A-England Kalinka stamped with MoYou Time Traveller 05

Over the weekend, I guest blogged over on nuthinbutanailthing. Claire, has decided to feature a guest blogger every Sunday which I think is a great idea. Anyway, this is what I blogged about:

Today I have for you some simple stamped nail art on an A-England base colour. I hadn’t used A-England before but fell in love with their colours on Istagram. I ordered 3 colours directly from their website http://www.a-england.co.uk but have since found that you can buy them cheaper from www.hypnoticpolish.com if you spend enough money to justify the postage.
 
O.K, back to this mani – For the base colour I have used A England‘s ‘Kalinka’ from their ‘Russian Soul Collection’. It is a stunning lilac toned silvery metallic with hints of holographic. The formula was sightly thicker than your average indie polish so went on in two coats, in fact you could probably even just use one coat and be happy with it if you were in a rush. 
A England Shot

For the stamping I used Models Own ‘Chrome Indigo’ with the Born Pretty transparent stamper (which is my current go to stamper) and MoYou London stamping plate ‘Time Traveller 05’. I’m still not great at stamping so it is a bit wobbly but I still liked the out come.

A-England Kalinka

I’d love to know what your thoughts are on A-England polishes? as at present I only own three shades.

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Born Pretty Stamping Polish

Introducing Born Pretty Stamping Polish… Today I have a lovely Teal colour which I stamped over the beautiful silver holographic ILNPMega‘.

Born pretty stamping

Mega is so stunning and the most intense holographic I have seen. It applied really well and get this – it looks amazing over darker shades if you just use one thin coat.

Anyway, back to the stamping. For this I used my Born Pretty clear jelly stamper and scraper along with my Pet’la peacock 2 plate. If you’ve never seen them before, Pe’tla plates are made of brass and are really deeply etched. I bought mine from a Facebook group buy but have put a link above if you are interested in buying them direct. I have a number of other plates to try from them also.

The colour scraped easily on the plate using the clear scraper, it was more flexible than scrapers I have used in the past and I seemed to get on with it better – I think this is my go to scraper from now on. The stamper picked up so well, it was amazing, pretty much no gaps in the pattern at all, the only thing I would say is that the pattern stretched when I was stamping it, but to be honest that is probably more to do with my lack of skill than a problem with the stamper.

The only negative comment I have about this mani is that the polish had a very strong chemical smell, however that said, I do have a really good sense of smell, so other people may not find it a problem.

If you’d like to buy from Born Pretty, then please feel free to use my code:

Born Pretty code graphic

Enjoy the sunshine!

Glam Polish – ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! If any of you lovelies are in the U.K. I hope that you are getting chance to enjoy the sunshine, isn’t it glorious! although some would say too hot. I can’t quite believe that it was still 22 degrees at 2.00 this morning!

Todays polish was released earlier this year in March and is from the 9 piece ‘Love Marilyn’ Collection from Australian indie brand – Glam Polish. Each polish is Marilyn related in some way and here we have ‘Happy Birthday Mr President‘. When I saw a swatch of this stunning pink polish on Instagram a while back I just had to try it! When it arrived I had to remove my existing perfectly good manicure and put it on straight away, it is jam packed with holo glitter, so much so that you could almost get away with just one coat, but here I have two. It glided on really well, dried quickly and I finished with top coat. The sun was brightly shining and so I went over to the window and was just blown away by the sparkle almost smiling back at me.

Glam Happy Birthday Mr President

The cost of this was £9.50 but my supplier no longer has it in stock so it would be silly giving you a link. However here is a link to the companies website.

Right, I’m off to dip my toes in the paddling pool… Ta ta for now!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Up for review today is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I was sent a couple of colours and the top coat to try out and review.

Saly Hansen Prod shot 2

The colours I was sent were ‘120 Bare to Dare’ a gorgeous cream nude and ‘400 Smartease’ a girly pink. To be honest the pink isn’t really my sort of colour but I loved the cream nude. I applied 2 coats of the pink and 3 of the cream for full coverage, the first coat was streaky but do persist, as you can see it resulted in a Gel “look” manicure.

