Sunday, December 21, 2014

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SV by Sparkly Vernis - Frosted Sweets Winter Collection

I'm excited to show you my swatches of the debut winter collection from SV by Sparkly Vernis.  If your are not already a follower of Sparkly Vernis, then you should jump over there and check it out.  She has wonderful layering combinations that will always inspire you and beautiful swatch photos.  I've been a long time reader of Sparkly Vernis, in fact well before it was Sparkly Vernis - when Albert Einstein stole her name! I even did a guest blog post there nearly three years ago!

The debut collection from SV by Sparkly Vernis is a set of 5 pastel holos.  They all have a wonderful formula and are easy two coaters - all these swatches are two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

All the polishes also have a metallic sheen to them which matches up the Frosted Treats collection name, and they are all linear holos too.  Let's take a closer look at them all.

Blurple Ice Cubes - a delicious blurple linear holo. Sometimes it looked a little more purple on me, but in these photos it looks more blue. It looks quite similar to Periwinkle Sprinkles but in real life the colour difference is quite obvious.

Cotton Candy Sugar - a sugary sweet pink linear holo with lilac undertones. 

Gilded Lemon Drops - Oh how I love cool toned gold polishes and this one is just perfect for me.  The holo finish is strong, but the gold metallic finish also gives it plenty of personality in low light. 

Mint Frosting - While I love green polishes, I'm not usually a huge fan of minty greens, however this one ticks the box for me.  The polish leans blue, so has a definite aquamarine feel to it for me.  Light mint greens like this can make my hands look red, but no redness in site for this one.

Periwinkle Sprinkles - This one is right up there with Gilded Lemon Drops as my favourite in the collection.  I love Periwinkle blue and this one is the perfect shade.  The holo effect is stunning, and it actually gets better the more the polish dries.  I rushed taking my photo of this one and my Seche Vite top coat wasn't totally dry, the result makes the holo look more scattered, but as I was taking my photos, the top coat dried more and as it did, more and more holo came out. 

The Winter Frosted Sweets Collection from SV by Sparkly Vernis is available now through  You can keep up to date through their Facebook page, and check out lots of gorgeous swatches on their instragram @sparklyvernis

Polishes provided for review.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Picture Polish - Minty

Today I have Picture Polish Minty, a collaboration shade by Belgium blogger La Paillette Frondeuse.
At this time of year, and with a name like Minty, there was no way I wasn't going to create some candy cane striped nail art.  Mmmm delicious minty candy canes - I have to say, I haven't actually eaten one in years, until earlier this week my son insisted I bit one of the mini ones he had received from one of his friends in Kindergarten.  Let me tell you, that candy cane didn't taste like the ones I remember.  It was chalky and not minty at all.  I lot the classic minty ones.

Anyway, back to the nails.  This was a super quick and easy look to create.  I just did some free hand stripes using red and white polishes on my middle, ring and thumb. It doesn't look so perfect up close in these macros, but in real life the effect is rather striking.

Of course I have some swatches of Minty on it's own.  This is perhaps a shade that not everyone will gush over, but I love that Nathalie from La Paillette Frondeuse stayed true to herself and created a polish that she would love.  

I actually liked it way more than I thought I would.  The base is a beautiful soft mint green (who would have guessed it with a name like minty right?)  It also has a nice mix of matte red and white hexes at just the right ratio of get a gentle sprinkling of glitter on each finger.  It was opaque in two coats and dried quite smooth.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

Picture Polish Minty is available from Picture Polish. International ladies can purchase through one of the many Network stockists.  

Polish provided for consideration.

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Picture Polish - Cyan

When I was planning my manicure for wearing Picture Polish Cyan, I knew I had to create a skittlette with it.  Why? Because Marta the creator of this beautiful Picture Polish shade from Chit Chat Nails, is also the creator of the Skittlette.  How could I not pair up Cyan with a Skittlette.

If you haven't read her post about dressing your nails, you should, because creating a skittlette is one of the most versatile and achievable nail art looks.

I used Picture Polish Cyan on it's own on my thumb and index finger.  On my middle and ring finger I did a circular drag marble using cyan, Freya's cats and a little dab of majesty.  On my pinky I used Zoya Solange.

Of course I also have some swatches of this gorgeous polish all on it's own.  The base colour of this is rather similar to Picture Polish Fool's Gold, although Cyan is a shade lighter. If you want to see how they compare, check out my Picture Polish colour guide.  This is most definitely a bright and strong Cyan shade, although the swatch of the Picture Polish site does make this look like a pale blue.

Cyan has some scattered holo particles as well as a more crelly finish, where it's not quite a jelly but definitely not a creme.  The coverage is great and you will get opacity in two coats.  This is two coats plus Seche Vite top coat.

Picture Polish Cyan is available from Picture Polish. International ladies can purchase through one of the many Network stockists.  

Polish provided for consideration. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Glam Polish Fantasia Multichrome Flakies

Multichrome Flakies have exploded onto the indie scene in the last couple of months, and I for one am so excited to see a new finish!  These multichrome flakies bring all the glorious colour shifting qualities of regular multichrome polishes, but because they are flakies they have a metallic reflective shine that makes the sparkle so bright.

Today I have three of the four multichrome flakie polishes recently released by Glam polish.  There was a little mix up with my package which meant I received two bottles of Eternity Dragon and no Star Shadow, but I gave my extra bottle to my mum, who was delighted with the polish, and promptly layered it over Lacquistry Amazeballz (and it was awesome x1000)

Let's take a closer look.  For all of these pictures I decided to show off the polish without layering it.  I really wanted to see the effect of the polish all on its own.  These polishes are definitely layering polishes, but it's very easy to achieve full coverage on the nail without a thick gloopy mess when you use a make up sponge. 

I started with a single layer of the polish and then working one nail at a time with the sponge.  Paint some polish onto a small bit of sponge, and then dab it on.  The flakies transfer perfectly and the base polish is soaked up by the sponge meaning you don't end up with any thickness.  The key though is ensuring you use a small sponge and only dab on your nail, because otherwise you will end up with flakies all over your skin which are a pain to remove (unless of course you use Liquid Latex or Liquid Palisade)

Comet Storm - The flakies are mostly purple and pink in this one but they colour shift through to green and yellow.

Dreamscape - The base flakie colour is actually a reddish copper colour which then shifts through green to yellow and blue.  The main base colour is best seen in the photo in the sun.

Eternity Dragon - a warm copper base that shifts to light green.

I'm really loving these multichrome flakies and am excited to see so many indie brands coming out with them.  I've always been a huge fan of regular iridescent flakies that you need to layer over dark colours to get full effect.  But because these multichrome flakies are totally opaque, you can wear them over any colour and still see the full colour shift.

The Glam Polish Fantasia Flakie Collection is available from Be sure to keep up with the Glam Polish Facebook page for more Fantasia Flakies and postage details for Christmas - yes there is still time!
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