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May 2, 2016

Afternoon Tea - LA Girl Indulge, China Glaze Ahoy!, Born Pretty BP-L023

Stamping over a gradient is always a winner in my book! Here's what I did over last week's gradient..

[Yum yum]
Mmm, coffee, ice cream, caaaaake! This one's specially dedicated to my friend C, who not only gave me the polishes used here, but also loves her caffeine and desserts! =)

[Base: La Girl Color Addict Indulge (2 coats); Tips: China Glaze Ahoy!]
Quick reminder of last week - A base of LA Girl Color Addict Indulge with a sponged on gradient of China Glaze Ahoy!

[Born Pretty BP-L023]
We were generously provided with some plates for review from Born Pretty and this is one of them. Plate BP-L023 - check it out here! Isn't it just scrumptious! Like all Born Pretty plates, this one arrived with a gorgeous cardboard sleeve for storage and was covered in a protective blue film.

[Born Pretty BP-L023]
Here it is with the film removed. There's all sorts of adorable patterns on here that I'm really looking forward to testing out - the pineapple and citrus slice ones in particular are great summer designs! For my manicure today, I tested out the coffee-dessert one in the second row from top, fifth from the left.

[Base: La Girl Color Addict Indulge (2 coats); Tips: China Glaze Ahoy!;
Stamping: Hit The Bottle As Black As Night, Born Pretty BP-L023]
..and here it is! I was really impressed by how clearly the designs were picked up - even the steam rising off the coffee mug came through really nicely. I used a plain black creme stamping polish from Hit The Bottle: As Black As Night for this stamping.

[Base: La Girl Color Addict Indulge (2 coats); Tips: China Glaze Ahoy!;
Stamping: Hit The Bottle As Black As Night, Born Pretty BP-L023]
All up, I was really pleased with the way this turned out and the quality of the plate - can't wait to try out the other designs!

I got so excited, I actually did a quick test of some of the other full nail designs. I'm so impressed by the quality of transfer, just look at that! Some are lacking polish at the top of the design not due to the plate, but because I just did one quick swipe of polish along the bottom before scraping so it wasn't enough to fill the plate - especially those with so much space to fill. But seriously, check out those teacups!

Once again, this plate is available from Born Pretty here, along with heaps of other cool nail art stuff at very reasonable prices with free shipping. As if that's not good enough, just use our code above for an extra 10% off, wooooo!

Apr 28, 2016

Rainbow Ice - Color Club Harp On It

I found this polish one day and realized I had forgotten how pretty this holographic nail polish is.

[Color Club Harp On It]
This is Color Club's Harp On It, a linear holographic that is just out of this world. How did I forget this one? It's like having rainbows on my nails! Harp On It is also opaque after two or three coats and it's easy to apply.

Apr 26, 2016

Orange Raspberry - LA Girl Color Addict Indulge, China Glaze Ahoy!

One of my friends very recently gifted me a few polishes to add to my pile, so I decided to use some of them in a mani together!

[Juiced up]
It turned out pretty juicy! A bit on the summery side, but probably a nice reminder of warmer days now that we're heading straight for colder weather.

[Bottle to nail: LA Girl Color Addict Indulge (2 coats)]
I started with a base of LA Girl Color Addict in Indulge, a super juicy orange with lots of gold shimmer. If you were really careful, you could possibly get this opaque in one coat. However, I think two thin ones work best.

[ 2 coats: LA Girl Color Addict Indulge]
Absolutely a dream to work with, nice even formula with lots of pigment. Quick dry time as well.

[Bottle to nail: China Glaze Ahoy!; Base: LA Girl Color Addict Indulge (2 coats)]
Over the tips, I then sponged on China Glaze Ahoy! from the Anchors Away collection, which is a blue-leaning pink with large flecks of gold shimmer all the way through. 

[Base: LA Girl Color Addict Indulge (2 coats); Tips: China Glaze Ahoy!]
It's not a perfectly smooth gradient in photos, but it looks much more gradual from afar. I think the trick here is using the two polishes which both contain a gold shimmer.

It ended up being quite a subtle gradient but one I'm quite happy with!

Apr 21, 2016

Electric Night - Polish Me Silly Tropical Heat

Is it pink? Is it green? Who knows! Look at that colour shift go!

[Polish Me Silly's Tropical Heat]
This is Polish Me Silly's Tropical Heat layered over black. Tropical Heat is an opaque multichrome flakie in a clear base, which means it can be painted over lighter colours and retain its vibrant colours, instead of looking translucent.

Polish Me Silly's larger flakies have some of the best colour shifts ever, in my humble opinion. I think it's a combination of the size of the flakies and that the flakies are opaque. It makes for such a lovely and eye-catching polish with ever changing vibrant colours.

Apr 18, 2016

Full Speed Ahead - Dance Legend Pulsar

I think these pics are a bit old! This polish was one of my birthday pressies from Jme in 2014, wow!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Pulsar (2-3 coats)]
Still gorgeous though! This one's Dance Legend Pulsar, a multichrome shimmer with scattered holo glitter for added bling.

[2-3 coats: Dance Legend Pulsar]
Not the best photos unfortunately, but this polish shifts from deep blurple to bronze-gold at the edges. Nice thin formula opaque in 2-3 coats depending on the length of your nails.

[2-3 coats: Dance Legend Pulsar]
As always, another lovely shade from Dance Legend - this one reminds me a bit of souped up cars with multichrome paint, hah!

Apr 16, 2016

Mermaid Scales - Dance Legend Fireworks

How I wish I had better photos! For some reason, none of them turned out well.

[Dance Legend Fireworks]
This is Dance Legend's Fireworks from the City Lights collection. Fireworks has blue-green iridescent square glitter and gold glitter in a light grape purple jelly polish. It is really pretty but I just did not manage to photograph it well.

[Dance Legend Fireworks]
I think Fireworks looks insanely pretty in the bottle. It's still pretty on the nails, but it's pretty stunning in the bottle. Fireworks has a great glitter pay off as most Dance Legend nail polishes do, and the jelly polish gives it a lovely depth. The bluey-greeny square glitter against this bright purple just reminds me of pretty, out of this world scales for some reason, hence the post title. :)