Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Game of Thrones Nail art featuring Colors by Llarowe Mine is Nine

Tuesday night at our place is Game of Thrones night.  We record it on Foxtel iQ when it's live from the USA on Monday morning, but we never get a chance to watch it until Tuesday nights.  

I was inspired by some images on my MJ XXV plate, which had the Game of Thrones text and the Stark dire wolf.  On my index and pinky I used some gears designs off Bundle Monster 415, I chose these designs because they reminded me of the shows intro with all the cities building with gear winding the upwards etc.  On my thumb I stamped a dragon from Messy Mansion MM21.

My base polish is Picture Polish Nougat and the flakie polish on top is Colors by Llarowe Mine is Nine, which is sponged on.

I really love the combo of Mine is Nine layered over Nougat, as once again it shows it more like it looks in the bottle.

Polishes provided for consideration.

Monday, May 25, 2015

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Superchic Lacquer - High Voltage collection - Neon Chrome Holos

Today I have swatches of the entire eight polish High Voltage Collection from Superchic lacquer. This is a bright and vibrant collection that is described by the creator as being neon chrome holos. What was that?  Neon, Chrome and holo all in one.  Yes please! Lets take a closer look.

Electrified - this most definitely fits the bill of being neon, chrome and holo. The base yellow shade is a super bright metallic finished yellow with a holo flame.  The holo appearance of these actually gets better the more the polish dries.  Because I was swatching these, they didn't get to totally harden on my nails, therefore they will look more holo in real life when you wear these as a mani.   This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

Hot Finger - a bright hot raspberry pink with a metallic chrome finish and holo flame. This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

Jolt - a fabulous chrome finish purple with holo flame. I really love this colour, its just the right shade of purple for me, not too blue and not red. Love it. This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

Live wire - I was expecting this one to be a really bright lime green, but on me it was a little more subdued which makes it much more wearable.  Its a really unique green shade in my collection, and the holo flame has a strong yellow lean to it which really electrifies this shade. This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

Reverse Polarity - Another strong and vibrant shade. This one is a rich tangerine with a metallic copper flash. This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

Short Circuit - an intense aqua leaning hot blue (think of that really hot blue flame that you get right at the base of a flame and this is what this shades reminds me of).  This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat. Metallic finish with a holo flare.

Splice - a intense blue-green shade with a metallic finish and holo flame This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

Tripped - A radiant true blue with a twist of intense periwinkle glow.This is two coats with Superchic lacquer Marvel top coat.

What a gorgeous collection which complements the spring Serendipity collection so nicely.  The shades in this collection all work so well together and they also are great in nail art because they are nicely pigmented. The metallic chrome finish  ensures the polishes look flashy in the shade as well as in the sun, but application is a breeze so you don't have to worry about brush strokes through your holo finish. These are a win in my books.

I have some nail art looks coming up using these polishes, so stay tuned for that.

The SuperChic Lacquer High Voltage collection is available now from SuperChic Lacquer. polishes are $10USD per 15ml bottle

Polishes provided for consideration.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Colors by Llarowe - Allons-y Alonzo

Colors by Llarowe Allons-y Alonzo has an aqua tinted sheer base and is filled with red to copper to green flakes, with touch of multi colored flakie.  The flakie payout is more scattered, so I used a sponge to get a denser coverage of the flakies.

Because the base colour is so sheer, this can be layered over any polish at all, and then you will see the strong red/copper/green flakie colour shift.  I absolutely loved how this one looked in the bottle, and really wanted to try recreate that look. But if I used something too pale for the base colour then the flakies would be hardly noticeable.

I'm really happy with the base I chose, Picture Polish Tingle, as it is a nice matching shade to the base colour of Allons-y Alonzo, but it is a slightly darker shade which means the flakies show up much better.

The stamping images are from Moyou Suki 06 plate and I used black Mundo de Unas polish.

Polish provided for consideration.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Holo + lightening bolt vinyls + gradients

I have a real pretty one for you tonight. I'm very much in love with how this came out.

My base is FNUG Psychedelic. I then used lightening bolt nail vinyls to mark off sections on my nails.  I then used a bunch of pastel shades to create two different gradients across my nails.

On the purple, blue and green nails I used China Glaze That's Shore Bright, Ulta3 Blue Heaven and China Glaze Highlight of my Summer. On the pink, apricot and yellow nails I used China Glaze Bottoms up, Sun of a peach and Ulta3 lemon tart.

The only way I could have made this look better is have been able to photograph it in the sunlight.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Ulta3 Autumn/Winter Textured Metallic Collection

I hadn't really heard much about the Autumn/Winter Collection from Ulta3 and then all of a sudden I saw five new polishes at my local chemist.

In the bottles they looked glittery and gorgeous with ultra fine micro glitters, but what surprised me most was when I applied the first one and found out they were a set of textured polishes.  

So, textures really are a bit last year in my opinion, but then again, here in Australia we always get last seasons fashion half a year late, so I guess this is right on time for a regular Australian commercial brand.  Of course Aussie indie brands are way more progressive and keep up with the popular trends right as they happen.

So despite me feeling like these have already be done, they are actually really nice.  They are all opaque in two coats, aren't thick and gloopy and dry to a sparkly textured finish that isn't too rough and dry time is pretty good for a textured polish.  

Although I do worry that there is nothing written on these bottles to explain to nuggles that they are meant to be left textured.  I know one lady at work saw my nails wearing one of these polishes and said, 'oh, so you are meant to leave them all rough like that'.  I can just see nuggles getting all annoyed at having to apply 3 layers of top coat to get them to look smooth.

Ok, lets get onto the swatches.

24 carat gold.  A warm gold textured polish with both silver and gold micor glitters.

Black Quartz - a black textured polish with silver micro glitters.

From the mine. a warm copper textured polish with gold and silver micro glitters.

Galaxy. A grey textured based with gold and silver micro glitters.  This one is my favourite of the bunch, a really gorgeous shade and if you only have $2 to spare on one polish, this would be my recommendation.

Moon dust.  Silver micro glitter textured polish.

Ulta3 polishes are available Australia wide from various chemists and pharmacy's.  You can find your nearest stockist by using the Ulta3 stockist locator.

Polishes provided for consideration.
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