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Eye Candy It’s All Good: it’s not so good after all

In yesterday’s post, I was praising eye CANDY LONDON’s It’s All Good. But despite finishing my manicure (three coats and a top coat) by early afternoon – I woke up this morning with sheet marks on my nails. I have never had that before. They did say they don’t use “fast drying formulations”, well I thought 12+ hours would have been enough!

Not impressed.

But another coat of top coat has saved the day 🙂

Eye Candy – It’s All Good

I was going to put some glitter over the Purr-fect Plum I’m wearing from yesterday, but then changed my mind and decided I would try out some dotting instead. My attempts were particularly woeful though, so I took it all off and started with a new manicure altogether.

This is eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good. It’s a bright magenta sort of tone, and the finish is really shiny. It’s quite sheer on first application, but a second coat evens things out a bit. I thought it still looked a bit too sheer, so I did go with a third coat to avoid having a visible nail line.

I didn’t know anything about eye CANDY LONDON, apart from the fact that I’d only ever seen it in Sainsbury’s, so I looked them up on the web. I found this about them on their Amazon listings:

eye CANDY LONDON is a contemporary beauty brand encompassing the spirit of the “Best of British” … Created with the highest quality professional nail enamel, using premium componentry and created by our very distinctive and innovative flair.

… From luscious traditional rich colours to those mixed with speciality pigments and new technology using unique particle mixes of high reflection glitters and colours to give an  [sic] outstanding reflective finishes. This is what allows eye CANDY London to offer the widest range of high quality professional nail colour to rival all other leading brands but at affordable prices.

… We don’t use cheap fast drying formulations as we believe that the colour and wear ability is more important … We are 100% proudly sourced, created, designed and manufactured in the UK!

I’m not sure that I like their use of the word “componentry” – that’s puffed-up PR speak (and I should know). What’s wrong with saying “ingredients”? But apart from that, it all sounds good.

And I like the bottle. It has the same removable cap as the Chanel polishes, which reveals just a smaller, cylindrical handle for the brush.

Its All Good
eye CANDY LONDON Its All Good. Three coats with top coat.

Anyway, I chose this shade because I am going to a 10th wedding anniversary party tomorrow night and I wanted to use something different on my nails. I have had a bottle of MUA Nail Constellation for some time, and haven’t used it yet. I’ve heard that it can be a bit frustrating as the beads do tend to get knocked off, so I thought a party would be a great occasion to try this look, even if I do end up taking it off the next day. Anyway, It’s All Good matches the “Leo” MUA Nail Constellation beautifully, so that’s why I chose it.

[EDIT – read what happened to It’s All Good overnight]

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect

China Glaze Purr-fect Plum

Purr-fect Plum is part of China Glaze’s On Safari collection. The shade is described as a “bold burgundy” and that’s pretty much spot on. It’s certainly a deep wine colour; very reminiscent of a good Bourgogne!

Like all China Glaze polishes I’ve used so far, it goes on beautifully. It’s a great formula and as I’ve used it for stamping before, I knew that it’s (nearly) a one-coater. Certainly if you did one thick coat, that’s all you’d need. It’s also very shiny even before a top coat.

Although the On Safari collection came out in July 2012, it was designed to be a “fall” (autumn) collection, and this shade is just perfect for right now.

China Glaze Purr-fect Plum
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of China Glaze Purr-fect Plum
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect

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My new nail polish obsession

Hello. (I think I’m only talking to myself at the moment, though!)

I’ve recently become rather addicted to nail polish. I’ve been sharing my manicures on Facebook and I’ve mainly been boring or annoying most people. Judging by some of the comments, some of my friends seem to think that I am not busy or that I have too much time on my hands because I’m manicuring my nails two or three times a week.

I’ve tried to explain that  it it really doesn’t take that long. And I’ve resisted the urge to scream that it’s a hobby … what’s wrong with spending a few hours a week on my hobby?

So, all in all, the people I am friends with on Facebook really aren’t interested in what I have on my nails. So I’ve set up this blog, as well as started new Pinterest and Twitter accounts, all to feed and fuel my nails obsession. And through them I hope to find more like-minded people.

I’ve only really been doing my nails for the past two months. But in that time, I’ve already amassed a large collection of polish (119, not including top and base coats) and stamping plates (more than 75), along with various nail art tools and decorations.

This is what is on my nails today: W7 Black Cherry (yesterday’s manicure), layered with Revlon Scandalous.

W7 Black Cherry and Revlon Scandalous
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of W7 Black Cherry
  • Glitter: one coat of Revlon Scandalous
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect