Saturday, 28 February 2015

Stained Glass Polishes by Powder Perfect

These polishes are amazing! Powder Perfect set a new standard for lead lighting polishes. These stained glass polishes are available individually, as a full set or as a set of just primary colours. I have all seven colours to share. They are all fantastic colours and are super pigmented, yet still sheer. There is only one thing that I feel these polishes are missing, a green shade! It is easy enough to mix a green using the yellow and blue primary colours, but I am lazy. So I would have liked a leafy green shade to complete the collection. The colours include "Cerulean" (primary blue), "Tracery" (dark green/teal), "Charlemagne" (dark purple), "Cranberry Glass" (dark berry red), "Medieval" (bright primary red), "Flora" (neon pink), and "Illuminate" (bright primary yellow).

First up I had to try all of the polishes together. For this crazy looking design I started with a white base then stamped EDM10 over the top with black polish. I added a top coat to stop the black polish from smudging then I coloured everything in with the stained glass polishes and a dotting tool. It is not my best nail art, but for the purpose of reviewing the polish it was perfect. As you can see all of the colours are really bright and pigmented (especially that yellow!), yet still sheer enough to be used for lead lighting over stamping.

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Next up is just the trio of primary colours. Since these three colours are available separately I thought it would be beneficial to review these three as a somewhat separate collection in case anyone was curious in just the three colours. Overall the primary colour trio is fantastic! Everything you need is in three polishes. The colours mix together nicely to create a green shade. However, my purple didn't turn out as good as I would have liked. So if you love your purples, I would recommend getting the purple shade to add to the primary trio, then you're all covered. For my nail art I used EDM stamping plate 03.

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I was particularly drawn to the darker red and purple shades, so I did a special flower mani using these shades. For this I used stamping plate EDM13 over "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. For the petals I used "Charlemagne" (dark purple), "Cranberry Glass" (dark berry red), "Medieval" (bright primary red), and "Illuminate" (bright primary yellow) for the center. I finished it off with a matte top coat (going a bit mate crazy recently).

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I have been trying to create the perfect peacock nails since I started in nail art. I think I have come close. These shades are the perfect peacock colours. For the feather I stamped EDM04 and the glitter is Powder Perfect "She's Gone Orna-mental" from the December What's In-die Box? 2013. The stained glass polishes that I used for this are "Cerulean" (primary blue), "Tracery" (dark green/teal) and "Charlemagne" (dark purple).

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

The glitter polish is so pretty and it reminds me of a beautiful peacock so here is a close up of the glitters.

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These stained glass polish are fantastic for lead lighting, but I was also interested in what else I could do with them. So I layered a few colours over "The Stars are Brightly Shining" by Powder Perfect (silver glitter flakie polish). Fantastically you can still see the glitter sparkling through the stained glass polishes. To me this really signifies something amazing that can be used for a wide range of things. On my ring finger I sponged some of the stained glass polishes over the sparkly silver base. They sponged on really well and blended with ease. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I thought about doing a glitter jelly sandwich, but I've done them before (and will do it again with these polishes soon). So this time I did a stamping jelly sandwich. I started with "Cherry Red" by Sally Hansen, then in white I stamped with NC02. Next I did a quick coat of "Medieval" to sandwich the stamping.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I finished off by stamping over it again with NC02. So, it is stamping over a stamping jelly sandwich. Pretty cool I think. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Final words.... AWESOME!

-Bettina

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Born Pretty Stamping Plates Review

I was sent six stamping plates from the Born Pretty Store to review. I have really been getting back into stamping recently. I've tried to do as many different stamping techniques as I could think of, I've done plan stamping, gradient stamping, stamping over a gradient, lead lighting and reverse stamping. I was also sent a black stamping polish from the Born Pretty Store, however when I went to use it the polish was not opaque enough to use for stamping, so I didn't end up using it at all.





First plate is BP-41. I stamped using "Snow" by Celestial Cosmetics over a pink and purple gradient using "Fairy Floss" and "Wisteria" by Picture Polish.  This plate stamped beautifully! 

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The next stamping plate is BP-04. I used "Tail Feather" by Picture Polish then stamped over the top with "Denim" by Celestial Cosmetics. Another stamping plate that I had no problems with.

Lighting: In light box


Next up is some lead lighting using plate BP-43. I used "Baby's Got The Blues" by Miss Ashleigh then I stamped with "Pitch" by Celestial Cosmetics. I then went in and filled the star shapes with "Cello Yellow" "Seeing Red" "Peek-A-Boo Purple" and "Marine Blue" which are the Ulta3 water colour polishes.  They weren't the best to use for lead lighting because the colours were very sheer, but I tried. 

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Next up is plate BP-10. I love the design on this plate, but I found that I had to use my metal scraper and harder Konad stamper to pick up the image. I used my favourite red, "Fading Tapestry" by Powder Perfect as my base then stamped over the top using "Pitch" by Celestial Cosmetics.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box



I used stamping plate BP-31. For this design I used the advanced reverse stamping technique. I used "Tone It Up" "Emerald Inten-city" "Bright Me" "Block It Out" and "Palette Play" all by Ulta3.

