Sunday, March 30, 2014

Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces

Hello all!  I've got Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces for you to see today, one of the sister polishes to the famous Cosmic Forces.  Oceanic Forces has a dark teal jelly base with large circles and smaller hex glitter.

The formula was great, I got good glitter pickup for the hexes but I did need to do some fishing for the circles.  I'm wearing two coats of Oceanic Forces in these photos with a coat of Essence Gel-Look to tame the glitter and then quick-dry top coat to finish.  I love how this polish is opaque in two coats!

I did have a couple of issues - firstly, I had some shrinkage appear at the cuticles and the tips of the nails (as you can see in the photos).  I don't think it's due to the polish, but rather the gluggy end-of-the-bottle Cult Nails Wicked Fast that I slapped on top.

Another issue was removal - I used the foil method, which was fine, but unfortunately there was some staining!  (Ahh, the perils of teal polish...)  I gave my nails a scrub with toothpaste and that got rid of the staining, so it was all ok in the end, but I do have some weird yellow-ish discolouration from the circle glitter that refuses to budge.

Overall, Oceanic Forces is just as gorgeous as Cosmic Forces!  My friends all commented that it seemed as if you were looking down through water, and that it was like the ocean.  Definitely a lovely polish!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Essence Gel-Look Top Coat (one coat), Cult Nails Wicked Fast (one coat)
Polish used:Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces - two coats

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bright Sunset Gradient feat. China Glaze and Australis

I feel as if the recent nail art manicures I've done have been absolutely smashing, if I do say so myself, and this one is no exception.  It's inspired by my diagonal pastel rainbow gradient (which I'm still ridiculously proud of) - I absolutely loved the purple-pink-yellow combination on my pinky finger, so I decided to do it as a full manicure and brighten it up a little.  I decided to do it diagonally as well, because why not.  The end result is a bright, happiness-inducing combination and I love it!

I used China Glaze Happy Go Lucky (yellow creme), Australis Totes Amaze (almost-neon pink) and China Glaze That's Shore Bright (bright purple creme) for this manicure.  I began with two coats of the pink (which wasn't fully opaque at that point, but that's okay), then painted the tips of my nails with the yellow to make sure the colour was opaque without doing a million coats of sponging.  For the gradient itself, I used a makeup sponge with all three colours.  I painted the polish straight on to the sponge because I was too lazy to do the swirly method for three colours!

This one was very messy so I'm glad I prepped my fingers with copious amounts of sticky tape before I began...

I finished off with two coats of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.  I'm finding that gradients do require two coats of top coat for smoothness, so I'm glad I took the time to do it because this manicure was glassy.  I wore it for about a week and only had some minor tipwear.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy these photos!  They make me feel all warm and summery!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast (two coats)
Polish used:Australis Totes Amaze - two coats + sponged
China Glaze Happy Go Lucky - sponged
China Glaze That's Shore Bright - sponged

Monday, March 24, 2014

Zoya Jacqueline

Hello all!  This is a swatch of Zoya Jacqueline, a yellow-based nude creme that's lovely and soft.  It applied a bit streakily for me if I used a thin first coat, so I ended up doing three coats on most nails and two thicker coats on others (depending on my application).  This would be a great clean base for nail art, but I'd even wear this one alone because it looks so nice!

This polish is a close dupe for OPI My Vampire Is Buff, as seen on The PolishAholic.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - none
Polish used:Zoya Jacqueline - two to three coats

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pink Flower Pond

I'm so immensely proud of this mani, I can't even.  It's a glorious, squishy, pink pond mani - the pond technique was created by Olive View Fashion and I love the possibilities it brings!

I used Nfu Oh JS24, a crystal clear hot pink jelly, and Illamasqua Scorch for my flowers.  I used three coats of JS24 in total and sandwiched one or two flowers between each layer, as well as a few flowers on top.  I didn't want to clutter up my nails with too many flowers, though I think I could have done a few more for some of my nails (especially my thumbs!)

I had to be quite careful to wait for the flowers to dry between layers, and even so I ended up with a few little smudges!  One coat of top coat finished off this design to a perfect smoothness.  I'm looking forward to making ponds with my other jelly polishes.

