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Friday, 27 December 2013

Kiko 437 Intuitive Pink (Digital Collection) - Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Today is a bit of a change as I have a swatch post for you as opposed to nail art. 

This is Kiko 437 Intuitive Pink from the Limited Edition Digital Nail Lacquer collection. When I saw this collection in the Kiko shop, this one just jumped out at me because of how holographic and glittery it is! I also picked up the black (442 Techno Black) for the same reasons which you can see in my Dr Who manicure here

Kiko 437 Intuitive Pink (Digital Collection)

I used two coats of Intuitive Pink for this mani. It is a clear base but so packed with glitter that 2 coats is enough for it to be pretty much opaque. I could have used a third to be really sure but two looked fine. The formula was good and I found it easy enough to apply plenty of glitter with each coat. 

Kiko 437 Intuitive Pink (Digital Collection)

Overall, I think this is a pretty stunning polish and I can definitely see myself incorporating it into nail art too. 

Kiko 437 Intuitive Pink (Digital Collection)

Another success from Kiko for me. I'm yet to be disappointed by a Kiko polish, especially considering how affordable they are. 

Kiko polishes are available in Kiko stores in Europe and from www.kikocosmetics.com.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Skittlette - Red, Green & White!

Hi everyone! Today I have yet another festive manicure for you...it's Boxing Day so that's still allowed right? Are you guys bored of Christmas manis already? I'm not quite, so sorry if you are! 

I had this mani in my head for a while but I didn't find time to do it before Christmas so I had to squeeze it in before next year! 

Christmas Skittlette

I am feeling like I'm getting better at skittlette manicures and I find they're a great way to use untried polishes from my collection! So that's what I did here. 

I started out with Essie Blanc on my index and middle finger nails. Blanc is my favourite white and I use it pretty much every time I want to use white polish. The formula is nice, its opaque and I really like the brush. I used 2 coats here. I then watermarbled over the white base using A England Perceval, a beautiful metallic red and a clear polish. I used the clear polish over the white base to avoid the pink mixing that can sometimes happen when marbling with red and white. Though I could be more happy with the marble, I think it turned out ok and I didn't have time to redo it. 



On my ring fingernail I used Julie G Mistletoe from the Frosted Gumdrops Holiday 2013 collection. I am REALLY loving this collection. I think I have reached for these most over any other collection since I got them a few weeks ago. They just look so gorgeous as accent nails and I love the sparkle. I feel like they sparkle more than most of the other textured polishes I own. Mistletoe is the green and I found the formula really nice. I think you could almost get away with one coat, but I did two to be sure for photos. Dry time was quite fast too. 

Then I finished things off with China Glaze Ruby Pumps on my remaining nails. This polish is really a stunner, especially for Christmas. The super fine red glitter in the red base really sparkles! 

Overall I'm quite happy with how this mani turned out. It feels really festive. 
What do you think of it? Do you have any of these polishes? What are your favourite holiday colours? 

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). 
Julie G polishes are available at various retailers and the Jesse's Girl Cosmetics site
Essie & China Glaze polishes can be purchased from various retailers. 

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

My Christmas Mani - Yeti and Reindeer!

Hi everyone! Merry Christmas! 

Today's post is a short and sweet one but I just wanted to show you my Christmas manicure. This is what I wore for Réveillon (Christmas Eve) and Christmas day. 

I knew I wanted to wear Elevation Polish Yeti Loves The Holidays and sort of based my manicure around it. I started out with 2 coats of China Glaze Gussied Up Green which is a gorgeous green shimmer from the brand's 2008 fall collection. Formula and application were good. 

Elevation Polish Yeti Loves The Holidays & Freehand Reindeer

The dark base is perfect for Yeti Loves The Holidays as it allows all the delicious golden shimmer to really stand out. Yeti is described by Lulu, the genius behind Elevation Polish as a 'Clear base with loads of gold micro shimmer, gold flake shimmer, blend of white glitters, including circles, Red circles, Green circles and Gold holographic stars'. This is spot on and I couldn't do any better. 

