Monthly Favourites - January 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

So the first month of 2017 is done and dusted and for me it's been a mixed bag. As far as my blog and nail passion goes, this has been a fab month. 

I've started working with lots of new and incredible companies and I have found a great balance between nail art and swatching. Personally in terms of my health, it's been shocking and like always, I'll leave it there.

Primark Swatch Catch Up - Part 2

Monday, 30 January 2017

I hit you with the first of 4 massive Primark catch up posts last week and today I have the second. For those who haven't read it, these polishes have been hanging around in my swatch pile for months and so they're a little overdue. However it's never too late to swoon over some gorgeous colours.

I think I picked these up last Autumn, however I am pretty sure most of them are still available, if your Primark is well stocked, you may get lucky.

Sparklea Harry Potter Collection

Sunday, 29 January 2017

PR Sample

On Tuesday the 31st January 'Something Wicked, This Way Comes' and I'm talking wicked as in TOTALLY FREAKING AMAZING. Lea from Sparklea Nail Polish (aka @LeasNails on Instagram) is launching her new indie business with an amazing 6 piece Harry Potter collection.

I am a massive Harry Potter fan and I was therefore equally honoured and thrilled to be asked to swatch this collection for Lea (who is also a huge Potter Fan, hence the inspiration for this range).

New Rimmel Rita Ora 'My Grey' Swatch & Nail Art

Friday, 27 January 2017

Another week done and another weekend has dawned. I love that Friday feeling and the thought of 2 days of freedom stretched out before you. I have lots of exciting nail swatching to do over the next 48 hours and plan to slip in a couple of hot baths and lots of TV time.

Today I have a quick review and some nail art using Rimmel London's new Rita Ora nail polish in My Grey.

Primark Swatch Catch Up - Part 1

Thursday, 26 January 2017

This post has been 6 months in the making and I am equally relieved and excited to show you these swatches. I have long since loved the formula and colour range of Primark's polishes and so pick up new ones whenever I pop into a store.

Before I knew it, I had a massive swatch pile of 25 and that kind of pressure overwhelmed me. I just kept ignoring them, hoping that at some point a swatch elf would turn up in the night and get them photographed for me. 

Kure Bazaar - Spring Cremes

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

PR Sample

How's your week going? With all this freezing fog and the arctic chill, I've been struggling to get any motivation to leave my house at all. It's a dangerous world out in the fog, the horns of the ships on the Solent sound very eerie, people look like zombies as they emerge through the gloom (so scary) and the cold seeps into your bones whenever you step outside. I popped out for a walk yesterday and by the time I got home I had to snuggle in bed, with my electric blanket on full, just to warm up.

Something that massively brightened up my day was this adorable delivery from Kure Bazaar.

Essie - Treat Love & Color Review

Sunday, 22 January 2017

PR Sample

Today I have a review of one of Essie's new Treat Love & Color range. This range is Essie's first advanced care and colour formula, designed to give you stronger nails with less breakage and peeling in just 1 week.

There are 3 pastel sheers available and I was lucky enough to be sent the gorgeous 'Sheers to you'.

26 GNAI - Red & Pink

Thursday, 19 January 2017

PR Sample
I'm back today with a new 26 Great Nail Art Ideas prompt - Red & Pink.

I'm actually experiencing a little nail art slump at the minute, none of my mani's are turning out how I would expect and inspiration is completely lacking. I'm getting more than a little fed up of it. 

Mattified Animal Print Nail Art

Sunday, 15 January 2017

As with most months, bar December (because I just about failed as badly as a nail blogger could in that month), I am taking part in the #clairestelle nail art Challenge over on Instagram. 

The day 14 prompt was Animal and the first thought that popped into my head was leopard print.

Barry M So Cut-icle Cuticle Oil

Saturday, 14 January 2017

PR Sample

Happy Saturday, how's your weekend going? I've spent today twinning with my cat, I've eaten, I've napped, I've laid on the sofa doing nothing much and I've napped some more. I'm sure there'll be plenty more eating and napping this evening, but for now I have a review of Barry M's So Cute-icle Cuticle Oil.

Barry M Frosted Cupcake Collection

Friday, 13 January 2017

PR Sample

Yesterday a very exciting package from Barry M arrived and inside were 4 delicious looking bottles, well 5 actually (there's a cuticle oil coming out too) but I only have 4 to show you today so forget I mentioned the other one. Psst, check back tomorrow for the cucticle oil review.

The Frosted Cupcake collection is composed of 4 muted pastels that all contain iridescent crystal flakies.

Essie Gel Couture Ballet Nude - Review & Swatches

Thursday, 12 January 2017

PR Sample

Happy Thursday, have you had any snow where you are? We've had a little bit, but mostly it's been raining and to say I'm unhappy is a slight understatement. I so wanted to build some little snowmen and then come home and have a deep hot bath with a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

Today on my blog I have a review of some gorgeous Essie gel couture shades. There are 6 in the full 'Ballet Nudes' collection and I was kindly sent 3 of them (I have to get the rest though, I'm obsessed).

26 GNAI - New Year New You

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Happy Sunday, hope you've had a lovely weekend. Did you get up to anything nice? Today I have another Great Nail Art Ideas challenge and this time the prompt is New Year, New You.

One thing I do at the start of the year, thanks to The Happiness Planner, is identify traits and features of myself, that I want to improve/change.

Meebox December 2016 - No Place Like Home

Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy Friday, have you all had a great week? I'm glad to be back to a semblance of normality now that January is in full flow, however I'm still not doing very well and have found this week very challenging on a personal level. Thank goodness I have this blog to escape to.

Today I've got a review of Decembers Meebox which was titlted 'No Place Like Home'. This bumper Christmas box had a whopping 7 items in it and each was perfectly suited to the Wizard of Oz theme. 

2016 Favourites

Thursday, 5 January 2017

I'm sure you've noticed, but it turned 2017 a day or two ago (Happy New Year by the way) and since then I've been busy compiling this post. Note to self - posts which require a huge amount of collages, links and text take at least x5 times longer than you think, give yourself more time.

Before I get caught up rambling on about my plans, hopes and dreams for the next 12 months, I am going to reflect on last year. This is a process I do monthly in my personal life (with my Happiness Planner) and is something I have started to do with my monthly favourites posts here on The Polish List.

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