Monday, 26 January 2015

What I Did Today...

I practically spent the whole day doing these nails.  I took my time doing each one, so in between meal breaks and drying time I spent a good portion of the day working on these. I also decided to redo a few nails along the way when they didn't turn out quite right. I think it looked better in my head but I am still really happy with how it turned out.  All in all, it was a day well spent.

I used Emily de Molly stamping plate EDM11 along with "Bo Peep" which is one of my favourite EDM polishes. I also used "Snow Me White" "Unicorn" and "Island Coral" by Sinful Colors. I used the reverse stamping technique. This technique is one that I struggled a lot with when I first tried it but I have been practicing a lot and I think I have worked out a way of doing it that works for me. I would really like to film a tutorial for this technique if I can figure out the best way to demonstrate and explain it  (let me know if it would be something you would be interested in seeing).

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What did you get up to today?

-Bettina

Happy Australia Day!

I hope all my Aussie friends out there are enjoying Australia day! Over the weekend I did three different manis to celebrate.

First up, I have a cute and cuddly little koala. I used Tourist plate 09 by MoYou London which I got via Picture Polish. For the blue background I used my all time favourite blue, "Baby's Got The Blues" by Miss Ashleigh. I am going to need a new bottle of this polish soon because I am almost out, and it is my go to blue! The other polished used are Konad black stamping polish,  "Ingrid" by China Glaze, "Green-wich Village" by O.P.I. and "Cool Grey" by Sinful Colors.

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I also did some nail art inspired by traditional Aboriginal art work. For this mani I used Tourist plate 09 and Explorer plate 05 by MoYou London which I got via Picture Polish. I used Konad black stamping polish,  "Ingrid" by China Glaze, "Cherry Red" by Sally Hansen, "London Eye" by Polished London and "Piccadilly" by Polished London. 

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 Last, but not least, is my favourite. I used Tourist plate 09 by MoYou London which I got via Picture Polish. The polishes I used includ Konad black stamping polish, "Green-wich Village" by O.P.I., and "Piccadilly" by Polished London. 

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Happy Australia Day everyone!

-Bettina

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Valentines Day Nail Art


I am so excited to share some of my nail art for Valentines day using the two duos by Glam Polish. I am in love with Glam Polish, but I hardly ever use them for nail art. I am so glad that I have made the time for these.

The first one that I have is a simple gradient using "Sweet Heart" "Hey Mama" and "Beauty and the Beast" (all by Glam Polish). I even have a tutorial for this one, check it out on YouTube!



I then added "LOVE" over the top of the gradient using the adorable nail vinyls from the Glam Polish duo.

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I had to do another gradient using the two polishes from the Mei Mei's Signatures exclusive duo. Such pretty shades, and they look so good together! These polishes are called "Sweet Heart" and "Can I Love You?"

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I then added a heart using "Forget about Love" and then some stamping using "Beauty and the Beast" and Nailz Craze plate NC02.  I ended up wearing this for a few days and I often caught myself staring at my nails (as usual).

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I hope you like these quick Valentines Day nail art looks!

Tomorrow I will have some Australia Day nail art!

-Bettina



Saturday, 24 January 2015

Exclusive Mei Mei's Signatures Valentines Duo by Glam Polish

An exclusive Valentines shade for Mei Mei's Signatures by Glam Polish with only 30 sets available! I am in love with this duo! Each polish is the perfect soft holographic shade, and they are such a perfect match for nail art! For each of my swatches I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.

"Can I Love You" - an amazing lavender holo with purple glass flecks and silver holo dust.

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"Sweet Heart" - a baby pink holo with pink glass flecks and gold holo glitters.

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With these two shades used some fish scale nail shields by Love Angeline, which I got via Powder Perfect. Such a perfect polish combination. 

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Love, love, love these polishes! This is now available from Mei Mei's Signatures with international shipping available, but remember there are only a very limited number of sets available.

