Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dance Legend ~ #12 - another holographic

Dance Legend ~ #12
Berry coloured scattered holographic

This polish has been sitting in my stash of untrieds for much longer than I care to think about, and I don’t know why, really - because it’s a really lovely holo! I received it in a swap with my friend Anastasia from Little World of Coloured Nails.

I love berry coloured polishes and it’s only a bonus if they’ve got a holographic effect, scattered or linear, it all works!

I used my regular basecoat, and the formula was really great. Two coats is what it took. Drying time was good. The only thing that I noticed was that the polish got a really odd smell to it. Not a really bad one, just weird. But hey – it’s not a problem, just an observation!

Take a look at how pretty the polish is:

The sunshine makes the polish look as if it glows from within, I really, really like that!

I had sponging in mind for this baby, but I changed my mind at the last minute. I went for dots instead because I figured that the berry colour would go really well with A England’s “Tristam”, which is a blue scattered holo. The perfect mate for the Dance Legend if you ask me. You don’t have to take my word for it though – take a look for yourself:

I like that the dots have different sizes and that they’re not all over the entire nail.

- The two scattered holos work really great together!

There’s a layer of H K Girl topcoat over it btw, just to finish the mani.

So, what’s the verdict, girls? Do you like it? Have you got great ideas to how to vary the dots, then please let me know in the comments below!

Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 8/10
Durability: 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Buy again: Yes

Friday, August 30, 2013

Girly Bits ~ Bachelor’s Button

Girly Bits ~ Bachelor’s Button
Cornflower blue linear holo

Cornflower blue isn’t normally a colour I’d go for, but once in a while it’s nice to push the envelope and maybe expand the comfort zone.

The formula was good, and it took two coats to achieve desired opacity. The drying time is also good, which is a big plus. I just used my regular basecoat and didn’t experience any problems with either dragging or bald spots. Just easy application and a really nice looking polish.

Take a look at how two coats and no top coat look like in the sunshine:

‘Tis pretty, no? The holo effect is subtle, but in my opinion it suits the delicate blue.

I wanted to add a holo more, so I stamped on it. I used my XL plate “O” and stamped with Color Club’s “Beyond” which is a strong linear black holo. Here’s the final result:

I’m pleased with how well Beyond stamps. I haven’t used it as a regular polish yet, but I’m impressed with the holo effect, so I might soon!

And here’s a photo almost out of the sunlight so it’s easier for you to see the heart motif :)

I’ve decided that I like Bachelor’s Button enough for me to actually keep it, and also to add the colour to my comfort zone because I must admit that I really like it.

How about you girls – is this a polish you’d choose?

I bought my Bachelor’s Button at Foxy Fingertips. It’s a Danish website, but they do ship to other European countries. Say hi from me, if you order from their store please :)

Opacity: 7/10
Colour, prettiness: 6/10
Durability: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nabi Hologram ~ 24 Purple - with friends

Nabi Hologram ~ 24 Purple
Reddish purple linear holo
with friends :)

The Sun has got his hat on, and has come out to play today, and you know what that means! Holo weather, yay! Will I ever get tired of holos? I hope not!

I remembered having some problems with my previous Nabi, so this time I used my aqua basecoat and that solved all problems like magic! The polish glided right on, no problems with bald spots or dragging whatsoever. Nice! I used two coats for desired opacity, and girls, I really like Nabi’s holos. Take a look:

I really like the colour and the finish of this! The holo isn’t prominent, but it shows and I like it!

See how it glows from within:

Then I did some stripes on them. I started with OPI’s “Mad About You” which is a delicate soft pink crème. I striped about two thirds of each of the nails, and when that was dry I striped the lower third with another Nabi holo. It’s labelled as “05 L. Pink”, but I didn’t order light pink and the polish is definitely not light pink, so I think they labelled it wrong. I think it’s “04 Sky Blue”.

And here’s what that looked like without topcoat: 

I decided to topcoat it, and then something happened. I know from earlier experiences that the Nabi holos are noticeable bleeders, which means that their colour rubs off on other colours when topcoat is added. And that’s exactly what happened. I took a picture after having applied topcoat on my pinkie and my ring finger, so you can see what a huge difference it makes: 

Isn’t that amazing??? I was stunned! The look changed dramatically and the holo turned into a neon too. Here is a picture where there’s topcoat on all the nails:

I love, love, love the look of this! It’s so much different than I expected it to be, but I think it’s fabulicious!

But enough about me, really. What do you think? Do you like it better with or without the topcoat?

Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 10/10
Durability: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
Buy again: Yes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

OPI Water Marble

OPI Water Marble 
An attempt on a blue, red and white water marble

I have only done two water marbles in my life and none of them went very well. I’m not going to lie to you: This one didn’t either. But it was at least better than the previous two I did.

This time I use demineralised water, and that seems to help the polish actually spread in the water. That’s a huge plus.

I used OPI Alpine Snow as my base colour, and started with one coat of that on my nails before starting on the actual water marble.

