Friday, December 30, 2011

NOTD: Zoya's Meadow


Pretty is the perfect word to describe Meadow. I cannot even remember why I decided to pick up Meadow - it's certainly not bright or blue or green or sparkly but there is something so unforgetable about it. Zoya call Meadow a "soft medium pinkish peach with mauve undertones and warm frosty golden shimmer" and I'd tend to agree with that description. All pictures are shown with 2 coats in natural sunlight.

If you prefer more netural/muted tones or you feel you can't quite carry off the nude look then this is a must have shade for me.


p.s what the hell was going on with my cuticles??? Sorry guys.

NOTD: Polished London's Buckingham Blue

I was lucky enough to receive three shades from this range to try. Polished London polishes are 4 free and according to the release I received they are "a full one coat coverage enamel with smooth application". Buckingham Blue is one of 6 shades in their summer collection that includes two crackle colours. To find out more about this range you can check out their website.

Because this range is supposed to be full coverage at one coat that's all I have on here -


This polish was easy to apply, clearly full coverage in one coat and lasted several days without chipping (although I did do a second coat after these pictures as I think every polish should have a 2 coat minimum). I am totally impressed as these polishes retail for $7.99 RRP and this colour is so gorgeous but then you know how partial I am to blue.

I'll do a more in depth review post including the other 2 shades I received very soon. Spolier: best black crackle I have tried so far.

Jac x

Disclaimer: As stated above I received this polish to review but my words and opinions are as always my own.

NOTD: Zoya's Reece

This is a long overdue post that I promised to the lovely Jade when I mentioned this shade on twitter. Reece is a gorgeous, happy pink with golden shimmer. Zoya describe it as a "metallic rose duochrome. A frosty hint of gold creates a unique "oil-slick" rose-gold". I say who cares if it's rosey or pink - just sit back and enjoy her gorgeousness.

All pictures are taken with 2 coats in natural sunlight. I just love Zoya polishes (and I haven't even tapped into their reds yet which are what many people rave about with this brand).

I'll be on a family holiday until mid next week so I hope you all have a happy new year and I'll be sharing pictures via twitter and instagram if you are interested (I am chloeblue2005 on both so come and say hi).


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NOTD: China Glaze's Ruby Pumps

I'm not sure if I have mentioned on here previously that I hate hype. When something is "must have" and everyone is going bonkers over it I walk in the other direction as quickly as possible. It's fair to say that this polish has a lot of hype surrounding it and being that I am actually not a fan of red polish generally (I blame the 80s) I had very little interest in Ruby Pumps. I was also under the impression from swatches that this was a glitter. So
  1. I was wrong - this is not a glitter
  2. this is a very pretty polish - even when you aren't a fan of red.

This polish is a bit of a perfect storm:
  • China Glaze brushes and bottles are great.
  • The formula on this one is easy to apply and opaque in 2 coats.
  • It wears really well. Mine didn't chip for at least 3-4 days.
  • The shimmer particles you see in the bottle totally translate to the nail.

All pictures here are taken with 2 coats and no top coat in natural light (some in direct sunlight to show the flecks better)

So in summary - love this polish, it's worth every penny and it's a hyped product for good reason - it's gorgeous.


Thank you

When I did my first FOTD I was concerned that there was nothing I could add of value. My makeup is very natural/light partly due to my colouring and partly due to my comfort zone. However so many of you commented showing support so I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for that. It was very kind and reminded me of the many things I love about the blogging community - we're in this together. It's nice to feel part of something bigger sometimes.

More posts are coming - I just got delayed with work pressures and planning the renovation of my bathroom, laundry and toilet (due at the end of Jan 2012) and our outdoor veranda/pergola (due early Feb 2012).

Hope everyone had a great Christmas

Jac x

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My first FOTD featuring Face of Australia....

There aren't many reasons that will get me to put my face out there... in fact it took Face of Australia to release their illuminators to make me even want to try.  Oh god... am I really doing this... (scared!)