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May 21, 2018

Ember Rust - Born Pretty Wine Malaga BPH03


My collection of red holographic polishes is increasing in size...! I just can't resist!

[Red Corvette]
Today's shade was generously supplied by Born Pretty for review. This is Wine Malaga (BPH03) from the Born Pretty Holo Series here. I think it's a great autumn/winter shade (yes, we are in Australia here...).

[Born Pretty Wine Malaga BPH03]
This polish comes in a cardboard box with a shiny holographic label to tell you what shade is inside. There's also a little round window cutout so you can see the bottle inside.

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Wine Malaga BPH03 (2 coats)]
As you can see, Wine Malaga is more of a orangey-red. The holo particles are fine and scattered. I'm not sure if it's due to the base shade, but rather than a rainbow holo flame, you get more of a red-orange flame effect from the holographic particles.

[2 coats: Born Pretty Wine Malaga BPH03]
This is an interesting formula! It's slightly uneven at one coat, as the holo particles tend to pool rather than spread. It needs a quick confident hand with strokes to avoid bare patches. This clears up with two coats, which is what I have on here. Oh, and also! Strangely enough, it dries matte! I definitely wanted a rich glossy shine, so I used a generous layer of topcoat after.

[2 coats: Born Pretty Wine Malaga BPH03]
You can see a faint hint on my ring finger here where the holo particles were less obvious. It's really such a rich luxurious shade once applied though! I definitely recommend a decent base coat as this polish may stain your nails due to the amount of red pigment.

If you want to check out Wine Malaga, head over to Born Pretty! There are lots of other holographic shades in this range too. As usual, our discount code above will give you an additional 10% off full-priced items. =)


May 17, 2018

Blue Beach - Blue-Berry Sweet On You from Nicole by OPE

What I've got here is Blue-Berry Sweet On You from Nicole by OPI!

[Nicole by OPI's Blue-Berry Sweet On You]
Blue-Berry Sweet On You is from the Gumdrops collection which consists of textured nail polishes.

As you can see, Blue-Berry Sweet On You has a rather fine sandy texture and dries matte. I do love the light blue-purple-gunmetal shade it's rocking, and wore a matching cardigan. I think Blue-Berry Sweet On You is not as textured as some liquid sand nail polishes, but it's pretty nonetheless!

May 14, 2018

Spot the Difference - Rimmel Bestival Blue, Sally Hansen Barracuda


Sometimes a mani just comes together... even when you didn't plan it that way!

[Bump bump]
This is one of those... I was actually trying to decide which blue to use and so had swatched one shade on each finger. Then I thought to myself... that looks pretty good together! And so, this mani came to be~

[Bottle to nail: Sally Hansen Barracuda (2 coats)]
The lighter blue shade is Sally Hansen Barracuda from the Complete Salon Manicure range. This one is sort of a pale duck egg blue. Nice colour but the formula was a bit of a pain. Not very opaque, a bit prone to flooding and fairly long dry time. However, I persevered and used two coats for these!

[Bottle to nail: Rimmel Bestival Blue (2 coats)]
On every alternate nail, I used Rimmel Bestival Blue from the Rita Ora series. This is a great cornflower blue shade (and one I suspect is very similar to others in my collection!) with good opacity and dry time. Could possibly be a one coater but I used two here.

[Base + Spots: Sally Hansen Barracuda (2 coats), Rimmel Bestival Blue (2 coats)]
I then used a dotting tool to place spots of the other colour on each base shade. Topcoat generously and there you go! It actually gives a bit of a textured finish due to the raised spots. A fun happy manicure that I was quite pleased with!


May 7, 2018

Look It Up - Emily de Molly Urban Dictionary


I have a gorgeous multichrome to show off today - check it out below!

[Super fly]
So many colours, this photo doesn't even capture them all...!

[Bottle to nail: Emily de Molly Urban Dictionary (2 coats)]
This is Urban Dictionary from Emily de Molly. It's a shimmer finish multichrome that shifts from olive green, to blue to purple riiiight on the edges. Such a rich vampy combination!

I've put a whole bunch of photos together below to show off the colour change.

[2 coats: Emily de Molly Urban Dictionary]
The formula was nice and opaque in two coats. It's very slightly prone to flooding but not unmanageably so. Unfortunately the combination of base and/or top coat must not have agreed with this one, because I experienced chipping within a day or two. Oh well, still a lovely shade!


