Angstrom Stamping

I am starting a new feature on my blog, weekly (though I’m not promising anything) stamping nail art posts. These will be short and sweet and will contain just basic info. Today will be the first one!

I started with Smitten Polish Angstrom as a base (info & review here) and stamped over it with black nail polish and used an image from my MoYou Pro XL 20 stamping plate. Finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

23rd October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 11 Comments

Starrily – Party Time! Siloso Beach Trio Swatches

I’m back today with some more Mei Mei’s Signatures exclusive swatches today! This time a trio by Starrily called Party Time! Siloso Beach. This collection was inspired by Sentosa island in Singapore. Let’s take a look!

Starrily – Pink Flip Flops (natural daylight)

Starrily – Pink Flip Flops (natural daylight)

Starrily – Pink Flip Flops (direct light)

Starrily – Pink Flip Flops (direct light)

Starrily – Pink Flip Flops: First up is Pink Flip Flops, that represents Siloso beach. It’s a beautiful delicate pink holo. On the first coat I thought this would be too sheer to build but it reaches opacity very nicely. I used three thin coats.

Starrily – Songs Of The Sea (natural daylight)

Starrily – Songs Of The Sea (natural daylight)

Starrily – Songs Of The Sea: Next we have Songs Of The Sea which represents the festivities held on the beach. This is an XL glitter topper. It’s fairly dense so application was a little tricky. I mistakenly applied it a little too thick which gave me bubbling, totally my fault. If you like chunky glitters this one is really fun and unique! I applied one coat layered over white and added top coat.

Starrily – Merlion’s Dream (natural daylight)

Starrily – Merlion’s Dream (natural daylight)

Starrily – Merlion’s Dream: The third shade in this trio is Merlion’s Dream, inspired by the icon of Singapore which has a statue on Siloso Beach! It’s a gold glitter top coat with fine, medium and large glitter pieces. It’s super sparkly! Mei Mei suggested I layered this over red or black, so I chose Black Cat Lacquer Poison Apple as my undie. I used one coat and added top coat.

You can purchase the Starrily Party Time! Siloso Beach trio exclusively at Mei Mei’s Signatures. It’s available as a set or individually. Mei Mei is also currently holding an amazing sale so it’s the perfect time to place an order. If you use the code “Clear” you get 30% off of selected brands. More info on the website!

Connect with Mei Mei’s Signatures: Homepage – Twitter – Facebook – Instagram
Connect with Starrily: Official Site – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

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22nd October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 16 Comments

Lilypad Lacquer – Hypnotic Polish Exclusive Trio

Lilypad Lacquer launched yesterday at Hypnotic Polish which included three beautiful exclusive shades. Maria kindly sent me a set to swatch! This post also debuts a small change to my watermark. I’ve made it vertical and moved it to the far right edge. This way square crops on Instagram and other websites look a little better. It took me a while but I’m glad to finally have a good solution. Let’s take a look!

Lilypad Lacquer – Purple Velvet (natural daylight)

Lilypad Lacquer – Purple Velvet (natural daylight)

Lilypad Lacquer – Purple Velvet: First up is Purple Velvet which is a beautiful deep purple jelly with tiny fuchsia flakes. Formula was absolutely flawless. I was very impressed with this one! It is vampy and dark but still has a lot of interest. I used two easy coats and added top coat.

Lilypad Lacquer – Envy Me (natural daylight)

Lilypad Lacquer – Envy Me (natural daylight)

Lilypad Lacquer – Envy Me (direct light)

Lilypad Lacquer – Envy Me (direct light)

Lilypad Lacquer – Envy Me: Next we have Envy Me which is an emerald green holo with bright fuchsia/purple shimmer. My jaw dropped on the floor when I unwrapped this bottle. The shimmer is so vibrant! I was afraid it might not translate to the nails but it does! It’s much more vivid than my photos show. You could get away with two coats but I added a third for extra depth. I also added top coat.

