Friday, April 27, 2012

... Face of Australia Barbados - I Like To Mauve It ...

Face of Australia Barbados - I Like To Mauve It
Available from Big W, Priceline, Kmart
So here is another beauty from the Barbados range. I'm quite impressed with this one and who doesn't love a purple shimmer? I guess I would have preferred a less cliched name but what can you do? It's extremely pretty regardless of it's title.

"I Like To Mauve It" is as you'd expect. A mauve. It's a very pretty purple even though my swatches seem to have taken on a pink tone. This is 3 coats and while I did have issues on my thumb I am pretty sure that was purely because of my impatience as the other fingers were fast drying. Again no lumps or bumps but just pure awesomeness.
** Final Verdict **
Up there with my favourite colours from the collection!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

... Little Roo - Aussie Aussie Aussie ...

... Little Roo - Aussie Aussie Aussie ...
Currently made as a one off ... but if you are desperate please email!
I didn't really want to break my Face of Australia series but I wanted to be patriotic this Anzac Day and show my pride of being an Aussie. I'm not even going to describe how poorly my attempt of drawing poppies turned out so I turned to this.

Anzac Day I've been told is the equivalent day to Veterans Day or Armistice Day ... but the Australia and New Zealand way. It's a day of remembering the sacrifices so that we can be who we are as a nation today.

I'm not a huge fan of glitter polishes but I am a sucker for anything that looks awfully pretty in the bottles. Therefore I'm definitely not a pro at applying them. The most I can make them is flat and smooth. That's it. I figure I'm not selling my wares just showing Australia on my fingers so I don't need to make it look 100% drop dead gorgeous.

For the non-Aussies ... "Aussie Aussie Aussie" is simply a chant that is used at most Australian sporting events these days. Feel free to Google if you want more info on this.

"Aussie Aussie Aussie" is applied over China Glaze GR8 and it's simply just green hexs with smaller golden holo hex pieces. I know the bottle shot looks like more colours but that's just the gold hexes doing their thing and trust me ... it's a pain to photo!
I brought the yellow holo hex pieces from a craft store that was going out of business. I'm going to try and contact the manufacture to get my hands on more though as it's rather awesome and it will great if we can get our hands on some decent glitters in the country instead of always relying on buying from overseas. I brought a packet that was 20g [which is about 0.7 oz] and have been kicking myself that I didn't buy more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

... Face of Australia Barbados - Let's Go Scuba Diving ...

Face of Australia Barbados - Let's Go Scuba Diving
Available from Big W
I've been having a bit of a green streak lately. So many pretty shades of wonder! Anyway this is bound to be another favourite.

Let's Go Scuba Diving is a beautiful metallic green with a green shimmer just to add more magnificence to it! As with all the other colours it's fast drying and after yesterdays fun it was great to have a non-stinky polish back on my fingers!

The only downfall I could find is like most greens it isn't friendly towards cuticles so please apply with care. Apart from that - it's gorgeous!!

** Final Verdict **
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Before I go ... if anyone wishes to be Facebook friends please leave a message or email me! I don't bite! In recent weeks I've found this most useful in getting info on sales and deals that otherwise I may have overlooked!

Monday, April 23, 2012

... Face of Australia Barbados - Another Daiquiri Please ...

Face of Australia Barbados - Another Daiquiri Please
Available from Big W, Kmart and Priceline
Who doesn't want another Daiquiri? If that's not you then feel free to send it my way!! Frozen Daiquiri are essential in my freezer during the warmer months!!  Another Daiquiri Please is a fierce red with a beautiful golden and red shimmer.

Now I say "red" but honestly it does depend on your lighting to whether you get a red or a dark pink. It's definitely not as neon as Bright Lights Pink City but it's still very bright and not a dull colour at all. I'd actually consider this one to be more of a jelly than a metallic or foil.

Like all the other Barbados colours it's quick drying with no lumps or bumps. Also it's very smooth and again removal is painless. There is a very visible nail line though.

I will say this though as compared to the other polishes in the series. This one really smells. I thought it was just mean until I took my kiddies to school and had a 5 year old in one of the classroom yell "Something smells like nail polish". That's extra bad considering I painted them a few hours before hand. It definitely wasn't noticable while painting ... but the smell just hung around and then lingered a bit longer like an unwanted houseguest.
** Final Verdict **
The bottle colour is so pretty but I'm not sure that this is a colour that suits me. Shame really as it is so beautiful. Also the smell ... that's what's put me off on this. There is nothing worse than being shamed as having smelly polish ... especially by honest children. I'd love to hear if anyone else has this particular colour to see if theirs smells too - or if I just have a dud!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

... Face of Australia Barbados - You Blue Me Away ...

Face of Australia Barbados - You Blue Me Away
Available from selected stores such as Big W, Priceline and Kmart
Unlike the Sally Hansen polish with the similar name ... this is a blue metallic with silver shimmer polish and for some reason it keeps reminding me of the colour periwinkle. I'm not sure that's what I'd accurately describe it as but it keeps popping back into my mind.

