Saturday, May 31, 2014

Vertical Gradient + Glitter feat. Glam Polish Mermagic

Hello all!  Another gradient with glitter on top to show you today.  This is a pale blue/purple vertical gradient topped with Glam Polish Mermagic.

For the gradient, I started off with two coats of Essie Find Me An Oasis, a pale blue creme.  The polish was opaque at this point, but I did experience some bubbling, so if I was wearing it alone I'd go with three thin coats.  I had originally planned to use Sation Lollipop Goes The Princess for the purple in my gradient, but that was too close in colour to Find Me An Oasis so I used Misa Great Grape instead.

This was my first time doing a vertical gradient and I do like it, but I think I prefer diagonal gradients.  Vertical gradients also require more cleanup around the cuticle area (which I find more difficult than cleaning up around the edges of the nails) than if you were doing a simple gradient on the tips of the nails so that's another thing to keep in mind.

I broke out Glam Polish Mermagic for my topper.  Mermagic is a gorgeous clear-based glitter with microglitter and circles in pastel purple, teal, pink and silver.  The polish went on easily and I didn't have any issue getting the larger circles out, though to get this density of glitter I did have to add more glitter while I was doing each nail.

I finished off with one coat of top coat.  I love how this manicure turned out!

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - KBShimmer Clearly On Top
Polish used:Essie Find Me An Oasis - two coats + sponging
Misa Great Grape - sponging
Glam Polish Mermagic - one coat

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Glam Polish Conjuring

Hello all!  I have a beautiful polish to showcase today - this is Glam Polish Conjuring, a deep emerald green glitter in a jelly base.  The glitter mix is made up of tonnes of microglitter and a smattering of small hexes.

Application was easy, the polish went on very smoothly and I didn't have any issues.  I'm wearing three coats here, but the polish was opaque at two coats; I just did a third because I felt like it.  I finished off with just one coat of top coat.  This was enough for me, but it was a little textured so if you want a completely glassy finish, make sure you use two coats of top coat.

Direct flash because THAT SPARKLE THOUGH
Conjuring is an absolutely gorgeous polish, a nice colour with fantastic sparkle that isn't too in-your-face.

Base & top coat:Base - OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Glam Polish Conjuring - three coats

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jelly polish for my nubbins!

Hello all!  I wanted to do a quick post showing you all what I wore on my nails while my broken nail was growing out.  Photos are of my right hand (which is a better poser than my left hand, to be honest) as I didn't want my awkward broken nail on the blog!

First up is OPI Don't Touch My Tutu, a sheer white.  I'm wearing three coats here with KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat.  I chose this colour because it's clean and neat but didn't draw too much attention to my newly-nubbinised nails.

Next I chose Nfu Oh JS10, a baby pink jelly.  I'm wearing three coats with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Then I wore Nfu Oh JS12, a pale purple jelly that's not as pastel and bright as I originally thought - it's more of a dusty purple.  I have two coats of the jelly topped with Nubar White Polka Dot, a gorgeous soft pearly white glitter with microglitter and small hexes.  This glitter is quite sparse so it adds some fun sparkle without being overwhelming.  I finished with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

After the above manicure, I wore OPI You Only Live Twice (my 'comfort food' nail polish) because I was sick of wearing jellies at that point.  It was fun while it lasted, but now my nails have grown out a bit, it's back to bolder colours for me!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Purple Shimmery Gradient + Glitter feat. Glam Polish and OPI

Hello all, I have a pretty gorgeous mani to show you today - it's a gradient with glitter featuring OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs, OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest and Glam Polish King Of All The Candy (a limited edition from a What's In-Die Box last year).

I started off with two coats of Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs, then used a makeup sponge for the gradient with OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest.

Then came the glitter polish - I knew I'd love this one, because it looked amazing in the bottle and I've loved all the Glam Polishes I've tried before, but I didn't expect to love it this much!  King Of All The Candy has a clear base with gold and holo microglitter, small purple, red and gold hexes, circle glitter of different colour as well as white and red diamonds.  It's incredibly sparkly and the glitter combinations and colours work so well!

I finished off with a coat of top coat, using two on some nails where the glitter was sticking up a bit.  I had to be a bit careful with the diamonds as the pointy edges can catch on things if they aren't positioned on a flatter part of the nail.

Unfortunately Glam Polish King Of All The Candy is a limited edition and isn't available for purchase, but I definitely recommend other Glam Polish glitters!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'd love to hear about gradient + glitter combinations that you've done!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast (one to two coats)
Polish used:OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs - two coats + gradient
OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest - gradient
Glam Polish King Of All The Candy!! - one coat

Monday, May 12, 2014

Multichrome Dotticure feat. Dance Legend Chameleons

I'm currently oscillating wildly between nail art techniques - I have burning desires for dotticures, water marbling, stamping, gradients and pond manicures.  So many ideas, so little time!

