Saturday, 12 July 2014

Lady of the Palace Trio by Powder Perfect

Look at what just arrived at Mei Mei's Signatures! Lady Of The Palace Trio is an exclusive collaboration with Mei Mei's Signatures and Powder Perfect. Yet again, Powder Perfect has transported us to another time and place through the inspiration behind the polishes. This trio is inspired by the French aristocracy and their lavish lifestyles. With such a rich and exciting era of history inspiration has been taken from their extravagant estates, frilly dresses, and powdered hairstyles.

"La Dauphine" - This is a warm based maroon holo that features bronzed flakies. Such a stunning polish. This is the kind of polish that I love to wear! For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

"Escape To The Petit Trianon" - This is a forest green holographic polish with gold flakies. The gold flakies in the green base give it a wonderful colour and shimmery gold appearance. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box

"Crinoline" - This is an ivory crelly with aqua, caramel and gold glitters. The caramel and gold glitters give the ivory base a bit of a dirty cream colour, but I love the addition of the aqua glitters for  soft pop of colour. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

One of my favourite things about this trio is that in includes different type of polishes. At the moment in the world of Aussie indie polishes the current trend seems to be the use of flecks and flakies along with holo dust in different combinations to create super sparkly polishes with colour shifts. This trio features these types of polishes (and well executed, I might add), but it also has what I see in my mind as the more traditional type of indie polishes. The classic crelly base with different coloured glitters. Don't get me wrong, I love my holo, coloour shifting polsihes, but I also love the classic combinations that first drew my attention into the world of indie polishes. This trio has a wonderful combination of the new and the old.

This trio is now available from Mei Mei's Signatures!

-Bettina


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Love, Angeline Polish Swatches

I was sent some polishes to swatch by Powder Perfect who are now stocking Love, Angeline Polishes. Love, Angeline is a new to me brand all the way from America. The three colours that I have to share are all currently available from the Powder Perfect shop.  You can also check out the Love, Angeline shop.

"Marine Life" - This is a super sparkly polish filled with micro glitters in a clear base. It has a mix of dark blue, green, and purple micro glitters which give it a deep, dark, and kind of mysterious feeling. The colours in this one reminded me more of a peacock, but either way it is still a pretty polish. This polish I found to be a little thicker than I would have liked. It also dries slightly matte, so a top coat is needed.  I used two to three coats depending on thickness for my swatch plus  glossy top coat to smooth it all out and add some shine to the sparkle.

Lighting: In direct sunlight

Lighting: In direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

"Shade of the Evening" - This polish has an olive green base with a gold shimmer. The formula for this one was a little thin, so for my swatch I used four thin coats plus a glossy top coat. I found that adding a glossy top coat really emphasized the golden shimmer.

Lighting: In direct sunlight

Lighting: In direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

"Let Me Fly" - This one is a beautiful teal green holographic polish with flecks and iridescent glitters. This is such a beautiful polish. Depending on the lighting you can seen the different type of colours and glitters. I also found this one to be slightly thicker than I would have liked. For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.
Lighting: In direct sunlight

Lighting: In direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

-Bettina

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Shades of Phoenix - In A World of my Own

It has nearly been a year since these polishes came out, and I am only officially swatching them now. From memory I have actually worn these before but I never took proper swatch photos of them (if I did take pictures of them, I have no idea where they went). These are just four of the polishes that were part of the In A World of mine Own Collection by Shades of Phoenix

"Do You Suppose She's A Wild Flower?" - This polish has a creamy orange base with a variety of glitters including cute little flower glitters, as well as tiny yellow glitters, small red hex, and medium yellow hex glitters. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

"Curiouser & Curiouser" - This is such a sweet and delicate polish. It has a soft blue base with small pastel yellow and blue glitters. For my swatch I used three coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat" -  Such a fun glitter topper. This polish has teal bar glitters, with teal and purple stars in a clear base. For my swatch I dabbed one coat over "Tiffany" by Picture Polish.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

"We're All Mad Here" - This polish has small yellow and purple hex glitters, with tiny bar glitters in a purple jelly base. I found the base of this one to be quite sheer so for my swatch I used "Funky Dunkey" by O.P.I. as my base then layered two coats over the top, and finished with a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


-Bettina

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Cherry Blossom Nail Art

I have been trying to improve my stamping skills for quite some time now... Reverse stamping and I do not get along. When I saw this lead light tutorial by Messy Mansion, I had hope that this could be a skill that I could master. I decided to keep the colouring area small, just in case it didn't turn out too well. I don't think I was using the best polishes for this method, I might have to invest in some special polishes. For my base I used "My Vampire Is Buff" by O.P.I. The stamping plate is EDM05. The pink polishes that I used were O.P.I. Sheer tints "Be Magentale With Me" and "Merge" by Celestial Cosmetics. Not a bad first try, if I do say so myself. 

Lighting: In light box
-Bettina

Friday, 4 July 2014

Hypnotic Polish Store Exclusive by Glam Polish

"Unforgettable Dream" by Glam Polish is a limited edition store exclusive polish to Hypnotic Polish. This polish has to be my favourite out of the colour shifting polishes that I have tried from Glam Polish. I love the bright orchid base, and the soft blue shimmer is mesmerizing. The colour changes from a bright pink in direct sunlight to a darker pinkish purple in the shade. The blue shimmer is super prominent and when mixed with the orchid base it gives the polish an overall blurple colour in the shade, but in the sunlight the colours seem more separate with the orchid base and blue shimmer.  For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat. This is truly an unforgettable polish.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

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Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Inside with flash
"Unforgettable Dream" is now available from Hypnotic Polish for 10.95 EUR. You can also check out Hypnotic Polish on Facebook and Instagram.

-Bettina



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Dry Brush Nail Art

Just a quick post of today's nail art. I have been wanting to try this technique for such a long time now. I am so glad that I finally got around to giving it a try. I used a lot of different polishes for this one, I'm not sure if that was a good or bad thing. I would love to try this with less colours and also some different ones too, maybe some neons next time. I started with a clean white base using "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. The colours I used over the top include "Baby's Got The Blues" by Miss Ahsleigh, "Mellow Yellow' "Peaches n Cream" "Fairy Floss" "Wisteria" "Tiffany" & "Instinct" all by Picture Polish. The first two photos are with out a top coat, I quite liked the textured finish without a top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I then added a glossy top coat and some nail studs from Emily de Molly.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box
And a quick close up so you can see all the colours...

Lighting: In light box 

-Bettina

June What's In-die Box?

June's What's In-die Box was the 1st anniversary box and for this box it was all holo polishes! I love receiving this box because it is always such a fun surprise. This box was amazing in every single way, how could you go wrong with a holo themed box?!

"Pink Blitz" by Peita's Polish - This is such a cute pink polish. The holo effect on this one wasn't super strong but is still has such a pretty glow to it.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

"Violet Blaze" by Lilypad Lacquer - The colour of this one was quite dark and mysterious, with a super strong linear holo effect. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

"Party in the Park" by Powder Perfect - I was quite impressed with this polish. This one is a really deep, dark green with a strong linear holo effect. Such a beautiful polish! 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

"Don't Make Me Blush" by Glam Polish - This is the perfect blush colour, a pinkish/orange colour with just the right amount of holo. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

"Queen of the Mermaids" by Glittering Elements - This is a new brand for me and I was really excited to try it because I had seen beautiful swatches of some of their other polishes. This was a beautiful sparkling blue. It reminds me of the sparkling, deep blue ocean.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash

What's In-die Box? is available each month via Peita's Polish.

-Bettina