Dance Legend – Mortal Kombat

I’m back today with some Dance Legend swatches! It’s been a while since they released the Mortal Kombat collection but I have two of the shades to share with you today. As I’m a fan of the game Mortal Kombat I was definitely excited about these, the fact that they are beautiful thermals helped too of course! Let’s take a look.

Dance Legend – Reptile

Dance Legend – Reptile

Dance Legend – Reptile: First up is Reptile which is a green to dark green thermal. It almost goes black when it’s cold and it’s a crisp grassy green when warm. There’s also beautiful yellow to green colour shifting flakies in here as well as vibrant green large shimmer. I used three coats and top coat.

Edit: Typically when I do thermal posts I like it include that these have a shelf life. The thermal pigment can become unstable and stop working after a year or longer, it’s hard to say exactly. Just something to keep in mind when purchasing!

Dance Legend – Sub-Zero

Dance Legend – Sub-Zero

Dance Legend – Sub-Zero: The next shade I have is Sub-Zero, a blue jelly thermal that shifts from blue when warm to almost black when cold. It has gorgeous blue/green flakies and vibrant orange large shimmer. I love these because the colour change is so strong! This is three thin coats and top coat.

You can purchase Dance Legend polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s the lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish based in The Netherlands.

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram
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22nd July, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 11 Comments

China Glaze – Pack Lightly & Dashboard Dreamer

This post was meant for yesterday but I spent a lovely day at my aunt’s house so you’re getting it today instead! I have some more colours from my wishlist that I picked out at Nailland Hungary. Madléna also stocks China Glaze and since I haven’t tried any of their recent collections I chose two colours from the Road Trip Spring 2015 collection that really caught my eye. Let’s take a look!

China Glaze – Pack Lightly

China Glaze – Pack Lightly

China Glaze – Pack Lightly: First up is Pack Lightly, a beautiful pastel peachy pink with golden shimmer. I failed to capture the subtle shimmer but it’s really beautiful in person. The formula on this was, though easy to work with, slightly patchy and sheer. I used three coats here but had to restrain myself from adding a fourth to even it out more. I finished with top coat.

China Glaze – Dashboard Dreamer

China Glaze – Dashboard Dreamer

China Glaze – Dashboard Dreamer: Next I chose Dashboard Dreamer, a beautiful muted pastel blue with peach shimmer. This is such a beautiful and I think an unusual colour especially for China Glaze. The shimmer is just lovely and really sets this colour apart. It’s more obvious in person than in my photos. Similar formula to Pack Lightly but slightly more opaque, this is three coats and top coat.

I also decided to do some sweet nail art with these colours. I ended up with something that looks unintentionally baby shower appropriate, at least if you don’t know the gender yet haha! On my pointer I’m wearing Pack Lightly, on my pinkie I have Dashboard Dreamer and added two pearls from Born Pretty Store on each nail. On my middle and ring finger I started with a base of Cirque Colors Carpe Diem and applied Serum No. 5 vinyls. Finished the look with Super Chic Lacquer Marvel top coat.

You can purchase China Glaze through Nailland Hungary. Madléna stocks a lot of other wonderful brands too including piCture pOlish, A England, ILNP, Dance Legend and many more.

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11th July, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 9 Comments

Super Chic Lacquer – High Voltage

I’m really excited to be sharing a new-to-the-blog brand today, Super Chic Lacquer! I was elated when I got contacted by owner Jen. I’ve been drooling over her latest collection of neon chrome holos called High Voltage when I spied swatches on my friends’ blog KellieGonzo. I have the same collection to share with you today as well as a mini review on the Super Chic top and base coat. Let’s take a look!

Super Chic Lacquer – Hot Finger(natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Hot Finger (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer –Hot Finger (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Hot Finger (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Hot Finger: First up is Hot Finger, a raspberry red holo. The holo finish on all of these is mostly scattered but slightly linear. They dry to a slightly dull finish so top coat definitely adds more oomph! The formula was flawless. I used two easy coats and top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Reverse Polarity (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Reverse Polarity (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Reverse Polarity (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Reverse Polarity (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Reverse Polarity: Next is Reverse Polarity, a gorgeous bright orange. Applied like a dream. This was two easy coats and top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Electrifried (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Electrifried (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Electrifried (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Electrifried (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Electrifried: Next is Electrifried, an in-your-face yellow chrome holo. It has a slight green/mustard colour. I used three thin coats but you could get away with two thicker ones. I also added top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Live Wire(natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Live Wire (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Live Wire (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Live Wire (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Live Wire: Next is Live Wire, a gorgeous bright green. I really loved this one! I used three thin coats again but two would suffice. I also added top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Splice (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Splice (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Splice (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Splice (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Splice: Next is Splice, a teal/turquoise chrome holo. I realize teal and turquoise are completely different shades but this one will look so different depending on the light setting you’re in. Makes it all the more interesting! This was three thin coats but two should suffice. I also added top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Short Circuit (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Short Circuit (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Short Circuit (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Short Circuit (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Short Circuit: Next is Short Circuit, a gorgeous medium blue holo. Really adore the Super Chic Lacquer formula, a total dream to work with. This was two easy coats and top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Tripped (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Tripped (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Tripped (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Tripped (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Tripped: Next we have the third and final blue in this collection. This one is darker than the other ones but still quite bright and really gorgeous. I used two coats and top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer – Jolt (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Jolt (natural daylight)

