Sunday, 31 July 2011

Barry M ~ Acid Yellow and Pink Crackle

Do you ever wear polishes that you just love, but look awful on you? I would say that this eye watering combo falls under that category for me! I do think it would look really good on someone with a darker skin tone though! Or just one that wasn't so yellow.
I used Acid Yellow as the base colour, and Instant Nail Effects (Pink) for the crackle. Both are by Barry M. Acid Yellow took three coats, and was still not streak free, but the colour is so awesome I forgive it for being awkward!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, 28 July 2011

George ~ Under The Sea

Doesn't the name Under The Sea totally make you sing The Little Mermaid song? I can't not hear this name in any other voice than Sebastian's. Under The Sea is from the inexpensive George by ASDA brand.
 
The colour itself is a gorgeous greenish aqua, but sadly it's a less than attractive frost finish. My boyfriend commented that it looked "rough", and I agree with him! Lots of visible brush strokes and a "thin" finish. The polish was easy to work with and two coats was enough though.
My first George disappointment!
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

OPI ~ Fiercely Fiona, with China Glaze ~ Whitecap

Those of you who have been following my blog for a little while may know that I'm going through this yellow/orange phase at the moment. Add to that the recent amazing photos on Ritterbraten's blog Das Experiment and you can see why I just HAD to have yellow nails today :)
 
I picked Fiercely Fiona from OPI's Shreck collection, and added a coat of China Glaze's Whitecap on top.
Fiercely Fiona was a bit of a pain to work with. It took three coats to get to what you see in the pictures, and even then, if I hadn't decided on layering I would have had to paint a fourth. I know pale yellows are tricky, but for the price of an OPI polish I would expect better.
Whitecap on the other hand is absolutely gorgeous. It's a polish that looks pretty unassuming in the bottle, but transforms your nails into gold dusted goodness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

Monday, 25 July 2011

OPI ~ Tease-y Does It

OPI Tease-y Does It isn't really something I would wear in the summer normally, but I was dying to try it. It's a rich dark burgundy/maroon with red glass flecks. Sometimes the bottle catches the light and creates a lovely rainbow like effect, but sadly that's not something I've seen on my nails.
This is two coats, and the application was good (apart from the massive brush of course lol).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Layering: George ~ Ultraviolet over Collection 2000 ~ BMX Bandit

Today I'm showing you another blue polish. This lovely lovely duochrome is Ultraviolet from George by Asda. I've mentioned this brand a couple of times before, and I continue to be amazed at how nice the polishes are, especially considering the very low price tag.
Ultraviolet is sheer, and because of this I have layered it over BMX Bandit by Collection 2000. The mani you see is two coats of BMX Bandit and one coat of Ultraviolet.
Ultraviolet is a fairly subtle purple and blue duochrome with an almost frost like finish. I love it :)
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

Friday, 22 July 2011

China Glaze ~ Frostbite

In my opinion China Glaze Frostbite has to be a true nail polish classic!
I adore this bright blue shimmer, I dare you not to like it! The formula is good, what you see here is three coats, but if it wasn't for the camera macro I think I could have got away with two.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

OPI ~ Steady As She Rose

Very few polishes from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection caught my eye, but this OPI beauty did! Steady As She Rose is a lovely pale pinkish lavender crème.
Application was ok, three coats for an even, opaque finish.
I love this type of shade! OPI really does them so well.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Monday, 18 July 2011

Barry M ~ Coral, with Fimo

This summery polish by Barry M is called Coral. It's a nice, orangey coral that's really hard to photograph!
The polish changes a lot with the light source - the first two are natural light and the third is artificial.
I applied two coats, but I think maybe three would have been better. There is a little hint of VNL with two. The formula is very nice.
 
 
 
 
 

 
I added a couple of pieces of fimo flowers as an accent on my ring finger. I have a lot to learn about fimo still! I haven't used it much at all, so I suspect you will be seeing more attempts from me soon :)
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

ELF ~ Dark Navy, with Holographic Stamping

It's been a while since I did some stamping! My original thought was to stamp over ELF's Dark Navy with gold stars, but, as it turns out, none of my golds work for stamping, so I'll save this for a freehand acrylic design instead.
 
As I already had my stamping stuff out I went with one of the old Bundle Monster designs instead (BM20), and used trusty old Holographic by GOSH for the stamping. I think it's such a shame they have discontinued this beautiful polish! Why do companies do this?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ELF polish was really quite nice! The brush is awful (yes, I'm on repeat about their horrible brushes) but the formula is nice. Two coats went on evenly. This polish like my other ELF ones definitely needs a top coat though. It dries in a neon finish like way, sort of semi matte. I don't like that type of finish at all, but it may be to someone's taste.
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 14 July 2011

NYC ~ Lincoln Square Lavender

This is only my second ever encounter with a NYC polish. The first one I got was a black one that I ended up throwing out since it was super thin and streaky. I thought I would give NYC another chance, so I bought Lincoln Square Lavender, a polish I would call more pink than lavender, but pretty none the less (in a plain Jane kind of way)
Application was great and I really liked the brush. It's like the pro wide's smaller cousin - nice and flat without being ridiculously large (I'm looking at you, OPI!)
This is two coats.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Because the shade is on the boring side I spiced it up with glitter tips from my new fave budget polish brand George by ASDA in the shade Pink Glitz. Isn't it pretty! I love it :)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

OPI ~ Take The Stage

I own a few polishes that I think on the one hand are stunning, and on the other.. don't quite like.
Take the Stage is one of those. While I think this shimmery copper beauty is very pretty, I don't really like it. Maybe the old lady in the office again, maybe something else.
 
