Saturday, 9 November 2013

Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday)

Hi guys, and welcome to another instalment of Fragrance Direct on Friday.  Today I have 3 polishes to show you, and, as you can probably tell, some nail art too.  Swatches can get boring when you see too many, so I'm trying to mix it up a little : )

The first polish I have to show you is a creamy nude called Bandage by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.  I picked this up here for £1.49, and they have a few shades from this line in stock at the moment, including Gilded Lily, a stunning sparkly gold that I will be showing you next week.
This is actually the first nude polish that I have ever bought.  I never thought I'd have a use for one before, but have had a few instances recently where I wished I did, so I was chuffed when I noticed that this shade had been added.
I actually really liked this colour when swatched, I think I finally understand what people mean when they use the term 'palette cleanser'.  I also got my order from the same morning (more on that tomorrow), and couldn't resist using one of my new plates.
I decided to keep in subtle, and stamped one of the rose designs from Mother Nature 05 with Barry M Gold Foil, and added an accent nail of Barry M - Majesty with 2 layers of top coat.  I really liked this mani, and think this would be great for one of those occasions where you shouldn't really be wearing polish.

The next polish I have to show you is Revlon Top Speed - Cupid, which is yet another polish I picked up here for 99p.  This is a gorgeous pink that looks a little cooler-toned in natural light than this photo would suggest.  I only have a couple of light pinks, but they both take at least 3 coats to reach opacity, so I picked this up in the hopes that it would be better pigmented.
I am pleased to report that the formula on this polish was brilliant.  This is 2 easy coats, and the pigmentation was excellent.  So good in fact, that I will be trying some stamping with it later in the week, so keep your eyes peeled for that : )
I really like this colour, and I'm sure this will now be my go-to light pink for some time!
 And the last polish I have to show you is the P.I.A glitter I mentioned last week that is a near-perfect dupe for Barry M - Rose Quartz glitter.  This is Shade 31, and I bought it here for £1.30.  This is a 15ml bottle too, as opposed to Barry M's which are 11ml,. however, as I mentioned last week, this is quite a strong smelling polish, very similar to the smell of Kleancolor glitter polishes, so I guess it just depends on how much that bothers you personally : )
For this swatch, I have layered 1 coat over Rimmel Lycra Pro - Ultra Violet, apart from the ring finger where I used 2 coats, and 1 coat of Seche Vite (of course)
Anyway, I'd love to hear your opinions on today's polishes, like or own any of them?  What about smelly polishes - can you tough it out, or do they go straight in the bin?
Also, why not check out what the rest of the British Nail Bloggers group have been up to this week, there's a lot of gorgeous mani's waiting for you just a little further down!


  1. Lovely swatches and what bargain basement prices u got them for! I think the 1st mani would make a great bridal manicure for the big day! Smelly polishes don't really bother me either, I just usually paint away from people.

    1. Thanks hun! I do love me some bargains : ) I definitely agree with you about the bridal thing, especially with a cream + gold colour scheme x


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