Oh Hi, that’s right I have a blog…

Oh my poor neglected blog. Life does get busy and messy sometimes. Anyhoo…

I have been rather lusting over Artful Dodger by Butter London. It’s a sort of blue-grey that you don’t see very often. But I’m not buying cosmetics, and even when I restart I will not be buying Butter London – they just don’t seem to live up to the price point.

Sorting through my nail polishes I found a mini from a Claires set in a similar sort of colour family. It is a blue grey but much darker than the Artful Dodger and has a lavender like appearance in some lights. I actually really like the formula and the colour is really unusual but of course as Claires doesn’t put names on their polishes they are quite hard to rebuy especially online.


Pretty isn’t it! A couple of days later I layered a coat of BYS Glam Glitter to add some holographic glitter goodness.


It’s also a really nice backdrop for a quite ‘blingy’ glitter like this one I think.



Scarab vs Shining – battle of the garnet nail polishes

The whole family is sick. The chemist actually laughed at me today, “Oh, hahahhahahahah is that you BACK AGAIN”. I found some sally hansen polish in the cosmetic corner bin for $1.25 and although I’m not buying polish I bought it thinking I really liked that colour. Then I got it home and realised I may have really liked it as it is very close, possibly a dupe, for my all time favourite polish Scarab by Illamasqua.



Anyway, I thought a comparison might be fun. This is Sally Hansen Shining (07) on pointer finger and ring finger, and Scarab on middle finger and little finger. Scarab is one coat, Shining is 2 coats as it was a bit streaky with one. Both have a poshe top coat and I have waited 2 days to allow some wear comparison.


Anyway, these aren’t a perfect dupe as the sally hansen is a touch pinker, scarab is a touch browner. But in anything other than a full light photo situation these are dupes and you definitely don’t need both. And whilst I rave about the Illamasqua formula, the sally hansen formula is pretty lovely and has worn pretty well so far. And for 97% less money it’s definitely better value. I’m definitely glad to have it in my collection as a back up.

Gold glitter comparison

This is a comparison of a handful of gold glitter polishes I have kicking around. Ring to pinky we have Ulta3 Gold Digger, China Glaze Gold Digger, Ulta3 Pot of Gold and then Essence Front Row or Back stage? which is a gold shimmer in a black base as a bit of a comparison.

The ulta3 polishes are both sheer in the glitter top coat style, with gold digger particularly sheer. Both are very yellow toned. Pot of Gold is a distinct improvement in the Ulta3 formula and dries better with a passing resemblance to the gold flake top coats we saw so much of last year, but with a much lower price tag.

The China Glaze polish is deceptively simple. It has a range of gold tones in a glitter rich, fine glitter mix. It is a great polish for gradients.


Elope by Illamasqua

This is swatched without undies this time, I have shown it before with a white base. This is 3 coats.


Illamasqua describes it as a bright emerald green with glossy finish which I don’t find that accurate. It’s a grassy green crelly, with a rubber finish to me. The website also has a much lighter bottle colour than I have in my bottle.  I have used the Illamasqua top coat but it still didn’t have the shine I like on a jelly so I topped with Poshe.

As usual the formula is wonderfully easy to apply and very hard wearing. At three days in I have no chips and next to no tip wear.

What can you do to help? Buy someone #22mealsforacoffee (That’s 22 meals for the price of a £3 coffee…)

Skip a latte and buy someone 22 meals (or skip a nail polish and buy them 44)…

Cooking on a Bootstrap

While typing my previous post, I had a bit of a brainwave.
And I wonder if I can get something going here, with almost 10,000 Twitter followers, 5,000 Facebook fans, 2,000 Facebook friends, 3,000 email subscribers…
I wonder if…
If, instead of spending £3 on a coffee today, tomorrow, this week, you could do this instead.
Go to your nearest supermarket, and buy the following: (I’ve priced mine at Sainsburys, but other major supermarkets are similarly priced):
2 tins of baked beans – 22p each
1 jar of fish paste – 32p
1 can of sardines – 55p
1 tin of chopped tomatoes – 31p
1 tin of carrots – 20p
1 loaf of bread – 50p
1 jar of jam – 29p
1 bag of pasta – 39p
TOTAL: £3.00
And go and put it in a carrier bag and take it straight to your local food bank, or…

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