Island Girl Polish Swatches & Review

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A couple of months ago my sister and dad went on holiday to America and spent some time in Las Vegas. Since I've become a polish obsessed weirdo I haven't been to America, so you can be sure I what's app'd loads of pictures of Island Girl polishes and begged her to pick me up some.

I have to thank them both for choosing some amazing colours and today I have 2 to show you.

Island Heat and Island Paradise both contain shiny blue, multi sized glitters and I loved them at first sight.

Island Girl nail polishes; Island Heat &  Island Paradise

Island Heat has the glitters suspended in a sea blue base and in the bottle it looks gorgeous. However the base colour is so thin (jelly thin) and the glitters so dense that it was really hard to build up the colour without huge clumps of glitters forming. I used 4 thin coats for the picture below and failed at applying it nicely. I would suggest applying it over a similar base colour so that the glitter clumps don't ruin what is a beautiful looking polish.

Island Girl nail polish Island Heat

I added a coat of matte topcoat in the hope it made the polish look better and although I prefer it, I can't stop looking at those clumps.

Island Girl nail polish Island Heat with matte topcoat

Island Paradise has the blue glitters suspended in a bright, almost neon bubblegum pink base. I love this polish so much. The base colour is more of a creme and so covers in 2 coats and the glitters don't clump.

Island Girl nail polish Island Paradise

The matte topcoat only improves what is a stunning polish.

Island Girl nail polish Island Paradise with matte topcoat

I am so thankful to my sister for picking these up. Sophie also picked me up 4 other Island Girl glitter bombs which I will swatch soon and my dad picked me up some gorgeous mini pastel and neon polish packs which I will be posting within the next few weeks.

You can buy Island Girl polishes from ABC stores from $2.99.

I am off to Las Vegas myself for a week at the end of November so let me know if there are any other Island Girl polishes that I should buy.

MeeBox UK Swatches & Review

Monday, 24 August 2015

Press Sample
Today I have a review of the first ever MeeBox UK and I am so excited about it, I love monthly subscription boxes and those that are dedicated to nail polish are my absolute fave.

For each month from August 2015 onwards MeeBox UK will release a themed box that will contain 4/5 polishes, tools and/or treatments plus swatch sticks. They kick started with a 'California Dreamin' theme and it couldn't be more perfect for the summer (if only the UK weather would cooperate).

MeeBox UK California Dreamin theme card

The box contains 3 polishes, a sample sized CND solar oil and some palm tree nail stencils (as well as the 3 swatch sticks). I love the combination of polish colours and the range of brands.

MeeBox UK contents

MeeBoc UK contents

First up I have Color Club's Disco Dress. This blurple polish is so pigmented and thick that it only took 1 coat for full coverage. I added 1 coat of Glossy Glam topcoat for the photo. It's worth noting that this polish is more purple in real life, my camera just wouldn't capture it.

Color Club Disco Dress

Next is Models Own Turquoise Gloss, I love this HyperGel polish. I used 2 coats of polish and 1 coat of topcoat for this swatch.

Models Own Turquoise Gloss

China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy is a gorgeous neon peach. The formula on this is tricky to work with and I would suggest you wear it over white as it took 4 coats for full coverage. However I still love it and once on it's beautiful.

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

The CND solar oil is really nice and although it has an Almond scent (not one I love), it moisturises my nails and cuticles beautifully.

I haven't yet tried the palm tree nail stencils by 'whatsupnails' but I have loads of ideas on how I could use them.

Overall this debut box is fab and I can not wait to see what comes up in the future. If you are interested in getting future MeeBox UK subscriptions they cost £20 (incl p&p) which is a real bargain.

Find MeeBox UK on their Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram for more information and pictures of their products.

What do you think about this box? Do you love the polishes and would you ever get one?

Myalee London - Swatches & Review

Friday, 21 August 2015

Press Sample
Myalee London is a new UK indie brand that only yesterday launched their first 7 part polish collection called the 'Rainbow Collection'. I am so excited to share with you 3 of these polishes today.

Myalee London Disco Orange, Green Apple, Purple Grape

All of Myalee London's polishes are 5 free and cruelty free which is good news for those of us who don't like stinky polishes that have been tested on animals.

