Hi there 🙂 As it started getting colder and my mood started getting gloomier I really felt like doing a dark mani. I was really in the mood to wear black polish, which is unusual for me. I have nothing against black polish, but it isn’t the first colour I would reach for when I’m indecisive. I was mulling over how I could make black more interesting and knew it was the perfect opportunity to bring out some glitter! Glitter makes everything better, right? Well…it doesn’t make polish removal better, but usually it’s worth it 😉 Let me show you what I came up with.
I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence black is back on all of my nails. This black isn’t super opaque, so you do need 2 coats to finish it off. On my ring nail I painted a coat of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. Drawing inspiration from the green and blue shift in the glitters and flakies, I decided rather than just use it over all my nails I would do some stamping to compliment it. I used my PUEEN 26 stamping plate with M Polish Pish Plashin’ Around (blue) and Get Lost (green) to stamp on my pinkie and index nails. On my middle nail I added a green and blue rhinestone. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I was really planning on being lazy and just slapping on some black polish with glitter over it when I sat down to do this mani, but I sure was glad I got a jolt of inspiration from Green Ocean. I loved wearing this mani so much! I also happen to know that Green Ocean is my bestie, Pish Posh Polish‘s, favourite Sinful Colors polish…plus the blue stamping polish was named after her, so I dedicate this one to Pishy! I would love to hear your thoughts on this one in the comments below 🙂
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Hi everyone! I have another bornprettystore review for you today. This mani doubles up as my contribution for New Year’s nails as well 🙂 I received a gorgeous charm to review. They come in different colours, you can view and purchase them here. I actually like all of the colours, but I opted for the gold since you can reuse them and I thought they would be more versatile overall. Let’s see what I came up with 🙂I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sinful Colors Black on Black on all of my nails. Once they were dry I used a piece of latex make up sponge and L.A. Colors Dizzy to sponge on the glitter gradient on all of my nails except on my ring finger. I don’t think I would have been able to get this glitter dense enough with the brush without the polish building up a lot of clear base, which is why I opted to sponge it on. On my ring nail I attached the charm using nail glue. I sealed in everything with a coat of Seche Vite.
I really love this charm! It is so cute! I might just get myself the other colours as well. This charm is quite large. I see that the width and length are specified on bornprettystore’s site, but they don’t mention how high the charm is, so I took a picture to show you:All that being said, these did not bother me at all. I have had nail charms that get stuck in my hair or bother me by bumping against things, but I barely noticed these on my nail. If I somehow manage not to lose them I will definitely wear them again! I would also like to mention that they are not completely flat at the back, they are curved to accommodate for the c curve of your nails. This helps the charm adhere better. Would I recommend these? I definitely would! You can find bornprettystore at the following locations:
I would love to hear your thoughts on this mani in the comments down below! Don’t forget that you can use my discount code for non discounted items 🙂
To all my readers, I wish you the very best for the year ahead. I hope that you remain safe and enjoy your time with your loved ones as the festive season starts winding down. Thanks for reading 🙂
Hi everyone! I have another gift from Pish Posh Polish to show you today. Yes. I know. The epic nail mail is the gift that keeps on giving! I was totally blown away to find a Deborah Lippmann polish in my gift box. I had heard of the brand via the international blogging circuit, but never ever thought I would own one! Honestly, in the bottle this polish did not give me the feels and I used others ahead of it that I thought I would like more. When I finally got around to using it, it was love at first coat. This polish is SO beautiful it is definitely on my favourites in my collection list. I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener as a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss on all of my nails. Mermaid’s Kiss is a rosy pink glittery base with a strong pink shimmer and dark pink glitter throughout. Man. Wow. The pink shimmer in the polish is strong and you can easily see it, even though the base is gold and sparkly. The formula on this polish was great. I didn’t have issues with controlling it and didn’t even really need to clean up. Always a huge bonus for me. On my ring nail I used OPI Chic From Ears to Tail and a dotting tool to dot flower petals and in the middle I dotted Maskscara Gold Finger for the centers of the flowers. Usually I would do more than one accent nail, but I couldn’t bear to cover up any more of this gorgeous polish. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I must say, few things please me more than being surprised by a polish. I really love painting and falling in love with a polish while I do so. There’s something special about that for me. I absolutely adored wearing this polish and will definitely look for an opportunity to wear it again.
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Hi everyone! As promised, another Christmas mani cos it’s still December 😉 Today I have a lazy mani to show you. I say it’s lazy because it’s just a glitter topper over a base colour. Anyone can do this! These polishes were both gifts. Let me just get straight to it. if you’re the lazy type and prefer manis like this, you probably also don’t want to read long blog posts.
I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of OPI Embrace the Grey on all of my nails. Embrace the Grey is a medium grey creme. I had no issues with the formula, although I have mini bottles and that usually makes application a little trickier. Over that I painted 1 coat of Barry M Christmas Tree. This topper is packed with glitter and you get plenty out, however the red glitter doesn’t come out as easily and I had to fish for every star you see. I sealed everything in with 2 coats of Seche Vite to smooth things out.
