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No Holos! I <3 Unicorns franken

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As I mentioned a few days ago I recently bought some frankens from Nat’s No Holos! blog sale. I have done that thing where you mix eyeshadow into a clear nail polish but I have never *properly* made a franken, so I was curious to see what a proper franken would be like.

No Holos! I <3 Unicorns

I ❀ Unicorns is a beautiful pastel purple milky base with purple, pink, green and white hex glitters, large white diamond glitters and purple and pink shimmer.Β  It’s pretty sheer so I did five thin coats to get it to what you see.

No Holos! I <3 Unicorns

No Holos! I <3 Unicorns

It’s a really pretty polish and I am very impressed with how easy it was to apply. I actually thought as it’s hand mixed from multiple polishes it might be gluggy or thick. It was just like a normal polish to me and I believe it’s in a Sally Hansen Diamond Strength bottle, so the brush was pretty good. Unfortunately as it is a franken, I think this is the only bottle. However, Nat has a few more franken polishes for sale still, so you should check out her blog if you’re interested.

Have you made a franken? Or bought one in a blog sale like me? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!


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Entry for Nails by Kayla Shevonne’s indie nail art contest

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Hello! Today I have something a bit different for you – my entry into a Indie Polish Nail Art Contest hosted by Nails by Kayla Shevonne.

The whole idea of the contest – if you haven’t gathered from the name – is to create a nail art design with indie nail polish(es). This is very challenging considering most indies are glitters as opposed to a solid colour. You can use non-indie polishes but they mustn’t be the ‘star’ of the show, if you know what I mean.

Indie nail art contest entry

Indie nail art contest entry

Indie nail art contest entry

As you can see, I decided to go with skittle design also incorporating a diamond shape on top in a complementary colour. The polishes I used were:

  • Pointer finger – Gloss ‘n Sparkle Fruit Tingle and Alanna Renee Purple Addiction
  • Middle finger – Emily de Molly Ego Friendly and Ador Beauty Supplies Kokomo
  • Ring finger – WingDustCollections Hope and Ador Beauty Supplies Lux
  • Pinky – Love Thy Polish Peppermint Patty and Emily de Molly Stuck on Blue
  • I used a black Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen to outline the diamonds

I’m very excited about this competition! There’s a few entries now and the calibre is high, so I’ve got my fingers crossed. There’s three prizes up for grabs and they all sound great.

So, what do you think of my design? Reckon it’s a winner? Thanks for reading!


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OPI Get Your Number

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Hello! Today I have OPI Get Your Number to show you. I know the liquid sand polishes have been done to death now but I wanted to show you how textured the polish actually is on the nail.

I got Get Your Number as part of a mini pack on eBay at the beginning of the year. It came with all the liquid sand polishes form the Mariah Carey Collection – Get Your Number, Can’t Let Go, The Impossible and Stay the Night. I know now you can find the mini pack at Myer, too.

OPI Get Your Number

The texture on this polish is incredible. It’s deep yet matte and sparkly yet still really gritty. But not gritty in that it grips to your clothes of hair, just bumpy. I used three coats to get this to opacity, but you could do two thick coats. When applying it to the nail it doesn’t go gritty until it starts drying, so the polish application is quite smooth. I haven’t tried this with a top coat, but from what I’ve seen on other blogs I actually like the liquid sand polishes without a top coat.

OPI Get Your Number

OPI Get Your Number

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: eBay or Myer
  • Cost: AU$24.95 at Myer, on eBay it’s anything goes!
  • Volume: 3.75ml (mini)
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Do you see the sparkly textured greatness? I really like the liquid sand polishes. I like that cosmetic companies are trying to come up with different things instead of just standard polishes. So what do you think of the liquid sand polishes? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!


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Nail mail & nail art with Mode Cosmetics & Sally Hansen

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Hello! Today I have some nail mail to show you and what I did to my Mode Cosmetics Fashionista manicure.

Nail Mail frankens Revlon China Glaze

Look at these beauties! I recently bought some polishes from the lovely Nat at No Holos! Frankens and Nail Art‘s blog sale. From left we have China Glaze Material Girl, Revlon Whimsical, Nat’s franken Raspberry-Putina, Nat’s franken I ❀ Unicorns and Nat’s franken Playing in the Rain. I am yet to try any but I am very excited! I am especially looking forward to trying I ❀ Unicorns and Whimsical.

Anywho, I couldn’t help myself but add onto Mode Cosmetics Fashionista with some Sally Hansen First Blush French tips inspired by this post from Flight of Whimsy.

