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      03.12.2012 10:50
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      Lovely nail varnisha nd colours, worth buying

      I recently found on eBay a range of nail varnishes called Arabian Glow speed dry. I have never really been impressed with the speed dry brands before but the colours available seemed very sunny and great for the summer, so I bought them purely for the colours rather than how quickly they dried.

      I bought Beach Glow and Coral Sands and not only loved the colours; I loved the £2 price tag. They arrived in their gold boxes and after unwrapping them, noticed the same lovely sunny shade of gold is used on the lid of the nail varnish too. The brush is a good size and the varnish was a nice consistency. The colour was very bright and sunny and went on the nails well and didn't leave brush stroke marks. Coverage was good, I put on two coats more false of habit than for necessity. The varnish stays on well and doesn't peel easily. Removal, again easy no great problems with nail varnish remover.

      The dury is still out on the speed dry issue, I am not sure it dries any quicker than any normal nail varnish, I like to make sure they are definitely dry before doing anything, so they don't chip/smudge or mark while drying. I checked the varnish and found it tacky quicker I guess but it still took a little while to get from the tacky stage to completely dry. As I said before, I didn't buy this for its ability to dry quicker than normal varnishes so this wasn't a bad factor for me. The nail varnish speaks for itself and sells itself so I would recommend it for this reason.

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      19.07.2011 22:19

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      I don't think that this product is worth what it costs and wasn't very impressed.

      I have tried out loads of nail polishes, and by this Avon Arabian Glow Speed Dry one, I wasn't too impressed.
      This nail polish is pretty expensive compared to a lot of others on the market, and compared to these other ones, I don't think that this one is as good, and I personally wouldn't say it was worth the money it costs.
      The name of this product implies that it is a fast drying nail polish, but I found that it wasn't. Mine took about 10 to 15 minutes to dry, which I think may be because of the texture of it, which I found really gloopy. Due to the thick texture, the polish was also pretty hard to apply because it didn't spread on my nails very easily, especially round the edges, where it over ran.
      Once applied, the polish chipped really easily, and only managed to stay looking nice for a few days.
      The only positive thing which I liked about this product is the colour, which did in fairness, look really nice.

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      28.01.2011 11:57
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      Good for summer, going out or everyday wear, just make sure you have the time to wait for it to dry!

      I bought Avon's Arabian Glow Speed Dry Nail Enamel as part of a deal on their Arabian range including the Multistylo (see my other reviews). Avon no longer offer this nail varnish, however their usual nail varnish's cost £3.00 during sales and normally sell at £6.00.

      Packaging

      The nail varnish is in a clear glass bottle, so the product is easy to see inside, with its gold-peach colourings. The lid is made of the same brown/bronze plastic that Avon use for most of this range. The top of the lid is crowned by a gold plastuc circle with the Avon 'A' logo upon it, and on the front of the glass bottle is the Avon logo, the title of the product and the amount inside the bottle (12ml). There is no ingredients list on the bottle or even a shelf life. The brush inside is long and thin and is easy to use when applying your nail varnish, and the thinness really helps stop spillage over the nail onto the skin.

      The Enamel

      As with all nail varnishes this one smells strongly of acetone and the other chemicals they put in them. However this is definitely worth it for the beautiful shimmery peach-pink-gold-bronze combo you get in this product! It will shimmer between these colours in different lights, and at different angles, which makes it great for a variety of outfits, and even for every day wear as it blends well into skintone if you only apply one coat. This varnish really does need two coats though, if you want the full blast of colour, and it takes an awfully long time to dry. I love nail varnishes and have tried loads in the past (and still own tons!) and for a product that boasts speed drying I'm afraid it falls a good half an hour short of 'speedy'. Personally I think its worth the wait, as it lasts and wears well - I've rarely had it chip unless doing serious manual labour - and it looks great on. Its also easy to top up if it does chip because the colour all blends together rather than showing up little darker/lighter bits from where you've patched it. One last thing about this enamel is that it does need a really good shake beforehand, and it has a ball inside to help with that. Otherwise the varnish will be runny and the colours won't have mixed together as well as they should.

      Overall I would say this is a really good nail enamel, because of the colour and length of wear time, but I'll rate it down at 4 stars because of the overly long drying time.

