Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween

A simple halloween mani, some saran wrap nails with Nailtopia nail art stickers (previously provided for review) and some black and silver cobwebs.





Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The only freehand Halloween stuff you'll see from me this year....

**press samples**

I haven't done much freehand nail art this Halloween, this is the only nail art I have freehanded, the other couple of Halloween manis have been done with stickers.  The polishes used in this post have been provided to me by Beauty UK.

The polishes used within this post are the green from the Westend Girls collection (I think a similar colour is the Glam Nails in No 64 Urban Jungle) Glam Nails No 47 White, No 6 Black, No 65 Lollipop and there is a tiny hint of Gel FX in Poppy Red.

I used a straight edged, flat brush, a striping brush and my dotting tools to create this look.  The Frankenstein nails were actually much easier than I anticipated!!  The funny pink blobs on my index finger were meant to be spiders, after doing the little finger pretty well I tried again - disaster!!





I was really impressed at how versatile the polishes were, the black went on in one shiny coat, the green was also a one coater.  The white needed a couple, but it's a good white, not a chalky one.  You can buy Beauty UK online here.  

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Pink Dotticure

**press samples**

The polishes used in this post have all been provided by BeautyUK for review.  My pink base is Glam Polish No 65 Lollipop.  Alone it is a little bright for me, but the addition of these dots makes it perfect.  The dotting colours are Gel FX Blue Himalayan and Glam Polishes No 6 Black and No 47 White.  I topcoated these with Color Club top coat.


The next photos were taken 18 hours after the one above, the camera battery went flat - I am incredibly impressed at the staying power Lollipop has!  Just a little tip wear on the index finger.




Saturday, 26 October 2013

Guest post: The Lacquer Loving Lawyer review of Avon Saturn

After a busy week I am back to posting every other day whilst this shoulder is continuing to be a nuisance. I have a guest post today from one of my favourite bloggers, someone who inspired me to blog. I have a very different style to her (short nails, less detail in my posts) but I love her posts and value her opinion on wear times, finish and ease of application. Over to The Lacquer Loving Lawyer with one of the Avon holos I have been trying to find out more about!

**Purchased by Me**

I am so honored that my friend Emma asked me to write a guest post for her blog!  I love her blog!  I especially love her dotticures, stamping, and her creative combination of colors.  This is my very first guest post on someone else's blog, and I'm so pleased it's for Emma because she's my nail polish blog bestie and has become a very close friend even though we only know each other through e-mails because we live on different continents and are several time zones apart.  We laugh that we're almost like science fiction alternate universe twins because similar things happen to us and to our husbands, and we think the same things at the same time.

I chose to review Avon's Saturn, a burnt orange scattered holographic polish in their Cosmic line of scattered holo polishes, because I am obsessed with orange holographic polishes.  It's also such a nice polish for this time of year. 

I bought the polish after seeing a review of Saturn in a post on The TraceFace Philes blog.  The polish is still available on her Avon website here, and it's on sale for the clearance price of $3.49.  There are other colors in the Cosmic scattered holo line, and they are also on clearance.  Buyers outside the United States can contact Traci through her blog, and I think she will ship the polish to you as a blog sale purchase and bill you through PayPal, although I don't know how UK buyers would be affected by the recent Royal Mail polish ban.  The option for buyers outside the U.S. is at the bottom of her review of Saturn here.  Traci often posts codes on her blog for free shipping and other discounts on her Avon website, so definitely read the last few posts on her blog to check for discount codes if you're thinking of placing an order.

Application:
I had no issues with application and barely needed any cleanup.  I applied two coats, and there was no balding, dragging, bubbling, or any other problems with either coat, although I advise that you be careful to wipe your brush to avoid picking up too much polish and flooding your cuticles.  I used Seche Vite topcoat and the day after applied Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, and the scattered holo effect is not dulled at all.  I didn't get tip shrinkage from the quick-dry top coats, but I did try my best to wrap my tips with both the Saturn polish and with the top coats.  The only advice I can offer relates to the bottle cap.  The bottle cap is square.  Those caps annoy me because I try to line them up with the bottle when, like in this case, the bottle also has squared edges.  I squeezed too tightly and cracked the inner part of the bottle cap where the threads that grip the regular bottle cap are located.  I had actually tried to separate the square cap from the regular round brush top underneath because then it's so much easier to just drop the square cap top on in perfect alignment, but I was not able to separate the two.  Anyway, the bottle cap is square, but the brush is flattened, and in order to align the brush properly while applying polish, you have to hold the bottle cap diagonally which feels strange.  If the brush cap is too distracting, though, you can always use any brush from any old emptied out bottle that you've cleaned.  I have tons of empty bottles with nice brushes that I can use whenever a mini bottle's brush isn't long enough or large enough, etc.

