Thursday, 11 December 2014

Indy Best: Top Nail Polishes for the Party Season

Today is a pretty exciting day for me - because my article '11 Polishes for the Party Season' is in the Indy Best section of the Independent.  If you've hopped over here from there, welcome to Fundamentally Flawless!  I wanted to swatch all the polishes* I've featured in the piece to give a better idea of colours and finishes... 

Barry M Silk Nail Paint Poppy


Poppy is a matte holo polish, one of Barry M's autumn releases and a lovely Christmas red, the matte finish giving it an understated festivity.  £3.99 from Boots and Superdrug.

Butter London West End Wonderland


West End Wonderland has long been a favourite polish of mine from way back when I started becoming properly addicted to nail polish a couple of years ago.  The photos above don't really do it justice, but in my eyes it is the ultimate glitter polish for the party season and I find it hard not to wear it all the time in December.  At £12 it's not the cheapest polish, but that depth of glitter and sparkle is totally worth all the extra pennies.  Here on Amazon.  (Check it out on Instagram in my 9th  December and 10th December Advent Nails).

Ciate Fade to Greige


Fade to Greige is not my usual colour choice - I'm more of a bright colours person, but this is a lovely colour for the more discerning polish wearer!  Greige is totally in this season and this one is a slightly mauvey one which makes it a little unusual.  Currently half price on BeautyBay.com, at £4.50 this is a steal.

Essie Summit of Style


Summit of Style is also not done justice by these photos.  It's a copper/bronze-toned mixed glitter topper.  Larger hex glitter and smaller dots in a clear base - this looks lovely over a white base but it also looked really sophisticated over a red base, too.  £7.99 in Superdrug.

Eve Snow Prima Donna


Prima Donna is another one of my absolute faves from my top 11 as I love a metallic polish, especially in winter.  This sits between silver and gold and has an almost chrome-like finish in the light.  Eve Snow isn't a brand I had come across before I started writing this piece, but it's become a firm favourite.  I also tried Racey and Wanderlust and have been drawn back to them more than once.  £14 from EveSnow.com.

Leighton Denny Click Click Flash Flash


Click Click Flash Flash is one of the Hollywood Collection, a collection of 6 delightfully party-appropriate polishes.  This one was my favourite from the bunch, because how could I not include a green in a Christmas piece?!  This one has a stunning depth of subtle glitter and looks really beautiful when light is shining on it.  £11 from LeightonDenny.com.

Revlon Queen of Hearts


Queen of Hearts sadly just didn't want to photograph in a colour-accurate way I'm afraid.  These colours show it much brighter than it actually is - it's really a lovely crimson colour.  I loved the Colorstay Gel Envy formula, which has basecoat in it and I found it lasted chip-free for a good three days (which for me is impressive, just call me Cinders).  I'll definitely be trying out more of the Colorstay range.  £6.99 from Boots.

Nails Inc Kensington Church Street Snowflake


Kensington Church Street Snowflake was the first polish I thought of when I started thinking about this piece.  It just screams winter and big fluffy cashmere jumpers and snow!  It's essentially a glitter topper - in that you really need to wear it over some sort of base coat - it has big and little white glitters in a clear base which has a very fine glitter shimmer in it.  Above I'm wearing it over Nails Inc Alexa Edit Winter Lilac, which I've swatched below too just because I love it so much too - it's a grey blue and a perfect accompaniment to Snowflake.  Snowflake is £16 from NailsInc.com and Winter Lilac comes as part of the Alexa Chung hearts Nails inc Collection £45 also from NailsInc.com.


Models Own Oval Plum


Oval Plum is one of the autumn's Diamond Luxe collection, ten polishes all containing very fine diamond dust.  I swatched five from the collection here when they came out (I've done the others, I just haven't managed to post them yet!)  I've said it before and I'll say it again, Models Own polishes, in my opinion, are genuinely the best value and quality polishes on the market - and they are a total steal at just £4.99 each.  Actually, Models Own have currently got a 6 for £20 offer (until December 19th 2014) on modelsownit.com so I suggest you hop on over there pronto and bag yourself an early Christmas present - you won't be disappointed.  Whilst you're there, I suggest you pick up Marquise Maroon from the Diamond Luxe collection, Roxy from the Disco Pants collection and Brunette Red from the Hypergels.

No 7 Stay Perfect Purple Cracker


Purple Cracker is a stunner - just look how much it shimmers.  A really regal purple, lovely for the party season.  No 7 also have two other limited edition releases for the party season which come in cute little boxes and make perfect stocking fillers.  £6.99 from Boots (in store only).

Topshop Exhibit


Exhibit is a really gorgeous sophisticated dark red, in the same vein as Chanel's Rouge Noir, which is one of my favourite ever polishes - but this is a slightly more interesting colour as it's visibly more red but has a brown tint to it.  Quite unusual, but really wearable.  £6 from Topshop.

