Northern lights

I did it again, didn’t I? I promised I wouldn’t disappear and then I did! I’m not very sorry, because I’ve been terribly busy with my new boyfriend and slightly less new job, and I’m still not buying any new polish anyway. However, my nails have now returned to a considerably more sensible length, and I’ve been dying to show off my most extravagant purchase of the year so far!

This is the stunning limited edition piCture pOlish Aurora (18.50EUR/prettypolish.nl). I had to order it from the Dutch website, as the first run was sold out everywhere else that shipped to the UK, and I just had to have it. Luckily, I was able to arm myself with Google Translate, and after that, it was quite a straightforward process.

Aurora is a stunning glittery purple/pink/turquoise multichrome, which I’m wearing over black, as I now routinely do with all thin multichromes. The colour shift is very strong, and the glitter particles are so eye-catching. Here’s 2 coats over Revlon Knockout.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Natural light.

This was my pre-Lent blowout polish, and honestly, I think it’s worth every penny! You can see the other polishes in this limited collection on at piCture pOlish.

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Throwback Thursday

I’ve been away from home for a few days, so I’m really out of step with my manicures, so this is a bit of a cheat post, but I’ll be back to new things soon. Besides, I have been intending to re-swatch this polish for ages, and now I finally have, and it has only strengthened my love for it!

This is HITS Mari Moon Cutie Pie, a Brazilian multichrome that I picked up from Llarowe for my birthday last year. I used 2 coats over black (Revlon Knockout) this time, which is starting to become my default for multichromes and thin duochromes, and it makes the colour shift so much more dramatic.

Indoor lighting.

Indoor lighting.

Indirect sunlight.

Sunlight.

Shade.

Shade.

Shade.

Shade.

This is really doing nothing to cure my addiction to multichromes… I must have more!

Independent woman

I know, I know, I said I’d never do indie brands. I was weak and I couldn’t resist, I’m sorry! If it’s any consolation, I completely blew my polish budget for about the next 3 months on them. Worth every single penny though! The following two polishes are from the newly rebranded Polish Me Silly Multichromes collection. I could only afford two, so these are the ones I chose; all swatches shown here are 2 coats over black.

First up is Love The Hue (£16.41 for 2 including postage from the US/Etsy), which is a purple/pink/blue/turquoise multichrome. It is utterly stunning, and the shift is really visible. Unfortunately, I did a rotten job on the photos for this one, but you can get a sense of the effect.

With flash.

With flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Natural light, tilted to show colour shift.

Natural light, tilted to show colour shift.

The other one is Guilty Pleasure, a blue/pink/red/orange multichrome. You can see the shift much better in these shots, and just like it’s predecessor, it was glorious. My photos make it hard to see the difference between them, but it’s definitely there.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light, tilted.

Natural light, tilted.

Natural light.

Natural light.

I really can’t say enough good things about these shades. The formula is incredibly thin, but given it looks so great over black, I don’t think I’ll use them up too fast. If you’re interested in some much better photos and the rest of the collection, pop on over to Very Emily’s posts; part one, part two and part three (which features the polishes I chose). Both her swatches and her nails are about a million times better than mine anyway!

Back to the non-indie brands next post, I promise; I’ve got some fab stuff from Barielle, L’Oreal and Sally Hansen to show off. Also coming soon, a big post that doesn’t feature any nail polish, in case the rest of my accessorizing and nail care is of any interest to my readers. Oh, and PS… I’m on Instagram now! I’ll be using it for polish teasers and also the odd glance into my general style and so forth. See the link in the sidebar, or check me out here: @manimancy. Cheers!

Let me be your fantasy

Been looking forward to this post for a while. A few days ago, I replaced my bottle of Max Factor Fantasy Fire (£3.99/Boots). I’d owned it before, but passed it on because I was still a neophyte in the nail polish world, and I easily gave up on polishes that still weren’t opaque in 4 coats. However, it is basically the internet’s favourite polish, so I thought I’d give it another go.

