Monday, 31 December 2012

Lac Attack Magical Musings Collection Swatches

The Magical Musings Collection is the latest Harry Potter inspired creation from Lac Attack who have teamed up with bona fide HP fangirl, Kirsten from Glitta Gloves. The result is an absolutely incredible collection of polishes that truly capture the essence of the Harry Potter universe. Each and every polish is true to its namesake and as a big fan myself, I feel I have the credentials to say so! 
For me personally, this is one of the most exciting things that could ever happen on the planet. Harry Potter x Nail Polish? Squee is all I can say to that!
If you're not a Harry Potter lover, just ignore my babbling and feast your eyes on all the glitter!

Beauxbatons Academy is a selection of small blue hexes, yellow hexes and white squares in a milky blue base. I layered two coats over Rimmel My Denim. I left the index finger completely free of Beauxbatons Academy so you can see the effect it has on the base colour. In this case, with a medium blue underneath, it's just turned it a pretty powder blue. I can't wait to try this out in some other combinations.

Dementor's Kiss is one of my favourites. I love black. If it comes in black I'll take it in black. So it was kind of a given that I would love this black glitter polish. There are two sizes of black hex glitter in here and some matte red ones too. I layered 1 coat of Dementor's Kiss over two coats of Essie Bordeaux. The glitter payoff in this one is brilliant.

Felix Felicis is the prettiest gold packed top coat you can imagine. There are tiny gold flakies, squares and hexes all floating around in a clear base. I used one coat of Felix over 2 coats of  GOSH Pool Party.

Holidays in Hogsmeade is a matte glitter polish. There are 3 sizes of red, white and green hexes suspended in a clear base. I applied 2 coats of Holidays in Hogsmeade over 2 coats of Sally Hansen Ion. For my ring finger, I painted the polish on to a sponge before dabbing it on to my nail and repeated that a couple of times until the whole nail was covered. 

Finally, we have Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. This is my favourite of the bunch. It's a very unique combination of matte bar glitter and hexes and you can wear it with absolutely anything, I love the way it clashes against the turquoise blue but the two look like they were made for each other. I think the Weasley twins would be proud of this fun and eccentric combination. The blue base colour is NYC Water Street Blue and I used 1 coat of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes with a few patches here and there. On my ring finger I used a sponge to dab it on from the tip dowards.

The Magical Musings collection is available from in full sized bottles ($8.00) and mini bottles ($4.25). You can also buy the whole collection, full sized or mini, at a discount.


Happy New Year Nails!

I know it's not really the New Year yet but I wanted to get this post up a bit early because I know most of you will be busy tonight (winky wink) and you might even be looking for some New Year nail ideas!
These are the nails I plan to be wearing come the stroke of midnight but if I'm honest with myself, there's no way they're going to last that long! I'm sure I'll end up peeling them off and slathering my nails in glitter polish before the evening.

I guess now would be a good moment to look back and reflect on this year. In all honesty, it wasn't really a big one for me. Aside from getting my first proper job, not a lot has happened in my life! My year was good, just not great compared to some of my other years! I really want to hear how you guys feel about 2012 so please let me know some of your highlights in the comments. Hopefully you can inspire me to make the most of the next 365 days.

 Here's to 2013. May it be awesome for everyone!

I used 2 coats of A-England Dorian Gray as my base colour. One nail at a time, I painted on a coat of clear polish and placed on the glequins one by one in number formation (video tutorial here). Finally, I topped it all with two coats of NYC In A New York Minute.


Sunday, 30 December 2012

Pretty Polish? With a Stud on Top!

Here's something you don't see round these parts very often. A dainty, girly base colour! Poundland has been selling loads of Sally Hansen Complete Manicure polishes recently and Crinoline is one that I picked up this week. I didn't want to go all out girly so I added some studs for toughness. Credit for the stud arrangement goes straight to Pinpoint Polish.

I used Sally Hansen Crinoline as my base coat with A-England Guinevere on my ring finger. Using a nail art brush I painted stripes of Guinevere then added on round studs and square studs from Born Pretty Store (10% off with SA5X31).
I used one coat of NYC In A New York Minute to top it off.


Plus Three

So it turns out the list I made yesterday of my top manicures from 2012 is somewhat less than comprehensive. I actually missed out a few really awesome manicure and it was you awesome people that reminded me! This is why I hate making these kinds of lists, it's so hard not to miss stuff! So as much as I want to stick to my guns and say that yesterday's list is the definitive list, I can't. I have to add these on. Forgive me?!

