Saturday, 18 January 2014

Naughty Night Shift Nurse

2014 is upon us, and in 3 weeks time I'll be headed back to Australia from my semester abroad in Japan. My blogging took a serious blow while I've been here. Unfortunately spare time has been pretty much non-existent, and my nails have been in poor shape since I got here and I can't work out why. I'm hoping they'll fix themselves once I'm back in Aus so I can continue to put up the occasional blog post!

Today I have for you some photos that I took back at the start of July last year. Unfortunately what with getting ready for my time abroad they never made it to my blog, until now that is when I stumbled across them on my computer and realised they were unposted. Without further ado, I have for you the limited edition Naughty Night Shift Nurse (NNSN) from Pretty Serious Cosmetics. I don't know what NNSN did that was so naughty exactly, but it seems to be cursed to have drama follow it (not that that's something I'll be elaborating on here, this is a place of happiness and polish!).

NNSN has a red-purple to blue duochrome base with iridescent flakies. Here I've layered it over OPI Black Onyx (which you can see at my cuticles because when I did my topcoat of Seche it shrunk NNSN but not Black Onyx) to make the duochrome pop. This is going to get a bit photo heavy, here goes!

Full sunlight

Full sunlight

Partial shade


Bottle shot

Bottle shot

NNSN is unfortunately no longer available as it was released in a limited run, but other Pretty Serious polishes can be purchased from their website (with worldwide shipping!).

Anthea xx

Monday, 4 November 2013

Hot Pink Studs

Hey guys! Long time no blog right? I'm sorry, my life in Japan has just been so hectic, and unfortunately I don't think it's going to calm down so my blog posts will probably be pretty spaced out. I barely even have time to paint my nails these days, and because the weather has just turned cold my nails are becoming brittle and snapping :(

Today I have the second half of my Born Pretty Store review for you. Once again, I'm so sorry that it took so long to get this up. In addition to the Little Twin Star decals that Born Pretty sent me, I also received some hot pink studs and container to hold all my little nail art bits and pieces. The container is pretty tiny, measuring 13cm x 5cm x 1cm, but despite the tiny compartments it holds A LOT as you can see from my photos, and it has been super handy on this trip to Japan since I had to pack relatively lightly while still fitting my whole life into a suitcase.

The hot pink studs...well considering I love studs and I love pink, I was super happy to get these to try. These studs have a bit more height to them than some of the other studs I own (the curve of the dome is rather pronounced), so if you're one of those people who don't like bumpy nails then these might not be for you. Despite their extra height though they stayed put just as well as my other studs and I had these on for 4 days before any of them fell off. If you're unsure how to apply studs, I wrote a tutorial for Lacquerheads of Oz that you can see here. The polish I've used in the photos below is OPI 'I Don't Give A Rotterdam!'

The container can be found on the Born Pretty website here, and the studs here. Born Pretty ship worldwide, and shipping is free. They've also given me a code that will get you guys 10% off all your orders, HAIRG10.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Little Twin Stars Water Decals

Hey guys, I know it's been over a month since my last blog post, I'm a bad blogger! I promise I have a good reason though, I'm currently living in Japan for 6 months doing a student exchange as part of my uni degree. Eeek! So as you can imagine I was a bit preoccupied preparing for my trip and actually moving here. I've been here for nearly 3 weeks now, and to be honest I'm not sure how much time I'll have for blogging, but I'll try and do the occasional post whenever I can.

Today I have a review for you of some water decals sent to me by Born Pretty Store. They have the Little Twin Stars on them and are so adorable!

The instructions on the back are very self-explanatory despite the slightly broken English, and the decals are extremely easy to apply and even those who are beginners shouldn't have any problems with application.

And here is the final result. I layered the decals over China Glaze 'Something Sweet' and my other nails have Sayuri 'Sugar Coated Dreams' layered over Essie 'Bikini So Teeny'.

My Cinderella hand...excuse the nubbin and dry cuticles >.<

These decals are the BLE1788 design and can be found on the website here (they're even on sale at the moment!). Born Pretty Store ship worldwide, and shipping is free. They've also given me a code that will get you guys 10% off all your orders, HAIRG10. So what do you guys think? Have you ever tried water decals? If you haven't do you think you'll give them a go?

