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My 10 favourite nail polishes of 2013

This is a roundup of my favourite nail polishes from 2013. These are all polishes that have been released in 2013, and which I have worn. So this list, unfortunately, leaves out many polishes that might be great, but I just haven’t discovered that yet as they are still sitting in my untried pile!

I doubt that my favourite nail polishes will be the same as many other bloggers’ that I have been reading lately. I don’t own a single Zoya, for example; I’ve only bought a handful of OPIs; and I don’t really buy international indies (thanks Royal Mail!).

There’s a good spread of polish types in my list. While I do have an international polish and an international indie, there’s also a UK indie, some top-end polishes and a fair few mainstream polishes that are available in the likes of Superdrug and Boots.

Without further ado, let’s get onto the list. I’ll start with my very favourite, but apart from that, they are in no particular order.


1. Emily de Molly Sakura

Emily de Molly Sakura
Emily de Molly Sakura

Sakura came out right at the beginning of the year , but I didn’t buy it until it was stocked in Sally Magpies in June. It’s a beautiful polish with pink and charcoal glitter in a white base. It’s simple and understated and not overcrowded with glitter. Gorgeous.


2. The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Yogurt Nails in Apple Mint Yogurt

The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Yogurt Nails Apple Mint Yogurt
The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Yogurt Nails in Apple Mint Yogurt

I first saw the Yogurt Nails collection of Korean polishes on Cazzy Durcan’s blog, SpecialGirl Nails. She didn’t have this Apple Mint one, but when I went to the site I loved it, so bought it along with another. I’ve since bought Revlon Whimsical, which is very similar, but isn’t as opaque and doesn’t have the magenta glitters.


3. My Vampire Is Buff

Flowers and stripes nails
Flowers and stripes using OPI My Vampire Is Buff, Ciaté Pocket Money, SpaRitual From The Heart and W7 Black

I don’t have a swatch of My Vampire Is Buff on its own, as I’ve only ever used it in nail art. And I’ve used it a lot! But I have a backup bottle now though, so I don’t have to ration my use of it.


4. Chanel Taboo

Chanel Taboo
Chanel Taboo

I fell in love with Taboo ages before it was released and waited patiently for its arrival in the UK. I do wish Chanel would make more of a splash with their marketing of polishes in the UK (maybe I could help them! 😉 ) It’s just that, even though I’m on various Chanel mailing lists, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a UK polish launch announcement. But, I’m lucky that my husband works in London and is happy to trek to various Chanel outlets for me every now and then.


5. L’Oréal Color Riche Confettis

L'Oreal Top Coat Confettis
L’Oreal Top Coat Confettis

Confettis is a black and white glitter top coat that I haven’t worn anywhere near as much as I should have. It’s great for extending a manicure as it will go well over practically any colour.


6. Barry M Guava

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Guava
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Guava

It was a close call between Guava and OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook for the best deep turquoise. I adore Can’t Find My Czechbook, but this just shades it for me, only really because it’s cheaper and easier to get hold of.


7. Nelly Polish Mena

Nelly Polish Mena
Nelly Polish Mena

Nelly Polish is the world’s first polish available in powdered form – which makes it possible to be sent abroad without breaking Royal Mail’s annoying posting restrictions. I was lucky to be sent Mena for review and it’s completely gorgeous. Like Sakura, I think I’m drawn to it because of the simplicity of the colours and the fact that it’s not overloaded with glitter. I find that I don’t like a lot of UK indies sometimes. The makers seem to get carried away with putting as many different types and colours of glitter in as possible, and sometimes a cracking polish can be as simple as two sizes of lavender and silver glitter in a black base – like this.


8. Maybelline Wine Shimmer

Maybelline Wine Shimmer
Maybelline Color Show Wine Shimmer

I love the scattered holos that Zoya makes, but they are expensive and only available online. Wine Shimmer was a great find that’s as gorgeous as the Zoyas look (even though I desperately still want Storm, Blaze and Payton!) and can be picked up on the high street.


