28 Apr 2013

Rimmel Green With Envy

Hey all!

A quick swatch for you! This is what I wore under my Lynnderella I Don't Mean Rhinestones mani as undies!

As you can see, it's a little brushstrokey, but I'm not to overly picky about that. First coat was a bit patchy, but the second evened things out perfectly. This was 2 coats over Nail Envy with no top coat.

I would recommend lightly buffing your nails, or using a slightly thicker base coat to fill any ridges as this shows everything, you can see my patch on my ring finger. One thing about the Rimmel polishes I love is the brush! It's so thick and wide, I find it very easy to maneuver and get a nice shape to the polish near my cuticles with no cleanup. Thumbs up to the brush!

20 Apr 2013

Lynnderella I Don't Mean Rhinestones

Hi all!

I feel very, very lucky to be the new owner of this polish. After reading all the drama that comes along with Lynn polishes (to me it all sounds a lot like tall poppy syndrome), hearing about the famed Llarowe wishlist system, now that she only sells on ebay and only posts to the US, I had given up on ever owning a Lynn. Lucky for me the wonderful Peita was moving house and was selling some of her polishes before the move, and she happened to be selling the last few of her Lynns. Needless to say I pounced on I Don't Mean Rhinestones, because after seeing, drooling and sighing over the many, many swatches on More Nail Polish I knew this was one I really wanted. I honestly thought I would never own a Lynn. I will be including my first 2 manis with it in this post.

After receiving this, I can completely understand how Lynnderella polishes turned the polish world upside down. I own absolutely nothing like this, and it is beyond beautiful. I know she hates being called an Indie, but she really did start it all.

Mmmm yummy macro! After the debacle with my mani for v-day and settling for Illamasqua Scorn, after a day I decided I needed some sparkle, and I had had the Lynn for about a week and was itching to wear it so I did a glitter gradient over Scorn.

To do this I just wiped off most of the polish from the brush and dabbed it onto my nails from bottom to as far up and I wanted, let it dry then concentrated more on the tips until I was happy, then put on a couple of coats of top coat. Voila! Could not stop staring at my nails!

A few weeks later I was getting some things from my local Priceline and they had a special on Rimmel nail polish. I grabbed two, (one of which can be seen here) and by chance happened to grab one that was the perfect undies for I Don't Mean Rhinestones, so I knew I had to wear it as a full mani ASAP!

This was 2 coats Rimmel Green With Envy and 1 coat IDMR with 1 thick, goopy coat of SV. Holy sh*t! The most bling-tastic mani in the world!

Even with 1 coat of this polish, it was so complex! I could stare at it for hours. When I put it on and had gone to bed, before I fell asleep I kept turning my phone's torch on to keep looking at it!

If you ever get the opportunity to get your paws on some Lynn's, I highly recommend doing so. Even with the influx of indie polish makers from over the globe, there is something special about owning a polish from the woman that started it. Sure not all of her polishes are unique and ground breaking now, and some are quite dupeable, but many are still very very beautiful.

15 Apr 2013

Cult Nails Hypnotize Me over Rimmel Misty Jade

Hey all!

Long time, no post! I've been very busy of late, I attended Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney last week, working as an editor and a photographers assistant and oh.my.god it was absolutely hectic! I have never been so exhaused! I will have to do a post on the event and put up some of my photos :D I also do have a huuuuggggeee backlog of manis to post, but I will eventually get around to posting them! Onto it shall we!

I got my first Cults! This was the first Cult Nails polish that I had been lemming, Hypnotize Me, a sheer jelly base packed full of colour shifting glitter that moves from green to deep blue. This was 1 coat over Rimmel Misty Jade with 1 coat Seche Vite. I have worn this over black and got photos of the colour shift, I will post them later :)

Now the base polish! Rimmel Misty Jade. I was pleasantly surprised at the polish, a very pretty and delicate colour. 2 coats over OPI Nail Envy, it was a little patchy so a third coat may be needed.

Until next time my lovely people! Hopefully I will start posting a bit more regularly.

3 Apr 2013

Illamasqua Rubber Brights Nurture and Optimist

Hi all!

The other week I very kindly given two of the recently released Illamasqua Rubber Brights. I got given Optimist a bright warm yellow/orange and Nurture a neon slime green. After quickly swatching the two colours I decided I needed more of them, so I went and bought Serenity a bright turqouise and Prosperity a vivid royal purple. Amazingly the Illamsqua Sydney Myer counter is having a flash sale of excess stock, and currently ALL of the Rubber Brights are $18, normally $21. Today I will be showing you Nurture and Optimist. First some pretty pictures!

Inspired by the colour-coded specialities of the dominatrix Rubber Boot Girls of 1920s Berlin, Illamasqua's rubber-finish nail varnishes are available in a unique spectrum of bright colours. There are six shades to choose from,  Nurture (candy apple green), Optimist (warm yellow), Aorta (scarlet red), Devotee (candy pink), Serenity (bright turquoise), Prosperity (rich purple). They can be worn on their own, for a matt 'scuba-style' finish or with a topcoat for a high shine, glossy finish, even though that would kinda defeat the purpose of the rubber finish.

Optimist is described as a warm yellow, but to me its orange. I didn't like the colour when I first put it on, but after having it on for a while it grew on me and I ended up quite liking it, shame it looks horrid with my skintone, but nice none the less. This was 2 coats, 1 thin and then 1 thick. I find this the best way to apply the rubber finishes. I would definitely recommend doubling up on base coat for Optimist, it stained my nails pretty bad after only having it on for a couple of hours.

My bottle was pretty thick, it's the only 1 of the 4 that is, but it was still managable. I find you have to work fairly fast with these polishes because they can get goopy pretty quick, especially if your working in a warm room, or under a warm light like in my case.

Next up, Nuture! Illamasqua describes this as a candy apple green, but I enjoy calling it slime green. It's very neon.. I like it :D I don't own any other polishes that are classed neon, but I would say that this is probably one of the very few neons that need a base coat of white to be bright.

 This was 2 coats Rejuvacote and 2 coats Nurture, one thin and one thick. This polish was a lot thinner than Optimist so was easier to work with. I had a little bit of visible nail line with this polish, but nothing a third coat wouldn't cure. You can only juuuuuuuuust see it in the photos, so hardly anything to worry about.

These photos where taken the day after so the polish had a bit more time to dry down. It gets a more matte appearance after 24hrs, but without the chalkiness you can get with some matte top coats.

My final impression with these polishes is I really like them, but I love Illamasqua formula and their polishes basically apply themselves. These did require a bit more skill as if you work too slowly, or are in a warm room they do have a tendency to go gluggy on the brush, but I think that's to be expected with a finish such as the rubber polishes. I am looking forward to wearing the other 2 colours.

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