When that was dry I started on the marble. I used OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue and OPI Let Me Entertain you. They all spread out on the water really well; I was SO pleased!

I’m apparently not very good at drawing patterns in water though :D But anyway, I’ve written before that I’m going to post my fails too, so that’s what I’m going to do today :)

Are you ready? Okay, here goes:

The topcoat smudged my “design” and the tape was all over the place, also on the polish, argh! :D

I like the pattern on the thumbnail best, I think the other lines are too thin for me to actually like them. I did exactly the same way of dripping polish into the water for each nail, so I don’t know why the thumb turned out different than the others <puzzled>

I’m obviously not really happy with this, but I am pleased with the fact that it turned out better than last time. That means that I’m encouraged to try it again, which is a great thing!

Please be gentle when you comment!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Nabi Hologram ~ 06 Ocean Blue

Nabi Hologram ~ 06 Ocean Blue
Sea blue linear holo

You should know by now that I take every opportunity to pull out one of my holos! Today, it’s another one of my Nabis that I want to make shine on my nails.

The formula is good, but this polish really likes an aqua base coat. I had forgotten about that, so I just used my regular basecoat. That caused a bit of dragging, so I used the lightest touch and as few brush strokes as possible. The polish is fortunately both quick drying and self levelling so it wasn’t a big problem. The pigmentation is good, and it took two coats to make it opaque. And here’s how the beauty looks in the sunshine: 

Is that a great blue or what? I fell in love with this instantly!

The holo effect is good – not the strongest I’ve seen, but I love the fact that this polish looks great when it’s in shadow too!

I tried something new today. I have bought some tools made for cutting out little patterns in paper. I’ve got a star, a heart and a musical note. Today I decided to try the star. I cut out a star in a piece of tape with the tool, placed the tape on a nail and sponged Golden Rose Holday #60 on, and then removed the tape instantly. I repeated these steps on all the nails.

And man, am I pleased with this? Yes I am! Take a look:

The textured black Golden Rose polish makes the stars almost 3D. There is no top coat on these pictures. Later I actually added a layer of a thin topcoat (mix of other topcoat leftovers) – which didn’t spoil the effect at all.

This is a mani that I seriously don’t want to take off!
Please tell me your honest opinion about this. Are you as thrilled as I am? 

Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 10/10
Durability: 9/10
Value for money: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
Buy again: Yes

Monday, August 26, 2013

Two year blogiversary!

Hi girls, 

Today it's exactly two years since I first wrote on this blog. What could have been a quick flirt with blogging, just to try it out, ended up with a dedication to a hobby and a love for nail polish that I had never even dreamt about. 

I dare to say that it wouldn't have gone this far if it hadn't been for you girls! Blogging is fun, but it's the interaction with you that makes it all worth while.  

That's why I am having a giveaway again! I want to give back some of the love, because you all deserve it! Welcome to Rainbowify Me's 2 year blogiversary giveaway! 

There are two prizes again this time. 

Prize #1 is a voucher worth NOK250 to spend in Norway Nails' fantastic webshop. The prize is generously donated by Norway Nails!

Note: Norway Nails don't ship Lynnderellas outside Europe. So you can only use this voucher for Lynnderellas if you live in Europe. 

Prize #2 is a set of four limited edition Catrice Million Style effect polishes. The collection came out in spring 2012, and these polishes are hard to find now. There were originally 8 polishes in the collection - I have got the four prettiest of them for a lucky winner!

Catrice Million Styles: Godfather of pearl, ¿Holo Qué Tal?!, Return of Space Cowboys, Shake it! Flake it!

I've got this set of shimmer, shine and flakies myself, and they're fantastic toppers. Return of Space Cowboys is my favourite effect polish of all times!

The rules are really simple: 
Fill out the Rafflecopter. That’s it. If you cheat, don’t worry - I'll disqualify you and remove all your entries. 

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Good luck, girls! And thank you so much for your continuous support!  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bootie Babe ~ Tears for Rears

Bootie Babe ~ Tears for Rears
Burgundy with shimmer

It’s not a secret that I like glitter, everybody should pretty much know that by now. But I’m also a sucker for a good shimmery polish, and Tears for Rears is such a polish.

The colour is dark red and very sexy, I love it! The formula is great, I had no problems with application whatsoever! Drying time is also good, and I have no complaints about the pigmentation either. It took two easy coats to get full coverage and I topcoated it before I took the pictures. The polish shines a lot in itself, but I want to show you the true beauty of Tears for Rears.

So here it is it all its glory. Two coats, one layer of Poshé topcoat:

This is a kind of red I like a lot. It makes my nails look really pretty – in all modesty of course! :D

The pictures are all taken in the sunshine. Polishes like this one loves the sun.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I like oddly shaped bottles (I almost wrote buttles! :D ) – so the fact that they put such a pretty polish into a butt shaped bottle, well, I don’t mind that at all!

 Here’s one last picture of it alone. Isn’t that shimmer just fantastic?!

