; Plisherrific: 2017

May 25, 2017

Painted Weave - Revlon Budding Chrome, The Face Shop GL111, Revlon OceanChrome, Australis Goth Rock

This look I'm sporting today can be achieved with stamping, or with nail art stencils, if you know what I'm talking about. Today, I'm trying out the latter.

[Painted Weave]
What is the proper name for this? Nail art vinyls? Nail art stencil vinyls? Nail art template stickers? Well, as you can see from the photo below, they've used the name 'Nail Art Hollow Sticker'. Sounds weird. I think I prefer nail art stencil vinyls. But in the end, a photo speaks a thousand words:

[Silicone nail art mat and nail art hollow stickers]
I usually don't get very crisp results from nail art vinyls when I use them straight onto my nails. So this time, I thought I would try the nail art stickers on a silicone nail art mat. The stickers were just so much easier to deal with, understandably, when applied on the flat surface of the silicone mat.

[Nail art hollow stickers applied onto the silicone nail art mat]
I cut up the vinyl based on the dotted lines they provided and stuck them onto the silicone nail art mat. I'm only using 6 pieces here because they're pretty large, so I figured that other than my thumbs, the other pieces will cover two nails each.

Side note, I really love the holo on these vinyls. So pretty! Even if they all get painted over in the end!

[Manicure in progress]
I don't actually have in progress photos since I had to move pretty fast. If you do this too slowly and your nail polish dries too much, you end up peeling off your nail polish as well from the mat when you pull off the vinyl.

So here are the steps I went through, with references to the photo above.

  1. Stick the vinyl onto the silicone mat, as shown in (A). Now paint over it to cover the hollow parts. In this case, I painted over it in a gradient of colours  
  2. Peel off the vinyl which leaves only the pattern behind, as you can see in (B)
  3. Paint over the pattern left behind with your base shade, as shown in (C)
  4. Leave it to dry completely. You will know it's completely dry when the patches of nail polish are completely flat against the mat. 
  5. Peel off these nail patches from the mat carefully. Bend the mat to help the peeling off endeavour. 

[Homemade nail art patches/decals]
And voila! I did cut the nail patches into rectangles, so they would look so much prettier for my photos. :)  Then I used a clear base coat on my nails, let it dry enough to be slightly tacky and applied the nail patches on. I used a combination of stretching the nail patches and nail clippers to cut off the excess nail polish.

The nail polish I used for the mani were:

  • Revlon's Budding Chrome - a light peachy chrome nail polish that rather overwhelmed everything
  • The Face Shop's GL111 - a pale gold foil 
  • Revlon's OceanChrome - a teal chrome 
  • Australis' Goth Rock - a near-black maroon nail polish

[Revlon's Budding Chrome, The Face Shop's GL111, Revlon's OceanChrome, Australis' Goth Rock]
I do like using the nail stencil vinyls on the silicone nail art mat. I think the results are a lot neater, with crisper lines. With gradient manis and nail stencil vinyls done straight onto the nails, I often feel like the process is usually rather messy and requires quite a bit of clean up after. With the use of the nail stencil vinyls on silicone nail art mat, the mess was constrained and easier to deal with.

I just really like having these new tools to work with now!

May 22, 2017

Fall Maple - Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice, Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold, Born Pretty BP-L026

Keeping up with my unimaginative-ness, I expanded on the autumn theme from last week...

[Autumn Leaves]
...and what better way than with some maple leaves!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats)]
Once more, my base from last week was Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice, a glowy brown glass fleck scented polish.

[Bottle to nail: Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold (stamping); Plate: Born Pretty BP-L026;
Base: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats)]
I used Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold - a gold holographic stamping polish (yes, that's right!). Formula was great, stamped with absolutely no issue. However, I reckon it would be far more impressive if I had chosen a fuller pattern instead of a lineart type stamping pattern. Next time!

[Base: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats);
Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold, Born Pretty BP-L026]
This lovely maple leaf design is from Born Pretty stamping plate BP-L026 which has a nice variety of floral/leaf prints.

[Base: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats);
Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold, Born Pretty BP-L026]
I'm fairly pleased with this one - it's actually quite subtle in real life and the maple leaf design is only visible on closer examination. It's dark and autumny while still incorporating sparkle!

