Friday, 28 February 2014

Just Playing With Polish

Some times just playing with polish leads to something better than you expected. I seriously believe this is the greatest gradient that I have ever done, and I wasn't even trying to do anything fancy. It was just one of those luck times where it worked.  I haven't blogged about my nail art much recently, mostly just swatches, but I am really proud of this one so it gets its own post. I never planned to have a full post for this and because it was just something I did when I was playing around I didn't get photos in proper lighting. 

For the gradient I used "Unicorn" by Sinful Colors, "Pink Friday" by O.P.I. and "Baby's Got The Blues" by Miss Ashleigh. I used one coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out and speed up the drying process, then I added a matte top by O.P.I..


I decided to add some stamping over the top.  I used Nailz Craze plate NC 02 with "Beyond" by Color Club. Of course I had to use my all time favourite image!!




Hope you like it as much as I do!

-Bettina

Powder Perfect - Abandoned Mansion Collection

I could attempt to describe this collection in my own words, but Jacinta's description of the collection is pure poetry:

"Experience the crumbling facades, secret spaces and neglected luxuries of eras long past with our new collection – Abandoned Mansion. This collection has 10 polishes that feature finishes ranging from crème to glitter and scattered holographic polishes. The shades were inspired by the ethereal and, sometimes, desolate imagery that has been prevalent in every TV show and book I have picked up over the past year. They are colours you see in your mind as you think of old houses with grand fireplaces, cold stone walls, European forests and gothic fairy tales." 

Yep, pure poetry.The inspiration behind this collection is something I would have never thought to inspire nail polish, but it works perfectly. The names and colors of the polishes create detailed images in my mind like no other collection. I also love the new labels, they are so pretty and also seem to fit in with the collection. 

"Fallen Chandelier". The only glitter topper from the collection. Heaps of different shapes and sizes of silver glitters. Super sparkly! I dabbed two coats over black with a top coat to smooth it out.


"Secret Passageway". This one is beautiful. A light grey base with gold/copper glitter flakes. For my swatch I used three thin coats then added a top coat. It dries to a textured finish so you could leave it as a textured finish but I chose to add a top coat to smooth it out.


"Lost Family Portrait."  A blue/teal cream. The colour is great, the formula is a little streaky but working in layers and adding a top coat resulted in a flawless finish. Since I always use a top coat this really isn't a big deal anyway. For my swatch I used three thin coats with a top coat.


"Hidden Well". A beautiful blue jelly packed with glitter. Lots of depth to this one. For my swatch I used three thin coats with two coats of Seche Vite to smooth it out. This one also dries on its own to a slightly textured finish.


"Creeping Vines". So many different kinds of glitter including shards, hexes, and dots packed into a shimmering jelly green base. For this one I had to work in thin coat allowing for each coat to dry before adding another so as not to drag the glitters on the lower layers. This one also required a bit of dabbing and glitter placement. Again, this is another polish that shows a lot of depth, so pretty. For my swatch I used three thin coats with a top coat.


"Fog Is Rolling In".  This one was hard to capture but is really interesting to look at as it always seems to be shifting colour. In the bottle it is more of a purple shade, but in the sunlight it is more of a steel colour with purple undertones. This one also had an amazing formula, just two coats.


"Widow's Walk". Simply an amazing deep purple scattered holo. So beautiful. Probably one of my personal favorites from the collection. For my swatch I used three thin coats with a top coat.


"Peeling Wallpaper".  A delicious purple cream. Like the other cream polish in this collection it was a little streaky, but a quick top coat gave a flawless finish. Both of the creams in this collection are really pigmented, which it great! I love the strong rich colours. I used three thin coats plus a top coat for my swatch.


"Fading Tapestry".  I could take photos of this polish all day and still not capture how awesome this is. An amazing scattered red holo with strong gold/orange undertones. Another personal favourite. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a top coat. 


Last but not least is "Four Poster Bed". I loved this one, but found it really difficult to capture. I looked down at my nails and saw amazing depth and glitter, then I looked through my camera and it was all dark and the light just reflected off my nails, just bleh. So I added a matte top coat and my camera was able to handle the depth... Amazing.  This polish required a little dabbing and glitter placement and allowing each layer to dry so as not to drag the glitters, but it was worth it. For my swatch I used four coat with one coat of Seche Vite then O.P.I.'s matte top coat to finish it off. 


While researching the collection Jacinta came across photography of abandoned mansions and homes in Eurpore by Andre Govia. The photos are amazing and have an eeriness about them. It is worth a look, so check it out HERE and HERE.

The Abandoned Mansion collection is now available from Powder Perfect

-Bettina

Monday, 24 February 2014

Moonstone Polish - Magic Treats Collection

Moonstone Polish is releasing their second collection inspired by sweets found in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. This collection has three jelly/crelly shades and three glitter toppers. As a huge Harry Potter fan I love the inspiration behind this collection, and I think the polishes are a perfect reflection of the theme.

(It has been overcast for days here so unfortunately I have no photos in direct sunlight as I had hoped.)

The first polish I have to share is "Bluebell Bubblegum." This is a great blurple polish with small and large dots. Inspired by Drooble's Best Blowing Gum. The bluebell coloured bubbles from this gum wouldn't pop for days. For my swatch I used three thin coats with a glossy and matte top coat.



