Wednesday, 27 March 2013

White Dogtooth over Multicoloured base

Hi all. Happy Wednesday. I say that knowing that there's only one and half days left to work! Can't wait for a little break!

Today I have some more "sandwich bag" method where you dab colours onto your nail and use plastic to gently mix the colours. Unfortunately for me, I didn't re watch the video, or do any googling before I tried this, and I actually mixed the colours on the plastic, and then transferred to the nail, which seems a lot messier than the original idea. After trying this method out for these nails I wanted to do a more purple and teal mix.
Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colour: Rimmel White
Other Colours: Sally Hansen - Fairy Teal, Color Club - Hydrangea Kiss, Beauty UK - Jelly Bean & W7 - Pink
Image Plate: Konad M65
Stamping Colour: Konad Special White
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails

 And here's the base before stamping.

I like the way these turned out, so I'm going to try it again, perhaps even the "right" way so I don't get covered in excess polish!

Have a good day!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Spring Flowers - We Stamp On Sundays

Hi all.

Happy Monday, start to a four day week, four day weekend combo - I like! I always feel a little strange posting these on Mondays, but as it was getting so so late last night I decided to take advantage of the fact I can now set up posts in my lunch break!

This week's challenge over at Adventures In Stamping called for spring flowers. When I started these I didn't know what stamp I was going to use, or what colours, just that I wanted to stamp over a gradient. So I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colour: Rimmel - White
Gradient Colours: Catrice - London, H&M - Make Me Blush, Revlon - Teak Rose
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Fairy Teal
Image Plate: Cheeky CH44
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
 Two coats of white:

Then I sponged on the three colours at once, and did two coats of this, these pictures were taken without a top coat.
Here's what I used minus the stamping polish: 

Hope you guys like these!

Back to work I go :(

Thursday, 21 March 2013

2true Mushroom Swatch

Hi all! Happy Thursday!

It's a happy Thursday for me, as my department has changed trusts, and I can now access blogger at work! This hopefully means I can start creating posts on my lunch break, and catch up with some reading!

Today we have a quick swatch post of a lovely polish by 2true called Mushroom that is a really great coverage creme. It's a medium taupey brown shade that has a really good dry time too.

Apologies if these look a little green, or red, my photos look so different at my work computer!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Nails Inc Porchester Square, Electric Lane & Cheeky Stamping

Happy Tuesday all. Hope you've had a good weekend, I spent mine tidying and painting (though I'm no where near finished!) So my nails are suffering, but my room's starting to come together :]

Today I have some Nails Inc Polishes to show you. Some of you may remember I got these in my little Christmas haul, and I've just started getting around to using them now.

Porchester Square is a lovely nude pale mushroom taupe. It's very flattering, and the formula was good, although I disliked the brush, but I put that down to it being a mini. Mini polishes and myself don't get on too well. Electric Lane is a very pretty scattered holographic top coat, which doesn't dull like some others, and still looks good in dim light too.
Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colours: Nails Inc - Porchester Square & Electric Lane
Stamping Colour: BYS - Black Satin
Image Plate: Cheeky CH52
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
Total blur shot, but this is how pretty this top coat is!
And here's the Base alone:
And with Electric lane. Pretty pretty.

That's all from me!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

St. Patricks Day - We Stamp On Sundays

Hi alllllllll! Happy Sunday.

Hopefully by the time this posts I shall be painting my wardrobes and finishing the decorating that I started 2 years ago. The likelihood of that actually being the case however, is kind of zero :P I'm so lazy.

This week's Adventures In Stamping Challenge was for St. Patricks Day. When I heard this was the case I knew the kind of thing I wanted to do immediately, which was a pleasant change!
Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colour: Barry M - Lychee
Other Colours: Yes Love - K011, and Kiko - Melon
Stamping Colour: BYS - Black Satin
Image Plate: Bundle Monster - BM206
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
Here's the splodged on colours before stamping:

Base colour with flakies:

Here's what I used:

Hope you've all had a good weekend!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Purple Gradient with Pink and White Stamping

Hi all

Yay Thursday! Almost the weekend! Sorry again for the lack of posts recently I really feel like I have zero energy when I'm home after work, and all I want to do on the weekend is relax!

These nails aren't really as good as they should have been, but I think that has something to do with the image plate itself. I think It may been etched too deeply, I think I need to maybe get in contact with Cheeky and see about getting a handful of plates replaces. I'm not having much luck :(

Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colours: Collection 2000 - Angel Wings & Beauty UK - Jelly Bean
Stamping Colours: Konad Special - White & Psyche Pink
Image Plate: Cheeky CH50
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
See what I mean about the image? There's meant to be lines between all petals, and the ends are meant to be pointed like Cherry Blossom, and it just didn't really work at all :( These did look really quite fun from arms length though as the colour combo was nice and bright.

Here's a couple pictures of the base gradient:

Well that's all from me today. Hope you're all having a good one :]

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Alessandro International - Pomegranate Swatch & Review

Hi all, happy Sunday, and Happy Mothers Day to UK people.

No stamping challenge for me this week as I haven't had time. I do however have some swatches of a lovely polish I was sent by Alessandro International.

