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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Lush Lacquer "Birthday cake"

Good evening,
So, as I said I have been trying to go through my untrieds lately. The progress has slowed down but its still ongoing. I mentioned that I was making a rule that I had to try at least 5 untrieds before being allowed to buy a new polish. Yea, that was a major fail. I think I have a problem, but boy is it a fun one! But as I was going through my stash I found one of the first indies I ever bought. "Floam" is the first one I bought but got it from a third party. This was my first indie purchase from an indie company. I got this and "lite bright" another pretty. So, technically not an untried, but I have only used it once and its a shame because it is just so lovely. It started my love of these polishes. Base color with a bunch of glitter:) I have put it on the blog but that was back before I was using my camera. I was using my webcam and the quality of pictures are just not that great so, I wanted to show better pics and, of course, wear it again. So, on that note, have a look at Birthday cake. Oh and I know I always have some excuse but I had done a bit of swatching the day I put it on so you will see that my cuticles are really dry. I took pictures on the day I put it on. You will know because it will not have a great clean up job and the dry cuticles and I took some tonight as well, inside. But , anyhow, lets have a look:)

lush lacquer "Birthday cake: "As described as Lush lacquer themselves on Etsy "Birthday Cake" is a creamy white base with a mixture of confetti glitter... pink, orange, gold , blue, green and purple iridescent small glitters are used throughout. It also has the same colors in bar strips. We added holographic silver hex glitters to make it sparkle. This polish combination is so beautiful on and yummy like frosting. It looks great alone with 2 to 3 coats and has a smooth finish. Please apply a thick top coat to seal in the glitter and allow for an even smoother finish! Happy Polishing!!! :0) When I first got into the whole polish community online, I didnt even know what "indies" where but I then saw swatches. My whole life changed. I then went and looked at "lush lacquer's etsy page and fell in love. Anyhow, this is why...

Macro shot of bottle.

Now, I don't want to start any problems but, when I got my bottle, it was not full and polish was all over the cap. Some had probably spilled during the shipping. I blame it on the weather since at the time it was summer and a hot one at that. I did contact the seller and she asked for pictures. I thought I had sent some but, I am so computer illiterate, what I thought I had sent didn't go through, so it was my fault. She did respond and it was my fault I was not able to provide a picture. my other bottle, lite bright, came without any issues. Anyway  I LOVE this polish. It is just so pretty and colorful and just perfect. It is exactly what I wanted and when I got it, I was so happy. So, here are some pictures. As I said, dry cuticles and not the best clean up but, please, just pay attention to the important part, the polish!!!! :)

So , here it is in sunlight. As you can see, it is just a perfect, creamy white base, packed with all that glitter. I love it! Just love it! In the sunlight, as in these pictures, it is exactly as it looks.

So, these pictures, were taken inside, with not the best lighting. As you can see, they look a lot more on the yellow side then the white side. Which is why....

......For these pictures on here, I do have a base coat of Essie "Allure" it is a very, very light white base. It is even more light then "Marshmallow" is. I actually got it to do jelly mani's and it is the perfect sheer polish. With two coats of "allure" it added the perfect light, white base for this polish. "Allure" is so subtle that, without it, it really would not have made much of a difference. But I am wearing 3-4 coats of "birthday cake" so that there is no "VNL". So, "allure" really did help, as would the darker(albeit, not by much at all) "marshmallow", but these polishes are so subtle that without them, I don't think it would make much of a difference. As I said, this is 3-4 coats, depending on how it looked and a thick coat of "seche vite" 

I just love this polish. Jelly's are my fav mani's at the moment but I wouldn't call this a "jelly" This is more a white base just packed with glitter. "Birthday cake" is the perfect name for this polish because just looking at it wakes up my sweet tooth. It reminds me of frosting so much. As I am doing this post, I have cookies baking in the oven and it just seems so fitting! This polish just absolutely reminds me and makes me want "birthday cake" This is exactly how most frosting looks like. White frosting with colorful candy!

This picture is taken inside. The white is more subtle but you still get the Birthday cake "frosting" affect.

