Sunday, 30 June 2013

Sasatinnie "Pomegranate"

Hello dears! Sorry (again) for no blog post yesterday. A) I wasn't really all that keen on what I'd done with my nails; and b) we had a major power failure at home yesterday evening so I was stuck in the dark ages until gone 10:30pm, by which time I was in no mood for blogging. Anyway, I think what I have to show you today will make up for that!

Remember the Color4Nails competition which I told you about in this post? Well today I finally have the second of those prizes to show you. Sasatinnie "Pomegranate" is a flaky top coat in a red tinted base. The flakes are predominantly red, and they shift to orange, yellow, and green. It is an absolutely gorgeous effect which I think is demonstrated best when applied over darker colours. I had a mini bottle, which is heart-shaped. It is ever so very cute, but the brush stalk is very short and the handle is small and round, making it a bit tricky to handle with my giant hands and long fingers. However, it still applied very well, and the two coats dried very quickly. I applied those two coats over a very, very dark browny black - Nails Inc "Lily" - which you can see here.

Pictures are all with top coat (Nails Inc "Kensington Caviar" top coat):


What do you think? Are you as much a fan of flaky polishes as I am?

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

Friday, 28 June 2013

Butterfly Nail Art with Pueen & Nails Inc "Upper Brook Street"

Hello internet! Sorry for the no blog yesterday or the day before. I had a major nail fail and my computer has been driving me crazy so I just gave up. It seems to be a bit better today so, while I still won;t show you the nail fail from Wednesday, I still have yesterday's and today's manicures to show you! Not so much of the words today as there a a fair few pics and I'm tired.

We'll start with yesterday.

I started with two coats of Nails Inc "England's Lane" - a pale lilac creme. No top coat:

On top of that I added one coat of China Glaze "Fairy Dust" (again, no top coat):

And then using Nails Inc "Duchess Street" I stamped a really pretty butterfly full-nail image from Pueen plate 39, and finished with top coat:

That was officially my favourite nail art that I've ever done ^_^

Now on to today. Nails Inc "Upper Brook Street" is an absolutely divine navy blue shimmer. Slightly purple-toned, but definitely navy. The formula was flawless - two richly pigmented coats for opaque perfection. Even with the teeny brush in my mini bottle it was easy to apply. Pictures are with top coat:

And then I went a step too far. I received a mini bottle of Nails Inc "Electric Lane", a scattered holographic top coat, so I decided to add one coat of that. I don't like it. The particles are too big and too densely packed for my liking and I needed two coats of top coat to make it smooth and shiny. It may lend itself better to paler colours, but I won't be reaching for it again any time soon and certainly won't be buying a full-sized bottle -  I will definitely be sticking with China Glaze "Fairy Dust"!!

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

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Iconic Effect "Princess Drops"

Hello everybody! Prepare to enter a fabulous fairy wonderland! Today I am showing you Iconic Effect "Princess Drops", a clear base with a vast array of glitters and sequins. There are pink, lilac, silver, icy blue, holographic, iridescent, tiny squares, medium hexes, and big stars, hearts, flowers, and kite shapes in there and it is absolutely heart-breakingly beautiful. 

I started with two coats of 2True Colour Quick "Shade 14" as a base, so I will show you that first. 

Pictures are without top coat:

I then applied two layers of "Princess Drops". I had to do a little fishing in the bottle to ensure a good selection of shapes and sizes, but it wasn't a faff in the slightest. I'm pleased to say the particles aren't too densely packed - I find sometimes with this type of glitter that there are too many bits, which makes for a very "dry" polish. Not so here! 

Pictures are with top coat:

I have to say that these pictures in no way do it any kind of justice. The sun disappeared as I was preparing to paint my nails, and my day light lamp really washes out glitters and pale colours. I hope you can see a little bit just how beautiful it is though.

Iconic Effect's Etsy shop is now open, and you can also keep up with their news on Facebook.

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

Monday, 24 June 2013

Nautical Nails and some Mattified Flakies!

Hello dear, and happy new week! 

We'll start with the mattified flakies, which were yesterday's manicure, but as it was my grandmother's birthday and I went to visit her in the evening, I didn't have time to photograph my nails or write my blog. 

