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A nail blog by an impatient polisher


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Moon manicure nail art featuring Sinful Colors Let’s Talk & Sinful Colors Boom Boom

Hello! Today I have a quick post for you to show you some nail art I wore in the past week. It was inspired by I post I saw on Pshiiit. I wanted to do my own take using some polishes I bought recently – Sinful Colors Let’s Talk and Sinful Colors Boom Boom.

Moon manicure by Dry, Dammit!

When I put Boom Boom on top of Let’s Talk it kind of did this thing where it absorbed into the purple polish. Boom Boom is a bright pink so I thought this was odd. An interesting effect though. I used a Manicare nail art pen in silver to outline the moon.

Moon manicure by Dry, Dammit!

Moon manicure by Dry, Dammit!

Moon manicure by Dry, Dammit!

I really like doing a moon manicure with the nail exposed. My nails look dressed up, yet a bit natural. Plus it’s relatively easy – base coat, nail guide sticker, one colour, striper, second polish for lines and top coat. Done! OK, so you need a steady hand. My right hand was a but average. Can you see how Boom Boom disappeared into Let’s Talk? It’s so weird, hey?!

Well, I’m off now but happy last day of June and I’ll see you in the new financial year! (My husband’s had an affect on me, working for the Australian Tax Office and all). Thanks for reading!


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BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter & stripes nail art

Happy Saturday! Today I have to show you a colour changing nail polish by BYS. I’ve noticed lately that colour changing nail polish, or thermal nail polish, is all the rage on the internet (especially Etsy) but before I bought any expensive ones, I wanted to try out some cheapies from Kmart.

Enter BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter. I liked the look of the glitter so I figured even if it didn’t work I would still have a decent glitter – a purple base with tiny silver glitters. I’m surprised to say Purple Glitter actually worked though! The change wasn’t as dramatic as the sticker on the bottle, but it still changes.

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter

So in the above photo is what my nails look like when they are ‘hot’. You can see closer to the free edge of the nail my tips are darker – I found when wearing the polish my tips would change from hot and cold all day; it’s like a French manicure without the hassle.

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter

Above is what the polish looks like on my nails ‘cold’. On the BYS pack it says the nail polish changes with your mood. Not so. It just changes when you wash your hands or if you’re really hot or cold. Application was really easy too; just two coats to achieve what you see here and even the removal was a breeze, it just came off, I didn’t use the foil method at all (I guess though it’s not a dense glitter anyway). I must say though when it dried it doesn’t dry glossy so you do need a top coat (which doesn’t affect the colour change).

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter

My preference is for the polish in its cold state though, I just love this shade of purple. Look how pretty it is.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Kmart
  • Cost: Kmart AU$4
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I liked Purple Glitter (original name, hey?) so much that I decided to do some nail art on top of it. I couldn’t think of what to call it, I just call it stripes, which I achieved using a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in black and some new polishes I picked up from Woolies, MUD Electrify It and MUD Hypnotise Me, and Ulta3 Pink Peony. What do you think?

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter nail art

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter nail art

BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter nail art

It was so damn hard freehand drawing those black stripes on! But I’m happy with how they turned out.

You may have noticed that I’ve made my pictures a bit bigger and put my URL at the bottom of the photos. I upload my images to Pinterest so I’m hoping it might create a bit more traffic to my blog. Wish me luck. Thanks for reading!


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OPI The Impossible

Hello! Today I bring you another OPI liquid sand polish called The Impossible. I know these were all the rage at the beginning of the year, but I still really like the textured look. I still don’t own any other brands’ textured polishes, but I would love to try them out, if I ever spotted them around.

Anywho, moving on. The Impossible is from the OPI Mariah Carey Collection and is a wonderful red polish with glitter throughout and some larger hexes. It’s not a deep red, it’s closer to pink I think, but it’s a great pop of colour in winter.

OPI The Impossible

As you can see, I have one of the teeny tiny bottles, which is part of my mini set of the liquid sand polishes from the Mariah Carey Collection. I used three coats to achieve what you see here – I would have done two but I thought it looked a little sheer when I applied it. It dries thicker though.

OPI The Impossible

OPI The Impossible

OPI The Impossible

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: (For the mini set) eBay or Myer
  • Cost: AU$24.95 at Myer, best find on eBay
  • Volume: 3.75ml (mini)
  • Coats to opacity: Three

Like the rest of the liquid sand polishes I’ve tried, I’m really a fan of the textured feel. This is different to just putting glitter onto went nail polish; it’s actually designed for everyday wear and tear, whereas with just applying glitter to a colour, there’s no real engineering behind it.

What I will say about The Impossible though is that the larger hex glitters annoyed me. They just seemed out of place and too sparse for my liking.

Let me know what you think of The Impossible. I really like it, as you can tell. Thanks for reading!


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The Lady Varnishes Let Him Go

Hello hello! Today I have an indie polish to show you. The Lady Varnishes Let Him Go is a beautiful baby blue creme with fine blue and gold glitters. The idea behind all of The Lady Varnishes polishes is that they’re inspired from TV and film. Let Him Go is from the Because You Listen Collection, which is based on an American TV show called Wonderfalls. I’ve never heard of it though. I think is such a beautiful blue colour, but you be the judge!

The Lady Varnishes Let Him Go

Once again I had to take some photos at work, seeing as it’s so dark in the morning now it’s winter. I actually had a co-worker see me taking photos and asked what I was doing. I told him about my nail blog and he thought it was good that I had a hobby. I was quite happy with that as I thought he might think I was a little weird for taking photos of my fingers.

