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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Chanel Vertigo & Lynnderella Common Sense

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous creme and glitter combination to show you! 

Chanel Vertigo was a gift from my husband and isn't it just gorgeous?! 

Chanel Vertigo & Lynnderella Common Sense

Vertigo is a cool grey-based brown polish with a very subtle pink-brown shimmer. I used two coats for perfect opacity. Formula and application were great, no complaints there. The shimmer however, is more visible in the bottle than on the nail. It does add great depth to the polish but do not expect to see the shimmer all the time on your nails, it only appears under certain light at a certain angle. 

Chanel Vertigo & Lynnderella Common Sense

I decided to top my Vertigo mani with Lynnderella Common Sense. This combination is exactly my cup of tea! I love pink and brown together! 

Chanel Vertigo & Lynnderella Common Sense

I applied Common Sense as a glitter gradient to compliment Vertigo rather than cover it up! This shade is a variety of hex and square glitters in pink and copper. The formula was a little on the thick side, as is the way with some Lynnderella polishes which are very dense in glitter pieces. The result is very glitzy and unbelievably sparkly!

Chanel Vertigo & Lynnderella Common Sense

I really enjoyed wearing this manicure! Pink and brown will never get old for me! What colour combinations do you just LOVE? 

Lynnderella polishes can be purchased from the Lynnderella Ebay Store and Norway Nails Don't forget that you can get 10% off your purchases at Norway Nails using the code MANICAFE at the checkout. 

Chanel polishes can be purchased from www.chanel.com and various other retailers.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Red Dog Designs Purple Pieman

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous Red Dog Designs creation to show you! 

You may already know that I'm a huge fan of Gina's polishes because they are so original and just amazing all round. (Click here to see my swatches and review of the epic Ball Pit!)

Purple Pieman, as you may guess from the name, is from the Berry Friends collection based on Strawberry Shortcake. Each shade is based on a different character. Purple Pieman is a gorgeous purple jelly polish packed full of glitter, as we can expect from Red Dog Designs. 
Gina describes this polish as 'purple jelly base with a blue shimmer, and a mix of microfine holo, berry, blue, and a rainbow of colors, in hex and square glitters

Red Dog Designs Purple Pieman

My favourite thing about this polish is blue shimmer which is very strong! As usual the holographic microglitters take things to the next level. 
 
Red Dog Designs Purple Pieman

I used 2 coats of Purple Pieman and one coat of topcoat. Formula and application were great. No issues whatsoever. I decided to leave this one plain to shine on its own without nail art. 

Red Dog Designs Purple Pieman

What do you think of this manicure? Do you have any of the colours from this collection? 

Red Dog Designs polishes can be purchased from the Red Dog Designs Store
You can like the Red Dog Designs Facebook page to keep up with new releases and restocks! 

Monday, 25 November 2013

A Favourite Place - Quimper Flag

Hi everyone! Today I have a manicure inspired by one of my absolute favourite places in the world! 

This is the flag of Quimper, a town located in Brittany, France. This is where I spent my year abroad during my university degree and fell in love with France (even more!) and met my now husband. Needless to say, my time there is pretty much the reason I now live in France. 


It is a beautiful town and the people are just lovely. I felt so at home there, and still do when I visit! 

Quimper Flag

I took the main components of the flag to turn it into a manicure as you can see. I started with a base of A England Order Of The Garter on my middle and ring fingers and Essie Blanc on the rest. I used 2 coats of each for opacity.

Quimper Flag

I then used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush to create the designs! I loved how this manicure turned out and enjoyed wearing it! I think I might be inspired by flags again in the future! 

Quimper Flag

Quimper Flag

What do you think of this manicure? Have you ever done nail art inspired by a flag? 

A-England polishes can be purchased from the A-England website for those of you in the UK and various other retailers (see the complete list here).

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Girly Bits Bachelors Button and Freehand Buttons!

Hi everyone! Today I have another freehand nail art for you over a stunning base colour. 

I couldn't wait to get my hands on Bachelor's Button after seeing a photo of it from Pam, the creator behind Girly Bits polishes. 

Bachelor's Button is a cornflower/periwinkle blue holographic shade from the Spring It On Me! collection. 

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button with freehand button nail art

Application was very easy and the formula was just perfect. I used 2 easy coats for full opacity. The holo of course is more obvious in direct sunlight or artificial light but this is a gorgeous more subtle sort of linear holographic finish rather than the 'in your face' type ones. 

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button with freehand button nail art

I love blue polish on me and wore this for days because its such a lovely colour. 

For the nail art, I guess I was inspired by 'button' from the name and decided to do buttons! I used a fine detail brush and acrylic paints to freehand the buttons. I didn't try to make anything too perfect. 

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button with freehand button nail art

I like how they turned out and think the lilac colour looks lovely with Bachelor's Button. 

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button - Bottle Shot

What do you think of this mani? Do you like to do nail art inspired by the polish name? 