I decided to give myself a break from water marbling and try a full dotticure using my Dance Legend Chameleon polishes; Celia, Roz and Wazowski.

Below you can see the colour shift in the dots of the different polishes - it looked as if I used a multitude of different colours when I only used three!

My black base was, as it is always, one coat of A England Camelot, and I finished with one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

If you haven't tried dotticures yet, I highly recommend them - the technique is so easy and the opportunities are endless!

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:A England Camelot - one coat
Dance Legend Chameleon Celia - dotted
Dance Legend Chameleon Roz - dotted
Dance Legend Chameleon Wazowski - dotted

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to patch a nail break \ Tea Bag Method

Hello all!  I've got a little tutorial for you today - this is the tea bag fix, a method of patching up rips or breaks in your nails so they can grow out a bit.  I had somehow acquired a small split about halfway down the nail on my left middle finger.  I wouldn't have been able to cut it at this point, and didn't want to risk any more ripping so I decided to patch it up.

All you need for a quick and simple patch is a tea bag, tweezers, and nail polish (I use base coat, clear polish and top coat).  I know some bloggers recommend nail glue but it's not something I have on hand, and I've found plain nail polish works fine for me.  Another fix is using gel polish, another thing I don't have on hand!

1. Empty the tea bag of tea and cut a small square or rectangle to fit over the break.  Make sure your patch is larger than the break so you get some good coverage.

2. Lay down a thick layer of base coat, then use the tweezers to quickly place the tea bag patch over the rip.  Press down so that the tea bag adheres to the base coat.  Apply more base coat if it dries too quickly and the tea bag won't stick.

Base coat + tea bag patch
3. Add a coat of clear polish to seal the patch in.  I used Rimmel Clearly Clear.  Make sure you get right to the edge of the nail and all the way around the patch, filling in the gaps.

4. Finally, add a coat of top coat.  I do this step mainly to make everything dry quickly, as my clear nail polish takes forever to dry on its own!

Base coat + tea bag patch + coat of clear nail polish + top coat
5. Leave your other nails as they are, or apply your choice of polish and you're good to go!

I've found the tea bag fix really helpful in the past, it's great as a bit of extra protection while your nails grow out and it's quick and easy to do.  The closer the rip or break is to the tip of the nail, the less effective it will be as the nail does still move (especially if your nails are long), but it's good for keeping some nail length while reducing the risk of a bigger break.

Also, it may seem that the tea bag sits up quite high on the nail, but it's really not noticeable under polish.  I was wearing the fix under this, this and this manicure!

I hope this helps, and if you've tried this method or have any other nail fix solutions I'd love to hear about them!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

April Haul

Hello all!  I've been completely swamped at uni recently so I forgot entirely about posting this month's haul.  I didn't buy any polish in March and I'm not buying any in May (spending budget is allocated to a very beautiful, very expensive pair of shoes...) so I gave myself a break and picked some up in April.

Firstly, I bought my first Lynnderellas from Glitter Connect.  I've heard that there is a lot of controversy about Lynnderella polish; I'm not 100% sure what it is as I've only made my way into the nail polish community in the last year, but I do know that Lynnderellas are quite expensive and exclusive.  I really loved some of the glitterbombs I'd seen swatches of so I picked up Garnet Grace, Glass Houses and Love Potion No. 99.9.  They look amazing in the bottle!

When I heard that the April What's In-Die Box theme was 'All Things Mythical and Fantasy', I had to get it!  The polish in this April's box was a great mix of different colours and finishes; glitters, shimmers, and toppers.  From left to right: Bella Belle Dragon's Breath, Lilypad Lacquer Siren Of The Sea, Peita's Polish Unicorn Whisper, Glam Polish Dancing In The Moonlight and Mckfresh Nail Attire Lady Scales.

None of the polish really stood out to me in the bottle, but when I swatched them I was much more excited!  My surprise favourite was Mckfresh Lady Scales - it's a beautiful green-based glitter polish chock full of microglitter that flashes a multitude of different colours.  I'm very excited to try this one on the nail!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs \ reswatch

Hello all, a quick reswatch of OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs for you today.

This polish is a lovely jewel tone purple shimmer.  The colour by itself isn't super stunning so I wouldn't wear it alone, but it's great to pair with other jewel tone polishes or as a base for a gradient.  I'm wearing two easy coats here with no top coat.

Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - none
Polish used:OPI Suzi & The 7 Dusseldorfs - two coats