Purple People Eater

bpholo11a bpholo11bHappy 4th of July to my readers in the US! I did think about doing themed nails, but as I am neither American nor live in America, I decided the locals and natives would be more likely to do a better job than me. So instead, I tried out the 2nd of my Born Pretty holos, #11 (around £4.22/Born Pretty Store). This is a beautiful purple holo, much less blue than I thought it would be, and I just love it (shown left under artificial light and right indoors). As with the green (#12), it took 3 coats for full coverage, but the finish is gorgeous, and feels really solid and hard-wearing.

Once I have any kind of disposable income again, I will be buying a few more of these. They are well worth the wait for delivery, and there is something for everyone in the colour range. I am fast becoming a holoholic!


It’s Twofer Tuesday!

No, this won’t be a running theme, I don’t think, but it’s been a hectic few days what with a seriously busy weekend and one of my aging moggies needing a visit to the vet for suspected lungworm. Anyway, things seem to have calmed down a bit now, so here’s what I’ve been doing with my nails. Apologies for the useless pics, my phonecam is not playing nice with me at the moment.

chunkyholoblackOn the left, we have Kleancolor’s Chunky Holo Black (around £5/eBay), over TurquoiseMaybelline Purple Trend (£2.60/eBay seller: Cosmetics-Fairy), neither of which excited me very much, but the coverage was solid for both (one coat each), so it’s just personal taste on the colour.

And on the right, inspired by the dichroic glass of my favourite pendant, Nicole by OPI’s Turquoise Texture (£7.99/Superdrug) over Maybelline MNY 665 (£1.99/eBay seller: xtrasdiscountstore). Now this is a look I love, two coats of a cool navy blue, with the gorgeous crackle of the Turquoise (which looks much bluer than it is unfortunately). Annoyingly, the tips started to wear really fast, though I haven’t exactly looked after my hands today. Too busy looking after a poorly cat to worry about my nails too much!

With any luck, life will stop kicking my arse for a bit soon, which will give me far more time to play dress up with my fingers.

Mean Green Polish Machine.

bpholo2I am having a miserable week, but I am soldiering on, and managed to cheer myself a little by trying out the first of my new holos. This is #12, which is currently priced at $6.44 (approx. £4.22) from Born Pretty Store. The formula is quite thin, and needed 3 coats for full coverage, but as you can see, the rainbow is very visible, and shines beautifully. I’m rather fond of it, though I will have to ration it very carefully as it’s only a 6ml bottle, and it took some weeks to arrive. Ho hum.

Hopefully, I will be in a more pleasant mood in time for my next post, and I hope you lot are having a better week than me! Who wants to do some “misery loves company” nail art to amuse me?

The thing from which all shiny things come…

Sometimes you see something, and you just have to have it in your life, no matter what. That’s how I felt when I spotted the swatches for the new Color Club Holos; I just couldn’t resist picking up the black version. Unfortunately, Color Club is a US brand which hasn’t made it across the pond yet, so my only option was to pick it up off eBay. Luckily, my paypal account was stacked with spoils, so I didn’t have to sit and weep my lament down the intertubes. It is mine!

Natural light.

Natural light.

Artificial light.

Artificial light.

This is Beyond by Color Club. It cost me a whopping £13.59 including shipping from eBay for a 15ml bottle, but oh so worth it. The polish is dense and smooth, and I got full coverage in just one coat! It looks best under bright light but even under the dull rain clouds of this morning it it still beautiful, and I can’t stop staring at it!

Holo polishes are a hot ticket at the moment, so I’m glad to have a little piece of it all to myself, though obviously it’s a steep price to pay. However, I also have some more sensibly priced holos (a blue, a green and a purple) on the way from Born Pretty, which worked out to just under a fiver each. Alas, they are only 6ml bottles, which means I’ll have to ration them carefully.

I already have a couple of new polishes to try sitting on my desk, but my next post may take a few extra days, as I’m keen to see how long this polish lasts.