Essie – Front Page Worthy

Front Page Worthy is part of Essie’s new Gala Bold Gel Couture range for Summer 2017, celebrating 1 year of the Gel Couture range.  Personally I’d rather they celebrated by releasing the full range globally (I believe we have less than half of the core range in the UK) or making them cheaper…

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Color Club ‘Mood changing’ thermals: Extra-Vert, Everything’s Peachy, Shine Theory

I recently picked up three of the new Color Club thermals (“mood” changing) from Rainbow Connection. As they’re so new there aren’t many swatches out there so I took a punt on the three whose bottles looked the most interesting.

Apologies for the state of my cuticles, by the way, the sudden cold weather did for them for about a week.

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Glam Polish – All the Lights that Shine

So yeah, I brought my blog out of hibernation… 

I figured I don’t have to make it super content heavy ( difficult when wrangling with bad arms and voice​ software), so I am experimenting with using the WP app…

This is Glam Polish – All the Lights That Shine. It’s a glitter topper from their La La Land collection.

It’s a multi glitter extravaganza. Seriously, this thing is packed full of big glitter and microglitter in every colour, plus some iridescent shinies for good measure.

I’m wearing it here with a silver base, then a brushed on layer and two sponged on layers, plus two layers of top coat to smooth it out.

To be honest, that’s probably too many layers as it felt very thick (and some glitters were hard to get off the skin) – but look at the shiny! It’s utterly beautiful. I found it tricky to get smooth edges but of you’re an experienced glitter-er you might be fine. Who cares though – my fingers were twinkling the whole time I wore it.

You can get Glam from their website and the UK Facebook group does monthly group buys for members.

#31dc2016 Days 1 and 2

So I decided to take on the 31 day challenge – many nail fans participate in this during September (for an explanation of why it’s a 31 day challenge in a 30 day month, see Chalkboard Nails’ blog).

2016’s challenge, from Chalkboard Nails.

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Nailbox vs MeeBox August 2016 – plus giveaway!

This week saw the release of the latest editions from MeeBox and Nailbox, the two UK-based email subscription services. So let’s have a look at the contents of each and see who gave us the best value for money this month, shall we?

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Welcome to Rad does nails!

Hi, and welcome to my new, nail-focused blog.  As a nail polish enthusiast I keep finding there are THINGS I WANT TO SAY about nails beyond the odd comment in a FB group or on Instagram.  So I thought it was maybe time I put my huge stash to use and blogged about my passion.  I’m not the most accomplished photographer or cleaner-upper, but I’m hoping I’ll learn.  I may even get into doing a little bit of vlogging if the mood takes me!

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For those who don’t know me, I’m an academic, writer and am-dram-mer from Sheffield, UK.  Following injuries, I also have two bad arms which means I sometimes need to write using voice software so do forgive the inevitable typo!  I do have non-nail blogs but they’re all in a state of hiatus at the moment due to bad arm situation and the impending deadline for the novel I’m writing for my MA.  I’ll link them up if/when I reactivate.

I first got into nails as a teenager in the 1990s but sadly don’t have any polish left from that era 😦  I then got back into nails with a real vengeance (ie developing a proper stash rather than just owning a few bottles) in around 2013 or so.  My stash is just entering its fourth helmer and although I like all colours and finishes, my favourites will always be yellow.  I am about to start on my fifth drawer of yellows and it’s my vague ambition to own every yellow ever made.  I call my yellow stash ‘the museum of yellow polish’ and I will hopefully introduce you to it over the months to come.

My nail blog’s mainly going to have reviews and swatches and stuff – I might also do the odd nail art tutorial, but I am slightly messy so it’s going to have to go some for me to get a neat enough mani to stick here without shame!  I’ll also try and do some dupe comparisons when I can, as I really appreciate that when I’m looking for polish.  Looking forward to chatting manis with you 🙂

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