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Oct 16, 2017

Navy Spark - Born Pretty Holo Polish 21


The third holographic polish in a row!

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 (2 coats)]
This is Born Pretty Holo Polish #21 which is a dark blue linear holo. The photos make the base shade look a bit brighter than it actually is, it's definitely more a navy shade.

[2 coats: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21]
Some nice linear holographic sparkle in there! Formula was nice, thin and opaque in 2 coats on my relatively short nails.

[2 coats: Born Pretty Holo Polish #21]
These photos kinda make me wish I did have a medium blue linear holo! I don't think I have one yet... do I? =p


Oct 9, 2017

Totes Srs - Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?


First a red holo last week, then a green one this week? Well.. it's turned October and the shops have already brought out all the Christmas gear so I guess I'm not jumping the gun... =p

[Bottle to nail: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius? (2 coats)]
Today's polish is Why So Sirius? from Celestial Cosmetics. This is a lovely rich green polish, with faint scattered holographic particles, and a strong golden shimmer.

[2 coats: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?]
Great formula, opaque in two coats on my short nails here. The holo is not very obvious unless under very bright light, but still a beautiful shade, very rich and almost metallic-looking when applied!

[2 coats: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?]
What a stunner, I'll have to pull this out again at Christmas-time....!
 
[2 coats: Celestial Cosmetics Why So Sirius?]
I'm pretty happy to add this to my collection of greens, but now it's made me want to look for nice linear holographic green to add to my stash! I have so many dusty green holos, but a nice rich green one would be a great addition I reckon...


Oct 5, 2017

Royal Jewels - Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality

I felt like stocking up on purple nail polishes again, so I decided to give in!

[Royal Jewels]
This is Emily de Molly's Quest For Immortality, a gorgeous purple nail polish with a brighter blue to purple colour-shift and a scattering of red-leaning holo microglitter. Look how pretty it is!

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality]
The nail polish is opaque in two coats. Its holo is scattered but they catch the light brilliantly.

[Emily de Molly Quest for Immortality] 
You can see it clearer in the last photo that Quest for Immortality has this beautiful blue to purple colour shift too.

What can I say except that I love the colour, and that I've got an even bigger hankering to get more purple polishes again!

Oct 3, 2017

Scarlet Supreme - Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven


I have been really busy recently, with work and other things... so there'll be quite a few plain swatches coming up in the next few weeks.

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven (2 coats)]
As I always do, my fallback is either red polishes or holographic ones... and this one is both!

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven]
This beauty is Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven, a gorgeous true red with a fine linear holographic flame. The flame is not super obvious, but you can definitely see a bit of rainbow sparkle.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven]
As with all Emily de Molly polishes, the formula is lovely. Thin and smooth, and opaque in two coats. I used my usual basecoat (Revlon Colorstay Gelsmooth) and didn't experience any staining. Bonus lovely glossy finish, although I topped off with topcoat anyway for longevity's sake.

[Direct lighting: Emily de Molly Wrong Side of Heaven (2 coats)]
Here's another photo with extra bright light off my mobile phone, just to show off the holo goodness!


Sep 21, 2017

Spring Flowers - Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu

So it's been awhile but I think it's time for some dry water marbling using a silicone nail art mat.

[Spring Flowers]
Isn't this a lovely and bright colour combination?

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu
on Born Pretty's silicone nail art mat]
I started with a clear base polish, which I find is necessary otherwise it all kind of falls apart when you peel the mani off the silicone nail art mat. Then I did thick stripes of different coloured nail polish and dragged through the stripes using a toothpick to create the patterns above.

The nail polishes I used were Sally Hansen's Crush on Blue (such a pretty light blue creme polish), Sinful Colors' Purple Kraze (lovely purple matte polish), and Ulta3 Honolulu (a bright yellow creme polish).

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu]
Above, I've applied a base coat and then pressed on the nail polish patches to my nails before the base coat dried. I hadn't applied the top coat yet. I actually prefer the semi-matte look without the top coat, and the colours look more vibrant too. But if you don't seal it with a top coat, the mani really doesn't last.

[Sally Hansen Crush on Blue, Sinful Colors Purple Kraze, Ulta3 Honolulu]
And here it is with the top coat and the glossy finish.

I do feel like dry water marbling is quite a bit of work but I have to say, I love how it turns out and I particularly love this combination of colours for this pattern.

Sep 18, 2017

Fruity Sunset - Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream, Australis Bless Thy Socks, pa AA38, Born Pretty BPL-023


Ah! After last week's gradient on my long-ish nails... I totally broke a nail! So I chopped them all back down, phew~

[Pining for apples]
And stuck a stamp over the top! Cutting my nails down also conveniently solved the tipwear issue, hehe...

[Cuticle to tip: Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream,
Australis Bless Thy Socks; Topcoat: pa AA38]
Quick recap, here's my base which was a sponge gradient manicure using Maybelline Lux Lobster, Rimmel Peaches & Cream and Australis Bless Thy Socks, with pa AA38 flakie polish over the top.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night; Born Pretty BPL-023]
Using a plain black stamping polish (Hit the Bottle As Black As Night) I used the pineapple stamping design from Born Pretty plate BPL-023.

I think this may be the first time I've used a stamp where the base polish is in the negative space! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to get a nice coverage over the base polish. You can see a bit of the orange base peeking through but it's not particularly visible to the eye.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle As Black As Night; Born Pretty BPL-023]
I quite like the look of a stamped-over gradient, however I'm not sure how clear it is that these are pineapples! As you can see, I didn't quite manage to pick up the fine hatching on the pineapple itself. I know what they are meant to be so it seems obvious to me, but I asked someone and they had some trouble at first.. I think it would be more in-your-face if this design was stamped in black, and then leadlighted in green and yellow - just a thought for next time!