May 19, 2017

Cream to Candy - Dance Legend 194[Dan

Back to the basics, but with a little more fun involved. This is Dance Legend 194, from their Sun Shine collection. The Sun Shine collection consists of nail polish that change colour under UV rays. So its colour changing properties are dependent on sunlight rather than an increase in temperature.

[Indoors: Dance Legend 194]
The photos above are how Dance Legend 194 looks when it's out of the sun. It's a pale milky beige with pink, blue, pale gold and red glitter. Even without the UV colour changing aspects, I always love nail polishes like this, with glitter in an opaque base.

Now here are a series of photos of the nail polish changing colour when I was out in the sun.

[Outdoors: Dance Legend 194]
The first photo was from when I was under a tree, so under some shade. But it was a very sunny day, so UV rays everywhere. You can see the nail polish has gone from the pale cream colour to a pale pinkish colour.

The next three photos were taken under direct sunlight. In the second photo, you can see that the left half of my nails are a darker pink, probably because they were exposed more to direct sunlight. You can see the colour progressing to a darker pink in the rest of the photos. The last photo is as dark as the nail polish ever gets under the sun.

So it's a pale cream colour out of direct sunlight, and a bright fuchsia shade once it's under direct sunlight long enough.

I love these type of nail polishes. It's colour changing which is always fun, and the colours it goes through are lovely.

May 15, 2017

Gingerbread Crisp - Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Slowly trying to get back into the swing of things - I thought I'd get in a nice autumny manicure while it's still autumn here!

[Bottle to nail: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice (2 coats)]
Yes, I'm not being particularly imaginative! But here's Autumn Spice from the Revlon Parfumerie range. Isn't it gorgeous!

[2 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice]
Autumn Spice is a rich glowy golden brown glass fleck polish. The golden sparks actually flash pink at different angles, which you can sort of spot in this photo. Formula is pretty much perfect and you could get away with just using one coat. I wanted a deep finish so I ended up going with two coats.

[2 coats: Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice]
Now, the Parfumerie range is a scented polish collection, so what does Autumn Spice smell like? Well, I was a bit worried at first because strongly cinnamon-like scents tend to put me off, but this was a pleasant light spicy gingery/cinnamon scent to me. You can only really smell it if you bring your nails up close for a sniff, so definitely not too overpowering! The scent only really lasts a few days though!

May 11, 2017

Chocolate Covers - Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome, Sally Hansen What In Carnation

On a very random starting note, the purple of this nail polish exactly matches the colour of the Cadbury chocolate bar wrapper, which is why this nail polish reminds me so much of Cadbury, hah.

[All nails other than the ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome
Ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Sally Hansen What In Carnation]
This mani is a result of my playing around on the silicone nail art mat again. I used Sally Hansen's Purple Potion for Cadbury purple nail polish and Revlon's LilyChrome, for the silver chrome nail polish. On my ring finger, I did try something different by using Sally Hansen's Purple Potion with Sally Hansen's What In Carnation, a very pale lavender creme polish.

As you can see, the lines of nail polish when used with a chrome polish like LilyChrome are very crisp and sharp, while this nail art done using creme polishes produces a softer look, as shown on the ring finger.

Here's all the nail art mani I did on the silicone mat. I like to play around with patterns and different nail polish combination too. I basically apply stripes of nail polish and then pull through the stripes with the tip of a tooth pick. Then I leave the nail polish to dry. In the photo above, I had already peeled them off the mat, which is why they're scattered everywhere.

[All nails other than the ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome
Ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Essie Private Weekend]
On the ring finger for this one, it's really quite a mess. I used Purple Potion with Essie's Private Weekend, a white creme polish. I really did muck up the creme polish nail art, I think because they were just too watery and I had applied too much of it. Also, the creme nail polishes are very thin. If you want to create nail art like this on a silicone mat, apply a clear base coat first and leave it to dry. If you don't, the nail art you created could be too fragile to handle and can split down the seams without the dried base coat to hold it all together.

[All nails other than the ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Revlon LilyChrome
Ring finger: Sally Hansen Purple Potion, Sally Hansen What In Carnation]
I really do like this colour combination. :)  And the outcome doesn't look too terrible either!

May 2, 2017

Orange-sicle - Dance Legend Hen Party

Things have lightened up a little recently but I've still been too busy to attempt any nail art. I did manage a pretty sparkly untried though!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Hen Party (3 coats)]
This is the lovely Hen-Party from Dance Legend's City Lights collection which consists of jelly polishes loaded with tons of shimmer and square glitter pieces. 