Click on any of the manicures to see more and get the info about creating them.

Real feather nails. Tutorial here.

Polish Days: Geometry. Tetris Nails.

Blink 182 Nails


Saturday, 29 December 2012

My Top 12 Manicures of 2012

As 2012 is coming to a close, I thought I'd look back through the archives and pick out my 12 favourite nail artzzz! So here they are in no particular order. Clicking on any of the images will take you to the original post where there will be more pictures of the manicure and info about how I created it.

Previously: Top 11 of 2011


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Sonnetarium Swatches: Peppermint Kiss, Samurai Princess, Lenten Rose and Snowfall

Evening everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas Day and managed to gorge yourself on as much good food and drink as possible. We all ate so much at lunch time that we had to completely skip over Christmas tea, which NEVER happens!

Today, I have a lengthy swatch post for you featuring some gorgeous polishes from When Michelle, the very talented creator of Sonnetarium, got in touch to see if I would like to swatch a few of the polishes from her collection, I jumped at the chance. Her polishes are breathtaking and some of the best indie polishes I've ever laid eyes on. You can tell Michelle is a true perfectionist and it shines through in her polishes. The formula in every bottle is flawless and she really knows how to mix her glitters. 

First up is Peppermint Kiss from the Winter 2012 collection. It's a selection of Red, White and Green glitter in a milky white base which contains just a hint of pink. These swatches are one coat of Peppermint Kiss over two coats of Sally Hansen Ion.

Lenten Rose is also part of the Winter 2012 collection. A clear base with teeny iridescent flakes, small white hexes and larger pink hexes, this would also look great over a light base colour. I applied two coats of Lenten Rose over Sally Hansen Plum Luck.

Moving on to my picks of the core collection, this beautiful black and white glitter is Samurai Princess. Can we just stop for a second and really process that name? It's amazing!
This is the first Black and White glitter I've ever owned. I can remember when they were all the rage but I never had a lemming for one until Sarah at Chalkboard Nails (aka The Queen of Black and White glitter) started posting them left right and centre. So this has filled a big void in my heart. The mix of bar glitter and hexes is just right.
These swatches are two coats of Samurai Princess over 2 coats of Rimmel Grey Matter.

And finally, we have Snowfall. I knew I would like this polish as soon as I saw the picture but was not expecting to love it quite as much as I do. You could wear this white and iridescent glitter with absolutely any base colour. It's definitely my favourite from the bunch and may have started a 'thing' between me and white glitter!
Here you see one coat of Snowfall over two coats of Deborah Lippmann Fashion.

You can buy Sonnetarium polishes directly from in 9ml ($6.00) or 15ml ($8.50) bottles and they ship worldwide!

If you have your eye on a particular polish, here are links to each polish's page: Peppermint KissLenten RoseSamurai PrincessSnowfall


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

My Christmas Jumper Nails

Merry Christmas everyone! I don't know if it's the done thing to blog on Christmas morning but every year, we have a few hours to ourselves in between the early morning present opening and when the rest of the family gets here so I thought I'd squeeze in a quick post to show you what I'm wearing on my nails today! 
I've matched my nails to my Christmas Jumper which you can kinda see here. They're not super christmassy, I've gone easy on the glitter and haven't even featured any gold or green but I like them!

I used W7 Black as my base colour and painted the details with White and Red acrylic paint using a nail art brush. On my thumb and ring finger, I'm wearing Rimmel Heart on Fire with Lac Attack Dementor's Kiss sponged on to the tips. I finished it all off with a few coats of NYC In A New York Minute.


Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Nail Mashup!

Another December day, another Christmas manicure! As you all predicted I couldn't keep my nails away from the festivities for too long. These are the nails I did for the Christmas 'Do' at work. I think the phrase 'Christmas Do' is a very British thing. In the US, you'd just call it a Christmas Party right? Or do you have another name for it?

My base colour is Barry M White. For the candy cane nails, I used one coat of Seche Vite before marking off striped sections with thin cuts of scotch tape and painted on Rimmel Heart on Fire. While that was still wet I peeled off the scotch tape and, once dry, used a nail art brush to paint Barry M Red Glitter over the stripes.
The Rudolph nail is one from last year. I used Essie Glamour Purse as the base colour, Rimmel Desire for the lines and Barry M Red Glitter again for the nose.
Finally, the Christmas Tree which was inspired by a Wacky Laki manicure was created using glequins from Born Pretty Store (tutorial here).
I topped it all off with two coats of Seche Vite to smooth it over.

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