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      04.06.2010 19:08
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      Not worth the hassle

      I have tried many nail varnishes in my time, but sadly I have to say this isn't one of the greatest. If it wasn't for the lovely colour I would of thrown it out a while ago.
      This nail varnish cost £3, on offer but I think it's normal price was something like £5.
      It chips very easily, and although it says speed dry on the bottle I would personally say from my experience it is very slow at drying.
      I bought it in the shade coral reef, I have a thing for coral, i just really love the colour. I find with this nail varnish you have to apply two coats as the first one looks very transparent and not quite right, but the second gives a lovely rich, sparkling coral colour which rolls in the compliments from friends.
      Although the colour is a rare and beautiful one, the nail varnish is just too lousy and to be totally honest, not worth it.

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      29.04.2010 15:32
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      A lovely shimmering summery nail enamel.

      Buying nail polish is not something I do very often as I don't paint my nails very often apart from when I am going out somewhere special or on holiday. I do try to look after my nails however, and don't like to grow them too long as then they irritate me.

      In the summer months I make more of an effort and I do try to find time to use nail polish more often, as I particularly like to paint my toe nails when wearing sandals and flip flops. This is what led to me purchasing Avon's Arabian Glow speed dry nail enamel.

      I was browsing through the Avon catalogue last year and the Arabian glow nail enamel caught my eye. With my summer holiday fast approaching, the shimmering bronzed shades looked ideal to compliment the sun tan I was hoping to get!

      I purchased a shade called Turkish Delight which was a shimmering mix of bronze, coral and pink, depending which way it caught the light. I loved the shade and recently went back to purchase more, only to discover the shades have been changed and it would appear Turkish Delight has been discontinued. Typical!

      Instead, I ordered a shade called Coral Sands and hoped it would be similar as it is often hard to judge exact shades when looking at them in a brochure on a little chart.
      When it arrived, I was disappointed to find it was more of a pink shade with a coral tinge. I wasn't keen at all and instead went back and ordered another shade called Gold Luster.

      This time I was satisfied. Although it is not as nice as Turkish Delight was, it is an ok substitute, giving off a shimmering golden bronze colour.

      The nail polish comes in a standard bottle with bronze coloured lid and box, giving the impression of hot summer days.
      The brush applicator seemed of standard quality too. Not too thick, nor too thin.

      Arabian glow nail enamel is also advertised as speed dry, which is great for impatient people like myself, but to be honest, I can't say I noticed it drying any quicker than any other nail polish I have used.

      Applying it was fairly easy. The consistency was decent enough to be able to apply without it looking too thin and one coat was enough for me. I was pleased about this as I do not find it easy to apply nail polish to my right hand! My left hand is not as steady as my right.
      If you do wish to apply a second coat however, then you are advised to wait 60 seconds before doing so.
      I am pleased to report also, that there were no brush strokes visible.

      Durability of course is an important factor too when wearing nail polish and this is one of the reasons why I don't wear it on my nails all the time, as I find it a tedious task removing chipped nail polish and applying fresh.
      After 3 days, the nail polish began to show signs of wear and began to chip, which to be honest, whilst it isn't the longest lasting nail poilsh I have used, it is certainly not the shortest.
      Therefore based on my experience I would say this nail polish has average durability. Maybe if I had applied another coat it would last longer, I don't know, but I was happy with the results one coat gave me.

      I was perfectly happy with the look of my nails and thought it gave them and also my toe nails a lovely shimmering summer look.
      Removal of the nail polish is easy using either liquid remover or remover pads. I have experienced no difficulty.

      Overall, I am satisfied with the Gold Luster shade, however, I do wish Turkish Delight was still available. I am hoping they bring it back.

      Arabian glow is currently available from Avon in their brochure and directly online, where it is currently half-price at only £3.00 per bottle. Avon do often have some good offers and it is often worth waiting a while if you are not in a hurry for something, as chances are you can pick up a bargain from time to time. When I bought mine recently, it was part of an offer whereby if you spent a certain amount, you could choose this nail polish for £1.

      Arabian Glow Speed Dry Nail Enamel is now available in 3 shades : Gold Luster, Teal Infusion and Purple Passion, so I don't know what has happened to Coral Sands now either! I only purchased it a few weeks ago.
      My daughter uses nail polish regularly and she has been using the Teal Infusion shade recently. It is a little too bold a colour for me though.

      For more info or to order online visit avonshop.co.uk

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        18.04.2010 21:56
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        All in all, a satisfactory product I will continue to 'borrow' and I would recommend.

