Saturday, 24 January 2015

Glam Polish Bewitched with OPI Sheer Tints

I came across a couple glittery nails topped with some sheer tints, but I can't for the life of me remember who did those. Sorry. If I remember or if someone tells me who they are, I'd love to credit them. 

But anyway, it was an easy to achieve look, since I have the full set of the OPI Sheer Tints. I was so excited about those when I first saw them, but then they turned out to be thick and hard to use and sat mostly unloved in my USA haul pile. The base was Glam Polish Bewitched.

Monday, 19 January 2015

John Paul Gaultier @ the NGV

On Saturday, I went with my sister and her friend to see the John Paul Gaultier exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. We saw some beautiful creations, some truly bizarre fashion and a few ideas that I can totally translate myself and on a budget. 

Despite not planning to take photos, I couldn't help myself, and ended up taking heaps with my phone and nearly completely draining my phone's battery in the process. 

Heaps of photo, some below and more after the jump!

One of my favourite dresses
Worn by Princess Caroline
The near dress was worn by Kylie Minogue

Does it feel familiar? Beyonce worn this!

Make up inspiration

Saturday, 17 January 2015

An Indie Extravaganza 2 from Powder Perfect swatches - part 2

I now have the remaining half the the Indie Extravaganza Volume II to share. The first part is here. I didn't time using these polishes well. *sigh* The weather in Melbourne hasn't been all that cooperative in terms of sunshine and I kept missing out on the good sunny moments. 

I've also been trying out a slightly different hand pose — with a slight angle/tilt. Not sure if it's better, but it does mean the names on the bottles show if they are on the bottom!

All of three polishes were painted on PVA glue base and topped first with Essence gel-look plumping top coat and then finished with HK Girl top coat for a smooth, glossy finish that is easy to remove! Sort of easy. Depends on my glue application. I am not sure if I've mentioned before, but I had not tried any of the brands in this volume. Just, you know, FYI.

First up in part time is Two Birds Lacquer with Popcorn. Admittedly not my favourite confectionery.
As for the polish. Well, it's a yellow... and so it did take 4 coats to achieve the colour you see here. As you can see it's a creamy yellow shade, and sort of jelly-like, with tiny black specks. There were so larger glitters, a medium hex and a large hex glitter in there, but like the kernel skin of it's namesake, hard to get out. It's hard to fish though, because the polish itself is relatively opaque. I am not fussed about that as I am not so into the big glitter at the moment. I am quite happy with the glitters I did get out. I even see a hint of micro holo in there!

The next is Shades of Phoenix's contribution, Triton. SoP is one of those indies brands that I first noticed and made me pay attention to the indie world, but I never actually got one until now! Sadly, this was the only sort-of in focus photo I managed. The light was terrible and I forgot to try again later. 

The polish itself was good, but if you look, you might see some little triangles in it, but I couldn't fish it out of the bottle! I think that on the left hand, only the ring finger managed to get one.

And the last but not least, Hollish Office Party. To me, it was reminiscence of Emily de Molly Somber Party. Both are blueish-greyish cremes with glitters. A serious polish with a fun side. The glitters are larger here of course, but still easy to apply, no fishing required (but do of course make sure you've mixed it a little!).

Both this and Peita's Polish Flying Trapeze appeared to have used the same combo of pink and aqua small dot glitters. Luckily, I love that colour combo!

So my overall thoughts, all had that great formula that I am coming to expect from all the aussie indies, although the two favourites for me are Peita's Polish Flying Trapeze and Hollish Office Party. I felt that the purple holo was a bit typical and the two with the larger glitters was too hard to fish onto the nail. Neither shade suited me particularly well either, I thought. 

I believe these are still available from Powder Perfect's store here.

Friday, 9 January 2015

My guest post on Serenity Nails

I am super excited today because I have a guest post up today! Here's a sneak peek, but head on over to my post onChristine's blog, Serenity's Nails to check out the Celestial Cosmetics polishes used in this simple nail art mani. 

Friday, 2 January 2015

Kester Black Bougainvillea topped with Nebula

 I got these two as a little birthday/Christmas present. They were a tad disappointing. The purple is a lovely warm, midtone purple. Being not that light I was surprised that two coats was not quite enough and I really needed three coats. But it's a lovely colour for summer. Dried a little matte, so will need top coat. 

I actually received Suger Daddy, but went back to the shop and exchanged it for Bougainvillea, as I have a couple of dense silver glitters already. My first preference was Milky Way. In fact, I had lusted after that for months but didn't go through with it. I now get to regret it forever, as it was sold out in the store and doesn't even appear on the Kester Black website anymore. :(

Nebula has big hex holo glitters in the clear base and were, as expected, heavy and required lots of fishing. I had already used this previously to make a Christmas tree as an accent with Celestial Cosmetics Deck the Halls.

Howver, I wanted a mani to feature Nebula specifically and to use it as it appears to be intended to be used.

I ended up with super thick polish, as you can tell with the bubbling. I should have used a toothpick or something to pick and place, like I did with my Christmas mani. But the holo was fun, you can see it especially in the bottle.

I didn't have any quickdry top coat on and the thickness meant it didn't dry properly and I destroy them at my first attempt to fish my credit card out of my purse!