Friday, 12 April 2013

Back To Basics: My 'Go To' Polishes & Giveaway!

Hi ladies! I thought I would do something a little different today and show you my go to polishes, base and top coats. There's also going to be a little giveaway at the end, so enjoy!


When I came up with the idea for this post I wasn't really sure on the direction I wanted to take, I mean I could list my picks for every colour of Nail Polish and it's brother but that would just take too long! So I've got for the basics - base coat, top coat, a Black, a White, a Red and a Nude/Pink just because the majority of people will have those in their collection, whether it's large or small. 
This is a little bit of a long post, so I have added in a jump break!


Starting out with my base and top coat. I must admit, they do alternate every now and then when I venture into trying a new brand, however the ones I always seem to come back to are my Eye Candy London Gel Wrap Base and Top coat*. I love everything about them - they're inexpensive, good quality, make your manicure last FOREVER (seriously, I can wear a chip free manicure for almost a week!) and even keep that 'just painted' glossy finish. Although it's called 'Gel Wrap' it doesn't need to be cured under a UV light to work. You apply it just like any other base/top coat and remove it in the same way too! Another favourite base coat of mine for those naked days when you just want a bit of shine is OPI Nail Envy - that stuff is incredible for my otherwise weak/peeling nails!
Eye Candy London Gel Wrap Base and Top coat are available at Amazon.co.uk for £5 each as well as Sainsburys and Tesco stores nationwide!


Similar to my base/top coats, my Black polish changes around also, usually it's whichever one I grab first. However, the polish I most enjoy using/get the most wear out of is W7 - Black. This polish, if applied properly, is a one coater, it applies like butter and it's super glossy even without a top coat! It's also a really good polish for stamping with if you don't already own a stamping Black. Better yet, W7 retails for less than £2! Ah-maze-zing! You can usually find W7 on market stalls/cheap make-up shops etc, or it's available on line here.


Please excuse the messy swatch photo, it's an old one!
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know I use this polish for pretty much everything regarding nail art/base polishes.What is it? It's OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls! Although it's a greyed out White, it's barely noticeable and pretty much looks like your basic White polish. If you've ever tried painting your nails with a White polish, you'll know that they're SUUUPER streaky and quite frankly are a pain to work with not to mention you need about a million coats just to even things out. My Boyfriend Scales Walls isn't like that at all, it's an easy application and only requires 2/3 coats max. 
My Boyfriend Scales Walls was released as part of the limited edition Spiderman collection last year, but can still be found on eBay and various on line retailers. You can probably still find it in Beauty Supply Stores too!


For my Red, I have chosen China Glaze - City Siren from their Metro Collection. Although it's not what I would call a 'classic Red' it's still a gorgeous colour and would give that glamorous look to any outfit. As always with China Glaze, this polish applied like butter and after applying 2 coats, dried to a very glossy finish.
Like My Boyfriend Scales Walls, this polish can still be found on eBay and various on line retailers/beauty supply stores.


Lastly we have Nudes! For this I have chosen BarryM - Lychee*. Nudes are a funny one, because they will change depending on your skin tone, but for my almost vampyric coloured skin, Lychee suits me perfectly. Lychee is part of the Spring/Summer Gelly collection and can be found on line at BarryM or in Superdrug and Boots stores and on line for just £3.99 each!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post, I haven't really done anything like this before so I thought I would give it a try! Now for the best part....A GIVEAWAY!
Eye Candy London, have kindly asked me to give away the Gel Wrap System Base/Top coat combo that I mentioned above to one lucky winner! Unfortunately, due to the new Royal Mail rules, I can only send the giveaway prize to a UK resident. If you want to enter but do not live in the UK, you can, but you must have an address in the UK that will be willing to send it to you.
The giveaway will end on April 30th and the winner will be picked and notified within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. If the winner has not responded to the e-mail after 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win your own set of the Eye Candy Gel Wrap System, is fill in the form below!


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Products in this post marked with a (*) have been sent to me by the company or their PR team for my honest review.

50 comments:

  1. I would like to see more posts like this, and your go to nail care etc

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    1. I recently did a Nail Care routine post! You can see it here; http://www.polishedcriminails.com/2013/03/ask-british-blogger-my-nail-care-routine.html

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    1. I definitely plan on getting more indie swatches up soon! I have quite a collection now and they're not getting any love!

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  3. I do love posts like this! I know you swatch a lot but I love hearing about blogger favorites because it gives me a good idea of best brands to try.

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  4. Oops, I messed up! I'm not eligible--I'm in the US. Sorry!

