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Monday, 28 April 2014

The Lacquer Legion - Glam - Black & Gold Skittle!

Hi everyone! Today I'm really happy to be participating in The Lacquer Legion challenge organised by Chalkboard Nails, Rebecca Likes Nails, The Nailasaurus and Work/Play/Polish.

Each month, there is a different prompt for inspiration and a corresponding hashtag for sharing on the 28th! This month, the theme is Glam (#LLGlam). 


When I think of 'Glam', I think of retro fashion and colours such as black, gold and red. 

I decided to go for gold and black and do a skittlette full of sparkle and glitzy details. 

The Lacquer Legion - Glam - #LLGlam - Black & Gold Skittle!

So here is how I created this look! 

On my index: one coat of A England Camelot (the ultimate black creme!) stamped with Barry M Gold Foil Effect polish and the Emily De Molly EDM01 plate and topcoat.

On my middle finger: two coats of OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, dots of A England Camelot with a dotting tool, a golden stud from BornPretty on each dot and topcoat.

On my ring finger: two coats of OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby (Gwen Stefani Collection) without topcoat to leave the satin finish.

On my little finger: three coats of OPI Wonderous Star, a fine gold microglitter with larger black glitters, and topcoat

On my thumb: one coat of A England Camelot, some more of the BornPretty studs and topcoat.  

The Lacquer Legion - Glam - #LLGlam - Black & Gold Skittle!

I love how this mani turned out and to me, its definitely Glam! What do you think? 

Be sure to check out all of the other #LLGlam manis with the hashtag on social media! 

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). 
OPI polishes are available from various retailers.
Emily De Molly stamping plates can be purchased from the Emily De Molly site here.  

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - My Favourite Things Gradient

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a fun manicure with the My Favourite Things collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. 

This is fun collection of microglitter jellies. See my swatches of the collection here

I was inspired to use these for nail art because they make such a pretty rainbow. My friend Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession recently did a gorgeous rainbow gradient with them which you should go check out here at The Crumpet

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - My Favourite Things - Rainbow Gradient

I used 10 of the 12 polishes in the collection for this mani. In order from thumb to little finger they are: All The Purple In The World, Pickelfarts!!!, Make Me Up Beautiful, British Chocs, Yous Dear Hearts, Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey...Stuff, The Search Tempest, I've Never Been Ginger, Twitter Licker, and Imaginary Narwhals. 

I applied 2 colours to each nail on either side and slightly overlapping in the middle to slightly gradient them. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - My Favourite Things - Rainbow Gradient

I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat. This mani was so bright and sparkly! I loved wearing it! What do you think? 
 
Superficially Colorful polishes are available for purchase from the Superficially Colorful site. You can like Superficially Colorful Lacquer on Facebook to keep up with releases, restocks and other info! 


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

Friday, 25 April 2014

Elevation Polish Brown Skittlette - Dom, Cerro Torre 2 & Rohace

Hi everyone! Today I have a fun skittlette created with Elevation Polishes to show you! 

Elevation is by far one of my favourite brands and these 3 polishes are fantastic. They are gorgeous alone but I felt that they just belonged together! 

So this is how I combined them into one mani! I started out with two coats of Dom, a shimmery milk chocolate, on three nails (thumb, index and ring) and two coats of Cerro Torre 2, the ultimate nude creme/beige, on the others. Both polishes had fantastic formula and were perfect in two coats.

Elevation Polish Skittlette - Dom, Cerro Torre 2 & Rohace

I then added one coat of Rohace, a gorgeous mix of brown and white hex glitter with neon yellow and copper microglitter, over Cerro Torre 2. 

I finished everything off by watermarbling with Cerro Torre 2 over Dom. 

Elevation Polish Skittlette - Dom, Cerro Torre 2 & Rohace

I really love how this manicure turned out and I wore it for a whole week, which might be a record for me! 

What do you think of it?

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

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Giggly

Hi everyone! After showing you some beautiful thermal colour-changing stamping in my last post (here) with this beauty from Superficially Colorful Lacquer, I thought I should show how lovely it is alone too! 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Giggly

This is a gorgeous bright pink to purple thermal absolutely packed full of shimmer. When cold, Giggly is a rich bright purple. When it warms up, you get a vivid pink! The shimmer is equally visible in both colours and adds amazing depth to the polish. The shimmer is a big part what makes Superficially Colorful Lacquer thermals stand out from others to me. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Giggly - Warm

I used 2 coats of Giggly and one coat of topcoat (it tries to a satin matte finish alone). I like it with topcoat best but you can certainly wear it without too. Formula and application were great. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Giggly - Cold

This is absolutely my favourite thermal polish ever. What do you think of it? Do you have any thermals from Superficially Colorful? 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Giggly

Superficially Colorful thermal polishes are available for purchase from the Superficially Colorful site. You can like Superficially Colorful Lacquer on Facebook to keep up with releases, info and sneak peeks!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thermal Colour Changing Stamping - Superficially Colorful Lacquer Giggly

Hi everyone! 

