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Super pleased with this pretty leopard-print look I’ve been rocking lately. Find out how to get it over here on anez.me…!


A while ago I picked up this blue glitter polish from Boots, and I’ve finally had a chance to try it out. Here’s how it looks:



It has to be said, I’m not as thrilled with this one (“Blue Glitter”) as I am its green counterpart. To start with, this is far less opaque, so I had to layer something under it. Not wanting to interfere with the pretty blue colour I bought it for, I’ve used this Revlon silver underneath. What really irked me about this polish, though, wasn’t having to use a base, it was the effect it had on that base– namely, it started stripping it.


You see the little patch on my thumb and ring finger where the polish is almost see-through? That’s one of the spots where the blue lifted the silver. For me, this is one of the most irritating things a polish can do. The effect was less strong on the second coat, but there was still some noticeable and annoying shifting.

This polish is also quite textured, which I personally don’t prefer (but I know a lot of people do enjoy). It isn’t so textured that it’s rough or will snag on your clothing, and you can smooth it out with a layer of top-coat, but if you’re looking for a quick route to a smooth polish, this isn’t it.

On the plus side, the colour is extremely pretty. A very light sky blue with teeny-tiny multi-colour micro glitter, it looks absolutely gorgeous, and is surprisingly long-lasting. It also wears off rather than chips off, which is definitely my preferred option when it comes to light-colored polish. The polish itself is easy to apply, with both formulation and brush shape being pretty much perfect.

If you can overlook the part where it tends to strip whatever base polish you’re using (or if you can go without one), this is a decent use of your €3. If, however, you want absolute opacity and a smooth surface, maybe this isn’t the one for you.

Have you tried this polish? Do polishes that strip their bases drive you nuts? What’s your polish pet peeve? Drop me a line and let me know!



One of my recent January sales purchases was this fab Color Carnival polish from Boots’ Seventeen range. I am not ashamed to say I tried it out almost immediately after I got it home, and I was not at all disappointed. Look how gorgeous this is:


Okay, yes, my nails themselves are basically hideous right now on account of the fact that I had an Unfortunate Incident with a chopping knife (frankly, I was lucky I lost only a nail and not a finger, so let that be a lesson to you, folks: pay attention when using sharp implements!) very recently. How gorgeous is that polish, though? It has amazing depth. In dim light, it has a pretty shimmer, and in intense light you can see the tiny gold flecks in the polish.

I’m always on the lookout for nice green nail polishes. For some reason, it’s the hardest colour to get… But it also happens to be my favourite colour to wear. I am so thrilled with this one, and in my opinion, it’s also a pretty good dupe for China Glaze’s “Running in Circles”. From the pictures, I thought it looked like my Holy Grail Green, so I was disheartened to discover I couldn’t get it in Ireland.

This one is a more than adequate alternative, though. I also believe it rivals any of the super fancy indie polishes that cost €30– except this baby will set you back a mere tenth of that. For that price, I didn’t expect the polish to have much staying power, but I was astonished to find it was still going strong, chip-free, on day three. That’s including three days of heavy daily typing– and even one instance of fixing a toilet with a broken flush. How’s that for a marvel bargain?


The shade is #57 Green Gold Shimmer, and you can see the bottle above. (I haven’t tried out the blue in that picture – I suspect it’s less full coverage and more translucent than the green, but if it is anything like the green one, it’ll still be brilliant.) I suspect Seventeen is going to be my new go-to brand for budget polish now, especially after recent disappointments with other budget polishes because of their applicators.

The brush on this one was medium-sized, which is just what I like, and isn’t tapered, so it has none of that “one stroke” gimmicky nonsense that some other brands try to push. Yes, this is basic: but it’s effective, and allows for precise application. Doing your polish neatly when your nails are this short is a real pain in the backside, but I managed it with this applicator with relative ease. That’s no testament to my skills, and speaks mainly to the ease of application when you have a slim brush with a uniform width.

I’m super impressed by this stuff, from application to appearance to how hard-wearing it is. If you’re into nail polish and you can hunt out €3 from the sparse January coffers, this is definitely worth your time and attention.

What nail polish bargains have you discovered recently? Have you tried Seveneen nail polish before? What other great green polishes can you suggest? Drop me a line and let me know!



Trying out some of the products which I picked up in Dundrum recently, and today we’ll be looking at the two Essie polishes: #88 Licorice and #293 Peak of Chic.


I’ve layered the glitter coat over the black here, and I’m pretty happy with how it looks. These polishes are actually pretty great. I haven’t used Essie for a while, and I’d forgotten how good the quality is.

The black one (#88) is liquid enough that it’s easy to apply thin coats, but still has enough colour that even with one coat, it didn’t look horribly watery and weak. The brush is nicely shaped, too; it has a gentle curve to the sides, but is slim enough that it doesn’t try to coat the whole nail, leaving room for the precision application I prefer. None of this hit-and-miss stuff for me; I like my nails to be properly coated, and I don’t like to get any on my fingers. With this brush, I managed pretty well and only had one slip– which was entirely my own fault, because I was distracted by the television.

