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’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 quick swatch of a Rimmel shade I picked up recently! I don’t own a lot of Rimmel London polishes but when I saw this little duochrome gem hiding away in a discount bin, I had to grab it. I’ve been hugely into duochromes and multichromes lately. Though I felt like the mainstream brand duochromes often lacked vibrancy and a strong colour shift. Definitely not the case with this one! Let’s take a look!
Rimmel Bronze Princess shifts from a gorgeous deep reddish purple(?) to a vibrant rich green. It’s so stunning! The duochrome particles sit in a blueish green base that makes this polish nice and opaque. No need for a black base. The main colour of this duochrome is so hard to describe, it looks drastically different in each light setting too. Sometimes it looks red, other times it looks purple or brown. A real chameleon this one!
What I love most is the colour shift to green though… It’s so vibrant and stunning. Love it! The formula was great too. The only (minor) downside is the bottle size, it’s only 8ml so it’s fairly small but you get a nice full-size brush so no complaints.
These Rimmel Metal Rush shades were launched in October 2012 and are sadly no longer available! However I found this Rimmel Bronze Princess polish at a local discount store called Action for just €2.29. Maybe you can still find some if you’re lucky.
Today I’m sharing swatches of the new China Glaze Sea Goddess collection! This is a Spring collection featuring 6 new texture shades. There will be a full Spring collection too so this is a little specialty collection to get us excited about the new season. This collection is all about the ocean, mermaids and hidden treasures!
All photos were taken after about 5-10 minutes of application. The full texture effect takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to appear, due to the use of several coats. In my experience they look prettiest the next day. Let’s take a look!
China Glaze – Sand Dolla Make You Holla: First up is this pale lavender texture with pink, blue, gold and silver glitter. The base is quite sheer as I used three coats and there is still a little bit of VNL. I really loved the softness of this one however. It’s very pretty and the fine glitter is beautiful, reminds me of cupcakes and frosting!
China Glaze – Wish On A Starfish: Next up is this gorgeous pale pink with tons of irregular gold shimmer. I absolutely adore this one! The gold shimmer is really stunning and I’m so glad it shows up in my photo! I don’t tend to go for pink shades but this one is really very pretty and not too in-your-face. This was three thin coats.
China Glaze – Shell We Dance: This is a darker pink with very fine silver shimmer and small fuchsia glitter. The silver shimmer really adds a lot of sparkle to this one. You get a very sugar-y effect! Application was good, I used two coats.
China Glaze – Tail Me Something: Next up is this gorgeous lavender purple texture with tons of fine silver shimmer and purple glitter. The fine silver shimmer gives this a bit of a foil effect. I never used to be a big fan of purple but somehow I am very into them lately! Especially these lavender types of purple. This one is gorgeous! I used two coats.
China Glaze – Seahorsin’ Around: This is the star of the show for me! This amazing ocean blue has lots of gold irregular shimmer and it’s mindblowingly vibrant! It reminds me of tropical beaches, cocktails and summer vacations. It’s even brighter and sparklier in person! This one is a must-have! I used two coats.
China Glaze – Teal The Tide Turns: And finally we have this mint green texture with green glitter. You all know I’m a huge mint green lover but this one was my least favourite sadly! I struggled with the formula a little and dry time wasn’t great. I think perhaps I would have loved this if it had gold shimmer instead of the green glitter. This was three coats.
That concludes my swatches of the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection for Spring 2014. There’s a few really gorgeous textures in this collection. I’m still a fan of texture polishes but I was personally more into the Crinkled Chromes, for a higher unique-factor and amazing one-coat formula. My top three are Seahorsin’ Around, Wish On A Starfish and Tail Me Something, in that order. Which are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!
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I just got back today from a perfect weekend getaway with the boyfriend in The Ardennes! We had a lovely stay celebrating our 5th anniversary, enjoyed some beautiful sunny days and took some great pictures! Anyway, today I’m sharing my Nail Art Society California Dreaming look! This kit features a gorgeous Spring collection shade by Jessica cosmetics. Even though it’s not spring, it never hurts to dream, right?! That’s what this kit is all about!
The Nail Art Society California Dreaming kit includes:
- Jessica nail polish in Tangerine Dreamz
- 2 large 3D Japanese nail art bows
- Joy Me self-adhesive rhinestones
- Bag with 2mm nail art Pearls
- Orange wood stick for easy application of the gems
The kit came in a really cute drawstring bag with the NAS logo printed on top. I really love details like that! It also included a card (created by yours truly) with a step-by-step tutorial, created by manicurist Sheila Monaus. Sheila also created the nail art featured in the Nail Art Society video accompanying this kit! There’s a super cute behind-the-scenes video too.
