Monday, 15 July 2013

Taking A Break....

Hello dear readers. I just though I should stop by and explain my absence. Over the past month or two I have felt more and more as though blogging has become a chore rather than something I enjoy and look forward to. My love for polish and daily manicures has not waned, but I have grown weary of sitting at a computer for hours each day and editing pictures and thinking of things to say and keeping happy and upbeat and everything else that goes with maintaining a blog, when really I'd rather be somewhere - anywhere - else. That weariness has intensified with the onset of summer and so I have decided to put my blog on hold for a little while. It isn't the end of AnnaBean's Nails, for I fully intend to return, but for now I am having a little "summer holiday" from blogging, and I hope you can all understand that.

If you still want to keep up with my manicures (and many, multiple pictures of my pets and sunsets and the beautiful scenery which surrounds me and random boring shit from my life) then please feel free to follow me on Instagram - it's far easier for a lazy person like me to lie in bed and post from my phone than blog proper. My username is annabean1983 (there is also a link on the right hand side panel if you're viewing this post via a computer).

In the meantime, here is a picture of one of my recent, un-blogged manicures (nabbed from my Instagram so obviously only a mobile phone-quality picture). I used Color Club "Beyond" as a base and Color Club "Harp On It" for the funky tips, which were created with the help of some jaggedly-cut sticky tape:

Thanks for reading, and for sticking around. I will be back soon, so I hope you will be too :) xx

Friday, 5 July 2013

Color Club "Harp On It"

I am freaking out. Today's NOTD is just beyond amazing. Prepare yourselves, my dears - if you like holographic polish, you're in for a treat!

"Harp On It" is from Color Club's first set of "Halo Hues" holographic polishes, released in 2012. It is a silver linear holographic with a very strong rainbow effect. As would be expected, the rainbow effect is less visible in indirect light, but in those circumstances it takes on a lovely pearlescent, chrome-like silver finish. It's pretty where ever you may be and whatever the lighting is like, but in the sunlight it is mind-blowing. Application was an absolute breeze compared to other brands' holographic polishes. I used regular base coat (as I do with all of my Color Club Halo Hues) and it caused no issues. Harp On It is slightly runnier than my other halo hues so it is not as easy to control, but not troublesome in the slightest. I applied two coats, which were enough for full opacity. My pictures are without top coat, but I have since applied it and I can confirm that, while it dulls the effect initally, it soon returns and is just as eye-popping.

On to the pictures!! There are a mixture of shots in direct sunlight, with the camera flash, and one in the shade:

Do you own any of Color Club's Halo Hues, or holographic polishes in general? Which is your favourite?

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

Thursday, 4 July 2013

OPI "Casino Royale" & Nails Inc "High Society"

A word-lite, late-nite post for you today, because I'm a scatterbrain and forgot to blog earlier (even though I had everything ready to go)!

OPI "Casino Royale", two coats, no top coat:

And with two coats of Nails Inc "High Society", a gold/green (and blue at a very oblique angle) flaky topper, with top coat (pictures in direct sunlight and shade - you can work out which ones are which):

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

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Models Own "Emerald Black Beetlejuice" & Nails Inc "The Vaudeville"

Hello dearlings, and happy Wednesday! Yet more flakies for you today - if you hadn't realised (and you may not have, because I haven't told you), it's "Flakies" week at All Things Nails. I only have one more flaky polish left after today's post, so the flakiness will end soon :(

Anyway, back to today. I started with a base of Models Own "Emerald Black Beetlejuice", which was from their first collection of Beetlejuice polishes. "Emerald Black" has a dark, smoky blackened base packed full of very dark green shimmer, which shifts to blue at a very oblique angle. It is the only one from its collection at least which doesn't require any kind of undies; the formula is quite thin and runny, and the first coat never looks good (being streaky and patchy and quite sheer), but the second coat makes everything perfectly opaque and beautiful.

Pictures show two coats, no top coat:

And then I applied one coat of Nails Inc "The Vaudeville", a green/blue flaky in that sort of yellowish-tinged translucent base so typical of flakies, and top coat:

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

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Essie "Shine Of The Times" (and a catch up feat. Color Club "Covered In Diamonds").

Hello wonderful people! I have another double post for you today. I ran out of time and energy for blogging yesterday, so here are lots of pictures, not so many words.

Yesterday I started with a base of Nails Inc "Bury Walk" (two coats, no top coat):

And then applied one coat of Color Club "Covered In Diamonds", and top coat:

And now on to today. Prepare to have your socks knocked off. To start with is a base of Nails Inc "Regent's Palace" (two coats, no top coat):

And on top of that, I applied my newly acquired darling Essie "Shine Of The Times" (the only Essie I own!) - one coat, and top coat:

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