Sunday, July 28, 2013

Covergirl Out Of The Blue

Hello all, I have another amazing blue creme to show you today - this is Covergirl Out Of The Blue (295).  I won this polish in the lovely Mel of Nail & Polish's giveaway.

For these photos, I'm wearing one coat of Out Of The Blue with top coat.  Application was smooth and easy but, as I've found with Sinful Colors polish, I needed to be careful not to overload the brush because otherwise the polish flooded the sides of my nails easily.

I definitely recommend this polish; good one-coaters are always so exciting!

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - OPI Top Coat
Polish used:Covergirl Out Of The Blue - one coat

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nfu Oh 51

Nfu Oh 51 - a polish that is famous for its multichrome glow and gorgeous flakies.  I'm happy to say that it definitely lives up to expectations!  The photo above shows one coat of 51 over A England Camelot, with no top coat.  Over black, the multichrome flakies really have a chance to shine.

Without a base colour, 51 builds to opacity in 3 - 4 coats.  The blurple jelly base shows through this way, and the flakies mainly show up as a reddish fiery colour.

At three and four coats, though, the multichrome goodness comes out to play in certain lights!  If you haven't got this polish or one like it, Nfu Oh has discontinued its flakie line, so I'd grab a bottle before it goes.  I'll definitely wear this over black again and again, and it'll be great for flakie gradients and nail art too.

Notes on removal: some scrubbing is required to remove the flakies from the nail, but nothing as bad as glitter polish.

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:Nfu Oh 51 - one to four coats/one coat over black
A England Camelot - one coat

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Striping Tape Mani with A England

I finally got around to using my striping tape.  Finally.  To create this mani, I cut my striping tape into small pieces before I used any polish to avoid smudging my nails.  I cut about forty pieces, I believe, which took a while!

I then used one coat of A England Camelot (seriously, if you don't have this incredible polish, you need it) and then waited for that to dry.  Since I only used one coat of Camelot, I didn't bother using a fast-dry top coat since it dried quickly by itself.

I then placed the tape on my nails in an artful fashion (i.e. I plopped them down completely randomly and hoped they'd look good) and, one nail at a time, painted over everything with A England Morgan Le Fay and peeled the tape off.  I let the design dry for a bit and finished with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Everything worked perfectly, the tape peeled off without any dramas and there was no smudging from the top coat at all!  The finished manicure was quite subtle and Morgan Le Fay gave the black a steel-grey glass fleck look, but in sunshine and brighter lights the pink and blue sparkle came out.  I loved wearing this mani!

Notes on wear time: I wore this mani for four days and by the third day, I had some small chips but minimal tipwear.

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:A England Camelot - one coat
A England Morgan le Fay - one coat

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sinful Colors Pistache

Hello all!  This is Sinful Colors Pistache, a beautiful creamy green pastel with beautiful opacity and easy application.  I'm wearing two coats with top coat.

Application was very easy, no flooding at the sides of my nails or cuticles at all (no cleanup required!)  The coverage was perfect at two coats, but I think this one would be opaque in one thick coat, especially if you have shorter nails - it wasn't streaky during application.

Overall; I definitely love this polish.  Another win for Sinful Colors!

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - OPI Top Coat
Polish used:Sinful Colors Pistache - two coats

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Best Blog Award

I was surprised and very flattered when Relle of Lazy Lacquerista nominated Polish and Prejudice for a blog award!  Thank you, Relle!  (And many apologies for taking so long to answer!)

What is the Best Blog Award?
Generally, when you receive one of these type of blog awards, you are nominated by one of your blogging peers.  The nominator will contact you either via comments or email etc, and you will be given a link to their blog post.  Their post will include guidelines about the award, what to do to pass it on, and a list of questions the nominee (that's me) has made up for you to answer.  You will also see their answers to the questions from the person who nominated them.  
These awards are given out for fun, and has the added bonus of a little hyperlink networking with some of your favourite bloggers. 
It's totally up to you whether or not you accept the award and pass it on.  There is no panel of judges or criteria to be met, no angels will lose their wings if you don't pass it on, you'll not be struck by 10 years of bad luck.  I will not be offended if the people I have selected ignore my nominating them.

* Answer the 11 questions asked by the blog  who nominated you
* Nominate up to 20 other blogs with less than 200 followers
* Ask 11 questions for your nominated blogs to answer

Alright, now on to my answers.

1.  What was your weirdest childhood injury?
I haven't actually had any bad injuries.  I guess the stupidest one would be when I kneed myself in the face and got a blood nose while doing a forward roll in gym when I was about 5.

2.  What is your phone's current ringtone?
The Iron Man 3 titles theme.

3.  What is your favourite piece of clothing?
That's a tough one!  I'd probably have to go with my 'house pants'.  They're a pair of simple, black and greyish chequered floppy trousers that my grandmother made for me.  They are well loved.

4.  Which song reminds you the most about your Father/Mother/sibling (pick one)
I'll go with my Dad for this one - whenever I hear Great Balls Of Fire, I think of him.  That, and a lot of other old country music.

5. If you could have dinner with anyone at all, alive/dead/ficticious, who would it be?
Nooo, I'm terrible at these!  I'd love to have dinner with JK Rowling, though.  I grew up reading the Harry Potter books and I'd like to be published some day, so JK is someone who's quite dear to me.  I sent her a letter when I was in primary school and I got a photo in the mail so that photo's stuck to a cupboard in my kitchen.
Or Hermione Granger; because MAGIC.

