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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Pink Chrome - Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect Powder

Hi everyone! Today I finally have some chrome nails to show you! I've been having so much fun using the Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect Powder and hadn't got around to blogging any of my manis yet! 

Pink Chrome - Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect Powder over Le Mini Macaron Fraise (Strawberry Pink)

I'm not generally a huge gel polish fan so I was hesitant to get the supplies just to use the chrome powder but I caved when I found the little sets from Le Mini Macaron. They do simple gel polish with a small lamp for curing and it was the perfect solution for me. I like to change my nails too often to wear gel polish much but with this I can do chrome nails without investing in a regular size lamp that will take up space. I'm also looking forward to doing pedis with it because I don't like to do those really often (ha!). 

Pink Chrome - Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect Powder over Le Mini Macaron Fraise (Strawberry Pink)

So for this chrome mani, I decided to use a pink base to get a pink chrome effect with the silver chrome powder. I used 2 coats of Le Mini Macaron Fraise (Strawberry Pink), curing between coats. I then applied the Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect powder and finished with Le Mini Macaron 3X Shine Topcoat. 

Pink Chrome - Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect Powder over Le Mini Macaron Fraise (Strawberry Pink)

For these nails I used Dance Legend Peel Off basecoat (also purchased from Girly Bits) as I only wanted to wear them for a couple of days. Like this, I can avoid the annoying process of soaking off the gel polish! It works perfectly for me! 

Pink Chrome - Girly Bits Mirror Chrome Effect Powder over Le Mini Macaron Fraise (Strawberry Pink)

I really love how these turned out. I like that they feel edgy but girly at the same time. A friend of mine said they looked delicate and badass at the same time. I can definitely go with that! They were really fun to wear and simple to do. I'm a bit obsessed and want to try out all sorts of looks with these. I've also been loving wearing the powder on a black base for the normal silver chrome look. 

What do you think? Do you like the chrome nails trend? 

Where to Buy:
Girly Bits Cosmetics

Le Mini Macaron

Girly Bits on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest - Google+
Le Mini Macaron on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest - Google+

Saturday, 26 November 2016

OPI Mermaid Tears & Indigo Mermaid Effect Pigment

Hi everyone! Today I have a simple but pretty mani to share with you using some mermaid effect pigment from Indigo which I absolutely love. 

When I was in London in the summer on the tube, I was sitting next to a girl who had some amazing sparkly nails and I just HAD to ask her what she was wearing. It was Indigo mermaid pigment over an aqua polish. I immediately ordered some when I was home and I'm not disappointed. I picked up a few of the colours. This is the 'regular' one which is just called 'Mermaid Effect/Efekt Syrenki'. 

OPI Mermaid Tears & Indigo Mermaid Effect Pigment

For this mani I started out with 2 coats of OPI Mermaid Tears, a dusty green polish appropriately named for this mermaid pigment mani. I then dabbed some pigment onto the polish while it was still slightly tacky and finished with topcoat. 


OPI Mermaid Tears & Indigo Mermaid Effect Pigment

This mani was incredibly hard to photograph and I feel like it looked cooler in real life but I hope you can get the idea enough from my photos. The effect is really pretty and definitely mermaid-like. I've tried this pigment over a few colours and it looks pretty over anything! 

What do you think of it? Have you tried any mermaid pigments? 

Where to Buy:
Indigo Nails (see country specific sites, I ordered from Indigo Nails France)
OPI - various retailers

OPI on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Indigo on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Girly Bits Give Me One Good Raisin & Seashell Stamping

Hi everyone! Today I'm finally getting around to posting another mani I have been meaning to share for a while. I wore Give Me One Good Raisin almost immediately when it arrived in my Girly Bits order because I just couldn't wait to get it on my nails! 

Girly Bits Give Me One Good Raisin

Give Me One Good Raisin is described as a 'deep bruised plum holographic polish, with a strong gold and copper flash' and it is just beautiful. If you're a regular reader you might know that purple is my favourite colour and when I saw this I just knew I had to have it. It isn't your typical purple holo.

Girly Bits - Give Me One Good Raisin

The formula was really good and I used 2 coats. I then used Barry M Silver Foil and Moyou Sailor 05 plate for the stamping. I love this design, it's so pretty and delicate. I finished off with a coat of topcoat as usual.

