Flashy Nails

One young lady's attempt to master decent nail art!

Monarch Masquerade and Drift Away September 16, 2009

Hello Ladies!  Hope you are all well.  I have two more Diamond swatches for you today, both purples.  The pictures aren’t great because we’ve had totally grey, dull, overcast weather the last couple of days so there hasn’t been much in the way of sun for picture taking but never mind, can’t expect much else in the North of England in September! 

Here is Monarch Masquerade (which I absolutely love!)

Diamond Cosmetics, Monarch Masquerade

Diamond Cosmetics, Monarch Masquerade

This is SUCH a lovely colour.  I am a sucker for metallic dark purples, I have to admit, so I was always going to like this one!  It has real richness and depth to it, which I’m noticing a lot with the darker shades of Diamond.  Definitely a good thing!  It reminds me of the foil on the old Cadbury’s chocolate bars: I’m hungry now!! which is no bad thing!  (I Googled for that Image and saw a picture of Cadbury Top Deck which I had forgotten existed!  I want some now!!)  Anyway before I get TOO distracted….

Diamond Cosmetics, Drift Away

Diamond Cosmetics, Drift Away

This is also pretty nice.  And, it also reminds me of something, but I can’t place what!  It’s a flat creme, but I also found it a bit jellyish (or at least what I would term jelly).  I really liked it.  I had no drying issues with this one either (or Monarch Masquerade for that matter) so I was extra pleased!! 

I just want to add, the sun has come out now for the first time in three days!  I bet by the time I get Drift Away off and a new colour on, it will have disappeared again!!

 

Thanks for reading!  😀

 

Matte Burgundy and Party Hearty September 13, 2009

Hello Ladies,  I have two Diamond Swatches for you today, Matte Burgundy and Party Hearty.  I have to say I wasn’t too keen on Matte Burgundy, but then I’m not really a burgundy lover anyway and much as I do like the idea of mattes, I’m not really sure how much they suit me, although I really did love Matte Mulberry.  Party Hearty was a complete surprise for me though.  A few of the colours I ordered from Diamond were ones I couldn’t really see me wearing.  These are the ones which have surprised me the most.  Party Hearty is the first of those  (Another noticeable surprise although I haven’t worn it yet was Iced Plum which looks beautiful in the bottle.)  It is absolutely beautiful, opaque in one coat, and shines like I-don’t-know-what when the sun is on it!  It has a very champagne-gold colour to it and I love the finish, it is almost antique looking, or at least that’s what it inspired in me!  Here are a couple of pictures (sorry there’s only one of each)

Diamond Cosmetics, Matte Burgundy

Diamond Cosmetics, Matte Burgundy

 

Diamond Cosmetics, Party Hearty

Diamond Cosmetics, Party Hearty

 

See, so pretty!

 

Stargazer 128 Swatch/Review July 29, 2009

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I have to admit I am pretty wowed by this polish.  Stargazer have been around a good few years, but have recently started having concessions in New Look stores for their make-up range.  They also have a website with a buy online facility, Stargazer and it is worth noting that their polishes are 50p cheaper on their site than if you bought them from New Look, but obviously there is a postage charge to factor in there too.

For a budget line of polish, I am really pleased with this range so far. Granted, I have only swatched four of their colours, and only gone on to do one full manicure with one colour so far, but I am getting a very good feeling about this range! The bottles are great, I love them, and they’re 14ml instead of the usual 10-12ml, their colours are really nice – I had looked on the website a while back and wasn’t too impressed by the colours but yesterday when I saw them in the shop, I was pretty wowed. In fact I almost bought 8 bottles instead of four as I just couldn’t decided on which I wanted, as the choice was so difficult!

The formula was really nice although I have to say that these polishes have a strong smell, but not one I normally associate with nail polish – it’s quite a plastiky smell, quite odd. There is no information on either the bottles or the website about the formula so I don’t know if it’s b3f or not, but the website does say they don’t test on animals which is nice.

The brush is perhaps a little chunkier than I would like, but definitely not unmanageable, in fact in these pictures which will follow, I haven’t done any cleanup and they’re not too bad. I haven’t topcoated this as I didn’t want to risk dulling the duo shimmer before I took my pictures, and I painted them over 12 hours ago and I have no chipping or anything.

Drying time is good, not too long at all, in fact I would verge on calling them quick dry and they do actually dry, not go tacky or sticky. They dry to a nice normal smooth, solid finish. Thumbs up all round!

Ok now for the pics! All two coats on top of a basecoat, no topcoat (as mentioned) . I tried to get as many different variations in the colour as possible as it tends to swing from gold through bronze, orange and purple, with a little green flash in there too, but I don’t think i captured it very well really. Anyway here are the pics!

So, the colour?  AMAZING, I love it!  It’s really really nice, I love the duo-ness, I love the sheen and the shimmer.  It was definitely improved by appplying so well, I’m always a little put off even by a beautiful colour if it doesn’t apply well.  I am a definite Stargazer convert, and I will be back for more of their range!  The only thing I would say is that this perhaps needs a third coat as there was a teeny bit of VNL when I was looking at my nails last night, with the living room lights on, but in daytime light it’s pretty much totally invisible.

Thanks for readin, I’ll be swatching another soon!