Monday, 30 April 2012

Comparison: OPI ~ Fiercely Fiona, and China Glaze ~ Electric Pineapple

I want to start off with a small apology for my absence lately. Like I said in my last post there is nothing bad going on, quite the contrary.

In two months me and my fiancé will move back to Sweden, and we have been looking at getting a flat and all that comes with it. I have been and will be very busy selling off pretty much everything we own due to limited space when we go. This is completely by choice, I’m looking greatly forward to a pared-down flat.

There will also be a substantial blog sale in the near future. I will probably elaborate on this further at some point, but for now I can just say that I have had a bit of an epiphany (in spite of severe lack of long beards and sandals) and I am embracing the minimalist that has been living inside me my whole life but that I never fully understood until quite recently.

Because of this I have had no time to work on my challenge manicures, but rest assured that they will appear at some point! For now I have a simple little comparison for you I hope you will find helpful!

 

 

OPI Fiercely Fiona and China Glaze Electric Pineapple are very similar. As you can see Electric Pineapple is slightly more green than the buttery yellowness of Fiercely Fiona, but my opinion is that if you don’t absolutely love this kind of shade, or you want to make your collection complete, you definitely won’t need both.

I preferred the formula of the China Glaze polish over the OPI. That said, they both take an extraordinary amount of coats to look really good. We are probably looking at four or five coats to get it even, but – and this is a big but – if your nails are less ridged than mine (and chances are that they will be) you may need a lot less. Next time I use one of these polishes I will double up my ridge filling base coat and see if that helps.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Spring Challenge: Flowers and Stripes

My idea for this challenge was to create a wallpaper-like accent nail. I chose the Pink and Green combination for my design.

For my base I used Barry M Mint Green, and then I created gold stripes on my ring finger by sponging gold acrylic paint over striping tape. Finally I painted a few pink flowers in acrylics.

 

 

 

 

Apologies for the lack of posts this week, my thoughts have been far away from nail art! Nothing bad though, just changes in life :)

 

Colour Combinations Left

Pink and Green
Blue and Purple
Yellow and Green
Orange and Pink

 

Previous Entries

Love and Life

 

Other Challenge Participants

Taya
I love pretty colours
Creative Nail Design by Sue
Hooked on polish
Nail Art by Kelly-Ann
Pinky to Thumb
Posh Nail Art
Welcome To Brianna's World!
World of Happy Nails
Mateji ustvarjata
Moonchild
Anna
Colorful Bottle's Blog
Glazed Talons
Rainbow Nails
Nailpocalypse
Lady-flower123
Nail Crazy
Mimi's Vanity Box

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Stamping Sunday: Aqua Gradient

For this Sunday’s challenge I went with a simple aqua gradient. My base colour is OPI Skull and Glossbones, and the tip gradient colour is OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise. I stamped over with white using Konad image plate m70.

 

 

 

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Spring Challenge: Love and Life

I’m so excited to start a new challenge! Once again it’s Mateja from Purple Glitters who put her thinking cap on and came up with such a fun and different challenge!

If you read the challenge description you will see that there are 4 colour combinations plus rainbow (set to the last theme) that you can use, and you can pick freely from these to pair up with any of the themes. Each colour combination can only be used once.

For the first theme I admit I was a bit uncreative, and went with a heart pattern. I wanted to make it a bit 60s, and chose the Orange and Pink combination.  I’ll be the first to admit that this is not my finest work, but the overall effect is actually really quite cute – it just doesn’t stand up to close (macro) inspection!

The base is Barry M Pink Flamingo and the hearts and dots are painted with acrylic paints.

 

 

 

 

Colour Combinations Left

Pink and Green
Blue and Purple
Yellow and Green
Orange and Pink

 

Other Challenge Participants

Taya
I love pretty colours
Creative Nail Design by Sue
Hooked on polish
Nail Art by Kelly-Ann
Pinky to Thumb
Posh Nail Art
Welcome To Brianna's World!
World of Happy Nails
Mateji ustvarjata
Moonchild
Anna
Colorful Bottle's Blog
Glazed Talons

Friday, 13 April 2012

China Glaze ~ Sunset Sail

I can’t remember now where I first saw the use of “palate cleanser” in reference to nail polish, but I think it’s such a good way to put it. Sometimes when I wear lots of brights and patterns I just want to take it back to basics and go for a neutral polished look.

China Glaze Sunset Sail is a pretty peachy nude with a little microshimmer. The formula isn’t great if I’m honest. After three coats there was still a little bit of unevenness, and I experienced some cuticle drag. The colour is very pretty, but I have other polishes in this category that I think perform better.

 

 

 

 

On a much more exciting note I can tell you that I will be taking part in a new challenge created by Mateja of Purple Glitters. It sounds extremely fun and very original, and I just can’t wait!

The first date is tomorrow and the theme is Love and Life.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Matte Blue Glitter ‘Dramatic’ French

I think I first saw the “dramatic” French on Tartofraises beautiful nails, and I have been wanting to try one ever since. I doubted I could recreate the manicured perfection needed for a classic French, so I opted for a “funkier” (read: more forgiving) variant.

