Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Life of Pi Duo by Glam Polish

WOW! Simply wow! This is a limited edition duo by Glam Polish that is exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures. There are only 30 sets available. I am a little late with my blog post about this duo and I know that it has been selling fast, last I read there was only 7 sets available. Do not miss out on these! I am blown away by how amazing they are. The silver is now my new favourite silver and the gold is perfect for Christmas.

"Life is a Story" - a crazy gold glitter with holographic gold glitter and flakies. This one has an amazing rainbow holographic effect in direct sunlight! For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Glimmer Of Hope" - a silver holographic polish with micro glitter and a rainbow of flakies. I was so impressed with the colours in this polish. It is so much more than just a glittery silver polish! 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

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


I decided to make my nails a little bit Christmasy. I did a gradient using the two polishes and some Christmasy glitter placement. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I have so much love for this duo! By far my favourite Glam Polish duo!

-Bettina

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Mysterium Magnum Collection by Powder Perfect

Today I have another beautifully inspired collection by Powder Perfect. This collection is based on legends, imagination, beliefs and inspired by human folklore. The collection is now available from Powder Perfect.

"Faerie" -  delicate pink micro glitters fill this polish. Inspired by the fun loving and playful fair folk. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. Such a super sparkly polish!

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box



"Melusina" - this polish has a variety of colours and different glitters in a deep aqua base. Inspired by the half woman, half fish, water nymph. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat to smooth it all out. I imagine this one would also look good with a matte top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box


"Griffon" - a rich burgundy holo with bright green sparks. Inspired by the mythical creature that is said to have the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. A stunning polish, with just three thin coats and a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box



"Lycanthrope" - a purple/green/blue duochrome holographic polish. Inspired by the lycanthrope, also known as a shapeshifter or werewolf that changes during the full moon. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. This polish has an amazing colour shift at every angel!

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: In light box



"Leviathan" - a navy holographic polish flecked small glitters. Inspired by a gigantic sea monster that lives in the deepest depths of the oceans. I used three coats plus a glossy top coat for my swatch. The extra glitters in this polish gives it such an pretty extra touch. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Inside with flash


"Lorelei" - a purple with flakes in fuchsia and teal. Inspired by a beautiful maiden who was betrayed by her lover and fell to her death. Just three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. An amazing polish, possibly my favourite from the collection.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

I always love the inspiration behind Powder Perfect polishes. Each collection really does transports you to a different time and place with the polishes based on amazing stories and events.

-Bettina

Friday, 12 December 2014

Fool's Gold and Egyptian Nail Art

I brought myself a little treat at the end of last week. I'm considering it an early Christmas to myself. I got some polishes from Picture Polish and some MoYou London stamping plates.

One of the polishes that I got is "Fool's Gold" by The Nailasaurus and Picture Polish. The main reason I brought this polish was because it was a collaboration with one of my nail idols. This polish is a pretty blue with small gold glitters. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I did some advanced stamping over the top of "Fool's Gold" using MoYou London explorer plate 4. I used the image of the Egyptian scarab and spread it out over four nails. I had a rough start with this one but I am so happy with how it turned out. I used Konad black stamping polish and "Golden" by Sally Hansen.

Lighting: In light box

-Bettina

Thursday, 11 December 2014

MUD Ombre Manicure

I was sent some MUD Ombre Manicure kits from The Heat Group to test out. Each duo came in a little box with two polishes, a triangle sponge and sponge applicator. I only used the triangle sponge for my ombres or gradients, as I always have.

The first combination is "Flamingo Funk" and "Grapeified." I started with two thin coats of the lighter colour on all of my nails. Then I added both of the colours to a sponge with the colours over lapping a little bit then sponged the colours on in thin layers allowing for a little bit of drying time in between each layer.  Grapified was more of a jelly polish, rather than a creme, so it required quite a few thin coats for the colours to become nice and bright.


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


The next combination is "Satin Cloud" and "Meet Minty." I wouldn't pair these two polishes together my self because "Satin Cloud" has a pearly/shimmery finish and "Meet Minty" is a cream polish. When doing gradients I like to use polishes that have the same finish or formula. However, these two work quite nicely together.

Lighting: In light box


The last combination is "Poppet" and "Radiant Orchid." Like with all of my gradients I started off with the lighter colour first. I added both of the colours to a sponge with the colours over lapping a little bit then sponged the colours on in thin layers allowing for a little bit of drying time in between each layer. These polishes worked really well together as they were both creme polishes, my favourite types of polishes to use for gradients.

Lighting: In light box


I hope my written explanation makes sense, it is the best way I can describe the process. There are heaps of tutorials on YouTube and there is more than one way of doing it.  You can play around with different methods and do whatever works best for you.

-Bettina

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fantasia Flakies by Glam Polish

From Glam Polish I have the Fantasia Flakies. These are already available and I am sure that many of you would have already seen swatches of these beauties by now. Lucky for me I still had the opportunity to swatch them now that I am back from my month away. These polishes are simply amazing! I was practically drooling over each bottle as I unwrapped them. Each polish has an amazing range of colours. Each of my macro shots is a bottle shot of the polish showing all of the colours.  For each of my swatches I layered a thin coat over an O.P.I creme polish. I love how each swatch turned out. These polishes would look great with any colour, and especially over black.

"Comet Storm" layered over "I Saw... U Saw... We Saw... Warsaw" by O.P.I. This one has mostly purple shades to it with blues, greens, orange, yellow and gold flecks of colour. An absolute rainbow of colour, My favourite of the four.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Dreamscape" layered over "Jade is the New Black" by O.P.I. In the bottle this one looks mostly green, but layering it over a green colour brought out a lot of the gold flakies. It also had red, blue and purple flecks of colour.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Eternity Dragon" layered over "Just a Little Rosti at This" by O.P.I. This one appears to be mostly gold in colour with other subtle flakes of rainbow colour.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Star Shadow" layered over "Ski Teal We Drop" by O.P.I. This one appears to be mostly blue in the bottle with greens, purples, gold, red, and pinks. This one is super pretty. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

I love these polishes and highly recommend them! They are like nothing I have ever used or even see before! These are now available from Glam Polish for $12.95ea.

-Bettina

The Velvet Night Duo Exclusive to MeiMei's Signatures

I am back into swatching and I am so excited! I was having withdrawals from not being able to do my nails as often as I wanted. When I came back to my massive pile of nail mail I opened up the Velvet Night Duo by Powder Perfect, a sparkly duo exclusive to MeiMei's Signatures.

"Stroke of Midnight" - A dark royal purple with holographic glitter and and sparkly flakies. Another amazing purple from Powder Perfect, I don't know what it is about the holo purple polishes that Jacinta makes but they always make me go weak at the knees. For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Fireside Cider" - a sparkling polish with amber micro glitters. A beautiful polish that reminds me of Autumn colours. Also a great polish for a white Christmas and snuggling up by the fire roasting marshmallows and drinking cider. For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

This is now available from MeiMei's Signatures.

-Bettina