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Born Pretty Store glitter and Vintage Rose Nail Art

On Friday I received nail mail from Ordinary Misfit for my birthday. She had put together some polishes for me. She let me pick a polish from the Born Pretty Store and sent me some others she thought I might like :) I wanted to try the one I had picked from BPS since I chose it and couldn’t wait to try it. I decided to do two accent nails of different colours that match the polish. Misfit also sent me a nail art “pen” from essence in green, which inspired me to do roses over the accent nails. This is how it came out:

 

Born Pretty Store glitter with vintage rose nail art on the accent nails

Born Pretty Store glitter with vintage rose nail art on the accent nails

 

Born Pretty Store glitter with vintage rose nail art on the accent nails

Born Pretty Store glitter with vintage rose nail art on the accent nails

 

I started off with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I painted 4 coats of the BPS polish on my thumbs, index, ring and pinky nails.  I painted two coats of essence that’s what I mint on my middle fingers and essence Hello Marshmallow on my ring fingers. The BPS polish is quite sheer, so I might layer it over a similar colour in future. It really is a beautiful polish. It has different sized hex glitter in mint and a rose gold. The glitters are suspended in a mint tinted base. After 4 coats I still had VNL (Visible Nail Line), so I think layering really is the best bet. I’m likely to layer it over my that’s what I mint. The only complaint I have about this polish is that it takes forever and a day to dry. I knocked it quite badly a number of times long after I had painted it. This happened with 2 and 4 coats, so I don’t think it was because I painted too many coats.

 

I have been wanting to try doing rose nail art for a long time. I didn’t really have a colour to do the leaves with, so when I received the green from Misfit, I snatched the opportunity to give it a whirl. I have watched a number of tutorials of how to do roses on YouTube. I decided to use the “swirling” method I had seen on this video. Basically I took the colour of my rose and used a large dotting tool to dot polish onto my nail. I then took the smaller dotting tool, dipped it into white polish and swirled it into the other dot in a circular motion. This got very tricky at some points. Sometimes there would be too much white in the rose and I’d then use the small dotting tool to go back in and swirl more pink until I got something that I felt was acceptable. I also pressed too hard with my dotting tool on occasion and smudged right through the polish underneath. Luckily I could cover this up easily with the dotting tool again. I’m sure it will get better if I practice more. The nail art pen didn’t really work well for me, I didn’t find it precise enough to do something as small as the leaves, so I pumped some of the green polish out onto a non-porous surface and used my small dotting tool to try to make leaves. Overall I am really chuffed at how they turned out. I really love the roses and I’ll be sure to try them again! When I showed them to Misfit she said they looked vintage. I like that :)

 

I forgot to top coat the two accent nails and discovered this morning my leaves had chipped off. I was so scared I would drag my beautiful roses that I wanted to wait to top coat them and then completely forgot! I feel so silly, but they don’t look too bad from a distance. Always top coat people!

 

On Saturday @SanitaShimmy and I went to a shop we had heard about. Rumour had it that this shop sells China Glaze polishes at bargain prices, so we had to go check it out. We were going to be in the area for the LLL meeting anyway, so it wasn’t out of the way. The name of the shop is Maskscara. You can find them on Facebook here. Their China Glazes are only R55.00! Are you freaking kidding me?!? I walked out there with SIX! There were one or two more that I wanted, but I restrained myself. Oh my word! They have quite a big selection too. I still want to go back for Seche Vite top coat and China Glaze Lubu Heels. In hindsight I could of just gotten the Lubu Heels, but I was already feeling guilty for having 6 polishes! They are so beautiful. Here is my haul:

 

China Glaze Haul

China Glaze Haul

 

From left to right:

  • Some Like It Haute
  • Lemon Fizz
  • Diva Bride
  • Gamer Glam
  • Techno Teal
  • Tart-y For The Party

 

I am super excited to try them! I’ve decided to use the Techno Teal first. I’m still wearing my rose mani though and since I’m so proud of my roses I’ve decided I’m going to wait till it gets ugly before taking it off.

 

Have you tried roses or China Glaze? What did you think?

