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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Remnants of Winter Collection - Swatches and Review

Press Release

Hi everyone! Today I have an exciting soon to be released indie collection for you. This is the 'Remnants of Winter' collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. This collection is inspired by winter and it's changing weather and composed of five blackened metallic/shimmer shades with a sprinkle of holographic micro-glitter.

So let's get started! You'll see Jin's (the lovely lady behind Superficially Colorful Lacquer) descriptions of the colours in lighter purple text. 

This is Cape Cliffs

'Dark forest green inspired by seaside cliffs covered in moss and sea weed after the rough seas of winter.'

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cape Cliffs

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cape Cliffs

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Cape Cliffs

I loved this shade and picked it out to try first. A lovely deep green with a great glow. 2 coats plus topcoat. 

Next up is Turbulence.

'A dark violet-pink with a hint of color shift of blue, red and gold. Not a multi chrome, just an un-decided color that changes with the light. Inspired by the un-quiet air, the faraway lightning storms, the clouds colliding and leaving.'

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Turbulence

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Turbulence

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Turbulence

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Turbulence

One of my favourites of the collection. I love the colour shift in this one as well as the holographic specks. 2 coats plus topcoat.

Mud Slide.  

'A deep dark golden brown, inspired by the look of the roads in the winter. This is the color of the earth under the snow, the un-paved road washed by the rivers that went too high. This is the color of my winter.'

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Mud Slide

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Mud Slide

A beautiful metallic glowy brown which makes me think of caramel. I loved this on my skin tone. 2 coats plus topcoat.

Seconds Before Dark.  

'The strange weather of winter causes all sorts of colors in the sky at sun set. But just before the sun is gone, a deep crimson red is in control. This very dark red polish is inspired by that image.'

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Seconds Before Dark

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Seconds Before Dark



Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Seconds Before Dark

A lovely deep burgundy red. I loved how this pulled a little brown on me and found the shade flattering with my colouring. 2 coats plus topcoat.  

Eye Of The Storm.  

'A very dark and cold blue pearly-shimmer polish Inspired by the crazy storms this weird winter gave us. Heavy clouds, unquiet sky and wild lightning storms.' 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Eye Of The Storm

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Eye Of The Storm

I really liked this glimmering blue. Deep and glowing. I imagine this would be good for galaxy nails! 2 coats plus topcoat. 

All in all, I think this is a well thought out collection. The colours compliment eachother beautifully and I will definitely be trying them out for nail art. They all have similar formulas. I found that careful application on the first coat and working quite quickly to be the easiest. The second coat levels everything out well. They do dry a little bit gritty and topcoat really brings out the best in them.

This collection will be releasing (along with some thermal colour-changing polishes) when Jin at Superficially Colorful Lacquer opens her shop on the 3rd of March. I'll be stalking the restock for sure! 
Please note that the labels on bottles purchased from the store will be different to the temporary labels on my bottles. 
Superficially Colorful Lacquers will be available on the  Superficially Colorful site and Facebook to keep up with releases, info and sneak peeks! 

The products in this post was provided for my honest review.  

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Elevation Polish - Lost In The Darkness & Quick Stars

Hi everyone! Tonight I have a quick little manicure I actually wore I while back and didn't get around to showing you until now!

This gorgeousness is Elevation Polish Lost In The Darkness (this was an SBP so unfortunately is no longer available, sorry!). Lost In The Darkness is a teal linear holographic with a buttery, gorgeous formula. I used 2 coats for this manicure. 

Elevation Polish Lost In The Darkness (SBP)

I then added some quick doodled stars in silver (actually a Posca pen rather than nail polish) to go with the night theme but keep it fun and simple. 

Elevation Polish Lost In The Darkness (SBP)

I liked how this manicure turned out and wore it for a whole weekend. Elevation holographics are just amazing. 

Elevation Polish Lost In The Darkness (SBP)

Elevation Polish Lost In The Darkness (SBP)

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

Sunday, 16 February 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Colour Block

Hi everyone! Tonight I have a simple but really striking manicure to show you. I just recently got the OPI Gwen Stefani collection and I am really impressed with it. I love the colours, the variety and the textures. I feel like this is a really well thought out collection and a really good representation of Gwen Stefani and her style. 

