Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

Hi guys! Just wanted to post a quick review of Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat which I bought from Kmart for $9.95 the other day. I seem to have a matte top coat shortage so wanted to see what this was like. Now since I already had on L'Oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and some stamping, I decided to topcoat it and see how it looked. Now the Sally Hansen bottle says to top coat directly to the polish you have applied, but since I already wore this with Seche Vite for a few days I thought I would see how that goes! LOL.
So here is Miss Pixie and Magic hour after the application of Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat
L'Oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

And here is the original finish of Miss Pixie and Magic Hour with Seche Vite Top Coat
L'Oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping


L'Oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

L'Oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

L'Oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

As you can see, the application of Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat certainly mattified the Seche Vite and the look of the polish underneath. The blue of L'Oreal Miss Pixie became more opaque and the glitters in Cirque Magic Hour became more pronounced at a tiny bit less sparkly, but not by much. They also look imbedded in the blue polish rather than floating on the top. I also like how the copper of Essie Penny Talk became more like used, dull copper :) I didn't think I would love the matte look as much as the shiny, and I don't..but I quite like it as a switch up, but not as my first preference. I had no trouble with application or dry time of the Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat and it wore very well for the 2 days I had it on!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

L'oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour

Hey guys! Here is another blue mani for you for Paint It Blue month for Autism Awareness. I love blue so a month of it is no great hardship! Today I have for you a Jelly and a glitter..with a little stamping thrown in for good measure. I'm having a few personal stress issue at the moment, some mine, some my family, some my friends which means I haven't had time to sit down and just paint my nails, or plan to paint my nails. I still have polish happening but mostly just fitting it in around hospital visits, work, cooking paleo food and some sleep. On the upside I feel more active? Wierd huh. So this is my nails that I am sporting at the moment. L'oreal Miss Pixie which is a brilliant blue jelly- 3 coats for this look. A top coat of Circque Magic Hour and some puzzle stamping with Essie Penny Talk.
L'oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping


L'oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping


L'oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping

L'oreal Miss Pixie with Cirque Magic Hour and Essie Penny Talk stamping

So, L'oreal Miss Pixie..love! Visible nail line, yeah, but so? Hehe. This was 3 coats and I probably could have done a 4th to make sure there was no VNL, but that was so not the point of having a jelly polish. Some fading at the tips with the polish but that is probably my application. Cirque Magic Hour has beautiful blue and copper flakie glitter in a clear base. I did have to add thinner to make the clear base less gluggy, but the glitters were easy to apply despite that. I matched up Essie Penny talk for my stamping and puzzle pieces were the choice of course! Hope you are ready for the week ahead..I wish there was more weekend than working week, LOL.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Paint It Blue- China Glaze Frostbite with Striping

Hey guys! Happy hump day :) Today I have for you some pics of the next Paint It Blue manicure I wore for the month of April. Yes, it's various blue for the entire month here. Today I have a straight swatch of China Glaze Frostbite and then some nail art I did with it. The only downside of coming into winter here is that there was no sun for the nail art pics :( I am going to have to get my lightbox out soon methinks. I had a little trouble with Frostbite, it's a gorgeous electric blue shimmer, but it was thin as all get out so I had to keep shaking the bottle in between application on each nail..so it was a bit time consuming but very worth it..you think?

China Glaze Frostbite

China Glaze Frostbite

China Glaze Frostbite
Gah, so pretty! The electric blue with blue shimmer is purty. This was 2 coats with top coat :)

Now, I attempted a Waterfall mani with the striping from the cuticle..but I failed completely. So I am just calling this a striping nail art. I used Kleancolor Catch Me, China Glaze Bahamian Escape, Kleancolor Metallic Aqua and Ulta3 New Years Eve. I also did an accent nail with New Years Eve and Essie Shine of the Times.
China Glaze Frostbite with striping and glitter

China Glaze Frostbite with striping and glitter

China Glaze Frostbite with striping and glitter
 There was no sun for the stripe mani pics, sorry about that :( It looks pretty good in the pics but was better with the sun out! Not sure what to do about the thin formula..maybe leave the bottle open for a bit to thicken up? I am still going to be painting it blue with the next mani..going to try and hit some untrieds. Hope your week is going well, check you laters!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Autism Awareness Week- Barry M Turquoise, OPI Eurso Eurso and China Glaze Dorothy Who?