 

 

 

Misfit’s Mani Edited

So on Monday Ordinary Misfit published my guest post for her blog. You can view it by clicking here. I was least happy with how my middle fingers turned out and the “nail art” hearts are really just too thick to wear. I did wear my nails that way the next day and one of the hearts managed to pop off, despite quite a few layers of top coat (which obviously bumped and linen printed while I slept). I decided to redo my middle fingers and thumbs to update the mani so I could continue to wear it in the week.

 

I removed the polish and redid my base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then painted my middle fingers with Yardley Gel-lac in Fuchsia. I found I still had some VNL (Visible Nail Line) after 3 coats of the Gel-lac. I didn’t have this problem when I used it before. I’m not sure if I now paint thinner layers because I’m getting “better” at polishing, but I definitely notice it myself. Again, not something you would see at a glance, but noticeable for someone who scrutinizes their own nails :) I painted my thumbs with Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush. I used both these colours on the dotted gradient on my index fingers in this mani.

 

Misfit's Mani Updated

Misfit’s Mani Updated

Misfit's Mani Updated

Misfit’s Mani Updated

 

Up Close

Up Close

Wow, holding a scarf in your hand certainly makes it look snazzy! I’ve seen it in other nail blogs and this is the first time I’ve tried it. I might just do it again!

 

Polishes used:

Base coat: Miraculous Results

Thumb: Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush

Index: Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Yardley Gel-lac Fuchsia, Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush, Tip Top Melting Marshmallows

Middle: Yardley Gel-lac Fuchsia

Ring: Tip Top Melting Marshmallows, Tip Top Rocky Road

Pinky: Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush, Tip Top Melting Marshmallows

Top Coat: Tip Top Quick Repair Top Coat

 

Natural Nails

So, with all these nail posts going up, you might be wondering what my nails look like without any polish on them. I have commented about my short, wide nail beds before, but you cannot really see that once they are painted. Here are a couple of pictures of my nails *gasp* naked:

 

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Naked Nails

 

Natural Nails

Natural Nails

In the photos above my nails are really long, but once they are painted they don’t seem that long at all. This is because my nail beds are so short. I have a lot of difficulty with my nails. They are very thin and weak and bend very easily. I can’t let them get too long as they are then more likely to catch on objects and bend over backwards. OUCH. My nails also split quite easily, so the layers of my nails sometimes peel off. I’m doing everything I can to improve the condition of my nails and cuticles. I’ve been using cuticle oil regularly and I’m moisturizing my hands with hand cream after I’ve washed them. Just recently I’ve started filing my nails down instead of cutting them. Cutting your nails also causes them to split. You may have noticed this happening when you clip your nails. My cuticles do take quite a beating because I use acetone on them at least twice a week while removing  polish and fixing up manis. Occasionally (probably not often enough) I’ll wear my nails bare and just “love” them by oiling regularly and moisturizing as much as possible. This usually happens when I’ve had to take off a worn mani and don’t have time to do a new one. I must say, since I have been taking care of my nails by doing some of the above I have noticed an improvement. They don’t bend backwards quite as often as they used to, even when they are at this length. I don’t take too many chances though and still make them shorter once they reach a “dangerous” length.

 

One thing I cannot stand to see in a horror move is someone being dragged while they claw at the ground, people scratching to get out of somewhere (a la Silence of the lambs) or breaking nails as someone struggles. It gives me the absolute creeps! Probably because I can relate to having nails that are so weak that they would just fall to pieces!

 

 

You may or may not have noticed this in my photos, but my pinky always seems to be doing its own thing when I’m trying to take a photo. There is a reason for this! I was born with pretty skew pinkies! How skew, you might ask? This skew:

 

 

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Crooked!

 

 

My mother actually wanted to have them broken and have metal pins put in when I was younger to try and “correct” them. I’m kind of glad she didn’t since they don’t really impair me in any way. I’ve also realized this is quite a common affliction after finding people on Twitter that were born with the same pinkies in varying degrees of skewness. Mine are pretty skew.

 

 

So now you know what I’m hiding under the polish and why my pinky seems to have a mind of it’s own!

