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Delush Polish A Peony For Your Thoughts Swatch

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Hi everyone! Today I have a swatch of an indie polish that I have used in a mani before (this post is picture heavy). I was feeling too lazy to do any nail art and decided to wear an interesting polish on it’s own. This is what I love about crellies, even though there is basically no effort involved, the polish still looks amazing and interesting as if you’ve done something special 🙂 Let me show you my swatch of Delush Polish A Peony For Your Thoughts.Delush Polish A Peony For Your Thoughts SwatchDelush Polish A Peony For Your Thoughts SwatchDelush Polish A Peony For Your Thoughts Swatch

I started off with a base coat to protect my nails. I painted 3 thin coats of A Peony For Your Thoughts on all of my nails. If you read my previous post you will know I struggled a bit to get the circle glitter out of the bottle, but this was because I was in such a rush to use it after receiving it from my friend Pish that I didn’t have the patience to work with it as required. It is common for larger, heavier glitter to settle at the bottom of the bottle. To prevent this and suspend the glitter, the base polish would have to be way too thick to work with so you need to use a few tricks in order to get the glitter out easily. I left the bottle upside down for about 30 minutes before using the polish. On the first 2 coats I didn’t really stress about getting any circle glitters out since subsequent coats would just cover them up anyway, but when I went in for my last coat I really focused on getting them out. In between each nail I closed the bottle and rolled it between my hands upside down. The circle glitters came out in abundance when I did this 🙂 I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

Do you like crelly polishes? I have a weakness for white crellies myself. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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Catrice Get the Blues

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Hi everyone! I want to show you a stunning polish I bought today. You will also see somewhat of a unicorn on my blog – swatch photos! I was using this polish as a base on all of my nails for my mani and figured I would snap some pics of how it looks on its own before stamping over it. I picked up this polish from Dischem on sale. I usually shy away from Catrice polishes in favour of their sister brand essence, but only because of the price point. Catrice polishes are by no means expensive, just more expensive than essence. Yeah. Call me cheap 😉 I picked up Catrice Get the Blues and was really glad I did! Look at this beauty:Catrice Get The Blues SwatchCatrice Get The Blues SwatchCatrice Get The Blues SwatchShown above is 2 coats without top coat. I had to slant my nails as I have in the last picture to see the colour shift that is so apparent in the bottle, but this polish is beautiful even when it is not shifting. I really, really love it. The formula was superb and I had absolutely no issues with this polish. I had just received my new Bundle Monster plates, so of course I had to try them out.Catrice Get The Blues stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102Catrice Get The Blues stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102Catrice Get The Blues stamped with Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102I started off with an L.A. Girl base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Catrice Get the Blues and used Tip Top Armour Plate and BM-S102 to stamp over all my nails. Somehow the stamping completely changed the colour of this polish. I realize my skin tone looks different in the 2 sets of pictures, I suspect I forgot to change my white balance setting when I took one set of photos, but the polish is still colour accurate. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think? Do you like Get the Blues? Have you ever had a polish “change colour” on you after you’ve done some art? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

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Omega Emerald Isle is all about that base

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Hi everyone! Today I have another Omega polish to show you. This was sent to me by the lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics for review and swatching. I have two sets of photos to show you today. I struggled with this polish when I first swatched it. Let me show you the first set of photos:

Omega Emerald Isle with Tip Top Base Coat

Omega Emerald Isle with Tip Top Base Coat

You can clearly see bubbles in the polish here. Above is 3 coats over my Top Top base coat with no top coat. I brought the polish to work and asked 2 colleagues to swatch it as well to eliminate application and environmental factors. Neither of them had bubbles. I was quite bummed because that meant it was me, right? I painted badly! For those of you that don’t know, adding too much polish to your brush and painting too many strokes can result in bubbles. So I figured I probably had too much polish on the brush or overworked it and resolved to swatch it again.