Here's what I was sent
Little product booklets, colour charts, note pad, pen, invitation, and the polish
And here's the swatches, this is two coats no top coat, look at how shiny that is!
Alessandro International - Pomegranate

Pomegranate is a really gorgeous Coral creme that has jelly properties, and really pretty warm gold flecks. it tends to photograph a little more orange. Dry time on this is quick, and the coverage was great, as you can see. Overall I was very impressed with this polish, and I really liked the design of the lid, I thought I might dislike it, but it was really convenient.

I'm not sure where you can buy Alessandro at the minute, but I've recently seen they have a polish called Nail Dots, which is similar to OPI Spotted, so hopefully I'll find out where you can easily get Alessandro polishes.

**This product was sent for consideration of review**

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Maria's Micro Paintings

Hi all, happy Thursday!

Hope you're all well. Today I have for you some looooovely Micro Paintings that came from the even lovelier Maria from Marias Nail Art and Polish Blog. Maria comes up with a load of beautiful designs, especially her lovely freehand floral nails, if for some reason you haven't seen her blog, check her out now :]

Maria got in contact with me back in November for a little bit of feedback, and she offered to send me my own set of Micro Painted nails as a little thank you I suppose. I received the set shortly after, all pretty and glued onto an acrylic backing with some holes so they're all ready to screw into the wall. I haven't found a place to put them yet, so they're currently resting against the wall on top of a set of drawers.

Check out how pretty these are, this is how they came:

If the sun ever shows it's face again I shall snap some sunlight photos of these beauties and edit them in :]

And here's a close up of my temporary favourite (as I can't settle on one for too long!)

I really love the mix of gliters on this one! To see more of these works of art, clicky click this link. Maria's now also selling these HERE and has a Facebook page for these too.

Thank you again to the lovely Maria for these pretties!

Have a nice Thursday ^-^

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Holographic Dollars

Hi all.

Today I have some nails for you that I was very excited to do, and I loved wearing these. These are a base of Gosh - Holographic Hero stamped with Konad - Pop Green using Cheeky CH55. So simple, but they were nice and bold. I felt so gangster with these.
Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colour: Gosh - Holographic Hero
Stamping Colour: Konad Special Polish - Pop Green
Image plate: Cheeky CH55
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
And a blurry shot for good the strange reflective look.

I wore these before It started getting light enough in the mornings for me to take photos. As much as I don't like the heat, I'm beyond looking forward to real daylight for photo taking!

Hope you're all having a good Tuesday so far. I'll be tucking into some lunch right about when this posts :]

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Dotting Tools - We Stamp On Sunday

Hi hi all, hope you've all had a good weekend. I have a feeling tonight is going to fly by and I'll be back at work before I know it :(

Sad times aside, yesterday when I did my nails for this Adventures in Stamping challenge it was actually sunny! So there's quite a few photos ahead, not loads, but a lot more than the couple of images I've been restricted to recently due to the use of flash only.

I also have a pretty special polish to show you (special to me) as it's gorgeous, and one of only two true matte polishes that I love the formula of. I believe to be a dupe for Orly's Iron Butterfly. This is amazing to be, cause I've wanted a polish like this for a couple of years now, and with W7's bargain price of £1.99; yes please!

Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colour: W7 - Night Suede (also used for dots)
Flakies: Golden Rose Scale Effects Polish - 13
Stamp Colour: Barry M - Silver Foil
Image Plate: Bundle Monster BM224
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard As Nails
Matte coat: Rimmel - Matte Finish
Above is with flash, pretty green!
Below is before I added to extra matte coat.

And for the base and flakies only combo, which looked quite nice as flakie polishes tend to dry a little matte.
This flakie is still true love for me, in fact the four I own are. Never disappointed when I reach for them. Here's what I used for the mani, and I will show you swatches of the beautiful Night Suede after that.

Now; onto the pretty pretty Night Suede. This first picture is a rough one coat, no clean up required! The other two are two coats, totally effortless polish to use.
So W7 - Night Suede looks pretty much like dupe of Orly - Iron Butterfly, but as I own it I can't compare. It's a gorgeous dark charcoal with tiny silver flecks, and it looks great matte or glossy, but matte for the win!

If anyone owns Iron Butterfly let me know what you think.

Until next time my pretties, I'm gonna go stick on a film and order a curry =D

Saturday, 2 March 2013

NOPI - Jade In The Shade & Technic - Mermaid Swatches

Happy Saturday guys! Hope you've enjoyed yours as much as I've enjoyed mine (spent it internet shopping... and bought nothing, aha!)

Small post today, just some swatches from a few weeks back. Nicole by OPI - Jade In The Shade is a pretty blue metallic that sometimes has a bit of an aqua look to it, it's the kind of colour that you can get from pretty much any brand, nothing special. The formula on this isn't great, and these pictures show three coats.

And this is with one coat of Technic - Mermaid
Base Coat: CND - Stickey
Base Colour: Nicole by OPI - Jade In The Shade
Glitter: Technic - Mermaid
Top Coat: Rimmel 60 Seconds Clear

Pretty pretty, I think it'd look great over a dark blue creme.

That's it from me. I'll be back tomorrow for the Adventures In Stamping challenge :]