Essie Nail Polish

Colour: Buy Me A Cameo

Colour: Buy Me A Cameo

I hate to admit my blinkered view on nail polish but for me Nails Inc wins everytime when it comes to ‘higher-end’ polish. Hands down. And when I say ‘higher-end’ I mean your top quality nail polishes from Nails Inc, Butter London and your Chanel Le Vernis etc, etc. I think Nails Inc can do no wrong really; their polishes are superb! Amazing longevity, quality, range and pigmentation, they are my favourite nail polishes.

That isn’t to say I’m a snob when it comes to nail polish – I love a good high street nail polish as much as the next person. Barry M is brilliant quality polish for its price and I still can’t stop raving about their Gelly polish to everyone I speak to!

However, between the two lies Essie. At £7.99, Essie is not cheap by high street standards yet it is a bargain in high end circles. The question is; is Essie’s quality good enough to let it hang out with the big kids? Or is its price tag giving the illusion of quality to the high street shopper?

Well, I can safely say that the Essie polishes I’ve tried (namely Buy Me A Cameo (above), Bahama Mama and Mint Candy Apple) have all been perfectly great!

The brush is particularly brilliant – its huge! This makes it so quick to apply to your nails, one stroke and you’re done. The colour range is amazing so there is something for every occasion. The formula is thick, although Buy Me A Cameo was not the thickest – as you can tell from the photo is shows up all my ridges… I need to buff my nails! But that may also be down to the metallic colour reflecting everything in sight.

Whilst they are good quality polishes I still can’t really fathom the price tag. American products are notoriously much more expensive in the UK but still, £7.99 is a lot of money for a ‘high street’ brand. I’m afraid I still think Barry M wins hands down for quality and price, and I do think the Barry M polish matches Essie on quality! And as for Nails Inc, they will always be my favourite as their quality cannot be faulted!

Please don’t take this to mean that Essie are not good nail polishes – they are, just not as good as Barry M or Nails Inc in my mind.

What are your thoughts? Which is your favourite nail polish brand? Leave links and comments below!


Review | Soap & Glory Glow All Out

Hurrah! My favourite brand in Boots is making make up and I’ve finally got round to purchasing some! Up til now, I’d only really tried the Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss, you know, that lip gloss that plumps your lips up and you feel like Leslie ‘Trout Pout’ Ash. Absolutely horrible stuff! I really hated it when I tried it! So I’ve steered clear of the lip products, although for future reference, I’ve only really heard rave reviews about the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks (mainly courtesy of Fleur De Force!). Anywho, I went for the one of the pressed powders, namely Glow All Out, the luminizing radiance powder in the range.

IMG_0822222So let’s get to it, is this beautiful powder any good? Well, yes. It is. It’s excellent in fact!

The colour of the powder is a gorgeous pink with the slightest hint of peach. Its not too pale either which means it blends well into the skin rather than overtly standing out. With that, the powder isn’t the most pigmented product ever – but I think this is a blessing in disguise. When lightly swept over the cheeks it give a gorgeous, almost candlelit effect which I think looks stunning.

A highlighter this is not; there is no shimmer or sparkle in this product, it just has a delicate sheen which when applied gives a very elegant finish. I would compare Glow All Out more to Dandelion by Benefit rather than a highlighter. Whereas Dandelion leans on the side of blush, Glow All Out leans more to illuminating the face and is a slightly brighter powder.

At £11 this is definitely not cheap, especially for the high street but the quality is there and I would say, well worth the money. Considering Dandelion is £23.50 and the quality of the two is very similar, Glow All Out is an absolute bargain! Plus there are often offers in Boots, 3 for 2 especially, which brings the price down a touch.

Overall, this is a truly lovely product which lifts the face, brightens you make up and leaves a beautiful, healthy glow on the skin. I love it!

Have you tried Soap & Glory products? What did you think of them? Leave links and comments below so I can have a read!


