Sunday, April 20, 2014

Arcane Lacquer ~ Paucity

Arcane Lacquer ~ Paucity
Indigo base with blue to magenta flecks with berry pink hexes and gun metal hexes with a sprinkling of silver holo hexes

I was lucky to snatch this polish from Arcane Lacquer. It’s a limited edition product that I bought with a bunch of other non-limited (unlimited?) polishes. It’s deep blurple with a splash of various glitters throughout.

Application was a breeze. The glitters spread out easily and didn’t make lumps of glitter on the nails. Drying time is average, and it took two easy coats to make it look its best. I applied a layer of Poshé topcoat before I took my pictures.

Here’s two coats plus a layer of topcoat:

See how fine that glitter looks? It’s like a purple night sky!

Mmm… I like it!

I stamped on it. I used a Fauxnad stamping plate called W202 and I used Color Club’s Halo-Graphic from the Halo Hues collection as my stamping polish. It’s pink and it’s super holo!

Here’s my final mani:

I think the fine rose motif looks good on the relatively dark background.

Another lightbox picture:

And then the sun came out for a very short visit! I was SO lucky to manage to catch a picture of my mani in the sun:

How about that, is that cool or what? :D

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Durability: Good
Removal: Harder The glitters were a challenge, but not a big one for a glitter lover like myself!
Overall impression: Deep, blurple, beautiful
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, April 19, 2014

NailNation 3000 and Chaos & Crocodiles

NailNation 3000 ~ Fab-A-Doodle & Debutant
purple linear holographic & pink with holo dust

Chaos & Crocodiles ~ Glitternomb
Clear base with various sizes and shapes of glitter in pink, baby blue, mint and baby pink

Here’s another couple of NailNation 3000-polishes – these ones are in different shaped bottles than the other ones I have got. I like the other bottles better, but I’ll get back to that.

The formula is great, no problems to report with that. Opacity is good: Debutant, the pink, is a one coater. Fab-A-Doodle needs two coats. Drying time is good.

Let me show you what they look like. Two coats of each, picture is taken with flash:

Fab-A-Doodle is linear holographic, whereas Debutant has holo dust spread throughout the polish.

Here’s what they look like in low lights.

I don’t know what you think, but I must admit that there’s no sign of the desired holo magic! I mean, I like both the purple and the pink, and I’m sure the pink can be used as a stamping polish, but… All I feel is “meh”!

So I did what I do when everything else fails: I added glitter. Glitternomb by Chaos & Crocodiles called out for me when I looked into the box of untrieds. It’s a fantastic glitter, full of softer colours and then the in your face pink glitters to give it a bit of edge. 

You know the drill: One dip in the bottle per nail. I did have to spread the larger glitters a bit around on my nails, but I honestly don’t see that as a big deal.

When it was dry I applied a thick layer of H K Girl topcoat and at this point I didn’t feel “meh” any more. Glitter just makes everything better!

I didn’t know there was hearts in Glitternomb, but I love that!

And the final picture is taken with flash to see if the rainbows had disappeared, but they hadn’t. Good!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Durability: Good
Overall impression: I am a bit disappointed in the NailNation 3000-polishes, but the Chaos & Crocodiles made everything much better
Buy again: No to the NailNation, Yes to the Chaos & Crocodiles.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Girly Bits ~ Get Weaponized

Girly Bits ~ Get Weaponized
teal holographic polish with purple and magenta microglitters

It can’t be a secret to anyone that I love holographic polishes – and that I like teal! Get Weaponized is both, so it’s a winner before it’s even on my nails. Not bad!

Anyway, the formula is also a winner. It was really easy to apply and it almost a one coater. The second coat made everything just a tad better though. Drying time between coats is good, no problems to report there either. And girl, is this pretty or what? I believe it is!

Let me show you what I’m talking about. Here’s two coats and a layer of Poshé topcoat. The picture is taken with flash to show off the holo effect:

OMG, I think I just died and went to holo-heaven!

Here’s a picture taken in lower lights. Check out that bottle – it really shows off the magenta microglitters!

I stamped on half of it. I taped my nails diagonally across and found a swirly motif on stamping plate DRK-B, stamped the unmasked nails with a no name black stamping polish, and removed the masking tape again. When it was dry, I applied another layer of Poshé topcoat, and here’s my final mani taken with flash:

And here’s a no flash picture for you:

I’ve been meaning to do a half stamp like this for such a long time, and now that I see how cool it actually looks I want to do it again! What do you think of this? It is cool or not so cool?