Elevation Polish Yeti Loves The Holidays & Freehand Reindeer

I used one coat and slightly dabbed a few of the glitters to place them where I wanted on my nails. The gold shimmer in this polish is AMAZING! I love the variety of glitters and how festive it is. I'm sure this will look great over lots of colours. 

Elevation Polish Yeti Loves The Holidays

For my accent nail, I started out with 2 coats of A England Excalibur (new version) and then freehanded a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer using Elevation Polish Tette for the face and acrylic paints and a fine detail brush for the rest. 

Elevation Polish Yeti Loves The Holidays & Freehand Reindeer

 
Elevation Polish Yeti Loves The Holidays & Freehand Reindeer


What do you think of this mani? What did you wear for Christmas? Hope you all have had a wonderful day! 

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

China Glaze polishes can be purchased from various retailers.  

Monday, 23 December 2013

The Grinch

Hi everyone! Today I have some more Christmas nails for you and this is definitely my favourite festive mani so far! 

I like the film The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and thought why not do some Grinch nail art? It's a nice change from the Christmas trees and snowflakes etc. 

The Grinch - OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress & 6 Harts Rabbit Food

I started out with 2 coats of OPI's I'm Not Really A Waitress, which is a classic, slightly metallic red and one of OPI's most classic colours. I really love this shade and got lots of compliments on the colour before I decorated it. So if you are still searching for a great red, I'd recommend giving this one a go! The formula was lovely and application a breeze. 

The Grinch - OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress & 6 Harts Rabbit Food

I then added 2 coats of 6 Harts Rabbit Food to all of my nails except my ring fingernail. This polish is truly unique in my stash and I love it. Courtney, the lady behind 6 Harts is lovely and her customer service is wonderful. She creates such unique polishes and I don't think I see them being talked about enough! Rabbit Food is a clear-based glitter polish full of a variety of light green and white glitter. Courney describes her polish as 'an odd duck...it has lots of pale green dot glitters, grey and white matte glitters and some other goodies tossed in for sparkle. It will look great over a variety of colors, since the glitters are mostly neutral- but SPARKLY!' 

6 Harts Rabbit Food - Macro Bottle Shot

I thought Rabbit Food, although not intentionally a Christmas glitter, would look festive over red. I wasn't wrong and it was the perfect choice for the nail art I had in mind. Formula and application were great, the base is a little thicker than some but plenty of glitter comes out on the brush with minimal effort and very little placing was required. 

The Grinch - OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress & 6 Harts Rabbit Food

For my accent nail, I used a fine detail brush and acrylic paints to freehand the Grinch! I love how he turned out and he goes perfectly with the light green glitter in Rabbit Food. 

The Grinch - OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress & 6 Harts Rabbit Food
 
What do you think of this mani? Do you like the Grinch? 

6 Harts polishes can be purchased from the 6 Harts Etsy Shop. You can like the 6 Harts Facebook page here

OPI polishes are available from various retailers.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Elevation Polish Toubkal & Julie G Gift Of Gold

Hi everyone! Today I have another festive combination for you! 

This is actually the mani I wore for my work Christmas lunch. I wanted something simple and festive but glamourous at the same time. I think this worked out well. 

Elevation Polish Toubkal & Julie G Gift Of Gold

I picked out the amazing Toubkal from Elevation Polish, a lovely burgundy jelly polish packed with golden microflakes! Lulu, the creator of Elevation Polish describes this shade as 'Darkened Red Purple with Gold, Red, Pink large irregularly shaped shimmer'. 
 I also love her description of the inspiration behind this polish ; 'Part of the Morocco Collection. Toubkal has one of the most amazing summits. The view from the top is nothing short of spectacular. You can see for miles and miles but I got fixated on the valleys below and how all that green short grasses mixed with shadowing looks like it was glowing and shining purple.'

Elevation Polish Toubkal & Julie G Gift Of Gold

While searching for mani ideas with Toubkal, I thought of using gold to accentuate the shimmery flakes in Toubkal. I picked out Gift of Gold from the Julie G Frosted Gumpdrops Holiday 2013 collection. This is a textured yellow-gold glitter. I love it so much, and its perfect for Christmas! (You can see my mani using another shade from the collection, Silver Bells here). 