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*All the polishes in this post were provided as samples for the piece

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fundamentally Flawless Advent Calendar: 1st - 9th December 2014

Wow.  Long time no post, forgive me - I've had the busiest autumn term I've ever had!  Without further ado on with today's post...

In a slightly uncharacteristic move, this year I have decided to undertake an Advent Nails challenge (just with myself) in which I'm trying to do an advent calendar of Christmas nail art leading up to the big day.  I'm doing it on my Instagram rather than here just because I'm limited on time at the moment - so if you don't already follow me there, hop over and say hello!  Under each photo I'm linking to the post on Instagram which has all the details of the polishes and stamping plates etc I used for each design.  Let me know in the comments below which your favourite so far is!


Blue Christmas jumper moyou festive collection nail art

Blue Glitter and Silver Snowflakes MoYou Festive Collection

Holly and Berries MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Holiday Peppermint Candy Swirl MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Snowflakes MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Christmas Murano Glass Nail Art

Christmas Tree MoYou Festive Collection Nail Art

Christmas Swirl No Water Marble Nail Art

Gold Glitter and Reindeer Nail Art

 Have I convinced you to follow me on Instagram yet?!

Monday, 10 November 2014

New Autumn Models Own Hypergel Collection Swatches and Review

Models Own Autumn Hypergel Swatches and Review

Last week Models Own added five new dark polishes to their Hypergel Collection*.  Ever since they released the first 10 colours back in February, with another 5 in May, I have been addicted to using the Hypergel polishes.  I genuinely don't think there are any polishes which are better quality and better value on the high street market at the moment.  Whenever anyone asks for polish recommendations from me, I will always point them in the direction of the Hypergels - and now that there are five lovely autumnal dark shades in the collection, it's become even more attractive at this time of year.  They are - Raven Red, Inky Blue, Ebony Green, Pitch Purple and Brunette Red - as seen below...

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tami Beauty Gleaneagles Glamour Swatches and Review

Back in July I wrote a post about a new independent Scottish beauty brand called Tami Beauty and two of the polishes from the Scottish Showcase collection: Lady of Lomond and Skibo Sunset.  Lady of Lomond has quickly become one of my favourite polishes ever - which is a huge claim coming from a girl with nearly 300 polishes [I actually have no idea how many I have, I can't bring myself to count them].  So when I was asked if I wanted to try the third in the Scottish Showcase collection, Gleneagles Glamour*, I couldn't resist.  And it didn't disappoint...

Gleneagles Glamour* is the prettiest baby pink holo glitter polish - it absolutely sparkles in the sunshine, but equally it's beautiful when it's not catching the light.  It's so subtle, but so very beautiful.  It dries quickly and has great coverage - one coat would be fine, but I always like to do two.

Tami Beauty Gleneagles Glamour swatchTami Beauty Gleneagles Glamour swatch

Tami Beauty Gleneagles Glamour macro swatch

Gleneagles Glamour and the Scottish Showcase collection are available from www.tamibeauty.bigcartel.com - individually they are £8.99 each, or the whole collection can be bought for £19.99 (do it, it's so worth it).  You can also find Tami Beauty here on Facebook, here on Instagram and here on Twitter.

*PR sample

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

HJ Manicure Lace and Vamp Swatches and Review

I always really enjoy the chance to try out new nail polish brands - and HJ Manicure is a prime example of a new British brand producing 5-free polishes.  Currently there are 20 polishes in the range, available for £9.50 each - but you get a whopping 15ml in the rather beautiful rectangular bottle for that - and there will be more shades and a Dual Top and Base Coat added for A/W 2014.

I chose to try Vamp* and Lace* - Vamp being a colour I have many varieties of in my collection (watch out for a post on them coming soon) and Lace being a colour I have none of in my collection (though I have tried to find the perfect cream in the past and failed - is this The One?)

Vamp

HJ Manicure Vamp swatchHJ Manicure Vamp swatch

Vamp* is definitely a Chanel Rouge Noir-esque polish.  It is definitely one of my favourite colours to wear on my nails, particularly in autumn and winter, because it is sophisticated and really versatile in terms of what you can wear it with (anything, I reckon!)  Vamp has a lovely smooth formula, if a little on the thin/watery side - the photos above show two coats, but as you can see from my ring finger, probably three coats would be better.  The brush in the polish is super long (much longer than any other polishes I've come across) which can make it a little harder to keep steady I found.  It has a really shiny finish (no top coat in photos above) and I found it had really good lasting power.

Lace

HJ Manicure Lace swatchHJ Manicure Lace swatch

Lace* is a sheer cream colour polish - it really is quite transparent - the photos above show two coats and you can still see my nail line.  Three coats is a better colour, I found, but felt a bit tacky to the touch even with a quick dry top coat.  It's also very smooth to paint on and has a glossy finish.  I think it may just be the cream I've been looking for - not too white, not too beige and not ridiculously sheer.

Overall I really love these polishes from HJ Manicure and I'm looking forward to seeing what is to come from them in the coming weeks.

HJ Manicure polishes are available for £9.50 each from www.hjmanicure.com.

*PR samples