Cookie Love

When I saw the essence cookie love polish in the store, I really wanted it. It is a nude colour with gold shimmer and even some flakies in it! I’ve recently discovered I have a love for flakies, although I will have to suck this up since we don’t really get flakies here in South Africa. We may get one or two international polishes like Sinful Colors with some flakies in, but it isn’t something that you find often. Back to cookie love. At the same time I purchased this I also purchased LA Colors Dizzy which is a gold glitter topper in a clear base with regular glitter and larger glitter hexes.

 

I needed a quick mani and decided this was perfect.

 

 

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essence cookie love, accent nail LA Colors Dizzy over cookie love

 

Can you see that beautiful gold flakie  on my index finger? I really wish there were more of them! As usual application was easy with my essence brush. Because this colour is so close to my skin tone I didn’t have to clean up at all! You couldn’t see any places where I may have touched my cuticles with the brush. It really was a breeze :)

 

 

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essence cookie love, accent nail LA Colors Dizzy over cookie love

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Close Up

 

This mani didn’t wear very well, I had tip wear and chips by the second day of wearing it, but I painted it on at work meaning I had drying time between coats and I was typing while I was painting, which may have contributed to the problem. I really loved this mani. I could remove cookie love as I would a normal polish. There was no need to haul out the foil.

 

 

I really love this colour and will definitely wear this mani again in the future sometime. It’s the perfect nude, with just a hint of sparkle! What do you think?

Guest Post on Ordinary Misfit

Today I have a guest post over on Ordinary Misfit’s blog, go ahead and see it here. I did a special mani for her :)

A new day, every day

So on Tuesday I finally started my “life change”.  No, not menopause. My lifestyle has required a change for a long time and I’ve finally begun.   I’m trying my best to approach this time completely differently. This is not a diet. I cannot go on a diet. If I go on a diet, that means I at some point won’t be on a diet anymore and I’ll revert to my old ways. Loop de loop. I’m hoping I can somehow convince myself, change my own mind about food and reevaluate my relationship with it. It needs some serious work. What relationship doesn’t? This is a lifestyle change. I am literally teaching myself how to eat (properly). This is something that I didn’t grow up with and so I’ve never learnt. I have no idea what a healthy portion size is, to me a healthy portion size is too much.

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Of course I know which foods are good for you and which are bad. I don’t know how to cook with healthy food. I don’t know any good healthy recipes. Cooking vegetables is an art I haven’t yet mastered. I’m hoping all this will change. Once I know how to make interesting, tasty food that is healthy and not EAT ALL OF IT, maybe things will change.   I’m following the Weigh-Less formula of things with the help of a friend who has done it before. She also gets really creative with food. Getting bored with the food I eat is a big problem for me. For instance, I can’t eat leftovers for more than one meal the next day. I also cannot eat the same thing day after day. So having someone to bounce meal ideas off of is great.

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On Tuesday I packed myself a tiny portion (4 level Tbsp) of Pronutro for breakfast. Gosh, that barely touched sides. I drank 750 ml of water Tuesday and Wednesday. Drinking water is very hard for me, so this is a start. I had a nectarine and small yoghurt for a snack at about 10 at which point I was already hungry again. I only managed lunch at about 13:30 and was ravenous by that time! I had a panini roll with tuna and mayo and some cherry tomatoes and cucumber. Because I was ravenous before I ate, even though I had eaten quite a bit I was still hungry. If I let myself get to that point of hunger when I’m not watching my intake I can easily inhale a huge amount of food in a short space of time.  A cup of coffee sorted out the leftover hunger pangs. At around 16:00 I had some strawberries and another small yoghurt. Our plans for dinner were mince and rice. I wanted pasta, Rudi wanted rice. Supper ended up being delicious and I had to restrain myself from going back and getting seconds, especially since I had a smaller portion than I am used to.

