Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Glitter Gal White and Bronze Swatches

I received my first glitter gal polishes yesterday and I have to say they are fantastic. I got these as part of a swap and I'm so made up with the shades I got, White Sparkle and Bronze. I used a white base coat with the white as I checked it on a false nail and it needed a lot of coats for it to be opaque and as they are small bottles I didn't want to waste them (9ml). They can be ordered directly from Glitter Gal or Llarowe and I hear they are getting a UK distributor soon.

There's also a very strong pink shine to it

And it looks beautiful under any lighting

The bronze is best described as a holographic foil, I really don't want to take this off.

The white dried quite quickly, I used 1 coat of Barry M white and then 2 coats of Glitter Gal, with a slightly rough texture due to the holographic glitter but that was easily sorted with one coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat. The bronze dried really quickly, I used 2 coats, 3 might be better or using a base coat in a similar colour to save on polish. It dried really smoothly so I didn't use a topcoat. The only problem is I now need some of the 3D ones to try :D

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Polished Components

I had about 20 nail polishes turn up in the post today so it was tough to decide where to start :)
So I went with the ones that came in the cutest packaging :) My 3 mini's from Ashley - Polished Components, I love her nyan cat collection, I might get that next. She also does super cute jewellery. I'm really enjoying the choice of "home-made" nail varnishes you can get now and want to add more to my collection. I used camelot from A-England as a base, its a perfect black, one coat.

The first one I tried, my favourite of the bunch was Water's Night, its a blue to purple duochrome with holographic glitter, looks navy blue in some lights and a lovely bright blue in others. And the purple is so pretty but very hard to capture. Absolutely perfect for doing galaxy nails I think.

Second I tried Earth's Night, Its a green/yellow to awesome dusky pink duochrome, with the holographic glitter.

And last was Fire's Night, this looked the strongest in darker lighter conditions. A beautiful shade of pink, and not forgetting the colour shift to a sort of red-coppery glow. Not forgetting the holographic glitter of course.

These are amazing topcoats and I cant wait to try some different layering options :) The application was perfect, they smell a little strong but I expect that from home-made stuff. Ashley does a great job and her shipping is very reasonable.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentine Mani!

Well it had to be done, didn't it? :)

I used Barry M Matt white and China Glaze Velvet Bow. The Glitter on the ring finger is China Glaze Ring in the Red.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Playing with St George

This is a really quick post, mainly pictures really. I was bored today and got out my lovely A-England to do some stamping with. I used St George which happens to be the gem of the month on Adina's website and Princess Tears. I then added some flakies over the top, Nfu Oh 39 on St George and Nubar 2010 on Princess Tears

Which looked very pretty but I decided to add a matte topcoat to make it a little different. Which looked amazing on the Princess Tears I think.

 And then I stamped (using St George) a little design to finish the mani off :)

So that was fun :)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Lynnderella Layering Experiment

I'm sure most of you will have heard of Lynnderella, if you havent, where have you been?!? :)
She makes the most beautiful glittery nail polishes ever, they happen to be difficult to get hold of because she makes them herself but they are worth being patient for. Her blog is here so you can check if she is open for business or purchase them from Llarowe when they are available.

Here it is in the bottle:

I decided I wanted to layer it over something a little different and I tried so many different combinations, there were a couple I really liked, it looks very pretty over gold, but only one that I loved. I used Essie Smooth Sailing as a base. Its the only Essie polish I own and I think its great, such a beautiful colour and nice application. On top of smooth sailing I put Max Factors Max Effects Fantasy Fire (it is out of stock at the moment but you can sign up for availability updates) which is pretty similar to clarins 230, it shimmers from red to bronze, blue to green and has a purple base.

Here is a picture taken with flash so the blue really shines from under the fantasy fire:

And a second pic which shows the colour in normal light:

Now on top of this I put the Lynnderella Love Potion no 99, I only used a small amount partly because its like gold dust lol and partly because I wanted the fantasy fire to still be visible.

Without flash it is the most beautiful dark blue/purple with different shades of chunky purple glitter and a little rainbow glitter too:

With the flash the blue really pops and you can see the colour shift from the fantasy fire along with all the glittery loveliness of the love potion:

So I'm just going to sit and look at my nails for the rest of the day now :)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Color Club Revvvolution & Ludurana Arco-Iris

Its another sunny winters day so I thought I'd get out one of my untried holo's.
I picked up Color Club revvvolution ages ago and just haven't got round to using it and to be honest as pretty as it is, it just isn't very me, I might put it up for swaps, see if I can find something more suitable.

Here's a pic of it in sunlight, my camera doesn't seem to be able to pick out the rainbow of colours in it very well.

I then decided to add my favourite flakie because it makes any polish look better :)
I purchased Ludurana Arco-Iris from Llarowe, she is fantastic, has great customer service and really reasonable shipping prices.

Out of the sun you can see the multi coloured flakies so vividly and in the sun they are a little more subtle but the holo of revvvolution shines through, I might leave this one for a few days :)