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Monday, 9 March 2015

Girly Bits - What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Instagram & Simple Freehand Daisies

Hi everyone! I have another simple nail art over another Girly Bits microglitter for you today. Clearly this is some sort of phase for me at the moment! I'm just loving this finish combined with girly accent nails. 

What Happens in Vegas Ends Up On Instagram was created for a Cosmoprof event last year and available for purchase as a numbered limited edition polish afterwards. Pam describes it as 'a bright raspberry-fuchsia scattered holographic polish, with flashes of glowy purple micro glitter, and bright pink micro glitter. Very flashy and blingy, just like Vegas.' 

Girly Bits - What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Instagram & Freehand Daisies

I absolutely love the glowing purple microglitters which stand out against the pink! This is not your average pink glitter polish at all.

I used 2 coats for perfect coverage and opacity. The formula and application were really good. 

Girly Bits - What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Instagram & Freehand Daisies

For the nail art, I freehanded some simple daisies on my thumb and ring fingernails using acrylic paint and a fine detail brush and added some dots with a dotting tool.

I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat. If you use a thinner topcoat like I do you might want to use 2 coats for a totally smooth finish.

Girly Bits - What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Instagram & Freehand Daisies

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.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Girly Bits No Such Thing As A Purple Problem & Freehand Lace Accent

Hi everyone! Today I have some delicate nail art over a gorgeous microglitter for you. 

This is Girly Bits No Such Thing As A Purple Problem. Pam describes this beauty as 'a grape purple jelly micro glitter with silver holo sparks, dark purple, copper and aqua shimmer'. I have to say this is one of the most beautiful polishes I have worn recently. I found myself staring at my nails! 

Girly Bits - No Such Thing As A Purple Problem & Freehand Lace

I used 2 coats of No Such Thing As A Purple Problem for perfect opacity. The formula is on the thicker side but still easy to apply and drying time is good. 

Girly Bits - No Such Thing As A Purple Problem & Freehand Lace

For my nail art, I freehanded some lace with acrylic paint and a fine detail brush on my thumb and ring fingernails. I then finished everything off with 2 coats of topcoat. I use a thinner topcoat (Revlon fast dry) and found that 2 coats were necessary for a smooth finish over the slightly gritty microglitter. You might be able to use only one coat with a topcoat such as Seche Vite or Poshé. 

Girly Bits - No Such Thing As A Purple Problem & Freehand Lace

Overall I loved how this mani turned out and was really sad to take it off! What do you think of it? 

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.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Darling Diva Polish - Violets are Blue

Hi everyone! Today I have another swatch post for you. This gorgeous holographic was a custom polish from Darling Diva made for the We're All Darling Divas Facebook group

Violets are Blue is a stunning and vivid pink which pulls purple with blue flecks. It's a unique take on a pink holo for sure. I love this colour on my skin tone too.

Darling Diva Polish - Violets are Blue

I used 2 coats of Violets are Blue and a coat of topcoat. As you can see, it is very holographic. Topcoat didn't dull it at all. The formula and application were great.
 
Darling Diva Polish - Violets are Blue

As this was a group custom, it is no longer available to purchase but other Darling Diva Polishes can be purchased from the Darling Diva Big Cartel store and Llarowe. There are loads of stunning holos to choose from!
You can also like the Darling Diva Facebook page to keep up with restock info and new releases!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Paint Box Polish - Slightly Unstable

Hi everyone! Today I have a stunning polish from Paint Box Polish to show you. 

This is Slightly Unstable from the Women of Harry Potter collection. I love Harry Potter and I think a collection based on the female characters is nothing short of genius! 

Paint Box Polish - Slightly Unstable

This beautiful green multichrome holographic is inspired by Bellatrix Lestrange. Despite her being so awful, she is one of my favourite characters, especially in the films. The name is so perfect too. She is definitely Slightly (a lot!) Unstable! 

Paint Box Polish - Slightly Unstable

I used 2 coats of Slightly Unstable for perfect opacity and the formula and application were great. I finished off with a coat of topcoat as always. I ended up wearing this plain and without nail art. It is so stunning and so different depending on the lighting you are in. I posted this pic on IG which shows this polish in a different light. 