Oh, you also might have noticed the charm on the bottle. Every polish from The Lady Varnishes comes with a beaded charm. I’ve kept mine on the bottle but you could even put in on a bracelet if you like. If you order four or more polishes in one order, you receive a free silver or copper chain to turn your charm into a necklace. I only ordered three polishes, so I just missed out, but if you like collecting charms then this would be a great idea as the charms are very pretty.

The Lady Varnishes Let Him Go

The Lady Varnishes Let Him Go

I only had to use two coats to achieve what you see here. And I also have to say, the formula was great, very easy and manageable. I also tried this polish with a matte top coat and as you can see it looks quite good! See below.

The Lady Varnishes Let Him Go

DETAILS

Along with Let Him Go I also purchased two other The Lady Varnishes polishes; Always Dreaming and It’s Not Fair! I’m excited to try these out. Let me know what you think of The Lady Varnishes polishes, have you tried any of them? There’s such a great range to choose from! Thanks for reading!


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Colour by TBN D’or Pink

Evening! I have quite the girly polish to show you today, it’s Colour by TBN D’or Pink. Ha ha, every time I write D’or I think of Homer Simpsons’ d’oh, it’s just an awkward word I think, if it is even a word. Maybe it’s meant to be Dior but it couldn’t use Dior due to copyright. Anywho, D’or Pink is a really girly pink shimmer. In the bottle it looks incredible – hence why I bought it – but on the nail it’s a little less impressive I think. The bits of holographic glitters just don’t pop out much.

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

I have never heard of Colour by TBN before and I only discovered the brand while looking for some Ulta3 polishes. They were on special for buy two get one free, so how could I resist? They are just cheapies anyway; they are two for AU$5.

I actually took the photos in today’s post at work. Since it’s winter here it’s so dark in the morning that the best light doesn’t happen until late morning. I must admit, taking the photos at work wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be – no one came up to me to ask what I was doing. I’ve told a few people at work about my blog, but not too many. I picked a quiet spot outside anyway to take the photos. I even realised my sandshoes for my walk matched my nails! How very coordinated.

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

See? Totally chic.

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

Colour by TBN D'or Pink

I used two coats to achieve what you see here. You have to make the coats a bit on the thicker side otherwise it is slightly sheer. I guess you could use three coats instead of two.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Discount Drug Stores (this is actually a company name! Its website is here)
  • Cost: Two for AU$5 (and I think it could be AU$3 each)
  • Volume: 15ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

So, have you tried any Colour by TBN polishes before? I’ve done a quick Google search and they seem to be a bit common, but as I said I hadn’t heard of it until more than a month ago now. Thanks for reading!


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Emily de Molly Monet’s Garden

Hello! Tonight I bring you a beautiful polish from Emily de Molly called Monet’s Garden. Just looking at it evokes imagery from Monet’s work, I think. It’s a green squishy base with all kinds of glitter such as iridescent hexes, red glitter, yellow-ish glitter, purple glitter and more, of all kinds of sizes.

Emily de Molly Monet's Garden

I did two coats to achieve what you see here. You could wear undies under it, but I don’t think it’s really necessary as while the base is squishy, it’s surprisingly very opaque after just two coats. You could probably go a third if you wanted to, just in case.

Emily de Molly Monet's Garden

Emily de Molly Monet's Garden

Emily de Molly Monet's Garden

Emily de Molly Monet's Garden

Almost a bit like photo overload but Monet’s Garden is just so pretty!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Emily de Molly
  • Cost: AU$9.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I wore this for two days because I loved it to much, even though I’m not that into greens. It’s one of Emily de Molly’s newer polishes, so I definitely recommend you buy one, ha ha, because as usual the formula was perfect. A note on removal though: I found I had to wait a little while longer than I normally would when doing the foil method. I think it’s because it’s so glitter-packed, so just be weary of that.

So, let me know what you think. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Thanks for reading!


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Ulta3 Cocoa & coffee nail art: The Cuteberry Nail Challenge day 2

Evening! Today I have day two of The Cuteberry Nail Challenge to show you. Its theme is your favourite drink or cocktail. I wasn’t actually sure what to do, seeing as I don’t have a favourite drink really, but I settled with doing something to do with coffee as I drink it almost every day.

I found out two things doing this challenge. 1. I don’t have a lot of brown polishes (I think two in fact!) and 2. I still find freehand nail art very very difficult. But first, I will show you Cocoa, which I used as the base for my coffee nails.

Cocoa is from Ulta3’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection and is a deep shimmery brown. It’s a really lovely winter polish, very warm, which is why it was probably released in an autumn/winter collection.

Ulta3 Cocoa

Ulta3 Cocoa

Ulta3 Cocoa

I used two coats for what you see here, and I have to say, the formula was really lovely and thick, but manageable if that makes sense.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Terry White Chemists, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
  • Cost: AU$2.00
  • Volume: 13ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

And now on to the coffee nails!

Coffee nail art The Cuteberry Nail Challenge

So, yeah, as you can see this is my attempt at little coffee cups. I used a combination of dotting tools and nail art brushes to create the design, but I have to say, I need better nail art brushes! Mine are just cheapies from eBay.

Coffee nail art The Cuteberry Nail Challenge

Eh. Sorry about the messy cuticle clean-up on my thumb! To create the coffee cups I used Ulta3 Lily White and dabbed it on with a nail art brush in the general shape of a coffee cup. I then used Models Prefer Little Black Dress and made an outline of the coffee cup to give it a bit more definition. Looking at it now, I think I should have an off-white colour for the cup instead of such a stark white.

Coffee nail art The Cuteberry Nail Challenge

So, overall I am happy with the look but I do think I need to work on my freehand style more. Day three of the challenge is superhero, which I think will be a lot of fun, and I will have that to you either this weekend of the beginning of next week. Thanks for reading!