First up is  Disco Orange, a vividly bright neon satsuma colour. This polish is well pigmented and dries quickly with a shiny finish. I used 3 thin coats and topcoat for the picture below (thinner coats work better on my longer nails, those of you whose nails are shorter may only need 2).

Myalee London Disco Orange

Myalee London Disco Orange in the shade

Next is Green Apple. This is a super bright toxic green. This has the thinnest formula of the 3 so you need a few extra coats. I used 4 thin coats and topcoat, or you could wear it over white and will most likely need only 2.

Myalee London Green Apple

The last polish I have to show you from the Rainbow Collection is called Purple Grape, a super bright purple polish. I used 3 thin coats and topcoat again and it dried quickly with a shiny finish.

Myalee London Purple Grape

Even though it takes another coat than the other 2, Green Apple is my favourite from the trio. I am sure the rest of the Rainbow Collection will be just as beautiful.

You can buy these and the other 4 from Myalee London's website here for £4.99 each.

Follow Myalee London on Instagram and check out all the other amazing colours from the Rainbow Collection.

Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polish - Swatches & Review

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Press Sample

Today I have some amazing nail polishes to show you from a new to me brand called Little Ondine. Little Ondine creates water based nail polish from natural ingredients, in fact they only use natural resin, organic colourants and water in their products - Wow right?

Little Ondine Overnight and Purple Rain bottles

The benefits of using these polishes are numerous but the main ones include;

  • Easy to peel off (no need for harsh removers)
  • Odor free (apply in the office or on a plane ... there's no nasty smells)
  • Quick drying
  • Pregnancy & Vegan friendly (perfect for little ones too)

However before I get into the swatches, I want to take a moment to express my love for the packaging. Never before have I seen such beautiful boxes on anything, let alone nail polish.

Little Ondine Packaging

Application of these polishes is slightly different to normal polish so follow these steps and you'll be fine.

  1. Shake the bottle of polish well.
  2. Wash & dry your nails.
  3. Apply 2/3 coats.
  4. Apply your normal topcoat.
  5. Avoid wetting nails for an hour after application.

You can't clean up using acetone/nail polish remover so be careful when applying the polish, also make sure the coats is fully dry before applying another one or you'll drag the polish.

First up I have Purple Rain, a bright berry creme shade. I used 2 thick coats plus topcoat for this swatch.

Little Ondine Purple Rain

Overnight is a gorgeous micro silver glitter topper. I used 1 coat over Purple Rain. I love how sparkly this polish is and as it peels off removal took all of 1 minute - the perfect glitter.

Little Ondine Overnight over Purple Rain

Little Ondine Overnight over Purple Rain

Considering the natural aspect of this brand, I was shocked at how many beautifully bright and bold colours they have and I also love that the glitters peel off as easily as the colours (can I get a hallelujah!). I think they are incredible and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for something new and natural.

You can buy Little Ondine online here from £8.40.
Check out Little Ondine on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter and Pinterest

Hello & Setting New Targets

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hello everyone. How have you all been?

I have to admit that this feels a little strange, like meeting an ex at your gym strange. I feel that you and I have parted ways (in the weird way that relationships over the internet work) and I'm now here, asking you if we can be friends again.

For the hundred reasons that life throws at you, nails and this blog had to drop out of my daily routine and for weeks (ok months) it has been trying to reestablish itself in my life. I had to even log out of IG for a while because just seeing nail pictures and the wonderful nail related activities that all the lovely ladies I follow have been up to upset me.

So now I'm back and hoping that I still have a place in this wonderful community. I am really, super crazily looking forward to getting my nail grove back and posting blog posts again which is where my new targets come in. As much as I'd love it, I can never keep up with a daily blogging schedule, the amazing bloggers that post everyday deserve so much praise, it's hard work and so time consuming. I would just never be able to keep up with that.

So I plan to post on Sundays and Thursdays at 6pm (UK time) every week, although there may be more posts occasionally depending on product releases and how I'm doing that week (time wise).

Well I'm so happy now, I have some amazing posts planned for the rest of this week (while I catch up on reviews etc) and then I will resume to my post schedule above from this coming Sunday.

Let me know in the comments if there is anything you'd like me to be doing on the blog from now on and until then, have a lovely day and I will see you soon.

Love Vicky x

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