9. SpaRitual From The Heart

SpaRitual From The Heart
SpaRitual From The Heart

I’m very lucky to be a reviewer for SpaRitual. They make gorgeous polishes that come in wonderful, Ferrari-designed bottles, with rubberised, soft-grip brush handles. I love every single one I’ve been sent so far, but From The Heart is a great staple for me. It’s a classic and sophisticated colour that also looks great on toenails.


10. Seventeen Charm Bracelet

Seventeen Charm Bracelet
Seventeen Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet is just beautiful. It’s shiny and glittery and I normally wouldn’t choose to wear a gold polish on its own, but this is really spectacular.


So that’s it for my picks of the year. What were yours?

 

 

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SpaRitual From The Heart, Nelly Polish Mena and Barry M Guava were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Silver and blue skittlette: L’Oréal Mystic Blue, 2True Christy and zig zags

After all the challenges I’ve been doing, I wanted to do something that was just for me on my nails. And this skittlette – or (everything but the) kitchen sink manicure – fitted the bill just perfectly.

I didn’t design these nails with New Year’s Eve in mind, but with the sparkle of the textured glitter, I think they’d work well. So if they last me until New Year’s Eve, I’ll be pleased.

It’s quite classic in its use of zig zags and glitter (a look first popularised by @Selenadee_nails of Pink You Rock) but I have used a textured glitter and added some stamping.

I love the combination of navy and silver, and I absolutely adore this navy blue. It’s L’Oréal Mystic Blue and it is part of the L’Or Electric Collection, which came out in summer 2012 for the Cannes Film Festival. I bought it recently from Fragrance Direct for a measly £1.30. (And then I bought two more bottles as back ups because it is completely gorgeous). It has a silver shimmer that makes the polish quite metallic-looking. For me, it’s the navy version of Divine Indigo, which is also one of my favourites.

Blue silver skittlette nails L'Oreal Mystic Blue 2True Christy zig zags
Blue and silver skittlette nails with textured glitter and zig zags, using: L’Oreal Mystic Blue, 2True Christy and Barry M Foil Effects Silver

The textured glitter is 2True Christy. I also own the blue (Eva) and the purple (Naomi) from this range, but this is the first one I’ve worn. It would be great used as a full manicure; it’s really sparkly and classy-looking.

For the zig zags, I did a base coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then added some mini zig zag guides and painted over with one coat of Mystic Blue. I bought the guides a while ago from Linda of nailvinyls.com. They are really fantastic and do a brilliant job. Unfortunately, after I had created my most perfect ever zig zag nail, I managed to dink it straight after I’d added the top coat. I had to touch up the blue and the silver at the tip end a little with a brush. I know it looks OK, but I can’t help but grieve a little for my once-perfect nail!  (The perfectionist part of me keeps telling me I should have re-done the nail!)

Finally, for the stamped nail, I used Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Nailz Craze plate NC02, the “magical” plate.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Navy blue: two coats of L’Oréal Color Riche Mystic Blue
  • Textured glitter: two coats of 2True Christy
  • Zig zag nail: one coat of Barry M Foil Effects Silver, then one coat of L’Oréal Color Riche Mystic Blue over zig zag guides
  • Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Stamping plate: Nailz Craze NC02
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Christmas Challenge 2013 Roundup

Now that the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge is over, I thought I’d do a roundup of my manicures.

This is only my second challenge, and while fairly easy because it was only two manicures a week, I’m still pleased that I managed to keep up with it and posted on time for each one.

Here are all my manicures from the challenge. If you want to know about the polishes I used or how I did a manicure, just click on the image to go to the original post.


Red white snowflakes nails IG
Day 1: White Christmas
Winter nature blue trees nails IG
Day 2: Winter Nature
Red gold green Christmas Argyle manicure nails
Day 3: Holiday Colours
Holly stamped over Seventeen Celestial Pearl nails
Day 4: Christmas Traditions
Furby manicure nails
Day 5: Toys
Candy cane French tip nails
Day 6: Christmas Food
Christmas penguin nails
Day 7: Winter Characters
New Year's Eve Barry M Amethyst Tara's Talons Auld Lang Syne
Day 8: New Year’s Eve

My favourites are definitely the Furby Boom characters, as that’s a completely unique manicure, not inspired by or copied from anyone. It also took an absolute age to do, waiting for each element to dry before adding the next tiny detail, and I’m proud of the effort I put into it. I wouldn’t ordinarily wear something like this on my nails, but it was fun to do for a challenge.

