Sunday, April 26, 2015

NailNation 3000 ~ Moon Lit Snow



NailNation 3000 ~ Moon Lit Snow
Blue glitter mixed with white, magenta and iridescent glitter, added holo goodness

Moon Lit Snow is a polish that is pretty hard to describe. Glitter and holo is the short version, but there is lots more going on. I see both white, magenta and iridescent glitter in there, mixed with som holo shimmer. Very cool indeed.

I wasn’t in the mood to test how many layers it would take to make opaque on its own, so I layered it over a blue polish from Golden Rose; #103. It’s a light blue shimmer and it’s opaque in one single coat, which means it’s perfect for layering.

When that was dry I applied two layers of Moon Lit Snow over the base, applied a layer of topcoat, and here’s my final mani.


I like the way it looks!


Here’s a low light picture to show you that there’s more than blue going on in this polish.


Here are the two polishes posing.




I didn’t apply any sort of nail art on this, and I liked wearing it on its own.


Number of coats: 2 over a blue base
Drying time: Good
Finish: Glitter with holo shimmer
Overall impression: I like this polish a lot
Buy again: Yes


I bought Moon Lit Snow from norwaynails.com.
You can find more info on NorwayNail’s Facebook page, link here.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Barry M ~ Aqua Glitter, Teal & Socialite



Barry M ~ Aqua Glitter, Teal & Socialite
A different leopard mani

I was in the mood to use some of my untried Barry M polishes, so I found three that I though would go well together.

I started out with Aqua Glitter on two nails and Teal on three (although my thumb is shy and unseen to the camera). The glitter works on its own but it does take three coats. The drying time is good, so it’s okay with three coats. I also used three coats of Teal, even though two would probably have been enough. But I thought I might as well, now that I was waiting for the glitter to dry anyway.

I made leopard print on my pinkie, my index and my thumb with the pink Socialite, and also made a single dot on the Aqua Glitter with it.

Here’s my final mani. I’m holding Socialite on this picture.


I’m holding Aqua Glitter on this picture.


I’m not giving up on the leopard print even though I haven’t been happy with my attempts so far. This is my best ones until now.
I’m holding Teal on this picture.


Number of coats:  3
Drying time: Fast for the glitter, average on the other two
Finish: Glitter & shimmer
Overall impression: These polishes go really well together
Buy again: Yes to all

Friday, April 24, 2015

Nail Pattern Boldness ~ Dark Charm



Nail Pattern Boldness ~ Dark Charm
Dark green linear holo

I was in the mood for something dark today, so I grabbed “Dark Charm”, which is an amazingly beautiful dark green holo. The formula is excellent and it covers well. I used two coats and the drying time between the coats is good.

Here’s how beautiful it is in the flashlight:


The rainbows are mesmerizing!


I also love it in low lights.


I sponged a bit of black over it, and then I stamped on top of it all. The heart motif is from Bonster Mundle’s plate BM-317 and the text is from BM-311. I stamped with Barry M’s Foil effects in gold. This is not a typical me-mani, but I love it!


The black sponging underneath gives an extra cool dimension in my opinion.



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: I love this dark green and the rainbows are amazing
Buy again: Yes


I bought my Nail Pattern Boldness from Edgy Polish
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A2Z Challenge: X is for Xtra special



Xtra special, huh? I thought about this challenge for a bit now, not really sure how to interpret it. I mean, we’ve had unusual recently, so I wanted to think differently with Xtra special.

I decided to pick a polish that is extra special to me: Color Club’s “Ruby Slippers”. You probably know it: It’s a red jelly with red microglitter, and it’s related to other polishes with names after red footwear: Ruby Pumps, Ruby Red Slippers, you name it. Scooby dooby ruby booby newbie gooby red slippers. And so on. The Color Club version is my ultimate favourite. I got it from my boyfriend a long, long while ago, which obviously makes it more special to me. I love that he supports my hobby the way he does.

So Ruby Slippers is the base for this mani – which I made for the challenge today. Here it is:


It’s two coats of Ruby Slippers, a layer of topcoat, and when that was dry I taped my nails and painted the black with Golden Rose Matte #12, a plain black one coater. A little red nail stud completed the look.


Just to prove that Ruby Slippers is special to me, I am going to show you what it looks like on its own. Here’s two easy coats and a layer of topcoat. I adore this polish; it’s perfect! 


Now, how would you girls have interpreted this theme? What would your extra special nails have looked like?


You should definitely check out what the other girls did this week too! I can’t wait myself!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

OPI ~ Samovar-y Nice to be here



OPI ~ Samovar-y Nice to be here
Deep orange shimmer

I thought I’d show you another older HTF OPI polish: Samovar-y Nice to be here. It’s from the Moscow Loves OPI collection from winter 2009, and it’s a Russia exclusive.

The formula is great and the polish covers really well. I used two easy coats for my mani and the drying time is average. My boyfriend didn’t mention anything about the smell, so I guess it’s pretty normal (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should check out my post about Reflecting Pool here).

Here’s two coats and a layer of topcoat:



The shimmer is great, and I love this colour!


I paired it with a newer OPI “Cinnamon Sweet”, which is a lovely red crème. I applied a layer of the red on top of the orange, and then I used a rough sponge to dab some of the red off again. I made it all come together with a layer of topcoat, and here is my final mani:


I love the look of this!


