Sunday, 25 November 2012

Jade Diamond Joy

I made a promise to myself when I opened Sally Magpies that I wouldn't help myself to the stock. Well that lasted a week! I couldn't resist one of the Jade Diamonds as they are just so sparkly and bright. Out of them all I chose Joy, a really bright sparkly orange. 

This is the first Jade I have ever tried and I was really impressed with  formula. It did lean itself towards three thin layers rather than a thick one, but I am girl more into that kind of thing anyway. The finish is almost foil like and beautiful. Reminds me of spray paint on the car.

Now I just have to convince myself not to dip into the others. ( Its going to be really hard)


British Bloggers Roundup 25/11/12

British Nail Bloggers

I have forgot to update this over the last few weeks, much to my detriment. But here we go, a little bit of what the British Bloggers have been doing this week. 
Emma practises polka dots in this China Glaze dotticure at Emma's Little Corner.

Nada got her hands on Miss Sporty's new nail polishes Metal Flip Duochromes! Check out the swatches!

Lyndsay from Pie's Eyes has been playing with fire this week Max Factor's Fantasy Fire. It's fast becoming a Top 10 polish!

Jazz at Glitter Infatuation has been continuing the Lazy 15 Challenge Even if that means interpreting it in her own funny way.. Glitter is appropriate no what what the occasion!

Wendy over at Wendy's Delights has a Yellow Mani with Glitter for the 31 day Challenge!

Claire at nuthin' but a nail thing has been fishscale manicuring it up - there is a tutorial too!

Rachel at Phoenix Nails has been getting all childish with a Disney mani for day 9 of the Lazy 15 challenge

Vic's been experimenting with layering and has come up with a Swishy Junk Yard.

Sally of NailPron has found some new Speciallita polishes, and they look amazing.

Anna from Anna's Polish Addiction has tried Nails Inc Southwark from the most recent QVC Today's Special Value, posted a rainbow mani and more pics of her stash.

Sam at Polished Art created this pretty half moon manicure using dried flowers!

Kerry at JustTalkNails has a swatch of Essie Smooth Sailing this week.

This week there was some Quilted Nail Art going on over at Enigmatic Rambles.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Speciallita Guerra Dos Sexos

Speciallita have come up with yet another lovely set of new polishes. They are called battle of the sexes and they come as a double ended polish. Either end can be worn on its own, or they can be worn together to make a third colour. They are called war of the sexes and they look like this.

Speciallita's press release reads

''The male never alone. The female never lonely. States have created a purpose in the world of possibilities in which we live today. A blend that recreates that recycles and reinvents itself.

With the concept that 1 +1 = 3, the new bottles are double the Gender Wars. Two glazes sharing the same cover, each with its own brush. Each color can be used alone, as any enamel line HITS Speciallità. But by purchasing the product, you can also prepare your nails using one over the other, thus creating a third or fourth enamel often quite different than imagined. Just free your imagination and make their blends show to her friends, exchange pictures over the internet, send emails, and go crazy with the party. After all, war is war.

These are the principles of the new collection of enamels War of the Sexes - HITS Speciallitá in its seventh successful partnership with Globo Brands, after the collections Bites & blows, Malhação, One Kiss, The Life of the People, buzz and Full of Charm. Effects, colors, coatings and pigments only. A glaze that is creating its greatest essence.

12 are double glaze, which can be combined with each other to form endless mixtures and effects on the nails. Creativity is the limit.

The novel War of the Sexes is a remake of the 1984 hit, written by Silvio de Abreu and now directed by Jorge Fernando. The story revolves around the eternal struggle between men and women. Performed by Tony Ramos, who lives OtávioII, and is in constant fights with Charlô II, played by Irene Ravache.

Check out the collection:

Cable War: A bottle is a bright orange and the second, a shimmering pink. The mixture of them form a new pink enamel well marked.

Carolina: A pale lilac and the other a transparent iridescent color, together result in a smooth and shimmering lilac.

Charlô: A striking red and silver metallic other coverage, together form an irresistible metallic red.

Perfect Duet: A very dark blue with sparkles and the other a turquoise very much alive. Together they form an intense blue with sparkles.

Loving Explosion: A delicate pink and pearl, and in the other an orange bottle, together form a pearly coral alive.

Front Line: A light gray and the other a transparent iridescent color, but together form a gray iridescent indispensable for a good ballad.

Cheque-Mate: A bottle navy blue and the other pink creamy but together result in a royal blue chic and unique.

Counterattack: A pale mauve blue and subtle, and together form a lilac evening.

Iron Lady: A metallic pink and wine chiquérrimo, but together they form a metallic wine intense and sophisticated.

Manoela: A mild creamy brown bottle and the other, a transparent cover iridescent color, together result in a brown metallic scandal.

Vanya: An amazing matte black cover and a slight lilac, but only together could form a sophisticated metallic purple.

Veruska: A delicate pink and blue roses with pearls, and together, it creates a light pink metallic.''


I have placed an order for these polishes and they will be stocked in the Sally Magpies Shop very shortly. ( and while I am plugging it we also have the new Speciallita Glitters World in stock along with No Olimpo and Jade Diamond/Holographic polishes too)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Magnetism Gone Sparkly...Don't Mind If I Do

Way back when my obsession with polish was still in its infancy I invested in a couple of magnetic polishes from Fashionista ( named after the girl group the Saturdays) and they have been the best ones I have ever used. they were just a plain purple and red. I have used other magnetics since and to be honest they have never really lived up to those first ones. So I was dead chuffed to pop into Superdrug this weekend and see some new shades.

Its almost like Magnetic polish has got its vibe back with these polishes, they are all colours with glitter embedded in them. The first you see is Gold Glamour which is a rich gold polish with brighter gold sparkles. The magnet I have used isn't from the Fashionista a range as they only do a wave one, and I wanted something a bit different to that, so I used the star shaped one from the Barry M range.

This polish goes on well, and the thicker the top coat the better. It allows all the gold sprinkles to move with the iron and leave you with a plain shape from the magnet, but an ultra deep and glittery pattern. I left the magnet on for 12 seconds, which is longer than they normally say, but it gives a really good finish to me.

 The other two polishes in the set are Embellish on the left. Its a mid grey with red glitter throughout and Bit of Sparkle in the middle, which is a deeper grey with gold glitter through it. I have used the other two polishes below so you can see how they work out aswell.

 Next is 'A Bit of Sparkle' This was probably my least favourite when I picked them, but it looks quite special on. It has the same effect as Gold Glamour as the glitter is drawn into the pattern well and looks very understated but very pretty. If you want to see bigger pictures just click on the images below.

Finally we have Embellish. I fell in love with this polish and could easily wear it without the magnet work so it just looked lovely. It is a paler grey, but this allows the red to really sparkle and shine. This effect is muted a bit when the magnet is used which is a shame as you can't see the red flecks as much.

The consistency of the polish is lovely, and it goes on well. You can't really ask for more in a polish. 

I got these polishes from Superdrug in store. Although they are available on their website aswell. They are £6 each without a magnet, so a bit pricey, but I just use any magnet from any set, so you needn't go to that expense if you don't want to. As a bit of a bargain aswell the cosmetics in Superdrug are on offer at 3 for 2, so I only paid £12 for all three. Cheap as chips.