Sunday, 11 November 2012

[nails] Polishes Everyone Should Own: China Glaze Fairy Dust

Hellooooo dear readers, hope you are all well. Today I have a 'Polishes Everyone Should Own' post for you. You may remember I started this way back in July with my swatches of Barry M's Denim, and I've been meaning to get more posts in this series up but have just been so absorbed by the 31 Day Challenge that I haven't had time. However, I've been ill for almost a week now and didn't feel like doing the complicated 'inspired by a song' design I have planned, so I decided that some swatches were what I should do. Therefore, may I present the second Polish Everyone Should Own: Fairy Dust.

This is a China Glaze polish which I only got quite recently but absolutely adore. It's a very fine, densely packed, silver holographic glitter. It's definitely meant to be a layering polish - the clear base means you can never really layer it to opacity - but it goes with everything and anything and is just so damn sparkly. Here I've shown two coats over black.

In natural, non-direct light - sparkle not very visible here

Slightly blurred picture in artificial light to show holographic effect
I must apologise for the terrible pictures - living in the Land of No Sunshine (aka England), it makes it difficult to capture the real holo in this polish, so trust me, it's truly stunning in real life. This bottle shot shows it a little too, and gives you an idea of the density:

This beauty is also really easy to apply, and not a typical glitter nightmare to remove either. You can use it over any colour ever, and I highly recommend it (why else would it be on the Polishes Everyone Should Own list?). 

So there you have, a beautiful polish with an adorable name that you should GO BUY RIGHT NOW. Hope you enjoyed this post :)

Katy xo

Monday, 5 November 2012

[nails] Two sets of very badly photographed nails

Hellooooooooo everyone! Today is another challenge break I'm afraid, as I am bringing you two sets of special occasion nails that I've done over the past month. The first is from when I went down to London with my family to celebrate my sister's 18th birthday, and we went to see Mamma Mia (which was incredible and such a feel-good show, go see it). I aimed for something sophisticated to try and match what I was wearing - since it was an evening performance we got all dressed up. 

This is what I ended up with - I used the same colours as the base for my galaxy nails, which I mentioned in the post that I loved and didn't want to paint over! This was one coat of Barry M - Cobalt Blue, and one coat of China Glaze - Riding The Waves. On top of this I placed four tiny gold ball decorations which I got (along with 11 other colours) from Born Pretty Store. Then I topcoated with W7 Diamond, and hey presto, simple but sophisticated nails (in my opinion, anyway!) I was really happy with how these turned out. 

The next special occasion is one I'd been waiting for for almost four years - I went to see the Killers (aka my favourite band in the world ever) live on the UK tour for their new album, Battle Born. For this set I went with a red and black theme to reflect the Battle Born logo, and I used tape to create the logo's lightning bolt on my ring finger. Then I went to do the Killers dotted 'K' on my thumb, and settled with what I had after the fourth attempt O_o. It smudged a little when I put topcoat on, and I didn't managed to get pictures of these before they started to chip, but here you go anyway:

So there you have it, two sets of badly photographed nails, as promised! I blame it on my six-year-old camera and not myself ;) Hope you guys had as good a weekend as I did (YAY KILLERS) and see you soon with some old-fashioned 31 Day Challenge posts :)

Katy xo