Thursday, 23 October 2014

PrettyPots Has Nailed The Jelly Polish!

Be still my beating heart! Oh, how I do love a good jelly polish! PrettyPots has nailed it with these two new glitter jelly polishes. Simply flawless. I'll let the swatches speak for themselves...

"Galactrix" - a deep blue jelly base with tiny silver glitter and a mix of blue and silver dots and square, and even star glitter! I do love star glitter! I used three thin coats for my swatch and topped it off with a glossy top coat, then a matte top coat. It has incredible depth and it just so mesmerizing, I could stare at it all day!

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"Awestruck" - a deep purple base with a rainbow of glitter. This one also has a lot of depth. For my swatch I used three thin coats. This one applied really well in thin coats and built up quickly. I topped it off with a glossy top coat and then a matte top coat. Love matte jelly polishes. So super pretty!

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Both of these stunners are now available at the PrettyPots shop. I highly recommend these two, I just love them so much! I really can't fault these polishes. It might be time to start that Christmas wish list.

-Bettina


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Iridescent Nails Bridal Collection

A new and delicate collection from Iridescent Nails. This is the first bridal collection that I have swatched, and I can say that I am very impressed. All of the polishes are super sheer, but it really works. I have found that some times sheer polishes just miss the mark, but I really like these polishes. The formula and colour combinations are all pretty and delicate, perfect for a wedding.

"Diamonds"- a glistening, pearly, shimmering white polish. Absolutely beautiful and delicate, perfect for a wedding or even something subtle for everyday wear. For my swatch I used three thin coats. There was still a slight visible nail line, but that is to be expected with sheer polishes.

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I added some soft rose decals from the Born Pretty Store over the top of this polish and I love the final look!

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"Catch the Bouquet" - a super sheer pink. In the bottle it looks a lot brighter, but it is super delicate and it applies like silk! For my swatch I used three thin coats. I was expecting more of a visible nail line, but the polish blurred it quite well.

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"Meet Me At The Altar" - a very sheer nude with a subtle shimmer. I love this one so much. I used three thin coats for my swatch. It almost seemed as if I wasn't wearing any polish, so perfect and delicate.

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"Champagne Kisses" - a nude with a golden shimmer. Another breath taking polish. For my swatch I used three thin coats and it covered my visible nail line quite well.

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I added some pearls for a bit of a bridal finish. I am pretty much convinced that these polishes would go with anything, and they are perfect for some soft bridal nail art designs. 

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These beautiful polishes will be available from Thursday 9pm at Iridescent Nails.

-Bettina

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hand Cream and Cuticle Oil by Iridescent Nails

I was sent a hand cream and cuticle oil to review (along with the new collection - swatches soon) by Iridescent Nails. My nails have been in need of some TLC so this package came at a good time to review.


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The cuticle oil was much like any other indie cuticle oil that I have used. It was long lasting and moisturizing. It is made up of all natural ingredients including avocado oil, almond oil, apricot oil, and vitamin e oil. In order to keep the ingredients pure and natural this oil has been left without added fragrance. The only big down side to this was that I really didn't like the smell. Despite all the swatching I have been doing recently my nails are in quite good condition. I love applying a cuticle oil, like this one, after a long day of swatching and letting it soak in, I love the benefits of vitamin e. 

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The hand cream (unlike the cuticle oil) smelled absolutely divine. I got the French Vanilla scent, and I love it! This one is also made of all natural plan based ingredients including the scents, so it is suitable for sensitive skin. The formula was also really nice. It was smooth and silky. It absorbed quite nicely and still left a faint scent. I often applied this before I went to bed so that it could all soak in during the night. I swear there was still a sweet, faint smell on my hands in the morning. 

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Both of these products, as well as polishes, are all available from Iridescent Nails. Out of these two products I recommend the hand cream. I haven't tried the other scents, but I imagine that they would smell just as nice as the French Vanilla.

-Bettina

Ulta3 Watercolour Nail Art

I arrived home from work on Friday afternoon to find a surprise blogger package from Ulta3. To my delight I received the new watercolour nail art collection. These are similar to the Sheer Tints that O.P.I came out with a few months back.  The cute little set included "Lily White" as the base colour, then four watercolour polishes, Cello Yellow, Seeing Red, Peek-A-Boo-Purple, Marine Blue. I was super impressed at the formula of these polishes. They all applied beautifully and have a very watercolour like application and effect.

First I just played a simple test of the application with "Marine Blue" over the entire nail and then "Peek-A-Book-Purple" down the middle of my nail. The colours blended really well, maybe a little too well. The blue and purple transition was more visible in real life.

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All the colours! I just went crazy with a dotting tool. I tested out how well the colours overlapped as well as the opacity. They are super sheer by layer fairly well.

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I love these polishes. I actually liked them more than the Sheer Tints by O.P.I.. I found that the O.P.I. shades were a bit thick and gluggy, but these shades by Ulta3 are perfect!

-Bettina

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Welcome to Storybrooke Collection by Glam Polish

Glam Polish has just released another sparkly collection. This collection is inspired by the T.V. series Once Upon A Time. There are six holographic polishes and three multichrome holographic polishes that make up this collection. 

First up is the holographic polishes. Each polish has a fantastic formula. For the darker shades I only had to use two thin coats. For the slightly lighter shades I used three thin coats for maximum opacity. In the sunlight each of the polishes is blindingly sparkly. In the shade they are still sparkly but they also shift colours slightly depending on the lighting. 

"Red Handed" - A redish pink holo with plenty of shimmer.

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"Into The Deep" - An azure shifting and shimmering holo.

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"Second Star to the Right" - An indigo holo with red/violet/blue glass flecks. 

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"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" - A deep plum holo with a strong shimmer. I don't know what it is about this shade of purple, but it makes my heart skip a beat. 

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"Desperate Souls" - An eggplant holo with shimmer.

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"A Land Without Magic" - An emerald green holo with iridescent micro glitter and shimmers. 

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That was the holographic shades, so now onto the holographic multichromes. I've never swatched anything like this before. I've done holos and multichromes but never both in the same polish! These are truly amazing polishes. In the sunlight is polish is crazy holo with a dominate colour. Depending on the lighting (such as shade or indoor lighting) you can see more of the shifting colours. For my swatches I have photos in direct sunlight to show off the holo awesomeness. I also have photos in my light box. These photos show more of the shifting colours. I also used water droplets as water bends light and can show the colour shift around the droplets. 


"The Thing You Love Most" - A mulitchrome holo that shifts between violet, red, gold, and orange. 

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"Hat Trick" - Holo multichrome that shifts from copper to red, pink, and violet. My personal favourite from this collection.

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"Selfless, Brave & True" - A holo multichrome that shifts from cyan, purple, red, orange. 

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I hope I was able to do these polishes justice, because they really are amazing. I highly recommend checking out ErinZi's Nails as she has perfected the art of capturing holo multichromes.

This collection is now available from Glam Polish with shipping to Australia and America.

-Bettina