Lighting: In light box
Lighting: In light box



Last is a stamped gradient using plate BP-05. I used "Satin Cloud" by Mud as my base then stamped with "Meet Minty" by Mud and "Leaf" by Celestial Cosmetics.

Lighting: In light box

My favourite thing about these stamping plates, besides the beautiful images, is that they are the perfect size to fit into my Bundle Monster stamping plate folder. Many of my other stamping plates, like the ones from Emily de Molly and MoYou London are too big to fit into the slots of the folder.

-Bettina

Thursday, 12 February 2015

December What's In-die Box?

I just realized that I never posted my swatches of the December What's In-die Box?! I've had the polishes swatched for a while, but I just forgot to post them. I realized that I hadn't posted them when I saw the theme for the March box. I buy the boxes based on the theme. The March theme is Disney Princesses, I have to have it. Any way, back to the December box, the theme was An Aussie Christmas (a must have theme box)!


"Sun, Sand & Surf" by Lilypad Lacquer. This pretty sparkly polish has fine gold glitter, with tiny blue and orange glitter.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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"Harbour Lights" by Glam Polish. A dark green, almost black, holographic polish.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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"Seafood Delight" - by Peita's Polish. The best way I can explain this polish is as a neon pastel orange with a subtle gold shimmer.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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"Gotta Have Pav" - by McKfresh Nail Attire. My personal favourite from this box. A creamy white, with flakies and shimmer.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box


"Christmas In Paradise" - by Glittering Elements. A glistening holographic paradise blue.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Each month What's In-die Box? is available from Peita's Polish.

-Bettina

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blossom Forecast Duo by Powder Perfect

Is there anything more exciting than a new Mei Mei's Signaures exclusive duo?! This is the limited edition Blossom Forecast Duo. These pretties by Powder Perfect are inspired by the Japanese Cheery Blossoms. Such a beautiful inspiration for some beautiful polishes. For each of my swatches I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

"Ephemeral Blossom" - A very pale pink/lavender crelly with various glitters, including turquoise, pinks, and purples. Inspired by and named after the beautiful, yet fleeting Japanese Cherry Blossoms. Each year the Cherry Blossoms flower in Japan for up to a fortnight and symbolise the ephemeral nature of our mortal lives. With the fast growing popularity of holographic and flakie polishes in the indie world I love that Powder Perfect still makes, what I consider to be, classic glitter crelly indie polishes.


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight



"Hanami" - An amazing polish filled with a variety of glitters, including silver flakies, pink and green glitters. This polish beautifully captures the pastime of picnicking under the Cherry Blossom trees. My personal favourite from the duo.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash


These pretties are now available from Mei Mei's Signatures.

-Bettina

Monday, 9 February 2015

Fairytale Life Duo by Glam Polish

It's time for this months Glam Polish and Mei Mei's Signatures exclusive duo! However, these will be available from Moo Moo's Signatures instead of Mei Mei's usual shop.  Only one set is available per customer and each set is $37 (SDG).  This is a super bright duo and the colours are unforgeable. For both of my swatches I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.

"Beauty Queen" - A bright purple holo with magenta/blue/purple glass flecks and fine silver holo micro glitter. If you are a lover of purple polishes, this one is a must have. It has such a deep rich colour.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box


"Princess Parking Only" - A bright shimmery fuchsia with fine silver holo micro glitter. This pink is so bright that I compared it too all of the other bright pinks that I have by Glam Polish, and this is by far the brightest out of all the pinks that I own! 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

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I couldn't resist doing a quick chevron mani with the two polishes!

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-Bettina

Glam Polish Over the Rainbow Flakies Part 1

February sees us the beginning of a new series, the Over the Rainbow Flakies. For each part there are five stunning polishes. Each polish has holographic sparkle and large rainbow flakies and glass flecks. This series is inspired by one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and a place that is close to Glam Polish creators heart, the Hawaiian Islands. These polishes capture the beauty and mysteries of the magnificent islands. As expected from Glam Polish, these polishes have outstanding and easy to work with formulas. For each of my swatches I used three thin coats plus a gloss top coat.


"Leilani" - Meaning heavenly flower, this stunning polish has holo with indigo/teal iridescent flakies and deep blue and magenta glass flecks in a deep plum jelly base.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Ohana" - meaning family (makes me think of Lio and Stitch "Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind") this polish has a dark cherry red base with holo, red/yellow iridescent flakies and pink and gold glass flecks. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Hibiscus" - named after the beautiful tropical flower this bright coral polish has holo glitter, rainbow iridescent flakies, red, peach, and gold glass flecks. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Nalu"-  meaning surf this deep blue has a sprinkling of holo glitter and green/teal iridescent flakies, and deep blue, turquoise, and bright blue glass flecks. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Moloka'i" - named after one of the Hawaiian islands, often called the friendly island, this pretty green polish has a holo base with green/yellow iridescent flakies, and yellow and turquoise glass flecks. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box




These five stunning polishes are part 1 of the Over the Rainbow Flakies series and are now available from Glam Polish with shipping to Australia and America. Part 2 will be released next month along with the March collection (get excited for the upcoming collection!!!).


-Bettina