CBL Broadway Baby!

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How beautiful is this limited edition polish ‘Broadway Baby!’ from Colours by Llarowe!?!

It is a multi chrome that shifts between royal blue, turquoise and purple.

Now my school uniform at middle school was royal blue and I hated it so much in fact that I haven’t worn that colour for years but this polish has changed my mind – with the colour shifts I found myself admiring it all of the time, I even had to be extra careful when I was driving as the colour would catch my eye when stopping at traffic lights etc and distract me – he he!

Believe me, if you love multi chrome shades, you need this in your life!

Picture Polish bright striped Nails

Over the weekend, I was very lucky to meet up with an old friend who was visiting from Australia, I know that she has so many people to see while here, so it meant a lot that I got to catch up with her and her other half plus – she very kindly agreed to bring over with her a small order I placed with piCture pOlish meaning they were a lot cheaper than buying them in this country – how amazing is that! She also bought me some glitters over, but that’s for another day!

I got five polishes and ‘Peel Off Glitter Base’, I have used four of the lovely polishes here in this mani.

Now all of the polish consistencies are on the thicker side (but completely manageable), and cover in two coats. The stripes are hand painted using a very fine brush.

The colours used are:

Lilac – Eerie

Sky Blue – Salt Water

Green – Honey Moon

Raspberry – Shocked

Picture Polish stripes

Then topped off by my fave top coat Seche Vite.

Born Pretty Stamping Polish

Introducing Born Pretty Stamping Polish… Today I have a lovely Teal colour which I stamped over the beautiful silver holographic ILNPMega‘.

Born pretty stamping

Mega is so stunning and the most intense holographic I have seen. It applied really well and get this – it looks amazing over darker shades if you just use one thin coat.

Anyway, back to the stamping. For this I used my Born Pretty clear jelly stamper and scraper along with my Pet’la peacock 2 plate. If you’ve never seen them before, Pe’tla plates are made of brass and are really deeply etched. I bought mine from a Facebook group buy but have put a link above if you are interested in buying them direct. I have a number of other plates to try from them also.

The colour scraped easily on the plate using the clear scraper, it was more flexible than scrapers I have used in the past and I seemed to get on with it better – I think this is my go to scraper from now on. The stamper picked up so well, it was amazing, pretty much no gaps in the pattern at all, the only thing I would say is that the pattern stretched when I was stamping it, but to be honest that is probably more to do with my lack of skill than a problem with the stamper.

The only negative comment I have about this mani is that the polish had a very strong chemical smell, however that said, I do have a really good sense of smell, so other people may not find it a problem.

If you’d like to buy from Born Pretty, then please feel free to use my code:

Born Pretty code graphic

Enjoy the sunshine!

Glam Polish – ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! If any of you lovelies are in the U.K. I hope that you are getting chance to enjoy the sunshine, isn’t it glorious! although some would say too hot. I can’t quite believe that it was still 22 degrees at 2.00 this morning!

Todays polish was released earlier this year in March and is from the 9 piece ‘Love Marilyn’ Collection from Australian indie brand – Glam Polish. Each polish is Marilyn related in some way and here we have ‘Happy Birthday Mr President‘. When I saw a swatch of this stunning pink polish on Instagram a while back I just had to try it! When it arrived I had to remove my existing perfectly good manicure and put it on straight away, it is jam packed with holo glitter, so much so that you could almost get away with just one coat, but here I have two. It glided on really well, dried quickly and I finished with top coat. The sun was brightly shining and so I went over to the window and was just blown away by the sparkle almost smiling back at me.

Glam Happy Birthday Mr President

The cost of this was £9.50 but my supplier no longer has it in stock so it would be silly giving you a link. However here is a link to the companies website.

Right, I’m off to dip my toes in the paddling pool… Ta ta for now!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Up for review today is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I was sent a couple of colours and the top coat to try out and review.

Saly Hansen Prod shot 2

The colours I was sent were ‘120 Bare to Dare’ a gorgeous cream nude and ‘400 Smartease’ a girly pink. To be honest the pink isn’t really my sort of colour but I loved the cream nude. I applied 2 coats of the pink and 3 of the cream for full coverage, the first coat was streaky but do persist, as you can see it resulted in a Gel “look” manicure.

Sally Hansen 2 colours

I applied it thinking it would dry pretty fast as I had seen reviews on Amazon saying so, however my experience wasn’t like that at all – I spent around 15 mins waiting for it to dry after applying the topcoat but it was still tacky, I then had to drive somewhere, I got into the car and put on my seatbelt really carefully and drove for a further 15 mins in bright sunlight and it was a warm day so presumed it would dry in that time but it was still pliable, I then had to pick up my son and unfortunately it still wasn’t dry enough and it got dented so I had to start again later. I found that in the end I was too busy to sit around waiting for it to dry completely so I used my Seche Vite fast drying top coat over the top which helped to speed up the drying time a little, however it was still not rock hard but pliable for a while, but it helped. This is the official reasoning behind this technology direct from Sally Hansen:

“The advanced Color Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light.”

S.H. Bare Dare

I’m not that keen on the colours which the first photo shows, this is a more accurate image of ‘120 Bare to Dare’

As for claim that this product lasts longer than the average polish, I tend to agree. I personally had the 120 on for seven days (before I had to take it off because I was going into hospital) and a friend who works in catering also tested it out for me, polish only usually lasts one to two days on her but she got five out of this. I am pretty sure that you could get more time out of it if you were gentle on your nails and don’t have a lifestyle which puts your nails under a lot of strain all of the time. So overall in conclusion, I’d say, if you have time to let the product dry properly e.g. while you are watching a film or something then it is definitely worth buying, also using a fast dry top coat over it seemed to help so that is worth keeping in mind and looking after your nails as best as possible goes without saying.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried it – how many days did you get?

*Kindly note that the seller has provided me with a free sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review