Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cult Nails Flushed

Ooh do I have a beauty to show you today. Cult Nails is one of my favourite brands (that’s no secret), but this one is a real winner.

 

Flushed

Flushed, two coats. I just love this beautiful purple with pink shimmer. Cult Nails, I love you. Take my money.

 

 

Flushedstamp

Some cute stamping with the Nailz Craze plates. I just love the Nailz Craze plates. They have awesome designs and I’ve used them over and over again!

 

Do you love Cult Nails as much as me? How about Nailz Craze?

 

Em

Monday, April 29, 2013

essence Bashful & Sneezy

Okay, so I’m a bit late to the party with this one. I actually got the essence Snow White collection back when it first came out but it took me a while to get around to trying them and even longer to get around to blogging them.

 

There were quite a few polishes in this collection so I tried two at once.

 

BashfulSneezy

Bashful (green) and Sneezy (brown)

Two coats of each. I just loved these. They were so lovely and creamy and the green had gorgeous golden micro flakies through it.

 

BashfulSneezystamp

Isn’t this ADORABLE!? I used the Bundle Monster plates with a MyOnline Shop gold stamping polish. I just love owls so I was really pleased with this mani.

 

What do you think?

Em

Sunday, April 28, 2013

M.A.C. Formidable

Oooh, I have a sexy polish to show you today!

 

Formidable

This is M.A.C. Formidable from their Venomous Villains collection. Two coats.

This is such a love deep plum polish with a teal blue shimmery sparkle. Love it!

 

Now I just need Bad Fairy and that will complete the collection. Can anyone hook me up? Winking smile

Em

Saturday, April 27, 2013

essence I Love Bad Boys

I do love essence polishes but man, they give them some bad names.
This one is called I Love Bad Boys:
Ilovebadboys
Gorgeous, gorgeous blue polish with a touch of green and a lovely shimmer. Two coats.
But the name. Honestly, essence, what were you thinking!?

I’m glad no one asked me the name of this one because it’s embarrassing!! Do you have any polishes you’re embarrassed to talk about?

Em

Friday, April 26, 2013

Love Thy Polish Dreams collection

I’m proud to announce the new Love Thy Polish Dreams collection will be released tomorrow (27th April) at 10am South Australian time.

This collection is inspired by Stevie Nicks and is a collaboration between Love Thy Polish and Tammy from Lacquer and Leather. Thanks so much, Tammy, for coming up with some amazing colours and being truly inspiring. And thanks for keeping me in line and telling me when something isn’t good enough Winking smile

 

Thanks also to Kristy from The Polish Haven for the amazing swatches and blog post.

 

Dreamsad

 

You can buy the new Dreams collection from www.lovethypolish.com … if you live outside Australia please contact me via the website to arrange your order as I will need to do a shipping quote for you.

 

I’m excited! Are you? Smile
Em

Thursday, April 25, 2013

OPI Jade is the New Black

I got this beauty in a grab bag from the lovely Carli of Vintage Musings of a Modern Pinup.

 

Jadeisthenewblack

OPI Jade is the New Black, two coats. Gorgeous! I love, love, love this! I’ve really been into greens lately and this is a good one! This wore amazingly, too. Good job, OPI!

 

Jadestamp

And of course, a little stamping for good measure. I use a plate I got from Aliexpress and the Konad pastel purple special stamping polish.

 

Do you think Jade is the New Black? I’m starting to think so Winking smile
Em

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cate Ruby New Yorker with Butter London Blagger

Recently I was lucky enough to score a couple of mini Cate Ruby polishes to review. Cate Ruby has the cutest bottles with a stretchy diamant√© ring that you can remove from the lid and wear Open-mouthed smile Who doesn’t love a bit of free bling?

 

This is one of the polishes I got:

NewYorker

New Yorker is a vibrant red creme. I have to admit, when I got this I thought “Sigh. Just another red creme.” and I did not think it would come close to knocking Butter London’s Pillarbox Red out of the first place position for my favourite red.

But it did.

This is a ONE COAT RED. ONE COAT, people!!! It had a gorgeous, buttery formula and was super shiny even without a top coat. Honestly, this was a dream to apply. Some reds are a total b*tch to clean up but this one wasn’t and I didn’t need much clean up at all due to the amazing formula Open-mouthed smile I’m super impressed.

I added an accent of Butter London Blagger, a gorgeous medium blue creme. This is an amazing polish too.
The two polishes look so beautiful together.

 

I have one more Cate Ruby to review … stay tuned!

