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BYS Colour Change Purple Glitter & stripes nail art

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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

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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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Colour by TBN D’or Pink

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

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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!


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Revlon Charming & skittle nail art with Emily de Molly Block Party

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Hello! Today I have to show you a nail polish I’ve had for a while, which I forgot was a really pretty polish. I’m talking about Revlon Charming. I don’t know if you’ve seen it about, but it’s a pastel purple creme. It’s a very pleasant colour for summer, but since when do I care about seasons? Wearing it over the weekend made me feel super girly even though it was a rainy winter weekend.

Revlon Charming

Revlon Charming

Pictured is two coats. I just think it’s a very simple but elegant looking polish. The colour actually reminds me a bit of Emily de Molly Block Party, so I decided so get creative and do a skittle manicure not only inspired by Charming, but the glitters found in Block Party, which are coloured bright pink, black and white.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU15.95
  • Volume: 14.7ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

Revlon Charming nail art

What do you think? This was my first go at doing a manicure of the one colour family where every finger was different, but I’m quite happy with the result. Once on the nail, I could see Charming and Block Party were two very different colours (Block Party is more blue), but they still work well together I think. And from far away, who would even notice?

Revlon Charming nail art

Revlon Charming nail art

I’m especially happy with the animal print. You might have read before that my last animal print was a bit of a disappointment, but I think I can say I have improved. My tape work with the white and pink needs more work though; I’m either waiting too long before I remove the tape or removing it too soon. It’s very frustrating trying to find that perfect ‘tape removal’ time! I’m really keen to try this look again soon, I think it’s a bit different plus it’s a good chance to wear more than one polish at once, ha ha.

Also, I need to wear studs more often. They’re really comfortable to wear in comparison to the rhinestones from the Sportsgirl nail art pen I showed you. To eBay I must go and buy some more of different sizes and colours!

Let me know what you think of Charming and my skittle manicure. Personally, I’m happy I’m able to do more technical stuff on my nails now rather than just paint them the one solid colour all the time. Every day I’m learning more and more. Thanks for reading!


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Savvy by DB Glam & Chiq

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Hello! Tonight I have for you Savvy by DB Glam & Chiq to show you. I’m not usually partial to dark blues but this one looked a bit purple at certain angles; it was very interesting.

Savvy by DB Glam & Chiq

Also, as you can see above, some of the glitters through it look a bit silver, so I’m thinking it’s a blue base with blue, silver and purple glitters. Overall it makes for a really pretty polish!

Savvy by DB Glam & Chiq

Savvy by DB Glam & Chiq

Savvy by DB Glam & Chiq

I wore two coats of Glam & Chiq over a coat of Revlon Fashionista, but to be honest I think you could probably get away with just wearing two to three coats of Glam & Chiq on its own; once again I did it just in case.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Priceline
  • Cost: AU$3
  • Volume: 10ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two or three, depending on coat thickness

For AU$3 I think this is a really great polish. I still can’t believe Priceline just sticks them in those ugly bins though that you have to dive through; it totally deserves to have its own stand. Anyway, a quick post for tonight as it’s a Saturday and I know you probably have better things to do, so thanks for reading!


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Chevron & dots nail art with Emily de Molly Devotion

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Hello! Just a quick update tonight. I wanted to show you the nail art I did to the Emily de Molly Devotion manicure I wore yesterday. I wanted to do something a bit clever, but unfortunately when I put the top coat on top it kind of ran a bit… not too bad from far away but in the pictures below you may notice some streaks, so I apologise.

Emily de Molly Devotion nail art

Emily de Molly Devotion nail art

Sorry about the poor lighting of the photos recently. Winter has been really dark so far! Here’s what it looks like with a flash:

Emily de Molly Devotion nail art

Ugh. Maybe I shouldn’t have included that photo, it looks so messy. But the other hand was worse! 😐 To do this look all I did was apply two coats of Models Prefer No Angel and used chevron guides to get the chevron shapes. Then I used a dotting tool and used Devotion to do the dotting. I really like it. I got a few compliments on them so that’s always nice.

Well, that’s all for tonight. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!