Yesterday, I decided to get creative and make my own light box! A few of the lovely ladies over at the British Nail Bloggers Facebook page were discussing them, and linked to this great tutorial by Chalkboard Nails. It was easier than I thought it would be, and works really well for a cardboard box and tissue paper! It will definitely be getting a lot of use now the weather is turning gloomy, and it’s getting dark earlier.
I decided to try it out straight away, and used a polish I picked up a few months ago. There’s a stall in the Metro Centre which sells various brands, such as OPI and Essie cheaply (I got 3 OPI’s for £3.99 each) and this is one I picked up last time I was there.
Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI is a dark purple creme (slightly lighter than Vant to Bite My Neck?) with a gold shimmer. The formula was great, and I only needed two coats. It dried really quickly too. My pictures show two coats with top coat.
I’m also super excited about the launch of Rainbow Connection this month, a new website selling indie polish in the UK! Finally I’ll be able to get my hands on brands such as Dollish Polish, Lacquer Lust (that stunning birthstone collection!) and Polished by KPT (I cannot wait to order some of the amazing thermals!)
This mani was inspired by a picture I saw on Instagram, by cutepolish. I decided to change the order around a little, and I also chose to have another go at a fishtail on my ring finger, rather than the pattern on the thumb. The fishtail was not easy with a thick white polish! It was a lot easier with the silver I used last time.
For this mani I used Barry M Matt White, Nails Inc Brompton Place, Butter London Rosie Lee and OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips. I also used the pink and white Barry M nail art pens for the stripes, polka dots and part of the leopard print.
Alcatraz…Rocks is part of OPI’s San Francisco Collection. Its no secret that I love textured polishes, especially liquid sand, so when Nail Polish Direct had free P&P over the weekend, I couldn’t resist, and it was only £6.99.
Alcatraz…Rocks is a deep smoky blue, with a mixture of other colours, with pink, purple and gold standing out the most. The formula was great, and I only needed two coats, and as with all liquid sands, it dried with a matte, slightly gritty finish. I love this polish! My pictures show two coats with no top coat.
If you’re not a fan of the liquid sand texture, this polish also looks amazing with top coat. It took two coats to even it out.
I also tried out China Glaze’s Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray when I added the top coat. I’d ran out of quick dry top coat, and they aren’t exactly cheap! So I thought I’d try this for a change as it was only £4.99 from Nail Polish Direct. I used it with a normal top coat (I’d painted my nails the day before) which I left to dry for around 60 seconds, then sprayed the liquid on my nails, holding the bottle between 3 and 6 inches away. The first thing I noticed was the smell, which reminded me of Deep Heat, but that didn’t last too long. It did make a difference to the drying time, sometimes the top coat can be tacky for around half an hour (which I hate!) but after using this spray it was touch dry within a minute or so. I will have to test it again when I use polish plus top coat.
Apologies for not posting for a while! Last weekend I listed 100 things on eBay, which took up most of the weekend, then when I did want to take off my nail polish, I had a big paper cut right next to my cuticle! There was no chance I was going anywhere near it with nail polish remover until it had healed! So whilst I was waiting, I got myself some swatch sticks and a label maker, and made a start on them. I’ve done 100, but I still have nearly 200 to go!
On to my nails, I got The Impossible (from the Mariah Carey Collection) a few months ago when it was on sale at ASOS, I love the other two OPI liquid sand polishes I’ve tried (Solitaire and Get Your Number) and The Impossible was no different. It’s a lovely pinky red jelly base, with hex glitter and star glitter (I discovered it had star glitter after my swatches, so they’re obviously quite hard to fish out!) The formula was great, and I only needed two coats. It was also around 4 days before there was any major chipping.
On Wednesday, I was at friends’ wedding reception. I got a gorgeous dress by Matthew Williamson in the Debenhams sale, which I’m totally in love with, along with some nude shoes and envelope clutch from the Dorothy Perkins sale.
And of course, I had to have some wedding nail art! I used OPI’s Solitaire from the Bond Girls liquid sand collection, Barry M’s white nail art pen, and Solitare with top coat to create the wedding dress, and Barry M 47 Black, and the black and white nail art pens to create the tuxedo.
Solitaire is gorgeous, a white base with silver glitter, it looks like snow! It looks just as pretty with top coat too, and I think it would be a great alternative to a french manicure for a wedding.
