At the Birchbox event I went to a few weeks ago I met a blogger called Emily and fangirled a bit when I found out that she was one of the creators of The Lacquer Lab. I am always on the look out for independent, UK based nail polish brands and this one had been on my radar for a while. I was lucky enough to be sent their new limited edition festive trio to review and I will apologise now for the photo heavy post: these polishes deserve a lot of pictures!
Introducing: The Lacquer Lab Festive Trio nail polishes
So here is the trio, L-R: Fred & Ginger, I Want A Pony, and Snow Globe. Don’t you just feel Christmassy looking at them?
Glitter Nail Varnish Removal Tutorial
I get a lot of questions on twitter and instagram about tips to easily remove glitter nail varnish, so I thought I’d do a quick video tutorial about it.
All you will need to recreate this video is: Pure acetone, squares of tin foil, a few cotton pads and some killer dance moves. All will become clear…
Let me know if this was helpful, I’d love to hear how you get on. Hopefully you can bring your neglected nail varnishes out of retirement now that it’s not such a chore to remove them!
OPI Polka.com Review
This absolute beauty is from the 2013 ‘Euro Centrale’ collection which has some really lovely polishes. It’s rare that I swoon over more than 3 or 4 polishes in an OPI collection, but this one has some really nice shades and I was tempted by most of them. I have added links at the bottom of this blog post so you can see my reviews on the ones I picked up.
OPI Make Him Mine
This absolute beauty is from OPI’s holiday collection, the Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 range. And I am in love. I thought the red glitter polish (Underneath The Mistletoe) was pretty, but OPI Make Him Mine is a whole other kettle of glitter.
This is my first OPI Liquid Sand polish and I am not disappointed. The polish is surprisingly easy to apply, I was a bit worried as some glitters are thick, lumpy and difficult to apply. Add to that a matte finish and that’s sometimes a recipe for disaster. Not so with this polish. This needed 2 layers and there was no need for a particularly light hand or any placement of glitter. It dries completely matte and doesn’t take too long to dry (although I admit I did get bored waiting, I’ve been so spoilt by the speediness of Seche Vite!)
The colour is super pretty: A rose pink with hot pink, gold and silver glitters of various sizes.
Not only is this polish gorgeous to look at, I am obsessed with the texture. The rough, slightly gritty finish makes it oddly satisfying to run your fingers over.
I have so many nail varnishes in every colour under the sun, but it’s new and unusual things like this that stick in my mind. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this has rocketed into one of my favourite polishes of all time.
Have you tried any of the OPI Liquid Sand polishes?
*Drum roll* Introducing OPI ‘Under The Mistletoe’. (possibly) One of the most Christmassy nail varnishes in the world. LOOK AT IT.
OPI Which Is Witch Review – Oz the Great and Powerful collection
This is another polish from the ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ collection. I’m not usually drawn to bar glitter, as I’ve mentioned before, but this is very pretty.
‘Which Is Witch’ is a clear base with holographic bars, medium hexs and tiny glitter. It applies very well and not much placement is needed to ensure even application. You’ll be very happy to hear that the glitter doesn’t curl (unlike the shambles that is ‘When Monkey’s Fly’), so the finish is lovely and smooth.
I truly love this polish: look how shiny it is! This catches the light in such a beautiful way.
This polish was applied over a base of Kiko ‘275 Black’ and I applied it at the base of the nail and slowly pulled the glitter up the nail to make a subtle gradient effect. It was then topped with Seche Vite.
OPI When Monkeys Fly Nail Varnish
I didn’t want to write a negative review. I love OPI. True love, love them. I have raved about them in the past, but I couldn’t get over the issues with this nail varnish. When I saw the polishes they were bringing out to coincide with the ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ film, I was so excited: Glitter ‘til the cows come home. And pretty, unusual glitters. Almost indie-polish glitter. *swoon*
Models Own Gold Finger
This stunning polish was lying unloved and unopened in my untried pile. What on earth was I thinking? This is so beautiful! This manicure is shown with 3 coats of dense glitter that didn’t need any placement which means it’s a total faff free manicure. The glitter is so shiny and sparkly and has attracted so many comments when I’ve been wearing it.
I think have found a new favourite glitter! If you’re in love with this but wary of glitter removal, I have a video with a really quick and easy removal method. It will change your life (okay, that may be an over exaggeration but it is pretty great! You can watch it HERE)
It looks like Models Own have stopped selling this (WHHHHHYYYYyyyyyy) but you can get it HERE if you just can’t live without this sparkle in your life.