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May 22, 2017

Fall Maple - Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice, Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold, Born Pretty BP-L026

Keeping up with my unimaginative-ness, I expanded on the autumn theme from last week...

[Autumn Leaves]
...and what better way than with some maple leaves!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats)]
Once more, my base from last week was Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice, a glowy brown glass fleck scented polish.

[Bottle to nail: Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold (stamping); Plate: Born Pretty BP-L026;
Base: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats)]
I used Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold - a gold holographic stamping polish (yes, that's right!). Formula was great, stamped with absolutely no issue. However, I reckon it would be far more impressive if I had chosen a fuller pattern instead of a lineart type stamping pattern. Next time!

[Base: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats);
Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold, Born Pretty BP-L026]
This lovely maple leaf design is from Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L026 which has a nice variety of floral/leaf prints.

[Base: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats);
Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold, Born Pretty BP-L026]
I'm fairly pleased with this one - it's actually quite subtle in real life and the maple leaf design is only visible on closer examination. It's dark and autumny while still incorporating sparkle!

May 19, 2017

Cream to Candy - Dance Legend 194[Dan

Back to the basics, but with a little more fun involved. This is Dance Legend 194, from their Sun Shine collection. The Sun Shine collection consists of nail polish that change colour under UV rays. So its colour changing properties are dependent on sunlight rather than an increase in temperature.

[Indoors: Dance Legend 194]
The photos above are how Dance Legend 194 looks when it's out of the sun. It's a pale milky beige with pink, blue, pale gold and red glitter. Even without the UV colour changing aspects, I always love nail polishes like this, with glitter in an opaque base.

Now here are a series of photos of the nail polish changing colour when I was out in the sun.

[Outdoors: Dance Legend 194]
The first photo was from when I was under a tree, so under some shade. But it was a very sunny day, so UV rays everywhere. You can see the nail polish has gone from the pale cream colour to a pale pinkish colour.

The next three photos were taken under direct sunlight. In the second photo, you can see that the left half of my nails are a darker pink, probably because they were exposed more to direct sunlight. You can see the colour progressing to a darker pink in the rest of the photos. The last photo is as dark as the nail polish ever gets under the sun.

So it's a pale cream colour out of direct sunlight, and a bright fuchsia shade once it's under direct sunlight long enough.

I love these type of nail polishes. It's colour changing which is always fun, and the colours it goes through are lovely.

May 15, 2017

Gingerbread Crisp - Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Slowly trying to get back into the swing of things - I thought I'd get in a nice autumny manicure while it's still autumn here!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats)]
Yes, I'm not being particularly imaginative! But here's Autumn Spice from the Revlon Parfumerie range. Isn't it gorgeous!

[2 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice]
Autumn Spice is a rich glowy golden brown glass fleck polish. The golden sparks actually flash pink at different angles, which you can sort of spot in this photo. Formula is pretty much perfect and you could get away with just using one coat. I wanted a deep finish so I ended up going with two coats.

[2 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice]
Now, the Parfumerie range is a scented polish collection, so what does Autumn Spice smell like? Well, I was a bit worried at first because strongly cinnamon-like scents tend to put me off, but this was a pleasant light spicy gingery/cinnamon scent to me. You can only really smell it if you bring your nails up close for a sniff, so definitely not too overpowering! The scent only really lasts a few days though!

May 11, 2017

Chocolate Covers - Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome, Sally Hansen What In Carnation

On a very random starting note, the purple of this nail polish exactly matches the colour of the Cadbury chocolate bar wrapper, which is why this nail polish reminds me so much of Cadbury, hah.

[All nails other than the ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome
Ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Sally Hansen What In Carnation]
This mani is a result of my playing around on the silicone nail art mat again. I used Sally Hansen's Purple Potion for Cadbury purple nail polish and Revlon's LilyChrome, for the silver chrome nail polish. On my ring finger, I did try something different by using Sally Hansen's Purple Potion with Sally Hansen's What In Carnation, a very pale lavender creme polish.

As you can see, the lines of nail polish when used with a chrome polish like LilyChrome are very crisp and sharp, while this nail art done using creme polishes produces a softer look, as shown on the ring finger.

Here's all the nail art mani I did on the silicone mat. I like to play around with patterns and different nail polish combination too. I basically apply stripes of nail polish and then pull through the stripes with the tip of a tooth pick. Then I leave the nail polish to dry. In the photo above, I had already peeled them off the mat, which is why they're scattered everywhere.

