Good morning everyone. Firstly, apologies for the inevitable earworm. Since applying this polish, I have had “golden brown….texture like sun” running round and round my head, and I think it’s only going to disappear once I actually remove the varnish!
In terms of application and ease of use, Golden Brown is possibly the best GOSH polish I have tried yet. Because it’s been a while since I used a varnish by them, it took me a while to get the hang of the thin brush with the short bristles but once I’d re-mastered it, it was absolutely great.
Sometimes metallics can be an absolute devil to apply, but actually, this was perfect. The first coat went on kind of thin but very even and without any lumps or bumps. The second coat just filled in the bald spots and melted into the first. Perfection. I even maanged to add a layer of Seche Vite to it without experiencing any of the dragging or melting effect that I usually get with I put it on top of a metallic. Happy days.
The only thing that hindered this for me (once again, zzzz) was the fact that I had to run the bottle under some warm water before I used it, in order to scrape off the goo left by the sellotape and alarm that was stuck round the lid when I bought it. I don’t want to sound like I’m labouring a point but you know, Superdrug…sort it out!
This shade reminds me somewhat of OPI’s Charmed By A Snake from the India collection, but somehow nicer. I can’t explain it. I thought from the bottle that it was going to be browner than it actually came out, but that isn’t a criticism. From the bottle, it looks like a brown jelly with gold glitter but actually on the nail it is more of a dark gold, bronzey burnished foil. Perfect for Christmas – I can feel this one coming out again later in the year!
So, what do you think? Would you wear this? I really think that the application and consistency is well worth the £5.00 I paid for this – once again, GOSH doesn’t disappoint.
This week our 20 Questions have been answered by none other than Kelly from Vampy Varnish ! I started out reading Vampy Varnish when Just Nice
Things was just a glimmer of an idea, so she has definitely been a massive inspiration of mine, and also now a good friend. You can check out her fabulous site here – chock full of fab nail swatches and her gorgeous cats. Thanks to Kelly for taking the time to answer our questions!
1) Why did you start your blog?
I started Vampy Varnish because I wanted a creative outlet, which I don’t get in my job. I love nail polish, writing and photography, so I thought a nail polish blog would be a great way to combine those three things.
2) How long have you been blogging for?
Since September 2008.
3) What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Connecting with people, and finding things in common with folks from all over the world! I have made so many friends via the blog and Twitter.
4) What frustrates you most about blogging?
Overall the most frustrating thing for me is time management. I work a regular 5 day a week full-time job, so finding the time is always a challenge. More specifically to nail polish blogging, the most frustrating thing for me is swatching. I REALLY dislike it after doing it so much!
5) How much time a week do you spend on your blog / reading other people’s blogs?
Hours upon hours upon hours. I probably spend about 10 hours a week on my blog and then 5 hours on other people’s blogs. I read a ton of blogs both inside the beauty world and outside. I like to keep up with what’s going on so I read/skim about 100 other nail polish blogs weekly!
6) What advice do you have for aspiring beauty bloggers?
Find something that sets you apart from everyone else in that particular genre. There are so many beauty and nail bloggers out there now I feel a little something special is needed to stand out. Also be prepared to spend a lot of time on your site if you want regular readers. There are a lot of things people don’t take into consideration (I know I didn’t at first) when beauty blogging. Mainly I didn’t realize how much time it was going to take to edit photos on top of swatching and writing.
7) What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I read a ton and watch a lot of TV and movies. I could eat and look at cupcakes and cakes all day long (one of my fantasy jobs is a cake decorator). I also have 3 cats that keep me entertained at home!
8 ) How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Oh boy. I haven’t counted in awhile, but I am going to guess it’s between 1700-1900. Trust me I know, I know!
9) Do you set yourself a shopping budget, or do you purchase on an as-and-when basis?
I am not good with budgets with anything! I basically buy what I want (within reason of course) when I have the urge. Most of the nail polish you see on VV is sent to me for review, so I consider myself very lucky in that regard.
10) What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
MAC. I have been an avid MAC fan and collector since I discovered them in 1991. I love them because their prices aren’t outrageous, the colour range is vast and most of their products are of really great quality. They are also very accessible both in stores and online, though I REALLY wish they would start selling at Sephora!
11) Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
It’s a VERY rare thing, but maybe like 2-3 times a year I do. I’m a blond and pale, and I looked really washed out if my brows aren’t done and I don’t have mascara on. So if I do leave the house without those things on, I put on sunglasses and don’t take them off!