So, what do you guys think of this polish? Does it make you crave sweets or at least remind you of cake?? I love this polish so much. May be because it was my first indie, but even if I had just bought this today, I would love it! So, take a trip down memory lane. What was the first indie you ever bought? First order you did by yourself? What was the first one you got from a third party? Perhaps because you had to since it was no longer available ? What is your polish that started it all for you? I am curious! And, what do you guys think of this one? I know there are a lot of dupes out there but this is still my fav! Hope you guys enjoyed my depicter and hope to hear from you guys.

PS,: Some of my post my no longer have pictures. If you noticed, it is because, as you know, I am computer illiterate and I have been using "photobucket" for my pictures since I am at my limit with my blog's page and I was at my limit  on "photobucket" so, smart old me, decided to delete some pictures to make some room. But, I know now that deleting pictures from there means it will also be deleted from your blog. Which means, I have to go back and see what pics need to be added and whatnot. I just have not gotten to that yet, but just wanted you guys to know what is going on!
Anyhow, hope you liked this post and hope to hear from you guys! I don't have many ppl , I think who actually stop and read and have a look at my blog. My work is not that special, I know, but please, if you did stop by and look, please let me know!  It makes me feel happy if I know at least one person sees my post:)L::) 

                                                                till next time,  

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Emily De Molly "Majestic flight"

Hello, hello,
                   Well tonight I have for you guys an indie named "Emily De Molly". This is my first time trying this one out. I actually got it from a swap with a wonderful lady over at my favourite  facebook page
"show me your top coats". I have to be honest with you, I had never even heard of this brand. Once I got this one, I did go on to their etsy page to see all their polishes and they have many beauties. Today, I have "Majestic flight" to show you. So, now that I have it on, it is a gorgeous, beautiful blue, jelly sandwich. I love it! I am so happy I decided to do a swap for this polish. But I must say, this is the third time I try to wear it. The first two times, I would start to apply it and it was just a mess. Which leads me to say, I love this polish, it is gorgeous once you have it on, however, it is one of the hardest applications I have ever had to deal with. The first coat is sheer. Just so sheer and as you apply it, it just goes on watery and it is a mess. Then the second coat helps a bit, but it is still watery and it is just very hard to work with. I had to put on five, thick coats. Of course, as you all know, I hate VNL and with the first, at least three, you will still see some VNL. Not as much as the first or second. The first two, its hard to see anything but a bit of polish. Then with the third coat, you have to start working with the glitter, The first two coats are really just to get a color on your nails but you do get a glitter or two. This is, in the end, what makes it, in my opinion, be such a gorgeous jelly sammich. So , I applied the first two coats. I did not worry about glitter. I really just wanted to get color on the nail. With two coats, there was a lot of VNL, but it also had some glitter. The third coat seals in the first layer of glitter and starts off your jelly sammich. However, it still has VNL. so, I added one more coat, to get it opaque, and if glitter appeared, all the better. The fourth coat, ,made it opaque but the tips were still light. It is the fifth coat that added the last pieces of glitter and added the last top coat that made it look like the perfect jelly sammich. So as I said, it was a hard application to work with. It took five coats to get no VNL and even then, the tips were still a bit on the light side. I did not need a toothpick to get the glitter out, which is a good thing, but you do have to dip and get a few extra stokes here and there to get some extra glitter. Anyhow, the point is, the pictures I am about to show are five coats. That is what it took to have no VNL and it is followed by a thick coat of Seche vite. I love the end result of this polish. It is just a perfect looking jelly sammich. Not anything I would be able to do on my own. The application was really difficult, I must admit, but it is worth it. I would definitely wear this again. Anyhow, you tell me what you think. Would you put up with a real difficult application to end up with these results??? Here are the pictures but first

Emily De Molly "Majestic flight": a jelly blue/green base with green, orange, blue, copper and purple pieces of glitter. Very sheer with the first coat. Opaque at the third coat but if you like to have no VNL, five coats is what did it for me.

Look at all those colors...

 OK ,so as I said, this is five coats. But if you look closely, you can see I got light handed on my nails when I got close to the cuticles, so as you can see, it is a bit lighter there. So that is what three coats would be like. Quite a bit more on the sheer side.

So, whereas the application was hard to work with, it is the extra added layers that makes it a perfect jelly. Look closely at the pictures and you see how the glitters are under a coat of polish. some are easier to see then other. Some came out on the first coat, some on the fourth. That is what, in my opinion makes this the perfect jelly. Different layers of glitter all over.