        ARABIAN GLOW SPEED DRY NAIL ENAMEL

        I would just like to write a quick review on my sister's nail enamel, but I hope she never reads this because it is also a slight confession that I sometimes like to 'borrow' her nail products without asking.

        I like the colour she has this in. Coincidentally it is also the colour featured in the image at the top, which makes it easier for me to describe it - an orangey, coral colour which is called 'coral sands'. You can also get this in a teal colour and a gold colour, but of them all the one my sister has is my favourite. It comes out quite a light orange when painted on and dried, and I think it is quite a nice, summery colour.

        This was 99p when my sister got it in the end of line clearance brochure of mine, that I let her buy things from. I'm such a kind sister.

        This takes about 90 seconds to dry completely which is average so its not really speed dry, and it does chip off after a couple of days so by no means is this Avon's best nail enamel.
        I have used much better nail polishes than this, although they were not as cheap as this one is, and they aren't the lovely colour that this one is.

        All in all, a satisfactory product I will continue to 'borrow' and I would recommend.

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        12.02.2010 10:09
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        Great product which i highly recommend

        This is a great nail varnish that lasts and does not get chipped easily. I find with some nail varnishes that once doing the dishes the varnish starts to chip and peel but this seems to stay on for about 2 days as if it was newly applied.

        My favourite colour is Coral Sands, which is pinkish salmon colour. I would recommend 2 coats as it is a very light colour and the second coat really makes it stand out. The colour would look amazing with a tan but I am very pale and it still looks great and elegant.

        The varnish seems to spread its self out onto the nail making it easier to use, when looking at the bottle the varnish appears fairly thin but it spreads itself out onto the nail quite thickly. The varnish takes about a minute to dry and does not leave your nails feeling tacky, as some other varnishes can do.

        There are other fantastic colours for you to choose from, all equally as great. The products full price from Avon is £6.00 but it is usually on offer for about £3.00.

        I used to be an Avon rep and this was my most ordered product last summer.

        You can buy Avon Arabian glow speed dry nail enamel from your local Avon rep or online at www.avon.uk.com.

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          09.10.2009 22:29
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          Beautiful exotic colours for all occasions

          I purchased the Avon Arabia Glow Nail Varnish around 3 years ago specifically for our holiday abroad as the colour caught my eye in the catalogue and it looked quite exotic and thought it would compliment a tan. I purchased the colour - Turkish Delight but it is also available in a beautiful light greeny blue called Teal Waters, Coral Sands and a peach colour called Beach Glow.

          The bottle is oval shaped with a gold lid and came packaged in a bronze carton which white text which makes the packaging eye catching. It contains 12 ml of varnish. The varnish has a nice consistancy but does however take an age to dry which can be pretty annoying when you are on your last coat and end up snagging it and having to start all over. It is very easy to apply and did not chip even after a week. I have never found a nail varnish that stays on that long without chipping.

          The colour is an iridescent orange that has multi-tones of green and pink. The cost was £3 and they have a whole range of Arabian Glow products including a glimmer stick that can be used on the lips, eyes and cheeks and bronzing pearls.

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          05.05.2009 11:50
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          I do love these colours but the varnish is too thin and needs many coats

          I must admit my nails aren't the best. After having false nails extensions in the past, I am now stuck with weak nails that will only grow to a certain length without snapping. Due to these side effects of the extensions, I have decided to give the natural nails a go to help restore the condition and the strength of them. I hate having my nails plain and love the look of bright summery colours on shorter nails. I was on the look out for a good varnish and decided to order out of my Avon brochure. I decided on the Arabian glow speed dry version in teal waters.

          The description:

          The nail varnish came in a bronze box, which contains all of the relevant information and instructions on the back. The nail polish is in a glass bottle with a bronze lid.

          The product:

          The nail enamel has quite a strong smell to it when applying, which to be honest I don't mind as I quite like the smell of nail varnish. Once I began to apply the varnish I noticed that it was very thin and practically translucent, I knew at this point that one coat would definitely not be enough to provide a good coverage. The polish dries rather quickly although even after the second coat I could still see the shape of my nail underneath. After 3 coats the nail varnish looked lovely and shimmery. It looked like a light mint colour. Due to having to use 3 coats of the polish, the varnish felt almost waxy on my nails, this meant that any knocks to the nail caused a ridge through the polish however, it didn't seem to chip on the ends like others I have tried.

