Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Colors by Llarowe ~ Hillbilly Harlot pt. 1

Colors by Llarowe ~ Hillbilly Harlot
Neon pinky coral with pink shimmer

This beauty just arrived and I knew I had to try something special and unique with it. It appears that my negativity against corals decrease if neon is added to the mix. When I saw Hillbilly Harlot I fell in love with it instantly!

Special and unique; how about another watermarble:

I used Silver Holo from Urban Outfitters as underwear.
The blue is from Dance Legend’s Fresh collection, # 78.
The white is Savina’s Fantasy Files. I really need to stop trying the water marbling with that, it’s not very good at doing it.
The pink is obviously Hillbilly Harlot.

I love this pattern and what I love the most is that I marbled my pointer and my ring finger twice. It’s most obvious on my ring finger, where you can see the blue overlap.

Here are the polishes I used:

Silver Holo, Hillbilly Harlot, Fresh #78, Fantasy Files

I’m definitely also going to wear this beauty on its own!  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ludurana Aurora Bureal ~ Supremo

Ludurana Aurora Bureal ~ Supremo
Lavender ultrastrong linear holo

There was a time, not so long ago, where every other nail polish wasn’t holographic. It was a happy time, there was still glitter and shimmer, and most of us didn’t really know that we were missing something.

At some point Brazil stepped up and started producing the most beautiful holographic polishes. Unfortunately they weren’t that easy to get your hands on. Shipping from Brazil is ridiculously expensive. I was determined that some of the beauties belonged in my stash, and at some point I swapped with two Brazilian girls. I swapped once with one of them, and several times with the other, and beauty after beauty entered my world. I eventually lost contact with both girls, but here’s a happy thought to them both. Love you girls!

I’ll still say that the Brazilian companies did something that not many companies did or do. Their holos are still outstanding!

Let me show you an example. Supremo is lavender and it looks really sheer, which is a shame because the bottle only contains 8ml. But it’s not sheer on the nails, yay! I used two easy coats for desired opacity. The drying time is average.

Put on your sunglasses; here’s two coats and no topcoat in flashlight:

Wow, right?

This is what it looks like in low light.

I stamped on it. I used my favourite motif from Moyou London’s plate Illusion Collection-02, and I stamped with a no name polish called “Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees”. It’s a Chinese copy of OPI’s polish with the same name, but apparently they didn’t know which bottle is OPI and which is Nicole by OPI, so they poured the polish into a NOPI bottle, haha. It’s my favourite purple polish for stamping; I have used up half the bottle by now, and I shall be SO sad when it’s all gone.

Here’s a photo I haven’t cropped as much as usual, so you can see my fake OPI :D

I love this, no less.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: I love it!
Buy again: I definitely would!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ooh La Lacquer ~ Mystery Polish, pt. 2

Ooh La Lacquer ~ Mystery Polish, pt. 2
Deep pink linear holo

Here’s the second mystery polish I bought from Ooh La Lacquer. Like I said: I really like mystery polishes, and this one was also a really pleasant surprise. I love colours like this!

The polish looked really sheer when I pulled the brush up to inspect it, but I still only used two coats for full opacity. The drying time is good, no issues to report.

Look at how pretty it is; two coats and no topcoat:

This is definitely a me-colour!

It also looks good in lower lights. That’s a winner for me.

I made random stripes on it with two other Ooh La Lacquers: Euphoria, which is sky blue and Blu Radly, which is purple. The purple is a jelly, damn that I didn’t remember that. That means that it’s not really visible on my nails, even though I did go over the purple lines a couple of times with the striper. Oh well. You know what? I still love the final result:

Like I said, the stripes are totally random, I really like that.

Here are the polishes lined up:

Mystery Polish, Blu Radley, Euphoria, and Savina’s Fantasy Files.

I wonder if you also like mystery polishes, or if you prefer to know exactly what you get. Please tell me in the comments below!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Great polish, I love the colour and the rainbows
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ooh La Lacquer ~ Mystery Polish, pt. 1

Ooh La Lacquer ~ Mystery Polish, pt. 1
Deep purple/grey with holo and golden shimmer

I’m a sucker for mystery polishes, that’s a fact. If I shop and the show owner has been so smart to list some of her prototypes as mystery polishes, then I am most likely to buy one of them. Ooh La Lacquer did that. I took the bait! :D

This first mystery polish is really hard to describe. It’s definitely purple, but it’s also grey. The holo effect isn’t in your face, but it’s there when the sun shines. The formula is good, I used two coats for full opacity, and the drying time is good too.

