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Indie Spotlight On: Paris Sparkles

17 Feb

So a few weeks ago Paris Sparkles posted an amazing offer on their Facebook – 50% off! I jumped at the chance and picked up four beauties for my small-but-growing indie collection.

bottles01L-R: Chataigne ; Cobalt Surprise ; Thanks a Latte ; Wintermint

bottles02L-R: Chataigne ; Cobalt Surprise ; Thanks a Latte ; Wintermint

Lookit all that pretty! Ready for some photos?

chataigne02Chataigne, 3 coats

chataigne01Chataigne, 3 c0ats

chataigne03Chataigne, 3 coats

Phwoar what a beauty! I can’t even begin to explain how in love I am with Chataigne. If you don’t already know, I’m a sucker for nudes, browns and neutrals, but I’m also addicted to glitter. This baby is right up my alley! It was much more opaque than I had been expecting, and truth be told I could have gotten away with two coats but I’m insane and added a third. Formula is a little thick, but it’s the good kind of thick – more coverage and great glitter pay-off, and it doesn’t flood anything. Dry time is good and removal is easier than other glitters I have. This is also one of the only polishes I’ve worn to work that managed to come home unscathed – an extraordinary achievement!

cobaltsurprise01Cobalt Surprise, 3 coats

cobaltsurprise02Cobalt Surprise, 3 coats

cobaltsurprise03Cobalt Surprise, 3 coats

Another absolute stunner! Somewhat reminiscent of China Glaze’s Dorothy Who?, Cobalt Surprise is different in that the glitter is bigger and has some holo in there, as well as some sneaky tiny purple bar glitter (which I guess is the surprise!). I’ll eventually do a comparison between the two, but for now believe me when I say Cobalt Surprise is more intense and a lot more fun! Same comments for formula as Chataigne – a little thick in a good way, great pigmentation and glitter pay-off, good dry time and decent removal. One happy minx over here!

thanksalatte01Thanks a Latte, 3 coats

thanksalatte02Thanks a Latte, 3 coats

thanksalatte03Thanks a Latte, 3 coats

And now for something a little different! Instead of a jelly base like Chataigne and Cobalt Surprise, Thanks a Latte has a soft almost-chocolatey base with silver and aqua holographic glitter in it. Uuummmmm, can you say LOVE?! This was another one that was just screaming to me as I browsed the shop; there was absolutely no way I was checking out without her. It is gorgeous and subtle, but with a bit of kick so it’s not boring at all! If you don’t understand why I love this polish, I don’t think we can be friends anymore xD

wintermint01Wintermint, 3 coats alone

wintermint02Wintermint, 3 coats

And last up is this pretty little baby, Wintermint. I knew from the get-go that Wintermint would be more of a layering polish, but I knew you’d want to see it alone first. Now let’s check out my first layering with Wintermint, and an actual mani I wore to work:

wintermintovermojitoWintermint, 1 coat over Ulta3 Mojito

Oooooh pretty, right? Now here’s some swatches layered over one of MaSucree’s many many greens:

wintermintovertreehugger02Wintermint, 1 coat over China Glaze Tree Hugger

wintermintovertreehugger01Wintermint, 1 coat over China Glaze Tree Hugger

wintermintovertreehugger03Wintermint, 1 coat over China Glaze Tree Hugger

I love how potentially versatile Wintermint is; I already know that it looks great over green and I’m highly anticipating its usefulness over other shades too! I love polishes that I can experiment with! I also think it looks just lovely by itself if you’re after a soft subtle bit of colour and sparkle. So, win-win all round! This was another polish with the easiest application and formula, I just have no bad words at all for Paris Sparkles.

So to wrap up!

Things I like:

  • Great coverage for glitter polishes, I was especially surprised at how well pigmented the jelly-based polishes were.
  • Full -sized bottles of 15mL (bow chika wow).
  • Price was pretty decent too – only $8USD a bottle!
  • Great formula and application – thick but in a good way 😀
  • Good drying time and pretty easy removal for glitter – I didn’t even need the foil method.
  • Freakin’ beautiful colours.

Things that could be worked on:

  • Nada. I’m in love and may consider stalking.

So what do you all think? Keen to pick up some pretties? If you follow Paris Sparkles on Facebook, you’ll see that there are many pop-up sales and discount codes, so keep an eye out for an opportunity to snap some up!

Paris Sparkles polishes are available online through their Etsy store for $8 USD apiece.

Lates!

-Del xx

 

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MUA Nail Varnish Swatches

16 Feb

Waaaah Worst Blogger Award. I’m full of excuses lately, but the simple fact is I just can’t find time. I paint my nails at night, wake up and leave before the morning light is good enough for photos, then my nails get all mashed and chipped by the end of the work day. It’s exhausting! Soooo, Worst Blogger Award.

