Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Orly Color Blast Amber Luxe Shimmer, with Gold Holo Stamping

I bought this orange polish a while ago now, but hadn't got round to wearing it. I saw a new display in a large Boots in Sheffield - everything looked fantastic! I ended up buying three. I think these were £9.50 each. 



This is Amber Luxe Shimmer. 


This is three coats, with topcoat. Whilst the end result is pretty stunning, and I do like the effect (glowy shimmery orange, it's right up my street!) I don't think I'm particularly impressed with this.  Application is tricky; the first coat is very streaky, and this dries so quickly that it wasn't easy to get a totally smooth finish. The second coat made parts of the nail opaque, and parts still really sheer, so the application is also quite patchy. 


This is really pretty, but I don't think it's nearly as good as OPI Take the Stage, or China Glaze Riveting or Bend Over Backwards, which all look similar but have much better formulas. As you can see, there's also a really interesting greenish gold duochrome appearance in parts of the bottle too, but that doesn't translate to the nail. 

I then decided to stamp over this using the lovely gold holo from the other day, Freckles Polish Kicking Up Leaves (see swatches here) and MoYou London Mother Nature plate 02.  


The contrast isn't particularly pronounced, but I think this makes a really pretty finished effect as it's quite subtle.  I found this almost impossible to photograph clearly.



What do you think?   

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Lightning Bolt Mani with Barry M Glitterati

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a whole load of different nail vinyl stencils from She Sells Seashells (see the fab shop here) but hadn't got round to using any yet. I also had the entire Barry M Glitterati collection which I hadn't tried...


Aren't they beautiful?  So tonight I decided to kill two birds with one stone and use the lightning bolt stencils and the Glitterati in one go. 


I started with two coats of Barry M Pearl, the white one from the Silks collection. Then I used the stencils on each nail - they're much nicer to use than sellotape as they're a lot more flexible and stronger. You just paint over the stencil and peel it off again. 

From thumb to pinkie, this is Fashion Icon, VIP, Catwalk Queen, Starlet and Socialite.

These glitters are beautiful! They all have a coloured jelly base with loads of fine glitter and holo particles. They dry quickly and with a slight texture to them. I added topcoat for this design. 


Starlet looks a little coral here, although it isn't really. I think that's because it's on the sheer side and it's over white. On its own it's much pinker, honest.

As you can see, I haven't used the black one yet. I'm saving that for something else!  


 

 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Freckles Polish - Kicking Up Leaves

You may remember that I posted recently about winning a couple of prizes in the Digit-al Dozen giveaway. I posted about one of my prizes, Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake, here.  Tonight I'm showing you the other!  I won a polish of my choice from Freckles Polish, plus a matching pendant!

Freckles Polish is a UK indie brand, made by Julieann, and can be found on her Etsy shop here. She has some gorgeous colours, but I chose this beautiful brownish gold holo called Kicking Up Leaves. 


Kicking Up Leaves is a stunner! This is two coats, with topcoat.  Application was perfect, and it dried easily.  


Isn't it lovely? So perfectly autumnal. In general office light it looks like a nice tasteful, natural colour, but then in sunlight or more direct light, it really comes alive with the linear holo particles. 


I like this so much! I've worn it for two days running as well, and it still looks perfect. No chips or peels or tip wear or anything.


The necklace is really nice too. It's more ornate than the things I usually wear, but I think that works really well with the colour. 


 

If you haven't already entered my birthday giveaway, you can do so here - entries are open for another week. 

 
 
    

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Elanor's Nails Birthday Giveaway!

Elanor's Nails is THREE years old this month! I really can't believe I've been blogging that long - I still feel like a total newbie!  

I wanted to have a big giveaway to celebrate, and to thank my lovely readers. I really appreciate the support I get from you, especially the people who take the time to get in touch in various ways. I've made lots of new friends through this blog, and lots of new and inspiring nail people, and it seemed a perfect chance to thank you.  Lots of really lovely companies who I've reviewed for over the years have also been spectacularly generous, so I am really excited to have so many awesome prizes! 

I mean - just look at all this which you can win!  Because there is polish, I'm afraid I can't post outside the UK, so this is limited to UK entrants only, I'm sorry!  And because I can't post more than 4 bottles at a time, I've split this huge box of goodies into seven separate prizes, which means I'll be able to have seven separate winners. 

So, here are the prizes!

Prize 1 
The winner of this prize will get one pair of Pedi-Sox and one bottle of Sof-Spa foot cream by Pedi-Sox (see reviews here), one Models Own Hair Chalk (see review here), one pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqués (see review here), two bottles of Jacava polish, one bottle of Jacava Prestige Top Coat and one bottle of Jacava Prestige Base Coat (numerous previous reviews of Jacava polishes here, although not these colours as they are brand new!) 

