Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ellagee ~ Shake a Poor Sinner’s Hand



Ellagee ~ Shake a Poor Sinner’s Hand
Sparkling red/violet linear holo with holo shimmer

Shake a Poor Sinner’s Hand is from the recent Villainous Holo-ween collection and is inspired by Dr. Facilier from the Disney movie, The Princess And The Frog. I bought it in a blogger package at reduced price at Ellagee’s, in return for an honest review.

The formula is no less than fantastic – the polish glides on like butter. No need for the special aqua base coat here, any ol’ basecoat will do. The polish covers in two easy coats and the drying time between the coats is really good.

The sun is not at all cooperative this time of year, so the following pictures are taken with flash.

Two coats, no topcoat:


Isn’t that just a lovely, lovely colour?


And I love the rainbows too, they’re so pretty!


Here’s what the polish looks like when it’s not flashed upon:


I made a dotticure out of it. I used another Ellagee for the dots, namely Chase the Clouds Away, a soft sky blue with tiny rainbow coloured glitter and scattered holographic shimmer. I dotted on the dots and finished the whole thing off with a layer of topcoat. Here’s my final mani taken with flash:


And here’s the same thing in the lightbox. That purple is just gorgeous!


Verdict:
This is one of my best Ellagee polishes! It simply ticks all the right boxes: Formula, coverage, drying time, prettiness, rainbow goodness! I’m amazed and I can assure you that no pictures do this polish any justice at all. If you’re a true lover of purples and holos you should definitely get your own bottle of Shake a Poor Sinner’s Hand! Bravo!!

 

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Very good
Finish: Linear holo with holo shimmer
Overall impression: Fantastic polish! Great colour, great formula, great drying time and beautiful polish!
Buy again: Yes!

I Love Nail Polish (I♥NP) ~ Very Ornamental



I Love Nail Polish (I♥NP) ~ Very Ornamental
Berry coloured holo

I bought this polish last time ILNP had a sale, and I found it in the “retiring soon”-section, so this is unfortunately no longer available. I say unfortunately because this turned out to be a really beauty.

Let me start with the formula, which is very good. The polish almost covered in one single coat! I applied another one, and it did enhance the richness of the colour, so two coats is recommendable. Drying time between the coats is fast.

And girls! Be prepared for a beaut! Here’s two coats, no topcoat, picture taken in sunshine:


Is that beautiful or what? I say it is!


Here’s a low light picture. It’s like it a completely different polish, but it’s the same. It’s darker, but still not dusty or dull. I still love it!


So I stamped on it. I found a sweet little swirly motif on Moyou London’s stamping plate Pro Collection-15 and I stamped with Moyou’s (not Moyou London) pink stamping plate. I turned out well, but a little too girly for my likings. So I found a skull on Moyou London’s stamping plate Punk Collection-04 and I stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Whirlwind White” to give it a bit of edge. This Moyou thing is definitely going to give some people problems, I expect.

Here’s my final mani taken in the sun:


And here’s a low light picture. I also stamped skulls on my thumb nails, but didn’t take a pic of that :)


I quite like this. Do you?


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Great colour, pretty rainbows, great quality polish!
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Darling Diva ~ Landslide



Darling Diva ~ Landslide
Grass green linear holo

I almost complete forgot that I also bought Landslide from the White Witch collection! And that’s a shame, because it’s a lovely green.

The formula is good, no problems to report at all. It took two coats to make it opaque and the drying time between the coats is fast. And girls, I really dig this green holo.

Take a look at two coats and no topcoat in the sun:


Aren’t those rainbows just amazing? I love them!


The polish is also good looking in lower lights. The rainbows demand to shine :D


I made yellow swirls on it. I used a yellow crème from Dare to Wear called Lemon Drop.

Here’s my final mani in the sunshine:


And here’s the same thing in my lightbox.


Verdict:
There’s not much to say but “yes please”. This green is a really great polish in all ways.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: It’s such a pretty green and I love the holo effect
Buy again: Yes

Monday, September 29, 2014

Magical Music Manis 5: Moulin Rouge ~ Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink



Yay, it’s Monday! Let’s down down to it with a Magical Music Mani!