Elevation Polish Toubkal & Julie G Gift Of Gold

I used 2 coats of Toubkal on my thumb, index and middle fingernails and 2 coats of Gift of Gold on the rest. Application and formula on both were really good, I had no issues whatsoever. 

Elevation Polish Toubkal & Julie G Gift Of Gold

I liked how this mani turned out and got a few compliments on it. To me it is an understated but elegant combination. What do you think of this mani? 

Elevation polishes can be purchased from the Elevation Polish store and Llarowe.   
Julie G polishes are available at various retailers and the Jesse's Girl Cosmetics site.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Glittering Christmas Tree - Essie Butler Please & OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

Hi everyone! Continuing with the festive theme, I have a glittering Christmas inspired manicure for you today! 

This is a simple mani to do and I loved how it turned out. So here is how I did it. 

I started out with 2 coats of Essie Butler Please from the Winter 2012 collection. This collection was a huge hit for me and this stunning cobalt blue creme was among my top picks from it (along with Leading Lady and Beyond Cozy!). 

Essie Butler Please - OPI Servin' Up Sparkle - A England Excalibur Christmas Tree

Butler Please is a great blue to have in your collection if you are looking for a great, versatile creme. It is one of my go-to colours which I can put on when I need cheering up or a quick bright mani. It may not be the most unique colour ever but it's certainly a staple for me. The formula is nice and easy to work with. I used 2 coats for full opacity. It does dry slightly matte alone which I found quite surprising the first time I tried it. I prefer it with topcoat but I suppose it could be worn without if you want to keep the semi-matte effect. 

Essie Butler Please - OPI Servin' Up Sparkle - A England Excalibur Christmas Tree

I then added a coat of OPI Servin' Up Sparkle from one of the Serena Williams Grand Slam England Duo (the other shade in the duo being Grape...Set...Match! which I actually don't own boohoo!!). 

Servin' Up Sparkle does exactly as it's name suggests. This is a clear-based polish packed with silver holographic hex glitter and micro glitter. This is a crazy sparkly polish and I love it. Its the sort of polish that can be worn over absolutely any base colour. 

OPI Servin' Up Sparkle - Bottle Shot

I then did a little bit of simple nail art as an accent nail using some tape and striping tape to make a simple christmas tree with A-England Excalibur (the original version) which is a silver metallic foil. This is a great polish for nail art because, like a lot of A Englands, with careful application, it can be a one-coater, at least for nail art. This is another good basic to have. 

Finally, I topped the tree with a star shaped silver stud and finished things off with a coat of topcoat. 

Essie Butler Please - OPI Servin' Up Sparkle - A England Excalibur Christmas Tree

This manicure was simple and quick to do and I already want to do more of these tape tree designs! 
What do you think of it? 

Essie and OPI polishes are available from various retailers.

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). 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Snowy White & Red - Rescue Beauty Lounge & Lumina Lacquer

Hi everyone! Today I have another festive manicure for you in some typical christmassy colours! 

I was craving a red and white manicure and really wanted to use my Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls as it had been untried for waaaay too long!! I thought the white glitter would look great in a christmas themed manicure as 'snow'. 

RBL Lotus Elise & Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls

I started things off with 2 coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Lotus Elise from the Fan Collection 2.0. This is a stunning strawberry red jelly-based polish absolutely packed full of micro-flakes in red, pink and gold. It's an absolute stunner and the flakes add so much depth and interest! I think this may have just jumped into my top few favourite red polishes (another one already up there is RBL Poppy)! 

Formula and application were really good. Admittedly I do sometimes find RBL polishes don't have quite the formula I like and find easy to work with but Lotus Elise is fantastic. It wore really well too! Although it seems like I have some visible nail line in the photos, it wasn't visible in real life.

