Saturday, 31 January 2015

EGYPTOLOGY SERIES Part I - The Lower Kingdom Collection by Powder Perfect

I have had the honor of swatching part one of the Egyptology Series by Powder Perfect. This part of the series is the Lower Kingdom Collection, inspired by the lower kingdom of ancient Egypt. The lower kingdom was known as the "Land or Papyrus." The land was lush and verdant, enriched by the Nile.

All of the polishes in this series consist of microglitters. Each of the polishes applies in two-three coats depending on thickness. For each of my swatches I used three thin coats. The polishes dry fairly quickly but because of the micro glitters they also dry slightly textured. You can choose to leave them without a top coat, but I prefer to use a glossy top coat to result in a smooth glossy finish. Because it is slightly textured they do require a generous amount of top coat, depending on the look that you are going for.

"Bay of Alexandria" – A bright blue/teal shimmering microglitter polish with bright flashes of aqua and green. Inspired by it's name.  Ensconced within its shimmering depths are many artefacts and mysteries!

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Deshret – A deep burgundy purple/red that sparkles. This polish is inspired by the crown of the Lower Kingdom. Ancient Egypt had two crowns; one for each kingdom. The crown of the Lower Kingdom was the Red Crown, the Deshret.

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Inundation – A sparking black with holographic glitters. This polish is inspired by the Nile River and how it blessed Egypt by flooding its banks and depositing rich black silt upon the fields. By doing so it provided fertile ground to grow crops and support the local populace for the coming year.

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“Iteru” The River –  A navy blue with sparkles including green and purple. Another polish inspired by the Nile. The Nile River was Ancient Egypt’s lifeblood, and the Egyptians timed their lives by its floods and relied upon it for many things.

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The Cobra Goddess – A feminine purple with holographic micro glitters. Inspired by Wadjet the Cobra Goddess and protector of  Lower Egypt. She was credited with planting the first papyrus plant in Egypt.

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These polishes will be available from tomorrow (1st of February) from Powder Perfect.

Check out some more swatches of these polishes by the Nail Polish Project.

-Bettina

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