About 2 weeks ago (woops) I posted some teaser photos of upcoming hauls. Here’s the first! I placed a MUA order when they were having their massive sale, and yeah. Stuff arrived!

mua02I accidentally left out my Great Lips lip balm in this photo and my BB cream, but pretend you see them… Anyway, that’s a concealer, eyeliner, mascara, 2 eyeshadow palettes, 6 lipsticks, 4 polishes, and an invisible lip balm and BB cream. All for about $30 NZD. Woooo! Best sale evaaah.

While I am by absolutely no means a true beauty blogger, I thought I’d attempt some lipsticks swatches on my hand. I’m sorry XD

mua11L-R: Shade 3, Shade 5, Shade 7, Shade 14 Bare, Shade 15 Juicy, and Shade 16 Nectar

mua12L-R: Shade 3, Shade 5, Shade 7, Shade 14 Bare, Shade 15 Juicy, and Shade 16 Nectar

Anyway, enough of that terrible-ness. Onto the polish!

mua01L-R: Amaretto Crush, Shade 13, Shade 21, Stormy Skies.

I think it’s weird how some are named and some are not, but oh well. Onward!

mua03MUA Amaretto Crush, 2 coats

mua04MUA Amaretto Crush, 2 coats

mua07MUA Shade 13, 2 coats

mua08MUA Shade 13, 2 coats

mua06MUA Shade 21, 2 coats

mua05MUA Shade 21, 2 coats

mua09MUA Stormy Skies, 2 coats

mua10MUA Stormy Skies, 2 coats

Aaaand  that’s all the MUA polish I have for now. I’m waiting on another package from them that I ordered with MaSu, but it sadly hasn’t arrived yet (hmph).

Things I like:

  • Fairly well-pigmented, 2 coats is sufficient for full coverage in person.
  • Price! Only £1, which converts to about $1.80 NZD.
  • Formula was easy to work with.
  • Looooove the colours!

Things that could be worked on:

  • Tiny bottles by my standards (6.2mL).
  • Weirdly stiff brush meant I had to be careful with application – you can see where I’ve messed up.
  • Only some shades have names… This bothers me >_<

All in all I’m pretty happy with these, and I’d buy more! If you’re buying from MUA and you spot a colour you like, don’t hesitate to pick it up. You can’t really go wrong with such a great price.

If you’re curious about the rest of the stuff in the haul, feel free to ask because I probably won’t end up posting about it. I’m pretty happy with all the stuff I picked out, I chose the concealer and BB cream well and the eyeshadows are amazing. No complaints here!

I’ll be back again tomorrow with some Paris Sparkles lovin’ so see you then!

-Del xx

 

 

Latest NYX Girls Polish Haul with Swatches

18 Mar

Butts! Time keeps getting away from me! I haven’t had time to finish sorting out the non-polish post for you, so instead today I have some polish for you XD

So back in February we made a rather large order at BeautyJoint, and I came out with 9 Kleancolors, my first bottle of Seche Vite, and 5 NYX Girls polishes to add to my small collection. I haven’t had a chance to swatch the Kleancolors (I was going to do it today but the weather was terrible so I had bad lighting), but a few days ago I got the chance to swatch my 5 NYX Girls for you! Yay!

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Mode Nail Polish Swatches

12 Mar

Riiiight, here’s some late-night polish love for everybody! I have something other than polish planned for my next post, so enjoy the pretty for now ❤

Today I have 6 Mode polishes for you. I can’t actually find a website for this brand; as far as I know, they’re an Australian brand. I found these polishes in a pharmacy on Queen St, for $4.50 each. I’m very happy with the quality of these, and they have some gorgeous colours that I’ve fallen in love with!

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Reader Request: Dark Dark Blues!

30 Jan

We’ve had a reader asking about deep blue polishes, so I decided to swatch some today. I have a vast collection of blues, but I could only find four that kind of fit the limitations of “a really nice colour in that sort of vein… dark blue, like almost black sort of, but still blue.” One of them doesn’t really fit this description at all, but it’s so pretty I’m going to show it off anyway.

Now I know that Miss MaSucree has a much larger collection of colours-that-are-almost-black than I do, so I enlisted her help as well.

Right, so here’s mine:

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Za Dewy Effect Creamy Gel Review

5 Jan

So I’ve been using various Za face moisturisers for around 2 years now, and the new one I’ve started using is so great I decided to share it on here with you 🙂 Because it’s not nail polish 🙂

Anyway, I use this cream every morning and it leaves me feel fresh-faced, young, soft, and fantastic. The best part is that you only need a tiny bit to do the whole face ^_^ I purchased this at Farmers, which seems to be the go-to place for any Za products.

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Nails of the Day ~ Exam Nails!

12 Nov

Very quick post to report that I survived the horrific ordeal that was my politics exam. Did I do well? Not likely. Did I even pass? Probably not, but we’ll see. Did I turn up and not wuss out? YES! At least there’s one thing to be proud of 😉

I often paint my nails as a way of relaxing, so of course this morning I cleaned off yesterday’s first attempt at nail art, and burrowed around in my polish drawer and came out with this lovely colour… (Sorry that it’s more nails!)

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