Where to Buy:
Girly Bits Cosmetics

MoYou

Girly Bits on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter - Pinterest - Google+
MoYou on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

Saturday, 5 November 2016

A England Tennyson's Romance Collection - Swatches & Review

Press Sample/Review 

Hi everyone! Today I'm so excited to share my swatches of the new collection from A England called Tennyson's Romance! I was recently lucky enough to visit Adina at A England HQ and see a sneak peek of the new collection and even help out with selection! So needless to say, I'm so excited to have these in my collection now. 

The inspiration for this collection comes from the poem by Tennyson called The Beggar Maid about a King who fell in love at first sight with a beggar maid and married her. The colours are inspired by the painting by Burne-Jones named King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid. The common theme in both works is universal love and equality with humbleness in front of love and beauty! I find it fascinating to see where Adina gets her inspiration from and you can tell that she is really passionate about her products and process of creating them

 

So here goes! For each colour, you'll find the beautiful description from the brand in italics and then my thoughts on each. 

Angel Grace: soft, delicate periwinkle hologram suffused with lilac blush 

A gorgeous velvety purple holographic. 2 coats, no topcoat. Excellent formula as I expect from A England. I love the soft velvety diffused holo effect. 

A England - Angel Grace

A England - Angel Grace

A England - Angel Grace

The Beggar Maid: complex hologram in medium warm grey with metallic sheen

A surprise favourite in this collection for me. I knew I would like this shade but not this much! The metallic sheen with the holo is gorgeous. 2 coats, no topcoat. 

A England - The Beggar Maid

A England - The Beggar Maid

A England - The Beggar Maid

King Cophetua: a holographic blackened green delicately shimmering like a forest in the starlight

This is a really unique shade, almost black but with a green tinge. Again I like the soft velvet texture and shimmer. 2 coats, no topcoat. 

A England - King Cophetua

A England - King Cophetua

A England - King Cophetua
 
In Robe and Crown: dark lavish red garnet resplendent in its prismatic hologram light

The colour I was most excited about after seeing it when I visited Adina. A deep and vampy wine with glowing soft holo. Just my kind of polish. 2 coats, no topcoat. 

A England - In Robe and Crown

A England - In Robe and Crown

A England - In Robe and Crown

A England - In Robe and Crown

Shall Be My Queen: dazzling imperial red brimming with holographic particles 

I was honoured to have some input on this shade when visiting A England HQ and I'm glad to say I find it as beautiful now as I did then. This is a gorgeous glowing red which pulls a bit pink on me and I love it. Exactly the kind of colour I can wear on it's own when I need a simple mani I know I will love. 2 coats, no topcoat. 

A England - Shall Be My Queen

A England - Shall Be My Queen

A England - Shall Be My Queen

As usual, this is a stunning collection from A England which completely fits the inspiration behind it. My favourites are definitely The Beggar Maid, In Robe and Crown and Shall Be My Queen. I didn't have any issues with formula and most of these were almost one coaters, like many A England polishes. Are you picking up any of the colours from this collection? 

A England - Tennyson's Romance

Where to Buy:
A England (UK shipping only)
Various retailers (see list here)

A England on Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
 
The products in this post were provided for my honest review

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Indie Spotlight: 6 Harts - Red Letter Day

Hi everyone! I recently joined a new group that features an indie maker each month and this month the spotlight is on 6 Harts! Courtney makes small batch polishes as well as cuticle oils in various scents. It's always nice to see a new release from her and the inspiration behind her colours! My all-time favourites from this brand are Bat Crap Crazy, an amazing shimmery brown, and Secret Galaxy, a shifty shimmer topper!

Today though, I've chosen to show off a gorgeous red called Red Letter Day. This is a squishy jelly polish with glass flecks and various fine glitters. The glitter flashes blue and makes this polish really unique in my collection! 

6 Harts - Red Letter Day
6 Harts - Red Letter Day

For my mani I used 3 thin coats of Red Letter Day plus topcoat. The finish is squishy and reminds me of boiled sweets! Yummy! 

6 Harts - Red Letter Day

Don't forget to check out the other Indie Spotlight posts showing off more from 6 Harts! 

Where to Buy:
6 Harts
6 Harts Etsy

6 Harts on Social Media: Facebook - Instagram