Saturday, June 30, 2012

Revlon–Ruby Ribbon

I really must be feeling Wintery at the moment because I’ve been going for a lot of deeper, richer polish colours. I don’t blame me for feeling Wintery because the nights/early mornings here have been bloody cold!!! It got down to –2.4 degrees the other morning. Brrrrr!


This is Revlon Ruby Ribbon Matte Suede:


Hrmmm … I’m not sure how I feel about it! I really like the photos now but I remember when I was wearing it I just wanted to stamp over it because it wasn’t the most exciting polish!

This is two coats which went on well.

I had a feeling this polish would look better with a top coat, so I applied a coat of Seche Vite:


Much better! Still not grabbing my attention but it really brought out the shimmer. I still think a nice silver stamp would have looked awesome over this. I think this will go back in my untrieds drawer to remind me to try it again sometime!

Have you been using darker colours for Winter, Aussies?


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bloom–The Cassette Society I & Miss Connie I

I’ve been eyeing off the Chanel Les Jeans collection lately … I can’t bring myself to buy it yet because the cheapest I can get it for is AUD$109 + postage. One day it will be mine but for now, I’ve had to satisfy my cravings for it with other pretty blue polishes.

I think these two are pretty good polishes to do just that:


The dark blue is Bloom The Cassette Society I and the light is Miss Connie I. They are beautiful Open-mouthed smile Two coats of each and an absolutely flawless formula. I got these when Bloom was having a 40% off Mother’s Day sale. They usually have polishes two for $30 so I got the 40% off that and free shipping for spending over $50. I think I ended up getting four polishes, a little pack of nail files and a concealer kit for about $55 with free shipping. Not too shabby Open-mouthed smile


I wanted to do a dotticure but one that was a little different to the ones I usually do. So I used a couple of different sizes of dotting tools to get different sized dots and did the opposite colour dots on each nail. This was my left hand and on my right I had Miss Connie I on my nails with The Cassette Society I as the accents. I got so many comments on these!


Have you done any dotticures lately?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

B by Bloom-Sydney

I’ve been a bad blogger and didn’t get my shit together so I could participate in the Great Aussie Polish Challenge with the rest of the Aussie girls. I really, really wanted to participate but I have been feeling a bit under the pump this week and, while I had lots of Aussie mani photos ready to go, I just didn’t get time to sit down and blog Sad smile It’s almost 11pm and I only got to sit down a little while ago to check Facebook, emails etc.


Anyway, enough of my whingeing about how busy I am Winking smile

Here is an Aussie polish for you all! Better late then never, right? Winking smile

This is B by Bloom Sydney:


Two coats. A delicious chocolate brown creme. So, so wintery! Formula was a little runny so I had a fair bit of flooding in my cuticles which was difficult to clean up. It did wear well though, which is always awesome to see in an Aussie polish Open-mouthed smile

The B by Bloom polishes are amazing but sadly are being discontinued Sad smile Luckily, a lot of the polishes have dupes in the regular Bloom range, which are still readily available. Apparently they are clearing out all the B polishes in Target so run down to your local and see if you can grab a bargain!


M.A.C.–Screening Room with NEW Bundle Monster stamping

I bought this nail polish during my last trip to Adelaide and I’ve been saving it for a special occasion … What’s more special then me receiving the new set of Bundle Monster image plates in the mail this morning?!

I knew exactly which image I wanted to try first and what colour would be the perfect base.


That perfect colour is M.A.C. Screening Room:


Ahhhhhhh *drool*. Such a stunning deep teal creme. Oh man, this is gorgeous. At $22, this is the most I’ve spent on a single polish in, well, forever. But I just had to have it.

This is two coats. I’d heard the M.A.C. formula was pretty dodgy so made sure to be extra careful. I needn’t have worried because the formula was great!


I could not wait to break out the Bundle Monster plates so I tried a design from BM-315:


A gorgeous paisley print. I love paisleys!!! I used Konad Special Polish in Pastel Purple.

I was a bit worried this image wouldn’t transfer properly because of how detailed the design is. I had a lot of trouble with the second set of BM plates but I’m happy to report that these new plates are a breeze to use! I can’t wait to try out some more!


