Monday, 2 December 2013

Manic.Monday: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It's December and it's officially not just countdown to Christmas, but it's also winter time. Throughout this month you'll notice a theme to the Manic.Monday posts - they are all related to winter in one way or another and we start off with a real cracker (see what I did there...) from Nails Inc, it's the Kensington Church Street Snowflake Effect nail polish (£10.80). This is a limited edition polish, inspired by cold and beautiful snowy winter days. It's a clear polish with dense glitter and sequins in different shapes and sizes, that make your nails look as if they have a light dusting of newly fallen snow on them.
Since the polish is so rich in glitter and sequins, you could probably wear it on its own, if you build it up with several coats, but for me this should be used as a top coat over a base shade of your choice to really enhance the beautiful effect. In it's consistency it's exactly like the usual Nails Inc formula and it has an average sized brush of good quality. For glitter polishes this could normally be an issue since if the brush isn't wide enough you might end up with the glitter not being distributed very evenly. In this case, you don't have to worry about that since the polish is absolutely packed with the particles and you get an even coat without any effort - just like you would expect from a quality brand like Nails Inc.

The polish is very fast drying so if you wanted to use more than one coat for a thick, layered blizzard effect you can create that in less than 5 mins, however I find that just one coat is enough to create a lovely crisp frosty effect, and in the photos I've used only one coat of Snowflake on top of 2 coats of a base shade. Unlike a lot of effect polishes this will stand out even more if you use a high shine top coat, although I've chosen not to do that in the photos.

As you can see I've tested this using different base shades that I thought would be appropriate for winter, Christmas and parties using both plain opaque shades and metallics, and I really think it works equally well on all of them.
Kensington Church Street Snowflake effect - in artificial light
Kensington Church Street Snowflake effect - in natural light

Glitter polishes can be a complete nightmare to remove, and while this isn't super easy, it's not too bad either and personally I think that just using one coat of this makes removing it easier.

I can't think of anything more seasonal and it's so easy to create this stunning effect, and I'm planning on trying this next with silver and emerald green base shades. I know we're only 2 days into December, but I know already that this is going to be my favourite look for winter. You will find that it's sold out in the Nails Inc on line store, however you can find a Snowflake gift set at Look Fantastic and probably even in some Boots stores and Nails Inc nail bars. Don't give up the search though - this gorgeous polish is definitely worth it. 



76 comments:

  1. I love a glitter nail polish so pretty and wintery.

    mybeautysleuth x

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    1. For me this is just perfect for winter :). Xx

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  2. such a pretty nail colors ! happy December dear :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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    1. Happy December to you too - thanks a million! Xx

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  3. So so so cute ♥

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    1. I do like it and think it would look beautiful on most shades actually :o). Xx

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  4. This is amazing, so effective for something so simple. I'm not a massive Nails Inc fan because I can never get them to last more than a day without chipping, but the top coat won't be so bad I shouldn't think. I'm definitely investing in this! x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Ah, I see, well I hope this lasts longer and you could always add another top coat as well I guess :). Xx

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  5. Wow - amazing!
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  6. This is so pretty! I love it over the blue.
    Mia
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    1. I was going for that cool and crisp look and I'm quite happy with how it turned out :o). Xx

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  7. That looks lovely - agree with the poster above, it's gorgeous over the blue!
    Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

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  8. Ahhh...I am feeling all festive already. The extra snowy things make manicured nails look way prettier!

    Love,
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    1. Definitely, it's a simple but stunning effect :o). Xx

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  11. This is a lovely idea for nails! ^^
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  12. Such a beautiful top coat, very wintry and perfect for the Christmas period! x

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    1. Hiya Emma, I couldn't agree more - I love that powdery newly fallen snow look :o). Xx

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  13. That is so cool! Really want to get this now!

    theglamaddict.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Its stunning, I think I'm going to try it with every shade in my polish stash LOL Xx.

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  14. Perfect colors for this season like them all great post.
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  15. Oh wow! It is adorable! I would so love to have, it is like having little snowflakes on my nails- so cute! :)
    Thank you very much for sharing this nail polish, I would so love to get it!

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    1. It's wearable and easy to do, so definitely a favourite of mine :O). Xx

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  16. This polish is so festive! I love it over the gold and black nails the best.

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  18. This is so festive, I love it!! I love it over the gold polish and bet it would even look pretty over a white to add more texture!

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    1. Great suggestion, might try that next :o). Xx

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  19. I really like how this topcoat makes the nails look literally but now to shiny! The gold one is the prettiest combo :)
    xoxo
    -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

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    1. Thanks a million, I does bring out the gold I think :o). Xx

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  20. Oh this looks so wintery! I love how it completely transforms a normal base shade into something much more festive!

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    1. I agree, this is definitely my favourite for this season :o). Xx

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    1. That's so nice of you, thank you very much! Xx

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  22. Love it! So festive :)

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    1. Definitely - it'll be fun to experiment with other shades :o). Xx

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  24. Lovely effect! I really hope I find some snowflake effect polish soon!

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    1. Thank you so much - Illamasqua has something similar, although it's a bit more shimmery :o). Xx

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  25. Love this look- that snowflake effect is so pretty and seems to look lovely over any colour!
    Daniella x

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    1. Absolutely - the possibilities are endless :O). Xx

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  26. I heard about this nail polish and I can safely say that it is gorgeous! I'd wear this over frosty blue shades to create a snowy effect.

    I may have to snap this up for just over a tenner too. :P

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    1. I agree with you, I think it works well with a lot of shades, but over blue it gives that beautiful crisp and chilly effect :o). Xx

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  27. These nail designs are so perfect for the holidays!. I love the snow effect of it darling! Great job ♥

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  28. That is a really lovely nail varnish, I have seen so many glittery one's, but not snowy one's and it looks fac over the top of the other shades, such a great effect for the festive parties.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Paula at Beauty Lover

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  29. Wow, I need this nail polish, it looks amazing!

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  30. Such a pretty addition to any colour - I just love it! xx
    Hope you're well, Saida xx

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    1. Hiya Saida - keeping busy and out of trouble :o). Thank you so much, it's a lovely effect and I'd definitely recommend it :o). Xx

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  31. O my gosh this is the best glitter I have seen! I love this, more than I probably should haha!

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    1. LOL - completely understandable since it's LOVELY! Xx

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  32. Oh wow it looks so adorable with blue polish, looks so wintery! I definitely want to buy this! Great post doll :)

    Demi | Kiss & Makeup

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    1. Thanks a million, I like it best with blue as well :o). Xx

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  33. O my gosh that looks so pretty for christmas! Great post but I really want to buy it now aha!

    Alanah
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    1. Thanks a million - I take full responsibility :o). Xx

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  34. such a pretty nail colors ! happy December dear :)

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  35. I had no idea this polish existed!! Thanks for the review!
    Joelle
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    1. Very welcome, I hope you manage to get hold of it, because it's really stunning! Xx

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  36. NICE.....................I WANT TO BUY IT RIFHT NOW........ (!) :-)
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    1. I'm so happy with it, it's probably my favourite top coat at the moment :o). Xx

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