Thursday, February 28, 2013

Keepin' It Kosher

Blue again for today’s mani.

My base color is OPI Dating A Royal, a slightly muted royal (duh) blue creme. I used three coats and it dries really glossy (the picture shows it without topcoat).

On top of Dating A Royal I dabbed one coat of Oopsie Daisies Keppin‘ It Kosher (Wintertime Wonders Collection), a clear base with two sizes of matte blue hexes, silver hexes and white hexes and squares. 

I had no issues applying Keepin‘ It Kosher, the glitter spread easily. I finished with one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

The Wintertime Wonders Collection is on sale now on Etsy, so you shouldn’t wait too long if you want to get some of the polishes, I guess they're being discontinued.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Shake Ya Tail-Feathers

After yesterday's neutral mani, today I have more color for you: WingDust Collections Shake Ya Tail-Feathers.

"This is a blue green jelly base with green shimmer. Loaded with turqouise shreds, gold, green, and blue glitters of all sizes with a hint of brown micro glitters in the background to create some texture."
(Source: WingDust Collections)

As jelly bases tend to be pretty sheer, I used three coats for full opacity. Application was very easy, no dabbing or fishing for glitters needed. I finished with one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. 

WingDust Collections polishes are available on Etsy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

More Than Words In Paris

In the last days I wore a couple of neutral manis, as you probably noticed. Here's another one.

My base color is Catrice Paris (Big City Life Limited Edition), a nude polish with a very subtle golden shimmer. I used three coats.

Then I added one coat of Essence More Than Words (Hugs & Kisses Limited Edition), a clear base with apricot on iridescent glitters. Application was easy, no dabbing or fishing for glitters needed.

Monday, February 25, 2013

St. George's Monster - Subtle Stamping

Today I have a subtle stamped mani to show you. The stamping is so subtle, I think nobody really saw it (besides me, of course) ;-)

My base color is Hare Polish The Monster (Halloween Collection), a dusky teal crelly base filled with black and green microglitter. The Monster is pretty sheer, I used four coats until I was content with the opacity.

On top of The Monster I added one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. After the topcoat was dry, I stamped with a-England Saint George, a gorgeous dark teal holo. I will definitely show you this one on his own, it’s a stunning polish. As it is highly pigmented it works as a stamping polish as well.


The stamping plate I used is Messy Mansion m90. I normally don’t review stamping plates, but since they asked so nicely, I’ll make an exception ;-)

Messy Mansion is an Australian stamping plate brand. I seemed to be their first swiss customer, as they didn’t list Switzerland in their list of countrys they ship to. But after asking via email, the quickly added Switzerland. So if your country isn’t on the list, just ask to add it, and they promptly do.

Messy Mansion charge almost nothing for shipping (I paid 2$ for intercontinental shipping, the stamp on the envelope did cost more!) and the plates arrived after 9 days via airmail. Not bad for intercontinental shipping!

The patterns on the stamping plate are engraved almost too deeply, there’s still too much polish on the plate after scraping. I scraped twice each time, so it worked smoothly. On my ring finger and the tip of my thumb the image didn’t transfer completely, but as it worked well on the other fingers, I’d consider this an user error (I’m not too bad at stamping, but still far away from perfect). The images are big enough for „normal sized“ nails, a little bigger than Konad, but not as big as the DRK plates. If you have very long or very wide nails, they might be too small.

Messy mansion have a lot of gorgeous stamping plates for a reasonable price. They work as they should, as long as you do it the right way ;-)
If you’re interested in these plates, check them out here.

The Monster was a limited Halloween polish, but you can get other Hare polishes on Etsy or at Llarowe.

A England polishes, including Saint George, are available on their website, at Overall BeautyMei Mei's SignaturesPshiiit and Llarowe.

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Today I have a work appropriate (at least in my opinion) glitter polish for you: Oopsie Daisies Tiramisu

Tiramisu has a pink toned nude base with medium chocolate brown hexes, small white hexes and chocolate brown and white microglitter. The base is very sheer, I used four coats and it's still not 100% opaque. The glitter hides the nail line a little, but I'd recommend layering Tiramisu over a nude creme.

I finished with one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer.

Oopsie Daisies polishes, including Tiramisu, are available on Etsy.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Disciplined Watson

Today I have two more indie polishes to show you: Cult Nails Disciplined and Girly Bits Ornamental My Dear Watson.

My base color is Cult Nails Disciplined (Behind the Curtains Collection), „a sheer but buildable soft grey with purple, pink and blue shimmer.“
(Source: Cult Nails)
The shimmer is really gorgeous, but I wasn’t really able to capture it. Even if it doesn’t look like it on my pictures, the shimmer is visible on the nails IRL. I used four coats, because Disciplined is really sheer.

On top of Disciplined I dabbed one coat of Girly Bits Ornamental My Dear Watson (Seasons of Sparkle Collection), „a clear based glitterbomb, that includes every color you might see on your tree.“
(Source: Girly Bits)


I would have bought this one simply based on it’s name. I love Sherlock Holmes ever since I first read the books as a kid. Twenty years later I can hardly wait for the third season of BBC’s Sherlock. And I live only one hour away from the Reichenbach Falls, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wanted Holmes to die (didn’t count on all the Holmes fans, though).
Besides the name, Ornamental My Dear Watson is a really lovely polish in very „happy“ colors like fuchsia, blue, yellow, gold, silver, baby blue and baby pink, purple and lilac in different sized hexes and squares. Application was easy, there was a lot of glitter on it every time I pulled the brush out of the bottle.

I topped this mani with one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Cult Nails Polishes are sold at their own shop and at Overall Beauty.

Girly Bits polishes are available at her own storeLlaroweHarlow & Co.Overall Beauty and Mei Mei's Signatures.

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