Enter Ordinary Misfit who also had a few Omegas to swatch. She noticed with one of the polishes she also had bubbles. We chatted about it and she figured out that we had both used a Tip Top base coat. When she swatched her Omega again, she used an essence base coat as well as Tip Top and over the Tip Top base coat she had some bubbles again, but over the essence base coat she didn’t have any. It occurred to me that the ladies that swatched for me at work weren’t wearing any base coat at all. I decided that I should paint my next swatch with no base coat. I did exactly that:

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Much better, no? Shown above is 3 coats with no base coat. The first picture has no top coat, the second is topped with Dashing Diva Top Seal. Emerald Isle is a gorgeous dark green metallic polish. It is a beautiful colour! The formula is on the thinner side, but I had no problems applying the polish at all and I didn’t flood my cuticles while painting. It seems very sheer on the first 2 coats, but builds up nicely to the deep, rich green seen above. I can’t wait to pull this polish out come Christmas time! You have already seen how I “upgraded” this mani in a previous post, here is the photo again:

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I would love to hear your thoughts on this polish in the comments below 🙂 Have you ever found that specific base coats don’t seem to do well with some of your polishes? I’ve never had a problem with this base coat before, so it never occurred to me that it would cause any issues. Huge thanks to Michelle for helping me figure it out and restoring my confidence in my painting ability!

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Bridal Nails with Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 639

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Hi everyone! Today is the final post of the Bridal Nails series using the Hean Wedding Collection polishes which I purchased from Glamore Cosmetics. Today I’ll be showing you 639 which is a very sheer peach jelly polish. I knew the moment I swatched this on my wheel that it was going to be too sheer to layer to opacity. Let me show you the swatches.

Hean Wedding Garden 639 swatch

Hean Wedding Garden 639 swatch

Shown above is 4 coats over a base coat with no top coat. I had no application issues at all and the polish dried well, even 4 coats in. As you can see it dries with a gorgeous shine, even without top coat. Even though I top coat everything, that is a huge plus for those who do not. Regular readers of my blog know that I don’t like visible nail line, despite that I think this is actually gorgeous! A subtle french if you will, without the added effort 😉 It is also a good neutral shade that would be good if you want to tone your nails down for an occasion. It is also a nice palette for some nail art. I knew using a glitter over this would obscure the visible nail line, but since I’ve already used glitter in one of these posts, I went with flakies this time.

Hean Wedding Garden 639 Bridal Nails

Hean Wedding Garden 639 Bridal Nails

I used my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 4 coats of 639 over that. I layered 1 coat of the flakie side of Revlon Satellite from the Moon Candy collection over that and sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal. I really liked this polish with and without the flakies. It is just so soft and feminine. It feels so strange for me to say that since I think visible nail line just makes it look like you didn’t bother to do enough coats to cover it, but I’m willing to admit this is an exception!

What do you think of this polish? Do you mind visible nail line? Please let me know in the comments below!

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I really hope you have enjoyed this series 🙂

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Bridal Nails with Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 640

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Hello everyone! Today I have the 3rd installment of my short Bridal Nails series using the Hean Wedding Garden collection. Today I have 640 to show you. Let’s dive right into the swatches 🙂

Hean Wedding Garden 640

Hean Wedding Garden 640

Shown above is 3 coats over a base coat with no top coat. 640 is a mint polish that has a strong suggestion of blue. I found that my perception of the colour changed if I held my nails against different backgrounds. Next to a soft blue it looked very green, next to a teal, more minty. You be the judge 😉 This polish was quite opaque, but I still felt it needed 3 coats to even out the colour and cover any unevenness. As you can see it dries to a nice shiny finish even without a top coat. As usual the formula was really good and I didn’t have any problems. As with all the others I wanted to add something to this to make it pop. I thought a nice glitter accent would go beautifully with this polish and this is what happened:

Hean Wedding Garden 640

Hean Wedding Garden 640

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and then 3 coats of 640. I topped off my middle and ring nails with one coat of essence glorius aquarius and sealed it all in with a coat of Dashing Diva Top Seal. I wasn’t sure if this look was subtle enough to be considered bridal, but we’re not all french manicure kind of girls, are we? I know of someone who got married in a tutu and a denim shirt. Let us unleash the funky brides! I got married before I was into nails and I had a plain french mani on my fingers and toes for my wedding day. This is the most classic look, but times are changing and I hope to inspire some fun bridal nail art for future brides 🙂 Bridal does not have to be boring, plain or muted 😀

If you would like to purchase 640, click here. You can find Glamore Cosmetics on their other social media channels too:

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What do you think of this look? Do you think you could/could have rocked mint and glitter on your wedding day? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bridal Nails with the Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 637

