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Jun 18, 2018

Smooth Serpent - Glam Polish Dreamscape


Oh dear, I found these in my files... this mani is already 3 years old!

[Bottle to nail: Glam Polish Dreamscape]
This is Glam Polish Dreamscape, a duochrome flakie polish that shifts from green-to-gold with lots of extra flakie colours scattered throughout. 

[Glam Polish Dreamscape]
Unfortunately it was so long ago that I don't remember too much about formula and finish...

[Glam Polish Dreamscape]
Hope you enjoyed the photos anyway! =p

Jun 12, 2018

Paradise Pink - Emily de Molly LE77


Hope everyone had a lovely long weekend! I've just got a quick one here for you today. =)

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly LE77 (1 coat)]
This is LE77 from Emily De Molly, a warm pink creme polish with silver holo glitter and iridescent glitter.

[1 coat: Emily de Molly LE77]
I think the first photo is most accurate colour-wise, the other two are a bit washed out. The holo is more of a scattered holo and the iridescent glitter provides a bit more interest without being too girly-toddler in-your-face pink rainbow, if that makes sense... !

[1 coat: Emily de Molly LE77]
This is a really great formula, nice, creamy and opaque in one coat with relatively quick dry time. This does dry slightly textured due to the glitter so be generous with topcoat. I'm not sure what I think about this as it's not really a colour I wear often, but I can't fault the formula!


Jun 8, 2018

Champagne Bottle - Dance Legend 09

It's golden time!

[Dance Legend 09]
What I've got here is Dance Legend's 09 from their Velvet Mini collection. It's a champagne gold nail polish that dries matte.

[Dance Legend 09]
This one is an understated beauty. It's a very classy colour and looks like burnished metal. I really like the look of it and I'm amazed that it has lasted 5 days on my nails without chipping!

May 31, 2018

Morning Sky - Dance Legend Hide and Seek

It's winter! Which means it's freezing but perfect for my thermal colour changing nail polishes!

[Dance Legend Hide and Seek]
This is Dance Legend's Hide and Seek, a thermal colour changing nail polish with blue microglitter in it and that dries semi-matte. As you can see, the nail polish in the bottle is magenta, because that's it's cool shade. Against my warm nail bed, the nail polish is a dusky gray-purple shade.

The colour shift on this one is magnificent. Most of the time, it looks like I did a mani to paint my tips a different colour. But really, any shift in temperature changes the colour significantly.

[Dance Legend Hide and Seek]
 You can see the blue microglitter in this one. I like how densely packed they are in the bottle.

As always, Dance Legend produces some of the nicest colour changing nail polishes. I'm really loving this one, with the purple to magenta shifts in colour, and the blue microglitter to change things up.

May 28, 2018

Precious Pearl - Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder


I've been experimenting with nail powders, but this is the first time I've posted about it on the blog! =) So this might be a loooong one~! I'll go through how I apply the nail powder, as well as what polishes and topcoat I'm using.

[Mermaid blues]
Aaaaahhh, such pretty iridescent goodness! This particular nail powder was generously supplied by Born Pretty for reviewing purposes. This one is called the Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder and comes in one shade that you use over different coloured base shades.

[Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder]
It comes in a little matte ziplock bag, which contains the little pot of 0.2g nail powder complete with safety seal, plus a handy sponge applicator. I like it when nail powders come with their own applicator as it stops any mixing of different powders/finishes from sharing applicators.

[Left to right: Australis Friend Like You, Rimmel Bestival Blue, Rimmel Little Boy Blue,
OPI Dating a Royal, OPI Russian Navy Matte, Emily de Molly Special Effects Base Coat]
Now before we have a look at the powder itself, here's the base shades I tried out. I definitely wanted to try a whole bunch of shades so I decided to go for a blue creme gradient. From lightest to darkest, left to right, this is Australis Friend Like You, Rimmel Bestival Blue, Rimmel Little Boy Blue, OPI Dating a Royal, OPI Russian Navy Matte.

As you can tell, these are all regular polishes, rather than gel polishes! Our secret weapon (more on that later) is the last bottle on the right - Emily de Molly Special Effects Base Coat.

[Pinky to thumb: OPI Russian Navy Matte, OPI Dating a Royal, Rimmel Little Boy Blue,
Rimmel Bestival Blue, Australis Friend Like You (2 coats each)]
Here are the 5 shades of blue, from darkest to lightest, pinky to thumb. Each was two coats plus a thin layer of topcoat. You can see that OPI Russian Navy still has a hint of matte to it.

[Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder]
So, back to the powder! Peel the seal off! Try not to destroy your freshly painted nails while you're at it... I like to lay down a sheet of scrap paper to make cleanup easier after. Also, there's always going to be traces of powder left on the seal, so don't throw it away! There was more than enough on there to do all 10 nails (and some!).

Now, apply a thin layer of Emily de Molly Special Effects Base Coat over your dry base shade. Leave it for a minute or two - I like to gently tap the surface of the nail with a finger to test if it's ready. It should be slightly tacky to the touch.

I also actually did half the nails without the Special Effects Base Coat - just a regular non quick dry base coat that was a similar level of tackyness. I think the clue here is to have a thin topcoat so you're less likely to be moving/squishing it down when you apply the powder.

[Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder]
Now when you're ready with your tacky nails (I recommend doing one hand at a time!), press the sponge applicator lightly down on the powder. You do not want to overdo it! You really don't need very much at all. Gently pat the powder over the entire surface of the nail, trying not to miss any spots. When you're done, you'll notice that it's not nice and smooth/chromey as it should be. Don't worry, the next step is where magic happens!

Using your finger, gently pick up a bit of powder and pat over your nail. Gently rub over the surface of the nail to buff the powder in and get a nice even surface. You should keep doing this till you no longer feel a tacky surface - the powder will have stuck to and covered the sticky bits.

Remember, the clue here is light but thorough rubbing in! It's great fun to watch the chrome-y pearl-y effect appear!

[Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder]
Voila!! Fancy effects for all! This pearl powder seems to be an iridescent duochrome. On the dark base, it is a green-gold shifter, and on lighter shades, you get the pearly pink/blue iridescence. I think the ring finger combines both best of all. The colour and finish are also spot on compared to the product page.

[Born Pretty Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder]
It also changes in different lighting! But, wait! Before you prance off into the sunset with your mermaid nails... what topcoat to use? I think with a pearl finish, it's not as crucial as a holographic or mirror chrome powder. However, to be safe, I used Born Pretty No Smudge Top Coat which is a water-based topcoat that I've previously reviewed. Definitely maintained the mermaid effect and kept it going through showers and doing dishes... =p

Now if you're worried about glitter getting everywhere, don't worry. Nail powders are different to nail glitter and washes away much more easily!



Are you excited to try it out now? My initial reservations were regarding having to use a UV base, gel and cured topcoat, as well as the potential mess. But this works fine on regular polish, and cleanup was pretty easy! So I'm happy to keep playing around with these nail powders!

You can check out the Neon Unicorn Mermaid Nail Powder here, or have a browse through Born Pretty for a whole bunch of different nail products! As usual, our code up above will get you an extra 10% off full-priced items. Happy shopping~


May 25, 2018

Cloudy Glass - OPI, Born Pretty, Emily de Molly

More gel things that I apply without using gel polish!

[Top: Born Pretty's Chameleon Cloud Paillette Iridescent Flakies number 4
Base: OPI Alcatraz... Rocks]
So, this is Born Pretty's Chameleon Cloud Paillette Iridescent Flakies, option number 4 on a base polish OPI's Alcatraz... Rocks. Ev has a really nice swatch of Alcatraz... Rocks here. Born Pretty's Chameleon Cloud Paillette Iridescent Flakies, option number 4, is a blue-purple flakie with some green flashes. The word cloud in the name of the flakies is really accurate because it does look like shifting, shiny clouds on my nails. The second photo is blurry, but the colours are accurate in that one.

On top of Alcatraz... Rocks, I applied Emily de Molly's Special Effects Base Coat. Then when it was still tacky, I applied the flakies on top generously. I sealed it all in with Born Pretty's Mirror Top Coat, which I'm told works as a replacement if I don't want to use gel nail polish at any point to seal in flakies. And it does work! Everything sealed in fine.

[Top: Born Pretty's Chameleon Cloud Paillette Iridescent Flakies number 4
Base: OPI Alcatraz... Rocks]
I included the first photo above because you can see a better view of the green flash of the flakies.

Now the second photo shows something weird that happened. It's winter here now in Australia and I'm having very hot showers. So after one particularly hot shower, a couple of the flakies...went weird. They went cloudy white. I was baffled. And then oddly enough, a couple hours later, they went back to normal. I have no idea what happened, but you can see a few cloudy white flakies up above.

I looked it up but couldn't really figure out what search terms to use and didn't find anything, so... it's a mystery! I'm wondering if it's a result of not using proper gel polish for this and using substitute top coats.

Other than that, I loved the look of this one and might look to get the other flakies too!

Head on over to Born Pretty if you want to check out their flakies and other items. You can use our discount code to get 10% off full price items!