Neon French Nails


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Hi everyone. The mani I have to show you today was actually requested by my husband. He is a huge fan of french manicures and has always wanted me to do one. In all my time doing nails I’ve only done one french mani, so I decided to indulge him. I tried to discuss details with him, but being a dude, it was like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. Eventually I asked him if he wanted a traditional french or something funky and he said funky. Let me show you what I came up with.Neon French NailsNeon French NailsNeon French NailsNeon French Nails

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Sure Thing (gift) on my index, middle and pinkie nails. I really love this white. I actually think it’s my favourite white in my collection. It self levels really well and is very opaque. The formula is easy to work with and dry time is pretty standard. On my ring nail I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Neon & On & On. Oooooh I love me a good neon. The formula on this neon is tricky and not so easy to work with. The polish dries very fast, so it’s easy to drag if you go over the same spot more than once. It sure is beautiful though, right? Once my polish was dry I used french nail guides I purchased from bornprettystore to tape off the tips of my nails. I was actually shaking the entire time I was doing this. I’m not sure if it was because I was hungry or nervous that I was going to mess it up. I alternated the colours on my tips, painting over the guides and immediately removing them when I was done painting, one nail at a time. It still felt like it was missing something, so I added the heart rhinestone to my accent nail. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

Although french manis aren’t really my vibe, I really loved how this turned out. Perhaps because, NEON 😀 So I showed them to my husband and he just sort of grunted his “approval” and then went into how we had discussed other options for the french and that he wasn’t sure why I went ahead and did my own thing. I think I may have done so because at some point he had said “Just do whatever you want” when he was tired of discussing nails with me LOL. As you can see above, once again in my lightbox the camera was completely freaked out by the neon, the shot in the sun is colour accurate. I am also not sure why my skin looks so dark in the lightbox pictures. You win some, you lose some. I was totally going to post this as a Valentine’s mani, but life got away from me.

Do you like french manicures? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below.

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I Won an Award O.o

Out of the blue I received a call from a colleague in another department. She wanted to know if I had agreed to attend the event in Johannesburg.  I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about. She was a bit surprised that I was completely unaware that I was invited to go. Flights were to depart 2 days later and she was actually calling to confirm my ID number so that she could book my ticket. I made a few calls to see if I could arrange for someone to look after my children and called her back to confirm my attendance. I asked if anyone else in my department would be there and one other person was attending as well as another from a different portfolio. She briefly explained that we had been chosen as part of a group of the top 25 agents in customer care and would be attending an award ceremony and a workshop the next day. The other agents were all from our outsourced business partners.

I wasn’t exactly sure how this had happened, so I went to my manager to ask her. She apparently had not realized she was supposed to tell me about it and had only been asked a few days prior to nominate the people she felt deserved to go. She explained that she looked at our departmental stats and had considered our work ethic and attitude before putting forward the two names she had chosen. She told me one of the things that stood out to her was when I left a meeting exclaiming that I had work to do. I had to laugh. I was just being honest! At the time I felt that my time was being wasted and could be better utilised, so I left. Ultimately it was a bit self serving as our remuneration is based on the time we take to get to our assigned work and I felt that I could do better if I put a bit more pressure on myself.

Hurriedly arrangements were made for us to depart to Johannesburg. Everything was arranged on very short notice and we were only informed after 17:00 what time our flights the next day were scheduled for. Luckily with the shift Rudi was working it was possible for him to take me to the airport on the Thursday, as well as to collect me on the Friday. We had breakfast together before I boarded and off to Johannesburg I went. We arrived at our hotel too early to check in, so we had lunch while we waited for them to get our rooms ready. Having had a long and busy day already and not having any commitments prior to the evening event my colleagues and I desperately wanted to take a nap. Finally when our rooms were cleaned we went our separate ways to relax before getting dressed for the black tie do later. I was really looking forward to a nap, but only managed about 40 minutes before waking up for no reason. Ugh. I watched a bit of TV, had a shower and got dressed as the shuttle was going to collect us for the event.


We arrived at our head office to a man armed with a camera and were lead into our building to the conference center where a red carpet was laid out. We were served cocktails and canapés while waiting for everyone to arrive. We entered a beautifully decorated room. The table settings were all white and gold. There were floating candles in long vases, flower arrangements,  huge feathers and gold chairs at the tables. Everything was stunning.


