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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Meditative & The Nail Junkie Peacock

Hi everyone! Today I have another gorgeous SCL (Superficially Colorful Lacquer) to show you!

This is Meditative, another thermal colour-changing polish which goes from shimmery teal (when cold) to a gorgeous olive green (when warm)!

 
Superficially Colorful Meditative (how it is on me most of the time)

This shade is packed with a gorgeous shimmer throughout which remains obvious in the two colours. 

I used 2 coats of Meditative and one coat of topcoat (as this one, like most thermals, dries matte).

Superficially Colorful Meditative (cold)


Superficially Colorful Meditative

I then decided to add some glitter to my mani and I thought that Peacock by The Nail Junkie would be a good match...and I was not wrong! I applied one coat (ONE!!!) to two of my nails. Application was great and there is so much glitter packed in there. Green glitter, fine gold glitter and slightly larger blue pieces all combine to create the perfect peacock effect. I need to do a peacock manicure with this! 

Superficially Colorful Meditative & The Nail Junkie Peacock

All in all, I loved how this manicure came out and how the two polishes work together to make it so interesting...glittery and colour-changing...what more could I want? 

Superficially Colorful Meditative (how it is on me most of the time)

My SCLs were a gift but the online store will soon be opening for business. Details are yet to be confirmed so be on the lookout for announcements. In the meantime, check out the Superficially Colorful Blog and Facebook for more sneak peeks! You can also see more of my SCL manis here and here.  

The Nail Junkie polishes can be purchased from The Nail Junkie Etsy Shop
(Try the Cutie Balm cuticle balm too, I love it!)
You can keep up with info and new releases by liking The Nail Junkie Facebook page.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Enthralled

Hi everyone! Today I have a pretty exciting polish to show you. 

This is Enthralled from Superficially Colorful Lacquer, which is a thermal colour-changing polish. 
(You can see my manicure using another Superficially Colorful Lacquer, Serene, here!) 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Enthralled

SCLs (yes, I am calling them that) are made by my lovely friend over at the Superficially Colorful blog. These polishes are so fun. I am a huge fan of colour-changing polishes and these are my favourites of the ones I have tried. 

Enthralled is a gorgeous rusty orange-red shade packed with shimmer when warm and changes to a deep, rich chocolate brown when cold. The shimmer is amazing, no matter the temperature. The picture above is how Enthralled looks most of the time on my long nails. It's like a ready made gradient in a bottle! 

I used 2 coats for my manicure and ended up leaving this plain and wearing it for a whole week, both of which are rare for me. It's just stunning. Application and formula were great, especially for colour-changers which in my experience can sometimes be a little on the thicker side. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Enthralled - warm

Enthralled dries quite matte and I prefer to wear it with topcoat to show all that shimmer! 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Enthralled - cold


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Enthralled - cold


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Enthralled

All in all, I'm loving this polish and would love to get my hands on more. My SCLs were a gift but the good news is that these beauties will soon be available to purchase online...Details to be confirmed so be on the lookout for exciting announcements. In the meantime, check out the Superficially Colorful Blog and Facebook for more sneak peeks!

What do you think of this polish? Are you a fan of colour-changing polishes?

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Chanel Cosmic - FNO 2013 Limited Edition - Flower Accent

Hi everyone! 

Today I have a wonderful polish to show you. This is Chanel Cosmic, one of the two limited edition shades for Vogue's Fashion Night Out 2013. 

Chanel Cosmic (FNO 2013 LE) & Freehand Flowers

Cosmic is a black creme polish full of tiny silver micro-flakes which make it look like a starry night sky! 

The flakes are so small and I find the effect stunning. I knew I would love this polish but I don't think I realised how much. It seems simple but its really quite special, at least to me. 

Chanel Cosmic (FNO 2013 LE) & Freehand Flowers

I used 2 coats of Cosmic and finished with a coat of topcoat. Formula and application were how I usually find Chanels, meaning great...

I decided to add a bit of nail art to my mani in the form of a handpainted accent nail. I freehanded these purple rose type flowers using a fine detail brush and acrylic paints. I like how the flowers stand out against the dark base. 

Chanel Cosmic (FNO 2013 LE) & Freehand Flowers

What do you think of this mani? Did you pick up either of the LE FNO 2013 Chanels? 

