Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: "Edoras" from The Lady Varnishes

Hello Readers:

Sorry for the short notice, but today's post will be the only one for this week. I'm off to Barcelona tomorrow for the rest of the week, and I'll be back next week with some more lovely polishes.

Today I'll be showing you "Edoras" from The Lady Varnishes Middle Earth collection. "Edoras" is a bronzed gold polish with holo pigment and a matte finish.



Yet another matte polish from The Lady Varnishes that I have fallen in love with. Isn't it just lovely?!?!? The color is fabulous and wow that sparkle, and it's MATTE. So much LOVE! I had no application issues. I used two coats over a clear base coat, and no top coat.
This wonderful polish, along with the rest of The Lady Varnishes collection will soon be discontinued, so once it's gone it's gone. You'll find this and the rest of the collection in the Last Call section of her Etsy Shop. Snag it while you still can.
Until next time.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Double Review: "Gryffindor" and "Hufflepuff" from Above the Curve

Hello Readers:

I think the sunshine is officially a lost cause. I think the overcast weather with just peeks of sunshine is here to stay, which sadly, has made taking good holo shots difficult. I do try to be as fast as I can while the sun sneaks out though.

Today, I have two polishes from Above the Curve's Harry Potter inspired collection. I have the final two houses to show you; "Gryffindor" and "Hufflepuff". You can see my post for "Ravenclaw" and "Slytherin" HERE.

First up is "Gryffindor", which is a maroon holo with red/gold shifting microglitter and fine gold hexes.

This is such a great holo! I did take some shade shots so you could get a better look at the mico glitter. Apologies for the water drops in some, I didn't completely get the water off after washing the excess polish remover from my hands.
I love this shade of red! Mainly because true reds look awful on me so when I saw that this Gryffindor polish was maroon I was (for a lack of a better phrase) over the moon! HAHA I'm so in love with this collection, I can't say enough good things about it.
I used two coats of "Gryffindor" over a clear base coat, and no top coat. I had no application issues, nor any staining issues. "Gryffindor" also has great wear time, no chipping even after four days (with top coat that isn't pictured here).
Now,  onto "Hufflepuff", which is soft yellow crelly with different sized black holo hexes and fine shifting glitter.


Now I don't often wear yellows as they look awful with my skin tone (with oranges coming in second and reds bringing up the rear), but I still had to have this polish. You just can't leave out Hufflepuff! It is a great polish, though I will admit that I had bad chipping issues with this one. The opacity builds up well, I used two coats of polish over a clear base coat and no top coat.
Overall I adore this collection! Maybe even more than I adore their Doctor Who inspired collection (*gasp*) lol Which has been your favorite polish from Above the Curve's HP inspired collection? Is there one they haven't done yet that you'd like to see in part 2 of the HP collection?
If you'd like to see Above the Curve's Harry Potter inspired collection, or any of their other fabulous polishes you can check out their Etsy Shop.
Until next time.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: "Mistress of All Evil" from The Lady Varnishes

Hello Readers:

My apologies for not having this post up yesterday. Life got in the way, so I had to postpone until today. However, I have a wonderfully evil polish for you. It is one of The Lady Varnishes from her Disney Villains collection. Each Disney villain is usually brought out for one month only, but for the month of October Kirsten has released all Disney villains until after Halloween.

Today's polish "Mistress Of All Evil" was inspired by (one of my personal favorite) Disney villains, Maleficent.

"Mistress Of All Evil" is a blackened polish with a purple to red color shifting shimmer, and with different sized iridescent, green, and bronze hex glitter.

Indoor Natural Light

Outside Shots

Sorry about the indoor shots being a little blurry, my camera didn't want to cooperate but I wanted to show you the intensity of color they showed. Isn't this polish just deliciously evil? I loooove it so much! I think it portrays Maleficent wonderfully. I used two coats of polish over a clear base coat, and a clear top coat.

Whether you are a Disney fan or not, I think this is a wonderful must have polish! If you agree head on over to The Lady Varnishes Etsy Shop to pick it up while you still can.
Until next time.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cemetary Scene Nail Art

Hello Readers:

During my recent giveaway I took a small survey of what kind of nail art you'd be interested in seeing more of. First, thank you all for your feedback I really appreciate it! ^_^ Second, I may not get to all of them but I will definitely try to. I noticed that many asked to see more freehand art, my most dreaded of nail arts hahaha as I have very low artistic abilities, but I thought I'd give it another go anyway. As my skills in freehand are minimal I decided to stick to simple forms.

Today, I'll be showing you a very simple cemetery scene that I did entirely freehand using Above the Curve's "Hufflepuff" and a BMC black stamping polish (for some reason I couldn't find my go to black polish).

I used two coats of Above the Curve's "Hufflepuff" over a clear base coat, freehanded the ground, tree, bats, gravestone, and fence with black, then added a clear top coat. In hindsight I wish I had used a matte topcoat instead because I think that would've looked cool, but oh well next time.
Overall I think it turned out well, but boy do my tree skills need work haha. Certain forms didn't turn out so well with my shaky hands but I think you can tell what each picture is supposed to be. So all in all a success.
Any tips for freehanding trees? I can never seem to get the delicate tiny branches. I keep getting stuck with thick knarly ones.
Until next time,

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