Friday, November 21, 2014

NYX and friends ~ Another layering experience

NYX and friends ~ Another layering experience

I like layering polishes to achieve new looks. I think t’s really fun to rummage through the polishes to find some that go well together. Let’s see how well it went today, shall we?

I started out with NYX Woman, a lovely dark red with microshimmer. It’s a really beautiful polish. I love the colour and the effect! Great formula, good drying time, no worries to report at all.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat:

Is it a wonder that I love this so much?

Next step: I applied a layer of Too Fancy Lacquer “Summer Flames”. It’s a neon Pink holographic, exclusively made for Edgy Polish. The formula is a bit thick, but that’s perfect for my purpose. So: One layer on each nail, and then I dapped some of it off again with cling film. That gave a pretty cool effect, take a look:

Low light picture of the same thing:

I wanted to bring it a bit more together, so I applied a layer of Catrice’s “Holo Qué Tal?” from the old and now disconnected Million Styles collection. It’s a topper that adds a lovely pink shimmer to any mani. Here’s that step:

I love the look of that!

Last step was to holofy it all, yay! I applied a layer of my favourite holo topper from Ellagee, “Rainbow Syrup” (nice name, b t w). And here’s my final mani:

I absolutely love the way this turned out!

Do you ever layer your polishes like this?

My own creation – magenta glitter

Today I’m going to show you a polish I made myself. I didn’t franken it, i.e. make it from other polishes – no, I made it from scratch out of suspension base, micas and glitters. And no, I don’t intend to be the next indie maker. My attempt of making my own polish is purely fun for the sake of fun and for my own use. So all you creative indie makers out there: Don’t worry about competition from me!

Basically I made a magenta/silver holo polish.

This is two coats:

I took a flash picture too. It makes some of the magenta glitters look black, but I can assure you that there isn’t any black glitter in there.

I did think that this colour would go well with black though, so I made two stripes on each nail and topcoated the whole thing.

Here’s my final mani:

And a low light picture:

It was fun making a polish on my own. I’ll definitely try it again, to see if I can make something really pretty. I was satisfied with this first attempt.

My first polish doesn’t have a name though. Have you got an idea for a name for it? Please share in the comments below! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A2Z Challenge: D is for Dark part II

A2Z Challenge: D is for Dark part II

Alright, let me show you another mani I did for the challenge. As I mentioned in my post earlier today, I struggled with the Dark theme.

This is actually the first mani I made for the challenge:

The base colour is Lilypad Lacquer’s Angel of the Night, which is a Norway Nails exclusive I bought a while ago.

The paint drips is made with Color Club’s Eternal Beauty – a gorgeous purple linear holo that I love a lot!

I really like the effect of this.

Here are the two purples I used.

There are several reasons I didn’t use this mani for the challenge. The first reason is that I had huge trouble with it. I originally wanted to make a tape mani. I painted two layers of the Lilypad on my nails. I waited for a long time between the coats and when it was completely dry I painted a layer of Poshé topcoat over it. Then I waited some more. But the tape still pulled the base colour off! Grrrr!!! After two attempts I decided to not do a tape mani – and instead make the paint dripping mani in this post.

I wanted something a little more challenging for this challenge, so I decided to make the eclipse mani instead of this one.

Do you like this?

Here are what the other girls did: 

A2Z Challenge: D is for Dark

A2Z Challenge: D is for Dark

It’s Thursday and you know what that means: It’s time for an alphabet mani, and this week the theme is Dark. I had huge problems with this week’s challenge – I had no ideas at all. I thought of all sorts of darkness but couldn’t really imagine how to transfer any of them onto my little canvasses.

But anyway – here’s the mani I ended up with: 

“What’s that?” I hear you ask. That, my sweet friends, is a solar eclipse!

I might as well be honest with you and admit that I didn’t come up with that idea. My boyfriend did! Isn’t he just imaginative?! He even liked the end result a lot, even though it doesn’t exactly look like the picture.

I actually quite like it too!

I ended up messing it up though. I tried to holofy it, and instead of using my trusted Ellagee Rainbow Syrup, I went for Smokey Mountain Lacquer’s holo topcoat. Smokey Mountain’s holo topper greys the base colour more than the Ellagee does, so I think I might as well get rid of it. It’s not a bad topper, the other one is just better! Anyway – here’s what my mani looks like holofied:

And here are all the polishes I used:

OPI: Red Fingers and Mistletoes & Where did Suzy’s Man-go?, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: Lightening, Herôme: Montenegro, Smokey Mountain Lacquer: Holo Topcoat

The ironic thing about all my trouble is that I actually ended up doing two manis. I’ll post the other one later today! :D

Next week’s challenge is Elegant. It’ll be fun so stay tuned!

Check out what the other great girls did for this challenge:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dare to Wear ~ Majestic Wonders

Dare to Wear ~ Majestic Wonders
Green teal with silver flecks

I felt like showing you one of the others Dare to Wear polishes I bought – it’s time for Majestic Wonders – I like that name, I am not sure why.

But anyway, I like the formula. The polish is easy to apply and it covers well. I used two easy coats, and the drying time is good. And I must admit that I really like the colour!

Take a look at two coats and no topcoat.

