NYX Gel Liner & Smudger – Danielle 05 Teal

I am really enjoying playing along with SuperGorgeousOctober… I know I set the themes myself, but it’s making me try things I wouldn’t normally. Like wearing a really bold green on my eyes. I’m normally a neutrals or smokey kinda gal – but today, the theme was green, so I dug out my NYX Gel Liner & Smudger in 05 Teal (Danielle) to have a bit of a play.

It’s a really blendable gel eyeliner that you can use as a standard liner, or, as I wore it, smudged out to create an all over colour. It has a slight iridescence to it which really shines through once it’s blended out giving a really pretty effect.

I applied it all over my lid, then blended the edges out. I added a line under my eyes and smudged that too. I found it transferred a little under my eyes so next time I would set it with a powder to help keep it in place, but perhaps that’s just my eyes.

I added some MAC Vanilla pigment into the inner corners of my eyes – I think it goes so nicely with these greeny blue kind of colours… then added black liner to my waterline and finished off with black mascara.

The green really makes brown eyes pop – I think I shall be wearing this more often. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Would you dare to wear?!

The NYX Gel Liner & Smudger costs £8 and is available from the NYX website and selected Next stores

Elizabeth Arden – New York In Bloom Collection

When I saw the packaging of the new Elizabeth Arden, New York in Bloom Collection, I did an inside squeal – it’s sooo pretty! Covered with floral motivs – it seems a step in the funky direction for a brand I normally consider to be quite classic.

The collection is made up of two bronzing powders – soft and warm, two nail duos – a teal and purple shade with a top coat at one end, three eye pencils – teal, platinum and brown, and two eyeshadow trios – one based on the teal palette, another on golden tones. It’s a really pretty range – both packaging and product wise. 
I have the Pure Finish bronzing powder in Warm. There are flowers embossed onto the powder in bronzey and pink shades – but it looks very frosted and on seeing the product in the palette, I was a little worried at how frosty it would be on the skin. 
The Eye Pencil comes with a sharpener in the box, which I think is a nice touch. The colour of Iridescent Teal is very bold and pigmented – and is exactly that – iridescent teal with beautiful golden tones running through the teal.
As you can see from the swatch photo above, the bronzer isn’t frosty at all, although it does have a slight shimmer to it – it gives a radiance to the skin rather than a glitterbomb effect. It has a flattering yellow-bronze colour to it which is the kind of colour I like in a bronzer.  
The Elizabeth Arden website gives the tip of wearing the eye pencil under the lower lash line – so that’s how I decided to wear it. It was very easy to apply but you do need to wear a primer under it and powder over it as I found it can transfer down your eye a little without. 
I am wearing both the products in the photos above, teamed with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Luminous Lip Gloss in Precious Petal. 
It’s a yummy, toffee flavoured gloss that glides on and feels really moisturising – it contains mango butter and shea butter. When the gloss eventually fades, you are left with a pretty shimmer on the lips. It’s another well designed product – with a mirror on the side of the bottle so you can touch-up on the go with ease – the applicator is flattened which makes it so easy to apply too.
The last product I have from the New York in Bloom Colour Collection is the nail laquer in Teal Blossom. While I had it on I had lots of compliments on the colour. It’s a true, greeny-blue-petrol teal shade which, when used with the top coat, leaves a nice glossy finish to the nails. 
This is my first foray into Elizabeth Arden’s make up range – I always considered it to be for women a bit older than me, but I am definitely, 100% proved wrong! Let me know if you’ve tried anything and have any recommendations. 

Nails of the Day – Nails Inc Whitehall

Nails inc have recently added three magnetic polishes to their range – Whitehall, which is the gorgeous teal colour I am showing below, Trafalgar Square – silver and Houses of Parliament which is metallic purple.

This was the first time I had applied magnetic polish by myself – you have to paint your nails with one coat of the polish – which is very opaque, my nails were completely covered with that one coat. You then go back and apply a generous amount of polish to a nail, then hold the magnet (which in this case is on top of the lid) over your nail for 10-15 seconds to let the magnet do it’s magic. It’s really rather easy – a lot easier than the finished effect looks!

I wore this polish to a catwalk show I was doing the make up for, and literally every person that came into contact with me asked me what I was wearing on my nails, wanted to see it closer, promised they were going to go and get some as they were so in love with it! I have to agree that it is pretty amazing. Not only is it metallic, but it has an almost holographic, iridescent quality to it – there is so much depth to be seen. My nails were left extremely glossy and were evidently very noticeable!

You can purchase these polishes at www.nailsinc.com for £13 each – nails inc are donating £1 from each sale of magnetic polish to youth charity The Princes Trust.

Have you tried magnetic polish yet? What do you make of it!?

Free Nails Inc Polish with InStyle Magazine: Electric Teal

Free with the June issue of InStyle magazine (priced at £3.70 – with Thandie Newton on the cover), is a full size Nails Inc varnish, worth £11.

There are a choice of 3 colours, Electric Teal, Candy Orange, and Fashion Fawn. I had had the intention of buying all 3 – they are colours that Nails Inc have created specifically for the magazine, so if you’d like to get your hands on some high quality nail polish at a fraction of the normal price, get thee to thy local news agents!

When I saw the three shades in the flesh I decided to leave the Candy Orange and Fashion Fawn – they look to me like colours that have been done too many times before and I thought I must own something near enough spot on to both, so I settled on the Electric Teal.

In the bottle I thought it looked rather like OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop, but once it’s on the nail it looks very different. For starters it is lighter and brighter. The OPI is more blue with a dash of green, Nails Inc seems more green with a dash of blue. If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Elstree, the polish is the same colour that their bins and bus stops are painted, as I discovered today!

Also inluded in the magazine is a promo code to use online until 9th June: INSTYLE20 for 20% off at www.nailsinc.co.uk and a voucher for 20% off services Sunday-Wednesday in store.

Another magazine freebie for May, is a free 50ml Body Shop body lotion with Marie Claire (£3.60 with Olivia Palmero on the cover) choose from Mango, Shea and Dreams Unlimited – each retail at £5 in store.

Nails of the Day – OPI Ski Teal We Drop

Ski Teal We Drop is one of the shades from the new OPI Autumn range – the Swiss Collection. I got this from an American seller on eBay (so much cheaper than buying OPI over here!) along with William Tell Me About OPI which I will swatch soon, it’s too ‘autumney’ to wear at the moment. In fact, this is too really. It looks black in some lights, with a blue tinge. More like the bottle colour in sunlight, but it is a dark shade. Really gorgeous, but not right for the lovely weather we’re having at the moment. It goes on very well, coating the nails with just one coat, but the photo is with two coats and Poshe topcoat.