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Ritzy Glitzy Revlon – Nail Varnish Review

So yesterday I tried Reggae Splash from the Kate Moss Salon Pro Rimmel nail varnish collection and the colour was very nice and unique but without a separate base coat and top coat, the varnish itself does not live up to its claims of both of the base and top coat in one.  I had stopped painting my nails at 8:00 p.m.  I went into bed at 10:00 p.m. and this morning I woke up and they were completely smudged, imprinted and ultimately ruined!  I would have taken a picture and put on here but they were too messy, I was embarrassed to upload a picture of them.  Hence, less than 24 hours later, I took them off and tried something completely different taking a break from the Kate Moss collection.

***Note: next time I use Reggae Splash, I will incorporate my usual base and top coat, then I will let you all know what it is like and upload pictures.***

In the meantime, other than buying from Rimmel, this week I bought some new nail varnishes from Revlon.  I have tried these previously and have always been impressed (as long as a base coat and top coat are applied in the process!)  When I was at Boots I bought Siren, One Perfect Coral and Ritzy.  I had always wanted to get a coral, Siren was the mix of orange/red I was also looking for and Ritzy intrigued me.

My most recent purchases to my Revlon nail varnish collection.

My most recent purchases to my Revlon nail varnish collection.

So having a temporary break with my fascination with the Kate Moss colours, I indulged in my curiosity with Ritzy.  Continuing to be vigilant with my base and top coats I used Ritzy and with only two coats, I was ready to use my Seche Vite.  Usually black nail varnish on long nails does not work, kind of verging on The Addams Family Morticia style, but mixed with micro glitter particles and larger hexagonal glitter particles, it puts my long nails in the stylish territory.  That and I prefer my nails to be long.  The only times they are short is if I snap one and then I have to begrudgingly get out my nail scissors!

The brush is thin so it makes application more precise.  The fact that it only takes 2 coats is a plus, it is less of the product you are using and it makes the whole process quicker in comparison to 3 coats to reach opacity.  Although I am always dubious with nail varnish products claims on only needing 1 coat so 2 coats needed is the best for me.  Usually you would think that putting on a second coat the black would ruin the glitter particles already applied to the nail but I did not see that happening.  If anything, the second coat gave the nail more sparkle – you can never have too much sparkle!

And here is the finished product…..

Current nails with Ritzy applied - black with glitter.  Something different and edgy for spring.

Current nails with Ritzy applied – black with glitter. Something different and edgy for spring.

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Kate Moss Salon Pro Nail Varnish Review – Atheists LOVE Make Up Too!

The full range in all its glory - need need need!

The Kate Moss Salon Pro nail varnish range in all its glory – wonderful colours, consistency and results – need need need!

Today I want to talk make up.  I love make up, it makes me happy and when I go to work I feel naked without some foundation and blusher.  With that being said I am going to do a little review for you all because looking on Google, there are not that many reviews about the Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss nail varnishes.  I personally was not a fan of her lipstick range she brought out with Rimmel (I know that is quite shocking to say but I just was not).  Plus as well, I kind of found it a bit contradictory that she brought out her own line of lipsticks and she fronted a Dior Addict lipstick campaign around the same time.  Both the Dior and Rimmel lipsticks she fronted were completely different – preferring the Dior out of the two!

Anyways, onto the nail varnishes……I originally bought three nail varnishes:
1. Britpop (blue)
2. Punk Rock (light grey with purple tinge)
3. Rock and Roll (tomato red)

Now on the website itself it says “Hot shades fresh from the catwalk.  Up to 10 days chip-resistant colour with gel shine finish.  Precision maxi brush for salon perfection.”

I bought Britpop because blue is my favourite colour and I can never resist them in nail varnish form!  I bought the other two because I like those kinds of music……I am currently wearing Britpop with Rock and Roll and I was so impressed with them.  The consistency was not watery or too thick and I did not get any air bubbles with them.  The brush is reeeeeeaaaallllyyyy really beautiful!!  It made it so easy to apply the varnish and in record time too.  Literally, the colour you see in the bottle translates well onto the nail, the pigmentation in other words is a dream come true!

Being so impressed with what I had used so far, the following day I went to Superdrug and bought 4 more colours from the range.  I would have bought more but they did not have any others.  The other 4 I bought was Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, New Romantic and Reggae Splash.  I am really looking forward to trying Reggae Splash, it is an apricot type of colour and it is very unique to my collection.