I could not wait to try these out and I had an exact manicure in mind. When I first saw the promo shots for the collection Gwens nails just jumped out at me. I loved the simple pink and black colour blocking. It is bold and eye-catching. I knew I had to recreate it. 

OPI Hey Baby & 4 In The Morning




 
I started out my mani with 2 coats of Hey Baby which is a bright pink creme. The formula and application were really good and this dries so shiny! I did use a coat of topcoat anyway but even before, it was really glossy. This is not the most original pink I don't suppose but it really is a good one. If you need a great pink creme for your collection, thist could be it! Here is a swatch of it alone before I added nail art!


OPI Hey Baby

I then used tape to recreate the geometric shapes Gwen is wearing on the promo shots. I blocked off a square of pink, leaving an 'L' shaped space to paint black at the base of the nail and up one side. The ring finger is a little different and is just half pink and half black. After placing my tape, I used 4 In The Morning over the exposed areas and removed the tape. 

4 In The Morning is a black satin finish polish. I really love this finish and how unique it is. The formula was lovely and allowed me to do one smooth coat before removing the tape. For a full mani, I would probably use 2 thinner coats. There is some silver shimmer which is not really noticeable on the nail without topcoat but I think with topcoat it would show more, especially in direct lighting. The satin finish is not quite matte and has a lovely sheen to it. I chose not to add topcoat to my mani as I love the contrast between the super glossy bright pink and the edgy, satin black. 
 
OPI Hey Baby & 4 In The Morning


All in all I find this mani pretty sexy and I plan on wearing it for a good few days! What do you think of it? Did you pick up any of this collection?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

6 Harts Blow Me...A Raspberry & Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart

Here goes for another sort of Valentine's manicure...really I just wanted to wear Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart again! 
(You can see my previous post on it here)

6 Harts Blow Me...a Raspberry & Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart

I was also dying to wear 6 Harts Blow Me...A Raspberry, which is a berry (somewhere between pink and red) with a light scattered holographic finish. This is seriously gorgeous and a favourite in my 6 Harts collection. The formula was great and application was easy. I used 2 coats for my manicure but could probably have stopped at one! I don't know what it is about this shade but I really could not stop looking at it! 

6 Harts Blow Me...a Raspberry & Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart

I added one coat of Yeti's Broken Heart on two nails to complete my mani. Quick but simple and cute for Valentine's Day without being too obvious, don't you think? 

6 Harts Blow Me...a Raspberry

Unfortunately Blow Me... was a limited edition polish but do check out the other colours available from in the 6 Harts Etsy store. You can like the 6 Harts Facebook page here.  

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

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Be My Valentine! - Mickey & Minnie Mouse

Hi everyone! Today I'll be showing you my favourite Valentine's manicure from the ones I have done this year! 

I was actually supposed to go to Disneyland Paris last week and this was what I chose to do on my nails for the occasion. I wanted to go for a Disney mani and thought why not make it a Disney Valentine themed one?! My trip ended up being cancelled because of the severe weather warnings and storms we have had here recently. That was sad but at least I had awesome nails! 

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Kiss

So to start out my design, I painted my middle and ring fingernails white using Essie Blanc (2 coats) then applied 2 coats of OPI's OPI Red on the rest of my nails. I love OPI Red, it is the perfect red creme with a hint of shimmer to add depth. It is definitely my go-to red along with OPI Big Apple Red. What can I say, OPI just know how to do this colour! 

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Kiss

I then used acrylic paints and a fine detail brush to paint a silhouette of Mickey and Minnie on the white nails, facing eachother and leaning in for a kiss. I used a small dotting tool to add some hearts in the background using OPI Red. I finished everything off with white polkadots on the red nails, like Minnie's signature red dress! 

Mickey & Minnie Mouse Kiss

What do you think of this manicure! I almost didn't want to take it off, even after wearing it for days!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Dark Valentine - Kiko 446 Dark Cherry & Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart

Hi everyone! Today I have what I think is a darker alternative to the usual pink and red Valentine's manicures (not that I don't love those too! See my other Valentine nail art here!). I just felt like doing something a little bit different and Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart inspired me to go for darker colours. 

