Tuesday, 22 May 2012

exposed - glamour puss

Hi everyone!

This was going to just be another post about my current nails, but I'm so disappointed with one polish and impressed with the other that it's more of a little review as well as showing you what's on my nails!

Exposed - Glamour Puss

This is Glamour Puss by a brand called Exposed which I'd never heard of before. I found a site here selling the polishes for £3.99, but I found this in an independent beauty supply shop in a local town for £1.99, so it may be worth checking out local shops first. They also had some Sinful Colours and W7 polishes but I'd heard of those before so was interested in seeing what it would be like. They had a ton of gorgeous shades and I'm definitely planning to go back and get others, but Glamour Puss totally caught my eye! It's basically blue and purple glitter in a clear base and it's just so beautiful!

Exposed - Glamour Puss
On the left is one coat and on the right is two.

Personally, I'm pretty impressed with the coverage of this polish. It's not opaque in one coat at all but sometimes you don't want that, if you have a colour underneath you want to show through. In two coats it would have been okay to leave but I did a third just to get it totally opaque:

Exposed - Glamour Puss

As you can see, it's more than fine in three coats! I loooove this polish so much! It was such a great price and the formula, application etc I found to be really good. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea as it's quite 'out there' and for me it's not something I'd put three coats of on every nail, but it's great when you want something a bit more fun and pretty :) Overall I'm super happy and very interested in trying other colours from this brand.

Exposed - Glamour Puss
This is how it looks in daylight, the colours really come out in this picture.

Now I just want to give a quick mention to the nude colour - this came in a gift set by Champneys and I suppose I shouldn't have expected anything more from a gift set nail polish by a brand that isn't known for it's nail polishes. This took well over three coats, I lost count, the finish is horrible, it takes forever to dry and as you can see that many coats still didn't make it opaque. I've just checked the bottle and it says 'Apply 2 coats' - I highly disagree!

Anyway, enough moaning, if that polish had been as good as Glamour Puss, I would love these nails even more, but I do really like them anyway because of Glamour Puss :)

Hope you liked!

Have you tried anything by Exposed before? Any colours to recommend?

Friday, 4 May 2012

MUA heaven and earth palette

Hi everyone!

Today I have a post about the MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette. This has been talked about quite a bit on blogs, albeit a while ago (I'm late to the party, I know!), and a few people have mentioned this being a possible dupe/alternative to the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I don't own and have never seen/swatched the Naked palette so I won't be making any comparisons here, but I thought I'd do a post about my thoughts on MUA's offering.

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette

The first thing I'd like to talk (rave) about is the price of this. £4! I know I said I wouldn't compare this to the Naked palette but the one thing I will say is that as far as I know that costs over £30, and I just can't justify that cost! £4 though I can happy justify and am very pleased I spent the money. This works out at something around 30-35p per eyeshadow which is amazing. For that sort of price, you might not expect much, but you'd be wrong.

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette

As you can see, this palette is full of neutral browny toned shades. For me this is perfect, I rarely branch out into very daring or bright colours as I just don't feel comfortable doing so. So the majority of my eyeshadow collection is colours like these. There is one shade that is obviously the highlight and a couple that can work as highlights but also colours for all over the lid.

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette
MUA Heaven and Earth Palette

I think in general the whole 'neutral' spectrum is covered in this palette - of course there are lots and lots more shades, tones etc, but I think for the most part if say, you were travelling and this is all you had, you'd be able to create any neutral eye you needed to. Some of the photos in this post were taken over a month ago when I bought this, but the two above were taken this week and so you can see which ones I've been using. My favourites so far seem to be the two bottom left ones, which I've been liking wearing together. I haven't used the more gold and olive toned ones yet although looking at the swatch photo below, the gold one looks really lovely with the darker brown next to it!

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette

As you can see, pigmentation varies especially when it comes to the lighter colours, but overall I'm incredibly happy with the quality of them - these swatches were just one swipe of my finger, so quite impressive really. I find these blend into each other pretty well as they feel so soft, so I find it quite easy to blend say, a darker brown in my crease with one of the lighter shades.

Overall, I really like this palette and am so glad I bought it! Since I've had it this has definitely been my most used eyeshadow product by far, I just feel like this has everything I need! I would definitely recommend this to everyone, I especially think it would be a great affordable choice for people who are just starting out with eyeshadow as it's such great value and yet you get 12 colours to play around with. So, I pretty much just love this :)

Do you own this palette? What do you think of it?

Hope you liked!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

dotty nails

Happy May everyone!

Bit of a short post from me today to show you my current nails.

Dotty Nails

They're pretty simple really, but I'd had the urge to do dots on my nails for a few days and this is what I came up with. Not very spring like I know, but it fits in with the weather we've been having really!

I do like these nails, I think the colours go quite nicely together. It's a quick and easy way of still looking like you've made an effort with your nails. I must say though I'm not overly happy with how the gold turned out, it shows the brush lines SO easily! I wish it could look like it does in the bottle but I have a feeling that's not going to happen! I love the grey though - on some of my nails it was fully opaque in just one coat, amazing!

Dotty Nails
Products used were Barry M - Grey and No 7 - Hot to Trot.

I do want to get back into doing a lot of nail art but I can't find my dotting tools (used a hair grip for this!) at the moment so thought I would start off fairly easy.

I hope the lengths of my nails aren't too annoying, I've had quite a few break recently but looking at my ring finger in comparison I'm starting to think I prefer them a bit shorter now! I can't bear myself to cut it though, because of how hard I find it to grow them, which is why they're all different lengths!

Anyway that's all from me, I feel like I've written quite a lot for a post about nails haha!

Hope you liked!