29 February 2012

Icing Magnetix swatches, part one: silver and gold

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Wednesday! No pink today (again haha) but I have a couple of swatches of some pretty magnetic polishes instead. Icing/Claire's is always good for making affordable alternatives to popular polishes and trends (I have another one coming up soon) and they released four magnetic polishes (and recently added a fifth, and it's GREEN <3) and they're cool and the magnets rock. So, let's get to it, shall we?

But before I start... this will please Diana, since she was the one who alerted me to the fact that I was close...

Yay! 1234 followers! That's awesome and appeals to my love for stuff like this. Thank you all for joining me! I feel like blogging is a bit of a quest... I have no idea what I'm searching for, really, but the journey has been excellent and I'm just happy that there are really absolutely insane people out there who like what I do. :)

Anyway! I think I'll have three posts of these babies. Two, two and one. Obviously the green one gets its own post. Are you surprised? I didn't think so. So today, I've got the silver and greeny-gold to show you. They're beautiful. Also, I inadvertently seem to have split these up into posts where I used the line magnet on two and the curvy magnet on two. My brain sometimes, honestly. Although maybe that will be better? We'll see. I also did a comparison of a couple of the magnets that I have but there's a rant to go along with that one so it will be separate.

First up is the silver magnetic, this one is beautiful and sparkly, I really like it. This was two coats. I'm going to mention a couple of things at the end but I figure pictures first and more words after, right?

I included macro shots so you could see the finish better... these are perfectly smooth but I just love how they look in macro. Sometimes I freaking love macro.

Next is the greeny-gold one. I'm not really sure what colour to call it haha. It looks too green to be pure gold to me, but it isn't purely green either. I just called it "gold" in the post title because it was easier. This was also two coats. This is definitely one of my favourites. Such an interesting colour and it's just so freaking pretty. I've worn this one multiple times - magnetic polishes are great for fast manis that are sure to get attention!

I love the larger shimmer particles in this one. It makes clean up a bit rough if you polish like you're going through caffeine withdrawal are a bit messy but it's definitely worth it, in my opinion!

Okay. So, just a quick couple of FAQs to get out of the way...

  • Can I do multiple coats? Yes, you can do multiple coats when using a magnetic polish. I usually test the polish out on my thumb or a nail wheel to see how opaque it is. Often, they're nice enough that you can get away with one coat. You wouldn't need to do the design for each coat, though - just for the final coat. :)
  • Do I have to use the magnet after I polish each nail? I personally cannot get the magnetic to work and produce a good design if I try to paint multiple nails at once and then go back and use the magnet. For me, the best method is to polish, then use the magnet right away.
  • How long should I hold the magnet in place for? How long I hold the magnet in place depends on how strong I want the contrast to be. For these two, I wanted it to be as strong as I could make it, so it was usually about 15 to 20 seconds per nail. If you want something a little less bold, I'd go for 10 to 15.
  • How close does the magnet need to be to my nail? As close as you can get it without actually touching the magnet to the nail. Of course, this again comes down to preference - the closer the magnet is, the stronger the force pulling your particles up will be. But if you have longer nails, also keep in mind that keeping it closer will give the most even design. If you hold it at more of an angle, you may miss your tips when you're using magnets designed like this one, which have little cuticle rests.
Okay! Now, onto one of the only negatives to these little beauties... the brushes. The brushes are an absolute pain in the ass. There was something wrong with every one of the original four I got. Either the brush was like a freaking mop or it was bent at wonky angles or had bristles going everywhere. I think the brushes were too long for the bottles, so crazy things happened to them while they were waiting to come home with me. Either way, it meant more clean up for me, since I'm generally not the most neat polisher anyway.

BUT when I went and got the green magnetic polish, I noticed that the brush had changed. It was perfect. Pristine. I showed my roommate and was incredibly enthusiastic about it and I think she thought I was a bit mental but it was exciting. So I think they realised that the original brushes were a problem and the newer batches should have that problem corrected. To be safe, though, if you can, I'd say to discreetly check the brushes if you can. It sucks that something like that makes it hard to apply such pretty polishes!

The other con is availability... these aren't available online (unless you want to get scalped on ebay... keep in mind that these aren't even $10 here and Icing and Claire's always have a BOGO deal on nail polishes and you'll see what I mean) and unless you have an Icing or Claire's in the area, I'm not sure what you can do. I'd recommend finding someone to swap or CP (custom purchase) for these if you really want them, but keep in mind that nail polish is hazardous material, so the person that you've asked to ship them to you is taking a risk, just like you are by trusting that they'll do it! So make sure you ask a friend or someone you know will follow through. :)

Other than that, these are sexcellent and even shitty brushes won't put me off wearing the heck out of them. 

