Today I have another Dance Legend swatch for you! (Check out the previous one here). This time, I have one of their ah-mazing multichrome lacquers from the Chameleon collection. The lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish (new EU indie polish supply!) sent Dance Legend Wazowski to me, which is the green/blue multichrome from the collection. Let’s take a look!
This is just two thin coats of Dance Legend Wazowski! The first thing that blew me away was the pigmentation. It’s unbelievable! It’s so opaque and packed full of multichromatic pigments. It shifts from a stunning yellowish green to a vibrant deep turquoise blue. It’s like beetle wings on your nails!
Here you can see it shifting to blue. You can easily spot the entire colour shift in person, it’s very strong! You do get a small amount of visible brush strokes but it didn’t bother me at all. They went away for the most part once it dried thoroughly. I do recommend using a ridge filler base coat OR two layers of Seche Vite on top to prevent it highlighting imperfections of your nail plate. (Yes top coat works too!)
I believe Wazowski was named after the green creature in Monsters Inc, but I could be wrong! Whatever it’s called, this polish is absolutely gorgeous. I seriously could not stop staring at my nails while I had this on! The colours are so vibrant and beautiful.
Finally a macro close-up! How gorgeous is Wazowski?! I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with it, the formula was incredibly opaque and easy to work with. I mean, two thin coats (and NO black base!) for a multichrome is pretty spectacular. I can highly recommend these!
You can find the Dance Legend Chameleon collection at Hypnotic Polish. Usually Dance Legend contains 15ml but these multichromes are slightly smaller to keep costs down, and hold 6,5 ml. They are currently priced at €8,70 a bottle. Please check out the Hypnotic Polish Facebook page for more info and the store. The official web shop is opening very soon! I will keep you posted!
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Today I have some floral spring nail art to show you! We’ve been getting some milder weather in Belgium which makes me feel so excited and ready for Spring. I especially love that the days are getting longer and that we are getting more and more sunshine. I hope the weather is nice where you are right now!
These are the Spring nails I came up with! I used a few Estée Lauder Spring shades from last year for this manicure. I’ve been dying to wear Estée lauder Absinthe again which is a really unique green shade. I applied Absinthe to my pointer and pinkie and added three pastel peach “leaf” shaped studs from Born Pretty Store.
On my middle finger I layered three coats of Floss Gloss Dimepiece and on my ring finger I started with CND Vinylux Cream Puff as a base. Then I freehanded roses with Estée Lauder Lilac Leather and Estée Lauder Coral Cult, and Estée Lauder Absinthe for the leaves. I mixed Absinthe with Jessica Black Lustre to create some definition to the leaves.
The floral didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted to but I’m really obsessed with the colour combinations in this nail art. I especially love that Estée Lauder green, Absinthe, isn’t it the best?!
I really hope you like these! Make sure to let me know in the comments if you do.
Today I bring some fantastic news and a swatch of a mind-blowing polish! First things first, on social media I’ve been announcing the arrival of a new EU indie nail polish shop, Hypnotic Polish. Today their Facebook page went live (make sure to give it a like!) and hopefully by the end of the month the official web shop will be up and running.
Hypnotic Polish is based in The Netherlands, offer worldwide shipping and they stock an amazing range of indie polishes: Dance Legend, A England, Rainbow Honey, Glitter Gal, Mint, Pretty Serious, El Corazon, Contrary Polish, Delush Polish, Smitten Polish and Shimmer Polish. (More brands to follow!). So exciting!!! Today I have some Dance Legend swatches to show you! Let’s take a look.
The polish I’m sharing today is Dance Legend 193 from the SUN Shine collection. It’s a UV-changing nail polish, so if you step outside in the sunshine your nails will show a different colour! Amazing right?! The polish you see in the picture above is ONE shade, on the left is the “indoor” effect and on the right “outdoor/sunshine” effect. How is that for mindblowing?!
Dance Legend – 193: First up is my swatch of what 193 it looks like indoors. As you can see it holds gorgeous fuchsia hex glitters, both large and small ones. The base is a beautiful squishy lavender-pink. I used three thin coats and one layer of top coat for the coverage you see above. The formula does require you to let it dry completely between coats or it could drag the layer underneath. The finish is semi-matte so I recommend to use top coat for a shinier look!