Super Chic Lacquer – Jolt (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Jolt (direct light)

Super Chic Lacquer – Jolt: Finally we have Jolt, a gorgeous purple chrome holo. This is one of my favourites! I can’t resist a pretty purple and this one is really beautiful. I used two coats and top coat.

Super Chic Lacquer Bring It On base coat and Super Chic Lacquer Marvel top coat

Jen also kindly sent me her Marvel top coat and brand new Bring It On base coat to test out. I’ve only had these for a week but the first impressions are extremely positive.

The Bring It On base coat (5-free) was formulated especially to prevent staining. I’ve picked up the courage to immediately try out one of the worst staining polishes in my stash. A gorgeous dark green jelly by Essence that hasn’t seen the light of day in years because it completely ruined my nails. I did a simple test by applying this stainer over one coat of Bring It On base coat on one nail and no base coat on another nail. After two days the verdict was clear, no staining on the nail where I used Bring It on and sad green staining on the other nail. Incredible results! This is definitely my new go-to base coat.

The Marvel top coat (4-free) I’ve used a few times. What I immediately noticed is how glossy it is and stays! After a few days of wear I still had a beautiful shine, with no dulling. It dries very quickly but I didn’t experience any shrinking. So far so good! I look forward to seeing how it holds up after it passes the half way mark.

You can purchase Super Chic Lacquer via their website or Etsy store. Use my code SUPERCHICFAN0615VE” for 10% off! They retail for $10 and the treatments for $6,50, the Bring It On base coat will be available soon, keep an eye on the Super Chic social media pages. Polishes contain 15ml and come in a really unique geometric/diamond shaped bottle which actually looks square when you look at it from above, so they line up nicely in your drawers. My favourites from the High Voltage collection are Jolt, Live Wire and Splice.

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22nd June, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 23 Comments

I Love Nail Polish – Summer 2015 Collection

I’m really excited to be sharing the new ILNP Summer collection with you all today! I went into crazy swatch mode yesterday and finished all 21 shades so I could share them with you this week. I’m starting with the first half which makes up the Summer 2015 collection, 11 brand new colours. Let’s take a look!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I’m posting the second half, 10 new Ultra Holos! 

ILNP – Mega (X) (natural daylight)

ILNP – Mega (X) (natural daylight)

ILNP – Mega (X) (direct light)

ILNP – Mega (X) (direct light)

ILNP – Mega (X): First up is another incarnation of the popular Mega. Yes, another one! I think this is the fourth one but no one is counting. This is the ultimate Mega, with crazy holographic silver micro flakes. If you’re wondering what the X stands for, I went back and forth between XTRA HOLO or how cross eyed you look while staring at this beauty, before asking Barbra who told me it stands for X TREME HOLONESS (duh!). If you are wondering whether you really need a fourth Mega, my simple answer? YES. This was three thin coats and top coat.

ILNP – Long Walks (natural daylight)

ILNP – Long Walks (natural daylight)

ILNP – Long Walks (direct light)

ILNP – Long Walks (direct light)

ILNP – Long Walks: Next we have Long Walks, a delicate and romantic taupe with gold flakes and a soft holo shimmer. Lately I’m all about the nudes and this one is just so gorgeous. If you work at an office, this is the perfect solution to wear ILNP to work! Great formula, a bit sheer at first but builds nicely. I used three coats and top coat.

ILNP – Pink Mimosa (natural daylight)

ILNP – Pink Mimosa (natural daylight)

ILNP – Pink Mimosa (direct light)

ILNP – Pink Mimosa (direct light)

ILNP – Pink Mimosa: Next we have Pink Mimosa, a cray cray soft pink holo with silver holo micro flakes and silver flakes. It’s ridiculously shiny and sparkly! If you’re wondering how this compares to Happily Ever After, well this one is pink and HEA is lavender so yes you need both! Enabler who?! This is two easy coats and top coat.