Please don't mind the lack of clean up. I actually did do a clean up job, but it is not until you take a close up picture that you notice the little things. As I have said many times, I am no perfectionist  This is not my job. This is all done for my love of polish and sharing things with you guys. I agree, it should be nicer and by adding these pictures, I learn to do a better job!

If that is not jelly perfect goodness, I would like to know what is. As I said, application was tough and it took five coats, but I believe that is what made it such a gorgeous jelly. You can see the different layers of glitter. Some have more polish on top then others. I just love it all..

Here's a close up. As I said, I just hate VNL, so I wasn't happy until five coats, but as I said, right at the base, between my nail and cuticle, that is what three coats looks like. Still a jelly sammich ,just less opaque as my five coats.

See, even with five coats, you can see the tips are not as opaque as the rest of the nail. So yes, it was five coats, but on tips and sides, I did have to add extra. I also always do the free edge for extra wear.

So, there we have it. As I said, I did not know this brand when I got it so I looked it up. I must say again, go see their etsy shop. They have so many pretties. Yes, this was, as I said, very difficult to work with. This was my third try and I made myself keep working through it. I am glad I did because it really was worth it. It is odd, it was one of the hardest applications I have ever dealt with but one of my favourite indies  ever. I am, as you know, in love with jelly manis right now and this was beyond the perfect jelly in a bottle. So, it may just be me, wanting no VNL and having to add more layers that made it harder. I have heard that the other polishes are not as hard to work with. I will be making another order soon so I can tell you my opinion for myself. They all look so gorgeous, I am excited to try them. But for now, this is what I have. So, what do you guys think of it? Do you like it? Have you ever had a polish that was really hard to work with? One that you gave up the first couple of times but when you finally gave it your full attention, it was hard but so worth it? What do you guys think of this one? Are you with me in not liking VNL? Would you have stopped at three coats? Do you own any "Emily De Molly" polishes? If so I am very curious to know if they were hard to work with or what?? Please let me know. I love hearing from you guys! Apart from that, hope you liked my post and pictures and will talk to you again soon.:)

Monday, 14 January 2013

A-England "Holy grail" and Revlon "celestial fx"

Good evening all,
How is everyone doing? Hope the new year is treating you all right so far. I've been busy but never too busy to do my nails. I have so many untried polishes, I have been going through them lately. I have still been getting more new ones, more then I need but at least I am making headway on those ones. Tonight I have a mani that I had planned to do for New years eve but never did do it. I must warn before you continue, if you are one of those people who cant stand seeing pictures when the clean up job is not perfect, stop right here. There was not much clean up done. I was really one the fence with this mani. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. But a few people asked to see it so, I took pictures. Here is what I wore.

A-England "holy grail" old version: I have had this polish for a long time and I am actually surprised I never wore it earlier. I am not a big lover of gold polish and must admit I more got this because of the name "Holy grail" . Those who get it will have already got it:) Do you ever do that? Get a polish because of the name? Or because it is part of a collection or LE or etc. ..  I am bad for that! Anyhow, it turned out to be quite a nice surprise and I actually liked it.
It is a stunning metallic, warm gold, with bronze shimmer throughout it. The first coat is very sheer and shows VNL, but with three coats, its fine. Here is "Holy grail" alone.

Then I put "celestial fx" on top of it.
Revlon's "Celestial fx" is a clear based polish filled with tiny holo silver glitters and bigger moons, stars and diamonds suspended in it.. I found it a bit hard to work with. With the brush, you get the tiny glitters easily but the big pieces, especially the stars are hard to get. I had to use a toothpick to get them out. I used a thick coat of Seche vite on top so that the glitters would not have a lift. Without a top coat, I am sure there would be some.

So now, lets see how they look together. As I said, I am on the fence with this mani. Not too sure if I like it. Obviously it can be worn over any color of your choice. I saw it over black and it fit perfectly. I am just not too sure gold was the right color. Also, as I said, it is not the best clean up job. You have been warned! On to the pictures:)

I really do love all the shapes and the way the shine, especially in the sun. Look at that star on my ring finger, right at the tip. See the rainbow?
<You Can see the tiny glitters I mentioned especially on the middle finger in this one.

As you can see, the bottle is not lacking in glitter. The diamond shapes come out on almost every dip. Its just the stars I had a real problem grabbing but nothing a toothpick cant fix.