Dance Legend – 193: Next up is what it looks like charged with UV-light! I held my nails under my UV-lamp for only seconds and it instantly shifted to this ah-mazing deep fuchsia purple. It is nothing short of jaw dropping. I showed everyone in my house the transformation and they were all completely speechless. The colour shift is so strong!
Dance Legend – 193: It’s not Spring yet here in Belgium but we had some very subtle sunshine yesterday, so I decided to shoot a picture of what it looks like in the sun. The sun was peeking through some clouds so I got an effect somewhere inbetween my previous two swatches. Doesn’t it look pretty? I absolutely love it! The colour change will look closer to the previous photo if the sun is strong and bright.
I have two more stunning Dance Legend shades to show you, and three El Corazon polishes, so keep an eye out for those! I’ll be sharing them soon! Dance Legend is a Russian brand that’s taken the nail polish community by a storm. They have been releasing unique and wonderful collections consistently. The quality is amazing, the bottles hold 15ml and are Big-3 free. Definitely a brand to watch!
You can find Dance Legend at Hypnotic Polish, prices range between €8,70 and €12,50 a bottle. Please check out the Hypnotic Polish Facebook page for more info and a fully functioning store. I will announce the launch of the official web shop on my social media and blog so you’ll be the first to know!
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Today I’m participating in The Lacquer Legion! It’s a monthly nail art challenge set up by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails and her admins. This month the theme is Adoration which you can interpret in many ways (it’s what I love most about the challenge!). I had a few ideas going through my mind but eventually decided on doing a nail art themed around knitting. It’s another one of my passions besides nails so I had to do some knitted nails!
This is what I came up with! If you read my blog regularly you may remember that I did nails inspired by my knitting some time ago, but these are a bit different. On my pointer and pinkie I created a line print that mimics a wound-up ball of yarn and on my middle finger I have a depiction of the knit side of stockinette stitch. And of course I finished with a glitter accent nail, because we all adore some glitter in our lives, am I right ladies?!
For my pointer finger I used a nude colour from The New Black from the Weekly Journal Typography set, the greyish base of my middle finger is from the Heathered set by and the pink glitter is from the Cloudy Ballet set. The design was freehanded with ORLY Instant Artist in Crisp White. I finished with Seche Vite top coat.
Knitting and crochet is a very therapeutic hobby for me. Especially when you do more complex patterns, you will need full concentration which helps distracts you from negative thoughts. Both my hobbies (knitting and nails) have definitely helped to keep me sane during the past year. They relieve stress and I love getting creative. You really need to have something to distract you when things are rough. If you are also into knitting and are on Ravelry, feel free to add me or check out my work.
All Lacquer Legion manicures will be found under the hashtag #LLadoration on various social media. The next prompt will be announced on the Facebook page so make sure to keep an eye on it if you would like to participate next month. Everyone is free to join! And now I’m off to check out the other manis.
P.s. Do you have any other hobbies besides nails? Let me know in the comments!
Today I have a super exciting post for you! I did a Mani Swap with the wonderful Paulina from the blog Paulina’s Passions. She’s a dear friend of mine and I absolutely love her work. I know you will love her as much as I do so make sure to check out her blog. She is guest posting on my blog today and on her blog you will find my guest post.
Hi everyone. My name is Paulina from the Paulina’s Passions blog. Today is a very exciting day, because it’s a mani swap with the lovely Very Emily! I was so honored when Emily asked me to do a mani swap with her. I have always admired her work and she is such an inspiration to me. In the past few weeks we have been chatting a lot, and I got to to know her a little bit better. I gotta say, Emily is one of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. I am so happy to be on her blog and share my nail art with you.
For those of you who don’t know, a mani swap is basically a recreation of each others favorite nail art. This is my first ever mani swap and I recreated my favorite nail art by Emily – the geometric triangle nails. Make sure to head over to my blog to see which mani of mine Emily recreated. You are gonna love it! It involves pretty roses
I have always wanted to recreate these pretty watercolor nails. This design is so popular and I think it’s Emily’s signature. So many people love these geometric shapes and this look is also what her blog theme looks like. I absolute love these colors and the fact that it’s a combination of watercolor technique and geometric shapes.
