqua pigments, which worked amazingly well, and finished off with a pair of Illamasqua’s false lashes in Grandeur from the Theatre of the Nameless collection.  New purple hair and cut is the work of Billie and Georgia at The Chapel (thanks, ladies!)

The night featured a host of entertainment (my favourite was the French outfit Mac Abbe et le Zombie Orchestra), dancing lessons, a chocolate fountain, pole dancing, lots of secret haunts and probably excessive debauchery.  Definitely not for the prudish…  Thankfully I bumped into a couple of familiar faces including the gorgeous Tali of The Gloss Goss.  Do check out her post on the party and her outfit too.

Thank you to Illamasqua for inviting me to this awesome party and for giving me an excuse to play around with my make-up.  Did you dress up for Halloween this weekend?

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