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Revlon Bewitching

This is a nice shade. It’s Revlon Bewitching, and it’s a rich, deep, raspberry colour. I have similar colours that have “plum” in their name, but it’s more red and less purple than something I would describe as plum. In some lights it looks completely burgundy, but most of the time it has a deep raspberry colour.

I think it has a very classy look. It’s probably not really right for this time of year. The weather in the UK has been bright and sunny for a few weeks now, and so the pastels and brights have been coming out for the most part. This is more of an autumn or winter shade. But I don’t care. I love it and so I will wear it!

I used two coats. The first looked pretty good and gave nice opaque-looking coverage, but I did this manicure last thing at night, and I expect if I had looked at it today, in sunlight, it might have shown up some bald patches. So, I did two coats to be sure.

Revlon Bewitching
Revlon Bewitching
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Revlon Bewitching
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

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Green and blue outline nails

I was going to be conventional (read boring) and was trying to find a matching light blue to go with L’Oreal Sky Fits Heaven, which I was already wearing. I had an idea to do outline nails because I’ve not tried them before.

So I was looking through my swatch wheels trying to find a blue, when I spotted Ciate Mojito. It is a perfect match for Sky Fits Heaven in that they are both bright. So, I decided to be bold rather than boring.

At first I tried to do my nails by taping off the tip and then painting the green on as you would if you were doing a ruffian manicure. But it didn’t seem to work right. I couldn’t match the shape of the tip very well, and some polish also leaked under my tape. So I just freehanded it all using the polish brush and it was easier than I thought.

Green and blue outline nails Ciate Mojito and L'Oreal Sky Fits Heaven
Green and blue outline nails using Ciate Mojito and L’Oreal Sky Fits Heaven

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Outline colour: two coats of L’Oreal Color Riche Sky Fits Heaven
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Inner colour: two coats of Ciate Mojito
  • Final top coat: Seche Vite

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L’Oreal Sky Fits Heaven

I have so many blue polishes. Almost a quarter of my polishes are blue. And until today, half of them were untried.

I’ve reduced the untried number by one by wearing this wonderful bright blue from L’Oreal. It’s Sky Fits Heaven and it is just beautiful.

I really love L’Oreal Color Riche polishes. You don’t get an awful lot of polish for your money. The bottles are small at only 5ml, so on a price per millilitre basis they’re somewhere in between an OPI and a Chanel.

But the price is completely worth it. In fact, as a marketer used to being involved in pricing strategy, I’d say they have pitched it exactly right for what is a quality, high-end product.  Its plus points certainly make it deserving of the higher price. The paddle-shaped, wide, flat brush paints the polish on really quickly and it goes on so easily and levels itself to a smooth, glossy finish. And, they last the longest without chipping of any polish I’ve ever tried.

This is two coats with topcoat.

L'Oreal Color Riche Sky Fits Heaven
L’Oreal Color Riche Sky Fits Heaven

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of L’Oreal Color Riche Sky Fits Heaven
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Chanel Taboo

I have been desperate to get hold of Chanel Taboo ever since I first saw it. It launched about a month ago in the US, but Chanel polishes tend to come out a little later over here. The lady at one Chanel counter I visited said it sometimes takes more than a year for products to launch in the UK. A blog I came across said it would be available here in June, and another Chanel counter said it would be launched after the Summer 2013 collection.

Having missed out on buying the one other Chanel polish I want so much – Malice – I didn’t want to miss out on this one. (It turns out it’s a limited edition, but I didn’t know that at the time).

So I hatched a plan to get it from the US, but before that could come to fruition, I discovered that it was already for sale in the Chanel Boutique in Bond Street, London. My wonderful husband walked from Westminster to Mayfair during his lunch break to go and get it for me. I was so excited!

Chanel Taboo
Chanel Taboo

 

It’s undeniably a beautiful polish. The application was perfect. It went on flawlessly and only needed one coat, although I used two just to neaten up some of my edges, and also to see if it added some depth to the shimmer (which it didn’t).

It dried very slightly rough, due to the shimmer particles, so needed a top coat for some shine.

My only disappointment is with the overall effect when seen indoors. In the bottle it has a wonderful duochrome look, with  an orangey-red shimmer. But this really doesn’t translate to the nail indoors. You can see it outside, in the sun, and and then the blue and red-orange particles glint momentarily as the sun catches them and the whole manicure  sparkles and shines. But indoors it just looks like a deep purple with a hint of silver shimmer here and there, which is a little disappointing. But I’m still in love, and am so pleased to finally get my hands on it.

It’s clear and sunny today here in South London, so I could at least appreciate this polish in its full glory.

Chanel Taboo nails sunlight
Chanel Taboo in the sunlight

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Chanel Taboo
  • Top coat: No. 7 Stay Perfect

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Colour blocked pink, purple, blue and silver nails

I had seen a lovely manicure on Pinterest using colours similar to this and done as a cloud manicure.

I was going to recreate it exactly, but changed a couple of things. Firstly, the original creator had used Essie Mint Candy Apple. I’ve overdone the mint a bit recently and wanted to try it with a more blue colour, rather than a minty green.

Secondly, I wasn’t sure how good I would be at doing a cloud manicure, so I chickened out and used tape instead.

The colours I used were:

  • Collection 2000 Candy Floss (pink)
  • Models Own Blooboo (blue)
  • Nails Inc Devonshire Row (purple)
  • Barry M Foil Effects Silver (silver)
Colour blocked Collection 2000 Candy Floss Nails Inc Devonshire Row Models Own Blooboo Barry M Foil Effects Silver
Colour blocked nails using: Collection 2000 Candy Floss (pink), Nails Inc Devonshire Row (purple), Models Own Blooboo (blue) and Barry M Foil Effects Silver

I’ve used all these polishes before except for Collection 2000 Candy Floss, which I got in a swap with Cazzy Durcan of Special Girl Nails. It’s quite a nice opaque colour. I’ve used it on top of the silver and it only needed one, thickish coat.

This is the original picture from Pinterest, from Maggiemooie:

All in all, I think I did an OK job. I prefer my colours, but like the clouds better than the straight lines. And her photography skills are far superior too!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Pink: Collection 2000 Candy Floss
  • Blue: Models Own Blooboo
  • Purple: Nails Inc Devonshire Row
  • Silver: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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