B Loves Plates – Mind Blown

A while ago I shared my first review on B Loves Plates and today I’m finally back with the second one. I’ve had plenty of time to play with these plates and I still adore them. Let’s take a look!

The plate I’m showing you today is called Mind Blown and features some great optical illusions and trippy designs! Some really unusual and unique designs I haven’t seen before. There’s so many that I love! I’ve actually shared a mani using this plate already, in case you missed it you can see it here. Something completely different to what I’m sharing today which just goes to show this plate is very versatile.

What I forgot to show you in my last review is that the plates have a beautiful colourful backing with the B loves Plates logo. I really love Anna’s branding!

For my nail art I started with Zoya Megan as a base then stamped on my pointer and middle finger with a black polish. I filled in the design with Dance Legend Chagall from the Top Aquarelle collection. On my ring and pinkie I added black and white studs from Born Pretty Store. Finished everything with Dance Legend Binary top coat.

You can purchae B. Loves Plates via their Etsy store. The plates go for $15 a piece. There are currently three plates in production, Mind Is Blown, Geometry Is Perfect and Flower Power. I also spied some beautiful branded plate cases in Anna’s shop so be sure to take a peek.

Connect with B. Loves Plates: Etsy – Facebook – Instagram

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27th March, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 1 Comment

Zoya Swatches

I have some beautiful Zoya swatches to share with you today. Zoya is one of my favourite brands though I can’t get ahold of it easily here in Europe. My friends Kelli, Meghan and Lindsey knew this and sent me a beautiful birthday gift back in November including some gorgeous Zoya’s. They picked out some wonderful shades for me so I had to share swatches.

I swatched these a while ago so my nails are a bit shorter here! :)

Zoya – Yasmeen

Zoya – Yasmeen

Zoya – Yasmeen: First up is Yasmeen which is a beautiful deep purple shimmer polish. It has some incredible colour shifting shimmer and it’s one of those lit-from-within shades. So deep and vivid. I fell in love with this one! I used two easy coats and top coat.

Zoya – Payton

Zoya – Payton

Zoya – Payton: Next up is Payton which is a beautiful purple scatter holo. I own one polish like this, Aurora, and it made me an instant Zoya convert. I’ve been dying to get the other scatter holos so I was hugely surprised when my friends included this for me. They know me so well! This was two coats and top coat I believe.

Zoya – Carter

Zoya – Carter

Zoya – Carter: Next up is my first ever Pixiedust! The line has been discontinued now so I’m glad that I own some! Carter is a beautiful purple texture with so much depth. The first coat is sheer but it builds up easily, I believe I used three thin coats.

Zoya – Dream

Zoya – Dream

Zoya – Dream: Next we have another incredible scatter holo. This one blew me away! The finish is so beautiful and glossy and the scatter holo particles glisten beyond belief. I can’t get enough of this! I used three thin coats and top coat.

Zoya – Sunshine

Zoya – Sunshine

Zoya – Sunshine: Finally we have Sunshine which is a beautiful jeans blue Pixiedust. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. The colour is really intense and unique. I recall this had very good coverage but I’m not completely sure if I used one or two coats.

A huge thank you to my wonderful friends Kelli, Meghan and Lindsey for the amazing birthday gift. Amongst all of the horror of what my family and I were going through these past two years, my friends in the nail community made my birthday in November truly the most amazing birthday I’ve ever had in my entire life. I can’t thank them enough for being here with me through this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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26th March, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 19 Comments

Dance Legend – Steel Swatches

My blog was unavailable due to some malfunctions yesterday and today but I’m glad to say it’s back up! Apologies for the inconvenience!

I’m sharing two shades from the Dance Legend Steel collection today. It features six metallic polishes and I have my two favourites to share with you today. Let’s take a look!

Dance Legend – Stylet

Dance Legend – Stylet

Dance Legend – Stylet: First up is Stylet which is a soft metallic gold. Much like other reviews I’ve read I was expecting these to be high coverage metallics, suitable for stamping. Sadly they are not and are in fact quite sheer but they are pretty nonetheless if you like metallics. I did notice some brushstrokes. Formula is thin but easy to work with. I used three coats and top coat.

Dance Legend – Sword Of Mercy

Dance Legend – Sword Of Mercy

Dance Legend – Sword Of Mercy: The second shade I have is called Sword Of Mercy and is a beautiful gunmetal metallic. Definitely my favourite out of the two! I also noticed some brushstrokes but they almost didn’t bother me here, I think this would be great for nail art. I do recommend using a ridge filling base coat as these both tend to highlight imperfections of the nail plate. I used two coats and top coat.

You can purchase Dance Legend polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s the lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish.