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: A mix between scattered and linear holo
Overall impression: Beautiful colour and I love the added microglitters!
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Smitten Polish ~ Imporio

Smitten Polish ~ Imporio
deep purple jelly packed with tiny purple holographic glitters

Here’s my last Smitten polish for now, Imporio. The name Imperio is taken from the incantation used to cast the Imperius Curse in the world of Harry Potter. It’s a lovely purple packed with holo particles – it looks sooo pretty in the bottle. And yes, the beauty did transfer onto my nails, just you wait and see. 

The formula is great, I didn’t experience any problems with application at all. Two coats is what it takes to make this look its best, and drying time between the coats is really good. In fact, I don’t have anything bad to report about this polish at all. Great, is it not!?

I applied a layer of Poshé topcoat before I took these pictures:

Is that pretty or what?

I love, love, love that holo glitter, it’s right up my alley!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this. I wasn’t in the mood for stamping, so I went for three large dots on each nail. I used Nabi Hologram “Flamingo” for the bright pink dots. I sealed my finished mani up with another layer of Poshé topcoat, èt voilá:

I love this!

Here are the sisters:

I did consider to make a smaller purple dot inside the pink dot, but I’m glad I didn’t do it after all. I like the simplicity of this a lot. What do you think of this? Go or no go?

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Jelly with microglitter 
Please note: This chipped after less than 24 hours. And we're talking big chips - like half a nail big! 
Overall impression: Lovely, lovely purple with glitter! Oh yeah, baby!
Buy again: Yes

You can buy Smitten polishes from Edgy Polish – they ship internationally.
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Smitten Polish ~ Amas Veritas

Smitten Polish ~ Amas Veritas
hot pink jelly packed with tiny fuchsia holographic glitter

I am on a Smitten Polish roll at the moment. After having worn both “Love Actually is All Around” and “I Never Drink… Wine” I dived into the box of untrieds and found two Smittens more. My boyfriend chose that Amas Veritas was first in line to be worn of the two.

Amas Veritas is latin and it roughly means “true love”. The name is is taken from the movie Practical Magic. It's the spell that little Sally Owens casts to summon her true love.

Anyway – back to the polish. The formula is great for a jelly. It’s easy to apply and covers well. Two coats is what it takes, and drying time between coats is good. And seriously: I love this polish.

Here’s what two coats and a layer of Poshé looks like:

Isn’t that just lovely!!

I love the holographic microglitter, it really does magic to the polish.

I stamped on it. I used a bright red from Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri line called “Rapid Red”. It is the perfect red stamping polish if you ask me. I used two designs from Moyou’s stamping plate “Pro collection-15”. Another layer of Poshé topcoat finished the mani, that ended up looking like this:

Here it is from a slightly different angle.

The stamping is slightly more subtle in real life than the pictures here suggest, but I really, really like pink and red together!

I think I might wear the last Smitten polish tomorrow. Not sure yet though, but maybe :)

Here’s the spell Sally Owens casted:

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Jelly with microglitter
Overall impression: In your face pink with glitter, just like I want it!
Buy again: Yes

You can buy Smitten polishes from Edgy Polish – they ship internationally.
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mentality ~ Hard Candy

Mentality ~ Hard Candy
Purple holo

My last Mentality for today is Hard Candy, a lovely purple holo. A girl can never have too many purple holos, right?

Application was a breeze, no dramas to report in that department! Drying time is average, and the pigmentation is good. Since this is listed as a jelly, I had expected it to be a three coater, but two was enough to make me happy! And this is a really nice purple! Take a look at what two coats and no topcoat looks like:

It looks as if it is a mix between a linear and a scattered holo to me. The polish glows from within and I really like that.

I am still working on my hand poses! :D

And here’s a low light picture. It’s a tad dusty, but it’s still a really nice looking purple.

I made a couple of stripes on each nail. I used Zoya’s Zuza, which is a really lovely teal/blue with shimmer. I can’t wait to wear that on its own! I topped it with a layer of topcoat and here’s the final mani:

Here are the pretty sisters in crime:

If you’re a fan of holos and purples, then Hard Candy is probably your thing. I know I like it a lot! And I am so pleased that I paired Hard Candy with Zuza because they look fabulous together!!

