I bought this in Dubai on my last holiday when it was sunny and hot and all I wanted was a neon polish on my fingers. This was perfect.
Back in the cold, miserable UK it seems slightly too bright… but still love it. I did a base coat of white polish and then 3 coats of orange. It took quite a long time to dry, even with Seche Vite. Also… I only noticed when I was taking these photos that it says ‘for artifical nails only’. Oh well!
Not the best polish I’ve ever tried, but it fulfilled my holiday neon craving so I’m happy!
SWATCH: Topshop ‘AWOL’
I have never been a fan of blue nail varnishes (as long term readers of my blog may know) but I might have to make an exception for this polish. It’s a bright, pure blue creme polish.
I’d never tried Topshop nail varnishes before but I was pleasantly surprised. 2 coat coverage, topped with Seche Vite.
SWATCH: A-england ‘Dragon’
Another polish from the beautiful a-england ‘The Legend’ collection. This one is a glorious emerald green that, depending on the light, has a blue or gold tint and a true holographic shimmer running through it.
Just like the other polishes in this collection, this could have been a one-coater but I am a creature of habit and did two. Topped with Seche Vite, although it’s shiny and sparkley without.
The Euro Centrale collection is turning out to be one of my favourites, I fell in love with the names from the beginning but the polishes have grown on me after swatching,
‘Eurso Euro’ is a dark indigo creme polish. It is a lovely vibrant colour but it was quite a thin formula, I had to be careful not to flood my cuticles, but surprisingly it still only needed two coats. This is topped with Seche Vite.
SWATCH: OPI ‘My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours’
Another polish from OPI’s Euro Centrale collection. This is a bright, orangey-red creme with a light shimmer that I didn’t notice in the bottle. This is two coats with Seche Vite.
My take on the classic French manicure…
I haven’t done a French manicure in years. This is probably nail art sacrilege but… I don’t really like them. I occasionally like them on other people, if they are done well - but so many that are see are on badly made, shovel-like acrylics and it’s kind of ruined them for me.
So I decided to try to change it, make it a bit more modern, a bit more ‘me’… and I love it! It’s kind of 80s, a bit unusual and different.
What do you think?
My favourite manicures of the year…
Looking back on the past year has been a lot of fun. I started selling custom nails online at the start of this year and I can’t believe the response I’ve had.
I also started doing nails at Rockalily Cuts which has been so much fun and has really helped improve my nail art skills. I’ve met some lovely ladies and had such a lot of fun doing it.
This is a list of my favourite manicures this year - some are my own nails, some are sets I’ve done for other people - all are favourites for different reasons. They are in chronological order as I couldn’t pick between them!
Thank you to everyone who has read my blog, followed my rambling on Twitter, liked my page on Facebook, bought my nails, helped advertise my business, had their nails done in person. I love you all!
Merry Christmas and here’s to an even better new year!
Models Own Glitterball…
I was so excited to try out the new Giltterball and Wonderland polishes from Models Own. Boots online decided to send me two bottles of Boogie Nights instead of sending that and Hot Stuff and missed Southern Lights off my order, which is fairly annoying but will be sorted tomorrow hopefully.
Here are the details…
Dancing Queen (Glitterball) - clear base with GLITTER: teeny tiny gold; gold, blue and green small hex; tiny gold circular; iridescent silver diamond-shaped; and irregular shards of blue, green and gold.
Disco Inferno (Glitterball) - clear base with GLITTER: teeny tiny orange; small green hex; medium sized gold hex; iridescent square; and irregular shaped gold.
Boogie Nights (Glitterball) - clear base with GLITTER: teeny tiny pink; small blue and purple hex; irregular iridescent lilac.
Blizzard (Wonderland) - clear base with GLITTER: teeny tiny silver; small silver, green and gold hex; small iridescent squares.
Snowflakes - clear base with iridescent green/blue/gold irregular shards.
I LOVE THEM ALL.
I ran out of fingers for swatching so will be doing the rest next week! They are all beautiful though. So glad I ordered them.
I get a lot of questions on Tumblr and Twitter about basic nail care. I did a post on this when I first started my blog but it always bears repeating. You can spend time and money on the best manicures in the world, but if the canvas is sub-par then it will either look crap or not last.
Let it be known that I have no official training, these are just tips that I have picked up through years of a nail addiction!
This is my first Illamasqua nail polish and I think I chose very well!
‘Wink’ is a very pale lilac creme from their 2010 Spring pastels collection. It’s a gorgeous lavender that applied so perfectly, something that’s unheard of with pastels. I only needed two coats and the first layer on my left hand was dry as I finished my right hand. Perfection.
I can tell I will be on the look out for more Illasmasqua nail varnishes in future!
SWATCH: OPI ‘Gouda Gouda Two Shoes’…
This is my third polish from OPIs 2012 Holland collection.
This polish dries a lot darker than it looks in the bottle, when I saw it in the airport I thought it looked a bit similar to Chanel’s ‘Rose Confidentiel’ but it is actually a much darker, warm rose colour, with a beautiful coppery-gold shimmer when you see it in the sun.
As with most OPI polishes, it is a two-coater and dries super quickly. This is a really nice colour for the oncoming autumnal weather: warm and pretty, girly without being too pink. Perfect.
SWATCH: Inglot ‘722’
The first of my Dubai holiday haul is from a company called Inglot. I had never heard of them but apparently they are worldwide.
I love yellow polish but this one is special as it’s my first matte polish. I need some practice getting the finish a bit smoother: I definitely missed having a top coat to smooth everything out. But I love the matte effect and, for such a bright colour, I only needed two coats.
This colour certainly gave me my holiday feeling back, which I needed after returning from 40+ heat to 10 degrees in London!!