[3 coats: Dance Legend Hen Party]
Hen Party is a bright coral jelly polish jam-packed with iridescent gold square glitter and fine shimmer that shifts between blue and magenta (it's hard to tell!). All the gold glitter makes it look a lot more orange than it actually is! It definitely leans a bit more pink in real life.

[3 coats: Dance Legend Hen Party]
It's a really good jelly opacity for getting nice depth with the different layers of glitter. This was three coats because I wanted a richer shade, but two would've been enough for full coverage. I did find that this was a teeensy bit prone to flooding, so just be a bit careful not to overload the brush as it does spread all over..

[3 coats: Dance Legend Hen Party]
All these photos except the last one above were taken in indirect lighting to properly show the detail of the glitter. This last one though is just direct light and you can see that it's just super glowy.

I think this is an interesting polish, but I don't think it suits my mood at the moment. I haven't quite figured out yet what does though! We'll see...

Apr 27, 2017

Silver Well - Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish

What I have here is the most shiny and mirror-like chrome nail polish ever to be seen. But please, please read the post in its entirety because I'll cover off how to achieve that shine and the downsides for all this gleaming gorgeousness.

[Mirror, mirror, on the wall...]
Hello. Hi, me. Yes, you can actually see my blurry reflection with a camera in my nails. That's how shiny this nail polish is.

This is Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish. It comes in a set of two bottles, one containing the chrome nail polish and another is a clear top coat.

[Bottle to nail: Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish]
 Look at that, the nail polish very nearly matches the shininess of the bottle!

The instructions are to use the mirror nail polish and then seal with the top coat they have provided. While that produces a shiny chrome finish, it's not that much shinier than regular chrome nail polish.

The most amazing mirror effect can be achieved by using their top coat as a base coat as well (preferably with your choice of usual base coat first to protect your nails). Their top coat provides an incredibly smooth, frictionless surface for the mirror nail polish. After using the top coat as a base coat (hah!), apply a medium layer of the mirror nail polish. Don't make the layer too thin or it won't come off as glossy. When you're applying over the base coat consisting of the top coat (double hah!), it will seem like you're pouring silver paint on your nails and they seem to almost spread out on their own.

It's the most amazingly glossy mirror finish ever. Just look at this picture:

[Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish]
Isn't it stunning?

If you don't seal it with the top coat, the mirror shine will be at its peak and it will be glorious. But it will likely only last a couple hours. So you get the amazing shine, but with the shortest lifespan ever. Then it starts to chip and lifts like it's practically leaping off your nails.

If you seal this beautiful mirror nail polish with the provided top coat, the nail polish will last longer (but not by a lot, as warned by Born Pretty), by which I mean it was maybe a day or so before I started seeing the varnish lift at the corners. But the nail polish is slightly less shiny with the top coat on. In fact, the top coat is unforgiving if there are flaws and will serve to highlight any scuff marks, or less than perfect brush stroke.

Here, you can see the nail polish with their top coat applied.

[Born Pretty Mirror Nail Polish]
It's still got a beautiful chrome finish, but it's not the unbelievable mirrored finish, as shown in the previous photos.

Born Pretty's Mirror Nail Polish is undoubtedly gorgeous and eye-catching. But the short life span means you can't do very much with it. You could maybe wear the mirror-like shiny version for a dinner outing that lasts a couple hours. Regardless, I'm still glad I bought it just to experience the mirror shine.

Apr 24, 2017

Gold Sands - Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01

Quick post again! This one is kind of an abandoned mani... I planned to stamp over it but couldn't find the right shade that I had in mind so gave up after a few tries... but here is the base polish!

[Bottle to nail: Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01 (2 coats)]
I was looking for an extremely yellow gold and was almost thinking I didn't have one in my stash when I pulled this out! This is Missha GGL01 from the Crystal nail polish line. 

[2 coats: Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01]
GGL01 is a very yellow gold! It's a yellow/gold base, absolutely packed with gold shimmer as well as gold and silver glitter bits. Very twinkly and very gritty! Good opacity in two coats and nice even coverage. Dry time was also decent.

[2 coats: Missha Crystal Nail Polish GGL01]
These photos are before topcoat (see: abandoned mani) so it's not as sparkly as it could be but rest assured, it's pretty dang shiny what with all those glitter pieces! Ah well, maybe one day I'll revisit this...