As it's becoming a trend with this range - it's super fast drying and there were no unwanted lumps or bumps. I found the silver shimmer in this so friendly towards any ridges or imperfections in your nails. It just covered that right up! It also dried super smooth and I found it quite sturdy against those housework jobs without resorting to chipping. I'll be trying this one next time I head to the chlorine infested pool to see if it'll survive the ultimate test.
** Final Verdict **
I can see this polish being one of my favourites in the future. It's a beautiful colour and those silver flecks just make it something different. Also I was expecting removal to be painful but I was pleasantly surprised that it just came straight off. Definitely my fave polish of the collection so far!

[edit] OK did anyone else laugh immaturely at the link for this post ... no? It's just me with the humour of a 13 year old then!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

... Face of Australia Barbados - Bright Lights, Pink City ...

Face of Australia Barbados - Bright Lights, Pink City
Purchased from Big W [again $3 off sale! Get there!!!]
Firstly bare with me today ... I'm struggling with the change that is the new Blogger interface. I'm sure it'll grow on me but being sleep deprived and ill means I don't have the patience for new things.

Out of all the colours in the range I was unsure about this one. I dunno why as I generally love pink, maybe it was because of how fluro it looks but I definitely changed my mind once I was wearing it. Anyway "Bright Lights, Pink City" is a bright neon pink but with a beautiful golden shimmer throughout.

This is 3 coats and unfortunately there is visible nail line. I'm sure that could be sorted out with a nude as a base coat but it didn't bother me as much as it does with other colours. Also like Calypso Gold it was super fast drying. I'm ashamed to say that I painted them in the local Westfield last night while waiting for a friend to appear and I was expecting horror results as I generally end up with a mess of polish if I try and do them in a rush as it doesn't dry and then I smudge it everywhere *sad* but wow! It was awesome.
** Final Verdict **
I love a polish that surprises you by appearing a lot more fantastic than you thought it would. If you are a fan of pink or something that's super bright then you may wanna give this one a try.

Friday, April 20, 2012

... Face of Australia Barbados - Calypso Gold ...

Face of Australia - Barbados - Calypso Gold
Purchased from Big W [they have $3 off any Face of Australia cosmetic product at the moment ... so seriously run down there now if you want these cheap!!]
Miss me? I've missed me too! Between school holidays, Easter and having the immune system of a granny and picking up every bug that's walked past my house I have had zero time to paint my nails and sadder still is the fact I haven't wanted too ... I guess that's how you could tell I was unwell!

Over the next few days I'm hoping to review the entire range of Face of Australia Barbados polishes. I have high hopes for them as last years Molten Metallics range still is my most used. I love it that much. So let's get too it!
♫ Sunshine ♫
♫ On my window ♫ 
♫ Makes me happy ♫
♫ Like I should be ♫

I so loved that song when I was 17 ... sure that's not the Barbados Calypso but that's what I kept thinking of while doing this swatch ... showing my age there!! Like sunshine "Calypso Gold" is what I would describe a bright white gold. It's not white ... it's not gold and it's not what I'd put as cream but it definitely has the magic touch and some beautiful sparkle going on.

This is 3 coats and this polish had some super quick drying time going on. I mean wow! Didn't need to whip out the Seche Vite or anything. As it is a foil/metallic look you will need some ridge filler if you have imperfections you want to hide as they do show up unfortunately. The only thing I didn't particularly like is that I had some bumps appear on 2 fingers but I'm hoping that's more to do with my application rather than the polish itself.
** Final Verdict **
Easy to apply, fast drying time and for the current Big W price well worth a look.  Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with another FoA beauty :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

... April Glossybox Giveaway ...

Here we go again!! Anyone who is friends with me on Facebook will know that I have a love/hate relationship with Glossybox. For some reason they keep sending me [and charging me] for extra boxes that I don't want or need!

Last month I had a Facebook giveaway with my extra and this month it's Bloggers turn!
One lucky winner will receive a March Glossybox containing ....

* Eau Thermale Avene - Gentle Milk Cleanser
* Klorane - Brightening Cream Conditioner with Camomile
* KMS California - Free Shape Hot Flex Spray
* Power Balance Bracelet
* Sheercover Lip Gloss - Pink Praline
* Sheercover Nourishing Moisturiser
* Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme - Oriental Doll


All products are brand new and still in the original Glossybox but I will point out the the Power Balance Bracelet has been deemed by the ACCC here in Australia to be a scam [LINK] and that it doesn't actually do anything so please consider it to be a pretty pink bracelet that was just included as an extra.

So what you waiting for ... gotta be in it to win it! Terms are in the Rafflecopter linky thing but it's open worldwide and will close April 30. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 2, 2012

... FrankenMarch Glitter Gal Winner ...

Attempt 2 ... Well that was annoying!! >:( Damn you Blogger! Eating my posts!!!

Anyway ... yet again I'm here to announce the winner of the FrankenMarch Franken competition. I was really impressed by the high number of entries and the quality of them all. Wow!

I'd like to take this moment to say thank you to everyone who participated in FrankenMarch whether it was writing a blog post, making a polish or just for casting a vote. Thank you so so so much.

In the end it was a seriously close race but there can only be one winner and that person was Karine with her wonderfully awesome polish Black Galaxy.

Congratulations!!

If you didn't win please don't be sad - be super happy as you definitely put a smile to my face for weeks! Also many people said that they were disappointed to only vote for one polish and that's just a testament to how brilliant they all were.

I'm sure it's still floating around on dashboard feeds after Blogger kindly decided to post ahead of time but there is a Giveaway starting tomorrow so I'd love to see you all back and entering! Can't wait

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