Saturday, 19 December 2009

My Nail Polish Collection

From left to right:

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark (lovely, my staple vamp creme)
MAC Baby Goth Girl (not as sparkly as I'd hoped)
OPI Siberian Nights (gorgeous dark blue-purple creme)
MAC Dark Angel (lots of coats needed but a fab dark purple creme that looks purple, not black)
OPI Can You Dig It? (some spillage issues, but I loved this bright purple creme!)
GOSH Wild Lilac (bit too bright for me - for toes only)
M&S Blackberry (bit runny but gorgeous bright violet creme, lovely in summer)
MAC Love & Friendship (very sweet purpley pink creme, lovely for spring)
OPI Parlez Vous OPI? (possibly my favourite shade - a sophisticated greyed lavender creme, really different and very flattering)
MAC Silverstruck (although I usually only wear cremes or glitters I had to make an exception for this unusual frost. Currently on my toes!)
OPI Tickle My France-y (the perfect nude creme for my colouring. I feel very grown up when I wear it!)
OPI Boris & Natasha (lovely maroon-with-a-hint-of-purple creme that doesn't turn black)
Nails Inc Savile Row (hate how this polish wears, it chips in hourrs, and colour is similar to Boris & N)
OPI Mrs O' Leary's BBQ (claret coloured creme, but old formulation so it streaks on application and isn't worn much as a result)
Bourjois Rouge Diva (my HG cherry red creme, deep and glossy and I've had lots of comments when wearing it!)

A couple have been added to my collection since I took the pic:

No& Totally Teal - just what it says on the tin, and fab (no pic though)

and this baby which with OPI Parlez Vous OPI? and Can You Dig It? makes up my favourite 3, OPI Merry Midnight:

I have a lot of OPI because I think it's the best formulation I've come across. In the UK one polish sets you back a good £10 but it's soooo much cheaper Stateside! So I use US Ebay for new collections and this site to but old collection colours for less than half UK prices:

and I swear by Seche Vite topcoat - I'm super clumsy and always knocking my nails before they're dry - I swear I'm not allowed to have a perfect set, one is always messed up or smudged! But this speeds up the drying so much (5 minutes to touch dry) and minimises the chances of me really wrecking them. I've just started using Rimmel Strenghten & Harden basecoat after finishing a horrid Nails Inc base coat, it's much better but I'm not sure if it's an HG.

Unfortunately I chopped half a nail off when cooking the other day so my nails are in no state to be polished right now :(

So what polish are you wearing and what are your favourites?

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

7 Things Purple Tag

As tagged by the lovely Lou. As purple is my favourite colour, the challenge for me was to pick 7 of the many things I own that are purple - and as you can see from the pics, I could've picked my room too!

1. Dress, H&M. I'd forgotten about this dress until recently but I spent weeks tracking it down a couple of years ago! How fickle the mind is. Or rather, forgetful - because I still love it.

2. My Blackberry Curve 8520 - I have to say I'm increasingly envious of iPhone owners but it's still a great phone and it's PURPLE!

3. OPI Merry Midnight nail polish. The sparkliest purple polish ever! When I wear it I can't stop gazing at my nails. It's positively galactic.

4. Not the best pic of it, but my beloved purple Comptoir de Cottoniers coat.

5. Leather bag, Topshop. I bought this a couple of years ago and it's still going strong - in fact it's getting better with age.

6. I'd love to say that I ran out of options here, but having switched recently from a green inhaler I'm still pretty chuffed mine is purple now! Plus it has a counter so I never run out abruptly any more. The miracle of progress! (and I have no idea why this section is underlined, but there you go....)

7. And finally, my "Dorothy" glitter heels, Office. If the Rabbit were to follow that yellow brick road, she would do it in these shoes and she'd be singing all the way too. I only have to look at these to smile.

I tag everyone to do 7 things - but in YOUR favourite colour!