I bought Hard Candy from Edgy Polish.
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Mentality ~ Pastille

Mentality ~ Pastille
Aqua blue linear holo

Next Mentality polish up is Pastille. I must have a thing with this shade of blue because I keep finding myself buying them. I don’t think I have a holo in this particular shade though.

Anyway, application was really easy, I have no problems to report at all. It may sound a bit weird when I say that it surprised me, but that’s because the polish is described as a jelly, and jellies and I don’t work very well together as a rule. But this one behaved. I used three coats for this mani. I do believe that two would have been enough, but I wanted to make sure that the sharp eye of the camera didn’t pick up things that weren’t visible in real life. The drying time between the coats was pretty average.

Here’s what three coats and no topcoat look like in a flash picture:

And from a slightly different angle to show off the rainbows.

Here’s what Pastille looks like in low lights. It’s still pretty in my opinion.

I made some simple lines on it. I used a purple and a blue striper and made two stripes on each nail. I topped it with a layer of Ellagee’s topcoat Glass, and here the final mani taken with flash:

Here’s your low light picture:

Oh yes, I like this! I wasn’t thrilled over the three coats, but like I said: Two would probably have been enough. The colour is really pretty and the holo is gorgeous. I wouldn’t have minded a stronger holo effect, but then again, it’s hard for me to get enough holo! :D

I bought the Patille from Edgy Polish.
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Mentality ~ Empress

Mentality ~ Empress
Baby pink matte

I’ve actually got three Mentality polishes to show you today, and I was going to put them all in one post, but I thought it got a little too much picture-wise, so I’ve split them up into three posts, all of which I’m going to post today.

Empress is the first one up. It’s described as hot pink, but personally I think it’s too pale to be called hot pink. In my world it’s baby pink. The formula is really good, but it can be a bit of a challenge to apply the polish anyway because it dries up wicked fast, so you don’t have many brush strokes to deal with before it’s too late. I’d say four or five brushstrokes, and then time’s up and you have to move on to the next nail. Talk about luxury problems, haha! Anyway, the pigmentation is good, and I used two coats for these pictures.

Here’s what two coats look like:

It’s a nice, calm pink that can’t offend anybody.

It does clash a bit with my skin tone in my opinion, so there’s no way I can wear this on its own. Not that I ever do that anyway.

So what I did was to dot with a true hot pink at the base of my nails. I used a Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish called Magenta Moves, and I made my dots various sizes, like a reverse dotted gradient. I topped it with a layer of H & M Quick Dry topcoat, and here’s what my mani ended up looking like:

I used these polishes: 

I have come to really like Mentality’s polishes. This one isn’t my favourite, but that’s because it’s a little too pale to slip quite into my comfort zone. I will keep it though, because it’s a great base colour for nail art.

I have to make a note about the H & M Quick Dry topcoat. I have never ever experienced a topcoat that dragged so much in my nail art design. I used the lightest brush strokes ever, and it still pulled on the dots like crazy. I will keep it and use it as a regular topcoat but I won’t ever use it with nail art again.

I bought the three Mentality polishes at Edgy Polish.
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Musical Mani Monday, week 9: Adele ~ Set Fire to the Rain

We are moving on fast through this series of Musical Mani Mondays. I can’t believe that this is challenge number 9 already.

Set fire to the rain – that’s a challenge. Fire and water don’t usually go very well together, and they definitely aren’t the same colours either.

I am so lucky that I actually own a polish called Set Fire to the Rain. It’s a lovely blue holo and it’s from Too Fancy Lacquer. I used that as my base for this nail art:

Fire and rain – I must admit that I really like this!

I used three different Sally Hansen Insta-Dris for the flames: A deep red called Quick Brick, An orange called Orange Impulse and a yellow called “Lightening”. I made the effect with a dotting tool.

It’s only the third time I try this effect. The first two times were in my last Music Challenge, and they were both in interpretations of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the water. You can see my attempts here and here. Just please know that those posts are a year and a half old, and I trust that I’ve become better at both applying polish and taking pics since then, haha!

I want to show you the base colour on its own as well. It’s a one coater, but I applied two coats out of habit. The second coat didn’t make any difference though.

Is that beautiful or what? I think it may be the perfect blue!

Here are the four polishes I used:

I must admit that I really like how this turned out. I love it when I get impressed with myself :D

That was the nineth challenge in my Music Mani Monday. Stay tuned next week to see how I interpret The Morning with the Danish group WhoMadeWho.

I can’t wait to see what the other girls made on their nails!