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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