Friday, 28 October 2011

Halloween: Zombie Hands

I had this idea that I wanted to do a “manicure” with broken nails and dirt for Halloween, and so the “fresh from the grave” zombie design was born.

I have used a few polishes for this look, but mostly acrylic paint. It was so much fun to do, I hope you like it!

 

 

 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

China Glaze ~ 108º layered

When I got the China Glaze 2011 Summer Collection, I was both excited over the delicious colours, and disappointed that so many of them were super sheer. I’m starting to appreciate the possibilities of sheer polishes more, so rather than whining I decided to do some layering.

I wanted a base that was within the same colour family as 108º, so I settled for ELF Purple Pleaser, a purple/fuchsia crème. After two coats this polish was still a bit streaky, but as I was going to add the China Glaze on top I stopped there. I painted just one coat of 108º, and completely loved the result. All the glass flecks really sparkle, and the shades worked so well together!

 

 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Halloween: Cobwebs

For this mani I started with three coats of OPI Flit A Bit, and then taped off a French with Barry M Block Orange.

The images I used for stamping are from the Bundle Monster plate BM13. Finally I added a small, orange rhine stone on the spider’s body.

 

 

Monday, 24 October 2011

Nails Inc ~ Barnsbury Road

This polish has the same vinyl finish as Chester Terrace, so I had high hopes it would be nice. Sadly I have to say, I was disappointed. Barnsbury Road is a purply taupe, and as a shade it’s perfect, but I personally don’t think it works with this finish. The polish itself was fine, if a little bit hard to work with. It dries quickly like mattes tend to, but for some reason it doesn’t flatten out like most mattes I’ve tried. It feels a bit like trying to paint on wet cement – it’s really difficult to get an even result.

 

 

 

 

Bit of a fail in my book, but I guess these meh experiences let’s us appreciate the beauties all the better!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Layering With OPI

Sometimes when I swatch a polish I just know it would look great layered over another one. One such polish was OPI DS Royal. It’s a pretty purple and blue duochrome, that just happens to be very sheer. When I picked up OPI Fresh Frog Of Bel Air I knew I had to try them together!

I started the mani with two coats of Nina Ultra Pro Black, and then one coat of DS Royal. Then I added Fresh Frog Of Bel Air in a gradient, with more glitter towards the tips. Finally I added one more coat of DS Royal.

Hope you like the combo as much as I do!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Comparing Navy Crèmes

When I first bought China Glaze ‘First Mate’ I thought it looked very similar to another nautical polish I own – Nina Ultra Pro ‘Sailor’. In a side by side comparison you can see that there are definitely similarities, but they are far from dupes.

First Mate is a dustier navy, while Sailor is leaning more towards purple. They both have very nice formula, and cover in two coats. I don’t have a top coat on, so you can see that the finish is similar on both – nice and glossy.

My personal preference, if I had to choose, would be China Glaze First Mate. It’s just that little bit prettier in my opinion!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Barry M ~ Navy, with Silver

There are a few absolutely ridiculously pretty polishes out there, and in my (sometimes humble, sometimes not) opinion Barry M Navy is one of them. The colour is totally to die for, and the formula perfect. I think this polish would make my top 10 if I ever made one.

I was of two minds whether or not I should stamp over it, but in the end I decided to do it. I think the result came out ok, but it does undoubtedly take away some of the beauty of Navy. If you want I would be happy to swatch the polish on its own, so you can see it, and either a) rejoice that you own it, b) cry because you don’t (and put it on your wish list) or – incredibly unlikely - c) find that you don’t like it all that much and can live without it (and what’s with all the parenthesis anyway!?)

The accent nail is painted with GOSH Silver – a really nice silver foil. I used two coats of each polish, and then stamped with the opposite.

The plate I used was Bundle Monster’s BM212, which is from the newer Bundle Monster set. These designs are so much bigger, and I think you can see that they cover my nails better. I thought this particular design was… ok. I don’t love it, but it’s passable. What do you think?

 

 

 

Monday, 17 October 2011

Stamping with Pinks from 17 and China Glaze

I’m really sorry, but I don’t have a name for the base colour, which is a lovely, light, dusty, lavendery pink from 17, that’s pretty much a spot on dupe for OPI Panda-monium Pink. I received the polish after winning a little Facebook contest, so the little name sticker thing has been removed.

I really liked this polish a lot. So far I’m very impressed with the quality of these relatively inexpensive polishes from 17. The bottles are small, but that is the only “cut” I can discern compared with more expensive polishes. I painted three coats, but could have easily gotten away with two for everyday use (macro photography is so unforgiving!)

I stamped over the base with a pattern from Bundle Monster BM21. These old plates are really pretty I think, but the designs are much to small for my nails. The polish I used was China Glaze Purple Panic. I really need to work on my stamping, so you will probably be seeing more in the near future!

 

 

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Barry M ~ Red Black

Red Black  is ofcourse Barry M’s plain English take on Chanel’s Rouge Noir. I have never tried Chanel, and doubt that I will, but I believe this to be a very close dupe. Maybe someone who owns the Chanel can confirm this?

