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Friday, 29 August 2014

A to Z: S is for Silverado and Silver Moon

Hey ho! Sorry for this week's A to Z post being a day late, I had a lovely, yet exhausting day out with my sister yesterday and I ran out of steam to write this up. Anyway, I'm here now, so let's do this!

This week was the turn of the letter S. I hadn't realised how many S polishes I own - 68 of the buggers - so my choice was difficult. I wasn't entirely sure what I would do until I actually did this manicure! So what did I use? LaFemme "Silverado", a beautiful medium grey creme with a slight hint of purple tones and an amazing formula, and BYS "Silver Moon", a clear base with silver holographic hexes in varying sizes.

Here are two coats of LaFemme "Silverado" on its own:




And here is the finished look - two coats of Silverado with one of BYS "Silver Moon" & top coat:






To be totally honest, I'm not entirely happy with this manicure. They are both lovely polishes individually, but as a combination it just didn't light my fire and I can't wait to remove it and put something else on.


Now it's time for MamaBean's contribution! She also had quite a few S polishes to choose from, but in the end her final choice was OPI "Save Me", which she applied over a pale green creme:



Really pretty, mama!! :)


Don't forget to check out the A to Z Blog Series Hub Page where you will find links to everybody else's S blog posts and all previous letters, and come back again next week for another installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Thursday, 21 August 2014

A to Z: R is for Ruffian Manicure with Royal Botanical Gardens & DS Radiance

Hey ho! For this week's A to Z Blog Series post, I have chosen to do a Ruffian manicure using Nails Inc "Royal Botanical Gardens" and OPI DS "Radiance".


Firstly I applied two coats of Royal Botanical Gardens:



And then using OPI DS "Radiance" I created the Ruffian manicure, and finished with top coat:






And now look who's baaaack...... It's mummyyyyy!! She has given up trying to find work appropriate shades and is instead doing her A to Z manicures at the weekend so I can photograph them ready for posting, which means she is free to use whatever the hell she likes! This week she chose China Glaze "Razzle Me Dazzle Me", which she applied over a white base:




Don't forget to check out the A to Z Blog Series Hub Page to see what everybody else is up to this week, and check back next week for the next installment!

Thanks for reading :) x


Monday, 18 August 2014

Violet Rose Nail Polish Swatches & Review

**UPDATE: This collection will be available from Friday 22nd August in 5ml bottles; larger bottles will be available soon**

Hello my friends! You may remember I recently blogged about a polish from UK indie brand Violet Rose (click here to see that post)? Well today I have two more to show you. As with the previous one, these are both from a collection which has been inspired by the names of some of Emma (the owner of Violet Rose)'s favourite places. Details of where to buy will be at the end of the post, so let's get to it!


Violet Rose "Icelandic Nights"




Icelandic Nights is a navy jelly with large metallic blue hexes, small silver holo hexes, and very fine silver holo glitter. As this is a jelly, it is fairly sheer. I applied three coats for a really deep look, but two thick coats would be fine if you aren't averse to a bit of VNL. This would also layer over dark colours very nicely. Application was easy, the particles are really packed in there so barely any need for fishing at all. The large hexes are ever so slightly curved so they don't lay completely flat to the nail, if this bothers you you could apply a slightly thicker layer of top coat, but they aren't sharp or rough in any way, and I think them not being totally flat allows them to catch the light more. Dry time was very good. My swatches show three coats with top coat.


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Violet Rose "Aldeburgh"




Aldeburgh is a very pale grey crelly with a fine pearly shimmer and black and white matte glitters. This one was very nicely pigmented, being opaque enough to cover the nail completely with two coats, yet still allowing the glitters to show through. Absolutely zero fishing or placement was necessary here - application was easy peasy and dry time was good. My swatches show two coats with top coat.


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These two polishes are really very pretty indeed, and are both unique within my collection. I love the deep, squishy effect of "Icelandic Lights" and the large hexes in particular look really pretty with the light glinting off them. "Aldeburgh" is one of the most "me" polishes I have encountered - I love grey, I love crellies, and I love matte black and white glitters. The added shimmer gives a beautiful ethereal look to it. So overall, I am very impressed with these polishes - great shades, and great formulas.

This collection will be available from Friday 22nd August in 5ml bottles; larger bottles will be available soon. You can buy Violet Rose nail polish (and handmade jewellery too) from their Etsy Store, and keep up to date with news on their Facebook page.

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon :) x


**Products provided for honest, unbiased review**

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A to Z: Q is for "Queen" by F.U.N Lacquer

Hello dearies! I have the most ridiculously, amazingly blingy (forgive me using that word) polish for this week's A to Z Blog Series!

We are on Q this week. It has proved difficult for most of our contributors as there aren't many polishes beginning with Q. Some of the other lovely ladies have chosen another P polish, some have chosen brands beginning with Q, or polishes with a Q somewhere in the name. 

I actually did already have one Q polish in my collection, but even though I love it (it was Nails Inc "Queensgate Mews") I didn't really feel like wearing it, so I jumped on to Rainbow Connection late last week and scrolled through until I found some Qs. One stood out to me, nay, SCREAMED at me, and it is F.U.N Lacquer "Queen". It consists of (as far as I can tell from the info on the internets) genuine sterling silver flakies and silver holographic glitter. I had to order a mini bottle, and due to the brush being too short and badly cut, application was a bit tricky, but nevertheless it only needed two coats for full coverage, and it dried lightning-fast. 

It is an absolutely amazing polish with the most reflective, foil-like finish I have ever encountered, so I have taken quite a few photographs in various lighting situations so you can see it in all its glory. They all show two coats & top coat. Enjoy!!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

NOTD featuring Color Club, Barry M, & Stellar Polish

Hello dears! I have a NOTD post for you today, just because, well, actually because that is what I originally started my blog for - to share my NOTDs. It has slipped by the wayside severely, obviously, but that is still basically the essence of my blog, so here you go - today's nails!


I chose to do alternating nails using Color Club "Pucci-Licious" (the more purple version) and Barry M "Greenberry" (two coats of each):



And for a pretty, sparkly look, I added two coats of Stellar Polish "Drops Of Jupiter" and finished with top coat:





What do you think? I don't know really what made me go for this manicure, I guess I just felt like something a little bit different than my usual one-polish with occasional stamping choices, and I am pleased with the end result :)

Thanks for reading, and come back again soon! x


Thursday, 7 August 2014

A to Z: P is for Pistache & Parakeet

Hello friends! Today I have another installment of the A To Z Blog Series. This week we are on the letter P. I have close to 50 nail polishes beginning with P, so my decision for this week's post was really not easy! I got there in the end though, so let's have a look!

I chose two Ps for this week, Sinful Colors "Pistache", a lovely pastel lime green creme with a really nice formula, and Invogue "Parakeet" feather effect polish, a clear base with pastel blue, yellow, and peach matte strands.

Here is Sinful Colors "Pistache" on its own, two coats, no top coat:



And here is Pistache with one coat of Invogue "Parakeet", and top coat:



Then I did some impromptu stamping! As Parakeet is (obviously) named after a bird, I decided to stamp a feathery design from  MoYou Mother Nature Landscape plate 02 using my cheapie black polish which is just amazing for stamping, and finished with top coat:




What do you think? I love birds, so it goes without saying that I love this manicure, even if I do say so myself :)


Now it's time for MamaBean's contribution! She used Barry M "Princess", a sparkly pink textured polish. She applied two coats with no top coat:




Hasn't she done a lovely job?


Don't forget to check out the A To Z Blog Series Hub Page to see what everybody else has chosen for the letter P, and come back next week for another installment.

Thanks for reading :) x