; Plisherrific: November 2016

Nov 28, 2016

Cloud Surfing - Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray, Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Born Pretty BP-L005

I couldn't leave last week's base shade just empty like that, so I went ahead and stamped over it!

[Eye in the sky!]
Blue and white always goes well together... especially when your stamping design is based on clouds!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Surf Spray (3-4 coats)]
Here's my base shade again - Surf Spray from the Revlon Parfumerie range. A lovely glowing colour, but unfortunately a bit sheer and requires 3-4 coats. Nice fresh marine scent though!

[Base: Revlon Surf Spray (3-4 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Born Pretty BP-L005]
I used a plain white creme stamping polish (Hit the Bottle Snowed In) and Born Pretty plate BP-L005 for the stamping design.

[Base: Revlon Surf Spray (3-4 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Born Pretty BP-L005]
I did this in quite a rush one night so I'm relatively happy with how it turned out. The fine details were still picked up but as you can see, I might have to focus a bit more on placement next time!

Nov 25, 2016

Picnic Blankets - Essie Private Weekend, Australis Mexican Madness, Mode Hook Me Up, Born Pretty's Y019 plate

Oh dear, what do we have here...

So this is my attempt at combining stamping and dotticure. The base is Essie's Private Weekend, which is a white polish with the faintest of pale microglitter. I stamped over it with Australis' Mexican Madness, a mid-pink creme nail polish, and using a pattern from Born Pretty's Y019 plate.

[Born Pretty's Y019 stamping plate]
The pattern I used is the first one from the left on the first row.

Then I used a dotting tool to add blue dots with Mode's Hook Me Up, a blue creme. Tada!

[Base: Essie's Private Weekend
Stamping: Australis' Mexican Madness
Dotticure: Mode's Hook Me Up]

As you would have known by now, I've been using Australis' streak-free high shine nail polishes for stamping, even though they're not officially stamping nail polishes. I quite like them because there are also so many shades to choose from, and I can use them interchangeably as a base or as a stamping polish. It's also nice to support Made in Australia nail polishes (Mode is also Made in Australia)!

I've also said before that the only issue with using them as stamping nail polishes is that they often aren't as a opaque and thick as the usual stamping polishes. This usually isn't a problem when you're stamping with Australis' darker colours. Sometimes, it's also nice to have thinner stamping polishes, to produce a faded look.

In this case, I think Mexican Madness was too thinly stamped on and I overdid it with my quick dry nail polish. After I applied the quick dry, the stamped on Mexican Madness colour seemed to split. It kept the pattern, but as you can see, it resulted in this patchy look. It looks like old flaking paint, which isn't too bad to me. I was more annoyed by my own inability to dot regular dots, to be honest.

This mani actually got the most comments in awhile now. Everyone seemed convinced that I had purposefully created that faded flaking look and kept asking how I did everything, from the dots to the lines.

Nov 21, 2016

Glowing Seas - Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray

Today I have a polish that I received as part of an amazing birthday haul from Jme this year!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray (3-4 coats)]
This is Surf Spray from the Revlon Parfumerie collection. As the name suggests, this is a scented polish collection and this one is a bright medium blue tone with very subtle purple shimmer at extreme angles.

[3-4 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray]
It really is an amazingly glowy polish - however, I did have to use 3-4 coats to get it as opaque as I'd like, and this considering that I have fairly short nails at the moment. I think that's a bit more effort than I would usually go to, so maybe in future I'd layer this over a more opaque matching base shade.

[3-4 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray]
As for the scent, make sure the polish is dry before you go inhaling the fumes! Once dry, it's a nice subtle "marine" scent - think soapy fresh with a hint of florals. I did use topcoat so maybe that's why I could only smell it if I brought my nails right up close. The scent lasts for about 3 days or so then gradually fades.

It's a great colour (and how cute are the bottles for this collection!) but I do wish it was a bit less sheer!

Nov 17, 2016

Rusty Crown - Sally Hansen Golden Rust, Sally Hansen Crown Jewels

I could have sworn I had posted this before, but I can't find the post! What a mystery! I was feeling like I hadn't worn anything glittery for awhile, so that's what I was up to with this mani.

[Base: Sally Hansen Golden Rust
Top: Sally Hansen Crown Jewels]
The base is Sally Hansen's Golden Rust and I used Sally Hansen's Crown Jewels. What a matching pair they make, look at them side by side below.