****Please note:  I do not know how long this offer is going to be on for but if you spend over £10 on Rimmel products at Superdrug, you get a free Scandaleyes mascara (the orange tube – original version).  A free mascara is a free mascara!***

The advertisements online state that this nail varnish is base coat, colour and top coat all in one and lasts for 10 days without chipping.  To be fair, when nail varnish products boasts such claims I am ALWAYS very dubious.  Regardless of Rimmel’s claims, I would definately recommend a base coat for the darker colours of the range such as Rock and Roll to stop nail staining.  The finish of the varnish itself is very glossy – as if there was a top coat on top.  But again, to ensure maximum longevity, I would still recommend a top coat.
[To note I use OPI as a base coat and the famed Seche Vite for the top coat.  No matter what I buy as a top coat, I ALWAYS come back to Seche Vite.]

And so in conclusion, with there being in total 10 nail varnish colours in this range, I have 7 of them already and with what I have found with them already I am now on the hunt for the final three!

Blue colour is "Britpop" and the red colour is "Rock and Roll."
Current nails of the moment – Blue colour is “Britpop” and the red colour is “Rock and Roll.”
 

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Paint my Background an Atheistic Shade of Red

I have always been a make up fanatic/junkie.  Playing with my own make up and watching countless videos on You Tube it has always been a source of fascination that I can mess around with and be happy whether I end up looking like a model or in most cases end up looking like a mess.  The path to getting there will always be worth it.

Christmas 2012 was my make up dream, my partner spoilt me very much and reminded me how lucky I am to have him in my life.  I have not been able to stop using my presents since then.  I am starting to do make up trials for my mother’s wedding on myself.  I will be doing my mother’s make up on the day and so the make up trials on her will be starting very soon now.

In the meantime, I am experimenting on myself.  I know that I will be using the Karl Lagerfeld Mon Shu Red lipstick and also using the red nail varnish again from the same Shu Uemura range designed by Lagerfeld.  My mother bought them for me for Christmas alongside the bag with Mon Shu on it that she got for free for buying two products from the range.  ***I love that bag by the way, I have been using it for the past couple of weeks now even for work!***

Through this experimenting though I got to think about masks in general.  I do not have to hide my atheism that much in comparison to other people.  There are some countries where you would go to prison and worse if found out.  But I begin to wonder if I still do hide my atheism to a certain extent.  My partner loves me but prefers if I keep my non-belief to myself.  Whether its a notion of “well as long as he knows about my non belief” or the question of is he hampering my own freedom of expression?  Both are debatable.

I do wonder what response you the reader would provide in relation to the aforementioned…..are you happy to keep your atheism in the background when your partner knows about it but prefers it kept in the background or is that not good enough and you would want to express your atheism more fully and without it being hampered?

I know that I am happy with my atheism being in the background and him knowing about it.  I feel comfortable and I know I have other outlets for my atheistic ideas such as this blog here.  Is that good enough though…..should any relationship where non belief is in the background allow atheism to move forward from this background to be more integrated within it?  I am happy with the agreed status quo within my relationship but would you be?

I would even extend this to other relationships I have….my mother knows that I am an atheist.  Whenever she talks to me about it I give her my argument against the belief in god/religion.  In the end I get a response worse than “god works in mysterious ways” crap.  Instead I get the whole I am a lost cause and that I could never be persuaded otherwise to believe about a magical invisible man in the sky!

At work, on paper they know I am an atheist, when I filled out my job application they have that questionnaire at the end (most places of employment do these days) to make sure they are abiding alongside the whole “equal opportunities” stuff.  It will state in my file that I am atheist but without looking at my file they would be none the wiser so I wonder, based on natural assumptions, would a colleague look at you and think either a) you are a believer or b) you are an atheist?  I appreciate this question would have different answers based on your own geographical location and the various cultures within those locations.  But based on where you live in the world would it be answer A or answer B?

Do you choose to freely hide your atheism in the background or the opposite….are you forced to hide your non belief for fear of any violent response whether physical or mental?  If your answer is no to both then do you express your atheism in all areas of your life or just some?

I leave my atheism in the background in my relationship with my partner but then again, I choose to be very expressive with it with my friendships, my blog, Facebook statuses and if given the opportunity at work.  I say “given the opportunity” because the question of belief in religion or god does not materialise in my line of work.  It does not matter.  But if it did, then I suppose it depends.  If I knew I would not be put at a disadvantage by being discriminated against then I would be freely expressive, but if I knew it would hamper my career….I do not know.  I would like to say that would not matter but then again, if put in that position, I think I would be a weakling and be forced stay quiet as a result.  Would that make me a bad person to not be so steadfast alongside my principles if that was what I did in that situation?

This is hypothetical but I know that whether a response if from a real situation that has come about or you manufacture a response you think would result from a hypothetical situation, it allows me to learn more about myself and how I would handle myself in those situations either real or not.  Hence all the questions in this blog based on real and not real circumstances.  And if you have got this far in reading this blog entry, then firstly well done and secondly, if you have the time I would really appreciate your input in the comments section below.  I do read them all and its brilliant to learn from other perspectives.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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