Floral Houndstooth Nails

I’m back with my regular Nail Art Monday post! These are nails I did a little while ago but I wore them for almost a full week. I got so many compliments, which was funny considering these were basically just doodles and I wasn’t even planning on posting them. :D Let’s take a look!

I did these when I just got my stamping supplies from Born Pretty Store so I was quickly trying it all out, but my skills were still super basic. I used Dance Legend Grey Britain (swatch here) as a base and stamped over it with a white stamping polish and used the Born Pretty Store QA81 plate that has a few houndstooth prints. It came out pretty sloppy! It definitely did not come out perfect, entirely down to my n00b skills. :D So I figured, let’s paint something over it!

I had this cute Cath Kidson address book lying on my desk and took inspiration from the floral print on the cover. I started with China Glaze Mimosa’s Before Manis as the “base” for the flowers using just the brush inside the bottle, added some darker spots with China Glaze Passion For Petals, then I added detail with my ORLY Instant Artist stripers in Jet Black and Crisp White. For the leaves I used a fine nail art brush and China Glaze Def Defying (I think). Finished everything with glossy top coat!

I don’t know how but floral print seems to look good over any base, a solid colour, a print, it just always seems to work. I wasn’t completely sold on these at first but after getting so many compliments these definitely grew on me. I totally loved them by the end of the week and was sad to take them off again.

I hope you like them! Let me know in the comments what you think. :) 

1st September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 3 Comments

Foxy Paws – Swatches

Today I’m sharing some swatches of Danish indie brand Foxy Paws. I’ve been drooling over this brand for a while now and when they were hosting a giveaway on Instagram that I just couldn’t resist entering. To my surprise I was one of the lucky winners! The lovely owner Charlotte was kind enough to include a few extras for swatch purposes. Obviously I had to swatch everything she sent me, including the prize polishes! :D Let’s take a look.

Foxy Paws – Lambada (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Lambada (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Lambada: First up is Lambada which is the shade I chose as part of the giveaway. I saw Paulina’s Passions swatches of the Summer Party collection and this bright lime green immediately jumped out at me. My camera definitely had some issues picking up the bright holo sparkles in this one. It’s gorgeous though and really awesome for Summer. It’s too sheer to wear on its own (unless you don’t mind some VNL) so I layered two coats over white and added top coat.

Foxy Paws – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!: Next we have this ah-mazing silver linear holo. This was a special limited edition polish with only 50 bottles made. Mine is the 49th according to the label at the bottom, hehe! I wish there were more of these because it’s simply stunning. The holo is so soft and smooth and really strong. Formula was awesome! I used three thin coats but you can reach opacity in two. I also added top coat.

Foxy Paws – Ray Of Light (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Ray Of Light (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Ray Of Light (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Ray Of Light (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Ray Of Light: Next we have this gorgeous blue holo which is part of the August Holo Grail box. You can find out more info about that box and purchase it over at Shop Dazzled. It’s a slightly muted medium blue with a gorgeous liner holo rainbow. There’s also some irregular sized holo flakes. I used three thin coats and top coat.

Foxy Paws – Want You (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Want You (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Want You (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Want You (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Want You: This gorgeous blue glitter with holo finish was part of the March Holo Grail Box. Again, check out info about the Holo Grail box over at Shop Dazzled! This is one similar in hue to Ray Of Light but a bit darker. It also has some blue and gold hex gliters in different sizes and shades. It’s super sparkly! I used three coats and top coat.

Foxy Paws – Starring Role (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Starring Role (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – Starring Role (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Starring Role (direct light)

Foxy Paws – Starring Role: Then we have another gorgeous holo! This deep purple is from The Diamond collection. Charlotte told me this shade is inspired by one of her favourite artists, Marina and The Diamonds. I love how this one has both linear holo and some larger holo microglitters. Application was lovely, I used three thin coats but you could get away with two. I also added top coat!

Foxy Paws – The Void (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – The Void (natural daylight)

Foxy Paws – The Void: Finally we have The Void which is part of the Spring collection called Back to Black, and it features six black-based polishes. I didn’t expect it to be, but this one was one of my favourites! It is so stunning! It’s a black jelly that is opaque in two coats and has gorgeous rich blue shimmer and some small white glitters that are like stars in a nights sky. Amazing! As I mentioned, I used two coats and I also added top coat.

You can purchase Foxy Paws from the official website or through one of the stockists. Not all of the colours in this post are available anymore as they were special editions. However make sure to take a look at the website as Charlotte has some amazing polishes. I had such fun trying these out and I absolutely loved the formula and all of the gorgeous colours I was sent.

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31st August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 1 Comment

Cirque Colors – Back to Basics Review & Swatches

I have a review for you on the Cirque Back To Basics set today. This set was released not too long ago but I took my time to test the base coat and top coat. It also features a white and black creme polishes that are both ah-mazing. Let’s take a look!

The Cirque Back To Basics set features, from left to right: Cirque Hold Fast Base Coat, Cirque Liquid Laminate Top Coat, Cirque Carpe Diem and Cirque Memento Mori. It’s available for purchase in a cute vinyl pouch as a set, or individually. As I mentioned I took my time to test out the products so I could let you know what I think of these.

Cirque Colors Hold Fast Base Coat: The base coat has a thin formula and has a subtle blue tint. It doesn’t give any colour to your nail but it does make it quite easy to spot the difference between the top and base coat without having to check the label. It dries very quickly which is what I look for in a base coat. The formula in infused with garlic for strengthening properties. It’s meant to anchor your polish to the nail and I think it does a good job. It dries glossy but as I mentioned it’s quite thin and has no ridge filling properties. Overall a good base coat, I definitely enjoy using it!