I am so glad that I have got this orange gem in my collection!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Lovely colour, great shimmer
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

OPI ~ Reflecting Pool



OPI ~ Reflecting Pool
Blue foil with golden fleck shimmer

Today I’m going to show you an OPI from the Reflection Glitters collections from 2009. Reflecting Pool was released exclusively in the UK and Japan and is pretty damn hard to get your paws on these days.

The formula is thin but still manageable. It was opaque after two coats, but I applied a third layer to make sure my camera didn’t pick up something the human eye can’t see. Drying time is a bit on the slow side. There’s also another thing I need to mention: The smell. I have a cold myself so I can’t smell a thing but the boyfriend says that this polish smells really weird, with a capital W. We had to open the windows while I polished my nails, and that’s highly unusual; this is the first time he ever mentions the smell of a polish in a bad way, so it must be very unpleasant indeed.

Anyway, here’s three coats and a layer of topcoat in the sunshine:


Here’s a picture from the lightbox. Look at them pretty golden flecks.


I made three lines on each nail with Maybelline’s Denim Dash from the Color Show Denims collection. Then I gave it all a layer of Ellagee’s Rainbow Syrup – my favourite holo topcoat to finished the mani off. Here’s my final mani in ordinary daylight.


And I had sunshine, so here’s a sunshine picture to show off the holo goodness:


Here are the polishes:


If you like Reflecting Pool, you should know that Zoya made a dupe for it called Chrystal. I have got it and they’re looking exactly the same.


Number of coats: 3 (but 2 would have been enough)
Drying time: Relatively slow
Finish: Foil with flecks
Overall impression: Very special polish
Buy again: Yes

Monday, April 20, 2015

Glam Polish ~ CRASH!



Glam Polish ~ CRASH!
Sky blue holo with holo glitter

Today I’ll show you my last pick from Glam Polish’s spring collection “The Knockout Collection”: CRASH!.

The formula is great and the polish applies easily. It takes two coats to achieve full opacity and the drying time is good.

Here’s what it looks like. Two coats, no topcoat:


Crash! is the least holo of the bunch I bought, but I love it nonetheless.


Here’s a low light picture. Note how the glitters still sparkle.


I mixed it with the three others I already showed you. Here’s my final mani:


Here’s the happy family:

Crash!, Bam!, Ka-Boom!, Bang!
Whoompah! Heavens to Murgatroyd!! Great Googly Moogly!! Gor blimey Guvnor!
  
Verdict:
Yes, I like Crash as well. The colour is nice and I really like the holo sparkle. The quality is really good. So that’s a resounding *YES*, then.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Good polish, nice colour, cool sparkle
Buy again: Yes

Emily de Molly ~ Living after Midnight



Emily de Molly ~ Living after Midnight
Burgundy linear holo

It’s time for another beautiful holo from Emily de Molly. I love her polishes, I think she makes some really awesome holos!

The formula is great and really well covering. It was practically opaque after the first coat, but the second coat enhanced the colour and the depth, so that’s what I recommend. Drying time is good. In fact: This is just a cool polish.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat:


I love rainbows like these ones!


Here’s what it looks like in low lights. Still really pretty.


I stamped on it. I used a motif from Moyou London’s Pro Collection-15 and I stamped with Essie’s Penny Talk. Here’s my final mani with flash:


And here it is in low lights.


I really like Living after Midnight, it’s a seriously awesome polish. Penny Talk is amazing for stamping, that is all I ever use it for.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Awesome polish!
Buy again: Yes

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Glam Polish ~ BANG!



Glam Polish ~ BANG!
Magenta holo with holo glitter

Here’s my third pick from Glam Polish’s spring collection “The Knockout Collection”.

I had read on several blogs that Bang! Is almost a one coater, but I must admit that I doubted it. But I can reveal that, in fact,  it is. The second coat does make a difference though, and that’s what I’d recommend. So: Two coats, good drying time, no worries at all.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat:


I seriously love the shine of Bang!


Here’s a low light picture. The glitters just refuse not to sparkle.


I paired it with the next Glam I’m going to show you: Crash! It’s the blue version of Bang! I made some stripes with Crash! and then I topcoated on it. Here’s my final mani:


The low light picture:


BANG! is my favourite of this collection. The colour is really nice and the glitter is so me! I Likey!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: I love this polish
Buy again: Yes

Cupcake ~ Yule be Missing me



Cupcake ~ Yule be Missing me
Purple linear holo

If you love purple like I do, then you’re up for something good. If you love holo too, well, then it’s your lucky day today!

Yule be Missing me is from Cupcake Polish’s Christmas collection 2014. The formula is great and it takes two easy and fast drying coats to make this shine to the max!

Put on your sunglasses, here’s two coats and no topcoat:


The rainbows are amazing!!


And Yule be Missing me looks great in low lights too.


I sponged a bit of glitter on the tips, using Attitude’s “Glam Glitter top coat”. I finished the mani with a layer of topcoat, and here’s how it sparkles in the flash light:


And here’s a low light picture of the whole thing.


I dig this!


Number of coats:  2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: I love everything about this polish!
Buy again: Yes