Sunday, 6 July 2014

piCture pOlish Hot Lips

Hey guys, long time no post. I haven't died, although I felt like it about a week and half ago. I was sooooooo sick with the cough/cold bugs going around that I had to resort to antibiotics (which I hate!) I was even too sick to do my nails *shock horror*. Although whilst I was sick I was suckered into Ghost Adventures/Ghost Hunters. Now, both these shows are about paranormal investigations and have very different styles. I initially thought Hunters was a bit better, but..they don't stay the whole night and they don't interact with the spirits. So of course, they catch not much! Ghost Adventures interact alot and as the series go along they learn alot (and become less douche like- Zac I am looking at you..) and the places they investigate are so interesting. So I guess I am a bit of a GAC convert. I've seen a ghost/spirit before and at the time was pretty scary due to the presence you feel. I can't imagine doing that all the time!

Anyways, nail polish. I have been wearing it. I have been taking some pics. I haven't been posting..erm sorry. I just haven't been feeling super creative and it's winter and my pics suck in winter. Anyway, I am committing to at least 3 posts a week..Mon, Wed and Fridays..so hold me to it m'kay?  

Here for you today is my NOTD and base for some nail art laters on in the week :) piCture pOlish hot lips. Now I probably should have worn this over white to make this more neon..but yeah, time and I it's one of my pet peves. Polish should be awesome on it's own without extra's! LOL.

picture polish hot lips



picture polish hot lips

Such a pretty color, no? It makes winter seem less..cold..I guess. HATE Winteeeeeeeeer!
I would love to live in a temperate place all year round. Anyways, as scattered as my thoughts are a the moment, I am going to attempt some nail art. Catch you tomorrows!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Lilypad Lacquer Violet Blaze

Hey guys, what is it with winter that saps the energy? I think it's going to work in the dark and the cold and then coming home in the dark and the cold that gets me, bleh. Trying to get back on the healthy eating wagon which means preparing and cooking food takes up way more time than I'd like. Although on my "free" day I have been searching for a Po Boy just like Killer Po Boys in NOLA, have found a reasonable substitute here in cold ass Melbourne, but there really ain't nothing like the real thing!

So, today I have for you something I received in my What's Indie Box which is an Indie box here in Australia. This months one was a holographic special which contained all holos! Yay. Here is Lilypad Lacquer Violet Blaze from what's indie box :)



 Wow, isn't that pretty! The holo is gorgeous of course, the Violet is the lovely purple pigment and the "Blaze" is actually a pink/red fleck that runs throughout the polish. Of course this is better seen in the shade..and I might have forgotten to get good shots of that without some nail art..so, here is pics of Lilypad Lacquer Violet Blaze with stamping and french tip using OPI Push and Shove and a subtle accent nail on my pinkie of Nfu Oh 51. These pics are in a light box.

You can see especially on my middle finger that there is a lovely pink fleck running through the polish. This is prominent in the shade but in full sunlight the linear holo finish stand out. 
I am helping a friend move house on the weekend, so we'll see how the nails fare! Hopefully some catch up posts this weekend! Tomorrow is my Friday and I can't wait :)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Loki's Lacquer We Are Happy Little Vegemites

Hi guys! Today I have for you a brown holographic glitter polish that is super unique as it was a part of an Australia Day raffle that I won at least 2 Australia Days ago. This was made by the lovely Tara from Loki's Lacquer and celebrates all that is Australian...Vegemite! Now, Vegemite is something all Aussie kids are raised on, it's a yeast extract dark brown spread that is absolutely yummy on toast with lots of butter or in a cheese toasty (btw, only a thin spread is required or it's far too much!) and in nail polish form it looks like..this!
 Loki's Lacquer We Are Happy Little Vegemites- gorgeous brown holo with red and yellow glitters.

Looks like like the jar, but prettier, yes?


So happy I managed to catch the 0.3 seconds of sunlight we had today in cold old winterey Melbourne. Some people love winter, not I..I like warmth, daylight and sunlight (for holo's of course!). Tara, the owner of Loki's Lacquer isn't currently making polish..so I love that I have a few of her special polishes :)

Monday, 2 June 2014

SIMPLES- Week 3, Ombre- Grey to Black

Hi guys! It's been a little while...life has gotten in the way of blogging. I have been polishing and I'll try and catch up a bit this week with my posts. I am currently trying to stick to a challenge or two. Today I have for you the SIMPLES challenge- Nail Art from Muggle to Mastery, which is a basics nail art onwards created by The Crumpet. You can check out Crumpets post here. This week is week 3 (I have one and two somewhere, erm, yes..let me go find the pics) anyways this is Ombre. Ombre is best described by The Crumpet as "Ombre literally means shadow, in French.  An ombre mani, therefore, is one where the nails move through varying SHADES of the same colour, from light to dark, or dark to light, across the entire hand". Good to know how this differs from gradients!

 Since I am trying to do my nails and nail art with my untrieds still, I did a grey to black Ombre today. Now warning pics, with thumbs in it. Not my thing, haven't figured out how to do it gracefully yet so..sorry there.

