Thursday, November 28, 2013

Contrary Polish Somebody Loved


Hello all, today I have a swatch of Contrary Polish Somebody Loved, the first polish of this brand that I've tried.



Somebody Loved is a pink-tinted nude polish with a faint pink shimmer.  My expectation of the polish was that it would be a pale pink shimmer, but in reality it is definitely a nude.

It is, however, a very flattering colour and the formula is good too, though it's a little thick.  I'm wearing two coats on some nails and three on others for full opacity, all topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat. 


Direct light
POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Contrary Polish Somebody Loved - two to three coats

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nubar Iris Dust


Hello all!  Duochromes and multichromes are pretty much my kryptonite, and Nubar Iris Dust is definitely gorgeous.



Iris Dust is a predominantly dark purple-magenta polish that shifts to a golden yellow and even to green in some lights.

The polish is very sheer on its own so I layered two coats of Iris Dust over A England Camelot (black creme) to bring out the colour shift.  I finished off with a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.



Iris Dusts applied very smoothly over black and the colour shift is very strong!  In some lights the polish can even look completely gold!



POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:
A England Camelot - one coat
Nubar Iris Dust - two coats

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces


I'm very excited to showcase this polish today - this is Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces, a gorgeous purple jelly packed full of purple and magenta hexes, circles and large circle glitter.



Cosmic Forces applied easily in two coats - the base is quite pigmented and the glitter doesn't clump on application, which was fantastic!  I was worried about having to fish for the large circles but all I needed to do was wiggle the brush around in the bottle, then draw it out carefully and there was a large circle on at least one side of the brush most of the time.  Note that if you have very curved nails, you should probably avoid the large circles on your smallest nails (I didn't put them on my pinkie nails) and make sure to place them in a spot that they won't stick up from.

I finished off with a thick coat of Essence Gel Look then a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.  This made the mani pretty much glassy smooth, and I'm pleased to say that the large circles don't stick up much and they don't catch on anything either!



Overall, I'm so happy with this polish!  I love that it's opaque in two coats, and the depth of it plus the combination of glitter makes it very unique.  Definitely worth having!

POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Essence Gel Look & Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces - two coats

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nfu Oh 45


Hello all, today I have a Nfu Oh flakie polish to show you today.  This is Nfu Oh 45, a bright orange flakie (which I awkwardly thought was red until I swatched it).

It applies smoothly and on its own could be opaque in about five coats (at four coats, a bit of nail line was still visible).  By itself, the orange pops and there are only hints of yellow flakies.



Over black, the flakies show up and are very fiery; mostly orange and red with a hint of yellow.  Definitely a winner!



POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:
Nfu Oh 45 - one to four coats/one coat over A England Camelot

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Diagonal Pastel Rainbow



As soon as I saw this beautiful 'pastel rainbow gradient' on Muggle Manicures, I've been itching to try it out.  So after a few hours of toil, I present to you my version of the mani!


I began with Misa Ripe Raspberry (pastel pink, one coat), Misa Great Grape (muted pastel purple, one coat), Misa Blueberry Blast (pastel blue, two coats), Sinful Colours Pistache (pastel green, two coats) and China Glaze Lemon Fizz (pale yellow, two coats).

Then, using a makeup sponge, I created the diagonal gradients using the colour of the nail to one side, the base colour and the colour of the nail to the other side.  For example, for my middle finger I used green at the top of the sponge, blue in the middle and purple at the bottom.

I finished off with two coats of top coat to smooth everything out.  The gradient did look quite patchy before top coat, but afterwards it was all blended and perfect!

I'm very proud of myself.  It took heaps of work but I'm glad I tried it!  I told my colleagues at work to look their fill because I probably won't get myself up to doing a mani like this for a while.


POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast, two coats
Polish used:
China Glaze Lemon Fizz - two coats + sponged
Sinful Colors Pistache - two coats + sponged
Misa Blueberry Blast - two coats + sponged
Misa Great Grape - one coat + sponged
Misa Ripe Raspberry - one coat + sponged

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Alanna Renee Chocolate Frog


Hello all!  I have another Alanna Renee polish from her Magical World collection - this is Chocolate Frog, inspired by the packaging of chocolate frogs in Harry Potter.  It has a dark blue jelly base with gold hexes and microglitter.  I love this polish, it's so fun and complex and applies smoothly in just two coats!

I finished with one coat of Essence Gel Look and one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat, though I could have gone for a thicker coat of each because after it dried, the manicure was quite bumpy.

Another thing I noticed - not necessarily a bad thing - was that the polish looked very teal a lot of the time due to the blue jelly over the gold hexes.  In the future, to both minimise bumpiness and bring out the gold and blue in the polish, I'd probably wear one coat of Chocolate Frog over a dark blue creme.

Overall, I'm very impressed with this polish and I definitely recommend it!


Notes on wear time and removal: I wore this mani for about four days and only experienced minor tipwear - great for an indie!  You will need a peel-off base coat or the foil method of removal for this.  I used the foil method with no issues.

POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Essence Gel Look Top Coat (one coat), Cult Nails Wicked Fast (one coat)
Polish used:
Alanna Renee Chocolate Frog - two coats

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nfu Oh JS12



Hello all, here's another Nfu Oh jelly to show you - this is JS12, a pale dusty purple.  JS12 covers completely in four coats with no issues to report!


Here's a syrup gradient on the thumb:


POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:
Nfu Oh JS12 - one to four coats

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Essie Ole Caliente



Essie Ole Caliente is a red creme that leans towards slightly dusty, warm tones.  I'm wearing two coats topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.

Two coats was only just enough for opacity; on a few nails on my right hand I used three coats because my application skills aren't as good for that hand!

As for the colour, it's more of a tomato red, but in some lights it looks darker and more of a classic red.  I've had trouble with red polish needing three or more coats in the past, so I'm very happy with this one!


I wore this polish for a friend's 21st birthday in order to match my dress, and my mother commented that it was a very conservative shade for me!

Notes on removal: this polish stained my skin a bit on removal.

POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:
Essie Ole Caliente - two to three coats

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nfu Oh 58


Hello all, a Nfu Oh flakie to show you today!  This is Nfu Oh 58, a burnt orange multichrome flakie that reminds me of Autumn leaves.



The polish is opaque on its own in four coats, giving a crushed foil-like look to the nail.




Over black, the multichrome effect is much more visible.  The majority of the flakies show up as a dark orangey-red that shift to yellow and green.



POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - none
Top - none
Polish used:
Nfu Oh 58 - one to four coats/one coat over A England Camelot

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Blue Gradient with Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan



Hello all!  I'm very excited to show this mani to all of you - it's a subtle blue gradient topped with Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan, a black and white glitter polish with a twist.


I started off with one coat of Sinful Colors Endless Blue, a gorgeous bright blue (see my swatches here) then used Endless Blue along with OPI Eurso Euro to make a gradient.  I used a makeup sponge and the Nailasaurus's swirly method.

I was very tempted to leave the gradient and top coat then, but I soldiered on and layered with Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan, a glitter mix of black and white hexes, white bars and pale blue circles.  Haba Xueshan was easy to apply.  I dabbed the polish around on the nail and had to do a bit of fishing for the bars and the circles, but they were easy to manoeuvre onto the nail once I got them.



I finished off with one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast - I could have gone for a glitter tamer to make the finish completely smooth, but I was happy as it was.  I love the finished product.  The gradient is very smooth and subtle, looking as if I dipped my nails into dark blue ink, and the glitter is a great touch!  I had a lot of comments from people who thought I'd dotted every single glitter piece on myself!



POST SUMMARY
Base & top coat:
Base - Duri Rejuvacote
Top - Cult Nails Wicked Fast
Polish used:
Sinful Colors Endless Blue - one coat
OPI Eurso Euro - sponged
Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan - one coat