Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Emily de Molly: Cosmic Forces

Long time lemming fulfilled! Snagged the much coveted beauty from Llarowe, Cosmic Forces by Emily de Molly. I fell in love with it when I first saw swatches but I suspected that an indie jelly glitter will probably not have the best formula. I am happy to say that I was very very wrong. Cosmic Forces  has a very impressive formula and would probably not even need undies (I used a thin coat of A England Avalon as undies). I did have to fish a bit for the circular glitter though. Dry time was better than average.

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces

This manicure lasted an entire four days with unnoticeable tipwear. I'm tempted to try Oceanic Forces as well but it seems to be almost always out of stock on Llarowe! What do you guys think? Have you tried any EdM polishes yet?

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 23 June 2013

OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Hi All! Back with another springy colour, a classic OPI - Gargantuan Green Grape. Such a beautiful mint green! The formula is pretty bad, I admit. Extremely sheer and streaky. Dry time was a huge pain as well. For the accent nail, I used nail art stickers from Born Pretty. 
 
OPI Gargantuan Green Grape


OPI Gargantuan Green Grape


OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Loving these stickers!! I'm actually considering using them for my wedding manicure, probably with a pale, dusty pink background.

Have a great week!

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 9 June 2013

piCture pOlish: Kryptonite

Hi guys! Back with a new brand - piCture pOlish from Australia! Kryptonite is a dark green polish with holo flakes. I admit I got this mainly for the name and I'm so glad that I did. It is mesmerizing to see the scattered holo in direct light. The formula is at par with major brands and dry time was excellent. 

piCture pOlish Kryptonite

piCture pOlish Kryptonite
Have you tried this brand yet? Any recs? I have my eye on Cosmos next (blue version of Kryptonite, I believe). 

Until next time!

- The Manicurette.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Orly Sparkling Garbage

Hi All! I have for you today a two-toned mani with Zoya Neely and the current Orly favourite...Sparkling Garbage! Mint green scattered holo? Umm...there's absolutely no way I was going to pass this up, so I ordered it off NPC last week (www.nailpolishcanada.com). It is quite sheer so I had to use three coats to build it up. Dry time is fairly good and it dries to a smooth finish. I topped the mani off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Orly Sparkling Garbage and Zoya Neely

Orly Sparkling Garbage and Zoya Neely

The sparkle is a lot crazier in real life but it's very hard to capture it on camera. Glad to add it to my tiny Orly collection :)

Thanks for dropping in!

- The Manicurette

Monday, 3 June 2013

Color Blocking with Butter London Trout Pout and Zoya Neely

Hi All! I felt like some nail art so I busted out the supplies and created a color blocking effect with nail art studs on my accent nail. I painted a coat of Butter London Trout Pout and free-handed triangles with Zoya Neely (should have used tape but I got lazy!). Got the studs from Born Pretty, my go to site for nail art supplies. The studs lasted a day before one of them fell off, but if you layer Seche Vite over them, they should stick. Hope you enjoy the pictures!




- The Manicurette

Sunday, 2 June 2013

OPI Liquid Sand Bond Girls: Jinx

Summer's here, the sun is shining and it's time for me to start taking glamour shots of my nails once again! Today's beauty is Jinx, from OPI's Bond Girls collection which has six stunning liquid sand polishes. Jinx is by far the prettiest in my opinion, and was fairly hard to find because it was sold out everywhere! It is a coral polish with interspersed gold glitter. Pigmentation is amazing (easily a one coater) and it dried a lot faster than the liquid sands from their Mariah Carey collection.




OPI Bond Girls Jinx

I LOVE this polish so much that I've worn it twice in the past two weeks. I did try topcoating it but it completely hid the gold shimmer. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the sunshine!

