Saturday, May 23, 2015

Glittering Elements ~ Totally Nuclear!



Glittering Elements ~ Totally Nuclear!
Acid gren scattered holo

I have tried something new: Semi customs. Semi customs is a concept where you chose what colour you want, and then Casey makes a polish that colour, but she chooses the finish. That means that you don’t know if you receive a glitter, a holo, a shimmer, a jelly or anything.

I was happy to receive this acid green as a holo!

The formula is a bit on the thick side, so I suspect there’s neon pigment in this polish. I don’t mind thick though – I actually prefer that over thin. This is a one coater too! I wasn’t quite careful enough, so I had to apply a second coat of polish to correct my little irregularities. The drying time is fast and the polish dries up to a satin matte finish.

Here’s two coats in the sun:



And here it is in the shadows.


I stamped on it. I found a round motif on BundleMonster’s plate BM-616 and I stamped with NailNation 3000’s Black. I topped it up with a layer of topcoat and here’s my final mani:


Isn’t this just gorgeous:


Here’s the picture I sent to Casey for inspiration:


If you’d like to try your own semi-customs, you can do it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitteringElements
You order three at the time, so I have got two others to show you. I’ll definitely do this again. It’s awesome!

Number of coats: 1
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Scattered holo that dries up to a satin finish
Overall impression: I like it! This is going to be great for nail art as well because of the great pigmentation
Buy again: Yes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Glittering Elements ~ 50 shades of turquoise & Enchanted Treasure



Glittering Elements ~ 50 shades of turquoise & Enchanted Treasure
Turquoise scattered holo with blue shimmer 
Grey scattered holo with golden and magenta shimmer

Today I paired two special polishes from Glittering Elements. Enchanted Treasure is special because it’s a limited edition polish. It comes from the Fairy box which was April’s limited edition box. 50 shades of turquoise is special because it’s a Facebook group custom, and was only available for the group members.

The first coat looks really sheer – that goes for both polishes. But they build up nicely in two coats. Drying time is good.

I made a gradient on my ring finger and the middle finger. I stamped over the gradient with a motif from Moyou London’s plate Fashionista Collection-13. I stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White.

On my pinkie and my pointed I dotted a small flower.

Here’s my final mani in the sun:



I quite like gradients with stamps over them. It looks really cool.


Here’s a lightbox picture.


The pretty sistas:


I like the colour of 50 shades of turquoise the most. I would have love the holo effect to be way stronger, but you know how greedy I am when it comes to holos.

Both polishes were limited editions and are no longer available.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Scattered holo
Overall impression: Good quality polishes. Discrete holos, nice turquoise colour.
Buy again: Yes to the turquoise

El Corazón ~ #423/503 Illusionist



El Corazón ~ #423/503 Illusionist
Dark magenta jelly with scattered holo effect

Here’s another one of my beloved El Corazóns. It’s a brand that I’ve really come to love. They’re so cool, formula is always good, and the colours really rock my world.

Illusionist is seriously pretty, wait and see.

The formula is good and easy to work with. It covers really well for a jelly and it takes two coats to get rid of visible nail line. Drying time is good too. No complaints at all, isn’t that just awesome.

So here you go; two coats and no topcoat in the sun:


Look how amazing this polish is. This is also in the sun:


Here’s a low light picture. This is what the polish looks like most of the time. *happy sigh*


I stamped on it. I used a motif from BP-L 003 and I stamped with Sally Hansen’s Whirlwind White. I applied a layer of Poshé topcoat and I was ready to go! Here’s my final mani in the sun:


Isn’t that just adorable?


Illusionist is not a bleeder. The stamping polish remained white even after I applied the topcoat. Yay.

I wonder if you like this as much as I do :)
   
 
Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Jelly with scattered effect
Overall impression: Yes, yes, yes. I dig this! <3
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Betty Boop ~ Glam, Lollishock and Diva



Betty Boop ~ Glam, Lollishock and Diva
More polishes from Turkey

I am a sucker for cool bottles of polish. I love bottles that aren’t like the rest of them. I do have a small collection of polishes that I haven’t worn, and that I have solely bought for the bottle.