What do you lovelies think? Have you scooped any of these up? Which one is your favourite?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

27 February 2012

Holographic skittles

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Monday? Did you all have a good weekend? Mine was okay... I've got a midterm today in my French history class. I have no idea why I took a French history course, it's not my strong point at all!

Today I've just got a quick post. My birthday was a few weeks ago now and I never got around to posting what I wore... I wore holographic skittles and it was actually a sunny day, so that was pretty awesome!

On my right hand I wore China Glaze L8R G8R, Color Club Worth the Risque, China Glaze Octa Gone Wild and China Glaze DV8. I used two coats of all except Octa Gone Wild, which was three. I wish I had used LOL instead of Octa Gone Wild, then they would have all had the same size particles and smoothness. I used China Glaze How About a Tumble? on my thumb.

I rotated the second picture so that's why my bottle is defying gravity tehe. It's really hard to take pictures of your dominant hand with your non-dominant hand... I had a really hard time trying to get my fingers looking somewhat normal and I still failed! :(

On my left hand I used Glitter Gal Red 3D Holo, OPI DS Original, OPI Blue Moon Lagoon and Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Ruby Diamond. I used three coats of all. The Glitter Gal didn't really need it, I just wanted the colour to be a bit deeper. My thumb was China Glaze GR8.

Okay! That's it for today. I'll hopefully have another post up on Wednesday... I'm sorry my schedule is so erratic. I'm finding it hard to find all the time I need and I'm still missing my blogging mojo... I still take pictures of my manis, I just haven't edited and watermarked the pictures. I did get all of the Hits No Olimpio holos on Friday, though... maybe they'll help me get my mojo back!

So, what do you lovelies think? Do you do skittles manicures often? Which of the holos is your favourite?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

26 February 2012

The Girl With a Bow's silent auction!

Hi loves! Just wanted to post quickly to remind you guys that my love Diana has a silent auction going on on her blog right now! There are some HTF lovelies in there, including China Glaze Grape Crush (!!!) and Essie Ruby Slippers (which is a real beauty). There's less than two hours left, so what are you waiting for? Check it out here :)

16 February 2012

China Glaze Aquadelic stamped

Hello lacquered lovelies! How are you all? I'm still home. Not much improvement in what's going on but it's nice to be around my parents. I miss them when I'm away at school.

I just wanted to quickly post a mani that I wore last week. I'll have swatches of it on its own soon, but China Glaze Aquadelic is gorgeous. It's such a perfect spring colour and the formula is lovely. I used one coat of Aquadelic and stamped with Konad M73 and Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris. And Ebony may hate Chris but I don't think Ebony hates Chris as much as I effing hate that polish name. I thought it looked like little retro curtains. :)

I love that polish <3 It's definitely a perfect aqua. I thought it might look more green on me because I'm pale but it still kept the gorgeous bottle colour.

What do you guys think? Are you ready for spring? I definitely am!

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

13 February 2012

OPI Funny Bunny + Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Monday. I hope your weeks are starting off well. Any plans for Valentine's Day tomorrow? I probably won't do a thing but I'm home for reading week and I'm just happy to be around my family... I needed a visit and this is my first time being home in about six months.

Before I get into today's post I wanted to apologise for the silence last week. Last month wasn't great and this month isn't shaping up to be any better, and last week was really just... awful. I don't really want to discuss it but thank you for your patience and hello to new readers :)

So today I've got a jelly sandwich to show you. I know I do them a lot (I love them so hard) but I couldn't think of a better way to wear one of the new pretties that came to me before I left. Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake is insane. You know how much I love square glitter. Multiple people told me I needed it and they were so right. It's beautiful.

I started out with two coats of OPI Funny Bunny, a lovely squishy white jelly. One of my favourites for sandwiches. Then I added one coat of Lynnderella One Nutty Fruitcake (with a little bit of tweaking to add squares in where I thought there should be more), one careful coat of Funny Bunny (the important thing with jelly sandwiches is to make sure that your top layer is a nice even coat, otherwise the glitter won't show through properly) and finished it off with Revlon quick dry. Less talking, more pictures, yes?

Also, ONF is INSANE. I included a bottle picture so you can see it, rather than me trying to describe it... but along with the square glitter, there's micro glitter in it that might not show up well until the macro and bottle shots... it's amazing. My jaw dropped when I saw it for the first time. <3

Aaaaand a bottle porn.

I freaking love this, obviously. I tweeted a picture of the bottle to Jen over the weekend and so many of you asked what it was! 

