Monday, March 2, 2015

Ellagee ~ Ella-mentary Love (Ella-mental Love)

Ellagee ~ Ella-mentary Love (Ella-mental Love)
Cherry red linear holo with purple micro-flakies

Yesterday I showed you Ella-Gance which is one of two Facebook customs. I chose red with purple glitter or flecks, and Ella-mentary Love is with flakies. They are micro-flakies so they actually make the polish look red-violet. I don’t mind that at all.

The reason there are two names in the title is because the name of the polish is Ella-mentary Love, but Laura (the maker of Ellagee polishes) made a mistake and accidentally named the first batch Ella-mental Love, and my bottle is from the first batch. So there you have it: Ella-mental Love. I like that name even better than Ella-mentary Love :D

It’s a jelly like its sister and this one is also sheer.
Three coats is what it takes and it dries fast.

Here’s three coats and no topcoat taken with flash:

I like this colour even though it doesn’t show up as red.

I have to be honest though: I can’t really see the micro-flakies, not even when I turn off the flash, like here.

I added flakies myself :D I applied a layer of Maybelline’s Ruby Rays from their series of Colorame topcoats. It is a really pretty deep orange to green flakie in an orange tinted base. Here’s my final mani:

Aren’t those flakies just gorgeous?

The verdict:
It’s a pretty red-violet polish but I’m sorry that I’m not wowed by it.

Which name do you prefer – Ella-mentary Love or Ella-mental Love?

Ella-mentary Love is a Facebook custom and is no longer available.

Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Good
Finish: Jelly holo with micro-flakies
Overall impression: It’s a nice red-violet colour.
Buy again: No

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ellagee ~ Ella-Gance

Ellagee ~ Ella-Gance
Cherry red linear holo with purple glitter

Today and tomorrow I’m going to show you a couple of polishes that I have a special relationship to. They are both Facebook customs and the reason they are special to me is that it was me who came up with the ideas for them. I suggested a red holo with purple glitter or purple flecks, and Laura made both. The group couldn’t decide which one of the two they wanted so we got both, woohoo!

The first one I’m going to show you is Ella-Gance. It’s a cherry red jelly holo with purple microglitter. The polish is beautiful in the bottle, and the first thing I noticed when I opened it is that it’s sheer. Damn! It builds up in three coats though and fortunately it has a good drying time, so you don’t have to sit around hour after hour and wait for it to dry.

Here’s three coats and no topcoat taken with flash:

The holo isn’t in your face (damn) but the glitter is super pretty!

Here’s a low light picture. That shows the glitters much better.

I don’t know why the polish made me think of ladybirds, but it did. So here's my final mani: 

 I like it this way.

Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Good
Finish: Crelly with glitter
Overall impression: Nice pleasant colour, sweet glitters. I wish it was a two coater, I’m so greedy!
Buy again: Probably yes, the colour is unique

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Darling Diva ~ Tis the Season

Darling Diva ~ Tis the Season
Grass green packed with green microglitter, added iridescent glitter

Here’s another special polish for you. It’s special because it hasn’t actually been up for sale in Darling Diva’s shop. Tis the Season was added to the orders that were shipped out just before Christmas. Score!! I didn’t do any shopping around that time, so I got my bottle from a dear friend who did shop for Darling Divas around Christmas. Fortunately for me she doesn’t really wear green polish, so she let me buy it. Double score! Thank you so much

The formula is great and covers easily in two coats. Drying time is good. There aren’t many glitters in the bottle so I didn’t bother fishing for them. I did get some glitter up anyway.

Here’s what two coats and a layer of topcoat looks like in low lights:

Here’s a flash picture to show off the pretty shimmer.

Yet another flash picture. Isn’t this just gorgeous?

I stamped on it (no surprise there, then). Even though this is a Christmas polish it made me long for spring. Grass green and flowers and sunshine! I found my flowery motif on Moyou London’s Pro Collection-14 and I stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White. I dotted orange in the middle of the flowers, and I used Julie G’s Tangerine Dream mixed with a white crème for better opacity for that purpose. Another layer of topcoat completed my mani:

I love this! It makes me long even more for spring!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer with iridescent glitter
Overall impression: Awesome green
Buy again: Yes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Glam Polish ~ Incurably Romantic

Glam Polish ~ Incurably Romantic
Deep magenta holo with flecks and microglitter

Incurably Romantic is my other polish from the Diamonds are a girl’s best friend collection from summer 2014. The collection is a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, and I love her to bits!

