Diabolical Nail Polish Set from Firebox

Saturday, 25 June 2016

PR Sample

Happy wet and windy Saturday everyone, are you having a lovely weekend? Rather annoyingly I have spent the last few days hibernating with a hot water bottle and a ton pain killers, unable to move very much thanks to a very embarrassing injury. I've definitely not been in a fit state to paint any nails...  but enough of that, more thrilling details on my misfortune can be found at the bottom of this post, if you're at all interested.

Today I have a review and some nail art inspired by this gorgeous nail polish set which was kindly sent to me by the lovely people over at Firebox.

The Diabolical nail polish set has been themed around the movie 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and the colours included are inspired by key scenes/moments from the movie.

I have to admit that I hadn't watched the movie before being sent these samples, so last Saturday night I popped it on Netflix and spent the next 1hr 40mins feeling like I was in some sort of odd dream. The fast paced script, famous cast and beautiful cinematography are incredible but it's a very weird movie, very weird indeed.

What it did give me was plenty of nail art inspiration and I loved trying to pinpoint the moments that the 3 polish names popped up during the movie. I also spent a good portion of my week dreaming of Mendl's amazing confectionary ... yum!

Now the set includes 3 polishes and both the names and colours have been inspired  by parts of the movie. If you're a fan of the film, you can probably pick them out!

Dynamite In The Sack is a gorgeous deep purple and was obviously inspired by the hotel staff's uniforms. The formula of this is so pigmented and rich, you could easily get away with 1 coat, however I added a second.

Physically Repulsed is a very sheer pale pink. I was actually a tad disappointed in this choice. The pinks in the movie are vivid, bold and not at all wishy washy. However this is a personal preference and if you're into wearing french manicures or softer nails, then this colour is a perfect base and topper. I used 3 coats for the swatch.

Enchanting Old Ruin is a deep grey, a colour inspired by the change the hotel has gone through since it's hayday. I love this polish and 2 coats is all you need for this gorgeous finish.

I used the purple and grey from the set, as well as some of my own to create this simple nail art look inspired by some of the more iconic elements of the movie. What do you think?

I have to admit to loving this gift set. Never have I seen such a gorgeously themed and well packaged nail art trio as this. The box is gorgeous, the names of the polishes are perfection and the only issue I have is with the pink not being pigmented enough (the formula and consistency of the polish can not be faulted).
Should you know a 'Grand Budapest Hotel' fan, then this is the gift for them. If someone had bought me a copy of the movie and included this box of polish I would be delighted!

You can buy this Diabolical set from Firebox for £12.99 here.

Vicky x

Contd from above:
The reason why I've spent the last few days in an undignified agony is that I fell down the stairs on Wednesday and badly bruised my coccyx. I actually fell down the stairs on Sunday night but thankfully didn't hurt myself too badly (a mighty bruise on my arm and a thigh carpet burn aside), however Wednesday nights little fall did it and I have been struggling to do anything that involves sitting down for the last couple of days.

If anyone is interested why I took a tumble down the stairs twice in one week, I'm blaming it on my mother. She mentioned a while ago that after every shower and bath she lathers cream onto her feet and then wears some socks while it soaks in. She even added that her pedicurist has complemented her on her soft foot skin every time she goes to the salon. Not wanting to have cracked heels this summer I have been doing just this since our conversation and have since found out that there's a level of moisturised that transcends 'baby bum soft' and actually approaches friction defying 'skidding on ice' slippy.

So this summer I'll proudly be sporting crusty feet because having to stuff a hot water bottle down your pants and wince every time you sit down/stand up/cough/move a tiny bit etc is far more embarrassing if you ask me.


  1. I had the same views on this set. Love the nail art look you created! It's fab. Sorry about your tumble but glad to hear you're feeling better. Xx
    Bnailedtoperfection x

    1. Thanks so much Bethany, I read you review and totally agree with the pink. However I love your nail art look. It looks amazing with those purple nails xx

  2. Oh jeez vic! Nails look lovely but sorry to here about your back. Stick to crusty feet... soft feet are nice but if you can't get anywhere then there's no point. Love you xx

    1. Haha exactly. What a bloody mess I am. Crusty feet but perfect nails all the way xx

  3. Lovely swatches, love the purple one best. So sorry to hear about your fall hun! I hope you are healing up fast! 😙

    1. Oh and I really do love how whimsical the movie is. It really is like being in a weird dream but I think that's what I love most about this movie. The dialogue is sharp and witty.

  4. I haven't seen this film so will have to check it out (after shark week of course haha!) hope you're feeling better now? Xx

    1. Thanks for your message Helen, my bum is still sore. It's become slightly less painful however I still can't sit properly. I will not be rushing to do it again that's for sure.
      The movie is fun, just make sure you're in the mood to be a bit confused and weirded out xx


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