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Dauphine of Decadence

Hey! Look at me, I'm blogging! Once again it's been awhile since my last blog. I'm sorry (again). I'll let you guys know in the next couple of weeks just why it's been so quiet around here...

Today I have another HARE Polish to show you, this time it's 'Dauphine of Decadence'.

Lamp light

Lamp light

Lamp light

'Dauphine of Decadence' is a clear based glitter topper filled with gold and baby blue glitters of different shapes and sizes along with a subtle gold shimmer. Loooove this one. I've layered it over OPI 'My Vampire Is Buff', but I also put it over OPI 'Skull And Glossbones' on my swatch wheel when I was trying to decide what to layer it over and it was an equally good layering combo. I nearly did half and half because I couldn't decide which was better! Like the others from the Last Queen of France Collection that I've tried this one cracked on my nails after 24 hours as you can see on my index finger in the photos. Very sad. I've yet to hear of anyone having the same problem so I guess it's just my bad luck! (And yes, I've tried using different top and base coats).

Bottle shot

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Crystal Dreams Collection

Hey guys! Tonight I have a long post for you, because I'm showing you swatches from the new Sayuri Nail Lacquer collection Crystal Dreams. I'm so glad that I can finally show you these, because it explains my blogging absence of late. Creating polish is time consuming you know!? Let's get stuck into it before I start rambling...

Galaxy Magic
Galaxy Magic is a clear based glitter topper packed with large black dots, black rectangles, and small hex glitters in black, neon pink, neon blue, neon green, and neon yellow (all the neons!). The rectangle glitters apply just like hex glitters, so haters of bar glitter need not fear!

One coat over Essie 'Blanc' with top coat

Neo Plasma
Neo Plasma consists of a white crelly base packed with neon green, watermelon pink, grape, and lavender hexes with a fine holo shimmer. A mixture of neon and pastel in one!

Two coats with top coat

Clouded Skies
Clouded Skies is a creme polish, a first for Sayuri but it definitely won't be the last. A blue polish with a grey undertone and a silver shimmer, this is a perfect choice for beginners and polish addicts alike, opaque in two coats.

Two coats with top coat

A baby pink jelly polish with a neon undertone packed with iridescent hexes of different sizes. This one can be built up in 3 coats or layered over another pink polish (recommended if your nails are a bit stained like mine!), or one coat can be applied for a work-appropriate mani with a touch of sparkle.

Two coat over A England 'Iseult' with top coat

Candied Visions
Candied Visions is a mint green creme polish with a linear holographic effect. Make sure you wear this one in the sunlight to experience it's magic! I recommend wearing this one without a top coat as some top coats can dull the holographic effect.

Three coats, no top coat

Sugar Coated Dreams
The second glitter topper in the collection, Sugar Coated Dreams contains no less than 10 different glitters. There's white and aqua stars, candy pink dots, and hex glitters of different sizes in lavender, aqua, white, candy pink, and pastel yellow. A subtle white shimmer in the base adds a little extra magic.

One coat over Essie 'Bikini So Teeny' with top coat

The final polish in the collection, Psychadelia is a black based polish filled with shards that shift from purple to gold (and if you have curvy nails unlike mine it will shift to teal too!). This one will build to opacity in three coats, but to really amplify the duochrome shift I recommend layering it over a black polish.

Three coats over OPI 'Black Onyx' with top coat

Three coats over OPI 'Black Onyx' with top coat

Three coats over OPI 'Black Onyx' with top coat

And that completes the collection! Which are your favourites? The Crystal Dreams Collection will be available for purchase to those of you in Australia from the Sayuri website from Monday August 5th at 9pm AEST. The Collection will be available internationally from Mei Mei's Signatures (who ship worldwide) within the next fortnight. Fingers crossed that life will calm down for me a little now and blogging can go back to normal!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 Voting

Hey guys, voting for the piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013 is now open! I'd love it if you voted for me, but I know there are a lot of wonderful entries this year! Head on over to the PP website to vote now, there's polish to be won!