Stay frosty!

I got bored last night, and decided to break out the toys. So here it is, my first ever sponged glitter gradient!

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I started off with a base of China Glaze Tongue & Chic (£4.29/eBay seller: nailswestcom), from the new fall collection. It’s a gorgeous deep teal shimmer, which is about as close to a one coat polish I’ve ever seen, though the formula was a little on the thick side. I then sponged over a layer of Model’s Own Southern Lights (£5/Boots), a dense silver holo micro glitter, and then a final layer of ORLY Angel Eyes (£6.79/Beauty Bay), which is a blue micro glitter with slightly larger holo pieces.

Flash.

Flash.

Natural light.

Natural light.

The result is pretty fantastic; I can’t stop looking at it. It’s so sparkly! I will definitely be repeating this one, probably for Christmas. Sponging turned out to be a lot easier than I feared, so I’m keen to try some 2 colour gradients in the very near future. My shaky hands prevent me from doing a lot of really skilled technical stuff, but I’m pretty sure I can get to grips with gradients!

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?

Getting warmer.

blue2A short but sweet one today. Just wanted to share this gorgeous shade, which is Rimmel’s Out Of The Blue (£3.69/Boots). I am very disappointed with my camera for not fully capturing this lovely deep opaque teal, but I can assure you, it’s really beautiful!

Hope it’s sunny where you are. Enjoy the weekend!

Edit: The unfortunate postscript to this is that I have literally never come across a polish that stained my nails and fingers so horribly on removal, which means I won’t be using it again as a main colour. Sadface.

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!