Monday, 28 April 2014

Nails Inc "Foubert's Place" & OPI "Gold Shatter"

Hi folks! This week at All Things Nails, our theme is "Ugly Polish". Lord knows I love an ugly nail polish, so I am in my element! I have a very quick NOTD post for you today to show you my first (of many!) contribution.

Nails Inc "Foubert's Place" is a dirty, sludgy, greyish browny green creme shade, one of my earliest Nails Inc purchases and it remains a favourite to this day, it is beautiful in its ugliness and so flattering! 

Two coats:

Then I added a coat of OPI "Gold Shatter". I love crackles/shatters but not everybody else does, so I think it would count in many peoples' eyes as an "ugly"!

What do you think of this look? It reminds me of sumptuous antique furnishing fabric, the sort of thing you'd see curtains in stately homes made from.

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

Thursday, 24 April 2014

A to Z: B is for Blueberry & Blue Grape!

Hello lovely readers! Today is Thursday, so that means the next installment in the A to Z blog series: the letter B! We have more members in the series now, so instead of linking you to each blog individually, there is now a hub page where all our manicures will be compiled. Check it out here: A to Z Blog Series Hub Page.

I chose to do a gradient with a couple of polishes beginning with B for today's manicure: Barry M "Blueberry" Gelly Nail Paint and Barry M "Blue Grape" Gelly Nail Paint, and then I added a little bit of faffage on top. Let's get to it!

I started with two coats of Barry M "Blueberry" Gelly Nail Paint:

Then using Blueberry and Barry M "Blue Grape" Gelly, I created a gradient:

On top of that I added one coat of Freckles Polish "Scattered Holo Topcoat":

And to finish, I stamped a swirly image from Bundle Monster plate BM-201 using Nails Inc "Motcomb Street" (which is blue, which starts with the letter B!):

Thanks for reading, and be sure to check again next week to see what we all have in store for the letter C! :) x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

OPI Muir Muir On The Wall NOTD

Hello friends! A plain and simple NOTD post is what I have you today! 

"Muir Muir On The Wall", from OPI's recent San Francisco collection, is a beautiful, fairly complex shade. It is typical of OPI in that it has a sheer smoky base in which the shimmer pigments are suspended. Its predominant colour is hard to pinpoint, being a plummy reddish purple (I told you it was complex...!), but that isn't all - it also has a duchrome aspect to it as well, shifting through golden bronze shades to a gorgeous olive green at a very oblique angle. Application was typical of this type of polish - the first coat was sheer and patchy; the second coat achieved opaque perfection.

Pictures all show two coats, with base & top coat:

What do you think? This is my only polish from the San Francisco collection, do you have any of them?

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

Friday, 18 April 2014

Freckles Polish Swatches & Review

Hello friends! I have three new Freckles Polish shades to introduce to you today! They are all from a new range of holographic polishes which will be released next Friday, 25th April. 

More info after the pictures!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nail Polish Alphabet: A is for "Anna"

Hey guys! I'm very excited about today's post. I am joining Charlie from Pocket Money Polishes, Emma from Imagination In Colour, and Sarah from Penny Pinching Polish in their new weekly series based around the alphabet. Each Thursday we will be posting a manicure featuring a polish starting with a different letter of the alphabet. This series is all about having fun, so there are no strict rules, as long as the main featured polish in any given manicure starts with the corresponding letter of the alphabet (of course we may have to get creative for certain tricky letters!).

As the alphabet starts with the letter A, that is naturally where we are all starting too! 

My choice for A was really an obvious one. I have chosen Darling Diva "Anna", and eased myself into the challenge gently by layering two coats over a plain black creme for a simple yet sparkly look!

(Photo intentionally blurred to show the sparklies)

Check out what the other ladies have chosen for their letter A manicure by clicking the following links:
Charlie - Pocket Money Polishes
Emma - Imagination In Colour
Sarah - Penny Pinching Polish

Come back next week to see the letter B!

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

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Moyra Swatches & Review

Hi everybody! Today I have  a new-to-the-UK brand to introduce you to. "Moyra" is a well established European brand who have recently launched here in the UK, and I have four of their polishes for your eyeballs' delight today!

"No. 404":

No. 404 from the Matte Effect range is a rich burgundy shimmer with a matte finish. Very fluid but well pigmented formula which was smooth to apply. Dries quickly, but the matte effect takes a little while to develop fully. As it is a matte finish, top coat is not necessary, although you are free to apply it if you want to turn it into a glossy finish. Pictures show two coats, no top coat. 