Lady Marmalade! Here’s an inspirational picture from the music video:


Vampy red, gold and black. Not a bad colour combo – I dig that!
So I painted index, middle and pointer red with Anny’s Sunset Love, and my ring finger gold with Barry M’s Gold Foil Effects. I made a gradient on my index and my pointer, using the same red and Essence’s Black is Back.


I made black stripes on my middle finger.


I stamped on my ring finger. The motif is from Moyou London’s Princess Collection-10 and stamped with Anny’s Sunset Love.


Here’s what my nails looked like before I started on the nail art:


I think this mani represents the vampiness of the video, and the heart is obviously the background in the video.

Do you like it? Does it fit the theme?

Here’s the video to Lady Marmalade:



Check out the other girls who participate in this challenge. Would you like to join? Please feel free to get involved in the situation! 



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Color Club ~ Ms. Hautie



Color Club ~ Ms. Hautie
metallic grey frost with a small bit holo microglitter

Ms. Hautie is from the Untamed Luxury collection from Autumn 2010 and I got this from a very dear friend of mine.

Application was easy and the drying time is good. There is some pink shimmer in this polish, but that doesn’t show on the nails at all. I don’t know what’s wrong with the formula, but there’s something that doesn’t really work. The polish dries up a little bit bumpy and I don’t know what causes the bumpiness, but this is what Ms. Hautie looks like with a layer of topcoat and in ordinary daylights.



As you can see there are still bumps despite the thick layer of topcoat.
I covered some of it up :D I applied a line of purple glitter down the middle of each nail. I used a glitter from Claire’s. I didn’t use tape because I didn’t necessarily want it to be perfect.

Here’s that step:


That helped a little bit but I am still not happy. I made a pink line down the middle and here’s my final mani:


This last picture is taken in my lightbox as the only one of the three pictures.

I shall not lie to you: I don’t think Ms. Hautie really works. The glitters are too few, the pink shimmer doesn’t show and I am not crazy about that unmotivated lumpiness.  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ellagee ~ Blueberry Ella-ment



Ellagee ~ Blueberry Ella-ment
Blue linear holo

Blueberry Ella-ment is another special polish in my collection, because it was only for sale for the members of a Facebook fangroup. And I am so lucky that I am a member of that fangroup, so yay!

The formula is good and easy to work with. I used two coats for full opacity and the drying time between the coats is fast. The polish dries up a bit lighter than the bottle suggests, but you aren’t hearing complaints from me, nuh uh!

Let me show you how beautiful Blueberry Ella-ment is. Here’s two coats, no topcoat, picture taken with flash.


If this isn’t amazing, then I don’t know what is!


Here’s what it looks like in lower lights. I love that shade of blue!


I decided to make something really cool! I grabbed my new stamping plate from Moyou London called Tropical Collection-06 and chose two motifs. I stamped a peacock feathery motif on two fingers using Kiko’s #625 from the Mirror Collection. I stamped a Peacock head on my thumbnails, using the same Kiko. I made a few purple dots with a lilac stamping polish from Moyou. I sponged some glitter on the remaining two nails – I used Nostalgic from L. A. Girls’ Glitter Addict collection.

And here, sweet ladies, is my final peacock mani: 


How's that?! :)


Here’s a picture taken without flash. It shows the motifs better.


I can’t be modest about this. I think it’s super cool and I love it! What do you think?


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: fast
Durability: Really good
Overall impression: Great quality polish, cool colour, superfast drying time!
Buy again: Yes

Friday, September 26, 2014

Smitten Polish ~ The First Lobster



Smitten Polish ~ The First Lobster
Orange leaning red linear holo

I didn’t buy The First Lobster originally because I thought that going by the name it would be extremely coral and I’m not looking that good in corals. Having seen a lot of pretty pictures of it on Facebook made me reconsider though, and eventually I bought it.

