Beauty Haul – Make-up, Haircare and Nails!

Beauty Haul Drugstore Haul MUA Toni and Guy haircare Collection 2000

I haven’t bought beauty products for a long time! My new years resolution was to not buy any products at all this year so aside from ‘consumables’ like cotton wool, deodorant toothpaste etc I have tried not to buy anything. This was so much harder than I anticipated so I have made a few allowances being the January sales – so back at the beginning of the year I bought some Rodial products (at 30% off – I just couldn’t pass that up), in the past few weeks I’ve bought some new products (because I had birthday money and it was a treat) and I will also have one shopping spree in the run up to Christmas as well to purchase some new seasonal colours. So if you want to see some new beauty items I bought recently just click the link below!


MUA Nail Polishes Reviewed

MUA nail polish selection review

I recently discovered these £1 nail polishes from MUA (Make Up Academy) in Superdrug. They’re great if you’re after seasonal nail varnish on a budget and come in a wide variety of colours. But I did wonder whether a £1 polish would pass the test as longevity, tip wear, ease of application and brush size are some of the issues I had previously heard about. I chose six colours from the range (because they were all so nice I couldn’t pick and for £1 each, I thought why not?!) and here are my thoughts on the shades I bought…
Shade 4 (all the polishes have numbers not names, a little bit confusing!) is a coral/orangey colour and one of my favourites for application. It has a cream finish and you could get away with only one coat of this for an all over opaque nail colour. I love this pretty colour and is one that I like best from the selection and is definitely worth it’s £1 price tag!
MUA Nail polish shade 4 coral orange
Next is shade 16, a bright pop of pink – almost Barbie pink but more of a grown up version! Again this is another cream colour and was easy to apply and quick to create an opaque colour on the nails.
MUA nail polish shade 16 barbie pink
Third up is a gorgeous bronze gold nail polish with a metallic finish in shade 10. This was the easiest one to apply and I liked the overall colour and this was my favourite from all six. I’ll definitely be wearing this one a lot!
MUA nail polish shade 10 bronze gold
I picked up shade 9, a creamy medium blue because I liked the idea of using this colour in nail art or for designs as I don’t usually like blue nail polish (just my personal preference as I don’t think it suits me) but I actually really like this! It was slightly less opaque than the other cream colours but again was easy to apply and the end result was nice. It might just have converted me into wearing a blue polish more often!
MUA nail polish shade 9 blue
I’ve been wanting to get a mint nail polish for some time (and to match my bargainous stripy summer dress for £3.60 which you can see in my summer fashion hual) and thought this looked quite promising. But I was very disappointed with this polish (shade 5) because it was streaky, not very pigmented and just seemed harder to apply than the other colours from the range. The colour shown in the photo is from three layers (and I don’t like having to apply more than one or two coats as it can take so long to dry!) but I think this might still need another coat to get an even coverage. It’s a shame as I really like the colour but I wasn’t impressed with this one, and looking at the bottle it doesn’t appear any different from the other colours so it was surprising how bad it was.
MUA nail polish shade 5 mint
Lastly I bought shade 15 which is a raspberry pink colour and another one I know I will wear often. Like the other cream colours it applied well and after a week of having this on my nails (two coats, no topcoat) I have no tip wear, chipping or flaking so I’m suitably impressed with the longevity of this one too.
MUA nail polish shade 15 raspberry pink
I would definitely recommend MUA nail colours as for £1 each it’s an easy to way to update your nail collection and the colours seem good quality and long wearing. Unfortunately it’s a bit trial and error on which colours work the best but I would definitely repurchase the metallic colour and will be looking at the others from the range.
What are your thoughts on the MUA range? What nail colours (MUA or not) will you be purchasing next?

Just another Mani Monday – OPI Extravagance

OPI Extravagance Designer Series Nail Polish swatch colour

This OPI nail polish sample came a few months ago in my June (possibly July?!) GlossyBox and I fell head over heels for it. Not only is it in a dinky little sample size bottle (3.75ml) which is perfect for trialling a new colour without the expense of a full size nail polish, but the colour ‘Extravagance‘ is just darling and full of sparkle!
OPI Extravagance Designer Series Nail Polish swatch colour
The colour Extravagance is from the OPI Designer Series, launched around three years ago, and is now a permanent colour in the OPI range (link). The quality of this polish is apparent as it only took one coat to get an even coverage of the colour across the nail.
OPI describe Extravagance as a “sparkling magenta”. It shimmers in the light and if you love purple nails, you’ll love this colour – it’s a polish that’s full of pink and purple tones with silver glitter running through it that glints in the light, giving a multi-tonal effect.
This polish makes me feel like my nails are neat, tidy and generally well finished, which can be a real confidence boost when you have nicely manicured nails and repeatedly see a bright ‘pop’ of colour. This is a great purple nail polish and see this being the perfect polish for the *Christmas* season- eeek, yes I said it! But it’s an equally pretty colour and wearable for the rest of the year.
Would you wear Extravagance? Have you checked out any other Designer OPI nail colours? What nail polish makes you feel ‘polished’?