Prize 2
Winner number 2 will get a pair of Pedi-Sox, a bottle of Sof-Spa cream, a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, a Jacava Prestige Top Coat and Base Coat, and two Jacava polishes.

Prize 3


Winner number 3 will get a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, a Jacava Prestige Top Coat and Base Coat, and two Jacava polishes.

Prize 4

Winner number 4 will get a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, and the three China Glaze polishes pictured (Get Outta My Space, Polarized, I Herd That).

Prize 5


Winner number 5 will get a Models Own Hair Chalk, a pack of China Glaze nail polish appliqés, and two of the new Models Own Diamond Dust collection, Princess Pink and Heart Red.

Prize 6
Winner number 6 will get 4 Jacava polishes, and 4 different nail vinyls by She Sells Seashells - one stripes, one lightning bolts, one chevrons and one set of spiders' webs. (I bought myself a whole bunch of these, see blog post coming soon, so these are a little extra from me!)

Prize 7

And finally, winner number 7 will get a Jacava Prestige Top Coat and Base coat, and two Jacava polishes. 

I want everyone to have lots of changes to win something, so there are loads of entry options in the Rafflecopter widget below. Enter as many or as few as you like. I wanted a little something to go to people who've been following the blog for a while though, so prize number 2 will go to a random person selected only from the correct entrants to my NAME THAT POLISH question!
All 5 polishes in this photo have been shown on my blog at some point over the last 3 years. All you have to do is name them! Leave a comment on this post naming them from thumb to pinkie, brand and colour name please.  If you're stuck, the first letters of each polish name, from thumb to pinkie, spell out something that looks good on nails!  I have turned on comment moderation for the duration of this giveaway, so that people can't see others' answers. If you leave a comment as Anonymous, please make sure there's some way for me to recognise you from the comment!  The photo above shows 2 coats of each polish, with no topcoat, basecoat, base colour or anything else. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway







All prizes kindly donated by companies or their PR, with the exception of the two Models Own polishes and the She Sells Seashells vinyls, which were bought by me.








Saturday, 11 October 2014

Models Own My Midori Hair Chalk

Did you know that Models Own made hair chalk? I didn't!  You may remember a while ago when I reviewed some limited edition polishes, the My Midori collection (see review here). Well, these hair chalks are part of the same collection.  I was a bit dubious about them, as I've tried hair chalk before with no success at all. My hair is quite dark, and the chalk I tried last time wouldn't show up at all on my hair. 


The chalks come in a simple card packet. The chalk itself is in a cute little green plastic holder, which is really good because the shape is perfect to fit your hand, so that you can apply the chalk whilst not getting it all over your hand.


The process is pretty simple - wipe it onto your hair, spray with hairspray to fix. Wash off later with shampoo.  Easy peasy. The chalk itself is quite soft and creamy, so it was really easy to transfer to the hair. 
This is my hair before:

As you can see, it's quite a dark auburn colour, not something that I'd imagine would easily take on a colour like pale green... 

Haha! It's pretty effective! Not exactly PRETTY, but it certainly works. 
Do you like my pyjamas?

Now, I'm in my forties and not really the kind of person who can get away with going outside with green hair, so I don't think I'll actually be wearing hair like this anywhere! But I do think that this would be perfect for a Hallowe'en party or something, especially for kids, and especially for people with lighter hair. 

To go with my glamourous green hair tonight, I've been enjoying a lovely Midori cocktail! I love Midori - it's a Japanese green melon liqueur, which tastes sweet and tangy. I used to drink it back when I used to be really into cocktails, a few years ago. I haven't had any for a year or two though.  So I was really excited when the company also sent me some Midori to go with my hair chalk! How CUTE is the mini bottle?
I'm wearing three coats of Models Own My Midori, as reviewed in my previous post. I love this polish, it's so bright and juicy and smells lovely. 

Then I made this cocktail, called a Green Demon.  The recipe calls for 1 measure Midori, 1 measure white rum, one measure peach juice and a dash of lime juice.  I couldn't find peach juice anywhere for love nor money, so I used pineapple juice instead.  I shook the ingredients over ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.  And let me tell you - it tasted FAB. 

Cheers!

The Models Own My Midori nail varnish was a limited edition, so I don't think you can buy it any more. You can buy the hair chalk on the Models Own website for £5.99 though. It talks on there about it being ideal for summer festivals, so I don't think it's a totally new thing. I think it would be fab for Hallowe'en!  

