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You may remember that at the beginning of January I swatched and reviewed a gorgeous glitter varnish from GOSH’s Frosted Sand collection, called ‘Frosted Purple‘. Well, it officially became one of my favourite varnishes of all time, and I couldn’t wait to add more frosted shades to my collection. In particular I was trying to get hold of ‘Frosted Plum’, but the only bottle in my local Superdrug for months was a damaged one. Then, earlier this week, I noticed that they had a few more in stock, and luckily for me all of GOSH’s varnishes were on offer for £1.99 each! Obviously I bought it straight away and applied it when I got home, so today I thought I’d share the swatches with you.
Like its purple counterpart, ‘Frosted Plum’ is a pleasure to apply, looks opaque in just one coat (although I applied two), and dries really quickly. It’s also rather hard-wearing, and stays put for a good few days without chipping, even without a base or top coat.
The best thing about it though is the colour. The base shade, as you’d expect, is a beautiful deep plum purple, but throughout it are flecks of gold, bronze and bright pink, which give it a brilliant depth. It looks absolutely amazing in the sun, and even indoors it still looks impressive. The glitter in this one is a lot more consistently sized than in ‘Frosted Purple’, and I think it looks a bit like a caviar manicure.
I’ll stand by my previous statement that GOSH’s Frosted Sand glitters are honestly the best glitters I’ve tried, and I will continue to add to my collection! I have my eye on a couple of their spring pastel shades, ‘Soft Blue’ and ‘Soft Green’, which are also currently £1.99 in Superdrug (reduced from £3.99).
Will you be buying any of GOSH’s frosted glitters?
Earlier this week I nipped into Superdrug whilst shopping with my mum, and whilst browsing the make up stands I spotted this gorgeous nail varnish by GOSH. Most GOSH varnishes usually retail for £3.99 each, but the range of ‘Frosted Sand’ glitters, which are very similar to OPI’s Liquid Sand collection, are currently discounted to £1.99. I was instantly drawn to this shade, ‘Frosted Purple‘, as the colour looked incredible in the bottle, so I snapped it up and couldn’t wait to get it home to try it out.
‘Frosted Purple’ is a simply beautiful colour, and is neutral enough to wear with just about anything. It’s a dark silver tone with a lilac tinge, and consists of two sizes of glitter – a very fine micro glitter, with larger flecks throughout. The varnish dries matte, which is quite unusual for a glitter varnish in my experience, and is textured like ‘frosted sand’. It feels slightly rough to the touch, but I’ve used far rougher glitters in the past.
Now, I know this is a bold statement to make, but I think this varnish is the best glitter varnish that I have ever owned/tried. It even beats my trusty favourite brands, Barry M and Models Own. Most glitters need layers and layers for full coverage, but not this one. My swatches show the coverage after just one coat. That’s right, ONE COAT! And it really doesn’t need any more than that, as it’s completely opaque. The formula is lovely too – very smooth and not at all gloopy, so you can actually brush it on (the brush is nice and wide, yay) rather than dab it on, as is usually required with glitters. It also dries very quickly for a glitter.
In terms of hardiness, I’ve been wearing ‘Frosted Purple’ for three days now, and the tips of my nails are just starting to show signs of wear. There are no chips or anything though. I can tell it’s going to be a pain to remove as it has the same texture as Models Own ‘Northern Lights’ and ‘Southern Lights’ which are really tough to get off, but it’s a small price to pay for such a high quality glitter.
EDIT: I was wrong! The varnish was actually really easy to remove with a normal nail varnish remover, and it barely took any soaking or rubbing to get it to budge. I’m very, very impressed.
I spotted four shades in the ‘Frosted Sand’ range, all of which are Toluene-free and Formaldehyde-free. ‘Frosted Silver’, ‘Frosted Gold’, ‘Frosted Purple’, and ‘Frosted Plum’, which I think is a new addition, and is next on my nail varnish shopping list! Will you be trying any? If so, get on down to Superdrug quick to take advantage of the £1.99 offer!
Firstly, let me apologise for not blogging much over the last few days. I started my new job as an Academic Support Worker this week and I am really enjoying it so far, but I am still getting used to the new routine of very early mornings and busy days! As such, I have been far too tired and have had very little time to post anything, but hopefully once everything settles down I will be back to blogging every day.