          The price:

          The price of this polish is £5.00 although you will be able to pick it up in the Avon promotions that occur regularly. I would normally pay around this price for a good nail varnish, so this price is good for me.

          Overall:

          I absolutely love the teal waters coloured varnish but I think after 3 coats and a waxy end feel, I would rather purchase another brand that only needs to be applied once or twice to leave a smooth finish. It is a shame as I feel that the varnish has great potential to be very popular if a few changes were made to help strengthen it. A waxy feel is no good when washing dishes and using scourers as ridges are made through the nail. I would recommend this varnish if you were to use it as a fashion colour and change it regularly. If you are wanting something to last a good few days then this isn't for you.

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            04.11.2008 11:29
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            A fair price, but not best value

            I am one of those `people that just dont have the patinece to sit around and wait for nail polish to dry, so when I do my nails at home, I want something that will dry quick and easy, and that looks terrific. I have a friend that is an Avon representative, so I had a look at her catalogue, and decided to order the Arabian glow speed dry nail enamel. I went for the coral colour, because I like that kind of soft pink colour. It also comes in Teal Waters ( a greeny colour) and Beach Pink (a pinky brown shade).

            It retails for a fiver only, so really not too exènsive as nail varnishes go.

            It comes in a glass bottle, with a light brown lid that contains the brush, and is a quite stylish design.

            But what is really imporant is the inside of the bottle, and I have been farily satisfied. The nail varnish is quite thin, so you will definitely need motre than one coat, but then most speed dry formulas are the same. It takes around 60 seconds to dry, but then it is wise to leave it a bit longer to make it securely dry.

            The colour is nice, but the only problem I had was that it started chipping quite quickly. I had te do repairs to it the first day already, that is quite quick for a speed dry formula.

            Would I buy it again? Probably not, but then the colour was really nice, so I might be tempted!

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              01.07.2008 15:55
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              A poor example of a nail polish

              Inspired by a few reviews regarding nail polishes and the fact that I wasn't overly happy last time I had my falsies put on, I decided that it was time that I stopped being so lazy and do my own nails.

              So after purchasing all my cuticle remover, orange sticks, emery boards, nail smoother, cuticle and nail oil and top coat varnish, I went about purchasing some nail polishes. One brand that I purchased has been fabulous and the other, this brand, Avon Arabian Glow Speed Dry Nail Enamel, has not.

              Now I have always had a soft spot for Avon products. My "Saturday" job was as an Avon Lady when I was 16 (OK technically my Mum was the representative as I was too young but it was me who did all the work!). And although I used lots of their make up and body sprays I had never tried their nail polishes. But upon flicking through the particularly summery brochure I came across this range of nail polishes which were designed to look really good with tans and had a lovely summery shimmer and glow. They also had the advantage of saying "Speed Dry" on them so that would save me time in applying the product. Well I don't do tans but I like having a summery glow from bronzing powders etc so thought, given we are going on holiday soon that this would be a nice little present for myself. And knowing that their other products were quite good quality I was sure that I would get on with this product. Also another attraction was that at £5 each for 12ml they were cheaper than my other recently acquired brand and then there was also an offer to get 2 for £8 - even more bargainous!

              The two shades I opted for were Teal Waters (as it sounds a teal/green shade ) and Beach Glow (a browny/pink shade). They also do another shade called Coral Sands which I have to say didn't appeal as it was a bright pinky peach colour. They come in a clear glass bottle which is fairly flat and more oval in shape with a pearlescent brown top which you could argue looks a bit like a Fez, so adding to the "arabian" feel of the range.

              So yesterday they arrive and I decided I would try out one of my new colours. So I prepared my nails, made sure the nail surface was grease and dirt free and opened up the brown box containing the nail enamel bottle. On the box were the obligatory list of ingredients which you need a chemistry degree to decipher and it says that the product is flammable in 14 languages and has some application instructions which is that you should shake the bottle well, apply the first coat, wait 60 seconds and then apply the second coat. So to me that sounded great - 10 minutes and my nails would be done and touch dry by the sound of it. Yippee!

              So I thought I would try the Teal Waters shade first. The first thing I noticed was that the shade was far from Teal - it is more of pastel minty green with a brighter pearlescent hue running through it. It's not a bad colour but it wasn't what I was expecting certainly - I thought it would be a darker, stronger colour. So a little concerned I checked the Beach Glow shade and have to say this is much more what I expected and is probably the shade in the product picture used by Dooyoo.

