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.

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

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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.

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*Headslap*

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.

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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.

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Elope by Illamasqua

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

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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)…

JACK MONROE

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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