12) What is your favourite beauty product and why?
This sounds SO boring but it’s true. MAC Omega eyeshadow. I have been using it as my eyebrow filler color for 15 years and have never found anything that looks better on me or works as well.
13) What is your favourite nail varnish of all time? (yep, only one!)
CRIKEY that is a really hard question to answer. I think I am going to go with China Glaze Out On Safari for two reasons. One because it’s a gorgeous olive/khaki green, and I love really unusual colours. Two because it was so hard to find then so satisfying when I did. It was a long since discontinued color that I looked for for over a year. Then a wonderful nail blogger gifted it to me.
14) Tell us about the best holiday you’ve ever been on.
Helen I think you know the answer to this…it was London last year! Let me take a step back though. I also got married and had my honeymoon in Hawaii 3 years ago, but that wasn’t a “vacation” vacation so I am not including that here. London was the first time I had been to Europe and since I am utterly obsessed with anything and everything British, this was a dream trip for me. Harrods is hands down the best store on the face of earth. If I could live in it I would.
15) What would be your ideal day off?
It would be a nice warm day in the 80s with no clouds or much wind. I would sleep in until 9:30 and wake up to a lovely non-fat vanilla latte from Peet’s Coffee, handed to me by David Beckham, my husband. Just kidding! Really I love any day off when it’s nice outside, I’m not picky.
16) What is your favourite TV show?
Oooh this is HARD for me. Probably harder than it should be which goes to show what a TV addict I am. Ok my overall favorite show of all time is Seinfeld. However my favorite show that is currently on TV is Breaking Bad (for drama), 30 Rock (for comedy) and for pay channels I have to say Dexter. You see, I cannot pick a single one!
17) What music do you enjoy listening to?
I’m a rocker chick have been my whole life. I grew up with my dad and older brother listening to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, etc. My fav bands include Metallica, NIN, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Dio, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, etc. But I am also a HUGE Beastie Boys fan and actually like a lot of rap also like NWA, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, Too Short, Missy Elliott, Eminem, Timbaland, etc.
18) What is your favourite food?
Italian, no question. I think deep down I am an old woman from Sicily.
19) Where would you most like to visit in the world? (money no object)
Italy but not just because of the food
20) Tell us a secret…
Me and a couple friends used to crank call Kirk Hammett (guitar player from Metallica) when we were 13 and before they were super huge!
Thanks, Kelly! If you have a beauty blog and you would like to feature on 20 Questions, please send us an email.
Firstly, apologies for the half done Konad here (this was the first Konad I ever did, by the way, hence the reason it’s a bit…..crap). I painted my nails with Moonstruck a long time ago, then decided to use the manicure as a base for Konad practice. You’ll be pleased to know I did complete the Konad, but I stopped to take photos as I wanted to be sure that you could see the varnish closely enough.
In my quest for the perfect silver nail varnish, I stumbled upon Moonstruck when I was taking advantage of a Boots Number 17 3 for 2 offer. Much as I don’t get excited about pretty much anything in this makeup range (apart from the liquid eyeliner, which is excellent), I cannot bring myself to moan about the nail varnishes as they are usually surprisingly good.
OK, so the teeny tiny bottles are annoying and remind me of the type of thing you used to get in a party bag as a little girl, but the brushes are ok and the polishes themselves are rather nice.
Moonstruck is a kind of pearly silver. By that I mean that it applies and dries almost to a creme finish which is quite unusual for a metallic polish. It’s a strange one as it didn’t have the shine or shimmer I usually expect from a silver – instead it looked kind of like brushed metal instead.
Application was excellent. This was thick without being draggy or difficult to work with, and due to the consistency of it, there were practically no brush strokes at all. Happy days. I also really like it as the base for the Konad which I think worked pretty well.
This isn’t an in-your-face Christmassy type silver, which I am fine with. It’s less blingy and reminds me more of the TinMan from the Wizard of Oz. (confession time – yes, I have been watching the BBC Dorothy show…anyone but Lauren for the win). I don’t have any other shades like this in my collection and I like that it’s a little bit flatter and different to the average silver jelly or glitter. I think it would make a good pedicure polish as well.
So, another valiant nail varnish effort from Boots Number 17. At about £3.00 a go, there are certainly worse things to rack up some Advantage Points with!