27 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 21 - Green

This challenge really seems to have a lot of different looks, is anyone else doing it?
This week's theme was 'green'

Base Polish: W7 - Fluorescent Green
Shatter: Barry M - Black Nail Effects

As you can tell I wasn't a fan of the brightness of the green on its own and I think it looks so much better with a crackle. Especially the black.

26 February 2012

Stamping Sunday: Three Colours

I wasn't too sure if we were to stamp with three colours or just use three on the nails. They didn't come out quite how I envisioned, Kath Kidson-esq, but to the eye they are a lot less patchy and the roses shimmer.

Base Polish: Barry M - Berry Ice Cream
Stamping Polishes: Barry M - Racing Green, Miss Sporty - Cherry
Stamping Plate: M65

24 February 2012

Swatch: Max Factor - Fantasy Fire

This is Max Factor's Fantasy Fire, allegedly a dupe for Clarins 230 more commonly known as 'Unicorn Pee'


Clarins no longer sells the 230 but in the bottle (12ml) it looks like a duochrome which shifts from a red copper to a blue / green / purple. The Max Factor (4.5ml) also look like that in the bottle, quite multi faceted

With Fantasy Fire the effect on the nail is less so, which is a little disappointing. In photos I have seen of the Clarins this is also the case. I think that the two are really compatible and seeing as 230 is discontinued Fantasy Fire is a perfect dupe.

Lasting Power: Average
Opacity: Very sheer, 4 coats. A layering polish
Brush Type: Little bottle comes with a little brush

Fantasy Fire is a very much hyped up, the polish itself is quite sheer and ideal for layering. In the bottle it looks purple to a red, green, and blue tone. However on the nail it is less impressive as it doesn't translate across well. Depending on what polish you layer this with would alter the colour shift in the overall duochrome look polish.

£3.99 - 4.5ml

22 February 2012

Swatch: W7 - Fluorescent Green (12)

Lasting Power: Unsure, haven't worn it longer than two days
Opacity: Three coats was used in the swatch above
Brush Type: Round with blunt flat tip, standard

£1.95 - 14ml

16 February 2012

Swatch: NYX - Robotic

Finish: Blackened, glass flecked, metallic 
Brush Type: Standard
Opacity: Good, one thick or two thin coats
Lasting Power: Standard 3-4 days

15 February 2012

Nails: Nyan Cat

When I came to doing these I unfortunately seem to have lost my little tiny paint brush.

This isn't as good as I would have hoped but it was done with my non-dominant hand. Disappointed with the cat as well, I really could have done with my paint brush!

Base Polish: Models Own - True Blue

14 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: 19 - Polka Dot and 20 - Valentines

Week 19 and the challenge was to do something polka dot

Base Polish: Stargazer - Navy (105)
Stamping Polish: Barry M - Blueberry Icecream
Stamping Plate: M79
Silver striping tape

Seeing as already posted my Valentines Day one I thought I wouldn't bother doing another post

Polish One: ELF - Gum Pink
Polish Two: ELF - Florescent Pink
Polish Three: Barry M - Raspberry
Stamping Polish: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails - White
Thumb Stamp: BM09
Ring Finger Stamp: BM212
Other Fingers: M07

Swatch: ELF - Punk Purple

Lasting Power: 3 - 4 days
Opacity: Two
Brush Type: Round with blunt flat tip, standard

£1.50 - 10ml

10 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Fire Coral


Lasting Power: 2 - 3 days
Opacity: Two to three
Brush Type: Round with blunt flat tip, standard

£1.50 - 10ml

9 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Hot Pink

Lasting Power: Average 
Opacity: One thick coater 
Brush Type: Average 

£1.50 - 10ml

7 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 18 - Inspired by TV / Movie

Challenge of the week was to do some nail art inspired by TV or Movie, I actually painted these on to acrylics.

4 February 2012

Swatch: ELF - Gum Pink

Opacity: 2-3 Coats
Lasting Power: Average
Brush Type: Average

2 February 2012

Swatch: W7 - Sheer Lemon

Lasting Power: Only wore for two days before removing, no chips up to that point though
Opacity: Three coats needed
Brush Type: Standard

£1.95 - 15ml
I got this from nailpolishdirect.co.uk but there are plenty of places which sell W7 polishes in the UK

1 February 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 17 - Red

Week 17 and the challenge was to come up with something 'red'. I think this is something nice for Christmas but in general a little glittery for me everyday!