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Mavala 175 Platinum Marble Nail Colour Review

10 Jan

For wintry days, this sophisticated grey-shimmer polish, would look perfect paired with a LBD for the winter party season.

Mavala 175 Platinum Marble

The colour is a dark silver, with a definite silver shimmer (no warm gold tones in sight!)

I regard Mavala as a high-end brand of nail colours. This shade was brought out with the winter 2011/12 Paradoxe Colours range. MAVALA introduce new ranges to accompany their fabulous range of standard colours each season. They do without the glitzy advertising associated with OPI releases such as their celebrity and film related collections, but maintain a fashionable approach to nail colour. If OPI were a makeup brand it would be MAC; MAVALA would be Estée Lauder.

Mavala 175 Platinum Marble

I purchased this polish for just £4.10 and although you only get 5ml, who ever in all honestly finishes a large bottle from Nails Inc or OPI, unless it’s an all time favourite?

I think their website evaluates the brand perfectly:

‘The iconic 5ml pots of colour are an affordable way to buy into this season’s key trends. Unlike traditional nail colour, MAVALA’S unique formula delivers microscopic air pockets to allow nails to breath and is free from parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.’

It’s a step-up from Barry M for just a little more cost and the quality exceeds them by far. One coat provides beautiful opacity and has remained a week on my nails without chipping, with a base and top coat.

The base and top coat I paired this with are both by Rimmel.

Mavala 175 Platinum Marble is available online from Beauty Bay for just £2.99.

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Birdcage Walk Nails Inc. Review

2 May

The wisteria are blooming on the front of the house, the sun is out – albeit it a little windy – and the tennis season has begun. It is at the time of year that I fall in love again with pastel nail polishes.

Birdcage Walk (I like the name – but I don’t really get it – any thoughts?) is a French Manicure pastel pink, nude, pale – whichever description you may choose. It looks beautiful against a slightly tanned hand and transforms short nails into shiny, delicate beauties. In fact, this colour is the best to apply out of any I have had from Nails Inc; it’s a little thinner than most of their (slightly gloopy) darker colours and so brushes-on like a dream!

Pair the nail varnish with Kensington Caviar Basecoat, to ensure it applies smoothly and stays put. The basecoat also prevents any discolouration of your nails and makes the nail varnish last a bit longer. I quite often wear this basecoat alone, as it has a touch of pink within the clear, which makes your nails look darling.

The Top Coat, same brand, same name is a must as it maximizes shine and staying power.

Birdcage Walk is my all time favourite pale pink nail polish. Yummy.

OPI Nail Lacquers: Purple-Opolis and Florentine-Fushia

8 Feb

I got this cute little set from brandalley (see my Valenine’s post). The two nail varnishes come in a little bag, but it was the low price that really sold them for me! It was £10.50 for the set.

I tend to find that OPI nail varnishes are very thin and I never feel that one coat is enough. Although the thin consistency makes them very easy to apply, as does the larger brush and the finish is perhaps better than thicker polishes like Nails Inc they are not my personal preference. The pink lasted only a day with base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat. The red did better with three days is my favourite of the two. The colours are glorious and for the first day they do look sumptuously sleek and professional.

The red ‘Florentine Fushia’ is a vibrant cherry red. The pink has a silvery sheen through the colour.

You may also like: Duchess Street, Nails Inc.

Nails Inc Duchess Street: Review

15 Jan

Doesn’t the name Duchess Street just make your nails sound fabulous? I love brands that use fun names: Benefit, Nars, Nails Inc, Mac. This is a lovely deep purple. It’s very blue in tone. I’ve found it best over Kensington Caviar base coat and apply it quite thickly, otherwise the colour will go streaky. With a top coat this lasts me nearly a week. The top coat in the photos is a Caviar glitter – pretty!