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!

Duochrome Dots

I tried so hard to get a few decent photos of this mani, but still no lightbox and terrible weather, so couldn’t quite get the lighting right. But this one shot came out OK, and you can kinda see what I’m going for. This is Revlon Blackout, mottled with different sized dots of Rimmel Purple Reign (a sheer purple/red duochrome) and Royal Blue (a sheer purple/turquoise duochrome), both from the Metal Rush collection. Everything came courtesy of my local Poundland once again, aside from the dotting tools, which were a few pounds for 5 on eBay.

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For some reason, it reminds me of those old velvet clown paintings. I should’ve tried mattifying it to see if that added another dimension to it!

Happy new year!

Well, there is it, it’s 2014 now, and I am finally done with the complete shitbag of a year that was 2013, in which I lost one of my oldest and most cherished friends and a beloved partner at the same time, I ran out of money on numerous occasions, my darling son turned into a horribly rotten teenaged black lagoon dweller, and my general physical and mental health has taken more tumbles than an elderly lush. But I’m still here somehow, and there’ve been a few positives towards the end of the year, but basically, I am glad it is time to be moving on to bigger and better things.

Also, I just discovered The Nail and Beauty Link, which is supposedly a trade website for nail polish, but appears to allow personal transactions. They stock a lot of OPI, ORLY, Nubar, Essie and Zoya at some pretty excellent prices. I have ordered a few things, I will report back on the quality of their service when I have received my goodies.

Anyway, I thought I’d give you a few of my festive manicures just to tide you over until I have time and energy to start swatching again. I still haven’t built my lightbox, but it’s high on my new to-do list, as is actually taking the time to catalogue my collection!

First up, Barielle Holiday Madness (TKMaxx/£9.99 for 5). This is a stunning olive green metallic shimmer; very festive and classy, and only required 2 coats. This held up well, even while my nails were at their longest and I was doing a lot of typing. Really like this one, will definitely wear it again.

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Next, vampy glitter tips from a combination of Revlon Black Star, a black shimmer and Maybelline Color Show (Brocades Collection) Ruby Refined (£3.99/Boots), which is a dense, delicately textured, pinkish red glitter, which made for a really gothy look. I think this one would actually look a little better if my nails had been shorter at this point, but it had a lot of drama. Wish I’d been able to show it off!

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Then I had to cut my nails back to almost nothing, and it was a quiet few weeks while I waited for them to be an acceptable length again. By the time I went to my first Christmas party of the season, I couldn’t stand it anymore, and decided to go for something short and funky. So here’s OPI Russian Navy (£5.99/TKMaxx) over Sally Hansen Raspberry Rave (£1/Poundland). This is a striping tape job, I wanted it to look sorta like random techno lights streaking over a dark sky, and I think it came out pretty well. Both polishes were delicious on their own, but Russian Navy is one of my picks of the year so far, it’s jaw-dropping! It’s a particularly curious shade, somewhere between royal purple and navy blue, with a subtle shimmer.

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And finally, here’s my Christmas day pick, Revlon Mistletoe (£1/Poundland). It really didn’t photograph that well, in natural light it is darker and has an almost green tone to it. But even as it is, a multicoloured micro glitter in a darkened base which took just two coats, and lasted through the whole of Christmas day and Boxing day, despite me spending a good portion of it wrestling with a live lobster and burning my fudge.

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Hope you all had a tolerable holiday period, and that you’re looking forward to the promise of a shiny new year. I am cautiously optimistic. I really hope 2014 doesn’t suck too much, for me or for everyone I love. Or you lot either.