I had my first ever textured nail polish experience when I received these Face of Australia Carnivale nail enamels. I’ve always been very conservative when it comes to nails- I’m a one tone cream or jelly finish girl (shimmer or glitter if I’m feeling super adventurous). So I haven’t really paid much attention to all these textured nail trends in the past 12 months- until now.
Oh my goodness these are so much fun. The glitter shades in particular look amazing (yes they do remind me of Venice), and I can’t stop touching my nails when I have these on. The matte ones remind me of concrete in texture- sherbert coloured concrete! Left to right, the shades pictured above are: Mango Slurpee, Ferris Wheel, Bird of Paradise, My Island Home.
For the price point, the formulation is fantastic- they are super quick drying, apply evenly, opaque in 2 coats, and resists chipping for 3-4 days on me.
“The collection features four gorgeous matte shades reminiscent of the beautiful colours found in the sky during a summer sunset. Four glistening glitter shades are inspired by the elaborate masks worn during the great Carnevales of Europe.”
“3 Free” – Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyle Phthalate free.
Price: $5.95 RRP
Availability: Priceline, Kmart, Big W, www.fashionaddict.com.au
note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details on my editorial policy click on the PR tab.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 23rd, 2013 in Drugstore, Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 89560 comments. Textured+Nails%3A+Face+Of+Australia+Carnivale+Collection+2013-10-23+00%3A46%3A19myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8956
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The colder months are never very kind to my nails, and we’re heading straight into hand nail and ouchy torn cuticle season. This year I’ve decided my fingers (and toes) deserved a little bit of TLC so when I received the press release for the Manicare Cuticle Therapy and Cuticle Remover I thought it would be a great thing to test drive.
I’ve been diligently using the Manicare Cuticle Therapy (which is basically a cuticle oil) twice a day for the past few weeks. It’s fast absorbing, and once massaged into the nail area my cuticles has the immediate effect of giving me ‘nail blogger cuticles‘. I like that.
The Cuticle Remover I’ve been using mostly for my pedicures- my toe cuticles are really hard to push back and this helps soften them (there’s really no elegant way of phrasing that is there?). From what I’ve read, the active ingredient in this product is sodium hydroxide which breaks down dead skin- I assume that different cuticle remover products will have different concentrations of NaOH and therefore different efficacies. The Manicare Cuticle Remover is on the milder side and softens cuticles rather than dissolving or ‘removing’.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on May 27th, 2013 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Skincare | 74850 comments. Manicare+Cuticle+Care+Review%3A+Cuticle+Remover+and+Cuticle+Therapy2013-05-27+00%3A14%3A16myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D7485
While I was at Salon Melbourne a couple of weekends back, I picked up a few polishes from the Zoya stand. I hadn’t used Zoya before, so I limited myself to 4 in case I didn’t like the formula. I really regret not picking up more of these at the 50% off trade discount, because I ADORE the Zoya polishes I’ve tried- the formula is long lasting and fast drying, and the colours I’ve tried are gorgeous.
Zoya Nail Polish in Bevin is described as a “dusty, medium sage green with teal tones and a creamy opaque finish”. That description is pretty much spot on most of the time, but I find that depending on the lighting sometimes Bevin looks like a darker version of ’Tiffany blue’.
I’m not usually a teal nail polish girl, but Bevin is delightfully wearable for both work and play.
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on May 9th, 2013 in Nail Polish | 72050 comments. Zoya+Nail+Polish+Bevin%3A+Swatch+and+Review++2013-05-09+07%3A06%3A35myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D7205
Zoya nail polish in Kate is one of the polishes that I picked up from the Zoya stand at Salon Melbourne (see the others in this post). It is a cream finish polish described by Zoya as a ‘soft medium dusty mauve with hints of rose-pink and brown’ – a very long winded but spot on description.
Kate is my kind of pink- sophisticated but fresh. If Kate was a lipstick it would be Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Mademoiselle’. The Zoya formula is fantastic- the Zoya polishes that I’ve used so far have been unbelievably long wearing and surprisingly fast drying to boot.
The Face of Australia Glitterati polishes are 8 limited edition disco themed shades. They retail for $4.95 each and are available at Priceline, Kmart, Big W, and www.fashionaddict.com.au
Face Of Australia Glitterati Polish in ‘ Studio 54 ‘ (2 layers) over the top of Zoya Kate.
Studio 54 is my favourite out of all the Glitterati polishes by Face Of Australia- I can’t wait to try it over a shiny black polish.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on May 5th, 2013 in Dizzy, Nail Polish | 72910 comments. NOTD%3A+Zoya+Kate%2C+Face+Of+Australia+Glitterati+polishes%2C+and+a+cheeky+cat+cameo2013-05-05+08%3A39%3A41myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D7291
I don’t always wear black nail polish, but when I do……
it’s always Butter London.
Here I am, posing creepily with Butter London Union Black Jack on my fingers.
I have a love- hate relationship with Butter London nail polishes- They dry so slowly I have to do the mani over 2 days; I’m useless the entire night while its drying; and I still end up with sheet marks in the morning. Yet, the beautiful colours and finishes from Butter London has me constantly coming back for more. There’s a sophistication about Butter London polishes that I can’t put my finger on, even if it’s a straight up black.
Top and Base Coats:
To prevent staining of my nails and to extend the life of the manicure, I’ve used Manicare Base Coat Plus Strengthener (rrp $13.50) underneath the colour + Manicare Beginning To End (rrp $15.50) on top. I find both products quite good as base coats so if you don’t care for a nail hardener I would say that the Beginning To End is all you need. As a top coat, Beginning To End performs well in terms of extending the life of my nail polish (by about 2-3 days longer than not using a top coat for Butter London on me)- however, it is not of the ‘quick dry’ variety of top coats.
I’ve also been trialling The Body Shop Absinthe Hand Cream. It has a pleasant aniseedy refreshing scent with a light texture that absorbs quickly with no residue which makes it great for the warmer months.
Note: The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream and Manicare products have been sent to me by PR for consideration. I purchased the Butter London polish previously.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Apr 17th, 2013 in Nail Polish, Skincare | 71601 commentNOTD%3A+Butter+London+Union+Jack+Black%2C+Manicare%2C+and+a+dash+of+the+Green+Fairy2013-04-17+05%3A47%3A19myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D7160