Girly Bits polishes can be purchased from the Girly Bits Cosmetics website. 
Keep up with new releases and restock information by liking Girly Bits Cosmetics on Facebook. 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Nail Art - Freehand TARDIS

Hi everyone! Today I have some nail art for you but its something a little different! Today is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who! While I am not really a huge Doctor Who fan, I have a lot of friends who are! So when some of these friends wanted to do collaboration manicures for the occasion, I thought why not join in and enjoy what they love? Also any reason to do some nail art is good... 

So here it is...my Doctor Who 50th Anniversary nail art! 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Nail Art - Kiko 442 & Kiko 336
This mani is quite simple. I started out with 2 coats of Kiko 442 from the new Digital collection. This is a black glitter polish packed with holographic microglitter and it is stunning in direct lighting! Formula was good, no issues to report. 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Nail Art - Kiko 442 & Kiko 336
For my accent nail I used 2 coats of Kiko 336 which is one of my favourite blue polishes. I then used acrylic paint and a fine detail brush to turn my blue nail into a TARDIS! 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Nail Art - Kiko 442 & Kiko 336

I'm pretty happy with how my manicure turned out. What do you think of it? Are you a Doctor Who fan? Enjoy your episode if you are!

Kiko polishes are available from the Kiko Cosmetics site and Kiko stores. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Essie sort of Ombre

Hi everyone! Today I have a simple but fun manicure for you. 

I wasn't actually planning on wearing this mani, the idea sort of just came to me as I was looking in the Essie drawer of my Helmer... I saw these 5 beauties near to eachother and thought they would look great together for a fun and super quick mani. 

Essie 'Sort of Ombre Mani'

I guess this is sort of an ombre manicure but the colours aren't quite as close to eachother as you'd usually find in this type of mani. So I'll stick with 'sort of ombre' or 'skombre' as my friend Shelly from Sassy Shelly suggested! 

The 5 polishes I used are:  
Avenue Maintain (Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue collection)
Lapis of Luxury (2010 Resort collection - core color)
Maximillian Strasse Her (Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue collection) 
Where's My Chauffeur (Winter 2012 Leading Lady collection) 
Absolutely Shore (2011 Braziliant collection) 

Essie 'Sort of Ombre Mani'

I applied 2 coats of each polish starting with Avenue Maintain on my thumb and Absolutely Shore on my little finger (in the order listed above) and finished with a coat of topcoat (here, Essie Good To Go). Formula on all of them was good, the most difficult being Absolutely Shore which required some care to avoid streaking. I just love Essie blues, greens and turquoises! 


Essie 'Sort of Ombre Mani'


Essie 'Sort of Ombre Mani'

What do you think of this mani? Do you like ombre nails?

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Elevation Gradient & Glitter

Hi everyone! Today I have a delicious Elevation polish mani for you! 

Since snagging Ilha do Faial at a recent restock (this shade is a Small Batch Prototype) I knew exactly what mani I wanted to try out with it...It was just screaming to be used with two of my other favourite shades from Elevation Polish, Higravstinden 'Hig' and Mount Cangyan. 

Elevation Polish - Ilha do Faial, Higravstinden 'Hig' & Mount Cangyan

Mount Cangyan is a complex royal purple polish full of gold shimmer (you can see a previous mani from me here) and 'Hig' is a gorgeous shimmery teal which just glows! 

For the gradient nails, I applied 2 coats of 'Hig'. Application and formula were good and drying time was quite fast. I then used a sponge to apply Mount Cangyan to the tips of my nails and then applied both colours to the sponge and repeated to blend. 

Elevation Polish - Ilha do Faial, Higravstinden 'Hig' & Mount Cangyan

I applied 2 coats of Ilha do Faial, a lavender tinted white base full of teal and purple glitters, to 2 nails to match the gradient. The glitters in this beauty match Hig and Mount Cangyan so perfectly! Application was easy and the formula was lovely. I had no trouble getting plenty of glitters onto the brush and onto my nails. 

Elevation Polish - Ilha do Faial, Higravstinden 'Hig' & Mount Cangyan

 I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat and ended up wearing this mani for almost a week as I loved it so much! 

Elevation Polish - Ilha do Faial, Higravstinden 'Hig' & Mount Cangyan
 
Elevation Polish - Mount Cangyan, Ilha do Faial & Higravstinden 'Hig'

Elevation polishes can be purchased from the Elevation Polish store and Llarowe.

Monday, 11 November 2013

A-England Tess d'Urbervilles

Hi everyone! Today I have a swatch post for you from one of my favourite brands, A-England. I have had this polish since it came out but wore it again recently and had to share it on its own in a simple swatch because its so beautiful. At least I think so... 

A-England Tess d'Urbervilles is from the Gothic Beauties collection, a black based gothic inspired collection in which each polish has a gorgeous shimmer. 

A-England Tess d'Urbervilles

Tess d'Urbervilles is the green of the collection. The polish is definitely black based and very dark but with a stunning emerald green shimmer. This shade is described on the A-England site as 'like the secretive black of a deep forest, sublimely displaying its provocative emerald secrets' and its a stunner. 

