Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Picture Polish Pharoah

Picture Polish Pharaoh is one of the newer releases from Picture Polish and it's a champagne gold scattered holo. With a polish called Pharoah, I was excited to use some stamping designs that I hadn't yet used, but really went with the theme.

The stamping images all come from Emily de Molly EdM08 plate. I love how fine the lines in the hieroglyphs stamping image is (plus that I actually managed to stamp it straight!) My index finger has Picture Polish Darcy and a gold Ankh nail charm from Hex nail charms.

Pharaoh is along the lines of the discontinued Ozotic 604, but it isn't a dupe.  The holo particles in this are finer than the original Ozotic 604 and Pharoah is sheerer and paler too. 

The reason the polish looks different in the swatch photos below and the nail art above is because of lighting.  The nail art was taken first thing in the morning with early morning warm light.  The below swatches were taken in the middle of the day with strong white day light.  I decided not to adjust either of them so show how different the polish can look depending on lighting.

I used three thin coats for the swatches below, topped with seche vite top coat.

This is a real 'me' shade, although it probably didn't tip Picture Polish Majesty off it's perch as my favourite gold Picture Polish shade.

Picture Polish Pharaoh is available from Picture Polish. International ladies may be able purchase through one of the many Network stockists if they have this in stock.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

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SuperChic Lacquer Serendipity watermarble

My last post showed you some polishes from the recent Serendipity Collection by SuperChic lacquer.  This mani is how I ended up wearing the polishes.

I did a watermarble design on the two middle fingers, and a four colour gradient on the other fingers.  I then topped the look with a single coat of the holographic top coat from SuperChic lacquer called Ride the Neon Rainbow. 

This final look is so soft and has a strong spring feeling and I really loved wearing it, even though we are about to head into the second month of Autumn here.

The Serendipity collection from Superchic Lacquers are available from Wonder Beauty Products.  For more information, make sure to follow Wonder Beauty Products on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Superchic Lacquer - Serendipity collection

Superchic Lacquer recently launched a new collection called Serendipity.  Unfortunately it sold out very fast, and then the next restock sold out fast too.  So I guess that starts to explain the beautiful gorgeousness that these polishes are.  I have 5 of the 8 colours from the collection to show you today, and if you sign up to Superchic lacquer updates through social media, you will be able to find out when these will be restocked again.

This collection is described by Jen from Superchic lacquer as Neon Dewy Day-glow cremes.  This is such a perfect description.  There are lots of indie brands coming out with neon cremes at the moment, but it's the 'dewy' shimmer that this collection has that is so pretty and sets them apart.  The collection also has a linear holo top coat, but I will be showing that to you in another post with some nail art.

There are lots of photos of these swatches, because I just really loved the collection.  Formula was pretty good.  I generally did three coats for all the polishes, although you could get away with two coats for opacity.  I was worried that the dewy shimmer might make the polishes look frosty and streaky, but as you can see there is not problems with that at all.

Cause & Effect. A cross between an tangy tangerine and pink grapefruit.

Dumb Luck - oh wow, look at this stunning green. Described by Superchic lacquer as a jaw-dropping most incredible retro green.  I can definitely see the retro style to this green and it reminds me of the plastic kitchen contains that were around in the 1950's

Happenstance - An over-the-top, hot popping bubblegum pink.

Pleasant Surprise  - a bright turquoise blue that also has that retro feel.

Synchronicity - I saved my favourite for last.  This is an amazing electrified grape purple.

The Serendipity collection from Superchic Lacquers are available from Wonder Beauty Products. Each polish is $10. For more information, make sure to follow Wonder Beauty Products on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Monday, March 23, 2015

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LED nail strips from OMG nail strips - Part 2

Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who commented against my last post.  I really appreciate your support and encouraging comments!

Now do you remember a week or so back when I did a review of the OMG LED nail strips.  Today I have my second mani created with the strips.  This time around I didn't use a gel top coat, instead I just used two coats of Seche Vite.

My base polish here is Darling Diva Champagne Wishes and Holo Kisses.  The stamping design is from JR-04.  I used some small holo gold round glitters from the Born Pretty Store to do some gliter placement on the nail with the LED light.  You can see the LED light area near the tip of the nail - it's the square bit were everything around it is round.

Application of the nail strip was much easier this time as I did it over my bare nail.  I was very happy with how thin and flat my finished nail still was.

