Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Oops, broke a nail...

It was bound to happen - I had a rip in the nail of my left middle finger at about the middle of the nail, and I'd been patching it with the teabag fix for about a week (more on that in another post), intending to wait until it grew out enough to cut without completely nubbinising all my nails.

Then, I went to the pool with my family and had a blast on a floaty obstacle course, but unfortunately the combination of water + falling over everywhere + hard surfaces spelled the end for my nail.  The tip broke off in a pretty clean line at the point of the break, which was right down at the quick.

I couldn't bear to leave that one tiny and stubby while the rest of my nails were still glorious and long, so I chopped them all down (though the broken nail is still significantly shorter!)  They are shorter than they've been in ages; at first I hated it, but I'm actually quite enjoying it now!  It's giving me a chance to wear polish I wouldn't usually wear by themselves, and there's something really clean and cute about short nails and plain jellies or cremes.

I'm currently wearing three coats of OPI Don't Touch My Tutu, because I wanted a sheer wash of pale colour that didn't grab too much attention.  I'm planning on wearing a lot of pastel jellies and, when my broken nail grows out a bit, some bright cremes (I'm looking at you, For Audrey).

I have some photos from before the break so I'll be posting those in the meantime, but no new posts of my nubbins until the break grows out some more!  I might do a compilation of photos with my right hand, though.

Happy polishing!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pink Water Marble and Glam Polish Funhouse

After my first water marbling attempt, I was desperate to give it another shot.  I was also pretty desperate to try Glam Polish Funhouse, a gorgeous off-white crelly packed full of pink holo circles, neon pink and purple hexes.  Naturally, I combined the two.

Glam Polish Funhouse had a great formula, very easy to apply and opaque in just two coats.  It's a gorgeous polish and I think it has just the right amount of glitter.

For the water marble, I used Misa Ripe Raspberry, Australis Totes Amaze and Picture Polish Wisteria.  I was really happy with how my ring fingers turned out on both hands, but my middle fingers were less successful...for my last nail (left ring finger), I tried three times before I got a pattern that I was vaguely happy with.  Even then, the huge splodge of purple got on my nerves!

Wisteria and Totes Amaze cooperated well for my marble, but Ripe Raspberry didn't spread out well (hence the very thin lines of light pink).

I'm still reasonably pleased with how this manicure turned out, it was nice to have more of a 'petal' look than the plainer lines of my last water marble attempt.  I also highly recommend Glam Polish Funhouse!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Glam Polish Funhouse - two coats (pinky, index and thumb)
Misa Ripe Raspberry - one coat (ring and middle) + water marble
Australis Totes Amaze - water marble
Picture Polish Wisteria - water marble

Monday, April 21, 2014

So Blue (da ba dee da ba di) \ Water Marbling

Ahh, water marbling.  -crazed laughter-

This was my first time trying this particular nail art technique, and I'm actually very pleased with how it turned out (my left hand, anyway...the right one wasn't so good).  If you're looking for a good water marbling tutorial, take a look at this post by Corynn Musser on Lacquerheads of Oz - it helped me a lot!

For this manicure, I used Zoya Rocky, Sinful Colors Why Not and Sinful Colors Endless Blue for the water marble.  For my other nails I simply used two coats of OPI Blue My Mind.  I don't think I'll be up to doing a full water marble manicure for a while!

Though water marbling is quite time consuming when you first start out and can be very frustrating (what with the polish drying too quickly on the water and not making nice patterns, accidentally smudging everything, polish not cooperating etc etc), the effect it creates is amazing and I got so many compliments!  I know it'll get easier with more practise, as well.

I'd love to hear your water marbling stories!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:OPI Blue My Mind - two coats (pinky, index and thumb)
Zoya Rocky - two coats (ring and middle) + water marble
Sinful Colors Why Not - water marble
Sinful Colors Endless Blue - water marble

Thursday, April 17, 2014

China Glaze Midtown Magic

Helloooo baby, where have you been all my life?  This is China Glaze Midtown Magic, a gorgeous dark brown shot through with glorious golden shimmer.  It is opaque in one perfect coat.

