Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Barry M "Spring Green" and Pueen Plate 24

Hello everybody! More green! For today's Green Week manicure, I have chosen Barry M "Spring Green", a very, very bright, zingy, fresh green which is impossible to photograph accurately! There is absolutely zero blue in it, despite what my camera would like you to believe. Formula is bordering on jelly, but two thick coats were enough for full opacity for me.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat:

And then I stamped a bold star design from Pueen plate 24, using Nails Inc "Black Taxi". 

I actually had trouble as my clumsy self managed to drop the plate, and it bent right across the image I had chosen :( I managed to straighten it out a bit but it's not perfect, and causes difficulty when it comes to scraping. Still, I managed to get it looking half-decent, and I really love the gaudy contrast of black on green :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Monday, 29 April 2013

China Glaze "Agro"

Hello again loves! Two posts in one day? Boy do I have too much time on my hands(!) Just kidding. You know I love it. Today I have my second green week manicure to share with you!

China Glaze "Agro" was from their Capitol Colors collection, which was inspired the Hunger Games books/films (although I've never read or watched any of them, so I've no idea if they were accurate with their inspiration). It's a beautiful mossy green polish with golden green shimmer, a really beautiful colour in my opinion. It looks darker green around the edges, which gives it real depth. Formula was pretty typical China Glaze - runny, but very well pigmented. The only application problem arises from not wiping the brush stalk off first, if you don't do so, it will drip. 

Pictures show two coats, plus base & to coat:

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Do You Really Need Aqua Base with Holographic Polishes?

Hi folks! I have a bonus post for you today. I was recently asked by Harriet, a friend and fellow polish nut, if I had ever tried to use a matte top coat under holographic polishes instead of Aqua Base? I hadn't, and I was curious, so I promised I would try it. Another lovely lady named Tracey also suggested silver as a base, so I thought I'd turn it into a proper experiment. 

In the pictures below I have used the following different base coats: 

Thumb - bare nail, no base; index - regular base coat (Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat); middle - Nfu.Oh "Aqua Base"; ring - matte top coat; little - silver nail polish (Barry M Silver Foil Effects).

First picture is one coat of Nfu.Oh "64" over each base:

And two coats over each base:

Both pictures are shown without top coat.

The results really speak for themselves. As you can see, it actually looks pretty decent on a bare nail and wasn't too difficult to apply; on a regular base coat it looks awful - it applied terribly, is patchy, streaky, and the holo effect is pathetic; over Nfu.Oh "Aqua Base", it really looks splendid - application was effortless, two coats covered perfectly, and the holo effect is definitely the strongest; over the matte top coat it was a disaster - application was difficult, coverage is patchy, the holo effect is barely visible, and it has dried matte; over silver, application wasn't quite so tricky, but it still dried streaky, the holo effect is not very strong, and the colour has been altered. 

In answer to the question "do you really need to use Aqua Base (or similar) with holographic polishes?", my answer, in my humble opinion, is YES!! Just look at the difference. It's not just the opacity and the ease of application it provides, it's also the strength of the holographic effect. 

Of course, we have recently been spoiled by Color Club and their Halo Hues collections, as they apply like regular nail polish, do not require Aqua Base, and are top coat-friendly; however, in my experience, these are the exception to the rule.

I hope you find this post helpful! Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Green Stamping with Nails Inc and Pueen

Hello my darlings! Get ready for a week of green-themed manicures, as it's "Along Came Greenie" week at All Things Nails this week! I couldn't be happier - green is officially the most numerous colour in my collection :D

To start the week off, I chose to do some stamping using green as the accent colour, instead of the main colour. We'll get on to that in a minute, but first, here is a shot of the colour I used as a base, it's Nails Inc "Notting Hill Carnival", a canary yellow creme. Two coats, no top coat:

And here it is, my first official green week manicure! I used Nails Inc "Seven Dials", a vivd jade green creme, and stamped what I would call a "wallpaper" design from Pueen plate 22. I am actually really proud of this one, I love the two colours together, and the fact that there is green, but it's not all green :)

Are you a fan of green nails?

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon (for MOAR green!!) :) x

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Nails Inc "Noel Street"

Glitter. Stupid glitter so sparkly that my camera has a seizure and won't photograph it properly *kicks something* :( Aaand calm. Nails Inc "Noel Street" is today's polish and, as you may have guessed, it's a glitter bomb. It's a clear base packed full of very fine silver and pale gold particles and a fair amount of fine foily bits too. It all adds up to a beautiful, full-coverage glitter that looks both silver and gold. Formula is problem free - the glitter is very fine and densely packed into the base so it pretty much applies like a regular polish.  I chose to wear it today because it's sunny, but my poor camera had such a hard time focusing properly!!

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat (the first two are in a light room but out of direct sunlight, and the third is in direct sunlight):

If you want to get an idea of just how sparkly this polish is, then head on over to my Facebook page where you can view a video clip of it :D

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :)

Friday, 26 April 2013

OPI "Born Red-y" & More Stamping with Pueen!

