Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Girly Bits ~ Man Size Love



Girly Bits ~ Man Size Love
Purple linear holo with blue microglitter

Man Size Love is from the 80s bands girls collection from summer 2014.

It’s described as periwinkle blue and all the swatches I’ve seen have been looking blue – and I might be colour blind but this definitely looks purple to me. Purple or blue – I guess it doesn’t really matter, because fact is that it’s pretty.

The formula was OK. I did have a little problem with coverage after the first coat, but the second coat covered up all the little flaws beautifully, so I’ve got no complaints. The drying time is pretty good.

Here’s what two coats and a layer of Essence Top Sealer looks like in the sunshine:

 
In the sunshine you’ll get a good feeling of the blue holo flame.


In the lightbox the blue microglitters show up and twinkle so beautifully!


I tried to stamp on it but failed twice, grrr. After the second attempt I realized that it just wasn’t going to work for me, so I grabbed a striper from Aden instead and made two diagonal stripes on each nail. Here’s my final mani in the sun:


This is a low light picture.


I dig this. The polish is gorgeous and I love the simplicity of the stripicure!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo with added shimmer and microglitter
Overall impression: Holo, shimmer and microglitter in the same polish – I think I died and went to heaven
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Layla Ceramic Effect ~ CE 54



Layla Ceramic Effect ~ CE 54
Dark green jelly with green hexagons, glitter and microglitter

This is just a short post to show you a very neglected polish. it has indeed been sitting in the box of untrieds for almost two years now, yikes! And seriously, it deserves more attention than that, the poor thing!

The formula is a bit thick but not difficult to work with at all. The coverage is really good for a jelly – I used two coats for my swatches. The drying time is a bit on the slow side, so I definitely recommend that you use a fast drying top coat on CE 54.

Here’s what the beauty looks like; Two coats and a layer of Essence Top Sealer:


I didn’t fish for the hexes, nor did I do anything to place them on my nails. I just painted and let the glitter spread out on its own, and this is what it ended up looking like. Not bad IMO!


I love this shade of green and I find the glitter extremely pretty!


I have to apologize to the polish or letting it sit unnoticed for so long :(


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Slow
Finish: Jelly with glitter and hexes
Removal: I’d recommend the foil method
Overall impression: Deep colour with great coverage. I love it!
Buy again: Yes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Magical Music Manis 3: Unconditionally ~ Katy Perry



Hi girls,

That weekend went fast, and it’s now time for the third Magical Music Mani in my 3 months challenge. This time it’s Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ that I’ll try to get down onto my nails.

Here’s the picture that inspired my mani – it’s a screenshot from the music video.


Golden orange, red and black! Nice colours!

I painted my index and pointer orange with Rival de Loop golden glow “Orange Sunset” – a gorgeous shimmery orange. I painted my ring finger black with Essence’s “Black is Back” and my middle finger red with Anny’s “Sunset Love”.

After the decoration of the nails, my final mani looked like this:


I dotted my index and pointer with the red and black alternatively. I dotted a cross on my ring finger to symbolize the big beautiful earrings, Katy is wearing.


I stamped on my middle finger. The pattern represents the dress, and I used a swirly motif from Moyou London Princess Collection-13 and just stamped with Barry M‘s Golden Foil Effects.


I’m pleased with this. Very pleased!



Here’s the video to Unconditionally: 


Check out the other girls who participate in this challenge. Would you like to join? Please feel free, the more the merrier!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dance Legend Sahara Crystal ~ #47 Cold Moon



Dance Legend Sahara Crystal ~ #47 Cold Moon
Dark purple glittery texture

Here’s another one of my beloved Dance Legends. Cold Moon is a lovely purple and glittery texture. The formula is good and I didn’t experience any problems with application at all. It’s practically opaque after the first coat but I applied two to make sure that I had everything covered. Drying time between the coats is faster than average. Cold Moon does dry up textured, but it’s not the extreme grittiness that hangs onto your hair and sweaters and stuff, it’s a low density grittiness.