You can buy Cate Ruby from stockists listed on their website: http://www.cateruby.com.au/.

 

Em

Boe Green Valley with Modi

Don’t you love it when you find dupes for expensive polishes that are super duper cheap and even better than the original!?

 

A dear friend of mine, Tammy, gifted me this gorgeous Boe sea foam green:

 

GreenValley

It’s called Green Valley and was a lovely squishy crelly. Two coats of a lovely application.

The awesome find was this Modi black and white glitter which is pretty much a dupe for Lynnderella’s Connect the Dots. This beauty only cost me a few dollars + shipping from Korea Depart. What a find! I think two coats of this looks amazing over Green Valley.

 

Do you own Connect the Dots or a dupe?

Em

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

BYS Orchid Ice

It’s been a while since I’ve bought a BYS polish. I picked up this beauty and a few others from the same collection a few months ago from Gloss Cosmetics.

 

OrchidIce

This is Orchid Ice, two coats. What a gorgeous, glowy magenta foil. Simply stunning!

 

I bought another purple and a blue from this same collection and I can’t wait to try them.

 

Em

Sunday, April 21, 2013

piCture pOlish Cosmos

All I’m going to say about this polish is … how!? HOW YOU COME UP WITH SUCH AMAZING POLISH, PICTURE POLISH!?

 

Alright, I’m going to shut up now so you can just look:

Cosmos

Seriously.

SERIOUSLY!?

This is one of piCture pOlishes collaboration polishes with Pshiiit Boutique. Honestly, it’s one of the prettiest polishes I’ve ever seen.

This was two coats and the formula was perfect. The wear was long lasting (and believe me, I wore this baby for a lot longer than most polishes).

I just. I have no more words.

 

piCture pOlish, I die. Just take my money. Have it.

 

Em

Saturday, April 20, 2013

L’Oreal Rue de Montmartre with Nailz Craze stamping

This is one of the manis I’ve done lately that’s gotten the most compliments. I’m pretty chuffed with it myself!

 

I started with a base of L’Oreal Rue de Montmartre:

RuedeMontmartre

Two coats. Delicious! This is a lovely deep blue creme. As usual, L’Oreal’s brush made application easy and awesome.

 

RuedeMontmartrestamp

Stamping with Nailz Craze plates. Isn’t this just adorable!? Winter sweater nails Open-mouthed smile Granted, I did these when it was over 40 degrees here but I think I was just channelling colder weather. Our air conditioning has been broken for six weeks now and I’m a little over it.

 

Do you like the winter sweater nails?

Em

Friday, April 19, 2013

Color Club Cloud Nine


CloudNine

It’s not often that I open with a photo. But look, just look!!!!
Color Club have really raised the bar in regards to holo polishes. This is Cloud Nine from their 2012 Halo Hues collection. I can’t believe it took me so long to get this polish. It is just so pretty and so, so holo.
Two coats and the formula was perfect. I even wore a top coat with no issues.
WINNER!

What’s your favourite holo at the moment?

Em

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Girly Bits Mother May I?

This was one of the first indies I acquired. I got it in a grab bag, I think. I really wanted to like it. I really, really did.

 

MotherMayI

See? What’s not to like?! A lovely pale purple jelly base with all different shapes and sizes of red and blue glitter. This is three coats on top of a PVA base.

I don’t know, I just don’t like it on me. It didn’t wow me.

 

Do you have it? What do you think?

Em

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chanel Blue Boy

This is one of my favouritest (yes, great English but I’m excited!!) polishes EVER. My lovely partner was good enough to get me my most lustest after polish collection for Christmas: the Chanel Les Jeans Collection.

I was just so excited to wear them and I knew just which one I’d wear first.

BlueBoy
Blue Boy. A perfect dusty denim blue. This is two coats and I just love it. I wore this to Adelaide and it lasted with only minor tip wear for over five days. Kudos, Chanel.

I did some funky nail stamping to complete the look:
BlueBoyKonad
Pretty, right? This image plate was from Cheeky Beauty and it is so fun!

Do you have any Chanels?
Em

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rimmel Night Before

A few months ago I was in Adelaide with the lovely Kristy from The Polish Haven, Sarah Claire from Shatter Me Claire and their other nail-a-holic friend, Margie. We popped into Gloss Cosmetics and Kristy convinced me to try this baby. Oh, I’m so glad she did!

 

NightBefore

Rimmel Night Before. Two coats. This was very nearly a one coater but as I can never bring myself to do just one coat, I did two.