-Bettina




Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Glam Polish Valentines Day Duo

For Valentines Day Glam Polish has come up with this adorable duo. This is only available in very limited quantities, with only 30 sets available! These pretties will be available the 22nd of Jan at 8am from Glam Polish.

This sparkly little duo will also include some cute nail vinyls with a Valentines theme and a Glam Polish lip balm. I've used some of the nail vinyls over the top of my swatches, and I've even used them in some up coming nail art.

The lip balm is amazing. I first tried the lip balms by glam polish when I was reviewing the Christmas gift boxes (which there are still a limited number of these available via Glam Polish). I liked the lip balm back then, but there have been some improvements to the new lip balms that I am very happy with. Firstly it is in a longer thinner tube, not a short and fat one. I like the long slender design better as I always feel that the traditional fat round lip balms are too fat for my lips. The formula was also slightly more solid, as the last lip balm was too soft for my liking and practically fell apart when you went to apply it. The lip balm still smell as amazing as they did last time. They are moisturizing and feel great on. So I give the new lip balms a big thumbs up!


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"Forget About Love" - a pink ultra holo with a crazy amount of sparkle and glitz!

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"Beauty and the Beast" - a lovely bright pink holographic polish with fuchsia shimmer. 

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-Bettina

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Additions to the Fantasia Flakies by Glam Polish

Another two polishes have been added to the four Fantasia Flakies by Glam Polish, this brings us to six amazing multichrome flakie top coats. Each of the six flakie polishes are stunning in their own right. If you want to see my swatches of the first four polishes you can check them out HERE. For these two flakie polishes I layered one coat over an an O.P.I. creme polish with a glossy top coat.

 "Harmony Wind" layered over "Ski Teal We Drop" by O.P.I. This flakie topper shifts between brilliant shades of greens to purples. My base colour choice slightly took away from the shifting colours due to some of the similarity of the colours.

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"Arcana Dark" layered over "I saw... U saw... We saw... Warsaw" by O.P.I. A colourful multichrome shifting between purples, pink, golds, and blue. I try and capture polishes as close to what they really look like in real life, but my favourite thing about these types of polishes is that it changes in every lighting and at every angle.


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I am a little behind in my blogging over the past two weeks. However, I have been busy! I have some swatches of some beautiful polishes coming up as well as some new nail art, including some tutorials! On top of my polish filled life, my personal life has also been busy as I have gotten extra hours at work and I am taking a uni course over the summer. I'm a busy little bee!

-Bettina

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Indie Extravaganza - Part 3

Roll up, Roll up! Come and see the final show! The third and final part of the Indie Extravaganza is finally here! This bring our total to 15 amazing and very limited edition indie polishes all by Aussie indie brands. Part 3 is now available from Powder Perfect. If you're lucky there still might be some of part 1 and 2 available.

"Shining Bright" by Lilypad Lacquer. A super bright orange crelly with flakies and gold and pink shimmer. You might need your sunglasses for this one! For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

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"Show Pony" by Sayuri Nail Lacquer. A girly pink with with fine glitters and shimmer, small matte pink glitters. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. 

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"Cosmic Dust" by Celestial Cosmetics. A dark sky blue linear holographic polish.  I love Celestial's holographic polishes, and this is an amazing polish to represent their brand. An easy two coats plus a glossy top coat for my swatch.

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"Glass Crush" by Arcane Lacquer. A dark teal crelly with a mix of matte and iridescent glitters. This colour seemed to play tricks on my eyes. Some times the colour seemed more like a dark jade green, other times it leaned more to a blue/green teal. It all depended on the lighting. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. 

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"Ringmaster" by Powder Perfect. An intense indigo mirco glitter polish with purple, pink, navy, red, and silver glitters. Now this is a true glitter bomb polish! So much colour and sparkle! For my swatch I used two medium coats plus a glossy top coat to smooth it all out. 

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You can see part 1 HERE and part 2 HERE if you would like to have another look at my swatches of those polishes.

-Bettina