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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

A England Advent Calendar - Calendrier de l'Avent A England

Hi everyone! Today I'm really happy to be participating in an A England 'Advent calendar'! You might have already seen some posts each day featuring a different A England polish. If not, you can check them out by searching the following hashtags on social media: #calendrieraventAEfans #AEnglandadventcalendar

Each participant's polish to feature was drawn at random. The polish I am featuring is The Virgin Queen, a stunning pewter from the Elizabeth & Mary collection. The shade is described by the brand as a 'Pewter prismatic hue with pink undertones and a complex grey/olive/copper cast, soft but visible scattered holographic effect'. 

A England Virgin Queen & Lancelot

I was happy to have been assigned this polish because I think it is perfect for the season. It is metallic, holographic and matches just about anything. I decided to create a festive but understated manicure and really let The Virgin Queen shine. 

A England Virgin Queen & Lancelot

I started out with 2 coats of The Virgin Queen. The formula, as we can expect from A England, is perfection. I then used Lancelot (a deep red, almost black when worn alone) and The Virgin Queen to create a gradient on two nails. Lancelot is really pretty over the lighter base and shows more red than when worn alone. I then used The Virgin Queen again to stamp snowflakes from the MoYou Festive 02 plate over the darker part of the nail and sealed everything with topcoat. 

A England Virgin Queen & Lancelot

I love the effect of the stamping which fades into the gradient. What do you think of it? 
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Friday, 18 December 2015

Girly Bits Eggnogoholic & Freehand Holly

Hi everyone! Today I have some festive nails to share with you! I haven't gotten around to doing many Christmas manis yet but I'm hoping to get a few squeezed in before next week. But I did get around to wearing Girly Bits Eggnogoholic which, in my opinion, is a Christmas essential. It can easily be worn all year around but it is so pretty for the festive period and a nice refreshing change from the traditional red and green.

Girly Bits Cosmetics - Eggnogoholic & Freehand Holly

Pam, the genius behind Girly Bits, describes Eggnogoholic as 'a soft winter white with just the right amount of gold glitter'. The texture is the perfect mix between squishy and creamy. It's a great crelly which is super delicate and pretty. I used 3 thin coats and the formula was great.  

For my nail art to go with Eggnogoholic I decided to keep it quite simple and not cover the delicate base colour too much. So I decided to do some freehand holly as a nice contrast. I used red, green and white acrylic paints, a fine detail brush and a dotting tool to paint the holly next to my cuticles. I did two sprigs on each thumbnail but forgot to take photos of those to show you, duh! Sorry about that. 

Girly Bits Cosmetics - Eggnogoholic & Freehand Holly

I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat and enjoyed wearing this mani. I meant to matte it later on because I think it would also look great like that but unfortunately chipped a couple of nails before I got around to it (chipped due to my own fault banging my hand on something, not because of the polish!). But yeah, nevermind. Next time maybe! 

What do you think of Eggnogoholic? I honestly would recommend it as one of my top winter/festive polishes. It is such a classic. 

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Colors by Llarowe - Love Actually

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous red from Colors by Llarowe to show you. This stunner is Love Actually.

Love Actually has the same gorgeous velvety holo texture as The Mighty Red Baron, one of my all-time favourite red polishes. I absolutely love this finish and Leah Ann does it so well. Love Actually positively glows but is obviously much vampier.  

Colors By Llarowe - Love Actually

I used 2 coats of Love Actually and finished with a coat of topcoat. The colour and formula were perfection and I ended up wearing this mani for days and days without getting bored of it. It's a great basic for your collection but is also something special and unique because of the texture. The maker has warned that staining is possible with this shade. I used my normal basecoat and experienced some staining but it was easily fixed! 


Colors By Llarowe - Love Actually

I really love this colour and I know I will wear it a lot. I can't get enough of red nail polishes at the moment! I have always liked them but recently I seem to want to wear red more than anything else! 

What do you think of this polish? 

Where to Buy:
Llarowe 
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Negative Space and Dots with Essie Butler Please & Penny Talk

Hi everyone! Today I have a simple but fun nail art to show you. 

I recently found myself wanting to wear an old favourite of mine, Essie's Butler Please which is a gorgeous bright blue creme and decided to do some fun negative space nail art with it. I like negative space designs with bright colours because it makes a great contrast. 

