Thursday, 22 August 2013

Dotty Sponging

So, yesterday, Lizzy posted this amazing, bright sponging gradient. It inspired me to do some gradient sponging too! I didn’t want to copy Lizzy’s design straight out, so I went for a less intricate pattern, but with some dots on top instead.

The polishes used are Barry M ~ Block Orange, China Glaze ~ For Audrey, Barry M ~ Pink Flamingo and Barry M ~ Pale Purple (dots) over a base of Barry M ~ Matt White. I think the end result is quite fun! Hope you like it too :)

 

 

 

Friday, 16 August 2013

Nails Inc ~ Soho Mews Leather Effect

 

Do you like the textured polishes that seem so popular just now? I don’t know what it is, but I think they are really cool, sort of in the same way a really ugly dog is really cute, you know? This polish from Nails Inc isn’t quite as “bumpy” as some of the sand/sugar textures, and it’s supposed to look a bit like leather (duh!). Regardless of what you want to call this particular texture, I love it. I think it adds a bit of interest to a very neutral, office friendly tan shade.

The polish is sold in a set together with four little gem-studded skulls and glue. The skulls are very cute, but not my cup of tea to be honest. I don’t think I’m quite badass enough to wear them. I think it’s a shame that they are so large, as the only nail they will really fit on will probably be your thumb. I have a thing for accenting my ring finger, and that just wouldn’t happen with these bad boys.

The polish itself was flawless. You can easily get away with one coat if you wish (I didn’t wish to, and added two. Maybe I’m a bit badass after all), and the drying time is super fast. The shade is right up my alley, and I think this dark nude would probably flatter a lot of skin tones.

 

 

 

 

 

In the UK you can get this set through QVC. I have actually never used them before, but have a friend that absolutely loves them! Turns out they have lots of Nails Inc and other nail products! Worth checking out if you are in the UK :)

 

~ PR Sample ~

Monday, 12 August 2013

Cirque ~ Cypress

During my brief stay in Sweden last year, I was given the opportunity to try out some polishes from Norway Nails web shop. The owner Wenche has worked super hard to make her shop a success, and she now sells lots of fab brands to Scandinavia. I think this is fantastic, as the Nordic countries usually get shafted when it comes to fun polish brands.

Cirque ~ Cypress is a beautiful bronzy scattered holo. Easy application and an absolutely beautiful finish. I find holos difficult to photograph, so in order for you to get a good idea of how pretty it is I have included pictures taken under different light conditions. The last picture is really quite dark, but I feel it’s the one that best shows off the sparkly goodness. The first three pictures are taken in daylight, and the last under artificial light.

 

 

 

 

 

If you live in Scandinavia, I strongly urge you to check out Norway Nails shop and Facebook page. The Facebook page has frequent giveaways, so it’s well worth following!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Glitter Removal {Image Heavy}

I have been showing you a lot of glitter manicures lately, and although they are really pretty and eye-catching, they can be a pain to remove. Now unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the “foil method” for removing glitter. The idea is very simple, and very effective, so on the off-chance that you don’t quite know how to do it, I thought I would show you my way of doing it.

The mani I’m removing here, is my gradient with Shimmer Polish ~ Lorene.

 

Items needed:

  • Acetone based remover
  • Tin foil/kitchen foil
  • 3 Cotton pads
  • Scissors

 

 

Step 1:

Cut up your cotton pads into quarters. You will need to cut two pads into four, and one pad into three (two quarters and one half). Cut out strips of foil, and then cut these into pieces. I get four pieces from each strip of foil, but your foil may be of different width, so just cut pieces you think will fit when wrapped around your finger.

 

Step 2:

Line up your foil pieces and place one thoroughly acetone soaked (not dripping, mind!) piece of cotton pad on each one. If you take the time to prep a bit here, it will be easier once you start trying to fumble everything in place with foil fingers!

 

 

 

Step 3:

Place your finger with the nail on the soaked cotton pad, and fold the top of the foil over it. Then wrap the ends of the foil snugly against your finger.