Fancy French manicure Sally Hansen Mode Cosmetics

I really like this look! Unfortunately for some reason the top coat I used (Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat) made a few bubbles. I will try again with a different colour combination soon though.

This look was created with just some nail art tape and then two coats of polish over the top. Very simple.

Also, I want to apologise to everyone about me changing the layout of the blog recently. It seems WordPress themes and I are having an argument about how my blog should look. I will decide soon, I promise!

Let me know of what you think about the French tips. Thanks for reading!


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Mode Cosmetics Fashionista

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Hello! First up I want to say I have cracked the 10 follower mark. Thank you so much for following me. I hope I am interesting enough for you. It’s been less than two weeks so I think I’m doing a good job, right?

Today I have a beautiful pink creme to show you, Mode Cosmetics Fashionista. I found out through Vibrant Point of View it’s a shade of cerise. My photos below really do not accurately show the pink of this colour, it shows up more of a red.

Mode Cosmetics Fashionista

Stupid camera and lighting! Grrr. Anywho, application was extremely easy, to be honest you could nearly get away with it in one coat, but I put two on. However, by the end of the day I had a chip on my right pointer finger! I have not had a chip with polishes in ages so I was dumbstruck.

Mode Cosmetics Fashionista

Mode Cosmetics FashionistaI can’t believe I still can’t get the colours right! Believe me this is not a red! Vibrant Point of View‘s review has much more accurate colour pictures.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Amcal Pharmacy
  • Cost: AU$2.45 or two for AU$4
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, what do you think? Let me know below. Thanks for reading and thank you to my followers!


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Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea

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Hello! Today I have Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea to show you. I bought it over the weekend along with nine other Ulta3 nail polishes as one of my favourite places to shop for Ulta3, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse in Hobart’s CBD, had got new stock in. Sure, the collections are pretty behind, but it’s the first time I’d ever seen them so I just had to have them. Here’s what I got:

Ulta3 haul

From left: Enchanted, Antique Gold, Cocoa, Jade, Shiraz and Copper, all from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection. I think I’m missing a couple so I may be back for more. These are also different to normal Ulta3 polish bottles in that they have black lids. I don’t know if I like it. I suppose it was done to match the deep colours of the polishes.

Ulta3 haul

From left: Corsican Rose and Soft Hydrangea from the 2012 Pastel Collection and English Rose and Foxy Russet. Both English Rose and Foxy Russet are from when Ulta3 still manufactured in Australia, so I was lucky with those two purchases.

Anyway, after that detour, back to Soft Hydrangea. It’s a beautiful pastel blue creme with just a hint of pink shimmer. I found it easy to apply and used two coats for full opacity.

Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea

Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea

It’s really pretty, isn’t it? I was surprised with how much I liked it. Pity we’re going into winter and this will make my hands look like they’re freezing off! I thought it would look good with some nail art so I added Pretty Serious BSOD to it. BSOD stands for blue screen of death, named after what happens on the monitor when a PC dies sometimes. I’ve never had to happen to me though! BSOD is an intense blue glitter in a blue base that just looks so deep when on the nail.

Ulta3 Soft Hydrangea Pretty Serious BSOD nail art

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Dupe or not? Sinful Colors Gorgeous & Covergirl Constant Caribbean

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Hello! Today I have a comparison post for you. When I showed you Sinful Colors Gorgeous last week you may remember how I said it reminded me of Covergirl Constant Caribbean, from its Outlast Stay Brilliant Collection.

Sinful Colors Gorgeous Covergirl Constant Caribbean comparison

Well, the comparison is a tough one! They look very similar in the bottle, both being a green shimmer/metallic… maybe analysing it now it’s more metallic. Here’s what they look like in natural light, with the comparison order being pointer finger Gorgeous, middle finger Constant Caribbean, ring finger Gorgeous and pinkie Constant Caribbean. Both are without top coat.

Covergirl Constant Caribbean Sinful Colors Gorgeous comparison

See!? I told you it’s a tough one. Looking at it Gorgeous is definitely more green and Constant Caribbean more blue, but really it’s very slight. Constant Caribbean has just that bit more shine to it, but it has a built-in top coat so you would expect that. Both are slightly streaky, but I think it’s manageable.

Covergirl Constant Caribbean Sinful Colors Gorgeous comparison

So here the two are with flash and once again, it’s pretty close. It appears in this photo that Constant Caribbean is that little bit more pigmented.

For me it’s just that slight colour difference that makes me believe these are not dupes, but they are exceptionally close! You certainly wouldn’t need both in your collection.

What do you think? Do you think I’m wrong? Tell me below. Thanks for reading!