Saturday, 27 July 2013

[nails] Turquoise and Studs

Hey folks, today I have another Platypus Nails post for you, with a design I wore a few weeks ago. I got Barry M Greenberry (from their Spring Gelly collection) a while ago but hadn't had the chance to showcase it on the blog yet, so I came up with a simple but effective turquoise-style look.

Turquoise in its natural form has a gorgeous mottled effect which I tried to mimic in this mani by using the cling-film/saran wrap technique. Although the mottling can be quite dark, I chose to go for a gold base using Barry M's Gold Foil - I thought the contrast with Greenberry would be pretty. I also wanted to use the new mixed set of studs I got from Born Pretty recently, so the gold was a good match. 

I used two coats of Barry M Gold Foil as a base, and then waited for it to dry completely before applying one (fairly thick) coat of Greenberry and sponging with cling-film/saran wrap to remove some of the polish and create the mottled effect. Then I used a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to stick the studs to my nails, and a further generous coat once that had dried to secure them in place. 

These picture was taken after two days of wear and you can see that the small circular stud on my index finger has gone slightly silver where the gold effect has rubbed off. However, this wasn't a massive problem, and the studs definitely stayed put - I think I wore these for almost a week and I didn't lost one! 

I was really happy with how this turned out (despite my terrible cuticles - too much washing up) as suggested by how long I wore it. Sometimes I have issues with 3D things on my nails (textured polish, for example), but these studs didn't annoy me at all, or snag on fabrics. Definitely recommend! Here's the wheel they came in so you can see the variety I got:

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Katy xo

Friday, 12 July 2013

[nails] Blue Waves

Hey folks! I'm sorry for the delay in posting, the past couple of weeks have been completely frantic - job interviews, theatre trips, sickly grandparents, and university graduations. Forgive me for getting a bit behind <3 

Today I have a nail design that I did a few weeks ago but really really loved wearing. I'm afraid I can't really think of a more imaginative name than Blue Waves. I don't wear a huge amount of blue but my sister recently bought some new polishes so I seized the chance to use them while I was staying at home for a while. 

I also felt like doing a tape mani since it had been a few months since I got the striping tapes out! Here's how it turned out: 

The polishes used here are (top down on each finger except ring) China Glaze Sky High Top, China Glaze Ride The Waves, and W7 Blue-Tini, and I topped the whole thing with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. The first and last blue polishes both belong to my sister but I couldn't resist sneaking them for myself for the day - especially Blue-Tini. W7 just do the best glass fleck polishes! Here's a close-up in the sun so you can see how much it sparkles:

As I said, I really loved wearing this design. It looked quite elegant (for me) and like it had taken more effort than it really had ;)

Hope you are all enjoying some sunshine,
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Lots of love,

Katy xo

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

[nails] Born Pretty Holographic Nail Polish - #8

Hey folks! First off, a little announcement: 
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Anyway, onto the main post. Today I have something which might require you to find some sunglasses... Born Pretty have just released a line of holographic nail polishes and I was lucky enough to get one for free in their giveaway. I chose shade 8 which is a lovely medium blue, and I absolutely love it! 

Shown here is two coats of #8 over Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails basecoat, and topped with a layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Yes, you read that right, this is with topcoat. So many holos have their effect completely dulled if you use topcoat with them, which is a massive con for me since it makes chipping inevitable, but this one retains its sparkle even after a generous dollop of topcoat. 

The above pictures were taken in direct sunlight and you can see how bright the holo effect is - so beautiful! The particles are tiny so they give a very smooth holographic effect, and application was lovely. Two coats was fine for me since my nails are pretty short, but if you have longer talons then you might need three coats to mask any nail line. Drying time is speedy though so I wouldn't consider that a problem. 

Here are a couple of pictures in indirect sunlight so you can see how it looks without such a strong holo effect:

Happily, the polish is still clearly holo even when not in direct sunlight, so I was very pleased with that. Some holographics can look incredibly dull when in poorer light but this one can be enjoyed in any environment. 

The polish is sold in 6ml bottles and is currently selling for $5.59 per bottle. There are twelve shades available and they are all crackers, so I highly recommend scooping up a couple if you're in the mood for some holographic goodness! You can buy them HERE. Here's a final bottle shot to show you just how strong the holo is in this one:

These are great polishes - Born Pretty have really outdone themselves this time. 

Katy xo