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

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Dior Liquorice (Réglisse 972)

Hi everyone! Today I'm linking up with some lovely ladies and we are all doing some Dior manis! 
I don't have many Diors but I knew I wanted to join in and it seemed like a great occasion to get this beauty out of my untrieds!

This is Dior Liquorice (Réglisse 972), a now discontinued and hard to find shade (I know...sorry!) which can be a little pricey on Ebay. I am so lucky to own this thanks to my friend Kim from The Ides of Polish who found it for me. 

Dior Licorice (Réglisse 972)

I only own 2 Dior polishes but I am SO glad this is one of them. It is exactly my sort of colour. 

Dior Licorice (Réglisse 972)

Liquorice is a dark purple full of shimmer. The shimmer is as visible on the nail as in the bottle. I just love this on my nails. I used 2 coats for perfect opacity and found the formula really nice to work with. No application issues whatsoever. 

Dior Licorice (Réglisse 972)

I decided only to add an accent nail to avoid covering up this stunner (anyone else feel like that with HTF polishes?). I chose to create an embellished accent nail using tiny brown/bronze microbeads and some pink crystals, which I placed individually onto my nail to create a design at the cuticle. 

Dior Licorice (Réglisse 972)

I really love how this turned out. It feels like jewellery for my nail! 

What do you think of this mani? What is your favourite Dior polish? I feel like I could do with adding a few more to my collection probably starting with Perlé after seeing this post by my friend Sheila at Pointless Café

I am looking forward to seeing all the lovely Dior manicures today and I'm sure I'll find some to add to my wishlist!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Ballerina - A England Fonteyn & Freehand Ballet Slippers

Hi everyone! Today I have a stunner of a polish to show you today. I have been dying to wear and blog the A England Ballerina collection since I received it. 

Here is the first one I chose to wear (not necessarily my favourite but it just caught my eye and matched an outfit). The Ballerina collection is inspired by Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, the legendary ballerina. In my opinion, the collection is stunning and well inspired with so much thought, creativity and inspiration behind it, just like all of Adina's polishes. 

A England Fonteyn & Freehand Ballet Slippers

Fonteyn is a lavender silvery tightly scattered holographic which pulls linear in bright lighting. The application and formula on this were outstanding. I know I say this about every A England but I do honestly think they just have one of the best formulas out there (not just from indie or boutique brands either!). 

Fonteyn was almost a one-coater. I chose to wear 2 coats with 1 coat of topcoat. The topcoat did not affect the holographic finish at all. 

A England Fonteyn & Freehand Ballet Slippers

I decided to add some nail art to my manicure and I was feeling inspired by the collection. I used a fine detail brush and acrylic paint to freehand some ballerina slippers. I love how they added to the delicate and girly manicure without overwhelming.  

A England Fonteyn & Freehand Ballet Slippers

I love this polish so much, the delicate but holographic finish is stunning. I think these polishes would be lovely for a wedding manicure! 
What do you think of this polish and the ballerina inspired nail art? 

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).

Saturday, 4 January 2014

My Favourite Manicures from 2013

Hi everyone! 

I am really enjoying all the favourites posts I have been seeing recently from other nail bloggers and thought it would be a nice idea to join in and look back at some of my favourite manicures of 2013. 

It was quite hard to choose but here goes...in no particular order because that would be too difficult! 

First up are my Turquoise Gemstone nails from May in which I used Kiko 334 and A England Camelot!

Turquoise Gemstone nails with Kiko 344 and A-England Camelot

Next up is my Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Gradient using, as you can guess, the Sugar Rush pastel collection which is gorgeous! 

Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Gradient

Another favourite from 2013 is my piCture pOlish Cosmos and Ocean manicure, with stamping using my favourite Nailz Craze plate! I just love piCture pOlish scattered holographics, especially these two!

piCture pOlish Cosmos & Ocean

Next is my Summershine manicure which was actually featured as a guest post over at My Nail Polish Obsession for my friend Jen, very appropriate as the polish was created for Jen's Blogiversary! This manicure also features a gradient using two of the Sinful Colors Sugar Rush shades...I guess I really LOVE those huh?

Sinful Colors Cotton Candy, Orange Cream & Red Dog Designs Summershine for MNPO

My mani with OPI's Peace & Love & OPI also makes it into my favourites because this polish (from the San Francisco collection) is just a stunner, especially with some simple nail art. I loved the effect. 