This is the look I created with the California Dreaming kit! It’s a very feminine and sparkly kit. I’m obsessed with the Japanese 3D bows! On my ring finger I added one of the Joy Me stickers. They are a little tricky to use, so make sure to grab some tweezers and gently push/slide the sticker off. On my pointer and pinkie I created a nude half moon with a pearl outline. Sparkly!
The Jessica nail polish in Tangerine Dreamz was part of the Summer 2012 Gelato Mio collection. A lovely pastel collection! I’m always so impressed with these Jessica shades. The formulas are a real pleasure to work with. This one was no exception. I used three thin coats for flawless coverage. I love how it’s a muted orange, perfect for all skin tones!
You can subscribe to Nail Art Society via the website, kits are $11.95 (+ shipping). Sadly only available in the US for now but if you want to get your hands on a kit, make sure to enter my Nail Art Society giveaway, it’s open internationally! You can win the previous kit, The Great Glitzy, in both silver and gold AND 3 Floss Gloss nail polishes of your choice. The California Dreaming kit has already been sent out to subscribers but you can still order it in the À La Carte shop.
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Today I’m finally sharing my Nail Art Society The Great Glitzy look! This kit has been with subscribers for a while but mine only got here today. My post is a little overdue but this is one of my favorite kits to date (for several reasons!) so I hope you will enjoy this regardless!
The Great Glitzy is, as the name suggests, a very shimmery kit! It’s inspired by The Great Gatsby and the glitz and glamour of the roaring twenties. The featured brand this December month was Floss Gloss which I was so excited about. It’s a luxury indie brand that I’ve been dying to try forever! The Great Glitzy kit came in a gold and silver version and included:
- 1 Floss Gloss glitter nail polish (Dimepiece OR Stun)
- 1 Jar of holographic hex glitter (gold OR silver)
- 1 Bag of #thegreatglitzy mix decoration!
The kit came in either a gorgeous silver drawstring or gold drawstring bag and included a card with tutorial (as always). This kit is extra special to me as I designed the card for his months kit! A proud moment! Photos of it down below after the jump. First let’s take a look at the nail art look I created with my kits.
On my pointer finger and pinkie I did a glitter gradient using Floss Gloss Stun and Floss Gloss Dimepiece. I usually struggle a little with glitter gradients but the Floss Gloss glitters made it such a breeze! They can be layered to perfect opacity too as you can see on my ring finger, where I used 2-3 coats. As my “feature” nail I did a glitter placement à la Polish All The Nails using the hex glitters. I had so much fun doing the glitter placement!
The Great Glitzy kit includes a gorgeous bag of decorations, sadly I didn’t have mine on hand so I used some decorations I already owned that were similar to what was featured in the bag. Inside the baggie are gorgeous different coloured rhinestones, pearls, and some golden rings too. Very pretty!
Nail Art Society is a monthly subscription that features nail art decorations, nail polish and a curated tutorial. For this kit NAS even created an awesome video tutorial featuring artist Lynette Cenée. Make sure to check it out here! Kits are $11.95 a month plus shipping. This kit has gone out to subscribers already but you can still purchase it in the Nail Art Society À La Carte shop!
I hugely loved this Nail Art Society kit! I am also very excited to announce a giveaway for my fans. I’m extremely grateful that NAS have allowed me to open this internationally, so all my readers can have a shot at winning! Nail Art Society only ships in the US for now so this is a real exclusive! What are the prizes? The winner will receive both the Silver AND Gold The Great Glitzy kit AND 3 Floss Gloss nail lacquers of YOUR CHOICE! Amazing! You can enter down below using the Rafflecopter widget. Make sure to read the rules under the Terms and Conditions.
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Today I have some texture nail polish swatches for you! This time by UK brand Rimmel London. They just released a new limited edition called Sweetie Crush, available in stores this February. The collection features five textures that have a sugary sweet candy theme. I received two shades to swatch for you, let’s take a look!
Rimmel London – Blueberry Whizz: First is the blue shade from the collection. The other shades are pink, yellow, green and purple (shown below). These are sheer jelly textures with tons of silver shimmer to give it a sparkly effect. They definitely remind me of hard candies like lollipops or pick’n mix. I quite like the squishy finish on these, definitely adds a fun twist to the texture finish. I needed three thin coats for a nice coverage.
