Friday, 29 March 2013

Happy Easter Everyone.

For those of you that are in the know I don't usually plan my nails, I'm more of a "oh that's pretty I'll use that" or after a couple of hours/days I'll add something! BUT not this time, this mani was thought out and planned ahead of time. OMG I've joined the grow up bloggers! 
I have really enjoyed wearing this mani for the past week and got loads of comments about how Easter my nails looked.

I don't really like showing my index finger but moving on... these four nail shots looked so much better as the design is more balanced. So on my index and pinkie nails I have two coats of Nubar Yellow Primrose followed by two coats of Ozotic Pro 904 followed by one coat of Seche Vite, this is supposed to represent fluffy chicks! I have reviewed Nubar Yellow Primrose and Ozotic Pro 904 here where I thought they were really beautiful layered together but the photos were not doing them justice.

On my thumb, middle and ring nails three layers of my new favourite Picture Polish Jade and once that was dry I added my water decals and then used one coat of Seche Vite to seal them on.
I would like to wish you all A Happy Easter and that you enjoy the break, whilst trying not to eat too much chocolate!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Keeper Of The Grove

Oh Femme Fatale Cosmetics Keeper Of The Grove you are so beautiful! Having holographic greens and golds as well as teal and pink dots and soft pink hearts jam packed in to a lime green jelly base. I know its not Springtime here in Australia, but this polish is just as wearable now in the wonderful warm Autumn weather we are having.

Not realizing that the base colour was lime green, I chose to wear two coats of Femme Fatale Keeper Of The Grove over two coats of OPI Goldeneye followed by two coats of Seche Vite. This was an almost blinding mani in the sunlight as you can see in the above photo.

A more subdued photo showing all the pretty colours of glitter, and I can tell you there was no fishing about for those hearts either. With every stroke of the brush the glitter placement was perfect.

If you hurry over to Femme Fatale Cosmetics Face Book Page you can enter their giveaway with a chance to win their new Easter Collection of three polishes.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Mannequin Hands, Jewelled Tips

When Sally Hansen had their special offer on, I thought it would be the ideal time to see if I could get a polish that would exactly match my skin tone and allow me to have mannequin hands. Well what happened next totally wigged (English slang for freaked) me out.
So late at night when the light was not that good, I applied three coats of Sally Hansen Cafe Au Lait a perfect match to my Mac NW20 skin tone if anyone is wondering. And I awoke to mannequin hands *shudder* Three hours later, I could stand it no longer, so this happened and I was so much happier!

So on to my mani then, three coats of Sally Hansen Cafe Au Lait a beautiful nude colour with a subtle shimmer giving me that perfect mannequin hands, followed by Femme Fatale Hydraxia as a french tip gradient. The gradient part was sponged on, and to my mind this looked like dancer's costumes where their spangles graduate out on to the skin coloured mesh. Followed by two coats of Seche Vite.

Mannequin hands do you love them or hate them?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

May The Luck O' The Irish Be With You!

St Patrick's Day, 17th March, when the Irish celebrate being Irish and the rest of us join in with the old "any excuse for a party is a good one!" So I'm going to wish each and every one of you all the Irish Luck in the world with my paddy's day mani. But alas, alack no four leaf clovers though, oh well on to my mani...

This polish has been sitting on my desk since I received it two months ago. My bad... I thought it was just a green polish, when in fact it is anything but! Picture Polish Jade is a beautiful creamy soft green touched with a blue undertone plus a very subtle shimmer running through it. And yes you've guessed it I now hold Picture Polish Jade in as high esteem as my beloved Wisteria. This was three coats for depth.

Picture Polish Tiffany closely matches those coveted little boxes, I know  I just had to compare. Anyway Picture Polish Tiffany is a pale aqua unfortunately a bit streaky on the first
coat, but two more coats soon sorted that out.


Now the tricky part finding your four leaf clover, I'm afraid I had neither the time or the patience! So three leaves it is. Carefully squish them flat either on paper underneath very heavy books or between your thumb and forefinger (which I choose to do, as you have more control over how they will lay) Put a coat of long drying top coat on and carefully put your clover in place and tap it to stick down. Then another top coat, and as that dries if the clover lifts away tap it down. Unfortunately all those layers of long drying top coat have created bubbles, but they are not really that noticeable in real life. Once it was all dry and flat I then put a coat of  Seche Vite on all my nails


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Sunday, 10 March 2013

OPI Lights Of Emerald City

So not liking white glitter, I must ask the question why did I purchase a bottle of OPI Lights Of Emerald City?  And more to the point I have since used it in three mani's and I am now contemplating a fourth! OMG! So what is so special about this particular bottle of polish?

Well for a start its squares, to be more precise white pearlized squares and smaller film squares that glow orange gold suspended in a clear base. The bottle looks like a miniature snow globe during a blizzard! It is also one of the easier glitters to remove! And Lights Of Emerald City really do look like lights glowing in a city. The amazing thing about this particular nail polish is that when worn over different colour bases it takes on a whole different look. For example I wore this over OPI My Pointe Exactly a sheer grey and it looked very clean and lace like. (no pictures though, it rained so much)

So on to my mani then, this was two coats of Sally Hansen Jungle Gem a beautiful teal colour (spend $20 on Sally Hansen get a free gift worth $53.30 comprising of Nail shaper and buffer, Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, Nail Polish in Frutti Petutie and Diamond Shine Base and Top Coat at Priceline) And then one coat of OPI Lights Of Emerald City followed by one coat of Seche Vite.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

OPI Stay The Night

Well I didn't think I would like the new OPI Liquid Sand range as its matte and textured etc etc. They are in fact the complete opposite to what I do like, i.e. glittery and glossy smooth. That all being said... I love them! To my mind they are sophisticated glitter, if there is such a thing. They are a tiny bit textured but not as rough as an emery board.

On to my mani then, this is two coats of OPI Stay The Night, which has a dark charcoal grit like base with berry red glitter, and way darker than my pictures are showing (the bottle colour is correct). OPI have described it so much better "Dries to a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light"