The formula is just great, just like I’ve come to expect from Smitten’s polishes. It took two coats to make it opaque and the drying time between the coats was fast.

Here’s what The First Lobster looks like in the sunshine – two coats and no topcoat:


Here it is in my lightbox, taken with flash:


It is quite mesmerizing, isn’t it?


This is what it looks like in lower lights. The rainbows are still visible.


This was the last picture for today. I made a stripicure out of it, but I couldn’t find a good colour for this base. I ended up choosing a purple, but seriously: It looked like crap, so I’ll spare your eyes for that disaster. Good idea, wrong colour scheme :D


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: The holo effect is really good. The colour is a bit outside my comfort zone, but sometimes it’s nice to be pushed a little
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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dance Legend New Prism ~ #4 Optical Illusion



Dance Legend New Prism ~ #4 Optical Illusion
Rich red-ish purple linear holo

I love the holo effect in Dance Legend’s New Prism collection, I think they’re amazing. I bought Optical Illusion from a friend in a blog sale. Why she would let this beauty go is beyond me for sure!

The formula is really great and the polish applies easily. It takes two coats to make it look its best and the drying time between the coats is good too.

Here’s what Optical Illusion looks like under flashlights:


Aren’t those rainbows just pretty? I love them!


Here’s a low light picture. The rainbows are still visible, and the colour changes to a deep plum. Nice!


I stamped on it. I found my motif on Moyou London’s stamping plate Pro Collection-15 and I stamped with a lilac stamping polish from Moyou (not Moyou London, mind you! There’s a trap for the young player, if ever there was one.) Here’s my final mani - before the topcoat, but with flash:


And here’s the low light picture:



This polish looks pretty in the bottle, but a hundred times better on the nail. I’m glad I snatched this!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Impressive linear holo
Overall impression: Another holo winner from Dance Legend. I love it!
Buy again: Yes dear!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer ~ Twilight Rain



Liquid Sky Lacquer ~ Twilight Rain
Purple with holo microglitter

Here’s another polish from Liquid Sky that wanted to shine.

I applied two easy coats and the drying time between the coats is good. I used two coats for good coverage.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat taken in the sun:


And here’s a picture taken with flash. You can see that the holo effect comes from holographic microglitter.


Here’s what it looks like in low lights:


I decided to do a gradient stamp on it. I chose a tartan motif from Moyou London’s stamping plate Pro Colletion XL-01, and I stamped with a pink and a blue stamping polish from Moyou (not Moyou London!).

Here’s my final design in the sun:


This is a flash picture:


And finally a low light picture:


I love the effect of gradient stamping, it really adds to a mani. So yes, I do like this a lot! And! I wore it for 6½ days before it chipped a little bit. Impressive!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Strong linear holo
Removal: Absolutely no problems
Overall impression: Great quality polish, I would have loved some more prominent rainbows and a clearer purple :)
Buy again: No

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer ~ Wyld Pixie



Liquid Sky Lacquer ~ Wyld Pixie
Deep magenta linear holo

Allow me to show you an awesome polish from Liquid Sky Lacquer. It’s deep magenta and it’s got an amazing holo effect.

The formula is great and the polish dries fast. It covers well in two easy coats.

I think I’ll let the photos do all the praising today.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat, picture is taken in the sun:


Is that holo crazy or what? I love it!


Here’s what it looks like in the lightbox. The rainbows still want to play!


I grabbed a glitter from Chaos & Crocodiles called Glitternomb. It’s a pink/silver/white multisized and multisized glitter. I poured a little bit out and picked three glitters for each nail with a toothpick. It’s the first time I try that method and I can see that I’ve gotten more than one glitter on more than one occasion. Oh well :D I finished it with a layer of Essence Top Sealer and here’s my final mani in the sun:


And here’s a low light picture:


The magenta holo is a great winner in my book! I love everything about it!


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Strong linear holo
Removal: Absolutely no problems
Overall impression: Great quality, great colour, fantastic rainbows. I love it!
Buy again: Yes