Today I have a really cool mani to show you. I'm sure you already know how much I love Superficially Colorful Lacquer's thermal polishes (if you don't, you can check out some of my posts on them here). So you can possibly imagine how thrilled I was to realise that I could STAMP with them!! 

They are so pigmented that they stamp really well. Here is Giggly (pink-purple thermal) stamped over a white base (Essie Blanc). 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Giggly - Stamped over a white base

Because the layer of polish when stamping is thin, the colours come out as a softer more pastel version of themselves. As you can see, Giggly stamps in a beautiful pale purple which warms up to a soft pink. The colour changing quality of the polish is unaffected and remains obvious, much to my delight. The shimmer is also still noticeable. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Giggly - Stamped over a white base

In my experience stamping with these so far, they seem to work better with finer more intricate designs rather than images which have large blocks of colour. I'm not sure why, the images just seem to transfer better. 

I love how this manicure turned out and will definitely be trying the rest of my Superficially Colorful thermals as stamping polishes!

What do you think of this manicure? 

Superficially Colorful thermal polishes are available for purchase from the Superficially Colorful site. You can like Superficially Colorful Lacquer on Facebook to keep up with releases, info and sneak peeks!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Imaginary Narwhals

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today's post will be a short and sweet one. You may have already seen my swatches of Superficially Colorful Lacquer's 'My Favourite Things' collection but if you missed it you can check it out here

In that post, I swatched the polishes alone but I have also worn Imaginary Narwhals over a base colour. I like how it looks like this too so I wanted to show you! 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Imaginary Narwhals over Superficially Colourful Lacquer - Eye of the Storm

Imaginary Narwhals is the silver glitter from the collection. Jin, the creator of SCL, describes it as 'Silver holographic micro glitter with occasional silver stars in a clear base'. 

I decided to layer this over a dark colour to really make the glitter pop. I started out with 2 coats of Superficially Colorful Lacquer 'Eye of the Storm' which is a gorgeous rich blue from the Remnants of Winter collection. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Imaginary Narwhals over Superficially Colourful Lacquer - Eye of the Storm

I then added one coat of Imaginary Narwhals. Application was easy and the formula is good. You might have to fish for some stars if you really want them on most nails but as they are meant to be sparse, I was happy with or without and didn't put much effort into finding them. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Imaginary Narwhals

So what do you think of this manicure? Will you be picking up any polishes from either of these collections? 

Both collections are available for purchase from the Superficially Colorful site. You can like Superficially Colorful Lacquer on Facebook to keep up with releases, info and sneak peeks!

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

Monday, 14 April 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - My Favourite Things Collection - Swatches & Review

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have swatches of the upcoming collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. After the most amazing thermal polishes ever, Jin has created a collection of jelly glitters!

This is her description:
"This collection is inspired by bits and pieces of stories and jokes and funny moments with my besties!" 

How cute is that concept? I love it! 

So here goes... You'll find Jin's descriptions for each colour in bold text and useful links at the end of this post. I used one coat of topcoat for the photos below.

Imaginary Narwhals - Silver holographic micro glitter with occasional silver stars in a clear base

2 coats. You could use 3 coats for more coverage but I found it pretty at 2. The visible nail line you see in the photo was a lot less visible in real life. This is a clear based polish rather than a tinted base like most of the others. I think this would also be pretty layered over different colours. The formula was a little thick but easy to apply.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Imaginary Narwhals

All The Purple In The World - purple holographic micro glitter in a purple jelly base
2 coats. This one is very squishy! The holographic glitter reflects various shades of purple. This one is stunning and one of my favourites from the collection. The formula is on the thicker side but easy to work with. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - All The Purple In The World

Pickelfarts!!! - deep berry pink holographic micro glitter in a berry jelly base
2 coats. This is another favourite. It is so vibrant and I love the rainbow of reflections and the rich jelly base. This one was similar in consistency and application to All The Purple In The World. I saw no visible nail line with 2 coats.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Pickelfarts!!!

Make Up Me Beautiful - neon fuchsia micro glitter in a bright pink jelly base
2 coats. A very sweet and vibrant girly pink. I I think this would be a lovely pedi colour. Formula was great and I had no issues. 


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Make Me Up Beautiful

Twitter Licker - Erase your dirty thoughts! Twitter Licker is a name for those addicted lacquerheads like myself who drool over the gorgeous manicures people post!
A medium - light blue glitter with light holographic qualities in very light blue, almost clear base. In this one I hope the glitter will bleed a little and enrich it's jelly base.
2 coats. This is one of the less opaque polishes in the collection as the base is very light and almost clear. I liked this with 2 coats but you might want to wear 3 or apply over a coloured base polish. I imagine this would look nice with a variety of shades. Again the formula was easy to work with. 