I started off with a white base. You have to make sure that the base is completely dry, because you are gonna be applying the striping tape. Then I took bunch of pastels and a sponge and started with the design. Unfortunately I only had one of the colors Emily used in her design, so I tried to choose different shades that were as close as possible. The two purples I used were Hello Kitty glow in the dark no. 26 and W7 Rave, the turquoise polish is NYC Blue Sky and the pinks are GOSH Bubble Gum and China Glaze Bottoms Up.
Once you put the striping tape in the right position, you can apply all the colors using a sponge. This will give you a beautiful watercolor look. I started off by applying purples and then pinks and blue. Be careful not to cover the entire nail with each color. You need to dab the colors lightly in some places. When you are done, remove the tape gently and put a good coat of your favorite top coat. I used Glisten&Glow HK Girl.
I really hope you like my recreation and the whole idea of the mani swap Below after the clickthrough you can see a photo collage from Instagram with all four designs combined. At the top are the original designs and the bottom are the recreations.
Thank you Emily for having me on your blog. Mani swaps are fun and we should do it again
Wow thank you SO much for this beautiful recreation Paulina! You did such a beautiful job. It looks so perfect! I’m so honoured to have you on my blog and thanks for creating this manicure.
Please head over to Paulina’s blog to check out my recreation of my favourite manicure of hers! You don’t want to miss it! It involves some stunning florals as you can see from our photo collage. If you enjoy Paulina’s work please give her a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Today I’m back with another Indigo Bananas swatch! I featured another swatch of this brand recently, a gorgeous glass fleck duochrome called Anansi (review here). This time I’m showing you the shade The Secret To Life which is a gorgeous flakie shimmer. Let’s take a look!
Indigo Bananas The Secret To Life has large shreds of flakies that shift from turquoise/teal to a gorgeous deep royal blue. I also spotted some fuchsia and blue microglitter. They sit in a blurple sheer jelly base so I definitely recommend layering it over a dark blue/purple or black. This was two coats of The Secret To Life, layered over a black base, with one layer of top coat.
Here’s a macro close-up! The turquoise/blue flakies are really vibrant and definitely add a nice kick of colour to this shade. The overall effect layered over black is really stunning and interesting. Formula was great and easy to work with. It would be nice if you could layer it on its own but I don’t mind using it as a topper.
You can find Indigo Bananas The Secret To Life for S$15 at Mei Mei’s Signatures or at the Indigo Bananas Etsy shop. The bottle I reviewed is a mini though you wouldn’t guess it as it holds 8ml, full sizes hold 15ml. Polishes are Big-3 free and vegan friendly. Indigo Bananas is an indie brand based out of Los Angeles. I definitely recommend you to take a look!
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Today I’m back with a super fun nail art! I finally got around to using these feather print water decals from Born Pretty Store and decided to create a nail art around it. I really love using water decals, they are such a breeze to use and I especially love when they have very intricate patterns you wouldn’t easily freehand. Let’s take a look!
I started with CND Vinylux in Cream Puff as a base on my ring finger, then placed the Born Pretty Store water decal (pattern D212) on top. I was looking at the design and it reminded me of peacock feathers, so I came up with a similar colour scheme for the other nails. I recycled Chalkboard Nails‘ dry brush/grunge technique and started with LVX Callais as a base. Then I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters, China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer, China Glaze Hanging In The Balance and Jessica Black Lustre for the grunge effect. Finished everything with Seche Vite.
This was my first time using LVX (pronounced Lux) nail polish. The formula is absolutely amazing, I only needed 2 coats for a perfect coverage, which is pretty impressive for a pastel. The bottle is also quite large at 17 ml (.57oz) and the formula is 5-free and cruelty free. The large cap comes off and reveals a smaller handle with a high-quality brush. Many thanks to Tia the founder of Nail Art Society for introducing me to LVX! I’m totally in love with this brand.
I hope you like these! Make sure to let me know in the comments what you think.
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Today I have a guest post up over at Squeaky Nails! I’d love for you to go take a look and check out the post. Squeaky Nails is an awesome Dutch nail blog that I’ve been following for a while. It’s run by Q who is a super sweet and very talented lady. It was a huge honour to guest post for her! She posts lots of indie swatches and gorgeous nail art manicures so make sure to take a peek at her blog and give her a follow!