The LED light works with Android phones with NFC, they also work with paywave machines and skylander portals.  But I also discovered a new device that sets off the LED light on these - the pass security scanner at my work.  I might have got a little excited when I saw my nail light us as I scanned my pass.  Yes, I was that girl who waited quietly in the emergency stair well until no one else was around so I could film my nail flashing against the scanner!

These LED light nail stickers are from OMG Nail Strips and are $5.99 per pack - each pack containing a single LED light nail sticker as well as other nail sticker that can be used together with the LEG strip.

Nail stickers provided for review.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Blogging 5 years!

Five years ago today I did my first post on this here blog.  You know sometimes it seems longer than that, then other times I feel like it was only yesterday that I started.

Today I'm going to reuse a blog post from two years ago where I did some comparisons across my blog from then and now.

First up - Swatches - I feel like I've come a long way from when I first started, but not so much improvement from two years ago.  Let's do a little critique here shall we? 

  • Flooded cuticles
  • poor clean up
  • uneven nail length
  • uneven nail shape
  • dry cuticles
  • odd down cast of hand with lighting above nails
  • grip of death on polish bottle

2013 - definitely an improvement :) Although I'm still slack at using enough moisturiser and cuticle cream and could loosen my grip on the bottle!

2015 - Not too much difference really I don't think, except that my photos are now a bit bigger.


Oh I remember trying stamping for the first time. I was completely blown away by what you could achieve, and despite not being able to place designs accurately on my nails, I was so in love what I created.

2010 - I used OPI DS Original and some Konad black polish and a Konad plate.  WOW how the stamping world has changed since then, with all the amazing stamping plates and stamping heads now available.

2012 - Back then I said "so I still haven't learned how to position designs evenly on my nails, but what I have learned to do is not to use designs that need to be placed symmetrically. All over designs that can be put on crooked - like these flowers, are such a winner!"

2010 - Yay, thanks to the invention of squishy stampers, I finally learned how to line up stamping designs that require careful placement.

Polish collection AKA stash

Hmm, this one is interesting.

2010 - approximately 200 polishes stored in three clear plastic sistema storage containers, stacked on top of each other.

2013 - approximately 1300 polishes stored in four helmers, all polishes indexed in a spreadsheet, swatched on sticks and grouped by colour - this shit just got serious! 

2015 - Ok, so shit got serious in 2013, but now my collection has completely taken over a wall along the dining room, and usually remains spilled on the dining table for 80% of the time.  I'm up around 2250 now, but they are all still indexed in a spreadsheet and swatch on sticks that are grouped by colour.  I note here to that I am very fortunate to receive a lot of polish from brands for review, so the growth in my stash is not all due to purchases.

Nail Art

Everyone starts somewhere ok...

2010 - eewwh.  My effort for Australia day!

2012 - this is the example I chose in 2013.  I commented last time that I had learned so many new techniques for nail art. Striping tape, tape manis, gradients, magnet designs, water decals, temporary tattoos, water marbling, rhinestones, studs... the list goes on.

2015 - It's amazing how many more new techniques and designs were invented in the last two years.  Advanced stamping, leadlight stamping, double stamping (although I've yet to try that) ...

... blobicures...

Oh, and I finally learned how to watermarble!!


2010 - Mr and Mrs More Nail Polish and Mr 2.
2013 - Mr and Mrs More Nail Polish, Master 4 and Miss 2.
2015 - Mr and Mrs More Nail Polish, Master 6 and Miss 4, and quite honestly, thank god there aren't more!

Master Six , shown below at three below, still loves polish! He doesn't wear it often any more now that he is at school, but just tonight he decided to paint this thumb in red polish - which is his favourite!

Miss Four started her passion for polish early. Here at two she thought she was pretty good.

She does love nail wraps too, although she mostly loves picking them off.

And here is both my littlies.  In the room where I paint my nails with the helmers in the background.


Surely a milestone like this warrants some sort of giveaway.  Absolutely!  Unfortunately I'm not very organized at the moment.  I do have a giveaway planned, hopefully something along the lines of the competition/giveaway I did two years ago.  But a) I haven't had time to do the swatching prep work, b) I haven't sorted out the full prize pack just yet.  But I do already have some of my favourite Aussie brands on board with some stunning prizes.  It's going to take me a week or two to get it all together, so please bear with me.

I'm going to leave it there and say thank you so much for coming along with me on this journey.  I love reading all your comments and emails, and whilst keeping this blog going is something I enjoy doing for myself, it's so rewarding to know that so many awesome people join me everyday.

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