So, today I thought I would ease myself back in to the blogosphere with a simple Nail of the Day, namely, 562 Magic Star by GOSH.
I picked this varnish up a couple of weeks ago from Superdrug with the intention of using it as a top coat. I spotted it in the bargain bin for 99p and I couldn’t say no to that, and I’m glad that I didn’t! The varnish itself is clear but is densely packed with lots and lots of very fine glitter. Like most of GOSH’s varnishes, Magic Star has a nice formula which isn’t too thick or too thin, and comes with a nice sized, good quality brush so application is really easy and smooth. It also dries impressively quickly, which is always a winner in my eyes as I get SO bored of waiting for nail varnish to dry!
Though I love glitter varnishes I don’t actually wear them that often because, as I’m sure you all know, they are a real pain to remove, especially when the glitter flakes are large and coarse as they rip the cotton wool to shreds, and can also damage your nails! However, because the glitter in this varnish is so fine it can be removed effortlessly and in seconds with a normal nail varnish remover, which is great as it means you can have beautiful, twinkly nails without the trouble of having to spend hours taking it off!
As you can see, the glitter is absolutely stunning! It predominantly contains blue, green and orange coloured flakes, but in some lights you can see pink and purple in there too. I think the combination of these almost-pastel shades just looks so cute and adds a little bit of fun to bare nails, but it looks especially lovely over a bright colour, as with the above look. I applied two coats of Magic Star over MUA’s Frozen Yoghurt and I think it looks so pretty! My sister said earlier that it looks like a glittery pencil she used to have as a child, which looked a bit like this haha. I’d say Magic Star is quite an apt name too, as the glitter really does look like a scattering of stars.
The varnish works amazingly well as a strong top coat too. It’s very hardy so it can take a few knocks and will stay on for days before chipping.
Overall, GOSH’s Magic Star is a versatile and extremely gorgeous varnish which I am very pleased that I own, especially as it only cost 99p! If you’re lucky (and quick!) you might also find this in your local Superdrug’s bargain bin, but full-price GOSH nail varnish still only costs around £5.00, which is great value for money considering the quality.
What do you think of Magic Star?
Over the last couple of months I have been noticing the growing trend for ‘Flakie’ nail varnish. All the Flakie swatches I’ve seen have all looked beautiful, and I recently spent a good while online and in shops looking for my very own Flakie, but I could not find any anywhere! I had just about given up on my search when out of the blue I spotted this GOSH 546 Rainbow nail varnish in a blog sale, used once, for just £2! As you can imagine, I snapped it up (along with a £5 MAC Eyeshadow, which I’ll review at a later date) and it arrived in the post this morning.
The first thing I did when I received this was Google it… I wanted to know whether GOSH still make/sell Rainbow, and from what I can see they don’t! In fact, I could only find a few of these online, and every one of them said it was rare. I found one site selling a bottle this size for £42, and one on eBay which is currently at $12, but that’s it. Needless to say I got a very good bargain at £2.
My research taught me that Flakies work best over dark nail varnish. Since it is a clear varnish with the flakes suspended in it, I painted one coat of GOSH Rainbow as a top coat over two coats of No7 Violetta. The varnish is a great consistency and packed full of flakes so you get a fairly even spread. I’m also really impressed with the quality of the brush, and though the varnish takes a little longer to dry than most top coats, it is well worth the wait. Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the final result…
Just look how pretty it is! I really can’t get over how absolutely stunning I find the Flakie look. In both natural and unnatural light, the flakes shine bright in firey oranges and reds, and at some angles (as you can see below) the flakes turn gold and green. I can’t stop staring at my nails. I think the effect looks a bit like dichroic glass or peacock ore.
Though it may not be for everyone (my mum isn’t impressed with this look at all), I am completely in love with GOSH Rainbow and the Flakie look in general, and it’s made all the better because I got a bargain! It looks like gold dust, and it’s as hard to find as gold dust, so I’ll be using this sparingly and saving it for best so it doesn’t run out!
What do you think – do you like the Flakie look or not?