Thursday, 2 July 2015

Things of Who Mani Fest by Shades of Phoenix

I am over the moon with excitement that Shades of Phoenix did a Doctor Who themed Mani Fest Pack! I feel like it took forever to arrive, but it was totally worth the wait. The Doctor Who themed Mani Fest Pack came with two amazing polishes, Union Jack fimo slices, metal triangle frames and starbursts, diamonty and black nail studs, and finally an awesome glitter mix with blue, white and black triangles, white hex, black diamonds, and black dots.

"Wheeze Groan" - A sparkly blue jelly. This is probably the coolest name I have come across for a polish inspired by the TARDIS. My nail art was inspired by the time vortex that the TARDIS travels through in the opening credits. For my nail art on my accent nail I used "Cool Grey" by Sinful Colors and "I saw... You saw... We saw... Warsaw" by O.P.I. and sponged them on to get a dark cloudy blue/grey. I used a spiral nail vinyl from She Sells Sea Shells to create the look of the swirling time vortex. Finally, I added the metal starbursts from the Mani Fest Pack to all of my nails. 

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"Loneliest Beings" - a soft pale grey with silver holo micro glitter. The name of the polish based and the inspiration of the Weeping Angles is just beyond perfect! I used two coats as the base for my nail art. While my base was drying I took a quick swatch photo...

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As this polish was inspired by the Weeping Angles my nail art had to reflect that inspiration. I chose to do a stone marble look by dabbing layers of polish on using plastic cling wrap. I used "Loneliest Beings" as well as "Cool Grey" and "Black on Black" by Sinful Colors.

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Teneil is now on maternity leave and the SOP shop is closed. Which is kind of disappointing because I can't wait until the next Mani Fest Pack is released! However, I wish her the best of luck... not long now before her little girl will be entering the world.

-Bettina

Monday, 29 June 2015

Nail Art with Nail Vinyls by New Aussie Seller

I was sent some nail vinyls from Xroma Polish and Vinyls, a new Aussie seller. Ok, so pros: Aussie seller, located in Melbourne. This means no buying from international sellers and waiting forever for them to arrive by post. Local seller means quicker shipping times! There is also the whole supporting Aussie made business etc, etc. But I am sure that you're more interested in the actual nail vinyls themselves.There are a range of styles and sizes. The prices are reasonable and I found them really easy to use. They adhered to my nails nicely and didn't leave any sticky residue behind. And the cons? Well your nails still aren't going to do themselves.

Using the skinny chevron vinyls with "Mellow Yellow" "Blush" & "Tiffany" by Picture Polish. I chose to use the chevrons to create a funky geometric design, but the possibilities of what you can do with these is practically endless.

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Next I used the wide straight vinyls with "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors, "Son of a Peach" by China Glaze" and "Blue Marlin" by Ulta3. The wide straight vinyls are super handy for heaps of different designs, a must have for any nail art kit. 

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For this next design I used the skinny wave vinyls. My base polish I used "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors, for my pastel rainbow I used Orange - "Peaches n' Cream" by Picture Polish, Pink - "Fairy Floss" by Picture Polish, Purple - "Wisteria" by Picture Polish, blue - "Baby's Got The Blues" by Miss Ashleigh, green - "Tiffany" by Picture Polish, yellow - "Mellow Yellow" by Picture Polish. 

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I have wanted to do a contrasting design with creme and holo polishes for awhile now, so I decided to do it using the wide wave vinyl. The polishes I used are "Funky Dunkey" by O.P.I. and "Without Love" by Glam Polish. 

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Lighting: Inside with flash


A simple design using the wide zig zag vinyls. I used "Snow Me White" and "Cool Grey" by Sinful Colors and "Storm Rainbow" by Powder Perfect. These vinyls were super easy to use and gave a great effect with very little effort. 

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Next up is one of my favourite stencil designs. This is the mini Moroccan. I have used similar stencil designs in the past, but this one really is a miniature version. I used "Welcome to the 60s" by Glam Polish and "Pink Friday" by O.P.I.  I was really impressed with how well these stencils worked. 

