Thursday, May 31, 2012

Designer Thusday: Print Nail Art

manning cartell 2012 inspired nail art

As I will have a little bit more time this summer, I decided to do something fun. I love all kinds of prints, so I thought it would be interesting to try recreating some of them from the various runways shows and designer collections.

For my first nail art I have chosen the print from 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by Australian designer Manning Cartell. I really liked how turquoise stripe is added to traditional black and white combination.

I used:
- A-England Galahad;
- Nails Inc. Black Taxi;
- NYC 134;

Overall, I like how it turned out. I should probably have used special Black nail polish for konading, because this one is not opaque enough. But it shows only on the pictures, in natural light it’s almost unnoticeable.

designer inspired manicure nail art

designer print nail art

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Magnetique Grey Magnetic Nail Polish

The name of this post speaks for itself – I have no idea what brand it is and what is the name of the color. Nevertheless, this magnetic polish is quite unique and magnificent!

Simple grey metallic magnetic polish in the bottle it looks completely different on the nails. Gorgeous purple base is revealed when the magnet is applied. It’s quite unexpected, because the in the bottle polish barely has any trace of purple.

magnetique grey magnetic nail polish

magnetique grey magnetic nail polish swatches and review

magnetique grey magnetic nail polish swatches

magnetique grey magnetic nail polish

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Priti NYC Day Flower

Day Flower is a nail polish from the Priti NYC Turkish Sorbet collection. It’s a light lavender cream.

The application and formula of the nail polish is flawless. It is pigmented and non-streaky, but I would recommend using 2 coats anyways.

priti nyc day flower Turkish sorbet swatches and review

priti nyc day flower nail polish swatches

Monday, May 28, 2012

Nerd Lacquer It’s just a Flesh Wound

My obsession with Nerd Lacquer started from this nail polish. I fell in love with Don’t Blink and Event Horizon, but not enough to make the first purchase. It’s Just a Flesh Wound mesmerized me so much that I just had to get it. Unfortunately, from the entire order this is the only one that broke
L I was able to collect some of the polish in a mini bottle, but I think it will be enough for some time.

Nerd Lacquer It’s just a Flesh Wound is a black base with silver and red glitter of different sizes. The base is not sheer; it is more on opaque side, so the silver glitter appears slightly muted. For the effect you will see on the pictures I used 2 coats without a top coat.

nerd lacquer it's just a flesh wound

nerd lacquer it's just a flesh wound swatches and review

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover Review

sephora instant nail polish remover
I’m usually quite skeptical about the unrealistic promises of the companies to solve all you problems at once.
As you might suspect, I use a lot of the nail polish remover and usually I buy something like Sally Hansen in drug stores. I also have some more expensive brands like Scotch Naturals that do pretty much the same job, but for the higher price.

Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover was among my birthday presents. I wouldn’t buy it myself, only because I never thought it would be something special or even different from the other nail polish removers on the market. 

I opened it, and it looks weird: piece of black foam with a hole in the middle. It made me even more skeptical.

sephora instant nail polish remover review

I probably should not keep you waiting and tell you:
It's MAGIC!!!!!

I love glitter nail polishes, but neither of the methods of their removal (foil, wet nail polish on top, etc.) worked well for me. With this product most stubborn glitter manicure is removed in less than 2 minutes.

1. I used a micro-glitter nail polish to show you how it works. You basically put your finger in the hole and wait for couple of seconds. I waited around 5 seconds, not more.

sephora instant nail polish remover reviews and photos
2. Surprise!!! Nail polish dissolved. I tried it with many nail polishes. Of course, cremes and jelly polishes without glitter disappear literally in a second. Glitters are more stubborn, but it still much better than all the painful time consuming methods of glitter removal.

sephora instant nail polish remover

3. Here you go. If you have "super-stubborn" glitter, a little bit of it will stay near the cuticles, but it is easily removable.

sephora instant nail polish remover review

If you are intrigued enough to try Sephora nail polish remover you can check it out here. It retails for $9,50. It is on the pricier side and I don’t know how long it will last. I used it around 10-15 times with different kinds of nail polish textures and it works perfectly.