 
 
 
 
Am I the only person out there who is very underwhelmed by OPI? I think it's a nice brand with some nice colours, but I far from love it.
 

Monday, 11 July 2011

Barry M ~ Lemon Ice Cream

This lovely pastel yellow from Barry M is called Lemon Ice Cream.
The application is quite decent considering it's a light yellow - I had to paint three coats.
The first was a bit streaky, but not in a bad way, just "needs more coats" ya know?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I fancied doing something more, so I added a tip gradient with Yellow (no, I kid you not, that's the inspiring name!) also by Barry M, and stamped a zipper and filled it in with Bright Red (Barry M again).
 
What can I say? Can't win 'em all!
 

 
 
 

Saturday, 9 July 2011

China Glaze ~ Cha Cha Cha

Be still my heart! This gorgeous gorgeous polish is Cha Cha Cha from the recent China Glaze Island Escape collection.
 
The funny thing is that I was in every day at my local Sally's, nagging them for when the collection would come in, and so far I've only tried two of the polishes. Like Garfield would say - it's not the having, it's the getting.
 
This polish went on so nicely, three smooth, even coats for glimmery golden green perfection :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
I also have a picture of the coming China Glaze limited edition Metro Collection

 
 
This is what China Glaze has to say about the shades:

 Skyscraper: A sparkling, glitter blue reminiscent of the sky over the city.
 CG in the City: Glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter, perfect for a pop of edge from West side to East side.
 Urban-Night: Exactly what you need for a night on the town – rich purple crème.
Traffic Jam: Stop traffic with a breathtaking, raspberry pink crème.
 City Siren: The perfect deep, red crème to match any outfit.
 Loft-y Ambitions: Burgundy shimmer and cocktail hour – nothing better.
Brownstone: Burnt terracotta crème mirrors the quaint townhouses of the city.
Midtown Magic: Burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer captures the latest fashion trend.
Street Chic: This gorgeous beige crème is the perfect go to shade letting your clothes do the talking.
Concrete Catwalk: Steel grey crème is amazing for a chic mani.
Westside Warrior: For the trendsetting woman this camo green crème is to die for.
Trendsetter: Mustard yellow shimmer translates beautifully from hot dogs to nails.


What do you think of this collection? With very few exceptions I'm super excited about it! Loads of gorgeous autumn colours.
 

Friday, 8 July 2011

China Glaze ~ Ahoy!

More Anchors Away! This time it's Ahoy!, a beautiful glass flecked fuchsia.
 
This is two coats, and like most China Glaze polishes it went on really nicely and evenly.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Not For the Faint of Heart: Revlon ~ Peach Smoothie

What's wrong I hear you ask? What's right more like!
Not only are my cuticles a disaster, but this polish is one of the worst I have ever tried. What am I talking about? Peach Smoothie scented polish by Revlon.
 
I seriously don't know what's going on here, but this polish is an absolute nightmare. I don't particularly like Revlon's polishes at the best of times, and trust me, this was not the best of times.
 
I can only assume that my bottle is somehow - off? I hope so anyway.
 
I really like the colour of this polish, it has that "I'm cheap in an expensive way" kind of look about it, and who doesn't like that! It's purely the formula I have problems with. I had to paint four, horrible, streaky, lumpy coats to get this opaque.
 
 
 

Don't look directly at it! It may bite!

Did I manage to put you off your dinner? Then my work here is done ;)
 

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

George ~ Confusion

A couple of weeks ago I went on a little shopping "spree" at the ASDA. I commented previously that I had to pick up more George polishes after being so impressed with the two I was given, so I bought 8 more for the grand total of *drumroll please* £8!
Not exactly breaking the bank.
 
The colour selection is obviously limited, but the formula is really really nice, and so are the colours that are available.
 
This one is called Confusion, and it's a very pretty purple with micro glitter. The glitter/shimmer doesn't show up very well, but gives that nice subtle sparkle that stops the polish from looking flat. The last picture shows it off quite well :)
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
What do you think? Would you ever go to the supermarket to pick up polish?
 

Monday, 4 July 2011

Giveaway Winner!

The little leprechauns over at Random.org have had their say, and they have picked a winner!


Congratulations Lalica!

Don't forget to check out Lalica's fantastic blog :)


 
 
 
 
 
Thank you so much to all of you for the lovely comments and ideas you have written in your forms! It's been so much fun to look at new blogs and read all the nice things you have to say :)
 

Sunday, 3 July 2011

China Glaze ~ Life Preserver

I have to say I can't believe I didn't like the look of China Glaze's Anchors Away first of all! It's turning out to be one of my favourite collections.
I love love love Life Preserver! It's a burnt orange, light brick crème, that was very difficult to photograph! The colour in the bottle is more true than on my nails.
 
Do you like orange polishes? I seem to go through some orange/yellow craze just now :)
 
 
 
 
 

 
Today is the last day to enter my 100 follower giveaway, so if you haven't already - make sure you get a chance at winning :)
 

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Nina Ultra Pro ~ Bittersweet

I'm undecided about Bittersweet by Nina Ultra Pro.
On the one hand I think it's a really pretty dusty rose coloured crème, but on the other it's a bit granny-ish.
The formula is spot on, this is two coats. I dotted on a few swirls and french lines with Zanna by Zoya to make it a bit more fun :)