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Nail art tape and stamping nail art

Good evening! Today I have to show you some nail art I added to my Ulta3 Fruit Punch manicure from yesterday. I wanted to do something a bit different yet simple, which I think I achieved.

Ulta3 Fruit Punch nail art

I used plate 006 from Vivid Lacquer (a peacock-inspired design) and stamped Mode Cosmetics Glitzy Glam onto Fruit Punch. I then cut up some small pieces of gold nail art tape and stuck it to my nail. I thought I did a good job with applying the nail art tape – as when I’ve done it before it instantly starts peeling back – but the next day at work the tape started to peel! It was very annoying. I just had to remove it as soon as I got home.

Ulta3 Fruit Punch nail art

The design kind of reminds me of a Chinese pattern, I think because of the red and gold combination.

Have you tried applying nail art tape to your nails? Apart from applying a top coat, is there anything else you do to keep the tape stuck to the nail? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks for reading!


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Ulta3 Fruit Punch

Hello! Today I have for you Ulta3 Fruit Punch. It’s a really vibrant tomato sauce red creme. The formula is a little thin, but nonetheless with two coats it still was opaque.

Ulta3 Fruit Punch

I really enjoyed wearing this polish; while it was brighter than a traditional red, it was still very ‘oh, I’m wearing a special red’ red.

Ulta3 Fruit Punch

Ulta3 Fruit Punch

Ulta3 Fruit Punch

Fruit Punch is apparently part of the 2012 Citrus Collection… in that case I wouldn’t mind picking up some of the others if they’re as nice. I have a feeling though there’s a really gross orange and yellow though… for obvious reasons (I’m not a fan of bright yellows and oranges, if you can’t tell).

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Terry White Chemists
  • Cost: AU$2.00
  • Volume: 13ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Sorry this is a short post; I have been under the pump lately at work so I just can’t be bothered to write! ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for reading!


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Revlon Milky Way from Moon Candy Collection

Oh my goodness, I’m only just realising it now as I type this… on the Milky Way bottle the C of the Candy is the shape of a crescent! Oh how unobservant I am.

Anywho, today I have for you Milky Way from Revlon’s Moon Candy Collection, which I think features eight different colour combinations. To me Milky Way was the most inspired from the lot.ย  The Moon Candy Collection is one of those nail art collections that come in the double-ended bottles, like the Break-Up Collection and Neon Collection, so it’s kind of like you get two polishes for the price of one. With that in mind, Milky Way has a dark grey creme in one end and some silver holographic glitter shards in a clear base in the other end. I’ve read other blogs and people seem to be calling this collection a flakie collection. Well I’m saying it’s not. To me a flakie is something that shifts colour on different kinds of polishes and is manageable when you apply it. The glitter in the polish is the one colour (silver) and just glints like normal glitter when you wear it, nothing special at all like a flakie.

Revlon Milky Way

I used one coat of the dark grey creme (yay! It’s a one-coater) and then three coats of the silver holographic shards over it. And look how crap the application still looks! I was even trying to place the glitter, but it just seemed to not work for me. Also, I was finding the clear base getting a bit thick on the nail, so I didn’t want it to be too goopy.

Revlon Milky Way

Revlon Milky Way

Revlon Milky Way

See, there’s not much colour shifting in those outside pictures above, is there? Not like what a real flakie would do!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU15.95
  • Volume: 7.68ml

I put two coats of top coat on the top of Milky Way, but I could still feel some of the sharp edges of the glitter pieces poke through, they just wouldn’t lay flat. It wasn’t overly bad, but it was annoying enough that I didn’t get that nice smooth finish. Also, I’m not sure why this is called Milky Way; I didn’t find it all that galaxy inspiring, but I think it’s just that all the polishes from the Moon Candy Collection have space-inspired names. I also saw on the nail polish stand at Priceline that this is meant to give you 3D cosmic effects on your nails. I’m not sure what makes it 3D, I just don’t actually understand what it means. Maybe the glitter sticking out through the top coat? Ha ha. So I think that is a fail from Revlon.

