Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mouldy Black Cherries: MAC Venomous Villains, Formidable Nail Polish Review

About the title.. well you'll see.
I was wondering whether to lump all these swatches together, but I wanted to do a full manicure of all of them, and after putting Formidable onto one nail, I really didn't want to take it off and put on another.. so I'm going to spread them out. Thought I'd leave a little cooling off period between

I was trying to think of a way to describe this colour, and the first thing I thought of was black cherries. It has a kind of purple-black base. The first coat, you really see this, as it's thin. It's like a deep-purple base with greeny-blue shimmer. Then you put another layer, and it gets darker and deeper, and so on. When it's on, it looks almost black in dull light, with some blue-ish glitter. It's pretty, but glitter polishes do best in sunlight. Direct light is Formidable's BFF.

This was the best I could do. They are PACKED with glitter. Lots of different colour of glitter. In some lights, this looks blue-brown. Others greeny-purple. It's hard to pinpoint one colour. MAC describes it as a "Teal green with pink multi-changing pearl". I don't know about you, but mine has no pink in?

L-R: Natural light, with flash.
I guess theres some pinkish hints in there? I think it's more purple, in any case.
As always, I adore MAC's formula. It goes on thin, you do need a few layers, but I like that aspect, because it means I can use them for layering, as whatever colour you put it over, it brings out that colour in Formidable. Ie, a purple beneath makes it more purple, a blue more blue, etc. I love that, it makes them very versatile. Some people don't like MAC polishes, I have no problem with them. They dry super quick, they last well.. I genuinely don't know why there is such hatred?
These retail for £8, which I think is completely reasonable, really. Sadly, they're sold out right now
but I bought an extra Bad Fairy for someone that never got back to me about it.. so I might do a little giveaway.. keep tuned!

Price: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Colour: 4/5
Formula: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
Would I buy this product again?: Uhm, probably. It's not really a polish I ever see myself finishing off completely, but if I ever did, I would probably want another bottle!

Hope this was enjoyable! Did you guys pick up anything from Venomous Villains?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Very Own Wanderlist

I was inspired by this post by Sofia's Journal, who was inspired by Sending Postcards own wanderlist. The idea of this is "to inspire wanderlust". And whilst that may sound incredibly cheesy, "wanderlust" is one of my favourite words and concepts.
Here we go, things I want to do in my life. If I get even a third of these completed, I'd die happy.

Take pictures from the top of the Empire State building.
Travel around New Zealand and go to Milford Sound.

Go to Scotland.
See elephants swimming.

Visit Paris in the autumn.
Take a picture next to a sign saying County Clare in Ireland.

Climb the Eiffel Tower.
Go shopping in New York at Christmas.

Go to Boston.
See the palace of Versailles.

Go on a cruise.
See the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.

Have tea at the Ritz.
Play with lion cubs or see snow-leopard cubs in person.

Visit Italy, again.
Visit Longleat Safari Park.

See a tiger in the wild.
Visit the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite National Park, or the Grand Canyon in America.

See the Parthenon.
See Chateau de Pierrefonds.

Writing this has made me all itchy to go travelling. I must check my savings.. haha. Have you done one of these? Or do you have a similar thing? Tell me about it!

Monday, October 18, 2010

"Hi, babies have fingernails. FINGERNAILS."

Just a quick one from me today!
I recently just remembered I owned this nail-polish, and it's pretty gorgeous! This is 303 Bright Purple from Barry M.
If you're wondering what it looks like in person, think about the colour of the bottles of Vimto! It's pretty much a perfect match, haha, I compared once.
I've been wearing it with China Glaze's Agent Orange on my toes.

What are your recent fingers & toes combos?

(PS, sorry about the title! haha. I watched Juno the other week.)

Friday, October 01, 2010

Friday Favourites!

I've seen these a lot but never really bothered to do one myself, so I thought I'd et you know what I've been into this month.

I got back into my old, Wes Anderson habit, and I've been watching a bunch of his old movies. And a couple of chick-flicks thrown in for good measure. As you'll see below, I recently read The Devil Wears Prada book, and it made me really want to watch the film again! I adore Anne Hathaway in whatever capacity!

I've been trying to read a lot recently. This is an older picture, so these weren't all read this month, but I finished The Devil Wears Prada, Sybil, Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Her Shoes this month! Pretty great going, for someone that struggles to sit down and concentrate these days! I definitely recommend both In Her Shoes & The Devil Wears Prada, because though they're probably a bit on the trashy side, they're genuinely good reads. If you want any in-depth reviews of these books, let me know. (:

I got this for my birthday, and it's recently been my favourite. On first smell, it's very summery and light, but I think it kind of carries over into autumn, and I really like that.

Nail Varnish
I've been a big fan of Barry M polishes, recently, and hese are the only ones I've been liking on my nails: I'm lacking serious nail inspiration! The red is perfect for crisp autumn days, and the purples brighten up all the rain in my life!

New Necklaces
I bought both these pieces on a whim the other night, the one on the left is from ASOS and the one on the right from This Charming Girl which is an awesome website with some lovely jewellery, I definitely recoomend. Unfortunately, the ASOS pendant chain has tarnished after only a couple of days wear, so I think i'm going to put it on a rope or something, cause I really like the charm. And the TCG necklace is a litttttle on the shorter side, so I'm hunting for a more appropriate chain. But I loveee the little Artemis-esque cameo. I love a bit of mythology.