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  5. This is a great post! It just confirms I "need" Lychee :) I would like to see a series of posts on your top 5 polishes of each colour family and I always want to see comparison posts :) Thanks for the giveaway xx

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  6. I love all swatches posts :)

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  7. I would def love more like this, maybe even some tutorials?

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway and I have city siren and Lychee already those are some good polishes. Lychee was surprisingly good against my skintone, didn't wash it out or anything :D

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  9. great post, like the recommendations :)

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  10. Goodness I hear good things about these Eye Candy Base and Top Coats!

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  11. I just want to say thank you for introducing me to that website. Cheaper China Glaze and OPI? Yes please! I'm in polish heaven!

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    1. No problem! I'm surprised it's so unknown it's been one of my go to websites for China Glaze for a while!

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  12. maybe some tutorials

    Lynsey Buchanan
    linz.1979@hotmail.co.uk

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  13. I find this type of post really great, recommending UK & your 'Go To' polishes. I like all nail care and dupes info. Lychee - here I come! Love your blog Rachel <3

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    1. Thanks Annie! I should definitely feature more UK brands on my blog since I am a Brit and I know the heartache of seeing a gorgeous polish from overseas and having a little cry inside!
      I think I'll have to do a Brit month!

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  14. I love my boyfriend scales walls! It is also my go-to white!

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  15. I love my boyfriend scales walls! It is also my go-to white!

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  16. Oooh I love the posts you currently do, maybe some more tutorials or fun quick nail art for impatient people like me? :D

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  17. I do love seeing posts about what types of nail products/polishes bloggers use, so yes, more would be cool!

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  18. I think you could easily do a theme of this-your go to of every colour perhaps. Like if you could only have one or two blue polishes which would you keep as most versatile etc. I like the idea =)

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  19. i love nail polish giveaways they can be mainstream or indies. Im not an Uk resident so i didn't enter the giveaway but i would like to know about the issues of royal mail, what issues does it have? i would be glad if someone explains me! thanks!

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  20. Yes please, more posts like these. Perhaps different versions of your best blue, your best green? Also best nail-care items, best matte polishes etc.

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  21. I would love to see more nail art <3

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  22. I think this type of post is great, love seeing anything "behind the scenes" like nail care, haul, storage, where nails are done type things as well as swatches and nail art

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  23. I'd love to see your fave of each colour!

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  24. Love seeing different opinions on products especially tops n base coats coz I'm very fussy with them! Often wondered what the w7 black was like l wasn't a fan of their metallics so avoided any other of their polishes!

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  25. Keep these posts up, like you I have more or less the same type of go to's ie black, white, base/top coats etc. And most of them are the same as yours!!

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  26. I'd love to see more nailcare posts or some tutorials :)

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  27. i love the name of your blog haha! I would love to see some more tutorial type things, like clean up, or handcare routine, or what you look for in a good polish?

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  28. Your swatches are great, so definitely keep that up, but I'd like to see more nail art. Simple stuff like tape stripes and dotting can be really fun, but isn't too crazy.

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  29. love your swatches. they always look great

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  30. Swatches, and some nail art, possibly with a post like this but for nail art, your go-to tools etc. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  31. I would like to see more about nail care. I paint my nails often and they become brittle. I am trying to find something that can give them nourishment.
    donovandiva61269@aol.com

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  32. I would love to see more about how to do a "perfect" manicure. Also I love comparison swatches. :)

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  33. brilliant blog, lovely to see 'cheaper' brands like w7 featured! and great to see a blog that's uk based :) x

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  34. I really liked this post, I don't think I actually own a plain black polish, and my white is pretty naff too!
    I like the idea of go-to nail art with tutorials/tools/inspiration :)

    Jesss xo

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  35. I actually prefer more Nail Art to plain nails, but I can never disagree with a giveaway!

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  36. I will look out for the base/top coats - unfortunately they are not in the Tesco I work in lol. Great post xx

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  37. I've recently bought lychee and I love, love, love it. I was concerned that it might wash me out but it looks gorgeous on! I've never tried a w7 polish, but I may do now after reading this :)

    I love seeing other peoples "go to's" :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. I always like to see what your "favorite" products are as well as upcoming "new and hot" polishes!!

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  39. I love reading these basic posts by nail bloggers, because they are so useful! Thank you!

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  40. I love seeing posts like these, its fresh to see what works for others when talking about the basics.

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  41. I just spotted Eye Candy London Gel Wrap Base and Top coat in the shops and was googling it for reviews and found your blog - would love to try it as I get chips after hours normally!

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  42. Yay! I'm the winner, have replied to your email x

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