Sunday, 31 October 2010

Inspired

I've been really lacking in ideas for nail art this month but finally came up with something decent for today's mani!
And thanks to Cel for helping me choose which colour to use today because I had a really hard time deciding.


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM05
Base Colour: NYC - Prince Street
Stamp Colour: Collection 2000 - Moonlight Shine
BYS Flirty Sparkle applied with a paintbrush for the insides of the flowers
Top Coat of NYC

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Happy Halloween



The base colour is Jay Jays Ablaze with W7 black for the stamps from Bundle Monster plate BM13.

Also, check out the Frankenstein inspired mani I posted earlier in the week.



Blanket Blue


Konad Plate: M54
Base Colour: Franken
Konad Colour: NYC Glossies - 243B
Top Coat of Essie Matte About You

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Pink and Gold


Plate: BM21
Base Colour: Barbara Daly - Cardinal
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

No7 Poolside Blue

I always find No7 polishes a bit frustrating. They have some great colours but I hate the tall bottles and the brushes. It's impossible to keep the rim of the bottle clean and the brushes don't spread over the nail as you swipe so you have to swipe at least 3 times to cover the nail.
But, as I said, the colours are amazing and this one's no exception. It's the boldest blue I own and I love it.

In Stitches



Base Colour: Collection 2000 Hot Looks - Spangles
For the stitches I used BYS Glamourpuss and then W77 Black over the top. I used a little paintbrush.
I used a top coat of GOSH and then one of NYC to flatten all the red and black.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Polka Dot Blues



Plate: Bundle Monster BM19
Base Colour: Glo Baby Glo from Primark - Electric Blue
Stamp Colour: China Glaze - Adore
Top Coat of GOSH

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Models Own Purple Grey

I won a giveaway at Forever The Ugly Duckling last week and here is one of the polishes from the beautiful selection.
It's a bit tricky to see the design but I promise it's there!






Plate: Bundle Monster - BM08
Base Colour: Models Own - Purple Grey
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Anemone
Top Coat of GOSH

Thursday, 21 October 2010

200th Post!!


Plate: Fauxnad M69
Base Colour: Franken
Konad and Half-Moon Colour: BYS - Glittering Purple
Top Coat of NYC

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Barry M Instant Nail Effects Swatch

When I was out shopping today, I remembered that someone had mentioned in my previous post about this new polish that they tried it on in the store. So instead of buying it, I sneakily painted on a layer while in Superdrug. I was wearing BYS Matte Grey at the time, which I realise isn't the best colour to demonstrate a cracking black polish but it was very spur of the moment.


I have only ever tried one other crackling polish from BYS which is no where near as good as this. This one cracks within seconds of touching the nail and continues for a little while so you can actually watch it cracking which is great fun.

You can see that it hasn't cracked as much on my pinky, but I think that's because I painted a thinner coat.

I wouldn't buy this polish myself, although I could be tempted if they were to release other colours, but it is a great effect polish that makes it so easy to get a different look especially if you don't have much time to spend on your nails.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

300 Follower Giveaway - Now Closed



The Treasure
GOSH Holographic
GOSH Rainbow
Collection 2000 Maxiflex in Moonlight Shine (Amaaazing silver stamping polish)
BYS Pink on the Brink
Allura Nail Guides
Nail Art Kit containing 15 styles of sequins, pearls and gems



The Rules
You Must Be A Follower via GFC




So that's a possible 4 entries for everyone and 5 for the people who were following before this giveaway opened!

This giveaway is open internationally.
It will end on November 28th 2010.
The winner will be picked with this random name picker and will have 3 days to reply to my email before I pick another winner.

Thank you for entering, this giveaway is now closed.



Entries
+1 You get one entry for being a follower of this blog when you leave a comment below

Optional Entries
+1 For being a follower before the giveaway. I know who you all are so there's no need to tell me
+1 For spreading the word about my giveaway on your blog using one of the pictures above and linking it to this post
+1 If you follow me on Twitter
+1 When you tweet about this giveaway (Link: http://bit.ly/dnFGTt)




I would also appreciate if you tell me any ideas you have for how I could improve my blog in any way at all (content, colours, design etc.) although there will be no extra entries for doing so.



Please number your entries in one comment like this...
1. Your GFC Name and email address
2. The URL where you blogged about this giveaway
3. Your Twitter Username
4. The URL of your tweet

Thank you for entering, this giveaway is now closed.

Roses are black, Violets are blue...

299 Followers!!! Thanks everyone and hello to all the new followers. 
To all my new followers and anyone who didn't know, I am opening my second giveaway when I hit 300 followers so get your friends over here!



Plate: BM14
Base Colour: E.L.F. - Innocence
Stamp Colour: W7 - Black
Top Coat of Collection 2000

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Manhattan 610K



Sorry it's taken me so long, but here is the Manhattan 610K that is making its way round the globe thanks to Kesha from Nail Polish Obsession. Keep reading to see who this polish will be visiting next.


I love this colour and obviously would love to keep it for myself but that's against the rules of the game. It's a great formula and goes on in two coats and dries quickly to give a bold, regal purple. There's no top coat in the picture, it's also uber shiny!