Grey to Black Ombre with Nubar Citadel, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Haunting and Nails Inc Leather Effect Noho
L-R, Nubar Citadel, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Haunting and Nails Inc Leather Effect Noho.

Grey to Black Ombre with Nubar Citadel, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Haunting and Nails Inc Leather Effect Noho

Grey to Black Ombre with Nubar Citadel, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Haunting and Nails Inc Leather Effect Noho

Grey to Black Ombre with Nubar Citadel, China Glaze Recycle, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Haunting and Nails Inc Leather Effect Noho

 I threw in a few doozys at the end with this Ombre..a glitter/black and a texture. Not sure it's strictly in the rules, but ya know, it's nails and nail art so why not have a little fun! Catch you in 2 days..I have a day off and hope to sort out the posts lying around on my puter! Mwah xoxo.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Lady Varnishes Oubliette- Untried May, Black Polish

So, I have quite a few untried black polishes, and I am super out of kilter with untried May, ah well. This is an untried and I know that I have already tried a polish by The Lady Varnishes, but Oubliette, which is a gorgeous black polish with orange and blue flecks was the reason I bought some of the other Labyrinth theme polishes by her. I did had Azature Black Diamond polish out to pop on and instead I reached for The Lady Varnishes Oubliette. Isn't Oubliette an awesome word in itself? I absolutely love Labyrinth and David Bowie has never looked better...it is still one of my favorite movies of all time. The Secretary with James Spader is at the other end of the spectrum of my fave movies..then there is Army of Darkness- Bruce Campbell, need I say more?
Anyways Oubliette is a black crelly polish with electric blue fleck and orange flecks..for this swatch I used 2 coats and Seche Vite top coat.

The Lady Varnishes Oubliette


 The Lady Varnishes Oubliette

The Lady Varnishes Oubliette

The Lady Varnishes Oubliette


The Lady Varnishes Oubliette

The Lady Varnishes Oubliette

I really love how the blue glitter glows! This was super pretty on and of course I thought it would make a good base for a galaxy mani..which I will post in my next post :)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Ulta3 BlackBerry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation- Utried May Purple

So can you tell by the title of my blog post..I have a lot of purple and quite a few untrieds! LOL. I had a hard time deciding what purple to try on so layered a few until I had a purple glowy concoction. I've been playing with my lightbox, so hopefully I have some better pics, but as soon as I see a bit a sun outside, don't worry I'll be snapping some daylight shots.
So for these looks, I started with a layer of Ulta3 Blackberry Tart which is a dark purple jelly. I then topped it with Revlon Grape Fizz. Here is a few pics.

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz

First of all, Revlon Grape Fizz smells amazing and yummy! I really liked the blue and purple micro flecks in this polish and because I couldn't leave well alone I thought I would layer Cirque Coronation.
Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation
 Lightbox Photo

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation
Lightbox Photo

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation
 Lightbox Photo

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation
Photo in full sunlight

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation
 Photo in full sunlight

Ulta3 Blackberry Tart with Revlon Grape Fizz and Cirque Coronation 
 Photo in full sunlight
So loving purple..the layers of BlackTart, Grape Fizz and Coronation all bring something different to the end result. Blue flecks, purple fleck and red/green shift is all so pretty be it in the sun or the shade. There are also some scattered holo particles which you can see in the full sun. I'm having alot of fun finding untried polishes hiding in each draw of my helmer, although I think I could do a few months of untrieds! Next untried is black...:)

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Savvy Mint Julep with blue and green stamping - Green/Blue for Untried May

Helloooo, I have been keeping up with The Amy's Untried Challenge but haven't been doing very well with keeping up with my blogging, so here is a bit of a mash up of Green and Blue. For green I used Savvy Mint Julep, which in my opinion is leaning more blue than green. What do you think? Anyways I really liked this color be it blue or green and poppped on top of it Happy Hands For British Eyes Only on my ring finger for an accent then stamped with Hits Hera and Color Club Blue Heaven.


Savvy Mint Julep with Hits Hera and Color Clue Blue Haven


Savvy Mint Julep with Hits Hera and Color Clue Blue Haven

Savvy Mint Julep with Hits Hera and Color Clue Blue Haven

Savvy Mint Julep with Hits Hera and Color Clue Blue Haven

Hmm, the blue and green stamping had a lot more contrast in real life. Hera is a dark green and you can see it best in the bottom pic near the cuticle of the nail. Blue Heaven is a light blue..in these pics the circles all just look holographic! For British Eyes Only has some lovely blue and green glitters in it in a blue jelly base..overall this mani looks more blue than green to me, so a slight fail, but it was still pretty to wear! Now, onto some purple polish.....

