Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Blue and gold gradient with stamping and Mont Blue Glass file winner

Hello everyone.  First up, my Mont Blue Nail file set giveaway ended last night, and I've just drawn the winner.  I have to say that I absolutely loved all your comments, so thank you everyone for making me smile!  Congratulations to the winner Giovanna Iglesias Croccia.  I've sent you an email.

I have another very exciting giveaway planned that I will kick off this weekend, with a totally awesome and fun prize that I know a lot of you would love to win - plus it will also be open internationally.  So make sure you hang around for that!

Now onto today's nails.  I did a really simple gold and blue gradient using Priti NYC Chrysanthos and Kleancolor Metallic Sapphire.   I then stamped over it using Mundo de Unas white stamping polish.  

When I applied top coat, something rather magical happened, and it's something that is particular to the Kleancolor Metallic polishes.  The blue colour from the Kleancolor leached up through the white stamping to make it blue stamping.  The Kleancolor metallic polishes are quite notorious for doing weird things when you apply top coat.  They stamp really well because of their pigmentation, but when you top coat them they bleed and go fuzzy.  Same as when you just wear the colours on their own, they change colour slightly when you put top coat on.  The mind boggles at what sort of crazy chemical reaction is going on there to make this happen. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Picture Polish Fool's Gold

Picture Polish Fool's Gold, the collaboration shade with nail blogger and art superstar Sammy The Nailsaurus, is a stunning turquoise blue with a scattered holo flakies and small gold hexes.  The formula is perfect and mix of gold and turquoise feels very rich.

Here are my swatches of this beauty, shown at two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

How did I wear it?  Well, I had to try really hard and force myself not to do turquoise stone nail art with this polish, that was already done beautifully by Sammy herself and Tammy from OhMyGosh polish. 

Instead I pulled out some other polishes and really blinged it up.  On my pinky I did two coats of Picture Polish Majesty and then a layer of Rocky.  On the middle and ring finger I did a tip gradient using Rocky.  On my index finger I added a gold dolphin hex nail charm. 

On my thumb I attempted some stamping with gold nail art foil, as I had done here.  It started out good, and then my brain exploded as I was applying top coat, and I instinctively painted good old Seche Vite on all my nails.  Then I watched the gold foil lose all it's foily goodness right before my eyes.  Oh well. It looked pretty awesome before Seche Vite ruined it!

Picture Polish Fool's Gold is available from Picture Polish. International ladies can purchase through one of the many Network stockists. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Black Dahlia Lacquer - Basket of Gold, Lily of the Valley & Olaf's Snowflowers

Hey everyone!  I'm not going to repeat myself with the details about Black Dahlia Lacquer, as I covered that yesterday, instead I'm going to get straight into the swatches of the glitters and shimmers.

Basket of Gold  - If you ground me up and turned me into a bottle of nail polish, this is what I would be, a basket of gold.  This is a multi-dimensional full coverage gold glitter - but it's also got silver glitters in there so it's a nice cool toned gold, with a mega serving of holo!  I decided to wear this as one thin coat of a milky sheer base, OPI Don't touch my tutu. 

Lily of the Valley - a light gray shimmer with taupe and white flakies and gold glass flecks.  I love this gray shade, it's very chic and edgy.  This is two thin coats with Seche Vite top coat.

Olaf's Snowflowers - a white crelly base filled with various sizes of gold and silver holographic glitters. This built up easily and only needed two coats for full opacity.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

The gold glitters in this remind me of this comment from Olaf about winter "I'm thinking like maybe some crimson, chartreuse. How about yellow? No, not yellow. Yellow and snow? go!"

These polishes, along with the other 21 shades that form the three launch collections are available from Black Dahlia Lacquer. Their polishes are also very competitively priced at just $6 for glitter, cremes and shimmer shades and $6.75 for holos.
Polishes provided for consideration.

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Black Dahlia Lacquer - African Violets, Silver Willow & Wild Cherry Blossoms

I have a few polishes from not just a new-to-me indie, but a brand new indie.  Black Dahlia Lacquer formally launched on October 3 and are a mother and daughter team that have released three collections at their launch, with a massive 24 polishes across the line.  

I have three holo polishes from the Fall 2014 collection to share tonight, and three more glitter shades to show tomorrow.  Let's take a look.

African Violets - a pale lavender shimmer with a  soft scattered holo finish.  I'm so in love with this shade, it is simply stunning.  The holo is only subtle because of the milkier finish to the colour, but the pastel blue is gorgeous.  Formula was great, this is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

Silver Willow - a much stronger silver blue holo with an added violet shimmer. Clearly the holo is stronger in this one and the added violet shimmer gives this a little something extra.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

Wild Cherry Blossoms - a richly pigmented red leaning pink holo.  This was a killer to photograph. The holo was nearly impossible to capture on the nail in the photos, but as you can see in the bottle it really does sparkle with that bright blue flame.  Plenty of pigmentation make this almost a one coater.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

These polishes, along with the other 21 shades that form the three launch collections are available from Black Dahlia Lacquer. Their polishes are also very competitively priced at just $6 for glitter, cremes and shimmer shades and $6.75 for holos.

Polishes provided for consideration.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Ulta3 Watercolour - swatches, review and nail art

Gosh I love it when our little Aussie super brand, Ulta3, comes up with the goods again. I'm really excited to share with you my thoughts about the brand new special effect watercolour polishes from Ulta3.  These polishes will be available either individually ($2), or packaged as a set with Lily White ($10).

I have swatches of each of these shades, showing a single coat over white, two coats, three coats and four coats.  As you can see, these are definitely sheer, and they are sheerer in colour compared to the OPI sheer tints.  But the formula is really great.  They aren't thick and gloopy, instead they are smooth and runny - but not water runny.  Even at four coats, the finish isn't too thick and the dry time for each layer is good. At one coat, the coverage levels out nicely and the finish isn't streaky.  We definitely are on a winner with these - especially at only $2 a pop!
Cello yellow - a bright sunshine yellow in the bottle, but a soft pastel yellow over white.  I wouldn't recommend this one without the white base, as it will just make it look like you have stained yellow nails.  The palest of the shades and it doesn't show the building colour intensity as much as the other colours.

Marine Blue - a deep sea aquarium effect in the bottle, but a soft pastel shade on the nail.  The colour intensity builds quite nicely with this one.

Peek-a-boo purple - a brilliant gemstone effect in the bottle, creating a soft purple shade on the nail.  This one builds up nicely too.

Seeing red - a bright toffee apple glaze effect in the bottle, creating a sheer coral finish on the nail.  This one doesn't so the colour intensity as much at four coats.

I have some ideas to show you how you can wear these, and here is the first.  These watercolour effect polishes are just perfect to do leadlight technique.  This look is really simple to create.
  1. Paint your nails white
  2. Stamp with black polish
  3. Use a dotting tool to apply the sheer tints to colour in the design.  It doesn't matter that you go over the top of the black lines, because you wont be able to see it.  
  4. Finish with top coat.

The Ulta3 Watercolour polishes will be available from selected pharmacies Australia wide, while stocks last.  These are a limited edition, so if you like them, be sure to grab them. You can find your nearest stockist by using the Ulta3 stockist locator. You can also purchase Ulta3 online directly from the Heat Group,although I'm not sure if these LE polishes will be available there.

Polishes provided for consideration.
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