So, I started with one coat of Nails Inc "Covent Garden", a very dark greenish navy creme with a superb formula, then I applied one coat of Nails Inc "The Vaudeville", a green/blue flaky in a clear base, and finished with matte top coat. This had been on my nails all night by the time I photographed them, so it's looking a little battered here:

Now, all this week at All Things Nails the theme is "Plain Sailing into Nautical Week". I had something in mind which clearly wasn't going to work as I didn't have the stamping plate (I don't suppose it even exists anywhere, knowing my ridic imagination), so I altered it slightly. I started with two coats of OPI "Alpine Snow", then I stamped a sort of rope/chain image from Pueen plate 31 in red and blue (Revlon "Revlon Red" & Barielle "Berry Blue") on alternate nails, and finished with a gold stamped anchor image from Bundle Monster plate BM08 on my ring finger nails. Sadly the anchor doesn't show up too well and even less so in photographs. If I had steady enough hands I could fill it in a little bit with a brush but I know that would end in disaster, so I left it alone. Pictures are messy I'm afraid but you kind of get the idea!

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

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Nails Inc "Hampton Court Palace Gardens" & Pueen Plate 32

Hello my lovers. Today's notd has possibly the longest name ever. Nails Inc "Hampton Court Palace Gardens" (seriously Nails Inc?!) is a very warm-toned medium orange creme polish. In the bottle it looks quite yellowy but it dries much darker and more orange on the nails, kinda like the colour of orange Skittles. Formula was a little bit streaky as there is obviously a lot of white pigment. I applied two quite generous coats and for the most part they covered well, and dried quickly.

Pictures show two coats, no top coat (and are not entirely colour accurate - it's not this yellow, my poor camera really struggled with this one):

And then out came the Pueen plates! I had actually had this manicure planned for a few days - both the colours and the pattern. I used Color Club "Bright Night" for the stamping which in hindsight was a mistake, as it's ended up all funny looking and wasn't opaque enough. Still, from a distance it's pretty striking! The image was from Pueen plate 32. Pictures are with top coat:

What do you think? It's pretty obnoxious but then so am I, so I love it ^_^

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

Friday, 21 June 2013

Nails Inc "St James Square"

Hello dearlings. Not got an awful lot to say for myself today so she we just get on with it?

Today's manicure is Nails Inc "St James Square", a muted yet still lively turquoise creme. It leans slightly more blue than green but is definitely one of those colours which can't really make its mind up. Formula was thick and I suspect my bottle had already been opened and played with before I received it. However it was still fairly easy to apply and totally opaque with two coats, but it bubbled somewhat on a few nails.

Picture shows two coats, no top coat:

I had originally intended to do some stamping on top of this but: a) I couldn't get inspired; and b) I really wanted to wear my Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots "Chalk Dust" again, so I bloody well did! One coat of that, and top coat:

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

Thursday, 20 June 2013

I'm Seeing Spots!

Hey, internet! How the flip are you? I've got something fun to show you today. If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know fully well I recently bought a new kettle, which is possibly the snazziest kettle in town. The matchy matchy has since begun - I have bought a phone case to match it, and my mum has made curtains and a tablecloth to match too. Well today, even my nails match my kettle! It's kind of a "kill two birds with one stone" manicure too as it's dotty week at All Things Nails, so this is my lone contribution to that.

Let's get to it, shall we? I started by applying two coats of OPI "Alpine Snow" - the best white creme polish in my opinion - with no top coat:

And then, using a multitude of colours, I applied dots in a semi-regular pattern (in so far as I tried to get the same colour in the same place on each nail but it didn't always work as my nails are all different shapes and sizes at the moment):

Colours: Barry M "Key Lime" Gelly (lime green), Barry M "Plum" Gelly (purple), Barry M "Cobalt Blue" (blue), Nails Inc "Pont Street Mews" (pink), Nails Inc "Seven Dials" (green), Nails Inc "Hampton Court Palace Gardens" (orange).

And here it is, my darling spotty kettle with my matching nails :D

What do you think? Do you like finding random objects and matching it with other random objects (either nails or otherwise)? I love it :D

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

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Butterflies, Holographics, and Stamping, Oh My!

Hello dears. I went out for the day yesterday to the Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre which is near where I live in Cornwall, and a jolly good old day I had too. I was too tired to blog in the evening though, so today you have a double post. Yay!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Color Club "Object Of Envy"

Hello everybody. I've had a really horrible day and don't have much to say, so I shall keep the words to a minimum. Today's manicure has several layers to it, so pictures will, as always, be in chronological order.