I decided to wear it with a reversed glitter gradient. I used a Golden/cobber glitter from Layla with the number CE55. I got that in a swap a long time ago, and this is only the second time I use it. I sponged the glitter on and topcoated it with another layer of Poshé topcoat, and here’s my final mani:

I don’t wear golden colours very often, but I seriously like this a lot:

I must say that I’m impressed with the three polishes I tried from Bootie Babe. I like the red glitter the most, then this beauty of a shimmery polish, and the purple glitter comes in third.

I am not surprised that it’s Nubar who manufactures these, because I’ve always loved the Nubar polishes I’ve got. So yes – I’ll probably get more Bootie Babe polishes to keep these three sisters company :)

Bootie Babe polishes are 3 Free, cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 9/10
Durability: 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Overall: 9/10
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bootie Babe ~ Hanky Spanky

Bootie Babe ~ Hanky Spanky
Purple microglitter

I thought Hanky Spanky was the purple version of Junk in da Trunk I posted about earlier today, but it’s totally different. The pretty purple microglitter isn’t actually in a purple jelly base, it’s just in a clear base. This means that I couldn’t get away with two coats here, like I did yesterday.

The formula is still okay though, and the glitter spreads out easily and dries pretty fast. And man, can this glitter shine! It just sparkles like crazy. I had huge problems with the pictures – it was so hard to capture the beauty and get the colour right at the same time. I’ve taken a brazillion photos, and these are the ones that made it through the needle’s eye.

Three coats is what I ended up with, and one coat of Poshé topcoat really made the glitter come alive:

These pictures are taken in the sun, and I promise you, that the polish is even prettier in real life!!

I think I would have preferred the glitter in a coloured base instead of just a clear base, it would have added even more to the prettiness! 

A butt in my hand. Again. :D

Like I said; I took so many pictures, I think it’s the polish I’ve photographed the most. I wanted to show how pretty this really is, but I’m not convinced that my pictures do the polish 100% justice…

This picture is taken in daylight indoors, and out of direct sunlight:

The depth is fantastic. I love this glitter!

The polish deserves a lot of pics! Here's the last one:

Nice, eh?

I stamped on it. I used my XL stamping plate O and stamped with Essie’s “Nothing Else Metals”. I sealed the whole thing up with a layer of Poshé topcoat. And here is the final mani:

Later that same evening I went to the post office to collect a parcel. And I kid you not: This mani made the post office girl swoon! I had to tell her all the details about how I had done it and stuff! It was awesome, and I had to promise to wear glitter with a stamp next time I go there and preferably when her colleague is back from vacation, so she can see it too! :D

Anyway – back to the polish: I really like this glitter. It’s purple, it’s sparkly, the formula is good and the drying time is also good. The only minus I can come up with is the lack of colour in the base. It would have added hugely to the total if the base had been purple. That way I think I would have been able to get away with two coats instead of three.

But yes – I’ll give this Bootie Babe a lacquered thumbs up.

Bootie Babe polishes are manufactured by Nubar; they are 3 Free, cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Opacity: 5/10
Colour, prettiness: 8/10
Durability: 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Overall: 8/10
Buy again: Yes

Bootie Babe ~ Junk in da Trunk

Bootie Babe ~ Junk in da Trunk
Red jelly with red microglitter

I’ve always liked polishes in oddly shaped bottles! But seriously: I never thought I would own a polish bottle shaped like a butt! LOL

Junk in da Trunk is a gorgeous red jelly packed with red microglitter. The formula is no less than great. The polish spreads out evenly and the drying time was really good too. I was happy after two coats, but looking at the pictures, I maybe should have added a third for the camera. But believe me – it looks just perfect in real life with these two coats I’m wearing. I also applied one layer of Poshé topcoat – and that made the glitter come even more to life!

Enough talk – let me show you what I’m talking about! Two coats, one layer of Poshé:

These pictures are taken in direct sunshine – isn’t that just a fantastic and squishy looking polish?!

It’s the first time that I’ve taken photographs of my hand holding a butt….

Here’s a picture taken in my light box. I won’t lie to you: This polish is right up my alley!

You know I hardly ever wear a polish on it’s own, and even though I find this “Junk in da Trunk” extremely pretty, I decided to put some dots on it. I used Urban Outfitters “Silver Holo”, and made some pretty holo dots on it. Another layer of Poshé topcoat finished off the mani:

And here’s a slightly blurry pic to show you the bling:

I’ve only got positive words for this polish. It’s a lovely red, it’s glittery, it’s got a great formula and it covers well. It’s a no less than fabulous nail polish!

And I can’t help it – I keep getting this song into my head as I write this post:

I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung
Wanna pull up tough
Cuz you notice that butt was stuffed
Deep in the jeans she's wearing
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring

Bootie Babe polishes are manufactured by Nubar; they are 3 Free, cruelty free and not tested on animals.

Opacity: 7/10
Colour, prettiness: 10/10
Durability: 9/10
Value for money: 10/10
Overall: 9/10
Buy again: Yes