Our resident in house MC who is really amazing and hilarious welcomed us and kicked off the speeches where the top brass from our quality division who initiated this recognition programme spent some time explaining to us what an achievement it was to be there. Being as self deprecating as I am I still have trouble believing that I have won this award. They really did make a huge deal out of it and showered us with praise, motivation to continue what we were doing and a request to spread our passion for what we do among our colleagues that we work with every day. We were all called up onto the stage one by one to take pictures with the executives and handed a certificate for “Excellence in Customer Service” as well as a gift.


The food was really amazing and I regretted having a big lunch. There was also an open bar which is something that I haven’t seen at a company event in years. Once all the formalities were out of the way the DJ played while we danced until it was almost midnight before being collected by the shuttle to return to the hotel. I honestly cannot remember the last time I danced so much. I had such a good time. Before the event I wasn’t happy about the late hour that we would be getting back the hotel. It is WAY past my bedtime and I am a woman who often chooses sleep above staying awake to watch a movie or read, but I found myself feeling disappointed when the evening was drawing to a close.

picsart_04-11-01.55.36.jpgPerhaps it was for the best as Friday morning was an early start to catch breakfast at the hotel and head off to our head office for a workshop. I have been working for my company for 16 years and had never been to our head office. I was excited by the prospect of finally getting to see it. I wasn’t disappointed. The campus is huge and consists of many buildings. I managed to pinch off a little time to meet some of the people I work with daily which was really awesome and at the same time I got to see a little more than just the building we visited. I also received some baked goods from said people to butter me up for future business 😉

Before we knew it the day was gone and we had to rush back to the airport. We could have taken our time though since our flight was delayed twice and we ended up leaving more than 2 hours later than scheduled. That aside I had such an amazing time. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience from start to finish.

The delayed flight was frustrating, but arriving at the airport to two little voices screaming “Mommeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” excitedly was the best feeling! It was so awesome that they were so excited to see me. Although the hotel had amazing pillows, no bed sleeps like your own bed 🙂

It was really nice to be recognized at work. Sometimes you don’t realize that what you do daily is appreciated.


Orange Neon Holo Nail Art


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Hi there! Today I have a look for you that I created with some neon and holographic polishes. Summer is definitely the season for some neons and holo! Let me show you what I came up with.Neon Holo Nail ArtNeon Holo Nail ArtNeon Holo Nail ArtNeon Holo Nail ArtI started off with a base coat to protect my nails. On my pinkie, middle and ring nails I painted 3 coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. FFF is my absolute favourite orange and one of my favourite neons of all time, bearing in mind I don’t have access to all the amazing indies that are out there. On my index nail I painted 2 coats of Color Club Cosmic Fate. Once my nails were completely dry I used nail vinyls that I received as a press sample from We Heart Nail Art on my index and ring nails and painted Cosmic Fate over the vinyls, removing them immediately after painting over them. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

As you can see above, my camera is completely freaked out by the neon of Flip Flop Fantasy, but the photo in the sun is a fairly colour accurate shot. How about that sun shot though?! AMAZEBALLS! Yet another mani that I absolutely loved. Just so you know, lately only the manis that I really like are making it to the blog. Before I used to post every single mani I did, even if I wasn’t crazy about it, but now I save the best for you 🙂 The sharp lines and pattern in the vinyls reminded me of Aztec patterns, although it clearly isn’t. I really loved the holo and neon combination and will certainly be doing something like this in the future again, hopefully before summer is over and we switch into the darker, warmer shades of winter.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Broken Bone

Where does one begin to write a post about your child seriously injuring themselves? Right here I guess. My 3 year old daughter broke her collarbone. Proper broke it. She also broke my heart while she was at it.

I was booked off work on Thursday and Friday with bronchitis and feeling rather shitty. This bout had a quick onset and left me completely drained. On Saturday morning at 2 AM Rudi left for work and didn’t return again till late Sunday night. I had managed to get through most of the weekend unscathed and the children were dressed, entertained and fed.

