Can I just say I freaking love the names OPI gives to their nail polishes! Samoan Sand is a neutral beige with a tiny hint of peach. If I compare it Malaysian Mist, there are no similarities, except you need 3-4 coats for complete opacity too. Perfectly appropriate for any occasion.
I adore bright nail polishes, but sometimes it's just nice to wear something more subdued. I love Malaysian Mist for a no-fuss, clean look. It's a peachy nude, very inoffensive and incredibly appropriate for work, funerals etc. Very sheer however, you need about 3-4 coats.
Finally, I've found my go-to red nail polish! I've gone through a lot of red polishes over the years, but they've always lacked in something for me. I spent a lot of time researching Essie's red shades and as soon as I saw the online image swatches for Lacquered Up, it had to be mine. It's just most stunning true red - no orange, no black, no crimson, a true blood red. In indoor lighting it looks dull and slightly rouge, but outdoor, you see the true brightness of the red. I would recommend using a white nail polish as a base, as reds always seem to be quite sheer. Apart from that, it's just a perfect red!
Normally I stick to golds, peaches and bronzer on my cheeks, but when I saw Deep Throat (love the name) online with 20% off I quickly snapped it up and Orgasm too. I'm really glad I took a chance because it's so pretty and flattering! On my NC25 skintone it shows up very well, the colour is pink with slightly peachy tones, not a bubblegum pink. It's definitely not glittery, just a little sheen is visible on my cheeks. It's very pigmented and applies like a dream with my 116 brush.
Terrible, terrible quality product. Yes it is matte, but I took that to mean it had the consistency of MAC's mattes. Instead it's horrifically chalky, drags on the lips and settles into fine lines even with a good scrub and liberal amounts of lip balm prior to application. Considering it's Illamasqua, I bitterly regret buying this lipstick. The shade isn't even anything special, it's more or less identical to 'Vegas Volt' by MAC. Will never buy another Illamasqua lipstick again.
I have super-long hair, it's waist length and has a lot of thickness too. I wear my hair naturally wavy and always leave it to air-dry. I brush it when it's wet and sometimes before showering, but need a brush that is able to detangle and leave it soft. I've tried the Tangle Teezer, not good enough for my needs - only brushes the top layer of my hair, not the underside. Then I bought the pink Denman tangle tamer brush, much better than the Tangle Teezer, and also has a handle but still not good enough. It took a good while to brush through my thick hair, and doesn't detangle easily. When I heard about the Michel Mercier brush I immediately bought one. Firstly it has a lovely thick handle for grip, and comes in three variants: Pink for fine hair, Green for medium, and Blue for thick hair. Ofcourse I got the blue, and I'm happy to say it does such a great job at brushing through my hair with minimal pain and breakage. Most importantly it brushes through all of my hair, not just the top layers. Sometimes I use it in the shower to evenly disperse conditioner and it takes literally seconds. It has over 428 bristles of varying heights, maybe this is why it works so well. All I know is, I love this brush!
When I went to get my acrylic stiletto nails infilled this shade caught my eye so I asked the manicurist to put it over the top. It's just your standard red, nothing special, slightly coral. Good application but not something I'd buy.
It takes an awful for me to shell out over Â£10 on a bottle of nail polish, even more so when the polish itself is Â£14.50! But in my defence. I had absolutely NOTHING like it in my collection and fell deeply in love with the online swatches. Illamasqua's new polish 'Harem' is a divine pink with strong hints of mauve, lavender and lilac thrown into the mix. To me it's so gorgeous and utterly unique. It's bright with a glossy finish and applies like a dream, like most Illamasqua polishes do. I will definitely buy this again, some things you definitely get what you pay for and Harem is definitely worth it for it's beautiful colour and application.
Vivid bubblegum pink, bright but not overtly so, and definitely not neon. Nice application, 2 coats for maximum opacity.
French Affair is a cool-toned pink with a lavender undertone. It's one of those classic pinks, and looks absolutely amazing with a layer of Kisses and Bises over the top. It's very similar to 'Mod About You' by OPI, but the latter has more of a white undertone to it, so they're not the same. Still, you can't have too many pinks! Application is okay, 2 coats and you're good to go.
As soon as I saw this shade, I thought 'Barbie!'. Definitely something she'd be rocking, it's a gorgeous bright fuchsia, not quite neon. I love Orly polishes for their opacity in only 2 coats and this one is no exception. Dries to a satin finish, so top-coat is needed for that gloss! Really looks fabulous against my NC25 skintone.
I can never get enough of pink shades, I just feel like I need to have all variations. Fiji is my newest acquisition. A milky pink with a strong white undertone to it. One of those classic, nude shades that is appropriate for any event in life. Very reminiscent of what the Kardashians would wear. I need three coats to make it work for me, and absolutely recommend a top-coat, otherwise it would take forever to dry. Some people say it's a dupe for one of my all-time favourite polishes OPI 'Mod About You', but Fiji is definitely less pink and more white, which is enough to not make it a complete dupe.
In the space of 2 weeks I've bought 13 bottles of nail polish from eBay, 10 of them being Essie. I've been lemming Van D'Go for ages, I love peachy pink shades. It's part neon, but part subtle, with strong pink undertones. Very eye-catching. Not that bad of an application, 2 coats and I was done. I always use Seche Vite as a top coat for that glossy shine.
Gorgeous pearly white with shimmer. 3 coats needed for maximum opacity but definitely worth it. If you inspect your nails very closely you will see that there's blue and green infused into the glitter. A very worthy alternative to stark white nails (which I also love!).
For some reason, I'm just not in love with Red Lights Ahead... Where? I don't know why, the application is flawless, 2 thin coats and the wide brush makes it so easy for an even finish. I find that the red shade falls a bit flat on me, it's not a classic red, more of a red with a hint of coral/orange. I think I was expecting more a true tomato bright red, ordered Essie's 'Lacquered Up' so I'm hoping it's everything I wanted RLAW to be.