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I was hungry most of the day on Tuesday. One of my colleagues asked me why I was so grumpy! Wednesday was only a little better. I hope my body will adjust to the smaller portions quickly. I know drinking water will help keep me fuller for longer, I did try this Tuesday morning after breakfast mind you and it didn’t work very well. I also weighed myself Tuesday morning and I am already at my pre-pregnancy weight. So at the very least I don’t have “baby weight” to lose. I don’t know what having the kids has done to my system though and I’m not sure if having them will make losing weight harder. I also don’t know how breastfeeding will affect my weight loss. I am hoping that I can not obsess about the number on the scale. I’m going to try and not weigh myself. TRY. I want weight loss to be a side effect of what I am doing and not the sole focus.  I am also not going to chastise myself if I stray. It will happen and it isn’t the end of the world. Just dust myself off and try again at the next meal. One meal at a time. I am not torturing myself either. I’m never going to love black coffee, so I drink it with milk AND use milk to make my porridge. Technically not allowed, but let’s be honest, it wasn’t some extra milk that made me fat.

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Breastfeeding has made me realize that I have a lot more determination in me than I give myself credit for. Emotionally breastfeeding was very hard work for me. For the first few months I wanted to quit on a daily basis. I thought about it so often, but I pushed through and here I am, more than 7 months later, still doing it. I have had lots of support on that front and I hope I will have support for my new lifestyle too. Someone has already tried to derail me once and I managed to dodge the bullet that time. It is still early days. I have never approached weight loss and food with my current mentality and I hope that it will be the key this time.

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Health benefits are not the only reason I am doing this. I want to give my children the gift of a good, healthy relationship with food. I want them to learn to eat healthily as I set an example for them. I hope to be able to teach them that healthy food can be delicious and to eat everything in moderation. Lessons I am now teaching myself. Also, I don’t want a health scare to force me into changing my life. I want to do it on my own terms. Let’s face it, I was a health scare waiting to happen. I was thinking about it and my body is a machine that serves me 24/7, why am I not looking after it? Why am I fuelling it with junk? I wouldn’t toss the wrong fuel into my car’s petrol tank and expect it to work forever. Logical musings I have chosen to ignore for years.

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I always start these journeys with the best of intentions and pearls of wisdom as I did above. This time I need to make it last.

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Since Tuesday I’ve been running to the loo a lot more often, so my body is already responding to the changes I’ve made. Another positive thing I noticed the other day is a shift in my attitude towards myself. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw something I didn’t like. The stuck record of chastising myself started to play in my head and I pressed the stop button. I have started. I am making an effort and I thought to myself that I should not critisize what I look like now when I am working on changing that. For me, that is a big step. Being awful to myself comes incredibly easily to me. I think being overweight contributes to my self loathing a lot.

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So here is to a happier, healthier life. Please help me up if you see me stumble.

Essie Coat Azure with essence circus confetti

I was contemplating my next mani on Sunday. For my birthday I received a few polishes as gifts. I have been wanting to use my essence circus confetti glitter which I had used in a previous mani again. I was looking at all the different colour glitter hexes and when I saw the blue I knew I wanted to layer it over the Essie Coat Azure that I got from Leebeesa as a gift.

 

As usual I started my mani with a coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then laid down two coats of Essie Coat Azure. The formula was easy to work with. I did, however, need 2 coats for full opacity and to cover up a few bald spots left on the first coat. I cleaned up the patches where I had flooded or touched my cuticles with the brush to let the polish dry a bit before I put on the glitter. The previous time I had used this glitter I had sponged it on to get a gradient effect, so I had never actually painted it. When I tried to paint it on, it really didn’t work well. So I reverted to the blob and spread method to try and evenly distribute the glitter, while getting a good glitter payoff. I discussed the difficulties of using chunky glitter with Ordinary Misfit and she located this video from Let Them Have Polish which shows her method of applying chunky glitter. I think I’ll give it a whirl next time and who are we kidding…it’s going to be soon, the way I wear glitter.  I finished off my mani with my Essie top coat.

 

Essie Coat Azure, accent nails essence circus confetti

Essie Coat Azure, accent nails essence circus confetti

 

Essie Coat Azure, accent nails essence circus confetti close up

Essie Coat Azure, accent nails essence circus confetti close up

 

This Essie polish has a beautiful glossy pearl finish to it. It really is a lovely colour. I don’t love blue in general, but this is a really nice blue. It is a bit darker than I thought it would be. I’m still hunting for the perfect pastel blue.

