In absentia

Oops! Didn’t mean to leave it quite that long! To make up for my prolonged absence, today’s a twofer. Enjoy!

First up: Barielle Lily Of The Valley (TKMaxx/£9.99 for 5), a grass green shimmer, which took 3 coats for opacity. The yellow tone is a little too strong for my skin tone, but it’s gorgeous anyway.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

And secondly, here’s a double Revlon, one coat of Grape Jelly over 2 coats of Plum Night. Grape Jelly is part of the scented range, and while it is supposed to smell like Grape, it really smells like industrial toilet cleaner. I tried to dampen the smell with a liberal coat of Seche Vite, but alas. This mani only lasted about an hour before the smell was just too much and I had to take it off. A great shame, as the polish itself is a gorgeous purple jelly with violet flakies, and I would happily have worn it again. Plum Night is a fairly basic greyish purple creme, which is actually quite lovely on it’s own.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Well, some you win, some you lose, eh?

In other news, I’ve been getting caught up with other handicrafts recently, and am thinking about re-imagining this blog. How would you lot feel if I covered a wider range of domestic crafts? I’m think things like knitting, baking and that kind of thing. I have a new name picked out and everything, which is much more suited to me anyway, but if people would rather I stuck to the nails, I could live with that!

Weekend warrior

Just a quickie for a surprisingly sunny Saturday. This is Color Club The Uptown, a purple jelly with red/orange flakies suspended in it. It’s very thin indeed, so I put two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Plum Power (a warm purple shimmer) underneath it, for a really deep colourful look. It doesn’t look so great in bright light, but shines under natural lighting!

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light (indoors).

Natural light (indoors).

God, how I love flakies. They are pretty much my favourite thing ever.

Have a great weekend!

Stained grass

It’s a weird time in my house at the moment, but my nails are still intact, so I’m still painting! Here we have Barielle A Banquet For Ava (£9.99 for 5/TKMaxx), a lovely 2-coat deep teal creme, underneath Zoya Opal which is a dense green/blue flakie top coat which I am officially in love with.

With flash.

With flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Sadly, as with so many teal shades, the Barielle polish stained the hell out of my nails and fingertips, even with base coat. When will I ever find a non-staining teal? Do they even exist?

Time to play!

smokeashesFirstly, let me apologise sincerely for the state of my cuticles in this pic. I spent most of yesterday arguing with a flat pack futon and my hands are now ragged and raw, but since I didn’t break a single nail in the process (win!), I figured it was manicure time.

Tonight is my podcast’s Rocky Horror Picture Show anniversary special, so I was going to go for something suitably themed, but I just couldn’t think of anything that I would be able to do with my stupid shaky hands, so I went with this instead. This is Smoke & Ashes from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection (around £4.60/eBay seller: salonsupplystore) a black base littered with tiny green and gold flakies, and Accessorize’s Ultra Marine Green (£3.45/Superdrug), a pale green with gold shimmer from the Oil Slick range on the feature nail. I’ve also decorated it with some round silver studs which were also an eBay grab, though I can’t remember how much I paid for them. I love this look, but now I have to find something to wear with it, argh!

Hope you’re all gearing up for an ace weekend, see you on the flipside.

Collector’s Bane

Here’s a thing that miffs me. Being in the UK, it can be hard enough to get hold of all the polishes I want without paying extortionate shipping for them, but even worse is discovering something you just have to own, and then finding out it’s been discontinued! My current obsession is Peacock Feathers by Nubar, a purple/green duochrome which is just to die for. My heart sank when I could only find one finished auction for it that ended at more than £60. I doubt I’ll ever see it in my lifetime, but I suppose it’s fun to dream!

673Of course sometimes, you can stumble over a beaut without even trying, and that’s where today’s gem comes from. This is Maybelline MNY ‘673’. It’s a dense black jelly with silver flakies suspended in it, and best of all, I found it in a Poundland where predictably it cost me just a pound! It’s a sweet little polish; two coats for full coverage and the flakes are subtle but gorgeous. It’s a bit lumpy in places, though nothing a coat of Seche Vite couldn’t fix. MNY is hard to find in UK stores, but this shade and others in the range are still quite easy to find on eBay for very reasonable prices.

(PS. Yes, that’s one of my geriatric furballs in the background of the pic. She was eating a dandelion at the time.)

Rainfall: Redux

rainfall

As predicted in my last post, the flaky half of the Andrea Fulerton Rainfall Trio is rather lovely over black (used here is Maybelline “Onyx Black”, £4.09/Boots). The formula still bothers me, but it only required one coat for a lovely blue/green shift, and would also probably work nicely over a dark blue or purple. So, a win salvaged from a fail!

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

Alas, mIMG_20130610_122925y first poor review. Today’s nails are Rainfall Trio by Andrea Fulerton (£7.99/Superdrug). With the Trio collection, you get two polishes in a flipstick, which can be worn on their own or layered over one another. I have to say, I am quite disappointed. The formula is thick and claggy, making it difficult to get even coverage; in the picture there are 4 coats (2 of each layer) and it still looks a bit patchy. Also, when the blue flaky polish is layered over the teal, the colour difference is very subtle, and not at all as dramatic as I’d hoped (see the difference between my middle finger and the others). Additionally, it took a very long time to dry.

I will keep it, as I suspect the dark flaky polish will look reasonably good layered over a black, but I definitely won’t be buying anymore polishes from this range, which is very disappointing given how much I like the Andrea Fulteron Gemstone Overcoat. I was hoping for good things from this brand, considering the price, but it did not deliver. Ah well. Onwards to better things!