I got lots of lovely compliments about the trees and the penguins, but I did love my holly nails and wore them for ages.

Which ones are your favourites?

 

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Some of these polishes were sent to me for review. All views expressed in the relevant posts are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

UK indie polish makers

The UK indie polish scene has grown so much during 2013, thanks in part to new UK-based suppliers offering the suspension base and pigments.

As a round-up of what’s available, I’ve done a list of the UK indie makers and their websites. The details are below, but going forward, I thought a permanent page would be better, so while this post won’t get updated, my page of UK Indie polish makers will do.

Click on the brand name for its website or shop.

NOTE: THIS PAGE IS NOW OUT OF DATE – PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED LIST OF UK INDIE POLISH MAKERS.


Brand Social media Run by Comments
A England facebook twitter instagram Adina Bodana
Tara’s Talons facebook twitter instagram Tara Clapperton Additional shop
Iconic Effect facebook Kerry Morrison and Kelly Sim
Pocket Money Polishes facebook twitter instagram pinterest Charlie Smith
Nail Lacquer UK facebook twitter instagram AJ
Nelly Polish Hilary Tunley
Magic Goose facebook Emma Greenwood Additional shop
Dragonglass Nail Polish facebook twitter instagram Georgia Grainger
Nails Inspire Polish facebook instagram Kim Marie Stephenson
Hairy Legs London facebook twitter Sarah Louise Poulter
Indy’s Indies facebook twitter Danielle Lee
Quirk facebook twitter instagram pinterest Kerrie Black
Chubby Owl Polish facebook Jemma Hart
Fat Puss Polish instagram Jess Riley
Belle Glamour facebook Catriona Drysdale Launching in January 2014
WRKNails facebook twitter instagram Rebecca Johnson
Luv Polish Lacquers facebook twitter instagram Lisa Drb
Baby Jane Polish instagram Bethany Short
R&R Lacquers facebook twitter instagram pinterest Rachael Marie & Becca Ferry Launching in January 2014

If you know of any other UK indies, or if any of my information needs amending, please get in touch.

NOTE: THIS PAGE IS NOW OUT OF DATE – PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED LIST OF UK INDIE POLISH MAKERS.

UK Indie Polish

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Christmas Challenge 2013 Day 8: New Year’s Eve

So, on this last day of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge we’re celebrating New Year’s Eve (a few days early!)

I went with some multi-coloured blingy glitter over black.

The base is W7 Black and the multi-coloured circle glitter is the very appropriately named Auld Lang Syne from Tara’s Talons. I chose Auld Lang Syne as my prize from Tara’s Talons when I won a recent giveaway held by Model City Polish. The prize was sponsored by nine UK indie polish makers, so I have so many lovely new UK indies on their way to me, which I’m really excited about. I got to choose which polish I wanted from Tara, and Auld Lang Syne just called out to me. I do love circular glitter and the colours in this really complement each other well. Tara sent my prize straight away, and seeing as it was Christmas week, I think that was just amazing of her.

For the stars on the accent nail, I made my own stencils using painter’s tape that I cut out using a star-shaped craft punch. The stars were quite large, so I put two part stars on the nail. I had ordered a smaller star punch before Christmas, which would have worked better, but it hasn’t arrived yet.

I was a bit too hasty with my top-coating, and so there are some bubbles over the circle glitter nails. It’s a lovely colourful manicure though.

New Year's Eve Barry M Amethyst Tara's Talons Auld Lang Syne
Christmas Winter Challenge 2013 Day 8: New Year’s Eve manicure using W7 Black, Barry M Amethyst and Tara’s Talons Auld Lang Syne

So, that’s it. Another challenge is over. I’ll post a round-up tomorrow.

 

Crumpets Nail Tarts Christmas Winter Challenge 2013

Here’s the other manicures from today’s prompt:

 

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: one coat ofW7 Black
  • Glitter coat: one coat of Tara’s Talons Alud Lang Syne
  • Ring finger: stencilled stars using Barry M Amethyst
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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