Review | Barry M Matte Nail Polish


If you hadn’t guessed already, I bought myself some matte nail polish this week. I’ve never tried matte polish so thought I’d give it a go, keep up with trends and all that. As Barry M have never steered me wrong in the past I thought I’d try their Matte Nail Polish in Black Espresso.

IMG_0809999As you’d expect this nail polish does come out matte, but it doesn’t stay matte. I’ve had the polish on for about five days now and, whatever substance they put in the polish to make it matte has worn off. Now, its not shiny because I didn’t put a top coat on it (an its not designed to be glossy and shiny) but instead it just has a dull shine which is ok… not great but it doesn’t look terrible.

One of my main concerns with this polish was its staying power. You can’t put a top coat on as that defeats the point of a matte polish so there is nothing to seal in the polish and preserve it (or make your nails look smooth!). As a result, my nails are a little chipped after five days and I am sick of seeing the ridges in my nails!

IMG_0812222I don’t think this polish is for me. I really didn’t like the feel of my nails with the matte polish on – it felt a bit like a blackboard! But if you are a fan of the matte look then I think this is a pretty decent quality polish. It is very opaque (granted I got black, but one coat would have been enough to cover the nail) and it is does look good on. The failing of matte polishes generally is its longevity but this polish isn’t too bad. My first finger and thumbs are chipped around the edges but my other nails are pretty much fine. I think this polish is perfect for a night out or the weekend but its definitely not a polish that will look good all week.

Get this polish on the high street for £3.99 and comes in five perfect-for-Autumn colours; black, burgundy, caramel, mocha and vanilla.

What do you think of matte polishes? Have you tried the Barry M nail polishes? What did you think? Leave links and comments below!


Hint Hunt

You’re locked in a room. A murder has happened. You have one hour before the police arrive. There are clues everywhere and you and your team have to escape. Now.

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Intruiged?! It’s time to put your detective cap on and solve a mystery in one of the best London events I’ve ever been to.

Hint Hunt is a live escape game and your team (between 3-5) have to thinking laterally, logically, mathematically and inventively to get yourself out. I went last night with some friends and it was so much fun. One of the best hours I’ve spent in London thus far.

Time Out describe Hint Hunt as a cross between the Crystal Maze and LA Confidential. I see it more as Murder, She Wrote versus CSI myself but whatever way you see it, Hint Hunt is a brilliant night out. Its something different, challenges your brain, you work in a team and with the timer on a big screen

I can’t tell you much more (other than it is brilliant!) because I just don’t want to give away the game. But please trust me, this is a gem of a night out.

Located in Euston its really easy to get to. Prices vary depending on the number of people in each room but its about £17-20 per person. Well worth it!


Review | Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Liner

Lip liners, I find, are one of those beauty products that everyone has in their make up collection but rarely gets used. Which I think is a great shame. I think lip liners are so underrated as a lip product – I use them all the time on their own to create a matte lip as well as using them under lipstick to make it last longer.

I know its often seen as a bit of a fuss to apply lip liner but I really don’t get that. Its often quicker for me to colour in my lips with lip liner than trying to perfect a lip stain before it ruins my face for the day.

So my latest lip liner is the Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Liner in 140 Intense Pink. And wow, oh wow, it’s a good’un.


First off, the colour. The Intense Pink is just that – intense! It is very pigmented, a deep dusky rose colour which suits my skin tone perfectly. If I’m going for the English Rose look, this will feature every time! Also, now we’re in October I can give up on summer colours and head into my favourite autumnal fall shades – this being one of them!

This lip liner also has excellent staying power, it lasts hours on my lips and because it is a pencil it takes no time at all to top up if I accidentally eat it off with my sandwich… Also, used under lip gloss or lipstick, this lip liner really does extend the life of your top product. I use Intense Pink with Rimmel’s Apocalips in Aurora (my favourite shade!) and its just beautiful.

Finally, this gem of a product is only £3.99! An absolute steal!

What do you think of lip liners? Do you use/wear them? What’s your favourite? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to hear your thoughts!