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Friday, 31 May 2013

Color Club Blue-Ming & Lynnderella Pentimento

Hi everyone! I've got a relatively short and sweet post for you today featuring Color Club Blue-Ming from the Blossoming collection and Lynnderella Pentimento from her Sweet Somethings For a Summer Solstice collection. 

Color Club Blue-ming & Lynnderella Pentimento

Blue-ming is a pastel yet bright turquoise creme. I adore this colour but need to be honest about its formula. I used three coats because I found it to be difficult. It is thick and streaky and doesn't self-level very much. This is not usually my experience with Color Club polishes but it needs to be noted. The color however is lovely and perfect for summer, just be prepared to do about 3 coats for opacity and evenness.

Color Club Blue-ming & Lynnderella Pentimento

Over Blue-ming I used a coat of Pentimento, a multi-coloured gem of a polish. This is one of my favourite Lynnderellas and I'm sure I will never get tired of wearing it over different colours. I finished with topcoat of course to smooth everything out. 

Color Club Blue-ming & Lynnderella Pentimento
 
Color Club Blue-ming & Lynnderella Pentimento


Color Club Blue-ming & Lynnderella Pentimento

 
Color Club Blue-ming & Lynnderella Pentimento

I really enjoyed wearing this bright combination! What do you think of this mani?

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Gradient

Hi there! Today I have a gradient manicure to show you. After receiving the Sugar Rush collection by Sinful Colors I knew I just had to wear some of them together! I was inspired to do a pastel gradient across my nails with them. I used 6 of the 8 colours in the collection. They are Unicorn, Sweet Nothing, Sugar Rush, Sweet Tooth, Cotton Candy and Orange Cream.

Sinful Colors Unicorn, Sweet Nothing, Sugar Rush, Sweet Tooth, Cotton Candy, Orange Cream

To create this mani I started out with my regular base coat then a coat of white polish. A white base ensures that the colours pop! I used Essie Blanc. When my white base was totally dry I created the gradients on each nail using a makeup sponge. To do this, I painted two colours of polish onto the sponge next to eachother so that they touched, then simply sponged onto my white nails. I did this twice to reach opacity.

Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Gradient

I then finished off with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust to add some sparkle and smooth things out and then topcoat. 

Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Gradient

I really liked how girly and soft this turned out and I can't wait to try more ideas using this collection. 

Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Gradient

What do you think of this manicure? Do you like to do gradient manicures? 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Celiac Awareness Mani

I was recently asked by a friend if I would like to create a green and/or yellow mani for Celiac Awareness month along with other bloggers to raise awareness of this condition. 

Essie Navigate Her & China Glaze Lemon Fizz for Celiac Awareness
I personally know people who suffer from Celiac disease and of course was thrilled to join in! Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease which damages the small intestine...essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with Celiac consumes gluten. For more information on this disease you can visit the Celiac Central website.

Essie Navigate Her & China Glaze Lemon Fizz for Celiac Awareness

For my yellow and green mani I chose to wear Essie Navigate Her (Spring 2012) and China Glaze Lemon Fizz. I used 2 coats of each colour and topcoat. For my water marble accent nail I used a white base (Essie Blanc) before water marbling with the same 2 colours. 

Essie Navigate Her & China Glaze Lemon Fizz for Celiac Awareness
This is a simple manicure but I really like how it turned out! 

What do you think?

Essie and China Glaze polishes can be purchased from various retailers.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Essie Shelter Island + Enchanted Polish Freeze Machine (piCture pOlish revolution review)

Hi there! Today I have a glitter mani to show you! 
This is 2 coats of Essie Shelter Island from the 2009 North Fork collection topped with Freeze Machine by Enchanted Polish from the Love A Lot Of Glitter collection (inspired by the Care Bears). 
 
Essie Shelter Island & Enchanted Polish Freeze Machine

Shelter Island's formula is a little thin in my opinion but application was not difficult and I love this bright blue creme so it was worth the extra care in application! 
I topped Shelter Island with a coat of Freeze Machine which consists of different sizes and shapes of iridescent glitter in a clear base. This is a complex glitter and I will probably wear it over a navy blue next time to see it really pop! 

Essie Shelter Island & Enchanted Polish Freeze Machine 
Enchanted Polish Freeze Machine

What I also wanted to tell you about today is the newly released glitter base from piCture pOlish named Revolution. This is a water-based base coat designed to make glitter removal easier! Revolution is not PVA Glue and it does not peel off. 

piCture pOlish revolution

I applied 2 coats of Revolution as my base for this mani. It is quite watery and dries quite quickly. After applying Revolution, just polish your nails as usual with your glitter polish!
To remove, simply soak a cotton pad in remover and apply to your nail. Let it soak a few seconds (about 15-20 for me) and then rub lightly and ta-da! no more glitter! I found that once the remover reached the base the glitter mostly slid off. I will be using this base for glitter manicures in the future for sure! 

What do you think of this mani? Have you tried piCture pOlish Revolution?

piCture pOlishes are available from various stockists and https://www.picturepolish.com.au/

Enchanted Polish is available from various stockists and http://enchantedpolish.bigcartel.com/ (I'd recommend keeping up to date on restock information over on the Facebook Page) 

Monday, 13 May 2013

Magical - piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean

Hi! Today I have some more piCture pOlish to show you! This mani was created using the shades Cosmos and Ocean, two of the brand's collaboration shades. 
 
piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean


Both Ocean and Cosmos are blue scattered holographic polishes which suit their names perfectly. I love the finish of these polishes and the scattered holo is gorgeous, especially in sunlight! 

piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean

I used two coats of Cosmos and three coats of Ocean (just because I had a bit of visible nail line still). Formula and application were good. I found the first coat to be a little bit uneven but the second coat makes it perfect. 

piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean

I then stamped over my base colours using the Nailz Craze NC02 plate (AGAIN!...I know, I know but I just love this plate!) using the star design on all nails except one where I used the unicorn for a magical accent nail. I love the combination of the holographic effect from the polishes with the metallic stars and unicorn. It seems magical! 

piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean

I think the stars look especially great over Cosmos and make the perfect easy night sky nails! 