Next is "Acid Pop." A dusty lime green with pops of gold and green dots. This polish is inspired by one of the sweets available at Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. These lollipops are able to burn a hole in the tongue. For my swatch I used three thin coats with a glossy and matte top coat.  



The last crelly polish is "Every Flavour Beans." A purple base with a gold shimmer packed with 15 different coloured glitters. Inspired by the very popular Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, and they really do come in every flavour! For my swatch I used three in coats with a glossy and matte top coat. 



My favourite from the collection is "Levitating Sherbet Balls." Bright pink hexes and stars, pastel yellow dots, and neon yellow/green hexes with a touch of sparkle and iridescent glitters in a clear base. Inspired by Fizzing Whizbees, these sherbet balls cause a person to float. For my swatch I used one coat with a few extra glitters dabbed over "Baby's Got the Blues" by Miss Ashleigh with a glossy and matte top coat.



Next up is "Licorice Wand." Small silver hexes and holo stars, with black squares in a sparkly clear base. Inspired by a wand shaped sweet sold on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade. At first I layered this over a darkish red base, but this polish looks so much better layered over really bright colours! For my swatch I dabbed one coat over "Fruit Tingle" by Ulta3 with a glossy and matte top coat.



Last up for the Magic Treats Collection is "Sugar Quill." A soft glitter topper with silver, white, and iridescent glitters of all shapes and sizes. Inspired by the delicate sugar spun sweets that look just like real quills, and can be secretly consumed in class. For my swatch I used two thin coats over black with a glossy and matte top coat. 



The Magic Treats Collection is now available from Moonstone Polish with a 10% discount on individual shades and 20% off the whole collection until the 3rd of March. You can also check out Moonstone Polish on Facebook and Instagram

-Bettina

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Peita's Polish - Chicago Collection

A fabulous collection by Peita's Polish inspired by the musical Chicago. This collection contains mostly Floam style polishes (similar to those polishes from Peita's Polish Sweet Treats Collection), but with added sparkle!

First up is the super sparkly "Mr. Cellophane." A sparkly silver with a scattered holographic glow. I love this one, I can see myself using it as an accent nail a lot. For my swatch I used three thin coats and a top coat. Swatch photos are in shade and direct sunlight.



Next  up is "Roxy." When I first looked at this polish I felt like I would have to use a few coats to reach opacity. I was wrong. I only had to use two thin coats. It also has a slight shimmer to it. This bright red jelly is amazingly pigmented! If you are a hoarder of red polishes, this one is for you! 





"Razzle Dazzle" has white, medium and dark blue glitters in a clear base. This one has a touch of sparkle to it as well as the matte floam style glitters. For my swatch I layered two thin coats of "Baby's got the Blues" by Miss Ashleigh with a top coat.




"Good to Mama" This one is made up of matte white, teal. and purple glitters. I layered two thin coats over "Ski Teal We Drop" by O.P.I. with a top coat. 




"Cell Block Tango" has a really interesting mix of matte glitters including teal, purple, and yellow glitters. My swatch shows two thin coats over "Funky Dunkey" by O.P.I. 






"Funny Honey" I love the colour combination of this one! Pink, black, and yellow matte glitters. I layered two coats over black, and I love how it makes the pink and yellow pop! 





"All that Jazz" I love this one. It is soft and girly with just a touch of glitter, so pretty.  This one has sparkly pink glitter and matte white and yellow glitter. Two thin coats over "Pink Firday" by O.P.I. 



"Reach for the Gun" Can't go wrong with sparkly black, red, and silver. Another winning combination! For my swatch I used one thin coat over black.





All of these polishes are packed with glitter and work best in thin coats, but overall they are good formulas.

The Chicago Collection is now available from Peita's Polish on Etsy and Bigcartel stores with international shipping available.

-Bettina

Friday, 21 February 2014

Glam Polish - Nature's Beauty Trio

This is a trio from the nail polish gods! Three unique polishes inspired by nature.

"Bird of Paradise" is a lime green jelly packed with gorgeous holographic, metallic and matte glitters. For my swatch I used three thin coats with a top coat. For the amount of glitter that is packed into this polish it still has a smooth, workable formula.







"Black Opal." My favorite from the collection! This one has a black jelly base with holo charcoal glitter. This one has a similar formula to the polishes from the Cast a Spell Collection. When I was swatching the Cast a Spell Collection I wanted a black polish, and here is it! Simply amazing and so sparkly!  For my swatch I used three thin coats with a top coat.




"Aurora" has a blue jelly base and is packed with heaps of different glitters including holo stars. This one was particularly hard to capture. I can guarantee that this one is much more amazing in real life! For my swatch I used three thin coats with a top coat. Because there is so much glitter packed into this one it takes a little glitter placement, but nothing too major. Still a really good glitter to base ratio in  this formula. 





These Polishes are now available from Glam Polish for pre-order. "Bird of Paradise" is available for $9.95 and "Black Opal" and "Aurora" are $10.95 each. Glam Polish offers shipping to Australia and America. Other countries will be able to purchase from stockists late March.

-Bettina