Here is the description form the Sephora website:

What it is formulated to do:
For even the most hard-to-remove nail polish, this nail polish remover effortlessly takes off lacquers. Inside the bottle, pre-moistened pleated foam eliminates the need for cotton balls. Its convenient size is perfect for travel and can be used without cotton pads.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Aqua Daisy Succulent

Today I have a new Indie brand to show you, Aqua Daisy. You might have read about it before, but I just discovered it 

I ordered a mini version of the polish, because I did not know what to expect. Besides, I like the idea of mini polishes: you can try new stuff; the storage is easier and more efficient.

Succulent is a baby blue crème with fuchsia glitter. It is described as mint on Etsy, but too me it’s blue or at least combination of these two colors.

The formula is nice, application is non-streaky. The polish is on a thinner side, but it’s still opaque, so 2 coats are enough for the flawless effect. 

aqua daisy succulent

aqua daisy succulent swatches and review

aqua daisy succulent nail polish swatch

You can buy AquaDaisy on Etsy here. Mini bottle costs $4.50 and the full-sized nail polish is $8.00.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nails Inc. Spitafields with Fishnet Magnet

I couldn’t pass by this nail polish, mostly because of the new fishnet magnet.

Spitafields is a metallic green magnetic nail polish. Nothing very special in particular for me personally. A lot of the brands came up with the more diverse color palette for magnetic polishes than Nails Inc. On the other hand, the quality of Nails Inc. magnetic polishes is superb. The application doesn’t require dark base, because the polish itself is opaque enough. 1 coat is all you need to get this effect.

Fishnet magnet is super cool, I haven’t seen similar patterns in any other magnetic polish collections. It is also surprisingly easy to work with. It is a little hard to photograph and in reality the effect looks much prettier and more defined than in these pictures.

nails inc. spitafields fishnet magnet swatches and review

nails inc. spitafields with fishnet manget nail polsih swatch

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chanel June Swatches and Review

Hi Ladies,

After looking for the close dupes of Chanel June I wasn’t able to find anything that in my opinion was similar. When you have more than 400 nail polishes, you become very picky in even subtle shade differences. Maybe it’s just my stubborn Taurus personality that makes me obsessed with one particular thing.

Chanel June is a light peach crème with a slight touch of coral. The formula is between jelly and crème. It is a little sheer, that’s why I used 3 coats. Other than that, application is good as always. The brush in this polish is narrow for me, but it is still easy to work with.

chanel june swatches and review

chanel june nail polish swatches

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A-England Galahad

Galahad is my first A-England crème. I’m an absolute sucker for everything turquoise and teal, so I decided to get it.
A-England Galahad is a perfect turquoise crème nail polish. The formula is absolutely flawless. It’s on the thicker side without actually being thick and hard to apply. Galahad is opaque and 1 coat is enough, but I used 2 coats. It dries fast and the polish perfectly covers all imperfections like ridges, etc.

What can I say, Adina, A-England creator, surprises me again and again. I can’t wait to see her future collections.

a-england galahad nail polish

a-england galahad swatches and review

a-england galahad nail polish swatch

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nerd Lacquer Beggar’s Canyon

I’m so upset that Nerd Lacquer disappeared from Etsy and no one heard anything from her lately. I hope she is fine and will return to the nail polish world sooner or later. 

Beggar’s Canyon is a golden beige nail polish with a touch of mustard. It has golden, copper and violet glitter of different sizes and shapes.

This nail polish is on the classier side. Beggar’s Canyon is hard to photograph; it changes color from subtle sand beige to slightly shimmery golden beige. The application is great as always. I used 2 coats without any base color.

nerd lacquer beggar's canyon swatches and review

nerd lacquer beggar's canyon

Monday, May 21, 2012

Striped Manicure

Hi Guys,
Sorry for being out of touch for the entire week. My final exams were much more stressful than I expected.

