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essence Caught in the Middle from the Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition

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Evening! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the essence Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition has hit the shelves of Priceline. There are eight polishes with different finishes to choose from, four being “good” and the other four being “bad”. Tonight I’m bringing you Caught in the Middle from the “bad” side. Before I show you the photos, I just want to let you know I think the label on the polish is wrong. It says it is “leather effect” but I think it’s meant to be the “snake effect” that’s on Once I Was An Angel (a pink creme that’s also from the “bad” side). Searching other blogs has confirmed this for me, with many others thinking the same thing as well, because I will tell you now, I don’t think this polish has a leather effect at all! But a snake effect would be more appropriate. Check out the pics and you’ll see what I mean.

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle by Dry, Dammit!

Caught in the Middle is hard to describe for me, so I will do the best I can! :\ It’s a charcoal black base with iridescent flakes and various multi-coloured tiny glitter pieces… and I think it has a textured effect. So what you see here is two coats of Caught in the Middle without top coat. This is a really complex polish that I’m glad I bought. Sometimes I think black is too basic but this adds a little something more, while still being moody (in my opinion). It was easy to apply, but for the first coat just wait until it’s semi-dry before going in for the second coat otherwise it creates bald patches.

Now, I was curious to see what this polish looked like with top coat so here it is with a coat of Seche:

essence Caught in the Middle with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

essence Caught in the Middle with top coat by Dry, Dammit!

Wowza! I think I like it both with top coat and without.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$4.10
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Have you seen the Good Girl Bad Girl Trend Edition about? Tried any of the other polishes in the collection? I like the look of It Wasn’t Me! (glitter effect) but haven’t bought it yet. Thanks for reading!


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essence Hello Rosy

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Evening! Sorry from my “break” from posting recently, but I’m back with a polish I really enjoyed wearing: essence Hello Rosy (I can’t help but not love a good textured polish!).

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

This is currently part of essence’s standard line-up of polishes, even though it is a “sparkle sand effect”. What you see is two coats, at one coat I was thinking it might be a three-coater but the second coat is perfectly thick, I think. The colour is really pretty but hard to capture on camera. It’s more of a dusty pink and less red than what you see in the photos. There is also fine pink glitter throughout, which I think softens it nicely.

In the past I’ll admit I’ve had a few problems with the drying time of some of essence’s textured polishes, but not this one. I hope it means essence has upped its game for future textured polishes. I used the foil method for removal, just a couple of minutes, and that worked fine.

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

essence Hello Rosy by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

My only critique is the colour in some lighting looks a bit “mumsy”, but since Pantone announced its colour of the year as Marsala (“A subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth“) I think it could be on trend for 2015. Thanks for reading!


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Gabriella Salvete Stars Enamel Lila

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Hello! Today I thought I’d show you another of my polishes I picked up while away in Europe: Gabriella Salvete Lila from the Stars Enamel Collection, which pretty much just means textured polish. Yes, another one!

I loved this one A) because it’s pink and textured and B) because as soon as I tried it I knew it would be a quality polish. I found this in a Rossmann (a European department store like Myer) in Prague. I wore it straight away and loved it then and now trying it again I love it even more (for a pink!). It’s like the perfect amount of texture – noticeable, but not scratchy. It’s a pink base with silver glitters of various sizes throughout. Beautiful.

Gabriella Salvete Stars Enamel Lila by Dry, Dammit!

Gabriella Salvete Stars Enamel Lila by Dry, Dammit!

Gabriella Salvete Stars Enamel Lila by Dry, Dammit!

Gabriella Salvete Stars Enamel Lila by Dry, Dammit!

What you see is two coats without top coat. These picture are also from the second day of wear and as you can see, no chipping! I love it. Also – if everything else wasn’t good enough for you – it was easily removed without the foil method. I love that in a glitter polish. Thanks for reading!


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The trip part 4: Back in Australia & P2 Sand Style in Seductive and Precious

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I’m back Down Under and I’m glad to be home after travelling for 24 hours on planes! I had an absolutely incredible time away for the past three months, everything has gone just too fast. My highlight of the trip is when we went to Italy. If you’ve never been I would definitely recommend you visiting, it’s got something for everyone.

If you’ve been reading my other posts, you would know I was just about to leave Greece and head to Macedonia. Here’s where we went after Macedonia: Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland and England. Whew! All up in our trip my husband and I travelled to 12 countries, which was roughly a country a week! But anyway, onto the more interesting nail stuff. Below is a picture of all the polishes I bought while abroad – 68 in total! I love them all.

Final collection of European polishes

I would love to bore you with a more detailed picture, but for now with getting back and returning to work you might have to wait until I review them, ha ha. If I can I will try and take some quick pics of them sometime. But here are two lots of polish I especially do want to show you: OPI Pure (a 18k white gold and silver top coat from the Mariah Carey Collection) and Ciate Colourfoil (a foil manicure kit). I’ve tried both and I love them; I can’t wait to show you.

Final collection of European polishes - OPI Pure (18k white gold and silver top coat) from the Mariah Carey Collection

Final collection of European polishes - Ciate Colourfoil

I told you previously I was going to have my nails done at WAH Nails at its store in Topshop, London. I’ve been a huge fan of WAH Nails for a long time, I own the store’s first book and I was so looking forward to my appointment! Here I am getting nails done (the picture is blurry, you can thank my husband for that).

Haylee getting her nails done by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

I enjoyed getting my nails done, but I was disappointed with the little things, like for example when my nail artist was filing and buffing my nails she went back and forth rather than in one direction. Also, my tips weren’t wrapped. And finally, when the top coat was applied (WAH Nails uses Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) it wasn’t applied to the full edge of the nail and some of it ended up bubbling. I feel like I’m being picky but for AU$58 I think there should be a little more finesse! Maybe I had built it up too much in my mind? Anywho, here is the design that I chose, it’s called art deco, it was suggested to me by the nail artist to do the stripes rather than the full art deco design on every nail. I went with their idea, but I wish now I had said no because I’m actually not too keen on how the stripes also don’t have black with them.

Nail art by WAH Nails at Topshop in London

But it was all an experience and nonetheless I’m glad I went. Like my husband said, if I hadn’t of gone to get my nails done at WAH Nails I probably would be kicking myself later.

Now I have to show you some polishes I wore while in Berlin. I bought these from a store called DM, which is quite similar to Priceline here in Australia. The brand is P2, which I think could be a budget-type brand for all types of cosmetics. But obviously I was drawn to the polishes. The two I am wearing are called Seductive (purple) and Precious (gold). Both are what P2 calls Sand Style, which is simply another name for textured polish. I wore these two together because I thought the colours were quite complimentary. Each polish is two coats.

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

P2 Seductive and Precious textured nail polish by Dry, Dammit!

I am so impressed with these two polishes. I wore them for about four days and there was no chipping at all. I did use the foil method to remove the polish, but I think you could get away with just using a cotton ball. Also the texture on them was perfect, there was no pulling on clothes or anything. Definitely a good budget polish!

Well, I am now off to see if I can get some sleep. So far so good with the jetlag. I’m looking forward to updating much more frequently now. It’s great to be back. Thanks for reading!