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Apr 24, 2017

Gold Sands - Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01

Quick post again! This one is kind of an abandoned mani... I planned to stamp over it but couldn't find the right shade that I had in mind so gave up after a few tries... but here is the base polish!

[Bottle to nail: Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01 (2 coats)]
I was looking for an extremely yellow gold and was almost thinking I didn't have one in my stash when I pulled this out! This is Missha GGL01 from the Crystal nail polish line. 

[2 coats: Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01]
GGL01 is a very yellow gold! It's a yellow/gold base, absolutely packed with gold shimmer as well as gold and silver glitter bits. Very twinkly and very gritty! Good opacity in two coats and nice even coverage. Dry time was also decent.

[2 coats: Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01]
These photos are before topcoat (see: abandoned mani) so it's not as sparkly as it could be but rest assured, it's pretty dang shiny what with all those glitter pieces! Ah well, maybe one day I'll revisit this...

Apr 20, 2017

Twilight Breeze - Dance Legend Wind of Change

Keeping it simple today! I loooooove thermal polishes. Here, we have Dance Legend's Wind of Change from their Bow Conversion line.

[Dance Legend Wind of Change]
Ev reviewed the same polish here (go on over to see the three tone effect, which I didn't manage to get in photos!)

I think it's pretty interesting to see the difference in colour between her review and mine. I run rather warm in general and you can see that the nail polish against my nail bed is bluer than what you see in Ev's review. The weather has also cooled down quite a bit so the tips of my nails with Wind of Change on were often cooler in temperature and was constantly purple.

Wind of Change dries matte and has scattered holo microglitter through it, just to add an extra zing.

[Dance Legend Wind of Change]
I love that with one bottle of nail polish, I got two different colours on my nails. It's why I'm forever charmed by thermal polishes.

Apr 17, 2017

Blue Eyes - Dance Legend Earth

Hm, I've been a little uninspired lately - a combination of being frazzled from work and feeling slightly under the weather. So all I've got today is a plain swatch of a shade that's not plain at all!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Earth (2 coats)]
This is Dance Legend Earth from the Sahara Crystal collection. This one, as you can see, is a textured finish polish and is chockers with the loveliest blue glitter. If you look closely at the bottle (and on the nail as well), there's also a hint of duochrome with those flashes of purple.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Earth]
It seems like there's the blue glitter, and some darker navy "sand" particles which contribute to the textured effect. This had excellent opacity - I used two coats but you could probably get away with one thick one. It dries quickly and to a matte finish (albeit glittery), as most textured polishes do, and is super knobbly to the touch!

[2 coats: Dance Legend Earth]
I quite liked this finished result so I was going to leave it matte for a few days before testing some glossy topcoat over it. However, I was initially worried about removal so I used a peel-off base... which was a bit toooo good! They peeled really easily so this didn't last too long on me! I don't doubt it would have excellent wear (and hideous removal) if I had just used a regular base!

I've swatched this randomly before though and it definitely looks super gorgeous and sparkly with added layers of glossy topcoat!

Apr 10, 2017

Red Delicious - China Glaze Red Satin, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty BP-L029

Hello hello - today I have a stamping mani that looks kind of suitable for the festive season, even though it isn't at the moment! I really only did these colours because I was coordinating it with my outfit... =p

[Bottle to nail: China Glaze Red Satin (2 coats)]
My base is China Glaze Red Satin, a nice basic deep red creme that I've previously reviewed here! Look at the lovely rich glossy goodness!

[Base: China Glaze Red Satin (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty BP-L029]
I then stamped over this with a champagne gold stamping polish, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold. The pattern I used is of flowers and vines and comes from Born Pretty plate BP-L029, a great floral-themed plate.

[Base: China Glaze Red Satin (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty BP-L029]
I was probably rushing this one a little so the stamping isn't as crisp as I would like. Still a nice way to add a bit of interest to a classic red mani!

Apr 6, 2017

The Colours of Apollo - Essence Rock My Soul, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Hit the Bottle Burnt Orange, Born Pretty L026 stamping plate

Here we have an attempt to stamp with two different colours. I think it turned out okay, what do you think?

[Sun Rays]
For the base polish, I used Essence Rock My Soul from The Metals collections, which is a teal chrome-like nail polish. It applies smoothly and has a pretty lovely greeny glow to it.

[Essence Rock My Soul]
Then I stamped on it using the pattern in the blue square below, from Born Pretty's L026 stamping plate. I rather like this stamping plate and they have some gorgeous patterns from it. If you do have very long or wide nails though, you might not get enough of some of the patterns for full coverage.

[Born Pretty L026 Stamping Plate]
I used Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold (a pale gold stamping polish) and Hit the Bottle's Burnt Orange (a bronze stamping polish) to stamp the pattern on. You can see that Spun gold is on the upper half of the nails and Burnt Orange is on the bottom half.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Hit the Bottle Burnt Orange
Born Pretty L026 Stamping Plate
Base: Essence Rock My Soul]
I think the stamped polishes are close enough in colour that it creates an interesting almost gradient effect. All in all, I like the result!

Apr 3, 2017

Blush It - Dance Legend Collection SUN shine #194 UV colour change

I was looking at this polish in my stash, wondering why I picked up a creme glitter from Dance Legend out of all the many interesting polishes that they stock...

[Delicious cupcake]
...then I realised that this is from their SUN shine collection which is a range of polishes that change colour in response to UV light! That deep pink/purple spot on the polish bottle is where I briefly shone a UV light on the polish bottle!

[2 coats: Dance Legend SUN shine collection #194 (no UV)]
This one is #194 and it's a really sweet happy polish - like a strawberry cream cupcake with hundreds and thousands! I really liked this colour combination. In the absence of UV light, the base is actually almost grey-white. It slowly darkens to a pinkish purple as the amount of UV exposure increases.

[2 coats: Dance Legend SUN shine collection #194 (no UV)]
There are three different sizes of hex glitter in the polish in many shades - gold, blue, magenta, orangey-red. I used two coats here and the glitter density is great, no need to fish around to pick up all the glitter bits!

[2 coats: Dance Legend SUN shine collection #194 (UV on left; no UV on right)]
Here's the colour after I shone a UV torch on two nails. This polish changes colour really quickly! You only need to be in (or out) of the sun for 10 seconds or so (depending on light intensity of course) to get the full colour change.

[2 coats: Dance Legend SUN shine collection #194 (direct sun)]
Check it out! Isn't it an amazing contrast in full sun? I'm pretty impressed with this UV colour change polish!