Sunday, 27 July 2014

Holiday Haul!

Hello nailistas!

As I'm writing this I'm sitting looking out at a cloudy sky and it's really just the pits. How is it July, people?! I'm also battling a serious case of jet lag (an 8 hour time difference is just excruciating!) and so I'm writing this as a means of trying to stop my eyes from closing. So, I guess what I'm saying is that if I randomly stop typing then tha... Zzzzzzz

Jokes! ;-)

So yes, as you might have guessed if you follow me on Instagram I've recently been across the pond to the ever-wonderful West Coast where it just seems to be sunny all the time, there are twenty cars to every person and there is iced coffee on tap. It's just real swell, I need to be there permanently, just so I could see this sort of thing on a daily basis:

Of course, one of my personal favourite things to do when I head Stateside is shopping. For anyone who hasn't shopped in both the UK and the US, let me tell you now, the difference is unreal, both price wise and in terms of the quality and quantity of things you can get your hands on. I feel like every time I go, I just end up going on a massive grabathon, literally buying anything that catches my attention because I know that I either won't be able to get it once I'm home or will inevitably have to pay more for it once I'm back. It's great, it's how I imagine rich people shop and for two weeks of the year I just let myself pretend!

Of course, nail polishes were at the top of my purchase list this year and I really didn't hold back. Last year I bought heaps of transfers and only a few polishes, whereas this year it was all about the polishes. In fact, I deliberately didn't take any polishes from home as I knew I'd need the space in my bag to bring back the new ones!

And so, without further ado, here is my holiday haul:

Not an overly interesting purchase, but I thought I'd give Nicole by O.P.I's High Shine Top Coat a try as I've not yet used any of their basic base and top coats. Usually I spend more on a good base coat and then just buy a super cheap top coat, so I'm interested to see how a slightly more expensive top coat compares to its cheaper counterparts!

My favourite finds were these polishes from Forever 21, especially the Shocking Pink neon polish! Luckily for me, they were having a 2 for 1 deal on polishes, so I also picked up the silver and turquoise glitter polishes along with the 'Sage' one. I don't normally wear neon polishes to be honest, in fact, this is one of the only neon polishes I own, but I saw someone wearing a neon colour whilst I was on holiday and thought it looked really nice and decided to just try it myself. I've ended up completely falling in love with it and will definitely be buying more in the future. They're great to wear in the summer, even better if you've got a tan! 

I also picked up my first O.P.I polishes. I've got a small collection of Nicole by O.P.I polishes slowly growing, but don't have any O.P.I lacquers...until now! I picked up Passion (NL H19) and Cajun Shrimp (NL L64). So far, I've tried Passion but am yet to try Cajun Shrimp, despite the fact that I think I actually prefer that one. I was impressed with Passion although, like most light/natural polishes, it took more than just two coats to fully cover the nail. Does anyone else find that with lighter/natural coloured polishes? It drives me insane!

On the other end of the price spectrum, I picked up these little light and lilac pink polishes from H&M. They came with a silver glitter polish in a cheap little set. I don't remember how much it cost, but I don't think it was more than $5 and I also don't remember where on earth I've put the glitter polish...UGH! >:( 

Here's my first Sinful Colors purchase; I went for Innocent (944). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure that you can get these polishes in the UK. If you can, please let me know where because I'd love to know as I've not seen them anywhere over here. This was on sale for $2 and whilst I'm not mad on the colour, I don't have any other polish that's even close to this shade and I thought it would make a good colour for detailing or perhaps a green gradient at some point. 

With green on my mind, I also picked up this Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in the colour I-rush Luck (445). The green polish that I currently own in a similar shade to this one is shimmer-based and as lovely as it is, it's not great for gradients as it clashes with the regular creme polishes, so I decided to pick this one up to be added to the collection.

Another Sally Hansen purchase I made was the Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Pixel Perfect. I have another polish with a similar finish to this one (Rimmel's 60 Second 'Sky High') but with it being turquoise-based, it doesn't go with as many colours as this one will. It's really lovely, such a nice twist on a glitter polish and the combo of the black and white looks really great! 

My final buy was this absolutely gorgeous 'Daisy Lane' floral polish by Nails Inc. I found it in Sephora for around $11, so it was my most expensive buy, but I think it's going to be totally worth it. I'm convinced it's going to look fabulous with both of my O.P.I polishes, so can't wait to try it out. This is also my first experience with Nails Inc, so I'm interested to see how it will look. 

I bought other things besides polishes, but being as this is a nail polish blog, I won't make this post any longer than it needs to be, but I just have to show this off as a token, non-nail polish purchase...

Is this not the cutest phone cover you've ever seen?! I quite honestly squeaked like a mouse when I saw it, I just had to have it!

So, are you guys off on vacation anywhere? Where are you going and what's your dream destination?