6. Where is your favourite holiday destination (whether you have been there or not)?
I'd have to say Queensland, because I went there with my friends and have a lot of lovely memories; or Japan, simply because it's an amazing country and I love the food.

7. What was the first computer game you can remember playing, and what was it played on?
Ahh, the first game I remember playing would probably be the space cadets pinball on an old PC.

8. Do you have any crafty hobbies?
Well, nail polish, but other than that, does baking cookies/cakes/brownies count?

9. Who is your favourite artist?  They can be the traditional painter, sculptor, etc, or even digital artists.
I'm not a huge art fan (I'm more into movies and books), but my Auntie is an artist and I love her paintings.  There are also a lot of digital artists that I admire.

10.  What is your worst time-wasting habit?
Tumblr.  It's a curse.

11. What was the last website you visited yesterday!  (You might have to go to your internet history for this one!)  If you're too embarrassed to admit it, remember the internet is for porn.  ;)
It's a bit of a relief that my answer to this one's quite tame!  The last website I visited last night was tumblr.  (As it is most nights, unfortunately...)
I'm not going to nominate anyone for the award because I'm lazy completely knackered from work, but if you guys want to visit any other awesome blogs, I've got a huge pile of them in my sidebar!  :)

Gloss 'n Sparkle Unicorn Spawn

Hello all!  I was lucky enough to snag a bottle of Gloss 'n Sparkle Unicorn Spawn in my first Llarowe order and, let me tell you, it's gorgeous.  I wore it on a weekend with a PVA base that only lasted a day, but I knew I had to wear it longer so I redid my mani over a normal base coat.

For this look, I started with a thin coat of Illamasqua Scorch (white creme) so that I didn't need to pile too many layers of polish on for opacity (the white was streaky after one coat, but that didn't matter in the end).  Over that, I layered two coats of Unicorn Spawn and just one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast for top coat.

Unicorn Spawn is the muted sister of Unicorn Droppings - it has a blue-grey tinted base with silver microglitter and pastel pink, yellow, blue and green hex glitters.  Application-wise, Unicorn Spawn was fine, though I will note that the glitter pickup wasn't amazing and I did have to do a bit of swishing and jiggling to get enough glitter onto my nails and, even then, there are quite a few bald spots (case in point - my pinky nail).

However, I like this polish very much - I'm not sure if I'd ever go for a plain stark white nail, so the silvery grey base and glitter really mutes the correction-pen look of white polish.  The fact that the glitter sits very flat and only requires one coat of top coat to be wearable is a bonus!

Unfortunately I couldn't get a shot of this baby in the sun because it's Winter here and the most sun I see is about five seconds of it as a cloud shuffles over during my lunch break from work, but I'm sure that in the sun, the silver microglitter would stand out much more.

Notes on removal: using this removal technique (as shown by Elissa of Ten Little Nubs), removal was easy enough and I didn't need to use the foil method.  A little bit of scrubbing was required to get a few bits of glitter off my nails but other than that, no issues!

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Illamasqua Scorch - one coat
Gloss 'n Sparkle Unicorn Spawn - two coats

Saturday, July 6, 2013

OPI Significant Other Color

Hello all!  I have a lovely OPI polish to show you today - this is Significant Other Color and I won it in Mel of Nail & Polish's giveaway.  In the bottle, Significant Other Color is a pale pink with a spring-green duochrome shift.  I didn't think I would like it, but then I put it on my nails and I was blown away.

Since Significant Other Color is a sheer polish, I tried a few different applications to see what worked best - I used one coat of A England Camelot as my black and two coats of Illamasqua Scorch for my white.
At one coat, Significant Other Colour gives the nail a shimmery pink sheen that shows a peek of green in some lights - I think that I will definitely wear it at one coat for a simple, barely-there mani in the future, perhaps with a coat of a sheer white on top!  At four coats, Significant Other Color is opaque and it give the nail a pearly look - the green shift is definitely apparent.  Over black, the duochrome shift is very dramatic, with both the pink and green very visible.  I think if I put another coat on top, I could eliminate some of the brush strokes a bit - but this combination definitely make for a striking mani!  Finally, over white - none of the duochrome goodness is visible, unfortunately, leaving simply a slightly shimmery shade of pale pink.

I love, love, love this polish, much more than I expected!  I think it looks best at four coats by itself and at one coat over black, but I'll wear it at one coat over my bare nails for a lighter look as well.

Base & top coat:Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:Index: Illamasqua Scorch (two coats), OPI Significant Other Color (one coat)
Middle: A England Camelot (one coat), OPI Significant Other Color (one coat)
Ring: OPI Significant Other Color (four coats)
Pinky: OPI Significant Other Color (one coat)

Monday, July 1, 2013

June Haul

Hello all!  I have a rather hefty haul of 44 polishes to show you this month; I officially have over 100 bottles now!  I'm not sure whether to be proud of that or quietly horrified.

Firstly, I received seven polishes from Mel of Nail & Polish when I won her giveaway.  Thanks again, Mel!  It's a great assortment of polish that I wouldn't have picked up myself; of the ones I've tried so far, my favourite is OPI Significant Other Color.

Left to right: Color Club Worth The Risque, Orly Elation Generation, Butter London Aston, OPI Significant Other Color, OPI Go On Green!, Covergirl Tickled Pink and Covergirl Out Of The Blue