We live in a gated community. The children run around freely and play with each other almost every day, depending on the weather and if they had escaped being grounded for whatever reason. This day was no different. There is a park right across the road from our place. The road is fairly quiet and the children know to look for cars. The park has a swing set and a basic jungle gym with a slide, some monkey bars and a tyre swing. One of the monkey bars has been missing for a while, but the distance between the platform and the other side is fairly short, so the gap doesn’t render them useless. The kids were playing in the park and I was sitting on my balcony keeping an eye on them. I went inside to go to the loo and when I returned Gabby was crying and walking back home complaining about her arm. Elijah said she had been swinging on the monkey bars and he had been holding her legs (as we often do when we are near). She then slipped or let go and he didn’t have a good grip on her and she fell to the ground, landing on her shoulder. Not too long ago she had also fallen in the park and refused to use her wrist while crying bitterly. I went into a panic and we rushed to the emergency room after giving her pain meds. While waiting to see a doctor the meds kicked in and the wrist was completely forgotten. For good. Fool me once, they say. I had struggled to get Gabby to sleep the previous night so I let her skip her nap. She cried for a long time and I nursed her to comfort her (yay boobs!). She kept almost falling asleep, so I talked her into bathing so she could go to bed. She had trouble lifting her arm, but I managed to get her bathed and dressed. I had given her something for pain and she seemed better.

The next morning she still refused to use her arm and I noticed her shoulder seemed swollen. I had already been off work due to my illness and Rudi was working a later shift, so I asked him to drop me at work and take her to the doctor to make sure everything was OK. I managed to get her an early appointment and she was sent for x-rays. My worst fear was realized. She had broken a bone. Rudi muttered something about possible surgery and I got my bestie to take me to the hospital. I was met with a very brave little girl who told me “Mommy, doctor fix mine arm” with a cute sling.


Thankfully they didn’t operate because she is still so young. I was horrified when I saw the x-rays. When you can’t actually *see* the break it’s easy to minimize the severity of it in your head, until you *have* seen it and it is all you see when you look at your baby girl in her sling, almost as if you now possess x-ray vision yourself.



As if it wasn’t bad enough that my heart was broken because my baby was in so much pain, Rudi blamed me for the accident. I know it wasn’t my fault and even if I had been right there I might not have been able to prevent it, because shit happens. It just does. It really got my back up though and I was furious with him for not being supportive, also considering that I was ill and had been tending to the house, children and myself all weekend with no help. When she went back to the day mother I got repeated scoldings from her as well about what an irresponsible parent I am. When I told Rudi about her judgement he was more forgiving towards me than he had been the previous day. Perhaps he had sufficient time to get over the shock himself, but the words hurt and fueled my mommy guilt even further.

I have been so very impressed with how Gabby has been handling this. She doesn’t complain and insists on doing things for herself, even when we offer help. She only has use of her non dominant arm, but climbs into the car and back out by herself. She barely requests help and has even adjusted by colouring in with her left hand. The first couple of nights she woke up around the time her last administered pain meds would wear off and requested more. By the third night she slept through and was sleeping on her side, back and stomach again.


Whenever you ask her if she is okay or if she is in pain she smiles and says “Me fine!”. The orthopedic surgeon did not tell us to come back for a check up or another x-ray, only that she would need to wear the sling for 10 days. By the looks of things she is healing quite rapidly. I was surprised they didn’t try to line the bone up, apparently this happens on its own. They did mention she might have a lump there for 6 months to a year and that it is normal.

I’m so grateful that she is doing well and seems to be better every day. It could have been worse, but I sincerely hope this is the last time we need x-rays to see if everyone’s bones are intact!

Bornprettystore Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush Review

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Hi everyone! Today I have the bornprettystore (affiliate link) Ongle Liner Nail Art Brush review for you. While I was waiting on this brush to arrive, I knew that I was going to need to freehand something for the review. Eek. Freehand is not my strong suit, so I was pretty nervous. I spotted a mani on Instagram that I absolutely loved and sent it to my friend via direct message on Instagram so I could keep it somewhere until it was time to do the mani. When the brush arrived, I went back to the direct messages only to find that the photo had been deleted. I went to search for it on Pinterest, hoping I would find it there to credit the original artist. I didn’t find the original photo that I saw, but I did find the same mani created by stephstonenails, so I’ll be crediting her as I cannot for the life of me remember who posted the photo that I saw. While searching for this mani I realized that it is inspired by the series Pretty Little Liars. I’ve only watched the first season of the show. I wouldn’t say I’m a die hard fan, but I am definitely a fan of this design. Let me show you how it turned out.