I chose to use Kiko 446 Dark Cherry from the limited edition Satin Nail Lacquer box set. Dark Cherry is the colour you'd expect from the name, a deep purple full of silver micro shimmer which gives it amazing depth. Application and formula were great as always with Kiko. It is impossible to go wrong with them, especially considering the great price. I used 2 coats for my manicure. Drying time was fast. 


Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart & Kiko 446 Dark Cherry

I painted my little fingernail with Essie Blanc and then freehanded a heart with the Kiko Dark Cherry and outlined it with a fine detail brush and black acrylic paint. I then did the same thing but with the colours inversed on my index finger. 

Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart & Kiko 446 Dark Cherry

I then added Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart to the 2 nails without nail art. The Dark Cherry base goes well with the mix of white glitter and the purple, black and white hearts. Yeti's Broken Heart was a limited edition polish for Valentine's (sorry!) and follows on from Yeti Loves The Holidays which came out for Christmas. 


Elevation Polish Yeti's Broken Heart

Yeti's Broken Heart had a good formula and it was not hard to get plenty of glitter out with each dip of the brush. I slightly placed some of the heart glitters but that was about all the effort needed. I love this polish and I think it would be lovely over almost any colour. I already have more mani ideas for it. 

What do you think of this mani? What are you wearing for Valentine's Day? 

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

Monday, 10 February 2014

Chanel Charivari (#603)

Hi everyone! Today's post is a quick swatch post for you. 

This is Chanel Charivari (#603) from the Notes du Printemps Spring 2014 Collection. Tapage (#605) and Ballerina (#167) (a re-release) are the other shades in the collection. I didn't pick those up though, just Charivari. I have wanted Charivari since seeing the first promo pics of the collection. Ballerina doesn't tempt me at all but I am on the fence about Tapage. Its a really pretty pinky coral colour but I'm not sure I really NEED it...

Chanel Charivari (#603)
Anyway, on to Charivari. This is a dusky aubergine creme. Of course I love it. I love how rich and smoky the colour is. Application was really good as always with Chanels. I used 2 coats and one coat of topcoat. 

Chanel Charivari (#603)

Chanel Charivari (#603)

I can see me wearing this one a lot. What do you think of it? Did you pick up any of this collection? 

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

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Exalted & Red Dog Designs Young At Heart

Hi everyone! Today I have a mani which would be perfect for Valentine's day which is coming up soon. 

Personally, I don't celebrate it with my husband but I still want to do cute manicures for it! I love pink and girly nails and this is another great excuse. Also I hope it can inspire you if you are looking for ideas! 

First I'm going to start out by talking to you about my base colour then move on to the rest of the design. This is Superficially Colorful Lacquer Exalted. Like the other SCLs I have shown you so far, this is a thermal, colour-changing polish. You can see my other SCL manicures here, here and here

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Exalted

This one changes from a light pearly pink to a vibrant shimmery pink. I think my favourite thing about Superficially Colorful Lacquers (apart from the amazing colour changes) is the shimmer and texture. Even if these didn't change colour, they would still be gorgeous. 

I love how this one looks on my long nails. I used 2 coats for full opacity and had no issues with the formula or application as such. The only thing I would say is to be careful when painting to apply quite evenly. When I applied, I was seeing the vibrant pink (the cold colour) and then once the polish warmed up on my nails and turned light pink, I saw that my application wasn't as perfect as I had first thought. 

I decided to turn this manicure into a Valentine's manicure by adding some freehand hearts on my index finger, Red Dog Designs Young At Heart on 2 nails and an accent with Essie Blanc and Young At Heart. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Exalted & Red Dog Designs Young At Heart

For the hearts, I used acrylic paints and a small dotting tool. 

Red Dog Designs Young At Heart is possibly one of my favourite Red Dog glitters of all time. The mix of glitters is stunning, original and unexpected. There are various shapes and sizes of pink, lime, teal and white glitters with pink hearts and the trademark Red Dog super fine micro glitter. The formula is great and required no fishing for glitter. I used one coat! 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Exalted & Red Dog Designs Young At Heart

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!