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram
Connect with Hypnotic Polish: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

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25th March, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 10 Comments

piCture pOlish – New Shades

Today I’m excited to share swatches of  the latest piCture pOlish release. Four brand new shades including two collaborations. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish – Bohemian (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Bohemian (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Bohemian (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Bohemian (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Bohemian: First up is Bohemian, a strong duochrome with a scatter holo finish. Looking at this one in the bottle I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I ended up loving it. It shifts from a bright pink to a deep orange. Formula was lovely as always. This is three thin coats and top coat.

piCture pOlish – Pharaoh (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Pharaoh (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Pharaoh (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Pharaoh (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Pharaoh: Next up is Pharaoh, a luxurious gold scatter holo with tons of gold shimmer. Incredibly sparkly! This one is suitable for layering but three coats on its own gives nice coverage. The VNL wasn’t as obvious in person. I used three thin coats and top coat.

piCture pOlish – Karma (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Karma (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Karma (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Karma (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Karma: Next we have Karma which is a collaboration shade with Russian blogger Sveta Sanders. She’s known for her flawless photography and with almost 500k fans on Instagram you can easily recognize her work. Her collaboration shade is a beautiful eggplant purple scatter holo. Perfect formula and what a gorgeous polish! I used two coats and top coat.

piCture pOlish – Cherish (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Cherish (natural daylight)

piCture pOlish – Cherish (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Cherish (direct light)

piCture pOlish – Cherish: Finally we have Cherish which is a collaboration with the Ukranian Anna Gorelova. I’m a huge fan of hers! She manages to make every swatch a piece of art and makes ordinary objects look elegant. I wear nudes very often so I was very excited when I first saw Cherish. It’s right up my alley and looks beautiful next to my pale skintone. I used three thin coats and top coat.

Also new in the piCture pOlish range are two water-based nail polish removers. Including That Remover 125ml bottle priced at AU$6 and Those Wipes (which I received to test out) which contain 40 wipes priced at AU$9. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a water-based remover so I tried this out with not too high expectations. I have to say I was really impressed! The wipes removed my polish effortlessly, although it took a bit longer to remove compared to acetone-based removers but it left my fingers feeling and looking very moisturized. When I touched my drink though, I was surprised to see the ink from the juice carton transferred to my fingers, so I recommend washing your hands after using it. I used one wipe per hand so that gives you at least 20 removals. I save this for special occasions when I want to really treat my nails. Cathy from More Nail Polish did an excellent review on both removers so be sure to check that out if you want to find out more.

You can purchase the new piCture pOlish shades and the removers from the official website (AU) or from one of the many international stockists.

Connect with piCture pOlish: Official Site – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Pinterest

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24th March, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

I Love Nail Polish – Holographic Ultra Chrome Flakies Comparison

This Spring, I Love Nail Polish released a ton of new polishes! A full set of Holographic Ultra Chrome Flakies as well as beautiful new colours and holos. I’m sharing a comparison between all the holo flakies today! Keep your eyes peeled for the other Spring shades coming up soon.

All swatches are one coat over black, Cirque Colors Memento Mori, with top coat, Dance Legend Binary. There are fifteen holo flakies in total, I paired up the shades that look the most similar so you can more easily see how they compare against each other. Let’s check them out!

Pointer: Gaia (H), Middle: Success (H), Ring: Open Fields (H), Pinkie: Rapture (H)

Pointer: Gaia (H), Middle: Success (H), Ring: Open Fields (H), Pinkie: Rapture (H)

Pointer: Phoenix (H), Middle: Neon Rosebud (H), Ring: Electric Carnival (H), Pinkie: Brilliance (H)

Pointer: Phoenix (H), Middle: Neon Rosebud (H), Ring: Electric Carnival (H), Pinkie: Brilliance (H)

Pointer: Atlantis (H), Middle: Paradox (H), Ring: Luna (H), Pinkie: Metropolis (H)

Pointer: Atlantis (H), Middle: Paradox (H), Ring: Luna (H), Pinkie: Metropolis (H)

Pointer: Supernova (H), Middle: Ice House (H), Ring: Cold Fusion (H), Pinkie: Supernova (H)

Pointer: Supernova (H), Middle: Ice House (H), Ring: Cold Fusion (H), Pinkie: Supernova (H)

The Holographic Ultra Chrome Flakies are easy to work with and one coat gives nice coverage. These look great over any base colour, not just black! They’re easy to remove as well which is a huge bonus. Compared to the regular Ultra Chrome flakies, these have some added scatter holo pigment. While the holo looks looks gorgeous they don’t look dramatically different from the regular flakies so it’s up to you whether you would want to get both. If you don’t own the original flakies then I would pick the holo versions because they add some extra sparkle when you’re out in the sunlight!

You can purchase the new ILNP Holographic Ultra Chrome Flakies on the official website. There’s a restock happening soon I believe so keep an eye out on the ILNP social media pages or subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to know!

Connect with I Love Nail Polish: Homepage – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Newsletter

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23rd March, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

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