I created this aztec print manicure for her using A England Guinevere, China Glaze Bump In The Night and ORLY Instant Artist stripers. Make sure to head over to squeakynails.com to check out the full post!
I’m back today with some indie swatches! I featured a Mei Mei exclusive Glam Polish glitter only recently and today I have another set of Glam Polishes. It’s a collection called Fantasy Trio and it’s also exclusive to Mei Mei’s Signatures. Let’s take a look!
These are the three shades in the Fantasy Trio set by Glam Polish. From left to right: Glam Polish Out Of This World, Glam Polish Unreachable, Glam Polish She Is Elusive.
Glam Polish – Out Of This World: First up is this gorgeous pale muted blue with grey hex glitter, small purple hex glitter, tiny particles of neon blue glitter and some tiny silver glitter as well. I absolutely adore this shade! I love the muted colour, the glitters,… it’s so stunning. I believe this was 3 thin coats with top coat.
Glam Polish – Out Of This World (macro close-up)
Glam Polish – Unreachable: Next up is Unreachable which is a gorgeous pale pink. It features small black hexies, gold holographic hex glitters, small white hex glitter, tiny neon pink sparkles and fine gold glitter. I also spotted a few small fuchsia hex glitters but they were sparser. A gorgeous complex mix of glitters. This is the type of glitter I absolutely love! It’s interesting, subtle and so stunning. This is three thin coats with top coat.
Glam Polish – Unreachable (macro close-up)
Glam Polish – She Is Elusive: And finally we have this stunning deep purple jelly with gorgeous complex shimmer. There’s definitely gold, purple and holo shimmer. It’s hard to break down as it has so much depth. It’s a very unique shade, I couldn’t stop staring at it! It looks very luxurious and rich. This is two coats with top coat.
Glam Polish – She Is Elusive (macro close-up)
I have to say I absolutely loved the Glam Polish Fantasy Trio. They are some of the most unique and complex glitters I’ve tried. I was so blown away by them! I especially love the two pastels but She Is Elusive is a gorgeous and wonderful shade too. Formula was great too, they were very easy to work with. You can get away with two coats but I prefer to use three thinner coats.
Glam Polish Fantasy Trio shades are available exclusively through Singapore-based stockist Mei Mei’s Signatures. The full set is S$45 and individual shades are S$16.50. Mei Mei ships worldwide and has the most incredible range of indies, make sure to check out her website!
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Today I’m sharing a nail art based around my all-time favourite TV show which is Star Trek! I’ve been a huge Trekkie for years. Probably not as die-hard as some people but I simply love escaping in Gene Roddenberry’s universe. I did Star Trek nails a few years ago but I felt like it was time to update them. Let’s take a look!
These are the Star Trek nails I came up with! I started with a black base and then painted a space print. My boyfriend bought me the most amazing interactive book called Star Trek Vault which has a very pretty covering lining of a photo of space. I based my nail art around this photo and then freehanded a little Enterprise firing phasers on my pointer finger! On my ring finger I added the Starfleet Command insignia.
I used fine nail art brushes for the whole design and nail art stripers for the accent nail. Here is the full list of the polishes I used: Jessica Black Lustre, China Glaze Fairy Dust, China Glaze Pelican Grey, China Glaze Hanging In The Balance, China Glaze Lighthouse, China Glaze Blue Bells Ring, China Glaze Isle See You Later, China Glaze Senorita Bonita, China Glaze Cross Iron 360, CND Vinylux Cream Puff, ORLY Instant Artist Jet Black, ORLY Instant Artist Crisp White, Seche Vite.
This is probably one of my favourite nail art manicures ever! I really love these. Now I’m off to watch an episode of Star Trek Voyager! I’ve watched and loved almost all Star Trek series and spin-offs but I’m still catching up with Voyager and Enterprise. My favourite is of course Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I love Deep Space Nine too. I’m personally not a fan of the recent “reboot” films. I definitely prefer the series and older films.
I hope you like these! Make sure to let me know in the comments if you are a Trekkie too.