RBL Lotus Elise & Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls

I then continued my mani by adding Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls to my index and middle fingernails. This is a clear-based glitterbomb (like Tatiana does so well) full of white and iridescent glitters in different shapes and sizes (think hexes, squares and circles). Formula was great and plenty of glitter comes out on the brush without any effort. I used the dabbing method to place a few of the larger glitters. I can't wait to try this over darker colours too, I think it would look gorgeous and the iridescent glitter pieces would really pop. 

RBL Lotus Elise & Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls

I then added a freehanded snowflake to my ring fingernail using a fine detail brush and acrylic paint and sealed everything with a coat of topcoat. 

What do you think of this manicure? Are you a fan of red and white together? I already want to do more manis using this colour combo! 

RBL Lotus Elise & Lumina Lacquer Not Your Grandma's Pearls

Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes can be purchased at www.rescuebeauty.com
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Snowscape - piCture pOlish Cosmos & OPI Solitaire

Hi everyone! Today is my first Christmas themed post! I finally got around to doing some festive manicures and have a few lined up for you! 

I'm starting with this one, a winter snowscape! I started out with a base of piCture pOlish Cosmos (designed with Pshiiit <3) which makes the perfect starry night background! I used 2 coats and found the formula and application really nice. I have featured this polish on the blog before here with stars and unicorns

piCture pOlish Cosmos & OPI Solitaire

I then added OPI Solitaire from the Bond Girls Liquid Sand collection (see my previous swatch here). I remember thinking (and saying) when swatching this one that it would be perfect for winter nail art and I was absolutely right. This shade makes the perfect snow, the texture adds so much to the effect. I used 2 coats over my tips in an uneven french tip. 

piCture pOlish Cosmos & OPI Solitaire

For the trees and stars, I then used acrylic paint and a fine detail brush to freehand. 

piCture pOlish Cosmos & OPI Solitaire

I love the way this manicure turned out and it's quite simple but effective. And I just can't get enough of the scattered holographic piCture pOlish shades! What do you think of this mani? 

piCture pOlish shades can be purchased from the piCture pOlish site and various other stockists such as Llarowe and Overall Beauty. You can see a full list of stockists on the Network Page
You can keep up with piCture pOlish news by liking the Facebook Page here.

OPI polishes are available from various retailers.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

p2 Sensual Purple & Freehand Bow

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous polish in my favourite colour to show you! 

Of course I'm talking about a purple. This is p2 Sensual Purple from the Mirror Mirror On The Wall collection and it is sooo gorgeous! I first saw a swatch of this polish posted on Facebook and was just stunned by how glowy it was and the depth of the colour. I knew I had to have it. 

p2 Sensual Purple & freehand bow

Sensual Purple is a rich, deep purple with a shimmery, glowy quality to it. I used 2 coats for perfect opacity and found the formula very nice and easy to apply. Drying time is quite fast too. I loved how this looked on it's own so I chose to do nail art on an accent nail only. 

p2 Sensual Purple & freehand bow

I chose a girly bow in a lilac/pink shade to stand out against the dark base. For the bow I used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush. 


I enjoyed wearing this and actually kept it as a full mani for quite a few days! 

As far as I know, p2 is a brand only available in certain European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland if I'm not mistaken). My bottle came from Germany. If you can find it, I'd recommend it as it is great quality for a cheaper, drugstore polish! 

What do you think of this mani? Have you tried p2 polishes before? I'd definitely try more after this one! 

I originally did this mani as a guest photo post for my lovely friend Kim over at The Ides of Polish and you can see it here on her Facebook page

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Totoro - Kiko Light Tiffany & Julie G Silver Bells

Hi everyone! Today I have a sort of unofficial 6th japanese mani for you! 

This mani is for my friend Jen, one of my polish world besties and blogger behind the awesome My Nail Polish Obsession! Jen requested that I do Totoro nails and of course I was thrilled to do it and turn it into a whole Jen-inspired manicure! 

The first thing which came to mind when thinking of ideas for this mani was to do something Jen is so good at...so of course I just had to do a skittlette!  