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I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Revlon Gel Envy Sure Thing on my index, middle and pinkie nails and 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black on my ring nail. I then slathered latex around all of the white nails as I as going to attempt platter and I knew it is a messy business. I have failed at splatter nail art before, so I thought I would try it with a toothbrush as it made sense to me that this would work and be easier. After covering my entire index finger in red polish and barely getting a fine spray onto my nails, I decided to attempt it with a straw again. Success! I think what I did wrong before with the straw was simply not putting enough polish on the end of the straw. I did end up with huge blotches of polish on some of my nails, but I really liked it. At this point I put on a coat of Seche Vite as some of the red splatter was rather thick and I didn’t want to drag it when I painted the lettering. Once the top coat was dry I used the nail art brush and black acrylic paint over the white nails as well as red acrylic paint over the black nail to spell out LIAR. This brush is super thin and very easy to work with. When I was testing it on paper I was able to get super thin lines which I have never been able to do with the nail art brushes that I own. I did have a little trouble with my black acrylic paint, it was a bit goopy and difficult to mix with such a thin and flexible brush.

I was really impressed with this brush and absolutely obsessed with this mani! I actually feel like freehanding something else soon, just because I have this awesome brush to do it with! If you would like to buy this you can purchase it here. The brush comes in an awesome plastic tube that you can store it in to protect it. This is what it looks like:

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I think this is my favourite nail art of the year so far and definitely in my all time top 10. I absolutely adored this mani and you best believe every time I thought someone was lying to me I flashed it to them. LOL. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments below. Don’t forget you can use my discount code to get 10% off non discounted items from bornprettystore 🙂

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Bornprettystore 3D nail decorations review

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Hi everyone! Today I have another bornprettystore review for you. I was sent a wheel of nail charms to review. The wheel contains a diverse selection of charms in both gold and silver. Some of the charms are also encrusted with rhinestones. While looking through the wheel trying to decide what I wanted to do, I noticed that some charms came in multiples and other charms were just a single charm. This limited my options somewhat as I always do nail art to match on both hands, so if I only have one charm, I can’t do the same design with the same charm on both hands.  As I looked through the charms I noticed the cute dolphin charms and decided a beach mani was in order! Let me show you what I came up with.Bornprettystore 3D nail decorations reviewBornprettystore 3D nail decorations reviewBornprettystore 3D nail decorations review

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged on a gradient using Hean 641 (press sample), Rubybox For the Chill of It (press sample) and Yves Rocher Taupe Rosé (gift). I stamped the shell on my pinkie with Sinful Colors Snow Me White and BP-10 and the starfish on my index with the same plate and M Polish I Need a Vacation (red) and Hottie (orange). I topped it all off with my essense satin matte top coat and while it was still wet added the dolphin charm on my ring nail and a sun charm on my middle nail.

I lost one of my dolphin charms quite quickly, probably because I didn’t top coat over the charms like I normally do and since I didn’t want to lose another I changed my mani fairly quickly. These charms are very cute and there are some bows with rhinestones that I can see myself wearing really soon.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments down below. If you would like to purchase these charms, you can do so here. Don’t forget that you can use my discount code to shop at bornprettystore (affiliate link) and get 10% off non discounted items.

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Bornprettystore Clear Stamper Review

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bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewHi everyone! Today I’m reviewing the bornprettystore clear jelly stamper pictured above. As you can see you receive a stamper and a scraper with your purchase. The clear stampers took the nail art world by storm a while ago and I really wanted to try one out. I had not gotten around to ordering one yet, so I jumped at the chance of reviewing one. I knew it was already on it’s way to me and I was seeing a lot of people posting about problems picking up images with the clear stampers, but I wasn’t sure if the stampers they were struggling with were from bornprettystore as they are stocked elsewhere too. So when I received mine I was both excited and nervous. Before creating my mani, I did a few tests to see how it picks up images. For all the swatches below I used MoYou London black stamping polish. Here are the results:bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewAs you can see the stamper does pick up images well. I didn’t prime it at all since this would cloud the stamping head and defeat the purpose. I did wipe it down with acetone once. This is not recommended for any stamper, but I have had success with this once before with a marshmallow stamper and wanted to see if it made a difference. It didn’t. Although it picks up images well, as with any other stamper it does depend on the plate/polish/stamper combination. I also found that some trial and error worked well. At times I couldn’t pick up an image, but changing my scraping direction and pressure made a difference. It did fail to pick up some images that I was able to pick up with another stamper, but this is pretty standard for any stamper that I’ve worked with. The stamper is 2.8 cm in diameter and is squishy. It is not firm, nor marshmallow, but somewhere in between.bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewThe reason these stampers are so popular is that it can really help you line up your stamping and place your images exactly where you want them. I think my stamping skills are intermediate at best, so this is beneficial to me. I’ve seen pros line up stamping like a boss even without a clear stamper and always been jealous, now I have an ace up my sleeve 😉 Of course a clear stamper like this called for a mani that needed specific placement and I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase this than a double stamped mani. Let me show you what I came up with.bornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper reviewbornprettystore clear jelly stamper review

