Saturday, December 20, 2014

PrettyPots ~ Bewitchery

PrettyPots ~ Bewitchery
Purple linear holo

I showed you Bewitchery when I reviewed the “What’s In-die Box?” from October 2014 here.

This is how it actually ended up looking after I was done with it:

On top of Bewitchery I painted a silver holographic fat stripe down the middle of each nail. The polish I used for that was Urban Outfitters “Silver Holo” – you gotta love self-explanatory names like that, haha!! On top of that I painted a thinner stripe with Stargazer’s #304.

I think these colours go really well together, don’t you think?

Here are the three sisters in crime:

It’s not the first time I make a three coloured stripicure, but it’s definitely not the last either. I dig this!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Scattered holo
Overall impression: I have got a good impression of all these three pretties!
Buy again: Yes to all

Friday, December 19, 2014

Glam Polish ~ Paranormal

Glam Polish ~ Paranormal
Teal scattered holo

I have already showed you Paranormal when I reviewed the “What’s In-die Box?” from October 2014 here.

But today I’m going to show it to you again, but accompanied by a silver holographic polish from Rival de Loop’s “Holo Nails” collection. It’s called Lost In Space.

When the Paranormal (which has a good formula, two coats-coverage and average drying time) was dry I made dots on it with Lost In Space. I tried to make a nice round pattern. I am not quite sure if I succeeded or not, so I’ll let you be the judge.

Here is my final mani:

Green leaning teal and silver look really great together imo!

I like the glittery holo goodness.

Here are the two holo polishes:

So, what’s the verdict? Is the dotty pattern nice and clear?

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Scattered holo
Overall impression: I like both polishes!
Buy again: Yes to both

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A2Z Challenge: H is for Holo

HOLODAY! Oh yeah, let’s make every day a holo day!

My biggest challenge was to figure out which polish to actually use, since I don’t buy much non-holographic polish at the moment.

Since Christmas is near, I chose my new favourite red: The Alchemist from Darling Diva.

I remember when holos suddenly got very popular, and when Brazilian nail polish companies came out with the most beautiful holographics ever! I had two swapping partners from Brazil to fulfil my greedy need for pretty holos. I was always on the lookout for a red, and I was really happy when I received “Ares” from Hits in a swap. Wow, it was amazing. It was almost the red I had been looking for. Since then I’ve tried many red holos, but never really found the one until recently, when I saw The Alchemist. It looks beautiful on the pictures, so I ordered it. And girl, my heart almost skipped a beat when it arrived: It was just as beautiful in real life. Oh, be still, my heart!

Anyway, enough of the talking – The Alchemist is my base colour of this mani:

The stamps are from two different XL stamping plates: K Holiday Design, and H. I stamped with my faithful Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White, and Black from NailNation 3000. I dotted red and green on the Christmas tree with The Alchemist and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Jumpin’ Jade”.

I love the goofy looking reindeer! :D

The Alchemist is also beautiful in low lights. Score!

The challenge next week is inspired. I’ll see if I can find something cool to inspire me!

Please take a moment to take a look at what thest talented and cool girls did:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chaos and Crocodiles ~ Reconnaissance

Chaos and Crocodiles ~ Reconnaissance
Purple strong linear holo

I might as well show you the last of the three polishes I bought from the Secret Agent collection: Reconnaissance.

It’s purple, it’s holo and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Formula is great and it covers in one easy coat! I applied a second coat to see if it made a difference, but it didn’t. So it is indeed a one coater. The drying time between the coats is good.

Take a look at the prettiness: Two coats and no top coat, picture is taken with flash:

I’m like: Whoa! It’s amazing!

Here’s a low light picture. The rainbows refuse to stop shining.

I didn’t quite know what to do with it. I knew I wanted to do something but on the other hand I didn’t want to cover it up too much. In the end I went with stripes. I used my favourite pink striper from Ming Shang. It’s an amazing shimmering metallic hot pink, and I’ll be devastated when it’s all gone, because I don’t think I can actually get it again. Boo!