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Hi everyone! It’s time for the next installment of the Bridal Nails series I’m doing with the Hean Wedding Garden collection. The lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics sent me two Hean polishes from the Wedding Garden collection to swatch for her. After swatching the first polish for their site I immediately ordered the rest of the collection and came up with the idea for this short series. The polish I’m showing today was also sent to me by Gael and it is another beauty. Just have a look:

Hean Wedding Collection 637

Hean Wedding Collection 637

Shown above is 4 coats of 637 over a base coat with no top coat. This polish is an off white jelly that has a very soft hint of pink and is jam packed full of silver holographic shimmer. The shimmer leaves the polish with a pearlescent finish which is oh so very bridal and reminds me of satin. As promised I did some nail art to compliment the polish. This is what I came up with:

Hean Wedding Collection 637 Stamped

Hean Wedding Collection 637 Stamped

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and added 4 coats of 637 for the swatches above. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and the bottom image of PUEEN 33 to stamp on all my nails except my ring which I stamped with the same image and Tip Top Armour Plate. Personally I prefer the white stamping over this polish as it stands out more. The silver kind of disappears in the strong shimmer of 637, but it is still visible and maybe an option if you want something “barely there”.

I really loved this mani. Regular readers of my blog know that I seldom push through to 4 coats with a polish unless I deem it totally worth it and in this case I really do. I still had visible nail line after 3 coats and even after 4, but it was opaque enough even for my fussy eye. You can see it if you look at the index nail on the swatch photos. The stamping obscured it completely too, so it really didn’t bother me in the least. I think these nails are absolutely perfect for a bride and I am so very happy to add this polish to my collection. I have nothing else like this.

If you would like to purchase 637, click here. You can find Glamore Cosmetics on their other social media channels too:

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What do you think of this polish and nail art? Are you looking forward to seeing more of these posts? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Bridal Nails with the Hean Wedding Garden Collection – 641

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Hi everyone! The lovely Gael from Glamore Cosmetics sent me two Hean polishes from the Wedding Garden collection to swatch for her. I really did not expect to completely fall in love with them, but I am smitten! Today I want to show you number 641. After I applied this polish I was so in love I ordered the rest of the collection and was inspired to do a “Bridal Nails” series using all 5 polishes. Today’s post is the first installment. It’s the first time I’m doing this kind of thing on the blog and I’m rather excited about it. I hope you like it too 🙂 I intend to show you swatches of the Wedding Garden collection and then soft, subtle nail art to make any bride feel special. Let me show you this absolutely divine polish!

Hean Wedding Garden 641

Hean Wedding Garden 641Shown above is 3 coats over a base coat with no top coat. 641 is a soft pastel blue that has a lilac tinge to it in certain light. This polish applies beautifully. It is sheer on the first coat, but builds easily to full opacity at 3 coats. I was considering stamping over this colour, but then I thought of this:

Hean Wedding Garden 641 Bridal Nails

Hean Wedding Garden 641 Bridal Nails

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat, painted the 3 coats of 641, after that was dry I used Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty and a make up sponge to sponge on the glitter. I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite. I cannot say enough how in love I was with this mani. I wanted to swatch more than one polish on a weekend and thought I would like the blue the least since I don’t normally like blues, but I wanted to cry real tears when I had to take this off! I was literally staring at my nails, a lot more than I usually do! I love, love, love it!

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What do you think of this polish and nail art? Are you looking forward to seeing more of these posts? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂

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OPI Bastille My Heart Swatch

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Hi everyone! I don’t normally do swatch posts unless something was sent to me for review, in which case I feel it is only right for me to go to the trouble of swatching and photographing polishes individually. There is, however, one polish in my collection that totally warranted a swatch post. I received this polish as a gift from my BFF Sanita for my birthday in 2014 along with 2 mini OPI polishes. This is currently the only full sized OPI that I own. I’ve used this polish before as a base for nail art, but when I pulled it out again and painted it I just knew I had to do a swatch post for it. This is the most gorgeous, deep, rich and vampy red in my collection. I absolutely adore it. The formula is perfect, it is practically opaque in 1 coat, but as we all know I’m going to do 2 anyway. Below I’m showing you 2 coats with no top coat:

OPI Bastille My Heart

OPI Bastille My Heart

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Isn’t that gorgeous?! So shiny! So squishy! So delicious! I am not one for dark colours or vampy polishes, but this? This! I think it is safe to say that this is my favourite red in my collection. Every time I wear this polish I feel so sophisticated and elegant. It just feels so luxurious! It stirs the feelings in me!