 

Glossy finish

Glossy finish

 

In the above photo you can get an idea of the finish by looking at my index finger. It is absolutely gorgeous. I got compliments on the glitter as well, but for me this glitter looks slightly cluttered. I don’t think I like the idea of overlapping glitter too much, but as previously stated chunky glitter is difficult to manipulate. Other people seem to like it, so maybe it is just me being overly critical.

 

The idea struck me that this blue would also look beautiful matte and since I do an extra top coat to extend my mani on day two anyway, I thought I’d whip out my Gosh Matte Effect top coat again.

 

Essie Coat Azure Matte

Essie Coat Azure Matte

 

I just love it when I’m right. I kept my glitter fingers shiny this time and just used the matte top coat on my plain nails. I like this blue either way.

 

 

I’d like to talk a bit about my experience with Essie polishes. I have two now. The Footloose that I purchased myself in December and this new one that Leebeesa gave me as a gift (she let me choose what I wanted for my birthday). I mentioned in a previous post that my Footloose Essie chipped within a few hours of me putting it on, but on that occasion I did not have a top coat over it and I assumed that this may have contributed to the problem. When using my new Coat Azure, I painted a decent top coat over my mani after applying it.  Wouldn’t you know it, I had chips within hours again. I did nothing unusual or even strenuous with my hands at all. I washed my hands a few times and had a shower and had visible tip wear, before I even bathed PrincessIce! On DAY ONE. This irks me to no end. Essie is an expensive brand name. When paying close on R100.00 a bottle, you expect outstanding quality. This really doesn’t seem to be the case! Again, I discussed this with Misfit and she had heard others complain about the same thing. After running a quick Twitter and Facebook poll it became evident I am not alone in my chipping Essie plight. Today, there is a very visible chip on one of my fingers (it is very visible to me, you might not notice it on a casual glance). With the Footloose I thought it might be that particular colour or even batch that had a problem, or that it was a user problem since I hadn’t applied a top coat. I gave Essie the benefit of the doubt, but no more!

 

Let it be said that I have been using an Essie top coat with all my manis and I have had no problems with the top coat at all, but the colours have disappointed me. I get my longest wear from much more reasonably priced brands. I could buy 4 Sinful Colors polishes for the price of 1 Essie! I have also noticed that owning/using Essie seems to come with a certain sense of status. Obviously they have built their brand well enough for this to be the case, but since the polishes are now mass produced they seem to lack the quality they might of once had. When I purchased my first Essie I felt like I had become part of some sort of exclusive club.

 

Of course, this is all my own experience and my own opinion. You may love the brand and that is fine. Each to his own. I just don’t think I will be spending any of my hard earned money on purchasing Essie polishes in the future.

 

 

Guest Post: Babyice and PrincessIce Mani

Today I have a real treat for you! I asked Ordinary Misfit to do a guest post for me. She was doing a guest posts for other nail bloggers and we collaborated with ideas for their manis. She wanted to make the manis personal.  Being as modest as she is, she wasn’t sure if the manis were “right”, so I said that they are very personal for each individual and that it would be equivalent of doing a mani representing my kids. Light bulb! So I asked her if she would like to do just that. A mani representing PrincessIce and Babyice for a guest post for my blog. She agreed!

 

Of course this now means I owe her a guest post. I am quite nervous to be doing a nail art post for someone of her caliber, but a deal is a deal.

 

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Here is her post:

 

 

After acidicice gave me tons of help and advice on my guest posts for Siobhan

and Thea she asked if I would do one for her as well. What an honour!!

The subject matter was, the children, Babyice and PrincessIce. No pressure

right! I am not going to lie. It was HARD! Luckily I got tons of feedback and

information so I gave it a try. Maybe even a few tries ;)

 

PrincessIce and Babyice Mani

Awww. Lookit Shrek!

 

 

I am going to start with the middle finger because that is where this ‘story’

starts. One thing that is very clear is how much acidicice loves her children. To

show that, I used two coats of Sinful Colors – Snow me White and stamped using

Essence – Fame Fatal and Pueen01. Tons of little hearts that shows all the love.

Next is my ring finger. This is representing babyice. I used two coats of Sinful

Colors – Ruby Ruby and with my dotting tool I made two pirate swords. (Well,

tried to) and then added some glitter. Babyice loves playing with his pirate

sword and ‘protecting his mommy and sister when daddy isn’t home’. He also

loves glitter and he does seem to like the colour red too.