Negative Space & Dots - Essie Butler Please and Penny Talk

To start out my mani, I used my normal base coat then taped off the bottom part of my nail next to the cuticle. I then applied a generous coat of Butler Please and pulled away the tape. Butler Please has a great formula and worked well here in one coat with the tape. I almost decided to leave my mani as it was because I liked the effect of just the blue and the bare nail. But I decided to add a little bit of embellishment with Essie Penny Talk, a copper foil from the Mirror Metallics collection they did a few years ago. Theses are some of the best foils I have ever tried and they are so versatile (and stamp well of course). I love the copper colour so much and I always find new colours I want to pair it with. 

Negative Space & Dots - Essie Butler Please and Penny Talk

I used my dotting tools to add three dots of Penny Talk on each nail, then a dot of Butler Please on top of each metallic dot. I finished everything off with a coat of topcoat.

I think I will definitely be doing some more negative space manis soon. I really like them but don't often think to do them! 

Where to Buy:
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Candy Floss Gradient - M.A.C Just Jewels, Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse & Parfait Day

Hi everyone! Today I have a super girly and pretty mani to share with you today! I have had these two Lime Crime polishes sitting out on my desk for a while waiting to do this gradient and I finally got around to it. I knew they would be the perfect base for the gorgeous M.A.C topper... 

So I started out my mani with one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, a basic white creme. I then used a triangular makeup sponge to do my gradient using Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse (pastel neon blue) and Parfait Day (pastel neon pink), both from the Les Desserts d'Antoinette collection. The two colours look so pretty together and remind me of candy floss. The combination of the two now also makes me think of the Pantone colours of the year which were just recently announced. These shades are brighter but I'm sure you see what I mean... 

Candy Floss Gradient - M.A.C. Just Jewels, Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse & Parfait Day

I then used one coat of the stunning Just Jewels by M.A.C from the Heirloom Mix collection for Holiday 2014. I'm not sure if this is intended to be worn alone or as a topper but I think it probably works both ways. It has a clear base, LOTS of pink and blue shimmer and sparse pink and blue glitter. I had been wanting to wear this over a pink and blue gradient and I absolutely love the effect. It's like having princess nails! I can't wait to try this polish over other colours and I can see myself wearing it a lot. It has been a long time since I found a glitter polish I love this much! I finished my mani with a coat of topcoat. I originally planned on stamping over this but didn't have time right away then enjoyed the mani as it was. 


Candy Floss Gradient - M.A.C. Just Jewels, Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse & Parfait Day
Candy Floss Gradient - M.A.C. Just Jewels, Lime Crime Once In A Blue Mousse & Parfait Day

What do you think of it? 

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Turn it Around

Hi everyone! I'm sure you have all heard the news by now that Rescue Beauty Lounge is no more. All the talk around Ji closing up shop inspired me to pull out some of my RBL polishes to wear again. I don't have loads of this brand but the ones I have I do really like.

Turn It Around is probably one of the most unique polishes in my collection. It is a gorgeous moss green absolutely full of copper shimmer. The formula was okay on this one. It could have applied a little smoother but it wasn't unmanageable. I used 2 coats of Turn It Around and a coat of topcoat. 

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Turn It Around

Wear time was a couple of days for me, as usual with Rescue Beauty Lounge. I think it is just my chemistry because I know they last longer on some people. I just experience a lot of tip wear very quickly with them. But like I said, I love the shades I have and they're worth it but that is why I don't have more of the brand. I couldn't often justify the price knowing how they wear on me. 

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Turn It Around

That being said, I do absolutely love the strong shimmer in this and it had me staring at my nails. I love a good moss green/khaki polish and this one is really something special. I wish Ji had created more strong shimmer polishes before closing! 

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Turn It Around

Rescue Beauty Lounge - Turn It Around

Sorry to blog something which is no longer easily available to purchase. If you feel that you need this shade, I'd recommend checking out the polish sale and swap groups on Facebook. 

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Colors by Llarowe - Cornucopia (Polish of the Month November)

Hi everyone! Today I have the Polish of the Month for November from Colors by Llarowe to show you.

Colors by Llarowe - Cornucopia (PotM November)

From seeing the first swatches of this polish, I completely fell in love with it and just HAD to have it. Let me tell you, it didn't disappoint! 

Colors by Llarowe - Cornucopia (PotM November)

Cornucopia was described as a 'reddened burgundy intense linear holo with intense sparkle shimmer'. The shimmer is really intense and gorgeous! I used two coats of Cornucopia. The formula and application were great. I finished with one coat of topcoat. 

Colors by Llarowe - Cornucopia (PotM November)

I didn't even get around to doing any nail art on this because it was just so pretty on it's own! 

What do you think of it? Have you picked up any of the monthly polishes? 

As Cornucopia is a Polish of the Month, it is no longer available to purchase but do keep an eye out for the upcoming monthly polishes

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