Rimmel London – Blueberry Whizz, macro close-up.
Rimmel London – Violet Swizzle: The second shade I have is the purple/lavender shade, though it definitely leans towards pink. Especially on the nails! Again, a very squishy candy-like finish with tons of sparkly silver shimmer. Not as obvious on my photos but in person the silver shimmer is pretty gorgeous. Again, three thin coats gave me a good coverage.
Rimmel London – Violet Swizzle, macro close-up.
Overall these are pretty fun! I’m personally a fan of the texture trend so I really enjoyed these. I love how different brands bring out different types of texture. There’s definitely a broad choice in terms of finishes. The Rimmel London Sweetie Crush shades have a sheer and shimmery finish, they are very appropriate for Spring. In Belgium these will be available for €6.99 at select drugstores. Bottles hold 8ml and have a rounded brush that makes application a breeze.
What do you make of these Rimmel textures? Do you enjoy the texture trend? Let me know in the comments!
Today I am sharing the new collection by Polish Me Silly (formerly known as Lush Lacquer). The talented and lovely ladies behind this brand, mother/daughter team Karin and Lexi are releasing a new collection which is called Meet My Chromies. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a collection filled with dazzling duochromes and multichromes. Exciting!
As there are over 20 new shades in this collection (and I have more than 50 photos to share!!!) I decided to split up my post into three parts, leading up to the launch which is later today (7PM PST). I’ll be posting the next part in a few hours so stay tuned! The first part includes the six duochrome lacquers.
Polish Me Silly – Metal Mama (3 coats on its own)
Polish Me Silly – Metal Mama (2 coats over black)
Polish Me Silly – Metal Mama: First up is Metal Mama, my favourite out of the duochromes! It’s a stunning deep brownish red with orange shimmer that shifts to gold and olive green. I can spot so many different colours in this shade, it’s really spectacular. The shift is as you can see quite strong too. I love both how it looks on its own and over black, it’s hard to pick a favourite. The black base really amps up the duochrome effect!
Polish Me Silly – Waz Up Girl (4 coats on its own)
Polish Me Silly – Waz Up Girl (2 coats over black)
Polish Me Silly – Waz Up Girl: Next up is Waz Up Girl, an amazing pink to orange duochrome. This is owner Karin’s personal favourite shade! It’s a gorgeous blue-based pink with a stunning silver holographic microglitter. The orange shift becomes more apparent once you shift your nails! I especially adore the silver microglitter in this one. It’s very beautiful.
Polish Me Silly – Tease Me (3 coats on its own)
Polish Me Silly – Tease Me (2 coats over black)
Polish Me Silly – Tease Me: Tease Me has a gorgeous radiant orchid base (hello colour of the year!) with pink/blue shimmer. This one looks very different depending on which light setting you are in, and it looks even more different if you layer it over black. It’s such a complex colour, really stunning. Once you layer it over black it changes into a blue to pink shifting shimmer.
Polish Me Silly – Show Off (4 coats)
Polish Me Silly – Show Off (2 coats over black)
Polish Me Silly – Show Off: A stunning shimmery glass fleck blurple that shifts to pink and gold. As you can see the colour shift is very strong, it has tons of shimmer particles so it’s a very eye-catching polish. For me, this one definitely comes to life layered over black. Love the bright colours of this one!
Polish Me Silly – Steel My Heart (3 coats on its own)
Polish Me Silly – Steel My Heart (1 coat over black)
Polish Me Silly – Steel My Heart: Steel My Heart is a gorgeous steel blue duochrome that shifts to a soft lavender purple. There’s lots of shimmer in this one again, the overall colour is muted but the shimmer is very bright. I personally prefer this one layered over black, as it really brings out the colour shift and colours!
Polish Me Silly – Turtle Time (3 coats on its own)
Polish Me Silly – Turtle Time (2 coats over black)
Polish Me Silly – Turtle Time: Finally we have Turtle Time which is a really beautiful greenish blue shade that shifts to purple/pink. On its own you can see the brownish base creates a sort of Turtle coloured effect which is stunning. Over black it’s a lot brighter but equally stunning.
As I mentioned, the new Polish Me Silly collection, Meet My Chromies, is launching today at 7PM PST on their Etsy page. Prices range between $10.50 and $11.50 a bottle. Make sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page and Instagram for the announcement! In the meantime you can also enter their Facebook giveaway which closes tonight.
Make sure to stay tuned for part II and part III!
