Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LynBDesigns ~ Futterwacken



LynBDesigns ~ Futterwacken
Purple crelly packed with red, green and orange glitter

Futterwacken is from The Wonderland collection and is the second LynB I received it in a swap with a very sweet US girl ♥ I’ll show the third and last tomorrow.

The name is great, the formula is good and the polish is easy to apply. I covered in two coats, but I didn’t trust the pictures to be great with two coats to I applied a third to make sure that everything looked great on the pics! The drying time between the coats is average.

Here is a pic of three coats and no topcoat in the sunshine:


I love glitters like this one, it’s sooo shiny!


Here’s a lightbox picture to show the colours of the glitters:


I didn’t quite know what to do with this. The mix of colours didn’t exactly invite a fifth colour in. Then it struck me: Holo-ify it! I mean: I love glitters and I love holos, so why not combine the two? I grabbed my bottle of Ellagee’s “Rainbow Syrup”, applied a coat ét voilá: My mani was perfect:


*swoon*


I wonder if you like this as much as I do.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Crelly packed with glitter
Overall impression: Deep, vampy, perfect for Halloween!
Buy again: Unsure, maybe

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LynBDesigns ~ Lock, Shock and Barrel



LynBDesigns ~ Lock, Shock and Barrel
Blue crelly packed with multicoloured glitter

Lock, Shock and Barrel is from The Nightmare Begins collection and I received it in a swap with a very sweet US girl

The application was a breeze, the polish glided on effortlessly. It covered well in two coats and the drying time between the coats is good.

I had sunshine! So here’s two coats of Lock, Shock and Barrel without a topcoat:


This polish is seriously pretty!


I love glitters like this one, where there is a lot of it, but they are still relatively small on the nails. It’s good for girls with small nails like me.


I snapped a pic in my lightbox too:



In case you wonder who Lock, Shock and Barrel are, here’s a pic I borrowed from Disney Wiki:



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Crelly packed with glitter
Overall impression: This is one of the really cool LynB’s I’ve got!
Buy again: Yes

Monday, October 20, 2014

Magical Music Manis 8: Endless Summer ~ Oceana


"Endless Summer" is by the German singer Oceana Mahlmann. The song was the official UEFA Euro 2012 theme song.

Umm, I had many ideas for this song, because the theme “summer” can be interpreted in so many different ways.

In the end I took my inspiration in the dress Oceana is wearing in the video:


Nice colours, don’t you think?

Here they are, transferred onto my nails:


I used:
White: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot
Turquoise: Pastel #123
Orange: Pastel #310
Yellow: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening


And I added glitter too, Sally Hansen X-treme Wear “Disco Ball”.


I think I like it equally much with or without glitter, which is a surprise to me because I was sure I was going to like it more in the ‘with glitter’ configuration.


Anyway, here are four of the five polishes I used.



I love the colour scheme!

Here’s the video to Endless Summer:



Check out the other girls who participate in this challenge. Would you like to join? Please feel free to – it’s never too late! 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

OPI Coca Cola Collection – the two oranges - swatches


I gave most of OPI’s Coca Cola Collection a miss. Most of you have probably seen them all by now, but here’s what the entire collection looks like:



I only bought the two oranges. “Two oranges?”, I hear you think, “but there was only one orange in the collection!” That’s almost true, but only almost.

Here are the two oranges I bought:


The orange crème is called Orange You Stylish! and the orange glitter is called Orange You Fantastic!


Orange You Fantastic was made for the US market. It wasn’t displayed here so I had to swap my way to the bottle I’ve got. It’s an orange jelly packed with orange and golden glitters. It builds up nicely in two coats, but I decided to wear three coats, just to make sure that there were no thinner spots. Here’s what Orange You Fantastic looks like in the sun; 3 coats:


I think it’s an amazing glitter!


One last shot:


Orange You Stylish was made for the European market and hasn’t been displayed in the US as far as I know (please do correct me if I’m wrong!) It’s an orange crème. The formula is good, and it covers in two coats. I wear three coats on these pictures, but no topcoat.

Three coats, no topcoat:


This is an orange that dries up much nicer on the nails – it’s looking clearer (or less dusty) than it does in the bottle.


I actually quite like this!


Here are a couple of bonus shots for you: Orange You Stylish with a reversed glitter gradient of Orange You Fantastic:


The two polishes look great together imo!


Why OPI decided to release two so different polishes on the two markets is a mystery to me. I am glad I’ve got both versions though, because I think it’s a curiosity that they made two.

