Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Color Club ~ Wicked Sweet

After granny panties and grown up red I thought it would be nice with something fun and bright! I decided to give my Color Club polishes another go. I loved the colour of my last one – Yum Gum – but wasn’t totally impressed with the formula. I regret to say that it was the same case with Wicked Sweet. I’m not saying the formula is bad in any way, it just doesn’t seem to suit my way of painting. I find it “forces” me to paint thicker coats than I prefer doing. I’m considering thinning the polish ever so slightly to see if that would work better. I’m wearing two coats in the pictures.

This gorgeous blue shimmer smells absolutely ah-may-zing! I have seen it described as blueberry, and considering the colour I’m prepared to believe that’s what they were going for, but to me it’s some kind of yummy toffee/caramel scent. Love it!

Please pardon the extreme lobster-ness of my paws. It was the only way I could get the true vibrancy of the polish to show. (I’m still very much learning to work my camera)


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

OPI ~ Ali’s Big Break

I don’t often wear red polish, even though I really love the look (at times). There is something so classically elegant about well polished red nails I think.
Ali’s Big Break is a nice glassflecked, neutral red. It’s far from unique, I’m in fact pretty sure I have a pretty much perfect dupe in an inexpensive George polish (I will have to do a side by side comparison!) called Jester. I needed three coats of Ali’s Big Break to get rid of VNL, but in all honesty I don’t really mind several layers of a glass fleck or glitter, as it just deepens the effect of the sparklies.


Monday, 29 August 2011

17 ~ Forever

I actually got this polish in a goody bag I won on Facebook. I like 17 quite a bit, although the quality can be a hit or miss at times (they make my all time favourite mascara – Wild Curl – and the only lipsticks I ever use which is their mirror shine ones) as I have shown previously here on the blog. I won this polish and a very nice looking pastel pink one, which I will no doubt swatch for you all later on.

The finish of Forever is different from the two previously swatched. This is a “Lasting Fix” as opposed to the quick dry ones I tried earlier. I like this formula a LOT more. No cheesy stringiness at all, the formula was actually really really good. Nice flow and cover with no streaks. This is two coats. The finish is very nice and glossy, and the drying time was good (although I always use a quick drying top coat of one kind or another. In this case it’s China Glaze Fast Forward)

I like this type of shade, they are a nice, unassuming type of colour for when you have had too much bling or neons. It’s obviously also very office appropriate, or for those days when you simply have to match your nails to – to put it in the words of Chaosophia from One Inch Nails – “that kind of underwear I would never buy”




Today I’m also throwing in a bonus picture for you, in case nude, undie matching nails don’t quite do it for you.


I want to add a disclaimer to this last photo – The dog is never usually allowed on the bed other than on bed wash days. The cat does whatever she wants. All the time. Because she is a cat, so it’s allowed. Period.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Nina Ultra Pro ~ Burnished Bronze

I don’t know why I keep buying polishes that I know won’t suit my skin tone. I’m a total magpie when it comes to a colour that looks pretty in the bottle. Burnished Bronze looks stunning in the bottle – in my opinion, but it’s the same situation as with the similar hued OPI Take The Stage – it just doesn’t look good on me.

The formula was good for this shimmer, two coats of easily applied polish was enough to give an even finish.



Saturday, 27 August 2011

Barry M ~ Bright Purple and Holo

Barry M Bright Purple was a real surprise! I was sure it was a plain Jane crème polish, but I can swear I see some jelly-ness in there. What do you think? The application was great, and you know I love the Barry M brush. Two coats was enough for a slight jelly-like transparency with good, even coverage.

I’m not the biggest purple fan, so I decided to whip out an oldie but goodie, another Barry M polish – well I use the term polish loosely – Hologram Hexograms. The writing on my bottle is a little weak, but I swear it does say Hexograms, not hexagrams. Then again Barry M spells raspberry rasberry, so this seems about right!





Thursday, 25 August 2011

Nail Polish Jewellery!