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A bit of a skittle mani using "Don't Pretzel My Buttons" by O.P.I., "Golden" by Sally Hansen, and "Snow" by Celestial.

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On my index finger I used the skinny and large chevron vinyl.

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For my middle finger I used the star stencil. 

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Ring finger I used skinny zig zag nail vinyl.

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Lastly, on my little finger I used another star stencil.

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Thankfully nail art can be done on any length nails! I had a break before I had the chance to finish reviewing all these wonderful nail vinyls. So I'm just going to prove that nail art looks awesome on nubs too!


The next stencil is the tile design. I love this one! Such a great stencil design! I used "Moody Blues" and "Lacy Daisy" by Ulta3.

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The cute little heart stencils are perfect for Valentines day, or just to make your nails a little more girly. I used "I Theodora You" by O.P.I. and "BANG!" by Glam Polish. The design of this stencil gives you a bit of flexibility as you can choose how much of the full design you want to use. On my ring finger I used the full design, but on my other nails I chose to just fill in the largest heart. 

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The large chevron vinyls are great for creating a chevron half moon, as I did in this simple mani using "LakoDom" by Picture Polish.

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I added to my half moon chevron mani from above using the skinny straight vinyls and "Paris" by Picture Polish. I loved these skinny stright vinyls! They were a great length so they are great for doing various designs, and would even fit the length of long nails. They are also super skinny, which means no fiddling with rolls of striping tape!

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For my next design I used the large Aztec design. I wasn't a huge fan of the larger design because I couldn't get a lot of the detail on to my nails, most of the vinyl hung off the edge. The polishes I used were "Pharaoh" by Picture Polish and "Ski Teal We Drop" by O.P.I.

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My final design is probably my overall favourite! I used the mini Aztec nail vinyls for this design. I much preferred the mini Aztec design over the larger ones because the detail of the design fit on my nail. I used "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors, "Black" by Kleancolor and "Franki" by EP Polish. 

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Overall, I am very impressed with these nail vinyls and stencils. They have been some of the best that I have used. Almost every single time I was able to get a nice crisp line when removing the vinyls, and they didn't break when being removed.

-Bettina

Friday, 26 June 2015

Gleek Collection by Glam Polish

It is that time of the month again! The Gleek Collection is a collection of  nine gleefully bright and sparkly polishes inspired by some of the songs from the TV show Glee. As usual, each polish has a fantastic easy to work with formula and they look amazing in direct sunlight! I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat for each of my swatches.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Orchid holo with ultra holo glitter. A happy and girly pink, sure to make anyone smile. 

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Rehab" - Aqua Holo with ultra holo glitter. Amazing colour! Just WOW! 

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


"RESPECT" - Amethyst holo with ultra holo glitter. A great grape purple.

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


"River Deep, Mountain High" - Strawberry pink holo with ultra holo glitter. Yummy strawberry pink! 

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Take a Bow" - Cornflower Blue holo with pink glass flecks. I really like this unique shade of blue, almost reminds me of a pale washed denim.

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Lighting: Inside with flash

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Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Take on Me" - Blush holo with pink glass flecks & shimmer.

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Lighting: Direct sunlight

For the last three swatches I had to swatch them on my nubs. As some of you may have seen on my IG I had a break and had to trim down the rest of my nails so that they were all even. Unfortunately my break happened in the middle of swatching this collection. The way I look at it is simple proof that these polishes look amazing on any nail length! When swatching on my nubs I only needed two thin coats as I didn't have to make the polish cover as much area (easy way to save polish)!


"Girl on Fire" - Salmon holo with gold & pink glass flecks. Love this colour!

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


"True Colors" - Lavender holo with violet glass flecks & shimmer. Super pretty and delicate purple. 

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Lighting: Inside with flash

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Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Firework" - Jade holo with green & blue glass flecks. Another amazing colour... and I'm not even a huge fan of green polishes!

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Lighting: Inside with flash

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Lighting: Direct sunlight

This collection will be available from Glam Polish on the 4th of July in Australia (3rd of July USA). Don't forget that Glam Polish ships to Australia, America, and now to France!

-Bettina