Happy Friiiidaaaaaaaaaay! I have what is possibly my favourite bright red shimmer polish to show you today. "Born Red-y" was, I believe, an OPI exclusive colour for QVC UK last year sometime. It is a rich, cool-toned red with a subtle, soft shimmer that sits under the surface. Indoors/in the shade it appears a lot darker and the shimmer isn't quite so visible, but in the sunlight it is absolutely beautiful - a very sophisticated red shimmer polish (a group in general I feel can sometimes look a bit too Christmassy and gaudy). It applies perfectly - one coat is plenty if you're in a mad crazy rush, but I always apply two for added wear and depth of colour.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat, and appear more pink than in reality (damned camera!):

Even though I absolutely love this shade, I couldn't help faffing - I just love my Pueen plates!! I used a geometric circles and squares design from Pueen plate 20 and Barry M Silver Foil Effects polish:

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Nails Inc "Boltons Place" and Stamping with Pueen!

Hello peoplings! I am very happy today - I ordered a set of Pueen stamping plates on Monday and they arrived this morning! I haven't had chance to test every image yet, but I have used one of them for today's manicure. We'll get on to that in a bit; first though is what I used a base for the manicure! 

Nails Inc "Boltons Place" is a medium taupe/mink with a pretty pinkish pearly shimmer. Formula is quite thick and gloopy, and my brush is cut badly, so application was difficult. I remember the brush being bad last time I wore it but honestly don't remember it being so thick, I remember it being quite runny actually. Guess time hasn't treated it well :( Anyway, it's a very pretty neutral and I like it a lot.

Pictures show two coats, no top coat:

Now for the stamping! I used an ornate small-repeat full-nail design from Pueen plate 17, and Nails Inc "Providence Crescent:

As you can see, the image is really clear, it picks up perfectly and I really love it - I'm definitely looking forward to trying the rest! One disadvantage though: the full-nail designs have the crescent cut out at one end (so they can be used for either French tip or half-moon manicures), which obiviously creates a shorter over-all image area. They fit my finger nails quite easily at their current length, but on my thumb nails it is really stretching it and only just fits (in fact there is a tiny gap at the base as you can see) - if they grow any longer I will have to double stamp.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon! :) x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Zoya "Kissy" & Kiko "277"

Boy have I got a glitter-fest for you today! I'm showing the other two polishes which I purchased from Alison (the first you can see here). I've layered two coats of Zoya "Kissy", a clear base packed full of tiny red glitter, tiny and very fine magenta strand glitter, and slightly chunkier (but still very fine) holographic silver strand glitter, over Kiko "277", a gorgeous raspberry pink glass-fleck shimmer in a jelly base.

First are pictures of the finished article, with base & top coat (Kissy is a top-coat eater so it could do with a second coat really):

And here are a couple of shots of Kiko "277" on its own, two coats, no top coat:

As always, both were difficult to photograph - multiply the glittery, sparkly goodness by one hundred and you might get close!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Max Factor "Fantasy Fire"

Hello my dearlings. Today is going to be a quick post with the focus mostly on the pictures, for I am not feeling well.

Here we have Max Factor "Fantasy Fire", two coats over Nails Inc "Belgrave Place" (which I didn't get a shot of prior), in a variety of different lighting situations and with two different cameras - it's almost impossible to photograph.

Thanks to lovely Alison, from whom I bought this and a couple of other beauties recently :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Monday, 22 April 2013

Rimmel 60 Seconds "Pulsating"

Hello! Today I received my 200th "Liker" on Facebook which, for a little girl from Cornwall, is pretty good going. Thanks to all of you, and everybody who reads this blog, however you do so - I don't think I'd have kept posting quite as regularly as I do if they hadn't been so well received <3 If you don't already follow me on Facebook, why not take a look? I post lots more nail art and general faffage there than gets on to my blog proper, and I always try my best to reply to all comments and messages :)

On to today's nail polish! "Pulsating" is from Rimmel's 60 Seconds range of nail polishes. It's a bright fuchsia shimmer with a very strong purple undertone. Formula is teeny bit sheer, but nothing two generous coats won't sort out. It doesn't have the shiniest of finishes, so top coat is a must. The brush, as with all the 60 Seconds polishes, is dismal. It's round-cut, wide, and flat, but thick and not well made. It just doesn't suit my nail shape and I really struggle to achieve a neat finish.

Pictures show two coats, plus base & top coat:

What do you think? It's a nice colour, but I can never decide whether actually like it or not - I just don't really feel like it's "me"....

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Nails Inc "Royal Botanical Gardens" & Stamping

Hello dears, and happy Sunday!

I already blogged about today's polish - Nails Inc "Royal Botanical Gardens" - a few months ago, but I love it so much I had to wear it again. Forget about all the crazy leather/concrete effects and frankly quite ludicrous "Bling It On" embellishment ranges that Nails Inc have been churning out recently, I think this polish is the best new creation from them in months, if not years - a plain, pastel aqua creme polish. It's what Nails Inc do best, and I do wish they'd realise this and go back to their "roots", instead of bringing out gimmick after gimmick.