For those of you who are wondering what’s so very dramatic about this particular French, it’s simply that the sides go a lot further down than your classic straight or gently curved smile line. So it’s kind of a super smiley French! That should make anyone happy. For a step-by-step scroll on through to the end of the post. But first – way too many photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And for comparison, here is one picture of the manicure before I mattified it. I would love to hear in the comments which version you prefer! I’m hooked on mattifying glitters :)

 

 

Step-by-Step

  1. First up is the opaque nude base (Nina Ultra Pro French Pink)
  2. Then I mixed up a blue-grey shade of acrylics (artists paints) and painted on the French shape with a small nail art brush
  3. I went over the shape with a blue glitter polish (China Glaze Dorothy Who?)
  4. Then it was time to seal everything with a top coat
  5. Finally I added a layer of matte top coat (ELF Matte Finisher)

ELF ~ Fushia {Swatches and Review}

I have shown ELF polishes a few times since I started my blog, and I remain on the fence about them. From my experience ELF Fushia (and yes, that’s how ELF spells it) sums up the pros and cons of the brand pretty well for me.

As I see it (after trying the grand total of 6 polishes mind you) ELF can be summed up in the following way:

Pros

  • Inexpensive initial purchase (£1.50 currently in the UK, and I believe $2 in the US). For this you get 10 ml
  • Cruelty Free and Vegan
  • A decent range of colours
  • Good application that generally seems to cover in two coats (“tricky” colours like white excepted)

Cons

  • Ridiculously bad brushes
  • Dull and unappealing finish, that can easily be remedied with a top coat though
  • Poor wear (I could see tip-wear within 24 hours for most of the ones I tried)

Their mattifying top coat deserves a special mention, as I think it’s absolutely great! I see no need to pay more for one to be honest, since ELF’s works so beautifully.

Now, on to the polish pictures!

 

 

 

Monday, 9 April 2012

China Glaze ~ Up All Night, with Gold Stripes

I think China Glaze Up All Night is almost too pretty to mess around with. Wait… I said almost! I thought a simple gold accent would look nice and not detract from the prettiness of this lovely, deep, navy shimmer.

As you can see the design is very simple. I painted my nails with two coats of Up All Night, and added a few strips of gold striping tape when it was fully dry. I don’t think this looks nearly as nice as painted gold stripes, but it will do, right?

 

 

 

Friday, 6 April 2012

Poisonous Dots

After wearing Bourjois Lime Catwalk for a day, I kept having these poisonous toad ideas popping up in my head. I just had to add something to it to make it even more yum-yuck! Enter the dotting tool!

I dotted on various size dots in Barry M Acid Yellow and China Glaze Pink Voltage, but didn’t seal with a top coat, so the dotty texture would remain. I love it! Most fun nails I’ve worn in ages!

 

 

 

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Purple Layering with China Glaze

I’m forever trying to find ways to use my China Glaze Avalanche. It’s such a pretty colour, but I hate the frost finish. I have previously used it with crackle and sponged it in a gradient.  This time I figured I’d try layering another polish over the top, and I went with China Glaze Senorita Bonita.

In the pictures I’m wearing two coats of Avalanche, and one of Senorita Bonita. I love how the metallic look of Avalanche peeks through and changes the finish slightly! No dramatic difference, but an acceptable result I think :)

 

 

 

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bourjois ~ Lime Catwalk

Bourjois Lime Catwalk is quite possibly the ugliest polish I own. I’m not quite sure what made me buy it, but you have to admit there is something strangely appealing about this troll-snot meets-bog-sludge colour!

The application was super smooth, and although I needed three coats for opacity I can’t really fault it. The brush is a bit too wide (for my liking), and the tall bottle feels a bit unsteady, but so far I like Bourjois. The formula is very buttery and very glossy, just as it should be for a crème!

 

 

 

Monday, 2 April 2012

Barry M ~ Pale Blue (Blueberry Ice Cream) for Autism Awareness Day

I absolutely adore this delicate pastel blue crème. As today is World Autism Awareness Day, it seems fitting to wear this shade.

My bottle is called Pale Blue, but I’m pretty sure this particular polish has been renamed Blueberry Ice Cream. Maybe some informed reader can enlighten me?

Whatever you want to call the polish, I feel it’s a must-have. It went on beautifully in two coats. One of my favourite blues!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know anyone with autism? Will you be wearing blue today as well?

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Guest Post: Catniss from Feline on Fire

I’m so excited to present the first guest post here on The Nail Buff. Catniss from Feline on Fire is an amazing nail artist, and I’m so pleased she wanted to write a piece for my little blog! Over to Catniss!

 

Thank you so much for having me here! The Nail Buff is one of my favourite nail blogs, and I’m so honoured to be here with all you lovely readers!

Since The Nail Buff is all about cruelty free nails, I picked a colour from Barry M to show you today! It’s called Block Orange, and I adore it! I think it goes so well with my skin tone. Since I am the Feline on Fire, of course I had to add some flame effects to make it a bit more eye-cat-ching. I used acrylic paints and a detail brush to add the red and yellow flame effect. I hope you all like it!

 

 

Wow, I think I speak for all of us when I say that your design is simply AMAZING Catniss! Thanks again for grazing my humble little page with your art :)

 

I’m sure no one has taken this post seriously, but just to clarify – this is a little fun I had for April Fools Day, and I obviously haven’t painted my kitty’s claws, it’s just a bit of Photoshop fun :)