I recently picked up a few OPI polishes from the sale at Lena White, it’s almost my birthday, so I thought I’d treat myself. I ordered a couple from the Skyfall collection, and one from the Amazing Spiderman collection, which was Into The Night. The Amazing Spiderman collection was released around this time last year, and Into The Night was my favourite, I just can’t resist blue polish, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed with this one.
Into The Night is a lovely dark blue shimmer, which almost look purple in some lights. The formula wasn’t perfect, the first coat was sheer and watery, but it built up nicely. My pictures show three coats with no topcoat.
In my last post, I mentioned Barry M’s new Sequin collection. Another of their summer collections is the Confetti Nail Effects, which is similar to Nails Inc’s Feather collection. Check out some great swatches over at Polished Criminails. I can’t wait for these to be released!
Swimsuit… Nailed It! is part of OPI’s Miss Universe collection, which was released in 2011. I love blue nail polish, so when I spotted this on eBay, I had to get it! Swimsuit… Nailed It! is a stunning electric blue foil polish. There aren’t enough words for how much I love this polish, it might have even overtaken Baker Street as my favourite blue! The formula is brilliant, and I only needed one coat! You do have to be very careful not to get it on your cuticles though, as it isn’t easy to get off!
Pictures show one coat with top coat.
So, this weekend is the big Tyne-Wear Derby, Newcastle v Sunderland, obviously I need red and white nails. If you follow me on Pinterest, you might notice I’ve been pinning a lot of red and white manis recently for inspiration! I’d love to hear some more suggestions!
Ever since I was little, The Wizard of Oz has been one of my favourite films. I love it so much that I have 3 different collectors edition DVDs! So, I was very excited when I heard about Oz – The Great and Powerful, and then OPIs Oz collection. I ummed and ahhed for a while about which polish I wanted to try for a while, the plain colours are a little too boring for me, so I new it had to be a glitter. Which Is Witch? is very pretty, but I have a similar Barry M topcoat, leaving it between Lights of Emerald City and When Monkeys Fly, but I was a little disappointed when I saw the size of the gold glitter in When Monkeys Fly, and that a lot of people had issues with curling glitter, so I bought Lights of Emerald City.
Lights of Emerald City is a clear based polish with matte white square glitter, and small iridescent square glitter. Application was a bit tricky, the white squares were reluctant to come out of the bottle, and when applying them they kept dragging to the tip of the nail. I ended up doing one normal coat, then going back and dabbing on the larger glitter.
I tried it out over four different colours to see how they looked, from my index finger to little finger, Nails Inc Elizabeth Street, Models Own Beth’s Blue, Rimmel Green With Envy, and Nails Inc Motcomb Street.
I definitely preferred it over the pastel colours, what do you think? What is your favourite from the Oz collection?
I love the name of this polish! Vant To Bite My Neck is part of OPI’s Euro Centrale collection, and I had a hard time choosing just one! I tried to go for something a little different to the colours I already have, which meant steering clear of blues (although the three blues in the collection are lovely!) I also love You’re Such A Budapest, but it looks quite similar to Ciate´s Purple Sherbet.
Vant To Bite My Neck is a gorgeous deep purple creme, as soon as I put it on I fell in love with the colour! The formula was good, and I only needed two coats. It dried very quickly, with a glossy finish.
My pictures show two coats with no top coat.
The pictures below are the most colour accurate.
Do you have any of the Euro Centrale Collection? Which colour is your favourite?
On Tuesday, I had a bit of a spending spree on Nail Polish Direct, after finding them on another blog, and discovering that their OPI polishes were only £7.45, nearly £5 cheaper than anywhere else! They also had a 10% discount code on their facebook page, so I couldn’t resist! I have to say, their service is amazing. Not only was delivery free, but it only took two days for my order to arrive! I was expecting it to take at least 3-4 days. I’d ordered 3 OPI polishes, and 3 W7 polishes.
The first polish I tried out was OPI ‘Get Your Number,’ which is a liquid sand polish from the Mariah Carey collection. I love all the shades in the collection! It was a hard choice between Get Your Number, The Impossible and Can’t Let Go, but I seem to gravitate towards blues! I definitely wasn’t disappointed with my choice though. Get Your Number has a lovely blue jelly base, and is packed with different size holo glitter. It was a little sheer, and needed 3 coats, but it dried quickly.
Being liquid sand, it did have that gritty texture that you get with glitter polish, so I thought I’d see what it was like with top coat, and it may even be even better. I can’t decide, it’s just so pretty!
Have you tried any liquid sand polishes? Which is your favourite?