OPI Peace & Love & OPI with freehand abstract design

In October, I took part in the Autumn Theme Week with some other lovely bloggers and my first mani was an One-stroke Autumn Leaves design featuring Elevation Polish The Arches II. I love one-stroke art and this colour scheme was one of my favourites.

One-stroke Autumn Leaves

My next favourite was also part of Autumn Week and has an Elevation Polish as the base. Epidote topped with freehand pumpkins was, I think, a very good match. The orange and green look great together. 

Autumn Freehand Pumpkins

My Nightmare Before Christmas manicure was what I came up with for Halloween and I was happy with how it came out. It also made the list of the week's favourites over at I'm A Nail Art Addict!

The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Manicure


The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Manicure

Another freehand nail art makes the cut. This one is based on the flag of the french town, Quimper, which is one of my most favourite places. 

Freehand Quimper Flag Nails

And last but not least is a manicure from Japanese Theme Week, this freehand mani is inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa.  

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa

So there we go, my 10 favourite manicures of 2013. Which are your favourites? I am also realising how many of these feature Elevation Polish. I think we can safely say that this was my preferred brand this year. I look forward to another year filled with beauties from Lulu. 

Friday, 3 January 2014

Dance Legend Android & Freehand Stripes

Hi everyone! Today I have a simple freehand nail art design to show you.

This is a manicure which I originally did for my friend Jen from Jen's Nail Files for her Who's Your Blogger giveaway! For my participation, I knew I just had to use a holo. Jen loves holographic polishes and if you do too, you should check out her page because she has loads of them! 

Dance Legend Android & freehand stripe design

I started off with two coats of Dance Legend Android which is a lovely green linear holo. Formula and application were good and I had no issues. The only slight negative about this polish is that I find the smell quite strong. I do find that some scents can give me a headache. I can only speak for myself however and you may find that you have no issue. I have had mixed opinions when asking friends if they experienced this with the brand too. Though the thermal colour changing polishes from Dance Legend do not do this to me so it seems to be just their holographics. 

Dance Legend Android & freehand stripe design

This is a lovely colour and a unique shade in my stash! I added my freehand wavy stripes to the tips of my nails using black acrylic paint and a fine detail brush. I then sealed everything with topcoat. 

Dance Legend Android & freehand stripe design

What do you think of this manicure? Did you participate in Jen's giveaway and if so, did you guess that these nails were mine? 

Dance Legend polishes can be purchased directly from Dance Legend as well as from Llarowe, Color4Nails and Ninja Polish in the US. See the full list of worldwide suppliers on the Dance Legend Site.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Year's Eve - Lacquistry Amazeballs!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! I hope you all have a fabulous 2014! 

I wanted to share the manicure I wore for New Year's Eve with you! Like most, I was hoping to do a very festive, sparkly, blingy manicure for the occasion and I believe that I found just the polish. 

Allow me to introduce...Lacquistry Amazeballs! This polish really lives up to it's name. Here is Lacquistry's description of Amazeballs :
'This is not a glitter. It is more like super fine particles of super reflective metal, but it is not "heavy" at all...an awesome cross between silver and gold- more of a platinum, so it would be suitable for any skin tone...' 

Lacquistry Amazeballs & stamping using Nailz Craze plate NC02

Amazeballs is really unique and totally unlike any polish I have ever seen before. It really is composed of tiny light-reflecting metallic flakes. The result is stunning and I got many compliments on my blingy nails! 

Lacquistry Amazeballs & stamping using Nailz Craze plate NC02

I used 3 coats for opacity and application was easy. This polish is perfect for special occasions or anytime if you're like me and love glitzy nails all the time! 

I added some stamping on my ring finger for an accent nail using one of my most favourite plates ever, Nailz Craze NC02, and Konad black polish. I love this design and it looks great in any colour scheme.

Lacquistry Amazeballs & stamping using Nailz Craze plate NC02

Lacquistry polishes can be purchased from the Lacquistry Etsy shop

You can keep up with news and restock information by liking the Lacquistry Facebook page.
Nailz Craze plates can be purchased from the Nailz Craze Etsy shop
You can also find Nailz Craze on Facebook.