On my last day of maternity leave my friend @SanitaShimmy offered to take me out for a “good luck” lunch and we decided to go nail polish shopping afterwards. Of course, with my new found love of nails and nail art, I don’t need an invitation to go polish shopping. I was pretty housebound while I was on maternity leave as Rudi would take the car to work every day. I only took the car every now and then when I needed to do clinic visits. I don’t easily suffer from cabin fever and was quite content to stay at home with PrincessIce. This did mean that I didn’t get an opportunity to expand my polish collection like I would of wanted to and finally the opportunity dawned. PrincessIce was already with the day mother, so I could browse without rushing. That may have backfired on me! I bought WAY too much stuff! Well, not really…but I spent more than double the money I wanted to spend. I did come away with a lot of cool stuff though, so I’m not complaining.
When we went shopping I was wearing Tip Top Crushed Grapes on my nails. I saw this swatched over on Ordinary Misfit‘s blog. I actually got it for Mother’s Day from Rudi (well, I picked it, he paid). I wasn’t 100% sure about the colour, but when I put it on I loved it. It is almost the same shade as the “Vixen” polishes of the 90s. I didn’t have any inspiration for an accent nail, so I got really lazy and stuck a sticker on my ring finger. It looked very cute! Pic below is two coats with a top coat:
Tip Top Crushed Grapes with nail art sticker
Sanita had also obtained Tip Top Stormy Sky for me. I saw it over on Siobhan’s blog and absolutely fell in love with it. This polish is from the Tip Top Nail Addict range and is only available at Foschini. It is so stunning that it didn’t even need an accent! It has beautiful glitter particles in a blue/black polish and has a gorgeous shine! The effect is very difficult to capture on camera. Pictures usually don’t to the mani justice if they are not taken in a light box, but I’m not going there! This is two coats with a top coat:
Tip Top Stormy Sky
On to the shopping! I went completely overboard and got everything that my heart desired. I barely restrained myself. I’m totally addicted to this. It is officially my new hobby. Let me show you what I got!
I bought two essence colours that my heart desired after seeing them on the above mentioned blogs. From left to right: That’s What I Mint, Hello Marshmallow, Quick Dry Top Coat, Nail Art Express Dry Drops. Siobhan had problems with her That’s What I Mint and I was put off, but essence replaced her bottle and it was much better. Apparently she got a dud. I decided to try it anyway. The polishes are R19.99 at Clicks. I also bought a quick dry top coat because I’m always in a hurry when I’m doing my nails and I’ve mentioned before I use the drops to speed up drying time as much as possible, I already needed more drops. I love these two pastel colours and have already used That’s What I Mint on my back to work mani which I will be showing you later in this post.
essence Toppers/Special Effects
From left to right: circus confetti, mr & mrs glitter, magnetic polish Witch You Were Here and a star effect magnet. I saw a nail art project on Pinterest which I could use the circus confetti glitter for and I just had to get it. It is actually a really pretty glitter. The mr & mrs glitter looks stunning in the bottle and I’m sure I’ll figure out something to do with it! I’ve also wanted to try the magnetic polish. They only had one colour, but I liked it so I got it. These products are around R25 each, so it’s not very expensive (but it does start adding up!) I’ve used the circus confetti in the mani I tried to copy from Pinterest, which I’ll show you in another post.
From left to right: nails inc. special effect topping lane, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Gosh Matte Top Coat. The nails inc. polish was R120(!) from Red Square. I wouldn’t normally pay so much for a polish, but I have been looking for a cream/jelly (or crelly) polish with floating glitter for a while. It’s not something we really find here. I’ve seen them popping up on The Lacquerologist often and I notice Maybelline has a cool range called Polka Dot in the UK, but nothing here. When I saw the nails inc one, I just HAD to have it. It helps that it is pink. I didn’t really love the white one, even though there are nice white ones featured on The Lacquerologist’s blog. She refers to some of them as indie polishes, which I think means that they are made by an independent company or handmade and not a huge brand or company. I bought the Sinful Colors as a base for nail art and also because I wanted to use it with the circus confetti. I knew I wanted a matte top coat, but I’m also not yet sure what I’m going to do with it. Yet.
Stickers and Brushes
I bought a fan brush so that I could do some quick and easy nail art. Siobhan posted a tutorial on her blog. It is so quick and easy and looks really cool. I can’t wait to try it. I bought a spare gel eyeliner brush which I use with acetone to clean up once I’ve polished. I mess up a lot! A tip, after you’ve dipped your brush into acetone, touch it on a tissue or paper towel. If you get too much acetone near your polish it will run! I learnt this the hard way. I also bought some cute nail art stickers. The essence stickers have a little bit of bling on too, which I love! You will notice I’m quite a glitter lover!
On a completely separate trip to Planet Nails I bought some striping brushes, a new dotting tool that has a smaller dot than the one I won and some heart shaped glitter I can’t wait to try!
Siobhan was dying to see the nails inc. polish so it was the first one I tried out. I decided to do a plain accent nail to break the “busy” glitter. I absolutely love how it turned out and was a bit sad when I had to take it off to do my back to work mani. I painted two coats of both polishes with a top coat for the below pic:
nails inc. topping lane, accent nail Tip Top Melting Marshmallow
On the first coat the nails inc. glitter distribution left some bald patches, but it evened out nicely on the second coat. I have the glitter in mind for an accent nail on another mani. I just love coming up with ideas and combinations!
If you remember correctly, I moaned about removing my Tip Top Rocky Road glitter polish after I used it for the first time. I had not yet learnt about the foil removal method. Hallelujah! What a pleasure to remove glitter polish now! It takes 10 minutes (per hand) and there is no rubbing or struggling at all! Now I can use my beautiful glitter polishes and not worry about struggling to get them off
Foil removal method
It was then time to do my back to work mani. For Mother’s Day Rudi bought me two polishes. I’ve already mentioned the one. The second one was essence Café Olé. It is a pale nude and I had no idea how to jazz it up. Ordinary Misfit suggested I use my That’s What I Mint as an accent nail. I really liked the idea! This is how it turned out:
essence Café Olé, accent nail That’s What I Mint
To be honest it felt extremely boring after the beautiful glitter mani I had just taken off, but it was perfect for back to work. Understated and elegant I think.
My next post I’ll talk about what I did with the circus confetti. Something I was dying to try and I think I might have gotten it right.
*Some brands don’t capitalize their brand/polish names. I also prefer not to capitalize my blog name as I like how the name looks when it is lower case, so I respect that and will type the names as I see them on the polish.