 Nubar "Greener", two coats, no top coat:

Color Club "Object Of Envy" (one coat over the Nubar, with thick top coat):

(Sunshine shot to show the sparkliness)

Stamping with Barry M "Gold Foil Effects" and Pueen plate 49 (terrible picture, I apologise):

I feel this finished manicure is far too Christmassy for this time of year but whatever, I like it.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Color Club "Secret Agent"...

... And more stamping with Pueen, duh!!

Let's start of with my base colour. Color Club "Secret Agent" is an absolutely divine, sumptuous, velvety purple shimmer. It is slightly frosted/pearly which gives it a great sense of depth, and there is a really beautiful, delicate pink sheen to it too. It's a vivid purple but at the same time really soft looking, and very grown-up as purples go. Formula wise, I really though I'd struggle - the first coat is thin, watery, and streaky, but a generous second coat left a perfect, flawless finish. As with most purples, it is difficult to photograph accurately - in reality it is far less blue.

Pictures show two coats, no top coat:

Originally I was going to use a gold polish for my stamping, but I decided that would overpower the prettiness of the purple and instead with a pale lilac creme - Nails Inc "England's Lane", and used an ornate, leafy. vine-like image from Pueen plate 33:

And here is a picture taken from an angle to reduce the reflection and allow the pattern to be more visible:

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

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Color Club "Cold Metal" & Pueen Plate 44

Move over Zoya "Song", mama's got a new favourite blue!!

Color Club "Cold Metal" (I am about 99.99% sure that's what it is - it was labelless so I had to do a bit of digging and came to this conclusion) is a medium, vibrant, slightly denim blue foil shimmer, which is very twinkly. Formula is absolutely divine - intensely pigmented, rich, smooth, with a nice consistency and easy to apply. Easily a one coater, but habit prevailed and I applied two, which dried very quickly.

Pictures show two coats, no top coat:

Then using Barry M "Silver Foil Effects", I stamped this bold starry image from Pueen plate 44, and finished with top coat:

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

Friday, 14 June 2013

Stamping with my New Pueen Plates!

Yeah baby! I ordered the second set of Pueen plates from their website recently and they arrived today - to say I was excited when the postman arrived this morning would be a massive understatement. 

I did a quick, subtle, dirty stamp over yesterday's manicure to start with, using Barry M "Gold Foil Effects" and Pueen plate 26:

And here is today's manicure. I started with two coats of Nails Inc "Piccadilly Circus":

And then, using Nails Inc "Old Park Lane", I stamped a beautiful, intricately detailed image from Pueen plate 44, and finished with top coat:

(I know my fingers and cuticles are a mess, I hadn't realised until after I had photographed!)

What do you think? As with the first set of Pueen plates, the quality is superb. I have tested every image on every plate and they all stamp perfectly. This set is called "Love Elements", so there are quite a few heart-themed designs, but none of them are twee or sickly. One thing I am even more impressed with this time is the fact that, unlike the first set, this set does not have the crescent cut-out at the bottom of the full nail images, making the entire image usable and more suitable for longer nails. They also seem slightly bigger than the previous set's images, which is always a plus. Finally, this set came with an adorable little storage pouch with sleeves for every plate, which was a lovely touch. I am delighted, and you know I'm going to be stamping over everything for the foreseeable future!! :D

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

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Nails Inc "Porchester Square"

Greetings dear friends! How are you? Today I have something rather more sedate than my previous post to share with you. "Porchester Square" is what Nails Inc call one of their "hero shades". It's certainly got a lot of renown but if I'm perfectly honest, I haven't always been its biggest fan. I do like it a lot, but I haven't got my knickers in a twist over it like some people have - it never seems to look the same on me as it does on other people. However, I've been itching to wear it lately for whatever reason (I don't know why particularly) so I chose it today. 

I'm sure it doesn't need much of a description - it's a pale putty creme with a very good formula (very typically Nails Inc). 

My pictures show two coats, with no top coat:

And because I'm still on my "put China Glaze Fairy Dust on everything" kick, I did just that! One coat of Fairy Dust, with top cot:

Before I go, you may have noticed my nails have changed shape. It won't be a permanent feature (thank goodness, as I can't stand this shape on me), but I broke both corners off one nail today and wasn't quite ready to lop them all off, so I instead rounded all the corners off to match instead and will straighten them back out again once they have grown out a bit.

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