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Twitter Licker

I've Never Been Ginger - Tardis blue and holographic glitter in a dark blue jelly base
2 coats. A favourite of mine in terms of formula, which seemed a little thinner than some of the others. I love blue polishes and this is no exception. 


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - I've Never Been Ginger!

The Search Tempest - Emerald green and holographic glitter in a medium green jelly base 
2 coats. A nice rich green glitter. This one is particularly unique in my stash, along with the greens and yellow shades from the collection. I found this to have a little less coverage than some of the others but 2 coats was still enough for me. 


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - The Search Tempest

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey...Stuff - Peridot green micro glitter and silver holographic hexes in an acidic green jelly base
2 coats. The larger hex glitter in this makes it a little bit different. Another unique colour glitter in my collection. I had no issues with formula or application. 


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey...Stuff

Yous Dearhearts- Holographic gold micro glitter and sparse golden hearts in an amber jelly base
2 coats. I love the name of this one, it's adorable. This one immediately made me think of light coloured amber and the pieces captured in it, even before Jin had created her descriptions. A very unique polish.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Yous Dearhearts

British Chocs - Orange holographic glitter in orange jelly base
2 coats. This is a vibrant orange. It hardly surprises me that Jin came up with a lovely orange for this collection as it is her favourite colour. Orange is not generally a favourite of mine but I love this! 


Superficially Colorful Lacquer - British Chocs

Hot Italian Lady - Fiery red holographic glitter, golden stars and dots in hot red jelly base 
2 coats. Fiery is definitely a perfect description for this one! It is so bright and the dots and stars are fun. 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Hot Italian Lady

On Hilly Grounds - Chocolate brown holographic glitter and golden dots in a red-brown jelly base.
2 coats. This is another really original shade in my opinion. I do like a good brown polish and brown glitter is a lovely change.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - On Hilly Grounds

Overall, I think this is a well thought out collection. Its a rainbow of micro glitter and there's something for everybody. Like I mentioned above the formulas are on the thicker side as they can be with glitter but are easy to work with and require around 2 coats depending on how you prefer to wear them. I will definitely be trying them out over some different base colours too! 

The My Favourite Things collection will be releasing soon and will be available for purchase from the Superficially Colorful site. You can like Superficially Colorful Lacquer on Facebook to keep up with releases, info and sneak peeks! 

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

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Born Pretty Store - Review - Studs and Glequins

Press Sample/Review
Hi everyone! 

Today I am reviewing a couple of items from Born Pretty Store, a site which sells a huge variety of nail art supplies. I have previously purchased nail art supplies from Born Pretty Store so I was happy to review for them. 

You will find useful links at the end of this post.

First up are these gold diamond-shaped holographic glequins. These are the sort of nail art decoration I like to wear sparingly, in a skittlette or as an accent nail for a touch of sparkle. I started my mani with 2 coats of Barry M Gelly in Plum, a shiny deep purple. Then using a touch of topcoat and a dotting tool I applied the glequins to my nails.  

Born Pretty Store Glequins

I finished things off with a coat of topcoat to smooth it out. Overall I liked these glequins. The only negative is that most of them have one edge which is not completely straight. This may just be a batch issue or my bottle. However they are very affordable and you get a lot in the bottle/jar so no real complaints. I don't think I'll ever run out!

Born Pretty Store Glequins

The next item is a wheel of various metallic flat-backed studs. There are gold and silver studs in different sizes. I used the smallest gold ones for this mani. I started with 2 coats of Sinful Colours Nice Stems, a pastel mint-green shade. I left a bare space at the cuticle on two nails then used some topcoat and a dotting tool to apply the small studs along the lines between the colour and the bare nail. I then continued the lines onto the polished area. I like the result and it reminded me somewhat of an envelope, albeit an abstract version. 

Born Pretty Store Studs

The studs were easy enough to pick up and didn't stick together. Some of the edges could be a little bit smoother on these small gold ones but you'd have to look very closely to notice. The other studs in the wheel do not have this issue though. Like I said for the glequins, considering the price and quantity I do not think it is a big issue. I do advise careful topcoat application with them as the colour can bleed a little if you drag the brush on them too much (you can see this in my photo).

All in all I like the items and I have previously purchased myself from them without any issues. I would recommend their water decals too. The prices are really good and they offer free shipping worldwide. Do bear in mind the shipping time depending on where you are located. In my experience items can take 2-3 weeks to Europe. 

Useful links:
Born Pretty Store
Nail art items
New items
Glequins reviewed
Studs reviewed

Get 10% off your order with the code TBX31! 

Some of the items in this post were provided for my honest review.