I started with 2 coats of ORLY In The Navy, and then put two coats of Fantasy Fire over the top, and sealed it with Seche Vite. I sometimes have trouble replicating other people’s amazing swatches, but I was blown away. Yes, it’s very sheer, but with a dark base, it comes alive! The duochrome is very strong, and I had great fun wiggling my fingers to see all the shimmery green to pink to purple to orange micro-glitter. Like a lot of the best duochromes and multichromes, full flash tends to wash it out, but in sunlight and natural lighting, it’s glorious.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

Then out of curiousity, I popped a coat of Boots No7 Matte Top Coat (£7/exclusive to Boots) over it, which I’d picked up on a whim because I had No7 coupons and I’m still trying to find the best matte for me. Folks, I think this is it! It’s a really strong matte, definitely closer to the chalkboard end of the spectrum than the satin end, but it goes on really smoothly and has a lovely feel to it when it’s dry. It’s not at all rough like some mattes can be. And you could still see Fantasy Fire‘s amazing colour shift underneath it!

Mattified, flash.

Mattified, flash.

Mattified, sunlight.

Mattified, sunlight.

It’s so delicious that I feel kinda silly for getting rid of my first bottle, but I hope the recipient sees this and has a good go with it herself. I’m going to have a lot of fun playing around with different base colours. And I’m so happy that I’ve finally found a matte top coat that I really like, it’s been a long arduous search!

In other news, I am soon to receive my first indie polishes. I know I said that I wouldn’t be showing indie brands on this blog, but I think I’ll have to, if they are anything like as stunning as I’m hoping they’ll be. I’m really excited, and they’re a lovely reward after spending most of the last 3 months only buying discounted polishes.

A little for what ails you

Bleargh, I am sick. Have been struck down with a horrible throat infection that is sapping all my energy. I almost didn’t get around to posting today, but as I’d already taken the pictures before I was assailed with germs, I figured it would be an easy one.

To make it even easier, what follows is more of my birthday haul. This is A England Lady of Shallott, a dense navy blue shimmer in a blackened base. As with all A England polishes, the formula is perfect; smooth and incredibly easy to use, and what’s shown here is 2 coats with no top coat.

shalott

I’ve paired it up below with one coat of Nabi Purple Jumbo Glitter, which as you can clearly see is more like a holo or a multichrome glitter than just purple, even though it looks very purple in the bottle. I love this glitter, the colour shift is so clear and strong, I’ve been sitting around just wiggling my fingers, admiring all the pink, orange, yellow, green and even blue shifts. I expect the colour changes a bit based on what you wear underneath it, so I’ll play with some different shades at a later stage. The formula is pretty great too, you get a lot of glitter in one coat, and I didn’t have to dab it to get extra flakes on at all, which is a welcome change.

shalottnabi

The only bad thing I have to say about this glitter is that OHMYGOD does it ever stink! Honestly, it’s by far and away the worst smelling polish I’ve ever used, it was like jet fuel, cat turd and vinegar had a really nasty smelling baby. Ergh. Won’t stop me using it though, cause it’s just so damn pretty!

Anyway, send me some get well vibes, and maybe I’ll even get around to building my lightbox soon. Fingers crossed!

Home is where the heart is

bigsmoke2Here’s another gem from my birthday collection; Butter London Big Smoke. I adore this shade, it’s a rich, deep azure, with a very delicate shimmer. The formula, as with all Butter London shades, is reasonably thin, but very easy to work with, so 3 coats doesn’t feel chunky or squishy on the nail. I’ve jazzed this up with a top coat on my feature nail, which is No7 In The Stars (exclusive to Boots/£6), an adorable multichrome micro-glitter. I actually got an unprompted compliment on this mani today, so that makes it a win!

In other news, I finally bought a new camera today, so as soon as I’ve dug my tripod out and got a memory card for it, I’ll be able to start taking some decent picture of my nails, woohoo! Suppose that means I should put a little more effort into making my hands not look like I’ve been running them over with a tank made of cheesegraters, really.

Good news…

cutiepieOK, I’m back on the swatch wagon. My nails are still stubby and my fingers are a mess, but I don’t care, because it was my birthday party yesterday, and I couldn’t go without something on my nails. I feel naked without my mani! There will be a big post about my birthday shortly following this one, but first, this is what I wore for my party, HITS Mari Moon Cutie Pie (around £8.50 including shipping/llarowe.com). This stunning multichrome has got at least 5 different colours in it, most obvious are the purple and turquoise, but I also see gold, blue and pink in it under certain light. It’s quite thin, but 3 coats gave nice coverage, and it’s holding pretty well, so the formula is good quality. I will definitely be wearing this beaut again when my nails are longer.

Watch this space for my epic birthday haul post, coming right up!