The polish is one of those I’m-a-creme-but-want-to-be-a-jelly-when-I-grow-up type polishes, and its beautiful! I’ve had my bottle for a while, so I had to thin it ever so slightly, but after that application was really good. I needed three coats, but as you may have gathered by now, I prefer a few more, thinner coats over fewer thicker ones.

This polish was really difficult to photograph, because it is soooo glossy! As you can see there are reflections galore (on a very overcast day I might add).

 

 

 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

China Glaze ~ Watermelon Rind, With French Tips

China Glaze Watermelon Rind was one of those colours I had to have when I saw it. It’s a beautiful blue leaning green glitter (or is it a glass fleck. I’m totally undecided!)

The polish is definitely on the sheer side, but I predict Watermelon Rind to be lovely for layering. Stay tuned!

I wanted to do something more, so I added French tips using Barry M Racing Green, which is one of the nicest green polishes on the planet. Fact.

 

 

Friday, 7 October 2011

Recycling Gosh Rebel Yell

I really  like recycling a mani, and I often play around before removing my polish. I had such visions of this combo, but it didn’t quite live up to what I imagined. I still think it’s kind of nice, so I wanted to share it with you :)

I sponged a gradient over GOSH Rebel Yell, using George Pink Glitz as my first layer, and then a layer just over the tips of OPI Gold Lang Syne.

 

 

 

I also have a couple of images from the upcoming limited edition China Glaze collections to show you.

Eye Candy

Can you say bling! I’m not a great fan of a whole mani in glitter, but I love sponging it on like I did in this post, and I definitely need to get some more nice glitters! The collection is supposedly inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and all polishes are “3D glitters”. Quite curious what they will look like!

 

· Love Marilyn: Vivacious Red with Shimmering Silver Particles

· Blonde Bombshell: Glistening Multidimensional Gold Flecks

· Lorelei’s Tiara: Sterling Silver Infused with Blue Sprinkles

· Material Girl: Posh pink with Holographic Bubblegum Glitter

· Some Like It Haute: Graphite Gray with Holographic Glitter

· Marry A Millionaire: Alluring Amethyst with Multi-tonal Fibers

 

Let It Snow

This is obviously the Holiday collection of 2011, and it looks nice. No real surprises, it’s all golds, greens, reds and silvers as can be expected for a Christmas themed collection. The one polish I will be sure to pick up is Holly-Day. Dang that green looks nice!

 

· Poinsettia – Ruby red crème inspired by the traditional holiday plant.

· Ring In The Red – No Holiday season would be exact without this glittering red polish for holiday gatherings.

· Winter Berry – Creamy, cranberry-red perfect for sipping hot cocoa by the fire.

· Velvet Bow – Rich red crème color inspired by your favorite red wine.

· Glittering Garland – A dazzling glittery green to match the holiday greens of pine trees, garland, and mistletoe.

· Holly-Day – Looking for a bold color without the glitz? Holly-Day is a rich hunter green without the sparkle.

· Champagne Bubbles – Sophisticated gold metallic with a golden shimmer.

· Twinkle Lights – A mix of glittery shades to emblemize twinkling tree lights.

· Snow Globe – Frosty white polish with flecks of snowy color.

· Icicle – Smooth silver shimmer with a hint of flash and ice.

· Tinsel Town – Bold silver, metallic glitter and the perfect match for sparkling night on the town.

· Blue Year’s Eve – Ring in the New Year with this lustrous, shimmering blue.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Nails Inc ~ Hays Mews, With Stamping

I got the urge to do some stamping today, and I decided to make it a bit subtle. For my base I used Nails Inc Hays Mews, which is a lovely red suede (you know I love me some suedes!), and I stamped over it with OPI Tease-y Does It using Bundle Monster plate BM19, which is one of the older plates.

The beauty of Tease-y Does It was completely lost, but I still think the mani is kinda cute, even with my wonky stamping!

 

 

 

Monday, 3 October 2011

GOSH ~ Rebel Yell

How gorgeous is this polish! Rebel Yell is a dusty, dark green teal that totally had my name written all over it.

I liked the formula, neither too runny nor too thick, and the GOSH brush is nice and skinny, just as I like ‘em :)

There is a teeny tiny micro shimmer in this polish, but it’s next to invisible unless you are looking for it. And let me tell you, I am always looking for it. You can’t escape me, tiny shimmer! Unfortunately my camera – as much as I adore it – refused to see it. Shame. You will just have to go buy Rebel Yell and see for yourself!

 

Nina Ultra Pro ~ Last Call

What’s that? Another purple? As in another purple?

Why, yes, I do believe it is! And it’s pretty too! Last Call is a lovely, slightly muted purple that leans a bit brown in some lights, and it has a very nice, bronzy/mauve shimmer running through it. The formula is great – those of you who have been following my blog will know that I’m a big fan of the Nina Ultra Pro polishes as a rule, and this is no exception. In the pictures I’m wearing two coats.