What do you think of this mani? Do you own either of these polishes? 

piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean

piCture pOlish polishes are available from various stockists and at https://www.picturepolish.com.au/
Nailz Craze stamping plates http://www.etsy.com/shop/NailzCraze

Friday, 10 May 2013

World Lupus Awareness Day (May 10) - Illamasqua Baptiste & One Stroke Butterfly

Hi everyone. Today I'm showing you a manicure for a particular cause. Today, May 10 2013, is world Lupus Awareness Day. I have a friend who suffers from Lupus and this is for her and to raise awareness of this disease. I for one did not know much at all about Lupus before learning about it from Michelle. 

Illamasqua Baptiste
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Lupus affects more than 5 million people worldwide. 
Here is a great website about World Lupus Awareness Day with more information. 

Purple is the colour for Lupus Awareness and the symbol is a butterfly. For my mani, I chose to wear Illamasqua Baptiste with a one-stroke butterfly design. 

I used 2 coats of Baptiste which applies really smoothly. The formula is wonderful and this is one of those polishes which just seems to glow from within. Definitely a must-have purple in my opinion. 

Illamasqua Baptiste
For the butterfly I used acrylic paints to paint a one-stroke butterfly and used a dotting tool to add darker dots on the wings and white dots for stylised antennae. 

Illamasqua Baptiste

Illamasqua Baptiste
What do you think of this mani? 

Be sure to check out the other bloggers wearing purple today! 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Chanel Starlet + Stamping

Hello! Today I'll be talking Chanel and nail art! I picked up this colour last week after resisting it for a while. Starlet is a coral-peach shade with a lovely shimmer from the Avant-Première de Chanel for 2013 collection. To me this polish feels like Chanel's answer Dior's Délice...

Chanel Starlet
For the photos below I used two coats of Starlet. Formula and application were as I expect from Chanel, meaning perfect. The shimmer is visible on the nail but less than in the bottle, like with many Chanels in my experience. This does not make it any less beautiful in my opinion.

Chanel Starlet & Barry Instant Nail Effects Gold Foil
I felt like doing some stamping and gold felt like a natural pairing with Starlet. I used Barry M Instant Nail Effects polish in Gold (320) and Nailz Craze plate NC02. 

Chanel Starlet & Barry Instant Nail Effects Gold Foil

Chanel Starlet & Barry Instant Nail Effects Gold Foil

I absolutely LOVE this design and can't wait to try it again in different colours! I highly recommend the Nailz Craze plates for original and fun designs.

Chanel Starlet & Barry Instant Nail Effects Gold Foil
 
Chanel Starlet & Barry Instant Nail Effects Gold Foil

I enjoyed wearing this mani and Chanel Starlet which is an original shade in my collection for sure. 

What do you think of this design and the new Chanel polishes? 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Turquoise Gemstone Nails featuring Kiko 344

Hi there! Today I have a nail art post for you! A while ago I saw this video tutorial by Cute Polish on YouTube and felt inspired to try it in different colours and experiment with the technique. I also remember seeing turquoise inspired nails somewhere using the same technique and decided to try it out for myself! 

I started with 2 coats of Kiko 344 which is a turquoise creme. Formula and application were perfect. 


Turquoise Gemstone nails with Kiko 344 and A-England Camelot


Unlike the tutorial that inspired me, I did not use hand sanitiser spray because I couldn't find it anywhere...So instead I got creative and used hairspray! It has the same effect on the polish but sprays a finer mist so my pattern (if you can call it that) came out more 'delicate' than spotted, which was exactly what I wanted to recreate the look of turquoise gemstones. 

Turquoise Gemstone nails with Kiko 344 and A-England Camelot

I used A England Camelot in room temperature filtered water to create the design on each nail. I loved seeing how each one turned out! 

Turquoise Gemstone nails with Kiko 344 and A-England Camelot

Here is a peek at my thumb because I liked the pattern on it! 


Turquoise Gemstone nails with Kiko 344 and A-England Camelot


Turquoise Gemstone nails with Kiko 344 and A-England Camelot

I really loved wearing this design and was very happy with the end result. 


What do you think? Have you tried this technique?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

NerdLacquer Cold & Calculating

The polish I have to show you today is one I waited a long time to own...the first NerdLacquer in my collection. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I had to have a purple Nerd. So here is Cold & Calculating!

NerdLacquer Cold & Calculating
NerdLacquer describes Cold & Calculating as 'a cool shimmering violet and charcoal base with silver and royal purple glitter. Dangerously fabulous, and not to be trifled with'. I definitely agree that it is fabulous!  

NerdLacquer Cold & Calculating

I used a coat of Fee Fi Fo Plum by OPI as a base colour but I don't think underwear is actually necessary with Cold & Calculating as it builds up to opacity easily enough on its own. I used 2 coats of Cold & Calculating and one coat of topcoat to finish.

NerdLacquer Cold & Calculating
NerdLacquer Cold & Calculating

I really love this polish especially the shimmer which is very eye-catching. It has a depth to it which makes it special. It is not just your run of the mill glitter polish. I will definitely be needing more NerdLacquers in my life...but I knew that already...