04/12/2012

Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar Opening - Day One!



Mavala Nail Varnish in 'Rouge Rubis'

First and foremost, you'll have to excuse my awful nail beds and cuticles (it is winter after all, and I will use this as an excuse and not blame it on my laziness!) But here we have the first product in my amazing advent calendar. Having already seen it a couple of days prior to the 1st of December on Louise's channel (sprinkleofglitter), you would assume that it would have been a massive anti-climax for me. Although I may not have shown it whilst opening it live on my YouTube channel, after having a play around with it, I started to really fall in love with it. 
Despite the adorable packaging, which was enough for me to like it (I'm easily impressed), with its dinky little box and stuck on plastic angel wings which you could also use as a tree decoration, it was the nail varnish itself which really impressed me. I've never tried a Mavala nail varnish before, but have always been keen to. It's one of those brands which I now consider as a little hidden treasure. In the UK we have a lot of nail varnish brands from OPI, to Essie, to Models Own, but you never really hear of many people talking about Mavala, but I think this needs to change! 
When I applied the first coat, as most red nail varnishes do, it painted on as a sort of cherry red, but it is most definitely buildable, which I quite like. This first 'cherry red' colour was very pigmented in itself so you could just leave it at that, or you could build it up like I did. I think I did 3 coats to achieve the pictured red, yet it didn't dry gloopily. 'Rouge rubis' which translates as red ruby in french is pretty spot on as the glitter in the nail varnish is very, very fine but there's lots of it which I've never had in a nail varnish. I've had it on for 2 days now and it hasn't chipped, I also don't want to take it off! Fact is I really, really like it and it's a lovely, christmassy play on a very classic nail varnish.

Watch my Day One Opening here:


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