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!  


Essie polishes are available from various retailers.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child - Twin Post With My Nail Polish Obsession

Hi everyone! Today I have something a little different for you! I'm doing a post together with my friend Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession

We are both doing manis today with Lumina Lacquer Moon Child, a sort of fraternal twin post, as we did different bases etc. This was my first Lumina purchase and it was totally Jen's fault (totally...). This is her favourite Lumina Lacquer and she knew I would love it (and others!) and she wasn't wrong. 

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child over Illamasqua Jo'mina



Moon Child is an amazing clear-based glitter polish packed full of pink, white and purple glitters in all different shapes and sizes. There are hex glitters, stars, moons, flowers and butterflies in there! I love the mix and the girly colours, especially the different shades of pink. Application and formula were good. I used the dabbing method to place some of the larger glitters and ensure the different shapes were dispersed over my nails.

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child


I decided to layer Moon Child over Illamasqua Jo'mina, a bright lilac creme to keep my mani girly and show off all the glitters in the Lumina Lacquer. The formula and application were great and I would recommend this colour. I used 2 coats and it is very self-leveling. I totally love it (even if it does tend to give me lobster hands a little...).

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child over Illamasqua Jo'mina

For my ring finger accent nail, I did a quick 'design' with scotch tape and 2 of the Julie G textured gumdrop polishes. The light pink is Crushed Candy from the first Frosted Gumdrop collection and the darker one is Ho Ho Ho from the Holiday 2013 Frosted Gumdrop collection. I've said it before but these are really among my favourites when it comes to textured polishes. You can see more of them in my posts here, here and here.

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child over Illamasqua Jo'mina

What do you think of this mani? Are you a fan of Lumina Lacquer? What is your favourite? 

Be sure to go check out Jen's Moon Child manicure here too! She's done an amazing combo with a killer accent nail! Her swatches and manis are always amazing! You really need to check her out! Thanks for doing this twin post with me today!

Lumina Lacquer polishes can be purchased from the Lumina Lacquer store You can keep up with restock info and new releases via the Lumina Lacquer Facebook page.
Illamasqua polishes can be purchased from the Illamasqua website and various other retailers.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Yves Saint Laurent - La Laque Couture Bronze Aztec

Hi everyone! Today I have some swatches for you of a beautiful polish I picked up recently. 

This is Yves Saint Laurent Laque Couture Bronze Aztec n°28. My husband actually saw this polish on a display at Sephora and told me about it. I figured that if he noticed it and liked it enough to tell me about it later that I should probably take a look at it! 

Well he wasn't wrong. I loved it and had to buy it! This one didn't stay in my untrieds waiting to be worn either! 

Yves Saint Laurent Bronze Aztec n°28

Bronze Aztec is a deep, rich blackened khaki full of bronze/olive shimmer. This shade is so complex and hard to describe. The shimmer pulls towards golden tones as well as bronze and olive. I did find that this one looks quite different once applied compared to what you might expect from the bottle. The shimmer is less obvious but shows beautifully under direct light. 

Yves Saint Laurent Bronze Aztec n°28

I need to talk about the formula and application of this one too because it was quite simply outstanding. First of all, the brush! This brush was, in my opinion, one of the best I have ever used. It is flattened, tapered and slightly rounded allowing for easy application in a perfect curve at the cuticle. I loved it! 

Yves Saint Laurent Bronze Aztec n°28

The formula of Bronze Aztec was as amazing as it's brush. The colour glides on smoothly and effortlessly, dries quickly and is almost a one-coater. I used 2 coats for my manicure and one coat of topcoat. Drying time is fast. I don't think I have anything negative at all to say about this one. 

I love this colour and I love the packaging. This is a high end polish worth the price tag. I can't wait to try more YSL colours! 

What do you think of Bronze Aztec? Do you own any YSL polishes? Which ones would you recommend? 


YSL polishes can be purchased from various retailers. I got mine at Sephora.