That’s all I wanted to show you for today. What do you think of this polish? Does anything in your collection give you “the feels”? Let me know in the comments below!

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Purple Effect

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Hello everyone! Two days after Christmas my mani chipped really badly and I needed to do a quick paint as not to sport naked nails. Since my love for polish blossomed, I just can’t stand to wear them naked. I did so for 32 years of my life without a second thought, but once the bug bit, I was hooked for life! I decided to pull out one of my untrieds that I’ve been looking forward to wearing and just do a plain mani. So this is actually more of a swatch post, with only 1 polish 😛 I do, however, have multiple photos because I just needed to capture this polish in all it’s glory.

I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat and painted 2 easy coats of L.A. Girl Purple Effect from the 3D collection on all of my nails. This is a dark purple jelly polish packed with scattered holographic particles. This polish removed like a dream too! It is rather opaque for a jelly. I tried 3 coats on one of my nails (not pictured) and I didn’t feel it made enough difference to warrant another coat. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite. The result:

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Isn’t that just beautiful?! I really love this polish! I didn’t even feel it needed anything added to it to make it awesome. This baby in the sun? Amazing! The photo really doesn’t do it justice.

What do you guys think of this polish? Do you think you could rock it? Let me know down below 🙂

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Rockin’ Rainbow Sherbet

A few weeks ago I ordered myself some Dollish Polish. Dollish is an indie brand from the USA which has shipping costs that I can live with. This is the first true indie that I own. I simply couldn’t wait to try it!

 

I started of with my usual base coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results to protect my natural nails. I then painted 3 coats of Dollish Polish Rockin’ Rainbow Sherbet on all my nails. I sealed it in with a coat of Seche Vite. I must say that the top coat made a big difference to the appearance of the polish. I really preferred it with a top coat. Yup. It was that easy! The results:

 

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As if that was not gorgeous enough, this polish looks awesome under a UV light too! I don’t have a black light, but Accio Lacquer does and I’ve included a pic of her swatch under a black light for your viewing pleasure:

 

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I’ve never wanted a black light so badly in my life! To top it off, this polish wore really well. I had it on for an extra day and could barely even detect tip wear. Really impressed with my first indie!

 

I was fortunate enough to receive some items from NailCandi to review for you guys. I first mentioned them in my CosmoPolished post, which is where I met Michell and was first introduced to the brand. Let me tell you a little more about them. An extract from their press release:

 

Finally, gorgeous nail adornments and jewelry to perfect every manicure or help immediately with a broken nail emergency. SA’s newest Nail Art Brand, NailCandi® has nailed it again with their newest manicure jewels and Nail Rings.

 

They’re loved by Beyonce and now ‘mani rings’ are taking the fashion and beauty world by storm. Seen on the hands of many international and local celebrities like Rihanna, Demi Levato, Chiano Sky and Flash Republics’ Tamara Dey the ‘mani ring’ or nail ring – a ring worn on your nail – is the latest lacquer trend to take the beauty and fashion world by storm. It combines nail art and statement rings for a hot new trend.

 

Celebrity nail artist, Michell Sierra, spotted a niche in the market after close collaboration with various top SA celebrities. After 3 years of creating designer manicures for runways of SA fashion week she expanded her passion for the industry and took nail art to the next level with NailCandi®. Michell realised that fashion is all about texture and she incorporated this trend through 3D nail art and jewels.

 

NailCandi® Manicure Jewels is the only re-usable nail art system on the market, and is great for everyday wear or for any special occasion. The jewels are durable and suitable for home or salon use.

 

The first item I have to show you is a manicure or nail ring. I was really pleased when I received mine since it is one I would have chosen myself. I love hearts and this manicure ring is so very cute! Have a look:

 

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I think it is really pretty! You may think it is uncomfortable, but it doesn’t really bother me. I wear mine on my ring nail on my right hand and I am able to type and go about my daily activities without any interference. I have worn it every day since I got it and I really love it! The ring is very sturdy and is also adjustable. I actually tried to adjust mine, but I decided rather not to stretch it out. I know that it looks like it is strangling the tip of my finger, but it really isn’t. I have chubby fingers, no judgies! I am a little scared that I am going to lose it. It is really close to the tip of my finger and I am really in love with it, so I’ve left it at the standard size to make sure I hang onto it!

 

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