The formula is good and easy to work with. I used two coats for full opacity and the drying time is good.

Here’s what two coats plus a layer of topcoat look like:

The holo is quite subtle but I love the glitter and the colour.

It’s even prettier if I turn the flash off. Amazing, right?

I made a line of dots across each nail. The blue holo is from Chaos & Crocodiles and is called “LH05”. The soft sky blue holo is from Ellagee and is called “Chase the Clouds Away”. I topped it with another layer of topcoat before I took my pictures.
Here’s a flash picture:

And here’s a low light picture.

Here are the three pretty polishes I used:

Yes, I love this!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Holo with flecks and microglitter
Overall impression: I love this polish
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Glam Polish ~ Bye Bye Baby

Glam Polish ~ Bye Bye Baby
Bright blue holo with flecks and microglitter

Bye Bye Baby is from the Diamonds are a girl’s best friend collection, from summer 2014. The collection is a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, who I adore!

Bye Bye Baby is blue – I’m not sure why that is, I haven’t been able to find anything that relates the song to blue, but never mind, it’s a lovely blue. The formula is good and I used two coats to make it opaque. You might want to use three coats if you’ve got longer nails than me. Drying time is good.

On my thumb and my ring finger I used a shimmery white from H&M called Snow White.

Here’s my final mani:

I stamped stars on the blue, because Marilyn was indeed a true star. I found the star motifs on stamping plate QA45. The lips are from stamping plate KD16, and the two hearts are from an old Essence plate – I love that heart design and have used it a lot of times.  It’s double stamped btw.

Here’s a low light picture – I still love the colours!

The two pretties:

I bought another polish from this particular collection, so stay tuned for that!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Holo with flecks and microglitter
Overall impression: This is a really nice polish!
Buy again: Yes

A2Z Challenge: P is for Pale

I am a pale person myself – and I’m not just talking ordinary pale. I’m white – almost literally. My legs look as if I put chalk on them! Perhaps my own paleness does that I don’t want pale on my nails too. I knew for sure that I didn’t want to do ordinary pastel nails for this “pale”-challenge.

So I sat down and thought: What’s pale, besides myself. I though of many pale things: Casper the friendly ghost, Dracula, vampires… And then it struck me! Geishas! Geishas are really pale – and beautiful too.

I let this picture inspire me:

And here’s what my nails ended up looking like:

The pinkie is the umbrella, the ring finger is the pattern on the umbrella. The middle finger is obviously the red lips and the index finger is the flowers in her hair.

Now that’s the kind of pale that I like!

Here’s the gradient alone. It’s made of NailNation3000’s White and H&M Berry Love, which is a bright red crème. The red turned pink when I mixed it into the white, but oh well.

Here are the four polishes I used: 

NailNation 3000: White, H&M: Berry Love, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: Rapid Red (for the stamped lips), Moyou: Pink (also for stamping).

The challenge next week is Quirky. I don’t even really know what it means, so let’s see what I can come up with.

You should also check out what these super cool girls did – I can’t wait to see it myself:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stamping plate BP-42

Stamping plate BP-42

I was offered a couple of stamping plates from
Born Pretty Store for a review. Today I’m going to show you the first one: BP-42.

The plate is round and has four different kinds of motifs on it. You can find it by clicking here, and it looks like this:

I chose to stamp with the design on the top right. I stamped on top of two layers of Fresh Paint “Steampunk”. It isn’t really my colour but I think it fits the design just perfectly. Take a look:

I have relatively small and short nails, so I was able to get different designs on each nail. I like that a lot!

How do you like this?

The verdict:

Four big designs on each plate
It’s possible to get different designs on each nail from the same pattern
Perfectly edged

I can’t think of any

As always: BornPrettyStore has got free worldwide shipping, and is offering my readers a 10% discount. All you have to do is to use the code JCJ61 when you check out. 