Wear:
I am still wearing the polish right now, and it's day four.  I have had no chips or tip wear, and the manicure looks as fresh as it did on the first day.

Photos:
All photos were taken with my iPhone 5.  Despite trying and taking many photos, I was unable to capture what the polish truly looks like.  The polish has a dimensional glow and a micro-sparkle that doesn't come across in my photos.  The macro shots below show a very interesting almost fuzzy-looking pattern, but in real life the polish just looks like it has perfect pinpoints of sparkle, like the most gorgeous car paint.

Indoors


Indoors


Sunlight


Indirect Sunlight (Shade)


Sunlight
There is no texture or "fuzzy" effect in real life.


Sunlight


Sunlight
Blurry, but this photo shows the golden flash the most.


Indirect Sunlight
Blurry, but it's the closest I got to showing the pinpricks of sparkle, like in gorgeous car paint.


I would love more visits to my Lacquer-Loving Lawyer Blog's Facebook Page and my Lacquer-Loving Lawyer Blog, so I hope you click through and take a look!

**Purchased by Me**

Thanks to the Lacquer Loving Lawyer for taking the time to do this, see how thorough her posts are! I agree we are like some randomly placed twins, her birthday was my due date, but being impatient I arrived early! Be sure to take a peek at her blog, there was a gorgeous Emily de Molly on there earlier this week.

Friday, 25 October 2013

BCA BNB Day Five

Today is the last of five days where some of the British Nail Bloggers are collaborating to post manicures with Breast Cancer Awareness month as the theme. This month it seems so close to home as a friend has recently been diagnosed.  At the end of this week if our posts inspire just one person to consider checking themselves when they haven't done previously then something will have been acheived. Please remember breast cancer isn't just a week or a month, it is a day in day out reality for women (and men) everywhere. If something doesn't seem right, get it checked. If you are invited for a mammogram, go! This screening could be a lifesaver and identify something early.






Breast Cancer Awareness Nail-Supporters
Pish Posh and Polish
Pish Posh and Polish
Nail Parade!
Nail Parade
No More Nail Polish Mum!
No More Nail Polish Mum!

Monkey Nails
Monkey Nails


Emma's Little Corner
Emma's Little Corner


The Pink PrincessZ
The Pink PrincessZ


Life in Lacquer
Life in Lacquer

Thursday, 24 October 2013

SpaRitual Illuminate collection Intuition and Imagination

**press sample**

I have two polishes from the Illuminate seasonal collection by SpaRitual.

"The Illuminate Holiday Collection borrows luminous colour from the master glassmakers of Italy. Cool electric hues reflect a rich heritage of craftsmanship. Iridescent shades catch and play with light. Recycled glass beads magnify vibrant colors. Bellissimo."

First up is Intuition, a deep blue with a duochrome pink leaning. The jelly finish to this polish will build to a pretty solid cover, the pictures below are three coats, no top coat. I like it's satiny, semi matte finish.




Next is Imagination... What can I say about this? I was massively excited by this in the bottle, it's a multichromatic polish, you can see pink, blue, purple, gold, green in there. Then I applied it...  three coats and still sheer. The jelly base was the colour of stained nails with glitter over them. Not good, especially as my nails aren't actually stained at the moment. Only one picture.


I tried it over a cream polish, two coats of Uncomplicated and two coats of Imagination. It's ok, but not amazing.


...and finally over Wet n Wild Black Creme. Pow! The beauty of this polish finally is unleashed!




The polishes I tried seemed to require a lot of coats to provide opaque coverage as they are glitter in tinted jelly finishes. I can see me wearing these as more of a topper over other colours than alone, that said I have reapplied Intuition alone and am wearing it at the moment! 

You can purchase these from sparitual.co.uk 

BCA BNB Collaboration Day Four

Today is day four of five days where some of the British Nail Bloggers are collaborating to post manicures with Breast Cancer Awareness month as the theme. This month it seems so close to home as a friend has recently been diagnosed.  At the end of this week if our posts inspire just one person to consider checking themselves when they haven't done previously then something will have been acheived.





Breast Cancer Awareness Nail-Supporters
Pish Posh and Polish
Pish Posh and Polish
Nail Parade!
Nail Parade
No More Nail Polish Mum!
No More Nail Polish Mum!

Monkey Nails
Monkey Nails


Emma's Little Corner
Emma's Little Corner


The Pink PrincessZ
The Pink PrincessZ


Life in Lacquer
Life in Lacquer