Konad Plate: M64
Base Colour: Manhattan - 610K
Konad Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber

Since the formula is very opaque, I decided to see how it would work as a stamping polish on my accent finger. I used Collection 2000 Hot Looks in Dynasty as a base. I would rate it as 4/5 for its opacity as a stamping polish.


Jenny at Polishology in the US is the lucky lady that will be receiving the polish next. Sorry to the other ladies who put their name in but be sure to follow the chase and I'm sure you will get it at some point on its journey.


I think this was a great idea from Kesha and I hope the polish makes its way back to Europe at some point too.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

E.L.F Matte Finisher Review


Here are a few pictures of E.L.F.'s Matte Finisher which recently became available in the UK online store.
I haven't seen any matte top coats in stores here, but when I took place in a swap with another nail blogger in Canada, I got hold of Essie's Matte About You

So... when I saw that E.L.F.'s Matte Finisher was now available in the UK I had to buy it!

I have tested this out this a few times before now, so I can tell you guys my thoughts on day-to-day wear. But first, the pictures...

This colour is Barbara Daly Cardinal - a slightly metallic, fuchsia pink. I chose to swatch with this colour because the change from glossy to matte is nice and obvious.


And here it is with E.L.F's Matte Finisher.
Please note that I used Essie Matte About You on my thumb nail for comparison.
As you can see - the resulting matte finish is great.


Click here for a gif animation of the two pictures.


My Verdict
I think this is a great polish for the price - considering the prices of other similar top coats that are out there.

If you're wearing this for more than a day, you may need to add a fresh coat each day as it begins to go more glossy with wear. It's almost as if it gets buffed back to a shine.

The results are not always consistent - when I wore this finisher over E.L.F's Innocence last week, it did not 'mattify' every nail. You can see below that my forefinger is still sort of glossy.


AND, it has cracked on my little finger which has also happened again since. I think it's just because was a new bottle at the time because it seems to be working fine now.


So if you are looking for a Matte Top Coat on a budget - this is for you. 
It gives a good matte finish and compares well next to Essie Matte About You. Just be sure to shake the bottle well and give it a chance to warm up before you give up on it for cracking or not doing it's job properly!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

I Got My Hopes Up

I bought a new white polish hoping it would be great for stamping. It's from the George @ Asda range, which are all quick-drying, and I've had two great ones from there - both blues - but this wasn't as opaque as I was hoping. I still think it's good for stamping, just not as great as the Stargazer white I normally use. But still, a nice subtle effect.


Plate: Bundle Monster BM21
Base Colour: E.L.F - Royal Purple
Stamp Colour: George @ Asda - Natural White
Top Coat of NYC

Monday, 11 October 2010

Have you seen Barry M Nail Effects?

My top coat is dangerously low at the moment, so today I popped in to Superdrug to get some more. Unfortunately they didn't have a single bottle of my favourite NYC Top Coat so I am going to have to go to the bigger store in town in a few days.

BUT, this Barry M display caught my eye. 


As you can see in the picture below, the black blocky effect is from a new addition to their line called 'Instant Nail Effects'. I am assuming from the pictures and a little online research that this is Barry M's crack (pardon the somewhat obvious pun) at a Crackle Effect polish.


And this is what the bottle looks like. It's the same as any other bottle of theirs, just with a different lid.
I think it only comes in black at the moment and sells for £3.95 - £1 more than their colours.



Have you seen this in stores? Have you tried it? Is it a good crackle polish?

Gold Flowers

I'm back!! It's been over a week since I've posted a konadicure and nearly as long since I even put one on. It's just been bananas here with starting back at Uni last Monday and all the other fun stuff that goes with it. Anyway, enough excuses - here is a mani from just before I went out of action.


Plate: Bundle Monster BM12
Base Colour: E.L.F - Innocence
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber
Top Coat of NYC

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Barely There

I wanted to use this base colour today but when I actually had it on, it was really hard to find a colour that would stamp over the top and match and show up! But I did try.



Konad Plate: M54
Base Colour: BYS - Flirty Sparkle
Konad Colour: BYS - Glittering Purple
Sally Hansen Chrome Amber for the dots
Top Coat of NYC

Friday, 1 October 2010

Gold Groove

Sorry I've been such a bad blogger this week. I'm starting back at University on Monday so there's been lots of stuff to organise and lots of fun with friends to be had. I haven't seen many of my good friends from school for 4 months so I've spent a lot of time catching up with them, visiting their houses and going out.
I will be replying to all your comments later tonight. I could have replied before but I didn't want to rush through it and was waiting for when I have some time to sit down and give them all the proper attention they deserve.

And disaster struck again on Tuesday night when I broke the nail on my ring finger while at the supermarket so I've cut down all my nails to balance things out a bit.


Plate: Bundle Monster - BM20
Base Colour: Barry M - Cyan Blue
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Chrome - Amber
Top Coat of NYC

And here is the costume that matches the Dalmatian nails that I did on Saturday for a fancy dress (costume) party.

E.L.F Royal Purple

I really like this colour but not as much as the Purple Pleaser. The formula on this one is a bit dodgy. There were 'bits' in it. At first I thought it was air bubbles but they turned out to be lumps in the polish. If you enlarge, you will see one on my thumbnail. It's very strange, but other than that, I love this polish!




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