Today I have a different kind of post for you lovely readers - nail polish jewellery!
The jewellery in this post was made by the very talented C from Kitty Pretty Fingers. C has an Etsy shop called  workshop760 where she sells her beautiful pieces.
The jewellery came wrapped up beautifully in silver with the name of the polish used hand written on a tag.
The pendant is made with Zoya Charla, which is one of the prettiest polishes ever made. The ultimate mermaid! Look how cute the clasp is!
Gorgeous colourshiftingness :) Not a word? Well it is now.

The ring is adjustable, but happened to fit my ring finger perfectly. It's made with LA Splash Dolphin Smile, which is a gorgeous purple and green duochrome. Such an interesting statement ring for anyone, not just us polish fanatics :)

The jewellery is really well made and absolutely gorgeous! I get tons of compliments whenever I wear one of these pieces <3

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Bourjois ~ Bleu Asphalte with China Glaze ~ Avalanche

The other day I got my first Bourjois polishes. Have I been living under a rock I hear you ask! No, but in all honesty the Bourjois polishes have seemed a tad uninspiring to me. However, I had quite a large amount to spend in Boots, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try a couple out.
My first pick was Bleu Asphalte, which is a purple/blue based dark grey, which is simply awesome. Greys can be a bit boring at times (just my opinion), but this grey is far from. The formula was absolutely spot on - two coats for perfection - even if the brush was on the big side.
Since it has been a while ago I did my last sponging I dabbed on some China Glaze Avalanche on top. I have swatched Avalanche previously, and always thought it was such a shame that a gorgeous colour like that should sit unloved because of the icky frost formula. One light bulb moment later my trusty makeup sponge is dabbing on some metallic purple-grey (grurple? Does that make grey-blue glue? I can never get the hang of these portmanteaus) and hey presto - no brush marks! Am I ingenious or what!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Color Club ~ Yum Gum

I got my first Color Club polishes the other day after wanting to try them for ages. The first one I wanted to try is the super Barbie bright pink crème Yum Gum. It's scented really strongly and smells of bubble gum. This polish would make any 13 year old ecstatic!
The formula didn't quite work for me. It was a bit too thick and streaky. After 3 coats I stopped, but I think to get it perfect another coat would have been good. 
It's a bit hard to photograph - it was a choice between having my hands look totally dead or showing the polish slightly washed out. Vanity won, so washed out polish it is!
For polish this beautifully adolescent I just had to add some glitter on top, and what is better than OPI Princesses Rule?
Overall I'm slightly underwhelmed by this polish, but I don't dislike it in any way. I'm looking forward to trying more of the Color Club polishes.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Nina Ultra Pro ~ Molten Copper

I may not be the biggest duo/multichrome fan out there, but I do like them occasionally. Nina Ultra Pro Molten Copper is a particularly nice one in my opinion.
I layered it over GOSH Chocaholic, as it is quite sheer. The formula was nice and even, and dried quickly.
This polish reminds me a bit of a beetle's shell!


Thursday, 18 August 2011

China Glaze ~ Emerald Sparkle

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful polishes I own - if not the most beautiful. Words can not describe how much I love this.
The formula is amazing, I used three thin coats, but two would probably be enough for most.
Enough words - time for pictures.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

China Glaze ~ Pink Voltage

How amazing is China Glaze Pink Voltage! Neon bright pink, with a slight blue/purple iridescent shimmer.
It's the colour Barbie only dreams of!
The application wasn't great in all honesty. I remembered this polish being quite sheer, so I started off with a coat of Barry M Shocking Pink, but still needed 3 sandwiched layers of Pink Voltage to get an even coverage. The polish is quite streaky, and I had a fair bit of cuticle drag. It also has that unattractive, neon finish that I really dislike, but I use a top coat for everything except mattes, so that's not an issue. Looking at it though all I can say is - 8 coats, so what! Totally worth it!
Would you ever wear nails this pink?