"No. 506"

No. 506 from the Suede Effect range is a medium slate grey with slightly chunky silver shimmer, which also has a matte finish. Another very fluid but well pigmented formula, this one dries ultra fast, and you may want to take extra care not to paint over the same spot too many times to avoid dragging. The matte finish on this one develops very quickly and is very matte. As before, top coat is not required but you can apply it to turn it glossy if you wish. Pictures show two coats, no top coat.


"No. 89"

No. 89 from the Classic Collection is a vibrant navy shimmer with tiny silver particles. Formula seemed a little sheer on the first coat, but the second coat created a perfectly opaque look. Pictures show two coats with top coat.


"No. 852"

No. 852 from the Sand Effect range is a pale gold textured polish with chunkier, brighter gold flecks. Formula is typical of this kind of polish - the first coat applies fairly patchy, but the second coat evens things out. I always forego base coat with textured polishes to ensure it dries to its most textured finish possible; whether you do so is entirely up to you. Again, as with most textured polishes the effect takes a while to fully develop. Pictures show two coats, no top coat (in the interests of experimentation, I did apply top coat after taking these pictures, but it took three very thick layers of old Seche Vite to achieve a perfectly smooth finish - whilst extremely pretty, I would probably advise you to leave this one as it is and enjoy the sparkly, gritty textured look for what it is).

My over-all opinion of these polishes is very positive. With the exception of the Sand Effect, the formulas were all very fluid but easy to control. One thing I will note is that the brushes weren't all the same - the Matte & Suede polishes had standard "round" brushes, whilst the Classic & Sand polishes had flat, square-cut brushes. I personally prefer the round brushes, due entirely to the shape of my cuticle line.

If you are in the UK you can currently order these and all the other Moyra shades through their Facebook page - Moyra UK Facebook Page - prices start at £3.-- per bottle.

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

**Products provided for honest, un-biased review**

Friday, 11 April 2014

Color Club "Fashion Addict" NOTD

Hello friends, happy Friiiidaaaaay! 

It's sunny here today, and you know the score by now - sun = HOLO TIME!!!

I went for Color Club "Fashion Addict" today, because it has been so long since I wore it last and well, it's so pretty! It's a soft lilac shade with a scattered but vibrant holographic finish. Application is fine, none of the high maintenance drama of certain linear holographic polishes, so I used normal base coat and two easy coats of polish. My photos are without top coat - this one suffers greatly from dulling upon applying top coat. The holographic finish does return eventually, but it takes a little while and I couldn't risk the sun going away before I took my photographs!

On to the pictures! As mentioned, all show two coats, no top coat.

(This next picture is a just a bonus, faffy shot, because I love flowers - these cute little forget-me-nots grow in abundance in my garden)

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

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Rimmel "Double Decker Red"

Hello friends, happy Sunday! Today I have a simple, classic red NOTD for you. 

"Double Decker Red" is a bright red from Rimmel's I <3 Lasting Finish line of nail polishes. It is neither too cool nor too warm toned, just red. Bright, beautiful red. Formula is thin but well pigmented, and dries quickly. There isn't a lot else to say about it, other than the fact that I really like the brushes in this range - much nicer than Rimmel's 60 Second range brushes.

Pictures all show two coats with base & top coat:

You know how I feel about red nails (flippin' love!!), but what do you think?

I would just like to thank my dear friend Louise who sent this polish to me as a gift <3

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

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Recent Manicures Round-Up

Hi friends! Well, it's April already (holy shiet!) but I have barely published two weeks' worth of blog posts since the start of the year, so I decided to do a round-up of some of what's been on my nails so far this year. It's far from everything, and there is neither rhyme nor reason to what made it into this post - it is just a random selection - but I hope it goes a little way towards making up for being such a terrible blogger.

Lots of pictures (in chronological order from least- to most-recent) with a brief description of each :)

Nails Inc "Old Bond Street", two coats:

Pocket Money Polishes "Alien Like You", one coat over China Glaze "Re-Fresh Mint":

Indy's Indies "Tetris", one coat over OPI "Alpine Snow":

Leighton Denny "Beyond Gold", two coats:

Rimmel "Luna Love", two coats:

Leighton Denny "Bon Voyage", two coats:

Barry M "Mermaid" Aquarium Nail Paint, two coats over Barry M "Sugar Apple" Gelly Nail Paint:

Dance Legend "Just Another Star", two coats:

China Glaze "Short & Sassy", two coats:

Freckles Polish "Gypsy Lucky Heather", two coats:

AEngland "Saint George", two coats; with stamping using Color Club "Kismet" and Pueen plate 15:

TarasTalons "Wonders Never Cease", one coat over Barry M "Prickly Pear" Gelly Nail Paint:

So there you go, a little selection of 2014 so far! Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon! x