Effect top coat from Formula X for Sephora

I did a review on the Formula X for Sephora back in December, click Here to read, but I had sort of forgot about the impulse buy, the Effects top coat in Chaotic that I had also bought from the line, so thought I would do a quick review on it now.
I don’t normally go for effect top coats, actually you will rarely see me with anything other than a plain colour on my nails. I don’t really know why, because I like effect nails or nail art on others, but when it comes to my nails I am just very plain an boring I suppose. So why I picked up this effect top coat from Formula X, I don’t really know, I must have been sucked in by the whole loveliness off it all I suppose. But I clearly didn’t think rationally when picking this up, because in my head I thought it might give a cool effect on the black colour I picked up from the line as well…….I know, clearly a malfunction in my makeup brain, as obviously when their is both black and white dots in it and actually mainly black ones, it won’t really show up on top of black base. It still gives an effect, but just wasn’t what I had in my head.
After having tried it out on black polish, I just sort of put it in with my other nail polishes and forgot about it. But then seeing a picture of a chunky gold glitter top coat on a nude nail polish, it gave me an idea and as you can see from the picture this is the result.

Despite not being a big nail effects person I kind of like this nail effect, it sort of reminds me of sixties art for some reason.
I am not sure I like the little straight confetti that are in there, I sort of wish it was just different sized dots, but never the less I still like it. 
I layered it with the starter system also from Formula X and on top of BarryM Gelly Hi Shine in Lychee.
The staying power is just as good as the black polish I bought from the range, actually a bit better, in that if you get a chip, you can’t really see it in the camouflage of the dots.


The perfect red nail colour.

This is quite possibly the perfect shade of red of any nail polish I have ever tried.
I have been having some difficulty in finding the right kind of red nail polish, as reds with a blue undertone suites my skin tone best, and it seems the trent at the moment, is more of an orangey-red. 
I find that most red nail polishes that have a blue undertone, is either to pink or to wine coloured. 
I did find a vibrant red in Kiko cosmetic though, nr.240, that is a very vibrant red with a slightly more blue undertone than yellow, and a close second to this one.
But the Marc Jacobs colour in Jezebel just ticks all the boxes of a perfect red for me, especially for autumn-winter. it is just the the perfect grade of vibrant, perfect shade with a slightly more blue undertone and has the texture that makes your nails feel very luxurious.

It is a very different sort of consistency than other nail polishes I have ever tried and it gives an almost sheer texture on the nails, and I did find it a bit difficult to apply. So do think this nail polish will require a bit of practise to perfect, to not make a mess or have streaks.

For lasting power I did find it on the low end of the scale, when applying it the first time without a top coat, it only lasted a few days, but I did manage to go 5 days before first chip with a top coat second time around. I do feel like this is the case with some high end nail polishes though. I can never wear a Chanel polish for more than a few days for example. But at the same time you just get a different dimension in those polishes, so I will say that for the effect and the colour, I don’t mind having to paint my nails a bit more often, as this truly is beautiful on the nails.

On a little side note, I did experience something quite funny while wearing this nail polish on a cold day out in London, it seems that the cold air or with the combination of warm gloves, I am not quite sure. The colour changed into a deep wine colour, but as soon as I had been home for a couple of hours it turned back into the original colour.

For more information on the nail polish visit http://marcjacobsbeauty.com/category/nail/enamored 

And to find out what is your perfect red, click HERE to read my post on finding the right colours for you. 

Formula X for Sephora

On our resent trip to the states, I did a bit of shopping in Sephora, click HERE to see haul post.

One of the things I was really excited about was the Formula X for Sephora nail polishes, as had never heard about them before, turned out they where a completely new thing, just arrived in stores while we where there.

I got the set just before flying back to the UK, so didn’t have time to try it out before leaving, which i am so sad about now, as I wish so badly I had gotten a lot more colours.

This is quite possibly the most amazing nail polish system I have ever tried, it is so incredibly easy to apply, dries almost instantly, stays super shiny and last so long on the nails, that you almost think you are wearing gel nails.

The pictures above was taken on the day on applying and 7 days after, and as you can see there is only a little bit of chipping on the pinkie and a bit of wear at the end of the nails. But what is even more amazing, is that I had been doing renovation work on the house in that time…..can you even believe it.

The starter system consist of 4 bottles, a nail cleanser, that pretty much just dissolves any grease there might be left on the nail and that might make the polish chip of easier. I was a bit worried that this might be very drying for the nails, but I didn’t feel that in any way after having removed the polish a week later.

A base coat that is not only suppose to protect the nails and have nutrients for the nails, but also works as a strong adhesive to make the nail polish stick to the nail better.
A nail polish colour of your choice. 
And a super glossy top coat, that gives your nails that almost gel shine and helps the nails dry a lot faster.

I am only so unbelievably gutted that I didn’t get more colours, as this truly is such an amazing nail polish system.

for more information visit www.sephora.com/formula-x-for-sephora

USA Haul

So on my recent trip to the States, I might have bought some things, so thought, why not share it!

To reed the post about the trip, click Here.

First category is Sephora, where if I am honest, I could have used a lot more money, but I was very good and restricted my self.

I got the starter kit from Sensationail in french Manicure. I also got the colours Midnight Rendezvous and Tag Me Taupe, and the Removal tool.

Bath and bodyworks I actually got from an Outlet mall, so not all of them are current scents. I got:
  • Lemon Mint Leaf (which I am so sad I didn’t get in a bigger size)
  • Spice
  • Vanilla Bergamot
  • Cotten 
  • Lilac Blossom
  • Lakeside
  • Leaves (my favourite of them all)

Everyone who knows me, knows I am a big foodie, but I actually think I was really good at not bringing to much home. That being said, I did bring back multiple of some of the things in the picture.

  • Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Blend
  • Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chirardelli in flavours sea salt selection and sea salt soiree
  • Celestial tea in flavours Apple cinnamon, Candy cane lane and Gingerbread spice.
I will write individual reviews on the things I really like, once I have tried everything out, so look out for those coming soon.