Lynnderellas are kind of hard to obtain. I got three two sales ago on Llarowe, which is where Lynn is selling them now. It's honestly a mad dash to grab what you want - I got lucky! One of my very favourite YouTube gurus (I don't even want to admit how long I've been stalking watching her videos) Brooke gave me a heads up and I rushed right over! I've heard that they're going to be going live again soon, so if you're interested in grabbing any, keep your eyes peeled. I'm eyeing a couple from the Valentine's Day collection, Lovely is as Lovely Does - square glitterrrrrrrr. 

There's a lot of drama surrounding Lynns, but I think it's best to ignore the drama and focus on the beautiful polishes she creates. If you don't mind a mad scramble, I think they're well worth the effort!

Okay long post over. What do you lovelies think? Do you own any Lynnderellas? Are there any you're eyeing?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

03 February 2012

a-england Princess Sabra, St. George and Princess Tears swatches and review

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Friday! Any plans for the weekend? :) I'll be working and I've got tons of homework to do... reading week can't come soon enough!

Today I've got some beautiful a-england polishes to show you from Adina's new collection, the Legends. I've already raved about how much I adore the company, the polishes and Adina herself (all amazing, seriously), so let's get into it, shall we? :)

Princess Sabra (Tristam Eyes). Two coats. Sooo pretty. To my eye, this is a really green-based gold... maybe a very yellow based pale green? Either way it's beautiful. One of the stronger holos of the lot. These aren't in your face holos like the Hits ones or the OMG collection, but they're still beautiful. This is the only polish I have a macro shot for, the others didn't turn out the way I'd hoped (as I discovered upon editing) and I really just wanted to show the texture. These are so smooth and really glossy. 

St. George. Two coats. Such a beautiful teal. The second picture is much more true to life. I used the first one to show the sparkle in it. Probably one of the least holographic ones in the set (I think... I need to get the rest soon!) but the colour more than makes up for that. It's beautiful. And gloriously pigmented. If I wasn't such a spaz this would be a one-coater. It should be an easy one-coater for anyone who isn't me.

Princess Tears. Two coats. A really beautiful silvery pale purple. It's absolutely gorgeous. It's also duochromey but I couldn't get any pictures of that... I'm going to wear it again soon and try! Stronger holo effect for this one too. Plus the shimmer in it flashes green when it's not throwing little rainbows your way. This was the first one I wore and it stayed on for a full two days. Removing it was very sad!

The formula on these is brilliant, typical of every a-england polish I've tried. I love the bottles (square bottles are my favourites) and their little silver caps makes them so classy. These aren't the most in-your-face holographic polishes ever, but a little subtlety never hurt anyone. They're richly pigmented and opaque. I used a basecoat with all of this and didn't experience any dragging, and they all dried to a lovely glossy finish, St. George especially.

Given all of that, I'm sure it will surprise exactly nobody that I think you should go and get these now. You can pre-order them through Adina by emailing hello@a-england.co.uk or through Lean Ann at Llarowe!

What do you lovelies think? Are you planning on scooping any of these up? Have you already?

 Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

The products in this post were provided to me for review. For more information, see my disclosure tab above.

01 February 2012

OPI Mod About You + bows

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Wednesday! It feels like forever since I last posted a pink Wednesday manicure. I just looked and apparently the last time was near the end of November. Holy cow. Umm. So. I did this super girly mani in an attempt to make up for it. This is definitely not my style at all but it was cute for a day and got a lot of compliments, so here it is.

I started out with two coats of OPI Mod About You, which I have wanted for a long time even though I couldn't tell you why. It's pretty but it looks better on me in pictures than it did in person. After it was dry, I stamped bows using Konad M56 and Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris. Then I added little pink hex glitters in the centre of the bows, because I wanted something there but didn't want to add rhinestones. Finished it off with China Glaze Fast Forward and here it is!

Sorry for the dry hands! And I'm sorry about my sporadic posting lately, again... I have a lot of crap going on at the moment and I don't really want to bring it here, but my mood isn't the greatest so there isn't a lot that I feel like doing. I'm still painting my nails and wanting polishes, I just seem to be missing the... enthusiasm. You know? And when I do take pictures of my manicures I hate how they turn out... less than ideal lighting, failing to capture why I think the manicure was cool... Also, you know my obsession with my cuticles? I've mentioned it a million times but yeah. I remove them obsessively and moisturise etc, but the weather here is still making my hands ick. I can't seem to remove my cuticles enough that my eyes don't go straight to them in pictures. I'm hoping graduating will give me some time to get my blogging mojo back... I miss it.

On a less depressing note, I have some really pretty polishes to share in the next little bit. I'm wearing one of them now and it was one of those, "Oh, you sexy little minx I'm going to dirty talk you" type of polishes. So pretty. 

... What? You don't find polishes so pretty that they could almost be sexually appealing? You freak.

Anyway, that's it for today! What do you lovelies think? Can I sit with you today? :)

 Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!


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