Here’s two coats, the picture is taken in the sun:


Is that a lovely glittery polish or what?! :)


Here’s a low light picture. It’s still pretty!


I made neon dots on it! I used Color Club’s neon yellow called Not-So-Mellow Yellow, and I sealed the whole thing up with topcoat before I took my final pictures.

Here is what it ended up looking like:


Here’s a low light picture. One layer of topcoat smooths the grittiness out completely.


Verdict:
Yeah baby, I did this!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Texture
Overall impression: Great colour, good polish to apply, I love the mild grittiness
Buy again: yes

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Emily de Molly ~ LE 8



Emily de Molly ~ LE 8
Dark pink linear holo with a touch of coppery sheen

Last time Emily de Molly offered limited edition polishes I was lucky to snatch a couple. LE 8 was one of them. I had some problems describing the colour to be honest, but pink with copper is the closest I can get.

Application was a breeze and it only took one coat to make it opaque. Drying time was fast too. The sun was also out, so it’s pretty much triple score!

Here’s one coat in the sunshine:


How’s that for a holo, girls?


Here’s what it looks like in the sunshine. The polish wants to be red I think, but it isn’t quite there.


So I stamped red on it! I found a wavy motif on Mash’s plate Mash-50 and I stamped with Bourjois’ “Rouge Diva”. Here’s the final mani before I topcoated it:


And here’s a low light picture where you can really see that LE 8 isn’t red but pink.


I honestly wasn’t sure if I liked LE 8 or not, and I think it was the coppery touch that made me hesitate. But it grew on me, and I have decided that it gets to stay in my stash. Welcome little polish!


Number of coats: 1
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression:
Buy again: Yes

Friday, September 12, 2014

PrettyPots ~ Sugar Plum Faerie vs. Peita’s Polish ~ Little Princess



PrettyPots ~ Sugar Plum Faerie vs. Peita’s Polish ~ Little Princess
A comparison

Today I’ve got another comparison for you. I’m going to compare two pink glitters that look pretty much the same in the bottles.

Here are the two polishes I’m going to compare: PrettyPots Sugar Plum Faerie on the left and Peita’s Polish Little Princess on the right.


On the first glance they look the same but a closer look reveals that the glitters in PrettyPots are just a fraction bigger than the glitters in Peita’s Polish.

Here they are on my nails. It’s two coats of each polish and a layer of Essence Studio Nails’ Top Sealer.

Sugar Plum Faerie – Little Princess – Sugar Plum Faerie – Little Princess
 
The formula is different. Sugar Plum faerie feels like a glitter to apply and Little Princess feels like a suspension base with glitter….it’s smoother, if that makes sense.


Little Princess – Sugar Plum Faerie – Little Princess- Sugar Plum Faerie

Sugar Plum Faerie has a touch of blue that Little Princess doesn’t have. It’s visible if you look really closely, but you have to look for it.

Sugar Plum Faerie – Little Princess – Sugar Plum Faerie – Little Princess
 
Last but not least they’re also a slight colour difference. Sugar Plum Faerie is a fraction darker than Little Princess. But I am sure nobody would have noticed if I had worn the two different polishes that day.


Verdict:
Sugar Plum Faerie and Little Princess are not dupes. The glitter is not the exact same size and the colour isn’t exactly the same either. They’re equally easy to apply and both cover in two coats. Drying time is good.
To me they’re not different enough to own both, but I’m not sure of which one I’ll move on to a better home yet.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Microglitter
Removal: I’d recommend the foil method
Overall impression: Pretty and girly glitters, great for a base for something else!
Buy again: No

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Love Nail Polish (I♥NP) ~ Bikini Bottoms



I Love Nail Polish (I♥NP) ~ Bikini Bottoms
Magenta pink holo

I don’t know why it takes me so long to wear my INP’s because they’re seriously beautiful. I actually almost didn’t buy Bikini Bottoms because I thought that I wanted to use the other untrieds INP’s first. I’m glad I didn’t wait.

The formula is good and the polish is easy to apply. It covers really well, and I used two coats for full opacity. The drying time between the coats is really fast!