[Left: Sally Hansen Golden Rust
Right: Sally Hansen Crown Jewels]
All that bling! Golden Rust, the one on the left, has a brown jelly base with bronze glitter. The combination of dense glitter and rich base colour means that you don't need to use a base under it, in my opinion. Crown Jewels, on the right, is a lovely pale gold glitter and holo glitter in clear base. Crown Jewels layered over Golden Rust makes the pale gold glitter pop against the deeper base, while still matching nicely with the earthy tones.

[Base: Sally Hansen Golden Rust
Top: Sally Hansen Crown Jewels]
I like these nail polishes used together. The overall effect did satisfy my glitter-lust!

Nov 14, 2016

Subtle Gem - Rimmel Double Decker Red, Femme Fatale Cosmetics Mana Ruby

Sometimes I just want to go back to basics with a nice simple bright red nail.

[Bottle to nail: Rimmel Double Decker Red (2 coats)]
Red cremes have been around for ages so most companies do it well. This is true of Rimmel's Double Decker Red from the Lasting Finish range. 

[2 coats: Rimmel Double Decker Red]
What a lovely shade of red, and what a great name for it too! A nice no-fuss one-coater although I did two here for maximum richness.

[2 coats: Rimmel Double Decker Red]
Lovely and glossy with a decent dry time, no complaints here! Also I picked it up for $1 at Chemist Warehouse...so REALLY no complaints... =p

[Bottle to nail: Femme Fatale Mana Ruby (1 coat);
Base: Rimmel Double Decker Red (2 coats)]
I wanted to keep it simple, but with a bit of hidden pizzazz so I put one coat of Mana Ruby from Femme Fatale Cosmetics over the top. Mana Ruby is a pinky-red jelly with red hexes and iridescent blue tiny and medium hex glitter.

[Base: Rimmel Double Decker Red (2 coats);
Topper: Femme Fatale Mana Ruby (1 coat)]
It really is quite subtle, especially just as a one coat topper. I've never used Mana Ruby on its own although it looks great in posts I've seen on other blogs - it's always seemed a bit sheer to me so I've never tried. Maybe one day! I imagined the iridescent hexes would look amazing layered!

Nov 10, 2016

Dark Points - OPI Sprung, OPI Metallic 4 Life

I meant to post this last week but oops... Things got a little hectic.

[Base: OPI Sprung
Tips: OPI Metallic 4 Life]
It's been a long time since I did this type of mani. The base is OPI Sprung, a nail polish consisting of brown and gold microglitter, resulting in a copper-ish foil-like nail polish. I applied the tips freehand, with OPI's Metallic 4 Life. Metallic 4 Life has a black base and is chock-full of silver glitter.

[Base: OPI Sprung
Tips: OPI Metallic 4 Life]
I really like both nail polishes that I used here. I definitely want to do a full manicure with Metallic 4 Life one day. I'm glad with how this turned out, especially as I'm really out of practice with freehand french manis.

Nov 7, 2016

Space Commander - Glam Polish Hat Trick

After all the stamping adventures in the last few posts, I was hankering for a nice, no-fuss shade but still with some wow factor. This is what I ended up with.

[Whoa, Nelly]
Multichrome holographic goodness! 

[Bottle to nail: Glam Polish Hat Trick (2 coats)]
This is Hat Trick from Glam Polish. In the bottle, it looks like a purpley-gold mix but in the right light, all these amazing shades and rainbow particles come out to play.

[2 coats: Glam Polish Hat Trick]
The general look of it is a slightly dusty purple shimmer, but at an angle, it shifts to gold and green. The holographic particles are more of a scattered type rather than a linear holo, and these are not too obvious until you have direct light or sunlight, then whoaaa, blingy.

[2 coats: Glam Polish Hat Trick]
Here's a photo of the various shades you get at different angles.

[2 coats: Glam Polish Hat Trick]
Same pose but with some bright cool light from my mobile phone torch setting. Look at that amazing acid green on the pinky. 

[2 coats: Glam Polish Hat Trick]
Overall, I've really liked multichromes from Glam Polish! Formula is great and the shades don't disappoint. This one was two coats to full opacity with good dry time and smooth finish, so yes, I think I achieved my no-fuss fancy mani for the week!