Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Stellar Nail Polish Swatches & Review

**EDIT: This post has been updated to include UV shots**

Hello friends! I have four new shades from Stellar Nail Polish to show you today. As always with Stellar, they are all named after songs. This time we have a Las Vegas themed collection, to celebrate the new year.

All four polishes are neon glitter toppers, so I will start by saying I applied them all over a black base for consistency, but also to demonstrate the colours, and the similarities and differences between them. All swatches show two coats of each polish over a black base, with my usual base coat and top coat. Let's get to it!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Dance Legend "Cosmic Rainbow" NOTD

Hey there polish addicts! How the bleep are you? I hope you all had a safe, peaceful, joyous Christmas, and if you don't celebrate Christmas, I still wish you the sentiment :) I had some wonderful nail related Christmas presents, including what I'm going to show you today: Dance Legend "Cosmic Rainbow".

I won't get too wordy, as this beaut speaks for itself. I will tell you I applied two coats of Cosmic Rainbow with my regular base and top coats, and I will let the pictures do the rest of the talking :)

What do you think of this shade? I am in love with it. 

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

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A 2 Z: H is for Holographic

Hello everybody! Time for another A 2 Z installment! Today our theme is "H is for Holographic". I was oddly uninspired by this challenge, even though I am a total holo afficionado and have dozens to choose from. In the end I actually borrowed one of mama Bean's holo polishes, Moyra Holographic No. 254.

I started  by applying two coats:

And then, using Barry M "Damson" Gelly Nail Paint and a dotting tool, I created this design, which I don't really know how to describe.... I guess it's somewhat similar to a Ruffian manicure but with an outline of dots. Whatever, I like it!

And now it's mama Bean's turn! She went for a simple, one colour manicure using Color Club "Cosmic Fate":

Don't forget to check the A 2 Z Hub Page, and come back in the new year for the next installment - we are having a break over Christmas and New Year but will return on the 8th January :)

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A 2 Z: G is for Gold

GOLD! Always believe in your soouuul! *Ahem* sorry. I had to do that. Anyway, yes, hi, hello, hey! It's Thursday = A 2 Z day! This week's letter is G, the theme being "Gold". I ummed and ahhed for a while about this one to be honest, which is unusual as I LOVE gold nails and should have been full of inspiration. Well I guess I was but I just couldn't make my mind up, so in the end I threw caution to the wind and went mental! :D

I shall start by telling you I applied base coat and one coat of Barry M "Gold Foil Effects" Nail Paint to all nails. Then, working on one nail at a time, I applied another, thicker coat of the Barry M and sprinkled cheap-as-chips gold craft glitter over my nail and dusted the excess off my fingers with a fan brush. Here is a picture of all my bits and bobs to give you an idea of what I used (and yeah I store my craft glitters in empty spice jars!):

And now on to me nails! Obviously I didn't apply top coat:

Intentionally blurred photo coming up (to show the sparkliness a bit better):

And a gratuitous macro glitter shot, just because:

What do you think? It is highly impractical - I am shedding glitter everywhere - but god damn I love it, so gold, so sparkly!! :D

Now it's mama Bean's turn! She went for something slightly less ridiculous, but still gold, and very lovely! She also used Barry M "Gold Foil Effects", and added one coat of Barry M "Treasure Chest" over the top:

As always, don't forget to check out everybody else's efforts this week (and all previous weeks) on the A 2 Z Blog Series Hub Page, and come back next week for another installment.

Thanks for reading! :) x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

ILNP "Supernova"

Hey everybody! Unless you've had your head buried in the sand for the last few months, you must be familiar with the ILNP multichrome flakies by now. Well I ordered one during the pre-order last month and, joy of joys, it arrived today! It's too amazing not to blog about, so here you go!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A 2 Z: F is for Fashion

Hello friends, how are you? Today we have another chapter of our A 2 Z Series, this week's letter being F, and the theme of "Fashion". I was absolutely stumped by this, I am so unfashionable - I just wear what suits me and is comfortable and don't follow fashion trends. But then it struck me, last year there was one trend which didn't even pass me by: tribal print. It was everywhere! And luckily for me, I have one or two stamping plates with tribal images on them. As for the colours I chose, I looked to Google for inspiration. There were lots of oranges, blacks, and blues, but one dress stood out to me: it was simply black and white. And so this week's manicure was born!

I started with one coat of OPI "Alpine Snow", my favourite white polish EVER:

And then, using my trusty cheap black polish and Born Pretty plate BP-07, I stamped a tribal design:

I must admit this is not my neatest work, but pretty much everything conspired against me today: I could not concentrate, my hands were shaking, my stamping polish was drying before I had chance to stamp, and clean up went very badly. Nevertheless, from a distance this manicure is very striking and I am pleased with it :)

Now for mama Bean! She was equally stumped by this week's theme, so we sat down and had a look through all our stamping plates and in the end she chose to do a simple lilac manicure with a cute fashionable bow design stamped on one nail. I am afraid I forgot to ask her what polishes she used, although I am pretty sure the lilac is a scented Revlon polish:

Don't forget to check the A 2 Z Blog Series Hub Page, and come back next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x