Thursday, 17 April 2014

Despicable me- Gru and minion nail art!

Hey all,

I've some nail art to show ye today. Seeing as the weather is picking up I thought it was time to do a nice fun design but I couldn't think of anything to do. After watching Despicable me 2 I thought I may as well give the minions a go! To make it a bit more fun I decided to add Gru into the mix. I loved Gru in the second film, he's so much fun (especially during the party scene)

To start I applied 3 coats of Illamasqua Monogamous to all my nails abar the ring finger. Then using a mix of NYC Lexington yellow and Barry m Denim I added on some polka dots. For the Middle nail I outlined Gru's face with black acrylic paint and some blue paint for his eye.  I filled in the outside with black paint. For the Minion nail I started off with 2 coats of White nail polish, NYC lexington yellow for the yellow, the black is acrylic paint and the silver is from the Kiss nail paint sets. I topped it all off with a topcoat to keep the design from chipping for a few days.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Kiss me I'm Irish (not Brazilian)

Hey all,

Today I have one of the new polishes from the OPI Brazil collection to show ye. I'm sure ye guessed from the title that it's Kiss me I'm Brazilian, a pink creme that a few people passed on seeing as it's not all that unique. I don't normally buy pink nail polish but I liked this shade a lot and I don't have a dupe in my stash.

The formula was ok. Pretty standard for an OPI polish. I needed 3 coats for full coverage. The first two were streaky but the third evened it all out nicely. It's a nice bright pink creme. Nothing special but that's what I was looking for. The colour changes a lot in different lighting. The picture above was taking in direct sunlight. It is really bright in person, almost veering onto neon. It doesn't really suit my skintone to be honest but it will look nice as a pedicure so I'm happy out with it. I've had it on for 2 days now and I don't have any chipping or tipwear so far. I did use a coat of Sally Hansen insta-dri on top so that could be helping to keep this polish in tip top condition.

Also the name is awful stupid! Everyone knows it's "Kiss me I'm Irish" so how they got away with throwing this together I'll never know. They must have been struggling!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Gifted polish

Hey all,

Today's Twinsie Tuesday post we were told to pick a gifted polish. I'm very fortunate to have made some amazing polish friends since I started blogging so I had a few gorgeous polishes to pick from. I decided to go with 3 in the end.

I started off with 3 coats of Essence You belong to me (I showed ye this polish last week if you want to check that post out here) Then I added on Barry M Amethyst around the cuticle in a reverse gradient to all the nails but the ring finger. Instead of a reverse gradient I added on 2 coats of Amethyst before topping the entire manicure off with a matte topcoat from Hardcandy. Glitter nail polish and a matte topcoat is the best combination! The glitter looks amazing and you can see the various colours in amethyst far more clearly that you would when you use a glossy topcoat.

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

Monday, 14 April 2014

Spring polka dots

Hey all,

I'm a big fan of polka dots, although I generally prefer them to be linear I thought I try out some more random looks and mix in a few different colours. I started out with 3 coats of Sally Hansen Complete salon manicure in Tahitian Sunset. Then I added on Blue Streak and Aria Red-y, both from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon line. These were all included as part of the Spring Summer collection although 2 of them are re-releases.

 I still prefer linear polka dots but I really like this method too! You don't have to be as precise but I do think there has to be a mix of big, medium and small polka dot for it to look nice. The best thing about it is the fact you can mix a whole heap of colours and it'll still look like there was some kind of method to your madness.


Friday, 11 April 2014

Another Sparkler

Hey all,

My last little play around with holographic polishes for a while I think. As much as I like them I still get bored with them :P I do have to say that these are my favourite ones though so they still get a lot of love (especially in nail art but they really deserve to be shown on their own)

Here I have on 2 coats of Color by llarowe Beat it with 2 coats of Color Club Cloud nine as an accent nail. The holo in Cloud nine has a stronger holographic effect and it really sparkles in the sun. Quick and easy to do and as I don't bother with a topcoat in case it ruins the holo effect I can pretty much be out the door in a couple of minutes.  Although in fairness I always paint my nails the day before I go anywhere to avoid any smudges or rushing and not having time to do them. It's just a far safer method.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

An oldie but a goodie

Hey all,

Sometimes I completely forget about the older polishes in my collection and they end up sitting there for a fair while without much use. It's hard to organize polish in a way that you can easily switch them around and give fair use to each colour. One polish I haven't worn in a while is Essence You belong to me. I think I've had this on the blog a few times now but it's always good to update the swatches and keep them fresh.

You belong to me is supposedly a dupe of China Glaze For Audrey. It's that tiffany like shade with shimmer. The formula is grand, it needs 3 coats and it dries in a decent amount of time. This has been discontinued but you can get a dupe fairly handy. This colour has gone a bit out of fashion lately. I rarely see anyone talking about it. It's a nice polish for spring though so I'm sure it'll pop up sooner or later.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Holographic mash up

Hey all,

 Although I only have a few of them, holographic nail polishes are some of my favourite nail polishes to wear and do nail art with. They are perfect for Spring Summer and if you get the right brands they have the best formulas and dry time. This time I thought I'd go all in and see what the end result was, just for the craic.

 I started off with 2 coats of Colors by Llarowe Beat it, a purple holographic. Then I striped off each nail and added on a mix of GOSH holographic (silver) Born Pretty Store hologrpahic #12 (green) and #10 (blue) and Color Club Cloud nine (lilac).

The holographic effect was incredible in real life. Even though the camera toned it down a fair bit you can still see the linear effect. I'd probably use the green holographic as the base next time as it looks a tiny bit out of place but other than that I'm pretty pleased with the end result!

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