13 June 2013

'All that glisters is not gold'- or is it?

Glamour Connection Nail Art Kit- £1 Asda

So me and my family have a problem and that problem is Asda (if your reading this in America then Asda is owned by Walmart). Both at home and in the big city I live ridiculously close to the place.This for me is like an alcoholic living above a bar! Expensive and rather dangerous for my health!

Now back to this little habit in my family. Well we frequent Asda on a daily basis. Yep, no word of a lie we are addicted to the place. We do the weekly shop, have more then enough food, yet still we can't resist that neon green sign.

So It makes sense that I've tried a lot of products from Asda seen as I practically live there (honestly we should have shares) I've talked about the powder before 'inside my everyday make-up bag' post however I also have a love of their nail varnishes. I think they are around the £1 to £1.50 range and yes the less opaque ones take a few layers however I have a pale lilac that is simply stunning after just one coat, dries easy and stays put. And really what more do you want for a run of the mill no thrills attached nail varnish?

So I was in my local store the other day (which sadly has no make-up or nail varnish section, I know total nightmare!)and as I casually strolled by the £1 section having a sneaky browse as I went, like a magpie drawn to the light something glistening caught my eye.

My retina's zoned in closer, my super senses stood on end and ding,ding,ding I hit the jackpot. Oh yes my friends it was what I thought a nail gem kit in the £1 sections. I rushed over a little too excitedly, elbowing my way past overly excited little girls swarming around it like seagulls after scraps. Out went my dreadfully chipped manicured hand and snatched the treasure from their sticky hands! (OK so that's not exactly how it happened and I promise no children were harmed in the making of this post).

With my new found purchase safely tucked away in my bag I went home and of course immediately tested it out.

Inside the kit there are 16 little pouches of gems ranging from simple studs to squares, hearts, stars and much more, in many different colours. A tool to apply the gems, a cuticle stick and a top coat. Now the packets are quite small but I can see this pack lasting me quite a while. My one downfall with the kit is the Top coat, more on that later.

So the first time although I liked the design and pattern I chose was really a bit of a fail, however after some trial and error I have now figured out some rules:
  1. Take it each nail at a time.
  2. If you can- use only one coat of nail varnish (I learnt that too many and the gem will slide and move).
  3. Place gem on nail when still wet as this will be the 'glue'that sticks the gem to the actual nail.
  4. Take the gems and equipment you need out of the box before painting any nails (yes I'm an idiot).
  5. Try to get the gem in the right place first time.
  6. Once in place press the gem down gently to secure it.
  7. Use two coats of top coat to secure. Too little and it won't stay, too much and your heading for sticky nails for the rest of the day.

MUA nail polish (shade 5), Asda Nail polish (shade 34 Pastel Purple)

For my first look I went for these darling little droplet shaped gems for my accent nail and seen as they were in such a cute baby pink shade I just had to pair them with my favourite pastel purple polish also from Asda. I then added some simple 'diamond' style gems in silver and turquoise to create a sort of semi circle design. Then i couldn't resist a bit more 'bling' so i added a strip of the same gems down my second accent nail in the same pastel shade. To add an extra pop of colour to the look I painted the rest of my nails in this pastel green from the MUA £1 range.

As this was my first time using the gems it was definitely a case of guess and hope for the best. Unfortunately i guessed and it didn't particularly work for the best. I painted all my nails in two coats before applying the gems so needless to say my nails had already dried a little which made sticking the nails a little tricky. I also forgot to actually open the packaging before painting my nails, hmm tricky very tricky. After a pretty epic struggle, a few choice swear words and some rather inventive use of a fork i had lying around (random but just the sort of girl I am, you never know when you might need a fork) and i finally managed to break these bad boys free.

My next big mistake was trusting the supposedly 'salon quality' top coat. I added three coats of this and trust me it would just NOT dry! I painted my nails at around 8ish and didn't go to sleep untill the very early hours (thank you insomnia) yet when i woke the next morning they my nails had done that rather annoying imprint thing from were i'd had my hands under my pillow and some of the gems had moved. Also it seemed as if the top coat was actually disintergrating the polish as throughout the day it was getting more and more translucent and patchy.

They still had not dried propaly by the time i finished work the next day at 8pm so thats 24hrs and still they were tacky. I definitly suggest investing in a good top coat.

H&M Nail Polish ( Nerd )- This stuff smells like Baileys! Yummy ( i do not recomend drinking your nail varnish though) >.<

So before I wrote this review I wanted to test out another way of using the gems to give a more honest opinion. Heavily Inspired by Jenn from Clothes Encounters latest youtube video(check her out she's pretty awesome)I decided to go for this more delicate design keeping the polish subtle with this beautiful nude colour by H&M and adding a single plain gem to the bottom centre of my nail.

This time i took it one nail at a time, using one coat then letting it dry a tiny bit so it's tacky yet not runny so the gem had a base to stick to. Then pressing down lightly with the application tool to really secure it in place. I then added two coats of Barry M's Topcoat.

This time it worked like a charm and the gems (well almost all i had an unfortunate incident with one of them on the way to work) have  stuck in place for the last 2 days.

Left to Right- Jessica Reward Basecoat, Asda Nail Polish ( shade 34- Pastel Purple), MUA Nail Polish (shade 5), H&M Nail Polish ( Nerd), Jessica Brillance- high gloss in a flash. (also used Barry M Basecoat and Topcoat for nails)
Overall I'm rather impressed by these gem's, putting aside the dreadful mutant nail varnish disintergrating top coat.  For £1 I didn't really believe the 'salon quality' tag however I must say that now i know what I'm doing these gem's are a complete bargain and perfect for anyone whose just getting into nail art and doesn't want to spend a bomb on tools.

Sorry this post has ended up being so long. I hope i didn't bore you too much and that you actually enjoyed this review as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know if so and i will make some more reviews for you all in the future. Also let me know in the comments if you have any requests for reviews or anything else for that matter. Why not show me your nail art designs? And let me know if you get this kit. I love hearing from you guys. 

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P.s. If any of you share my addiction/love of Asda please let me know in the comments below so I know I'm not a freak! >.<


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