Pretty & Polished – Mei Mei’s Signatures Exclusive

I’m back today with two Mei Mei’s Signatures exclusives from Pretty & Polished. I’ve had the pleasure of trying P&P shades a few times now and I always enjoy them a lot. Let’s take a look!

Pretty & Polished – The Cat Is Mad (natural daylight)

Pretty & Polished – The Cat Is Mad (natural daylight)

Pretty & Polished – The Cat Is Mad (direct light)

Pretty & Polished – The Cat Is Mad (direct light)

Pretty & Polished – The Cat Is Mad: First up is The Cat Is Mad which is a shimmery pastel pink with fine holo shimmer, gorgeous gold flakes and pink shimmer. It shows some brush strokes but it’s not as visible in person. I used three thin coats and top coat.

Pretty & Polished – Fat Belly (natural daylight)

Pretty & Polished – Fat Belly (natural daylight)

Pretty & Polished – Fat Belly (direct light)

Pretty & Polished – Fat Belly (direct light)

Pretty & Polished – Fat Belly: The second exclusive is Fat Belly, a beautiful purple jelly with linear holo pigment and blue colour shifting mylar flakes. While the flakies are gorgeous they don’t lay completely flat on the nail so they do need an extra coat of top coat to smooth them over. I used three thin coats and top coat.

You can purchase these Pretty & Polished shades exclusively from Mei Mei’s Signatures. They are limited edition and will be gone for good once they sell out.

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17th December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 2 Comments

Spell Polish – The Good and the Evil Collection

I’m very excited to share the new Spell Polish collection with you. Heather’s collections seem to be getting more and more amazing each time. The December release is called The Good and the Evil collection and features five new mattes (à la Wool Of Bat!) and five matching toppers. Let’s take a look!

Spell Polish – Cardinal Sin

Spell Polish – Cardinal Sin

Spell Polish -Cardinal Sin: First up is this gorgeous matte blood red with subtle flecks of shimmer. The shimmer shifts from a pink to gold which is subtle but beautiful. It dries to a nice matte finish. I used three thin coats.

Spell Polish – Purgatory 

Spell Polish – Purgatory

Spell Polish -Purgatory: The matching topper for Cardinal Sin is called Purgatory. It features strong pink flecks of shimmer that shift from pink to gold. I used one coat over Cardinal Sin.

Spell Polish – Golden Handcuffs

Spell Polish – Golden Handcuffs

Spell Polish – Golden Handcuffs: Next up is Golden Handcuffs which is a unique medium brown with rich gold shimmer and gold flecks. Not a shade I would wear on its own but I think this lends itself very well to nail art. The finish was a nice even matte. Coverage was very good, I used two coats.

Spell Polish – Invisible Cloak

Spell Polish – Invisible Cloak

Spell Polish – Invisible Cloak: The matching topper with Golden Handcuffs is Invisible Cloak which has gorgeous pink and gold flecks. I used one coat over Golden Handcuffs.

Spell Polish – Civil War

Spell Polish – Civil War

Spell Polish – Civil War: Next up is Civil War which is a gorgeous teal green matte. I think it has some very subtle shimmer but some of it appeared to sink a little so be sure to shake it up thoroughly before use. I used three coats.

Spell Polish – Peace Of Mind

Spell Polish – Peace Of Mind

Spell Polish – Peace Of Mind: Peace Of Mind is the matching topper to Civil War. It has gorgeous colour shifting shimmer that goes from green to red, as well as bright blue flecks. This one looks gorgeous over a darker colour like Dark Horse too! I used one coat over Civil War.

Spell Polish – Dark Horse

Spell Polish – Dark Horse

Spell Polish – Dark Horse: Next we have Dark Horse which is a gorgeous dark emerald green with bright green shimmer. This one is my favourite from the collection! It also resembles Wool Of Bat very closely, only green not purple. This is two coats.

Spell Polish – White Knight

Spell Polish – White Knight

Spell Polish – White Knight: The matching topper to Dark Horse is White Knight (love the names!) and features gorgeous aqua shimmer with fine bright blue flakies. I used one coat over Dark Horse.