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I used 2 coats of Hean 641 (press sample) as a base. Once that was dry I started stamping. I used images from PUEEN 39 and PUEEN 46. I used small images specifically because these would be the ones that would normally need specific placement. I will also definitely be using this stamper when I want to stamp geometric images that need to be perfectly straight. I wanted to create a garden themed butterfly mani and I think I managed to do just that. There was still a bit of empty space around the images once I was done stamping, but no images small enough to fill up the space without overlapping the stamping that was already there. When in doubt, add glitter! So I used a glitter topper from Sally Hansen called Samba. I picked out the glitter and placed it in the empty spaces. It is a very sparse topper, but I didn’t want any of the glitter over the stamping so I chose to place it instead of painting it directly onto my nails. After all the stamping and glitter placement I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

Stamping polishes used are all from M Polish (gifts):

Pish Plashin’ Around (blue)

Dancing in the Streets (purple)

Hottie (orange)

Fresh Perspective (pink)

I Need a Vacation (red)

Get Lost (green)

Would I recommend this stamper? I certainly would! It is the same size and just as squishy as my bornprettystore XL stamper which totally changed my stamping game. When I store my stampers I usually just turn the head the wrong way around and stick it in my drawer with other supplies, but I’ve sealed this head in a small plastic bag to protect it from scratching and obscuring my view of the images picked up. If you are interested in getting your hands on one of these, you can purchase it here. I’ve posted my discount code below for 10% off your purchases (if not already discounted).Born Pretty DiscountI would really love to hear your thoughts on this mani and the clear stampers in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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Dream Nails

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Hi everyone! It’s not often that I dream about nails. I would think about them and perhaps daydream about manis, but while I am asleep my dreams seem to be reserved for other things if and when I remember them. One night though, I actually dreamed about a mani and just knew I had to try and recreate it. It was the very next mani I did. Let me show you what my subconscious conjured up.

Dream NailsDream NailsDream NailsI started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged on a gradient using Tip Top Melting Marshmallows (gift) and Rubybox Nailed It! Pretty Minted (Press Sample) as a base for my stamping.  Once my base was dry I used bornprettystore plate BP-17 and Tip Top Hot Fudge to stamp over all my nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I absolutely loved how this mani turned out. This was definitely a good dream! The colours looked so pretty in a gradient and the gold, sparse stamping took nothing away from that. These nails were definitely very soft and delicate. I know sometimes I wear some really way out designs on my nails and I love that, but every now and then a girl just wants something intricate yet subtle. I actually haven’t dreamed about nails again since this, but if it ever happens again I think I’ll follow my gut and definitely recreate whatever I saw in my dreams because I felt it really paid off.

Have you ever had a dream about your nails or dreamed of a nail design and then executed it? Am I weird? Okay, I’m definitely weird, but I don’t think I’m alone in this! If you have ever done something like this drop a link in the comments, I would love to see! Don’t forget to tell me what you think of these in the comments below 🙂

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Snowflake Nails

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Hi everyone! I bet you thought now that Christmas is over snowflake nails are a thing of the past? No way! Snowflake nails are appropriate any time cos they are just so pretty, right?! I absolutely adored this mani. Let me show you what I came up with 🙂Snowflake NailsSnowflake NailsSnowflake Nails