Isn’t that just me? I’d say it is!
I was in the mood for something wild, hahaha, so I made it into a leopard mani. I found a good “spotty” motif on Moyou London’s all design stamping plate Tropical Collection-01 and I found paw prints on a no name Essence stamping plate. I stamped with NailNation 3000 “Black”.

Here’s what that step looks like:

What’s missing? Holo! I holofied it with a holo topcoat from Smokey Mountain Lacquers. It’s easy to work with and it only greys the base colour a little. The drying time is a bit average, but at least it didn’t pull on my design!

Here’s my final mani:

And one final shot:

Yes, yes, yes, I dig this!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: shimmer
Overall impression: I like the colour and the finish, and it’s a great quality polish
Buy again: Yes

Dare to Wear ~ Royal Crystal

Dare to Wear ~ Royal Crystal
Pale purple with golden shimmer

It’s been ages since I wore a Dare to Wear-polish last, but I recently bought three new ones, so it’s time again!

I chose the purple one first. The formula is good and coverage is okay. I used two coats and it had a nice drying time.

Here’s two coats and no topcoat:

This is a pretty inoffensive polish.

I blinged it up a bit. I chose a glitter from Color Club called Pinky Swear and made a stripe of glitter down the middle of each nail. When that was dry I added a layer of topcoat, and I was ready to go. Here’s my final mani:

I like it a lot with glitter!

Royal Crystal lacks a bit of edge in my opinion, but add whatever bling you like and it’s cool.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: shimmer
Overall impression: Non- offensive colour, golden flecks, okay polish
Buy again: I don’t think so

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LynBDesigns ~ It's Not Against the Law to Hope

LynBDesigns ~ It's Not Against the Law to Hope
Red jelly with rainbow flecks

It's Not Against the Law to Hope is from the "Meet Me at the Abbey" Collection and I received it recently in a swap I had with the sweetest girl from the states.

The formula is good and easy to work with and I used two coats to make it look its best. The drying time between coats is good, no worries there.

Here’s what to coats and a layer of topcoat looks like:

I love the little flecks, they really add something special to the polish.

I added some glitter to the tips. I used an old Daring Digits polish called Ruby Slippers and just sponged a bit of glitter on each of the tips. I finished it all off with another layer of topcoat, and here’s my final mani:

I love the added blinginess!

I don’t think I’ve ever worn this Daring Digits before – and now it’s no longer available, since the girl who made the polish no longer makes polish.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Jelly with flecks
Overall impression: Nice polish, cool flecks!
Buy again: Yes

Monday, November 17, 2014

Magical Music Manis 12: Telephone~ Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé

This is the second last Magical Music mani in the series for now. I’m enjoying this so much!

Telephone is a really long music video, so there’s lots of stuff to be inspired by. I took my inspiration in Gaga & Beyoncé’s car: The Pussy Wagon, that looks like this:

Cool, yes? I also used Beyoncé’s awesome glasses as my inspiration:

And here’s how my final mani ended up looking like:

Yellow is the base colour and I used my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening for that. The red flames is made with a small brush and Bourjois’ Rouge Diva. The black sunglasses are just made with a plain black crème from Herôme called Montenegro. The holo topper is from Smokey Mountain Lacquer, and it does dull the colours a bit.

Here’s what the whole thing looked like before the holo topper.

Here are the polishes I used for my mani:

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: Lightening, Bourjouis: Rouge Diva, Herôme: Montenegro, Smokey Mountain Lacquer: Holo topcoat

Here’s the very long video to Telephone: 

Check out the other girls who participate in this challenge. Would you like to join? Please feel free to join the last one next week! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rival de Loop ~ 01 Dreamland and 02 Lost in Space

Rival de Loop ~ 01 Dreamland and 02 Lost in Space
Pink and silver holographics

Here’s another couple of polishes I found in Germany. It’s the first time I see Rival de Loop make holos, so I knew I had to buy the two they had. They’re from the Young Nails series and they’re both marked “Holo Nails”.

I applied two coats of each, and I just used my regular basecoat. I didn’t experience any problems with application at all and the drying time is good too. 

I made dots in various sizes using the opposite colours. Here’s what my final mani ended up looking like:

The holo effect isn’t super strong, but I must admit that I really like both these polishes.

The silver is a good basic colour for a holo and the pink is really cute.

I don’t regret buying any of these!

Should you ever come across any of these I highly recommend that you buy them!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Holographic
Overall impression: That’s just two great polishes!
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, November 15, 2014

P2 ~ 997 C’est La Vie

P2 ~ 997 C’est La Vie
Magenta with shy shimmer

Let me show you a couple of polishes I bought in Germany recently. The first one up is C’est La Vie, which is a lovely magenta shimmer. It was my boyfriend who picked that one for me and I love it.

The formula is good and I used two coats to achieve desired opacity. Drying time between the coats is good too. I applied a thin layer of Poshé topcoat and then I took my pictures.

Two coats plus a layer of Poshé topcoat, picture is taken in the sun:

I quite like this colour!

Then I cut out some tape and taped each nail. I covered the non-taped part of the nail with another German beauty, Catch My Eye from Rival de Loop. It’s a blue textured polish with holo glitter, score!

Here’s what the two pretty polishes look like together:

I love that the textured polish contains holo glitter!

I like simple two-coloured manis, so I obviously like this. What say you?

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer / Texture
Overall impression: I like both polishes for different reasons
Buy again: Yes