Spell Polish – Hell’s Angel

Spell Polish – Hell’s Angel

Spell Polish – Hell’s Angel: The final matte shade is Hell’s Angel, a gorgeous bright cobalt blue with fine shimmer. I used two coats.

Spell Polish – Heaven’s Door

Spell Polish – Heaven’s Door

Spell Polish – Heaven’s Door: Finally we have Heaven’s Door to match Hell’s Angel. It’s a blue shimmer-y topper with fine turquoise and pink flecks. Really pretty! This is one coat over Hell’s Angel.

You can purchase the Spell Polish The Good And The Evil collection from the official website (US) or from one of the international stockists. All polishes contain 15ml and are 5-free and cruelty free.

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15th December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 18 Comments

Smitten Polish – Winter/Holiday 2014 Swatches

I want to thank everyone for your kind words regarding my father. Your many messages really warmed my heart. My family and I are doing as well as can be expected given the circumstances. I’m slowly getting back to blogging but my posting may be a bit sporadic and irregular. I hope you’ll bear with me!

A while ago I showed three new Smitten Polish exclusives for Hypnotic Polish, today I have three Smittens from the Holiday collection. Maria kindly let me pick my three favourites from this collection and I couldn’t be happier with them! Let’s take a look.

Smitten Polish – Figgy Pudding

Smitten Polish – Figgy Pudding

Smitten Polish – Figgy Pudding: First up is Figgy Pudding which is a gorgeous jelly purple with colour shifting flakies. It is very beautiful but the formula was a little problematic for me. It was sheer but on the thick side and I found that it dragged a bit. It needs a bit of extra attention. Nonetheless a beautiful shade! I used three coats and top coat.

Smitten Polish – Nose So Bright (natural daylight)

Smitten Polish – Nose So Bright (natural daylight)

Smitten Polish – Nose So Bright (direct light)

Smitten Polish – Nose So Bright

Smitten Polish – Nose So Bright: Next is Nose So Bright which is a red holo. Red holos are notoriously tricky since the red base tends to drown the holographic pigments. I have to say Smitten Polish was very successful in creating a true red holo! It has a nice strong linear holo finish while still being a true red, with a subtle raspberry hue. Formula was a dream! I used two coats and top coat.

Smitten Polish – Snow Day Sunrise (natural daylight)

Smitten Polish – Snow Day Sunrise (natural daylight)

Smitten Polish – Snow Day Sunrise (direct light)

Smitten Polish – Snow Day Sunrise (direct light)

Smitten Polish – Snow Day Sunrise: Finally we have Snow Day Sunrise which is a gorgeous muted pastel pink microglitter. Smitten Polish does microglitters really well, this one is no exception. You can get this one perfectly opaque but I found that you can also you use coat layered over a base, or one coat on its own for a beautiful delicate sparkle. The holo microglitter makes his one very sparkly, much more so in person than in my photos. Pretty and versatile. This was three coats and top coat.

You can purchase the Smitten Polish Holiday 2014 collection from Hypnotic Polish in The Netherlands. Maria ships worldwide and stocks lots of amazing brands!

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12th December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

A personal update…

It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that my dad has passed away on Wednesday December 3rd. For two years he fought a brave but arduous and brutal battle against colon cancer. He was the most incredible friend and father I ever knew and I am so proud to be his daughter.

I want to thank all of my dear friends in the nail community for the kindness and support they have shown me. You have been there for me every step of the way and words simply can’t express my gratitude. I am so lucky to have your friendship.

These past two years I have found great comfort and a welcome distraction in my blog. Painting my nails and swatching, trivial as it may seem, have helped me so much.

While I need some peace now and time with my family I will be back and posting again hopefully soon, when I feel ready.

If you can, please light a candle.

5th December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 49 Comments

Renaissance Cosmetics – Modern Vamp Collection

I have the stunning new Renaissance Cosmetics Modern Vamp collection to show you today. Renaissance Cosmetics is the creation of Meghan aka Will Paint Nails For Food. I really love her aesthetic and she did an amazing job with this collection inspired by Vampires. Let’s take a look.