Apr 20, 2017

Twilight Breeze - Dance Legend Wind of Change

Keeping it simple today! I loooooove thermal polishes. Here, we have Dance Legend's Wind of Change from their Bow Conversion line.

[Dance Legend Wind of Change]
Ev reviewed the same polish here (go on over to see the three tone effect, which I didn't manage to get in photos!)

I think it's pretty interesting to see the difference in colour between her review and mine. I run rather warm in general and you can see that the nail polish against my nail bed is bluer than what you see in Ev's review. The weather has also cooled down quite a bit so the tips of my nails with Wind of Change on were often cooler in temperature and was constantly purple.

Wind of Change dries matte and has scattered holo microglitter through it, just to add an extra zing.

[Dance Legend Wind of Change]
I love that with one bottle of nail polish, I got two different colours on my nails. It's why I'm forever charmed by thermal polishes.

Apr 17, 2017

Blue Eyes - Dance Legend Earth

Hm, I've been a little uninspired lately - a combination of being frazzled from work and feeling slightly under the weather. So all I've got today is a plain swatch of a shade that's not plain at all!

[Bottle to nail: Dance Legend Earth (2 coats)]
This is Dance Legend Earth from the Sahara Crystal collection. This one, as you can see, is a textured finish polish and is chockers with the loveliest blue glitter. If you look closely at the bottle (and on the nail as well), there's also a hint of duochrome with those flashes of purple.

[2 coats: Dance Legend Earth]
It seems like there's the blue glitter, and some darker navy "sand" particles which contribute to the textured effect. This had excellent opacity - I used two coats but you could probably get away with one thick one. It dries quickly and to a matte finish (albeit glittery), as most textured polishes do, and is super knobbly to the touch!

[2 coats: Dance Legend Earth]
I quite liked this finished result so I was going to leave it matte for a few days before testing some glossy topcoat over it. However, I was initially worried about removal so I used a peel-off base... which was a bit toooo good! They peeled really easily so this didn't last too long on me! I don't doubt it would have excellent wear (and hideous removal) if I had just used a regular base!

I've swatched this randomly before though and it definitely looks super gorgeous and sparkly with added layers of glossy topcoat!

Apr 10, 2017

Red Delicious - China Glaze Red Satin, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty BP-L029

Hello hello - today I have a stamping mani that looks kind of suitable for the festive season, even though it isn't at the moment! I really only did these colours because I was coordinating it with my outfit... =p

[Bottle to nail: China Glaze Red Satin (2 coats)]
My base is China Glaze Red Satin, a nice basic deep red creme that I've previously reviewed here! Look at the lovely rich glossy goodness!

[Base: China Glaze Red Satin (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty BP-L029]
I then stamped over this with a champagne gold stamping polish, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold. The pattern I used is of flowers and vines and comes from Born Pretty plate BP-L029, a great floral-themed plate.

[Base: China Glaze Red Satin (2 coats);
Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Born Pretty BP-L029]
I was probably rushing this one a little so the stamping isn't as crisp as I would like. Still a nice way to add a bit of interest to a classic red mani!

Apr 6, 2017

The Colours of Apollo - Essence Rock My Soul, Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Hit the Bottle Burnt Orange, Born Pretty L026 stamping plate

Here we have an attempt to stamp with two different colours. I think it turned out okay, what do you think?

[Sun Rays]
For the base polish, I used Essence Rock My Soul from The Metals collections, which is a teal chrome-like nail polish. It applies smoothly and has a pretty lovely greeny glow to it.

[Essence Rock My Soul]
Then I stamped on it using the pattern in the blue square below, from Born Pretty's L026 stamping plate. I rather like this stamping plate and they have some gorgeous patterns from it. If you do have very long or wide nails though, you might not get enough of some of the patterns for full coverage.

[Born Pretty L026 Stamping Plate]
I used Hit the Bottle's Spun Gold (a pale gold stamping polish) and Hit the Bottle's Burnt Orange (a bronze stamping polish) to stamp the pattern on. You can see that Spun gold is on the upper half of the nails and Burnt Orange is on the bottom half.

[Stamping: Hit the Bottle Spun Gold, Hit the Bottle Burnt Orange
Born Pretty L026 Stamping Plate
Base: Essence Rock My Soul]
I think the stamped polishes are close enough in colour that it creates an interesting almost gradient effect. All in all, I like the result!