In Turkey I found a large range of Betty Boop polishes. I am a fan of Betty Boop, I think she is so cool! So I knew I had to buy a few of these polishes; not just for the bottles, but this time also for the polish.

I picked Glam, which is a gold shimmer, Lollishock, which is a squishy hot pink, and Diva, a shimmery silver.

I used two easy coats of each polish. Here’s what they look like in the sunshine.


Glam, the gold one, is a one coater! I used two out of habit, but it wasn’t really necessary. I had expected Lollishock, the pink, to be at least a three coater, because the formula looked pretty sheer in the bottle. But two coats were enough, yay!
I made two dots on each nail with the opposite colours. I had to dot the silver twice to make it cover properly.


I am so pleased with my Betty Boop polishes. Not only do I love the bottles, I also like the polishes. Win / win!


Here are my three Betty Boops:


Do you also buy polish because of the bottles sometimes?

 
Number of coats: 2 (the gold is a one coater)
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer (the pink is a crelly)
Overall impression: I like them all and I love the bottles
Buy again: Yes

Ellagee Prototype ~ Magenta glitter



Ellagee Prototype ~ Magenta glitter
Clear base packed with magenta, pink, black and holographic microglitter

Today’s polish is a prototype I got from Ellagee last time she offered, which is a while ago now. I love surprises and I must admit that I have been really positively surprised over how cool these prototypes are!

This magenta/holo glitter is seriously blingy. The formula is a little bit on the thick side, but fortunately I prefer that to the more runny styles. I mean, it’s relatively easy to add a bit of thinner if too thick. It’s harder to made it thicker if it’s runny, isn’t it.

I used three coats for this mani and the drying time between the coats is good. I might have been able to get away with two coats if I had been more careful, but I wanted to make sure that my camera wouldn’t pick up a tiny irregularity invisible to the human eye.

The polish dries up a bit gritty, so I added a layer of topcoat.

So here’s three layers and a layer of topcoat in the sun:


Isn’t that just amazingly sparkly!


Here’s a low light picture.


This polish would work really well as a layering polish as well. One coat over a pink, purple, magenta, blue or black would look absolutely amazing.

Why is this only a prototype? I’m sure it would sell, aren’t you?


Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Good
Finish: A massive amount of glitter in a clear base
Overall impression: Great glitter both for layering and on its own. I love the colour too!
Buy again: Yes

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Different Dimension ~ Berry Christmas



Different Dimension ~ Berry Christmas
Dark magenta linear holo with shimmer

Berry Christmas is from the winter collection 2014.

The formula is great and easy to work with. It covers well in two easy coats. The drying time is good, no problems to report there either.

I’m totally in love with this polish, I think it’s absolutely gorgeous! The colour is amazing and the rainbows are blinding. *swoons*

Here’s two coats and no topcoat in the sun:
  

Isn’t that just mesmerizing?? I love it!


The colour is also really pretty in low lights.


I sponged some glitter by the base of each nail. I used LynBDesigns’ “Quite Interesting”, which is a clear base with purple, blue and holo glitters of all sorts. It’s from the “They say of the Acropolis” collection :) I placed the hexes where you can see them on the pictures. I topped it with a layer of topcoat, and then I took my photos.


Here is the mandatory low light picture. I’m still swooning over the polish, hahaha!


Berry Christmas was limited edition and is now discontinued.
I’m glad that I got a bottle before that happened!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo with shimmer
Overall impression: If this polish asked me out on a date I would say yes!!
Buy again: Absolutely

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pahlish ~ Pop Rock Panic



Pahlish ~ Pop Rock Panic
Purple linear holo with purple neon shimmer

Pop Rock Panic is from the Happy Holo-Ween from Halloween 2014.

The formula is sheer so it took me three coats to make it opaque. I experienced some dragging, which is really unusual for a Pahlish. The drying time between the coats is good.