This is such a stunning deep purple with a lighter purple/pink shimmer. It it a real stunner and I wish I could have captured its true beauty.

 

Good job, Rimmel!!


Em

Sunday, April 14, 2013

OPI Steady as She Rose

The OPI Pirates of the Carribean collection would have to be my favourite collection out of any polish brand ever. I know, big call right?

 

But check out this beauty:

Steadyassherose

This is two coats of Steady as she Rose. It had a lovely, buttery formula and just looked divine on the nail.

I can’t fault any of the polishes in this collection. They are all such lovely creamy, dusty pastel shades that I am always drawn to. Well done, OPI!!

 

Do you love these as much as me!?

Em

Saturday, April 13, 2013

p2 Barbados Punch

I have another p2 polish to show you all today. This is Barbados Punch, from the “Mission Summer Look!” collection. I got this in a swap probably about a year ago and it took me so long to get around to wearing it!

 

BarbadosPunch

It’s a lovely pink, but nothing special really. I have a few pinks just like this. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty! This only took two coats to be opaque.

To jazz it up I decided to do some multi coloured stamping.

 

What do you think?
Em

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Whimsical Ideas by Pam Peanut Butter and Jelly with Australis Milky Way

I was lucky enough to acquire one of the Whimsical Ideas by Pam polishes and had to try it literally the moment it arrived.

I whacked on my PVA base coat for easy removal and away I went!

 

PB&J Milkyway

Two coats of Peanut Butter and Jelly. This is such a gorgeous squishy red-purple jelly with gold hexes and micro glitter. Two coats and it was perfect. I didn’t have to go fishing for glitter!

I decided to do an accent nail of Australis Milky Way. Australis have been trying some different things lately and this polish is really cute! Two coats and it was good to go.

 

I just love the packaging of the Whimsies. The little bow on the bottle lid is adorable!! It’s little special touches like that which make the polish, in my opinion.

 

Do you have any Whimsies?
Em

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Holo heaven–Chemistry 518 and Jade Hypnose

It’s still quite warm and sunny out here in the desert. You wouldn’t know it’s autumn, that’s for sure Sad smile I’ve been wearing quite a lot of holos because well, why not!?

This is Chemistry 518:
518_Konad
Two coats, gorgeous formula! Chemistry is a dupe brand of Ozotics and a friend of mine got this for me for cheap cheap. I did some stamping with Konad and an accent nail using Cult Nails Nevermore and 518 to stamp on that. The stamping didn’t turn out great on the accent nail but you can still see the holo-ness!
This next one is one of my faaavourites.

Hypnose
Jade Hypnose. Jade holos never fail to impress. This is two coats. I just love this gorgeous, summery blue.
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What’s your favourite holo?

Em

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

OPI spam–What’s With the Cat-itude, DS Signature and Stranger Tides

I have a bit of a built up of photos happening since I’ve been slack with blogging. I’m not sure of an exact number but it would be well over 100 polishes to blog about Confused smile Whoops!!!

 

So here are a few of my favourite OPIs.

The first is a fairly hard to find polish from the Shrek collection. It’s one of my favourites!

 

Catitude

What’s With the Cat-itude is a beautiful eggshell blue. Two coats, a creamy formula which was easy to apply. This colour really flattered my skin tone.

 

 

DSSignature

DS Signature is one of my favourites too. A beautiful medium pink linear holo. Two coats, such an easy formula for a holo. *Drools*. What’s not to like about this?!

 

StrangerTides

Stranger Tides from the Pirates of the Carribean collection is one of my favourite neutrals. This is a bit of a strange colour but it is just so flattering. It’s a green toned neutral.

I layered Peita’s Polish Sky’s The Limit over my ring fingers and thumbs. This Peita’s Polish is a custom made just for me which I got from Peita when she was my Secret Santa in the Aussie Nails Facebook group last year. I love this gorgeous mint green and white glitter combo.

 

Hope you enjoyed!
Em

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pretty Serious Santa’s Sunburn

Hello hello!

 

I have a beauty for you today. This gorgeous polish is from Pretty Serious’ Christmas Without Snow collection. I give you, Santa’s Sunburn:

 

SantasSunburn

Isn’t this the most perfect red you’ve ever seen!? *drools*. Two coats of a fantastic formula. This polish glows and is just amazing.

 

Look how long my nails were in this photo! I say this because I’ve just chopped them down to be super nubs. I love my nubs but I think this length looks good on me too. Nubs are just easier for me to deal with in my profession (massage) and just feel neater to me.

 

What do you prefer, nubs or long nails?

Em