I started out with 2 coats of Kiko 450 Light Tiffany from the limited edition Satin Nail Lacquer box set. This polish, as the name suggests, is a tiffany blue with a micro-pearl shimmer finish. The shimmer is quite subtle but lovely. I used 2 coats on all my nails, except the middle and index. Formula and application were great. You can see my manicure using another polish from this set, True Red, here).  

Totoro - Kiko Light Tiffany (450) & Julie G Silver Bells

On the remaining 2 nails, I applied 2 coats of Julie G Silver Bells from the Frosted Gumdrops Holiday 2013 collection (without topcoat). This collection is simply stunning, much like the first set! Formula and application were good too. I can't wait to try out all the colours and some nail art using them! 

For the design, I used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush to freehand Totoro and sealed with topcoat. I can't say I'm too familiar with this character, apart from having seen the name and some pictures but he certainly is cute! 


Totoro - Kiko Light Tiffany (450) & Julie G Silver Bells

I hope Jen loves this manicure as much I enjoyed doing it for her! Be sure to check out her awesome skittlettes over at My Nail Polish Obsession

What do you think of it? Are you a fan of Totoro? 

Kiko polishes are available in Kiko stores in Europe and from www.kikocosmetics.com.
Julie G polishes are available at various retailers and the Jesse's Girl Cosmetics site.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Theme Week - Japanese - Maneki-neko

Hi everyone! Today is the last day of theme week! I can't believe it's over already! 

I have loved seeing what all the lovely ladies participating have come up with around the theme 'japanese'! 

My last japanese manicure is a blingy one featuring a Maneki-neko (招き猫), which is a japanese lucky cat often displayed in shops or restaurants. I think most of us are probably familiar with them from Japanese restaurants, I know I am. These little ornate cats are believed to bring good luck. 

Theme Week - Japanese - Maneki-neko - OPI GoldenEye

The cat's paw moves in a beckoning motion and Maneki-neko apparently literally translates as 'beckoning cat'. Although to most Westerners, the Maneki-neko seems to wave (as the palm usually faces forwards), this is actually different to the Japanese who understand the gesture as beckoning. 

There are so many beliefs/interpretations around the Maneki-neko on the colour, decoration and which paw is waving but way too much for me get into here. I found this hugely interesting though and I'm glad I did this manicure and learned something new! 

Theme Week - Japanese - Maneki-neko - OPI GoldenEye

For this manicure, I started out with 2 coats of OPI GoldenEye from the Holiday 2012 Skyfall collection based on James Bond. 

GoldenEye is a very dense yellow gold glitter/flake shade. It doesn't seem very opaque in one coat but it builds up to total opacity without a problem. I absolutely love this polish...it's just so special and eye-catching. 

Theme Week - Japanese - Maneki-neko - OPI GoldenEye

For the Maneki-neko, I used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush. I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat. 

What do you think of this manicure? Were you familiar with Maneki-neko? 

OPI polishes can be purchased from various retailers.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Theme Week - Japanese - Pikachu ピカチュウ

Hi everyone! I can't believe its the 4th day of theme week already! Only one left to go now! 

Today I have nail art based on the super cute and super famous Pokémon, more specifically Pikachu (apparently ピカチュウ in japanese) the cutest one of them all! He is the mascot of sorts of the franchise and has become an icon of Japanese culture. 

My brother and I used to have Pokémon cards as did what seems like every other kid of our generation. Did you collect them too? 

Theme Week - Japanese - Pikachu

For this manicure I started out with 2 coats of Kiko True Red 445. This shade is from the new Limited Edition Satin set which contains 8 polishes with a micro-pearl shimmer finish. Formula and application were great, as I have pretty much become used to with Kiko polishes. After testing True Red, I can't wait to wear the others! 

For my Pikachu nail art design, I used acrylic paints, a fine detail brush and a dotting tool. 

Theme Week - Japanese - Pikachu

I then finished my mani by adding one coat of Huangshan by Elevation Polish to my other nails. Huangshan is a clear based polish packed with neon yellow circle glitters in different sizes as well as smaller iridescent glitters. This is definitely a unique polish! This is the original version of Huangshan which unfortunately is no longer available but Lulu has created a reformulated version called Huangshan 2 which has soft yellow glitter instead of the neon ones. Huangshan 2 is currently in stock at Elevation Polish. 