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Max Factor Fantasy Fire Returns

Hi All! It has been an extremely long time since I last blogged but for a very good reason...I'm engaged!! I haven't had much time for nail art since but I have a simple manicure for you today. This is a repeat but I layered it over a different polish to bring out the Fantasy Fire glow even more. The base is Rimmel 60 Seconds in Night Before, very close to the base color of Fantasy Fire with subtle scattered glitter. This is with one coat of Night Before and one coat of Fantasy Fire:

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

My camera couldn't capture the green duochrome effect that can be seen from certain angles but it is gorgeous nonetheless! It is definitely one of my all time favourites. I'm hoping to catch up with the blogging world this week :) As always, thank you for stopping by and have yourself a great week!

- The Manicurette

Monday, 25 March 2013

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength: Save The Date

I have for you today Save The Date from Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength line. I confess that I never thought much of the Diamond Strength line, probably because I see endless bottles from this line at the Ex every year for less than a dollar a piece. However, I recently saw swatches of Save The Date online and got it during the nail polish sale at Shoppers. 


Sally Hansen Save The Date


Save The Date is very close to Deborah Lippmann's Good Girl Gone Bad, one of my absolute favourites, minus the glitter. It is a dark plum/purple metallic with very fine shimmer. It is easily a one coater; however, I used two to build up the color. I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite and thankfully, no shrinking!


Sally Hansen Save The Date

Sally Hansen Save The Date

I was going to use this as a base for stamping but I think it looks so classic by itself. Do you guys have any other recs from this line? I'm tempted to try some more!

Thanks for checking in :)

- The Manicurette

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

OPI Euro Centrale: You're Such A BudaPest

Hi All! Today I have for you You're Such A BudaPest from OPI's Euro Centrale collection. I resisted this for so long thinking it's dupable but after not finding a close match in my stash, I had to get it! I'd say this is probably one of the most popular shares from this collection along with Suzi's Hungary Again.

You're Such A BudaPest is a light lavender creme with very subtle shimmer that can only be seen in the bottle. I've done two manicures with it and I used 3 very thin coats each time to combat the patchiness a lot of cremes are prone to. Dry time was great, as with all my OPIs.



OPI You're Such a BudaPest 

OPI You're Such A BudaPest

To glam it up a bit, I layered Revlon Stunning and Deborah Lippmann I Love The Nightlife over it. I love that even after adding loads of glitter, the mani maintained its delicate feel and spring appeal.




Thanks for stopping by!

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Color Club Halo Hues: Beyond

2 words. Black holo. After the successful Halo Hues collection last year, Color Club has released a second Halo Hues collection for Spring 2013. I have no idea why black is part of a spring collection but I am loving it! 




Beyond is a one-coater, buttery charcoal holographic polish. I used 2 coats for good measure. Dry time was great and the linear holo effect is strong enough to make any holo lover happy. I skipped topcoat for the swatches.

Color Club Beyond

Color Club Beyond 

This was my only pick from this collection, mostly because because I have most of the first Halo Hues collection. I absolutely adore dark holos! Have a great week :)

- The Manicurette

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Oops I Did It Again...Butter London Trout Pout Returns

You know you love a polish when you feature it on your blog not once, but twice. I first did a post on Butter London Trout Pout back in November (you can read it here). This time, I used it as a base for a glitter gradient with OPI Sparke De Triomphe, my all-time-favourite glitter. Glitter gradients are one of the quickest and easiest nail art techniques, hence why I chose to do it at eleven at night. So here goes..






Thanks for checking in and Happy Friday!

- The Manicurette

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

China Glaze Holiday 2012: Winter Holly Swatches

I am devoting this post to a polish that has been sitting on my wishlist for a while. Thanks to a stop at a dusty beauty supply this weekend, I slayed this lemming for $3.50! China Glaze Winter Holly from the Holiday 2012 collection has dark green holo glitter and a little bit of gold non-holo glitter in a clear base. It's not much to look at without undies so I layered it over Zoya Ray to capture is true beauty. You can probably guess by now that scattered holos are my weakness, so naturally Winter Holly did not disappoint! 

China Glaze Winter Holly

I used 2 coats of Winter Holly over 1 coat of Zoya Ray, topped with two coats of Out The Door. This is a pretty hungry glitter so I was pretty generous with the thickness of the top coat.