Cirque Colors Liquid Laminate Top Coat: The top coat is a little thicker than the base coat but still easy to work with. It does a great job at smoothing glitters and I really love using it for that. You may need a second coat to smooth over extra rough glitters. The finish is really glossy! It also doesn’t lose its shine after a few days of wear. I did notice some peeling. After a few days (sometimes sooner) I could peel it off in large sheets. With or without base coat had the same result. I contacted Annie and we think it may be a body chemistry issue (so you may not experience it) as no one else has had this issue so far. That definitely won’t stop me from using this top coat especially for it’s smoothing properties. I did find it worth mentioning but as I said, you may not have the same experience I did.

Cirque Colors Carpe Diem: Then we have this gorgeous white polish. There is something so lovely about plain white nails, don’t you think? Especially when application is flawless it can look so pretty. This white polish has a lovely formula. Coverage takes 2-3 coats depending how thick you layer them. It dries glossy but I  did add one coat of Liquid Laminate top coat.

Cirque Colors Memento Mori: I saved the best til last! This is probably my favourite product out of the entire set. My holy grail black, this polish requires one coat. The swatch you see above, it’s one coat. ONE COAT. And not even a particularly thick one! This one is awesome and saves me a lot of time and hassle for nail art. It even works as a stamping polish. It’s definitely a must-have if you are looking for a new black. I also added one coat of Liquid Laminate top coat.

You can purchase the Cirque Back to Basics collection from Cirque Colors or from one of the international stockists. They are available individually or as a set (sets are currently sold out on the official site but I hope they will be back soon). I can definitely recommend the products in this collection, especially the black polish Memento Mori is a purchase you won’t regret.

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30th August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 1 Comment

Ms. Sparkle – Swatches

Here is my second post of the day for you! I was recently contacted by the sweet Simone of the Dutch indie brand Ms. Sparkle, wondering if I wanted to review and swatch some of her polishes. Obviously I said yes! I’m always happy to support European indie brands and I just spotted some polishes from her latest collection on Instagram and they looked lovely. She kindly allowed me to pick three of her latest release, the “Fall Is Kicking In” collection that holds six shades in total. Let’s take a look!

Ms. Sparkle – Cypress & Cognac 

Ms. Sparkle – Cypress & Cognac: First up is definitely the most unique polish out of the collection, Cypress & Cognac. This is a multichrome glass fleck with green shards of glitter that sit in a brownish jelly base. it has gorgeous shimmer and sparkle and the multichrome effect is very strong. Definitely stronger than my picture shows! You might be able to layer it on its own if you have shorter nails but I personally loved the effect over black. I layered two coats over black and added top coat.

Ms. Sparkle – Royal Blue

Ms. Sparkle – Royal Blue: Next we have Royal Blue which is… a royal blue! It’s a jelly blue with vibrant blue shimmer/microglitter and holographic and white squares. I’m a sucker for square glitter so I really liked this one. Formula was easy to work with, definitely not too thick. It did dry semi-matte so make sure to add some glossy top coat! I used three thin coats and added top coat.

Ms. Sparkle – Misted Yellow

Ms. Sparkle – Misted Yellow: Finally we have this gorgeous mustard/ochre yellow. This one is my favourite out of the collection! I just love ochre colours and this one is so beautiful. As you can see this one also has lots of tiny gold glitter. Yellow polishes tend to be notorious for their tricky formula but this one was nice and opaque. I used two coats and top coat.

You can purchase Ms. Sparkle polishes from Simone’s Etsy shop. These three shades belong to a new collection, Fall Is Kicking In, that will be released September 1st I believe. Make sure to follow Simone on social media to be the first to know when they come out! Pictures of the entire collection are up on Instagram.

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29th August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 4 Comments

Dance Legend – Holodays Swatches

I’m back again with some swatches! I’ll have two posts for you again today and the second one is coming up a little later. First though are some more Dance Legend polishes. I have three shades of the Holodays collection to show you. This collection holds six mini shades in total and I picked my three favourites to show you today. Let’s take a look!

Dance Legend – Blanco (natural daylight)

Dance Legend – Blanco (natural daylight)

Dance Legend – Blanco (direct light)

Dance Legend – Blanco (direct light)

Dance Legend – Blanco: First up is Blanco which is a silver holo with added scatter holo. All of these contain both linear holo and scatter holo flakes. Which obviously makes for quite a blingy polish! The holo is very strong and I love how it looks in the shade as well. The formula is thin but nice to work with. I used three coats.

Dance Legend – Neptune (natural daylight)

Dance Legend – Neptune (natural daylight)

Dance Legend – Neptune (direct light)

Dance Legend – Neptune (direct light)

Dance Legend – Neptune: Next up is Neptune which his a gorgeous muted blue, almost a periwinkle. It’s definitely paler in person than my pictures show. Again, super strong holo and gorgeous scatter holo flakes. I’m in love! This was three thin coats.

Dance legend – Anthem (natural daylight)

Dance legend – Anthem (natural daylight)

Dance legend – Anthem (direct light)

Dance legend – Anthem (direct light)

Dance legend – Anthem: Finally we have Anthem. Do I even need words to describe this? This purple holo is so strong. I love it! It has gorgeous scatter holo flakes as well that in the shade look like little stars in a nights sky. Super sparkly! The formula was also great, I needed just two coats.

You can purchase the Dance Legend Holodays polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists! Near me that’s Maria from Hypnotic Polish. If you’re in the US you can try Llarrowe or Color4Nails. As I mentioned these are minis, they hold 6.5ml which is a smaller size due to expensive pigments. They are gorgeous though!

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29th August, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 4 Comments

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