              Next I shook the bottle and I have always had a fascination with the one or two little metal balls which help to mix the enamel formula evenly when you shake it so by the time I had traced them round the bottle a few times on top of the vigorous shaking it was well and truly mixed.

              The bottle top is quite smooth and a little slippy for my liking. Coupled with the fact that it is also an awkward shape because it is wide, quite flat and oval shaped I found it quite hard to open the bottle easily. That said you would never be in danger of over tightening the bottle when you closed it which can sometimes be the problem with round topped bottles in general (not just nail polishes) so that was a good thing. As with all nail polish products the brush is attached to the bottle top.

              As I lifted the brush out I noticed a few things immediately that I thought were going to annoy me. The distance from the tip of the brush to the top of the bottle top is 3 inches (7.5 cm approx) which given the size and shape of the bottle top I felt would not give me as much control as I would like over the brush. But the brush at the moment was the least of my worries. The consistency of this product is incredibly thin. As I was trying to remove the excess polish from the brush the excess on the brush shaft had run down the where it meets the nylon bristles and deposited a blob of nail polish on my desk. On clothing this would be a disaster and normally on desks too but thankfully it wiped up easily (almost far too easily for a product of this nature). I also noticed that rather than the excess trickling slowly down to the bottle, it was there almost straight away. This was not boding well for my nails I thought so I decided to test it on just one nail.

              After getting a non runny amount of the varnish on the brush I began applying it. The brush is very rigid and didn't spread out well so the product went on very streaky. I wasn't sure if this was because the brush and bottle top were quite long so I couldn't get as close to the nail/apply enough pressure but it wasn't working for me. It also was such a thin layer that I could still see my nails through it. But I waited the 60 seconds and applied the second coat. Same problem - I could still see my nails. I waited another 60 seconds and applied the third layer - I could still see my nail and now it startd to clump up. So out came the nail varnish remover.

              Round 2

              Applied the first coat - same effect but waited 2 minutes for it to dry. Touched it to check and it wasn't dry at all - nice fingerprint in it. So much for a speed dry product - speed dating (so I am reliably informed by my single friends) takes less time. Nail varnish remover time again.

              Round 3

              Applied the first coat - same effect but waited 5 minutes for it to dry. It was touch dry now and so I applied a second coat. could still see my nail through it but again let it dry for 5 minutes before applying the next coat. It was touch dry but it was verging on being tacky still. I applied the third coat. The coverage was better this time and there was no clumping but I still felt the colour was thin so after waiting 10 minutes (OK the phone rang!) I applied a fourth layer and it covered my nail and had the required depth of colour and looked rather nice. After 20 minutes I felt confident enough to go and make dinner.

              All was well with chopping vegetables but when I washed and dried my hands there was a slight scuffing of the polish. Not impressed. We had garlic bread with dinner and as I took a bite I accidentally caught my nail with my tooth and a section of the nail polish slid off. Luckily I noticed this before I started chewing! By this time I had given up completely on it. Even this morning as I had my shower I saw the remainder of the nail polish peel off as I washed my hair. I was left with no alternative and I packaged it up and called my Avon rep who is going to come round later on and pick up the products and sort a refund out for me. I wouldn't even relegate this nail varnish to just doing my toes.

              I have to say I was quite impressed by how helpful my Avon rep was and how easy the returns and refund process is even though I had used the product.

              Maybe I was doing something totally stupid with this product but I don't think so. It is just a poor example of a nail polish which disappointed on so many levels. I didn't even bother to try it with my top coat product as if it can't stay on under normal circumstances the top coat won't do much for it either. Maybe if I had used the top coat straight away I would have found a different result but I only use my top coat when I know the original product is pretty much dry to preserve the colour and prevent chipping for up to 10 days. But the products I use it on are not chipping or slipping after an hour of application. This "speed dry" product didn't seem to dry properly or have any cohesion to the nail even though it had been properly prepared.

              Would I use an Avon nail polish again? I very much doubt I would. Would I recommend it to people? I most certainly would not. Honestly there are far better products out there - some costing a small fortune and some not but of all the ones I have ever tried they all seem much better than this and this is the first time that I have ever felt strongly enough about a make up/beauty product to take/send it back for a refund. Not a happy bunny.

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              Fast drying summer shades that compliment tanned fingers and toes /