30 April 2014

Swatch: OPI - Alcatraz Rocks

swatch-OPI-Alcatraz-Rocks-Textured-PolishColour: Purple / Navy with Gold Flecks
Finish: Glittered Texture
Opacity: Two Coats
Brush Type? Pro Wide
How Much? 15ml

This polish can be worn as it is, or top coated for a glossy finish. I think this polish really comes to life and looks amazing once it has been top coated. I have shown both ways below:
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Polish as it comes, two coats
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Ring Finger and Thumb Top Coated
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Polish Top Coated
Looking through my collection I noticed two polishes which were similar, one a possible dupe:

OPI - Alcatraz Rocks V's Leighton Denny - Razzmatazz
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OPI - Alcatraz Rocks V's - Barry M - Countess 
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Countess is more purple based where as Alcatraz Rocks is more blue / purple based.


 

29 April 2014

Tutorial: Marble Nails (Bag Dab / Saranwrap / Clingfilm)

This is a dry marble technique, it is very similar to the clingfilm / saran wrap method. I use a plastic carrier bag to make this effect, it has been dubbed as 'the bag dab' by a friend!

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What Will I Need?
Two Different Polishes
Carrier / Plastic Bag
Top Coat
Clean Up Brush

First paint your base and allow it to dry.

Then paint the next colour on top, working one nail at a time. Then dab the carrier / plastic bag on the nail until you get the desired effect.

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Yes this is a bit messy but worth the end effect, you can go subtle or contrasting with the two polishes you choose. Go on to the next nail until you have finished all nails. Go ahead and top coat the nails.

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Then clean up the fingers and cuticle areas and you are done.

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Here are some nails I have done using this technique:
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Dandelion Nails
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Skyline Nails
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Neon Nails

 


Swatch: OPI - Unripened


OPI's Unripened was from the 2010 Halloween Mini Collection.

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Colour: Green with hints of purple
Finish: Duo Chrome, Glass Flecked
Opacity: Two Coats
Brush Type: Standard but very small
How Much? 3.75ml

 

I would say if you can't get this then a dupe for it is ELF's Sea Escape.

28 April 2014

Swatch: ELF - Copper


Six months ago I did a swatch week, seeing as I still have a lot of polish swatches left to share I thought I'd do another week. Mix things up a little rather than only sharing one this week, we have seven.

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Colour: Golden Copper
Finish: Metallic
Opacity: Two Coats
Brush Type: Standard
How Much? 10ml

 

27 April 2014

Sunday Stamping: Bad Ass Nails

The theme 'Bad Ass' could mean anything really!

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Base Polish: SarahSmiles - We'll Have The Best Stories To Tell
Stamping Polish: Nails Inc - New York Noir
Stamping Plates: QA5, QA8


 

26 April 2014

Stamping Plate: MoYou London - Roxy Collection 01 XL

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This is a stamping plate from MoYou London, this particular one is an XL plate making it perfect for people with longer or wider nails. Images are 1.5cm x 2cm. The plate itself comes backed with a piece of white plastic meaning it is great for those who are clumsy. It does mean there is more of a clean up though.

It has 12 images on the plate itself. As you can see all of the images stamped relatively well, the wonky images are as I was using a squishy stamper as it is the largest stamper I have and these images are quite large. The speaker image is the one I had most problems transferring.

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I quite like a lot of these images, my only issue is the images are a little too wide for my nails.

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Stamping Plate available from MoYou London.


 

25 April 2014

Swatch: George Asda - Smarty Pants

On my hunt for a China Glaze For Audrey dupe I came across this one from George at Asda, Smarty Pants.

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Colour: Tiffany Blue
Finish: Cremé
Opacity: 2-3 coats needed
Brush Type: Normal
How Much? 5ml


 
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