Paint Box Polish - Slightly Unstable

I really love this polish and the brand in general. 

You can purchase Paint Box Polish from the Big Cartel Shop here.
Follow Pam's blog for more info and just general awesomeness here. You can also like the brand on Facebook to keep up with releases etc.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Shamrockin' Clover Watermarble & Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil Review

Press Sample/Review

Hi everyone! Today I have some St Patrick's Day nail art for you. This is a subtle clover watermarble using the two holographic shades from the Shamrockin' collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. If you missed my swatches of this collection, you can check them out here

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Stouting & Boxing The Fox - St Patrick's Day Clover Watermarble

This manicure was also the occasion for me to try Color4Nails' Crystalline Nail Veil, a product designed to protect your skin when doing nail art. I usually use liquid artist's gum from the craft store for marbling or other messier nail art (gradients, stamping etc). 

Color4Nails describes this product as 'a multi-purpose nail product! Makes for easy polish clean up when water-marbling, stamping and doing gradients. The unique nail striper brush also works great to make crisp lines for nail art. Works as a "veil" to protect your skin from polish, without the drying effects of cleaning up with pure acetone.' 

To use the Crystalline Nail Veil you basically paint it around your nail covering as much skin as required for whatever you are doing, let it dry for a minute (it turns a darker yellow when dry), get on with your nail art, then peel it off! 

I started out my mani with 2 coats of Superficially Colorful Lacquer Stouting on all nails except my ring finger. For that one I did two coats of white (Sinful Colors Snow Me White). I then applied the Crystalline Nail Veil as you can see here. 

Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil for watermarbling

I used Stouting and Boxing The Fox (also from the SCLacquer Shamrockin' Collection) for the marble which is inspired by a four-leaf clover. These two colours worked brilliantly for marbling! I then removed the Nail Veil using tweezers to pull it off. I had very minimal cleaning left to do and it was much quicker than using tape or cleaning only with acetone for example. I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat! 

Before peeling off the Crystalline Nail Veil - St Patrick's Day Clover Watermarble using SCLacquers

Overall, I would recommend the Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil. I can see myself using it often in place of my liquid artist's gum for smaller areas especially because of the convenient striper brush. Please note that this product does contain latex. It does also smell a bit unpleasant due to the latex but I'm used to the liquid artist's gum which is a bit similar so this is not something that bothers me too much. The easy clean-up is worth it! 

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Stouting & Boxing The Fox - St Patrick's Day Clover Watermarble

Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil can be purchased here (with international shipping available). It retails for 6 USD.

Superficially Colorful Lacquer can be purchased from the Superficially Colorful site with worldwide shipping!
You can like the Superficially Colorful Facebook page to keep up with new releases and restock info. 


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

A multi-purpose nail product! Makes for easy polish clean up when water-marbling, stamping and doing gradients. The unique nail striper brush also works great to make crisp lines for nail art. Works as a "veil" to protect your skin from polish, without the drying effects of cleaning up with pure acetone. - See more at: http://color4nails.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1415#.VPOaRsahzx4
A multi-purpose nail product! Makes for easy polish clean up when water-marbling, stamping and doing gradients. The unique nail striper brush also works great to make crisp lines for nail art. Works as a "veil" to protect your skin from polish, without the drying effects of cleaning up with pure acetone. - See more at: http://color4nails.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1415#.VPOaRsahzx4
A multi-purpose nail product! Makes for easy polish clean up when water-marbling, stamping and doing gradients. The unique nail striper brush also works great to make crisp lines for nail art. Works as a "veil" to protect your skin from polish, without the drying effects of cleaning up with pure acetone. - See more at: http://color4nails.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1415#.VPOaRsahzx4
A multi-purpose nail product! Makes for easy polish clean up when water-marbling, stamping and doing gradients. The unique nail striper brush also works great to make crisp lines for nail art. Works as a "veil" to protect your skin from polish, without the drying effects of cleaning up with pure acetone. - See more at: http://color4nails.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1415#.VPOaRsahzx4