Application and formula as always from Elevation were lovely. Huangshan is easy to work with. I can see this colour layered over many different bases. I didn't expect to love it with red quite as much as I do! 

What do you think of this mani? Are/were you a Pokémon fan? 

Kiko polishes are available in Kiko stores in Europe and from www.kikocosmetics.com.
Elevation polishes can be purchased from the Elevation Polish store and Llarowe

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Theme Week - Japanese - Sushi

Hi everyone! Today is day 3 of Japanese week already! (You can see my two previous manis here and here)

I could not let this theme week pass without doing nail art inspired by one of my favourite foods ever...sushi! I really love it and if I get takeaway food with my husband we are more likely to choose sushi over pizza or the like! 

We love maki and california rolls especially so I decided to do some maki on my nails! 

Japanese Week - Sushi - OPI Glints of Glinda & China Glaze Fairy Dust

I started off my mani with 2 coats of Glints of Glinda by OPI from their Oz The Great and Powerful collection. This is my go to shade for french manicures but I decided to use it today to provide a simple and discreet base for my sushi design. I decided to add a little sparkle with China Glaze Fairy Dust which in my opinion is one of the most versatile glitters! I use it over gradients (like this one here) and over just about anything to add a little sparkle actually.  

Japanese Week - Sushi - OPI Glints of Glinda & China Glaze Fairy Dust

I then used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush and dotting tool to paint the maki starting with the 'tuna' etc in the middle and working my way outwards. I finished with a coat of topcoat as always. 

What do you think of this mani? Do you like sushi? 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Theme Week - Japanese - Cherry Blossoms

Hi everyone! Today is day 2 of Japanese theme week! 

Today I have done what I think its the quintessential japanese themed nail art...cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms are so beautiful and such an obvious (and simple) design to translate to nails. 

Japanese Week - Cherry Blossoms - A England Morgan Le Fay

For my mani, I started out with 2 coats of Essie Blanc which is my go-to white. I then topped it with one coat of A England Morgan Le Fay which is a beautiful white silver shimmer polish. Morgan Le Fay can be worn alone or over a base colour like I have done here, making it a very versatile shade. Over white I think it creates a delicate and elegant look. 

Japanese Week - Cherry Blossoms - A England Morgan Le Fay

For the cherry blossoms, I used a fine detail brush, various dotting tools and acrylic paint. To finish things off I added some pink crystals and a coat of topcoat. 

What do you think of this manicure? Do you like cherry blossoms? 

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).

Monday, 2 December 2013

Theme Week - Japanese - The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Hi everyone! Today is the first day of another theme week! This time the theme is Japanese and I'm so looking forward to seeing all the awesome nail art this week from all the lovely ladies participating! 

(You can see the previous 'Autumn' theme week here


I'm kicking things off with some nail art based on a famous piece of Japanese artwork. The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as 'The Great Wave' and 'The Wave', and apparently 神奈川沖浪裏 Kanagawa-Oki Nami-Ura in Japanese) is a well-known painting by Japanese artist Hokusai. 

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

I think this painting is really beautiful and decided it would make a nice nail art design. 

I started off my mani with 2 buttery coats of Elevation Polish Darkest Storm from the 'Naughty by Nature' collection. This seems a fitting base for the nail art based on a storm wave threatening boats off the coast of Kanagawa as Lulu tells us that the shade was 'inspired by the light beams coming down between the clouds during a storm'. Way to stick to a theme!

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

Darkest Storm is described by Lulu as a 'blue, near navy holographic'. This polish is possibly one of my favourite polishes in my whole collection which is really saying something. It is just gorgeous. The formula and application are perfect (2 easy coats for full opacity). 

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

I used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush to freehand the wave design. 

The Great Wave off Kanagawa - Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

What do you think of this mani? Were you familiar with this painting? 

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