 

Step 4:

You have a choice to either do both hands at once, or one at a time. I like to live life on the edge, so I do both hands at once.

Once you are all wrapped up, you need to let this sit for a while. I would suggest checking after 5-10 minutes, but carefully, so you can pop your little foil finger hat back on if necessary.

 

 

Step 5:

When it’s time to remove your foil tips, press down a bit on the nail, and wiggle the foil slightly from side to side as you pull it off. After this I wash my hands and use a nail brush to get rid of loose glitter pieces. Finally I use my left-over half of cotton pad to remove the last little pieces. Waste not want not and all that!

 

And here you can see just how effective it is! It’s a little bit faffy, but sure beats sitting there swearing over stubborn glitter that just.won’t.come.off!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Lorene goes French

I hope you are still enjoying the Shimmer Polishes! I know I am :) I have something a little bit different planned for you soon, so there will be small tutorial coming up.

For this mani I started with one of my all time favourite polishes, OPI ~ Skull and Glossbones. This shade is just gorgeous, but sadly the formula isn’t great. Serious cuticle drag :(
Over the base I sponged a kind of reverse French with Shimmer Polish ~ Lorene. Lorene is a deep pinky purple glitter with bits of blue and gold, and I think it looks lovely against the beige/grey base.

 

 

 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Audrey and Alice

It’s been a long time since I wore a mattified glitter manicure, and it felt like high time! I generally love the look of them, and this little creation is no exception.

I started with two coats of China Glaze ~ For Audrey, which is that famous turquoise Tiffany blue, and added a thin coat of Shimmer Polish ~ Alice. Alice is super pretty, with holographic glitters. The holographic quality was somewhat lost when I mattified my mani, but I really don’t think it matters. If you look at the bottle in the pictures you get an idea of how blingy it can be!

I love the end result! Hope you like it too :)

 

 

 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Accidntl Irn Bru

I was in the mood for a really bright and slightly in-your-face kind of manicure, and decided to go bold! I picked one of my favourite brights: Barry M ~ Tangerine, and sponged on a gradient of beautifully blue Shimmer Polish ~ Sarah. I loved the fun result, and had to laugh when my boyfriend pointed out that I had totally painted my nails in the Irn Bru colours. For those of you who live outside of the UK (or even Scotland actually), Irn Bru (or “iron brew”) is a hugely popular soft drink that is vibrantly orange in colour, and exceptionally synthetic in taste.

 

 

 

 

And here is an image of the Irn Bru can – my boyfriend had a point!

 

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Shimmer Polish ~ Karen

It’s about time I showed you another beauty from Shimmer Polish :)

This time it’s Karen, a pale plummy purple with silver and holographic glitters. This time I opted for an accent nail, as it works beautifully well with Barry M ~ Dusky Mauve. I wasn’t able to capture the subtle shimmer in Dusky Mauve, but in real life the two polishes complement each other very nicely.

 

 

 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Shimmer Polish ~ Leslie

Hello lovely fellow nail buffs! I’m back in the UK again, and this time I think I will stay here for good :) There isn’t much to tell about the past months, except that I have sold off most of my polishes. I have kept a small amount, and I continue to paint my nails, but I felt that my collection grew to proportions that were too large for me to feel comfortable with. I have absolutely no issue with lassies and laddies who choose to “collect” polish, but I started to realise it wasn’t for me. I have kept polishes that I am happy to use over and over, and this will most likely be my approach in the future. This means that there will not be as much new things to show you on the blog, but whenever I do something new with my nails, or acquire a new polish, I will be sure to share it with you all of course :)

I was asked by the creator of the indie brand Shimmer Polish if I wanted to try a few polishes out. I have seen these beauties before on the interwebs, and it wasn’t hard to decide to say yes. She kindly sent me a fair few polishes to try, and I am very impressed so far.