And now I’m blogging by kneeling on the ground because this little munchkin has stolen my chair …


i’m such a softie!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

essie–Sew Psyched

I wanted to love this polish, I really did. I’ve seen so many swatches of it on other blogs and loved the look of it. But on me, it just did not work.

Here it is, essie Sew Psyched:


Ehhhhh. I just did not see anything special in this polish on me. I don’t know, it just didn’t work. This was two slightly runny coats. I couldn’t tell you what the durability of this polish is because I took it off straight away. Some polishes are just like that, aren’t they? You just can’t wait to get them off your nails.


Have you had any colours you’ve been looking forward to trying but just haven’t worked for you?


Sunday, June 24, 2012

OPI DS Extravagance

Hello there!

Wow, it feels like a long time since I blogged! I’ve been painting my nails a lot lately but I just haven’t really been inspired to blog. Not sure why, I just haven’t ‘felt’ it!


Anywhoo, let’s start this off with a beautiful OPI DS polish I picked up on Catch of the Day, an Aussie deals website, a few months ago.


This is DS Extravagance:


Two coats. Beautiful! This had a great formula and awesome staying power. I just love these polishes. I’m not quite sure what to call this finish though? It’s kind of glitter but not … the only appropriate term I feel that I can use is ‘diamond dust’, which is how OPI market these polishes (as containing diamond dust).


I still have a few DS’ left to try, but as I’ve said before I tend to keep them for occasions when I’m feeling down and need a little cheering up. Hey, everyone has their ways of cheering themselves up, right!?


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Super Aussie Blogversary Giveaway!!!

In June a year ago, two South Aussies were unleashed onto the blogging scene and their lives [and wallets!] have never been the same again.

Em from Nails in the Desert and Sarah Claire from Shatter Me Claire have joined forces to give you this fantastic Aussie giveaway to celebrate their past year and it's chocka-block full of all the Australian things that we love and cherish.

Cate Ruby - Fudge * 
Cate Ruby - Midas Touch * 
Australis  - Speck-tacular Top Coat
Australis -  Limited Edition 1
Glitter Gal - Light as a Feather
Koala Keyring
Caramello Koala
Clip on Koala
Fuzzy Australia carrybag

* Kindly donated by the lovely Tracey at Cate Ruby
[both Cate Ruby polishes come in beautiful silk carry pouches]

Chi Chi - Bimbo
Chi Chi - California Gurl
Chi Chi - Hissy Fit
Kangaroo Keyring
Caramello Koala
Clip On Koala
Koala Coin Purse

BYS - Quake Blue
BYS UV Reactive - Tension Rising

NYC Color - Feather Boa
NYC Color - Polka Dot
Ulta3 - Confetti
Ulta3 - Sunset Pink
Love Thy Polish Unscented Cuticle Oil
3 x Tim Tams
2x Roxby Downs Postcards
Roxby Downs Bumper Sticker

Face of Australia Barbados - You Blue Me Away
Face of Australia Barbados - Let's Go Scuba Diving
Face of Australia Barbados - I Like To Mauve It
Caramello Koala
Clip On Koala
Kangaroo Coin Purse

** RULES **
To enter you must be a GFC follower of either blog [or both!!!]
This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE
Multiple entries will be removed and disqualified
Entries close June 30


Oh how I love this polish. Zoya Charla is amazing. It is seriously the prettiest polish I have ever seen.

See for yourself:


Two coats, but I needed three because as you can see I have visible nail line. Great formula, not great wear time. Argh. I still haven’t found the right top coat which doesn’t make Zoyas peel off in sheets. I need to find one thought because I am not relinquishing either Charla or Ivanka.


Any recommendations for Zoya-friendly top coat?

Friday, June 1, 2012

China Glaze–High Maintenance

Who doesn’t love a good red? I recently bought this polish from Ozsale. It was one of those that you just throw into your shopping cart at the last minute. I’m pretty glad I did Open-mouthed smile

This is China Glaze High Maintenance:


Seriously pretty. This is two coats but I could have almost gotten away with one if it weren’t for visible nail line. Beautiful, creamy formula which I couldn’t flaw.

I so should have done a ladybird mani with this Smile with tongue out