LynBDesigns ~ Seize the Day, Boys

LynBDesigns ~ Seize the Day, Boys
Blue toned green linear holo

Seize the Day, Boys is from the Spark of Madness collection. I love teals, and the title must be from the movie “The Dead Poets’ Society”, which is a brilliant movie! So yes please, come and join my stash, little polish!

I used two coats for this mani, but I’m pretty sure you need three coats if you got longer nails than I have. I decided to let two coats be enough. Drying time is good. I had no problems with the formula.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat, picture is taken with flash:

I love the rainbows in this polish!

Here’s a low light picture. The rainbows still want to pop, and here you can see the golden shimmer too.

I fucked it up, obviously. I don’t know why I can’t do leopard print, it’s so annoying. Other girls make it look ridiculously easy, but fact is that I can’t make it look good, grrrr!

But anyway, I post my fails too, as you know. So you’ll see for yourself in a moment. I used Ellagee’s “Shake a Poor Sinner’s Hand” for the spot and just a black striper from Claire’s to “surround” them. I topped the whole thing with topcoat and here’s my final mani taken with flash:

And here’s a low light picture:

The pretty bottles:

I know this is nowhere near perfect, but never mind, they can’t all be. This is a learning curve for me, and perhaps some day I’ll get to nail the leopard print technique too! Wish me luck! :D

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Linear holo with flecks and shimmer
Overall impression: I love the name, the colour and the rainbows! It would have been even cooler without the golden touch, but that’s just because I’m not that much into golden looking polishes
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mentality ~ Vexare

Mentality ~ Vexare
Blackened multichrome with fleck shifting between blue, violet, red and orange

I have to show you the other polish from Mentality that I received for a review from Edgy polish: Vexara. It’s also listed as a tetrachrome, and I’m still not sure what that means, but never mind. Like its sister “Velle”, it’s packed full with flecks, and it’s a colour shifter too.

The formula of Vexare is a little bit thick, but to me that’s perfect. It’s a polish that’s really easy to work with, it almost applies itself! The drying time is good, no issues to report there either.

I applied two coats on each nail, except on my ring finger, where I applied two layers of black – to test out if it’s true that Vexare is good for stamping as well.

Here is what Vexara looks like:

The Colour shift ifn Vexare is stronger and visible in all light settings. It’s even obvious in the stamp too.

I only saw orange in the bottle though, but I love a good purple/blue shift, so this is perfect for me.

One last picture of it, just because I want to :D

Vexare is a seriously cool polish. I love the colours, the colour shift, the formula and the fact that it stamps so well. I can’t come up with anything negative about this polish!

Number of coats: 2 – and it works perfectly for stamping too
Drying time: Good
Finish: colour shifting flecks
Overall impression: Love it!
Buy again: Yes!

You can buy Vexare and other Mentality polishes from Edgy Polish
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Dance Legend ~ Matte #631 and Rio #4

Dance Legend ~ Matte #631 and Rio #4
Red with stars and stripes

Today I’m going to show you two of my Dance Legends. It has quickly become a favourite brand, they make fabulous holos but they also do basic polishes and glitters.

See what I did with two of them:

The red base colour is #631 from the matte collection. It’s a classic red with shimmer, and it dries up matte. Two coats is what it takes and the drying time is really good. You can literally see paint dry! :D
This next picture is taken with flash so you can see the pretty shimmer.

On my ring finger and my index finger I’ve got one coat of Rio #4. It’s a clear base with neon pink glitters, hexes, squares and stars. I didn’t fish for the stars of course, as always it’s just one dip in the bottle per nail here. The drying time is on the slow side, but a fast dry topcoat fixes that little challenge.
On my pinkie and my middle finger I made some stripes with a shocking pink striper and black. There’s a layer of topcoat to finish the mani too.

Here’s what Matte #631 looks like on its own. It’s two coats. I imagined it darker when I bought it, but I’m really happy with this colour! Finally a red without golden shimmer :D

Here are the two polishes and the two stripers I used:

Do you like my stars and stripes?

Number of coats: 2 layers of the matte, 1 of the glitter
Drying time: pretty good for the matte, slow for the glitter
Finish: Matte / Glitter
Overall impression: I love both polishes!
Buy again: Yes to both