Thursday, October 30, 2008

Misa Bang Basecoat & Breakneck Topcoat

I am on the never ending quest for the prefect base and top coat. I have tried sooooooo many I've lost count. In a moment of impluse I added Misa's BANG and BREAKNECK to a head2toebeauty order thinking, well it's cheap and they can't be any worse then the others.

They are actually better, I am really please with both.

Misa BANG Basecoat is a cloudy clear polish which goes on effortlessly and evens out the nail bed (which is important for me at the moment as I accidentally dropped a knife on my ring finer nail and it has a chip out of it half way down) My polish stays put when I wear this and tip wear seems to take longer to develop.

Misa BREAKNECK topcoat is just lovely, it is a lot thinner then some of the other fast drying topcoats on the market (I'm looking at you Poshe and Seche Vite) It doesn't cause bubbles (hmmm, Out the Door) and most importantly NO SHRINKAGE, sorry to yell but my number one hate of fast drying topcoats is that they shrink the tip of the polish and you get a horrible line of nail showing. Ok so BREAKNECK doesn't dry quite as quickly as the aforementioned brands but they are touch dry in about five mins and then completely dry in 15-20 mins dependng on the polish and how many coats are used. Another plus, no brush marks!

I can't say that these are a HG but they are the closest thing I've been able to find, I will continue my search but will have these sitting around as a backup.

OPI Makes Men Blush

This unassuming little polish has very quickly worked it's way to HG status for me. I LOVE IT. The colour for me is a perfect pink/beige with just the right amount of opacity (it's not super sheer but not completely opaque.)

When first applying this is does go on a bit streaky but it self levels beautifully and your left with an awesome even glossy finish I love it at one coat but I think two coats is best.

This is my go to colour when I don't feel like having to concentrate or don't have much time. It takes about 5 mins to slap on and looks great!

Did I mention I love it?

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Etude House Dear Darling Nails #25

I am on a real nail polish kick at the moment so decided to order a few polishes in my most recent Gmarket order. The clear winner of the four I ordered is Etude House's Dear Darling Nails in the colour #25, it is a beautiful muted purple with lots and lots of shimmer.

When I applied the first coat I was a bit disappointed as it seemed quite sheer but the second coat evens everything out and adds depth, so I'm happy. I found it easy to apply this polish, the formula is quite thin and the layers dried quickly, I did still apply a fast drying top coat but the polish was pretty much dry by the time I did this.

Etude House Cute & Sexy Eyes Quad #5 Coffee Khaki

I don't have any other Etude House Quads to compare this to but this one is just lovely, the colours are well pigmented and show up a little darker on the eyes then in my swatch pic.

The shadows are soft and silky (not as nice as Maquillage but still pretty good) and the colour goes on evenly and blends effortlessly. The colours are quite neutral and wearable.

Another Gmarket Haul

So sorry for the lack of posts lately, I haven't been well and have been super busy with work and renovating our new house.

Just received a Gmarket parcel and thought I would share some pictures, reviews to follow