Thursday, 8 May 2014

L'Oreal Bananarama Love with stamping- Yellow for Untried May

Hi guys! I have a bit of a mani fail for you today but you know, you get that sometimes.. I was going for a tropical flower theme for my yellow untried of L'oreal Bananarama Love. Not this was super sucessful, what do you think? For this look I did 4 coats of Bananarama Love which is a yellow jelly polish. I did an accent nail of Ulta3 Showstopper (black and white glitter-untried) and stamped with China Glaze Liquid Leather (not untried!) and Seche Vite top coat.
L'oreal Bananarama Love with Ulta3 Showstopper glitter and stamping

L'oreal Bananarama Love with Ulta3 Showstopper glitter and stamping

L'oreal Bananarama Love with Ulta3 Showstopper glitter and stamping

L'oreal Bananarama Love with Ulta3 Showstopper glitter and stamping

 So, I think this would have been better with a brighter yellow or with a glitter sandwich..hmm? Anyways, it was a bit of fun and I used 2 untrieds and I quite liked the actual stamp I used. It's almost the end of the week here..thank goodness. Just have to survive tomorrow. I think my green and blue untried polish is going to be a mash up of 2 into one! See you tomorrow :)

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Face Of Australia Some Like It Hot and OPI Jinx- Orange for Untried May

Hello...orange..do you love it or hate it? I never gave orange polish much thought in the past apart from "only old people wear orange"..boy was I wrong. Corals and oranges are amongst some of my most fave polishes to wear, neon on toes is a must for summer and suprisingly the brighter the better on my nails is the only way to go. So, I was out and  about and saw Face of Australia had a sale in Big W. So I thought I was ping the barcode on the Screen Siren collection and to my suprise they were a whole $1.75, so of course..they all came home with me. This collection is all inspired by Marilyn Monroe and this one is called Some Like It Hot and is a bright leaning neon orange.

Face of Australia Some Like It Hot
This is 2 coats of FOA Some Like It hot with top coat.

Face of Australia Some Like It Hot

Face of Australia Some Like It Hot

Then to add a bit of bling I thought I would do texture tips with OPI Jinx which is a Coral orange but looks like I dipped my fingers in sugar! 
Face of Australia Some Like It Hot with OPI Jinx

Face of Australia Some Like It Hot with OPI Jinx

Face of Australia Some Like It Hot with OPI Jinx

So, this wasn't particularly nail arty, but I sometimes the simple manis are the most effective. I really loved how this one looked. The contrast in the oranges and the textures was so bling and I really didn't want to take it off! 

Pretty Serious Hell On Wheels and Vicious Vampire- Red for Untried May

Hello, hello! I am slowly but surely catching up with Untried May month..Today I have one of 2 post, and this is for May the 5th- Red! I have already done a red jelly on 2nd of May but I couldn't resist these reds by Pretty Serious. Today I have for you Pretty Serious Hell on Wheels with an accent nail of Vicious Vampire. Pretty Serious Hell on Wheels is a gorgeous vibrant red and for this swatch I used to 2 coats with top coat.The accent nail was also 2 coats with Vicious Vampire and a top coat which matched Hell on Wheels so well in vibrancy but has blue flecks and red glitters throughout :)

Pretty Serious Hell On Wheels with Vicious Vampire accent nail


Pretty Serious Hell On Wheels with Vicious Vampire accent nail

Pretty Serious Hell On Wheels with Vicious Vampire accent nail

Pretty Serious Hell On Wheels with Vicious Vampire accent nail

How do you not love these reds together? They are just gorgeous polishes by themselves and the formula for both were excellent, together is a match made in polish heaven. I have a few more Pretty Serious polishes I am keen to pull out for Untried May. I tend to grabby hands all the lovely colors and forget which pretties I have stashed! Loving untried May so far :) What do you think of these 2..do you have them? You can buy some Pretty Serious at their website, here and they are having a sale at the moment, with selected polishes for $5.95 AUD!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Illamasqua Glitterati - Glitter for Untried May

Hey guys, today I have for you a nail art look this is using Glitter for May 4th in the Untried May and The Amy's Untried Challenge. Now, I have quite a few glitter polishes that I haven't tried but when I was looking among all the pretty polish I realized I haven't tried either of the 2 Illamasqua's I own and Glitterati is the perfect cold weather color. For the base of this nail art look I used another untried OPI Meet Me on the Star Ferry, 2 coats with a top coat then I used striping tape placed at different thicknesses to create and increasing width stripe down each nail. Glitterati is a gorgeous maroon polish with holo gitter..so I did an accent nail with the full glitter polish in all it's glory.

OPI Meet Me On The Star Ferry with Illamasqua Glitterati striping nail art
 Pics are in a lightbox with flash


OPI Meet Me On The Star Ferry with Illamasqua Glitterati striping nail art
Holographic glitter goodness!

OPI Meet Me On The Star Ferry with Illamasqua Glitterati striping nail art

 The flash captures what I would imagine sunlight would, and OPI Meet Me on the Star Ferry has a surprising scattered holographic bling to it.Illamasqua Glitterati is lovely and squishy and the holo glitters are easy to apply with not much fishing required. I wish I had some daylight to take better pics but with 10 hour shifts and winter coming, it gets harder :(