Hey Guys! Hows your week or weekend going? This is my first week back from annual leave and being back at work is a steep getting out of bed early curve..and going to bed much earlier, LOL. This means I've also not really been blogging. I have been polishing my nails though! This week I wore blue for Paint It Blue for Austism Awareness. I am going to be painting my nails blue for this month as I have plenty of blues in my stash :) Today I have for you what I wore this week. Barry M Turquoise was the base, I then used striping tape to do a strip of China Glaze Dorothy Who? and the tips with OPO Eurso Eurso. I also stamped my ring finger with Eurso Eurso and colored in a little jigsaw piece with Dorothy Who? Sorry for the tip wear but this is nearly a week down the track so it's done well!

Austism Awareness- OPI Eurso Eurso, Barry M Turquoise and China Glaze Dorothy Who? with puzzle stamping

Austism Awareness- OPI Eurso Eurso, Barry M Turquoise and China Glaze Dorothy Who? with puzzle stamping


Austism Awareness- OPI Eurso Eurso, Barry M Turquoise and China Glaze Dorothy Who? with puzzle stamping

 I completely loved how this looked, I am pretty proud of my striping tape placement..I am sure my tongue poking out whilst I am concentrating make all the difference! I was being super careful so I think that helps. The stamping gods were with me on the day,  so overall  I was really happy with how things turned out!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Pretty Serious The Pink One and Claris

Hi guys! I've been real life busy..had a lovely holiday in paradise (otherwise known as Fiji) and came back to some family issues, house cleaning and general de-cluttering and trying to get stuff done around the house. Back to work next week :( I've not really been doing my nails..no time, AND when I have done my nails on Thursday, the polish and the top coat just didn't set and ended up being a big fat mess, ugh. Last night I finally got around to putting on something really non work appropriate that I didn't manage to ding or smudge or completely stuff up. Today I have for you just a straight swatch of Pretty Serious The Pink One with Claris on the tips. The Pink One is an amazing pink that is so neon and bright with some lovely flashes of blue.

Pretty Serious The Pink  One and Claris
This is 2 coats of The Pink One, with Claris dabbed on the tips and a coat of Seche Vite :)

Pretty Serious The Pink  One and Claris


Pretty Serious The Pink  One and Claris
 Gorgeous flashes of blue :)

Well, I am going to attempt some nail art without stuffing that up as well! I don't feel out of practice but maybe my mojo is just not there at the moment. Ah well, try and try again till I am back in the swing of it. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee

Hi guys! Hope you are having a great day. Today I have for you Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee in a holographic mash up mani. You might have seen the swatches of Gold Idol I posted a little bit ago, and the next step for me was to see if the mani could evolve a bit further and I wanted to see how well Lilypad Lacquer Zombee went with Gold Idol. For this look I did a gradient with all my fingers with Gold Idol and Zombee and on my middle finger I stamped with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee. The look that came out was like I had dipped my finger is fluro yellow and the stamping was subtle but lovely :) I really loved it. 


Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee gradient and stamping+
Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee gradient and stamping


Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee gradient and stamping
 Truly lovely rainbows!

Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee gradient and stamping

Layla Gold Idol with Lilypad Lacquer Zombee gradient and stamping

Completely love how these two polishes work together, different enough to see the gradient but they do blend nicely. The Layla Gold Idol is a strong linear holo and you can see the lovely holo in Zombee as well but it has a touch more pigment than holo. I love that Zombee stamps nicely. I can't get the Layla holo polishes to stamp, so I do love that the Lilypad ones do :) What do you think of this look? Love or hate? Let me know!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

piCture pOlish Midnight Meteor

Hi guys! Today I have for you a piCture pOlish I won on instagram giveaway, one of the relatively new "bijou holo" polishes called Midnight Meteor. Midnight Meteor is a gorgeous dark blue polish that I loooove. This is a dark blue that isn't so dark that you have to squint to make sure its blue, not black. It's a dark royal blue really with lovely scattered holo..it would be a great base for a galaxy mani! I used 2 coats of Midnight meteor for this mani and the coats were super easy to apply. This swatch has top coat :)

Picture Polish Midnight Meteor

Picture Polish Midnight Meteor

Picture Polish Midnight Meteor


Picture Polish Midnight Meteor


Picture Polish Midnight Meteor

 Hope you love this polish as much as I do! I like polish that is just a little bit different and I can't wait to try a galaxy look with this as a base. Hope you are having a great day!

Kmart Pink Minx Skittles- taping, studs and glitter.

Hi guys! Today I have for you Pink Minx, which I wore a little while ago and I wanted to bling this lovely neon polish with some taping, studs and of course, a glitter accent nail. I do like my glitter accent nails and my ring finger seems to be the finger of choice! lol. Now, Pink Minx is a neon pink that I bought from Kmart for a whole $3 and I do love the formula, coverage and brush. Make sure you are well ventilated as they stink like Kleencolor polishes do! For this skittles mani I used some gorgeous neon studs I bought here, at Drama Queen Nails and placed them on my pointer finger. I did a taped off diagonal tip on my middle finger. I did a gradient of glitter using Crowstoes Heartless on my ring finger and I did a mani tip with some silver striping tape on my little finger :)


Kmart Pink Minx with neon studs, taping tip, striping tape and glitter gradient accent nail
Middle finger diagonal tape mani using China Glaze Something Sweet on the tip.

Kmart Pink Minx with neon studs, taping tip, striping tape and glitter gradient accent nail


Kmart Pink Minx with neon studs, taping tip, striping tape and glitter gradient accent nail

Kmart Pink Minx with neon studs, taping tip, striping tape and glitter gradient accent nail

 I wish I had captured the true beauty of Crowstoes Heartless, it's a gorgeous hot pink holographic glitter and I really didn't manage to get the best pic of it! Next time. I think I did pretty well with my taped tip look but you can see a little bit of tip wear as I wore this at work and worked pretty darned hard that day. I wash my hands and expose them to icky chemicals alot. Most of the girls laugh at my constant handcream/cuticle oil use but if I don't they get so dry. Plus I am still using some of the Essence Apple Cinnamon hand cream that came out last June (for $2 I may have quite a few!) and I love how it smells and how quickly it sinks in at work, and for $2 I don't feel bad for using heaps at work! Hope you are having a great day..I am still on holidays..talk to you soon! 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Scofflaw Wraith Pinned to the Mist and NerdLacquer Event Horizion

Hi guys! It's my birthday today..and this post was scheduled last week as I am on holidays :) This is a look I wore recently and since I love NerdLacquer and am determined to have a complete set one day. One of my recent grabby hands was Event Horizon. Event Horizon is a gorgeous dark teal jelly with silver hexs and microglitter. Now since I wanted to mix this up I used Event Horizon as an accent nail with Scofflaw Wraith Pinned to the Mist on the rest of my fingers. Scofflaw has an awesome polish with Wraith Pinned to the Mist, its an aqua shimmer polish filled with blue, violet, green, and gold sparks as well as delicate gold flakes and is stunning on it's own.  I then stamped with A-England St George with a floral pattern from Emily de Molly plate. For this manicure I used 3 coats of Scofflaw and 3 coats of Nerdlacquer


Scofflaw Wraith Pinned to the Mist with Nerdlacquer Event Horizon and stamping with A-England St. George

Scofflaw Wraith Pinned to the Mist with Nerdlacquer Event Horizon and stamping with A-England St. George


Scofflaw Wraith Pinned to the Mist with Nerdlacquer Event Horizon and stamping with A-England St. George