The first one I will swatch for you is a gorgeous multi-coloured glitter that mainly runs blue, and it’s called Leslie. The glitters are a mix of larger blue hexes and smaller pinky-purple, silver and red glitters, suspended in a clear base. Application was absolutely flawless. No fishing required of any kind, I could paint it on like any other polish. In the photos I have one fairly generous coat over two coats of Bourjouis ~ Bleue Asphalt. The bottle the polish comes in is a standard Seche-style bottle, with a super cute label with a little iridescent heart.

 

 

 

This is the first time I try an indie polish, and I’m starting to wonder why I didn’t do it sooner!

 

~ Sent for review purposes ~

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Bondi New York ~ Central Park Blossom

Bondi New York is a new American brand. It is 5 free, which means it doesn’t contain any formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, DBP or toluene. I have also been assure that the polishes are completely vegan and cruelty free.

The colour selection is limited to 20 shades at the moment. For me there was nothing that stood out in the collection and said “wow”. The colours are pretty standard, and in my opinion nothing to write home about. In other words, there were no nice greens there ;)

The shade that I liked the look of the most was Central Park Blossom. It’s a lovely, soft peach shade that would work absolutely everywhere, from the office to a date to a wedding. It’s just one of those classic feminine shades that is never wrong.

The formula was both good and bad. Sounds weird? Well, it was very thin and runny, which is something I personally like very much (I know a lot of you don’t though!), but whereas the best polishes let you paint thinly and still get good coverage, I had to use four coats of Central Park Blossom. That for me is one coat more than I am willing to paint, and two more than I prefer. On the upside the polish dried quickly, so there was no gummy gunk feeling on my nails in spite of all the layers. These pale polishes can sometimes be a bit tricky formula wise (remember the nightmare I had with a-England Iseult?) so I am not willing to dismiss the brand based on this shade alone.

 

 

 

The Bondi New York polishes retail for $15, and you get a generous 15ml for that. The international shipping fee is a very reasonable $3.99, which is pretty great considering the recent rise in US shipping costs.

 

 

* This polish was sent for review purposes. *

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Nail Station ~ Vandalism Art 76

I have told you about Norway Nails previously, and here is another beauty you can get there. Vandalism Art 76 is a chunky silver and gold/bronze glitter that applies well. I have one coat as an accent over a base of China Glaze ~ Below Deck.

 

 

Friday, 25 January 2013

Nailstation ~ Vandalism Art 95

Vandalism Art 95 is the third of the polishes sent by Norway Nails that I’m showing you on the blog. It’s a chunky black and silver glitter in a clear jelly base. I wasn’t sure what polish I wanted to use as a base, but I decided on China Glaze Stella. You can never go wrong with Stella! The glitter was fine to work with, but some placing was required, as is usually the case with chunky glitter like this.

 

 

 

 

Norway Nails will be selling Nailstation and lots of other exciting brands to us poor polish-deprived Scandinavians. The shop will open 1 Feb, but you can visit the Facebook page as of now :)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Ozotic ~ 502

Today I have the second polish from Norway Nails to show you. This time it’s the beautiful multi-chrome Ozotic ~ 502. A polish this pretty really deserves a nicer name than 502, don’t you think? If it was up to you, what would you call it? I think I would call it Forest Fire! The polish shifts beautifully between warm bronze, green and red. The formula was easy to work with, and although the polish looked very thin to begin with, 3 coats were enough. This is a polish I will definitely try layering over another base.
Remember that even though the Norway Nails store doesn’t open its doors until 1 February, the Facebook page is up and running!




Saturday, 19 January 2013

Picture Polish ~ Denim

This polish was sent to me for review by the owner of the soon to be opened new Scandinavian online nail shop Norway Nails. Norway Nails will carry some really exciting brands that can be tricky to get hold of here in this little corner of the world. We will see polishes like Picture Polish, Cirque, Ozotic, Nail Station and other harder to find gems. The shop opens on the first of February. Norway Nails also has a Facebook page that’s very much up and running already.

Denim is a pretty blue polish with fairly chunky, irregular glitter pieces. The formula was really nice to work with, and the polish looked perfect in two coats. The surface is quite bumpy as you can see, so if you like a glassy finish you will probably need more than the one layer of top coat I used.