I know this doesn’t necessarily look very Christmassy because of the base colour, but I felt that the glitter would disappear over silver, green or red. Are you a lazy mani person or do you prefer more intricate nail art?
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Hi everyone! Today I want to show you another one of the gorgeous indies Pish Posh Polish sent to me. When I was opening the package I didn’t actually catch the meaning of the name, but when I used it and read it again I was like “Oooooooh!”. I love clever polish names! I also made some decals for this mani. Let me show you 🙂I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. On my middle and pinkie nails I painted 3 coats of Different Dimension Sorry But I Cantaloupe (gift). This polish is an very soft pink crelly with different sized neon pink hexes, squares and stars. STARS! Man I love the stars! I left the bottle upside down for about 30 minutes before I started painting and the glitter came out without an hassles. I am totally in love with this polish! On my index and ring nails I painted 3 coats of essence Ben & Cherries. I made decals stamping with BM-S104 and Tip Top Hot Fudge. I filled in part of the image with China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave and applied them over Ben & Cherries. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
I wasn’t 100% happy with the decals as the stamping is quite subtle, but on the plus side it doesn’t take anything away from the crelly. What do you think? I always love reading your feedback in the comments.
Hi everyone! I have another cool indie polish that Pish Posh Polish sent me to show you today. Yes. I’m going to be saying that a lot. She sent me so many pretty polishes to play with! Lorelei Lacquer is a fairly new indie in the US if I understand it correctly, but from the collections she is putting out it looks like she is going to be very successful. Her polishes are quite unique. Let me show you the mani I came up with using Bubblegum Princess.I started off with Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of Lorelei Lacquer Bubblegum Princess on all of my nails. Princess Bubblegum is a pinky/purple glitter crelly with lilac holo flakies, fuchsia metallic flakies and dark fuchsia micro hexes. Isn’t it TO DIE FOR?! The formula was perfection. I barely had any cleanup and the polish glided over the nail. The flakies and glitter came out perfectly and I didn’t have to spread it around to get them evenly distributed. I used some studs I purchase from bornprettystore to create flowers on my accent nail. I didn’t feel like this needed anything else, so I top coated with Seche Vite.
I really loved this polish and this mani. I realized later that this is perfect for Spring too. Bonus! I would love to hear what you think down in the comments below 🙂
Hi everyone! Today I want to show you another look I created using nail vinyls I received from We Heart Nail Art. We Heart Nail Art is an online store bringing imported brands to South African nail addicts. What I really love about this is that I can shop for these rather exclusive brands from the comfort of my chair. Goods are delivered via courier, so no waiting for your package to come through snail mail and possibly getting stuck at customs and then still having to pay more when it finally arrives in your mailbox. The owner, Shann, is also always on the lookout for new exciting products she can offer. If you’re a nail art lover like me, you *need* to visit this store on a regular basis! Let me show you the look I created.
I started off with a base coat of Revlon Calcium Gel Nail Hardener to protect my nails. I painted 3 coats of piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold on all of my nails (swatch and review here). Fool’s Gold dries really well, so I didn’t have to wait very long before placing my vinyl. Check out my initial review of the We Heart Nail Art nail vinyls here, there are also some application tips if you’re new to using vinyls. I placed the vinyl with my tweezer and used a make up sponge and Zoya Tomoko to sponge over the vinyl. Once I was happy with the opacity I removed the vinyl with my tweezer. This was my first attempt and I was really pleased with how easily the vinyl removed and the clean lines left behind! This vinyl is GORGEOUS! Sponging over the vinyl is a really good trick, that way your polish over the vinyl isn’t too thick and there is less chance of it bleeding under the vinyl or stringing when you remove the vinyl. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
We Heart Nail Art will be selling their vinyl sheets for R50.00 each. The number of vinyls per sheet may vary depending on the design. Can’t make up your mind? Order a variety sheet! Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels:
I was super in love with this look! Although I was nervous about using vinyls before, I think I might be in love with this new nail art technique. Have you used vinyls before? What do you think of this look? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Hi! I have another GORGEOUS piCture pOlish from We Heart Nail Art to show you today. We Heart Nail Art is an online store bringing imported brands to South African nail addicts. What I really love about this is that I can shop for these rather exclusive brands from the comfort of my chair. Goods are delivered via courier, so no waiting for your package to come through snail mail and possibly getting stuck at customs and then still having to pay more when it finally arrives in your mailbox. The owner, Shann, is also always on the lookout for new exciting products she can offer. If you’re a nail art lover like me, you *need* to visit this store on a regular basis! Did you see my review of Obsession?