ILNP – Summer Crush (natural daylight)

ILNP – Summer Crush (natural daylight)

ILNP – Summer Crush (direct light)

ILNP – Summer Crush (direct light)

ILNP – Summer Crush: Next we have this NEON pink with holo micro flakes. It’s incredible. Super neon and super bright, super gorgeous! I’m so excited my camera got to pick up the craziness of Summer Crush. It’s so juicy and perfect for Summer. It does dry matte so be sure to add top coat. This was three coats and top coat.

ILNP – So Coral (natural daylight)

ILNP – So Coral (natural daylight)

ILNP – So Coral: Next we have So Coral. Now, I really really tried to capture the neon goodness of this one but yeah… You have to see this one in person! It’s a true neon even though my pictures don’t really suggest so. I had some VNL in person but I’m forgiving ya So Coral because you’re So Pretty! This made me look so tan! I used three coats and top coat.

ILNP – Money Bin (natural daylight)

ILNP – Money Bin (natural daylight)

ILNP – Money Bin (direct light)

ILNP – Money Bin (direct light)

ILNP – Money Bin: Next up is Money Bin, a crazy gold/yellow holo with holo micro flakes. If you’re wondering how this compares to Fame, this one is much more yellow/warm gold. So again, yep you need this too! I’m currently wearing Money Bin as an accent nail to a So Coral mani and it is a match made in heaven I tell you! This was two easy coats and top coat.

ILNP – Shoreline (natural daylight)

ILNP – Shoreline (natural daylight)

ILNP – Shoreline (direct light)

ILNP – Shoreline (direct light)

ILNP – Shoreline: Next we have Shoreline, a silvery blue holo with holo micro flakes and silver flakes. It’s so reflective and sparkly! The formula of these holo/flake combos is super opaque and easy to work with. Love it! I used two coats and top coat.

ILNP – Harbour Island (natural daylight)

ILNP – Harbour Island (natural daylight)

ILNP – Harbour Island (direct light)

ILNP – Harbour Island (direct light)

ILNP – Harbour Island: Next is this turquoise/teal jelly with holo micro flakes. Yeah, there’s no hiding that VNL… But I spoke to Barbra and this one is intentionally sheer so intended for layering purposes or nail art or if you’re into the sheer look! I think this could work for a sparkly pond manicure, what do you think? This was three coats and top coat.

ILNP – Super Juiced (natural daylight)

ILNP – Super Juiced (natural daylight)

ILNP – Super Juiced: Next up is Super Juiced, a gorgeous blurple jelly with silver flakes of shimmer. It has an almost dusty quality to it which I really loved. I think it has some neon purple pigments too as it dries slightly matte. This is creator Barbra’s personal favourite of the collection and I can see why, it’s a beauty! This was three coats and top coat.

ILNP – Cameo (natural daylight)

ILNP – Cameo (natural daylight)

ILNP – Cameo: Next we have Cameo, a pretty multichrome that shifts from pink to red to orange to green. It has a really strong shift and flawless opacity. I needed just two thin coats for perfect coverage. I also added top coat.

ILNP – Kaleidoscope (natural daylight)

ILNP – Kaleidoscope (natural daylight)

ILNP – Kaleidoscope: Finally we have Kaleidoscope which is a mix of ALL THE FLAKIES! I was totally waiting for this one so I’m really excited to see that our prayers have been answered. And it didn’t disappoint! I love how all the different flakie colours look together. You have to see this in person though, shifting your nails back and forth and watching the colours change will have you occupied for a good part of your day, haha! This is one coat over black, Cirque Colors Memento Mori.

You can purchase the new ILNP Summer 2015 collection on the official website. They will become available for pre-order Friday June 12th. As usual you will be able to purchase them at a discounted price during the pre-order. My favourites from this collection are So Coral, Money Bin and Long Walks. What are yours?

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9th June, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 32 Comments

Dance Legend – Malibu Collection

I’m back today with some Dance Legend swatches! My two favourites from the Malibu collection, an 8-piece glitter collection. Let’s take a look!

Dance Legend – Humaliwo 

Dance Legend – Humaliwo 

Dance Legend – Humaliwo: First up is Humaliwo, a milky mint with green and purple hex glitter. It was sheer on the first coat but built up nicely in three thin coats. I also added top coat.

Dance Legend – Pina Colada

Dance Legend – Pina Colada

Dance Legend – Pina Colada: Next up is Pina Colada, a peachy jelly with yellow hex glitter, orange square glitter and pink hex glitter. The yellow glitter really adds something gorgeous to this one. I wanted to show you how it looks with two thin coats which is what I used here. I had some VNL but it still looks gorgeous! This was two coats and top coat.

You can purchase Dance Legend polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s the lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish.

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram
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20th May, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 10 Comments

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