Saturday, 13 August 2011

OPI ~ Jade Is The New Black, with Stamping

I wore OPI Jade Is The New Black a couple of times when it came out, and I thought the formula was simply awful. Streaky and gummy, not what I like at all. After I used it the last time I took my thinner and thinned the life out of this sucker. And guess what, when I used it this time around it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t!
Two nice, even coats with no streaking and no drag. I'm so happy! The actual shade is so amazingly pretty that I was feeling very much bummed that the polish was so rubbish to paint.
Anyways, enough about that! I stamped over JITNB with GOSH Metallic Green and using Bundle Monster BM205.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Nina Ultra Pro ~ Caribbean Blue

I really think that Nina Ultra Pro is a brand that deserves more attention. I guess the problem is probably in availability - as far as I know it's only Sally's that sell them. A shame, because they are overall lovely polishes! Cruelty free, 3free and vegan, good brush and generally excellent formula.
I picked this one up the other day on a buy one get one half of offer, and thought it was gorgeous, and not like anything else in my collection. I went home and showed my boyfriend, and he goes "Yes, very nice. Another mermaid is it?"
*long face*
"Yes, er, I suppose it is".
Anyway, can you really have too many aqua/blue-green polishes? I think not! The formula on this iridescent frost was really good, not bad at all for a frost in particular. Not too brush-strokey, at least not from a little distance.



Thursday, 11 August 2011

Recycled First Mate

Sometimes I like to extend my mani an extra day by painting over it in some way. For this mani I painted over First Mate with one coat of Revlon Strawberry Electric which is a really pretty hot pink iridescent polish, and one coat of OPI Last Friday Night. I have really come to love Last Friday Night! I love the different sized glitter pieces in lovely gold and blue.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out! Just a shame I did such a shoddy job of painting my layers lol.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

China Glaze ~ First Mate

I have swatched quite a few polishes from the Anchors Away collection, and I love them all. China Glaze First Mate is no exception.
It's a lovely, ever so slightly dusty navy crème that was perfect in two coats. China Glaze is truly one of my favourite brands, the formula is usually spot on, and the brush is fab.


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Nina Ultra Pro ~ Cafe Latte, with an Edge

I bought Nina Ultra Pro Cafe Latte at the same time as Satin Doll, and thought they looked awfully similar in the bottle. When painting Cafe Latte it became obvious that they are very different - Satin Doll is a pearl, and Cafe Latte a microshimmer. The formula is fantastic! Two coats of smooth flowing formula resulted in an opaque finish.
I would call this polish near perfect mannequin shade for me.
To spice it up a bit I wrapped my tips with black for a bit of contrast.
And here it is on its own. Not sure what's going on with my hands, they look half mummified!




Saturday, 6 August 2011

Gradient Glitter Tape Design

Today's design is inspired by a lot of other designs I have seen online, but it's not an exact copy of a single idea (at least not to my knowledge!). I would still like to give credit to all of you lovelies who are so creative with your tape manicures for the inspiration :)
I put together a little step by step in case you want to give this a go (although there are better tape tutorials out there!)
  • I started off with a coat of yellow (I used Nina Ultra Pro Like Butta) [1], and then added a band of orange (OPI Flit A Bit) in the middle, pink on the tip (Barry M Pink Flamingo) and more yellow at the bottom [2].
  • Then I went over with two glitter polishes - from the bottom up I used China Glaze Lighthouse, and from the top down I used Nina Ultra Pro Opal Elegance [3]. I covered my nails with Seche Vite after this, as they needed to be dry for the next step.
  • I cut out thin strips of sello tape, and put these randomly over my nails, and finally I painted over everything with black (Nina Ultra Pro Black) and removed the tape. Done!



Please excuse the colour difference in these last pictures! The first three were taken as I was painting, and since I have limited space I couldn't set my light up properly. The final picture is the most colour accurate, and you can see the pink in particular looks very different!