China Glaze Winter Holly

China Glaze Winter Holly

It feels really good to find lemmings in the wild, let alone for a bargain! Any interesting stories of finding polishes on your wishlist that you'd like to share?

Be safe out there in the storm tomorrow! Until next time :)

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 24 February 2013

OPI OZ The Great And Powerful: Lights Of Emerald City

Ah I'm so excited about this post! I got my hands on the OPI 2013 collection based on the movie Oz The Great And Powerful. My first pick is Lights of Emerld City, a truly unique glitter top coat with iridescent small square glitter and large white square glitter. 

OPI Oz 2013: Lights of Emerald City

The real star of this polish, in my opinion, is the iridescent glitter. Depending on what you layer it over, it can look copper (over purple), gold (over green), and light pink (over blue). I swatched the different combinations on swatch sticks and I used the blue combination as inspiration for a manicure. I fished out the white glitter and layered it to on my accent nail to create an argyle pattern.

OPI Oz: Lights of Emerald City


OPI Oz: Lights of Emerald City 

OPI Oz: Lights of Emerald City

 Swatched over dark purple, emerald green (ha!), and sky blue:







There are two more glitters in this collection but I have yet to try them. The creme shades were reminiscent of the Ballet collection. What are your picks? Would you like to see swatches of the other two glitters as well?

Thanks for reading and have a great start to the week!

- The Manicurette

Saturday, 23 February 2013

OPI Euro Centrale: Polka.com

Here's another one from the 2013 Euro Centrale collection by OPI: Polka.com! It's a mix of blue, purple and pink hex glitter with purple micro-glitter. The formula was thankfully not like usual goopey glitters, but easy to maneuver and generous with the amount of glitter. I find large glitters best worn in a jelly sandwich. So I sandwiched it between an Essence nude and OPI Don't Touch My Tutu. Scroll down for pictures of just the glitter on the nude as well as within the glitter sandwich.

OPI Polka.com Jelly Sandwich

OPI Polka.com Jelly Sandwich

And here are a couple of shots with a coat of Polka.com on top of a Essence nude polish:

OPI Polka.com

OPI Polka.com
I'm so glad to see OPI having some fun with glitters! The Euro Centrale collection is my favourite from all their collections released this year (Mariah Carey and Oz). Which collection do you folks like the most this year? 

Thanks for checking in!

- The Manicurette

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Coral and Mint Polka Dots

Tonight's mani is a quick and cute one using my all-time favourite pattern: Polka Dots. The great thing about polka dots is that they look complication but are really very quick and easy to do. Just straighten a hairpin, dip either end in polish and dot! Voila! I used one of my all time favourite (and super addorable) polishes ever, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet and for the dots, I used Butter London Trout Pout. 

Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet

I used one of my all time favourite (and super addorable) polishes ever, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet and for the dots, I used Butter London Trout Pout.

 Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet

Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet

Thanks for checking in! 

- The Manicurette

Saturday, 9 February 2013

OPI Euro Centrale: OPI...Eurso Euro

The wait for OPI's Spring 2013 collection is over...the Euro Centrale collection is here! My two picks from this collection are OPI...Eurso Euro and Polka.com (I'll have a post for this soon). Let's start with the gorgeous OPI...Eurso Euro - a darkrich indigo that almost leans blue. The formula was a little on the thick side; however, it was pigmented enough to be a one-coater. I used two for swatches to build up the dark colour. And as a bonus, I turned it into a Valentine's Day mani! I am digging the skittles look, with a different pattern on each nail:

OPI...Eurso Euro

OPI...Eurso Euro


Here is OPI...Eurso Euro by itself. It leans a lot more purple than it photographs.

OPI...Eurso Euro

OPI...Eurso Euro

What are your thoughts on this collection? You're Such A Budapest (the lilac one) is very popular too. I do admit I have no idea what Eurso Euro means. All I could think of is 'eurso' sounds like 'you're so'? Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post! I'll be back with Polka.com :)

- The Manicurette


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