Anyway, pictures! Two coats, plus base & top coat:

And just because I felt like it, I added a stamped feather design, using China Glaze "Deviantly Daring" and Bundle Monster plate BM-214:

Before I go, I'd like to point out that I've had a slight re-jig of my blog's general design - I have changed the background image but, more importantly, I now have my very own logo header, which was very generously created by a lovely friend and fellow nail polish enthusiast named Kirsty - hasn't she done a brilliant job? :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Layla "Ocean Rush"

Hi folks! I'm stuck well and truly in the holo mood, it's been so sunny and lovely here but I've no idea how long that will last, so I'm making the most of it!

Layla "Ocean Rush" is a bright blue holographic polish with a very strong, linear holo finish which is also quite sparkly due to the slightly larger holographic particles. I applied two coats over my Aqua Base and aside from it tending to flood my side walls a bit, application was fine. 

Pictures show two coats with Nfu.Oh Aqua Base and no top coat:

What do you think? I adore it. I remember the last time I wore it, I pretty much spent the entire day gawping at my nails and today is no different!!

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Friday, 19 April 2013

Color Club "Wild At Heart"

Hi world, and happy flippin' Friday! Today I am showing you the first Color Club I ever bought, many moons ago, which still holds a very special place in my heart."Wild At Heart" is a deep purple holographic polish. It has a scattered holographic finish, as opposed to the crazy linear holo finish of the Halo Hues, but the effect is nevertheless very strong and vivid. Formula is very densely pigmented - a one coater, even, but as top coat dulls the holographic effect and therefore best avoided, I would always advise two coats to enable longer wear. A second coat does also provide more depth. Thankfully it doesn't require a rubberised base coat such as Aqua Base or similar - I just use regular base coat and never have any problems.

Pictures show two coats plus base coat, but no top coat:

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Nails Inc "Savoy Hill"

Ever find yourself lost for words? Well I am. I had honestly forgotten just how much I love Nails Inc "Savoy Hill"! 

It's a bright insanely bright orange-toned red creme polish. That's pretty much all there is to it really, but like I said the other day, sometimes the simplest things really are the best. Formula is as you expect from a Nails Inc creme - totally perfect.

Pictures show two coats, plus base & top coat:

And there you have it. Today has been a good day, and Savoy Hill has put the cherry on the cake for me. Big smiles :D

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

OPI "Midnight In Moscow"

Hello everybody! I'm quite miffed that, having had several beautiful, sunny days here, and having re-jigged my polish schedule accordingly, today turns out to be grey and rainy and windy and generally miserable - right in time for a polish which really deserves to be seen in the sun to see its true beauty :( Still, I went ahead and applied it anyway!

OPI "Midnight In Moscow" is a bit of a peculiar shade in its make-up - it's a smoky sheer greyish black base with scattered burgundy shimmer - in the shade it looks like a very, very dark, almost black colour, but in the light it comes alive and turns into a gorgeous, blackened, lit-from-within, vampy burgundy beauty . Formula-wise, it's a pain in the neck. It's sheer, runny, streaky, and patchy with one coat - every time I apply it I think "how the hell am I ever gonna get this to look good?!".... But it always works out in the end. A second coat begins to sort things out, but I feel a third coat is always necessary for a perfect finish. And I actually think it benefits from that third coat (aside from it being necessary) as, thanks to the base that the shimmer is suspended in, it creates a wonderfully deep, mysterious look. It's truly beautiful, and totally worth the hassle of the tricky formula.

Pictures show three coats with base & top coat:

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Nails Inc "Emerald Street"

Hi loves. Do you ever have those really pissy days during which everything annoys you? Well I'm having one today. When it came to nail painting time, the polish I had originally planned to wear just wasn't "doing it" for me, so instead I went back to an old favourite - one which I know will never fail to cheer me up.

Nails Inc "Emerald Street" isn't a complicated polish - in fact it's one of the simplest, and sometimes (as in this case), the simplest things are the best. It's a rich, vivid, vibrant emerald green shimmer with a formula which is perfection itself.

Pictures show two coats, plus base & top coat:

And to (sort of) show just how aptly this polish is named, here is a matchy matchy shot with my "emerald" ring (it's a simulated emerald, obviously - I've more chance of pooping a rainbow than being able to afford a genuine emerald like this!)

Are there "old faithful" polishes in your collection which you know will always cheer you up?

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x

Monday, 15 April 2013

OPI "I Eat Mainely Lobster"

I feel this post needs a bit of a disclaimer: As with all bright coral shades, this polish will not photograph accurately. I have adjusted the white balance and generally jiggered about a bit to bring it as close to (but still not quite perfect) colour accuracy as possible, but that has made my skin look.... Well, blue! With that in mind, let's get on with it, shall we?

OPI "I Eat Mainely Lobster" is a very, very bright pink/coral shade with a delicate, scattered golden shimmer. Formula is a little bit thin and streaky, and my brush had a tendency to drag, but two averagely thick coats were enough to cover adequately.

Pictures show two coats plus base & top coat:

As I said at the start, this was as close as I could get to decent colour accuracy. In reality it is brighter and more pink (and my skin less dead-looking!!).

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x