Illamasqua’s latest collection – Body Electrics – contains three nail polishes, two of which Helen’s reviewed (Prism and Force). The third is this warm purple creme called JoMina. And it’s a doll of a polish. It’s not light enough to be dubbed a pale lilac nor is it dark enough to be violet – it’s somewhere in-between.
There’s some kind of satisfaction felt from Illamasqua nail polishes; you just know you won’t be disappointed for what you’re paying. I am very much looking forward to the unveiling of the winning colours from their recent competition. I bet they’ll have picked some corkers.
I know many of you will fall in love with it instantly as I did. The colour is incredibly rich and long lasting, and it looks it just from the photos.
Unusually the application this time was different. I experienced some dragging and the formula itself was thicker than usual. I’m not going to hold that against Illamasqua when they’ve delivered yet another winner. Perfect for the sunny weather, be it on your finger nails or your toes. Grab it!
My first Barielle! I don’t know a whole lot about this brand, so I had to do some research. Apparently the brand has been going for over 30 years. I love the story that the founders of the brand were racehorse breeders, and devised a cream that they applied to their horses’ hooves to strengthen them.
They then noticed that the cream was also improving the hands and nails of the jockeys that were applying the lotion to the hooves, and then the brand was born.
Barielle offer a range of hand, nail and skincare products and are proud of the fact that all their products are Big-3-Free. I’d seen their nail varnishes around the blogosphere, and when this one popped up in a recent blog sale, I thought it was high time I tried them out for myself.
This was fantastic – the quality of the creme polish and the consistency was absolutely excellent. I would go so far as to say that it practically applied itself. The brush was thin but not toooo thin, and the liquid itself was just right.
This was two coats and I had no dragging, pooling or any issues whatsoever. I am trying to think of something balanced to say, but I can’t – it’s superb.
The colour itself is a dreamy light blue. It is extremely close to China Glaze’s Bahamian Escape so you probably don’t “need” both of them but if you are in the market for a great light blue creme then I would have no hesitation in recommending the Barielle.
Much as I get excited about new brands and products that I haven’t used before, I also find it rather stressful. What started out as a collection containing only OPI has now branched out to include China Glaze, Color Club, Barry M, Models Own, Illamasqua, Diamond, Wet & Wild….to name but a few…and now I find myself adding Barielle to the lust. Whoops, I mean “list”. Oh well, it’s good to have a hobby, right?
Barielle Shades nail varnish retails at £8.00 a bottle and can be purchased here.
I’m really delighted to write again for Helen and Sheenie’s Nice Things blog. This blog is my guilty pleasure! I read it every two weeks so I can enjoy all the great pics and articles. Does anyone else do that?
I thought I’d tell you about a recent purchase that I am really enjoying at the moment!
I was reminded the other day that I was asked by a friend for my recommendation for a baby pink nail polish which had a hint of blue iridescence. I used to have a Jessica nail polish that I wore for my wedding but that has run out so I recently replaced it with Rosy Future by O.P.I.
This colour is so beautiful and suits all skin colours and tones. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but it’s amazing on the nails! I don’t often wear girly pink but this one makes a wonderful alternative to a traditional bridal french manicure. I used a colour like this for my wedding last year just minus the french manicure.
It looks demure and pretty during the day but it’s something a bit special for your evening reception. Similarly for any evening event, you can wear this shade of black, brown. blue or deep burgundy for something a bit different and unique.
The best thing about this nail polish is that it can be worn over lots of nail polishes, my current favourite way to wear it is over a “greige” nail polish as a top coat. You will be left with the most amazing lilac shimmer which is so unusual and I find myself admiring my own nails!
Worn on its own, two coats is a must. As ever it is hard wearing and easy to apply. I still find O.P.I brushes a bit streaky but I like that they are wider and longer than most.
This is really good purchase for all seasons, as you can wear it over dark colours in winter and on it’s own in summer. I am still loving the “greige” all year round!
Thank you, Jasmine for bringing this to my attention! I’d never even heard of this OPI shade til you sent this review and I really like it. Loving the shimmer and the fact it can be worn in so many different ways.
Want more Oxford Jasmine? Of course you do! Head over to her fabulous blog here.