I used this polish as a base colour for this stamped manicure.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - none
Polish used:China Glaze Midtown Magic - one coat

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dotticure Gradient Sponging

This gradient-dotticure-sponged-glitterfied manicure was inspired by Every Little Polish's gorgeous Picture Polish Blog Fest manicure - I wish mine had come out looking more like hers!

I began with one coat of A England Camelot, then dotted Illamasqua Scorch from my nail tip down towards the cuticle in a gradient style.  This looked amazing on its own, and I'm a little regretful that I didn't leave it there.  I should definitely do more dotticures in the future. 

After the dots dried, I used small pieces of makeup sponge to sponge on Picture Polish Kryptonite, Picture Polish Cosmos and Rescue Beauty Lounge Lotus Elise.  I think my issue was that I didn't blend the colours enough, so it's more like sections of colour rather than a cohesive marbling effect.

Finally, I painted some Pretty Serious Black Diamond over the tips for some extra sparkle, then finished off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

I liked this manicure more and more after time went on, but when I try this technique next time I'll definitely remember to blend the colours a bit more!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:A England Camelot - one coat
Illamasqua Scorch - dotted
Picture Polish Kryptonite - sponged
Picture Polish Cosmos - sponged
Rescue Beauty Lounge Lotus Elise - sponged
Pretty Serious Black Diamond - dabbed on tips

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pahlish Ace of Fours

Hello all!  This is my one and only Pahlish, and I think it's pretty gorgeous - it's Ace of Fours and in these photos I'm wearing two coats on some nails but three coats on others.

I was quite surprised when I got opacity in two coats, as the first coat looked very sheer!

I love the soft blue look of this polish, and the tiny flakies are so pretty.  There is an iridescent purple-blue flash that can be seen in the bottle in some lights, but that doesn't really show up on the nail.  The flecks remind me of those seen in semi-precious stones.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Pahlish Ace of Fours - two to three coats

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Antique Gilded Stamping

Hello all!  I've got quite an exciting mani to show you today - I wanted to use one of my older untried polishes and do some more stamping too, so I came up with this gorgeous shimmery almost gilded-effect manicure covered in swirls.

For this look, I started off with one coat (one coat!) of China Glaze Midtown Magic, then randomly sponged Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset and OPI Goldeneye until I was happy with how it looked.  You can see my un-stamped progress shot below...

Since I had only used one coat of polish and then the sponging, everything was dry and I didn't need to do a coat of quick-dry to speed things up, so I moved straight on to stamping!

I used Konad Stamping Polish in white and Moyou London Fairytale Plate 02 (the swirls in the top left corner) for my stamping.  I'm really pleased with how this came out, though it is worth noting that some of Seasonal Sunset's colour bled through the white and turned it a little bronze, but it isn't very noticeable.  This issue could probably be cured by using a coat of top coat before stamping, so I'll keep that in mind for the future.

I finished off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast and enjoyed the shimmery, swirly goodness!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:China Glaze Midtown Magic - one coat
Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset - sponged
OPI Goldeneye - sponged
Konad Stamping Polish White - stamping (Moyou Fairytale 02)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Barry M Satsuma

Hello all, here's a quick swatch for you!  This is Barry M Satsuma, one of their Gelly polishes (not to be confused with jellies - this is a creme), and it's a bright orange that looks red in some lights.  I really wanted a vibrant, darker orange since I missed out on OPI A Roll In The Hague and this satisfies me well enough.

Satsuma's formula was a bit thick, but it applied pretty smoothly.  The polish does tend to drag so make sure you wait a long enough time between coats.  I'm wearing two coats here and there were a few little bald spots, but nothing so bad to convince me to bother with a third coat!

I was going to stamp on top of this manicure, but I ended up leaving it due to time constraints.  I hardly ever wear cremes on their own so this was nice and different for me.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - KBShimmer Clearly On Top
Polish used:Barry M Satsuma - two coats