Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Reptilian nail art feat. Illamasqua Destiny

In celebration of Chinese New Year 2014, Myer Australia has a worldwide exclusive Illamasqua Nail Varnish shade, Destiny.  It's not very often that Australia has an exclusive polish not for sale anywhere else, and what's even more awesome is what a stunning polish it is!

I discovered that not all Myer stores carry Illamasqua, in fact apparently only a few stores do.  When I asked the sales assistant in the Canberra City store where there Illamasqua polishes were, she look at me with a very puzzled face and said, 'Myer don't stock that brand, but we have OPI over here'. Grrrrr, actually it's just our stupid country bumpkin store doesn't!  I was lucky enough to have a friend grab me a bottle from the Sydney store, but it looks like it is available for purchase online from Myer, although shipping is only for Australia.

I created some reptilian nail art inspired by a design I saw on Instagram by @nextgennailz. I created a gradient using green and yellow polishes, then I stamped with Winstonia plate W101. I then painted a deep triangular chevron using Destiny.  The colour really blended into the gradient and what you mainly saw as the green sparkles on the edges. I loved this mani.

Here are some swatches of Illamasqua Destiny on it's own. Did I mention that it's basically a one coater?  I did two coats for added depthness, but I'm amazed how well the glitter shows up on a polish that is so opaque. It's also really smooth considering all the glitter that is in it.  Just one coat of Seche Vite top coat. 


  1. a gorgeous polish and it really fits your design! awesome!

  2. This looks awesome!!

  3. That's fabulous! Both on its own and with the nail art :)

  4. I LOVE this one! Going to look thru my plates to see if I have it!

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    1. or should I say totally wild!? :P
      Either way, this manicure totally rocks.

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  7. I love what you did with it! Also, I love the polish. For once, having moved to Aus makes it easier to get something! I'm going to Myer ASAP :D x

  8. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the little preview image. These are absolutely stunning!!

  9. This looks amazing! Destiny is gorgeous, and I love your nail art :)

  10. Waaaooowww Awesome.Good job ;)

  11. Amazing! Thanks for answering my question in advance... i.e.. where to get this in Canberra :P

  12. That looks the same way special effects makeup looks but on your nails...if that makes any sense at all lol. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!


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