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Dec 5, 2016

Night Light - BK Glow-in-the-dark polish #16

I wanted something bright for the warm weather and this shade certainly fit the bill...

[Bottle to nail: BK Glow-in-the-dark polish #16 (3 coats)]
This polish is BK glow-in-the-dark polish in shade #16 which is a bright neon orange. As with most neons, photos do no justice! I think the second photo (below) most accurately depicts it's eye-searing glory! I think these nails were really distracting to everyone at work...

[3 coats: BK Glow-in-the-dark polish #16]
I tried two ways of applying this - on my ring finger, I applied three coats of BK#16 polish; on every other nail I used one coat of Revlon Powder Puff (a iridescent white matte polish) and two coats of BK#16. I reckon they look pretty similar but perhaps the ring finger had a slightly richer more jelly-like appearance - I'd probably stick with three coats of BK#16 alone in future.

[3 coats: BK Glow-in-the-dark polish #16]
Formula-wise, this was pretty good - average dry time. Now the lovely thing about this polish though is that unlike many neons which dry semi-matte, this one has a more jelly texture so remains deliciously glossy. I did seal with top coat for these photos though.

[In the dark: BK Glow-in-the-dark polish #16 (3 coats)]
And finally! Does it glow?! As you can tell from the somewhat creepy photo above, it does! However it does need some intense charging up before you turn the lights out, otherwise, no I didn't really notice it too much just going from ambient to darkness. Still such a fun bright colour to usher in our summer months here down under!

Dec 1, 2016

Green Geometry - Hit the Bottle's Absinthe Minded, Stamping Plate B from Cheeky, Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away

I'm losing track of my manis, and hopefully I haven't posted this one yet before!

[Base: Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away
Stamping: Hit the Bottle's Absinthe Minded, Stamping Plate B from Cheeky]
What I've got here is Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away! as the base, which is a blue creme. I've stamped on top of that with Hit the Bottle's Absinthe Minded, which is a green chrome, as photographed. I love the name Absinthe Minded too. :P  And I've used Stamping Plate B from Cheeky, with the specific pattern lined in dark pink below:

[Stamping Plate B by Cheeky]

[Base: Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away
Stamping: Hit the Bottle's Absinthe Minded, Stamping Plate B from Cheeky]
I do like the look. I just wish I used a stamping polish colour that contrasted more with the base in this particular case. Absinthe Minded stamped beautifully with crisp lines as always.

Nov 28, 2016

Cloud Surfing - Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray, Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Born Pretty BP-L005

I couldn't leave last week's base shade just empty like that, so I went ahead and stamped over it!

[Eye in the sky!]
Blue and white always goes well together... especially when your stamping design is based on clouds!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Surf Spray (3-4 coats)]
Here's my base shade again - Surf Spray from the Revlon Parfumerie range. A lovely glowing colour, but unfortunately a bit sheer and requires 3-4 coats. Nice fresh marine scent though!

[Base: Revlon Surf Spray (3-4 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Born Pretty BP-L005]
I used a plain white creme stamping polish (Hit the Bottle Snowed In) and Born Pretty plate BP-L005 for the stamping design.

[Base: Revlon Surf Spray (3-4 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Snowed In, Born Pretty BP-L005]
I did this in quite a rush one night so I'm relatively happy with how it turned out. The fine details were still picked up but as you can see, I might have to focus a bit more on placement next time!

Nov 25, 2016

Picnic Blankets - Essie Private Weekend, Australis Mexican Madness, Mode Hook Me Up, Born Pretty's Y019 plate

Oh dear, what do we have here...

So this is my attempt at combining stamping and dotticure. The base is Essie's Private Weekend, which is a white polish with the faintest of pale microglitter. I stamped over it with Australis' Mexican Madness, a mid-pink creme nail polish, and using a pattern from Born Pretty's Y019 plate.

[Born Pretty's Y019 stamping plate]
The pattern I used is the first one from the left on the first row.

Then I used a dotting tool to add blue dots with Mode's Hook Me Up, a blue creme. Tada!

[Base: Essie's Private Weekend
Stamping: Australis' Mexican Madness
Dotticure: Mode's Hook Me Up]

As you would have known by now, I've been using Australis' streak-free high shine nail polishes for stamping, even though they're not officially stamping nail polishes. I quite like them because there are also so many shades to choose from, and I can use them interchangeably as a base or as a stamping polish. It's also nice to support Made in Australia nail polishes (Mode is also Made in Australia)!

I've also said before that the only issue with using them as stamping nail polishes is that they often aren't as a opaque and thick as the usual stamping polishes. This usually isn't a problem when you're stamping with Australis' darker colours. Sometimes, it's also nice to have thinner stamping polishes, to produce a faded look.

In this case, I think Mexican Madness was too thinly stamped on and I overdid it with my quick dry nail polish. After I applied the quick dry, the stamped on Mexican Madness colour seemed to split. It kept the pattern, but as you can see, it resulted in this patchy look. It looks like old flaking paint, which isn't too bad to me. I was more annoyed by my own inability to dot regular dots, to be honest.

This mani actually got the most comments in awhile now. Everyone seemed convinced that I had purposefully created that faded flaking look and kept asking how I did everything, from the dots to the lines.

Nov 21, 2016

Glowing Seas - Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray

Today I have a polish that I received as part of an amazing birthday haul from Jme this year!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray (3-4 coats)]
This is Surf Spray from the Revlon Parfumerie collection. As the name suggests, this is a scented polish collection and this one is a bright medium blue tone with very subtle purple shimmer at extreme angles.

[3-4 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray]
It really is an amazingly glowy polish - however, I did have to use 3-4 coats to get it as opaque as I'd like, and this considering that I have fairly short nails at the moment. I think that's a bit more effort than I would usually go to, so maybe in future I'd layer this over a more opaque matching base shade.

[3-4 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray]
As for the scent, make sure the polish is dry before you go inhaling the fumes! Once dry, it's a nice subtle "marine" scent - think soapy fresh with a hint of florals. I did use topcoat so maybe that's why I could only smell it if I brought my nails right up close. The scent lasts for about 3 days or so then gradually fades.

It's a great colour (and how cute are the bottles for this collection!) but I do wish it was a bit less sheer!

Nov 17, 2016

Rusty Crown - Sally Hansen Golden Rust, Sally Hansen Crown Jewels

I could have sworn I had posted this before, but I can't find the post! What a mystery! I was feeling like I hadn't worn anything glittery for awhile, so that's what I was up to with this mani.

[Base: Sally Hansen Golden Rust
Top: Sally Hansen Crown Jewels]
The base is Sally Hansen's Golden Rust and I used Sally Hansen's Crown Jewels. What a matching pair they make, look at them side by side below.

[Left: Sally Hansen Golden Rust
Right: Sally Hansen Crown Jewels]
All that bling! Golden Rust, the one on the left, has a brown jelly base with bronze glitter. The combination of dense glitter and rich base colour means that you don't need to use a base under it, in my opinion. Crown Jewels, on the right, is a lovely pale gold glitter and holo glitter in clear base. Crown Jewels layered over Golden Rust makes the pale gold glitter pop against the deeper base, while still matching nicely with the earthy tones.

[Base: Sally Hansen Golden Rust
Top: Sally Hansen Crown Jewels]
I like these nail polishes used together. The overall effect did satisfy my glitter-lust!