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Dec 18, 2014

Positivity Dictionary - Fing'rs Edge Nail Tattoos

I found Fing'rs Edge Nail Tattoos on sale and just had to get them!


It comes with three different patterns, as pictured above. It was the one with the maps which tempted me the most. It also comes with a small beige white nail polish and a dark gray nail polish.

I tried the nail transfer page with the words on it, because I didn't want to try my potential favourite first and mess it up, heh. The words, as you can see, are all random and positive.

[Fing'rs Edge Nail Tattoos]
I could do two nails with each piece of transfer paper. Cut each paper in half before you start if you think you're going to use one paper for two nails. It will make your life so much easier.

As per the instructions, remove the plastic sheet over it, wet the paper and then apply the paper - make sure you've got the right side! - over the nail. The transfer comes off really easily onto the nails, too easily, to be honest. Sometimes the image came off before I had finished adjusting the paper. It would also come off perfectly for the most part but smoosh at the edges where I hadn't held it properly to the nail because of the way my nails curve. I really am amazingly clumsy.

In any case, it is rather minimal effort for something that looks cool, so I like it and am looking forward to trying the rest!

Dec 15, 2014

Christmas Dust - China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, Finger Paints Flecked, Revlon Slipper


Christmas is fast approaching - it's a sneaky thing, the holiday season! Seems to have just crept up on us... Here's a themed mani to prepare you for the coming festivities!

[Base: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle;
Flakie: Finger Paint Flecked; Glitter: Revlon Slipper]
I admit though that this is an old one! From two years ago, to be precise! I hope I remember which polishes I used for this! My base shade is China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, a great Christmas-sy shade which you can see here in another seasonal manicure by Jme.

I then added a coat of Finger Paints Flecked, a blue-to-green duochrome flakie, to represent leaves on the tree, finished off with Revlon Slipper (previously posted here), a festive red and white microglitter. There are actually larger silver holo pieces in Slipper but I avoided them when swatching.

[Base: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle;
Flakie: Finger Paint Flecked; Glitter: Revlon Slipper]
I would consider this a relatively toned down polish. Festivities call for glitter! More glitter! Although to be fair, there is little that doesn't call for more glitter, in my books..... =p

Dec 11, 2014

Black Light - Dance Legend Quiet Riot

Wooooo, black holo! This is called Quiet Riot, from Dance Legend's Wow Prism Collection.

[Dance Legend Quiet Riot]
It was so holographic when I first applied it but I think my quick dry top coat actually reduced the holo shine. But it still looks pretty good right? I have to try this again without a top coat. I'm really loving these polishes with linear holographic flecks!




Dec 8, 2014

Mysterious Depths - Holika Holika 04, Femme Fatale Glinting Lodestone


Topping things off with glitter is one of my absolute favourite ways to jazz up a mani! 

[Ahhh, much better!]
After last week's trial of Holika Holika 04 seemed to lack a little oomph, I reached for some glitter to sparkle it up!

[2 coats: Holika Holika 04]
The base from last week - Holika Holika 04 was a green jelly with blue shimmer and lots of green hexes in different sizes.

[Bottle to nail: Femme Fatale Glinting Lodestone (1 coat) over Holika Holika 04 (2 coats)]
Here's what I used to top it off - Femme Fatale Glinting Lodestone. What a beauty! I seem to repeat myself all the time whenever I review a Femme Fatale glitter mix, but isn't it so so stunning! Love love love the purple and orange accents!

[Glitter: Femme Fatale Glinting Lodestone (1 coat); Base: Holika Holika 04 (2 coats)]
Glitter density is also always great, here's just one coat over my base of Holika Holika 04. Phew, crisis averted with glitter application! ;)


Dec 4, 2014

Set Sail - Clio S421, Barielle Falling Star

I thought I would stick to the blue-green theme too! This is Clio S421 from Korea over Barielle Falling Star as the base polish.

[Clio S421 over Barelle Falling Star]
You can see our swatch of Falling Star which I really like and it really does make a great base for S421. S421 comes in a fat bottom nail polish bottle and it's glitter has a tendency to sink unfortunately. But the glitter payload is enough for a good coverage as long as you have a base polish.

[Clio S421 over Barelle Falling Star]
S421 has hex glitter of different sizes in a clear base and is predominantly blue and green in colour. It has a scattering of silver and copper glitter too, which I think is a nice touch. You can spy the odd flash of silver and copper below, amongst all the pretty blue-greeny colours.

[Clio S421 over Barelle Falling Star]
I think S421 is a lovely polish. No regrets lugging it back from South Korea! :)

Dec 1, 2014

Sea Shards - Holika Holika 04


Blue-green shades are my guilty pleasure! Here's a jelly/shimmer/glitter mix that I picked up in Korea!

[Bottle to nail: Holika Holika 04 (2 coats)]
This is Holika Holika 04, yes... again with the nondescript number naming... At any rate, this is polish consists of a green jelly base with oodles of blue shimmer, giving it a teal look. There's also generous helping of small and large green hex glitter.

[2 coats: Holika Holika 04]
The formula wasn't too difficult to work with and there was a good glitter density - no fishing required! These photos show two coats of polish, topped off with topcoat. You may notice though that the large green hexes do seem a bit raised. Not enough to catch on anything at least, but you'll need a few layers of topcoat to get the surface completely smooth (which I didn't bother with).

[2 coats: Holika Holika 04]
Although it seems like a winning combination, nice pigment and lovely colours, for some reason, the final effect was just so-so to me! I guess perhaps it's neither here nor there in terms of sparkliness? I do like the extremes...