Thursday, May 17, 2012
Things I Did Not Know Before Moving To London
- Bedtime is 11PM weekdays
- Londoners really like to queue
- Some dog owners think that cleaning up after their hound means bagging its poo... and then leaving the bag on the pavement
- Catrice and Essence cosmetics are not available in the UK
It's just as well I didn't know about that last one before our move because it could have been a dealbreaker. Never mind that most Essence and Catrice stands in Ireland look like a tornado has blasted by them - so. messy! - these pocket-friendly brands do a great line in nail bits, limited edition collections, and beauty products that generally punch way above their price point. My very favourite matte bronzer is from Essence, and when I finished it several months ago I was on the blower to The Sister immediately, begging her to send me a new one.
So when we were in Tenerife and I espied a shop that stocked both brands, well, I lost the plot a little bit. One of the nail polishes I picked up was Essence Nude Glam polish in Café Olé, which is shot through with a holographic iridescence so subtle it's as good as invisible on the nail and only barely perceptible in the bottle. I used it as the base colour in this neutral mani which got compliments all over the shop when I wore it :)
I know the colours aren't exactly character appropriate, but it kind of reminds me of Minnie Mouse!
Orly Bonder base coat
Essence Nude Glam Café Olé
Red and black nail art pens
Seche Vite Top Coat