Here’s what two coats and no topcoat looks like. The photo is taken with flash, it’s raining here, boo!

It’s purple for sure, and it never looked black on me like some really deep purples do.

This is a low light photo. There you see the grey I’m talking about. When I look at the photo I don’t like it very much, but I have to say that it looked really elegant on my nails in real life. Yes, I like it.

I paired it with my new Urban Outfitter I showed you recently, namely Copper. I didn’t use any tape for this, it’s all freehanded and therefore not 100% perfect. But you know what? I’m satisfied and that’s what count!

Here’s the low light photo. I think it looks quite interesting with these two colours together.

That was my first mystery polish from Ooh La Lacquer for you. I’ve got at least one more coming up!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer and holo microglitter
Overall impression: Elegant, that’s the best way I can describe it
Buy again: Yes

Friday, October 2, 2015

Ooh La Lacquer ~ Heat Wave

Ooh La Lacquer ~ Heat Wave
Neon orange with subtle linear holo

It’s quite hard to find good orange polishes that I like. What often happens is that the polishes look great on photos, both in the shop and the swatches I google. And when I receive the polish it looks completely different and has quite often that touch of Autumn that doesn’t look good on me.

Heat Wave had exactly the colour I expected. Neon coral orange with added holo. No cheating or changing the photos, this just looks like advertised. Thank you!

The formula is good and it took two coats to achieve full opacity. The drying time is good.

Here’s what two coats and no topcoat looks like in the sun:

Here is a shade picture. It isn’t 100% colour accurate; I couldn’t catch the coral tone it’s got. Boo for me.

A girl can never have too much holo, so I added holo! One coat of Liquid Sky Lacquer’s holo top coat did the trick for me. It greys the base colour some, but it adds amazing rainbows, take a look:

This picture is taken in the shadow. You can see that the orange is no longer neon now, but the rainbows are there, even in the shadows.

I decided to stamp on it. I found my motif on BP-L 005 and I stamped with my faithful Black from NailNation 3000.

Here it is in the sun:

Here’s the shade picture. If you look at the bottle versus my nails, you can see how much the holo topcoat changed the colour.

This isn’t ideal for my skin tone, but I love it nonetheless. It would be perfect for someone with a tan. I don’t get that unfortunately, but I don’t really mind.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Subtle linear holo
Overall impression: Cool colour, weak holo effect  
Buy again: I would

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Serum No. 5 ~ Acai of Relief

Serum No. 5 ~ Acai of Relief
Blue to purple duochrome with shimmer

I like polishes that actually do something. It doesn’t have to be much, just a bit of shimmer, holo, glitter or maybe even colour changing effect. I find crèmes pretty boring on me, and I honest don’t own many of them.

Acai of Relief is a shimmery colour shifter. The formula is okay, the polish goes on a bit sheer on the first coat, but the second coat builds up to full opacity. If you’ve got longer and bigger nails than me, you might need three coats of it. The drying time is average.

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

This photo is from the lightbox. The colour shift isn’t prominent but it’s there.

I added flakies. One coat of LynBDesigns’ Feeling Very Small and Insecure did the trick, and here’s that step:

Then I added a sticker to each nail, and finished the whole thing with a layer of topcoat. Here’s my final mani:

I quite like this.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: shimmer with subtle colour shift
Overall impression: Pretty colour and shimmer, I’m not impressed by the colour shift
Buy again: Not sure, probably not

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Urban Outfitters ~ Black Holo & Copper

Urban Outfitters ~ Black Holo & Copper
The names are pretty self-explanatory here, aren’t they? :D

Today I’m going to show you two polishes I bought for nail art. You know how I keep going on about my old faithful Silver Holo from Urban Outfitters, right? That is the silver holo that I use pretty much every time it fits in. Well, it has got more sisters now! I already showed you Ariel (LINK), the sea green holo. Today it’s time for Copper and Black Holo.