And girls! This is beautiful. Take a look at two coats and a layer of Essence Studio Nails Top Sealer (topcoat) – the picture is taken in the sunshine:


I really like this. The colour is awesome and I love the effect of the holo.


It’s so pretty it makes me want to swoon!


And the best thing? It’s also pretty in lower lights. Take a look:


I was in a hurry so I wore it like this. It’s not often that I don’t decorate my nails with something, but this one is pretty enough to wear on its own IMO.




Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: I love the colour, it is gorgeous. It’s cool that it’s pretty both in and out of the sun.
Buy again: Yes

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Femme Fatale ~ Ruby Hare



Femme Fatale ~ Ruby Hare
A medium berry pink with subtle copper shine and linear holo

It’s time for another pretty holo from Femme Fatale.

The formula is great, the polish just glides on. It’s very pigmented so one generous coat might have been enough - but I used two coats, because that’s the way I roll. Drying time between the coats is pretty fast.

Here’s what Ruby Hare looks like in the sunshine.


The holo particles look as if they were dusted on. It’s quite a funny effect!


Here’s a photo taken in my lightbox. A bit dusty but definitely still wearable!


I made a stripicure out of it. I made green and pink stripes alternately. I used Orly’s striper “Teal Green” and Essense’s striper “Pink !”. I finished the mani off with a layer of Essence” Better than gel nails – top sealer”.

Here’s my final mani in the sun:


And here’s a low light picture:


The fact that it looks like the holo particles are sprinkled on makes quite an interesting effect.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Shimmer and holo particles
Overall impression: Good quality polish
Buy again: No


I bought my Femme Fatale polishes from norwaynails.com.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Color Club Poptastic Neon 2014 collection



Color Club Poptastic Neon 2014 collection
swatches

I was happy to see Color Club release a neon collection, because I think there’s been quite a few misses in Color Club’s collection recently. I’m a fan and there are so many collections I have given a miss to because I didn’t find them interesting enough. But neons? Yes please. There are six polishes in the collection and I bought four of them.

I started out with the neon yellow, Not-So-Mellow Yellow. I’m usually not into yellows, but I had to try out this highlighter yellow. Application was difficult and I applied three coats before I was just vaguely satisfied. The polish is pretty self levelling though so it looked better and better as it dried up.

The sun wasn’t out for this one, so here’s a daylight pic on a cloudy day:


This is like, wow!


Lightbox picture:


And this picture will reveal which colour we’ll be moving on to shortly:



Next one up is Foxy Mama, a traffic cone coloured orange. The formula in Foxy Mama is perfect. I used two easy and self-levelling coats for my swatches.
The sun came out to play, yay!

Two coats, no topcoat:


The shimmer in this one is just amazing!


I love oranges like this one!


Try and guess which colour we’re moving on to :D



Kapow! is a neon pink with a slight purple shimmer. Same great formula as Foxy Mama, and again, two coats for the swatches.


Oooh yes, what a lovely pink!


I’m impressed, really impressed.


Another hint to which polish I’m moving on to:


Right On, which is a bright purple with purple/blue shimmer. Great formula, self-levelling and nice to work with. And again, two coats here.


It’s hard to pick a favourite of this bunch, but this on might be it.


Mmm… I love the fact that there’s shimmer in them all.


And since this is the last of four polishes I bought, this is not a hint to what we’re moving on to, but simply a picture that completes the circle.



Verdict:
This is a great neon collection and I’ll definitely recommend you to buy it if you’re into neons! They have great formulas, the only one that was a bit difficult to work with was the yellow. It’s definitely workable though and that shouldn’t hold you back. It is a yellow after all!

Polished thumbs up from me!


The two polishes I didn’t buy are Bell Bottom Babe which is cobalt blue (my musicologist BF points out that this is a nice reference to Eric Clapton’s ‘Bell Bottom Blues’, flip side of the original ‘Layla’ single. I think he’s just too smart, and they don’t even know that song exists haha) -  and Peace, Love & Polish which is pink with a coral tone.