It's a circus

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I have had Essence Circus Confetti for a couple of years now but I never found a  base polish that I loved to pair it with. The glitters never showed up or they ended up being drowned out if the base was too 'fancy'. So in the end I had to just strip it all back and stick with a white base. In all fairness it does look pretty perfect over a white polish. All the different coloured glitters stand out and you can easily see the shifts in colour, even in crappy light. 


Here I have on one coat of the Sally Hansen Miracle thickener basecoat. On top of that I have 3 coats of NYC Pinstripe white. For all the hype surrounding this polish I found it to be really disappointing. It's sheer and watery. Application isn't great as it drags a lot so you get a tonne of bald spots. Not a happy chappy. Once that was finally dry I added on a coat of Essence Circus Confetti. This is a fairly jam-packed glitter so I did wipe the brush on the side of the bottle first. I topped it off with a coat of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat. I loved this. I think this might be my Christmas mani but we'll see.


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Going dotty for that Patent gloss

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A post I completely forgot to get up last week! This is the dotticure I made up using the Sally Hansen Patent gloss polishes. How good do they look together?! I really like Chic (the peachy nude), especially on my longer nails. 


I started off with 2 coats of Chic. Once that had dried I added on a line of Slick (deep navy) 2 lines of Moto (raspberry) and 2 lines of Vinyl (black). It's such a simple manicure to do but the mix of colours really makes it pop. I've been using these polishes in a fair few of my manicures lately. They are just so easy to use and the glossy finish they have is so nice. It'd be great if they brought out a whole load of colours in this line. 

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Some seasonal sparkle

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One of the polish combinations I always have in mind but never get to actually wear is a raspberry creme with a glitter topper. I think it's super festive but I really don't wear raspberry polishes all that often (even though I love them!). Finally I got one to work out for me and I ended up really loving it. I wore this combination for a week and it looked great the entire time. 


I have on 2 coats of Barry M Raspberry over a basecoat of Sally Hansen Miracle cure strengthener. I added on a thin coat of Catrice Have an Ice day on top and finished it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Miracle gel topcoat. I love the holo glitters in Have an ice day. They are beautiful and quite strong, even with a topcoat on top. The Raspberry polish is a tad darker in person. It looked lovely I have to say. It's one I would definitely wear again during the Christmas break.

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A seasonal Swatch

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One of the best polishes for the Christmas season is China Glaze Glittering Garland. It is the perfect deep green with golden shimmer. The formula is great. I have on 2 coats with a coat of Sally Hansen Miracle gel topcoat to seal it all in. This can drag a bit which is the only problem I have come across whilst using it.


Glittering Garland makes a great base for nail art too. I used this a lot last Christmas and even during the year for regular nail designs. It's a polish that shows up on my blog a lot because of its versatility.

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Sally Hansen Velvet texture nail polish- Swatches and review!

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Today I have the new Sally Hansen Velvet Texture polishes to show ye. This is a small release with only 3 polishes in total but it's an interesting one. The end result (as you can guess from the name) is a velvet look (matte with a bit of a sheen) and a slight textured feel. They look more textured than they feel. You don't have to worry about your nails snagging on your clothes or anything like that.


The first one I have is Velour. This is a lilac shade with a good formula. 2 coats and it is fully opaque. I found this to be a tad bit thicker than the other polishes. It's not something that will really affect your application in any way but I just happened to pick up on it. I like this colour. It looks really nice with the velvet texture finish.


 Next up is 620 Velveteen:


Velveteen is a plain black polish. The formula was very nice on this one. Again I have on 2 coats and it's fully opaque, I think the texture look really suits this polish. I haven't come across a black texture so it's a nice change from the regular polishes.  


Finally I have 670 Lavish:


Lavish is a raspberry shade. It's a shade or 2 darker than what you seen in the pictures, Like most raspberry polishes my camera had a hard time picking up the exact colour. Formula wise I only needed 2 coats for full opacity. The texture look isn't as strong on this one from my experience. It is still noticeable though so no worries about that, 


Overall this is a nice little collection. I happen to like the textured effect range and I think this is a nice subtle alternative to the really obvious glitter textures. Removal is pretty easy, it's basically a normal polish in that sense. I would like to see some plain matte/velour polishes from Sally Hansen. That would be such an interesting addition to their range. 
Each bottle costs €6.95 at the moment and you can find them in the usual pharmacies that stock Sally Hansen polishes. 

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**Product was provided for review**

The perfect festive nail kit

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I have both of the Miss Elegant Touch Candy dip nail kits to show ye today. To start off I have the Holly Berries kit. This kit consists of 3 pots of glitter in red, gold and green. Pretty much Christmas in a box. You also get 2 sheets of 18 double sided stickers to use as a base for the glitter. I have tried these and while they work perfectly I use a similar polish colour as a basecoat instead. This gives a far richer finish and it makes the glitter stand out so much more. 


 I have on one coat of the Sally Hansen Patent polish in Moto. While that was still dry I stuck it into the pot of glitter (they aren't completely full to the brim so you won't spill any and it's far quicker than pouring some out). Doing this just once covers the entire nail so it's a pretty quick process. 
Dry time is pretty normal so doing your entire manicure only takes a couple of minutes really.


I left on the red glitter and added on an accent nail. I added on Catrice Goldfinger to half on my nail and stuck it in the gold glitter pot. After leaving that for roughly a minute I painted the other half with China Glaze Holly Day. I stuck that into the green glitter pot and that's it! The glitters are far nicer in person. They look just like ornaments. My hands are so sparkly and they just look amazing. 


I added on a topcoat to see how it would affect the glitter. I have to say they look pretty amazing with a topcoat. Not only does it make the glitters look so rich and deep but it also keeps the glitter on the nail so you don't end up with glitter everywhere. 


I did a quick swatch on the other kit. This is  the Ice Gem kit. Again you get 3 glitters and 2 sheets of double sided stickers. For the glitters you get: silver, white and blue. I think the only disappointing glitter is the white one. It's not as pure white as I expected it to be. Thankfully if you layer it over a white polish it looks just like snow. Over other polishes it looks pretty sheer, almost like a flakie or a faint shimmer. All of the other glitters are amazing though. Each pack costs €5.99 so they are very affordable. The process is quick and easy but the end result is a super striking manicure. I would highly suggest using a fan brush to wipe off the excess glitters from the nail back into the pot once you are finished the dipping process. You'd be surprised how much comes off and it helps reduce the amount of mess/clean up needed once it's all done and dusted. 


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Abstract festive nails

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Some more Christmas themed nails for today. I just noticed that my post didn't go up last Thursday so there might be an extra post this week. For today though I went with  a more abstract look. I started with 3 coats of Catrice Oh My Goldness!. This is a darkened gold glitter in a clear base. It is jam packed so it's not too hard to get it opaque.


Once Oh My Goldness had dried I added on China Glaze Holly Day (dark green), Lancome Nuit D'Azure (Navy blue) GOSH Silver and Nails Inc St James. I like the colours together, I think they stand out pretty well over the gold base. It's eye-catching but not too blingy. Sometimes I think you need to reign it in a bit (depending on the occasion of course).

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