Monday, March 30, 2015

Emily de Molly ~ Dead and Dreaming



Emily de Molly ~ Dead and Dreaming
Dark red based purple with micro glitter and glass flecks
                                   
Today I’m going to show you a fabulous polish from Emily de Molly. It’s purple, holographic and topped with microglitter and flecks.

The formula is good and nice ’n easy to work with. I used two fast drying coats to achieve full opacity. The polish dries up a tiny bit bumpy so a good topcoat is recommended.

Here is two coats and no topcoat yet:


I told you it was gorgeous! :D


It’s just as pretty in low lights. I mean: Look at them flecks!!


I made stripes on two nails and leopard spots on three. I used my to go silver holo from Urban Outfitters, it’s called Silver Holo. I outlined the leopard spots with a plain black striper. Some day I am going to nail those leopard spots!

Here’s my final result, including a layer of topcoat:


And here’s a low light picture:


How do you think I did with the leopard spots? Am I improving??



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo with flecks
Overall impression: What a delicious purple with some lovely rainbows. It’s a huge bonus that it’s pretty in low lights too
Buy again: Yes

I bought Dead and Dreaming from norwaynails.com.
You can find more info on NorwayNail’s Facebook page, link here.

Norway Nails have kindly offered my readers a 10% discount code. Just use the code RAINBOWIFYME10 at checkout, and you'll be getting 10% off your purchase.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pahlish ~ Mystery Polish and Picture Polish ~ Holiday



Pahlish ~ Mystery Polish and Picture Polish ~ Holiday
Showing off, haha

Today I’m going to show you two polishes. No fancy nail art or anything, just two polishes on top of each other. Sometimes I like it like that.

The first one is a mystery Pahlish. It’s dark teal with copper shimmer and there is also a dash of holo shimmer in it.

The formula is good and it’s very opaque. I wouldn’t be surprised if this worked for stamping too. I used two coats to make it look the best and the drying time between the coats is good.

Here’s what it looks like on it’s own:


Here you can see the little shimmers. There aren’t many but they’re really cute.


On top of that I applied a layer of Picture Polish’s Holiday. It’s a topper with holo glitter and flakies. I’ve seen pictures of the bottle and thought it was nothing special. Once it’s on it’s magic though. Easily applied, averagely drying.

And look! Look how gorgeous it is:


Here is a non flash picture to show off the flakies.


Verdict:
I like the Pahlish and I’m really curious to see if it works for stamping. If it does it’s a total score. As for the Picture Polish: Wow. Now that’s a magic topper that I love! <3

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NailNation 3000 ~ Board Walk Empire



NailNation 3000 ~ Board Walk Empire
Vibrant blue linear holo
                                   
NailNation 3000 is a really cool brand, I’m a big fan! When I opened the package that had Board Walk Empire inside, I almost jumped when I saw how pretty is was! Wow. Hold on for a second, I’ll show you.

The formula is great, I have no issues to report at all. I used two coats that dried really fast.

Girls n guys, grab your sunglasses, ‘cause here is two coats of Board Walk Empire:


Are those rainbows amazing or what? I’d say they are!


And the polish also glows in low light. I’m mesmerized.


I decided to stamp on it. I chose a pattern on my XL stamping plate “B” and I stamped with Lumin-Icent from Color Club’s Foiled collection from Autumn 2011. There are six polishes in that collection and they all stamp really well. I sealed my mani up with topcoat and was good to go.

Here’s my final mani:


Low light so you can see the pattern I chose.


Board Walk Empire is a total winner. I love everything about it!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Amazing colour and rainbows, great formula. I love this polish!
Buy again: Yes please

I bought Board Walk Empire from norwaynails.com.
You can find more info on NorwayNail’s Facebook page, link here.

Norway Nails have kindly offered my readers a 10% discount code. Just use the code RAINBOWIFYME10 at checkout, and you'll be getting 10% off your purchase.

Friday, March 27, 2015

OPI ~ Show it and Glow it! & Simmer and Shimmer



OPI ~ Show it and Glow it! & Simmer and Shimmer
Two of the glitters from the Burlesque collection from holiday 2010

It can’t come as a surprise that I love glitter. So when I saw these two glitters for sale in a blog sale, I snatched them right away. I’m going to show you both of them today.

Let me start with Show it and Glow it! It’s packed with purple and silver glitter. There’s also other colours in it; I saw both gold and green. There aren’t a lot of the other colours though, just enough to make it interesting.

I got my bottle really cheap because the polish had thickened up quite a lot and I had to thin it a lot before I could actually use it. Once it had reached “normal” consistency it was really nice to work with. The brush is loaded with glitter when you pull it up, and that makes the brush spread out a little bit, which made it a challenge to get close to the cuticles. Challenge accepted! :D

Anyway: Two coats, fast drying time, one thick layer of topcoat, and I was good to go:


I love glitters like this!


One last picture just because I can.


The other polish is Simmer and Shimmer. It’s the blue/silver version of Show it and Glow it. It also reminds me of Absolutely Alice, just not quite as pretty :)

Two coats as well, fast drying time, a layer of topcoat. I am holding the bottle backwards on this first picture. It’s so you can see the splatter on it. I accidentally dropped it onto the carpet while it was still open, leaving blue and silver glitter on the carpet, the blanket, my slippers and me. Oh yeah, and on the bottle itself.


Pretty, yes?


I am glad I managed to get these two pretties.