Sally Hansen 2 colours

I applied it thinking it would dry pretty fast as I had seen reviews on Amazon saying so, however my experience wasn’t like that at all – I spent around 15 mins waiting for it to dry after applying the topcoat but it was still tacky, I then had to drive somewhere, I got into the car and put on my seatbelt really carefully and drove for a further 15 mins in bright sunlight and it was a warm day so presumed it would dry in that time but it was still pliable, I then had to pick up my son and unfortunately it still wasn’t dry enough and it got dented so I had to start again later. I found that in the end I was too busy to sit around waiting for it to dry completely so I used my Seche Vite fast drying top coat over the top which helped to speed up the drying time a little, however it was still not rock hard but pliable for a while, but it helped. This is the official reasoning behind this technology direct from Sally Hansen:

“The advanced Color Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light.”

S.H. Bare Dare

I’m not that keen on the colours which the first photo shows, this is a more accurate image of ‘120 Bare to Dare’

As for claim that this product lasts longer than the average polish, I tend to agree. I personally had the 120 on for seven days (before I had to take it off because I was going into hospital) and a friend who works in catering also tested it out for me, polish only usually lasts one to two days on her but she got five out of this. I am pretty sure that you could get more time out of it if you were gentle on your nails and don’t have a lifestyle which puts your nails under a lot of strain all of the time. So overall in conclusion, I’d say, if you have time to let the product dry properly e.g. while you are watching a film or something then it is definitely worth buying, also using a fast dry top coat over it seemed to help so that is worth keeping in mind and looking after your nails as best as possible goes without saying.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried it – how many days did you get?

*Kindly note that the seller has provided me with a free sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review

Colour Alike’s multichrome stamping nail polish ‘Lagoon’

I was so excited to get my hands on Colour Alikes ‘Lagoon’ from the Universe Collection. I have a number of other multi chromes but seeing photos of this I was convinced this was better than the brands I already have and I was not wrong. I don’t know if it’s because it is a stamping polish but the consistency seems so much more pigmented and it is just stunning. I liked it both with and without top coat.

For this mani I I decided to use this polish as the base and stamped with MoYou Londons ‘Black Knight’. I love how it turned out. Have you tried this polish?

Colour alike Lagoon

With Seche Vite Topcoat

Colour alike lagoon closeup

I purchased it from Rainbow Connection and cost £11.50

 

Pink & Red Flower Nails

 

Pink & Red Flower Nails

Dark red & pink manicure with handpainted flowers & leaves

I’ve been trying to come up with a creative description for these nails and all I can come up with is ‘Pink & Red Flower Nails‘! how rubbish am I 🙂

For this Mani I used a base of two coats of the new ILNP ‘Daisy Jane‘ which is a stunning pastel pink jelly with a subtle holo. I then went on to paint my index and pinky finger with Cadillacquer ‘Glowing Christmas‘ and painted the flowers on freehand using a fine brush and the following polishes:

Nails Inc ‘Pavillion Road

Nails Inc ‘Saville Row‘ &

China Glaze ‘OMG a UFO

I hope that you like!

 

I see you wear OPI

Today I have a quick swatch of an O.P.I colour named ‘I see you wear OPI’ to share with you. It is a shimmery cobolt blue from last years ‘Brights’ collection.

The formula and brush were really easy to work with, as with all O.P.I’s it has a flat wide brush which helps with application and the polish was quite thin meaning it was easy to apply, however that meant it needed three coats in order to make it opaque.

In the bottle the polish appears to have a flash of purple going through it but once it was applied to the nails it was unfortunately difficult to see. That said the blue colour glistens like water and reminded me of an inviting cool swimming pool on a hot summers day. Overall, it isn’t the sort of colour I’d personally wear regularly but it is a beautiful polish. I haven’t tried it, but I’m pretty sure that one coat over a navy blue would also look pretty awesome.

Have a great weekend!