So, did you know that there were two versions of orange in OPI’s Coca Cola collection? Which one do you prefer? Would you also have bought both?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ellagee ~ Summer Breeze



Ellagee ~ Summer Breeze
Teal green scattered holo

This beauty has been hiding in one of the small boxes of untrieds – I must admit that I had forgotten that I actually owned it. It was a joy to re-find Summer Breeze because the polish is really pretty.

The formula is a bit on the thick side, but easy to manage anyway. It was almost opaque after the first coat, but I apply two to make it look perfect. Drying time between the coats is good, nothing bad to report there either.

Here’s what two coats of Summer Breeze looks like in the sunshine:


Is that gorgeous or what??


This colour is so me, no doubt about that!


I decided to play with some bubblewrap! I applied a layer of NailNation 3000’s Doppelgänger and while it was still wet I pressed bubblewrap onto the nails. I finished the mani off with a layer of topcoat:


I kid you not: I love the design the bubbles created!


Here’s a picture taken in ordinary daylight:


This will not be the last time I play with bubblewrap! Have you tried this method?


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Durability: Good
Finish: Scattered holo
Overall impression: I was really impressed with this polish, it’s a beauty inside out!
Buy again: Yes

Friday, October 17, 2014

PrettyPots ~ Blueberry Muffin



PrettyPots  ~ Blueberry Muffin
Purple/blueberry scattered holo

Yesterday I showed you Green Velvet Cupcake – and Blueberry Muffin is the pretty sister!

I didn’t encounter any problems with the formula and the polish is really easy to work with. It takes two easy coats to make it opaque and the drying time between the coats is pretty good.

It was evening and the sun had almost gone down, but I managed to snag a series of photos for you. Here’s two coats and no topcoat; the picture is taken in the evening sun:


I love the way the holo dust looks!


I painted a pink hologlitter stripe down the middle of each finger. I used Eva Mosaic Fashion Colour #62. When that was dry I panted a thinner stripe down the middle of the whole thing. For this I used a striper from Ming Shang that doesn’t appear to have name nor a number.

Here’s my final mani in the last bit of evening sun:


I think it looks cool with the two colours down the middle!


Here’s a lightbox pic so you can see the Eva polish better.


I might as way say it right away: I dig this. I think it’s awesome! :D


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Scattered holo with shimmer
Overall impression: Pretty colour, subtle but nice scattered effect
Buy again: Yes


I bought Blueberry Muffin 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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PrettyPots ~ Green Velvet Cupcake



PrettyPots  ~ Green Velvet Cupcake
Green scattered holo with blue shimmer

Green Velvet Cupcake is from the core collection.

The formula is great and the polish is so easy to work with. It takes two easy coats to make it opaque and the drying time between the coats is pretty good.

And here’s a lovely, lovely green – I love the name too! Two coats and no topcoat; the picture is taken with flash:


Look at the scattered holo effect!


It’s such a nice colour, so easy on the eyes! :)


This is what the polish looks like in the lightbox. Still pretty!


I considered stamping on it but I changed my mind. I sponged glitter on the tips instead. I used LynBDesigns’ “Oh, You Beautiful Idiot”, which is a clear base with blue and green glitters and tiny stars. I applied a layer of topcoat before I took the pics of my final mani:


I love the effect of glittery fingertips!


“Oh You Beautiful Idiot” requires special topcoating to get smooth. I ended up with two coats of topcoat and even then the glitter was still really bumpy! Fortunately I don’t mind that, but I just thought I’d mention it.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Scattered holo with shimmer
Overall impression: Pretty colour, subtle but nice scattered effect
Buy again: Yes


I bought Green Velvet Cupcake 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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Polish Revolution ~ The Sea Was Rolling Hot



Polish Revolution ~ The Sea Was Rolling Hot
periwinkle, lilac, gunmetal and turquoise glitter in a clear base

‘The Sea Was Rolling Hot’ can be used both as a topper and on its own. I decided to try it on its own – it’s always nice to know what your polishes can actually do. It took three coats to build up to almost opacity and the drying time between the coats is pretty good.

I had a hint of sunshine, so take a look at three coats and a layer of topcoat in the sun:


The shininess almost made my camera freak out!


Here’s a lightbox pic that shows the colours a bit better.


I was unsure about what to do with it, so I took some cat nail stickers and stuck a cat onto each nail. Here’s my final mani in the sun:


And here’s a lightbox picture:


Aren’t those cats just adorable? I love them!
Next time I try to use this as a topper – I think I may prefer it that way :)


Number of coats: 3
Drying time: A bit faster than average
Finish: Clear base packed with glitter
Overall impression: Great mix of glitters. I think I would have liked the base to be tinted
Buy again: No