[All nails other than the ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome
Ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Essie Private Weekend]
On the ring finger for this one, it's really quite a mess. I used Purple Potion with Essie's Private Weekend, a white creme polish. I really did muck up the creme polish nail art, I think because they were just too watery and I had applied too much of it. Also, the creme nail polishes are very thin. If you want to create nail art like this on a silicone mat, apply a clear base coat first and leave it to dry. If you don't, the nail art you created could be too fragile to handle and can split down the seams without the dried base coat to hold it all together.

[All nails other than the ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome
Ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Sally Hansen What In Carnation]
I really do like this colour combination. :)  And the outcome doesn't look too terrible either!

May 2, 2017

Orange-sicle - Dance Legend Hen Party

Things have lightened up a little recently but I've still been too busy to attempt any nail art. I did manage a pretty sparkly untried though!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Hen Party (3 coats)]
This is the lovely Hen-Party from Dance Legend's City Lights collection which consists of jelly polishes loaded with tons of shimmer and square glitter pieces. 

[3 coats: Dance Legend Hen Party]
Hen Party is a bright coral jelly polish jam-packed with iridescent gold square glitter and fine shimmer that shifts between blue and magenta (it's hard to tell!). All the gold glitter makes it look a lot more orange than it actually is! It definitely leans a bit more pink in real life.

[3 coats: Dance Legend Hen Party]
It's a really good jelly opacity for getting nice depth with the different layers of glitter. This was three coats because I wanted a richer shade, but two would've been enough for full coverage. I did find that this was a teeensy bit prone to flooding, so just be a bit careful not to overload the brush as it does spread all over..

[3 coats: Dance Legend Hen Party]
All these photos except the last one above were taken in indirect lighting to properly show the detail of the glitter. This last one though is just direct light and you can see that it's just super glowy.

I think this is an interesting polish, but I don't think it suits my mood at the moment. I haven't quite figured out yet what does though! We'll see...

Apr 27, 2017

Silver Well - Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish

What I have here is the most shiny and mirror-like chrome nail polish ever to be seen. But please, please read the post in its entirety because I'll cover off how to achieve that shine and the downsides for all this gleaming gorgeousness.

[Mirror, mirror, on the wall...]
Hello. Hi, me. Yes, you can actually see my blurry reflection with a camera in my nails. That's how shiny this nail polish is.

This is Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish. It comes in a set of two bottles, one containing the chrome nail polish and another is a clear top coat.

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish]
 Look at that, the nail polish very nearly matches the shininess of the bottle!

The instructions are to use the mirror nail polish and then seal with the top coat they have provided. While that produces a shiny chrome finish, it's not that much shinier than regular chrome nail polish.

The most amazing mirror effect can be achieved by using their top coat as a base coat as well (preferably with your choice of usual base coat first to protect your nails). Their top coat provides an incredibly smooth, frictionless surface for the mirror nail polish. After using the top coat as a base coat (hah!), apply a medium layer of the mirror nail polish. Don't make the layer too thin or it won't come off as glossy. When you're applying over the base coat consisting of the top coat (double hah!), it will seem like you're pouring silver paint on your nails and they seem to almost spread out on their own.

It's the most amazingly glossy mirror finish ever. Just look at this picture:

[Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish]
Isn't it stunning?

If you don't seal it with the top coat, the mirror shine will be at its peak and it will be glorious. But it will likely only last a couple hours. So you get the amazing shine, but with the shortest lifespan ever. Then it starts to chip and lifts like it's practically leaping off your nails.

If you seal this beautiful mirror nail polish with the provided top coat, the nail polish will last longer (but not by a lot, as warned by Born Pretty), by which I mean it was maybe a day or so before I started seeing the varnish lift at the corners. But the nail polish is slightly less shiny with the top coat on. In fact, the top coat is unforgiving if there are flaws and will serve to highlight any scuff marks, or less than perfect brush stroke.

Here, you can see the nail polish with their top coat applied.

[Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish]
It's still got a beautiful chrome finish, but it's not the unbelievable mirrored finish, as shown in the previous photos.

Born Pretty's Mirror Nail Polish is undoubtedly gorgeous and eye-catching. But the short life span means you can't do very much with it. You could maybe wear the mirror-like shiny version for a dinner outing that lasts a couple hours. Regardless, I'm still glad I bought it just to experience the mirror shine.