Saturday, January 31, 2015

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I Love Nail Polish - Cold Fusion

Here is another ILNP Multichrome flakie.  I'm slowly working my way through wearing them all.  This one is called Cold Fusion, and the name makes me a little nostalgic. I work with a whole bunch of front end web developers, and there is one guy there that has been working there as long as me.  One of the first coding languages we wrote some cool applications for our intranet were written in a language called Cold Fusion.  This was some good 10+ years ago - arrhhh those good old .cfm pages.

Anyway, Cold Fusion shifts from a light greenish blue, through bright cobalt blue to purple.  This sponged on with no base colour and would be about the same opacity as using four -five coats, except without all the thickness of the base.

These next photos were taken only a few minutes after I took the ones above, standing in a different location in my garden. You can see how the light hitting the nail at a different angle shows up the colours in a totally different way.  It also looks so much more pigmented and saturated.

Friday, January 30, 2015

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Picture Polish - Hercynia

The last release of Picture Polish shades was real eye candy for me, as it included a selection of new green shades.  My Kryptonite was looking a litting lonely in the green range of Picture Polish, but the collaborations from Nailderella, Polish Infatuated, Lucy's Stash and Nail Escapades changed all that will four new green shades.

Today I've got Hercynia from Nailderella to show you.  This is a bright forest green with lots of ultra fine bijou holo shimmer.  As well as the holo shimmer, there are tiny multicoloured glass flecks.  You should check out Karine's post at Nailderella for her amazing macro shots.

The day I wore this I paired it up with some gold stamping (I just love green and gold together and it's the second time I've shown it in two days).  The gold stamping was done with Hit the Bottle stamping polish in To have and to Gold.  The placed blue glitter and studs are from the Born Pretty store. The stamping plate with the peacock design is from Emily de Molly plate EdM04.
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Here are some swatches of Hercynia on it's own where you can see the holo shimmer a bit better.  This swatch is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.  The formula is great and it's really easy to apply.

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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ILNP Multichrome Flakie - Supernova

I have a whole bunch of photos from various manis I've worn recently, but I get worn out with the thought of having to write something up to go with it.  So bear with me whilst I'm a bit lazy with my commentary, and hopefully just enjoy the photos instead.

This one is I Love Nail Polish Supernova.  This one is similar to the colour shift that was in Ozotic 505 or Sally Hansen Turquoise Opal or the glitters in Ozotic Elytra 528.  That is, it shifts from a bright turquoise green through pink to purple.  This is sponged on using a makeup sponge and would be equivalent to about four coats of Supernova, minus all the thickness of the clear polish base.

Once I'm finished with my swatches of each of the ILNP Multichrome flakies, I'll put together a blog post with all the swatches together to help you choose which ones to get.  So far I haven't been disappointed with any of them, although I think I've been choosing the more shifty ones.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Lacquistry - Inadverdant

Do you love green nail polish? I sure do, and if you do too, then get ready to add another lemming to your wishlist.  This is InadVerdant by Lacquistry and it's a dark forest green version of Amazeballz fine.

It's so hard to capture how glowy this polish is, even for such a rich dark shade.  The formula is thick, but smooth and easy to apply.  It's a one coater, but I did two coats for extra depth and sparkles.

After I did my swatch, I just couldn't take this one off, so I put it onto both nails and then added some nail art.  I stamped with Mundo de Unas Gold polish and added a charm from Hex Nail Charms.

I bought this from the Lacquistry Etsy store last year as part of the Christmas collection, but unfortunately InadVerdant is not in stock at the moment.

Monday, January 26, 2015

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Australia Day 2015 - Green and Gold Kangaroos

Happy Australia to my Australian readers.  I hope you had a wonderful day off.  Mine didn't really turn out as expected.  We went to Bunnings early this morning to grab a few things to do around the house.  The plan was to do those things, have a swim in the pool, maybe a BBQ and relax and then head out the the fireworks around Lake Burly Griffin.

But instead, our sewer backed up and we had to get our Gerni and drain hose down into that icky mess.  Six hours later it was clear.  In the mean time, the pool pump packed it in, so I installed the spare pump we had in the garage.  Whilst the pump was off we high pressure cleaned the pool filters - more yuck all over me!  Putting it all back together, the pump installed nicely, but then we couldn't get the filter housing to seal properly and it kept leaking! I think we need a new O-ring seal, but we eventually made it work using a lot of plummers tape around the rim.  By this stage I was covered in stinky sewerage, a slimy pool backwash, so a late afternoon shower was delightful!

We grabbed a pizza for dinner and took the kids to the fireworks.  My littlest had never seen fireworks before, she was mesmerized, although the loud bangs were a little frighting for her.  We certainly packed lots into our long weekend - although I didn't get any swatching done at all, and I have a mountain of amazing Dance Legends to show you too.

Lets check out the nails I had on for Australia Day.  The base is Lacquistry Glitterally. Glitterally has a deep yet bright blue jelly base with green/gold/blue color-shifting glitters, accented with micro holo glitters.  It's a real stunner and unfortunately my photos dont capture the holo shine.

I then stamped some gold Kangaroos along the tip of each nail using Hit The Bottle polish in Hello Buttercup.  It doesn't get more Aussie than the green and gold kangaroo!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Australia Day Glitter wraps

Last Wednesday I was out at my local shopping mall with the kids and we walked past our local 'dollar shop'. I'm not even sure of the name of the shop, but 'dollar shop' is our generic name for any of those shops that sell all sorts of random products imported from China for just a few dollars.  Given that it was a week before Australia Day, they had a whole isle dedicated to Australia Day crap.  Hat and headbands with flashing lights, full sequined Australian flag dresses, face paints, giant blow up hands and thongs (the Australian kind that you wear on your foot, not the American type that go up your bum).  Anyway, you get the idea.

They had the same range of nail wraps that I tried out last year, with the flags, kangaroos and koalas.  This year they also had these glitter ones, so I grabbed a pair to try out.

The wraps have a white sticky base and then the glitter appears to be sprinkled on.  I took a macro shot at the end to show you.  The texture of these was quite rough, and I had a hard time getting them to stick down properly on the sides of my nails.  So to combat both those issues, I add two thin coats of Gelicious gel top coat to seal it all down and to give it a super glossy finish.

After I was finished, I was really pleased how good these nail wraps looked.  I loved that they actually looked like I had gone a little crazy and sprinkled glitter over striping tape and star shaped stickers.

I wore these down to the beach today.  We live two hours away from the beach, but seeing as it's a long weekend, we decided to take the kids down to play in the Pacific Ocean for a few hours.  We would loved to have stayed the night, but no where had availability, and those that did had at least three night minimum stays.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Australia Day watermarble with Red, White and Blue

The last three years I've always managed to do a series of mani's dedicated to Australia.  If you are looking for some inspiration for Australia Day manis, then check out the 19 different designs I've done in the past.  This year I've just not had the time and capacity to pull a whole week of designs together.

So with only three posts left before Australia day, I had to get my butt into gear and come up with at least a few Australia Day manis - and preferably something new that I hadn't done already. Australia's flag colours, like hundreds of others, are red, white and blue, so enter the red, white and blue watermarble.

I started which a white base and then marbled over it with red, blue and clear polish.  I find I have much better luck using clear polish in a water marble than white, because usually the white bleeds into the red and makes pink.  Once again I used my personal Paws brand nail polishes that I've formulated perfectly for me to be able to watermarble - remember if you want to make or have good water marbling polishes, the key is pigmented and runny polishes.

Jump on over to my instagram shortly if you want to see a 15 second video of this watermarble.

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