Today I’m sharing swatches of the new China Glaze Crinkled Chrome collection! When I first saw this collection, well… I wasn’t quite sure what to think! I personally really love the texture trend so I was very intrigued to say the least. With this collection, China Glaze decided to mix a metallic finish with texture finish, creating a whole new effect we haven’t seen before! Let’s take a look at the shades first.
From left to right: Aluminate – Wrinkling The Sheets – Don’t Be Foiled – Iron Out Details – Crush, Crush, Baby – I’m A Chromantic.
As you can see, we have a silver shade and a range of subtle pastel metallics. The colours are absolutely stunning I have to say! The coverage is also amazing, all of my swatches are just ONE COAT. I wasn’t expecting them to cover so nicely. I have long nails so I often tend to need an extra coat of nail polish to cover my white free edge, but not with these. The pigmentation is incredible! I loved the formula as well, they were very easy to work with. Especially compared to other texture polishes, these gave me almost no trouble at all. Let’s take a look at the swatches!
China Glaze – Aluminate: The texture effect of the Crinkled Chrome collection includes fine bar glitter as well as regular texture particles. I think it adds a really nice effect to the texture polishes. This silver is probably my favourite out of the collection. I love it! I didn’t shake up my bottle prior to swatching, so the texture effect is slightly more subtle with this one.
China Glaze – Wrinkling The Sheets: Next is a very soft and subtle pale green metallic. This collection is so futuristic. They would work absolutely wonderful as an accent nail too. Instead of your typical glitter accent nail, slap on a layer of Crinkled Chrome and you’re good to go! Instantly spices up your manicure!
China Glaze – Don’t Be Foiled: Next is a really beautiful metallic teal-y green. It’s neither a true green nor a true blue, it’s somewhere in the middle. This is probably my second favourite colour! It’s the most unique one out of all the colours. Very beautiful.
China Glaze – Iron Out Details: Next is a gorgeous metallic blue. This was the only one that give me a bit of trouble during application. It was somewhat on the thicker side making it a bit harder to apply, I didn’t have any issues with the other shades. I’m sure a few drops of thinner would help it! The texture effect still came out great regardless.
China Glaze – Crush, Crush, Baby: Then we have the purple metallic! Another really stunning one. As much as I love this collection, I think these would be a huge hit if they were made into regular (non-texture) metallics too. They would be great for those who love stamping, the pigmentation and coverage is so incredible. I can’t think of any other true one-coaters besides these polishes. So amazing!
China Glaze – I’m A Chromantic: And finally the pink metallic! The name of this one is so adorable too. I’m not a huge fan of pink but this one is very wearable due to its subtlety. Very pretty! I also have to add that these dried incredibly fast for texture polishes. I feel with most textures, they need a good few hours to fully dry and “develop”, these needed around a minute?! As you only need one coat, they make a great last-minute manicure. You’re literally out the door in seconds!
Anyway, I’m personally a huge fan of these. The colours are incredibly beautiful and subtle. The texture effect works great, dries fast and you only need one coat. They’re almost too good to be true! If you love texture effects I can totally recommend this collection. My personal favourites are Aluminate and Don’t Be Foiled, but every single one is gorgeous. I cannot wait to use them as accent nails or in a nail art manicure!
What are your thoughts on this collection? Let me know in the comments!
Sorry for my absence the past week! I came down with a very annoying cold so I took a little break to rest. I blame this crazy weather! Anyhow, today I have a nail art/review for you. I was sent a gorgeous nail polish recently so rather than swatch it I decided to feature it in a nail art design. Let’s take a look!
I used the Dreambooks nail polish as my main colour for this chevron design. My camera wouldn’t capture the true colour sadly, it’s a lot more saturated and bright in person! For the white and black stripes I used my trusted ORLY Instant Artist stripers. As an accent nail I used Shimmer Polish Candace which is a really stunning gold glitter. I also added some gorgeous textured round studs from Born Pretty Store. I’m obsessed with them!
I really love the shade of the Dreambooks polish, sadly it doesn’t have a name but it’s described as “Turquoise Green” on the website which is fairly accurate. It’s a deep and bright greenish teal. The formula was nice to work with, it glided on the nail and the finish was very glossy. It’s a crelly (I hate this term haha!) aka an opaque jelly so I needed about 3 coats for a nice coverage. I really loved it! I will mention that it’s probably not 3-Free so keep that in mind, however I didn’t notice an unpleasant scent, but that might be because my nose is completely stuffed haha!
P.s. How long are my nails getting?! I can’t bring myself to cut them haha. Duri Rejuvacote and tons of moisturizing worked a miracle for my nail strength!