Monday, 15 April 2013

[nails] Swatch - W7 Cerise Pink

Hey guys, today I have a rather plain swatch post for you, but it's of one of my old favourites - and definitely my favourite pink polish. As you can probably gather from most of my posts, I'm not a big fan of wearing pink, but I've had this polish for years and I have always loved it.  I don't have the label on my bottle any more but I'm 99% sure (after some extensive googling) that this shade is called Cerise Pink. 

It's a beautiful glass fleck polish (W7 do these so well!) in a bright, bright pink, with a lovely warm red/pink shimmer throughout. It's gorgeous in the shade but it really shines when it catches the light and it's such a vibrant colour that it always puts a smile on my face. Shown here is two coats:

Indirect sunlight - oh how I love red-toned pinks!
The shimmer is clearly visible in indirect light as well.
Just look at the pretty!
Sparkles <3
As with any W7 glass fleck polish (I have a few more to show you in upcoming posts), the application is a dream, and there's barely any need for topcoat since it's so shiny and smooth to the touch. Coverage is good - there was a teeny bit of visible nail line with two coats which wasn't a problem for me as my nails were quite short at this point, but if you're rocking longer talons you might want three coats. Removal is easy too - pretty much the perfect polish. 

So if you're looking for something summery to brighten your mood, definitely give this one a try! W7 are available in the UK for around £1.95 a bottle so there's really no excuse not to give one a go ;)

The Nail Platypus was feeling camera-shy this week, so instead I shall leave you with a picture of the fabulous scones I managed to make at the weekend. They were from a Mary Berry recipe (all hail Mary Berry, the goddess of baking) which used buttermilk to make them all light and fluffy, and they tasted soooo good! Needless to say there are none left now after my family were let loose on them! 

Hugs and nail polishy love, 

Katy xo

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

[nails] Barry M - Diamond Glitter

Hi everyone! Let me start off by saying I am SO sorry for not updating for over a month - I know I've never been the most regular updater but even by my standards this has been a long time! I guess I do have a fairly decent excuse in the shape of a final year university dissertation and impending exams, but one should always make time for nails, right? 

Anyway, I have a whole bunch of pictures of fairly boring nail sets - mostly swatches - which I will upload over the next couple of weeks, so be prepared to actually see some Platypus Nails content (I know, shock!). 

Today I have a recent Barry M nail polish to show you. I'm assuming this was released at the same time as the other recent glitters (Ruby, Rose Quartz, Yellow Topaz, etc) but I haven't seen very much of it, and so when I saw it in my local Boots I instantly gravitated towards it, because, you know, sparkles! 

This is a holographic silver glitter, but unlike the old Hologram Hexograms (which I think is still in production although is out of stock on the website), this one features three different sizes of hex glitter. Imagine Hologram Hexograms and China Glaze's Fairy Dust had a baby - this would be it! 

I've shown just one coat here, over Laval Black for the best contrast. As you can see, the coverage is quite dense, so two coats might have been a bit over the top. The first photo shows it in indirect sunlight, the second in direct sunlight. 

The application was easy and the drying time was similar to other Barry M polishes - not amazingly fast, but you won't be waiting around for hours. I think you might struggle to build this up to opacity on its own - maybe four or five coats, but it's a brilliant layering polish and I think it would look great over any colour. 

And now, as a sorry-for-being-crap-at-posting present, I give you not one, but two kitteh pictures! The Nail Platypus wanted a picture with my cat, and all was going well at first... 

Until someone decided to get her claws out! 

Luckily I was managed to retrieve him in time, so no platypuses were harmed in the making of this blog post ;) 

And since it is a Wednesday, it's time for the usual link-up with my fellow British bloggers - there is a wealth of talent to be find amongst these posters so do check them out if you have the time: 

That's all from me, see you soon with another post (it won't be a month this time, I promise!)

Katy xo