Striped manicure is yet another simple nail art with striping tape. This time I used orange tape and Butter London Minger as a base.

stripping tape manicure butter london minger

stripe manicure and nail art

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hourglass Triangle Manicure

Today I’m showing you my small experiment with the triangle design incorporating crackle polish.

I used:
- L’oreal Night Owl
- Sally Hansen Antique Gold crackle polish

I’m not extremely excited about how it turned out. It was quite hard to make SH crackle nicely and uniformly. I think if I used a regular crème polish it would look better.

What do you think, girls?

hourglass triangle nail art

hourglass triangle manicure with crackle nail polish

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Revlon Sorbet

Revlon Sorbet is a medium orange jelly. The fact that the texture is jelly makes it a little sheer and less neon. It’s a nice polish for summer. I especially like to use such bright colors on my toes J.

The formula is nice: it is not thick like many jelly polishes, but not runny as well. It dries extremely fast even without a top coat. I used 2 coats, but on some nails I still could see some sheer spots. The application is not streaky though.

revlon sorbet nail polish swatch

revlon sorbet nail polish swatches and review

Friday, May 11, 2012

Priti NYC Lambstail Cactus and Black Holo Comparison

Lambstail Cactus is a brown-black linear holographic nail polish. It looks brown indoors and almost black under natural sunlight. It has lots of gold shimmer that makes it different from the other dark holographic nail polishes on the market.

priti nyc lambstail cactus swatches and review
priti nyc lambstail cactus swatches
priti nyc lambstail cactus nail polish swatches

I thought it would be useful to compare Lambstail Cactus with some of the similar nail polishes I already have:

-  OPI My Private Jet, 
- Color Club Revvvolution,
- Golden Rose 118.

As you can see on the photos below, Priti NYC Lambstail Cactus is a pretty good dupe for My Private Jet. The only difference is that My Private Jet has multi-colored Holographic effect and Lambstail Cactus is on the warmer golden side. Revvvolution and GR118 are definitely blacker. But on the other hand, comparison in the direct sunlight doesn’t show that much difference between these four nail polishes.

Priti NYC Lambstail cactus, OPI my private jet, Color club revvvolution and golden rose 118

Priti NYC Lambstail cactus, OPI my private jet, Color club revvvolution and golden rose 118phic polish comparison

Priti NYC Lambstail cactus, OPI my private jet, Color club revvvolution and golden rose 118 dupe alert comparison

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Girly Bits Into the Night

Into the Night is a beautiful black jelly base with tons of small holographic glitter. It a very sparkle with blue, yellow, pink colors. It reminds me of the colorful Hubble photos of distant stars.

The application is very smooth. As I mentioned, it is a jelly and it’s a little sheer, so if you would like to get an opaque finish, I would recommend using any black nail polish beneath it.
I applied 3 coats and did not use any additional base color.

girly bits into the night

girly bits into the night swatches and review

girly bits into the night nail polish swatches

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lynnderella Nosegay

Lynnderella Nosegay is sheer subtle lavender base with lots of bright purple square and hex glitters. It is perfect for layering with other shades, because the base is almost transparent. Nosegay also has some shimmer that helps to smooth the entire look.

I used OPI Por Le Vous OPI as a base.

lynnderella nosegay nail polish

lynnderella nosegay swatches and review

lynnderella nosegay swatches

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Priti NYC Horned Poppy

Once in a while I come across an amazing Priti NYC deal on Ideeli that I can’t resist. So, I stocked up on some nice polishes from the Turkish Sorbet Spring 2012 Collection.

Horned Poppy is a light yellow crème with a very subtle golden shimmer.
Usually I try to avoid very light crèmes and try to go for the jelly base, but the formula of Horned Poppy is very good. It doesn’t leave ugly edges near cuticles and applies smoothly.

priti nyc horned poppy nail polish

priti nyc horned poppy nail polish swatches and review

priti nyc horned poppy Turkish sorbet collection swatch

priti nyc horned poppy swatches