July 6, 2012

Nail art accessories & nail polishes I regret buying.

I am a complete impulse buyer when it comes to buying nail polish. I see a colour that I like and I pick up five extras along with it. I just can't help myself! I love painting my nails and I hate them being bare. I also love nail art, so I buy an endless list of accessories for  decorating my nails. I end up buying way too much and it ends up in the back of my drawer somewhere. In all fairness, most of the nail polishes I have are brilliant and there's only a very, little few that I regret buying. It's quite a long post, so grab your bag of popcorn and take your time! :)

Nail Art - Saffron #04 (Pink) & #06 (Green)

I bought two of these nail art polishes in a shop in Dublin called 'La Chica', in the Ilac Centre.

It's a fabulous shop, with discounted beauty items, a lot cheaper than the exact same products in Boots or other drugstores.
Anyways the reason I don't like these nail art polishes, is because they are very transparent over some base colours, which is really annoying because the brushes on them are so long, (which is also annoying), you can't go over the same line again. Not perfectly anyways. It also strips the nail polish from underneath off. If you chip the nail art polish, that will come off but so will the base colour.
They were only €2 though, so it wasn't too bad. I'm sure I'll get some use out of these!

La Femme Beauty Nail Varnish #132 Ultra Pink 

Yes, these two nail polishes were the same colour at one stage! The left one was in a box, which I thought was an okay place to leave your nail polish. Am I wrong? Is it bad to leave it in boxes? Yet the one to the right has also faded quite a lot. But anyways this nail polish is so thick! It takes ages to dry, from what I can remember because I ain't risking putting it on my nails and having it drip all over the place. I used to love the colours because I was fascinated with bright pinks. They also have a really strong smell compared to other nail polishes.
I actually bought these in Spain for €3 each. I'm glad I didn't pay much more for them or I would have been very disappointed. Anyways, seeing as it was in Spain, if you go there and see lots of nail polishes beware of La Femme!

Claires Superspeed Nail Polish (Black) & YES L♥VE #181

So I don't know the Claires nail polish number as this bottle actually exploded on me, but it's the only black one so you should be able to find it. I was so annoyed! It went over lots of my nail polishes and as you can see, the gone off pink above was affected by this! Haha. The brush design is ridiculous, it's way too big and the shape makes it hard to paint near your cuticles. It also takes a very, very long time to dry. You need two coats of it as well as it leaves sort of, I would say streaks, on your nails.
The second one, on the right, is a great nail polish and the only reason I regret buying it is because of the colour.
It's my own fault for not checking what colour it was at the time, I seen it and straight away thought it was a black colour. It does look black, doesn't it? >>
But don't be fooled by #181. It's navy. Not black at all!
I really can't remember the price of these polishes but I would say around the €3 mark.

Hairspray's Nail Polish #S156

I love this nail polish colour, from the bottle. But it is definitely not that colour on your nails. It's literally like water when you put it on. I don't know how many coats I used until I got it opaque. Even then it was just too thick and disgusting. Which is really annoying because I really adore this colour. It's so pretty and girly! As is the bottle, is small and cute and the font is pretty and the butterfly, aww!
I'm really annoyed over this nail polish as I was so excited to try it and wear it but it won't be happening I'm afraid.
I think this was also around the €3 mark!
I might try some different colours in the future,. I do hope it's only this colour that is so watery. But as of now I don't think this polish is for me.

Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails - Xtreme Wear #21 White On

I have always wanted a proper white nail polish, and I thought Sally Hansen would be the one! Unfortunately, it wasn't. It is white and very white at that. The only problem I found with this nail polish is that, while on your nails, it turns yellow after a while! Even with a top coat. I don't know how. Maybe when it dries in it just isn't as white as it was when it was wet? I really don't know. But I was so disappointed with this polish. I really wanted to do some designs but I don't want a gone of white as a base colour. It's also gotten a bit thick over the weeks and harder to apply than other polishes from this brand. I think this was €5.
Does anyone know any good white polishes I can try out?

Essence - Nail Art Magnetics #01 Miracle Shine & the magnet

While on holidays I seen two Essence stands. Yes, two! One was full of make up and the other nail polishes and nail art accessories. I heard a lot a people ranting and raving about the new magnetic nail polishes and I just had to try it for myself. The magnet was around €3 and the polish was around €2.
I was so excited to try this out! But, I was very let down with this product. The nail polish itself is a beautiful colour so that's not too bad. But that magnet and the little magnetic things in the polish, just don't work!
I'm warning you not to buy this as it's brutal & I also found that the little faint lines that it did make, faded after a few seconds to basically nothing.
My friend bought a magnetic nail polish in 'La Chica', the magnet was included in the box & it was around €6 but I have to say, I tried hers and it was amazing compared to this.

Essence - Nail Art - Stampy Set.

I also bought the nail art stamper and at first when I tried this, I thought it was great.. but I realized after the first few goes it wasn't working and I was imagining things. They recommend that you buy the stamp art polish to go with this but I never did. I wish I did though just to try it out and see if it really helps. I will try find it in the future and re-try this stamper set.
Have you tried this before, did it work?

So that was quite a long post and if you're reading this now, thanks a million for reading it all! Let me know if you've tried any of these polishes and how you got on with them!
Also let me know if you want some pictures of these polishes tried out on my nails or anything of the sort. Leave any comments, suggestions or questions below! x


  1. The barry M white polish isn't bad. Its so hard to find good white polishes though! x

    1. I agree, they're so hard to come across! I'm going to have to try the Barry M one! x

  2. For the stamp set you really do need the nail varnish to go with it! They are really thick so they stay on the plate, I've got one and it's useless with normal nail varnish :( I think the really advanced stampers can do it but for beginners I definitely recommend getting a stamping polish! xx

    1. Oh do you? I'll have to get it so. Well I'll have to find it first, can't find it anywhere around Dublin, though I haven't really been looking out for it.
      Thanks so much for letting me know!! :) xx

  3. I will have to make sure I stay clear of all of these nail polish brands! I have tried Sally Hansen's polishes before and ive never been too impressed!

    1. I agree, they actually stain your nails too. I have a blue one and it's gorgeous on, but when you take it off your nails are yellow.. So ten base coats and THEN the blue haha, too much effort for me to be honest! :P

  4. I'm a nail art love. I just found out your blog and I really love it so I'm following you now!

    It would be super nice if you could check out my blog and follow me if you like it too :) I post about a lot of things and also my nailart work so Its cool to exchange opinions with other bloggers! Just tell me what you think :)

    hope to see you arround www.andreateira.blogspot.com

    1. Me too, I have a lot of passion for it. I spend a lot of time trying out new things on my nails!

      Sure I'll have a look! :)

  5. Cute blog :) saw you on bbloggers twitter and iv started following :)
    Maddie xox

    1. Thank you, you too! :) I've followed you back as well :)

  6. It's such a shame when you think you'll love a polish and it ends up disappointing you. I generally try and swatch a nail in the shop before picking one up now!

    I found you through BBU Blog Hop :)


  7. Haha I have a couple of nail art things I don't know what I'm going to do with! But...I do LOVE stamping on my nails! I honestly wish I could find that essence plate here in good 'ol Indiana in the US... or online somewhere! I'm heartbreakingly in love the scribble heart design! If you use a non-glitter polish that covers your nails in 1-2 coats and you work quickly, you actually shouldn't need any specific polish. I never have used it! They are just more opaque and easier to work with! Check out Konad and Bundle Monster plates too!

  8. Also, I've heard great reviews about Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri "Whirlwind White". It's a fast dry, covers evenly, and is even good for stamping! But you have to keep an eye out for it because not many places carry it!


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