If you like the sound of the hair chalk, I have some more to give away to my readers in a very exciting giveaway coming in the next few days! Keep an eye on the blog for your chance to win all sorts of goodies!


The hair chalk and the Midori was provided by the company or their PR for my honest review. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

 
 




 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Barry M Persian & Atlantis - new Aquarium Collection

I'm being a bit rubbish at the moment! Didn't finish the Colour Me Crazy challenge, haven't posted the last two Polish Party themes... I've got no ideas for any actual nail art, and I still haven't swatched any of the new Barry M Glitterati!

Tonight's post is just a quick look at the two new Barry M Aquarium colours - Persian and Atlantis.  Persian is a purple-gold duochrome, and Atlantis is a multicoloured glitter. 


Here I'm wearing two coats of Persian over a base of plain black creme, and a coat of Atlantis on my thumb and ring finger. 


Persian has quite a thin formula, which is why I've worn it over a black base. You can get the same result without the black base, but it'll take 3-4 coats.  The formula is good though - it's even and smooth, and dries well. 


Persian has a lovely purple shimmery finish in most indoor light, and then a lovely golden orange sheen in some other lights. It looked purple most of the time today, but then is showing the gold a lot more in the photos!


Atlantis is a clear base with lots of tiny silver hex particles, larger silver hex particles, blue diamond shapes, and fuchsia pink irregular shapes. It's super sparkly, as you can see! It needed a bit of dabbing and poking about to get the glitter evenly spaced, because it does tend to drag towards the tip of the nail otherwise.


I really like these two! Aren't they pretty?    


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Laquerdaisical Jaffa Fake - My First Indie!

I recently won a couple of prizes in the huge Digital Dozen giveaway! I never win anything! I was thrilled to learn I'd won some UK indie polishes - I've never tried any before, and I was really excited.  I won a full size polish from Laquerdaisical, and being addicted to thermal polishes, I immediately chose Jaffa Fake, which I'd seen on Kerruticles' blog and had been lusting after ever since.
First up - I LOVE THE NAME!  I love Jaffa Cakes. I love puns. It's a winner.


Jaffa Fake is a dark brown jellyish polish, which is a gorgeous chocolate brown when cold, and a lovely jelly orange when warm. There's also a really pretty purpley gold shimmer in there too, which is particularly noticeable when the polish is darker. 


This is three coats of Jaffa Fake, with topcoat. The polish is quite sheer, especially when warm, so it could be worn with a creme base underneath. I really like it like this though. 

Here it is cold:


(It was really hard to get a photo of it all-brown! I've been boiling hot recently, and my hands won't stay cold long enough to get from the cold tap to the camera!)

Getting warmer:


Warmer:



Isn't it gorgeous? I really like brown polishes. I love orange. I REALLY love thermals. So this is a total winner for me. 


I don't know why I've never tried any indie polishes before! I know I hate PayPal and that puts me off a bit, but I have used PayPal successfully so that shouldn't really be something to put me off... Anyway, now I've tried one, I'm keen to try more, so come next pay day, there'll be stopping me!


Laquerdaisical polishes are made by Alexia, and can be bought from her online shop or over on her Facebook page.
 

I won this polish in an online giveaway.



Friday, 26 September 2014

NEW Barry M Silk Swatches

So, I got a bit carried away with the new Barry M releases, and bought everything I could get my hands on. Today, I have swatches of the new Silk colours for you. 


I loved the first Silk colours that came out earlier this year; the pretty pastel range with the gorgeous silky matte finish and the fantastic quality. So when I heard there were three new colours for autumn, with rich berrry shades, I was very excited! Left to right here we have Poppy (the red one), Forest (the green one) and Orchid (the purple one). 


First up is Forest. This is two coats. Application on all of these polishes was excellent - smooth, even, quick-drying, and with a beautiful matte-but-silky finish. I found that two thin coats was better than one thicker one. 


Forest is a gorgeous shimmery dark green. As this was so pretty, I wondered what it would look like with topcoat... 


GORGEOUS is clearly the answer!


Next up is Poppy, a lovely red that's just on the autumnal side. I love this - it makes me think of autumn leaves and rusty autumn colours. 


Again, it's stunning with topcoat!


I mean - just look at it!


Last of the bunch is Orchid, the purple one, and I think my favourite. 


I love the way this looks with the silky sheen. It's just so eyecatching!


And glossy... well!


I don't think I have any colours quite like this, and I really love it. I can see this one getting a lot of wear this winter!

 


 
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