The polish dried incredibly quickly, even after a second coat, and didn’t smudge while I was typing or even when I went to make juice, which involves a lot of water and scrubbing vegetables. I’m very impressed with it– so much so that it might very well knock my beloved Essence offering off the top spot for Best Black Polish. It is a little more expensive, but if the quality doesn’t deteriorate too quickly and it doesn’t get tacky and thick after a couple of uses, I’ll probably be repurchasing this.

My feelings on the glitter coat are a little more mixed. I have to admit, I’m not the best with these kind of filament glitter topcoats. It’s very easy to make mistakes and end up with huge splotches of glitter on one part of your nail and bare polish on the rest. Trying to even things out almost invariably ends in disaster, with two or three coats of glitter so thick you can barely see the base coat at all. That is a bit of a danger here… Although I think with a little practice, it could be avoided. As glitter topcoats go, this is definitely one of the better ones I’ve used– there’s enough clear mixer polish in there to prevent your glitter from looking too splotchy, although careful application is still required. The glitter itself is a mix of white strips and holographic ones, which makes for an interesting combination:


Gosh, my hands look red here! That’ll tell you what happens to my circulation in the cold, I suppose. I’m not built for this climate, damn it…! Anyway, back to topic: the mix of glitter is nice, and really stands out under bright lights. I like this, but I don’t know if I would repurchase– I expect that depends on how easily I can remove it later.

Overall, I like this look… But to be honest, I think plain, basic black will always be my preferred nailpolish look. This is fun for something different, but I prefer how the black looks when its on its own for every day. The real drawback is that the glitter coat is terribly, terribly rough and scratchy if you don’t apply a top coat (which I rarely do– I’m such a tapper and fiddler that polish never lasts more than a day or two with me, no matter what I do with it, so it seems wasteful to bother).

Both polishes were €10 in McCabes, but if you buy two from Boots online, they are the same price and you get three mini polishes as a free gift, which is nicer than a kick in the pants. I’ll definitely be looking at this brand in the future for adding to my ever-growing, slowly-spiraling-out-of-control nailpolish collection.

Do you like Essie polishes? How do you feel about glitter topcoats? Can you make your polish last or does it just walk right off your fingers like mine? Drop me a line and let me know!



Sporting summer spots today! I’ve done these on both my fingers and my toes for maximum dotty delight.


I’m quite pleased with how this turned out– but of course, as ever, my right hand isn’t quite as good as my left. Such is the curse of being nearly ambidextrous…!

I’ve used Rimmel 60 Seconds in “White Hot Love” as the base, and before you ask: yes, I had to use several coats. This is actually four, though you could possibly get away with three if you’re not obsessed with having a fully opaque look.

The black spots were created using a slim-tip nail art pen. This was a gift from my lovely friend Regan, and you can find them here. If you’ve got a steady hand, the slim-tip ones are better than than the thicker tips, I find, because you can do both skinny and thick dots or lines depending on how much you squeeze the bottle.

A dot-drawing tip: start with a line of dots diagonally across the middle of your nail from tip to cuticle. Then dot in the line above, positioning each dot in the middle between the dots on the previous line. Continue to the tip, then do the same to the lower half of the nail– or don’t; a half-and-half look works amazingly on longer nails. If you’re really brave, and possess both long nails and a steady hand, a halftone pattern looks ridiculously fantastic.

Are you dotty for nail art? Do you prefer the classic single-colour look? Do you have an application tip for me? Drop me a line and let me know!




I’ve been a dirty lazy slacker recently, and not painting my nails at all! Granted, that was mostly because I’d trimmed them down to stubs a while ago owing to a terrible disaster involving a door and a lot of screaming, but now they’re growing back, and it would be a shame not to dip into my beautiful nailpolish collection and do something interesting with them! This is what I’m rocking right now:


This one was achieved with Claire’s Accessories “Grey Day” (getting grey polish is a lot harder than you might imagine) with Barry M Black & White graffiti over the top. I’m a big fan of budget polishes, because unlike with skincare and makeup, I find there’s no real difference in quality between the higher-end polishes and the cheaper ones. Maybe I’m just too hard on my hands (I wash my hands a lot, I’m a tapper, and I type thousands of words daily), but I find that no matter what I pay for polish, it starts chipping and flaking within a day or two– sometimes even before the end of the day I apply it! So, I go for the budget option, because I like having lots of colour and texture choices, and I’d bankrupt myself trying to have them in the more expensive ranges.

Claire’s actually do a great range of colours, and their quality is surprisingly impressive. Likewise, Barry M (which you can find in most Boots) have a superb range, and their textures and toppers are hard to beat for the price. I love this look, because it’s so neutral that I can wear just about anything with it, which is always my concern with nailpolish– I hate when it clashes with my clothes!

Are you a colour clasher? Do you prefer high-end polishes, or budget offerings? What do you think of the glitter or graffiti topcoat? Drop me a line and let me know!