Anyway, I painted two vertical and two horizontal stripes on each nail, topped it with topcoat, et voilá, my mani was done! Here’s a flash pic of the final mani:

And here’s a low light picture. Isn’t that hot pink just fantastic? I love it!

Number of coats: 2 – but 1 will do!
Drying time: Good
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: Another winner from the Secret Agent collection. I love it!
Buy again: Yes M’am!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chaos and Crocodiles ~ Cipher

Chaos and Crocodiles ~ Cipher
Blue leaning teal strong linear holo

Cipher is another beauty from the very popular Secret Agent collection.

The formula is good and easy to work with. Two coats is what it takes to make this beauty shine to the max! Drying time between the coats is good.

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

That is such a me-colour! ♥

It’s also pretty in lower lights:

I stamped on it. I found a motif on Cheeky’s stamping plate CH11 and I stamped with Kiko’s #434 Psychedelic Blue from the Laser Collection. When that was dry I made random dots with a pale blue stamping polish from Moyou. Here’s a flash picture of the final mani:

The holo flame overwhelms the motif completely, so here’s a picture taken in the lightbox so you can actually see the nail art :D

It took me a while to actually pick the blue Kiko I used for stamping. I tried 4-5 other blues before I decided, and I am happy with my choice.

The pretties:

Yes, I like it. Do you?

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: Oh yes, I dig this polish a lot!
Buy again: Definitely!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blackheart from Hot Topic ~ Navy

Blackheart from Hot Topic ~ Navy
Navy blue shimmer

I am a sucker for polishes in odd bottles and it isn’t a secret that skulls fascinate me, so Blackheart polishes in their skull bottles are just perfect for me.

I am not impressed by the formula though. It’s a bit on the runny side, which I absolutely hate, and it’s not easy to apply where you want it. That’s why the edges are a bit ragged on my pictures, haha. Bear with me! :)

I used two coats to make it all opaque and the drying time between the coats is average. It dries up super shiny, so I didn’t apply a topcoat for this picture:

I added glitter. I used a blue glitter with silver hexes from DNA Italy. I can’t find a name on the bottle, so let’s just call it blue glitter. The glitter spreads out easily and evenly. It smells a bit odd and the drying time isn’t the fastest, but it looks good. Here’s one coat over the Blackheart:

I wanted more colour! I made two half stripes on each nail with a striper from HITS called Pink. It looks a bit neon coral to me, but never mind. I think I got it in a grab bag from Ninja Polish when they still existed, and even though I really like HITS polishes as a rule, this striper isn’t good. This is the first time I’ve used it and it’s already gloopy, stringy and weird. It smells too :D
Anyway, two stripes on each nail and I went over it an extra time with the striper to make it nice and opaque over the dark blue. I added a layer of topcoat and then my mani was done:

That’s it! Do you like Blackheart polishes?

Blackheart ~ Navy
Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Formula is runny, and not easy to paint with. Drying time could be faster. I like the colour though and I love the bottle!
Buy again: Yes

Darling Diva ~ The Arcanist

Darling Diva ~ The Arcanist
Cinnamon red linear holo

The Arcanist is from the WitchEE collection from this autum.

Darling Diva is one of my favourite indie brands. I think Carrie makes great polishes: Good quality, long lasting, great colours, and lots of holos!

I wasn’t sure whether to buy the Arcanist or not. On some pictures it showed a bit of brown side which I wasn’t sure whether I’d like or not. I bought it anyway, thinking that I’d sell it or give it away if I didn’t like it as much as it deserved.

And when it arrived I saw that it did have a brown side to it. Let’s find out if it put me off or what! I like the formula; it’s easy to work with and covering is good. I used two coats for this mani and was happy with the opacity. The drying time between the coats is also good.

And here, sweet ladies, is two coats and no topcoat, the picture is taken with flash:

The holo flame is beautiful in The Arcanist!

Here is a low light picture. It looks a bit burgundy in my pic, but from other angles it definitely looks more brown.