Next up is my pinky. This is also representative of babyice. I used two coats

of Sinful Colors – Rise & Shine. I then used Tip Top – We Have an Agreen-mint

and my dotting tool to ‘draw’ Shrek. I also added some glitter using L A Colors

– Confetti. Shrek is Babyice’s movie of choice lately and of course, some more

glitter never does any harm ;)

 

PrincessIce and Babyice Mani

PrincessIce and Babyice Mani

 

Next up is my index finger. This represents princessice. I did an ombre using

Essence – Destination Sunshine and Essence – Absolutely Blue. This represents

her beautiful blonde hair and blue eyes. I then used Revlon – Gold Rush and

Pueen05 to stamp the little princess crown on top. I then took some Tip Top –

Rocky Road Glitter with my dotting tool to put three little pieces as the ‘jewels’ of

the crown. She is a proper princess after all ;)

 

PrincessIce and Babyice Mani

PrincessIce and Babyice Mani

 

Onto the thumb! PrincessIce loves her bath time and to represent that I used two

coats of Tip Top – Melting Marshmallow. I then used Sinful Colors – Why Not

and Pueen12 to stamp the little rubber duck surrounded by bubbles. Of course,

I added some Tip Top – Rocky Road glitter for some sparkle. I also know it is

mommy’s favourite!

 

PrincessIce Thumb

PrincessIce Thumb

 

So there we have it. Thank you so much for having me and having such gorgeous

children to draw inspiration from. Ok ok I know you practically gave it to me on a

silver platter but your children are still gorgeous!

 

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I absolutely adored this mani! Shrek is my favourite :) I think she did a fanstastic job!

Time For Romance

I bought my bottle of essence time for romance quite a while ago. I’ve been eyeing it on my dressing table for a while and really wanted to try it out. It caught my eye because it has micro glitter and larger hexes in. It is a coppery red/maroon colour. Not normally a colour I would go for, but the glitters clinched it for me. I love polishes with different sized glitters. This is also why I love Tip Top Rocky Road so much. So when I was trying to decide on my next mani, I googled some swatches for time for romance. I can often be found googling swatches! I found this post and absolutely LOVED it. I would never have thought of layering this colour over pink because it leans towards red for me. Thank goodness for Google and the clever people out there!

 

As usual I started off with Tip Top Miraculous Results as a base. I then painted two coats of Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush Tribepink. I must say I really loved the formula on this. It was almost perfect on the first coat, and was stunning on the second. I had no issues with dragging or anything. It really is a beautiful creme. I really loved the colour as well. When I was done applying this, I almost stopped and wanted to just wear the pink on its own. I had a plan though and I was going to stick to it. I’ll definitely wear this pink again!

 

Maybelline - Busy Blush Tribepink Swatch

Maybelline – Busy Blush Tribalpink Swatch

Maybelline Busy Blush Tribepink

Maybelline Busy Blush Tribalpink

 

I was a little disappointed that my time for romance brush was a little wonky. There were a few stray hairs on the brush and the bristles were kind of separated in places. I love essence brushes, so this was a bit of a let down. I’m sure I just picked a bottle with a wonky brush since all my other essence polish brushes are perfect. I was only going to do one coat of the time for romance like Ivana did on her post, but I found that I struggled to get the bigger glitter hexes out and even. I didn’t find that the blob and spread method worked on this, you have to paint it on like a regular polish, so I ended up using two coats to get even coverage of the bigger glitter. The base is also slightly tinted, so you could wear it on its own if you wanted, but you would need 3 – 4 coats for opacity. Adding two coats did cover the pink quite a bit as well, which wasn’t really my original intention. The pink base definitely does change the colour of the time for romance though and I am not sorry I layered it.

 

essence time for romance swatch

essence time for romance swatch

time for romance close up

time for romance close up

essence time for romance over Maybelline Busy Blush Tribepink

essence time for romance over Maybelline Busy Blush Tribepink

 

Do all these pictures above look the same? They really aren’t the same photo. If I take a picture with the flash on, you can see how much of the pink is still actually see through the time for romance…it looks horrible, but as you can see on the above pictures, it doesn’t really look anything like this without the scrutiny of the flash. Even if you look closely, promise :)

 

With the flash on

With the flash on

 

So even if you don’t *think* you see the pink through the time for romance, on some level you do. I wonder what it would look like layered over other colours. Might be nice over black.