Scofflaw Wraith Pinned to the Mist with Nerdlacquer Event Horizon and stamping with A-England St. George

The Scofflaw Polish Wraith Pinned to the Mist is a lovely aqua polish and because it's surrounded by lots of teal/green it takes on the greeney tone. I loved how this looked and it's definitely an Autumn look. We are having a second wind of summer though so I am back to the bright colors after this! Hope you are having a great day, I am sure I am having a massage and then a lovely dinner for my birthday :)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Layla Gold Idol

Hey Guys! Here is an oldie but a goodie when it comes to sunny and holo polishes. Today I have for you Gold Idol from Layla. This is a strong linear holo polish that is meant to be gold, but to me, leans more towards yellow on the nail. This doesn't detract from how lovely it is, but if you wanted to do a skittle with gold polish, it might not match exactly. For this swatch I used 2 coats of Layla Gold Idol with no base coat and Seche top coat. 


Layla Gold Idol

Layla Gold Idol


Layla Gold Idol

For the Layla holographic polishes, you do need to make sure you use the buffer that comes with it so your nail are nice and smooth and you can't see any ridges or that will show up in the polish. I did use Nfu Oh Aqua Base which also helps with the holographic finish and the holo was not dulled by a top coat :) There are some awesome holo polishes out there but I still have a special place in my heart for the Layla ones :) Hope you are having a great day..I am still on holidays so this is scheduled from the past for the future...ooer!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A-England BriarWood, Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake and Gold Stamping

Hi guys! So you saw a swatch of A-England Briarwood that I wore a little while ago. Of course I couldn't leave it well alone and had to bling up Briarwood with some glitter, a gradient and stamping. I decided to accent my ring finger with Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake which is a gold glitter that turns a lovely purple in the sun. I did a mini gradient with Briarwood and Dance Legend Roz on my ring finger and I stamped with China Glaze passion.
A-England Briarwood with Dance Legend Roz Gradient, China Glaze passion stamping and Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake glitter accent
Holo sparkles!

A-England Briarwood with Dance Legend Roz Gradient, China Glaze passion stamping and Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake glitter accent

A-England Briarwood with Dance Legend Roz Gradient, China Glaze passion stamping and Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake glitter accent
 The holographicness of Briarwood is still gorgeous! :)

A-England Briarwood with Dance Legend Roz Gradient, China Glaze passion stamping and Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake glitter accent
I stamped off center on my middle finger, but I don't care! LOL

Completely love how you can have a base of a lovely polish and completely change it up to something slightly different and individualize your look! I love Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake and wish I had captured a pic of it in it's gold sparkly state not in the sun, oh well. It's super pretty under UV light in it's purple state :) The gold stamping is a classic contrast and makes this mani elegant I think. Hope you enjoyed this look..and you have a great day..

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus

Hey guys! It's been a week since I've posted. Life has happened a little bit and work has been super nuts. No, really. I've also been helping my sister with a few medical things, so time has run short or more to the point..sunlight for photos! LOL. I am going to have to figure out how to set up my lightbox properly. Haven't managed to do it right for 2 years..so maybe the 3rd year is a charm? It''s Sunday night here and there has been much washing done today..like 6 loads..sheets, towels, clothes...you name it, it has been washed. Might have a mini holiday coming up..yay!
Tonight I have for you Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus. I am in an orange phase..I have China Glaze Koi Pond with Inglot 205 and Daring Digits Copperline on my toes. Flakie orange and glitter..its awesome! I am going to bling up my Sassy Citrus further tomorrow..but today I just enjoyed orange and holo..love!


Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus


Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus


Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus

Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus

 This was 2 coats of Lilypad Lacquer Sassy Citrus. As always I love how pigmented these polishes are. This one has a scattered holo and is very pretty. This does lean towards the coppery orange and I really love that. The application was amazing and I purchased mine from the Lilypad Lacquer Etsy store which you need to check back from time to time to see when it's open :)