I gazed at it for a while, indecisive whether I liked it or not. Then I decided to spice it up. I grabbed another Darling Diva: Cast a Spell – a lovely orange linear holo, which I showed you here. I dapped a bit on here and there using an eye shadow applicator. And now I like it much better! Take a look at this flash picture:

Here’s a picture taken in my lightbox to show you the randomness of the orange :D

In case you wondered: Yes, I am going to keep The Arcanist. I do think it’s pretty after all.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Great quality, good holo effect.
Buy again: Yes

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lacquerlicious ~ Indian Summer

Lacquerlicious ~ Indian Summer
Purple jelly base with a silver shimmer and a rainbow of small hologram glitter

Here is another Lacquerlicious. I just love that brand name, seriously! Indian Summer is purple and glittery and I love both!

Application was easy. It took three thin coats to achieve desired opacity. I probably could have gone with two ticker coats of polish, but since this has average drying time, I thought it would take too long for it to dry if I did it like that.

So, three coats it was, and then a layer of Essence Gel Look topcoat to finish it off. Here’s how pretty the polish is:

I really like these kinds of polishes with glitter in them!

So all I did was to add a neon pink stud to the base of each nail. I added triangles to all the nails except for the ring finger nail, which got a diamond shaped stud. I sealed it with another layer of Essence Gel Look topcoat, and here’s the final mani:

My nails are a bit too small for studs, really, but I dig this anyway.

Do you like studs on the nails? I bought all mine off evilBay – how about you?

Number of coats: 3
Drying time: Average
Finish: Jelly with glitter
Overall impression: This is a really nice glitterpolish. I wish two coats were enough, but for a polish this pretty I’ll settle with three.
Buy again: yes

I bought Indian Summer from Edgy Polish
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chaos and Crocodiles ~ Protocol

Chaos and Crocodiles ~ Protocol
Magenta strong linear holo

Protocol is from the very popular Secret Agent collection.

I’ve been wanting this polish since I saw the first swatches. I love super strong holos – the stronger effect the better.

The formula is great and the polish covered perfectly in one single coat! I applied two, but the second coat didn’t make any difference at all. The drying time is good.

Hold on to your hats and sunglasses – here is two coats and no topcoat:

Wow, right? And here’s what Protocol looks like in lower lights:

Great colour, I love it!

So I stamped on it. Flower motif from Moyou London’s stamping plate Pro Collection-14 and I stamped with NailNation 3000’s Black. One layer of Poshé topcoat finished the whole thing, and here’s the final result with flash:

Isn’t this just gorgeous!?

I love it. ‘Nuff said!

Number of coats: 2 (but 1 is enough)
Drying time: Good
Finish: Strong linear holo
Overall impression: I’m blown away!
Buy again: Yessirebob!

I bought my Chaos & Crocodiles polish from
You can find more info on NorwayNail’s Facebook page, link here.
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Darling Diva ~ Cast a Spell

Darling Diva ~ Cast a Spell
Orange linear holo

Cast a Spell is from the WitchEE collection from this autumn.

I’ve fallen in love with orange polishes recently. it’s weird because I used to dislike orange on the nails. Perhaps it’s because earlier I’ve only seen the orange autumn-y shades that go really badly with my skin tone.

Anyway, Cast a Spell is a lovely orange. The formula is good and this is a one coater, sweet girls! I applied two out of habit and to see if it made a difference, but it didn’t really.

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

Oh yes, rainbows!

Here’s a low light picture. The rainbows are still there even though the colour is more muted.

I stamped on it. I found a swirly motif on Moyou London Mother Nature Collection-13 and I stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Freeze!” which is an amazing blue shimmer. It’s not that perfect for stamping because of the massive amount of shimmer, but it works. I applied a layer of Poshé topcoat, and here’s my final mani:

And a low light picture:

Orange and blue look quite well together. One of my BF’s favourite colour combos, as it happens. I ended up liking this a lot too!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: One coater, great colour, fantastic quality. Yes!
Buy again: Yes

You can buy this polish from Edgy Polish
You can find more info on Edgy Polish’s Facebook page, link here.