 

This mani took some getting used to, but having worn it for a couple of days I love it more and more. The glitter has a lovely sparkle. This colour is fairly dark. I like pastels and light colours, but the sparkle this glitter has lights the colour up a lot, so it doesn’t feel as dark as it would look if there was no shiny glitter.

Purple Ombré Birthday Mani

I was really stumped what to do for my birthday mani. I considered doing a ‘cupcake’ nail art design, but that would be really predictable, now wouldn’t it?   So, I decided to try something I hadn’t tried before and incorporate two of my favourite things into it. Purple and glitter! My favourite glitter is Tip Top Rocky Road and I just knew I had to use it. I decided to try an ombré. I had been hesitant of trying this technique because of how messy it is, but hell, it’s my birthday right? So I bit the bullet. About halfway through doing it I had a meltdown and phoned Ordinary Misfit to whine about how badly it was going. I’ve read in many a tutorial that ombré doesn’t look good until you have done a top coat which ‘blends’ the colours, but even after I had done that I didn’t like it.

 

I started off with a base coat of Tip Top Miraculous results. I then applied two coats of Tip Top Cream Puff  (off white) as a base. I cleaned up the Cream Puff to try and prevent a white border sticking out on the edges. I took my make up sponge and painted my 3 purple colours in lines along the sponge and then tried to sponge the colour onto my nail. Nothing. Nothing came off the sponge. Also, my base wasn’t properly dry, so the whole story was very tacky (lesson 1). I figured the sponge was maybe sucking up all the polish so I kept on re-applying polish to the sponge and attempting to sponge onto the nail. I did this over and over. It took a long time for anything to start coming off the sponge and sticking to the nail, despite my fingers being full of the stuff. It was somewhere here that I had the melt down. I was also bumping the Cream Puff layers. The lightest purple didn’t show up at all and at some point I started filling that in with a polish brush on some nails. I also wanted the darkest part darker on some of the nails so painted just the dark colour and sponged on the tips repeatedly. Man it was hard. Eventually I decided I had enough polish on all the nails and then did a top coat. I still didn’t like it. I felt like taking it all off, but I knew that Rocky Road just might save the day.

 

In progress - What a mess!

In progress – What a mess!

 

You can see in this photo that I was struggling to sponge right into the edge of my nail around my cuticles. It all looks very uneven.

 

After Top Coat

After Top Coat

After Top Coat

After Top Coat

 

My left hand came out quite crap, my right hand looked okay. I don’t think that it has anything to do with using my dominant hand (I’m left handed). You don’t exactly need precision or skill to sponge the polish on. These “before” and “in progress” pictures were never meant for publication, but I decided to post then so you could see what I was talking about.

 

 

Rocky Road hides a multitude of sins, including an uneven ombré, I’ll have you know. So I added a coat of Rocky Road…low and behold!

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

 

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

Purple Ombré with Tip Top Rocky Road

 

The above picture has an Instagram filter on it. I disclosed, so it’s not cheating :P

 

The holographic goodness that is Rocky Road

The holographic goodness that is Rocky Road

 

I followed a tip I had picked up on the nail blogs. While I was doing the ombré I put my bottle of Rocky Road upside down so that the bigger glitter hexes that may have sunk to the bottom could come back up to the top. It really worked! I didn’t nearly have to fish for glitter this time. I still needed to use the blob and spread method to make sure the bigger glitters weren’t all in one spot, but there were plenty big glitter hexes to go around!   After applying the Rocky Road my ombré looked great and I loved it!   I’m not sure if I’ll brave the ombré soon again. I was quite traumatized by the whole experience! The clean up was by far the easiest part. I think next time I’ll let my base colour dry completely and perhaps use an eye shadow applicator sponge instead of the big one (lesson 2). I think it will be a while though :P What do you think of ombrés? Have you tried it? Was it easier for you?