May 4, 2018

Earth's Mightiest Heroes - hēhē stamping plates

So who has watched Marvel's Infinity War?? :D  I wanted to pay homage to the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies with manis of my faves:

[I Am Iron Man]

[I Can Do This All Day]

So these are the results of stamping and then I painted in some parts with more nail polish. I don't think I'm going to list out all the nail polish used, because I used so many! Let me just mention the stamping nail polishes I used.

For the first photo (Iron Man's), I used MdU Reddish (creme red), Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold (chrome gold) and Hit the Bottle Chromeo (chrome silver). For example, for the Iron Man helmet on the pinkie nail, I stamped with MdU Reddish and then I painted the faceplate part with gold foil nail polish.

For the second photo (Captain America's), I used MdU Reddish (creme red), Hit the Bottle's A bolt from the Blue (chrome blue), and Hit the Bottle Chromeo (chrome silver). For the middle finger with Captain America's face, I stamped with A bolt from the Blue and then painted in the white bits and the skin coloured bits too.

You might notice the Captain America shield on my ring finger is actually... not right. It was just impossible to stamp it so that it got the right alternating colours so I went for the closest I could. Also... you might notice the red and white star on my index finger... the words around it are... backwards. I basically stamped it and then painted on the wrong side, omg. Oh well...

Let's see the stamping plates:

[hēhē Super Hero 001 stamping plate]
This is hēhē's Super Hero 001 stamping plate, which is the Captain America plate. It has some generic stars and spots patterns which you can use if you want something less geeky. It's also really nice to stamp Cap's shield, because it's so hard to do circles free hand haha. 

[I Can Do This All Day]
Here's another shot of the Captain America manicure. I really liked that there was a stamp for Steve Rogers' face, and it's just the perfect size for the nails. Cap's shield stamping is really cool and recognisable too, people notice it from far away. The little pinkie nail is actually the Avengers' team's symbol, the 'A'. I've given it a blue and red background, to give it a Captain America feel.

[hēhē Super Hero 002 stamping plate]
This is hēhē's Super Hero 002 stamping plate which is Iron Man's plate. There were so many great Iron Man options here, it's just full on nerdy. I love that you even have a whole set of different Iron Man suits on the bottom left of the plate. And so many arc reactor options!

[I Am Iron Man]
Here's a close-up of my favourite manis of the superhero lot. The Iron Man helmet on my pinkie finger is just such an iconic look, and it stamps really well. The Iron Man suit on my ring finger came out looking so awesome too! So simple but beautiful. I stamped with Spun Gold, and then painted in the red parts and the glowing blue eyes. I just love how amazing it looks!

[I Am Iron Man]
I'm not to keen on how the arc reactor turned out. It's my bad, I chose way too light a blue, thinking that would make it glowy looking. You can sort of see the silver arc reactor lines, though it kind of blended in with the blue. But the silver circuitry turned out nice at least.

So that's my extremely geeky Captain America and Iron Man themed manicure for the Infinity War. I hope you enjoyed the movie!

Apr 30, 2018

Navy Frills - Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Wildcard, White Lace Water Decal


I thought jazz up last week's manicure as well as get a move on with my ever-increasing stash of water decals....

[Dainty]
...and here's the result! Something nice and simple! To tell the truth, I considered doing a stamp the base shade at first but stamping was just not working out for me that night! So water decals, it was!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Wild Card (2 coats)]
My base shade was Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Wild Card, a blue jelly-creme polish.

[Base: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Wild Card (2 coats); Water Decal: White lace]
I chose a white lace water decal and carefully cut out sections the width of each nail. Always remember to remove the plastic film over water decals before dunking them in water! After a minute, the decal should slide right off. With small pieces like these, it's easy to get them folded over and hard to position them properly before they stick.

[Base: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Wild Card (2 coats); Water Decal: White lace]
Here's some quick tips for water decals:
Get your nails wet so you have a bit of extra time for repositioning. When the decal starts sliding off the backing paper, keep the decal mostly on the backing so it maintains it's shape, leaving an edge free. Place the free edge where you want it on the nail, then hold that in place, and slide the rest of the paper off. Hope that makes sense! It certainly makes things much easier for decal placement!

Remember, topcoat after to keep the decal firmly stuck down!