A-England Tess d'Urbervilles

Unlike some of the other Gothic Beauties, I felt like the shimmer and green colour was visible most of the time on my nails. Even in shade, I could tell it was there and there. In the sun the shimmer is just crazy sparkly. 

A-England Tess d'Urbervilles

I love the depth of this colour (the same goes for the rest of the collection) and I think its a unique way to wear a darker colour. If you want to try dark colours but don't just want to wear a black polish, this is a great way to do that too. 

A-England Tess d'Urbervilles

The application and formula, like all of Adina's polishes in my experience, was perfect. I had a flawless mani in 2 easy coats. Drying time is quick too. 

Thanks Adina for another gem of a polish! 

A-England polishes can be purchased from the A-England website for those of you in the UK and various other retailers (see the complete list here). 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Red Dog Designs Ball Pit

Hi everyone! Today I have one of the most exciting indie polishes from my collection to show you. As soon as I saw this glitter I just knew I needed it...just look at ALL THE CIRCLES!!! 

Red Dog Designs Ball Pit over OPI Ski Teal We Drop

I'm a huge Red Dog Designs fan because I find all of Gina's polishes original, well thought out and great quality. 

Ball Pit is certainly no exception! Gina describes this polish as 'a wonderful glitter top coat filled to the brim with various sizes and colors of circle 'ball' glitters! Including micro fine holo glitters - to give it that extra sparkle!'

Red Dog Designs Ball Pit over OPI Ski Teal We Drop

The glitters are very vibrant and the micro glitter really sets the whole look off. I can't get enough of the signature Red Dog micro glitter!  

Red Dog Designs Ball Pit over OPI Ski Teal We Drop

Application and formula were actually quite easy with this polish, despite what I sort of expected with so many larger glitter pieces. I put my bottle on its side for a couple of minutes before applying and found that the pieces came out easily onto my brush. I only needed to slightly place a few of the largest circles. And it was so worth it for how this looks on the nail. 

Red Dog Designs Ball Pit over OPI Ski Teal We Drop

My base colour is OPI Ski Teal We Drop which I chose to set off the bright glitters.

I loved this combination and wore it for ages before finally taking it off! I also received a lot of compliments on how original it was. 

Red Dog Designs Ball Pit over OPI Ski Teal We Drop

Red Dog Designs polishes can be purchased from the Red Dog Designs Store
You can like the Red Dog Designs Facebook page to keep up with new releases and restocks!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Chanel Rouge Moiré

Hi everyone! Today I have a simple swatch for you of Chanel's Rouge Moiré from the Moiré Le Rouge Collection for Fall 2013. 

Chanel Rouge Moiré

I bought both Rouge Moiré and Rose Moiré as soon as they came out. Sorry I'm only just getting around to showing you this one now! 

Chanel Rouge Moiré

I'm a sucker for Chanel polishes but especially those with the iridescent shimmery finishes like these two. Chanel just do it so well. 

Chanel Rouge Moiré

Rouge Moiré is a bold metallic red with some pink shimmer. The shimmer is visible on the nail as well as in the bottle.  

I wore this as a full manicure and actually intended to add nail art to it but it was just so beautiful alone that I ended up leaving it. 

Chanel Rouge Moiré

For my mani I used 2 easy coats of Rouge Moiré but honestly I found it to be almost a one-coater. It is worth being slightly careful to avoid obvious brush strokes but I expected the formula to be less forgiving in terms of brush strokes. I finished with one coat of topcoat.

Rougé Moiré lives up to its name for sure...it is glowy and shimmery. If you are looking for a great red polish, I would definitely recommend this one. It's so classy. 

Chanel Rouge Moiré - Bottle shot

Chanel Rouge Moiré

What do you think of this manicure? What is your favourite red polish?

Chanel polishes are available from various retailers as well as Chanel.com for those of you in the US.

Friday, 1 November 2013

OPI Red Strawberries

Hi everyone! Today I have some simple nail art for you. 

I know strawberries aren't exactly in season right now but I did this mani a little while ago and can't resist sharing it with you anyway! 

OPI Red - Strawberries

When I was in the US on my honeymoon I couldn't resist picking up a few OPI classic colours from a supply store I visited with a friend. 

I picked out OPI Red as it just seemed like a great classic and a good colour for nail art. I wasn't wrong. I forgot to take pictures of this alone but it is really gorgeous and I love the tone of red for my skin tone. There is a subtle shimmer in this polish which is gorgeous and adds depth. The shimmer is less noticeable on the nail than in the bottle but it does add something original. It's not your standard red creme. 

OPI Red - Strawberries

Application and formula were perfect and I used 2 easy coats for my mani. 

I then used acrylic paint, a fine detail brush and a dotting tool to add the green tops and yellow seeds to the strawberries and sealed with a coat of topcoat. 

OPI Red - Strawberries

OPI Red - Strawberries

I enjoyed wearing this mani and thought the strawberries were cute. What do you think? 

OPI polishes are available from various retailers.