Lilypad Lacquer – Bronze Goddess (natural daylight)

Lilypad Lacquer – Bronze Goddess (natural daylight)

Lilypad Lacquer – Bronze Goddess (direct light)

Lilypad Lacquer – Bronze Goddess (direct light)

Lilypad Lacquer – Bronze Goddess: Finally we have Bronze Goddess which is a black jelly base holo with very rich orange shimmer. It is so vibrant and beautiful. Absolutely blew me away! The best word to describe this polish is “fiery”. It’s like it glows from within! This was two coats and top coat.

Overall I was absolutely blown away by every single one of these. The colours are beautiful and the quality is just exceptional. Lilypad Lacquer is definitely a brand to watch!

You can purchase these three Lilypad Lacquer shades exclusively at Hypnotic Polish. Maria, the owner of Hypnotic Polish, has an awesome range of brands and her service is excellent. She offers worldwide shipping!

Connect with Hypnotic Polish: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram
Connect with Lilypad Lacquer: Etsy – Facebook – Instagram

// Provided for Honest Review

21st October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 26 Comments

Guest Post for Seize The Nail

Today’s nail art post can be found over at Seize The Nail! Bella, the talented lady behind the blog Seize The Nail, asked me if I wanted to create a guest post for her. I obviously said yes! I love every single one of her manicures, she’s just amazing. She asked me to come up with either a Halloween or Fall look, since I don’t celebrate Halloween I created some Fall appropriate nails. Make sure to read the full post on her blog!

20th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 39 Comments

Il Était Un Vernis – Once Upon A Time Collection Swatches

Today I’m sharing swatches of a new brand in polish land! You may have heard of it already, it’s called Il Était Un Vernis (which is French for “It Was A Varnish”) and it’s the brainchild of two talented French bloggers, Bé aka Vernis en Folie and Stéphanie aka De tout et de rien. They decided to work with an Australian manufacturer so you can expect flawless consistency and high quality formula. Their first collection, the Once Upon A Time collection, holds five beautiful polishes. Without further ado, let’s take a look!

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue: First up is this beautiful deep – yet bright metallic blue with scatter holo finish. If you are familiar with piCture pOlish scatter holo, these are very alike in finish as well as formula. In other words, great quality! I used three thin coats but you could get away with two thicker ones. I didn’t use top coat since they have a super glossy shine on their own!

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment: Next is No Comment which is a bright fire engine red scatter holo. It’s a warm red that is very flattering and pretty. The scatter holo is quite tricky to capture in photos, it really comes to life in the sunshine. Again I used three thin coats but you may get away with two if you have shorter nails. No top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box: Light Box is a black scatter holo with colour shifting blue mylar flakes. They add a gorgeous pop of colour to this black. They don’t lay perfectly flat like normal flakies so you may need one or two coats of good quality top coat to smooth it over. I applied three thin coats but you could layer one coat over black too. I also added top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words: Next we have Beyond Words which is a deep raspberry with a pretty scatter holo finish. I think this one is just perfect for Fall season! It’s vampy but still bright enough that your nails have colour in low light settings. I used two coats.

Il Était Un Vernis – Live, Love, Laugh (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Live, Love, Laugh (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Live, Love, Laugh: Finally we have this gorgeous gold glitter bomb! This one is so sparkly! It has fine holographic glitter, as well as dense copper and gold hex glitter and very fine gold microglitter. I don’t have any gold glitters quite like this one, the mix of copper and gold hex glitter give this a lot of depth. I love it! This was three thin coats, you may get away with two, and top coat.

I have to say, I was incredibly impressed with all of these. Bé and Stéphanie set a very high standard for themselves and clearly didn’t settle for less than perfection. All polishes are 5-free, hold 12ml in a square bottle and come with a nice flat brush and a rubberized cap.

You can purchase the Once Upon A Time collection by Il Était Un Vernis from their official online shop. They offer worldwide shipping and bottles are priced at €12.90 (which is around $16,50) a piece. The full collection is available at a discounted rate! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the beautiful branded drawstring bag that came with my collection, these were available for the first 100 customers who purchased three or more bottles. They’ve sadly run out but Bé told me there will be a little present for the next releases too. :)

Connect with Il Était Un Vernis: Official SiteShop – FacebookTwitterInstagram – Pinterest

// Provided for Honest Review

17th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 34 Comments

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