Also, while I’m speaking of the display stand I want to ask what you think about Emma Stone (err, I think it’s her, I could be wrong!) as the movie star face to Revlon’s nail line. I have an issue with it in that I don’t like how they advertise nail polish and nail art as something a bit different and kooky. The stands I’ve see have Emma Stone doing just stupid poses with nail polish on and I wonder why can’t people just do what they want to do with their nails? Why does it need to be marketed in such a niche way? Rant over.

So what do you think of Milky Way? I’m not really a fan, but I am glad I have a nice dark grey creme, if anything. Have you tried any polishes from the Moon Candy Collection? Thanks for reading!


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Beauty Attitude Envy

Hello! Today I have another Beauty Attitude polish to show you; I wore it over the weekend and it was quite nice actually wearing such a ‘green’ green, if you know what I mean. The polish is called Envy, after the saying green with envy I guess. While I enjoyed wearing the polish, I did find once when I wore it for a bit and used some hand cream, the polish became a little thin. I’m not sure how this works as obviously the polish is dry, but I just noticed some patchy areas suddenly on my nail. Interesting, yes?

Beauty Attitude Envy

Also I just want to apologise for how rough the clean-up is around my cuticle area. When I was doing it I was in a bit of a rush.

Beauty Attitude Envy

Beauty Attitude Envy

Envy is a green creme, which reminded me a bit of Revlon Posh, but when I compared the two Envy has much more blue in it so they’re not dupes at all. I got great coverage with two coats, but I think it would be worthwhile doing three just in case.

Uncomplicated colours like this really make me feel like I’m fashion-forward when I’m wearing them; like it’s a bit more special than a pink but less pretentious than some nail art. Sometimes I feel nail art’s a bit try-hardy, especially if it doesn’t go to plan, like a lot of my stuff, ha ha.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Target
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So have you picked up any of the Beauty Attitude polishes yet? While this one was a bit funny on, I still think it’s worth picking up some for a cheap fix. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!


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Love Thy Polish Miss Priss & stripes nail art

Afternoon! I have for you another polish by Australian indie maker Love Thy Polish. It’s called Miss Priss and it’s an exceptional purple creme, perfect in two coats. Not many indie makers make the straight cremes, probably because you can easily buy them at the chemist, so it’s nice to have an indie one for comparison. And I can’t complain at all. The formula was great and I really liked the mood of the polish, it was a very nice purple. And because purple is my favourite colour I loved wearing it of course!

Love Thy Polish Miss Priss

Love Thy Polish Miss Priss

After wearing this for a day I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to try out my nail stripers I had just recently bought on special at Big W. Here’s what the pack looks like:

Love Thy Polish Miss Priss nail art

I only did some simple stripes, but I found the set to be really easy to use. I haven’t used any of the stencils yet. I really liked how the silver looked on the nail. The most difficult one to use was the white polish, I found you had to go over the stripe twice for opacity and in some cases I still didn’t get it right, ha ha. Oh well, all a learning process!

Love Thy Polish Miss Priss nail art

Love Thy Polish Miss Priss nail art

DETAILS

Miss Priss

  • Where to buy: Love Thy Polish website
  • Cost: AU$6 for 8ml or AU$9 for 12ml
  • Volume: 8ml or 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Kiss Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit

  • Where to buy: Big W
  • Cost: AU$18.94
  • What you get: Three nail stripers and one pack of 30 nail stencils

Do you use a striper often? There were a few other colours available but I wanted to get the black, white and silver first to see if I liked it, as I figured those are the ones I would use the most. Let me know if you have any striping advice.ย  Thanks for reading!