See my straight-up swatches of Nfu Oh JS24 here.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Nfu Oh JS24 - three coats
Illamasqua Scorch - dotted between coats of the Nfu Oh

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cirque Lullaby (Part Two)

My Cirque Lullaby shenanigans continue with this simple manicure - a coat of A England Camelot, a coat of Lullaby, then top coat and a matte top coat to finish off.

I like this combo much better than my first combination, I feel that it shows the glitter off more pleasingly, though over a lighter colour the glitter colours stood out a bit more (I just can't win, can I?)

One day I'll find the perfect base for you, Lullaby, but for now, dream on.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast (one coat), Essie Matte About You (one coat)
Polish used:A England Camelot - one coat
Cirque Camelot - one coat

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cirque Lullaby (Part One)

Hello all!  I tried my first Cirque polish, Lullaby, over a creamy nude base of Zoya Jacqueline recently.  Lullaby contains gorgeous pastel matte glitter so I decided to mattify the manicure to keep with the trend (however you can see the polish shiny in the photo below).

Without matte top coat
Lullaby contains squares and hexes of different sizes, as well as stars, in a number of soft colours.  I did need to do quite a bit of glitter manipulation to get everything to sit right, but glitter pickup was great.  You may need to do some fishing to get the stars and the large hexes, however.

My mother commented that these nails looked like some kind of marble-esque stone.

This mani wasn't quite my cup of tea (though it did grow on me over the next few days) and I felt that it didn't show Lullaby off very well - I think it'd look much better over either a clean white base, or over a darker creme.  More to come...

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast (one coat), Essie Matte About You (one coat)
Polish used:Zoya Jacqueline - three coats
Cirque Lullaby - one coat

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Purple and Bronze Stamping feat. Essie, Ulta3 and Moyou

Hello all!  I can barely stay away from my stamping plates (I'm determined to get better at it...) so here's another stamped manicure.  I used the Moyou London Explorer Plate 05.

I began with two coats of Ulta3 Spring Break, a deep purple creme, then top coated and waited for the polish to dry completely.  Then I used Essie Penny Talk to stamp the design, then top coated again with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.  I had to clean the plate between stamping each nail so that the design would stamp correctly, as opposed to when I used Barry M Silver Foil Effects and only had to clean the plate after stamping one whole hand.  I'm not sure why that was - maybe due to the relative complexity of this design?

I'm finding that metallic polishes are working the best for me - I have tried using the Born Pretty stamping polishes but they refuse to cooperate and the design won't transfer from the plate to the stamper.

I'm quite happy with how this turned out, the design isn't as crisp and clean as I would have liked but it looked great nonetheless!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
(one coat over base colour, another coat over stamping)
Polish used:Ulta3 Spring Break - two coats
Essie Penny Talk - stamping (Moyou Explorer 05)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pretty Serious The Pink One

Hello all!  I've got an eye-searing beauty to show you today - this is Pretty Serious The Pink One, a neon pink with blue shimmer.  The formula was wonderful, a great consistency (a little thick, but very workable) and applied beautifully in two coats.

This is definitely a polish worth having!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - none
Polish used:Pretty Serious The Pink One - two coats

Monday, March 3, 2014

February Haul

Hello all!  A bit of a belated haul for February - I hauled 22 polishes from and I'm so excited to try them all.  I'm thinking that I won't buy any more polish for a while, I pretty much have everything I need so I'm going to lay off a bit!

On to the haul; China Glaze, Essie, Color Club holos, a Misa and my first Sation polishes!

Left to right (all China Glaze): Dorothy Who?, Concrete Catwalk, Red-y and Willing, Gossip Over Gimlets, Are You Jelly?, Strike Up A Cosmo, That's Shore Bright, Tongue & Chic, Shell-O, You Drive Me Coconuts

Left to right (all Essie): Blue Rhapsody, Nothing Else Metals, Find Me An Oasis, Beyond Cozy, For The Twill Of It

Left to right (all Sation): Hottie Biscottie, Lollipop! Goes The Princess, Super Nail-Tural Powers, Strumming My Nails

Left to right: Color Club Miss Bliss, Color Club Harp On It, Misa Love Bite

I also got Konad special polishes in white and black because I was dissatisfied with the Born Pretty ones - hopefully they work out better!