piCture pOlish is an Australian indie brand that is 5 free. This means that the polishes are not only made without the 3 common chemicals found in nail polish (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde), but also without 2 other very dangerous chemicals (Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). piCture pOlish also contains no artificial fragrances or flavours, is vegan friendly and cruelty free. Today I have piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold to show you. It wasn’t my first choice from the polishes, but after swatching it I realized that was short sighted. This polish is a thing of beauty! Let me show you the swatches.Above you see 3 thin coats of piCture pOlish Fool’s Gold without top coat. Fool’s Gold was created in 2014 with Sammy aka The Nailasaurus (Blogger/UK). The inspiration behind the polish: Flecks of gold as seen through deep tropical waters. The formula on this polish was divine. Even though it has small glitter suspended in it the formula was not at all thick as some glitter polishes can be. It dries quite quickly to a gorgeous shiny finish. I also took a few photos of this beauty with some Seche Vite top coat.Was I right or was I right? This polish is AMAZING! I was never a fan of blue polishes, but how can one not LOVE this? The great news is that this removed quite easily too, despite the glitter. Personally if I try to remove a polish and struggle just a little bit I’ll whip out the foil and remove the rest with the foil method, but I didn’t find it necessary at all with Fool’s Gold.
An excerpt from my previous piCture pOlish post:
Currently piCture pOlish retails for R180 each on the We Heart Nail Art website. I understand that it seems pretty steep for just one bottle of polish, but there are several factors one should take into consideration when deciding whether or not you want to spend the money. piCture pOlish is a big deal. Even the nail addicts in the United States who have access to hundreds of indie brands go gaga over these polishes. Currently OPI retails for about R170 per bottle. OPI is a good brand, but it is freely available and in my opinion lacks the collector’s item factor and is not nearly as exclusive as piCture pOlish. They also offer very unique polishes which you won’t find duplicates for with other brands.
I am seriously in love with both the polishes I received for review and would definitely recommend the brand. Currently We Heart Nail Art is the sole importer for piCture pOlish in South Africa and are listed on their website as an international stockist. Check out We Heart Nail Art’s shop and their other social media channels:
Hey everyone! Today I have another mani created from the wonderful secret Santa box that I received from Because I Can. I just couldn’t wait till I’ve published my post showing you all the goodies on the 31st before diving into the pretties and using them! I was so super excited to discover a Hean Ordinary Misfit in my SS box! It was on my wishlist and I wanted it not only because it is a gorgeous colour, but also for sentimental reasons. You know by now Ordinary Misfit and I are friends, so owning her blog’s namesake polish was a no brainer 🙂 Let me show you what I did with her!
I started off with my L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. Somehow when planning this mani I complicated it so much. I realized afterwards that there was an easier way to do it and kicked myself. I painted 2 coats of Ordinary Misfit on my index and middle nails. This polish has the most divine formula. It is buttery goodness personified in polish. It is a dusty pink that definitely has a place in my sea of pink polishes. I painted 2 coats of 2True Shade 7 on my ring and pinkie nails. Shade 7 is a very fine glitter that is practically opaque in 1 coat. It also has a beautiful copper shift in certain light. I did flood my cuticles with this polish a few times while painting, but I feel like the finish and gorgeous colour were totally worth any clean up effort required. Once that was dry I taped off the triangles on my middle and ring nails and painted them alternating the colours, removing the tape immediately. Once that was dry I taped the triangles off again and stamped using essence black stampy polish and BP-L003. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. Afterwards I realized it would have been easier to stamp the entire nail before taping off sections and then just filling in the solid pieces. Duh.
I hope you like what I came up with 🙂 Have you ever complicated something that should have been simple to do if you had just thought of it? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi everyone! After 4 back to back black manicures I needed some colour in my life! After Michelle from Ordinary Misfit fame shared a recent polish haul and alerted me to a sale at Dischem I was itching to buy some polish. My bestie who had just given birth needed something from the pharmacy, I offered to get it 😉 I picked up a few polishes, including the 2 I’ll be showing you today. This is what I came up with:I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of essence #lucky on all of my nails. Lucky is a very opaque bright pink creme. It is practically a one coater, but of course I can’t stop at 1 coat. This polish had the great essence formula that I am accustomed to. It went on smoothly and self leveled very well. It also dried well. On my middle and ring nails I used the “blob and spread” method to apply 2 coats of Sally Hansen Fruit-ta-ta. Fruit-ta-ta consists of matte white, pink, red and black glitter suspended in a clear base. This one was on sale. The glitter in this polish is quite sparse, so I ended up getting quite a bit of base on my nails, which really slowed down drying time. In hindsight it would be a better idea to sponge this one onto the nail. On my index and pinkie I placed two 2 mm studs purchased from bornprettystore (purchase here and here*) near my cuticles to match some of the colours of the glitter. I sealed it all in with 2 coats of Seche Vite to try and dry the glitter nails and make sure the studs are secure.
I’ve changed the background colour in my photos from white to black. I feel it eliminates some of the red in my skintone which I struggle with in my pictures. I don’t want to mess around with the colours of my photos too much for fear of destroying the colour accuracy of the polish, so this was a better solution in my opinion. I really loved the photos in Blingfinger‘s blog looked against the black background and this inspired me to try it in the first place. I would love to hear what you think about the change in the comments below!
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