Here it is with no light.

So, there we have it. What do you guys think of this combo? Do you like it? What color would you wear it with? I think it would be great over a dark blue or purple. The showcase that holds the polish shows it over a blue that Revlon is selling in this collection. They also have a bottle with gold hearts in it. Perfect for Valentine coming up. I just love star shapes. Always have, so I do like the polish. I just was not crazy about the combo. Hope you guys liked the pictures and hope to hear your opinions. I am curious to find out if more people liked this or more hated it. SO let me know. Thanks:)

Friday, 4 January 2013

OPI "black onyx" with Essie's "Leading lady" and NOPI "OMB" with NOPI "a golds winter night" accent nail


Well, its been awhile. I have been so busy this month with the holidays and whatnot, time went by so fast. Can you believe its already 2013??!?!?! Where has the time gone?? I hope everyone had a great holiday season and I wish everyone the best for the new year. One of my resolutions is to blog more often and to get through all, or at least some, of my untrieds. I have so many. I got so much polish this last month through swaps and gifts and such, I have enough untrieds to last a very long time. I know a lot of girls who have started a no-buy. I don't think I would be successful at that. Any store I walk into, the first place I go to is the polish section. And if there's a good deal going on, I just can't pass it up. But I should tell myself something like for every 5 untrieds I use, I can get a new polish. Would get me motivated:):) Anyhow, today I want to share with you guys what I wore during Christmas:) I am no good at nail art and tried to do some stuff but at the end I went with something simple but pretty.

What I wore: (in order of picture below)

Essie "leading lady":  A deep red wine color for its base packed with micro red and fuchsia glitter. A perfect jelly in a bottle, two coats does the job but don't forget the top coat to get rid of the gritty look.

NOPI:" A gold winters night" From the Kardashian  Kolors Holiday 2012 collection, best used, in my opinion, on top of another opaque color because it is a very sheer polish. Its a gold base with gold and aqua bar glitter and some small pink glitter as well. It is pretty alone, I just dont like VNL .

NOPI:"OMB!" From the "Bieber" collection, I have been waiting to try this because I knew it was perfect for the holidays. Its a  bright magenta based red "foil" polish with a hint of gold shimmer. Also has tiny glass flecked glitter throughout.

OPI "black Onyx": opaque, black creme polish with a shiny finish. It is my "go to" black polish. With 2 coats, it is the perfect black. I LOVE it:) It is a perfect base for glitter, which you will see is what I did with it.

What I did was mainly a black mani with "Leading lady" on top and then I used "OMB" on an accent nail topped with " A gold winters night". I LOVED how "leading lady" just popped on top of black. I wore it for Christmas but its a combo that's good for any time. Anyhow, lets see how it looked!

See what I mean by how great it looks over black? It looks like its one polish. Not like it normally looks when you add glitter as a top coat.

You can really see the bar glitter of "A gold winters night" in this pic:)

And this one. When you use it alone, it almost reminds me of hay. I think I will try it over black next time or maybe white:)

Does it look like a jelly to you? The black and red? I think it kind of does....

UGH!!!! Of course, there's a chip on my index finger and of course I only see it when I am looking at the pictures. And then, its the ONLY thing I see. Sorry guys...

And lastly, I know this has way too much light but I find it looks cool. With the light on it like this, you really see it look like a jelly.

So there we have it:) That's what I wore for Christmas. What did you guys wear? DO you think it looks like a jelly matched together? I wish I was better at nail art or could finally get the hang of stamping! I finally got my XL stamper in the mail so I will be giving it another try and hopefully have a pretty stamped mani to show you guys soon. I will be showing what I wore for NYE next post, probably:) I have so many pictures from the past month. Taking pictures of each mani, I have a lot of blogging to do. As I said, its one of my resolutions to blog more often. Along with the normal ones. Lose weight, exercise more and quit smoking!!! But I have already failed on the latter. Doesn't mean I can't try again, right? What are some of your resolutions? Would love to hear what they are and see if any of us actually keep up with them. 4/5 people don't keep their resolutions. Sad, isn't it. Lets try to not be one of those people. Well, hope you guys enjoyed my post and will be back soon. Love to hear from all of you so comment away:) And again, HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL!!!