Let me show you three coats and no topcoat in the sunshine:


And here it is taken with flash. The shimmer is stunning!


Here’s a low light picture.


I made stripes on it. First a big stripe down the middle with a blue glitter from L. A. Splash called Wicked. And then three silver holo stripes: One down the middle and one on each side of the glitter to frame it. A layer of topcoat, and my mani was done.

Sunshine picture:


Flashlight:


Low lights:


The polishes:

I am not sure that Pop Rock Panic is quite me. I like the holo effect and the shimmer, but the colour isn’t a spot on me-colour. The fact that I had issues with the formula didn’t help.


Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo with shimmer
Overall impression: Great rainbows and shimmer. Not crazy about the many coats.
Buy again: No

Monday, May 18, 2015

Golden Rose Matte #02 and Golden Rose Impression #20



Golden Rose Matte #02 and Golden Rose Impression #20
More polishes from Turkey

Today I’m going to show you a mani I did with two polishes I bought in Turkey. I bought them while there was a power outage, so I honestly didn’t know precisely what I bought. Check out this post if you want to read that full story.

The base colour is Golden Rose Matte #02, an amazing pink shimmery polish. Easy to work with and almost covers in one single coat. I wore two coats though, but it hardly made a difference. On my pinkies and pointers I applied a layer of Golden Rose Impression #20, a mix of pink and blue bar glitter. When I bought it I thought it was a regular polish with glitter – I did certainly not think it was bar glitter. But never mind!

Here’s the final mani.


The stamp is from a Moyou London stamping plate called Mother Nature collection-13 and I just stamped with NailNation 3000’s Black.


Here’s a flash picture I took. There’s a layer of topcoat included too.


Here’s Golden Rose Matte #02 in the sunshine. I am not crazy about the matte look, so I applied a layer of topcoat, just because that’s the way I roll.


I’m actually glad that I bought that glitter even though I’m not a fan of bar glitter. It’s nice to move a bit outside the comfort zone once in a while, don’t you think?


Number of coats: 2, but 1 would have been enough
Drying time: Really fast
Finish: Matte with shimmer
Overall impression: I love that pink polish, I think it’s amazing!
Buy again: Yes to both

Colors by Llarowe ~ Dock of the Bay



Colors by Llarowe ~ Dock of the Bay
Magenta red linear holo

Dock of the Bay is from the Emily's Imagination Collection from summer 2014.

The formula is good and this is almost a one coater. The second coat did make a difference; the colour went just a fraction deeper, so I do recommend two coats. The drying time is good.

Get ready to be amazed, because Dock of the Bay is a beauty in the sun. Take a look at two coats and no topcoat:


The rainbows are mesmerizing, no less.


The colour gets more muted in low lights but you can still see a rainbow or two struggling to get out and play :D


I made three blue stripes on each nail. I used Nabi Hologram “Ocean Blue” for that purpose, and when that was dry I applied a layer of topcoat.

Here’s my final mani:


Low light picture:


I love both these polishes. And I love taking pictures of holos in the sunshine <3

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: This polish is breath taking in the sunshine!
Buy again: Yes

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NailNation 3000 ~ Dance like no one’s around



NailNation 3000 ~ Dance like no one’s around
Magenta linear holo

I have a soft spot for NailNation 3000’s holos, and I’m delighted to know a really sweet girl from the US who sends them to me once in a while

Dance like no one’s around is a beautiful magenta linear holo; too pretty to describe with words. The formula is fantastic, like I’ve come to expect from this brand. Two coats is what it took to make this baby cover completely. The drying time is good too; in fact: I have nothing bad to report at all.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat in the sun:


Look at those amazing rainbows! Totally swoon-material.


Here’s a low light picture. Those rainbows just refused to go away.


I made blue dots on them. I used El Corazón #509a from the Confetti collection, and I topcoated the whole thing before I took my pictures. Look how pretty it came out:


I love these two colours together.


I’m a NailNation fan, that’s for certain!
 

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: I love this polish. The colour is great, the rainbows fantastic and the formula is really good.
Buy again: Yes