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I sponged a gradient onto my nails using Smudge Navy Seal (pictured) and Essie Coat Azure. These two colours are so beautiful together and I think would also make a great gradient combination for twilight themed nails. The snowflakes were stamped with essence white stampy polish and bornprettystore plate QA58. All of these snowflake images are individual images, so I stamped multiple times on each nail for the effect you see above. There was still a little too much empty space around the snowflakes when I was done stamping and no space to put more snowflakes, so I used a small dotting tool and Sinful Colors Snow Me White to add a few dots in between. I added a coat of Out The Door Northern Lights to give it a little extra sparkle and sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

I was totally obsessed with these nails when I wore them. Even though we don’t get snow here, I love snowflakes. We do get snow on the mountains in winter which makes it very cold. When you start to feel the nip in the air you know that you can look towards the mountains and expect to see them capped with snow. If I do this gradient combination again I will probably use the darker blue towards the tip of my nail because it was a bit of a pain to clean up from my cuticles, even though I used liquid latex while I was sponging.

I would love to hear what you think of this mani in the comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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CATRICE Alluring Reds

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Hi everyone! I know I have been MIA for a while. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and needed to take a break. I wish I could say that I’m back in full force now, but I have a lot of catching up to do. During this time, however, I received a press sample from CATRICE which I will be showing you today. CATRICE have released a new collection of products referred to as “Alluring Reds”. They have a few lip colours available in this trend edition which I will definitely be checking out since I can really love me a red lippy. I was sent a duo of nail polish called Pleasure of Temptation to review. I like it already 😉

Let me show you what I came up with and then I’ll get into my findings and experience with the polishes.Catrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationCatrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationCatrice Alluring Reds Pleasure of TemptationIn the set you receive 2 polishes. A silver base colour and a jelly which is designed to go over the silver. I think the concept is pretty much the same as the OPI Color Paints range where a silver is used as a base and you also have a sheer tinted polish to go over it. In my mind the silver is used to help the sheer polish ‘pop’ and also to ensure opacity. I was bouncing around ideas with Pish as to what kind of art I could do with these and she had a great idea, which I promptly stole. When I was swatching these polishes before I started creating this look, I noticed the silver showed brush strokes quite prominently, so I decided to try sponging and painting it underneath the red to see if it would make a difference. I also tried a different number of coats of the silver as it was a little more sheer than a foil. My findings will be below 🙂

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. On my index nail I sponged on a few coats of the silver base coat. On my pinkie I painted 1 coat of the silver base colour. On my middle and ring nails I painted 2 coats of black polish as a base for my stamping. With the silver appearing to be kind of sheer when painting it on, I didn’t have high hopes for it to stamp well, but when I tested it I was very pleasantly surprised! It stamped like a dream! I used the silver to stamp the images over the black polish. I then proceeded to start layering the red jelly over my nails. In the pictures above you see 3 coats of red over the silver nails and 2 coats over the stamping. You could probably get away with 2 coats of the red over the silver, but with each coat the colour deepens beautifully and I loved it at 3. I didn’t feel it would make too much difference over the stamping, so I left it at 2 coats. Although I worked fairly quickly, the red jelly didn’t drag my stamping at all. Yay! I sealed everything in with a fast drying top coat.

From the tests that I did I concluded that you only require 1 coat of the silver underneath the red. There really isn’t any visible difference between one and two coats underneath. Once you start building your red colour, the brush strokes of the silver completely disappear. Sponging the silver is much more labour intensive and not worth the effort. You can go ahead and paint it on. I was completely obsessed with how the stamped nails turned out. I will most definitely be doing this again! They were absolutely beautiful! I really love this shade of red too. The polish dries to a stunning squishy, high gloss finish, but I added a top coat to prolong wear. I can also see myself using the red jelly for leadlighting in the future. I did notice that there was some bubbling in the jelly once it was dry. This was not visible to the naked eye unless you very closely eyeballed your nails in the sun. I think I could probably resolve this if I waited for my layers to dry before applying the next and perhaps painting thinner coats. The silver is perfectly opaque in two coats and can also be worn on it’s own. If you don’t mind visible nail line you could wear the jelly on it’s own too or it can be used for jelly sandwiches, so these polishes are also fairly versatile.

You can find these red beauties, plus the rest of the trend edition in Dischem stores in South Africa. The recommended retail price for the set is R 89.95. There are two other sets of the red polish to choose from. I would love to hear what you think of these in the comments below 🙂

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