Underneath each polish I’ve added the inspiration for the shade, taken from Meghan’s blogpost

Renaissance Cosmetics – Footprints In The Snow

Renaissance Cosmetics – Footprints In The Snow

The inspiration: This was inspired by Eli of the Danish movie Let the Right One In, particularly the scenes that take place outdoors. The movie is set in the winter, and Eli, a child vampire, doesn’t feel cold and sometimes walks around outside in the snow barefoot. I found the movie to be so eerie and quiet and I tried to capture that in this polish.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Footprints In The Snow: First up is this gorgeous blueish white with fine black, red, green and silver microglitter. It’s subtle and soft and has a beautiful speckled effect. I think this might be my favourite out of the set! I used two coats and top coat.

Renaissance Cosmetics – An Eternal Doll

Renaissance Cosmetics – An Eternal Doll

The inspiration: This was inspired by Claudia, a child vampire from Interview With the Vampire. I consider this movie to be a classic and young Kirsten Dunst did a fabulous job in this role. Claudia is a child vampire that was “made” as a daughter for Louis. Claudia looks like a doll, and is dressed somewhat like a doll in the best dresses. I was inspired by her golden hair and porcelain complexion with this polish. 

Renaissance Cosmetics – An Eternal Doll: Next is this beautiful nude with red and gold fine glitter and gold flakes. Delicate and gorgeous! Formula was flawless as are all shades in this collection. I used two coats and top coat.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Cursed

Renaissance Cosmetics – Cursed

The inspiration: I recently got hooked on the show Being Human (US version) and binged watched all four seasons. This polish was inspired by the main character Aiden, a 200+ year old vampire who has renounced drinking “live” blood and instead tries to live as if human. He struggles to live morally despite his past monstrosities and his inherent nature. I wanted to capture that duality, so the blue is taken from his nurses uniform, and the red, well I think you get that part. ;)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Cursed: Next up is this gorgeous jeans blue with vibrant pink shimmer, red glitter, silver flakes and fine silver holo microglitter. I truly love this colour. Inspired by Being Human, which is the only show from the inspirations that I’ve seen, though I’ve only watched the UK version. This was two easy coats and top coat.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Blood/Lust

Renaissance Cosmetics – Blood/Lust

The inspiration: I’m a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and have watched the show two times from start to finish. So this collection is very Buffy influenced. Vamp Willow only appeared in two episodes, but her character is so great that she deserves her own polish. I took my inspiration from her fiery red hair and the dark red trim on her outfit.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Blood/Lust: Next up is this gorgeous red jelly with gorgeous gold fine flakes and lots of shimmer. Buffy is something that’s been on my to-watch list for a while, I think it’s definitely something I’d enjoy so I hope I get around to it soon. This was three thin coats and top coat.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Sex, Death, And Rock’n Roll (natural daylight)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Sex, Death, And Rock’n Roll (natural daylight)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Sex, Death, And Rock’n Roll (direct light)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Sex, Death, And Rock’n Roll (direct light)

The inspiration: Spike is probably one of my favourite vampires from the Buffy/Angel franchise. Whether he’s pure evil, a neutered vampire with a chip in his head, or a lovesick vampire, he plays the part perfectly. Spike has a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll, Billy Idol wannabe look, so that’s what I was aiming for here.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Sex, Death, And Rock’n Roll: Next is this beautiful unique charcoal with rich gold shimmer, holo and holographic hex glitter. Very warm and beautiful. I used two coats and top coat.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Out of the Darkness (natural daylight)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Out of the Darkness (natural daylight)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Out of the Darkness (direct light)

Renaissance Cosmetics – Out of the Darkness (direct light)

The inspiration: This is my Angel (Buffy/Angel) inspired polish. For those of you not familiar with the shows, he’s handsome, mysterious and brooding. Angel was evil until he was cursed with a soul. I wanted to represent his struggle for redemption and his dual nature – the evil Angelus versus the good Angel.

Renaissance Cosmetics – Out of the Darkness: Finally we have this beautiful black with fine multicolored flakes and fine holographic shimmer. It’s one of my favourites from the collection! Really beautiful. This was two easy coats and top coat.

You can purchase the Renaissance Cosmetics Modern Vamp collection from the official website. They are based in Canada and offer worldwide shipping.

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3rd December, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

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