Thursday, 6 March 2014
Life has been far too busy again, but I hope you haven't suffered too much while you wait for my posts! And I have so many mani's to show you too. The first one I'm going to showcase though is the lovely holographic polish by Emily de Molly namely On Edge, obviously worn when the weather was much nicer.
On to my mani then, two coats of Emily de Molly On Edge a grey green holographic polish that really blazes in the sunlight. (I could stare at my nails all day when the holographic blaze is this good) Followed by a Seche Vite top coat which did not dull the blaze at all!
Saturday, 22 February 2014
When Cult Nails had their pre-sale on for the set of four polishes in their Passionate Dreams Collection I was a bit hesitant to buy them as there was a wax finish polish in there that I was unsure about. I like my nails to be glossy or sparkly or both together! Anyhoo I stuck Cult Nails Kiss on my mitts and decided I could always take it off after the photos. Well after getting used to the soft effect and gorgeous colour, Kiss stayed on for the week. (I'm not quite there with matte polish yet).
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Cult Nails have recently bought out a set of four polishes named Passionate Dreams Collection which I snapped up in their pre-sale, and I am so glad I did. The first one I have to show you is Angel Whispers a beautiful textured pale sparkly pink which dries a bit matt.
Around about at the same time I had some Born Pretty water decals to use. My mani was two coats Cult Nails Angel Whispers followed by Seche Vite top coat and then the Born Pretty water decals followed by another top coat of Seche Vite to seal the decal. This man looks a lot softer and delicate in real life and it might just be a contender for a Bridal mani later this year!
Valentines Day and not having the time to do a new mani I just put OPI Pirouette My Whistle and declared my mani good to go! Did this actually add anything to my mani? Well I have to say not really, Cult Nails Angel Whispers is really good enough by itself!
Monday, 10 February 2014
Yes I'm afraid it was a very sad day when my Father-in-Law finally succumbed to cancer. I didn't really get to know him well, but his legacy of love and kindness lives on in my husband along with a wonderful singing voice. However before he died he did say his favourite colours were navy and gold. Whilst thinking about these colours, I thought about the significance they have had in my own life:- my secondary school tie was navy with two gold stripes, plus many years later my university colours on our Bachelor gowns were navy and gold too.
I was going to do some nail art to honor Adam, but in the end I didn't want it to be anything less than perfect so I opted for the easiest option of an accent nail. The colours I used were OPI I Saw U Saw We Saw Warsaw, which looks more navy in real life, forever afterwards known as ISUSWSW and OPI Golden Eye. This was two coats each followed by a top coat of Seche Vite.
My daughter kindly agreed to showing off her mani which was Colors by Llarowe Dirty Diana with an accent nail of Covergirl Black Diamond with Ulta3 Triple Threat a multi coloured glitter in a black base followed by a topcoat of Seche Vite.
And this is how we will remember Adam, full of life.
Friday, 31 January 2014
Or in other words Happy New Year, for today is the start of the Chinese New Year. And at this time of year Chinese people wear red clothes, decorate their homes with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom.
When I first wore Pretty Serious Santa's Sunburn (you can read my review here), several of my Chinese customers admired it greatly declaring it Chinese Red and very auspicious, I knew that I was going to use it to do a Chinese New Year themed mani.
One stamped Chinese symbol looked quite lonely by itself it means love in case you are wondering, so I cast around for some other Chinese looking stamps and finally decided on these chrysanthemum looking flowers and in Chinese mythology chrysanthemum's Chinese name sounds very similar to long life plus its the flower for the 9th month which just so happens to be my birth month!
On to my mani then two coats of Pretty Serious Santa's Sunburn then one coat of Seche Vite. Then stamped using Kleancolor Metallic Yellow on plates BM12 for the flowers and M8 for the symbol. I'm afraid I don't know to much about the plates as I just bought them from a third party. Topped of with another coat of Seche Vite.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Instead of doing a green and gold mani like I did last year, I thought I would do something based on the Australian Flag. I chose Kleancolor Metallic Sapphire a rich beautiful jewel toned blue with Seche Vite top coat which completely transforms the polish as you can see when I stamped over the top with the exact same polish!
I then cut up an Australian Flag sticker to get the Union Jack part of the flag to stick on my thumb nail followed by a top coat of Seche Vite and then stamped too. This is really my first attempt at stamping that has not been me just messing about at home so please be kind.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Some time ago I purchased the A England Burne-Jones Collection of five polishes all holographics and today I'm going to show you my favourites in no particular order!
Well I'm afraid it is far too difficult for me to choose a favourite, I love them all! So instead I'll start with Sleeping Palace a dusty mauve which has a strong scattered hologrpaphic effect which also produces that lit within look in low light.
A England Briarwood, I wasn't really expecting to like this one when I first received it, but it is drop dead gorgeous and very unique being a burnt brownish red.
A England Briar Rose is divine, being a beautiful dusty red based purple.
A England Rose Bower nothing more to be said really since my review here. Rose Bower is absolutely gorgeous.
And lastly A England Fated Prince which is charcoal grey holographic with green undertones and has a strong scattered holographic effect.
All of these were two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite, they have lasted all week at work plus todays housework! As my mani is still looking perfect I'm loathe to take it all off, but needs must for Australia Day tomorrow!
Can you choose a favourite?