Here they are, two easy and fast drying coats, in the sun:

I must admit that I’m seriously impressed by Urban Outfitters’ holos. I wish they weren’t so damn expensive here and I also wish that they actually had a specific range of them here too. I haven’t seen more than 2 different examples of their holos for sale at any single time, so I have to go into the store and check every time I’m passing by. I don’t really know how many there are. I’ve got four now: Silver, green, copper and black. I’m pretty sure there is a pink and a blue too.

They’re not really my colours, these two. Here they are in the shade. The holo flame is persistent!

I added two black stripes on each nail and fished a round glitter out of Pahlish’s mystery polish I showed you the other day, and this is the final result:

Like I said, I bought these for nail art. I don’t really wear black or copper alone, but I’m sure I can find good use for them in art.

Have you got any of the Urban Outfitters holos? Do you know how many colours they come in?

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Fast
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: I love the pretty rainbows and the quality of these holos.
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bear Pawlish ~ It’s a Tiny Shoe

Bear Pawlish ~ It’s a Tiny Shoe
Turquoise linear holo with a splash of turquoise microglitter

Today I’m wearing a polish that made even me go “wow!” It is a stunning turquoise linear holo, just the way I like them.

The formula is great and I used two coats for my mani. The drying time is really good too.

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

Isn’t that just amazing?

Here’s a low light picture. I still really like the colour.

I placed a floral sticker by the base of each nail and topcoated the whole thing to seal it all up. Here’s another sunshine picture:

Oh yes, I dig this.

I love this polish and I was really happy when I received it in a swap a while ago, because it had been on my wish list in like what seemed forever.

I think Bear Pawlish makes some really cool polishes and some amazing holos. I’m not getting any more of them though. I really dislike the brush they come with. It’s short and stiff and just not working with me. It’s a shame! :/

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Very good
Finish: Linear holo plus microglitter
Overall impression: Wow. Just wow.
Buy again: Yes (if they change the stupid brush, haha!)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hare Polish ~ Phat Tuesday

Hare Polish ~ Phat Tuesday
Deep purple jelly with gold, green and holo glitters

Phat Tuesday is another polish from “A Box, Indied” from March 2014. I won that box, and showed you another polish from that box yesterday, namely Bal Masqué by Contrary Polish! It’s safe to say that Phat Tuesday isn’t a favourite of mine either.

The formula is okay. I used two coats for my mani and I didn’t have to fish for any glitters. The drying time is good.

Here’s what two coats and a layer of topcoat looks like in the sun:

Can you tell why it’s not a favourite? The purple is so dark it looks black. You can only tell it’s purple if you look down by the cuticles. I’m usually not afraid of bumpiness but this is too much, even for me.

This is a lightbox picture.

This one needs a new home too, and I’ll do my best to find some place where it’ll be loved like every polish should be.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Jelly with glitters
Overall impression: It’s too dark to be a me-polish
Buy again: No thanks

Contrary Polish ~ Bal Masqué

Contrary Polish ~ Bal Masqué
Dusty blue with golden shimmer

There are polishes in the box of untrieds who never stand a chance to make it into the Helmers. It’s time to try some of them and then move them on. Bal Masqué is such a polish. It came in “A Box, Indied” in March 2014. I won that box, yay!

Bal Masque doesn’t tick one single box with me. It’s a jelly, which I’m not a fan of. It’s dusty blue, which isn’t my colour. And it has got golden shimmer, and I love silver way more than gold. So this polish doesn’t please me at all.

Here’s two coats in the sun:

This picture shows the shimmer better. If the colours were mine I might have considered keeping it, but no.

I paired it with another polish that I don’t fancy that much. It’s a Pahlish and it’s a mystery polish; You know, one of those polishes where you don’t know what you get. It’s a clear base with gold and black glitters in various shapes and sizes. I applied a coat over the dusty blue, and then a layer of topcoat. Here’s my final mani:

One last shot here:

I think the Pahlish gets to stay in the stash because I don’t have a glitter quite like this. Sometimes it’s nice to have a golden glitter for nail art.

Number of coats: 2 (but I should have used 3)
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Jelly with shimmer
Overall impression: Don’t like it very much
Buy again: Never