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Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks & Persian carpet nail art

Hello! Today I want to show you a beautiful Sportsgirl Nail It! polish that can be bought from Sportsgirl stores. It’s called Volcanic Sparks and it’s a gorgeous metallic red in a black base. In the light it really shimmers; this is definitely a nice polish to have in your collection.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

This is three coats of Volcanic Sparks; as you can see it’s a very deep polish and I just felt so fancy wearing it. I also own Sportsgirl Nail It! Moonlight Sparks, which is the same metallic formula except gold in a black base. I used it in my first ever post here, but I intend on dedicating a post just to that one, too. Formula-wise this was perfect; I could have used two coats but I like to sometimes double make sure I put enough on!

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks

Look at this outdoors shot – isn’t it incredible? The polish really came to life outside.

The night after I put the polish on I thought I should do some nail art on top. I spent a good 20 minutes looking at my polishes and then thinking I might use some cling wrap and sponge it onto my nails to get a speckled look. So I did that and you could hardly see the black polish! It mixed in with Volcanic Sparks far too well. So then I did the same thing with a deep red polish – and the same thing kept happening again! In the end I put all kinds of colours over the top of Volcanic Sparks and finally ended up with what you see below, which I was pretty happy with. I thought my nails looked like mini Persian carpets! What do you think?

Persian carpet

Persian carpet photo from Wikipedia.

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

Sportsgirl Nail It! Volcanic Sparks nail art

I can’t remember all the polishes I used, but I can remember I used Australis Speck-tacular (a flakie) over the top of the colour and then over that, a matte top coat. This ‘look’ was a complete mistake but I couldn’t have been more happier with the result. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails all day, there was so much going on, especially thanks to the wonderful colours from the flakies!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Sportsgirl
  • Cost: AU$7.99
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Three

So what do you think of my Persian carpet nails? And of Volcanic Sparks? I think for a complete accident I did a good job on the nail art. I wonder what I would of actually done if I had set out to do that kind of design – it would probably come out terrible! Ha ha. Thanks for reading!


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Polka dot nail art using Essence Hello Marshmallow! & Essence That’s What I Mint!

Hello! I wanted to do a quick update tonight to show you what I have been wearing today, I absolutely love it, even though it’s really simple and I think everyone’s done it before. I just come back from going out to dinner on a double date with my husband and one of his friends and partner – I have never done that before so it was heaps of fun to meet someone new and do something a bit different on a weekday night.

Anywho, moving on to the nails! I did a polka dot manicure with two Essence polishes: Hello Marshmallow! (lilac) and That’s What I Mint! (mint in case you didn’t realise, ha ha). Both have a shimmer to them, Hello Marshmallow! has more of blue and pink shimmer, while That’s What I Mint! has more of a silver and green shimmer to it. On the nail however the shimmer in both the polishes seems to be non-existent. I’m not sure what’s going on there.

Essence dotting nail art

I put down two coats of Hello Marshmallow! and then using a dotting tool, dotted the polka dots on with That’s What I Mint! On my ring finger however I reversed the combination so That’s What I Mint! is two coats with the polka dots of Hello Marshmallow! on top.

Essence dotting nail art

Essence dotting nail art

Essence dotting nail art

I had to take most of my photos outside today because it was so dark inside! Damn the cooler weather and the shorter days. I should also mention I found the formula of both Hello Marshmallow! and That’s What I Mint! to be exceptional. That’s What I Mint! could even be a one-coater, but I used two just in case.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$2.75
  • Volume: 8ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two (for both Hello Marshmallow! and That’s What I Mint!)

I also just want to quickly mention that I’ve created a new tab in the top right called Where I shop. I’ve only completed a few parts of it so far but my intention is to have a comprehensive list of where I shop as a Tasmanian. This is both in bricks and mortar stores and online. Go and check it out now and let me know what you think.

You can also let me know what you think of my polka dot nails in the comments section. I really liked the colour combination of the lilac and mint together; it might have a more spring/summer feel to it but I’ve always bucked the trend. I just like wearing what I wear. Thanks for reading!