Ultraviolet

Just a quick one today, this is Nabi 3D Holographic Effect Dark Purple (from my birthday haul) over Sally Hansen Virtual Violet (from Poundland). Virtual Violet is from the Hard as Nails Extreme Wear collection, and wow, is it long wearing! I used two thin coats of each shade, over my usual ORLY Bonder and finished with a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry, and despite my usual disregard for the quality of my manicure, it last 4 whole days before even showing the slightest wear, so I will definitely be picking up some more colours from that range whenever I can find them. The holo top coat is full of sparkle, and I really love it. I’m keen to try it underneath a few other shades to see how the colour changes!

With flash.

With flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

My nails are somehow looking great at the moment, so I’ve already got a stockpile of swatches to show you over the next couple of weeks. I might even try doing some arty stuff again soon, now that life has calmed down a little!

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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.

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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.

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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!

…And better news!

So, as I said in my last post, it was my birthday party yesterday, which was utterly fabulous. The weather was gorgeous, I got to see loads of my brilliant friends, and we had a bunch of yummy food, booze, watched a double feature of Indiana Jones (Raiders and Crusade) and a jolly good time was had by all. But I have to say, it topped all other birthday parties, in that a bunch of my friends got together and bought me the most excellent present ever… and I’m gonna need to build a new polish wishlist, because they got me almost everything off it, plus a few things I didn’t even know I wanted! Yes, really!

L to R: Zoya Ki and Opal, China Glaze Unpredictable and Agro.

L to R: Zoya Ki and Opal, China Glaze Unpredictable and Agro.

L to R: Deborah Lippmann The Lady Sings The Blues, Butter LONDON Big Smoke and Thames.

L to R: Deborah Lippmann The Lady Sings The Blues, Butter LONDON Big Smoke and Thames.

L to R: A England Lady of Shallott and Saint George, Nabi Dark Purple 3D, Ocean Blue 3D and Purple Jumbo Glitter.

L to R: A England Lady of Shallott and Saint George, Nabi Dark Purple 3D, Ocean Blue 3D and Purple Jumbo Glitter.

Seriously, just look at this haul! I could not have asked for a better gift, and even better, there are still 2 more polishes to come! I had a bit to drink yesterday (duh), so I can’t quite remember which ones they are, but I’m sure they’ll be utterly amazing, just like everything else here. Seriously, I am so stoked with this, it was incredibly thoughtful, and I want to give extra special thanks to Denny for having the idea in the first place and rounding up contributors, and to Emma for doing all the research, hunting, and gathering, which must have been quite a task. Of course, mega thanks also go to EJ, Helen, Kath, Mat, Pir, Poggs, Sarah, Stu, Ursula and Red for chipping in. I am completely blown away by this wonderful gift, and I couldn’t be happier right now to know the people I do.

I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends, and I love you all very much. I am going to have so much fun with all these!