The Burlesque collection is discontinued a long time ago, and these polishes are getting harder and harder to find. So if you like glitters as much as I do, you might want to try and find these relatively soon. It’s not getting easier and easier to find them.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Glitter
Overall impression: Great glitters, easy to work with, covers in two coats.   
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A2Z Challenge: T is for Texture



Texture! I love the look of texture, I think it looks really awesome! But when push comes to shove I usually topcoat my textured manicures – mostly because I like the shine.

I picked three different textured polishes for this mani, all three of them from Julie G: Rock Candy, which is green, Crushed Candy, which is pink and Blueberry Fizz, which is, yeah well, blue :D I also used a glitter topper from OPI called Snowflakes in the Air to tie it all together. Here’s my very textured mani:


I painted the entire nail with the green, and when that was dry I sponged on the pink and the blue. And when that was all dry I used a dotting tool to make the glittery line between the three colours.


I really like how this came together!



Here are the four polishes I used:


Next week’s challenge is Unusual. I have no idea about what to do yet, but I’m sure it’ll be fun! Please stay tuned for it!
  
You should also check out what these really cool girls did – I can’t wait to see it myself.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Glittering Elements ~ Magical, prototype v. 1



Glittering Elements ~ Magical, prototype v. 1
Blue to purple duochrome with holo

Today I’m going to show you a prototype from Glittering Elements: Magical – or what ended up as Magical. I’ve read that this prototype should be more purple than the official Magical. I haven’t got Magical though, so I can’t compare the two. I can show you the prototype, which is exactly what I’m going to do in a moment :D

The formula is good and the polish covers in two easy coats. The drying time is good, I’ve got no issues to report.

Here’s what two coats and no topcoat look like. The picture is taken with flash:


The sun! OMG the sun was out! It was early morning so it’s a bit orange, but look how pretty it made my mani look!


Here’s a colour accurate low light picture. The shimmer is so pretty.


I dabbed some glitter onto it: A no name one from Cosmetic Arts. Then I dotted flowers onto it, I used a white from Savina called French White, and a pink Glittering Elements: Holly Jolly Christmas.

Here’s my final mani with flash:


And the low light picture: 


The polishes lined up: 


I quite like this, especially with the glittah!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Holo with colour shift
Overall impression: Pretty purple. I wish the colour shift was more prominent, or alternatively that the holo effect was stronger.   
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Glittering Elements ~ At the Top of my List



Glittering Elements ~ At the Top of my List
Dark amethyst purple holo with a violet flash and blue flakies

At the Top of my List is also from the Christmas collection from 2014. It’s a gorgeous purple with scattered holo effect and flakies, yay!

The formula is great, I have no issues to report. It covers perfectly in two coats and the drying time is good.

Let me show you two coats and no topcoat, picture is taken with flash:


Isn’t that just gorgeous?


Here’s a low light picture. In this lighting the flakies reveal themselves.


I made stripes on them: Black, holo silver and holo glitter alternately. I used “Silver Holo” from Hurban Houtfitters, “Montenegro” which is a plain black crème from Herôme and a silver glitter striper from L. A. Colors called “Ice Breaker”.

Here’s my final mani:


Isn’t this just cool?


And here’s a low light picture:


The polishes I used: 

This is way more awesome than I imagined it to be, and I’m definitely going to do this in other colours too! Tell me what you think of it in the comments below please.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Okay
Finish: Holo with flakies
Overall impression: Cool colour, great little flakies, pretty scattered holo effect  
Buy again: Yes

Monday, March 23, 2015

Glittering Elements ~ Holly Jolly Christmas



Glittering Elements ~ Holly Jolly Christmas
Magenta holo with aqua shimmers

Holly Jolly Christmas is from the Christmas collection from 2014. It’s originally described as Berry red leaning pink, but I see it as magenta :)

The formula is good and so is the coverage. I used two coats for full opacity. Drying time between the coats is good.

Here’s what two coats and and no topcoat look like: 


And another one with flash: 


I kind of like this polish better in low lights: 


I added a stripe of glitter down the middle of each nail with a green/golden/purple glitter from Golden Rose's Jolly Jewels collection.


And then I stamped on it. I used a motif from  Infinity Nails-97 and I stamped with NailNation 3000's Black. Here's my final mani:


I really like the glittery effect under the stamp!


 That's all folks! :D


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Holo with glitter
Overall impression: Wow! Just WOW!  
Buy again: Yes

Glittering Elements ~ Comet Dust



Glittering Elements ~ Comet Dust
Multichrome flakes along with copper, aqua, purple and holographic shimmer

The third polish I got from Glittering Elements for a review is Comet Dust. It’s a topper, but you can also use it on its own. I love toppers with shimmer and flakes, so I was eager to try this one out.

I chose to apply it over a purple. I used Dance Legend Matte #649 which is a deep purple with no shimmer. I wanted to let the topper do all the shimmering!

I applied a layer of Comet Dust over the purple, and when that was dry I also applied a layer of topcoat.

Let me show you how pretty this shimmer/flakie is. Here’s one coat over purple:


The shimmer is amazing!


This picture shows the flakies, that are colour shifting. Here they show their red’er side.


Here’s a flash picture. The shimmer strikes back.


One last shot of the prettiness.


I didn’t snap a picture of the two purple coats of Dance Legend before I applied the topper, but here is a picture of the polish bottles.



Verdict:
Yes, yes, yes! We need more shimmer/flakie toppers to spice up other polishes. This is a total winner for me!


Number of coats: 1 over purple
Drying time: Good
Finish: Flakies and shimmer
Overall impression: Great topper!
Buy again: Yes

You can buy Girly Girl from Glittering Elements’ Etsy Shop.